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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

| May 6, 2015

Jill StradaStrada Adds CMG Miami Programming Duties. We reported yesterday that Cox Media Group Miami mainstream CHR WFLC “Hits 97-3″ director of programming & branding Jill Strada would take on “temporary” programming oversight of urban contemporary sibling WEDR “99 Jamz” (RadioInfo, Tuesday 5/5). That situation, however, quickly expands as Strada is now given that title on a fulltime basis for both CMG outlets; it was announced late last week that WEDR program director Derrick Baker had exited the station. According to Cox Media Group Miami vice president and general manager Rob Babin, “Jill has done an amazing job of developing the ‘Hits 97.3′ brand, making it a top-rated station in Miami. Combined with her urban programming background, Jill’s ability to develop strategy and coach talent is a key factor in her new leadership position with ’99 Jamz.'” Strada thanked several Cox Media Group executives, including Babin, “for the opportunity to lead the incredibly talented ’99 Jamz’ staff,” and “to take the legacy of this heritageCox Media Group Miami station, as well as [WFLC], to new heights.” It was exactly one year ago that Strada became director of programming & branding for WFLC. She joined the station after a 16-month stint in Boston as assistant program director & digital media brand manager of Greater Media rhythmic hot AC WBQT “Hot 96.9.” Her past credits include programming cross-town Miami rhythmic CHR WPOW “Power 96″; working at Emmis New York as PD of WRKS “98.7 – Kiss-FM” and assistant program director/music director of rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97″; and – for nearly nine years – programming Cox Media Group Orlando rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3.” Among persons 6+ in Miami’s latest Nielsen Audio PPM report (March 2015), WFLC is in a three-way tie at #7 (4.0), while WEDR ranks #11 (3.7). Meanwhile, their urban AC sibling – WHQT “Hot 105″ – remains the market’s #1 station for the 47th straight month (7.8).

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Taking over as the new program director of Cumulus Media’s WOGT,thrushreid Chattanooga “107.9 NASH Icon” is Reid Thrush.  He joins Cumulus from New South Communications in Jackson, Mississippi, replacing John Kelly…..Evening personality Tyler Reese reesetylerexits WSIX, Nashville after two years with the iHeartMedia country station.  Reese also served as APD and music director…..Charlie Quinn resigns from his program director post at CBS RADIO’s hot AC KYXY, San Diego for family reasons.  Sister CHR KEGY “Energy 107.3” PD Chris Patyk will add programming duties for KYXY…..Jonathan Shuford takes over the program director position at iHeartMedia’s hot AC WRVW, Nashville “107.5 The River.”  He replaces John Mayer who recently assumed the PD post at the company’s CHR WFLZ, Tampa.  Shuford moves to Nashville from iHeartMedia’s Louisville cluster where he programmed CHR WNRW “98.9 Radio Now” and hot AC WLGX “100.5 My FM.”…..Twelve-year morning show “Buck & Dex” is out at iHeartMedia’s alternative KTEG,patrickjamie Albuquerque “104.1 The Edge.”  The station has not named a new morning show yet…..At Mapleton Communications’ country KDRK, Spokane, Jamie Patrick adds assistant program director duties to his morning show host and music director responsibilities…..Tampa-based Genesis Communications names Alex Tallitsch digital director.  Tallitsch most recently served as social media coordinator for the Times Square Ball Drop and as digital director for the Green Bay Packers-dedicated site…..At bossinsteveAdvanced Media Partners-owned CHR WPIA, Peoria, Illinois, Liam McCluskey moves from evenings to afternoon drive to make way for new night host John Govia.  Also, Amber Miller is promoted from part to full time as promotions director…..WOW Media LLC announces Steve Bossin joins the company as director of business development for the company that operates oWOW – the Northeast Ohio online “Timeless” rock music station.

concord music groupConcord Bicycle Music Group Acquires Indie Labels.  Independent rock music labels Wind-up Records and Fearless Records have been acquired by Concord Bicycle Music.  Label chief corporate development officer Steve Salm says the deal underscores the company’s commitment to develop and grow its rock and alternative music portfolio.  Thefearlessrecords acquisition of Wind-up and Fearless closely follows Concord Bicycle Music’s recent purchase of storied independent labels Vanguard and Sugar Hill Records.  New York-based Wind-up wind-up recordsRecords was founded in 1997 and is responsible for establishing and breaking rock and alternative artists including: Civil Twilight, The Griswolds, The Virginmarys, Crobot, Young Guns, Strange Talk Revivalists, SPEAK, Aranda and Filter.  The roster also includes singer-songwriters Five for Fighting, Jillette Johnson and Genevieve.  Formed in 1994, Fearless Records became known for launching the careers of respected punk rock acts such as Plain White T’s, At The Drive-In, Bigwig, The Aquabats, and Sugarcult. In recent years, the Culver City, California-based label has become an internationally renowned hotbed for up-and-coming rock bands, including: Pierce The Veil, Breathe Carolina, The Maine, Mayday Parade, The Word Alive, Motionless In White, Alesana, and Every Avenue. Fearless Records is also home to the “Punk Goes” series, which is one of the top themed compilation series available.

nycwomenNYC Radio Women Celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  Pictured here are some of the talented women working in New York City radio enjoying a Cinco de Mayo meal and beverages.  From left to right are: from WPLJ’s “Todd and Jayde” show, Alyssa Heimrich and Annie; WLTW morning show producer Jamie Megargee; WABC’s Curtis & Kuby producer Flipper; WPLJ morning co-host Jayde Donovan; and WPLJ digital producer Sheila Watko.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

| May 5, 2015



entercomEntercom Promotes Kramer to COO, Names Levy to Board of Directors.  Station group president Louise Kramer is promoted to chief operating officer for Entercom Communications Corp.  In a press statement, the company says, “Kramer is a media veteran who has been withkramerweezie Entercom since 2000, most recently serving as station group president.  In this role, she spearheaded the company’s reinvention efforts, focusing on enhancing the company’s future growth and directly overseeing several of the company’s markets.  Ms. Kramer is a member of Entercom’s operating committee and, since 2013, has served as chairperson.  Entercom president and CEO David Field comments, “Weezie is an enormously talented and effective leader who has made a huge impact on our organization since she joined Entercom in 2000.  Like so many great leaders, she is totally and selflessly committed to her team’s success, bringing levydavidher vast energy, intelligence, creativity, and high standards to our entire organization.  I am thrilled to see her continue to rise to the highest levels of our company.”  Also, the company reports that David Levy is named to the board of directors.  Levy has served as president of Turner Broadcasting System since 2013.   In this role he oversees all creative and business activities of the Turner signature entertainment networks —TBS, TNT, Turner Classic Movies, truTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim — and their digital brand extensions, as well as Turner Sports.

lewisloriCumulus Brings Digital and Social Media Pro Lori Lewis Aboard.  This new relationship brings industry-respected digital and social media maven Lori Lewis together with Cumulus Media as she becomes the company’s new vice president of social media.  A press release says in her new position, she’ll work with Cumulus’ programming and sales teams to develop integrated social media strategies for the company’s radio stations and the Westwood One network.  She will also provide social media solutions to Westwood One’s affiliate partners as part of the company’s Enterprise Solutions Group.  Lewis will report directly to president and CEO Lew Dickey.  Lewis was most recently with consulting firm Jacobs Media.  Lew Dickey comments, “Lori is our industry’s foremost authority on social media.  She has architected successful social strategies for many of the biggest brands in radio.  We are excited for Lori to bring her unique experience and expertise to our station group as well as to our affiliate partners at Westwood One.”  On joining Cumulus, Lewis says, “I am honored to take this newly created role within Cumulus, and to create real value and impact socially for our audiences, advertisers and affiliate partners.  Many mistake social for volume, when in fact it’s about differentiating.  This move, on behalf of Lew Dickey and [Cumulus SVP] Gary Pizzati, speaks volumes of their leadership and foresight in moving Cumulus forward, and I thank them for that.”

gordonmaryGordon Named Sales Manager for iHeartMedia Tampa. The appointment of Mary Gordon as sales manager for iHeartMedia‘s Tampa cluster takes effect in four weeks (6/1). Senior vice president of sales Fernando Bauermeister comments that, “Mary’s experience of leading successful teams made her a natural choice for the position. We are excited to have Mary join our staff and we look forward to her helping our clients grow their business.” Gordon states, “I am extremely excited to be given the opportunity to join the team of talented professionals at iHeartMedia Tampa. I look forward to utilizing the amazing assets that iHeartMedia has in its arsenal to find solutions to the key marketing objectives in the west Florida region.” Gordon’s background includes a stint in sports marketing for IMG (International Management Group), as well as being general sales manager – and later director of sales – for Cumulus Media Atlanta’s country WKHX “Kicks 101.5″ and WYAY. The eight-station iHM Tampa cluster includes: urban contemporary WBTP “The Beat”; WDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio”; talk WFLA; CHR WFLZ “The Hit Music Channel”; country WFUS “US-103.5″; talk WHNZ “Impact Radio”; hot AC WMTX “Mix 100.7″; and WXTB “98 Rock.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Cox Media Group’s hip hop WEDR, Miami “99 Jamz,” Derrick Baker exits the program director role.  On a temporary basis, sister CHR WFLC “HITS 97.3” PD Jill Strada will handle programing on WEDR…..Joining Northern Lights Broadcasting’s alternative KTWN, Minneapolis “Go 96.3” for the evening show is former KITS, San Francisco jock Miles “The DJ” Anzaldo…..Kristie is the new eveningkristie personality on iHeartMedia-owned CHR WKFS, Cincinnati, “Kiss 107.”  The new gig brings her across Ohio from her pervious stop at D.A. Peterson-owned CHR WDJQ, Canton…..Crash exits Radio One-owned WNOW, Indianapolis “Radio Now 100.9” where he was midday personality…..As part of a number of changes at Alpha Media’s triple A KINK, Portland that have seen morning host Dan Merchant and PD and evening host Brad Dolbeer exit, midday jock Jarad Aman is upped to music director for the station.

sagaSaga Communications Q1 Revenue Down 1.2%; Radio Division Dips 2.6%.  For the first quarter of 2015, Saga Communications is reporting net revenue decreased 1.2% on income of $29.1 million.  Revenue for the radio segment was $24, 276,000 – a decline of 2.6% compared to the same period a year ago (the TV segment was up).  Other data reported included free cash flow up 5.2% to $3.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, compared to $3.4 million for the same period last year.  Station operating expense decreased 0.8% to $22.8 million (station operating expense includes depreciation and amortization attributable to the stations) compared to $23.0 million for the same period last year.  Operating income was $3.8 million.  Net income for the period was $2.1 million ($0.36 per fully diluted share).

wmal logoCumulus Has a Buyer for WMAL, Washington Transmitter Site.  According to Bethesda Magazine, Cumulus Media has a deal with two prominent area home builders who will turn the Bethesda, Maryland site of WMAL-AM, Washington’s transmitter into a 76-acre housing development.  Winchester Homes and Toll Brothers are reported as the buyer but no sale price has been announced yet.  According to real estate firm CBRE, the land could hold up to 300 homes on quarter-acre lots in accordance with current zoning regulations.  Cumulus will relocate the WMAL-AM transmitter.


Sean Hannity Says Times Have Reached a Seriously Important ‘Tipping Point’  – Candidly Discusses Wide Variety of Media/Industry Issues on Michael Harrison’s ‘Up Close and Far Out’ Podcast. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison interviews Premiere Networks and Fox News Channel harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmalltalk superstar Sean Hannity on this week’s installment of the international hit podcast series, “Up Close and Far Out.”  In an exclusive 30-minute conversation, Harrison and Hannity cover a variety of fascinating topics including the changing nature of how politics is (and should be) handled in talk media as well as challenges presented by the digital age in achieving accurate audience measurement (a subject he will be spearheading at Talkers New York 2015) and his condemnation of the practice of organized political groups trying to “catch” talk show hosts withhannity whom they disagree saying something politically incorrect for the sake of shutting them down.  He explains that the days of predictable arguments about politics within the traditional “right versus left” paradigm are over… or at least they are for him.  He states, “Here’s an interesting evolution of my show… I am far more critical of Republicans than I am of Democrats these days… my argument being that they should know better… they are not articulating an inspiring vision that lets people who don’t have hope today know that their lives could be better.”  Hannity goes on to say that these times and today’s issues are so serious that talk show hosts need to re-evaluate what they consider to be “entertainment” in their medium.  He examines the unique set of functions being a talk show host encompasses and the many different roles they play in doing their jobs: “Some days I might be a newsmaker, some days I might be at the White House interviewing a president.  I might be interviewing a secretary of defense or a secretary of state.  Sometimes I might be interviewing a top newsmaker based on what the issues of the day are.  Another day I might be fostering a debate on the social issues that happen to be in the news.  Sometimes I am interacting with callers.  At other times, I’m giving a monologue with strong opinions.  That is by definition what a talk show host is… it is a unique role in the media.  It is unlike any other position that exists out there.  Reporters are supposed to report on the news and never give their opinion.  Anchors and reporters are supposed to be fair, balanced and objective.  That’s not my role.  My role is not to be fair and balanced… but at times, will I do a straight interview about news and facts or maybe the content of a book or an experience that somebody had while fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan or maybe their role in the CIA or the FBI or maybe their life as a Navy Seal?  Of course!  And that falls under the umbrella of what is our unique role as a talk show host which enables us to do a lot of different things… and then, maybe on a Friday when I’m kind of sick and tired of the news, I’ll put on Jim Norton or Larry the Cable Guy or any comedian and we’ll just have a fun half hour or hour or we’ll just goof around with calls and I’ll just be having fun with the listeners.”  In describing Sean Hannity, Michael Harrison states, “I know Sean has his share of political critics – but that comes with the territory of being a compelling radio/TV talk show host in the modern era.  Sean’s success as a professional performer is borne out by the numbers and track record he has accrued and maintained for such a long period of time.  What many people who only see and hear him as a media performer do not realize is that he is an outstandingly admirable human being… as a family man, colleague and positive spirit.”  To listen to Sean Hannity on “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” please click  here or click on the special player box in the right hand column of every page on

americasmorningshow logo15‘America’s Morning Show’ Now Airs in Albany, GA and Florence, SC.  The nationally syndicated country morning show from Cumulus Media enters the Albany, Georgia market on WKAK “NASH 104.5” and in Florence, South Carolina on WHLZ “NASH FM 100.5.”  The Blair Garner-hosted show replaces the syndicated “Tony & Chris” show on both stations.  Garner comments, “I’m so grateful that mornings in Florence and Albany have been entrusted to us at ‘America’s Morning Show.’  It just so happens that these cities are among the most beautiful in our country, and I’m hoping there will be the need for repeated market visits.  A special ‘thank you’ to our affiliate relations team for working so hard on our behalf.  It feels really good adding WHLZ and WKAK to our family. We’re really, really proud.”

williamsdanWAQY, Springfield Personality Dan Williams Recovering from Bicycle Accident.  “Rock 102” Springfield, Massachusetts midday personality Dan Williams is recovering from injuries suffered after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Ellington, Connecticut.  Williams suffered a broken fibula and tibia as well as cuts and a severe road rash, according to his wife Kim Zachary.  She tells that Williams, an avid cyclist, has ridden across the country twice without incident and that his helmet saved his life.  Williams was getting in shape for the upcoming 15th annual Katelynn’s Ride – a fundraiser for The Jimmy Fund and Baystate Medical Center’s Sadowsky Center for Children.  Williams and Zachary – a former longtime morning duo on AC WHYN-FM in Springfield – have supported the charity for a long time.

Monday, May 4, 2015

| May 4, 2015


entercomEntercom 2015 Q1 Revenue Flat.  Net revenue for the first quarter of 2015 was $78.4 million – up just a tick from the $87.2 million reported during the same period a year ago.  Entercom says station expenses increased 2% to $59.2 million while station operating income decreased 6% tofielddavid $19.2 million.  President and CEO David Field states, “Entercom’s first quarter revenues were up slightly over the prior year as significant market share gains were offset by sluggish advertising conditions.  We are very much looking forward to completing our acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media and adding its terrific new markets and brands to our lineup.  In the meantime, we are complying with the Department of Justice’s review of this transaction which would provide us with a second-place position with a 32% pro-forma share of the Denver radio market.”

chunkyChunky Named Morning Host at KUPL, Portland.  Country outlet KUPL “98.7 The Bull” announces air personality Chunky is the new host of the “Morning Bull Ride” on the Alpha Media Portland station, effective May 11.  He most recently was with CBS RADIO’s former rhythmic CHR WRDW, Philadelphia “Wired 96.5” (now CHR WZMP “AMP 96.5”).  Alpha EVP of programming Scott Mahalick says, “Chunky is a funny, entertaining, witty talent with a passion for country music who loves everything the Northwest has to offer.  His energy and charismatic personality is a formula for success and we can’t wait to see him take the bull by the horns.”

halemanekaviHalemane Joins Premiere Networks. Vice president of digital media is the title Kavi Halemane is being given. In defining that role, Premiere Networks’ chief product officer Chris Williams comments, “Kavi will be responsible for managing Premiere’s digital media product, editorial, and social strategy. His mission is to grow loyalty and engagement between our talent and audience by delivering a compelling digital platform to extend their brands. Kavi’s previous experience creating world-class digital communities for marquee artists has him perfectlyPremiere Networks positioned to excel in this role.” According to Halemane, “I’m very excited to be returning to the New York City area to join [Premiere parent] iHeartMedia under Chris Williams. Premiere Networks has a pedigree for great content. I look forward to expanding their brands in digital through this leadership role by infusing new strategic solutions, partnerships, and innovation.” Most recently Beverly Hills-based, Halemane was executive vice president of digital for The Collective. His past credits include marketing-digital strategist for Interscope, Geffen, and A&M Records; head of new media and digital production for PE-KO International Records; and co-founder of

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Seattle cluster of iHeartMedia, Robert Russell is named senior vice president of sales for the cluster that includes: classic hits KJR-FM, 95.7 The Jet,” CHR KBKS “Kiss,” hip hoprussellrobert KUBE, sports talk KJR-AM, rock KKBW “The Brew,” hot AC KYNW “NOW,” and sports KHHO in Tacoma…..In San Diego, Brooks O’Brian is promoted to program director of Lincoln Financial Media’s AC KIFM “Easy 98.1 FM.”  She’ll continue to service as APD and music director of sister country outlet KSON but will give up her midday jock role there…..Brad Dolbeer exits the PD/air talent role at Alpha Media’s triple A KINK, Portland, though there’s no word yet from the company about his callihanstephaniereplacement…..Former WWIN, Baltimore personality Tim Watts is part of the new Larry Young show that’s being simulcast on Radio One’s urban talk station WOLB, Baltimore and the new Christian-formatted “Praise 106.1” (translator W285EJ)…..Entercom Communications taps Stephanie Callihan as the new VP/general manager its Austin stations.  She comes to Austin from her most recent gig with iHeartMedia in Wichita.

nab logoNAB Announces Radio Board Appointees.  The National Association of Broadcasters announces Radio Board chairman Don Benson named five appointees to the NAB Radio Board.  The five appointees will serve two-year terms.  They are: (in alphabetical order): Caroline Beasley, executive vice president and CFO, Beasley Broadcast Group; John Dickey executive VP of content & programming, Cumulus Media Inc.; Steve Fisher, CFO and EVP of operations Entercom Communications; Scott Herman, executive VP of operations, CBS Radio; and Jeff Warshaw, CEO, Connoisseur Media LLC.

riverapeterIconic Rock Singer Releases New Album – Is Available for Interviews.  Attention morning hosts that do talky shows on classic rock stations.  Have we got a cool guest for you…  Peter Rivera — the legendary original lead singer and drummer for the eternally classic songs “I Just Want to Celebrate” and “Get Ready” by the legendary band Rare Earth.  Still in heavy rotation on classic rock radio and strategically placed in many TV commercials, any baby boomer rock aficionado will remember that booming voice and those powerful drums on the group’s long series of hits.  During their reign of stardom, Rare Earth sold more than 25 million records with five top 10 singles.  (Seven gold, one double-platinum, and two platinum albums.) Peter’s story is one of those all-American classics; a kind of “rags to riches” tale in which an obscure white boy, growing up in a red-brick row house in Detroit, Michigan, finds his way out of the grimy, blue-collar neighborhood that spawned a whole generation of factory workers, dock hands, and “tough-guy” bar brawlers to the big time glitz and glam of the pop music industry.  Rare Earth was the first all-white band signed to Motown Records that broke through with hit records.  Now at 70, Rivera still puts out a powerful sound and is a striking figure in concerts perched behind his drums and belting out tunes from a brand new album, It Is What it Is.  To download the album, learn more about Rivera and, perhaps, set up an interview, please click here.

dickeyjohnJohn Dickey and Michael Harrison to Conduct “Fireside Chat” at Talkers New York 2015.  The agenda for Talkers New York 2015, the annual conference presented by RadioInfo’s sister trade publication, TALKERS, is shaping up to be one of the most powerful in its colorful history.  One of the highlights of what promises to be a stimulating day of relevant discussions, presentations, and addresses will be a conversation between Cumulus Media executive vice president of content & programming, John Dickey and TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison.  The presentation will be conducted in the informal, one-on-one “fireside chat” format.  John Dickey is responsible for Cumulus’ sales, programming, marketing, promotion and engineering and will offer comments, opinions and information about a wide variety of issues presently facing not only talk radio, but the entire spectrum of radio formats, as well.  Michael Harrison states, “There are few people as ‘plugged in’ to the day-to-day operations as well as the big picture of commercial radio in America today than John Dickey.  He has extensive, first-hand knowledge about what’s happening in the business and plays an enormous role in influencing policy – plus he has a true passion for radio and its position in our society.  I look forward to this session with enthusiasm and plan on it providing our attendees with a lot of valuable takeaways.”   The 18th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest-running and most important annual convention will take place on Friday, June 12, 2015.   It will be located at the historic India House Club dramatically situated at One Hanover Square in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district.  The all-day event – 8:45 am to 6:15 pm — is on the verge of selling out within a matter of days.  Registrations, priced at $299 per person and only open to professionals currently or recently employed in media-related industries, include all sessions, presentations, exhibits and breakfast/lunch/refreshment/and social networking activities.  The heavyweight, non-stop agenda will include approximately 65 speakers and 500 attendees will be the allowed limit.  Registrations can only be taken over the phone and paid for by credit card.  They are not refundable or transferable.  For registration, sponsorship and hotel information, please call 413-565-5413.  Again, an early sellout is days away, so avoid being shut out by registering now!  To see the latest agenda, please click here.

kzewreunion15KZEW, Dallas Rocks Reunion.  Former staffers and special friends of the station gathered at Sundown at Granada in Dallas for a reunion of the folks who helped make the old KZEW the famous rock station that it was.  More than 100 included former jocks, news anchors, management, sales, staff, and record company reps associated with the station from 1973 to 1990 when it ruled as the market’s top rock station attended, including station creator and founding program director Ira Lipson.  Pictured here (from l-r) are former KZEW jocks: Mike Rhyner, John Rody, Charley Jones, and Jon DillonPhoto: Mark Bickham.

iheartradiocountrygrouppic15Backstage at the iHeartRadio Country Festival.  This past weekend, the iHeartRadio Country Festival took place in Austin, Texas with acts including Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Brantley Gilbert, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley and more performing.  The event streamed across Yahoo Live and was broadcast on iHeartMedia-owned country stations.  On Wednesday, May 27, NBC TV will broadcast an edited version of the show from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET.  Pictured here are (from l-r): John Sykes, president of iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises; Tom Poleman, president of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia; country artist Tim McGraw; Scott Borchetta, president and CEO of Big Machine Label Group; country artist Justin Moore; Bob Pittman, chairman and CEO of iHeartMedia, Inc.; Rich Bressler, president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of iHeartMedia, Inc.; Clay Hunnicutt, executive vice president and general manager of National Programming Platforms for iHeartMedia.

Friday, May 1, 2015

| May 1, 2015

cumulus logoA Down First Quarter for Cumulus Media.  The numbers here are compared to the same period in 2014.  Cumulus Media reports 2015 Q1 net revenue dipped 7.2% on income of $271,079,000.  Revenue was down across the board at the company in the first quarter and here’s the breakdown: broadcast revenue was $251 million (down 7%) and digital revenue was $8.06 million (down 16.4%).  Political ad revenue was down 67.7% and a portion of the net revenue drop was due to an increase in the license fees and other category which rose 9.1%.  Breaking down the broadcast revenue a bit further, local and national spot sales were down a bit – 3.6% and 2.4% respectively – but network revenue sank 13% on income of $86.7 million.

radioonelogoRadio One Dips 4.8% in Q1.  Urban media operator Radio One reports a down first quarter of 2015 on income $105.8 million – a drop of 4.8%.  The company saw positive results in its cable TV advertising sector – up 9.9% — and that helped ease some of the decline in other sectors.  The radio broadcasting segment was down 9.4%.  Radio advertising was down 5.5% and digital advertising dipped 6.1%.  Meanwhile, in the category “event revenue & other” Radio One dropped a dramatic 82.6%, due in part to a timing issue relative to annual events.

lindyscottLindy Heads to Indy.  For its Indianapolis country signal WFMS, Cumulus Media brings programming pro Scott Lindy aboard as PD.  Most recently, Lindy was director of operations/program director for Lincoln Financial Media in Atlanta where he was PD of hot AC WSTR “Star 94” and oversaw programming at WQXI “ESPN 790 The Zone” and The Atlanta Falcons Radio Network.  Cumulus SVP of content and programming Mike McVay says, “Scott and I have worked together and competed against one another.  I am happy that this time we’ll be working together.  It’s much easier than competing with him.  We’re excited to have him join us in Indianapolis at the legendary WFMS.”

maguiremychalMaguire Set to Transfer to Tampa’s ‘Beat’ as PD. Making the leap from senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Montgomery, Alabama to program director of Tampa urban contemporary sibling WBTP “The Beat” is Mychal Maguire. Senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Tampa Doug Hamand states, “Mychal is an extraordinary programmer and great find for ‘The Beat.’ His attention to detail and attitude to make his products and content the best is extremely refreshing. I cannot wait to hear what he will do to an already successful radio station.” Maguire – who begins his new assignment in shortly more than two weeks (5/18) – states, “I am extremely excited to join the talented iHeartMedia Tampa Bay team. I have alwaysWBTP considered this as a dream position. I am thrilled to lead such a talented team and am thankful to those entrusting me with such a great opportunity to grow my career.” Prior to his Montgomery tenure, Maguire was director of urban programming for the company’s stations in Macon, Georgia. He has previously programmed in Hartford; Charleston, South Carolina; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Killeen, Texas. After 10 successive Nielsen Audio PPM performances in the 4.0 – 4.9 range (6+), Tampa’s “Beat” notched a 5.6 in February (#4, 6+), before dropping three-tenths to 5.3 in March (#5).

kramerdoug‘Kramer and Tiffany’ to Mornings on KLAZ, Hot Springs.  Newly installed operations manager Doug Kramer crafts the new morning show for Noalmark Broadcasting’s CHR KLAZ, Hot Springs, Arkansas by partnering himself up with actress and singer Tiffany Thornton for the new “Kramer andthorntontiffany Tiffany” show.  It replaces the syndicated Kidd Kraddick show.  Kramer continues his syndicated afternoon show in addition to the new morning duties.  Thornton is best known for her co-starring role as Tawni Hart on the Disney Channel series, “Sonny with a Chance” and “So Random!”  Kramer says, “I met Tiffany officially when I deejayed her wedding and our families became friends.  Flash forward a few years, I started producing her podcast and realized instantly we had chemistry on the air together.  I’m excited we get a chance to hang out every morning and do some fun and entertaining radio!”

harrisonmichael5-15Michael Harrison to Do 60-Second Daily Feature on Media for Boston Herald Radio. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison has entered into an agreement with the Boston Herald to write and perform a weekly 60-second feature titled “Michael Harrison on the Media” beginning Monday (5/4) that will be dropped into the pioneering online station’s programming flow several times a day as well as its growing network of terrestrial partners.  In it, Harrison explores the direct connection between media and the human condition – past, present and future – commenting on the impact of changing communicationsbostonheraldradio logo technology on society and culture.  According to Harrison, “I love the idea of being connected with such a forward-thinking organization as the Boston Herald and its ground-breaking media station, Boston Herald Radio.  Creating one of these tight little pieces each week helps sharpen my insights and ability to express them and just like my weekly, longform podcast ‘Up Close and Far Out’ on Podcast One, it gives me the opportunity, at this seasoned stage in my life, to dabble in speculation about the broader scope of media outside the radio industry itself for a worldwide consumer audience of ‘media freaks.’  What fun!”  Boston Herald Radio Network executive producer Tom Shattuck tells RadioInfo, “I am thrilled to have these exclusive commentaries by Michael Harrison running on our platform!”  To hear an installment of “Michael Harrison on Media” please click below.

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bobtomButler15Bob & Tom Pack ‘em in at Butler University.  Last weekend Westwood One-syndicated morning show Bob & Tom hosted a comedy event at Butler University in the show’s home market of Indianapolis.  More than 2,100 fans packed Clowes Memorial Hall at the school to enjoy the show that featured the Bob & Tom show performers, comedians Al Jackson, Donnie Baker, Todd Yohn, Greg Hahn, and special guest Pat McAfee, kicker for the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.  The photo here shows Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold with the comics and some fans during the meet-and-greet.

iheartradiocountryfest15Jennifer Nettles and Darius Rucker Hosting Tomorrow’s iHeartRadio Country Festival.  When the 2015 iHeartRadio Country Festival kicks off tomorrow (5/2) at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Jennifer Nettles and Darius Rucker will handle hosting duties.  Premiere Network’s nationally syndicated country morning star Bobby Bones is being billed as making a special appearance instead of hosting as announced back in March.  In addition to the live video stream of the concert via Yahoo Live, a two-hour TV broadcast of the event will air on NBC TV on May 27 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET.

alphamedia logoDone Deal: Alpha Closes on Coast Radio and Free Lance-Star Stations.  There are seven more radio stations officially in the Portland-based Alpha Media fold after the closing took place on the deals with Coast Radio Company and Free Lance-Star Radio.  As previously reported when the sales were announced, Alpha gets three California signals from Coast: adult contemporary-formatted trio KUIC, Vacaville, KKIQ, Livermore, and KKDV, Walnut Creek.  And from Free Lance-Star it acquires: country WFLS and talk WNTX in Fredericksburg, Virginia; CHR WVBX, Spotsylvania, Virginia; and classic rock WWUZ, Bowling Green, Virginia.   Alpha chief Larry Wilson says, “We are very fortunate to be able to work with such great employees at all of the stations.  Each cluster is exceptional and brings its own unique attributes to the company, allowing us to build a diverse and dynamic culture.”

Thursday, April 30, 2015

| April 30, 2015

iheartmedia logo smalliHeartMedia Reports Q1 Revenue Up 4%.  For the first quarter of 2015, iHeartMedia reported its consolidated revenue increased 4% to $1.4 billion in 2015 compared to 2014 after adjusting for a $54 million unfavorable impact from movements in foreign exchange rates.  On a reported basis, consolidated revenues were slightly up.  The company says revenue increased $28 million, or 4%, driven primarily by the traffic, weather and syndication businesses, as well as events. Revenue growth was partially offset by lower core local broadcast radio advertising revenue.

coxmediagroupPunjabi, Rosario to Share South Florida GSM Duties. Designated to handle general sales manager responsibilities at Cox Media Group‘s Miami cluster are AJ Punjabi and Angelina Rosario. Punjabi is transferring from the company’s Atlanta stations where he was digital sales manager, while Rosario is elevated to GSM after two years as CMG Miami’s local sales manager. Cox Media Group Miami vice president and general manager Rob Babin comments, “I am extremely excited to see two talented individuals promoted from within Cox Media Group. Their work ethic,punjabiaj hunger, and determination have earned them these promotions.” According to CMG Miami’s director of sales Ralph Renzi, “We are very excited to have a proven innovative performer like AJ join our team. We are equally thrilled to promote our hard-working, talented LSM Angelina to GSM. These two talented professionals will lead our results-oriented media consultants to be better prepared to compete in today’s media environment.” Punjabi states, “It is an honor and a privilege to be given this great responsibility. Rob and Ralph have put together an all-star team across all departments who are dedicated to South Florida’s rosarioangelinaaudience and customers. I am also very excited to have Angelina as my co-pilot to help CMG Miami soar even further.” Rosario remarks, “I am extremely thankful and grateful to be given the opportunity to become GSM for CMG Miami. I have an incredible, supportive management and sales team. I am truly grateful to Ralph and Rob for recognizing my leadership strength. I look forward to my new chapter and working with AJ to help CMG Miami maximize our talent and growth.” Punjabi began his media career as an account executive at co-owned WSB-TV, Atlanta; he later managed digital strategy at Cox Enterprises’ Atlanta Journal-Constitution. After graduating from Barry University, Miami native Rosario was a CMG Miami consultant for seven years before being boosted to LSM. Cox Media Group Miami consists of urban contemporary WEDR “99 Jamz,” adult contemporary WFEZ “Easy 93.1,” CHR WFLC “Hits 97-3,” and urban AC WHQT “Hot 105,” which has been the market’s #1 station (6+) the past 47 ratings periods.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the iHeartMedia Seattle cluster, programmer Chris Sargent is namedsargentchris PD at classic hits KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet.”  He comes to the station from his most recent gig with Mapleton Communications where he was operations manager for the Medford, Oregon cluster and regional rock PD…..NRG Media’s Omaha station group has a new operations manager as Dave Tepper replaces Neil Nelkin.  Tepper was most recently the PD at Cumulus Media’s sports talk KFNC, Houston “ESPN 97.5 The Ticket.”

jaxmikeWAMO, Pittsburgh Jock Jax Suspended for Freddie Gray Instagram Post.  Hip hop midday host DJ Mike Jax, a.k.a. Mike Jackson, has been suspended from Radio Power Inc-owned WAMO, Pittsburgh for an Instagram post detailing the arrest record of Freddie Gray, the Baltimore man whose death while in police custody touched off the recent riots.  According to a story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Jax posted a photo of Gray with a litany of his arrests but he posted the following to Instagram after being suspended: “I’d like to apologize for my previous post.  My intention was not to justify Freddie Gray’s death.  It was to highlight that his arrest record DOES NOT justify his death.  I’m sorry I was not more clear.”  Still, the station explained its view on its Facebook page via GM Jamal Woodson: “WAMO100 does not share the views or condone the comments expressed on a WAMO100 employee’s personal social media page.  As a representative of WAMO100 we expect a code of conduct that should transcend the air waves.”  The length of Jax’s suspension is unclear.

harveysteveSteve Harvey Hosts President Obama to Talk About Baltimore.  President Barack Obama has appeared on the nationally syndicated “Steve Harvey Morning Show” in the past but this time the Commander-in-Chief spoke with Harvey on Wednesday’s show to discuss the civil unrest in Baltimore.  Harvey and Obama broadened the conversation a bit to address the national issue of police-related deaths, as well as plans to create a dialogue between police and local community leaders.  Obama spoke about the need for our society as a whole to tackle these issues and find long-term solutions, including rebuilding communities and increasing trust, training, accountability and transparency.