General Music Radio Industry News
Round One of November PPMs Released. The first of four rounds of Nielsen Audio PPM data from the November 2014 ratings survey are released for markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). The November survey period covered October 9 – November 5. Complete numbers can be found here, but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this group below.
1) New York – Not only is WCBS-FM occupying the top spot (6+) for the fifth straight month, the classic hits-oldies outlet does so with an exclamation point in the form of a full-share month-to-month gain (6.1 – 7.1). Thus, WCBS-FM ends eight consecutive monthlies in the six-share range (6.1 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.1). More importantly, it is the station’s best 6+ stat since it reached 7.1 just over two years ago (October 2012). For the third straight time, WWPR “Power 105.1″ registers an increase, and this one is by one-half share (3.2 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9), as the iHeartMedia urban contemporary inches up from a tenth-place tie to ninth. This represents the eleventh successive sweep that the 6+-share for “Power 105.1″ has been between 3.0 – 3.9. Coupled with a two-tenths improvement by iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” (5.4 – 5.6) and a one-half share decline by Emmis urban AC WBLS (5.4 – 4.9), “Lite-FM” takes sole possession of second place, while WBLS slips to fifth. The two stations were tied for second in October. The +.2 for “Lite-FM” curtails four successive down trends (7.1 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 5.4), which had resulted in a cumulative -1.7 (6+) since June. Although steady at #10, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU picks up four-tenths (3.4 – 3.8, 6+) to end its streak of down or flat monthlies at six (4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+). Conversely, Cumulus Media talker WABC – which had been up or flat four straight months (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 2.0) – drops two-tenths to 1.8, as it slips from #18 to #20. October’s 2.0 was its best (6+) share since April’s 2.2. Following a gaudy +1.0 in October, CBS Radio‘s sports-formatted WFAN-FM “The Fan” regresses by three-tenths (4.5 – 4.2) to slide from sixth to seventh.
2) Los Angeles – In and of itself, a +1.1 (6+) in the second-largest market is quite noteworthy. What makes the (4.1 – 5.2) improvement by KOST (fifth-place tie in October to second) jump out even further is that the heritage iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet did it in the November sweep, which concluded November 5. Some would automatically assume that “Coast 103.5″ benefited by going all-Christmas music, and while it did employ that programming strategy on (Thursday) November 13, that was more than one week after the November monthly concluded. It is a safe assumption that December and “Holiday” numbers for “Coast” will only go higher. Absorbing some of the fallout is co-owned hot AC KBIG “My-FM” (5.3 – 4.7, -.6), which tumbles from a first-place tie to third. The CHR sibling of “Coast” and “My-FM” – KIIS “Kiss-FM” – is steady at 5.3 and now has the #1 ranking all to itself, although it leads KOST by just one-tenth. Whether alone or with hot AC cluster-mate “My-FM,” KIIS is #1 for the third successive sweep. Meanwhile, format rival – CBS Radio‘s KAMP “Amp Radio” (tied for fifth in October to sixth) – returns the one-tenth it gained in October (4.0 – 4.1 – 4.0). Steady in eighth-place, iHeartMedia talker KFI is up or flat for the sixth straight month (2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 3.6) and registers its strongest (6+) share since June 2013’s 3.7. Albeit that the net gain has been just one-half share, Cumulus-owned KLOS nonetheless has not had a downtrend from April forward (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5). Despite the one-tenth October-November gain, KLOS actually slips from a tie at #16 in October to #18.
3) Chicago – iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103″ regains the two-tenths it lost in October (5.9 – 5.7 – 5.9) and heads the market’s (6+) leader board for the ninth successive ratings period. Once the baseball season ends, many MLB flagships experience declines, but WGN (Cubs) notches an impressive +.8 (3.2 – 4.0), rocketing the Tribune talker from a twelfth-place tie in October to seventh. WGN matches its 4.0 stat (6+) in June. Improving by one-half share is Hubbard hot AC WTMX “The Mix” (4.7 – 5.2), which inches up from fourth to third. This is the strongest (6+) showing for “The Mix” since October 2013, when it also recorded a 5.2. After back-to-back 4.0 performances in September and October (6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WLS-FM falters by six-tenths to 3.4 as it sinks from a seventh-place tie in October to tenth.
4) San Francisco – The San Francisco Giants have made it three world championships in the last five years, and the NL West team’s flagship – Cumulus Media‘s KNBR – is capitalizing by boasting the most potent (6+) October-November gain of any station in the 12 Nielsen Audio PPM markets whose data was released yesterday (6.6 – 8.9, +2.3). In addition to being #1 for the third straight month, KNBR logs its highest 6+ share in the San Francisco report (8.9) since PPM became the market’s ratings currency. Its previous high was 8.1 two years ago (November 2012). Repeating what happened in October, spoken-word stations finish one (KNBR)-two (news KCBS-AM, 5.7, +.4)-three (public KQED, 5.2, +.2). Rhythmic-flavored formats though appear to be most affected by KNBR’s monstrous gain, as iHeartMedia cluster-mates KMEL “San Francisco’s Home for Hip-Hop and R&B” (3.9, fifth), and urban-rhythmic oldies KISQ “The Bay’s Old School – Kiss-FM” (2.9, eleventh) each drop by one-half share. With October-November (6+) erosion of six-tenths each are iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KYLD “WiLD 94.9″ (3.1, ninth) and CBS Radio‘s KMVQ “99.7 Now – All the Hits” (3.9, fifth). Ever since breaking away from the KUFX-KUZX simulcast on August 1, Entercom rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102.1 – The Beat of the Bay” is trending .6 – .9 – 1.3 – 1.5 and ranks #23. In the meantime, classic rock KUFX “K-Fox” picks up one-tenth to 1.4 (#25).
5) Dallas – With six successive (6+) downtrends that yielded a combined -1.5 (7.6 – 7.5 – 7.2 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.2 – 6.1), KHKS “Kiss-FM” endured a rough stretch between February and August. With three straight positive months though (6.1 – 6.6 – 7.0 – 7.5), the iHeartMedia CHR is virtually propped back to where it was in February and “Kiss” remains #1 for the eleventh straight month. The fourth consecutive up trend for CBS Radio all-sports outlet KRLD-FM “The Fan” is a +.4 (1.2 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 2.5 – 2.9), lifting the Cowboys’ flagship from #17 to #13. Moreover, 2.9 represents the station’s most potent (6+) share in four years – it hit 3.1 in November 2010. Slipping by two-tenths each (6+) are Cumulus Media‘s KPLX “The Wolf” (5.1 – 4.9, #2 to #3) and co-owned similarly programmed KSCS “New Country” (4.5 – 4.3, steady at #4). Up or flat for the fourth straight survey period (3.5 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.0), Salem contemporary Christian KLTY “Safe for the Whole Family” bumps up from third to second. The curiously repetitive 3.1 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.9 July – October, 6+ pattern for iHeartMedia’s KEGL concludes as “97.1 The Eagle Rocks” adds one-half share, enabling the station to crack the top ten (#12 to #10).
6) Houston – Perhaps Radio One‘s KROI did not possess the most impressive (6+) numbers; nonetheless, it entered the November sweep with five straight flat or up trends (.8 – .8 – .8 – .9 – .9 – 1.0). Its mid-October transition from news to urban-rhythmic oldies as “Boom 96 – Classic Hip-Hop” though pays quick dividends with a whopping +2.2 to 3.2 (#14). iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1″ (6.2 – 7.1, +.9, second in October) overtakes Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1″ (6.9 – 6.4, -.5) at the top spot. “Sunny” was #1 in July and August, and tied KMJQ for first in September. “Majic” – which had seven successive up or flat monthlies (5.7 – 5.8 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.7 – 6.9) – dips to second. KTRH exploded with a +1.3 to 4.4 in September and added six-tenths in October to progress from ninth to seventh. The iHeartMedia talker is +.3 to 5.3 in November to rank fifth, quite a distance from sixteenth in August. Down or flat for the sixth straight monthly is Cox Media Group‘s KKBQ “Country 93-Q” (8.4 – 7.3 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.0), which has eroded by a combined -3.4 shares (6+) since that period. It slides from third to seventh. Radio One rhythmic CHR KBXX “The Box” regresses by seven-tenths (5.9 – 5.2) to drop from third to sixth.
7) Philadelphia – Owing to a +.6 to 4.2, iHeartMedia‘s WRFF “Philadelphia’s Alternative – Radio 104.5″ (#12 to #11) halts a three-month downward skid which had accounted for a combined -1.1 (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 3.6). Although off by three tenths (7.1 – 6.8), Jerry Lee-owned WBEB “More FM” is #1 for the 19th time in the last 21 surveys (6+). After erupting with a +1.6 in October (3.7 – 5.3) to zoom from eleventh to fifth, CBS Radio sports outlet WIP-FM regresses by one-half share to 4.8 and falls to eighth. It is a somewhat similar fate for Greater Media‘s WPEN-FM “The Fanatic,” which recorded a +.6 in October but returns most of it (2.9 – 2.4, -.5) to slide from #15 to #17. “The Fanatic” had been up or flat the past four sweeps (1.9 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.9). Following five consecutive up or flat (6+) performances (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.7), public WHYY dropped one-tenth in October and now falters by six-tenths to 3.0 (#12 to #14).
8) Atlanta – In addition to marking the third straight progressive trend for WSB-AM for a cumulative +1.5 (6.4 – 7.2 – 7.6 - 7.9), this is the third consecutive month at #1 for the Cox Media Group talker. Just one-tenth behind is CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103,” which dials up a +.7 to 7.8. In a similar vein, it is the third successive month at #2 for “V-103″ and third straight month it has recorded an increase (6.3 – 7.0 – 7.1 – 7.8) which – again mirroring WSB-AM – yields a combined +1.5. Enduring the most significant decline of any station in the 12 Nielsen Audio PPM markets whose data was released yesterday is Cox Media Group adult contemporary WSB-FM “B-98.5″ (6.6 – 5.6, -1.0), which slips from third to fourth.
9) Riverside – Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose 97.5″ follows up October’s +.7 by tacking on another full-share (9.4 – 10.4). “Jose” is #1 for the fourth straight month (6+) and has a commanding 4.7-share lead over Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies outlet KOLA (5.6 – 5.7, +.1), which is in its familiar #2 spot. In October, Liberman regional Mexican KRQB “Que Buena” dropped one-half share to 3.4 as it dipped from fifth to seventh, but it regains all of it in November (3.9) and returns to fifth-place. After being locked at 3.0 in September and October (6+), contemporary Christian KSGN “Family Friendly” falters by nine-tenths to 2.1, slipping from eighth to ninth.
10) San Jose – While it doesn’t quite match the massive (6+) gain it made in the San Francisco report, Cumulus Media‘s KNBR rings up a robust +1.5 (5.6 – 7.1) to leapfrog from third to first. The SF Giants flagship displaces public KQED (6.5 – 6.2, -.3), which slides to third; KQED was on top the past five months. KNBR is not the only station making noise as Digity Media adult contemporary KBAY registers a strong +1.2 to 6.6, progressing from fifth to second. It is the highest (6+) stat for KBAY since the “Holiday” 2013 report (8.5). Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KXZM rebounds from a one-half share decline in October with a +.7 to 2.6, finding itself in a three-way tie at #14. Cumulus Media talker KSFO ends consecutive months at 1.5 with a +.6 to 2.1 and enters the top 20 (#19). Meanwhile, Univision rhythmic CHR KVVF “Hot 105.7″ is off by six-tenths (2.8 – 2.2) as it slips from #16 to #17. Regressing by one-half share each are all-news KCBS-AM (5.7 – 5.2, second to fifth) and CBS Radio sibling KMVQ “99.7 Now – All the Hits” (4.3 – 3.8, steady at seventh).
RadioInfo Career Moves. Out as program director at iHeartMedia’s hot AC KMXP “Mix 96.9,” AC KESZ, and rhythmic AC KYOT in Phoenix is Ron Price. He’d been with the company for almost 18 years, since its Jacor Communications days…..Jane London retires from her radio gig at Wilks Broadcasting-owned hot AC KIMN, Denver “Mix 100” after 15 years co-hosting the Dom & Jane morning show. The program will continue with host Dom Testa and co-hosts Emily MaKinzie and Jeremy Padgett…..At Forever Broadcasting’s country WFGE, State College, Pennsylvania “Froggy 101,” afternoon jock Jeff Hunt moves to middays and assumes APD duties. At the same time, program director Chris Prospero, a.k.a. Boss Frog, takes over afternoon drive and Jerry Valeri slides over to mornings from the company’s sister AC WMAJ “Magic 99.”…..Chrystal Heidemann joins jingle and production service ReelWorld as a regional affiliate sales executive. She’s worked for Westwood One, Premiere Networks, and Radio Disney in the past.
One Putt to Pay $6.6 Million for Fresno Stations. The deal between JSA Broadcast and Fat Dawgs LLC subsidiary One Putt to acquire three Fresno signals from Wilks Broadcasting was announced earlier this month, the FCC filing indicates the price will be $6.6 million. The stations One Putt is getting are classic rocker KJFX “95.7 The Fox,” alternative KFRR “New Rock 104.1” and sports talker KJZN “105.5 The Game.”
One Direction, Katy Perry Highlight AMA Winners. They each scored three trophies in the fan vote-decided American Music Awards held last night in Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater. One Direction was recognized as Artist of the Year, for Favorite Album – Pop/Rock (“Midnight Memories”), and Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Pop/Rock. Katy Perry was honored as Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock, Single of the Year (“Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J), and Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary. Iggy Azalea – who led the field with six nominations – won for Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop, and Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop. Among the other winners were Brantley Gilbert “Just As I Am” (Favorite Album – Country), Luke Bryan (Favorite Male Artist – Country), Carrie Underwood (Favorite Female Artist – Country), and Florida Georgia Line (Favorite Band, Duo, or Group – Country). Others winning AMAs last night were Imagine Dragons (Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock), Enrique Iglesias (Favorite Artist – Latin), Casting Crowns (Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational), and Calvin Harris (Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music). Sam Smith (Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock), John Legend (Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B), and Beyoncé (Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B) were also honored, as were 5 Seconds of Summer (New Artist of the Year) and “Frozen” for Top Soundtrack. In addition to Azalea’s six nominations, Legend, Perry and Pharrell Williams scored five each, while Lorde earned four. Checking in with three each were Beyoncé, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, and One Direction. Bastille, Luke Bryan, Drake, and Sam Smith each received two nominations. The first-ever “Dick Clark Award for Excellence” was presented to Taylor Swift, who opened the awards with her new single, “Blank Space.” Pictured here signing a guitar backstage at Westwood One’s Red Carpet Radio Backstage at the AMA’s Radio Row event is Fergie. WW1’s newly branded Red Carpet Radio presented programming on Saturday and Sunday from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo: David Edwards.)
RadioInfo Career Moves. Radio programming pro Mike Oakes joins City of Dallas-owned WRR, Dallas “Classical 101.1 FM” as program director. Oakes also currently serves as a research partner at Albright & O’Malley & Brenner. He has held numerous prior programming positions in St. Louis, Nashville, Green Bay, and most recently, three stations in Palm Springs, California including news/talk trimulcast KNWZ/KNWQ/KNWH.
Online Video Marketing: The Kinder Eggs Shocker. Media consultant Walter Sabo writes in a piece published in RadioInfo today that the “predictive indicators for online video success are completely different than predictors for all other media.” Obviously, this is important information for anyone – be it a client buying on a video platform or a radio station using online video to promote itself – wishing to understand what makes a successful internet marketing video. You don’t need to know what Kinder Eggs are, but if you read Sabo’s column and check out the linked video, you’ll understand that how people find video content online and what makes them want to view a video are unique to the internet and require use of that knowledge for a successful marketing campaign. Read Walter Sabo’s column here.
Cool Job Opportunity. Calling a “rare opportunity in a family-owned company,” Greater Media announces it is seeking their next program director for hot AC WLNK, Charlotte “107.9 The Link.” You must be experienced in coaching top talent and incorporate the best practices of PPM and digital media. We are looking for an accomplished, high-achieving, special individual to program ‘107.9 The Link’ to even greater levels of performance. What we need from you: We will need you to verifiably demonstrate your track record, achievements, possess exceptional leadership and managerial skills; we want ensure that you are the perfect strategic and cultural fit for us, and it’s equally important for Greater Media Charlotte to be a great fit for you; excellent leadership skills; 5 years major market PD experience; proven track record; experienced talent coach; and strong fundamentals in strategic marketing and programming. If you believe that being part of a performance-driven media company and love working with amazing people and great leadership, please email your cover letter, resume, and quick summary of your approach to coaching on-air talent to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Human Resources at WBT-WLNK, 1 Julian Price Place, Charlotte, NC 28208.
CMG Names J.R. Jaus PM Driver at ‘K92.3’ in Orlando. At Cox Media Group-owned country outlet WWKA, Orlando “K92.3,” J.R. Jaus is the new afternoon drive personality, effective December 4. To make room for Jaus, current afternooner and director of branding Drew Bland moves to middays and Jason Gellhause shifts to evenings. Bland comments, “J.R.’s passion for creating compelling radio is exciting and refreshing, he will be a great addition to our already innovative team. We look forward to JR’s future contributions to the K92.3 brand.” Prior to this new role, Jaus has been working radio, TV, and film for the last 10 years in San Diego and Los Angeles, including stops at iHeartMedia’s San Diego cluster and roles in Nickelodeon‘s “Victorious” and ABC Family‘s “Greek.” Most recently Jaus hosted nights at CBS RADIO’s “Energy 103.7” in San Diego.
Brian Egan Named ‘NASH Nights Live’ Executive Producer. WKWS, Charleston, West Virginia “96.1 The Wolf” PD and morning host Brian Egan leaves that gig to join Cumulus Media as executive producer for the syndicated “NASH Nights Live” program. Speaking about his new gig, Egan says, “My family and I couldn’t be more excited to return to Tennessee. Joining the ‘NASH Nights Live’ team and getting the chance to work with Shawn Parr, Elaina Smith, Ryan Kershner and everyone involved with the NASH brand is an amazing opportunity. I’m grateful to John Dickey and Mike McVay for making this happen.”
Cumulus Names Reno to Lead KGO and KSFO, San Francisco Sales. At the Bay Area cluster, Cumulus Media appoints sales pro Jaysson Reno to vice president, sales for heritage market news/talkers KGO and KSFO. Reno has worked in the San Francisco market for 10 years in the radio, digital and event space, and has led sales for the company’s rock KSAN and triple A KFOG since 2012. Cumulus San Francisco VP/market manager Justin Wittmayer says, “Jaysson brings strong leadership, a keen business sense and the market equity needed to drive advertiser performance and grow revenues. KGO and KSFO are legacy brands in which we will continue to invest to benefit our community, to enhance the user experience and to deliver superior advertiser results.”
Westwood One to Retire ‘Rockline.’ After a run that spanned almost 34 years, syndicator Westwood One is ending the active and classic rock program “Rockline.” Host Bob Coburn says the show, as successful as it’s been, simply has run its course. “The world has changed to one of near constant exposure for artists in 2014. ‘Rockline’ was an innovative, unique idea back in 1981. But with the internet, Twitter accounts, hundreds of television channels and a more sophisticated press, artists are now literally at the fingertips of their fans. ‘Rockline’ is no longer the invaluable tool to connect fans with their rock ‘n’ roll heroes, it has become but one of many. We have had the honor to present the history of rock as told by the artists who created it for the past three decades plus, but now is the time to pass the mantle. We will proudly present the very best of ‘Rockline’ until the end of the year when our mics will fall silent forever. Thanks for listening and long live rock ‘n’ roll!” The final shows will air on Wednesday, December 17 (Rockline Classic) and Monday, December 22 (Rockline Active). Regarding this development, RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison says, “The end of ‘Rockline’ is sad, indeed, because it was not only a tremendously good show of historic proportions, Bob Coburn’s analysis of its demise symbolizes the continued erosion of radio’s iconic role as the epicenter of the music culture…a trend and syndrome that we must all work to resist and reverse. That being said, we salute Bob for his decades of invaluable service to the industry. He is one of the best rock radio personalities to ever grace the airwaves.”
RAB: Radio’s Q3 Revenue Dips 2%; Off-Air and Digital Jump. The 2014 third quarter radio revenue report from the Radio Advertising Bureau concludes radio’s total revenue dipped 2% — a bit better than Q2’s 3% drop (all comparisons are versus the same period in 2013). Breaking it down, spot revenue and network revenue fell back 3% and 4% respectively in Q3 this year compared to last, but digital and off-air revenue were up by 11% and 14% respectively. RAB president and CEO Erica Farber comments, “The increasing strength of radio’s digital platforms becomes more evident every quarter as advertisers recognize the unparalleled benefits of reaching radio’s dedicated audiences on every device and platform they are using. In addition, the growth in off-air opportunities for advertisers is a clear indication that radio is focused on continuing to deliver more innovative solutions to help them reach their consumers.” See the RAB’s report here.
KDAY, Los Angeles Gets Digital. Legendary Southern California hip hop and R&B outlet KDAY, Los Angeles announces a new suite of services for its digital media platform. The station, recently purchased by Meruelo Media, says it is extending “the legendary brand’s reach worldwide in real-time via livestreaming, mobile, social and more.” The new digital platform “includes products and services that amplify traditional ‘listener tools,’ with real-time engagement via a social strategy anchored in rich media with interactive banner displays, page takeovers, audio/video pre-roll, exclusive special content sections and pop-culture prize polls.” Meruelo Media president Otto Padron adds, “This digital grand strategy unites our legendary music together with ‘KDAY Nation’ listeners anytime, anyplace and anywhere across the world. Listeners pick the time, place and the duration of their tune-in or brand interaction, giving them all the options to do so – on their own terms; whether its via our livestreaming app, mobile, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, we’re there for them around the clock on broadcast radio, digital, mobile, and social platforms.”
Envision Networks’ ‘100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time’ Adds More Affiliates. A dozen new affiliate stations are adding the Envision Networks-syndicated holiday program “The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time,” an award-winning, 10-hour radio special hosted by beloved TV game show host Wink Martindale. This show is available on a cash basis and counts down “everyone’s favorite Yuletide hits from 100 to number one.” The show is a brand new special based on data compiled by Billboard Magazine and listings of the Christmas tracks most played on radio over the past decade. This compilation includes hit singles as well as classic tracks from the most-loved and best-selling Christmas albums of all time.
USRN Expands Phantom Producer Country Services. The radio imaging service distributed by United Stations Radio Networks introduces a second version geared toward country music formats. Phantom Producer is expanding to serve the mainstream country format. At the same time, the existing service for country stations will be re-branded as the hot country service. USRN says the Phantom Producer service gives users the ability to audition and download major market station imaging with their station name, frequency and positioning statement embedded in the audio via a password-protected website. Recently, “music hooks” were added to the service which expanded the creative options for affiliates tremendously and has proven to be another time-saver for PDs.
MIW Announces 2015 Mentoring Program. The details of the 2015 Mildred Carter Mentoring Program from the Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group are available. The 14-year-old program matches up-and-coming women in the radio industry with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of radio. 2015 Mentoring Committee chair Lindsay Cerajewski (who also serves as sales manager at CBS RADIO’s WUSN, Chicago) says, “This is a wonderful opportunity for mentees to gain valuable insight, knowledge and access to some of the most influential women in radio. We look forward to another outstanding program in 2015.” A total of four candidates from the radio broadcasting industry – within the sales, marketing, programming and digital disciplines – will be selected for the 2015 program. Of those, at least one spot will be designated for a programming candidate, and one spot designated for a digital candidate. For mentee criteria and instructions on how to apply, please visit http://tinyurl.com/miwmentee. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 12, 2014.
Bell Media to Lay Off 80 Employees. Canadian broadcast giant Bell Media is announcing personnel cuts across its radio division that will affect some 80 people. As reported by the Windsor Star, the Windsor market (which operates four stations that also serve Detroit listeners) will lose seven staffers, but those people haven’t been identified yet. The stations in Windsor include: triple A CKLW-FM “The River 93.9,” alternative CIMX “89X,” oldies CKWW and news/talk CKLW-AM. The paper notes that Bell Media cut about 120 positions in the radio division back in June.
Bobby Bones Raises More Cash for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On Tuesday (11/18), Premiere Networks syndicated morning personality Bobby Bones and his band The Raging Idiots played a special charity concert to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Two-time Academy of Country Music “Top Male Vocalist” Jason Aldean crashed the show held at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, helping raise more than $60,000 for the hospital. In addition, country music singer/songwriter/guitarist Lindsay Ell performed with The Raging Idiots, and St. Jude patient Caleb served as guest announcer for the evening. Pictured here are Aldean (white cap) and Bones (standing) on stage.
Hubbard Expands ‘2060 Digital’; Names James Bryant President. Cincinnati VP and market manager James Bryant is heading up Hubbard Radio’s new in-house, digital company called 2060 Digital, LLC. The new digital media services company will expand from Hubbard Interactive in Cincinnati and begin serving Hubbard Radio clusters in the Chicago, Washington, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Seattle, Phoenix and Cincinnati markets. 2060 Digital will “provide digital solutions for clients, including website and mobile site build out, SEO, SEM, retargeting, social media management, content and video.” Two years ago, Bryant was instrumental in launching 2060 Digital in Cincinnati. Hubbard chair and CEO Ginny Morris comments, “We have long looked to Jim for leadership in this space and we feel fortunate that his full attention will be focused on helping us find comprehensive solutions for our advertising partners. We look forward to bringing Jim’s entrepreneurial approach to 2060 Digital to the rest of our company.” At the same time, with the promotion of Bryant, Hubbard announces Mike Fredrick also moves up from his VP/general manager/DOS for the Cincinnati operations to VP and market manager.
Cumulus Names Jeff Davis to New Corporate Post. Twenty-six year radio pro Jeff Davis is named to Cumulus Media’s newly created post national director of stratus music scheduling. The company says that Davis has been with it for more than eight years as program director of heritage hot AC/CHR hybrid WQSM, Fayetteville, North Carolina. He’s also been music director for hot AC KBBY, Ventura, California and has extensive knowledge of the company’s proprietary Stratus Music Scheduling System which is used at more than 450 radio stations. Davis will continue to program WQSM for Cumulus.
WTZA, Atlanta New Classic Hip Hop and R&B Outlet. The WTZA-AM and W257DF simulcast positions itself as “Atlanta’s New Home for Old School Hip Hop and R&B” featuring artists including: Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., TLC and more from the early 2000s going back to the late 1980s. The Core Communications simulcast’s translator is licensed to Dallas, Georgia and its primary signal covers the region northwest of downtown Atlanta.
Townsquare Flips Quincy-Hannibal, Missouri AM to Classic Country. The former adult contemporary WLIQ is now airing the classic country format and is branded “KICK AM 1530” – a nod to its FM country sister station KICK-FM. General manager Dave Greene says, “The number one request we get on KICK-FM is to air more country hits from the past. Flipping 1530 to classic country gives us the opportunity to do just that and we can now serve the entire country music audience between today’s best hits on KICK-FM and 979kickfm.com and the best country hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s on KICK-AM and on kickam1530.com.” To promote the changeover, KICK-FM will be airing one classic country song per hour during the day to give listeners a feel for what they can hear on KICK AM.
Meet Patty Morris-Capers, VP Promotion for Adult Formats at Capitol Records. In a continuing series of personality profiles of key individuals making a difference in the ever-changing arena of music promotion, where the music and radio industries intersect, RadioInfo shines the spotlight on Patty Morris-Capers. Morris-Capers is vice president of promotion for adult formats at Capitol Records. Capitol is hot in this arena and has launched the careers of such successful contemporary artists as Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Mary Lambert, Mary J Blige and so many more, in addition to maintaining the currency of such established acts as Counting Crows and Beck, not to mention all-time legends Elton John, Bob Seger and Neil Diamond. For the past 18 months or so in her current position, music industry pro Morris-Capers has established a keen understanding of and close working relationship with “adult formats” which at Capitol entails hot AC and mainstream adult contemporary. Recently she has been handling specialty promotion for classic hits stations as well. “It is a very interesting time for hot AC and adult contemporary,” she declares. “Several years ago, there was ‘a minute’ when hot AC had become extremely ‘thump-and-bump.’ In many cases, the definition of a station playing a ‘variety of hits’ did not quite apply. The pendulum had swung to the point where hot AC had become so rhythmic that the concept of having any sort of alternative-leaning song on those stations was very difficult. It has been very exciting the past several years to see a shift.” Not only does it draw from all other formats, hot AC, Morris-Capers asserts, “can break records. That is evidenced by the fact that hot AC broke Emeli Sandé. Some records come into this building that are so left-of-center. We will raise our hand on them and say they could fly with the right tools around them.” To read managing editor Mike Kinosian’s RadioInfo’s profile of Patty Morris-Capers and get a peek inside the thought processes that make Capitol an ongoing force in the music industry, please click here.
Cumulus and Westwood One Partner to Bring ‘Backstage from the AMAs’ Content. As the result of a partnership between Cumulus’ Westwood One and dick clark productions, the former will provide exclusive audio coverage from the Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs Radio Row on Friday and Saturday (11/22-23), leading up to the 2014 American Music Awards which take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. During the event, Westwood One will debut its Red Carpet Radio brand – the umbrella platform for the company’s exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of year-round entertainment award shows. Backstage at the AMAs Radio Row is two days of live broadcasts with 25 radio stations from across the country representing multiple formats, with an array of hosts, presenters, and performers mingling backstage.
CBS RADIO Detroit One of Motor City’s “Best Places to Work.” The annual feature from Crain’s Detroit Business names CBS RADIO Detroit one of the best places to work in the city. Some of the reasons for the local station group being such a great employer include: Annual company party, tickets to local events, rewards site to allow employees to send thank you and birthday cards and award nominations, and child care assistance. Pictured here being interviewed for the video that is featured on the Crain’s site are Bobby (right) and Stacey (center) from the Bobby and Stacey show on oldies WOMC talking about why the Detroit cluster is such a rewarding workplace. To check out the cool video, click here.
Golden Mike Award Ceremony Moved to March 16. The annual Golden Mike Award fundraiser presented by the Broadcasters Foundation of America will take place at the Plaza Hotel in New York on March 16. Next spring, NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith is being honored with the award. Earlier this week the announcement was made but the date has moved from February 23 to March 16.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters including this week, Bayley Brown, WKLC, Charleston, WV; David Safar, KCMP, Minneapolis; and 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 (11/1) includes such names as: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Lack of Afro, Kendrick Lamar, Nick Jonas, David Bowie, Gwyneth Moreland, Smashing Pumpkins, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Madison Rising, Buffalo Killers, Cort Carpenter, Mitchell Tenpenny, Austin Webb, Pat Waters, Joe Denim, Deadmau5, Kaskade, Shiba San, Calvin Harris, Haim, and Ummet Ozcan among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here
Weisman: Flo & Eddie Case May Have Far-Reaching Effects. RadioInfo legal editor Steven J.J. Weisman writes today (11/19) about the recent court decisions relative to the suits being brought against SiriusXM by Flo & Eddie, Inc., the corporation created by Mark Volman (left) and Howard Kaylan (right) that owns Turtles recordings, that charge the satcaster is violating state laws for not paying royalties on the Turtles’ pre-1972 recordings. Weisman offers a concise recent history of the matter and explains why these most recent rulings could impact all audio broadcasters – including AM/FM operators – in a big way. He writes that the most recent ruling “could be interpreted to apply to thousands of terrestrial radio stations, restaurants, stores, and stadiums where pre-1972 recordings are being played without paying royalties to performers. A national resolution to this issue is sorely needed. A bill was introduced in Congress earlier this year that would establish public performance royalty rights for recordings made prior to 1972, however, that particular bill is somewhat flawed in that it does not extend full copyright protection to those recordings.” Read Weisman’s entire piece here.
Clear Channel Satellite Services to Serve iHeartMedia Only. In a story by Leslie Stimson at Radio World, iHeartMedia, the parent company of Clear Channel Satellite Services, is informing clients that it will no longer provide satellite services to non-iHeartMedia operators. Contracts currently existing will be honored until they expire and the company will not accept new ones. A memo from CCSS reads, in part: “In the coming weeks, our team will be working with the existing customers to discuss the best way for a smooth transition to a new provider. Customers with soon-expiring contracts will have the option to continue their service on a month-to-month basis until we’ve found a suitable assignee for the business.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. At Blaster Records, Bob Reeves is promoted to vice president, promotion. Label president Derek Simon makes the announcement, noting that Reeves takes over for Gator Michaels who exits the label…..Key Market Radio-owned suburban country outlet WOGI “Froggy 104.3” welcomes Erika Hink, a.k.a. Alligator, to the station to serve as morning drive co-host alongside Michael Ovadia, a.k.a. Frogman. Hink most recently was afternoon personality at Forever Broadcasting’s country WFGI, New Castle, Pennsylvania…..Former Alpha Media-owned triple A KINK, Portland morning personality Marconi is now hosting afternoons at webcaster Radiobuzz101.com.
October Revenue Gains Reported in Los Angeles, San Diego. According to Miller Kaplan Arase‘s October summary report, Los Angeles posted increases of 3% for local spot and nearly double that (5.7%) for national spot. Meanwhile, San Diego was +1.3% local spot and a substantially higher +18% for national spot. Southern California Broadcasters Association president Thom Callahan comments, “Our entire region produced a very robust October as the critical fourth quarter began. The sluggish third quarter performance we had is a distant memory, as advertisers once again looked to Southern California radio for increased market share and real revenue results. Our combined market growth in October should set the stage for a dramatic and positive finish for [fourth quarter] and 2014. Our members’ efforts to provide proactive solutions to client challenges really came together in October. We see enormous positive energy in our markets and our continued regional focus on radio’s ROI is making a difference for all of our member sales teams.” Revenue in the “NTR/Network/Other” category improved last month by a whopping (approximately) 63% in Los Angeles and 26.3% in San Diego. October’s total market revenue for Los Angeles was 7.1%, while San Diego’s was 8.8%. Year-to-date total market revenue though is -2.2% (Los Angeles) and 2.9% (San Diego).