40-year Sports radio personality Tony Bruno (right) inks a deal to bring his self-titled podcast to the lineup at PodcastOne. Bruno’s podcast will debut at the site on October 8th … TheBlaze and DISH Network reach a multi-year renewal agreement for continued carriage of TheBlaze, Glenn Beck’s news, information and entertainment network. Led by Beck’s daily TV show, the network is part of DISH’s selection of news and commentary programming representing all points on the political spectrum … SiriusXM Urban View channel host Joe Madison (‘The Black Eagle’) will moderate An American Conversation – We Are All Americans, an ongoing series focused on the need for a national dialogue about race in America. The special will debut this Friday, October 9th … Reporta, a free new app from the International Women’s Media Foundation, provides journalists with a quick and convenient lifeline when they’re out in the field. The app, which is available for Android and iOS devices, features functions that allow journalists to stay in touch with their contacts while reporting in hazardous areas. Read more HERE.
A recent collaboration between the Associated Press, NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute that investigated the news consumption habits of Millennials, finds there are “some clear differences from previous generations in how Millennials — the first group of Americans to grow up with digital technology — consume news and information.” Challenging the common view that Millennials believe everything on the web should be free, the study found that overall 87% of Millennials personally pay for some type of subscription or other paid service, including news or entertainment services, with 40% reporting they personally paid for news products or services out of their own pockets. The study found that older Millennials are more likely than younger Millennials to pay out of their own pocket for news (45% over age 21. vs. 23% of those 18-21), and that Millennials who pay for news are much more likely to follow sports (56% vs. 44%) and current events such as national politics (51% vs. 38%), than those who do not pay for news. Read more details and insights from this most interesting study HERE.
SiriusXM and FOX News partner to offer FOX News Headlines 24/7, a new channel that will launch on October 5th. Broadcast live from FOX News headquarters in midtown Manhattan, the new channel will provide SiriusXM subscribers with real-time headlines on breaking news, national stories, politics, business, entertainment, sports, social media trends, and more … Meanwhile, TheBlaze.com reports that for the first time in the 18-year history of the FOX News Channel, just-released Nielsen ratings show the cable News/Talker was the most-watched basic cable network in primetime for an entire quarter. FNC topped all of its basic cable rivals, including perennial winners ESPN, USA and TNT, averaging a reported 1,952,000 total viewers in prime time.
A recent survey by the American Press Institute (API) and Twitter of some 4,700 social media users found that Twitter users tend to be heavier news consumers than other social media users. A few key findings from the study of interest to News/Talk broadcasters include:
• Nearly 9 in 10 Twitter users in the study (86%) say they use Twitter for news and the vast majority of those (74%) do so daily.
• Roughly the same number of people say they use Twitter to be alerted to breaking news (40%) as to keep up with the news generally (39%).
• 82% of Twitter users access the platform on their phones and many access Twitter across multiple devices.
The report also found that Twitter users also tend to be younger than social media users in general and tend to use the service heavily — the majority several times a day — and their use of the network is increasing how much news they consume. Almost all Twitter users are also consumers of other forms of news media. Read an overview and access the full report HERE.
While we tend go out of our way here at NTS MediaOnline Today to avoid cluttering your inbox with the seemingly non-stop barrage of so-called news about the Kardashians, we couldn’t help but note this item of interest from the other “Kim K” — a.k.a. digital goddess Kim Komando — in her September 17th newsletter. Komando highlights news of a security flaw discovered in new apps and websites recently launched by the ‘never-seen-a-camera-they-didn’t-like’ Kardashian ladies that could have exposed some 600,000 users to potential bad guys. Promising “a unique and personal look” into the lives of Kim and Khloe Kardashian, as well as younger siblings Kyle and Kendall Jenner, a security researcher found that full names and email addresses of users of the apps and websites could be fairly easily accessed by hackers. “In this case, keeping up with the latest major data breach means keeping up with the Kardashians,” quipped Komando. Read more HERE.
BlogTalkRadio has debuted The Week In Podcasting, a new podcast about podcasts, where hosts Seth Everett, Val Reilly and Jeff Adams talk about topics brought up in three other podcasts that week. In the opening episode, Seth, Val and Jeff explore why more Americans don’t read foreign news — a topic from the Motley Fool’s Market Foolery podcast; talk Fantasy football with the Fantasy Guru podcast; and check out the recently launched Girls In Heels podcast featuring Nicole Napolitano and Teresa Aprea from the Real Housewives of New Jersey. “It’s a no-brainer concept,” says Jay Soderberg, Head of Content at BlogTalkRadio. “Word of mouth is the best way to expose your podcast to more ear buds.” The Week In Podcasting is available for download every Thursday HERE and on iTunes.
A new study from Westwood One titled The State of American Podcasting, gets profiled in a recent feature by Advertising Age’s Felicia Greiff. Here are just a few of the findings shared from the study by WW One Chief Marketing Officer Pierre Bouvard:
•Podcast listeners’ median age is 30, versus 45 for AM/FM radio and 57 for broadcast television networks.
•Personalities and Talk shows are the leading content consumed by podcast listeners, taking up 66% of total podcast listening, followed by News podcasts with 22%.
• Midday and nights are podcasting’s prime hours, with 29% listening from 7pm-midnight; 29% from 10am-3pm.; 20% from 3-7pm; and just 17% in morning drive (6-10am).
Westwood One partnered with Edison Research to create a cross tabulation of three recent studies of some 500 podcast listeners to compile the report. Read the full story HERE.
SiriusXM will take over the iconic Red Arrow Diner in New Hampshire for a two-day event, beginning the day before the first presidential primary on February 9, 2016. The diner’s flagship location in Manchester – a go-to stop for many presidential candidates on the campaign trail over the years – will be renamed the SiriusXM Red Arrow Diner for the event, serving up home cookin’ with a side of politics to subscribers via the satcaster’s Patriot and Progressive politics channels. “The atmosphere at The Red Arrow Diner represents the very spirit of New Hampshire politics,” said Dave Gorab, VP/GM of Talk Programming for SiriusXM. “Over bacon, eggs, and politics, SiriusXM listeners coast-to-coast will feel the energy and excitement of the New Hampshire primary firsthand.”
GeoTraffic Network inks a strategic partnership with AirKast, resulting in a deal that will offer customers a customized and revenue generating, human-voiced traffic solution for their mobile platform. The partnership is designed to open new opportunities for radio stations looking to drive listeners to their own mobile offerings instead of looking elsewhere for an on demand traffic feature. “The AirKast platform, already the leader in the digital space for radio stations, was a natural strategic partner for us” said Frank Rizzo, CEO of GeoTraffic. “With one of the best mobile solutions in place for broadcast radio and a huge national presence, the AirKast deal offers us the ability to provide our personalized offering to a number of station groups at the same time. For the first time, the ‘Spoken Word Ad Model’ is available for stations to take advantage of on mobile platforms, including the ability to drive listeners to their mobile apps for content they would not otherwise find on air.” Learn more HERE.
Salem Media Group announced today that it is re-naming its top-of-hour news product in a joint partnership with Townhall.com — the Salem-owned website that reaches a reported 3 million unique visitors every month. Salem will continue delivering its long-running SRN News feed at :55 past each hour, primarily for Christian stations. The new top-of-the-hour broadcast will be designed for News/Talk stations and will carry the ‘Townhall.com’ branding. “We will continue to offer the outstanding reporting that is a hallmark of SRN News with great anchors and respected correspondents like Greg Clugston at the White House, Linda Kenyon at the Senate and Wally Hindes at the House,” said Salem Radio Network Senior VP Phil Boyce. “The new brand extension will allow us to better market the product for News and Talk stations, and we can’t think of a better partner to have than the respected and well-known Townhall.com.” Sirius XM’s Patriot channel will be among the news service’s charter affiliates when it debuts on August 31st, with additional affiliates, including KSEV/Houston, also already on board.