Saturday, October 25, 2014

Report: Digital Music Sales Plummet

The growing availability of cheap music—from free videos and streams to $10-a-month unlimited subscription plans—is sapping demand for digital downloads at the world’s biggest seller of music, Apple Inc., according to The Wall Street Journal.

Music sales at Apple’s iTunes Store have fallen 13% to 14% world-wide since the start of the year, according to people familiar with the matter. The decline is stark compared with a much shallower dip last year. Global revenue from downloads fell 2.1% in 2013, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.

The plummeting download numbers help illustrate why Apple bought the $10-a-month subscription streaming service Beats Music earlier this year, as part of its $3 billion acquisition that included headphone maker Beats Electronics. Apple is rebuilding Beats Music and plans to relaunch it next year as part of iTunes, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Some record company executives worry their industry could lurch back into decline after several years of relative stability, should download sales decline faster than streaming growth accelerates. A key part of that equation, executives say, is persuading enough users of online music services to pay a monthly subscription fee, usually $10 a month, rather than stick with free versions that carry advertising and generate much less revenue for record labels.

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October 25, 26 In Radio History

On the 26th in 1935...a 12-year-old Judy Garland performed on Wallace Berry's radio show on NBC Radio Network.

On the 25th in 1937...The radio soap opera "Stella Dallas" made its debut as a local show in New York City. The 15-minute drama, with Anne Elstner in the title role, was picked up by the NBC radio network beginning June 6, 1938, and aired on weekday afternoons through 1955.

On the 26th in 1957...Vatican Radio began broadcasting.

On the 25th in 1958...Cliff Richard made his British radio debut on the BBC's 'Saturday Club.' The show had started life as Saturday "Skiffle" club in 1957 hosted by Brian Matthew and was broadcast from 10am to 12noon Saturday mornings on the BBC Light Programme.

On the 26th in 1965...The Beatles receive Members of the British Empire (MBE) medals from Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony staged at Buckingham Palace. It is the first such honor ever given to a rock band, causing many former recipients, many distinguished military personnel, to return their medals in disgust. According to John, the group is so nervous beforehand that it gets high on marijuana in a palace bathroom; during the ceremony, when Her Majesty asks the group how long it's been together, Ringo

On the 26th in 1968...Having been fired from WOR-FM, Legendary DJ Murray The K moves across town in New York, again becoming one of the WMCA 570 AM "Good Guys" working a weekend shift.

On the 25th in 1969...The Hot 100..The Temptations remained at #1 with one of their biggest career hits--"I Can't Get Next To You".  Sly & the Family Stone would have to settle for #2 this time with "Hot Fun In The Summertime".  The former #1 classic by the Archies--"Sugar, Sugar" was still at #3 after 14 weeks while Oliver's "Jean" was at #4 and Elvis Presley was moving up with "Suspicious Minds".

The rest of the Top 10:  Bobby Sherman's "Little Woman", "Wedding Bell Blues" the new smash by the 5th Dimension, Smith moved from 13 to 8 with "Baby It's You", the Cuff Links were up to 9 with "Tracy" and Lou Christie entered the Top 10 with "I'm Gonna' Make You Mine".

On the 25th in 1969...The Album Chart..Green River by CCR was #1 on the Album chart for a fourth week but something was happening that even it couldn't contend with.  Johnny Cash At San Quentin was #2 and the Rolling Stones rolled backwards with Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Volume 2).  In one of the biggest chart moves in Rock Era history, the Beatles moved from #178 to #4 with Abbey Road.  Pretty good sign that it's an album for all-time.

The rest of the Top 10:  Blind Faith with their self-titled album, In-A Gadda-Da-Vida from Iron Butterfly, the great debut from Blood, Sweat & Tears, Isaac Hayes with Hot Buttered Soul (that sounds tasty...), the Best of Cream and Santana with their great debut.

On the 25th In 1984...The summer ratings book…

Los Angeles – KIIS-FM (top-40) gets a 10.0 share. Rival KKHR is up to a 3.0. Talk KABC is up to a 7.9. Easy JOI – 4.4 and Easy KBIG – 4.1. Rock KLOS down to a 3.5 from a 3.9. Nostalgia KMPC at a 3.4 and AC KOST gets a 2.7. Rock KMET is at a #.1, All news KNX and  KFWB are tied at a 2.9.  A/C KFI is up to a 1.8 from a 1.4. KHTZ is at a 2.0.

In New York – WHTZ – 6.6 and rival WPLJ – 5.3.  WRKS gets a 5.4. WOR – 4.7. WINS – 4.4 and Easy WRFM – 3.7. Urban WBLS at a 3.5. WBLS is the “Quiet Storm” at night. WKTU – 3.1. WNBC – 3.0 and Country WHN – 2.9. WNEW AM and WNEW-FM both at a 3.1. WLTW and WYNY are tied at a 2.8. WABC gets a 2.6. WAPP – 2.4 and WMCA – 1.5

Chicago – Top-4- WBBM FM – 5.0. WGN-AM – 11.4 share. Easy WLOO – 6.8.

Boston – Rock WBCN – 8.6. A/C WHDH – 8.4. Top-40 WXKS – 7.5. WBZ – 7.4. Top-40 WHTT – 6.6. Talk WRKO – 4.7

On the 25th in 1984...CKLW Windsor/Detroit is switching to a nostalgia music format. Out is long-time music director Rosalie Trombley who served in that capacity since CKLW’s influential heyday in the ‘60’s. In the summer ratings book, CKLW dropped again, from a 1.2 to a .7.

Manybelieve that CKLW started to decline in popularity after Canadian content regulations went into effect. Although having to play some "CanCon" songs that generated little in the way of sales put the station at a competitive disadvantage compared to its U.S.-based competition, CKLW still managed to help break a number of Canadian songs and artists in the United States. Just as, if not more, responsible for the decline in CKLW's ratings as the 1970s wore on was the rise of FM radio as an outlet for contemporary music, as the station gained a direct FM Top 40 competitor, WDRQ, in 1972, and its listening audience was also fragmented between album oriented rock outlets such as WWWW, WRIF and WABX and adult contemporary stations like WNIC and WMJC.

The Canadian government's initial unwillingness to licence FM frequencies with pop or rock formats stranded Canadian stations on AM while an entire demographic of listeners began the exodus to US-based FM outlets anywhere the signals were in range. For many younger listeners by 1978, CKLW was the station they listened to only if they had an AM-only radio in their cars.

As a result, like many other powerhouse AM Top 40 stations, CKLW evolved during the late 1970s into an Adult Top 40 sound. The station's music softened to the point where by 1982 it gave no airtime to harder-rocking songs like Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", and jingles were initially phased out, with new jingles and a new slogan ("The Great Entertainer") being introduced in 1979.

Dick Purtan joined the station for mornings in 1978, coming over from WXYZ-AM. Largely due to Purtan's popularity, CKLW remained a moderately popular station into the early 1980s, but after Purtan departed at the start of 1983 for FM competitor WCZY, the station quickly tumbled to the bottom of Detroit's Arbitron ratings (its last appearance in the Top 10 was in 1981). In an attempt to go after longtime "full service" powerhouse WJR, CKLW converted to AM stereo in 1982 and even got the rights to broadcast University of Michigan football and NASL soccer, but in this it was also unsuccessful.

In 1984, the station's owners (Baton Broadcasting) sold CKLW-AM-FM to Russwood Broadcasting Ltd. Also in 1984, CKLW made an attempt to transfer its CHR format to its FM sister station, big band and jazz standards-formatted CKJY. These hopes were dashed when the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) refused to approve the format change on anything more than an "experimental" basis, reasoning that FM was for "fine" music and that Top 40 music belonged on AM.

The final death knell for the "Big 8" came in October 1984, when the station fired 79 staffers (including most of the remaining announcers and Rosalie Trombley), closed its American sales office in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Michigan, and announced that it would soon change format to Al Ham's "Music of Your Life" format of Jazz standards and big-band music and go completely automated.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Music Streamer Deezer Acquires Talker Stitcher

Deezer, the global digital music streaming service, today announced it is acquiring Stitcher, the leading provider of personalized Internet talk radio and award winning mobile products. The acquisition allows Deezer to become a truly global on-demand audio provider, offering consumers over 35 million music tracks and 35,000 radio shows and podcasts. Stitcher currently carries eight out of the top ten terrestrial radio shows and features content from over 12,000 content providers, including NPR, BBC, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, This American Life, Marc Maron, CBS Radio News and others.

Streaming talk content continues to grow in the US, with approximately 39 million Americans having listened to an audio podcast in the past month and 30 percent of Americans having listened to a podcast according to Edison Research.

Daniel Marhely
“Almost every music listener listens to some form of talk radio, whether it is news, entertainment or sports,” said Daniel Marhely, Founder of Deezer. “We see the ability to deliver better talk streaming solutions in the same way that we are doing in music to super serve the needs of our global audience of 16 million users and growing. The acquisition of Stitcher helps us realize this opportunity.”

Deezer will further expand its distribution into the automotive entertainment market where Stitcher is already enabled in more than 50 models, including BMW, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar and Mazda vehicles and was an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto launch partner.

“Deezer has become a market leader by meeting the different and unmet needs of music consumers around the world,” said Noah Shanok, Chief Executive Officer of Stitcher. “We look forward to continue to evolve our leading offerings and deliver the most complete and best digital audio experience for listeners everywhere.”

Deezer will continue to support Stitcher’s award winning mobile products, where Stitcher has the number one rated podcast app on Android and the second most popular app on iOS behind iTunes.

Chicago Radio: Talker Warren Ballentine Found Guilty of Fraud

Warren Ballentine
He styled himself “The People’s Attorney” and once claimed that 3 million listeners tuned in to hear his brand of black empowerment on his nationally-syndicated radio show.

But former Soul WSRB 106.3 FM personality Warren Ballentine is now a convicted fraudster, reports the Sun-Times.

A federal jury took less than an hour Friday morning to find Ballentine, 43, guilty on six counts connected to a $10 million mortgage scam.

Ballentine hung his head, frowned and mouthed the word “Man” as the verdicts were announced by U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly.

Evidence during the trial showed that Ballentine used straw buyers to obtain mortgages on properties they never intended to live in. In some cases, he attended closings for the same phony purchasers at two different properties within three days of each other, each time telling the straw buyers to lie on their mortgage forms.

Ballentine, whose show was also carried on WVON 1690 AM radio before his indictment, lives and broadcast from Durham, N.C., but grew up on the South Side and previously lived in south suburban Country Club Hills, where he maintained a law office. His radio show was picked up by urban radio stations nationwide.

He now faces up to 30 years behind bars on each of 6 counts and a $6 million fine, plus restitution.

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Alan Freed Urns Final Resting Place

Alan Freed
Legendary Cleveland DJ Alan Freed has a final resting place -- almost 50 years after his death on Jan. 20, 1965.

After an unceremonious exit in August from their home of 12 years in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Lance Freed has found a new home for his father's ashes: Lake View Cemetery.

"It's a lovely spot near a lake," the younger Freed told from his office at Universal Music in Los Angeles. "It's not a traditional gravestone. We're creating something unique: a rough granite stone that will have a microphone in the granite and plaque nearby regarding my dad, and 1921-1965."

"We're thinking of putting his legendary words, the way he signed off from his radio show on the stone: 'This is not goodbye, it's just good night.' "

The senior Freed's urn is already at Lake View, but not on view to the public. Lance Freed hopes to have the new memorial created by late March or early April, around the time of the annual Moondog Coronation Ball.

It was the first Moondog ball in 1952 at the Cleveland Arena that helped establish rock 'n' roll as a cultural force to be reckoned with – and Freed's importance in the culture.

Freed's ashes were originally brought to Cleveland from the Ferncliff Memorial Mausoleum in Hartsdale, New York, where they had been interred since his death at age 43 in 1965. They went on display at the Rock Hall in 2002, under the leadership of then-CEO Terry Stewart.

Lance Freed said that the family believed the Rock Hall would permanently keep his father's urn and ashes, as part of their Alan Freed exhibit. But current CEO Greg Harris asked that the family remove them in the summer.

Beasley Reports 3Q Net Revenue Down 5 Percent Y2Y

Beasley Broadcast Group today announced operating results for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2014.
  • A $0.7 million, or 5.0%, year-over-year decline in net revenue during the three months ended September 30, 2014, primarily reflects lower advertising revenue at the Company's Wilmington and Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville market clusters which more than offset net revenue increases at the Company's Las Vegas and Ft. Myers market clusters.
  • Station operating expenses in the 2014 third quarter increased by $0.2 million, or 1.8%, which coupled with the revenue decline resulted in a $0.8 million, or 18.9%, decline in third quarter 2014 station operating income to $3.6 million compared to the 2013 third quarter. 
  • The $0.8 million, or 45.4% year-over-year reduction in 2014 third quarter operating income, reflects the year-over-year revenue decline, the increase in station operating expenses and a 0.8% increase in total operating expenses in the third quarter of 2014 compared with the same period in 2013.
Commenting on the results, George G. Beasley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We don't believe third quarter operating results from continuing operations reflect the strength, ratings and local relevance of our platform, as the lower level of reported net revenue from continuing operations is temporarily mis-matched with certain expenses that will be better amortized across the Company's larger revenue base once we complete the asset exchange with CBS Radio.

George Beasley
"We are very excited by the potential presented by the CBS transaction as we will exchange five stations in Philadelphia and Miami for fourteen stations in Tampa-St. Petersburg, Charlotte and Philadelphia. Throughout Beasley Broadcast Group's 53-year history, we have actively managed our station portfolio with the goal of serving the local communities where we operate, diversifying our operations, managing risk and improving financial results. The planned asset exchange with CBS Radio addresses these strategic objectives and upon completion, we will expand our owned and operated station base by nine stations increasing Beasley's portfolio to 53, including 33 FM and 20 AM stations, in twelve markets with approximately 7.7 million weekly listeners.  Importantly, we will add completed clusters in the Tampa and Charlotte markets which complement our already strong mid-Atlantic presence.

"In addition to our initiatives during the quarter to expand and diversify our station and digital media operations, we continue to focus on debt reduction and returning capital to shareholders. During the third quarter we made credit facility repayments totaling $3.3 million, reducing borrowings to $99.0 million at September 30, 2014 and declared our fourth consecutive quarterly cash dividend. Notably, the asset exchange agreement with CBS Radio has been structured to allow us to meaningfully expand our operating and revenue base without incurring additional borrowings or using cash from operations. Based on our expectation that the transaction will lead to station operating income accretion in the first eighteen months after closing, we expect to further reduce the Company's leverage ratio which is presently near its lowest level in ten years."

Pandora Earnings Shine, Listener Hours Are Light

  • Total revenue was $239.6 million, representing year-over-year growth of 42% and 40% on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis
  • Total mobile revenue was $188.0 million, growing 52% and 50% year-over-year on a GAAP and non-GAAP basis
  • Local advertising revenue was $41.8 million, growing 118% year-over-year
  • Share of total U.S. radio listening for Pandora in September 2014 was 9.06%, an increase from 7.77% at the same time last year
Pandora Thursday announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2014.

Brian McAndrews
"Our business is on-track and operating as planned, with accelerating advertising revenue growth and record RPMs, the result of increased mobile monetization and scale", stated Brian McAndrews, Chairman, President and CEO of Pandora.

"At the same time we're excited to have established Pandora AMP, the Artist Marketing Platform, generated from tens of billions of hours of personalized listening. Pandora AMP offers meaningful data and insights to all 125,000-plus artists played on the service, and will help artists with critical decisions such as tour routing, set lists and title tracks."

Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results
  • Revenue: For the third quarter of 2014, total revenue was $239.6 million, a 40% year-over-year increase on a non-GAAP basis1. Advertising revenue was $194.3 million, a 44% year-over-year increase. Subscription and other revenue was $45.3 million, a 25% year-over-year increase on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Listener Hours: Total listener hours grew 25% to 4.99 billion for the third quarter of 2014, compared to 3.99 billion for the same period last year.
  • Active Listeners: Active listeners grew 5.2% to 76.5 million at the end of the third quarter of 2014, compared to 72.7 million from the same period last year.

McAndrews: 'Meaningful' Investments To Grow Listener Base

Pandora's listening hours -- which provide the inventory for advertising it sells -- disappointed some analysts. 

Total listener hours rose 25% to 4.99 billion for the third quarter. Mark Mahaney, at RBC Capital Markets, had expected 5.06 billion.

In Thursday's earnings conference call with analysts, CEO Brian McAndrews addressed what he called "slowing growth in monthly active users."
"In an increasingly competitive environment, driving monthly active user growth will be more challenging, particularly given our already significant market position. As a result, looking ahead, expecting monthly active user growth at historic levels is not realistic. 
That said, we continue to believe in the long-term opportunity to grow our audience in excess of 100 million monthly active users in the U.S., as growing smartphone penetration, connected autos and other devices accelerates the transition of the 250 million weekly U.S. radio listeners to internet radio. 
The significant investments we have made in the quality of our service, the development of our audience and the effectiveness of our monetization engine, enable us to address this opportunity from a position of strength. 
And we have put ourselves in the fortunate position to be able to make meaningful additional investments to responsibly and profitably grow our loyal user base. And you will see us make more of these investments in our product, our distribution and our marketing. 
It is also worth noting that, in our view, monthly active users is not the best measure of the true growth in Pandora’s audience as it does not speak to the success in growing the loyalty of our users. 
As I mentioned a moment ago, our active users are increasingly loyal and engaged with overall listening hours growing 25% and hours per active user per month increasing 18% in the last year. The average Pandora listener now uses Pandora for almost 10 days per month, almost three quarters of a day more than same time a year ago. 
This growth in loyalty has helped drive strong double-digit growth in active daily users on Pandora, which are now over 25 million."

Report: Pandora Could Steal Howard Stern From SiriusXM

  • Pandora intends to add programming that will help it further challenge broadcast radio in the automobile.
  • Howard Stern's contract with Sirius XM expires at the end of 2015.
  • Given Stern's focus on interviews with musicians and other celebrities, he would be a perfect fit on Pandora.
Howard Stern's contract with the satellite radio stalwart expires at the end of 2015. Pandora executives have gone on record several times in recent months to confirm they're taking a look at ways to increase listenership in the car.

According to Rocco Pendola, a widely-read financial media personality, Stern makes absolutely, positively the most sense. Here's why:
  • Stern brings with him millions of listeners willing to pay a monthly fee to access his program. Pandora could make Stern an a la carte option, adding beef to its present subscription revenue line. Or it could simply blend Stern in with its current free/monthly subscription model. Either way, Stern would drive new Pandora subscribers and make current ones (who also listen to Stern on Sirius XM) listen longer."
  • Stern would go a long way toward making terrestrial radio even less relevant than it is now. His program on Pandora - available live during morning drive, but also on-demand 24/7 - would trigger in-car listening that once went to Sirius XM and/or broadcast radio.
  • Howard's show has evolved over the years. It has become a destination for celebrities, particularly big names in music. In a series of recent posts, music critic Bob Lefsetz sums up the beauty, brilliance and general allure of the present incarnation of Stern's show. Big names you don't see everywhere else do Stern's show. That's because he does an incredible job not merely interviewing them, but having stimulating (and entertaining) conversation with them.

Cable Cutters Force Media Outlets Online

Barton Crockett, senior V.P. at FBR Capital Markets, discusses the move to online offerings from HBO, CBS and other media outlets as consumers seek to replace cable subscriptions and whether or not it can impact the business of cable companies.

He appeared on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

FBI Warns: ISIS Targets U.S. News Media

The Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning Thursday afternoon that the Islamic State group, known as ISIL or sometimes ISIS, is calling on sympathizers to target news media in the U.S., according to

While the FBI did not issue an official press release on the situation, the agency did provide an unclassified Intelligence Bulletin to media outlets detailing the threat so that they could take security precautions as necessary.

The document was headlined "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Identifies Reporters and Media Personalities as Desirable Targets."

The FBI bulletin indicated that following the beheading of American journalists overseas by ISIL, a recent online posting in Arabic on an ISIL-dominated forum issued a call to action for the 2.6 million Muslims living in the U.S.

The Arabic language posting - which was translated into English - said media personnel, such as TV anchors, reporters, and radio talk show hosts, were “proved to be biased,” making them priority targets for execution.

The Five Responds to Chuck Todd’s Fox Swipe

This week Meet the Press anchor Chuck Todd took a shot at Fox News for their seeming “obsession” with media bias.

Mediatie reports the hosts of The Five fired back Thursday, saying they focus on bias because there’s just so much of it. Eric Bolling said Todd is “the pot calling the kettle black,” and brought up the study finding that ABC’s nightly newscast, World News Tonight, has completely ignored the midterm elections in the last two months.

Todd charged that for most stories Fox News covers, they always have this fixation on finding the “media bias” angle of the story. Dana Perino was surprised by Todd, considering him to be “most neutral than most” in his profession.


Bolling and Perino also jumped on the fact that Todd did an interview with Media Matters, which they were both a little critical of (Bolling called them a “radical left-wing hack group”). Neither mentioned Todd also doing an interview with Breitbart News as well.

Springfield MO Radio: KWTO To Carry ESPN Radio

On Jan. 1 as KWTO 98.7 FM will switch to ESPN Radio after more than a decade as a Fox Sports Radio affiliate.

ESPN Radio will move from its location at the Clear Channel Communications' KGMY 1400 AM. The network features the popular Mike & Mike in the Morning program from 5-9 a.m.

KWTO FM, known as "Jock 98.7," will continue to air two long-running local-based programs — the Sports Reporters with Ned Reynolds from 9-11 a.m. and Sports Talk with Art Hains from 4-6 p.m.

"We are proud to be able to reward our loyal listeners by adding the ESPN Radio affiliation to the Jock," Ken Meyer, president of Meyer Communications, said. "By adding ESPN to our 100,000-watt signal, we are greatly increasing the coverage area for area sports fans."

Among the syndicated programs that 98.7 no longer will carry are the Jim Rome Show, s midday staple of the station for more than a decade, and the Dan Patrick Show, which has aired since earlier this year. Also going away is the non-sports syndicated program Imus in the Morning, on 98.7 since the late 1990s.

KWTO 98.7 FM (100Kw) 60dBu Coverage
“This partnership was a no-brainer,” said Jeff Clinkingbeard, consultant for Meyer Communications, and broker of the new agreement. “The Meyer Communications family of stations, and especially The Jock 98.7 FM, has been dedicated for years in providing outstanding coverage and play by play of local collegiate and high school sports.

Adding the #1 brand in sports to complement our local coverage is a win for sports fans throughout the market.”

“We are proud to be able to reward our loyal listeners by adding the ESPN radio affiliation to the Jock,” said Ken Meyer, president of Meyer Communications. “By adding ESPN to our 100,000 watt signal, we are greatly increasing the coverage area for area sports fans. This is not only great for the fans, but for advertisers too. We will be creating an excellent opportunity for area businesses to reach out listeners".

Cumulus Gives Peek At NASH Campus Studios

Cumulus Media's new NASH Campus was constructed after gutting the old Citadel facility down to the concrete floors and steel rafters, according to Gary Kline, director of engineering for Cumulus. Kline was interviewed by Radio Magazine about the project: Click Here

The set and studio for "America's Morning Show" from NASH. This space can seat an audience and the set can be removed from the stage to accommodate live performances by guest artists.

View from the control room window of the Kix Brooks Studio. Kix and his guests feel comfortable and cozy in this inviting room. Mics, headphones and cables are unobtrusive. Cleverly positioned HD PTZ cameras with low camera angles get under hat brims.

Control Room for "America's Morning Show" Studio

Taylor Swift, Diet Coke Team With iHeartRadio

Taylor Swift and Diet Coke are teaming up for unprecedented programming events with iHeartMedia to celebrate the release of Swift’s highly anticipated, fifth studio album, 1989, on October 27.

Together, Swift and Diet Coke will take over every Premiere Networks-syndicated CHR shows and its digital platforms during the week of Taylor’s album launch.
  • Swift will kick off the week by guest-hosting American Top 40 on October 25 and 26 and being featured on Direct From Hollywood with Ryan Seacrest on October 27. She will also appear as a special guest during On with Mario Lopez on October 29.
  • On October 30, Diet Coke will present Swift co-hosting On Air with Ryan Seacrest for the show’s entire four-hour broadcast live from New York City, sharing exclusive details about 1989. This will be the first time an artist co-hosts the entire radio program, as well as the first time the full show is presented by a single brand. To bring fans closer to the experience, Diet Coke is hosting the Ultimate 1989 Fan Party LIVE from iHeartRadio’s NYC studios during the broadcast.
“In our new ‘Get A Taste’ campaign, Diet Coke is showing fans how the delicious taste of Diet Coke can make their worlds a bit brighter. Now, we’re bringing that idea to life for Taylor fans by offering them a taste of her new album in this first-of-its-kind iHeartMedia radio takeover,” said Rafael Acevedo, Group Director for Diet Coke and Coke Zero, Coca-Cola North America. “We hope Diet Coke and Taylor fans will enjoy celebrating the launch of 1989 and getting a taste of Taylor’s new music with us.”
  • Adding to the excitement, Swift will appear as a special in-studio guest on Elvis Duran and The Morning Show, and be featured on The Kane Show and appear as a special guest on The Johnjay & Rich Show on October 31. Then to round out the week, Swift will guest-host iHeartRadio Countdown with Romeo and be a featured guest on iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez and Weekend Top 30 with Hollywood Hamilton on November 1 and 2.  In addition, Swift will appear as a special guest on Saturday Night Online Live with Romeo on November 1 and appear as a special guest on Club Kane on November 2.
 “We are huge supporters of Taylor Swift and we are thrilled to be a cornerstone in launching her new album 1989. iHeartMedia has the natural ability to connect with fans in meaningful ways through our robust assets and powerful franchise of station brands and on-air personalities,” said Darren Davis, President of iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia Networks.

“We are excited to join forces with Diet Coke to produce a Taylor Swift takeover event on the top Premiere-syndicated CHR programs heard across the country and on iHeartRadio, reaching millions of music fans to celebrate the incredible talent of Taylor.”

NBC SportsRadio Launches Digital Soccer Show debuts its first-ever digital-only show, The 2 Robbies “Football” Show, a Premier League-focused program starring NBC Sports Group analysts Robbie Earle and Robbie Mustoe, this Saturday, October 25 at 5 p.m. ET.

The weekly one-hour Saturday show follows NBC Sports Group’s live Premier League match coverage, and will stream live from NBC Sports Group’s state-of-the-art International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Conn. The 2 Robbies “Football” Show will focus on the Premier League and international soccer, featuring commentary and analysis from Earle and Mustoe, who will take calls and answer questions from listeners. The show will also feature interviews with top names in the sport, including current and former players, managers and analysts.

Since NBC Sports Group kicked off its unprecedented Premier League coverage in August 2013, Earle and Mustoe have worked alongside host Rebecca Lowe and fellow analyst Kyle Martino on Premier League Live pre- and post-match shows, Goal Zone, Match of the Day, and Match of the Day II, which provide in-depth analysis, post-match interviews, reactions from the day’s matches and highlights with match commentators.

"As the game continues to grow here in the U.S., I think it’s important we give the American soccer fan a voice too,” said Earle. “There will be no scripts or prompting, on this program Robbie Mustoe and I will discuss only topics that the fans want to debate."

“More comment, more opinion on the beautiful game from Robbie Earle and myself,” said Mustoe. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to get football fans involved by taking viewer calls and hearing thoughts from fans across the country.”

Billboard's Hot 100 Gets Updated Look

Billboard has unveiled a revamped online look for the Billboard Hot 100, the most-referenced music chart on the planet, as they boast. With an improved layout and more intuitive functionality, the Hot 100 is more engaging than even before.

The new Hot 100 boasts "Chart Highlights," which points to the singles making the biggest moves on the chart each week. And if you want to take a glimpse into Billboard's vast chart archives, the "This Week In.." section highlights the No. 1 song this week of any year in chart history (along with video, photos and articles about the artist). Not to mention the "On This Day in History" function, which allows you to discover the No. 1 song from any day in the Hot 100's 56-year history.

The re-imagined Billboard Hot 100 is launched in partnership with Samsung. Check it out now!

Study: Music Helps Workers Perform Better

Dr. David Lewis
Nine out of 10 workers perform better when listening to music, according to a new study that found 88 percent of participants produced their most accurate test results and 81 percent completed their fastest work when music was playing.

“The take-home message is that music is a very powerful management tool if you want to increase not only the efficiency of your workforce but also their mental state, their emotional state - they’re going to become more positive about the work,” said Dr David Lewis, a neuropsychologist and chairman of Mindlab International, the company that conducted the research.

The Telegraph reports that for the experiment, 26 participants were given a series of different tasks five days in a row - including spell-checking, equation solving, mathematical word problems, data entry and abstract reasoning. The workers completed these tasks while listening to one of four music genres or no music at all, to see which had the greater effect on accuracy and speed of correct responses.
  • Classical music: if your work involves numbers or attention to detail
  • Pop music: if your work involves data entry or working to deadlines
  • Ambient music: if your work involves solving equations
  • Dance music: if your work involves proof-reading and problem solving

SiriusXM Launching Daily Jenny McCarthy Show

Jenny McCarthy
SiriusXM announced Thursday that Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, a new daily live morning radio show on SiriusXM will launch on Monday, October 27.

Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, which will air live Monday—Friday from 10:00 am—noon ET, will feature McCarthy talking about everything from dating, parenting, sex, relationships, pop culture and current events. McCarthy will be joined by celebrity friends, comedians and other special guests. The show will also feature McCarthy interacting with her fans with live calls, Tweets and social media.

Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy will air on SiriusXM Stars via satellite on channel 109, and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at Subscribers will also be able to listen to the show via SiriusXM On Demand through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App for smartphones and other mobile devices and online at

On Wednesday, October 29, Jenny McCarthy will host a Halloween costume party in the SiriusXM studios. The special Halloween edition of Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, which will feature music, chats with special guests and more, will air on Halloween, Friday, October 31, at 10:00 am ET.

The launch of the exclusive live daily show comes after McCarthy's successful limited-run weekly show aired on SiriusXM Stars this summer.

NAB Promotes Curtis Legeyt to Senior VP/Public Policy

Curtis LeGeyt
The National Association of Broadcasters announced Thursday that Curtis LeGeyt has been promoted to the newly created position of Senior Vice President, Public Policy.

In that role, LeGeyt will serve as NAB's principal liaison to the White House and executive departments. He will also maintain his current responsibilities for Congressional advocacy and political strategy in the NAB Government Relations department.

"Curtis's consensus building style and strong political acumen have served NAB membership well," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "In a relatively short time, Curtis has demonstrated a tenacious advocacy for free and local broadcasting and substantive command of difficult public policy issues that make him well suited for this expanded role."

LeGeyt joined NAB in 2011 after serving as Senior Counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy and as a member of the 2008 Obama For America legal team. His areas of expertise include Intellectual Property, Antitrust and First Amendment issues.

The Radio Guy Who Literally Became a Giant

Imagine how terrifying it would be if your hands, feet, forehead, and jaw started to grow out of control!

Froggy, 38, a radio personality on the syndicated Elvis Duran Morning Show , had these and many other symptoms. But, because the changes were so gradual, it wasn’t until ten years after the symptoms began that he sought a diagnosis.

In 2010, Froggy learned he had acromegaly, commonly known as pituitary adenoma. The name "acromegaly" comes from the Greek words for "extremities" (acro) and "great" (megaly). Acromegaly affects just 50 to 70 people per million, according to Dr. Laurence Kennedy, chairman of the endocrinology department at the Cleveland Clinic and Froggy’s doctor.

In acromegaly, a benign tumor grows on a person’s pituitary gland, causing the gland to release excess growth hormone.

Froggy (whose real name is Scott) sat down with Healthline to talk about his strange experience.

Chicago Radio: WILV's Megan Reed Off-Air To Fight Cancer

Megan Reed
WILV 100.3 FM midday host Megan Reed has been off the air this month.

According Chicagoland Radio&Media, she will be away from the radio airwaves for a while longer as she bravely battles cancer in her breast and brain.

While seeking medical advice for pains in her back, doctors found Reed had breast cancer. That cancer has spread and tumors have been found in her head. Surgery, followed by radiation treatments will begin next week.

A veteran of Chicago radio, Reed spent nearly 12 years at WLIT-FM/The Lite (1989-2001), as well as three years at suburban WAUR-FM and WYSY-FM (1986-1989).

Filling in for Megan Reed on Chicago's 100.3 has been weekender Lisa Kosty, who joined the station earlier this year. Kosty had been with WUSN-FM/US99.5 as an occasional on-air host and its full-time morning show producer for nearly ten years before her release in November 2013.

October 24 In Radio History

In 1930...J.P. Richardson, Texas disc jockey who became famous under the name the Big Bopper ("Chantilly Lace") was born in Sabine Pass, Texas; died in the light plane crash February 3, 1959 that also claimed the life of Buddy Holly and Richie Valens shortly after takeoff.

J.P. Rochardson 'The Big Bopper'
Richardson worked part-time at Beaumont, Texas, radio station KTRM (now KZZB). He was hired by the station full-time in 1949 and quit college. Richardson was promoted to Supervisor of Announcers at KTRM in 1953.

In March 1955, he was drafted into the United States Army and did his basic training at Fort Ord, California. He spent the rest of his two-years' service as a radar instructor at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas.

Following his discharge in March 1957, Richardson returned to KTRM radio, where he held down the "Dishwashers' Serenade" shift from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, Monday through Friday. One of the station's sponsors wanted Richardson for a new time slot and suggested an idea for a show. Richardson had seen the college students doing a dance called The Bop, and he decided to call himself "The Big Bopper". His new radio show ran from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm Richardson soon became the station's program director.

In May 1957, he broke the record for continuous on-air broadcasting by 8 minutes. From a remote setup in the lobby of the Jefferson Theatre in downtown Beaumont, Richardson performed for a total of five days, two hours, and eight minutes, playing 1,821 records and taking showers during 5-minute newscasts.

From the Dick Clark Sarturday Night Show on ABC-TV in 1958...

Richardson is credited for creating the first music video in 1958, and recorded an early example himself.

In 1970...President Richard Nixon asked radio broadcasters to screen songs containing lyrics that promoted drug use.

In Radio DJ/Programmer, Dean Anthony died at age 68 from cancer. Anthony programmed WHLI-AM, Long Island for 22 years.

Dean Anthony (undate  photo)
Anthony played country music at WJRZ (later WWDJ) in Hackensack, N.J., from 1970 until 1971 when he began a 10-year stint at WTFM New York. During a labour strike at WTFM in 1981, Anthony picked up part-time work at WHLI Hempstead, N.Y. He stayed there 22 years, twice being named program director of the year by Barnstable Broadcasting.

He was so well-liked that WHLI held a 10-hour tribute to him on the fifth anniversary of his death. For years, Anthony played "I Think of You" by Perry Como every day at 12:40 p.m., and the station continued that practice in his memory.

Anthony was also one of the original jocks during the '60's hey days of NYC radio at WMCA (Aircheck: Click Here) . Known by his listeners as 'Dean-O On The Radio' he was an original "WMCA Good Guy" who welcomed the Beatles, Rolling Stones, plus the entire Motown and British Invasion into the "Big Apple", as well as into the USA.

Before coming to WMCA, Anthony was program director and afternoon personality at WPGC Washington, D.C., from 1960 to 1964 as Dean Griffith. Prior to that, he was at WGH Norfolk, Va.