Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Nielsen Releases First PPMs For October 2016

Nielsen on Monday 10/24/16 Released the first batch of October 2016 PPM Data for the following markets:

    1  New York

    2  Los Angeles

    3  Chicago

    4  San Francisco

    5  Dallas-Fort worth

    6  Houston-Galveston

    8  Atlanta

    9  Philadelphia

   20  Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island)

   25  Riverside-San Bernardino

   36  San Jose CAS

   42  Middlesex-Somerset-Union NJ

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AT&T, Time Warner Shares Dip Over Deal Clearance Worries

Wall Street signaled skepticism on Monday that AT&T Inc would secure the government approvals needed to carry out its planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc, with shares of both companies falling as analysts scrutinized the deal.

Time Warner shares were trading some 20 percent below the implied value of AT&T's $107.50 per share cash and stock offer, indicating investors doubt that the companies would be able to complete the transaction.

The deal, announced on Saturday, would give AT&T control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted assets and reshape the media landscape.

Dallas-based AT&T said on Saturday it would need approval of the U.S. Department of Justice and the companies were determining which Time Warner U.S. Federal Communications Commission licenses, if any, would need to transfer to AT&T. Any such transfers would require FCC approval.

AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said on Monday he expects government clearances for the deal because it is a so-called vertical integration that will not eliminate a competitor, a situation that is viewed more favorably by antitrust enforcers.

"While regulators will often times have concerns with vertical integrations, those are always remedied by conditions imposed on the merger, so that's how we envision this one to play out," Stephenson told CNBC.

Despite its big media footprint, Time Warner has only one FCC-regulated broadcast station, WPCH-TV in Atlanta. Time Warner could sell the license to try to avoid a formal FCC review, several analysts said.

Any decision to review the deal would be made by regulatory officials at the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters on Monday.

"The president would hope and expect that regulators would carefully consider the potential impact of this deal on consumers," Earnest added.

Shares of AT&T closed down 1.7 percent at $36.86 and shares of Time Warner fell 3 percent to $86.78.

Randall Stephenson


Investors, Wall Street analysts and traders on Monday expressed concerns about the implications of the antitrust and regulatory challenges.

“I don’t know how favorably regulators will look upon this,” said media investor Sanjay Sen, chief investment officer of BloombergSen Investment Partners of Toronto.

The total value of broken deals is nearly $700 billion so far this year, a fact that has sidelined some investors.

"The regulatory environment has been unbelievable this year and I think everyone is on edge," said an arbitrage investor considering buying exposure to the deal who did not want to be identified because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

The biggest deals to fall apart in 2016 include Office Depot–Staples, Baker Hughes–Halliburton, Allergan–Pfizer and Norfolk Southern–Canadian Pacific Railways. Many of the deals drew objections from the Department of Justice and U.S. Treasury.

"We are unprepared at this point to assign anything higher than a 50/50 probability of deal approval," wrote MoffettNathanson Research in a report, downgrading Time Warner to 'neutral' but raising its target price by $8 to $100.

The deal's arbitrage spread of more than 20 percent is wider than five other recent deals that regulators subsequently shot down or were withdrawn, including Comcast Corp's planned takeover of Time Warner Cable. That deal had a spread of only 5 percent.

The deal, announced just over two weeks before the Nov. 8 U.S. election, was also generating skepticism among both Republicans and Democrats.


Others were unnerved by the rationale for the deal and the massive $170 billion debt balance the combined company may hold after the deal closes.

“The CEOs couldn’t easily explain the synergies and I can’t clearly understand them,” said Sen, who also expressed concern about AT&T embarking on a new deal so shortly after buying DirecTV last year for $48.5 billion. “How successfully will it integrate these three large and different businesses?” he asked.

Analysts at Cowen & Co said it was a "struggle" to understand why the acquisition made sense.

"If it is simply differentiated content AT&T is interested in we don’t understand why this couldn’t have been solved by some form of partnership,” the firm wrote in a note to downgrade the company's investment rating to 'market perform' from 'outperform.'

Analysts at Moody's, which put AT&T on review for a downgrade after the acquisition was announced, said regulators could include conditions that limit the wireless provider's ability to use Time Warner content as a competitive advantage, ultimately undermining its objective to differentiate its mobile and pay TV platforms with exclusive content.

John Traynor, chief investment officer of People’s United Wealth Management, which owns shares of both AT&T and Time Warner, said his firm would vote for the deal as it looked like a good marriage of content and distribution.

"In the 1980s and 1990s it was all about hardware. For the last 10 years it’s been all about connectivity and content,” Traynor said.

He expects the deal to face lengthy scrutiny by regulators but eventually to be completed. "We’ll be talking about this a year from now, but Comcast-NBC got through,” he said, referring to the $30 billion purchase of NBCUniversal by cable company Comcast.

"We think AT&T can handle the debt load,” he added.

Why AT&T Needs Time Warner

While AT&T needs content to continue its business, Time Warner may have been able to survive on its own — and some experts fear the telecommunciations giant may not have what it takes to run a media company, according to an analysis at cnbc.com.

Time Warner doesn't have direct distribution to consumers, save a few small products like HBO Go. But it can negotiate deals with cable providers, thanks to its wealth of premium content, which includes Turner channels such as CNN, Cartoon Network and TNT as well as Warner Bros. films.

"AT&T needs Time Warner more than vice versa," said Forrester senior analyst Jim Nail. "The Netflix example shows us that content is more powerful than distribution. With all the good content that Time Warner has, they'll be able to get better distribution [on their own] than AT&T."

AT&T and Time Warner announced on Saturday that the telecommunications giant was purchasing the media company for more than $85 billion. The deal amounts to about $107.50 per share in a cash and stock transaction. It will still have to pass U.S. regulators, and AT&T is planning to argue the two are complementary businesses and not be a monopoly.

There are some benefits for Time Warner by partnering with AT&T, Nail said. For one, it can get more involved in the digital advertising industry. It can also have an easier path for mobile distribution. Time Warner has patents on short and long form video technology to aid in the transfer of content to mobile and other devices, but partnering with AT&T can improve that, according to analytics firm MCAM.

On the other hand, AT&T is facing a dwindling cable subscriber problem as people cut the cord. Even though it is the largest pay TV operator in the U.S., it needs to diversify its revenue streams.

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Trump Launches Facebook Newscast

The Trump campaign Monday evening launched its own 'Nightly News' show on the candidate’s Facebook page every night at 6:30 pm ET via Facebook Live from the campaign war room at Trump Tower.

According to Wired, the show is hosted by Boris Epshteyn, a senior adviser to the campaign, Tomi Lahren, a conservative commentator for Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze, and Cliff Sims, another Trump adviser. In last night’s inaugural episode they will interview Trump campaign manager KellyAnne Conway and adviser Jason Miller.

The series, which will stream Trump’s rallies directly each night and feature pre-and post-event commentary, comes on the heels of the campaign’s debate night Facebook Live last week, which brought in more than 9 million views.

The stream averaged 40,000 to 60,000 viewers on Facebook in the first half hour — which is high by Facebook Live standards but very low by TV ratings standards.

Members of the media quickly seized on the event, calling it a test drive for Trump TV, the post-election television network that Trump is rumored to be considering in the event he loses in November. Despite reports that his son-in-law has been talking to media dealmakers about Trump TV, Trump himself has denied he has any interest in such a thing.

Epshteyn says this nightly Facebook Live stream is simply a way for the campaign to circumvent the mainstream media Trump so publicly loathes.

WVA Radio: State Senator Challenges Radio Attack Ad

Chris Walters
A lawyer for West Virginia Sen. Chris Walters, R-Putnam, sent a “cease and desist” letter to Charleston area radio stations Monday, demanding that they stop airing a political attack ad that falsely insinuates Walters testified on behalf of a convicted child molester.

“This is character assassination,” Walters said.

A union-funded group called West Virginia Family Values paid for the attack ad.

According to The Clareston Gazette-Mail, Walters’ senate colleague, Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael, testified three years ago for a convicted sex offender in Jackson County. The radio ad mentions “their leader in the senate,” but doesn’t make clear it’s referring to Carmichael — not Walters, who had nothing to do with the case.

“The ad is disgusting,” said Walters at a news conference in Charleston on Monday. “The whole purpose of this ad is to mislead the voters. It’s gross and barbaric what’s being done.”

West Virginia Family Values is supporting Democrat Glenn Jeffries, Walters’ opponent in the general election. The labor group’s spokeswoman, Lou Ann Johnson, said Monday the organization stands by the ad.

Jeffries said he had nothing to do with the ad that skewers Walters.

The ad repeatedly criticizes Walters’ legislative record before the narrator states, “and their leader in the senate, he testified in court on behalf of a convicted child molester, called this sexual predator ‘trustworthy.’ ”

The ad doesn’t mention Carmichael by name. Walters said the attack ad makes it sound as if he had testified for the Jackson County felon.

Walters said he sent his letter to West Virginia Radio Corp., Bristol Broadcasting Co. and L&M Broadcasting Inc., the companies that own the Charleston area radio stations.

Terre Haute Radio: B97's Matt Lueking Apparent Murder Victim

Matt Lueking
Terre Haute police are investigating the death of a local Terre Haute radio personality Matt Lueking.

Lueking was an on-air personality at WFNB B92.7 FM and had worked at other stations in the area.

According to WIBQ-AM, Around 11 a.m. Monday Terre Haute City Police responding to a well being check and found the body oof Lueking in a bedroom of an apartment.

Officers say that the Lueking’s vehicle could not be found.

Within an hour officers were informed that two males had used the Lueking’s credit card and identification to charge purchases at the Clinton Walmart.

Walmart employees became suspicious after one of the males appeared to be looking at the identification in order to sign for the charge.  When confronted, the two males fled the store leaving behind the bank card and identification belonging Lueking.

Store employees obtained the license plate number and provided it to police along security video.

Officers traced the plate and found suspects loading bags containing personal items into Lueking's car.

Police arrested 24 year old John Collins of Terre Haute has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder.  Police later arrested 28 year old Benjamin J. Selig of Rockville for on a preliminary charge of Assisting a Criminal. Officers have also 25 year old Kathleen E. Featherstone of Terre Haute for Felony Murder, Robbery, and Burglary.

Gannett To Trim 400 From Payroll

The publisher of USA Today and 107 other papers said on Monday that it plans to trim its workforce by about 400 people — or 2 percent of its 18,700-person payroll.

“Actions like these are difficult, but I remain steadfastly committed to reinvesting in our employees and the capabilities required to sustain and grow our company so that we may continue to serve our customers with excellence,” Robert Dickey, chief executive of Gannett, said.

The cuts are said to be across the board, including at its McLean, Va., headquarters, and are expected to include some newsroom jobs.

Meanwhile, negotiations for Gannett to buy Tronc, the owner of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and other daily papers, for about $18.75 a share appear to be in the home stretch.

The Gannett board wants to close the deal before its earnings report on Thursday, multiple sources told The NYPost.

Report: Twitter To Trim 300

(Reuters) -- Twitter Inc may cut 8 percent of its workforce or about 300 people, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people it said were familiar with the matter.

The job cuts could be announced before the company reports third-quarter earnings on Thursday, and the number of jobs affected could change, Bloomberg said.

A company spokeswoman declined to comment.

Last year, Twitter announced plans to lay off up to 336 employees, or about 8 percent of its workforce, a week after Jack Dorsey, its co-founder who had been serving as interim chief executive, took over as permanent CEO.

Twitter, which last month hired bankers to field acquisition offers, faces an uncertain future after Salesforce.com Inc, the last of the companies believed to be interested in buying the company, said it would not make a bid.

With a market cap of about $12.76 billion and losses running at about $400 million a year, Twitter was likely judged too expensive by prospective buyers.

The company said in September it would lay off some employees and halt engineering work at one of its development centers in India's technology hub Bengaluru.

Twitter on Monday said it rescheduled the release of its third-quarter earnings to before the market open on Thursday to avoid conflicting with earnings announcements by other internet companies. It had originally planned to release results after the market close.

The company had 3,860 employees globally as of June

ESPN Set For 1016 MLB World Series

ESPN will provide comprehensive on-site coverage from the 112th Major League Baseball World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians, beginning with Game 1 from Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

ESPN Radio

ESPN Radio, the exclusive national radio home of the MLB Postseason, will broadcast every pitch from the Fall Classic for the 19th consecutive season. Play-by-play commentator Dan Shulman and analyst Aaron Boone, following their first full season together in ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball booth, will provide commentary on ESPN Radio throughout the World Series for the third year.

There will be a one-hour pre-game show leading in to each World Series game beginning at 7 p.m. ET. on ESPN Radio. Reporter Chris Singleton will provide pre-game and post-game analysis and interviews. The World Series is also available on ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN app, Sirius XM Channel 80, Slacker Radio, Apple Music and TuneIn.

Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg will also be speaking with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred during Mike & Mike on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Friday, Oct. 28, the show will be live from The Cubby Bear in Chicago (6-10 a.m.) in advance of Game 3.

ESPN’s MLB studio show Baseball Tonight will be on-site throughout the 112th World Series with the team of Karl Ravech, Jessica Mendoza, Eduardo Perez, Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian and Chris Berman. For Games 1, 2 and 3, coverage will begin with Baseball Tonight at 5 p.m. Baseball Tonight will generally precede the remaining matchups at 7 p.m. ET and recap the action following the game at midnight or 1 a.m. on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.

Tampa Bay Rays’ ace Chris Archer returns for his second year as part of ESPN’s MLB Postseason coverage. Archer will join Baseball Tonight as a guest analyst for on-site, pre-game and post-game shows during Games 1 and 2, and Games 5, 6 and 7, if necessary. Archer will also join Shulman and Boone in the ESPN Radio booth for a select inning during those games.

The $900,000 Question Behind Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan (Reuters)
(Reuters) -- Many writers might give their right arm to be paid almost $1 million to deliver a lecture. But Bob Dylan's silence since he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature might mean he never sees the award money.

The American singer-songwriter, a cultural icon of dissent and protest from the 1960s onward, has said nothing about the award announced two weeks ago. But under Nobel rules, the winner must give one lecture on literature - or in Dylan's case even a concert - within six months to receive the $900,000 prize money.

Per Wastberg, a member of Swedish Academy that presents the award, has said that Dylan's silence is "rude and arrogant".

The Nobel Foundation does not accept any rejections of the prize - Dylan's name will be listed as the winner in 2016 whatever he says. But the award money is a different matter.

As a condition, Dylan must give a lecture on a subject "relevant to the work for which the prize has been awarded" no later than 6 months after Dec. 10, the anniversary of dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel's death.

"That is what we ask for in return," said Jonna Petterson, spokeswoman for the Nobel Foundation, adding Dylan could also opt to give a concert instead of a lecture. "Yes, we are trying to find an arrangement that suits the laureate (Dylan)."

The Academy honored the 75-year-old Dylan for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

Dylan's songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind", "The Times They Are A-Changin'", "Subterranean Homesick Blues" and "Like a Rolling Stone" captured the rebellious and anti-war spirit of the 1960s generation and moved many young people later as well.

Kardashian, Website Resolve Suit Over Claims Robbery Faked

(Reuters) -- Reality TV star Kim Kardashian on Monday dropped a defamation lawsuit against a website that claimed she staged an armed robbery in Paris after the two sides resolved the issue, her lawyer said.

Kardashian withdrew the lawsuit filed this month in New York against U.S. celebrity gossip site MediaTakeOut, according to a court document. The federal lawsuit was withdrawn without prejudice, meaning Kardashian could refile it.

"The matter has been resolved to the parties' mutual satisfaction. Consequently, we voluntarily dismissed the action today," Andrew Brettler, of the Los Angeles law firm of Lavely and Singer, said in an email.

MediaTakeOut had reported that Kardashian, 35, had faked the robbery and then filed a fraudulent insurance claim. The website did not respond to a request for comment.

French police said Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint of some $10 million in jewelry by masked men who tied her up in her Paris apartment early on Oct. 3.

The lawsuit had sought unspecified damages for defamation. It named MediaTakeOut.com and its founder, Fred Mwangaguhunga, as defendants.

Kardashian had been criticized for making herself vulnerable by posting photos of her $4 million dollar engagement ring and other jewelry in the days before the Paris attack.

Kings Of Leon Earn First Number One Album

(Reuters) -- Kings of Leon debuted at the top of the weekly Billboard 200 chart on Monday with "WALLS," the first chart-topping record for the Nashville rockers.

"WALLS," the band's seventh album, sold 68,000 albums, 27,000 songs and was streamed nearly 10 million times, totaling 77,000 album units, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan for the week ending Oct. 20.

Canadian rapper Drake's "Views" climbed one spot to No. 2 this week, with sales of nearly 40,000 album units that included 45 million album streams.

"Views" has clocked strong weekly sales during its 25 weeks on the chart through the strength of its online streaming consumption.

The Billboard 200 album chart tallies units from album sales, song sales (10 songs equal one album) and streaming activity (1,500 streams equal one album).

Other new entries in the top 10 of the Billboard album chart this week includes rapper The Game at No. 4 with "1992" and pop singer JoJo at No. 6 with "Mad Love."

Last week's chart-topper, Green Day's "Revolution Radio," dropped to No. 10 this week.

On the Digital Songs chart, which measures online single sales, The Chainsmokers' upbeat dance-pop hit "Closer" featuring Halsey remained at No. 1, selling 97,000 copies last week.

R.I.P.: Dead Or Alive Frontman Peter Burns

Peter Burns
(Reuters) -- British singer Peter Burns, best known as the frontman for 1980s band Dead or Alive, died from massive cardiac arrest, his family said on Monday. He was 57.

Burns, known for his androgynous image, rose to fame with Dead or Alive's 1985 hit "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)," and became part of the British punk, electro and dance-pop scene.

"He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was," Burns' manager Steve Coy and his family said in a joint statement posted on the late singer's Twitter account. The statement did not say where Burns died.

Dead or Alive, founded in Liverpool in 1980, scored a hit album with 1985's "Youthquake" and songs including "Lover Come Back To Me," and "Brand New Lover."

While the band never formally disbanded, numerous members came and went and the last studio album, "Fragile," was released in 2000.

October 25 Radio History

In 1937...The radio soap opera "Stella Dallas" made its debut on WEAF in New York City. The 15-minute drama, with Anne Elstner in the title role, was picked up by the NBC radio network beginning June 6, 1938, and aired on weekday afternoons through 1955.

In 1958...Cliff Richard made his British radio debut on the BBC's 'Saturday Club.' The show had started life as Saturday "Skiffle" club in 1957 hosted by Brian Matthew and was broadcast from 10am to 12noon Saturday mornings on the BBC Light Programme.

In 1995, Cliff Richard received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II. Sir Cliff was reputed to be a favorite of the 95-year-old Queen Mother.

In 1959...Chicago-based announcer & host Bob Murphy died at age 42. He was best known nationally for his announcing & substitute hosting on Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club on ABC.

In 1969...The Hot 100..The Temptations remained at #1 with one of their biggest career hits--"I Can't Get Next To You".  Sly & the Family Stone would have to settle for #2 this time with "Hot Fun In The Summertime".  The former #1 classic by the Archies--"Sugar, Sugar" was still at #3 after 14 weeks while Oliver's "Jean" was at #4 and Elvis Presley was moving up with "Suspicious Minds".

The rest of the Top 10:  Bobby Sherman's "Little Woman", "Wedding Bell Blues" the new smash by the 5th Dimension, Smith moved from 13 to 8 with "Baby It's You", the Cuff Links were up to 9 with "Tracy" and Lou Christie entered the Top 10 with "I'm Gonna' Make You Mine".

In 1969...The Album Chart..Green River by CCR was #1 on the Album chart for a fourth week but something was happening that even it couldn't contend with.  Johnny Cash At San Quentin was #2 and the Rolling Stones rolled backwards with Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Volume 2).  In one of the biggest chart moves in Rock Era history, the Beatles moved from #178 to #4 with Abbey Road.  Pretty good sign that it's an album for all-time.

The rest of the Top 10:  Blind Faith with their self-titled album, In-A Gadda-Da-Vida from Iron Butterfly, the great debut from Blood, Sweat & Tears, Isaac Hayes with Hot Buttered Soul (that sounds tasty...), the Best of Cream and Santana with their great debut.

In 1984...The summer ratings book…

Los Angeles – KIIS-FM (top-40) gets a 10.0 share. Rival KKHR is up to a 3.0. Talk KABC is up to a 7.9. Easy JOI – 4.4 and Easy KBIG – 4.1. Rock KLOS down to a 3.5 from a 3.9. Nostalgia KMPC at a 3.4 and AC KOST gets a 2.7. Rock KMET is at a #.1, All news KNX and  KFWB are tied at a 2.9.  A/C KFI is up to a 1.8 from a 1.4. KHTZ is at a 2.0.

In New York – WHTZ – 6.6 and rival WPLJ – 5.3.  WRKS gets a 5.4. WOR – 4.7. WINS – 4.4 and Easy WRFM – 3.7. Urban WBLS at a 3.5. WBLS is the “Quiet Storm” at night. WKTU – 3.1. WNBC – 3.0 and Country WHN – 2.9. WNEW AM and WNEW-FM both at a 3.1. WLTW and WYNY are tied at a 2.8. WABC gets a 2.6. WAPP – 2.4 and WMCA – 1.5

Chicago – Top-4- WBBM FM – 5.0. WGN-AM – 11.4 share. Easy WLOO – 6.8.

Boston – Rock WBCN – 8.6. A/C WHDH – 8.4. Top-40 WXKS – 7.5. WBZ – 7.4. Top-40 WHTT – 6.6. Talk WRKO – 4.7

In 1984...CKLW Windsor/Detroit is switched to a nostalgia music format.

Out is long-time music director Rosalie Trombley who served in that capacity since CKLW’s influential heyday in the ‘60’s. In the summer ratings book, CKLW dropped again, from a 1.2 to a .7.

Manybelieve that CKLW started to decline in popularity after Canadian content regulations went into effect. Although having to play some "CanCon" songs that generated little in the way of sales put the station at a competitive disadvantage compared to its U.S.-based competition, CKLW still managed to help break a number of Canadian songs and artists in the United States. Just as, if not more, responsible for the decline in CKLW's ratings as the 1970s wore on was the rise of FM radio as an outlet for contemporary music, as the station gained a direct FM Top 40 competitor, WDRQ, in 1972, and its listening audience was also fragmented between album oriented rock outlets such as WWWW, WRIF and WABX and adult contemporary stations like WNIC and WMJC.

The Canadian government's initial unwillingness to licence FM frequencies with pop or rock formats stranded Canadian stations on AM while an entire demographic of listeners began the exodus to US-based FM outlets anywhere the signals were in range. For many younger listeners by 1978, CKLW was the station they listened to only if they had an AM-only radio in their cars.

As a result, like many other powerhouse AM Top 40 stations, CKLW evolved during the late 1970s into an Adult Top 40 sound. The station's music softened to the point where by 1982 it gave no airtime to harder-rocking songs like Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", and jingles were initially phased out, with new jingles and a new slogan ("The Great Entertainer") being introduced in 1979.

Dick Purtan joined the station for mornings in 1978, coming over from WXYZ-AM. Largely due to Purtan's popularity, CKLW remained a moderately popular station into the early 1980s, but after Purtan departed at the start of 1983 for FM competitor WCZY, the station quickly tumbled to the bottom of Detroit's Arbitron ratings (its last appearance in the Top 10 was in 1981). In an attempt to go after longtime "full service" powerhouse WJR, CKLW converted to AM stereo in 1982 and even got the rights to broadcast University of Michigan football and NASL soccer, but in this it was also unsuccessful.

In 1984, the station's owners (Baton Broadcasting) sold CKLW-AM-FM to Russwood Broadcasting Ltd. Also in 1984, CKLW made an attempt to transfer its CHR format to its FM sister station, big band and jazz standards-formatted CKJY. These hopes were dashed when the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) refused to approve the format change on anything more than an "experimental" basis, reasoning that FM was for "fine" music and that Top 40 music belonged on AM.

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The final death knell for the "Big 8" came in October 1984, when the station fired 79 staffers (including most of the remaining announcers and Rosalie Trombley), closed its American sales office in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Michigan, and announced that it would soon change format to Al Ham's "Music of Your Life" format of Jazz standards and big-band music and go completely automated.

Morton Downey - 1933
In 1985...one of early radio’s singing stars Morton Downey  died at age 83.

In 1987...radio correspondent Cecil Brown (CBS), one of Ed Murrow’s “boys” who reported from the Pacific front during WWII, died at age 80.

In 1991...rock promoter Bill Graham Image result for bill graham died in a helicopter crash after a Huey Lewis concert in Concord, Calif. He was 60. Among the events produced by Graham were the Live Aid concert, Amnesty International tour and US Festival. At times he managed the careers of the Grateful Dead, Van Morrison and Santana.

In 2002...British actor Richard Harris, who had a huge radio hit with his 1968 recording of Jim Webb’s classic MacArthur Park, died of Hodgkin’s Disease at age 72.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sean Atkins OUT At MTV

Sean Atkins
Sean Atkins, who took over as president of MTV just a year ago, is leaving the TV network, becoming the latest Viacom Inc. executive to head for the exits in recent months.

The Wall Street Jounral reports Atkins will be succeeded by Chris McCarthy, who currently leads VH1 and Logo. Mr. McCarthy will add MTV to his responsibilities and continue to report to Doug Herzog, president of Viacom Music and Entertainment Group.

In a note to staff on Monday, Mr. Atkins said he would stay through January in an advisory role during the transition, calling his stint at MTV an “enriching and rewarding experience.”

At its “upfront” presentation to marketers this spring, Mr. Atkins trumpeted the network’s charge back into music programming.

Chris McCarthy
“Chris has infused every brand he’s led with creativity, strategic clarity and distinctive talent – driving results that defy this extraordinarily competitive landscape,” Herzog said in a statement announcing McCarthy's new title. “MTV is an iconic brand full of opportunity, and Chris has demonstrated the vision and ability to grow its expansive reach and powerful cultural impact.”

McCarthy added: “I’m humbled by the opportunity to lead MTV, the place where I grew up and learned from some of the most gifted, creative and genuine leaders. The power of the MTV brand is its ability to let go everything it knows and reinvent for the next generation of youth, and I’m excited to push the boundaries of what it can be in this transformative time.”

Atkins' departure is just the latest exit from MTV, which in 2015 saw president of programming Susanne Daniels leave for a similar post at YouTube and MTV Networks Music & Logo Group president Van Toffler leave in February of that year after a 28-year run at the company. MTV reality head Lauren Dolgen also left just four months ago, after a 19-year run at the network.

Nielsen Launches National TV Out-of-Home Measurement

Today, Nielsen announced that it plans to leverage its Portable People Meter (PPM) technology and panelists to measure out-of-home viewing for national television clients. Clients that subscribe to this service will receive audience estimates that combine in-home television viewing, based on Nielsen’s National TV ratings panel, with out-of-home viewing based on its PPM panels.

Artie Bulgrin
“ESPN worked with Nielsen 20 years ago to pioneer the first iteration of out-of-home TV measurement. This new advancement using passive, real-time technology represents a significant leap forward. We know that ESPN is viewed virtually anywhere there is a screen – from sports bars to gyms, hotels and the workplace. While C3, C7 and beyond are useful to measuring catch-up viewing in the home, this new service gives us the ability to capture out-of-home viewing precisely as it happens, and helps us double down on the power and delivery of live sports, while transacting on new, valuable audience segments for advertisers.,” said Artie Bulgrin, Senior Vice President, Global Research & Analytics, ESPN.

Howard Shimmel
The service will provide both program and commercial ratings (C3/C7) for live through live + 7 days of time-shifted viewing. Nielsen expects to launch this new service is expected to launch in April 2017 with data effective January 2017. Data back to September 2016 will be added shortly after launch. Nielsen’s National TV Out-of-Home Measurement Service is another example of the company’s commitment to measuring the total audience everywhere and on every platform consumers watch content.

“As a leading media company with a diverse portfolio of brands, Turner recognizes that today’s audience measurement requires constant innovation to capture the full scope of audience behavior. For brands like CNN and Turner Sports, with huge and valuable out-of-home audiences, we need to be able to measure consumption regardless of the platform, screen or location,” said Howard Shimmel, Chief Research Officer, Turner. “In collaboration with Nielsen, we were first-to-market using PPM technology for custom out-of-home solutions for CNN. Nielsen’s new National TV Out-of-Home Measurement Service will help us drive these capabilities forward.”

Sara Erichson
Nielsen plans to provide subscribing clients with individual day data for program and commercial audience estimates on a weekly basis. While this new offering will launch as a stand-alone service, Nielsen plans to incorporate out-of-home viewing directly into its currency national television ratings at a later stage.

“Measuring where consumers watch content, regardless of platform and location, is at the core of Nielsen Total Audience, and this includes out-of-home viewing,” said Sara Erichson, Executive Vice President, Nielsen Client Solutions and Audience Insights. “While consumers have always watched TV outside the home, that viewing has not been measured. This new measurement enables both buyers and sellers to understand the incremental reach of advertising messages.”

R.I.P.: '60s Pop Singer Bobby Vee Dead At 73

Pop music legend Bobby Vee — an icon for music fans around the world, and a champion for charitable causes around Central Minnesota — died early Monday morning of complications of Alzheimer's disease.

He was 73, according to The St. Cloud Times.

Vee had been in hospice care at a memory care facility where the Avon resident lived for the final 13 months of his life.

"It's kind of a blessing," said Dr. Rick Rysavy, Vee's primary care physician and close friend. "There was no reason for him to suffer any longer."

Born Robert Thomas Velline April 30, 1943, in Fargo, Vee burst onto national musical prominence at age 15 after the plane crash that claimed the lives of rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. Vee and his band The Shadows filled in at the Winter Dance Party stop in Moorhead, launching his career.

That career subsequently included 38 singles that reached the Billboard Hot 100 between 1959-1970, including "Suzie Baby," "Devil Or Angel," "Rubber Ball," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "Run To Him" and "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes."

Vee was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease on Jan. 7, 2011, at age 67.

For a few days in 1959, Vee employed a young Robert Zimmerman as the piano player in the Shadows, even though the future Bob Dylan didn’t really know how to play piano at that point.

The Star-Tribune reports Dylan never forgot Vee’s kindness and influence. In 2013, he paid tribute to Vee during a 2013 concert at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, where he performed “Suzie Baby” and reconnected with Vee backstage.

“I lived here a while back, and since that time I’ve played all over the world, with all kinds of people. Everybody from Mick Jagger to Madonna and everybody in between,” said Dylan, usually a man of few words in concert.

“But the most beautiful person I’ve ever been on the stage with was a man who’s here tonight, who used to sing a song called ‘Suzie Baby.’ I’m gonna say that Bobby Vee is actually here tonight. Maybe you could show your appreciation with just a round of applause. So we’ve been trying to do this song, like I’ve done it with him before once or twice — ‘Suzie Baby.’ ”

CBS Radio Names Brian McHale SVP/Info Technology

Brian McHale
CBS RADIO has named Brian McHale as Senior Vice President, Information Technology, effective today.  In this newly created role, McHale will be responsible for building and overseeing CBS RADIO’s first dedicated information technology team, along with effective technological strategies and infrastructure to support the Company’s 117 radio stations across 26 markets, and digital assets.

He will be based at the Company’s New York City headquarters, and report to Andre Fernandez, CBS RADIO’s President.

McHale will also develop security solutions to protect CBS RADIO’s multi-platform products, and build a structure to support the IT needs of the Company’s employees at both the enterprise and local market levels.

“In today’s hyper digital world, the flow, security and enhancement of information technology is the backbone of any company,” said Fernandez. “Brian has vast experience with developing and implementing world-class IT infrastructures and will lead CBS RADIO to create a superior system that supports every function of our business.”

McHale added, “It’s an exciting time to join CBS RADIO as the Company forges a path for future innovation and growth. Information Technology is a business enabler, a support structure that partners with every division to drive optimum performance across all platforms. I’m honored to develop and lead this important function for CBS RADIO. ”

Most recently, McHale served as the SVP and Chief Information Officer of American Apparel Inc., where he rebuilt the entire IT organization from the ground up. Prior to that, he was the Chief Technology Officer of Journal Broadcast Group where he was responsible for broadcast engineering for the Company’s radio and television stations, and developed a multi-platform technology plan that also incorporated web, mobile and OTT properties. Before Journal Broadcast Group, McHale served as the VP of Technology for Fisher Communications where he introduced news automation, cloud-based sharing and a media asset management system to improve collaboration amongst the Company’s radio and television stations.

Earlier in his career, McHale held various senior level IT positions with Mobile500 Alliance, DIRECTV Sports Networks, Starz Entertainment, Discovery Communications, and Verizon Communications.