NTS Aircheck
 July 16, 2008

» Will The New iPhone Revolutionize Radio? That's the question posed by technology guru Larry Magid in a story posted at CBSNews.com. Magid thinks radio broadcasters should pay attention to the many new applications and programs that run on Apple's 3G iPhone and how they will impact our biz's future. "The iPhone may fundamentally change the way people listen to radio when they're in their cars or otherwise on the go," proclaims Magid. "Until now, live radio pretty much meant listening to a broadcast station with transmitters relatively nearby. But with the iPhone, you can listen to stations from around the world, including some that broadcast only on the Internet and don't even have transmitters." Read why Magid also believes this evolution could be as disruptive to the radio industry over time as the Web has been to print HERE.

» Quote Of The Day: Referencing our lead story about broadcast radio's latest challenge, Radio America VP/Programming Michael Packer says with the iPhone making Internet radio listening attractively portable, broadcasters should pay heed to an old adage more than ever. "The size of your stick no longer matters," says the longtime Talk radio programmer. "It's what you do with it (content!)." Packer characterizes the launch of the world's favorite new tech toy as, "a great glimpse into the very near future."

» "Hey Buddy, How Ya Doin'?" Just fine if you're WPRO/Providence host Buddy Cianci and have just been named "Best Talk Show" by Rhode Island Monthly. The magazine's annual poll salutes the best that the New England state offers in various categories, including local radio and TV personalities. The colorful and controversial Cianci is both famous and infamous in the region for his lengthy stint as Mayor of Providence and for serving five years in federal prison for conspiracy in a City Hall corruption scandal. Cianci joined WPRO in September 2007, but also previously hosted a show in the market on crosstown WHJJ.

» Talk Media News Notes: Steve Brill has been named Operations Manager for Citadel's Des Moines cluster including FM News/Talker KWQW and Sports KBGG. Brill was most recently PD at KEZO/Omaha ... Tom Land who is Journal Broadcasting Director of Programming and OM for the company's Omaha cluster, segues to the company's Milwaukee headquarters where he'll retain his corporate duties and also serve as OM at News/Talk WTMJ and Hot AC WKTI ... The Young Turks join the lineup at XM Satellite Radio's America Left Channel where they now air 8-10pm (ET) daily.

» Entercom Backs Boston Web Initiative: Beantown Sports/Talker WEEI has hired two respected Boston Herald sports writers to join the Entercom outlet's WEBSITE. Michael Felger, who covered the New England Patriots for the newspaper will contribute to the website and also serve as an on-air host at WEEI. Meanwhile, Rob Bradford also joins the station's web team where he'll serve as editor. WEEI VP/GM Tim Murphy says the addition of Felger and Bradford "make it clear that we are setting the bar extremely high as we extend the phenomenally successful radio platform built by the talented personalities at WEEI.

» Nine Sign With TargetSpot: The ad sales network serving online radio has added nine new radio groups, bringing its portfolio of station partners to more than 600. The new groups signing on include Pamal Broadcasting, Capitol Broadcasting, Riviera Broadcast Group, CD101, RadioIo, MaxMedia, Norfolk New Media Broadcasters, CBM Broadcasting and Mediaguide's Beyond Frequency Network. TargetSpot already has existing partnership deals with CBS Radio and Entercom, as well as NextMedia, FOX News Radio, Beasley Broadcast Group and others. Learn more HERE.

Plum Assignment: While some reporters get sent out to cover fires, floods and war zones, CNN' correspondent Steve Kastenbaum (l) and ABC News Radio's Aaron Katersky (r) managed to draw this week's most wanted assignment, covering last night's MLB All Star Game at Yankee Stadium in New York. The American League prevailed over the National League for the 11th consecutive year winning 4-3 in a nearly five-hour extra innings contest.

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