General Music Radio Industry News
RAB: Radio Flat at $3.5 Billion in Q1. The Radio Advertising Bureau releases data indicating that the first quarter of 2013 remained flat “aided by an uptick in Spot in March after a sluggish start to the year. Both Digital and Off-Air performed well throughout the quarter and were up 9% and 5% respectively.” The report breaks out data on advertising categories. A synopsis shows “spot spending by communication/cellular advertisers soared by over 1/3 (36%) for this quarter, propelling the category to #1 for the period. Also up – in rank order based on spending – were financial services (+13%), department/discount stores & shopping centers (+58%), and home furnishings/floor coverings (+6%). While dollar volume was virtually flat for television/networks/cable providers (-3%) and restaurants (-2%), these were solid contributors to radio’s bottom line in the #2 and #4 spots; automotive declined 20% and slipped to the #3 rank.” RAB president and CEO Erica Farber states, “Major increases in radio advertising by communications/cellular and financial services went a long way to offset a drop in automotive spending. Additionally, spending is up in the department/discount stores category – reflecting increased confidence among retailers who have experienced radio’s ability to drive traffic and sales. Radio’s digital sector revenue continues to grow as radio stations invest in and promote their digital offerings to listeners, driving increased attention by the ad buying community.” The report features data from Miller Kaplan Arase LLP and the Q1 revenue figure does not include network radio data. Read the entire report here.
Top 40 Programming Legend Paul Drew Passes at 78. The radio industry is mourning legendary Top 40 radio programmer Paul Drew who died on May 16 of natural causes at his residence at Victor Royale Assisted Living in Glendale, California. Drew was a Detroit native who began his professional radio career in Atlanta working first for WAKE, then moving to WGST and WQXI. He would work at CKLW, Windsor/Detroit; WIBG, Philadelphia; and KFRC, San Francisco before joining Los Angeles’ legendary KHJ. He joined the corporate ranks with RKO General as vice president of programming for the company that owned KHJ and KRTH in Los Angeles as well as WOR and WXLO in New York City. Later, he was a partner in the Drew-Atkinson Associates radio consulting firm and was named by President Ronald Reagan as the first director of the USIA’s Radio Marti Project. Commenting on the passing of Drew, RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison recalls, “I’ll never forget watching Paul Drew in action and the impact he had on the industry back in the seventies, not to mention his distinct image as a somewhat scary, almost military ‘general’ kind of figure out of a movie. Whereas most programming types in those days wore t-shirts and jeans, he was always in a dark suit. I was in Los Angeles serving as managing editor of R&R at the same time he operated out of top 40 KHJ so I got a bird’s eye view of him from an industrial perspective. He was not only regarded as the most ‘powerful’ man in radio — but in the record business as well and was a key figure in the symbiotic relationship that existed between the two industries at that time. Whenever you saw him around town (the industry was a real community in that time and place) – at a party, or out at a business lunch or dinner at a popular watering hole – he usually was wearing a little earphone, the 1975 version of the ear bud – connected to a transistor radio in his suit pocket reportedly always tuned to top 40 giant KHJ. It was weird seeing this short, intense grown man in a suit in those days always wearing an ear plug. Made him seem… kind of bionic. He was thus ‘always’ tuned into KHJ ‘patrolling’ the station to make sure the jocks never strayed from his seemingly sacred formatics. And when they occasionally did, he immediately called them on the phone – lights would start flashing in the studio – and they would receive a sound scolding. The RKO General chain of top 40 stations in those days was considered the absolute most important block of stations in controlling the fate of singles and Drew was the supreme commander of what records the chain would add or drop from its playlist. Remember, these were the golden days of music sales and music biz glitz in Hollywood. The record industry treated Drew like he was the Pope. Tuesday nights were music nights when we tallied up the playlist changes and the record guys would wait with baited breath for whatever pronouncements controlling their fate that week came from Paul Drew over at RKO headquarters at KHJ. He was an unforgettable figure at an amazingly colorful time in this business.”
Detroit Bids Adieu to Drew & Mike on WRIF. Longtime morning drive duo Drew Lane and Mike Clark said good-bye to fans during an emotional final program on Greater Media’s rock WRIF, Detroit. The station is replacing the tenured morning team with a yet-to-be-announced morning show. The consistent rumor being heard in the Motor City is that former alternative CIMX, Windsor morning team Dave and Chuck the Freak will soon be announced as replacements. Meanwhile, Meltdown is hosting AM drive. Drew and Mike, along with longtime news person Trudi Daniels, took calls from listeners and past on-air contributors from 6:00 am through 11:30 am during their final show on the radio station. Greater Media market manager Steve Chessare says, “They have been a big part of WRIF-FM’s legendary history in the Motor City. They are true professionals and a class act. We wish them the very best.”
Steve Sinicropi Jumps to Entercom Greenville. After years with Cox Media Group’s Greenville, South Carolina cluster and exiting just after the cluster was taken over by new owner SummitMedia, radio exec Steve Sinicropi moves across town to the Entercom Greenville operations where he’ll serve as vice president and market manager for the cluster that includes: CHR WFBC “B93.7,’ news/talk WORD-AM/FM, classic rock WROQ, rock WTPT “New Rock 93.3 The Planet,” and AC WSPA “Magic 98.9.” Sinicropi states, “I am thrilled to join the Entercom team. This is an incredible opportunity to join one of the largest and most respected broadcasters in the country. Entercom Greenville has five powerful brands and great digital assets along with the largest audience in the Greenville/Spartanburg market. I’m looking forward to working with the Entercom team to serve our listeners through great programing, provide unparalleled service to the community, and help our advertisers create and execute the best marketing and advertising solutions in the Upstate of South Carolina.”
Clear Channel Reaches Revenue Sharing Agreement with Zojak World Wide. Jamaican music distributor Zojak World Wide and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment enter into an agreement that allows Zojak’s artists to receive revenue from the latter’s broadcast and digital music streams. In a press release, it’s noted that after only five years in business, Zojak is credited with bringing the digital revolution to the Jamaican music industry. The company distributes and promotes the music of more than 750 reggae labels and their artists, and maintains the largest digital distribution catalog of Jamaican music in the world. In March 2013, Zojak made history when dancehall star David “Mavado” Brooks became the first Caribbean artist to receive an exclusive video premiere on Billboard with his new single “Take It,” featuring Karian Sang. Founded in Chicago in 2007, Zojak now has operations in Kingston, Jamaica and Miami, Florida. Clear Channel chairman and CEO Bob Pittman states, “Zojak has built an impressive music catalog in a short time by collaborating with artists, producers and record labels, to focus on distributing its clients’ music digitally. We are very excited to partner with a company that shares our goal of creating a sustainable business model for the future of the digital radio industry.”
Steve Borneman Exits Clear Channel New York. Steve Borneman’s tenure with Clear Channel New York ends after six months. The executive came aboard CC in New York shortly after the company’s acquisition of news/talk WOR from Buckley Broadcasting. Previously he had been the vice president and general manager at Cumulus Media’s crosstown cluster that includes news/talk WABC and hot AC WPLJ.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. YMF Media’s hip hop WBLS, New York welcomes rap legend Doug E. Fresh to the air staff with a weekend program dubbed, “The Show” that airs on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to 11:00 am…..DJ Ekin is officially named evening jock at Cox Media Group’s CHR WPOI, Tampa “Hot101.5” where he’s been working on an interim basis.…..Beasley Broadcasting’s sports talk WQAM, Miami announces David Wolfman is the new local sales manager at the station. Wolfman reports to director of sales Keriann Worley. He comes to Beasley from his most recent position as general sales manager for Clear Channel Miami…..Clear Channel names Adam Schraf the new program director at CHR WVRT, Williamsport, Pennsylvania “V97.” He moves to that post from his previous position as a traffic reporter with Total Traffic Network.
Clear Channel Adds New Rock Outlet to Fort Collins Market. The new triple A station – “Radio 94.9 Colorado’s Finest Rock” – airs on the HD-2 channel of KPAW as well as on translator K235BT at 94.9 FM. Market manager Stu Haskell says in a statement, “‘Radio 94.9’ will be a perfect fit for the Fort Collins local music scene and lifestyle. We’re especially excited to spotlight local artists as part of our regular programming and offer the local community a unique radio station that has been missing from this area for a long time.”
Final Round of April PPM Data Released. The last batch of April 2013 PPM data from Arbitron for the 12 markets including Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford and those complete charts are available here. The following is RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian’s “Ten Takeaways” from these markets:
• Austin — Crista Ministries contemporary Christian KFMK “Spirit 105.9″ more than doubles its six-tenths February-March gain with a whopping +1.4. In addition to climbing from #15 in March to #11, “Spirit 105.9″ is back to the 4.2 (6+) it had in the “Holiday” report.
• Milwaukee — After taking a nine-tenths February-March slide, heritage Journal Broadcast Group talk outlet WTMJ posts a stunning +1.6 to 7.1 (6+) and the Brewers’ flagship advances from #5 to #4.
• Indianapolis — This marks the fourth consecutive month that the market’s top two stations (6+) are country-formatted rivals. The twist this time though is that, with a powerful +1.3 (March-April) to 8.6, WLHK (Emmis’ “Hank”) is first and Cumulus Media’s WFMS (7.8 – 7.2) slips to second. WFMS had beaten “Hank” in every report since last May (2012), when the two country outlets shared #1 honors by tying each other at 8.1. Also of significance, Hank’s 8.6 represents its most potent 6+ stat in Indianapolis’ PPM history of 37 monthlies.
• Raleigh — Continues to be on a roll, WRDU (formerly WRVA) posts its fourth successive up trend. Since the “Holiday” report, the Clear Channel classic rocker has advanced 3.4 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.1 and now ranks #7, compared to #12 in the “Holiday” survey period.
• Nashville — It is a strong month for country in “Music City USA,” as all three major FM country signals notch March-April progression and rank in the top 10. WKDF (Cumulus’ “Today’s Country”) gains back exactly the eight-tenths it lost February-March (6.2, #5); WSIX-FM (Clear Channel’s “The Big 98″) is up one-half share (5.2, #8); and WSM-FM (Cumulus’ “95.5 FM”) regains its three-tenths February-March erosion (4.8, #10). Meanwhile, after consecutive months at 2.1 (February and March), Salem contemporary Christian WFFH “The Fish” enjoys a +1.3 to 3.4 and advances from #16 to #13.
• Greensboro — Make it five straight positive trends for WJMH “102 Jamz,” with the latest being a +.7 – which elevates the Entercom rhythmic CHR to #2. Going back to December, WJMH’s (6+) trend reads: 7.4 – 7.5 – 7.9 – 8.3 – 8.4 – 9.1. In addition, the country battle tightens with Entercom’s WPAW “The Wolf” up two-tenths (8.6, #3) and Clear Channel’s WTQR “New Country – Q104.1″ gaining six-tenths (8.3, #4)
• West Palm Beach — Following an impressive +1.3 to 9.4 (February-March, 6+), hot AC WRMF adds another 1.6 shares. Not only is 97.9 FM WRMF #1 for the 13th successive report, its lead over runner-ups WLDI (flat) and WOLL (+.5) is an even five shares.
• Providence — Although Entercom-owned sports outlet WVEI-FM remains at #8, the Boston Red Sox radio network affiliate registers a potent +1.5 to 4.9, its best 6+ share since January 2012′s 6.2. Its Boston sibling, WEEI-FM, is the AL East team’s flagship.
• Memphis — After a nine-tenths February-March dip to 4.5 (6+), Cumulus Media’s WGKX “Today’s Best Country – Kix 106″ more than bounces back with a +1.5 and inches up from #7 to #5.
• Hartford — Accustomed to racking up double-digits (6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite” is in single-digits for the fourth successive month. In addition to being down seven-tenths to 8.9, “Lite” is caught at #1 by Buckley Broadcasting’s classic hits-oldies WDRC-FM “The Big D.” WRCH had been in sole possession of first place for the past 20 monthlies.
Clear Channel Strikes Deal with The CW to Televise iHeartRadio Events. The youth-skewing TV network The CW aired programming from two iHeartRadio events during the 2012-13 TV season – concert footage from the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas and the recent Justin Timberlake album release party. Now, Clear Channel and The CW announce they’ve agreed to more joint ventures. The three-year deal includes The CW serving as the broadcast home of the iHeartRadio Music Festival (in Las Vegas this September 20-21), highlights from the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party (in Miami on June 28-29) on July 15, plus the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball and future album release parties such as the Justin Timberlake event. Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises president John Sykes states, “This is an ideal opportunity to take the original content that we create at Clear Channel to new platforms and audiences. We chose The CW as our partner because we share the same powerful connection to a highly influential young demographic.”
Christina Albee Named Chief Marketing Officer at Dial Global. Dial Global brings Christina Albee to the company from Condé Nast where she was most recently managing The Studio at Condé Nast, a division producing a wide range of digital campaigns. She also supervised event marketing, strategic alliances, and operations at the Condé Nast Media Group. In Albee’s new role as chief marketing officer at Dial Global, she’ll be responsible for the company’s positioning and branding. On her new position, Albee states, “I am thrilled to assume the chief marketing officer role at Dial Global. I look forward to working closely with Paul Caine to innovate and advance our marketing initiatives surrounding Dial Global’s premium programming and unique assets. There’s an incredible amount of opportunity to redefine the category and I’m happy to be a part of Dial Global’s extremely smart team at the forefront of this industry.” Prior to Albee’s work with Condé Nast, she held associate publisher positions at Style.com, and Time Inc.’s In Style Weddings and TEEN PEOPLE. She was also part of multiple successful brand launches, including PEOPLE en Español, In Style, TEEN PEOPLE and All You.
KSBJ, Houston Announces Ty McFarland Joins as Program Director. KSBJ Educational Foundation’s Christian contemporary KSBJ, Houston brings 17-year industry pro Ty McFarland aboard to program the station. McFarland comes to Houston from his most recent position as senior program director at Columbia Union College-owned WGTS, Washington, DC. Prior to that he developed and managed programming for the K-LOVE network as program director. KSBJ president and general manager Tim McDermott states, “We are excited to have Ty join our team at KSBJ. Many of us have known Ty for a long time and know of his creativity, his passion of people and his passion for God. I know he will be a great addition to our team and that he will take our programming to even greater levels of ministry and impact in our city.”
JVC Media to Buy Asterisk Communications’ Florida Stations. Long Island-based JVC Media announces it has entered into an agreement to purchase five Florida FM stations from Asterisk Communications. The stations include: country WTRS, Dunnellon (Gainesville/Ocala market); hot AC WMFQ, Ocala “Q92”; smooth jazz WXJZ, Gainesville; news/talk WBXY, Gainesville; and sports talk WYGC, High Springs (Gainesville market) “104.9 The Game.” JVC Media CEO John Caracciolo says, “We are honored and privileged to welcome these top-performing radio stations into the JVC family. The prior owner of these stations was committed to community service, high-quality broadcasting and creating an excellent work environment for its staff, and we are proud to be able to continue the tradition that Asterisk started in this great market.” JVC chief operating officer Victor Canales adds, “We love this radio market, and we are excited to continue the trend of fun, local radio in North Central Florida. We plan on adding staff in Florida and New York and to make a big splash with marketing and programming when we begin operating the stations.” JVC Media owns four FM radio stations on Long Island, dance music WPTY, Spanish WBON, country WJVC, and rock WRCN and operates Long Island Events, which manages the 7,000 seat outdoor entertainment venue known as the Pennysaver Amphitheater. JVC was formed by broadcasting veterans John Caracciolo and Victor Canales and is backed by Northwood Ventures.
Google Announces ‘Play Music All Access’ Streaming Service. As predicted, Google announced the debut of its Google Play Music All Access music streaming service at its Google I/O conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. The service costs $9.99 per month – which sets it apart from Pandora and puts it more in line with Spotify – and gives Google a music service presence in the mobile market since the Google Play Music app comes loaded on Android OS smart phones. Music stored in a user’s Google Music Locker is available in the Play Music All Access app and makes all the other music available from an artist already in the user’s locker available via stream. Google is touting the service and its app as taking the hassle out of managing playlists and organizing the user’s music. Some initial reviews are calling the app “intuitive” and easy to use with cool features such as the ability to share a YouTube video with someone at the tap of the screen.
‘Full Metal Jackie’ to Air on KRAB, Bakersfield. Clear Channel’s KRAB, Bakersfield adds the “Full Metal Jackie” show to its program schedule, clearing it Friday nights at 10:00. Program director Danny Spanks states, “We are very excited to have such a great show to offer to all the hard rock fans in Bakersfield! I know from first-hand experience what a metal-head Jackie is. She’s an expert in the field and the perfect person to host a show like this. Thrilled to have her on board!”
Three Old Movies for New Radio Managers. Noted radio consultant (and RadioInfo columnist) Holland Cooke says, “Forget those boring management training videos!” and recommends three old flix to today’s upcoming crop of radio managers for a valuable bit of advice and inspiration. He suggests viewing “Disclosure” for input of sexual harassment, “Bridge on the River Kwai” for leadership training, and “Glengarry Glen Ross” for sales do’s and don’ts. To read more, click here.
Round Three of Arbitron’s April PPM Data Released. The third round of PPM data for the April 2013 survey has been released by Arbitron for markets including Portland; Charlotte; Pittsburgh; Sacramento; San Antonio; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Salt Lake City; Las Vegas; Kansas City; Orlando; and Columbus. You can find the ratings charts for those markets here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from the April PPMs.
• Portland — For the second consecutive month, country KWJJ (Entercom’s “The Wolf”) notches a three-tenths improvement (4.9 – 5.2 – 5.5) and retains its #5 ranking (6+). Meanwhile, cross-town format foe KUPL (Alpha Broadcasting-owned “The Bull”) adds four-tenths and is right behind, at #6, with a 5.2.
• Charlotte — Country is the focal point format here as well, with WKKT (Clear Channel’s “Kat Country”) recording a six-tenths gain to 7.1 (6+) and advancing from #4 to a first-place tie. In the process, it displaces CBS Radio rival WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits,” which falls from first to third (7.2 – 6.7). Kat Country’s 7.1 is its best since November’s 7.4.
• Pittsburgh — The last time the Pirates had a winning season was 1992 – Barry Bonds’ last year with the Steel City team – when they won 96 games and finished first. Posting the market’s best (6+) March-April gain (+.6) is Pirates flagship KDKA-FM (CBS Radio’s “The Fan”), which has its strongest showing (4.2) since last September (5.3). Even so, “The Fan” remains at #10.
• Sacramento — After a slight February-March advance (2.7 – 2.8), Clear Channel’s KSTE adds eight-tenths to 3.6. Not only does “Talk 650″ progress from #15 to #12, it enjoys its highest 6+-stat since PPM has been ratings currency in Sacramento (47 reports).
• Cincinnati — Multi-decade Reds flagship WLW reclaims the top spot in dramatic fashion by putting up a powerful 13.1 (6+). Its +3.7 represents the largest magnitude of a March-April increase for any station in the 36 PPM markets Arbitron has released thus far; the 13.1 matches what the heritage Clear Channel talk facility notched this past October.
• Cleveland — Following a massive -2.1 (February-March), Clear Channel country WGAR rebounds with a +1.4, as “99.5″ segues from #4 to #2. Other notable market gains are Clear Channel talk WTAM’s +.9 (4.5 – 5.4, #7), and CBS Radio adult contemporary WDOK’s +.8 (5.9 – 6.7, #5).
• Salt Lake City — The third successive positive trend for KRSP “The Arrow” is an impressive +1.1 to 5.6 (6+), which takes the Bonneville classic hits outlet from #10 in March to #5.
• Kansas City — On the strength of a +1.1, Carter Broadcasting Group urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz” advances from runner-up to #1. Registering a similar +1.1, and zooming from #17 to #13, is Entercom-owned KCSP “610 Sports.”
• Orlando — Cox-owned WWKA “K92-3″ makes a stunning 1.8-share March-April improvement (5.0 – 6.8) and propels from eighth to third. Moreover, 6.8 is the country outlet’s best 6+ stat in Orlando’s 37 PPM-report history.
• Columbus — This is the first of the 36 markets thus far to have three stations making March-April jumps in excess of a full share. Clear Channel CHR WNCI is +1.1 (9.0 – 10.1, steady at #2); classic hits-oldies sibling WODC adds one full share (6.2 – 7.2, remaining at #3); and contemporary Christian WCVO is +1.1 (5.3 – 6.4, #5 to #4).
Radio, Media Stocks Share in Record-High Dow. Tuesday’s Dow close at a record high 15,215 was shared by several radio stocks that also reached highs not seen in years. Shares of CBS closed above $50 for the first time since it was spun off from Viacom in 2006, its shares doubling in price from October, 2011. Entercom Communications also closed at a 52-week high of $9.35. On October 27, 2008, you could have bought shares of Entercom for just 56 cents. Shares of Pandora not only closed above its original IPO price of $16 to $16.75, but has more than doubled in price since December, this despite the news that internet giant Google will be getting into the streaming music business. Fisher Communications closed at a high not seen since November, 2007. In March, 2009 you could have fetched shares of Salem Communications for just 35 cents. Salem closed yesterday at $7.49. You could have bought shares of Radio One in December for just 74 cents. Yesterday, it closed at a yearly high of $2.19. Other shares reaching 52-week highs on Tuesday include Beasley Broadcast Group, Cumulus Media, Disney, Entravision, Journal Communications and Sirius XM.
Doug Banks and American Urban Radio Networks Renew Distribution Deal. The nationally syndicated urban afternoon “Doug Banks Radio Show” will continue to be distributed by American Urban Radio Networks as the two partners agree to an extension. Under the terms of the deal between AURN and Doug Banks Media, AURN will distribute, market and sell the show, one of the longest-running urban programs, through 2015. AURN has distributed the Banks’ radio show since July, 2010. It currently airs on nearly 30 stations, including Clear Channel-owned flagship WVAZ, Chicago “V103.” AURN president of program operations and affiliations Jerry Lopes says, “The ‘Doug Banks Radio Show’ has been entertaining urban adult audiences for a long time and with his extraordinarily talented sidekick DeDe McGuire and newly added comedian George Willborn, we expect he’ll be entertaining audiences for many years to come. Given the most recent landscape changes, we expect more and more stations to turn to the PPM tried and tested Doug Banks Radio Show.” Banks himself says, “I’m excited to have AURN as our network partner. With their history and relationships with radio stations and groups around the country, we look forward to continued strong affiliate growth through the life of this partnership.”
Steve Harvey in for Mornings on WMBX, West Palm Beach. The nationally syndicated Steve Harvey morning show is the new wake-up program on Palm Beach Broadcasting’s hip hop WMBX, West Palm Beach “X102.3.” The company announces that with the arrival of the Premiere Networks syndicated program, it will “keep the station live and local, with popular ‘X102.3’ personality Reggie Dee who continues his ‘man on street’ role, talking to the people who wake up the city and giving away great prizes to ‘X102.3’ listeners.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Nikki Ramirez exits Lincoln Financial Media’s AC WLYF, Miami “101.5 Lite FM” where she hosted the afternoon program. The veteran of Miami outlets WPOW “Power 96,” WEDR “99Jamz,” WFLC “97.3 The Coast,” WHYI “Y100” and Atlanta’s WWWQ “Q100” and WSTR “Star 94” is seeking her next gig. Reach her at 786-355-2323 or via Twitter @ItsNikkiRamirez….. DJ Hot Sauce is the new evening host at Clear Channel’s hip hop WZHT, Montgomery, Alabama “Hot 105.7” where he’ll also serve as APD and host the mix show. He comes to “Hot 105.7” from CC’s WKKV, Milwaukee “V100.”…..Abe Kanan gets the imaging gig for SiriusXM’s “Octane” channel. Kanan also hosts his eponymous show on Howard Stern’s “Howard 101” channel.
Round Two of Arbitron’s April 2013 PPM Data. The second round of PPM data from Arbitron for April 2013 is out for the next 12 markets including Washington, DC; Boston, Detroit; Miami; Seattle; Phoenix; Minneapolis; San Diego; Tampa; Denver; Baltimore; and St. Louis and is available here. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian offers his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings data:
• Boston — It is for the most tragic reason imaginable that we anticipated Boston’s April results. Quite obviously though, in light of the Hub’s horrific Patriot’s Day bombing (Monday, April 15), ratings numbers were among the lowest priority item for stations. Arbitron’s April survey period was March 28 – April 24, which included aftermath coverage of the bombing, as well as MLB’s opening day (April 1). With a full-share March-April improvement, Boston Red Sox (and Boston Celtics) flagship WEEI-FM jumps from #14 – #11 and the Entercom sports outlet’s 3.5 (6+) matches its January stat. Also noteworthy is that its direct competitor, WBZ-FM (CBS Radio’s “Sports Hub”), is +.2 (#7); with a six-tenths gain to 6.8, news/talk hybrid WBZ-AM improves from #4 to #2.
• Detroit — After three straight months at 4.3 (January-February-March), WXYT-FM tacks on 1.8 (6+) and it progresses from #9 to #5. The CBS Radio sports station’s 6.1 is its best since November’s 7.9.
• Seattle — With a strong +.8 to 4.8 (6+), KZOK ends its brief slide (4.5 – 4.4 – 4.0). The CBS Radio classic rocker mirrors Detroit’s WXYT-FM by bumping up from #9 to #5; country KKWF (Entercom’s “The Wolf”) has its fourth successive plus trend.
• Phoenix — Bonneville-owned KTAR-AM improves by one-half share (2.1 – 2.6, 6+) and the sports facility inches up from #19 to #18.
• Minneapolis — With a full-share boost to 1.7, Northern Lights Broadcasting hot AC KTWN “K-Twin” returns to the top 20 (#21 to #19). Meanwhile, fellow hot AC KSTP-FM (Hubbard’s “KS95″) has its fourth consecutive positive trend (5.6 – 7.0 – 7.1 – 8.0 – 8.4) and remains at #2.
• San Diego — Although still outside the top 20, San Diego Padres flagship XEPRS-AM “The Mighty 1090″ registers a +.8 to 2.1 (#21, 6+). The sports station’s January-February-March line score was 2.5 – 1.6 – 1.3.
• Tampa — For the second consecutive month, Cox Media Group adult contemporary siblings rank #1 – #2 (6+), as market pacesetter WDUV adds eight-tenths to 10.1 and runner-up WWRM “Magic 94-9″ is up by half as much (+.4) to 6.7.
• Denver — Clear Channel-owned Colorado Rockies flagship KOA’s second consecutive progressive trend (4.5 – 5.0 – 5.8) vaults the talk station from #3 to #1; Lincoln Financial Media country outlet KYGO-FM notches the metro’s strongest (6+) gain, 4.4 – 5.3 (+.9, #3).
• Baltimore — With a robust +1.2 to 4.1, WBAL advances from #12 to #6. The Hearst Television talk facility has its highest 6+ stat since December’s 4.2.
• St. Louis — By virtue of its +.8 to 7.3 – its best 6+ showing since October’s 7.4 – heritage CBS Radio talk outlet KMOX takes over the #1 spot. Adult contemporary sibling KEZK “Fresh 102.5″ is up seven-tenths, 5.6 – 6.3, (#5 to #3) as is Emmis’ KSHE, 5.0 – 5.7 (#9 to #5).
Google Reportedly to Unveil Music Streaming Service. According to a piece in The Verge that was picked up by The New York Times, Google will announce a new streaming music service at its Google I/O conference today. The service is reportedly to be a competitor to pay services like Spotify since it will charge a monthly fee whereas Pandora and the rumored-to-be Apple music streaming service offer a free tier. The story also indicates that Google has worked out deals with music organizations Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group.
RAB Study: Auto Radio Ads Have Greatest Influence as Consumers Get Close to Purchase. According to the Radio Advertising Bureau’s newest service – Finding Consumer Trends Reports – “radio plays a dominant role, whether people are considering a vehicle purchase, or spending time in a vehicle. The closer listeners get to purchasing or leasing a vehicle, the more important a part radio advertising plays. And radio is a top ‘must-have’ for automotive buyers of every age.” The RAB states that “these are just some of the key findings stemming from its new service to help radio stations sell locally and highlight the buying power of radio listeners coast to coast.” It was developed in partnership with Presslaff Interactive Revenue, and offered as a benefit of membership, Finding Consumer Trends (F.C.T.) Reports are turn-key online surveys of a station’s audience that provide salable insights and qualified leads on purchase interests in top advertising categories. RAB president and CEO Erica Farber says, “We were excited to launch this initiative for our members. The number of responses demonstrates the engagement radio has with its listeners. The information gleaned from this survey on automotive proves radio’s role within brand consideration and purchase.” The RAB says the first F.C.T Report survey was conducted from March 12 to April 2, 2013 and attracted over 28,000 respondents aged 18-plus. Respondents were asked about vehicle and brand preferences along with advertising and dealership influencers. Of those respondents surveyed, 44% currently own a vehicle that is over 8 years old and nearly one in three (32%) of the total respondents will be in the market to purchase/lease a vehicle within the next year. Presslaff Interactive Revenue’s president Ruth Presslaff says of the study, “RAB member stations now have a wealth of information they can use to engage dealerships and services shops. With responses from over 28,000 radio listeners from coast to coast, we have uncovered everything from automotive brand preferences to buying intentions to their listening habits while driving. This is compelling information that will be beneficial for all radio sales, within and well beyond the automotive category.”
WWNQ, Columbia Partners with St. Jude’s for Country Cares Radiothon. Hometown Columbia-owned country outlet WWNQ, Columbia, South Carolina “94.3 The Dude” is participating in Country Cares, a country music community-driven radiothon dedicated to supporting the St. Jude’s mission to care for children in need. The radiothon takes place Thursday and Friday, May 16 and 17. Hometown Columbia president Kirk Litton states, “The country community knows that parents and their families need places like St. Jude’s, which finds cures and saves children’s lives by sharing their research with hospitals in our area and across the country. They do it at no cost to children and their families, even though it takes $1.8 million each day to run the hospital – something St. Jude’s does without any government support or a single penny from taxes. Here at ‘The Dude’ we’re very excited to be part of the fundraising that gives the kids and families who need St. Jude’s that opportunity, and the hospital the resources it needs to wipe out children’s cancer for families in the Midlands and beyond.” In addition to getting chances to win prizes for donating, fans will get their first chance to meet new host Dallas Reese, who will join the station on-air in June.
Christian Music Broadcasters Announces New Format for Radio Station of the Year Awards. The Christian Music Broadcasters announces a streamlined process for entering the competition for the Radio Station of the Year. It states, “Christian Music Broadcasters has re-vamped the entry procedure for the 2013 Station of the Year competition. Stations will no longer need to put together an elaborate written entry and submit it for judging. All written information will now simply be entered into an online ‘form’ on the CMB website cmbonline.org No more pictures, no more elaborate layouts, just a written record of what your station has done in the past year in the areas of ratings, community involvement, new media and industry leadership. Audio portions of each entry will be uploaded directly to our website. Simply CLICK HERE and follow the step by step instructions. Voted on by a panel of judges within the radio industry, the Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station of The Year Awards are presented to stations which show outstanding achievement in on-air presentation, community service, ratings, new media and industry leadership. One award is given in each of four market categories – Major, Large, Medium and Small. The 2013 Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station of The Year Awards will be presented Wednesday evening at the CMB Networking dinner to be held at Momentum 2013, September 4-7 at the Disney Yacht & Beach Convention Center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
Rick Thomas Named to KRTH and KTWV, Los Angeles Programmer Post. Most recently with Ohana Broadcasting’s Honolulu cluster, Rick Thomas has also served as program director at KYLD, San Francisco; XHTZ and XHRM, San Diego; and KSFM, San Diego. Now he’s headed to Los Angeles to take the programming reigns at CBS Radio’s classic hits “K-Earth 101” and AC KTWV “94.7 The Wave,” replacing Jhani Kaye, who is leaving the stations to pursue new opportunities. In a statement, Thomas says, “I am absolutely thrilled at the privilege of caring for ‘K-Earth 101’ and ‘The Wave.’ I’m looking forward to working in concert with Steve Carver, Greg Strassell, Kevin Weatherly and the entire CBS Radio Los Angeles team to grow these two elite and heritage L.A. brands and to take the stations to new levels of success.” Thomas begins his new gig on June 17.
Clear Channel Partners with Coca-Cola for iHeartRadio for Concert Series and National Cinema Advertising Campaign. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s iHeart Radio has partnered with Coca-Cola for a long term relationship that includes both a concert series that kicks off on Memorial Day weekend and a summer-long campaign targeting the movie-going public. First, the Charlotte Motor Speedway will be the site of the “iHeartRadio Coca-Cola Open For Summer Kickoff Concert,” a free event for all Coca-Cola 600 ticketholders, will be headlined by country music star Trace Adkins. Josh Thompson will open the show, which will include appearances by Coca-Cola Racing Family members. The concert event will also stream across more than 100 Clear Channel mainstream country stations nationwide. The 60-minute Memorial Day special broadcast event on Monday, May 27, also will air on iHeartRadio’s Country Road Radio at 12:00 noon EDT. The relationship also will include the iHeartRadio Live Coca-Cola Summer Concert Series. The series will feature intimate performances with artists such as Of Monsters and Men and Jason Derulo at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City. Open For Summer content will be showcased across Clear Channel’s radio stations and websites nationwide. Local DJs will amplify the campaign and give listeners a chance to win a VIP experience at one of the iHeartRadio Live Coca-Cola Summer Concerts. Additionally, Coca-Cola and iHeartRadio will begin a co-branded integrated national cinema advertising campaign across AMC, Regal, Carmike, Cinemark and independent theatres. The co-branded spots will celebrate the partnership, encourage downloads of iHeartRadio and amplify the “Open For Summer” campaign. Also, a Coke-branded, digital-only custom station will launch this summer on iHeartRadio. It is available across all major platforms including web, mobile, tablets, automotive, television and gaming devices.
Skip Kelly to Program CC’s ‘Jack FM’ Jacksonville. Programmer Skip Kelly is named PD at Clear Channel’s WWJK, Jacksonville “107.3 Jack FM.” Kelly has worked for Clear Channel in the past including at KIIS and KYSR in Los Angeles. He says of his new gig, “I can’t even begin to describe how grateful I am to be taking on this opportunity at ‘Jack FM.’ This is a radio station with incredible potential and I’m excited to be a part of what’s to come. I’m thrilled to take ‘107.3 Jack FM’ to the next level.”
Jack Ryan Rises to Partner with M&M Broadcasting’s “Merle FM” in Knoxville. Afternoon drive personality Jack Ryan is ascending into a partnership role with M&M Broadcasting, owner of country outlet WMYL, Knoxville “Merle FM.” According to M&M, Ryan’s new role will allow him to be part of the decisions made concerning M&M. He will put his vast knowledge of country music and the industry to work fine-tuning the music and presentation of “Merle FM.” M&M’s Ron Meredith states, “This is a great day for M&M broadcasting and ‘Merle FM.’ To have a partner like Jack Ryan to help continue the unprecedented growth ‘Merle FM’ has experienced over the last year is something I am very excited about. It is good for a local company like ours to partner with a local guy like Jack. He is one of the hardest working people I have ever met.” Speaking about this new relationship, Ryan says, “This is an opportunity of a lifetime. ‘Merle FM’ is already one of Knoxville’s most listened to radio stations. To actually own part of East Tennessee’s fast-growing radio station is a dream come true. I have always wanted to own my own radio station. I never imagined it would be one as successful as ‘Merle FM.’” M&M also operates country WYSH-AM, Knoxville and country WGAP, Maryville, Tennessee.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. CBS Radio’s hip hop WPGC, Washington, DC names Tati a new cast member of the Pablo morning show. Tati comes to Washington from her most recent gig at XHTZ, San Diego “Jammi’ Z90.”…..Steve Sinicropi announces his exit from the market manager post at SummitMedia’s Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina operations. The stations were recently acquired from Cox Media Group…..DJ Chris Fonseca is upped to afternoons at Malkin Interactive‘s CHR KZFM, Corpus Christi “Hot Z95.”
Midwest Communications Launches Alternative ‘Z96.5’ Kalamazoo. Splitting the AM/FM simulcast of news/talk WKZO, Kalamazoo, Midwest Communications launches a new alternative rock-formatted station dubbed “Z96.5.” The company states, “Upon reviewing key research that showed a demand for alternative music in Kalamazoo, Midwest Communications made the decision to change its 96.5 WKZO news/talk station to the alternative music format. The sound of ‘Z96.5’ will be similar to that of Midwest’s alternative radio station in Lansing, 94.1 FM WVIC.” WKZO brand manager Jay Morris says people surveyed “had an intense desire for a Kalamazoo station that would play alternative music. It is important to point out that ‘Z96.5’ is a locally programmed station in Kalamazoo for Kalamazoo. There’s nothing else like it.” The station will begin its incarnation as an alternative rocker with 10,000 songs in a row non-stop and will add air-staff in the coming month.
Round One of the Arbitron April PPM Data Is Released. The first 12 markets of PPM data from Arbitron is out for New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union. You can find those ratings numbers here. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian offers his “Ten Takeaways” from this first round.
- New York — In the market’s CHR battle, #3 WHTZ (Clear Channel’s “Z100″) is up for the second successive month with its February-March-April totals reflecting an overall nine-tenths gain (5.1 – 5.6 – 6.0), while #18 WNOU (CBS Radio’s “Hit Music Now”) is up three-tenths to 2.2.
- Los Angeles — In the previous 52 PPM monthlies, KBIG (Clear Channel-owned “My FM”) has tied for #1 twice; this however marks the first time that the hot AC is in sole possession of the top spot. Ironically, it did so by staying flat at 5.5. Meanwhile, March frontrunner, and My FM’s CHR cluster-mate – KIIS “Kiss-FM” – was down four-tenths to 5.4 and slips to #2.
- Chicago — After two straight months at 5.3, hot AC WTMX (Hubbard’s “The Mix”) registers a six-tenths gain and advances from #3 in March to #2. It only picks up one-tenth on pacesetter WVAZ “V103″ though as the Clear Channel-owned urban AC gains one-half share to 7.0.
- San Francisco — The +2.9 that all-sports KNBR notches (3.1 – 6.0) easily represents the heftiest increase for any station in any format among all 12 PPM markets whose data was released Monday. The Cumulus Media-owned flagship of the world champion San Francisco Giants zooms from #11 in March to #1; it is KNBR’s strongest 6+ stat since this past November’s 8.1.
- Dallas — Owing to major March-April gains, CHR KHKS and contemporary Christian KLTY remain #1 and #2, respectively. Clear Channel’s “Kiss-FM,” is +.9 to 8.1, matching its July 2012 6+ stat, while Salem-owned “Safe for the Whole Family” KLTY vaults from 4.5 – 5.8 (+1.3).
- Houston — Although staying at #5, Cox Media Group country KKBQ “The New 93Q” records its fourth successive up trend (3.7 – 4.5 – 5.3 – 5.6 – 5.9). After back-to-back months at 2.8, format competitor KILT-FM (CBS Radio’s “The Bull”) progresses four-tenths to 3.2 (#16 to #14).
- Philadelphia — Radio One urban AC-turned-urban/rhythmic oldies WRNB “Old School 100.3″ benefits from an April 1 format modification by gaining nine-tenths to 3.6 (#15 – #13). It is the highest 6+ stat on that frequency since last June’s 3.7.
- Atlanta — WKHX (Cumulus Media’s “101.5 FM Kicks”) improves by six-tenths to 4.2 (#10), while #12 WUBL (Clear Channel-owned “94.9, The Bull”) gains three-tenths to 3.9. In March, the two country rivals were tied for #12 at 3.6.
- Riverside — Classic Hits KOLA progresses from 6.2 to 7.3 (+1.1) and trails #1 (Spanish adult hits) KLYY by one-half share. For Anaheim Broadcasting’s “KOLA 99.9,” this is its best 6+ showing in nearly two years, when it hit 7.5 in July 2011.
- San Jose — As is the case in San Francisco, KNBR is San Jose’s top story, with the Giants’ flagship doubling its 6+ stat from 2.0 to 4.0. In the process, the Cumulus sports outlet climbs from #22 in March to #8. Nearly overshadowed by KNBR’s performance is KQED-FM’s +1.0; the public outlet progresses to 5.6, its most potent 6+ number since February 2012 (also 5.6).
Michael Harrison Tapped to Keynote 38th Annual Conclave Learning Conference. ”Radio in the Digital Age: Where Does Talent Fit In?” In what will be a comprehensive-yet-fast-paced overview of the state of broadcast radio and its integration into the digital media world of the 21st century, RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison approaches these issues of this new environment from the perspective of the changing role of talent in a keynote address that will take place during Conclave Learning Conference 38 on Thursday, July 18 at 9:00 am. Conclave executive director Bob Shannon says of Harrison, “A visionary, an inventor, a trailblazer, and a writer of powerful words and ideas. Michael is all of these things and more, and the Conclave is very lucky to have him on our teaching faculty this year.” Upon being named keynote speaker at this year’s Conclave Michael Harrison states, “It is an honor to be involved with such a positive organization and participate in its mission to educate and inspire the upcoming generation of radio broadcasters. I can’t think of a better use of all these years of experience that I have been blessed with attaining in such a wonderful industry.” Harrison’s presentation is of importance to both radio personalities and management alike and will examine and offer solutions for what he describes as: 1) The number one problem threatening the survival of FM/AM radio, as we’ve known it – DEBT – along with several other existential threats facing the medium. These include generational/cultural shifts, exotic new media competition, audience measurement shortcomings, and emerging obstacles impairing commercial placement and presentation; 2) The increasing importance of intellectual property as a bargaining chip in talent/management relationships and negotiations. “Who owns what?” will be a key question and consideration in all radio business relationships including those between employees and employers; 3) Talent as entrepreneur. The new media offers today’s talent the opportunity to go into business for themselves on a level never enjoyed by their predecessors of the age gone by; and 4) The human element. Harrison provides an uplifting and inspirational case for radio’s greatest asset – human-to-human communication – as its most vital tool in maintaining a purpose for the medium to continue to play an important role in society and continue to be needed as a cultural institution for many years to come. Michael Harrison is the editor and publisher of two of the radio industry’s leading trade publications, TALKERS and RadioInfo. Mr. Harrison founded Talkers in 1990 and today manages its many divisions and services which include its website, its annual conventions, its regional conferences, and its positive social initiatives. In late 2012, Mr. Harrison assumed the duties of publisher of the major broadcasting trade journal, RadioInfo, which serves a wide spectrum of popular music formats. Among the initiatives being promoted in the revamped publication are a call for radio stations to “reclaim ownership” of the music culture by restoring and nurturing the DJ to prominence as well as the development of music charts that are “specifically targeted to the interests and needs of radio listeners and presentations.” He is an influential pioneer in the radio trade publishing field having served as the first managing editor of Radio & Records during its formative years and radio columnist/record chart consultant for Billboard in the early 1980s. A graduate of Hofstra University where he currently sits on its Department of Communications Advisory Board, Michael Harrison’s background in radio broadcasting and trade journalism is extensive. In a career dating back to 1967, he has served as an on-air program director of such heritage stations as WLIR-FM, Long Island; KPRI-FM, San Diego; KMET-FM, Los Angeles and WZLX-FM, Boston. He was an owner/operator of WSPR in Springfield, Massachusetts. He has been an air personality on a range of stations including the legendary WNEW-FM in New York as well as WCBS-FM and WPIX-FM in the Big Apple, plus, WTIC, Hartford, WWRC, Washington, DC and others. He has hosted and produced hundreds of hours of syndicated radio series and specials for most of the leading networks and syndicators. Conclave Learning Conference 38 takes place in Minneapolis July 17-19, 2013. For more information on the Learning Conference and Conclave educational programs, visit http://www.theconclave.com. Also found on the Conclave website is hotel room reservation information for the Doubletree Park Place Hotel. The Conclave, a 38-year-old 501(c) 3 non-profit corporation offers year-round learning to the industry including webinars, a Speaker’s Bureau, and the annual national media summit Summer Learning Conference. Since 1979, The Conclave has provided over $1 million in media scholarships.
Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio Claims 30 Million-plus Registered Users. The digital audio platform iHeartRadio developed by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment has surpassed the 30 million registered users mark, according to the company. CC states that iHeartRadio has achieved this in less than two years since its launch. Further, since iHeartRadio listeners are not required to create an account to stream broadcast radio stations, the number of registered users reflects only a small snapshot of the service’s overall reach, particularly given the175 million downloads of the iHeartRadio mobile app and more than 60 million monthly uniques across its digital network. Clear Channel president of digital Brian Lakamp states, “iHeartRadio sets the standard for how radio continues to fit into people’s everyday lives. This latest milestone is another clear indication how our full-featured iHeartRadio experience resonates with tens of millions of people — with more coming every day. Being able to draw on Clear Channel’s unparalleled range of resources allows us to continually innovate and improve on the user experience, while giving listeners access to both live radio and custom stations. When you combine this with the strong promotional power of Clear Channel’s broadcast properties across the nation, iHeartRadio is well-positioned to continue or even surpass our current adoption rate.”
Barry Thomas Exits Lincoln Financial Media. Barry Thomas had been with Lincoln Financial Media since 2006 and most recently was the vice president of engineering for the company working out of its Atlanta offices. Thomas is the chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Technology Committee and is past president of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, Inc. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 323-841-0682.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Jean-Francois Gadoury is upped to chief technology officer for Triton Digital. In this post, he’ll be responsible for the company’s technology strategy across all of Triton’s products…..Melanie Heinkel is the new music director at Renda Broadcasting’s hot AC WSGL, Fort Myers “Mix 104.7.” She currently serves with the company’s sister country station WWGR “Gator Country 101.9” hosting middays and will continue in that role…..Ben Rogers and Jeff “Skin” Wade are the new PM drive team at CBS Radio’s sports talk KRLD-FM, Dallas “105.3 The Fan.” They take over for Greg Williams and Richie Whitt who exited last month.
Product Placement – a Major Practice Employed by Movies, Television and Internet Games - Still Holds Huge Revenue Potential for Radio. In an illuminating article posted today by H&H Communications president and RadioInfo marketing columnist Al Herskovitz, the concept of audio product placement is explored as holding significant revenue generating potential for radio. Already used effectively by a number of radio stations and networks to cut spot load while offering special features such as weather, traffic, and even the naming of studios to brand- and imaging-conscious advertisers, Herskovitz points out there is a lot more potential with this method and the surprising number of radio outlets still not using it should consider getting on board while they can. Read the entire piece by clicking here.
Backyard to Community Upstate New York Deal Worth $3.6 Million. The deal just filed with the FCC that has Backyard Broadcasting selling seven stations in two upstate New York markets to Community Broadcasters will see the latter pay $3.6 million. Community Broadcasters is five partners — Paul Homer, James L. Leven, Bruce J. Mittman, Peter G. Schiff, and Henry T. Wilson – and, after approval and the closing, will take over five stations in the Elmira/Corning market: CHR WNKI, Corning; classic rock WNGZ, Montour Falls; country WPGI, Horseheads; news/talk/sports WWLZ, Horseheads; and (simulcast of WNGZ) WRCE, Watkins Glen and two stations in the Olean market: country WPIG, Olean and oldies WHDL, Olean.
Greater Media’s WCSX, Detroit Raises Funds for Killed Firefighter. The Detroit classic rock station is sending its staff out to various locations today to raise money for the Brian Woehlke fund. WCSX is participating in this one-day fundraiser for Woehlke – a Wayne-Westland firefighter, who was killed in the line of duty just 10 months into his dream job when a roof collapsed on him during a strip mall fire. Woehlke was the first firefighter killed in the line of duty in the Westland department’s 47 year history. He left behind his wife Jennifer and a 13-month old daughter Ava. Station personalities Jim O’Brien, Ken Calvert, Uncle Buck, and Juline Jordan will be at various locations throughout the market today collecting funds for Woehlke’s family.
Sheryl Crow Rocks Cox Media’s WHKO, Dayton. Crossover star Sheryl Crow is pictured here performing a private gig at Cox Media Group’s country WHKO, Dayton “K99.1 FM” studios on May 10 as she pre-promotes her upcoming country album. According to the CMG-owned Dayton Daily News, Crow performed for staff and 10 station listeners and their guests and chatted about past visits to the city as well as talking about her children and her work as an environmental activist. Crow will return to the city for a public concert on June 15. (Image, Dayton Daily News)
‘Classic Rock 104.5’ Packs the House for Tribute to Rock II. Convergent Broadcasting classic rock outlet KPUS, Corpus Christi “Classic Rock 104.5” packed the Brewster Street Ice House for its “Tribute to Rock II” live event featuring Kiss cover band Rock ‘n’ Roll Over and the John Cortez Band. The photo here shows a KPUS staffer on stage as the camera shows the full house. Station general manager Kent Cooper calls the event a huge success. “Our biggest yet!”