General Music Radio Industry News

Thursday, July 10, 2014

| July 10, 2014

nielsen logoNo Reissue of PPM Data for Los Angeles.  A memo to client stations from Nielsen Audio states that after the completion of an impact analysis relative to the presence of a media-affiliated household in the Los Angeles PPM panel for the past year, it has concluded that a reissue of the ratings beyond what has already been done is unnecessary.  The memo states, in part, “After comparing the audience estimates without this home in the panel to those we originally published which included the household, we have decided not to reissue currency Los Angeles data for any prior report periods.  We have concluded that a reissue of prior currency data would be of limited commercial benefit to customers and would result in further disruption to the marketplace.”

ppmunitRound Two of June PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of June 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  The survey period was May 22 through June 18.  You can find all the numbers from subscribing stations here.  In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways.”

  • Washington – This marks the sixth successive sweep that Hubbard all-news operation WTOP (8.1 – 8.2) leads the field (6+). There is minimal movement in the urban AC contest, as Howard University-owned WHUR is off wmzq logoby one-tenth (5.6 – 5.5, #4 to #5), while Radio One‘s WMMJ drops two-tenths (4.5 – 4.3, #6 to #7). It is, however, noteworthy that WHUR is down for the third consecutive time (6.0 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.5) for an accumulated -.5 and WMMJ declines for the fourth successive ratings period (5.6 – 5.0 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.3) for an accumulated -1.3. Clear Channel country WMZQ mirrors April – May’s +.5 with another half-share increase (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.1) and catapults from #13 in May to a three-way tie at #8.
  • Boston – The third straight increase for WZLX is a +.7 (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.8), enabling the CBS Radio classic rocker to jump from sixth to fourth (6+). Results for cluster-mate WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” though are hardly as wzlxfavorable: The Boston Bruins flagship suffers the steepest (6+) decline (5.1 – 2.9, -2.2) of any station in the 24 PPM markets released thus far. In addition to freefalling from #6 in May to #14, “The Sports Hub” has its lowest (6+) showing in three years (2.6 in July 2011). Although off one-tenth to 3.3, (sports) WEEI-FM nonetheless overtakes “The Sports Hub” as the Entercom-owned Boston Red Sox flagship remains steady at #12. Clear Channel CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” (7.6 – 7.9, +.3) occupies the top spot for the sixth straight monthly. After a March – April – May trend of a half-share gain/half-share loss (6.5 – 7.0 – 6.5), Greater Media adult contemporary WMJX “Magic” regresses by eight-tenths (6.5 – 5.7), sliding from third to fifth.
  • DetroitGreater Media-owned WCSX “Detroit’s Classic Rock” picked up one-half share (3.9 – 4.4) in May to advance from #12 to #8. Its May – June (6+) progression though is nearly twice as significant (+.9, 4.4 – 5.3) and it wcsx logoclimbs to sixth; 5.3 is the strongest (6+) number for “Detroit’s Classic Rock” since August 2011′s 5.4. CBS Radio‘s WYCD “Detroit’s Country” (#5 in May to #4) has its third straight gain (5.1 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 6.2). Several spoken-word outlets hit a bump in June. Cumulus Media talker WJR suffers an erosion of nine-tenths (5.2 – 4.3, 6+) and falls from sixth to tenth. For the fifth successive ratings reports, CBS Radio all-newser WWJ (#4 in May to #5) registers a negative trend, resulting in a cumulative -2.8 (8.4 – 7.9 – 7.2 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 5.6). After three successive significant up-trends (4.0 – 4.7 – 6.8 – 7.9), WWJ sports sibling WXYT-FM is off by six tenths to 7.3, although “The Ticket” repeats at #1 – three-tenths ahead of co-owned classic hits-oldies WOMC (6.7 – 7.0, +.3).
  • Seattle – A one-half share gain by adult contemporary KRWM “Warm” (5.8 – 6.3), coupled with a three-tenths drop by CHR KQMV “All the Hits” (6.2 – 5.9) results in the Hubbard cluster-mates swapping places at #1 and #2, krwm logorespectively. KQMV was in Seattle’s (6+) penthouse in March and May; “Warm” in April and now in June. Owing to a -1.1 (5.2 – 4.1), CBS Radio‘s KZOK falls from fourth to seventh; it is the classic rocker’s third consecutive downward trend (5.6 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.1). Dating back to the “Holiday” 2013 report, Entercom rocker KISW had put together a string of four straight up trends(4.4 – 4.6 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.6), but it is now down in back-to-back monthlies, this time by one full-share (5.5 – 4.5, #3 to #4).
  • Phoenix – This marks the eighth straight sweep in which a Clear Channel-owned property is found at the top of the (6+) leader board in the “Valley of the Sun.” Making this particular occasion momentous though is the fact it is knix logothe first-ever time for country KNIX (#4 in May), which posts a stunning +1.2 to 6.2. There is another first for “The Best New Country” – it had not previously crossed the six-share threshold (6+). Meanwhile, its cross-town CBS Radio format rival KMLE (3.9 – 4.1, +.2) improves from eighth to sixth. Hot AC has a somewhat similar dual-station success story, as Clear Channel’s KMXP “Mix” adds four-tenths to 5.8 (although it actually falls from second to third), while KMVA “Hot 103.9″ rebounds from a -.5 (April – May) with a +.6 to 4.0 (#13 to #7). “Mix” ends three straight (6+) downward trends (8.1 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.4), which produced a cumulative -2.7 in that stretch. Dislodged from #1 – after back-to-back stays there in April and May – is KNIX and “Mix” adult contemporary sibling KESZ (6.1 – 6.0, -.1), which dips to second. Several talkers decline in this sweep. They include public KJZZ by eight-tenths to 2.0 (#15 – #20); Bonneville‘s KTAR-FM by six-tenths to 3.2 (#9 to #12); and Clear Channel’s KFYI by three-tenths to 3.2 (#11 to a tie at #12 with KTAR-FM). After notching a gain of six-tenths (6+), rhythmic CHR KKFR “Power” drops one-half share to 3.0 (#11 to #14).
  • Minneapolis – Headlining several significant month-to-month shifts is the massive -1.9 by Clear Channel sports facility KFXN-FM (4.8 – 2.9), which drifts from #9 to #14. Ironically, it was this time last month when kqqlKFXN-FM boasted the largest (6+) month-to-month gain (+1.2) of any station in the 12 PPM markets released that particular day. Conversely, classic hits-oldies cluster-mate KQQL “Kool 108″ racks up a +1.3 to 7.3, progressing from #6 to #4. In six of the last seven survey periods, “Kool 108″ had been in the six-share range. With a six-tenths improvement (8.3 – 8.9), Clear Channel CHR KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” takes over the #1 spot it held January through April. Also in that cluster – country KEEY “K-102″ has a nine-tenths spike (6.9 – 7.8) to zoom from #5 to #2. It is the best 6+-stat for “K-102″ since last September’s 8.0. CBS Radio talker WCCO relinquishes all of its April – May +.8 (and then some) with a -1.1 to 4.0 (#9 to #11). Owing to a hearty +.9 (7.5 – 8.4), Cumulus classic rocker KQRS vaulted from third in April to first in May; however, it declines by seven-tenths to 7.7 and slides to third.
  • San Diego – For the first time since “Holiday” 2011 – when it registered an 8.3 – CBS Radio adult contemporary KYXY (4.9 – 5.2, +.3) is the market’s (6+) pacesetter. Speaking of “Holiday” reports, 5.2 is the station’s finest 6+-kyxy logoshowing since “Holiday” 2012 (5.7). There isn’t much distance though between #1 KYXY and April and May’s leader – Clear Channel CHR KHTS “Channel 93.3″ (5.6 – 5.1, #2); Clear Channel hot AC KMYI “Star 94.1″ (5.0 – 5.1, #3 to #2); and Lincoln Financial Media adult contemporary KIFM (5.2 – 5.0, #2 to #4). This time last month, talkers KFMB-AM (2.4 – 2.9, #14) and KOGO (1.9 – 2.4, #20) each gained one-half share; however, KFMB-FM is down six-tenths to 2.3 (#20) and KOGO drops eight-tenths to 1.6 (#23).
  • Tampa – As Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV registers an impressive +1.2 to 10.6, its adult contemporary sibling WWRM “Magic 94.9″ (#5 in May) regresses by nine-tenths to 4.1, plummeting out of the top wduv logoten all the way to #15. In addition to being #1 for the 19th straight survey period, WDUV has its most potent 6+-number (10.6) since “Holiday” 2013 (14.1). For six successive monthlies – beginning last October – WDUV and “Magic” were the market’s #1 and #2 stations, respectively (6+). CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WRBQ-FM “Q-105″ (4.8 – 5.6, #5) narrows the gap on CMG rival WXGL “The Eagle” (6.6 – 6.8, #3) from 1.8 shares (6+) in May to 1.2.
  • Denver – Notching identical seven-tenths gains are Clear Channel classic rocker KRFX “The Fox” and Wilks kxklclassic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105.” Both stations advance 3.9 – 4.6 (#13 to #7). Six-tenths is unlucky for the market’s two hot ACs, as Entercom‘s KALC “Alice” falls from 5.3 – 4.7 (#3 to #6), while KXKL sibling KIMN “Mix” tumbles from 4.1 – 3.5 (#11 to #16). Lincoln Financial Media country KYGO-FM adds one-half share to 6.2 and repeats at #1, although Entercom adult contemporary KOSI “Continuous Lite Rock” (5.3 – 5.9, +.6) is just three-tenths behind.
  • BaltimoreRadio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9″ maintains its winning ways. Up for the fifth wwinconsecutive time, “Magic” gains 2.5 shares in the process (5.6 – 6.3 – 6.8 – 6.9 – 7.9 – 8.1, 6+) and it repeats at #1. After back-to-back 5.2 showings in April and May (6+), CBS Radio hot AC WWMX “Baltimore’s Best Mix” busts out with a +.9 to 6.1 and remains at #4. By virtue of a stunning -1.6 (May – June), talker WCBM sees a more than 50% erosion of its 6+ share. Regressing for the third straight monthly (3.6 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 1.2), it falls from #13 in May to #17.

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carriveaucaraCarriveau Replaces Monzures at Hubbard’s WILV, Chicago.  The adult contemporary station bidsmonzuresjane adieu to Jane Monzures in the afternoon drive slot at Hubbard’s Chicago AC outlet WILV after just six months.  She replaced Brian Middleton in January.  Program director Marty Bender moves evening personality Cara Carriveau up to the afternoon shift and will use fill-in hosts in the evening until a permanent replacement for Carriveau is found.  Prior to her gig at WILV, Monzures had worked alongside both morning host Pete McMurray and PM driver Zakk Tyler at crosstown classic rocker WLUP-FM.

wrqx logoAshley Nickels Moves to DC for Nights at WRQX.  Last week RadioInfo reported Ashley Nickels was leaving Entercom’s CHR KDND, Sacramento “107.9 The End” and nownickelsashley we know that she’s been named the new evening personality at Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC CHR WRQX.  The station says that it “brings an emerging young and buzz-worthy talent to D.C. nights and sets the stage for a lively nighttime show.”  Program director Gillette says, “Ashley is the archetypal ‘night jock’ for the Millennial generation.  She doesn’t just live, eat and drink the lifestyle, she is the lifestyle.  Ashley is the enigmatic embodiment of what the audience craves today: a dynamic entertainer wrapped in a self-effacing BFF that will do shots with you till closing and then help you Uber home.”

douglasmistiMisti Douglas Joins Westwood One to Manage Country Syndication.  Leaving the radio trades business where she was assistant country editor at All Access, Misti Douglas joins Westwood One as manager, country syndication affiliate sales.  In this position, Douglas will develop and manage Westwood One country radio syndication partnerships for “NASH Nights Live with Shawn Parr,” “Kickin’ It with Kix Brooks Overnights,” the newly announced “NASH Icons,” “American Country Countdown,” Lia, “Big Time with Whitney Allen,” “America’s Opry Weekend,” “Country Gold with Randy Owen” and “Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton.”  Westwood One SVP/affiliate sales Dennis Green states, “It’s a pleasure to have Misti join our growing affiliate sales team for country programming.  Misti’s knowledge of the industry and the country space will be a major boost as we bring NASH and all of our country products to the marketplace from coast to coast.”

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zandermarkZander Exits Next Media’s Chicago Market Rockers.  After a four-year stint with Next Media, programmer and air talent Mark Zander exits the company’s rock WRXQ “QRock 100.7” and classic rocker WERV “95.9 The River” where he was program director and PM drive host at WERV.  This comes just days after Zander and Envision Networks announced the Zander-produced-and-hosted syndicated programs “The Rockin’ 70s” and “The Rockin’ 80s” were being dropped from Envision’s weekend syndication offerings.

scottmikeCC Appoints Mike Scott to Regional Post.  Moving up from his director of sales post at Clear Channel’s West Palm Beach operations is Mike Scott who is now regional market manager for the Mobile-Pensacola, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Biloxi and Laurel/Hattiesburg markets.  Scott says, “I am thrilled to become a part of these five amazing markets — they are filled with great people and fantastic stations.  I also owe a big thank you to the incredible West Palm Beach team.”

rutkowskimichelleMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  A move that is sure to surprise urban AC listeners in Chicago happens as Ramonski Luv is let go from the evening “The Real Show” program on Clear Channel’s WVAZ.  Luv co-hosted the show with Joe Soto, who remains with the station hosting the show solo.  As Chicago media writer Robert Feder points out, the recently released June PPM ratings show the program had landed in the #1 position with a 5.9 share (6+).  Read Feder’s story here…..Moving up from music director at Milwaukee Radio Alliance-operated alternative WLUM is Michelle Rutkowski, who takes on the program director duties, effective immediately.  An eight-year station vet, Rutkowski also hosts the midday show…..Eileen Collier exits the program director position at Clear Channel Memphis’ urban AC KJMS and sister gospel station WHAL.

kbob-fm logoKBOB, Quad Cities Flips to Country.  The now-former rocker KBOB-FM, Quad Cities is officially country outlet “104.9 The Hawk” as Townsquare Media makes the change after a brief stunt playing all-Christmas music.  As reported in the Quad City Times, Townsquare Media did market research to see what formats might be better than the underperforming rock station and general manager Bruce Law says that led them to the new format.  “’The Hawk’ will be a young-focused, new music, new country station targeted at a young female.”  Out with the change are KBOB morning personalities Dave Levora and Darren Pitra.  Both knew the change was coming and both sides commended each other on accepting and making the change in a business-like manner.   Law tells the paper, “I can tell you both were treated very nicely, very fairly, and they both reciprocated.  They have been gentlemen through this whole thing and they were extremely professional through the whole process.  I really appreciate them stepping up like that.  It doesn’t always happen that way.”  The new station will have live and local talent to be named in the near future.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

| July 9, 2014

duanedoobie graphicDon’t Be a Programming Zombie – Embrace Musical Mutants!  RadioInfo’s in-house media theoretician Duane Doobie sings the praises of impure stationality when it comes to programming by musical genre.  In a new column posted today (7/9), the most-talked-about commentator in the music radio trades says, “Programming a station strategically defined by its musical stationality is more like rock climbing than rope climbing.  The path to the top is never a straight line.”  The Doob advises, “Sometimes you even have to risk your neck to avoid getting stranded on a ‘safe’ path to nowhere.”  He adds, “The history of music is marked by mutations becoming the impetus for the next wave of evolution and popularity.  Hybrids, mutations, and the scary (to some) concept of the musical ‘crossover’ are the catalysts that drive progress.”  To read Doobie’s entire thought-provoking piece, please click here.

bayonettesDuane 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 (7/9) includes such names as: 5 Seconds of Summer, Robin Thicke, Summer Set, Saturdays, Daughtry, Red Wanting Blue, OK Go, Bayonets, Hyde and Beast, Old Crow Medicine Show, RaeLynn, Jayce Hein, Kari & Billy, Trae Edwards, Slaptop, David Guetta, Sam Martin, Oscar & the Wolf, and Asher Roth among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

lakampbrianClear Channel Makes Corporate Structural Changes; Moves iHeartRadio into Clear Channel Networks Group Division.  Along with this change – putting the iHeartRadio platform under the Clear Channel Networks Group banner headed by president Darren DavisBrian Lakamp remains with the company and is promoted to the new position — president of technology and digital ventures.  The company calls Lakamp’s promotion part of its “taking another important step in its continuing transformation to a consumer-driven, technology-fueled company.”  Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman says, “Our corporate focus on digital, increasingly leveraging technology to maximize our business, reflects the natural evolution of Clear Channel into a 21st century media company.  Creativity is also enabled by technology, and as advertisers’ interest in new and emerging technology options continues to grow, we intend to remain at the forefront of both innovation anddavisdarren creativity.  Brian is perfectly positioned to help us – and our consumers, advertisers and content partners – as we continue to build Clear Channel’s digital roadmap for the future.”  The new role puts Lakamp in charge of the overall technology platform and capabilities for all of Clear Channel – including its broadcast, digital radio, events and promotions and out-of-home businesses.  The company says he will also be responsible for developing the company’s overall place in the worlds of big data and programmatic buying. Putting iHeartRadio under Darren Davis’ purview means he’ll be responsible for the entire business of iHeartRadio as well as Premiere Networks, Total Traffic and Weather Network; and the 24/7 News Network.  Davis comments, “I look forward to working with the immensely talented iHeartRadio team to build on the tremendous success of iHeartRadio by utilizing the full promotional and creative power of Clear Channel for iHeartRadio Networks.  I’m excited to continue my collaboration with Brian in his new role to leverage new opportunities and maximize emerging technologies across Clear Channel’s national platforms and services.”

emmisEmmis Q1 Report: Radio Revenue Essentially Flat.  The results for the first fiscal quarter for Emmis Communications (ending May 31) show the company’s net radio revenue up 22% — but that includes the addition of revenue from WBLS and WLIB, New York which it has been operating under an LMA since March 1.  Assuming those stations had been in the fold at the same time a year ago, revenue would have been flat.  Atsmulyanjeff the station level, the company reports its stations were up 1.6% compared to local radio market revenue down 5.5% during the fiscal quarter.  Emmis president and CEO Jeff Smulyan says, “While our markets continue to be tested, our stations and employees have risen to the challenge and continue to outperform our markets.  We continue to believe NextRadio, the Emmis-led industry initiative to make FM broadcast radio available on smartphones and tablets, is a game-changer for the radio industry and will reignite growth.  We have spent the last year building out the NextRadio ecosystem, and now we are entering a critical phase to build consumer awareness.  I’m proud of our team for its continuing focus on innovation and operational excellence.”

nielsen logoRound One of June PPM Data Released.  The first of four rounds of June 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey).  The survey period was May 22 through June 18.  You can find all the numbers from subscribing stations here.  In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways.”

  • New York – Only two-tenths of a share separated frontrunner WLTW “Lite FM” (6.8, 6+) and runner-up WCBS-FM (6.6, 6+) in both April and May. Clear Channel adult contemporary “Lite FM” though picks up some breathing room by adding three-tenths to 7.1, while classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM declines by that margin to 6.3. For the eleventh straight survey period, “Lite FM” is #1, while this marks the fifth consecutive ratings period that WCBS-FM places second. After CBS Radio sports outlet WFAN tacked on four-tenths to 3.8 (6+, #9, May), the first-year Yankees flagship regresses by seven-tenths (3.1, #14). Conversely, following a -.6 in May that had dropped it to #14, hot AC cluster mate WWFS “Fresh” improves by four-tenths (2.9 – 3.3, #11). In the market’s CHR battle, Clear Channel’s WHTZ “Z-100″ takes a four-tenths dip (5.6 – 5.2, #3 to #5), as CBS Radio’s WNOW (with new calls WBMP “Amp Radio”) progresses by three-tenths (2.1 – 2.4) and is steady at #15. Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot,” which had been up or flat five successive monthlies (2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.5), dips by one-tenth to 3.4, but remains at #10.
  • Los Angeles – This is quite the banner-monthly ratings period for KRTH. Not only does the CBS Radio classic hits-oldies outlet progress by four tenths to extend its string of up or flat books to six (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.5), more importantly – “K-Earth 101″ reaches the #1 spot (6+) for the first time in its PPM history. If that were not enough, 5.5 is its most potent 6+ stat to date. “K-Earth 101″ dislodges Clear Channel CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” (5.3 – 5.2, -.1), which – after four straight months at #1 – drops to second. The most common (6+, PPM) City of Angels #1/#2 finish thus far is “Kiss-FM” #1/hot AC sibling KBIG “My-FM” #2 (10 occurrences). That scenario is followed by a second-place tie (nine times each) between “Kiss-FM’ at #1/sibling talker KFI #2, and “Kiss-FM” #1/”K-Earth 101″ #2. In fourth place (six times) is “Kiss-FM” at #1/sibling AC KOST “Coast 103″ at #2. In fifth place (five times) is “Coast 103″ at #1/”Kiss-FM” at #2. Over and above being up for the fourth successive monthly report (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+), Bonneville classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” (#15 in May) cracks the top ten (#10), tying CBS Radio alternative KROQ (3.1 – 2.9), which was ninth in May. Moreover, the 2.9 registered by “The Sound” is its strongest 6+-figure yet under PPM methodology. As for KROQ, this represents its fifth consecutive (6+) decline (3.6 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3. 2 – 3.1 – 2.9). Emmis rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106″ puts up plenty of fours: Remaining at #4, it advances by four-tenths (4.4 – 4.8). Down or flat for four straight survey periods (5.4 – 5.2 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.8, 6+), KBIG “My-FM” gains one-tenth (4.9) and is steady at #3.
  • Chicago – The third successive progression by WBBM-FM “B-96″ is a +.6 (3.9 – 4.5), vaulting the CBS Radio-owned outlet from ninth in May to fourth; 4.5 is the station’s best (6+) since July 2012 (also 4.5). Two “B-96″ siblings enjoy one-half share gains – adult alternative WXRT (2.9 – 3.4, #14 to #13) and WJMK “K-104.3″ (2.0 – 2.5, #19 to #16). Regional Mexican does well as Clear Channel‘s WNUA “El Patron” increases by six-tenths (1.6 – 2.2, #17); Univision‘s WOJO “La Que Buena” adds one-half share (3.0 – 3.5, #11); and Spanish Broadcasting System’s WLEY-FM “La Ley” puts up a four-tenths gain (1.2 – 1.6, #22). After three successive (6+) up trends, including April – May’s +.8 (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.3), Cumulus-owned WLS-FM takes a nine-tenths hit (4.3 – 3.4), spiraling the classic hits-oldies outlet from #6 to #13. Up three-tenths to 5.9, Clear Channel urban AC WVAZ “V-103″ ranks #1 for the fourth straight month, while WBBM-AM is flat or down for the fourth successive time (6.6 – 6.1 – 5.6 – 5.0 – 5.0). On the plus side, the CBS Radio all-newser holds the runner-up spot for (you guessed it) the fourth consecutive ratings period.
  • Houston – Despite relinquishing the +1.1 it gained April – May (7.3 – 8.4 – 7.3), Cox Media Group-ownedcountry KKBQ remains #1 for the fourth successive month. Prior to this report, “The New 93-Q” had strung together five straight up trends (5.4 – 6.6 – 6.8 – 7.0 – 7.3 – 8.4). Format challenger – CBS Radio‘s KILT-FM “The Bull” – rings up a +.5 (3.7 – 4.2), inching it up from #11 to #9. After advancing by six-tenths (5. 9 – 6.5, April – May), Clear Channel adult contemporary KODA “Sunny” packs on another one-half share to 7.0. “Sunny” is runner-up for the fourth straight month and it trails “The New 93-Q” by three-tenths. Following back-to-back months at 5.4 (April and May), Radio One rhythmic CHR KBXX “The Box” gains six-tenths to 6.0, improving from #5 in May to #4.
  • Philadelphia – Eight-tenths is good news for Greater Media classic rocker WMGK (5.1 – 5.9, +.8), which jumps from sixth to fourth; however, it is bad news for sibling rocker WMMR (6.0 – 5.2, -.8), which tumbles from third to sixth. June is a down month for CBS Radio’s all-sports WIP-FM (4.1 – 3.6, #8 to #13), as well as Greater Media’s similarly-formatted WPEN-FM (2.4 – 1.9, #17- #20); each station drops one-half share. Although down seven-tenths to 7.3, Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” is #1 for the fourth straight month and for the fifteenth time in the last 16 surveys. By remaining steady at 4.0 (#10), CBS Radio‘s KYW applies the brakes to four alarming successive down trends that – since February – saw the all-news operation trend 8.4 – 6.0 – 4.5 – 4.0; KYW though falls from a ninth-place tie in May to tenth.
  • Atlanta – Both main channel FM CHRs do well: Cumulus Media‘s WWWQ “Q100″ improves by one-half share (4.5 – 5.0, steady at #9) and Clear Channel‘s WWPW “Power 96.1″ gains eight-tenths (3.8 – 4.6, #13 to #10). While Clear Channel Country WUBL “The Bull” improves by eight-tenths (4.9 – 5.7, #8 to #5), Radio One urban AC WAMJ is off by that margin (6.0 – 5.2, #3 to #7). Notwithstanding that WSB-AM is down four-tenths to 7.0, the Cox Media Group talker is #1 for the fifth straight month.
  • Long IslandCox Media Group-owned CHR WBLI (6.7 – 6.6, -.1) is #1 for the third consecutive month. The four-tenths that CBS Radio CHR WNOW gains (2.0 – 2.4, #20 to #13) matches the loss by Clear Channel format rival WHTZ “Z-100″ (6.0 – 5.6, #2 to #3); WNOW has since updated its calls/slogan to WBMP “Amp Radio.” After four consecutive positive (6+) sweeps (3.2 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.6), Clear Channel classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3″ dropped six-tenths in May (4.6 – 4.0), sliding from fifth to seventh. It regresses by another one-half share in June (4.0 – 3.5), tumbling to ninth. In April, CBS Radio’s WFAN recaptured the nine-tenths it lost February – March as the Yankees flagship progressed from eighth to fifth. It added another one-half share (4.6 – 5.1, 6+) in May to inch up to #4; however, it takes a six-tenths hit (5.1 – 4.5) and drops to #5.
  • Riverside – KLYY “Jose FM” is running out of milestones, but by posting a +.4, the Entravision Spanish adult hits outlet now boasts its best-ever 6+ stat (10.2). This represents the twelfth straight time that “Jose FM” is ranked #1 and Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA “KOLA 99.9″ (5.7 – 6.6, +.9) is in the runner-up slot. Rewinding to June 2011, “KOLA 99.9″ was first and “Jose FM” placed second. That was repeated in July and August (2011), before the two flip-flopped spots for the next four surveys. A minor hiccup occurred in the “Holiday” 2011 and January 2012 sweeps, as the top three in both of those ratings periods were KLYY, Liberman regional Mexican KRQB, and KOLA. That was followed by six straight months of KLYY-KOLA at #1 and #2. In August 2012, the two tied at #1 (6.4). For 11 consecutive surveys, KLYY and KOLA again were #1 and #2, respectively. It was nearly a year later (July 2013) when #1 KOLA edged #2 KLYY 6.6 – 6.5, leading us to the current 12 straight monthlies with KLYY at #1 and KOLA at #2. Liberman regional Mexican KRQB (2.0 – 2.7, +.7, #8) is gaining on Univision‘s similarly-formatted KSCA (3.7 – 3.1, -.6, #6), as KSCA’s 1.7-share lead in May is down to four-tenths.
  • San Jose – Continuing the regional Mexican theme from Riverside-San Bernardino (Inland Empire), Univision‘s KSOL (#19 to #14)  dials up a +.8 to 3.0, which is its strongest (6+) showing since last July’s 3.1. Meanwhile, in back-to-back monthlies (May and June), Lazer Broadcasting’s like-formatted KXZM (#17 to #15) progresses by one-half share (1.8 – 2.3 – 2.8). This time last month, public KQED plummeted by one full-share (6.6 – 5.6), relinquishing its #1 spot to Univision Spanish adult hits KBRG. The two trade places: KQED gains three-tenths to 5.9, and KBRG regresses by six-tenths to 5.5.
  • Middlesex – With its third straight – albeit modest – up monthly (5.6 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.0), Emmis urban AC WBLS “Your #1 Source for R&B” reaches #1. After WHTZ “Z-100″ posted a +.7 to displace classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM at #1 in May, the Clear Channel CHR has the dubious distinction of registering the greatest (6+) month-to-month erosion in the 12 PPM markets released Tuesday (6.9 – 5.5, -1.4). In the process, it slips from first to third. Some of that decline is absorbed by CBS Radio CHR WNOW (its new calls/slogan are WBMP “Amp Radio”), which gains four-tenths (3.1 – 3.5, #12 to #10); 3.5 is the station’s best 6+-stat in the Middlesex-Somerset-Union report in about two years (3.9 in July 2012). Following four straight downward trends (7.9 – 7.2 – 6.4 – 5.5 – 4.6), Townsquare Media talker WKXW improves by two-tenths to 4.8 and is steady at #7. Gaining seven-tenths is Clear Channel classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3″ (5.4, #6 to #4), while classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (5.6, steady at #2) declines by that amount.

wwfw logoAdams Radio Flips WWFW, Fort Wayne to 80s Country Format.  The former adult contemporary outlet is now “Great County 103.3 and Adams Radio debuts the 80s-based country format to complement its contemporary country WBTU “US 93.3.”  Mark Allen is program director for both country stations and he says, “The music on ‘Great Country 103.3’ is the best country music ever.  The artists we play are the ones that redefined country music.  I am honored to have these legends on the air again in Fort Wayne.  It just doesn’t get any better.  It kicked off with Alan Jackson‘s ‘Gone Country,’ Barbara Mandrell‘s ‘I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool’ and Alabama‘s ‘Born Country.’”  The station’s core artists include: Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, Randy Travis and other 80s country stars.

blackerlizBlacker Named EVP of Hispanic Strategy and Sales at CC.  Further targeting the growing Hispanic community in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announces the hiring of U.S. Hispanic advertising expert Liz Sarachek Blacker to serve as executive vice of Hispanic strategy and sales.  She begins her duties on August 4.  The company says that in this new position, Blacker will develop and advance the company’s overall strategy to engage and activate the Hispanic audience across all platforms.  “She will focus on driving revenue in the category, working with multi-cultural agencies to create custom campaigns for advertisers that leverage Clear Channel’s unmatched reach with the Hispanic community.  Blacker will also work closely with Clear Channel’s National Programming Platforms team to create products, content and live events that focus on engaging and monetizing the Hispanic audience.”  She comes to CCM+E from Terra USA, where she has served as chief revenue officer since 2011.

wilcherleesaMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Joining Holston Valley Broadcasting Corporation as general sales manager is Leesa Wilcher who’ll lead sales efforts for the company’s Tri-Cities, Tennessee stations adult contemporary WTFM, rock WRZK “The Hog,” and classic hits WVEK.…..Keymarket Licenses-owned suburban Pittsburgh country outlet WOGI, Moon Township “Froggy 98” names Michael Ovadia – a.k.a. Mad Dog – host of the station’s “Frogman and the Green Team” morning drive show.  He most recently served as morning host and APD at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WSOX, York “Oldies 96.1.”…..At Journal Broadcast Group’s parent company – Journal CommunicationsMarty Ozolins is named vice president and corporate controller.  He’s been with the company since 1997 and most recently was assistant controller.

powerpigCalling All ‘Power Pig’ Alumni!  Anyone who worked at WFLZ or WFLA, Tampa over the past 25 years is being notified of a special gathering to take place beginning on September 25 – the 25th anniversary of the launch of “Power 93 – the Power Pig.”  Tampa-based media consultant and alumnus Gabe Hobbs is getting the word out saying the reunion will take place September 25-28 and alums are invited to come for a day or the whole weekend.  He says they are working on hotels and an agenda and will have more details once a rough headcount is established.  Sign up via Facebook.  Visit Gabe’s page and you’ll find the info.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

| July 8, 2014

wdrc-FMConnoisseur’s Connecticut Closing.  Given that Connoisseur Media is headquartered in the Constitution State (Westport, Connecticut), corporate executives will not have far to travel to check on their newest properties.  There is a flurry of activity as the company officially closes on five Hartford stations it acquires from Buckley.  Connoisseur Southern Connecticut general manager Kristin Okesson takes on oversight of the Hartford group replacing VP/GM Eric Fahnoe; Connoisseur Southernconnoisseur media logo Connecticut operations manager Keith Dakin adds regional programming duties for Hartford talker WDRC-AM; and Connoisseur Southern Connecticut assistant PD Kevin Begley becomes program director of Bridgeport adult contemporary WEZN “Star 99.9″ and classic rocker WFOX “95.9 The Fox.”  Stu Gorlick – who was Buckley Hartford’s director of sales – adds New Haven rocker WPLR and urban AC WYBC.  Elsewhere, Connoisseur Southern Connecticut general sales manager Andy Alcosser is upped to director of sales for WEZN and WFOX, while CSC music director Allan Lamberti becomes assistant PD for WDRC-AM, WDRC-FM, and WPLR. In addition, Lamberti will do afternoon drive on WDRC-FM, with Ed D’Oliveira inheriting Lamberti’s WFOX midday slot.  Okesson notes, “We are extremely excited about acquiring such a legendary station as WDRC.  We are anxious to make it even bigger and better by adding some of our key talented players into the mix.”  The Hartford stations involved in the Connoisseur transaction with Buckley are talkers WDRC-AM, WSNG, WMMW, and WWCO (all using “The Talk of Connecticut” slogan); and classic hits WDRC-FM.  Out at WDRC-FM with the change are program director and air personality Grahame Winters and jocks Mike Stevens, Rockin’ Ron Sedaille, and Floyd Wright.

wkys logoRadio One Shuffles Talent, Adds Shorty Da Prince at WKYS, Washington.  There’s a talent shuffle at Radio One urban contemporary WKYS, Washington, DC as the station bringsshortydaprince Shorty Da Prince aboard to host the evening show.  As a result, EZ Street now follows the Russ Parr morning show from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Ange Ang moves to the afternoon drive slot from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Deja Perez remains host of “Kiss After Dark” from 12:00 midnight to 2:00 am.  Shorty Da Prince comes to DC from Radio One in Cleveland.  He is also the former host of BET’s “106 & Park.”  WKYS program director Neke Howse comments, “This a very exciting time for WKYS.  Everyone brings their own uniqueness and energy.  I’m sure the DMV will love them as much as I do.”

stubbskeithMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Taking over for former CHR WBBO, Ocean Acres, New Jersey and AC WWZY, Long Branch, New Jersey “Fun 107.1” PD Matt Kelso is Mike Ryan, who makes a return to the Press Communications-owned stations.  In the past, Ryan was APD/MD and evening host at WBBO.  Ryan was most recently serving as producer for WKTU, New York’s Cubby & Cindy morning show…..At Broadway Media’s country KEGA, Salt Lake City, “The Eagle,” Keith Stubbs rejoins the station he left in May of 2013 to partner with Jon Watkins for the Jon & Keith show.  Stubbs replaces Amanda Jones who exited to devote her attention to motherhood.  The station also promotes Chantel Lauren to the on-air producer position for the program…..Doug the Slug (Sluggo) is back on the air in Los Angeles as a personality on the 80s alternative-formatted KROQ-HD2 where he holds down the 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm show.  Doug exited KROQ-FM two years ago.

historyofrocknroll logoAward-Winning Radio Show Producer Gary Theroux Seeks Syndication Deal.  On the heels of nabbing a Best Online Radio Program award from the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, producer and host Gary Theroux is shopping the “The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” for a syndication deal.  Theroux reports that the daily 2 ½ minute feature is currently heard only on the internet three times a day, Monday through Friday over rewoundradio.com and supernovaradio.co.  He also wrote and co-produced the epic, 52-hour Billboard award-winning “History of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and is seeking a partner to market both the shortform daily feature version and a new, two-hour weekly ongoing series incarnation of “The History” to broadcast radio stations.  He says each fast-paced episode of the daily feature interweaves excerpts from three sequential classic hits by an artist with revealing interview clips.  “It’s fascinating fun.  Once you learn the true facts behind the songs and stars you thought you knew, they become all that much more special — because now you know the sometimes silly, sometimes sad, often incredible and always unforgettable inside stories.”  Each weekly episode of the two-hour version will explore a different facet of pop music history, allowing time to play the key hits in full amid the fun facts and star commentary.

bohannonbeatlescakeLet Them Eat Cake.  With all the Beatlemania half-century anniversary stuff going on this year, this blast from the past – courtesy of Westwood One talk star Jim Bohannon – will certainly take you back.  It was January 1, 1965, and KICK, Springfield, Missouri disc jockeys Michael Wolfgang (l) and Jim Bohannon (the nerd on the right), both 20,  decided to send the Beatles an 8’ by 3’ cake with their pictures in the icing, to commemorate release of the “Beatles 65″ album.  Bohannon tells RadioInfo, “We traded out the box, the cake, and Campbell’s Express shipping company for publicity, which made the national wires.  We even carried the darned thing through the streets of Springfield with police escort to a local retailer’s show window, where it was displayed for a week.  Standing between us is Springfield singer Della Rae, promoted at the time as the next Brenda Lee.  The Sporty 1340 wasn’t a bad little station then, including Les Garland and newsman Charles McCord.  That’s a fair staff for $1.87 an hour.”

webbcarterHangin’ with Austin Webb.  That’s KFKF, Kansas City morning host and program director Dale Carter (right) with Streamsound Records country recording artist Austin Webb (left) hanging out together before Webb’s appearance headlining the station’s “Red, White and Blue Springs 4th of July” extravaganza held on the campus of Blue Springs High School at Peve Stadium in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Monday, July 7, 2014

| July 7, 2014

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morrisginnyGinny Morris Transitions to CEO of Hubbard Radio; Bruce Reese to Special Advisor Role.  Since 1996, Bruce Reese had been serving Bonneville as president and CEO prior to the acquisition of the Bonneville stations by Hubbard in 2011.  He kept his president and CEO role and joined Hubbard.  Ginnyreesebruce Morris has been chair of the Hubbard board since 2011.  Now, Reese will step back into a special advisor role and Morris will become chief executive officer.  The company states that Reese has been “instrumental in the transition when the 17 Bonneville radio stations across four markets (Washington, D.C., Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati) were purchased by Hubbard Radio.  The acquisition also meant the addition of 547 Bonneville employees.”  Morris says, “Working with Bruce over these last three-and-a-half years on the integration, first on the Bonneville assets and subsequently those we bought from Sandusky and merged into a new Hubbard Radio, has been a great experience.  Bruce is smart and strategic and he shares hubbardradio logomany of the values that our family holds dear — a commitment to localism, honesty and integrity.  He has helped to establish a great foundation for the company and we are grateful to still have the benefit of his wise counsel.”  Reese comments, “Over the last two decades, I’ve had the opportunity to run two great radio companies.  After Bonneville was brought into Hubbard Radio, we all worked to preserve the values and spirit of both organizations while creating one corporate identity and culture.  The success of the transition has exceeded my hopes, and I am grateful for the trust shown to me by Ginny and the entire Hubbard Radio family.  Our company is performing well, and the time is right for Ginny to step into this role.  I look forward to continuing to work with the Hubbard team in an advisory capacity while eagerly looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”

genejulieWRALGene & Julie Show Takes Over Mornings on WRAL, Raleigh.  The new morning drive program in Capitol Broadcasting Company’s adult contemporary WRAL, Raleigh “MIX 101.5” is “The Gene & Julie Show” featuring married co-hosts Gene and Julie Gates.  The duo begins its new gig on July 28. wral-fm logo Station GM Ardie Gregory says, “The Gene and Julie show is smart, funny and real; elements we believe relate to the core ‘MIX’ listener.  This is a proven morning show with great chemistry and a successful track record.  We know that personalities are a powerful asset for traditional radio and are very excited that Gene and Julie are joining us.”  Gene and Julie Gates met in 1995 and have worked in numerous markets, including an eight-year run at CBS RADIO’s KVIL, Dallas where they achieved #1 ratings status in morning drive.  The pair takes over for Mike Chase and Lynda Loveland who exited in May after nine months together.  Chase returned to Portland where he co-hosts mornings at country KWJJ “99.5 The Wolf.”  Loveland had worked at the station for 15 years including with previous longtime morning host Bill Jordan, who retired last August.

torresmelonyMelony Torres Joins WRQX, Washington for Middays/APD-MD Gig.  Moving from the record end of the business back to the radio side is Melony Torres who takes on the midday personality, APD and music director roles at Cumulus Media’s CHR WRQX, Washington “All the Hits 107.3.”  Torres most recently was with Epic Records as national director of rhythm promotion based in Los Angeles.  WRQX program director Rick Gillette says, “Melony is someone I’ve been trying to hire for more than two years.  She’s passionate about music, a gifted student of programming and dynamic and engaging on the air — a true trifecta of talent.  With apologies to FLOTUS, I’m sure it won’t be long until she’s the most powerful woman in Washington.”  Torres comments, “I’m baaaack!  I’m beyond excited for my return to radio and to work alongside Gillette.  He is someone I look up to as one of the best programmers in the business.  I’d also like to thank John Dickey and Mike McVay for giving me such a great opportunity to further my career with Cumulus in the phenomenal DC market.”

p'poolrandiAlpha Media Promotes Portland Cluster Marketing Pro Randi P’Pool to Corporate Position.  This promotion for Portland market director of marketing Randi P’Pool comes shortly after the completed merger of Alpha Broadcasting, L&L Broadcasting and Main Line Broadcasting.  P’Pool’s new title is corporate VP of marketing and promotions.  Alpha Media president/CEO Bob Proffitt states, “I’m very happy Randi has accepted this position, as she has proven to be an invaluable asset to our Portland cluster and now will be true resource to the Alpha Media markets.  She is creative, intelligent, and relentless – perfect qualifications for a corporate VP of marketing and promotions.”  P’Pool comments, “I owe much gratitude to Bob Proffitt, Scott Mahalick and Larry Wilson for giving me the opportunity to be part of this exciting journey not only in radio but within our company.  I look forward to continuing to grow and promote the live and local brand across all of our markets.”  Prior to joining Alpha Broadcasting three years ago, P’Pool served with Citadel Broadcasting in the Salt Lake City market.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Clear Channel’s Tampa cluster, Fernando Bauermeister is promoted from his general sales manager position to vice president of sales for the entire cluster…..KDND, Sacramento “107.9 The End” evening personality Ashley Nickels leaves the station for new frontiers after a three-year stint at the Entercom CHR outlet…..Townsquare Media names Brian Lang market manager for its Portland, Maine station group that includes adult contemporary WHOM, rock WBLM, alternative WCYY and CHR WJBQ “Q97.9.”  Prior to this new gig, Lang was vice president and director of sales for CBS RADIO’s Tampa cluster…..Matt Kelso leaves Press Communications-owned CHR WBBO, Ocean Acres, New Jersey (Monmouth-Ocean market) where he was PD and morning drive co-host.  Additionally, Kelso programmed the company’s adult contemporary WWZY, Long Branch, New Jersey “Fun 107.1.”…..Josh Hooper takes the permanent afternoon drive on-air position at One Connection Media Group-owned Christian contemporary WCVO, Columbus Ohio. He also serves as the station’s director of brand audio.

wfas-fm new logoCumulus Media’s ‘Radio 103.9’ New York Debuts Today.  With the Tom Joyner show holding down the morning drive slot and D.L. Hughley in afternoon drive, Cumulus’ new urban format officially launches today (7/7).  The former WFAS-FM, Westchester is operating under new calls WNBM licensed to Bronxville, New York.

w291by logoEmpire Broadcasting Launches ‘Mix 106.1’ in Albany.  The new format, described by Empire Broadcasting COO Neerav Patel as a modern version of a classic hits station, is airing on translator W291BY, Albany at 106.1.  According to a story in the Albany Business Review, the station is playing hit music from 1980 to 2005 as Empire targets people whose musical tastes developed during that era.  The company had been simulcasting hot AC WAIX on the 106.1 frequency.

murphyjohnWYD Media Ad Sales Debuts.  The New York-based sales venture being launched by WYD Media Management is called WYD Media Ad Sales, LLC and former Westwood One EVP of talk sales John Murphy takes the helm as president.  WYD CEO Ron Hartenbaum announces the company will focus on personality-created spoken word content that’s distributed across multiple platforms such as audio, digital, video and more.  He adds, “Based on his 30-year track record of success in national radio ad sales, specifically in the spoken word format, John is the ideal sales and marketing executive to build WYD Media Ad Sales.”  Murphy, who spent more than a decade with Westwood One, comments, “This is the best time to start a new venture that focuses on monetizing spoken word content as the format expands across numerous distribution platforms.  I look forward to working with WYD’s existing clients as well as creating new partnerships and content opportunities.”  During his career Murphy has repped such talent as: Charles Osgood, Laura Ingraham, Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz, Clark Howard, Herman Cain, Mark Levin, Dennis Miller, John Gibson, John Tesh, Brian Kilmeade, Thom Hartmann, Lars Larson, Neal Boortz and more.

stylesjaywalking‘MIX 94.7’ Austin’s Jay Styles to Take ‘Courage Walk’ for Wounded Warrior Project.  Afternoon radio personality Jay Styles is preparing for the coming 100-mile Courage Walk to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and soldiers and veterans battling PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).  Styles’ show is heard on Entercom’s hot AC WAMX, Austin “MIX 94.7.”  Beginning Monday, July 28, he’ll walk 20 miles each day hoping to raise $20,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.  Styles (pictured here training with a full pack) comments, “I have battled depression for the past decade, so depression is a deeply personal issue for me.  I am doing this walk to raise awareness of the consistent growth of the PTSD epidemic with our brave military veterans.  I am a proud American and supporter of the men and women who serve our country.  If I can in some small way be a voice and get more much needed help, I have begun to accomplish my goal.”

wqbk logoCool Job Opportunity.  Are you ready to rock in the capital of New York?  “Q103 Albany’s Rock Station” is ready to find its next great Brand Manager!  If you love the rock and roll lifestyle, sing Metallica in the shower and know a thing or two about radio, then this might just be the gig for you.  It’s all about passion and being able to work as part of a team: Can you brainstorm with the promotions department, work closely with the sales team, evolve into a digital guru and solve problems with the engineering crew?  If you’re ready to embrace this opportunity, get your materials to Stephen Giuttari as soon as humanly possible at Stephen.Giuttari@townsquaremedia.com. Townsquare Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

| July 3, 2014

kingjohnKing Reconnects with Alpha Media Execs to Lead Dayton Cluster.  Former Regent Broadcasting senior vice president of operations and regional president of Citadel Broadcasting John King –is appointed senior vice president and market manager of Alpha Media‘s Dayton operation.  Alpha Media chairman Larry Wilson comments, “We have known John for many years as a great partner in the oldalphamedia logo Citadel.  We could not be happier having him join us working with great people doing great radio in Dayton.”  Alpha Media president and chief executive officer Bob Proffitt states that, “John is a radio guy, delivers results, understands ‘live and local,’ and had a great ride with us at Citadel.”  King adds, “You cannot say ‘no’ to these guys and this company.  I am thrilled to be working with this team again.”  In addition to his Regent and Citadel stints, King was president of the Sea Star division of AMFM; was on the CMA board of directors; Tennessee Radio Association board of directors; and was a two-term Nashville Area Radio Association president.  The five Dayton stations – acquired from Main Line Broadcasting in a deal finalized this past Tuesday (7/1) are hot AC WCLI “Click 101-5,” rhythmic CHR WDHT “Hot 102.9,” adult hits WGTZ “Fly 92.9,” sports WING, and urban AC WROU “Dayton’s R&B Leader.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Joining Plymouth Rock Broadcasting Company-owned adult contemporary WLPM, Plymouth, Massachusetts “Easy 99.1” as creative services director and programming assistant is Scott Reiniche.  Reiniche will also host the noon hour retro request show…..At Magic Broadcasting’s rhythmic oldies WVVE, Panama City, Florida “Groove 100.1,” Kato climbs aboard to host the afternoon drive show.  Kato, who sometimes goes by his real name David Sample or alias Rikk Idol, previously worked in the market at the company’s CHR WILN “Island 106.”

live ride logoEnvision’s ‘The Live Ride with Marty McFly’ Celebrates Milestone Broadcast.  Friday, July 25 will mark the 250th broadcast of Envision Networks’ “The Live Ride with Marty McFly,” and to celebrate, the syndicator is offering the special broadcast for free.  The special will honor “The Top 25 Country Tours of the Past 25 Years” as chosen by fans from “The Live Ride” Facebook page, listener e-mails and industry insiders.  McFly says, “This show is all about input from listeners – they decide what shows were the best.  Everyone has a favorite memory from a concert.  They remember the place and the year it took place.  The energy from those memories is what will drive this show.”  The special will feature a countdown of sold-out, record-breaking tours from such artists as Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and more.  Envision says the show will be available for download beginning July 25 and interested stations should contact Hannah Rosenthal at 216-831-3761 or hannahr@envisionradio.com.

AT40 logoJLo to Guest Host AT40.  This weekend’s edition of Premiere Networks’ “American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest” will feature guest host Jennifer Lopez who will count down the top 40 songs of the week and promote her new album A.K.A.  Fans will also hear behind-the-scenes stories from making the album, including collaborations with T.I., Pitbull, Iggy Azalea, Nas and others.

subpop logoIndie Label Sub Pop Debuts Online Music Station.  The Seattle-based indie label Sub Pop – best known for launching the career of Nirvana – is getting into the digital music service game by making its artists available online via TuneIn, SoundCloud or last.fm.  The Seattle Times writes that the label will feature shows on the stream with such titles as “Subterranean Pop” and “Nighttime/Anytime.”

halelucyNASHHollywood Records’ Lucy Hale Visits ‘NASH FM 94.7’ New York.  Performing before an exclusive audience of WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” listeners on Wednesday, July 2 was Hollywood Records artist Lucy Hale.  The singer and “Pretty Little Liars” actress stopped by the “NASH FM 94.7” studios in NYC to perform songs from her album Road Between.  The only way listeners were able to see the performance was to win tickets from the radio station.

Price of Four-Station Magnum Wisconsin Acquisition: $2.25 Million.  The recently announced sale of two radio stations in Racine, Wisconsin – news/talk WRJN-AM and AC WEZY “Lite Rock 92.1” – and two in West Bend, Wisconsin – country WBWI and news/talk WBKV – has been filed and the sale price of the four stations is $2.25 million.  Magnum Communications is acquiring the stations from Bliss Communications.

alphamedia longCool Job Opportunities.  Never work another day…L&L Broadcasting, Alpha Broadcasting, and Main Line Broadcasting are merging into one company named Alpha Media.  68 radio stations in 12 beautiful markets and we need the best, brightest, most aggressive, confident, and talented market managers, programmers, on-air personalities and account executives that are looking to be part of the radio industry in 2014.  At Alpha Media, we work as a team.  Your chairman, Larry Wilson and CEO, Bob Proffitt will be available to go on sales calls, meet your clients, brainstorm with programming and assist with marketing.  We firmly believe that the best people do the best radio.  We are looking for passionate, progressive candidates that breathe creativity and are live and local thinkers.  Climb aboard this fast-moving train and bring your talent home to the Alpha Media Family.  Send cover letter and resume to jobs@landlbroadcasting.com with Alpha Media in subject line.  No phone calls.  Alpha Media is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.