General Music Radio Industry News

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

| July 9, 2014

duanedoobie graphicDon’t Be a Programming Zombie – Embrace Musical Mutants!  RadioInfo’s in-house media theoretician Duane Doobie sings the praises of impure stationality when it comes to programming by musical genre.  In a new column posted today (7/9), the most-talked-about commentator in the music radio trades says, “Programming a station strategically defined by its musical stationality is more like rock climbing than rope climbing.  The path to the top is never a straight line.”  The Doob advises, “Sometimes you even have to risk your neck to avoid getting stranded on a ‘safe’ path to nowhere.”  He adds, “The history of music is marked by mutations becoming the impetus for the next wave of evolution and popularity.  Hybrids, mutations, and the scary (to some) concept of the musical ‘crossover’ are the catalysts that drive progress.”  To read Doobie’s entire thought-provoking piece, please click here.

bayonettesDuane 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, 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 (7/9) includes such names as: 5 Seconds of Summer, Robin Thicke, Summer Set, Saturdays, Daughtry, Red Wanting Blue, OK Go, Bayonets, Hyde and Beast, Old Crow Medicine Show, RaeLynn, Jayce Hein, Kari & Billy, Trae Edwards, Slaptop, David Guetta, Sam Martin, Oscar & the Wolf, and Asher Roth among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

lakampbrianClear Channel Makes Corporate Structural Changes; Moves iHeartRadio into Clear Channel Networks Group Division.  Along with this change – putting the iHeartRadio platform under the Clear Channel Networks Group banner headed by president Darren DavisBrian Lakamp remains with the company and is promoted to the new position — president of technology and digital ventures.  The company calls Lakamp’s promotion part of its “taking another important step in its continuing transformation to a consumer-driven, technology-fueled company.”  Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman says, “Our corporate focus on digital, increasingly leveraging technology to maximize our business, reflects the natural evolution of Clear Channel into a 21st century media company.  Creativity is also enabled by technology, and as advertisers’ interest in new and emerging technology options continues to grow, we intend to remain at the forefront of both innovation anddavisdarren creativity.  Brian is perfectly positioned to help us – and our consumers, advertisers and content partners – as we continue to build Clear Channel’s digital roadmap for the future.”  The new role puts Lakamp in charge of the overall technology platform and capabilities for all of Clear Channel – including its broadcast, digital radio, events and promotions and out-of-home businesses.  The company says he will also be responsible for developing the company’s overall place in the worlds of big data and programmatic buying. Putting iHeartRadio under Darren Davis’ purview means he’ll be responsible for the entire business of iHeartRadio as well as Premiere Networks, Total Traffic and Weather Network; and the 24/7 News Network.  Davis comments, “I look forward to working with the immensely talented iHeartRadio team to build on the tremendous success of iHeartRadio by utilizing the full promotional and creative power of Clear Channel for iHeartRadio Networks.  I’m excited to continue my collaboration with Brian in his new role to leverage new opportunities and maximize emerging technologies across Clear Channel’s national platforms and services.”

emmisEmmis Q1 Report: Radio Revenue Essentially Flat.  The results for the first fiscal quarter for Emmis Communications (ending May 31) show the company’s net radio revenue up 22% — but that includes the addition of revenue from WBLS and WLIB, New York which it has been operating under an LMA since March 1.  Assuming those stations had been in the fold at the same time a year ago, revenue would have been flat.  Atsmulyanjeff the station level, the company reports its stations were up 1.6% compared to local radio market revenue down 5.5% during the fiscal quarter.  Emmis president and CEO Jeff Smulyan says, “While our markets continue to be tested, our stations and employees have risen to the challenge and continue to outperform our markets.  We continue to believe NextRadio, the Emmis-led industry initiative to make FM broadcast radio available on smartphones and tablets, is a game-changer for the radio industry and will reignite growth.  We have spent the last year building out the NextRadio ecosystem, and now we are entering a critical phase to build consumer awareness.  I’m proud of our team for its continuing focus on innovation and operational excellence.”

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nielsen logoRound One of June PPM Data Released.  The first of four rounds of June 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey).  The survey period was May 22 through June 18.  You can find all the numbers from subscribing stations here.  In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways.”

  • New York – Only two-tenths of a share separated frontrunner WLTW “Lite FM” (6.8, 6+) and runner-up WCBS-FM (6.6, 6+) in both April and May. Clear Channel adult contemporary “Lite FM” though picks up some breathing room by adding three-tenths to 7.1, while classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM declines by that margin to 6.3. For the eleventh straight survey period, “Lite FM” is #1, while this marks the fifth consecutive ratings period that WCBS-FM places second. After CBS Radio sports outlet WFAN tacked on four-tenths to 3.8 (6+, #9, May), the first-year Yankees flagship regresses by seven-tenths (3.1, #14). Conversely, following a -.6 in May that had dropped it to #14, hot AC cluster mate WWFS “Fresh” improves by four-tenths (2.9 – 3.3, #11). In the market’s CHR battle, Clear Channel’s WHTZ “Z-100″ takes a four-tenths dip (5.6 – 5.2, #3 to #5), as CBS Radio’s WNOW (with new calls WBMP “Amp Radio”) progresses by three-tenths (2.1 – 2.4) and is steady at #15. Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot,” which had been up or flat five successive monthlies (2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.5), dips by one-tenth to 3.4, but remains at #10.
  • Los Angeles – This is quite the banner-monthly ratings period for KRTH. Not only does the CBS Radio classic hits-oldies outlet progress by four tenths to extend its string of up or flat books to six (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.5), more importantly – “K-Earth 101″ reaches the #1 spot (6+) for the first time in its PPM history. If that were not enough, 5.5 is its most potent 6+ stat to date. “K-Earth 101″ dislodges Clear Channel CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” (5.3 – 5.2, -.1), which – after four straight months at #1 – drops to second. The most common (6+, PPM) City of Angels #1/#2 finish thus far is “Kiss-FM” #1/hot AC sibling KBIG “My-FM” #2 (10 occurrences). That scenario is followed by a second-place tie (nine times each) between “Kiss-FM’ at #1/sibling talker KFI #2, and “Kiss-FM” #1/”K-Earth 101″ #2. In fourth place (six times) is “Kiss-FM” at #1/sibling AC KOST “Coast 103″ at #2. In fifth place (five times) is “Coast 103″ at #1/”Kiss-FM” at #2. Over and above being up for the fourth successive monthly report (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+), Bonneville classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” (#15 in May) cracks the top ten (#10), tying CBS Radio alternative KROQ (3.1 – 2.9), which was ninth in May. Moreover, the 2.9 registered by “The Sound” is its strongest 6+-figure yet under PPM methodology. As for KROQ, this represents its fifth consecutive (6+) decline (3.6 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3. 2 – 3.1 – 2.9). Emmis rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106″ puts up plenty of fours: Remaining at #4, it advances by four-tenths (4.4 – 4.8). Down or flat for four straight survey periods (5.4 – 5.2 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.8, 6+), KBIG “My-FM” gains one-tenth (4.9) and is steady at #3.
  • Chicago – The third successive progression by WBBM-FM “B-96″ is a +.6 (3.9 – 4.5), vaulting the CBS Radio-owned outlet from ninth in May to fourth; 4.5 is the station’s best (6+) since July 2012 (also 4.5). Two “B-96″ siblings enjoy one-half share gains – adult alternative WXRT (2.9 – 3.4, #14 to #13) and WJMK “K-104.3″ (2.0 – 2.5, #19 to #16). Regional Mexican does well as Clear Channel‘s WNUA “El Patron” increases by six-tenths (1.6 – 2.2, #17); Univision‘s WOJO “La Que Buena” adds one-half share (3.0 – 3.5, #11); and Spanish Broadcasting System’s WLEY-FM “La Ley” puts up a four-tenths gain (1.2 – 1.6, #22). After three successive (6+) up trends, including April – May’s +.8 (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.3), Cumulus-owned WLS-FM takes a nine-tenths hit (4.3 – 3.4), spiraling the classic hits-oldies outlet from #6 to #13. Up three-tenths to 5.9, Clear Channel urban AC WVAZ “V-103″ ranks #1 for the fourth straight month, while WBBM-AM is flat or down for the fourth successive time (6.6 – 6.1 – 5.6 – 5.0 – 5.0). On the plus side, the CBS Radio all-newser holds the runner-up spot for (you guessed it) the fourth consecutive ratings period.
  • Houston – Despite relinquishing the +1.1 it gained April – May (7.3 – 8.4 – 7.3), Cox Media Group-ownedcountry KKBQ remains #1 for the fourth successive month. Prior to this report, “The New 93-Q” had strung together five straight up trends (5.4 – 6.6 – 6.8 – 7.0 – 7.3 – 8.4). Format challenger – CBS Radio‘s KILT-FM “The Bull” – rings up a +.5 (3.7 – 4.2), inching it up from #11 to #9. After advancing by six-tenths (5. 9 – 6.5, April – May), Clear Channel adult contemporary KODA “Sunny” packs on another one-half share to 7.0. “Sunny” is runner-up for the fourth straight month and it trails “The New 93-Q” by three-tenths. Following back-to-back months at 5.4 (April and May), Radio One rhythmic CHR KBXX “The Box” gains six-tenths to 6.0, improving from #5 in May to #4.
  • Philadelphia – Eight-tenths is good news for Greater Media classic rocker WMGK (5.1 – 5.9, +.8), which jumps from sixth to fourth; however, it is bad news for sibling rocker WMMR (6.0 – 5.2, -.8), which tumbles from third to sixth. June is a down month for CBS Radio’s all-sports WIP-FM (4.1 – 3.6, #8 to #13), as well as Greater Media’s similarly-formatted WPEN-FM (2.4 – 1.9, #17- #20); each station drops one-half share. Although down seven-tenths to 7.3, Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” is #1 for the fourth straight month and for the fifteenth time in the last 16 surveys. By remaining steady at 4.0 (#10), CBS Radio‘s KYW applies the brakes to four alarming successive down trends that – since February – saw the all-news operation trend 8.4 – 6.0 – 4.5 – 4.0; KYW though falls from a ninth-place tie in May to tenth.
  • Atlanta – Both main channel FM CHRs do well: Cumulus Media‘s WWWQ “Q100″ improves by one-half share (4.5 – 5.0, steady at #9) and Clear Channel‘s WWPW “Power 96.1″ gains eight-tenths (3.8 – 4.6, #13 to #10). While Clear Channel Country WUBL “The Bull” improves by eight-tenths (4.9 – 5.7, #8 to #5), Radio One urban AC WAMJ is off by that margin (6.0 – 5.2, #3 to #7). Notwithstanding that WSB-AM is down four-tenths to 7.0, the Cox Media Group talker is #1 for the fifth straight month.
  • Long IslandCox Media Group-owned CHR WBLI (6.7 – 6.6, -.1) is #1 for the third consecutive month. The four-tenths that CBS Radio CHR WNOW gains (2.0 – 2.4, #20 to #13) matches the loss by Clear Channel format rival WHTZ “Z-100″ (6.0 – 5.6, #2 to #3); WNOW has since updated its calls/slogan to WBMP “Amp Radio.” After four consecutive positive (6+) sweeps (3.2 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.6), Clear Channel classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3″ dropped six-tenths in May (4.6 – 4.0), sliding from fifth to seventh. It regresses by another one-half share in June (4.0 – 3.5), tumbling to ninth. In April, CBS Radio’s WFAN recaptured the nine-tenths it lost February – March as the Yankees flagship progressed from eighth to fifth. It added another one-half share (4.6 – 5.1, 6+) in May to inch up to #4; however, it takes a six-tenths hit (5.1 – 4.5) and drops to #5.
  • Riverside – KLYY “Jose FM” is running out of milestones, but by posting a +.4, the Entravision Spanish adult hits outlet now boasts its best-ever 6+ stat (10.2). This represents the twelfth straight time that “Jose FM” is ranked #1 and Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA “KOLA 99.9″ (5.7 – 6.6, +.9) is in the runner-up slot. Rewinding to June 2011, “KOLA 99.9″ was first and “Jose FM” placed second. That was repeated in July and August (2011), before the two flip-flopped spots for the next four surveys. A minor hiccup occurred in the “Holiday” 2011 and January 2012 sweeps, as the top three in both of those ratings periods were KLYY, Liberman regional Mexican KRQB, and KOLA. That was followed by six straight months of KLYY-KOLA at #1 and #2. In August 2012, the two tied at #1 (6.4). For 11 consecutive surveys, KLYY and KOLA again were #1 and #2, respectively. It was nearly a year later (July 2013) when #1 KOLA edged #2 KLYY 6.6 – 6.5, leading us to the current 12 straight monthlies with KLYY at #1 and KOLA at #2. Liberman regional Mexican KRQB (2.0 – 2.7, +.7, #8) is gaining on Univision‘s similarly-formatted KSCA (3.7 – 3.1, -.6, #6), as KSCA’s 1.7-share lead in May is down to four-tenths.
  • San Jose – Continuing the regional Mexican theme from Riverside-San Bernardino (Inland Empire), Univision‘s KSOL (#19 to #14)  dials up a +.8 to 3.0, which is its strongest (6+) showing since last July’s 3.1. Meanwhile, in back-to-back monthlies (May and June), Lazer Broadcasting’s like-formatted KXZM (#17 to #15) progresses by one-half share (1.8 – 2.3 – 2.8). This time last month, public KQED plummeted by one full-share (6.6 – 5.6), relinquishing its #1 spot to Univision Spanish adult hits KBRG. The two trade places: KQED gains three-tenths to 5.9, and KBRG regresses by six-tenths to 5.5.
  • Middlesex – With its third straight – albeit modest – up monthly (5.6 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.0), Emmis urban AC WBLS “Your #1 Source for R&B” reaches #1. After WHTZ “Z-100″ posted a +.7 to displace classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM at #1 in May, the Clear Channel CHR has the dubious distinction of registering the greatest (6+) month-to-month erosion in the 12 PPM markets released Tuesday (6.9 – 5.5, -1.4). In the process, it slips from first to third. Some of that decline is absorbed by CBS Radio CHR WNOW (its new calls/slogan are WBMP “Amp Radio”), which gains four-tenths (3.1 – 3.5, #12 to #10); 3.5 is the station’s best 6+-stat in the Middlesex-Somerset-Union report in about two years (3.9 in July 2012). Following four straight downward trends (7.9 – 7.2 – 6.4 – 5.5 – 4.6), Townsquare Media talker WKXW improves by two-tenths to 4.8 and is steady at #7. Gaining seven-tenths is Clear Channel classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3″ (5.4, #6 to #4), while classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (5.6, steady at #2) declines by that amount.

wwfw logoAdams Radio Flips WWFW, Fort Wayne to 80s Country Format.  The former adult contemporary outlet is now “Great County 103.3 and Adams Radio debuts the 80s-based country format to complement its contemporary country WBTU “US 93.3.”  Mark Allen is program director for both country stations and he says, “The music on ‘Great Country 103.3’ is the best country music ever.  The artists we play are the ones that redefined country music.  I am honored to have these legends on the air again in Fort Wayne.  It just doesn’t get any better.  It kicked off with Alan Jackson‘s ‘Gone Country,’ Barbara Mandrell‘s ‘I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool’ and Alabama‘s ‘Born Country.’”  The station’s core artists include: Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, Randy Travis and other 80s country stars.

blackerlizBlacker Named EVP of Hispanic Strategy and Sales at CC.  Further targeting the growing Hispanic community in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announces the hiring of U.S. Hispanic advertising expert Liz Sarachek Blacker to serve as executive vice of Hispanic strategy and sales.  She begins her duties on August 4.  The company says that in this new position, Blacker will develop and advance the company’s overall strategy to engage and activate the Hispanic audience across all platforms.  “She will focus on driving revenue in the category, working with multi-cultural agencies to create custom campaigns for advertisers that leverage Clear Channel’s unmatched reach with the Hispanic community.  Blacker will also work closely with Clear Channel’s National Programming Platforms team to create products, content and live events that focus on engaging and monetizing the Hispanic audience.”  She comes to CCM+E from Terra USA, where she has served as chief revenue officer since 2011.

wilcherleesaMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Joining Holston Valley Broadcasting Corporation as general sales manager is Leesa Wilcher who’ll lead sales efforts for the company’s Tri-Cities, Tennessee stations adult contemporary WTFM, rock WRZK “The Hog,” and classic hits WVEK.…..Keymarket Licenses-owned suburban Pittsburgh country outlet WOGI, Moon Township “Froggy 98” names Michael Ovadia – a.k.a. Mad Dog – host of the station’s “Frogman and the Green Team” morning drive show.  He most recently served as morning host and APD at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WSOX, York “Oldies 96.1.”…..At Journal Broadcast Group’s parent company – Journal CommunicationsMarty Ozolins is named vice president and corporate controller.  He’s been with the company since 1997 and most recently was assistant controller.

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powerpigCalling All ‘Power Pig’ Alumni!  Anyone who worked at WFLZ or WFLA, Tampa over the past 25 years is being notified of a special gathering to take place beginning on September 25 – the 25th anniversary of the launch of “Power 93 – the Power Pig.”  Tampa-based media consultant and alumnus Gabe Hobbs is getting the word out saying the reunion will take place September 25-28 and alums are invited to come for a day or the whole weekend.  He says they are working on hotels and an agenda and will have more details once a rough headcount is established.  Sign up via Facebook.  Visit Gabe’s page and you’ll find the info.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

| July 8, 2014

wdrc-FMConnoisseur’s Connecticut Closing.  Given that Connoisseur Media is headquartered in the Constitution State (Westport, Connecticut), corporate executives will not have far to travel to check on their newest properties.  There is a flurry of activity as the company officially closes on five Hartford stations it acquires from Buckley.  Connoisseur Southern Connecticut general manager Kristin Okesson takes on oversight of the Hartford group replacing VP/GM Eric Fahnoe; Connoisseur Southernconnoisseur media logo Connecticut operations manager Keith Dakin adds regional programming duties for Hartford talker WDRC-AM; and Connoisseur Southern Connecticut assistant PD Kevin Begley becomes program director of Bridgeport adult contemporary WEZN “Star 99.9″ and classic rocker WFOX “95.9 The Fox.”  Stu Gorlick – who was Buckley Hartford’s director of sales – adds New Haven rocker WPLR and urban AC WYBC.  Elsewhere, Connoisseur Southern Connecticut general sales manager Andy Alcosser is upped to director of sales for WEZN and WFOX, while CSC music director Allan Lamberti becomes assistant PD for WDRC-AM, WDRC-FM, and WPLR. In addition, Lamberti will do afternoon drive on WDRC-FM, with Ed D’Oliveira inheriting Lamberti’s WFOX midday slot.  Okesson notes, “We are extremely excited about acquiring such a legendary station as WDRC.  We are anxious to make it even bigger and better by adding some of our key talented players into the mix.”  The Hartford stations involved in the Connoisseur transaction with Buckley are talkers WDRC-AM, WSNG, WMMW, and WWCO (all using “The Talk of Connecticut” slogan); and classic hits WDRC-FM.  Out at WDRC-FM with the change are program director and air personality Grahame Winters and jocks Mike Stevens, Rockin’ Ron Sedaille, and Floyd Wright.

wkys logoRadio One Shuffles Talent, Adds Shorty Da Prince at WKYS, Washington.  There’s a talent shuffle at Radio One urban contemporary WKYS, Washington, DC as the station bringsshortydaprince Shorty Da Prince aboard to host the evening show.  As a result, EZ Street now follows the Russ Parr morning show from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Ange Ang moves to the afternoon drive slot from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Deja Perez remains host of “Kiss After Dark” from 12:00 midnight to 2:00 am.  Shorty Da Prince comes to DC from Radio One in Cleveland.  He is also the former host of BET’s “106 & Park.”  WKYS program director Neke Howse comments, “This a very exciting time for WKYS.  Everyone brings their own uniqueness and energy.  I’m sure the DMV will love them as much as I do.”

stubbskeithMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Taking over for former CHR WBBO, Ocean Acres, New Jersey and AC WWZY, Long Branch, New Jersey “Fun 107.1” PD Matt Kelso is Mike Ryan, who makes a return to the Press Communications-owned stations.  In the past, Ryan was APD/MD and evening host at WBBO.  Ryan was most recently serving as producer for WKTU, New York’s Cubby & Cindy morning show…..At Broadway Media’s country KEGA, Salt Lake City, “The Eagle,” Keith Stubbs rejoins the station he left in May of 2013 to partner with Jon Watkins for the Jon & Keith show.  Stubbs replaces Amanda Jones who exited to devote her attention to motherhood.  The station also promotes Chantel Lauren to the on-air producer position for the program…..Doug the Slug (Sluggo) is back on the air in Los Angeles as a personality on the 80s alternative-formatted KROQ-HD2 where he holds down the 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm show.  Doug exited KROQ-FM two years ago.

historyofrocknroll logoAward-Winning Radio Show Producer Gary Theroux Seeks Syndication Deal.  On the heels of nabbing a Best Online Radio Program award from the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, producer and host Gary Theroux is shopping the “The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” for a syndication deal.  Theroux reports that the daily 2 ½ minute feature is currently heard only on the internet three times a day, Monday through Friday over rewoundradio.com and supernovaradio.co.  He also wrote and co-produced the epic, 52-hour Billboard award-winning “History of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and is seeking a partner to market both the shortform daily feature version and a new, two-hour weekly ongoing series incarnation of “The History” to broadcast radio stations.  He says each fast-paced episode of the daily feature interweaves excerpts from three sequential classic hits by an artist with revealing interview clips.  “It’s fascinating fun.  Once you learn the true facts behind the songs and stars you thought you knew, they become all that much more special — because now you know the sometimes silly, sometimes sad, often incredible and always unforgettable inside stories.”  Each weekly episode of the two-hour version will explore a different facet of pop music history, allowing time to play the key hits in full amid the fun facts and star commentary.

bohannonbeatlescakeLet Them Eat Cake.  With all the Beatlemania half-century anniversary stuff going on this year, this blast from the past – courtesy of Westwood One talk star Jim Bohannon – will certainly take you back.  It was January 1, 1965, and KICK, Springfield, Missouri disc jockeys Michael Wolfgang (l) and Jim Bohannon (the nerd on the right), both 20,  decided to send the Beatles an 8’ by 3’ cake with their pictures in the icing, to commemorate release of the “Beatles 65″ album.  Bohannon tells RadioInfo, “We traded out the box, the cake, and Campbell’s Express shipping company for publicity, which made the national wires.  We even carried the darned thing through the streets of Springfield with police escort to a local retailer’s show window, where it was displayed for a week.  Standing between us is Springfield singer Della Rae, promoted at the time as the next Brenda Lee.  The Sporty 1340 wasn’t a bad little station then, including Les Garland and newsman Charles McCord.  That’s a fair staff for $1.87 an hour.”

webbcarterHangin’ with Austin Webb.  That’s KFKF, Kansas City morning host and program director Dale Carter (right) with Streamsound Records country recording artist Austin Webb (left) hanging out together before Webb’s appearance headlining the station’s “Red, White and Blue Springs 4th of July” extravaganza held on the campus of Blue Springs High School at Peve Stadium in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Monday, July 7, 2014

| July 7, 2014

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morrisginnyGinny Morris Transitions to CEO of Hubbard Radio; Bruce Reese to Special Advisor Role.  Since 1996, Bruce Reese had been serving Bonneville as president and CEO prior to the acquisition of the Bonneville stations by Hubbard in 2011.  He kept his president and CEO role and joined Hubbard.  Ginnyreesebruce Morris has been chair of the Hubbard board since 2011.  Now, Reese will step back into a special advisor role and Morris will become chief executive officer.  The company states that Reese has been “instrumental in the transition when the 17 Bonneville radio stations across four markets (Washington, D.C., Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati) were purchased by Hubbard Radio.  The acquisition also meant the addition of 547 Bonneville employees.”  Morris says, “Working with Bruce over these last three-and-a-half years on the integration, first on the Bonneville assets and subsequently those we bought from Sandusky and merged into a new Hubbard Radio, has been a great experience.  Bruce is smart and strategic and he shares hubbardradio logomany of the values that our family holds dear — a commitment to localism, honesty and integrity.  He has helped to establish a great foundation for the company and we are grateful to still have the benefit of his wise counsel.”  Reese comments, “Over the last two decades, I’ve had the opportunity to run two great radio companies.  After Bonneville was brought into Hubbard Radio, we all worked to preserve the values and spirit of both organizations while creating one corporate identity and culture.  The success of the transition has exceeded my hopes, and I am grateful for the trust shown to me by Ginny and the entire Hubbard Radio family.  Our company is performing well, and the time is right for Ginny to step into this role.  I look forward to continuing to work with the Hubbard team in an advisory capacity while eagerly looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”

genejulieWRALGene & Julie Show Takes Over Mornings on WRAL, Raleigh.  The new morning drive program in Capitol Broadcasting Company’s adult contemporary WRAL, Raleigh “MIX 101.5” is “The Gene & Julie Show” featuring married co-hosts Gene and Julie Gates.  The duo begins its new gig on July 28. wral-fm logo Station GM Ardie Gregory says, “The Gene and Julie show is smart, funny and real; elements we believe relate to the core ‘MIX’ listener.  This is a proven morning show with great chemistry and a successful track record.  We know that personalities are a powerful asset for traditional radio and are very excited that Gene and Julie are joining us.”  Gene and Julie Gates met in 1995 and have worked in numerous markets, including an eight-year run at CBS RADIO’s KVIL, Dallas where they achieved #1 ratings status in morning drive.  The pair takes over for Mike Chase and Lynda Loveland who exited in May after nine months together.  Chase returned to Portland where he co-hosts mornings at country KWJJ “99.5 The Wolf.”  Loveland had worked at the station for 15 years including with previous longtime morning host Bill Jordan, who retired last August.

torresmelonyMelony Torres Joins WRQX, Washington for Middays/APD-MD Gig.  Moving from the record end of the business back to the radio side is Melony Torres who takes on the midday personality, APD and music director roles at Cumulus Media’s CHR WRQX, Washington “All the Hits 107.3.”  Torres most recently was with Epic Records as national director of rhythm promotion based in Los Angeles.  WRQX program director Rick Gillette says, “Melony is someone I’ve been trying to hire for more than two years.  She’s passionate about music, a gifted student of programming and dynamic and engaging on the air — a true trifecta of talent.  With apologies to FLOTUS, I’m sure it won’t be long until she’s the most powerful woman in Washington.”  Torres comments, “I’m baaaack!  I’m beyond excited for my return to radio and to work alongside Gillette.  He is someone I look up to as one of the best programmers in the business.  I’d also like to thank John Dickey and Mike McVay for giving me such a great opportunity to further my career with Cumulus in the phenomenal DC market.”

p'poolrandiAlpha Media Promotes Portland Cluster Marketing Pro Randi P’Pool to Corporate Position.  This promotion for Portland market director of marketing Randi P’Pool comes shortly after the completed merger of Alpha Broadcasting, L&L Broadcasting and Main Line Broadcasting.  P’Pool’s new title is corporate VP of marketing and promotions.  Alpha Media president/CEO Bob Proffitt states, “I’m very happy Randi has accepted this position, as she has proven to be an invaluable asset to our Portland cluster and now will be true resource to the Alpha Media markets.  She is creative, intelligent, and relentless – perfect qualifications for a corporate VP of marketing and promotions.”  P’Pool comments, “I owe much gratitude to Bob Proffitt, Scott Mahalick and Larry Wilson for giving me the opportunity to be part of this exciting journey not only in radio but within our company.  I look forward to continuing to grow and promote the live and local brand across all of our markets.”  Prior to joining Alpha Broadcasting three years ago, P’Pool served with Citadel Broadcasting in the Salt Lake City market.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Clear Channel’s Tampa cluster, Fernando Bauermeister is promoted from his general sales manager position to vice president of sales for the entire cluster…..KDND, Sacramento “107.9 The End” evening personality Ashley Nickels leaves the station for new frontiers after a three-year stint at the Entercom CHR outlet…..Townsquare Media names Brian Lang market manager for its Portland, Maine station group that includes adult contemporary WHOM, rock WBLM, alternative WCYY and CHR WJBQ “Q97.9.”  Prior to this new gig, Lang was vice president and director of sales for CBS RADIO’s Tampa cluster…..Matt Kelso leaves Press Communications-owned CHR WBBO, Ocean Acres, New Jersey (Monmouth-Ocean market) where he was PD and morning drive co-host.  Additionally, Kelso programmed the company’s adult contemporary WWZY, Long Branch, New Jersey “Fun 107.1.”…..Josh Hooper takes the permanent afternoon drive on-air position at One Connection Media Group-owned Christian contemporary WCVO, Columbus Ohio. He also serves as the station’s director of brand audio.

wfas-fm new logoCumulus Media’s ‘Radio 103.9’ New York Debuts Today.  With the Tom Joyner show holding down the morning drive slot and D.L. Hughley in afternoon drive, Cumulus’ new urban format officially launches today (7/7).  The former WFAS-FM, Westchester is operating under new calls WNBM licensed to Bronxville, New York.

w291by logoEmpire Broadcasting Launches ‘Mix 106.1’ in Albany.  The new format, described by Empire Broadcasting COO Neerav Patel as a modern version of a classic hits station, is airing on translator W291BY, Albany at 106.1.  According to a story in the Albany Business Review, the station is playing hit music from 1980 to 2005 as Empire targets people whose musical tastes developed during that era.  The company had been simulcasting hot AC WAIX on the 106.1 frequency.

murphyjohnWYD Media Ad Sales Debuts.  The New York-based sales venture being launched by WYD Media Management is called WYD Media Ad Sales, LLC and former Westwood One EVP of talk sales John Murphy takes the helm as president.  WYD CEO Ron Hartenbaum announces the company will focus on personality-created spoken word content that’s distributed across multiple platforms such as audio, digital, video and more.  He adds, “Based on his 30-year track record of success in national radio ad sales, specifically in the spoken word format, John is the ideal sales and marketing executive to build WYD Media Ad Sales.”  Murphy, who spent more than a decade with Westwood One, comments, “This is the best time to start a new venture that focuses on monetizing spoken word content as the format expands across numerous distribution platforms.  I look forward to working with WYD’s existing clients as well as creating new partnerships and content opportunities.”  During his career Murphy has repped such talent as: Charles Osgood, Laura Ingraham, Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz, Clark Howard, Herman Cain, Mark Levin, Dennis Miller, John Gibson, John Tesh, Brian Kilmeade, Thom Hartmann, Lars Larson, Neal Boortz and more.

stylesjaywalking‘MIX 94.7’ Austin’s Jay Styles to Take ‘Courage Walk’ for Wounded Warrior Project.  Afternoon radio personality Jay Styles is preparing for the coming 100-mile Courage Walk to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and soldiers and veterans battling PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).  Styles’ show is heard on Entercom’s hot AC WAMX, Austin “MIX 94.7.”  Beginning Monday, July 28, he’ll walk 20 miles each day hoping to raise $20,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.  Styles (pictured here training with a full pack) comments, “I have battled depression for the past decade, so depression is a deeply personal issue for me.  I am doing this walk to raise awareness of the consistent growth of the PTSD epidemic with our brave military veterans.  I am a proud American and supporter of the men and women who serve our country.  If I can in some small way be a voice and get more much needed help, I have begun to accomplish my goal.”

wqbk logoCool Job Opportunity.  Are you ready to rock in the capital of New York?  “Q103 Albany’s Rock Station” is ready to find its next great Brand Manager!  If you love the rock and roll lifestyle, sing Metallica in the shower and know a thing or two about radio, then this might just be the gig for you.  It’s all about passion and being able to work as part of a team: Can you brainstorm with the promotions department, work closely with the sales team, evolve into a digital guru and solve problems with the engineering crew?  If you’re ready to embrace this opportunity, get your materials to Stephen Giuttari as soon as humanly possible at Stephen.Giuttari@townsquaremedia.com. Townsquare Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

| July 3, 2014

kingjohnKing Reconnects with Alpha Media Execs to Lead Dayton Cluster.  Former Regent Broadcasting senior vice president of operations and regional president of Citadel Broadcasting John King –is appointed senior vice president and market manager of Alpha Media‘s Dayton operation.  Alpha Media chairman Larry Wilson comments, “We have known John for many years as a great partner in the oldalphamedia logo Citadel.  We could not be happier having him join us working with great people doing great radio in Dayton.”  Alpha Media president and chief executive officer Bob Proffitt states that, “John is a radio guy, delivers results, understands ‘live and local,’ and had a great ride with us at Citadel.”  King adds, “You cannot say ‘no’ to these guys and this company.  I am thrilled to be working with this team again.”  In addition to his Regent and Citadel stints, King was president of the Sea Star division of AMFM; was on the CMA board of directors; Tennessee Radio Association board of directors; and was a two-term Nashville Area Radio Association president.  The five Dayton stations – acquired from Main Line Broadcasting in a deal finalized this past Tuesday (7/1) are hot AC WCLI “Click 101-5,” rhythmic CHR WDHT “Hot 102.9,” adult hits WGTZ “Fly 92.9,” sports WING, and urban AC WROU “Dayton’s R&B Leader.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Joining Plymouth Rock Broadcasting Company-owned adult contemporary WLPM, Plymouth, Massachusetts “Easy 99.1” as creative services director and programming assistant is Scott Reiniche.  Reiniche will also host the noon hour retro request show…..At Magic Broadcasting’s rhythmic oldies WVVE, Panama City, Florida “Groove 100.1,” Kato climbs aboard to host the afternoon drive show.  Kato, who sometimes goes by his real name David Sample or alias Rikk Idol, previously worked in the market at the company’s CHR WILN “Island 106.”

live ride logoEnvision’s ‘The Live Ride with Marty McFly’ Celebrates Milestone Broadcast.  Friday, July 25 will mark the 250th broadcast of Envision Networks’ “The Live Ride with Marty McFly,” and to celebrate, the syndicator is offering the special broadcast for free.  The special will honor “The Top 25 Country Tours of the Past 25 Years” as chosen by fans from “The Live Ride” Facebook page, listener e-mails and industry insiders.  McFly says, “This show is all about input from listeners – they decide what shows were the best.  Everyone has a favorite memory from a concert.  They remember the place and the year it took place.  The energy from those memories is what will drive this show.”  The special will feature a countdown of sold-out, record-breaking tours from such artists as Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and more.  Envision says the show will be available for download beginning July 25 and interested stations should contact Hannah Rosenthal at 216-831-3761 or hannahr@envisionradio.com.

AT40 logoJLo to Guest Host AT40.  This weekend’s edition of Premiere Networks’ “American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest” will feature guest host Jennifer Lopez who will count down the top 40 songs of the week and promote her new album A.K.A.  Fans will also hear behind-the-scenes stories from making the album, including collaborations with T.I., Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, Nas and others.

subpop logoIndie Label Sub Pop Debuts Online Music Station.  The Seattle-based indie label Sub Pop – best known for launching the career of Nirvana – is getting into the digital music service game by making its artists available online via TuneIn, SoundCloud or last.fm.  The Seattle Times writes that the label will feature shows on the stream with such titles as “Subterranean Pop” and “Nighttime/Anytime.”

halelucyNASHHollywood Records’ Lucy Hale Visits ‘NASH FM 94.7’ New York.  Performing before an exclusive audience of WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” listeners on Wednesday, July 2 was Hollywood Records artist Lucy Hale.  The singer and “Pretty Little Liars” actress stopped by the “NASH FM 94.7” studios in NYC to perform songs from her album Road Between.  The only way listeners were able to see the performance was to win tickets from the radio station.

Price of Four-Station Magnum Wisconsin Acquisition: $2.25 Million.  The recently announced sale of two radio stations in Racine, Wisconsin – news/talk WRJN-AM and AC WEZY “Lite Rock 92.1” – and two in West Bend, Wisconsin – country WBWI and news/talk WBKV – has been filed and the sale price of the four stations is $2.25 million.  Magnum Communications is acquiring the stations from Bliss Communications.

alphamedia longCool Job Opportunities.  Never work another day…L&L Broadcasting, Alpha Broadcasting, and Main Line Broadcasting are merging into one company named Alpha Media.  68 radio stations in 12 beautiful markets and we need the best, brightest, most aggressive, confident, and talented market managers, programmers, on-air personalities and account executives that are looking to be part of the radio industry in 2014.  At Alpha Media, we work as a team.  Your chairman, Larry Wilson and CEO, Bob Proffitt will be available to go on sales calls, meet your clients, brainstorm with programming and assist with marketing.  We firmly believe that the best people do the best radio.  We are looking for passionate, progressive candidates that breathe creativity and are live and local thinkers.  Climb aboard this fast-moving train and bring your talent home to the Alpha Media Family.  Send cover letter and resume to jobs@landlbroadcasting.com with Alpha Media in subject line.  No phone calls.  Alpha Media is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

| July 2, 2014

alphamedia logoAlpha Broadcasting, L&L Broadcasting Become Alpha Media; Main Line Deal Closes. Portland-based L&L Broadcasting operates 43 stations in seven markets; the merged company’s corporate headquarters will continue to be in Portland, where Alpha Broadcasting owns six radio facilities.  In addition to this merger, L&L’s $57 million deal to purchase 19 Main Line Broadcasting stations has been finalized.  Alpha Media chairman Larry Wilson states, “The merger of Portland’s Alpha operation into our newly created Alpha Media results in one company operating all markets.  Our ‘Live and Local’ vision continues to be our focus.  By adding the former Main Line markets, we can continue to develop ourmain line broadcasting footprint with attractive markets operated by great radio people.  We are excited to add them to our growing company.” L&L Broadcasting president and chief executive officer Bob Proffitt remarks, “From the day we visited each Main Line market, we knew they were full wilsonlarryof talented radio broadcasters who understand our vision and how we operate.  We feel our live and local approach will enhance each market’s rating and revenue potential.  Having Portland in the fold allows us to liberally use some of the best brains in the radio business to help listeners, clients, and employees at our other markets throughout the country.”  According to Main Line Broadcasting chief executive officer Marc Guralnick, “It has been a great nine years at Main Line Broadcasting.  I have had the pleasure of working with some of the best people in the industry.  I am excited to have our talented broadcasters now under the leadership of Larry Wilson, Bob Proffitt, and the Alpha-L&L team.  I wish L&L and this tremendous staff much continued success.”  The four markets for Philadelphia-based Main Line are Louisville, Dayton, Richmond, and Hagerstown, Maryland-Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  The company was represented in the transaction by Media Venture Partners.

duanedoobie graphicIndependence!  As a long and meaningful weekend looms, Duane Doobie shares a brief thought about the concept of this holiday – “as it applies to our industry, our art form, and our culture…”  In a new column posted today (7/2) he quills, “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for music radio practitioners to dissolve the destructive repression of malignant corporate-think that has connected them to the growing cultural stagnation and increased social marginality that plagues our once-glorious business, a decent respect to the life, liberty and happiness of those on both sides of the speakers who give a damn about this medium requires that any self-respecting trade publication state the following self-evident truth.”  To read this “truth” and the entire piece, please click here.

evolutionbeatDuane 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, 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 (7/2) includes such names as: Jonathan Mann, Evolution Beat, Belinda, Pitbull, Robin Thicke, Alexa Goddard, Sia, George Ezra, My Goodness, Griswolds, Ryan Adams, ASTR, Mausi, The Magician, Years and Years, Slaptop, Elizabeth Lyons, Bruce Robinson and Kelly Willis,and Brian Grilli,among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

daveshellychainsawFour More Years for “Jack,” San Diego Morning Trio.  As a result of a contract extension with Dave-Shelly-Chainsaw (“DSC”), Midwest Television-owned adult hits KFMB-FM “Jack,” San Diego will have its morning team in place for another four years.  Vice president and general manager Gina Landau states, “We are truly excited to extend our partnership with ‘the DSC’ in their 25th year of San Diego radio dominance.  Dave, Shelly, and Chainsaw are brilliant talents.  We are honored that their legion of fans will be able to find them on ‘Jack FM’ for many years to come.”  Program director Mike O’Reilly comments, “In the last four years ‘the DSC’ has done so much for all of us at ‘Jack FM’ and for fans all over ‘America’s Finest City’ – going another four was truly a no-brainer.”  Dave Rickards remarks, “I am one of the lucky ones who loves his job and loves the people I’ve worked with for 25 years.”  If the feeling is not mutual, he jokes, “It is their tough toenails.”  According to Shelly Dunn, “I am thrilled to be working with the ‘Jack FM’ family for another four years – I am just horrified at how old I’ll be once these four years are up.”  Cookie Randolph (“Chainsaw”) adds, “My financial guy said I was set for the rest of my life, provided I die next Tuesday.  Therefore, I am thrilled to be back with the best crew I can imagine.”  Among persons 6+ in this May’s Nielsen Audio PPM, KFMB-FM “Jack” ranks #16 (2.7).

leelauraPD Lee Departs WBWR and WCGX.  Six-and-one-half-year WBWR “The Brew 105.7″ and “WCGX “X106.7,” Columbus program director Laura Lee leaves the Clear Channel classic rock and alternative combo.  Operations manager Michael McCoy jokes that he will not issue the standard, “We wish her well in her future endeavors” line but instead he comments, “It has been a pleasure to work with Laura.  Her passion, creativity, and infectious personality will be missed in the halls of Clear Channel Columbus.”  Lee’s previous operations manager/programming credits include three Main Line Broadcasting stations in Richmond (WWLB “98.9 Liberty,” WLLB, and WLFV); in addition, she programmed in Madison, Wisconsin for WBZU “105.1 The Buzz.”

anthonysteveSteve Anthony Moves to Mornings on ‘Magic 102.1’ in Athens.  This move keeps Steve Anthony in the company as Cox Media Group brings him from the Jacksonville cluster where he served on air at classic hits WJGL “96.9 The Eagle” and CHR WAPE.  He’ll join Beth Larson as co-host of the AM drive show on adult contemporary WGMG “Magic 102.1.”  Anthony replaces the recently retired Allen Tibbetts.  WGMG program director Jerry Arnold states, “We are all sad to see Allen leave and we greatly appreciate everything that  he has done for Athens, CMG and ‘Magic 102.1’ over the years, but I am absolutely thrilled to have a talent like Steve join the Magic Morning show.  He is an excellent storyteller, a fantastic radio personality, and he brings an infectious positive attitude with him wherever he goes.”  Anthony comments, “I’m extremely excited to be joining the CMG team in Athens.  From my first conversation with Jerry to my first time walking through the facility, I knew this was a group that was passionate about bringing something special to the listeners, with a focus on fun, local radio.  I can’t wait to get there, explore the amazing culture of Athens and take in a few Dawgs games!”

wtmt logoShawn Quinn Named Brand Manager at ‘105.9 The Mountain’ in Asheville.  The new brand manager at Saga Communications-owned rock outlet WTMT, Asheville, North Carolina “105.9 The Mountain” is Shawn Quinn, whoquinnshawn comes to the market from Alpha Media’s rock WQCM, Hagerstown-Chambersburg where he was APD and morning personality.  General manager Chris Wheat states, “Shawn is a very intelligent, unique, creative person who is a natural to lead a team of very talented people in a very unique city – Asheville!  We expect great things from him.”  Quinn comments, “I couldn’t be more excited and honored to join such well-respected broadcasters as the group at ‘The Mountain.’  Asheville is a vibrant, smart, fun city and should expect nothing less from their radio stations.  I am thrilled to start this new chapter in my career with Saga Communications and ready to rock Asheville!”

klbj-fm logoMan Arrested After Facebook Threats Against KLBJ-FM, Austin.  From a report in the Austin Statesman comes news 38-year-old Jeremy Schuster has been charged with making a terroristic threat against station staffers, a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.  The report says Schuster became known to station talent after he was a guest on the station to discuss comments he made online about the winner of the station’s “Rock Girl” contest.  Although the bit was contentious, it reportedly ended cordially.  However, later, evening personality Casey Morgan found the following threat allegedly made by Schuster on the station Facebook page: “i (expletive) hate you guys so much. it’s gonna be a bloodbath. maybe even more. i smell gunpowder. i smell assassination. thank dale. i don’t even capitalize his name.”  (Schuster references morning show co-host Dale Dudley.)  The station is providing extra security for staffers in the wake of the incident.

jamesdoreenJames Promoted to DOS at Townsquare Media’s Quincy-Hannibal Operations.  Moving up from her account executive post is Doreen James who takes on the director of sales role for the Quincy, Illinois-Hannibal, Missouri station group owned by Townsquare Media.  General manager Dave Greene states, “Doreen is an outstanding leader.  As terrific as she has been as an account executive, I believe she will be an even better leader for our sales team.  She has a great understanding of our products and our markets and is very well respected within the community.”  James says getting the chance to work with even more local businesses is one of the things she looks forward to most in her new role.  “I look forward to the challenge of taking a leadership role.  We have a great team in place and our mission will continue to be to help our local businesses grow using our live and local radio, cutting edge digital and live event products.”  The company operates country KICK, CHR KRRY “Y101,” news/talk KHMO and adult contemporary WLIQ.

soulcity imageJournal Broadcast Group Adds ‘Soul City’ to Digital ‘Radio League’ Platform.  On the heels of the recent oldies channel addition to its “Radio League” digital music service platform, Journal Broadcast Group Milwaukee announces an R&B, soul and Motown channel called “Soul City.”  The channel features music from the 60s and 70s from artists such as The Spinners, James Brown, Gladys Knight, Marvin Gaye and more.  The company added the “Fun Lovin’ Oldies” channel several weeks ago.  Journal teases more formats on the horizon, including rhythmic top 40, classical, Oktoberfest and Christmas music.

nextradiowebinarSprint Push Results in 50,000-plus Downloads for NextRadio.  A “push notification” last week from partner Sprint is being credited for spurring 25,000 downloads of the NextRadio app in one day and more than 50,000 in the week that followed.  The app that allows smartphone users to receive FM radio stations via their phones, is part of a project in conjunction with TagStation – both of which are subsidiaries of Emmis Operating Company.  A post at the TagStation site says, “Another effort from Sprint that will help push consumer awareness was the delivery of a round of promotional NextRadio-enabled phones to 30 disc jockeys throughout the country.  The ‘seed phones’ provide a seeing-is-believing experience to DJs who then promote NextRadio to their listeners both on-air and through social media – encouraging their millions of listeners with Sprint Android phones and all HTC One M8 users to download and take advantage of NextRadio.  And like we discussed before, what better way is there to learn about NextRadio than from your favorite on-air personalities?”  NextRadio is hosting a webinar on July 16 featuring Paul Jacobs and Paul Brenner dubbed “NextRadio and the Connected Car: Growing Listeners with Interactive Content.”  The event is open to all broadcasters interested in learning more about the future of radio in the car’s dashboard.  Visit here for more info.

mathenysamMatheny Named EVP/Chief Technology Officer for NAB.  Joining NAB from Capitol Broadcasting to serve as the new EVP and chief technology officer is Sam Matheny.  His work as part of the corporate staff involvement in several Capitol Broadcasting media ventures: general manager at News Over Wireless, which provided the first local television news applications for wireless carriers; manager of Digital Cinema at Microspace Communications, deploying digital cinema as a viable market for satellite delivery; and vice president & general manager at DTV Plus, which developed and launched the nation’s first DTV datacasting service.  Matheny is currently a member of the FCC Communications Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council and is a member of the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers.  NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith states, “NAB is thrilled to have Sam Matheny joining the team as our new CTO.  Sam’s roots are in broadcast localism and service to the community, but he is also a technology strategist determined to push broadcasters to embrace digital and Internet opportunities that generate revenue.  Today, tens of millions of our listeners and viewers are legally accessing broadcast programming on platforms and devices that are IP-based, portable and mobile. We believe Sam is the right choice to press these digital strategies forward and lead our industry’s technology future.”

trueoldiesShannon Transitions “True Oldies” to the Net.  Concurrent with Westwood One‘s decision this past Monday (6/30) to discontinue distributing the “True Oldies Channel,” programmer/principal talent Scott Shannon has taken the service online.  Posting on his website, the WCBS-FM, New York morning talent writes, “We didn’t have much time to get something together after we found out that we were getting tossed off the radio.  However, we did manage to get everything needed to set up our own internet station on short notice [so] we are able to continue the True Oldies Channel.”  Shannon launched the “True Oldies Channel” more than 10 years ago (April 2004) on ABC Radio Networks.  Much of the “True Oldies” music is from 1964 – 1979; however, there are titles from 1955 – 1963, as well as some hits from the 1980s. Shannon’s commercial-free stream is at TrueOldiesChannel.com.

marconiawardMeet This Year’s NAB Marconi Radio Award Finalists. They are listed below and the list encompasses 21 categories.  The Marconi Radio Awards are given by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) to honor excellence in broadcasting. “Legendary Station”:news KCBS-AM, San Francisco; talk KXLY-AM, Spokane; sports WFAN, New York; country WIL-FM, St. Louis; and adult contemporary WLEN-FM, Adrian, Michigan. “Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year”:Bob & Tom, Westwood One; Elvis Duran, Premiere Radio Networks; Rush Limbaugh, Premiere Radio Networks; Ryan Seacrest, Premiere Radio Networks; and Rickey Smiley, Radio One/REACH Media. “Major Market Personality of the Year”:Carter Alan of WZLX, Boston; Big Boy of KPWR, Los Angeles; Kevin & Bean of KROQ, Los Angeles; Preston & Steve of WMMR, Philadelphia; and (Fred) Toucher & Rich (Shertenlieb) of WBZ-FM, Boston. “Large Market Personality of the Year”:Bo Matthews of WIL-FM, St. Louis; Dr. Don (with Rachael and Grunwald) of WYCD, Detroit; Jim “JJ” Johnson of WOMC, Detroit; Larry Richert of KDKA-AM, Pittsburgh; and Ryan & Shannon of KSTP-FM, Minneapolis. “Medium Market Personality of the Year”:Brent Johnson of WTCB, Columbia, South Carolina; Cole Johnson of WNVZ, Norfolk; Kevin Miller of KIDO-AM, Boise, Idaho; Chris Kelly & Chris Demm of WKRR, Greensboro; and Jeff Walker of WKRZ, Wilkes Barre-Scranton. “Small Market Personality of the Year”:Bill Barrett, Tim Fox & Tracy Berry of KKNU-FM, Eugene, Oregon; David Gustafson of KJSK-AM, Columbus, Nebraska; Dottie Ray of KXIC-AM, Iowa City, Iowa; Brian Egan, Rusty Bumper & Amanda Walton of WKWS-FM, Charleston, West Virginia; and Brian Lee & Chris Wolfe of KZOQ-FM, Missoula, Montana. “Major Market Station of the Year”: country KKBQ, Houston; urban AC WBLS, New York; rock WMMR, Philadelphia; hot AC WTMX, Chicago; and country WUSN, Chicago. “Large Market Station of the Year”:adult contemporary KRWM, Seattle; CHR WBLI, Long Island; talk WCCO, Minneapolis; talk WTMJ, Milwaukee; and sports WXYT-FM, Detroit. “Medium Market Station of the Year”:rock KAZR-FM, Des Moines; hot AC KSTZ, Des Moines; country WIVK-FM, Knoxville; talk WOWO-AM, Fort Wayne, Indiana; and country WUSY-FM, Chattanooga, Tennessee. “Small Market Station of the Year”:talkKFGO-AM, Fargo, South Dakota; CHR KNDE-FM, Bryan-College Station, Texas; full-service adult contemporary KYNT-AM, Yankton, South Dakota; country WFRE-FM, Frederick, Maryland; and adult contemporary WLEN-FM, Adrian, Michigan. “Adult Contemporary Station of the Year”:KIFM, San Diego; WBEB, Philadelphia; WILV, Chicago; WMEE-FM, Fort Wayne, Indiana; and WVAF, Charleston, West Virginia. “CHR Station of the Year”:KQKS, Denver; WBBM-FM, Chicago; WNVZ, Norfolk; WPOI, Tampa; and WVAQ, Morgantown, West Virginia. “Country Station of the Year”:KCYY, San Antonio; WIL-FM, St. Louis; WKLB, Boston; WLHK, Indianapolis; and WOKQ, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “News-Talk Station of the Year”:KCBS-AM, San Francisco; KRLD-AM, Dallas; KTMY, Minneapolis; WGCV-AM, Columbia, South Carolina; and WLW, Cincinnati. “(Classic Hits-) Oldies Station of the Year:”WJMK, Chicago; WMJI, Cleveland; WSRZ, Sarasota; WXGL, Tampa; and WOGL Philadelphia. “(Contemporary Christian) Religious Station of the Year”:KKJM, St. Cloud, Minnesota; KKLA, Los Angeles; KLTY, Dallas; KNOM, Nome, Alaska; and WMHK, Columbia, South Carolina. “Rock Station of the Year”:KROQ, Los Angeles; KSWD, Los Angeles; WBAB, Long Island; WDRV, Chicago; and WSUN, Tampa. “Spanish Station of the Year”:KLZT, Austin; WNUA, Chicago; WYUS-AM Milford, Delaware; WYUU, Tampa; and WXSH, Georgetown, Delaware. “Sports Station of the Year”:KDKA-FM, Pittsburgh; KFXN-FM, Minneapolis; WBZ-FM, Boston; WIP-FM, Philadelphia; and WXYT-FM, Detroit. “Urban Contemporary Station of the Year”: KPRS, Kansas City; WGCI-FM, Chicago; WHQT, Miami; WQHT, New York; and WVKL, Norfolk. “Noncommercial Station of the Year”: KPCW, Park City, Utah; KUNV, Las Vegas; WEAA, Baltimore; WRHU Long Island; and WSDP,  Canton, Michigan. Winners will be announced in two months (9/11) at the awards dinner in Indianapolis during this year’s NAB Radio Show.