Instead of coming to you from the west coast of Florida, we’re live on the west coast of the entire US of A, at the Worldwide Radio Summit this week. Are you here? Find me!
It’s a hundred million bucks for Parcast, as reported in yesterday’s episode… they’re another podcasting company caught in Spotify’s tractor beam, but it’s a good thing and I’ll tell you more about it. Also some other really interesting digital stats just released.
Plus industry moves and a full blown rundown of what’s happening out here in Burbank today and tomorrow…
All that and more Inside the RadioDaily for Thursday March 28, 2019.
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Live from Burbank California … can we say live? This is very clearly recorded. Anyway, recorded in Burbank California at the WorldWide Radio Summit … this is the RadioDaily. I’m Chris Kelly and the Industry’s Podcast is powered by vCreative. You’ll find Jinny and some of her people here on site at WWRS but if you’re not here, well, then find them online. They’ve got all your station workflow solutions – from paperless production orders to streamlining your entire promotions process… they’re online at vCreativeInc.com.
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Live from Worldwide Radio Summit in Burbank, California… last night was the unofficial kickoff to the festivities with the 2019 Opening Night Cocktail party sponsored by Westwood One and hosted by Rick Party and Sasha the Diva. It’s somewhat of a new year for WWRS, in that the last several years have seen the conference right in the heart of the action, and riff raff, being held at hotels right on Hollywood Blvd. However this year, it’s being held at the gorgeous Castaway outside Burbank, with views for days. I’ll be back in a separate segment running down the highlights of the two and a half day conference in just a few minutes.
Meanwhile, outside of the Burbank bubble and elsewhere, the totals are in from Urban One’s national 11th annual St Jude Cares for Kids Radiothon held on March 7th and 8th across the US. Their stations collectively raised more than $1.6 Million in cash and pledges which is amazing! The years top fundraising stations include Praise 102.5 in Atlanta, Praise 104.1 in DC and The Light in Raleigh NC. St Jude is a remarkable organization, if you’ve never had the chance to go. I’ve had the honor of attending their seminar in Memphis a few times and to be perfectly honest, for what a hospital normally feels like, like you might be used to, St Jude is absolutely none of that. It is a tremendously optimistic place, full of hope and brave, brave people… most of them kids. Some question the idea of doing large scale fundraisers and sending those proceeds out of your local market, but I can promise you as I’ve seen first hand, St Jude is an amazing place and a worthy cause. Check out their fundraising efforts online at XYZ.com.
We reported yesterday on the sale of podcast company Parcast, now another Spotify acquisition. At press time we didn’t have details, now we do. That deal allegedly worth $100 million, and even better, I mentioned a new podcast they’ve created featuring a former morning show host from Riverside San Bernardino … even better… the company itself was created by a guy named Max Cutler. Max is the son of Ron Cutler. Ron Cutler was the founder of Cutler Comedy Networks, which ultimately was sold to Premiere. But more and more of these podcast company victories are attached to names from in or recently out of radio – and that underscores the purpose of THIS podcast… to take radio pros who do great content and start helping make the transition from traditional broadcasting to include podcasting and other digital tech. Meantime, congrats to Max Cutler and staff on their success.
Additionally on the podcast front, Westwood One examined the role of new technologies in the audio experience with the release of their Westwood One 2019 Audioscape Report. Among it’s key findings are that the podcast audience is maturing: the median age advanced from 29 in 2017 to 35 in 2018. According to Edison Research’s “Share of Ear” report, the podcasting median age has aged by six years from 29 in Q4 2017 to 35 in Q4 2018, still younger than AM/FM radio (which is 46) and broadcast television networks (which is 56). Also according to a study from the Interactive Advertising Bureau , listeners report higher levels of concentration while listening to podcasts than most other online and podcasting is the only media where learning and entertainment coexist. As we keep saying, and the purpose of this podcast is to help pound into your brain that The attractive podcasting environment represents a unique opportunity for brands to get their message heard by a receptive and engaged audience.
While some of the movers and shakers are here in Los Angeles this week, there’s still a boatload more moving all across north America and we report on them in Jockline. That’s coming up next in the RadioDaily.
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It’s Jockline … powered by the Mouth. Broadcast Media’s daily mix of top news and information. Don’t forget Morning Show Boot Camp 31 is coming up again in August – the 8th and 9th at the amazing Swissotel in Chicago. Registration and details are available now – online at morningshowbootcamp.com.
Yesterday we had a Quarter Hour segment with Tommy McFly and his guest was Charese Fruge… she recorded the episode Monday afternoon and immediately after that, parted ways with Radio Now as CHR Format Captain, in addition to day to day PD duties in both Indy and Houston. The astute listener might have caught that we introed her as “formerly” of Radio One, but out of respect for her we waited for the formal announcement to include her departure in the news. And now you know. Officially. It was still a great conversation with her, literally minutes before her tenure with RadioOne ended. If you missed it, I encourage you to go back and listen to yesterday’s episode.
Brian Jennings has exited as Program Director for Griffin Communications country KVOO and Classic Country Big Country 99.5 in Tulsa Oklahoma, effective immediately. He joined the stations in 2017 while they were still under Scripps ownership.
Cumulus Rock 100.5 in Atlanta is the new FM home of Atlanta Braves baseball. Dickey Broadcasting 680 The Fan is the flagship station, but the FM affiliate had previously been soon to be former sister station news/talk WYAY-FM.
The Vault 92.3 in amazing Grand Junction CO has hired Pat O’Neill as Program Director and morning show host. The station is owned by MBC Grand Broadcasting, and hes incoming from Rochester Minnesota, and was PD and morning host at Magic 98 in Madison Wisconsin before that.
Max Media 97.3 The Eagle in Norfolk Virginia Beach brand manager Jason Addams has hired a couple new voices for the station. Robbie Big Red Vogler crosses the hall from the sports station and Bri “Georgia” Cossu will do weekends in addition to her current role on top 40 ssister stations Hot 100.5.
Radio Training Network Contemporary Christian The Joy FM Florida has named Morning Show co-host Carmen Brown as General Manager for the station. She replaces Jeff McFarlane who occupied the role since 1993. Her first order of business was to appoint co-host Dave Cruise as music director, and Steve Baker as Director of Operations.
Finally not so much of an industry move as a programming note, but worth a mention.. Triple A KEXP radio in Seattle has a pretty cool day of programming happening all day today called Music Heals: Beyond Cancer. They’ll spend all today from 6a to 6p focused on the power of music and how it plays a role in the lives of those affected by cancer, their families and caregivers. They’ll be taking requests and sharing the stories of listeners and people around the community who have used music as a way to help them through this difficult chapter. You can check them out and listen live today online at KEXP.com.
Next, we bring it back here to Worldwide Radio Summit in Los Angeles for a quick rundown of some of what’s going on today and tomorrow at the international radio conference. That’s next in the RadioDaily, after this quick message.
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Meantime … This full podcast has been a presentation of the Radio Daily, copyright 2019. The main title VO for this episode was Neal Martin, and the main feature contributor was me. You too can record those main titles and/or submit a feature for inclusion in an upcoming episode of the podcast. Find the details at TheRadioDaily.com. For Neal Martin and for me, Chris Kelly… Thanks for listening, catch you again tomorrow LIVE from the Worldwide Radio Summit in Burbank for another episode of the RadioDaily.