SiriusXM Settles in Pre-1972 Recordings Matter. Five of the largest record companies and Sirius XM Holdings Inc. have agreed to a settlement for the latter’s use of pre-1972 recordings on its satellite radio service. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, SiriusXM will pay $210 million to plaintiffs ABKCO Music & Records, Capitol Records, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, and Warner Music Group. The settlement provides a nationwide resolution for SiriusXM’s previous use of the plaintiffs’ pre-1972 recordings and through the end of 2017. After that, SiriusXM must negotiate with individual record companies. RIAA chairman and CEO Cary Sherman comments, “This is a great step forward for all music creators. Music has tremendous value, whether it was made in 1970 or 2015. We hope others take note of this important agreement and follow SiriusXM’s example.” This resolution does not include the class action suit led by Flo & Eddie Inc. That case is currently under appeal in California’s 2nd Circuit Court.
Cumulus Taps Troy Hanson for WKQX, Chicago PD Gig. He’s been serving as program director for the company’s rock WNNX, Atlanta and as corporate program director for rock formats. Now, Troy Hanson will take over the PD post at Cumulus Media’s alternative WKQX, Chicago. Current programmer PJ is seeking opportunities outside the radio biz. Cumulus SVP content and programming Mike McVay says, “Troy continues to do an excellent job as corporate PD/rock for Cumulus. His experience, combined with the need for WKQX to continue to excel, makes him the perfect candidate for this position.”
Bryan LaRoche New PM Drive Personality at WKIS-FM, Miami. Air personality Bryan LaRoche has most recently been with Alpha Media at its Portland cluster heard on both country KUPL and CHR KBFF. Now he transitions to CBS RADIO’s South Florida country outlet WKIS-FM, Miami “99.9 Kiss Country” for the afternoon drive shift. He says, “This can’t be real life. Country radio? In South Florida? For ‘99.9 Kiss Country’? It doesn’t get any better than that! I’m honored and thankful to have the opportunity to work with CBS RADIO and the team at WKIS. I truly feel like this is exactly where I belong and can’t wait to call one of my favorite cities home.” CBS RADIO Miami VP of programming Rob Morris adds, “Bryan’s talent both on air and combined with his digital programming skills makes him a great addition to the WKIS-FM team.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Executive changes at Univision Communications as the company announces that Los Angeles-based Jose Valle leaves his role overseeing the radio division and will become president of political & advocacy sales. Responsibility for the radio division will shift to Jaime Jiminez, who serves as executive vice president of Univision local media…..Moving from the on-air end of the business to the label side of the music industry is former WRDW, Philadelphia personality and programmer Brandon “Buster” Satterfield. He joins Atlantic Records in New York in a regional promotions capacity. Satterfield programmed CBS RADIO’s Philly rhythmic CHR outlet before it transitioned to the company’s mainstream CHR AMP format as WZMP.
Envision Networks Offers Free Radio Sales School. Through a deal with influence FM, Envision Networks announces it is able to share Radio Sales School with stations. Via a partnership with radio sales trainer Chris Rolando, influence FM is able to offer the 15-day course to radio stations absolutely free. Envision says it’s a great tool for training new sales hires and providing a refresher for more experienced radio sales reps. Rolando brings more than 40 years of broadcasting industry experience to the course. He comments, “No matter where I teach, I find that managers and radio station owners spend a significant amount of their time trying to find and train sales reps instead of managing the actual sales.” The online course features educational videos, quizzes and interactive discussions. In addition to this course, influence FM is offering access to free scripts, pre-produced spots and more to help stations recruit the best candidates possible. influence FM produces radio management software available on a cash or barter basis. This product suite gives users complete control over every step of the sales process including asset management, spot creation and commercial production.
Bob & Tom at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas. Members of the Westwood One-syndicated Bob & Tom show pose for a shot with actor and comic Brad Garrett at his Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The show transported 20 lucky winners and their guests to Vegas for the weekend where they got to do a meet & greet with Garrett. Pictured (clockwise from top) are: Garrett, Tom Griswold, Chick McGee, Kristi Lee, and Bob Kevoian.
Bob & Sheri to Host ‘Ugliest Dog’ Contest. WLNK, Charlotte-based and nationally syndicated morning show hosts Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch are returning to Sonoma Media Group-owned affiliate KMHX, Santa Rosa, California “Mix 104.9” today to host the “World’s Ugliest Dog Contest” at the Sonoma Marin Fair. The internationally observed event celebrates homely hounds and the humans who love them. The World’s Ugliest Dog winner will receive a grand prize of $1,500 and the Spirit Award Recipient will receive a special award. Organizers say the contest has been a testament that all dogs do not have to meet AKC pedigree standards to be man’s (or woman’s) best friend. Sheri Lynch comments, “We are so excited to be asked back to the festival to host the contest again! We love this event!”
‘NASH FM 94.7’ Brings The Cadillac Three to NYC. New York country outlet WNSH “NASH FM 94.7” presented another of its “Up Close and Country” performances in the Big Apple last night (6/25) at Hill Country Barbecue Market in the heart of the city. The country/rock group The Cadillac Three performed for a lucky group of listeners, singing their hit singles “The South” and “White Lightning,” as well as covers of a number of top country songs. Prior to the show, the boys stopped by the “NASH FM 94.7” studios to chat with station personality Jesse Addy (left).
SF’s Big ‘Bleu’ News. Bay Area Hall of Famer (class of 2007) Don Bleu will do his final KOSF “Big 103.7,” San Francisco morning drive show tomorrow (Friday, 6/26). He has been the wakeup talent on the iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet the past four years, but as market president Katie Wilcox comments, “Don Bleu has been a fixture in the Bay Area radio community for decades. Beyond the years of making audiences laugh and fall in love with his authenticity, he is also credited as the inspiration for many other local and national talents. He is no different in the halls than he is on the air – our staff will miss his quick wit and warm presence.” According to Bleu, “I am so fortunate – this has been an incredible run. When I meet listeners, I am amazed at the memories and moments they bring up. They have listened for years and their children have listened for years. As I have ended each broadcast for many years in the Bay Area, ‘Thanks for bein’ on the show.'” Bleu’s San Francisco history dates back 34 years when he did morning drive at KYUU (1981- 1989). He then had a 22-year tenure in the same day-part at cross-town KIOI. Bleu previously worked at KDWB, Minneapolis, and in North Dakota at KILO, Grand Forks and KQWB, Fargo. The East Grand Forks, Minnesota native – known earlier in his career as “The True Don Bleu” – won an Emmy for his work on “Evening Magazine,” and he hosted “The Gong Show” for one season.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. After 11 years away from the business to stay home with her family, Courtney Foxx returns to Alpha Media’s hot AC WIKZ, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania “Mix 95.1” as midday personality. Foxx served as midday jock at the station from 1997 through 2004…..Gus Swanson is named digital content manager for CBS RADIO’s Seattle station group. He was a longtime iHeartMedia staffer in the Seattle market.
Class of 2015 Inducted into Country Radio Hall of Fame. This year’s class of inductees into the Country Radio Broadcasters’ Country Radio Hall of Fame was honored last night at a special ceremony held at the Omni Hotel in Nashville. The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to “the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the country format.” Pictured here (from l-r) are: Randy Carroll, Mike Kennedy, Karen Dalessandro, Joel Raab, and Sammy George. Photo: Kristen England.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Adult contemporary WLTW, New York “106.7 LITE FM” announces the return of its annual lunchtime theatre summer series, ‘106.7 LITE FM’s Broadway in Bryant Park.’ The 2015 program will present the best of Broadway, free to the public, on six consecutive Thursdays beginning July 9 at 12:30 pm ET and will be hosted by LITE FM’s on-air personalities…..Hubbard Radio’s hot AC WARH, St. Louis “106.5 The Arch” is awarding the prize in the next phase of its year-long FREE MONEY promotion – FREE MONEY FITS FOR TWO – tomorrow afternoon at the West County Center. The station will be awarding a local listener with not one, but two Honda Fits – plus $5,000 in each glove box!…..1980s pop hits are now being heard on the Asheville, North Carolina simulcast dubbed “Rewind 100.3.” The former triple A format on Saga Communications’ WTMT-HD2 and translator W262CO, Asheville at 100.3 FM disappears to make way for the new format.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personalities Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Matt James, golden-eared, on air personality at “T-100” WCLT in Newark, OH; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” Todd Cavanah, golden-eared PD at CBS owned WJMK “K-Hits” & WBBM-FM in Chicago; Jayn, golden-eared afternoon talent/music director/asst. program director at Alice 93.7, San Francisco; plus internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (6/24) includes such names as: Selena Gomez, A$AP Rocky, Afrojack, Mike Taylor, Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor, Olivia Kay, Alx Kawakami, The Weeknd, Kaya Stewart, Icona Pop, Madison Rising, Five Finger Death Punch, Beck, Secret Lie, Destroyer, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Nate Ruess, Beck, Billy Currington, A Thousand Horses, Jake Owen, Keith Urban, Bily Lord, Carly Jo Jackson, Baio, Gemini Club, Silento, Armin Van Buuren, Mr. Probz, Kygo, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Talkers New York 2015 ‘Fireside Chat’ Video featuring Dialogue Between Michael Harrison and John Dickey Posted Today. Billed as a “Fireside Chat” in one of the keynote sessions of the just-concluded Talkers New York 2015 convention, TALKERS magazine and RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison conducts a one-on-one conversation with Cumulus Media executive vice president of content & programming, John Dickey. In a series of what Dickey describes as “really tough questions,” Harrison asks him about a wide variety of subjects including how he handles the stress of being significantly responsible for the operation of one of the largest and most complex radio broadcasting companies in the history of the medium; whether or not the platform of radio can ever be accurately measured in terms of ratings; what position talk radio occupies within the overall Cumulus plan going forward; whether or not there is room for qualitative selling and non-traditional revenue generation at large, corporately owned stations; and if there is a future for the personality oriented disc jockey in music radio, among other topics. Dickey responds with thoughtful and candid answers before a fully engaged, packed house of professionals from all segments of the industry in a room so quiet, one could hear a proverbial pin drop. On the subject of stress, Dickey says it is a matter of “balance…balance in life” putting work and family into their proper perspectives. He ties that into programming — repeatedly stating that successful radio formats must maintain an effective balance of elements as they evolve forward with their “natural life cycles.” Dickey discusses the importance of “branding” in today’s commerce, underscoring his company’s commitment to and “heavy investment” in the talk format stating, “We are the ‘custodians’ of some of radio’s greatest brands,” making it clear that Cumulus takes that responsibility very seriously in the talk arena. He makes the point, “We must, however, arrive at an understanding of what constitutes the talk format today” pointing out that talk radio needs to “broaden the conversation” because “people talk about a lot of things.” On the subject of ratings (immediately following a powerful panel discussion about the state of audience measurement moderated by Sean Hannity during which Nielsen’s feet were held to the fire), Dickey is measured and fair in his criticism of Nielsen stating, “The ratings are accurate… but only to a point.” He says, “Nielsen needs to be [more forthcoming] about the ‘margin of error’ [in their metrics] – they owe us more than they are giving us.” Looking back at the conversation, Michael Harrison says, “John Dickey is one of the brightest young men I have ever met in this business and I have no doubt in my mind about his love for and commitment to radio. Neither he nor his brother Lew have easy jobs…and, like all human beings, they are far from perfect, not to mention the entire radio industry is challenged by the circumstances of the times… so operating the second largest ownership group in the history of the medium in the second decade of the 21st century is an extremely daunting task. Unlike so many of today’s powerful executives in both business and government, they admit their mistakes and are always trying to learn and improve.” To view the “Fireside Chat” in its entirety including an introduction by rising talk star Ethan Bearman, please click here.
Nielsen Unveils its Total Audience Report; Radio Leads Weekly Reach of Adults. Senior vice president of the audience insights division at Nielsen, Glenn Enoch, says that in preparing the first-ever Total Audience Report, the company is “using the best available data and have done all we can to make this an ‘apples-to-apples’ comparison, but it is important to remember that these platforms are measured by different methods using different samples and different crediting rules.” Enoch is referring to the challenge of finding one way to express the consumption of three different media platforms – TV, radio and digital. That said, radio practitioners are happy with the results indicating that on a weekly basis, radio reaches 93% of the adult population compared to television’s 87% reach. Digital is broken up into three segments – PC, smartphone, and tablet – and those reach 54%, 70% and 35% of American adults, respectively. However, when one looks at the weekly hours and minutes spent with each medium, television comes out on top across all adult demographics and radio comes in second. The data shows that, for persons 35-49, the average hours/minutes during the week spent with television was 33:05, for radio 13:39, for PCs 6:58, for smartphones 8:52, and for tablets 4:50. In tallying the number of days per week of usage for each medium for persons 18-49, smartphones come out on top with 5.9. Radio is close behind with 5. Television is third with 4.7, followed by tablets at 4.6 and PCs with 3.6. In a memo to his sales stall, Cumulus Media chief marketing officer Pierre Bouvard writes, “While radio is known as a frequency medium, we have always had significant reach. Radio’s reach has remained consistent while television has eroded. Radio now finds itself as America’s number one mass reach medium.”
Dillon to Program ‘96.7 Kiss FM’ in Austin. The change means Zach Dillon moves from iHeartMedia’s CHR KTBT, Tulsa “The Beat” to the company’s Austin cluster where he’ll program CHR KHFI “96.7 Kiss FM,” effective July 12. Dillon says, “I cannot begin to express the happiness I have in knowing I’m returning to the great state of Texas! This position, with these call letters attached to it, doesn’t come around often. With this move to Austin, I’m excited to re-sign with iHeartMedia, a company that’s treated me so well over the years.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Weekend and fill-in personality Lisa Kosty is named the permanent midday jock at Hubbard Broadcasting’s adult contemporary WSHE, Chicago. Kosty assumes the role previously held by Megan Reed, who resigned her position to focus on her battle with cancer…..Non-com triple A WYMS, Milwaukee “88Nine Radio Milwaukee” announces radio pro Ken Sumka is the new afternoon drive personality. The longtime WXRT, Chicago jock has been living in Milwaukee and serving as a weekend and fill-in host. He has also worked as an airborne reporter at WMAQ and WBBM-AM in Chicago from 1998-2009.
Gunhill Road Meets Big Jay Sorensen. The legendary pop/rock band Gunhill Road had a heck of a great time mingling with radio broadcasters from both music and talk formats at the recent Talkers New York 2015 mega-conference. The trio, that had two FM rock radio album favorites and the hit single “Back When My Hair Was Short” in the early 1970s, recently released an unexpected album with 19 new tracks titled Every 40 Years (Gunhill Road Records) that has garnered some airplay on AC and triple-A formats as well as a ton of interviews on talk radio. The group attended the conference to appear with various radio folk in a forthcoming documentary (“Back When My Hair Was Long”) about their fascinating two-part journey from the 1970s to the modern digital era set for theatrical release in 2016 and to promote their latest single, “I’ve Got To Learn To Cry (featuring American Idol’s Julia DeMato). The group is pictured here with pop radio legend and rock ‘n’ roll historian “Big” Jay Sorensen of WCBS-FM, New York. Shown (l-r): Steve Goldrich, “Big” Jay Sorensen, Glenn Leopold and Paul Reisch.
James Taylor Featured at iHeartRadio Theater in NYC. Singing and songwriting legend James Taylor was the featured artist in latest iHeartRadio ICONS series. This live event at the iHeartRadio Theater featured a performance by Taylor and a Q&A with iHeartMedia and WAXQ, New York personality Jim Kerr. The two discussed and listened to tracks from his new album, Before This World, which was released earlier this week. The audio was broadcast across all iHeartMedia classic rock stations at 8:00 pm local time on June 23. Photo: Katherine Tyler for iHeartRadio.
Dierks Bentley Co-Hosts ‘NASH Nights Live.’ With “NASH Nights Live” personality Shawn Parr away from the studio at a charity event this week, special guests are joining co-host Elaina Smith (left) on the program. Pictured here is Dierks Bentley (right) in the studio. Other special guest this week include: Kip Moore, Maddie & Tae, Canaan Smith, Tim McGraw, and Hunter Hayes.
By Mike Kinosian
Adult contemporary boasts the most prolific (6+) market rank among these three formats and strongest (6+) share, while country narrowly edges out hot AC in share and market rank.
Breakouts below consist of data from country outlets that finish in the top 20 in any PPM market (6+, May 20154).
Over and above that particular ratings caveat is another parameter: Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. For that reason, ratings stats in this RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
At least one qualifying country station is found in all 48 PPM markets except San Francisco, and Long Island.
By Mike Kinosian
Breakouts below consist of data from hot AC outlets that rank in the top 20 in any PPM market (6+, May 2015).
While hot AC’s qualifying base is 20% larger than that of adult contemporary, AC facilities in this particular ratings period tend to have a higher 6+ market share (5.81 compared to 4.47) and more favorable market rank (#5.38 versus #8.83) than their hot AC counterparts.
Over and above the aforementioned ratings caveat, there is another parameter: Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
Taylor Tumbls, Apple Blinks. After megastar Taylor Swift posted on Tumblr that she planned to withhold her album 1989 from Apple Music when it begins the free, three-month trial for users on June 30 because Apple didn’t plan to pay artists during that period, Apple quickly reversed course. Swift posted the following on Tumblr, “Apple Music will not be paying writers, producers, or artists for those three months. I find it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike this historically progressive and generous company. It’s not too late to change this policy and change the minds of those in the music industry who will be deeply and gravely affected by this. We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.” Swift also explained that it’s not about her (she makes oodles of cash just from her sold out concert tours) but about newer artists who could be hurt by missing three months’ worth of revenue from Apple. Apple SVP of internet software and services Eddy Cue responded via Twitter yesterday (6/21), saying, “#AppleMusic will pay artist for streaming, even during customer’s free trial period. We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple.” Swift acknowledged the reversal expressing her relief and gratitude.
PPM Analysis: Hot AC. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the second of three format analyses based on data from the May 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. Today, Kinosian focuses on hot AC. Compared to the adult contemporary format (you can see that report here) with 13 stations that rank #1 in their markets, hot AC has just two stations ranking #1 (persons 6+) in their markets – KBIG, Los Angeles and WRMF, West Palm Beach. However, the next 13 stations – of the 62 hot AC-formatted outlets in PPM markets – rank in the #2, #3,or #4 position their respective markets. Also, in this report, view a comparison of AC and hot AC stations in the PPM markets. View it here.
CBS RADIO Adds LGBTQ Focus to SF HD2 Channel. The company tweaks its dance format PULSE radio on the HD-2 channel of CHR KMVQ-FM, San Francisco “99.7 [NOW!]” to make it “a station featuring a mix of dance, electronic, and pop hit music that reflects the LGBTQ community.” The programming is also available online via pulseradio.com the Radio.com app. The station features “99.7 [Now!]” morning show personalities Fernando and Greg, and KMVQ’s weekday host, St. John. CBS RADIO SVP programming and music initiatives Michael Martin comments, “‘PULSE’ is all about celebrating pride and community through a love of music. We’re thrilled to make ‘PULSE’ a destination for new and classic dance music, surrounded by the unique lifestyle and culture that only the LBGTQ community can offer.” St. John enthuses, “Only need one word to describe this station…FIERCE!!! Totally excited to bring great dance music and community to the Bay Area (and the world with radio.com)!”
Legal Update: Bieber-Usher ‘Somebody to Love’ Case. RadioInfo legal editor Steven J.J. Weisman provides an update on the status of the case against Justin Bieber and Usher filed by songwriters Devin Copeland and Mareio Overton. As Weisman notes, a recent Appeals Court ruling overturned a previous decision favorable to Bieber and Usher and sends the copyright infringement suit back to court. Copeland and Overton allege that their song, “Somebody to Love,” was pitched to Usher and Bieber and that Bieber’s 2010 hit of the same name contains “essential elements” of their song. Read the whole piece here.
Classic Hits WROR, Boston Names Devereaux to Middays, Jones to PM Drive. At Greater Media’s classic hits station WROR, Boston, Julie Devereaux is named midday personality for the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm slot formerly occupied by the “WROR Employee of the Day” via a pre-recorded listener. She will host the show live and welcome listeners to pick and introduce their favorite songs during the noon hour. Jaybeau Jones moves from part-time to full-time afternoons from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm. WROR program director Ken West says, “We’re proud to be increasing the number of hours we showcase live and local talent. Led by Loren & Wally in the morning, we look forward to Julie and Jaybeau making WROR’s ‘At Work’ presence more personal while providing more companionship and fun along with ‘Boston’s Greatest Hits.’”
Westwood One Names Ron Russo EVP Northeast Sales. Radio sales pro Ron Russo is named EVP, Northeast Region for Westwood One’s network sales division. In this position, Russo will “manage and oversee the New York sales office and be responsible for revenue growth and multi-platform brand integrations across all Westwood One assets, including network sales, spot sales, platform, digital, and events.” Russo will report to Westwood One president Steve Shaw. In a statement from WW1, the company notes that Russo comes to them from iHeartMedia where he was general sales manager for the NYC station group. “In addition to building and overseeing the sales teams, he was instrumental in managing the transition when iHeart purchased WOR-AM from Buckley Broadcasting. He also played an important role in securing the station’s radio rights to the NY Mets.” He worked for CBS RADIO at hot AC WWFS, “Fresh 102.7” before joining iHeartMedia. Russo says, “I am really looking forward to working with this great team of sellers and collaborating throughout the organization as we look for innovative ways to drive and accelerate results for our clients.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At E.W. Scripps-owned CHR KSPW, Springfield, Missouri “Power 96.5,” Lindsay Blake announces she’s leaving the “Fotsch and Lindsay” morning drive show to deal with family-related health matters that require more of her attention…..Rollin Isbell is upped to general sales manager at iHeartMedia’s CHR WKSL, adult hits WWJK, and rock WKSL-HD2 in Jacksonville. At the same cluster, Monika Acree is named the local sales manager.
New Hampshire Morning Personality Andy Blacksmith Dead at 49. WGIR, Manchester-based “The Morning Buzz” co-host Andy Blacksmith died on Saturday (6/29) while awaiting a heart transplant. Co-host Greg Kretschmar penned a statement that read, in part, “It is with heartbreaking sadness that we announce that we have lost our friend, brother, and co-worker Andy Blacksmith. Andy passed away this weekend at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston after a 5-year battle, waiting for a heart transplant. Although he fought valiantly in the face of long odds, this weekend, his heart grew too weak to fight anymore. We are all heartbroken and we’d like to ask for your love and prayers of strength for his family – his mom Barbara, sister Debbie, and brother Rick.” The show is asking friends and listeners to register to be an organ donor at DonateLifeNewEngland.org.
By Jeff McKay
Special Features Correspondent
ATLANTIC CITY — The 68th annual New Jersey Broadcaster’s Association Conference & Gala in Atlantic City brought together state broadcasters, management, sales and industry leaders for a two-day event that included honoring those who’ve helped to make New Jersey broadcasting great, and new this year, to recognize broadcasters mentoring those considering a career in radio.
The conference opened this week with the theme: “Broadcast Has a New Attitude.” NJBA president & CEO Paul Rotella told RadioInfo, “We heard from a variety of voices during this conference which provided attendees with the latest and most substantial evolution in research, technology and advancement in audience measurement.” During the conference, the NJBA honored FOX News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano as its recipient of the Howard L. Green Humanitarian of the Year. Also, Greater Media’s Peter Smyth inducted Dan Finn, Harry Hurley, Richard Swetits, and Kevin Williams into the NJBA Hall of Fame.