Tuesday, April 21, 2015

April 21 In Radio History

In 1940...The CBS Radio program, "Take It or Leave It" offered up the first "$64 Question". Bob Hawk was the host for the first year, succeeded by Phil Baker.

Dick Clark
In 1960…Dick Clark testified before a congressional committee investigating payola. He admitted that over a period of 28 months he'd had a financial interest in 27 percent of the records he played on his "American Bandstand" TV show. Clark was ordered to sell off some of his conflicting interests, but had his name cleared -- unlike disc jockey Alan Freed, who refused to admit that payola was an illegal or immoral practice.

Alan Freed and Dick Clark both played important parts in the rise of rock ’n’ roll (Freed embodied the incendiary spirit of the music more than Clark, refusing to play white cover versions of black songs, such as Pat Boone’s “Tutti Frutti”). And though they both denied ever accepting payola, it’s almost impossible to imagine two young, popular jocks not succumbing to a little temptation. Guilty or not, it was Freed who ended up taking the fall for DJs everywhere.

Why did the committee single him out? Freed was abrasive. He consorted with black R&B musicians. He jive talked, smoked constantly and looked like an insomniac. Clark was squeaky clean, Brylcreemed, handsome and polite. At least on the surface. Once the grilling started, Freed’s friends and allies in broadcasting quickly deserted him. He refused—“on principle”—to sign an affidavit saying that he’d never accepted payola. WABC fired him, and he was charged with 26 counts of commercial bribery. Freed escaped with fines and a suspended jail sentence. He died five years later, broke and virtually forgotten.

Previous to the trial, Dick Clark had wisely divested himself of all incriminating connections (he had part ownership in seven indie labels, six publishers, three record distributors and two talent agencies). He got a slap on the wrist by Committee chairman Oren Harris, who called him “a fine young man.” As Clark told Rolling Stone in 1989, the lesson he learned from the payola trial was: “Protect your ass at all times.” Surprisingly candid words from the eternal teenager.

After Freed went down in 1960, Congress amended the Federal Communications Act to outlaw “under-the-table payments and require broadcasters to disclose if airplay for a song has been purchased.” Payola became a misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to $10,000 in fines and one year in prison.

In 1970…Sportscaster Curt Gowdy received the George Foster Peabody Award for achievement in radio and television.

In 1982...the final episode of “WKRP in Cincinnati” was telecast (after four seasons and 90 episodes).  A new syndicated version of “WKRP” surfaced on September 1991 and ran for two seasons.

Monday, April 20, 2015

NYC Radio: iHM Names Scott Hopeck President Of Cluster

iHeartMedia has named Scott Hopeck President of its New York market, effective immediately.

Scott Hopeck
The New York cluster includes a number of iconic brands and franchises including Top 40 WKTU  103.5 FM, Classic Rock WAXQ Q104.3FM, Top40 WHTZ 100.3 FM Z100, AC WLTW 106.7 Lite FM, Urban WWPR Power 105.1 FM and Talk WOR 710 AM, Home of the New York Mets.

In this new leadership role, Hopeck will work closely with key advertising and marketing partners to create and deliver unique, effective opportunities to reach their consumers through iHeartMedia New York's unmatched assets, including on-air, online, social media promotions, personality endorsements and live event integrations.   Additionally, the tools that will be available through iHeartMedia's new programmatic, real-time automated ad buying platform will enable the iHeartMedia New York sales team to provide unique benefits to their advertising partners by offering more efficiency, superior effectiveness and a higher return on investment.

Hopeck is a 20 year media veteran with extensive experience in digital, sports, marketing and revenue.  He has been with iHeartMedia for more than 10 years, most recently serving as Market President for iHeartMedia Phoenix.  He also previously served as Senior Vice President of Sales for iHeartMedia Atlanta and General Manager of the company's Braves Radio Network.  Prior to iHeartMedia, Hopeck held positions at CBS Radio and Viacom. Hopeck will report to Hartley Adkins, Executive Vice President of Operations for iHeartMedia.

"Scott's unique skills and experience in digital and technology are perfect for the evolution of this market from traditional media to world-class multiplatform media with a tremendous impact on advertisers," said Adkins.  "Additionally, his sports and MLB experience is ideal for the important and unique opportunities we have in New York."

"iHeartMedia's New York team is incredibly talented, and I'm so pleased to be able to play a leadership role in the future success of this high performing and competitive group," said Hopeck.  "This is a very exciting time for iHeartMedia as we continually expand our presence across so many diverse media platforms, and I'm looking forward to delivering the best experience for our listeners and incredible results for our partners."

Philly Radio: WPEN The Fanatic Launches New AM, PM Drive Shows

As Philadelphia sports fans wake up across the Delaware Valley Monday morning, they're doing so as a new era in sports talk radio begins with WPEN 97.5 FM The Fanatic's launch of a local morning show.

Mike Missanelli
Anthony Gargano in The Morning will feature the veteran sports writer and talk show host paired with long-time 97.5 personality Jon Marks, Jaime Lynch and Maureen Williams.

Gargano joins the 97.5 staff after a 15-year tenure at rival sports radio station 94.1 WIP and will be teamed with Marks each weekday morning from 6-10 a.m.

"It's the new 97.5 The Fanatic," WPEN-FM program director Matt Nahigian said during an exclusive sit down with nj.com. "If you were to tell me eight years ago that Anthony [Gargano] would be my morning show and Mike [Missanelli] would be my afternoon show, I'd take that deal every day of the week and say that's as good as it gets. That part is really exciting for the radio station."

Along with Lynch producing the show and Williams as the show's update anchor, Gargano and Marks will give the Fanatic a local presence in the morning to combat longstanding WIP talker Angelo Cataldi for the first time in nearly a decade when Glenn Foley and Michael Bradley co-hosted a morning show when the station was formerly known as Sports Talk 950 on the AM dial back in 2007.

WPEN 97.5 FM (26 Kw) Red=60dBu Local Coverage Area
Prior to launching its new local morning show, 97.5 carried ESPN's Mike and Mike in the morning. Despite pulling the plug on the nationally syndicated show featuring Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, the Fanatic will remain an ESPN Radio affiliate.

NYC Radio: WNYC News Wins Peabody, Headliner Awards

WNYC has been recognized with two George Foster Peabody Awards for broadcast excellence in 2014.

RADIOLAB’S “60 WORDS” has garnered a second Peabody Award for Radiolab, WNYC’s popular podcast and radio program -- created and produced by Jad Abumrad, co-hosted by Robert Krulwich -- which first won in 2011. Produced by Radiolab’s Kelsey Padgett and Matt Kielty and reported by BuzzFeed’s Gregory Johnson, this episode pulls apart a single sentence that has led to the longest war in U.S. history. These 60 words of legal language, drafted in the hours following the September 11 attacks, continue to blur the line between war and peace.

Said the Peabody Awards judges: A “Radiolab” collaboration with Buzzfeed reporter Gregory Johnsen, it takes a hard, disturbing look at the broad, malleable wording of the Authorization of Use of Military Force Act, approved by near-unanimous Congressional vote shortly after the 9/11 attacks, and how its interpretation has expanded military power and secrecy.

“CHRIS CHRISTIE, WHITE HOUSE AMBITIONS AND THE ABUSE OF POWER” has also earned WNYC a Peabody Award, its first specifically for news coverage since 1944, when WNYC won for Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia’s weekly addresses to the City. This series of reports, which examines the exercise of power by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his administration, was the work of a team of WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio reporters, producers and engineers, including Andrea Bernstein and Matt Katz. The effort was led by Nancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, and overseen by Jim Schachter, WNYC’s Vice President for News.  WNYC’s sustained investigation helped establish the narrative for the local and national media’s reporting on the Christie administration’s politicization of traffic control at the busiest bridge in the world, of operations at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and of federal Sandy aid in Hoboken. These reports prompted state and federal investigations and spurred legislative reform efforts.

Said the Peabody Awards judges: “In a series of pithy news reports about the “Bridgegate” scandal, WNYC helped to link a disruptive bridge closure to a broader pattern of questionable political operations by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office. Its coverage sparked national news coverage, high-profile resignations in the Christie administration, and criminal investigations into the Port Authority.”

Last week, both “60 Words” and “Chris Christie, White House Ambitions and the Abuse of Power” were also recognized with 2015 Headliner Awards.

“Both ‘60 Words’ and the Chris Christie series pull back the curtain on the inner workings of political power and the lasting effects of political action, demonstrating the importance of serious journalism to our democracy and national discourse,” said Laura Walker, President and CEO of New York Public Radio, which includes WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio. “We are deeply gratified by these Peabody and Headliner Awards, which honor the producers and reporters at WNYC and Radiolab who are committed to telling stories that matter.”

"’60 Words’ covers a story we just couldn’t shake, and we felt it was important during a time of war to explore the sometimes frightening power of words,” said Abumrad. “I couldn't be more proud of Kelsey and Matt and the whole team.  In many ways, this hour marks a new direction for Radiolab.  It's great to see it recognized with such prestigious award."

“WNYC was uniquely positioned to report the Bridgegate story in all its complexity, because we are committed to investigative reporting of politics and government in New York and New Jersey, and to coverage of the transportation systems that bind our region together," Schachter said.

In the past 11 years, WNYC has won seven other Peabody Awards for both its national and local programs: Radiolab, On the Media, Studio 360 (two), Radio Rookies, The Brian Lehrer Show, and The Leonard Lopate Show.

Select winners of the 74th Annual Peabody Awards were announced today by the University of Georgia’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.  The Peabody Award is among the most prestigious awards for broadcasting and cable excellence. The awards will be presented on May 31, 2015 at a dinner at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York.

Report: Trib CEO Earned $23M In 2014

Peter Ligouri
Tribune Media CEO Peter Liguori made $23 million in total compensation in 2014, according to a regulatory filing.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, in 2013, he had made $8.8 million. Before the split of Tribune Media and the newspaper-focused Tribune Publishing, the combined company then known as Tribune Co. named Liguori CEO early in 2013.

His 2014 compensation included a salary of nearly $1.6 million, up from nearly $1.5 million in 2013. He got no regular bonus in 2014 after getting $1.75 million in 2013. But his stock wards rose from $4.2 million to $8.4 million, and his option awards rose from $1.2 million to $11.55 million.

Liguori also received non-equity incentive compensation worth $1.5 million. His "other compensation" of $10,400 compared with $141,822 in 2013.

"Mr. Liguori presided over our business transformation in 2014," the filing said in discussing his compensation. "Through Mr. Liguori’s leadership, we achieved strong performance results, even while navigating the complexities of acquisitions, spin-offs and the company’s registration on the New York Stock Exchange."

And The 2015 ACM Winners Are...

Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert won big Sunday night at the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, according to CBS News.

Bryan, this year's fan-voted entertainer of the year winner, beat out Lambert, Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line for the evening's coveted honor, presented by Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler.


Lambert turned out to be a very familiar face at this year's ACMs, scoring female vocalist of the year, song of the year for "Automatic" and album of the year for "Platinum." She even seemed surprised by all the wins, at one point saying, "I don't even realize what's happening tonight."

The Academy of Country Music Awards didn't waste any time getting straight to the music on Sunday night, with Eric Church and Keith Urban kicking off the show paying tribute to veteran singer Merle Haggard. The country heavyweights got things underway with a crowd-pleasing performance of "Pledge Allegiance to the Hag" and Raise 'Em Up."

They were among the country artists who flooded AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the 50th ACMs, which aired live on CBS.

At the start of the show, Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, who were back as co-hosts for a third year, took the stage with some big news: This year's ACMs made a Guinness World Record for being the most attended live awards show of all time.


The first honor of the live broadcast went to George Strait, who accepted a Milestone Award after performing his new single, "Let It Go," and the classic, "All My Ex's Live in Texas."

He was one of seven honorees of the 50th Anniversary Milestone Awards, which also went to Brooks, Lambert, Taylor Swift, Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn and Kenny Chesney.

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Cheers & Tears At Rock HOF

The 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was at Cleveland's Public Hall Saturday night — it provided for hours of endless entertainment and musical talent capped off with a reunion performance by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, acording to Fox8.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts opened the night with “Bad Reputation.” Throughout her performance, Jett invited musicians like Dave Grohl, Miley Cyrus and Tommy James on stage to sing songs like “Crimson and Clover” and Cherry Bomb.”

Inductee Green Day had everyone out of their seats during “American Idiot,” “When I Come Around,” and “Basketcase.”

One of the highlights of the night was the induction of Bill Withers by Stevie Wonder. Withers cracked joke after joke, pointing out that he didn’t have to use the teleprompter if he didn’t want to.

Wonder chimed in saying, “I didn’t use the teleprompter either,” eliciting roars from the crowd.  Withers said he was grateful to be inducted by the legend.

“The bottom line is, Stevie Wonder knows my name,” he said. “And the brotha just put me in the Hall of Fame.”

And one of the biggest moments of the night came near the very end. Paul McCartney took to the stage to induct Ringo Starr.

After Starr was inducted, he performed “Boys” first with Green Day and then sang alongside Joe Walsh. He even hugged fans in between sets — before a reunion performance with Paul McCartney. They sang songs like “With A Little Help From My Friends,” and were joined by all the musicians present at the ceremony.

An edited version of the show will air on HBO, starting on May 30 at 8pm ET.

Sacramento Radio: Lance Richard New Entercom VP/MM

Lance Richard
Entercom has announced that Lance Richard has been promoted to become the new VP/Market Manager for Entercom/Sacramento.

Richard, a 28-year radio and media veteran, has been with Entercom since 2009, serving as Corporate Vice President of Integrated Sales and most recently as Vice President of Sales at Entercom Sacramento.

“Over the years, Lance has helped to improve our sales organizations, our coaching ability and our ability to deliver multi-platform programs that work for advertisers,” said Weezie Kramer, Station Group President. “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to reward that success with a promotion to VP Market Manager in Sacramento.”

“We have the best brands in the market, great local talent and content, strong ratings and an excellent team in place. I look forward to continuing our momentum and leading Entercom Sacramento’s market leading portfolio of brands,” said Richard.

Prior to joining Entercom, Richard led leadership and management roles at Monster.com, Emmis Communications, and IP2M. He has a BA from Auburn University.

Entercom Sacramento is the largest radio group in the Sacramento metropolitan area, with six radio stations: HotAC KUDL 1065. FM, KCTC 1302 AM ESPN, Top40 KDND 107.9 FM The End, Alternative KKDO 94.7 FM, 98 Rock KRXQ 98.5 FM , and Classic Rock KSEG 96.9 FM The Eagle.

Middle-Market Stations The Sweet Spot For Saga

Saga Communications Inc. may be on the hunt to add more middle-market radio stations, even after a proposed deal to buy five in northern Virginia clears a Federal Communications Commission review.

The Grosse Pointe Farms, MI-based broadcast operating company, founded by industry veteran Edward Christian, has reached an agreement to buy the assets of Harrisonburg, Va., stations WSVA-AM, WHBG-AM, WQPO-FM, WJDV-FM and WTGD-FM from the VerStandig family of VerStandig Broadcasting.

The $9.64 million acquisition, which the company expects to close in June pending FCC approval, would bring its portfolio to 97 radio stations, more than half a dozen television stations and the Illinois Radio Network.

Samuel Bush
"Our focus is on middle-market stations -- so Michigan would be an appeal to us, but Detroit would be (less so)," CFO Samuel Bush told Crain's Detroit of Saga's acquisition plans earlier this month.

"We've grown a lot over the years and we like to grow, but we're also very regimented buyers. We're not going to buy just because a station looks good on paper -- we'll buy if it's a pretty good fit for us."

The Harrisonburg, Va., radio market will be a new one for Saga, which operates three stations under subsidiary Tidewater Communications over two hours away in Norfolk. The company is still interested in adding new markets, Bush said, but has no plans to mirror the size or business model of giants like Cumulus or iHeart Media Inc.

"We're very locally concentrated and we think that's where we should be. Our management style is to be focused at the local market," he said. "That doesn't mean we won't use a number of syndicated programs. We do, but they're tailored for a specific purpose and it's to augment the offerings from the local stations. It's never going to dominate the format."

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Anthony Cumia Barred From SiriusXM Building

Anthony Cumia cools his heels in the SiriusXM Lobby (Twitter)
On Friday morning, Anthony Cumia, former host of The Opie and Anthony show, attempted to enter the SiriusXM building in New York for a guest appearance. Cumia, who was fired from the entertainment company last year because of controversial tweets, was denied entry by security staff.

SiriusXM has 3 Floors at 1221 Ave. of Americas
The visit was his first time back at SiriusXM in 10 months. According to Newsweek, the appearance would have been on the Opie With Jim Norton show on the Opie Radio channel, though Cumia’s former co-hosts Gregg “Opie” Hughes and Jim Norton were not there Friday. Comedians Joe Rogan and Ari Shaffir were co-hosting the program on Hughes and Norton’s behalf.

Hughes and Cumia, who shared a two-decade career in radio, had been feuding recently. Both addressed issues with the other on the air and in a lengthy Newsweek interview this month.

Though they disagreed on various matters, each wished the other the best with their respective radio careers, and Hughes was adamant that Cumia should be let into the building for his guest appearance with Rogan. Hughes placed several phone calls to management, urging it to let his former co-host into the studio.

“Joe Rogan brilliantly tried to have Anthony on the show today while he was guest-hosting for me,” Hughes told Newsweek following the incident. “Management had no idea this was going down. I told them I was cool with it. In the end, they were taken by surprise and ended up having cold feet. I get the impression that they would be all right with him coming back as a guest in the near future under more ideal circumstances.”

Keith Maresca, producer of Cumia’s stand-alone podcast, The Anthony Cumia Show, told Newsweek that Cumia arrived at the building around 7 a.m. and waited in the lobby “for quite some time” before being denied entry.

Harker: Direct Indignation At Nielsen, Not Voltair

Richard Harker
According Richard Harker at Harker Research, "Every broadcaster who writes a fat check to Nielsen every month deserves to get accurate rating estimates of station listensership. Everyone."

In his latest blog, Harker continued his probe of Nielsen's PPM's Ethical debate.  There are some who believe Voltair, manaufactured by Telos Alliance, is in effect putting radio "on steroids".

Harker disagrees.  He writes, "we have concrete evidence that Nielsen is not giving you accurate estimates. Maybe you’re getting 70%, maybe you’re getting 90%, but in all likelihood, you’re not getting 100%."

"Voltair gets you closer to the goal of 100%. That’s all it does."

And Harker further suggests, "If you are going to get morally indignant, direct your indignation at Nielsen, not Voltair."
"Everyone who has tested Voltair has kept it. That’s more than 300 stations.
Are the 300 stations using Voltair not playing fair because they want the ratings to reflect 100% of their listening? 
It seems to us that it is fiduciarily irresponsible to accept estimates that fall well short of 100% accuracy once you have reason to believe that Nielsen is under-reporting your numbers. 
That’s particularly true if other stations in your market are using something that gets them closer to 100%. 
Invoking fairness, playing by the rules, and steroids is a straw-man argument made by people who don’t understand PPM, don’t understand its shortcomings, and don’t understand Voltair.

Atlanta Radio: WALR Adds Additional Signal

WALR 104.1 FM (100 Kw) Red=60dBu Local coverage Area
W228CA (230 watts) Red=60dBu Coverage
R&B WALR 104.1 KissFM has added a supplemental signal at 93.5 FM.

WALR is licensed with 100Kw to Greenville, GA, which is southwest of the Atlanta metro.  PD Tony Kidd says  the additional signal on W228CA 93.5 FM will fill-in some holes in Gwinnett County, northeast of the city.

Cox Radio recently purchased the 93.5 translator signal.

Radio Talker Larry Elder To Get Hollywood WOF Star

Larry Elder
When Larry Elder was a boy growing up in Los Angeles, his older brother would sometimes take him for a walk down Hollywood Boulevard and point out various celebrities’ stars on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Now, after 21 years of hosting a popular talk-radio show, Elder is set to join that pantheon of stars. The conservative author and radio personality will receive his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during an April 27 ceremony, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced.

“Never in my wildest imagination did I ever think I’d end up being there. I mean, it literally is out-of-body,” Elder, the author of “Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives … Eight Hours,” told WND in an interview.

Each year, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce awards Walk of Fame stars to notable figures in the categories of television, motion pictures, recording, live theater and radio. Out of the 30 entertainers who will receive a star in 2015, Elder is the only one in the radio category.

In fact, Elder will be only the fifth political, talk-radio host to receive a star, following Bill Cunningham, Dan Avey, Ray Briem and Bill Handel.

Elder’s new star will be at 6270 Hollywood Boulevard. Guest speakers at the April 27 ceremony will include actors Dean Cain and Jon Voight, and conservative radio host Dennis Prager.

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FOX Sports Hires Pete Rose As MLB Analyst

Pete Rose
Pete Rose will serve FOX as a guest analyst for the MLB on FOX pregame show on FOX and FOX Sports 1 and will also appear on "MLB Whiparound," "America's Pregame" and "FOX Sports Live" on FOX Sports 1.

"I enjoy talking baseball, and that's what this is all about," Rose said Thursday. "Enjoying the game of baseball, sitting in the green room watching two or three games, getting on TV and talking about it. It's right up my alley, I think."

FOX officials say they are hiring Rose for his on-air presence and that he will make for compelling television regardless of how one views his controversial past.

The network's move comes at a time when Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader with 4,256, has officially requested that new Commissioner Rob Manfred lift his lifetime ban from the sport.

Rose, who turned 74 on April 14, was banished in 1989 for violating Rule 21(d) while managing the Cincinnati Reds. The rule states that any player, umpire or club or league official or employee who bets on baseball shall be declared permanently ineligible.

Manfred recently told CNBC that he plans to give Rose's case a "full and fresh look." The new commissioner's predecessors, Bud Selig and Fay Vincent, had denied Rose's requests for reinstatement.

FOX, a broadcast partner of Major League Baseball, did not require the sport's permission to hire Rose. But network officials said they made baseball fully aware of their decision to audition Rose and then sign him to a contract.

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Norway To Switch-Off FM In 2017

Within two years from now, the shutdown of national FM-networks begins in Norway. The switchover will begin in the North and will be implemented region by region.

Radio.no reports that on Thursday, the Ministry of Culture announced a national FM-switch off, to complete the transition to digital radio.

Norway is making an historical move into a new radio era, being the first country in the world to decide upon an analogue switch-off for all major radio channels. With DAB and digital radio, listeners will be provided with more radio channels and greater diversity in content.

Thor Gjermund Eriksen, head of NRK, says: "This is an important day for everyone who loves radio. The minister`s decision allows us to concentrate our resources even more upon what is most important, namely to create high quality and diverse radio-content to our listeners."

Thor Gjermun Ericksen
The DAB-coverage in Norway now exceeds FM-coverage. DAB provides Norway with 22 national channels, as opposed to five channels transmitting nationwide on FM.

Ensures a long life for radio

Radio on digital platforms ensures the radio media a long life for years to come. The Radio Industry is better equipped to evolve with listener`s needs and are thus better enabled to adopt to the ever changing patterns of media consumption.

Norway began the transition to DAB in 1995. In recent years two national and several local DAB-networks has been established. 56 per cent of radio listeners use digital radio every day. 55 per cent of households have at least one DAB radio, according to Digitalradio survey by TNS Gallup, continuously measuring the Norwegian`s digital radio habits.

  • 56 % of radio listeners use digital radio daily
  • 44 % of listeners only use FM radio daily
  • 20 % of private cars are equipped with DAB radio
  • 55 % of all Norwegian households have at least one DAB radio.
  • 7.9 million radio sets will be affected by FM-extinction. FM radios can be upgraded or recycled.
* Digital radio survey , TNS Gallup 2015

  • NRK: at least 99,5 % coverage on DAB
  • Commercial radio: 92.8 % coverage on DAB
  • Community radio: 50 % DAB coverage on DAB
  • DAB-covarage on roads are generally higher than on FM. All FM-transmitters in tunnels will be replaced with DAB.

April 20 In Radio History

In 1952...the "Big Show" finished a two year run on the NBC Radio Network.

The Big Show was radio 90-minute variety program featuring top-name comics, stage, screen and music talent, and was aimed at keeping American radio in its classic era alive and well against the rapidly growing television tide. For a good portion of its two-year run (November 5, 1950-April 20, 1952).

Hosted by legendary stage actress and personality Tallulah Bankhead, The Big Show began November 5, 1950 on NBC with a stellar line-up of guests: Fred Allen, Mindy Carson, Jimmy Durante, José Ferrer, Portland Hoffa, Frankie Laine, Russell Knight, Paul Lukas, Ethel Merman, Danny Thomas and Meredith Willson.

Tullulah Bankhead

The show's success was credited to Bankhead's notorious wit and ad-libbing ability in addition to the show's superior scripting. She had one of the funniest writers in the business on her staff: Goodman Ace, the mastermind of radio's legendary Easy Aces. She included renowned ad-libbers in the show—particularly Fred Allen (he and his longtime sidekick and wife, Portland Hoffa, appeared so often they could have been the show's regular co-hosts) and Groucho Marx, both of whom appeared on the first season's finale and appeared jointly on three other installments.

As Bankhead recorded in her memoirs, she took the show because she needed the money but nearly changed her mind when she feared she'd be little more than a glorified mistress of ceremonies with nothing to do but introduce the feature performers. "Guess what happened?" she continued. "Your heroine emerged from the fracas as the Queen of the Kilocycles. Authorities cried out that Tallulah had redeemed radio. In shepherding my charges through The Big Show, said the critics, I had snatched radio out of the grave. The autopsy was delayed."

In 1961…The U.S. Federal Communications Commission approved FM stereo broadcasting.

In the late 1950s, several systems to add stereo to FM radio were considered by the FCC. Included were systems from 14 proponents including Crosby, Halstead, Electrical and Musical Industries, Ltd (EMI), Zenith, and General Electric. The individual systems were evaluated for their strengths and weaknesses during field tests in Uniontown, Pennsylvania using KDKA-FM in Pittsburgh as the originating station.

The Crosby system was rejected by the FCC because it was incompatible with existing subsidiary communications authorization (SCA) services which used various subcarrier frequencies including 41 and 67 kHz. Many revenue-starved FM stations used SCAs for "storecasting" and other non-broadcast purposes. The Halstead system was rejected due to lack of high frequency stereo separation and reduction in the main channel signal-to-noise ratio.

The GE and Zenith systems, so similar that they were considered theoretically identical, were formally approved by the FCC in April 1961 as the standard stereo FM broadcasting method in the United States and later adopted by most other countries.[

In 1985...Flashback..From the pages of Radio&Records...

In 2007...a survey was released which said 54% of Americans thought firing talk show host, Don Imus, several days earlier, was justified for his comments about the Rutgers women basketball team.

In 2011…Former Los Angeles radio personality (KFWB, KRLA, KEZY, KFI) Ted Quillin, the first to play a Ritchie Valens record on the radio and portrayed by Rick Dees in the film "La Bamba," died at age 81.

Ted Quillan
Born in Oklahoma City, Quillin moved to El Paso, Texas where he finished high school and attended Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy now known as UTEP. During this time, while still in high school Ted started his broadcast career at KEPO, an ABC station in El Paso. He started as a ‘gofer’ on a morning show from 6 to 7 AM, before he went to school. He graduated to staff announcer. After that he took a job in Corpus Christi, Texas at KSIX. The program director from KXYZ in Houston heard him, and hired him as a staff announcer. From there he went to WACO in Waco, Texas. Ted moved to KELP which was a Gordon McClendon station, doing top 40. This is where he met Chuck Blore and when Chuck got the call to Hollywood he took Ted with him and Ted became one of the original "Seven Swingin’ Gentlemen", who took Rock and Roll into its first major market, at KFWB. His listeners became known as the "Quiverin' Quillin Clan."

Quillin's years in radio include: KFWB–Hollywood, 1958–61; KRLA–Pasadena, 1962–64; KORK–Las Vegas, 1964–1966, KFI- L.A, 1969; KFOX-Long Beach 1969-71; XPRS-1972, and finally, KORK-Las Vegas, 1972, when he became a permanent resident of Las Vegas.

In 2005 Ted was inducted into the Broadcasters' Hall of Fame in Nevada.