Lance’s Line

The Continued Demise Of The Local Night Show

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 96.1” WHQC Charlotte, “G105” WDCG Raleigh, “107.5 The River” WRVW Nashville, and five other stations yet to be announced. Romeo becomes yet another syndicated personality in the evening daypart. The AC format has long been the domain of syndication with the likes of Delilah and John Tesh. Rock has seen the growth of Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx, HardDrive XL, VH1 Classic Rock On Tap with Nik Carter, Nights with Alice Cooper, ...Read More

State Of Talk: Moldy & Anthony

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 1.5 thanks to a little bit of a boost from New York Mets baseball. In Los Angeles, 640 KFI was leading the market as recently as 2012, now its down to 12th with a 2.8. Sister 1150 KEIB added Rush Limbaugh in January from KFI and has risen all the way up to a 0.8. 890 WLS Chicago was down to a 1.4 810 KGO San Francisco was the market leader in every ratings period for 27 years until 2010. By the end of 2011, the station shifted to mostly News as ratings continued to drop but ...Read More

IHeart 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 streams. reports that some webcasters have begun seeking out leases of HD Radio subchannels to subvert the need to pay royalties based on the current rules. However they fail to mention the biggest exploiter of the loophole. Every “Exclusive” music channel on IHeartRadio is tied to an HD sub-channel somewhere in the country. Classic American Top 40 is KPEZ-HD2 Austin. Nick Radio is WHTZ-HD2 Newark. The new All-Michael Jackson channel that Clear Channel launched today is or...Read More

The Curation Invasion

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 purchased Beats and Google is reportedly in talks to acquire Songza with the intent to enhance their music services with curated playlists chosen by programmers as opposed to just their algorithms. Sound familiar? This is the model that radio has used for decades. Meanwhile our industry is heading into the other direction. Station playlists are increasingly selected out of the corporate office with what the major record labels are pushing with little regard for trying to break new artists or ...Read More

Dave Herman’s Radio Legacy

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 tarnished legacy despite being found not-guilty of his murder charges. As Herman passed before getting his right to a fair trial, lets take a look at the radio legacy he left behind. Herman’s radio career started at 93.3 WMMR Philadelphia in 1968 when the then Beautiful Music station debuted his Freeform “Marconi Project” at night before expanding the Rock format to 24 hours the following year. After a brief stay at WABC-FM, Herman would join WMMR’s sister 102.7 WNEW-FM New York for...Read More

The War Of Words Over Rush’s Ratings

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 Francisco, and 710 WOR New York at the beginning of this year. It was a surprise though to see Limbaugh’s spokesman Brian Glicklich to publicly counter Boehlert’s post. Both entries are full of the usual rhetoric looking to skew the numbers towards the point they’re trying to make leaving the truth somewhere in the middle. Boehlert’s article is built around the miniscule ratings Limbaugh’s new affiliates have registered since their relaunches in January. Noting their fu...Read More

The Missing Piece In Nationalized Radio?

Clear Channel is consolidating sales much like it has consolidated on-air positions over the past few years. Cumulus continues with its rollout of the Nash brand. Univision is creating content hubs. The pieces that have defined American radio throughout history are slowly fading away in favor of nationalized efforts. Instead of going fully national though Clear Channel, Cumulus, and Univision are going about it in an even worse way. These companies are trying to have the best of both worlds and end up belonging in none with a mix of syndication, voicetracking, and maybe one or two live jocks if they are lucky on top of their attempt to stay relevant locally with a skeleton crew. Outside of North America nationalized programming has been a fact of life since radio’s inception. In the ...Read More

How #Nelly1057 Became A Viral Sensation

It was just supposed to be like any other format change stunt that takes place dozens of times each year across the country. Univision’s “Latino Mix” 105.7 KVVF Santa Clara/100.7 KVVZ San Rafael, CA began looping Nelly’s “Hot In Herre” at 3pm on Friday in preparation of a flip. There was nothing truly unique to the stunt. Just two weeks ago, Univision made a similar flip in Albuquerque as KKRG looped Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” for over four straight days before relaunching as Classic Hip-Hop “Yo 101.3“. WRWN Savannah, GA is currently stunting with Irish music for St. Patrick’s Day with nary a mention online. Even the use of “Hot In Herre” has been done before. 93.3 KXMG Austin (now KGSR) did the e...Read More

Take Ownership Of Your Content

On Wednesday, World Wrestling Entertainment announced the launch of WWE Network. The network will be the first high profile live 24/7 television network eschewing traditional delivery methods, only being available via streaming devices. With the company’s existing television rights deals about to expire, WWE has increased their potential rights fees by creating an internal option for their programming. We’re starting to see some of the larger radio groups make similar moves. Clear Channel uses its Premiere Radio Networks and Premium Choice to distribute programming to its stations as well as having IHeartRadio to distribute the programming online. Cumulus is doing the same with its recent addition of Westwood One to its Cumulus Media Networks and investment in Rdio. But so many...Read More

Stations Come Together To Assist Each Other

In a what is unfortunately becoming a rare circumstance in this industry, there have been two occurrences this week of stations with different owners coming together to assist each other. In Seattle, five non-commercial stations are joining forces on Thursday, December 19 for Public Radio Day. NPR News/Talk 88.5 KPLU, Dance “C89.5” KNHC, Alternative 90.3 KEXP, Community 91.3 KBCS, and Classical 98.1 KING are teaming together to donate a winter care pack to the United Way for every donation of $120 or more to any of the five station. In Wisconsin, given just two weeks by the FCC to get his Construction Permit for 98.9 WEMP Two Rivers before it expired, Mark Heller got a boost from what may soon be his in-market rival. Seehafer Broadcasting’s “Lake 98.1” WLKN Cl...Read More

Examining The LPFM Applications

The list of nearly 2800 applicants for a new LPFM license has been released by the FCC. While many of the applications will end up in mutually-exclusive groups that will eventually be resolved via time sharing agreements or a points system. The FCC ranks the applicants by granting points for the applicant’s presence in the community for at least two years, commitment to broadcast at least twelve hours per day, and commitment to provide at least eight hours of locally originated programming each day. The applicant with the most points will be awarded the construction permit. The biggest entanglement will be in Los Angeles where fifteen organizations applied for a station on 101.5, not counting applicants in nearby cities such as Compton, Conoga Park, Glendale, Long Beach and Pasadena....Read More

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