General Music Radio Industry News
Ryan Seacrest Gets Big UK Footprint with heat Radio Deal. Soon to be heard across the UK on six DAB signals, “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” will be heard from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm via a deal with Bauer Media’s heat Radio. The company operates a number of multi-platform media brands – including heat Radio – and calls Bauer Radio Ltd. a “growing network of no.1 commercial radio stations in all major markets in the UK and the no.1 commercial broadcaster in national digital radio.” The show that is heard in morning drive in the U.S. with co-host Ellen K will bring the American pop culture and music scene to British listeners beginning August 4. Seacrest comments, “It’s a privilege to bring ‘On Air with Ryan Seacrest’ to listeners in the UK. heat is an amazing multi-platform entertainment brand and I think it will be a perfect match for our program. Thanks to everyone at heat – I can’t wait to bring our program across the pond!”
The KVJ Show Debuts on WRMF, West Palm Beach. After former employer Cox Media Group put the kibosh on a planned press conference last week that was to announce the arrival of “The KVJ Show’ (Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki, and Jason Pennington) at Digity LLC-owned hot AC WRMF, West Palm Beach, the trio officially debuted on the station this morning. KVJ had worked for CMG in Miami on WFLC before its flip from hot AC to CHR and was dropped as the station made the format tweak. KVJ had enjoyed success in the West Palm market for years on Clear Channel’s CHR WLDI “WiLD 95.5” before leaving for Miami in 2013.
Maynard Becomes Clear Channel Senior VP of Programming. As RadioIinfo reported yesterday (7/28), six-year program director of Seattle CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5″ and hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9″ Maynard has resigned from the Hubbard combo. As a follow-up to that story, we can confirm that he has joined Clear Channel as senior vice president of programming. National programming platforms president Tom Poleman states, “Great programming is a cornerstone of Clear Channel’s strategy, so we are constantly looking to increase our programming bench with the brightest and most innovative minds. Maynard has an outstanding track record and he will be a great addition to our brain trust.” Executive vice president and general manager for national programming platforms Clay Hunnicutt adds, “Maynard’s programming expertise and knowledge of the industry make him one of the most successful and respected programmers in radio. He has been on our ‘wish list’ for a long time. [Hiring him] further demonstrates our ability to attract the greatest minds and programmers in the business.” Maynard, whose real name is Brandon Cohen, arrived at the Seattle stations after programming Spokane hot AC KZZU. He previously was assistant program director/music director/night talent for Portland CHR KKRZ “Z-100.” Also included on his radio resume are stops in Omaha and Eugene, Oregon.
Dennis Clark Re-Ups with Clear Channel. The CCM+E vice president of talent development signs a long-term contract to remain with the company. In a memo, CC president, national programming platforms Tom Poleman says, “Dennis Clark leads Clear Channel efforts to hire and nurture the best and most talented people in the industry – he has built a talent development division unmatched by any other company. Dennis coaches some of our biggest personalities, from Ryan Seacrest to Kane, JohnJay and Rich, Elvis Duran, Bobby Bones, ‘The Breakfast Club,’ Nikki Sixx and other market-leading talent. He has also developed a superior coaching program for our up-and-coming talent to create our next group of all-stars. We’re excited to have him continue to lead the talent development charge for us.”
AdLarge Media Appoints Green VP/Digital Sales. Former PodcastOne national account director Jay Green is tapped to become AdLarge Media‘s vice president of digital sales and content partnerships. AdLarge Media co-founder and president Cathy Csukas comments, “We are delighted to bring Jay on board to steer our digital audio and mobile strategy. Jay’s impressive background and knowledge of digital audio advertising trends, combined with his expertise in operations and management, make him the ideal candidate to help us meet our expansion goals.” The company’s chief executive officer and co-founder Gary Schonfeld remarks that, “Jay’s keen understanding of the digital audio marketplace will advance our objectives and those of our digital and mobile partners. He is skilled at developing the kind of customized programs and packages that national advertisers have come to expect from AdLarge Media.” Green states that he is “passionate about digital audio advertising” and that he is “dedicated to creating first-to-market campaigns for our advertisers. AdLarge’s reputation for innovation and excellence was a compelling reason for me to become an integral member of their team. It’s an exciting time to join the company.” Prior to working at PodCastOne, Green spent 10 years at Dial Global, where he ultimately became vice president of strategic operations. His background includes sales, campaign management, sales planning, research, audience analysis, and market research for various new product launches.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Radio pro Steve Wall is working with SourceAudio – domestic distributor for Alpha Music Libraries (via Premiere Networks) – to rep the Alpha Music Libraries to stations nationwide. Wall was most recently with TRN Syndications as a national affiliate consultant…..At CCM+E, KBIG, Los Angeles APD and music director Brandon Bell joins the National Programming Platforms team as brand coordinator for the hot AC format and music director for the company’s premium choice hot AC channel. He takes over for Brian Check in this role. Check is now serving as SVP of programming for the company’s Philadelphia stations…..Rik McNeil is leaving his PD gig at Memphis First Ventures-owned country WEBL and classic country WUMY, Memphis to move west to Momentum Broadcasting’s country KJUG, Visalia, California to serve as program director and afternoon drive personality…..Valerie Blackburn is taking on the interim CEO role at the Alliance for Women in Media as the organization seeks a permanent CEO. Blackburn, previously market controller for CBS RADIO Los Angeles and GM of KFWB Trust-operated KFWB, had served as chair of the AWM in the past.
Meeting of the Mentors. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison (left) paid a visit Sunday (7/27) to his old friend, radio legend Dick Robinson (right), founder and chairman of the mega-successful Connecticut School of Broadcasting (CSB). The two veteran radio “mentors” compared notes about the state of the industry and according to both men, it was an uplifting, stimulating discussion that left them “inspired and optimistic” about the future of the business. CSB – the oldest and largest group of broadcasting schools in America — is a tremendous success story that celebrates its half-century anniversary this year. The institute that launched thousands of careers was founded by then-renowned Hartford DJ Robinson in 1964 (pictured below at WDRC, Hartford at that time) to help aspiring young broadcasters learn the fundamentals of radio performing and production and has since grown to include 12 East Coast campuses from Boston to Miami. According to Robinson, “Our success is based largely on the fact that we have grown, evolved and expanded the definition of what we cover as the years and decades went by…and we are still doing exactly that – evolving with the times. Whereas we started primarily as a school for DJs, we have grown to encompass all aspects of the radio business as well as television including the burgeoning field of sports and all aspects of audio and video production.” Robinson says, “We are a remedy to the high cost and long-term commitment required to attend a standard college or university communications department curriculum – a process that leaves graduates in significant debt and doesn’t necessarily guarantee enhanced prospects of gaining employment in the field.” Robinson also explains, “We are also a practical alternative to four-year schools for adults in their late 20s, 30s and even older who want to change careers or start a new one in the broadcast business.” The obvious question arises: Considering the economic challenges facing radio today with staff cutbacks and the future of AM/FM in question, are there still opportunities for people of any age in the fields of radio and broadcasting? Robinson’s response: “Absolutely! More than ever! With radio stations and multi-dimension ‘media station’ operations that include audio, video, graphics, and text elements all on one platform popping up not only on newspaper websites – but the online arms of a wide variety of businesses, demand for people who have what we would consider basic radio and television skills is growing exponentially. And that’s only half of it – never before in the history of our industry has there been so much opportunity for entrepreneurial broadcasters to make it on their own. In the old model, a majority of the people aspiring toward a career in radio or television would have to seek employment and get past a gatekeeper to be able to work in the field. Very few had the resources and connections to go out and buy a radio or TV station. But today, it is just a matter of ‘knowing what to do’ to be in business for yourself as a media practitioner. At CSB we are teaching our students how to be entrepreneurs as well as talent, technicians, and marketers.” Reflecting upon the get-together, Michael Harrison states, “Dick Robinson is one of the most extraordinary men the radio industry has ever produced. His school has taught countless broadcasters the art and craft of our wonderful business and he is still going strong as a station owner, format innovator and mentor of mentors. There isn’t a lifetime achievement award big enough for what this guy has done and continues to do.”
SiriusXM Posts Q2 Revenue Hike of 10%; 380,000 New Self-Pay Subscribers. After a somewhat down 2014 Q1 report, SiriusXM rebounds with what CEO Jim Meyer is calling an “outstanding” quarter. SiriusXM’s revenue for the quarter was $1.035 billion – a 10% increase from the same period a year ago. Net income was $120 million. Last quarter, SiriusXM reported adding just 267,000 new subscribers but that figure is up dramatically with almost 475,000 new subscribers added – approximately 380,000 of those self-paying subscribers. Meyer comments, “We set new records for trial conversions to self-pay, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin in the quarter, and we are raising our 2014 guidance for revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow. Our extraordinary operating performance supported the buyback of over 350 million shares in the quarter, or approximately 6% of our outstanding stock. Perhaps more importantly, we improved our superior content by adding even more channels and shows created with major brands and personalities, such as Joel Osteen, NBC’s TODAY Show, and YouTube, and we expanded the range and depth of our commercial-free music programming with the introduction of three new channels in the categories of country, women’s pop, and dance. As the leader in audio entertainment, we never rest in searching for new content that our subscribers will love.”
Chicago Translator Goes for $4.6 Million. The buyer is Integrity Radio Communications – a company headed up by former Chicago urban programming pro Elroy Smith. The seller of the 2 watt translator – W264BF – located atop the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) is Calvary Radio Network. Calvary holds a construction permit to increase the power to 10 watts with a new transmitter. According to documents filed with the FCC, Integrity Radio Communications intends to simulcast Hubbard Radio’s adult hits WILV, Chicago.
Cumulus Media Honors Youngstown Cluster with President’s Cup. The corporate prize for best sales performance for the second quarter of 2014 at Cumulus Media goes to the company’s Youngstown, Ohio eight-station group as it receives the coveted President’s Cup. Each quarter, one market is recognized for its overall performance among the company’s 90 radio markets. The Youngstown staff (pictured here) that operates country WQXK “K105,” CHR WHOT “Hot 101,” news/talk WPIC, news/talk WSOM, classic rock WYFM “Y103,” rock WWIZ “Rock 104,” and sports talk simulcast WBBW-AM/WLLF-FM will share the $10,000 prize. Vice president and market manager Rick Parrish says, “I am very proud of the success our Youngstown sales team, programming team and support staff have achieved with our eight radio stations that serve northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania. Our team set the goal to bring the Cumulus President’s Cup to Youngstown, and through hustle and hard work, we did it!” Cumulus EVP and Co-COO John Pinch adds, “The team in Youngstown has performed at record levels this year and is well deserving of this award. To win the President’s Cup requires contribution from every person at every level in the cluster. Congratulations, Cumulus Youngstown!”
More Spanish Content for iHeartRadio. Add another Mexican radio company’s stations to the lineup on Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s iHeartRadio as the company expands the iHeartRadio Hispanic Network with the addition of Grupo ACIR’s more than 55 radio stations. CC says in a statement that the addition includes Amor, featuring Spanish love songs; Mix, playing Mexico’s favorite songs from the 80s, 90s and today in English; Comadre, a Mexican Regional Hits format; and Felicidad offering Mexico’s favorite Oldies. Listeners will also have access to top Hispanic personalities like Alejandro Villalvazo, Antonio de Valdés, Charo Fernández, Sofía Sánchez Navarro, Iñaki Manero, Rocío Córdova, Carlos “Chicken” Muñoz, Carlos Martín Huerta, José Martín Sámano, Alex Montiel, Pepe Segarra, Arturo “Rudo” Rivera and more. In addition, iHeartRadio will stream select local ACIR stations such as Siempre, Mexico City’s music, news and sports station, and La 1260, Mexico City’s AM news/talk station.
Cool Job Opportunity. Greater Media Charlotte is seeking talented sales people to work in the Charlotte Market at news/talk WBT-AM/FM and hot AC WLNK “107.9 The Link.” Greater Media is seeking applicants with: quantifiable success in radio/media sales or another industry; the drive, hunger, and ability to see the sales process through from prospecting to the final close; courage to ask for and deliver remarkable programs; a love and passion for winning; integrity and pride in being a full-service rep; new business expertise and a creative mind; a desire to exceed expectations and move up quickly; independent and entrepreneurial performers; excellent verbal and written communication skills. At Greater Media Charlotte, you will be surrounded by people who love to have fun and work extremely hard. We offer great benefits and lots of incentives for self-starters, while enjoying the stability of a privately owned media company with two of Charlotte’s best radio stations. If you think you are ready for the next step in your career and think you have the talent to make it happen, we want you on our team! Send your resume and a cover letter to: Sandra Szoke, director of sales, Greater Media Charlotte, Inc., WBT/WLNK Radio, One Julian Price Place, Charlotte, NC 28208; firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please. Greater Media Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
KJR-FM, Seattle’s Bob Rivers Announces Retirement from Morning Radio. This morning legendary morning radio personality Bob Rivers (pictured here during this morning’s show) announced that August 8 will be his final morning as host of the wake-up show on Clear Channel’s classic rock KJR-FM. The station covers the news on its website – including video of the announcement – by saying, “This morning at 7:40 am, after 42 years on radio, 33 in morning drive and 25 years here in Seattle, the legendary Bob Rivers announced he was stepping away from morning radio to pursue other projects. The Bob Rivers Show will now broadcast a series of farewell shows leading up to their finale on Friday, August 8. It’s a sad day for fans and all of us here at ‘95/7 KJR,’ but our hearts and minds will forever be filled with memories of how ‘The Bob Rivers Show’ so marvelously served and entertained Seattle for over two decades.” Watch the video here.
PD Maynard Moves On From Hubbard Combo. Six-year program director of Seattle CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5″ and hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9″ Maynard resigns from the Hubbard combo to join Clear Channel as a vice president of programming. “Maynard has been an integral part in so many ways contributing to the success of these operations,” vice president and general manager Marc Kaye writes in a memo to staff. “I will never be able to express my gratitude to him for the huge effort he has put forth every day he has been here. I wish him nothing but great success in the future; I will miss him more than anyone can imagine.” Maynard, whose real name is Brandon Cohen, arrived at the Seattle stations after programming Spokane hot AC KZZU. He previously was assistant program director-music director-night talent for Portland CHR KKRZ “Z-100.”
Michel Wright Assumes Midday Role at ‘Majic 102.3’ in Washington. The new midday personality at Radio One-owned urban contemporary WMMJ “Majic 102.3” is Michel Wright, who makes the move from Howard University-owned crosstown urban contemporary WHUR. Wright had been hosting weekends and doing fill-in work at WHUR. She previously worked at CBS RADIO’s Washington hip hop outlet WPGC and has done work for Premiere Networks, Starz on SiriusXM, BET Networks, DC Cable Television, Colgate, Mercedes Benz, SHOWTIME Television and MHZ TV Networks. Radio One Washington VP and market manager Alan Leinwand comments, “This is big! Michel is a star with a wealth of top-flight experience and strong relationships in the music industry. We have no doubt that she will have an immediate impact on our listeners, our community, and on our advertising partners. Her powerful brand extends throughout the DMV and beyond.”
Stoney Richards to Exit WDSY, Pittsburgh Roles to Pursue Acting Career. Forty-six year radio pro Stoney Richards will exit his APD, music director and afternoon air talent gig at CBS RADIO’s country WDSY, Pittsburgh “Y108” after September 10 to pursue his acting career. He’s recently secured some TV and movie roles. The company states that Richards will continue to host his weekend talk show, “Live From The Centre,” on sister news/talk KDKA-AM and will guest host on WDSY. The company adds, “Stoney has been a great programming partner and strong brand ambassador for ‘Y108’ during his nearly 18 years with the station and 21 years with our organization. He has earned a tremendous amount of admiration and respect from listeners, the country music recording industry, and by his peers in radio.” CBS RADIO is seeking his replacement and notes that internal candidates may review the qualifications and apply at cbsandyou.com; external candidates may do the same at cbsradio.com/careers.
Jack Diamond Headed to AM Drive at WLS-FM, Chicago? That’s what Chicago media writer Robert Feder is suggesting is the likely scenario as longtime Washington, DC personality Jack Diamond is sitting in on the morning show alongside current morning host Brant Miller at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WLS-FM all this week. Feder reports that Jan Jeffries – PD for WLS-FM and SVP of corporate programming for Cumulus – told him, “Jack worked with me in Washington and Atlanta, and it seemed like it would be fun to put him in with Brant for a week.” Corporate PDs don’t do things like this on a lark and this is obviously an on-air tryout. Miller, in addition to his WLS-FM work, is chief meteorologist at NBC-owned WMAQ-TV. As for Diamond, he exited Cumulus’ CHR WRQX in the spring of 2013 after some 24 years on the air there. Read Feder’s entire column here.
Alpha Media Names Marconi Co-Host at KINK, Portland. Joining Sheila Hamilton at Alpha Media’s triple A KINK, Portland “101.9 KINK” is Marconi Bologna for the soon-to-be-renamed morning show, “Sheila and Marconi in the Morning.” The new show debuts August 11. KINK program director Chris Mays states, “I’ve worked at the same companies with Marconi in both Seattle and Portland and know him to be sweet, funny and wildly creative. Sheila Hamilton and Marconi are going to wake up Portland in a whole new way! His Portland history at KNRK and KUFO-FM has created many Marconi fans who will be happy to have him back in town. I’m very excited to work with him to create great radio at KINK.” Marconi comments, “I’ve worked in Portland radio for a long time. I recently lived in Denver for almost four years. That whole time I missed being on Portland radio, walkable neighborhoods, food carts and great restaurants, local music, and most of all, the people here. Portland is my heart. KINK is my station.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s CHR WNVZ, Norfolk “Z104,” acting program director Natalia is now the permanent PD of the station. She assumed the PD duties after the exit of Mike Klein. She’d been the station’s APD and midday personality – a daypart she’ll continue to host…..Jeff Roper is returning to San Antonio to host the KSAT-TV afternoon program “SA Live” beginning September 8. That means he’s exiting his current gig as OM/PD and morning personality at Qantum’s country WGTR, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina “Gator 107.9.” Roper served in San Antonio previously as morning jock, APD and MD at Cox Media Group’s country KCYY “Y100.”
Sittin’ in for Lon Helton. A trio of country stars are sitting in for Lon Helton on this week’s edition of Westwood One’s “Country Countdown USA.” Pictured here are (from left to right) Cole Swindell, Lee Brice, and Luke Bryan. The three are currently on the road on Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” tour with Brice and Swindell as supporting acts. On the show, trio share backstage stories from the tour as they count down the week’s Top 30 country songs. Helton returns to “Country Countdown USA” next week with co-host Brad Paisley.
Sarah, Ty & Mel Show in for Mornings at WRQX, Washington. The makeover at Cumulus Media’s CHR WRQX, Washington “All the Hits 107.3” continues with today’s announcement that, beginning July 30, Sarah Fraser, Ty Bentli and Melanie Glazener will start hosting “The Sarah, Ty, and Mel Show.” The station says show “features the young and lively voices of Fraser, Bentli, and Glazener, who promise an interactive, informative, and inspirational show that will connect with the DMV’s listeners through real stories and phone calls. The show will have a robust presence across social media, and will offer special podcasts to its listeners.” Fraser was co-host of “The Kane Show” at crosstown CHR WIHT for six years. Bentli also worked in Washington at country WMZQ and in Baltimore at country WPOC. Glazener also previously worked on “The Kane Show.” Cumulus EVP of programming Mike McVay comments, “We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to assemble a team like Sarah, Ty and Mel for mornings. There is a high level of competition in DC. I believe in Gillette. He believes in the team. That makes me a big believer in this show.” Meanwhile, program director Gillette adds, “Sarah, Ty and Mel are all in the demo — and are fully plugged into the lifestyle of fellow Millennials. These are down-to-earth people who will talk about their lives with listeners and share their experiences in a completely authentic way. The show will be fun and edgy, but totally relatable. No fake prank calls or canned humor here. We’re getting real with our listeners and believe the show will be a breath of fresh air and unlike anything that’s on the air.”
Beasley Q2 Revenue Down 3.6%. This morning’s release of Beasley Broadcasting Group’s 2014 Q2 financials conforms to many experts’ conclusions about the second quarter of the year: Ad spending in radio was down across the country. BBGI reports the net revenue figure of $25.9 million for the 2nd quarter of 2014 (compared to $26.9 million during the same period in 2013) “primarily reflects lower advertising revenue at the company’s Philadelphia, Wilmington and Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville market clusters. The decline in net revenue was partially offset by $0.7 million in other revenue, resulting from an agreement with an electronics company and its affiliate concerning the use of our and their respective logos.” Chairman and CEO George Beasley comments, “Second quarter revenue levels reflect slower advertising spending across most markets where we operate which led to declines in seven of our eleven markets and lower station operating income. Overall, we outperformed in our five market clusters that report to Miller Kaplan. In these markets, which accounted for approximately 78% of total second quarter revenue, Beasley station cluster revenue declined 5.2%, compared with the total revenue for all reporting radio stations in these markets which were down 6.0% for the quarter. Our year-over-year revenue decline is partially attributable to difficult comparisons with 2013 second quarter results when we generated double-digit revenue gains in markets including Philadelphia and Las Vegas. However, our initiatives to expand our digital offerings are delivering results as we recorded an approximate 24% rise in digital revenue during the quarter. Notwithstanding the challenges faced in the second quarter, our market positions remain healthy based on our organization-wide focus on strong core programming and targeted localism. This focus is vital to the company’s ratings strength and long-term success.”
Townsquare Media IPO Raises $91 Million. It’s hard to judge the IPO of a radio and digital media company that’s so young in corporate terms, but the sale of 8.3 million shares of class A stock made the company a little more than $91 million – short of the $125 million the company was hoping to raise. Some analysts are noting that the IPO price was not in the low teens dollar figure the company had hoped for and even the $11 share price was a bit too high as the sale didn’t take off until the price dropped to $10.74. Still, the offering results in a cash infusion for Townsquare Media. Only time will tell if Townsquare’s plan to build revenue with small and medium market radio stations augmented by its stable of digital publications will pay off for investors and the company.
Emmis Names Jay Dixon WQHT, New York PD. After serving as interim program director at Emmis Communications’ hip hop WQHT, New York “Hot 97” since Ebro Darden relinquished the post to focus on his morning show duties, the company officially names Jay Dixon program director. Dixon was with Emmis previously, serving as program director for urban AC WRKS “98.7 Kiss FM” prior to the company leasing that signal to ESPN as WEPN-FM. He also worked for Cox Media Group as that company’s national urban format coordinator. WQHT GM Deon Levingston states, “Jay’s extensive knowledge of radio broadcasting and ratings, as well as his familiarity with the Emmis brand, makes him the perfect fit for WQHT. Over the past few months, Dixon has initiated innovative and creative ideas to the ‘HOT 97’ platform, further demonstrating his capabilities of leading and continuing to expand the global presence ‘HOT 97’ has in hip hop and music. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Emmis family.” Dixon comments, “I am excited to be back with Emmis and to continue my work with WQHT. I’d like to thank Rick Cummings, Jimmy Steele, Deon Levingston, Ebro Darden and the entire Emmis community for this opportunity. Look out of big things ahead for WQHT, hip hop, and New York.”
Russell to Program WMXO, Olean, New York. Joining Pembrook Pines-owned CHR WMXO “Mix 101.5” as program director is Chris Russell. The company announces the 15-year radio industry pro most recently served with Colonial Media & Entertainment in Olean and, before that, was a programmer for Cromwell Radio Group in Effingham, Illinois. Russell says of his new gig, “I can’t tell you how excited I am at the opportunities our hot AC format provides us here in the market, and what a fantastic group of radio folks I get to hang out with every day! And we have some BIG surprises in store for our great listeners and clients!”
‘K105’ Fort Wayne Names Aricka J Midday Personality. Moving from South Bend where she’s been with Artistic Media Partners-owned CHR WNDV “U93” to Federated Media’s country WQHK “K105” in Fort Wayne is Aricka McCauley a.k.a. Aricka J. She takes over the slot vacated by Heather Cruise when she moved to Los Angeles. Program director Dave Michaels says, “The long nationwide search is over, and an exceptional, talented individual will soon be entertaining the ‘K105’ listeners. Aricka will be a great addition to the ‘K105’ lineup!” McCauley says, “I am very sorry to be leaving South Bend and U93 so soon, they treated me very well. However I am very excited to start a new journey with Federated Media and a longtime heritage station like ‘K105’ and I’m looking forward to the smiling faces of Fort Wayne.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The new evening personality at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WIAD, Washington “94.7 Fresh FM” is Dana McKay. She was most recently with the company at hot AC WHFS, Tampa “Play 98.7.”…..Zach Ledbetter exits the evening show at Cookeville Communications-owned country outlet WGSQ, Cookeville, Tennessee “Country Giant 94.7.”…..Joanna Huff is promoted to permanent morning show producer and co-host at Reising Radio Partners’ country WYGB, Franklin, Indiana “Korn Country 100.3”
RadioInfo Publisher Michael Harrison Sounds Off on Boston Herald Radio Interview. The Boston Herald newspaper launched an online talk radio station – “Herald Radio” – on August 1, 2013. In commemoration of the forthcoming one-year anniversary, the station interviewed RadioInfo/TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison (pictured here on Herald Radio) about his take on the state of radio in general. Although the 25-minute conversation focused primarily on Harrison’s opinions about talk radio, he also made a number of comments about his take on the challenges facing terrestrial music radio in the advancing digital era. In addition to whimsically sharing recollections of his personal early-career as a rock radio DJ and PD at such legendary signals as WLIR, Long Island; WNEW-FM, New York; KPRI, San Diego; and KMET, Los Angeles, Harrison states that he is concerned about music radio’s ability to stand up against 21st century competition because it has “abandoned its franchise of personality.” Harrison continues, “And you really can’t compete in today’s multimedia music audio market if you don’t have personality, because then you’re just a Pandora.” To read media reporter Jessica Heslam’s coverage of the visit and to hear the entire interview, please click here.
KUBQ, La Grande, Oregon Adds ‘Hangar 19’ Metal Show. The classic metal show “Hangar 19,” distributed by Envision Networks and hosted by Cutter, is added to the weekend program lineup at Pacific Empire Radio Corporation’s KUBQ, La Grande, Oregon. The program is described by Envision as a show that “relives the glory days of classic metal and features music from the artists and groups who built this explosive genre including Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Korn, Slayer and Marilyn Manson.” KUBQ program director Cliff Turner says, “’98.7 The Rock of Eastern Oregon’ is ready to rock hard with Hangar 19. Cutter has managed to weld together a solid blend of metal from the legends and promising bands of today!”
Clear Channel Holdings Reports 2014 Q2 Numbers – Revenue Up 1%. That figure is for CC Holdings as a whole and must be tempered with the follow-up figure of expenses being up 2% — both figures are year-over-year. During yesterday’s conference call with investors, CFO Richard Bressler detailed some of the achievements of the CCM+E division (although it’s not part of the publicly traded side of the business – only Clear Channel Outdoor is). He noted that iHeartRadio recently surpassed 50 million users; said the success of the televised iHeartRadio Music Awards show in May is evidenced by NBC agreeing to air next year’s awards show as well. While saying that Clear Channel outperformed the markets (as per Miller Kaplan), Bressler admitted that April and May were down months for the radio and networks business but reported that June had improved.
Townsquare Media Inc. IPO Begins Today; Opening Price $10.74. Greenwich, Connecticut-based Townsquare Media’s IPO takes place today with the opening price of its stock at $10.74 per share. Townsquare had hoped to raise $125 million from this IPO but the 8.3 million shares sold raised $92 million. The company plans to use the proceeds to repay its outstanding 10% Senior PIK Notes due in 2019 and to repay approximately $128.6 million of the outstanding term loans under its Senior Secured Credit Facility. The 10% Senior PIK Notes were issued on November 14, 2013 to finance the Cumulus II Transaction.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Joining Townsquare Media as a regional VP based in Dallas is Todd Lawley. He comes to Townsquare from Peak Broadcasting where he was president and CEO before the company sold its radio assets earlier this year. Prior to Peak Lawley served with the old Citadel Broadcasting.…..After a little more than a year with Clear Channel Media + Entertainment in New Orleans, Brian Wallace exits his director of urban programming role at the cluster where he programmed hip hop WQUE “Q93” and urban adult contemporary WYLD. Prior to joining CC in March of 2013, Wallace served with Radio One as OM at the Indianapolis station group…..Joining Cumulus Media’s new urban outlet WNBM, New York, “Radio 103.9,” is Terrence Battle a.k.a. T-Storm who will serve as the local producer for the afternoon drive D.L. Hughley show and host the Saturday evening “Mix Show.” Battle has New York radio experience having worked at CBS RADIO’s WNOW “92.3 Now,” Emmis’ WQHT “Hot 97,” and WRKS…..James Steele is now a part of CBS RADIO’s Orlando cluster where he’s the evening personality on CHR WJHM “101.9 AMP Radio” and production manager, effective Monday, July 28. His most recent gig was in Norfolk where he was APD, imaging director and afternoon personality at CHR WNOH “NOW 105.”…..Across the Pond, Graham Mack tells RadioInfo that Amy Stevenson is the newest member of the “BOB’s Breakfast” show on “BOB fm Home Counties.” Stevenson joins Mack and Chris Hubbard as part of the Mack Pack on the adult hits station heard on 106.7 and 106.9 in Hertfordshire, England.
Clear Channel Debuts ‘The Brew’ on WKSF-HD2 and Asheville Translator. The station will play a wide variety of music – from current pop hits to classic rock to 80s rock, according to Clear Channel Asheville operations manager Jeff Davis. He tells the Asheville Citizen-Times the station could be considered “nontraditional.” Music will span the 1970s through to today’s hits. Davis says, “We’ll play about every kind of music from top 40 to hot AC, classic rock, mainstream rock and a little bit of country. It’s basically a nice replacement for an iPod. It will never live in any world too long.” The station can be heard on country WKSF’s HD-2 channel as well as on W249AR at 97.7.
Advertising the Focus as Bob Hoffman Named Keynote Speaker at 2014 Radio Show. This year’s keynote address at the NAB and RAB jointly produced 2014 Radio Show will be delivered by “advertising luminary” Bob Hoffman, whose September 10 speech is titled, “The Golden Age of BS,” that will “address the gulf between what we are being told by ‘experts’ and the reality of advertising and media today, with specific focus on broadcast radio.” Hoffman is a partner in Type A Group, LLC, a consulting firm that works with advertisers, marketers, and media. He is the author of Amazon‘s number-one selling advertising book, 101 Contrarian Ideas About Advertising, and “The Ad Contrarian” blog.
SiriusXM to Feature Tom Petty with Dedicated Channel; Town Hall Event. Satellite broadcaster SiriusXM returns Tom Petty radio to its channel lineup tomorrow (7/25). In addition to the Tom Petty Radio channel that will feature music spanning Tom Petty’s entire career, from his first album with The Heartbreakers up to the group’s new album Hypnotic Eye, including personal stories from Petty and his bandmates in The Heartbreakers about each track on the new album. The channel will also feature songs Petty recorded as a solo artist and as a member of the Traveling Wilburys as well as live tracks from Petty’s most recent tour. Additionally, the channel will air an exclusive “Town Hall” with Tom Petty, during which Petty will sit down for an intimate Q&A session with a select group of SiriusXM listeners in Los Angeles, moderated by SiriusXM’s Jim Ladd.
Cool Job Opportunity. Saga Communications is on the prowl for a morning host/brand manager at its Springfield, Illinois country outlet WLFZ “101.9 The Wolf.” Let’s have some fun! This station is young – only 10 months old and tearing up the town. We want someone with fresh ideas, attitude and energy. Experience is a must. Music skills, social media, programming vision, on air mastery and people skills top the list. EOE M/F. Send materials to: SPRjobs@sagacom.com.
Clear Channel Announces Lineup for iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014. The lineup of acts for the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival taking place in Las Vegas September 19-20 has been announced by Clear Channel. Major acts include: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Mötley Crüe, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, and Steve Aoki. As part of the weekend, the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village will return to The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino on Saturday afternoon with live performances by Iggy Azalea, Neon Trees, Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, Magic!, The Pretty Reckless, Nico & Vinz, Lil Jon and more to be announced. In addition to the Las Vegas concert event, the festival will be broadcast live on Clear Channel radio stations, exclusively streamed live on Yahoo Screen, and will see television exposure as a two-night special on The CW network on September 29 and 30. Clear Channel chairman and CEO Bob Pittman states, “Each year we bring the music of the iHeartRadio app to life at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, redefining the live music experience for fans across America with once-in-a-lifetime performances and incredible collaborations that nobody else can provide. It’s the ultimate celebration of artists and music, and for the fourth year in a row the festival will make history with an extraordinary lineup of the biggest names in music across all genres.”
CBS Local to Acquire Event Discovery Site ‘Eventful.’ In a move that will provide a platform to tie into other CBS-owned platforms, CBS Local Media is entering into an agreement to acquire Eventful, Inc. a leading digital media company in the events discovery, communication and personalization business. Describing the service, CBS states, “Eventful connects consumers with information on millions of concerts, movies listings and local events by using its proprietary algorithms to aggregate, and deliver an ever-growing volume of content from across the United States and around the world. Serving its users via multiple platforms, including online, mobile and email, Eventful creates fan interest profiles and delivers highly personalized recommendations on behalf of artists, publishers and marketers to each of their more than 21 million registered users.” CBS Local Media COO Anton Guitano comments, “By offering audiences comprehensive local information all in one place, Eventful has amassed an engaged community that is passionate about finding experiences that match their lifestyle and personal tastes. This strategy reflects that of CBS Local Media, making this union a terrific complement to our growing digital business. Broadcast and online audiences will now have more insight into more events. Simultaneously, we are thrilled to offer our clients more options to reach their target customer.”
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 (7/23) includes such names as: Pierce Wagner, Evolution Beat, Fifth Harmony, Delta Spirit, Griswolds, Jenny Lewis, Perfume Genius, Young Rising Sons, Death from Above 1979, Maddie & Tae, Maggie Rose, Dwight Yokam, Troy Bullock, Slaptop, District 78, and Steffalooamong others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
PPM Analysis: Adult Hits. There aren’t as many adult hits-formatted stations in Nielsen Audio‘s 48 PPM markets as there are classic hits-oldies and classic rock but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian notes in this third-of-three analysis that, unlike the other two formats scrutinized in this series, slightly less than half of the adult hits stations in the survey were flat or up with the rest dipping. Just one adult hits station – Emmis’ KBPA, Austin “Bob 103.5 Austin” – ranked #1 in its market in June (persons 6+), while 16 out of the adult hits stations in the survey ranked in the top 10 in their markets in June. Check out the performance comparisons over the past six PPM surveys as well as the chart comparing performances of all three formats – classic hits-oldies, classic rock and adult hits – in Mike Kinosian’s analysis here.
Entercom Chief David Field Asks Employees to Embrace Change, Lists Accomplishments in Mid-Year Memo. In his twice-annual memo to staffers, Entercom president and CEO David Field writes that everyone in the radio business must embrace change and innovate and challenges employees to do so within the guidelines of what Entercom believes in. He goes on to list those beliefs which start with its dedication to “building the best local radio stations with the best local personalities.” Also, Field speaks about the company’s accomplishments and points to the launch of new radio stations, the debut of its SmartReach Digital local marketing arm, and the “two-minute” promise at Seattle’s alternative “The End” which limits spots to six minutes per hour on the station with never more than 2 minutes of commercials at one time. Read his entire memo here.
Pandora Hires Record Industry’s Lars Murray as VP/Industry Relations. In an effort to work more efficiently with the recording industry, digital pure play Pandora announces the appointment of Lars Murray to the new position VP/industry relations. The company reports that, in this new position, Murray will “oversee the company’s strategic collaboration with a broad coalition of music industry stakeholders.” Murray will report to chief strategy officer Sara Clemens. He comes to Pandora from his most recent post as VP/digital media with Columbia Records. Pandora chairman, president & CEO Brian McAndrews comments, “Pandora is committed to building a vibrant, sustainable future for the music industry. With this hire, we’ve added a widely respected thought leader to help take us there. Lars’ extensive knowledge, broad industry relationships, and deep passion for music will further shape our approach to realizing a truly productive collaboration with all industry stakeholders.”
Jake McCann Joins Cumulus Washington as VP of Sales. Radio sales pro Jake McCann is named vice president of sales for Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC stations CHR WRQX and news/talk WMAL-AM/FM. McCann comes to Washington from Philadelphia where he was director of sales for Greater Media’s operations there. Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati comments, “We are thrilled to have Jake at the helm of our cluster in Washington. He is a natural leader and a relentless recruiter. Jake spent the majority of his career in sales management on the East Coast both in radio and cable. He’s developed strong regional advertiser relationships during that time which will be beneficial to us. We look forward to his contribution.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Last week RadioInfo reported that Anthony “Kobe” Fargo had exited his APD gig at Cox Media Group’s WAPE, Jacksonville. Now we learn that he’s returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh to serve as a social media consultant with The Media Beast. Additionally, he’ll be doing part-time on air work at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WBZZ “100.7 StarPittsburgh.”…..Christian broadcaster WAY Media announces it has named Rob Wagman program director for its Christian CHR WAY-FM Network. Wagman most recently was afternoon personality at Salem Communications-owned KFSH, Los Angeles “95.9 The Fish.”…..Steve Cannon takes on more duties with Midwest Communications as he becomes brand manager for country WDWQ, Terre Haute “Q102.7.” Cannon already serves as brand manager for the Terre Haute cluster’s adult contemporary WBOW and classic country WDKE “95.9 Duke FM.”
SHOUTcast Launches Streaming Service with Audience Monetization. The recent addition of SHOUTcast to the Radionomy family is producing a new service that includes effective audience monetization with the integration of the TargetSpot ad network. The company adds that “additional tools and capabilities to support the needs of today’s online radio stations are also part of this new service. These enhancements are built on the tradition and reliability of SHOUTcast and are available today to selected SHOUTcast broadcasters, and CDN partners.” The new features include: audience monetization regardless of how they listen – using SHOUTcast’s new server-side targeted ad injection and the TargetSpot ad network; streaming – high-quality stream hosting at no cost; unlimited listeners – no more maxing out slots, SHOUTcast now supports unlimited listeners; built-in listener analytics (stats tools); and more. Radionomy VP/business development – US Country manager Thierry Ascarez says, “Our team has been working very hard to reinvigorate the SHOUTcast platform with the most advanced and professional tools currently available in the market.”
Jason Aldean Agrees to Charity Show with The Raging Idiots. During an appearance on the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones show, two-time Academy of Country Music “Top Male Vocalist” Jason Aldean performed his new song “Burnin’ It Down,” (the first single from his new album due out later this year). During the interview, Aldean agreed to play a show with Bones’ band The Raging Idiots to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, if the show could raise $50,000 for Susan G. Komen. Pictured here (from left to right) are: show cast member Lunchbox, Bones, show cast member Amy and Aldean.