Category: Features

Proud Partisan Pilots ‘TV Time Machine’

| January 22, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

 

kinosianlgLOS ANGELES — Faithful devotees of quite possibly the greatest sitcom of all-time – “The Larry Sanders Show” – will recognize this classic “Hank’s Contract” line delivered in season one/episode seven by producer “Artie” (Rip Torn): “My TV stops at channel 13 the way it is supposed to.”

By way of context, announcer/sidekick “Hank Kingsley” (Jeffrey Tambor) is bluffing that he is weighing an option to leave Sanders (Garry Shandling) to join Dick Cavett in a similar role on CNBC, with “Artie” feigning ignorance of the cable outlet’s existence.

Proliferation of cable channels since that particular “Larry Sanders” installment aired on HBO more than 23 years ago (September 1992) has, of course, only intensified.

Incidentally, 1992 is the same year Bruce Springsteen released “57 Channels (And Nothin’ On).”

Lyrics of that song from “The Boss” include, “Home entertainment was my baby’s wish, so I hopped into town for a satellite dish. I came home and pointed it out into the stars – there are 57 channels [but] nothin’ [is] on.”

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Remembering the Inspiring Brad Saul

| December 7, 2015

By Mike Kinosian,
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

 

kinosianlgCHICAGO — Not the least bit hyperbolic is the assertion that Brad Saul was a successful entrepreneur the greater part of his 55 years of life.

Formerly president of Matrix Media and president/chief executive officer of WebTalkRadio.net, Saul was one of the most inspiring individuals in this medium; he passed away over the weekend at his home in Chicago.

Approximately 10 years ago, Saul was extensively profiled by RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian, who was then special features editor of Inside Radio. Highlighted here are excerpts from that piece.

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Super-Mario: Multi-Media Knockout

| November 10, 2015

By Mike Kinosian
TALKERS
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

 

kinosianlgLOS ANGELES — Viewers of the tremendously cutting-edge sketch comedy/variety series “In Living Color” (1990-1994) will undoubtedly remember Damon Wayans as the obsessively hard-working patriarch of the Hedleys, whose family members held multiple jobs.

A number of radio personalities famously possess a similar exemplary trait of annually filing numerous W-2 forms with the IRS.

These conscientious on-air talents have become punch lines to jokes, with perhaps even the most notable – Ryanlopezmario15NoID Seacrest – being supremely self-deprecating about it.

Laudable though in each and every case is a stunning display of drive and determination.

Included on that elite list of praiseworthy individuals is Mario Lopez, known to dedicated fans as the host of syndicated television’s “Extra” and for overseeing Premiere Radio’s “ON With Mario Lopez,” a nightly, music-intensive program featuring a blend of entertainment stories and celebrity interviews.

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Profile: America Now's Meghan McCain

Profile: America Now’s Meghan McCain

| September 16, 2015

By Mike Kinosian
TALKERS
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

 

kinosianlgLOS ANGELES — Nothing short of sweet serendipity is the fact that the positively fetching young woman confidently seated behind the microphone has such a lilting, lyrical name as Meghan Marguerite, although that represents only two-thirds of her alliteration-intensive, attention-getting moniker.

It is her last name – “McCain” – that makes the striking daughter of Arizona Senator and 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain particularly intriguing, while simultaneously putting her under more scrutiny than the typical media personality.

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Podcasting Gets an ‘Upfront Showcase’ with Advertisers

| September 15, 2015

By Jeff McKay
RadioInfo
Special Features Correspondent

 

mckayjeffwriterNEW YORK — Peter Senerchia, Cari Champion, and Farnoosh Torabi.  One is a former champion professional wrestler known in the ring as Taz, one is a TV reporter and anchor for ESPN, and the other works in her Brooklyn apartment.  However, all three have something in common – they have carved out their own niches and become stars in the world of podcasting… and with their advertisers.

Digital audio has been on a roll over the past 18 months, and this is especially true among younger listeners.  A February survey by Edison Research found approximately 46 million people listened to podcasts in February.  Meanwhile, ad spending on podcasts is soaring.  A recent survey by eMarketer says ad spending for digital audio is expected to reach $2.75 billion, up over 27% from a year ago.

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Vince Benedetto: Bold Captain of Industry

| July 2, 2015

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

kinosian (3)WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON, PA — Fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, and concerts will all be in festive abundance this weekend as our glorious country makes room for 239 candles on its proverbial birthday cake.

Waves of patriotism will be demonstrated by suddenly omnipresent American flags; “Support our Troops” stickers/banners will likewise be even more noticeable; and a virtually limitless number of often times nondescript items will be saturated in red, while, and blue.

This special Independence Day weekend profile not only isolates one fiercely proud former military officer, it also focuses on a (still relatively new) independent station owner.

Given it is the same person – this makes for an especially fascinating twofer.

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NJ Broadcasters Work for a New Attitude

| June 19, 2015

By Jeff McKay
RadioInfo
Special Features Correspondent

 

mckayjeffwriterATLANTIC 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.

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Bliss Family Robinson

| March 16, 2015

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

kinosianlgPALM BEACH, Fla. — Complete chaotic disarray in the radio industry easily prompts one to conjure up an image of a perimeter surrounded by a sea of yellow “Police Line: Do Not Cross” tapes. You can practically hear the utterances of, “Keep moving – nothing to see here.”

Positions have been skewered in a business destroyed by consolidation and no one wants to enter a once-vibrant profession that is close to flat lining on life support.

Okay – hold it – not so fast!

One of the most gregarious, gracious, charming, talented – and altogether colorful – characters one could ever encounter has proof that there is still a palpable interest out there by people wanting to chase a career in the still magical world of radio.    

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Remembering the Legendary Gary Owens

| February 16, 2015

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

 

kinosianlgLOS ANGELES — Blessed with an enduring ability to captivate a broad base demographic with droll, clever, sometimes-corny witticisms/puns that much sooner rather than later made you laugh, Gary Owens is being fondly remembered by those whose lives he touched by his character and one-of-a-kind classiness.

Not character voices that helped to shape, mold, and define this often-honored broadcaster who passedowensgary away in Los Angeles Friday (2/13) at the age of 80, but much more important personal qualities.

Even at the zenith of his popularity, Owens had an unrivaled flair to make anyone and everyone with whom he came in contact feel as though he or she were a genuinely important friend of his.

Dignity with which Owens carried himself make those having the privilege to work behind a microphone exude intense pride in saying they are in the same profession.

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The “Sky” is the Limit to the Left
of the Dial

| January 20, 2015

Non-comms such as KCSN-FM in Los Angeles – run by professional veterans like Sky Daniels – look to be music radio game changers

By Jeff McKay
RadioInfo
Special Features Correspondent

mckayjeffLOS ANGELES — When you think of public radio, you might likely envision left-leaning talk programming or eclectic music formats like bluegrass.  However, public radio stations have turned a sharp corner, attracting younger listeners with local news and talk, rock music formats with experienced DJs and programmers, as well as a strong internet presence and a PPM understanding that help these stations climb the ratings ladder.
In the nation’s capital, news/talk WAMU-FM on the campus of American University boasts local talk legend Diane Rehm and consistently is a Nielsen-rated top-three station alongside Hubbard’s news WTOP.

Public radio’s KQED-FM in San Francisco was rated at #3 in the December 2014 PPM rankings, with a cume higher than commercial rivals KGO-AM and KSFO-AM combined!  New York City’s WNYC-FM, with a Lower Manhattan street-level showcase studio scored a 3.1 share in the December Nielsen PPM, double that of the legendary iHeartMedia talker WOR-AM (1.4).  In Minneapolis, MPR’s KNOW-FM also rates in the Nielsen’s top-10, as does the University of North Carolina’s WUNC-FM in Raleigh-Durham; Michigan’s WOUM in Ann Arbor; and KUT-FM in Austin, Texas.

Throughout the country, public radio stations such as KCSN-FM in Los Angeles, dependent on donations, are coming out of the shadows and in some cases, becoming serious challengers to radio stations owned by multi-billion dollar companies who own numbers of stations in their markets.  They are doing it by focusing locally, using today’s technology to their advantage, and going back to the roots of radio’s strength.

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