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Entercom/Phoenix Elevates Chris Hernandez to Ops Mgr.

Chris Hernandez
Chris Hernandez

Entercom promotes Chris Hernandez to Operations Manager for the company's cluster in Phoenix, overseeing KOOL-FM, KMLE-FM (KMLE Country 107.9) and KALV-FM (LIVE 101.5). He joined LIVE 101.5 in 2007 as an on-air mixer and imaging director, roles he held until 2015 when he became the station's Assistant Program Director and Music Director. His most recent experience with the station includes serving as Brand Manager since 2018.

"Chris Hernandez has consistently shown amazing drive that leads to substantial results and I'm confident in his ability to take our collection of stations to higher levels," said Entercom Phoenix Senior VP and Market Manager Dave Pugh. "Daniel Valentine has proven his extensive music expertise over the years and I'm looking forward to watching his career grow as he leads LIVE's music operations. Both are veterans in our company, and I'm honored to elevate two hard working individuals."

"I am thrilled for the opportunity to oversee our market's collection of such iconic Phoenix radio brands and grow my career in this next chapter," added Hernandez.

Additionally, Daniel Valentine has been elevated to the role of Music Director for LIVE 101.5. He's has served as LIVE 101.5's mix show coordinator and on-air mixer since 2016. Valentine joined Entercom (then CBS Radio Phoenix) as a promotions assistant in 2013.

"I have complete confidence in the team around me as I embark in this new role," said Valentine. "It feels great to know they have the same confidence in me and I couldn't ask for a better group of people to continue learning from."

Ward Named General Sales Manager for Entercom Atlanta

Emily Ward
Emily Ward

Entercom appoints Emily Ward as General Sales Manager for its cluster in Atlanta, effective immediately. In this role, Ward will oversee sales efforts for WSTR-FM (The New Star 94), WZGC-FM (92.9 The Game), WAOK-AM (News & Talk 1380) and WVEE-FM (V-103). Ward most recently held the same role for Entercom's local group in Chattanooga, TN.

"In just a few years with the company, Emily has displayed a proven ability to lead sales initiatives and achieve substantial results," said Entercom Atlanta Senior Vice President and Market Manager Rick Caffey. "Her commitment to excellence puts her on a path to excel in her young career and we're fortunate to welcome her and her talents to our Atlanta market."

"I appreciate working for such an innovative company that invests in their employees and values their career growth," added Ward. "I'm grateful for my time spent in Chattanooga alongside Nichole Hartman [Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Chattanooga], who has served as a mentor. I look forward to transitioning to a top 10 market to join Rick and his team as Entercom Atlanta continues its upward sales trajectory."

Ward joined Entercom in April, 2018 as an Account Executive for Entercom Chattanooga. She was elevated to the market's Local Sales Manager in July, 2019 and assumed the additional role of Digital Sales Manager in September 2019. Prior to joining the company, she served as an account executive for Cox Media Group in Jacksonville, FL.

Donahue Adds Commentary, Returns to ''Tom Donahue Reports''

Tom Donahue
Tom Donahue

Veteran talk host Tom Donahue is making changes to the delivery of his show. He's returned to "Tom Donahue Reports" (TDR) to produce his program as a podcast and is no longer conforming to formatted show. This allows him greater versatility and creativity in producing audio content. Donahue continues to stream his show on Talk Stream Live.

Additionally, Donahue is offering Commentaries, by same title "Tom Donahue Reports" (TDR) that provides his take on politics and news events. These capsules are made available to stations in one- or two-minute episodes. "America's First News with Matt Ray" (AFN) has just added his reports and airing them twice weekly to a syndicated network of nearly 100 affiliates that include KSFO/San Francisco, KTTH/Seattle and KDWN/Las Vegas, as well as SRN stations, GCN network, Talk Stream Live and other digital platforms. AFN airs live, weekdays from 5-9am ET.

Donahue said, "I am excited to embark on new pathways to innovate, create and communicate my audio content and expand my sphere of influence. I thank Matt Ray and AFN for such a wonderful opportunity. Furthermore, I look forward to growing this venture and working with other fine stations."

Learn more at https://tomdonahuereports.com/


iHeartmedia Launches ''BIN 92.7'' in Birmingham

Black Information Network
Black Information Network

iHeartMedia/Birmingham debuts of the new "BIN 92.7," as part of BIN: Black Information Network, the recently launched 24/7 national audio news service dedicated to providing continual news coverage with a Black voice and perspective. "BIN 92.7" will air 24/7 national and local news focused on serving the Black community with national on-air anchors and correspondents including broadcaster Ed Gordon and journalist Roland Martin.

"BIN's goal has always been to be the most trusted source for news in the Black community, and part of that strategy is, of course, to be available on both broadcast and digital stations across America," said BIN: Black Information Network President Tony Coles. "We're thrilled to bring BIN, a full-time news service by and for the Black community, to Birmingham and provide listeners there with both the national and local news that impacts their lives."

"Adding BIN: Black Information Network not only will be additive to our diverse portfolio of radio brands in Birmingham, but it will also fill a critical void for a high quality, trusted source of 24/7 news coverage with a Black voice and perspective, focused on service to the Black community," added iHeartMedia Alabama/Florida Community Markets Area Senior Vice President Programming Tom Hanrahan.

Marketron Launches Radio Educational Digital Seller Series

Marketron has launched the Digital Seller Series, an eight-week series of educational emails designed to empower radio sales professionals with proven digital advertising tactics. The weekly series is free and available to the public, and is launching now.

The Digital Seller Series will highlight a variety of successful digital sales tactics - such as geofencing, targeted display ads, and mobile messaging - that can help a station get up and running with a digital advertising program. Each weekly email will identify and describe a digital sales tactic, share tips for successful implementation and present a real-world case study in which the strategy delivered measurable results for a station.

"The media landscape is changing every day, and it's crucial that radio sales teams continually educate themselves on all of the tactics available to their advertisers. Our Digital Seller Series is designed to show sales professionals the power of digital advertising and give them the tools they need to take highly effective solutions back to their clients," said Todd Kalman, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketron. "With the right mix of traditional radio advertising and digital offerings, stations can amplify the effectiveness of both to better position themselves in their local communities and markets, while also introducing rewarding new revenue streams."

Radio management, sales representatives and other interested parties may sign up for the free Digital Seller Series HERE.

Harper Horizon Inks Publishing Deal with Cody Alan

Cody Alan
Cody Alan

Harper Horizon has secured the U.S. rights to publish and distribute a memoir on the art of listening, by radio and television personality Cody Alan, chronicling Alan's music industry adventures and life-altering self-discoveries. The book became available October 19. As host of CMT's flagship music series, CMT Hot 20 Countdown, and the award-winning, syndicated radio show, "CMT After MidNite," distributed by iHeartMedia's Premiere Networks, Alan has developed a devoted following of fans and country stars, with his trademark humanity and warmth.

In the upcoming book, Alan provides expert guidance on how to become a world-class listener, gleaned from encounters with family, friends, colleagues, and music icons such as Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Keith Urban. Through homegrown stories of his wild career in country radio, Alan spins the tale of a southern-raised family man, navigating the music industry while struggling with his identity, whose dedication to hearing the substance of his subject's words led to discoveries about love, loss, self-confidence, and human connection.

"It might seem strange for a guy who talks for a living to write a book about shutting up and listening," said Alan. "But I've discovered that in a world of noise, with so many voices talking, we could learn a lot by stopping to listen. Not just listening to others, but also to ourselves. I thought it would be fun to share stories from my personal journey, country music adventures and experienced insights on what I've learned about life, career and love from listening."

"When I first met Cody, I was struck by the similarities between his story and the Harper Horizon mission to make the world a better place," said Harper Horizon publisher Andrea Fleck-Nisbet. "Not only is our hometown of Nashville the backdrop of Cody's story, but its themes of inclusivity, community, and self-healing are very much part of the Horizon narrative too. We are thrilled that Cody has joined our team, and we fully expect his book to become a beacon of encouragement to readers everywhere."

Bustos Media Holdings Acquires K223CI Tucson for $450,000

Kozacko Media Services
Kozacko Media Services

Radioforsale LLC has agreed t sell 150W translator K223CI (92.5)/Tucson to Bustos Media Holdings for $450,000. K223CI has been rebroadcasting the KLPX-FM-HD3 (96.1) signal. Bustos Media Holdings also owns News/Talk KVOI-AM (1030) and AC KTGV-FM (106.3) in the Tucson market. The new FM signal gives Bustos the option of either re-broadcasting KVOI-AM or adding a third format by re-broadcasting an HD channel.

Kozacko Media Services brokered the transaction.

iHeartMedia Announces HBCU Programming Lineup

iHeartMedia has released the programming lineup for the "HBCU Homecoming Celebration on iHeartRadio." HBCU will feature a number of events designed to shine a light on student excellence through an uplifting, high-energy celebration showcasing HBCU pride, Black excellence and achievement. The special events will include an inspiring artist panel around female empowerment, entrepreneurship and beauty; a can't-miss tailgate party with special celebrity guests and legendary HBCU Homecoming moments; a Homecoming virtual concert; HBCU-inspired iHeartRadio Playlists and a 24-hour iHeartRadio HBCU station with the anthems to celebrate homecoming and other special surprise moments that capture and pay homage to HBCUs and the spirit of the season.

iHeartRadio's Angela Yee, co-host of the hit morning show The Breakfast Club, and special guests will explore female entrepreneurship and the art of brand building as the modern-day self-CEO as part of the iHeartRadio Beautiful Possibilities presented by Ulta Beauty. During the discussion, the panel participants will share their personal stories of success and explore how they rise above challenges to define their careers. The panel aims to uplift, inspire and pave the way for the next generation of Black women leaders and will be followed by a performance by singer and songwriter H.E.R.

iHeartRadio's DJ Envy, co-host of the hit morning show The Breakfast Club and Hampton University Alumni, will host the iHeartRadio HBCU Homecoming Party on the Yard, presented by McDonald's, through its Black & Positively Golden Movement. The virtual event will include celebrity guest and McDonald's owner/operator interviews, legendary HBCU Homecoming highlights, and several special surprise moments. The event will culminate with a performance from global superstar Khalid across all iHeartMedia Hip Hop and R&B stations.

Beautiful Possibilities will stream on iHeartRadio's YouTube from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on November 12. All other programs will stream on iHeartRadio's YouTube and broadcast across iHeartMedia's Hip Hop and R&B radio stations from 5:00-6:30 p.m. ET/PT.


iHeartMedia to Acquire Voxnest

iHeartMedia has entered into an agreement to acquire Voxnest, the leading consolidated marketplace for podcasts and provider of podcast analytics, enterprise publishing tools, programmatic integration and targeted ad serving. With the acquisition, iHeartMedia will be able to provide podcast advertisers with additional targetable inventory across an entire range of podcasts. This additional inventory will increase the monetization of iHeartMedia's full range of podcasts and advance the podcast marketplace for both buyers and sellers. iHeartMedia will also be able to drive greater monetization for creators of podcast content - wherever they currently publish their shows - by connecting Voxnest's advanced ad technology with multiple publishing platforms across the industry.

"This is an important addition to the iHeart digital product ecosystem, which includes our SmartAudio suite of data-driven broadcast radio advertising solutions; our position as the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher with massive distribution and promotion across all our broadcast assets; and the iHeartRadio digital platform," said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc. "The addition of iHeart's offerings to Voxnest will ensure critical mass for the platform and accelerate its growth. As we continue to invest in podcasting and lead the industry, we anticipate this acquisition will have an important impact on iHeart's ability to more fully monetize its podcast inventory, and will also benefit the other podcast publishers that are part of the Voxnest network and the advertisers who are using it."

"We're excited about the growth potential from this unique combination," said Francesco Baschieri, CEO of Voxnest. "The podcast marketplace has been fragmented, with supply and demand spread across multiple platforms - creating scale challenges for marketers who want to buy podcasts. And despite the massive growth of the podcast industry, with more than 100 million Americans listening to a podcast every month now, podcast creators and networks have not had an effective way to fully monetize their content and brands. With this combination, for the first time there will be one podcast technology platform that can bring together all of the demand sources with the largest supplier of podcast inventory - creating the only podcast technology platform that consolidates all the podcast markets into one, making buying more efficient for buyers and sellers of podcast advertising, and creating a unique benefit for the 10,000+ podcast publishers that are part of the Voxnest network today."

iHeartMedia owned a minority stake in Voxnest prior to this acquisition.

Report: Radio to The Rescue With Massive Voter Reach

Westwood One
Westwood One

Westwood One's Insights team offers a solution to the problem of TV bursting with political ads and YouTube's being sold out. Adding AM/FM radio to a TV/social/digital buy generates a massive 15% increase in voter reach for the same budget: Keeping the overall budget flat and shifting 20% of spend to AM/FM radio generates huge growth in voter reach (79% to 91%), a +15% increase.

  • Nielsen: When TV is sold out, moving money to digital/social does not grow voter reach: A Nielsen analysis found that shifting the same budget from an 80%/20% TV/digital mix to a 70%/30% TV/digital allocation does not increase voter reach. Voter reach is stuck at 79% despite increasing the digital allocation.

  • AM/FM radio's superpower is tripling reach among voters who are light TV viewers: Nielsen Media Impact's voter reach analysis reveals light TV viewer voter reach grew 3X from 17% to 53%.

  • 38% of voters are light TV viewers and virtually all of them are reached by AM/FM radio: Nielsen Scarborough reports nearly two in five registered voters are light TV viewers. The light TV viewer segment only generates 6% of total TV time spent. AM/FM radio is the solution, reaching 90% of registered voters who are light TV viewers.

  • Connected TV cannot solve for the light TV viewer challenge: A Nielsen voter reach analysis examined a buy with a foundation of linear TV at 68% of the budget, 13% of spend allocated to connected TV, and 20% placed in digital. This media plan generated a 57% voter reach. When 10% of the buy is shifted to AM/FM radio with no increase in budget, voter reach soars from 57% to 80%, a +41% increase with the same budget.

FCC Symposium on Access to Capital for Small Broadcasters


The FCC has issued a public notice announcing that the agency's Access to Capital Working Group of its Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) and the FCC's Media Bureau will co-host a virtual symposium entitled Path to Media Ownership and Sustainability on November 6, from 9am to 5pm ET. The symposium will examine access to capital for small and diverse broadcasters. The event will be convened virtually via WebEx and will be available to the public streaming via the Internet at www.fcc.gov/live.

The symposium will feature broadcasters and lenders discussing how to obtain financing for broadcast station transactions in today's challenging financial circumstances, as well as experts discussing the history of the previous broadcast tax certificate policy and the potential for a new tax certificate policy to increase broadcast ownership diversity. The symposium will also include presentations from Nielsen Global Media on ratings measurements for multi-ethnic broadcast stations, and a discussion of how small and diverse broadcasters can attract increased advertising revenue. Additionally, Congressional staff members will provide updates on pending legislation intended to increase diverse media ownership.

Members of the public may submit comments to the ACDDE using the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System, ECFS, at www.fcc.gov/ecfs. Comments to the ACDDE should be filed in GN Docket No. 17-208.

More information about the ACDDE is available at here.

SiriusXM Q3 Revs Gain 1% to $2.025B, Earnings Rise 11%


SiriusXM reported third quarter revenue of $2.025 billion, up 1% from $2.011 billion in 2019. Adjusted EBITDA grew 1% to $661 million from $657 million, while self-pay net subscriber additions totaled 169,000 in the third quarter. The company posted a net income increase of 11% to $272 million (6 cents per diluted share) as compared $246 million (5 cents) in the year-ago period.

"SiriusXM maintains strong momentum heading into year end, and we are increasing all of our full-year subscriber and financial guidance today. Our talented people and our powerful business model have delivered stellar results during a challenging year for our company and country," said SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer.

"Our commitment to having the best possible audio content from top talent, as well as leading media and sports brands, has never wavered. First, we are making significant progress in extending our relationship with Howard Stern. We reached a new agreement with Kevin Hart for more content, with LeBron James and Maverick Carter we launched Uninterrupted Radio from the NBA bubble on Pandora, and we debuted our fulltime channel with the members of U2 on SiriusXM. Pat McAfee joined our sports lineup, and we returned to live sports across the MLB, NBA and NFL. And we brought our listeners special moments like the recent interview between Paul McCartney and Alec Baldwin honoring John Lennon's 80th birthday on The Beatles Channel," added Meyer.

As previously announced, Jim Meyer will retire as CEO on December 31, 2020 and become Vice Chairman of SiriusXM's Board of Directors. Jennifer Witz, the company's President, Sales, Marketing and Operations, is slated to become CEO on January 1, 2021. Sean S. Sullivan has been appointed CFO and is starting in his new position on October 26.

"This will be my last earnings period as SiriusXM's CEO, and the numbers we are reporting today reflect the incredible progress our team has made during my tenure. It has been an honor to lead SiriusXM for the past eight years, and I'm thrilled to be passing the baton at year end to a leader as capable as Jennifer Witz," Meyer continued.

"I couldn't be more pleased to assume the role of CEO in January and to welcome Sean Sullivan to our team. Our goals are clear: we will maintain our track record of consistent execution and subscriber growth, and continue to drive higher OEM penetration and invest in our 360L platform, streaming efforts, podcasting, and more to ensure our place as the leader in digital audio entertainment and enable the next phase of our growth," said Witz.

The company increased its full-year 2020 guidance for SiriusXM self-pay net subscriber additions, revenue, adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow. It expects self-pay net subscriber additions of approximately 800,000, total revenue of $7.85 billion, Adjusted EBITDA of $2.475 billion and free cash flow of $1.6 billion.


Fast Food Restaurants Prove Resilient During Pandemic

Media Monitors
Media Monitors

McDonald's, Wendy's and Taco Bell lead the ranking of radio advertisers in Media Monitors' latest rankings of top advertisers in the quick-service restaurants category. With breakfast representing 8% of total U.S. sales, Wendy's announced in August that it would launch a $15 million marketing campaign for the rest of 2020. The fast food chain aired 537,837 spots across radio, television and cable, but 394,613 of those spots were on radio.

"The best time to entice hungry diners is while they're in the car, making radio advertising even more valuable for fast food marketers," said Media Monitors President and CEO Philippe Generali. "With schools and other activities reopening, people are learning how to live with the virus, so they're venturing out more. Fast food offers the flexibility to eat out but not have to dine inside a restaurant. This advantage, combined with the value of the meal, makes fast food just right for today's pandemic economy."

The top 50 fast food advertisers aired a combined 5.75 million spots between January 1 and September 30. Overall, the top 50 aired more than half of instances, 54% on radio and one-third of their spots on television. Taco Bell, which ranked #3 overall, aired nearly all of its instances on radio. Meanwhile, Subway -- the #3 advertiser overall in 2019 -- fell to #18 in the latest analysis.

Sun Broadcast Group Continues to Grow with Two More Hires

Sun Broadcast Group
Sun Broadcast Group

Sun Broadcast Group has made two more hires this week as Amanda Stetzy joins as Media Research Analyst and Alyson Tiller comes onboard as Assistant Traffic Coordinator. The new hires come on the heels of the recent expansion of the sales team, with the appointments of Jackie Cardillo and Angela Codella, as Sun continues to advance under new leadership.

"As advertising demand continues to grow at Sun, we needed more people to support the sales team and ensure that our advertisers' and agencies' needs are met and campaigns run as ordered," said Sun Broadcast Group COO Danno Wolkoff. "Amanda and Alyson will help our salespeople deliver exceptional client service and 100% accountability. I am delighted to welcome them both to Sun."

Previously, Stetzy worked at Regional Reps and Tiller was at CBS Radio.

Podtrac Issues Listening Outlook for the Holidays


Wondering what this holiday season may look like for podcast listeners? Here's some data which may shed some light on what the holidays have in store. Based on an iHeart survey of podcast listeners conducted between August 31 and September 7 of this year, 6 in 10 expect to spend the same or more time than last year traveling by car over the holidays, and 8 in 10 plan to spend more time than last year with family.

Will more time in the car lead to more podcast listening? Or does more family time mean less podcast listening? iHeart Executive VP Hetal Patel thinks that podcast listeners actively looking forward to the holidays can only be good for podcast listening.

"Our survey indicates that three-quarters of podcast listeners are looking for experiences that improve their mood this holiday season," said Patel. "Podcast listening has continued to grow during the pandemic and given the early indicators we are seeing; we expect people to continue listening to podcasts as it provides the enjoyment they crave."

Podtrac's historical data shows some interesting patterns. Wednesdays are consistently the highest podcast listening day of the week with traffic dipping on the weekends and Sunday being the lowest listening day of the week as illustrated by the Q4 2019 data below. This pattern has continued through the pandemic to date.

Podtrac data also shows that October tends to be the highest podcast listening month of the year, with downloads dipping during November and December but not as low as levels earlier in the year.

Podcast listening tends to drop over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's holidays per data from Podtrac, but is above average before and after those holidays, with strongest listening for the season in early January.

While overall podcast listening is down slightly in November and December from October levels, two categories - Music and Leisure - showed increased listening during this time frame in 2019, per data from Podtrac.

Given the surprises that 2020 has held for us so far, we can't be certain what podcast listening will look like during the holidays this year, but signs point to continued growth.

"It will certainly be interesting to track the data to determine if the pandemic does have an influence on podcast listening over this holiday season," commented Podtrac CEO Mark McCrery.

''Every Vote Counts'' to Air on CBS, iHeartMedia Stations


"Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy," a nationally televised and streamed event, will air on CBS and streamed via CBS All Access on Thursday, October 29 at 9-10pm ET/PT. The special will also be available on iHeartMedia radio stations and app, Apple Music, Apple TV App, Amazon Music, Twitch, NowThis, YouTube, Twitter, TIDAL and Facebook, with more to be announced.

Hosted by Alicia Keys, America Ferrera, and Kerry Washington, "Every Vote Counts" will honor, and celebrate the power of voting through music, dance and dialogue. Artists, musicians, performers, and community leaders will come together for a nonpartisan celebration of American democracy, with the goal of uplifting the power of civic action and celebrating the precious value of every single citizen's right to vote.

"The purpose for this special is to remind and inspire all Americans of the power of their voice and their vote. It's a challenging time but we have the opportunity to continue to show up and shape the world we want to live in. In a democracy, every vote counts, so we want to encourage and uplift each other and remember we all have a say in the direction of our country because everyone's participation matters," said Keys."Also, for many young people across the country, this is their first time voting so we want to make sure they understand the magnitude of this time and learn why this is one of the most exciting moments in the Democratic process."

The special will feature musical performances, interviews with everyday voters, and speakers empowering citizens with incontrovertible information on how to vote and allay concerns they may have around voting amid a pandemic. Viewers will also be asked to create voting plans and build voting teams.

"I am honored to join my co-hosts in bringing together all of these amazing artists, musicians, community leaders and American voters to celebrate our democracy," added Ferrera. "Our right to vote has never been more precious or vital. This celebration is an opportunity to uplift our country and to inspire one another to joyfully act on our most fundamental right and responsibility as Americans. Our vote is our voice. And 'Every Vote Counts.'"

Every Vote Counts is a nonpartisan civic engagement event and is not a fundraiser. For tune-in information and to pledge to vote, visit www.globalcitizen.org/everyvote

Live365 Lifts Revenue Limits for U.S.-Based Broadcasters


Live365 has officially removed all revenue restrictions from the Live365 packages for all U.S.-based broadcasters. Previously, revenue generation was limited to Live365 advertising only. The removal of these restrictions now allows for all U.S.-based broadcasters to run their own advertisements and sponsorships on any Live365 package.

"It has been a long time coming, but we have officially removed restrictions on revenue generation by Live365 Broadcasters. Due to certain agreements that were in place, we previously had to limit revenue generation in audio to Live365 advertising only. Now, U.S.-based Live365 Broadcasters can sell ads and generate revenue how they see fit with no restrictions," said Live365 General Manager Jason Stoddard. "The hard work involved in negotiating the removal of these restrictions is indicative of how dedicated Live365 is to innovating and creating an environment that allows small webcasters to flourish."

Currently, the revenue restrictions are lifted for U.S.-based broadcasters only, but Live365 is looking into options to remove revenue restrictions for U.K. and Canada-based broadcasters as well.


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