General Music Radio Industry News
Adams Returns to Clear Channel Portland as VP/Programming. CBS Radio Houston vice president of music programming Mark Adams leaves to oversee programming operations for Clear Channel‘s eight Portland stations. For eight years (2000 – 2008), Adams programmed Clear Channel Portland rhythmic CHR KXJM and was operations manager of then (talk) sibling KXL-AM (now Alpha Broadcasting sports outlet KXTG). Clear Channel Portland market president Robert Dove comments, “Mark has a proven track record and I know he will lead the Clear Channel Portland cluster to even greater ratings success.” Adams adds, “I am looking forward to working with all the incredible brands and teams in the market, and contributing to their future success. Portland is one of my favorite cities in the country and it’s exciting to have the chance to return to the Pacific Northwest and do some great radio.” Prior to joining CBS Radio in April 2008, Adams worked in San Francisco, Milwaukee and Fresno.
Kidd Departs DC’s WPGC-FM. Program director Jason Kidd has left WPGC-FM, Washington, DC. In his stead, operations manager Steve Davis and assistant program director Angelique Alston are handling programming for the CBS Radio rhythmic CHR. ”It was truly a dream come true to be a part of a station that I listened to since I was five years old,” Kidd writes in a staff memo. ”It has been an honor to follow in the footsteps of so many great programmers who have been a part of the continuing evolution of WPGC-FM. In 2011, we evolved the station yet again and posted the best ratings in our PPM history.” Kidd joined WPGC-FM roughly three years ago as assistant PD. Before that, he was music director at co-owned Baltimore hot AC WWMX, where he was one-half of “The Jason and Jenn Show.” Kidd’s past programming credits include WKST, Pittsburgh; KQBT, Austin; and WWHT, Syracuse.
Pope Is New to Mornings on KBAY. In this case, that would be Jeff Pope, who joins KBAY “Mix 106.5″ in morning drive, where he will be teamed with Marla Davies. The NextMedia Group San Jose adult contemporary outlet had been seeking a replacement for Bill Kelly, who passed away roughly six months ago. Pope formerly spent 13 years doing morning drive for Clear Channel CHR KGGI, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (Inland Empire). KBAY brand manager Dana Jang comments, “Jeff Pope’s track record of a winning morning show in the Inland Empire makes him the perfect morning host to entertain listeners in the Silicon Valley.” Pope adds, “I am genuinely excited about doing mornings in the tenth-largest city in the country as well as waking up Silicon Valley with a solid pro like Marla Davies.” Pope & Marla will debut on “Mix 106.5″ in less than three weeks – (Monday, 12/30).
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Alternative WWCD, Columbus “CD102.5” moves weekend talent Ed Francis to the daily 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm shift and Tom Butler slides back to 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight beginning today…..At Radio One’s hip hop WCKX, Columbus, DJ Dimepiece takes over the evening show and will mix her “Dime Time Radio Show.” In addition to her previous work with Clear Channel’s hip hop WCGI, Chicago, DJ Dimepiece appeared on the VH1 show “Master of the Mix.”…..After a stint in the record business (promotion with Sidewalk Records) Kristina Carlyle returns to radio and is the new APD and midday host at Cox Media Group’s country KWEN, Tulsa “K95.”…..Joe Cassady is promoted to brand manager at Midwest Communications’ classic hits WLMI and country WQTX “92.1 Big Country” in Lansing, Michigan. Cassady – who will continue to host afternoons on WLMI – takes over for Aimee Rau who remains with the cluster producing WLMI’s Tim Barron morning show…..At Marc Radio Gainesville’s rhythmic CHR WTMG, Williston, Florida “Magic 101.3,” Quran “DJ Q” Pettyjohn joins the station as music director and assistant program director.
CC’s Bob Pittman Explains View of Media Landscape in AdWeek Essay. Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman pens a brief piece on his philosophy about dealing with the “disruption” that’s taking place in the media business in AdWeek. In it, Pittman states that he believes a crucial mistake to make is to follow conventional wisdom and allow yourself to be hyped. In our business, Pittman says that translates into dumping all other media and putting all your eggs into the shiny new basket that is digital. Pittman advises to be aware of the behavior of the consumer and further asserts his belief that a mix of media is a winning plan for advertisers in this era. Read the entire piece here.
Nielsen Audio Releases Select Data from RADAR 119. The December 2013 RADAR (Radio’s All Dimension Audience Research) is data culled from the 48 PPM markets Nielsen measures between September 13, 2012 to September 11, 2013 and it concludes that “more than 178 million persons 12 and older, or approximately 68% of this demographic, heard one or more network radio commercials in an average week of the survey period. Keep in mind that RADAR reports estimated audiences to network commercials broadcast by affiliates of the subscribing networks and doesn’t purport to account for listening to all network radio programming. The study concludes that in the top 25 DMAs (designated market areas), network radio demonstrates extensive reach including: 70.5% of persons aged 12+ (92,593,000 persons); 73.7% of persons aged 18-49 (50,599,000 persons); and 74.5% of persons aged 25-54 (48,331,000 persons). Subscribing networks are happy to release their success stories and AdLarge Media reports that its ROI Network debuted in this report and was “#1 with Adults and Women 18-49; and Women 25-54, Monday-Sunday and Monday-Friday, 5A-8P.” AdLarge co-founder and president Cathy Csukas states, “We promised our advertisers an expansive network and the results of AdLarge’s ROI Network debut delivered. The robust female showing bolsters our commitment to help advertisers connect with this hard-to-reach demographic that has strong purchasing power.” WestwoodOne issues a statement saying that it is “proud to be a part of RADAR’s expanding networks within the audio landscape. In addition to proving that radio is alive and well and that its audiences are broadening, today’s RADAR 119, released by Nielsen Audio, showcases more diversity in network offerings.” WestwoodOne COO Charles Steinhauer adds, “Overall growth is positive for the audio category, and for RADAR. Generally, the December RADAR is a non-event because many networks re-configure their lineups and publish special tabs at this time of year, WestwoodOne included. It is exciting to welcome a new company into the RADAR marketplace and to the Network Radio Research Council. We look forward to more diversity in the promotion of network radio audiences.”
Eastwood Announced as Radio Mercury Awards Chief Judge. Matt Eastwood is DDB, New York’s chief creative officer and he will be taking on responsibilities as chief judge for the 23rd annual Radio Mercury Awards. “We are so privileged to have Matt Eastwood as this year’s chief judge,” comments Radio Advertising Bureau president-chief executive officer/Radio Creative Fund chair Erica Farber. ”Matt has a true appetite for exceptionally creative radio and has shown a commitment to transport the medium to new levels of excellence.” Eastwood states that, “With all the new forms of media out there today, radio creative is still the most challenging and truly the best writer’s medium in which to challenge yourself. What is more exciting is that radio now has all these new platforms, so the ideas and opportunities are endless. The awards continue to fuel the passion of agency ‘creatives’ to take the medium beyond the average spot commercial, but still recognize the beauty and elegance of a well-crafted, creatively written spot.” Entries are being accepted for creative spots and campaigns from advertising agencies, radio stations, production companies, colleges, universities and advertisers. In addition to the $50,000 “Best of Show,” other prizes will be awarded for “Agency Production Single,” “Radio Station Produced Single,” “Student Produced Single,” “Public Service Announcement,” “Spanish Language Single,” “Radio Campaign,” “Spanish Language Campaign,” “Integrated Campaign with Radio,” “Innovative Use of Radio,” and “Radio Promotion of the Year.” Deadline to call for entry is (Tuesday) April 1, 2014.
Record Number of SCBA Radio Sales Training Graduates. The Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA) has just presented certification awards to 31 new – or newer – sales professionals, sales assistants and individuals seeking a sales career in Southern California radio. That is a record number of people successfully completing the training classes, which were conducted from September 23 – December 5. SCBA President Thom Callahan comments, “The SCBA is firmly committed to helping our members train the next generation of professional radio sales executives. Each class and professional instructor brought a special focus for our students.” Included in the 10-week training curriculum were “New Business Development,” “Strategic Selling,” “Building Client Relationships,” “Interactive Selling,” and “Cold Calling Techniques.” The SCBA Sales Training Classes is a collaboration of the SCBA and the GSM Council of Southern California.
Alpha Broadcasting Stations Partner with Amy Roloff Charity Foundation for Anti-Bullying Contest. Hot AC KBFF, Portland “Live 95.5” and country KUPL “98.7 The Bull” joined together with the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation to hold an on-air and online contest in which students at Portland-area schools were to submit on behalf of fellow schoolmates and faculty that have made a difference or overcome bullying. The winner of the contest is Cascade Middle School 8th Grader Elizabeth Reynolds. As a result, “Little People, Big World” star Amy Roloff will present an anti-bullying assembly at Cascade Middle School tomorrow.
Bicycle Accident Claims Olin’s Life. Milton Olin, Jr. was the former two-year (2000 – 2002) chief operating officer of music-sharing site Napster. The 65-year-old Olin died this past Sunday (12/8) in Los Angeles when a police patrol car struck his bicycle on the Mulholland Highway. The accident happened at approximately 1:00 pm. The patrol car and Olin’s bicycle reportedly were traveling eastbound when they collided. Olin was a senior partner at Altschul & Olin, LLP. He graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 1975.
Backstage with Icona Pop. WKSC, Chicago “103.5 Kiss FM” afternoon drive personality Jordan (center) interviews Aino Jawo (left) and Caroline Hjelt (right) of the Swedish duo Icona Pop backstage at the United Center. Icona Pop was one of eight acts that rocked the arena last night (12/9) during the “103.5 Kiss FM Jingle Ball.” Also performing were Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias, Paramore, Flo Rida, Avril Lavigne, Travie McCoy and Fifth Harmony.
Estate of Paul Drew Makes Donation of Artifacts to Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame announces it has received a donation of files from the Estate of Top 40 radio pioneer Paul Drew. Cataloguing and inventorying is being done and then they will be placed in The Popular Music and Culture Collection, within the Georgia State University Special Collections and Archives. Future researchers will have access to files and photographs pertaining to Drew’s tenure at WGST, WAKE, WQXI, CKLW, WIBG, KFRC, KHJ, RKO Radio, and Radio Marti as well as his own companies. Material and photographs pertaining to Georgia radio have begun to appear in the ATLANTA sub section under the GEORGIA STATIONS tab at www.grhof.com. The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame would like to acknowledge Ann Drew for facilitating this contribution to Georgia radio and radio industry history. Pictured here is Drew with the Japanese pop duo Pink Lady taken in the early 1980s.
Clear Channel Goes with DC-Based Elliot Segal for WOR, New York Morning Show. In announcing its new program schedule for news/talk WOR, New York (which includes the arrival of Premiere’s Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity), Clear Channel Media + Entertainment throws a curveball to industry watchers and names “DC101” morning drive host Elliot Segal the new morning drive show, replacing the retiring John Gambling. The “Elliot in the Morning” show will continue to air on Clear Channel’s rock WWDC as well as rock WRXL, Richmond “XL 102.” Segal says, “I’m excited to be coming back to New York, to a station with such a legendary history. We have built something very special in Washington, DC and Richmond and I’m beyond thrilled that the show will continue airing on DC/101 and XL-102. Now, WOR will be home to ‘Elliot In The Morning’ and I couldn’t be more anxious to get going.” This move is particularly significant because it is the first time in recent memory that a major market heritage AM news/talk station will be carrying the same show that is running on a major market heritage FM music station. Although there is nothing new about major FM music stations running talk (or talk-oriented) programs in their lineups (usually in morning drive), this move marks a significant breakthrough in mixing the cultures within a single outlet’s stationality. The implications of this, should it be successful, will be huge. Clear Channel notes Mark Simone follows Segal from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. After that it’s Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Andy Dean and Dave Ramsey. Joan Hamburg – a longtime WOR personality – moves to weekends with programs airing on both Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. President and market manager Joe Puglise states, “This is an incredibly exciting time for WOR. Bringing America’s top two talk show hosts to our lineup, the entertaining Elliot Segal and his team to the mornings and becoming the flagship station for the Mets will allow us to create unprecedented marketing opportunities for our partners and unbeatable programming for our listeners.”
Good BS Versus Bad BS. According to Duane Doobie, RadioInfo‘s tell-it-like-it-is music editor/director, we are all in the business of hype. In his opinion, without hype there would be no progress, no growth, no leaders and no followers. In a new column posted today (12/9) he writes, “Please do not interpret what I have to say as being naïve to the way ‘business’ must be conducted for our industry (or any industry for that matter) to stay afloat, let alone thrive. But I do deeply believe based on significant personal and professional experience that hype (specifically as it applies to music research) falls into two major categories. Bad BS and good BS! Bad BS is the propellant that leads you to untruth and failure. Good BS is the propellant that lifts you to truth and success. Okay… so how does that relate to what we do?” Find out. Read Duane Doobie’s entire column by clicking here.
Steve Harvey to Be Inducted into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Premiere Networks nationally syndicated urban morning show host Steve Harvey will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon on Tuesday, April 8 in Las Vegas. NAB executive vice president of radio John David says, “Steve Harvey entertains people of all ages with his unique and humorous perspective on life. Mr. Harvey’s dedication and talent have earned him great success, and we are thrilled to induct him into NAB’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame.” Harvey began his career in the mid-1980s as a stand-up comedian. The long-time host of “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” has held numerous positions acting, hosting, writing and producing for television and film. In addition to his radio show, Harvey also hosts the syndicated television game show “Family Feud” and the television talk show “Steve Harvey” which earned him the 2013 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New Talk Show Host.”
WMGK, Philadelphia’s Lake Announces His Retirement. Seven-year WMGK “102.9 MGK,” Philadelphia program director Charley Lake will be retiring from the Greater Media classic rocker at the end of next month. Greater Media chairman/chief executive officer Peter Smyth comments that, “Charley Lake has been – and will always be – an important and beloved member of the Greater Media family. Under his leadership, WMGK has become one of the premiere classic rock stations in America.” Senior vice president/regional market manager John Fullam comments, “Charley has helped WMGK achieve some of its highest ratings. Charley is one of the top program directors in our business and one of the nicest people.” Lake adds, “It is an honor to wrap up my career, which has involved both the radio and music industries, in Philadelphia, a city as famous for its legendary radio stations and air talent as it is for its legacy of wonderful music and musicians. I look forward to my retirement, but for now I’m just looking forward to spending a few more weeks in the company of the nicest and most talented group of radio professionals I’ve ever had the privilege of working with.” Lake’s past radio credits include programming WJMK, Chicago; KOOL, Phoenix; WLVQ, Columbus; and WRNO, New Orleans. He did record promotion for A&M, Epic, Motown, and Warner Bros.
Ken Calvert to Retire from WCSX, Detroit AM Drive Show. One half of the K.C. & Trudi morning show on Greater Media’s classic rock WCSX, Detroit – Ken Calvert – is retiring from the show and will step into a role that includes a weekend shift and continuing to write his “Ken’s Korner” blog for the station’s website. His last day in mornings will be December 20. The station has not announced its plans for the morning show beyond that. Calvert — after a Detroit radio career that began in 1973 during which he worked at WWWW-FM, WABX-FM, WRIF-FM, WLLZ-FM, and WJR-AM — joined WCSX in 2000. Program director Jerry “JT” Tarrants says, “Ken is a legend in the Detroit market and though he’ll no longer drive our morning show, he’ll still be taking advantage of the free coffee in our building. I can’t be happier that he’ll stay on the WCSX team in several different roles and capacities to help us continue to grow and strengthen the WCSX brand.” Calvert adds, “This has been a dream job with a dream company. Market manager Steve Chessare and JT have been wonderful in this transition. I look forward to remaining a part of the Greater Media Detroit family. It allows me to stay on-air on a limited basis and have a larger part on our growing digital platform with blogs and a regular podcast.”
Ken Payne Assumes PD Role at ‘Magic 102.7’ in Miami. Lincoln Financial Media announces programmer Ken Payne is the new program director at classic hits WMXJ-FM, Miami “MAGIC 102.7.” Payne served with Clear Channel at its adults hits WMGF, Orlando for the past 14 years. LFM Miami SVP and general manager Maureen Lesourd states, “Ken’s command of the format combined with his initiative and innovation will continue MAGIC’s growth trajectory in the ratings. He is a proven leader with a proficiency in research that will further enhance the station’s relevance in the lives of listeners and effectiveness for our advertisers.” Payne comments, “It’s a great privilege to join the Lincoln Financial Media family. MAGIC is a market leader delivering music and meaningful conversation to more than 800,000 listeners each week, making it an enormous force in South Florida. It’s a thrill to be part of such a prestigious team and legendary radio station.”
Flora and DeLucca Join Clear Channel, Phoenix as GSMs. Coming onboard effective immediately as general sales managers are George Flora and Libia DeLucca. Flora will oversee sales operations for Clear Channel, Phoenix outlets KFYI “Newstalk 550,” KOY “Business 1230,” and KGME “Fox Sports Radio 910.” In addition to her GSM duties, DeLucca will assist with brand manager responsibilities for the cluster’s rhythmic hot AC KYOT “Eva 95.5.” Clear Channel Phoenix vice president of sales Linda Little states, “George Flora is the perfect addition to our sales management team. He will add a wealth of knowledge and experience in driving revenue and creating solutions for clients utilizing our spoken-word brands. Libia brings with her years of experience selling integrated marketing solutions with digital, newspaper, and TV assets in Phoenix. I know she will take her team to new levels as they become even stronger digital marketers for their clients.” Prior to the six years he just spent at ESPN Los Angeles, Flora was with CBS Radio Los Angeles for 12 years. DeLucca had a 14-year run with Gannett Media Phoenix – most recently as digital sales manager.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Changes at Shamrock Communications’ Wilkes-Barre cluster where Jim Rising is the new program director and afternoon personality at classic rock WEZX. Rising serves as program director at Opus Broadcasting’s classic rock WQTL, Tallahassee “106.1 The Path” and will continue in that role as well. Shamrock also welcomes Tommy Ferguson to the company as PD for alternative WFUZ “Fuzz 92.1” and sports talk WEJL “NEPA’s ESPN.”…..Dan Turi exits Press Broadcasting’s hot AC WWZY, Monmouth-Ocean, New Jersey “107.1 The Breeze” as the station tweaks its format to a modern AC outlet and re-brands as “107.1 FM.” Turi also programmed the company’s sister station AC WBHX which is simulcasting the new “107.1 FM” format…..WDGC, Raleigh “G105” music director Kobi Kearney is leaving that position to move to Clear Channel’s sister CHR KWNW, Memphis “Radio NOW 101.9”where he’ll be PD and afternoon jock…..Meredith Turtletaub is named night jock at Hall Communications’ country WCTK, Providence “Cat Country 98.1” Turtletaub most recently worked in the Burlington, Vermont market…..MoodyontheMarket.com reports Mid-West Family Broadcasting‘s WCSY, South Haven, Michigan (Benton Harbor-St. Joseph) “SuperHits 103.7″ adds local talent to the station with Paul Layendecker hosting mornings from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon and Spencer Rivers holding down the 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm shift.
Beasley Declares Cash Dividend for Share Holders. The dividend will be paid on January 10 to shareholders of record on December 27 and will pay $0.045 per share. Chairman and CEO Geroge Beasley states, “The re-initiation of a regular cash dividend reflects the free cash flow generated by our operations as well as our commitment to deliver value to our shareholders, and follows the one-time special dividend of $0.085 paid to shareholders in December 2012. Importantly, taking into consideration the proposed annual capital allocated to dividend payments, based on current conditions we believe Beasley Broadcast Group‘s total free cash flow should provide us with the liquidity needed to further reduce leverage, consider potential station acquisitions and to enhance long-term shareholder value.”
Yankees Add Syracuse’s Rock “TK 99″ to its Radio Network. Galaxy Communications, Syracuse classic rocker WTKW “TK 99″ signs a multi-year agreement with CBS Radio to air all 162 regular season games of the NY Yankees beginning with the 2014 season. Galaxy Communications president/chief executive officer Ed Levine remarks, “We intend to go far beyond just broadcasting the games on the radio in Syracuse. We’re going to enhance the experience for Yankee fans in Central New York in a myriad of innovative ways.” CBS Radio vice president of sports programming Mark Chernoff comments, “CBS Radio and the New York Yankees are very excited to be partnering with ‘TK 99′ and Galaxy. They have shown a great ability through their work with Syracuse University athletics to enhance what is already a strong presence in Syracuse. We look forward to that continuing with the Yankees.” In April 2007, WTKW became the flagship play-by-play outlet of Syracuse University men’s football, men’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse games.
Hubbard’s WILV, Chicago Drops ‘Rewind’ Moniker. The adult hits station is dropping the “Rewind” part of its brand and is simply referring to itself as “Chicago’s 100.3” beginning today. Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that the station is making the change to reflect the addition of newer music to the playlist. Program director Marty Bender tells Feder, “The moniker of ‘Rewind’ served the station well for a number of years when we exclusively featured music from just the ’80s and ’90s. For quite some time now, we’ve been weaving in a number of choice, contemporary songs. The response from our core adult/female audience has been overwhelmingly positive. The next logical step for us was to expand our branding of the station beyond the limited ‘Rewind’ name. The majority of our audience already refers to the station by just our dial position of 100.3.”
Seacrest, The Inventor? More often than not, any story these days involving KIIS, Los Angeles morning man/”American Top 40″ countdown host/television producer/”American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest centers on speculation of him grabbing another high-profile media job. That is not the “case” though this time. The new face of New Year’s Eve has reportedly created the Typo Keyboard Case, an iPhone apparatus with a physical keyboard. According to AllThingsD, Seacrest has invested $1 million into the case, set to debut at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Typo iPhone Keyboard Case costs $99, but when reached by ABC News tech editor Joanna Stern, the company behind it would not confirm Seacrest’s financial investment. The Typo Keyboard case will work with an iPhone 5 and 5s. According to Stern, it has similarities to a Mophie Case for the iPhone. ”You slide two parts of the keyboard-equipped case onto the phone; then power on the case; and connect it via Bluetooth to the iPhone,” she points out. On the Typo Case website, Seacrest and business associate Laurence Hallier write, “After ordering every iPhone keyboard available, we realized there was no solution that worked well.” According to Stern, the two men vow that this case provides a “butter-smooth” experience and it adds only a quarter of an inch to the iPhone’s thickness. Orders are being taken now – shipments will be made next month.
Clear Channel and CMT Debut New Kacey Musgraves Video Today. Country performer Kacey Musgraves’ new video gets a double shot of promotion today as Clear Channel Media + Entertainment and CMT team up to give the video for “Follow Your Arrow” a promo blitz. It is being featured exclusively across CMT, Artists.CMT and Clear Channel’s country stations websites and iHeartRadio. CC EVP of programming Clay Hunnicutt states, “CMT and Clear Channel have created the largest country music platforms in radio and television and this is a great opportunity to leverage that partnership for the first time to shine a light on and support a bright young star that is breaking new ground and new music. Kacey thinks, writes and sings outside the lines — we’re excited to get her new video in the hands of her fans and country music lovers.
Weekly Pink Floyd Show Added to Chicago Rock Signal. The internationally syndicated weekly Pink Floyd show called “Floydian Slip” and featuring host Craig Bailey becomes part of the programming schedule at Matrix Broadcasting’s rock WFXF, Crystal Lake, Illinois “The Fox” serving Chicago’s northwest suburbs. Also, on December 3, the program began airing on The Tide Community Broadcasting’s triple A KTDE, Gualala, California “The Tide” serving Mendocino County on California’s Redwood Coast. The stations are the latest to join the show’s Random Precision Radio Network, created by Bailey in the summer of 2009 when he began syndicating the show from his home studio. ”Floydian Slip” is currently heard on nearly 50 stations in the U.S., Canada and overseas.
KINK, Portland’s Dave Scott to Play Santa at Children’s Hospital. Alpha Broadcasting’s triple A KINK, Portland is playing a role in the holidays for young patients at Randall’s Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. On December 16, morning host Dave Scott and co-hosts Sheila and Shelly B will be visiting the hospital with toys for young patients to enjoy throughout the year. The station is currently soliciting toys from its listeners to present to the children. Program director Chris Mays says, “We are so excited to be playing Santa to the kids at Randall’s Children’s Hospital! The KINK community is very active and we are looking forward to their donations for Santa’s ‘bag’ in this season of giving.”
“It’s A Thrill Just To Be Nominated.” Undoubtedly, at least one artist listed here made that statement over the weekend, as nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards were revealed last Friday night (12/6) during an hour-long, LL Cool J-hosted CBS-TV special from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater. Six categories and their respective contenders were broadcast; shortly thereafter, the entire list was disclosed. In case you missed it, the nominees are:
Song of the Year
“Just Give Me A Reason” – P!nk
“Locked Out of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
“Roar” – Katy Perry
“Royals” – Lorde
“Same Love” - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
Best Pop Group/Duo Performance
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
“Just Give Me a Reason” – P!nk and Nate Ruess
“Stay” – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
“Suit and Tie” – Justin Timberlake and Jay Z
Album of the Year
“The Blessed Unrest” – Sara Bareilles
“Random Access Memories” – Daft Punk
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” – Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Red” – Taylor Swift
Best Country Album
“Night Train” – Jason Aldean
“Two Lanes of Freedom” – Tim McGraw
“Same Trailer Different Park” – Kacey Musgraves
“Based on a True Story …” – Blake Shelton
“Red” – Taylor Swift
Best New Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Record of the Year
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Royals” – Lorde
“Locked Out of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
Best Pop Solo Performance
“Brave” – Sara Bareilles
“Royals” – Lorde
“When I Was Your Man” – Bruno Mars
“Roar” – Katy Perry
“Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
“Just Give Me A Reason” – P!nk featuring Nate Ruess
“Stay” – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
Best Dance/Electronica Album
“Random Access Memories” – Daft Punk
“Settle” – Disclosure
“18 Months” – Calvin Harris
“Atmosphere” – Kaskade
“A Color Map of the Sun” – Pretty Lights
Best Rock Performance
“Always Alright” – Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” – David Bowie
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Kashmir” (Live)” – Led Zeppelin
“My God Is The Sun” – Queens Of The Stone Age
“I’m Shakin’” – Jack White
Best Rock Album
“13″ – Black Sabbath
“The Next Day” – David Bowie
“Mechanical Bull” – Kings Of Leon
“Celebration Day” – Led Zeppelin
“… Like Clockwork” – Queens of the Stone Age
“Psychedelic Pill” – Neil Young with Crazy Horse
Best Alternative Music Album
“The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love” – Neko Case
“Trouble Will Find Me” – The National
“Hesitation Marks” – Nine Inch Nails
“Lonerism” – Tame Impala
“Modern Vampires Of The City” – Vampire Weekend
Best R&B Performance
“Love And War” – Tamar Braxton
“Best Of Me” – Anthony Hamilton
“Nakamarra” – Hiatus Kaiyote featuring Q-Tip
“How Many Drinks?” – Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something” – Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway
Best R&B Album
“R&B Divas” – Faith Evans
“Girl on Fire” – Alicia Keys
“Love in the Future” – John Legend
“Better” – Chrisette Michele
“Three Kings” – TGT
Best Rap Performance
“Started From The Bottom” – Drake
“Berzerk” – Eminem
“Tom Ford” - Jay Z
“Swimming Pools (Drank)” – Kendrick Lamar
“Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Power Trip” – J.Cole featuring Miguel
“Part II (On The Run)” – Jay Z featuring Beyoncé
“Holy Grail” – Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
“Now Or Never” – Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You” – Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd
Best Rap Album
“Nothing Was the Same” – Drake
“Magna Carta … Holy Grail” – Jay Z
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” – Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Yeezus” – Kanye West
Best Country Solo Performance
“I Drive Your Truck” – Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy” – Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker
“Mine Would Be You” – Blake Shelton
Best Comedy Album
“Calm Down Gurrl” – Kathy Griffin
“I’m Here To Help” – Craig Ferguson
“A Little Unprofessional” – Ron White
“Live” – Tig Notaro
“That’s What I’m Talkin’ About” – Bob Saget
There are four instances where an artist is competing against himself in the same category. Kendrick Lamar is a six-time nominee for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best R&B Performance, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Another six-time nominee is Pharrell Williams for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Get Lucky,” Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Blurred Lines,” Best Pop Group/Duo Performance – “Blurred Lines,” Best Pop Group/Duo Performance - “Get Lucky,” Record of the Year - “Blurred Lines,” and Record of the Year – “Get Lucky.” Mentioned five times are Daft Punk (Album of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, and Record of the Year). Also boasting five nominations is Jay Z (Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration featuring Beyoncé, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration featuring Justin Timberlake. The group Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is another five-time nominee for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, and Song of the Year. Justin Timberlake is a four-time nominee for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Three-time nominees are Lorde (Best Pop Solo Performance, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year); Bruno Mars (Best Pop Solo Performance, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year); P!nk (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, and Song of the Year); and Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, Record of the Year). With two apiece are Sara Bareilles, David Bowie, Drake, Imagine Dragons, Led Zeppelin, Miguel, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nate Reuss, Rihanna featuring Mikky Echo, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift. CBS-TV will air the Grammys (Sunday) January 26.
Lincoln Financial Media Appoints Prain DOS in Miami. Lincoln Financial Media announces broadcast pro and media sales consultant Jim Prain is named director of sales for the company’s Miami cluster that includes: AC WLYF, “LITE 101.5,” classic hits WMXJ, “MAGIC 102.7,” and sports talk WAXY-AM/FM “104.3 The Ticket.” LFM Miami SVP and general manager Maureen Lesourd states, “I have had the privilege to know Jim throughout his career and find him a highly credible, accountable and strategic thinker. His leadership will help propel our sales effort to meet the growing demands of our clientele and maximize all the on air, online and social media assets we have to offer.” Prain’s media career includes 25-plus years of media management experience in major and large markets, including positions at companies such as ABC, ABC/Cap Cities and Cox Media. He also invested two years as a small business owner in Detroit, where he launched a power sports company. Prain comments, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Maureen and LFM CEO Don Benson over the years and feel this is the perfect fit for me professionally and personally. My passion for helping our customers, combined with the recent benefits of owning a small business, affords me a unique perspective on both sides of the marketing equation. I’m excited to get started.”
Clear Channel Transfers DeSocio to St. Louis. As of next Monday (12/9), CHR WXXL, Orlando “XL-106.7″ program director/on-air talent Jordan DeSocio will become assistant program director/music director of co-owned Clear Channel St. Louis siblings (CHR) KSLZ “Z107.7″ and (rhythmic CHR) KBWX “WiLD 104.9.” Program Director Brett Andrews comments, “Jordan is a great on-air talent and a skilled programmer. His experience and knowledge will help grow our cluster’s ratings and revenue as well as social and digital operations.” DeSocio remarks, “I am looking forward to teaming up with Brett and the rest of the Clear Channel St. Louis team. I am excited to build on the incredible heritage of KSLZ and create new experiences for ‘WiLD 104.9.’” DeSocio previously worked for Clear Channel, Cincinnati CHR WKFS “Kiss 107.”
Entercom Seattle Boosts Scott to Digital PD. Two-year Entercom Seattle brand coordinator Leslie Scott is upped to digital program director for the Emerald City cluster, which includes rhythmic hot AC KHTP “Hot 103.7,” KISW “Rock 99.9,” country KKWF “The Wolf,” and alternative KNDD “The End.” Entercom Seattle vice president of programming Dave Richards remarks, “Leslie has displayed an intuitive and strategic talent for radio, digital, and social media engagement. She is the clear choice to lead our digital content and engagement.” As part of her new duties, Scott will strategize uses for station digital platforms, including websites, social media accounts, email databases, and direct-to-consumer platforms.
JB and Sandy Exit KAMX, Austin. Entercom Austin says it will announce the new morning drive host at hot AC KAMX, Austin “Mix 94.7” very soon. The station says longtime morning team JB and Sandy Mcllree are out as morning hosts and explains why. Vice president of programming Cat Thomas says, “JB and Sandy have been part of ‘Mix’ for 18 years, which is a lifetime in radio. JB and Sandy made an indelible impact on our station, their audience and the city of Austin. But unfortunately the declining performance of the show and the expense of the show no longer made economic sense, and we were unable to come to terms. We thank them for their work and wish them the best in the future.” Thomas continues, “We are excited about the future of ‘Mix’ in 2014 and we will be naming our new host shortly. We are pleased to announce we will be retaining Alex and Sara, and we will continue playing Austin’s best music mix.” JB and Sandy fans may not like the rationale but kudos to Thomas and Entercom Austin management for explaining the departure of the team instead of ignoring questions about the change.
Steven Mills Joins CC Allentown to Program Rock ‘95.1 ZZO’; Craig Stevens Promoted. Steven Mills was most recently with the Elmira, New York-based Pembroke Pines Media Group as corporate director of programming. Now, he’s headed to Allentown to serve as program director for Clear Channel’s rock WZZO “95.1 ZZO.” At the same time, the company announces Craig Stevens is upped to program director for adult hits WRFY, Reading “Y102” and oldies WRAW, Reading “Oldies 1340.” Stevens, a 21-year CC Allentown vet, serves as OM for the Allentown market and will continue in his role as PD for news/talk WAEB “NewsRadio 790.” Regional program manager Jeff Hurley comments, “Craig will provide excellent leadership to ‘Y102,’ one of the region’s flagship stations. I’m always excited to promote from within and Craig has earned the opportunity to lead the ‘Y102’ team. I am also excited for Steven to join the team. He brings an extremely diverse programming background and will be a tremendous asset to the Allentown market.”
After MidNite Assignment Awaits Alan. As of January 6, Premiere Radio‘s “After MidNite” will be re-branded as “CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan” to reflect the name of its new permanent personality. In the meantime, the syndicated country program’s 20th anniversary concludes with a series of guest hosts. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard (better known as Florida Georgia Line) have been performing those duties since Monday (12/2). They finish up on Sunday (12/8), giving way to Brad Paisley, who takes over next week (12/9 – 15). Then it will be Zac Brown‘s turn 12/16 – 22, before “Best-Of” highlights from the past several months air from December 23 – January 5. ”After MidNite” creator/host Blair Garner exited the show in late-July to do mornings on Cumulus country outlet WNSH, New York.
Envision Announces Two Adds: ‘The Core’ Added to ‘107.1 The Nerve’; ‘Hank FM’ to Air on WHIT, Madison. KTUM, Tatum, New Mexico “107.1 The Nerve” picks up Envision Radio Networks’ 90s rock program “The Core.” The M.T.D., Inc.-owned rock station will air the program Sundays at 5:00 pm. The show is hosted by Meltdown and programmed by Steve Black from Detroit’s rock powerhouse WRIF and features music from such 90s rock artists as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden and U2. Also, country format “Hank FM” is being added to Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s WHIT, Madison. Program director Mark Van Allen states, “We are extremely excited to have launched ‘Country Legends HANK AM 1550.’ The radio station will provide a unique offering of classic country music to the Madison area.”
Cumulus Media Holdings to Refinance $2.23 Billion in Debt. According to a Reuters report, Cumulus Media Holdings has set terms on a new $2.23 billion loan that would serve to reduce its interest payments over the course of the loan. The company is marketing a $200 million, five-year revolver and a $2.025 billion, seven-year, first-lien term loan. The proceeds would refinance Cumulus’ current first- and second-lien loans. Moody’s Investor Services VP and senior credit officer Carl Salas is quoted saying, “It’s a meaningful improvement in their annual debt service. They will save upwards of $30 million to $35 million in interest costs which adds nicely to their free cash flow generation.”
Donovan Joins ‘Lite Rock 105’ in Providence. At Cumulus Media’s AC WWLI, Providence “Lite Rock 105,” Stephen Donovan is added to the morning show alongside Heather Gersten and the show is being re-named “Heather & Steve.” Program director Brian Demay states, “Stephen will bring a completely fresh and new sensibility to ‘Lite Rock’ mornings and I am excited about this new direction of the show.” Donovan adds, “Providence is a world-class city with a radio legacy to match. So when someone asks if you want to work in the same town as radio legends Salty Brine and Giovanni, you immediately pack your bags. I’m thrilled at the opportunity to join the ‘Lite Rock’ family.” Donovan joins the station beginning December 16.
KYSR, Los Angeles Morning Personality Kennedy to Host Fox Business Net Show. Former MTV VJ and current morning drive host at Clear Channel’s alternative KYSR, Los Angeles, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, will begin a new nightly current events talk show on Fox Business Network titled “The Independents” that will premiere on Monday, December 9. The Hollywood Reporter states that Kennedy will co-host with Reason magazine’s Matt Welch, America’s Future Foundation’s Kmele Foster and a rotating panel of money experts. Kennedy herself writes on her KYSR blog that the show will be “aimed at all the mealy-mouthed, partisan faithful out there. Has the 2 party system totally failed you? Yeah, me too! Tune in 4 nights a week on FBN, and just remember, music and politics go hand in hand. I will always hold hands with you.” Kennedy has been a contributor to FBN making regular appearances on “Stossel.”
Vali Named Interim GM of Ohana Broadcast, Hawaii. The name Austin Vali is widely-known in Hawaii radio and, as Ohana Broadcast Company‘s interim general manager, he will oversee four Oahu stations and five Kauai facilities. Owner/president Jason Wolff comments, “Austin brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and relationships in the Honolulu market. He will be a tremendous asset as we strive to produce the best possible radio for our listeners and clients.” Recently, Vali was vice president/general manager of Cox Media Group‘s three-station Long Island cluster. During his 40-year radio career, he has worked in Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Louisville; however, Vali is perhaps best known for his experience in Hawaii. Since arriving there in 1978, he worked at Honolulu’s KIKI and KQMQ and he co-owned KRTR-FM and KXME in that market.
Premiere Announces Production Library Deal with SourceAudio. Premiere Networks says its new deal with SourceAudio will allow radio stations in America access to “the largest collection of production music ever made available to radio.” The partnership will provide exclusive domestic distribution for Alpha Music Libraries. Premiere will offer the comprehensive digital music library to radio stations nationwide beginning January 2014. In a statement, Premiere says “A unique, radio-specific search and distribution system available on the SourceAudio platform, Alpha Music Libraries will offer radio stations access to potentially hundreds of production music libraries, many of which have never been marketed to North American radio before. Utilizing SourceAudio’s cloud-based search and delivery system, subscribing stations will have access to the best new music for use in commercials, promos and spots – music that up until now has only been available to top advertising agencies, television production and major motion picture studios.” Premiere Networks EVP music programming Jennifer Leimgruber says, “Alpha Music Libraries provides station imaging professionals with access to tens of thousands of music tracks, updated constantly by publishers and available online, which is unprecedented. We couldn’t be happier to offer this resource to radio stations nationwide.”
The Sad State of Radio Broadcast Engineering – Part 2. Around Labor Day, RadioInfo technical editor Tom Ray wrote an article that asked, “Where have all the broadcast engineers gone?” He was inundated with responses — not just from across the country – but from around the world! Obviously, he hit a nerve with everyone. Ray reports, “I have heard from Australia, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Ireland. Obviously, this is a universal topic and I have been overwhelmed. Additionally, I was both surprised and not surprised at the bitterness in many of the responses. Broadcast engineers are a unique group. It’s difficult, though not impossible, to find a more dedicated group of people in any business. We take it personally. The station becomes part of us and is what we do. And once that is disrupted, even if the person is in a much better place, it is taken personally. I can relate.” In a long-awaited follow-up to that powerful article, Tom Ray posts a powerful and informative “Part 2″ today (12/4) that goes into even more depth on this complex and important topic – raising issues and offering solutions – that lies at the very foundation of the state of today’s radio station business. It is must reading for anyone who cares about the present and future state of radio station operations. To read it in its entirety, please click here.
More Holiday Charity Work from Across the Country. At CBS Radio’s CHR KLUC, Las Vegas, station morning host Chet Buchanan will endure another 12 days of cold weather for the station’s “15th Annual Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive” starting today through December 16. Buchanan will live atop a 30-foot high scaffolding for 12 straight days, raising awareness to the Las Vegas valley about the less fortunate kids and families in the community. Last year, KLUC gathered 18 trucks full of toys, 3,280 bikes, and $268,000 in cash and gift cards……Entercom rock station WAAF, Boston is reprising its “Rise Up Against Hunger” campaign. From Wednesday, December 11 to Friday, December 13, WAAF personalities Lyndon “LB” Byers and Anthony “Spaz” Parziale will “rise up” on lifts where they will live on a platform suspended high in the sky for three full days in an effort to raise funds for The Greater Boston, Worcester County and New Hampshire Food Banks. WAAF PD Ron Valeri says, “WAAF is proud to partner with the food banks for this annual holiday season fundraiser. We’re asking our listeners to ‘Rise Up Against Hunger’ again, as they have generously done so many times in the past. Any amount is appreciated as we set our sights on exceeding last year’s donations of over $80,000 dollars.”…..Cumulus Media’s hip hop WWKX, Providence “Hot 106” is teaming with Hyundai of Seekonk to hold the first-ever “STUFF-A-BUS” to collect toys for The Salvation Army. Beginning Friday, December 6 at 2:00 pm, “Hot 106” afternoon drive personality Trey Miller will broadcast live on a bus for three days while collecting toys at a local Toys “R” Us. Miller says, “I am thrilled to be a part of such a great event that brings the whole community together! I can’t wait to see how many toys we can collect for our area children.”
“Dish Nation” Renewed For Third Season. Fox Television Stations will continue with the 30-minute entertainment program, which features drive-time radio talent from across the country. Twentieth Television executive vice president/general manager of broadcast sales Paul Franklin notes that, “The personalities featured on ‘Dish Nation’ are clearly resonating with viewers across the country. The program’s comedic take on pop culture and celebrity news have freshened up the stagnant entertainment magazine genre. The Fox Television Stations are a strong partner who first nurtured ‘Dish Nation’ as a summer test – we are thrilled to return for a third season on their local stations.” The program debuted on July 25, 2011, and according to Variety, it is the youngest skewing first-run syndicated program. It beats out “Queen Latifah,” “Arsenio Hall,” and “Katie [Couric]” in adults 18-34 and 18-49. ”Dish Nation” currently draws 1.3 million daily viewers, an 8% increase from a year ago. Among others, “Dish Nation” regulars have included Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill of Cumulus hot AC WPLJ, New York; Heidi and Frank from Cumulus rocker KLOS, Los Angeles; the late Kidd Kraddick of Clear Channel, Dallas CHR KHKS “Kiss”; Rickey Smiley from Radio One, Atlanta urban contemporary flagship WHTA “Hot”; Blaine Fowler and Allyson Martinek of Cumulus, Detroit hot AC WDVD; and Hubbard, Seattle CHR KQMV “Movin’” morning talents Brooke & Jubal.
Bruce Logan Named VP of Programming and Ops at CBS Radio Houston. Programmer Bruce Logan exits his regional programming manager role at Clear Channel’s Greensboro, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina clusters and his national country brand coordinator post to join CBS Radio as vice president of programming and operations manager for the six-station Houston cluster that includes: hot AC KHMX, sports talk KIKK, country KILT-FM “The Bull,” sports talk KILT-AM, CHR KKHH “Hot 95.7,” and Spanish KOLO. He’ll also have day-to-day programming responsibilities for “The Bull” and “Hot 95.7.” CBS Houston SVP and market manager Sarah Frazier says, “Bruce has a reputation as one of the premier country radio programmers in America. We have admired his work for some time and are thrilled we have an opportunity to bring him into the division. I am equally excited about his leadership skills and ability to build teams which is so important in today’s cluster environment.”
Chris Jackson to Mornings at Entercom’s Bay Area Rock KFOX. Bay Area radio pro Chris Jackson will take over mornings at Entercom’s “KFOX” classic rock simulcast KUFX, San Jose and KUZX, San Francisco. San Jose native Jackson was a member of KFOX’s morning show from 1996 to 2010, serving as co-host, creative director and lead writer for the show. Jackson replaces Annalisa who was tapped to fill the shoes of Greg Kihn in September of 2012. Program director Chris Hoffman states, “We’re excited to bring Chris Jackson back to KFOX. A South Bay native and original member of the air staff, Chris has been a fixture in the local rock and radio scene for decades and he knows how to entertain KFOX’s loyal fans. His deep rock and roll background will connect with listeners starting on day one.” Jackson adds, “KFOX was my home for so many years and I couldn’t be more excited to be back at ‘The Rock Station in the Bay Area.’ KFOX has some of the most amazing rock fans in the country and I look forward to starting their day with the music we are both so passionate about.”
Candy & Potter to Land at ‘HOT 103.7’ in Seattle. After announcing they would be leaving Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s country WWQM, Madison at the end of the year, Entercom now makes it public Candy & Potter will be moving to the morning drive slot at its new rhythmic CHR KHTP, Seattle “HOT 103.7” beginning January 22. In a statement, Entercom says, “The announcement is a homecoming for the pair, as both members of this talented duo were raised in the Seattle area and began their radio careers here. Candy & Potter come to the new ‘HOT 103.7’ fresh from ratings success in Madison where they were #1 among 25-54 adults. The team previously worked in Charlotte, NC and Albany, NY after launching their radio journey at ‘106.1 KISS FM’ in Seattle under now ‘HOT 103.7’ program director Mike Preston.” Preston adds, “Candy & Potter are spot-on for HOT103.7’s audience. Pop culture sensibilities combined with a passion for their hometown and a love of the music makes this show highly topical and interactive. Starting on January 22nd, listeners will wake up to Candy & Potter’s relentless pursuit of the most interesting and funny topics of the day with a show that’s a little bit like Facebook on radio.”
Kris Kelley Exits CC’s WGCI and ‘Kiss FM’ in Chicago. As tipped by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, programmer Kris Kelley has left the building at Clear Channel Media + Entertainment’s Chicago cluster. No official word other than confirmation she’s gone and well-wishes to her from management. Kelley programmed urban contemporary WGCI and CHR WKSC “Kiss FM” since October of 2012. Feder points out in his piece that ratings have been excellent for the two stations – WGCI was #1 and “Kiss FM” was #2 with persons 18-34 in the most recent Nielsen Audio PPM report. In the interim, CC Chicago director of urban programming Derrick Brown will oversee WGCI and VP of programming Tommy Austin will manage “Kiss FM.” Prior to this programming gig, Kelley was midday personality on the company’s urban contemporary WVAZ “V103.”
Clear Channel Programmer Chris Sargent Departs. Clear Channel Portland vice president of programming Chris “Sarge” Sargent leaves the cluster effective immediately. In addition to his VP duties, Sargent for the past 20 months was the cluster’s operations manager. He programmed classic hits-oldies KLTH, news/talk KEX, progressive-talk-turned-sports KPOJ and classic rock KFBW. Sargent joined the Portland cluster over four years ago from Fort Wayne, Indiana.
‘V101.9’ in Charlotte Adds Fly Ty to ‘Artie in the Afternoon’ Show. CBS Radio’s urban contemporary WBAV, Charlotte “V101.9” brings radio pro Fly Ty aboard to co-host the newly renamed “Artie in the Afternoon with Fly Ty” afternoon drive program. The company notes that Fly Ty began his career on sister hip hop station WPEG, Atlanta as a co-host/producer of the “Breakfast Brotha’s Morning Show” and after 10 years left to co-host/produce KRNB, Dallas’ “BJ in the Morning” show and the “Skip Murphy and Company” show at KKDA, Dallas “K104.” Most recently Fly Ty came back to Charlotte in 2012 to do afternoon drive for Radio One. WBAV program director Terri Avery says, “We are so excited to welcome Fly Ty back to the CBS Radio Family. The chemistry that he and Artie have after working together years ago at WPEG is undeniable and he brings another dimension to afternoons that we can’t wait for our listeners to hear.” Ty adds, “I could not be more pleased to work side by side with my long-time friend Artie and be part of such a great team led by Terri Avery. I’m ready to get out in the community, meet our listeners and continue to help ‘V101.9’ dominate the Charlotte market.”
Vulpi Joins USRN as VP/GM Content Affiliations. Former My Traffic Department vice president of sales Frank Vulpi is tapped to become vice president/general manager of Content Affiliations for the United Stations Radio Networks (USRN). Vulpi will oversee roughly one-dozen staffers marketing the network’s programming services. “Frank’s wealth of experience on both the station and the network side of the business is an incredible asset for our company,” comments USRN executive vice president Charlie Colombo. “He understands the needs of our clients; he knows the new platforms; and he knows how to develop and maintain those essential relationships with our affiliates. He is joining an already successful team.” Vulpi’s approximately 30-year industry background includes being general sales manager of New York City’s WYNY. In addition, he spent 15 years with Bloomberg‘s media division, ultimately running its radio and television syndication departments.
Carson and Beckman Promoted at Idaho Broadcasting Groups. The Moscow, Idaho-based broadcasting companies IdaVend Broadcasting, Inland Northwest Broadcasting and KRPL Inc. announce two promotions. The company’s current promotions director – Jon Carson – is upped to executive director of promotions for the nine-station radio group beginning January 2014. Carson has been with the company for more than two years and commutes between the station groups’ two locations in Moscow and Lewiston, Idaho. Carson recently earned designation as CRSM, Certified Radio Sales Manager, from the Radio Advertising Bureau. With the expansion of his team, Carson is overseeing a team of two promotions directors. The Moscow promotions director will oversee promotions for the six-station group, Inland Northwest Broadcasting, and KRPL, Inc. The Lewiston promotions director will oversee promotions for the three-station group, IdaVend Broadcasting. Additionally, Amberly Beckman is promoted to promotions director for the Moscow-based group from her most recent position as promotions director at the Lewiston-based stations. She has served with the company for the past two years.
Bay Becomes Chief Executive Officer at Rdio. Anthony Bay succeeds CEO Drew Larner, who transitions to vice chairman and strategic advisor to the board of directors of the digital music service. Larner comments that Bay’s record of accomplishment “building successful digital media businesses over the last two decades has been vast and deep.” He adds, “[Bay's] experience will be incredibly valuable to Rdio as we focus on building a global, scalable business model positioned for long-term leadership and growth.” According to Rdio founder Janus Friis, “We set out to build the best music streaming experience and we feel we have accomplished that. Now, we need to expand our global reach and subscriber base. Under Anthony’s leadership, Rdio will focus on building the world’s best free, ad-supported streaming service and dramatically growing our active, paying user base, globally. Anthony will also play a critical role in unlocking the value of our global terrestrial radio partnerships.” Bay remarks, “Subscription music offers an exciting and compelling customer experience and value proposition – we are still in the very early days of this opportunity. There are well over one billion Smartphone users with millions more joining every day. Our vision is for Rdio to become one of the ‘must have’ applications for any listener around the world.” A former digital media executive at Amazon, Microsoft, and Apple, Bay was chairman at Loudeye, where he pioneered the distribution, promotion and sale of digital media content in the business-to-business space before the company was sold to Nokia. During Bay’s time at Microsoft, his team was responsible for developing Windows Media Technologies, including Windows Media Player.
Sun Broadcast Group Contracts with Jelli for Cloud-Based Ad Platform. SBG CEO Jason Bailey announces that his company is investing the resources necessary to affect the “much-needed change to measurement and accountability in network radio” that he’s been publicly calling for as it will deploy Jelli, Inc.‘s cloud- based ad platform across its entire network that will make it easier and faster to buy and run radio advertisements. The change will start immediately across all of Sun’s Hispanic products including CNN en Español, Fox Deportes, AccuWeather en Español and its national Latino Advantage network. Sun Hispanic content partner, Stardome Media Group, has also committed to the platform change. A roll out to Sun’s general market offerings will begin in early 2014. Bailey comments, “I have been asking leaders large and small to stand with me and implement true change in how we conduct business across our industry. Radio has been living in the dark ages when it comes to accountability. We’re being eaten alive by the real-time metrics of digital audio competitors and our best answer, RADAR, still requires busy planners and buyers to go back months after a campaign to see what should have run. Today we stand proud to put our entire sales and programming schedules on the line and make a real change for this great industry.” In a statement, SBG says it is agreeing to finance equipment and installation costs for each affiliate they service. It has also been working with Jelli’s team of engineers to enhance the ad platform and include delivery of short-form content and features, allowing for real time measurement of sponsorships and integrated product placement in addition to relieving local affiliate workload in scheduling and running network content and ads.
Edison Research to Work with Triton Digital on ‘Infinite Dial’ Study. Arbitron’s absorption into the Nielsen fold has had an impact on the annual “Infinite Dial” study that Edison Research has been producing in partnership with the radio ratings firm. Edison announces that it will be conducting the long-running study of consumer media usage with Triton Digital when the new study is released in March of next year. Edison states that the study has been “one of the most widely cited and well-regarded studies on digital media usage, eagerly awaited each year and used by advertisers and content providers. Hundreds of start-ups, advertising agencies, established businesses, financial analysts, and academics all make extensive use of the study each year.” Edison Research president Larry Rosen comments, “We’re hard at work making the 2014 version of ‘The Edison/Triton Infinite Dial’ the best ever. Edison has always sought to provide thought leadership and Triton Digital is the recognized leader in digital audio measurement with its MRC-accredited Webcast Metrics platform. Our two companies have come together to continue the tradition of ‘The Infinite Dial’ and the tracking of consumer media trends in the digital economy.”
HD Radio to be Standard on the 2015 K900. The seventh Kia-made vehicle to have HD Radio as a standard feature will be its 2015 K900. The luxury sedan will join the recently-launched Cadenza, along with the Forte, Optima, Sorento, Soul, and Sportage as other Kia vehicles to offer the digital AM & FM format. HD Radio is – or will be – available as a factory-installed feature from 33 automotive brands including Acura, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI USA, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Ram, Rolls-Royce, Scion, SRT (Chrysler), Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo. The 2015 Kia K900 is expected to arrive at dealers during the first quarter of 2014.
Kim Field Passes. Fourteen-month Tom Kent Radio Network affiliate sales representative Kim Field died this past Sunday (12/1) in hospice care in Findlay, Ohio. Field had been battling cancer for the past two years; she is survived by a 16-year-old daughter and her parents. Field previously was a Sales Manager for the former Jacor, then a Clear Channel market manager for Ohio markets Findlay and Lima. Her funeral is scheduled for today (12/4) in Findlay. Kim Field was just 42 years old.
Keith Sweat Receives Soul Train ‘Lifetime Achievement Award.’ R&B legend and Premiere Networks host Keith Sweat was honored on Sunday evening (12/1) with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Soul Train Awards. Sweat, in addition to his successful career as a singer, songwriter, and producer, also hosts the evening radio show “The Sweat Hotel” syndicated by Premiere. During the award show, which aired simultaneously Centric and BET, Sweat took the stage to perform a medley of his greatest hits including “Nobody,” “I Want Her,” “Don’t Stop Your Love,” and a special rendition of “Make It Last Forever” with Faith Evans. While accepting the award honoring his nearly three-decades-long career in music, Sweat thanked the legendary Gerald Lavert for teaching him how to be a true entertainer and Doc Wynter, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment SVP of urban programming, for the chance to host his national radio program.