Radio News for Friday and the Weekend of December 12th 2008


Radio News US:

Business & Financial

Programming, Changes & Ratings

News & PR

OP/ED, Political & Feature

FCC & Legal

Public, Educational & Religious

Streaming & Tech

Radio News International:





Radio & Records

  • Sirius XM Forecasts 19.1M Subs, $2.4B In Revs. Newly merged company will have cut staff 22% by year’s end
  • Cell-Phone-Only Households Grow To 17.5%
  • CCR Appoints Wagner President/Market Manager Of San Diego Cluster
  • Broadcasters Foundation Honors Bill Drake
  • HD Radio Alliance No. 1 ’08 Radio Advertiser
  • Nielsen: Spot Radio Up Slightly; Network Radio Down
  • Digital Downloads Break A Billion In 2008
  • Mika Mugged
  • ABC Radio, Dees Develop Agreement
  • Emmis Elevates Ryan Hornaday To Senior VP/Finance & Treasurer
  • Pratt Exits KMLE/Phoenix
  • Rumors Of Rudy At Westwood
  • FMC, Nat Geo Host Policy Day 2009
  • Aretha Franklin To Sing At Obama Inauguration
  • Jocks Engaged In Interstate Love
  • Dolan On Her OWN
  • Triton Media Integrates Fusion Innovative Marketing
  • No Christmas Lull For Groups Warring Over Performance Royalties
  • USRN, Clark & Bryan Join Forces
  • Robinson Named WARH PD
  • Baker Returns To Boston
  • Cumulus/Indy Hit By Morning Show, PD Changes

All Access

  • Is YouTube A Serious Revenue Stream For Labels?
  • UMG Emerges As A Top 10 Online Music Destination
  • Sirius-XM Revs Up 14%
  • Once In A Lifetime Offer From Sirius XM?
  • Redstone Dodges Deadline
  • National Sales Down In Canada
  • Three Long Time Personalities Out At CBS/Phoenix
  • Steve Dahl Is Trying To Keep Busy
  • Joe Starkey Steps Down As PBP Voice Of 49ers
  • WTVN Replaces Joel Riley With Glenn Beck
  • Bob Ramsey Joins Sports/Talk 101.1
  • WW1 Sets Year Ends Programming
  • Carmichael Upped To GM
  • Hinca Joins KJRL
  • KYXY Launches ‘Uplifting Alternative The Crossing’ On HD-2
  • WCVO, NBC-4 Support Children’s Toy Drive
  • WBSN Supports Operation Christmas Child
  • KLFF Hands Out Community Impact Awards
  • KLRC, Listeners Grant Christmas Wishes
  • Chaz & AJ Raise 0ver $102,000 For Local Charities
  • Soundcheck Texas Adds Affiliates

Radio Ink

  • Wagner Heads Clear Channel/San Diego
  • Sirius XM Stockholders OK New Shares, Reverse Stock Split
  • HD Alliance Tops Spots In 2008
  • ABC Radio Networks, Dees Make Development Deal
  • NPR Debuts ‘Mix Your Own Podcast’
  • JamTraxx Media Offers Free Year-End Mix Shows
  • Emmis Ups Hornaday To SVP/Finance
  • Schlesinger Joins McGavren Guild As VP/Sales
  • Triton Integrates, Rebrands Fusion Marketing


  • Interscope Is Airplay Champ For 2008
  • Imagine “A Day Without RAB”
  • Interactive EMI Web Site Gets Beta Launch
  • Mark Mason Named VP/Digital Media For CBS Radio-New York
  • Karson & Kennedy take mornings at WBMX/Boston
  • NY considers taxing iTunes downloads
  • Judge postpones RIAA hearing
  • GNR & Best Buy: what happened?
  • Will Obama’s FCC lighten up?

Inside Radio

  • By one metric radio is actually up.
  • Barclays sees double-digit drop.
  • Today’s marketing tip: Do more of it.
  • *Inside the Numbers with Mike Kinosian*
  • 2008 Year End Survey.
  • Sirius XM offers $300 lifetime deals.
  • Triton rebrands Fusion marketing unit.
  • Beck’s “Sweater” took shape early.

Radio Business Report

  • Karmazin still sees growth in 2009
  • JamTraxx offering free year-end mix shows
  • Drug charges put owner on Ice
  • ABCRN picks up Rick Dees Weekly Top 40
  • ESPN Deportes Radio, Soccer United Marketing sign for tournament
  • Granite State goes digital
  • Dick Clark and Gary Bryan merge shows

Radio Online

  • Clear Channel/San Diego Appoints Wagner President/MM
  • Dees Inks Development Deal with ABC Radio Networks
  • Emmis Elevates Hornaday to SVP/Finance & Treasurer
  • Sirius XM Holders OK New Shares, Reverse Stock Split
  • Budget Cuts Claim WRWM/Indianapolis PD John Trout
  • Triton Media Re-Brands Fusion Innovative Marketing
  • Beasley Broadcast Group’s Fayetteville, NC, cluster appoints Anjanette “Anj” Martinez as Promotions Director for Country
  • Morning host Bruce Elscott exits Classic Hits WJJK-FM/Indianapolis
  • Phoenix morning vet Dave Pratt exits CBS Radio’s KMLE-FM
  • Syndicated “Satellite Sisters” co-host Liz Dolan is named Chief Marketing Officer for The Oprah Winfrey Network

NTS Aircheck

  • Baker’s Back In Boston
  • CBS Radio Digitizes Mark Mason


  • Arbitron – Tampa
  • Arbitron – St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati

All About Country

  • CBS & Clear Channel Make More Cuts
  • Jeff Griffith Joins Line-Up For San Antonio’s Go Western Gala
  • Mel Karmazin Gets Bragging Rights: The Most Lay-Off’s
  • KMLE/Phoenix Fires Arizona’s Morning Mayor
  • Hayes Carll’s Trouble In Mind Is Americana’s Top Album
  • 2008 Briings More Impressive Stats For Carrie Underwood
  • Toby Keith Ends 2008 With Many Career And Personal Accomplishments
  • Eric Church Sings Carolina For NC Governor’s Inaugural Ball
  • WYCD/Detroit & Mike Furrey Foundation Collect A Mountain Of Toys
  • Finding Your Next Job Can Begin Right Here
  • Darnell Miller Inducted Into The Southern Legends Performing Arts Hall Of Fame
  • Circuit City Cancels Bankruptcy Auction
  • New Aircheck Posted In The AllAboutCountry Talent Section
  • Decorated Marine Returns To Iraq–This Time to Entertain
  • Rick Huckaby Sets His Sites On 2009
  • Jay Allen Resigns As KTNN Station Manager
  • Entravision Gets ‘The Letter’ From NYSE
  • Keni Thomas Releases Powerful Christmas Song
  • Arbitron Releases More Fall Phase II Results Today
  • Mindy McCready In Apparent Suicide Attempt
  • Taylor Swift Sells Over 5-Million Units
  • Lady Antebellum Plays NBC’s Today Christmas Eve
  • Look Out Arbitron–Here Comes Nielsen
  • Carrie & Martina Rockin’ Around The Opry Tree
  • WKLB/Boston Gets Baker For Market Manager
  • New PD At WIRK/West Palm Beach
  • Chris LeDoux’s Western Underground Releases New Single