Mark Ramsey, namesake of Mark Ramsey Media asks, ”Wouldn’t it be great if radio had its own version of SXSW? A place for the cool kids in and around the audio space to meet and play together?” Ramsey reports that his 2nd annual Hivio — billed as ”the audio future festival”– will be just that. Taking place on June 4th in San Diego, once again Hivio will be free and held in “a funky warehouse in downtown San Diego.” The event will be streamed free and will feature an anything-but-the-usual-suspects lineup of intimate one-on-one conversations with a diverse group of guests including: Tim Sabean, SVP/Entertainment and Comedy at SiriusXM; Emma Coats, filmmaker and former Pixar story artist; Andrea Russett, YouTube phenomenon and radio talent and her General Manager Phil Becker; Doug Sterne, VP of Audio Sales for Pandora; Craig Bruce, Head of Content for Southern Cross Austereo; Mark Middo, “Growth Hacker” and author of the book 5 Minute Business; Robert Rose, Chief Strategist of the Content Marketing Institute; Ric Militi, CEO of ‘anti-agency’ InnoVision LLC; J.D. Heilpren, founder of the disruptive mobile audio platform AGOGO; Rob Greenlee, CTO of PodcastOne; and an exclusive opening video from social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk. Ramsey reminds you that the only way to get a seat at Hivio is to put your name in the hat to get on the list — keeping in mind that about eight times as many people wanted to attend last year’s Hivio as there were seats! Register early for your chance to take part in a fresh look at the media biz and enjoy a great day in America’s Finest City HERE.
Compass Media Networks teams with Connoisseur Media to syndicate a new nightly caller-driven relationship program hosted by Dr. Laura Berman (pictured). Uncovered with Dr. Laura Berman will air from 9pm-midnight (ET), Monday-Friday … From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: All of us here at NTS MediaOnline Today send our very best wishes for a speedy recovery to the one-and-only Shotgun Tom Kelly, who recently underwent successful quadruple heart bypass surgery. ‘The Gunner’ is expected to be back at the helm of his long-running afternoon drive show at K-Earth 101 in Los Angeles soon … New York Public Radio has received a $10 million grant from the Jerome L. Greene Foundation. The gift is reported to be the largest single gift ever made to a public radio station. New York Public Radio operates WNYC, WQXR and New Jersey Public Radio and is one of the largest producers of nationally distributed public radio programming … The New York Mets and Clear Channel Media & Entertainment have confirmed that Seth Everett will join the radio broadcast team for Mets games broadcasts on WOR/New York, the team’s new radio home. Everett, most recently with FOX Sports Radio and crosstown WINS, will host a 30-minute pre- and post-game show before and after every Mets regular season game. As previously announced, Howie Rose and Josh Lewin are teaming up for their third season together as the play-by-play announcers for Mets games … Condolences: To the family, friends and colleagues of longtime radio executive and air personality Jack Roberts, who died Friday (3/7) after a lengthy illness. He was 62. During his extensive career in broadcasting, Roberts worked as an on-air personality, producer, program director, and general manager. Most recently serving as Executive Producer of CRN Digital Talk Radio programming and host of the CRN morning program, What’s Cooking Today?, Roberts’ radio career resume included stints at WRKO/Boston, WPRO/Providence, WDRC/Hartford and WWRC/Washington. Funeral arrangements are pending.
KXL/Portland host and Compass Media Networks syndicated personality Lars Larson (left) got a little face-time with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. Paul — son of former U.S. Congressman and political maverick Ron Paul (R-TX) — was the winner of this year’s CPAC presidential preference straw poll.
Southern California Broadcasters Association President Thom Callahan reaches out with an alert about a new radio commercial produced for Kingsford Charcoal that violates the FCC’s guidelines for Emergency Alert System (EAS) tones. “It was to start on Monday (3/10) on many of our member stations,” Callahan told NTS MediaOnline Today. “The spot tries to mimic an EAS alert. We have told SCBA member stations in Southern California not to air these spots, but that may not be the case for all U.S. markets.” Callahan (pictured) says that the agency for Kingsford is creating a new commercial for Southern California stations, but says he senses there are other markets that may already be ignoring a possible FCC fine and violation by airing the offending spot. “Don’t mess with EAS, its alert tone, or warning system,” he warns. “Periodically, ad agencies or broadcasters come up with the idea to attract attention to an advertisement by using the EAS warning tones, or police sirens, or other emergency sound effects. The FCC has frequently warned that this practice is off limits and made it clear that the EAS is a national public warning system to be used only during a national emergency, or to deliver important emergency information such as Amber Alerts and weather information, like tornado warnings, targeted to specific areas.” To that we add this simple advice: Forewarned is forearmed.
Broadcast and network radio veteran Tony Garcia, most recently an executive with RegionalHelpWanted.com, is getting set to launch a new venture. Garcia, well-known to many in the Talk radio biz for his years as Director of Syndication for Greater Media/Charlotte’s Bob & Sheri and Matt & Ramona shows and other projects, tell NTS MediaOnline Today he plans to remain in Denver, the city he relocated to a back in 2010 to join onTargetJobs, the parent company that purchased RegionalHelpWanted from Eric Straus. Straus announced this week that he is buying back that company and moving it back to its original headquarters in New York State’s Hudson Valley region. Look for Garcia to formally announce soon that he’ll hang out his own shingle and offer his considerable consulting, marketing, distribution and affiliate relations skills to selected shows and personalities aspiring to be syndicated. Industry friends and those interested in seeking Tony’s professional advice can reach him HERE.
Boston Talk radio veteran Howie Carr took to Twitter to announce that he’s been elected to public office even though he didn’t campaign, or even know he’d won. The WRKO afternoon host was elected to represent Precinct F on the Wellesley Town Meeting courtesy of an unsolicited write-in vote. “I am now an elected official“ tweeted Carr, along with a picture showing the official notification showing the 40 write-in mandate that swept him into office … NTS MediaOnline Today congratulates WestwoodOne syndicated Talk radio host Mark Levin (pictured/center) on being honored with the first annual Citizens United Andrew Brietbart Defender of the First Amendment Award at the 2014 CPAC in Washington, DC. In accepting the award Levin praised the late Andrew Breitbart as a “happy warrior” and added, “But I’m a pissed off warrior, quite frankly, and I don’t make any bones about it.” Breitbart.com’s Joel Pollak has the full story from yesterday’s (3/6) event HERE … Mark LaNeve has joined Entercom’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. LaNeve has served since 2012 as COO of WPP’s Global Team Ford, an agency that serves as the marketing and advertising partner to Ford and Lincoln businesses globally.
Saga Communications-owned Newsradio 560 WGAN/Portland, Maine is the market leader for radio news coverage and is seeking a News Director to lead one of the state’s largest radio news teams, while maintaining and building upon its long track record of excellence. Responsibilities include: Hiring, training, coaching, and scheduling of news staff; Overseeing news and traffic operations for all eight Portland Radio Group stations; Coordinating storm and breaking news coverage; and Maintaining and cultivating WGAN’s online and social media presence. On-air news experience helpful, as is familiarity with MediaTouch, Burli news software, CloseNow cancellation systems, Audacity, and WordPress. If you have a passion for news, email your resume and audio sample HERE (EOE).
KMBZ/Kansas City is looking for a full-time News Reporter to join our award-winning morning show. Two-plus years of on air experience as a reporter is necessary, a degree in Journalism is preferred. The street reporter provides lives ‘hits’ for our morning show, produces a package for dayside and helps come up with ideas for the next morning. Personality is a plus! To be considered for this position, please apply online HERE and click on “Careers” (EOE).
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As always, the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) going on this week in DC has attracted a sizable group of Talk broadcaster’s to the event. That’s one-time California U.S. Senate candidate and ex-Hewlitt-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (left) dropping by to chat with Salem Radio Network Morning In America host Bill Bennett on CPAC’s Radio Row. Among some of the other Talk radio personalities broadcasting from the ‘row’ are Bennett’s fellow SRN personality Michael Medved; WMAL/Washington morning co-hosts Larry O’Conner and Brian Wilson; KXL/Portland afternoon host and Compass Media Networks syndicated talker Lars Larson, Emmis/Radio America syndicated host Dana Loesch and more.
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Rockin’ Sports Radio — We go one-on-one with new FOX Sports Radio afternoon drive host Steve Gorman in the first industry interview with the veteran rock ‘n roll drummer and Sports radio host. Our feature begins on page one.
Who’s Jeffrey? — Steve Gorman SPORTS! features another player on the show, and he’s someone who probably knows Gorman better than most anyone else. Find out ‘who’s Jeffrey?’ on page three of our exclusive conversation.
Helping Kids In Need — Our page two “Featured Picture Of The Month” salutes a Seattle radio show crew that not only talks-the-talk, they also walk-the-walk as they’ve raised millions to help kids in need in faraway places around the world.
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The 2014 edition of The Infinite Dial, the 22nd study in the long-running series of research reports on consumer adoption of digital media from Edison Research and Triton Digital, covers a wide variety of topics, with new research findings on online radio, smartphones, podcasting, social media and more. Among some of the findings: A “vast majority” of respondents to both AM/FM radio and Internet Radio report that commercials are “a fair price to pay for free audio content.” However, among listeners to both AM/FM and Internet Radio, researchers found that commercials on broadcast radio are perceived as “more plentiful and intrusive,” but also more “relevant” than online spots.” When asked if an FM tuner in cell phones could lead to increased listening among AM/FM radio listeners, 64% of respondents replied the option would have “no effect” on their listening habits, with just 17% saying it would make them listen “a lot more than you listen now,” and 16% reporting the option could make them listen “a little more than you do now.” This year’s Infinite Dial also found that AM/FM radio continues to be the dominant in-car listening platform, with 86% of respondents reporting listening to broadcast radio while driving, compared to just 17% for satellite radio and 14% for online radio. See more details from the latest project HERE.