NAB Show Day 2. Radio consultant Holland Cooke reports from Las Vegas where he's covering the NAB Show for RadioInfo. Today he writes that the convention is so dominated by discussion about digital content and social media that he was intrigued as he sat down for the session, "How Local Broadcasters Engage and Win in the Digital Age." It was presented by Katz Media Group EVP Strategy, Analytics & Research Stacey Lynn Schulman. She says that "technology provides the illusion of companionship," and says what local broadcasters can provide are "tangible experiences." Read Cooke's entire report here.
NAB 2016 Crystal Award Winners Announced. On Monday at the NAB Show in Las Vegas the National Association of Broadcasters announced the 10 winners of the 29th Annual Crystal Radio Awards, recognizing stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. The winners were selected from 50 finalists. They are: KNDE-FM, College Station, Texas; WBAB-FM, Long Island; KNX, Los Angeles; WCCO, Minneapolis/St. Paul; KPRS-FM, Kansas City; WJBR-FM, Wilmington, Delaware; KRLC-AM Lewiston, Idaho; WRLT, Nashville; KTAR-FM, Phoenix; and WWJ, Detroit.
PPM Analysis: CHR.RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three format analyses based on ratings information from Nielsen Audios' March 2016 PPM survey. The first format up is mainstream CHR. Comparing (6+) ratings from a year ago, Kinosian writes, "A stunning 21 outlets on this mainstream CHR panel have negative year-to-year shifts of at least one full-share (6+), while only three improve by at least +1.0 (6+)." At the same time, five CHR outlets ranked #1 in their respective markets and 18 more ranked in the top five in March 2016. Later this week, RadioInfo will present analyses of rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC. See today's story here.
Music Industry Reunion Is Tonight! The fourth "Music Industry Reunion" takes place in Los Angeles tonight at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills from 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm. The informal event is open to all members of the music and music-related industries free of charge. The reunion is again being organized by veteran record executives Jon Scott, Greg Lee, and a committee of music industry professionals. It's being organized with grants from industry trade publications RadioInfo and AllAccess.com. The party is free with no host food and bar – but because of space limitations, it is important to make reservations, so you can still contact Jon Scott at 818-981-9876.