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Breakfast Brand Study: Radio Builds Awareness, Purchases

According to a MARU/Vision Critical study commissioned by Westwood One to measure brand effect and sales impact of AM/FM radio for a major breakfast brand, breakfast thinkers/planners were likely to be heavy AM/FM radio listeners. Of the one-third of Americans who plan breakfast for the week and purchase ahead of time, 48% are more likely to be heavy radio listeners than the overall population of adults 25-49.

As a result of the AM/FM radio campaign, awareness for the two breakfast brand products grew 7% and 12%, respectively. Purchase behavior increased 13% for the parent brand after exposure to the AM/FM radio campaign. After the radio campaign period, 13% more consumers said they purchased products from the breakfast brand. AM/FM radio grew product trial and brand awareness 26%. Post AM/FM radio campaign, 26% more respondents said they were aware of the product category and actually tried it.

Whether the goal is to drive purchase, tune-in or store traffic, AM/FM radio has a track record of delivering a positive return for brands. Radio's power as a medium that drives action is evident. It works for TV tune-in, retail, quick service restaurants, and, as evidenced by the breakfast brand study, consumer packaged goods.

The study was conducted among 500 respondents before the campaign and 500 respondents after the AM/FM radio campaign. The results reinforced AM/FM radio's role as a powerful medium that drives action for consumer packaged goods.

Reps. Urge Protections in Expanded Usage of C-Band Spectrum

U.S. Reps. Tony Cardenas (D-CA) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Thursday expressing concerns regarding the the agency's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking examining expanded operations in the C-band. While supporting the Commission's efforts to close the digital divide, they requested that the agency ensure any broadband proposals reflect the importance of existing services that may be affected that use the spectrum. This includes content producers that deliver news, sports and other content each day via satellite.

"In seeking a balanced approach, the Commission must further endeavor to avoid disruptions in the services American consumers currently enjoy. The Commission must also carefully consider the potential for interference from new terrestrial users to incumbent operations and, if it finds the benefits outweigh the harms, tailor its technical rules appropriately to avoid such interference," the letter stated.

The letter continued, "These considerations are especially critical for the Commission as it considers permitting new commercial wireless services and shared use in the 3.7-4.2 GHz spectrum band, as proposed in the Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted on July 12, 2018. This spectrum band, also known as the "C-band," is licensed to satellite companies and is heavily relied upon by a vast number of stakeholders in rural and non-rural areas alike, including those that deliver content for television and cable programming."

ACA, NAB, NCTA and NPR said in a statement, "NAB, NCTA, ACA and NPR thank Reps. Tony Cerdenas (D-CA) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) for their support in protecting incumbent C-band users from interference, higher prices or service loss as the FCC considers new uses for the spectrum band. Tens of millions of Americans rely on the C-band to receive news, entertainment, weather and sports content every day. It's critically important for the FCC to ensure that any changes to C-band spectrum usage must preserve interference-free access to this popular radio and TV content."

Brian Paiz Exits iHM/Columbus-Albany GA as SVP/Programming

Brian Paiz
Brian Paiz

iHeartMedia Columbus-Albany, GA, Senior VP of Programming Brian Paiz exits. He joined the cluster in August, 2018 from IBX Media in Greenville, NC where he served as Brand Manager for WRHD-HD2. Additionally, Paiz has held several programming positions for iHM, including Program Director of 100.1 The Beat and Director of Urban Programming for WIBB and V101.7 in Macon, GA. Paiz began his career at WPEG-FM/Charlotte and attended East Carolina University.

"I would like to thank iHeartMedia and Doc Wynter for the amazing opportunity. My teams in Columbus and Albany were some of the most amazing people I've ever worked with. I am looking forward to my next challenge."

Reach out to him at bpaizdj@gmail.com.

Entercom, The Sports Junkies Announce New Long-Term Deal

The Sports Junkies
The Sports Junkies

Entercom and the hosts of "The Sports Junkies" have announced a new long-term contract extension. John Auville, Eric Bickel, Jason Bishop and John-Paul Flaim will remain on WJFK-FM (106.7 The Fan) Washington, DC, weekdays from 5-10am ET. Additionally, plans will be announced later this month for the program to be broadcast beyond DC to affiliates across the Mid-Atlantic region.

"Since 1996, ‘The Sports Junkies' have driven the sports conversation in Washington D.C. and we couldn't envision The Fan without them," said Entercom Washington, DC, Senior VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary. "As the unrivaled leaders in local sports coverage, we are pleased to continue our relationship with the team."

"It's an honor and a privilege to talk sports with our friends every morning," said Flaim. "We're so thankful to those that have supported us all of these years. After 23 years, we feel like we're just hitting our stride."

"We're excited to continue waking up Washington on 106.7 The Fan for many years to come," added Bickel.

Landmark One Billion Downloads for iHeartPodcast

"Stuff You Should Know," an iHeartMedia podcast hosted by Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant in collaboration with HowStuffWorks, has surpassed one billion downloads, making it the first-ever podcast to achieve this milestone and level of popularity. Launched in April 2008, the podcast has continuously educated listeners on a variety of topics in science, history, pop culture, urban legends, conspiracy theories and more. With over 1,000 episodes, a number of sold-out live events, a television season, and a new, streamlined version of the podcast titled "Short Stuff," the show and its riveting hosts have garnered a loyal following across the globe.

Hosts Josh and Chuck started the show 10 years ago, both armed with a curious spirit and a passion for teaching. Initially, episodes lasted only a few minutes but quickly grew longer as the duo tackled more intensive topics ranging from dream control to zombies to acid rain. By explaining both complex and simple topics in a fun and relatable way, "Stuff You Should Know" had a strong following from the start, and it has since been atop the podcast charts. In addition to one billion all-time downloads, the show averages 30 million monthly downloads, making it one of the Top 3 podcasts in 2018.

"'Stuff You Should Know' was born out of a curiosity that Chuck and I both have about everything," said Josh Clark, co-host of ‘Stuff You Should Know.' "We aren't experts on any of the topics we discuss on the show, we just happen to be good at talking together about what we've dug up and I think that makes the podcast accessible and enjoyable for everyone. Reaching one billion downloads has really validated what we've built over the past 10 years and it makes us excited about the next 10 too. It's an amazing milestone for us and we're grateful to all the listeners around the world who helped grow that number."

Over the past ten years, "Stuff You Should Know" has earned a number of notable accolades. In 2014, the show won a Webby Award in the Mobile Podcast Division and in 2017 was a finalist at the Shorty Awards. "Stuff You Should Know" has most recently been nominated for the inaugural iHeartRadio Podcast Awards in the Podcast of the Year, Best Curiosity and Most Bingeable categories.

"In the last decade, podcasting has exploded into the mainstream, now producing some of highest-quality content in the world," said Conal Byrne, President of the iHeartPodcast Network. "And one of the best parts about this medium is its listeners. The relationship between podcast creators and their audiences is like nothing else: intimate, authentic, passionate. These are the fans behind every one of these billion downloads. We are thrilled to be the first to reach this milestone, and we look forward to the next one billion."

Entercom Welcomes Mary Rogers as VP/Director of Sales in Dallas

Entercom has named Mary Rogers as Vice President and Director of Sales for Entercom Dallas, effective January 28. In this role, Rogers will oversee sales efforts for 100.3 JACK FM (KJKK-FM), 105.3 The Fan (KRLD-FM), 100.3 JACK FM (KJKK-FM), 98.7 K-LUV (KLUV-FM), ALT 103.7 (KVIL-FM), La Grande 107.5 (KMVK-FM) and News Radio 1080 (KRLD-AM).

"Mary is a well-respected executive with remarkable experience and we are looking forward to welcoming her to Dallas," said Brian Purdy, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Dallas. "I am confident she will lead the sales team to sustained revenue growth in 2019 and beyond."

"I am excited to join Entercom Dallas, working alongside Brian Purdy and his amazing team," said Rogers. "I began my career in Dallas and it is a great feeling to be back working with these iconic brands and audiences."

Rogers brings over 20 years of experience in strategic planning, development and management to this role. For the past six years, she served as Director of Sales for Cox Media Group in San Antonio, TX developing strategies to exceed revenue targets. Rogers has served on numerous boards, including the San Antonio Youth Educational Sports Foundation, Transplants for Children, Child Abuse Network, American Women in Radio and Television and Go Red for Women.

Top Country Radio Execs to Speak at CRS' 50th Anniversary

CRS 50
CRS 50

Three of radio's leaders are set to speak at Country Radio Seminar's 50th Anniversary event during a featured panel, entitled "What Leadership Looks Like In 2020: A Conversation with 3 Broadcast Executives." Presented by the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio (MIW) Group, the panel features Cox Media Group President Kim Guthrie, Entercom Communications COO Weezie Kramer and Neuhoff Media CEO/President Beth Neuhoff. It will be held Friday, February 15 from 9-9:50am.

The executives will share their views on the health of today's broadcast landscape and provide insights into how their companies are growing from every angle using every asset: digital, on-air and human. They'll also discuss lessons learned over their careers while moving up the ranks and into the C-Suite.

Erica Farber, President & CEO of Radio Advertising Bureau, will moderate the panel, which will take place in Legends D-G, Level 2, Omni Nashville Hotel. To register to attend Country Radio Seminar's 50th Anniversary event, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

KFOR-AM/Lincoln to Receive NAB Crystal Heritage Award

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) will honor KFOR-AM/Lincoln, NE with the esteemed NAB Crystal Heritage Award. The award will be presented during the We Are Broadcasters Celebration, held Tuesday, April 9 during the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

The Heritage Award recognizes radio stations that have won a total of five Crystal Radio Awards for exceptional year-round community service efforts. Only seven other stations have received this honor in the 32-year history of the NAB Crystal Radio Awards.

"KFOR AM/FM has proudly served the Lincoln, NE region for over 94 years, and our commitment to the community has never wavered," said Alpha Media Lincoln's Market Manager Julie Gade. "We are so proud of our team's accomplishments both on and off the air and are honored that this dedication is being rewarded with a coveted NAB Crystal Heritage Award."

Radio stations can submit entries for a Crystal Radio Award until January 31.

Voxnest Unveils Spreaker Enterprise Podcasting Platform


Podcasting solution provider Voxnest has announced the official launch of Spreaker Enterprise, an all-in-one podcasting platform designed to meet the production, distribution and measurement needs of high-volume audio publishers. The official launch follows a successful beta testing period, during which the solution was known as "Hive."

Building on the capabilities of Voxnest's Spreaker platform, Spreaker Enterprise gives audio publishers more control over their content and its monetization, with benefits including trafficking your own ads, optimizing inventory, collaborate using a single account, greater control over content and distribution and more accurate insights with analytics and data tracking capabilities.

"As more brands and large content publishers turn to podcasting as a powerful and efficient way to engage with audiences, it's increasingly important that they have technology specifically created to meet their needs for speed, scalability and monetization," said Voxnest President Francesco Baschieri. "Spreaker Enterprise is the first professional-level solution to meet these needs, with all of the tools producers need, including the ability to run programmatic ad campaigns. We see this launch as a giant leap that will help move our industry forward."

Audio Publishers and commercial podcast networks can sign up for Spreaker Enterprise at http://bit.ly/SpreakerEnterprisePlatform.

''Outkick The Coverage'' Reaches 300th Affiliate Milestone

FOX Sports Radio (FSR), a division of Premiere Networks, revealed Thursday that "Outkick The Coverage with Clay Travis" has reached a broadcast milestone of 300 affiliates. Among the show's recent affiliate additions are KKSE-AM & FM/Denver, WGFX-FM/Nashville, WEEX-AM and WTKZ-AM/Allentown PA, KQQL/Minneapolis and WBCN-AM & W234BY/Charlotte.

Travis, who renewed and extended his relationship with FSR this past summer, joined the 24/7 sports radio network in 2016 to lead its weekday morning lineup in the 6-9am ET slot. Originating from Nashville, the program features Travis' commentary on the latest sports headlines, as well as interviews and listener interaction.

"We couldn't be more pleased with the growth of Outkick the Coverage," said Premiere Networks Senior VP Sports Programming Don Martin, and Premiere Networks VP of Sports Programming Scott Shapiro in a joint statement. "Clay and his team have consistently set new listening records, which promises for continued momentum and a lot more success in the future. We are excited to share many more achievements with our affiliate partners around the country."

Travis, who recently joined FS1's first-ever, daily gambling TV show "Lock It In" as a co-host alongside Rachel Bonnetta, "Cousin Sal" Iacono and Todd Fuhrman, continues to host his "Outkick The Show" webcast and podcast.

iHM Atlanta Brings iHR Boombox Stage to Super Bowl LIVE


iHeartMedia Atlanta will bring its iHeartRadio BoomBox Stage to life beginning January 26 through February 2 during the 2019 Super Bowl LIVE in Centennial Olympic Park. Super Bowl LIVE is a week of activations, events and acts leading into Super Bowl LIII at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The week-long stage of events will feature sets from iHeartRadio DJ's and air personalities from Atlanta's Power 96.1, 96.7 The Beat, 94.9 The Bull, ALT 105.7 and Z105.3.

In addition, iHeartMedia Atlanta will also have the iHeartRadio Twitter Vending Machine activation onsite where guests will have the opportunity to win prizes through tweets.

"We are incredibly excited to partner with the Super Bowl Host Committee, Super Bowl LIVE and Orangetheory Fitness on this marquee event," said iHeartMedia Atlanta Region President Justin Schaflander.

United Stations Extends with Carmen in Multi-Year Deal


United Stations Radio Networks (USRN) has renewed its arrangement to distribute the daily comedic feature known as "Carmen Calls" as well as its companion weekend daypart program, "Sabado Picante." The deal, which extends a relationship that began in 2004, constitutes a multi-year agreement for United Stations with air talent whose background and history is a bit of an intentional mystery.

Carmen started out at KMEL-FM/San Francisco, and the spicy and somewhat loopy Latina female known as Carmen became a fan favorite. She originally appeared doing interviews on the KMEL morning show, but soon added so-called "prank calls" to her repertoire. After years of being a successful benchmark feature locally, she partnered with USRN in 2004 and began providing comedic content through the company to radio stations in Houston and San Francisco, growing affilaites from there. Today, Carmen is on the airwaves in New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Orlando, Providence and San Antonio, among others.

USRN Executive VP/Programming Andy Denemark commented, that "Unique and entertaining content is the greatest thing we can provide to our affiliates, and in that regard, nothing tops Carmen. We are so happy to be extending our relationship with Carmen well into the future."

Entercom Unveils 2019 WCBS 880 Mets Broadcast Team

Entercom has announced the radio broadcast team for New York Mets broadcasts on WCBS 880 in New York, the new flagship station of the team. Veteran broadcaster Howie Rose will continue as the lead voice in the Mets radio booth where he will be joined by Wayne Randazzo. Randazzo was previously pregame and postgame host for the Mets.

"This is an exciting time for WCBS 880 as we launch our inaugural season of New York Mets broadcast coverage," said Susan Larkin, Regional President and Market Manager, Entercom New York. "Mets fans are some of the most passionate fans in baseball, and we trust, behind Howie, Wayne and the rest of the broadcast team, they will consistently turn to this historic station for coverage of their favorite team."

"We're thrilled once again to be part of the Entercom family that enables our fans to enjoy Mets baseball on such a historic station like WCBS 880 with a tremendous reach," said Lou DePaoli, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, New York Mets.

Longtime WFAN Mets beat reporter Ed Coleman will conduct pregame coverage, including the daily "Managers Show with Mickey Callaway." Randazzo will host the station's postgame coverage immediately following each game broadcast. WCBS 880 morning sports anchor Brad Heller will serve as the utility player on the team presenting sports coverage for the station, as well as fill-in on pregame coverage.

WCBS 880 will air ten spring training games, beginning with the Mets' spring training opener on February 23 against the Atlanta Braves in Port St. Lucie, FL. WCBS 880 will broadcast the team's regular season opener against the Washington Nationals on March 28.

Alpha Media Assists Furloughed Government Employees

Alpha Media stations in Fredericksburg, VA (WFLS, WVBX, WWUZ, and WNTX) have created a web page with listings of businesses from the Fredericksburg, Northern Virginia and Southern Maryland areas that are assisting federal workers during the government shutdown.

Many businesses are coming together to help the community during this time in need by providing free or reduced fee meals, services, groceries, and even temporary employment opportunities. The list is growing every few minutes. The community support is one of the main reasons this area is one of the best places to live. The list of services can be found on the station websites and social media pages.

"The Washington DC market is severely affected by the furlough," noted Beth Vickers, Alpha Media, Fredericksburg Market Manager. "We feel Alpha Media, Fredericksburg has a duty to provide support and information to government workers and their families during this time."

"We reached out to our listeners with on-air announcements and social networking to help us create a web page which spotlights area businesses who are offering products and services to government employees and their families," added Bill West, WFLS Content Director. "The response from our market has been incredible and that web page list continues to grow."

PIRATE Act Passes U.S. House in First Congressional Session

U.S. Congress
U.S. Congress

The PIRATE Act has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in the first session of the 116th Congress. It was originally passed as H.R. 5709 in July, 2018 by an unanimous vote. It now awaits a vote from the Senate. Under the Act, any person operating a pirate radio station will be subject to a fine of not more than $100,000 per day of operations and not more than $2 million in total.

Additionally, the FCC will be required to assign appropriate enforcement personal to focus specific and sustained attention on the elimination of pirate radio broadcasting within the top five radio markets not less than twice each year.

In a statement, NAB Executive VP/Communications Dennis Wharton said, "NAB thanks Reps. Tonko (D-NY) and Bilirakis (R-FL) for the introduction of the PIRATE Act, which strengthens the FCC's enforcement tools to combat illegal pirate radio operations. Unlicensed radio stations are not merely a nuisance to legitimate radio broadcasters who play by the rules. They also pose a threat to public safety by disrupting communications between air traffic controllers and airline pilots. We strongly urge bipartisan support of the PIRATE Act and we look forward to its swift passage."

NAB Broadcasting Hall Of Fame to Induct Cathy Hughes

Cathy Hughes
Cathy Hughes

Urban One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2019 NAB Show. The induction will occur during the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 8 in Las Vegas. Hughes grew Urban One, formerly known as Radio One, into the largest African-American owned, diversified media corporation in the nation. The company is an Urban market leader with 59 broadcast stations. As such, Hughes became the first woman to own a radio station that was ranked number one in a major market. Today, the company is run by Hughes' son Alfred Liggins III.

Urban One also owns TV One, a television network serving more than 60 million households, and maintains controlling interest in Reach Media Inc., which provides several syndicated programs, including the "Tom Joyner Morning Show." The company also provides social content, news, information and entertainment through its digital platform, iOne Digital, with popular websites including "Cassius" and "Bossip." Urban One maximizes its reach to more than 80 percent of the African-American market by offering cross-platform marketing opportunities with One Solution.

Hughes began her radio career at KOWH-AM in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. In 1971, she became a lecturer at the newly established School of Communications at Howard University in Washington, DC. During her tenure, Hughes served as General Sales Manager at WHUR-FM, Howard University Radio. She also became the first femal VP/GM of a station in the nation's capital and created the format known as the "Quiet Storm" for Urban radio. In 1980, Hughes purchased her flagship station WOL-AM in Washington, DC and pioneered yet another innovative format known as "24-Hour Talk From a Black Perspective."

"Cathy Hughes is a truly remarkable broadcaster and entrepreneur whose contributions continue to greatly influence and drive our industry," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "We look forward to honoring Cathy with this well-deserved award at this year's NAB Show."

In addition to her professional career, Hughes continues her family's work and legacy at The Piney Woods School in Mississippi, which was established by her grandfather in 1909. The school is the largest of only four African-American boarding schools in the country. She also advocates on behalf of the homeless and minority communities, in addition to mentoring countless women. Additionally, Hughes was awarded the NAB Distinguished Service Award in 2001.

Last year's NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee for radio was syndicated radio personality Elvis Duran.

Podtrac Releases Top 10 Podcast Publishers for December

Top 10 Podcast Publishers for December
Top 10 Podcast Publishers for December

Podtrac has released the Top 10 Podcast Publishers rankings for December, 2108. Just two of the Top 10 Publishers showed gains in their Unique U.S. Monthly Audience in December over November: Barstool Sports (32%) and NPR (3%). Total Global Downloads for the Top 10 Publishers overall decreased by 10% in December from November. Total Global Downloads for the Top 10 Publishers climbed 56% from December 2017.

Here are the top ten publishers, according to Podtrac:

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