The message to some station app users has just become: have it your way — broadcast or stream. Developer Clip Interactive has updated its roughly 100 station apps to give users of Android’s HTC One (M8) the choice of accessing the station’s audio via its broadcast signal or online stream.
One of NextRadio’s value propositions is the ability to listen to radio on a smartphone without eating into a consumer’s mobile data plan. Recently-released research from Edison Research and Triton Digital shows smartphone data plans are on the minds of many online radio users. MORE
Just weeks after Cumulus Media announced it would not hire a No. 2 executive to assist CEO Lew Dickey run the radio group, it’s done the next best thing. Tom Schurr has been recruited as senior vice president of operations. The veteran radio executive will oversee station operations in several of Cumulus Media’s most important markets. MORE
Two years after hitching with Cumulus Media as general sales manager for its three-station New York cluster, Maire Mason has been promoted to VP/GM of “Nash FM” flagship WNSH (94.7). The New York market vet has held sales and management positions for Merlin Media, Univision Radio and CBS Radio.
Event programming drives tune-in. One of the biggest events in sports goes full swing today and radio is all over it. Westwood One is carrying every basket, bounce and buzzer-beater of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. Last year’s March Madness listening trends underscore the appeal of live tournament play.
The Patriots Monday tradition that began on sports talker WEEI, Boston 20 years ago will continue into the 2018 season. So will Patriots Friday, which launched in 2008. The NFL team and the Entercom sports station have announced a three-year extension for the broadcast rights to the exclusive seasonal programming.
At age 39, Bold Gold Media Group president Vince Benedetto is one of the youngest group owners in the industry. Now he’s taking steps to help attract the next generation of broadcasters to the business, especially to talk radio. Benedetto has created the Bold Gold Broadcast and Media Foundation, which will award grants to college broadcast programs and give scholarships to students interested in joining radio’s ranks. MORE
The black tie Golden Mike Awards on Monday brought in loads of green. The Broadcasters Foundation of America says it raised more than $250,000 during the annual fundraiser that attracted more than 250 broadcasters and celebrities. The proceeds will help the Foundation provide help to broadcasters who’ve lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen family tragedy. MORE
Three-year old “Dish Nation,” the 20th Century Fox show hosted by major market morning shows, achieved a new all-time viewer high this month. The syndicator says the show had a 1.77 million viewer cume, a 24% increase compared to the same week a year earlier when it had 1.43 million viewers. MORE