Category: Features

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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Meet Capitol Records VP/Promotion for Adult Formats: Patty Morris-Capers

| November 20, 2014

RadioInfo music industry profile

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

kinosian Capitol Records Building 150LOS ANGELES — If the skyline of a typical major- or large-market United States city is not completely dominated by at least one imposing — as in “tall” — edifice, several other smaller ones generally dot or punctuate it.

As skyscrapers go, 13 stories is not especially impressive, but here in Hollywood, the Capitol Records Building is not only one of the Southland’s most recognizable locations, it is such a distinctive architectural landmark that many drivers of the ubiquitous tour busses in this entertainment Mecca specifically single it out.

Situated just north of the fabled Hollywood and Vine intersection, the Capitol Records Building (a.k.a. Capitol Records Tower) is nearly 60 years old.

History inside that structure is positively legendary, as musical heavyweight after musical heavyweight have passed though those hallowed hallways.

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The Remarkable Return of
GUNHILL ROAD

| November 4, 2014

After a 40-year hiatus, one of the most interesting but almost forgotten bands of the early seventies launches an unlikely return in 2014 with a stunning, timeless 19-track album titled “Every 40 Years”

In the world of CHR radio, they are remembered as a one-hit wonder (“Back When My Hair Was Short”); in veteran AOR radio circles many consider them to be one of the great bands of the golden era with several turntable hits that simply fell through the cracks…   

 

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor

kinosianNEW YORKPotentially negative underlying tones are associated with “one-hit wonder,” a longstanding term in the radio industry lexicon.

Paramount to that point is that the individual artist or group is forever defined as only having one hit. In a bizarre sort of way, a potentially punishment-perceived label becomes fastened to what is actually an exemplary accomplishment.

Down a bit on the negativity ladder with that expression is a possible play on words such as one hypothesizing how a certain artist or group was capable to achieve even one hit record.

Furthermore, there is the entire debate of what constitutes a “hit.” Is an authentic “one-hit wonder” an artist or group whose one piece of recorded success soared all the way to #1, or could that solitary “hit” have landed somewhere — anywhere — on a published chart?

“Fuzzy” territory indeed and we have encountered a group that makes matters even muddier; happily though, it is in a warm and “fuzzy” way.

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The Iceman Cometh: Discovering the Future of Country Music

| November 3, 2014

Rising internet country radio broadcaster Robert “The Iceman” Golomboski making waves and gaining influence by putting artists and audience first

By Jeff McKay
RadioInfo
Special Features Correspondent

mckayjeffPROVIDENCE — The country music format continues to be healthy and strong, and is an important programming choice and mechanism for the nation’s radio station owners.  iHeart Media in June flipped Boston’s WFNX-FM from alternative to country, Alpha-owned WCLI-FM in Dayton recently became “Hank-FM,” while Cumulus Media is heavily invested in their “NASH” and “NASH Icon” brand and national country music formats.  Country music and “New Country” music is the top radio station format, according to the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media 2013 report.

A fascinating individual named Robert Golomboski has tapped into both his passion for radio and love of country music, and has quickly become a driving force for both country music and new artists.  Known on the air by his nickname, “The Iceman,” he has quietly but effectively made a meteoric rise in the country music scene, gaining respect in Nashville and international acclaim.

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Back When My Hair Was Long

| October 23, 2014

By Michael Harrison
RadioInfo
Publisher

The following essay was written at the invitation of the members of the legendary band GUNHILL ROAD to serve as the liner notes for their forthcoming third album, “Every 40 Years” scheduled for official release in early November 2014.

 

New York City, 1971.  The Boomers were coming of age.

I was 22 and hosting the morning show at WNEW-FM.  In what now seems like a mystical time and space, this memorable radio station nicknamed the “New Groove” was a veritable cathedral of the burgeoning counter-culture. The DJs working there were its high priests of rock.

I am using the term “rock” loosely – just as we did then.

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Promoting More Music via Radio Allies

| October 2, 2014

RadioInfo Personality Profile: RCA’s Senior VP promotion, Adrian Moreira

By Duane Doobie RadioInfo Music Editor/Director Adrian Moreira NEW YORK — Given that it is the fourth-largest radio market and easily one of America’s most cosmopolitan cities, San Francisco is anything but a middle-of-nowhere town. But, coming from a lower middle-class background in the suburbs — the son of a mechanic father and a stay-at-home mother — Adrian Moreira most likely felt the notion of working in New York City as a major label executive was a bit far-fetched. Life-Changing Call Having spent his formative years in San Francisco’s East Bay suburbs where he was exposed to copious commercial and noncommercial alternative radio outlets, self-described “music junkie” Moreira wound up helping to program his Chabot College radio station. Those duties at the Hayward, California facility were shared with his best friend, Aaron Axelsen, now the assistant program director/music director for CBS Radio San Francisco alternative outlet KITS “Live 105.” Read More

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