Thursday, August 24, 2017

Charlotte Radio: Chuck Thompson Named PD At WEND

Chuck Thompson
iHeartMedia/Charlotte has named Chuck “DZL” Thompson as Program Director and Afternoon Host (3-7pm) for WEND 106.5 The End, Charlotte’s New Rock Alternative, effective immediately.

“DZL is an extraordinary programmer: strategic, creative and driven,” said Meg Stevens, Executive Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Northeast Division. “He knows how to perfectly blend the art and the science of programming. I look forward to his return to the Queen City.”

DZL most recently served as Program Director and Midday Host for XL102 in Richmond, VA. He also previously served 8 years as Assistant Program Director and Music Director for 106.5 The END.

WEND 106.5 FM (84 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
“I love the Queen City and to have the opportunity to continue to help grow our iHeartMedia brands in my honorary hometown has me beaming,” said DZL. “Charlotte is a vibrant and booming city. 106.5 The END has a huge responsibility to respect the history and celebrate and promote the growth of our community. I couldn’t be more excited!”

ESPN: Pulling Robert Lee Was About Personal Safety

ESPN President John Skipper is defending the decision to remove Asian-American announcer Robert Lee from working the upcoming University of Virginia football game in the wake of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville held over plans to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

The decision made over the name similarity was widely mocked as political correctness run amok after it was reported in the media a day earlier, but Skipper wrote in an internal memo that it wasn't done over worries about offending anyone.

Instead, he wrote there were concerns that it might create a distraction, or that Lee could be targeted by, quote, "social hectoring and trolling."

He said that after speaking with Lee, the announcer also expressed some "trepidation," and chose to do another game instead when offered the chance to switch. Skipper charged that the story had been, quote, "intentionally hijacked by someone with a personal agenda."

Lee being switched from the game was initially reported by a site that frequently criticizes ESPN for becoming, in his view, liberal and politically correct.

ESPN Radio's Ryen Russillo Charged With Criminal Entry

Ryen Russillo
ESPN radio host Ryen Russillo was arrested early Wednesday for criminal entry in Wyoming.

Russillo was arrested at 3:45 a.m. MT by the Jackson, Wyo., police, the Sporting News confirmed. Criminal entry is a misdemeanor in Wyoming, with maximum punishments of six months in jail and a $750 fine.

Officers responded to a call at approximately 3:30 a.m. about a “highly intoxicated male who was refusing to leave,” according to the Jackson Hole News & Guide. They found Russillo in a condo bedroom with “bloodshot eyes and slurred speech,” Jackson police Lt. Roger Schultz told the News & Guide.

Russillo was found naked, with his pants around his ankles.

“He was obviously intoxicated and the only thing he said was that he was getting his stuff,” according to a probable cause affidavit obtained by the News & Guide.

According to The NYPost, Schultz said Russillo didn’t force entry into the condo, and the residents weren’t sure if they had locked the doors. Russillo thought he might be staying at the condo, police said, but didn’t know where he was at the time.

Russillo is currently the host of “The Russillo Show” on ESPN News and ESPN radio. Danny Kanell had been his co-host on the show, but Kanell was part of the massive ESPN layoffs in April.

Russillo became a well-known sports radio figure working on Scott Van Pelt’s ESPN radio show, which eventually became the “SVP and Russillo Show.” He has previously worked on several ESPN radio shows.

Sage Steele Returning Home to Anchor New-Look SportsCenter:AM

After nearly four years away, popular ESPN personality Sage Steele is returning “home” to anchor a new-look SportsCenter:AM from ESPN’s Bristol, Ct., studios beginning Monday, August 28.

Steele, Jay Harris and Randy Scott will anchor the fast-paced 7-10 a.m. ET edition of ESPN’s signature news and information program. Steele, who joined ESPN in 2007, previously anchored SportsCenter until 2013, when she moved to other assignments within the company, also moving away from Connecticut.

But Steele is back on the ESPN campus now and ready to kick off the new show.

“In 2007, I achieved my dream of hosting SportsCenter,” Steele said. “That day, Jay Harris was my co-host and he basically carried me — a nervous rookie — through my first crazy show. I’ve had so many incredible learning experiences since that first day and now it’s all coming full circle.

“Jay and Randy Scott are not only two of the most talented people I know, but they’re two of the best people I know,” she said. “At this point in my career, it’s all about the people, and our people – our leaders who are committed to SportsCenter:AM – are the reason why I am so excited, so proud to be coming home.”

Among new SportsCenter:AM segments:

  • Story of the Day – three unique looks at the biggest news of the day.
  • Translating Coachspeak – SportsCenter experts will translate clich├ęs often used by coaches into what they REALLY mean.
  • The Most – In the 8 a.m. hour, “The Most” will show viewers the most impressive, ridiculous, funny, awesome or memorable play from the day and night before.

“Our overnight crew is tirelessly doing a ‘Red Zone’ every night for every sport, making sure people waking up the next day get more than a result – they get a story,” said Rob King, ESPN senior vice president, SportsCenter and News Platforms. “SportsCenter:AM celebrates our commitment to watching every game and using highlights to update and inform the fans who couldn’t watch live, infusing them with next-level stats, social content and local announcer calls to give them even greater energy and flavor

“It’s a real joy to welcome Sage back to Bristol and know she, Jay and Randy will be a great team for SportsCenter:AM,” said King.

Also beginning on August 28 will be SportsCenter Right Now, a new digital and television initiative with up-to-the-minute news updates. SportsCenter Right Now will appear multiple times per hour on and in the home-screen video player on the ESPN App. In addition to the digital platforms, SportsCenter Right Now updates will air twice hourly within ESPN daytime programming. The updates will begin August 28 in First Take and will expand in placement and frequency over the following months. Featuring SportsCenter anchors including Toni Collins, the TV and digital updates will originate from the SportsCenter studio.

August 24 Radio History

➦In 1911...announcer/host Durward Kirby was born in Covington Kentucky.  After war service starting in 1946 he co-hosted Club Matinee with Garry Moore on NBC Blue, then moved to TV in ’49 and worked on Garry Moore & Perry Como’s TV shows throughout the ’50′s.  In the ’60′s he co-hosted Candid Camera with Allen Funt.

Durward Kirby
Kirby was born in Covington, Kentucky. His family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, when he was 15. Kirby graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, then entered Purdue University to study engineering. However, he dropped out to become a radio announcer. He served in the United States Navy during World War II. Following the war, he hosted Club Matinee in Chicago with Garry Moore on the NBC Blue radio network before moving to television in 1949 as an announcer. He was a regular on Moore's television shows from 1950 to 1968. Kirby also appeared as a host, announcer, or guest on other television programs, including serving as one of NBC Radio's Monitor.

Kirby stood 6 ft 4 in tall and had a mellow personality that served well as a foil for the stars with whom he worked. A versatile performer, he acted in sketches, sang, and danced. He moved with ease from slapstick to suave sales pitches for the sponsor's product. Critic John Crosby called him "one of the most versatile muggers and comedians on the air."

Durward Kirby died of congestive heart failure in Fort Myers, Florida, in 2000 at the age of 88.

➦In 1917...TV announcer/host Dennis James was born in Jersey City New Jersey.

Dennis James
Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, James began his career in radio with WNEW (now WBBR) and moved to television in 1938, working for the soon-to-become-DuMont Television Network station WABD, which helped to found the DuMont network in 1946. (WABD is now WNYW.) James became the host of many game shows, such as the ABC version of Chance of a Lifetime (1952–53) and served as commentator for DuMont's wrestling and boxing shows, such as Boxing From Jamaica Arena (1948–49) and other DuMont boxing and wresting shows such as Amateur Boxing Fight Club (1949–50). He hosted the DuMont daytime variety show Okay, Mother (1948–51) with Julia Meade.

James often addressed the TV audience as "Mother", a practice he had begun when discussing the finer points of wrestling during his sports broadcasts. He feared the men in the audience would be insulted by the implication that they didn't already know the rules (even if they didn't), but would accept that James was merely explaining things for the benefit of women viewers.

Known as the "Dean of Game Show Hosts", James started his game show hosting career by hosting the first network game show, Cash and Carry on the Dumont network from 1946 to 1947. During the 1953–54 season, James was the announcer of the quiz program Judge for Yourself, which aired on NBC, with Fred Allen as the emcee.

He died of lung cancer June 3, 1997 at age 79.

➦In 1950...the summer replacement radio show for Suspense, titled Somebody Knows, was heard for the final time on CBS Radio. The program offered a reward of $5,000 for information that led to the solving of crimes. Somebody Knows began with the introduction, “You out there. You, who think you have committed the perfect crime — that there are no clues, no witnesses — listen. Somebody knows.”

➦In 1999...actress Mary Jane Croft, who frequently appeared in Lucille Ball’s TV & film projects, died of natural causes at age 83. She was a much-in-demand Hollywood radio regular from the 1940′s through the 70′s, with supporting roles in dozens of series such as One Man’s Family, Suspense, Sam Spade, Our Miss Brooks and Sears Radio Theatre.

Dale Sommers
➦In 2012...legendary radio truck show host Dale Sommers, The Truckin’ Bozo died of complications from diabetes and Addison’s disease at age 68.  For 20 years beginning in 1984 he hosted an overnight show for truckers on WLW Cincinnati, then went to XM Satellite Radio with an afternoon talk show also geared toward long distance truck drivers.

Born Glen Council in Humboldt, Tennessee, Sommers moved to Cincinnati with his family at the age of 15. The next year (1959), be began working for WAEF. Sommers worked for other local radio stations in Cincinnati, as well as in Evansville, Indianapolis, Seattle, San Diego, Miami, and Kansas City, before settling back at WLW in 1984.His nickname "The Truckin' Bozo" reportedly came from his former boss at WLW, Randy Michaels. During a station remodeling, Michaels saw Sommers kick a wall. Unfortunately, its supports had been removed and it came crashing down across a desk, prompting Michaels to call Sommers “a bozo.”  Sommers retired from WLW in 2003 but shortly thereafter assumed work at XM, joining the Open Road channel in a daytime slot. Sommers would remain with the channel through its merger with Sirius's Road Dog Trucking channel up until shortly before his death.

"The Bozo" made national headlines when he helped to catch a robber at a convenience store in Camilla, Georgia. Sommers was talking live on the air with regular caller Linda Driskill, known as "Mississippi Lady" to listeners, when he heard Driskill admonish someone not to come behind her counter. She then hung up the phone. Sommers was concerned for her safety, so he called the Camilla police (who knew Driskill from Sommers' show). The police responded to Driskill's store and quickly apprehended the robber.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

New Taylor Swift Music 12:01a Friday, Album November

After much, much speculation, Taylor Swift finally announced her sixth studio album, “Reputation,” on Wednesday. The album will be released on Nov. 10, with its first single dropping on Thursday night, according to Variety.

The popstar had keep fans on their toes since last week. Last Friday, the third anniversary of the day she announced her first pop album “1989” and unveiled its debut single “Shake It Off,” she deleted every last post on her Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. This past Monday, she posted a cryptic 10-second video of a reptilian tail on her Twitter.

Also significant: the MTV Video Music Awards are this Sunday. It’s been rumored that Swift will also release a video for the new song at the ceremony.

It’s been three years since Swift released the mega-selling “1989,” marking the longest break in albums since she debuted her first in 2006. She typically releases a new album every two years, and only recently collaborated with Zayn Malik on “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” for the “Fifty Shades Darker” soundtrack this year. She’s kept an unusually low profile over the past few months, posting sporadically on social media and making few public appearances.

Broadcast Radio Revenue Soared 22% In July

After a few months of slower growth, digital-media advertising revenue has resumed its double-digit climb -- with social media, search and internet radio among its strongest performers.

According to MediaPost, Digital-media advertising was up 19% in July, according to Standard Media Index, which culls booking data from 80% of the major media agencies.

Social media grew 34%, while internet radio was up 31% and search added 21%. In a related move, broadcast radio unexpectedly soared higher -- 22% more in advertising revenues, with its automotive advertising growing 41%.

Total TV grew 5% in July. Cable networks added 3.7% and broadcast networks were virtually flat at 0.3%.

Local cable was a major part of this growth -- gaining 54% in the month. Spot TV improved 16% and syndication rose 10%.

The national cable networks' increase was largely attributable to sports. The Wimbledon tennis tournament on ESPN scored high results, as the entire tournament ran in July this year.

Cable TV news networks saw continued advertising growth —although a bit lower than previous months -- with 11% gains overall. MSNBC was up 33%, while Fox News Channel added 5% and CNN grew 10%.

While broadcast networks had lackluster results, their prime-time entertainment saw major gains for most channels: ABC was up 25%; NBC gained 12%; and CBS rose 5%. Fox had a 9% decline.

Magazines were down 6% and newspapers lost 16%, but out-of-home media was up 2%.

Norfolk Radio: Natalia Soniak To Program WPTE

Natalia Soniak
Entercom Norfolk announced that WNVZ Z104 FM Program Director, Natalia Soniak is the new Program Director for HotAC WPTE 94.9 FM The Point effective immediately.

In her new role, Natalia will oversee the music selections and overall direction of the station, while continuing her role as Program Director for Z104.

“Natalia is one of our great leaders and talents, and we are delighted that she will be taking on the extra responsibilities of the 94.9 The Point,” said Bennett Zier, Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Norfolk.

“Entercom Norfolk is one of Entercom’s great radio clusters and I am delighted to be taking on WPTE and working with such a great team,” said Natalia Soniak.

WPTE 94.9 FM (50 Kw) Red=Local Coverage Area
Natalia has over 14 years of industry knowledge and experience. Prior to her appointment, Natalia has successfully programed Z104 for over 3 years. Natalia completed her Bachelor’s degree from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

Millions Report Trouble Accessing Facebook

Shaded Areas reports Facebook problems
As of 7:30 AM Eastern....Facebookers using Chrome experienced problems earlier today.  Frustrated followers using the Chrome browser posted to Twitter to report trouble. Facebook itself has not commented.

Chrome users can access FB, by pressing Crtl+F5 to access.  Those using Mozilla didn't seem to be having problems this morning.

The Facebook access issue seemed to be fixed around 8:30 Eastern today.

Fox News No. 1 Basic Cable Network in Total Day

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Fox News continued its blistering summer ratings performance last week as it once again dominated the primetime and total day ratings charts.

According to MultiChannel News, Fox News averaged 2 million viewers during the week of Aug. 14 to Aug. 20 to top the cable primetime ratings charts for the 12th consecutive week.  According to Nielsen. MSNBC was second with 1.9 million viewers, followed by USA Network and HGTV with 1.4 million viewers each, and TBS and CNN, tied with 1.3 million watchers.

ESPN, History and A&E (tied with 1 million viewers) and Investigation Discovery (984,000) rounded out the top 10, according to Nielsen.

 Fox News also topped the cable ratings charts on a 24-hour basis for the 33rd consecutive week, topping Nickelodeon, MSNBC, CNN and Adult Swim.

TBS was the most watched network in primetime among adults 18-49, while Adult Swim was tops within the demo on a 24-hour basis. HBO's Game Of Thrones was the most watched show of the week with more than 10 million viewers, according to Nielsen.

President Donald Trump drew 10.1 million viewers on cable news during his address on the war in Afghanistan on Monday night, according to Nielsen data.

Trump’s speech aired from 9 p.m. ET until approximately 9:30. In that time frame, Fox News led all of cable news with 5.09 million total viewers with 1.22 million in the key adults 25-54 demographic. MSNBC was second in total viewers with 2.69 million but third in the demo with 569,000. CNN was third in total viewers with 2.35 million but second in the demo with 748,000.

In the 9 p.m. hour as a whole, Fox News led with 4.73 million and in demo with 1.12 million. MSNBC was second in total viewers with 2.91 million but third in the key demo with 622,000. CNN was third in total viewers with 2.5 million but second in the key demo with 790,000.

That is on top of the 17.5 million viewers the address drew across the Big 4 broadcast networks, according to preliminary numbers released Tuesday morning.

Latino Media Coalition Targets Broadcast Nets On Diversity

Latino leaders meeting with top CBS executives last week were braced for a confrontation over a protracted scarcity of Latino actors and stories on the network’s prime-time shows.

“We said, ‘That’s it, no more’” in preparing for the encounter, said Alex Nogales of the National Latino Media Coalition.

Instead, reports PageSix at The NYPost, the coalition said in a statement Tuesday it found CBS has made “record commitments” to improved representation of Latinos, which Nogales said has galvanized the group to demand more from other networks.

“We’re going to be very militant from here on out. … The next target is Fox,” he said, with a meeting to be requested next week. Letter-writing campaigns and boycotts could be among the tools employed to push broadcasters to act, he said.

Fox didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Without releasing specific numbers per its agreement with CBS, the coalition said the network has doubled the number of Latino writers and cast members since 2016; agreed to order scripts from Latinos or with Latino themes, and will hear additional pitches from 10 Latino writers or producers.

NOLA Radio: Chris Wegman New VP/MM For Entercom

Chris Wegman
Entercom Tuesday announced the appointment of Chris Wegmann as Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom New Orleans, overseeing N/T WWL AM/FM, A/C Magic 101.9 (WLMG-FM), Classic Rock 95.7 The Bayou (WKBU-FM), Top40 B97 (WEZB-FM), R&B Hot 103.7 Translator W279DF (WWWL-AM), and The New Orleans Saints Radio Network.

Wegmann is a radio veteran with 40 years of experience managing stations in markets including New Orleans, Austin, Pittsburgh, Houston and Atlanta. Prior to joining Entercom, Wegmann served as President of the Radio Division of Radio One.

“I am excited to have someone of Chris’s background joining Entercom in New Orleans,” said Michael Doyle, Regional President, Entercom. “He started his career in New Orleans, and is returning with an impressive resume of success in our industry.”

Wegmann is a New Orleans native and began his career at WBOK–AM, an R&B station, later moving to WWIW-AM, Music of Your life, as General Manager. Wegmann also worked with Dick Oppenheimer’s Signature Broadcasting as General Manager of K98 KHFI-FM in both Austin and McAllen, Texas as well as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Wegmann was Regional Vice-President for Gulf Star and Clear Channel, overseeing five markets including New Orleans. In 2001, Wegmann joined Cox Radio in Houston and subsequently was promoted to run the WSB flagship cluster in Atlanta, Georgia.

Wegmann is past member of Nielsen Audio’s Radio Advisory Board and is a past board member for numerous state broadcaster associations including Louisiana, Texas, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington DC.

Orlando Radio: Mick Dolan Joins Bud 94.1 FM

Mick Dolan
W231CT Bud 94.1, Orlando’s King of Rock, which signed on the air July 13 has announced their first air staff member, veteran Orlando rocker Mick Dolan.

Dolan spent numerous years at Orlando’s legendary WDIZ, later at legendary WJRR, and Smooth Jazz outlet WLOQ.

He joins Bud 94.1 from Salem Media Group where he did news and traffic reports.

Dolan seemed genuinely excited to be joining Bud 94.1, saying “I like the music.  I really, really like the music.  These dudes rock hard.  Sorry, they ‘Rock Hard’.  And, they like Beer, Boobs & Rock.  I like Beer, Boobs & Rock.  And ampersands.  Where else would I want to work but at the King of Rock?  That’s a rhetorical question.  You don’t need to answer.  And besides, my car knows the way home".

According to a news rlease, Dolan began work at Bud 94.1 Monday, August 21st, but won’t actually be on the air until they get a microphone.  They might borrow one from JVC Broadcasting sister station 103.1 The Wolf, Orlando’s New Choice for Country Hits and Throwbacks.  Unlike The Wolf, Bud 94.1 will NOT be featuring Commercial Free Mondays, because they need the dough in the worst sort of way, especially to buy microphones and AAA batteries.

FCC Urged To Open Up Cable, Internet Access For Tenants

A trade association is asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to give apartment building tenants more choices when it comes to internet and cable providers.

According to The Hill, Incompas, which lobbies on behalf of smaller service providers, said the FCC should take up a new rule that would effectively ban rental property owners from giving preferential treatment to certain companies.

While it’s illegal to prevent apartment building tenants from signing up with the service provider of their choice, landlords have a lot of leeway to ensure that only certain providers have access to their properties.

In some cases they also have an incentive to favor one provider over another. Property owners are allowed to enter into revenue-sharing agreements with companies like AT&T and Comcast, for instance, which provide kickbacks whenever their tenants sign up for service.

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Spreaker, BlogTalk Radio Merging

Spreaker & BlogTalkRadio announced today that their respective Boards have approved a merger of the two companies that promises to create the leading technology platform for podcast creation and monetization.

The combined entity is comprised of more than 50,000 podcasts, millions of listeners globally, and a proprietary suite of creation and monetization technologies that enable podcasters to manage each step of the creation, distribution and commercialization process with an easy to use, all in one solution.

Francesco Baschieri, co-founder and CEO of Spreaker, who will serve as President of the combined company, said, “We’re combining Spreaker’s best-in-class mobile and web content management system and creation tools with BlogTalkRadio’s first-to-market monetization platform. The merged company operates at massive scale delivering unique value to independent hosts, podcast networks, and larger mainstream publishers alike.”

Baschieri added, “BlogTalkRadio recently released its ‘big data’ audience data solution, Cortex. Through the combination of this technology platform with Spreaker’s sophisticated mobile apps and creation tools, we can deliver the ‘holy grail’ to the podcasting industry — targeted buys enriched by analytics and audience data that provide extremely high accuracy and transparency to advertisers, while also providing rich feedback loops for content creators to improve their content. This tightly-coupled capability, supported by Spreaker’s existing promotional deals and distribution channels with the likes of iHeartRadio, iTunes and Sonos, will make our company an instant leader in the space.”

In connection with the merger, shareholders from each of Spreaker and BlogTalkRadio will be making investments in support of the combined company’s growth plan, which will be rolled out over the next several months. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Team members from both companies will be participating on panels and exhibitions at the industry’s largest event, the Podcast Movement (#PM17), in Los Angeles, CA, from August 23-25.

Nielsen: Half of Households Are Listening to Podcasts

There's a podcast listener in half of all U.S. households, and boy do they love beer and bottled water, according to new data from Nielsen that aims to help consumer brands match purchase behavior to podcast audiences.  "Advertisers are eager to explore the world of podcasting but they don’t really know much about the podcast audience," said Bruce Supovitz, Nielsen Audio svp. "That is all about to change."

According to Billboard, the just-released edition of Nielsen Podcast Insights looks at the correlation between podcast tastes and spending habits of audiences across 300-plus categories, including gum, olives, deodorant and frozen pizza, but narrowed its public findings to three life-giving products: bottle water, baby food and beer.

Nielsen gathered the data from its Homespun Panel of thousands of U.S. households, who allow the ratings firm to measure their purchases. The survey found that over 60 million households in America are home to a podcast listener, with 22 percent of those fans considering themselves "avid" fans. Those millions of podcast listeners also spend billions of dollars on consumer products every year, so the key for marketers is to know where to best reach them.

Nielsen has released highlights from the correlation between podcast audiences and three key categories (bottled water, baby food and beer) have been released in a new report that presents definitive insight.

Among the three categories, bottled water has the greatest household penetration, as 104 million U.S. homes (84%) buy bottled water. Of the homes that buy bottled water, 51% are podcast listeners. Drilling down even further, almost 12 million are avid podcast fans. Avid podcast fans are those who consider themselves extremely interested in a certain genre of podcast. When we look at the amount of money these consumers spend on bottled water per year, we see that the podcast audience influences $2.8 billion in annual bottled water sales. More importantly, the avid podcast fan spends more per year on bottled water, making them a more desirable target for advertisers

The baby food category is much smaller than the bottled water category, but there are similarities between the two. Fans of Religion & Spirituality podcasts spend the most per year on bottled water, at $124.91, while baby food is bought in 18.9% of all households who are fans of Kids & Family podcasts, the most of any other genre. These specific genres of podcasts offer advertisers a very unique environment to engage with baby food consumers.

Conversely, the beer category has a much different audience than bottled water and baby food. Fans of TV & Film podcasts spend the most per year on beer, at $125.43 per household. Fans of podcasts in the Arts genre scored the highest penetration of all podcast genres at 43%. Clearly, beer consumers are seeking entertainment from the podcast genres they are most interested in.

MRC Working On Standard For Cross-Platform Video Measurement

A new, better standard is needed to hold tech companies that are moving into the media and entertainment space accountable, and it's coming.

The media industry's standards group, the MRC (Media Rating Council), is gathering comments for a proposed "Audience Measurement Standard" that will be finalized and introduced in Q3, MRC CEO George Ivie tells Axios. The standard will provide more powerful metrics such as progress through the video ad coupled with in target audience performance.

Why it matters: Until a company is audited by the Media Ratings Council, there's no real way of knowing whether their metrics are legitimate. "Advertisers are more serious than I've ever seen them in pulling back dollars from those who won't be audited," Ivie says. "I've never seen advertisers more energized than right now about the quality of measurement."

How it works: The "duration-weighted metric," as the MRC puts it, will be calculated by measuring impressions (the number of times someone is reached) that are viewable by the MRC's standards (viewed for at least 2 consecutive seconds), combined with how long each of those verified views lasts.

Audit pressure rising: Two more tech giants will likely agree to be audited by the Media Ratings Council this fall, Ivie also tells Axios. Earlier this year, Google and Facebook both agreed to be audited, after reports of inflated video metrics received pushback from ad buyers. Snapchat received a lot of pressure to audit ahead of their IPO, but have yet to do so.

The Village Voice To Shutter Print Edition

The Village Voice, the left-leaning independent weekly New York City newspaper, announced on Tuesday that it will end print publication.

According to The NYTimes, the paper’s owner, Peter Barbey, said in a statement that the move was intended to revitalize the 62-year-old Voice by concentrating on other forms and to reach its audience every day rather than once a week. The exact date of the last print newspaper has not yet been finalized, according to a spokeswoman.

The Village Voice was founded in 1955 by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher and Norman Mailer and for decades it sold a weekly version thick with classified ads. In 1996, facing competition from publications like Time Out New York and The New York Press, it changed to free distribution, in an attempt to boost circulation numbers.

Mr. Barbey, whose family has owned The Reading Eagle newspaper in Pennsylvania for generations, purchased the paper from Voice Media group in October 2015. In his statement, he noted that when The Voice converted to a free weekly, “Craigslist was in its infancy, Google and Facebook weren’t yet glimmers in the eyes of their founders, and alternative weeklies — and newspapers everywhere — were still packed with classified advertising.”

The newspaper business has moved online, Mr. Barbey noted, and so has The Voice’s audience, “which expects us to do what we do not just once a week, but every day, across a range of media,” he wrote.

This summer, The Voice redesigned its website and has since reported rapidly increasing traffic.

Here's How Smartwatches Are Being Used

For all the hype about smartwatches when they first debuted, they haven't become essential for people they way smartphones are, with only about nine percent of consumers owning one, according to data out last week from NPD.

Additionally, they aren't being used the way it was thought they would be, with Apple initially presenting its watch as as being able to run a lot of apps and freeing people from having to use their phones so much. But it turns out people didn't want to use them that way, so the second version of the Apple Watch focused more on fitness tracking and text notifications.

New NPD data on how smartwatches are used shows that those in fact are the most used features.

Text Message May Be Best Way To Fire A Millennial

Getting fired is a traumatic experience. To lessen the blow, most bosses prefer letting employees go through a face-to-face conversation. Yet it may come as a surprise that some employees would rather be fired via text or instant message, especially those who are younger.

According to CNBC, A survey of 1,154 working adults from software company Cyberlink showed that one in 13 workers would prefer to be fired over text or instant message instead of having the conversation in-person. For millennial employees, the number increased to one in eight workers.

"Being fired is never a comfortable thing," Richard Carriere, senior vice president of global marketing, tells CNBC Make It. However, he says that because millennials are heavy users of social media and the digital space, they feel more comfortable conveying "feelings in a short and succinct way."

Carriere notes that as the workplace becomes more technologically dependent and telecommunication increases, there may be a heavier reliance on communicating via text and instant messaging.

According to the survey, 37 percent of millennial working Americans say they would prefer to ask a quick work-related question over text or instant message. Notably, 16 percent of millennial workers would like to present an idea to their boss via email, compared to just three percent via phone, and 15 percent would rather give critical feedback via text or instant message.

Twitter Signs Streaming Deal With NASCAR

Twitter has signed a livestreaming deal with NASCAR that will give users on the platform an inside-the-car view during races, reports Fierce Cable.

NASCAR said this will be the first time in-car camera feeds will be live-streamed for all 10 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs races. The streaming will first be available for the NASCAR Playoffs at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 17. Next to the live-stream will be a real-time curated timeline of tweets.

Twitter has signed on Toyota as a sponsor for the livestream.

“Through the in-car camera live stream on Twitter, our fans will have another compelling vantage point of the NASCAR Playoffs, where the energy and intensity of stage racing will be elevated to a whole new level,” said Steve Phelps, executive vice president and chief global sales and marketing officer for NASCAR, in a statement. “To provide this level of access on Twitter throughout the 10-week playoffs is a fantastic way to complement the viewing experience on NBC Sports and the NBC Sports app.”

“NASCAR continues to innovate on Twitter, a place where their passionate fans discuss what’s happening before, during and after every race,” said Twitter COO Anthony Noto in a statement. “Our new collaboration will offer NASCAR fans a unique live stream perspective for the 2017 playoffs alongside the real-time Twitter conversation.”

For Twitter, the NASCAR deal expands on the platform’s growing slate of programming deals.

Earlier this year during Twitter’s Digital Content NewFronts presentation, the company announced content deals with MLB, Live Nation, WNBA, PGA, Bloomberg, BuzzFeed and more.

K-C Radio: NFL Chiefs Extend Contract With WHB-AM

On Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs announced that the club has reached an agreement to extend their partnership with Sports Radio WHB 810 AM.

Since February of 2010, Sports Radio 810 WHB has served as the Official Sports Radio Home of the Kansas City Chiefs, with exclusive rights to various categories of Chiefs programming.

“When we announced our partnership with Sports Radio 810 WHB in 2010, it was truly a groundbreaking agreement for our organization and we’ve seen the relationship continue to grow since that time,” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said. “We know that 810 WHB is delivering quality programming and content to Chiefs fans over-the-air and online. We look forward to our continued relationship  with Union Broadcasting as we work with them to reach even more of our fans.”

“We are excited to announce our partnership with the Kansas City Chiefs. The passion of Chiefs Kingdom is unmatched in the NFL and as an Official Broadcast Partner, Sports Radio 810 WHB is thrilled to be Kansas City’s home for exclusive Chiefs news, information and interviews,” President of Union Broadcasting, Inc. Chad Boeger said. “The Chiefs are one of the best organizations in professional sports, and it stands to reason that our listeners get to enjoy the best, most comprehensive coverage of the Chiefs on the preeminent sports radio station in the Midwest, Sports Radio 810 WHB, locally owned and operated for over 20 years.”

Under the extended agreement, 810 WHB will own exclusive live radio broadcast rights to the Chiefs weekly in-season press conference with Head Coach Andy Reid and a weekly one-on-one interview with QB Alex Smith. In addition, Sports Radio 810 WHB will broadcast the Chiefs Kingdom radio show on Monday nights from 6 to 7 p.m., which is hosted by Voice of the Chiefs Mitch Holthus and includes call-ins from Coach Reid and live on-site guest interviews with key players.

Throughout the season, Chiefs players will be featured on regularly scheduled 810 WHB programming, hosted by 810’s staff of on-air personalities. Each year during Chiefs Training Camp, 810 WHB has access to deliver live reports from an exclusive end zone tent and broadcast live post-practice interviews.

WHB 810 AM (50 Kw-D, 5 Kw-N DA-N)
Beginning with the new agreement, 810 WHB will also have the ability to run a marketing campaign centered around Chiefs Mondays, broadcasting on location at The University of Kansas Health System Training Complex.

ESPN Pulls Robert Lee From UVA Game

Robert Lee
An Asian-American ESPN broadcaster named Robert Lee won't be working the University of Virginia's football team's season-opening game as planned because of the similarity of his name to Confederate General Robert E. Lee's in the wake of the Charlottesville violence.

The white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that led to violence and the death of a counterprotester in a car ramming attack was held because of the city's decision to remove a statue of Lee.

ESPN said in a statement, "We collectively made the decision with Robert to switch games as the tragic events in Charlottesville were unfolding, simply because of the coincidence of his name. In that moment it felt right to all parties. It's a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play-by-play for a football game has become an issue."

ESPN said that Lee will work another game in Pittsburgh instead, and noted that assignments are switched all the time.

Wednesday morning. former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee shared a series of tweets mocking ESPN's trigger-happy decision-making.

ESPN has been strongly criticized -- primarily in conservative circles -- for injecting political issues into sports coverage and for allegedly taking sides in various controversies.

'Campaign Carl' Cameron Retiring From Fox News

Carl Cameron
Fox News chief political correspondent Carl Cameron is retiring after more than three decades as a journalist.

According to The Hill, the 55-year-old Cameron has been with Fox News since its inception in 1996 and has broken several big stories during his tenure, including the 2000 story on then-presidential hopeful George W. Bush's previously unknown drunk driving arrest.

Cameron has covered six presidential campaigns, which earned him the nickname "Campaign Carl."

n a statement, President of News Jay Wallace said Cameron "has been the heart and soul of our political journalism for the entire existence of FOX News."
Cameron said in an email to coworkers that he will “always be immensely grateful for the relationships, experiences, and many lessons over the last two decades.”

“I’m honored and overwhelmed to have been a part of it as your Congressional correspondent, Chief White House correspondent and most of all Chief Political Correspondent,” he wrote.

Cameron began his career in 1985 in ad sales at WFEA in New Hampshire. He jumped into broadcasting after filling in when the station's weatherman called in sick.

August 23 Radio History

Art Van Harvey, Clarence Hartzell, Bernadine Flynn, Billy Idelson
➦In actor Art Van Harvey was born in Chicago.  His claim to fame was playing Vic in the memorable daytime radio series Vic & Sade, written by Paul Rhymer, and set in “the small house halfway up in the next block.”

During a more than 14 year run on radio, Vic and Sade earned critical and popular success.  According to Time Magazine, Vic and Sade had 7,000,000 devoted listeners in 1943.  Van Harvey died Sept. 7 1957 at age 74.

➦In 1889...the first ship-to-shore wireless message was received in U.S. (at San Francisco.)

➦In 1923....Billy Jones and Ernie Hare, “The Happiness Boys”, were heard on New York’s WEAF radio for the first time.  The two were billed as radio’s first comedians and were also credited with creating and performing the first singing commercial.

They began on radio October 18, 1921 on WJZ (Newark, New Jersey), where they were sponsored by the chain of Happiness Candy stores. Listeners mailed in their comments about the singers on cards supplied to retailers by Happiness Candy.

Beginning August 23, 1923, the Happiness Boys broadcast on New York's WEAF, moving to NBC from a run from 1926 to 1929. The duo sang popular tunes, mostly light fare and comic songs, and they engaged in humorous repartee between numbers. Their theme song was "How Do You Do" (1924). However, only the words to this song were new at that time. The melody had been used for a variety of other songs in the past and is still used in the camp favorite "If You're Happy and You Know It (Clap Your Hands)".

By 1928, Jones and Hare were the highest paid singers in radio, earning $1,250 a week. They also made highly successful personal appearances in the United States and Europe. (They mention the European tour fondly in their recording of "We Don't Like It, Not Much.")

➦In 1989...The music died on the Big 89 WLS.

In June , WLS 890 AM had announced they were going all talk by the end of the summer. Rumors were that the change was to happen September 1.

Air personalities were becoming more talk intensive anyway and midday talk was added as well.

But quietly with no warning, on August 23, 1989 at 7 pm, WLS stopped playing music altogether. Phil Duncan was the last DJ to play music on WLS, and as Phil finished up his show, a voice in the back of the studio (that of then-WYTZ worker Steven Craig) was heard saying "Goodnight!"; Steven unknowingly (and unoffically) became the last live voice on WLS Musicradio. Appropriately, the last song was "Just You 'n' Me" by Chicago.

WLS then became a 24/7 all talk statiom featuring high-rated talk talents from around the country, such as Bob Lassiter from Tampa Bay, Stacy Taylor from San Diego and their biggest hit, Rush Limbaugh out of New York.

In 1975, The Big 89 WLS celebrated its 25th anniversary of playing rock and roll with this retrospective TV show that aired on Channel 7 WLS TV Chicago in 1985. Most of the disc jockeys of the past (and some of the present at the time) appear on this program.  The program is hosted by the late super jock Larry Lujack.

For More on WLS: Click HERE And HERE.

➦In 1991...Seattle radio station KKND “The End” FM 107.7 was born, billing its music as “The Cutting Edge of Rock.”  It first gave airplay to local bands Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Soundgarden. This launched the Seattle “grunge” movement internationally.

➦In 2010…Veteran San Francisco radio-TV newsman (KCBS-AM , KPIX-TV) Dave McElhatton died after a stroke at age 81.

Dave McElhatton
McElhatton worked for KCBS Radio in San Francisco for 25 years, starting two weeks after college graduation. Early in his career, he hosted an all-night radio show, "Music Till Dawn".

In the early 1960s, he was the host of "McElhatton In The Morning", a blend of news and comedy, with his sidekick Homer "Friendly Clyde" Welch.

He later hosted a radio program called "Viewpoint", which was the area's first telephone talk show. McElhatton later became news director of KCBS radio, where he helped change the format of the station to an all-news format.

While working in radio at KCBS, McElhatton (along with Friendly Clyde) hosted TV Bingo, a daytime show on KTVU Channel 2.

McElhatton became a television news anchor for KPIX-TV Channel 5, the first television station in San Francisco starting in 1977 upon leaving KCBS radio. The hiring of McElhatton, a radio broadcaster, was noted by some to be a bold stroke. He remained as a news achor with KPIX until his retirement in 2000. He was noted, along with that of CBS newsman Walter Cronkite, to be among two good reporters during a forum by U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein.

At his peak, his salary as a newscaster was reportedly approximately $750,000 per year. For a decade from the late 1970s to late 1980s, his co-anchor was Wendy Tokuda, with whom he still maintained personal contact.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

L-A Radio: OM Gene Sandbloom To EXIT KROQ

Gene Sandbloom
Following a 25-year run, OM Gene Sandbloom announced via Facebook that he would soon be leaving his longtime post at CBS radio's KROQ 106.7 FM for an eventual move to France, according to Jockline Daily at The Morning Mouth.

"After 25 years at KROQ, I'll be leaving next week. It's been an amazing run, and throw in Music Director at KIIS-FM, A&R Director at MCA Records and Managing Editor of Network 40 Magazine, that's 35 years in the Music Biz in LA. It's time to move on. I'm off to the Sierras to solo backpack the John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mount Whitney in September. Then a quick stop in Cuba before I head to France. I'll be picking up an off-road motorcycle when I land, and lots and lots of maps. I can't take up French residency until 2019, so next year I'll be traveling the world looking for my next job. Africa, Asia, Europe, or back here in the States - anything and everything is on the table."

In a staff memo, CBS Radio SVP/Programming Kevin Weatherly commented, "Gene's dedication, passion and tremendous work ethic will be sorely missed. He first came to KROQ as Music Director in 1992. He quickly rose to the position of Operations Manager and took on whatever challenge was thrown his way. He's made so many important contributions to the success of KROQ throughout the years and has always done it with a first-class attitude and approach."

Weatherly added, Please join me in thanking him for all his years of service, loyalty and devotion to KROQ. We wish him much success and happiness as he begins this new chapter."

Broadcast Nets Missing Out On Trump Bump

Cable networks have figured out how to successfully capitalize on President Donald Trump, but viewership for NBC, ABC and CBS newscasts have declined as much as 14 percent this year among coveted younger viewers. According to Bloomberg, broadcasters’ strategy of offering a wider range of stories -- from human interest to health and local crime -- is falling flat with some viewers who have migrated to cable news for coverage of White House drama.

In recent years, cable news channels have narrowed their scopes to focus on politics, and that’s paying off in the ratings. CNN’s “The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer” and Fox News’s “Special Report With Bret Baier” -- which both air during the same hour as broadcast news on the east coast -- are up 36 percent and 24 percent among younger viewers this year, respectively. MSNBC, which just debuted a new show, “The Beat With Ari Melber” at that hour, ranked as the most-viewed network in all of cable for the first time on Aug. 16.

Cable also has the added advantage of being on 24 hours a day, while broadcasters are limited to just 23 minutes a night.

“The intensity and speed that news is happening helps cable a lot,” said Andrew Heyward, former president of CBS News. “You can’t afford to wait until 6:30 because seven incredible things have happened since you woke up in the morning.”

Since the start of the year, ABC’s “World News Tonight” has fallen 7 percent among 25-to-54-year-old viewers -- the demographic that advertisers care about most. NBC’s “Nightly News” is down 8 percent, while “CBS Evening News” declined 14 percent in the category.

To be fair, all of broadcast TV is hurting and the nightly news is actually holding up better than other offerings on CBS, NBC and ABC. Plus, their audiences still dwarf cable, with about 24 million viewers a night spread across the three networks. CNN, Fox News and MSNBC average about 5 million total viewers combined.

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