Radio News for Wednesday and the Holiday Weekend of December 31st 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

  • Martin Leaves Clear Channel/L.A.
  • Bartley And ABC Part Ways After 18 Years
  • B96 Names New Morning Show: J Niice & Julian Nieh
  • Bonneville Rounds Out St. Louis Sports Station
  • FCC Bids Farewell To Commissioner Tate
  • FCC Doles Out EEO Fines
  • Cox Enterprises Ups Hayes To CEO
  • Genesis Rolls Out Memories In Tampa
  • Saga Board OKs Reverse Stock Split
  • WXTC-AM Shifts To Classic Soul
  • Trotta Exits 98Q To Join Y105 In Danbury
  • Miller Joining WNYM
  • NPR Reporter Covers Her Own Layoff
  • Journal Communications Gives Top Execs Retention Awards
  • McKay Wakes Up Columbus… Again
  • Twin Cities Media Personality Scores His Own Morning Show
  • Wired 96.9 Unplugs Rhythmic

All Access

  • Michael Martin Exits Clear Channel/Los Angeles
  • J Niice And Julian Team To Host Mornings On B96
  • Cox Enterprises Ups Jimmy W. Hayes To CEO; James Kennedy Still Chairman
  • Martin’s Last Call: Have Porn With Your Free Wireless
  • Dick Bartley Exits ABC Radio Networks After 18 Years
  • Madonna The Queen Of The Road
  • Philly PPM’s Dec 11th-Jan 7th Indexing Off Slightly
  • Saga Reverses Its Split Stock
  • Peter Thomson Leaves Salem/Dallas For FamilyNet TV And Radio
  • Mertz Out At Forever/Frankfort, KY
  • Top-10 Radio Spots
  • WHBQ Adjusts Lineup, Riley To Wakeups, Looking For Talent
  • Is WNCT Losing Its Religion?
  • WWNQ Drops Country For Flashback
  • WKLI Keeps The Holiday Hits Coming
  • WDBY Gets A New ‘Mr. Morning’ Man
  • …While WDAQ Looks For A New ‘Mr. Morning’
  • Mindy Abbot To Star In Middays
  • Mitch Mahan Exits WIRK; John O’Connell Named PD
  • Lisa Ramsey-Perkins Joins Sony BMG/Nashville
  • Kates Robinson Joins Cold River
  • Fox GameTime Goes Liberty Bowling
  • WAUK-A Stands Up For Anthem Singing Contest
  • Cox/Richmond To Steer Blood Drive
  • Ringtone-ing Out The New Year
  • Animal Radio Talks About Pet Setting
  • Tom Pagnotti Gets Heard

Radio Ink

  • Martin Exits Clear Channel/L.A.
  • FCC Issues EEO Notices
  • Hayes Named Cox Enterprises CEO
  • Tate Saluted By Fellow Commissioners
  • Saga Board OKs Reverse Stock Split
  • Miller Added On Salem’s WNYM/New York
  • Genesis Launches ‘Mega Memories’ On WHBO/Tampa


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

Inside Radio

  • Reuters: Investors tuned out radio in 08.
  • Cox elevates Hayes to CEO.
  • Box-office receipts up 7.8% this year.
  • Paul Harvey’s New Year’s message to radio: “Keep your seats.”
  • More than 60% of Nielsen radio surveys will be in markets 101-200.
  • TV remains the main source for national and international news.

Radio Business Report

  • Moody’s goes negative on Sirius XM
  • Broadcasters Foundation establishes Bill Drake Fund
  • CC Radio Miami launches “93.9-FM MIA”
  • Clear Channel completes tender for bonds
  • Arbitron in talks with New Jersey AG
  • Metro Traffic and TrafficLand partner

Radio Online

  • CC/Los Angeles VP/Programming Michael Martin Exits
  • Commisioner Deborah Taylor Tate Prepares to Exit FCC
  • Saga’s Board of Directors Approves Reverse Stock Split
  • Sports Byline USA to Launch on KTRB-AM/San Francisco
  • Rhythmic CHR WBBM-FM (B96)/Chicago names J Niice & Julian as the new morning show
  • Bonneville’s new Sports/Talk WXOS-FM/St. Louis taps D’Marco Farr for PM drive.
  • Producer Dick Bartley exits ABC Radio Networks after 18 years.
  • Gospel WXTC-AM/Charleston, SC, flips to Urban Oldies
  • Roser Communications’ News/Talk WVTL-AM/Amsterdam, NY, flips to Soft AC
  • News/Talk WOR-AM/New York adds syndicated Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs

NTS Aircheck

  • “Dissed” By Dad (Joe Scarborough)
  • Reusse Gets KSTP Wake Up Call


  • Arbitron – Nashville, Shreveport, Columbia SC, Chattanooga
  • Arbitron – Memphis, Raleigh-Durham, Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville
  • News – WLVE Drops Jazz in Miami
  • Arbitron – New Orleans, Richmond, Jacksonville, Baton Rouge

All About Country

  • 2009–The Year Radio Gets It’s Fair Share?
  • Country Stars Bring In 2009 On Television
  • The Coyote’s Howlin’ In Spokane
  • Collin Raye & Tanya Tucker Have 2009 Saguaro Road Releases
  • Derek Sholl Sings National Anthem At Staples Arena For NBA
  • Another PPM Snafu–This Time Philadelphia
  • Michael Bandy Remembered By Friends
  • 2 Industry Analysts Say It’ll Get Worse Before It Gets Better
  • Broadway’s Electric Barnyard Is Ready To Roll
  • Where Country Radio’s $$ Came From