In a unanimous and bipartisan decision today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to eliminate the National Football League’s blackout protection. Noting there have been “significant changes in the sports radio industry since these rules were adopted nearly 40 years ago,” a release from the FCC said the NFL can still choose to pursue its own private blackout policy but said, “The NFL will no longer be entitled to the protection of the Commission’s sports blackout rules and must rely on the same avenues available to other entities that wish to protect their distribution rights in the private marketplace.” Enacted back in 1973 to help boost local attendance for NFL games, the ‘blackout’ rule kept broadcasters and cable operators from televising games that were not sold-out 72 hours in advance of the kickoff. Read the FCC’s official release on the vote, along with statements from the Commissioner’s HERE.
So says a new national survey from Vox Populi Polling commissioned by Katz Media Group (KMG). Vox Populi, which designs and fields surveys to uncover what’s happening within the political and public policy landscape, reports that radio is “an extremely effective way to reach swing voters.” By a 56-35 margin, the sample of some 1,059 active voters told researchers that radio ads are “more credible” than political ads on the Internet. Additionally, 61% of swing voters said that “radio is a good way” for political candidates to reach them. “This research illustrates that radio is both a habitual and influential medium for reaching voters who can make the difference on Election Day,” said Stacey Lynn Schulman, EVP/Strategy, Analytics & Research at KMG. “In the race for credibility, radio outshines online advertising by a wide margin in the minds of still impressionable voters.” Learn more about the results and the methodology behind the just-published survey HERE.
Over the weekend our Facebook friends and Twitter followers learned about a good old fashioned radio war of words between Windy City radio legend turned podcaster Steve Dahl and WGN/Chicago morning host Steve Cochran. Local Chicago media reporter Robert Feder has all the details on Dahl’s attack on just about everybody at WGN Radio, and the quick reply it prompted from Cochran (pictured). Read more HERE … From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: A cautionary tale to all who spend many hours a week doing live, unscripted radio for a living. A jury has awarded $1 million to settle a lawsuit filed against Entercom/Kansas City by a woman who was incorrectly identified on-air as a porn star by the hosts of 96.5 The Buzz/Kansas City’s Afentra’s Big Fat Morning Show. Local TV affiliate KSHB has the full story and the surprising outcome for the show’s hosts who cost the company a million bucks HERE.
As our Facebook friends and Twitter followers first learned late yesterday (9/24), Broadcast Company of the Americas’ south-of-the-border San Diego Sports/Talker Mighty 1090 (XEPRS/Rosarita, Baja) has made a management change. Longtime broadcaster Norm Feurer has stepped down as GM and will be replaced by SoCal radio management veteran Mike Glickenhaus (pictured). Word is that ‘Glick’ — most recently VP/Sales at the U-T San Diego – is returning to radio to take the reins at ‘Mighty 1090′ only on a temporary basis, while a search is launched to find a new full-time manager … Recently arrived WBAL-WIYY/Baltimore GM Cary Pahigian reports that longtime Director of Sales for the stations, Bob Cecil, has opted to “step away and enjoy more time with his family”. In a note to staffers, Cecil thanked his co-workers and gave a hint about his plans for the immediate future saying, “I will think of you, especially when I’m sitting on the beach in Bethany or cruising the Chesapeake with a cold beverage close by.”
During next week’s annual Advertising Week in New York City — billed as “the world’s premier gathering of marketing and communications leaders” — The Radio Advertising Bureau will host a quartet of national on-air radio talents discussing their extraordinary relationships with listeners and brand partners that are being leveraged over the airwaves and on digital platforms. Moderated by RAB CEO/President Erica Farber, the dais will feature NBC Sports Radio personality and former New York Giants’ wide receiver Amani Toomer (pictured); Premiere Networks’ Bobby Bones; Emmis and Hot 97/New York personality Ebro Darden; and iHeartMedia’s Power 105/New York and The Beat/Miami’s Angie Martinez. The session is just one of a number of panels and presentations on next week’s conference agenda that are designed to “put radio at the forefront” of the 11th annual event. Learn more HERE.
Paragon Senior Research Consultant Larry Johnson takes a look at a recent report saying Nielsen is planning a change in the way the company conducts TV ratings — a move that Johnson (pictured) says also has ramifications for radio. “There was quite a buzz this month when Nielsen announced that they’re combining their fixed TV set measurement device with the TV version of the People Meter in order to double their TV sample,” writes Johnson. Noting that Nielsen, which currently separates their radio and TV ratings operations, was considering a similar joint radio/TV ratings venture with Arbitron back in the 1990′s, Johnson believes this latest move could signal that drawing a sample for both radio and TV by Nielsen can’t be too far off. “Any significant increase in the radio PPM sample is welcomed and necessary,” he said. “If Nielsen at least tripled the current radio sample by having meters that measure both TV and radio, that should go a long way in making radio ratings more reliable.” Read the full post HERE.
Veteran radio sales and marketing executive Allison Warren has been appointed Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus/Nashville’s six station cluster, which includes SuperTalk 99.7 WTN, Sports/Talk 105.5 The Zone and Tennessee Titans Radio.com. In her new gig, Warren (pictured) will report to Cumulus Media SVP Jeff Brown with whom she previously worked in Denver. Warren’s radio sales and management resume includes stints as Director of Sales for Entercom in Austin, TX and Madison, WI, Director of Strategic Sales and Marketing for Entercom/Milwaukee, and Marketing Director for both Entercom and CBS Radio in Denver. ” I am honored to be chosen to lead the Cumulus/Nashville team,” said Warren. “It’s a great time for radio and Cumulus/Nashville hosts six strong brands, delivering local, personal and engaging content. With our ability to deliver innovative solutions, we are poised for success.”
Longtime broadcast veteran Jon Quick is expanding his Indiana-based marketing, public relations and advertising firm, and has unveiled a rebranding of the company as Qpr&Marketing. Learn more and reach Jon HERE … Raleigh-based Cross Platform Media has acquired the Memphis-based IRN/USA Radio Network. Founded by Christian broadcaster Marlin Maddoux in 1985, the IRN/USA Radio Network syndicates Maddoux’s long-running Point of View, along with Daybreak USA, IRN/USA Radio Network News and other programming … Veteran Talk and morning music radio personality Denny Schaffer returns to Toledo, where he’ll host mornings on that city’s new Star 105 (WWWM). Schaffer (pictured) previously hosted shows on crosstown News/Talker WSPD and at CHR WVKS … CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of Howard Stern Show regular Eric ‘The Actor’ Lynch, who died over the weekend after being rushed to a hospital with heart problems. He was 39. Variety.com’s Alex Stedman has the full story HERE.
24-year Pittsburgh radio personality and comedian Jim Krenn hooks up with KDKA, where he’ll co-host the station’s morning show with Larry Richert and John Shumway every Friday, from 8-9am. Krenn will kick-off his new radio stint this Friday (9/13), broadcasting live during the CBS Radio News/Talker’s annual Spaghetti Breakfast in downtown Pittsburgh … Alpha Media News/Talker WHIS/Bluefield, WV adds a new local show, The Bottom Line with Mike McClanahan. Airing Thursdays from 8-9am, the new program is aimed at helping people improve their performance and experience in their day-to-day work lives … Chicago media reporter Robert Feder notes that longtime Windy City talk host and newsman Cisco Cotto is joining CBS Radio/Chicago’s all-newser WBBM. Read more HERE … Pictured above at the recent Survivor In The City event held in Chicago to benefit the Brain Aneurysm Foundation are (L-R): WGN/Chicago’s Andrea Darlas, Sutherland Media namesake and event organizer Janet Sutherland, WLS Radio’s Jennifer Keiper (a brain aneurysm survivor) and legendary sports media personality Chet Coppock. Chet has donated a portion of proceeds from the sale of his new book, Laying It On The Line, to the charity.
In recent years, what was once known as Clear Channel Radio — a company with its roots in Texas, the home of CC founder Lowry Mays — changed its name to Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, a moniker that, at the time, was said to better reflect the totality of the company’s operations. Today, CCM&E announced that it will jettison Clear Channel from its corporate name altogether to become iHeart Media – a name that Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman once again says better reflects the company that Clear Channel has become. “iHeartMedia reflects our commitment to being the media company that provides the most entertainment to the most engaged audiences wherever they go, with more content and more events in more places on more devices,” said Pittman. To those wondering if the name change signals a reduction in commitment to the company’s 859 broadcast radio stations across some 150 markets Pittman added,” iHeartMedia was created by the strongest broadcast radio stations in the country, and we will continue to build this company the same way — on the country’s strongest radio stations. We are especially excited because our digital platform extends the reach and impact for our wildly popular on-air personalities and it’s a platform that only iHeartMedia provides.” Get more details on the newly dubbed iHeart Media HERE.