Radio Broadcasting & Streaming Media News 2-24-09

Radio Headlines:

  • Entercom Reports Fourth Quarter & 2008 Results (down 14%) – yahoo
  • VSS Revises Forecasts, 2009 Radio Expected to Fall 7.2% – radio online
  • Radio “Off-Air” revenues up – rain
  • Todd Thomas Takes OM Post At Clear Channel Radio/Detroit – radio ink
  • Jason Lewis’ show fills out a slate… – media week
  • Mark DiDia EVP/General Manager, Island Records – pr newswire
  • Longtime MPBN radio personality Virgil Bisset dies – bangor daily news
  • LA Radio Heading Towards The Sh*tter, Says Adam Carolla – laist.com
  • Cumulus on the Brink – inside music media
  • DOHERTY: Fairness doctrine fog – the washington times
  • Sharpton Calls On FCC To Investigate News Corp – wpix
  • Coalition in D.C. to rally for royalties – new york daily news
  • WTMD launches Baltimore Channel – midnight sun
  • Last.fm on U2 Album Leak: “TechCrunch Full of Sh*t” – app scout
  • Tough decisions to come over jobs, services, programs: CBC president – cbc news
  • Capricorn fires Mbatha, Ngobeni – sowetan

Radio News US:

Business & Financial

  • Entercom Communications Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and 2008 Annual Results (down 14%) – yahoo
  • VSS Revises Forecasts, 2009 Radio Expected to Fall 7.2% – radio online
  • Veronis Suhler Stevenson: 2009 media spending down – dmn news
  • Radio Revenues Sink 9% in 2008; Off-Air Grows 7% – seeking alpha
  • Bad Reception for Radio One. Deteriorating Ad Market, Heavy Debtload Paint Gloomy Outlook – yahoo
  • S&P Downgrades Clear Channel Debt – paid content
  • For hurting radio, a glimmer of light – media life magazine
  • Media L.B.O. Firm Expects More Pain in Sector – new york times dealbook
  • It’s been a rough decade, and 2008 was a bummer
  • Grupo Radio Centro Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results for the Period Ended December 31, 2008 – yahoo
  • Should Sirius XM Radio Be Nationalized? – motley fool
  • Is it all Doom and Gloom for Sirius XM? – sirius buzz
  • Sirius XM: Media’s Fear-Mongering Has Gone on Long Enough – seeking alpha
  • Peter Chernin exits News Corp. Rupert Murdoch’s right-hand man seen leaving over succession issues. – crains new york
  • Rupert Murdoch’s memo announcing Peter Chernin departure – la times
  • ONE MEDIA PUBLISHING GROUP PLC – New Contract – individual.com

Programming, Changes & Ratings

  • Todd Thomas Takes OM Post At Clear Channel Radio/Detroit – radio ink
  • Fred Thompson Show To Debut March 2 – radio ink
  • Leykis 101 comes to a close at the peak of a new era – examiner
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer Michael Klein column: Inqlings: Kotz is let go by WMMR – individual.com
  • Lewis’ show fills out a slate that includes Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck – media week
  • Premiere Radio to Syndicate ”The Jason Lewis Show” – radio online
  • Mark Levin Coming To WTAX! – wtax
  • ESPN To Take Another Slice of Local Media Pie – media bistro
  • WDAV’s Stewart, new SGA officers, Beth Shalom hire – davidson news net
  • Everett’s KRKO radio adds new sports coverage – everett herald net
  • Dalet Names Murphy Thomas as GM, West Coast – radio magazine online
  • Mark DiDia Appointed EVP/General Manager, Island Records – pr newswire

News & PR

OP/ED, Political & Feature

FCC & Legal

  • Sharpton Calls On FCC To Investigate News Corp – wpix
  • Coalition in D.C. to rally for royalties – new york daily news
  • Senate Spotlight On Live Nation, Ticketmaster – billboard
  • Green introduces bipartisan measure against radio performance taxes – lake houston sentinel
  • FCC Daily Digest – FCC

Public, Educational & Religious

  • WTMD-FM launches all-digital radio station for Baltimore musicians – baltimore business journal
  • WTMD adds HD-2 local bands channel – radio business report
  • WTMD launches Baltimore Channel – midnight sun
  • Masters to host KCRW’s ‘Business’. Showbiz journalist takes over weekly show – variety
  • Corritore marks 25 years on radio – arizona republic
  • KPFK Fund Drive Day 18 – Crude Impact and the Tyranny of Oil – uprising radio
  • Penn’s student-run radio station, WQHS, can make a comeback, but requires support – daily pennsylvanian
  • Public radio’s KGPR celebrates 25 years – great falls tribune
  • Anthony Westbury: NPR radio report angers PSL leadership – tc palm
  • Fairbanks KUAC TV CEO to return to Illinois. Greg Petrowich, the executive director and CEO at public broadcasting station KUAC, is departing for a similar job near his Illinois hometown- news miner
  • New Receiver Needed for KWIT’s IRIS Program – kpth tv
  • Columnist celebrates new book (Ingrid Cummings WICR) – indy star
  • SIRIUS XM Radio Broadcasts First Interview With Archbishop Timothy Dolan and Edward Cardinal Egan Exclusively on The Catholic Channel – yahoo
  • Ministry radio holds rally for expansion project – the titusville herald
  • On Oscar weekend, NPR highlights rival Christian film movement and awards ceremony – church executive

Streaming & Tech

  • Radio “Off-Air” revenues up; Real blamed for DiMA/SX breakdown – rain
  • More bands flocking to App Store: Pussycat Dolls, Soulja Boy – ars technica
  • U2 Album Leak: Investigators Still Haven’t Found What They’re Looking For – info packets
  • Last.fm on U2 Album Leak: “TechCrunch Full of Sh*t” – app scout
  • Universal taps iPhone App Store for tunes sales. Free music apps worth every penny – theregister.co.uk
  • Eircom to block Pirate Bay ‘Automatic’ music label salute – theregister.co.uk
  • New Zealand Govt Delays Internet Piracy Law – billboard
  • The Adam Carolla Podcast. A new home for the Adam Carolla Podcast – carollaradio.com
  • Eminem Sues Universal for Royalties on Downloading – the wrap
  • Twisten.FM is Potentially the Hottest App on the Web Today for Indie Artists – blog critics
  • Verizon Hub spotted streaming internet radio – engadget
  • Radio-Innovative online streaming radio website offers stations from around the world – search by headlines
  • Ticketmaster To Change Online Sales Practices – billboard

Radio News International:


  • Apprentice contestant launches jobs boost. RADIO talk show host and former contestant on BBC’s The Apprentice, James Max, helped launch a nationwide apprenticeship programme yesterday – barking and dagenham recorder
  • Richard Madeley sits in at LBC – radio today
  • Ofcom drops Format change rule – radio today
  • UBC Global deal confirmed – radio today
  • New sponsors for Real Scotland – radio today


  • Tough decisions to come over jobs, services, programs: CBC president – cbc news
  • Radio and Internet Compatability Benefits Advertisers – broadcaster magazine
  • Bob McDonald talks up science at U of S – the star phoenix
  • Activision Publishing and Nelvana Enterprises Announce Upcoming Video Games Based on ‘Toy of the Year’ Winner Bakugan (Chorus) – yahoo


  • Primedia finally nails its stake in Kaya FM station – business report
  • Rabat loosens airwaves to private radio. Moroccan authorities issues licences for four private regional radio stations. – middle east online
  • MP uses radio to create AIDS awareness – mynews.in
  • Capricorn fires Mbatha, Ngobeni – sowetan
  • Mathrubhumi Group, Amrita TV join hands for Idea Mathrubhumi Amrita Film Awards – exchange4media
  • 702 takes to Twitter – bizzcommunity
  • Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM tops the leadership scoreboard – indiantelevision
  • Hot 104.1 FM radio station spreads the love – cayman net news


Radio & Records

  • Thomas Transfers To CC/Detroit For OM Duties
  • Johnjay & Rich Reach Career Peake
  • Lucek New WB/Reprise VP Of Pop Promotion
  • DiDia Official As Island EVP/GM
  • Stock Market Snapshot: Feb. 23, 2009
  • Ticketmaster To Change Online Sales Practices
  • Puente & Prado Upped At Sony Music Latin
  • Limbaugh To Obama: Are Fairness Doctrine-Like Regs Coming?
  • Chart Highlights: New No. 1s at Five Formats
  • RAB: Radio Revs Off 10% In 2008
  • WRTI Jazz Host Harrison Ridley Jr. Dead At 70
  • Jones Joins J/RCA
  • NRRC Announces New Officers
  • New PPM Research For Talk Radio
  • Street Talk: Baltazar Stops MOViN
  • Premiere Launches ‘The Jason Lewis Show’
  • Street Talk: Dr. Doug & Skippy No Longer With Charlie
  • Radio One Has $7.6 Million Loss
  • ‘The Fred Thompson Show’ To Debut On 125 Stations
  • Radio’s Top 10 Spots: Feb. 16-22

All Access

  • Veronis Suhler Stevenson: 2009 Media Spending Down
  • Rally For Performance Fee Set For Today In D.C.
  • Entercom Q4 Revenues Drop 14%
  • Peter Chernin To Exit News Corp.
  • 1,500 Ft. Tower Proposed Near Chicago
  • 11 Station Deal Closes
  • Station Owner Faces SESAC Suit
  • Audiovox, FCC Enter Consent Decree
  • Masters Gets ‘The Business’
  • Former Bangor Public Radio Host Virg Bisset Dies
  • ‘Sower’ Minister Dr. Michael A. Guido Passes

Radio Ink

  • VSS Revises 2009 Forecast
  • Smyth, Bordes Family Honored With Golden Mike Awards
  • Todd Thomas Takes OM Post At Clear Channel Radio/Detroit
  • Premiere Syndicates Jason Lewis
  • Fred Thompson Show To Debut March 2
  • NABEF, BEA Offer Free Speech PSA Contest
  • Limbaugh To Obama: Will Talk Radio Be Censored?
  • Piolin Interviews President Obama
  • Network Radio Research Council Chooses Officers
  • Geico, HD Alliance Top Week’s Advertisers
  • RAB: Radio Revenue Down 9 Percent In 2008
  • S&P Downgrades Clear Channel Parent
  • South Dakota Rejects Ad Tax
  • Senator To Force Vote On Fairness Doctrine


  • Ken Lucek Joins WBR/Reprise As VP Of Pop Promotion
  • NJ Attorney General Settles With Ticketmaster
  • It’s Official: DiDia Named EVP/GM Of Island Records
  • Todd Thomas Takes Over CC/Detroit
  • Adam Carolla lands CBS pilot
  • Tax losses lure investors to Sirius
  • Web radio facing another crisis
  • WSJ profiles Irving Azoff
  • Rush Limbaugh pens op-ed piece on Fairness Doctrine

Inside Radio

  • Radio One doubles commissions.
  • An online crossroads.
  • Metro Networks consolidation continues.
  • Audiovox gets fine, but no recall.
  • Ex-employees blow whistle.
  • Chicago may get world’s tallest tower.
  • Pizza Hut helps close a deal.
  • Premiere targets new daypart.
  • Levi Willis dead at 79.

Radio Business Report

  • Legislators kick off performance royalty push
  • Sirius XM dissident says “Mel must go!”
  • 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
  • KTWV launches Kenny G. channel
  • Bustos launches Mega 97.9 in Sacramento
  • RAB: Radio revenues fell 9% in 2008
  • Limbaugh questions Obama’s anti-Fairness stance
  • Radio revenues take a Q4 plunge
  • Sirius XM stock soars on White Knight deal
  • Coming soon: The Al Liggins Show
  • KMLE-FM Phoenix Adds The Lia Show
  • Seattle scribe sees little space-threat to radio
  • On Second Thought launches where Nova M left off
  • Nova M Radio files for liquidation

Radio Online

  • VSS Revises Forecasts, 2009 Radio Expected to Fall 7.2%
  • 9th Annual Arbitron Urban PD Clinic Set for This Friday
  • Clear Channel/Detroit Appoints Thomas as Ops Manager
  • John Peake Named Show Director for Johnjay & Rich
  • Network Radio Research Council Elects Foster as Chair
  • Westwood One’s Fred Thompson to Debut on 125 Stations
  • Premiere Radio to Syndicate ”The Jason Lewis Show”
  • NABEF, BEA Announce Free Speech PSA Contest
  • Baltazar exits mornings at CBS Radio’s Rhythmic AC KMVQ-FM (MOViN 99.7)/San Francisco
  • Country KMLE-FM/Phoenix adds the syndicated “Lia Show”

NTS Aircheck

  • Jason Lewis Goes Nationwide
  • Rush Takes On Obama
  • Thompson To Debut On Over 125 Stations
  • Talk Media News Notes


  • Major Stock Market Indexes Fall to 1997 Levels
  • Bad Reception for Radio One
  • Bishop Willis, Broadcaster Dies at 79
  • In The Beginning Tavis Smiley, Now Alan Keys
  • L.A.’s New Hit Music Channel Ampradio 97.1

All About Country

  • Roy Land Leaves Philadelphia’s 92.5XTU
  • Julia Burton Invades Motor City
  • COUNTRY Radio’s Biggest Advertisers
  • WKSF/Asheville Raises $92K For Mission Children’s Hospital
  • Rissi Palmer Gets Her Own TV Show
  • Taylor Teams With Verizon For H.S. Concert
  • Buddy Miller Recovering From Heart Attack In Baltimore
  • Tony Brown Receives Cecil Scaife Visional Award
  • Caitlin & Will Send First Song To COUNTRY Radio