Tag: "shared audience"

Friday, May 10, 2013

| May 10, 2013

cclogoClear Channel Study Shows Radio’s ‘Reach and Appeal Remain Strong.’  Those are the words of Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman about the results of the Latitude Research– and OpenMind Strategy-conducted study called the “State of Listening in America.”  Pittman says of the study, “This research confirms that radio’s reach and appeal remain strong regardless of the platform, geography, ethnicity, or age group.  American listeners – particularly younger generations – feel a strong connection to their favorite on-air radio personalities – which is made stronger by social media – in a way that isn’t replicated by other media.”  Clear Channel calls the study “the first comprehensive audio analysis that addresses the various ways people are listening today and also clearly demonstrates that the growing prevalence of mobile devices coupled with easy access to streaming apps have made radio more relevant to users.”  Some of the key findings include:  92% of all respondents listen to radio at least once a week; 69% agree “streaming services do not replace radio.”; 80% say radio is helpful in discovering new artists or songs; 82% say the first thing they do when they get in a car is turn on the radio; 66% agree that their favorite radio stations reflect who they are as a person; 78% agree that radio has the power to make a difference in the community;  and 72% believe radio is more community-oriented than TV; 85% say radio is more accessible than at any time before and 78 percent say they can access radio anywhere; Radio advertising is viewed more positively than ads on TV, internet and mobile apps; 72% believe that radio feels more “human” than the internet and 65 percent believe it is more “personal” than TV; and 71% say radio is a part of their daily routine.

mckayjeffInteresting and Useful Fact:  News/Talk Radio and Country Music Radio Share Significant Segments of their Audiences.  Two different radio formats: One plays music by artists such as Johnny Cash, Carrie Underwood and Florida-Georgia Line.  The other has voices such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Stephanie Miller.  Ironically, both the country music format that does not talk politics and the news/talk format that plays no music each have something in common – they cater largely to the same audience!  Leading country radio consultant Jaye Albright calls country radio and talk radio the “universal donor” formats.  In an article posted on May 8, TALKERS special features correspondent Jeff McKay talks to players in the field, cites research and provides an interesting overview of this phenomenon.  To read the entire piece, click here.

ramseyentreleadershipSpecial Dave Ramsey Program to Air as Part of EntreLeadership Master Series.  On today’s Dave Ramsey nationally syndicated program (live 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET), Ramsey will broadcast from Financial Peace Plaza as part of this week’s EntreLeadership Master Series.  This special broadcast will focus on leadership and business questions from callers, e-mails and event attendees.  Ramsey has been presenting this series at his offices in Nashville all this week and today’s broadcast is the culmination of that.  Ramsey’s company explains the EntreLeadership series this way: “EntreLeadership combines the innovative spirit of an entrepreneur with the passion and drive of a leader.  This philosophy is how Ramsey has grown his highly successful company and trained his leadership team since day one.  At EntreLeadership Master Series, Ramsey condenses 20 years of business and leadership wisdom into a seven-day event.  Business owners and leaders who attend walk away with practical ideas that can improve their communication, organization, team culture, finances, negotiating and selling skills, marketing, advertising, and ability to make tough decisions.”

raytomLighting Up the Stick (and Painting it Too).  Once again noted radio engineering genius, consultant and TALKERS technical editor Tom Ray comes through with a priceless column in non-geek terms that is must-reading for today’s beleaguered, multi-tasking station managers who need to know what’s happening in terms of gear – and should be kept in a special in-house (or computer) file as a valuable resource.  In a new article posted today (5/10) Ray explains exactly how VITALLY important it is to keep your station tower(s) up to code in terms of painting and lighting and EXACTLY (down to the specific color of the paint) how to do it.  Plain, simple and to-the-point.  If you work at a station, download this article and make sure whoever is responsible for the place has access to it because in today’s stressed out environment, a lot of this stuff is falling through the cracks!  To read Tom Ray’s entire piece, click here.

wfangiantsCBS Radio’s WFAN-AM/FM, New York Extends Giants Broadcasts Deal.  Sports talk WFAN-AM/FM, New York extends the 15-year relationship between the station and the NFL’s New York Giants with a multi-year deal for the stations to serve as the flagship station for all the team’s games.  The new contract also includes special programming including: A weekly 30-minute Giants-themed segment as part of the station’s Monday Night Football coverage; Giants Power Lunch – the new one-hour live program will be broadcast one Tuesday a month during the regular season from the Giants Training Facility in East Rutherford, N.J. within the “Benigno and Roberts” show; Exclusive weekly player interviews with Eli Manning and other Giants player(s) to be named prior to the start of the 2013 season; and an expansive schedule of weekly and daily updates and vignettes will be executed across several different programs on WFAN from trusted experts and station personalities.

crnlogoCRN Digital Talk Radio Offers Four New Shows.  Sunland, California-based CRN Digital Talk Radio announces four new programs added to its lineup.  They include:  Anthony Dias Blue’s consumer-oriented food, wine, and travel-oriented show “The Blue Lifestyle” that airs Tuesdays at 9:00 pm ET; “The Wise Guys Sit-down Hour” stars controversial former police officer Albert DeRobbio and East Coast-based businessman Nicky Barrilla and airs Saturdays at 3:00 pm ET.  The network says the two “respect, honesty, and integrity – traits on which they feel the world could use a little refresher.  They are real-life, old-fashioned gentlemen who’ve lead double-lives.  They come from two different neighborhoods – and two different families (if you catch their drift).  They are rough around the edges – but always gentlemen.  They’re street smarts experts – and aficionados of life.”; Tommy Hunter’s “The Edge at Night” fuses talk and music.  Stars ranging from alternative Christian rockers to mainstream celebrities merge Saturday nights at 10:00 pm ET.  His first guest this Saturday is Brian “Head” Welch from the heavy metal band KORN; and “The Steve Sanchez Show” stars entrepreneur, pastor, and author Steve Sanchez who tackles “the areas of finance, cultural issues and politics…all from a cutting edge, Christian perspective.”  CRN Digital president and CEO Mike Horn states, “We’re proud to offer our listeners an even greater selection of entertainment, news, politics, sports, and even music.  Food, wine, and travel fans will love Anthony’s show.  The Wise Guys instill lessons and tell jaw-dropping stories that everyone will find fascinating.  Tommy and Steve bring compelling content to the faith-based market – a huge demographic – two fantastic shows that are very different from each other.”

radiomercuryawards2013 Radio Mercury Awards Finalists Announced.  The finalists for the 2013 Radio Mercury Awards have been announced and 114 radio spots and campaigns have made it to the last round.  The Radio Mercury Awards honor outstanding radio created by advertising agencies, production companies, radio stations and students.  Entries are judged on their creativity, originality and effective communication of a brand’s message.  The 2013 finalists incorporate a wide range of small to large advertising agencies and radio stations alike, as well as national and regional advertisers from the automotive, consumer packaged goods, beer, entertainment, fast food, financial services, insurance, telecommunications and retail categories.  Radio Advertising Bureau CEO Erica Farber states, “We continue to see marketers and advertisers leverage radio in unique ways.  I’m really encouraged by the level of agency finalists and radio station finalists as well.  This is a great example of the overall breadth and scope of radio; it continues to be an effective and strategic medium to build brand awareness and purchase intent, no matter the advertiser or marketer.”  You can see the finalists here.

brownejoyTALKERS Weekly Affiliate Roundup.  Radio America announces the Dr. Joy Browne program picks up new affiliates WWRL, New York; WSNO, Montpelier-Barre-St. Johnsbury, Vermont; KHGG, Ft. Smith, Arkansas; WNIX, Greenville, Mississippi; KWBW, Hutchinson, Kansas; WIMS, Michigan City, Indiana; WFEB, Sylacauga, Alabama; and KVPI, Ville Platte, Louisiana…..Talk Media Network reports “Frontlines of Freedom” and “Fat Guys At The Movies” add KBRF, Fergus Falls, Minnesota; “Financial Fitness Show” picks up new affiliates WJML, Petoskey, Michigan and WJNL, Traverse City, Michigan; and “USA Financial Headquarters” adds affiliates WJML, Petoskey; WJNL, Traverse City; KSGF-AM/FM, Springfield, Missouri; and WJET, Erie…..“Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk” is added to the program schedules at: WTCM, Traverse City; KWBY, Ranger, Texas; KRZR, Visalia, California; KBXD, Dallas; KBND, Bend, Oregon; and WCAP, Lowell, Massachusetts.

Benghazi Attack Testimony Top News/Talk Story for Week of May 6-10.  The testimony before congress this week regarding the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was the most-talked-about story on news/talk radio, landing atop the Talkers TenTM.  Following at #2 this week was the Cleveland captives case.  At #3 was the immigration amnesty issue followed by Mark Sanford winning the open South Carolina House seat at #4.  The Talkers TenTM is a weekly chart of the top stories and people discussed on news/talk radio during the week and is the result of ongoing research from TALKERS.  View this week’s entire chart here.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

| May 9, 2013

emmisEmmis Reports Fiscal Q4 Results; Smulyan “Significantly Outperformed Our Markets.” Emmis Communications reports the results of its fiscal fourth quarter (which ended February 28, 2013) for 2013 with net revenue up 2%.  Chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan stated up front during the investor’s conference call, “I could not be more proud of what happened last year and I could not be more proud of what’s happening now. Because of our unique reporting structure, we have a pretty good handle on what the first quarter of our nextsmulyanjeff fiscal year will look like and we’re equally pleased with that.  I think it was a transformative year for Emmis for a couple of reasons.  I think we solved this industry’s most vexing problems with capital structure and we did it because we have a unique culture here and a culture that I think stands out and I think people are starting to understand that their culture makes a difference.”  Chief financial officer and COO Pat Walsh broke down the financials a bit, stating, “Pro forma for our station divestitures, radio net revenues consisting solely of our domestic stations grew 3%.  Revenues in markets where Emmis competes, excluding barter revenues, grew 2.8% during the quarter.  Emmis’ pro forma radio revenues reported on the same basis to Miller Kaplan grew 4.2%…automotive was once again our largest category, representing 11% of revenues, with the category growing nearly 20% as U.S. auto sales continued to accelerate.  Wireless and financial services also exhibited strong growth at approximately 20%. Education and pandoralogomedia also showed high mid-single-digit growth, high – mid to high single-digit growth.  Other top ten categories such as restaurants, entertainment, healthcare and retail showed flattish growth with beverages off during the quarter.”  During Q&A, Smulyan answered a question about whether IP-based services are sapping AM/FM audience.  Smulyan responded, “We’ve been streaming like most of our brethren for almost 17 years and we haven’t cracked the code.  We know Pandora hasn’t cracked the code.  We know TuneIn hasn’t cracked the code or Spotify, so we know that that’s a challenge.  I have one friend in the industry who says, let’s be honest.  When we take a terrestrial listener at a 35% or 40% margin and we can convert that same listener to an IP-based stream, that listener goes from a 30% or 40% margin to zero.”  Thanks to Seeking Alpha for the transcript.  Read the entire call here.

entercomEntercom Reports Revenue Down 2% in Q1.  Entercom announces financials for the first quarter of 2013 and reports net revenue down 2% on $78.4 million.  Station operating income was flat at $20.5 million and free cash flow increased from $1.2 million to $3.9 million.  Entercom CEO David Field noted the drop in net revenue was offset by a 3% decline in station expenses. fielddavid Regarding sales during the first quarter, Field said, “Local and national revenues were essentially the same with both down low-single digits.  Our best-performing markets were Indianapolis, Kansas City, Memphis and New Orleans.  Top-performing categories were financials, travel, telecom, home improvement and drugstores.”  Looking at the company’s status in general, Field stated, “It is important to reiterate that our efforts to pursue smart ways to reinvent our business model have not come at the expense of reinvesting in our future.  To the contrary, we continue to boost our investment in new brands and content, expanded distribution, better operating systems and enhanced digital platforms to strengthen our value proposition to our listeners and customers and create new revenue opportunities.  And we are very pleased with the state of our brands.  We had a very solid set of winter ratings results and like how we are positioned in our markets across the country.”  Again, thanks to Seeking Alpha for the transcript.  You can read the entire conference call here.

arbitronArbitron Releases ‘Radio Today 2013’ Study to Clients; News/Talk #1 PPM Format.  The full study is only available to Arbitron clients but here are some of the takeaways from “Radio Today 2013”:  “News/Talk/Information and Talk/Personality remained the number one format in PPM markets and was number two in the rest of the U.S.  The 2,121 rated AM, FM, HD Radio, and streamed stations in these formats far exceed any other format.  Like other spoken word formats, they rank prominently in highly educated, high-income listeners.”  And relative to TALKERS magazine’s analysis of the shared audience between news/talk and country in Jeff McKay’s piece above, the Arbitron report notes that “country and new country, already number one in our report last year, grew again to remain in first place and reach another record audience share. The format benefited most from an influx of listeners aged 18-24 and is even number two among teen listeners nationally.”

wtmjOdds & Sods.  Journal Broadcast Group’s WTMJ, Milwaukee (along with its sister TV station with the same calls) was honored at this past weekend’s Wisconsin Broadcasters Association annual “Awards Gala” for broadcast excellence.  WTMJ won radio news station of the year and radio station of the year.  The station also won nine other awards including best radio show for “Midday with Charlie Sykes.”…..Andrew Marcus, director of the new film “Hating Breitbart,” which explores the life and impact of the late media guru Andrew Breitbart, will debate Wade Rathke, the founding organizer of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) on Rathke’s radio show.  The show will air on May 17 at 10:00 am ET on KABF-FM, Little Rock, Arkansas, where ACORN was founded…..Entertainment Weekly editor Jess Cagle will moderate a Town Hall special on SiriusXM with film star Hugh Jackman on May 28 at 7:00 pm ET.  Entertainment Weekly operates its own channel on the satellite radio service.

brownejoyRadio America’s Dr. Joy Browne Program Adds 10 Affiliate Stations.  The nationally syndicated Dr. Joy Browne program – now distributed by Radio America – picks up 10 new affiliate stations for the longest-running radio show of its kind.  New to the program are: WWRL, New York; WSNO, Montpelier-Barre-St. Johnsbury, Vermont; KHGG, Ft. Smith, Arkansas; WNIX, Greenville, Mississippi; KWBW, Hutchinson, Kansas; WIMS, Michigan City, Indiana; WFEB, Sylacauga, Alabama; and KVPI, Ville Platte, Louisiana.

sanchezmariaInternet Talk Station, LA Talk Radio, Continues to Grow – Adds Maria Sanchez to Daily Line Up.  Veteran talk radio host Maria Sanchez is now part of the growing LA Talk Radio team as the host of her own daily live radio program, “The Maria Sanchez Show.”  The show covers current events, newsmakers and lifestyles.  As a woman, a mother, and a Hispanic, Maria is being presented by LA Talk Radio as having “a unique perspective that is not represented in most of radio.”  A 20+ year career in radio, she developed her skills in the medium as a talk radio talent at KFI, Los Angeles, a weekend host and substitute host for such personalities as Bill Handel, John & Ken, and Phil Hendrie.   “I am thrilled to be back behind the mic and to be working with LA Talk Radio!  The ability to be relevant, topical, and without commercial interruption is a fabulous opportunity to really explore topics and guests” says Maria.  Sam Hasson, owner of LA Talk Radio, tells TALKERS, “We look forward to a long and storied relationship with Maria, a true pro in the radio industry.”

imusdon24th Annual Imus Radiothon Airs on WABC, New York Next Week.  WABC, New York-based Don Imus will broadcast the 24th annual “Imus Radiothon for the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer” next Tuesday and Wednesday, May 14 and 15.  The radiothon will also be broadcast to Imus show affiliates and be seen on Fox Business Network from 6:00 am to 10:00 am ET.

gahofnom13The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame Announces Candidates for Career Achievement Awards.  The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame announces the Career Achievement candidates.  Members will cast their votes in July and eight Georgia radio professionals selected will be announced in October. The 7th Annual Induction Awards Ceremony will be held Saturday October 19, 2013 at the Atlanta/Marietta Hilton Hotel and Conference Center.  The 2013 candidates (some positions are former) are: Harry Beadle, newsman at WGST, Atlanta; Tom and Paul Collins, The “Tiger Twins” on WQXI, Atlanta; Bill Edwards, host of “Good Morning Savannah” on WTKS, Savannah; Robert “Flash” Gordon, morning host on WKZK, Augusta; Steve Goss, host of “Morning Edition” on WABE, Atlanta; Charlie Hill, announcer at WCEH, Hawkinsville; Kaedy Kiley, morning host on WRVR, Atlanta; Greg McClure, program director at WFOM, Marietta; Kelly McCoy, afternoon host on WSB-FM, Atlanta; Nelle Reagan, host of “Talk of the Town” on WRGA, Rome; Bill Rice, host of “Soul Session” on WLET, Toccoa; Mike Roberts, owner WQMJ, Macon; Deborah Richards, news director, WKHX, Atlanta; and Mark Summers, mornings at WBBQ, Augusta.