In Brief - May 2, 2013
May 2, 2013

Morning host Tati is leaving Rhythmic/CHR XHTZ/San Diego for a major market yet-to-be-named. "It's a great move and we're really happy for her," says Director of Programming R. Dub! The station is now on the hunt for its next superstar morning show. Send audio and resume to: localmediasd@gmail.com. Absolutely no calls, please.

CBS Radio AC KVIL/Dallas re-brands from "103.7 Lite FM" to "103.7 KVIL, Best Variety, '90s, 2K and Today."

KANR/Wichita, KS flips from Regional Mexican to AC, with the new call letters KHLT.

Russ Allen hands over day-to-day PD duties at Marc Allen Group Rock WHHZ/Gainsville, FL to Kevin McKay, effective this Monday, May 6. Allen will focus on sister Rhythmic CHR WTMG (Magic 101.3), which he programs and hosts afternoon drive.

Triple A WXRV/Boston has appointed Lindsay Burrill to the Promotion Director’s position, effective April 29. Lindsay will oversee the River’s extensive promotion and event marketing along with social media departments. Burrill previously held sales and promotion positions at Northeast Broadcasting and Greater Media-Boston.  

Cox Media Group-Ohio promotes Nick Roberts to VP of Marketing.

Jaymie Kosina joins Radio One-Texas as Digital Sales Manager of Texas and GSM for CHR/Rhythmic KBXX and Urban AC KMJQ/Houston. Kosina previously served as GSM for Cox Media Group stations KGLK and KHPT/Houston.

Classic Rock Society of America (CRSA) announces that radio and music industry executive Cindy Sivak has joined the company in the newly created position of VP/Content & Talent and Executive Producer. Sivak will be responsible for overall CRSA programming and music industry outreach, including curating its  massive archive of rare radio shows and artist interviews, booking of musical talent, and executive producing its live streaming Pay-Per-View (PPV) concert series. Most recently, Sivak headed Sivak Entertainment, producing content for TV, radio, and digital.  She was the original VP/Industry & Talent Affairs at SiriusXM, and the first female VP in satellite radio.

Journal Communications has released its Q1 financial report for 2013. Revenue was up 15.1 percent to $94.7 million, while broadcast revenue grew by 31.1 percent. Radio revenue specifically was up 6.7 percent in the quarter to $15.9 million. Operating earnings slipped 15.3 percent to $2.4 million, while radio operating expenses increased 11.9 percent. "We are very pleased to report that Journal Communications experienced revenue growth in the first quarter at both our television and radio stations and improving trends at the Journal Sentinel daily newspaper,” said Steven J. Smith, Chairman/CEO of Journal Communications.

Facebook has released its fiscal results for the first quarter of 2013, with the social media giant reporting $1.46 billion in revenue, up 38 percent from $1.1 billion in Q1 2012. Facebook's profit was up from $205 million to approximately $219 million, while mobile advertising made up 30 percent of its ad revenue (an increase from 23 percent in Q4 '12).

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) announced today that it will accept nominations for the 2013 NAB Marconi Radio Awards until May 31. The Marconi Radio Awards recognize overall excellence in radio broadcasting. To be considered for a 2013 NAB Marconi Radio Award, general managers may nominate their station in the categories of "Station of the Year by Market Size," "Station of the Year by Format," "Personality of the Year by Market Size," "Spanish Format Personality of the Year" and "Legendary Station." Stations may also submit nominations for the category of "Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year." Nominations must be submitted online and received by May 31. Finalists will be announced in July. Guidelines are available to help radio stations build stronger entries. On September 19, the winners will be announced during the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show at the Radio Show, held in Orlando (September 18-20).

Kickstarter campaign has been launched to finish off a documentary about radio vet Marco Collins, his career and its intersection with Seattle's musical history during the Grunge era of the '90s. More information can be found on the film, titled The Glamour & The Squalorhere.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a cooperative effort with Premiere Networks and private sector broadcasters that will provide an alternative method for radio stations to receive emergency information during a national emergency. FEMA has added Premiere Networks as a Primary Entry Point station, which delivers information and instructions to the public in an emergency when there is no commercial power. As part of the cooperative effort, Premiere, would use its satellite program receivers in thousands of affiliate radio stations across the country as another tool for delivering national Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages. The radio affiliates would in turn broadcast the emergency messages to the public within its network.

The NAB has asked the FCC for an extension to file comments on indecency. The deadlines are May 20 for comments and June 18 for replies, and the NAB is requesting the deadlines move back to June 19 and July 18.

Arbitron will mail Summer 2013 Station Information Packets to radio stations in markets Arbitron measures for the Summer 2013 Diary survey and for the July, August, and September PPM report periods (June 20, 2013 – September 11, 2013) on May 2, 2013. The packet contains a Station Information Form that includes information the station submitted the previous survey, along with other information important for the Winter quarter. The information collected on the Station Information Form is used by Arbitron to credit Diary entries and serves as a basis for reporting audience estimates in the Diary and PPM services. All stations are asked to complete the forms and return them by Monday, May 20, 2013. Stations may further update their submitted station information at any time during the survey or report period.




 
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