Friday, August 1, 2014

FOX Radio, FBN Chief Kevin Magee To Depart

Kevin Magee
After 13 years with Fox, Kevin Magee is stepping down from his positions, TVNewser has learned.

Magee has been EVP of Fox Business Network since it launched nearly 7 years ago. He’s been EVP of Fox News Radio since 2005.

“It’s impossible to overstate how wonderful my stay here has been in every possible way, but mostly because I got to work with the most professional, hardest-working and smartest group of people in the business,” Magee writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

The management structure of Fox Business is under review, we hear, and an announcement on the new team will be made in the coming weeks.

Magee joined Fox News Channel from CNBC in 2001.

"Sharknado 2" Garners 1B Twitter Impressions


“Sharknado 2: The Second One” broke the record books on Syfy, with 3.87 million viewers, 1.6 million adults 18-49 and 1.8 million adults 25-54 on Wednesday, according to Marc Berman at The Daily.

Comparably, this is now the cable net’s most-watched original movie ever; and it built from the first “Sharknado” movie (on July 11, 2013) by 183 percent in total viewers, 190 percent in adults 18-49 and 185 percent in adults 25-54.

Socially, “Sharknado 2” delivered one billion estimated impressions on Twitter, at one point holding all top 10 trending topics in the country and making it the most social movie on TV ever.




Syfy will air encore telecasts of “Sharknado 2” again this Saturday, Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. ET and Sunday, Aug. 3 at 9 p.m. ET.

Coleman Research: Demand Strong For NextRadio App


Smartphone owners are highly interested in NextRadio, the new app that allows consumers to listen to local radio stations using the FM chips already installed in their phones, according to a new national study released today by media research firm Coleman Insights and its knowDigital division.

These consumers have positive initial impressions of the app, indicate that they are highly likely to download and use it and believe it will cause them to listen to local FM radio stations more than they currently do.

The study was supported by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and completed in cooperation with Emmis Communications, which developed NextRadio and has spearheaded the radio industry’s support for its rollout.  It is based on 801 online interviews with 18- to 49-year-old smartphone owners who viewed a 90-second video explaining NextRadio’s capabilities and benefits.



The sample employed quotas to ensure that it appropriately represents the national population in terms of age, gender, ethnicity and geography and so that interviewing was split roughly equally between smartphone owners with unlimited data plans and those with metered or pre-paid plans.

Among the study’s key findings are:
  • 88% had a positive reaction to NextRadio, including 56% who described their initial reaction as “very positive”
  • 45% said they “definitely would” use NextRadio if it as installed on their smartphones; another 43% said they “probably would” use the app
  • 80% said they “probably would” or “definitely would” download NextRadio if the app was not already installed on their smartphones
  • 63% say they would listen to local FM radio more if they had NextRadio
  • 73% of those with metered or pre-paid data plans acknowledge that such plans limited their consumption of audio entertainment on their smartphones
  • Low battery and data plan usage were evaluated as the most positive of NextRadio’s benefits
  • 92% “strongly agree” or “agree” with the statement, “The NextRadio app is really cool”
“These findings line up nicely with the anecdotal evidence we’re seeing since NextRadio was launched,” said Emmis Communications founder, chairman and chief executive officer Jeff Smulyan.  “People want free, local FM radio on their smartphones and NextRadio gives them exactly what they want.”

“The qualitative research we released earlier this month made it clear that consumers liked NextRadio, but I must admit that how positive they reacted in the quantitative research exceeded my expectations,” commented Warren Kurtzman, president and chief operating officer of Coleman Insights.  “Results like these bode very well for NextRadio’s potential to impact the consumption of local FM radio.”

Twin Cities Radio: Talker Jason Lewis Quits On-Air

Jason Lewis
Conservative talk radio host Jason Lewis quit his show during the middle of his program Thursday evening, according to twincities.com.

"The Jason Lewis Show" was syndicated by the Burnsville-based Genesis Communications Network and heard in the Twin Cities on Clear Channel's KTLK 1130 AM.

"He told me two months ago he intended to retire Aug. 1," said Mike Crusham, president and market manager of CCM+E Minneapolis/St. Paul. "He decided not to go public with it until today. I think he is serious about it. I hope he is not. He is one of the best talk show hosts I have ever worked with or listened to."

A couple of hours after he quit, Lewis said via his Twitter account:


The tweet included the hashtag #GoingGalt and a link to the website galt.io.

A Jan. 30 article in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal describes galt.io as a "Libertarian tech startup" co-founded by Lewis.

Lewis spent a decade at KSTP-AM before leaving the station in 2003 for a job at WBT in Charlotte, N.C. He returned to the Twin Cities in 2006 for a job at KTLK. Lewis' show was syndicated in 2009.

Clear Channel's Crusham said the station is planning on running the "Joe Pags Show," from WOAI in San Antonio, starting next week in Lewis' KTLK time slot.

Nashville Radio: Take A Tour Of The Cumulus NASH Studios

Cumulus Media Studio Engineer Zach Harper guides the Nashville Chapter of the SBE - and the rest of us - on a tour of the NASH studios in Music City - Nashville, Tennessee.

NYC Radio: WWPR On-Air Interview Almost Results In Fight

WWPR's Breakfast Club: DJ Ency, Angela Yee, Charlamagne Tha God
Onyx, a 90s rap group, came by the Breakfast Club on WWPR 105.1 FM Power 105-1 to discuss new music but something happened that no one expected.

Charlamagne Tha God started to bring up something controversial about Brandy that was supposedly said back when they worked on her sitcom, Moesha. Fredro exploded when her name was mentioned and proceeded to bring up Charlamagne’s eye-punching incident repeatedly.

Both men went back and forth for a while and Angela Yee attempted to break up the tension and pointed out that this was “awkward.”

Once the tension simmered between the two, Charlamagne asked if they needed “five minutes.” Fredro confidently said “no” explaining that “if we needed it if would have happened already.”



R.I.P.: Former Indy Broadcaster, Gospel Singer Al Hobbs

Al Hobbs
Former Indianapolis radio host Al "The Bishop" Hobbs lost his battle with cancer Thursday.

He was 70.

Hobbs was a former broadcaster at Gospel WTLC 1310 AM and well-known in the gospel music arena as a singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur.

For more than 25 years, Hobbs helped grow WTLC by working as a sales manager and eventually becoming the station's general manager.

August 1 In Radio History


In 1940...WOR FM signs-on as W2XOR


In 1942…Responding to what its leaders saw as a threat from phonograph records, members of the American Federation of Musicians went on strike, but only for recording, not for live performances.



In 1960…"The average teenage girl listens to the radio two hours and thirteen minutes a day and plays records two hours and twelve minutes a day," according to a survey reported in Billboard magazine.


In 1962...NYC's WMCA 570 AM prints first “Good Guy” survey


In 1963...First stereo broadcast on WABC 95.5 FM.

In the early 1960s, WABC-FM began to program itself separately from WABC-AM. During the 1962–63 New York City newspaper strike, the station carried an news format for 17 hours daily. Two-and-a-half years before WINS launched its own around-the-clock, all-news format in April 1965, it was the first attempt at an all-news format in the New York market.


In 1964...the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" goes #1 on Radio


In 1973...DJ John R. did his last show on WLAC 1510 AM, Nashville, Tennessee after refusing to go along with a format change from R&B to Top 40. He resigned.

John R
In the mid-1950s, John R. began attracting Euro-American listeners again—young people. Teenagers listened to the programs featuring blues music and "street talk", some as an act of adolescent rebellion. Richbourg became an influential figure in the fledgling black music trade by featuring ground-breaking R&B and early rock performers like Chuck Berry and Fats Domino on his program. Later John R (real last named: Richbourg) capitalized on his reputation by becoming a manager to several artists, an occasional record producer, and later entrepreneuir in Nashville's booming studio industry. Nashville has long had a national reputation for country music. It. also has always had studio facilities devoted to soul, R&B, and gospel.

Richbourg may have gained his most enduring reputation as a pitchman who used "down-home" phrasing to ad-lib copy for advertisers. One example: Now, friends, I know you got some soul. If you didn't, you wouldn't be listenin' to ol' John R., 'cause I got me some soul. I'll tell you somethin', friends. You can really tell the world you got soul with this brand-new Swinging Soul Medallion, a jewelry pendant.

John R sold exotic or unusual products, such as baby chicks from a Pennsylvania hatchery, family Bibles, hot-rod mufflers, and so on. According Wes Smith's book, The Pied Pipers of Rock 'n' Roll: Radio Deejays of the 50s and 60s (Longstreet Press, 1989), many such products turned out to be defective and/or scams, but few irate customers ever sought action against the station or manufacturers. One legitimate sponsor was Ernie's Record Mart, owned by a record label entrepreneur who specialized in recording local Nashville R&B acts.

John R. featured artists such as James Brown, 'Baby' Washington, Otis Redding, and other popular soul acts of the 1960s. Despite the popularity of newer Euro-American performers such as Elvis Presley and The Beatles, Richbourg continued to play chiefly African-American artists. He only played mainstream pop when Ernie's Record Mart required him to do so in a commercial hour long radio show. On that nightly show titled "Ernies Record Parade", John R would announce, "now this six record special the big Blues special from Ernie's Record Mart is just two dollars ninety eight ($2.98) plus shipping and handling a total of just 3.99 from Ernie's Record Mart 179 3rd Avenue Nashville, Tennessee when you order ask for the Big Blues special or simply say offer number two, now lets dig this.." and he'd go on to the next set of offers on the Ernie's Record Parade Radio Show.


In 1981...MTV premiered. "Video Killed The Radio Star".

MTV's pre-history began in 1977, when Warner Cable (a division of Warner Communications from Warner Bros.), and an ancestor of Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment (WASEC) launched the first two-way interactive cable television system, QUBE, in Columbus, Ohio. The QUBE system offered many specialized channels. One of these specialized channels was Sight On Sound, a music channel that featured concert footage and music-oriented television programs; with the interactive QUBE service, viewers could vote for their favorite songs and artists.

The original programming format of MTV was created by media executive Robert W. Pittman, who later became president and chief executive officer (CEO) of MTV Networks. Pittman had test-driven the music format by producing and hosting a 15-minute show, Album Tracks, on New York City television station WNBC in the late 1970s.

Pittman's boss, WASEC Executive Vice President John Lack, had shepherded PopClips, a television series created by former Monkee-turned solo artist Michael Nesmith, whose attention had turned to the music video format by the late 1970s.  The inspiration for PopClips came from a similar program on New Zealand's TVNZ network, Radio with Pictures, which premiered in 1976. The concept itself had been in the works since 1966, when major record companies began supplying the New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation with promotional music clips to play on the air at no charge (few artists made the long trip to New Zealand to appear live).

The first images shown on MTV were a montage of the Apollo 11 moon landing

On Saturday, August 1, 1981, at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time, MTV launched with the words "Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll," spoken by John Lack, and played over footage of the first Space Shuttle launch countdown of Columbia, which took place earlier that year, and of the launch of Apollo 11.

Those words were immediately followed by the original MTV theme song, a crunching rock tune composed by Jonathan Elias and John Petersen, playing over photos of the Apollo 11 moon landing, with the flag featuring MTV's logo changing various colors, textures, and designs. MTV producers Alan Goodman and Fred Seibert used this public domain footage as a conceit.  Seibert said they had originally planned to use Neil Armstrong's "One small step" quote, but lawyers said Armstrong owns his name and likeness, and Armstrong had refused, so the quote was replaced with a beeping sound.



The first music video shown on MTV was The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star", this was followed by the video for Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".


In 1981...WXLO 98.7 FM NYC changes call letters to WRKS


In 1988...WPIX 101.9 FM NYC changes format to jazz



In 1988…Cincinnati's WCVG-AM became the first all-Elvis radio station. The format lasted for a little more than a year.


In 1988...Rush Limbaugh goes into syndication based at flagship station 77 WABC.

Rush Limbaugh
In 1984, Limbaugh started as a regular talk show host on AM radio station KFBK in Sacramento, California, after several years of employment with the Kansas City Royals and in the music radio business, which included hosting a program at KMBZ in Kansas City. He succeeded Morton Downey, Jr. in the time slot.

Based on his work in Sacramento, Limbaugh was signed to a contract by EFM Media Management, headed by former ABC Radio executive Edward McLaughlin. Limbaugh became syndicated on August 1, 1988 through EFM and his show was drawing five million listeners after two years of syndication. Lacking a name for the network during the early years, he coined the name "EIB Network," which has remained associated with the show even after joining an actual radio network.

In 1997, EFM was acquired by Jacor Communications, a publicly traded company.  Later that year, Jacor merged with Premiere Radio Networks.  In 1999, Jacor merged with Clear Channel Communications.  Currently, Clear Channel Communications through its Premiere Radio Networks subsidiary is the syndicator for Limbaugh's radio show.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hartford Radio: WCCC-FM Sold To EFM

A second iconic Connecticut radio station is being sold and the entire staff of Classic Rock WCCC 106.9 FM will be gone.

The staff got the word Wednesday..public announcement of the sale from Boston-based Marlin Broadcasting to Educational Media Foundation is expected to be publicly announced today or Friday.

EMF specializes in Contemporary Christian music,  including K-LOVE and Air1. EMF is based in Rocklin, California.

WCCC 106.9 FM (23 Kw) 54dBu Coverage
Staff including “Miss Klonk” and “J. Raven” were among those advised Wednesday that they were out of jobs.

Mike Karolyi
Program director and on-air personality Mike Karolyi also posted his demise on Facebook Wednesday evening writing “and then there were none,”  with dozens of followers immediately lamenting the station's sale.

The current staff promises an on-air WCCC Rememberance Friday Noon to 5.

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At 5:00 Friday afternoon, Marlin Broadcasting will pull the plug on the classic rock format at WCCC-FM (106.9 Hartford), ending almost 30 years of rock on that signal.

The sale comes just weeks after another major radio station in the Hartford Area, WDRC 102.9 FM, was sold by Buckley Broadcasting  to Connoisseur Media.


Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast Operations

  • Spinning off newspapers
  • The E.W. Scripps Company, based in Cincinnati, will own and operate television and radio stations serving 27 markets and reaching 18 percent of U.S. television households. Scripps will be the fifth-largest independent TV group in the country. 
  • Journal Media Group, a newly formed newspaper publishing entity, will be headquartered in Milwaukee and operate in 14 markets.
  • Scripps shareholders will own 69 percent of the combined broadcasting company and 59 percent of the newly formed Journal Media Group. Journal Communications shareholders will own 31 percent and 41 percent, respectively, of Scripps and Journal Media Group. Scripps shareholders also will receive a $60 million special cash dividend as part of the deal.
  • With strong balance sheets, both public companies will be well positioned to make further investments and acquisitions with expected net leverage of about 2x at closing for Scripps and no debt at Journal Media Group.
  • The transaction is expected to generate about $35 million in combined synergies, resulting in substantial long-term cost savings, and create long-term value for shareholders. 
The E.W. Scripps Company and Journal Communications have agreed to merge their broadcast operations and spin off and then merge their newspapers, creating two focused and separately traded public companies that offer long-term opportunities to create value for shareholders.

The merged broadcast and digital media company, based in Cincinnati, will retain The E.W. Scripps Company name, and the Scripps family shareholders will continue to have voting control. The company will have approximately 4,000 employees across its television, radio and digital media operations and is expected to have annual revenue of more than $800 million.

The newspaper company will be called Journal Media Group and will combine Scripps’ daily newspapers, community publications and related digital products in 13 markets with Journal Communications’ Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin community publications and affiliated digital products. The company, with expected annual revenue of more than $500 million and approximately 3,600 employees, will be headquartered in Milwaukee.

The Scripps and Journal Communications boards of directors have approved the stock-for-stock transactions, which are subject to customary regulatory and shareholder approvals.

The deal is expected to close in 2015.



“In one motion, we’re creating an industry-leading local television company and a financially flexible newspaper company with the capacity and vision to help lead the evolution of their respective industries,” said Rich Boehne, chairman, president and CEO of The E.W. Scripps Company, who will continue at the helm of Scripps. “Making the combinations even more appealing are the rich histories of these two organizations, both driven by a deep commitment to public service through enterprise journalism. For shareholders, this deal should unlock significant value as both companies gain efficiency, scale and more focus on the industry dynamics unique to these businesses.”

“This transaction will create two solid media businesses that will continue to serve their communities with a commitment to integrity and excellence that has been built over many years,” said Steven J. Smith, chairman and CEO of Journal Communications. “Journal’s radio and television stations will add depth and breadth to the Scripps TV group and additional expertise to its management team. The formation of the new Journal Media Group, headquartered in Milwaukee, will continue a tradition of exceptional print and digital journalism in 14 markets across the country. These companies will offer a combination of excellent local media assets and an incredible array of talent in our employees. We look to the future with great optimism and a continued sense of purpose in providing relevant, differentiated content to our local communities across the country.”

Journal Communications’ Class A and Class B shareholders will receive 0.5176 Scripps Class A Common shares and 0.1950 shares in Journal Media Group for each Journal Communications share. Scripps shareholders will receive 0.2500 shares in Journal Media Group for each Class A Common Share and each Common Voting Share they hold in Scripps.

Journal Communications shareholders will own approximately 31 percent of The E.W. Scripps Company’s total shares following the merger. Scripps shareholders will retain approximately 69 percent ownership. The Scripps family will retain its controlling interest in The E.W. Scripps Company through its ownership of Common Voting shares. Scripps shareholders will own 59 percent of the new newspaper company, Journal Media Group, and Journal Communications shareholders will own 41 percent. Journal Media Group will have one class of stock and no controlling shareholder.

Scripps shareholders of record just prior to the closing will receive a $60 million special dividend.  The transaction is expected to be tax-free to shareholders of both companies.

Scripps, Journal Merger Results In Two New Companies


The deal follows a growing trend among media players to divide newspaper and broadcast assets into separate companies, according to jsonline.com.

"Everyone wins," said Steven J. Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Journal Communications, who will serve as the nonexecutive chairman of Journal Media.

In addition to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Journal Media will consist of all of Scripps' newspapers, including the Memphis Commercial Appeal, community publications and digital offerings. In all, the new company will operate daily newspapers in 14 markets.

The new company will have around 3,600 employees with expected annual revenue of some $500 million.

Timothy Statuberg
Journal Media will get a fresh financial start in an uncertain media world. The company's balance sheet will have $10 million in cash and no debt, while Scripps keeps substantially all of the qualified pension obligations.

Timothy E. Stautberg, who oversees Scripps' newspapers, will become CEO of Journal Media.

"I look forward to what we can build, leveraging the strengths of what we have today," Stautberg said.

Smith said everyone involved in the deal realized it was important to keep the headquarters of the new publishing company in Milwaukee.

"It's going to be a larger company than we have today with more employees than we have today," Smith said.

He added that he also was excited for the broadcast employees who currently work at Journal Communications.

"They are going to be part of a larger enterprise with even more resources to continue to serve their markets, and they'll have our people grow professionally," he said. "On both sides of this transaction we feel there is great value, great logic and a great cultural fit."

Scripps will emerge from the deal as the nation's fifth-largest independent TV group, with 34 stations. For the first time in years, it will re-enter the radio market, picking up Journal Communications' 35 stations.

All told, the company will serve 27 TV markets and reach 18% of the nation's households. Moreover, Scripps may become a key platform for political advertising with TV stations in eight battleground states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Richard Boehne
The merged broadcast and digital company will have 4,000 employees and anticipates annual revenue of more than $800 million. Compared to its peers, Scripps will have low leverage, with about two times EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization).

"I can't think of two station groups that fit together more easily with more clear upside than when you put these two together," said Richard A. Boehne, who will remain as board chairman, president and CEO of Scripps.

The deal, already approved by the boards of directors of both companies, is expected to close in 2015. The stock-for-stock transaction is anticipated to be tax-free for the companies' shareholders, who must approve the deal.

When completed, Scripps shareholders will own 69% of the broadcasting company and 59% of Journal Media Group.

Benefits for Scripps 

The merger will create significant strategic and financial benefits for Scripps including:
  • Creating the opportunity for improving TV division margins;
  • Adding a profitable radio business;
  • Positioning the TV group in attractive markets across the country, including stations in eight important political states – Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio and Wisconsin;
  • Extending Scripps’ position as one of the largest owners of ABC-affiliated TV stations in the country by market reach, with 15 ABC affiliates, and expanding its affiliations to all of the Big Four networks;
  • Benefitting from co-ownership of TV and radio in five markets;
  • Leveraging high-quality journalism and Scripps’ original television programming across a larger geographic footprint; and
  • Maintaining a strong balance sheet, with expected net leverage at closing estimated at about 2x, allowing plenty of capacity for additional acquisitions. 
The combination further leverages Scripps’ digital investments, adding large and attractive markets to the portfolio. The company is building and launching market-leading digital brands that serve growing digital media audiences in addition to supporting its on-air local news brands. It also recently acquired digital brands with national reach such as Newsy and DecodeDC that will benefit from the new geographic markets.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee will remain under the stewardship of The E.W. Scripps Company.

Benefits for Journal Media Group

The spinoff will create significant strategic and financial benefits for the combined newspaper operations, including:
  • Creating a powerful source of enterprise journalism and the opportunity for innovation in the industry;
  • Building upon a geographically diverse portfolio of strong local media brands in 14  attractive markets, including Naples, Fla.; Florida’s Treasure Coast; Knoxville; Memphis; and Milwaukee;
  • Leveraging best practices of each company across all functions to drive revenue growth, efficiency and cost effectiveness;
  • Increasing scale and financial flexibility, allowing Journal Media Group to navigate the ongoing transformation of the local media landscape; and
  • Establishing a solid balance sheet with $10 million of cash and no debt (Scripps is keeping substantially all qualified pension obligations).

Cumulus Strikes News Content Deal With CNN

Cumulus has announced a new Westwood One news service powered by CNN’s worldwide newsgathering resources. This new service will offer radio stations nationwide access to broadcast, breaking news, wire service and digital content provided by CNN for use on the air and on their websites.

Westwood One is the leader in news and information distribution, with 10,000 radio affiliates in the United States, and owns the patented STORQ technology that provides a local feel to syndicated content. The addition of this new service will for the first time enable local radio stations to broadcast the latest national and international news acquired by CNN but branded with their own call letters and station slogans.

Powered by CNN’s award-winning worldwide newsgathering resources and produced for local stations by the veteran news team at Westwood One, these news segments will fit seamlessly into stations’ formats and encourage more stations to air news content. As an example of how the new “white label” news format will sound on the air, Country format stations operating under the NASH brand created by Cumulus will introduce “NASH News” segments.

“Our affiliates and advertising partners know they can count on us for news and information products that reflect how people today consume content through various platforms, and this exclusive access to CNN’s newsgathering will ensure we can provide stations nationwide an unmatched array of news formats,” said Lew Dickey, CEO of Cumulus.

"People that are serious about the business of news are in business with CNN,” said Ed Stephen, Senior Vice President and General Manager for CNN Newsource. “We look forward to helping Cumulus build a world-class radio news service."

Former Record Promoter Joe Isgro Back In Court

Joe Isgro
Joe Isgro had been one of the nation's most influential record promoters, the producer of an Oscar-nominated movie, a defendant who successfully fought racketeering charges in a high-profile payola case and an admitted loan shark who shook down borrowers in ritzy Beverly Hills.

Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter,  the roller-coaster life of Isgro is taking another plunge, with new charges that he helped run a mob-linked gambling operation.

Isgro, who once helped get airplay for songs by such stars as Bruce Springsteen and Michael Jackson, pleaded not guilty to gambling, conspiracy and money laundering charges today in New York City. For years he has denied any connection to organized crime.

Isgro declined to comment as he left court, but his lawyer, Aaron M. Rubin, said his client "strenuously denies the charges."

Isgro, 66, had been a music-business player for decades, coming to prominence when independent promoters exerted enormous influence over what songs Americans heard on Top 40 radio. As a leading promoter, Isgro ran a company that grossed as much as $10 million a year during the 1980s.

He came under scrutiny after a 1986 NBC News story examined what it called the resurgence of payola — bribing radio station employees to play certain records, a practice that spurred congressional hearings and legislation in the 1960s. The TV report suggested promoters were winning airplay with cash and cocaine and raised the specter of Mafia involvement.

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Boston Radio: FOX Ends WEEI Ad Ban

As it turns out, Kirk Minihane's week-long suspension from WEEI 93.7 FM for comments he made about Fox Sports reporter Erin Andrews will last longer than the network's revocation of advertising from all stations owned by parent company Entercom, according to boston.com.

Friday, Fox banned its personalities from appearing on WEEI and pulled all advertising from Entercom's 100-plus stations nationwide in response to the station's initial decision not to punish Minihane.

The network was apparently appeased by WEEI's announcement later Friday -- after the ads were pulled -- that Minihane was suspended for a week. Fox informed Entercom Wednesday afternoon that the advertising, which industry sources have estimated at a little more than $1 million, would be restored.

Minihane’s suspension, which began Monday, was announced Friday night by Entercom president and chief executive officer David Field.

Entercom’s announcement of Minihane’s suspension came approximately two hours after a letter from Fox Sports president Eric Shanks to Field was obtained by Boston.com and the Boston Globe.

“The comments made by Mr. Minihane were boorish and sexist,’’ wrote Shanks. “Further, the “apology: made by Mr. Minihane was juvenile and insincere. To make matters worse, the “apology” was posted under a banner (allegedly approved by your Boston VP and Market Manager, Phil Zachary) hailing “The Triumphant Return of Kirk Minihane.”

Tulsa Radio: K-HITS Names Sid Kelly New Morning Host

Sid Kelly
Journal Communications/Tulsa has announced Sid Kelly will be its new morning host on Top40 KHTT 106.9 FM K-Hits.

He starts August 11.

"Sid’s talent really stuck out early in this process and his previous successes demonstrate the type of track record that will continue to grow K-HITS’ audience," said PD Jet Black.

"We’re very excited to get him started".

Kelly is the former host of Toledo’s 92.5 KISS-FM’s “The Morning Rush” was let go in May over a salary dispute with the radio station’s corporate owners, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment.

The 17-year radio veteran’s one-year contract came up for review and Clear Channel decided not to renew, leaving the radio host “heartbroken” and “shocked,” he told Toledo Free Press at the time. He had been with the station for three years.

KHTT 106.9FM (04Kw) 60dBu Coverage
“We are very pleased to welcome Sid to the K-HITS team,” added KHTT Operations Manager Jules Riley in the release. “His ability to connect with the audience through humor and community involvement will be a huge asset as we continue with the evolution of this heritage brand.”

“From the moment I walked the halls and saw the operation, I could tell it was the place I wanted to be,” Kelly said. “One of the goals I’ve always had was to be able to build a morning show from the ground up and work with managers who have the knowledge and faith to trust in my abilities.”

RTNDA: Women, Minorities Make Newsroom Gains

Highlights:
  • Mostly up numbers for minorities in TV
  • Record number of women TV news directors
  • Most minority numbers in radio are up

The latest RTDNA/Hofstra University Annual Survey finds the minority workforce in TV news, at 22.4%, the highest it's been in 13 years and the second highest level ever.

The minority workforce in radio rose to the highest level since in the mid-1990s.

In TV, women news directors rose to the highest percentage ever, and women in the workforce rose to the second-highest level ever.  The picture for women in radio news was more mixed.

Still, as far as minorities are concerned, the bigger picture remains unchanged.  In the last 24 years, the minority population in the U.S. has risen 11 points; but the minority workforce in TV news is up less than half that (4.6), and the minority workforce in radio is up 2.2.

The minority workforce in radio rose to the highest level since in the mid-1990s.  African American, Hispanic American and Native American all went up; Asian Americans fell.

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