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Leading Radio Newsman Questions Whether Monopoly-Like AP’s Advertising Plan Steps on Broadcasters’ Toes. Saying that he understands that news is an expensive product to produce, WTOP, Washington vice president of news and programming Jim Farley admits to taking umbrage at hearing about the Associated Press’ plans to begin selling ads on stories found on its mobile apps and hosted websites by reading about it in the trades. “They used to communicate with stations and treat us as partners. Now they seem to take broadcasters for granted. CNN is developing a website that could be a future competitor, but for now, AP is a monopoly just like Nielsen.” Farley’s comments come after learning about AP’s plans to market its content via a story in AdAge. The piece reports that a move to sponsored content evolves as just “2% of total revenue comes from advertising, including mobile banner ads and units across a handful of websites populated with AP content. Another 13% comes from services the AP offers media outlets. And 85% comes from licensing content to subscribers such as TV stations, newspapers and websites, where the AP is not hopeful about expanding income.” In the AdAge story, AP SVP of digital strategy and products Jim Kennedy states, “Licensing our content is a flat-to-declining business around the world. It will only grow about 1% a year, so it’s incumbent upon us to find new revenue sources.” Read the entire AdAge piece here.
Clear Channel Brings Tim Spengler Aboard As President of Content Marketing and Revenue Strategy. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment adds to the ranks of its executives working on marketing the company’s products across multiple platforms as former Magna Global CEO Tim Spengler joins the company in the newly created position of president of content marketing and revenue strategy. The company says in a statement, “In this new role, Spengler will use CCM+E’s array of multiplatform assets to develop new and innovative media and advertising opportunities in unison with CCM+E national programming platforms, national sales, marketing and partnership platform and local sales. He will build additional value for CCM+E marketing partners by creatively utilizing all of the company’s media and entertainment assets – delivering enhanced ROI’s with unique solutions. In addition, Spengler will focus on advertiser and industry trends to drive new ad products and deployment of CCM+E revenue resources.” Spengler comes to Clear Channel with almost two decades of experience in marketing at the corporate level having served as a senior executive for the Interpublic Group and most recently as chief executive officer of Magna Global.
Mets to Air on WOR, New York in 2014. Major League Baseball’s World Series begins this week and while neither the New York Mets nor the New York Yankees have been involved in post-season play, they are making off-the-field news. According to a report in Newsday, beginning in 2014, Clear Channel-owned talk outlet WOR, New York will become the Mets’ new flagship. For the past 26 years, games of the National League East team have been heard on CBS Radio‘s WFAN, but that will not be an option next year, as the Yankees will segue to WFAN from sibling news facility WCBS-AM. Market speculation is that at least one other NYC station – ESPN Radio‘s WEPN – was involved in obtaining radio rights to Mets games. Regarding talent in the Mets broadcast booth, Howie Rose seems to be secure, although it is uncertain if Josh Lewin will continue in his on-air role with the team next season.
‘Redskins’ Ads Won’t Air on CBS Radio’s WJFK, Washington. If you’re a football fan you’re aware the Oneida Nation has been running an advertising and PR campaign designed to garner public support for a name change for the NFL’s Washington Redskins – a name the native American nation calls a “racial slur.” But after apparently signing a deal to have spots air on both sports talk WJFK-FM and hip hop WPGC, CBS Radio is telling the tribe that ads won’t air. An email from CBS Washington SVP Steve Swenson to the Oneida Nation explained the change. “The issue has been heavily debated on WJFK where we can provide a good balance of discussion, opinions and context to the issue through our programming. Our audience has reacted positively to that presentation, and we will continue to approach the situation keeping in-line with our audiences’ expectations.” NBC Washington reports a representative of the Oneida Nation calls the cancellation “unfortunate and un-American.” Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has said publicly that the team’s name will never change.
Proven Ways to Evaluate Your Facebook Page Today. When it comes to social media, you’re either building your brand, or spinning your wheels. Noted digital radio consultant and TALKERS columnist Chris Miller offers a few valuable tools you can use to evaluate the job your station is doing on Facebook, even if you hardly ever go on social media yourself! In a new column posted today (10/21), Miller offers guidance as to determining whether the people you are attracting to your Facebook page are the same people in your target radio audience. (Often times, they are not!) He also helps you evaluate what sort of posts are the most effective, in addition to determining the most advantageous times to post, plus more. To read Chris Miller’s entire piece, please click here.
KIDD, Monterey Hold Open Auditions for Sport Talk Show. Buckley Broadcasting sports talker KIDD, Monterey, California recently held public auditions for a daily afternoon sports talk show on the station. According to a report in the Monterey Herald, program manager Bernie Moody says, “What we’re looking for today is somebody who is really into sports — a person who not only is very knowledgeable about sports, but also a person with the ability to convey that on the air. A lot of us can sit and talk sports all day long, but you have to be able to do it on the air, in the studio, when nobody else is there, and talk to people as if they are there.” The paper says six men participated in the audition which took place at the Northridge Mall in Salinas. (Pictured here is candidate Eric Pangillnan at the mic with KIDD operations director Kevin Kahl looking on). The winning candidate gets to host the 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm show. Interested parties may apply to Kevin Kahl at email@example.com. Photo: Monterey Herald.
‘Trapper John’ and the Critic. Actor Elliott Gould (left) is pictured here with Salem Radio Network talk show host Michael Medved (right) as the two appeared at a series of fundraisers over the weekend for the Olympia Film Society in Olympia, Washington. The proceeds from the event are destined for digital conversion of the society’s projectors. Gould is famous for –among many roles – his portrayal of “Trapper John” in the 1970 Robert Altman classic M*A*S*H. Medved, as many are aware, has spent a major portion of his career as a film reviewer in addition to his work as a news/talk radio personality.
Odds & Sods. Morris Communications’ KFQD, Anchorage wins six Alaska Broadcasters Association Awards including: Best Radio Show for afternoon talk personality Dave Stieren; Best News Program for morning drive “Newsday AM”; Best News Coverage for reporter Kathy Phillips’ live updates on a local 4-plex fire; Best Station Imaging for producer Toben Shelby; Best Sports Play-by-Play for Alaska Aces Hockey voice Josh Bogorod; and Most Uniquely Alaskan Program for “The Big Alaska Show” with Steve Stripling and Mike Ford…..Tom Elliott, the producer of the Peter Schiff show and former Laura Ingraham producer, has launched a company called Grabien.com that provides edited news clips to news outlets and producers…..Radio One announces that Pennsylvania State Senator Vincent Hughes succeeds the late E. Steven Collins as host of WRNB, Philadelphia’s “Philly Speaks” public affairs program. The show airs Sundays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am on WRNB, “Old School 100.3.”
Fisher House Provides Veterans Day Kits for Stations. The Fisher House is offering a powerful resource for stations to help recognize Veterans Day on Monday, November 11. The Fisher House Veterans Day programming tool kit includes Veterans Day-themed PSAs in 15-, 30- and 60-second lengths plus a 30-minute public affairs show and a list of guests who are available to discuss their military experience and how they were helped by Fisher House. Fisher House chairman Ken Fisher says, “Veterans Day is among the most sacred of American holidays. It takes on added meaning in a time when we are defended by an all-volunteer military that is engaged in hostilities overseas. More than two million Americans have served in combat zones since 2001. It’s only right that we take a day to acknowledge their service along with all of our military veterans.” Programmers can download materials at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/aol15lkltu42boz/qGKkveBTQz
Jeff Katz and Gold Medalist Aly Raisman. Boston-based media personality Jeff Katz – who is a columnist for the Boston Herald and a commentator for Boston Herald Radio – poses for a photo with Olympic gold medal winner Aly Raisman. The two met at a recent special event hosted by Christians and Jews United for Israel. Katz tells TALKERS he advised Raisman that she should consider using elements of his floor exercise which he said “involve two pillows, a blanket, remote control, ‘The Walking Dead’ on Netflix and a bowl of something crunchy at the next Olympiad. She politely declined. Oh and apparently Olympic gold medals are NOT filled with chocolate.”
Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Inducts 11. The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame held its 7th Annual Induction Awards Ceremony on Saturday, October 19 during which the Class of 2013 was honored. This year’s group included (clockwise from top left): The Tiger Twins: Tom & Paul Collins (Krimsier), WQXI, Atlanta; Steve Goss, WABE, Atlanta; Charlie Hill, WVMG, Cochran; Kaedy Kiley, WRVR, Atlanta; Mark Summers, WSLT, Augusta; Mike Roberts, WQMJ, Macon; Bill Rice, WLET, Toccoa; Nelle Reagan, WRGA, Rome; and Kelly McCoy, WSB-FM, Atanta. The previously announced inductees into the Legacy category included: Palmira Braswell (WBML-Macon), George Crumbley (WSB-Atlanta), Jimmy Dunaway (WSB-Atlanta), Al Evans, Jr. (WVLD-Valdosta), John Holliman (WSB-Atlanta), Don Kordecki (WKRW-Cartersville), Royal Marshall (WCNN-Atlanta), Leonard Postero (WRFC-Athens), and Annie Lee Small (WYTH-Madison). Legendary WERD DJ James “Alley Pat” Patrick was honored as the recipient of the 2013 Founders and Directors Award. The Elmo Ellis Spirit Award recognized James Woodruff, Jr. of WRBL in Columbus.