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Kantar Media: Total U.S. Ad Spend Down 3.9%; Radio Up 5%. The comparison of the total U.S. ad spend – the 3.9% figure – is both from the first quarter of 2015 to the second and the January to June figures from 2014 to 2015. The positive news for radio is in local ad sales. Kantar Media reports that from the first quarter of 2015 to the second, local radio ad spend was up 10.6%. For the same category, the Jan-June 2014 versus 2015 figure was also up, by 7.9%. the not-so-good news is that Kantar reports the network radio ad category was down 8.4% and 5.4%, respectively. National spot radio was up a little bit from Q1 to Q2 this year – 1.2% — but comparing the first six months of 2014 to the same period this year, the category is down 1.6%. See the whole Kantar Media report here.
Salem Media Group Debuts Boston Talk Station on WBIX. The newly acquired Boston AM signal WBIX starts life anew as a news/talker for Salem Media Group. The station is being branded “AM 1260 The Buzz” and features Salem Radio Network stars Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Hugh Hewitt, and Eric Metaxas. The calls have been flipped back to WBIX from the WMKI calls that identified the station when it was owned by Disney and aired the company’s “Radio Disney” pop music format.
Houston Talk Host Matt Patrick Fighting Esophageal Cancer. KTRH, Houston-based talk show host Matt Patrick announced his morning drive audience that he is battling esophageal cancer. He also went on colleague Michael Berry’s talk show on Wednesday to further discuss his medical situation. During the segment with Berry, Patrick explained that he’s receiving treatment for the malignant tumor at the world-renowned M.D. Anderson clinic in Houston. The 30-yar radio pro is a recovering alcoholic and he told the audience this will be the second toughest fight of his life.
New Production Service ‘Radio Spot Shoppe’ to Launch on September 28. The new three-part production service is being offered by Global Media Services and includes script writing, commercial production and imaging from “one professional source.” Global Media Services is partnering with AdLarge Media for barter national ad sales representation. Global founder Tony Garcia states, “Producing good creative quickly has always been a challenge for radio. That is especially true as bottom line pressure increases and the head count decreases. Radio Spot Shoppe gives stations the ability to outsource services rather than relying on the same voices, the same production staff, and the same AEs to write commercial copy. Not only does that free-up internal personnel to focus on their core responsibilities, it also brings a dedicated team of production, script-writing, and imaging professionals to your station.” Garcia says the market-exclusive barter service allows stations to choose the level of service based on their needs. Check out www.radiospotshoppe.com, call Garcia directly at 303-557-1961 or email him at: email@example.com.
Harry Hurley Re-Ups with Townsquare’s WPGG, Atlantic City. With almost 25 years under his belt at WPGG, Atlantic City, morning drive star Harry Hurley can feel safe about easily surpassing the 25-year mark after inking a new, multi-year contract with Townsquare Media. Hurley says, “To have a broadcasting career with one company that’s measured in decades is a dream come true. We have the most dynamic founder, chairman and chief executive officer in Steven Price. Mr. Price’s pedigree is incomparable. He has served our federal government in the Pentagon as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense. And, Mr. Price is such a visionary in the areas of terrestrial radio, all digital platforms and live events. He truly understands how government, business and industry intersect, along with working with and serving our various communities at the highest level.”
Broadcasters Applaud New FCC Contest Rules. The long awaited revised contest rules for radio and television stations that allow licensees to post contest rules online have been approved by the FCC. NAB EVP of communications Dennis Wharton states, “NAB applauds the FCC for updating its contest rules to better reflect today’s media environment. Providing flexibility about where and how contest rules can be posted online allows broadcasters to best serve our audiences based on the wide variety of contests we run. NAB looks forward to working collaboratively with the FCC to help radio and TV stations adhere to these revised rules.”
Odds & Sods. Targeting fans of the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres, the “30 Minutes of Geek” podcast is expanding to a full hour and is now available for radio stations. Midnight Entertainment, LLC announces the Jim Yelton-hosted program, dubbed, “Geek Universe with Jim Yelton,” will discuss “everything related to the science fiction, fantasy, horror genres across movies, television, games, and more.” The show launched into national radio syndication in July on the brand new GLN Radio Network with guest Carl Gottlieb, the screenwriter of the classic summer blockbuster Jaws.…..Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the nationally syndicated radio show “Café Mocha” has joined forces with Hyundai Motor America to launch the Salute Her presented by Hyundai: New Thinking, New Possibilities campaign. With a mission to salute and reward women who are demonstrating new ways of thinking and creating new possibilities in their communities, prizes will include one-on-one professional coaching sessions, all-expense paid trips to the 47th NAACP Image Awards and one grand prize, a 2016 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T…..Consultant and author Valerie Geller (left) poses for a photo with LBC London talk show host Clive Bull (right) at the Next Radio 2015 conference at the Royal Institution in London. The annual conference is billed as the place where “the best new radio ideas are shared.”
All Aboard! Salem Entertains Clients on Twilight Yacht Cruise. The annual Salem Media Group client yacht cruise around lower Manhattan took place last evening (9/16) during which the staff and hosts of WNYM “AM 970 The Answer” and WMCA “AM 560 The Mission” sailed, wined and dined with an invited gathering of advertisers, clients and media friends. Pictured (l-r): TALKERS GM/broadcast operations, David Bernstein; nationally syndicated GCN talk radio legend Dr. Joy Browne (heard on WNYM); and Salem NYC VP/GM Jerry Crowley. Not pictured: Hugh Hewitt whose image was on all of the yacht’s television monitors tuned to his outstanding participation as one of three select questioners in the second Republican presidential debate simulcast on CNN and Salem Radio Network.
Trump Candidacy/Wednesday GOP Debate, European Migrant Problems/U.S. Immigration Policy, Iran Nuclear Deal, Russia’s Syrian Military Aid/Obama Administration’s Syria Policy, North Korean Nuke Threat, and Student Home-Made Clock Arrest Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (9/16). The presidential candidacy of Donald Trump and the anticipation of Wednesday evening’s GOP primary debate; the migrant problems facing European nations and the debate over the U.S.’s immigration policy; the nuclear deal with Iran; reported military aid to Syria from Russian tied with the Syria military policy of the Obama Administration; the nuclear weapons threats made by North Korea; and the case of the high school student arrested for bringing a home-made clock to school were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS.