Saturday, March 8, 2014
TRN Companies and Cumulus Media have agreed to settle outstanding claims arising during previous ownership of Westwood One.
The Talk Radio Network has sued Dial Dial Global over unpaid ad revenues and unfair competition before the company was acquired by Cumulus. The name was subsequently changes back to Westwood One.
The settlement’s terms were undisclosed.
In a statemeent, Lew Dickey, President and CEO of Cumulus Media, said: “While Cumulus Media had no role in the lawsuits filed by TRN Companies, we are pleased to resolve these claims and move forward together. We remain supportive of each other and are optimistic for the future.”
Mark Masters, CEO of TRN Companies, said: “We are pleased to ‘turn the page’ with the new owners of Westwood One and have put past issues behind us. As we build bridges together, we look forward to a mutually beneficial future working with our affiliated stations, customers, Lew and John Dickey and Cumulus Media.”
TRN's 2012 Federal suit was against Dial Global and multiple other parties, asserting antitrust, anti-monopoly and other claims.
Mark Masters blamed TRN’s recent financial problems on Dial Global.
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But while these days he’s shedding material possessions (and would like to shed some weight), his drive to succeed and passion for people haven’t waned.
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de Castro: "I’m not spending a nickel [at WGN]. All the people writing that I’m spending all this money have no f—— idea what they’re talking about. None."
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Everett, a nationally known voice of baseball, will host a 30-minute pre- and post-game show before and after every Mets regular season game. Howie Rose and Josh Lewin are teaming up for their third season together as the play-by-play announcers for Mets games.
Everett will join WOR 710 AM from FOX Sports Radio and WINS Radio in New York - after previously hosting radio shows for ESPN New York and Sirius/XM's MLB Radio Network.
His past experience includes eight years at Major League Baseball Advanced Media as a studio host for MLB Radio and video production for MLB.com. Prior to launching his national career, Everett spent three years in Seattle as sports director and on-air host at KJR 950 AM, Seattle's top-rated sports talk station, and two years at KKFN 104.3 FM The Fan in Denver.
"I'm extremely honored to be joining WOR along with Howie and Josh on the New York Mets broadcast team," Everett said. "I'm a huge Mets fan, so this is going to be a thrill."
Posted 4:27 AM
Fully customizable, Milk is designed with an elegant, easy-to-use interface and more than 200 stations that makes tuning into your favorite music a more enjoyable and enriching experience.
“Milk introduces a fresh approach to music that reflects our innovation leadership and our focus on creating best-in-class consumer experiences,” said Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters.
“We’re offering consumers amazing, rich music experiences built around what matters most to them and their lifestyle.”
Milk powered by Slacker is available now exclusively for Galaxy consumers. Coming soon, Samsung will be offering unique music programming from top selling and emerging artists available exclusively through Milk.
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Starting out much the way WHTZ “Z-100″ did in 1983, legendary programmer, jock and superb morning host Scott Shannon returned Monday March 3, 2014 to wake New Yorkers after 23 years in mornings at WPLJ 95.5 FM
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In 1925...John B. Gambling started at WOR.
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John B. was the host from 1925 to 1959, when he retired in favor of his son, John A. Gambling. With his Musical Clock, his all-in-fun setting-up exercises, cheerio music, wheezy gags, weather information and news scraps, John B. Gambling was a WOR fixture.
In 1945...The Monkees' singer and actor Mickey Dolenz was born
In 1949...WBAP-FM, Fort Worth Texas, began broadcasting. Today the station is Sports KTCK-FM.
In 1971...Jimi Hendrix's rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" was broadcast by Radio Hanoi.
In 1979...Audio Compact Disc prototype is first demonstrated.
In 1994...NYC Personality Jack Spector - WMCA, WHN, WCBS FM (at 4:40), WNBC, WPIX FM, WQCD - Died
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He was 76 and lived in France.
McLaughlin died from cardiac arrest in a Waterbury, Conn., hospital. He was visiting friends in the United States.
McLaughlin's television news career spanned 27 years, nearly all of it with CBS News; he left for two years in late 1979 to report for NBC News as its United Nations correspondent.
He spent a decade overseas on his CBS news assignments, including the Paris bureau, where he met his wife, the former Huguette Cord'homme, who survives him. He covered the gamut of overseas events, from the Vietnam War to terrorism to the conflicts in the Middle East, appearing on the "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite," CBS Radio News and other CBS News broadcasts, including "CBS Reports" documentaries.
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Friday, March 7, 2014
Longtime WCBS AM/FM news anchor Debbie Rodriguez is leaving. Her last day on the show is today.
Shannon made the announcement at the start of the show this morning.
However, Rodriguez is not leaving CBS Radio. She'll be working part-time on newser WCBS 880 AM. Taking over on the Shannon In The Morning Show is NYC radio veteran Suzy Cerone. Cerone is filling the slot "as we figure out what we're doing," according to Shannon.
Rodriquez has previously worked at the former WNSR-FM and MIX 105 doing hourly news updates. Prior to that her resume includes WGBB 1240 AM radio on Long Island and WHVW 950 AM in Poughkeepsie, New York.
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She broke the news on her Facebook page and said she'll be relocating to Nashville. She stated: "But for those who know me, the past couple of years I’ve talked about moving to Nashville, TN one day. Well that day has finally come. I’ve always wanted to live in the heart of the country music industry and be surrounded by it. It’s an amazing place. Being in Nashville also means I’ll be 4 hours from home."
Ashley's departure means there's a prime spot open at K92.
PD J.R. Schumann is looking for someone with a strong on-air presence, a social media rock star, passion for radio, and a great work ethic. Send your material to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fallon joins Clear Channel-Philadelphia from the Cincinnati cluster, where he most recently served as Program Director for WKFS 107.1 FM KISS 107. He has more than 15 years of experience in the radio industry, including roles on-air and as a Music Director.
"The extraordinary opportunity to program a legendary station like Q102 is incredibly exciting," said Fallon.
"The team at Clear Channel-Philadelphia is stacked with experienced, innovative and talented individuals that are absolutely unrivaled in the market. I'm eager to get to Philly and begin this amazing experience."
"Jared is one of the most creative, passionate young programmers I've met in a long time his vision will undoubtedly be a key catalyst in our quest for even greater success," said Brian Check, Vice President of Programming, Clear Channel Philadelphia.
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Brian Lakamp, president of Digital for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, oversees iHeartRadio, and agreed to speak with Michael Grothaus at Fast Company about his early experience integrating with CarPlay.
“Apple is pretty selective about how they disclose information,” says Lakamp. “Apple made us aware of the opportunity. We were enthusiastic to participate and then worked closely with them to build the demo that they just demoed in Geneva.”
“The way that Apple constructed this is a relatively thin layer that we need to build to copy existing apps that move some of the control and command structure to the console,” Lakamp says. “Then the console simply acts as a remote control to your app. It was a relatively light integration.”
Lakamp says Clear Channel is not worried about that Apple has its sights set on cars. Despite the “old fashioned” nature of AM/FM’s technology, and those who crow about its impending demise at the hands of digital streaming, Lakamp says radio isn’t going anywhere.
“I can tell you from my perspective that that idea is somewhat crazy,” he says. “Technology has evolved every step of the way: AM to FM to satellite to Internet. None of those have removed the need for the preceding technology. We're in the fourth, fifth generation of things right now. If anything, they've been additive, and they've extended the opportunity. Every car on the planet has AM/FM radio. It's an easy, reliable way to get at content and get at the personalities that you love. Every car has it, unless the radio has been stolen.”
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According to Broadcasting&Cable, The chairman plans to vote on that retransmission consent proposal at the March 31 meeting, according to senior FCC officials speaking on background. He will circulate the item on March 10, the customary 21 days before the meeting. Those officials made it clear the move was a way to try to stem rising cable prices.
The officials cited what they called skyrocketing costs of retrans, from $28 million in 2005 to $2.4 billion in 2012.
The chairman wants immediate action on retrans and JSAs (see below), but is also seeking comment on other issues, including local ownership rules and continuing to ban the merger of two of the top four broadcast networks.
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In response to an announcement today by FCC Chairman Wheeler that he will circulate a proposal affecting broadcasters' joint sales agreements and shared services agreements, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith stated:
"NAB is disappointed but not surprised by this proposal from Chairman Wheeler. Broadcast companies across America have demonstrated that sharing arrangements lead to more local news and provide robust competition to giant pay TV providers.
"The real loser will be local TV viewers, because this proposal will kill jobs, chill investment in broadcasting and reduce meaningful minority programming and ownership opportunities.
"Coincidentally, two industries would benefit from today's proposal: Big Cable companies who want less competition for advertising in local markets, and wireless companies who support punitive FCC actions that drive more TV stations into spectrum auctions."
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Specifically, the FCC is expected to vote on March 31 to prohibit separately owned television stations from teaming up to negotiate distribution deals with pay-TV companies.
The practice has become commonplace in the last several years because of an increase the number of operating partnerships between local television stations known as joint sales agreements or shared service agreements.
Under such partnerships, the stronger of the two TV stations typically negotiates distribution deals for itself and the other station. Pay-TV companies say such arrangements have given broadcasters an unfair advantage and resulted in higher pay-TV bills for consumers.
The American Cable Assn. called the practice "collusion" and a "scheme designed to drive up the fees paid by cable-TV providers." The National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. said, "This type of coordinated behavior has resulted in increased prices which are ultimately borne by consumers." Both groups praised the FCC and Chairman Tom Wheeler for the proposed changes.
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Salem's study talked to the listeners of Christian formatted talk stations owned by Salem and other companies, to determine who they are, why they listen, and how they listen.
The study revealed that half of the listeners to CTT stations are under the age of 55. This data contradicts a common notion that CTT listeners tend to be older and less active. 14% of the listeners were 18 to 34, 18% were 35-49 and 18% were 50 to 54.
The study also revealed that the younger listeners to CTT stations are listening about as long as the older listeners. On average those 55 and younger are spending 6.1 hours per week listening to CTT stations. That compares to 6.4 hours for those 55 and over.
"There is this perception that these are your father's or even grandfather's radio stations, but we found there is a significant pool of younger listeners spending a great deal of time with our CTT format," said Salem VP, Director of Spoken Word Format, Phil Boyce. "These listeners are loyal, fully engaged, and are truly listening to the content for its edifying value." Salem feels this data and other supporting data bodes well for its efforts to continue to encourage advertisers to reach this segment of the population that is often difficult to reach in other ways.
"At a time when we see younger listeners leaving traditional radio and going more to their iPads, smartphones, and computers, this format is growing a younger audience base that is seeking the kind of content we produce," said Boyce. Of all the age groups Salem researched, the growth in the younger demo was the most dramatic, by far.
This study reveals that while the digital footprint continues to grow, it has not detracted from over the air radio. In fact the typical listener to Christian Teach and Talk radio listens an average of 6.2 hours a week to AM or FM radio. This is about double the 3.2 hours spent listening on a desktop or laptop computer. Listeners also report listening less than an hour on a tablet device, and less than an hour on a smartphone.
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U.S. District Judge Faith Hochberg also set a June 30 trial date for Herman, who was immediately remanded back into custody.
Herman, 77, has been in federal custody since he was arrested last Oct. 24 at the St. Croix airport on a charge of attempting to transport a 7-year-old Bergen County girl to the U.S. Virgin Islands to sexually abuse her there. Authorities allege Herman, who has a home in St. Croix, went to the airport with the intent of meeting the girl and her mother, so he could then bring the girl to his house and abuse her.
If convicted, Herman faces a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum term of life, authorities have said.
Herman's lawyer, Marc Agnifilo, has said Herman maintains his innocence and intends to fight the federal charge.
Herman was a disc jockey for decades on New York’s WNEW 102.7 FM. He still has legions of fans in the New Jersey and New York region, many of whom remember him ruling the rock airwaves during the 1970s and after with his calm, smooth demeanor on the “Dave Herman Rock and Roll Morning Show.”
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According to documents, in November of 2012, Herman began a series of chats on a website with an undercover officer from the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.
Herman believed that he was communicating with a 36-year-old single mother with a then 6-year-old daughter.
Over the course of the following months, Herman had multiple telephone and online communications with the officer during which he allegedly indicated his desire to engage in sexual activity with the officer’s fictitious daughter, according to CBSLocal/NY.
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The duo has been together 22 years hosting the Craig and Al Show.
At one time they were on the classic rock station Z100, but they'll bid farewell from Real Country KYSS 94.9 FM in Missoula, Montana.
Craig and Al promised Friday’s show will be a fun farewell but admitted saying goodbye to each other will be difficult.
“We haven't said goodbye to each other yet,” Craig told NBC Montana. “That'll be the tough one.”
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