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iHeartMedia Announces New True-Crime Podcast With M. William Phelps

The podcast debuts on October 12 and runs in 12-week installments, with new episodes premiering Tuesdays on iHeartRadio and other major platforms.

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True crime is one of the more popular genres for podcasts, and iHeartMedia is ready to add another program to the growing list. The media outlet announced a new true-crime podcast hosted by investigative journalist and New York Times Bestselling Author M. William Phelps. 

“Crossing the Line with M. William Phelps” is a weekly podcast tackling prominent yet sometimes polarizing topics in the true-crime space, as well as investigate obscure cold cases with the belief of revealing more information that could lead to closure.

“We are thrilled to team up with M. William Phelps again to produce a new slate of true crime podcasts,” Will Pearson, Chief Operating Officer for the iHeartPodcast Network, said. “We’ve seen incredible success with ‘Paper Ghosts,’ and it’s proven that M. William Phelps isn’t afraid to ask the hard questions. 

“The new shows on this slate will no doubt continue in that success – investigating unsolved crimes and sharing untold stories that will keep listeners tuning into each episode curious for more answers.”

The podcast debuts on October 12 and runs in 12-week installments, with new episodes premiering Tuesdays on iHeartRadio and other major platforms.

“‘Crossing the Line’ pulls together 20 years of work in true crime television and books- a confluence of access and being on the frontline of investigative journalism,” Phelps said. 

“You’re going to hear the inside story of murder and missing cases from insiders — including the killers themselves — with the main focus on victims and their family’s stories, including my own.”

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Saga Communications CEO Chris Forgy Elected to Broadcasters Foundation of Americas Board of Directors

“His input will be valuable as we continue to deliver aid to our colleagues who are in desperate need.”

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The Broadcasters Foundation of America has announced Saga Communications CEO and President Chris Forgy has been elected to its Board of Directors.

“I have always believed in giving back to the industry that has allowed me to be of service to local communities,” stated Forgy. “Colleagues who have fallen on extremely difficult circumstances need and deserve our support. I am honored to serve on the Board and contribute to the Foundation’s charitable mission.”

“Chris is a well-respected leader in the broadcast industry, and I’m delighted to welcome him to our Board,” added Broadcasters Foundation Board Chair Scott Herman. “His input will be valuable as we continue to deliver aid to our colleagues who are in desperate need.”

In addition to his work with the Broadcasters Foundation, Chris Forgy also serves on the NAB Radio and Television Board of Directors for District 6, which is comprised of North and South Carolina.

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Advertisers Would Pay Premium for Corresponding In-Dash Visuals, New Study Shows

In total, 80% of advertisers claimed they were interested in in-dash visual ads.

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A new study from Advertiser Perceptions shows that radio advertisers and agencies would pay a premium to see their commercials synced with in-dash visuals on car radios.

In 2021, media agencies and marketers said they were “very familiar” with in-car radio display technologies. In 2024, that figure has risen to 33%, with another 33% saying they were “somewhat familiar.”

In total, 80% of advertisers claimed they were interested in in-dash visual ads. In 2021, only 64% of respondents answered similarly.

When asked “How much on top of a typical AM/FM radio buy would you be willing to invest in this new in-car visual display capability?” the average advertiser claimed they would be willing to increase their budget by 16% in the latest version of the study.

That figure was 14% in both 2022 and 2023, and was 12% in 2021.

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Median Age of Podcast Users Nearly 30 Years Younger Than Cable TV

“The ascent of podcasting signals a shift towards on-demand content consumption that aligns with the lifestyles and preferences of younger generations.”

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It is no secret that cable TV has seen the age of its viewers continue to rise. But the entire picture is coming into view when juxtaposed against other mediums like radio and podcast users.

A new report from Amplifi Media shows that the median age of cable news viewers is 70. MSNBC is 70, Fox News is 69, and CNN is 67. That median age means that more than half the viewers are actually older than 70 years old.

Network television isn’t a much brighter picture. In primetime, the median age is 64. FOX has the youngest number at 49.5.

However, the median age of podcast consumers comes in at 34.

Steve Goldstein, Founder and CEO of Amplifi Media, believes the drastically younger demographics of the medium make it an ideal platform for advertisers.

“The ascent of podcasting signals a shift towards on-demand content consumption that aligns with the lifestyles and preferences of younger generations,” wrote Goldstein. “We live in an on-demand world, and while other media are adjusting (think streaming apps and YouTube), podcasting has three not-so-secret ingredients that traditional media struggle to match: intimacy, flexibility, and loyalty, which makes podcasting an ideal platform for engaging storytelling, niche topics, and fresh takes.”

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