Last night’s NAB Marconi Awards dinner and show at the 2015 NAB/RAB Radio Show in Atlanta, saw a number of News/Talk stations and personalities win the coveted award given annually to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio. Among this year’s Marconi Award winners of note from News/Talk/Sports radio:
•KYW/Philadelphia, Legendary Station
•WSB/Atlanta, News/Talk Station of the Year
•WFAN/New York, Sports Station of the Year
•WTOP/Washington, DC Major Market Station of the Year
•KRMG/Tulsa, Medium Market Station ofthe Year
•Dan Potter, KRMG/Tulsa, Medium Market Personality of the Year
•Brian Byers, WSOY/Decatur, IL, Small Market Personality of the Year
Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm. See all of this year’s winners HERE.
A recent collaboration between the Associated Press, NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and the American Press Institute that investigated the news consumption habits of Millennials, finds there are “some clear differences from previous generations in how Millennials — the first group of Americans to grow up with digital technology — consume news and information.” Challenging the common view that Millennials believe everything on the web should be free, the study found that overall 87% of Millennials personally pay for some type of subscription or other paid service, including news or entertainment services, with 40% reporting they personally paid for news products or services out of their own pockets. The study found that older Millennials are more likely than younger Millennials to pay out of their own pocket for news (45% over age 21. vs. 23% of those 18-21), and that Millennials who pay for news are much more likely to follow sports (56% vs. 44%) and current events such as national politics (51% vs. 38%), than those who do not pay for news. Read more details and insights from this most interesting study HERE.
The National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Advertising Bureau have reported attendance for their annual co-produced Radio Show is up a bit this year, with 2,170 registered attendees on hand for this year’s confab in Atlanta. That compares to 2,079 attendees who were at last year’s Radio Show held in Indianapolis. Additionally, organizers have released the dates and city for the 2016 NAB/RAB Radio Show, which will be held September 21st-23rd at the Omni Nashville Hotel in the heart of Music City. Meanwhile, this year’s Radio Show is in full swing in ‘Hot-lanta’ today, with a session from Nielsen to update broadcasters on promised enhancements to improve PPM encoding, The Telos Alliance’s unveiling of Voltair 2.0, an update from the NextRadio app folks, and of course tonight’s annual NAB Marconi Awards dinner and show, hosted by syndicated personality Rickey Smiley, with a performance by Grammy nominee and singer/songwriter Gavin DeGraw.
Last week the Piolin Presidential Poll — a weekly survey of listeners to nationally syndicated Hispanic radio personality Eddie Sotelo, a.k.a. Piolin, on who they plan to vote for in the 2016 presidential election — showed former Florida Governor Jeb Bush with a hefty lead over his GOP rivals among respondents to the survey of listeners to El Show de Piolin. This week’s second edition of the non-scientific poll focused on the 2016 Democratic hopefuls, with former First Lady, U.S. Senator and Obama Administration Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (pictured) leading the pack by a huge margin. Nearly 68% of respondents said they plan to vote for Hillary in the 2016 elections, with Vice President Joe Biden (who is not officially running) pacing a distant second, with just 17% of respondents saying they planned to vote for the Veep. Behind Biden was Senator Bernie Sanders, with 11.3% of respondents favoring him for President, while 3.8% of respondents said that they planned to vote for Governor Martin O’Malley.
Since the introduction of the name Voltair to the radio biz, the subject of audio watermarking for use in ratings measurement and the impact of various audio content on that system has come to the forefront of industry discussions. Dr. Barry Blesser (left), one of the minds behind Voltair, has done a considerable amount of research on the subject and continues his work to empower broadcasters with timely information about this topic, which directly impacts their bottom line. On October 16th, Blesser will present Audio Watermarking in Broadcasting is a System within a System, part of the Science of PPM afternoon breakout at the 2015 IEEE Broadcast Symposium in Orlando, Florida. The session will be chaired by Paul Shulins of Greater Media/Boston. Find out more about the event HERE … Paul Donovan has been named Vice President/Engineering for CBS Radio. In his new role, Donovan — who was most recently Director of Engineering/Northeast region — will now oversee engineering, information technology, real estate and capital for all of the radio division’s 117 stations across the country … From our “Not Exactly Talk Media News” Department: Congratulations to longtime L.A. radio personality and On The Air With Ryan Seacrest co-host Ellen K, who has been selected as the voice of the upcoming 88th annual Academy Awards, to be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016 in Hollywood and televised on ABC-TV.
Well, maybe a ‘rumble’ isn’t exactly the word for what could happen, but we’ll bet there will be some considerable convention floor buzz and the continuation of a war of words in the wake of two dueling Thursday afternoon sessions — Nielsen PPM Encoding Update and Voltair: New Monitoring Capabilities for Measuring Watermark Quality — at this week’s 2015 NAB/RAB Radio Show in Atlanta. While Nielsen has maintained ‘radio silence’ on the controversy over PPM’s reliability since a July client call (in which the company promised to deliver PPM “enhancements” by the end of this year), the folks over at 25-Seven Systems and the Telos Alliance are trumpeting news of the official release of ‘Voltair 2.0’ in advance of Thursday (10/1) afternoon’s Radio Show session. “Voltair gives stations a peek into the ‘black box’ of a critical system that directly affects their bottom line, and Version 2.0 provides them with more information than ever before,” notes 25-Seven founder Geoff Steadman. “Clients who’ve previewed Voltair’s new capabilities can’t stop raving about the level of information it provides them with. And, as everybody knows, information means power.” We’d suggest you grab your seats early, as you can expect standing-room-only turnouts at both of these sessions that will be held at Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Following yesterday’s ‘Breaking News’ that Cumulus Media CEO Lew Dickey is being replaced in that role by current Board member Mary Berner, NTS MediaOnline Today has also learned that John Dickey (left), Cumulus EVP/Programming and Content and Lew’s brother, has left the building at the company’s Atlanta headquarters. His duties will reportedly be handled on an interim basis by current SVP/Programming and Content Mike McVay (right). With speculation rampant about just what further internal restructuring could be coming to the company in the wake of its recent stock price slide and corporate management shake-up, newly minted CEO Berner is expected to hold a company-wide “getting to know you” conference call next month when she officially assumes her new duties. Beleaguered Cumulus staffers are hoping Berner will use that call to offer further insights into her and the Board’s plans for the future direction of the struggling multi-platform media company.
As NTS MediaOnline Today subscribers first learned via our “Breaking News” email earlier today, the Board of Directors of Cumulus Media have announced that Mary G. Berner has been named Chief Executive Officer of the company, effective October 13, 2015. Berner (pictured), joined the Cumulus board this past May. She will succeed Lew Dickey, the company’s founder and soon-to-be-former CEO, who will move to a new role as Vice Chairman and continue as a Director of the company. Berner most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Association of Magazine Media. From 2007-2011, she was Chief Executive Officer of Reader’s Digest Association and, before that, Chief Executive Officer of Fairchild Publications. “We are delighted that Mary has agreed to serve as our new CEO,” said Cumulus Media Board Chairman Jeffrey Marcus. “Mary is a proven executive, with over 30 years of experience in media, driving results in multi-platform advertising and content driven businesses. Not only has she successfully built and transformed some of the best-known consumer and b2b media brands and companies in the world, she has demonstrated an ability to turn around a company’s performance and build value for shareholders.” While major changes at Cumulus Media have been rumored for months, today’s announcement comes just as much of the radio industry is descending on the company’s hometown of Atlanta this week for the annual NAB/RAB Radio Show, where the executive shuffle is sure to be a hot topic of talk in the halls and bars of the Marriott Marquis. Read the official company announcement HERE.
The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) will release A White Paper on Programmatic for The Radio Industry tomorrow (9/30) in conjunction with a general session being held during the 2015 NAB/RAB Radio Show entitled Unlocking Programmatic’s Potential. The RAB pro-actively commissioned the white paper which is designed to educate all constituents on the programmatic landscape, its opportunities, challenges and implications … AdLarge Media and KMG Networks launch a joint venture with Harris Media, the producer of Control Room Pro, a suite of digital production field and study tools including Anchor Dashboard, QGoLive and Motion Mixes. AdLarge will lead national ad sales efforts for the products, while KMG will spearhead radio station distribution … Congratulations to KFI/Los Angeles’ The Fork Report host Neil Saavedra and show producer Oscar Ramirez (both pictured above) on winning the weekly program’s second Golden Foodie Award for ‘Best Food Talk Show’ at the group’s recently held annual awards ceremony in L.A.
Destiny Media Networks has retained the services of former Premiere Networks SVP/Research Len Klatt to lead research and audience analytics initiative for the networks. Klatt, who heads up his own consultancy, The Winning Run, will work closely with and directly advise Destiny Media Network President/CEO Scott Elberg who said, “Len gives Destiny Media Networks credibility in the advertising community with his experiences as a researcher. As a startup company, we are fortunate to have a well-respected radio research executive on our team.” … Moody Radio has named Brad Law as Station Manager for the Christian radio network’s stations in Alabama (WRNF/Selma, WMBV/Dixon Mill, WMFT/Tuscaloosa-Birmingham) and in Mississippi (WMBU/Forest) stations … CBS Radio/Minneapolis SVP/Market Manager Mick Anselmo has announced he’ll retire from radio at the end of this year. Before joining CBS’ Twin Cities cluster in 2008, Anselmo spent some 25 years with Clear Channel Radio (now iHeartMedia).