General Music Radio Industry News

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

| July 7, 2015

brokawcarterCarter Brokaw Joins iHeartMedia as President of Digital Revenue Strategy.  In this position, Carter Brokaw will oversee iHeartMedia‘s digital sales efforts, driving digital revenue through new and existing sales channels as well as developing new digital revenue strategies for the company.  He assumes the president of digital revenue strategy after serving with Guardian News and Media.  He reports to Tim Castelli, president of national sales, marketing and partnerships.  The company reports that Brokaw will work closely with Brian Kaminsky, iHeartMedia’s president of programmatic and data operations, to take to market iHeartMedia’s “first-of-its-kind programmatic, real-time ad buying platform launched earlier this year for broadcast radio stations, enriched with unique and proprietary data as well as third-party data.”  Castelli comments, “Carter’s impressive track record of developing business strategies and launching national sales organizations for several media companies makes him the perfect person to drive our digital sales strategy.  His vision and skill sets will be integral as we continue to build on the success of our digital sales team.”

wrns logoCountry WRNS, Greenville-New Bern, NC Adjusts Programming Staff.  With the resignation of current program director Tommy Garrett for personal reasons, Digity-owned country station WRNS “Your Country 95.1” names APD Carletta Blake interim program director.  Morning drive co-host Crystalblakecarletta Legends is promoted to music director and cluster operations manager Chris Mann will supervise the programming team.  Station GM Larry Weiss notes that Garrett first came to the station in 2006 as music director and was elevated to the PD chair in February 2011.  Weiss comments, “We are saddened that circumstances make it impossible for Tommy to continue in his role at WRNS.  His personality and voice has been a fixture in thousands of Eastern North Carolina households for the past 10 years.  Our staff and family of listeners wish Tommy and his family good luck and good fortune.  The entire WRNS staff was blessed to have worked with him.”

engmannrandyEngmann Appointed GSM at iHM Milwaukee. Nine-year Nielsen Audio senior account manager Randy Engmann joins iHeartMedia Milwaukee as general sales manager. Senior vice president of sales Nathan Tonarelli declares, “We are excited to welcome Randy to our winning Milwaukee team. Randy’s leadership, knowledge, and drive will be a great addition to our culture.” Engmann remarks, “I am extremely enthusiastic in joining such a talented team providing a wide variety ofiHeartMedia Milwaukee offerings with the strong, impactful, high value brands of Milwaukee.” The company’s six Milwaukee properties include talk WISN; urban contemporary WKKV “V-100.7 Jams”; WMIL “FM 106.1 Milwaukee Country”; WOKY “Big Sports 920″; WRIT “Oldies 95.7″; and CHR WRNW “Radio Now.” In advance of his Nielsen Audio tenure, Engmann worked at cross-town Entercom Milwaukee as an account executive, general sales manager, and regional account manager.

hustontimHuston Heads From Chicago to Greenville. Market #83, Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville, is the destination for Tim Huston, who is appointed general sales manager of Beasley Media Group‘s six-station North Carolina operation. Director of sales John Sheftic comments, “I could not be more pleased to find a GSM with the innovative ideas and skills to implement not only our market-leading broadcast assets, but also our state-of-the-artBeasley Media Group digital properties.” Huston – who arrives from Merlin Media Chicago where he was local sales manager – remarks, “It has been a great ride and I have been able to hold onto my valued mentors. I have worked with some of the legends in the business, which makes it even more enjoyable. This industry is in my blood, and it is [exciting] every minute of the day. My family and I are [looking forward] to moving to the warmth of North Carolina. Beasley Media Group has a fantastic reputation – I am so impressed to work with this company, which is filled with such great talent.” Beasley Media Group’s six-station Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville cluster consists of urban AC WIKS “Kiss FM”; adult contemporary WMGV “V-103.3 Carolina’s Best Mix”; urban-rhythmic oldies WNCT-AM “Beach Boogie & Blues Radio”; classic hits-oldies WNCT-FM “The Greatest Hits of all Time”; classic rock WSFL, and alternative WXNR “99.5 The X.” Huston previously held market management and sales management positions for Cumulus Media and Citadel Broadcasting; he began his industry career in the programming department of Chicago outlets WLUP “The Loop,” and WMVP.

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harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael Harrison Gets ‘Up Close and Far Out’ with Radio Imaging Master and ‘Deep End’ Host Nick Michaels.  This week’s new installment of Podcast One’s international hit podcast for media freaks, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” is posted today (7/7).  It features a candid, free-flowing conversation between RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison and legendary radio imaging master Nick Michaels – host of the long-running, syndicated classic rock (and beyond) radio show “The Deep End with Nick Michaels.”  The two practitioner/theorists discuss the state of imaging in radio and related media, sea changes in today’s creative approach to advertising, themichaelsnick increasing scarcity of time in the modern world, and serious problems facing music radio in the digital era.  Michaels says, “Time is the new currency in today’s over-communicated world” – a concept he defines as ‘too much information traveling through too little time.’”  He says that the competition for people’s attention has never been more intense and in order for programmers and advertisers alike to get their messages across they must do so by focusing on the perspective of the recipients of the message, not the presenters.  Michaels boldly states, “In this environment, the advertiser’s need to sell a product or get a message out is no longer an annoyance, burden or interruption that this audience is willing to bear!”  To hear the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right hand column of every page of RadioInfo.com.

wwcd logoIndependent Alternative WWCD, Columbus Begins Crowdfunding Effort to Buy Signal.  The Columbus, Ohio alternative rocker has been operated by Randy Malloy since he bought the intellectual property from the previous owner of the station when it was located at 101.1 (Ohio State University now operates that signal as a classical station).  He is leasing the 102.1 FM frequency from Southeast Ohio Broadcasting.  With the monthly lease escalating each year, Malloy wants to reach out to the station’s loyal fans and supporters via an IndieGogo crowdfunding effort in order to buy the license and reduce the cost of operation.  Malloy tells the Columbus Dispatch that the original monthly lease was $12,000.  That’s risen to $20,000 and will hit $25,000 in October of next year.  “It’s gone up faster than the growth of the station or the potentiality of it.  We are sustainable in that we make money, we pay our bills and we pay our employees.  If it was still $12,000 a month, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”  The station is offering perks for donations and hopes to raise the $5 million it needs for the license by September 3.

wmmr logoGreater Media Philadelphia Re-Ups with NHL’s Flyers. The new multi-year deal between Greater Media’s Philadelphia cluster and the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers means sports talk WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic” will continue to serve as the flagship of the Flyers Radio Network.  Flyers games will air on both WPEN-FM and sister rock outlet WMMR.  Additionally, Greater Media’s classic rock WMGK and adult hits WBEN-FM will continue to be promotional partners with the team.

iHeartMediaiHeartMedia Installs Hispanic Brand Management Team. Led by Hispanic brand manager Ricardo “Gonzo” Otero, iHeartMedia‘s Hispanic brand management team will include brand coordinators Ray Hernandez and Raymond Torres. According to iHeartMedia national programming platforms president Tom Poleman, “We recognize the critical importance of Hispanic programming and we are creating systems to ensure its growth. Under Ricardo’s leadership, the Hispanic brand management team will continue to expand and strengthen iHeartMedia’s brands by providing stations with the best programming and content available to the format. Otero comments, “I could not be more excited and honored with this incredible opportunity. I am looking forward to continuing to learn from the best of the best and keep growing our Hispanic platforms.” Otero continues as both operations manager for the La Preciosa Network and program director of iHeartMedia Fresno’s KFSO “La Preciosa 92.9.” Meanwhile, Hernandez adds brand coordinator duties to his responsibilities as program director of  Spanish contemporary WMGE “Mega 94.9,” Miami PD, as does Spanish tropical WRUM “Rumba 100.3,” Orlando program director Torres.

kvgsStaffParty15Nick Fradiani Entertains at KVGS, Las Vegas Client Party.  Las Vegas hot AC KVGS “Star 107.9” presented its new morning show to local advertisers and the media at a private party at Red Rock Hotel & Casino on July 2.  Assistant program director/MD and afternoon personality Brian Hammer tells RadioInfo market pro Mark DiCiero, co-host Aimee Montgomery, and producer Mike Mackenzie were introduced and “American Idol” winner Nick Fradiani performed at the party.  Pictured here (from l-r) are: (top row) DiCiero, evening host Chad Letts, program director Mike Obrian, and Hammer; (bottom row) Mackenzie, Fradiani, Montgomery, and midday personality Pomai.

Monday, July 6, 2015

| July 6, 2015

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cookehollandCooke: Turning Digital Disappointment into Direct Success.  Radio consultant Holland Cooke presented at two state broadcasters’ conferences recently and he says the common thread from all three sessions was the following: “Recent years’ radio revenue data has many shrugging that ‘flat is the new up.’  Less so in small and medium markets, where local direct retail comprises more of radio’s income than in big markets where transactional business is the ball game.  And in every market, digital is the shiny object sucking dollars away from legacy media.  Especially ours.  Ask car stores: Detroit is telling them to move radio money online.”  And while digital is expected to eclipse all other ad platforms by 2017 (in terms of dollars spent), there are those who dare to question digital’s efficacy relative to ‘legacy’ media.  In today’s column, Cooke offers some advice for reigniting the power of radio as a sales vehicle.  Read the entire piece here.

nielsen logoNielsen: Overall Music Consumption Up 14%.  That growth figure is due to the year-over-year increase in on-demand music streams of 92.4%, according to the 2015 Nielsen Music U.S. Mid-Year Report.  The data from the ratings giant results in a number of conclusions, including the continued dip in purchases of physical and digital music formats: “Except for continued record-setting strength in vinyl LPs, which are up 38% to 5.6 million units, physical album sales are down 7%.”  The Nielsen report also lists the album activity based on Billboard data and shows the most-consumed records from several perspectives – total volume, album sales, song sales, and on-demand audio streams.  No matter how it’s sliced, though, it’s clear that fewer copies of songs and albums – whether physical or digital – are being purchased and more consumers are getting music from on-demand formats.   This trend, assuming it continues (and there’s little reason to think it won’t), is sure to play a role in the debate about how the music industry (that includes AM/FM and online radio) will pay musicians and songwriters in the future.

wncyCam15Cam Plays for ‘Y100’’ Green Bay Listeners.  Last Thursday night (7/2), Arista recording artist Cam performed at Midwest Communications-owned country outlet WNCY, Green Bay Y100’s “Fresh Faces of Country Show” for select listeners.  Pictured here are (from l-r): WNCY brand manager Dan Stone, Cam, music director and morning host Charlie McKenzie, and Arista’s Andy Elliott.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

| July 2, 2015

audioboom logoCumulus Media and Audioboom Announce Partnership.  This deal will allow Cumulus to use Audioboom’s SaaS platform for its content across station websites and mobile apps.  Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey says, “This exciting new partnership marries Cumulus’ and Westwood One’s best-in-class local and national content with Audioboom’s industry-leading technology and distribution capabilities.  Radio is America’s number-one reach medium, and as listeners continue to increase their consumption of audio, thiscumulus logo partnership allows for new ways for consumers to explore and engage with the radio stations and on-air talent they know and love today.  Additionally, from an advertising perspective, the short-form and on-demand digital medium provides a unique and effective way for brands to activate consumers.”  As part of the deal, Westwood One will sell the advertising within the digital platform and Audioboom will get a share of the revenue.  Audioboom CEO Rob Proctor comments, “This partnership represents a major step-change in our plans for monetization, and as we see the full rollout of our platform across the entire USA, we expect to benefit from a considerable increase in monthly listens and registered users, but also a steady flow of advertising revenues.”  The two companies are also expected to collaborate on original audio content to be distributed online.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  There’s a new midday personality at WPNT Media’s hot AC WLTJ, Pittsburghkchris “Q92.9” as Chris K takes over the 10:00 am to 3:0 pm shift.  Program director Zak Szabo says Chris K starts his new gig on July 6 – the same day popular Pittsburgh radio talent, Jim Krenn begins heading up the “Jim Krenn & The Q Morning Show.”  Chris fills the slot opened by Debbie Wilde’s move to the new morning show…..Classic hits KQQL, Minneapolis “Cool 108” promotes Matt Tell to program director.  Tell has been APD of the station for two years and also serves as the iHeartMedia cluster’s director of promotions, a role he’ll continue…..Filling the SVP of sales role at iHeartMedia’s Phoenix cluster is Brandi Young, who moves to Arizona from her most recent position as VP of corporate sales for Townsquare Media.  Young takes over for Linda Little who was upped to market manager for iHM Phoenix…..Julie Baker is named director of sales at Townsquare Media’s Quincy-Hannibal, Illinois station group.  Baker, who replaces Doreen James, comes from the Quincy Sinclair Broadcast Group after more than 10 years with that company.

kinosianmikeProfile: Bold Gold Media Group CEO Vince Benedetto.  RadioInfo magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a profile of Vince Benedetto, chief executive officer of the 10-year-old radio company Bold Gold Media Group.  To say Benedetto is bullish on radio is an understatement.  The former U.S. Air Force captain tells Kinosian he can’t believe so many people in the industry are such naysayers about its future.  “There is an explosion of audio consumption because it is even easier to consume.  It is so strangely un-entrepreneurial to live in a world where audio demand and consumption isbenedettovince exploding, yet so many in our industry act as if it is the end of the world.”  Benedetto began building his radio portfolio with the acquisition of four signals in the Catskill Mountains and Pocono Lake Region and grew into the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre market from there.  He says, “There are things about radio that other businesses do not have as strengths.  One is that you are not warehousing things, so you get to refresh your inventory every day. Radio’s margins are very good and you can get involved in many businesses all at once.  If you do it correctly, you learn about many different kinds of businesses.  It was exciting to me that I knew radio was about to go through many changes.”  Read the entire piece here.

2015 NYC 150Videos of All Panels and Presentations at Recent Talkers New York 2015 Conference Available Online.  The June 12 Talkers New York 2015 conference addressed a multitude of issues relevant to working radio pros in the news/talk, all-news, and sports talk formats but with a ton of information germane to music formats as well.  Now, videos of all of the conference’s panel and presentations are now online at the site of RadioInfo’s sister publication, TALKERS magazine.  Panel discussions include: The State of Radio Ratings; a Fireside Chat between TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison and Cumulus EVP John Dickey; Generating Talk Radio Revenue in a Changing Paradigm; Programming Talk Radio in 2015; plus the annual awards ceremony in which WLOB, Baltimore personality Larry Young received the Humanitarian of the Year Award; SiriusXM personality Robin Quivers received the Woman of the Year Award; CBS Radio NewsHarvey Nagler received the Lifetime Achievement Award; and ABC Television’s Howard B. Price was honored with the Freedom of Speech Award.  View these and many more videos from the Talkers New York 2015 conference here.

bobsheriRV15Bob & Sheri Begin the ‘RV Crazy Tour.’  The WLNK-FM, Charlotte-based morning show Bob & Sheri – Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch – take their show on the road again this summer starting today through July 12.  The duo is traveling Northeast America in an RV to meet their listeners while making stops along the way at multiple affiliate radio station locations.  They will be visiting listeners at their homes as part of the RV Crazy Backyard BBQ Experience sponsored by the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  They’ll stop at the Washington, DC fireworks on July 4, then travel to affiliates WDOH, Zanesville, Ohio; WCTW, Hudson, New York; and WKSQ/WQSK/WQSS, Bangor, Maine.  When not at an affiliate station, they’ll broadcast from the RV on the road!

WNSHCorbin15‘NASH FM 94.7’ Welcomes Easton Corbin to New York City.  Country performer Easton Corbin performs for the intimate crowd at Hill Country Barbecue Market in Manhattan on Tuesday, June 30.  Cumulus Media-owned Big Apple country outlet WNSH “NASH FM 94.7” presented another intimate “Up Close and Country” performance for a lucky group of listeners during the lunchtime hour.  He sang his hit single “Baby Be My Love Song.”  WNSH personality Jesse Addy emceed the event.

iheartradioLadyAnte15iHeartMedia Hosts Lady Antebellum at Los Angeles Theater.  Grammy Award-winning trio Lady Antebellum performed at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles on June 29 in an exclusive show hosted by CMT personality and Premiere Networks-syndicated country jock Cody Alan (second from left).  The band played some of their biggest hits and took part in a Q&A with Cody.  The event was also broadcast across iHeartMedia-owned country stations and was streamed via iHeartRadio.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

| July 1, 2015

lambertSmokinDrinkin15Duane Doobie Jr.’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: Kid Kelly, vice president of music programming at SiriusXM; on-air personality Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105;” Matt James, golden-eared, on air personality at “T-100” WCLT in Newark, Ohio; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” plus internet sensation The Iceman, 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 (7/1) includes such names as: Cro, Alpine, Vanessa Carlton, Selena Gomez, A$AP Rocky, Afrojack, Mike Taylor, Charlie Puth, Meghan Trainor, Kaya Stewart, Omi, Felix Jaehn, MKTO, James Taylor, The Front Bottoms, Iron & Wine, Ben Bridwell, The Arcs, Royal Blood, Houndmouth, Madison Rising, Eduarda Henklein, Beck, The Heydaze, Atlas Genius, Chase Rice, Macy Maloy, Uncle Ezra Ray, Mark McGrath, Uncle Kracker, Kevin Griffin, Leslie Cours Mather, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, The Chemical Brothers, Q-Tip, Slaptop, Ferreck Dawn, Backstreat Boys, Apashe, Oski, Lennon among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

kvgs AM showBeasley Names New AM Show at ‘Star 107.9’ in Las Vegas.  Next Monday the new morning drive show will debut on Beasley Media Group’s hot AC KVGS “STAR 107.9” and it will be led by the familiar voice of former crosstown KMXB personality Mark DiCiero (center).  “Mornings with Mark and Aimee” will also feature Aimee Montgomery (left) and executive producer Mike Mackenzie (right).   Beasley notes that DiCiero’s work with CBS RADIO’s KMXB “consistently rated number one in the highly competitive Adults 25 -54 year old demographic.  He brings a long list of accolades, including “Best Radio Personality” for 12 consecutive years (Las Vegas Review-Journal’s annual Best of Las Vegas Readers poll).  Beasley Las Vegas market manager Tom Humm comments, “Having worked with Mark for many years, I can say he brings entertainment and fun to radio that is unmatched in the Las Vegas market.  Mark’s wit, charm and kind demeanor make him a trusted friend to his listeners.”

chengtomMRA Boosts Cheng to Group Sales Manager. WLUM “FM 102.1,” Milwaukee senior account executive Tom Cheng is promoted to group sales manager of the alternative outlet and its Milwaukee Radio Alliance siblings (hot AC) WLDB “Trending Radio 93.3″ and rhythmic oldies duo W262CJ-FM “The Party 100.3 FM” & WZTI “1290 AM.” Vice president and general manager BillMilwaukee Radio Alliance Hurwitz declares, “It is with great admiration and respect that I announce Tom Cheng as group sales manager for the Milwaukee Radio Alliance. He is a leader both in the building among his peers, as well as in the marketplace with his valued clients. This is the best of both worlds for us, and for Tom. He will continue to lead, educate, and motivate a group of talented account executives, while still working closely with all of our clients.” Director of sales Keith Bratel comments, “Tom joins the sales management team after 27 years in the industry. His experience covers both agency and direct client interaction. His background has given him an appreciation of the fundamental need to provide exceptional service and meet the individual requirements of clients, from both a pre- and post-sales perspective.” Cheng had been a Milwaukee Radio Alliance senior account executive the past 16 years.

stevenspicazzoStevens to Program AGM Albuquerque Duo. It is actually a return to the PD chair at American General Media Albuquerque’s KAGM “Power 106.7″ for Picazzo Stevens, who programmed the rhythmic CHR last year; in addition, he will be PD of co-owned mainstream CHR KDLW “Z-106.3.” AGM regional director Bill Kruger states, “I cannot begin to tell you all how excited I am to have Picazzo back with our company.” In his remarks, Stevens – who will have a daily air-shift on “Power” – thanks AGM president RogersAmerican General Media Brandon and Kruger, “for inviting me to rejoin the company and oversee these great brands. We have hit the ‘reset button’ and have an exciting opportunity to achieve great things in Albuquerque.” Stevens’ previous programming assignments include Bakersfield’s KISV and Oxnard-Ventura’s KVYB. He was assistant program director at Austin’s KDHT and has been on-air in San Diego, Riverside-Ontario-San Bernardino, Fresno, and Monterey.

wmez logoAir Talent Moves at Cumulus Pensacola’s ‘NASH FM 102.7’ and Soft AC WMEZ.  At the Pensacola cluster of Cumulus Media, WMEZ afternoon drive personality Terry Michaels exits his on-air role to focus on his promotion director responsibilities for the entire cluster.  That sets in motion several other changes that include: country WXBM “NASH FM 102.7” PD Jeni Lane adding the midday show to her role with Ryan Andrew moving to afternoon drive on the station.  Lindsey Marie Addison leaves the PM drive gig on “NASH FM” to become midday personality on WMEZ.  WMEZ PD Chuck Whitaker slides fromaddisonlindseymarie middays to PM drive to take over for Terry Michaels.  Cumulus Pensacola operations manager Jerry King comments, “The forward movement of Jeni and Ryan on ‘NASH FM 102.7’ further solidifies our strong NASH branding and marks it as a consistent player on the Gulf Coast.  We are delighted that Lindsey Marie will make the jump to ‘Soft Rock 94.1’ to further enhance the brand of our heritage cluster AC. Friendly and natural, Lindsey’s is a strong voice that will speak directly to the busy lifestyle of today’s 25-54 AC listener.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Eleven-year WMYX, Milwaukee morning personality Kidd O’Shea leaves the Entercom hot AC station to move to Washington, DC to be the social media anchor at WJLA-TV’s “Goodosheakidd Morning Washington” program.  The station is seeking a new co-host to work with Elizabeth Kay on the morning program…..Promoted to full-time program director at country WBTU, Fort Wayne is Randy Alomar.  He’s been serving the Adams Radio Group station as interim PD and afternoon host since Mike Scott exited earlier this year…..David Lewis is the new general manager of Curtis Media Group’s news/talk WPTF, Raleigh.  He was most recently Cumulus Media’s market manager for the Myrtle Beach station group and he takes over for Rick Heilmann who left the post late last year to buy his own station.

limbaughrush15Forbes Releases 2015 ‘World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities’ List; Stern at #5, Limbaugh at #11.  The annual “World’s Highest-Paid Celebrities” list for 2015 from Forbes has been released and radiosternhoward personalities making the list again include SiriusXM’s Howard Stern at #5 with an estimated $95 million in earnings (he also works for NBC TV); Premiere NetworksRush Limbaugh at #11 with an estimated $79 million in earnings; Premiere Networks/iHeartMedia personality Ryan Seacrest at #21 with an estimated $60 million in earnings; and Premiere Networks/Fox News Channel talk host Sean Hannity at #89 with an estimated $29 million.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

| June 30, 2015

hunnicuttclayHunnicutt Exits iHeartMedia to Head New Record Label.  A shocker in the radio biz as longtime iHeartMedia exec Clay Hunnicutt leaves his EVP and general manager of national programming platforms position to become president of the new record label Big Loud Records.  The move was announced to iHeartMedia staffers via a memo from national programming platforms president Tom Poleman.  He writes, “After more than 15 years here with us, Clay Hunnicutt has decided to leave iHeartMedia to become president of Big Loud Records, a record label startup. Clay has not only been a great partner to me in the day-to-day operations of national programming, he’s also become a great friend; I know you all feel the same.  He’s been a pioneer and leader in shaping the great company that we are today, and for that I’ll always be thankful.”

courtemanchejasonCumulus Media Los Angeles Courts Courtemanche as VP/Sales. Former iHeartMedia Chicago vice president of sales Jason Courtemanche relocates to Los Angeles for a similar position with Cumulus Media talker KABC-AM and classic rocker KLOS. Cumulus Media senior vice president of operations Tom Schurr comments, “I am thrilled to be working with Jason again. He is a smart, competitive, experienced broadcast executive who attracts top talent and produces results for partners and stations. We are excited to have a leader of his caliber joining the team.” Courtemanche remarks, “I am looking forward to this excitingCumulus opportunity on the west coast with these two legendary radio stations and the highly respected sales team. I am committed to getting in the trenches and helping make Cumulus the place to be in Los Angeles media.” Prior to his stint at iHeartMedia Chicago, Courtemanche was sales manager for CBS Radio Chicago all-news operation WBBM-AM; general sales manager for iHeartMedia San Diego; and director of sales for San Diego-based MVS International Communications.  In pro hockey for six years (1993 – 1999), Courtemache played for various teams in the ECHL, IHL, AHL, WCHL, and CHL.

tabbsueSue Tabb Joins WMJX, Boston’s ‘Morning Magic.’  Boston radio personality Sue Tabb is partnered up with current morning jock David O’Leary as co-host of the “Morning Magic” show on Greater Media’s adult contemporary WMJX, Boston “MAGIC 106.7.”  Tabb has been with the station since March 2013 as a regular fill-in on the morning show and as co-host of the public affairs program, “Exceptional Women” (a role she’ll continue).  Program director Cadillac Jack says, “We’re thrilled to have Sue join David O’Leary in anchoring ‘Morning Magic.’  Her personality and perspective are just what our listeners are looking for as they start their day.”  Tabb started her radio career as the traffic reporter and sidekick on crosstown CHR WXKS-FM’s “Matty in the Morning.”  She’s also had a successful career in the PR industry as a senior director at Thomson Communications.  She has also worked as a television news writer, magazine editor and lifestyle columnist, currently writing for the Newburyport Daily News and has earned a first place award as a humor columnist from the New England Press Association.

otis‘Otis’ Okayed as WDJX Louisville PD. Nine-year WNKS “Kiss 95.1,” Charlotte on-air talent “Otis” departs the Beasley Broadcast Group CHR to become program director of Alpha Media Louisville’s similarly-formatted WDJX “99.7 DJX.” Alpha Media vice president of programming Phil Becker jokes that “Otis” is, “more than just the name of a Jay Z & Kanye [West] song. He is proof that Alpha Media continues to recruit the most talented players from within our industry. I am confident that he, along with operations manager Ben Davis, will continue to keep WDJX on top for a long time to come.” Senior vice president and Louisville market manager Dale Schaefer comments that “Otis” – who will do an afternoon drive air-shift in addition to hisAlpha Media Louisville programming duties – will be, “a great addition to our on-air line up and will provide a lot of leadership for the WDJX team. He will be a tremendous help and support to Ben Davis because he is a high-caliber, proven programmer who will build on the heritage of WDJX.” One-name “Otis” notes, “It is an amazing feeling to have finally reached a goal I set when I started in radio. It is even more exciting that I get to program at a legendary station like WDJX, with a great team of people, including Ben Davis. I look forward to reaching new heights with Alpha Media and taking my addiction to this crazy business to another level.” His past on-air credits include WZEE “Z-104,” Madison and WNDV “U-93,” South Bend (Indiana).

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Sales pro Jeff Schmidt joins the RAB as SVP of professional development, a post in which he’ll oversee the organization’s training services.  He most recently was EVP at sales training firm Sparque…..The new morning personality at iHeartMedia’s CHR KPTT, Denver “95.7 The Party” comes fromkincaidjj within the company as JJ Kincaid moves from his afternoons gig at WHTZ, New York “Z100” later this summer.  Current KPTT morning host Chino will shift to afternoons…..Saga Communications moves forward in morning drive without longtime personality Carole Caine, whose contract is not renewed at classic rock WKLH, Milwaukee “Hometown Rock.”  Legendary market morning host Dave Luczak continues to anchor the wake-up show without Caine…..D.J. Lopez exits the American General Media cluster in Albuquerque to become a stay-at-home dad.  He was responsible for programming at the company’s hip hop KAGM, CHR KDLW, and alternative simulcast KARS-AM/K275AO.

wngcwtshAtlantaYourGeorgiaCountryCox Launches ‘Your Georgia Country’ Duo.  The company calls it “the largest country signal in the Southeast with 200,000 watts of power on 106.1 and 107.1 FM.”  Current country WNGC, Athens (106.1) and now formerhalldonna alternative WTSH, Atlanta (107.1) are simulcast as the new “Your Georgia Country.”  Cox Media Group says the stations will “serve listeners from Atlanta, Athens, Rome, and all areas north across the entire state.”  CMG Atlanta Radio VP/GM Donna Hall comments, “Country is the hottest format right now and was our greatest opportunity in our number one market.  We’re now thrilled to bring another exciting choice for country in Atlanta and north Georgia that complements the other great CMG radio brands in the Greater Atlanta area.”

ppmunit altVoltair and PPM Controversy Getting Play in Consumer Press.  The digital publication FiveThirtyEight.com (published by ESPN) just posted a story by Carl Bialik that brings the industry’s concern about the reliability of the PPM technology used by Nielsen Audio to lightvoltair image with more of the public.  The piece uses the demise of the smooth jazz format as the primary case against the ratings technology – though it does point out that the talk and classical formats are likely adversely affected by alleged inadequacies in the PPM, as well.  Though the piece doesn’t go into detail about how Voltair works, it offers a summary of the processor’s recent history, including the moratorium on it in Canada.  The piece also poses the question: If this controversy turns the radio ratings on its head, isn’t that a potential death knell for the entire industry?  One anonymous industry executive replies, “When you’re buying on a flawed system, nobody’s winning.”  Read the entire article here.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallBridging the Generational Divide – 17 Year Old Talk Radio Rising Star, Pavlina, Meets Michael Harrison on “Up Close and Far Out” Podcast.  It starts out light and chatty but quickly develops into an insightful dialogue that spans the generational divide.  Seventeen-year-old, multi-platform talk radio host Pavlina Osta is interviewed by RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison on this week’s installment of the international hit Podcast One production “Up Close and Far Out.”  “Pavlina” has been remarkably active as a self-motivated “celebrity journalist” since the tender age of 11 — racking up archives of more than 450 interviews with famous figures in show business, music, sports and public policy.  She hosts a weekly radio show called “Pavlina’s Kidz Place” heard on Florida stations WAPN, Holly Hill; WAPB, Madison; and WELE, Ormond Beach plus a number more across the Sunshine State and scattered around the country — as well as maintaining a very active website and YouTube presence. She is already a two-time Gracie Award winner and holds the Guinness world record for the most radio interviews conducted in 24 hours.  She conducted 347 interviews, each being a unique set of at least five questions. The entire 24-hour periodPavlinaMHselfie15 was broadcast live on Ustream.tv and via Live365.  Pavlina, a published author and tireless charity volunteer, has attended a number of industry conferences including the last two TALKERS events in New York City where her irrepressible personality, charisma and unique flair for fashion caught the attention of industry leaders – many of whom have begun championing her career.  She served a summer internship with Premiere Networks star Sean Hannity in 2014 and is working this summer with Salem stations (WNYM and WMCA) in New York City under the direction of Phil Boyce.  She has also received vigorous talent coaching by David Bernstein. Pavlina recently made an appearance on Newsmax TV as a guest of Steve Malzberg further fueling her rocketing profile as a media figure to be reckoned with.  Upon interviewing Pavlina for “Up Close and Far Out,” Michael Harrison states, “What this remarkable young woman lacks in polish and sophistication, she more than makes up for in sheer likability.  She oozes positive energy, remarkable charisma, unmistakable style and indelible authenticity.  Plus, and most important, just under the surface of her ‘contemporary teenage girlishness’ lies an uncommon intelligence and wisdom that are clearly fueling this young woman’s self-motivated juggernaut to stardom.  I didn’t treat her like a kid – but, rather, the amazing young woman into which she is clearly developing.  I gave her the respect of asking her tough questions. We talked about kids today – sex, drugs, peer-pressure, education, even tattoos and body piercing, plus more.”  On being interviewed by Michael Harrison, Pavlina states, “We actually covered more than I’ve ever done in an interview. This was a lot of fun.  I appreciate it.”  To hear the entire conversation between Michael Harrison and Pavlina, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right hand column of every page on RadioInfo.com. (Pictured here are Michael Harrison and Pavlina in a selfie taken at Talkers New York 2015 on June 12.)

masondanMason Elected BFA Co-Vice Chair, Treasurer. Recently retired CBS Radio president and chief executive officer Dan Mason is elected co-vice chair and treasurer of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. Broadcasters Foundation chair Phil Lombardo declares that, “Dan is one of the Foundation’s most ardentBroadcasters Foundation of America ambassadors and he gives tirelessly of his time. The entire board is grateful that he is taking on these additional responsibilities to advance our charitable mission of helping broadcasters in need.” As CBS Radio’s president/CEO, Mason oversaw more than 125 stations in 27 markets. The National Association of Broadcasters’ executive committee honored him as its 2012 “National Radio Award” winner for his outstanding leadership in the industry.

danielsjayWilkes-Barre Radio Legend Jay Daniels Dies at 61.  Radio personality Jay Daniels, a.k.a. Jeffrey Longaven, came to the Wilkes-Barre market in 1980 as news anchor on WKRZ-AM and evening jock on CHR WKRZ-FM, but he’s best known in the market for his years as part of the Daniels & Webster morning show (with John Webster [Gasper]) on rock WEZX “Rock 107.”  The Times-Tribune reports that Daniels died in a Wilkes-Barre nursing home on June 28 after a long illness that began in 2011 with a cancer diagnosis.  He also suffered a stroke and was diagnosed as diabetic.