Two Major Internet Fails For Radio

Stannard Broadcasting Windows XP Virus Today's Country 105.7 KVVP KROX KUMX

A big story making the rounds of the radioverse this week is the story of the Louisiana radio station "taken down by hackers". Stannard Broadcasting's cluster of "Today's Country 105.7" KVVP Leesville, Rock "Channel 95.7" KROK South Fort Polk, and AC "Mix 106.7" KUMX North Fort Polk originally … [Read more...]

How News Bias Limits Potential Audiences

NPR Pew Research News Consumption Study Rush Limbaugh Sean Hannity Glenn Beck

In a year-long study on political polarization published today, The Pew Research Center has released data on how American's receive and trust news sources. Among the takeaways from the study, Pew states that the 20% of the population who label themselves as "Consistently Liberal" or "Consistently … [Read more...]

Your Station’s Website Sucks

Your Radio Station Website Sucks

It doesn't matter how they're designed or what content management system it uses, the commercial radio industry has come to accept that their online home is going to suck. Where else can you go if you want to be bombarded with advertisements, promotional graphics, and rehashes of articles posted … [Read more...]

Examining The CBS/Beasley Deal

CBS Radio Beasley 92.5 WXTU Philadelphia 96.5 KYW-FM Tampa Charlotte Miami

The biggest radio deal in years is now on the books as CBS and Beasley are exchanging nineteen stations in four Top 25 markets. How will this affect each cluster? Philadelphia Philadelphia is likely the lynchpin of this entire exchange. CBS has been attempting to add an additional FM in the … [Read more...]

iHeartMedia But What About Radio?

IHeartMedia IHeart Media Clear Channel Entertainment Radio Bob Pittman

Clear Channel Media + Entertainment is a thing of the past. The company was founded as San Antonio Broadcasting Company in 1972 by Lowry Mays and Red McCombs with the purchase of a San Antonio station that today is Country "KJ97" KAJA. Following the purchase of 1200 WOAI in 1975 the company took … [Read more...]

When Is A Station Cursed Or Simply Mishandled

Jewel 101 100.7 100.5 CFJL Winnipeg Evanov Cursed Radio Stations

The CRTC this week approved 100.7 CFJL-FM Winnipeg's application to relocate to 100.5 in part because "the frequency itself has become stigmatized as a station no one listens to." While The Jewel format is fresh and new in the Winnipeg market, is enjoyed by those who tune it in, and is successful … [Read more...]

Radio & Records War Against Change

Quickhitz Quick Hits Newcap 90.3 Amp CKMP Calgary Sparknet Paragon Media Newcap

It took all of nineteen days for the relaunch of CKMP Calgary utilizing the Quickhitz brand of shortened pop hits to come to an end. The backlash against the revamped format started when singer/songwriter Jann Arden went on a Twitter tirade about the station editing songs. That began a war of … [Read more...]

Looking At The Nash Icon Launch

John Dickey Nash Icon Big Machine Reba McIntyre

Any time a company flips fourteen stations in one day it should be a big deal. Why was it that Cumulus' launch of the "Nash Icon" brand on Friday came across very flat? The brand, then called "Nash Icons", was first announced in May as a partnership between Cumulus and Big Machine Label Group as a … [Read more...]

The Continued Demise Of The Local Night Show

Nighttime Radio Tim Romeo Herbster CHR Syndication

Earlier today AllAccess reported that Clear Channel VP/Special Programming Projects Tim 'Romeo" Herbster is taking over nights at nine of the company's Top 40 stations. Herbster, who also hosts the nationally syndicated "Saturday Night Online" will be heard on "Z104.3" WZFT Baltimore, "Channel … [Read more...]

State Of Talk: Moldy & Anthony

Talk Radio Ratings Drop Plummet Anthony Cumia Ratings Rush Limbaugh

It's been a record setting year for many Talk stations as some of the biggest stations in the format continue to set records for the lowest ratings in their format's histories. Cumulus' 770 WABC New York has dropped from a 2.2 in April to a 1.3 in June, while Clear Channel's 710 WOR registered a … [Read more...]

IHeart Loopholes

IHeartRadio Music Licensing Loopholes

As broadcasters and musicians take their fight to Congress over whether radio stations should be held to the same standards as webcasters and satellite radio when it comes to paying royalties to artists when they play their songs, a few companies have found loopholes when it comes to their online … [Read more...]

The Curation Invasion

Apple Beats Google Play Songza Music Curation Radio

They had the insight early on to know how important human curation is. That technology by itself wasn’t enough — that it was the marriage of the two that would really be great and produce a feeling in people that we want to produce. - Tim Cook explaining why Apple acquired Beats Music. Apple has … [Read more...]

Dave Herman’s Radio Legacy

Dave Herman 93.3 WMMR 102.7 WNEW 92.3 K-Rock WXRK EYada Death Legacy Radio

Dave Herman is by all means a radio legend. Dave Herman died in jail awaiting trial on charges of attempting to have sex with a six year old child. Is it acceptable to celebrate the good while still realizing the bad? O.J. Simpson is still a member of the Pro Football Hall Of Fame with a … [Read more...]

The War Of Words Over Rush’s Ratings

1150 The Patriot KEIB Los Angeles Rush Limbaugh Sean Hannity Glenn Back 640 KFI 960 KNEW San Francisco

Liberal watchdog Media Matters For America has long been railing against Conservative radio voices such as Rush Limbaugh, so it was not a surprise when their Senior Fellow Erik Boehlert wrote a blog entry about the lack of ratings for Limbaugh since moving to 1150 KEIB Los Angeles, 960 KNEW San … [Read more...]