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Emmis Radio Revs Down 26.5%

The latest earnings statement from Communications heralds another bad quarter for radio as it moves into the critical fourth-quarter holiday season.

The disappointing ad revenue results from Emmis Radio are especially significant for both the company and the industry at large because the comparisons with the third quarter of 2008 were relatively easy.

Total revenues at Emmis Radio fell 26.5%, from $72.7 million in the third quarter of 2008 to $53.4 million in the third quarter of 2009. This contributed to an overall revenue decline of 27.4%, from $92.7 million to $68 million. Revenues also 30.5% fell at Emmis’ publishing division, from $21 million to $14.5 million.

While the recession obviously played a role in the decline in radio revenues, Emmis executives admitted that the radio business in general is also suffering from long-term trends, including the rise of online media and an erosion of advertiser confidence. That’s partly due to impatience with what is perceived as slow progress on the adoption of new, more accurate measurement technologies.

Also last week, Emmis Radio announced a partnership with Brand Affinity Technologies that will give Emmis advertisers access to more than 3,000 celebrity endorsers. BAT cited the deal as a demonstration of the value of its streamlined celebrity brand endorsement process, which allows advertisers to tap well-known figures from entertainment, sports and other areas for contextually relevant endorsements. The campaigns target national, regional, or local levels.

The deal follows a test phase in which several local Emmis advertisers used the BAT system, which includes research to determine which celebrities and endorsement strategies are most appropriate in a given locale.

via MediaPost Publications Emmis Radio Revs Down 26.5% 10/12/2009.

CEO of RF Focus, Radio and Music Industry Veteran. Radio DJ, Programmer, Musician and Voice Talent. Graduated from Performing Arts in Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the legendary KKBT (92.3 The Beat) during its nationwide heyday in the early 90s. Also worked for Stevie Wonder at KJLH.

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  1. lack of diversity if your diverse your music and add rainbow of genres that would attract baby boomers..your add revenue would increase..i.e blues..afroppop…jazz..where especially in nyc where wrks is a flagship emmis station..and you haved a rainbow coalition of persons..peoples taste change but your music stay the same..when frankie crocker was programming in nyc ..he stayed on the cusp..and developed a base of listers that made his station format no.1 in the nation..fact..not fiction..your pd now are children and have noew clue of music libray and the taste of time

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