Wednesday, March 4, 2015

L-A Radio: Judge Lifts Big Boy Injunction, Lawsuit Remains

Kurt 'Big Boy' Alexander
Emmis Radio has lost a bid to keep morning radio personality Kurt 'Big Boy' Alexander from jumping to another station.

A Los Angeles County Superior Court Tuesday denied the Emmis request to make an injunction permement that would have kept Big Boy from moving to crosstown rival iHeartMedia's WRRL 92.3 FM RealFM from its Urban KPWR 106.7 FM Power 106.

The ruling comes after  a breach of contract suit filed by Emmis Radio on February 3, that sought no less than $5 million in damages, as well as preliminary and permanent injunctions. The court issued the temporary restraining order barring the move on February 10.

Following the ruling, Emmis said in a statement, "While Emmis is disappointed with the Court's ruling and will evaluate our legal options, we are pleased with the Court's indication that damages are an available remedy at trial. Emmis remains resolute in continuing to protect our legal rights and committed to the continued success of Power 106."

In its suite Emmis contends it first discovered Bog Boy, 45, working as a bodyguard more than 20 years ago, and "has invested substantially over the years in helping him develop into the star that he is today."

According to the complaint, Bog Boy's agreement provided him a 60-day window at the end of its term to entertain offers from other broadcasters, on the condition that he provide Emmis with a copy of any offer received and a right to match the offer. On January 16, 2015, Alexander provided Emmis with a copy of an offer from iHeartMedia to anchor a direct competitor in Los Angeles for an annual salary of $3.5 million, along with other benefits. Despite Emmis' match of the iHeartMedia offer, Alexander informed Emmis that he intended to take the iHeartMedia offer and would move to the Emmis competitor.

Louisville Radio: George Lindsey Leaving WXMA For Houston

George Lindsey
Radio personality George Lindsey of WXMA 102.3 FM The Max, announced Tuesday during the station's "Lambert & Lindsey Morning Show" that he is moving to Houston to host a radio show on CBS Country KILT 100.3 FM The Bull in Houston.

Lindsey's last day on air is Friday. He has co-hosted the morning show with Linda Lambert for more than 15 years.

Lindsey, a Grayson County native who claims Louisville as his home, said he'll miss Louisville, its restaurants and the people. Most of all, he said, "I'm going to miss my partners in the morning."

But according to the Louisville Business Journal,  he couldn't pass on the opportunity to work in a top-10 market. It gives him the chance to "reinvent myself and to take on a new challenge," he said. Also, the move will be a bit easier because his brother, Jordan, lives in Houston.

Lindsey is also the station's program director and Louisville operations manager for Alpha Media, a media company based in Portland, Ore., that owns five Louisville radio stations. Besides WXMA, those station are WDJX-FM (99.7 DJX), WGZB-FM (96.5 Blazin), WGHL-FM (105.1 GHL) and WMJM-FM (101.3 Magic).

In his absence, mid-day host Sarah Jordan will serve as the interim program director, and radio personalities Linda Lambert and Jesse Rasmussen will continue co-hosting the morning show.

At KILT-FM, Lindsey will take the slot most recently held by Greg Thunder, who departed in November after four years with the station.

Sun Broadcast Launches Retooled Countdown Show

Sun Broadcast Group has announced that the revamped Country countdown program hosted by morning personality Fitz is set to launch this weekend.

Formally called "Powered by Country," the new "Hit List with Fitz" will debut its first show under the new name on Saturday, March 7. SBG says the new "Hit List" will have "a fresh modern sound," new interactive features, more artist experiences, while spotlighting the top 25 songs in Country music.

"The conventional countdown has always been very heavily scripted and predictable," said SBG Seniot VP/Programming Ron Rivlin. "The Hit List brings personality, entertainment and fun back to the format. Plus, he's the only countdown host that's in your station's target demo."

"The Hit List with Fitz will change the landscape & sound of countdown shows in all formats," added Fitz. "My goal is to give you a morning show on the weekend plus play the formats biggest songs. We will take audience interaction to a new level & provide you with focused and entertaining content that brings the 'real' & 'the funny.' I have the greatest team surrounding me and when you have such strong support the world better watch out. Prepare for the Hitz."

The Hit List with Fitz debuts on more than 75 stations including KKWF-FM/Seattle, KYGO-FM/Denver, WWKA-FM/Orlando, KWJJ-FM/Portland and KSON–FM/San Diego. Fitz also announces the launch of his new web and social media sites that incorporate all his syndicated products at

TV News Ratings: NBC Back On Top 25-54

Lester Holt
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt was America’s most-watched evening newscast for the week of February 23-27, 2015, according to Nielsen Media Research data. The NBC broadcast was #1 in total viewers and the A25-54 and A18-49 demos.

According to TVByTheNumbers, Season-to-date, Nightly is the #1 evening news program in total viewers and all key demographics. Nightly is averaging 9.400 million total viewers this season, leading ABC by +6% (+559,000) and CBS by +27% (+1.972 million). Nightly’s 1.625 million A18-49 viewers leads ABC by +10% (+143,000) and CBS by +35% (+424,000) this season. Nightly is averaging 2.246 million A25-54 viewers season-to-date, topping ABC by +2% (+38,000) and CBS by +26% (+457,000).

Weekly Highlights:
  • Nightly averaged 9.671 million total viewers, leading ABC World News Tonight by +198,000 and CBS Evening News by +1.644 million.
  • On Monday, Nightly posted the biggest audience of the week with 10.399 million viewers.
  • Nightly averaged 2.463 million A25-54 viewers, topping ABC by +90,000 and CBS by +507,000.
  • Nightly delivered a 2.1 A25-54 rating, +1 tenth more than ABC and +5 tenths more than CBS.
  • On Thursday, Nightly posted its second biggest demo win of the season, beating ABC by +471,000 A25-54 viewers (best since 1/5/2015).

Report: Andrew Lack Could Be Returning To Head NBC News

Andrew Lack
Andrew Lack, the former CBS News and Bloomberg News executive, is in preliminary talks for a senior role at NBC Universal's news division.

According to The Hollywood Reporter,  Lack — who ran NBC News in the 1990s before being promoted to the top job at NBC — would replace Pat Fili-Krushel as the top executive in charge of NBC's news assets, including NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and their digital assets. Fili-Krushel, a loyal lieutenant of NBCUni CEO Steve Burke, is expected to move to a different role in the company.

Deborah Turness, the current president of NBC News, would stay in her post. But there also is rampant speculation that she could return to London-based ITV, where she previously worked. The search for a seasoned news veteran is being led by Burke with Fili-Krushel. And sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Lack met last week in Manhattan with Burke and Fili-Krushel.

Lack would bring deep knowledge of the news business (and NBC News culture) to the job, something that Fili-Krushel has lacked. He began his career at CBS News in the 1970s. He was a producer at 60 Minutes, the well-regarded CBS Reports and the newsmagazine West 57th. He was president of NBC News from 1993 to 2001, a tenure during which all three of the news division's broadcasts achieved top-rated status.

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Boston Radio: Curt Schilling Outs Offensive Tweets

Curt Schilling
Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined Dennis & Callahan on WEEI 93.7 FM Tuesday morning to talk about the vulgar tweets he received after tweeting his daughter will be playing college softball at Salve Regina University next year, and the course of action he’s taken. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Schilling wrote a lengthy blog post Sunday night addressing, and even publishing some of the tweets he received. The former big league pitcher reached out to some of the schools some of the Tweeters attended, including coaches of teams the men played college sports for. He said some hockey, lacrosse and soccer players have been kicked off teams for good, or suspended for the year.

Additionally, Brookdale Community College suspended one of its students for his comments, and the Yankees have reportedly fired a part-time employee for his comments.

“It’s not a mistake,” Schilling said. “People talk about making mistakes as a kid — listen, I’ve made a million mistakes — these are conscious decisions because a mistake is saying you know what, ‘You’re a tool,’ and going on and saying, ‘Oh gosh, I shouldn’t of said that’ and going back and deleting it. This was over and over and over. You could see at some point they all thought what the hell is he going to do to me and they got worse and eventually it got to the point where I said OK, I need to fix this.”

“A couple of these guys, this stuff will follow them around for the rest of their lives because I am going to make sure it does,” he added.

The current ESPN analyst said at the time of the original tweet he expected a few tweets from trolls, but nothing to the point it has reached. It was then Schilling decided something needed to be done.

Schilling talked about the vulgar Tweets Tuesday on Sport WEEI 93.7 FM Boston:

NYC Radio: MLB Mets Shun WFAN

As the Mets begin their second season on WOR 710-AM, their former radio home at WFAN 660 AM / 101.9 FM remains no-man's land for the team's executives, manager and players, according to Newsday.

Why the ban on Mets personnel on the area's leading sports talk station?  A team spokesman declined to say anything beyond this:
"We have an outstanding relationship, a terrific broadcast rights and promotion agreement, with WOR and iHeartMedia."
Translation: After leaving WFAN following a 27-year run, the Mets' loyalty is to their new partners at iHeart (formerly Clear Channel), which owns not only WOR but an eclectic assortment of music stations in New York.

Players who in the past might have appeared on WFAN instead turn up on some of those stations, in theory casting a wider marketing and promotional net. Naturally, though, that means losing out on the vast sports-oriented audience drawn to WFAN.

Manager Terry Collins no longer does a weekly radio appearance on any channel, but he does appear on WOR's pregame show.

When not carrying Mets games, WOR has a nightly sports talk show called "The WOR Sports Zone with Pete McCarthy" on which Mets personnel can be heard.

Mets personnel also appear on the station's general interest morning talk show featuring Len Berman and Todd Schnitt.

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FCC's Wheeler Defends Net Neutrality

Tom Wheeler
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler Tuesday defended the FCC's new rules for Internet service providers, saying they are "about as far from the old-style monopoly regulation as you can getm" according to

While cable companies and telecommunications providers have threatened lawsuits, claiming the "utility" rules will hurt consumers and impede investment, Wheeler talked about how lenient the regulations are in a public Q&A session at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Led by Wheeler, the FCC last week reclassified fixed and mobile broadband providers in the US as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act, allowing the commission to enforce network neutrality rules and other standards.

This is the same statute that applies to the old telephone monopolies, but not all of the same rules will apply.

"Those who were opposed to the Open Internet rules always liked to say, 'this is terrible, depression-era monopoly regulation,' but the fact of the matter is we took the Title II concept and we modernized it," Wheeler said. "We built our model for net neutrality on the regulatory model that has been wildly successful in the United States for mobile."

Wheeler said the new system includes "only four" hard and fast rules: bans on Internet service providers blocking traffic, throttling traffic, and prioritizing traffic in exchange for payment, and a requirement to be transparent about network practices.

Any other actions by Internet providers will be judged on a case-by-case basis to determine whether it is "just and reasonable," he said.

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NAB Show To Feature All FCC Commissioners

Michael O'Reilly
Federal Communications Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Michael O'Rielly, Ajit Pai and Jessica Rosenworcel will headline four separate sessions within the Broadcast Management Conference, April 12 – 15 during the 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

Commissioner O’Rielly will provide opening remarks for the session “The FCC’s Incentive Auction: Makes Solving a Rubik’s Cube Seem Easy,” Monday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m.

The session will cover potential opportunities and challenges for broadcasters over the course of the next three to five years as the FCC implements the spectrum incentive auction, followed by repacking of the television band in every market.

Ajit Pai
Commissioner Pai will provideYou Down With OTT? FCC’s Wheeler: Yeah, You Know Me opening remarks and moderate a session titled “You Down With OTT? FCC’s Wheeler: Yeah, You Know Me,” Monday, April 13 at 3:30 p.m.

The session will address the FCC’s examination of over-the-top television services, potential regulatory approaches and how these developments could affect local television stations in the near future.

Jessica Rosenworcel
Commissioner Rosenworcel will headline the session “Emergency Journalism Today: Broadcasters Using New Technology to Cover Boston Blizzards, California Quakes, and Everything in Between,” Tuesday, April 14 at 2:30 p.m.

This session will showcase how local radio and television broadcasters are leveraging new technologies and expanding their presence online to provide the most reliable and timely coverage of important news events, particularly during times of emergency.

Mignon Clyburn
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn will provide opening remarks for the session “Untwisting Regulatory Pretzels With the FCC,” Tuesday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m.

Her remarks will be followed by a panel discussion among federal regulators and broadcast industry counsel who are at the forefront of shaping and interpreting laws and regulations surrounding media and technology.

As previously announced, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will address the NAB Show on Wednesday, April 15 at 9:00 a.m. and is expected to provide insight into the FCC’s policy and regulatory objectives related to broadcasting, technology and communications law.

ASCAP Pulled In $1B+ in 2014

ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Tuesday announced record-breaking revenues of more than $1 billion for calendar year 2014. ASCAP also delivered historic high royalty distributions of over $883 million to its songwriter, composer and music publisher members, up $32.3 million, a nearly 4% increase from 2013.

In addition to historical revenues and record breaking distributions to its members, the number of musical performances captured, identified, matched and processed for payment by ASCAP doubled from 250 billion in 2013 to 500 billion in 2014. Unlike its competitors, ASCAP is an unincorporated membership association and operates on a not-for-profit basis, distributing all revenues after deducting its operating expenses, currently at one of the lowest overhead rates in the world at 12.6%.

Paul Williams
ASCAP President Paul Williams commented: “Our songwriter and composer members depend on ASCAP to earn a living and it is our job to advocate and protect their rights across all media. We maintain a strong presence in Washington, D.C. to ensure they are fairly compensated for their creative work, which is the engine driving the entire industry. I am very gratified that we were able to deliver such strong financial results for the talented women and men who call ASCAP home. From our point of view, if we can ensure fair market rates for our members by working with the Department of Justice to modernize our outdated Consent Decree, then everyone wins – music creators, licensees and fans -- because the value of collective licensing is that strong.”

Cincy Radio: Seylkouwer Released On Bond

Blake Seylhouwer
Nearly four days after a jury found him guilty on two negligent assault charges, a former radio host accused of shooting at his wife is out of jail, according to WCPO-TV9.

Originally charged with felonious assault, Blake Seylhouwer was found guilty Friday on two lesser counts of negligent assault. He also faced a charge of domestic violence for the shooting, but that count was declared a mistrial after the jury of nine women and three men couldn't make a unanimous decision.

The prosecution can decide to retry the case, Judge Robert Winkler said.

Seylhouwer remained in the Hamilton County jail over the weekend as he waited to secure money to post a $50,000 bond for his release, his attorney said.

On Monday, that bond was reduced to $500 cash, but paperwork delayed the man's release to his home where he has been ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device.

The maximum sentence for Seylhouwer’s conviction is less than what he's already served.

Aussie Radio: Top Court Rules Prank Call Was Unlawful

Australia's high court has ruled that Sydney radio station 2Day FM was not allowed to broadcast a prank call targeting the British royal family. A nurse at the receiving end of the call killed herself three days later.

The court upheld a ruling by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) that the station had breached surveillance laws by broadcasting the call without the consent of the other party.
The ruling also overturned a previous ruling by the Federal Court which argued that the ACMA did not have the authority to decide whether a crime had been committed. The station now faces a fine or will see its license revoked or suspended.

In December 2012, two DJs working for the Sydney radio station, Mel Greig and co-host Michael Christian had posed as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on the phone to King Edward VII's Hospital in London, where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for severe morning sickness during her first pregnancy. They were able to obtain details of her condition, which were broadcast on the radio.

Nurse Jacintha Saldanha was one of those caring for the Duchess of Cambridge at the time and had taken and transferred the prank call. She was #link:16437054:found hanged three days later. She left a note blaming the two DJs for her death.

Both DJs apologized, and the station's owner, Southern Cross Austereo, later donated Australian $500,000 to the nurse's family.

March 4 In Radio History

In 1910...DeForest conducted an experimental Radio broadcast from New York City.

Lee de Forest
Lee de Forest (August 26, 1873 – June 30, 1961) was an American inventor with over 180 patents to his credit. He named himself the "Father of Radio," with this famous quote, "I discovered an Invisible Empire of the Air, intangible, yet solid as granite,".

In 1906 De Forest invented the Audion, the first triode vacuum tube and the first electrical device which could amplify a weak electrical signal and make it stronger. The Audion, and vacuum tubes developed from it, founded the field of electronics and dominated it for 40 years, making radio broadcasting, television, and long-distance telephone service possible, among many other applications. For this reason De Forest has been called one of the fathers of the "electronic age". He is also credited with one of the principal inventions that brought sound to motion pictures.

He was involved in several patent lawsuits, and spent a substantial part of his income from his inventions on legal bills. He had four marriages and 25 companies. He was indicted for mail fraud, but later was acquitted.

In 1925...President Calvin Coolidge was adminstered the oath of office in Washington, DC. as it was was broadcast over the Radio for the first time.

In 1935..WOR-AM went to 50 Kw power.

1934 WOR Ad courtesy of Faded Signals

In 1942..."Junior Miss" starring Shirley Temple was broadcast on the CBS Radio Network for the first time.

In 1952...the first seagoing Radio broadcasting station, "Courier", was dedicated by President Harry Truman.

In 1955...the first radio facsimile was transmitted across the continent.

In 1966…In London, the Evening Standard newspaper published an article titled "How Does a Beatle Live? John Lennon Lives Like This." In one small part of the story, Lennon was quoted as saying, "Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue that. I'm right and will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus right now. I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary."

The English public didn't raise an eyebrow over his remarks, but they caused controversy and protest in America when they were reprinted later in the U.S. teen magazine DATEbook. Thousands of Beatles records were smashed at mass rallies and some radio stations quit playing their songs altogether in protest. Lennon later apologized, explaining that what he meant was "the way some people carry on, (screaming at their concerts) you'd think we were more popular than Jesus Christ."

In 1982...FCC allows industry to select AM stereo standard

In 2001…Singer (In The Navy, YMCA, Macho Man) Glenn Hughes of the Village People died of lung cancer at the age of 50. He was buried in his leather biker outfit.

In 2004...Clear Channel Communications paid a record $755,000 fine for indecent material aired during broadcasts of the "Bubba The Love Sponge" program. Today, Todd Alan Clem is the host of The Bubba the Love Sponge Show on WBRN 98.7 FM in Tampa as well as online via RadioIO.

In 2008...Radio program director Fred Horton died at age 56. He was born in Syracuse. In the 80s he hosted the Saturday Night Oldies Party on WYYY Y94 FM. He also worked at WBEE Rochester, NY, Country WGNA Album , WYNY NYC, WRUN 1150 Utica NY.

In 2009…Peter Tork of the Monkees underwent extensive surgery after being diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma, a rare, slow-growing form of head and neck cancer. A preliminary biopsy discovered that the cancer had not spread beyond the initial site.

In 2011…Radio and TV host (WPTR, KILT, WPRO-AM/TV, WJAR, KLAC, WCAU-AM/TV, WWDB, KNBR, WRC/WWRC) Joel A. Spivak, one of the pioneers of talk radio, died of cancer at the age of 75.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cumulus Makes Programming Changes In L-A, Twin Cities

  • Keith Cunningham Named Program Director for KLOS
  • Derek Madden Takes Programming Reins at KXXR in Minneapolis
  • John Lassman Joins the Tom Barnard Morning Show on KQRS in Minneapolis
Keith Cunningham
Cumulus announces that Keith Cunningham has been named Program Director for KLOS-FM in Los Angeles. Cunningham will also have corporate responsibility as a Format Captain for Cumulus.

Former KLOS Program Director Derek Madden moves to Cumulus Minneapolis, where he has been named Program Director of KXXR-FM, replacing KXXR Program Director John Lassman, who moves to an on-air post at The Tom Barnard Morning Show on Cumulus’ KQRS in Minneapolis. Madden will also continue in his role as Corporate Programmer, Rock & Alternative for Cumulus.

Cunningham joins Cumulus from iHeart Media, where he was Vice President of Programming for iHeart’s seven-station cluster in Seattle. Prior to that, he was a Broadcast Media Consultant for Jacobs Media, where he supported and consulted with more than 20 radio stations from across the country including: KNRK/Portland, OR; XTRA (91X)/San Diego; KNDD (The End 107.7)/Seattle; and KXRX/Salt Lake City. Cunningham also has extensive experience as an on-air talent coach, working with talent across all formats. In addition, Cunningham previously held posts for iHeart Media in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and Denver.

Derek Madden
Mike McVay, Senior Vice President, Programming for Cumulus said: “Keith is the latest great programming mind to join Cumulus. We’re excited at the opportunities created by Derek’s promotion and Keith’s arrival.”

Cunningham said: "When my parents told me I could do anything I wanted in life; I thought that was just parental B.S. I guess I was wrong. Cranking classic rock all day at the legendary KLOS and helping other great Cumulus brands IS my dream job. Thanks to John Dickey, Mike McVay, Troy Hanson, Val Garris and Paul Anderson for clearing the path."

Madden said: “I’m really proud of the work our team has done at KLOS, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to program another of America’s greatest and most influential rock stations. Thanks to Mike McVay, Troy Hanson, Scott Jameson, Shelly Wilkes, and John Dickey for helping to create path forward that worked for both stations. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to buy a very warm coat.”

Scott Jameson, Operations Manager for Cumulus Minneapolis said: "John Lassman has a rich Minneapolis heritage and understanding of KQRS going back to the early 90's. His tremendous work ethic and deep local connections will only help the legacy of the KQ Morning Show grow further."

Cumulus Disses EVP Idea For Radio

Cumulus Media has decided it doesn't need an Executive Vice President after all.  On Monday's earning callm CEO Lew Dicket reported that after a five month search for an EVP for radio, Cumuls has determined that with our newly fortified regional oversight structure which we will finalize later this month, it will not need in EVP of radio.  Dickey re-iterated he will continue managing the day-to-day operations of the company.

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Dickey also said Cumulus be announcing a couple of key hires in research, marketing and brand sponsorship in the next 30 days and expect to have our executive leadership team largely in place by the beginning of 2Q. "I'm pleased with the tremendous progress we've made in the last five months and can confidently say that with the totality of these changes we will be competing with the strongest and most talented team in our country's history."

Lew Dickey
He reminded analysts that Ratings successes are a unique combination of art and science and the team to lead this effort is now largely in place.  "We're encouraged today by positive ratings momentum in key revenue markets for us including Chicago with WLS and WKQX, San Francisco, NASH 92.3, KSFO and KSAN, Washington DC with WMAL which is now closing in and nearing, all closing the gap dramatically between it and WTOP which is the country's number one billing radio station.

Dickey lauded the recent ratings success The Beat 93.9 in Indianapolis. "We're proud to say is the only station to produce a number one showing and a full book on PPM after a format change (to ClassicHipHop)".

"So we've launched that station, it went 15th to number one in Indianapolis. And then in Nashville, both NASH FM 103.3 and our second NASH format which is NASH Icon are now the top country brands in Nashville. So 103.3 and NASH Icon 95.5 are the two top country brands in Nashville now."

He also told analysts that "WRRM, WGRR and WOFX in Cincinnati are all performing very strongly and in the top five. Providence, WWLI and WPRO-FM, performing extremely well. And then in Albuquerque, NASH-FM 92.3, also performing very well. So we're starting to develop some good solid ratings momentum in key revenue markets across the country for us."

Moving on to WestwoodOne, Dickey said Cumulus "now turning the page on our first year of ownership and moving into the second year of our two-year integration plan. We're ahead of schedule on merger synergies and are very bullish on the long-term strategic opportunities of this content platform. "

His update on the NASH Brand: "We now have 83 country stations with NASH or NASH Icon branding. I flashed some of the ratings successes within our own platform earlier. Ratings successes are building across the country and platform sales opportunity will drive revenue growth for this package of assets in 2015 and accelerate into next year."

Report: Connected Car Prices Expected To Drop

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The connected car is already on the market and generating significant revenue for car makers and tech companies.

By 2020, BI Intelligence estimates that 75% of cars shipped globally will be built with the necessary hardware to allow people to stream music, look up movie times, be alerted of traffic and weather conditions, and even power driving-assistance services such as self-parking.

In a new report, BI Intelligence takes a deep dive into the connected-car market. The report sizes the market for connected cars, determines the average selling price and how it will decline over time, and assess different manufacturers' approaches.

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Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:
  • The connected-car market is growing at a five-year compound annual growth rate of 45% — 10 times as fast as the overall car market. BI expects that 75% of the estimated 92 million cars shipped globally in 2020 will be built with internet-connection hardware. 
  • But of the 220 million total connected cars on the road globally in 2020, BI estimates consumers will activate connected services in only 88 million of these vehicles.
  • Connected-car vehicle prices are out of reach for most car buyers, but they will drop significantly in the next few years. The high average selling price of $55,000 is driven by the fact that connected-car shipments tilt toward the luxury category. 
  • Connected-car technology is now split between approaches that put the internet connection in the car and those relying on a secondary device. Embedded connections don't require a phone's data plan to operate, and consumers and carmakers gain access to a wider variety of features and data.
  • Embedded connections will win, in part because they offer two clear advantages to carmakers. They allow auto companies to collect data on cars' performance and send updates and patches to cars remotely, avoiding recalls related to the car's software.

Atlanta Radio: Jeff Foxworthy Guests On WYAY

Steve McCoy shook off the rust Monday and returned to Atlanta FM radio for the first time in five years, courtesy of News Radio WYAY 106.7 FM.

According to Rodney Ho at The Atlanta Constituion, he was joined by Cheryl White on the new morning show. They shared their mutual love for “Star Trek” and White admitted she loves video games.

Stand-up legend Jeff Foxworthy, a neighbor and friend of McCoy’s for more than two decades, joined the show for a bit, talking about the durability of “You Might Be a Redneck” jokes and his doubts about technology.

Foxworthy’s kids had told him they can “Google” anything. But he said there are plenty of life lessons you can’t Google. So he has come up with the Facts of Life,” a new line of jokes/observations. For instance, “you can have a wife with long, beautiful hair or you can be on time. You can’t have both.”

Not surprisingly, McCoy’s day one on 106.7 had a few glitches, especially the first hour, with wrong clips coming on and clumsy hand offs.

He played clips from friends such as former Braves pitchers Phil Niekro and  Tom Glavine and his Star 94 buddies Locke and Tom Sullivan. “Just wanted to say congratulations and I will be listening when I get up after 8 o’clock,” said Locke, who voluntarily left radio in 2013.

Governor Nathan Deal called in at 8:30 a.m. to welcome McCoy back as well.

D-C Radio: WNEW 99.1 FM Quickly Drops Overnight Talk show

CBS Radio's News WNEW 99.1 FM has already cancelled at least of its talk shows added just last week.  The station has dropped the syndicated 'Overnight America' show.

According to program director Robert Sanchez, "We heard from many early risers who listen to WNEW in the 3 and 4 AM hours who preferred our traditional format. We were doing live and local news, traffic, and weather updates every 15 minutes inside 'Overnight America,' but our listeners wanted more. So we listened and were are back."

DCRTV says it's  hearing rumblings that WNEW is considering running some locally-produced talk shows in the midnight to 2 AM slot. However, the station is sticking with syndicated financial talker Dave Ramsey in the post-8 PM evening slot. "The response has been overwhelmingly positive," according to Sanchez adds.

L-A Radio: ESPN 710 New Early Morning Show Live&Local

  • Hosted by Kelvin Washington & Travis Rodgers
  • Final Two Hours Each Day Only Available Across Digital Platforms
Kelvin Washington
Monday morning, KSPN 710 AM debuted ESPNLA Morning Show, a new local morning drive program. Sports fans can now start their weekday mornings listening to LA’s earliest morning show, hosted by Kelvin Washington and Travis Rodgers from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. PT. The station’s powerful digital presence has been strengthened with the last two hours (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.) heard exclusively on digital platforms – and the ESPN Radio app, a first for the station.

Kelvin “K Dubb” Washington joined ESPNLA 710 in October 2014. Rodgers, a native of Arcadia, Calif., hosted The Travis Rodgers Morning Show on KLAA 830 and will continue to host Travis Rodgers Now on Yahoo! Sports Radio.

Scott McCarthy, Vice President and General Manager, ESPNLA said, “ESPN’s mission is to serve sports fans, anytime and anywhere, and we at ESPNLA are thrilled to continue advancing that mission in Southern California.  With the new morning show, we will bring even more great local sports audio content to the radios, computers, and mobile devices of LA-area sports fans."

Travis Rodgers
Starting March 2, ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike (Greenberg & Golic) will be heard in the Los Angeles market on KLAA 830 AM weekdays from 5 a.m. – 9 a.m.

ESPNLA 710 will also introduce an evening recap show ESPNLA Rewind, where fans will hear the latest breaking news, interviews and segments from that day’s shows.

Fans of ESPN’s popular national show The Herd with Colin Cowherd will still hear Cowherd in Los Angeles from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. ESPNLA’s most popular shows; Mason and Ireland and Max and Marcellus will continue in their current time slots.

Seattle Radio: KIRO 710 ESPN Revamps Line-Up

Middays on KIRO 710 AM ESPN Seattle and the Seattle Sports Radio Network will have a revamped look starting next week.

A new show, "Justin and Gee," will air from 10 a.m. to noon and premier Thursday, with Justin Myers and Gee Scott serving as hosts. Myers has co-hosted "The Nightwatch" and produced "Bob and Groz" on the station since last July, while Scott comes from the popular "The Barbershop" show.

On Monday, Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby will be joined by Tom Wassell from noon to 3 p.m. for "Bob, Groz and Tom." Wassell has co-hosted "The Nightwatch" and produced several 710 ESPN Seattle shows since joining the station three years ago.

"I'm thrilled to add Justin, Gee and Tom to our midday lineup," said Mike Salk, 710 ESPN Seattle program director and host. "These changes only strengthen 710 ESPN Seattle as the destination for Seattle sports radio."

Nights on 710 will also sound different, with "The Barbershop," featuring co-hosts Scott, former Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant and ex-Husky running back Terry "T-Holla" Hollimon, moving up to a 7-9 p.m. timeslot. "The Barbershop" was voted 'Best Podcast' for Evening Magazine's 2014 'Best of Western Washington' list.

Orlando Radio: ESPN's Mike&Mike Celebrate At DisneyWorld

Mike & Mike
ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike will celebrate its 15th anniversary from the Downtown Disney stage at Walt Disney World in Orlando on Friday, March 6, from 6 – 10 a.m. ET.

Hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg will reminisce about some of their favorite moments alongside friends and family.

The landmark show will provide all the fanfare befitting 15 years on the air, including performances by Cirque de Soleil, on-site guests, video and audio messages from celebrities and some of the biggest names in sports. The Downtown Disney stage seating area will be open to the public, with the doors opening at 5 a.m.

“15 years of any show is an accomplishment,” said Amanda Gifford, senior director daytime programming. “The success of Mike & Mike is a testament to the hard-work Greeny and Golic put into the show on a daily basis. We’re planning a fun, creative broadcast that will hopefully tell the story of the show over the years. We have several surprises planned along the way – for Greeny and Golic and the fans.”

The anniversary episode will feature Greeny and Golic playing a special edition of “Next Question” with every question relating to the 15-year history of the show. Also, Schlereth will interview Chris Golic and Stacy Steponate Greenberg, the hosts’ wives, who have made frequent appearances on the show over the past years. Several on-site guests will offer their memories Mike & Mike memories including: comedian Frank Caliendo, ESPN NFL analysts Cris Carter and Mark Schlereth, First Take’s Stephen A. Smith and senior writer Jayson Stark.  Additional guests will be announced at a later date. To cap the day, a special member of the Disney family will present the hosts with a gift in the program’s final hour to commemorate the milestone.

Mike & Mike will also offer a 24-hour Twitter sweepstakes that will give fans the opportunity to win a Golic- or Greeny-selected trip. Beginning Thursday, March 5, fans must retweet a designated photo from the @MikeandMike twitter handle with the hashtag #MM15Contest for a chance to win.  The winner will be randomly selected and revealed the following week.

To show their appreciation to their fans, Greeny and Golic have been sending custom Mike & Mike 15th Anniversary gift baskets to 200 “superfans” who have been especially engaged with the show via Twitter.  Those selected have been asked to tweet a photo of themselves with their baskets using the hashtag #MM15.

Mike & Mike will also broadcast from Orlando on Wednesday, March 4, as part of ESPN Radio’s Baseball Tour, from the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the MLB Spring Training site of the Atlanta Braves.  The show will again air live from Orlando on Thursday, March 5, from The Grill at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The show debuted on ESPN Radio on January 2, 2000, as Mike & Mike in the Morning, with first guest Beano Cook.

NYC Radio: WABC To Launch New Doug McIntyre Show

Doug McIntyre
KABC 790 AM Morning Personality Doug McIntyre is taking over the 5 PM hour at sister-station WABC 770 AM in NYC.

He'll replece Rita Cosby, who reportedly gave-up her weekday show to concentrate on other committments.  Cosby will nost be hosting a weekend show on WABC.

"Right Now With Doug McIntyre" launches Wednesday, March 4 via his at-home studio.

Cumulus says the new, hour-long talk show will be “focused on the most important stories and personalities in New York.  As a native New Yorker, McIntyre brings with him a deep understanding of the Tri-State area's most pressing issues and how they relate to the national headlines of the day.”

McIntyre has appeared on WABC in the past.  He created the “Red Eye Radio” show in 2000, first as a one-time post-election recap and then as a local overnight show in Los Angeles, expanding to become a nationally syndicated program in early 2010 with WABC as one of its flagship stations.

He will continue as host of “McIntyre in the Morning” on KABC.  McIntyre says, “This is a real homecoming for me and I am genuinely thrilled to be returning to 77 WABC.  There is no more dynamic and insane city on the planet than New York.  The Tri-State area is like a nation unto itself, with its own politics, its own culture and its own sense of humor and I look forward to highlighting the city's unique stories again.”