Friday, April 28, 2017

Report: Fox Quietly Searching For New News Chief

The company has quietly put out feelers for a possible new head of Fox News with the preference, say sources, that it be a woman.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Murdochs may be preparing for a leadership change at Fox News. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Rupert Murdoch and his sons James and Lachlan, CEO and co-chairman of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox, have quietly put out feelers for a new head of Fox News. And the preference, according to two sources familiar with the Murdochs’ thinking, is that the new leader be female.

The move comes as pressure is building on Bill Shine, a 20-year Fox News veteran whom Rupert Murdoch elevated to co-president, with Jack Abernethy, of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network in the wake of the ouster of founding CEO Roger Ailes last summer.

Shine runs the programming arm of the media empire, while Abernethy, also a longtime Fox News executive, runs the business side of the company including ad sales, finance and distribution.

On April 24, a few days after the network dismissed Bill O'Reilly, Rupert Murdoch took Shine and Abernethy to lunch; the outing was interpreted as a public show of support and chronicled on multiple media sties.

In December, Shine and Abernethy announced a new head of human resources.

Sean Hannity Worried Over 'Total End Of FNC'

Sean Hannity
Sean Hannity took to Twitter Thursday to defend embattled Fox News co-president Bill Shine following a report that suggested Shine’s future with the network could be on unsteady ground, reports Variety.

“Gäbe i pray this is NOT true because if it is, that’s the total end of the FNC as we know it. Done. Best Sean,” Hannity tweeted, with a link to Gabe Sherman’s New York magazine story citing unnamed sources who claimed that Shine has become worried about what he perceives as lack of public support for him from 21st Century Fox leaders Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch. Hannity then apologized for inserting a diaeresis into Sherman’s name, writing, “Ha. Gabe sorry about the 2 dots. I couldn’t do that again if I tried. Best Sean.”

Hannity and Shine have a long history at the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet. Hannity recommended that Fox News hire Shine early in the network’s history, and Shine was an early producer on “Hannity & Colmes,” one of the first primetime programs on the network’s schedule.

Bill Shine
Meanwhile, The NYTimes is reporting it is unusual for a television anchor to weigh in publicly on sensitive internal matters at a network. But Shine’s job security has been a matter of intense speculation inside Fox News’s Manhattan newsroom, which is still reeling from the forced exit of Bill O’Reilly in the wake of revelations that Bill O’Reilly and Fox News had paid millions to settle accusations of harassment.

Shine was a loyal lieutenant to Ailes, and his continued role in newsroom leadership has been cited by women’s groups and some newsroom employees as a sign that Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, is not serious about reforming the workplace culture embodied by Mr. Ailes and Mr. O’Reilly.

He has been cited in at least four lawsuits against the network brought by current or former employees. Among the accusations are claims that Mr. Shine ignored or dismissed concerns about harassment, enabled or concealed Mr. Ailes’s harassment and, in one instance, made racially charged remarks.

Mr. Shine has denied all wrongdoing.  A spokesman for 21st Century Fox declined to comment on Thursday.

But Rupert Murdoch, its executive chairman, went to lunch this week with Mr. Shine and Fox News’s other co-president, Jack Abernethy, at a prominent restaurant on Central Park South, which was widely seen as a sign of support.

Americans Give Media Poor Marks

As political journalists prepare to gather at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday to celebrate their work, a new Morning Consult poll is likely to make many of them cringe.

In the new poll, roughly half (51 percent) of Americans said the national political media “is out of touch with everyday Americans,” compared with 28 percent who said it “understand the issues everyday Americans are facing.”

President Donald Trump, a frequent public antagonist of the press and the first president in 36 years to skip the confab, is also slightly more trusted than the national political media. Thirty-seven percent of Americans said they trusted Trump’s White House to tell the truth, while 29 percent opted for the media.

iHM Buys Time: Again Extends Debt Exchange Offer

San Antonio-based iHeartMedia Inc. on Thursday extended the deadline — for the third time — on a $14.6 billion distressed debt exchange offer after it attracted little interest from bondholders and lenders.

According to, the debt-strapped company is trying to refinance about $8.3 billion in bonds and about $6 billion in loans. Only $30.9 million, or less than 1 percent, of the bonds has been exchanged since the offer was made March 15, iHeart said in a news release. The company didn’t say whether any of the loans have been renegotiated.

The radio and billboard giant said it extended the April 21 deadline to May 12 so it could “continue discussions” with the lenders and bondholders.

FitchRatings said in an April 25 report that iHeart will probably have to file for bankruptcy.

IHeartMedia employs roughly 19,500 workers and owns more than 850 radio stations in 150 U.S. markets. It also owns 90 percent of billboard giant Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings Inc. in San Antonio.

Austin Radio: Alex Jones Loses Primary Custody Of Children

Kelly Jones
After nine hours of deliberation, a Travis County, TX jury in the Alex Jones-Kelly Jones child custody trial gave Kelly Jones a great victory, awarding her joint custody with the right to have their three children make their primary residence with her instead of her husband for the first time since their 2015 divorce.

Nationally syndicated radio talk host Alex Jones will share joint custody, which means that he will have visitation rights, but Kelly Jones and her lawyers want to begin the new arrangement with a period of time in which the children live exclusively with her while they adjust to the new situation, followed by increased visitation with their father.

The Austin-American reports she also wants the family involved in a program for undoing parental alienation, the phenomenon in which one parent turns the children against anothe parent, which she and her lawyers argued was what happened to her when the children began living with her husband. She said during the trial she is thinking of writing a book about.

“I am so grateful to God that he has kept me and my family strong through this,” Kelly Jones said after the verdict. “I just pray that from what’s happend with my family people can really understand what parental alienation syndrome is and get an awareness of it and we can stop this from happening in the future.”

As the last juror left, unlcocking his bicycle from a bike rack outside the courthouse for the ride home on the cooly comfortable night, he said the jurors thought both Joneses were good parents - “that’s why we deliberated so long.”

The juror, who did not identify himself, said that Infowars did not figure in the verdict.

What Others Are Saying..Friday

Mainstream Media Slams Trump's Tax Plan as 'Tax Cuts for the Rich'

ESPN Layoffs: A List of Which Employees Have Been Fired

ESPN Yanks Poem Honoring Cop-Killer Assata Shakur

Bias Alert: NYTimes Scraps 'female genital mutilation' For Being 'culturally loaded' Term

Jeff Bezos Is Just $5 Billion Away From Being the World's Richest Person

Trump Says He Thought Being President Would Be Easier Than His Old Life

SiriusXM Acquires Connected-Car Provider Automatic Labs

SiriusXM has announced the acquisition of Automatic Labs Inc., a San Francisco-based provider of connected vehicle services for consumers and enterprises.

Automatic’s data-driven platform enables vehicle owners to be safer and drive smarter. The company’s proprietary Automatic Pro and Automatic Lite connected car adapters (available at retailers and provide vehicle diagnostic alerts, emergency crash assistance, fuel monitoring, access to parking information, live vehicle location tracking and much more. Automatic also works with insurance carriers to enable usage-based savings and teen driver coaching, and works with automotive dealers to provide tools that help manage their vehicle inventory and customer service relationships.

SiriusXM holds a unique position in the connected vehicle ecosystem, offering unparalleled audio entertainment and data services in vehicles from every major carmaker. With the acquisition of Automatic, SiriusXM’s position is further strengthened with data collection and analytical tools that will enrich key elements of the connected vehicle experience.

“The acquisition of Automatic is a natural fit for SiriusXM as we continue to expand and improve our connected vehicle services,” said Jim Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, SiriusXM. “Automatic’s innovative products have brought safety and intelligence data and analytics to the forefront of vehicle connectivity. We are excited to welcome the talented employees at Automatic to SiriusXM as we expand the possibilities of connected vehicle offerings and services for manufacturers, drivers, and enterprises.”

"Automatic is thrilled to join forces with SiriusXM at such an exciting time for the connected car,” said Gary Clayton, Automatic’s CEO. “Automakers, enterprises, and consumers are looking for the best products with world-class capabilities, and our teams will continue to bring innovation to the connected vehicle landscape under SiriusXM."

Amazon Earnings Surge

By Jeffrey Dastin and Anya George Tharakan

(Reuters) -- Inc's retail and cloud-computing sales rose in the first quarter, inching above Wall Street's expectations and sending the company's shares to an all-time high in extended trading.

The world's largest online retailer said on Thursday net sales rose 23 percent to $35.7 billion, just beating analysts' average estimate of $35.3 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

More fees from Amazon's Prime shopping club and media streaming services, along with growing advertising revenue, also boosted results.

Profit, which has traditionally been fleeting at a company that focused on growth, was also ahead of expectations. Net income rose 41 percent to $724 million, or $1.48 per share, marking the eighth straight quarter that the company posted a net profit. Analysts on average were expecting $1.12 per share.

Amazon's revenue has soared in recent years as shopping has moved online and businesses have moved their computing operations to the cloud, where Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the biggest player. AWS accounts for a majority of Amazon's operating profit.

Some investors worried that mounting competition from rival cloud providers like Microsoft Corp and price cuts at AWS would slow the company's momentum. Many also expected Amazon's staggering array of investments - from new warehouses, TV and movie production to research on artificial intelligence - to weigh on profits.

But those fears proved unfounded for the first quarter.

"The core e-commerce segment remains very healthy," said Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Baird Equity Research. "Subscription services and advertising are growing much faster, and beginning to move the needle, which also helps increase profit margins."

Shares of the company rose 3.9 percent to $954 in after-hours trading, adding nearly $3 billion to the personal fortune of founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos.

Alphabet Reports Strong Ad Sales For Google, YouTube

(Reuters)  -- Google parent Alphabet Inc posted a surge in profit and revenue on Thursday as its core advertising business continued to grow at an extraordinary rate and problems such as an advertiser boycott of YouTube had little impact.

Alphabet's profit beat Wall Street estimates and rose 29 percent to $5.43 billion, a performance that analysts called exceptional for a company so large.

"For a company of Google’s size to post the growth that it has is just a testament to the quality and usefulness of the products they make," said Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Partners. “They are the dominant force in digital advertising."

Shares of the company rose 2.8 percent to $916.80 after the bell on Thursday.

Like its arch-rival Facebook Inc, Google has aggressively shifted the focus of its business to mobile advertising. The two companies accounted for 99 percent of the industry growth in digital advertising in 2016, Pivotal Research said in a report this week, demonstrating market power that some advertisers complain amounts to a duopoly.

"It underscores a macro theme we are seeing in the internet space, which is that the bigger players are getting bigger and the smaller players are treading water or shrinking," said analyst James Wang of ARK Investment Management.

Google is expected to command a 61.6 percent share of the search ad market worldwide in 2017, up from 60.6 percent in 2016, according to research firm eMarketer. Mobile ads command lower prices than desktop ads, but growing volume is more than making up the difference, Wang said.

"Our great properties -- like Search, Maps, YouTube and Google Play -- are the 'prime time' for the mobile world, where people are actively engaged and interested," Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai said during a call with analysts.

Google's revenue rose 22.2 percent to $24.75 billion from $20.26 billion in the quarter ended March 31.

Paid clicks, where an advertiser pays only if a user clicks on ads, rose 44 percent. Analysts on average had expected a rise of 29.7 percent, according to FactSet StreetAccount.

Net income rose to $5.43 billion, or $7.73 per share, from $4.21 billion, or $6.02 per share, a year earlier. Analysts on an average had expected a first-quarter profit of $7.34 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said during the earnings call that "YouTube revenues continue to grow at a significant rate," dispelling concerns about the possible impact of an advertiser boycott of the video service.

YouTube had come under fire for ads appearing alongside videos carrying homophobic or anti-Semitic messages, prompting a number of companies to suspend their digital ads on the video service.

“Advertisers can be fickle and certainly the approval of the advertiser is critical, but less so than the approval of the user," said Phil Bak, CEO of ACSI Funds, an asset manager.

Joe Breezy New Host For Celebrity Top Ten Countdown Show

Joe Breezy
United Stations Radio Networks (USRN) has  named Joe Breezy to take over the hosting duties of its weekly CHR and Hot AC program, the "Celebrity Top Ten Countdown."

He succeeds Jackson Blue beginning the weekend of May 6-7. With the addition of Breezy to the show, the radio station where he is based, Midwest Communications-owned WNFN 106.7.FM Nashville, becomes the new flagship affiliate of the program.

Blue exits the program following the addition of mornings at WKLB-FM/Boston. He will continue to hosts a nightly daypart program for USRN. Breezy, who had been doing some fill-ins for Blue, previously spent four years at WODS-FM (AMP Radio)/Boston prior to moving to Nashville. He got his start in the promotions department at KYLD-FM/San Francisco where he eventually hosted nights. He then moved into on-air positions at KKFR and KZON/Phoenix, KHTS/San Diego, KDND/Sacramento and WWVA/Atlanta.

USRN Executive VP/Programming Andy Denemark commented, "Joe Breezy totally gets it. We followed his career over the past few years and when it came time to expand our roster of hosts, we were very excited that he could handle this show for us."

Breezy added, "It's been a dream of mine to host a major network show so I am totally stoked, and so are the folks within Midwest Communications. It's a chance for all of us to shine, and we appreciate the opportunity."

"The Celebrity Top Ten Countdown" isn't a music or chart countdown program, it's a look at the top trending celebrity stories of the week. It features news and hot topics out of Hollywood, the music industry or other celebrity sources presented in a four-hour music intensive format. The program began in October, 2010 under the auspices of John Garabedian's Radiocraft Inc. and it became a United Stations property at the start of 2013 when USRN acquired the assets of Radiocraft.

iHeartRadio Launches EDC Radio

Insomniac and iHeartMedia have announced an unprecedented multi-platform collaboration, including the launch of the brand new EDC Radio on iHeartRadio. iHeartMedia will act as the premier on-air host of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas 2017 content across more than 100 broadcast radio stations nationwide.

Beginning Friday, April 28 listeners can visit to enjoy EDC Radio, a 24/7 dance music station featuring original content, dedicated dance genre programming and nonstop tracks from thousands of fans’ favorite electronic artists everywhere iHeartRadio is available – across more than 90 unique device platforms. Additionally through the collaboration, exclusive EDC Las Vegas content, announcements and chart-topping tracks will be heard on more than 100 iHeartMedia Top 40 radio stations throughout the United States leading up to EDC Las Vegas.

"I'm extremely excited for this collaboration! It will allow millions of EDC fans around the world to tune in together,” said Pasquale Rotella, Founder and CEO of Insomniac. “EDC Radio gives Headliners a 24/7 station packed with tracks from the best tastemakers in dance music. Check out our very special EDC Las Vegas announcement on iHeartRadio this Friday at 6 p.m.”

“We’re excited to be the on-air home for all things Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas.  As the largest multiplatform media company in the country, we are uniquely able to share the energy and vibrant music of the Electric Daisy Carnival with hundreds of millions of listeners nationwide, across our live broadcast stations, socially, and digitally on iHeartRadio’s new EDC Radio,” said Tom Poleman, President of National Programming Group for iHeartMedia.  “Listeners have grown to expect iHeartMedia to be the go-to place for one-of-a-kind music experiences and teaming up with our friends at EDC is yet another opportunity to give fans exclusive access to the music they love.”

EDC Las Vegas returns to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, June 16 – 18 for a momentous three-day celebration Under the Electric Sky. Attracting more than 400,000 dance music fans from around the globe, EDC turns 21 with parades of beautiful costumed performers, industry-leading stage designs, awe-inspiring visual displays, full-scale carnival rides, interactive art installations, and a diverse community of accepting individuals.

Tech Firms Race To Spot Video Violence

Graymatics employees pretend to fight as they record footage to be used to 'train' their software to watch and filter internet videos for violence, at their office in Singapore. REUTERS
By Jeremy Wagstaff

SINAGPORE (Reuters) - Companies from Singapore to Finland are racing to improve artificial intelligence so software can automatically spot and block videos of grisly murders and mayhem before they go viral on social media.

None, so far, claim to have cracked the problem completely.

A Thai man who broadcast himself killing his 11-month-old daughter in a live video on Facebook this week, was the latest in a string of violent crimes shown live on the social media company. The incidents have prompted questions about how Facebook's reporting system works and how violent content can be flagged faster.

A dozen or more companies are wrestling with the problem, those in the industry say. Google - which faces similar problems with its YouTube service - and Facebook are working on their own solutions.

Most are focusing on deep learning: a type of artificial intelligence that makes use of computerized neural networks. It is an approach that David Lissmyr, founder of Paris-based image and video analysis company Sightengine, says goes back to efforts in the 1950s to mimic the way neurons work and interact in the brain.

Teaching computers to learn with deep layers of artificial neurons has really only taken off in the past few years, said Matt Zeiler, founder and CEO of New York-based Clarifai, another video analysis company.

It's only been relatively recently that there has been enough computing power and data available for teaching these systems, enabling "exponential leaps in the accuracy and efficacy of machine learning", Zeiler said.

NYC Radio: S-C Anchor Agrees Politics Hurting ESPN

ESPN’s sweeping staff cuts are not just the result of ambitious TV rights deals and an overburdened budget, popular “SportsCenter” anchor Linda Cohn suggested Thursday.

The network may be losing the subscriber revenue not just because of cord-cutting, Cohn allowed, but because viewers are increasingly turned off by ESPN inserting politics into its sports coverage.

“That is definitely a percentage of it,” Cohn said Thursday on the Bernie and Sid show on WABC 770 AM when asked whether certain social or political stances contributed to the stupor that resulted in roughly 100 employees getting the ax this week. “I don’t know how big a percentage, but if anyone wants to ignore that fact, they’re blind.”

According to the NY Post, Cohn agreed with the argument that certain sports fans may have disapproved of the way ESPN covered polarizing figures such as Roger Goodell, Colin Kaepernick and Caitlyn Jenner.

Cohn, a 25-year ESPN veteran, toed the company line.

“You know, when you work for a big company, you have to follow in line, you have to pay the bills,” she said. “But you just kind of look in the mirror and do what you think is right no matter what else is going on around you. And that’s what I always tried to do.”

Norfolk Radio: Dave Parker Named PD For WUSH-FM

Dave Parker
Effective immediately the new program director for WUSH US 106.1 FM will be Dave Parker, who has been on US 106.1 since the day it went live on the air in 2007. Dave has been a member of the Hampton Roads media, including television, radio and print, for 20 years.

Since leaving television news in 2006, he has been a member of the Sinclair Communications family. He has been an active member of the Hampton Roads community as well, with over 400 speaking engagements during his career. He and his wife Joy reside in Virginia Beach and have two daughters currently in college.

Brandon O’Brien, who has been an integral part of US 106.1 since 2008, has resigned to relocate to Nashville, TN to manage family real estate properties. He was instrumental in the success of the radio station from when he started and will continue to be involved in country radio from Nashville.

WUSH 106.1 Fm (11 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
The new lineup for the station will be:

• The Bobby Bones Show from 6 – 10:30 a.m.
• Dave Parker from 10:30 – 3 p.m., and
• Allen Fabijan from 3 – 7 p.m.

Springfield IL Radio: Greg Bishop Exits WMAY Morning Show

Greg Bishop
Greg Bishop has left his morning talk show on WMAY 970 AM / 94.7 FM radio in Springfield, but maintains his full-time job with Illinois News Network, an independent project of the Illinois Policy Institute.

Bishop, 33, said he “loved every minute” of his more than 10 years at WMAY, and said he will now “be able to provide even more focus on the Statehouse for newsrooms across the state” through his continued reporting for INN and the Illinois Radio Network, which has been a division of INN for more than a year.

Acccording to, Bishop started his radio career at Midwest Family Broadcasting, the owner of WMAY, and “strove to be a part of the station because I knew it was a place for the community to sound off on the important issues happening in our backyard.” He said he can’t thank the company enough for the “incredible opportunities” he had there.

The new morning talk-show host on WMAY is Ray Lytle, a longtime radio personality who has had past talk shows on that station as well as WTAX.

Chicago Radio: Trisha Yearwood Cooks In The CBS Culinary Kitchen

Marci Braun- US99 Music Director/Assistant Program Director, Trisha Yearwood, Mandy McCormack- SVP Radio Promotion & Marketing | Artist Strategy, Pearl Records
WUSN US99 FM hosted Gwendolyn Records recording artist and Food Network star Trisha Yearwood, for a cooking demonstration inside the CBS Radio Culinary Kitchen. The visit coincides with the newly announced partnership between Williams Sonoma and Trisha Yearwood.

Trisha Yearwood with Drew Walker
From her new line, Yearwood made “unfried chicken” using her UNFRIED CHICKEN SEASONING KIT and SUMMER IN A CUP showing the audience just how simple it can be to serve up delicious baked chicken that has the texture and taste of fried chicken, along with her family’s signature cocktail. The event was hosted by US99 midday personality Drew Walker and occurred in front of a live studio audience of approximately 30 guests.

Passes to be part of the in-studio audience were given away on-air this week on Drew Walker’s show and online at Fans were able to watch a live stream of the cooking demonstration with US99 on Facebook, beginning at approximately 3:30 PM CT. The recording is available on-demand at

“We are beyond excited that the extremely talented Trisha Yearwood paid a visit to our CBS Radio Culinary Kitchen,” said US99 Music Director, Marci Braun. “She has truly become a food and lifestyle maven and we were very honored to have her give our audience a first look at some items from her new line.”

Yearwood’s debut single in 1991, “She’s In Love With The Boy” reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and launched a successful music career, selling over 15 million albums worldwide. She has achieved much music industry recognition, not the least, receiving Grammy and Academy of Country Music Awards. Yearwood is currently on tour with her husband and fellow country music superstar, Garth Brooks. In 2013, she received an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Culinary Program” for her show on the Food Network, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.

April 28 Radio History

➦In 1922...WOI-AM, Ames, Iowa, became the country's first licensed educational radio station.

The history of WOI can be traced back to 1911 when Physics Professor "Dad" Hoffman set a transmission line between the Campus Water Tower and the Engineering Building and set up a wireless telegraph station. By 1913 this was known as experimental station 9YI and it was sending and receiving weather reports by morse code on a regular basis. The first sound broadcast was an hour of concert music on November 21, 1921.

The Commerce Department issued a full radio license for station WOI in April 1922 and the first regular broadcast took place on April 28, 1922. It is the oldest fully licensed noncommercial station west of the Mississippi River. The original callsign 9YI is now W0YI and is retained by the ISU Campus Radio Club, with the amateur radio station located in the Electrical Engineering building.  The first regular programming on WOI was farm market reports gathered by ticker tape and morse code and broadcast throughout the state.

➦In 1932..."One Man's Family" was first broadcast on the NBC Radio Network.

One Man's Family, was an American radio soap opera, heard for almost three decades, from 1932 to 1959. It was the longest-running uninterrupted dramatic serial in the history of American radio. Television versions of the series aired in prime time from 1949 to 1952 and in daytime from 1954 to 1955.

One Man's Family debuted as a radio series on April 29, 1932 in Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco, moving to the full West Coast NBC network the following month, sponsored by Snowdrift and Wesson Oil. On May 17, 1933, it expanded to the full coast-to-coast NBC network as the first West Coast show heard regularly on the East Coast. The show was broadcast as a weekly half-hour series (1933-1950) [sustained by Standard Brands from 1935 through 1949], then shifted to daily 15-minute installments, initially originating from the studios of San Francisco radio station KPO, NBC's flagship station for the West Coast, eventually moving to Los Angeles.

➥In 1958...Herb Oscar Anderson starts at WMCA.  HOA passed earlier this year.


➦In 1972...Arthur Godfrey does last CBS Radio Network show.

Godfrey 1948
Godfrey became nationally known in April 1945 when, as CBS's morning-radio man in Washington, he took the microphone for a live, firsthand account of President Roosevelt's funeral procession. The entire CBS network picked up the broadcast.  Unlike the tight-lipped news reporters and commentators of the day, who delivered news in an earnest, businesslike manner, Godfrey's tone was sympathetic and neighborly, lending immediacy and intimacy to his words. When describing new President Harry S. Truman's car in the procession, Godfrey fervently said, in a choked voice, "God bless him, President Truman." Godfrey broke down in tears and cued the listeners back to the studio. The entire nation was moved by his emotional outburst.

Godfrey made such an impression on the air that CBS gave him his own morning time slot on the nationwide network. Arthur Godfrey Time was a Monday-Friday show that featured his monologues, interviews with various stars, music from his own in-house combo and regular vocalists. Godfrey's monologues and discussions were usually unscripted, and went wherever he chose. "Arthur Godfrey Time" remained a late morning staple on the CBS Radio Network schedule until 1972.

➦In 3 p.m., Top 40 radio visionary Bill Drake took over KHJ-930 AM in Los Angeles, and introduced the ‘Boss Radio‘ format, featuring the top hits of the day, quick jingles, fast DJ talk, and fewer commercials. Drake installed his protege Ron Jacobs as PD.  KHJ hit #1 within six months and was quickly copied across North America.

The format featured a restricted playlist and restrained commentary by announcers (although a few, such as Robert W. Morgan, Charlie Tuna, Humble Harve and The Real Don Steele, were allowed to develop on-air personalities). Other DJs from 1965-68 included Roger Christian, Gary Mack, Dave Diamond, Sam Riddle, Johnny Williams, Frank Terry, Johnny Mitchell, Tommy Vance, Scotty Brink, Steve Clark, Bobby Tripp, Tom Maule and Bill Wade. Part of the format, known as "Boss Radio", were jingles by the Johnny Mann Singers.

"Boss Radio" spread throughout the U.S., bringing high ratings to KFRC in San Francisco, WFIL in Philadelphia, KGB in San Diego, WQXI in Atlanta, CKLW in Windsor, Ontario and WRKO in Boston. Drake and Gene Chenault brought many of their announcers from the other "Boss" stations, using them as a proving ground for talent.

The format brought high ratings to the station until the late 1970s, when FM radio became the dominant form of music broadcasting. In November 1980, during the Bob Shannon show, "93 KHJ" switched from top-40 to country music. The country format, with the slogan "We all grew up to be cowboys", lasted three years before it was changed to an oldies format: "The Boss is Back", with the original Johnny Mann Singers "Boss Radio" jingles, on April 1, 1983.


➦1975…Influential radio disc jockey/programmer/manager (KSAN-San Fracisco, KMET-Los Angeles, KPPC-Los Angeles, KMPX-San Francisco, KYA-San Francisco, WIBG-Philadelphia)/record label owner (Autumn)/concert promoter (Beatles at Candlestick Park)/Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Tom Donahue, inventor of "free form,""deep cuts" and "classic rock" radio, died following a heart attack at age 46.

➦In 1987…For the first time, a compact disc of an album was released before its vinyl version. The album was "The Art of Excellence" by Tony Bennett.

➦In 2006…After radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was accused by Florida prosecutors of "doctor shopping" for painkillers, his attorneys announced a deal under which a single prescription fraud charge would be dismissed after 18 months, provided Limbaugh remained drug-free and did not violate any laws.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

SiriusXM Adds 259K Subscribers During 1Q

  • Quarterly Net Income Rises 20% to $207 Million
  • Adjusted EBITDA Grows 14% to $502 Million
  • Net Self-Pay Subscribers Grow 259,000 in the First Quarter
SiriusXM today announced first quarter 2017 operating and financial results, including record revenue of $1.3 billion, up 8% versus the prior year period.

Net income totaled $207 million in the first quarter 2017, up 20% from $172 million in the first quarter 2016. Net income per diluted common share grew 28% to $0.04 in the first quarter 2017, compared to $0.03 in the first quarter 2016. Adjusted EBITDA grew 14% in the first quarter 2017 to a quarterly record $502 million, compared to $441 million in the first quarter 2016.

Jim Meyer
"The year is off to a very solid start for our business, and we are on track to achieve our guidance for 2017. I'm particularly proud of the record adjusted EBITDA of more than half a billion dollars and record adjusted EBITDA margin of 38.7% we recorded in the first quarter," said Jim Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, SiriusXM. "We are also pleased to announce this morning the acquisition of Automatic Labs Inc., an exciting company focused on innovative products that broaden our array of connected vehicle services," added Meyer.

"We remain focused on delivering a bundle of compelling, timely and entertaining programming for subscribers who have come to expect the best in audio from SiriusXM," said Meyer. "We continue to air new voices from unique personalities, such as special series from Brooke Shields, comedic TV star Jim Parsons, André Leon Talley of Vogue fame, and a new daily show from Craig Ferguson. In the first quarter, we again hosted a series of special subscriber-only events, including a great live performance from Ed Sheeran in New York City and our special Music Lounge in South Beach Miami leading up to the Ultra Music Festival," added Meyer.

  • SiriusXM Reaches 31.6 Million Subscribers. The company added 259,000 net new self-pay subscribers in the first quarter 2017 to end with over 26.2 million self-pay subscribers. Total net additions were 257,000 to end the quarter with approximately 31.6 million subscribers.
  • Strong Quarterly Revenue and ARPU. First quarter revenue climbed 8% to a record $1.3 Billion. The growth was driven by a 5% increase in subscribers and a 2.3% increase in average revenue per user (ARPU) to $12.95.
  • Record Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2017 totaled $502 Million, a record high, and up 14% from $441 Million in the first quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITDA margin was a record 38.7% in the first quarter of 2017, a 200 basis point increase from 36.7% in the first quarter 2016.
  • Free Cash Flow of $249 Million. Free cash flow for the first quarter 2017 totaled $249 million, down 24% from $328 million in the first quarter 2016. The decline in free cash flow was due to payments for satellites, the effect of the legal settlement associated with pre-1972 sound recordings and a shift in timing of OEM payments and interest payments compared to the same period in 2016. Operating cash flow for the first quarter 2017 totaled $309 million, down 15% from the first quarter 2016. The decrease was primarily due to the shift in timing of OEM payments and interest payments and the settlement payment related to pre-1972 sound recordings.
David Frear
"During the first quarter, we spent approximately $300 million to repurchase 62 million shares of our common stock. SiriusXM's average share count in the quarter declined by 6% from the first quarter of 2016 as a result of our share repurchase program. Additionally, we returned approximately $47 million in cash to our stockholders in the form of dividends in the quarter, bringing total capital returned to stockholders to approximately $350 million in the first quarter. Our debt to adjusted EBITDA was just 3.1 times, and we ended the first quarter with a cash balance of $230 million and undrawn revolver capacity of $1.2 billion," noted David Frear, Chief Financial Officer, SiriusXM.

"Approximately $160 million of the company's cash at quarter end was held in Canadian dollars in anticipation of closing the proposed recapitalization of our Canadian affiliate, SiriusXM Canada Inc. We expect to continue delivering strong capital returns to stockholders while at the same time making investments in technology, the connected car, content and our satellite infrastructure," added Frear.

NYC Radio: Elvis Duran Signs New 5-Year deal

iHeartMedia haas announced an exclusive long-term agreement with nationally syndicated radio and digital personality Elvis Duran to renew his relationship with the company.

Under the new five-year agreement, Duran will continue his current role as host of the top rated “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” on WHTZ 100.3 FM, New York’s Z100, which is also syndicated nationally by Premiere Networks on nearly 80 radio stations across the country and available digitally on iHeartRadio, reaching more than ten million monthly listeners.

Duran’s programming and content is also available across various platforms including The Elvis Duran Channel on and his podcast on and on the iHeartRadio mobile app, making it the most-listened-to Top 40 morning show in the U.S.

“There’s a reason Elvis Duran is considered one of the most important media personalities in the U.S. He uses radio’sunparalleled ability to create one-of-a-kind connections with listeners and advertisers over a vast array of platforms from broadcast radio and iHeartRadio to social media and events,” said Bob Pittman, Chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia.  “We are thrilled to extend our more than two decade partnership with such an extraordinary talent and a good friend.”

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“Even after 30 years, I still see myself as someone who loves radio and connecting with listeners every day,” said Duran. “Back when I began in radio, I could have never imagined how it would continue to expand its national presence while still retaining its core as America’s go-to destination for music, community, news and entertainment. I’m excited by iHeartMedia’s continued evolution and I can’t wait to continue my relationship with iHeartMedia, our partners and our listeners.”

Comcast Profit Tops Views On Strong Subscriber Growth

By Anjali Athavaley

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp's quarterly profit topped estimates on strong growth in cable and internet subscribers and hits such as "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Get Out" boosted movie revenue, the No. 1 U.S. cable operator said on Thursday.

Net income attributable to the company rose 20.2 percent to $2.57 billion, or 53 cents a share, in the first quarter.

Revenue jumped 8.9 percent to $20.46 billion.

Analysts expected earnings of 44 cents per share on revenue of $20.12 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Shares rose 2.1 percent to $38.69 in premarket trading.

Comcast's cable television business is under pressure as younger viewers shun cable bundles in favor of cheaper streaming options such as Netflix Inc.

The company has been investing in improving customer service and is offering the X1 set-top platform for a variety of content. Last year, Comcast made Netflix available through X1 and announced a similar deal with Alphabet Inc's YouTube in February.

The company also plans to offer a wireless service later this year in the hopes of increasing customer loyalty. The service, called Xfinity Mobile, will launch on Verizon Communications Inc. airwaves as part of a 2011 agreement between the companies.

Industry analysts have speculated that Comcast's entry into the wireless market could mean it wants to buy a U.S. wireless carrier such as T-Mobile US or Verizon.

Verizon Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam said in an interview with Bloomberg last week that he is open to deal talks with companies ranging from Comcast to Walt Disney Co.

“We are very content with the company we’ve got,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts told CNBC on Thursday when asked about McAdam’s comments.

Revenue in Comcast's cable business rose 5.8 percent as the company added 42,000 video subscribers and 429,000 broadband subscribers in the quarter.

The video and broadband subscriber numbers were higher than expected, Philip Cusick, an analyst at JPMorgan said in a note.

Sales in its NBCUniversal unit were up 14.7 percent, helped by a 43.2 percent increase in filmed entertainment revenue.