General Music Radio Industry News

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

| July 23, 2014

iheartradiofestival 2014Clear Channel Announces Lineup for iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014.  The lineup of acts for the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival taking place in Las Vegas September 19-20 has been announced by Clear Channel.  Major acts include: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Mötley Crüe, Zac Brown Band, One Direction,swifttaylor Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, and Steve Aoki.  As part of the weekend, the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village will return to The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino on Saturday afternoon with live performances by Iggy Azalea, Neon Trees, Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, Magic!, The Pretty Reckless, Nico & Vinz, Lil Jon and more to be announced.   In addition to the Las Vegas concert event, the festival will be broadcast live on Clear Channel magic smallradio stations, exclusively streamed live on Yahoo Screen, and will see television exposure as a two-night special on The CW network on September 29 and 30.  Clear Channel chairman and CEO Bob Pittman states, “Each year we bring the music of the iHeartRadio app to life at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, redefining the live music experience for fans across America with once-in-a-lifetime performances and incredible collaborations that nobody else can provide.  It’s the ultimate celebration of artists and music, and for the fourth year in a row the festival will make history with an extraordinary lineup of the biggest names in music across all genres.”


eventful logoCBS Local to Acquire Event Discovery Site ‘Eventful.’  In a move that will provide a platform to tie into other CBS-owned platforms, CBS Local Media is entering into an agreement to acquire Eventful, Inc. a leading digital media company in the events discovery, communication and personalization business.  Describing the service, CBS states, “Eventful connects consumers with information on millions of concerts, movies listings and local events by using its proprietary algorithms to aggregate, and deliver an ever-growing volume of content from across the United States and around the world.  Serving its users viacbslocalmedia multiple platforms, including online, mobile and email, Eventful creates fan interest profiles and delivers highly personalized recommendations on behalf of artists, publishers and marketers to each of their more than 21 million registered users.”  CBS Local Media COO Anton Guitano comments, “By offering audiences comprehensive local information all in one place, Eventful has amassed an engaged community that is passionate about finding experiences that match their lifestyle and personal tastes.  This strategy reflects that of CBS Local Media, making this union a terrific complement to our growing digital business.  Broadcast and online audiences will now have more insight into more events.  Simultaneously, we are thrilled to offer our clients more options to reach their target customer.”

fifthharmonyDuane Doobie’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (7/23) includes such names as: Pierce Wagner, Evolution Beat, Fifth Harmony, Delta Spirit, Griswolds, Jenny Lewis, Perfume Genius, Young Rising Sons, Death from Above 1979, Maddie & Tae, Maggie Rose, Dwight Yokam, Troy Bullock, Slaptop, District 78, and Steffalooamong others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Adult Hits.  There aren’t as many adult hits-formatted stations in Nielsen Audio‘s 48 PPM markets as there are classic hits-oldies and classic rock but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian notes in this third-of-three analysis that, unlike the other two formats scrutinized in this series, slightly less than half of the adult hits stations in the survey were flat or up with the rest dipping.  Just one adult hits station – Emmis’ KBPA, Austin “Bob 103.5 Austin” – ranked #1 in its market in June (persons 6+), while 16 out of the adult hits stations in the survey ranked in the top 10 in their markets in June.  Check out the performance comparisons over the past six PPM surveys as well as the chart comparing performances of all three formats – classic hits-oldies, classic rock and adult hits – in Mike Kinosian’s analysis here.

fielddavidEntercom Chief David Field Asks Employees to Embrace Change, Lists Accomplishments in Mid-Year Memo.  In his twice-annual memo to staffers, Entercom president and CEO David Field writes that everyone in the radio business must embrace change and innovate and challenges employees to do so within the guidelines of what Entercom believes in.  He goes on to list those beliefs which start with its dedication to “building the best local radio stations with the best local personalities.”  Also, Field speaks about the company’s accomplishments and points to the launch of new radio stations, the debut of its SmartReach Digital local marketing arm, and the “two-minute” promise at Seattle’s alternative “The End” which limits spots to six minutes per hour on the station with never more than 2 minutes of commercials at one time.  Read his entire memo here.

pandoralogoPandora Hires Record Industry’s Lars Murray as VP/Industry Relations.  In an effort to work more efficiently with the recording industry, digital pure play Pandora announces the appointment of Lars Murray to the new position VP/industry relations.  The company reports that, in this new position, Murray will “oversee the company’s strategic collaboration with a broad coalition of music industry stakeholders.”  Murray will report to chief strategy officer Sara Clemens.  He comes to Pandora from his most recent post as VP/digital media with Columbia Records.  Pandora chairman, president & CEO Brian McAndrews comments, “Pandora is committed to building a vibrant, sustainable future for the music industry.  With this hire, we’ve added a widely respected thought leader to help take us there.  Lars’ extensive knowledge, broad industry relationships, and deep passion for music will further shape our approach to realizing a truly productive collaboration with all industry stakeholders.”


mccannjakeJake McCann Joins Cumulus Washington as VP of Sales.  Radio sales pro Jake McCann is named vice president of sales for Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC stations CHR WRQX and news/talk WMAL-AM/FM.  McCann comes to Washington from Philadelphia where he was director of sales for Greater Media’s operations there.  Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati comments, “We are thrilled to have Jake at the helm of our cluster in Washington.  He is a natural leader and a relentless recruiter.  Jake spent the majority of his career in sales management on the East Coast both in radio and cable.  He’s developed strong regional advertiser relationships during that time which will be beneficial to us.  We look forward to his contribution.”

fargoanthonyMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Last week RadioInfo reported that Anthony “Kobe” Fargo had exited his APD gig at Cox Media Group’s WAPE, Jacksonville.  Now we learn that he’s returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh to serve as a social media consultant with The Media Beast.  Additionally, he’ll be doing part-time on air work at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WBZZ “100.7 StarPittsburgh.”…..Christian broadcaster WAY Media announces it has named Rob Wagman program director for its Christian CHR WAY-FM Network.  Wagman most recently was afternoon personality at Salem Communications-owned KFSH, Los Angeles “95.9 The Fish.”…..Steve Cannon takes on more duties with Midwest Communications as he becomes brand manager for country WDWQ, Terre Haute “Q102.7.”  Cannon already serves as brand manager for the Terre Haute cluster’s adult contemporary WBOW and classic country WDKE “95.9 Duke FM.”

shoutcastSHOUTcast Launches Streaming Service with Audience Monetization.  The recent addition of SHOUTcast to the Radionomy family is producing a new service that includes effective audience monetization with the integration of the TargetSpot ad network.  The company adds that “additional tools and capabilities to support the needs of today’s online radio stations are also part of this new service.  These enhancements are built on the tradition and reliability of SHOUTcast and are available today to selected SHOUTcast broadcasters, and CDN partners.”  The new features include: audience monetization regardless of how they listen – using SHOUTcast’s new server-side targeted ad injection and the TargetSpot ad network; streaming – high-quality stream hosting at no cost; unlimited listeners – no more maxing out slots, SHOUTcast now supports unlimited listeners; built-in listener analytics (stats tools); and more.  Radionomy VP/business development – US Country manager Thierry Ascarez says, “Our team has been working very hard to reinvigorate the SHOUTcast platform with the most advanced and professional tools currently available in the market.”

bonesAldeanJason Aldean Agrees to Charity Show with The Raging Idiots.  During an appearance on the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones show, two-time Academy of Country Music “Top Male Vocalist” Jason Aldean performed his new song “Burnin’ It Down,” (the first single from his new album due out later this year).  During the interview, Aldean agreed to play a show with Bones’ band The Raging Idiots to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, if the show could raise $50,000 for Susan G. Komen.  Pictured here (from left to right) are: show cast member Lunchbox, Bones, show cast member Amy and Aldean.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

| July 22, 2014

iheartradio newClear Channel to Begin Selling Ads on iHeartRadio; AdsWizz to Provide Ad Insertion Technology.  Since its inception, users hearing Clear Channel radio stations via iHeartRadio heard the spots the streaming was airing – local or otherwise.  Now, Clear Channel announces it has contracted with AdsWizz for the ad technology provider to develop “a powerful new delivery insertion method for targeted ads in live broadcast radio streams with unique new capabilities.”  In a statement, Clear Channel reports that AdsWizz ad serving technology will enable Clear Channel to adswizz logodeliver a tailored advertising experience based on individual listeners’ specific characteristics including user profiles and preferences, location and devices used for more than 840 Clear Channel radio stations across the country that stream live on iHeartRadio.  The new system will make it possible for Clear Channel to “more accurately serve up ads to target consumers based on their demographics, psychographics, geo-location and custom, data-defined segments.”  CC president of technology and digital ventures Brian Lakamp says. “After a thorough selection process, we’ve been truly impressed by AdsWizz’s unique set of technical capabilities and believe that AdsWizz’s delivery network offers the best state-of-the-art technology to expand our offerings for advertisers, partners and consumers and align with our long-term vision to deliver unmatched services for our advertising partners.  Having the ability to serve targeted ads simultaneously to specific digital users during a live radio stream across our 840 Clear Channel stations nationwide on iHeartRadio presents a powerful platform for our advertisers and partners.”

cherrycreekradioCherry Creek Radio to Recapitalize.  A deal between Cherry Creek Radio, LLC and Sankaty Advisors, LLC – an independently managed credit affiliate of Bain Capital, LLC – will allow Cherry Creek to restructure the company and its balance sheet.  A statement from Cherry Creek says that “as part of the restructuring, Sankaty has purchased all of the company’s existing senior indebtedness and agreed with the company and its current owners to recapitalize the company with a new term loan and preferred equity investment.  Existing management, led by president and CEO Joe Schwartz, will hold a majority common equity ownership stake in the recapitalized company, and two executives from Sankaty will join its board of directors.   The recapitalization will allow the company to improve its liquidity, significantly reduce debt, increase flexibility and further enhance its long-term competitive position.  The restructuring is subject to FCC approval.”  Schwartz comments, “We are very excited to partner with Sankaty, given their knowledge of the industry and significant financial capabilities.  The new capital structure affords us the flexibility to achieve our strategic objectives and represents a significant step forward for Cherry Creek.”

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Classic Rock.  The second of a three-part analysis of the ratings for radio stations in PPM markets based on Nielsen Audio’s latest June 2014 numbers, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian takes a look at the classic rock format.  (Yesterday, he presented his study of classic hits-oldies and the next analysis to be published will be of adult hits-formatted stations.)  Like its classic hits-oldies cousin, classic rock showed a very similar performance from May to June relative to its market share fluctuations – approximately two-thirds of classic rock stations in PPM markets were up or flat with just a third showing a decline.  In this report, Kinosian presents a look at the last six PPM ratings periods, compares June ’13 to June ’14, shows market ranks (Entercom’s KSEG, Sacramento and Cumulus Media’s KCFX, Kansas City were #1, persons 6+, in their markets in June!), and offers a ratings comparison including classic hits-oldies stations.  Read Mike Kinosian’s full analysis here.

rossjenniferTalent Shakeup in South Florida as Jennifer Ross Heads to ‘Sunny 107.9’ and KVJ Show Rumored to Be Coming to WRMF.  In the South Florida market there are morning show changes taking place.  First, Jennifer Ross is named morning host at Digity LLC-owned AC WEAT “Sunny 107.9” but she’ll also be heard on sister hot AC WRMF, Palm Beach for for the next few weeks.  There will be a new show on WRMF eventually, but for now Ross and co-hosts Deena Lang and Bill Adams will be heard on bothkvjshow stations – at least through Tuesday, July 29 when a new show airs on WRMF.  The big rumor is that former CHR WLDI, Palm Beach “WILD 95.5” morning team “KVJ Show” (pictured at right) – Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki, and Jason Pennington – will be WRMF’s new morning show.  The trio was to host a press conference yesterday but that was canceled and the word is that Cox Media Group, for whom the trio worked at WFLC, Miami “Hits 97.3” before the show was dropped after just eight months, put the kibosh on the presser due to contractual issues.  KVJ posted on their Facebook page the following statement, “The KVJ Show is currently under contract with Cox Radio.  We cannot comment on the news of the day or any rumors regarding the show.  We want to thank our listeners and fans for all their support.”  Meanwhile, Joe Raineri exits WRMF as morning drive host.  Speaking about her return to “Sunny 107.9,” Ross states, “I’ve come full circle returning to ‘Sunny,’ a place I’ve always thought of as home.  The ‘Sunny’ audience and I have grown up together, I guess we all have a few life stories to share, be it our kids, grandkids, husbands or in my case, ex-husbands or next husbands! ‘I look forward to waking up with the ‘Sunny’ audience and to this next chapter in my radio life.”

styleswesWes Styles Joins Mid-West Family Broadcasting at Springfield, Illinois Rockers.  Former WQBK, Albany program director and air personality Wes Styles joins Mid-West Family Broadcasting as PD at rock WQLZ and triple A WLCE “Alice@97.7” in Springfield, Illinois.  In a statement, Mid-West Springfield GM Mark Birtch comments, “Wes has a tremendous track record in every aspect of music radio – from social media and web presence, to creating outstanding events for listeners and clients, and maintaining a compelling and modern sound for his audience.  We are thrilled to bring his expertise of the formats and his love of the music to the Springfield airwaves.”

nickersondannyCumulus Personalities Reach Out to Fans for Five-Year-Old Cancer Patient.  A number of Cumulus Media programs and personalities have been asking their fans to help fulfill the birthday wish of a soon-to-be six year old Foxboro, Massachusetts boy battling a rare form of inoperable brain cancer.  Danny Nickerson’s 6th birthday is Friday, July 25 and shows and personalities including “The Bert Show,” “Nights Live with Adam Bomb,” “NASH Nights Live,” and “America’s Morning Show” have been rallying around the boy by posting on their social media the story of his birthday wish – birthday cards with his name on them.  Nickerson was diagnosed last October and, due to his radiation and chemotherapy, stopped going to kindergarten.  Since then, he’s been a little lonely and told ABC News his wish is for cards with his name on them.  Listeners are being asked to mail birthday cards to the boy at:  Danny Nickerson, P.O. Box 212, Foxboro, MA, 02035.

Monday, July 21, 2014

| July 21, 2014


kasemcaseyStatus of Casey Kasem’s Remains Still in Question.  The bizarre and sad tale of the end of radio legend Casey Kasem’s life has not ended.  The current drama involves questions of the whereabouts of Kasem’s body more than a month after his death on June 15.  The Ottawa Citizen reports that Kasem’s body was shipped to Montreal by Kasem’s widow Jean, and Tacoma funeral director Corey Gaffney confirmed to the paper he personally saw the delivery of Kasem to the airline and that the body arrived in Montreal.  However, the funeral home in Montreal where Kasem was supposed to arrive tells The Canadian Press it has no records of the body arriving there.  A Washington state judge ordered Jean Kasem to keep Kasem’s remains preserved at the Tacoma facility until a hearing for an autopsy petition could take place on July 25.  Read the Ottawa Citizen story here.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Classic Hits-Oldies.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the first of three special music format analyses as those formats performed in the June 2014 PPM survey and in a number of comparative ways.  The first format up is classic hits-oldies, which enjoyed a pretty good June in the 48 PPM markets with two-thirds of the stations either remaining flat or going up.  Twelve such formatted stations ranked either #1 or #2 in their markets in June (persons 6+).  For an easy-to-read look at the performances of classic hits-oldies stations in the PPM markets over the last six surveys, plus more, click here.  Mike Kinosian will also look at classic rock and adult hits over the next several days.

davisjeffJeff Davis Promoted at CC Greenville/Asheville Stations.  “99.9 Kiss Country” Asheville program director Jeff Davis is promoted to operations manager for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s Asheville, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina station groups.  He’ll continue to serve as PD at WKSF “99.9 Kiss Country” in Asheville.  CC SVP of programming Rod Phillips states, “Jeff’s leadership in Asheville has helped our cluster of stations be truly dominant here, making this an easy choice to expand his duties into Greenville. We are excited to have him work day to day with two more terrific country brands – WSSL and WESC.”

crockerjudyCape Cod Broadcasting Ups Two in the Sales Department.  Moving up from her AE post at Cape Cod Broadcasting Media (CCB Media) is Judy Crocker, who becomes director of sales, taking over for the departed Erin Madden.  At the same time, Melinda Baker is promoted from sales operations manager to local sales manager.  The two are charged with leading the effort to help “CCB customers to get the mostbakermelinda from the suite of marketing products offered by CCB to the business community.  This includes four radio stations:  ’99.9 The Q,’ WQRC; ‘Ocean 104.7,’ ‘Cape Country 104′ and ‘Classical 107.5 Cape Cod.’  It also will include and the direct marketing program Cape Club Rewards.”  CCB GM Beverly Tilden states, “It was very exciting to learn that when Erin decided to go to HubSpot and we began our search for her replacement, that the best candidates to lead our team were already in our company.  Judy Crocker’s experience, deep knowledge of clients’ marketing needs and understanding of the Cape Cod market make her the perfect choice to lead our team going forward.”

fookandmishellMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Taking over for the late K.J. Holiday as director of urban programming at Clear Channel’s Detroit cluster is Cheron Mans.  She’s been serving as APD and music director at hip hop WJLB and urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3.”  Holiday passed away unexpectedly over the Memorial Day weekend…..“Fook and Mishell” (pictured here, left to right) exit Lotus Communications-owned alternative rock KFMA, Tucson “Rock 102” where they’d been hosting mornings for a new opportunity soon to be announced.  As a result, the station opts to go with a music-intensive morning show for the foreseeable future…..At the Mel Wheeler-owned station group in Roanoke, Virginia, country WSLC “94.9 Star Country” morning drive personality and program director Brett Sharp is upped tosharpbrett operations manager.  He’s now overseeing operations for WSLC as well as CHR WXLK “K92,” adult contemporary WSLQ “Q99,” news/talk WFIR/W297BC, urban AC WVBB “Vibe,” and talk outlet WLNI-FM in nearby Lynchburg, Virginia.   Also, the company announces Rachel Rodes-Metcalf is promoted from director of promotion to music director…..Alpha Media ups CHR KTFM, San Antonio afternoon drive personality Tony Cortez to assistant program director…..Blue Chip Broadcasting-owned hip hop outlet WENZ, Cleveland “Z107.9” adds TV and radio personality Kimberly “Paigion” Walker to the station’s talent lineup as evening host effective July 28…..From her most recent gig at Connoisseur Media’s hot AC WEZN, New Haven “Star 99.9,” Jolana Smith returns to Cumulus Media, this time for the afternoon drive gig at AC KKPK, Colorado Springs “92-9 Peak FM.”  She previously worked with Cumulus at WFAS-FM, Westchester (now urban WNMB, New York “Radio 103.9”).

Friday, July 18, 2014

| July 18, 2014

horowitzdrewHubbard Names Drew Horowitz President and COO.  Just a week after announcing that president and CEO Bruce Reese was stepping down from his role with the company, Hubbard Radio today announces that Drew Horowitz, executive vice president and chief operating officer, is named president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.  Ginny Morris remains chairman and chief executive officer.  She states, “For the past few years I have had the privilege to work with Drew and see first-hand what a giftedhubbardradio logo broadcaster he is.  Drew’s passion for the radio business and for the people with whom he works is evident in how he approaches every opportunity and every challenge.  I look forward to further partnering with him as we continue to move our business forward.”  Horowitz came over to Hubbard from Bonneville International in 2011 where he’d been EVP and COO since 1992.  Horowitz comments, “I am honored to have this wonderful opportunity to work more closely with Ginny and to be part of this extraordinary family-owned company.  I’m looking forward to continuing my work with the rest of the leadership team to further Hubbard Radio’s success across our seven nationwide markets.”

pugliseNYC14 stillSelling Against Pure Play.  Clear Channel’s Joe Puglise Advises, “We Have to Not Make It More Than It Is!”  In an informative segment lifted from a recent industry panel discussion and now playing on RadioInfo TV (see box on upper right-hand column of this page), Clear Channel-New York president and market manager Joe Puglise (pictured here) tells moderator Erica Farber, CEO of the RAB, that selling against pure play “is something we are very passionate about, but while that is the case, we try not to over-react to it.”  Puglise explains that his stations encourage their sales forces to “ask questions” of the advertisers that lead them to their own conclusions about the limitations of the effectiveness of pure play instead of bashing these services directly.  He suggests, “Ask questions about what happened with their digital campaigns,” pointing out that “very infrequently does a tier-3 auto dealer in the New York market use a pure play and then feel great about the results and then come back and use it again the next quarter.  It happens but it is certainly in a minority in the 10-25% range.”   Both Puglise and Farber point out that traditional radio can do everything that digital does and that in many cases the advertisers don’t even know exactly what the term digital implies.  Puglise says, “Make sure your sellers are asking advertisers [who want ‘digital’] to define what digital is,” further advising, “Remain calm and keep probing with questions and then you’ll come up with a much more logical direction to take them.”  This panel took place at the recent Talkers New York 2014 conference presented by RadioInfo’s sister publication, TALKERS magazine (

paisleypoolpartyCBS RADIO Hosts Brad Paisley Las Vegas Album Party.  The exclusive Brad Paisley event hosted by CBS RADIO at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Wednesday, August 27 will mark the official release of Paisley’s new album Moonshine in the Trunk, to happen the following day.  CBS RADIO says Paisley will perform a variety of tracks from his ninth studio album, including the smash first single, “River Bank,” as well as a number of his most popular singles.  Also joining Paisley at the event will be Love and Theft, Leah Turner, and Dee Jay Silver.  Paisley made the announcement this morning (7/18) live on CBS RADIO’s KFRG, San Bernardino “K∙FROG 95.1 and 92.9.”  In addition to tickets going on sale to the public, fans from cities across the country will also have the chance to win their way to #PaisleyPoolParty.

tige&danielWTQR, Greensboro’s Tige & Daniel to Move to Nights for National Syndication Rollout.  The popular WTQR, Greensboro “Q104.1” morning drive duo Tige & Daniel will move to the evening slot beginning July 28 and the WSIX-FM, Nashville-based Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones program will assume the morning drive slot at “Q104.1.”  The Tige & Daniel show will continue to broadcast from “Q104.1” and will also be heard at Clear Channel country outlets in Augusta, Raleigh, Tallahassee and Nashville.

wlir-fm logoPillar of Fire Readies Long Island Launch. Two weeks from today (8/1), the Pillar of Fire Radio Network will transition Christian-formatted WLIR, Long Island “Hope Radio” to contemporary Christian “Star 107.1″ to mirror Pillar of Fire International-owned WAWZ “Star 99.1,” Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey).  The Long Island station’s on-air roster will be Rich Anderson (morning drive); Dawn Wheeler (mid-day); Scott & Sam (afternoon drive); and Rick Hall (evening/night).  General manager Scott Taylor comments that, “The mission of ‘Star 107.1′ is to love, honor and serve God, our listeners, supporters and staff.  Contemporary Christian music is uplifting, offers hope, and reminds you of God’s love.  ‘Star 107.1′ will be a faithful companion bringing hope, joy, encouragement and worship to Long Island radio listeners.”  Several Suffolk and Nassau County FM translators will carry the “Star 107.1″ signal. Representative “Star 107.1″ artists will include Casting Crowns, Mandisa, MercyMe, Newsboys, Laura Story, Third Day, Chris Tomlin, and Matthew West.

schumachertoddSummitMedia Louisville’s Schumacher Resigns. Market manager Todd Schumacher exits SummitMedia Louisville to join Vici Media, a digital marketing services company started by his wife and Megan Malone.  In a memo to his staff, Schumacher writes, “Vici currently works with clients in 10 of the country’s top markets and it is rapidly expanding.”  Summit Media Louisville consists of adult contemporary WVEZ “Lite 106.9″; country WRKA “The Hawk”; classic hits WSFR “The Eagle”; and WQNU “New Country Q-103.1.”  Schumacher joined the-then Cox Radio four-station cluster as vice president and market manager more than eight years ago (January 2006), and made the transition to Summit Media earlier this year.  Prior to that, he was director of sales for Susquehanna‘s Indianapolis cluster and general sales manager of Dayton classic hits outlet WZLR “The Eagle.”

iheartradio music awardsiHeartRadio Music Awards Suit Dismissed.  In the spring, RadioInfo reported about the suit being brought against Clear Channel by Radio Dogs, Inc. in which the latter was claiming that the iHeartRadio Music Awards was too similar to its own trademarked Radio Music Awards – dormant since the last televised show on NBC TV in 2005.  However, after the plaintiff failed to respond to Clear Channel’s motion to dismiss the case, the suit has been dismissed in U.S. District Court without prejudice.  The original program – first airing in 1999 – also featured Ryan Seacrest as host.

crossalanMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Corus-owned alternative rocker CFNY, Toronto “102.1 The Edge,” Alan Cross is reportedly returning to the station in a yet-to-be-announced role.  Cross worked at the station for 25 years – from 1986 through 2011 when his position was eliminated.  He’s famous in the market for serving as host of the series, “The Ongoing History of New Music.”  In a statement, station GM David Farough comments, “Having Alan back represents the phase of the station’s evolution – returning to its music-based roots with intelligent conversation.”…..Brenda Hetrick is named the VP/sales and marketing at Matrix Solutions where she had been the VP/marketing communications.  The promotion means she’ll begin handling business development for the company’s new Matrix Premium CRM & Sales Intelligence Platform.

hayeshunterNAB Hands Hayes Marconi Award Performance Duties.  Louisiana-born, Nashville-based, country songwriter/artist, multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes has been selected to entertain at the NAB‘s Marconi Radio Awards dinner September 11 in Indianapolis.  According to NAB executive vice president of radio John David, “Hunter Hayes is a talented musician, whose performance will contribute to a memorable 25th NAB Marconi Radio Awards dinner.  Atlantic Records and Warner Music Nashville connected us so Hunter can join radio in saluting the Marconi nominees and winners.”  Hayes’ platinum-selling, self-titled debut album was released on Atlantic Records three years ago.  Among his accomplishments are three number one singles: “Wanted,” “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” and “I Want Crazy.”  Established in 1989, the Marconi Radio Awards – named after inventor/Nobel prizewinner Guglielmo Marconi – recognize stations and individuals for excellence in 21 categories.  This year’s Radio Show (9/10 – 12) is produced by the NAB and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB).

classicrocklive logoWAXO, Lewisburg, Tennessee Adds ‘Classic Rock Live’ to Sunday Evening Lineup.  Joining the Envision Rock Network is Marshall County Radio-owned WAXO, Lewisburg, Tennessee.  The station is adding the two-hour “Classic Rock Live” show Sundays at 7:00 pm.  WAXO PD Greg Bradley comments, “Live classic rock is a feature that has left radio.  It seems like everyone is playing the same old stuff.  ‘Classic Rock Live’ sets us apart from the others. It’s entertaining, great radio!  Our listeners love the changes we have made.”  “Classic Rock Live” is hosted by WMMR, Philadelphia legend Pierre Robert.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

| July 17, 2014

nielsen logoNielsen and Polk Research Underscores the Importance of Radio Formats to Targeted Advertising.  The combined data from Nielsen’s PPM data in the New York, Los Angeles and Chicago markets with data from Polk Automotive Insights (which tracks ownership history for some 600 million autos across the country) provides a link between what people listen to and what cars they buy.  Nielsen says the “results highlighted the uniqueness of each local market, the importance that radio formats have in reaching specific listeners and vehicle preference based on the type of radio listeners prefer.”  This may not be surprising at the macro level but Nielsen’s Farshad Family, SVP of local product media leadership, says, “One of radio’s great strengths is its ability to impact consumers in unique ways on a market-by-market basis, which isn’t easily copied from one local market to the next.  Formats really make a difference in reaching certain auto buyers in different markets, and this test proves the importance of being able to use specific, granular radio data to explore those connections for both broadcasters and marketers.”  For example, in Los Angeles, consumers who purchase a roadster-type car (Audi TT, BMW Z4 or Porsche Boxster) are 40% more likely to listen to news, talk, information radio and 23% more likely to listen to sports radio.  In Chicago, roadster buyers are 23% more likely to listen to news, talk and information radio and 15% more likely to prefer classic hits radio.  Check out the study here.

fargoanthonyRadioInfo Career Moves. As Anthony Fargo (“Kobe”) told us when we profiled him this past March, he was unofficially the assistant program director and music director of WAPE. Kobe” departs Cox Media Group‘s heritage Jacksonville CHR and is believed to be relocating to Pittsburgh.  His resume includes two “Steel City” stints at WBZZ “B-94,” as well as WLDI, West Palm Beach; WFBC-FM, Greenville, South Carolina; WPXY, Rochester; WIHB, Charleston, South Carolina; and WNKI, Elmira, New York…..Todd Schumacher announces he is leaving his market manager position at SummitMedia’s Louisville station group to join hisrichardskevin wife’s new digital marketing services company, Vici Media…..Bryan Schock leaves Compass Radio of San Diego’s triple A KPRI to join wife Haley Jones who is currently programming Emmis-owned triple A KGSR, Austin.  Schock had been serving as the station’s interim program director, music director and afternoon personality for the past two years.  The station recently hired Matt Stone to serve as PD…..Albany radio personality Kevin Richards lands at Albany Broadcasting to host middays at country WKLI “100.9 The Cat” after leaving Townsquare Media’s crosstown WGNA last week.

garciatonySyndication: Behind-the-Scenes Preparation.  In this next installment of a multi-part series on syndicating radio programs, Global Media Services founder Tony Garcia writes about handling an important – but not so sexy – aspect of syndicating a radio program: being prepared when it comes to the business end of the project.  Those parts of the business include the finances, production, distribution and marketing of the program.  It may seem obvious, but the financial aspect is crucial and making sure all facets of the business are accounted for from a money standpoint is mandatory.  Garcia writes, “Once you have established a budget, you’ll know the entire cost of syndicating your show.  Be prepared to float the show financially for at least two years in order to give the show enough time to find affiliates and audience.”  Read Garcia’s entire piece here.

wusl logoClear Channel and Jonesy Jones Victims of Fraudster Say Federal Prosecutors.  The three-year-old case in the Philadelphia market where Clear Channel paid a “substantial” settlement to a woman who claims hip hop station WUSL “Power 99” and former air talent Tarsha “Jonesy” Jones harmed her reputation and cost her losses in revenue, is being turned on its ear as federal prosecutors are alleging Kiddie Care owner Tracey Parson fabricated evidence – including phony financial records – in her case against the company.  Jones was fired from her gig at the station as a result of the lawsuit that stemmed from Jones making critical comments about Parson’s chain of child care centers.  According to the Courier-Post, Parson is being charged with wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy.  Prosecutors are asking for $1.27 million from Parson.  Among the charges, the feds allege Parson submitted false claims for government-subsidized meals and diverted the cash for her own purposes.

fullmetaljackie‘ZRock 107.7’ Rochester, Minnesota Adds ‘Full Metal Jackie.’  Add another affiliate station for Envision Networks’ “Full Metal Jackie Radio” as Townsquare Media-owned rock KDZZ, Rochester, Minnesota picks up the metal show for its Saturday evening program schedule.  The show, hosted by Jackie Kajzer, is described by Envsion Networks as “two hours of fist-pounding metal, hosted by renowned metal radio personality Full Metal Jackie, featuring regular interviews with many of metal’s biggest names, past and present.”