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How I Deal With The GMR Situation

(by Tony Coloff) Radio Ink asked me for a commentary on what concerns me regarding this GMR situation. My view is from a small, independent, community-service radio station in a micro market in Northern Iowa. My answer to that question is nothing concerns me. Here are the reasons why...

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Pai To Be Nominated To Chair The FCC

Bloomberg is reporting that FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai will be nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the FCC. Pai is a great friend of the radio industry so this will be very positive news to radio executives all across the country.

Flashback Friday: Phil Boyce Fires Bob Grant

Radio Ink Magazine turns 25 in 2017. In every issue magazine we'll be looking back at some of our best issues, greatest quotes and top interviews. Every Friday, here at we'll also be taking a cool look through the Radio Ink time machine. Back in 2003 we interviewed Programming guru Phil Boyce (who is now with Salem). Boyce was working at WABC in New York City. He had just moved to WABC from WJR in Detroit to replace John Mainelli. His task -- to "blow up the station." Here's an excerpt from our 2003 interview....

Bubba Responds To Eric’s Commentary

On Thursday, Radio Ink Chairman Eric Rhoads wrote THIS commentary about the Bubba The Love Sponge situation. It was called "Why Managing Your Talent Is Key To Revenue Growth." Apparently Bubba didn't appreciate Eric's commentary and ranted on about it for about 15 minutes on his show Thursday morning (AUDIO HERE). He also fired off a letter to Eric that he has given us permission to print. Here it is...

Randy Michaels To Be Deposed in Bubba Case

And apparently due to Michaels falling ill, both Bubba and Nielsen are asking to push back the deadline to complete discovery, which was supposed to be today. Two days ago Nielsen took the deposition of Rhody Bosley and Nielsen expert David Haas. Michaels is being called a rebuttal witness. His deposition was scheduled for today.

Massachusetts Pirate Must Pay $15K Fine

It's a $15,000 fine for Vasco Oburoni for operating a pirate radio station at 102.3-FM in Worcester, Massachusetts. That is the full amount the FCC's enforcement bureau is allowed to give and includes a base fine plus an upward adjustment. The Commission says Oburoni decided to continue running his illegal operation after being warned, and that's the reason for the max amount.

iHeart Drops Alternative For Rumba On Jax Translator

iHeartMedia unveiled the new Rumba format in Jacksonville on a translator broadcasting on 106.9 and WQIK-HD2. Rumba is a variety of Spanish Tropical music, including songs from artists such as Marc Anthony, Romeo Santos, Nicky Jam, and Victor Manuelle.

Nashville Jocks Raise $16K With Sellout Show

It was a big night at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville on January 17 when Ty, Kelly and Chuck from NASH FM 103.3 and 95.5 NASH ICON hosted the Rhythm & Boots show. Held to benefit Musicians On Call, the show featured Jason Aldean and special guest Michael Tyler. Hit songs, Q&As, and autograph opps were the order of the night.

Peoria Jocks Brave Big Freeze For Charity

This time of year is particularly hard on the homeless and Mix 106.9 (WSWT) Program Director and Morning Mix co-host Randy Rundle, and 104.9 The Wolf (WXCL) afternoon talent Joe Greenwood, did their bit to help. The pair spent 12 hours, overnight in cardboard boxes in 25 degree weather on January 13 to call attention to the homelessness problem in Peoria.

Former Radio Consultant Irwin Pollack Dies

One of Radio's well-known sales consultants died this week. Irwin Pollack could light up a room with his enthusiasm for selling and selling radio. Pollack was a regular at the RAB conferences and traveled the country consulting groups or coming into markets to teach multiple groups. He became an attorney after his career consulting radio stations.

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Michigan’s Morning Glory 

101.3 The Brew – “The Brew Rocks Grand Rapids” – has picked up the popular Rover’s Morning Glory show, 6-10 a.m. effective January 23. The show will continue to broadcast from its flagship station, WMMS in Cleveland. Its reach includes the RMG-TV live videocast of the show, which streams daily on and the RMG mobile app. The show is syndicated across several markets nationwide.

St. Louis Welcomes Proctor To The Neighborhood

Cassiday Proctor will join the Spencer’s Neighborhood morning show on 106.5 The Arch on January 30. Proctor joins the show from WSTR-FM Atlanta’s morning show. She was also an on-air personality at CBS Radio in Charlotte, North Carolina and for Entercom in Austin.

Emmis GM To Manage Network Indiana

James Conner, the longtime GM of Emmis' Terre Haute cluster, has been named General Manager of Network Indiana. Network Indiana is a statewide news network providing news, sports, and business programming to affiliated radio stations in the state. It's owned by Emmis, which sold its five stations in Terre Haute back in October for $5.2 million.

Mark Mason Returns

iHeartMedia's News Radio 1190 KEX in Portland has launched the Mark Mason Show in the noon to 3 p.m. slot. Mason, who returns after a three-year hiatus, said, "After I lost my good friend and co-host Dave Anderson, my perspective on life changed and I wanted to return the Portland community that embraced me. I’m excited to return to the KEX family and bring my 100% hate-free brand of talk radio back to Portland.”

It’s Green On The River In Atlanta

Cox Media Group Atlanta’s 97.1 The River (WSRV-FM) is moving Debra Green from weekends to weeknights. Green has been with 97.1 The River since June of 2015. Prior to that, she was on air at X107-1 and WNNX. The format is Classic Hits. Green is taking the shift that English Nick moved out of in the Fall to do middays

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Three New Leaders At Futuri

The company announced three appointments to newly created leadership roles, Friday. All three are based in the company’s Cleveland headquarters and report directly to CEO Daniel Anstandig.

Cadena 3 Argentina Selects Triton Digital

Triton Digital says Argentina's largest radio networks has selected Triton Digital to manage, measure, and monetize its digital audio content.

Jacobs Media Partners With Podcast Movement

The two companies will team up to custom design a radio track called “Broadcasters Meet Podcasters” at Podcast Movement this August in Anaheim. The sessions will focus on how radio companies, stations, and personalities can succeed in the podcasting space.

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