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Nielsen Audio Releases First Round of May 2016 PPM Data. The first of four rounds of May 2016 PPM ratings 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 May 2016 survey period covered April 21 to May 18. You can find the complete 6+ ratings numbers from subscribing stations here. Additionally, TALKERS/RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Twelve Takeaways” from this group on the main page of our sister publication here.
Nielsen Audio Announces Changes for Spring 2016 Diary Markets; Breaks Newburgh Out of Hudson Valley Market. Beginning with the Spring 2016 diary survey, Nielsen Audio is bringing back the Newburgh-Middletown, New York market. The market consists of Orange County with Sullivan County included in the TSA. Arbitron – prior to its acquisition by Nielsen – created the Hudson Valley market five years ago consisting of Orange, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. Nielsen is also going to deliver Spring and Fall diary surveys for Sioux Falls, South Dakota beginning with the Spring 2016 survey. The ratings company is also adding four counties to the Traverse City, Michigan market and is renaming the market Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac.
McConnell: Base Voters ‘Misled’ by Talk Hosts. Speaking at a recent event sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that “a lot of talk show hosts and others” have misled the base voters about what can be accomplished by a Republican-controlled Congress with a Democrat in the White House. According to a report in the Washington Examiner, McConnell was responding to a question about why voters are favoring “outsider” candidates. Read the Examiner story here.
The Presidential Race, Battle Against Islamic State, Stanford Rape Case Sentencing, NYC Restroom Use Ad, Bilderberg Group Meeting, and NBA-NHL Finals Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (6/7). The activities of the candidates for president and yesterday’s California primary election; the ongoing battle against Islamic State in Iraq and the fight by Iraqi forces to retake Fallujah; reaction to the light sentence for a Stanford student convicted of rape and comments made by the student’s father; New York City’s use of $250,000 for an ad suggesting people use the restroom they are most comfortable with; this week’s meeting in Germany of the Bilderberg Group and its agenda to address the Donald Trump campaign, European migrant issues, the state of the European Union and more; and the NBA and NHL Finals were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Michael Harrison Gets ‘Up Close and Far Out’ with Retired CBS RADIO President Dan Mason. In this week’s new episode of the PodcastOne hit series “Up Close and Far Out,” retired CBS RADIO president/CEO Dan Mason joins host Michael Harrison for a wide-ranging dialogue about the state of radio broadcasting in the digital era. The discussion focuses on Mason’s recent change of career direction that includes assuming the chairmanship of the 60-year-old, non-profit charity, the Broadcasters Foundation of America (BFOA) as well as putting on the headphones again and becoming a CBS Sports play-by-play announcer for college athletics. Mason discusses his passion for women’s basketball as well as his roots in radio programming going back to his days as a teenage top 40 fan (a “contest pig”) in Louisville, Kentucky. The two talk about the fine work being done by the BFOA on behalf of broadcasters in acute need and the satisfaction Mason is getting by being able to “give back” to the industry. The discussion covers the viability of the “stick” as a business going forward, HD radio, and the role of the computer screen in digital audio media. Not to be missed! To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” players located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Odds & Sods. Media executive and entrepreneur Steve Lehman – founder of Premiere Networks and current chairman of Business Rockstars – joins the group of partners of Peter Csathy’s new firm Creatv Media. In a story in Variety, Csathy says the company will “fund new ventures and provide a range of services including business and strategy development, marketing, production and distribution.”…..A new Star Trek podcast is launching on CBS’ Play.it podcast platform. CBS RADIO, CBS Local Digital Media and CBS Consumer Products are bringing “Engage: The OFFICIAL Star Trek Podcast,” to Play.it starting June 22. The program is being hosted by Jordan Hoffman, a film critic and writer of the “One Trek Mind” blog on StarTrek.com. The three episodes available June 15 feature special guests including “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Adam Nimoy…..Radio pro Mike Tyler joins BizTalkRadio to lead the affiliate relations department. Tyler is owner of Broadcast Affiliate Sales and a partner in Fishnet Syndication. Tyler was also most recently vice president of TKO Radio Networks – a venture with partner Kent Jones…..77 WABC’s Joan Hamburg taped a special show on Tuesday (6/7) at Sardi’s Restaurant in Times Square in advance of this Sunday’s Tony Awards. She spoke with some of Broadway’s finest actors, including: Christopher Fitzgerald from Waitress, Daveed Diggs and Christopher Jackson from Hamilton, Laura Benanti from She Loves Me, Heather Headley from The Color Purple, Billy Porter and Brian Stokes Mitchell from Shuffle Along, and Jayne Houdyshell and Reed Birney from The Humans. The show will air on Saturday, June 11, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm 77 WABC and streamed live at www.wabcradio.com. Pictured at right at the taping are (from l-r) Matthew Broderick, Hamburg, and Billy Carter as the two talk to Hamburg about a new show called Shining City…..The Baltimore Orioles welcomed FOX Sports Radio personality Steve Gorman and his brother Jim Gorman to Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 5 to help raise awareness for The Multiple System Atrophy Coalition. The “Steve Gorman SPORTS!” host threw out the first pitch and the brothers were recognized by the Orioles for their efforts to raise money and awareness for MSA, which Jim was diagnosed with in 2014. Pictured at left are (from l-r): the Orioles’ mascot, Jim Gorman, Steve Gorman and Orioles pitcher Mychal Givens…..Hubbard Radio Washington, DC all-news WTOP grabbed eight Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association Awards last weekend. The news organization won Outstanding Website award for WTOP.com, Outstanding Specialty Reporting by Chris Core, and Outstanding Year-Round Local Sports award, among others…..The “WAR NOW: The Wayne Allyn Root Show” moves from its 6:00 pm start to the 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm slot on Silver State Broadcasting’s KBET, Las Vegas “790 TalkNOW.” The show launched on the station back on February 1.
Rick Roberts Joins Envision Radio Networks’ ‘America Weekend.’ Longtime San Diego news/talk personality Rick Roberts becomes part of the talent at Envision Radio Networks’ weekend talk radio programming “America Weekend.” The six hours of live news/talk radio airs from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and Roberts will host the Saturday 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm portion of the program. Most recently at KFMB, San Diego, Roberts’ career has also taken him to such legendary stations as KOA, Denver; KCMO, Kansas City; KRLD, Dallas; and KOGO, San Diego. Roberts states, “I’m extremely pleased to be a part of ‘America Weekend’ and I look forward to bringing 19 years of major market talk radio experience to radio stations across America. The next great step in talk radio begins right here every weekend.” Envision describes “America Weekend” as “the new ratings-friendly programming alternative to low-rated brokered shows and “Best Of” programs.” Executive producer Kipper McGee says of Roberts, “Breakthrough programming needs breakthrough talent. ‘America Weekend’ will provide the perfect showcase for Rick’s versatility and considerable talents, and we are thrilled to have him on the team.” Roberts joins radio pros Paul Harris and Turi Ryder as hosts of the program.
The Conclave Adds Sports Component. Dubbed “Game Day,” the Conclave announces a new aspect of the radio gathering at this July’s 38th Annual Learning Conference by presenting a day exclusively devoted to sports broadcasting. “Game Day” will be held on Friday, July 19, at the Doubletree Park Place Hotel in Minneapolis, site of the 2013 Learning Conference. Conclave executive director Bob Shannon states, “Our line up starts with Bruce Gilbert, senior vice president of sports operations for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. Bruce built ‘The Ticket’ in Dallas, was recruited by ESPN to create their national radio brand, and has just joined Clear Channel. Clearly, he is one of our nation’s sports programming experts.” The day will conclude with a reception at the Minnesota Twins flagship station, Northern Lights’ new adult contemporary KTWN, which is just a short walk across the street from Target Field in downtown Minneapolis followed by a ballgame between the Twins and the Cleveland Indians.
Phil Hendrie Accelerates Podcast and Social Media Initiatives with LEG Digital and Launchpad Digital Media Partnerships. Media personality Phil Hendrie – nationally syndicated on radio via Talk Radio Network – recently entered into partnerships with creative agency LEG Digital and Launchpad Digital Media for his strategic efforts in digital content and social marketing platforms. Launchpad is representing LEG Digital for advertising sales. LEG Digital reports that to date, results have shown that in the last four months, Hendrie’s Twitter followers are up 28%, his Facebook audience is up 667% and his daily podcast monthly downloads are up 500%. The company also launched the weekly “Phil Hendrie’s Mmm-Hmm, The Bobbie Dooley Podcast” on its podcast network, TheSideShowNetwork.com, Hendrie’s own PhilHendrieShow.com, iTunes and Launchpad’s PodcastOne.com. The first Dooley podcast garnered more than 15,000 downloads in three days. LEG Digital managing partner Darrin McAfee states, “I’ve been a huge fan of Phil’s for the last 15 years. Knowing and enjoying the magnitude of his talent, it’s obvious to me that he’s well on his way to the next plateau of his career.”
Arbitron Issues Social Media Guidelines for Dealing with Respondents. Calling this a list of “Dos and Don’ts,” Arbitron notifies broadcasters of the potential pitfalls that can cause ratings trouble if the company’s rules are violated using the ubiquitous social media. Arbitron states up front: “Ratings data can be among the most valuable tools broadcasters have for programming and sales. It’s important to protect the integrity of your station’s ratings by following Arbitron’s guide to using social media. While these platforms create more personalized communication with listeners, social media can also lead to rating bias or rating distortion if not managed properly.” Some of the “Dos” include: Notify Arbitron if a respondent reaches out to the station via social media (or any other means); remind station staff that social media comments are subject to the same guidelines as on-air comments; contact Arbitron for a confidential pre-review if you are unsure about comments you wish to post; contact Arbitron if your staff sees posted comments directed to an Arbitron respondent; and contact Arbitron if the station learns the identity of an Arbitron respondent (by any means). The “Don’ts” are pretty obvious to broadcasters who’ve been aware of Arbitron’s rules prior to the advent of social media but bear repeating: Don’t attempt to learn the identity of Arbitron respondents. The station may be delisted, even if the attempt doesn’t succeed; don’t address comments to panelists or diarykeepers; don’t discuss ratings (even ratings success) on social networking sites. Doing so may prompt respondents to disclose their participation; don’t post comments encouraging listeners to participate as panelists or diarykeepers; don’t offer anything of value to self-identified panelists or diarykeepers.
Saga Communications Reports 2012 Q4 Net Operating Revenue Up 10.3%. For the whole of 2012, Saga reports its net operating revenue was up 4% on earnings of $130.3 million compared to $125.3 million for all of 2011. Free cash flow increased 9.5% to $25.1 million for the year of 2012. Station operating expense decreased approximately 1.0% to $90.3 million (station operating expense includes depreciation and amortization attributable to the stations). Net income for the period was $17.9 million ($3.16 per fully diluted share) compared to net income of $12.6 million ($2.23 per fully diluted share) for the same period last year.
Cool Job Opportunity. Townsquare Media has an incredible opportunity for the position of Brand Manager and morning show host for a news/talk station. You must have a proven track record in programming a news/talk station. In addition to a strong ratings background, candidates should be digitally savvy and demonstrate a deep, rich understanding of interactive branding, including social media, loyalty programs, content creation, e-commerce, streaming platforms, mobile and texting. In addition, you should feel comfortable being on-air in the news/talk format and understand what it means to be the local voice in your community. You are able to keep a morning show entertaining and energetic while delivering relevant and interesting information to your audience. Candidates need to possess outstanding verbal and written skills as well as being highly organized and driven. As Brand Manager, you must also be willing to do any job within the station. Teamwork is a must as you will be working in unison with the digital, sales, promotion and engineering staff. It is essential that you have a strong working knowledge of digital audio systems and online media platforms, and be prepared to develop production and schedule all on-air content. In addition to the above, you will work to build the identity of the station within the community. As you can tell, this isn’t your typical 9-5 job. But don’t worry, we work hard and we have fun doing it! If you’re a fun, dynamic, creative and proven winner, send all of your materials, including references, to Chuck Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org. Townsquare Media is an equal opportunity employer.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America Announces Stanley S. Hubbard to Receive Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award. The chairman of Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc. will be the recipient of this year’s “Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award.” The Award will be presented to Stanley Hubbard during the BFoA Breakfast on April 10, at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, in conjunction with the National Association of Broadcasters Show. The BFoA notes that “Hubbard Broadcasting has stayed on the industry’s cutting edge, pioneering innovations in radio, television and satellite broadcasting. The company owns 13 television and 17 radio stations, F&F Productions REELZCHANNEL – TV About Movies, and is the controlling shareholder of Ovation TV.” The Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award honors an individual in broadcasting whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. It salutes its namesake Lowry Mays and is underwritten by The Clear Channel Foundation and Wiley Rein, LLP. The Broadcasters Foundation has provided millions of dollars in aid to colleagues who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen tragedy that left them unable to work or support themselves. Individual membership is only $150 a year. Donations also can be made to the Guardian Fund, and corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative.
DC Sequester Battle, Ryan Budget Plan, ‘Killing Jews is Worship’ Ad Controversy, Obama Approval Rating Down, Papal Conclave, and ‘Fat Lesbians’ Study Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (3/12). The effects of and debate in Washington over the sequester; Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget proposal; the controversial San Francisco bus ad campaign featuring quotes from militant Muslims; the Washington Post’s latest poll showing President Obama’s approval ratings sinking; the conclave in the Vatican; and NIH-funded study on the cause of obesity in lesbians were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.