Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Comcast Earnings: 'Solid' Results For NBC Universal


Consolidated 2nd Quarter 2016 Highlights:
  • Consolidated Revenue Increased 2.8%, Operating Income Decreased 1.0%, Operating Cash Flow Increased 3.0%
  • Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities was $4.3 Billion, Free Cash Flow was $1.4 Billion
  • Earnings per Share Decreased 1.2% to $0.83
  • Dividends per Share Increased 10% and Share Repurchases were $1.1 billion
Cable Communications (CCMTF) 2nd Quarter 2016 Highlights:
  • Cable Communications Revenue Increased 6.0% and Operating Cash Flow Increased 5.7%
  • Customer Relationships Increased by 115,000, an 83,000 Improvement from the Second Quarter of 2015
  • Total Revenue per Customer Relationship Increased 3.0%
  • Video Customers Net Losses Improved to 4,000, the Best Second Quarter Result in Over 10 Years; Nearly 40% of All Video Customers Now Have X1
  • High-Speed Internet Customers Increased by 220,000, the Best Second Quarter Result in 8 Years
  • Business Services Revenue Increased 17.0%
NBCUniversal 2nd Quarter 2016 Highlights:
  • Broadcast Operating Cash Flow Increased 70.5%, Reflecting Growth in Content Licensing, Retransmission and Advertising Revenues
  • Theme Parks Operating Cash Flow Increased 40.5%, Primarily Reflecting the Inclusion of Universal Studios Japan, as well as the Successful Opening of The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM in Hollywood
  • Cable Networks Operating Cash Flow Increased 8.3%, Driven by Higher Affiliate Revenue
Brian Roberts
Comcast Corporation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts, said, “I am pleased to report excellent results as our momentum continues across our businesses. Our Cable subscriber and financial performance during the quarter was outstanding. We more than tripled our customer relationship net additions, with our best second quarter Internet (HHH) customer results in eight years and our best second quarter video customer results in over ten years, and we successfully balanced this with strong operating cash flow growth.

"Despite an expected difficult comparison to last year's record second quarter film slate, NBCUniversal achieved solid results, driven by strength in our TV businesses and Theme Parks, which benefitted from the successful opening of The Wizarding World of Harry PotterTM in Hollywood.

"I am excited about the opportunities ahead for our company as we work together to bring people incredible technology, and memorable experiences, and there is no better example than the Olympic Games. The entire organization is gearing up to deliver the most comprehensive and innovative Olympics coverage in history starting next week, which will showcase the incredible breadth of NBCUniversal together with Comcast Cable and the X1 platform.”

Verizon Posts Subscriber Gain Shortfall

Verizon Communications Inc disappointed Wall Street on Tuesday by reporting a smaller-than-expected subscriber gain for its main wireless business, while its CEO gave few details about plans to increase revenue from its planned purchase of Yahoo Inc's internet assets.

Shares of the No. 1 U.S. wireless company, which had risen about 21 percent this year, fell 2 percent shortly after midday.

Verizon is focused on combining the media and advertising technology assets of Yahoo and AOL, which it acquired last year, Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said in an interview.

"This is about scale, this is about building viewers, which drives advertisers, and we believe there is a lot of revenue synergy here," Shammo said.

Verizon had said on Monday that it would buy Yahoo's core internet properties for $4.83 billion to expand its digital advertising and media business and compete with Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google. The company is looking for new revenue by distributing content and selling ads as its wireless business matures.

On a call with investors, Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam said advertisers and content partners such as the National Football League were already expressing interest in distributing video to millions of AOL and Yahoo users who visit sites such as the Huffington Post and Yahoo Finance.

The company will disclose details on cost savings from the Yahoo acquisition before the deal closes in the first quarter of 2017, McAdam added.

"All we need to do is take more than our fair share of the growth of the market, and this will be a success for us," McAdam said. "And we certainly expect to do better than that."

Some analysts were less optimistic, however.

"The core growth engines of the business are sputtering," MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett said. "Their wireless revenue growth is negative, the wireline business hasn't been a growth engine for a decade, and they've just acquired Yahoo, whose revenues are shrinking double-digits."


Verizon added a net 615,000 wireless retail postpaid subscribers in the second quarter. Analysts on average had expected 784,000, according to market research firm FactSet StreetAccount.

Total operating revenue fell to $30.53 billion from $32.22 billion a year earlier. Analysts on average had expected $30.94 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Verizon cited a nearly seven-week strike by 40,000 network technicians and customer service representatives at its Fios high-speed internet, telephone and television services. The work stoppage ended in June.

Net income attributable to Verizon fell to $702 million, or 17 cents per share, from $4.23 billion, or $1.04 per share, a year earlier. The strike reduced earnings by about 7 cents per share, the company said.

Excluding special items, earnings of 94 cents per share exceeded the analysts' average estimate of 92 cents.

Apple Sells More iPhones Than Expected

(Reuters) -- Apple Inc sold more iPhones than Wall Street expected in the third quarter and estimated its revenue in the current period would top many analysts' targets, soothing fears that demand for the company's most important product had hit a wall.

Its shares rose 7 percent in after-hours trading.

The world's most valuable publicly traded company said it sold 40.4 million iPhones in the third quarter, down 15 percent from the year-ago quarter but slightly more than the average analyst forecast of 40.02 million, according to research firm FactSet StreetAccount.

IPhone sales dropped for the second straight quarter, pushing down Apple's total revenue 14.6 percent in the fiscal third quarter, ended June 25.

Demand for Apple's phones has waned in China, partly because of economic uncertainty there, and has also slowed in more mature markets as people tend to hold on to their phones for longer. The sales slump has stoked concerns about whether the tech leader can continue to deliver profits at the level Wall Street has come to expect.

"China was a major letdown," said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. "Samsung and Huawei are much more competitive now than a year ago and the Chinese economy is not doing well at all."

Moorhead said, however, that increased services revenue - which includes the App Store and iCloud - was a "very big bright spot for Apple."

Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri told Reuters in an interview that Apple's performance had topped his expectations in a quarter weighed down by tough foreign exchange rates and difficult comparisons with blockbuster iPhone 6 sales from the previous year.

Apple reduced channel inventory by $3.6 billion, exceeding the $2 billion expected reduction, meaning sales were better than they appeared, Maestri said.

Customer demand "was better than what is implied in our results and better than we had anticipated," he said.

Sales of the iPhone fell last quarter for the first time since the gadget's release in 2007, dropping 16.3 percent. Maestri projected the gadget's average selling price to rise in the September quarter.

The iPhone drives about two-thirds of Apple's total sales. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said during a call with analysts that the iPhone SE, a cheaper, four-inch (10 cm) phone released this year, was extending the range of people able to buy Apple phones.

"It's opening the door to customers we weren't reaching before," he said.

Apple's quarterly net profit fell 27 percent to $7.8 billion, while revenue of $42.36 billion beat analysts' average estimate of $42.09 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.


CHINA WORRIES

Sales in Greater China, once touted as Apple's next growth engine, decreased 33.1 percent, compared with a 112.4 percent growth in the year-earlier quarter and a near 26 percent fall in the second quarter.

Maestri attributed the drop to channel inventory reduction in the nation, foreign exchange headwinds and a general downturn in the Chinese economy.

"It is very clear that there are some signs of economic slowdown in China, and we will have to work through them," he said.

Adding to Apple's woes in China, the company's stores for books and movies went dark earlier this year. Cook said Apple was working with regulators to restore the services but played down the financial impact of the outage, saying the stores yielded less than $1 million in revenue during the short time they were on the market.

"It’s not a revenue-related issue," he said. "This is a service we want to provide our customers."

Apple's services business, which includes the App Store, Apple Pay, iCloud and other services, generated nearly $6 billion in revenue, up 18.9 percent from the previous year.

As iPhone sales level off, Apple is attempting to use such services to wring more revenue out of its existing base of users. The business emerged as Apple’s second largest after the iPhone for the first time in the second quarter, eclipsing gadgets such as the iPad and the Mac.

That shift bodes well for Apple because gross margins on services are better than the average for the rest of the company, Maestri said.

"It’s a great business because it is recurring in nature and more linked to our installed base," he said.

Maestri touted music as an example of one successful service, saying the growth of the Apple Music streaming service had more than made up for declines in digital downloads. To redouble its momentum in music, Apple purchased rights to the next season of popular series Carpool Karaoke, CBS Television Studios announced on Tuesday.

India was one of the rare bright spots, with 51 percent growth in iPhone sales, as Apple expands into emerging markets.

"India is now one of our fastest growing markets ... We're looking forward to opening more retail stores in India down the road, and we see huge potential," Cook told analysts.

Apple forecast fourth-quarter revenue of $45.5 billion to $47.5 billion, largely above Wall Street's average estimate of $45.71 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

The forecast, covering the quarter ending in September, will likely include at least the first weekend of sales of the iPhone 7 range, which Apple is expected to launch in September.

Up to Tuesday's close, Apple's shares had fallen about 8.2 percent since the start of the year. Shares rose 7 percent to $103.47 in after-hours trade following publication of results.

Twitter Revenue Growth Stalls

(Reuters) -- Twitter Inc reported its slowest revenue growth since going public in 2013 and set a disappointing forecast, fanning concerns that faster growing social media services will make it a niche product.

The microblogging service operator's shares fell 11 percent in extended trading to $16.40. While Twitter struggles to find a way to boost user growth and win over advertisers, social media services such as Instagram and Snapchat are expanding their footprints.

Co-founder Jack Dorsey returned to the company as chief executive a year ago, but his plan for reviving Twitter is at best seen as unfinished.

The company's second quarter revenue missed Wall Street estimates and the revenue forecast for the current quarter of $590 million to $610 million was well below the average analyst estimate of $678.18 million.

Twitter's user base increased about 1 percent to 313 million average monthly active users in the second quarter from 310 million in the first quarter.

"Clearly, the turnaround is still a work in progress and the question of whether being a platform for a mass audience versus a niche audience needs to be answered," said James Cakmak, analyst at Monness, Crespi, Hardt & Co.

Earlier this year, Twitter laid out a long-term strategy to turn around its business, focusing on five areas: its core service, live-streaming video, the site's "creators and influencers," safety and developers.

In live video, the company has signed deals with Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association to revive user growth and attract more advertising dollars. Executives also said Twitter was investing more in user safety as the company continues to grapple with high-profile instances of abuse and harassment.

Struggling with flat user growth and lower spending by advertisers, Twitter has doubled down on attracting more people and encouraging existing advertisers to spend more as it tries to shape its stagnating business.

"We are a year into Dorsey coming back and there is really no end in sight of when it is going to start picking up to where investors are going to be happy," said Patrick Moorhead, analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.

Twitter is also working to better define its role in the social media landscape. This week it rolled out a video ad that showed it as the place to go for live news, updates and discussion about current events, which executives also emphasized on a call with analysts. It did not stream its earnings call on its live video app Periscope, which it has done in previous quarters.

"We are the place for news and social commentary," Dorsey said on the call with analysts. "At its best, our platform allows people to reach across divides."

Dorsey also pointed to additional changes Twitter has made to clean up its product and simplify the user experience, such as not counting links and mentions as part of a tweet's 140-character count.

Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto said the company was focusing on live sports, news, politics and entertainment by bringing more live streaming to the site, which it hopes will spur additional advertising.


Excluding items, the company earned 13 cents per share, topping the average analyst estimate of 10 cents.

The company's net loss narrowed to $107.2 million, or 15 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $136.7 million, or 21 cents per share, a year earlier.

Revenue rose about 20 percent from a year ago to $602 million, but missed the analyst estimate of $606.8 million. It was also the slowest revenue growth quarter-to-quarter since its very-hyped initial public offering almost three years ago.

Report: SiriusXM-Pandora Termed A Business-Model Mismatch


Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei reportedly made at least an informal offer to buy music streamer Pandora Media recently, raising speculation that the Liberty exec is looking to combine Pandora with satellite-radio service Sirius XM Holdings.

Although the offer for $15 a share was reportedly rejected -- with Pandora allegedly seeking somewhere around $20 a share -- it raises questions about the future of the satellite service, its biggest shareholder, and how streaming may fit into the mix.

But, John-Erik Koslosky at fool.com wonders, would combining Pandora and Sirius make sense? From the perspective of adding an instant streaming audience and established streaming app to Sirius XM, yes. But from other angles, the two services seem like a mismatch that would be bound for trouble.

John-Erik Koslosky
But, writes Koslosky, perhaps the more important reason for investors to be wary of any proposed Sirius XM/Pandora merger is that these companies have very different business models.

Sirius generates some 84% of its revenue from subscriptions.That's reliable, predicable cash flow for the company, which has been using that money to increase shareholder value through buybacks and has recently talked about a potential dividend. Sirius XM's subscription-based business model generated $1.3 billion in free cash flow last year, and it should be able to continue spinning off a lot of cash now that most of its major capital expenses from its satellite system are behind it.

Just 3% of Sirius XM's revenue comes from advertisements, and even though that is the fastest-growing area of its business, it's not one it's counting on to grow to more than 10%.

Pandora, meanwhile, relies on ads for 77% of its overall revenue and Pandora's ad business is struggling. The streamer's second-quarter ad revenue was up just 15% year over year. That's slower growth than Sirius XM's advertising business has seen. Ad revenue for the satellite-radio company was up 17% last quarter.

But, there might be another explanation for why Maffei would have made an offer for Pandora This comes via BTIG Research's Brandon Ross: "It is possible that Liberty actually is not interested. Perhaps Maffei is simply toying with Sirius's competitors, hoping to ensure someone overpays for Pandora, assuming it ever finds a buyer."

Dems Beat Republicans In First Night TV Ratings


(Reuters) -- Democrats beat Republicans in U.S. television ratings, according to Nielsen data released on Tuesday for the first night of the Democratic National Convention.

An estimated 26 million people watched Monday evening between 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Eastern time, when first lady Michelle Obama and Senator Bernie Sanders were among the key speakers, Nielsen said. The data represents people watching across seven broadcast and cable TV networks.

The total is about three million more TV eyes than for the first night of the Republican convention last week when White House contender Donald Trump's wife Melania was the keynote speaker.

All in all, some 23 million Americans watched the first night of the Republican convention last week - in line with the audience for the 2012 gathering. Trump's big acceptance speech on Thursday night last week, however, failed to deliver the record audiences many TV executives had been expecting.

In 2012, the Democratic convention generally drew more nightly TV viewers than the Republican gathering, when Mitt Romney was running for the White House.

MO Radio: Mike Fell Joins Alpha Media In Clinton

Mike Fell
Alpha Media/Clinton, MO has announced Mike Fell as Market Manager. The Clinton market is home to Oldies KDKD 1280 AM, Country KDKD 95.3 FM, and Classic Rock KXEA 104.9 FM.

Fell has been in the radio industry for over 20 years working in the Midwest and Mountain West. His previous experience includes General Manager and Director of Sales. Most recently, Fell served as General Manager for Badlands Broadcasting in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Alpha Media EVP Midwest Region, George Pelletier commented on the announcement, “Mike is the ultimate radio professional and has a great track record of success. I am happy to have Mike on the Alpha team in Clinton, Missouri. I know he will grow our standing within the communities we serve and improve the overall operation.”

“It is very exciting to join a company with a vision and mission for live and local radio. My wife and I are blessed to be new members of the Clinton community. I have tremendous respect for all the Alpha managers, especially, George Pelletier, Julie Gade, and Ron McCarthy. They have been very influential in my radio career. It’s great to join the Alpha family,” remarked Fell.

NBC Sports Radio Beefs Up Podcast Offerings

NBC Sports Group has added more than 14 podcasts to its suite of audio offerings, and has made the entire NBC Sports Radio portfolio of programming available on-demand via podcast.

New offerings will include a lifestyle podcast hosted by Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, Tara and Johnny, which will debut on July 27, ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics. The podcast will touch on hot topics in sports, pop culture, and fashion. Weir and Lipinski will serve as NBC Olympic Correspondents during the Rio Games.

Click here for a preview of Tara and Johnny.

Podcasts now available include PFT Live hosted by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio; Poscast, a podcast hosted by NBC Sports World’s Joe Posnanski; golf analyst David Feherty’s podcast, Feherty; The Leisuremen, a podcast from The Dan Patrick Show’s Paul Pabst and Andrew Perloff; NASCAR on NBC hosted by NBCSports.com’s lead motorsports writer Nate Ryan; and The Two Robbies Podcast, hosted by Premier League analysts Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe.

“We’re happy to welcome the unique talent of Johnny and Tara to our airwaves,” said Rob Simmelkjaer, SVP, NBC Sports Ventures. “From baseball to football, soccer, NASCAR, basketball, and now pop culture, our podcasts will offer fans more exciting content than ever before.”

Podcast content also includes six programs from NBC Sports Regional Networks, and NBC Sports Radio’s over-the-air shows including The Chris Mannix Show, Going Deep with Amani & Dan, and the The Newy Scruggs Show, offerings from NBCSports.com and Rotoworld.com writers including Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk, and Rob Dauster of College Basketball Talk, and Josh Norris of Rotoworld Football.

In addition to its podcast offerings, all NBC Sports Radio programs air live, available on the NBC Sports Radio app, NBCSportsRadio.com.

DC Radio: Rupert Allman Joins WAMU

Rupert Allman
Rupert Allman has joined WAMU 88.5 FM as the executive producer of a new national show that will succeed The Diane Rehm Show. WAMU began development for this new show several months ago.

According to wamu.org, Starting September 1, Rupert will lead development of the new program, which will debut after Diane Rehm steps away from the mic at the end of the year. The new show will maintain the core values of The Diane Rehm Show but offer a fresh sound, flexible format, and strong emphasis on cross-platform audience engagemen

Allman is an award-winning producer who joins WAMU from WNYC in New York, where he was executive producer of the daily national show The Takeaway with John Hockenberry.

“Now more than ever, America needs a space for honest and fair debate—a program that goes out of its way to mobilize conversations, connect communities, and ask important questions,” Rupert shares.

Before taking over as executive producer of The Takeaway, Rupert worked in Washington, running a BBC program that explained the United States to a global audience of 135 million. He also led the BBC’s coverage of the 2004 and 2008 U.S. presidential elections. Allman’s assignments have included field producing on both Iraq wars, as well as major news stories throughout Europe, South Asia and the Far East. Rupert’s awards include two national Edward R. Murrow Awards, the 2016 New York Press Club Special Award and three Sony Gold Awards.

“We’re thrilled to have Rupert join WAMU,” says Andi McDaniel, WAMU’s Senior Director of Content and News. “The Diane Rehm Show is a staple in millions of listeners’ lives. Rupert will help us build on the show’s legacy for honest conversation and civil discourse, while leading the station and the industry in new directions.”

Beyonce Dominates MTV Video Noms, Swift Shut Out

Beyonce performs "Freedom" at 2016 BET Awards in June
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Beyonce's critically-praised visual album "Lemonade" on Tuesday earned the R&B singer a career-best 11 nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards, in a list that included multiple nods for Adele and rapper Kanye West but nothing for Taylor Swift.

Adele's YouTube-shattering video for her 2015 comeback single "Hello" notched seven nominations, while the sultry British singer earned an eighth mention for "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)."

The controversial video for West's "Famous" - which features portrayals of 12 nude celebrities including Swift sleeping next to the rapper - got two nominations, including the top award of video of the year.

Swift and West have been publicly feuding for months about whether the pop star approved lyrics in which West boasts about making her famous.

Swift, 26, the top-earning celebrity in the world, has dominated music awards shows in the past five years and won four MTV music video prizes in 2015, including for her single "Bad Blood" with Kendrick Lamar.

But this year she did not score any nominations after touring worldwide for much of 2015, despite releasing videos for "Out of the Woods" and "New Romantics" in late 2015 and early 2016.

The coveted video of the year category pits Beyonce's politically-charged video for "Formation" against Adele's "Hello," Canadian rapper Drake's "Hotline Bling," Justin Bieber's "Sorry" and West's "Famous."

The MTV Video Music Awards, which have a reputation for irreverence and shock tactics, take place this year in New York City on Aug. 28 and will air live on MTV. The awards are voted on by fans, starting on Tuesday. A host for the 2016 show has yet to be announced.

Beyonce's album "Lemonade" in April featured music videos for each track and was praised for its bold songs about betrayal and revenge. Videos from the album also scored nominations for choreography, art direction, and editing.

Rihanna scored multiple nominations for her collaborations with DJ Calvin Harris on "This is What You Came For," and with Drake on "Work."

British artist David Bowie, who died unexpectedly in January of cancer days after releasing a new album, also made it onto the list with nominations for best direction, art, editing and cinematography for his singles "Blackstar" and "Lazarus."

R.I.P.: Indy Radio Host Rev. Michael K. Jones

Rev. Michael K Jones
The Rev. Michael K. Jones of Indianapolis' Progressive Baptist Church and the successor to iconic talk-show host Amos Brown on WTLC 1310 AM has died at age 52, according to The Indy Star.

Liz Dixson, the station's community affairs director, and broadcaster Tony Lamont honored Jones on air Tuesday as they took calls from mourning community members while sharing their own memories of a person Dixson called a voice of the community.

Jones wasn’t a trained broadcaster, Lamont said, but that didn’t matter when he stepped in for Brown, the longtime African-American community leader in Indianapolis who hosted a show on WLTC for 11 years until his death at age 64 in November.

Jones made his own impact at WLTC despite being there for less than five months, Lamont said.

Jones, who replaced Brown on the show in March, brought his experience as a clergyman to the radio. He closed out his shows by saying, “I love you with a pastor’s heart,” Lamont said.

R.I.P.: Former Broadcast Executive Karen Tobin

Karen Tobin
Karen Tobin, who served as SVP/Corporate Partnerships at the Advanced Imaging Society, died after a long battle with cancer, on Friday morning at her home in Woodland Hills, Calif.

She was 62, according to Variety.

Tobin was born in Oakland, Calif., in 1953 and received a degree in zoology from UC Davis. She joined the entertainment industry in the promotion department of Circus Vargas.

Tobin’s career path eventually led her to Los Angeles where she held radio marketing and promotion positions at CBS Radio K-Earth 101.1 FM, Westwood One, and Clear Channel Communication’s KIIS 102.7 FM, where she managed promotions for morning radio personality Rick Dees.

She also served as head of marketing communications at KNBC from 1997 to 2000 and VP of national promotions for Fox Broadcasting in 2003 and 2004, where she helped execute third-party promotional strategies for the network’s programs, including “American Idol”.

“Karen Tobin has been a friend, a trusted colleague, and a superb executive serving our industry, our member companies, and the society,” said AIS President Jim Chabin. “For those of us who worked with her every day, she was also an absolutely awe-inspiring role-model for the way she faced her cancer diagnosis and its process. As the years of illness took more from her, she focused more than ever, and to the very end, on her work. She did it with dignity, grace and integrity. No more could ever be asked of, or received from, a colleague.”

July 27 Radio History


In 1958…A study by the Esso oil company found that drivers speed more and therefore waste more gasoline when listening to the new rock 'n' roll music on the car radio.


In 1974...NBC-TV removed the daily Dinah’s Place from its programming roster. The move brought Dinah Shore’s 23-year association with the Peacock Network to a close.

Dinah Shore
Born Frances Rose Shore (February 29, 1916 – February 24, 1994) was an American singer, actress, radio/television personality, and the top-charting female vocalist of the 1940s. She reached the height of her popularity as a recording artist during the Big Band era of the 1940s and 1950s, but achieved even greater success a decade later, in television, mainly as hostess of a series of variety programs for Chevrolet.

She had a string of 80 charted popular hits, spanning the years 1940 to 1957, and after appearing in a handful of feature films went on to a four-decade career in American television, starring in her own music and variety shows from 1951 through 1963 and hosting two talk shows in the 1970s. TV Guide magazine ranked her at #16 on their list of the top fifty television stars of all time. Stylistically, Shore was compared to two singers who followed her in the mid-to-late 1940s and early 1950s, Doris Day and Patti Page.

1947
Shore made her radio debut on Nashville's WSM-AM radio station. Shore decided to return to pursuing her career in singing, moving to New York City to audition for orchestras and radio stations. In many of her auditions, she sang the popular song "Dinah." When disc jockey Martin Block could not remember her name, he called her the "Dinah girl," and soon after the name stuck, becoming her stage name.  Shore eventually was hired as a vocalist at radio station WNEW, where she sang with Frank Sinatra. She recorded and performed with the Xavier Cugat orchestra, and signed a recording contract with RCA Victor Records in 1940.

In March 1939, Shore debuted on national radio on the Sunday afternoon CBS radio program, Ben Bernie's Orchestra. In February 1940, she became a featured vocalist on the NBC Radio program The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street, a showcase for traditional Dixieland and Blues songs.

Shore soon became a successful singing star with her own radio show in 1943, Call to Music. She continued appearing in radio shows throughout the 1940s, including Birds Eye-Open House and Ford Radio Show. In early 1946, she moved to another label, Columbia Records.



In 1982...one of the great announce voices of network radio in the 1930’s and 40’s, Dan Seymour died at age 68.  He had parlayed his skill with commercial copy on shows such as The Aldrich Family, Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre, Sing it Again, We the People & Aunt Jenny’s Real Life Stories into a very successful advertising career, rising to CEO of the prestigious J. Walter Thompson agency.


Bob Hope
In 2003...singer-actor-comedian Bob Hope died of pneumonia at his home in Toluca Lake, California at the age of 100.

His career in broadcasting began on radio in 1934. His first regular series for NBC Radio was the Woodbury Soap Hour in 1937, a 26-week contract. A year later, The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope began, and Hope signed a ten-year contract with the show's sponsor, Lever Brothers. Hope hired eight writers and paid them out of his salary of $2,500 a week. The original staff included Mel Shavelson, Norman Panama, Jack Rose, Sherwood Schwartz, and Schwartz's brother Al. The writing staff eventually grew to fifteen.



The show became the top radio program in the country. Regulars on the series included Jerry Colonna and Barbara Jo Allen as spinster Vera Vague. Hope continued his lucrative career in radio through to the 1950s, when radio's popularity was overshadowed by television.


In 2013…Syndicated radio (Kidd Kraddick in the Morning) and TV (Dish Nation) personality David "Kidd" Kraddick died of a brain aneurysm while hosting his Kidd's Kids charity golf event at age 53.

Kidd Kraddick
Kraddick received the nickname "Kidd" from a radio producer and used the name on-air from 1978 until his death. He won the Billboard Magazine “Air Personality of the Year” Award three times, received the 1992 and 1997 AWRO "Air Personality of the Year," the Marconi Award for "Radio Personality of the Year", won the first annual 1999 WB Radio Music Award as the "Best Radio Personality in the Country", and also the 2001 "Radio and Records CHR/Pop Personality/Show of the Year."

He moved from Tampa to Dallas in 1984 and took over the night shift on the newly formatted Top40 station KEGL (The Eagle) and established a following. In 1990, Kraddick was named to the Ten Outstanding Young Americans list by the United States Junior Chamber. KEGL changed formats from Top 40 pop/rock to Modern Rock in 1992 and Kraddick was released from his contract. After eight months off the air, he was hired to a morning position at Top40 KHKS-106.1 Kiss-FM in Dallas-Fort Worth.  He won a 1998 Marconi Award for Major Market Radio Personality of the Year while he was with KHKS and the next year he won Air Personality of the Year at the Radio Music Awards. He began to syndicate the show in 2001 and moved the production to an independent studio in Las Colinas.  He became a member of the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

In the early 1990s, Kraddick launched two radio oriented businesses. A monthly publication for morning personalities called "The Morning Mouth" and a show prep "sharing service" for air personalities called "BitBoard".  Kraddick subsequently sold both entities; BitBoard is now operated by iHeartMedia and The Morning Mouth is owned and operated by Talentmasters in Atlanta, Georgia


In 2013...Herb Kaplow, for 45 years a Washington correspondent for ABC and NBC who brought an authoritative voice to his wide-ranging reporting, suffered a fatal stroke at age 86.