General Music Radio Industry News
PPM Analysis: Mainstream CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of the mainstream CHR format based on the latest August 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio. Read this piece to see how the CHR stations in America’s PPM markets fared in August and over the previous five ratings surveys; how the numbers fluctuated from the July 2014 survey; how they performed compared to August of 2013; how the stations ranked in their respective markets; and more. See the complete analysis here.
2014 Marconi Award Winners Announced. The winners of this year’s Marconi Awards were revealed at the 25th Anniversary NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show at the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis last night. This year’s honorees are: Legendary Station — WFAN-FM, New York; Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year — Rush Limbaugh, Premiere Radio Networks; Major Market Personality of the Year — Kevin and Bean, KROQ-FM, Los Angeles; Large Market Personality of the Year — Ryan and Shannon, KSTP-FM, St. Paul; Medium Market Personality of the Year — Kevin Miller, KIDO-AM, Boise; Small Market Personality of the Year — Dottie Ray, KXIC-AM, Iowa City; Major Market Station of the Year — KKBQ-FM, Houston; Large Market Station of the Year — WTMJ-AM, Milwaukee; Medium Market Station of the Year — WOWO-AM, Fort Wayne; Small Market Station of the Year — KFGO-AM, Fargo; AC Station of the Year — WBEB-FM, Philadelphia; CHR Station of the Year — KQKS-FM, Denver; Country Station of the Year — KCYY-FM, San Antonio; News/Talk Station of the Year — WLW-AM, Cincinnati; Oldies Station of the Year — WOGL-FM, Philadelphia; Religious Station of the Year — KLTY-FM, Dallas; Rock Station of the Year — KROQ-FM, Los Angeles; Spanish Station of the Year — KLZT-FM, Austin; Sports Station of the Year — WBZ-FM, Boston; Urban Station of the Year — WHQT-FM, Coral Gables, Florida; Non-Commercial Station of the Year — WRHU-FM, Long Island.
Hofstra University’s WRHU Wins Marconi for Best Non-Commercial Station. Celebrating the 2014 Marconi Award for Best Non-Commercial station for Hofstra University’s WRHU, Hempstead, New York are (from left to right): Brianna Borresen, news director WRHU; John Mullen, director of operations WRHU Radio Hofstra University; John Shea, VP and market manager of COX Long Island and member of Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; and Heather Cohen, EVP of The Weiss Agency and member of the Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication advisory board and president of the Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Alumni Association.
Notes & Quotes from Indy. Reporting from the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis for RadioInfo is media consultant Holland Cooke who delivers today’s analysis. He reports on former Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s speech on management tactics; the NAB Leadership Breakfast featuring Cumulus’ Lew Dickey, Clear Channel’s Bob Pittman, and CBS RADIO’s Dan Mason; Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker’s brutally frank assessment of the state of the radio business; and more. Read Holland Cooke’s full report here.
Florida Georgia Line to Host ‘American Country Countdown Awards.’ The new country awards show that’s a cooperative effort of Cumulus Media, dick clark productions and FOX TV is set to air on national television on December 15 and it’s just been announced that Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line will host the telecast. The show, which takes its name from the Westwood One-syndicated “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks” program, will emanate from Music City Center in Nashville and will feature the first-ever “NASH Icons” award winner. dick clark productions EVP, programing and development Mark Bracco says, “Brian and Tyler are incredible artists and friends with undeniable chemistry that will make them the perfect hosts for the first-ever “American Country Countdown Awards.”
Moonves Has Radio Industry Buzzing Over Possible Sale of Stations – Again. Appearing on CNBC on Wednesday, CBS Corp. president and CEO Les Moonves was asked about the possibility of the company selling some of its radio assets and, as he’s said in the past, he replied that “you might see us try to trim down radio in that some of our radio stations aren’t in major markets.” What most industry watchers remember is that CBS is willing to sell some of the non-major market stations, but his company has a history of wanting top dollar for these outlets and right now it’s a buyer’s market. Where CBS differs from some of its fellow station owners is that the CBS stations are paid for and generating income. As Moonves says, radio is a “slow growth” business, but there is no debt on the radio group so any future sale would not be the result of desperation.
Alpha Adds Signal to Columbia Hip Hop Outlet WHXT. The flip of country WSCZ, Columbia at 93.9 to a simulcast of sister hip hop WHXT “Hot 103.9” is designed to give the station better coverage of the market, according to Alpha Media Columbia VP and market manager Mike Hartel, who says, “I’ve been amazed at what this station has been able to accomplish through the support of a very loyal and very passionate fan base, and I am thrilled to be able to serve the entire market and most of Central South Carolina with Hot 103.9 and 93.9.” WHXT is licensed to Orangeburg, south of Columbia. WSCZ is licensed to Winnsboro, north of Columbia.
‘The Golden Age of Audio Consumption.’ Reporting from Indianapolis, media consultant Holland Cooke summarizes some of the sessions he’s attended at both the RAIN Summit and the 2014 Radio Show. Edison Research president Larry Rosin is quoted referring to the current era as the “golden age of audio consumption” noting that, according to his company’s research, Americans spend roughly a fourth of their day listening to some form of audio. While this may be true, how this falls out for AM/FM radio is open to interpretation. Is it an opportunity for AM/FM radio or just a sign that other forms – read: digital – are poised to overtake AM/FM’s dominance in the near future. That is THE topic being discussed at the NAB/RAB-produced Radio Show this week. Read Holland Cooke’s entire column here.
Scott Shannon Syndicated Classic Hits Show to Debut. In a program development from CBS RADIO, WCBS-FM, New York morning personality and radio legend Scott Shannon will host a new weekend, syndicated classic hits show titled, “America’s Greatest Hits.” The program will debut the weekend of October 18-19 on 10 of CBS RADIO’s classic hits O&Os across the country, including on WCBS-FM. It will also be distributed nationally by United Stations Radio Networks. The four-hour show will be highlighted by artist interviews, song countdowns, one-hit-wonders and commentary from Shannon himself, among other features. CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero says, “Scott has established himself as one of the leading authorities on music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and is among the best storytellers to ever grace the airwaves – it’s why he’s been so successful anchoring the lineup at WCBS-FM. Today’s announcement takes what he does on a day-to-day basis and expands it to millions of listeners nationwide.”
Clear Channel Flips Classic Rock ’95.1 The Brew’ to ‘Radio 95.1’; Oldies WODX Becomes ‘107.3 The Bull.’ Two format flips and talent changes take place at Clear Channel’s Rochester cluster where classic rocker WQBW becomes “Radio 95.1” – a format the company is calling “an innovative rock and personality-based station.” Coming to the station for afternoon drive there after being let go from their most recent role at Entercom’s crosstown rock WBZA “98.9 The Buzz” are Kimberly & Beck. The two were fired from WBZA after commenting on a news story about the city’s health care plan paying for gender reassignment surgery in a way management felt was “hateful.” In addition to their 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm shift at WQBQ, Kimberly & Beck will host a one-hour evening show on sister news/talk WHAM at 8:00 pm. And, flipping from oldies to country is WODX which becomes “107.3 The Bull, Rochester’s New Hit Country.” The station is playing 10,000 songs in a row commercial free and will feature Premiere Networks’ Bobby Bones show in morning drive later this fall. Pictured here with WQBW morning personality Brother Weese (center), are Kimberly (left) and Beck (right).
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the San Antonio Alpha Media cluster, Mark Landis exits his program director position for CHR KTFM and adult hits KJXK “Jack FM.” Prior to Alpha Media’s purchase of the stations, Landis was Border Media Partners’ director of English programming…..At Journal Broadcast Group’s country WCYQ, Knoxville “Q100.3,” Kevin King is named program director for the station, taking over for Mike Hammond who recently exited the radio business. King leaves ADX Communications‘ country WYCT, Pensacola “Cat Country 98.7” where he was operations manager to move to Knoxville…..Clear Channel brings Josh Klinger to Washington from the company’s Atlanta operations to serve as evening host at alternative WWDC “DC101.”…..Alpha Media names Rachel Davis promotions director for its Richmond cluster. Davis moves south from her previous post at Albany Broadcasting where she was also promotions director.
Partying with Westwood One. The 2014 NAB/RAB Radio Show is the scene of a lot of industry parties, including the one last night presented by Westwood One. Pictured here are Cumulus Media EVP, content and programming John Dickey (left) and Zach Sang, host of the WYD Media-produced and WW1-distributed “Zach Sang and the Gang” syndicated CHR program (right). At the party, attendees were entertained by country acts Chase Rice and Montgomery Gentry, numerous WW1 personalities were on hand to mingle with guests and network partners. The network gave away a pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLIX and a pair of tickets to the NCAA Final Four.
‘PLANET 102.3’ Brings Meghan Trainor and Echosmith to Corpus Christi for ‘Back to School’ Concert. CHR outlet KKPN, Corpus Christi is treating listeners to a free double-bill concert featuring Meghan Trainor and Echosmith on Wednesday, September 24. The Convergent Broadcasting-owned station says, “This caliber of talent is almost unheard of in a market the size of Corpus Christi. And to add to that, ‘PLANET 102.3’ is putting on the show absolutely FREE to our listeners!” Trainor’s “All About the Bass” and Echosmith’s “Cool Kids” are in heavy rotation on CHR stations across the country. The station is giving away free tickets to the concert at remote broadcasts throughout the market beginning next week.
Tom Joyner Sets Lunch Record at Jackson Affiliate. The power of the Tom Joyner show was on display as the ReachMedia-syndicated personality broke a record at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Jackson, Mississippi serving more than 400 cars – shattering their previous record according to local McDonald’s owner MyJoy Inc – and serving up free lunch to his listeners from radio station WKXI, Jackson “Kixie 107 FM.” Joyner (pictured here at the drive-thru window) and his crew are on a tour of his affiliate stations and are visiting four this week including KMEZ, New Orleans; KQXL, Baton Rouge; and KJMS, Memphis. The show is visiting other affiliates every other week through November.
Radio Roundup from Indy. Media consultant Holland Cooke is on the ground in Indianapolis reporting from the 2014 Radio Show. The three-day convention produced by the NAB and the RAB begins today but plenty was happening yesterday at the RAIN Summit. Some of the news from Indy includes: Nielsen Audio’s Jeff Wender swearing that measuring digital is the company’s biggest priority; RAIN’s Kurt Hanson explaining the problems with HD Radio and why online radio is about six years away from catching up with AM/FM in terms of listenership; and Podcast One’s Norm Pattiz declaring that “there’s no showbiz in radio anymore!” To read Holland Cook’s complete report, click here.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (9/10) includes such names as:Madden Brothers, Moby, Skylar Grey, Eminem, Lauren Winans, Jennifer Paige, Vance Joy, Glass Animals, U2, Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Josh Grider, Brittany Marie, Chainsmokers, Siren, I See Monstas, and Future User among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Astra Named Afternoon Host at ’92.3 AMP Radio’ in New York. As had been rumored since she left her midday position at Cox Radio’s CHR WBLI, Long Island, Astra is joining CBS RADIO to host the afternoon drive program at WBMP “92.3 AMP Radio.” This marks a return to CBS RADIO for Astra who previously produced the morning program at what is now “Fresh 102.7.” She comments, “I am honored and blessed to be joining the team at ‘92.3 AMP radio.’ It’s been my dream to work in the #1 market. To have landed the afternoon drive position, I can say that all of my hard work has paid off… dreams do come true. I can’t wait to crack that mic and make noise in New York City.”
Programming Changes at Alpha Media’s CHR WARQ, Columbia. At the Columbia, South Carolina cluster of Alpha Media, Greg Pitt is officially named program director at CHR WARQ, “Q93.5.” At the same time, the station announced that Brendan Croghan is named morning host and APD at the station. He comes to Columbia from the Brunswick, Georgia market where he worked for Golden Isles Broadcasting. Alpha Media Columbia VP and market manager Mike Hartel says, “Since day one, Greg has stepped in and provided great leadership and execution for ‘Q93.5’ to the point where this really became a no brainer. By adding Brendan to the staff, we pick up someone who just gets morning radio, and who will add another infusion of creativity, experience, and energy to our programming team.”
Vermont Triple A ‘The Point’ Adds Signal in Middlebury Market. The Montpelier Broadcasting-owned triple A outlet WNCS, Montpelier “The Point” adds another FM signal to the format on WIFY, Addison, Vermont at 93.7. Program director Zeb Norris says, “We couldn’t be more excited by the expansion of our network! With the addition of this 21,000 watt class C3 signal, ‘The Point’ can now be heard in parts of the Burlington/Plattsburg metro we didn’t reach before, including the gorgeous and economically vibrant college town of Middlebury, Vermont. We know people in this area have an appetite for our award-winning adult album alternative programming and we’re thrilled to be able to serve them at 93.7 FM!” The station is also heard on WDOT, Danville/Saint Johnsbury; WRJT, Royalton/White River Junction/Lebanon/Hanover; and three translators.
Envision Networks’ ‘The Live Ride’ Adds Affiliate; Celebrates 200 Episodes of ‘Classic Rock Live.’ A couple of announcements from Envision Networks as the syndicator’s “The Live Ride with Marty McFly” is added to the program schedule at KYUN-FM, Boise “106.7 The Canyon” to air at 6:00 pm on Sundays. The show is hosted by 25-year country radio veteran Marty McFly and a weekly “concert” to country radio featuring live performances of current and recent chart hits by today’s biggest acts. Also from Envision, the company proudly announces that this weekend marks the 200th episode of “Classic Rock Live,” the two hour classic rock show hosted by rock radio legend Pierre Robert of WMMR-FM, Philadelphia. Program producer Steve Black states, “Pierre Robert is magical with his ability to transport people back to all the legendary tours, and historic locations. His unmatched personal touch and our dedication to finding only the highest quality live music has made ‘Classic Rock Live’ the ultimate in appointment listening.”
Cohen Joins Cumulus DC as DOS. Washington, DC media pro Beth Cohen is named director of sales at Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC cluster for news/talk WMAL-AM/FM and CHR WRQX “All the Hits 107.3.” Cohen comes to Cumulus from Clear Channel’s crosstown operations where she was GSM for rock WWDC “DC101” and CHR WITH “Hot 99.5.”
Westwood One Adds Two to Affiliate Sales Staff. Saying that the move comes as it continues to boost its programming and station partnerships, Westwood One announces the addition of Tim Closson and Todd Alan to is affiliate sales team. Tim Closson will develop and manage Westwood One country radio syndication partnerships for “NASH Nights Live with Shawn Parr,” “Kickin’ It with Kix Brooks Overnights,” the newly announced NASH Icons, “American Country Countdown,” Lia, “Big Time with Whitney Allen,” “Country Weekly AM/PM,” “Country Gold with Randy Owen” and “Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton.” He’ll also help to affiliate Westwood One Sports products, including CBS Sports Radio and NBC Sports Radio. Todd Alan returns to Westwood One after serving as VP, affiliate sales and programming at Focus 360. He will work closely with stations and affiliating various entertainment shows and services, including the Bob & Tom show, “Pop Crush Hosted by Billy Bush,” “Nights Live with Adam Bomb,” “Flashback,” “Backtrax USA hosted by Kid Kelly,” “The Daly Download with Carson Daly,” “The Weekend Countdown with Billy Bush,” and prep services.
‘On Tap with Nik Carter’ Adds Affiliates. The nationally syndicated classic rock show produced by VH1 and distributed by KMG Networks announces five new affiliates to the show. KISM-FM, Bellingham, Washington; KRVQ-FM, Bakersfield; KDSN-FM, Sioux Falls; KVGB-FM, Great Bend, Kansas; and KZJH-FM, Jackson, Wyoming all add the program, hosted by Nik Carter, to their daily lineups.
Adam Bomb at ‘Fashion Rocks.’ Broadcasting his Westwood One-syndicated “Nights Live with Adam Bomb” from the Music + Fashion = Fashion Rocks – a global charity fundraiser featuring a mashup of live performances by top music artists and fashions by the world’s top designers – at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn was a coup for Adam Bomb. In addition to doing his show from the scene from which the TV show will be broadcast this evening (9/10), he interviewed artists performing tonight including Usher (who’s debuting the new single “She’s Gonna Give it to You”), Enrique Iglesias, Nico & Vinz, MAGIC! and Rita Ora (pictured here).
Dennis Constantine Named Director of Broadcasting at Live365. Former KFOG, San Francisco and KINK, Portland programmer Dennis Constantine is upped from his director of programming post at Live365 to director of broadcasting. Constantine has been with Live365 since February of this year. He comments, “Live365 offers listeners a completely unique experience. We are music curation. When you listen to a music mix on Live365, you are listening to a very personal musical experience. It’s not based on algorithms, but rather on music from a trusted tastemaker — an individual that is enthusiastic, even passionate, about their craft. One of my roles will be to bring new visionary broadcasters on board, show them how they can express their art, and even make some money while doing it!” Live365 recently announced the return of Mark Lam to the organization as CEO. Lam adds, “We have some very exciting new initiatives in the wings for our broadcasters and our listeners. We are excited and fortunate to have someone with Dennis’ expertise at the helm of our broadcasting department.”
Chase Daniels Named PD at ‘107.9 The Mix’ in Indy. Citing the success of the station and Chase Daniels’ role in that success, Entercom Indianapolis operations manager JR Ammons announces Daniels is promoted to program director for hot AC WNTR “107.9 The Mix.” Ammons says, “Over the past 15 months, ‘The Mix’ has become the leading hot AC station in Indianapolis and has consistently ranked in the top 5 with adult females. Chase has been an integral part of that success. Entercom is a company that believes in ‘earning your stripes’ and Chase has earned his. He has the knowledge base, the drive and the talent necessary to be a great leader for ‘The Mix.’”
Walker to Program Alpha Media Savannah Stations. In addition to serving as program director for Alpha Media’s Savannah outlets hot AC WXYY “Y100” and classic hits WRWN “Rewind 107.9,” Rob Walker will also be afternoon personality on “Y100.” Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick states, “Rob is a dynamic force in the industry today. His skills and passion for radio will help get ‘Y100’ and ‘Rewind’ to the next level.”
Lane to Middays at ‘The Wolf’ in Fresno. Market pro Greg Lane is named midday jock at Clear Channel’s country KHGE, Fresno “102.7 The Wolf.” Lane has 22 years of experience in the Fresno market, most recently having worked at Cumulus Media’s crosstown country station KSKS “93.7 Kiss Country.” Lane says, “I am beyond excited to be back on the air in Central California. I feel really connected to the area and can’t wait to be a part of listeners’ daily lives once again.”
Global Media Services Partners with Jim Brickman’s ‘Your Weekend.’ The long-running AC weekend program “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman” – a production of the Brickhouse Radio Network – joins forces with Tony Garcia’s Global Media Services to further the industry penetration of the show currently heard on more than 80 affiliates nationwide. At the same time, the program adds Brynne Deppas from Media One Group who joins Brickhouse Radio Network as show writer and co-producer. Garcia will serve as affiliate relations rep for Brickhouse Radio Network. Brickman comments, “I love radio and I love what I do. Par for the course has never been my goal in radio or in my music. Striving for excellence to stand above the norm is what entertainment is all about, and that is why I am so excited to bring two new team members on board to ‘Your Weekend.’ With the addition of Tony and Brynne, ‘Your Weekend’ can continue to evolve in a positive direction with the combination their expertise and creative, forward thinking.”
Talent Lineup Changes at ’96 Rock’ in Cincinnati. The Cumulus Media-owned rocker WFTK, Cincinnati “96 Rock” makes changes to its lineup moving program director Michael Walter a.k.a. Fin to the midday slot and importing Compass Media-syndicated morning show “Free Beer & Hot Wings.” Local personality Mistress Bridget handles local information and traffic during the AM drive daypart.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Midwest Communications’ Wausau, Wisconsin station group, Nikki Montgomery is promoted from assistant brand manager at country WDEZ to brand manager for sister rock outlet WOZZ “Rock 94.7.”…..Alpha Media hip hop station WDHT, Dayton “Hot 102.9” picks up Premiere Networks’ “The Breakfast Club” for morning drive…..Greater Media Boston vice president and market manager Rob Williams adds a new item to his CV as he’s named to the University of Massachusetts Center for Collaborative Leadership Board of Advisors.
Clip Interactive Announces Revenue Successes in Portland and Indy Markets. Saying that it measures its success based on the new advertising dollars that its interactive radio apps bring to its station partners, Clip Interactive announces its apps developed for Alpha Media and Salem Broadcasting in Portland and Cumulus Radio in Indianapolis have generated more than $1 million in new revenue to date in 2014. Further, the company says Clip Radio-powered stations are producing $100,000 of new revenue within 30-45 days of launch and Clip says this shows not only that radio advertising works, but also proves that an innovative and revenue-generating mobile solution is now available and radio advertisers embrace it. Moreover, Clip says this net new revenue is coming from multiple sources including advertisers who are completely new to radio and returning advertisers who previously left radio for digital media. Alpha Media’s president and CEO Bob Proffitt comments, “We are now able to attract advertisers that had previously abandoned the medium for alternative digital solutions. Through the Clip Radio-powered apps, we are able to build a stronger relationship with both our listeners and our advertisers, providing both groups with compelling content that they cannot find anywhere else. We are eager to expand our interactive radio capabilities to our other Alpha Media markets.”
Atlanta, Nashville to Host Next Radio Shows. Radio Show 2014 is not yet in the history books, but organizers have already set the date/locations of the 2015 and 2016 confabs. Next year’s event will be held at Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis (9/30 – 10/2), while the 2016 Radio Show will take place in Nashville September 21 – 23 at the Omni. More immediately, this year’s Radio Show starts tomorrow (Wednesday, 9/10) in Indianapolis and runs through this Friday (9/12). The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) produce the Radio Show.
SiriusXM’s Limited-Run Streisand Channel Debuts Friday. Satcaster SiriusXM this Friday (9/12) will introduce a “Barbra Streisand Channel,” that will highlight music from the Grammy, Oscar, Emmy and Tony award-winning artist. SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein comments, “Barbra Streisand is the very definition of the word ‘icon.’ Her original voice, songwriting, performances, and life’s work have made her a universal star and humanitarian leader. Along the way, she has created some of the best-selling albums of all time, as well as being an award winning actress known for her work on stage, film, and TV. Our exclusive channel celebrating Ms. Streisand is a truly comprehensive, deep dive into the music of one of the world’s most important artists ever.” The channel will run for four weeks (through Friday, 10/10) on Sirius channel 69 and XM channel 73. Jay Landers will host “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Barbra Streisand” this Sunday (9/14) at 12:00 pm (ET), where the singer will participate in a question-and-answer session with several listeners in the SiriusXM studios in New York. Streisand’s “Partners” album will be released one week from today (Tuesday, 9/16).
ABC News Radio Chats with Gavin Rossdale. Out promoting his band’s new album is Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale (left) pictured here with ABC News Radio’s Andrea Dresdale (right) who spoke with him about the new record. Dresdale’s conversation is available to ABC News Radio affiliates.
Round Four of August PPM Data Released. The fourth and final round of August PPM ratings from Nielsen Audio is released for the 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. See complete market numbers from subscribers here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group. August’s survey period covered July 17 – August 13.
- Austin – Following a combined -1.1 the past two sweeps (5.3 – 4.7 – 4.2, May – June – July), Clear Channel rhythmic CHR KPEZ “The Beat” dials up a +.8 in August to 5.0, zooming from eighth to fifth. For the eighth successive sweep, Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob-FM” (9.0 – 9.4, +.4) sits in first-place (6+). Despite losing six-tenths (7.5 – 6.9), Clear Channel‘s KASE “Today’s Country” finishes in the runner-up slot for the 15th consecutive time. The last occurrence when KASE was not #2 was in June 2013. In addition to “Today’s Country,” the format takes another hit as KASE sibling KVET “98.1 K-VET” drops one-half share to 5.5, slipping from third to fourth. Advancing by one-half share (5.1 – 5.6) is yet another Clear Channel property CHR KHFI “Kiss-FM,” which exchanges places with KVET. Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95.5″ regains nearly all of the eight-tenths it lost in July with a +.7 to 3.8 (#13 to #12). After five successive up trends (.7 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 3.1), Univision regional Mexican KLJA regresses by eight-tenths to 2.3 (#13 to #16).
- Milwaukee – There are three solid streaks centering around “three” for WMIL: This represents the third straight month at #1 for the Clear Channel outlet; the third successive up trend for “FM 106.1 Continuous Country Favorites” (9.0 – 10.2 – 10.5 – 11.9); and the third consecutive time it notches double-digits (6+). On top of that, the +1.4 is the second-highest July – August gain (6+) of any station in the 12 PPM markets whose data was released last Friday. Owing to a full-share gain to 4.7, Journal adult hits WLWK “The Lake” (tenth to seventh) puts an end to five successive (6+) down trends (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 3.7). While its 6+ shares are not necessarily mighty, Entercom‘s WSSP “SportsRadio 1250″ (steady at #14) has been up or flat each month since January (.4 – .4 – .6 – .7 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.1).
- Indianapolis – After progressing by nine-tenths in July, Emmis country outlet WLHK “Hank FM” follows up with a +.6 to 7.1, rocketing from fifth all the way to first. Cross-town Cumulus Media‘s WFMS “The Country Station” also enjoys a strong month with a +.7 (5.7 – 6.4) to inch up from sixth to fourth. Seven-tenths is lucky for Clear Channel classic rocker WFBQ “Q-95″ as well as it improves 5.3 – 6.0 (+.7); “Q-95″ is steady at #7. Not only is Cumulus Media’s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5″ displaced from the top spot (first to third), it suffers a full-share decline (7.6 – 6.6). That, however, is not the market’s most significant month-to-month erosion: Entercom CHR WZPL falters by -1.2 (7.3 – 6.1) and tumbles from second to sixth; after a strong +.8 in July, “Indy’s Hit Music Station” was only three-tenths from the top, compared to its current one-share off the pace.
- Providence – Over and above extending its string of successive (6+) up trends to five, resulting in a cumulative +2.9 (6.2 – 6.4 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 8.9 – 9.1), Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country” progresses from second to first. In doing so, it curtails Cumulus Media CHR WPRO-FM’s string of first-place finishes at seven. It is the first time at #1 for “Cat Country” since March 2012; 9.1 is its best 6+-stat since June 2012′s 9.5. Meanwhile, WPRO-FM – which had posted three straight up trends (8.8 – 8.9 – 9.6 – 9.8) – falters by a whopping -1.2 to 8.6, as it slides to the runner-up spot. Despite declining by seven-tenths (6.2 – 5.5), Clear Channel hot AC WSNE “Coast 93-3″ remains in sixth-place.
- Raleigh – Gaining three-tenths to 11.4, Curtis Media-owned WQDR “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country” makes it seven straight months at #1. It is the sixth successive monthly – and the eighth time in the past 11 survey periods – that WQDR has amassed double-digits (6+). Also in the (country) format, Clear Channel‘s WNCB remains steady at #9; however, the former WKSL enjoys its seventh consecutive progressive (6+) trend (1.5 – 2.1 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.4), which has resulted in a combined +2.9. WQOK “K-97.5″ advances by eight-tenths to 6.1; the Radio One urban contemporary inches up from seventh to sixth. Conversely though, urban AC sibling WFXC “Foxy” (-.7) has its fourth successive down or flat monthly (7.0 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.3) and slides from sixth to seventh. Clear Channel’s WRDU “Classic Rock 100.7″ rebounds from July’s -.7 with a +.6 to 5.0 and remains in eighth-place.
- Norfolk – It is a strong month for Max Broadcast Group Holdings properties with the WGH calls. Country WGH-FM “The Eagle” racks up a one-share gain to 7.3 and is a solid #3, while gospel WGH-AM “Star 1310″ improves by +1.2 (2.0 – 3.2), progressing from #12 to #9. In 13 of the last 14 monthly reports, “Star 1310″ was in the 2.1 – 2.9 range (6+) – the lone exception was a 3.1 in January. First the plentiful good news for Entercom urban AC WVKL “95-7 R&B”: It continues its dominance, ranking first for the 25th straight survey period and 50th time in 52 PPM sweeps. This is the 11th time in the last 12 ratings periods that WVKL (11.2) has been in double-digits (6+). July’s 12.5 by “95-7 R&B” is Norfolk’s highest-ever 6+ total under PPM methodology. The lone sour note is that “95-7 R&B” declines by a hefty -1.3, the second highest month-to-month loss among all stations in Nielsen Audio‘s 48 PPM markets. Owing to a +.6 to 4.3 in July, WVHT “Hot 100.5″ ended its string of four down or flat monthlies (4.3 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7). The Max Broadcast Group Holdings’ CHR inched up from ninth to eighth, but now regresses by a sizeable -1.2 to 3.1 and slides to tenth. Clear Channel urban contemporary WOWI “103 Jamz” makes it four straight up trends (6.8 -7.2 – 7.5 – 7.6 – 8.5), this one a whopping +.9, as it holds firm at #2. For the third consecutive month, five Sinclair-owned Norfolk stations that appeared in May are no longer in print. Specifically, those facilities are country WUSH (#6 in May); adult hits WNOB (#9); talk WNIS (#13); alternative WROX (#14); and talk WTAR (#19).
- Nashville – Even though the station has always kept its #1 ranking, this has been a bit of a bumpy ride lately for WJXA “Mix 92.9.” Ever since its eye-popping 18.6 in the “Holiday” report (6+), adult contemporary “Mix” has posted negative trends in six of the last seven sweeps (18.6 – 15.5 – 12.9 – 10.8 – 11.8 – 10.5 – 9.6 – 9.4) and that 18.6 has been nearly severed in half. Not only does WJXA remain in first-place for the 28th consecutive monthly, it does so with a massive +1.7. The string of “Mix” double-digit (6+) showings was snapped at 23 in June; however, WJXA begins another with the 11.1 in August. All this happens for new owner Midwest Communications, which – just several weeks ago – officially closed on its acquisition of the AC from South Central Communications. The +1.7 represents the most potent July – August (6+) improvement by any station in the 48 PPM markets. There is another +1.7 in August though and – ironically – it is in “Music City USA,” as well. Owing to a 4.6 – 6.3 (+1.7), Cumulus Media sports WGFX “The Zone” rockets from tenth to fourth. Country finishes eighth (Clear Channel WSIX-FM, 5.2, -1.1); ninth (Cumulus WKDF, even at 5.0); and tenth (Cumulus WSM-FM, 4.3, -.7). The June – July – August trend for WSIX-FM “The Big 98 – Nashville’s New Country” reflects a cumulative -2.4 (7.6 – 6.3 – 5.2). “The Big 98″ ranked fifth in July, while WKDF “Nash FM – Today’s Country” and WSM-FM “95-5 Nash Icon” were tied at #8. No sooner does Clear Channel urban contemporary WUBT rack up its most potent 6+ stat since December 2011 (8.2) with a +.7, it declines by -.8 to 7.0 – but “The Beat” remains in third-place.
- Greensboro – Up or flat in five successive sweeps (7.5 – 7.5 – 7.8 – 7.9 – 8.2 – 9.3), Entercom-owned country WPAW “The Wolf” (+1.1) matches the 9.3 it posted in May 2013 and advances from fourth to second. Cross-town Clear Channel competitor WTQR “New Country Q-104.1″ sees its streak of five straight (6+) increases (5.1 – 5.8 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.5 – 8.3) come to an end, as it regresses by six tenths to 7.7 (third to fourth). This time last month, WTQR had overtaken “The Wolf,” which had outpointed “New Country” in each of the past 11 monthlies (6+). Also declining by six-tenths is WTQR adult contemporary cluster-mate WMAG “Continuous Soft Rock” (6.6 – 6.0, steady at sixth); the -.6 follows July’s -.9. Entercom’s WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (9.5 – 10.0, +.5) finishes first for the eighth successive ratings period. The urban AC hopes to begin another consecutive string of (6+) double-digit performances, as its most recent one concluded in July at an even 20. Clear Channel CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” is off by four-tenths (4.9 – 4.5) – but finishes ninth for the 15th successive time.
- West Palm Beach – Four stations here either advance – or decline – by a robust nine-tenths. On the positive side, Digity Media hot AC WRMF is +.9 (7.1 – 8.0) and catches Clear Channel adult contemporary/classic hits-oldies hybrid WOLL “Kool 105.5″ (7.4 – 8.0, +.6) at #1. In July, “Kool” ended WRMF’s consecutive #1 run at four. Until its present 8.0 in August, WRMF had been in the 7.0 – 7.7 range each month this calendar year. Contemporary Christian WAYF rebounds from July’s -1.2 with a +.9 (2.8 – 3.7) and remains at #8. After Digity Media country outlet WIRK added one full-share in July to notch its best 6+-stat in more than two years, it drops nine-tenths to 4.3 and slips from fourth to fifth. While it stays in third-place, Clear Channel classic rocker WKGR loses nine-tenths (5.6 – 4.7).
- Jacksonville – Although off by one-half share (8.9 – 8.4), Renda adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1″ repeats as the market’s top finisher (6+). Cox Media Group-owned alternative outlet WXXJ “X-102.9″ recoups the eight-tenths it dropped in July (6+, 5.3 – 4.5 – 5.3, May – June – July), enabling it to advance from ninth to sixth. In its third straight up trend in print (4.5 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 6.2), Renda’s WGNE “Gator Country” adds seven-tenths to 6.2 as it climbs from sixth to fourth. After faltering by -1.1 in June and -.8 in July, CoxMedia Group’s urban-rhythmic oldies WHJX “Hot” adds one-half share to 4.5 (#11 to #10). Its CHR sibling WAPE though regresses by nine-tenths (7.3 – 6.4) and is steady at #2; 6.4 is the station’s lowest 6+-stat since December 2012′s 6.3.
Alpha Media Flips WUJM, Gulfport-Biloxi to Country as “96.7 The Bull.” Gone from WUJM, Gulfport is sports talk and in is country as Alpha Media introduces “96.7 The Bull” to the market. The new calls will soon be WGBL. Taking over as program director for the station is Mark Allen a.k.a. TicTak. Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick says of Allen, “Mark comes to us with a strong successful winning ratings history and amazing ability to discover and mentor talent.” Operations manager Kenny Vest adds, “We are extremely excited to launch the new ‘96.7 The Bull’ on The Gulf Coast and add ‘New Country’ to our cluster of great stations. I am thrilled to have TicTak as the station’s new PD. His vision, passion, energy, creativity and knowledge of ‘The Bull’ brand make him the perfect choice to lead our new station.”
Entercom Rochester Makes AM Drive Changes at CHR WPXY and Rock WBZA. The duo of Kimberly & Beck are out at Entercom’s rock WBZA, Rochester, New York “98.9 The Buzz” and Scott Spezzano and Sandy Waters (pictured here) move over from sister CHR WPXY to host “The All New Breakfast Buzz with Spezzano & Sandy.” Meanwhile, at WPXY, current midday personality Megan Carter is teaming up with Corey James to host “#TeamPXY with Carter & Corey.” Entercom VP and market manager Susan Munn tells WHAM-TV, “Spezzano and Sandy’s evolution to the Buzz is a perfect fit. The Buzz’s adult 25-54 year old audience grew up with them and I know will be excited to hear their show now on the Buzz. Carter & Corey have terrific chemistry and are excited to connect with the PXY young adult audience on air and online.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The morning show at Lincoln Financial Media’s hot AC WSTR, Atlanta “Star 95” is seeking a new co-host for Cindy Simmons as Jimmy Alexander exits the station after 20 months in the position. Alexander previously worked as Jack Diamond’s producer and then co-host at WRQX, Washington…..At Vero Beach Broadcasters-owned hot AC WGYL, West Palm Beach “93.7 The Breeze,” programming pro Darrin Arriens exits the PD/afternoon host post due to budget issues.
Likely PPM Panelists Big on Radio. One of the conclusions drawn from the most recent NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study from NuVoodoo Media Services is that radio remains highly relevant among those who would be inclined to participate in the current PPM ratings system. NuVoodoo VP of research Leigh Jacobs says, “Radio remains strong, particularly among could-be ratings participants. These human periscopes who are inclined to participate in the PPM ratings are beneficial in many ways. In our data, we’ve seen that they’re more highly attuned to paying attention to advertising messages and are more likely to enjoy the contests that radio stations use as part of their promotional arsenal. It’s especially beneficial to radio, since fewer listen daily among those who predicted that they wouldn’t participate in a PPM-style methodology.” NuVoodoo’s VP of marketing Mike O’Connor adds, “Armed with this information and deeper insights beyond, we can help our marketing clients target heavy users of radio with minimal waste. And with Facebook, Google and YouTube at our disposal in 2014, it’s never been more economical to reach them.” The company says it makes the full results of the study available to clients and this update was fielded going into the fall ratings season to make sure NuVoodoo clients have the benefit of the very latest intelligence on emerging social media platforms for use in their marketing and promotion plans.”
Tommy Edwards: Iconic Windy City Talent to Retire. At the conclusion of his midday broadcast this Friday (9/12), WJMK “104.3 K-Hits’” Tommy Edwards will walk away from the CBS RADIO Chicago outlet. Senior vice president and CBS Radio Chicago market manager Rod Zimmerman asserts that, “Tommy Edwards is synonymous with great radio – few have enjoyed the depth and longevity of success he has experienced. We have been privileged in Chicago to have been entertained by Tommy for as long as we were. All of us at CBS Radio wish him much happiness and as he knows, the door will always be open.” WJMK program director Todd Cavanah remarks, “As sad as I am that Tommy is retiring from radio, I am so happy that we had the chance to work together, and that he finished his unbelievable career at ‘K-Hits.’” Reflecting on his 54-year radio career that began when he was a high school student in Topeka, Kansas, Edwards states that he has been “blessed to work with some incredible people in cities all across this country.” For the past three years, he has been doing middays at “K-Hits” and Edwards declares he has loved every minute. I am so fortunate to walk away from radio knowing I never stopped delivering the very best for the listeners. My beautiful wife and best friend, Mary Lou, and I, plan on traveling and enjoying more time together.” Edwards joined CBS Radio in 1990 as program director for then-oldies (now CHR) WODS, Boston. His numerous past credits include WOR-FM, New York; programming KCBS-FM, Los Angeles; WEAM, Washington, DC; and many years in Chicago as an air personality and production talent. He and the late Larry Lujack created the on-air feature “Animal Stories.” This is the 24th year that Edwards is the public address announcer for the NBA‘s Chicago Bulls. Edwards will be celebrated all this week on “K-Hits” and he will be sharing memories from his career.
Deal For Monterey’s KWAV Finalized. The deal that transfers adult contemporary KWAV, Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz from Buckley Communications to Mapleton Communications is finalized. The latter also owns CHR KCDU “The Beach – Today’s Hit Music,” classic rock KHIP “The Hippo,” and adult hits KKHK “Bob-FM” in that California market. Until May of this year, it also owned adult contemporary KBOQ. Mapleton president and chief executive officer Jim Shea comments, “I have always admired KWAV. They have been great competitors and I am truly thrilled for the opportunity to work with them.” Buckley president and chief executive officer Joe Bilotta remarks, “Our ability to compete in the highly consolidated Monterey-Salinas market with a free-standing FM was a significant reason to entertain and eventually sell KWAV to Mapleton Communications. With this acquisition, Mapleton will be even more of an impact player in the Monterey market and they are very excited to have the Buckley station as part of their growing cluster and company. We have owned this wonderful facility for over 30 years and we want to extend a heartfelt thanks to the many people who have contributed to our success, from employees to advertisers to loyal listeners.” Dick Foreman of Richard A. Foreman Associates, Inc represented the seller in this transaction.
JVC to Acquire WHKQ, Orlando. Long Island-based JVC Media enters into an agreement with TTB Media Corp. to acquire bilingual Spanish CHR outlet WHKQ, Orlando (licensed to Windermere, Florida). This station will join the company’s portfolio of radio stations in Long Island and Gainesville-Ocala, Florida. It is also in the process of acquiring three stations and two translators in the West Palm Beach market. JVC Media CEO John Caracciolo states, “We are honored and privileged to welcome WHKQ and its staff to the JVC family. The prior owner was committed to community service, high-quality broadcasting and creating an excellent work environment for its staff and we will be continuing their work. We are tremendously impressed with the Orlando market and the remarkable growth that WHKQ has shown in three short years. As owner and operator of a successful Spanish-language station on Long Island, we understand the Hispanic growth of Orlando and Central Florida and are fully committed to the Spanish format in Orlando.”
WTMX, Chicago’s Eric & Kathy Help Raise $1.4 Million for Children’s Hospital. The recent “15th Annual Eric & Kathy Radiothon” on WTMX, Chicago “101.9fm THE MIX” helped raise $1,403,229.61 for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The station reports that with a little help from celebrities such as Blackhawks players Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger and singer-actress Hilary Duff, the amount generated from the radiothon raised the grand total to more than $26 million dollars for Lurie Children’s since its inception in 2000. Pictured here along with the WTMX staffers and volunteers who helped with the radiothon are WTMX morning duo Eric Ferguson (dark blue shirt) and Kathy Hart (red shirt).
Final Summer ‘NASH Bash.’ Over the weekend, Cumulus Media’s WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” held the “Last Summer Bash” at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York. “NASH” fans came out for the free concert featuring three of country music’s best young acts in Maddie & Tae, John King, and Danielle Bradbery. Pictured here (from left to right) are: NASH FM 94.7’s Jesse Addy, Maddie, NASH’s Kelly Ford, Danielle Bradbery, John King, Tae, and NASH FM program director Brian Thomas.