Radio News for Tuesday December 23rd 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

  • Radio Revenue Tumbles In November. Local rev sank 21%; national down 24%
  • Westwood One Signs Fred Thompson
  • CBS Sells Three Stations In Denver To Wilks
  • HD Alliance Announces ‘Evolution’ Q1 Ad Blitz
  • Clough Gets WBRU PD Gig
  • Q105 Slashes More Staff
  • Sirius XM Directors Grab Millions Of Shares
  • Sirius XM Pays Down Debt, Loses Accountant
  • Lew Dickey, Sr. Grabs 1M Plus Cumulus Shares This Month
  • Neuhoff Buys Joyner’s Five-Station Decatur Cluster
  • Chart Highlights: Britney Back At No. 1
  • Oklahoma City Format Change
  • Hall To Join KABC As Dir./Ops

All Access

  • Fight’s On Between Labels And Websites
  • Sony Partners With Project Playlist
  • Westwood One To Offer Trafficland Info
  • Bono Invests In Palm
  • Jackson Lung Transplant Story Denied
  • Handleman Reports Q2 Loses
  • Laura Handley Named GM At Connoisseur/Wichita
  • Sirius XM Counts Down Top Indie Artists
  • New St. Louis Sports Station Plans ‘Spectucular’ Sign On
  • Rob Shilling Cut At WINA
  • Wilks Acquires The CBS/Denver Cluster
  • RIAA Changes Strategy On Illegal Downloads
  • RAB November Numbers Blow Cold
  • WMG Removes Vids From YouTube
  • Westwood One Brings Fred Thompson To Radio In March ’09

Radio Ink

  • HD Alliance Promises Aggressive Marketing In Q1
  • Metro Traffic, TrafficLand Partner
  • Nasdaq Asks SEC To OK Delisting Delay
  • New Ink: Don’t Miss The First Issue
  • CBS Radio Sells Three In Denver To Wilks
  • Atlanta Gets A New ESPN Outlet
  • WW1 To Debut Fred Thompson Show In March
  • Revenue Falls 20 Percent In November
  • Ice Storm Affects Indiana Stations


  • WMG Pulls Content From YouTube
  • RAB releases November revenue numbers
  • CBS sells three Denver stations to Wilks

Inside Radio

  • New York FM ranks 34th — In Atlanta.
  • Second down for NFL contract talks.
  • Evolution is HD Radio’s next theme.
  • Metro Traffic expands its technology-reliance.
  • Public radio cutbacks mount.
  • AHAA: There’s coal in our stocking.
  • Bubba satellite show is actually FM rerun.

Radio Business Report

  • Barefoot in Indy
  • FedEx will not advertise in the 2009 Super Bowl
  • ESPN Radio adds 1230 kHz in Atlanta
  • Westwood adds Fred Thompson
  • NFL may not renew with Westwood One
  • Karmazin still sees growth in 2009
  • November results plumb new depths
  • WBMX-FM adds new morning show
  • Bubba re-signs with Sirius
  • CBS Radio to syndicate Mike Smerconish?

Radio Online

  • WWI Signs Fred Thompson Show to Replace Bill O’Reilly
  • HD Alliance Continues Aggressive Marketing Campaign
  • Dickey to Launch Second ESPN Radio Affiliate in Atlanta
  • Westwood One’s Metro Traffic Signs with TrafficLand
  • Northern Lights Rhythmic CHR KTTB-FM (B96) Minneapolis inks veteran morning personality Tone E. Fly
  • Alternative WBRU-FM/Providence interim PD Wendell Clough is officially named Program Director
  • Alternative KITS-FM (Live 105)/San Francisco Programming Operations Director Spud exits
  • Terry Simmons exits Hot AC WDBY-FM (Y105)/Danbury, CT, as PD/mornings to WJLQ-FM
  • WSOS-FM (Sunny 94.1)/Jacksonville, FL, morning personality A.J. Davis is out
  • Former Urban KKDA-FM (K104)/Dallas morning host and co-owned Urban AC KRNB-FM afternooner Skip Murphy has retired

NTS Aircheck

  • WW One Signs Fred Thompson


  • Arbitron – Columbus, OH
  • News – Michael Jackson at Death’s Door?
  • News – Carol Blackmon Is Coming Back to Atlanta Radio
  • Jobs – Seeking Program Director/on air Urban Radio Broadcasting’s Meridian Mississippi

All About Country

  • Country Stars On Christmas Television
  • WSRB/Sturgeon Bay Awards Prizes For Stocking Stuffer Caper
  • More Arbitron Fall Phase II Returns Today
  • New Pat Green Album Due January 27th
  • Lucy Angel Goes to China
  • What’s Goin’ Down In Dallas?
  • Rhonda Towns Ready To Attack 2009
  • Opry Legend Ernest Ashworth Has Open-Heart Surgery
  • Carrie Gets Top Spot On CMT & CMT.com
  • All Warner Videos Ordered Off YouTube
  • Hank Cochran Featured In American Songwriter Magazine
  • Trent Tomlinson’s First Carolwood Single Now Available
  • Wilks Gets The Wolf In Denver