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Radio & Streaming Media News for Friday & the Weekend of 05-22-2009


Have a great Memorial Day Weekend. RadioNX will return with full updates on Tuesday.

Radio Headlines:

Radio News US:

Business & Financial

  • Radio Ad Biz Suffers Worst Quarter Ever adweek
  • Radio Ad Biz Posts Worst Quarter in History mediaweek
  • Radio Ad Revenue Down 24% in Q1, Digital Up 13% radio online
  • SIGNS OF TROUBLE. LENDERS TURN DOWN DEBT SWAP FOR CLEAR CHANNEL ny post
  • Regent gets a downgrade from Moody’s radio business report
  • ‘Free’ Should Not Be a Sirius Business Model 3 comments seeking alpha
  • ADVERTISERS INVEST IN RADIO’S ONLINE AND HD PLATFORMS. REVENUE INDICATIVE OF AD INDUSTRY ECONOMY rab

Programming, Changes & Ratings

  • WNUA swings to Spanish format. Clear Channel switching radio station to tap into growing audience group chicago tribune
  • Smooth Jazz Finds New Home on WLFM-FM/Chicago radio online
  • Clear Channel to Flip WNUA/Chicago to ”Mega 95.5” radio online
  • Chicago radio sees shakeup abc local chicago
  • WGN-AM drops ‘Kathy & Judy’ chicago tribune
  • ‘Kathy & Judy Show’ To Sign Off For Last Time. Meanwhile, WNUA Radio Switches From Smooth Jazz To Spanish-Language Pop cbs 2 chicago
  • Chris Booker joins AMP Radio; K-Earth ratings soar. On the radio: KSBR’s 20th annual Birthday Bash is Sunday in Mission Viejo. oc register
  • New rating system dials up heat on radio boston herald
  • Bonneville/Cincinnati Launches 80’s ”Rewind 94.9” radio online
  • News and notes: Change atop The Mountain; Storm stays put; Ron & Don walk for Brad seattle radio examiner
  • K-Fox sale near; goodbye Greg Kihn? san francisco peninsula press club
  • Classic Rock 98.5: Another One Bites the Dust baynewser
  • Houston Radio Updates: Longtime KILT program director Bill Van Rysdam out houston chronicle
  • Cleveland radio station changes name to ‘Cavs 105.7’ yahoo
  • WCLV, WMJI have fun deleting ‘magic’ from airwaves in lieu of NBA playoff series between Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic cleveland.com
  • Radio beat – a game changer for Seattle radio ratings seattle pi
  • KWOD/Sacramento to Jettison Alternative Format radio online
  • Economy Forces Big Changes At Local Radio Station
    SACRAMENTO. The economy taking a toll on a local radio station. Sacramento’s long-time alternative rock station, KWOD 106.5, is going “off the air” this morning. cbs 13
  • Local FM Station Pioneers ’90s Format. Music Of Nirvana, TLC To Dominate 106.5 The Buzz kcra sacramento
  • As KWOD signs off, The Buzz debuts sacremento business journal
  • ESPN radio headed to Memphians’ FM dial memphis business journal
  • Memphis FM Radio Is A Contact Sport. Entercom’s WMFS Memphis has changed formats from Rock to Sports and is now ESPN 92.9FM, simulcasting Sports Sister ESPN 680 AM. radio ink
  • R&B station changes formats. At 5 p.m. Friday, the station dropped its format of Urban Adult Contemporary music and its “Kiss-FM” slogan in favor of the CHR (Contemporary Hit Radio, or Top 40) format and a new slogan, “Hit Music Now.” winston salem journal
  • Tirrell will debut radio talk show from dealership. Broadcaster Marty Tirrell may be returning to the airwaves in Des Moines under an unconventional arrangement. desmoines register
  • Pacific Radio Group finds success by going ‘native’ honolulu star bulletin
  • Memorial Day Weekend: SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio Jump Starts Summer about.com
  • Stone lands in Twin Cities radio market. Ron Stone, who left the Twin Ports radio market last week, has landed in the Twin Cities radio market this week. duluth news tribune
  • Cotton State Baseball League to broadcast games on radio nems 360
  • Speed Talk On 1360 to Debut this Weekend with ASA Midwest Tour Coverage whowon

News & PR

  • Bonneville’s Reese to Chair NAB President Search Committee radio magazine
  • AFTRA, SAG Approve New, Three-Year Contract For TV, Radio Commercials broadcasting and cable
  • Fate Of NYTimes Radio Station Uncertain media daily news
  • Radio One sounds off on proposed station tax philadelphia tribune
  • THE MULTIFACETED GREG KIHN mercury news
  • Businessman, WILK co-host indicted for fraud scranton times tribune
  • Talk show helps raise thousands for Millsap youth sports group whose equipment was stolen fort worth star telegram
  • 790/The Zone offers $50K to Vick atlanta journal constitution
  • Station to resume music broadcasts. KAZZ for sale after disputes among owners spokane spokesman review
  • Tucson radio can rock – or not tucson citizen
  • Fort Wayne radio announcer retires after 56 years behind mic. Legendary Fort Wayne radio announcer Bob Chase is retiring after 56 years behind the microphone at WOWO. wthr
  • No Bull; Get Your Resume Aired on the Radio 11 alive atlanta
  • Job seekers to pitch resumes via Clear Channel Radio stations tampa bay business journal
  • Clear Channel Gives Airtime to Job Seekers radio 2020
  • Former Billboard Chairman William D. Littleford Dies billboard
  • 1940s Radio Actress Joan Alexander Dies at 94 washington post
  • Former radio host charged with fraud. Jamie P. Lake, owner of JPL Financial in Kingston, allegedly scammed clients. timesleader
  • Local broadcaster becomes hall of famer. Dale Smith will be inducted June 20 at the association’s awards dinner in Green River. Smith is also one of KVOW/KTAK’s own. He worked for the station in the early 1980s. riverton radio
  • AFTRA and SAG Members Overwhelmingly Ratify New Television and Radio Commercials Contracts dbusiness news
  • Union urges tax hike in radio, TV ads wand tv springfield
  • Jennifer Parsons Is New Chair of CBA radio world
  • Research and Markets: This Comprehensive 2009 U.S. Radio Stations Industry Report Contains Timely and Accurate Industry Statistics, Forecasts and Demographics yahoo
  • Live-music czar Law returns to roots of his success boston.com
  • Sunday’s concert will be final fling for Wing Ding rockford register star
  • Radio Host Teaches Entrepreneurs How to Start their Own Internet Radio Show pitchengine
  • DJ Steph Lova to host Memorial Day Meltdown at Staten Island’s Notes by Digi slive

OP/ED, Political & Feature

  • The Politics of Listener Destruction infinite dial
  • ESPN Astride The Radio Globe infinite dial
  • The Phones They Are A-Changin’ jacobs media
  • Radio in 5 Years inside music media
  • Wake up Radio, the cost-per-point slice of the advertising pie is shrinking! radio2.0
  • Radio goes “interactive” in the dash hear2.0
  • Bob Pittman looks to the future radio business report
  • Are You Serious? Sports Media crave online
  • Guest Commentary:Radio can still be a fine art barnstable patriot
  • Ousted governor’s wife expected on radio show. Former Illinois first lady Patti Blagojevich is talking about her upcoming stint on a reality TV show in a Costa Rican jungle. kwqc
  • Rush Limbaugh on ‘Glenn Beck’ fox news
  • Mancow Muller, Conservative Radio Host, Gets Waterboarded: “Absolutely Torture” (VIDEO) huffington post
  • DO CONSERVATIVE TALK RADIO HOSTS EVER HAVE SEX? prospect
  • Radio host, pastor insult senator’s Christianity. WHO-AM radio host Steve Deace spent an hour of his show Thursday questioning the faith of Democratic state Sen. Matt McCoy, Iowa’s only openly gay legislator. iowa independent
  • Here’s Why the Right Wing Dominates Talk Radio Today huffington post
  • Celebrity Guest Blogger: “This is Why We Need a Liberal Media” daily kos
  • Rightwing Radio Hosts Across the Nation Make Discovery daily kos
  • Shut up, America marion star
  • FULL ASSAULT ON CAPITALISM AND FREE SPEECH news with views
  • Beware the ‘localism’ silencer onenewsnow
  • Britain is now the savage nation delaware online
  • Ingraham’s Take: Obama vs. Cheney fox news
  • Olbermann responds to Limbaugh’s 30-day challenge google/ap
  • Radio ‘talkmaster’ is all talk. This is the column I always wanted to write about the commencement speech that radio talk-show yakker Neal Boortz always wanted to give. post searchlight
  • Former Raleigh mayor sues over gay accusation. A former Raleigh mayor on Friday filed suit against a talk show host who forwarded a letter suggested he was gay. wral Raleigh

FCC & Legal

  • Report: FCC Sues WQYK Over Unpaid Fine radio ink
  • FCC Takes WQYK/Tampa to Court Over Failure to Fine radio online
  • Rickey Smiley And Radio One Sued urbansite
  • Not quite lowest unit rate? radio business report
  • Religious Broadcasters Fire Back At Copps’ Fairness Comments. NRB’s Wright says his members could be supportive of women and minority ownership and “wary” of diversity initiatives that could affect broadcast content broadcasting and cable
  • Early Cut-Off Returns: FCC Gets 27,000-Plus Calls broadcasting and cable
  • FCC Daily Digest FCC

Public, Educational & Religious

  • Strike leads to a Wash. Spanish radio struggles seattle times
  • Small Station, Big Ambition. Localism is the lifeblood of small-market radio, and nowhere is that more evident than at WIOE, a 100-watt low-power FM located in Warsaw, Ind., a community with a population of 16,000. radioworld
  • Media Watch: KLRU’s Numbers Don’t Add Up austin chronicle
  • KISU celebrates 10th birthday isu.edu
  • WDSO has 27th annual awards chesterton tribune
  • WSND-FM airs tribute to Pedro south bend tribune
  • Broadcasting students win big. Students in the Novi High School Broadcasting program recently brought home top-level state awards from the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) journalism competition. hometown life
  • NPR show tonight at Wesleyan middletown press
  • Up in the air – Low-watt radio station may go silent. One of Maine’s few low-power community radio stations may go silent this fall unless organizers can get help from local businesses and community members. keep me current
  • Catholic radio coming to Utah deseret news
  • U.S. Religious Radio Stations to Help Rebuild Lives of Orissa Victims christian post
  • Kirby: Here’s a proposal for a true-calling Mormon radio salt lake tribune

Streaming & Tech

  • Imeem, Grooveshark, and Music Clouds audio4cast
  • Webcasters still confident tomorrow’s ad market will support their businesses rain
  • Industry Group Presses Wireless Industry to Include Radio in Cellphones radio world
  • Despite rise in streaming, 99% of all video watched on a TV ars technica
  • US lawmakers put Canada, Spain on piracy ‘watch list’. Axis of P2P-vil register
  • Ernst Joins Yangaroo radio magazine
  • At RealDVD hearing, MPAA says copying DVDs never legal cnet

Radio News International:

Britain/Europe

  • Riley beats Bauer to purchase of Global Radio’s Midlands stations media week
  • Phil Riley leads successful bid for Global Radio stations brand republic
  • Jonathan Ross Radio 2 show to be pre-recorded the herald
  • Jonathan Ross radio show will be pre-recorded from now on in wake of Sachsgate mirror
  • Ross’s radio show no longer live. Jonathan Ross’s Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 2 is to be pre-recorded 24 hours in advance, the BBC has revealed. bbc
  • Hollywood legend Tony Curtis unleashing four letter tirade live on lunchtime BBC. Hollywood legend Tony Curtis unleashed a four letter tirade on lunchtime BBC radio phone-in. times
  • Tony Curtis, 83, proves ‘nobody’s perfect’ as he turns the air blue on BBC radio daily mail
  • Radio 4 host Evan Davis collapses into a fit of giggles on air – and Mirror.co.uk’s top 10 on air crack ups mirror
  • Radio whingers find little Ofcom love. Future apparently in floods, heavy snow, mergers register
  • Media groups hunt for adverts financial times
  • City Talk set to shed staff after format ruling howdo
  • UTV Media confirms acquisition of Sport magazine media week
  • Uckfield FM’s hi-tech boost susex express
  • UK radio giant signs ADTECH for online ad delivery net imperative
  • AOL group chosen for online advertising solution broadband finder
  • Ofcom warn of “meaningless” analogue radio switchoff date bizasia
  • Liverpool slam radio presenter over Hillsborough comments tribal football
  • United Kingdom: Music At Work – Keeping Within The Law mondaq
  • Riley wins Midland licenses radio today
  • Job cuts expected at Radio City radio today
  • Bauer withdraws from Sky platform radio today
  • Paralympic radio updates available radio today
  • Focal Radio begging for cash radio today

Canada

  • CFRC Announces Funding Recipients To Boost Community Radio broadcaster

Asia/Africa/Oceana

  • Nova and Vega FM defy GFC. DMG Radio Australia (Nova and Vega) increased its profits and grew its underlying revenue by 1% despite a 4% decline in the radio advertising market in Australia crikey
  • FBi radio orchestrates massive run of benefit shows the vine
  • Radio Academy offers next course journalism za
  • Radio ads record highest first quarter share in 10 years sun2surf malaysia
  • Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, 63 Minister of Information and Broadcasting indian express
  • Punjabi durbar programme of Radio Pakistan loses its ‘Durbar’ new kerala
  • Soldiers seen before attack on radio man inquirer.net
  • Disc jockey shot in Zambo Sibugay sun star
  • Ondo seeks end to NBC, Adaba FM rift punch nigera
  • Angola: National Radio to Invest in Expansion and Modernisation all africa
  • JASRAC Earnings Fall billboard

Trades

Radio & Records

  • Q1 Radio Revenue Tumbles 24%
  • A Bittersweet Adios For WNUA
  • Farewell To KWOD/Sacramento; Hello, All-’90s?
  • Cincinnati’s Sound Is Silenced
  • Warner Bros. Partners With Emblem
  • Street Talk: Kraddick Gets The Point
  • Celling Carriers On Radio
  • BIA Offers Local Media Forecast
  • 93X/Memphis Is No More
  • Rogers’ F-Bomb Slip
  • Ernst Joins Yangaroo
  • McGrath To Receive AWRT Award
  • Music Of Your Life Adds ‘Hit Parade Radio’
  • Kris Allen Crowned ‘American Idol’ In Surprise Victory
  • Yangaroo’s DMDS Delivers ‘Idol’ Track To Radio
  • Former FCC Chairman Doubts PRA Passes This Year
  • When Opportunity Knocked In L.A., Grupo Radio Centro Answered
  • NABOB Chief ‘Pleased’ About PPM Inquiry
  • Quick Upped To PD Of KRNB
  • Univision Sells KLOK-AM For $7.65 Mil.
  • Reese To Chair NAB President Search Committee
  • KILT/Houston Needs New PD, Morning Host

All Access

  • Jazz Makes Way For ‘Mega’ In Chicago At 9:55a
  • Is A ‘Buzz’ Coming To Sacramento?
  • Report: Senior Lenders Reject CC Debt Proposal
  • WGN Axes ‘Kathy And Judy Show’
  • SAG, AFTRA Ratify Commercial Pact
  • Warner Bros. Partners With Emblem
  • WCVG/Cincinnati Sold
  • Financial Talker Faces Fraud Charge
  • Receiver To Put KAZZ/Spokane Back On The Air
  • Lineup Changes At WPTE
  • BBC Radio 2 Makes Ross Pre-Tape Show
  • Riley Buying Global’s Midlands Spinoffs
  • TalkSPORT Owner UTV Buys Sport Magazine
  • Jay-Z And Def Jam Are No More
  • Jacko Concerts Postponed
  • StreetPulse: Eminem’s #1 Heading Into The Weekend
  • Fitz To Open For Trent Tomlinson Tonight
  • Willie Nelson Named The 2009 Texas State Musician
  • AOL’s The Boot Goes Out With Their ‘Boots On’
  • Zone Offers Humane Society Donation If Vick Grants Interview
  • Mike Gallagher Campaigns For Water For Life

Radio Ink

  • Memorial Weekend To Be Celebrated On Radio
  • Inspect Your Gadgets: FCC Claims Right To Warrantless Home Searches
  • Congress Pushes Financial Assistance For Minority Radio
  • PPM Coalition Looks For FCC Inquiry To “Shed Light”
  • RAB Roundtable Seeks Better Radio Ads
  • Memphis FM Radio Is A Contact Sport
  • Clear Channel At End Of Financial Rope?
  • Media Audit: Hispanics Are More Financially Optimistic
  • Miami Vice: WQAM Talker Unintentionally Works Blue
  • Stern Wack Packer Being Sued
  • No Country For Ol’ Doyle
  • Clear Channel To Assist The Unemployed
  • Cleveland’s WMJI Loses Its Magic…For Now
  • Carrino New Radio PBP Voice For Compass’ NFL Broadcasts
  • Fortunato A “Sound Choice” At KSWD

FMQB

  • Democrats Propose “Bailout” Of Minority Broadcasters
  • Bonneville’s Reese to lead NAB Pres Committee
  • WMG still watching EMI?
  • YouTube struggling with music rights issues
  • Sony considering music downloads for PSP

Inside Radio

  • Digital dollars hold up.
  • Telecom overtakes automotive.
  • Chicago’s WNUA to go Spanish.
  • Univision withholds PPM encoding.
  • Cell phones put radio on hold.
  • Larry Lujack returns to radio.
  • Unions ratify commercial contract.
  • A new “Wolf”-den in Cincinnati.
  • Zone hones Vick.
  • **Inside the Numbers** by Mike Kinosian: March PPM – Urban AC & Urban Contemporary sneak peak

Radio Business Report

  • Regent gets a downgrade from Moody’s
  • “Seismic shift” for radio revenues in Q1
  • “Elvis Radio” to celebrate Memorial Day
  • Neil Rogers suspended for f-bomb
  • FCC orders investigation of Arbitron’s PPM
  • WSOC FM-103’s Rob Tanner joins MRN Lineup
  • Tender Offer for Cox Radio done
  • PPM Coalition applauds FCC inquiry
  • Cox Radio buyout goes into extra innings
  • Minority broadcasters appeal to higher authority
  • Players assembled for Radio Workout Team
  • PPM data delayed in NYC
  • Limited no-cost loans for small businesses

Radio Online

  • Radio Ad Revenue Down 24% in Q1, Digital Up 13%
  • Clear Channel to Flip WNUA/Chicago to ”Mega 95.5”
  • Bonneville/Cincinnati Launches 80’s ”Rewind 94.9”
  • iBiquity Approves Sanyo HD Radio Design & Tuner
  • Democrats Seek Help for Minority-Owned Outlets
  • KWOD/Sacramento to Jettison Alternative Format
  • Dan Vallie Asked to Review New Paul Harvey Book
  • MTV Chairman/CEO McGrath to Receive AWRT Award
  • Dallas Security Guard Sues Smiley for Defamation
  • Music of Your Life Launches ”Hit Parade Radio”
  • WFMS-FM (93X)/Memphis Flips to Sports Simulcast
  • Kelli Corbeil assumes General Manager duties at Sports WTSA-AM
  • Gary Edsall is returning to the airwaves at Hot AC WCEM-FM
  • WPTK-AM (Fox Sports Radio 1200)/Fort Myers is now simulcasting on WNPL-AM

NTS Aircheck

  • NTS MediaOnline Weekly Edition
  • Indiscretions Behind A Live Microphone
  • Rush Challenges MSNBC, Schultz Returns Fire
  • Michael Savage Calls Out Limbaugh
  • Talk Media News Notes

Urbansite

  • News – Rashan Ali Exits Hot 107.9 Atlanta
  • News – Rickey Smiley And Radio One Sued
  • News – Congressional Dems Want Minority Radio Bailout
  • News – J. Chris & WTMP AM/FM
  • News – Clear Channel takes WNUA Chicago Spanish – Mega 95.5
  • Arbitron – Atlanta, Washington DC, Detroit
  • Airchecks – Personality Showcase: Geno Jones Audio “The Best Gift en Can Give a WOMAN!
  • News – Democrats Seek Financial Rescue of Minority-Owned Broadcasters

All About Country

  • Justin Moore Gets iTunes Video Of The Week
  • Vince & Amy Host Challenge America Concert
  • People Names COUNTRY’s Hottest Guys
  • Jack Ingram Gets A Shot On Army Wives
  • Cincinnati’s Wolf Moves…Again
  • Willie Nelson: 2009 Texas State Musician
  • Wynonna Appears On CMT Tonight
  • COUNTRY Stars Ride For Make A Wish
  • Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic Set For June 12th
  • Opry Events During CMA Music Fest
  • National Memorial Day Concert Is Sunday Night
  • WUBE Gives Cincinnati A Taste Of COUNTRY
  • Martina McBride Sings Monday For ABC’s Bachelorette