Arbitron Announces No Week 4 PPM Estimates for New York, Nassau-Suffolk, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. Arbitron announces to client stations that due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, “approximately 1/3 of the targeted in-tab sample in Nassau-Suffolk and Middlesex-Somerset-Union was unavailable during Week 4. In addition, average daily in-tab rates were substantially lower for Week 4 in these embedded metros than during unaffected weeks in recent currency reports.” Therefore, the company will not issue Week 4 PPM estimates. Further, the November 2012 PPMs for the three markets will be based solely upon Weeks 1, 2, and 3. Arbitron plans to release these PPM reports on Monday, November 26 as planned.
How to Get A Radio Brand-Building Website. RadioInfo columnist and noted digital radio consultant Chris Miller serves up a new article offering powerful tips on how radio web designers can create sites that contribute toward building their station’s or program’s brand and not distracting from it or diluting it. He covers the process on four basic but vital fronts: layout, content, graphics and interaction. Miller asks, “What’s the difference between your site and Google, YouTube and Facebook?” He states, “Those sites have a clear reason for being, and clean, well-organized content.” He strongly suggests, “Get your page looking more Facebookish, or YouTubeEsque, and you’ll go a long way toward building your website numbers.” Miller offers some nuts-and-bolts actions to get more people back more often and clicking on more content. Read the entire article here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Townsquare Media names Bob McCuin senior vice president for sales. In this new position, McCuin will be responsible for sales for the company’s local media properties. McCuin comes to Townsquare from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s New York operations where he was director of sales for the past three years…..CBS Radio announces Mike Olson is the new director of integrated marketing for alternative KROQ and adult hits KCBS, Los Angeles. Olson most recently served at Cumulus Media’s crosstown KLOS and KABC where he was director of promotions, marketing and NTR…..Golden State Broadcasting’s CHR KREV, San Francisco names Boomer Barbosa afternoon jock…..San Antonio media personality and “Amazing Race” contestant Vanessa Macias’ morning radio stint at Cox Media’s country KCYY, San Antonio “Y100” is over. Macias exits the Jeff Roper morning show.
Benztown’s “Sunday Nite Slow Jams” Enters San Antonio. The Sunday evening nationally syndicated R&B show hosted by R Dub clears Border Media Partners’ CHR KTFM, San Antonio, which adds the pop/mainstream version of the program to its schedule. Benztown describes the show – now heard in 54 markets across the country – saying, “‘Sunday Nite Slow Jams’ features the hottest R&B love songs and specializes in playing tracks that take listeners back, with Slow Jam dedications that drive home the emotional impact of the show.” Core artists include: Miguel, Frank Ocean, Nicki Minaj, R. Kelly, Usher, Drake and more. Host R Dub also serves as president of Fusion Radio Networks and he says, “Texas has been so good to me. We have some of the most loyal listeners in the great state of Texas. I am thrilled not only to now bring ‘Sunday Nite Slow Jams’ to San Antonio, but to be working with Mark Landis and such legendary call letters!”
WMGK, Philadelphia’s John DeBella Celebrates 30 Years in Philly Radio. Greater Media classic rock WMGK (102.9) morning personality John DeBella marks his 30th anniversary as a major radio figure in Philadelphia. The occasion and DeBella’s colorful career on-air in the City of Brotherly Love is chronicled in a must-read piece by Daily News staff writer Chuck Darrow and posted today on Philly.com. It follows DeBella’s three decade up-and-down-and-up-again history in Philly from the first days he came to the market from rocker WLIR (92.7) on Long Island to become morning host on legendary AOR WMMR-FM. It is a truly compelling radio story of triumph and tragedy with all the elements of victory, defeat, humiliation and resilience. DeBella’s experience as a target and victim (and ultimate survivor) of syndicated competitor Howard Stern‘s take-no-prisoners cruelty toward him in the late-1980s and Stern’s eventual (and rare) apology to him make for a great radio story. To read Darrow’s piece, click here.
Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio Hits Download, Monthly Unique Milestones. The digital media platform from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has surpassed the 135 million download marker. CCME announces the 13-month-old platform has more than “48 million monthly digital uniques” and “continues to bring incremental listening to Clear Channel’s 239 million monthly listeners.” Further, the company purports that its “registered users continue to grow rapidly, faster than all other popular entertainment platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Spotify and Instagram.” In a statement, CCME chairman and CEO John Hogan says, “iHeartRadio has reinvented the digital radio experience and is a key element of how Clear Channel continues to reshape the media and entertainment industry. iHeartRadio’s rapid growth and success is a testament to Clear Channel’s ability to engage audiences with our variety of assets, including live events such as the iHeartRadio Music Festival, world-class talent and premier partnerships.”
Steve Harvey Giving Away 6,000 Turkeys. Premiere Networks nationally syndicated radio personality Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie are in the process of donating some 6,000 turkeys to those families who may be in need this holiday season. The Harveys began the giving this past weekend on the campus of Chicago State University where they kicked off “Steve and Marjorie Harvey’s Big Turkey Give” at the Jones Convocation Center, together with affiliate station WVAZ, Chicago “V-103 FM” for a four-hour event that distributed 1,000 turkeys among a range of recipients. The giving continues this week as the Harveys will distribute more than 5,000 turkeys through “Steve Harvey Morning Show” affiliate stations across the country. Live on-air gives are taking place in 12 of those cities including Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, St. Louis, Washington, D.C. and more.
Home Depot, GEICO and McDonald’s Top National Advertisers for Week of November 12-18. According to data from Media Monitors, the top three national advertisers for the week of November 12-18 were Home Depot, GEICO and McDonald’s for the second week in a row. Home Depot and GEICO flipped spots from the week before. Check out the full chart of the top 10 advertisers at left.
Canadian Satellite Holdings to Pay Quarterly Dividend. The corporation that is Sirius XM Canada – Canadian Satellite Holdings Inc. – will pay an 8-cent quarterly dividend to shareholders. The Globe and Mail reports that although the company has not turned a profit, it has generated enough cash to dip into its $50 million cash pile to pay the company’s first-ever dividend. The Canadian satcaster had a good fourth quarter with revenue increasing 13% and generating $68 million.