D.C. news outlet will make online "as high a priority as radio"

Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 1:10pm

WTOP.comHubbard Radio's WTOP (Washington D.C., 103.5 FM) has restructuerd and expanded its workforce to "unify digital and broadcast staff." The station says its aiming to "redefine the news workflow. Instead of the traditional model which takes broadcast content and tries to fit it into a digital hole, WTOP’s strategy will focus on the creation of news stories at the beginning of a process. A story’s execution will be determined at its origin. It will then be optimized for all the distribution platforms WTOP offers: radio, web, Facebook, Twitter and mobile."

The Washington Post reports that WTOP intends to "to make online news as high a priority as radio and in some cases break news online first."

"The future is digital and WTOP will be the leader heading into that future," said VP of News and Programming Jim Farley.

One of the many changes includes having "both a digital editor and a radio editor working together 24/7," said Farley. "No other radio station in America does this."

Here's just a few of the moves WTOP has announced: John Meyer, WTOP's current director of digital operations moves to the newsroom as the new architect of the social and digital strategy. News director Mike McMearty will become senior news director, as assistant news director Mitchell Miller is promoted to news director. Digital editor Gary Emerling becomes the senior digital editor. And former WABC PD Laurie Cantillo joins WTOP to serve in the same role.

"The moves signal a growing digital role at WTOP, which already attracts 600,000 page views and 122,000 unique visitors on a typical day," writes Inside Radio.

You can find more coverage from the Washington Post hereRadio-Info here, here and subscribe to Inside Radio here to read their coverage.

Tech-related hires at CBS Radio, NPR, and SoundExchange

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 11:05am

CBS Radio has brought on Neil Salvage to helm its digital sales. Salvage will be responsible for national and local digital assets sales -- websites, mobile, and streaming. He'll report to CBS Radio President of Sales Michael Weiss (coverage in Radio World here).

Meanwhile, NPR has created a Silicon Valley-based technology correspondent position, and brought on journalist Steve Henn for the role. He'll report on how technology affects the lives of citizens and consumers, and cover startups, venture capitalists and the entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley, NPR said. He's currently the technology and innovation reporter for American Public Media's "Marketplace." More here.


SoundExchange has appointed Scott Day as CTO. He most recently served as CTO for financial services and media company The Motley Fool. Jonathan Bender was recently named COO. SoundExchange is the recording industry agency that administers royalties for digital uses of copyright sound recordings (e.g. webcasting). There's more here.

BIA/Kelsey expects radio's online/digital revenues to grow from $479 million this year to $758 million by 2015

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 12:35pm

BIA/Kelsey growth forecastBIA/Kelsey says radio will finish 2011 with $479 million in online/digital revenues, up 15% from $405 million in 2010. The firm's five-year outlook, published in its Investing in Radio Market Report has that segment reaching $758 million by 2015, a 13.4% compound annual growth rate. [You can click the image of the chart to link to a larger, easier-to-read version.]

Among the specific opportunities powering online/digital growth for radio, according to BIA/Kelsey: local "deals" (think Groupon or Living Social).

The Investing in Radio Market Report profiles each of the 282 Arbitron-rated markets "with historic and projected market demographic and financial statistics... (including) estimated advertising revenues, technical data, ownership and acquisition information, and more for every market." This includes individual market-level online advertising revenue estimates based on BIA/Kelsey’s work with broadcasters and industry resources.

Read the press release here. Audio4cast reports on this story as well, here.

Digital will surpass radio during holidays for advertisers, says Strata survey

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 11:10am

Online advertising continues to growA new "flash survey" from Strata Systems predicts that Internet/digital will rank #2 this holiday season among for holiday-oriented advertisers. That displaces spot radio, which falls to #3. The top spot is claimed by spot broadcast and cable TV.

"That said," reports Media Daily News (here), "most respondents indicated the media planning process isn’t as much as an either/or option as it used to be, and that more of their clients are merging analogue and digital media into integrated holiday campaign strategies."

Promotion an endorsement of Pittman's digital initiatives, says company

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 11:00am

Bob Pittman, new CEO of Clear Channel Media Holdings

Bob Pittman has been named CEO of CC Media Holdings -- Clear Channel's parent company -- effective immediately. The company told RAIN the appointment is an endorsement of Pittman's digital initiatives, including building out web radio platform iHeartRadio.

"He has already generated a renewed sense of confidence and direction not only at Clear Channel, but across the entire radio and media landscape,” said Scott Sperling, co-president of THL Partners.

Pittman joined Clear Channel in November 2010 as an investor and Chairman of Media and Entertainment Platforms (RAIN coverage here). Since then Clear Channel has relaunched iHeartRadio as a customizable web radio service (powered in part by the acquisition of Thumbplay in March, more here). That new service will soon join Pandora on Ford and Toyota dashboards (more here and here).

Pittman, 57, has served as CEO of AOL Networks and was co-founder and CEO of MTV.

As CEO of CC Media Holdings, Pittman will oversee Clear Channel Radio and Outdoor Holdings. He takes over from Mark Mays, who announced over a year ago he would step down (but remain chairman of CC Media Holdings). The L.A. Times reports (here) Pittman is "the first head of Clear Channel...not from the founding Mays family."

You can find Clear Channel's press release here.


Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 12:00pm

The Elvis Duran Group (EDG) has created a new Digital division and appointment Kathleen Heaney as Digital Director. Heaney will oversee the website, which will include a video channel to feature exclusive content from the syndicated “Elvis Duran and the Morning Show” (and more).

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