Here is a compendium of items from the communications world: Podcast One signs a legend; Luddites inhabit the Senate; GatesAir is set to meet at NAB; Nielsen partners with Concentric; Q2 employment plans are solid per CareerBuilder; and in another sign of economic recovery, the Tooth Fairy had a big 2014.
* Broadcasting legend Mike Agovino is joining another broadcasting legend, Norm Pattiz, at Courtside Entertainment, parent of Podcast One. Agovino will be Executive Vice Chairman, complementing Pattiz’s Chairman/CEO role.
* Politico has a report on the Senate Luddite Caucus – members who do not use email, in the wake of Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) no-email revelation. With him are three others – Pat Roberts (R-KS), John McCain (R-AZ) and Richard Shelby (R-AL).
* Equipment and tech company GatesAir will be using the NAB Show to engage with clients in conversation and to answer questions. In particular, it will be addressing the television channel repacking ordeal that will be a big part of the incentive auction.
* Nielsen and Concentric are teaming up. Nielsen’s date and Concentric’s media simulation technology will help clients in the development of strategic advertising campaigns.
* CareerBuilder says that as of February, 22% of US companies plan to increase staffing during Q2, against only 4% going in the opposite direction. 19% were anticipating increased staffing in January 2015, and that percentage held true for February 2014.
* One more sign of a growing economy: According to Delta Dental, the tooth fairy is said to have paid a record-breaking $255M for lost teeth in 2014, and the price per tooth rose from $3.50 in 2013 to $4.36. Chew on that one, economic recovery doubters!