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Midwest Communications Founder Duke Wright Dies

“It was Duke’s vision to provide his communities with the best programming and the best technical facilities, led by the best broadcasters.”

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Duke Wright, the founder, President, and CEO of Midwest Communications has died.

Wright bought his first radio station in 1958 after purchasing WRIG-AM in Wausau, Wisconsin, before eventually expanding the organization to more than 80 stations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin .

“It was Duke’s vision to provide his communities with the best programming and the best technical facilities, led by the best broadcasters,” a statement on his death from the company said. “He believed in the importance of being ‘live and local’ and radio’s unique characteristic of providing companionship to listeners.”

A member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Wright officially formed Midwest Communications in 1971 after purchasing a WROE in Appleton, Wisconsin and expanding from there. Currently, his children Mary Kay, Michael, and Jeffrey operate the organization in conjunction with Wright’s wife, Pegge.

A funeral service will be held in Green Bay on Thursday, December 29th.

Duke Wright was 83.

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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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Majority of Media Advertising Projected to Be AI-Aided By End of Decade

Forecasts show that 69.5% of all advertising revenue will be AI-aided, while that number is expected to grow to over 90% by 2029.

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The rise of artificial intelligence in media has been a focus for several years. But the use of AI in advertising is just getting started, and a new study suggests it will influence the space in the years to come.

GroupM has released its This Year Next Year forecast. In its projections, it believes that AI will be a prominent tool in advertising optimization. By the end of 2024, it forecasts that 69.5% of all advertising revenue will be AI-aided, while that number is expected to grow to over 90% by 2029.

The company also projects that AI-generated content in advertisements will account for 1.6% of all commercials in 2024. GroupM believes that figure is likely to grow to 10.7% by the end of the decade.

While the organization forecasts an increase of $365.9 billion, up 5.8% compared to previous projections, it shows a 1.5% drop in revenue for terrestrial radio, according to RadioInk.

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Broadcasters Foundation of America Set for Annual Giving Day Thursday

More than 1,000 broadcasters have been aided by the organization.

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The Broadcasters Foundation of America is set to hold its annual Giving Day on Thursday, June 13th.

For more than 70 years, the organization has supported broadcast radio and television professionals during challenging financial times. More than $20 million in grants have been funded by the foundation since its inception.

More than 1,000 broadcasters have been aided by the organization.

To donate to the fund, click here.

In addition to its Giving Day, the organization will hold a mixer at the iHeartMedia studios in New York from 5:30-7:30 PM on Thursday.

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