Radio Broadcasting & Streaming Media News 02-26-2009

Radio Headlines:

Radio News US:

Business & Financial

  • Sirius XM: Looking Ahead to Fourth Quarter Results – seeking alpha
  • SNL Kagan Sees Stronger Financial Future for Broadcast Radio after Difficult 2009 – yahoo
  • Saga Implements Company-Wide 5% Pay Reduction – radio online
  • Earnings: Liberty Media’s Interactive Revenues Drop 4 Percent – yahoo
  • Economic crisis hits Liberty Media. Company reports operating loss of $1.3 billion – variety
  • Liberty Media mulls asset sales, share buybacks – reuters
  • Sirius-Liberty deal open-ended – reuters
  • Liberty CEO upbeat about Sirius deal – the hollywood reporter
  • What Is Liberty’s Endgame With Sirius? Finally, Some Elaboration – paid content
  • Looking Up: Discovery 4Q Ad Revs Rise – media daily news
  • Group M’s Scanzoni Surveys Media Landscape – media daily news
  • Media & Comm Spending to Outpace U.S. Growth; Newspaper, Broadcasting Hit Hard – media planner buyer
  • Screen Digest predicts 8.4% drop in UK ad spend for 2009 – mediaweek uk

Programming, Changes & Ratings

  • Arbitron Details PPM Metrics For January – radio ink
  • Exec Shuffle Hits Arbitron. Two president-level positions eliminated – media week
  • Pilat Named KYSR/Los Angeles PD – radio ink
  • Hegwood Resigns From Radio One – radio and records
  • Bonneville International lays off 5 S.L. radio employees – deseret news
  • Bruce Morrow puts Variety in his life for charity with WOR radiothon – new york daily news
  • Garry Meier to test-drive WGN-AM afternoon shift – chicago tribune
  • Sources: Johnny to take less but do endorsements (Jonathon Brandmeier) – chicago sun times
  • On Radio: L.A. station flip changes Seattle’s morning drive – seattle pi
  • Guarino Joins ABC Radio Networks Affiliate Relations – radio and records
  • Mike Gillespie to Lead ZGS National Sales Operation – pr newswire
  • X Marks The Point In Jacksonville.  Cox Radio’s Adult Hits WMXQ “102.9 The Point” segued to Alternative as “X102.9” – radio insight
  • Rutgers radio station steps up to fill alternative void left by WHTG (NY Radio News) – New York Daily News
  • KMAJ-AM eliminates another local talk show – cj online
  • KMAJ-AM cancels Forman’s news show. Philadelphia-based ‘The Michael Smerconish Show’ to fill time slot – cj online
  • Radio nurses. Two nurses, with 60 years of experience between them, have taken their message to the airwaves and are broadcasting a weekly nursing show on Radio Sandy Springs, outside of Atlanta. – atlanta journal constitution
  • Down The Line surf talk radio expands show to two hours (XTRA) – global surf news
  • 98.7- new radio station in town – clarksdale press register
  • Radio Station Goes From Country To Talk – my wabash valley
  • KPAY news show saved. Public outcry inspires radio station to keep its local morning program – news review
  • Radio Free Charleston 61: Prodigal sons return – the charleston gazette
  • Chris Brown’s Songs Banned from Radio Station Playlist – fox 40 sacremento
  • La Que Buena 1550-AM to serve as Spanish Radio home for the Crew in 2009 – our sports central

News & PR

  • Performers want a piece of the radio-play action – lincoln journal star
  • Local DJ fired after arrest on online solicitation charge. KTUX99 officials learned of accusations following Hill’s arrest. (DJ Skinny – Heath Edward Hill) – shreveport times
  • Fred Thompson’s New Stint: Radio – metro pulse
  • MSNBC’s Maddow thrives – deseret news
  • Maffei: Sirius/DirecTV Bundles Could Come. But Mobile TV Farther Off In Future multichannel
  • Cat Country Wins Radio Station, Personality Of The Year Awards – north escambia
  • Cat Country honored – pnj
  • ACM Radio Awards include 2 local winners – tampa bay examiner
  • Radio Award Winners Announced for the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards – pr newswire
  • Radio host Dave Ramsey to present money workshops – dallas morning news
  • The Morning Man (Gerry House) – nashville scene
  • disappointed in WHQR – star news online
  • Madge Mayo, 94, religious radio, TV broadcaster – atlanta journal constitution
  • Media Commerce Systems Introduces StandBuyMedia for Radio, a Unique Platform for Buying and Selling Remnant Advertising – broadcast newsroom
  • Westwood One’s Metro Traffic Goes Live with the Most Comprehensive Video Traffic Information – ibs zone
  • Impact Radio Networks and McVay Media Celebrate Motown’s 50th Anniversary with ‘Motown 50’ – news wire today
  • ReachMD satellite radio station in brand awareness push – pr week
  • NABEF to Host Career Day at NAB Show- radio magazine online
  • For a decade, Song That Radio has waged war against homophobia – mercury news
  • Johnny Cash’s Birthday, presented w/ WMPG – maine today
  • Traffic Music Awards are on the go Sunday at Roberts Orpheum (WHHL) – stl today
  • Bad Axe Rotary hosts radio auction Saturday – huron daily tribune
  • A great day to surf the (radio) waves. Reds’ spring opener a ray of sunshine – cincinnati.com
  • Sports talk radio is abuzz over release of players – 10 connects tampa bay
  • ESPN radio show coming to Cleveland Saturday – eastex advocate

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OP/ED, Political & Feature

  • The Right Way To Fire A Radio Employee – inside music media
  • The RIAA and the Broadcaster Shakedown – p2pnet
  • Jai Ho? Tell these Pussycats “Jai No”! – the infinite dial
  • NAB Gives Obama Shout-Out For Fairness Stand. Rehr writes to president thanking him reiterating his opposition to doctrine – broadcasting and cable
  • NAB praises Obama Fairness stance – radio business report
  • Christian Radio Gets Nervous About the Fairness Doctrine
    Some worry that Obama and Democrats will impose “stealth” fairness doctrine policies – us news and world report
  • Radio Hosts, Lawmakers: Stop Fairness Doctrine – news max
  • Free Press: Fairness Doctrine debate a “distraction” – ars technica
  • Is Conservative Talk Radio Wrecking The Right? – the moderate voice
  • Cutting off your news to spite your face – sf gate
  • Minority Meltdown. Immigrants Blamed for Mortgage Crisis (Rush) – southern poverty law center
  • Limbaugh’s Mottramist meltdown – belief net
  • Talk Radio and the Right – the american spectator
  • Franken Becomes Butt of Senate Joke on ‘Fairness’ – fox news
  • For acting more like a performer than a reporter, Rick Santelli merits the Media PUTZ of the Week – the buzzflash blog
  • Limbaugh Responds To Sanford: The ‘Hell We Don’t’ Want Obama To Fail! Just Need ‘The Guts’ To Say So – think progress
  • Rush Limbaugh: War over Bobby Jindal – the week
  • O’Reilly, Miller falsely suggested Obama supported Prop 8 – media matters
  • Stopping the Ticketmaster/Live Nation Merger – huffington post

FCC & Legal

  • Senate Votes to Kill Fairness Doctrine, But GOP Concerns Remain – wall street journal
  • Senate Votes Against Fairness Doctrine – rant rave
  • Senate bars FCC from revisiting Fairness Doctrine – ap
  • Community Radio Movement gets Boost as LPFM Bill is Reintroduced in House – broadband census
  • More Lawmakers Sign Local Radio Freedom Act – fmqb
  • Local Radio Freedom Act Gains Support on Capitol Hill – radio 2020
  • FCC To Issue NOI On Content-Control Technologies. Notice of inquiry will explore how to implement Child Safe Viewing Act – broadcasting and cable
  • $70 Million Scam on Old Man Alleged (Superior Broadcasting) – courthouse news
  • Radio host can move forward with lawsuit over arrest. A radio-show host arrested while protesting an appearance by Gov. Jon S. Corzine can move ahead- first amendment center
  • FCC Daily Digest – FCC

Public, Educational & Religious

Streaming & Tech

  • CBS Radio Tops Online Radio In January – fmqb
  • Online Ad Spending Seen Shrinking – wall street journal
  • The coming explosion in mobile media.Ad spending is forecast to soar to $3.1 billion by 2013 – media life
  • Former Kiss-FM disc jockey Kesha Monk tries brave new whirl on Web – new york daily news
  • Apple shines a spotlight on indie artists in iTunes Store – ars technica
  • Music industry’s Irish ISP shakedown letter leaked. Blacknight ain’t scared – theregister.co.uk
  • Inside the Isle of Man’s £1/month unlimited music plan – ars technica
  • The Talk Radio App – planet radio city
  • Two-Thirds of Music Consumers Are Still CD-Only – app scout

Radio News International:


  • Screen Digest predicts 8.4% drop in UK ad spend for 2009 – mediaweek uk
  • Sky News prepares to become main player in commercial radio news – guardian.co.uk
  • I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue panel game to return to Radio 4 – times online
  • Clued up Brydon is among three picked to host popular Radio Four show – whales online
  • Stephen Fry, Jack Dee and Rob Brydon to job-share as presenters on radio’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue – mail online
  • Radio 4 presenters turn comedians for Comic Relief – times online
  • Radio gag-gag. Comics meet comics on Corktown Radio – eye weekly
  • Preston FM DJ Danny Danger – Burning it up at the Community Gateway Drop in day – dash.com
  • Radio head – guardian
  • Four new stations for Suffolk – radio today
  • Topman on the Xfm Network – radio today
  • Wogan hints at leaving Radio 2 – radio today
  • Radio 2 gives TV the Elbow – radio today
  • Focal Radio goes into liquidation – radio today
  • ‘Virgin Media reportedly to quickly open 10-15 UK stores’ – individual.com
  • Radio presenter to visit county. Stuart Maconie will chat to fans on a visit to the county. – lancashire evening post
  • For Sale: Georgia’s Media Freedom – pr newswire



  • Radio listeners tune out during ads – the west australian
  • The young ones. Sisters Leya and Amani have been nominated for the Most Popular Female Radio Presenter and Most Popular Film Actress respectively. – new straits times
  • XFMedia Reports 4Q Financial Results – individual.com
  • Sisters Leya (right) and Amani have been nominated for the Most Popular Female Radio Presenter and Most Popular Film Actress respectively.
  • Community Radio Station to start in Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh – new kerala
  • How taxi drivers command airwaves – informante
  • Nirupam Sonu to judge NYF radio prog, promotions awards – radio and music
  • Argentine Radio Stations Aspen and America Sold to Local Investors – centre daily
  • Old ABS Radio studio demolished; new centre planned – antigua sun


Radio & Records

  • Pilat Named 98-7/L.A. PD
  • Hegwood Resigns From Radio One
  • Reorganization At Arbitron
  • Arbitron Details January ’09 PPM Sample Quality Metrics
  • Stock Market Snapshot: Feb. 25, 2009
  • Street Talk: Nolin Exits Cumulus/Macon
  • Red Wolf’s $8 Million Howl For Clear Channel’s WURH-FM
  • Alternative ‘X102-9’ Debuts In Jacksonville
  • Energy Interrupts Dancing For Karel
  • RIAA Appeals Copyright Royalty Board Order
  • Changes At B In Md.
  • Politicians, Artists Debate Performance Fees On Capitol Hill
  • Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Grilled On Capitol Hill
  • Arriens A Citadel Casualty In Tucson
  • Chilliwack Gets Second Station
  • Telarc Will Cut 26 Jobs, Outsource Production
  • Street Talk: Nicky G Wins Atlantic City Promotion
  • Rehr And Obama: Pen Pals?
  • Music Row Vet Gershon Joins Warner/Chappell
  • Beck Bags Portland
  • AES Seeking Convention Proposals
  • Pensacola Host Sentenced To Five Years
  • Entercom Reports Q4 Revs Down 14%

All Access

  • Saga Is The Latest To Cut Pay
  • Liberty Doesn’t Plan To Merge Sirius, DirecTV
  • R&R Restructuring
  • Report: Suit Alleges Fraud By Station Owners
  • Arkansas Daytimer, Translator Sold
  • Bid To Reduce Canadian Artist Development Contribution Fails
  • Columbus Crew Back On La Que Buena
  • Lutheran Service Exits WTMJ For New Home After 81 Years
  • Podcast Features Conway And Whitman Reunion
  • Williams Named Vice-Chair Of Our Country PAC
  • Atlanta Religious Broadcaster Madge Mayo Dies

Radio Ink

  • Pilat Named KYSR/Los Angeles PD
  • Hegwood Exits Radio One/Atlanta
  • Executive Changes At Arbitron
  • AWRT Announces Local, Public, Student Gracie Winners
  • Country Consumer Research To Be Unveiled At CRS-40
  • Coca-Cola Super Session Added To RAB2009 Lineup
  • Savage Teams With More Law Center Against Fairness Doctrine
  • ACM Announces Radio Award Winners
  • Rehr Applauds Obama’s Opposition To Fairness Doctrine
  • Local Radio Freedom Act Adds Co-Sponsors
  • Arbitron Details PPM Metrics For January
  • SNL Kagan: Value Of Station Sales Down Sharply In 2008
  • Metro Traffic Goes Live With TrafficLand Video
  • Field Sees ‘Increasingly Positive’ Story For Radio
  • Entercom Revenues Dip In Q4
  • Clear Channel’s iheartradio Added To Verizon Hub


  • Senate Takes On Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger
  • Artists, musicFIRST Push For Performance Rights Act
  • Eminem’s Digital Royalty Case Goes To Court
  • CBS Radio Tops Online Radio In January
  • Arbitron reorganizes executives
  • NAB applauds Obama for Fairness Doctrine opposition
  • March 3 is U2 Day at WRXP
  • VSS: 2009 media spending down
  • Sony’s latest CD format

Inside Radio

  • Supporters power-up LPFM quest.
  • Belt-tightening hits Saga, Bonneville.
  • Kagan: Another 18 months of pain.
  • A survivor’s tale: Living in Chapter 11.
  • J.D. Power: 5% HD penetration.
  • Economy helps news formats.
  • NAB Show gets cheaper.
  • Congress goes after Fairness Doctrine.
  • Shreveport personality arrested.

Radio Business Report

  • Can radio hang on until 2011?
  • Royalties: The battle of Capitol Hill
  • Arbitron Ratings sees Executive Shuffle
  • Legislators kick off performance royalty push
  • Sirius XM dissident says “Mel must go!”
  • Ando Media releases January rankers
  • No vote for Sirius XM shareholders
  • WTMD adds HD-2 local bands channel
  • Peter Chernin leaving News Corp.
  • Lou Dobbs rockets into Top 10 in Talkers

Radio Online

  • Saga Implements Company-Wide 5% Pay Reduction
  • Clear Channel Ups Julie Pilat to KYSR/Los Angeles PD
  • Hegwood Resigns as Radio One/Atlanta Ops. Manager
  • Arbitron Details January 2009 Sample Quality Metrics
  • Study Sees Stronger Financial Future for Broadcast Radio
  • Arriens Exits KHYT-FM (K-Hits 107.5)/Tucson as PD
  • Survey Shows Rapid HD Radio Adoption by Automakers
  • NAB Applauds Obama for Opposition to Fairness Doctrine
  • Arbitron Reorganizes Executive Structure, Charlesbois Out
  • Force Completes Buy of KIDR-AM/Phoenix for $1.5 Million

NTS Aircheck

  • TV Reporter Axed For Gibson “Scrotum” Bit
  • Beck Boasts 100% Ratings Increase
  • Beck Moves Up, Sliwa Joins KXL Lineup


  • PPM Results New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia
  • Steve Hegwood Resigns From Radio One Atlanta
  • Chris Brown In Anger Management

All About Country

  • The Roys Add Performances For The National Guard
  • John Curb Chooses Retirement
  • Saga CEO Gives Everybody 5% Pay Cut
  • Taylor Dominates The Charts
  • Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic Set
  • Martina McBride Performs For Stevie Wonder White House Special
  • Opry Begins Tuesday Nights Next Week
  • Billy Currington Gets A #1 Plaque For Don’t
  • Tracy Gershon Now SVP For Warner/Chappell Music
  • Jimmy Wayne Subs As Big D & Bubba’s Producer
  • CMA Changes Country Music Hall Of Fame Categories
  • CMA Songwriters Series Returns To Joe’s Pub/NYC
  • Naomi Judd Back For Another Season Of Can You Duet
  • Rhonda Towns Added To Starry Starry Nashville Night Line-Up
  • A Starry Starry Nashville Night Songwriters Named
  • CRS-40 Reveals CMA Consumer Study