Bridge Ratings has been tracking consumer trends in media consumption for a number of years now, and recently released the first look at a new study just completed by the firm at the end of October. Measured media in this study, entitled Media Hierarchy Activity Preferences, include broadcast radio, pureplay and simulcast Internet radio, owned music, social media sites, podcasting and other entertainmentmedia activity options available to consumers. Among some of the highlights:
• Broadcast radio, which prior to the pervasiveness of the Internet and its many options was among the primary sources of information or entertainment in mornings, today is the first ‘GoTo’ entertainment activity choice of 55% of the sample.
• Text messaging is a dominant activity throughout the day and leads in morning drive with 9 out of 10 members of the sample saying they start texting almost as soon as they wake with Social site activity a close second with 87%.
• Podcasting has its greatest consumption during the evening hours when time allows for longer digital entertainment activity.
“Our Media Activity Preference study clarifies consumer preferences for entertainment media activities over the course of a typical day,” said Bridge Ratings President Dave Van Dyke (pictured). “The hierarchy of activities provides a better understanding of consumer time-spent with media.” Read more HERE.
If you happen to call the Sun Broadcast Group offices today, don’t be too surprised to find things around the office a bit “looser” than usual, as the staff of the New York City and Boca Raton-based syndicator celebrates their seventh anniversary this week. As part of the celebration, SBG will unveil its 2016 programming lineup — including new programs and services for Country, Rock, Spoken-Word and Hispanic radio — at their annual upfront gala, to be held this Friday night (11/20) … Beasley Media Group has tapped Bob Turner to be General Sales Manager for the company’s six southwest Florida stations located in Ft. Myers-Naples-Marco Island. Turner (pictured) was most recently President of international television network Azteca America … CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of former WHAM and WBBF/Rochester talk host Jack Kinnicut, who died Saturday (11/14) in Arizona, just a month after being diagnosed with what was termed “an aggressive form of cancer.” Friends are sharing thoughts and remembering Jack on his Facebook page.
Friday (11/13) turned out to be one of those crazy days when newsrooms suddenly found themselves face-to-face with rapidly breaking news of the terrorist attacks in Paris, placing all of the major Radio network news operations into instant ‘all hands on deck mode’ to provide affiliates with wall-to-wall coverage and updates on the attacks throughout the weekend. That’s ABC News Radio reporter Aaron Katersky (pictured) reporting live just outside the scene of one of the bomb blasts in Paris … Kudos to WRKO/Boston on raising over $357,000 during their recently held 2nd annual Fisher House Radiothon. One of the highlights of the fundraiser was when Boston native and Hollywood celebrity Mark Wahlberg phoned in his support, with a $100,000 donation to help Fisher House continue its efforts to build comfort homes that support families of recovering military men and women at VA and military facilities nationwide. Hear Wahlberg’s call to the Entercom-owned News/Talker HERE,
Attorneys representing syndicated radio host Todd Clem (a.k.a. ‘Bubba The Love Sponge’) in a lawsuit brought by Nielsen charging him with ratings tampering, have filed a motion in federal court seeking to have the suit dismissed. The Tampa Bay Times’ Pam Huff reports Clem’s attorneys claim Nielsen’s complaint “bites off more than it can chew” and additionally charged, “Nielsen fails to deliver evidence of systematic and ongoing actions involving radio panelists, evidence of fraud and other counts in the original lawsuit.” The alleged PPM tampering incident caused Clem’s Tampa Bay affiliate WBRN-FM to get delisted from both the September and October Nielsen rating reports — a move station owner Beasley Media Group strongly protested, saying the company was “blindsided” by Nielsen’s actions. Read more HERE.
Christmas is arriving early at WTMJ/Milwaukee with a never-before-seen rendition of A Christmas Carol, starring station personality Charlie Sykes (left) as Ebenezer Scrooge and Green Bay Packers play-by-play voice Wayne Larrivee as ‘The Narrator.’ The show will be presented and recorded live on December 1st at Turner Hall in Milwaukee, beginning at 7pm. WTMJ will replay the performance on-air throughout the Christmas season on the E.W. Scripps-owned News/Talker and its website … Entercom/Kansas City Sports/Talker 610 Sports Radio (KCSP) inks a four-year extension of radio rights for the Kansas City Royals. KCSP has been the broadcast partner for the 2015 World Series champs for the past eight years … WestStar MultiMedia Entertainment is partnering with the Arizona Production Association to host a drone workshop and facility tour on Saturday, November 14th from 1-5pm. Get full details HERE … Colorado-based WeedStream Radio now airs on the iHeartRadio app. WeedStream is an entertainment company focused on the legalized marijuana culture with WeedStream Radio, WeedStream TV and WeedStream Events. Weedstream Radio’s CEO is broadcast veteran Mike Henry, who co-founded the venture with Dino Ianni.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), producer of the NAB Show and Content & Communications World (CCW), is rebranding the CCW event as the NAB Show New York. Attracting some 7,000 attendees annually and showcasing a full range of next-generation technology for media and entertainment professionals, the newly named NAB Show New York is going on today and tomorrow at the Javits Convention Center in New York City … Steal This Idea: Some 25 speakers will participate at KNX/Los Angeles’ A Sandwich Generation Forum & Resource Expo, an event designed to offer guidance for people facing the rapidly growing and complex challenges of caregiving for aging parents and growing children. The free event takes place this Saturday, November 14th, from 9am-3pm at the Burbank Airport Marriott Convention Center … Get Well Wishes: To retired WTOP/Washington VP News and Programming and longtime News radio veteran and consultant Jim Farley (pictured above in a hospital bed ‘selfie’), who reports on his Facebook page that he’s “recovering from successful surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Feeling pretty good and hoping to get sprung this afternoon.”
WBAP/Dallas evening host Chris Krok grabbed a souvenir photo (left) with actor John Krasinski (The Office) at the recently held 2015 AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, where Krasinski served as the race’s Grand Marshal. Krok is celebrating his 3rd year partnering with the track, where year “Krok and His Flock” offered listeners a chance to get a tour of the Sprint Cup Series Garage, a concert with Sammy Hagar and the opportunity to hold the American flag during the National Anthem, all before watching the race … iHeartMedia Communities, the community engagement brand of iHeartMedia, along with News/Talker KFI/Los Angeles, will host their fifth KFI Radiothon to help Caterina’s Club continue to provide some 1,700 local “motel kids” — low-income children living in area motels — a nutritionally balanced meal seven nights a week/365 days a year. To date, Caterina’s Club has served more than one million meals to hungry children. All of KFI’s personalities will join the 17-hour broadcast including: Bill Handel, Aron Bender, Bill Carroll, Gary Hoffman, Shannon Farren, John Kobylt & Ken Chiampou, Neil Saavedra, Mo’ Kelly, Monique Marvez, Tim Conway Jr. and more.
Sales and marketing veteran Erik Neubart joins Westwood One as Senior Director/Sports Marketing & Sales. Neubart (left) will work directly with the company’s agency-client partners to “create innovative, multi-platform brand integrations and marketing solutions across the Westwood One sports assets” including Westwood One Sports’ live play-by-play and the NBC Sports Radio and CBS Sports Radio networks. He’ll be based in New York City, reporting directly to Julie Boruchov, VP/Sports Sales … KTAR-FM/Phoenix names the station’s Get Outdoors show host and regular fill-in talk host Mike Russell as full time host of Arizona’s Evening News. Meanwhile, news anchor Becky Lynn moves from mid-mornings to afternoons at the Bonneville News/Talker, where she’ll anchor the news for KTAR’s Mac and Gaydos Show … During last week’s annual National Radio Hall of Fame gala in Chicago, Chairman Kraig Kitchin announced plans are underway to make the more than 1,000 videos of radio personalities compiled by ‘Radio’s Best Friend’ Art Vuolo (right) over the past 40 years a permanent part of the NRHOF at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Contributions are now being accepted to purchase the video library, curate the new ‘A History of the American DJ’ exhibit and maintain its content. Companies or individuals wishing to contribute can do so by clicking on the Paypal link on the project’s Facebook page, or by sending a check to: History of the DJ, PO Box 10130, Chicago, IL 60610.
CNN Money reports that Facebook is set to launch a new app that will push out breaking news to users. Reportedly called ‘Notify,’ CNN says users will be able to sign up for notifications from individual news outlets, without having to install other apps. Read more HERE … The Taz Show: Bodyslams & Beyond, a two-hour (7-9am/ET) weekday program featuring pro-wrestling World Heavyweight Champion Taz, is now also available as a live video stream on TazShow.com. Audio of the program was launched in September and can be listened to live and on-demand on CBS Radio’s digital Play.it podcast network … SiriusXM and FanDuel will launch a new weekly fantasy sports basketball show on the satcaster’s 24/7 NBA channel. Hosted by SiriusXM’s Jared Greenberg and FanDuel insider Madelyn Burke, satellite radio subscribers can check out new shows every Wednesday at 3pm (ET) throughout the NBA season … Department of DOH! In yesterday’s edition of NTS MediaOnline Today we ran an incorrect photo of new Stephanie Miller Show co-host Jim Ward. For the record, that’s the Emmy-winning voice talent correctly pictured above.
Meanwhile, with all the negative attention Nielsen has drawn from radio broadcasters in recent months over its handling of questions about the integrity of its PPM audience measurement system, you’d figure the ratings giant would try to avoid lighting another bonfire within the radio industry, right? Well, it appears that’s just what Nielsen has done by announcing it has delisted Beasley Media Group-owned WBRN/Tampa for a second month in a row over alleged ratings tampering by the station’s outside, independently-contracted morning show host, Todd Clem (aka ‘Bubba The Love Sponge‘). The move caused almost instant blowback from BMG President Bruce Beasley who released the following statement late Monday (11/3): “Since the initial incident was reported to Beasley Media, we have had a constructive dialog with Nielsen, as we were also victimized by Mr. Clem’s actions. We instituted remedial actions against Mr. Clem which had been reviewed in advance by Nielsen. As Nielsen itself acknowledged, we cooperated fully with Nielsen to ensure the accuracy of their past and forthcoming ratings. Therefore, we were blindsided and disappointed to learn today that Nielsen Audio will exclude WBRN-FM from the October 2015 ratings. Nielsen has not shared with us, its longstanding client, any specific evidence of ratings distortion which could have had any impact on the October 2015 Ratings Report, thus suggesting that this action is related solely to the ongoing litigation between Nielsen and Mr. Clem. The fallout from this dispute may inflict collateral damage on Beasley, which, indisputably, has done nothing wrong.”