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RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast
Radio Ink Magazine
Hosted by Radio + Television Business Report Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson
4 days ago
The InFOCUS Podcast: Justin Sasso
There are likely a lot of things on the slate of state broadcasters' associations as it pertains to the key concerns of their member broadcast media owners and operators. Perhaps the biggest issue are the priorities a SBA has with the new Congress. What can one SBA leader say about the early indications from Capitol Hill on what’s in store for radio and TV in your state? Justin Sasso, President/CEO of the Colorado Broadcasters Association, shares his observations on what's been happening in his state -- and much more -- in a wide-ranging conversation exclusively found in this 100th episode of the RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, presented by Dot.FM.
Feb 25, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Greg Guy
How is 2021 shaping up for transactions, now that Kagan has analyzed 2020’s dealmaking? Are deals still in a COVID-19 fueled frozen state? Those are just some of the questions Greg Guy, the managing partner for media brokerage Patrick Communications, answers in this latest InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Feb 23, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Gordon Borrell
February 11 saw the release of the second in a series of Borrell Associates reports that examine 2021 spending plans for a dozen different types of local ad buyers. This 14-page analysis, drawn from a survey of 373 local businesses that buy TV ads, shifts focus to Broadcast TV Advertisers. To share additional insights into the findings, Gordon Borrell spoke exclusively with RBR+TVBR in this fresh InFOCUS Podcast presented by DOT.FM.
Feb 18, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Scott Simonelli
The dynamic insertion of advertising based on audience tracking data is of ever-increasing importance to broadcast radio and perhaps even TV. With a $230 million price tag, iHeartMedia clearly sees the value in this by purchasing Triton Digital from The E.W. Scripps Co. Veritonic is just one company that has marketing intelligence tools wrapped around digital audio marketing. In this podcast, founder and CEO Scott Simonelli thoughts on the impact of this transaction.
Feb 16, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Jonathan Little
In our special Presidents’ Day edition of the RBR+TVBR Daily Headlines E-mail, the radio and television business report offered details on a big transition at online music research pioneer TroyResearch. Jonathan Little, the longtime VP of Sales and Client Services, joins us to share more about those changes in this new InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.fm.
Feb 11, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Robin Szabo
Robin Szabo has served as President of Szabo Associates since 2006. If you’ve never heard of this company, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary, go chat with your CFO or the collections department! Szabo Associates began life as a media collection services operation in 1971. Why? Was Radio plagued with a collection of deadbeats? That's just one of the questions Robin answers in this latest InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Feb 9, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Steve Jones
The new year seems to have started off with a bang for Skyview Networks, with the addition of The Weather Channel, The Associated Press, Hubbard Broadcasting and Carmen’s Calls. What was the result of these new portfolio additions? That's just one of the questions Steve Jones, President and COO of Skyview Networks, answers in this latest InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Feb 4, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: John Morris, WideOrbit
Tru Optik, which offers "identity resolution" in the streaming media world for marketers and advertisers, has struck a new partnership with WideOrbit, the sell-side processor of premium digital and linear advertising. To learn how this can benefit Radio as it grows its podcasting and streaming audio delivery business, RBR+TVBR spoke exclusively with John Morris, VP of Streaming & On-Demand at WideOrbit. He's Adam R Jacobson's guest in this fresh InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Feb 2, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Armando Guerrero, Ntooitive
Nearly one year after the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the U.S., it is clear that Chief Marketing Officers and media buyers and planners were hardly in unison with respect to how to react while protecting the brand. What’s the impact on audio media, including radio and online streaming? We get fresh insight on the topic from Armando Guerrero, of digital ad agency Ntooitive, in the latest RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Jan 28, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Lou Kastler, KNXR-FM
KNXR-FM in Rochester, Minn. is the top-rated station in the market, ranked No. 217 by Nielsen Audio. It's a 100kw boomer, and the crown jewel in a 19-station operation focused on Southern Minnesota owned by Lynn Ketelsen and John Linder’s Blooming Prairie Farm & Radio. How has this Classic Hits station branded as "Minnesota 97.5" managed to stay live and local from 6am-7pm, and keep both local and national advertising buys flowing some 11 1/2 months into the COVID-19 pandemic? Station Operations Manager and morning co-host Lou Kastler shares the details in this fresh InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Jan 26, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Greg Palm, USSI Global
The C-Band, an essential for many broadcast TV and radio stations' programming services, is in the midst of a four-year transition that's moving at full speed. Some are likening this move to the TV repack process. If you're not wholly familiar with the importance of the C-Band, this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM, is just for you!
Jan 21, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Gregg Skall
On Tuesday, all eyes were on the U.S. Supreme Court as oral arguments were heard in FCC v. Prometheus, the case that sees the Commission and the NAB teaming to get its cross-ownership rules approved with a reversal of a lower court’s remand. While that’s certainly a huge matter, other legal issues impacting radio and TV in 2021 deserve attention. What’s the first one that comes to mind to Gregg Skall, the noted Washington, D.C. communications attorney with boutique firm Telecommunication Law Professionals? Find out in the latest InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Jan 19, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Davina Sashkin
The U.S. Supreme Court for exactly 82 minutes on Tuesday morning heard a consolidated oral argument in "FCC v. Prometheus Radio Project," the Commission's appeal of a lower court's remand of its cross-ownership media rule rewrite. Fletcher Heald & Hildreth attorney Davina Sashkin provides an exclusive analysis of what transpired in this podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Jan 14, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Joe D'Angelo, Xperi
The virtual CES 2021 conference and expo is in full swing, and Jacobs Media on Wednesday offered a three-hour midday tour of what’s hot for radio broadcasters. Among those participating in the event was Joe D’Angelo, the senior vice president of broadcast at the parent of both DTS and HD Radio, Xperi. What are Joe's key takeaways from what he's seen at CES 2021? Are there some exciting new and/or improved tech products of use not only for radio, but also TV, in the year ahead? Joe shares all in this latest RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Jan 12, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Crossings TV
Crossings TV can be found over the air on low-power TV station KBTV-8 in Sacramento; on Comcast Xfinity systems in Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, San Francisco and Seattle-Tacoma; and on Charter Spectrum systems in Los Angeles in New York — some of the nation’s biggest Asian American population centers. Why did Frank Washington, founder and CEO of the Sacramento-based channel, and COO Daniel Sakaya, each decide to focus their careers and attention to the build-out of a television channel that offers a variety of programming targeting all of these different groups? They share this, and more, in a fresh InFOCUS podcast presented by DOT.FM.
Jan 7, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Joel Oxley, WTOP
In this exclusive interview for the InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM, WTOP General Manager Joel Oxley shares with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson how the station covered all of the events in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6-7, 2021 -- including the 4am Eastern certification of the electoral college votes that seals the victory of Joe Biden as the next president of the U.S.
Jan 5, 2021
The InFOCUS Podcast: Caroline Beasley
Beasley Media Group is officially observing its 60th anniversary. In this new RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM, CEO Caroline Beasley shares a little about the company’s legacy — and what will eventually culminate in a special anniversary day in December. Why did company founder George Beasley invest in an AM radio station in Benson, N.C., and why in December 1961 did he desire to own a radio station? What is Beasley’s place in history with the growth of FM radio, and HD Radio? Caroline Beasley shares the answers and more!
Dec 22, 2020
The InFOCUS Podcast: Jordan Rich
Jordan Rich recently concluded a twenty-five year tenure as a late-night talk host at legendary News/Talk radio station WBZ-AM 1030 in Boston. He’s also worked at WRKO in Boston, and has now added author to his long list of accomplishments. What prompted Rich to write a book about your time behind the mic? How does he describe the demons and personal tragedies that nearly derailed his career? Rich provides the answers as he discusses his new book “ON AIR: My 50-year Love Affair with Radio,” in this InFOCUS Podcast hosted by RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
Dec 17, 2020
The InFOCUS Podcast: Steve Alexander, WGN Radio
Without agriculture, and agribusiness, much of Wall Street, Madison Avenue and Silicon Valley would be "hungry, homeless, naked and sober." That's why agribusiness is nothing city folk should scoff at, says Steve Alexander, who will succeed the legendary Orion Samuelson as the chief agribusiness reporter for Nexstar Media Group's legendary Chicago talk station, WGN-AM 720, come January 1. Alexander spoke exclusively with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson about his new role, where he gets his information from, and why Nexstar elected not to sunset the reports -- clearly seeing value in their continuation.
Dec 15, 2020
The InFOCUS Podcast: Scott Jones, Cumulus Media
The November 2020 Nielsen Audio ratings for Colorado Springs have just been released, and guess what — the top 5 stations, 12+, are all owned by Cumulus Media. Yes, stations owned by Bahakel and a News Press and Gazette-owned Talk station, do not appear publicly in the ratings. Nevertheless, this group of radio stations’ success is very noteworthy. What’s the No. 1 reason for this cluster-wide strength? Scott Jones, Vice President and Market Manager for Cumulus Media’s Colorado Springs operations, shares the answer and more in this fresh RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast!
Dec 10, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Anne Schelle
Starting this week, viewers in the nation’s 14th largest TV market — Detroit — get a taste of the future as five local TV stations have banded together to launch NEXTGEN TV in Detroit. This market is vitally important for ATSC 3.0’s data capabilities, as automotive executives and production facilities can learn first-hand of how the connected car can benefit. Are companies such as Ford and General Motors aware of what NEXTGEN TV can provide? Yes, says Anne Schelle, the Managing Director of Pearl TV, who speaks exclusively with Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson in this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Dec 8, 2020
RBR+TVBR: Vincent Letang, MAGNA
MAGNA has released its Global Ad Forecast for December/Winter 2020. In this fresh InFOCUS Podcast, its EVP/GM for Global Market Intelligence, Vincent Letang chats exclusively with RBR+TVBR on linear media trends versus digital on a global scale, and what may lie ahead in 2021 for U.S. radio and TV companies.
Dec 3, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Jack Goodman
On the evening of December 1, 63 television stations owned by TEGNA were blocked from DirecTV customers, as talks regarding a new retransmission consent agreement between the two companies failed to reach a fresh deal before the prior accord expired. Twenty-four hours later, an even bigger "blackout" transpired, and it involves Dish and Nexstar. The reason? New retransmission consent agreements couldn’t be finalized in time, and the previous ones expired. It’s an increasingly troubling problem for broadcast TV station owners, and to learn more about the history of retransmission consent and why, perhaps, it is such a contentious matter, former NAB General Counsel and noted Washington, D.C. attorney Jack Goodman spoke with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson for this fresh InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Dec 1, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Scott Herman
The Broadcasters Foundation of America has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy. These dollars come from both personal and corporate donations, and there probably hasn’t been a more challenging time in recent memory for many members of the broadcasting community. That’s why this #GivingTuesday is likely a very important one for the organization. In this special RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, Scott Herman, Chair of the Broadcasters Foundation and CEO of SHH Media Management, shares with Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson the Broadcasters Foundation's ability to help people in dire need, and how it has been able to do so across a most challenging year. Donating is easy, and Scott Herman has set up a special #GivingTuesday Fundraiser on Facebook. As of 10:30am on Tuesday, $2,366 was raised with a goal of $2,500, and donations are accepted until Dec. 10. The URL is https…
Nov 24, 2020
InFOCUS Podcast: Greg Loose, Veritone
With Thanksgiving just days away, and holiday music already found on radio stations from coast to coast, positive vibes and coming yuletides are helping to soothe the COVID-19 impacted realities of our times. The U.S. is entering the eighth month of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that’s led to a variety of shifts in media management that largely involve remote work needs. What sort of role has Veritone Inc. played in aiding this transition, whether temporary or permanent, post-pandemic? RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson gets the answer directly from Greg Loose, the head of media and entertainment at Veritone, in this latest InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Nov 19, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Josh Castro
Until September, Josh Castro spent 5 ½ years as the GM of KAIL-TV in Fresno. Now, he is working with a famed digital multicast pioneer in the build-out of the new MyNetworkTV affiliate serving the central San Joaquin Valley of California. How has the transition been? What are his thoughts on access to capital, and the potential return of a Minority Tax Certificate? How has launching a brand-new station in a pandemic gone for the ad sales team? Castro answers these questions and more in a lively RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, presented by Dot.FM and hosted by Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
Nov 17, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Bill Adee, VSiN
It likely takes a lot of skill and balance to offer sports wagering content without perhaps going over a certain ethical line. And, given Bill Adee's history in sports, this veteran of Chicago sports media appears to have the background to tackle what some may see as a challenge. Adee is the Principal and COO of VSiN, formally known as the Vegas Sports Information Network. It's grown quickly since the spring of 2017, when Adee joined the Musbergers to launch VSiN, and he shares the latest on how things continue to roll -- even through the COVID-19 pandemic -- in this freshly produced InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Nov 12, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Eddie Esserman
Eddie Esserman, the Managing Director for Media Services Group, last spoke with RBR+TVBR in April. Much has changed since then ... or has it, with respect to radio and TV station transactions? RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson caught up with the St. Simons Island, Ga.-based media broker, and Esserman's thoughts are shared in this fresh InFocus Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Nov 10, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Jerry Rogers, WRHQ
Thoroughbred Communicatoins is known across Coastal Georgia as the company behind “Q105.3,” WRHQ. It’s a hard station for non-locals to figure out. It’s one part “Jack FM,” and another part WXRT. The on-air presentation is mellow, but don’t be surprised if Van Halen’s “Panama” or Matthew Wilder’s “Break My Stride” comes up in between a Tame Impala track. There’s also a significant news presence. And, people listen – it has a 4.0 share in the overall Nielsen Audio ratings. Is there a secret sauce? Fifty-one year market veteran Jerry Rogers shares why Q105.3 is beloved by locals, and attracts advertisers, in this fresh RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.FM.
Nov 5, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Ray Miklius, GatesAir
This week saw the signing of a partnership between TEGNA and GatesAir that will help it bring NEXTGEN TV broadcasts to the Seattle market, starting in December. What role does GatesAir play in this rollout? Are there opportunities for those that are listening who haven’t yet acted on a ATSC 3.0 installation plan? Those questions are answered by GatesAir Television Products Group VP/GM Ray Miklius in this fresh RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, presented by Dot.FM.
Nov 3, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Ken Frierson
CBS affiliate WNEM-5 is a storied TV station in a part of Michigan that has received rather negative attention in recent years for its water crisis – Flint. That said, WNEM likely took an outsized role in covering it as a news story, in turn growing its audience and thus attracting advertisers. What has the sales experience been like for the last few years pre-COVID? That's just one question RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson asked Ken Frierson, who has just been promoted from General Sales Manager to VP/GM of the Meredith Local Media Group, in this all-new Election Day edition of the InFOCUS Podcast, presented by Dot.FM.
Oct 29, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Sean Compton
Sean Compton may be a bit familiar to radio industry veterans from his roles as a VP of Programming for Clear Channel and, before that, at Jacor Broadcasting. Today, he serves as President of Networks for Nexstar Media Group, charged with making WGN America's three-hour prime-time newsblock NewsNation a success. Two months in, what can Compton share about the ambitious launch of NewsNation? What makes it distinct from all of the other news sources available to viewers? Is there a plan to bring content to cord-cutters? These questions, along with reminiscence of his time working with Randy Michaels, are the highlights of the latest RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, presented by Dot.FM, hosted by Radio + Television Business Report Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
Oct 27, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: LoopMe and Election Ad Research
LoopMe, a global digital ad tech platform with a U.S. headquarters in New York, just surveyed nearly 2,400 Americans about what issues matter to them and their political advertising preferences. The results are particularly interesting for radio and TV station owners and managers, and discussing the findings in this freshly produced RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, presented by Dot.FM, is LoopMe Associate Vice President, Strategic Partnerships & Product Marketing Dan Lapinski.
Oct 20, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Pacific Northwest Ag Network
Some might scoff at the notion of an agricultural network, conjuring up images of WKRP in Cincinnati character Les Nessman doing a hog report, or perhaps the golden age of radio in the 1930s. Yet, in-depth and accurate farm news remains vitally important to a large segment of the nation. Why did Cherry Creek Radio embark on an effort to offer this programming to radio listeners, one that now involves sales representation by Gen Media Partners and J.L. Farmakis? Glenn Vaagen, the Program Director for the Pacific Northwest Ag Network, offers great insight into the continued value of ag programming in Idaho, Washington and Oregon in this RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, presented by Dot.FM. He even touches on the subject of marijuana, and how it fits in to agricultural business news and advertising opportunities!
Oct 15, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: David Ayres
Sandwiched between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, Fla., are small but picturesque beach towns including Flagler Beach and world famous tourist destination St. Augustine. It's a media void, given its distance from Jacksonville and Orlando, and a local radio broadcasting company has succeeded -- even through the pandemic -- in turning a profit while providing local listeners with locally relevant programming. How did Flagler Broadcasting do it? VP/GM David Ayres shares all with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson in this freshly produced InFocus Podcast, presented by Dot.FM!
Oct 13, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Norberto Sanchez
If there's anyone who can perhaps provide strong insights and observations about how to navigate a consumer-driven business through a pandemic that shows no signs of abetting in the coming weeks, it is Norberto Sanchez. Sanchez serves as CEO of Norsan Media, an owner of radio stations and print publications that, until COVID-19's arrival, organized and hosted a variety of experiential marketing-driven events targeting Latinos in the Southern U.S. The media entity is part of a larger organization that includes a meat packing plant, an Argentine steakhouse, 14 fast-casual Mexican restaurants and two Italian restaurants. Yes, that's a great example of P&L diversity. But, in COVID-19 times, is it a dual-recipe for heartache ... or extreme financial prowess? Learn more in this fresh InFOCUS Podcast presented by Dot.FM, hosted by RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson!
Oct 8, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Bob Perry
He’s the well-known international programming consultant who has been active with radio stations targeting Hispanic audiences, and is the moderator of the October 8 Hispanic Radio Conference LIVE! roundtable discussion focused on Hispanic radio’s proper pitch in a pandemic world. Bob Perry promises to moderate an entertaining session, and even if you’re listening to this podcast after it is streamed live, registered Hispanic Radio Conference LIVE! participants can listen to it on demand. What’s up for discussion with key programming leaders from Univision Radio and SBS, in addition to research pro Harold Austin and Grupo ACIR’s Manuel Fernandez Tellez? We get an exclusive preview in this InFOCUS Podcast with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
Oct 6, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Ron Stone
Ron Stone has gained notice across the radio industry for his efforts in creating the Independent Broadcasters Association (IBA). Just last week, the broadcasting company Stone oversees, Adams Radio Group, moved its national rep partnership to the newly created IBA Radio Sales. Why, and what advantages might other independent broadcast groups have in taking his lead? That's just one of many questions asked by RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson in this special extended InFOCUS Podcast. What’s the one thing Adams Radio Group's rather disparate markets all have in common today, and how has Adams been able to capitalize on this? Our conversation also touches on digital platforms — something Stone certainly has an opinion about. What’s the big concern here? You'll get the exclusive answer only by listening to this podcast!
Oct 1, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Lyndon Abell
Engagement, passion and fun. Those are perhaps the lone things between serving as the Director of Operations for a Harley-Davidson dealership and as the GM or Operations Director for a radio station. And, these traits have helped fuel a successful 22-year career with Harley-Davidson for a former Program Director for radio stations in Jackson, Miss.; Hartford; St. Louis; and Cleveland -- an individual who even worked on Imus in the Morning at the famed WNBC-AM in New York some 40 years ago. What can radio industry professionals can learn from Lyndon Abell? RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson finds out in this fun InFOCUS Podcast presented by Dot.FM.
Sep 24, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Roger Rafson
Roger Rafson, the Senior VP of Political/Issue Advocacy & Strategic Alliances at Gen Media Partners, is preparing to moderate a panel discussion that marks the first in a series of Hispanic Radio LIVE sessions. It’s set for Thursday, October 1 at 11:35am Eastern and features what’s poised to be a lively chat with four highly regarded research and analytics experts. With roughly five weeks until Election Day, all broadcast media – radio and TV – can help shape every election, from the White House to Main Street and down-ballot items. In this InFOCUS Podcast with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson, Rafson offers a preview as to what Hispanic Radio LIVE attendees can learn on how to attract political ads they may not be getting -- and more!
Sep 22, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Joe D'Angelo, Xperi
We’ve heard that there’s been a silver living for HD Radio across the COVID-19 pandemic. That involves using the technology to disseminate important tips and virus protection techniques to audio consumers. We also hear that HD Radio aided not only in the rapid deployment of messages, but additional content through digital multicasts. What that entailed is just one small part of a wide-ranging conversation with Joe D’Angelo, the Senior Vice President of Broadcast Radio at Xperi, parent of HD Radio. And, you can hear it all right now in this fresh RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, presented by DOT.fm.
Sep 17, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Rollye James
Many people know Rollye James from her long career as a talk radio personality, which currently includes following the famed John Landecker — or Chicago White Sox games — on Nexstar Media Group's WGN-AM in Chicago. Yet, few realize that James and husband Jon Cornell own an AM/FM combo in Globe, Ariz., just east of Mesa and the sprawling Phoenix metro. What has that experience been like? James responded with nervous laughter. It hasn't been easy, and that includes not only advertising challenges but issues with cellular clients on its FM broadcast tower and a guy who "mangled" its AM broadcast tower within the last nine months. She shares all in this exclusive interview conducted by RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson in this fresh InFOCUS Podcast, presented by Dot.FM.
Sep 15, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Steve Sinicropi
Upstate South Carolina is a vibrant, diverse region of the U.S. that’s home to Denny’s corporate headquarters, a large BMW plant and a particularly successful Hard Rock station: 93.3 The Planet. It’s the home of the Rise Guys, a morning show that has established itself as a strong brand in this part of the world. As such, this podcast is all about branding ... and beer, as Steve Sinicropi, the Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Entercom’s Greenville-Spartanburg station group, chats with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson in this fresh InFOCUS Podcast.
Sep 9, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Steve Lanzano, TVB
It has certainly been an exceptional year for broadcast TV. From social justice protests and the COVID-19 pandemic, local over-the-air television has played an outsized role in bringing consumers vital information, while also protecting their staff from harm. How has this helped broadcast TV in making its case to advertisers and marketers? That's just one question TVB President/CEO Steve Lanzano tackles in this preview of the TVB ALT FORWARD conference, shared in an audio podcast presented by dot.FM hosted by RBR+TVBR editor-in-chief Adam R Jacobson.
Sep 7, 2020
Andrew Curran, DMR/Interactive
For the fifth year in a row, Andrew Curran, President and COO of DMR/Interactive penned an "Open Letter to Radio." In it, he says, “Radio has long been resilient, but as families go back to school and people are back in their cars more often, there’s a significant opportunity to form listening habits and drive daily cume.” With cume sliding dramatically at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in PPM markets, in particular, what are some of the big ideas Curran has for driving more people to radio stations? Curran shares his answer, and more, with Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson in this fresh RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, presented by Dot.FM.
Sep 3, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Bob Proffitt, Alpha Media
What role have Alpha Media’s flagship stations played in informing and entertaining listeners across Oregon’s biggest market, and how have the stations worked with clients in “the rebound” from COVID-19 shutdowns? We get the exclusive answer from President/CEO Bob Proffitt, who also shares positive stories from two Ohio markets where Alpha has stations in this fresh RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, sponsored by Dot.FM — hosted by editor-in-chief Adam R Jacobson.
Sep 1, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Julie Hein, KZIA Inc.
it’s been an interesting eight months, and in Iowa it’s been a bit more newsworthy thanks to something that hasn’t received a lot of news coverage yet was particularly devastating – the Derecho damage in the Hawkeye State. How did it impact the listeners and clients of KZIA-FM and its two FM translator stations? Julie Hein, CEO of KZIA Inc., in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, shares all in this exclusive RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, sponsored by Dot.FM.
Aug 27, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Bill Bennett, ENCO
The subject of captioning has emerged in recent months as a big one for broadcast TV. It's also become an increasingly necessary tool for radio broadcasters looking to do more in the digital space with video. There are certainly some captioning trends out there in the marketplace, and in this fresh RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, ENCO's Pittsburgh-based Media Solutions Account Manager Bill Bennett shares fresh insights about its positive benefits for broadcast TV, and perhaps even a hint as to whether or not radio broadcasters are investigating benefits from this technology.
Aug 25, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Donna Bell, Gray Television
In years past, MTV and Spring Breakers very much knew about Panama City Beach, Fla. By the 2000s however, the wild events faded in a region many refer to as "The Forgotten Coast." Then, on Oct. 10, 2018, life changed for all across Bay County as Hurricane Michael devastated the area. The damage was horrific… but the Federal response and recovery efforts were lacking. Many media outlets, including Gray Television's NBC and CBS affiliates -- WJHG-7 and WECP-LP 18 -- were greatly impacted by the storm. Six months later, Federal aid had yet to arrive. The station's News Director, WJHG veteran Donna Bell, sprang to action along with her team. The result: aid arrived, and the stations' efforts on Saturday netted the Gray TV pair a Service to Community Award from the NAB Leadership Foundation. In this exclusive audio interview with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson, Bell shares the experience of living through a hurricane, and the recovery efforts her stations helped bring forth…
Aug 20, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Rich Homberg
It's a very special day for the RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast, as it is not only National Radio Day but also the 100th anniversary of the very first broadcasts of WWJ-AM 950 in Detroit. As part of our salute to WWJ and radio, RBR+TVBR has placed its focus on Detroit, and much of its local media. For the latest Podcast, we engaged Detroit Public Media President/CEO Rich Homberg in a conversation that spans from life at a PBS Member station to running a Classical/Jazz FM with ideas and recipes for success built on a 12-year tenure as WWJ's VP/GM.
Aug 18, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Richard Burns, Frontier Media
Frontier Media in February 2017 became the first licensee of a radio station in the U.S. to be 100% foreign owned. At the time, there was zero opposition to the request, which the FCC granted. Now, Richard Burns is the proud -- and successful -- owner of stations in Alaska and along the Texas/Arkansas border. What’s this Australian's perspective on ownership, especially given the much-different atmosphere seen today in locales such as Juneau, Alaska, compared to then? "A friend of mine once said, 'There are no good radio stations, only good radio people,' and I think that is absolutely right," Burns tells Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson in this fresh RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast. Learn more about how Burns' ownership of radio stations is "a dream come true" by listening now to this audio report!
Aug 13, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Omar Thompson
Many media industry professionals know Omar Thompson for his many years as a marketing and creative teams leader at ABC Radio Networks, and as a marketing and advertising VP at Premiere Networks some 20 years ago. Today, he's a Principal for Dallas-based marketing strategy firm 1Nine Marketing & Media, which works with brands on the proper content in their creative that can best strike a chord with multicultural consumers. Thompson is a panelist on the August 19 Black Media Symposium, and he spoke with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson ahead of the event in this fresh InFocus Podcast. How are marketers are responding to Black consumer needs? Get the answer in this 10-minute listen!
Aug 11, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Reid Magnum
Radio broadcasting company Magnum.Media has uniquely focused on markets within the state of Wisconsin. And, it's growing -- even as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged ad revenue across much of April and May. Were there any concerns with moving forward with the company's latest station acquisitions? What advise do those running this family-owned operation have to share? Reid Magnum agreed to answer those questions in the latest RBR+TVBR InFOCUS podcast, hosted by editor-in-chief Adam R Jacobson.
Aug 6, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Brad Deutsch
We’ve reached August, and it has been nearly five months since the COVID-19 virus began its rampage across the U.S. Today, media companies are reporting second quarter earnings featuring big revenue dips, but stories of sequential improvements from April. Now, many are eyeing Washington for relief, and that can come in various ways. What is perhaps the biggest topic of interest in D.C. for radio and TV broadcasters? We get the latest on Lowest Unit Rate regulatory policy, the FCC's station license renewal period now underway and the political file rule, among other things, from Brad Deutsch, Office Managing Director and Principal at Foster Garvey, in this fresh RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast.
Aug 4, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Dan Viles
Over the past several months, WYBN-14, a low-power TV station, has distinguished itself from other stations serving New York's Capital District by offering eight digital multicast networks including COZI TV, Buzzr and This TV to viewers. Now, that same value proposition is being made available to those in the Mid-Hudson Valley, a part of the vast New York City DMA that until now has been devoid of any over-the-air broadcast signals. What opportunities does this bring to the station's ownership? Dan Viles, the man in charge, speaks with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson about that in this fresh InFOCUS Podcast!
Jul 30, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Darrell Calton
Your company has uniquely focused on one of the fastest-growing locales in America. Then, the novel coronavirus arrives. What has the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic done for business over the last four months? That's what we learn from Darrell Calton, Chief Executive Officer of privately held local radio broadcasting company Iliad Media Group, in this freshly produced RBR+TVBR InFOCUS podcast hosted by Radio + Television Business Report Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
Jul 28, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Susie Hedrick
You likely know vCreative for its media workflow offerings, with cloud-based technology in place for such companies as Univision, Entercom, Cumulus Media, Townsquare Media and Urban One. Now, vCreative is seeking to build on its radio industry success by reaching out to broadcast television. That’s what brings President/COO Susie Hedrick on to the latest RBR+TVBR InFOCUS podcast, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson. Why is the TV industry ripe for such a tool? What, exactly, are production workflows and how can they benefit broadcast television? Can this product be especially helpful as broadcast TV stations gain insight on new revenue sources from the data side of ATSC 3.0, the new NEXTGEN TV broadcast standard? Get the answers and more in this great learning lesson from the Radio + Television Business Report.
Jul 23, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Alan Young, LTN Global
RBR+TVBR readers recently learned that LTN Global’s video transport network services were being used for the first commercial deployment of ATSC 3.0 in the U.S., in Las Vegas. What is the significance of this, and what does this represent to the TV broadcaster? "It's very significant," Chief Technology Officer and head of strategy Alan Young says in this fresh RBR+TVBR InFOCUS podcast. "The rollout of ATSC 3.0 is a major step forward for the broadcasters. The challenge with it is that the FCC did not allocate any new spectrum. Because the NEXTGEN TV standard is not compatible with the existing standard, that presents somewhat of a challenge." As LTN Global has taken an active role in market deployments of NEXTGEN TV, this podcast is one every broadcast TV executive will want to listen to today.
Jul 21, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Marv Neal, The Urban Heat
Until recently, a Boston audio operation branded as "The Urban Heat" could be heard on an AM radio station and FM translator it used via a time brokerage agreement. But then, things took an odd turn when the station owner found himself in financial troubles, and decided to silence the station, along with two others he owns. That didn't stop Marv Neal, the Station Manager for "The Urban Heat," from having product to offer Black consumers at one of the most important times in U.S. history for the African-American community. Learn how The Urban Heat was growing online, and why Neal is upbeat about a new over-the-air home with a 100% local operation that he believes is more valued that ever in this fresh RBR+TVBR InFOCUS podcast hosted by Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
Jul 16, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Larry Lewis, WTZT-TV
Larry Lewis (pictured), who with his wife Kim are also the newest minority owners of a TV station, recently filed to purchase a Class A TV station serving the Tennessee Valley of northern Alabama. Why did they buy the property? What sort of programming and advertising plans are in the works? Find out in this great 10-minute audio report with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief in this brand-new RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast.
Jul 14, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS Podcast: Sean Beaudoin, Vizzion
Entercom has taken a big step toward greater accuracy in the traffic reports and weather updates offered to stations by its wholly owned Traffic Weather Information Network (TWIN). That’s because Entercom recently adopted a Desktop Video Wall platform developed by Vancouver-based traffic camera solutions company Vizzion. How did this partnership come about, and is it a first between Vizzion and an audio media company? We get the answer from Sean Beaudoin, the Product Manager for the Desktop Video Wall from Vizzion. Beaudoin also serves as the Vancouver-based company’s Account Manager for Entercom, and that’s what brings him on the RBR+TVBR InFOCUS podcast today.
Jul 9, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFocus Podcast: Kelly Orchard
“The broadcast industry can use their powerful voices to improve the lives of their listeners.” How are these words from broadcast industry veteran Kelly Orchard, who holds a Master's in Psychology, perhaps more important than ever? Learn by listening to this fresh RBR+TVBR InFocus podcast, hosted by editor-in-chief Adam R Jacobson.
Jul 7, 2020
RBR+TVBR INFocus Podcast: John Garziglia
Are FM translators no different than FM boosters? If they are equal, in the eyes of the FCC, shouldn't both be considered as GeoBroadcast Solutions seeks Commission approval on a proposal to bring unique programming to an FM booster? It's a hot topic, and the legal counsel in Washington representing the Broadcasters is John Garziglia, the well-respected attorney at Womble Bond Dickinson's D.C. office. To help share his clients' views on the matter, and why in their view -- and his -- a FM booster is no different than an FM translator, he sat down with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson for an exclusive interview.
Jun 30, 2020
RBR+TVBR INFOCUS PODCAST: Widelity's FCC Fine Avoidance Plans
Earlier this month, RBR+TVBR received a rather intriguing press release from a Northern Virginia-based business and network engineering consulting services firm that has worked closely with the broadcasting industry for years. It heralded the launch of a new practice division for Widelity Corporation, "one that could save radio and television stations thousands of dollars in FCC fines." What, exactly, does that entail? RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam Jacobson picked up the phone and spoke with Mike Lasky, a principal at Widelity, and the Miami-based OPIF team leader for Widelity, Jim Glogowski.
Jun 25, 2020
RBR+TVBR INFOCUS PODCAST: Marketron CEO Jim Howard
How is Marketron working to help bridge digital and over-the-air radio together, for the benefit of advertisers, consumers and station owners? It's a question CEO Jim Howard liked very much, because Marketron believes advertisers are thinking different about consumers. That's because many are asking the following question: How can we interact with the consumer in a way that will meet a client's advertising objectives? Howard is the latest guest in our new RBR+TVBR INFOCUS PODCAST, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
Jun 23, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFOCUS PODCAST: Max Kalehoff, Realeyes
Late last week, just in time for Juneteeth, "emotion AI" television advertising research Realeyes released some intriguing data regarding consumer response to brands that rolled out Blacks Lives Matter-themed creative. Were the ads well received? With front-facing cameras used to measure the attention and emotion of opt-in viewers the hallmark of Realeyes' studies, it looked at several themed campaigns from such brands as the Disney Channel, Nike, McDonald's, and Procter & Gamble Co., and the National Football League. The results of the study are discussed in this new RBR+TVBR INFOCUS Podcast with Realeyes marketing head Max Kalehoff, who speaks with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief from New York.
Jun 17, 2020
RBR+TVBR INFOCUS Podcast: Brian Jentz
One of our most-read stories this month at RBR.com featured the news that The Walt Disney Co.’s advanced advertising suite is expanding its offerings by bringing its Disney Media Networks program offerings to the Addressable TV beta test presently being conducted by Nielsen. We spoke with Brian Jentz, the SVP of Business Operations for Nielsen, for more on this test, and why the findings are so valuable to both marketers and broadcast media in this EXCLUSIVE conversation from London with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam Jacobson.
Jun 16, 2020
RBR+TVBR InFocus Podcast: Kevin Cassidy
Strategic Solutions Research has certainly kept its brand top-of-mind in recent weeks, and there seems to be more outreach in getting its radio and TV research offerings out there. What is this company formerly known as Strategic Radio Solutions doing on the television side of the broadcast media industry? Viewer-fueled suggestions on how to improve a local station's newscast, resulting in higher ratings and revenue potential, is one key offering. We get the full scope of the company's offerings from President and Founder Kevin Cassidy in this fresh RBR+TVBR INFOCUS Podcast.
Jun 11, 2020
RBR+TVBR INFOCUS: Jim Winston
Our nation has experienced a lot since mid-March, and the African American community has been adversely impacted by these matters – from the COVID-19 pandemic to protests surrounding the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. While the total market media has done much to cover these topics, African American targeted media provides something more. How is this obligation, if you will, of African American owned and operated stations more important than ever? Jim Winston, the President of NABOB, answers this and other questions in an exclusive conversation with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson
Jun 9, 2020
RBR+TVBR INFOCUS: Brick Eksten
Qligent has received the industry’s attention in recent months for its monitoring and visualization products of use to the television industry. As verification become a growing concern in the streaming space, what do broadcast TV stations need to consider with respect to ad monitoring, and verification? Brick Eksten, the brand-new CEO at the broadcast technologies company, shares his insight on this and on the growing importance of reliable and distributed compliance marketing in the all-new RBR+TVBR INFOCUS Podcast, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
May 29, 2020
Episode No. 34: JD Crowley
Sheltering at home led many radio consumers to use their smart speaker, or phone, to tune in to a radio station they'd normally listen to while in the car. Yet, as the nation begins its "reopening," Entercom Communications Chief Digital Officer JD Crowley finds that as listening on an actual radio returns, streaming levels are staying put. It's good news for radio broadcasting companies looking to get more out of their digital streaming platforms -- including ad dollars. Learn more in this concluding RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast, as the Radio + Television Business Report in June will begin offering podcasts on our core subjects: Washington, Wall Street and the world of broadcast technology!
May 28, 2020
Episode No. 33 - Robin Flynn
The COVID-19 pandemic has converted the Kagan Media Summit to a dual-webinar event that begins June 18 and concludes June 25. In this RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast, S&P Global Market Intelligence Robin Flynn offers a sneak peak at each of the hour-long webinars. What are three key broadcast TV industry executives seeing with respect to Q2 ad revenue? How are retransmission consent fees driving dollars for over-the-air television? What are advertisers and TV station reps out in the field saying? These are just some of the questions Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson asks in this episode.
May 27, 2020
Episode No. 32: Brian Barber
How has Davis Broadcasting sailed through the tough waters caused by the novel coronavirus? What is it doing to compete against a reinvigorated iHeartLatino in Atlanta? Find out in this fresh RBR+TVBR CORONAVIRUS INFOCUS Podcast featuring longtime radio executive Brian Barber, hosted by Radio + Television Business Report Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
May 26, 2020
Episode No. 31: Gordon Smith
The COVID-19 pandemic created a truly unprecedented situation for broadcast media. Impairment charges are being seen for some publicly traded companies. For mom and pop broadcasters, keeping the station on the air could be a day-to-day struggles. In this podcast, NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith shares what's happening in Washington to help local media.
May 22, 2020
Episode No. 30: Paul Rotella
Paul Rotella, as always, is actively working hard to bring New Jersey's broadcasters an arsenal of support from Washington. The head of the New Jersey Broadcasters' Association has his ear on Capitol Hill, and is actively engaged with the FCC on key issues seen before the COVID-19 pandemic — and others that are bigger than ever due to the crisis. How is Rotella lobbying for more Federal dollars for struggling radio and TV stations in the Garden State? What about the proposed rise in FCC regulatory fees? Get the scoop in this latest RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast.
May 21, 2020
Episode No. 29: Nexstar/Lansing, Mich.
For the past three years Marci Daniels has been in the Twin Tiers, overseeing Nexstar’s WETM-18 in Corning and Elmira. Now, she's leading Nexstar's WLNS-6 in Lansing while overseeing its Joint Operating Agreement for WLAJ-53 and The CW Network affiliate in this Michigan city. What are some of the biggest takeaways of leading the NBC affiliate through the ups and downs, including over the last eight weeks? We find out this and more in this fresh RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
May 20, 2020
Episode No. 28: Michael Carr
Michael Carr has seen a lot during his time at KFSN-30 in Fresno. He began as an intern and this week was appointed President/GM of the station. What insights can he share about the evolution of TV news during his tenure at the ABC-owned station, in particular in the last eight weeks? This former Fresno State Bulldog tells all in the latest podcast.
May 19, 2020
Episode No. 27: Mark Shecterle
As a true believer in live and local radio, NRG Media's Omaha Market Manager believes his group of stations is poised to outperform as COVID-19 concerns start to fade. That said, an interesting sales story has emerged ... not to mention news that shower curtains are in place to protect on-air talent now back at work! Get the full scoop in this latest podcast.
May 18, 2020
Episode No. 26: iSpot.TV
A ripple effect was seen with respect to year-over-year spending trends, and impressions, for restaurant advertisers. But, some interesting insights can be seen with respect to ad impressions. The SVP of Media Partnerships at iSpot.tv shares his company's latest research in this RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast hosted by Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
May 15, 2020
Episode No. 25: Jim Coloff
How has COVID-19 impacted second-generation Iowa family broadcaster Coloff Media's radio stations, which includes 2020 NAB Crystal Heritage Award winner KCVM-FM 93.5 "The Mix" in Waterloo, Iowa? We find out in this episode of the RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
May 14, 2020
Episode No. 24: Jim Kalmenson
Lotus Communications' properties include Rockers in Las Vegas and Boise, Idaho, and some of the nation's most unique multicultural properties, both serving the Los Angeles market. How did these stations move to cover the COVID-19 pandemic for its listeners in ways no other media outlet could? We find out in a fresh RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast.
May 13, 2020
Episode No. 23: Keith Pelletier
Has the COVID-19 pandemic squelched or scrapped transition budgets devoted to NEXT GEN TV? We get the details from Dielectric's Keith Pelletier in this episode of the RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast, hosted by Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
May 12, 2020
Episode No. 22: Adriana Waterston
Some 27% consumers recently surveyed by Horowitz Research say they are watching more ads overall than before the pandemic. And, a third of respondents say they are paying attention to ads from local businesses more than they did before the COVID-19 crisis. How can broadcast TV stations capitalize on this? Horowitz SVP Adriana Waterston shares her thoughts.
May 11, 2020
Episode No. 21: Lou McDermott
What's the current state of transactions, from his perspective? How are Kalil's brokers making up for the inability to meet with prospective buyers and sellers at the cancelled 2020 NAB Show in Las Vegas? Lou McDermott, the longtime Vice President at Tucson-based media brokerage Kalil & Co., answers these questions in more in the latest RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast.
May 8, 2020
Episode No. 20: Bill Christian
In this RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast, Bill Christian, President/CEO of Vision Communications, shares how his station's news teams have adapted to working from home -- and how his Little Rock-based newshub acquired 11 months ago is fully producing local newscasts with all staff members working from home, even with broadband challenges.
May 7, 2020
Episode No. 19: Scott Schiller
To get the latest insight into where broadcast TV's post-pandemic future path may go, Scott Schiller, the Global Chief Commercial Officer at global media and marketing services company ENGINE, participated in the latest RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast hosted by Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
May 6, 2020
Episode No. 18: Michelle Vetterkind
A small town AM started working with local farmers and creameries to donate unused milk normally served with school lunches. Local media is still hiring. These are some of the positive stories shared by Wisconsin Broadcasters Association's President/CEO in this latest podcast, hosted by RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
May 5, 2020
Episode No. 17: David Donovan
The State of New York has been impacted greater than any other U.S. state when it comes to the novel coronavirus. How have local radio and TV stations reacted through public service? How devastating have ad revenue drops been? Are small-town operators upstate in dire need of cash? We get the answers from New York State Broadcasters Association President and Executive Director David Donovan.
May 4, 2020
Episode No. 16: Bill Prescott
Humboldt County, Calif., has always been a unique part of the Golden State. And, the local economy has long been fragile. With the COVID-19 pandemic, what has that meant for media companies serving communities here? RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson gets the answer in this Coronavirus INFOCUS Podcast with Lost Coast Communications GM Bill Prescott.
May 1, 2020
Episode No. 15: DuJuan McCoy
Less than one year ago, Nexstar sold the CW Network and MyNetwork TV affiliates in Indianapolis to a 30-year veteran who previously owned TV stations in Evansville, Ind. Now, he's faced with the challenge of running the stations in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic. How is DuJuan McCoy's Circle City Broadcasting handling all of the challenges? We find out in this RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast hosted by Adam R Jacobson.
Apr 30, 2020
Episode 14: Gideon Stein - Write Label
As businesses start to reopen following weeks of restrictions designed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, the need to share with consumers that they're open again has led many to Radio. But, are stations ready to write and produce ad copy? If not, Write Label may have a good solution, as we learn in this latest RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast from CEO Gideon Stein.
Apr 29, 2020
Episode No. 13: Jeff Smulyan
Through the newly formed Mediaco, Emmis Communications founder and CEO Jeff Smulyan continues to have top oversight of two of the nation's foremost radio stations superserving African American consumers. What has their role been through the COVID-19 pandemic? We find out in this new RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS Podcast hosted by Adam R Jacobson.
Apr 28, 2020
Episode No. 12: Erik Schrader - WOIO & WUAB
Some 40% of Cleveland DMA homes don't have access to digital broadband access, according to officials with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. As such, offering online classes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is problematic. A Gray Television station came to the rescue, offering the 9am hour each weekday to the school district. Since April 20, teachers have been the local TV stars, with a virtual classroom beamed across Cleveland's home for The CW Network.
Apr 27, 2020
Episode 11: John Garziglia
Has the FCC been negatively impacted by the novel coronavirus? For noted D.C. communications law attorney John Garziglia, of Womble Bond Dickinson, the answer is an emphatic "no." In this new podcast episode, Garziglia shares with RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson just how the FCC is moving right along with regulatory policy changes that impact Radio.
Apr 24, 2020
Episode 10: WSMV-4 in Nashville
Just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit the greater Nashville area, strong tornadoes impacted two neighborhoods just minutes away from the city's downtown core. Meredith NBC affiliate WSMV sprung into action. In this fresh RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast, News Director Mitch Jacob and VP/GM René LaSpina share how the news team quickly moved to deliver important news and information to viewers as the sales and adminstrative teams also adjusted how they handle their day-to-day duties.
Apr 23, 2020
Episode 9: Mike Fass - Gray Television
Gray Television, through the use of technology, has allowed its operations to continue through remote operation. To fill us all in on the subject, we welcome the company’s VP of Broadcast Operations, Mike Fass, to the newest episode of the Coronavirus INFOCUS podcast
Apr 22, 2020
Episode 8: James Rose - KING/KONG
Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seattle-Tacoma area was a flashpoint for the coronavirus’ spread. How did KING-5 cover this, and what was the spark that really led to physical distancing, and best practices with the news team? RBR+TVBR got the answers in this latest podcast.
Apr 21, 2020
Episode 7: Eddie Esserman - Media Services Group
Eddie Esserman planned on attending the 2020 NAB Show in Las Vegas this week. It was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. How has this impacted the media broker and the entire transactions landscape? Esserman shares his thoughts in this exclusive RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFocus Podcast with Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson.
Apr 20, 2020
Episode 6: Bob Heymann - Media Services Group
Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 NAB Show in Las Vegas was cancelled. Did this put a chilling effect on potential dealmaking for broadcast media's biggest brokers? In this podcast, RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam Jacobson gets the answer from Bob Heymann, the Chicago-based Director for Media Services Group.
Apr 17, 2020
Episode 5: Carolyn Mungo — WFAA-8
Imagine covering the COVID-19 pandemic in a territory where stay-at-home rules are based on the decisions of leaders overseeing 30 different counties -- all within the viewing area of one TV station. That's how TEGNA's WFAA-8 in Dallas has been serving its viewers, as we learn from VP/Station Manager Carolyn Mungo
Apr 16, 2020
Episode 4: Michael Valentine - WUSA9
How can a local TV station weather the COVID-19 pandemic together with its audience, and local businesses that depend on foot traffic? Here's a lesson in how a broadcast media station can be an important business partner, courtesy of Michael Valentine, VP/Station Manager of TEGNA's flagship WUSA9 in Washington, D.C.
Apr 15, 2020
Episode 3: Hawaii News Now
To learn how Hawaii News Now is serving a statewide audience in the best way possible while ensuring the safety of its own team, RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson spoke with Hawaii News Now GM Katie Pickman for an exclusive look inside KGMB-TV and KHNL-TV.
Apr 14, 2020
Episode 2: Tod Smith - WWL-TV in New Orleans
Many love New Orleans, and the stories we’ve been hearing about the novel coronavirus’ high impact on Louisiana is devastating. How has this impacted TEGNA-owned WWL-TV, and its ability to deliver important news and information to its viewers?
Apr 9, 2020
Episode 1: Patrick McCreery
The novel coronavirus has, since mid-March, enveloped America – and the world. Nevertheless, heroes who have risked their own health – and have made adjustments to how they do their work – are actively striving to provide consumers in local communities across America with the vital information they need. America’s broadcast media, television and radio, are to thank for the amazing efforts they have done to keep their stations on the air – and the news flowing. It is with this emphasis that we proudly present the RBR+TVBR Coronavirus InFOCUS podcast.