The first phase of a two-part study completed by media research firm Coleman Insights and its knowDigital division reveals that NextRadio, the app that allows consumers to listen to local radio stations using the FM chips already installed in their smartphones, offers solid potential to address the portability needs of radio listeners. The research was funded by the NAB and completed in cooperation with Emmis Communications, which developed NextRadio and has spearheaded the radio industry’s support for its rollout. Among other findings, the study found that many smartphone owners perceive that their ability to consume broadcast radio outside of their car or at home is restricted by their lack of access to devices that can receive broadcast signals. When participants were introduced to NextRadio and given an opportunity to use it during the interviews, they expressed the belief that the app would make FM a truly mobile medium, allowing them to listen to radio while engaging in other activities — something many respondents believe is currently unavailable. “To anyone over 40-years old who grew up with transistor radios and Walkmans, the idea that radio isn’t mobile is striking,” commented Coleman Insights President/COO Warren Kurtzman, who conducted the interviews along with knowDigital president Sam Milkman. “That is, however, the perception among many consumers in their 20s and 30s and it appears that NextRadio has a great opportunity to address that challenge.” Watch a streaming video presentation of the study’s findings HERE.
From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: While on a family vacation in Israel, longtime KIIS/Los Angeles morning co-host Ellen K (pictured), her husband Roy Laughlin and their son Calvin, found themselves caught up in the conflict that recently broke out there. The family learned what it’s like when the sirens suddenly go off and citizens are forced to run for the closet bomb shelter. Our friend Don Anthony over at Jockline Daily has more details HERE … The Badge of Honor Memorial Foundation recently partnered with Cumulus Media’s 70 News/Talk stations nationwide to help spread the word about Police Week and the work of the Foundation. The goal of the media campaign was to spread the word about the mission of the Badge of Honor Foundation, which assists the survivors of officers who have been killed in the line of duty, and also to educate the public about the yearly Police Week event held in Washington, DC.
Cumulus Media-owned Westwood One has announced an agreement with NextRadio that will enable all U.S. radio stations to use advertising inventory to fund the industry’s payments to Sprint. Over the past year, broadcasters have been asked to commit dollars and/or inventory to fund the Sprint NextRadio Initiative, which plans to sell at least 30 million FM receiver-enabled smartphones in the next three years. Broadcasters can now meet their commitment by providing two minutes per station per day (Mon-Sun/ 6am-midnight) that Westwood One will sell on NextRadio’s behalf to pay the proceeds to Sprint. “We are confident that NextRadio is a game-changer for the radio industry and will reignite growth,” said Jeff Smulyan, Chairman and CEO of Emmis Communications – and the driving force behind NextRadio. “The addition of Westwood One to focus on the sales effort will allow companies to use ROS inventory to fulfill their pledges instead of writing checks. This gives every company an option.”
HEARD ON THE RADIO: Salem Radio Network host Bill Bennett is a big fan of Phil Steele’s College Football Preview and admits to buying multiple copies of the publication every year. So when Bennett heard Steele guesting on SiriusXM’s On Campus With Bill King, the SRN host and college football fan just had to call-in to the show. After the call from “Bill in Washington” host Bill King said, “We’ve had some very famous names call us in the past — Dale Berra, Yogi’s son called — we’ve had some good ones. But that one ranks right up there.” Hearing about King’s comment later, the former U.S. Secretary of Education, National Drug Czar, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the only Talk radio host in America to ever be confirmed three times by the U.S. Senate quipped, “Well, at least I’m almost as famous a Yogi Berra’s son!” … Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman and CBS Radio President/CEO Dan Mason will headline a 2014 NAB/RAB Radio Show ”Super Session” titled, From The Control Room To The Board Room. The 9:15am session will take place on September 11th in Indianapolis, where NAB EVP Radio John David will moderate a candid conversation with the two group heads who both started out their now long and successful broadcast careers as music radio DJ’s. Get more Radio Show details and registration info HERE.
On the eve of his concert tonight in Lincoln, Nebraska the one and only Paul McCartney spent Sunday night with Berkshire Hathaway chairman Warren Buffet along with other guests at an Italian eatery in Omaha. Later “Sir Paul” and “The Oracle of Omaha” dropped by for some dessert at a popular local ice cream shop, where KOIL host Tom Becka grabbed a candid shot (right) as McCartney strolled the streets and chatted with fans. Becka has posted several more pics of McCartney’s visit to the Cornhusker State to his Facebook page HERE … 20-year industry veteran Michelle Sanders (Interep, Focus 360) has joined New York City-based Media Management Group as Senior Vice President of Sales, reporting directly to company President/CEO Jeff Schwartz. In her new capacity, Sanders will manage the cross-platform advertising sales for the programs on the MMG Radio Network.
A recent post at Breakthrough Management — the online blog by John Parikhal and Philippe Denichaud (pictured) — offers some sound advice along with a checklist of behaviors for managers and leaders who sometimes wonder why they aren’t getting the sort of commitment or performance they believe they should from those who work for them. Presented in a two-column format, the checklist compares some of the various traits and skills of those who manage vs. those who simply boss. Parikhal and Denichaud suggest that if you recognize any of your behaviors under the ‘Bossing’ column, those behaviors may be adding to your staffers’ unwillingness to perform or commit, “Because nobody likes to be bossed.” In the side-by-side comparison the post notes that good managers “ask” while bosses “tell.” Effective managers also “responsibly deal with non-performance immediately,” while those who are just the boss “judge non-performance as a lack of skills, commitment, motivation or poor attitude.” Find out if your leadership style is more “manager” or “boss” by checking out the full list of traits HERE.
In an op-ed recently posted to the company’s website, Edison Research VP Music and Programming Sean Ross comments on Edison’s recent findings that broadcast radio controls 52% of the just over four hours that the average listener spends with all sources of audio. While noting that number is substantial, Ross suggests some things he believes broadcasters could do to boost that percentage in the future. “Broadcast radio finds itself in the same place as major network television — likely diminished, but still controlling a bigger single piece than any of its competition,” writes Ross (pictured). “A lot of broadcasters’ mental energy goes into spinning numbers like this that are just big enough to brag about. But there are concrete steps that could at least nudge this number forward.” Find out what he believes some of those steps should be, including his observations on what could be a way to enlarge Talk radio’s fan club in the years ahead. Read more HERE.
ABC Television has confirmed rumors that Rosie O’Donnell (left) is headed back to The View to co-host the long running midday TV chat fest with current host Whoopi Goldberg and two additional co-hosts to be announced. TV Newser has more details on the retooling of The View’s dais in the wake of the recent retirement of the talk show’s founder, Barbara Walters HERE … You Herd Me, a new show featuring the best segments from Colin Cowherd’s daily ESPN Radio broadcast, will debut Monday (7/14) at 4:30pm on ESPN2. The Herd With Colin Cowherd will continue to be broadcast Monday through Friday from 10am-1pm on ESPN Radio … Greg McElroy, who quarterbacked the Alabama Crimson Tide to a BCS National Championship title in 2010, is joining the roster at SiriusXM’s College Sports Nation channel. McElroy and SiriusXM’s Taylor Zarzour will co-host The First Team, a new “live” three-hour morning show that bows Monday (7/14) at 7am (ET).
The New York Post’s Richard Johnson devotes some Page Six ink to the recent appearance of WNYM (AM 970 The Answer)/New York morning host Joe Piscopo (pictured) on ABC-TV’s Celebrity Wife Swap. During the show’s filming, the former Saturday Night Live cast member was reportedly slugged by his assistant, who also happens to be the mother of Piscipo’s young daughter. More details HERE … Clear Channel Media & Entertainment ups Mike Scott to the new role of Regional Market Manager, overseeing the company’s stations in the Mobile/Pensacola, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Biloxi and Laurel/Hattiesburg markets. The 12-year CC veteran has served in a variety of sales management positions for the company in New Orleans, Las Vegas, Dallas and most recently West Palm Beach … Word out of Cleveland is that WTAM evening and weekend host Bob Frantz has been escorted to the door at the Clear Channel-owned News/Talker. Crain’s Cleveland reporter Kevin Kleps has details HERE.
Clear Channel Media & Entertainment has promoted Brian Lakamp to the new role of President of Technology and Digital Ventures. In his new job, Lakamp (pictured) will work closely with CC Chairman/CEO Bob Pittman and CC President Rich Bressler to lead the overall technology platform and capabilities for all of Clear Channel, “maximizing the impact across all of its technology businesses — including its broadcast, digital radio, events and promotions and out-of-home businesses.” Concurrent with Lakamp’s latest move up the company ladder, CC’s digital audio platform iHeart Radio will now become part of the Clear Channel Networks Group, where it fall under the oversight of Darren Davis, President of that division. “Our corporate focus on digital, increasingly leveraging technology to maximize our business, reflects the natural evolution of Clear Channel into a 21st century media company,” said Pittman. “Creativity is also enabled by technology, and as advertisers’ interest in new and emerging technology options continues to grow, we intend to remain at the forefront of both innovation and creativity. Brian is perfectly positioned to help us, and our consumers, advertisers and content partners, as we continue to build Clear Channel’s digital roadmap for the future.”