IAB: Podcast Revenue Gaining Traction

U.S. podcast advertising revenues are expected to come in at over $220 million in 2017, according to the first-ever IAB Podcast Advertising Revenue Study. That's an increase of 85 percent over the $119 million total from 2016. So what kind of ads are advertisers most likely to run? Here's your answer...

Westergren Steps Down as Pandora CEO

After much speculation that Pandora founder and two-time CEO would step down, today was the day. As the Board of Directors of the streaming pure-play begins its search for a new CEO, CFO Naveen Chopra will step in as interim CEO. Westergren is also out as a Pandora board member. Pandora appointed Jason Hirschhorn to fill the vacant seat. President Mike Herring and CMO Nick Bartle are also out.

SCBA: Southern Cal Economy – And Traffic – Exploding

The Southern California Broadcasters Association has published its Quarterly Market Guidance Report for the third quarter of 2017. The organization says Southern California’s estimated gross domestic product will exceed $1.5 trillion in 2017, making it the 16th largest economy in the world with Los Angeles County alone ranking 21st with a gross domestic product of $644 billion.

Buffalo’s WKBW Jumps Ahead of CKLW

It was a busy Monday for fans of WKBW. The Buffalo station is now edging out CKLW in Windsor in our poll of The Greatest Top 40 Radio Stations of all time. Cast your vote now. Your top 10 choices will appear in the July 24 issue of Radio Ink, right next to the top picks from Lee Abrams and Randy Michaels.

Home Depot Continues Radio Dominance

Another 77,157 spots for the big-box home improvement giant keeps The Home Depot at the top of the weekly Media Monitors chart. GEICO was a distant second airing 39,605 commercials on radio stations all across the country last week. Lowes was third (32,260), followed by AutoZone (29,541) and McDonald's (24,738).

Ask Me Anything Returns to Conclave

This year at the Conclave attendees will get to ask a panel of high-level radio executives ‘almost’ anything. The panel will include: Kevin LeGrett, President/Southwest Division iHeart Radio; Peter Bowen, VP/Market Manager Cumulus Chicago; Bill Hendrich, EVP/Radio Cox Media and Greg Strassell, SVP/Programming Hubbard Radio. The Conclave is July 26 through 29.

Cumulus Renews With Air Force Sports

Cumulus Media has been associated with Air Force Academy sports for 35 years and that partnership will continue. A new deal with IMG College – which represents the school’s multimedia rights – has been signed to keep the Falcons with the broadcast giants.

These Women Are Rising Stars

KYW Newsradio Philadelphia has named this year’s five Women’s Achievement Awards Rising Star honorees. The awards honor women in the Delaware Valley who have made a positive impact in the region through business leadership and community service. This year’s program honors women under the age of 40, who were voted on by the community via use of social media.

Ramsey: Should You Buy Followers And likes?

In his latest Media Unplugged, Mark Ramsey asks the question: “Should you buy followers and likes on social media?” Ramsey says, believe it or not, there’s actually an argument for doing so. He also turns to music artist The Weekend to show how to profit from the spoils of streaming. All this and more in this week’s edition of Media Unplugged.
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Engaging Radio’s Other Brain

(By Ronald Robinson) I was disappointed to hear that, after a presentation to a very senior, corporate radio sales executive of a series of 13x30-second spots for auto dealerships, that the commercials caused widespread confusion and some panic. The executive gathered some associates and colleagues together to review the pieces, and they decided that several had to go.

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Duo Upped At WRQX Mix 107.3

The Washington, DC, station has promoted WRQX Mix 107.3 Music Director Ashley Nickels to Assistant Program Director and part-time personality Seth King is now full-time host, nights. King’s show airs Monday through Friday from 7 p.m.-12 Midnight.

Cromwell Promotes Nickerson

Tara Nickerson has been named GM for Cromwell's eight stations in Decatur, replacing Chris Bullock. Nickerson has been with Cromwell for 14 years as PD and Operations Manager. Cromwell President Bud Walters said, "We're thrilled that Tara can accept this position. There were 35 applicants. She's been interim manager since mid-may and doing a wonderful job."

A View From The Top of The World

Our thanks to John Garziglia for sharing these pictures from his recent visit to One World Trade Center. Left to right, here are: David Layer, Senior Director, Advanced Engineering in NAB's Technology Department, John Garziglia, Communications Law Partner, Womble Carlyle, and Lynn Claudy, Sr VP, Technology, NAB at top of Four Times Square, and auxiliary transmitter site for multiple NYC FM radio stations. Here are two more shots...

El Cucuy Returns to L.A.

On Saturday, Entravision launched El Cucuy y Mayra Berenice, in Los Angeles. It's the second new show for El Cucuy after his return to radio in January. The show will air on La Suavecita KSSE 107.1 FM in Los Angeles every Saturday from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. PST

Guthrie, McCoy, And Talbott Elected To Broadcasters Board

Some new blood for the board of the Broadcasters Foundation of America: Kim Guthrie, President of Cox Media Group, and DuJuan McCoy, President, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder of Bayou City Broadcasting, were voted in last week. In addition, Julie Talbott, President of Premiere Networks, was named Officer and Vice President.

Ready To Get Motivated With Mara Schiavocampo?

ABC Radio has a new health podcast titled Motivated and hosted by ABC News Correspondent Mara Schiavocampo. The podcast takes a holistic approach and will look at all things health, wellness, nutrition, and spirituality. After struggling with her weight her entire life, Schiavocampo finally discovered the keys to living a healthier, happier life, losing 90 pounds along the way.

Trio To Boost Marketing, Finance, & Content At Midroll

Podcast outfit Midroll Media has brought in Amy Fitzgibbons as Vice President of Marketing; Laura Mayer joins as Executive Producer for Midroll; and David Murray becomes Vice President of Finance and Strategy. Fitzgibbons comes to Midroll from PhotoShelter; Mayer joins the company from Panoply; and, Murray joins from The E.W. Scripps Company.

Miley Cyrus First Guest On New Podcast

The celebrity podcast is called iHeartRadio’s Label Defiers with ZICO Coconut Water, and it launched with a bang, Wednesday, featuring Miley Cyrus as the debut guest. Hosted by nationally syndicated radio personality Elvis Duran, the bi-weekly podcast features stars discussing how they perceive their own labels, challenges they’ve faced, and their idiosyncrasies.

Our Print Magazine: Radio Ink

In This Issue: June 19, 2017
Cover Story: Weiss Agency EVP Heather Cohen
The Most Influential Women In Radio
MIW Legend: Kay Olin

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