KXL/Portland host and Compass Media Networks syndicated talker Lars Larson recently hosted the unusually named Lars’ Lick For Leukemia event, held at Global Aviation in nearby Hillsboro, OR. Lars was on hand to encourage listeners to drop by and get their cheek swabbed for the Bone Marrow Registry. “If they match someone with cancer — there’s about a 4% chance of that, by the way — a bone marrow donation could save a life,” said Lars (pictured here with what he reports is about $75 million worth of aviation hardware parked behind him) … The NAB’s Senior Vice President of Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Jerianne Timmerman, pens some pointed words for the FCC on the agency’s failure to modify media ownership rules while claiming credit for upgrading other media rules to reflect today’s marketplace. “Despite Congress expressly requiring the FCC to regularly update its ownership rules, the Commission has repeatedly – even serially – failed to modernize those restrictions,” writes Timmerman at the NAB’s Policy Blog. Read the full post HERE.
Since his recent arrival at the company, Cumulus Media and Westwood One Chief Marketing Officer Pierre Bouvard has been on a mission to tell radio’s success story to advertisers. His latest blog post details results from new studies by Nielsen, Edison Research and Advertiser Perceptions that reveal the audience for AM/FM radio greatly exceeds listening to streaming services — in stark contrast to advertiser estimates. The research was commissioned by a blue ribbon lineup of broadcasters, including Cumulus and Westwood One, along with iHeartMedia, Alpha Media, Beasley Media Group, CBS Radio, Cox Media Group, Emmis Communications, Entercom, Greater Media, Hubbard Radio, Radio One, Townsquare Media, Univision Radio and the RAB to compare advertisers’ perceptions of American audio consumption versus actual usage. Key findings include:
• Advertisers estimate that 64% of Americans are reached by AM/FM but the actual Nielsen weekly reach is 93%
• Nielsen data also shows that radio reaches 93% of Millennials — 22% more Millennials than television. TV misses one in four Millennials.
• Advertisers and agencies perceive the audience share of Pandora and Spotify to be nearly the same as AM/FM. In reality, AM/FM’s audience share is 9 times that of Pandora and 17 times that of Spotify.
Commenting on the studies’ information Mark Kaline — former head of media at Ford Motor Company and Kimberly Clark — said, “As a marketer, I’ve always found radio to be a medium that effectively and efficiently delivers reach over an extended period of time, while driving ROI within the total communications plan. But radio has been too low profile with brands, especially in light of other advancements in technology. Radio needs to be more aggressively marketing their story as the leading mass reach media.”
WRNO/New Orleans Morning News host Gerry V (left, full name Gerry Vaillancourt) – is expanding his regional footprint, adding a simulcast of his daily show to the lineups at iHeartMedia sister stations WJBO/Baton Rouge and WBUV/Biloxi. As a result WJBO morning duo Kevin Meeks and Karen Henderson, and WBUV wake-up team Steve Taylor and Mike Mankiewicz, have “left the building” at their respective stations. The Greater Baton Rouge BusinessReport’s Ryan Broussard has more details on the regional Talk radio shake-up HERE … Young up and coming Talk media host Pavlina Osta is hoping to set the Guinness World Record for “Most interviews on the radio in 24 hours by an individual.” 17-year old Pavlina will make her attempt September 3rd and 4th in New York City and is seeking help from hosts at radio stations nationwide by interviewing her for five minutes on those dates to assist her in setting the record. Email Pavlina to set up a chat HERE … The Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (MIW) will honor Cox Media Group EVP/National Ad Platforms and President of Cox Reps Kim Guthrie with the Frances Preston Trailblazer Award at the upcoming 2015 NAB/RAB Radio Show in Atlanta. The award is given annually by MIW to recognize “a woman who, through her leadership and success in the industry, creates opportunities for other women in radio.”
Earlier this month, members of the United States Park Police pursued and apprehended a suspect in an alleged shooting incident in the heart of Washington, DC, while simultaneously engaged in managing yet another large crime scene at the nearby World War II Memorial and the Kennedy Center. Naturally all that police action caused significant traffic jams, a tantalizing draw for WTOP/Washington Director of Traffic and Weather Operations Jim Battagliese, who headed to the scene to report back on conditions. Upon arrival Jim saw two overwhelmed officers desperately trying to manage what had quickly become a nightmare traffic tie-up, so the lifelong career traffic reporter quickly whipped out his “high-visibility glow vest” and jumped in to help the cops clean up the mess. A letter of commendation from the Park Police to WTOP states, “Without being asked, and with no personal gain, Mr. Battagliese sacrificed his time to support the mission of the U.S. Park Police in a time of need. For approximately one-hour Mr. Battagliese provided invaluable assistance with traffic control, effectively and professionally helping to alleviate the terrible traffic congestions. The support offered by Mr. Battagliese contributed to the improved flow of traffic, increased integrity of the crime scene and importantly, enhanced the safety of the officers.” Gee, what better endorsement could the author of a book entitled Stuck In Traffic ask for!
News-clipping service Grabien has introduced what it characterized in a company release as “an exciting new tool that will revolutionize media production.” Called the LiveClipper, the feature enables users to tune into a live news event, follow a transcript scrolling in real time, and create clips by highlighting anything in the transcript they would like to create a clip of. Users can choose between MP3, 720 HD, and 1080 HD. The company, which was initially launched to help Talk radio producers more easily share audio clips, says the LiveClipper will enable on-air radio shows to cover breaking news without extra manpower. “We designed this with talk radio producers specifically in mind,” said Grabien CEO Tom Elliott. “But I also know the importance for online news sites of being first the first up with a much-discussed clip. It’s the difference between having the post everyone links to, or the one everyone’s already seen and is old news.” Grabien bills itself as the world’s first online marketplace for professionally edited, crowd-sourced news multimedia. Watch a demo of LiveClipper HERE.
iHeartMedia has flipped WPOP/Hartford from Sports to News/Talk. A release from the company reports that the new News Radio 1410 will offer Hartford listeners an emphasis on news, weather and traffic, along with a lineup of regional and nationally syndicated talk programs. “It’s been almost 18-years since the all-news format was heard on WPOP 1410AM,” said Steve Honeycomb, Regional Market President for iHeartMedia/Connecticut. “We’re excited to bring back News Radio 1410 WPOP, an iconic brand and station focused on News, Traffic and Weather to serve the Hartford community.” Talk shows included as part of the re-launched station’s lineup include The Vinnie Penn Project (6-10am); The Financial Exchange (10am-2pm); Bloomberg (noon-3pm); The Howie Carr Show (3-6pm); The Mark Levin Show (6-9pm) and America Now with Meghan McCain (9pm-midnight).
Nothing like ending the work week on a happy and romantic note. Hubbard all-newser WTOP/Washington recently helped a local listener utilize a commercial on the station to help pop the question to his girlfriend. Mark Brill and his now fiancée Phyllis Liebman (pictured) had a romantic, sunrise engagement on Bethany Beach, Delaware while live streaming WTOP. Liebman believed they were listening to WTOP because her employer MRP Realty had purchased advertising and she was tasked with verifying that the commercials aired. WTOP Sales Manager Skip Quast played an important role, helping Brill produce the spot and ensuring that it aired at the precise time the sun was rising. “We get a lot of businesses calling in for advertising information, but when I received a call in May from Mark asking if he could buy time to propose to his girlfriend, it was a first,” said Quast. “He set a date. We got him into the studio to cut his proposal and arranged for it to air at 6:07am on Saturday, August 8th. It really is a feel good story and I’m happy we were able to help and make it a special day for both of them.”
KFBK/Sacramento morning co-host Dan Mitchinson (right) adds some international spice to his daily workday, as Auckland, New Zealand’s ‘Radio Live’ taps the veteran broadcast journalist to join the News/Talk station’s Drive with Duncan Garner program as its U.S. correspondent. “Dan brings a unique combination of experience and storytelling to the Radio Live brand” said Cliff Joiner, Network Director for the nationwide News and Talk brand. “He’s conversational and has a good ear for what makes a good story.” Commenting on his new role for the NZ radio outlet Mitchinson said, “I’ve admired Radio Live for years. Getting the opportunity to contribute to Duncan’s program not only allows me to share the stories that are making news here in the U.S., but I’m also able to continue my connection with one of my favorite places in the world, New Zealand.”
If you’re planning to see the new Meryl Streep film, Rikki and the Flash, in which the Academy Award winning actress plays a rock ‘n roll singer, look closely at the guy working the next register in a scene where Streep’s character is having a tough time learning to be a part-time grocery store check-out clerk. As she fumbles with her cash register at the fictitious Total Foods, you’ll see ‘Chris’ — the clerk at the next register—grimacing. The actor playing that roll is none other than Salem Radio Network east coast Affiliate Relations manager Jim Bligh (left), who shot his scenes for the film in Westchester County, NY. Calling Streep “very nice and a total professional” Bligh — who has appeared in several other Hollywood films — confirmed the legendary actress really couldn’t operate the cash register.
Andi McDaniel has been named Senior Director of Content & News for 88.5 WAMU/Washington, DC, where she’ll oversee the public broadcaster’s news and talk show teams. McDaniel (right) joins WAMU from Twin Cities Public Television, where she served as Director of Content Strategy and Innovation. Her resume also includes prior stints as a radio reporter at KCAW/Sitka, Alaska and as a reporter for CBS Television/San Francisco. “I’m thrilled to join WAMU at this unique moment in its history,” said McDaniel. “I’m passionate about helping public media navigate the turbulence of digital transformation and I can’t envision a station better positioned to help shape the future of this industry.” McDaniel begins her new gig in DC on September 8th.