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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

| September 27, 2016

nielsen-logoRound One of September PPM Data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s September 2016 PPM ratings survey has been released for first of four rounds of 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen Audio’s September 2016 survey period covered August 11 – September 7.  You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets below.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) New York – Inching up from sixth to fifth, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU “103.5 The Beat of New York” registers its wktufifth straight increase (3.3 – 3.5 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+) and is a cumulative +1.5 in that stretch. The market’s mainstream CHR (6+) share has a modest three-tenths improvement, with WKTU sibling WHTZ “Z-100” up one-tenth (5.3 – 5.4, third to second, 6+) and CBS Radio-owned WBMP “Amp” picking up two-tenthswltw-logo-january-2015 (2.9 – 3.1, #13 to #12, 6+). With a -.2 in August, “Z-100” ended five straight monthlies without a decrease for a combined +.8 (4.7 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+). As CBS Radio all-news WCBS-AM gains four-tenths (2.8 – 3.2, #15 to #11, 6+), co-owned similarly formatted WINS declines by that margin (4.4 – 4.0, unchanged at #8, 6+). This represents the strongest 6+-performance for WCBS-AM since March 2015 (also 3.2, 6+). On top the previous four ratings periods before falling to #2 in July, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” returned to first-place in August and – with a gain of four-tenths (6.1 – 6.5, 6+) – repeats there. Its +.1 in August halted four successive sweeps without an increase for a cumulative loss of seven-tenths (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.0, 6+). The 6.0 by “Lite” in July was its lowest 6+-share since November 2014 (5.6). Tumbling for the third successive sweep is Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ, which is a combined -1.4 since June (6.0 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 4.6, 6+); “Mega 97.7” drifts from third to sixth. It has a 1.5-share advantage over Univision Radio Spanish tropical WXNY “X-96.3” – up two-tenths following a -.6 in August (3.5 – 2.9 – 3.1, #13 to #12, 6+). The market’s hot AC battle tightens again as CBS Radio’s WNEW-FM “Fresh 102.7” (formerly WWFS) drops three-tenths to 2.8 (#11 – #15, 6+), while Cumulus Media’s WPLJ (off one-half share in August) picks up one-tenth (2.4 – 2.5, 6+) and is steady at #16; the two rivals were tied at #13 in July. This is the 21st successive sweep that WPLJ has recorded a 6+-share between 2.0 – 2.9 (6+). For the sixth successive time, talk cluster-mate WABC (#21) has not managed an increase (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.3, 6+).

2) Los Angeles – It is a healthy month for the market’s two CHR combatants: CBS Radio‘s KAMP “Amp” posts a +.4 (3.1 – 3.5, kiis6+), vaulting into the top ten (#12 to #8), while iHeartMedia-owned KIIS “Kiss-FM” notches a +.3 (4.6 – 4.9, 6+), climbing from fourth to a second-place tie. “Amp” was up in June and July for a cumulative +.7 before surrendering the entire seven-tenths in August. Up or flat for the third straight time are CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101” (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 4.9, 6+, steady at #2) and Entercom classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” (2.3 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.7, #16 to #14, 6+). Jumping from #17 to #14, KKGO “Go Country 105” has its fourth consecutive up or flat trend (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.7, 6+). After seven successive down or flat trends (.9 -.8 -.8 -.7 – .7 – .6 -.5 – .5, 6+), Salem Media Groupkamp contemporary Christian KFSH “The Fish” adds one-tenth to .6 (#38 to #36, 6+). Notching an increase of three-tenths (1.1 – 1.4, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KLAC “AM 570 LA Sports” checks in at #27. This past Sunday (9/25), Vin Scully called his last home game on the Dodgers’ flagship; Scully is retiring after an astonishing 67 years as voice of the NL West team. Setting the pace for the eleventh successive sweep, adult contemporary cluster-mate KOST “Coast 103.5” – a combined +.5 in July and August (5.3 – 5.4 – 5.8, 6+) – dips by two-tenths to 5.6 (6+). Without a decrease the past three monthlies (3.1 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+) co-owned urban contemporary KRRL “Real 92.3” slips by three-tenths (back to 3.1, 6+) and exits the top ten (#8 to #11). After being up the past three ratings periods for a +1.1 (2.2 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 3.3, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA “Zona MX 101.9” loses one-tenth to 3.2 (6+) – but – actually improves from a tenth-place tie to a ninth-place tie. A decrease of four-tenths to 2.6 (#13 to #16, 6+) curtails four straight up or flat trends for Emmis rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106” (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.0, 6+). In a three-way tie at #18 (up from #19), CBS Radio alternative KROQ is down or flat for the fifth successive sweep (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly programmed KYSR-FM “Alt 98.7” is off by three-tenths (3.4 – 3.1, 6+) and – like KRRL – departs the top ten (#8 to #11). This is the sixth consecutive time that co-owned talker KFI (#15 to #16) is without an increase (3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+). Since April, the (6+) trend for CBS Radio all-news KNX (#12 to #13) is 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.9.

3) Chicago – The combination of a one-tenth loss by CBS Radio all-news WBBM-AM (6.1 – 6.0, 6+) and a steady performance by webgiHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103” (6.0 – 6.0, 6+) results in a tie at #1. WBBM-AM had been on top from January through May and slipped to second in June. Prior to recording a +.4 in August, “V-103” was down or flat the previous three sweeps (6.1 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+). Applying the brakes to three consecutive (slight) downward trends (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHE adds one-tenth to 2.5wscr-cubs (6+) to progress from #17 to #15 and it is within 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+) for the 29th straight monthly. Although off by three-tenths to 5.2 (6+), hot AC cluster-mate WTMX “101.9 The Mix” nonetheless finishes in third-place for the seventh straight time. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly programmed WLIT “My-FM” (#9 to #11, 6+) is without an increase for the eighth successive month. “My-FM” is -10.7 (roughly -77%) in that stretch (13.9 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+). This is the ninth consecutive ratings period that iHeartMedia-owned WEBG (#16 to #13) is either up or flat for a combined gain of one full-share (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.7, 6+). “Big 95.5 Chicago’s New Country” now trails cross-town format foe – CBS Radios WUSN “US-99.5” – by just one-tenth (2.9 – 2.8, -.1, 6+); WUSN is #12 for the third straight time. Following three modest declines (4.2 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.7, 6+), the flagship of the Chicago Cubs – WSCR “670 The Score” – roars back with a +.8 to 4.5, its best-ever 6+-performance under PPM-methodology. The CBS Radio sports outlet advances from seventh to fifth. Powered by a +.6 (3.0 – 3.6, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s WLS-FM breaks into the top ten (#11 to #9); 3.6 is the strongest 6+-showing for “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” since February 2015 (3.7). On the other hand, CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WJMK “K-Hits 104.3” (#14 to #16) is either down or flat for the eighth consecutive ratings period for a cumulative loss of one full-share (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.3, 6+). Yet another streak continues as this is the seventh successive ratings period in which Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican WLEY “La Ley 107.9” (steady at #26) posts a loss (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+). Eight-tenths of a share is the difference between ranker #12 and ranker #23 (6+).

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4) San Francisco – Unchanged at #5, CBS Radio CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7 New Hit Music” is up or flat for the fifth successive kmvqsweep (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0, 6+) for a combined gain of one full-share. Flashing a +.3 to 3.6 (6+), iHeartMedia‘s KMEL “#1 for Hip-Hop & R&B” ends six straight ratings periods without an increase (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+). As a result of a +.6, Cumulus Media talker KSFO (#16 to #13, 6+) matches the 2.9 (6+) it recorded in January. With either a 3.8 (6+) or 3.9 (6+)kioi over the course of the last seven sweeps, iHeartMedia hot AC KIOI “Star 101.3” busts out a +.6 to 4.3, moving up from a three-way tie at #5 to #4. A combined -.8 in six consecutive monthlies without an increase (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.0, #12, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG picks up three tenths to 3.3 (6+) and cracks the top ten (#12 to #10). Spoken-word stations hold the top three spots in the Bay Area for the seventh successive sweep; however, the order has changed from August. In addition to suffering a loss of eight-tenths, Cumulus Media-owned KNBR drops from a first-place tie to third. Moreover, it is the fourth successive decline for “The Sports Leader” resulting in a cumulative loss of nearly two full-shares (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 4.9, 6+). It is the lowest 6+-showing for the San Francisco Giants flagship since March (also 4.9, 6+); KNBR had been #1 since April. Taking over sole possession of #1 (after sharing it in August with KNBR) is public KQED. Whereas KNBR is down for the fourth straight time, KQED boasts four straight gains (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 5.9, 6+) and enjoys its highest 6+-stat since December 2012’s 5.0. Advancing from third to second, CBS Radio all-news KCBS-AM is trending 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.6, 6+. Owing to a +.2 to 1.3, Entercom‘s KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (#26 to #24) halts four consecutive sweeps without an increase (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.1, 6+). An August gain of one-half share enabled KISQ “98.1 – The Breeze Relaxing Favorites at Work” to reach the four-share level, but like KNBR, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility regresses by eight-tenths (3.5 – 4.0 – 3.2, 6+), freefalling from #4 to #11.

5) Dallas – Just as in August, four-tenths of a share separates the top three finishers. For the first time since May 2014 (when it kplxregistered a 6.6, 6+), KPLX “The Wolf” occupies the top spot. Over and above that, the Cumulus Media country outlet, which was second in August, is without a decrease for the seventh successive sweep (4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.7 – 5.8, 6+) and is a cumulative +1.5 since February. After three successive months at 3.5 (6+), co-owned and similarlykrld-fm programmed KSCS “New Country 96.3” posts its third straight 3.3 (6+) and climbs from #11 to #9. Ousted from #1 and slipping to third is iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” (5.8 – 5.4, -.4, 6+). Jumping from ninth to seventh, CBS Radio‘s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” registers its seventh straight gain for a combined +1.8 (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.6, 6+) and the Texas Rangers’ flagship matches November’s 3.6. With a +.2 to 2.9 (6+), cross-town competitor – Cumulus Media’s KTCK “The Ticket” (#18 to #14) pulls the plug on three straight negative trends that yielded a -.8 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 2.7, 6+). Up or flat for the fourth straight time (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.3, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KDMX “Now 102.9” inches up from sixth to fifth, while format rival – CBS Radio-owned KVIL (#13 to #16) – has an up/down pattern since May of 2.6 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.8 (6+). A -.8 (4.6 – 3.8, 6+) drops iHeartMedia classic rocker KZPS from fourth to sixth; 3.8 is the lowest 6+-figure for “Lone Star 92.5” since March 2015 (also 3.8).

6) Houston – Posting a 3.6 (6+) in three of the last four monthly reports, CBS Radio Spanish contemporary KLOL “Mega 101” not klolonly explodes with a +.9 to enter the top ten (#12 to #7), it registers a 4.5, its strongest-ever (6+) PPM stat. The format picks up another six-tenths from Univision Radio‘s KAMA “Latino Mix 104.9” (2.4 – 3.0, 6+), which zooms from #20 to #15. The last time “Latino Mix” crossed the three-share threshold wasksbj “Holiday” 2011 (3.2, 6+). Returning to #9 from #11, noncommercial contemporary Christian KSBJ “God Listens” betters August’s 3.8 by four-tenths (to 4.2, 6+), thus stopping four straight decreases that produced a combined -1.8 since April (5.6 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+). The market’s top three stations are separated by two-tenths: Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN is off three-tenths (6.7, 6+) but repeats at #1; Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KGLK “Houston’s Eagle” moves up to second from third (+.4, 6+); and iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” (-.4, 6+) slips from second to third. The -.3 by KLTN curtails five successive gains that yielded a combined increase of more than two full-shares (4.9 – 5.4 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.9 – 7.0, 6+). It is the seventh straight time “Eagle” is in 6.1 – 6.6 range (6.6 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.6, 6+). Without an increase for the fifth straight sweep (7.7 – 7.4 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.5, 6+), “Sunny” ranked first in 23 consecutive ratings periods before dipping to second in August. On the heels of boasting its strongest 6+-share in more than two years (4.5, May 2014), iHeartMedia urban contemporary KQBT “93.7 The Beat” completely forfeits the eight-tenths it gained in August (3.7 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+), as it departs the top ten (#8 to #11). After posting a +.7 in July to 5.9, its best 6+-showing in exactly one year (6.4, 6+, July 2015), Cox Media Group country KKBQ “The New 93-Q” surrendered all of that gain in August and now sputters by another one-half share (5.2 – 5.9 – 5.2 – 4.7, 6+), but remains at #5 for the fourth successive sweep.

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7) Philadelphia – Owing to an improvement of six-tenths to 7.4 (6+), Jerry Lee Radio adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” wbebreturns to #1 after a two-month hiatus. In addition, the +.6 halts three successive downward moves for a combined loss of one full-share (7.8 – 7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8, 6+). Prior to July, “More FM” occupied the market’s top spot for 12 consecutive survey periods. Even though it is flat at 6.9 (6+), CBS Radiowrff classic hits-oldies WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” is dislodged from the top and segues to the runner-up slot, occupied by WBEB in July and August. Following three straight declines that resulted in a combined -.7 (5.2 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative WRFF “Radio 104.5” records a one-half share increase to jump from eighth to sixth (5.0, 6+). Following seven straight monthlies without an increase which resulted in a more than 50% loss of its 6+-share (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.3 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), Greater Media-owned WPEN-FM “The Fanatic” adds two-tenths to 1.7 (6+) and advances from #20 to #17. It trails rival WIP-FM (3.8 – 4.0, +.2, 6+) by 2.3 shares though, as the CBS Radio-owned Philadelphia Phillies flagship returns to the top ten (#11 to #10). A loss of six-tenths (5.3 – 4.7, 6+) drops co-owned WXTU “92.5 Philadelphia’s Country Station” from sixth to seventh. Faltering by one-half share each are sibling WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” (3.5 – 3.0, #12 to #15, 6+) and public WHYY (2.6 – 2.1, unchanged at #17, 6+). Both stations were up seven-tenths this time last month. The +.7 by WHYY in August ended six straight sweeps without an increase which resulted in the loss of approximately one-half of its 6+-share (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+). As for WPHT, it was the first time “Talk Radio 1210” crossed the three-share threshold (6+) in more than four years (3.0, May 2012). Flat at 1.2, Temple University classical outlet WRTI (#22 to #21) is without an increase for the eighth successive sweep and -1.6 since January (2.8 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.2 -1.2, 6+).

8) Atlanta – Not only does WKHX secure bragging rights for heftiest (6+) August 2016 – September 2016 increase among all wkhxstations in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released Monday, the Cumulus Media country property is the only station in any of these metros to register a gain of at least one full-share (3.9 – 5.3, +1.3, 6+). “Kicks 101.5” cruises from #11 to #5 and notches its most potent 6+-share since April 2011 (5.2 as well, 6+). Its challenger – iHeartMedia-ownedwpze WUBL “94.9 The Bull Atlanta’s New Country Leader” – posts a +.3 (3.8 – 4.1, 6+) and climbs from #12 to #11. Recapturing seven-tenths of the eight-tenths it lost in August (4.2 – 3.4 – 4.1, 6+), Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” progresses from #13 to #11, where it is tied with “The Bull” (also -.8, 6+, in August). Public WABE replicates its August one-half share increase (2.5 – 3.0 – 3.5, 6+) and advances from #15 to #14. Also leaping by one-half share is Radio One urban AC WAMJ “Majic 107.5” (3.2 – 3.7, #14 to #13, 6+); however, co-owned WUMJ disappears from print after logging a 1.1 (6+) in August. Despite being down by one-half share (9.4 – 8.9, 6+), Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM holds the top spot for the eighth straight month; a +1.3 in August gave WSB-AM a 9.4 – its highest 6+-share in the PPM-era. Stuck on 4.2 (6+) in July and August, Cumulus Media CHR WWWQ “Q-100 All the Hits” sputters by eight-tenths to 3.4 (6+), plummeting from #10 to #15. With two 4.5-showings (6+) sandwiched between a 4.7 (6+) in May and August (6+), format rival – iHeartMedia-owned WWPR “Power 96.1” – drops four-tenths to 4.3 as it slips from seventh to tenth. Although steady at #3, Cox Media Group urban AC WALR “Kiss 104.1” falters by six-tenths (6.2 – 5.6, 6+). After hanging out a +.6 in August, CBS Radio sports outlet WZGC “92.9 The Game” (#15 to #16) surrenders one-half share of it (2.4 – 3.0 – 2.5, 6+).

9) Long Island – Up or flat for the sixth straight time (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 3.4, 6+), CBS Radio CHR WBMP “Amp” wbmp(+.6, 6+) bumps up from #15 to #13. “Amp” had been in 2.0 – 2.9 territory (6+) the past 38 ratings periods. Advancing from #14 to #12, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU adds one-half share (3.0 – 3.5, 6+). Notwithstanding it is down two-tenths to 6.2 (6+), co-owned CHR WHTZ “Z-100” is on top in Long Island for the eighth successive sweep. A -.3 in August erased fourwqht straight sweeps where “Z-100” was up or flat (5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.7, 6+). This is the 21sth straight sweep that Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” (2.0 – 2.3, +.3, #22 to #19, 6+) is in 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+). While Fordham University‘s WFUV-FM remains at .7 (6+, #27), the stream of that triple A station – which had a 1.1 (6+) in August – disappears from print. Stymied at 3.5 (6+) in April, May, and June, iHeartMedia talker WOR dropped to 3.3 in July; rebounded with a one-half share increase in August; but regresses by eight-tenths in September (3.8 – 3.0, 6+) as the New York Mets flagship spirals out of the top ten (#8 to #15). After being up or flat the past six times for a cumulative +1.1 (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.6, 6+), CBS Radio hot AC WNEW “Fresh 102.7” (formerly WWFS) falters by seven-tenths to 1.9 (6+) and drops from a three-way tie at #16 to #22. Steady at #16, New York City format rival – Cumulus Media‘s WPLJ – bounces back from a -.6 in August with a +.1 (3.2 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+). Yet another hot AC – Connoisseur Media‘s WALK-FM (unchanged at #4) is without an increase for the fourth consecutive sweep (5.8 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+) for a combined -1.2. Following four successive progressive trends (3.0 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+), Cox Media Group CHR WBLI (steady at #2) is off by one-tenth to 4.8 (6+).

10) Riverside – Regional Mexican outlets KSCA (5.2, 6+) and KRQB (2.8 – 3.6, 6+) each improve by eight-tenths. Univision kscaRadio‘s KSCA “Zona MX 101.9” remains at #4 and Liberman Broadcasting‘s KRQB “Que Buena 96.1” advances from seventh to sixth. “Zona MX 101.9” was down or flat the past three Inland Empire monthlies (5.5 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+). Regressing by a whopping nine-tenths (8.1 – 7.2, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” is nevertheless #1 for the tenth consecutive ratings period. Following a one-sharekrqb increase in June, which halted back-to-back downward trends that produced a combined -.4, “Jose” fell by two-tenths in July but bounced back with a +.8 in August. It has a three-tenths lead over Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, which is up or flat for the fifth straight time (4.9 – 4.9 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 6.9, 6+) for a net gain of two full-shares. Prior to July, KOLA last crossed the six-share threshold (6+) this past November (6.9). After registering a 3.9 (6+) in June, July, and August, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5” is up one-tenth to 4.0 (6+) and ranks fifth for the fourth successive time. This is the seventh straight time CBS Radio country outlet KXFG has a .1 and it again finishes at #21, while Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KCAL-AM – which had been at .2 the past seven monthlies – slips to .1 (#19 to #21).

11) San Jose – In light of the fact that both stations gain one-tenth to 5.7 (6+), the tie at #1 between Univision Radio Spanish kgmzadult hits KBRG “100.3 Mas Variedad” and CBS Radio all-news operation KCBS-AM continues. A massive +1.2 in August catapulted KCBS-AM from sixth in July to that first-place tie in August. Prior to August, “Mas Variedad” was in the runner-up slot the previous four sweeps. Rebounding from a -.6 in August, Entercom-ownedkezr Oakland A’s flagship KGMZ “95.7 The Game” trots out a +.9 (1.1 – .5 – 1.4, 6+) and climbs from #26 to #25. Following three successive up-trends that netted eight-tenths (4.6 – 4.9 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+), Alpha Media hot AC KEZR coughed up a -1.2 in August, but “Mix 106.5” regains two-thirds of that loss (4.2 – 50, +.8, 6+), climbing from sixth to fifth. Frozen on 3.0 (6+) in June and July, KSOL “Que Buena” gained one-tenth in August and now the Univision Radio regional Mexican outlet tacks on six-tenths (3.1 – 3.7, 6+) to enter the top ten via a three-way tie at #9 (from #12 in August). Before a September gain of one-tenth to .4 (6+), in four straight down or flat trends (2.4 – 1.9 – 1.2 – .3 – .3, 6+), Empire Broadcasting-owned news-turned-classic country property KLIV “1590 Country Gold” (unchanged at #27) was a combined -2.1. Included in a quartet of stations declining by one-half share each are Entercom classic rock KUFX “98.5 The Fox” (4.5 – 4.0, fifth to seventh, 6+); Cumulus Media talker KGO (2.4, #13 to #14, 6+); triple A sibling KFOG “The Bay Area’s Original” (#18 to #23, 6+); and iHeartMedia‘s KMEL “The #1 for Hip-Hop & R&B” (2.4, #13 – #14, 6+). KGO was +1.2 in August, after being 1.7 (6+) in April, May, and July. KMEL was up or flat the past four sweeps (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.9, 6+) for a combined +1.0. In three straight sweeps without a decline, KFOG netted a +.7 (1.4 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 2.1, 6+).

12) Middlesex – On the strength of a +.9 (2.5 – 3.4, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT “93.1 wpatAmor” rockets from a tie at #19 to a deadlock at #11. On top for the ninth consecutive ratings period, Townsquare Media talker WKXW wipes out an August -.6 with a September increase of seven-tenths (8.1 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+). Owing to a four-tenths gain in July, “New Jersey 101.5” halted four straight negative trends that had resulted in a combined -1.4 (9.1 – 8.9 – 8.5wkxw – 8.1 – 7.7, 6+). Following three straight advances of two-tenths each (5.2 – 5.4 – 5.6 – 5.8, 6+), WLTW “Lite-FM” regressed by nine-tenths in June and by another seven-tenths in July. The iHeartMedia adult contemporary property bounced back in August with a gain of six-tenths, but sputters by one-half share in September (5.8 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 4.8 – 4.3, 6+) and remains at #6; 4.2 was the lowest 6+-share for “Lite-FM in Middlesex since May 2013 (4.1). Also faltering by one-half share is Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9” (4.6 – 4.1, sixth to seventh, 6+), which was up seven-tenths in August. This is the seventh successive ratings period that sports WEPN (#24 to #25) is either down or flat (1.6 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+).

Talent Flip at WPLJ, New York.  At Cumulus Media’s New York City hot AC WPLJ, evening personalitytorresmelony Ralphie trades air shifts with music director and late night host Melony Torres.  Ralphie is now heard from 11:00 pm to 3:00 am and Torres takes over the 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm daypart.  Program ralphiedirector Gillette says, “Melony is an integral part of the 95.5 PLJ programming team and this flip now assures even more daily collaboration between Mel, APD Mike Allan and myself.  In addition, Ralphie will now enjoy the schedule flexibility to participate in even more high-profile entertainment and red carpet events for which he has become legendary.  In one move, we have elevated all 95.5 PLJ programming assets: On air, online/social and on-site experiential.”

Lori Bennett Named OM for Cumulus Media Grand Rapids.  Detroit radio pro Lori Bennett is moving from Cumulus Media’s Motor City cluster to the Grand Rapids five-station group to take on the operations manager position.  Bennett has been serving as program director and afternoon drive personality for hot AC bennettloriWDVD, Detroit.  In the past, she’s also been on air at country WDRQ and held the promotions director/feature anchor role at news/talk WJR.  In Grand Rapids, she’ll oversee the programming at classic rock WLAV, sports talk WBBL-FM, CHR WHTS, country WTNR, and news/talk WJRW.  Additionally, she’ll program WTNR “Nash 94-5” and host the afternoon drive show.  Cumulus Grand Rapids vice president and market manager Jeff Cartwright states, “We are thrilled to have Lori join our Grand Rapids team.  She is a true broadcast professional who brings a positive energy along with new programming ideas to our cluster.  I am excited to see what the future holds for our five stations with Lori here.”  Bennett replaces John Crenshaw, who was promoted to Cumulus’ Youngstown, Ohio cluster in July.

Mikey Adams Joins Binnie Media for Regional Show.  For 10 years a part of Entercom’s WEEI, Bostonadamsmikey hosting the evening program (also seen on New England Cable News during the 1990s) before exiting in June of this year, Mikey Adams is beginning a regional afternoon drive show on Binnie Media’s classic rock outlets WFNQ, Nashua, New Hampshire “106.3 FRANK-FM,” WFNK, Portland “107.5 FRANK-FM,” and WBYA, Rockland, Maine “105.5 FRANK-FM.”

kplviHeartMedia Turns ‘The Party’ into ‘The Mountain’ in Las Vegas.  Gone from the 93.1 frequency in Las Vegas is iHeartMedia’s CHR KPLV “The Party” and in is adult hits “93.1 The Mountain.”  The station’s premier talent is David Black who comes to Vegas from the company’s classic rock KDZA, Colorado Springs.  Personalities previously heard on “The Party” are remaining with the company.  Roxy Romeo is now heard on hip hop simulcast KPLV-HD2/K280DD “Real 103.9” and Johiah Hall becomes morning show producer for AC KSNE’s “Marco in the Morning.”

Autopsy Indicates Cocaine Contributed to Death of WQYK, Tampa’s Dave McKay. The results of themckaydave final autopsy on country WQYK, Tampa morning personality Dave McKay indicate that in addition to cardiovascular disease, alcohol and cocaine were contributing factors in his death back on August 4 at age 55.  McKay, a.k.a. Dave Ehmke, was much loved in the Tampa community.  In fact the city council of Pinellas Park has already approved the plan for a portion of 81st Avenue North to be named “Dave McKay Way.”

Madd Maxx Hammer Retires from Radio Biz.  Rock radio pro Madd Maxx Hammer is announcing hehammermaddmaxx will retire from the industry by year’s end.  Hammer started his career at KIBS, Bishop, California in 1976.  He joined the Z-Rock network in 1986, working with Wild Bill Scott on-air and handled programming duties.  He also hosted the nationally syndicated “Z-Rock 50” hard rock and heavy metal weekly countdown show.  Most recently, Hammer has been with DSN Radio’s digital RockRadio KDKT on air and served as an A&R rep for DSN Music’s rock division.  Hammer will continue in an advisory and consulting role for DSN as he winds down his tenure in broadcasting to pursue spiritual endeavors and deal with recent health concerns.

Monday, September 26, 2016

| September 26, 2016

Kim Guthrie Named to Replace Retiring Bill Hoffman as President of Cox Media Group.  After 38 years with Cox, Bill Hoffman is retiring from his Cox Media Group president post at the end of the year.  Taking over inguthriekim January will be current executive vice president of national ad platforms and president of Cox Reps, Kim GuthrieCox Enterprises president and CEO John Dyer says, “Kim has been with Cox for nearly 20 years and is an inspirational leader who has helped our media properties transform.  She played a key role in the successful creation of Cox Media Group in 2008 and has been recognized as one of the media industry’s most influential leaders.  She is a natural fit to ensure Cox Media Group continues to deliver innovative products and compelling news content.”

Lew Dickey Pens Book on Changing Media Landscape.  The book is published by Tourbillion International – a subsidiary of the Dickey family-owned Modern Luxury Media – and is titled, The New Modern Media – Remaking Media for a Mobile Culture.  We now know what Lew Dickey has been doing since he was ousted from the Cumulus CEO role last year.  The book is described as “an indispensable guide to the profound dickeylewbook16and disruptive changes rocking the media industry.  It examines the implications of a new, mobile culture and challenges the widely held belief that most media companies’ true source of profits is their content.  It makes the case for the importance of distribution as a key driver of firm value in the legacy mediadickeylew business model, be it a newspaper, magazine, record label, television network, local broadcast television or radio station.”  In the book Dickey makes the case for why traditional “radio broadcasters will be unlikely to benefit from subscription revenue for their core service, leaving them highly exposed to the ad markets.”  iHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman is quoted reviewing the book, “I’ve spent my entire professional life in the media business, and today technology is enabling media to evolve at an ever-faster pace to meet consumers’ changing needs. Lew’s book is a timely resource for anyone working or investing in the media industry – shedding an important light on some of the critical challenges and opportunities inherent in today’s vibrant and complex media landscape.”  Pittman’s iHeartRadio just announced a two-tier subscription service last week – clearly another step in the grand plan to transform iHeartMedia from a legacy radio company to a competitor in the digital entertainment industry.  But getting back to Lew’s book, it’s a safe bet this will be the talk of the radio business this week.

cbsradioReport: CBS RADIO to Take on $1.5 Billion in Debt.  This report from Reuters, says that sources are telling it that CBS RADIO is preparing to take on as much as $1.5 billion in debt ahead of its initial public offering that’s expected to take place but still has no firm time frame.  According the report, the bulk of the proceeds would be paid back to parent CBS Corp. with the rest to be used by CBS RADIO for “general corporate purposes.”  In its report, Reuters notes that “a radio company IPO may be a tough sale as new digital competitors have emerged and depressed advertising sales for the medium for years.”  Read the Reuters story here.

KRBQ, San Francisco Names Box Kev Night Jock.  After promoting “Hoodrat” Miguel to the afternoonboxkev drive daypart on its Bay Area rhythmic oldies station, Entercom names area radio personality Box Kev the host of the evening show at KRBQ “The Throwback Station.”  Box Kev got his start in radio at iHeartRadio’s crosstown hip hop KMEL as an intern and rose to host his own “The Hot Box” program.  KRBQ OM Elroy Smith says, “It’s an honor to name Box Kev as Q102’s nighttime personality.  He is extremely talented, creative, and entertaining, and is going to bring a fresh vibe to nights on Q.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Media figure Dwight Douglas announces he’s retiring from his vice president of marketing position at RCS and Media Monitors after 16-year career with the company.  Douglas is well known in the radio biz for his 20-year career with legendary radio consulting firm Burkhart-Abrams & Associates.   Prior to that he programmed WDVE and WYDD in Pittsburgh and WWDC, Washington…..Caleb James is named program director and afternoon personality at NRG Media’s rhythmic CHR KOPW, Omaha “POWER 106.9.”  James moves in from the company’s Lincoln, Nebraska operations…..Connoisseur Media ups Moss Jacobson from digital sales manager and GSM to director of digital sales at CHR WPST, Trenton.  Also, Suzanne Montoya is promoted to the general sales manager post.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  St. Louis country outlet “92.3 WIL” is presenting JingleFest on Friday, December 16 at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri.  This 14th annual holiday concert presented by the Hubbard Radio station will this year feature: Chase Rice, Granger Smith, Maren Morris, and Kane Brown…..Jodesha Broadcasting has launched a new signal – KNBQ, Central Park, Washington – that is currently airing non-stop Christmas and holiday favorites throughout Thurston, Pierce, Grays Harbor, and South King Counties.  The All-Christmas format is programmed by Ken Moultrie’s The New Broadcast Partners.….GatesAir announces three important wins in Vietnam that signify the over-the-air TV and radio transformation taking shape across the Asia-Pacific region.  Vietnam Television recently placed two orders for transmitter network expansions.   On the radio side, Vietnam is investing in existing FM infrastructure with improvement and expansion projects.  Voice of Vietnam, the national radio broadcaster, recently ordered five Flexiva air-cooled solid-state transmitters — two 5kW and three 10kW models — for VOV4, which serves as the broadcaster’s Ethnic Languages Channel.

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Backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.  The sixth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival is in the books.  It took place over the weekend in Las Vegas with the evening performances taking place – hosted by Ryan Seacrest – at the T-Mobile Arena featuring artists including: U2, Sting, Drake, Britney Spears, Sam Hunt, twenty one pilots, Billy Idol, Florida Georgia Line, OneRepublic, Sia, Cage the Elephant, Zedd, Tears for Fears, Ariana Grande, Pitbull, Usher and more, plus this year’s Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, Los 5.  The CW Network also exclusively live streamed both nights of the festival via CWTV.com and The CW App, and will broadcast a two-night television special on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm ET.  Pictured above are (from l-r) “Sixx Sense” co-host Jenn Marino and recording artists Brad Shultz and Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant.  Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia.

Friday, September 23, 2016

| September 23, 2016

iheart-plus-270x81 iHeartMedia To Launch iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access. The two subscription services are set to debut next January. Considering approximately three of every four consumers (73%) continually cite radio as their primary source of music discovery, iHeartRadio president Darren Davis states, “We are making it easier than ever for iHeartRadio users to think of music discovery and collecting in a brand new and easy-to-use way. For the first time, when listeners hear a new or favorite song on the radio they can instantly replay a song and save it directly to a playlist. We are reimagining radio – with the new technologies and offerings powered by our on-demand options, music discovery, music collecting and the power of community and companionship fostered by live radio and influential and trusted personalities. No other digital music service can do this.” Chairman and chief executive officer of iHeartMedia Bob Pittman comments, “For decades, radio has remained the number one medium to reach consumers. While other streaming services have taken a iheart-allaccess-270x81music collection approach to digital streaming, no one has yet built a service incorporating on-demand technology with real live radio. Only iHeartMedia can leverage the power of radio and bring to market new and innovative ways to extend on-demand capabilities onto the iHeartRadio platform. It is a monumental shift for the industry as we lead the way into a new era of interactive radio.” Having reached license agreements with Warner Music Group; Sony Music Group; and Universal Music Group, iHeartRadio has also signed agreements with independent record labels and distributors including The Orchard, Entertainment One, INgrooves, DashGo, Naxos, and CD Baby. Universal Music Group chair and CEO Sir Lucian Grainge remarks, “We are glad to build upon our relationship with iHeart, which – under Bob Pittman’s leadership – continues to innovate the radio experience by adding distinct features and services and attract a broad audience that remains deeply passionate about music.” Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris notes, “This deal further expands our long-running successful relationship, and creates promising new commercial opportunities to engage with the millions of music fans who listen to iHeart every day. We look forward to working with them to develop premium music solutions for radio users.” Warner Music Group CEO Steve Cooper declares, “iHeart’s expertise and reach in radio programming and curation, combined with the full power of streaming technology, is a compelling prospect. These new services will open up the choice of experiences that iHeart offers music fans, while providing our artists and songwriters with a wider range of commercial and marketing opportunities.” Introduced at the inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival in 2011, iHeartRadio is a free service; however, the price points for the two subscription services – iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access – have yet to be determined.

marconi-awards-logoMarconi Award Winners Announced. More than 20 Marconi Awards were presented last night (Thursday, 9/22) in Nashville. RadioInfo congratulates all the winners and nominees.

“Legendary Station of the Year”: CBS Radio New York all-news WINS

“Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year”: Premiere NetworksDeliah

“Major Market Personality of the Year”: Fred Toucher & Rich Shertenlieb (“Toucher & Rich”) of CBS Radio Boston’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub”

“Large Market Personality of the Year”: Brooke Fox & Jubal Flagg (“Brooke & Jubal”) of Hubbard Broadcasting Seattle rhythmic CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5”

“Medium Market Personality of the Year”: Chaz & AJ of Connoisseur Media New Haven rocker WPLR

“Small Market Personality of the Year”: Brent Carl Fleshman of Cookeville Communications’ Cookeville, Tennessee talker WHUB-AM “1400 The Hub” & W299BY “107.7 FM”

“Major Market Station of the Year”: Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB “101.1 More FM,” Philadelphia

“Large Market Station of the Year”: Hearst talker WBAL, Baltimore

“Medium Market Station of the Year”: Cox Media Group Dayton country WHKO “K-99.1”

“Small Market Station of the Year”: Ham Broadcasting Cadiz, Kentucky country outlet WKDZ

“Adult Contemporary Station of the Year”: Lewanee Broadcasting‘s WLEN, Adrian, Michigan

“CHR Station of the Year”: Zimmer’s KTXY “Y-107,” Columbia, Missouri

“Classic Hits Station of the Year”: CBS Radio Los Angeles’ KRTH “K-Earth 101”

“Country Station of the Year”: Cox Media Group Houston’s KKBQ “The New 93-Q”

“News-Talk Station of the Year”: Hubbard’s WTOP, Washington, D.C.

“Noncommercial Station of the Year”: Seton Hall University rock WSOU, South Orange, New Jersey

“Religious Station of the Year”: Salem Media Group Dallas’ KLTY

“Rock Station of the Year”: Zimmer’s KCMQ, Columbia, Missouri

“Spanish Station of the Year”: CBS Radio Houston’s KLOL “Mega 101”

“Sports Station of the Year”: CBS Radio Detroit’s WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket”

“Urban Station of the Year”: Howard University-owned WHUR, Washington, D.C.

wbbm-fm-2016-jingle-bashBritney Spearheads WBBM-FM “Jingle Bash.” The holiday event presented by CBS Radio Chicago CHR WBBM “B-96” headlined by Britney Spears takes place (Saturday) December 10 at Rosemont, Illinois’ Allstate Arena. Others – in addition to Spears – scheduled to appear at the “B-96 Pepsi Jingle Bash” are Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony, Chainsmokers,  OneRepublic, G-Eazy, DNCE, and Alessia Cara. Assistant program director and music director Erik Bradley states, “On paper, it feels like this might be one of the best lineups we’ve ever had – and that bar has been set pretty high over the years. We are so thankful to our label partners, managers, agents, and especially all of the ‘Jingle Bash’ artists for helping to make this what we hope will be an all-time moment for the fans who will be there to enjoy it.” Tickets for the “B-96 Jingle Bash” go on-sale tomorrow (Saturday, 9/24) at 12:00 noon. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s August 2016 PPM report for Chicago, “B-96” ranks tenth (3.4, 6+), while format rival – iHeartMedia‘s WKSC “Kiss-FM” – is fourth (4.5, 6+); all-news WBBM-AM is on top with a 6.1 (6+).

cookeholland2016-radio-show-logoNAB/RAB Radio Show: Final Day Wrap-Up. Radio consultant Holland Cooke is in Nashville covering the NAB/RAB Radio Show for RadioInfo and he presents a compact report of some of day two’s key takeaways. Among them are sound bites from radio’s captains of industry and key players from the “Radio Show Advertiser Breakfast.” Also included are Cooke’s notes from a variety of digital media- and marketing-oriented sessions, including those run by Dave Ramsey, Gordon Borrell and more. See it all here.

mckayjeff-2“Heard” In Nashville. While noted media consultant Holland Cooke is providing our exclusive coverage of panels and presentations taking place at this week’s NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville, special features correspondent Jeff McKay is talking to attendees about what is being said at the events. Click here to see what people are telling him.

nelson-rayNelson Named VP/MM For Cumulus Huntsville. Former vice president/general manager/cluster director of sales for Cox Radio Birmingham, Ray Nelson, is appointed vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media‘s cluster in Huntsville (Alabama). Cumulus Media senior vice president Jeff Brown comments, “Ray’s track record of success speaks for itself. Adding him to our team of market managers was an absolute no-brainer. I am excited for Ray cumulus-huntsvilleand for our talented team in Huntsville.” Nelson notes, “I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to lead the Cumulus Huntsville cluster; Huntsville is a fabulous growth market. I appreciate the confidence that Jeff Brown and the entire Cumulus management team have demonstrated in selecting me to champion Cumulus Huntsville.” Nelson’s previous background includes vice president and market manager for Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) Ann Arbor (Michigan) and general manager/general sales manager/national sales manager for Fritz Broadcasting Saginaw (also Michigan). Among persons 12+ in Nielsen Audio’s spring 2016 book for Huntsville, Cumulus Media-owned CHR WZYP is #2 (7.7); WHRP “Today’s Best Variety of R&B” ranks #3 (4.8); AM-FM talk combo WVNN finishes #5 (3.1); country WWFF “Nash Icon 93.3” is #8 (1.3); and AM-FM sports duo WUMP “The Ump” ranks #10 (.6). Leading the field is iHeartMedia country outlet WDRM (11.1, 12+).

payne-ken WOLL Names Payne APD. Longtime Florida programmer Ken Payne joins iHeartMedia West Palm Beach adult contemporary outlet WOLL “KOOL 105.5” as assistant program director. Senior vice president of programming Rad Messick notes, “My first experience with Ken came during his tenure at iHeartMedia [Orlando adult contemporary WMGF] ‘Magic 107.7.’ His stationswoll have always been ratings winners, known for fun and timely content from strong personalities along with outstanding social interaction. We are ecstatic to welcome Ken and his wealth of Florida experience to ‘Team KOOL.'” Payne comments that he is “super excited to rejoin the iHeartMedia family and to work with Rad and market president Chris Soechtig in West Palm Beach. The ‘Kool 105.5’ brand is iconic. I am honored to be along for the ride as it continues to dominate the South Florida market.” Payne most recently programmed Entercom Miami classic hits-oldies WMXJ “Magic 102.7.” His previous West Palm Beach experience includes being operations manager for WRMF and WRLX. Prior to that, he was program director of Wichita’s KRBB and KXLK. The top three stations (6+) in Nielsen Audio’s August 2016 PPM report for West Palm Beach are Alpha Media hot AC WRMF (8.0), adult contemporary sibling WEAT “Sunny 107.9” (7.9), and WOLL (6.5).

scott-taylorScott Boosted to WZPL Music Director. Programming assistant Taylor Scott is elevated to music director at Entercom Indianapolis mainstream CHR WZPL “99-5 ZPL.” Operations manager and program director J.R. Ammons states, “Taylor has proven time and time again that he is ready for this challenge. He is as talented as anybody I have ever worked with; he is funny, smart, and he has a tremendous positive attitude. I am really excited to see him grow within our organization.” Scott will continue his 7:00 pm – 12:00 midnight on-air duties on hot AC sibling WNTR “107.9 The Mix.” According to August 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM data, WZPL ranks second (7.6, 6+), one-tenth behind Radio One urban AC WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader” (7.7, 6+).

carter-melissaCarter, WSB-FM to Celebrate Atlanta Pride Festival. Atlanta’s first openly LGBT morning show host – Melissa Carter (“The Tad & Melissa Show”) of Cox Media Group adult contemporary WSB-FM “B-98.5 – will be part of next month’s (10/9) 46th annual Atlanta Pride Festival and she will make atlanta-prideappearances in the “B-98.5” booth at the marketplace throughout the weekend. Carter comments, “I remember my first Atlanta Pride right after college, because it was really the first time I realized I wasn’t the only gay person in the world. Many do not realize how isolating it is to grow up gay since – unlike other minorities – you are likely the only one in your family dealing with the struggle. That alone is why so many kids and adults stay in the closet, out of fear of rejection in their own home. To see thousands at Atlanta Pride just like you gathered together in support and celebration is truly life-changing.” Carter was one of the hosts of “Radio with a Twist,” the first syndicated show geared exclusively toward the LGBT community. She currently writes the “That’s What She Said” column in GA Voice. Up or flat for the third successive sweep (4.4 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.9, 6+), “B-98.5” is sixth in the August 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM report; co-owned talker WSB-AM (9.4, 6+) is #1.

metallicaStern Set to Welcome Metallica. After a live performance next Monday (9/26) on Howard Stern‘s SiriusXM show (channel “Howard 100”), Metallica will record a special “SiriusXM Town Hall” episode with writer/SiriusXM host David Fricke. It will air November 17, the day before the release of the band’s album – “Hardwired … To Self-Destruct.” Meanwhile, “Mandatory Metallica” will return for a third run November 16 – 23. That SiriusXM channel – as well as rock channel “Octane” – will air the “Town Hall” show. “Mandatory Metallica” originally aired on SiriusXM in 2009 and again in 2013 when the band performed a private concert for SiriusXM at the Apollo Theater in New York City. Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica has sold 110 million albums.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

| September 22, 2016

Britt Waters New Evening Personality on ’94.7 Fresh FM’ in DC.  The newest voice on CBS RADIO’s hot AC WIAD, Washington “94.7 Fresh FM” is Britt Waters, who takes over the 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight watersbrittdaypart on Wednesday, October 5.  Waters started her career on the nationally syndicated “Russ Parr Morning Show” where she served as on-air talent and producer for three years.  Waters also hosts the weekly DC Network show, “The Sound,” in which she hosts and speaks with local musical artists from the Washington scene.  CBS RADIO Washington VP of programming Steve Davis comments, “I am very excited to have Britt join the ‘Fresh’ family.  Britt is an incredible, smart young talent with amazing potential.  There is no doubt in my mind, she is a future star!”

Big Red Returns to Adams Radio at ‘K107’ in Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland.  Programming pro Larry Wnorowski, a.k.a. Big Red, had most recently programmed Adams Radio Group’s country KGRT,wnorowskilarrybigred Las Cruces, New Mexico before leaving the company.  Now, he’s back with the company to serve as PD and afternoon host at country WKHI, Salisbury-Ocean City “K107.”  Adams Radio CEO Ron Stone comments, “There are times when an amazing employee leaves for all the right reasons.  And sometimes they come home.  We could not be happier than to have Big Red back home.  Red did an incredible job for us in Las Cruces, sets the standard for ‘team player’ and I have no doubt we will see a repeat of his success in Maryland.”

Ellison Promoted at Entercom Madison.  Radio pro Myra Ellison is named director of marketing, promotions & web for Entercom’s Madison station group.  She had most recently been with the company as ellisonmyrapromotions director for hot AC WNTR, Indianapolis “107.9 The Mix.”  Cluster OM Chase Daniels says, “After a nationwide search, we have finally found the person who will be able to handle marketing, promotions, and web for Entercom Madison.  I have been lucky enough to have worked with Myra in both Atlanta and Indianapolis.  Myra is total radio.  She has worked in several departments, making her perfect for this role.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Entercom’s San Francisco adult contemporary KOIT, Charly Kayle exits the morning show, leaving Andrew Hart in the AM drive daypart solo for now…..Nicole Ortega, a.k.a. Nicki G, exits her midday jock position at Wine Country Radio’s CHR KSXY, Santa Rosa, California “Y100.9” to join Entercom’s San Francisco station group as a sales assistant…..After two years with Radio One’s urban AC WMMJ, Washington hosting the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm show, Michel Wright exits.  No replacement has been announced, yet.

cookehollandNAB/RAB Radio Show: ‘A Snapshot of Where the Radio Industry Is At.’ Radio consultant Holland Cooke is in Nashville covering the NAB/RAB Radio Show for RadioInfo and he presents a compact report of some of day one’s key takeaways.  Among them are sound bites from radio’s captains of industry and key players from the “Broadcast Finance Forecast 2016 Leadership Breakfast.”  Also included are Cooke’s notes from Edison Research’s “Share the Road: The Changing In-Car Audio Space” report presented at Tuesday’s RAIN Summit and David Oxenford’s invaluable “Legal Snapshot: Issues for Audio Services” presentation from that event.  See it all here.

trueoldiesScott Shannon’s ‘True Oldies Channel’ Returns to Radio Syndication.  This deal with United Stations Radio Networks brings Scott Shannon’s “True Oldies Channel” back into radio syndication after a two-year hiatus.  Shannon and USRN note that “The True Oldies Channel” was originally launched by the ABC Radio Network which then evolved into Citadel Media, and during its original run the channel was heard on approximately 100 radio stations.  The new distribution technology – cloud-based distribution developed by Synchronicity, Inc – has been beta tested in four different markets, and is now ready for a national rollout.  The “True Oldies Channel” was developed by Shannon in 2004 after he noticed the classic hits stations modernizing their playlists and leaving “true oldies” behind.

wbtwlnk-duo-logoJob Opportunities at WBT and WLNK in Charlotte.  There are three positions available at Greater Media’s Charlotte operations.  First, News Talk 1110 WBT is looking for a fun, outgoing, hands-on and dedicated individual with entry level event planning experience for a full-time position in our Marketing and Promotions Department.  This position works to ensure the timely and successful execution of promotions, contests and events through teamwork and coordination with other departments and staff.  See more about that position here.  Second, WBT/WLNK seek part-time Event Relations Team Members.  They are committed to providing extraordinary customer service to WBT/WLNK radio station listeners and event guests at WBT or WLNK sanctioned events.  Find more here.  And last, News Talk 1110 WBT and 107.9 The Link is looking for an outgoing, sharp, dedicated individual for a full-time, seasonal position as our Ice Rink Project Leader.  The project leader will help in the planning, building, operation, and execution of the Holiday Outdoor Ice Rink, to ensure the successful execution of the promotion through guidance, teamwork, and coordination with other staff.  Find out more about that here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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kubtiHeartMedia Names Personality Lineup for Rhythmic CHR KUBT, Honolulu.  The morning show on iHeartMedia Honolulu’s new rhythmic CHR KUBT “93.9 The BEAT” comes from Ohana Broadcasting’s crosstown CHR KDDB “102.7 The Bomb” as Sam The Man and Hawaiian Ryan return to the signal at which they both began their careers back in the 1990s.  The jock lineup is rounded out by former crosstown CHR KPHW “Power 104.3” personality Romeo Valentine in middays (he’s also the new digital PD for the company’s Honolulu market), Ray Styles in afternoon drive (from iHM’s KYLD, San Francisco), and Julian Lee, a.k.a. The Night Ninja for evenings.   iHeartMedia Honolulu SVP of programming Jamie Hyatt says, “Talk about a dream team lineup perfect for Honolulu.  I’ve been a fan of Sam & Ryan from afar for years so I’m super-excited to finally get the chance to work with these extremely talented guys. The rest of our team on ‘The Beat’ is solid, too.  At the same time, KUBT’s HD2 signal/ K256AS simulcast flips from the EDM format “Evolution” to classic hip hop branded as “99.1 Jamz.”

Programming Changes at Cumulus Media’s WZNS, Fort Walton Beach and WABD, Mobile Start with ‘Zazza Mornings with Cheree.’  The WAOA, Melbourne, Florida-based “Zazza Mornings with Cheree” –zazzacheree16 hosted by Tony Zazza and Cheree Carter – is being added to the morning drive daypart at Cumulus Media’s CHR outlets WZNS, Fort Walton Beach, Florida “Z96,” and  WABD, Mobile, Alabama, effective Monday (9/26).  Other changes at the two stations include WZNS’ Gilligan moving from mornings to middays and Hayden starting the PM drive show at 2:00 pm.  At WABD, John Marty move from mornings to PM drive and Sid Kelly slides down to middays.  Cumulus regional vice president Pete DeSimone states, “This is true collaboration for our Florida and Alabama markets.  It’s an example of a talented morning show given the opportunity to grow within the new Cumulus.  I worked with Tony and Cheree in Melbourne and I’m very confident they will bring the same successful listener experience to the Gulf Coast markets.”

RAIN Summit Nashville 2016.  Media consultant Holland Cooke is reporting from Nashville for RadioInfo and as the NAB/RAB Radio Show opens today, he files a report from Tuesday’s RAIN cookehollandSummit.  A slate of presenters reported research results, and programming and advertising philosophies relevant to connecting with audio consumers, including Summit organizer Kurt Hanson, who reminded attendees that “1 in every 5 audio minutes” is consumed via smartphone.  Read thoughts about the changing world of audio consumption from: Triton Digital’s John Rosso, audioBoom’s Brendan Regan, Audible’s Eric Nuzum, BMLG’s Scott Borchetta, Cox Media’s Tim Clarke, and more, here.

therevolutionRFC Media Debuts Two New 24/7 Music Formats.  Radio pros Patrick Fant and Cruze are the co-founders of RFC Media which is launching “next generation” 24/7 full-service radio formats for broadcasters.  “THE PLANET” is described as a hip, hit-driven hot AC and “THE REVOLUTION” is dubbed “a perfectly balanced alternative rock.  RFC Media’s SuiteRadio says both formats are hosted by veteran, major-market air personalities and are totally customizable.  National ad sales is being handled by United Stations Radio Networks and syndication is offered via Colbert Media Group.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  America’s longest-running syndicated blues music program, “Blues Deluxe,” is airing itsbluesdeluxe 1,500th show next week (9/26 – 10/2).  Original producer and host Dave Johnson presents the weekly, one-hour program that focuses on rock-oriented blues music tracks and interviews.  For more information, contact bluesdeluxe@juno.com…..SiriusXM is presenting a special edition of “The YouTube EDM 15” hosted by artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers at the YouTube Space in New York City on September 22.  This special edition of the show will be recorded live in front of an audience of SiriusXM subscribers and coincides with the second anniversary of the wdveweekly show and the duo’s chart-topping success of its latest single “Closer.”…..The ninth annual “DVE Rocks for Children’s Radiothon” raised more than $605,000 for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, making it the third year in a row the event surpassed $600,000 in donations.  The radiothon broadcast live from the Eat’n Park Atrium at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Thursday, September 15 through Saturday, September 17 with WDVE, Pittsburgh personalities Randy Baumann, Bill Crawford, Val Porter, Mike Prisuta, Michele Michaels and Sean McDowell taking part.  With this year’s fundraising, the event has exceeded more than $4 million in total giving for Children’s Hospital over the past nine years.