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Cumulus Media Q3 Net Revenue Dips Slightly; Up on Same Station Basis. The third quarter financial report for Cumulus Media Inc. shows net revenue was $280.8 million, a decrease of 0.5% over the same period in 2018. Adjusted EBITDA decreased 5.5%. However, on a Same Station basis, net revenue was up 3.9% (excluding political). Cumulus president and CEO Mary Berner says, “In the third quarter, the Company turned in another strong performance with same station revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth of 3.9% and 2.2%, respectively, on an ex-political basis. Our operating plan has continued to deliver industry-leading digital revenue growth and continuing growth in our national and network channels. We also made great progress in the quarter on our balance sheet as our free cash flow generation allowed us to fund a voluntary debt prepayment of approximately $29 million, which reduced net leverage to 4.5x. Additionally, we completed a $525 million term loan refinancing that extended our debt maturity and reduced future interest expense.” Breaking down the company’s report a little bit shows spot revenue for the third quarter of 2019 was $161 million, down 4.4% compared to the same period in 2018. Network revenue was $78.4 million – up 3.6% over the same period a year ago. Looking at digital revenue, Cumulus tallied almost $20 million, an increase of more than 48%.
Key Networks Offers O’Reilly Thanksgiving Weekend Special Interview with President Trump. A one-hour, Thanksgiving week special is being made available to affiliates of Key Networks’ “The O’Reilly Update”, hosted by Bill O’ Reilly. The program is an exclusive one-on-one interview with President Donald Trump that Key Networks says will provide listeners with insights from the president on the latest issues impacting the country as 2020 quickly approaches. It comes on the heels of the release of O’Reilly’s new book, The United States of Trump: How the President Really Sees America (2019, Henry Holt and Co.). O’Reilly’s 15-minute daily radio program, “The O’Reilly Update,” is currently syndicated to nearly 200 radio stations across the U.S. This special is the first in a series of specials and exclusive content to be created especially for affiliates of “The O’Reilly Update” throughout the 2020 election season. The program can air beginning Wednesday, November 27 and throughout Thanksgiving weekend. Key Networks chief revenue officer Dennis Green says, “Key Networks is honored to provide Bill O’Reilly’s one-on-one interview with President Trump to stations around the country. The affiliates of ‘The O’Reilly Update’ continue to get the best news and commentary for their listeners and access to O’Reilly’s no-spin analysis. If your station wants to win in 2020, they need to make O’Reilly a part of their lineup!”
TALKERS News Notes. Holiday programming for the Thanksgiving weekend is available from FOX News Radio. FNR is providing to affiliates two, one-hour specials, available for download on the affiliate website on Friday, November 22. The shows are: “The Dean’s List Thanksgiving Special” with FOX’s senior meteorologist and Mostly Sunny author Janice Dean, in which she shares stories of ordinary people taking time to be kind spreading sunshine to others; and “The Campaign” with host Bret Baier, in which he discusses the state of the democratic presidential race, highlights the candidates who are making headlines, and debates with a selection of political guests, who will ultimately rise to challenge President Trump for the presidency next November…..Tomorrow (11/13), ABC News Radio begins providing extensive coverage of the impeachment inquiry hearings with live, anchored by correspondent Aaron Katersky in Washington with reporting by multi-platform reporter Ines de La Cuetara at the Capitol. It will also provide four one-minute Status Reports each hour. Also, tomorrow ABC News Radio will debut a new feature called “Impeachment in a Minute,” hosted by correspondent Kyra Phillips. Finally, on Wednesday evening Katersky will anchor an hour-long special at 7:06 pm ET looking back at the first day of public hearings…..Similarly, CBS News Radio is covering the impeachment inquiry hearings. CBS will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage on Wednesday, beginning at 10:00 am with correspondents Bill Rehkopf, Steve Dorsey, and Steven Portnoy from the Hill. Also, CBS will provide coverage of the Trump–Erdogan presidential news conference beginning at 3:10 pm…..Yesterday (11/11), WABC, New York midday hosts Bernard McGuirk (right) and Sid Rosenberg (left) are pictured below, broadcasting live from 27th Street and 5thAvenue on the route of the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.
SiriusXM’s Karen Hunter Hosts Race Discussion Before Town Hall Audience. Talk show host, journalist, and college professor Karen Hunter recently presented a town hall discussion at SiriusXM’s New York studios before a live audience. Hunter hosts the 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm show on SiriusXM’s Urban View channel. The program centered on race in America, including the wealth gap between African Americans and Caucasians, The New York Times’ 1619 Project, a powerful initiative that explores the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery and its ongoing impact on our society. Pictured above are (from l-r): Hunter, New York Times journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, MSNBC Correspondent Trymaine Lee, and OneUnited Bank president Teri Williams. Photo: Maro Hagopian for SiriusXM
Nominees Announced for 2020 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards. The second annual iHeartRadio Podcast Awards will take place at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles on Friday, January 17 at 8:00 pm PT. The iHeartMedia event will honor the most entertaining and innovative podcasts of 2019 and will span 30 categories, celebrating the incredible talent and wide variety of leaders across the booming podcasting industry. Podcasts nominated for Best Podcast of the Year include: “The Daily,” “The Joe Rogan Experience,” “Stuff You Should Know,” “My Favorite Murder,” “Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend,” “Revisionist History,” “The Ron Burgundy Podcast,” “The Dropout,” “The Shrink Next Door,” and “The Read.” See all the nominations in all the categories here.
Impeachment Process/Ukraine Affair, 2020 Presidential Race/Biden on CNN Town Hall, DACA Before SCOTUS, Cold and Snow Hit Northern U.S., and Hong Kong Violence Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (11/11). The impeachment process against President Trump and the investigation into the Ukraine affair; the Democrats vying to challenge President Trump in the 2020 election and Joe Biden’s appearance on CNN’s “Town Hall” on Monday evening; the Supreme Court’s hearing of arguments in the case of the Trump administration’s desire to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act; the cold and snow affecting much of the northern U.S. this week and the related issue of climate change; and the ongoing violence in Hong Kong were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. The morning drive team of Roula Christie, Ryan Chase, Eric Rowe, and Kevin England – “The Roula and Ryan Show” – at Cumulus Media’s CHR KRBE-FM, Houston inks a multi-year agreement to continue its role there. Station PD Leslie Whittle comments, “Each day our listeners wake up to laughter, will learn something, and could shed a tear or two, but one thing you can count on is that Roula, Ryan, Eric and Special K are never boring. They have experienced many personal milestones the past 13 years, which I’ve been proud to witness. ‘The Roula and Ryan Show’ has also celebrated our beloved city’s accomplishments and milestones and has gotten Houston through some tragedies as well. I’m honored to be able to work with this great team for another five years!”…..Premiere Networks-syndicated personalities Charlamagne Tha God, Delilah, and Elvis Duran appeared together on the Dr. Oz TV show (pictured at left) on Friday (11/8) to discuss their use of their national platforms to change the conversation surrounding mental health. The radio hosts shared their personal stories and tips for handling challenging mental health issues, including dealing with social media; finding self-love within, not online; and why it’s important to discuss difficult subjects like depression, anxiety, and suicide…..The Premiere Networks syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show” is giving away thousands of turkeys as part of the show’s Annual Turkey Give. Affiliates of the show will provide 8,000 turkeys to help those less fortunate celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Since the Turkey Give was launched in 2009, nearly 80,000 turkeys have been given to those in need. Harvey recently told his listeners, “We consider it an honor and a privilege to help those who are less fortunate during the holiday season. On behalf of the entire Steve Harvey Morning Show, Happy Thanksgiving and God bless you all.”…..TALKERS sends condolences to the family and friends of Emmons “Skip” Woolwine, a founding member of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, who passed away on November 7 from a heart-related illness. The TRHoF says, “He was passionate about our group and even though he wasn’t a board member, he continually mentored those of us who are on the board. He was always willing to help, to lend advice and just offer friendship.”
Talk Host Michael Berry and KTRH, Houston Extend Their Relationship. KTRH, Houston-based talk radio personality Michael Berry and iHeartMedia sign a four-year contract extension. The new deal keeps Berry hosting his daily shows – from 8:00 am to 11:00 am and from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm – on news/talk KTRH AM 740. Berry’s program is syndicated to two dozen iHeartMedia stations across the country in markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Portland, Nashville, New Orleans, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Birmingham, and Baton Rouge. iHeartMedia region president Eddie Martiny comments, “I’m excited to extend our partnership with Michael because he is one of the hardest-working radio personalities in America and offers a unique brand of humor and information. I know his listeners will ‘pop a top’ knowing Michael Berry will continue taking them to and from work!” Berry adds, “I love what I do, I love who I do it with, and I love that I do it here with iHeartMedia. Talk radio is about engaging people with ideas, and some will agree, some won’t, but it’s entertaining and rewarding to engage. That’s what I get to do every single day and now I can do it for years more to come.” Michael Berry will be one of 67 industry speakers participating in a power-packed agenda at the sold out 22nd annual TALKERS convention – Talkers 2019: Telling the Story – next Friday, June 7 in New York City. For details, please click here.
New York Festivals Radio Awards Announces Finalists. The New York Festivals announces the finalists in its 2019 Radio Awards. The awards grand jury evaluated entries submitted from 35 countries around the globe and selected 346 finalists based on production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity and use of the medium. Entries achieving finalist status move on to an additional round of judging to determine trophy-winners. VP/executive director of New York Festivals Radio Awards Rose Anderson says, “Once again, the NYF grand jury selected finalists whose work embodies the full spectrum of radio content today and as audiences’ appetites for radio and audio continue to fuel robust industry growth, the level of creativity continues to rise as well.” New categories this year include: Narrative/Documentary Podcast and Serialized Podcast and both saw a robust number of entries achieve finalist status. Compelling documentaries from such companies as Sirius XM Radio, NPR, Alabama Public Radio, WNYC Studios, and Radiolab, advanced to the final round. So did breaking news, feature and investigative reports from: Westwood One, Compass Media Networks, Bloomberg, and CBS News Radio. See all the finalists here.
TALKERS News Notes. A new sports wagering show is being offered to radio stations from Sports Garten Network and Envision Networks. The show is called, “Wanna Bet?!,” and is hosted by Tom Barton. Envision says it offers listeners entertaining sports talk with an inside look at the analysis and news they need to gain an edge on wagering intelligence. Barton says, “Sports talk is ripe for a transition from arguing hosts and home team bias to important decision-making information and guests whose opinions are not only entertaining but informative. This is a game changer.”…..In the public radio news/talk sphere, Boston University announces that it is agreeing to share control of radio station WBUR-FM, Boston with the station board. That board has served in the past as advisory in nature only. Now, it will have decision-making power. Under the agreement, a new executive committee would have the authority to hire and fire the station’s general manager and oversee its finances. That committee would still report to the Boston University president as the school owns the station’s broadcast license. School president Robert Brown says, “WBUR deserves to have an oversight structure that’s really engaging with the community that it serves and that is really invested wholeheartedly in the mission of ‘BUR. That’s not to say BU is not. But it’s not something that our board of trustees can ever spend much time on in this big $2.6 billion research university.”…..Radio legend Joey Reynolds was recently honored by the state of New Jersey with an official proclamation commending him on his lengthy career in radio. During his career, Reynolds worked at some 40 radio stations and hosted the overnight show on WOR, New York for 15 years…..This evening (5/30), talk radio host Walter Sterling – host of the Westwood One nationally syndicated “Sterling on Sunday” program – will sit in for Ryan Wrecker on his late night show on Entercom’s KMOX, St. Louis. KMOX is one of the almost 100 stations that carry his weekly program.
Craig Mish to Host Daily Show on FNTSY Radio. The Elvis Duran Group and SportsGrid announce that fantasy sports expert Craig Mish is launching a new, daily show on their FNTSY Radio platform. The 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm ET show is called “Fantasy Sports Today” and debuts on June 3. Mish was previously host of a fantasy baseball show on SiriusXM. EDG partner/CEO and FNTSY Radio partner David Katz comments, “Craig is the only person in sports who inherently presents any news and information through a fantasy sports perspective. He never forgets his audience and I for one have greatly benefitted from his insight with my own fantasy teams over the years. All of us are extremely proud to have him join FNTSY Radio.” “Fantasy Sports Today” is live and on-demand on FNTSY Radio, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.
PodcastOne Unveils New Spring Lineup. Four new shows are joining the PodcastOne platform this spring. They include: “The GG Podcast with Rick Fox, Jace Hall and Todd Roy” – a podcast all about the culture, athletes, and inner-workings of the gaming industry; “Enough About Me with Shep Rose” – host of Bravo’s “Southern Charm” show; “Sports Like a Boss with Holly McPeak and Anne Marie Anderson” – a show that helps people use the sports they love and the sports their kids play to create the life they want; and “Say It Forward with Rebecca Rothstein and Lee Ann Daly” – in which the hosts go inside the real life stories of fascinating people at the vanguard of art, music, business, pop culture, TV, film, fashion, and more.
Dahm Appointed Chief Privacy Officer for iHeartMedia. This is an addition of responsibilities for iHeartMedia’s Andrew L. Dahm, whose new role as chief privacy officer comes in addition to his work as senior corporate counsel. His new duties will include shaping, regulating, and administering iHeartMedia’s privacy policies and strategies to ensure they continue to meet global regulatory requirements and address the company’s specific needs. He will also work closely with Steve Mills, iHeartMedia’s global chief information officer, and David Neuman, iHeartMedia’s global chief information security officer, to oversee company-wide data security and protection plans. iHM president, COO, and CFO Rich Bressler says, “Protecting our company data and personal information has always been a priority for iHeartMedia. Andrew is uniquely suited for this important new role at our company and has been at the center of the legal aspects of all of our digital operations for several years, including the development of our privacy policies for consumers and employees and our third-party vendor relationships relating to privacy matters.”
Muller Report/Dems Impeachment Talk, 2020 Presidential Race, U.S.-China Trade War/Rare Earth Threat, USS John McCain Controversy, Severe Weather, and Anti-Abortion Laws Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (5/29). The re-ignition of controversy over the conclusions drawn in the Mueller Report and the Democrats’ continued debate over impeachment proceedings against President Trump; the Democrats vying to challenge Trump in 2020 and the rift between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders; the tariffs the U.S. and China are placing on each other’s exports and China’s threat to limit sales of rare earth to U.S. companies; the report that the White House wanted to move the USS John S. McCain out of sight during Trump’s visit to Yokosuka Naval Base; the tornadoes and flooding affecting the Midwest; and the anti-abortion laws being passed in several states were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Music Radio News and Career Moves. The new Elton John bio-pic Rocketman is about to be released from Paramount Pictures and the studio and iHeartMedia have partnered to promote it across iHM’s platforms. Today (5/30) at 5:00 pm ET, an hour-long radio special featuring Elton John will air across more than 120 iHeartRadio AC, hot AC, classic rock, and oldies stations nationwide and digitally. iHeartMedia stations nationwide will also build anticipation to the film’s Friday release with an official countdown across its stations…..iHeartMedia announces that its Roanoke CHR WJJS-FM moves to the 93.5 frequency and will continue to simulcast on 102.7 in Lynchburg. Sister adult hits station WSTV, Roanoke “STEVE-FM” moves to the 104.9 frequency.