The Quarter In Review: Q1 2012

The Week In Review: 1/2 - 1/6

 eQB NOW
Mark Adams kicks off 2012 as our eQB Cover Story. Adams talks about overseeing music programming for CBS Radio's Houston cluster. In Programming To Win: Robby Bridges applies three analogies to the radio world to teach us all a lesson about different ways to look at programming. Hot Shots: Jingle Ballin' in Central PA with WHKF & WLAN! and our This Week in FMQB History.   [more]  

It's Official: Adele's 21 Is Best-Selling Album Since 2004 
Soundscan crowns Adele the music sales queen of 2011, with album sales up 1% last year over 2010.  [more]  

Report: U.S. Music Sales Were Up 1% In 2011
Data from the U.S. and UK shows an increase in music sales last year, thanks to Adele, Lady Gaga and Michael Buble.   [more]

The Week In Review: 1/9 - 1/13

 eQB NOW
Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs & General Manager Paul Jacobs are featured in this week's eQB Cover Story as we delve into how to address and improve the age old issue of the relationship between sales and programming. In Programming To Win: Pat Welsh looks ahead to get ready and make sure this is a great year. In Question of the Week, the industry responds with their goals both personally and professionally for 2012. Plus Hot Shots and This Week in FMQB History. [more]

Clear Channel Radio Renamed Clear Channel Media & Entertainment
The nation's largest radio broadcaster rebrands itself "to better reflect the evolution of its business."  [more]

Greater Media Stations Added To iHeartRadio
All 22 of Greater Media's radio stations will now be heard on Clear Channel's popular digital platform.   [more]

The Week In Review: 1/16 - 1/20

eQB NOW
This week’s eQB Cover Story digs into one of Entercom’s most successful clusters in Scranton Wilkes-Barre, PA., where seasoned programmer Mike “OD” O’Donnell as OM is guiding the cluster to its many successful feats. In Programming To Win, Arbitron’s Jon Miller suggests which information should be your priority when the newest ratings book arrives. Question of the Week: What new artists, single or album releases are you most excited about for 2012? Hot Shots and This Week in FMQB History.    [more]

RIAA, UMG, WMG Websites Hacked By "Anonymous"
Music and movie industry websites attacked by online group in response to Megaupload shutdown, SOPA is killed and PIPA delayed.
 
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Clear Channel Names John Sykes President Of Entertainment Enterprises Division 
Sykes, a veteran of the music, radio and television industries, joins Clear Channel to expand its reach further in the entertainment world.   [more]  

The Week In Review: 1/23 - 1/27

eQB NOW
This week’s eQB Cover Story takes a look at the new ways radio, advertising and digital technology are interacting with Quu Interactive CEO Lynn Bruder and Jump2Go Founder Allen Hartle. In Programming To Win, Rich Van Slyke debunks the myth that listeners tune out when they hear anything that isn’t music. Question of the Week: With the Grammys naming LL Cool J as its first host in seven years, who do you think would make a compelling host for future Grammy broadcasts? Hot Shots and This Week in FMQB History. 
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IFPI Report: Digital Music Revenue Up 8% In 2011
The IFPI has released its report on digital music's growth over the past year. 
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Entercom Petitions FCC For Change In Contest Rules     [more]

The Week In Review: 1/30 - 2/3

eQB NOW
This week’s eQB Cover Story takes us to the nation's capitol for a discussion with WPGC PD Jason Kidd. Kidd shares his thoughts on the highly competitive D.C. radio market, changes he's implemented and Area 955. In Programming To Win, Bob Quick asks with the decreased amount of DJ talk time allowed nowadays, is radio keeping its biggest fans off the air? Question of the Week: Madonna is performing at this year’s Super Bowl. Who do you feel would be another quality choice for a future Super Bowl halftime show, and who wins the game the Patriots or the Giants? Hot Shots and This Week in FMQB History.
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Clear Channel Owners Invest $300 Million In Ryan Seacrest Media 
Clear Channel, Thomas H. Lee & Bain Capital announce major investment in Ryan Seacrest Media, as Clear Channel acquires a minority stake in the company. 
 
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Arbitron Loses MRC Accreditation In 5 PPM Markets
The Media Rating Council withdraws PPM accreditation for Cleveland, Portland OR, Riverside-San Bernardino, Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater.     [more]

The Week In Review: 2/6 - 2/10

eQB NOW
This week’s eQB Cover Story features Red Light Management's recently-appointed Head of Promotion Ed Green. The industry veteran discusses his recent move into the management world and his new role at one of the largest and most diverse management companies in the business today. In Programming To Win, Jacobs Media's Lori Lewis looks at radio's many social media options. Question of the Week: If you could interview any music, sports or entertainment celebrity who would it be, and what would your first question be? Plus Hot Shots and This Week in FMQB History.
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Carson Daly Signs Contract Extension With 97.1 Amp Radio
Carson Daly will remain in mornings at CBS Radio's KAMP (97.1 Amp Radio).  
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Clear Channel Touts Success Of Madonna Campaign
Following CC's multi-platform campaign last Friday, Madonna's upcoming album MDNA is #1 on iTunes.
 
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The Week In Review: 2/13 - 2/17

eQB NOW
This week’s e-QB Cover Story features Greater Media loyalist Buzz Knight who in his position as VP of Program Development works collaboratively with all of the Greater Media properties in creating compelling content and developing winning brand strategies that keeps this quality arsenal of outlets functioning at a high level. For his first Programming To Win column for FMQB, knowDigital President Sam Milkman delves into radio's relationships with Facebook and suggests multiple strategies to optimize station Facebook pages. Question of the Week: What one area should radio and/or labels be focused in on for 2012? Plus Hot Shots and This Week in FMQB History. [more]

Radio Revenue Up To $17.4 Billion In 2011
According to the RAB, the industry saw a 1% rise in revenue in 2011, marking two straight years of growth. 
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Nick Cannon Stepping Down From 92.3 NOW Morning Show       [more]

The Week In Review: 2/20 - 2/24

Clear Channel Revenue Up 5% In 2011
Clear Channel parent CC Media Holdings releases its financial results for 2011 as well as its fourth quarter. 
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John Hogan Named Chairman/CEO Of Clear Channel
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment promotes longtime CC exec Hogan, while extending his contract.
   
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Universal Music Could Pay Big Bucks If EMI Deal Fails
According to the New York Post, UMG must pay Citigroup, whether the sale of EMI is approved or not.
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The Week In Review: 2/27 - 3/2

eQB NOW
This week’s Cover Story features the multi-faceted programming skills of KAMX/Austin PD Nikki Nite. Nite’s never been one to turn down a challenge and the wide variety of formats she’s worked with during her fifteen year career is indicative of her aggressive approach to her job and responsibilities. It’s why Entercom recruited her heavily to return to the company for a second tour of duty. Paragon’s Michele Tharp also dives into "social media overload" in our Programming To Win. With so many digital options to connect with your listeners, what is the best path? Question of the Week: What artist(s) do you think could make a successful transition into a film or television career and why? Plus Hot Shots and This Week in FMQB History. 
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European Regulators Investigate UMG-EMI Deal
Universal Music's customers and competitors are quizzed as the label's deal to acquire EMI is analyzed.  
 
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Sony Seeks Approval For EMI Publishing Purchase, Impala Objects     [more]

The Week In Review: 3/5 - 3/9

eQB NOW
In this week Cover Story we catch up with KMXV (Mix 93.3)/Kansas City Director of Programming Ponch. He's been a market mainstay for more than a decade and has the heritage Top 40 firing on all cylinders. Mix 93.3 has also been home to some of the industry's top programmers and you can now add Ponch to that list! In Programming To Win, Richard Harker takes a look back at the centralization of radio programming in the ‘70s. How did the “formats in a box” from over 30 years ago differ from the nationally programmed stations of today? Question of the Week: What are the most important indicators that a new artist has a hit record? Plus Hot Shots and This Week in FMQB History: Steve Rivers.    [more] 

Influential Programmer Steve Rivers Passes Away 
Highly influential CHR programmer Steve Rivers passed away this afternoon in Florida.
 
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Coalition Takes On Clear Channel Following Limbaugh Apology, KFI Controversy
After Rush Limbaugh releases a formal apology over his remarks last week, a coalition of media professionals is calling for Clear Channel to suspend the syndicated host.   [more]

The Week In Review: 3/12 - 3/16

eQB NOW
For this week’s eQB Cover Story, we discuss the impact of digital technology on radio with Pollack Media SVP of Digital Content Pat Welsh. In a varied conversation, Welsh takes a look at how social media, streaming apps, personalized radio and PPM are among the most important topics facing the industry today. In Programming To Win, Bob Quick talks about the interactivity of radio and notes that despite the rise of Facebook, radio has been interactive with its listeners for years. Also Question of the Week asks about your guilty pleasures in music, movies/TV and food. Plus Hot Shots and This Week in FMQB History.
 
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Cumulus Media Reports 2011 Financial Results
Cumulus reports its Q4 and full-year fiscal report for 2011.  
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Tim Rainey Named PD At 98.7 AMP Radio/Detroit
Former WNOU/Indianapolis PD joins CBS Radio's Motor City CHR station.   [more]

The Week In Review: 3/19 - 3/23

eQB NOW 
For this week’s eQB Cover Story, we catch up with SoundExchange President Michael Huppe to discuss one of the fastest growing segments of the music industry, digital performance royalties. Last year alone, more than than $292 million in gross royalty distributions were paid to artists and copyright holders, but SoundExchange feels it can do better. In Programming To Win, voiceover expert Rich Van Slyke weighs in with his eight tricks to make you sound better on the air. Also, Question of the Week asks which artists are breaking out from positive listener feedback. Plus Hot Shots and This Week in FMQB History. 
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UMG Preparing To Sell Assets To Help With EMI Deal
Universal Music is getting ready to sell off some assets around the world to help fund its purchase of EMI. 
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Report: Ted Field, Doug Morris To Launch New Label    [more]

The Week In Review: 3/26 - 3/30

eQB NOW
For this week’s eQB Cover Story, Concord Music Group President/CEO Glen Barros discusses the growth of a former independent Jazz label into one of the largest independent label groups in the world. Barros talks with FMQB about how values, vision and passion have given Concord the strength to grow and prosper. In Programming To Win, knowDigital President Sam Milkman delves into radio stations’ relationships with Facebook. Also, Question of the Week asks who are the most influential artists in each format today. Plus Hot Shots and This Week in FMQB History.  
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Michael Lynton Officially Named CEO Of Sony Corp. Of America
As expected, Lynton appointed CEO of Sony Corp. Of America, with Nicole Seligman named President.
 
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EU Officially Begins Phase Two Of UMG-EMI Review
The European Commission enters the second stage of its study on the effects of a potential Universal Music-EMI merger.
 
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Jon Zellner
SVPP, iHeartMedia

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