General Music Radio Industry News
Ezra Kucharz to Exit CBS Local Digital Media. Six-year leader of CBS’ local digital efforts, Ezra Kucharz, announces he’s leaving his president of CBS Local Digital Media position and will consult as special advisor to the CEO as he explores the next chapter in his career. Kucharz heads the division that developed a common platform and unified sales effort for its radio and television station websites and digital components. This comes as speculation about a spin-off of the CBS RADIO division and an IPO is getting more intense. CBS does not say whether it intends to fill Kucharz’s position.
Kansy Adds KQHN, Shreveport PD Duties. Shreveport cluster operations manager Julie Kansy is taking on the role of program director for CHR KQHN-FM “i97.3, Shreveport’s #1 Hit Music Station.” Kansy’s been OM since 2015. She joined the cluster in 2014 as PM drive host and APD at country KRMD “NASH FM 101.1.” She’s also served as program director of sports talk KRMD-AM/K264AS “100.7 FM/1340AM The Ticket.” Cumulus Media Shreveport VP/market manager Brandon Beard says, “Since joining Cumulus in October of 2014 to host an afternoon show on KRMD, Jules has done an incredible job of going above and beyond for our cluster. In 2015, Jules was elevated to operations manager and has shined in that role. Jules shows the type of passion that every GM across America would love to have. We are proud to announce that Jules will now lead our CHR station KQHN I97.3 as the PD and also begin the search for a local morning show. Jules will continue in her role as the OM and will continue to host her afternoon show on KRMD. We are proud to call Jules part of the Cumulus family in Shreveport.”
Nathan Reed Lands at ‘Mix 96’ in Tulsa. After recently exiting iHeartMedia’s Toledo station group, programmer Nathan Reed is named the director of branding at Cox Media Group’s hot AC KRAV “Mix 96.” At iHM, Reed was OM for the seven-station group. CMG Tulsa VP/market manager Dan Lawrie says, “Nathan’s understanding of the AC listener lifestyle, his creativity and belief in a complete brand experience will complement Mix 96’s already successful strategy. Nathan also brings a strong commitment to community outreach, which fits well with our company values and our local cluster strategy.”
NextRadio: Visually Appealing Stations Get More Listening. The data from NextRadio indicate stations that “enhance their terrestrial broadcast with visuals and related content average nearly twice the tune-ins and two hours more listening, per listener, per month, in NextRadio vs. stations which only display their station logo.” The TagStation service that provides stations with artist and title information and interactivity with listeners is provided by NextRadio developer TagStation, LLC (wholly-owned by Emmis Communications). The conclusion comes from TagStation’s analysis of 11 million NextRadio listening hours. NextRadio president Paul Brenner says, “Today, consumers are part of an ever-evolving app world, and they expect to see and engage with content on their smartphones. By providing local FM radio listeners a live look at what is airing in their market before they tune in, NextRadio provides a compelling, new listener engagement option. Stations benefit from NextRadio because it doubles listening through the visualization of FM broadcast radio — making listeners more engaged and loyal. Not only does the data show that these stations experience more tune-ins and overall listening, but it also shows that the listening gap is widening between those that provide enticing visuals and related content versus those that do not.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. The weekly “Locals Only Show” on KROQ, Los Angeles is adding an hour and moving to a 10:00 pm start on Sunday nights. Kat Corbett has hosted the show since it debuted in 2006. She says, “My favorite memories from a decade of putting together ‘Locals Only’ all revolve around watching bands break out of the show into regular rotation on KROQ…Bands like Silversun Pickups, Fitz And The Tantrums, GroupLove, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION, The Dirty Heads, Cold War Kids, Best Coast, Robert DeLong, Saint Motel, Capital Cities, and many more have all done their time in ‘Locals Only’ and now those bands play KROQ Weenie Roast, Acoustic Christmas, Coachella and other world class festivals.”…..iHeartMedia announces actress and model Brooklyn Decker will be joining Bobby Bones as co-host of the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival taking place Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin. It will be video streamed live exclusively on iHeartRadio.com/WatchATT in addition to being broadcast live on iHeartMedia country stations. It will be a TV special on the AT&T AUDIENCE Network on May 13 at 9:00 pm ET.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music 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 personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County, California and Internet sensation The Iceman, provide 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 (4/27) includes such names as: AJR, Christopher Walken, P!nk, Avett Brothers, Drake, Wizkid, Kyla, Ellie Goulding, Jennifer Lopez, Mavis Staples, Garbage, Chris Cornell, Paul Simon, The Temper Trap, Cage The Elephant, MRKTS, Rooney, Good Charlotte, Fitz & The Tantrums, Margo Price, Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown Band, Leslie Cours Mather, Sturgill Simpson, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Tucker Beathard, Matty Fees, Tora, Baby Raptors, BiGGiE SMiLES, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Kleiman Named Executive Director at WYMS, Milwaukee. Non-commercial triple A WYMS, Milwaukee “88Nine Radio Milwaukee” names market digital media and broadcast pro Glenn Kleiman the new executive director of the Radio Milwaukee-operated station. Kleiman takes over for Mary Louise Mussoline, who is stepping down from the post. Radio Milwaukee board president Danae Davis says the station is getting a “special gem in a leader, especially when tasked with replacing an awesome leader. Glenn brings huge talents, an inspiring leadership profile and a love for our business that is unquestionably exciting.” Kleiman began his career in broadcast journalism as a reporter and then as managing editor at (then-Journal Communications-owned) WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, winning four Emmys and a Peabody. He was founder and CEO of Milwaukee digital marketing agency Fullhouse, which he sold in 2012. He’s been consulting Radio Milwaukee in the digital content space. Kleiman says, “In this age when authenticity is so important, Radio Milwaukee’s soul is on display on the air, every day, and that’s why our listeners are so passionate about ‘88Nine.’ Radio Milwaukee holds an important place in this city’s culture. It will be fun, interesting, challenging – and a privilege – to lead it.”
Blaire Galaton-Kelleher Joins Jack Diamond Show as Executive Producer. Executive producer Blaire Galaton-Kelleher was most recently with Jerry Lee’s WBEB, Philadelphia “101.1 More FM’ producing that station’s morning drive show. Now, she joins Cumulus Media to serve as executive producer for the Jack Diamond morning show on WRQX, Washington “MIX 107.3.” Prior to her work at WBEB, she served with crosstown CHR WIOQ producing “The Booker Show” and the “Chio in the Morning” program.
McCarten Upped to OM at iHeartMedia Albany. Rising to operations manager for iHeartMedia’s seven-station cluster in Albany is Randy McCarten. He’s been serving as program director and air personality for hot AC WRVE “99.5 The River,” but will hand the PD gig off to new programmer and afternoon drive personality Terry O’Donnell. iHeartMedia also operates CHR WKKF “Kiss 102.3,” classic hits WTRY, classic rock WPYX, sports talk WOFX, news/talk WGY-AM/FM, and country WRVE-HD.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Chicago triple A outlet WXRT will again host one of the music features at this summer’s Taste of Chicago. On July 8, the “XRT Taste Concert” will feature The Decemberists and Shakey Graves at the Petrillo Music Shell at Grant Park…..The nationally syndicated KZZP, Phoenix-based Johnjay & Rich show recently welcomed actors Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine in studio to promote their new film, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and play a game of “Name That Kazoo-Une.” Pictured are (from l-r): cast member Kyle, Rich, Johnjay, Kendrick, and DeVine.
Compass Media Networks and Connoisseur Media Agree to Dr. Laura Berman Extension. The nationally syndicated late night show “Uncovered Radio,” hosted by Dr. Laura Berman and distributed by Compass Media Networks will continue after the parties agreed to an extension of their partnership. The program airs on adult contemporary and hot AC stations and allows affiliate stations to program their own music while incorporating the interaction between Dr. Berman and callers. Connoisseur Media serves as the creative consultant to the show. Connoisseur CEO Jeff Warshaw says, “Two years ago, we saw a need to offer our listeners unique and relatable relationship content. Dr. Berman is not only a friend and partner, but she is a tremendous communicator and entertainer. I regularly tune in to our stations carrying the show and have seen Dr. Berman at our station events.”
Kristie McIntyre Returns to ‘Mix 107.3’ in Washington for Nights. Washington, DC and Baltimore-area radio personality Kristie McIntyre is named the night personality at Cumulus Media’s hot AC WRQX, Washington “MIX 107.3,” effective May 2. McIntyre worked on air at the station from 2005 through 2010. Most recently she’s been with Hearst Television’s Baltimore news/talk WBAL-AM as news anchor and reporter. She’s also worked for CBS RADIO in the market as a personality on hot AC WIAD “94.7 Fresh FM,” and as a reporter on the former all-news WNEW-FM (now business news WDCH). WRQX program director Louie Diaz comments, “We are very excited to welcome Kristie McIntyre back home to DC and ‘MIX 107.3.’ Kristie is another great veteran air personality and is a fantastic addition to our live-and-local air staff at ‘MIX 107.3.’”
JB King Takes On CBS RADIO Las Vegas OM Post. Longtime Las Vegas radio pro JB King is shucking his on-air role at CHR KLUC (more on that below) and is accepting the promotion to operations manager for the CBS RADIO cluster in Vegas. King – with KLUC since 1998 – will continue to program KLUC and urban contemporary KXQQ “Q100.” CBS SVP and market manager Tony Perlongo states, “After a national search for the next amazing operations manager, we found that with JB King. With years of experience from learning from the best, JB is more than ready to take on the responsibility of overseeing our six great radio stations, as well as our six HD2 stations.”
John Moug Named Afternoon Jock at KLUC, Las Vegas. The Sin City native has been working at CBS RADIO’s CHR KLUC for more than six years – most recently as evening personality. Now, John Moug takes over the afternoon drive daypart for JB King, who was recently promoted to operations manager for the company’s Las Vegas station group. King says, “I am excited to promote and pass along afternoon drive on 98.5 KLUC to an excellent talent. John Moug grew up in Las Vegas and has lived and breathed KLUC for almost his entire life. His work ethic, dedication and passion for KLUC is matched by few, and I am confident about his success in afternoon drive.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programmer Nathan Reed has exited iHeartMedia’s Toledo station group where he was SVP of programming. He’d been with the cluster since 2008, joining as program director of CHR WVKS “92.5 Kiss FM.”…..Morning drive personality John Harry is promoted to program director at NRG Media’s country WYTE, Marshfield, Wisconsin (Wausau-Stevens Point market). Harry’s been in the AM drive slot for the past two years…..Reach Media replaces morning drive Gospel personality Yolanda Adams with Erica Campbell. Adams and her cast mates – comedian Marcus D. Wiley and minister Anthony “A.V.” Valary – said goodbye to their listeners last week. Now, Campbell begins hosting “Get Up! Mornings Erica Campbell” for the network.
WBBG, Youngstown Goes Country as ‘106.1 The Bull.’ After a recent tweak from oldies to classic hits, iHeartMedia completely changes direction and turns Youngstown market signal (licensed to Niles, Ohio) WBBG into “106.1 The Bull” playing new country. The move puts WBBG into direct competition with Cumulus Media’s market-leading (12+) country outlet, WQXK “K105.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. WHKX, Bluefield, West Virginia “106.3/107.7 Kicks Country” morning personality Lori Charles (pictured at left with Hokies mascot) ran in last weekend’s Remembrance Run at Virginia Tech in honor of the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on the campus nine years ago. More than 10,000 people took part in the run. The Alpha Media talent comments, “It was an honor to broadcast live at Virginia Tech for ‘106.3/107.7 Kicks Country.’ We are a proud affiliate of the Hokies and it was truly a great day to stand with 10,300 other runners, fans, graduates and students to respectfully remember the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on campus nine years ago.”…..CBS RADIO’s KROQ, Los Angeles announces the lineup for the final “KROQ Weenie Roast” at the Irvine Meadows venue where it’s been held for the past 23 years. On the bill are: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Empire of the Sun, Panic! At the Disco, The Lumineers, Garbage, Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tantrums, Miike Show, Lukas Graham, The Strumbellas, Nothing But Thieves, Bishop, and Bear Hands.
Joe Piscopo Discusses Talk Radio, Stand Up Comedy, Sinatra, SNL, and NJ Politics on ‘Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.’ RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison says, “I’ve never laughed so much doing a podcast – this guy just overflows with humor and great pop media stories,” referring to the newly posted PodcastOne episode of “Up Close and Far Out” in which he interviews Joe Piscopo – the celebrated morning host of Salem Media’s New York outlet, WNYM “AM 970 The Answer.” Piscopo talks about his early years as a student in theater and college radio and his eventual stand-up comedy work at NYC’s legendary Improv club that led to his becoming a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” in 1980. He goes on to discuss his success over the past few years as a conservative news/talk morning host with Salem and his continuing love for his home state of New Jersey. To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Cumulus Re-Brands WRKN, New Orleans-Baton Rouge; Names Scott Innes Midday Personality. The change in branding comes as Cumulus Media country station WRKN, Laplace, Louisiana – serving both New Orleans and Baton Rouge via its monster 100,000-watt signal – dials back on the new country and adds more country gold to the playlist. The new brand de-emphasizes the “NASH” moniker a bit. Cumulus says “The Gulf South’s Country Giant…New Orleans, Baton Rouge… NASH FM 92.3” will air programming “centered in the ‘90’s golden age of country music, and will also include current country artists, offering a wide variety of country music with broad appeal among Persons 25-54. Core artists will include: Garth Brooks, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, and the Zac Brown Band.” Additionally, the station brings award-winning country radio personality Scott Innes aboard to host the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm show following “America’s Morning Show with Blair Garner.”
Jeremy Sinon Upped to Full-Time Corporate Digital Post at Hubbard. Digital radio pro Jeremy Sinon has been serving Hubbard Radio as both corporate digital director and local digital director for the company’s Minneapolis-Saint Paul stations. Now, company EVP/chief financial officer Dave Bestler announces Sinon is promoted to director of digital strategy for Hubbard Radio. In this role, Sinon will work closely with Bestler, Hubbard Radio president/COO Drew Horowitz, and Hubbard Radio chair Ginny Morris to oversee day-to-day corporate digital initiatives as well as the strategy for Hubbard Radio’s long-term digital goals. Sinon comments, “This is an important time for radio where digital technologies give us endless possibilities to expand and grow our business. Being able to focus on those things full time is critical and I’m honored to be given this opportunity. I’m excited to be a part of Hubbard Radio’s bright future.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Longtime CBS RADIO SVP of communications Karen Mateo announces she’ll be exiting the company in two weeks. In a staff memo from CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez, he says, “As the company now looks to split off its radio business, Karen felt it was a natural time to make this change, and we know she’ll be successful in whatever she chooses to do next.” The company is seeking her replacement…..Afternoon jock DJ Chonz exits Entercom’s hip hop KQKS, Denver “KS1075.”…..Beasley Media Group announces Mark Sturcken is promoted to director of sales for the company’s Las Vegas cluster. Sturcken has been with Beasley for the past six years, most recently as national sales manager. Market manager Tom Humm comments, “I have had the pleasure of working with Mark over the years and he is the consummate professional with a long history of sales success.”
Kelsea Ballerini Hosts Westwood One’s ‘Summer Kick Off’ Show. The syndicator is offering a four-hour, Memorial Day weekend special broadcast available to stations nationwide, and country’s newest female superstar Kelsea Ballerini is hosting the show. Ballerini has just released two consecutive #1, gold-certified singles and was recently named “New Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music. She’s the first female solo artist in 15 years to hit #1 with her first two country singles and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut.
Prince Programming Dominates Airwaves; Hubbard’s ‘KS95’ Minneapolis Launches Billboards Tribute. Minutes after the news of the untimely death of pop music legend Prince broke, radio stations around the country began playing his music and discussing his art and life. Nowhere was that more evident than in Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis-St. Paul where Hubbard Radio hot AC KSTP-FM “KS95” began playing Prince music non-stop from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm yesterday. At the same time, the company launched a series of tribute billboards that appeared throughout the market – including the one seen above. Hubbard Minneapolis-St. Paul VP and market manager Dan Seeman tells RadioInfo his station is promoting “Purple For Prince Day” today (4/22) in which it is “encouraging everyone in the Twin Cities to wear purple and share your photos at #purpleforprince.” The billboards will stay up through today.
Other Prince Programming Includes… In addition to making music and archival audio available to its affiliates, ABC Radio presented an “Instant Special” titled “Prince – Death of a Legend” last night at 7:00 pm ET” anchored by ABC News correspondent Aaron Katersky with ABC Radio entertainment reporter Andrea Dresdale, Prince biographer Alan Light and “the very latest worldwide reaction to Prince’s death.”…..Westwood One is offering archival audio to stations from a press conference Prince held during his “Musicology” tour. The presser took place on February 24, 2004 and featured an interview with the artist and a Q&A with the audience…..SiriusXM has created Prince tribute programming and is featuring that on several of its channels. It is also presenting a Prince Tribute Channel…..iHeartMedia is adding a Prince Tribute Radio channel to its iHeartRadio platform.
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic Hot AC. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three format analyses based on data from Nielsen Audio’s March 2016 PPM survey. Previously, we published reports on mainstream CHR and rhythmic CHR. Rhythmic hot AC represents a much smaller piece of the format pie than the other two aforementioned formats. The highest ranked station (based on 6+ number) is Hubbard Radio’s WREW, Cincinnati “Mix 94.9” which ranked #6 in its market with a 4.8 share. In addition to charts noting the AQH share changes of rhythmic hot AC stations from both last month and from one year ago, Kinosian compares the performances of rhythmic hot AC, rhythmic CHR and mainstream CHR. See the story here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. After five months with Entercom’s Miami classic hits station WMXJ “Magic 102.7,” program director Pattie Moreno exits. Prior to joining WMXJ, she’d programmed KHHM, Sacramento…..Programmer Jay Cruze is taking on the role of director of country programming for iHeartMedia’s Kentucky-Indiana region. Cruze will be based out of the company’s Louisville offices and be responsible for country outlets WAMZ, Louisville; WUBG, Indianapolis; and WBUL, Lexington…..KOIT, San Francisco afternoon personality Brent Carey is exiting the Entercom adult contemporary station to return to his home state of Michigan to pursue opportunities there…..Dita Holifield is promoted from her director of sales position to general manager for the Salem Media’s Honolulu station group.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Wheeling, West Virginia-market classic hits WCDK “106.3 The River” (licensed to Cadiz, Ohio) adds American Voice Corp’s “The Deep End With Nick Michaels.” Beginning in June the Priority Communications-owned station will air the show on Sundays from 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight…..Entercom amps up the music on adult contemporary KIFM, San Diego and re-brands it from “Easy 98.1” to “Sunny 98.1.” Company president of programming Pat Paxton says recent research indicates that “young 30 to 40-year-olds and our diehard 40-plus fans want a more current and contemporary music mix.”…..Greater Media’s alternative WBOS “Radio 92.9” announces the lineup for its “Radio 92.9 EarthFest” in Boston on Saturday, May 21. Fitz and the Tantrums will headline along with The Strumbellas, Joywave, and a local band to be named later.
Scott Herman Receives 2016 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award. At a breakfast ceremony at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, CBS RADIO chief operating officer Scott Herman was presented with the 2016 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award by the Broadcasters Foundation of America. The Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in aid to members of the industry who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy. Pictured (l – r) are: CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez, Herman’s wife Beth, Herman, and BFoA chairman Philip J. Lombardo.