General Music Radio Industry News
CHR Juiced by an Invasion of the Divas. There’s nothing like a couple of dynamic, upbeat songs by female superstars released the same week in the heart of the summer to add some fresh spark to the playlists of CHR stations across the country. Such is the case this weekend with the release last Tuesday (7/29) of “Bang Bang” (Lava/Republic) by the combined forces of label-mates Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj followed by the release yesterday (7/31) of the music video “How We Do” on Vevo by Katy Perry from her album Prism. Both songs have received enormous initial online interest and will make impressive debuts on the RadioInfo Pop Music Chart next week with “Bang Bang” breaking in at #1 and “How We Do” debuting at #2. Pictured here are (from left to right): Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande in an instagram photo posted by Jessis J.
Coleman Insights Reveals Results of Second Phase of NextRadio Demand Study. Working with the NAB and Emmis Communications, Coleman Insights (and its knowDigital division) executed a two-part study of 801 18 to 49-year-old U.S. smartphone owners to get their reactions to questions about the NextRadio app that allows smartphone users to access FM broadcasts via their smartphones. The second phase reveals a number of conclusions that the company terms “overwhelmingly positive.” For example, 56% of respondents reacted “very positive” after viewing a video about the NextRadio app. Further, among the 55% of respondents who say they frequently listen to digital pure plays such as Pandora and Spotify, 66% had a very positive reaction to the NextRadio app. And 45% of the respondents said they would definitely use the NextRadio app if it was already installed on their smartphones. Also, of those who indicated a proclivity for using and/or downloading the app, 83% said they anticipated using it at least “a few times a week.” Read more about the study here.
Envision Networks Reports Affiliate Adds for July. Looking back at the affiliate additions for the month of July, Envision Networks reports a total of 21 stations joined its various networks including the following: KRNA-FM, Cedar Rapids and KDZZ-FM, Rochester, Minnesota add the “Full Metal Jackie” program to their weekend lineups; The Rooster prep service is now being used by WILQ, Scranton and WZNF, Gulfport, Mississippi; KUBQ, Portland adds both the metal show “Hangar 19” and the 90s rock show “The Core”; and WAXO, Nashville begins carrying the “Classic Rock Live” and “Sun City Café” programs.
SiriusXM Announces Music Specials; New Program Additions. The satellite broadcaster gives a heads up about a number of specials and program additions it’s adding to is music channels. Beginning today (8/1), SiriusXM transforms its Alt Nation channel into the Lollapalooza channel with live performances and interviews from the annual Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago. The broadcast will showcase a diverse lineup featuring performances from Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, Fitz & The Tantrums, Grouplove, Kings of Leon, Chvrches, Childish Gambino, Martin Garrix, Jenny Lewis, Bleachers, Interpol and many more. The special programming runs through Sunday, August 3. SiriusXM is also adding a couple new EDM shows to its programming, including the new “Nice Hair with The Chainsmokers” program to its Electric Area channel. As its name implies, the show is being hosted by DJ/production duo The Chainsmokers – Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall. Also, the new program “Remix Rewind” will debut on the satcaster’s BPM channel. World renowned DJ Steve Aoki hosts the new weekly show that will feature the superstar DJ playing a listener-generated countdown; the songs, introduced by Aoki, will be remixes of the world’s most familiar hits that receive the most votes according to subscribers.
When Bennett & Gaga Are Paired – Anything Goes. Some might believe it is the basis for a “Saturday Night Live” skit, but iconic singer Tony Bennett and pop phenomenon Lady Gaga are the latest unlikely musical duo. It turns out that the two artists with contrasting styles have frequently kicked around the notion of collaborating on a “duets” album. It becomes a reality when Cheek to Cheek, a record of jazz standards from the two, surfaces late next month (9/23). “It is all songs from the great American songbook,” Lady Gaga tells Rolling Stone. Bennett points out the material they did consists of “all the great songs” from the “greatest composers” such as George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin. “No other country has ever given the rest of the world so many magnificent songs, and they are going to live forever,” Bennett insists. “[Lady Gaga] phrases like I [do]. She’s a wonderful singer – everybody knows and loves her very much.” The album’s release roughly coincides with PBS‘ “Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek Live” special, which is part of the “Great Performances” series. “Anything Goes,” the title track from Cole Porter’s 1934 Broadway musical is the first single from their Cheek to Cheek album;the Bennett-Lady Gaga cover of it was released on iTunes. The PBS special was filmed earlier this week at New York City’s Lincoln Center. Similar unlikely duet albums appeared in the 1990s and received airplay on AC stations. Will radio programmers of AC — maybe even hot AC or CHR — give their audiences a sample of this interesting pairing?
ABC News Covers Concerts in the Park. Keeping listeners in touch with the world of entertainment is the job of news staffers like ABC News Radio Entertainment producer Joi-Marie McKenzie (left) who’s pictured here with singer Enrique Iglesias (right) backstage at Good Morning America’s Summer Concert in New York City’s Central Park. Enrique performed his hit single, “Bailando,” among other classics.
Journal Communications Announces Merger of Broadcast Operations with E.W. Scripps. In a surprise move – at least as far as the public is concerned – Journal Communications announced late Wednesday (7/30) that it has struck a deal with Cincinnati-based E.W. Scripps to merge the two companies’ broadcast operations into one company and to spin off their respective print businesses and merge them into a separate company that will also be publicly traded. The Journal Broadcast Group will go away and the broadcast operations will continue under the Scripps banner. The newspaper and print businesses will operate under the Journal Media Group banner. This means an exit for Scripps from the print business. In a video message, Journal Communications chairman and CEO Steve Smith states, “These two independent companies will build upon the strong local brands Journal and Scripps have built over the years.” The newspaper company – with 14 dailies and affiliated digital media – will be headquartered in Milwaukee. Scripps owns only TV stations and, after the merger is complete, the new group will be the fifth largest television group in the country – with 34 TV stations in 24 markets – with Journal’s radio assets also in that group. Journal operates 35 radio stations in eight markets. WXYZ-TV, Detroit reports that Scripps CEO Richard Boehne states the companies will gain about $35 million in “combined transaction synergies” but he said it would be months before it would be known if there would be staff reductions or requests for employees to relocate. The deal, pending regulatory approval, is expected to close in 2015. Since Scripps owns no radio assets, there are no duplicative positions there but the question to be asked is how dedicated to the radio business will E.W. Scripps be? Will it ultimately put them up for sale? Only time will tell.
Marlin Broadcasting’s Rock WCCC, Hartford Reportedly Being Sold to EMF. The Hartford Courant is reporting that staff at Marlin Broadcasting’s rock WCCC, Hartford has been told they will be out of jobs soon as the signal is being sold to Christian broadcaster Educational Media Foundation. Citing Facebook statements by air talent including program director and midday host Mike Karolyi, the paper reports the rumors that have been circling in Hartford that the station’s rock days are numbered appear to be true, although neither company is commenting publicly. WCCC thrived in the Hartford market for years as one of the original affiliate stations for the Howard Stern show when it was syndicated on FM outlets. The station carved out a niche as the market’s active rock station after Stern’s move to SiriusXM, but recently transitioned to a classic rock format, angering longtime active rock devotees.
Reality TV Star ICE to Host Evenings on ‘Live 95.5’ Portland. Detroit native Amanda “ICE” Habrowski joins Alpha Media to host evenings on CHR KBFF, Portland “Live 95.5” Habrowski got her stage name while appearing on VH1’s “Flavor of Love 3” from host Flavor Flav. She didn’t find love on the program but did get an appearance on the network’s subsequent “I Love Money” and, now, a cool DJ gig. ICE has been doing radio for the past nine years and Alpha says she brings her love of dance music – especially house and techno – to her work. Alpha VP of programming Phil Becker says, “ICE is one of those rare personalities that captures your attention the moment you meet her, see her on camera or hear her open the mic. I am thrilled that she has chosen Portland as her new home. She’s a key component to the growth of ‘Live 95.5’ and I know with confidence she will make an impact.”
Sid Kelly Joins ‘106.9 K-HITS’ in Tulsa for Morning Drive. The new morning drive show at Journal Broadcast Group’s CHR KHTT, Tulsa “106.9 K-HITS’ is Sid Kelly, who comes to the station from his most recent gig at Clear Channel’s CHR WVKS, Toledo “Kiss FM.” Kelly takes over for “The Morning” – consisting of Austin Lubeck, Crystal Page and Charlie Money – which exited in May. Program director Jet Black comments, “Sid’s talent really stuck out early in this process and his previous successes demonstrate the type of track record that will continue to grow K-HITS’ audience. We’re very excited to get him started. August 11 can’t get here fast enough.” Kelly says, “From the moment I walked the halls and saw the operation, I could tell it was the place I wanted to be. One of the goals I’ve always had was to be able to build a morning show from the ground up and work with managers who have the knowledge and faith to trust in my abilities.” The station is now seeking his co-host and Kelly adds, “Now I need to find my radio companion. I’m a fabulous cook, love to laugh and truly believe I work best when complemented with the perfect counterpart.”
Memphis Country Combo Lands Landry as PD. Two-year WWWM “Star 105,” Toledo program director and afternoon host Nikki Landry exits the Cumulus hot AC to assume similar responsibilities at Mighty Media Group Memphis country outlet WEBL “95.3 The Rebel” and classic country sibling WUMY “105.5 Big Country.” She jokingly hinted at a job change Tuesday (7/29) on her Facebook page by posting, “Gettin’ the new tires and oil change done – got a long trip ahead.” Landry succeeds Rik McNeil, who relocates to Visalia, California to program Momentum Broadcasting country KJUG. Before joining “Star 105,” Landry, who begins her Memphis duties next Monday (8/4), did afternoon drive on New Orleans adult hits KVDU “Voodoo 104″ and PM drive in Washington, DC on hot AC WIAD “Fresh.” Her resume also includes stops at KNTY, Sacramento; WGH-FM, Norfolk; and WBEE, Rochester. WWWM operations manager Mark Elliott will be the interim program director of “Star 105.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Changes are coming to Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s hot AC WCXT, Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, Michigan “98.3 The Coast” as morning drive host Zack East will move to the afternoon drive shift, taking over for Phil McDonald who moves to the company’s WSJM-AM to head up the station’s flip to sports talk. Assuming the morning show duties at WCXT will be the team of Mike Ragz and Lynn Richards, effective August 6.
Crossovers Are a Key to Expanding Your Perimeter. Readers of RadioInfo’s resident media theoretician know that the popular columnist is an outspoken supporter of the concept of the “crossover” as a significant and often powerful component of music radio programming. In a new article posted today (7/30), Duane Doobie writes, “Now don’t get me wrong – at most, crossovers should be used like spice and when aggressively employed, they should be accompanied by credible DJ commentary setting the stage so the listener knows there’s a reason for its being played. Often the crossover moves on to become a hit in its own right in the new genre and needs no further explanation or justification. In a number of cases, this process actually expands the scope and vitality of the station format genre – the result being forward motion and growth for both radio and music.” To read the entire thought-provoking piece, please click here.
Duane 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 (7/30) includes such names as: Jake Miller, Lights, Neko Case & Kelly Hogan, Pistol Day Parade, Weezer, Alt-J, French Style Furs, The Kooks, Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot, Bennie Gray & the Trailer Park Cowboys, Jamie Jones, Ryan Daniel, David Guetta, Sam Martin, Indiana, Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix, DVBBS, Aleesia, Naughty Boy, Sam Romans, Basement Jaxx, Tiesto, MOTi, and Duke Dumont among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
O’Connor Promoted at NuVoodoo. Co-founder of NuVoodoo Media Services and VP of marketing Mike O’Connor is promoted within the company to EVP of marketing. NuVoodoo reports that in this new capacity, O’Connor will lead the company’s expansion across the social marketing, micro-targeted customized direct mail and integrated digital media marketing spaces for radio, television and newspaper. O’Connor heads the company’s marketing services for radio stations and created NuVoodoo’s groundbreaking Social TV product with NuVoodoo’s CEO Carolyn Gilbert. Prior to his work at NuVoodoo, O’Connor was SVP, Innovations for Tribune Interactive, joining that firm from his previous brand manager and RVP of programming post with Clear Channel.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Program director and PM drive personality Nikki Landry resigns from her position with Cumulus Media’s hot AC WWWM, Toledo “Star 105” to take the program director position at Mighty Media Group’s country duo WEBL “95.3 The Rebel” and classic country WUMY “105.5 Big Country” in Memphis, effective August 4. Landry will also host a midday shift. She has worked at such signals as Clear Channel’s adult hits KVDU, New Orleans “Voodoo 104” and CBS RADIO’s AC WIAD, Washington “Fresh FM.”…..Jumping across the street from CBS RADIO Chicago where he was most recently local sales manager at all-news WBBM to Clear Channel’s CHR WKSC “103.5 Kiss FM” and hot AC WLIT “93.9 My FM” as general sales manager is Joel Kelly.
Marco Feted by Cumulus for Anonymous Cash Giveaways. By now you’re aware that WRQX, Washington afternoon drive personality Marco – full name Marc Orem – is the person responsible for the anonymous cash giveaways happening in the metro that were tipped off by Tweets. Now, Cumulus Media has named Marco the “CBOS Star of the Week” for the social media effort that garnered more than 9,000 followers. CBOS is an acronym for Cumulus Brand Operating System, a proprietary internal communications platform utilized by Cumulus employees. Orem has been sending mystery Tweets as @IHidTheCash, with clues regarding where envelopes containing cash are hidden. In addition to containing cash, the envelopes contained notes encouraging the recipient to “pay it forward” by spending some of the cash on others. As detailed in a recent Washington Post story, Orem has spent the last seven weeks hiding envelopes containing $20 to $60 around the region and Tweeting out clues. He financed the promotion with his own money, and has spent over $1,000 so far. Soon, he had over 9,000 followers. But Orem did not involve the station in any way because he didn’t want it to become a radio “stunt.” He told the Post, “I’m proud of the radio station I work for, but this is just such a separate project for me.” Orem said that he has been contacted by multiple charitable organizations and he will speak with some of them about assisting them with their social media efforts.
Former Marconi Winners to Help Celebrate 25th Anniversary of NAB Honor. In recognizing the 25th anniversary of the NAB Marconi Awards, five former recipients of the honor with be part of the awards dinner and show at the 2014 Radio Show in September in Indianapolis. Ron Chapman, Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo, Big Boy, and Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold of the “The Bob & Tom Show” will serve as emcees and presenters throughout the evening on September 11. Helping lead the festivities and serving as presenters will be NAB Radio Board chair Don Benson of Lincoln Financial Media, Radio Show steering committee chair and Cox Media Group‘s Kim Guthrie and NAB Joint Board chair Charles Warfield of YMF Media LLC.
Bobby Bones Raises $60k-plus for Susan G. Komen; Raging Idiots to Play with Jason Aldean. Country star Jason Aldean made a deal with syndicated morning star Bobby Bones: if he could raise $50,000 for Susan G. Komen, then Aldean would play with Bones’ band The Raging Idiots in a benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Yesterday, with just one day left of their #50kWithJasonA challenge, the Bobby Bones show surpassed its goal by raising more than $60,000 for Susan G. Komen. As of early yesterday morning, the show needed to raise $15,000 to hit their goal. Bones announced on-air that he would match any donations within the next 15 minutes. The audience came through and donated $10,000, prompting Bones to match it with a check for $10,000. After learning about Bones’ hitting the goal, Aldean commented, “Aldean and the Idiots has quite a ring to it. Seriously, I think it’s great that they were able to raise so much money for Susan G. Komen and so quickly…country fans are the best! It’s been a long time since I’ve sat in at a club show like this…I better start thinking about what songs I can do with them.” Pictured here are (from left to right): Lunchbox, Bones, Amy, and Jason Aldean.
WMGC, Macon Makes ‘Country Oldies Show’ Part of Weekend Lineup. The three-hour classic country program syndicated by Envision Networks hosted by Steve Warren is now airing at 4:00 pm ET on State Broadcasting-owned WMCG, Macon, Georgia “Pure Country 104.9.” For the past 20 years “The Country Oldies Show” has been featuring country’s greatest hits from the 1950s to the 1980s. Warren has been a radio personality, program director, and radio consultant for more than 50 years, at legendary radio stations including WTMT, Louisville; WIRE, Indianapolis; WPTR, Albany; and WHN, WNBC, WKHK, WYNY, and SiriusXM in New York.
Industry Mourns Air Personality Samantha Stevens. After a battle with cancer, air personality Samantha Stevens passed away on Sunday, July 27. Stevens – real name Nicole Luciani Loban – had been hosting the program “Super 80s with Samantha Stevens” on LiteFavorites.com. She’d also worked at Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary WEBE and Connoisseur Media’s hot AC WEZN “Star 99.9,” and, for 13 years, at Clear Channel’s CHR WCKI “KC 101” in the New Haven market.
Ryan Seacrest Gets Big UK Footprint with heat Radio Deal. Soon to be heard across the UK on six DAB signals, “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” will be heard from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm via a deal with Bauer Media’s heat Radio. The company operates a number of multi-platform media brands – including heat Radio – and calls Bauer Radio Ltd. a “growing network of no.1 commercial radio stations in all major markets in the UK and the no.1 commercial broadcaster in national digital radio.” The show that is heard in morning drive in the U.S. with co-host Ellen K will bring the American pop culture and music scene to British listeners beginning August 4. Seacrest comments, “It’s a privilege to bring ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ to listeners in the UK. heat is an amazing multi-platform entertainment brand and I think it will be a perfect match for our program. Thanks to everyone at heat – I can’t wait to bring our program across the pond!”
The KVJ Show Debuts on WRMF, West Palm Beach. After former employer Cox Media Group put the kibosh on a planned press conference last week that was to announce the arrival of “The KVJ Show’ (Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki, and Jason Pennington) at Digity LLC-owned hot AC WRMF, West Palm Beach, the trio officially debuted on the station this morning. KVJ had worked for CMG in Miami on WFLC before its flip from hot AC to CHR and was dropped as the station made the format tweak. KVJ had enjoyed success in the West Palm market for years on Clear Channel’s CHR WLDI “WiLD 95.5” before leaving for Miami in 2013.
Maynard Becomes Clear Channel Senior VP of Programming. As RadioIinfo reported yesterday (7/28), six-year program director of Seattle CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5″ and hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9″ Maynard has resigned from the Hubbard combo. As a follow-up to that story, we can confirm that he has joined Clear Channel as senior vice president of programming. National programming platforms president Tom Poleman states, “Great programming is a cornerstone of Clear Channel’s strategy, so we are constantly looking to increase our programming bench with the brightest and most innovative minds. Maynard has an outstanding track record and he will be a great addition to our brain trust.” Executive vice president and general manager for national programming platforms Clay Hunnicutt adds, “Maynard’s programming expertise and knowledge of the industry make him one of the most successful and respected programmers in radio. He has been on our ‘wish list’ for a long time. [Hiring him] further demonstrates our ability to attract the greatest minds and programmers in the business.” Maynard, whose real name is Brandon Cohen, arrived at the Seattle stations after programming Spokane hot AC KZZU. He previously was assistant program director/music director/night talent for Portland CHR KKRZ “Z-100.” Also included on his radio resume are stops in Omaha and Eugene, Oregon.
Dennis Clark Re-Ups with Clear Channel. The CCM+E vice president of talent development signs a long-term contract to remain with the company. In a memo, CC president, national programming platforms Tom Poleman says, “Dennis Clark leads Clear Channel efforts to hire and nurture the best and most talented people in the industry – he has built a talent development division unmatched by any other company. Dennis coaches some of our biggest personalities, from Ryan Seacrest to Kane, JohnJay and Rich, Elvis Duran, Bobby Bones, ‘The Breakfast Club,’ Nikki Sixx and other market-leading talent. He has also developed a superior coaching program for our up-and-coming talent to create our next group of all-stars. We’re excited to have him continue to lead the talent development charge for us.”
AdLarge Media Appoints Green VP/Digital Sales. Former PodcastOne national account director Jay Green is tapped to become AdLarge Media‘s vice president of digital sales and content partnerships. AdLarge Media co-founder and president Cathy Csukas comments, “We are delighted to bring Jay on board to steer our digital audio and mobile strategy. Jay’s impressive background and knowledge of digital audio advertising trends, combined with his expertise in operations and management, make him the ideal candidate to help us meet our expansion goals.” The company’s chief executive officer and co-founder Gary Schonfeld remarks that, “Jay’s keen understanding of the digital audio marketplace will advance our objectives and those of our digital and mobile partners. He is skilled at developing the kind of customized programs and packages that national advertisers have come to expect from AdLarge Media.” Green states that he is “passionate about digital audio advertising” and that he is “dedicated to creating first-to-market campaigns for our advertisers. AdLarge’s reputation for innovation and excellence was a compelling reason for me to become an integral member of their team. It’s an exciting time to join the company.” Prior to working at PodCastOne, Green spent 10 years at Dial Global, where he ultimately became vice president of strategic operations. His background includes sales, campaign management, sales planning, research, audience analysis, and market research for various new product launches.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Radio pro Steve Wall is working with SourceAudio – domestic distributor for Alpha Music Libraries (via Premiere Networks) – to rep the Alpha Music Libraries to stations nationwide. Wall was most recently with TRN Syndications as a national affiliate consultant…..At CCM+E, KBIG, Los Angeles APD and music director Brandon Bell joins the National Programming Platforms team as brand coordinator for the hot AC format and music director for the company’s premium choice hot AC channel. He takes over for Brian Check in this role. Check is now serving as SVP of programming for the company’s Philadelphia stations…..Rik McNeil is leaving his PD gig at Memphis First Ventures-owned country WEBL and classic country WUMY, Memphis to move west to Momentum Broadcasting’s country KJUG, Visalia, California to serve as program director and afternoon drive personality…..Valerie Blackburn is taking on the interim CEO role at the Alliance for Women in Media as the organization seeks a permanent CEO. Blackburn, previously market controller for CBS RADIO Los Angeles and GM of KFWB Trust-operated KFWB, had served as chair of the AWM in the past.
Meeting of the Mentors. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison (left) paid a visit Sunday (7/27) to his old friend, radio legend Dick Robinson (right), founder and chairman of the mega-successful Connecticut School of Broadcasting (CSB). The two veteran radio “mentors” compared notes about the state of the industry and according to both men, it was an uplifting, stimulating discussion that left them “inspired and optimistic” about the future of the business. CSB – the oldest and largest group of broadcasting schools in America — is a tremendous success story that celebrates its half-century anniversary this year. The institute that launched thousands of careers was founded by then-renowned Hartford DJ Robinson in 1964 (pictured below at WDRC, Hartford at that time) to help aspiring young broadcasters learn the fundamentals of radio performing and production and has since grown to include 12 East Coast campuses from Boston to Miami. According to Robinson, “Our success is based largely on the fact that we have grown, evolved and expanded the definition of what we cover as the years and decades went by…and we are still doing exactly that – evolving with the times. Whereas we started primarily as a school for DJs, we have grown to encompass all aspects of the radio business as well as television including the burgeoning field of sports and all aspects of audio and video production.” Robinson says, “We are a remedy to the high cost and long-term commitment required to attend a standard college or university communications department curriculum – a process that leaves graduates in significant debt and doesn’t necessarily guarantee enhanced prospects of gaining employment in the field.” Robinson also explains, “We are also a practical alternative to four-year schools for adults in their late 20s, 30s and even older who want to change careers or start a new one in the broadcast business.” The obvious question arises: Considering the economic challenges facing radio today with staff cutbacks and the future of AM/FM in question, are there still opportunities for people of any age in the fields of radio and broadcasting? Robinson’s response: “Absolutely! More than ever! With radio stations and multi-dimension ‘media station’ operations that include audio, video, graphics, and text elements all on one platform popping up not only on newspaper websites – but the online arms of a wide variety of businesses, demand for people who have what we would consider basic radio and television skills is growing exponentially. And that’s only half of it – never before in the history of our industry has there been so much opportunity for entrepreneurial broadcasters to make it on their own. In the old model, a majority of the people aspiring toward a career in radio or television would have to seek employment and get past a gatekeeper to be able to work in the field. Very few had the resources and connections to go out and buy a radio or TV station. But today, it is just a matter of ‘knowing what to do’ to be in business for yourself as a media practitioner. At CSB we are teaching our students how to be entrepreneurs as well as talent, technicians, and marketers.” Reflecting upon the get-together, Michael Harrison states, “Dick Robinson is one of the most extraordinary men the radio industry has ever produced. His school has taught countless broadcasters the art and craft of our wonderful business and he is still going strong as a station owner, format innovator and mentor of mentors. There isn’t a lifetime achievement award big enough for what this guy has done and continues to do.”
SiriusXM Posts Q2 Revenue Hike of 10%; 380,000 New Self-Pay Subscribers. After a somewhat down 2014 Q1 report, SiriusXM rebounds with what CEO Jim Meyer is calling an “outstanding” quarter. SiriusXM’s revenue for the quarter was $1.035 billion – a 10% increase from the same period a year ago. Net income was $120 million. Last quarter, SiriusXM reported adding just 267,000 new subscribers but that figure is up dramatically with almost 475,000 new subscribers added – approximately 380,000 of those self-paying subscribers. Meyer comments, “We set new records for trial conversions to self-pay, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin in the quarter, and we are raising our 2014 guidance for revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow. Our extraordinary operating performance supported the buyback of over 350 million shares in the quarter, or approximately 6% of our outstanding stock. Perhaps more importantly, we improved our superior content by adding even more channels and shows created with major brands and personalities, such as Joel Osteen, NBC’s TODAY Show, and YouTube, and we expanded the range and depth of our commercial-free music programming with the introduction of three new channels in the categories of country, women’s pop, and dance. As the leader in audio entertainment, we never rest in searching for new content that our subscribers will love.”
Chicago Translator Goes for $4.6 Million. The buyer is Integrity Radio Communications – a company headed up by former Chicago urban programming pro Elroy Smith. The seller of the 2 watt translator – W264BF – located atop the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is Calvary Radio Network. Calvary holds a construction permit to increase the power to 10 watts with a new transmitter. According to documents filed with the FCC, Integrity Radio Communications intends to simulcast Hubbard Radio’s adult hits WILV, Chicago.
Cumulus Media Honors Youngstown Cluster with President’s Cup. The corporate prize for best sales performance for the second quarter of 2014 at Cumulus Media goes to the company’s Youngstown, Ohio eight-station group as it receives the coveted President’s Cup. Each quarter, one market is recognized for its overall performance among the company’s 90 radio markets. The Youngstown staff (pictured here) that operates country WQXK “K105,” CHR WHOT “Hot 101,” news/talk WPIC, news/talk WSOM, classic rock WYFM “Y103,” rock WWIZ “Rock 104,” and sports talk simulcast WBBW-AM/WLLF-FM will share the $10,000 prize. Vice president and market manager Rick Parrish says, “I am very proud of the success our Youngstown sales team, programming team and support staff have achieved with our eight radio stations that serve northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania. Our team set the goal to bring the Cumulus President’s Cup to Youngstown, and through hustle and hard work, we did it!” Cumulus EVP and Co-COO John Pinch adds, “The team in Youngstown has performed at record levels this year and is well deserving of this award. To win the President’s Cup requires contribution from every person at every level in the cluster. Congratulations, Cumulus Youngstown!”
More Spanish Content for iHeartRadio. Add another Mexican radio company’s stations to the lineup on Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s iHeartRadio as the company expands the iHeartRadio Hispanic Network with the addition of Grupo ACIR’s more than 55 radio stations. CC says in a statement that the addition includes Amor, featuring Spanish love songs; Mix, playing Mexico’s favorite songs from the 80s, 90s and today in English; Comadre, a Mexican Regional Hits format; and Felicidad offering Mexico’s favorite Oldies. Listeners will also have access to top Hispanic personalities like Alejandro Villalvazo, Antonio de Valdés, Charo Fernández, Sofía Sánchez Navarro, Iñaki Manero, Rocío Córdova, Carlos “Chicken” Muñoz, Carlos Martín Huerta, José Martín Sámano, Alex Montiel, Pepe Segarra, Arturo “Rudo” Rivera and more. In addition, iHeartRadio will stream select local ACIR stations such as Siempre, Mexico City’s music, news and sports station, and La 1260, Mexico City’s AM news/talk station.
Cool Job Opportunity. Greater Media Charlotte is seeking talented sales people to work in the Charlotte Market at news/talk WBT-AM/FM and hot AC WLNK “107.9 The Link.” Greater Media is seeking applicants with: quantifiable success in radio/media sales or another industry; the drive, hunger, and ability to see the sales process through from prospecting to the final close; courage to ask for and deliver remarkable programs; a love and passion for winning; integrity and pride in being a full-service rep; new business expertise and a creative mind; a desire to exceed expectations and move up quickly; independent and entrepreneurial performers; excellent verbal and written communication skills. At Greater Media Charlotte, you will be surrounded by people who love to have fun and work extremely hard. We offer great benefits and lots of incentives for self-starters, while enjoying the stability of a privately owned media company with two of Charlotte’s best radio stations. If you think you are ready for the next step in your career and think you have the talent to make it happen, we want you on our team! Send your resume and a cover letter to: Sandra Szoke, director of sales, Greater Media Charlotte, Inc., WBT/WLNK Radio, One Julian Price Place, Charlotte, NC 28208; email@example.com. No phone calls please. Greater Media Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
KJR-FM, Seattle’s Bob Rivers Announces Retirement from Morning Radio. This morning legendary morning radio personality Bob Rivers (pictured here during this morning’s show) announced that August 8 will be his final morning as host of the wake-up show on Clear Channel’s classic rock KJR-FM. The station covers the news on its website – including video of the announcement – by saying, “This morning at 7:40 am, after 42 years on radio, 33 in morning drive and 25 years here in Seattle, the legendary Bob Rivers announced he was stepping away from morning radio to pursue other projects. The Bob Rivers Show will now broadcast a series of farewell shows leading up to their finale on Friday, August 8. It’s a sad day for fans and all of us here at ‘95/7 KJR,’ but our hearts and minds will forever be filled with memories of how ‘The Bob Rivers Show’ so marvelously served and entertained Seattle for over two decades.” Watch the video here.
PD Maynard Moves On From Hubbard Combo. Six-year program director of Seattle CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5″ and hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9″ Maynard resigns from the Hubbard combo to join Clear Channel as a vice president of programming. “Maynard has been an integral part in so many ways contributing to the success of these operations,” vice president and general manager Marc Kaye writes in a memo to staff. “I will never be able to express my gratitude to him for the huge effort he has put forth every day he has been here. I wish him nothing but great success in the future; I will miss him more than anyone can imagine.” Maynard, whose real name is Brandon Cohen, arrived at the Seattle stations after programming Spokane hot AC KZZU. He previously was assistant program director-music director-night talent for Portland CHR KKRZ “Z-100.”
Michel Wright Assumes Midday Role at ‘Majic 102.3’ in Washington. The new midday personality at Radio One-owned urban contemporary WMMJ “Majic 102.3” is Michel Wright, who makes the move from Howard University-owned crosstown urban contemporary WHUR. Wright had been hosting weekends and doing fill-in work at WHUR. She previously worked at CBS RADIO’s Washington hip hop outlet WPGC and has done work for Premiere Networks, Starz on SiriusXM, BET Networks, DC Cable Television, Colgate, Mercedes Benz, SHOWTIME Television and MHZ TV Networks. Radio One Washington VP and market manager Alan Leinwand comments, “This is big! Michel is a star with a wealth of top-flight experience and strong relationships in the music industry. We have no doubt that she will have an immediate impact on our listeners, our community, and on our advertising partners. Her powerful brand extends throughout the DMV and beyond.”
Stoney Richards to Exit WDSY, Pittsburgh Roles to Pursue Acting Career. Forty-six year radio pro Stoney Richards will exit his APD, music director and afternoon air talent gig at CBS RADIO’s country WDSY, Pittsburgh “Y108” after September 10 to pursue his acting career. He’s recently secured some TV and movie roles. The company states that Richards will continue to host his weekend talk show, “Live From The Centre,” on sister news/talk KDKA-AM and will guest host on WDSY. The company adds, “Stoney has been a great programming partner and strong brand ambassador for ‘Y108’ during his nearly 18 years with the station and 21 years with our organization. He has earned a tremendous amount of admiration and respect from listeners, the country music recording industry, and by his peers in radio.” CBS RADIO is seeking his replacement and notes that internal candidates may review the qualifications and apply at cbsandyou.com; external candidates may do the same at cbsradio.com/careers.
Jack Diamond Headed to AM Drive at WLS-FM, Chicago? That’s what Chicago media writer Robert Feder is suggesting is the likely scenario as longtime Washington, DC personality Jack Diamond is sitting in on the morning show alongside current morning host Brant Miller at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WLS-FM all this week. Feder reports that Jan Jeffries – PD for WLS-FM and SVP of corporate programming for Cumulus – told him, “Jack worked with me in Washington and Atlanta, and it seemed like it would be fun to put him in with Brant for a week.” Corporate PDs don’t do things like this on a lark and this is obviously an on-air tryout. Miller, in addition to his WLS-FM work, is chief meteorologist at NBC-owned WMAQ-TV. As for Diamond, he exited Cumulus’ CHR WRQX in the spring of 2013 after some 24 years on the air there. Read Feder’s entire column here.
Alpha Media Names Marconi Co-Host at KINK, Portland. Joining Sheila Hamilton at Alpha Media’s triple A KINK, Portland “101.9 KINK” is Marconi Bologna for the soon-to-be-renamed morning show, “Sheila and Marconi in the Morning.” The new show debuts August 11. KINK program director Chris Mays states, “I’ve worked at the same companies with Marconi in both Seattle and Portland and know him to be sweet, funny and wildly creative. Sheila Hamilton and Marconi are going to wake up Portland in a whole new way! His Portland history at KNRK and KUFO-FM has created many Marconi fans who will be happy to have him back in town. I’m very excited to work with him to create great radio at KINK.” Marconi comments, “I’ve worked in Portland radio for a long time. I recently lived in Denver for almost four years. That whole time I missed being on Portland radio, walkable neighborhoods, food carts and great restaurants, local music, and most of all, the people here. Portland is my heart. KINK is my station.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s CHR WNVZ, Norfolk “Z104,” acting program director Natalia is now the permanent PD of the station. She assumed the PD duties after the exit of Mike Klein. She’d been the station’s APD and midday personality – a daypart she’ll continue to host…..Jeff Roper is returning to San Antonio to host the KSAT-TV afternoon program “SA Live” beginning September 8. That means he’s exiting his current gig as OM/PD and morning personality at Qantum’s country WGTR, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina “Gator 107.9.” Roper served in San Antonio previously as morning jock, APD and MD at Cox Media Group’s country KCYY “Y100.”
Sittin’ in for Lon Helton. A trio of country stars are sitting in for Lon Helton on this week’s edition of Westwood One’s “Country Countdown USA.” Pictured here are (from left to right) Cole Swindell, Lee Brice, and Luke Bryan. The three are currently on the road on Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” tour with Brice and Swindell as supporting acts. On the show, trio share backstage stories from the tour as they count down the week’s Top 30 country songs. Helton returns to “Country Countdown USA” next week with co-host Brad Paisley.