A recent study of out the University of Southern California shows that half of listeners would purchase a product recommended by their favorite radio personality. Additionally, 70% visit personality sites and discuss the radio show with friends. Study co-author, Lauren Movius PhD, said, "...it is clear that parasocial interaction, or listeners' feelings that they have real relationships with radio on-air personalities, definitely exists." Read more here.
The official digital radio platform for Yahoo Music!
iHeartRadio is now the official digital radio platform for Yahoo Music! The deal will give Yahoo consumers access to iHeartRadio's more than 1,000 streaming stations, as well as the 14 million songs that comprise its custom radio feature. Additionally, Yahoo will be the go-to web and mobile destination for the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival this September. Read more on the partnership below:
iHeartRadio was named the official winner of the About.com Readers' Choice Award for Best Radio App!
Over the course of two months, thousands of votes were cast for the best iPhone and iPod apps in more than 15 categories.
The voting is over, and the readers have spoken! The results are what we've known all along: iHeartRadio is consumers' choice for the Best Radio App.
Final Vote Tally:
iHeartRadio - 72%
Slacker Radio - 21%
Pandora - 4%
Digitally Imported - 0%
StreamS HiFi Radio - 0%
To find out more about advertising opportunities on iHeartRadio, click here.
Radio retains an average of 93% of its audience going into the commercial break according to a recent study reported by MediaPost. In an age of DVRs and distractions, radio's audience retention has surpassed the expectations of even its own employees, who estimated the medium would only hold onto roughly 80%. This number is even higher during News/Talk formatted shows at 99% and just as strong during morning drive at 97%. And if you think teens aren't staying tuned in, you might be surprised to learn the younger demo sticks around nearly 90% of the time.
Chicago Welcomes Steve Harvey's New Daytime TV Talk Show
The city of Chicago is ready to welcome Steve Harvey into their illustrious daytime TV talk show ranks
according to the local Sun Times. Steve will begin work on his show this fall while continuing his stint as a
morning show icon and host of the Family Feud. According to NBC, who will syndicate the TV talker,
Steve's show will deal with, "a vast range of relatable topics, such as marriage, dating, parenting,
workplace, friendship, and the daily dramas we face throughout our lives, all with his unique comedic spin."
Radio is always a bargain, but as it turns out there's a sizeable audience you could be reaching for an even better bargain - the overnight listener. According to a Media Audit release, overnight listenership is up 10% reaching an impressive 8.2 million. The report highlights Talk and CHR as the top formats in that daypart. It's also a younger audience - nearly a third are 18-34. Over a third are single giving them a higher amount of leisure time and more disposable income. Sounding good? Here are some ideas on how to reach them:
Sean Hannity takes his show on the road to Ohio for the week leading up to the presidential election! The Sean Hannity Show will broadcast from a different polling district each day.
Glenn Beck's The Blaze TV premiered September 12th on Dish Network, extending his brand to satellite television. The Blaze TV remains available online via subscription for those who don't have Dish service.
Fox Sports jocks, Nick and Artie, are now simulcasting their show daily on DirecTV's Audience Network channel from 10:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET.
Delilah released her third book, Arms Full of Love, on September 25th. It shares unforgettable stories from her listeners as well as Delilah's reflections from her own family.
The first lady, Michelle Obama, joined Steve Harvey on his new daytime talk show on October 3rd. The two discussed her marriage, her family, and life leading up to the big election.
Elvis Duran welcomed a new co-host on the Morning Show this month. Learn more about Bethany Watson here.
Delilah hosted "Broadway in Bryant Park" this month. Presented by 106.7 Lite FM, the event featured the most popular shows from on and off Broadway. Check it out!
Ryan Seacrest will broadcast his show from London for two weeks this month as he covers the Olympic Games for the Today Show!
Steve Harvey will be hosting his 10th Annual Hoodie Awards in Vegas at the MGM Grand on August 4th.
Harvey will be going out with a bang for his final stand-up comedy show! More info here.
Nikki Sixx hosted Sixx on the Sixth, a Best Buy sponsored live chat with fans on Best Buy's new Facebook page. Mötley Crüe's tour with KISS kicks off this month.
Bob and Tom were celebrated by 100.3 FM The Brew/WSGX-FM in "The Bob & Tom St. Louis Homecoming Party." Miller Lite sponsored the event live at the Lumiere Place Casino and Hotels.
Premiere and Mercury Radio Arts renewed and extended their agreements to syndicate
The Glenn Beck Program.
America Now with Andy Dean can now be heard on more than 60 affiliates.
2012 marks The Glenn Beck Program's 10th anniversary in national radio syndication.
Click here to read the New York Times feature.
has challenged his audience to "shape up" and collectively lose 15 million pounds in July. He will dedicate the first hour of his program each Thursday this month to encouraging his millions of late-night listeners to improve their health with advice on nutrition, weight loss, health benefits and much more from special guests.
Glenn Beck announced the merger of his online streaming TV network (GBTV),
online news and information service (TheBlaze.com) and his small business
e-commerce site (Markdown.com) into a single "world class" multimedia network
under a single moniker, TheBlaze.
More info here.
Randi recently welcomed pop legend Cher to her program.
Click to hear the interview.
Recent guests stopping by Nick and Artie include: Michael Ervin, Don Cherry, John Salley, Rick Barry, Danny Aiello, Joe Walsh, Dennis Miller, Chris Rock and Louie C.K.
Bill Cunningham is currently taping season
two of The Bill Cunningham Show, which will premiere nationwide on the CW Network beginning September 17th.