Analysis: The Local Media Company of the Future. Media consultant Holland Cooke reported from last week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville. He says each year there is one session that’s worth the price of admission and this year’s was Gordon Borrell’s presentation: “Reach Beyond Radio: The Local Media Company of the Future.” The upshot of this presentation is that if your radio station wants to exist in the future, learn to create digital avenues of marketing for your prospective clients. Citing data – “year-over-year, ‘Local Non-Digital’ is up 1.9%; ‘Local Digital’ is up 37.1%” – Cooke notes that (adding insult to injury) when advertisers increase their digital marketing budget, that money is taken away from advertising on traditional platforms. And that means radio. Read Cooke’s entire report here.
Nielsen Audio Releases Second Round of September 2016 PPM Data. The second of four rounds of September 2016 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. The September 2016 survey period covered August 11 through September 7. 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.
New Installment of ‘London Calling with Graham Mack’ Posted to TalkersRadio. A brand new installment of the international radio talk show “London Calling with Graham Mack” has been posted today (9/28) to TalkersRadio – the experimental radio platform provided by TALKERS magazine for producers of exciting new programming concepts. This new episode emanating from Great Britain features the godfather of British blues, John Mayall. There are also guest appearances by American radio legend Jonathon Brandmeier and Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice). Topics covered include the Royal visit to Canada and the British version of “Dancing With The Stars.” To listen to the program please click here.
WPGG, Atlantic City’s Harry Hurley Interviews Miss America. Atlantic City talk radio star Harry Hurley (left) is pictured here with the newly crowned Miss America – Savvy Shields (right). Hurley tells TALKERS magazine, “Our new Miss America exudes confidence, poise, elegance and a wonderful personality. She is going to be a great Miss America.” The contest took place in Atlantic City on September 11.
The Presidential Race/Monday’s Debate, California Cops Shoot Black Man/Charlotte Protests Aftermath, Wells Fargo Scandal Fallout, Syrian Civil War, Shimon Peres Dies, National Anthem Protests, MLB Playoff Push and NFL Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (9/27). The activities of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and the discussion about Monday evening’s first presidential debate; police in El Cajon, California kill a black man and the aftermath of the protests in Charlotte; the CEO and another Wells Fargo executive take compensation penalties in the wake of the phony accounts scandal; the battle for Aleppo in Syria’s civil war; former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres dies; the ongoing controversy over National Anthem protests; the Major League Baseball playoff push and the weekend’s NFL action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Lars Larson Remembers Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres. In reflecting upon the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres, KXL, Portland (and nationally syndicated) personality Lars Larson recalls meeting the statesman on a TALKERS-sponsored America’s Voices in Israel fact-finding mission to the Middle East. He shares the following remembrance with TALKERS readers: “Nine years ago, Michael Harrison and a group of American talkers traveled to Israel for a week of broadcasts and fantastic interviews. There were half a dozen terrorist attacks daily (per our IDF soldier escort, a young man who grew up in the U.S. and made aliyah (immigrated) and was doing his mandatory service. On our last night in the country, our group had just sat down to dinner in a nice restaurant in Tel Aviv near the beach when a familiar figure sat down with his group one table away from us. I figured, nothing ventured, nothing gained so I asked our waiter what kind of wine he liked and sent a bottle to his table with the message it was from Americans who had enjoyed a great week in his country. Best bottle of wine I never drank. Ten minutes later, the man the Washington Post describes as one ‘who held nearly every high office in his country and whose influence spanned 10 US presidencies,’ walked over to talk to us for a few minutes. He was very gracious and it was a pleasure to have met him (although you can see the security man over Peres’ shoulder trying to decide whether some Krav Maga was in order). May he rest in peace.”
Industry Memorial Event Planned for Dr. Joy Browne in NYC. A memorial event titled “A Celebration of Joy” is planned as a tribute to the late Dr. Joy Browne, who unexpectedly died on Saturday, August 27. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm at the Helen Mills Theater, 139 W. 26th Street in Manhattan. Although admission is free, seating will be limited and open only to members of the radio, theater and media industries as well as friends and family of the late talk radio star and advance registration is required. To register, please call Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413 or email event coordinator Michael Harrison at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event will consist of a series of industry speakers eulogizing Dr. Browne and sharing stories about her life and significant impact on popular culture.
Broadcasters Foundation of America Donates $85,000 to Louisiana Flood Victims. The recent floods that ravaged parts of Louisiana affected numerous broadcasters who work in the area. The Broadcasters Foundation of America – a non-profit that works to provide assistance to broadcasters in need – donated checks for $1,000 to some 85 people whose lives were negatively impacted by the storm damage. Pictured here are (from l-r) Emily Barratt of the BFoA, Louisiana Broadcasters Association CEO and president Polly Prince, and BFoA president Jim Thompson. To find out more about the Broadcasters Foundation of America and to donate, click here.