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Radio’s Friend in Washington Elected Chair of Powerful Committee

Former radio station owner Greg Walden has been elected Chairman of The House Energy and Commerce Committee. Walden, who owned radio stations in Oregon at one time, has been a great friend to radio in Washington. (Read our 2015 cover story with Walden HERE). He said he was deeply honored to earn the support of his colleagues...

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Alpha Mason City’s “Miracle” Radiothon

It’s the giving season, and radio just keeps on giving. This time it’s Alpha Media Mason City, Iowa, raising $32,000 for Children’s Miracle Network with a radiothon, November 16-17. Mason City’s Kids Helping Kids campaign played a big role =.

Brandys Gets Big Promotion In Baltimore

CBS RADIO has upped Tracy Brandys to Senior Vice President, Market Manager and Director of Sales for its Baltimore market, effective immediately. She will oversee a four-station cluster that includes WJZ-AM-FM, WLIF-FM, WWMX-FM, and the CBS RADIO Up Close Performance Studio. Brandys will report to Scott Herman, Chief Operating Officer, CBS RADIO.

Alpha Louisville Cluster Reap Bonanza For Kids

The stations – WXMA, WDJX, WGZB, WMJM, and WGHL – raised an incredible $890,000 from the marathon, November 17-18. They broadcast live from Norton Children’s Hospital, which was also the beneficiary of the radiothon. In a nice touch, each station took the name of a child treated by the hospital.

November Auto Sales Jump 3.7%

Radio's number one advertising category had a pretty good month thanks to deep discounts and Black Friday. The 3.7% increase in sales over November 2015 translates to a rate of 17.87 million vehicles on an annualized basis. The strong month puts the auto industry on track to break an all time record for sales.

iHeart’s On-Demand Services Are Up and Running

Listeners across the country can now get a free taste of iHeartRadio's two new on-demand services: iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access. The official launch of the products will be in January, but iHeartRadio app users will have an opportunity to sample the two new products over the next 30 days. iHeart hopes being able to save songs from live radio, replay them at will and have unlimited skips will give the company an advantage over all other streaming companies now in this space. The question is will consumers pay $5 or $10 per month for those features?

Owners: Stop Scaring Your Salespeople

(By Laurie Kahn) Many of us remember the style of interviews that were done in the ‘90s and early 2000s: Tell them how hard the job is and try to scare them away; if they come back, consider hiring them. Unfortunately, even with a tight labor market, many managers are still scaring away people who could be solid candidates and potentially successful in sales.

How To Make Your Content Great Again

(By Tracy Johnson) Tracy Johnson is president and CEO of the Tracy Johnson Media Group. We stockpiled your questions, shipped them off to Tracy, and he delivered the kind of information you’re going to want to print out and tape to your studio window.

Westwood Closing Down “Overnight America”

The overnight show is hosted by Jon Grayson, and Westwood confirms the syndicated version of the program will be history January 1.

Peterson Shutting Down His Online Newsletter

After a 10-year run, Al Peterson is closing down the newsletter and website he publishes that focus on News, Talk, and Sports. The final editions of NTS MediaOnline Today, and NTS MediaOnline Monthly will be Friday, December 16.

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Zarbano Snags WEEI PD Position

After six months of searching for a PD, Entercom decided to hire from within at Sports Radio WEEI. Current WEEI APD Joe Zarbano (pictured) has been named PD replacing Kevin Graham, who left last spring.

Radio One Promotes Paris

Radio One Richmond announced the promotion of WCDX-FM midday host Paris Nicole to APD. Paris began her career in radio at 16 years old as an intern at a local radio station. Paris went on to graduate from Hampton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Cumulus NY Names Tacinelli VP of Sales

In this newly created position, Glen Tacinelli will oversee all sales for 77 WABC, 95.5 WPLJ, NASH FM 94.7, and Radio 103.9, as well as Cumulus Media-New York’s digital assets. Tacinelli was previously GSM of 77 WABC, a position he has held since July 2015.

Gadea To Program iHeart’s La Preciosa Network

iHeartMedia announced Wednesday that Jose Gadea has been named PD for La Preciosa Network, which includes affiliates in Sioux City, Salinas/Monterey, Bakersfield, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and San Antonio.

Beasley Sets Local Lineup For The Bounce in Detroit

Calling them Bounce Ambassadors, Beasley Media Group has unveiled the local lineup of hosts for 105.1 The Bounce. The station launched in July when it was owned by Greater Media, flipping from Sports to Throwback Hip Hop. The format has been very well received by the Detroit market, with excellent ratings out of the gate. Here's the new local lineup...

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SiriusXM Teams With Sears

The two companies announced Wednesday that qualifying vehicle owners who visit any one of the more than 600 Sears Auto Centers can drive away with a complimentary two-month SiriusXM subscription through SiriusXM's Service Lane program. Sears Auto associates are now able to immediately check eligibility when a vehicle is brought in for service and activate a complimentary two-month SiriusXM subscription.

PodcastOne Launches Chris Webber Podcast

The five-time NBA all-star's new podcast is called Fearless or Insane With Chris Webber. The weekly show will be about sports and athletes, and their impact on culture, politics, and society.

Southern Cross Austereo Partners With PodcastOne

PodcastOne and Southern Cross Austereo have signed a long-term partnership to create PodcastOne Australia. SCA will operate PodcastOne Australia as the exclusive partner in Australia and New Zealand, with select SCA podcasts made available in the U.S. on the PodcastOne platform. PodcastOne Australia will be available early in 2017.

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In This Issue: November 14
Cover Q&A: iHeartRadio Worldwide President Darren Davis
Special Reports: Brokers, Analysts
Look Ahead To 2017