David DuBose Exits the EVP/COO Role at SummitMedia. It was a quiet and unexplained departure but longtime Birmingham media executive David DuBose is no longer the executive vice president and chief operating officer at SummitMedia – the company he co-founded with Carl Parmer. DuBose had been serving as market manager for Cox Media Group in Birmingham when the Cox stations came up for sale. DuBose and Parmer formed SummitMedia and purchased the stations in six markets that Cox was selling. DuBose remains a minority owner of Summit.
Greg Reed to Manage SummitMedia’s Birmingham Cluster. Taking on the day-to-day management of SummitMedia’s Birmingham stations as VP/GM is Greg Reed. His radio career goes back to his start as an AE with CBS RADIO Philly. He formed Beasley-Reed Broadcasting with George Beasley and purchased WCJX-FM which would become WPOW “Power 96” and become a ratings dynamo. The company also owned hip hop WJHM, Orlando and sports talk WQAM, Miami. On joining SummitMedia, Reed comments, “I am very excited to be working with the outstanding team Summit Media Birmingham has assembled. I am particularly happy to be reunited with SummitMedia SVP/programming Bill Tanner and to work with CEO Carl Parmer. We all share years of experience and similar operating philosophies which should serve us well.”
Keith Larson Re-Ups with WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte. Not only will talk show host Keith Larson remain with Greater Media’s news/talk WBT-AM/FM, Charlotte but he’s adding an hour to his program. Larson, who’s been with WBT since 2002, renews his contract with the station and adds the 9:00 am hour to his late morning show. He’ll be heard from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon beginning May 22. Greater Media Charlotte SVP market manager Rick Feinblatt says, “Keith is an important part of the WBT family. We look forward to him continuing to entertain our outstanding WBT listeners weekday mornings on the station.”
Qantum Communications Swaps Station Portfolio to CCM+E for WALK-AM/FM, Long Island, Then Sells Duo to Connoisseur. In a carefully arranged deal that takes Qantum out of the radio business. The company swapping its 29 radio stations in markets including Cape Cod; Myrtle Beach; Florence, South Carolina; Brunswick, Georgia; Auburn, Alabama/West Point, Georgia to Clear Channel for WALK-AM/FM, Patchogue, New York (Long Island), currently in the Aloha Station Trust. It will then sell the two stations to Connoisseur Media. Qantum president Frank Osborn states, “We are very proud of all that our clusters have achieved. Each cluster is the leader in its respective market and reflects the talent, dedication and hard work of local management and staff. We will miss working with them, but felt this unique transaction was in the interests of our stockholders. It is rare when you find an instance where cooperation among three companies results in higher value for all.” The deal was brokered by Media Venture Partners.
Radio America’s ‘Dana Show’ Adds Affiliates. The daily talk show hosted by KFTK-FM, St. Louis-based personality Dana Loesch is added to the program schedule at several new stations including: KXL-FM, Portland; KFQD-AM, Anchorage; WIBW-AM, Topeka; WGKA-AM, Atlanta; WAAM-AM, Ann Arbor; and KNWZ, Palm Springs. In addition to home base KFTK-FM, St. Louis, Loesch’s show is also heard on Emmis sister station WIBC, Indianapolis. Loesch, a rising star in the conservative media, began her relationship with syndicator Radio America earlier this year. She will be a featured speaker a TALKERS New York 2014 on Friday June 20.
Tom Sumner Show Canceled at WFNT, Flint, Michigan. The afternoon drive Tom Sumner show at Regent Communications’ news/talk WFNT, Flint has been dropped and replaced with the nationally syndicated Sean Hannity show. In a story from the Flint Journal, Sumner says there were changes being made at the station that he declined to be a part of, thus ending his two-year tenure with the station. Sumner tells the paper, “There’s no real controversy to it. I wasn’t fired, I didn’t quit in a huff or anything.”
A Sales Dilemma. Radio sales maven Al Herskovitz writes today (5/15) about a couple of particular challenges sales pros face in delivering for their clients. He notes that sometimes AEs are confronted with taking the money for a buy that will not be effective (for any number of reasons), full well knowing he or she will not be able to come back for a renewal. Why would the campaign not be effective? Poor research about the client’s target audience and shoddy execution of the campaign are two reasons. Read more from Al Herskovitz here.
Radio Pro Tony Garcia Launches Global Media Services. The new company – Global Media Services – is described as a full service radio offering that supports sales, product and program development, and marketing services. Tony Garcia’s 30-year radio career includes stops at United Stations, CRN International and RegionalHelpWanted.com. He is also responsible for the syndication launch of “Bob & Sheri,” radio’s “most successful adult contemporary morning show.” Garcia states, “Global Media Services will specialize in bringing exciting new services and programming into the radio marketplace. With competition and budget the biggest concern in radio today, Global’s goal is to build a roster of clients whose services will help stations run more efficiently and generate more revenue in both programming and sales. We’re excited to connect quality products and services with great stations.” Garcia says services provided include: affiliate sales, access to ad representation, reviewing, critiquing and preparing demos, show/service marketing or packaging, marketing material development, and social media development and execution. He can be contacted at 303-916-6333.
Rush Limbaugh Wins Children’s Book Award. The Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards were handed out on Wednesday evening in New York City as part of the Children’s Book Week and Premiere Networks talk star Rush Limbaugh won Author of the Year for his book Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims: Time-Travel Adventures with Exceptional Americans. The voting comes from a group of about 13,000 students who, according to CNN, “read newly published children and young adult books within their classes through the International Reading Association, in partnership with the Children’s Book Council.” The Author of the Year and Illustrator of the Year finalists were generated from best-seller lists. Children voted for their favorites online with help from parents and teachers.
New York Festivals Announces Radio Program Awards Finalists. New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards announces the 2014 Finalists for The World’s Best Radio Programs. The GrandJury panel selected 260 entries submitted from 32 countries. All Finalists proceed to the medal round to determine Gold, Silver, and Bronze trophies. World-wide since 1982, NYF’s International Radio Program competition honors the most innovative work in radio broadcasting, receiving entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from around the globe. RTÉ Networks Ireland led this year’s competition with 23 Finalists, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation saw 21 entries move forward, followed by TBI Media United Kingdom with 17 Finalists. View the list of finalists here.
BIA/Kelsey: Social Media Advertising to Hit $15 Billion by 2018. It should be no surprise to the radio industry that advertisers are craving space in social media but the latest forecast by BIA/Kelsey indicates how much more money will be spent on the platform over the next several years. Data shows $5.1 billion was spent in social media advertising in the U.S. in 2013. BIA/Kelsey expects it to rise to $15 billion by 2018. The forecast breaks down the social ad spend into two categories: native social advertising (Facebook news feed ads and Twitter promoted tweets), and social display ads. While display ads account for the largest segment of social advertising — $3.3 billion in 2013 – native social is predicted to eclipse display by 2015. Here’s the breakdown of the forecast: U.S. social display ad revenues will grow from $3.3 billion in 2013 to $5.6 billion in 2018; U.S. native social advertising will surge to $9.4 billion in 2018, up from $1.8 billion in 2013. The forecast also presents social advertising revenues by platform: desktop and mobile. Driven by Facebook and Twitter, U.S. social mobile ad revenues eclipsed $1.5 billion in 2013. U.S. social mobile ad revenues will reach $7.6 billion by 2018, surpassing social desktop for the first time. BIA/Kelsey VP, consulting Jed Williams says, “We were initially skeptical about the social-mobile market’s ability to capture optimal wallet share because of mobile’s limitations, such as smaller screen size, limited ad inventory and static creative. Over the past year, however, Facebook, Twitter and other networks have generated dramatic revenue growth, primarily as a function of mobile ad acceleration and largely through natively integrated mobile ad formats. We expect this growth to continue throughout the forecast period.” (The chart above shows that progression.) As many have suggested, geotargeting is the next big step for delivering customers to retailers and Williams calls local targeting an emerging capability. “As social usage further migrates to mobile platforms, the need for locally targeted messages and offers that leverage mobile’s unique capabilities will expand. We expect social local ad spend to increase steadily through 2018, as SMBs better leverage multi- and micro-targeting to optimize campaigns, and national brands drive more traffic to individual store locations and target consumers with more personalized offers.” For more on this study contact BIA/Kelsey’s Steve Passwaiter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Round of April PPM Data Released. PPM data from the third of four groups of 12 markets for the April 2014 period (March 27 – April 23) has been released by Nielsen Audio. Those markets include: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. TALKERS magazine’s sister publication, RadioInfo, has all the (subscriber) numbers here. Managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian offers his “Ten Takeaways” from the report at RadioInfo.com here.
Odds & Sods. WXYT-FM, Detroit sports talk personality Doug Karsch joins the pre-game “Tailgate Show” for Michigan Wolverines football. Karsch has served as sideline reporter in the past and will continue in that role as well…..Hubbard Radio’s all-news WTOP, Washington has a new station voice in Scott Fisher. Program director Laurie Cantillo says previous station voice Pat Garrett “accepted a group deal to work with multiple CBS sports stations, which is good for him and an opportunity for us.” In addition to the new sound, the station is beginning to use the phrase “Washington’s Top News” as a positioning statement.
Salt Lake City Welcomes Dave Ramsey. Nationally syndicated talk radio star and best-selling author Dave Ramsey (center) took his Legacy Journey LIVE! event to Salt Lake City’s Abravanel Hall on May 14. The program addressed “how to win with money, strengthen marriages and lead your children with confidence.” His daughter, Rachel Cruze, joined Ramsey on stage. Ramsey combined forces with local affiliate KNRS to promote the event. KNRS program director Rod Arquette (right) says, “Dave Ramsey is Utah’s financial rock star. Our listeners and clients love Dave and his team. With his hilarious wit, Dave takes what could be a boring topic – money – and turns it into something that’s informative, educational and most importantly entertaining. Utah loves Dave Ramsey!” Also pictured here is KNRS general sales manager Joyce Wirthlin (left).
Boko Haram Kidnappings, ObamaCare Criticism, 2016 Presidential Race/Hillary Clinton’s Health, Mid-Term Election/Primary Races, Benghazi Probe, NY Time Fires Jill Abramson, and Casey Kasem Search Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (5/14). The kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls by Boko Haram and criticism of the Nigerian government’s ability to rescue them; ongoing scrutiny of the rollout and effects of the Affordable Care Act; the 2016 presidential race and questions about Hillary Clinton’s health; the looming mid-term elections and recent primary race results; the renewed Benghazi probe and Susan Rice’s testimony; the surprise firing of NYTimes executive editor Jill Abramson; and the bizarre search for missing radio legend Casey Kasem were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.