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Pineapple Street Studios Announces New Leadership Team

This follows the recent promotion of Jenna Weiss-Berman, co-founder of Pineapple Street, to the position of Executive VP of Podcasts at Audacy, where she oversees Cadence13 as well.

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Pineapple Street Studios, a podcast studio owned by Audacy, has announced a new leadership team. Bari Finkel and Je-Anne Berry have been appointed as Co-Heads of the studio.

This follows the recent promotion of Jenna Weiss-Berman, co-founder of Pineapple Street, to the position of Executive VP of Podcasts at Audacy, where she oversees Cadence13 as well.

Max Linsky, co-founder of Pineapple Street Studios, has been named Senior Podcast Strategist for Audacy’s podcast division. Linsky will continue to executive produce projects, contribute to podcast strategy, advise Finkel and Berry, and collaborate closely with key partners.

“As everyone who has worked with Bari or Je-Anne knows, they are the perfect team for this job,” Linsky said in the announcement. “Bari has been here since day one, and Je-Anne joined once we were part of Audacy — the combination of those two vantage points, plus the shared vision for where podcasting is headed, makes me just so excited for this next era.”

Finkel, who joined Pineapple Street in 2016, has held various roles within the company, including Producer, Executive Producer, Host, and Head of Operations. She has been recognized as Adweek’s 2021 Podcast Innovator of the Year and has played a significant role in the studio’s successful TV/film companion series business.

Berry joined the studio in 2020 as Executive Producer of Pineapple’s brands team. She has successfully expanded the studio’s partnerships with notable brands and organizations, elevating their presence through podcasts.

“We are incredibly proud of Pineapple and thrilled to step into our new positions. Through our respective roles and the many different shows and partners we’ve worked with, we’ve had incredible experiences at Audacy, making phenomenal podcasts with the most passionate teams,” Berry and Finkel said in a joint statement.

“Being able to partner with each other to build on what Max and Jenna founded is a real honor and we can’t wait for people to see and hear Pineapple’s upcoming work.”

Weiss-Berman, who joined Audacy in 2019 following the acquisition of Pineapple Street Studios, currently serves as Executive VP of Podcasts at Audacy. In her role, she oversees Audacy’s podcast network and studios, including Pineapple Street Studios and Cadence13, and plays a key role in developing new podcast content and partnerships.

Finkel and Berry will report to Weiss-Berman in their new roles.

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SPECai Welcomes Adams Radio Group and Southern Stoen Communications as New Customers

The two radio companies join other broadcasters like Connoisseur Media, Summit Media, and Magnum Communications at adopting the product.

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SPECai, the artificial intelligence product created in conjunction with ENCO Systems, Benztown, and Compass Media Networks, has inked a deal with Adams Radio Group and Southern Stone Communications to use the technology.

Southern Stone Communications will utilize the product in Jackson, TN; Valdosta, GA; Daytona Beach, FL; and Huntsville, AL. Meanwhile, Adams Radio Group will utilize it at stations in Tallahassee, FL; Las Cruces, NM; Valparaiso, IN; and Ft. Wayne, IN.

“SPECai is absolutely transformative. I was amazed by the blend of technology and creativity. Within minutes, our sellers are able to create top-notch spec spots,” said Adams Radio Group Northern Indiana Vice President and Market Manager Jennifer Figg. “The interface is easy and intuitive, saving us time and making the production process more efficient. Each spot is crafted with a professional touch. We only just started and have already closed new business.”

“I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly our sellers could create a great sounding commercial, with no help from production, and use it to help close new business,” added Southern Stone Communications Vice President of Sales and General Manager Chip Thomas. “I would highly recommend this product for any sales team looking for creative ways to close more business.”

The two radio companies join other broadcasters like Connoisseur Media, Summit Media, and Magnum Communications in adopting the product.

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Women Prefer AM/FM Radio to Everything But Their Phone, New Study Shows

Traditional radio eclipsed Amazon (43%), Netflix (40%), Apple (26%), Spotify (26%) and TikTok (24%) among other strong digital audio and video brands.

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As more and more listeners spend time with digital audio, the role of AM/FM Radio is questioned. However, according to a new study, the medium is still a strong one, especially with women.

New metrics released by Westwood One’s Audio Active Group shows that a study of 1001 women between 15-64 shows that 46% said they “love” their favorite AM/FM Radio station. While 51% said they “love” their mobile phone as the top vote-getter, terrestrial radio came in second.

Traditional radio eclipsed Amazon (43%), Netflix (40%), Apple (26%), Spotify (26%) and TikTok (24%) among other strong digital audio and video brands. Radio, however, dropped to 22% when respondents were asked about their love of the medium in general and not their favorite specific stations.

While the study shows women “love” radio, they admitted in their responses that the medium doesn’t often mesh with the busy lifestyle they currently live between family, relationships, and living a healthy lifestyle.

Also, nearly 60% of women agreed that “Today’s music is not as good as it was years ago.” Another factor of decreased listening is that women find the number of commercials unbearable and believe many ads are “annoying.”

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Nielsen Debuts The Media Distributor Gauge Showing TV Audience By Company

In the first report of the new gauge, 14 companies saw a 1.0% share or great of the total TV usage.

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Nielsen has unveiled The Media Distributor Gauge, which will provide information on television audience size on a per-company basis. 

The new measurement category became a necessity as streaming television continues to grow with many broadcast and cable networks utilizing the new technology as an alternate distribution method.

Coinciding with The Gauge, which measures the method by which viewers watch television, The Media Distributor Gauge is the insight into measuring an expanding and changing field.

“With more programs available across platforms, it’s vital for creators, advertisers, and the industry at large to understand what and where audiences are watching,” said Karthik Rao, CEO of Nielsen. “The Media Distributor Gauge is a perfect complement to The Gauge and serves as the first convergent TV comparison of its kind. Together, these reports paint the most complete picture of TV viewing today, which is critical as we head into the Upfront.”

In the first report of the new gauge, 14 companies saw a 1.0% share or great of the total TV usage.

The Walt Disney Company accounted for 11.5% of TV, as 42% of that figure came from Disney+ and Hulu.

YouTube (9.6%), NBCUniversal (8.9%), Paramount (8.8%), Warner Bros. Discovery (8.1%), Netflix (7.6%), and FOX (6.1%) all finished between 5-10% of the total viewing share.

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