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NRG Media Has New Equity Partner in Cyrus Capital Partners.  NRG Media, LLC announces that Waitt Company and McCarthy Capital are agreeing to sell their stake in the company to funds affiliated with Cyrus Capital Partners.  As part of th...
NRG Media Has New Equity Partner in Cyrus Capital Partners.  NRG Media, LLC announces that Waitt Company and McCarthy Capital are agreeing to sell their stake in the company to funds affiliated with Cyrus Capital Partners.  As part of the transaction, the current NRG Media management team will remain a significant owner and operator of the company.  NRG chairman Norman Waitt states, “Mary Quass and her team have done an exceptional job operating the company over the past eight years.  Our organization was proud to be their partner in this company, and we wish them continued success going forward.”  McCarthy Capital partner Bob Emmert says, “McCarthy Capital has enjoyed its partnership with NRG Media and the Waitt organization.  Working with and supporting the NRG management team’s vision to grow the business from a few markets into a leading operator of local radio stations has been a great experience and we wish the management team and company continued success in the future.”  NRG CEO Mary Quass states, “The investment by Cyrus Capital represents a vote of confidence in NRG’s key value, which is to offer great local radio to our listeners.  It also emphasizes our group’s commitment to deliver digital products where our listeners are, making radio relevant to a changing audience.”  Cyrus Capital is a New York based, privately held investment manager. John Sykes to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala.  On Tuesday, October 22, John Sykes, Clear Channel president of Entertainment Enterprises, will receive the Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award at the 38th annual T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala in New York City.  The award is the T.J. Martell Foundation’s most prestigious music industry honor and is awarded to a person who has made profound contributions to the music and entertainment industries.  The T.J. Martell Foundation is also announcing that Sting and Bryan Adams will perform at the star-studded annual event.  President Bill Clinton, also a past T.J. Martell Foundation honoree, will present longtime friend John Sykes with the prestigious award.  The T.J. Martell Foundation goes on to note that Sykes “has been a music and entertainment industry leader for over 30 years, and continues to create enterprising, recognizable television brands and events that reach millions of people around the globe.  Prior to joining Clear Channel, John built and operated a number of leading entertainment brands.  He was a member of the original team that founded MTV in 1981 and spent 21 years at Viacom.  John was the president of VH1 from 1994-2002 and led the rebrand of the television network to a music and pop culture channel.  He served as chairman and CEO of Infinity Broadcasting from 2002-2005.” Gary Nolan to PD Post at KCMO-FM, Kansas City.  Cumulus announces programming pro Gary Nolan is named PD at classic hits KCMO, Kansas City.  Nolan most recently was operations manager for Clear Channel’s Panama City, Florida cluster and while there also served as afternoon host and program director for the cluster’s country WPAP.  Cumulus Kansas City SVP and general manager Mark Sullivan says, “We are very excited to have Gary Nolan as part of the Cumulus Kansas City team.  Gary has programmed some of the most successful AC stations in the country and we are can’t wait to see what he can bring to the table to enhance what is already a great Kansas City radio station.”  Nolan adds, “I’m thrilled to be joining KCMO, and I’m looking forward to working with Mark Sullivan and his team, as well as working with Keith Mitchell and Mike McVay.” Alternative WTGZ, Montgomery Returns ‘Sportscall’ to Afternoons.  The two-hour afternoon Auburn sports-focused program “Sportscall” returns to the Tiger Communications alternative rock station from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  The program had been taken off the air in August but is returning, hosted by Will Moon, Andy Graham, Bill Bailey, Brett Pritchard and Randy Lee.  The
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The ongoing dispute between the adult children of famed deejay, Casey Kasem, and their step-mother, Jean, has taken a new twist. On Monday, Kerri (41), Julie (41), and Mike (40) ...Read Full Post
The ongoing dispute between the adult children of famed deejay, Casey Kasem, and their step-mother, Jean, has taken a new twist. On Monday, Kerri (41), Julie (41), and Mike (40) ...Read Full Post
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This week’s spotlighted broker: Harold Bausemer  • RadioStationsForSale.Net This interview was conducted by Sandi Bergman Sandi:  What did you do before becoming a media broker? Bausemer:  Spent most of my time in radio and real...
This week’s spotlighted broker: Harold Bausemer  • RadioStationsForSale.Net This interview was conducted by Sandi Bergman Sandi:  What did you do before becoming a media broker? Bausemer:  Spent most of my time in radio and real estate.  I am also a real estate broker.  My radio business experience has been mostly operational as an AE, SM, GSM, GM, COO of small radio group and owner operator. I worked for a company called Group W for 10 years which bought and then became CBS Radio. I loved the business from the start. Real estate can be very lucrative but is tedious at best. Sandi:  What influenced your decision to become a media broker? Bausemer:  When I sold my first station (as owner) and passed a check to the broker for $50,000, since that was close to what I was earning then, it made me take note. A few years later, Mel Stone, a broker in Maine, told me he was retiring and about the same time Ansel Chaney, a broker in Boston, passed away. New England Media was also winding down at this point. All of this coincided with a consulting client’s desire to sell his AM/FM combo and since I was a real estate broker and very familiar with the business it made too much sense to ignore the opportunity.  That said, it still took me almost a year to close my first deal, but many fell in place quickly after that. Sandi: Where do you see station sales today? Bausemer:  Being in real estate, I am a believer in multiple listings and have co-brokered many deals which is not common in media brokering. Most brokers in this business have self-interest to the point of detriment to their listing clients. Usually (not always) I don’t ask who a listing of mine will be presented to by a co-broker. If they have a relationship with or inquiry from someone and can bring in an offer, my client wins and even at half commission, I win. Anyway, more to the point, still many deals, but much, much smaller dollars. Sandi: Highlight three or four listings that would be good opportunities for displaced station personnel and/or first-time entrants: Bausemer:   We have a small city stick at $300,000; a capital city full-timer at $400,000 and a highly profitable college town FM at $795,000. Contact: Harold Bausemer RadioStationsForSale.Net 41 Herbert Road Braintree, Massachusetts  02184 Phone:  (781) 848-4201 Fax:  (781) 848-4715 www.RadioStationsForSale.net forsale@beld.net Sandi Bergman is the CEO/president of RadioTVDeals.com. She can be phoned at 575-356-3644 or emailed at Sales@RadioTVDeals.com. The post Media Broker Spotlight – Harold Bausemer, RadioStationsForSale.Net appeared first on RadioInfo.
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Queens of the Stone Age Top Bill at ‘91X’ San Diego’s ‘Wrex the Halls’ Concert.  Local Media San Diego-owned alt rocker XTRA, San Diego “91X” announces the lineup for its December 8 concert at Valley View Casino Center.   In addition to ...
Queens of the Stone Age Top Bill at ‘91X’ San Diego’s ‘Wrex the Halls’ Concert.  Local Media San Diego-owned alt rocker XTRA, San Diego “91X” announces the lineup for its December 8 concert at Valley View Casino Center.   In addition to Queens of the Stone Age, the bill also includes Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant, Alt-J, Artic Monkeys and the Silent Comedy with more to be announced. Envision’s ‘The Core’ Added to ‘Rockin’ 101’ in St. Cloud.  Tri-County Broadcasting’s WHMH, St. Cloud, Minnesota is the newest affiliate of “The Core,” Envision Radio Networks’ weekly two-hour program featuring the music and artists that thrived in the 90s.  With ‘Rockin’ 101’ broadcasting “The Core” at 7:00 am every Sunday morning, it joins over 350 affiliates on the Envision Rock Network.  WHMH program director Tim Ryan says, “We were looking for something to freshen things up a bit and came across ‘The Core.’  The show was exactly what we were looking for with a great mix of familiar 90s rockers and some deeper tracks that you just don’t hear on other stations.”  The show is hosted by Meltdown and programmed by Steve Black from Detroit’s rock powerhouse WRIF. RadioInfo Career Moves.  Operations manager Randy Savage (who currently programs Renda’s WGUF, WJGO and WSGL) returns to the program director role Ft. Myers country outlet WWGR “Gator Country 101.9.”  Savage takes over for Dave Hovel who exited recently…..Dr. Don Sainte-Johnn is out as afternoon personality at Clear Channel’s rhythmic AC KHYL, Sacramento “V101.1.” The Radio Broadcaster’s Guide to Getting the Most from Posting Video to YouTube.  It goes without saying you probably have a YouTube Channel for your show or station.  And yes, there’s a lot of talk around what makes a video good – but how can you get the most out of the video you’ve posted on YouTube?  In a new column posted today (10/8), Bonneville Seattle creative director Chris Pendl looks at how to make money from your videos, how to get users who find your video on YouTube to tune-in to your show, and other tips to make the most of your online video efforts.  To read this valuable article in its entirety, please click here. MEDIA BROKER SPOTLIGHT: Harold Bausemer – RadioStationsForSale.Net.  In this week’s installment of Media Broker Spotlight, Sandi Bergman of RadioTVDeals.com interviews media broker Harold Bausemer of RadioStationsForSale.Net located in Braintree, Massachusetts.  Bausemer has a background in radio having worked in just about every position in the business including AE, SM, GSM, GM, COO of a small group and as an owner operator.  But he also has a background as a real estate broker and as such he brings a bit of a different background to his media broker strategies.  He says, “Being in real estate, I am a believer in multiple listings and have co-brokered many deals which is not common in media brokering. Most brokers in this business have self-interest to the point of detriment to their listing clients. Usually (not always) I don’t ask who a listing of mine will be presented to by a co-broker. If they have a relationship with or inquiry from someone and can bring in an offer, my client wins and even at half commission, I win.”   He offers up several opportunities he has among his listings that would be of interest to displaced radio station personnel and first-time entrants. To read the entire installment of Media Broker Spotlight, please click here. CBS Radio’s Country ‘BUZ’N@102.9’ Hosts “Girls With Guitars” Benefit Show.  The concert at Mill City Nights in Minneapolis is being presented by KMNB “BUZ’N@102.9” Country Financial this evening and features a star-studded lineup including: Sheryl Crow, Gloriana, Ashley Monroe, Kellie Pickler and Maggie Rose with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Jane Brattain Breast Center.  CBS Radio is streaming the show online at Radio.com.  PD Rob Morris states, “We are excited to host our inaugural ‘Girls With Guitars’ co
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By Duane Doobie RadioInfo Music Editor/Director SPRINGFIELD, Mass – In today’s picks to click we encounter two interesting concepts.  The first — touched on below in my review of James Bay’s new offering — is the idea that pl...
By Duane Doobie RadioInfo Music Editor/Director SPRINGFIELD, Mass – In today’s picks to click we encounter two interesting concepts.  The first — touched on below in my review of James Bay’s new offering — is the idea that playing vinyl on a turntable is a completely different esthetic experience than starting the music by pressing a button on a CD player.  The other is a bit of eyebrow-raising being prompted in the country world by Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow” which dabbles in the colorful universe of alternative sexual orientations. I have the benefit of having done radio in a number of decades and musical eras and as a result I have also worked with all kinds of technical equipment throughout the years.  Being somewhat of a student of media theory, I have learned that changes in technology create changes in sociology.  Thus, playing a vinyl record on a turntable – started by cueing it up and letting it roll at just the right moment to create a tight beginning from a spoken intro or perfect segue from another recorded element – is a very different artistic experience than starting a song from a CD player or typing it into a computerized playlist on a keyboard. To the younger generation of deejays reading this, ask the next old timer you encounter to tell you stories about working with those big old Gates turntables and what it meant to “cue” records up before launching them up into the airwaves.  Every deejay that “combo’d” (which was the term for the process of air personalities running their own board) had a unique method of performing this tactile act which undoubtedly had an impact of how the station sounded during their show. Also, ask any deejay from “back in the day” if they remember what the green felt on the turntable smelled like.  Betcha they smile and try to describe a distinct memory.  Yes, the felt smelt!  (So did the combination of paper and ink in the AP or UPI machine in the clackety, clack newsroom.) (Three of the many things I miss most about old radio stations was the smell of the felt, the paper and ink, and the crappy coffee sitting endless hours on the burner in the invariably filthy kitchen located off the hall near the rest room….but I digress.) When CDs were introduced in the 80s and began replacing vinyl and turntables, many deejays were traumatized by the transition – not because they couldn’t learn how to do it – but because it didn’t FEEL the same and thus, to their sensibilities, it didn’t sound the same.  It was a tough and awkward transition for many.  Today, old timers who’ve been away from a radio studio for a number of years, universally claim that they are stunned by the complete lack of any kind a mechanical devices that start and play the music on the air.  They find it totally disorienting. Doobie’s bottom line:  It really doesn’t matter what kind of technology we use.  Once you get used to it, great art can be created using low tech or high tech.  They key is to maintain the willingness to learn, evolve and grow – and stay true to your heart. Now for the other topic Regarding sex… especially sex deemed by some folks as “unnatural” – well, that’s nothing new, either.   In the 60s, we had the seemingly innocent (on the surface) “Lola” by the Kinks (whom I believe were geniuses – at least Ray Davies was) and in the 70s there was the exuberant “All the Young Dudes” by Mott the Hoople (kudos to Ian Hunter).  Man-oh- man, did I love that song – but frankly I had no idea what it was about until about 10 years later.  And yes, I know, I know – there were tons more.  The point is human nature is human nature and the pendulum swings both ways over the years.  We are no hipper today than in any era gone by.  Not in the broad strokes sense (hey no jokes).  What I’m saying is social and sexual progress do not necessarily follow a linear path.  Frankly, even though we are becoming increasingly enlightened about a number of issues, I think today’s culture is far more tight-assed
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By Chris Pendl Bonneville Seattle Creative Director SEATTLE — It goes without saying you probably have a YouTube Channel for your show or station.  And yes, there’s a lot of talk around what makes a video good – but how can...
By Chris Pendl Bonneville Seattle Creative Director SEATTLE — It goes without saying you probably have a YouTube Channel for your show or station.  And yes, there’s a lot of talk around what makes a video good – but how can you get the most out of the video you’ve posted on YouTube?  In this column, we’ll look at how to make money from your videos, how to get users who find your video on YouTube to tune-in to your show, and other tips to make the most of your online video efforts. 1. Monetize your channel YouTube recently made it much easier to become a YouTube partner.  This program gives publishers a handful of tools – including the ability to receive money from ads that run before your content.  Setting this up is simple.  Once you’re logged into your account, click on Video Manager.  You’ll then want to select the video you want monetize, click on the Monetization tab, and check “Monetize with Ads.” 2.  Link back to your website YouTube is the second-largest search engine behind Google.  It goes without saying that if your video is public, there’s a lot of discovery that will happen on YouTube.  If someone likes your video content, give users a link where they can learn more about you.  Adding “http://” before any website URL will make your link clickable.  Check out this example from a GoPro video. 3. Get found using video title, description, keywords, and tags Unlike text, search engines can’t read with 100% accuracy the content of your video.  Making sure you take the time to fill out the title, writing a thought-out description, and tagging your video is critical for SEO.  For example, the first two lines of your video’s description will show up in Google and YouTube searches.  There’s a great blog post that covers some of the technical details of this by Tim Lorang. You can see the implementation of this in some of Felix Baumgartner space jump videos. 4.  Create a quick intro with show name, time, and channel Remembering that many people who aren’t connected to your show will discover your content on YouTube, create a quick slide that plays at the beginning of your video tell them where they can get more of your content.  This is what the folks at Conan are doing. 5. Use YouTube’s audio library to add music to your video This is a collection of royalty-free audio tracks for background music in your videos.  Using this music and avoid the worry of YouTube possibly removing your content for copyright violations.  You can download these tracks and import them into your video editor or insert them into a video that’s already been uploaded to YouTube.  Here’s a quick look at YouTube’s Audio Library. 6.  Use on screen annotations These are text, images, or other videos that display on the screen when a viewer is watching your video.  When used correctly, these allow you to hold a dialog with your viewers and let them take action when they’re watching your video.   Use annotations to supplement and enrich the video and avoid annotations that take over, distract, or feel like spam.  YouTube’s annotation guide explains how to set these up. Here’s an example from ReelSEO (a great channel to follow to learn more about YouTube video) showing their related video content and featuring a subscription button to their channel – all clickable to a viewer. 7.  Create playlists Playlists allow you to group videos either from your channel or another channel –leading to more views and deeper exposure to your content.  Let’s say you’ve uploaded all of your station’s video to YouTube using one account–leading to a collection of unrelated content.  Using a playlist would allow you to create video groupings for each show or by content.  The playlist functionality also carries through when you embed a video on your website.  YouTube details the full workings of playlists in their help guide.  Here’s what this looks like for CNN and their playlist for the Government Shutdown of 2013. 8.  Use YouTube’s comment settings
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By Chris Miller Chris Miller Digital Owner SHAKER HEIGHTS – The more things change, the more they say the same. I used to be a program director.  I used to say all the program-director-y things, like, “One thought per break!” “Edit yours...
By Chris Miller Chris Miller Digital Owner SHAKER HEIGHTS – The more things change, the more they say the same. I used to be a program director.  I used to say all the program-director-y things, like, “One thought per break!” “Edit yourself and keep it brief!” “Be ear-catching and avoid clichés!” Now that I’m working online, when a business asks me to critique their social media, you know what I find myself saying?  “One thought per post!” “Edit yourself and keep it brief!” “Be eye-catching and avoid clichés!” But what if you’re ready to have a fresh vision for your station’s social media?  I’ll give you three ideas to give your Facebook page more value for your listeners. Take it Up a Level There are some formats that struggle for good online content.  What if you’re a library format where the music doesn’t change much, and there’s no high-profile air staff?  Maybe you’re an adult contemporary station that plays familiar tunes and doesn’t talk much.  What can you put in social media that makes you worth following? Most likely, what people like about you is that you improve the quality of their lives.  You make them feel better.  So, what if all your Facebook content was about making life better and more enjoyable?  You could open yourself up to be a lifestyle expert, rather than rehashing what you’ve already said on the air.  What’s something fun to do in town this weekend? What’s something I can do to relax and rejuvenate? Can I get some support for the tough job of being a working mom? These are all things that an AC listener might find useful, compelling and fun. Taking it up a level means focusing on the effect you have, rather than on the elements of your programming or promotions.  It’s about their values and desires, not what you want them to do next. Be Live and Local It’s a fact of life that very few stations have a live talent on the air 24/7.  Whether you’re airing a high-profile national talk talent or playing 10 of today’s best hits in a row, you can’t always be as live and local as you want to be.  But even if it’s time on the air for Rush or that voice tracker from across the country, you can still be hyper-local on your social platforms. Twitter is a great bulletin service.  A “Radio 108 Community” account on Twitter could focus entirely on local information.  Post some of your own content, retweet the heck out of the local TV news outlets and the paper, and you’re doing it.  Just make sure it’s all about your city.  This might be even better in small-to-medium markets, where it’s easier to deal with the amount of information you’d be processing. What works best on Facebook?  Great photos!  What can you show people about their town?  This can be the most mundane content, like shots of a thunderstorm people send in, or kids on the first day of school.  There’s a lot that people in a community share beyond the day’s headlines. Specialized Info What about those formats’ listeners who are super-passionate about what they like?  Country and rock come to mind. Look on your average country station’s Facebook page, and most of the content is NOT about the music.  I just found a successful, major-market country station that has one post about the music in their last dozen times on Facebook.  They had cute videos, stuff about sports, all their weekend appearances…and one real piece of content about what makes people listen. If you committed to make all your Facebook content about the world of country, you could have a great source of music, artist info, concert schedules and more.  Your fans would have a concrete reason to follow you.  You could give your Facebook visitors reasons to come back to your broadcast. Now, that means you have to take off the cute videos and the weekend appearances.  But how badly do you want to get a return on the time your people are investing in your social media? Wide-Open Horizons You get to be a trail blazer now.  Be the most amazing radio station your fans have ever experienced.  It ta
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Jerry Kristafer Exits Buckley’s Classic Hits WDRC, Hartford.  Longtime Connecticut radio personality Jerry Kristafer is out at Buckley Broadcasting’s classic hits outlet WDRC, Hartford “102.9 DRC” where he hosted “The Big D” morning show...
Jerry Kristafer Exits Buckley’s Classic Hits WDRC, Hartford.  Longtime Connecticut radio personality Jerry Kristafer is out at Buckley Broadcasting’s classic hits outlet WDRC, Hartford “102.9 DRC” where he hosted “The Big D” morning show with Mike Stevens and recent addition Kim Zachary.  The Hartford Courant’s Mary Ellen Fillo writes that Kristafer was let go after his Friday program but that Buckley management is not commenting on his exit other than to say they don’t comment on personnel matters.  This was his second go-round at WDRC.  Prior to re-joining the station in 2008, he hosted AM drive at Clear Channel’s news/talk WELI, in New Haven.  Stevens and Zachary will continue hosting the morning show for now. John Tesh and WestwoodOne Renew Rep Deal.  WestwoodOne has been handling ad sales for the independently produced “Intelligence for Your Life Radio” with John Tesh and the two sides announce they are renewing the relationship through 2016.  WestwoodOne CEO Paul Caine says, “John Tesh has an amazing gift of connecting with listeners who want to engage on a more personal level and he has created a fiercely loyal following.  He brings authentic compassion and kindness to the audio space and beyond.  John is an excellent example of best-in-class programming and exemplifies the strength in programming WestwoodOne is committed to delivering.  We are thrilled to leverage the power of sound by aligning with the ‘Intelligence for Your Life’ brand for years to come.” New Talent Lineup at Rock 93X in Fort Myers.  At Sun Broadcasting’s Fort Myers rock WXNX “93X,” market pro Jeff Zito is the new morning drive host at the station.  He most recently served, along with partner Bob Garrett, as midday host at WRXK “96.1 K Rock” (and in mornings at the former rock WJBX before that).  Anthony Proffitt, a.k.a Roach, is the new midday personality.  Theo is in for afternoons and evenings are being handled by Nikki. More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Radio One adds the WZAK, Cleveland-based Sam Sylk midday show to its Philadelphia rhythmic oldies outlet WRNB “Old School 100.3” beginning today (10/7)…..Johnny D – most recently with Clear Channel’s Toledo news/talk WSPD in PM drive, joins Toledo Radio’s crosstown country WPFX “107.7 The Wolf” for morning drive.  His arrival bumps Craig Snyder to middays and Wendy Sheridan moves to a live evening program replacing the voice-tracked daypart…..At Entercom’s hot AC WMYX, Milwaukee “99.1 The Mix,” Van McNeil exits as the station’s afternoon personality after eight years in the position. The post Monday, October 7, 2013 appeared first on RadioInfo.
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