Yesterday we reported how radio broadcasters across the country are stepping up to help victims of the devastating floods in southern Louisiana. Today we learn that the Broadcasters Foundation of America “is moving swiftly” to provide emergency grants to broadcasters whose lives and property have been severely damaged by those floods in Louisiana, as well as to those impacted by the serious wildfires burning in California. The BFA’s Emergency and Disaster Grant Program features an abbreviated vetting process that gets emergency funds to victims within a week. The Foundation offered similar expedited programs for broadcasters in need following Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin, MO tornadoes and Hurricane Sandy in the New York/New Jersey region. “It’s imperative that we get these emergency funds into the hands of broadcasters within days,” said Dan Mason (pictured), Chairman of the Foundation. “The Broadcasters Foundation has a track record of moving quickly and nimbly in emergencies, while thoroughly screening the abridged applications for need.” To be considered for the Emergency and Disaster Emergency Grant Program, applicants must have worked in radio or television broadcasting and be facing extreme financial hardship due to a natural or environmental disaster. Find out more HERE.
Although the presidential campaign won’t get into full swing until after the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend, Media Monitors notes there have been some increases in campaign spending on radio ads in the past 10 days, after a lull in spending following the party primary election battles. The Liberty Action Group PAC aired 406 radio spots in support of GOP nominee Donald Trump, while his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton, aired just two radio ads in the same period. Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson aired 162 spots on broadcast radio, while the upstart Willie Wilson For President campaign aired 4 radio ads. Meanwhile, on the negative side of the political ad spectrum, The Great America PAC — a political action committee supporting Donald Trump — aired 266 ‘against’ spots targeting Hillary Clinton. Media Monitors will continue logging the candidates’ spending on radio right on up until Election Day 2016 in November.
Two longtime broadcasters — veteran manager and second generation broadcaster David Martin and recovering radio programmer and manager Kipper McGee — have teamed up to offer Brandwidth On Demand, a new 15-minute weekly podcast based on McGee’s book, Brandwidth: How Big Broadcasting is Missing the Mediamorphosis. The duo’s new weekly podcast will explore “the skills and savvy required to succeed in the fast changing mediascape.” NTS MediaOnline Today readers can subscribe to the new podcast for free by texting “REBOOT” to 44222 … Late yesterday Nielsen told it’s Los Angeles audio ratings subscribers that some “irregular compliance patterns” had turned up in the current round of ratings data, and said an investigation resulted in the removal of 35 households from the L.A. PPM panel. It’s the second time in as many years that there’s been questions about PPM results in L.A. Nielsen says it is continuing to conduct an investigation to ascertain what, if any, additional actions it might take, however, the company has said the “irregular compliance pattern” was apparently a personnel issue and gave no indication that any media clients were involved.
The Mentoring and Inspiring Women In Radio (MIW) Group has named Neuhoff Communications President and Chief Executive Officer Beth Neuhoff the winner of the group’s 8th annual Frances Preston Trailblazer Award. Neuhoff (left) will be honored on September 21st during the 2016 NAB/RAB Radio Show. The MIW award is presented annually to a woman who, through her leadership and success in the media industry, creates opportunities for other women in radio … iHeartMedia appoints Dave Hovel Senior Vice President of Programming for the company’s six-station Salisbury, MD cluster including Newsradio 1470 and FOX Sports 960AM. Hovel starts his new gig on August 29th … One time Libertarian Party Vice Presidential candidate, author and KBET/Las Vegas talk host Wayne Allyn Root releases his latest book today (8/23). Angry White Male: How the Donald Trump Phenomenon is Changing America is Root’s third book, having previously released The Murder of the Middle Class in 2014, and The Power Of Relentless in 2015.
Recently, media researcher Mark Ramsey (right) started a bit of a social media firestorm with a post to his blog suggesting to broadcasters it’s “time to drop Nielsen’s PPM” over continuing concerns about the electronic ratings system’s reliability and audience sample size. Understandably, Nielsen disputed Ramsey’s analysis and penned a response to him saying (in part), “We strongly believe in and stand behind our portable people meter (PPM) technology. Our 70,000+ PPM panel is representative of the marketplace.” Not backing down, Ramsey has posted a follow-up piece (which includes Nielsen’s aforementioned response to his first post in full) saying the ratings giant is citing the 70,000+ PPM panelists number to confuse the real issue of sample size. “It’s one thing to represent the market with 70,000 panelists when that market is yours,” he says.”It’s another thing to represent it when the difference between ratings success and failure is a handful of listening occasions from fewer panelists than you have fingers on one hand. Your station’s ratings don’t vary because of big numbers, they vary because of small ones. They vary not because your ratings depend on 70,000+ PPM panelists, but because they hinge precariously on one or two.” Read Mark’s full post HERE.
Congratulations to a trio of winners of the 2016 RTDNA/NEFE Awards for Personal Finance Reporting, including Tina Martin, WGBH-FM/Boston (Radio/pictured); Jillian Berman, MarketWatch (Online) and Chris Vanderveen, KUSA-TV/Denver (Television) … BRAGGIN’ RIGHTS: iHeartMedia reports it’s digital music and radio streaming service, iHeartRadio, has topped 90 million registered users. iHM says more than 10 million new users have signed-up for the service in just the past seven months. The free digital audio platform was launched in 2011 … The Conclave, which celebrates its 41st anniversary this year, has appointed three new members to its Board of Directors including Peter Bowen, VP/Market Manager, Cumulus Media/Chicago; Tony Coles, EVP/Programming, iHeart Media; and Melek Demir, Director of Radio, National Association of Broadcasters.
Customizing radio messages to local markets in key battleground states is the most impactful way to swing young Independent voters in the upcoming presidential election and in critical down ballot races. That’s according to the latest report of The Local Vote 2016, the ongoing study from Katz Media Group and Nielsen to take the pulse of voters in this presidential election year and measure how various media can reach and influence the electorate. The fifth wave of information that’s been released from the study focuses on the one-in-four voters in key battleground states who are Independents. Among some of the study’s key findings:
• Radio is the #1 reaching media platform among 94% of battleground Independents, followed by broadcast TV (88%), cable TV (85%) and the mobile Internet (62%).
• Radio is also the media platform used by the most Generation X Independents in battleground states (97%).
• News/Talk/Sports Radio is listened to on a weekly basis by more Independent voters (33%) than those who watch cable news channels — CNN (23%), Fox News (15%) and MSNBC (10%).
“Independents can have a huge influence on election outcomes, and the Local Vote insights show the dominance radio has in reaching persuadable voters in battleground states,” said Pat McGee, SVP of Political Strategies for Katz Radio Group. “By combining the power of radio — the number one reaching medium for battleground Independents — with Nielsen’s Voter Ratings solution, political advertisers can precisely match voter behavior with radio listening, enabling campaigns to target key voter segments in more granular detail across each state.” Read more details from the latest chapter of the KMG/Nielsen report HERE.
Cumulus Media coaxes 35-year Youngstown, Ohio radio veteran Bill Kelly out of retirement to assume the role of Vice President/Market Manager for its eight-station cluster in the market. Kelly (right) retired from crosstown iHeartMedia last February, where he served as Regional President for the Youngstown and Washington Court House, OH markets, and three West Virginia markets … iHeartMedia has elevated the roles of company executives Michael Preacher and Dave Carwile in a realignment of markets within the company’s Northeast Division. Preacher, formerly Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, will now lead the company’s DC and Baltimore stations in the newly redefined Washington, DC region. Concurrently, Region President Dave Carwile will now oversee the newly expanded Virginia-Carolina Region. Both wii report to Hartley Adkins, President of iHM’s Northeast Division and Corporate Operations of the iHeartMedia Markets Group.
National Radio Hall of Famer, WCBS-FM/New York morning personality and United Stations Radio Networks’ nationally syndicated host of America’s Greatest Hits, Scott Shannon (left), will host the 28th annual National Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony and celebration, November 17th, at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago. The 2016 NRHOF inductees include George G. Beasley, Michael Savage, Delilah, Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak), Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), Steve Harvey, Bob Kingsley, Kidd Kraddick, Tony Roberts and Neil Rogers. “Scott Shannon adds a whole lot of fun and energy to an already electric and emotion filled evening,” said NRHOF Chairman Kraig Kitchin. “He’s a 2006 National Radio Hall of Fame inductee himself, so he knows just how meaningful this evening is for our Class of 2016 inductees and will bring the perfect tenor to the ceremony.”
Word out of San Francisco is that KGO Radio evening host DreX has left the building at the Cumulus Media News/Talker, citing personal reasons for his departure. DreX has already been scrubbed from the KGO website, with no name listed at the time of this post to replace him in the weekday 7-10pm slot … Beasley Interim CEO Caroline Beasley, Cox Media Group EVP/Radio Bill Hendrich and Alpha Media founder and Chairman Larry Wilson will be among the participants in the 2016 Leadership Breakfast at next month’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville. Learn more HERE … That’s Westwood One syndicated talker and avid dog-lover Mark Levin (pictured), introducing a couple of new friends to one another at Cumulus Media/New York’s recently held 6th annual Bark In The Park event. Levin, who airs nightly in New York on News/Talker WABC, is a longtime supporter of the yearly pet fair that helps find homes for dogs from North Shore Animal League America and other local rescue organizations.