General Music Radio Industry News

Sunday, May 24, 2015

| May 24, 2015

KSZRTucson’s Turn to Feel The Vibe. A CHR-to-classic hip-hop transformation took place in Tucson this past Friday (5/22) at 12:00 noon, in which Cumulus Media‘s KSZR became “97.5 The Vibe.” Cumulus Tucson vice president and market manager Ken Kowalcek comments, “We are excited to deliver Tucson’s ‘party station.’ There is a passionate energy for this music, which defined an entire generation. No one else in Tucson is playing these songs, so this is a huge opportunity for us and fills a real need in the market.” Tucson’s “Vibe” will reportedly mix “old school” hip-hop hits with R&B “throwbacks” from the 1980s, 1990s, and early-2000s. Among persons 12+ in Nielsen Audio‘s winter 2015 book, KSZR ranks ninth (2.4) and is actually six-tenths better than its fall 2014 performance (1.8) and four-tenths higher than winter 2014’s 2.0. Of subscribing stations, iHeartMedia CHR KRQQ sets the pace with an 8.3 (12+), while its urban contemporary sibling KOHT “Hot 98.3″ registers a 5.5 (#4, 12+).

Saturday, May 23, 2015

| May 23, 2015

WVBZ“Man Up” is the Buzz in Greensboro. At 6:00 am yesterday (Friday, 5/22), iHeartMedia Greensboro transitioned alternative WVBZ “105.7 The Buzz” to rock as “The Triad’s New Choice for Rock – Man Up.” According to program director Keith Allen, the station “will be made up of the best rock of all time” and it “will provide Triad listeners the choice to listen to music in the morning and not wait till lunchtime.” In addition, the Greensboro audience will not “have to listen to a station that only plays one or two rock songs every blue moon.” The “Man Up” handle is being used by iHeartMedia in several other markets including Salt Lake City (KAAZ), and Oklahoma City (KBRU). Representative artists on the Greensboro version will include AC/DC, Boston, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Linkin Park, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden. After 16 successive (6+) performances in the two-share range, WVBZ has followed with five straight between 1.5 – 1.9, including 1.6 (#14) in April 2015. There are no other rock and/or alternative outlets in the market; Dick Broadcasting‘s classic rock WKRR “Rock 92″ posts noteworthy back-to-back gains (5.0 – 5.5 – 6.4, 6+) and finishes seventh in April (Nielsen Audio, PPM).

Friday, May 22, 2015

| May 22, 2015

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Adult Album Alternative.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian wraps up his analysis of stations airing rock formats based on data from the April 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio.  For the past two days (5/21 and 5/21), RadioInfo published his look at the alternative or modern rock and active rock formats.  Today, Kinosian turns his attention to adult album alternative or triple A.  Compared to the previous two formats, the number of stations playing the triple A format in PPM markets is much smaller – 11 to be exact.  Denver’s KBCO tops the market rank and market share (6+) charts based on April PPM data.  Find out where the rest of the stations stack up and look at the chart comparing all three rock-based formats here.

hubbardradio logoJeremy Sinon Named Corporate Digital Director for Hubbard Broadcasting.  This is a promotion to the corporate level for Jeremy Sinon who has been serving as the digital director for Hubbard Radio’s Twin Cities operations.  He will continue in that role in addition to his new post as corporate digital director.  The company says that in this position Sinon willsinonjeremy work closely with Hubbard EVP/chief financial officer Dave Bestler and president/COO Drew Horowitz to “oversee day-to-day corporate digital initiatives as well as the strategy for Hubbard Radio’s long-term digital goals.”  Speaking about his new position, Sinon says, “It’s really an honor to be given this opportunity to help lead the digital efforts for a company that I care so much about.  When I started at Hubbard in 2006 I was one of the first digitally focused hires the company ever made.  It amazes me every day when I look around and see how much we’ve grown since.  I’m excited about the future.  We have really big things in store for us.”  Prior to the last nine years with Hubbard Radio, Sinon was a digital director for the iHeartMedia radio group in Minneapolis and worked at the digital agency Omnera.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Milwaukee Radio Alliance’s hot AC WLDB, Milwaukee “Trendingbernardlauren Radio 93.3,” market pro Dan Kyle moves up from part-time status to full-time night jock…..Brown University-owned modern rocker WBRU, Providence ups Paul Martin to music director, taking over for Eliza Soros…..Lauren Bernard leaves her position with CHR KLUC, Las Vegas on the “Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo” show.

wvbz logoiHeartMedia’s WVBZ in Triad Market Moves to Rock Format.  Former alternative outlet WVBZ, Clemmons, North Carolina “105.7 The Buzz” – serving the Winston-Salem/Greensboro market – flips to rock and is currently using the slogan, “105.7 Man Up!”  The station is airing a cross section of rock music from various decades that includes such artists as: Linkin Park, Pink Floyd, Cage the Elephant, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Stone Temple Pilots, Fuel, Van Halen and more.


gracies15The 40th Annual Gracie Awards.  Arriving at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday (5/19) was the Alliance for Women in Media Board and AWM Foundation Board.  Pictured here (from l-r) are: Josie Thomas, EVP & chief diversity officer at CBS Corporation; Karla Ballard, SVP at Participant Media (and Gracies co-chair); Michelle Duke, vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation; Christine McLaughlin, broadcast lawyer at Sciarrino & Shubert , PLLC; Christine Travaglini, president of Christal Radio/KRG Partnerships; Kristen Welch, SVP, Global Content Operations at Discovery Communications, Inc. (and AWM Chair); Kay Olin, consultant at Olin & Associates (and past AWM Chair); Valerie Blackburn, VKB Media Consulting, (Gracies co-chair and past AWM Chair); Jill Luckett, senior vice president of Program Network Policy, National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Sandy Girard, VP, Brand Management & Development, SiriusXM; and Heather Cohen, EVP at The Weiss Agency.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

| May 21, 2015

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Active Rock.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian continues his analyses of stations airing rock formats based on data from the April 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio.  Yesterday (5/20), we published his look at the alternative or modern rock format.  Today, Kinosian turns his attention to active rock.  The final analysis will be triple A or adult album alternative.  In today’s report, see which active rock stations ranked high in their markets and which – of all stations in U.S. PPM markets – had the best AQH.  Plus, study the share fluctuations of stations over the past six surveys and from a year ago.  Also included is a comparative chart showing both alternative and active rock data.  See the whole story here.

wgci logoAir Personality Changes at Chicago’s Urban Outlets.  It appears iHeartMedia is behind the jock changes taking place at its hip hop WGCI and crosstown competitor WPWX “Power 92” – owned by Crawford Broadcasting.  iHeartMedia has parted company withwpwx logo WGCI afternoon host UB Rodriguez and midday host Loni Swain.  At the same time, Frankie Robinson and Tone, a.k.a. Anthony Mays, exit “Power 92” and are reported to be headed to WGCI.  Also, iHeartMedia announces former WVEE, Atlanta “V103” music director and morning show producer Johnnie D joins the programming team as assistant program director for the company’s Chicago urban outlets, serving under director of urban programming Derrick Brown.  iHeartMedia has been involved in a couple other high-profile urban talent acquisitions recently – notably the hiring of New York’s Angie Martinez (from Emmis’ WQHT “Hot 97” to its WWPR “Power 105”) and Los Angeles star Big Boy, a.k.a. Kurt Alexander, (again, from Emmis’ KPWR “Power 106” to iHM’s KRRL “Real 92.3).

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Radio legend Charlie Tuna is full time on KKPR-FM, Kearney, Nebraska –tunacharlie his hometown – after his Black Card Radio-syndicated program is added to the morning drive daypart.  He’d been heard on Sundays on the station…..At iHeartMedia’s Dayton hot AC WMMX “Mix 107.7,” Kristi Leigh is back for the midday shift.  She’d been morning drive personality at the station, exiting in the spring of 2013…..Cox Media’s country KWEN, Tulsa “K95” has its new afternoon host and hastyherndonAPD as Bill Sexauer joins from Coast Radio’s CHR WZNF, Biloxi “95.3 The Gorilla” where he was program director and AM drive host.  Sexauer assumes the role vacated by Kristina Carlyle who moved to crosstown country KTGX “106.1 The Twister.”….. Moving across town from his most recent gigmajounmichaela as VP/co-market manager for Entercom’s Kansas City station group to Cumulus Media’s operations for the VP of sales post is Herndon Hasty…..At non-com triple A WXPN, Philadelphia morning host Michaela Majoun is stepping away from her radio work after more than a quarter century to devote more time to her writing career.

hdradio logoHD Radio Artist Spotlight Focuses on Robert Earl Keen.  Currently working to support his #1 bluegrass album Happy Prisoner, Robert Earl Keen will be the next artist to be featured in the “HD Radio Artist Spotlight” program.  iBiquity’s partnership with Robert Earl Keen will build awareness of HD Radio broadcasting and promote Robert’s new album.  The program will include radiokeenrobertearl promotions and contests, as well as a trip for two to Nashville to join Keen at his July 23, 2015 performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium.  BMI executive director, strategic partnerships/business development Mason Hunter says, “We are excited to continue to build the HD Radio Artist spotlight program.  Robert Earl Keen is a stalwart for BMI and is an artist who has been consistently releasing outstanding music for over three decades.  His latest release, Happy Prisoner, is no exception.  We are thrilled to have a partner in iBiquity Digital who recognizes his talent and ongoing contribution to songwriting. The HD Radio Experience delivers digital quality sound, unique content, and exposure to artists like Robert in order to enhance the experience of their listeners.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

| May 20, 2015

nicklebackDuane Doobie Jr.’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personalities Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Matt James, golden-eared, on air personality at “T-100” WCLT in Newark, OH; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” and Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana, plus internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (5/20) includes such names as: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Zedd, Jon Bellion, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Manika, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Pharell Williams, Mark Ronson, Mystikal, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Hozier, Joywave, Nickelback, Peter Rivera, Coleman Hell, Neon Trees, The Struts, Bret Michaels, Jo Caine, Chris Janson, Chris Young, Steven Tyler, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, G. Love, Chappo, Big Data, Icky Blossoms, Roisin Murphy, Hot Chip, Silento, among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Alternative.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents an analysis of stations airing rock formats based on data from the April 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio.  The first format to be addressed is alternative or modern rock.  In the coming days, Kinosian will look at active rock and adult album alternative, as well.  In addition to studying the ratings fluctuations of alternative stations in PPM markets, the data reveals the top performers (6+).  The stations with the highest market share based on April 2015 data are: WOLT, Indianapolis; KTCL, Denver; and KRBZ, Kansas City.  Check out the rest of the scorecard as well as which stations rank high in their markets and how they’ve performed compared to April 2014.  Find the whole story here.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  There’s expected to be a new general manager in the Providence offices of Cumulus Media as Barbara Haynes exits that position there…..At the executive level at Cox Enterprises, Dallas Clement is pegged to assume the EVP and CFO position on July 1 after Doug Franklin retires from the company following a 38-year careermullinszach with Cox…..At the Atlanta operations of Cox Media Group, Zach Mullins is named digital sales manager.  The company says that in this new role he’ll “work alongside the current leadership team to deliver integrated marketing solutions to valued clients located in and outside of Atlanta while chantaldeveloping new profitable revenue opportunities for the Atlanta cluster’s five radio stations – award-winning WSB ‘News 95.5 FM/750 AM,’ WSB-FM ‘B98.5,” WALR ‘KISS 104.1,’ WSRV, and WTSH ‘X107.1FM.’”…..Chantal announces she’s leaving the “Jamie & Chantal in the Morning” show at Sison Broadcasting-owned CHR WXXX, Burlington, Vermont “95 Triple X” to pursue non-radio interests.

leeamberEnvision Networks Places Two More Shows on New Affiliate Stations.  The classic hard rock show “Hangar 19” from Envision Networks announces the three-hour program will begin airing on Townsquare Media-owned KATS-FM, Yakima, Washington.  The company says, “Each weekend, ‘Hangar 19’ relives the glory days of classic hard rock with music from the artists and groups who built the genre including Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Korn, Slayer and Marilyn Manson.  Host Amber Lee brings the music to the masses with a highly interactive show that stops down from the nostalgia just long enough to highlight new music in the weekly ‘Then and Now’ segment. The ‘Power Set’ highlights four killer tracks from a chosen band and we also step into the ‘Hangar Theater’ for a look at the Hard ‘Rock Soundtrack of the Week.’”  And on the country side, Envision says “The Country Oldies Show” joins the program schedule at R&J Broadcasting’s KKCQ-FM, Fargo, North Dakota.  The Steve Warren-hosted program celebrates country music from the 1950s through the 1990s.

herskovitzalCreative Promotions Lead to New Sales.  Radio marketing pro Al Herskovitz writes in a column published today that a radio sales pro worth his or her salt should never overlook the value of a creative radio promotion to solidify current clients and attract new ones. He says commonplace ticket giveaways and the like are fine but do little to make a client’s goods or services memorable, and such prizes usually go to station P1s anyway.  How about having your morning host attempt to give a lion a bath?  Sound too dangerous?  Read Herskovitz’s entire column here for the details and his thoughts about using the promotion as a sales tool.

podcastone logoDee Snider Podcast to Launch on PodcastOne.  Musician and media personality Dee Snider is debuting a new, weekly podcast called, “Snider Comments,” on the PodcastOne Network.  THe program promises to “pull back the curtain on the world of rock and expose the raw and untold stories of current and past rock ‘n’ roll superstars.”  PodcastOne CEO Norm Pattiz states, “This is the latest music insider podcast on the PodcastOne Network.  There are plenty of places for consumers to listen to their favorite music, but very few to get a more personal, behind-the-scenes view from the artists that live in that world every day.  Dee is not only a rock star and an icon, he’s a great personality and a terrific communicator.  I couldn’t be more pleased to have him on our network.”

danielskrisKristianBush15Kristian Bush Performs at KCYE, Las Vegas Listener Appreciation Concert.  KCYE, Las Vegas “102.7 The Coyote” program director Kris Daniels (right) poses for a pic with Streamsound Records artist Kristian Bush (left) who performed at the Beasley Media Group country station’s Listener Appreciation Concert on Monday, May 18 inside Gilley’s Las Vegas at the Treasure Island Resort.

brookskixStrikingMatchesStriking Matches with Kix Brooks.  The country duo Striking Matches dropped by the NASH campus in Nashville to visit with country star and host of “Kickin’ it with Kix” and “American Country Countdown” Kix Brooks.  Pictured here are (from l-r): Justin Davis, Sarah Zimmermann and Brooks.  Photo: Carissa Riccardi for NASH Magazine.