General Music Radio Industry News

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

| October 7, 2015

carlilebrandiDuane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: Chris Russell, golden-eared program director at WMXO-FM, Buffalo; on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt, California; Steve Blatter, SVP/GM music programming, SiriusXM; John Erias, board chairman and presenter at the Albury-Wodonga community station, 2REM 107.3 in New South Wales, Australia; Corey Barnes, golden-eared music director at “The Island,” CFRM, Little Current, Ontario, Canada; Golden-eared music director Karoline Kramer Gould (also known to her followers as Momma K) at WJCU, Cleveland; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; plus internet sensation The Iceman; provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (10/7) includes such names as: Madison Beer, Jack & Jack, Willow, Wax, Lil Dicky, Fetty Wap, Rich Homie Quan, Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Naughty Boy, Beyoncé, Arrow Benjamin, Vance Joy, Best Coast, Civil Twilight, David Gilmour, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Chris Cornell, G. Love & Special Sauce, Citizen Cope, Houston Bernard Band, Donica Knight, Steven Ybarra, Rascal Flatts, Craig Morgan, Eric Paslay, George Strait, Brad Paisley, Alabama, A R I Z O N A, The Watermelons, Brielle, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

ellenkEllen K Leaves Ryan Seacrest for KOST, Los Angeles Morning Show.  After more than 10 years as part of Los Angeles’ “102.7 Kiss FM” morning program with Ryan Seacrest, Ellen K is moving to iHeartMedia’s sister adult contemporary KOST to host her own morning program,kost logo effective October 16.  Longtime KOST morning personality Mark Wallengren moves to afternoons on KOST.  iHeardMedia Los Angeles SVP of programming Andrew Jeffries comments, “Ellen K is a major, marquee radio talent, and we saw a real opportunity to bring her to KOST, building a great roster that also includes one of L.A.’s most beloved personalities – Mark Wallengren, now leading our afternoons.  Ellen’s personality and life wallengrenmarkexperience make her extremely relatable to the adult KOST audience, and she will bring a real sense of personal connection for the listeners to the morning show at KOST.  At the same time, Mark Wallengren is part of the foundation of this legendary radio brand, so having him at the helm in afternoons makes this a one-two punch for the station.”  Ellen K says she’s been privileged to work with Seacrest on KIIS, “It’s been an amazing ride, and I’m extremely grateful.”


cahillbillCahill Promoted to SVP of Programming for iHeartRadio.  Moving from his Premiere Networks VP of programming post to SVP of programming for iHeartRadio is Bill Cahill.  Thought he’ll still work on Premiere projects and serve as classic hits/oldies brand manager for iHeartRadio, his focus will be on iHeartRadio, according to a memo from iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia Networks president Darren Davis.  Davis writes to staffers, “Bill will be responsible for helping us create new, exciting digital channels on iHeartRadio – and also for continually improving the channels we already have.  We’ve been experiencing unprecedented cume and TLH growth on iHeartRadio and our goals for 2016 are even more lofty!  Kudos to Bill on all his great work.  He has decades of successful broadcast programming under his belt, and he’s one of the original programmers of the Premium Choice Network.  I rely heavily on Bill for a bunch of important projects, and we look forward to many more awesome years ahead!”

meyersstevenMeyers Upped to Director of Digital Operations for Greater Media. This is a promotion from Steven Meyers’ previous gig as director of digital strategies in which he’s been responsible for growing audiences and revenue via new digital platforms.  Greater Media chairman and CEO Peter Smyth comments, “We look forward to Steve continuing to share his valuable knowledge and lead our digital teams as we continue to grow and drive Greater Media’s interactive efforts into the future.”  Meyers has been with the company for the past three years.


More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Radio pro Karen DeFriez joins Cumulus Media as affiliate sales manager fordefriezkaren Westwood One’s NASH entertainment brand programming, including “America’s Morning Show,” “NASH Nights Live,” “Kickin’ it with Kix,” and “American Country Countdown.”  DeFriez spent the past 17 years with Premiere Networks…..Morning personality Spencer Graves is exiting Delmarva-owned hot AC WSTW, Wilmington, Delaware for a new, yet-to-be announced gig.  The station is seeking a new morning drive co-host…..At the Brunswick, Georgia operations of Golden Isles Broadcasting, Bryan Thompson resigns his position as afternoon personality at country WRJY “104.1 The Wave.”  He was also promotions director and APD for WRJY and sister hot AC WXMK “Magic 105.9.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Tomorrow (10/8), for clients only, Nielsen Audio is hosting a webinar on its enhanced critical band encoding technology (CBET).  This is the promised improvement to the technology that allows the PPM watermarking to be picked up by meters in the field that came as a result of the Voltair controversy this year.  At the time of the enhanced CBET announcement this summer, Nielsen said it would begin to roll out thewnshmaddietae15 new technology to clients in November…..The advance agenda for Country Radio Seminar 2016 – taking place in Nashville February 8 through 10 at the Omni Hotel – is being released.  The CRS 2016 early bird registration rate is in effect through October 16.  You can see the agenda here…..Country duo Maddie & Tae are pictured here at right with WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” afternoon personality Jesse Addy (center) in the station’s studios prior to kicking off their first headlining tour in the Big Apple at the Highline Ballroom.  Their new album is called Start Here and the two spoke with Addy about their summer on tour with Kip Moore, Dierks Bentley, and Canaan Smith on the “Sounds of Summer” tour.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

| October 6, 2015

xhitzSan Diego Broadcasters Local Media San Diego and Midwest TV Form Radio Station Partnership.  The two stations operated by Midwest TV – news/talk KFMB-AM and hot AC KFMB-FM – plus the three Tijuana, Mexico signals operated by Local Media San Diego – urban AC XHRM, CHR XHITZ and alternative XETRA – are now operating together under a joint operatingkfmb-fm agreement as SDLocal.  Local Media San Diego VP/GM Gregg Wolfson says in a press release, “We’re excited to finalize this agreement with the KFMB Stations’ radio group.  With both organizations focused exclusively on the San Diego market, this partnership gives us the resources to deliver even more localized programming, events, contests and promotions to our advertising partners and the San Diego community.”  Midwest TV president Elisabeth Kimmel adds, “Local, independent broadcast companies are facing increased pressure from national competitors, but they can’t rival our years of experience serving San Diego.  I’m eager to put our combined experience and assets to work for our customers across the region.”


kwqw vibeCumulus Drops FM Talk for Classic Hip Hop and R&B in Des Moines.  Using its “The Vibe” brand, Cumulus Media flips KWQW-FM, Des Moines – formerly branded “98.3 The Torch” to classic hip hop and R&B as “98.3 The Vibe.”  The station is using Westwood One’s 24-hour radio format service to provide its programming.  Cumulus corporate program director Davey Morris comments, “This is going be a fun and thrilling time for radio listeners in Des Moines.  As a company, we get uber-excited when we launch such an energetic, upbeat and familiar station.  I know Des Moines will love coming to our party in the speakers. 98.3 The Vibe is born!”

RadioInfo Career Moves.  According to Billboard, WQHT, New York “HOT 97” personality Miss Info, a.k.a. Minya Oh, is leaving the Emmis-owned hip hop station to focus on her digital venture, and to write a book.  She’s been with the station for 10 years and recently had a baby…..A new chief information officer for iHeartMedia is welcomed as Steve Mills joins the company after serving in the same capacity for Motorola Mobility.  A press statement from iHeartMedia notes Mills “will oversee all aspects of the information technology structure for both iHeartMedia and Clear Channel Outdoor, working closely with all its businesses and divisions to ensure the alignment and optimization of the company’s overall technology systems with the business priorities of its multiplatform assets.”…..With Johnathan “JR” Reed’s move to the iHeartMedia Savannah cluster, the company promotes Ryan Kramer to program director for hip hop KPEZ “102.3 The Beat” and sports talk KVET “AM 1300 The Zone” in Austin.  Kramer’s been APD and morning host at KPEZ since joining the cluster two years ago…..Sam Rogers returns to CBS RADIO as vice president, National Sales and Corporate Partnerships.  He worked for the company from 1988 through 2011.  He most recently was with Radio One as VP National and Corporate Sales.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael Harrison Gets “Up Close and Far Out” with 1970s Media Icon Jo Ann Pflug.  She was one of the most beautiful and versatile media stars of the 1970s – a motion picture and TV actress, prolific game show panelist, and former LA television talk show pioneer at KHJ-TV (in the late 1960s).  During the height of her popularity, she had roles in some of the most iconic films of the day (she burned up the screen as Lt. “Dish” in the originalPhlugJoannMASH motion picture version of “MASH” as seen at right) and worked with a seemingly endless  parade of cinema legends such as Yul Brynner, Peter Sellers and many more.  Today Jo Ann Pflug is still going strong.  Based in Palm Beach County, Florida, the 70-something, still-gorgeous, dynamo occasionally appears on local radio interviewing the many stars (past and present) that live in or pass through the Palm Beaches, teaches commercial acting, provides politicians and public speakers with media training, lectures pflugjoannabout her immensely colorful career, and is putting the final touches on a soon-to-be published book of personality profiles and anecdotes.  Michael Harrison states, “The fabulous Ms. Pflug was one of the most fun interviews I’ve conducted thus far for this podcast series [Podcast One’s international hit “Up Close and Far Out”]. I tied it into my take on the wonders of YouTube where, of course, endless archives of historic videos of classic film, TV, commercials, and news events continue to grow and where the work of such iconic media figures as this amazingly cool woman will live forever.”  To listen to this podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right-hand column of every page of and

kfog logoCumulus Classic Rocker KFOG, San Francisco Releases #BoobProject Song.  In connection with its multi-pronged, yearlong breast cancer charity initiative dubbed #BoobProject, Cumulus Media classic rock KFOG is releasing an all-star breast cancer benefit song and video that includes such artists as Hozier, Florence + The Machine, Vance Joy, Michael Franti, Spandau Ballet, Matt Nathanson, Elle King, Grace Potter, ZZ Ward,nelsonarcher Graham Nash and members of the Grateful Dead.  The song was written by the son of KFOG morning personality Mike “No Name” Nelson in tribute to his mother Christi’s breast cancer diagnosis.  Archer Nelson told his dad he couldn’t get the song out of his head, and when Mike Nelson related the song to his morning show castmates, they decided to ask all the musicians who visited the station in 2015 to help make the song a reality.  KFOG says, “The result is a sweet and endearing tune, and the accompanying video uses footage of the artists performing the song intertwined with women in various stages of treatment for breast cancer. The song and video are heartfelt and sobering, but ultimately uplifting.”  Check it out here.

alphamedia logoAlpha Media Airs Public Service Campaign for South Carolina.  Radio’s Alpha Media has engaged a public service campaign to assist the American Red Cross in its work helping those affected by the flooding in South Carolina.  The company is airing PSAs, promos and social media posts in all 35 Alpha markets.  Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick comments, “All of us here at Alpha Media are in shock and devastated by the loss our fellow Alpha family members are experiencing.  Words cannot begin to describe what they are going through, it’s unbelievable.  We are appreciative of the Red Cross and what they are doing and want to continue to ask everyone to help out any way they can; by texting REDCROSS to 90999 or by helping run PSAs to support the efforts of the Red Cross.”

bmi scholarshipBMI Foundation Announces Scholarship Competition.  A new scholarship competition is now open to radio broadcasting students nationwide as the BMI Foundation announces the establishment of the BMI Founders Award.  Broadcast Music, Inc. is funding the scholarship “for the purpose of cultivating future innovators of broadcast radio.”  A $5,000 scholarship will be awarded for the best original essay response entry.  Aspiring radio newscasters, announcers, sales executives, program directors, etc. are encouraged to apply.   BMI Foundation president Deirdre Chadwick says, “Broadcast Music, Inc. was founded by a group of radio industry leaders in 1939 as the only American performing rights organization to welcome and represent creators of all genres of music.  The BMI Founders Award honors the architects of this groundbreaking mission, while identifying and supporting future trailblazers of radio broadcasting.”  Competition entrants must be current students at accredited U.S. colleges or universities, between the ages of 17 and 24, and degree candidates in Broadcast Communications or related majors.  Applicants will be evaluated based on their essay response, letter of recommendation, and academic record. Online applications open October 1, 2015 and must be completed no later than February 15, 2016. For more information, please visit

wheatstoneWheatstone Brings VoxPro into Family with Audion Labs Acquisition.  Digital audio editor VoxPro is now part of the Wheatstone family of radio products as the company acquires VoxPro producer Audion Labs.  Audion will remain a separate brand under the Wheatstone banner.  Wheatstone CEO Gary Snow states, “This is a terrific little company that, with one product, has made a big difference in the day-to-day operations of most radio stations.”

Monday, October 5, 2015

| October 5, 2015


Nielsen LogoSeptember PPM Data and RadioInfo‘s ‘Twelve Takeaways.’ Rather than distributing ratings information for 12-PPM markets apiece over a four-day period as it generally does, Nielsen Audio doubled up its September 2015 schedule. It released data from 23 markets this past Tuesday (Tampa is being delayed) and 24 markets the following day (Wednesday, 9/30). See all the 6+ data from subscribing stations here.  Simultaneous with that, RadioInfo enthusiastically unveils an augmented modification of our already powerful ratings coverage as managing editor Mike Kinosian expands his “Top Ten Takeaways” to encompass all markets every month. In this fourth and final “Twelve Takeaways” overview of September 2015 results, we focus on noteworthy happenings in Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Middlesex-Somerset-Union, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford.  The September 2015 survey period covered August 13 – September 9.


1) Milwaukee – You don’t often see a market dominant station suddenly change its logo and on-air moniker but that is just what WRITiHeartMedia‘s WRIT has done, dropping “Oldies 95.7” in favor of “95.7 Big FM Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits.” Not only does “Big FM” rank first for the fourth straight sweep, it racks up its seventh successiveWTMJ positive trend (6.2 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 9.5 – 10.1 – 10.2 – 10.5 – 11.2, 6+). All this as the classic hits-oldies station continues getting closer to its recent best, a 12.2 in the “Holiday” 2014 report, when WRIT played all-Christmas music. Since February, “Big” has improved by exactly five full-shares. Following four straight downward trends for a cumulative -3.7 or roughly a loss of 37% (10.1 – 8.4 – 8.0 – 7.1 – 6.4, 6+), Scripps talker/Milwaukee Brewers flagship WTMJ picks up three-tenths (to 6.7), jumping from fifth to a tie at #2. Up or flat the past six sweeps (5.1 – 5.1 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+), urban contemporary sibling WKKV “V-100.7 Jams” decreases by seven-tenths to 5.4, but remains at #7. The rollercoaster ride continues for Entercom hot AC WMYX “99.1 – The Mix,” which was -.9 in July; +.8 in August; and now -.7 in September (6.7 – 5.8 – 6.6 – 5.9, 6+); “Mix” slips from fourth to sixth. Both FM country outlets keep their August rankers in a basically flat month: Scripps’ WKTI “94.5 KTI Country” adds one-tenth to 3.4 (#12), while iHeartMedia’s WMIL “Milwaukee’s Best Country” (#2) is down or flat for the seventh consecutive sweep for a net loss of four full-shares (10.7 – 10.7 – 10.5 – 9.5 – 8.4 – 6.8 – 6.7 – 6.7, 6+).   

2) Indianapolis – After seven straight decreases for a cumulative loss of 3.7 shares and approximately -48% (7.7 – 7.2 – 6.1 – 5.6 – 5.1 WRWM– 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+), Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRWM “93.9 The Beat” dials up a +.6 to 4.6 and re-enters the top ten (#12 to #9). In advance of a -.2 in July, WZPL “Indy’s Hit Music Station” gained a combined +2.3 by being up or steady in eight of the previous nine ratings periods (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 7.6,WZPL 6+). The Entercom CHR follows up August’s strong +1.1 with a +.2 (to 8.7) and repeats at #1. Displaced by WZPL at the top spot in August, Emmis adult contemporary WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7” falters by six-tenths in September (8.3 – 7.9 – 7.3, 6+), sliding from second to third. Up six-tenths in August and seven-tenths in July, iHeartMedia‘s WFBQ “Q-95 Rocks” forfeits that combined total (plus two-tenths) to move from fourth to fifth (5.8 – 6.5 – 7.1 – 5.6, 6+). Prior to July’s +.7, WFBQ had been down or flat in the preceding three sweeps (6.4 – 6.4 – 6.1 – 5.8, 6+).

3) Middlesex – Notwithstanding that it registers a gain of six-tenths (6.1 – 6.7, 6+), CBS Radio New York City classic hits-WKXWoldies outlet WCBS-FM is evicted from the penthouse after three straight months. “New York’s Greatest Hits” swaps places with Townsquare Media talker WKXW “New Jersey 101.5,” which explodes by +1.5 (6.0 – 7.5, 6+). This is the strongest 6+-shareWMGQ since March (7.7) for “New Jersey 101.5,” which had been down or flat the past three sweeps (6.8 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.0, 6+). By gaining nine-tenths, Greater Media adult contemporary WMGQ “Magic 98.3” erases the majority of August’s -1.1 (4.7 – 3.6 – 4.5, 6+), thus returning to seventh from tenth. Owing to its September -1.1 (4.0 – 2.9, 6+), Cumulus Media New York City country outlet WNSH “Nash FM” has its lowest 6+-performance since March (2.8) and plummets from #8 to #13. Frozen on 2.2 (6+) in July and August, co-owned talker WABC skids by nine-tenths to 1.3, dropping from #19 to #23. Down or flat the fourth successive sweep for a combined -1.2 (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 2.5, 6+), Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” spirals from #11 to #18.

4) Providence – Albeit off by (a scant) one-tenth (9.0 – 8.9, 6+), Hall Communications country property WCTK “98.1 Cat WCTKCountry” ranks first for the fifth consecutive ratings period. Owing to a robust gain of eight-tenths (to 7.7), Cumulus Media CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” applies the brakes to seven straight down or flat trends that yielded a cumulative -3.5 (10.4 – 9.8 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 8.3 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 6.9, 6+). “Today’s Hit Music” jumps from sixth to a tie forWPRO-FM second-place with iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101,” which drops three-tenths – thus curtailing six successive progressive or flat monthlies for a combined +3.3 (4.7 – 4.8 – 5.9 – 6.5 – 7.2 – 8.0 – 8.0, 6+). Following an August improvement of seven-tenths, “B-101” hot AC cluster-mate WSNE “Coast 93.3” returns six-tenths (6.3 – 7.0 – 6.4, 6+) of it to slide from fifth to sixth. Even though it still operates under a one-share, talk sibling WHJJ has not had a negative trend in the past six sweeps (.5 – .5 – .6 – .7 – .7 – .7 – .8, 6+). For the fifth consecutive time, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI (third to fifth) is in negative territory (10.4 – 9.2 – 8.4 – 7.3 – 7.2 – 6.9, 6+) and “Lite Rock 105” is -3.5 in that stretch.

5) Raleigh – Fueled by a full-share gain in August enabling it to proceed from second to first, Capitol Broadcasting adult WNNLcontemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5” regresses by seven-tenths (7.8 – 8.8 – 8.1, 6+) and returns to the runner-up slot. It swaps places with Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR “Today’s Best Country” (8.5, 9.2, +.7+), which had been #1 the previous six sweeps. Prior to August, the last time “Mix” was in the driver’s seat was “Holiday”WRDU 2014 (14.0); this is the fifth time in the last six ratings periods that “Mix” has finished second. In addition to “Today’s Best Country,” Radio One gospel WNNL “The Light 103.9” advances by seven-tenths to 4.8 (6+), but remains at #9; “The Light” had been stuck on 4.1 in July and August. Gaining by six-tenths each are co-owned urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” (5.8, eighth to sixth, 6+); and iHeartMedia cluster-mates WRDU “Classic Rock 100.7” (seventh to fifth); and talker WTKK (3.9, #12 to #10). Over and above its +.6, “Classic Rock 100.7” registers its eighth straight up or flat trend (3.6 – 4.6 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 6.5, 6+), ballooning by nearly three full-shares in that span. After faltering by one-half share in August, public WUNC declines by another nine-tenths (7.0 – 6.5 – 5.6, 6+), slumping from fourth to seventh. Three straight upticks by WBBB “Radio 96.1” in May, June, and July accounted for a combined +1.9 (5.2 – 5.6 – 6.2 – 7.1, 6+), but the Curtis Media Group adult hits outlet follows a -1.0 in August with a -.6 (6.1 – 5.5, 6+) to stumble from sixth to eighth.

6) Norfolk – Energized by a lofty +1.5, Entercom adult contemporary WWDE “2WD” (fifth to fourth) logs its strongest WWDE6+-share (6.6) since “Holiday” 2014 (9.2), when it played all-Christmas music. Even though it is down in back-to-back sweeps (11.8 – 11.2 – 11.0, 6+), urban AC cluster-mate WVKL is #1 for an amazing 39th straight time and is in double-digits  for the 21st consecutiveWNOH survey. For the ninth consecutive sweep, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “Jamz” (10.0 – 10.4, +.4, 6+) ranks second. The 2.5-share advantage Max Broadcast Group CHR WVHT “Hot 100.5” enjoyed over iHeartMedia‘s similarly-formatted WNOH “Now 105” is cut to eight-tenths as “Hot” (seventh to ninth) drops -1.2 (4.8 – 3.6, 6+), while “Now” (#13 to #11) gains one-half share (2.3 – 2.8, 6+). Having put together three successive positive trends (1.6 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.3, 6+), “Hot 100.5” gospel sibling WGH-AM “Star 1310” regresses by six-tenths to 1.7 (#13 to #15).

7) Nashville – Casting aside four successive downtrends (5.6 – 4.7 WGFX– 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.2, 6+), WGFX “The Zone” scores a +1.2 (to 5.4) as the Cumulus Media sports outlet climbs from ninth to sixth. When Midwest Communications adult contemporary WJXA registered a +.6 in August bringing it to an even 10.0 (6+), “Mix 92.9” ended four straight negative territory monthlies totaling a combined -2.5 (11.9 – 11.6 – 11.0 – 9.6 – 9.4, 6+). Now, “Mix” addsWJXA another six-tenths and is #1 for the 42nd successive monthly and in double-digits (6+) for the eighth time in the past ten sweeps. Back in July, an impressive +1.1 enabled iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUBT to cruise from fourth to second. In back-to-back sweeps though, it is off by six-tenths (8.4 – 7.8 – 7.2, 6+), with “The Beat” shifting from third (in August) to fifth. Underscoring just how bunched together all three Nashville FM country outlets are is the fact that they hold the market’s #8, #9, and #10 positions; each, however, is down from August. It is the third straight dip for iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98” (5.6 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 5.0), which slides from seventh to eighth. Off by one-half share (4.7 – 4.2, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WKDF “Nash FM” drops one ranker as well (#8 to #9). Co-owned WSM-FM has its third successive negative or flat trend (4.8 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+) – but “Nash Icon” holds steady at #10. After the dust clears, the combined (6+) share for these three country facilities decreases from 14.1 (in July and August) to 13.1.

8) Greensboro – Big news here is the mammoth +1.6 registered by Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL taking “The #1 Hit Music WKZLStation” from eighth to fifth and giving it the highest 6+-share (7.0) in its PPM-history. Having dropped nine-tenths in July, WKZL regained one-half share in August. More yoyo numbers for iHeartMedia CHR WMKS “Kiss-FM,” whichWQMG had a robust +1.0 in June; declined by -1.1 in July; racked up +1.4 in August; and now declines by seven-tenths (5.6 – 6.6 – 5.5 – 6.9 – 6.2, 6+). “Kiss” occupied the #9 slot for 22 successive sweeps, before progressing to #8 in February; #7 in March; back in its familiar #9 spot in April; tied at #8 in May; sixth in June; eighth in July; fifth in August; and now seventh in September. After eroding by -1.3 to 8.4, its lowest 6+-share in more than four years, Entercom urban AC WQMG is up by one-tenth (to 8.5) and “The Best R&B and Old School” is #1 for the sixth consecutive sweep. In July, the one-tenth WQMG gained (to 9.7), curtailed four successive downward trends (10.2 – 9.9 – 9.8 – 9.7 – 9.6, 6+). Steady at #3, adult hits sibling WSMW “Simon” regains the three-tenths it lost in August, thus halting five successive downturns that produced a cumulative -3.3 (10.5- 9.3 – 9.0 – 8.1 – 7.5 – 7.2, 6+). Prior to July, “Simon” had not fallen below an eight-share (6+) since June 2014 (7.7). Following back-to-back modest increases (5.9 – 6.2 – 6.4, 6+), co-owned country WPAW “The Wolf” regresses by -1.2, backtracking from fifth to eighth; 5.2 is the lowest 6+-share for “The Wolf” since March (5.1). The one-tenth advantage public WFDD had over iHeartMedia talker WPTI vanishes, as WPTI gains seven-tenths to 3.3 (#12 to #11), while WFDD drops six-tenths to 2.1 (#11 to #12). Wake Forest University-owned WFDD had been up or flat the previous six sweeps (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+).

9) West Palm Beach – Putting an end to three successive ratings periods in which it was down or flat (2.9 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.3, 6+), WZZRiHeartMedia talker WZZR “Real Radio 94.3” gains six-tenths (to 2.9) and holds down the #9 spot for the 11th straight sweep. Conversely, adult contemporary sibling WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5” – up or flat the past three monthlies (6.8 – 6.8 – 7.1 –WRMF 7.4, 6+) – falters by seven-tenths to 6.7; “Kool” is #2 for the third consecutive time. Stalled at a one-share (6+) in June, July, and August, Moody Bible Institute‘s WRMB (steady at #13) gains two tenths, posting its fifth consecutive monthly without a decline (.8 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.2, 6+). On top of the West Palm Beach ratings battle for the 13th successive sweep, Digity Media hot AC WRMF (+1.2 in August) maintains its 11.3, the highest 6+-share by any West Palm Beach station in the PPM-era. Meanwhile, on the other end of the spectrum, iHeartMedia’s WBZT “1230 The Talk Station” (repeating at #14) notches a .1 – just as it has in eight of the last nine ratings periods, including the past seven. Steady at #11, co-owned talker WJNO is down or flat for the fourth straight time (1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.3, 6+).

10) Jacksonville – On the heels of a +.8 in August, Cox Media Group talker WOKV (#4 for the third straight time) adds one-WOKVhalf share to 8.0, its highest 6+-share since November 2013, when it reached 9.9. By gaining three-tenths (to 4.2), co-owned urban-rhythmic oldies WHJX “V-101.5 Throwback Hip-Hop and R&B” curtails three straightWHJX negative sweeps that resulted in a combined -.1.1 (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+); “V-101.5” moves from #12 to a three-way logjam at #11. Powered by a gain of eight-tenths (3.4 – 4.2, 6+), public WJCT reaches the four-share level for the first time since February 2011 (4.0) to advance from #13 to that very same three-way tie at #11. After flaunting a +1.3 in August, Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ sputters by seven-tenths, but “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety” remains #1 for the 16th consecutive ratings period and is in double-digits for the tenth straight time (10.6 – 11.9 – 11.2, 6+). Co-owned WGNE improved by four-tenths in August – following three successive negative trends (7.0 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 5.0, 6+) – but now drops six-tenths (5.0 – 5.4 – 4.8, 6+); “Gator Country” returns to eighth from sixth. Faltering by seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia urban contemporary and CHR cluster-mates WJBT “93.3 The Beat” (5.0 – 4.3, eighth to ninth, 6+) and WKSL “Kiss FM” (4.9 – 4.2, tenth to eleventh, 6+).

11) Memphis – A lofty gain of nine-tenths (6.0 – 6.9, 6+) propels Entercom adult contemporary WRVR “Continuous Soft Rock The River” from sixth to WRVRfourth. Following four successive upticks (1.7 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.6, 6+), co-owned country WLFP “The Wolf” dropped one-tenth in August, but “The Wolf” roars back with a +.6 to 3.1 (6+), progressing from #15 to a tie at #11. Likewise making a +.6 improvement (to 8.5) isKJMS iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK, which pulls the plug on four successive down or flat trends (9.0 – 8.6 – 8.4 – 8.4 – 7.9, 6+). This is the seventh straight time that “K-97.1” finishes at #2. Meanwhile, urban AC sibling KJMS “V-101” dusts itself off from August’s -1.5 by adding three-tenths (10.4 – 8.9 – 9.2, 6+) and is #1 for the ninth straight sweep. Having had (modest) back-to-back dips (4.8 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+), Flinn Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KXHT “Hot 107.1” (ninth to seventh) registers a +.7 to 5.0, its best (6+) showing since last December (5.3). Locked on 6.9 (6+) in July and August, Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO posts a one-half share gain to 7.4, as “Soul Classics and Today’s R&B” climbs from fifth to third. A loss of 1.2 to 6.6 by iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WDIA “1070 – The Heart & Soul of Memphis” (third to fifth) follows three consecutive hefty increases (5.2 – 6.1 – 6.8 – 7.8, 6+). Gospel sibling WHAL “Halleluiah” gained seven-tenths in June; forfeited all of that increase in July; rebounded with a +1.1 in August; but now relinquishes nine-tenths (6.4 – 7.1 – 6.4 – 7.5 – 6.6, 6+) to move from fourth to a fifth-place tie with WDIA. After back-to-back increases producing a combined +1.2 (2.5 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+), talk sibling WREC (#10 to #11) regresses by six-tenths to 3.1. In late-February, Cumulus Media transitioned talk WKIM to “The Vibe Classic Hip-Hop” and saw no dramatic (6+) movement in March (1.6), April (1.7), May (1.6), June (2.0), or July (1.8). “The Vibe” erupted with a +1.2 (to 3.0) in August, but sputters by seven-tenths to 2.3 in September, drifting from #11 to #15.

12) Hartford – Registering an extremely rare August – September (2015) gain in excess of two full-shares is CBS Radio adult WRCHcontemporary WRCH (8.7 – 10.8, +2.1, 6+). “Lite 100.5” is Hartford’s market leader for the eleventh time in the last twelve sweeps – including the past three. While it is the first time “Lite” has achieved double-digits (6+) since March (10.2), 10.8 is its best 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2014 (15.2). Despite improving by a loftyWDRC-FM +1.3 (4.8 – 6.1, 6+) co-owned talker WTIC-AM remains at #8. Rhythmic CHR sibling WZMX “Hot 93.7” tacks on six-tenths to the half-share it gained in August (6.1 – 6.6 – 7.2, 6+) to inch up from fifth to third. In back-to-back sweeps, Connoisseur Media classic rocker WDRC has produced a combined +1.4 (5.3 – 6.2 – 6.7, 6+) as “The Whale” advances from seventh to fifth. Within the iHeartMedia cluster, classic hits-oldies WHCN “The River 105.9” recedes by eight-tenths (7.8 – 7.0, second to fourth, 6+), while CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7” drops six-tenths (6.9 – 6.3, 6+) falling from fourth to seventh.

beasleymediagroupBeasley Addresses Bubba the Love Sponge’s Guilt in Ratings Tampering Matter.  A press release from Beasley Media Group reports that Nielsen Audio determined that Bubba the Love Sponge (a.k.a. Todd Clem) – who provides his show to the company’s WBRN, Tampa as a program supplier – was contacted by abubba Tampa market PPM panelist and that he “attempted to influence the listening habits of the PPM holder.”  A statement from Beasley Media Group president Bruce Beasley indicates the Beasley and Bubba will continue to do business, but is vague about action to be taken against Bubba.  “Beasley strongly condemns the actions of Mr. Clem, who has provided syndicated programming to radio broadcasters for many years and is not a company employee. We are taking appropriate steps to ensure that such conduct does not occur in the future.  These steps include, but are not limited to, compliance training for Mr. Clem and his employees and the distribution of guidelines reiterating the importance of avoiding conduct that could cause ratings distortion, to all Beasley employees.”  WBRN will have to do without the September PPM figures because, while Nielsen confirms Bubba’s conduct “has no impact on the Tampa Bay radio market ratings because the improper activity was discovered in a timely manner and it [Nielsen] moved quickly to remove the PPM holder’s results from the survey,” the station will not be included in the September 2015 Tampa ratings report.

kblx logoEntercom Debuts New AM Show on Urban Contemporary KBLX, San Francisco.  The Entercom-owned station will drop the Steve Harvey syndicated morning show and launch a new morning drive program on Monday, October 12 featuring Bay Area comedian and entertainer Mark Curry with KBLX personalities Victor “Big Daddy” Zaragoza and Kimmie Taylor.  Program director Stacy Cunningham states, “The KBLX audience has been asking for a live and local morning show and we’re giving them exactly that.  I’m so excited to have such great talent on the KBLX airwaves, and it’s an honor and privilege to put together a local morning show that will not only be engaging and entertaining, but will also be an integral part of our listeners’ daily lives.”  Curry is a nationally known comic whose television work has included a starring role on the ABC sitcom “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” and serving as a host of the syndicated series, “It’s Showtime at the Apollo.”

breakfastclub smalliHeartMedia Re-Ups with Power 105’s Charlamagne Tha God.  Morning drive personality Charlamagne Tha God (left) signs an extension with iHeartMedia to continue hosting WWPR, New York’s “The Breakfast Club” with co-hosts Angela Yee (center) and DJ Envy (right).  The hip hop morning show will celebrate its 5th anniversary this December and iHeartMedia SVP of programming Thea Mitchem states, “Charlamagne is a unique and authentic talent whose honest and straightforward style on ‘The Breakfast Club’ helps drive and shape not just hip hop culture but pop culture.  ‘The Breakfast Club’ team’s incredible connection with both artists and listeners, plus the unrivaled artist and celebrity interviews, entertainment news and fresh music mixes make it the most informative and entertaining urban morning show in the country.”  The program is simulcast on REVOLT TV.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Entercom Milwaukee cluster, a morning drive talent shuffle movesweselizabeth personality Wes McKane from CHR WXSS “103.7 Kiss FM” to hot AC WMYX “The Mix” alongside Elizabeth Kay for the “Wes & Elizabeth” morning show.  The WXSS morning show gives The Judge a permanent role on the program now called, “Riggs, Alley and The Judge.”…..Programmer Johnathan “JR” Reed moves from iHeartMedia’s Austin, Texas cluster where he programmed CHR KHFI and hip hop KPEZ to the company’s Savannah, Georgia station group to take the programming seat at WAEV “97.3 Kiss FM.”

wolkoffZ89Atlanta15‘Z89’ Reunion in Atlanta.  A number of broadcasters who attended Syracuse University and worked at the school’s FM station – WJPZ, Syracuse – got together for a photo while attending the NAB Radio Show last week.  Pictured here (from l-r) are: Danno Wolkoff, Envision Networks; Steven Krainin, president and general manager, WJPZ-FM, Syracuse; Tony Renda, general manager, Renda Broadcasting and president, MaxiRate; and Rocco Macri, CEO, PromoSuite.

Friday, October 2, 2015

| October 2, 2015

cookenab15Cooke: NAB Radio Show Wrap Up.  Radio consultant Holland Cooke wraps his coverage of the 2015 NAB Radio Show in Atlanta with this report.  In it find HC’s takeaways from sessions that addressed radio commercial creative, selling radio in the multi-media world, consumers’ views of the state of the automobile dashboard, plus AM revitalization and the FCC.  Republican FCC commissioner Michael O’Reilly was the only commish to attend and, regarding the contentious issue of an open window for FM translator applications by current AM station owners, he said, “The AM translator solution is the #1 solution.  How could it be left out of any package of reforms?”  Read Cooke’s report here.

harveysteveSteve Harvey Leads Personality Winners in 2015 Marconi Awards.  Grabbing the Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year award at the NAB’s Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show at the Radio Show in Atlanta last night was Premiere Networks urban morning host Steve HarveyEric & Kathy from Hubbard Radio’s hot AC WTMX, Chicago were honored with Major Market Personality of the Year while the Large Market Personality of the Year went to Gene & Julie Gates at Capitol Broadcasting’s hot AC WRAL, Raleigh.  To see the entire list of winners, including the stations of the year by format, click here.

Nielsen LogoSeptember PPM Data and RadioInfo‘s ‘Twelve Takeaways.’ Rather than distributing ratings information for 12-PPM markets apiece over a four-day period as it generally does, Nielsen Audio doubled up its September 2015 schedule. It released data from 23 markets Tuesday (Tampa was delayed) and 24 markets the following day (Wednesday, 9/30).  You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations in those 47 markets here.  Simultaneous with that, RadioInfo enthusiastically unveils an augmented modification of our already powerful ratings coverage as managing editor Mike Kinosian expands his “Top Ten Takeaways” to encompass all markets every month.  In this “Twelve Takeaways” overview, we focus on noteworthy happenings in Riverside, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, Columbus, San Jose, and Austin. The September 2015 survey period covered August 13 – September 9.


1) Riverside – In a genuine shocker, Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA finally catches Entravision Spanish KOLAadult hits KLYY “Jose” at #1. It eventuates through a combination of “Jose” sputtering by -1.5 (8.5 – 7.0, 6+) and KOLA gaining six-tenths (6.4 – 7.0, 6+). This represents the sixth time in the lastKFRG seven sweeps that “Jose” declines (12.2- 11.3 – 10.4 – 9.5 – 8.6 – 9.2 – 8.5 – 7.0, 6+) for a net loss of 5.2 shares. Although now tied for the lead, “Jose” nonetheless stays at #1 for the fifteenth successive time. As for perennial runner-up KOLA, this is its fourth successive up or flat trend (4.3 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 7.0, 6+), which comes after five straight negative monthlies (5.6 – 5.3 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+). After declining by one-half share in August, Univision Los Angeles Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love” rebounds with a full-share increase (4.7 – 4.2 – 5.2, 6+) to inch up from fourth to third. KLVE dropped seven-tenths in June – only to gain all of it back in July. In the three-share range the past 21 ratings sweeps, CBS Radio country outlet KFRG “K-Frog” leaps to 4.5 (sixth to fifth, +.6, 6+); “K-Frog” improved by one-half share in August. Stuck on 4.6 (6+) in July and August, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KGGI advances by one-half share to 5.1, but actually slips from third to fourth, one-tenth behind KLVE. Off by one-half share in August, All Pro adult contemporary KATY regains one-tenth (1.5 – 1.1 – 1.1, 6+) as “The Mix” remains in one-share territory for the 20th straight monthly report.

2) Sacramento – Not only does Entercom classic hits-oldies KSEG pick up one-half share, “The Eagle” continues its string of KSEGranking first each month this calendar year. Moreover, it is the third straight gain for “The Eagle” (8.7 – 8.8 – 9.5 – 10.0) and the first time any Sacramento station has reached double-digits (6+) in the PPM-era. Improving by seven-KNCItenths each – and gaining four rankers in the process – are CBS Radio country and hot AC cluster-mates KNCI “New Country 105.1” (4.4 – 5.1, seventh to third, 6+) and KZZO “Now 100.5” (4.3 – 5.0, eighth to fourth, 6+). As a result of dropping one-half share (4.7 – 4.2, 6+), iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic-oldies KHYL “V-101” falls from #5 to a three-way tie at #7.

3) San Antonio – For the 14th time in the last 19 sweeps, Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM “San Antonio’s KONO-FMGreatest Hits” occupies the penthouse, adding eighth-tenths to its one-half share gain in August (7.1 – 7.6 – 8.4, 6+). It last reached the eight-share level in November (8.0, 6+). The one-share advantage “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” enjoys over cluster-mate KCYY remains unchanged as “Y-100 SanKCYY Antonio’s New Country Leader” also boasts a +.8 (6.6 – 7.4, 6+) and is second for the fourth straight time. The numbers “three” and “third” are omnipresent for similarly-formatted iHeartMedia-owned KAJA “KJ-97.” With a gain of three-tenths, it has its third successive positive trend (5.8 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.5, 6+) and ranks third for the third straight month. Adult contemporary sibling KQXT “”Q-101.9” notches a +.6 in back-to-back sweeps (4.7 – 5.3 – 5.9, 6+) to climb from sixth (July) to fifth (August) to fourth (September). Conversely, Univision‘s KXTN “Tejano & Proud” – which regressed by six-tenths in August – drops another half-share (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+) but remains at #11. Co-owned rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat” (#4 to a three-way tie at #6) falters for the third consecutive time (6.4 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 4.7, 6+) for a combined -1.7. Despite a significant -.9 (3.7 – 2.8, 6+), Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “Jack-FM” only slips by one ranker, #12 to #13.

4) Cincinnati – The sixth consecutive up or flat trend for Hubbard country WUBE is a robust +1.3 (6.2- 6.8 – 7.6 – 8.0 – WUBE8.2 – 8.2 – 9.5, 6+), enabling “B-105” to reach the nine-share level for the first time in exactly one year (9.1, September 2014, 6+). Additionally, “B-105” is second-ranked for the fifth successive monthly. Hot AC sibling WKRQ “Q-102” hangs out a gain of eight-tenths (6.4 – 7.2, 6+), as doesWKRQ Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSL “Old School 100.3” (2.4 – 3.2, 6+). The 7.2 by “Q-102” interrupts its intriguing (6+) line score (dating back to April) of 6.4 – 6.6 – 6.4 – 6.6 – 6.4, while “Old School” ends 11 straight monthlies in the 2.0 – 2.9 range. Improving by one-half share each are iHeartMedia rocker WEBN (4.0 – 4.5, steady at #9, 6+) and Hubbard country outlet WYGY “The Wolf” (1.2 – 1.7, #18 to #17, 6+). Off by a sizeable two full-shares, iHeartMedia talker/Cincinnati Reds flagship WLW (12.2 – 10.2, 6+) nonetheless keeps two strings intact: It is in double-digits (6+) for the 19th straight sweep and it ranks #1 for the ninth successive monthly. Things have been dramatically up and down for Hubbard-owned WREW “Cincinnati’s Best Mix,” which remains at #5. Starting with a May – June +1.4 (4.4 – 5.8), the rhythmic hot AC followed with June – July’s – 1.3 (5.8 – 4.5); +1.4 July – August (4.5 – 5.9); and -.6 (5.9 – 5.3) August – September. Public WVXU is off for the third straight time for a combined loss of nine-tenths (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.4 – 2.2, 6+). In a three-way tie at #12 in August, WVXU slides to #15.

5) Cleveland – Locked on 7.5 (6+) in July and August, Radio One urban AC WZAK busts out a +.9 to 8.4, advancing from third WZAKto second. Moreover, it is the strongest 6+-share for WZAK since May 2013 (8.8). Displaced from the runner-up slot is iHeartMedia‘s country WGAR, which held that position the last three sweeps. Down by a substantial -1.5, WGAR slips to fourth. Co-owned classic hits-oldies WMJI “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” (11.5 – 11.9, +.4, 6+) is the market’s pacesetter for the fifth straight sweep. Not only does a one-half share gain (4.1 – 4.6, 6+) liftWMJI WQAL “Q-104” back to the top ten (#11 to #9), the CBS Radio hot AC puts the brakes to three straight downward trends that combined for a -1.9 (6.0 – 5.3 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+). The 4.1 registered by “Q-104” in August was the station’s lowest 6+-stat in almost five years, matching the 4.1 in November 2010. While remaining at #3, adult contemporary sibling WDOK “Star “102” (-.1) has its string of up-trends end at three (5.5 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 7.5 – 7.4, 6+). Co-owned WKRK “The Fan,” off in back-to-back monthlies (3.3 – 3.0 – 2.9) improves by six-tenths to 3.5 but stays at #12. After three straight negative trends for a combined loss of -1.9 (8.2 – 7.8 – 6.6 – 6.3, 6+), iHeartMedia talker/Cleveland Indians flagship WTAM adds three-tenths to 6.6 – it is steady in sixth-place.

6) Salt Lake City – Having declined by one-half share in August, Bonneville talker KSL rebounds with a +.9 (5.0 – 4.5 – 5.4, 6+) to KSLclimb from eighth back to seventh. Adult contemporary sibling KSFI “FM 100” falters by one-half share immediately after being off by eight-tenths (7.7 – 6.9 – 6.4, 6+) – but – it manages to move from third to second. Although recording modest drops the last three sweeps (8.1 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 7.3, 6+), Capital Broadcasting‘s KBZN “Now 97.7” holds onto the topKAAZ spot for the fourth straight month. KSFI was #1 for seven consecutive months before relinquishing the title to “Now” in June. On the heels of a half-share gain in August, iHeartMedia‘s KAAZ “Rock 106.7 – Man Up” tacks on an additional six-tenths (2.8 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+) to inch up from #14 to #13. Frozen on 7.5 in July and August, CHR sibling KZHT “Salt Lake City’s #1 Hit Music Station” sputters by -1.3 to 6.2 (second to third); 6.2 is the lowest 6+-share for KZHT since “Holiday” 2014 (5.5). Hot AC cluster-mate KJMY “My-99.5” erodes by eight-tenths (5.4 – 4.6, 6+) to tumble from fifth to eighth. Powered by a +.8 (4.9 – 5.7, 6+), KSOP “Z-104 Utah’s #1 Country” zooms from seventh to fourth. The 1.4-share (6+) Cumulus Media adult hits KENZ “Trax” notched in August disappears, as the station flipped to alternative (KHTB “Alt 101.9”) several days before the September sweep concluded.

7) Las Vegas – Sputtering by nine-tenths in July and August, CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” bounces back with a gain of KMXBseven-tenths (6.7 – 5.8 – 4.9 – 5.6, 6+) to climb from sixth to fourth. Not to be outdone, co-owned KLUC “Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” shakes off a -.5 in August by hanging out a +1.4 (5.9 – 5.4 – 6.8, 6+) to advance from fourth to third. Still in that cluster, the 2.5-share that talk KXNT registered in August (#18, 6+) vanishes, following a format change to rhythmic hot ACKLUC KXQQ “Q-100.5 Today’s Rhythm & All The Best Old School.” The switch took place just prior to the conclusion of the September ratings period. Leaping by eight-tenths in August, Univision regional Mexican KISF “La Nueva 103.5” relinquishes all of it (plus four-tenths) as it freefalls from #9 to a three-way tie at #13 (3.3 – 4.1 – 2.9, -1.2, 6+). By adding two-tenths, Entravision‘s similarly-formatted KQRT La Tricolor 105.1″ (#15 to #11) reaches 3.0, ending ten successive sweeps in 2.0 – 2.8 territory (6+). As the result of a -1.1, Lotus classic rocker KXPT “97.1 The Point” (third to sixth) sees its string of successive months without a decline end at three (4.7 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.9, 4.8, 6+). Also off by -1.1 is Nevada Public Radio classical outlet KCNV; however, in this case, it represents a precisely 50% decline (2.2 – 1.1, #19 to #21, 6+). Although steady at #19, this is the fifth straight downward trend for iHeartMedia mainstream CHR KPLV “93.1 – The Party” (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.2 – 2.0, 6+). Adult contemporary cluster-mate KSNE “Sunny 106.5,” which was up or flat the past three months (9.1 – 9.1 – 9.2 – 9.6, 6+), dips by two-tenths to 9.4, but is #1 for the twelfth straight time.

8) Kansas City – More than doubling its August increase of one-half share, Steel City Media’s KBEQ “Q-104” boasts a +1.3 to KBEQvault from #11 to #8 (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.9, 6+). The September 4.9 qualifies as the best 6+-share for “Q-104” since “Holiday” 2014 (5.0). CHR cluster-mate KMXV improved by one-half share in July and added another six-tenths in August, but “Mix 93.3” (third to fourth) tumbles by nine-tenths (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.6 – 5.7 6+). One-half share (6+) separates theKPRS market’s top three stations. Included in that trio is Carter Broadcast Group urban contemporary KPRS, which not only registers a one-share increase to progress from fifth to second, “Hot 103 Jamz” is up or flat for the fourth straight sweep (4.8 – 5.1 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 6.3, 6+). After back-to-back declines that produced a combined -1.3 (7.4 – 6.6 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports Radio” trotted out a +.9 in August. Notwithstanding a -.4 to 6.6, the Kansas City Royals flagship moves from second to first; KCSP was second in June, July, and August – after ranking first in May. Evicted from the penthouse – and falling to third – is Cumulus Media classic rocker KCFX “The Fox.” Rebounding from a -1.0 in May by summoning up a +1.2 in June, “The Fox” added one-half share in July; dropped three-tenths in August; and regresses by a lofty -1.4 in September (6.1 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 7.5 – 6.1, 6+). In addition to August’s first-place ranking, “The Fox” was on top in December 2014, “Holiday” 2014, January 2015, February, April, June, and July. This represents the fifth successive negative trend for adult contemporary KCKC. In that stretch, “KC-102.1 Today’s Best Variety” has eroded by more than 50% – a combined -2.4 (4.6 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.2, 6+).

9) Orlando – Transitioning from a -.6 in August to a whopping +1.4 in September (5.8 – 5.2 – 6.6, 6+), iHeartMedia adult WMGFcontemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” rockets from ninth to second. It is the strongest showing for “Magic” since “Holiday” 2014, when it reached 12.8 with its all-Christmas music format. Each of Orlando’s two tropical facilities – iHeartMedia’s WRUM “Rumba 100.3” (7.4, 6+) and Entravision‘s WNUE “Mega 98.1” (2.1, 6+) – gains six-WRUMtenths and they end downward trends by doing so. Even though “Rumba” was off the past three sweeps (8.7 – 8.4 – 7.1 – 6.8, 6+), it is #1 for the seventh straight month; “Mega” had declined or been flat in each of the past five survey periods (2.8 – 2.5 – 1.9 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.5, 6+). An eight-tenths gain helps to propel Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5” (5.4 – 6.2, #5, 6+) from eighth to fifth, while a -.8 drops Central Florida Educational Foundation contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3” from sixth to ninth. The country share in the market dwindles by -1.1, as Cox Media Group’s WWKA “K-92.3” loses six-tenths (6.0 – 5.4, fifth to eighth, 6+) and JVC Media‘s WOTW “The Wolf” is off by -.5 (1.6 – 1.1, #18 to #20, 6+). “K-92.3” had been up or flat in each of the last four sweeps (4.8 – 5.2 – 5.9- 6.0 – 6.0, 6+), while “The Wolf” put together three straight up trends (.5 – 1.0 – 1.4 – 1.6, 6+). Following three consecutive progressive monthlies for a combined +1.1 (5.3 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.4, 6+), Cox Media Group’s WMMO regresses by nine-tenths to 5.5, tumbling from third to seventh.

10) Columbus – A +.5 in August ended six straight monthlies in which WBNS-FM “The Fan” went without an increase. In that WBNS-FMtime, its 6+-share was sliced exactly in half (7.2 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+), but the Radiohio-owned sports outlet follows up with a +.8 (to 4.9, 6+), sending it from eighth to fifth. Stalled at 11.7 in April, May, and June – iHeartMedia‘s WCOL-FM posted a +1.2 in July; eroded by -1.4 in August; and now drops an additional seven-tenths (12.9 – 11.5 – 10.8, 6+). Even so, theWNCI country outlet occupies the top spot for the ninth consecutive month. Ranked fourth for the sixth successive sweep WSNY “Sunny 95” declines by one full-share (7.9 – 6.9, 6+). Recent line scores for the Saga adult contemporary property are +2.1 (December – “Holiday”); -1.7 (“Holiday” – January); +.8 (January – February); -.5 (February – March); +.4 (March – April); -.7 (April – May); +1.1 (May – June); +.7 (June – July); +.6 (July – August); and +1.0 (August – September). In fact, the top four rankers are the same as in June, July, and August. That includes iHeartMedia mainstream CHR WNCI (9.4 – 9.6, +.2, 6+), which finishes in the runner-up slot for the 16th straight ratings period.

11) San Jose – Flaunting the second-best (6+) August – September gain seen thus far in the 36-PPM markets we have KNBRsummarized, Cumulus Media/San Francisco Giants flagship KNBR rolls out a two-share improvement (5.3 – 7.3). In a second-place tie in August, “The Sports Leader” now takes sole possession of the runner-up slot. By the way, still holding top (6+) August –KBAY September (2015) honors is Charlotte country outlet WKKT “The Kat,” which erupted for a +2.5. Back to KNBR, it trails Digity Media adult contemporary KBAY by three-tenths, even though KBAY displays a strong +.9 (6.7 – 7.6, 6+). An AM facility – Empire Broadcasting’s all-news KLIV – doubles its share (1.2 – 2.4, 6+) to wind up in a four-way tie at #15. Descending by six-tenths each are KRTY “San Jose Hot Country” (3.6, steady at #7); Entercom rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102.1 The Throwback Station” (3.0 – 2.4, #12 to #15); and Cumulus Media talker KGO (2.7 – 2.1, #17 to #20, 6+). KRTY had been up in each of the past four monthlies (2.6 – 3.0 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2, 6+).

12) Austin – Down or flat the past seven sweeps (4.2 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), Emmis talker KLBJ-AM registers a KLBJ-AMgain of eight-tenths to 3.5, moving up from a three-way logjam at #15 to #13. In a similar vein, Genuine Austin Radio‘s sports KTXX “The Horn” (#20) notches a +.6 (to 1.4), thus curtailing seven straight monthlies without an improvement (1.8 -1.6 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.0 – .9 – .8, 6+). By adding one-half share (3.8 – 4.3, 6+), Crista Ministries contemporaryKFMK Christian KFMK “Spirit 105.9” enters the top ten (#13 to #10). Dipping by one full-share each are KBPA “Bob” (8.9 – 7.9, 6+) and iHeartMedia CHR KHFI “Kiss-FM” (6.0 – 5.0, 6+). Regarding “Bob,” the Emmis adult hits facility is #1 for the ninth successive time and, in August, recorded +1.3 to 8.9, its strongest 6+-stat in exactly one year (9.4, August 2014). Meanwhile, “Kiss-FM” followed three successive upticks (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 6.6, 6+) with a -.6 in August. After dialing up a whopping +1.4 in August, Univision regional Mexican KLQB “Que Buena” (#9 to #12) fades by six-tenths to 3.9 (6+). “Que Buena” had been up or flat in each of the previous three ratings periods (2.4 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 4.5, 6+). Steady at 3.2 (6+) in June and July, Emmis triple A KGSR “Radio Austin” rung up a +.7 in August, but relinquishes one half-share (3.9 – 3.4, 6+) to slip from #12 to #14; 3.9 was the best 6+-performance for “Radio Austin” since February 2013 (4.1). In the market’s country arena, iHeartMedia’s KASE “Today’s Country” is flat at 6.0, but moves from third to second, while cluster-mate KVET-FM sputters by seven-tenths (6.1 – 5.4, 6+) to trade places with “Today’s Country.” At #18 for the sixth successive sweep, Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE “Austin’s Country Alternative” (2.3, 6+) is in the 2.1 – 2.3 for the fourth straight time. Up or flat the last three sweeps (4.7 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95.5” (sixth to eighth) falters by one-half share, returning to 4.7.

kramerjanaJana Kramer and CTM After Midnite’s Cody Alan Team for Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour.  Today (10/2), more than 300 service members and their families from Western Massachusetts, including Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee, are being treated to a special, live Q&A with award-winning country music star Jana Kramer as part of the Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour.  The cooperative effort from motel chain Super 8 and Premiere Networks is being held in advance of Kramer’s main stage appearance at The Big E, New England’s Great State Fair, and is being hosted by CMT After MidNite’s Cody Alan.  This second stop on the tour this year is designed to provides service members and their families with access to exclusive, one-of-a-kind events featuring top name country music stars and is a part of a larger, ongoing effort by Super 8 to recognize and celebrate those who serve.

westwood one NEWWestwood One and Nielsen Extend BDSradio Deal.  For its 24/7 music formats, Westwood One will continue to use Nielsen BDSradio measurement after the two companies agreed to a multi-year extension.  Nielsen BDSradio measures streaming, airplay, and sales data for the record and radio industries and powers the Billboard charts.  Westwood One COO Charles Steinhauer states, “The power of our platform, our recent investments in sales and marketing, and the strong continuity of our partnerships has allowed us to represent the best-in-class services in the industry.  We are proud to extend our relationship with Nielsen and look forward to the future together.”

sixxAndersonJon15Rock Legend Jon Anderson to Guest Host ‘The Side Show Classic with Nikki Sixx.’  Singer and songwriter Jon Anderson is the guest host for this weekend’s edition of “The Side Show Classic with Nikki Sixx.”  Anderson – for most of his career the lead singer with the legendary band Yes – is releasing a new record with violinist Jean Luc Ponty.  The Anderson Ponty Band’s record is called Better Late Than Never and Anderson will feature cuts from the disc plus share stories from his career, including his experience seeing The Beatles perform in 1963, hanging out with Jimi Hendrix, and his favorite Neil Young concert.  Pictured here are Anderson (left) and “Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx” co-host Jenn Marino (right).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

| October 1, 2015

cookenab15Cooke: 2015 Radio Show Report.  Radio consultant Holland Cooke reports from the 2015 NAB Radio Show in Atlanta today with a focus on the business of the business.  In this report, hear from notables including Wells Fargo senior analyst Davis Hebert, Connoisseur Media’s Jeffrey Warshaw, Entercom’s David Field, Beasley’s Caroline Beasley, Cumulus/Westwood One’s Pierre Bouvard, and CBS News correspondent Lara Logan.  Read some of the takeaways from the “Financing the Future of Radio” presentation, the radio company CEO panel and Bouvard’s presentation on the return on investment for advertisers using radio by clicking here.

ppmunitRound Two of 24 PPM Market Ratings Released. Rather than distributing ratings information for 12-PPM markets apiece over a four-day period as it generally does, Nielsen Audio doubled up its September 2015 schedule. It released 23 markets Tuesday (9/29) and 24 markets yesterday (9/30). View all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. At the same time, RadioInfo enthusiastically unveils an augmented modification of our already powerful ratings coverage as managing editor Mike Kinosian expands his “Top Ten Takeaways” to encompass all markets every month. In this “Twelve Takeaways” overview, we focus on noteworthy happenings in Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa (data from Tampa is still being evaluated and has yet to be released), Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Denver, Baltimore, St. Louis, Portland, Charlotte, and Pittsburgh.  The September 2015 survey period covered August 13 – September 9.


1) Seattle – With (6+) shares flying all over the “Emerald City,” this is one of the most jumbled top ten rankers we have witnessed KJR-FMin recent memory. Appropriately enough, we start with iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet.” Following a full-share increase in June; a gain of six-tenths in July; and two-tenths in August “The Jet” tacks on another eight-tenths in September (3.9 – 4.9 – 5.5 – 5.7 – 6.5, 6+) to ascend from third to first. Nudged from theKIRO-FM top spot is CBS Radio classic rocker KZOK – which after being locked on 6.1 (6+) in July and August – drops one-half share (to 5.6), as it falls to fourth. In addition to “The Jet,” Bonneville talker KIRO-FM picks up eight-tenths (5.4 – 6.2, 6+) to climb from sixth to third. Although the market’s country share only shows a net loss of one-tenth, it is the result of CBS Radio’s KMPS improving by nine-tenths (3.6 – 4.5, 6+) and Entercom‘s KKWF “100.7 The Wolf” sputtering by one full-share (5.1 – 4.1). “The Wolf,” off by seven-tenths in August, slides from seventh to eighth, while KMPS leapfrogs it (#12 to #6). Following seven months at #1 (including a July tie with KZOK), Hubbard CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5 – All The Hits” (5.8 – 6.3, +.5, 6+) now ranks second in back-to-back sweeps. Stumbling from fifth to seventh though is its adult contemporary cluster-mate KRWM “Warm 106.9,”which falters by -1.1 to 4.4 – its lowest 6+-share since November 2012 (also 4.4). Two stations that could easily use a “Kiss” handle head in opposite directions: iHeartMedia CHR KBKS “Kiss-FM” adds one-half share (3.4 – 3.9, 6+), while Entercom’s KISW “99 The Rock” declines by twice that (5.7 – 4.7, -1.0, 6+). It is the first time that “The Rock” (third to fifth) has been below a five-share (6+) since December (4.9). Up or flat for the third straight month (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4 – 3.9, 6+), “Kiss-FM” breaks into the top ten (#14 to #10). Owing to a +.2 (to 3.1), Crista Ministries’ KCMS-FM “Spirit 105.3” halts five successive downward or flat trends that produced a cumulative -1.7 (4.7 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+); the contemporary Christian outlet inches up from #17 to #16. Having registered three straight modest increases (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+), Entercom rhythmic hot AC KHTP “Hot 103.7” (#11 to #14) drops four-tenths to 3.3.

2) Phoenix – Even though iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ is down (slightly) a third straight time for a combined -.4 KOOL(6.9 – 6.8 – 6.7 – 6.5, 6+), it remains #1 for the eleventh successive ratings period. Progressing by six-tenths each are CBS Radio cluster-mates KOOL “The Valley’s Greatest Hits 94.5 KOOL FM” (5.3 – 5.9, 6+) and KZON “Live 101.5 The Valley’s Hit Music Leader” (2.8 – 32.4, 6+); classic hits-oldies KOOL moves from fourth toKZON second, while “Live 101.5” advances from #14 to #10. Conversely though, Entravision Spanish adult hits and regional Mexican siblings KVVA “Jose” (1.8 – 1.2, #29, 6+) and KLNZ (2.4 – 1.9, #22, 6+) are off by six-tenths and one-half share, respectively. After a one-half share spike in July to 2.4 (its best 6+-stat since last October’s 2.9), “Jose” regressed by six-tenths in August. Prior to July’s 2.4, “Jose” had been in the 1.5 – 1.9 range the previous nine sweeps.

3) Minneapolis – Off by one full-share in August, Hubbard hot AC KSTP-FM “KS-95” regains all of it to vault from fourth to first. KSTP-FMThe combination of that one-share gain by “KS-95” and a one-share decline by iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KQQL sends “KOOL 108 Minnesota’s Greatest Hits” (up nine-tenths in August) from first to second; KSTP-FM had been down or flat the past three sweeps (8.5  – 8.5 – 8.4 – 7.4, 6+). Fellow hot AC, iHeartMedia’s KTCZ “Cities 97,” which dropped seven-tenths in August, dips by another three-tenths (6.0 – 5.3 – 5.0, 6+),KFXN skidding from seventh to ninth. After a four-tenths gain in August, iHeartMedia’s KFXN “K-Fan Sports Radio 100.3” follows up with a +.6 (4.2 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+) to jump from tenth to eighth. Making improvements of one-half share each are CBS Radio heritage talker WCCO (#12 to #10) and Cumulus Media’s WGVX (.1 – .6, #20, 6+). The latter flipped from sports “The Ticket” in mid-August to classic hip-hop as “The Vibe.” While this marks the third straight increase for WCCO (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+), Cumulus rocker KXXR “93-X” (#9 to #12) falters for the third consecutive sweep yielding a cumulative loss of one full-share (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+). Ranked fifth for the third consecutive month, CBS Radio’s KMNB “Buz’N Country@102.9” is up or flat for the fourth straight sweep, (4.7 – 5.3 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 6.5, 6+). This happens after four successive negative trends (5.6 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.7, 6+). In a bit of a statistical oddity, iHeartMedia CHR KDWB improves by two-tenths, yet moves from second to third, whereas in August, it dropped four-tenths but inched up from third to second. Nonetheless, the +.2 brings to a halt seven consecutive negative trends for a combined -2.5 (10.1 – 9.9 – 9.7 – 9.0 – 8.7 – 8.5 – 8.0 – 7.6, 6+). Another such streak comes to an end as well, as CBS Radio adult hits KZJK (steady at #11) has a one-tenth uptick to 4.5; “Jack-FM” had been off in each of the past four sweeps (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.4, 6+).

4) San Diego – One of the market’s hot AC outlets is up month-to-month; another down; while the other is flat. Having dropped KFMB-FMthree-tenths in August, Midwest Television‘s KFMB-FM picks up one-half share to 2.8, taking “Jack-FM” from #20 – #18 (6+). “Jack” was locked on 2.7 (6+) in March, April, and May – then on 2.6 in June and July. In fact, the hot AC has been in the two-share range theXHRM past 18 ratings periods. After suffering a mighty -1.7 in August sending it from first all the way to sixth, iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI “Star 94.1” levels off (6.1 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+) to remain at #6. Meanwhile, CBS Radio adult contemporary-turned hot AC KYXY, which faltered by one-half share in August, drops two-tenths in September (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.8, 6+), sliding from ninth to tenth. Just three-tenths (6+) separates San Diego’s top three facilities, with urban-rhythmic oldies XHRM “Magic 92.5 The Beat of San Diego” (5.3 – 5.4, +.1) progressing from second to first. Ousted from the top – and swapping places with “Magic” – is iHeartMedia CHR KHTS “Channel 93-3” (5.5 – 5.2, -.3). Steady in third-place, Entercom-owned KSON-FM “San Diego’s #1 for New Country” puts together back-to-back gains totaling a combined +.7 (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+).

5) Tampa – The lone “Takeaway” here is that Nielsen Audio is still evaluating Tampa Bay ratings data. There is no September 2015 information to share at this time.

6) Long Island – On the heels of a hearty +1.7 in August, CBS Radio New York City classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM notches its WCBS-FMsixth straight up monthly (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 6.2 – 6.5, 6+) as it marches from second to first. Trading places with WCBS-AM is Connoisseur Media hot AC WALK-FM, which follows up August’s +1.1 with a -.3 (5.2 – 6.3 – 6.0, 6+). After back-to-back declines (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.7, 6+), Cumulus Media country WNSH “Nash-FM” improves by one-half share and returns to 2.2 (#18). With a gainWOR Logo of two-tenths, iHeartMedia New York City talker WOR extends its streak of up or flat sweeps in Long Island to nine (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+); the New York Mets flagship is steady at #12. Co-owned rhythmic CHR WKTU though is off by eight-tenths (3.4 – 2.6, 6+) as it drifts from #10 to #15. Declining by six-tenths and one-half share, respectively, are  CBS Radio hot AC and sports siblings WWFS “Fresh Music – Better Variety” (#17 to #21) and WFAN “The Fan” (4.4 – 3.9, fifth to eighth). “Fresh” ends three straight up or flat trends (1.8 – 1.8 – 2.2 – 2.7, 6+). At #21, it is tied with a fellow hot AC, Cumulus Media’s WPLJ (1.7 – 2.1, +.4, 6+).

7) Denver – A strong +.7 by iHeartMedia talker KOA (#16 to #12) puts an end to four straight flat and (slightly) downtrends KOA(3.5 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.2, 6+). As Entercom hot AC KALC “Alice 105.9” (steady at #5) slips by four-tenths (5.4 – 5.0, 6+), format rival – Wilks Broadcasting‘s KIMN “Mix 100.3 All the Hits” – improves by six-tenths (3.5 – 4.1, 6+). “Mix” jumps from #15 to #10, where it is tied with Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLDV “K-Love” (3.6 – 4.1, +.5, 6+); “K-Love” was #13 in August. After three successiveKIMN monthlies atop Denver’s ratings hill, Entercom classic rocker KQMT “The Mountain” falters by nine-tenths (6.5 – 5.6, 6+) and slides to fourth. Taking its place at #1 – moving up from #3 – is iHeartMedia’s KBCO “World Class Rock” (5.7 – 6.1, +.4, 6+). Several market outlets with similar call letters are down by one-half share. Specifically, Wilks Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105” drops to 3.9 (#7 to #12), while Entravison regional Mexican KXPK “La Tricolor 96.5” falls to 3.6 (#10 to #14). Similarly, Entravision Spanish adult hits KJMN slips to 3.1 (#13 to #16), while Max Radio rhythmic hot AC KJHM “Jammin’ 101.5” regresses to 1.9 (#19 to #20). Off by -1.0, Entercom’s KYGO-HD2 has its 6+-share torn roughly in half (2.1 – 1.1, #24, 6+).

8) Baltimore – Down slightly in back-to-back (June-July) sweeps, CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9” WLIFrebounded nicely with a +.8 in August. Amazingly, it doubles that (6.6 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 6.9 – 8.5, 6+) to storm from third to first. It is the best 6+-showing for “Today’s 101.9” since “Holiday” 2014 (14.6). Displaced from the top is iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station” (8.7 – 8.0, -.7, 6+), which is now tied at #2 with Radio One urban contemporary WERQ “92-Q.” In a world of crazy eights, WPOC occupied the penthouse the past eight sweeps, while this marksWWIN-FM the eighth successive time that “92-Q” (8.1 – 8.0, -.1, 6+) is in the runner-up slot. Steady at #4, WERQ urban AC sibling WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9,” which improved by +1.1 in August, tacks on another seven-tenths (5.2 – 6.3 – 7.0, 6+). After sputtering by nine-tenths in July and another half-share in August, iHeartMedia adult hits WQSR “Jack-FM” bounces back with a +.7 (4.2 – 4.8 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 4.1, 6+) to re-enter the top ten (#11 to #9). The rollercoaster ride continues for Shamrock classic rocker WZBA. After June’s +1.1, “The Bay” added another nine-tenths in July; forfeited -1.1 in August; and now decreases by another nine-tenths (4.1 – 5.2 – 6.1 – 5.0 – 4.1, 6+) to tie “Jack” at #9. Prior to the June sweep, “The Bay” had been in the 4.0 – 4.9 range the previous 15 sweeps. Although steady at #7, this is the fifth straight sweep that CBS Radio‘s WJZ-FM “The Fan” registers a downward trend (6.2 – 6.0- 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+). With a signal from Washington, DC – American University-owned WAMU doubles its 6+-share (.8 – 1.6), progressing to #15.

9) St. Louis – The three St. Louis outlets advancing by a hefty nine-tenths each possess some form of “joy,” “fun,” and “easy” in KLJYtheir calls. Applying the brakes to six straight negative trends (6.8 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.9, 6+), Gateway Creative Broadcasting contemporary Christian KLJY “Joy-FM” (5.8, +.9) climbs from eighth to fifth. One-tenth behind – and registering a similar +.9 – is Radio One‘s WFUN “Old School 95.5” (4.8 – 5.7, #6, 6+). Frozen at 3.8 in June and July (6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary KEZK improved by one-half share in August and nearly doubles that gain inKEZK September (4.3 – 5.2, 6+) to zoom from #13 to #9. It is the strongest 6+-performance for KEZK since “Holiday” 2014 (8.5). Improving by six-tenths, Hubbard’s WXOS “101 Sports” (1.7 – 2.3, 6+) has its best 6+-share since January’s 3.2 and inches up from #19 to #18. There is another wild fluctuation for KLOU. The iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet was +2.2 in June; -1.6 in July; -.7 in August; and is now off by one full-share in September. Despite the combined -3.3 (11.2 – 9.6 – 8.9 – 7.9, 6+), KLOU finishes first for the fourth straight ratings period. In each of those #1 finishes, the runner-up is CBS Radio talker/St. Louis Cardinals flagship KMOX (7.5, +.1), which curtails three straight downward trends (9.2 – 8.8 – 7.9 – 7.4, 6+). It is a rough sweep for CHR as iHeartMedia’s KSLZ “Z-107.7” sputters by -1.4 (5.7 – 4.3, #6 to #12, 6+), while Emmis-owned KNOU “Now 96.3” drops one-half share (2.9 – 2.4, #14 to #17, 6+). In four successive downward trends, Radio One urban contemporary WHHL (#12 to #13) is off by a combined -1.6 (5.4 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.8, 6+). Owing to a -.2 (to 6.1), Hubbard adult hits WARH “The Arch” (third to fourth) has its string of upticks – which resulted in a combined +2.5 – end at three (3.8 – 4.3 – 5.7 – 6.3, 6+).

10) Portland – Powered by a +1.7, iHeartMedia classic rock KFBW “The Brew” erupts from 3.8 to 5.5 (6+), rocketing from #14 KFBWall the way to #5. Adult contemporary sibling KKCW “K-103” (9.2 – 9.5, +.3) sets the pace for the 15th consecutive survey. Up or flat for the fourth straight sweep (1.6 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.9, 6+), Salem Media Group regional Mexican KRYP “El Rey” climbs from #18 to #16. No sooner does KKRZKKCW halt its streak of four down or flat trends (7.1 – 6.3 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.4, 6+) with a robust gain of nine-tenths than the iHeartMedia CHR returns the entire nine-tenths; “Z-100” falls from fourth to sixth. Steady at #7, Alpha Media country KUPL “The Bull” (4.8, -.1, 6+) snaps its string of positive trends at six (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.9, 6+); in that span, “The Bull” was a cumulative +1.4. In the runner-up slot for the sixth straight time is its format foe – Entercom country KWJJ “The Wolf” (8.2 – 8.3, +.1). Off by four-tenths in August, KWJJ adult hits cluster-mate KYCH “Charlie” doubles the decline (5.4 – 5.0 – 4.2, 6+), slipping from sixth to tenth. Still in that Entercom group, classic rocker KGON (#12 to #14) has lost two full-shares by being down or flat the past seven sweeps (5.6 – 5.5 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.6, 6+).

11) Charlotte – This time last month, iHeartMedia‘s WKKT “The Kat” clawed out a one-half share increase to climb to #1. In WKKTthe largest (6+) August – September gain we have seen thus far, “The Kat” improves by a massive +2.5 (6.8 – 7.3 – 9.8, 6+) and repeats at the top. The format’s 6+-share in the market expands even further as Beasley Media Group‘s WSOC “Country’s Greatest Hits” dials up a +1.2 (to 8.2) and places second, just as it did in August. TheWSOC +1.2 by WSOC comes after a -1.1 in July and a -.8 in August. Significant month-to-month shifts are nearly common for these two foes: Back in June, WSOC was +1.5, while “The Kat” was -.9. Meanwhile, WSOC urban AC sibling WBAV “V-101.9” improves by six-tenths (4.9 – 5.5, 6+) to jump from eighth to fifth. The rollercoaster ride, however, continues for co-owned WKQC “K-104.7.” The adult contemporary outlet hung out a +1.4 in June; declined by six-tenths in July; displayed a +.7 in August; but drops all of August’s +.7 (and one-tenth more) to slip from fifth to seventh. Also in that Beasley Media Group cluster, while steady at #4, urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98” has its third straight dip (7.6 – 6.9 – 6.5 – 5.8, 6+) for a combined -1.8. In addition to “Power 98,” iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO “The Lake” (#6 to #8) recedes by -.7 (5.6 – 4.9, 6+). In August, “The Lake” bounced back from July’s -1.1 with a +.4, ending three straight downward trends (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 5.2, 6+). Co-owned CHR WHQC “Channel 96.1” declines for the fourth straight time (6.3 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.0 – 3.8, 6+), yielding a cumulative -2.5, yet actually inches up from #11 to #10. It is two-tenths ahead of format rival -Beasley’s WNKS “Kiss 95.1,” whose (6+) trend since March is 5.3 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.0 – 5.5 – 4.1 – 3.6. In July, Radio One gospel WPZS dialed up a +1.2 to end eight straight monthlies of down or flat trends. “Praise – Charlotte’s Inspiration Station,” however, regresses with back-to-back declines of one-half share each (3.9 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+); it ranks #12 for the third straight sweep.

12) Pittsburgh – It is a terrific “Steel City” ratings period for stations whose call letters are KDKA. For openers, sports KDKA-KDKA-FMFM “The Fan” follows up July’s +.7 and August’s +.8 with an astonishing +1.9 (6.0 – 6.7 – 7.5 – 8.5, 6+), as the Pittsburgh Pirates flagship climbs from fourth to third. Its CBS Radio talk sibling KDKA-AM (sixth to fourth) gains oneKDKA-AM full-share and improves for the third sweep (5.3 – 6.0 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+); 7.1 matches KDKA-AM’s March stat. Steady at #7, cluster-mate WDSY “Y-108 Pittsburgh’s New Hit Country” (4.9, +.3, 6+) is in the 4.0 – 4.9 range for the eleventh straight sweep. Meanwhile, this marks the sixth successive time that iHeartMedia rocker WDVE (8.6 – 9.1, +.5, 6+) ranks second. Not only is CHR sibling WKST off for the third consecutive monthly, “Kiss” sputters by one full-share (8.3 – 8.0 – 7.9 – 6.9, 6+) to segue from third to fifth. In back-to-back sweeps, Steel City Media adult hits WRRK “Bob” (fifth to sixth) regresses by six-tenths (7.9 – 7.3 – 6.7, 6+). Also registering a -.6 is co-owned hot AC WLTJ (3.1 – 2.5, 6+), which had been in the 3.0 – 3.7 range the past nine ratings periods. Notwithstanding that it drops by seven tenths (10.8 – 10.1, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW “3WS” is on top for the sixth straight time; “3WS” recorded a +.8 in August, but was down in the three preceding sweeps (11.2 – 10.7 – 10.3 – 10.0, 6+).

robinsonfrankieiHeartMedia’s WGCI, Chicago Hires Former ‘Power 92’ Jocks.  The acquisition of two market hip hop radio personalities by iHeartMedia for its WGCI, Chicago is official.  As reported by Chicagokaponetone media writer Robert Feder, Frankie Robinson and Tone Kapone have officially joined WGCI after sitting out a six-month non-compete.  Midday personality Robinson and PM drive host Kapone worked the same dayparts for Crawford Broadcasting’s WPWX “Power 92” until May when they exited.  At the same time, iHeartMedia had cut ties with Loni Swain and U.B. Rodriguez in the same dayparts and night jock DJ MoonDawg and weekender Rob Nice had been working the shifts since then.  Read Feder’s account of the moves here.

freygregCumulus Announces Country Programmer Moves; Frey Upped to Corporate PD.  These moves involve country stations in the Indianapolis and Atlanta markets.  First, WKHX, Atlanta “Kickslindyscott 101.5” program director Greg Frey is promoted to the corporate offices where he is named corporate program director working with the company’s country stations and its “growing country product line.”  Taking over for him at WKHX is Scott Lindy, who moves east from his PD role at the company’s WFMS, Indianapolis.  He’ll also take on a corporate programming position.  Joining the company and taking over the programming helm at WFMS is Stephen Giuttari, whose most recent gig was with Townsquare Media as country format leader based at WGNA, Albany.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Valley radio pro Carey Edwards joins Riviera Broadcasting’s adult contemporary KOAI, Phoenix “The Oasis” to host the 7:00 am to 1:00 pm daypart.  During his career Edwards has served with Valley outlets classic hits KOOL, CHR KZZP and country KMLE…..CHR WHYI, Miami “Y100” announces Drew Heyman takes over the late night air shift from Roxy Romeo, who recently moved to iHeartMedia’s KPLV, Las Vegas…..At Bahakel Communications-owned active rock station KILO, Colorado Springs, Shawn Rock is named music director and midday personality at the station, taking over for the recently departed Mr. Mehoff.