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We close out the eQB year with a stimulating Year-End AT ISSUE, where we ask our panel of experts to address some critical issues as radio shapes its path for 2015 and beyond. You’ll be reading some insightful, provocative, motivating and profound thoughts from the likes of: Peter Smyth, Pat Paxton, Rick Cummings, Jon Zellner, Dom Theodore, Rick Vaughn, Jimmy Steal, Pat Welsh, Fred Jacobs, John Mayer, Bob Quick and Brad Holtz. In Programming To Win, Richard Harker looks at how not to pick the hits and Jacob's Media's Lori Lewis takes a look at Facebook's latest adjustments, how they could affect your station's reach online, and how to be smart about counteracting these changes. Question of the Week asks programmers for their Most Memorable Moments of 2014. Plus, Hot Shots and the FMQB History page. [more]

Jim Ryan Named SVP Of Programming For CBS Radio
Veteran programmer adds corporate programming duties and remains PD of WCBS & WWFS in New York City.

In Brief - December 22, 2014
Kelly Ransford named MD at WXRT/Chicago
December 19, 2014

Rich Davis Named VP Of Programming For iHeartMedia-Seattle
Programming vet Davis will also serve as PD of CHR KBKS (106.1 Kiss FM).
December 18, 2014

Sharon Dastur Named SVP/Programming Integration At iHeartMedia
Dastur most recently served as PD for Z100/New York and Nick Radio, Nickelodeon's exclusive digital only station on iHeartRadio.

Mark Medina Named Program Director At Z100/New York

Denon Electronics, iHeartMedia Announce Partnership

Deezer Appoints Hans-Holger Albrecht CEO

TuneCore Acquires DropKloud And Its Founders

SoundHound Reveals Top Songs, Artists, Albums Of 2014

In Brief - December 18, 2014
December 17, 2014

iHeartMedia Names Don Parker VP/Programming, For San Francisco And Sacramento
In addition to overseeing programming for six San Francisco stations, Parker now oversee five stations in Sacramento.

Senate Approves Michael O'Rielly For Five-Year FCC Term

Nielsen Report: A Focus On The Public Radio Listener

iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014 To Air On The CW Network

In Brief - December 17, 2014
December 16, 2014

Beasley Names Rafe D'Amico VP/Strategic Partnerships
Newly created position oversees efforts to develop deeper partnerships with advertisers and agencies.

NRG Media Taps Shane Sparks Market Manager, Northwoods, WI Cluster

Shazam Upgrades Windows Phone App

KLUC’s 16th Annual Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive Breaks Records

Rdio Brings Personalized Internet Radio, On-Demand Music Subscription To Windows Phone 8.1

In Brief - December 16, 2014
December 15, 2014

CBS Radio, Carson Daly Agree To Multi-Year Contract Extension
Daly will continue as host of “Mornings with Carson Daly” and “The Daly Download with Carson Daly”

JVC Media Closes On Purchase Of WHKQ/Orlando

Bruce Gilbert Named SVP/Sports For Cumulus And Westwood One

Don Martin Rises To SVP/Sports Programming For Premiere Networks

Columbia Promotes Bryan Younce To SVP/Video, Content Production

In Brief - December 15, 2014
December 12, 2014

Jayde Donovan Joins WPLJ As Morning Co-Host
Donovan teams with Todd Pettengill for the new "Todd and Jayde (In the Morning)" show.

The Week In Review: 12/8-12/12

Nikki Landry Named PD/On-Air Talent KKMG

ASCAP CEO John LoFrumento Announces Retirement

In Brief - December 12, 2014
December 11, 2014

Warner Music Group Reports Results For Fiscal Fourth Quarter

CBS Corporation Announces Contract Extension With Leslie Moonves Through 2019

iHeartMedia To Sell Select Portfolio Of Radio Towers To Vertical Bridge

Cumulus Elevates Brad Marshall To VP/Market Manager In Youngstown, OH

In Brief - December 11, 2014
December 10, 2014

Shazam Unveils New Music Content, Discovery, In-App Listening Experience re-launched to include Hall of Fame and Shazam Counts

Nielsen Study: Why Millennial “Dudes” Might Be More Receptive To Marketing Than We Thought

Slacker Radio Unveils Redesign

Rdio Expands Partnership With Roku To Enhance Home Streaming Music Experience
December 9, 2014

KSWD Signs Mark Thompson For Mornings
Former "Mark & Brian" co-host will host "Mark In The Morning" beginning February 2015

Report: Nielsen Releases RADAR December 2014 Network Ratings

Interscope Geffen A&M #1 At Four Formats In 2014

In Brief - December 9, 2014
December 8, 2014

Entercom Acquires Lincoln Financial Media
Acquisition Adds 15 Radio Stations In Four Major Markets

Kathy Baker Promoted To SVP/Digital Marketing For Columbia Records

KROQ Morning Show Hosts Kevin & Bean To Be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Triton Digital Releases September 2014 Ranker

In Brief - December 8, 2014
December 5, 2014

Sirius XM Settles Over Anti-Consumer Practices
Sirius is paying $3.8 million to 46 states, as well as paying restitution to eligible customers.

The Week In Review: 12/1-12/5

Universal Music Group Tops Billboard's 10th Annual Women In Music List

UMG Names Mike Tunnicliffe, EVP, Business Development & Partnerships, U.S

Nielsen Report: Radio Is The Perfect Spot To Find Holiday Spirit

Black Friday Delivers 2nd-Biggest Vinyl Sales Week

In Brief - December 5, 2014
December 4, 2014

iHeartMedia Restructures National Programming Platform, Promotes Two
Marc Chase and Maynard take on new roles at iHeartMedia.

Clip Interactive Expands Partnership With Alpha Media

Saga Communications, Inc. Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend

Entravision Communications Approves Quarterly Cash Dividend

Tom Barnard Signs Multi-Year Contract For Mornings On KQRS

In Brief - December 4, 2014
December 3, 2014

iHeartRadio Ups Chris Williams To Chief Product Officer

Live Nation Entertainment Appoints Jimmy Iovine To Board Of Directors

Matt Smith Named VP/Market Manager Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia for Beasley

Warner Bros. Records Promotes Emio Zizza To SVP, Head of Business & Legal Affairs

In Brief - December 3, 2014
December 2, 2014

FMQB Appoints Mase National Director, Alternative & Rock Formats

Dave Milner Named Cumulus SVP For West Coast Markets

Axel Lowe Upped To PD At WFTK

Republic Records Announces Kevin Lipson As SVP/Commerce

Maureen Kenny Joins Atlantic Records As SVP/A&R

In Brief - December 2, 2014
December 1, 2014

Republic Sets New Record For Most Spins By A Label In A Single Year
Republic Records is #1 Rhythm, #2 Pop, #2 Urban, #2 Hot AC, #2 Alternative, #2 Triple A, #2 AC, #2 Active Rock, and #3 Rock as reported by Nielsen and Mediabase.

Rob Morris Named VP/Programming, CBS Radio Miami

Lee L'Heureux Promoted To SVP Rhythm, Urban & Hip Hop Promotion & Strategy At Warner Bros. Records

CBS Radio Completes Deal To Swap Stations With Beasley Broadcast Group

Star 94.5 Now Orlando’s Throwback Hip Hop And R&B

Survey Results: Special Holiday iHeartRadio Listener Poll

In Brief - December 1, 2014
November 28, 2014

Beasley Broadcast Group Names New Management Team In Tampa-St. Petersburg
Kent Dunn named VP/Market Manager, Tee Gentry named OM.

The Week In Review: 11/24-11/28

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The Week In Review: 11/3-11/7

The Year In Review - 2013
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Madonna Announces New Album, Releases Six Songs Digitally
New album Rebel Heart is due out March 10, but six songs were released in advance overnight. [more]

Quick Hits: Joe Cocker, The Weeknd

J. Cole Earns Third Chart-Topper
The rapper unseats Taylor Swift from the top spot this week. Carrie Underwood also scores a Top 5 debut.

Quick Hits: Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, Joan Jett & The Who, Metallica, Van Morrison, Grammy Special Merit Awards

Green Day, Joan Jett Make The List For Rock Hall
Those artists will be inducted in the class of 2015 along with Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, and others.

Quick Hits: Madonna, Michael Jackson, The Voice

Quick Hits: Imagine Dragons, Iggy Azalea & Britney Spears, Mad Season, David Byrne / Talking Heads tribute concert

Iggy Azalea Maps Out Arena Tour
The "Fancy" rapper will be on the road in North America throughout April and May.

Quick Hits: Ne-Yo, Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani & Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Everclear, Alex & Sierra, Modest Mouse

Taylor Swift Spends Another Week At #1
1989 remains atop the sales chart and the Billboard 200, while AC/DC debut at #3.

The Week In Review: 12/8-12/12

Quick Hits: Epicenter Festival, Beyoncé, Dr. Dre, American Music Priz

Quick Hits: Coldplay, New Year's Rockin' Eve, Golden Globe Song nominees, Judas Priest

Quick Hits: BET Honors, Modest Mouse, Rush

The band adds more two-night stands in New York, Chicago, Boston, Montreal and more.

Quick Hits: Kid Ink, Seether & Rise Above Fest, TV On the Radio, Bob Dylan

Beyoncé, Sam Smith & Pharrell Nab Six Grammy Nods
Beck, Beyoncé, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Pharrell are all up for Album of the Year for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.

Quick Hits: Nicki Minaj, Elton John & New Year's Rockin' Eve, The Gaslight Anthem, Hozier, Green Day

57th Annual Grammy Nominations Announced
The Recording Academy rolled out the Grammy nods throughout the day via Twitter.

The Week In Review: 12/1-12/5

Quick Hits: Coldplay, RIAA Gold & Platinum, No Doubt, Outkast

Quick Hits: Lil Wayne, New Year's Rockin' Eve, U2, Scott Borchetta & American Idol, Ian McLagan, Bleachers

Taylor Swift Tops The First Edition Of New Billboard 200 Chart
1989 is the #1 album in the country once again, as Billboard now includes digital information in its weekly chart.

U2 Announces 2015 Tour
The "Innocence + Experience" tour will feautre multi-night stands at indoor arenas throughout North America.

Quick Hits: The Grammys, The Rolling Stones, LOGO NewNowNext Awards

"U2 Minus 1" Rocks Times Square
Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen ably filled in for Bono at a World AIDS Day benefit show.

Madonna Tops List of Richest Recording Artists

Quick Hits: Taylor Swift, AC/DC, Rock on the Range, Maroon 5 & 5 Seconds of Summer, Backstreet Boys, Ultimate Music Experience

U2 And Friends Live Tonight From Times Square For World Aids Day
The band will play tonight with the help of Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin filling in for Bono.

Chris Brown Wins Three Soul Train Awards

Quick Hits: Nicki Minaj, Lana Del Rey, Ne-Yo, One Direction, Metallica, Elvis Costello

One Direction Celebrate 4th Straight #1 Album
One Direction celebrate fourth straight #1 album and make Spotify hstory with largest first week U.S. Streams.

The Week In Review: 11/24-11/28

Quick Hits: Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Scott Stapp

Fall Out Boy To Drop Album in January
The band's sixth effort, American Beauty/American Psycho, will be out on January 20.

Quick Hits: Kurt Cobain, One Direction, Bob Dylan, Baha Men

One Direction Dominates 2014 AMAs
The 1D boys won three trophies on the night, while Katy Perry and Iggy Azalea also scored multiple awards.

Katy Perry Is Ready For Some Football
The singer will headline the halftime show of Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona.

Quick Hits: 5 Seconds of Summer, Drake & 2 Chainz, Grammy Foundation Legacy Concert, James Blake & Kanye West

Iggy Azalea, J. Lo To Team Up on AMAs
The two divas are set to perform "Booty" for the first time together on television.

The Week In Review: 11/17-11/21

Quick Hits: Saturday Night Live, Billboard Touring Awards, YouTube Music Awards, Arcade Fire

Quick Hits: One Direction, Taylor Swift, Young The Giant, Guns N' Roses, Jimmy Ruffin

Taylor Swift's 1989 Remains At #1
New releases from Foo Fighters, Pink Floyd, Garth Brooks and Big K.R.I.T round out this week's SoundScan top five.

Quick Hits: U2, Katy Perry, Paramore, Lana Del Rey, The Voice


FMQB Retro-Active: Ken Sharp Talks to Todd Rundgren About The Unpredictable Tour, Breaking Bad and More

The Week In Review: 11/10-11/14

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