Monday, August 6, 2012 news INSIDE >>

ftp.media.radcity.net

Monday, August 6, 2012 news INSIDE >>

NEWS Monday, August 6, 2012digits,” Field said. Local billings were flat in second quarter, while national declined. Entercom is still working through whatthe company calls a “business model reinvention” that involved a series of format changes in 2011 — including three in itstwo largest markets. The tide appears to be turning as those stations stopped being a drag on the bottom line in Q2, insteadperforming in line with the rest of the company. “We anticipate they will have a positive impact on our revenue growth duringthe second half of the year,” Field said.Boston’s WRKO gives Howie Carr a new contract, but only one side’s happy. Radio jobs are tough to come by andwhen a station picks up an option and keeps an air talent on the air, it’s typically warmly received. But WRKO, Boston (680)afternoon drive talk host Howie Carr says he’s “disappointed” the Entercom station has given him another two years. “I washoping I’d get parole — but there’s only two years left on my bit, and I now know the exact day I’m leaving,” Carr tells theBoston Herald. He’s been on WRKO since 1994 but Carr’s recent history with the station has been rocky. He’s used legalmaneuvers to try to get pay raises and bonuses he’s said he is due. Carr has also indicated his desire to jump to GreaterMedia’s talk WTKK (96.9). The first hint that there perhaps wasn’t complete joy in WRKO-land came when the station —announcing Carr would be in place for the foreseeable future — didn’t include a standard quote from the freshly renewed airtalent. Nonetheless management is happy their afternoon drive show remains in place, calling him a “legend” and sayingthe deal is a “great day” for listeners, affiliates and advertisers. “Howie Carr has been a lynchpin for WRKO for years andwe are thrilled he will continue to be part of the best talk radio in Boston,” market manager Jeff Brown said. Arbitron datashows Carr’s afternoon drive daypart had a 3.5 share (6+) in the June survey, more than twice the station’s 1.7 share average(Mon-Sun 6A-12A). It was a similar pattern repeated in the 25-54 and 35-64 demos.What stays in Vegas won’t be a new AM. Broadcasters often ask the FCC to allow them to move a station closer into alarger metropolitan area. But Eastern Sierra Broadcasting wants just the opposite in Nevada. It’s asked the FCC to allow it tomove KCWK (1430) from North Las Vegas to Laughlin, NV — about 75 miles away from the Vegas Strip. The Media Bureauis going along with the plan, even though it calculates that the move would reduce the number of listeners who receive aninterference-free nighttime signal by 93%. That’s because the agency has concluded there’s an “excessive concentration”of stations in larger cities and one of its goals is to expand the number of rural stations. Las Vegas — which many operatorssay is “over–radioed” — has at least 38 stations by Eastern Sierra Broadcasting’s count, which notes Laughlin currentlyhas no licensed stations. By moving to Nevada’s southern tip, the construction permit will sign-in with 50,000-watts day —ten-times as much output as it would have had in the Las Vegas market.Inside Radio News Ticker…Trail Blazers hit the highway…Clear Channel’s “News Radio 1190” KEX, Portland (also on102.3 FM via the translator K272EL) has signed the Portland Trail Blazers. The NBA franchise had previously aired the gamesfrom 1989-2001 and 1979-1985. The team changes flagships after 12 years with Alpha Broadcasting’s sports “750 TheGame” KXL. Brian Wheeler and Antonio Harvey will continue to broadcast the games…Hornets land on WWL… Entercomnews-talk WWL, New Orleans (870, 105.3) has signed a multiyear agreement to remain the flagship for all New OrleansHornets games. The broadcast team includes Sean Kelley, who begins his eighth season as the play-by-play voice for theNBA team. Kelley will be joined by Times Picayune’s sports writer John DeShazier, as he begins his first season as coloranalyst. WWL also airs Saints football and LSU sports…People Moves...Veteran owner and broker Don Roberts is dead atthe age of 86. Read the latest People Moves HERE.Inside Radio’s Deal Digest —Boston — Following the sale of Boston flagship WFNX (101.9), Stephen Mindich’s Phoenix Media Group has now closedon the sale of its final radio station. Blount Communications paid $725,000 for WFEX, Peterborough, NH (92.1). Bill andDeborah Blount plan to simulcast their Manchester, NH religious “Life Changing Radio” WDER (1320) on the signal and haverequested the WDER-FM call letters.MORE NEWS >> INSIDERADIO.COM PAGE 3

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines