General Music Radio Industry News
Status of Casey Kasem’s Remains Still in Question. The bizarre and sad tale of the end of radio legend Casey Kasem’s life has not ended. The current drama involves questions of the whereabouts of Kasem’s body more than a month after his death on June 15. The Ottawa Citizen reports that Kasem’s body was shipped to Montreal by Kasem’s widow Jean, and Tacoma funeral director Corey Gaffney confirmed to the paper he personally saw the delivery of Kasem to the airline and that the body arrived in Montreal. However, the funeral home in Montreal where Kasem was supposed to arrive tells The Canadian Press it has no records of the body arriving there. A Washington state judge ordered Jean Kasem to keep Kasem’s remains preserved at the Tacoma facility until a hearing for an autopsy petition could take place on July 25. Read the Ottawa Citizen story here.
PPM Analysis: Classic Hits-Oldies. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the first of three special music format analyses as those formats performed in the June 2014 PPM survey and in a number of comparative ways. The first format up is classic hits-oldies, which enjoyed a pretty good June in the 48 PPM markets with two-thirds of the stations either remaining flat or going up. Twelve such formatted stations ranked either #1 or #2 in their markets in June (persons 6+). For an easy-to-read look at the performances of classic hits-oldies stations in the PPM markets over the last six surveys, plus more, click here. Mike Kinosian will also look at classic rock and adult hits over the next several days.
Jeff Davis Promoted at CC Greenville/Asheville Stations. “99.9 Kiss Country” Asheville program director Jeff Davis is promoted to operations manager for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s Asheville, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina station groups. He’ll continue to serve as PD at WKSF “99.9 Kiss Country” in Asheville. CC SVP of programming Rod Phillips states, “Jeff’s leadership in Asheville has helped our cluster of stations be truly dominant here, making this an easy choice to expand his duties into Greenville. We are excited to have him work day to day with two more terrific country brands – WSSL and WESC.”
Cape Cod Broadcasting Ups Two in the Sales Department. Moving up from her AE post at Cape Cod Broadcasting Media (CCB Media) is Judy Crocker, who becomes director of sales, taking over for the departed Erin Madden. At the same time, Melinda Baker is promoted from sales operations manager to local sales manager. The two are charged with leading the effort to help “CCB customers to get the most from the suite of marketing products offered by CCB to the business community. This includes four radio stations: ’99.9 The Q,’ WQRC; ‘Ocean 104.7,’ ‘Cape Country 104′ and ‘Classical 107.5 Cape Cod.’ It also will include CapeCod.com and the direct marketing program Cape Club Rewards.” CCB GM Beverly Tilden states, “It was very exciting to learn that when Erin decided to go to HubSpot and we began our search for her replacement, that the best candidates to lead our team were already in our company. Judy Crocker’s experience, deep knowledge of clients’ marketing needs and understanding of the Cape Cod market make her the perfect choice to lead our team going forward.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Taking over for the late K.J. Holiday as director of urban programming at Clear Channel’s Detroit cluster is Cheron Mans. She’s been serving as APD and music director at hip hop WJLB and urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3.” Holiday passed away unexpectedly over the Memorial Day weekend…..“Fook and Mishell” (pictured here, left to right) exit Lotus Communications-owned alternative rock KFMA, Tucson “Rock 102” where they’d been hosting mornings for a new opportunity soon to be announced. As a result, the station opts to go with a music-intensive morning show for the foreseeable future…..At the Mel Wheeler-owned station group in Roanoke, Virginia, country WSLC “94.9 Star Country” morning drive personality and program director Brett Sharp is upped to operations manager. He’s now overseeing operations for WSLC as well as CHR WXLK “K92,” adult contemporary WSLQ “Q99,” news/talk WFIR/W297BC, urban AC WVBB “Vibe,” and talk outlet WLNI-FM in nearby Lynchburg, Virginia. Also, the company announces Rachel Rodes-Metcalf is promoted from director of promotion to music director…..Alpha Media ups CHR KTFM, San Antonio afternoon drive personality Tony Cortez to assistant program director…..Blue Chip Broadcasting-owned hip hop outlet WENZ, Cleveland “Z107.9” adds TV and radio personality Kimberly “Paigion” Walker to the station’s talent lineup as evening host effective July 28…..From her most recent gig at Connoisseur Media’s hot AC WEZN, New Haven “Star 99.9,” Jolana Smith returns to Cumulus Media, this time for the afternoon drive gig at AC KKPK, Colorado Springs “92-9 Peak FM.” She previously worked with Cumulus at WFAS-FM, Westchester (now urban WNMB, New York “Radio 103.9”).
Hubbard Names Drew Horowitz President and COO. Just a week after announcing that president and CEO Bruce Reese was stepping down from his role with the company, Hubbard Radio today announces that Drew Horowitz, executive vice president and chief operating officer, is named president and chief operating officer, effective immediately. Ginny Morris remains chairman and chief executive officer. She states, “For the past few years I have had the privilege to work with Drew and see first-hand what a gifted broadcaster he is. Drew’s passion for the radio business and for the people with whom he works is evident in how he approaches every opportunity and every challenge. I look forward to further partnering with him as we continue to move our business forward.” Horowitz came over to Hubbard from Bonneville International in 2011 where he’d been EVP and COO since 1992. Horowitz comments, “I am honored to have this wonderful opportunity to work more closely with Ginny and to be part of this extraordinary family-owned company. I’m looking forward to continuing my work with the rest of the leadership team to further Hubbard Radio’s success across our seven nationwide markets.”
Selling Against Pure Play. Clear Channel’s Joe Puglise Advises, “We Have to Not Make It More Than It Is!” In an informative segment lifted from a recent industry panel discussion and now playing on RadioInfo TV (see box on upper right-hand column of this page), Clear Channel-New York president and market manager Joe Puglise (pictured here) tells moderator Erica Farber, CEO of the RAB, that selling against pure play “is something we are very passionate about, but while that is the case, we try not to over-react to it.” Puglise explains that his stations encourage their sales forces to “ask questions” of the advertisers that lead them to their own conclusions about the limitations of the effectiveness of pure play instead of bashing these services directly. He suggests, “Ask questions about what happened with their digital campaigns,” pointing out that “very infrequently does a tier-3 auto dealer in the New York market use a pure play and then feel great about the results and then come back and use it again the next quarter. It happens but it is certainly in a minority in the 10-25% range.” Both Puglise and Farber point out that traditional radio can do everything that digital does and that in many cases the advertisers don’t even know exactly what the term digital implies. Puglise says, “Make sure your sellers are asking advertisers [who want ‘digital’] to define what digital is,” further advising, “Remain calm and keep probing with questions and then you’ll come up with a much more logical direction to take them.” This panel took place at the recent Talkers New York 2014 conference presented by RadioInfo’s sister publication, TALKERS magazine (www.talkers.com).
CBS RADIO Hosts Brad Paisley Las Vegas Album Party. The exclusive Brad Paisley event hosted by CBS RADIO at the Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Wednesday, August 27 will mark the official release of Paisley’s new album Moonshine in the Trunk, to happen the following day. CBS RADIO says Paisley will perform a variety of tracks from his ninth studio album, including the smash first single, “River Bank,” as well as a number of his most popular singles. Also joining Paisley at the event will be Love and Theft, Leah Turner, and Dee Jay Silver. Paisley made the announcement this morning (7/18) live on CBS RADIO’s KFRG, San Bernardino “K∙FROG 95.1 and 92.9.” In addition to tickets going on sale to the public, fans from cities across the country will also have the chance to win their way to #PaisleyPoolParty.
WTQR, Greensboro’s Tige & Daniel to Move to Nights for National Syndication Rollout. The popular WTQR, Greensboro “Q104.1” morning drive duo Tige & Daniel will move to the evening slot beginning July 28 and the WSIX-FM, Nashville-based Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones program will assume the morning drive slot at “Q104.1.” The Tige & Daniel show will continue to broadcast from “Q104.1” and will also be heard at Clear Channel country outlets in Augusta, Raleigh, Tallahassee and Nashville.
Pillar of Fire Readies Long Island Launch. Two weeks from today (8/1), the Pillar of Fire Radio Network will transition Christian-formatted WLIR, Long Island “Hope Radio” to contemporary Christian “Star 107.1″ to mirror Pillar of Fire International-owned WAWZ “Star 99.1,” Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). The Long Island station’s on-air roster will be Rich Anderson (morning drive); Dawn Wheeler (mid-day); Scott & Sam (afternoon drive); and Rick Hall (evening/night). General manager Scott Taylor comments that, “The mission of ‘Star 107.1′ is to love, honor and serve God, our listeners, supporters and staff. Contemporary Christian music is uplifting, offers hope, and reminds you of God’s love. ‘Star 107.1′ will be a faithful companion bringing hope, joy, encouragement and worship to Long Island radio listeners.” Several Suffolk and Nassau County FM translators will carry the “Star 107.1″ signal. Representative “Star 107.1″ artists will include Casting Crowns, Mandisa, MercyMe, Newsboys, Laura Story, Third Day, Chris Tomlin, and Matthew West.
SummitMedia Louisville’s Schumacher Resigns. Market manager Todd Schumacher exits SummitMedia Louisville to join Vici Media, a digital marketing services company started by his wife and Megan Malone. In a memo to his staff, Schumacher writes, “Vici currently works with clients in 10 of the country’s top markets and it is rapidly expanding.” Summit Media Louisville consists of adult contemporary WVEZ “Lite 106.9″; country WRKA “The Hawk”; classic hits WSFR “The Eagle”; and WQNU “New Country Q-103.1.” Schumacher joined the-then Cox Radio four-station cluster as vice president and market manager more than eight years ago (January 2006), and made the transition to Summit Media earlier this year. Prior to that, he was director of sales for Susquehanna‘s Indianapolis cluster and general sales manager of Dayton classic hits outlet WZLR “The Eagle.”
iHeartRadio Music Awards Suit Dismissed. In the spring, RadioInfo reported about the suit being brought against Clear Channel by Radio Dogs, Inc. in which the latter was claiming that the iHeartRadio Music Awards was too similar to its own trademarked Radio Music Awards – dormant since the last televised show on NBC TV in 2005. However, after the plaintiff failed to respond to Clear Channel’s motion to dismiss the case, the suit has been dismissed in U.S. District Court without prejudice. The original program – first airing in 1999 – also featured Ryan Seacrest as host.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Corus-owned alternative rocker CFNY, Toronto “102.1 The Edge,” Alan Cross is reportedly returning to the station in a yet-to-be-announced role. Cross worked at the station for 25 years – from 1986 through 2011 when his position was eliminated. He’s famous in the market for serving as host of the series, “The Ongoing History of New Music.” In a statement, station GM David Farough comments, “Having Alan back represents the phase of the station’s evolution – returning to its music-based roots with intelligent conversation.”…..Brenda Hetrick is named the VP/sales and marketing at Matrix Solutions where she had been the VP/marketing communications. The promotion means she’ll begin handling business development for the company’s new Matrix Premium CRM & Sales Intelligence Platform.
NAB Hands Hayes Marconi Award Performance Duties. Louisiana-born, Nashville-based, country songwriter/artist, multi-instrumentalist Hunter Hayes has been selected to entertain at the NAB‘s Marconi Radio Awards dinner September 11 in Indianapolis. According to NAB executive vice president of radio John David, “Hunter Hayes is a talented musician, whose performance will contribute to a memorable 25th NAB Marconi Radio Awards dinner. Atlantic Records and Warner Music Nashville connected us so Hunter can join radio in saluting the Marconi nominees and winners.” Hayes’ platinum-selling, self-titled debut album was released on Atlantic Records three years ago. Among his accomplishments are three number one singles: “Wanted,” “Somebody’s Heartbreak,” and “I Want Crazy.” Established in 1989, the Marconi Radio Awards – named after inventor/Nobel prizewinner Guglielmo Marconi – recognize stations and individuals for excellence in 21 categories. This year’s Radio Show (9/10 – 12) is produced by the NAB and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB).
WAXO, Lewisburg, Tennessee Adds ‘Classic Rock Live’ to Sunday Evening Lineup. Joining the Envision Rock Network is Marshall County Radio-owned WAXO, Lewisburg, Tennessee. The station is adding the two-hour “Classic Rock Live” show Sundays at 7:00 pm. WAXO PD Greg Bradley comments, “Live classic rock is a feature that has left radio. It seems like everyone is playing the same old stuff. ‘Classic Rock Live’ sets us apart from the others. It’s entertaining, great radio! Our listeners love the changes we have made.” “Classic Rock Live” is hosted by WMMR, Philadelphia legend Pierre Robert.
Nielsen and Polk Research Underscores the Importance of Radio Formats to Targeted Advertising. The combined data from Nielsen’s PPM data in the New York, Los Angeles and Chicago markets with data from Polk Automotive Insights (which tracks ownership history for some 600 million autos across the country) provides a link between what people listen to and what cars they buy. Nielsen says the “results highlighted the uniqueness of each local market, the importance that radio formats have in reaching specific listeners and vehicle preference based on the type of radio listeners prefer.” This may not be surprising at the macro level but Nielsen’s Farshad Family, SVP of local product media leadership, says, “One of radio’s great strengths is its ability to impact consumers in unique ways on a market-by-market basis, which isn’t easily copied from one local market to the next. Formats really make a difference in reaching certain auto buyers in different markets, and this test proves the importance of being able to use specific, granular radio data to explore those connections for both broadcasters and marketers.” For example, in Los Angeles, consumers who purchase a roadster-type car (Audi TT, BMW Z4 or Porsche Boxster) are 40% more likely to listen to news, talk, information radio and 23% more likely to listen to sports radio. In Chicago, roadster buyers are 23% more likely to listen to news, talk and information radio and 15% more likely to prefer classic hits radio. Check out the study here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. As Anthony Fargo (“Kobe”) told us when we profiled him this past March, he was unofficially the assistant program director and music director of WAPE. “Kobe” departs Cox Media Group‘s heritage Jacksonville CHR and is believed to be relocating to Pittsburgh. His resume includes two “Steel City” stints at WBZZ “B-94,” as well as WLDI, West Palm Beach; WFBC-FM, Greenville, South Carolina; WPXY, Rochester; WIHB, Charleston, South Carolina; and WNKI, Elmira, New York…..Todd Schumacher announces he is leaving his market manager position at SummitMedia’s Louisville station group to join his wife’s new digital marketing services company, Vici Media…..Bryan Schock leaves Compass Radio of San Diego’s triple A KPRI to join wife Haley Jones who is currently programming Emmis-owned triple A KGSR, Austin. Schock had been serving as the station’s interim program director, music director and afternoon personality for the past two years. The station recently hired Matt Stone to serve as PD…..Albany radio personality Kevin Richards lands at Albany Broadcasting to host middays at country WKLI “100.9 The Cat” after leaving Townsquare Media’s crosstown WGNA last week.
Syndication: Behind-the-Scenes Preparation. In this next installment of a multi-part series on syndicating radio programs, Global Media Services founder Tony Garcia writes about handling an important – but not so sexy – aspect of syndicating a radio program: being prepared when it comes to the business end of the project. Those parts of the business include the finances, production, distribution and marketing of the program. It may seem obvious, but the financial aspect is crucial and making sure all facets of the business are accounted for from a money standpoint is mandatory. Garcia writes, “Once you have established a budget, you’ll know the entire cost of syndicating your show. Be prepared to float the show financially for at least two years in order to give the show enough time to find affiliates and audience.” Read Garcia’s entire piece here.
Clear Channel and Jonesy Jones Victims of Fraudster Say Federal Prosecutors. The three-year-old case in the Philadelphia market where Clear Channel paid a “substantial” settlement to a woman who claims hip hop station WUSL “Power 99” and former air talent Tarsha “Jonesy” Jones harmed her reputation and cost her losses in revenue, is being turned on its ear as federal prosecutors are alleging Kiddie Care owner Tracey Parson fabricated evidence – including phony financial records – in her case against the company. Jones was fired from her gig at the station as a result of the lawsuit that stemmed from Jones making critical comments about Parson’s chain of child care centers. According to the Courier-Post, Parson is being charged with wire fraud, mail fraud and conspiracy. Prosecutors are asking for $1.27 million from Parson. Among the charges, the feds allege Parson submitted false claims for government-subsidized meals and diverted the cash for her own purposes.
‘ZRock 107.7’ Rochester, Minnesota Adds ‘Full Metal Jackie.’ Add another affiliate station for Envision Networks’ “Full Metal Jackie Radio” as Townsquare Media-owned rock KDZZ, Rochester, Minnesota picks up the metal show for its Saturday evening program schedule. The show, hosted by Jackie Kajzer, is described by Envsion Networks as “two hours of fist-pounding metal, hosted by renowned metal radio personality Full Metal Jackie, featuring regular interviews with many of metal’s biggest names, past and present.”
What the World Needs Now Is More Rock ‘n’ Roll (and eight other items). RadioInfo’s resident media theorist Duane Doobie puts together a top 10 list of things he believes will make the world a better place in which to live. Two of them are “more rock ‘n’ roll.” Find out the other eight revealed in the Doob’s latest column posted today (7/16) by clicking here. (Editor’s note: This list does not include such items as “world peace,” “an end to hunger,” and “a cure for all diseases” which are on his top 20 list.)
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 (7/16) includes such names as: Fifth Harmony, The Madden Brothers, Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Charli XCX, Bars and Melody, Meghan Trainor, Counting Crows, Aer, Owl John, Sylvan Esso, Strange Talk, Delta Spirit, Cadillac Three, DonnaLou Stevens, Bumper Jacksons, Cef Michael, Indiana, Paul Oakenfold, S3RL and Sara, Komes, Chris Malinchak, Mikky Ekko, Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix, DVBBS,and Aleesia among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Reed Ready to Program Austin Combo. Four-year WNOK, Columbia, South Carolina program director/music director/on-air talent Jonathan “JR” Reed will transfer from the Clear Channel CHR to program co-owned Austin CHR KHFI “Kiss-FM” and rhythmic CHR KPEZ “The Beat.” Ryan Kramer had served as interim PD for the two Austin stations. According to vice president of programming “JT” Bosch, “We looked long and hard to find someone to take over KHFI and KPEZ – I am excited to welcome ‘JR’ to the Austin cluster. ‘JR’ has done an amazing job at WNOK and we could not be happier with our choice. I see nothing but bright things for the future here in Austin.” Reed – who begins his “Kiss-FM” and “Beat” assignment in about two weeks (7/28) remarks that he cannot “wait to move to Austin and work with the incredible staff” there. “I have heard so many great things about Austin and their loyal listeners.” In addition to Columbia, Reed’s resume includes programming and on-air stops in Richmond, Madison, and Tallahassee, Florida.
Paul Preparing to Depart Westwood One. With the company since December 2009 when it was still Dial Global, John Paul joined as senior director of country programming and ultimately became vice president of programming of Westwood One. Additionally, he was program director of Westwood One’s “Hot Country” format. Paul will be leaving those duties behind one week from Friday (7/25) to become general manager and future equity partner of Washington Interstate Broadcasting‘s three-station Longview-Kelso, Washington cluster, which consists of sports KLOG “The Home Team Station”; KUKN “Cookin’ Country”; and classic rock translator K268BN FM “The Wave.” Prior to joining Dial Global, Paul programmed Portland country outlet KUPL; Buffalo’s WYRK and WBUF; and he was a consultant with Albright, O’Malley & Brenner. In 2010, Paul was the chair of the Country Radio Seminar (CRS).
Coyote Calhoun Calling it Quits. After approximately 35 years with WAMZ, Louisville, program director and afternoon drive talent Coyote Calhoun will be leaving the Clear Channel country outlet at the end of this year. Clear Channel regional program manager Kelly Carls declares, “Coyote Calhoun is one-of-a-kind, a true original. Coyote is the only program director WAMZ has ever had. He truly personifies country music in the Louisville area. We appreciate his years of tireless dedication to our community, our clients and our listeners – we cannot thank Coyote enough.” Calhoun emphasizes, that he has “loved every minute” at WAMZ, “especially spending time with the thousands of listeners I have met over the years. My health is great – now is the time to go out, travel, and have some fun. I would like to thank the country fans of ‘Kentuckiana’ for all their friendship and support.” Starting next year, Calhoun will be a community ambassador for WAMZ. He will appear at special events such as the Kentucky State Fair, and participate in the St. Jude’s Radio-thon.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Adding PD duties at Zimmer Radio’s country KCLR, Columbia, Missouri “Clear 99” is director of programming & new media Jamie Mac, who takes over for Teresa Davis who is retiring from the station after almost 20 years as program director. Filling her midday air shift will be Ali Stephens…..Tyler Frye exits the evening show at Clear Channel’s CHR WDCG, Raleigh “G105” and is being replaced by Premiere Networks’ “Romeo on the Radio.”…..Two exit the Clear Channel Washington cluster as midday personality Tessa Hall leaves rock WWDC “DC101” and Skyy is out as afternoon personality and APD/production director at classic rock WBIG.
Coleman Insights ‘NextRadio’ Study Indicates Perception That Radio Isn’t Portable. That’s one of the impressions many of the panelists in the Coleman Insights conducted (Emmis Communications-sanctioned) and NAB-funded study of the NextRadio app’s place in the consumer’s mind had about FM radio. Coleman Insights president and CEO Warren Kurtzman says, “To anyone over 40 years old who grew up with transistor radios and Walkmans, the idea that radio isn’t mobile is striking. Kurtzman conducted the interviews for this study along with the knowDigital division president Sam Milkman. Kurtzman continues, “That is, however, the perception among many consumers in their 20s and 30s and it appears that NextRadio has the opportunity to address that challenge.” The results of the first phase of this study – consisting of in-depth interviews with smartphone owners between the ages of 20 and 39 – indicates that once respondents were made aware of the NextRadio app and had the chance to use it, they reacted positively to it and believed it made FM radio portable. Watch the slide show presentation about the study at the Coleman Insights site here.
WNDD, Ocala Morning Host Barry Michaels’ Beetle Feted in Local News. Morning drive personality Barry Michaels – currently at Ocala Broadcasting-owned classic rock outlet WNDD, Ocala “Wind FM” – is getting some ink in the Ocala Star-Banner, not for his radio accomplishments, but for his ownership of a 1973 Sports Model Beetle from Volkswagen. Michaels bought the car in March of 1973 and has kept it ever since, taking it with him to gigs all over the country. It currently has 540,000 miles on it. You can read the piece and see a photo of the Bug here.
CBS Radio’s Morris to Move from Minny to Tampa as VP/Programming. Two-year CBS Radio Minneapolis operations manager Rob Morris will transfer to the company’s Tampa cluster as vice president of programming. Senior vice president and Tampa Bay market manager Steve Carver comments that, “Rob is passionate about radio, competitive, a terrific strategic thinker, and he possesses outstanding leadership skills. He is the perfect choice to take CBS Radio Tampa Bay to the next level.” Morris is “thrilled” for the Florida opportunity and the Ohio State University grad remarks, “I look forward to working with our team there – you win with people.” Before his CBS Radio Minneapolis tenure, Morris spent 17 years with Clear Channel Minneapolis in several capacities, including program director and operations manager. He begins his new assignment in three weeks (8/4) at the Tampa Bay operation, which consists of WHFS-AM “CBS Sports Radio 1010,” WHFS-FM “Sports Radio 98.7 – The Fan,” rhythmic CHR WLLD “WiLD 94.1,” WQYK “Tampa Bay’s Country Station,” classic hits-oldies WRBQ “Q-105,” and Spanish tropical WYUU “Maxima-FM.” In addition to OM duties for the six-station cluster, Morris will have day-to-day programming responsibilities for WQYK and “Q-105.”
Kopman Named Market Manager for Cumulus Montgomery. The new vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media’s Montgomery cluster is Marvin Kopman who moves south from his most recent post as director of sales for Clear Channel’s Dayton station group. Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati states, “Marvin and I have been in conversations over the last year. We needed to find the right fit for his experience and tenure. Leading our large station group in Montgomery was that fit. Marvin has the experience, energy and drive to take our stations to the next level.”
Claudia Jordan Joins Rickey Smiley Show. The newest cast member of the Reach Media/Radio One syndicated “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” is Claudia Jordan, who joins the program today (7/15), replacing Ebony Steele who resigned last week to explore new opportunities. Jordan says, “Words can’t describe my excitement to join such a fun and beloved show. We are going to have a blast entertaining and informing! I’m grateful for the opportunity to do radio with a show that speaks to everyone. Becoming part of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show family is truly a blessing!” Jordan’s show biz experience includes such gigs as a “Barker’s Beauty” on the game show “The Price Is Right,” and a model on “Deal or No Deal.” She competed twice on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” hosted a weekly radio show on SiriusXM, is a frequent contributor on HLN’s “Dr. Drew On Call” and is host of Centric’s “According to Him and Her.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. A new COO and CFO of dick clark productions is named as Amy Thurlow joins the organization from her most recent position as CFO and executive VP/sales strategy at TV Guide Network. Thurlow comments, “It is an incredible time to join dick clark productions with the expansion of its global business under the leadership of Allen Shapiro and Mike Mahan. I am honored to work with such a historic company as dick clark productions and contribute to some of the biggest live television events in the world.”…..Getting a little New York City on-air exposure is WLEV, Allentown program director Laura St. James who will host some weekend programs for Cumulus Media’s WNSH “NASH FM 94.7.” St. James is no stranger to NYC radio having worked on air at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WWFS and Clear Channel’s AC WLTW.
Sony-ATV Threatens Withdrawl from ASCAP/BMI to Negotiate New Licensing Deals. In a story by Nate Rau in The Tennessean, music publishing firm Sony/ATV is considering withdrawing all of its music from performance rights organizations ACSAP and BMI if federal regulators in the U.S. don’t allow for partial withdrawl of its digital rights. A recent court ruling came down against Sony/ATV and others affirming that publishing firms must comply with the all-or-nothing relationships they currently have with ASCAP and BMI. Sony/ATV and others had wanted to withdraw some of their digital performance rights from ASCAP and BMI in order to negotiate better rates in the digital space. Currently, the Department of Justice is reviewing whether the consent decrees that regulate how ASCAP and BMI work need to be updated to allow musicians and songwriters to compete in the modern age of music consumption. Sony/ATV tells its member that it is appealing the court decision that disallowed partial withdrawl and that it is working with the DOJ in its analysis of the functioning of the decades-old consent decrees. Read the Tennessean story here.
Five More Reps Sign on to Local Radio Freedom Act. The NAB reports that five members of the House of Representatives have signed on to the Local Radio Freedom Act – the resolution that opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on local broadcast radio stations. The new tally is there are 229 Members of the House and 15 Senators who have signed on with their support. Newcomers are: Joyce Beatty (OH-3), Bill Foster (IL-11), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-3), David Jolly (FL-13) and Derek Kilmer (WA-6).
Clear Channel’s ‘On the Verge’ Profiled in Washington Post. A piece published today in the Washington Post sheds light for consumers on the iHeartRadio “On the Verge” program created by Clear Channel to spotlight songs its programmers believe are destined to be hits. As the article notes, making the “On the Verge” cut is a good thing for artists. Once a song is chosen to be “On the Verge,” it is played 150 times by all the company’s stations (format permitting, of course). CC president for national programming platforms Tom Poleman tells the paper that the company’s size and reach can be very helpful in breaking new artists and singers. “It’s important for the music industry to be constantly developing new artists, and we know that we have the biggest reach at Clear Channel. With that power comes a responsibility, and we take it seriously.” Poleman swears that the song choices for “On the Verge” come straight from the company’s programmers’ gut feelings about a song’s potential. “It’s really driven from our programmers and what they’re passionate about.” Read the entire Post piece here.
Westwood One to Sell Spots to Pay for NextRadio Campaign. Funding the Sprint NextRadio initiative is something broadcasters have been reluctant to spend scarce dollars on but now Westwood One is entering into an agreement with NextRadio that enables all members of the U.S. radio industry to use advertising inventory to fund the Sprint payments. As you are probably aware, NextRadio is an app that enhances over-the-air FM radio broadcasts with album art, buy song and station information, and allows stations and their listeners to interact directly using a smartphone’s built-in features such as calendaring, find nearby, text messaging, visit website, and more. Over the past year, broadcasters have been asked to commit dollars and/or inventory to fund the Sprint NextRadio Initiative, which plans to sell at least 30 million FM receiver-enabled smartphones in the next three years. Broadcasters can meet their commitment by providing two minutes per station per day (Monday-Sunday, 6am to Midnight). Westwood One will sell the spots on NextRadio’s behalf and NextRadio will pay the proceeds to Sprint. The participating broadcasters’ donations will help to create the momentum needed to get FM receivers activated in the more than 300 million cell phones in the market today.
Radio Show “Super Session” Headliners: Mason and Pittman. CBS Radio president Dan Mason and Clear Channel chair and chief executive officer Bob Pittman will participate in this year’s Radio Show “Super Session.” NAB executive vice president of radio John David will moderate the “From the Control Room to the Board Room” discussion. One common thread Mason and Pittman share is that the two group heads started in the industry as on-air talents. The session is, therefore, intended to illustrate how their early careers influence current leadership and programming decisions. Produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the NAB, the Radio Show will be held in two months (9/10 – 12) in Indianapolis. The Mason-Pittman “Super Session” takes place on September 11.
Kristian Bush Visits ‘Go Country’ Los Angeles. On a national tour promoting his first-ever solo project and the soon-to-be-released single “Trailer Hitch,” country star Kristian Bush (second from right) was an honorary co-host of the KKGO, Los Angeles morning show with Larry Morgan (left) and Klaudia Aresti (right). KKGO was the first station to premier “Trailer Hitch,” although it officially goes for radio adds on July 28. Bush is in the midst of his “2014 Put Your Soul In It” tour promoting his new Streamsound Records album. Also pictured here is KKGO program director Tonya Campos (second from left).