Tag: "John Craft"
Radio Show Leadership Breakfast. Radio consultant Holland Cooke was on the scene for RadioInfo Thursday morning at the NAB/RAB Radio Show Leadership Breakfast to report all of the great one-liners delivered by some of the industry’s most outspoken leaders. Alpha Broadcasting and L&L Broadcasting chief Larry Wilson’s brutally frank assessment of the concept of voice tracking and the state of radio commercials were some of the highlights. Wilson was joined by Cumulus Media’s Lew Dickey, NRG Media’s Mary Quass, and Connoisseur Media’s Jeff Warshaw as the group heads were interviewed during the program. Read Holland Cooke’s coverage of the Leadership Breakfast here.
NAB/RAB Radio Show Day 1. Radio consultant Holland Cooke reports from Orlando and sales was on HC’s mind as he sat in on sessions throughout the day yesterday. Sales expert Paul Weyland’s session on producing better commercials was chock-full of useful tidbits that sales people and production personnel can take to the bank. Plus, get Holland’s summary of some of the key speeches – RAB CEO Erica Farber’s presentation at the Advertiser Luncheon, NAB CEO Gordon Smith’s speech and acting FCC chairman Mignon Clyburn’s address. Read more here.
Radio Show: Attendees Flock to Making Money in Small and Medium Markets Session. During a Wednesday session titled, “Show YOU the Money: Small and Medium Market Ideas,” a packed house took in real-world examples of ways stations in America’s smaller markets are bringing in revenue. The session was moderated by Cherry Creek Radio regional director of sales John Craft and featured BL Broadcasting director of sales Jeff Hilborn and Salina Radio Group/Morris Communications general manager Robert Protzman. During the session Protzman detailed several event-based revenue enhancers including one dubbed “For Women Only” at which the station group sold 65 booths, pulled in 1,400 attendees and made $45,000 for the company. Protzman noted that “all of these clients were new money – none had run ad schedules with us before – but after the successful event, 12 went on to sign annual contracts.” Protzman says the event is entertainment-oriented and they book the sorts of things that would interest the demographic. He says the now-22-year-old annual event started as a working women’s night out and developed over the years. “This year the headliner is a comedienne from St. Louis…It’s all geared toward the demographic and we find clients that would appeal to the audience including demonstrations, whether it’s tae kwon do, tae bo, or dance competitions. And then there’s the wine…and more wine.” Protzman noted this all takes place in the small market of Salina, Kansas.
Jacobs Media Notes 30th Birthday. Specializing in classic rock and rock, the Detroit-area consultancy is commemorating its 30th anniversary in Orlando at the NAB/RAB Radio Show. “We have served hundreds of clients,” JM president Fred Jacobs comments. “There are so many people to thank for believing in us and what we could bring to their brands.” The company’s 2008-created “jacAPPS” has developed more than 800 applications, generating at least 19 million downloads. Radio stations, personalities, and brands have commissioned the majority of these apps. “Our Midwest work ethic has served us well over the years,” remarks jacAPPS president Paul Jacobs. “Our energy and vision have been a foundation for our initiatives.” Next month (10/23 and 10/24) in Detroit, Jacobs Media will be a partner in producing radio’s first conference devoted to the so-called “connected car.” Participants will include representatives from, among others, Ford, Pioneer, Toyota, J.D. Power, iHeartRadio, and Pandora.
RadioInfo Career Moves. At Broadcasting Company of the Americas-owned classic hits XHPRS, San Diego “105.7 The Walrus,” Jay Coffey becomes part of the on-air staff handling the 9:00 am to 2:00 pm show and serving at assistant program director. He comes to San Diego from his most recent gig as midday host on Dial Global’s 24-hour classic hits format…..Mami Chula leaves Clear Channel’s Atlanta CHR WWPW “Power 96.1” where she was hosting a two-hour show between the syndicated Elvis Duran and Ryan Seacrest programs on the station…..Opry Entertainment is losing country WSM-AM, Nashville general manager Tom English who announces his resignation from the station effective at the end of September…..Stephanie Bell joins Mapleton’s San Luis Obispo cluster where she’s serving as assistant program director and promotions director. She’s taking on day-to-day programming duties for CHR KWWV “Wild 106” and classic hits KXTZ “95.3 The Beach.”…..Becca James is the new midday personality at Journal Broadcast Group’s CHR WWST, Knoxville “Star 102.2”…..Jay Philpott is the new afternoon drive host at Shamrock Communications’ classic rock WZBA, Baltimore “100.7 The Bay.” He takes over for the recently departed Mike Ondayko.
BMI to Honor Country Songwriter Dean Dillon. At the company’s 61st annual BMI Country Awards on November 5, country songwriter Dean Dillon will be honored with the BMI Icon award. The award is given to “songwriters who have had a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” During the ceremony, an all-star musical tribute will pay homage to Dillon, who joins a list of past honorees that includes Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and others. BMI president Del Bryant states, “Since signing with BMI, Dean has risen through the ranks to become one of the most prolific and consistent hit makers in the country format. He was inspired by and wrote with songwriting greats including Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard, and has now himself become a mentor to many in our industry. Dean Dillon exemplifies a true icon of his craft and has become a vital link between the master songwriters of the past and the up and comers of today. We at BMI could not be more proud to celebrate his accomplishments.”
NAB Announces ‘Unprecedented’ Support for ‘OK2Talk’ PSA Campaign. The National Association of Broadcasters announces local radio and TV stations across America have donated airtime valued at over $12 million for its ‘OK2Talk’ mental health public service announcement campaign that includes over 106,600 airings on local TV and radio stations. NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith says, “NAB salutes the efforts of broadcasters across America to make a real difference on the issue of mental health. As stewards of the airwaves, local radio and television broadcasters and our network partners have a unique megaphone and a remarkable capacity to change attitudes in a positive way. Mental health issues are often the common thread in tragedies like the Navy Yard shooting this week. We thank our broadcast brothers and sisters for their support for the NAB campaign, and urge them to continue carrying these pro-social messages that encourage a meaningful dialogue on mental health.” The PSA campaign, launched on July 23, directs people to OK2TALK.org, a Tumblr-based community where teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems can share personal stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope. By inviting young people, their families and friends to add their voice in a safe, moderated space, the campaign encourages an organic conversation about mental health challenges and recovery stories. The site also includes resources for those seeking help.
John DeBella Honored by Military Organizations. Philadelphia morning radio legend John DeBella was recently honored for his work advocating for current former men and women serving in the American armed forces. The WMGK, Philadelphia morning personality was recently presented with the prestigious Seven Seals Award for “meritorious leadership and initiative in support of the men and women who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve” by the Pennsylvania committee of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a mostly volunteer Department of Defense operational committee. DeBella was also honored this month by the Veterans Multi-Service Center (VMC) at the organization’s annual golf fundraiser for his contribution to the non-profit that “exists solely to ‘serve those who served’ this great nation, our Veterans.” They are the only non-profit agency in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas that provides a comprehensive resource center available to all Veterans in need. DeBella has hosted the “WMGK Veterans RadioThon” in support of the VMC for eight years; has held a Combat Comedy Series to raise funds for veterans as well as conducted and supported golf tournaments in order to raise money and his direct efforts have raised well over $500,000 in support of the VMC. As a result, the VMC will present the John DeBella Award annually to an individual or organization that embodies his exemplary characteristics and dedication to veterans. DeBella (at center) is pictured here at the recent Army Veterans vs Navy Veterans arena football game.
‘Breakfast with The Beatles’ Adds Three. “Dennis Mitchell’s Breakfast with The Beatles” announces the addition of three new stations to its affiliate roster: KRML-AM/FM, Carmel/Monterey has added the show for Sundays 8:00 am to 10:00 am; KMPH, Modesto is airing the show Sundays from 9:00 am to 11:00 am; and KKYT-FM, Ridgecrest begins airing the show on Sundays beginning October 6.
K-Froggers for Kids. CBS Radio-owned country outlet KFRG, Riverside “K-Frog” held its 12th Annual “Stater Bros. Charities K-Froggers For Kids Radiothon” on Wednesday, September 11 and Thursday, September 12 and helped raise more than $288,688 to benefit pediatric cancer patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. Pictured here celebrating the total are “K-Frog” staffers (from l-r): Dana Swearingen, promotions; Pam Bonds, AE; Lee Douglas, program director; Pepper, evening personality; Kelli Green, morning personality; and Cute Abigail.