Internet killed the radio star?

McNicholas and Harville Kym McNicholas of Forbes.com interviewed Doug Harvill, CBS Radio senior vp in charge of the company’s SF stations, about the future of radio in an age when many people get their music from iPods or Pandora. Harville told her that radio is thriving (reaching 93% of all consumers 12+ on a weekly basis) and that he’s putting programming from his stations on as many online platforms as possible. Instead of the internet killing radio, it actually be

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Online experiment boosts Live 105’s ratings

Benny Evangelista of SFGate’s Tech Chronicles reports that an experiment allowing listeners to vote on songs has doubled the ratings of alternative rock Live 105 during a two-hour period on Sunday nights. While Sunday nights don’t have the audience of morning drive, “it got everyone’s attention,” said Doug Harvill, gm of CBS Radio’s six SF stations. Harvill said it’s something like the “Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 of the digital generation.” Jelli Inc., the San Mateo startup that provided the

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Local TV, radio, Web ad revenue plunges

TV stations in the Bay Area saw ad revenues fall 14% in the first quarter compared to the previous year due mainly to the downturn in the auto industry, the Chron reports. For radio, the drop was 27%. Analysts told the Chron revenues were down nearly 50% at some political blogs, and 10 to 20 percent at entertainment blogs. “Never seen it this bad. Never,” said longtime KGO-AM president and gm Mickey Luckoff. One exception was all-news KCBS, which saw

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‘No Name’ makes triumphant return

Mike “No Name” Nelson, who was fired last July by CBS Radio’s Alice FM 97.3 for supposedly driving away female listeners ages 25 to 44, returned Monday to another CBS station, Live 105 (KITS). Can’t imagine that demo was put off by the promo photo Alice FM had of No Name last year. Says CBS Radio market manager and svp Doug Harvill: “No Name is a terrifically talented performer and I’m thrilled to welcome him back to LIVE 105 and

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CBS Radio names new SF programmer

Michael Martin, formerly of Clear Channel’s Wild 94 FM and more recently a programming vp with CC in Los Angeles, is returning to the Bay Area and will join CBS Radio as vp/programing for Movin 99.7, Alice, LIve 105, KFRC-AM 1550. Martin will also be program director of Movin 99.7. The hiring was announced Monday by CBS Radio senior vp and market manager Doug Harvill. CBS Radio also has News KCBS-AM & FM in the cluster, headed by News Director

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More about KCBS’s new FM signal

An update to the item below about CBS Radio’s plans to simulcast KCBS All News 740 on KFRC 106.9: KFRC’s Dave Sholin, Celeste Perry and Sue Hall have been let go, but they will return this week (we don’t know when) to do a farewell show. According to promos, KCBS will be heard on KFRC starting at 7:40 a.m. (get it?) on Monday, Oct. 27. Since KFRC’s on-air staff has been let go, the station is playing music and recorded

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KCBS 740 will be heard on FM starting next week

KCBS All News 740 will also be heard on 106.9 FM starting Oct. 27, giving the station a chance to reach new listeners on FM, the station announced today. “With this announcement we are ensuring our listeners will have access to the superior news and information they’ve come to rely on no matter how they choose to receive their audio content,” said Doug Harvill, senior vice president and market manager for CBS Radio San Francisco. “And not only that, having

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Radio people meters due here by spring

Ben Fong-Torres, writing in the Chron, describes the changes ahead for the local radio industry when the ratings system switches from diaries to the Portable People Meter, which a listener wears. The meter (shown here next to the base station) is the size of a beeper and it captures silent codes radio stations will send out. Survey participants place the meter at the end of the day in the base station to recharge the battery and to send collected codes

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