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This week’s Cover Story delves inside the mind of Entercom senior programming executive Pat Paxton who shares his keen insights and perspectives on multiple issues confronting radio today. As President of Programming, Paxton plays an instrumental role in addressing a broad range of Entercom’s programming, marketing and research efforts. In Programming to Win, Bob Quick suggests strategies for air talent and programmers if anonymous online critics attack you and your station. Question of the Week asks: If you could spend a day with any celebrity or recording artist, who would it be and what would you do? Plus, Hot Shots and the FMQB History page. [more]


KIIS FM Announces Wango Tango 2015 Line-Up
Kanye West to headline the station's annual festival

In Brief - March 27, 2015
Gary Spurgeon adds VP/GM duties for Radio One Houston, Scott Lindy exits OM post at WSTR & WQXI-AM
March 26, 2015

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series Teams Up With iHeartMedia
Exclusive Rock 'n' Roll Marathon branded station now available on the iHeartRadio digital streaming service.

Big D Named New APD/Morning Show Personality At KPLV

Triton Digital To Integrate Live Audio Broadcast Ads For MLBAM

Sinclair Broadcast Group Launches Digital Ventures Group

WERO Taps Robyn Banks For Nights

In Brief - March 26, 2015
March 25, 2015

Kannon Named Morning Host At KVIL
Veteran personality most recently handled morning drive duties at KLIF-FM/Dallas-Fort Worth.

NAB Show Presents "Cocktails And Conversation" With Mel Karmazin

Sunday Night Slow Jams Expands Operations Team

The Orchard Acquires RoyaltyShare, Makes Strategic Investment In Korrect

In Brief - March 25, 2015
March 24, 2015

Joseph Robinson Named President Of iHeartMedia Ventures Group
Robinson will work to develop high-value strategic opportunities with media, technology, and content companies.

Jeff Zuchowski Promoted To VP/Industry Relations At Pandora

CBS Announces New Agreement With CBS News President David Rhodes

In Brief - March 24, 2015
March 23, 2015

jâcapps V4 Platform Certified By Nielsen For Digital Audio Measurement
Jacobs Media's jâcapps V4 platform for iPhone and Android has been certified by Nielsen.

It's Official: Mancow To Host Mornings On The Loop

In Brief - March 23, 2015
March 20, 2015

eQB NOW
In this week's eqb, FMQB sits down with KINK PD Brad Dolbeer to discuss how he maintains a brand with a 40-year heritage, as well as how sometimes things just aren’t as complicated as they may seem. In Programming To Win, Richard Harker analyzes format "winners" and "losers" from 2014. Question of the Week asks: What’s your favorite activity/hobby that has nothing to do with the business? Plus, Hot Shots and the FMQB History page.

Sony Music To Purchase Remaining Interest In The Orchard
The Orchard will continue to operate separately from Sony Music and will be led by its existing executive team.

Viggle Receives Proposal From Robert F.X. Sillerman To Acquire 25% Interest In Company’s Wetpaint Business

In Brief - March 20, 2015
Michael Oreskes named SVP/News and Editorial Director at NPR
March 19, 2015

Tom Shurr Joins Cumulus As SVP Of Operations
Longtime Clear Channel/iHeart exec joins the senior operations team at Cumulus.

Warner Bros. Records Names Ko-Fung Shih Sr. Director/National Top 40 Promotion

iHeartMedia Augusta Appoints Jay Cruze SVP of Programming

The Broadcasters Foundation Of America Honors NAB's Gordon Smith

Sun Broadcast Group’s Shazam For Radio Welcomes Michael Fischer

In Brief - March 19, 2015
March 18, 2015

Cumulus Names Pierre Bouvard Chief Marketing Officer
Former Arbitron and Coleman Insights exec joins Cumulus in a newly-created role.

Clip Interactive Releases FM Chip Listening Option

iStreamMedia Unveils Audio Streaming Service iStream4u

in Brief - March 18, 2015
March 17, 2015

Mike Agovino Joins Courtside Entertainment & PodcastOne As Executive Vice Chairman
Triton Digital co-founder Agovino joins the podcasting network and its parent company in a newly-created position.

Rdio Unveils New Sharing, Music Discovery Features

Nielsen Forms Strategic Alliance With Concentric

NRG Media Names Jack Taddeo GM For Waterloo And Cedar Rapids Cluster

Rhapsody Brings Millions Of Licensed Songs To Twitter

Nielsen Issues March 2015 RADAR Radio Network Ratings

Fifteen Members Of Congress Join Coalition Supporting Local Radio Freedom Act

In Brief - March 17, 2015
March 16, 2015

Townsquare Media, Inc. Posts Fourth Quarter Results
Net revenue increased 23.7% to $17.9 million.

SoundExchange, NPR & CPB Ink Long-Term Agreement for Webcasting Royalty Rates

Vector Capital Acquires Triton Digital

Lew Dickey To Speak At SXSW

In Brief - March 16, 2015
March 13, 2015

Journal Communications Reports Fourth Quarter 2014 Results
Overall revenue up 13.6%, Radio revenue up 7.7%

The Week In Review: 3/9-3/13

WRIF Announces Programming Department Moves

WKTU Unveils KTUphoria 2015 Line-Up

In Brief - March 13, 2015
March 12, 2015

Emmis And Saga Sign Expanded Long-Term Contracts With Marketron
Marketron strengthens relationship with two industry leading media companies.

Amy Dietz Promoted To EVP of INgrooves Music Group

Triton Digital Releases January 2015 Ranker

In Brief - March 12, 2015
March 11, 2015

WAPE Names Jeremy Gold MD/Afternoon Personality
Gold moves up from nights while adding MD duties.

UJA-Federation Of NY Music Visionary Of The Year Kick-Off With Monte And Avery Lipman

Jelli Announces RadioDash 3.0 With New Features For Broadcasters

Jordan Berliant & Jeff Varner Form Revelation Management Group, Mark Gorlick Joins As Head Of Promotion

In Brief - March 11, 2015
March 10, 2015

iHeartMedia Minneapolis Names JB Wilde Program Director for KDWB & KTCZ
Wilde heads to the midwest to oversee programming at CHR 101.3 KDWB and Hot AC KTCZ (Cities 97).

Kobe Named PD at WWHT/Hot 107.9 Syracuse

Saga Communications, Inc. Reports 4th Quarter, Year End 2014 Results

In Brief - March 10, 2015
March 9, 2014

iHeartMedia Partners With No Ceilings To Address Gender Inequality
The Full Participation Project to raise awareness that women are “not there” yet on issues of gender equality.

CBS Radio Names Tony Mennuto VP, Branded Content Solutions

In Brief - March 9, 2015
March 6, 2015

eQB NOW
In this week’s Cover Story we catch up with Lee Leipsner, one of the music industry's most passionate and respected label executives. As EVP/Promotion of Columbia Records he's made quite a name for himself having accrued many accolades and awards including a FMQB Career Achievement Award as the industry's top CHR Promotion Executive. For Lee, it's always been about the music, artists and radio! In Programming to Win, Paragon Media's Larry Johnson discusses some helpful format reports that the former Arbitron used to publish. He analyzes the offerings that Nielsen Audio now publishes online, comparing and contrasting the type of information available today. Question of the Week asks: What accomplishment do you consider to be the most significant in your career? Plus, Hot Shots and the FMQB History page.

The Week In Review: 3/2-3/6

Real 92.3 Names Abdul "DJ A-OH" Hashem APD/On-Air Personality
Hashem previously handled programming/on-air duties at WMIB/Miami.

Charlie Wilkinson Named Market President For iHeartMedia Dallas

WHTP Taps Miguel “Mijo” Irizarry As MD/Night Host

Triton Digital Monthly Ranker Results

Nielsen Report: State of the Media: Audio Today—How America Listens

In Brief - March 6, 2015
March 5, 2015

ASCAP Names Brian Roberts EVP/COO
Roberts was most recently EVP, Corporate Strategy & Operations at Warner Music Group.

Mark Abuzzahab Joins VuHaus As PD

Study: The Infinite Dial 2015

More Speakers Added To The Conclave

In Brief - March 5, 2015
March 4, 2015

Verve Music Group Promotes Mike Rittberg To General Manager
Rittberg oversees Verve's operations, artist development and release schedule.

More Speakers Added To The Conclave
March 4, 2015

Nielsen Acquires eXelate

iHeartMedia Receives Five Stevie Awards For Sales, Customer Service

Coleman Insights To Host New Music Webinar: When Is A Hit A Hit?

In Brief - March 4, 2015
March 3, 2015

Cumulus Names New Programming Leadership In L.A. And Minneapolis
Keith Cunningham named PD for KLOS, Derek Madden named PD for KXXR

Republic Records And IM Global Announce Multi-Picture Co-Production Pact

2015 NAB Show To Feature FCC Commissioners

Warner Music Group Names James Steven EVP/Communications & Marketing

Entravision Appoints Maria Lopez-Knowles Chief Marketing Officer

Kane Show, Maroon 5 Show Support For Fan

Rick Krim Tapped As Sony/ATV Co-President, U.S.

Courtney Lowery Upped To VP/Publicity At Epic Records

In Brief - March 3, 2015

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Zayn Malik Discusses Exit From One Direction
Malik gives his first interview after leaving the popular group. [more]


Quick Hits: NCAA March Madness Festival, George Ezra, Saturday Night Live, Ozzy Osbourne, Duran Duran

Pitbull's Globalization Spreads To SiriusXM
The singer will get his own channel, launching May 19.

Quick Hits: Rihanna, AWOLNATION, Three Days Grace, Zendaya & Radio Disney Music Awards, Bonnaroo, Audiotopsy

McCartney, Metallica To Headline Lollapalooza 2015
Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, Bassnectar and many more artists will play Chicago's annual summer festival, running from July 31-August 2.

Zayn Malik Leaves One Direction
The British boy band will continue on as a four member group.

Kendrick Lamar Debuts Atop The Billboard 200
Lamar's sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly arrives at #1 following its unique release week.

Quick Hits: Van Halen, Britney Spears / Iggy Azalea, A$AP Rocky, The Library of Congress

Lineup Announced for iHeartRadio Country Festival
Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley and more headline the event.

Quick Hits: Outside Lands Festival, Milwaukee Summerfest, Taylor Swift, Sloss Music & Arts Fest, Justin Bieber, Skylar Grey with Kid Ink and Travis Barker, Elvis Costello

Jason Derulo Single Sets Radio Record
"Want To Want Me" was added to 156 monitored pop stations, making it the biggest Top 40 U.S. radio launch ever.

Quick Hits: Death Cab For Cutie, Nate Ruess, Black Sabbath, Juicy J, Built To Spill, John Fogerty

Pharrell Calls "Blurred Lines" Verdict a "Handicap" to Art
The songwriter and producer has spoken out for the first time since the copyright infringement trial.

Quick Hits: Kurt Cobain, Fleetwood Mac, Chic, Twisted Sister

Quick Hits: Zayn Malik / One Direction, Snoop Dogg, Iggy Azalea & Britney Spears, Osheaga Music Festival

McCartney, Fall Out Boy Among Rock Hall Presenters
Beck, Dave Grohl, John Legend and more to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month.

Empire Soundtrack, Madonna & Luke Bryan Top Billboard 200 Chart
Three very different new releases land in the top three slots on this week's chart.

Quick Hits: Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, Bonnaroo, Firefly Festival, Jay Z, Free

Nicki Minaj Sets Urban Radio Record
The rapper also rolled out summer North American tour dates.

FMQB Photo Pass: ZZ Top

Quick Hits: Drake's OVO Fest, Rihanna, Of Monsters and Men, Kanye West / Glastonbury, Demi Lovato, Earl Sweatshirt

Justin Timberlake to be Honored with iHeartRadio Innovator Award
The March 29 ceremony will recognize J.T.'s excellence as a singer, actor, live performer and more.

Meghan Trainor Keeps Rolling With New Tour, Video

Quick Hits: Rihanna & Zac Brown Band, Kiesza / Juno Awards, Tool, Robert Plant

Iggy Azalea Explains Tour Delay
In an interview with KAMP (97.1 AMP Radio)/Los Angeles, the rapper says she needed more time to perfect her live show.

The Week In Review: 3/9-3/13

Quick Hits: Eminem, Pearl Jam, Courtney Love, Soundgarden, Three Dog Night

Muse Marches Back With Drones
The band's new album is due on June 9, while the song "Psycho" dropped today.

Taylor Swift Named Inaugural Music Choice Icon

Quick Hits: Robin Thicke & Pharrell Williams, Jamie Foxx, Kurt Cobain, Slipknot, Eric Clapton

Jury Awards Marvin Gaye Estate $7.3 Million In "Blurred Lines" Case
Robin Thicke and Pharrell have been ordered to pay out millions after losing the copyright infringement court battle over their hit single.

Kelly Clarkson's Piece By Piece Debuts At #1
The Pop star earns the third #1 debut of her career.

Quick Hits: Iggy Azalea, Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters, Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett

Marcus Mumford Talks "Liberating" Third Album
The newly released single "Believe" hints at the band's newfound electric tendencies.

Quick Hits: Snoop Dogg, Mark Ronson / Uptown Funk, Kurt Cobain, Project Pabst, The Roots Picnic

Jamie Foxx to Host iHeartRadio Music Awards
Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Madonna, and more will perform at the March 29 show.

Quick Hits: Sam Smith & John Legend, Jason Derulo, AWOLNATION, Kendrick Lamar, U2, Meg Myers

Usher, No Doubt Celebrate Earth Day in D.C.
Fall Out Boy, Mary J. Blige, My Morning Jacket, and Train also will be part of this year's Global Citizen event.

The Week In Review: 3/2-3/6

Quick Hits: Kanye West, Rihanna, Prince, The Hollywood Vampires, Jack White, Brian Wilson

Quick Hits: Wale, Violent Femmes, David Gilmour, Sweetlife Festival, Rivers Cuomo

Rapper Big Sean Debuts At #1 On Billboard 200
Kid Rock nabs his eighth top ten release with First Kiss at #2.

Quick Hits: Shania Twain, BET Experience, Rock In Rio USA, Wilco, Brian Wilson

Kelly Clarkson Takes Piece By Piece On the Road
The singer will embark on a 36-city tour this summer.

Quick Hits: Metallica, My Morning Jacket, Flo Rida, Modest Mouse, Led Zeppelin

Madonna Unveils Rebel Heart Tour
The iconic singer will tour North America in late summer and early fall.

Mumford & Sons Get Wilder On Third LP

Quick Hits: Kanye West, Stone Sour, Radio Disney Music Awards, Lollapalooza Berlin, Bestival

All Apologies From Kanye West
West apologies to Beck (and Bruno Mars) on Twitter, talks new album in emotional BBC interview.

The Week In Review: 2/23-2/27

FMQB Retro-Active: Aerosmith's Joey Kramer Talks Donington DVD, The Beatles, and Rockin and Roastin Coffee

Quick Hits: Mumford & Sons, Madonna, Beale Street Music Festival, Tool

Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith Rule BRIT Awards
The U.K. artists won high honors in their home country, while Kanye West premiered a new song at the show.

Quick Hits: Foo Fighters, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Airborne Toxic Event, Echosmith, Finding Neverland Album with John Legend & Rita Ora

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