Nielsen has released results from the company’s Q1 2015 Total Audience Report, focused on the reach of audiences on different devices, as well as how often consumers are utilizing those devices and how long they are doing so. “We’re excited to showcase a true apples-to-apples comparison over different consumer options and ways to both view and listen,” says Dounia Turrill, Nielsen SVP Insights. “And by doing do, we have given the industry an impartial look not just on how many consumers are connecting with devices and platforms but how much and for how long.” So what devices are the big winners when it comes to consumer use? Radio and traditional television still have the largest reach of any of the platforms analyzed, with radio reaching nearly 223 million adult listeners weekly, and television reaching over 209 million adult viewers. That represents 93% and 87% of all U.S. adults, respectively. And while demographics come into play with regard to who is using what devices, the report found radio to be the most consistent device saying, “Advertisers who are looking for a stable medium across generational boundaries might want to consider radio.” Read more from the report HERE.
KHOW/Denver afternoon host Michael Brown (left) expands his Colorado footprint, with a simulcast of his daily 4-7pm show on sister iHeartMedia News/Talker KSCJ/Pueblo-Colorado Springs … Edison Research VP Tom Webster will host The Podcast Consumer 2015, a live webinar tomorrow (Wednesday 6/24) at 3pm (ET). You’ll need to pre-register for the session that will seek to present a vision of the future of podcasting for both producers and advertisers … Marco Radlovic returns to Spanish Broadcasting System as the company’s new SVP/West Coast Regional Manager. He was most recently Market Manager at Cumulus Media-owned KABC-KLOS/Los Angeles … CONDOLENCES: To the family, friends and colleagues of legendary WWLS (The Sports Animal)/Oklahoma City mid-morning host Bob Barry, Jr., who was killed in a motor vehicle accident over the past weekend. Bob also served as Sports Director for crosstown KFOR-TV, a role he assumed from his dad, Bob Barry, Sr. Read more HERE.
Westwood One has named Ron Russo as Executive Vice President/ Northeast Region for its network sales division. Russo will manage and oversee the New York sales office, responsible for revenue growth and multi-platform brand integrations. Based in New York City, he’ll report directly to WW One President Steve Shaw. Most recently GSM at iHeartMedia’s NYC cluster, Russo also previously served as an account executive at CBS Radio’s WWFS/New York. “Ron completes the circle of powerful and highly-accomplished sales leaders who are elevating our game in the ad community,” said Shaw. “He is focused, solutions-oriented, and driven by results. He brings tremendous value to our executive team.”
Mike Mc Mearty’s move up the company ladder at WTOP/Washington (see story above) results in several promotions and new assignments for other staffers at the DC all-newser. Mitchell Miller is promoted to Senior News Director managing the newsroom weekday mornings, Darci Marchese moves up to a full-time News Director weekday afternoons, and Jamie Forzato is upped to Weekend Managing Editor. Meera Pal moves to Social and Digital Engagement Director, reporting to Julia Ziegler who moves from Web and Operations Manager of FederalNewsRadio.com to News Director for WTOP.com. Jim Battagliese continues in his current role as Director of Traffic, Transit and Weather … CONDOLENCES: To the family friends and colleagues of longtime Dallas-Ft. Worth newsman Bob Morrison (KRLD, WBAP, KVIL) who died yesterday (6/21) after an extended illness. Friends are posting memories of Bob on his Facebook page HERE … CBS Radio News correspondents Jim Krasula and Peter King (pictured) have been among the media reporting from Charleston, SC for the past several days, following last week’s shootings at that city’s Mother Emmanuel A.M.E. Church. The duo provided ongoing updates for the network and custom interviews with CBS Radio News affiliates.
Meanwhile, Paragon Senior Research Consultant Larry Johnson writes in his latest entry to the company’s blog that the controversy over PPM and Voltair is about more than just whether or not the so called ‘black box’ creates an uneven playing field for broadcasters in PPM markets. “Like the steroids scandals in professional sports, the stakes could not be bigger as this issue undermines the credibility of the entire radio industry,” says Johnson (pictured). He also says until scientific tests either confirm or debunk the effectiveness of Voltair “we can’t be certain of its effectiveness.” However, he also chides Nielsen for the company’s silence on the issue to date. “With the decades-long, slow-but-steady decrease in radio’s Time Spent Listening and Persons Using Radio, any improvement in measuring true radio listening levels should be embraced rather than ignored. The longer Nielsen remains quiet, the greater the pessimism about PPM radio ratings will grow.” Read the full post HERE.
As our Facebook fans and Twitter followers first learned late yesterday (6/18), network radio and media industry veteran Kraig Kitchin (left) assumes duties as interim CEO of Glenn Beck’s multi-media digital venture, TheBlaze. Kitchin takes over for Betsy Morgan, who has exited. Prior to joining TheBlaze in 2011, Morgan was at the Huffington Post … With an eye toward the next generation of broadcasters, the 2015 NAB/RAB Radio Show is offering a special discounted “Young Professionals” rate to attend the September 30th-October 2nd confab in Atlanta. Special networking opportunities will also be available to help broadcasters and media professionals, who are under age 35 and currently working in radio, learn to “climb the career ladder to success.” Get more info HERE … Congrats to Beyond The Beltway host Bruce DuMont as his weekly Chicago-based syndicated Talk radio show marks its 35th anniversary next weekend (6/28) with a special show featuring guests and contributors from the past three and a half decades. Email your best wishes to Bruce on marking the milestone anniversary HERE.
Jim Lawson is promoted to SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia/Denver, effective July 1st. Lawson, who joined the company in 2001 as PD of KFMD/Denver, has most recently served as SVP/Programming for iHeartMedia’s Colorado Regional Markets — Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Ft. Collins — and as Hispanic Brand Manager for the company’s National Programming Platforms. He’ll oversee programming for the eight-station cluster that includes News/Talkers KOA, KHOW and KKZN, where he’ll work alongside iHeart’s Mile High City VP News/Talk Sports Greg Foster. “We are excited to have Jim join the iHeartMedia team here in Denver, bringing with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in driving ratings growth across multiple platforms and providing strong advertiser ROI,” said Market Manager Pat Connor. “Adding Jim’s leadership to an already very talented team of programmers will help drive even more success to our stations.”
George G. Beasley (left), Chairman/CEO and founder of Beasley Broadcast Group, will receive this year’s National Radio Award at the annual Radio Luncheon during the upcoming NAB/RAB Radio Show, September 30th-October 2nd in Atlanta. Beasley Media Group, a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, is headquartered in Naples, Florida and owns and operates 53 radio stations (34 FM and 19 AM) located in 12 large and mid-size markets across the United States. “George Beasley’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for our business have made a very positive and lasting impact on all of Radio,” said NAB EVP/Radio John David. “The NAB is proud to recognize a true family broadcaster for a remarkable and honorable legacy in broadcasting.” Get more info on this year’s Radio Show and registration details HERE.
Some interesting conversation took place yesterday when Glenn Beck guested on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show. The unlikely pair managed to find a considerable amount of common ground between them, especially when talking a bit of ‘inside baseball’ about the radio biz. Hear their conversation HERE … Congratulations to 99.9 The Fan (WCMC-FM/Raleigh) on being named the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters’ 2015 Radio Station of the Year award for Large Market at this week’s NCAB Convention. WCMC’s Adam and Joe Show also took home a trophy as this year’s Large Market NCAB Radio Personality/Team of the Year … Cox Media Group’s Tulsa TV and radio stations form a collaborative digital solutions alliance with Cox Media Inc., the sales division of Cox Communications in Tulsa. The combined digital capabilities of all three Cox properties will offer advanced digital solutions to local advertisers under the brand Cox Local Solutions. Current CMG Radio/Tulsa Digital Sales Manager Heather Boethin (pictured) has been tapped to manage and oversee the newly formed venture.
Marko Radlovic, who has served as President/Market Manager at Cumulus Media/Los Angeles stations KABC and KLOS for the past two years, has left the building. Radlovic (right) joined the stations back in the fall of 2011, following two tours of duty at SBS, where he held senior management roles for that company in both Miami and Los Angeles. The gig at News/Talker KABC and Rock clustermate KLOS was Radlovic’s second run at Cumulus, having previously managed stations for the company in Oxnard-Ventura and Santa Barbara, CA. A company spokesperson confirmed to NTS MediaOnline Today that Cumulus Media SVP Operations Tom Schurr will oversee management of the stations on an interim basis, adding that “the company expects to announce a new Market Manager within 30 days.”