The Separation Of Church & Sport

ESPN 980 WTEM 94.3 WWXX 92.7 WWXT 950 WXGI Red Zebra Daniel Snyder Redskins

News this week of the cancellation of WTEM Washington's cancellation of its new morning show before its debut due to interference from the management of the co-owned Washington Redskins shed light on the issues facing co-owned franchises and radio stations. Cross-ownership of broadcast properties … [Read more...]

Not Quite The King Of New Media: Howard Stern Versus Podcasters

Howard Stern Ari Shaffir Podcast Broadcasting Radio Relevance

Over the past few weeks Howard Stern has taken a few potshots at podcasters and especially comedians who would rather podcast than in his words "become professional broadcasters". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHdwbN_pKQw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18mNeHDe3Q8 In the second clip, … [Read more...]

It Starts At The Top

Salem Media Group 1250 WDDZ Pittsburgh 990 WDYZ Orlando 590 WDWD Atlanta The Answer Faith Talk Radio Luz

In a Fort Worth Star-Telegram column today discussing Public News/Talk 90.1 KERA-FM outrating all four Conservative Talk stations in the Dallas market combined, Salem Media VP/News & Talk Programming Tom Tradup made the following statement: “NPR remains essentially the media of choice for guys in … [Read more...]

The Battle Lines For Phone Space

NextRadio Emmis FM Chip App TagStation

FM tuner or streaming? The radio industry had taken a united front when it comes trying to get the FM chip and Emmis' Nextradio App into all smartphones, but are there chips forming in that armor? NAB President Gordon Smith sent a letter to members asking them to air free spots for the app … [Read more...]

The Kings Of New Media

Midroll Media PodcastOne Play.It Earwolf Zane Lowe Apple

While much attention has been placed on Apple's hiring of BBC Radio 1 presenter Zane Lowe for an undisclosed role with whatever the future integration of iTunes Radio and Beats Music, another hiring this week shows the maturation of internet delivery as a legitimate competitor to traditional … [Read more...]

The Power Of SEO

Big Boy Kurt Alexander Real 92.3 KRRL Emmis iHeartMedia Power 106 KPWR Los Angeles

I owe iHeartMedia some gratitude for the increased traffic and revenue RadioInsight has received since Friday's format change of 92.3 KHHT Los Angeles to Urban "Real 92.3". While any major market format change will bring a traffic boost to the site, thanks to some strange web strategy at iHeart … [Read more...]

All Talk No Action

Len Berman Todd Schnitt Michael Savage Talk Radio Irrelevance

Has the radio industry already given up on its goals to bring down the demographics on Talk radio? Consider these recent moves. On Monday, iHeartMedia's WOR New York filled its eleven month old opening in mornings with 67 year-old retired sportscaster Len Berman and syndicated Conservative … [Read more...]

Top 10 Format Changes Of 2014

Boom Radio-One Classic Hip-Hop Format

For our review of 2014 we decided to focus on what we know best. Let's look back at the ten most influential format changes and rebrandings of 2014. 10 106.9 WCCC Hartford hasn't been a powerhouse in quite some time. But it was one of the few remaining relics to a previous era. The longtime … [Read more...]

Let’s Have An Auction!

Lance's Line RadioInsight Blog

Let me preface this by saying there is a better chance of any station license being handed to me as a gift than for this to actually happen. With many broadcasters looking to cut or redistribute their broadcast assets, let's setup a system for them to maximize the return for buyers and … [Read more...]

Examining The Entercom Lincoln Financial Deal

Lincoln Financial Media Entercom Denver Atlanta San Diego Miami

This morning Entercom shocked the industry with their acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media for $105 million. Entercom acquired fifteen stations and a translator for less money than Steel City Media paid for Wilks four station in Kansas City earlier this year, a smaller market than any of the … [Read more...]

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...]

Fox Sports Radio Bringing A Blueprint For A Revamped Talk Format

Fox Sports Radio Jay Mohr Rich Eisen Dan Patrick iHeartMedia

When iHeartMedia's "Fox Sports Radio" debuts its new lineup on November 3, the network will have ten hours of its daily lineup that will be dedicated to general entertainment Talk as opposed to just sports. Rich Eisen's first guests on the show that will add the radio simulcast on 11/3 were actor … [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...]