Power Player Profile – NAB CEO Gordon Smith

As Gordon Smith heads into his eighth year as president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, many in our industry are glad that position carries no term limits for the former Senator. Smith is very popular among the NAB radio membership and his calmness, stability, and professionalism serve the radio industry very well (in addition to the great team he has working for him). Smith is among Radio's 40 Most Powerful People and has been ever since he took the NAB leadership job eight years ago. His official ranking on the list will be revealed next week when our Top 40 issue mails.

Did Mueller Destroy The Tapes?

The trial between former KYGO Denver PD David Mueller and Taylor Swift is set to begin August 7th. This week a judge ruled that Swift's attorneys will be allowed to cross-examine Mueller about tapes that disappeared of him speaking to his superiors at the radio station about the incident.

Radio Without Madison Avenue

(By Eric Rhoads) Here’s a news flash, in case you missed it: Madison Avenue advertisers are mostly not enamored of radio. Yes, there are some loyal ones who continue to spend, but, right or wrong, most believe the world has moved on and that things like radio are antiquated.

3 Ways Radio Can Use Millenials To Be More Relevant

(By Georgia Beasley) Technology has allowed for more sharing in all aspects of Millennials’ lives. We share photos on the “cloud,” we ride-share in Ubers, and we share our once-personal moments through social media. This approach is no different in the workplace and exactly the environment that allows Millennials to excel.

Radio From The Twilight Zone

(By Curt Krafft) A radio station that contradicts itself. A station that does one thing but promotes just the opposite. A station that sends out a signal reassuring the listeners that it's giving them what they want. A station with a tower, a transmitter, and a license to broadcast....from the Twilight Zone.

Asleep At The Wheel To Perform At Marconi’s

The multi-Grammy Award-winning country band will perform at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show, on Thursday, September 7. The event is part of the 2017 Radio Show, held September 5-8 at the JW Marriott Austin and produced by the National Association of Broadcasters and Radio Advertising Bureau.

Northern Kentucky University Sells FM

Grant County Broadcasters, owners of WNKR-FM in Northern Kentucky, is purchasing WNKN-FM, in Ohio, from Northern Kentucky University. WNKR CEO Jeff Ziesmann said, “Our company is pleased to maintain this heritage station as locally owned and operated. Our goal is to provide stable, high-quality, locally produced programming to the greatest number of listeners in the WNKN coverage area.

A Proposed Fix To The Pre-1972 Problem

Congressman Darrell Issa (pictured) and Congressman Jerrold Nadler, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Subcommittee for Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet introduced legislation they say will "close a long-standing gap in federal copyright law."

More On That Country Radio is Sexist Story

We've heard from more Country PD's about our story on Billboard Magazine writer Jon Freeman calling Country Radio sexist for not playing enough female artists. 36 year radio vet Sue Wilson (pictured) is the VP of Operations for Rubber City Radio's WQMX in Akron. Wilson says this touchy subject was discussed at a recent CRS Agenda Meeting.

Alaska FM Hit With $66K Fine

The reason the FCC is levying this big fine against KIBH-FM is for numerous alleged violations of FCC rules, including "actions that undermine the effectiveness of the Emergency Alert System."

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Want to Buy Blair Garner’s Digs?

Have $1.5 Million laying around? Nash Country Weekly reports syndicated host Blair Garner has put his Nashville home on the market for $1,459,000. The six thousand square foot home on 1.73 acres has 5-bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, a wine cellar, media/music room and 3-car garage. Check out the pictures HERE.

Cumulus Rewards Hammer

Lee Hammer has been the Program Director at KNBR 680 for the last 12 years and was Program Director for KNBR 1050 (KTCT) for over 19 years. On Thursday, Cumulus promoted Hammer to the newly created position of Vice President, Sports Play-by-Play Programming for San Francisco. Hammer has been named one of Radio Ink's Best Program Directors since 2013.

WCCO Names New PM Drive Team

Paul Douglas and Jordana Green have been named the new afternoon drive hosts on WCCO-AM in Minneapolis. They begin August 1 and they replace John Williams who took a position with WGN in Chicago.

WYNN-FM 106.3 Adds A Little Hot Sauce

That’s DJ Hot Sauce, AKA Roderick Grover, who has been appointed Program Director for the Urban station in Florence, SC. DJ Hot Sauce was previously Mix Show Coordinator and on-air personality for WGCI-FM in Chicago. Prior to that, he held radio positions in Montgomery, Milwaukee and Shreveport.

Sisanie To Fill In For Ripa 

Kelly Ripa is going on vacation and on-air personality Sisanie will team up with Ryan Seacrest to co-host ABC’s Live With Kelly and Ryan while she’s away. Look for her on August 7. Sisanie co-hosts On Air with Ryan Seacrest.

New Platform And Mobile App For PodcastOne

The new app offers listeners a destination where they can have conversations around shows, access behind-the-scenes photos, message one another, read articles, and take polls.

Tom Kent Launches New Podcast

The Tom Kent Radio Network has launched a new weekly podcast called "Inside the Microphone," which goes behind the scenes with an iconic local radio personality whose influenced our industry. The first features legendary WLS-FM afternoon personality Ron Parker.

Nothing But The Truth From DL Hughley

The comedian, actor, and radio host now has his own podcast, The Hughley Truth. It’s all about real, raw, and funny conversation. Each week, DL and his wingman, “News Guy” Guy Lambert, discuss politics, social behavior, entertainment, and more with engaging guests from all walks of life.

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