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Veteran of Bloomberg Radio and CNBC, Jim Kingsland Dies at 49

Jim Kingsland had business news in his blood. He worked for every major financial media company, including Bloomberg LP, from 1992 to 2006. Kingsland died this week at age 49 after a long illness.

He had severe diabetes, which led to a liver transplant several years ago. His eyesight was poor and his pancreas was compromised.

At Bloomberg for much of the time, he was news director at WBBR.

Wes Richards was host of Bloomberg on the Weekends.

“He had the right stuff, he did the right thing,” Richards tells FishbowlNY. “He was a pleasure to work for and work with and an island of calm and rationality in a sea of chaos.”

Kingsland bookended Bloomberg with FNN/CNBC and Fox Business Network from 2007 to 2010 as assignment editor.

The business journalist also had a passion for numismatics–the study of currency–founding JK Numismatics in November 2006, according to his LinkedIn page.

Kingsland worked at a pair of small suburban stations early in his career. He also was a 1010 WINS traffic reporter via Shadow Traffic in the mid 1980s.

Jim is survived by his wife, Melissa, and three children, Rachel, Benjamin, and Nathan.

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Memories of Longtime Media Favorite, Mayor Ed Koch

His style was brash and it was all New York! Edward Irving Koch is being laid to rest today. He died Friday at age 88 of congestive heart failure. Koch, a three-term mayor from 1978 to 1989, was a friend to the media, always good for a quote.

Rich Lamb covered Koch’s entire run as mayor for WCBS-AM. Although Koch was ill for the past several months, getting shuttled in and out of the hospital, Lamb was not fully prepared to learn of his passing.

“The phone went off at 6:15 [a.m.], and the first thing I heard was my own obit that I recorded yesterday because we decided we’d better have something ready to go,” Lamb tells FishbowlNY.

The situation appeared grave when Koch was transferred to the ICU at New York Presbyterian-Columbia Hospital.

Before Lamb could wipe the sleepy dust from his eyes, there was a live report awaiting him on WCBS at 6:20.

“As I began to speak on the air I choked up and it really surprised me,” Lamb admits.

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Mel Karmazin to Resign From SiriusXM

After much speculation about the future of CEO Mel Karmazin at SiriusXM, a decision was made today. Karmazin told the Board of Directors that he’ll be leaving the satellite radio company February 1, 2013, when his current employment contract expires and after a transition period. All Access reports that the media executive will also step down from the Board of Directors.

In August, Liberty Media acquired additional shares of SiriusXM, in a bid to take over the company. Thus began Karmazin’s internal battle with his future of SiriusXM.

Karmazin, 69, joined Sirius as CEO in 2004. He was instrumental in hiring Howard Stern two years later as one the satellite network’s signature voices.

Read Karmazin’s statement after the jump

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Bloomberg LP Getting Earful of Worker Complaints

A View From Bloomberg Tower/glassdoor.com

Mayor Bloomberg’s financial news empire, a.k.a. Bloomberg LP, which runs Bloomberg Radio (WBBR/1130) and Bloomberg TV, started in New York 31 years ago.

Bloomberg still holds a majority ownership in the media company that controls one-third of the $16 million global financial data market.

But all is not beautiful at Bloomberg, which has its “world headquarters” next to Bloomingdales on the Upper East Side.

The Website, Glassdoor, which provides background information on jobs and companies, also allows reviews. Those usually anonymous comments give additional insight into the “Glass Tower” on Lexington Avenue.

At last check, more than 500 current and former “Bloombergers” gave reviews to the site.

The prevailing positive is that the privately held company pays competitive salaries. But that doesn’t mean all employees are loving life at Bloomberg. Don’t take my word it. Here’s a sampling of some disgruntled employees.

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May Ratings Recap: WLTW Increases Overall Lead, WCBS-FM Holds Second

While the big story of the May Arbitron ratings was the performance of WBLS and ESPN/WEPN, there was more to analyze.

Starting at the top, WLTW/Lite FM, once again sets the tempo. The Clear Channel Adult Contemporary picked up an additional .6 to settle at 8.1.

WCBS-FM, the perennial number two overall, stayed put, although dropping slightly from April to 6.3.

WHTZ/Z100 remains third, but saw a nice .4 boost from last month. Sister station WKTU, however, went in the other direction, losing .3 to 4.4.

Spanish station WSKQ maintains its strong following, gaining .4 to 4.3.

Clear Channel has two more slots in the Top 8 positions–WAXQ/Q 104.3 held steady at 3.7, while WWPR/Power 105.1 had a minimal improvement to 3.4.

More from the ratings after the jump

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WLTW is Still the One in February Ratings

Clear Channel powerhouse WLTW/Lite FM maintains its top spot in the monthly ratings.

Lite FM not only held number one in the February Arbitron ratings, the Soft Adult Contemporary added .2 to 7.3 for the month.

Perennial number two, WCBS-FM moved up slightly to 6.6.

WHTZ/Z100 had a .3 gain for February to 5.2, sister station WKTU kept pace at 4.4, while Clear Channel rocker WAXQ/Q 104.3 minimal improvement to 3.9.

Spanish station WSKQ dropped .4 to 3.8, while Tropical formatted WXNY saw a .3 upgrade to 3.5.

A pair of stations were next on the survey, both improving from 3.4 to 3.7–CBS’ Fresh 102.7/WWFS and Emmis’ KISS FM/WRKS.

A check of News/Talk stations, WINS was king, despite losing .2 to 3.5. Cumulus’ WABC lost .2 to 3.0. WCBS-AM fell slightly to 2.8.

And then there’s the FM newser WEMP. February marks six months since 101.9 started it’s experimental programming. The station holds at a minuscule .7 for a second straight month.

More ratings results after the jump

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Former Bloomberg Radio Anchor Becomes Published Author

Broadcast veteran Gray Basnight is now making his mark in print. His first book, The Cop with the Pink Pistol by Ransom Note Press, hit the shelves (and the Internet) last week. The murder mystery centers around NYPD homicide detective Donna Prima.

For Basnight, this novel wasn’t based on reality. He points out that the Donna Prima character is based purely on imagination and fantasy.

“Most of it was just having a lot of fun with different things, and different lines I’ve had,” Basnight tells FishbowlNY.

Basnight, who was among more than 100 staffers laid off at Bloomberg Radio/WBBR in 2009, for a time put an exclusive focus on his writing. During that interval, he began to submerge himself with the idea for a historical novel. However, the words didn’t jump onto the page, as Basnight struggled to complete the manuscript.

“I knew that all writers just have to move on,” Basnight admits. “It occurred to me to try to write a detective novel.”

In an effort to make the book standout, Basnight went for proven detective formulas.

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WLTW Opens Big Lead Over WCBS-FM in December Ratings

WLTW/Lite FM keeps a tight grip on number one in the overall Arbitron PPM ratings. WLTW increased its lead over perennial number two WCBS-FM in December. WLTW edged WCBS-FM by just .3 in November, but WLTW had a 8.2 this month, gaining a 2.3 advantage over CBS-FM.  

Clear Channel’s WHTZ/Z100 maintains number three with a 5.1 for the second straight month. WKTU slipped from 5.0 to 4.8, while sister station WAXQ also lost .2 to 4.1.

CBS’ WWFS/Fresh 102.7 saw gains, jumping .3 to 3.9.

Tropical station WSKQ had a minimal improvement to 3.9.

Cumulus’ WABC had .2 increase to 3.7.

WINS saw a slight drop to 3.4, while WCBS-AM lost .2 to 2.8.

FM Newser 101.9/WEMP had no gains from the previous rating survey, holding steady at .6.

More ratings highlights after the jump.

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WLTW Holds at Number One for October; WCBS-FM Back to 2nd

It’s another ratings book winner for WLTW/Lite FM, according to the overall Arbitron numbers for October. However, that’s not the full story. The Clear Channel Soft Adult Contemporary juggernaut slipped to 5.7.

WCBS-FM, the longtime bridesmaid in the “post-Jack era,” recaptured the number two slot. CBS-FM actually dropped .2 to a 5.2 for the month.

Clear Channel’s WKTU, last month’s second-place finisher, fell .6 to a 5.0. Sister station WHTZ/Z100 also went backwards–losing .2 to 4.7.

Rocker WAXQ picked up .3 to 4.5 for October, while Inner City’s WBLS also gained .3 to 3.9.

More from the latest radio ratings after the jump

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WLTW Stays on Top, WKTU Pulls Closer in September

The September PPM ratings were just released by Arbitron. WLTW/Lite FM maintain number one, but there’s a rare logjam at the top.

While no loss to the cume (average listenership), WLTW did see the overall rating drop off.  Clear Channel’s Soft Adult Contemporary juggernaut slipped from a 6.2 in August to 5.8.

The steady rise of sister station WKTU is almost complete. The Dance station improved from a 5.2 to 5.6.

No gain for WCBS-FM at 5.4, but now as a third-place radio station.

Z100/WHTZ trended backwards from a 5.1 to 4.9.

However, WINS made the biggest gains of the month, a full point to 4.2.

Rocker WAXQ/Q 104.3 was steady as she goes, joining WINS with a 4.2.

As the Yankees made a playoffs push, WCBS-AM took a .2 advantage to 4.1.

More highlights from the radio ratings after the jump.

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