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Friday, March 6, 2015

| March 6, 2015

KILT-FMHouston’s “Bull” Sets Wakeup Team. WXMA “The Max,” Louisville operations manager/morning host George Lindsey is leaving the Alpha Media hot AC after 16 years to become part of a revamped morning show on CBS Radio Houston’s country-formatted KILT-FM “The Bull.” Joining Lindsey on the 5:00 am – 10:00 am “Morning Bull” are former KUPL, Portland morning co-host Monica Lunsford and “Cowboy Dave,” who transitions from nights on “The Bull.” The three will make their debut one week from this coming Monday (3/16). CBS Radio Houston senior vice president and market manager Sarah Frazier comments, “We are beyond happy to welcome George and ‘Mo’ [Lunsford] to the family. They round-out and compliment CBS Radio’s strong lineup of live-and-local talent on all our brands in the market.” CBS Radio Houston vice president of programming Bruce Logan remarks, “George, ‘Mo,’ and ‘Cowboy Dave’ each bring a tremendous amount of talent along with their own unique skills to the table. This is an exciting day for our team, as we get ready to launch a show that will instantly connect with the audience.” Lindsey states, “Even after all my years in Louisville, I jumped at the chance to join the team at ‘The Bull.’ I have spent a fair amount of time in Houston visiting family and it already feels like home.” According to Lunsford, “I feel blessed to be presented with this opportunity to join the passionate team at CBS Radio Houston.” Native Houstonian “Cowboy Dave” states he is “excited to introduce George and ‘Mo’ to my hometown.” Four-year KILT-FM morning talent Greg Thunder exited the station this past November. Weekender Nick Russo inherits the “Cowboy Dave”-vacated night slot. Ironically, Lindsey and Lansford are both inbound to CBS Radio Houston from Alpha Media properties and like KILT-FM, KUPL (Lansford’s former station) uses “The Bull” as its handle.


iheartmedia logo smalliHeartMedia Names Charlie Wilkinson Dallas Market President.   Moving to Texas from his most recent position with the company as regional president overseeing Charlotte and Raleigh, Charlie Wilkinson becomes market president of iHeartMedia’s six Dallas properties.  EVP of operations – Texas majors Kelly Kibler comments, “Charlie has exceeded expectations and consistently raises the bar.  He has proven his ability to create and lead winning teams.  I’m confident he will continue to deliver consistent integrated revenue growth for the Dallas cluster.”  Former market president, Deidre Richter, will join iHeartMedia’s national sales team and will report to Jeff Howard, president of national sales.  Richter will lead the South Central Connections Team.

More RadioInfo Career Moves. The newest addition to iHeartMedia’s urban contemporary KRRL, Los Angeles “Real 92.3” is Abdul Hashem, a.k.a. DJ A-OH, who becomes APD and air personality.  DJ A-OH comes from the company’s urban contemporary WMIB, Miami “103.5 The Beat” where he was PD and a jock.  He also is an urban brand coordinator for the company…..Scott Adams is the new morning personality and program director at Foster Communications-owned CHR KIXY San Angelo, Texas.  He comes to Texas from Cumulus Media’s CHR WABD, Mobile and replaces David Carr…..At Alpha Media’s Biloxi, Mississippi cluster, Brady is the new night jock at CHR WXYK “The Monkey.”…..Chris Ryan is the new program director at Connoisseur Media’s CHR WRTS, Erie “Star 104.”  He moves over from the company’s CHR WWHX, Bloomington, Illinois.

beasley logo longBeasley Reports 2014 Q4 Pro Forma Net Revenue Dips 4.3%.  Getting an accurate picture of the fourth quarter – not to mention the total of 2014 – is a bit dicey because of the asset exchange between Beasley and CBS RADIO.  But as Beasley chairman and CEO George Beasley says in the press release, “On a reported basis, fourth quarter net revenue from continuing operations rose 23.5% and SOI [station operating income] increased 14.6%, while operating income of $1.8 million was impacted by $1.7beasleygeorge million of transaction and termination expenses related to the Asset Exchange and otherwise would have compared favorably with the $2.8 million in the comparable year ago period.  However, given the required accounting treatment for discontinued operations, the results include only one month of operations from the stations we received in the asset exchange, while excluding the results of the stations we gave up in the transaction.  As a result, we believe a pro forma presentation, which assumes the asset exchange occurred on January 1, 2013, better reflects the operating results.  On a pro forma basis, fourth quarter net revenue decreased 4.3% to $28.9 million while SOI declined 8.0% to $9.2 million.  Importantly, while the fourth quarter pro forma presentation allows for a comparison of the same stations during both periods, it does not reflect our recently initiated and planned format and personnel changes in Tampa as well as expense reductions in Tampa and Charlotte, the benefits of which we expect will be reflected in our results as we move through 2015 and into 2016.”

joynertomTom Joyner to Interview President Obama Today.  Nationally syndicated urban morning radio personality Tom Joyner is interviewing President Obama in advance of the president’s trip to Selma, Alabama to recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March.  The interview was taped on Thursday (3/5).  During the interview the president discussed several topics important to all of America and discusses how he explains the events in Selma and Ferguson to his teenage daughters.  The “Tom Joyner Morning Show” is distributed by REACH Media Inc, a part of the Radio One family.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

| March 5, 2015

infinitedial2015Cooke: Analysis of Infinite Dial 2015.  The Infinite Dial 2015 study was released by the folks at Edison Research and Triton Digital on March 4 and the results are, in the words of consultant Holland Cooke, “must-reading for anyone, in any format, in radio.  And ‘anyone’ includes sales.”  This year, the annual study was based on data from answers to questions posed to 2,002 persons 12+ (during January and February of this year) and addresses the broad query of media usage in various circumstances.  What’s not particularly surprising is the continued rise in preference for Internet-based media by consumers.  But the actual numbers shed some light on how and why people are going to a particular medium for content.  See Holland Cooke’s summary and commentary on the study here.

RadioInfo Career Moves. Returning to iHeartMedia is Owen Grover who is named SVP and general manager for the company’s digital platform, iHeartRadio.  Grover was previously senior director of programming marketing for what the company then called Clear Channel Online Music and Radio.  iHeartMedia Networks president Darren Davis says in a memo to staff that Owen will help “enhance the day-to-day operations of the iHeartRadio team, helping to replace some of the expertise Brian Kaminsky brought to iHeartRadio prior to his new appointment as president of programmatic & data operations.”…..Mark O’Brien exits the Cumulus Media Washington, DC station group where he was market manager.  He came to Cumulus two years ago from iHeartMedia’s Jacksonville cluster…..Brand manager and morning personality Dylan exits Saga Communications’ CHR WDBR, Springfield, Illinois after the company declined to renew his contract.

tongpeterPremiere Networks Taking Pete Tong EDM Show International.  “The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong” is going international via Premiere Networks.  The company says that, effective immediately, the electronic dance music program will be made available to CHR and rhythmic radio stations worldwide.  Premiere VP of international business development Tanya Juhasz comments, “We’re excited to expand ‘The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong’ to international radio stations.  As champions of new music and artists, Pete and Beatport have created a cutting-edge, innovative radio program that reflects their status as leaders in electronic music culture, and we’re confident ‘The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong’ will resonate with dance music fans the world over.”  The program is a two-hour, weekly offering.

kits bfdKITS, San Francisco Announces BFD 2015 Lineup.  The lineup for the BFD 2015 concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater on June 6 presented by CBS RADIO’s alternative KITS-FM “LIVE105” is announced.  The station says that after a huge, sold out show last year it has assembled a lineup of some of the most acclaimed artists in alternative as well as new up-and-coming bands.  More than 35 bands will play on four stages.  The main stage lineup is: Modest Mouse, Of Monsters And Men, Panic! At The Disco, Cold War Kids, and Atlas Genius.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

| March 4, 2015

zeddDuane Doobie Jr.’s 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: on-air personalities Bayley Brown and Matt James from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; and Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana, 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 (3/4) includes such names as: Zedd, Selena Gomez, LunchMoney Lewis, Fifth Harmony, Jessie J, The Weeknd, Tori Kelly, Nova Rockafeller, Karmin, M.I.A., Lizzo, Skylar Grey, Bella Thorne, Eden XO, The Vamps, One Direction, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Florence + The Machine, Alabama Shakes, Yelawolf, AWOLNATION, Eminem, Big Data, Rivers Cuomo, Joywave, Brothers Born, Killswitch Engage, Roxy Roca, Falling In Reverse, Striking Matches, T Bone Burnett, Sammy Kershaw, The Gibson Brothers, Dan + Shay, Streakers, Phoebe Ryan, LYNOS, Rihanna, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Afrojack, among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

Big Boy‘Big’ LA Station Jump Just Got Real. Three weeks ago, Emmis won the first round to prevent its longtime morning talent Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander from departing Los Angeles rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106″ to join cross-town iHeartMedia. The temporary restraining order secured by Emmis though was just that – “temporary” – as the ruling at Tuesday’s (3/3) preliminary injunction hearing in Los Angeles County Superior Court went in iHeartMedia’s favor. That would seem to pave the way for iHM to plug-in “Big Boy” at its recently minted KRRL “RealKRRL 92.3″ (formerly urban-rhythmic oldies KHHT “Hot 92.3″). Even though Emmis was denied an injunction to prevent Alexander from becoming a rival, it might score a “big” victory of its own. According to a company statement, “Emmis is disappointed with the court’s ruling and we will evaluate our legal options. We are pleased [however] with the court’s indication that damages are an available remedy at trial. Emmis remains resolute in continuing to protect our legal rights and committed to the continued success of ‘Power 106.'” Emmis claims that under the terms of Alexander’s employment agreement, he consented that if he fielded a competing station’s offer – and Emmis gave terms “substantially similar” to that offer – Alexander would enter into a new/exclusive employment agreement with Emmis, rather than move to a competing station. In its complaint, Emmis alleges Alexander’s agreement provided him a 60-day window at the end of its term to entertain offers from other broadcasters. KPWRThe condition was that “Big Boy” would need to give Emmis a copy of any deal proposal he received and Emmis had a right to match the offer. Based on information provided by Emmis, “Big Boy” informed Emmis on January 16 that he had a bid from iHeartMedia to go head-to-head against Emmis Los Angeles for $3.5 million a year (and other benefits). Emmis says it equaled the iHeartMedia offer, but the morning talent elected to leave “Power 106″ for the station that has become “Real 92.3.” A start date at his new address is not yet known. Among persons 6+ in Los Angeles’ latest (January 2015) Nielsen Audio PPM results, “Power 106″ ends four straight downtrends (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 3.9 – 3.8) by improving two-tenths to 4.0 (#5), while in its final monthly, “Hot 92.3″ (now “Real”) finishes at #13 (2.6). Its best showing in calendar year 2014 was a 3.3 in February (#8).

beasleygeorgiaGeorgia Beasley Moves Up to Company’s Augusta, Georgia Cluster.  Moving up in the management ranks at Beasley Media Group is Georgia Beasley, who is named general sales manager of WKXC “New Country Kicks 99” and WDRR “93.9 BOB-FM” in Augusta, Georgia.  She’ll also serve as digital sales manager for all of the company’s Augusta radio stations.  The company says that “in her new role, Georgia will supervise all revenue initiatives for ‘Kicks 99’ and ‘BOB-FM’ and will also be responsible for creating digital content and revenue opportunities for the cluster as a whole.

mckaylarryMcKay to Program and Host Mornings at ‘Coast 101.3 FM’ in Port St. Lucie.  The Horizon Broadcasting Company-owned adult contemporary station welcomes Larry McKay as the new program director and morning drive personality.  McKay joins WHLG, Port St. Lucie, Florida after serving as PD and afternoon personality at Cumulus Media’s CHR WAOA, Melbourne, Florida.  McKay is taking over morning duties for Jimmy Roberts, who is on an extended personal leave.  Station manager Jason Carr says, “We are so excited to have Larry join the team. He has the knowledge and proven track record to take WHLG to the next level.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Programmer Rich McLaughlin is promoted from vice president of programming to SVP of programming for iHeartMedia…..Malkan Interactive Communications ups Gino Flores to operations manager for the company’s three Corpus Christi stations.  Flores has been serving as program director for CHR KZFM “Z95” and urban contemporary KKBA “92.7 kbay.”  With this promotion he oversees operations at sports talk KEYS “ESPN Corpus Christi.”…..Air personality Abel Sanchez joins CBS RADIO to handle weekends and swing shifts at CHR WBMP, New York “92.3 AMP.”…..The new morning show at CodComm Inc.’s adult contemporary WFRQ, Cape Cod “Frank FM” is “The New Frank FM Morning Show with Stephanie & Steve,” consisting of former crosstown WCOD-FM morning host Stephanie Viva and WFRQ station manager Steve McVie…..Radio personality Willie Moore Jr. is hosting a new, inspirational radio show beginning March 9.  Dubbed, “The Nightly Spirit with Willie Moore Jr.,” It will feature the “very best in inspirational music uplifting listeners through engaging content, a focus on a higher power, humor, interviews, and poignant interactions.”  It’s being syndicated by Radio One subsidiary Reach Media.

classic105Austin Radio Network Flips ‘The Fringe’ to ‘Classic 105.3.’  Longtime Austin broadcaster Bob Cole – one of the partners in the Austin Radio Network – tells Austin 360 that the format on translator K287FG flipped from older alternative rock to classic rock in order to serve an audience that is not getting what it wants on the radio right now.  The JB and Sandy Morning Show is also separating with Sandy McIlree exiting of his own accord and JB Hager sticking around to host the morning show.  Cole tells Austin 360 the AM show did well with women but they left after the show ended and the rest of the day was popular with men.

jackoftradeappsRadio Apps Built by Radio People.  In a story published today (3/5), RadioInfo special features correspondent Jeff McKay focuses on a company that is designing and servicing apps for radio stations that are affordable and custom-tailored to each client’s station.  Jack of Trade Apps is headed by principals Paul Varga and Andrew Davis.  Varga tells McKay, “Our app is developed for the traditional radio station cluster or stand-alone.  With every app there’s a content management system, and it is an extension of the unique brand you are building.  We’ve priced it for the independent owner or cluster or regional owner to make it affordable.  We know budgets are tight and the importance of return on investment is paramount.”  Read more about Jack of Trade Apps here.

joynertomTom Joyner to Be Heard Via  The nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show” is now being made available in podcast form to listeners via CBS RADIO and CBS Local Digital Media’s new podcast network  Fans can stream excerpts and highlights of each day’s broadcast, as well as download or subscribe to the podcast for listening at a later date.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

| March 3, 2015

cunninghamkeithKLOSCumulus Names Cunningham KLOS PD; Madden to KXXR, Minneapolis and Lassman Joins Tom Barnard Show.  In a series of moves, Cumulus Media announces the appointment ofmaddenderek Keith Cunningham program director for classic rock KLOS, Los Angeles and names him format captain as well.  At the same time, KLOS PD Derek Madden is moving to the company’s rock KXXR, Minneapolis “93X” to program that station and continue serving as corporate programmer, rock & alternative.  Current KXXR PD John Lassman moves to an on-air post with the “Tom Barnard Morning Show.”  Cunningham joins Cumulus from iHeartMedia where he was VP of programming for that company’s Seattle cluster.

Chad LopezLopez Relocates to Cumulus New York as Market Manager. Fourteen-year general sales manager of CBS Radio New York all-news siblings WCBS-AM and WINS Chad Lopez is appointed vice president and market manager of the cross-town cluster owned by Cumulus Media. “Chad is a highly talented and experienced sales leader behind several legendary brands in New York City radio,” comments Cumulus senior vice president Gary Pizzati. “Relationships he has built and the respect he has developed with the ad community over the last 15 years are unprecedented. This was clearly the next and natural step in his career. We are extremely excited to have Chad on our team and as a member of the Cumulus family.” According to Lopez, “Cumulus presented me with a tremendous opportunity to further my career and run an iconic group of stations in my hometown. I couldn’t be more excited and ready to take on this challenge.” A former U.S. Navy officer, Lopez previously was director of sales for CBS Radio New York, and for five years was Dom Camera and Associates’ senior media buyer. Among the stations comprising Cumulus Media New York are hot AC WPLJ (1.9, #18, 6+, January 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM), talk WABC (1.6, #19), and country WNSH (1.5, #20).

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Los Angeles alternative KYSR “ALT 98.7,” Andrew Harms is the new APD/music director and afternoon personality, replacing Trey Morgan at the iHeartMedia station.  Morgan recently exited for new opportunities…..A new market president for iHeartMedia’s Milwaukee and Madisonpoteetpaul clusters is named as Colleen Valkoun is officially promoted from her VP of sales post for the same markets.  She’s been interim market manager since Jeff Tyler recently left the markets to become market president of the company’s Minneapolis cluster…..At Woof Boom Radio’s WERK, Muncie, Indiana, Paul Poteet a.k.a. Indiana’s Weatherman, joins the classic hits station for afternoon drive.  He’ll also appear on the morning show hosted by Brownie…..Spanish-language media corporation Entravision announces it is promoting María Lopez-Knowles from chief marketing officer of its Pulpo Media business unit to the newly created position of CMO of Entravision.

cumulus logoCumulus Q4 Revenue Flat; Up 1.4% for Whole of 2014.  The release of fourth quarter and 2014 financial numbers and president and CEO Lew Dickey’s investor’s conference call took place yesterday.  While the fourth quarter started out pretty good for Cumulus Media, Dickey notes that – much like the rest of the industry – revenue began to tail off leading up to Thanksgiving and stayed that way through December.  Net revenue (pro forma) for the fourth quarter was up 0.3% and up 1.4% for the entire year of 2014.  Dickey also said during the call that the company has ceased its search for an EVP of radio after determining that it does not need to fill that position.  Jon Pinch held the title until he left to run the company’s Atlanta station group.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Rhythmic Hot AC.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the third of three analyses of the ratings performances of CHR-based stations, according to data from the January 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM survey.  This report covers the rhythmic hot AC format and, in addition to comparing the 6+ numbers of those stations, it also compares them with mainstream CHR and rhythmic CHR outlets.  You can view Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

Monday, March 2, 2015

| March 2, 2015


bakerdonnaDonna Baker Upped to RVP for Cumulus; Bowen Rises to Chicago Market Manager.  Sales and management pro Donna Baker is promoted at Cumulus Media from VP and market manager at its Chicago operations to Midwest regional vice president in which she’ll oversee the company’s stations in Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Des Moines.  She’ll be based in KC where she previously was VP/market manager for Cumulus’ Houston and Kansas City stations.  Cumulus president and CEO Lew Dickey says, “Donna is an extremely talented broadcaster and has made a tremendous contribution to our success overbowenpeter the past eight years.  We are excited for her to grow with Cumulus as she takes on increased responsibilities in her new role as Midwest regional vice president.”  At the same time, the company announces that 20-year Chicago radio pro Peter Bowen moves from his SVP/director of sales gig with CBS RADIO Los Angeles back to Chicago to serve as vice president and market manager of Cumulus’ Chicago stations.  Bowen worked for 16 years as senior vice president/GM WBBM-FM and WJMK-FM, Chicago and as vice president/director of sales for CBS RADIO’s Chicago stations.

luriejonLurie to Program ‘99.5 Magic FM’ in Albuquerque.  Effective March 16, Jon Lurie is the new program director for Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary KMGA, Albuquerque “99.5 Magic FM.”  The company notes that “this marks a return to the Southwest for Lurie, who previously programmed Cumulus’ Tucson stations for more than 10 years. Prior to that, he had stops at KMLE in Phoenix and WQIK in Jacksonville.”  Emily Boldon, vice president, Stratus Music Programming and corporate program director for Cumulus, says, “We are excited to welcome Jon to our Cumulus programming team in Albuquerque.  KMGA is a fantastic heritage station, and I have faith that, in Jon’s experienced and capable hands, Magic will continue to grow and succeed.”  Lurie will also work on air using the name Jon Allen.

sylvesterjohnSly to Host Mornings on WWHG, Janesville, Wisconsin.  Longtime Madison radio personality John “Sly” Sylvester is named morning drive host at Big Radio’s rock WWHG, Janesville “105.9 The Hog.”  Sylvester also hosts afternoon drive at the company’s talk station WBEL “The Big AM 1380,” a duty he will continue.  Scott Thompson’s Big Radio says that Sly will “be joined for daily sports updates by Paul Michaels and news updates by Hannah Shea.  Company market manager Ben Thompson says, “With the history behind Sly and his strong following over the years, we’re so excited to bring Sly back to mornings.  He’s been a staple in Wisconsin radio for more than 30 years and with his influence on Madison morning radio, it seems only natural to put him back where he belongs – in the mornings.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves. Operations manager Ryan Haney takes temporary programming oversight of Cumulus Media’s urban AC WUHT, Birmingham “Hot 107.7” after PD Sam Nelson resigns for personal reasons…..Paul Laseter joins iHeartMedia as program director of its Columbus, Georgia country stations WSTH “South 106.1” and WOBB “B100.” He comes to the station group after serving as promotions director and APD at Golden Isles Broadcasting in Brunswick, Georgia…..The re-launch of “El Show de Piolin,” featuring Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo includes some 40 new affiliate stations – including 14 Entravision-owned stations. The program is being syndicated by Alliance Radio Networks.

wshe logo NEWHubbard Re-Brands Chicago AC to WSHE 100.3.  Call letters change and a new brand are unveiled for Hubbard Radio’s WILV.  The adult contemporary station is now “Chicago’s 100.3 WSHE-FM.”  In announcing the new brand, Hubbard Radio Chicago vice president and market manager John Gallagher says, “WILV has enjoyed tremendous success over the past several years and has been a top market performer utilizing an on-air position of simply ‘Chicago’s 100.3.’  In order to expand on that success, we believe these new call letters and moniker (SHE) will make us more memorable in the minds of Chicago radio listeners and our advertisers.”  Program director Marty Bender adds, “This evolution allows us to refine our musical position to a new and less predictable place.  WSHE is redefining adult contemporary radio for 2015 and beyond.”

WGTZDayton Adult Hits Outlet Flies to Soft Rock. With a promise to play “more music and less talk,” Alpha Media Dayton evolves adult hits WGTZ from “Fly 92.9″ to “Soft Rock 92.9.” Alpha Media executive vice president of programming Scott Mahalick states, “We are thrilled to be able to fill this music void in Dayton and bring a live and local connection to the community at the same time with our stellar on-air line up.” Market manager John King remarks that “Soft Rock 92.9″ will be “the station everyone listens to at work. Our formula is simple: [Personalities] who actually live in and know about Dayton; a great music mix; and less talk getting in the way of everything.” Program director Brad Waldo comments, “We have wanted to rebrand our station for a while to reflect the direction our music has been moving in. ‘Soft Rock 92.9′ is about variety and fun – whether you are listening at work, at home, or in your car. We want toAlpha Media Dayton create the perfect music mix for our listeners.” Kelly Clarkson, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Madonna, Maroon 5, and John Mellencamp are among representative “Soft Rock 92.9″ artists. The station’s modified on-air lineup includes Dan Edwards (6:00 am – 10:00 am); Paul Ellis (10:00 am – 3:00 pm); and “Danielle” (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm). Among persons 12+ in the latest (Fall 2014) Nielsen Audio ratings report for Dayton, WGTZ notches a 3.1 (#9). Cox Media Group‘s WHKO “Today’s New Country K-99.1″ is the market leader with a 12.8.

WKIMCumulus Sends The Vibe to Memphis. Score yet another transition to classic hip-hop as Cumulus Media Memphis jettisons talk on WKIM in favor of “98.9 – The Vibe.” Cumulus senior vice president of programming Mike McVay comments “The Vibe” is “designed to capture the spirit and complexity of Memphis. This city has birthed many music types of which this format is one more. ‘The Vibe’ is classic hip hop.” In addition to hosting mid-days on co-owned rocker WXMX “The Max,” Danni Bruns is programming “The Vibe” and she remarks, “Memphis has always been at the forefront of music. Now we have a new ‘Vibe’ – this is our party station.” Late last year, Flinn Broadcasting flipped Memphis alternative outlet WIVG to “throwback hip-hop” as “Bumpin’ 96.” The logo for Memphis’ “Vibe” mirrors that of Indianapolis sibling WRWM, although the latter is using “The Beat” rather than “The Vibe” as its handle. Naughty By Nature‘s “Hip-Hop Hooray” kicked off Friday’s (2/27) noontime launch of Memphis’ “Vibe.” Among persons 6+ in the latest (January 2015) Nielsen Audio PPM ratings report for Memphis, WKIM registers a 1.4, ironically tying it at #19 with WIVG. The 1.4 for WKIM is the station’s best (6+) performance in more than two years – it hit 1.8 in November 2012.

ipsosiHeartMedia: Study Shows Consumers Want AM/FM Radio in Cars in Traditional Format.  From a press release by iHeartMedia comes news that, according to a research study conducted by Ipsos (a leading global independent market research company) AM/FM radio remains the overwhelmingly preferred audio entertainment option in the car.  Further, “while consumers use new streaming services, virtually all consumers – 99% — are comfortable with the current AM/FM in-car radio operation.  And 91% of consumers say they prefer physical AM/FM radio buttons and controls built into the car dashboard, rather than AM/FM being an app that appears in the car’s electronic interface (with only 9% saying they would want it changed into a dashboard app).”  Other news from the study includes the finding that “while AM/FM radio remains paramount in the car, consumers use their in-car CD player three-and-a-half times as much as they use any digital music service.”  Additionally, the report indicates that “AM/FM radio still dominates in-car listening as the top platform used, with 84% of consumers using it in the car, followed by CD players at 64% — but radio still maintains a huge leadership position over the next closest service choice, SiriusXM – which had 22%.  Pandora was 18%; iHeartRadio was 8%; HD radio 7%; and Spotify was 7%.”  The study, conducted by Ipsos for iHeartMedia in January 2015, surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1036 adults 18-plus.

bermanDelmarvaDr. Laura Berman Attends Delaware Women’s Festival.  Nationally syndicated personality Dr. Laura Berman poses for a pic with some of the staff from Delmarva Broadcasting at the 5th Annual Women’s Expo in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Berman’s show, “Uncovered,” airs weekday nights on hot AC WAFL, Milford, Delaware “Eagle 97.7.”  Pictured here (from l-r) are: Compass Media NetworksNancy Abramson, Delmarva OM Steve Monz, Berman, “Cool 101.3” personality Paula Sangeleer, “Eagle 97.7” morning team Amy Reed and Mark “Petch” Petchey, and Delmarva regional GM Mike Kazala.