Friday, August 14, 2020

Baltimore Radio: Newsradio WBAL Promotes Torrey Snow To PM Drive

Hearst Television’s WBAL NewsRadio 1090 AM / FM 101.5 has announced the latest addition to its weekday lineup – Torrey Snow will now host weekday afternoons (2 – 6pm). Snow is already familiar to listeners through his appearances on WBAL as a fill-in host and on weekends.

Born in The Azores, Portugal, Snow was raised in Boise, Idaho and relocated to Maryland in 2006. Harboring a powerful passion for statesmanship, he ran for Anne Arundel County Council in 2018 and later that year was named the Republican Man of the Year by Anne Arundel County. More recently Torrey was appointed to the Maryland Commission of African American History and Culture and is the President of the Frederick Douglass Foundation of Maryland, focusing on community issues and improving minority engagement.

“Torrey’s deep knowledge of Baltimore and Maryland and thoughtful viewpoint on the current issues of importance is a valuable addition to WBAL NewsRadio. said Cary Pahigian, the station’s president and general manager. Listeners can expect a spirited examination of topics from all angles, along with late-breaking news, weather and traffic.”

The Rundown: Top Doctor Warns Of Worst Autumn Ever

We could be looking at the worst autumn ever in the United States, according to Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control. He means that coronavirus could still be raging when the flu season arrives. “We’re going to have COVID in the fall, and we’re going to have flu in the fall. And either one of those by themselves can stress certain hospital systems,” Dr. Redfield said in an interview at WebMD. Flu season usually begins in October and peaks in January and February.

There’s little likelihood of a COVID vaccine in that time frame. But there is a flu vaccine, and Redfield hopes 65 percent of Americans get it. The CDC has ordered extra doses so that uninsured adults can get it.

His advice on coronavirus is familiar by now: wear a mask in public, wash your hands often, keep a social distance, and avoid large gatherings.

USAToday 8/14/20
No Deal for Coronavirus Relief: The Senate left town until September 8th today with no sign of a deal on the coronavirus relief package. It is possible but unlikely that the Senate could be called back earlier for a vote on the bill, according to The Hill. The matters left up in the air include higher unemployment payments for people thrown out of work by the coronavirus; another round of checks to taxpayers; money to help schools virus-proof their classrooms, and assistance for cash-strapped states and local governments.

Trump Wants Post Office Aid Cuts: One objectionable part of the coronavirus relief bill, to President Donald Trump, is a $3.5 billion grant to the U.S. Postal Service to help it handle the millions of mail-in ballots expected this November. He insisted, in a Fox News interview, that mail-in votes “will turn out to be fraudulent,” so he wants the funding to be cut from the bill. He said later that he would not veto the bill on that account.

NYTimes 8/14/20
Tracking the Pandemic: An additional 55,910 people tested positive for coronavirus yesterday, and 1,499 deaths were recorded, according to statistics compiled by Johns Hopkins. The number of positive infections since the pandemic began total 5,197,000.

➤ISRAEL AND UAE REACH HISTORIC AGREEMENT: Israel has agreed to temporarily suspend its plans to annex the West Bank as part of an agreement to establish normal diplomatic relations with the United Arab Emirates. The UAE is the third Arab nation, after Egypt and Jordan, to agree to a peaceful relationship with Israel. The agreement was announced by President Trump, who released a joint statement from leaders of all three nations. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu characterized the agreement regarding the West Bank as “a temporary postponement” in response to a request from President Trump. “It is not removed from the table, I am telling you that.”

➤VOTERS APPROVE HARRIS CHOICE: Presidential candidate Joe Biden’s choice of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate is proving to be a hit with the key demographic groups he’ll need to get elected. A flash poll conducted yesterday by Politico/Morning Consult finds that Democrats approved of Harris’ selection by a hefty 84 percent, and Black voters by 79 percent. Among independents, 44 percent approved compared to 27 percent who disapproved.

➤LAWYER COHEN’S BOOK PREVIEWED: In the long list of tell-all books about Donald Trump, the one by his former lawyer Michael Cohen might stand out for the sheer number of epithets deployed in it. Trump, says Cohen, is “a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man.” And that’s just in the preview, posted in advance of next week’s release of “Disloyal: A Memoir.” The preview says Cohen will describe in detail how Trump colluded with the Russians to get elected. In other words, he says, the Mueller investigation “was not a witch-hunt.” Cohen was Trump’s personal lawyer for many years before being sent to prison for financial crimes and lying to Congress. He was released recently.

➤THEY DON’T CALL IT ‘DEATH VALLEY’ FOR NOTHING:  Dozens of American cities including Las Vegas, Tucson and Salt Lake City are expected to experience record high temperatures over the next few days starting today. But it’s really cooking in the aptly-named Death Valley, California. Temperatures there are expected to reach 126 degrees on Sunday and 127 on Monday. That’s a record for this late in the year. But wait, there’s more. Austin, Texas, has recorded 11 straight days of temperatures above 100 degrees, and at least five more are forecast before it breaks.

THE COST OF CANCELING COLLEGE FOOTBALL: The college football conferences that make up the Power 5 stand to lose $4 billion in combined revenue by canceling the 2020 season, according to a report from Washington University. And that estimate does not include broadcast revenue, conference payouts from bowl games and the playoff, corporate sponsorships or lost donations from fans. Daniel Roberts, editor-at-large of Yahoo Finance, says that hopes for a late start to the season are probably in vain, since that would force players to play two seasons in one year. They are students, after all.

➤COLLEGE TOWNS WILL SUFFER, TOO: College towns are feeling the pain, too, from Pullman, Washington, where Washington State University is located, to State College, Pennsylvania, home of Penn State. College football towns are normally bursting at the seams with football fans on Saturdays through the fall. “What the hell are we going to do every Saturday this fall?” asks Marie Dymkoski, who runs Pullman’s visitor center. “I feel a little bit lost.”

➤RECORD DEAL FOR 49ERS KITTLE: All-Pro tight end George Kittle has scored a five-year, $75 million contract to stay with the San Francisco 49ers. The contract extension is the best deal ever for a tight end. Kittle missed two games last year and still led the team in catches, at 85, and receiving yards, at 1,053. The deal was first reported by the NFL Network.

➤SERENA DEFEATS VENUS, QUIETLY: Serena Williams prevailed over her sister Venus 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the second round of the Top Seed Open in Kentucky yesterday. It was the first official tournament in more than five months for both sisters due to coronavirus cancellations. They must have found it eerily quiet, too, since only a few friends and family members were allowed to watch the game.

➤ROBERT RYLAND DIES AT AGE 100: Robert Ryland, the player who broke the color barrier in professional tennis, has died at the age of 100. Ryland was a top player in the all-Black American Tennis Association before being invited to join the previously all-white World Pro Championships in 1959. He played competitively into his 80s and taught tennis at the Midtown Tennis Club in New York until 1990. His students included Arthur Ashe.

Cleveland Radio: NFL Browns, Entercom Extend Broadcast Deal

Entercom and the Cleveland Browns have announced a multi-year broadcast partnership extension.

As part of the extension, WKRK 92.3 The Fan and sister station Classic Rock WNCX 98.5 FM will continue serving as flagship radio stations of the team, airing all Browns games plus pre and postgame shows as part of the 26-station University Hospitals Cleveland Browns Radio Network.

“With football season right around the corner, we’re excited to continue delivering premier coverage of the Browns to Cleveland’s biggest sports fans on two of our market-leading stations – both on the field and off of it,” said Tom Herschel, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Cleveland. “We value our long-standing partnership with the Cleveland Browns and look forward to many more seasons as the flagship radio stations of the team.”

“Through our flagship radio partnership, we have incredible opportunities and resources to consistently provide our fans with compelling radio programming on gamedays and throughout the year,” said Dave Jenkins, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Cleveland Browns. “We greatly appreciate our partners’ efforts to bring our fans even closer to our players, coaches and entire team and are excited to continue to produce these shows with them in the years to come.”

92.3 The Fan and 98.5 WNCX have served as homes of the Browns since 2013, helping to air over 1,000 hours of team content through gameday and ancillary programming. The stations’ gameday broadcasts will continue to include pregame coverage prior to kickoff and postgame analysis after the game concludes.

In addition to gameday coverage, 92.3 The Fan and 98.5 WNCX will air weekly ancillary coverage. Effective immediately, the stations will air “The Cleveland Browns Preview Show” Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET. Hosted by 92.3 The Fan morning show host Ken Carman and former NFL player and on-air personality Je’Rod Cherry, the program will feature a weekly breakdown of the team’s roster, upcoming opponents, the latest NFL news and interviews with Browns players, as well as insights and analysis from other members of the Browns broadcast team. On Thursdays from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET, hosts Nathan Zegura and Beau Bishop will speak with Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski as part of “The Kevin Stefanski Show.”

Greensboro Radio: Zac Davis New VP/Programming For iHM Cluster

iHeartMedia announced Thursday that Zac Davis has been named Vice President of Programming for Greensboro.

As Vice President of Programming, Davis will be responsible for overseeing the market’s programming content, branding and talent development. He will report to Kellie Holeman, President of iHeartMedia Greensboro.

Zac Davis
“I am thrilled to welcome Zac to my team in Greensboro, and I look forward to collaborating with him to continue developing these great brands,” said Holeman. “Zac brings a wealth of knowledge and creativity across all formats, and I look forward to a long, prosperous partnership.”

Davis joins iHeartMedia Greensboro from Entercom in Richmond, Virginia, where he most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Programming. He previously served as the Program Director at iHeartMedia Hartford-New Haven for Connecticut’s two highest-rated Top 40 stations. Davis has also previously held positions at iHeartMedia Myrtle Beach; Raleigh; Denver; and Stockton, California. He began his broadcasting career in Salt Lake City and then went on to Melbourne, Florida and Greensboro. Davis is a graduate of Florida State University.

“I’ve really enjoyed my four years in Richmond, but I’ve always considered North Carolina my home, so I’m thrilled to head back to Greensboro – I never did change my 336 number,” said Davis. “After getting to know Kellie Holeman, Maynard and Brian Hall, I knew this was a special team, and I’m excited to join the region. Looking forward to leading the iHeartMedia Greensboro programming team and overseeing these amazing radio stations.”

Canton Radio: After 28-Years, Kaleigh Kriss OUT At WHBC

Kayleigh Kriss
Kayleigh Kriss learned this month that she wouldn’t be returning to WHBC Mix 94.1 FM , where she’d been an air personality since 1997.

About Kriss being let go from the station, Larry Gawthrop, market manager for Alpha Media Canton, said in a statement, “While the effects of COVID-19 created some tough decisions for us, one thing is for certain: Kayleigh Kriss will forever be part of the legacy of WHBC FM. For 28 years she endured multiple owners, managers and musical directions, and played just about every song ever recorded. Kayleigh is a true professional and I have no doubt her career will continue to be a success no matter which side of the mic she’s on.”

“I am so grateful and lucky to have the career I’ve had so far,” Kriss said last Friday. “To be at the same radio station for 28 years, not many people can say that.”

Media Monitors Releases Podcast Listener Survey Results

The Media Monitors Podcast Listener survey was fielded between June 15th and 26th, 2020.

Participants aged 18+ were screened on whether they had listened to a podcast in the last 7 days, then asked to list the podcast titles. Participants were encouraged to consult their podcast app of choice during the survey. These unassisted responses were then individually matched back to unique RSS feeds which were polled to collect information about genre and publisher.

Q2 saw further consolidation in the podcast space as Spotify purchased exclusive rights to The Joe Rogan Experience (#1) and SiriusXM closed a deal to buy Midroll/Stitcher/Earwolf, the company behind Office Ladies (#14). This move gives SiriusXM some level of access to Midroll’s represented shows, including titles like My Favorite Murder (signed with Midroll in December 2019), but it is unclear how that relationship will evolve moving forward.

In another more recent acquisition, The New York Times has purchased Serial Productions, the company behind Serial (#8) and This American Life (#5). Although the exact terms of the deal are unclear (including a reported “’creative and strategic’ partnership with ‘This American Life’”), The New York Times has clearly moved to increase their footprint in upper echelon of podcasting.

Two of NPR’s daily news programs have broken into the Top 25. Up First sits at #12 alongside the new Consider This from NPR at #22 (the Consider This… RSS feed was recently rebranded away from Coronavirus Daily). Both represent challenges to The Daily’s dominance in the Daily News category.

August 14 Radio History

➦In 1909...Edward Joseph "Ed" Herlihy born (Died at age 89 – January 30, 1999). He was an newsreel narrator for Universal-International. He was also a long-time radio and television announcer for NBC, hosting The Horn and Hardart Children's Hour in the 1940s and 1950, and was briefly interim announcer on The Tonight Show in 1962. He was also the voice of Kraft Foods radio and TV commercials from the 1940s through the early 1980s. When he died in 1999, his obituary in The New York Times said he was "A Voice of Cheer and Cheese".[

Educated at Boston College, graduating in 1932, he gained his first radio job in his home town, at Boston's WLOE. When he was hired by NBC in 1935, he decamped for New York, along with his friend, fellow Boston announcer Frank Gallop, who was hired by CBS. He was the announcer for many radio shows from the 1930s, to the 1950s, among them: America's Town Meeting, The Big Show, The Falcon, Mr. District Attorney, and Just Plain Bill. He became the host of The Horn and Hardart Children's Hour on radio in 1948, remaining its announcer when the show went to television. He continued his success in the new medium: his early television credits included Sid Caesar's hit Your Show of Shows and soap operas As the World Turns and All My Children. He was also the host of Recollections At 30, which was a special NBC Radio series created for the network's 30th birthday.

For Universal Newsreels in the 1940s, Herlihy narrated editions describing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Allies' early setbacks against the Axis powers, the turning of the tide of WWII, the death of President Roosevelt, the execution of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and the detonation of the first atomic bombs. In the next decade, during the Cold War, he narrated the very first American newsreel on the launch of Sputnik.

➦In 1932...Philips makes 1 millionth radio

'Ma Perkins' Cast
➦In 1933..., Crossley Broadcasting’s WLW in Cincinnati premiered the daytime drama “Ma Perkins.”

Starting December 4, 1933, Ma Perkins was heard on NBC from 1933 to 1949 and on CBS from 1942 to 1960. Between 1942 and 1949, the show was heard simultaneously on both networks.

The series was produced by Frank and Anne Hummert with scripts by Robert Hardy Andrews, Orvin Tovrov and others. Ma Perkins began August 14, 1933, on WLW in Cincinnati. On December 4 of that year, it graduated to the NBC Red network. On NBC and CBS the series ran for a total of 7,065 episodes.

"America’s mother of the air" was portrayed by actress Virginia Payne, who began the role at the age of 23 and never missed a performance during the program's 27-year run. Kindly, trusting widow Ma Perkins had a big heart and a great love of humanity. She always offered her homespun philosophy to troubled souls in need of advice.

➦In 1942...“The Show Without a Name” hosted by Garry Moore started airing on NBC.  It was an effort to crack the morning show dominance of Arthur Godfrey (CBS) and “Don McNeil’s Breakfast Club” (ABC). A prize of $500 was offered to name the show and someone came up with the title, “Everything Goes”.

NY Times article 8/15/1945

➦In brought the news of Japan’s surrender ending World War II.

➦In 1957...1010 WINS-AM New York went Top40. 1010 WINS used a strict playlist, except for Alan Freed and Jack Lacy.

➦In 1957...ABC Radio announced an experiment with a “live” music show hosted by Herb Oscar Anderson. This was 3 years before WABC flipped to Top40.

John, George, Paul, Peter Best
➦In 1962…Pete Best was let go from the Beatles. Producer George Martin was unhappy with his drumming and it was said that some group members felt overshadowed by Best's teen idol good looks.

John Lennon later admitted to the group's "cowardly" handling of the event. Ringo Starr, drummer for the Liverpool group Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, was asked to join the group as Best's replacement. Ringo made his first appearance with the Beatles on August 18.

Tom Harmon
➦In 1962...It was announced that starting in September, sportscaster Tom Harmon will be heard on ABC radio where he will have a 10-minute weekday sports broadcast and he’ll also be heard on weekends in eight five-minute broadcasts. He joins ABC after 13 years with CBS’ Pacific radio network.

Once a member of the Los Angeles Rams, Tom Harmon was one of the first athletes to go into broadcasting. He was an All-American football player in 1940 at the University of Michigan.

One of Tom’s daughters would marry Ricky Nelson and, later, son Mark would become a well-known actor. He currently stars in NCIS on CBS-TV.

➦In 1973...In the past six years, FM radio listening had increased by 152%, according to Arbriton and a statistic that should give AM music stations some pause. The study covered 8 of the top-10 markets.

➦In 1973...WYSP 94.1 FM became the third FM rock station in Philadelphia.  It went up against (Now Country WXTU) WIFI 92.5 FM and WMMR 93.3 FM. WYSP (Your Station in Philadelphia) jocks included Tom Straw, Dean Clark, and Doug Cristian with Frank X. Feller as program director. The music included popular cuts from albums by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Chicago, and Crosby Stills and Nash.

➦In 1983...WFIL 560 AM Philadelphia switched to all oldies.

It was on September 18, 1966, that WFIL began playing a Top40 format. It quickly became the most successful non-RKO "Boss Radio" formatted station, known locally as "The Pop Music Explosion". The original line up of air personalities, or "Boss Jocks" were scheduled as follows:

6-10am: Chuck Browning
10am-2pm: Jay Cook ("Captain Jay Cook")
2-6pm: Jim Nettleton ("Diamond Jim" Nettleton)
6-10pm: George Michael ("King George" Michael)
10pm-2am: Long John Wade
2-6am: Dave Parks ("Dave the Rave" Parks)
Weekends: Frank Kingston Smith

WFIL announcers heard in later years of the Top 40 era included Dr. Don Rose, Jim O'Brien (who later also became a WPVI-TV weather broadcaster and station personality), Dan Donovan, J. J. Jeffrey, Dick Heatherton, Tom Dooley, "Tiny" Tom Tyler, Mitch "K.C." Hill, "Big" Ron O'Brien, Kris Chandler, Geoff Richards, Joel Denver, Brother Lee Love (Alan Smith), and Banana Joe Montione.

➦In 1988...Shadoe Stevens became host of “American Top 40”

Casey Kasem left the show over contract concerns with ABC. Billboard magazine reported that the main disputes between Kasem and Watermark/ABC were over his salary, because of declining ratings and a smaller number of affiliates. Casey's final AT40 show aired on August 6, 1988. At no point during that final show did Kasem ever let on that any changes were afoot, and simply omitted the phrase "join me next week" while closing the show.

Kasem was replaced by Shadoe Stevens, whose first American Top 40 show aired on August 13, 1988, on 1,014 stations.  Kasem joined the Westwood One less than a year later to start a rival show, Casey's Top 40. Many AT40 listeners were upset by Kasem's departure and, as a result, many stations dropped American Top 40 in favor of Casey's Top 40 once it hit the airwaves on January 21, 1989.

➦In 1993...It was announced teens are listening to country music more and more. Country has climbed from a 2.3% share of teens in the summer of 1989 to an 8.7% share this year.

Charly Butcher
➦In 2007...Ryan Seacrest was tapped to host the 59th annual Emmy Awards.

➦In 2012…Actress Rosemary Rice died after a heart attack at 87. She provided the voice of Betty Cooper on the Archie Andrews radio series, played the oldest daughter and narrated the early 1950s TV series, "Mama," appeared on Broadway, recorded 15 children's albums, and earned three Clio Awards for her work in television commercials – on camera and as a voiceover artist. For Clairol, she became the familiar voice of the ad slogan, "If I've only one life to live, let me live it as a blonde."

➦In 2018...Fort Wayne radio icon Charly Butcher, died from a heart attack at age 61.  Butcher spent more than 30 years on the air in Fort Wayne, both on WMEE, and at the time of his death, as host of WOWO’s morning show. Over the years, he became a crucial part of many people’s morning routines as he helped get their day started.

Mila Kunis is 37
  • Singer Dash Crofts of Seals and Crofts is 82. 
  • Singer David Crosby is 79. 
  • Country singer Connie Smith is 79. 
  • Actor-musician Steve Martin is 75. 
  • Actor Antonio Fargas (“Starsky and Hutch”) is 74. 
  • Bassist Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone is 74. 
  • Actor Susan St. James is 74. 
  • Romance novelist Danielle Steel is 73. 
  • Keyboardist Terry Adams of NRBQ is 72. 
  • Cartoonist Gary Larson (“The Far Side”) is 70. 
  • Actor Carl Lumbly (“Alias”) is 69. 
  • Actor Jackee Harry (“Sister, Sister,” ″227″) is 64. 
  • Actor Marcia Gay Harden is 61. 
  • Singer Sarah Brightman is 60. 
  • Actor Susan Olsen (“The Brady Bunch”) is 59. 
  • Actor Halle Berry is 54. 
  • Actor Ben Bass (“Rookie Blue”) is 52. 
  • Actor Catherine Bell (“JAG”) is 52. 
  • Keyboardist Cody McCarver of Confederate Railroad is 52. 
  • Guitarist Kevin Cadogan (Third Eye Blind) is 50. 
  • Actor Lalanya Masters (“Barbershop”) is 48. 
  • Actor Christopher Gorham (“Ugly Betty”) is 46. 
  • Actor Mila Kunis is 37. 
  • Actor Lamorne Morris (“New Girl”) is 37. 
  • TV personality Spencer Pratt (“The Hills”) is 37. 
  • Actor Marsai Martin (“black-ish”) is 16.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Nielsen: WFH Changing Media Habits

In its just released latest edition of The Nielsen Total Audience Report, Nielsen dives into the world of working from home—how consumers feel about their productivity, engagement, challenges and the impact this new lifestyle is having on media and device usage.

More time at home for consumers means more exposure to the wide array of content and ads available in an exceedingly more digital world. And the longer Americans work from home—regardless of whether by choice or not—the greater the likelihood that their recently developed media habits will stick around, ultimately changing the playing field for how publishers and advertisers are able to engage with audiences. Nielsen wonders could daytime become the new primetime? A future where consumers spend more time at home has implications beyond longer time spent with media in general; it means more opportunities for local businesses and communities to grow as well as more of a focus that marketers should be placing on them.

According to Nielsen’s Total Audience Report: Work from Home Edition, two-thirds (66%) of U.S. remote workers reported to have started working from home since the  outbreak, an incredibly massive migration of people into an alternate work setting. Despite being thrust into the work from home experience as a restrictive safety measure with little prep time, respondents not only adapted but quickly became comfortable with this new way to live and work (or work and live). Some even seem like they’re thriving in this new environment.

Pre-pandemic, peak media hours were typically limited to before employees clocked in and after they clocked out, depending on the medium. With the elimination of a commute and the full array of their preferred platforms available, working from home provides consumers two elements vital to increasing consumption: time and choice. Whether its streaming video content, listening to podcasts or browsing social media, a majority of consumers have reported partaking in these behaviors during work hours. That means more windows of opportunity for content creators and advertisers alike to reach audiences outside of the traditional primetime, as well as potential new, creative ways to engage with consumers.

According to The Nielsen Remote Workers Consumer Survey, 52% of consumers would like to be able to work from home going forward, while 25% would like to work from home exclusively. The possibility of permanent, widespread remote work could further cement the media habits that have been adopted during quarantine. Not only that, but more discretionary spending as a result of cutting the cost of traditional office life could arise as well, making effective advertising for the remote work life all the more important.

An overwhelming amount of respondents also say they would like to be allowed to work remotely from a location of their choosing, as well as maintain their current salary. Should they be allowed both, 69% of respondents said they would spend more money on discretionary items. That bodes well for local businesses and regional brands in particular when we recall that remote work consumers reported being more inclined to spend their money within their community. Moreover, areas that are seen as more affordable, attractive, and under-the-radar would potentially face an influx of new residents.

The Rundown: Messy Start For School Year

Educators and parents across the U.S. are struggling to find a way to start the school year safely in the midst of a pandemic, The New York Times reports. In New York, the teachers’ union has asked the city to delay the start of in-school instruction for several weeks to make sure that the proper safety measures are in place. In Tampa, school officials are planning to keep remote learning in place for at least a month, in defiance of state orders to get kids back in the schools. In Cherokee County, Georgia, nearly 1,200 students and school personnel tested positive for the virus after schools reopened. Two of the district’s high schools have returned to at-home learning until at least the end of August.

Crackdown on Mask Haters: Many cities and states across the U.S. were reluctant to impose a mandate on their citizens to wear masks while in public. But the pandemic is continuing to rage through the population. And, most scientists are now convinced that wearing a mask is a deterrent to getting or spreading the virus. Now, many local and state governments are cracking down on people who refuse to comply with local laws on wearing masks, The New York Times reports. And they also are responding to scattered reports of actual violent attacks on store workers and others who confront people not wearing masks.

Police in Miami have issued more than $14,000 in fines to people not wearing masks in public. The fine starts at $50 per offense.

Illinois has enacted a law making it a felony to assault a retail employee trying to enforce a store’s mask mandate.

New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has issued an order that people must wear masks if they are attending a gathering of more than 100 people.

Tracking the Pandemic: As of yesterday, 46,808 new cases of coronavirus were recorded in the U.S., with 1,074 fatalities, according to statistics compiled by Johns Hopkins. Since the pandemic began, 5,193,266 have been infected. A total 165,923 American lives have been lost.

Orlando Sentinel 8/13/20
➤SHE’S ‘READY TO DO THE JOB’: Former Vice President Joe Biden introduced U.S. Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate yesterday at an event in Wilmington, Delaware. Harris is a former prosecutor and two-time attorney general of California. She is the first Black woman and the first person of Asian descent to be nominated to the top of a ticket in the U.S.

Newsday 8/13/20

➤BIG 12 STEAMS AHEAD: The leadership of the Big 12 has decided to go ahead with the 2020 college football season, with games scheduled to begin on September 26th. Both the Big Ten and the Pac-12 have decided to postpone play until at least early 2021 out of concern for the health of their student players during the coronavirus pandemic. The Atlantic Coast Conference has said that it will start play the weekend of September 12th while the Southeastern Conference says it will start September 26th.

➤THE BUBBLE IS GETTING BIGGER: The NBA is expanding the bubble enclosing its teams playing at Disney World. Families and a few “long-time, close personal friends” will be allowed to stay. There are only 17 hotel rooms available, so this does not involve a big crowd of people. But the players will have a tiny cheering section in the stands for the first time in a long time.

➤COACH MUDD DIES AT AGE 78: Howard Mudd, the long-time offensive line coach for the Indianapolis Colts, died yesterday of complications from injuries he suffered in a motorcycle accident. Colts owner Jim Irsay called him “one of the game’s all-time greatest offensive line coaches.” He had a seven-year playing career with the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears.

➤SEAN McDERMOTT STAYS WITH THE BILLS: The Buffalo Bills have signed head coach Sean McDermott to an extension that will keep him with the team through the 2025 season. In just three seasons, McDermott has coached the Bills to a 25-23 record and two playoff appearances.

➤ZACH JOHNSON WINS PAYNE STEWART AWARD: Zach Johnson has been honored with the 2020 Payne Stewart Award. The honor is given to a player who upholds Stewart’s respect for the traditions of the game and commitment to charitable causes. Johnson is a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour and is known for his gracious demeanor and good sportsmanship.

RAB Acquires National Radio Talent System

Radio Advertising Bureau announced Wednesday the planned acquisition of the National Radio Talent System to offer a unified and integrated system of radio talent institutes across the United States, which will continue to discover and prepare the next generation of broadcasters.

The national system will continue to operate under its brand name and network of Radio Talent Institutes across the country with the oversight of the RAB, thus enabling it to operate as a feeder to radio broadcasters. RAB plans to continue the important work started by National Radio Talent System founder and president, Dan Vallie, who will advise the RAB as it integrates the institute into the organization.

“An integral part of the RAB’s mission is providing the industry with the tools and resources to help broadcasters attract new sales talent to the medium and enhance radio’s professionalism through training and support,” said RAB’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Erica Farber, “The integration of the National Radio Talent System into the RAB delivers on the mission in so many ways, and we are just delighted to continue to grow Dan Vallie’s vision and take it to the next phase.”

“The future of our companies is dependent on the next generation of committed, prepared, and talented radio professionals,” said Susan Larkin, Entercom Communications’ Chief Operating Officer and RAB Board Chair, “The National Radio Talent System is unique in that it provides a radio talent farm for the industry, an incubator of well-rounded, well-educated college talent with a passion for radio; that’s why investing in this program is good for the RAB and the industry.”

Dan Vallie
RAB’s curriculum has been an essential component of the institutes’ curriculum with RAB’s Professional Development training. College students, recent graduates and radio interns have to apply to be accepted into the intensive 10-day Institutes. Sessions include almost every aspect of radio including on-air, programming, sales, writing, news, sports, promotions, videography, podcasting, social media, engineering and management. Each student participates in RAB training and takes the exam to earn their Radio Marketing Professional Certification.

“The National Radio Talent System began as a labor of love because of the need the industry has had, and today more than ever, to discover, and prepare the next generation of broadcasters, who can be hired today and be leaders in our industry tomorrow”, said Vallie. “Today’s visionary broadcasters, universities and sponsors working together have made it a reality, and RAB has been there with us from the very first Radio Talent Institute. With Erica and the RAB’s passion, vision and infrastructure, I’m confident the National Radio Talent System will continue to grow and maximize it’s potential; assuring the industry of young talent on through this 21st century. I truly believe over the next 100 years radio will be the keystone of a golden age of audio, even more so by attracting these young talent to the industry. It’s people that make the difference, always has been and always will be”.

As previously announced, all 2020 programs were re-scheduled for 2021 due to COVID-19.

Tribune Publishing To Close Newsrooms In 5 Cities

Tribune Publishing Company, which owns some of the most storied newspapers in American journalism, said Wednesday that it is closing the newsrooms at five of them, including New York’s Daily News and The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.

The Chicago Tribune reports the company said the newspapers — including the Orlando Sentinel in central Florida, The Morning Call in Allentown, PA, and the Carroll County Times in Maryland — will continue to be published with employees working from home as they have been during the coronavirus pandemic.

Employees were told they would be working at home until at least January 2021.

The Tribune Publishing Company also publishes the Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Virginia’s Daily Press and The Virginian-Pilot, and the Hartford Courant.

The Daily News, once the newspaper with the largest circulation in the country, has been in financial trouble for years and was sold to The Tribune Publishing Company for $1 in 2017 by New York real estate developer and media mogul Mortimer B. Zuckerman. The new owner cut the newsroom staff in half.

Its offices at 4 New York Plaza in Manhattan will be formally closed as of Wednesday and staff will be given until Oct. 30 to retrieve personal items, a human resources executive at The Daily News said in a letter to employees obtained by The Associated Press.

“With no clear path forward in terms of returning to work, and as the company evaluates its real estate needs in light of health and economic conditions brought about by the pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to permanently close the office,” said Reinsdorf, referring to The Daily News in a statement about the newsroom closures.

The Capital Gazette in Maryland’s capital moved to its current newsroom about a year after the June 2018 mass shooting in which a gunman who had a history of harassing the newspaper’s journalists killed five employees. Before that, for nearly a year, the newspaper’s staff worked in a temporary newsroom at the University of Maryland’s Capital News Service bureau in Annapolis.

In a June 8 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Tribune Publishing said it had withheld three months of rent payments for “a majority of its facilities and requested rent relief from the lessors in various forms,” including lease terminations, the Orlando Sentinel reported Wednesday.

Disappearing College Football Games Could Disrupt $1B In TV Ads

The postponement of much of the college football season could disrupt the flow of more than $1 billion from advertisers to the television networks that count on a slate of game broadcasts every fall, reports The NYTimes.

The return of the college game — a reliable ratings draw — might have helped the TV industry salvage a year of declining revenues resulting from pandemic-related cancellations and production delays. Now that the Big Ten and the Pacific-12 conferences, two of college football’s five powerhouse leagues, have pushed back their seasons amid concerns about the coronavirus, media companies are preparing for more pain.

Many players and school administrators, and even President Trump, had lobbied against the postponement, which could have financial ramifications for teams, campuses and local communities. The punting of the season will also affect the networks that have spent billions to secure broadcast rights, as well as the companies that had planned to spend millions to advertise their products.

“The implications are huge economically,” said Kevin Krim, the chief executive of EDO, a TV ad measurement platform that works with the networks and advertisers. “The cable and broadcast television ecosystem, with advertisers and rights fees and subscriber fees, are heavily anchored to live sports, and the most valuable franchises there are football.”

Last season, college football brought in nearly $1.7 billion in spending on television advertising, according to the research firm Kantar. Companies like Allstate, Chick-fil-A and State Farm each spent more than $30 million to advertise during games, while AT&T spent more than $70 million, Kantar found.

The Walt Disney Company and Fox are among the conglomerates likely to take a hit. More than 27.3 million people watched Louisiana State triumph over Clemson to win the national championship on Jan. 13, a game broadcast by the Disney-owned ESPN. It drew an estimated $91 million in advertising, according to EDO.

Cox Wants $243M Reduction In $1B Copyright Infringement Ruling

Cox Communications has moved to trim $243 million off the $1 billion copyright infringement ruling levied against it late last year, reports Digital Music News.

The Atlanta-headquartered internet service giant and television provider recently submitted the request to a Virginia federal court, and Digital Music News obtained an exclusive copy of the corresponding filing. For additional background, the long-running legal battle initiated in August 2018, when the Big Three record labels and several other plaintiffs, corralled by the RIAA, targeted Cox Communications in a $1.5 billion copyright infringement complaint.

Essentially, the plaintiff entities alleged that Cox failed to adequately respond to and address its users copyright infringements – and, in turn, “obtained a direct financial benefit” at their expense.

A courtroom confrontation as it raged on through the remainder of 2018 and the vast majority of 2019, until a jury determined on December 19th that the record labels’ qualms carried weight. Besides finding the ISP guilty of both vicarious and contributory copyright infringement, the jury opted to award the plaintiffs $99,830.29 for each of the 10,017 infringed works, bringing the grand damages total to an even $1 billion.

Cox Communications promptly fought back against the “shockingly excessive” ruling, though U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady dismissed the majority of the 58-year-old company’s challenges in June. However, the federal judge also indicated that the 10,017-work infringement list may have been “premature,” before granting the defendants 60 days to provide an updated tally (accounting for overlapping sound recordings and underlying compositions, as well as songs that the plaintiffs don’t in fact own).

NYC Radio: 77WABC Adds 'Women to Watch' Show

Women To Watch Media® LLC (W2W), a multi-media network that features women leading across all industries from around the world, makes it New York debut on Talkradio 77WABC Saturday, August 15 at 8:30 pm.

Launching on 77 WABC as a 30-minute show initially, W2W will expand to one hour at a soon-to-be-announced time, beginning Saturday, September 5. W2W is also heard in Philadelphia on WPHT 1210, where the show originated. In addition, W2W has expanded to a national podcast and digital platform.

"Women To Watch has showcased accomplished women for years in Philadelphia,” commented Dave LaBrozzi, Senior Vice President of Programming for 77WABC and its parent company Red Apple Media. “77 WABC is proud to support strong women by bringing this lively and inspiring weekly show to the NYC market."

Hosted by founder Susan Rocco, the first guest featured on 77WABC will be Heather Cohen, Executive Vice President of The Weiss Agency, a broadcast talent agency that represents and develops the careers of many of the industry’s most successful local and syndicated personalities. In 2013 Talkers Magazine awarded Heather with the prestigious “Judy Jarvis Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Talk Radio by a Woman,” also known as “Woman of the Year”. Radio Ink Magazine has selected Heather as one of the Most Influential Women in Radio every year since 2014.

"Women To Watch® is the place to go to hear inspiring stories by inspiring women,” commented Cohen. “Susan is the consummate professional, and her interviews are spot on. I am honored to be the first guest in the NY market."

Women to Watch® currently airs on 1210 WPHT Talk Radio in Philadelphia on Sundays at 7pm and available for download on podcast platforms Apple, Spotify, Google Play, and iHeartRadio. The show is sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal, United Way, Publicis Health, Jefferson Health Systems, Ballard Spahr, Pathways Consulting and Fortis Wealth.

Stations looking to add Women to Watch® to their line-up can contact Laura Scotti, General Manager of Women to Watch Media® at

August 13 Radio History

➦In 1919...Alpha Rex Emmanuel Humbard born (Died at age 88 – September 21, 2007). He was a pioneering radio and TV evangelist whose Cathedral of Tomorrow show was aired on over 600 stations at the peak of its popularity.

➦In 1952...the original version of Hound Dog was recorded by Willie Mae (Big Mama) Thornton. It was the first hit for songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who also wrote Kansas City for Wilbert Harrison, On Broadway for The Drifters, and Stand By Me for Ben E. King.  Four years later, Hound Dog got the attention of the world when it was recorded by Elvis Presley.

➦In 1966…The controversy over John Lennon's "more popular than Jesus" comments had been growing since late July. A public bonfire was on this day organised by the radio station KLUE in Longview, Texas.

The following day, the KLUE broadcast tower was struck by lightning, damaging much of their equipment and sending the news director to the hospital.

➦In 1959...Daniel Bonaduce born. The son of veteran TV writer/producer Joseph Bonaduce (The Dick Van Dyke Show, One Day at a Time, and others), he became famous as a child actor of the 1970s on the TV sitcom The Partridge Family. He co-starred as Danny Partridge, the wisecracking, redheaded middle son of the singing family band (headed by Shirley Jones), and he was the fictional pop group's bass guitar player.

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Since then, Bonaduce has starred in several other TV series, including the VH1 reality show Breaking Bonaduce in 2005, radio shows in Los Angeles and Philadelphia and has been hosting a morning talk/music show at Seattle radio station KZOK-FM since November 14, 2011.

In the late 1980s, Bonaduce had become an on-air radio personality. He worked an overnight shift at Philadelphia's WEGX-FM. From 1994 to 1996, Bonaduce hosted his own radio show, The Danny Bonaduce Show on The Loop WLUP in Chicago. Between 1996 and 1998, Bonaduce hosted a morning radio show in Detroit on WKQI with comedian and Last Comic Standing winner John Heffron.

Bonaduce was part of The Adam Carolla Show in 2007. In 2008 he was given a daily one-hour solo spot known as Broadcasting Bonaduce, which was broadcast locally on the L.A.-based KLSX station. In February 2009, it was announced that the station had changed its format from talk to Top 40, and the removal of Broadcasting Bonaduce from the KLSX schedule was confirmed.

On October 31, 2011, it was announced by Seattle radio station 102.5 KZOK that Bonaduce would be co-hosting their morning-drive show beginning on November 14, 2011. Bonaduce came to Seattle from a radio stint at 94 WYSP in Philadelphia, following a format change from classic rock to all sports radio in September 2011.

Bonaduce is an ordained minister; he was ordained online in order to perform a wedding ceremony as part of a 94WYSP radio promotion in early 2011.

➦In 1986...KRE-AM in Berkeley CA changes call letters to KBLX (now KVTO). The station began in Berkeley in 1922 as KRE, the former call-sign of a marine radio station aboard a World War I merchant marine steamship, Florence H., destroyed in an April 17, 1918, explosion at Quiberon Bay, France.  Later programming was simulcast on KRE-FM and there were occasional AM/FM stereo broadcasts, including some classical music programming. KRE's call letters changed to KPAT in 1963, then back to KRE in 1972. The call letters KBLX were adopted in 1986, then changed to KBFN in 1989 and back to KBLX in 1990. The current call letters, KVTO, were adopted in 1994.

The station is currently owned by Phuong Pham, through licensee Pham Radio Communication LLC and air a Chinese fromat.

➦In 1986...NYC TV Personality (Officer) Joe Bolton died. He started his broadcast career in 1927 as a staff announcer for WOR in Newark, NJ. He was the announcer for DuMont Television Network's talent show Doorway to Fame in 1947, but he left DuMont for WPIX on May 15, 1948 to be a news announcer and weatherman.

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On January 17, 1955, he appeared as "Officer Joe" and hosted The Clubhouse Gang, which featured the Little Rascals and the theme song "The Whistler and his Dog". WPIX lost the rights to The Little Rascals, and in September 1958, he switched to hosting The Three Stooges Funhouse, a showcase of The Three Stooges shorts which aired on WPIX weekdays until May 7, 1970, mostly weekdays at 5:30 pm. At one time, he was host of WPIX's The Dick Tracy Show as "Police Chief Joe".

Bolton also had cameos in two Three Stooges films: Stop! Look! and Laugh (1960), as a customer in a cafe; and in The Outlaws Is Coming (1965), the last feature film by The Three Stooges, which featured him and eight other local children television show hosts, all cast as villains.

Bolton appeared at many New York area venues, including Freedomland U.S.A. in The Bronx, to meet and entertain children. At Freedomland, he hosted appearances by The Three Stooges at the park's Moon Bowl entertainment venue. Bolton and The Three Stooges are featured in the book Freedomland U.S.A.: The Definitive History (Theme Park Press, 2019).

Bolton retired in 1975 to Santa Monica, California, and died in 1986 at Santa Monica Hospital of a heart attack.

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➦In 1993...Radio personality Terry Steele died after a fall in his bathtub. He was 46. One of the smoothest-sounding of all the CHUM jocks, Steele was born James Stromberg on July 19, 1947 in Chester, PA. His first radio job was in Carlisle at $60 a week. Steele jocked at WINX Rockville, Maryland, and WNOR Norfolk, Virginia, before arriving at CHUM in 1972. He spent 15 years at CHUM, establishing himself as one of Toronto's top jocks while voicing many of the station's specials.

Steele was part of one of CHUM's most memorable promotions when he wrestled Sweet Daddy Siki in 1974. He had the honor of signing off CHUM's Top 40 era on June 6, 1986 and continued at the station during the short-lived "Favorites of Yesterday and Today" format. After leaving CHUM in 1987, Steele jocked at CKEY, CKFM and CJEZ in Toronto. For CKEY aircheck: Click Here.

➦In 2007...In 2007..Phil Rizzuto, NY Yankees player and announcer died in his sleep, three days short of the 51st anniversary of his last game as a Yankee, exactly twelve years after the death of Mickey Mantle, and just over one month shy of his 90th birthday. He had been in declining health for several years and was living at a nursing home in West Orange, New Jersey for the last months of his life. At the time of his death, at age 89, Rizzuto was the oldest living member of Baseball's Hall of Fame.

Phil Rizzuto
After a long Hall of Fame career as a player, Rizzuto broadcast Yankee games on radio and television for the 40 years. His popular catchphrase was "Holy Cow." Rizzuto also became known for saying "Unbelievable!" or "Did you see that?" to describe a great play, and would call somebody a "huckleberry" if he did something Rizzuto did not like.

He would frequently wish listeners a happy birthday or anniversary, send get-well wishes to fans in hospitals, and speak well of restaurants he liked, or of the cannoli he ate between innings. He also joked about leaving the game early, saying to his wife, "I'll be home soon, Cora!" and "I gotta get over that bridge", referring to the nearby George Washington Bridge, which he would use to get back to his home in Hillside. In later years, Rizzuto would announce the first six innings of Yankee games; the TV director would sometimes puckishly show a shot of the bridge (which can be seen from the top of Yankee Stadium) after Rizzuto had departed. Rizzuto was also very phobic about lightning, and sometimes left the booth following violent thunderclaps.

Rizzuto started his broadcasting career working alongside Mel Allen and Red Barber in 1957. Among a number of announcers that Rizzuto worked with over the course of his career, Frank Messer (1968-1985) and Bill White (1971-1988) were the two most memorable. Rizzuto, Messer, and White were the main broadcast trio that presided over an important time period for the Yankees, which spanned from the non-winning CBS years through the championship seasons and other years of struggle during the Steinbrenner era. On television, for example, the Yankees broadcast team went unchanged from 1972-82.

➦In 2010...Edwin Harold Newman died at age 91 (Born - January 25, 1919). He was anewscaster, journalist, and author. After beginning his career with the wire services and serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Newman worked in radio for CBS News. He is known for a 23-year career in television news with the National Broadcasting Company, from 1961 to 1984.

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Newman initially worked for the wire services: first for the International News Service as a copy boy, mostly in the Senate, and then United Press. On Sunday, December 7, 1941, the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he heard the news during a radio concert. When he rang the office asking if he should come in, the reply was "Hell yes!" Newman took dictation for 12 hours as United Press reporters phoned in their stories.

He served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1945 as a signal officer, stationed first in Trinidad and then at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Following the war Newman worked as a reporter for United Press (1945–1946, primarily reporting about the State Department), before moving to the CBS News radio division (1947–1949) as assistant to Eric Sevareid.

Between 1949 and 1952 Newman worked as a freelancer, primarily for NBC News. He wrote for a number of publications and, in 1951. In 1952, Newman began to work full-time for NBC. Between 1961 and 1984, Newman participated in a wide variety of NBC programs, primarily for NBC News. He was a regular on the Today show and was its news anchor from July 24 to December 22, 1961, then a contributor and guest host. On Meet the Press, he was a frequent panelist and moderator.

Kathryn Fiore is 41
  • Actor Kevin Toghe (“Emergency,” ″Murder One”) is 76. 
  • Opera singer Kathleen Battle is 72. 
  • Actor Danny Bonaduce (“The Partridge Family”) is 61. 
  • Actor Dawnn Lewis (“A Different World,” ″Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”) is 59. 
  • Actor John Slattery (“Mad Men,” ″Desperate Housewives”) is 58. 
  • Actor Debi Mazar is 56. 
  • Actor Quinn Cummings (“Family”) is 53. 
  • Actor Seana Kofoed (“Men in Trees”) is 50. 
  • Country singer Andy Griggs is 47. 
  • Drummer Mike Melancon of Emerson Drive is 42. 
  • Actor Kathryn Fiore (“Reno 911!”) is 41. 
  • Actor Sebastian Stan (“Captain America”) is 38. 
  • Actor Eme Ikwuakor (“Marvel’s Inhumans”) is 36. 
  • Singer James Morrison is 36. 
  • Actor Lennon Stella (“Nashville”) is 21.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

BIA Advisory Trims Local Ad Market Estimates

Examining the continuing economic fallout from the coronavirus in recent months, BIA Advisory Services has adjusted its estimate for the total local advertising market for 2020 to $140.4 billion, down from $144.3 billion in April. BIA’s updated forecast estimate represents a 6.1 percent decline from 2019, even with strong political advertising anticipated this year and a few business verticals showing advertising strength.

“To update our post-COVID forecast from April, we analyzed the continuing impact on local advertising by the weakened economy, continuing job loss reports, and the downturn in some key business verticals,” said Mark Fratrik, SVP and Chief Economist, BIA Advisory Services. “Right now, we believe a realistic view of the economy overall and the advertising marketplace is that after a dramatic decrease in the second-quarter and a bumpy start to the third, the remainder of the year will turn positive but end up with an overall decline in local advertising for the year.”

Local political ad spend continues to be one positive area. As campaigns continue to migrate to online rallies and events, both presidential and down ballot candidates are spending significant dollars in local broadcast and digital advertising. Since its April forecast, BIA increased the expected political ad spend from $7.1 billion to $7.3 billion. Of the $209 million increase, the distributed share to different media include $138 million to TV OTA, $40 million to Cable, $26 million to Online/Digital, and $5 million to Radio OTA.

Mark Fratrik
The verticals showing some COVID resilience include healthcare and finance & insurance. While both are down in terms of overall ad revenue spend, these industries have solid areas of steady and even slightly increasing ad spend.

Within healthcare, health and personal care stores are estimated to spend $97.6 million in 2020 and pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturers are forecast to spend $658.3 million to promote wellness products and services. In terms of finance & insurance, as people want help rebuilding their savings, college funds and retirement accounts, companies in consumer & lending stores are forecast to spend $1.6 billion while investment & retirement stores are projected to spend $3.0 billion in local advertising this year.

As for overall media ad spend, when comparing ad revenue estimates of both pre- and post-COVID, all media, except over-the-top (OTT), are experiencing a decline in ad revenue, as shown in the chart below.

“The economic situation caused by the pandemic continues to create a difficult local advertising market,” said Tom Buono, CEO and Founder BIA Advisory Services. “It’s critical to examine where the advertising dollars are flowing and what your particular business can go after. As ad budgets shift, an understanding of what is happening in your local market represents a real opportunity to expand your share of wallet.”

BIA will join SalesFuel to present local advertising data and analysis during the webinar, Accelerating 4th Quarter Revenue: Planning for 2021, on Tuesday, August 18 at 11 am eastern. The webinar will help executives organize their sales plans and prepare revenue assessments.