Radio News for Friday and the Weekend of January 16th 2009

Radio Headlines:

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

  • RAB Quashes Fake Memo. Bogus note coincides with elimination of five positions
  • Kevin Martin Resigns From FCC
  • Indie 103.1/L.A. To Flip
  • Dastur Doubles Up In Detroit
  • Wheeler & Dave Part Ways
  • Maddow’s New Radio Show
  • Radio, Records Folks Help Pay For Obama’s Inauguration
  • SoundExchange, Public Radio Reaches Webcasting Royalty Agreement
  • Changes At The Top Of WPLR
  • Columbia Urban Promo Execs Released
  • Howard, Korowitz, Pultorak Rise At CCRS
  • BMI Holds Scholarship Competition
  • Universal Republic Partners With Flom
  • Radio One To Flip WJZZ/Atlanta
  • Sirius XM Sells Another $13 M In Debt
  • By Process Of Elimination
  • WXRV Hires Beau Raines As PD
  • O’Hayer New Local Host At WABE
  • Naftaly Gets His A&R On At RCA/Jive
  • Zarbatany Goes To Ottawa Pair
  • Maguire Transfers To KCSP/Kansas City As PD
  • Tough Times Call For Creative Sales Thinking, Says Broker
  • Corus Entertainment’s Fiscal Q1 Radio Revs Fall 5%

All Access

  • NY Post Report: Clear Channel Cuts Start Tuesday
  • BIA: Station Sales Drop 50.7% In Total Value
  • Death Row Sold For $18 Million
  • Report: UMG To Partner With Kyte
  • Two Translator Deals Reach FCC
  • Boy George Faces Sentencing Today
  • Leesa Mitchell Out At Magic 101.3
  • StreetPulse: Slumdog Millionaire Hits The Top
  • Sportscaster Red Rush Dies
  • Z100 PD Sharon Dastur To Also Program WKQI
  • Martin To Exit FCC, Join Aspen Institute

Radio Ink

  • Newmark Joins Lineup At Convergence ’09
  • Kevin Martin Resigns
  • SoundExchange, CPB Reach Web Royalties Deal
  • Apple’s Jobs Takes Health-Related Leave
  • Staff Cuts Hit RAB
  • Ramsey, Maddow Sign New Deals
  • Howard Becomes Sole President Of Clear Channel Radio Sales
  • Affiliate Updates From Rome, Delilah, More
  • TargetSpot Signs Up Eight
  • L.A.’s Indie 103.1 Leaves The Air
  • Z100 PD Dastur Adds WKQI/Detroit Duties
  • Laudani Tapped To Program WPLR/New Haven
  • Raines To PD At WXRV/Boston
  • MarketWatch Radio Celebrates Its 10th
  • On-Air Scare For WMMR’s Morrison


  • Kevin Martin Announces Resignation From FCC
  • Sharon Dastur Adds WKQI Programming Duties
  • Universal Republic Partners With Jason Flom
  • SoundExchange, Public Radio Reach Royalty Pact
  • Music Industry Veteran Gary Kurfirst Passes
  • Indie 103.1 Goes Online-Only
  • Katz names Jeff Howard President of Clear Channel Radio Sales
  • The Conclave announces its Agenda Committee co-chairs for ’09
  • Steve Jobs to take leave of absence from Apple
  • Webcam to cover RIAA court case
  • interview with new K-Rock/NY PD
  • How Warner Music killed Facebook Music

Inside Radio

  • RAB lays-off 10% of its staff.
  • BIA: Value of sales falls 51%.
  • Martin exits FCC on Tuesday.
  • PD gets 614 mile commute.
  • Team Obama meets with pubcasters.
  • Rachel Maddow sticks with Air America.
  • WRPM survives Katrina, not economy.

Radio Business Report

  • RAB cuts staff, freezes salaries
  • WorldSpace to be auctioned off
  • Indie 103.1 goes online-only; FM may go Spanish
  • CRB Jam to celebrate radio
  • Rachel Maddow renews with Air America
  • ESPN Radio plans programming changes
  • Britney Spears challenges broadcasters
  • Economic recovery on the horizon?
  • iPhone adds Slacker capability
  • PPM panelist study online, on-demand
  • Governor goes bare for radio campaign
  • Pgh. mayor wants to drop “Ravens” from his name
  • WAMT adds Mancow
  • Sirius XM dissident demands look at books

Radio Online

  • RAB Lays Off Five Employees, Haley’s E-mail Hi-jacked
  • BIA: Economic Tsunami of ’08 Drives Down Station Sales
  • FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to Exit Agency on January 20
  • KMG Names Jeff Howard President of CC Radio Sales
  • Sharon Dastur Adds WKQI (Channel 955)/Detroit PD Duties
  • Entravision Readies Los Angeles Duo for Format Flip
  • Mike Wheeler Exits WZGC (92.9 Dave FM)/Atlanta as PD
  • R.W. Smith Exits KCYE-FM (Coyote Country)/Las Vegas
  • Cox Radio Taps Laudani as WPLR-FM/New Haven PD
  • HD Radio Shows Support at North American Auto Show

NTS Aircheck

  • Ryan Maguire Heads to KC
  • Martin Checks Out
  • ESPN Radio Lineup Gets A Makeover
  • Will WiMax Kill Satellite Radio?


  • Arbitron – Tampa
  • News – WUHT/ Birmingham Musical Tribute To Barack Obama
  • News – FCC Chief Kevin Martin To Leave Agency

All About Country

  • Absolute Publicity Opens It’s Doors To Nashville
  • Keith Urban’s Sweet Thing Video Now On MySpace
  • An Emergency Landing For Emerson Drive’s Brad & Jana Mates
  • CRS-40 Ends With A Party At Nashville’s Cadillac Ranch
  • Radio Isn’t Alone In Cut-Back Sweepstakes
  • Jessica Andrews Visits WWNU/Columbia, SC
  • FCC Chairman Kevin Martin Resigns
  • Kenny Chesney Adds To Sun City Carnival Tour
  • R.W. Smith Departs KCYE/Las Vegas
  • Dierks Bentley Fires Up The Budweiser Shootout
  • Patty Loveless Stars On A Prairie Home Companion
  • The Conclave Sets Its Agenda Committee
  • Chris Austin Songwriting Contest At MerleFest 2009