Thursday, June 21, 2018

74% OF NATIONAL MURROW AWARDS WENT TO PUBLIC RADIO ORGANIZATIONS


Public radio did very, very well in the RTDNA’s Murrow Awards competition. Of the 50 radio categories, 37 (74%) of the winners are public radio organizations.

The awards will be presented October 22nd at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City. More information is available here.

RTDNA breaks radio entries into three groups: Large market stations, Small market stations and Network Radio.

NPR took home five Murrow Awards: Continuing Coverage, Excellence in Social Media, Excellence in Sound, Excellence in Hard News, and News Documentary.

New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR) received a Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in small market radio.  NHPR won the same award in 2017.

[Scroll down to see a complete list of the Murron Award winners.)

PUBLIC RADIO: A PHENOMENON IN MEDIUM & SMALL MARKETS

The changing face of radio news in medium and small markets is reflected in the Murrow Award winners. Of the 17 categories in the Small Market groups, 16 (95%) were won by public radio entries. WITF, Harrisburg and Vermont Public Radio both won twice.

Not that many years ago the Small Market category would include many commercial broadcasters, mainly hometown stations. But, things have changed.

Commercial radio news capacity has been drastically reduced since the hyper-consolidation of ownership in the 1990s and 2000s. In many medium sized markets, chain-store owners like iHeart and Cumulus, and local chains like Three Eagles took out whole news departments. 

SDPR is the only media outlet the covers the entire state
Public radio has become the “radio news of record” in many of these markets. 

We are so proud of South Dakota Public Radio for winning the Murrow Award of Best Use of Social Media.  Public media is vital in South Dakota.  Every voice seeking excellence in radio counts.

In the large markets, public radio entries won 10 of 17, 59% of the categories.  WBUR won two Murrow Awards, include one for sports-talk Only a Game.

There are 16 categories in the Network Radio.  Public radio won 11 of the 16 (69%).  In addition to NPR, winners included “No Place to Run” submitted by Reveal and the Texas Tribune, and Youth Radio for “Emancipation: One Young Man Leaves Foster Care on His Own Terms.”

Stations affiliated with CBS Radio News and CBS Radio’s new owner Entercom. WTOP AM/FM, owned by Hubbard Broadcasting won the Overall Radio Excellence Murrow Award.

THE 2018 MURROW AWARD NATIONAL RADIO AWARD WINNERS
(PUBLIC RADIO WINNERS ARE IN BOLD TYPE)

• SMALL MARKET RADIO

Overall Excellence: NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO

Breaking News Coverage: FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY News-Talk-Jazz WGCU-F/FORT MYERS, "Hurricane Irma Hits SOUTHWEST FLORIDA"

Continuing Coverage: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI News-Talk KBIA/COLUMBIA, MO, "Urgent for Care: Can MISSOURI's Poorest County Keep Its Hospital Alive?"

Excellence in Innovation: WITF, INC. News-Talk WITF-F/HARRISBURG, PA, "The VIETNAM War: WITF STORIES"

Excellence in Social Media: SOUTH DAKOTA PUBLID BROADCASTING

Excellence in Sound: COMMUNITY IDEA STATIONS/RICHMOND, "VIRGINIA Nonprofits Bring Theater To Life For Visually Impaired"

Excellence in Video: CONNECTICUT PUBLIC BROADCASTING News-Talk WNPR/HARTFORD, "A Month After Maria, Efforts To Bring Clean Water To Remote Parts of PUERTO RICO"

Excellence in Writing: CAL STATE-MONTEREY BAY News-Talk KAZU/PACIFIC GROVE-SEASIDE, CA, "Reality of Possible Separation Sets in for American Children of Undocumented Parents"

Feature Reporting: WITF, "Finding Solace at the Wall" 2

Hard News: VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO, "Some Immigrants Flee U.S., Knowingly Walking into Police Arrest in CANADA"

Investigative Reporting: DELMARVA BROADCASTING CO. News-Talk WDEL-A-F/WILMINGTON, DE, "Scandal Surrounds NEW CASTLE COUNTY Elected Leader"
                                                                                                                       
News Documentary: VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO, "Why Is VERMONT So Overwhelmingly White?" 2

News Series: ALABAMA PUBLIC RADIO, "ALABAMA Rural Health Care"

Newscast: INDIANA UNIVERSITY News-Talk-Classical-Jazz WFIU/BLOOMINGTON, IN, "MAY 24, 2017 Morning Newscast"

Sports Reporting: UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA-RENO News-Talk-Classical-Jazz KUNR/RENO, "RENO1868 FC's Fan Base Is Growing Fast"

Website: UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA News-Talk WUFT/GAINESVILLE, FL

• LARGE MARKET RADIO

Overall Excellence: WTOP

Breaking News Coverage: KUOW PUGET SOUND PUBLIC RADIO News-Talk KUOW/SEATTLE, "AMTRAK Derailment"

Continuing Coverage: MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO/MPR NEWS, "The Fatal Police Shooting of JUSTINE RUSZCZYK"

Excellence in Innovation: WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY News-Talk-Classical WFDD/WINSTON-SALEM, "WFDD’s Community Conversation on Mental Health"

Excellence in Social Media: BOSTON UNIVERSITY News-Talk WBUR/BOSTON, "BOSTON's Free Speech Rally"

Excellence in Sound: ENTERCOM News KCBS-A-KFRC-F/SAN FRANCISCO, "WINE COUNTRY On Fire"


Excellence in Video: IDEASTREAM News-Talk-Jazz WCPN-Classical WCLV/CLEVELAND, "A Peek Inside the Collectibles Empire of TERRY KOVEL"

Excellence in Writing: UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-KANSAS CITY News-Talk KCUR/KANSAS CITY, "A New KANSAS Museum Dares to Showcase Daredevil EVEL KNEIVEL"

Feature Reporting: BONNEVILLE News-Talk KIRO-F/SEATTLE, "Homeless Girl Scouts"

Hard News: CHICAGO PUBLIC RADIO News-Talk WBEZ/CHICAGO, "For ILLINOIS Sex Offenders, Six Years Can Turn Into Life in Prison"

Investigative Reporting: NORTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING News-Talk KQED/SAN FRANCISCO, "Inside SANTA CLARA Jails, Predatory Bail Schemes Flourished for Years"

News Documentary: YOUR PUBLIC RADIO News-Talk-Jazz WYPR/BALTIMORE, "Out of the Blocks: 2100 Edmondson"

News Series: ENTERCOM News WCBS-A/NEW YORK, "The Breaking Point"

Newscast: WCBS-A, "OCTOBER 31, 2017 5pm"

Sports Reporting: BONNEVILLE News-Talk KTAR-F/PHOENIX, "Vital Organ-ist"

Website: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS News-Talk KUT/AUSTIN

• NATIONAL RADIO

Overall Excellence: CBS NEWS RADIO

Breaking News Coverage: CBS NEWS RADIO, "LAS VEGAS Massacre"

Continuing Coverage: NPR, "Immigration Coverage"
Excellence in Innovation: REVEAL FROM THE CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING, "Follow the Money: Citizen Sleuths Investigate"

Excellence in Social Media: NPR, HIDDEN BRAIN

Excellence in Sound: NPR, "What Happened When the Gunshots Started"

Excellence in Writing: CBS NEWS RADIO, DAVE ROSS

Feature Reporting: YOUTH RADIO, "Emancipation: One Young Man Leaves Foster Care On His Own Terms"

Hard News: NPR, "They Told Me I Wasn't a 
Human Being': Gay Men Speak Of Brutal Treatment in CHECHNYA"

Investigative Reporting: REVEAL and THE TEXAS TRIBUNE, "No Place to Run"

News Documentary: NPR, "EMBEDDED: TRUMP Stories -The Golf Course"

News Series: ABC NEWS RADIO, "AMERICA's Fentanyl Crisis"

Newscast: CBS NEWS RADIO, "CBS WORLD NEWS ROUNDUP"

Sports Reporting: NPR and WBUR, ONLY A GAME, "Armless Archer Makes His Mark Among The World's Best"


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WAMU IS OFFERING PODCAST DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR FIVE NEW PROJECTS


Attention audio producers:  If you are in the Washington, DC area WAMU is doing something you should know about.   

On Monday (6/11) WAMU announced the creation of The Pod Shop [link], a local podcast development program like no other we’ve ever seen.

The Pod Shop is a three-month intensive workshop that includes creative guidance, $2,500 in funding, and pilot development assistance. As many as five producers or production teams will be chosen by WAMU to participate.

Andi McDaniel
The purpose of The Pod Shop is to generate ideas for new content according to Andi McDaniel, WAMU’s Senior Director of Content and News.  McDaniel said in a press release:

“We are inspired by the wealth of creative and diverse talent across the Washington, DC region. As a leader in audio storytelling, [WAMU] wants to help support and connect future podcasters -- and The Pod Shop is designed to do that.”

WAMU wants to have a bigger presence in the podcast space. They have lagged behind other public media shops such as WNYC Studios, WBUR, KCRW and American Public Media (APM) in publishing hit shows.

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN APPLY

First, go to The Pod Shop page on the WAMU website [link] for more information and info about what WAMU is looking for. 

Also, check out the application procedure here.
  
The deadline to apply is Friday, July 6th.  Only people age 18 and older and who live in the District, Maryland and Virginia can apply.

After the applications have been received, an internal review committee will consider them. They will choose up to five applicants be a part of The Pod Shop process.  Applicants may be individuals or a small team of people.

Applicants that are chosen to be participants will be contacted by WAMU around July 25th. The first meeting of participants will be on August 7th. The group will continue to meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30pm until 9:00pm at WAMU, 4400 Massachusett Avenue NW in DC. The final meeting will be November 6th.

Each participating individual or team will receive $2,500 in funding and will develop a pilot podcast. Pilots developed during the process will be distributed in a single podcast by WAMU. Selections from the podcasts will air on WAMU-FM as part of a special program on a date to be determined.

There’s no final contest or ultimate winner. At the end of the three months, The Pod Shop participants will have the chance to pitch their projects to WAMU for further development. If WAMU passes on a pitch, the producer(s) are free to “shop” them elsewhere.

KEN SAYS: One provision in The Pod Shop FAQs astounded us. Quoting from the guidelines, it says: You retain the right to your idea.

In this day-and-age when content is king and coveted, most organizations want a piece of your original good idea.  We did consulting for a major public radio content producer a few years ago. This organization solicited new program pitches from independent producers.  In order to submit an idea, applicants were asked to sign a lengthy agreement that included this CYA nugget [paraphrasing]:

The applicant agrees that someone else may have thought of the same idea independent of the applicant.

In other words, your idea may not be your idea and they can take it if they want to.

MORE NIELSEN AUDIO MAY 2018 PPM TRENDS: PORTLAND, BALTIMORE, HOUSTON & MILWAUKEE


In yesterday’s post we were talking about how KOPB in Portland punches above its weight. 

If you combine KOPB’s broadcast audience and streaming audio audience, they reached over 400,000 estimated weekly listeners in May 2018. 

Portland is Nielsen’s 23rd largest metro market with a 12+ population over 2.3 million.

WAMU’s “other metro” is Baltimore. Because of the close proximity of the two cities, WAMU – 88.5 FM – puts a city-grade signal into a large potion of the Baltimore metro. The 27% drop in estimated weekly listeners by WYPR in May 2018 compared to May 2017, is the largest we have seen by any NPR News/Talk station in a PPM market.



In Houston, Educational Media Foundation’s (EMF) Air1 repeater lost a big chunk of listeners. 

Since it costs about $1.98 a day to operate a satellite-fed automated EMF station [we are joking], EMF can still show a profit.



We often wondered why more noncom stations don’t try 24/7 a “public radio talk” format. WHAD is part of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Ideas Network.   

The Ideas stations don’t carry NPR news magazines but they do carry a nice mix of Wisconsin talk and interview programs along with proven national favorites such as 1A, On Point, Wait, Wait… and This American Life.  Check out their weekly schedule here.

WHAD always does well in Milwaukee and the Ideas flagship, WHA in Madison, is often the top noncom station in that market. 

Look at it this way, Ideas is much, much cheaper to operate than a NPR News station.  Plus, it has the same appeal as NPR News programming.  Plus, with lots of local shows, there are more local underwriting “avails” and fewer network-required funding credits.

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

WNYC-FM, KQED, KPCC & KSBJ LEAD LIST OF TOP 30 NONCOMMERCIAL STATIONS


WNYC-FM has more weekly listeners than any
other noncommercial station in the nation
Today we have a big picture view of the top thirty noncommercial stations according to Nielsen Audio PPM ratings for May 2018.  We have also included a comparison to May 2017.   

This information clearly confirms that noncom stations have large numbers of listeners.

Keep in mind that Nielsen makes ratings data available only for stations that purchase the ratings. 

There conceivably could be noncom stations with more listeners than the thirty stations listed in this post.  But, we can think of any.

There are five major noncom formats: NPR News/Talk, Christian Contemporary Music (CCM), Classical music, Triple A/Alternative Rock music, Jazz music and Latin Pop music.  There are other formats – Community, Christian Talk and Oldies come to mind. None of these other formats have the critical mass of listeners to challenge the 30 stations we are discussing.

The chart on the right is a summary of the top thirty stations by their program formats. Over half of the stations on the list air NPR News/Talk programming. One station on the list, KCRW in Los Angeles, has a dual format of NPR News and Triple A music. When tabulating the formats, KCRW is included as .5 NPR News and .5 Triple A.

The second largest group of stations airs Christian Community Radio (“CCM”). Three of the seven CCM stations air Educational Media Foundation’s (EMF) K-Love format.  K-Love is heard on 397satellite-fed stations and 387 FM translators. It sounds exactly the same on all of them.

We have arranged the top thirty into three groups of ten to make the information easier to read. We will provide a bit of commentary on some stations in each group.

On the left is the chart showing the top ten noncommercial stations by their estimated weekly listeners. 

With a couple of exceptions, the NPR News/Talk stations have growing numbers of weekly listeners. 

KSBJ has the largest number of estimated weekly listeners of any CCM station. KSBJ is also the most financially successful CCM station in the nation.  Unlike satellite-fed K-Love stations, KSBJ has a large local in-person presence on the streets in southeast Texas.

The second group of stations, #11 through #20, includes the only Jazz music station, KKJZ in LA, on the lists.   

Previous top thirty lists we have complied typically included WBGO in New York. They were close to making the list this time but WBGO’s estimated weekly listeners have been down recently.

At #11 is a new station in the top thirty: WCKL in Chicago. WCKL operates on the frequency where The Loop used to be. It’s K-Love format is reaching about a third of listeners that were reached by The Loop. Another K-Love repeater is #16 KKLQ in Los Angeles.

The group of stations #21 through #30 includes a couple of notable stations that far out-perform their market size. 

Portland, Oregon is Nielsen Audio market #23 but KOPB draws more estimated weekly listeners than many stations in much bigger cities. KOPB’s performance is an inspiration to everyone who believes that programming excellence will determine the future of public radio.

Station #28, KNAI in Phoenix has been in the news recently. The FCC fined the Cesar Chavez Foundation over $100,000 because KNAI and a station in Fresno were found to have broadcast numerous commercial messages.