Digital Devices Account for 8% of AM/FM Radio Listening
Edison Research has released its estimate of what portion of all listening to AM/FM content happens on a traditional radio receiver and how much is done on a digital device. As of the most recent update, the portion of AM/FM listening represented by the streams is 8%. “Traditional” radio listening through a receiver — such as a car radio or clock radio — is 92% of all listening.
“We’ve been tracking the changes in radio listening since the beginning of Share of Ear in 2014. The portion of listening that is digital goes up a tiny bit with each update, but the total amount remains small,” said Edison Research President Larry Rosin. “Streaming is a bigger factor for spoken-word stations such as public radio news, sports and news talk.”
“Determining shares like these can’t be done in a simple manner,” continued Rosin, “you have to put in the work. You need a methodology that takes time spent listening into account, and you need to fully represent the American population, including not only those online but also those who are either not online or lightly online.”
“President Obama’s then chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is credited with coining the aphorism: ‘Never let a serious crisis go to waste.’ If the radio industry is ever going to really ‘turn the corner’ on digital listening, this may need to be the crisis that makes it happen. Radio needs to do all it can to remind listeners that they still can listen, on smart speakers, through phone apps, and their computers,” added Rosin.
iHM, FOX Present iHeart Living Room Concert For America
iHeartMedia and FOX have announced “FOX Presents The iHeart Living Room Concert For America,” a music event to provide entertainment relief and support for Americans to help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during the pandemic. Hosted by Elton John, the event will feature performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw and more, from their own homes, filmed with their personal cell phones, cameras and audio equipment, to ensure the health and safety of all involved.
The concert will air in the iHeartRadio Music Awards’ original broadcast timeslot — Sunday, March 29, from 9-10pm on FOX — and on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide, as well as via the iHeartRadio app. The benefit special will be broadcast commercial-free.
In addition to featuring music, the hour-long concert will pay tribute to the front line health professionals, first responders and local heroes who are putting their lives in harm’s way to help their neighbors and fight the spread of the virus. It also will encourage viewers to support two of the many charitable organizations helping victims and first responders during the pandemic: Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation.
To extend the reach of the commercial-free special’s charitable component, FOX will offer the event across all of its linear and digital platforms.
Additional details and performers to be announced soon. For more information, visit iHeart.com/LivingRoomConcert.
KIRO Teams with Hubbard/Seattle Music Stations for Updates
KIRO, KQMV-FM, KRWM-FM and KNUC-FM
Bonneville/Seattle’s KIRO-FM and Hubbard Radio/Seattle’s KQMV-FM (MOViN 92.5), KRWM-FM (Warm 106.9) and KNUC (98.9 The Bull), have announced a partnership during the COVID-19 Pandemic. The three music stations will broadcast hourly local news updates from the KIRO newsroom, providing their listeners with the latest information on COVID-19 and offering a place to stay connected with our region on a daily basis.
In return, KIRO will encourage listeners to pause from the news and listen to the music stations as a source of encouragement and relaxation in this extraordinary time. This collaboration will go into effect on Friday, March 27.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Hubbard stations,” said Bonneville Seattle Media Group Director of Programming Mike Salk. “To have KIRO Radio news played on three excellent music stations is an opportunity for us help our community stay informed in this unique time. And we can understand the need to take a break and listen to music to avoid feeling overwhelmed.”
“Music is a mood elevator and a source of inspiration for people when times are tough,” said Hubbard Radio/Seattle Market Manager Scott G. Mahalick. “We’re proud to partner with Bonneville’s news, talk and sports radio stations in Seattle. Combined, we are able to offer the perfect balance of information and entertainment.”
Warshaw Issues an ”Open Letter To Radio Broadcasters”
Connoisseur Media CEO Jeff Warshaw has issued an “Open Letter To Radio Broadcasters.”
We are in the midst of a crisis. It’s incredibly painful to our business, as it is to countless other industries. Our communities are reeling.
This crisis is going to end. But radio’s troubles didn’t start a few weeks ago, when the coronavirus began its attack on our country. Competition for our audiences has never been fiercer. National revenue had hit a rough patch. Public radio companies were trading at their lows. Deal-making had ground to a standstill. It was harder than ever to grow our radio revenues. Certainly, there are bright spots and pockets of opportunity, and our industry is doing a terrific job tirelessly serving our communities during this unprecedented time. That having been said, I don’t think many of us were looking fondly at the halcyon days of Q4 2019.
As difficult as this crisis is, we have an opportunity to turn this disease into a cure.
Our logs are wide open. What we allow to happen to our product once things return to “normal” is entirely up to us. Although our company has tried to maintain reasonable commercial loads, we can do much better. Let’s take this opportunity to clean up our clocks, maintain lower spot loads, stop incessant bonus commercials, reduce endless promos. Demonstrate integrity for the value of our products and give our listeners more of what they crave.
The universe is doing for us what we would not and could not do for ourselves. We have the opportunity to emerge from this dark time with a brighter flame than we have seen for years. What we do from here may make all the difference.
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CTC AM Devotes ”Friday Night Prayer” to Ending COVID-19
Coast to Coast AM
Premiere Networks-syndicated personality George Noory, host of “Coast to Coast AM,” has announced that the program’s Friday Night Prayer on March 27 will be dedicated to eliminating the COVID-19 coronavirus. For over a decade, the show has featured Friday Night Prayer, a special segment where listeners submit their names or those of their loves ones to the show, and the audience collectively prays for them.
During the first segment of Friday’s show, which begins at 10pm PT, Noory is inviting people worldwide to join in prayer to help end the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Participants will also be encouraged to dedicate their prayers to healing those who have been affected, easing the pain and sorrow of those who have lost loved ones, and supporting the medical care professionals on the front lines.
“I have always believed in the power of prayer and the existence of a higher power,” said host George Noory. “For years now, I have witnessed the positive effect of our Friday Night Prayer on Coast to Coast AM and I’m therefore asking that on March 27, people across the globe take a few moments to pray for the eradication of this deadly COVID-19 coronavirus.”
iHeartRadio/Honolulu Launches Support808.com for Businesses
iHeartRadio/Honolulu has launched Support808.com, as part of a new group of initiatives to be unveiled under the organization’s iHeartLocal program. The website is a one-stop-shop directory for all local businesses that are still open and operational on Oahu, as well as a directory of local businesses that are hiring and seeking volunteers during this critical time. The online offering will include listings of small local businesses services available, hours of operation, website links, business addresses, along with contact information and local specials and promotions.
In addition, the website will include a virtual food drive for the Hawaii Foodbank, so people can donate money safely, and a directory of local businesses currently hiring or seeking volunteers. It will also be cross-promoted across on all nine iHeartRadio Honolulu stations on-air as well as their respective social media platforms and websites.
“Now more than ever, it’s important that we in Hawai’i stick together,” said iHeartRadio Honolulu Director of Promotions & Marketing Flash Hansen. Hawai’i is a very special place. We are all one big extended Ohana and, by working together, we will get through this. We will do anything we can to support our local community.”
New Weekly Podcast Data Amid the COVID-19 Crisis
New data from Podtrac indicates weekly podcast downloads and audiences trend downward post March 9th while overall growth in downloads and audiences is still positive year-to-date. As many people have questions about what’s happening in the podcast space as the COVID-19 crisis unfolds, Podtrac took a look at their data to identify trends.
Year-To-Date U.S. Weekly Podcast Download and Audience Growth
Download growth since the first week of January is 31% and audience growth is 14% through the week ending March 22.
Week-Over-Week U.S. Podcast Download and Audience Growth
U.S. podcast downloads decreased 1% during the week ending March 15, 2020 and 2% the week ending March 22 across all Podtrac measured podcasts. U.S. weekly podcast audiences decreased 2% the week ending March 15 and 8% the week ending March 22.
Year-To-Date U.S. Weekly Podcast Download Growth for Top Categories
Across Podtrac measured shows, download growth year-to-date (through March 22) for top podcast categories is: 74% for News, 34% for Comedy, 21% for Sports, 12% for Society & Culture, and -8% for True Crime.
Week-Over-Week U.S. Podcast Download Growth by Category
For Podtrac measured shows, download growth week-over-week for the week ending March 22 compared to the week ending March 15 for top podcast categories is: -1% for News, -5% for Comedy, -5% for Sports, -2% for Society & Culture, and -10% for True Crime.
Year-To-Date U.S. Weekly Podcast Audience Growth for Top Categories
Weekly category audience year-to-date for top podcast categories is: 36% for News, 14% for Comedy, 7% for Sports, 5% for Society & Culture, and -6% for True Crime through the week ending March 22.
Staying PUT: Consumers Spend More Time On Media Amid Crisis
Regardless of whether you call it social distancing, quarantining or retreating to a safe place, heading home amid concerns about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is bound to affect media consumption habits. In fact, staying put in our homes can lead to almost a 60% increase in the amount of content we watch in some cases and potentially more depending on the reasons per a new Nielsen report. Considering that consumers around the globe are already leaning into the growing array of content options and channels, a 60% increase is significant.
Media consumption in the U.S. is already at historical highs. As reported in the most recent Nielsen Total Audience report, Americans are already spending just shy of 12 hours each day with media platforms. What’s more, three-fourths of U.S. consumers are broadening their media options with streaming subscriptions, radio, and TV-connected devices.
You can access the entire report HERE.
FNR Launches Evening Edition of FOX News Rundown Podcast
FOX News Radio
FOX News Radio (FNR) has launched a new weekday-evening edition of the daily podcast “The FOX News Rundown” dedicated to the latest developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Hosted by FOX News Channel (FNC) foreign correspondent Trey Yingst, the new show, entitled “The FOX News Rundown Podcast: Global Pandemic,” will debut Monday, March 30.
Featuring a new episode available each weekday at 6pm, Yingst will be joined by medical experts and fellow reporters to discuss the wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19 around the world. Each episode will break down the day’s headlines and provide listeners with the most update-to-date information about the state of the outbreak, both at home and abroad.
AdLarge Inks Ad Sales Agreement with Remote News Service
AdLarge Media has signed Remote News Service (RNS) to an ad sales representation agreement. RNS provides radio outlets with customized hyper-local and national news, including custom branding, choice of news anchor, traffic, weather and more, all in quick turnaround time. Headed by Owner and Senior Anchor Lesley Lotto, all anchors with RNS are experienced, professional journalists.
“Now, more than ever, listeners need to know what’s going on in their local communities,” noted AdLarge Senior VP/Business Development Frank DeSantis. “National news is readily available everywhere. With Remote News Service, stations are also fed local news from a professional source with a sound that matches their format and is receptive to their station’s listeners. We’re delighted to work with Lesley at this crucial time in our history.”
“Remote News Service is committed to providing the most up-to-date and accurate local and national news,” stated Lotto. “We cull the news from trustworthy local sources, put it through our rigorous screening process to ensure that it’s truthful, and quickly feed it to our affiliates. AdLarge’s reputation for integrity, results, and collaboration make them the perfect choice for an ad sales partner.”
iHeartRadio Launches New Podcast: “The Women’s War”
Robert Evans, notable investigative journalist for Bellingcat, author and host of iHeartRadio’s popular podcast “Behind the Bastards,” has launched a new iHeartRadio Original Podcast called “The Women’s War” based on his time reporting in Syria. Evans was embedded with a group of women fighting in the Kurdish Revolution right before Trump withdrew US support. In this intimate miniseries, he interviews revolutionaries from a number of different backgrounds and circumstances including:
- Militia women who fought ISIS at point-blank range
- Judges and police women seeking to build a new, fairer system from the ashes of civil war;
- Farmers, small business owners and community organizers, all fighting to rewrite the role of women in their society.
More information can be found HERE.
RAB Adds Helpful Tools to Aid Radio During Pandemic
Radio Advertising Bureau
As part of its Radio It’s On campaign, RAB has launched a new section on RAB.com focused on today’s extraordinary times that is populated with various tools radio sellers and marketers can use immediately. The new section titled Business Unusual: Best Practices For When It’s Not Business As Usual includes a newly released white paper titled “Advertising During Difficult Times,” pertinent articles and blogs, Radio It’s On social media campaign, relevant research studies, creative resources, and other marketing and training tools that RAB members can use and share with their advertising clients.
The section is being updated regularly with new materials posted for RAB members as they become available. Additionally, RAB is announcing a special Professional Development webinar series called Business Unusual. The series includes three distinct webinars FREE to RAB Members:
- Webinar 1: Business Unusual Requires Exceptional Communication – How To Talk To Your Advertisers Now
- Webinar 2: How To Craft Your Messaging In Times of Uncertainty
- Webinar 3: Work From Home (WFH) Strategies To Maximize Productivity In Your New Office
The series launches with the first Webinar: Business Unusual Requires Exceptional Communication – How To Talk To Your Advertisers Now on Wednesday, March 25th, 11 a.m. CST. Register HERE for the webinar
This live webinar has limited capacity but will be made available for free on-demand viewing for members immediately following the live presentation.
RAB will announce the next two webinars’ availability in the coming week.
To help our members maximize productivity and development during these unusual times, RAB is also offering its Radio Marketing Professional (RMP) on-line certification program to RAB members for free until April 17. Online classes must be registered, and course completed by April 17. To register contact Kim Johnson, email@example.com or 972-753-6759.
The Radio Marketing Professional (RMP) certification course brings the best of RAB’s highly acclaimed classroom training to anytime, anywhere learning for Radio’s newest sellers or those looking to re-refresh their skillset. The 17-Module course covers effectively positioning yourself as a marketing consultant, maximizing your time, prospecting, appointment, CNA’s, written presentation, Co-op and NTR, competitive media and more. Recommended for sellers with 12 months or less Radio sales experience, or sellers who have never completed a comprehensive Radio sales program.
Mayo Clinic/Radio America Offers COVID-19 Programs/Interviews
Mayo Clinic is responding to the pandemic both clinically and with the latest public information. Radio America Network is a syndication partner for Mayo Clinic Radio and we are providing our stations, and others, added resources during this time.
Mayo Clinic’s News Network is providing free information that stations are welcome to use in aiding the public HERE.
Mayo Clinic also offers a daily feature called Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minutes, along with an hour-long weekend radio show. Both of these are available from Radio America Network. Mayo Clinic is consistently ranked one of the nation’s best health care providers. Mayo Clinic Radio provides listeners access to leading health and medical information from one of the nation’s top hospitals.
If your station is interested in interviewing a Mayo physician about COVID-19, Dr. Tom Shives, host of Mayo Clinic Radio, is available for scheduling. Please contact Radio America at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Mayo Minute or weekend show please contact Radio America Affiliate Marketing at email@example.com or 800-807-4703, Ext. 250.
AWMF Postpones the Gracie Awards Gala to September 22
The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has decided to postpone the 45th Annual Gracie Awards Gala, scheduled for May 19, due to recommendations from public health officials surrounding the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The group says the safety of its honorees, staff and partners involved in the annual gala remains the top priority. The Gracies Gala will now take place on September 22, 2020 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills.
“We are grateful to the women and men who are keeping the public connected and informed to stay healthy and safe during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic,” said AWM Executive Director Becky Brooks. “In this unprecedented time, we must come together as a community in media and as human beings. We are looking forward to the day when we can once again convene to honor the brave reporters, creators and the extraordinary programming in all mediums of news and entertainment.”
The Gracie Awards Gala honors outstanding individual achievement and programming by, for and about women in national television, radio and interactive media. AWMF will contact this year’s entrants within the next few weeks, followed by a public announcement of the winners.
Radio Mercury Awards Reschedules Event for Fall 2020
In light of the current public health measures in place due to COVID-19, the Radio Mercury Awards currently scheduled for June 4, 2020 will be postponing the awards show to Oct. 6, 2020, at SONY HALL in New York City. This decision comes in consultation with the Radio Mercury Awards Advisory Council and the Radio Advertising Bureau Executive Committee.
Call for Entry remains open and will be extended until Aug. 3. Entry eligibility will also be extended to Aug. 3.
“The Radio Mercury Awards is committed to maintaining the safety and health of all our participants,” said Erica Farber, President and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau. “We look forward to bringing the creative community together later in the year to honor and celebrate the best radio creative work done in the U.S.”
For further information, please contact Mercury@rab.com or www.RadioMercuryAwards.com.
KIRO RADIO Launches Daily COVID-19: Seattle Podcast
KIRO-FM/Seattle launches a daily podcast to educate the Northwest region and Washington State residents during the coronavirus global pandemic entitled “COVID-19: Seattle Podcast.” The daily podcast is hosted by Dave Ross, a trusted voice on KIRO for an excess of 40 years, and KIRO reporter Aaron Granillo. The duo will condense the most important updates of the day into a short podcast format for the benefit of the community. The program will be released each afternoon, and a daily “COVID-19” email newsletter is also available for the same information.
“I couldn’t be more excited about this project,” said KIRO Radio Program Director Bryan Buckalew. “I think Dave Ross, with his decades of news experience, and Aaron Granillo, with his reporter’s sensibility, are uniquely capable of examining the effects of the coronavirus pandemic as it expands in Washington state and across the nation.”
Subscribe to the podcast at MyNorthwest.com/podcasts and subscribe to the “COVID-19” newsletter at MyNorthwest.com/Newsletter.
Cox, Calta Reach Settlement in Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Lawsuit
Pro wrestler Hulk Hogan (aka Terry Bollea) has settled a lawsuit against Cox Radio and talk host Mike “Cowhead” Calta reports tampabay.com. Hogan filed suit against the WHPT-FM (1025 The Bone) morning host, his former co-worker Matt “Spice Boy” Loyd and owner Cox Radio in 2017. A 2007 sex tape recorded by Hogan’s former best friend — Bubba the Love Sponge Clem — was at the center of the litigation. The lawsuit filed in Pinellas County demanded damages in excess of $15,000, but did not specify an amount.
The tape, which showed Hogan having sex with Clem’s then-wife, was posted on Gawker Media, where over 7 million people viewed it. Hogan successfully sued the news media outlet and was awarded over $100 million dollars and settled for $31 million, as Gawker filed for bankruptcy and was sold.
Tampabay.com also said court orders signed by defendants Matt Loyd (aka Spice Boy), his ex wife Tasha Nicole Carrega and Los Angeles lawyer Keith Davidson were filed on Thursday. All three were accused of conspiring to leak and sell the footage to TMZ and thedirty.com.