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The Graying Of PBS Listeners...

 

Friday, December 19, 2014 (Weekend Edition)

 

Nielsen's latest Audio Today Report finds that more than 90% of Americans over 12 use the radio every week. In addition to all the commercial radio options available, public radio is also measured. So what is the state of public radio as we end 2014?

 

This report specifically focuses on public programming at over 900 stations in large and small markets. Public radio reaches 32 million people 12 years old or older on a weekly basis. The alternative programming of public radio draws a diverse mix of listeners. Nearly 8% of English or Spanish speaking Hispanics in the US and almost 10% of African-Americans tune in to public radio each week...

 

Boomers (50-64) form the largest audience for public radio listening on a weekly basis (9.4 million) and lead in weekly time spent listening (in hours and minutes) (6 hours). Boomers are followed by Generation X (35-49) (7.3 million) (4 hours 15 minutes), Millennials (18-34) (6.3 million) (3 hours 15 minutes), Hispanic Americans (12+) (2.7 million) (3 hours 15 minutes) and African Americans (12+) (2.5 million) (3 hours 45 minutes)...

 

Listening trends for 961 rated public radio stations (AM, FM, streamed and HD Radio) were combined to arrive at the findings in the latest Audio Today Report...

 

Timeline Memories: (12/19)

1843] Debuted on this date: Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol' is published in the UK...
1958] Number One on this date: The Chipmunk Song - David Seville aka Ross Bagdasarian...1979] Escape (Pina Colada Song) - Rupert Holmes...
1958] Seasonal hits on this date: The Christmas Song - Johnny Mathis...1963] Frosty The Snowman - Ronettes...
 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday": (12/19) Jake Gyllenhall (34), Charlie Van Dyke (39?), Liz (WABC-TV) Cho (43), Jennifer Beals (51), Kevin McHale (57), Maurice (EWF) White (73), Al Kaline (80), Cicely Tyson (81) & Little Jimmy Dickens (94)...

 

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Winter Solstice (2) (12/21), Christmas (6) (12/25), New Year's Eve (12) (12/31) & NFL Wild Card Playoffs (15) (1/3)...

 


Timeline Memories: (12/20)

1946] Premiered on this date: Frank Capra's 'It's A Wonderful Life' is previewed for charity at the Globe Theater in Times Square. The movie opens to the public the following day but won't become a hit until it reaches TV viewers ...
1954] Seasonal hits on this date: White Christmas - Drifters...1984] Mannheim Steamroller Christmas LP...
1969] Number One on this date: Leaving On A Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday:" (12/20) Jonah Hill (31), David Wright (32), Dick Wolf (68), Uri Geller (68), Bobby Colomby (70) & John Hillerman (82)...

 

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Winter Solstice (1) (12/21), Christmas (5) (12/25), New Year's Eve (11) (12/31) & NFL Wild Card Playoffs (14) (1/3)...

 


Timeline Memories: (12/21)

1620] Hi Neighbor: A group aboard the Mayflower go ashore for the first time at present-day Plymouth (MA)...
1952] Number One on this date: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - Jimmy Boyd...
1955] Seasonal hits on this date: Jingle Bells - Singing Dogs (re-released in '71)...1991] Grown Up Christmas List - Amy Grant...
1998] Terrorism in the sky: 270 are killed when a Pan Am Boeing 747 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland. A terrorist attack is responsible for one of the worst air tragedies ever...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday": (12/21) Keifer Sutherland (48), Ray Romano (57), Jane Kaczmarek (59), Chris Evert (60), Samuel L. Jackson (66), Carla Thomas (72), Jane Fonda (77) & Phil Donahue (79)...

 

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Winter Solstice (Today) (12/21), Christmas (4) (12/25), New Year's Eve (10) (12/31) & NFL Wild Card Playoffs (13) (1/3)...

 

Radio's Chance To Cash In On Email Ad Budgets...

 

Thursday, December 18, 2014...

 

Email marketing remains the top target for increased investment in 2015. A new StrongView (leading email marketing services provider) annual Marketing Trends Survey finds that a full 93% plan to maintain or increase investment in email for the 2014/2015 holiday shopping season..

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In terms of overall marketing budgets, 54% of brands will see an increase (vs. 46% in 2014) and a third of those will be increasing it by more than 10% over 2014...

 

Shawn Meyers, vice president of marketing at StrongView: " It is clear from the 2015 Marketing Trends Survey results that marketers consider email the fulcrum of their digital marketing campaigns. Accessing and leveraging data remains a challenge but marketers are making inroads in using automation as well as greater use of channel and device engagement data to make their messages more contextual." ...

 

The top 3 programs for which marketers plan to increase spend in 2015:
Email - 61%
Social Media - 49%
Mobile Marketing - 40%

 

The survey generated nearly 400 responses from leaders at global brands in regards to their marketing program intentions, focus and budget allocation for the coming year, along with key challenges and strategies...

 

Timeline Memories:

 

1971] Seasonal hits on this date: Happy Christmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon...

1984] Number One on this date: Like A Virgin - Madonna...2010] Firework - Katy Perry...

1987] Madoff takes notes: Ivan F. Boesky is sentenced to 3 years in prison for plotting Wall Street's insider-trading scandal...

2003] Guilty as charged: Teenage sniper Lee Boyd Malvo is convicted of two counts of murder in the Washington-area shootings. Malvo is spending the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday:" Christina Aguilera (34), Katie Holmes (36), Rachel Griffiths (46), Brad Pitt (51), Ray Liotta (60), Leonard Maltin (64), Steven Spielberg (68), Keith Richards (71) & Roger Smith (82)...

 

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Winter Solstice (3) (12/21), Christmas (7) (12/25), New Year's Eve (13) (12/31) & NFL Wild Card Playoffs (16) (1/3)...

 

 

 

New Data Driven Audio Partnership...

 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

 

Now this is a partnership that should help both the radio and advertising communities. Using the largest, most advanced digital audio advertising platform (TargetSpot) and Quantcast's industry leading audience measurement and targeting tools, this marriage should give us deeper insights into audience composition to deliver more highly targeted ads...


Partnerships work best if both sides put in an equal amount of data that can be used for both companies. In this case, that seems to be so. Quantcast is measuring demographic audience segments across the TargetSpot network such as gender, age, ethnicity, education, household income and more. TargetSpot also gains access to Quantcast's Advertise tool for analyzing consumer web activity such as purchasing behaviors and interest areas. The integration enables TargetSpot to augment its targeting capabilities, allowing for more highly targeted campaigns with increased accuracy and reach...

These two companies have had success together before. TargetSpot co-CEO Leigh Newsome: "We're looking to push data driven targeting, in digital audio, beyond what is possible today. We want to target more granular audience segments while increasing reach - no small task."..

Newsome adds this: "Quantcast processes over 30 petabytes (a petabyte is measured as one quadrillion bytes or the latest insect bite recently discovered in Connecticut) of data every day and is one of the top five largest data processors in the world. With a great relationship already in place, Quantcast is a great partner who will help us continue to lead data driven targeting in the digital audio space." ...

Timeline Memories:

1903] The Wright Stuff: Orville & Wilbur Wright make the first successful manpowered airplane flight near Kitty Hawk (NC)...

1963] Seasonal Hits on this date: The Man With All The Toys - Beach Boys...

1969] Reality TV: Tiny Tim & Miss Vicki (Budinger) are married on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. An estimated 50 million viewers watch the couple tip toe through the tulips down the aisle...

1989] D'ohbuted: The Simpsons debuts in its own time slot on Sunday Nights (Fox TV)...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday:" Michele Tafoya (50), Barry (Ernie) Livingston (61), Eugene Levy (68), Chris Matthews (69) & Ernie Hudson (69)...


Timeline Countdown: Happy Chanukah. Days Until: Winter Solstice (4) (12/21), Christmas (8) (12/25), New Year's Eve (14) (12/31) & NFL Wild Card Playoffs (17) (1/3)...

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Social Media Accomplishments in 2014

Tuesday, December 15, 2014


I leave media predictions to the experts, preferring to be surprised by each new highlight that comes along in the new year. Predictions are fun to make only if you're in a baseball or football pool, which I am. But that's to prove I'm smarter than my friends when it comes to sports. Everything outside sports is a crap shoot to figure out...

Catharine P. Taylor of Social Media Insider has made some pretty accurate predictions over the last 15 years but rather than review or critique her 2014 predictions, I've decided to review the 'Unvarnished Truth' about what actually happened with several social media forces, starting with Facebook.The biggest truth to happen to Facebook advertising in 2014 is mobile. Mobile advertising accounted for 66% of third quarter ad revenue compared with 49% in the same quarter last year. Video ads are working as well. Heineken claims that the performance of a recent video on Facebook rivaled that of its YouTube placement. And best of all, people are not whining about video ads...http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/240057/the-unvarnished-truth-about-social-media-insiders.html

Instagram's 'slow and steady wins the race' pace has given the company one of the fastest-growing social platforms, according to the Global Web Index. Instagram has grown in actual users over the last 6 months by 64%. This past week it surpassed Twitter in number of users in the space of 9 months...

Rather than allowing just influencers to publish, Linkedin decided to allow all members to have a voice. The expansion of more open publishing is one of the main factors engagement on Linkedin has increased to 100 million members. The platform hosts 40,000 new pieces of long-form content per week...

Our final 'Unvarnished Truth' focuses on Pinterest. Changes at the company are smaller than they might be for some other platforms. While its not saturated in ads or as timid as it once was about ad placement, in September it took a turn from Facebook allowing advertisers to pull data from elsewhere to inform ad targeting on the platform. Advertisers can now use their own customer databases to target on Pinterest. While its not a total 'sell-out' on advertising, it is a step in the right direction...

Timeline Memories:

1939] Premiered on this date: Gone With The Wind starring Clark Gable & Vivien Leigh opens at Loew's Grand Theater in Atlanta...


1953] Seasonal hits on this date: Santa Baby - Eartha Kitt...1963] Little Saint Nick - Beach Boys...1964] A Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives...

 

2003] Sen. Strom Thurmond's family acknowledges Essie Mae Washington-Williams' claim that she was Thurmond's illegitimate mixed-race daughter...


2011] War is Over: American forces (most of them, anyway) withdraw from Iraq after 9 years...

"Happy Birthday...happy Birthday": Rodney Harrison (42), Mo Vaughn (47), Don Johnson (65), Dave Clark (72), Nick Buoniconti (74) & Tim Conway (81)...

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Chanukah (1) (12/16), Winter Solstice (7) (12/21), Christmas (10) (12/25), New Year's Eve (16) (12/31) & NFL Wildcard Playoffs (19) (1/3)...

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Friday, December 12, 2014 (Weekend Edition)

 

While Slacker has already lost the connected-car race to Pandora and iHeart Radio they appear to be going head-to-head with FM radio and Sirius XM. This is not to suggest that they are throwing in the towel in their effort to top Pandora and iHeart Radio (in public, anyway). By most accounts, about 40% of all radio listening today happens in the car and that's what Slacker will focus on according to new CEO Duncan Orrell-Jones that's what he told GIGAOM anyway...

 

Slacker has already optimized its app for 10 different in-dash platforms, ranging from Android Auto to Harman's Aha infotainment systems. In 2015, Slacker's service will be integrated into 100 vehicle models made by 15 different automotive brands, and those numbers will increase to 167 models and 20 automakers in 2016. Most recent Slacker landings have included Toyota and Lexus's Enform systems...

 

Slacker hasn't publicly released any subscriber data since 2013 when it revealed it had about 35 million registered users...

 

Orrell-Jones: "Users who take Slacker into their cars spend 50% more time listening to its content than users who use it on their phones or the web alone. Research shows that car listeners average 3 sessions a day, double that of web and mobile listeners."  Slacker will continue its efforts to build in-car listening... 

 

Timeline Memories: (12/12)

1896] The Roots of Radio: Guglielmo Marconi gives the public the first demonstration of radio in London...

1954] Seasonal hits of this date: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amnRSB-RBVwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amnRSB-RBVwPerry Como... 1958] Rockin Around The Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee...

1964] Released on this date: You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Righteous Bros.
2012] 12-12-12 Concert: The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and more in a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy at MSG... 

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday": Mayim Bialik (39), Hank Williams III (XLII), Tracy Austin (52), Mike Golic (52), Cathy Rigby (62), Dionne Warwick (74), Connie Francis (76) & Bob Barker (91)...

 

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Chanukah (4) (12/16), Winter Solstice (10) (12/21), Christmas (13) (12/25), New Year's Eve (19) (12/31) & NFL Wildcard Playoffs (22) (1/3)...

 

Timeline Memories: (12/13)

1961] Number One on this date: The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Tokens...1973] The Most Beautiful Girl - Charlie Rich...2008] Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) - Beyonce...
1963] Seasonal hits on this date: It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year - Andy Williams...1977] The Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby/David Bowie...

2003] Cornered like a rat: Saddam Hussein is found hiding in a hole...

2007] Media takeover: Shareholders of Dow Jones & Company, publisher of the Wall Street Journal, approve a takeover by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday": Taylor Swift (25), Jamie Foxx (47), Rex Ryan (52), Steve Buscemi (59), Wendie Malick (64), Ted Nugent (66), Lou Adler (84), Christopher Plummer (85) & Dick Van Dyke (89)...

 

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Chanukah (3) (12/16), Winter Solstice (9) (12/21), Christmas (12) (12/25), New Year's Eve (18) (12/31) & NFL Wildcard Playoffs (21) (1/3)...

 

Timeline Memories: (12/14)

1950] Seasonal hits on this date: Silver Bells - Bing Crosby...1950] Frosty The Snowman - Gene Autry...  
1968] Released on this date: Crimson & Clover - Tommy James...1974] Lady - Styx...1979] London Calling - The Clash... 
1970] Number One on this date: The Tears Of A Clown - Smokey Robinson/Miracles...
1977] Debuted on this date: Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta has its world premiere...

2012] Sandy Hook: A shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown (CT) leaves 28 dead (including 20 children, the shooter and his mother)... 

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday": Vanessa Hudgens (26), Bill Buckner (65), Dee Wallace (66), Joyce Vincent (Dawn) Wilson (68), Patty Duke (68) & Abbe Lane (82)...

 

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Chanukah (2) (12/16), Winter Solstice (8) (12/21), Christmas (11) (12/25), New Year's Eve (17) (12/31) & NFL Wildcard Playoffs (20) (1/3)...

 

 



 

Where Marketers Are Spending Their Ad Dollars...

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Part 1 of the Nielsen/CMO Council's '2014 State Of The Digital Brand Advertising Industry And Best Practice Benchmarks' report has been released. Aside from having the longest title of any industry report ever drawn up, there are some surprising and enlightening results http://go.brandlift.com/rs/vizu/images/CMO%20Council%20Report.pdf ...

Key highlights include: Marketers report running 33% more digital brand advertising campaigns than digital direct response campaigns this year and 19% more digital brand advertising campaigns this year than in 2013. The rise of digital brand advertising corresponds with increased demand for digital advertising more generally. The majority of marketers report they plan to increase their use of online and mobile platforms, while usage of offline media either stayed the same or decreased. Increased usage in rank order: Mobile (70%), PC/Laptop (slightly more than 50%), TV/OOH (out of home)/Print & Radio will spend slightly more than 10%)...

It's no surprise that the growth in digital brand advertising coincides with the rise of brand-friendly formats. Within the digital landscape, 81% of marketers planned to increase their use of social and 65% of marketers planned to increase their use of digital video for their advertising campaigns. Marketers believe that these two formats are best suited for multi-screen campaigns...

The report summarizes the findings of a study by Nielsen and the CMO Council. It highlights the key findings from the 546 senior brand leaders, 661 agency executives and 377 publishing reps that took part in an online survey fielded between April and July 2014...

Timeline Memories:

1964] Loss of a Legend: Sam Cooke is fatally shot at a motel in L.A. under mysterious circumstances. The singer would have turned 34 in a month https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcZcz0o2K7A
1971] Released on this date: Anticipation - Carly Simon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NwP3wes4M8
2008] Swindler sacked: Bernie Madoff is arrested and charged with all kinds of fraud regarding investments made by others. In June 2009 he is sentenced to 150 years in prison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmetYHNhm8A

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday:" Elizabeth Brady (39?), Willie McGinest (43), Teri Garr (67), Brenda Lee (70), John Kerry (71), Donna Mills (74), David Gates (74) & Rita Moreno (83)...

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Chanukah (5) (12/16), Winter Solstice (11) (12/21), Christmas (14)) (12/25), New Year's Eve (20) (12/31) & NFL Wildcard Playoffs (23) (1/3)...

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Digital Ad Spending Passes TV In 2017...

 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Digital media will reach 30% market share globally in 2015, according to Magna Global. And the digital runaway express is on track to surpass TV revenue in the US by 2017. That prediction is part of the Magna Global Forecast for 2015. Ad revenue from digital media grew 17% to $142 billion this year and is expected to increase another 15% in 2015...

Driving that massive digital growth are mobile campaigns and new social formats. The report notes that aside from digital, other media categories "suffered from the competition of television and digital in 2014." Newspaper ad sales decreased 4.3%, magazines dropped 7.3%, radio was flat while out-of-home media grew 3.4%...

Within digital, paid search is the number-one format totaling nearly one half of all global dollars, followed by display (21%), social (12%) and video (8%). Mobile ad spending is expected to grow rapidly and represent a third of total digital revenues by 2016...

In 2015, Magna is predicting growth of 2.7% to $169.5 billion for the US. with radio down 1.2%, a much smaller drop than TV, newspapers and magazines. Ups will include (of course) digital and out of home...

 

Timeline Memories:

1953] And they have good articles: The first Playboy which Hugh Hefner started with an initial investment of $7,600. Marilyn Monroe is on the cover...
1967] We lose a legend: 26-year old Otis Redding along with the Bar-Kays in a small plane crash in Wisconsin...
1976] Released on this date: Wings Over America LP - Paul McCartney/Wings...
2012] Lockout, eh?: The NHL cancels the league's regular season schedule through the end of the year, due to an owner's lockout...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday:" Bobby Flay (50), sports guy Tim Kurkjian (58), Susan Day (62) & Chad Stuart (73)...

 

Timeline Coutdown: Days Until Chanukah (6) (12/16), Winter Solstice (12) (12/21), Christmas (15) (12/25), New Year's Eve (21) (12/31) & NFL Wildcard Playoffs (24) (1/3)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broadcast Simulcast Spotloads Are Chasing Listeners Away...

 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

 

There is a trend that's already developed among listeners, comparing Time Spent Listening (TSL) to AM/FM simulcasts vs. Internet Pureplay Streaming. Pureplay is winning out. Pureplay listening started making sizable gains from late 2011 and will continue to climb until it passes FM/AM simulcast listening some time in 2015. Inside Radio has issued the report based on recent Bridge Ratings. Bridge started tracking the listener comparison in 2009...

 

Bridge found that seven-in-ten consumers who'd listened to broadcast radio on the web said that too many commercials have resulted in them listening to less terrestrial (traditional) simulcasts. Nearly three-in-ten (28%) said interruptions in general had the same result. But among the sample of 2,000 people, aged 12 and older, it's not commercials that are the biggest issue with FM/AM simulcasts. Eighty-five percent said the inability to personalize their content is pushing them away to other options...

 

Bridge president Dave Van Dyke says the results help explain why over the last two years his research has shown people are increasing their time with pureplays and decreasing listening to broadcast simulcasts...

 

Van Dyke claims pureplay listening has increased 65% from 1.7 to 2.35 hours per day during the past 2 years. Summing it up, Dave Van Dyke: "If broadcast radio streaming content remains more or less the same, we project this trend will continue on out to at least 2017."

 

Timeline Memories

 

1957] Seasonal hits on this date: Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms...2003] Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow - Michael Buble...
1963] Released on this date: Meet The Supremes LP...1972] Crocodile Rock - Elton John...1978] Soul Man - Blues Brothers...
1977] Face off: The Lakers Kermit Washington hauls off and punches Rudy Tomjanovich in the face during an NBA game. Tomjanovich needed facial reconstruction and collected $2 million from the Lakers in a settlement. Washington is fined $10,000 and suspended 60 days...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday:" Jim Kerr (39?), Brenda Graham (39?), NY Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (48), Felicity Huffman (52), Donny Osmond (57), John Malkovich (61), Dick Butkus (72), Beau Bridges (73), Judi Dench (80), Buck Henry (84), Dick Van Patten (86), Dina Merrill (89) & Kirk Douglas (98)...

 

Timeline Countdown: Chanukah (7) (12/16),Winter Solstice (13) (12/21), Christmas (16) (12/25), New Year's Eve (22) (12/31) & NFL Wildcard Playoffs (25) (1/3)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's Time to Eliminate Time Spent Listening (TSL)...

 

Monday, December 8, 2014

TSL (Time Spent Listening) was never as important as Quarter Hour Shares. It's inevitable that this generation of radio station listeners will continue to spend far less time listening to AM/FM with the broad array of alternative choices (music services, internet radio, streaming, digital platforms, satellite radio, etc.).

 

While Nielsen recently changed the title of their Cross Platform Report to its Q3 Total Audience Report, the report is mostly about video...

 

Rain tells us that AM/FM listening is included, streaming AM/FM stations (only). Satellite Radio is not included in PPM (Portable People Meters) markets but is in diary markets where listeners write down listening to 'Sirius/XM'. Other streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, iTunes Radio are not included yet...

 

With the understanding that AM/FM listening documented in the Total Audience Report includes an undetermined amount of streaming, it's plain to see that TSL has undergone a 1.7% drop across the total sample compared to Q3, 2013. What will increase that drop out percentage is the generational inclusion of younger demographics...
 

Millennials (10-32) and digital natives (17-24) fall away from AM/FM listening to a greater degree. The 18-24 group listens to AM/FM for 50.31 hours (hours & minutes) per month, the younger (10-32) drops off to 35.56 per month. The disparity widens greatly in older segments. The year-over-year TSL might be marginal but the generation-over-generation decline is substantial...
 

Timeline Memories:

1949] Seasonal hits on this date: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry...1963] Sleigh Ride - Ronettes ...1970] Feliz Navidad - Jose Feliciano...
1961] Released on this date: Surfin' - Beach Boys...
1980] Death of an icon: John Lennon is fatally shot by Mark David Chapman...
2012] Heisman Trophy winner: Texas A&M QB Johnny (Football) Manziel becomes the first freshman ever to win the Heisman Trophy...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday:: Nicki Minaj (32), Sinead O'Connor (48), Teri Hatcher (50), Ann Coulter (53), Kim Basinger (61), Gregg Allman (67) & Jerry Butler (75)...

Timeline Countdown Days Until: Winter Solstice (14), (12/21), Christmas (17), (12/25), New Year's Eve (23) (12/31) & NFL Wildcard Playoffs (26) (1/3)...
 

 

 

 

 

A Review Of Audio Consumption in 2014...

 

December 5, 2014 (Weekend Edition)

2014 will go down as the year that use of digital technology in all categories of the Innovation Adoption Curve have surpassed 50%. Bridge Ratings came up with that term - Innovation Adoption Curve which roughly describes the adoption or acceptance of a new product or innovation, in this case - digital technology. Bridge notes that awareness and use of all things digital is now commonplace even among consumer segments that have previously made conscious decisions to slowly adapt to new technologies. But once usage passes 50% the technology has become mainstream for that category...

 

Comments from consumers often help a measurement company get a good barometer of how things have changed since the last study was conducted. This is just a sampling of some respondent quotes from 2014: "Streaming has become my go-to manner of consuming music." While the rapid growth of on-demand streaming has had a negative impact on music purchase and a reduction in time spent with broadcast radio. Yet on-demand streaming and broadcast radio work hand-in-hand to curate music consumption. More comments: "I'm sharing less of my personal life on social media due to my concern over security". As a teen I can tell you that fewer of my friends are using Twitter now (40%) than they did a year ago." Last fall 48% of teens used Twitter. "I'm spending more time this year using my smart phone and/or tablet, timeshifted TV and less on listening to AM/FM radio, live TV and my desktop computer." "I find myself using a more visually-based vocabulary to communicate with than text by using photos, emojis
emojis and video snippets." Wrapping up the comments with this: "My decision-making is faster than ever before and I am more focused on my mobile devices. I am more comfortable than ever with using the internet for making important decisions or making purchases online that I never had before such as insurance, clothing, investments, education or big ticket items." ...

 

Reasons for listening to music streaming - a 2014 comparison with 2012: "I listen to a music streaming service for songs I know": 85% to 90% (from 2012 to 2014.) "I listen to music streaming to discover new songs": 60% to 55% (from 2012 to 2014.) "I listen to songs on my favorite AM/FM station - it helps me pick songs to stream:" 50% to 59% (from 2012 to 2014.). And this: "My favorite AM/FM radio station is an important part of my music streaming experience": 33% to 40% (from 2012 to 2014.) The only category that went down ("music streaming to discover new songs"): 60 % to 55%...
 

Timeline Memories: (12/5)

1933] Drinks are on the house: Prohibition ends as Utah becomes the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment. The 18th Amendment is repealed ...

 

1965] Number One on this date: Turn, Turn, Turn - Byrds (Lynn's favorite song at the time)...1975] Fly Robin Fly - Silver Convention...1985] Broken Wings - Mr. Mister...

 

1996] Greenspanning the globe: Fed Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan gives his famous "irrratioonal exuberance" speech. Not everyone was exuberant or irrational in their response...

 

2006] The fat hits the fan: NYC becomes the first city in the nation to ban artery clogging trans fats at restaurants ..

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday:" (12/5) Frankie Muniz (29), Frank Kingston Smith (39?), Margaret Cho (46), Doctor Dre (51), Jim Plunkett (67), Jim Messina (67) & Little Richard (82)...

 

Timeline Countdown: (12/5) Days Until: Chanukah (11) (12/16), Winter Solstice (16) (12/21), Christmas (20) (12/25) & New Year's Eve (26) (12/31)...

 

 

Timeline Memories: (12/6)

 

1923] On the radio: Calvin Coolidge becomes the first president to deliver a radio address (to a joint session of Congress (12/6)...

1957] Seasonal hits on this date: Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley (12/6)...1970] Merry Christmas Darling - Carpenters (12/6)...

 

1969] Death at Altamont: Mick Jagger was singing 'Sympathy For The Devil" at the Altamont Speedway when a crazed, armed fan is stabbed by a member of Hell's Angels (12/6)...

 

1983] Number One on this date: Say, Say, Say - Paul McCartney/Michael Jackson (12/6)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday." (12/6) Judd Apatow (47), Janine (Northern Exposure) Turner (52), NY Gov Andrew Cuomo (57), Steven Wright (59) & Jobeth Williams (66)...

 

Timeline Countdown: (12/6) Days Until: Chanukah (10) (12/16), Winter Solstice (15) (12/21), Christmas (19) (12/25) & New Year's Eve (25) (12/31)...

 

 

Timeline Memories: (12/7)

1941] Day of Infamy: Japan attacks Pearl Harbor putting us into WWII. Some 2,400 Americans are killed, 200 wounded. Much of our Pacific Fleet is destroyed along with more than 200 planes. FDR calls it A Day Of Infamy (12/7)...

 

1963] Seasonal hits on this date: Winter Wonderland - Darlene Love (12/7) ...1985] Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - Bruce Springsteen (12/7) ...

 

1963] Let's go to the video tape: Instant Replay is used for the first time in a live sports telecast during the Army-Navy game on CBS-TV (12/7) This instant replay is from a Chicago Bears game...

 

1993] The 5:33 from Hell: Colin Ferguson murders 6 and injures 19 others on the 5:33 pm Hicksville local of the Long Island Rail Road. Ferguson is serving 200 years in prison (12/7)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday." (12/7) Sara Bareilles (35), Mervin Phillips (38), Larry Bird (58), Johnny Bench (67), Gerry Cheevers (74) & Ellen Burstyn (82)...

Timeline Countdown: (12/7) Days Until: Chanukah (9) (12/16), Winter Solstice (14) (12/21), Christmas (18) (12/25) & New Year's Eve (24) (12/31)...

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3 Hottest Radio Formats...

 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

 

The Nielsen PPM (portable people meter) numbers are in nationwide for November and there are 3 format trends that will carry radio through to the end of the year. A trend that stretches back several years and has enjoyed sustained growth over that period is Urban Contemporary. In November, Urban Contemporary established new historic highs for share of audience in PPM markets with listeners aged 6 and up. The gains seen in this format are created by the new 'Boom' format or 'Classic hip-hop' (hits by well-known artists like Snoop Dog and Notorious B.I.G.)...

 

While 2014 will close as the best year the format has ever had in PPM measurement, Sports and Adult Contemporary/Soft Adult Contemporary are the other significant format stories. The AC format is now 'All Christmas Music All The Time' and that always means big numbers, not only from the Christmas fanatics who shop for ornaments in July, but apparently from listeners who search for all Christmas music as soon as it goes below 60 degrees. That leaves us with 'Sports', the format that will close out 2014 with the best fall season of sports listening the format has ever had. Each of the last two months (October/November) sports has logged a 5.4 share among listeners 6+, 4.1 share for audiences 18-34 and 6.0 share for 25-54 year olds. And the nation's number one market (New York) had nothing to do with it. The last time a NYC team (any sport) has been in the playoffs seems like an eternity. And by the way, Rex Ryan did come here to kiss Bill Belichick's rings...

 

The formats that will suffer through the rest of 2014 are: Country, Pop CHR & Rhythmic Contemporary Hit Radio, Classic Hits & Urban AC (both flat). Listening data from the entire country was tabulated even though some markets (Nassau-Suffolk, Middlesex-Somerset-Union and San Jose) were consolidated into the larger New York and San Francisco metro areas...

 

Timeline Memories:

 

1956] Recording on this date: The Million Dollar Quartet: (Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis & Johnny Cash). The Sun Records session is not released for 25 years...

 

1961] Released on this date: Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler...

 

1980] Nun slaughter: The bodies of 4 American nuns killed in El Salvador two days earlier are found. Five national guardsmen will be convicted of murder...

 

2010] Number One on this date: Only Girl (In the World) - Rihanna/Drake... 

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday": Tyra Banks (41), Jay-Z (45), Fred (SNL) Armisen (48), Marisa Tomei (50), Jeff Bridges (65), Southside Johnny (Lyon) (66), Freddy Cannon (74), Max Baer Jr. (77) & Wink Martindale (81)...

 

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Chanukah (12) (12/16), Winter Solstice (17) (12/21), Christmas (21) (12/25) & New Year's Eve (27) (12/31)...
  

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media #1 In Bing Searches...

 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Microsoft Bing has compiled several lists of top consumer choices based on its US users search engine results during 2014. The list, posted to BingTrends finds that half of the most-searched apps this year relate to social media and Facebook was #1 in that category. Skype is the only video communication app on the list, at #4. According to Media Post the most searched-for-apps include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Skype, Vine, Snapchat, Candy Crush Saga, WhatsApp, Angry Bird and Farmville...

 

The top gaming apps are Candy Crush and Angry Birds again this year, with newcomer to the list, Farmville appearing in the number ten spot. Top devices include the iPhone 6 with Xbox and Fitbit at #2 and #3, respectively. "The Big Bang Theory" topped the list of most-searched TV shows, followed by "Dancing With The Stars." "Frozen" took the crown for most searched movie in 2014. Kim Kardashian took Beyonce's spot as the most-searched person of this year, from her Vogue cover to the extravagant wedding. Sports dominated the news in 2014 with the World Cup, suprising Super Bowl performance and controversial Winter Olympics. Coming in third was the mystery surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines Jet captivated our attention as searchers looked for answers to the tragedy. The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks replaced the Dallas Cowboys as the most-searched sports team this year...

 

In the US, the top 5 news events that had the greatest impact began with the World Cup at No.1, followed by Super Bowl, Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet, Winter Olympics and ISIS. In the UK, the top 5 in rank order: Ice Bucket Challenge, #BingBackOurGirls, Gus Kenworthy and the Sochie puppies, birthday cards for 6-year-old Danny Nickerson and Boston Marathon victim marries his nurse. I like our list better...
 

Timeline Memories:

1931] Debuted on this date: Plop-plop-fizz-fizz - Alka Seltzer is on the shelves. Speedy Alka Seltzer won't come along until 1951...

1961] Manageable: Brian Epstein proposes to manage the Beatles. A few weeks later, the contract is signed...

1965] Released on this date: Rubber Soul LP (entire album) - Beatles...1973] You're Sixteen - Ringo Starr...

1967] You've gotta have heart: Dr. Christian Barnard performs the first human heart transplant...

 

1979] Concert crush: 11 fans are crushed to death at Cincinnati's Riverfront Coliseum before a concert by The Who. Laws will be changed to prevent festival seating in the future...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday": Amanda Seyfried (29), Katarina Witt (49), Daryl Hannah (54), Julianne Moore (54), Ozzy Osborne (66) & Jaye P. Morgan (83)...

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Chanukah (13) (12/16), Winter Solstice (18) (12/21), Christmas (22) (12/25) & New Year's Eve (28) (12/31)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Spending Will Carry The Holidays...

 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

 

We already know that despite all the pushing and shoving, in-store holiday business was tepid at best. Online spending is another story. We just got our first peek at what looks like a record-breaking holiday season. US consumers online spending on desktops rose 32% to $1.01 billion this Thanksgiving Day. Black Friday followed with $1.51 billion is sales, up 26% compared with the same day in 2013, according to comScore and reported by Media Post...

 

Overall, consumers used desktops to spend $22.7 billion online from the start of the holidays to date, up 15% compared with the same days last year. Monetate, a retail technology provider has less enthusiastic results. Tracking nearly 40 million web site visits on Black Friday, reveals that traditional desktop and laptop sales fell 10%, while tablets rose 7.5%. Tablet traffic accounted for 21.52% of all online traffic, an increase of 6.53%, year-over-year. Smartphone commerce transactions rose 38.30%. Smartphone traffic accounted for 20.97% of all online traffic, up 37.06% compared with a year ago...

 

Black Friday browsing turned into Cyber Saturday buying. The average order value of all purchases rose 4.7% year-over-year to $150.77 while revenue per ecommerce session rose 14.8% year-over-year and conversion rates rose 10.3% year-over-year according to Monetate...

 

 

Timeline Memories:

 

1972} Released on this date: You're So Vain - Carly Simon...

 

1978] Seasonal hit on this date: Please Come Home For Christmas - Eagles...

 

1992] Chasing WNEW-AM: WQEW replaces WQXR on 1560 in NYC. WQEW adapts a WNEW-AM nostalgia music format that won't be successful...

 

2001] Chapter 11: Enron Corp. files for chapter 11 after Dynergy walks away from a $8.4 billion buyout. It's the largest bankruptcy in US history...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday:" Britney Spears (33), Nelly Furtado (36), Monica Seles (41), Lucy Liu (46) & Stone Phillips (60)...

 

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Chanukah (14) (12/16), Winter Solstice (19) (12/21), Christmas (23) (12/25) & New Year's Eve (29) (12/31)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Pandora Playing Favorites???

 

(Monday, December 1, 2014)

 

Pandora established itself as a creator of personalized stations using "like" and "dislike" buttons to determine what its listeners want to hear. According to NPR, a deal between Pandora and a group of record labels is raising concern that the company is favoring certain songs over others because its paying the musicians behind those songs a smaller royalty...

 

Pandora's Eric Bieschke on the company's big selling point over traditional radio: "Pandora is trying to be your perfect personal DJ - your best friend who knows your music preferences perfectly. That's what the Pandora brain is trying to do." Pandora has a growing library of tracks - currently more than 1.5 million but that's only a fraction of the size of libraries used by Spotify or Rdio.The tracks have been processed by musicians and analyzed for characteristics such as whether the voice is light and breathy or gritty and gravelly, or whether the song is repetitious or has a complex melody. Then a computer algorithm sorts out the characteristics and makes matches between types of songs that go together. The Music Genome Project has helped make Pandora popular. The service has more than 76 million registered users and is the top station in 14 of the top 15 US markets - that includes both brodcast and online radio - that's according to Pandora anyway although I'd love to see their definition of "top station." Top station in what? Just asking...

 

Now, here's the potential Pandora link to the possibility of what we started calling payola in the late 50s. After Pandora signed a deal with Merlin, a group of independent record labels, the deal called for Merlin performers to get paid a smaller royalty than non-Merlin artists. Is Pandora favoring those artists? Copyright lawyer and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Jim Burger: "It they (Pandora) were a terrestrial radio station and were getting a discount on certain music as long as they played it more than other music, that would be considered illegal."...
 

Timeline Memories:


1924] Dropping the puck: The first pro hockey game in the US is played at the Boston Arena with the Bruins beating the Montreal Maroons 2-1. Both teams had just joined the 7-year old NHL...

1984] Seasonal hits: Last Christmas - Wham...1994] All I Want For Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey...

2004] Signing Off: Tom Brokaw signs off for the last time as anchor of the NBC Nightly News. Brian Williams replaces Brokaw...

2007] Number One on this date: No One - Alicia Keys...2012] Diamonds - Rihanna...

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday:" Jared (Subway) Fogle (37), Sarah Silverman (44), Gilbert O'Sullivan (68), Bette Midler (69), Lee Trevino (75), Woody Allen (79) & Billy Paul (80)...

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Chanukah (15) (12/16), Winter Solstice (20) (12/21, Christmas (24) (12/25) & New Year's Eve (30) (12/31)...

 

 

Less Ad Money Spent This Holiday Season...

 

Thursday, November 27, 2014 (Thanksgiving Edition)

 

Despite an earlier start to the holiday shopping season, retailers are reworking their media buying strategies. The new holiday shopping season begins just before Halloween and ends on Cyber Monday - that much is pretty well accepted. How healthy each holiday season is remains a mystery from season to season. A new Kantar Media analysis finds that department stores spent 38% less this year through November 2...

 

Most of the dollars spent went to television with radio getting 'minimal' amounts. That's a change from last year when department stores spread their dollars to more media. With less emphasis on Black Friday as the main shopping event of the season, Kantar reasons that holiday-themed department store ads did not pick up this year until the week of October 13. Last year's ads aired as early as the week of September 2. "Many advertisers probably waited it out to avoid consumer complaints of starting too soon." There are exceptions. Target (53%) and Wal-Mart (41%) collectively, made up 84% of all holiday-themed ad expenditure so far. Last year Kantar says there were more retail players on the field with JC Penney a standout. Penney ran more early Christmas ads than any other department store. This year, Penney has contributed very little of the overall retail ad tally...

 

We won't know how good (or bad) this holiday spending season is until all the numbers are in. That includes online sales and the boost provided by Cyber Monday...

 

Timeline Memories: (11/27)

 

1910] All aboard: NYC's Pennsylvania Station opens to the public (11/27)...

 

1924] Macy's stakes its claim: Herbert Strauss, pres. of R.H. Macy & Co. delivers "A surprise New York will never forget." The first Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade steps off (11/27)...

 

1965] Released on this date: You Didn't Have To Be So Nice - Lovin Spoonful (11/27)...1967] Magical Mystery Tour LP - Beatles (11/27)...1970] All Things Must Pass LP - George Harrison (11/27)...

 

2009] Tiger caged: Tiger Woods is hospitalized after crashing in his driveway. You know the rest (11/27)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday": (11/27) Jalell (Urkel) White (38), Michael Vartan (46), Robin Givens (50) & Caroline Kennedy (57)..

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Timeline Countdown: (11/27) Happy Thanksgiving. Days Until: Chanukah (19) (12/16), Winter Solstice (24) (12/21) & Christmas (28) (12/25)...

 


Timeline Memories (11/28)

 

1925] Debuted on this date: The WSM Barn Dance begins. As of 1927, you know it as the Grand Ole Opry (11/28)...

 

1942] Down in flames: A devastating and deadly fire destroys the Cocoanut Grove night club in Boston, taking nearly 500 lives (11/28)...

 

1970] Released on this date: My Sweet Lord- George Harrison (11/28)...1970] Your Song - Elton John (11/28)...

 

2009] Number One on this date: Empire State Of Mind - Jay-Z/Alicia Keys (11/28)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday": (11/28) Jon Stewart (52), S.Epatha Merkerson (62), Ed Harris (64), Paul Shaffer (65), Randy Newman (71) & Berry Gordy Jr. (85)...

 

Timeline Countdown: (11/28) Happy Thanksgiving Weekend. Days Until: Chanukah (18) (12/16), Winter Solstice (23) (12/21) & Christmas (27) (12/25)...


Timeline Memories (11/29):

 

1890] A sports tradition begins: The first Army-Navy football game is played at West Point. Navy crushes Army 24-0 (11/29)...

 

1934] On the radio: The first NFL Thanksgiving Day game aired on the radio. Chicago beats Detroit 19-16 (11/29). This is last year's game...

 

1969] Number One on this date: Come Together/Something - Beatles (11/29)...1972] Papa Was A Rolling Stone - Temptations (11/29)...

 

2001] The world mourns: George Harrison loses his battle with cancer at 58 (11/29)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday": (11/29) Don Cheadle (50), Kim Delaney (53), Howie Mandel (59), Garry Shandling (65), Felix Cavaliere (72), Chuck Mangione (74), Vin Scully (87) & Minnie Minoso (89)...

 

Timeline Countdown: (11/29) Happy Thanksgiving Weekend. Days Until: Chanukah (17) (12/16), Winter Solstice (22) (12/21) & Christmas (26) (12/25)...


Timeline Memories (11/30):

 

1968] Released on this date: Everyday People - Sly/Family Stone (11/30)...1979] The Wall LP - Pink Floyd (11/30)...

 

1993] Brady Law: Pres. Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (11/30)..

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1993] Case closed: Richard Allen Davis is arrested after confessing to abducting and killing 12-year old Polly Klaas. Davis was given the death sentence (11/30)...

 

2004] Jeopardy champ loses: Ken Jennings finally loses but takes home $2.5 million. It's TVs all-time biggest game show haul (11/30)...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday": (11/30) Kaley Cuoco (29), Shane Victorino (34), Clay Aiken (36), Ben Stiller (49), Billy Idol (59), Mandy Patinkin (62), G.Godon Liddy (84) & Robert Guillaume (87)...

 

Timeline Countdown: (11/30) Happy Thanksgiving Weekend. Days Until: Chanukah (16) (12/16), Winter Solstice (21) (12/21) & Christmas (25) (12/25)...


    

 

 

 

 

Wanting It Now & Getting It...

 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

 

The Millennial Generation, or Gen Y, is at the forefront of the "I need it right now" consumer culture. This age group leads in the evolution of the uber-consumer culture, according to Media Post. The tech world is buying right into this demanding 14 to early 30s demographic with a constant barrage of new media devices and programs. The on-demand business has never been hotter...

 

In the past year, more than $2.2 billion in capital has been invested in on-demand companies that provide us with new car services (Uber, anyone?) and with services like grocery delivery, same-day delivery for books (Google and Barnes & Noble recently hooked up on that), streaming video on-demand providers like Netflix, Hulu and more. Gen Y's adoption of technology that allows for seamless purchasing has helped change where and how goods and services are purchased. Apple Pay is finally making digital payments easier and safer than using cash or credit cards. Slyce now allows us to snap a picture of an item we want and then gives us the opportunity to click and buy it. Millennials have started the movement that we've all adopted - to watch content when and how we want it - giving us more control of our own schedule. Millennials are security conscious and are beginning to demand ownership of their personal information...

 

Millennials are marketer's most sought-after audience. Tech-savvy Millennials embrace these innovations and drag brands along for the ride. Some brands are up to it, some are not, and some brands don't even realize how powerful this age group has become...

 

Timeline Memories:

 

1789] Giving us another reason to celebrate: A day of thanksgiving is set aside by Pres. George Washington to observe the adoption of the U.S. Constitution...

 

1832] Public transportation: Public streetcar service begins in New York City...

 

1942] Here's looking at you kid: "Casablanca" starring Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman has its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York City...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday": Natasha Bedingfield (33), Harry Carson (61), John McVie (69), Tina Turner (75) & Rich Little (76)...

 

Timeline Countdown: Days Until: Thanksgiving Day (1) (11/27), Chanukah (20), (12/16), Winter Solstice (25) (12/21) & Christmas (29) (12/25)...

 

 

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Spot & Network Brings Radio Down...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

 

Radio took a tumble in the third quarter. Total revenues fell 2% from $4.6 billion in 2013 to $4.56 billion in the same period this year, according to Media Post with data supplied by the Radio Advertising Bureau. Despite midterm elections which should have boosted revenue, political ad spend wasn't as healthy as anticipated...

 

It was spot and network advertising, the two mainstays of the radio business that failed to offset increases in digital and off-air revenues. Spot advertising fell 3% from $3.68 billion in Q3 2013 to $3.57 billion in the third quarter of 2014. Network slid 4% from $275 million to $264 million over the same period. Digital, of course was up - from 11% ($244 million to $271 million) and off-air revenues rose 14% from $401 million to $459 million. The weak third-quarter performance follows a flat first half of the year, leaving total revenues for the first three quarters down 1% compared to the same period last year, to $12.9 billion...

 

While radio has had worse revenue numbers in third quarter's past, it is significant to note that for the first time in radio history, digital eclipsed network ad revenues. But digital remains a fairly small part of the overall business - 5.9% of total revenues...

 

Timeline Memories:

 

1984] They know now: Band Aid is formed by a group of Brit and American Artists who record "Do They Know It's Christmas". They record the song in the UK on this date with proceeds going to famine relief in Ethiopia...

 

1986] An affair to remember: Iran-Contra erupts as Pres. Reagan & Attorney General Edwin Meese reveal that profits from secret arms sales to Iran has been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels...

 

1999] Rescue at sea: 6-year old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez is rescued by a pair of sport fisherman off the coast of Florida...

 

"Happy Birthday...happy birthday": Jenna Bush Hager (33), Barbara Pierce Bush (33), Christina Applegate (43), Jill Hennessy (46), Bruno Tonioli (59), Bucky Dent (63), John Larroquette (67) & Percy Sledge (73)...

 

Timeline Countdown: Days Until Thanksgiving (2) (11/27), Chanukah (21) (12/16), Winter Solstice (26) (12/21) & Christmas (30) (12/25)... 
 

Mel Phillips Radio Views
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