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Clear Channel Partners with LivingSocial for Discount Services. Using the power of its vast array of radio stations, Clear Channel and LivingSocial enter into an exclusive agreement for LivingSocial be the sole daily deal provider on 500 stations in some 90 markets. CC says it has more than 80 million listeners each week who stand to benefit from the great local values LivingSocial can let them know about. Each day, local radio personalities will chat up the LivingSocial daily bargain for their market which can be accessed via the station’s website. LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy says, “Radio stations are a primary means for people to find entertainment and learn what’s going on in their communities. This matches perfectly with LivingSocial’s mission to help people find great deals and values around them.” LivingSocial has about 46 million members and is a competitor of Groupon, the market leader at this point with about 115 million members.
Compass Media Networks Announces Expanded College Basketball Schedule. Adding to its already hefty offering of play-by-play sports that includes NFL and college football games, Compass Media Networks says it will offer a slate of 15 high-profile college basketball games plus the three-day Big Ten Conference tournament in early March. Compass’ games include some of college basketball’s highly ranked schools in the pre-season including: North Carolina, Ohio State, Syracuse and Duke. It’s worth noting that college basketball may be the only option for hoops fans this winter if the labor issues plaguing the NBA continue. The growing number of sports talk stations in the country is bringing about an increased demand for play-by-play product. Compass CEO Peter Kosann says, “Kudos to our team for landing these incredible games. We are thrilled to provide our affiliates access to these incredible broadcasts and appreciate all of the support from our participating conferences and schools.”
CBS Radio’s KNX, Los Angeles Produces Social Media Summit for Businesses. “Social: The Now Media” will take place November 16 at the Hollywood Palladium and will be co-hosted by KFWB’s Phil Hulett and KNX’s Frank Mottek. It promises to bring together leading experts on the use of social media to foster the growth of business. “Featured speakers will outline best practices and present case studies to help business owners strategize and monetize using ubiquitous social media platforms. ‘The Art of Online Reviews and Referrals,’ ‘How Social Media Impacts Consumers’ and ‘How People are Finding Your Business’ are some of the topics that will be addressed to help entrepreneurs understand how to generate customer loyalty and revenue.” Speakers include Jim Lanzone, president of CBS Interactive; Kara Nortman, senior vice president of publishing for CityGrid Media; Steve Rubel, executive vice president of global strategy and insights for Edelman Public Relations and Hooman Radfar, CEO and co-founder of Clearspring. CBS Radio attracted a sell-out crowd of 600 to its first social media summit last February.
Wisconsin Station Owner and Former Legislator Arrested on DUI Charge. Randy Hopper owns news/talk WFIZ, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and a sister music station. He also was a Wisconsin State Senator until he lost a recall election in the spring (his estranged wife signed the petition and helped stir the pot as part of a contentious and rather public divorce). Hopper was arrested on Sunday after reports of a car driving erratically reached police. According to the Fond du Lac Reporter, Hopper failed field tests but refused to take a Breathalyzer test.
2012 Presidential Race/GOP Debate, Hillary Clinton in Libya, ‘Occupy’ Movement and Global Financial Jitters Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (10/18). The 2012 presidential race and last night’s GOP debate in Las Vegas, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s trip to Libya and her comment that Moammar Gadhafi should be caught or killed, the continuing ‘Occupy’ movement and the precarious state of the world financial markets were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday.