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    April 12th, 2024, 03:50 PM
    From Radio Online: Chicago News/Talk 890 WLS-AM celebrated 100 years on the air on Friday. On April 12, 1924, at 6pm, an experiment in radio took to the airwaves and "W-L-S, The Sears-Roebuck Station, Chicago" was live on-air. 100 years later, the station looks back to honor those who made 890 WLS-AM what it is More...
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    April 12th, 2024, 01:50 PM
    From Radio Insight: A pair of Caribbean programmers who had been leasing time on 93.5 WVIP-FM New Rochelle NY until its sale to Hope Media Group last summer are returning to New York radio. “Caribstar Radio” has launched on iHeartMedia’s 103.5 WKTU-HD3 Lake Success. The station is also heard on 1240 WGBB/95.9 W240DF Freeport on Long Island. Co-founder Bobby Clarke says, “CaribStar Radio brings a fresh, dynamic approach to Caribbean broadcasting, building on the esteemed legacy of Irie Jam Radio, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2023. CaribStar Radio is not just a continuation of a legacy; it?s a new chapter in uniting the Caribbean Diaspora.” “Roadblock Radio” will then launch on Audacy’s 101.1 WCBS-FM-HD3 on May 1 replacing “Scott Shannon’s True Oldies Channel“. Part of a business that includes a record store and marketing company, the station also promotes the New Jersey Reggae Festival. CEO Kacy ‘G City’ Rankine commented, “When I heard that WVIP, 93.5 FM was sold, I realized there was a void in Caribbean radio here in the tri-state area. I sent out a few proposals then. Out of the blue, God sent me an angel.” more
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    April 12th, 2024, 01:10 PM
    From Radio Insight: A veteran major-market CHR programmer. A TV weatherman. A small-market consultant. A 21-year-old college student.* Brian Burns, Gary Begin, Allan Nosoff, and Justin Walters are all longtime Ross on Radio readers who have been in the process of developing new formats over the past year or two. This week, they?re getting a chance to pitch their formats in their own words. (It?s not quite Shark Tank style; any judging is being left to the readers.)* Burn?s Yummy Hits and Walters? Young Classics already exist as radio stations and are available to stream. Begin?s Classic Hits and Adult Standards/Smooth Jazz format demos are included here, as well as Nosoff?s contemporary take on Smooth Jazz. BRIAN BURNS: YUMMY HITSMajor-market programming veteran Brian Burns began streaming Yummy Hits in 2022. The station is owned by Dennis Porebski, with whom Burns has been friends since working together at WKSE (Kiss 98.5) Buffalo in the ?90s. ?Yummy?s format is a hybrid CHR with a strong emphasis on Latin crossovers. With Latinos accounting for 55% of a 4,000,000 population in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale metro, Shakira, Karol G., Pitbull, and Bad Bunny are core artists in sales and airplay. Combined with a strong female pop library of currents and gold, Yummy Hits has a unique Miami identity compared to its terrestrial counterparts, supporting their branding statement, Pure Miami! ?Yummy’s library also includes heavily streamed core-artist tracks that were not necessarily record-company singles, but are familiar to its core-listener target demographics, as reflected in its sample hour. ?The imaging is written around an audio ?sense of taste? branding with hyper-local references, and voiced by national voiceover guru Jon Carter, complemented with a Reel World jingle package. The Yummy Hits website is a balance of local events, artist news and gossip, and Yummy recipes. Yummy touts 59 minutes of music each hour, countering terrestrial stations that often exceed 10 minutes of commercials hourly. ?Yummy Hits can be found on all the major streaming platforms, its own phone app for Apple and Android, and through its website. Based on proprietary data, Yummy Hits outstreams its corporate format competitors, as well as most terrestrial streamers in the Miami market.? Here?s a sample hour of Yummy: Jack Harlow, ?Lovin? on Me?* Taylor Swift, ?Cruel Summer? Karol G & Peso Pluma, ?Qlona? Benson Boone, ?Beautiful Things? Rihanna, ?Disturbia? Tate McRae, ?Greedy? Kevin Lyttle, ?Turn Me On? Beyonc?, ?Texas Hold ?Em? Dua Lipa, ?Physical? Teddy Swims, ?Lose Control? Sean Paul (f/Alexis Jordan), ?Got 2 Luv U? Selena Gomez, ?Love On? Harry Styles, ?Late Night Talking? Tini, Becky G & Anitta, ?La Loto? Muni Long, ?Made for Me? Metro Boomin? (w/the Weeknd & 21 Savage), ?Creepin?? Camila Cabello, ?Cryin? in the Club? Tyla, ?Water? Listen to Yummy here. ALLAN NOSOFF: CD101.9Nosoff is a New York-area meteorologist. Over the last few years, he?s been rethinking the Smooth Jazz format for the streaming age, using the name of New York?s former CD101.9 as the handle. ?In today’s radio/audio medium, the biggest constant is change. There have been numerous changes in the platforms, listener habits, social media, and much more surrounding radio. That is why it is really important to NOT be stuck in the mid-2000s pre-PPM mindset that helped cause the Smooth Jazz radio format’s demise. ?One new trend to embrace is the blurring of format lines, which the original Smooth Jazz format did not. That helped contribute to its demise, as stations did not embrace other ?smooth? or ?groovy? artists. KTWV (94.7 The Wave) Los Angeles initially failed in this transition until pivoting to that is now successful in L.A. Some of this blurring is currently happening at CIWV (Wave 98.3) Vancouver. The streaming surge has accelerated this blur, with many non-radio users creating their own unique playlists that span numerous genres. ?CHR stations crossover Country Hip-Hop. For Smooth Jazz, what songs are smooth, but also new and groovy? There are many newer R&B, pop, rock, and even country tracks that fit well with the uptempo ?traditional? smooth jazz tracks. In the CD 101.9 demo, SZA, Taylor Swift, Cannons, and Kacey Musgraves fit into each of the above formats, respectively. And they also fit in the new smooth format.* ?Another goal for this station is both a new trend and a strong foundation ? the focus on new music. The recent streaming ? trends have pushed new music faster, with new artists rising quickly, and consumers wanting to hear it first. But this format will also avoid burnout thanks to its deep pool of recurrent smooth tracks. ?A couple of instrumental tracks also go back as far back as the early 2000s. The instrumental sound of smooth jazz started to modernize around that time, so playing cuts from the 1980s or ?90s makes zero sense for this station. This is another reason why the format floundered. Playing ?Europa,? ?Songbird,? or any original-era tracks heavily will make most of the target audience tune out fast. ?While staunch originalists of the Smooth Jazz format may not like it, this formula is the best approach to capture and retain a younger demo while also generating revenue and being anywhere close to successful. The ?new? CD 101.9, with no other competition in most songs it plays, could work if the right owners and right staff came along to try it out.? Here?s the first hour of Nosoff?s format sample: Miguel, ?Sure Thing? The Weeknd f/Kenny G, ?In Your Eyes? Vincent Ingala, ?On the Move? (Instrumental) Lewis Capaldi, ?Before You Go? Brian Culbertson, ?Sandcastles 2.0? (I) Kenya Grace, ?Strangers? Nils, ?Let?s Bounce? (I) Ariana Grande & Troye Sivan, ?Supernatural? Four80East, ?This Time Around? (I) Tyla, ?Water? Cannons, ?Can You Feel My Love? Eric Marienthal, ?Blue Water? (I) Max, ?Lights Down Low? U-Nam, ?Street Life? (I) Victoria Monet, ?How Does It Make You Feel? Poolside, ?Feel Alright? Candy Dulfer, ?L.A. City Lights? (I) SZA, ?Saturn? You can hear a scoped version of Nosoff?s format demo below. You can also stream his Apple Music Playlist here. https://radioinsight.com/wp-content/images/2024/03/CD-101.9-Allan-Nosoff-Scoped-Airchec.mp3JUSTIN WALTERS: MEAN GREEN HITS/YOUNG CLASSICSJustin Walters is a 21-year-old University of North Texas student who has been operating Internet radio stations for more than five years. His current station, the UNT-affiliated Mean Green Hits, is his showcase for a format he calls ?Young Classics.? * ?Young Classics is a vibrant radio format that bridges Oldies and Classic Hits for the younger crowd. It plays hits from the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s, inspired by chart-toppers like Eminem, Nirvana, the Spice Girls, and Justin Bieber. This concept represents the idea that the best music has already been made, capturing the essence of past decades while resonating with today’s listeners. ?I launched Young Classics at the University of North Texas at the age of 20, aiming to redefine mainstream radio for a younger audience. Our playlist brings together iconic tracks that shaped music history, from Eminem’s rap revolution to Nirvana’s alt-rock movement and the global appeal of the Spice Girls. This format offers a fresh, energetic package that appeals to people in the late Millennial and early Gen Z crowd, such as college students, recent graduates, and young professionals entering the workforce. ?Now, it’s time to share Young Classics with radio professionals and program directors, offering a dynamic new format that resonates with a diverse audience. With its blend of nostalgia and contemporary flair, Young Classics is set to become a favorite among listeners seeking a unique and engaging radio experience.? Here?s a sample hour of Mean Green Hits: Usher, ?Burn? Backstreet Boys, ?I?ll Never Break Your Heart? Tom Cochrane, ?I Wish You Well? Stacie Orrico, ?I?m Not Missing You? Neon Hitch, ?Love U Betta? Madonna, ?I?ll Remember? Carrie Underwood, ?Inside Your Heaven? Baby Bash, ?Baby I?m Back? Alanis Morissette, ?Head Over Feet? Flo Rida, ?Club Can?t Handle Me? Beyonc?, ?Halo? Whitney Houston, ?Heartbreak Hotel? Mariah Carey, ?Honey? Rascal Flatts, ?What Hurts the Most? Mean Green Hitscan be streamed here. Walters can be reached here. GARY BEGIN: CLASSIC SONGS & SMOOTH JAZZ; CLASSIC TOP 40Ottawa, Ill.-based Begin?s 40-year radio career has taken him from Providence to Sarasota, Fla., as well as Augusta, Me., to Columbus, Ga., and more. He is the author of Radio Programming and Branding: The Ultimate Podcasting and Radio Branding Guide. He founded Sound Advantage Media in 2010. For the last several years, he?s been offering two formats, ?Classic Songs & Smooth Jazz? and ?Classic Top 40.? ?Classic Songs & Smooth Jazz features great songs from artists like Michael Bubl?, Frank Sinatra, and Diana Krall with a mix of smooth jazz from artists like Kenny G, Manhattan Transfer, Herb Alpert, and more. ?Classic Top 40 is a new twist on Classic Hits. It is a mix of ?lost songs? ignored by today?s programmers, but which are big hits and longtime favorites from the ?60s to the ?80s. Lots of ?oh wows?: ?Poetry Man? by Phoebe Snow, ?You Are Everything? by the Stylistics, ?Sideshow? by Blue Magic, ?Up the Ladder to the Roof? by the Supremes, ?Midnight at the Oasis? by Maria Muldaur, and ?Pretty Ballerina? by the Left Banke. ?Both formats are heavily researched, with certifiable hit music. Your station will have a tremendous branding opportunity. Great formats for class A FMs and AMs with a translator. Both are available on a monthly cash basis. I can be reached here or at 731-437-0536.? Listen to Classic Songs & Smooth Jazz below. https://radioinsight.com/wp-content/images/2024/03/Classic-Songs-Smooth-Jazz.mp3Listen to Classic Top 40 below. https://radioinsight.com/wp-content/images/2024/03/Classic-Top-40.mp3** more
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    April 12th, 2024, 11:00 AM
    From Radio Online: Audacy is partnering with voice AI research and deployment company ElevenLabs to augment its existing programming and production workflows. Through ElevenLabs' synthetic voice capabilities, the partnership will create a library of voices for Audacy to deliver custom experiences for listeners More...
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    April 12th, 2024, 10:20 AM
    From Radio Online: Audacy unveils a new morning show with Cale Berger and Amanda Gorecki on WDSY-FM (Y108) in Pittsburgh. The duo will be heard weekdays from 6-10am ET. Berger, 2021 recipient of the Media Association of Pittsburgh's Rising Star Award, has been with Audacy for seven More...
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    April 12th, 2024, 10:20 AM
    From Radio Insight: Audacy has announced a partnership with voice AI research and deployment company ElevenLabs to utilize their library of artificial voices for programming and production use. Audacy states, “this partnership will create a robust library of voices for Audacy to deliver custom experiences for listeners and advertising clients. Audacy will infuse creator-led ideas and concepts with ElevenLabs? technology to further bolster its programmers’ and talents? unique ability to engage deeply with audiences at scale.” Audacy EVP/Head of Programming Jeff Sottolano commented, “By experimenting with ElevenLabs? synthetic voice capabilities, we’re transforming how we connect with our listeners and create value for our advertising partners. By streamlining workflows, this collaboration will empower creators with more bandwidth to focus on the exceptional content and listening experiences our audiences love and expect from Audacy.” ElevenLabs VP/Revenue Carles Reina states, ?Through our work with Audacy, we?re bringing new voices to life, making radio more diverse and accessible for everyone. This technology also means we can produce more creator-led content faster, keeping up with the speed of today?s world.? ElevenLabs is a voice AI research and deployment company with a mission to make content universally accessible in any language and voice. ElevenLabs creates the most realistic, versatile, and contextually aware AI audio, providing the ability to generate speech in hundreds of new and existing voices in 29 languages. As a technology research company, ElevenLabs is at the forefront of developing new cutting-edge voice AI. The company deploys the most advanced models and features accessible via web app or API to a user base from creators to publishers and beyond. more
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    April 12th, 2024, 09:50 AM
    From Radio Insight: Audacy Country “Y108” WDSY Pittsburgh has tabbed Cale Berger and Amanda Gorecki as its new morning team. Berger had been hosting mornings at the station since January with a rotating group of co-hosts including Gorecki. He has been with Audacy Pittsburgh since 2017 serving as a producer for News/Talk 1020 KDKA and Sports ?93.7 The Fan? KDKA-FM and Director of Social Media. He will continue covering football and men?s basketball for the University of Pittsburgh Radio Network. Gorecki has also been with Audacy Pittsburgh since 2017 spending time in promotions and sales. ?As native Pittsburghers, Cale and Amanda will connect with our local listeners on many levels, and their passionate energy should allow them to be one of the next great morning shows in the city,? said Michael Spacciapolli, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Audacy Pittsburgh. Berger comments, ?I am beyond appreciative of this opportunity with Y108. Pittsburgh is incredible and home to some of America’s best country music fans. I was raised on country radio and could not be more excited to join Amanda on this adventure.? Gorecki adds, ?As a lifelong Pittsburgher, I’m thrilled to transition to this new role as I officially join the Y108 family and engage directly with our listeners. I love country music and this community, and I can’t wait to partner with Cale to kick start your mornings!? The duo filled the morning slot that had been held by Oceanic Tradewinds and Gemini XIII?s ?Broadway & Friends? until January. more
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    April 12th, 2024, 08:20 AM
    From Radio Insight: Magnum Media AC “B102.9” WBOO Reedsburg WI has expanded its signal into Baraboo with the addition of a simulcast on 900 WDLS Wisconsin Rapids/98.5 W253DH Baraboo. As first reported by Northpine, WDLS/W253DH had been off the air since February after a failed isocoupler and resumed operations this week. The station had previously featured a Classic Country format. With the addition, WBOO is now branding as “B102.9/98.5“. more
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    April 12th, 2024, 05:50 AM
    From Radio Insight: A pair of staffers are purchasing Beacon Broadcasting Company Country 105.7 KVAY Lamar CO from Bob DeLancey. General Sales Manager Jose Ramos and Office Manager/Traffic Director Frankie Carrillo’s Beacon Broadcast Co. will acquire the station for $100,000. An LMA took effect in February. After announcing the sale of Rock “92.7 The Rock” WFNB Brazil, Classic Country “105.5 The Legend” WIVG West Terre Haute, and Soft AC “The Breeze” 1130 WAMB/99.5 W258BA Terre Haute and 106.9 W295CQ Brazil from DLC Media to Joey & Kelsey O?Rourke’s JKO Media in February, the sale has been filed with the FCC revealing an $875,000 purchase price. The deal includes two tower properties. JKO owns Classic Hits 105.9 WMMC Marshall IL just to the west of Terre Haute where Joey O’Rourke also hosts mornings. Dockins Communications sells its duo of Hot AC “98.3 K-Hits” 900 WOZK/98.3 W252DV and “Kickin Country 104.9” WOAB Ozark AL to Roscoe Miller’s Autaugaville Radio for $160,000. Autaugaville Radio owns five stations in Alabama and has a pending deal for a sixth. All run either Adult R&B “KD Radio” based at 950 WZKD Montgomery or Hip Hop “K95.7” based at 95.7 WKXN Fort Deposit. Moody Bible Institute of Chicago purchases Southern Gospel 88.9 WMYJ-FM Oolitic/Bloomington IN from Spirit Educational Radio for $250,000. The deal also includes Spirit’s sister company Mid-America Radio Group selling WMYJ-FM’s tower site. Down East Communications/CDC/and Center for the Performing Arts sells it CP for 88.3 Jacksonville NC to the Jeremey Worthington led Roanoke Valley Communications for $6600. Gabriel Wisdom’s Ram Media Foundation purchases the CP for 90.5 KRAM Borrego Springs CA from Community Public Radio for $15,000. Translator SalesCatholic Broadcasting Northwest sells 99.1 K256AC The Dalles OR to Larson-Wynn Inc. for $17,000. The translator will be utilized to rebroadcast the buyer’s Classic Country 1440 KODL The Dalles. Magnum Communications buys 91.9 K220EP La Crescent MN/La Crosse WI from Faith Sound Inc. for $100. Magnum has already applied to relocate the translator into the commercial band on 92.5 where it will rebroadcast their 102.7 WKBH-FM Onalaska WI. Idaho Conference of Seventh Day Adventist’s Barefoot Media Ministries acquires 89.5 K208FB Burley ID from 247 Media Ministries for $10,000. The translator will rebroadcast their Christian CHR “Project 88.7″ KOAY Middleton/Boise. more
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    April 11th, 2024, 05:20 PM
    From Radio Insight: iHeartRadio has launched a streaming channel for animal listeners. “Pet Radio” is described as a station of soothing songs, gentle tracks, and instrumental music that will keep your pet company for roughly nine hours. iHeart states that the songs were chosen to help pets chill out or experience less stress. The music is based on studies stating that “simple, serene sounds can help your pet chill out or experience less stress” and is a mix of classical, soft rock and reggae. more
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    April 11th, 2024, 04:20 PM
    From Radio Insight: Point-To-Point Marketing, an industry-leading audience development company, teamed up with Strategic Solutions Research, a full-service market research firm, to conduct audio usage research focused exclusively on U.S. workers. This national study of workers? audio consumption, perceptions, expectations, and desires will be the first-ever of its kind. The companies have partnered up in order to provide the audio industry greater insight into workers who are heavier users of audio and radio, and part of that collaboration will include a webinar series titled ?What Workers Want? conducted by Tim Bronsil, CEO of Point-To-Point, and Hal Rood, EVP/Partner of Strategic Solutions Research. On Thursday, they presented the first webinar in a series of three. Some headlines: Listeners perceive themselves as listening MORE to local radio today than prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.* ?This is where there is a disconnect between perceptions by listeners and what may be printing for an individual station,? Bronsil noted. ?With increased competition for the attention of full-time workers, stations must find ways to stay in front of this important constituency.?* ?This shows how consumers value and want to root for local radio. Listeners count on radio for things that DSPs can?t do or don?t do very well,? commented Hal Rood. 2. In an age of increasing audio choice, radio?s ease of use is an important driver of why listeners perceive themselves using radio more now than prior to the pandemic.* ?The overall sense of the study is that while radio is challenged by DSPs like Spotify, radio has unique advantages that consumers value and one of them is how easy it is,? Rood remarked. ?They turn it on and enjoy well-curated content. That is why they keep coming back to local radio.? ?As our listeners? subscription fees rise for their entertainment choices, the free element of radio continues to be a driver for consumption,? explained Bronsil. ?Being that free at-work companion has benefits.? 3. Full-time workers who commute are driving radio?s usage. Local radio wins nearly 2:1 among full-time workers while they commute, but radio is more challenged among part-time workers. In addition, radio wins over DSPs like Spotify 3:1 in the car, but loses 2:1 in at-home usage.* Rood commented, ?Just as we see in Nielsen, ?What Workers Want? shows that full-time workers who commute drive radio usage. Our study shows that full-time workers use radio more, but their workday habits have changed and radio is challenged in the office and work site locations like never before.? ?Our clients are finding new ways to bridge that gap from the commuting behavior,? said Bronsil. ?Social paid campaigns to those full-time workers showcasing the attributes of the brand followed by geo fence digital campaigns around key businesses have been very effective.? 4. One out of four workers who are likely to participate in an audience ratings survey feels that contests would motivate them to listen MORE to local radio.* Bronsil noted, ?This is not a surprise. From the amount of web entries, text entries, and social interaction around contest posts we see, there is still a big reason to execute contesting. In later studies, we will talk about the nuances of contesting and what drives engagement.? ?We?re in a renaissance for contesting,? said Hal Rood, Partner at Strategic Solutions Research. ?Our company has never seen as high a level of enthusiasm for contests as we see in our research now. It makes sense given the success of Mr. Beast over the years and the interest Gen Z and Millennials have in game play.? The other brand attractors for radio will be revealed in part one of ?What Workers Want? on Thursday, April 11, 2024, at 2pm ET / 11am PT. The next webinars: Tuesday, April 23, 2024, 2pm ET | Part 2: The Workday and Headphone Usage Thursday, May 2, 2024, 2pm ET | Part 3: Contesting, Marketing, and a Profile of Likely Ratings Participants Click here to sign up to attend the ?What Workers Want? webinar series: *https://whatworkerswantstudy.com/ more
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    April 11th, 2024, 03:50 PM
    From Radio Online: Futuri, an AI-driven solutions for broadcast and media, has unveiled enhancements to its Futuri AudioAI platform, representing a significant leap forward in integrating AI with live broadcast programming, podcasts and audience interaction. At the forefront of these advancements is More...
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    April 11th, 2024, 03:50 PM
    From Radio Online: A familiar voice has returned to the Rural Radio Network (RRN), as the Network expands its coverage of rodeo. Rebel Sjeklocha joins the Nebraska Rural Radio Association (NRRA) broadcast team as a podcast host and multimedia producer with a special emphasis on rodeo and western life. As part of her new role, More...
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    April 11th, 2024, 03:50 PM
    From Radio Online: Marketron has announced a digital advertising milestone. The company's third-party digital advertising technology has now processed over $400 million in local digital advertising revenue since the company debuted these capabilities in 2020. The built-for-radio digital platform, Marketron NXT, has become a More...
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    April 11th, 2024, 03:50 PM
    From Radio Online: From early-stage startups and edge-of-the-art media technologies to industry powerhouses debuting boundary-pushing products and technologies, a roster of nearly 1,300 exhibitors will present the forefront of innovation at the 2024 NAB Show in Las Vegas, April 13-17 (Exhibits April More...
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    April 11th, 2024, 03:10 PM
    From Radio Online: With the decline of on-air ad revenues continuing, many radio broadcasters have turned to digital ad sales to make up the difference and stake their claim as effective solutions for their advertisers. While many radio groups desire to make this adjustment, they face the challenge of More...
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    April 11th, 2024, 02:10 PM
    From Radio Insight: Even before Beyonc??s remake, Dolly Parton?s ?Jolene? was clearly embedded in popular culture for a lot of listeners. It was propelled there by a series of remakes (White Stripes, Miley Cyrus, and almost anybody who did a duets project with Parton), interpolations (Cyrus again with ?Nothing Breaks Like a Heart?), and Parton?s own rising star over the last decade.* In other parts of the world, “Jolene” has always been in Classic Hits/AC libraries. Five years ago, in my music-researcher capacity, I began encouraging stations to consider it. Some were unwilling to test a 45-year old Country hit that hadn?t crossed over at the time (except in Des Moines). Even when it came back strong, some PDs remained skeptical. For a brief time, I harped so predictably on ?Jolene? that I imagined some of the Classic Hits PDs at the other end of the phone taking a drink every time I brought it up. Besides, Classic Hits was doing great back then. I mostly backed off. But as I write this, Beyonc??s ?Jolene? is No. 1 in the iTunes store. It is the third-most-played new song from Cowboy Carter at CHR, although the Cyrus collaboration ?II Most Wanted? and Post Malone duet ?Levii?s Jeans? are the leaders. It has received 361 spins after six days and nine adds at Country. The rewritten lyrics are one of many heated Cowboy Carter-related topics online, although any attempt at controversy is grasping, since Parton has clearly endorsed the song and would have had to approve any changes of that magnitude. So shouldn?t Classic Hits and other gold-based stations be playing ?Jolene?? According to Mediabase, Parton?s version received a total of 98 spins this week, 66 of them from Country stations. (All but two of those were from non-reporters, meaning they were either gold-based or Classic Country stations.) There were 15 spins at Adult Hits, mostly from syndicated Jack-FM affiliates. The only Classic Hits station with significant rotation was WISM Eau Claire, Wis.* In Canada, there?s a little more acceptance. There were 170 spins on the song last week, with 142 coming from Country radio (and 56 of those from reporters). Canada?s Soft AC ?Breeze? stations have been playing the song since their launch in 2018. There are other spins at Classic Hits and AC as well. For some of the PDs I spoke to five years ago, it was hard to think of ?Jolene? as anything other than Classic Country. But a lot of its current fans don?t really have any such fixed perceptions. It came to them through the remakes (Mediabase has 65 in their library) or through American Idol. They don?t have any memories of it as a radio record of any sort. A few years ago, I wrote that radio still seems to set the agenda for Classic Hits, even when it comes to streaming, but ?Jolene? was already an exception at the time.* Being Classic Country isn?t necessarily a negative for younger listeners. Those Country stations that have expanded their library after years of narrowly focusing on ?New Country? often report that the greatest excitement is often from young listeners. But there are many listeners who just don?t file ?Jolene? anywhere. Wedding DJ and regular commenter Michael Bills often gets requests from couples who don?t ask for other Country (and who don?t seem to care that it?s barely more topically appropriate than ?I Will Always Love You? or ?Every Breath You Take?). When I asked Facebook friends about the song’s place in pop culture, readers were effusive about the song’s relatability or its intro. Nobody said much about how they knew it. Beyond that, consider how no listener who remembers any hit song from 1974 is in the Classic Hits target demo. For that matter, not that many of the listeners who remember a seemingly timeless hit like ?Summer of ?69? as a current are still in the demo. Some older songs may have been learned as gold titles when today?s 35-54?s began listening to radio. Others, like ?Tiny Dancer,? took on currency later. That 53-year-old song doesn’t sound like much like anything else on Classic Hits, except “Rocket Man.” Finally, if it’s really hard to get Dolly out of the Classic Country pile mentally, remember that she had six years as a recurring presence at Top 40 and AC radio. Having three big hits (and numerous other mid-charters) in that period means Parton had more of a pop footprint than Kansas, Cutting Crew, Mr. Mister, the Outfield, or Modern English, and she certainly has more currency than any of those current Classic Hits mainstays. Classic Hits wasn?t getting hurt by what it didn?t play 3-4 years ago. It?s a little less consistently successful now. Trying to swap the ?70s for the ?90s isn?t working for every station. Some Classic Rock stations, unconflicted about still playing the ?70s, are starting to pull ahead, in part because younger listeners aren?t hung up about older songs. In that regard, an older song that works better with younger demos should be especially valuable. more
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    April 11th, 2024, 10:23 AM
    From Radio Online: The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF) has announced the recipients of the 2024 Celebration of Service to America Awards, which recognize outstanding service to their communities by local radio and TV stations. Winners will be honored at the awards More...
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    April 11th, 2024, 10:23 AM
    From Radio Online: The Chicago Blackhawks and WGN-AM have agreed on a three-year broadcast rightsholder extension. The agreement will keep Blackhawks hockey on the 50kW News/Talk outlet through the 2026-27 National Hockey League season. Troy Murray and John Wiedeman have also agreed to a three-year More...
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    April 11th, 2024, 10:23 AM
    From Radio Online: WSSP-AM (1250 AM The Fan) in Milwaukee introduces a new local weekday show hosted by Steve "Sparky" Fifer. "Wisconsin Sports Daily" will air weekdays from 2-5pm CT beginning April 15. As the first daily show since August, 2022, "Wisconsin Sports Daily" will fill weekdays with discussions about Milwaukee More...
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    April 11th, 2024, 09:50 AM
    From Radio Online: Jacobs Media will present its Techsurvey 2024 results in a free webinar. The annual study is the radio broadcasting industry's largest survey, with this year's seeing participation from 500 radio stations, yielding more than 31,000 surveys from core radio listeners. It's 20th annual study is packed with data More...
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    April 11th, 2024, 08:41 AM
    From Radio Insight: wssFor the first time since dropping all of its local programming in August 2022, Audacy Sports “1250 The Fan” WSSP Milwaukee will bring back a daily local show as Steve ‘Sparky’ Fifer will host ?Wisconsin Sports Daily? from 2-5pm starting Monday, April 15. Fifer, who remained at the station in his role as Assistant Program Director following the elimination of daily programming, has been with the station since its format launch in 2005. He hosts a Milwaukee Bucks postgame show and multiple podcasts, covers the Bucks, Green Bay Packers, and Professional Bowlers Association, and is involved in the oversight of Audacy’s “BetQL Network“. He previously co-hosted middays. ?I’m super excited to be hosting ?Wisconsin Sports Daily,? and I can’t wait to talk about our favorite sports teams with our loyal listeners,? said Fifer. ?The opportunity to host great guests to add to our conversations is a plus. Let’s bring some passion back into sports talk radio in Milwaukee!? more
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    April 11th, 2024, 08:10 AM
    From Radio Insight: Latino Media Network has announced an expansion of local programming on Spanish News/Talk/Sports 1020 KTNQ Los Angeles starting Thursday, April 18. KTNQ will launch a pair of midday Talk shows with Ysaac Alvarez hosting “Mu?vete” from 9am to 1pm. He will be joined by Jorge ‘Naranjito’ Velasquez and Grecia Salamon for a show “promising a unique mix of community-focused dialogue and vibrant entertainment”. Pili Montilla will host “Ahora Con Pili Montilla” from 3-4pm focusing on local news and issues. The station is also launching the variety show ?Pa? Variar? hosted by Rafa Sigler from 2-3pm and a Sports show “Con Todo con Carlos Alvarez” from 4-5pm. KTNQ General Manager Javier Ortiz stated, “We really want to focus on doing what radio does best and that?s being local, but also engaging on a deeper level with our listeners through social media, events and community work. We will also continue expanding our partnership with the Dodgers and many other promotional partners to serve and uplift our entire community.” He also added, “As we welcome this incredible lineup of talent and launch new shows, we’re invigorated by the positive response from our listeners and the community. These enhancements not only reflect our growth but also our ongoing mission to provide content that truly resonates with our audience.” The new KTNQ weekday lineup features: 5-7am Las Noticias with Gustavo Vargas 7-8am Financial Talk Show “Manuel Ramos Todo en Finanzas“ 8-9am Las Noticias with Gustavo Vargas 9am-1pm “Muevete” with Ysaac Alavarez, Jorge ‘Naranjito’ Velasquez and Grecia Salamon 1-2pm Health show “Figura Al Natural con Dra. Judith Topete”* 2-3pm ?Pa? Variar? with Rafa Sigler 3-4pm “Ahora Con Pili Montilla” 4-5pm Sports Talk “Con Todo con Carlos Alvarez” 5-6pm Legal Talk “A Toda Ley con el abogdo Jose Jordan“ 6-1030pm “Noticias LOS ANGELES with Chuy” or Los Angeles Dodgers baseball 1030-11pm Hora Mundo Newscast Overnights Various Programs more
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    April 11th, 2024, 05:10 AM
    From Radio Insight: Super Hi-Fi has announced a partnership with Orban to launch the OPTIMOD 5950: Super Hi-Fi Edition. The product combines Super Hi-Fi’s AI-powered programming and HLS+ delivery technology into Orban’s audio processing designed to replace racks of playout equipment, audio processing, PPM encoding, and metadata servers in a single 1U rackspace, and represents the companies? shared commitment to building a modern infrastructure and ecosystem for radio. The processor is s designed to work seamlessly with Super Hi-Fi?s HLS+ radio streaming technology with accurate metadata, while offering interactive and personalized versions of those exact same broadcasts through mobile apps, smart speaker integrations and web clients. It uses the AI-powered utilizing programming, imaging, voice tracking and broadcast their stations from a web browser using Super Hi-Fi?s Program Director app distributing it to the transmitter and other digital endpoints using Super Hi-Fi?s HLS+ streaming technology, and play it out at the transmitter site via the processor. Super Hi-FI CEO Zack Zalon says, “We believe that this partnership points the way for the future of radio delivery. As radio companies look to reduce the complexity of their ecosystem, they?re going to require fully integrated solutions that replace decades of legacy hardware. The new Optimod 5950: Super HI-Fi Edition is a big part of that equation. Orban has always represented the highest levels of quality and innovation, and we?re incredibly excited to be partnering with them on this breakthrough product.” Orban President David Day adds, ?We?re simplifying the tech stack for radio. No more automation systems, no more dedicated PCs, no more closets full of rack-mounted gear. Together with Super Hi-Fi, we?re building a 100% cloud-based system with reliable and robust playout – right at the transmitter site?. more
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    April 11th, 2024, 04:10 AM
    From Radio Insight: Futuri has announced two more additions to its Futuri AudioAI platform. The company is adding the ability for stations to utilize real-time AI powered co-hosts with CoHostAI, which “creates a seamless collaboration between human hosts and AI personalities during live broadcasts. This breakthrough feature empowers hosts to engage in natural, dynamic conversations with AI counterparts, delivering a captivating and immersive experience for listeners.” CallerAI will allow listeners to “call in” and talk directly to an AI host. Conversations are recorded with permission of listeners, and may be used on the air. This level of interaction and connection between listeners and AI opens up new possibilities for audience engagement and creates unique on-air content and audience experiences. Futuri describes both capabilities as facilitating direct interaction between AI, listeners, and AI hosts, allowing engagement in meaningful conversations with AI personalities to create new possibilities for live shows and podcasters, foster deeper connections between stations and their audiences, enrich the on-air experience and open up new avenues for audience participation. Futuri CEO Daniel Anstandig stated. “Our mission is to empower broadcasters and creators to grow audience and revenue by creating compelling, interactive content that captivates audiences and fosters lasting connections. Futuri?s team continues to push the boundaries of technology and engineering with AudioAI.? more
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    April 10th, 2024, 05:47 PM
    From Radio Insight: ENCO Systems, Inc.,*Benztown,*Compass Media Networks, and*vCreative*announce that they have entered into an innovative new partnership to bring SPECai, the leading AI spec ad service, to vCreative?s customers by integrating SPECai into its suite of creative workflow platforms for broadcasters. For stations affiliated with both vCreative and SPECai, the integration will streamline the process of requesting a spec spot, as well as save time.*Account executives can prepare for client meetings ahead of time, or be ready to create on the spot, by utilizing the integration to select the SPECai option from within the vPPO or vProMedia order form to create compelling spec spots to present to their clients. SPECai is a game-changer for media organizations and their sales reps, allowing them to create spec commercials in seconds using AI right in front of clients. SPECai blends AI scripts and AI voices with Benztown music beds to easily create fully produced spec commercials in seconds. Mary DelGrande, Chief Executive Officer, vCreative, said: ?AI is not just an add-on, but is becoming a core component that drives efficiency, creativity, and decision-making in all aspects of business. We recognized the need for a more robust AI tool in our suite of creative workflow products, so by integrating SPECai into our platforms, we are not just streamlining operations; we are reimagining what’s possible for our clients.*This partnership is a testament to our commitment to innovation that offers our users smarter, faster, and more intuitive tools that adapt to their evolving needs.? Ken Frommert, President, ENCO Systems, Inc., noted: ?AI development has accelerated at a swift pace since we first previewed SPECai late last year. We anticipate a strong adoption rate in the coming months as customers grow familiar with the technology. Partnering with forward-thinking companies like*vCreative*is an essential part of our business development strategy for SPECai, and we are thrilled to become a key contributor to the creative production process within vPPO and vProMedia. We share*vCreative?s philosophy of enabling more efficient workflows for customers, and we look forward to our collaborations moving forward.? SPECai?s workflow is simple. The user, typically an account executive within a media organization, first answers a few questions to determine spot length (30 or 60 seconds),*writing style (casual, humorous, uplifting), and sponsor details (company name, address), using a web browser or mobile device. SPECai generates three scripts to choose from, which users can manually edit or re-generate through phonetics to perfect the copy. The user then selects their preferred sound of the AI voice and music bed underneath before downloading the final down-mixed audio file. The process can be completed in seconds. ENCO, Benztown and Compass Media Networks will be giving SPECai demos at the 2024 NAB Show in Las Vegas at the ENCO booth, W1743 in the West Hall. To schedule a SPECai demo in advance of the NAB Show, email Masa Patterson at: mp@benztown.com or Nancy Abramson at: nabramson@compassmedianetworks.com.* For more information about SPECai, visit: www.enco.com/specai. more
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    April 10th, 2024, 05:47 PM
    From Radio Insight: Pacifica Foundation’s 99.5 WBAI New York is once again on the verge of being evicted from a tower site in Manhattan. The station has launched an “Emergency Tower Fund” seeking to raise $200,000 to fend off being forced off the air. In a press release, WBAI General Manager Berthold Reimers writes, “WBAI is facing an existential threat. This is not hyperbole. WBAI owes $150,000.00 to 4 Times Square which houses our transmitter, which enables us to transmit our signal to reach a 90-mile radius. But WBAI could be shut down at any moment and that would be the end of WBAI.” WBAI relocated to the antenna atop 4 Times Square in 2018 after a multi-year legal battle with the Empire State Building over $1,819,687.52 in unpaid rent that eventually led to the Foundation receiving a $2 million bridge load from supporters of 90.7 KPFK Los Angeles to avoid the building’s ownership from claiming WBAI’s license in an asset seizure. As of this writing, WBAI has received just over $26,000 in donations towards the $200,000 goal. more
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    April 10th, 2024, 05:47 PM
    From Radio Online: ENCO Systems, Benztown Compass Media Networks and vCreative have entered into a new partnership to bring SPECai, an AI spec ad service, to vCreative's customers by integrating SPECai into its suite of workflow platforms for broadcasters. For stations affiliated with both vCreative More...
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    April 10th, 2024, 04:40 PM
    From Radio Online: Urban One President/CEO Alfred Liggins inks an extension to remain with the company. The new deal runs through December 31 and contains automatic one-year renewals, according to Inside Audio Marketing. His annual salary is $1.25 million, however, with bonuses he could make over $4 million. Liggins, More...
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    April 10th, 2024, 04:00 PM
    From Radio Online: The FCC is proposing changes aimed at encouraging radio outlets to focus more on local programming by altering licensing and application processes in favor of stations that offer a Commission-approved quota of local content. This move has sparked controversy and attracted criticism, particularly from the More...
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