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PPM Analysis: Commercial News/Talk. Yesterday, TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presented an analysis of the performances of all-news stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s January PPM survey. Today, Kinosian takes a look at commercial news/talk stations. Rebounding, from the Holiday 2016 survey in which news/talk stations have historically seen a dip in ratings, more than nine of every 10 stations improve (92%); only 4% are down; and the remaining 4% are flat. If the implication is that the new Trump Administration is having a positive effect on the size of the audience tuning in to news/talk (and all-news) stations, comparisons to the January 2016 survey could support that. Kinosian notes that “only about one of every three of our qualifying commercial talk panelists is down year-to-year (34%), while 62% improve; the other 4% are flat.” See all the data in the full report here.
Dave Ramsey’s Smart Money Tour Hits Sacramento. Nationally syndicated talk radio superstar Dave Ramsey brought his Smart Money event to Sacramento last night (3/1). Ramsey packed the Adventure Christian Church with fans who learned how to “win with money, get out of debt and invest for the future.” Best-selling author and speaker Rachel Cruze joined Ramsey on stage. iHeartMedia-owned talk station KSTE “Talk 650” partnered with Ramsey to promote the event. KSTE and KFBK program director Bill White states, “Each time Dave and the Ramsey team come to Sacramento it’s an exciting, special, and positive experience for KSTE listeners to take the principals from his daily radio show and expand them even further into managing their money and their lives.” The tour stop in Sacramento continues today as Ramsey joins nationally recognized speaker Christy Wright for the Business Boutique 1 Day event – a brand-new event designed to equip attendees with what they need to successfully start and run their own business. Pictured above are (from l-r): White, iHM Sacramento SVP of sales Ann Postell, Cruze, Ramsey, and iHM Sacramento VP of sales Darren Mounts.
NRHOF Is Open to Suggestions. This coming November, the 2017 class of the National Radio Hall of Fame will be inducted at a ceremony at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. The NRHOF nominating committee announces that it is accepting suggestions for 2017 nominees. This year people can visit www.radiohof.org and click on the nominate tab to submit their picks for consideration. National Radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “It’s always our priority to engage as many people possible in this process because there’s such a wealth of talent to be represented. By streamlining the communication through the website, we’re anticipating more feedback than ever.”
Trump’s Congressional Address, Obama Administration’s Preservation of Russian Intel, Sessions-Russia Allegations, U.S. Immigration and Deportation Policy, French Obama Petition, Status of Affordable Care Act, Oscars Snafu Fallout, and NBA/NHL Action Among Top News/Talk Stories Yesterday (3/1). Praise and criticism of President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night address to a joint session of Congress; reports that the Obama Administration moved to preserve intelligence on the Trump campaign’s connections with Russian agents; allegations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had conversations with a Russian diplomat while working with the Trump campaign; the state of U.S. immigration policy and how far the Trump Administration will go with its deportation program; a petition circulating in France requesting Barack Obama to run for president there; the status of the Affordable Care Act and the GOP’s plans to overhaul the law; the aftermath of the “Best Picture” snafu at Sunday’s Academy Awards show; and NBA and NHL action were some of the most-talked-about stories on news/talk radio yesterday, according to ongoing research from TALKERS magazine.
Making Battle Plans in Fight Against Cancer. Pictured here in the Oval Office with President Trump (center) are former Ambassador Nancy Brinker (left), who is also founder of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and Newsmax TV CEO Christopher Ruddy (right). Brinker hosts an interview program on Newsmax TV and longtime Trump friend Ruddy helped organize the meeting to discuss initiatives for cancer research and finding a cure.
Compass Media Networks Presents Exclusive Coverage of Big Ten Men’s Hoops Tourney. This will be the 9th consecutive season that Compass Media Networks has broadcast exclusive, national audio coverage of The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament. This year’s tourney is at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC and begins Wednesday, March 8 and concludes with the championship game at 2:30 pm ET on Sunday, March 12. Thirteen games will be broadcast over five days. The rotating play-by-play crews will be Matt “Money” Smith & Rick Mahorn and Drew Bontadelli & Mike Wozniak, along with studio host Tim Cates.
‘The Raven Effect’ Podcast Moves to the ‘Jericho Network on PodcastOne.’ Former WWE star Scott “Raven” Levy is bringing his podcast to Chris Jericho’s The Jericho Network on PodcastOne. “The Raven Effect” will feature discussions about “current events, conspiracies, pop culture, politics, pet peeves and anything else Raven thinks of.” PodcastOne founder and executive chairman Norm Pattiz says, “Chris has brilliantly mastered the balance of wrestling content with other topics like music and sports, and even a great new show, ‘Beyond the Darkness,’ that focuses on the paranormal. We expect ‘The Raven Effect’ to be another winner for The Jericho Network on PodcastOne.”
Brown University Likely to Sell Alternative WBRU, Providence. This past weekend, the station membership of Brown University’s alternative rock WBRU, Providence voted in a straw poll to follow a resolution by the university board of directors to begin the process of selling the license and assets of the station. An official vote of the station membership will take place on March 11. Station general manager Kishanee Haththotuwegama says in a letter to Brown alumni that the reason for the probable sale is economics and changing media habits. “Despite extensive efforts to remain sustainable, we’ve reached this point due to a decade of decline in the Providence radio market compounded with national decline in standalone radio stations…We’ve arrived at this point only after exploring a wide range of financial options, yet the challenges we face are more than just financial. We’re also faced with the reality that broadcast radio may not be the most engaging content distribution technology for the student workshop in the 21st century.” WBRU is a class B FM at 95.5.
More Music Radio News and Career Moves. Digital platform iHeartRadio has a general manager of digital programming. Kavi Halemane takes on the role, moving there from his recent post as vice president of Premiere Digital Media. In this position, Halemane will work with iHeartRadio’s marketing, editorial and sales teams to connect music fans, partners and artists with exclusive iHeartRadio Original Stations, playlists and podcasts. He will report to Chris Williams, chief product officer for iHeartRadio…..As the result of corporate restructuring at Entercom’s Charlotte cluster, hot AC WLNK “107.9 The Link” program director Darla Thomas exits the station as her position is being eliminated…..At Beasley Media Group’s Central New Jersey hot AC WMGQ “Magic 98.3,” morning personality Joel Katz gets a co-host as Maryann Morgan joins the program…..When the iHeartRadio Music Awards air on TBS, TNT and TruTV this Sunday night, viewers will see the American television debut of the Chris Martin–Chainsmokers collaboration “Something Just Like This.” Celebrity award presenters for the “fan-fueled” music awards will include: Ansel Elgort, Daya, Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled, Florida Georgia Line, Halsey, Jason Derulo, Joe Jonas, John Legend, Karrueche Tran, Kelsea Ballerini, Macklemore and Miley Cyrus…..Yesterday, Red Bow Records artist Brooke Eden (center) paid her first in-studio visit to Cumulus Media’s “NASH Nights Live” program. She chatted with show hosts Shawn Parr (left) and Elaina Smith (right) about her new song, “Act Like You Don’t.”
By Carolyn Fox
Whimsical Fox, LTD
I’ve known many of you since my days as music director at WBRU, Providence. Ok, so we all have a little less hair where we want it and too many pounds of blubber where we don’t. You’re basically the same and so are the basic tenets of good radio.
Let me remind you of why I had over 50% of the available radio audience at any given time listening to me for over 20 years. I’m going keep this short because I know we all have the attention spans of gnats, which is why we ended up in this biz to begin with!