‘Business Rockstars’ Aligns with Radio America. Talk radio network Radio America is entering into a relationship with Business Rockstars. A statement from the companies announces that Radio America will broadcast “Business Rockstars,” hosted by Ken Rutkowski, which airs live from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm ET Monday through Friday. “Radio America will add the broadcast to their lineup in a multitude of new markets around the nation. Additionally the show can be seen from the live video stream, and heard through the show’s website businessrockstars.com. Business Rockstars co-founder Steve Lehman states, “We are very excited about this alignment with Radio America. Mike Paradiso, COO of Radio America, is a smart guy. He and his team will play an important strategic role in the growth of our terrestrial platform from both a sales and affiliation standpoint. Entrepreneurs are the new rock stars. Our show provides the strongest elements from a “Shark Tank”-like environment, combined with big name CEOs, entrepreneurs and start-ups. We deliver real solutions to starting, growing and funding a business, while sharing stories that inspire and motivate listeners, from billion dollar start-ups, to business train wrecks, and our host Ken Rutkowski is brilliant.” Paradiso adds, “Business Rockstars has done a great job of thinking outside the box, producing a show that is engaging, entertaining and interesting not only to aspiring entrepreneurs but to anyone interested in what makes successful people tick. I also love the aggressive social media and digital aspects of the show that engage younger listeners and provide affiliates with a great resource for integration into their digital media sales efforts.”
Solutions to AM’s Problems. Radio pro Bill Brady weighs in today with thoughts about what AM radio’s problems – and consequently, the solutions – are. In this piece, Brady – president and CEO of Futures & Options, Inc. – writes that network and syndicated programming vendors must play an important role in a new model to give AM stations the chance to succeed. Ever the realist, Brady notes that while “live and local” is a great mantra, it’s simply an unaffordable option for AM signals that are in medium and small markets and/or have been languishing for years. Brady also suggests a new model for network-station partnerships that could benefit both. Read his entire column here.
Five Steps to Effective Hiring. Over the course of his storied career, media consultant Walter Sabo has been responsible for hiring and/or recommending more than 1,000 people for companies ranging from ABC to SiriusXM to smaller firms such as Press Communications. During that time, he’s learned how to best go about the hiring process and he offers five steps to bringing the best people into a company. Read his column here.
Round One of August PPM Data Released. The first of four rounds of August 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). The survey period was July 17 through August 13. TALKERS magazine’s sister publication RadioInfo has all of the numbers from subscribing stations here. In addition, managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings on the main page at RadioInfo.com here.
Bubba the Love Sponge to West Palm Beach? That’s the rumor being reported by GossipExtra columnist Jose Lambiet. In his piece, Lambiet reports sources tell him New York-based JVC Media plans to create a rock station in the market, perhaps on WBGF, Belle Glade (40 miles inland from West Palm) or on one of the two translators it is buying – either W295BJ at 106.9 licensed to Jupiter or W240CI at 95.9 and licensed to North Palm Beach. Lambiet also says the company has plans to create a new sports talk station built around CBS Sports Radio Network’s Jim Rome. In the spring, JVC announced plans to purchase the translators and WSVU-AM, North Palm Beach from North Palm Beach Broadcasting for $850,000 and WBGF and sister station WSWN, Belle Glade from BGI Broadcasting for $555,000.
Glasgow Appointed Alpha Media’s Corporate VP/NBD. Former Entercom San Francisco director of sales Lindi Glasgow joins Alpha Media as corporate vice president of new business development. Alpha Media chairman Larry Wilson is “delighted” about the appointment. “It goes hand in hand with our ‘live and local’ philosophy – concentrating on building relationships with our advertisers versus negotiation tactics,” he comments. “Her stellar career and personal accomplishments make her the ideal candidate for the task. Her creative thinking will be a huge addition to our sales strategy.” President and chief executive officer Bob Proffitt notes that, “From the day I met Lindi as a rookie seller in Albuquerque 20 years ago, I was absolutely convinced she was destined for greatness. She did not disappoint. She has had a stellar career with amazing results. I am delighted that she will help marry our ‘live and local’ philosophy in our 12 markets with new business development. We are into relationships – much less into negotiation. She has the skills, and our local markets have the content and audience to garner great results for our local advertisers; that is what I am most excited about.” Glasgow remarks that she is “thrilled to join Alpha Media.” She is returning to her “original radio roots that began with Larry and Bob, both of whom, I have enormous respect for. I am passionate about the radio industry, how it engages with local communities and can play an essential part of growing local businesses. I look forward to working with our local markets and am more than anxious to get started.” Prior to working for Entercom San Francisco, Glasgow was corporate regional director of sales & marketing for Entercom Washington, DC; director of business development for Entercom Denver and Portland; and director of business development at Citadel Albuquerque.
Theatrical Premier. The first feature film from Barry Young Entertainment premiered at the Landmark Theater in Phoenix recently and is set for release this Friday, September 5. Barry Young – president and CEO of WestStar MultiMedia Entertainment – and wife Kim Komando – star of her eponymous nationally syndicated radio show and WestStar chairman and CFO – created the new division of their company to pursue film and television projects. The company’s first venture, working in conjunction with OceanBlue Entertainment and Magnolia Pictures is Frontera, starring Ed Harris, Eva Longoria, Michael Peña, and Amy Madigan. Pictured here are (from left to right): Madigan, Komando, Young, and Harris.
ISIS Beheads U.S. Journalist; U.S. Military Policy in Iraq; Russia-Ukraine Tensions; Mid-Term Elections/2016 Presidential Prospects; Ebola Pandemic Threat; and Hacked Celeb Nude Photos Among Top Stories Yesterday (9/2). The beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff by Islamic militants and the ISIS campaign in Iraq; the U.S. military policy in Iraq and Syria; military tensions between Russia and Ukraine; the coming mid-term elections and the prospects for the 2016 presidential campaign; the threat of an Ebola virus pandemic; and controversy over the hacked iCloud photos of celebrities were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.