For the third consecutive year, the Illinois Associated Press Broadcasters Association has awarded Cumulus Media News/Talker WLS-AM/Chicago ‘Best Newscast /Large Market’ honors. Pictured (left) are WLS News Director John Dempsey; Anchor/Reporter Jennifer Keiper; and Anchor/Reporter Nick Gale basking in the glow of the station’s latest win … The New York Market Radio Association (NYMRAD) has released the First Quarter, 2016 State of the New York Market Report, in which it reports that luxury retailers need only to look to radio to reach the Tri-State area’s high income listeners. “New York Market Radio reaches 91% of high-income households ($250,000+), plus over 90% of those who own a second home, plan on buying a luxury car, dined in upscale restaurants, purchased fine jewelry in excess of $500, and vacations in excess of $10,000.” notes the report … NewsRadio 1020 KDKA/Pittsburgh will host the Allegheny Health Network Senior Life Today event this weekend (4/30), geared towards serving the rapidly growing number of senior adults and caregivers of seniors. KDKA personalities will be onsite throughout the day and the station will broadcast live from the daylong event.
NTS MediaOnline Today congratulates KCBS/San Francisco and staff reporter Doug Sovern (left), along with then-Director of News and Programming Ed Cavagnaro, on being honored by the National Society of Professional Journalists with a Sigma Delta Chi Award for the CBS Radio all newser’s investigative report Unholy Water. The five-part series exposed the San Francisco Archdiocese’s installation of an illegal plumbing system at St. Mary’s Cathedral designed to pour water on homeless people and keep them from sleeping in the cathedral doorways during the worst drought in California history … Digital media and broadcast veteran Glenn Kleiman has been named Executive Director of non-comm Radio Milwaukee (88.9 WYMS-FM) and RadioMilwaukee.org … FOX News will launch a new centralized long-form specials unit to be headed by network veteran Michael Clemente, who will assume the new title of Executive Vice President of News Specials. Concurrently, Jay Wallace is named Executive Vice President of News and Editorial. Both Clemente and Wallace will report directly to FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in their new roles.
As the presidential primary season heads into its final weeks, Media Monitors has released its update on the spots both parties ran on radio, between April 15th and 24th, in 82 major markets across the U.S. Democrat Bernie Sanders was the clear winner for radio again, with a grand total of 4,531 radio spots aired, followed by Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, with a total of 1,590 radio ads aired. Republican hopeful Donald Trump’s campaign ran 745 spots, while rival Ted Cruz aired 445 spots. All negative/against radio ads monitored in the period came from the Our Principles PAC, which aired 51 anti-Donald Trump spots. Voters head to the polls today in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
Beasley Media Group ups Mark Sturcken (right) from National Sales Manager to Director of Sales for the company’s Las Vegas cluster. A 24-year veteran of the Vegas radio market, Strucken joined Beasley’s Sin City cluster as NSM in 2010 … CBS Radio SVP/Communications Karen Mateo will leave that post early next month after over two decades with the CBS Communications department. Company president Andre Fernandez told staffers of Mateo’s pending May 6th departure in a memo, saying in light of the proposed split-off of the radio division, the veteran communications pro “felt it was a natural time to make this change.” Fernandez and EVP/Communications Dana McClintock will now begin the search to fill Mateo’s shoes @ CBS Radio …. Jeremy Sinon, who has been doing double duty at Hubbard Radio as the local Twin Cities and corporate Director of Digital Strategy, will now get to devote full attention to his company-wide role, as Hubbard begins the search for a successor to assume Jeremy’s local duties for its hometown Minneapolis-St. Paul cluster … Just a heads up that there are only 72 hours left to submit your entry for the upcoming 2016 Mercury Radio Awards. With up to $90,000 in cash prizes — including the $50K ‘Best of Show’ — up for grabs, it’s well worth checking out how to submit your station’s entry HERE.
Speaking of Poynter, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has joined forces with The Poynter Institute to provide its members with access to Poynter’s most popular journalism training resources. Active members of the Association will enjoy discounts to a wide range of webinars, self-directed courses, online group seminars and in-person training from Poynter’s distinguished faculty, along with some of the industry’s brightest minds and most accomplished journalists. “Our members have told us that training is a priority, as they look for ways to build their skills and be true leaders in our business,” said Mike Cavender, Executive Director of RTDNA. “We’re excited to expand our relationship with Poynter and provide more opportunities for professional growth.”
The NAB reports that its annual confab in Las Vegas officially tallied just over 103,000 registrations this year, including over 26,000 international attendees from 187 countries around the world. Yesterday’s (4/20) events kicked off with a Q&A between FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Marci Burdick, NAB Executive Committee member and former Television Board chair. While most of their conversation was focused on issues facing the television industry, Wheeler also spoke to the Commission’s long-promoted AM Radio Revitalization efforts, cheerfully predicting a bright future for the medium, and suggesting the Commission’s processing of over 500 FM translator applications for AM’s since opening the filing window as evidence of that prediction. NAB Show attendees will crowd McCarren International Airport today, after the annual broadcast and digital media show wraps up this afternoon with a way cool sounding final event — ‘Drone Racing’ in the Aerial Robotics Pavilion (located at the Las Vegas Convention Center).
The annual Radio Luncheon was held yesterday (4/19) at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, where ESPN Radio hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic (pictured) were inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Obviously humbled by the honor, Greenberg said, “It is certainly the greatest honor of my professional life. When I see the list of people who have been inducted it is impossible to imagine being included. But I’m thrilled and very grateful to everyone who supported us.” Golic echoed his partner’s sentiment adding, “I’m stunned. When you look at the list of people in this Hall of Fame and think that my name is next to these names, I thought one of two things. We’re in a separate category not associated with these great names or it’s a down year and they had to name somebody. I certainly don’t feel I belong with these great names.” The event also featured a keynote address from Kim Komando, (right) host of the nationally syndicated Kim Komando Show, highlighting her views on radio broadcasting, web publishing and technology. Also at the luncheon, ten local radio stations were named recipients of this year’s NAB Crystal Radio Awards, recognizing them for outstanding, year-round commitment to community service. News/Talkers honored this year include KNX/Los Angeles, KTAR-FM/Phoenix, WCCO/Minneapolis/St. Paul and WWJ/Detroit.
WBAP/Dallas host Chris Krok (pictured left with his wife Faye) reports he and his family got the ride of their life when they got to be helicoptered to-and-from the recent Duck Commander 500 NASCAR race at the Texas Motor Speedway. This marked the third year that Krok and “Flock” have held a sold-out event at the popular racing venue, with some listeners choosing to ‘Texas Size’ their experience this year by opting to avoid the traffic and fly round trip from Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport to the Speedway, as Krok and his family did … Rachel Adams and Kelwynn Napoleon have been named Local Sales Managers for Cumulus/New Orleans. Napoleon joined the cluster seven years ago as Senior Account Executive, while Adams joins Cumulus from Entercom’s crosstown Big Easy stations, where she served as National Director of eCommerce and Digital Sales … Kudos to the crew at Alpha Media/Watertown, SD as the entire cluster did their part in helping to raise over $81,000 in donations during a two-day Radiothon to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network and the Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls.
Broadcast radio programming veteran Todd Cavanah has been named Vice President/Programming for CBS Radio’s Windy City cluster, including All-News WBBM-AM & WCFS-FM and Sports/Talker WSCR, along with CHR WBBM-FM, Classic Hits WJMK-FM, Country WUSN-FM and Adult Alternative WXRT-FM. Starting his career off in the music biz and the radio industry in Denver, in 1990 Cavanah joined WBBM-FM as an on-air personality and was later promoted to PD of that station in 1993. Since 2011, he’s also served as PD for WJMK … Steve Weed has been named Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s stations located across Central California, including Fresno, Bakersfield, Modesto/Stockton, and Monterey. Weed, who has been with iHM since 2010, will also continue to serve as Senior Vice President for the Fresno market. His broadcast radio resume includes past programming stints in New York, Detroit, Seattle and St. Louis … Alpha Media/Greenville-New Bern, NC awards a trio of Senior Account Executives with new sales management positions. Tori Ange and Paula Wood have been promoted to Local Sales Managers, with Tori working in the Greenville area, and Paula working with sellers in the Jacksonville area. Concurrently, Tim Knisley will assume a new role at the cluster as he is named National Sales Manager.
Even as Nielsen reports that PPM ratings for News/Talk are up-year-to-year, The Telos Alliance — parent company of 25-Seven, makers of the Voltair Watermark Monitor and Processor — have announced the availability of Voltair Data Export Licenses to help broadcasters obtain what a release from the company called, “A comprehensive minute-by-minute understanding of exactly which programming is not encoding well in Nielsen’s PPM.” The Data Export License allows users to export data in a color-coded Excel spreadsheet for each broadcast day, “giving programmers information to help identify the voices, commercials, and songs that don’t encode well” for each minute of programming. “Broadcasters know that not all programming encodes equally well in PPM, and some content encodes downright badly,” says Geoff Steadman (right), founder and president of 25-Seven. “While the Voltair unit itself provides a visual display that indicates when content is or isn’t being encoded well, the data that Voltair constantly collects gives a more granular analysis.” Voltair — including the newly released, diagnostic-only Voltair M (“for stations that want visibility into their encoding system, but don’t currently need Voltair’s full processing capabilities”) — are on display this week during the NAB Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.