IdahoRadioNews: Changes in sports radio

Another change is coming to the Boise radio dial. KINF-AM 730 will pick up the ESPN Radio contract in the market, effective January 1, according to the station.

The lineup has not yet been announced by Impact Radio, which owns the station. The move will force some changes at KTIK/93-1 The Ticket – which currently has the ESPN contract in the market. Jeff Caves, the station’s afternoon host, said he could not comment – but Impact GM Darrell Calton told me that 730 AM will be the exclusive home for ESPN content.

KTIK, for now, still has its tentpoles: Jim Rome (syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks), and local afternoon show Idaho Sports Talk.

In October, KTIK’s owner Cumulus announced it would drop ESPN in favor of CBS Sports Radio in 47 markets.

KINF-AM currently airs news/talk programming. This move will give the Boise market three major sports stations, along with KFXD/Sports 630.

Standard disclosure: Don Day wrote the blog for more than six years and currently manages digital sales & products for KTVB.

Get Your Think On

The Boise Advertising Federation is presenting its first guest speaker of the 2012/2013 season on Thursday, November 29th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Paul Matthaeus, founder, chief creative officer Digital Kitchen®

After spending 15 years in the ad agency business, Paul Matthaeus founded Digital Kitchen® in 1995 with the mission to apply entertainment principles to brands–and in turn–branding principles to entertainment. With training in photography, filmmaking and advertising and marketing communications–Matthaeus aimed to advance broader experimentation and creativity in full-motion electronic media (digital filmmaking), leveraged with an uncommon faculty for strategic marketing.

And for those who want to know all of the logistics and whatnot:

Date: Thursday, November 29th | 11:30a.m – 1:00p.m.
Location: Beside Bardenay, 612 Grove St. | Boise, ID 83702
Members: $20*
Non-Members: $25*

*Taco bar lunch included.

Job Opening: Interactive Designer

Drake Cooper

Drake CooperDrake Cooper in Boise is looking for someone to join their team as an Interactive Designer. From their website:

Drake Cooper is seeking a full-time interactive designer to lead digital design and develop compelling and creative interactive projects. Someone who brings with them exceptional understanding of visual design and the ability to take concepts and produce designs in a variety of digital media. Duties will include visual design, creating prototypes, wireframes or mockups; front-end development, banner ads and online advertising.

The ideal candidate must be organized, highly creative, energetic, and possess a true passion for digital design. The ability to meet strict deadlines and work under pressure in a fast-paced environment is critical to this position.

Additional details and how to apply can be found in the job listing on their website.

Hanna & Associates gets American Gaming Association award

Hanna & Associates in Coeur d’Alene was recognized last month by the American Gaming Association at their 12th annual American Gaming Association Communications Awards in Las Vegas.

Their work for Northern Quest Resort & Casino won a Gaming Voice Award for best website, besting other entrants such as MGM Resorts International, Bally’s Corporation and Mandalay Bay Resort.


New Hires at Mitchell + Palmer

Mitchell + Palmer has added two new faces that their crew, CFO, Dirk Robinson, and Designer, Josh Smith.

From the folks at M+P:

Robinson cut his teeth at Wieden + Kennedy, the “Just Do It” agency, who sent him to work at their offices in London and the Netherlands. He also served as Finance Director at several firms in Amsterdam, including 180 Amsterdam, Amsterdam Worldwide and The Reeves Agency, and he filled the role of interim CFO at 72andSunny in Los Angeles. Throughout his travels, Robinson pursued his passion as a classically trained operatic tenor. He now performs with Opera Idaho.

Smith is a man of many talents, from design to educational technology. His work has shined for the Walt Disney Company, MTV, VH1, HBO, Showtime, Nickelodeon, and Snoop Dogg. Holding degrees in music, business, and technology, Smith brings high taste and ingenuity to the Mitchell + Palmer family.

Congratulations to both.

IdahoRadioNews: It’s Christmas! …already?

Two Boise stations have flipped to the Christmas format for 2012. KXLT/107.9 Lite FM has flipped to its traditional menu of holiday standards as of November 10th.

But the surprise entrant in the space for this year is KJOT/Variety Rock 105.1. The station, which has been home to rock music for about 30 years, is instead playing Christmas music.  Owner Journal Broadcast Group has been playing musical chairs with its three rock stations (KQXR/100.3 The X and KRVB/94.9 The River being the others) for quite some time, and it seems KJOT is the odd one out.  The station has not seen success in quite some time, despite transitioning from heritage rocker J-105 to the current skew a few years ago.

I would say it is likely that Variety Rock has played its last rock hit. Something new in the new year? Already hearing rumors on what that format could be… time will tell.

Related: Journal hired Susan Groves to replace Dan McColly as operations manager for its Boise stations and as program director of KRVB. The news was announced on October 2nd – and on November 18th, she had been “let go.”

Standard disclosure: Don Day wrote the blog for more than six years and currently manages digital sales & products for KTVB.

Lottery results are in

And it’s a split decision.

While we first got wind of this a couple of weeks ago, last Friday the Idaho Lottery made the news official:

Drake Cooper and CLM have both been awarded marketing services contracts.

Drake will handle all strategic planning and creative services while CLM will handle all media services.

From the folks at the Idaho Lottery:

“The current incumbent, Davies Moore of Boise, has been a pleasure to work with, has done an excellent job for the Idaho Lottery, and was in the running for elements of the contract going forward. However, good government practices require that we take significant contracts out for competitive bid when those contracts expire on their terms,” explained Idaho Lottery Director Jeff Anderson. “The announcement of our Intent to Award these contracts to both Drake Cooper and CLM was a result of their responsiveness to our Request for Proposals. I´m confident both local agencies will meet our marketing and advertising needs by providing the best value possible to the citizens of Idaho.”

“As a responsible state agency, the bidding process is healthy for us to achieve our goals and maximize our benefits to Idaho’s public schools and the State’s permanent buildings,” added Sherie Moody-St. Clair, Idaho Lottery Marketing Director. “We’re fortunate in Idaho that we have so many talented advertising agencies to work with. By separating the services, this unique idea will allow us the opportunity to have more resources available to provide responsible and effective marketing campaigns.”

Both contracts begin on January 1, 2013.