General Music Radio Industry News
Cumulus Rounds Out Programming Staff at ‘Radio 103.9’ in New York. The new urban adult format Cumulus Media recently debuted in the New York market on WNBM “Radio 103.9” names its PD. The company announces Ken Johnson will serve as program director. Other new staffers include: assistant program director/music director Raphael George; creative services director Ghost; and web and social content director Aliya Faust. Cumulus states Johnson’s CV includes his work as the company’s VP of urban programming, director of urban programming for ABC Radio Networks, director of urban programming for Clear Channel in Philadelphia, as well as experience in markets such as Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, North Carolina. George previously served as assistant program director at Radio One’s WPHI, Philadelphia. Ghost most recently served as multi-format imaging director for Pat Garrett Creative Services. Faust comes to WNBM from her promotions/digital assistant role at Radio One Philadelphia’s WWPZ “Praise 103.9,” WPHI “Hot 107.9” and WRNB “Old School 100.3.”
Sean Elliott, Jonathan Monk and Dianna Kelly Join Cumulus Des Moines. More news from Cumulus Media as the company brings Sean Elliott aboard to serve as operations manager and program director at classic rock KGGO. Award-winning broadcaster Jonathan Monk takes on the program director responsibilities at country KJJY where he’ll also host the afternoon drive show, and Dianna Kelly is the new news director at news/talk KWQW “98.3 The Torch.” Elliott comments, “I am very appreciative of this amazing opportunity to join the talented team at Cumulus Des Moines as operations manager. Thanks to John Dickey, Mike McVay, Aaron Roberts and Troy Hanson for believing in me to guide our market leading stations into the future. I am especially excited to program the classic rocker I grew up listening to – ‘95 KGGO.’” Monk says, “I’m simply thrilled to be working with the incredibly talented programming and sales team at Cumulus. It’s an honor to join a group of media professionals that truly care about the communities and clients they serve.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Clear Channel’s heritage rock outlet WHJY, Providence, Doug Palmieri moves up from his director of production/imaging post to the program director position. Palmieri served for six years with the station as APD and evening host before leaving for work in Boston. He returned to WHJY in 2013…..The popular morning team of Bill Bevins and Shelley Perkins will return to the air in Richmond at SummitMedia’s adult contemporary WHTI “Easy 100.9 FM” later this summer. The duo has been off the air in the market since last December after working together for 13 years…..Kenny Hobbs is out as creative services director at Clear Channel’s Dayton cluster in what appears to be a budget-related move.
Round Three of June PPM Data Released. The third of four rounds of June 2014 PPM data has been released by Nielsen Audio for the 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. See complete market numbers here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways.” The June survey period covered May 22 – June 18.
- Portland – Clear Channel‘s KLTH “Oldies 106.7″ enjoys back-to-back increases of nine-tenths (5.5 – 6.4 – 7.3) helping it to overtake co-owned adult contemporary KKCW “K-103″ at #1; “K-103″ (6.8 – 6.6, -.2) drops to #3. Country rivals go in different directions in June, with Entercom‘s KWJJ “The Wolf” building from a +.6 (April – May) to a +.7 as it inches up from sixth to fifth (6+). Meanwhile, however, Alpha Media‘s KUPL “The Bull” – which registered a 6.4 in February, March, and April – followed by a 6.3 in May, suffers a -1.1 to 5.2, dropping it from third to sixth. Entercom classic rocker KGON advances by eight-tenths (4.1 – 4.9), as it jumps from #10 to #8. There is some softness in the spoken-word arena. For example, Alpha Media talker KXL-FM drops one-half share (3.4 – 2.9, #14 to #16) and Clear Channel foe KEX declines by eight-tenths (2.9, – 2.1, #17 to #19). Furthermore, two sports outlets that gained one-half share each in May are in negative territory: Entercom’s KFXX “The Fan” is -.5 (2.0 – 1.5, #17 to #21) and Clear Channel’s KPOJ “Rip City Radio 620″ is -.7 (1.3 – .6, #18 to #24).
- Charlotte – Seven-tenths proves to be lucky for a trio of stations all in a row, beginning with CBS Radio‘s WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits” (6.8 – 7.5, +.7, steady at #2); Clear Channel classic rocker WRFX “The Fox” (6.2 – 6.9, +.7, #4 to #3); and Clear Channel’s country WKKT “The Kat” (5.9 – 6.6, +.7, #5 to #4). It is unlucky though for Radio One-owned WPZS “Charlotte’s Inspiration Station,” which was off by a startling -1.3 (6+, 5.8 – 4.5, March – April); bounced back with a +.9 to progress from #10 to #7 in May; and now regresses by seven-tenths to 4.7 (#9). Although down by three-tenths (8.0 – 7.7), CBS Radio urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98″ remains #1 for the third consecutive month.
- Pittsburgh – On the strength of a full-share improvement to 8.0, Clear Channel rocker WDVE (#3 in May) puts an end to sibling classic hits-oldies WWSW’s seven-month stay at #1; “3WS” (8.0 – 7.6, -.4) slips to #2. The last time WDVE occupied the top spot was this past November when it registered an 8.9 (6+). After four straight months in the 6.5 – 6.9 range, CBS Radio-owned WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108″ advances by seven-tenths to 7.6 (#2). Notwithstanding that it falters by a robust -1.2 (4.0 – 2.8), Clear Channel alternative WXDX manages to remain at #10; 2.8 is the lowest 6+-share for “The X” since last September (also 2.8).
- San Antonio – Country is the headline here. Specifically, Cox Media Group-owned KCYY “Today’s Country” (#3 to #2) is up or flat for the fifth straight time (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 7.0), with May – June’s +.6 easily the most significant of the bunch. In March, Clear Channel‘s KAJA “KJ-97″ suffered a -2.1 (7.6 – 5.5, 6+), dropping the country facility out of the top spot it occupied in January and February all the way to sixth. “KJ-97″ rebounded with a one-half share gain (5.5 – 6.0) in April; more than doubled that improvement in May (+1.2, 6.0 – 7.2) to advance from fourth to second; but regresses by nine-tenths (6.3, #4). Inching up from #4 to #3 is Univision rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat,” which adds seven-tenths (6.2 – 6.9). Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM emerged on top in May by way of a strong +1.1 (6.3 – 7.4) and “KONO 101.1″ remains at #1 with a modest one-tenth gain (to 7.5).
- Cincinnati – There does not seem to be anything to stop WUBE “B-105.1.” The Hubbard country facility follows up an impressive +.9 to 9.1 in May (6+) with an even more noteworthy +1.2 to 10.3, marking the first-ever time “B-105.1″ has reached double-digits (6+) in its PPM history. Moreover, this is its sixth successive up trend (6.5 – 7.1 - 7.8 – 8.1 – 8.2 – 9.1 – 10.3) since the “Holiday” 2013 sweep and it delivers a cumulative +3.8. For the fourth straight time, WUBE is second behind Clear Channel heritage talker/Reds’ flagship WLW (11.8 – 11.6, -.2), which occupies the lead position for the sixth successive monthly. Cumulus Media classic rocker WOFX “The Fox” actually has a greater (6+) month-to-month improvement than WUBE by advancing +1.3 (5.0 – 6.3, #4) and enters six-share territory (6+) for the first time. Of all stations in the 12 PPM markets released on Thursday, the greatest (6+) month-to-month decline (-1.6) is felt by Hubbard hot AC WKRQ (7.5 – 5.9), although “Q-102″ is still in the top five (#3 to #5).
- Salt Lake City – After a -.7 to 4.4 and a #10 finish in May, Broadway Media CHR KUDD storms back with a full-share increase (5.4), enabling “Mix 107.9″ to zoom to #7. Prior to May’s 4.4, “Mix” had 12 straight (6+) showings in the five-share range. Results though for alternative cluster-mate KXRK “X-96″ are not quite as cheery: It spikes by -1.3 (5.7 – 4.4), sliding from fifth to ninth. May’s fourth-place finisher – Clear Channel CHR KZHT (6.3 – 6.7, +.4) – displaces Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100.3″ (7.3 – 6.5, -.8, #2) from the lead position. The last time KZHT was #1 was last September. With the exception of this past April when its talk sibling KSL ranked first, “FM 100.3″ was on top (6+) in every survey period since last September.
- Las Vegas – Even though it posts a hearty +.6 to 7.0, CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix” sees its four-month run at #1 come to an end. “Mix” slips to #2, trading places with Clear Channel AC KSNE “Sunny 106.5,” which returns to the top of the leader board for the first time since January. After being off by eight-tenths in May (3.2 – 2.4), Lotus-owned KOMP “The Rock Station” rebounds with a full-share improvement (3.4) and vaults from #17 to a three-way tie at #10. Contemporary Christian KSOS – which was a cumulative +2.0 March – May (3.9 – 5.6 – 5.9), drops nine-tenths (5.9 – 5.0), as it slips from third to sixth. Beasley urban-rhythmic oldies KOAS “Old School” falls by eight-tenths (5.2 – 4.4, #6 to #8).
- Kansas City – Not only does KFKF “Country 94.1″ post its fourth straight negative trend for a cumulative -2.5 (9.0 – 8.8 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 6.5, 6+), the Wilks Broadcasting-owned facility has its consecutive #1 streak snapped at 14. It trades places with Cumulus classic rocker KCFX “The Fox” (#2 in May) which is actually down two-tenths from a month ago (6.9 – 6.7); “The Fox” leads KFKF by just two-tenths. Showing a three-tenths increase to 5.9 is Entercom country outlet WDAF-FM “The Wolf” (#5 to #4), while “Country 94.1″ sibling KBEQ “Q-104, #1 For New Country” gains two-tenths to 5.4 (#7 to #6). Progressing by seven-tenths are Entercom hot AC KZPT “The Point” (4.1 – 4.8, #9 to #8) and co-owned sports/Royals flagship KCSP (2.9 – 3.6, #17 to #13). After it had advanced by six-tenths in May (3.5 – 4.1, 6+), noncommercial contemporary Christian KJNW “Life 88.5″ registers a nine-tenths decrease to 3.2, faltering from a three-way tie at #9 in May to #15.
- Orlando – Despite dropping six-tenths to 7.3, contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3″ is #1 for the fourth successive monthly – however – it is sharing the lead with Cox Media Group urban AC “Star 94.5″ (6.8 – 7.3, +.5). Following three straight downward trends (6.2 – 5.8 – 5.2 – 5.0), CMG rock AC WMMO rings up a +.6 to 5.6 and jumps from #8 to a three-way tie at #5. Also in that Cox cluster, country WWKA “K-92.3″ endures a -1.1 (7.0 – 5.9), sliding from second to third, while sibling talker WDBO-FM regresses by six-tenths to 3.4 (#12 to #13). The 5.9 (6+) is the lowest for “K-92.3″ since the “Holiday” report (also 5.9), while 3.4 represents the weakest 6+-stat for WDBO-FM since March 2013′s 3.0.
- Columbus – It was a brief (May only) stay at #1 for Clear Channel country WCOL-FM, which drops nine-tenths (11.0 – 10.1) and exchanges places with CHR sibling WNCI (10.7 – 11.0). WNCI has been #1 in 12 of the last 14 surveys and the heritage CHR has posted double-digits (6+) 16 straight times. Registering a full-share increase to 6.4, Radio One urban contemporary WCKX “Power 107.5″ applies the brakes to a string of four straight downward trends (6.6 – 6.2 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.4, 6+) and inches up from fourth in May to third. Since March, Clear Channel classic hits-oldies WODC has taken a combined hit of -1.2. It recoups that and a little more though with a 4.2 – 5.6 progression (+1.4), jumping from #7 to a three-way tie at #4.
RadioInfo Affiliate Roundup. The Saturday evening Envision Networks-syndicated heavy metal show “Full Metal Jackie Radio,” featuring host Jackie Kajzer, is added to the lineup at Townsquare Media’s KRNA-FM, Cedar Rapids…..Cumulus Media adds “America’s Morning Show” with host Blair Garner to four new NASH-branded stations: KSJO, San Jose/San Francisco; KBBM, Columbia, Missouri; WSJR, Wilkes-Barre; and WJCL, Savannah…..The weekly DOR Productions-syndicated show “Dennis Mitchell’s Breakfast With The Beatles” adds new affiliates classic hits KKPR-FM, Kearney/Grand Island, Nebraska; classic rock KNDK-FM, Langdon, North Dakota; and classic rock KAUJ-FM, Grafton, North Dakota.
Bob & Sheri Go RV Crazy; Take Show on the Road. Nationally syndicated and WLNK, Charlotte-based AC morning show personalities Bob & Sheri celebrated the great American road trip as they took their program on the road for the “RV Crazy Tour” that started on July 3 and wraps up today in New Mexico. It started with Sheri Lynch traveling across the country in an RV with her family and making stops along the way at multiple affiliate radio station locations. Bob Lacey broadcast from the studio until Thursday, July 10 when he joined Sheri on location in Grand Junction, Colorado to do the show with Sheri live from KMXY. Today they wrapped the tour broadcasting from the RV in Albuquerque and will then make an appearance in Roswell, NM at “The Alien Zone.” Pictured here are Bob Lacey (third from right) and Sheri Lynch (fifth from right) along with Lynch’s family and the show’s crew.
No Reissue of PPM Data for Los Angeles. A memo to client stations from Nielsen Audio states that after the completion of an impact analysis relative to the presence of a media-affiliated household in the Los Angeles PPM panel for the past year, it has concluded that a reissue of the ratings beyond what has already been done is unnecessary. The memo states, in part, “After comparing the audience estimates without this home in the panel to those we originally published which included the household, we have decided not to reissue currency Los Angeles data for any prior report periods. We have concluded that a reissue of prior currency data would be of limited commercial benefit to customers and would result in further disruption to the marketplace.”
Round Two of June PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of June 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. The survey period was May 22 through June 18. You can find all the numbers from subscribing stations here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways.”
- Washington – This marks the sixth successive sweep that Hubbard all-news operation WTOP (8.1 – 8.2) leads the field (6+). There is minimal movement in the urban AC contest, as Howard University-owned WHUR is off by one-tenth (5.6 – 5.5, #4 to #5), while Radio One‘s WMMJ drops two-tenths (4.5 – 4.3, #6 to #7). It is, however, noteworthy that WHUR is down for the third consecutive time (6.0 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 5.5) for an accumulated -.5 and WMMJ declines for the fourth successive ratings period (5.6 – 5.0 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.3) for an accumulated -1.3. Clear Channel country WMZQ mirrors April – May’s +.5 with another half-share increase (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.1) and catapults from #13 in May to a three-way tie at #8.
- Boston – The third straight increase for WZLX is a +.7 (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.8), enabling the CBS Radio classic rocker to jump from sixth to fourth (6+). Results for cluster-mate WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” though are hardly as favorable: The Boston Bruins flagship suffers the steepest (6+) decline (5.1 – 2.9, -2.2) of any station in the 24 PPM markets released thus far. In addition to freefalling from #6 in May to #14, “The Sports Hub” has its lowest (6+) showing in three years (2.6 in July 2011). Although off one-tenth to 3.3, (sports) WEEI-FM nonetheless overtakes “The Sports Hub” as the Entercom-owned Boston Red Sox flagship remains steady at #12. Clear Channel CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” (7.6 – 7.9, +.3) occupies the top spot for the sixth straight monthly. After a March – April – May trend of a half-share gain/half-share loss (6.5 – 7.0 – 6.5), Greater Media adult contemporary WMJX “Magic” regresses by eight-tenths (6.5 – 5.7), sliding from third to fifth.
- Detroit – Greater Media-owned WCSX “Detroit’s Classic Rock” picked up one-half share (3.9 – 4.4) in May to advance from #12 to #8. Its May – June (6+) progression though is nearly twice as significant (+.9, 4.4 – 5.3) and it climbs to sixth; 5.3 is the strongest (6+) number for “Detroit’s Classic Rock” since August 2011′s 5.4. CBS Radio‘s WYCD “Detroit’s Country” (#5 in May to #4) has its third straight gain (5.1 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 6.2). Several spoken-word outlets hit a bump in June. Cumulus Media talker WJR suffers an erosion of nine-tenths (5.2 – 4.3, 6+) and falls from sixth to tenth. For the fifth successive ratings reports, CBS Radio all-newser WWJ (#4 in May to #5) registers a negative trend, resulting in a cumulative -2.8 (8.4 – 7.9 – 7.2 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 5.6). After three successive significant up-trends (4.0 – 4.7 – 6.8 – 7.9), WWJ sports sibling WXYT-FM is off by six tenths to 7.3, although “The Ticket” repeats at #1 – three-tenths ahead of co-owned classic hits-oldies WOMC (6.7 – 7.0, +.3).
- Seattle – A one-half share gain by adult contemporary KRWM “Warm” (5.8 – 6.3), coupled with a three-tenths drop by CHR KQMV “All the Hits” (6.2 – 5.9) results in the Hubbard cluster-mates swapping places at #1 and #2, respectively. KQMV was in Seattle’s (6+) penthouse in March and May; “Warm” in April and now in June. Owing to a -1.1 (5.2 – 4.1), CBS Radio‘s KZOK falls from fourth to seventh; it is the classic rocker’s third consecutive downward trend (5.6 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.1). Dating back to the “Holiday” 2013 report, Entercom rocker KISW had put together a string of four straight up trends(4.4 – 4.6 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.6), but it is now down in back-to-back monthlies, this time by one full-share (5.5 – 4.5, #3 to #4).
- Phoenix – This marks the eighth straight sweep in which a Clear Channel-owned property is found at the top of the (6+) leader board in the “Valley of the Sun.” Making this particular occasion momentous though is the fact it is the first-ever time for country KNIX (#4 in May), which posts a stunning +1.2 to 6.2. There is another first for “The Best New Country” – it had not previously crossed the six-share threshold (6+). Meanwhile, its cross-town CBS Radio format rival KMLE (3.9 – 4.1, +.2) improves from eighth to sixth. Hot AC has a somewhat similar dual-station success story, as Clear Channel’s KMXP “Mix” adds four-tenths to 5.8 (although it actually falls from second to third), while KMVA “Hot 103.9″ rebounds from a -.5 (April – May) with a +.6 to 4.0 (#13 to #7). “Mix” ends three straight (6+) downward trends (8.1 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.4), which produced a cumulative -2.7 in that stretch. Dislodged from #1 – after back-to-back stays there in April and May – is KNIX and “Mix” adult contemporary sibling KESZ (6.1 – 6.0, -.1), which dips to second. Several talkers decline in this sweep. They include public KJZZ by eight-tenths to 2.0 (#15 – #20); Bonneville‘s KTAR-FM by six-tenths to 3.2 (#9 to #12); and Clear Channel’s KFYI by three-tenths to 3.2 (#11 to a tie at #12 with KTAR-FM). After notching a gain of six-tenths (6+), rhythmic CHR KKFR “Power” drops one-half share to 3.0 (#11 to #14).
- Minneapolis – Headlining several significant month-to-month shifts is the massive -1.9 by Clear Channel sports facility KFXN-FM (4.8 – 2.9), which drifts from #9 to #14. Ironically, it was this time last month when KFXN-FM boasted the largest (6+) month-to-month gain (+1.2) of any station in the 12 PPM markets released that particular day. Conversely, classic hits-oldies cluster-mate KQQL “Kool 108″ racks up a +1.3 to 7.3, progressing from #6 to #4. In six of the last seven survey periods, “Kool 108″ had been in the six-share range. With a six-tenths improvement (8.3 – 8.9), Clear Channel CHR KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” takes over the #1 spot it held January through April. Also in that cluster – country KEEY “K-102″ has a nine-tenths spike (6.9 – 7.8) to zoom from #5 to #2. It is the best 6+-stat for “K-102″ since last September’s 8.0. CBS Radio talker WCCO relinquishes all of its April – May +.8 (and then some) with a -1.1 to 4.0 (#9 to #11). Owing to a hearty +.9 (7.5 – 8.4), Cumulus classic rocker KQRS vaulted from third in April to first in May; however, it declines by seven-tenths to 7.7 and slides to third.
- San Diego – For the first time since “Holiday” 2011 – when it registered an 8.3 – CBS Radio adult contemporary KYXY (4.9 – 5.2, +.3) is the market’s (6+) pacesetter. Speaking of “Holiday” reports, 5.2 is the station’s finest 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2012 (5.7). There isn’t much distance though between #1 KYXY and April and May’s leader – Clear Channel CHR KHTS “Channel 93.3″ (5.6 – 5.1, #2); Clear Channel hot AC KMYI “Star 94.1″ (5.0 – 5.1, #3 to #2); and Lincoln Financial Media adult contemporary KIFM (5.2 – 5.0, #2 to #4). This time last month, talkers KFMB-AM (2.4 – 2.9, #14) and KOGO (1.9 – 2.4, #20) each gained one-half share; however, KFMB-FM is down six-tenths to 2.3 (#20) and KOGO drops eight-tenths to 1.6 (#23).
- Tampa – As Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV registers an impressive +1.2 to 10.6, its adult contemporary sibling WWRM “Magic 94.9″ (#5 in May) regresses by nine-tenths to 4.1, plummeting out of the top ten all the way to #15. In addition to being #1 for the 19th straight survey period, WDUV has its most potent 6+-number (10.6) since “Holiday” 2013 (14.1). For six successive monthlies – beginning last October – WDUV and “Magic” were the market’s #1 and #2 stations, respectively (6+). CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WRBQ-FM “Q-105″ (4.8 – 5.6, #5) narrows the gap on CMG rival WXGL “The Eagle” (6.6 – 6.8, #3) from 1.8 shares (6+) in May to 1.2.
- Denver – Notching identical seven-tenths gains are Clear Channel classic rocker KRFX “The Fox” and Wilks classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105.” Both stations advance 3.9 – 4.6 (#13 to #7). Six-tenths is unlucky for the market’s two hot ACs, as Entercom‘s KALC “Alice” falls from 5.3 – 4.7 (#3 to #6), while KXKL sibling KIMN “Mix” tumbles from 4.1 – 3.5 (#11 to #16). Lincoln Financial Media country KYGO-FM adds one-half share to 6.2 and repeats at #1, although Entercom adult contemporary KOSI “Continuous Lite Rock” (5.3 – 5.9, +.6) is just three-tenths behind.
- Baltimore – Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9″ maintains its winning ways. Up for the fifth consecutive time, “Magic” gains 2.5 shares in the process (5.6 – 6.3 – 6.8 – 6.9 – 7.9 – 8.1, 6+) and it repeats at #1. After back-to-back 5.2 showings in April and May (6+), CBS Radio hot AC WWMX “Baltimore’s Best Mix” busts out with a +.9 to 6.1 and remains at #4. By virtue of a stunning -1.6 (May – June), talker WCBM sees a more than 50% erosion of its 6+ share. Regressing for the third straight monthly (3.6 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 1.2), it falls from #13 in May to #17.
Carriveau Replaces Monzures at Hubbard’s WILV, Chicago. The adult contemporary station bids adieu to Jane Monzures in the afternoon drive slot at Hubbard’s Chicago AC outlet WILV after just six months. She replaced Brian Middleton in January. Program director Marty Bender moves evening personality Cara Carriveau up to the afternoon shift and will use fill-in hosts in the evening until a permanent replacement for Carriveau is found. Prior to her gig at WILV, Monzures had worked alongside both morning host Pete McMurray and PM driver Zakk Tyler at crosstown classic rocker WLUP-FM.
Ashley Nickels Moves to DC for Nights at WRQX. Last week RadioInfo reported Ashley Nickels was leaving Entercom’s CHR KDND, Sacramento “107.9 The End” and now we know that she’s been named the new evening personality at Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC CHR WRQX. The station says that it “brings an emerging young and buzz-worthy talent to D.C. nights and sets the stage for a lively nighttime show.” Program director Gillette says, “Ashley is the archetypal ‘night jock’ for the Millennial generation. She doesn’t just live, eat and drink the lifestyle, she is the lifestyle. Ashley is the enigmatic embodiment of what the audience craves today: a dynamic entertainer wrapped in a self-effacing BFF that will do shots with you till closing and then help you Uber home.”
Misti Douglas Joins Westwood One to Manage Country Syndication. Leaving the radio trades business where she was assistant country editor at All Access, Misti Douglas joins Westwood One as manager, country syndication affiliate sales. In this position, Douglas 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,” “America’s Opry Weekend,” “Country Gold with Randy Owen” and “Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton.” Westwood One SVP/affiliate sales Dennis Green states, “It’s a pleasure to have Misti join our growing affiliate sales team for country programming. Misti’s knowledge of the industry and the country space will be a major boost as we bring NASH and all of our country products to the marketplace from coast to coast.”
Zander Exits Next Media’s Chicago Market Rockers. After a four-year stint with Next Media, programmer and air talent Mark Zander exits the company’s rock WRXQ “QRock 100.7” and classic rocker WERV “95.9 The River” where he was program director and PM drive host at WERV. This comes just days after Zander and Envision Networks announced the Zander-produced-and-hosted syndicated programs “The Rockin’ 70s” and “The Rockin’ 80s” were being dropped from Envision’s weekend syndication offerings.
CC Appoints Mike Scott to Regional Post. Moving up from his director of sales post at Clear Channel’s West Palm Beach operations is Mike Scott who is now regional market manager for the Mobile-Pensacola, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Biloxi and Laurel/Hattiesburg markets. Scott says, “I am thrilled to become a part of these five amazing markets — they are filled with great people and fantastic stations. I also owe a big thank you to the incredible West Palm Beach team.”
Ebony Steele Leaves Rickey Smiley Show; Teases New Reach Media/Radio One Project. Cast member Ebony Steele announces she’s done her last show with Rickey Smiley’s Reach Media-syndicated morning drive show. The seven-year show personality teases that she has a new project coming from the Reach Media/Radio One organization. She comments, “I am going to do something that I have always wanted to do and it involves expanding my entrepreneurial interests. I’ve always taught females that at some point in their lives they have to spread their wings, take a risk on faith and grow, no matter what! Now it is my turn to lead by example. It is equally exciting that I am likely going to be able to pursue my dreams right within the same radio family.” Rickey Smiley says of Steele’s exit, “We’ll miss her wit, charm and funny personality, and we thank her so much for everything she brought to the show. She will always be part of my radio family.”
PodcastOne Debuts Eddie Trunk Podcast. Rock and heavy metal radio and TV personality Eddie Trunk begins a relationship with Norm Pattiz-founded PodcastOne producing the Eddie Trunk Podcast with premiere guest Judas Priest. The new, weekly podcast will focus on Trunk’s expertise and connections in the world of heavy metal music and will “bring his insight, commentary, reviews and in-depth, unfiltered interviews to the podcast world in a way like never before!” Trunk comments, “I’ve been asked for many years by fans about adding a podcast to my platforms. Really excited to finally launch one with PodcastOne and see where this new adventure takes me. Look forward to connecting with everyone on this exciting new outlet.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. A move that is sure to surprise urban AC listeners in Chicago happens as Ramonski Luv is let go from the evening “The Real Show” program on Clear Channel’s WVAZ. Luv co-hosted the show with Joe Soto, who remains with the station hosting the show solo. As Chicago media writer Robert Feder points out, the recently released June PPM ratings show the program had landed in the #1 position with a 5.9 share (6+). Read Feder’s story here…..Moving up from music director at Milwaukee Radio Alliance-operated alternative WLUM is Michelle Rutkowski, who takes on the program director duties, effective immediately. An eight-year station vet, Rutkowski also hosts the midday show…..Eileen Collier exits the program director position at Clear Channel Memphis’ urban AC KJMS and sister gospel station WHAL.
KBOB, Quad Cities Flips to Country. The now-former rocker KBOB-FM, Quad Cities is officially country outlet “104.9 The Hawk” as Townsquare Media makes the change after a brief stunt playing all-Christmas music. As reported in the Quad City Times, Townsquare Media did market research to see what formats might be better than the underperforming rock station and general manager Bruce Law says that led them to the new format. “’The Hawk’ will be a young-focused, new music, new country station targeted at a young female.” Out with the change are KBOB morning personalities Dave Levora and Darren Pitra. Both knew the change was coming and both sides commended each other on accepting and making the change in a business-like manner. Law tells the paper, “I can tell you both were treated very nicely, very fairly, and they both reciprocated. They have been gentlemen through this whole thing and they were extremely professional through the whole process. I really appreciate them stepping up like that. It doesn’t always happen that way.” The new station will have live and local talent to be named in the near future.
Don’t Be a Programming Zombie – Embrace Musical Mutants! RadioInfo’s in-house media theoretician Duane Doobie sings the praises of impure stationality when it comes to programming by musical genre. In a new column posted today (7/9), the most-talked-about commentator in the music radio trades says, “Programming a station strategically defined by its musical stationality is more like rock climbing than rope climbing. The path to the top is never a straight line.” The Doob advises, “Sometimes you even have to risk your neck to avoid getting stranded on a ‘safe’ path to nowhere.” He adds, “The history of music is marked by mutations becoming the impetus for the next wave of evolution and popularity. Hybrids, mutations, and the scary (to some) concept of the musical ‘crossover’ are the catalysts that drive progress.” To read Doobie’s entire thought-provoking piece, please 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 (7/9) includes such names as: 5 Seconds of Summer, Robin Thicke, Summer Set, Saturdays, Daughtry, Red Wanting Blue, OK Go, Bayonets, Hyde and Beast, Old Crow Medicine Show, RaeLynn, Jayce Hein, Kari & Billy, Trae Edwards, Slaptop, David Guetta, Sam Martin, Oscar & the Wolf, and Asher Roth among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Clear Channel Makes Corporate Structural Changes; Moves iHeartRadio into Clear Channel Networks Group Division. Along with this change – putting the iHeartRadio platform under the Clear Channel Networks Group banner headed by president Darren Davis – Brian Lakamp remains with the company and is promoted to the new position — president of technology and digital ventures. The company calls Lakamp’s promotion part of its “taking another important step in its continuing transformation to a consumer-driven, technology-fueled company.” Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman says, “Our corporate focus on digital, increasingly leveraging technology to maximize our business, reflects the natural evolution of Clear Channel into a 21st century media company. Creativity is also enabled by technology, and as advertisers’ interest in new and emerging technology options continues to grow, we intend to remain at the forefront of both innovation and creativity. Brian is perfectly positioned to help us – and our consumers, advertisers and content partners – as we continue to build Clear Channel’s digital roadmap for the future.” The new role puts Lakamp in charge of the overall technology platform and capabilities for all of Clear Channel – including its broadcast, digital radio, events and promotions and out-of-home businesses. The company says he will also be responsible for developing the company’s overall place in the worlds of big data and programmatic buying. Putting iHeartRadio under Darren Davis’ purview means he’ll be responsible for the entire business of iHeartRadio as well as Premiere Networks, Total Traffic and Weather Network; and the 24/7 News Network. Davis comments, “I look forward to working with the immensely talented iHeartRadio team to build on the tremendous success of iHeartRadio by utilizing the full promotional and creative power of Clear Channel for iHeartRadio Networks. I’m excited to continue my collaboration with Brian in his new role to leverage new opportunities and maximize emerging technologies across Clear Channel’s national platforms and services.”
Emmis Q1 Report: Radio Revenue Essentially Flat. The results for the first fiscal quarter for Emmis Communications (ending May 31) show the company’s net radio revenue up 22% — but that includes the addition of revenue from WBLS and WLIB, New York which it has been operating under an LMA since March 1. Assuming those stations had been in the fold at the same time a year ago, revenue would have been flat. At the station level, the company reports its stations were up 1.6% compared to local radio market revenue down 5.5% during the fiscal quarter. Emmis president and CEO Jeff Smulyan says, “While our markets continue to be tested, our stations and employees have risen to the challenge and continue to outperform our markets. We continue to believe NextRadio, the Emmis-led industry initiative to make FM broadcast radio available on smartphones and tablets, is a game-changer for the radio industry and will reignite growth. We have spent the last year building out the NextRadio ecosystem, and now we are entering a critical phase to build consumer awareness. I’m proud of our team for its continuing focus on innovation and operational excellence.”
Round One of June PPM Data Released. The first of four rounds of June 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). The survey period was May 22 through June 18. You can find all the numbers from subscribing stations here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways.”
- New York – Only two-tenths of a share separated frontrunner WLTW “Lite FM” (6.8, 6+) and runner-up WCBS-FM (6.6, 6+) in both April and May. Clear Channel adult contemporary “Lite FM” though picks up some breathing room by adding three-tenths to 7.1, while classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM declines by that margin to 6.3. For the eleventh straight survey period, “Lite FM” is #1, while this marks the fifth consecutive ratings period that WCBS-FM places second. After CBS Radio sports outlet WFAN tacked on four-tenths to 3.8 (6+, #9, May), the first-year Yankees flagship regresses by seven-tenths (3.1, #14). Conversely, following a -.6 in May that had dropped it to #14, hot AC cluster mate WWFS “Fresh” improves by four-tenths (2.9 – 3.3, #11). In the market’s CHR battle, Clear Channel’s WHTZ “Z-100″ takes a four-tenths dip (5.6 – 5.2, #3 to #5), as CBS Radio’s WNOW (with new calls WBMP “Amp Radio”) progresses by three-tenths (2.1 – 2.4) and is steady at #15. Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot,” which had been up or flat five successive monthlies (2.6 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.5), dips by one-tenth to 3.4, but remains at #10.
- Los Angeles – This is quite the banner-monthly ratings period for KRTH. Not only does the CBS Radio classic hits-oldies outlet progress by four tenths to extend its string of up or flat books to six (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.5), more importantly – “K-Earth 101″ reaches the #1 spot (6+) for the first time in its PPM history. If that were not enough, 5.5 is its most potent 6+ stat to date. “K-Earth 101″ dislodges Clear Channel CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” (5.3 – 5.2, -.1), which – after four straight months at #1 – drops to second. The most common (6+, PPM) City of Angels #1/#2 finish thus far is “Kiss-FM” #1/hot AC sibling KBIG “My-FM” #2 (10 occurrences). That scenario is followed by a second-place tie (nine times each) between “Kiss-FM’ at #1/sibling talker KFI #2, and “Kiss-FM” #1/”K-Earth 101″ #2. In fourth place (six times) is “Kiss-FM” at #1/sibling AC KOST “Coast 103″ at #2. In fifth place (five times) is “Coast 103″ at #1/”Kiss-FM” at #2. Over and above being up for the fourth successive monthly report (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9, 6+), Bonneville classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” (#15 in May) cracks the top ten (#10), tying CBS Radio alternative KROQ (3.1 – 2.9), which was ninth in May. Moreover, the 2.9 registered by “The Sound” is its strongest 6+-figure yet under PPM methodology. As for KROQ, this represents its fifth consecutive (6+) decline (3.6 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3. 2 – 3.1 – 2.9). Emmis rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106″ puts up plenty of fours: Remaining at #4, it advances by four-tenths (4.4 – 4.8). Down or flat for four straight survey periods (5.4 – 5.2 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.8, 6+), KBIG “My-FM” gains one-tenth (4.9) and is steady at #3.
- Chicago – The third successive progression by WBBM-FM “B-96″ is a +.6 (3.9 – 4.5), vaulting the CBS Radio-owned outlet from ninth in May to fourth; 4.5 is the station’s best (6+) since July 2012 (also 4.5). Two “B-96″ siblings enjoy one-half share gains – adult alternative WXRT (2.9 – 3.4, #14 to #13) and WJMK “K-104.3″ (2.0 – 2.5, #19 to #16). Regional Mexican does well as Clear Channel‘s WNUA “El Patron” increases by six-tenths (1.6 – 2.2, #17); Univision‘s WOJO “La Que Buena” adds one-half share (3.0 – 3.5, #11); and Spanish Broadcasting System’s WLEY-FM “La Ley” puts up a four-tenths gain (1.2 – 1.6, #22). After three successive (6+) up trends, including April – May’s +.8 (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.3), Cumulus-owned WLS-FM takes a nine-tenths hit (4.3 – 3.4), spiraling the classic hits-oldies outlet from #6 to #13. Up three-tenths to 5.9, Clear Channel urban AC WVAZ “V-103″ ranks #1 for the fourth straight month, while WBBM-AM is flat or down for the fourth successive time (6.6 – 6.1 – 5.6 – 5.0 – 5.0). On the plus side, the CBS Radio all-newser holds the runner-up spot for (you guessed it) the fourth consecutive ratings period.
- Houston – Despite relinquishing the +1.1 it gained April – May (7.3 – 8.4 – 7.3), Cox Media Group-ownedcountry KKBQ remains #1 for the fourth successive month. Prior to this report, “The New 93-Q” had strung together five straight up trends (5.4 – 6.6 – 6.8 – 7.0 – 7.3 – 8.4). Format challenger – CBS Radio‘s KILT-FM “The Bull” – rings up a +.5 (3.7 – 4.2), inching it up from #11 to #9. After advancing by six-tenths (5. 9 – 6.5, April – May), Clear Channel adult contemporary KODA “Sunny” packs on another one-half share to 7.0. “Sunny” is runner-up for the fourth straight month and it trails “The New 93-Q” by three-tenths. Following back-to-back months at 5.4 (April and May), Radio One rhythmic CHR KBXX “The Box” gains six-tenths to 6.0, improving from #5 in May to #4.
- Philadelphia – Eight-tenths is good news for Greater Media classic rocker WMGK (5.1 – 5.9, +.8), which jumps from sixth to fourth; however, it is bad news for sibling rocker WMMR (6.0 – 5.2, -.8), which tumbles from third to sixth. June is a down month for CBS Radio’s all-sports WIP-FM (4.1 – 3.6, #8 to #13), as well as Greater Media’s similarly-formatted WPEN-FM (2.4 – 1.9, #17- #20); each station drops one-half share. Although down seven-tenths to 7.3, Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” is #1 for the fourth straight month and for the fifteenth time in the last 16 surveys. By remaining steady at 4.0 (#10), CBS Radio‘s KYW applies the brakes to four alarming successive down trends that – since February – saw the all-news operation trend 8.4 – 6.0 – 4.5 – 4.0; KYW though falls from a ninth-place tie in May to tenth.
- Atlanta – Both main channel FM CHRs do well: Cumulus Media‘s WWWQ “Q100″ improves by one-half share (4.5 – 5.0, steady at #9) and Clear Channel‘s WWPW “Power 96.1″ gains eight-tenths (3.8 – 4.6, #13 to #10). While Clear Channel Country WUBL “The Bull” improves by eight-tenths (4.9 – 5.7, #8 to #5), Radio One urban AC WAMJ is off by that margin (6.0 – 5.2, #3 to #7). Notwithstanding that WSB-AM is down four-tenths to 7.0, the Cox Media Group talker is #1 for the fifth straight month.
- Long Island – Cox Media Group-owned CHR WBLI (6.7 – 6.6, -.1) is #1 for the third consecutive month. The four-tenths that CBS Radio CHR WNOW gains (2.0 – 2.4, #20 to #13) matches the loss by Clear Channel format rival WHTZ “Z-100″ (6.0 – 5.6, #2 to #3); WNOW has since updated its calls/slogan to WBMP “Amp Radio.” After four consecutive positive (6+) sweeps (3.2 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.6), Clear Channel classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3″ dropped six-tenths in May (4.6 – 4.0), sliding from fifth to seventh. It regresses by another one-half share in June (4.0 – 3.5), tumbling to ninth. In April, CBS Radio’s WFAN recaptured the nine-tenths it lost February – March as the Yankees flagship progressed from eighth to fifth. It added another one-half share (4.6 – 5.1, 6+) in May to inch up to #4; however, it takes a six-tenths hit (5.1 – 4.5) and drops to #5.
- Riverside – KLYY “Jose FM” is running out of milestones, but by posting a +.4, the Entravision Spanish adult hits outlet now boasts its best-ever 6+ stat (10.2). This represents the twelfth straight time that “Jose FM” is ranked #1 and Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA “KOLA 99.9″ (5.7 – 6.6, +.9) is in the runner-up slot. Rewinding to June 2011, “KOLA 99.9″ was first and “Jose FM” placed second. That was repeated in July and August (2011), before the two flip-flopped spots for the next four surveys. A minor hiccup occurred in the “Holiday” 2011 and January 2012 sweeps, as the top three in both of those ratings periods were KLYY, Liberman regional Mexican KRQB, and KOLA. That was followed by six straight months of KLYY-KOLA at #1 and #2. In August 2012, the two tied at #1 (6.4). For 11 consecutive surveys, KLYY and KOLA again were #1 and #2, respectively. It was nearly a year later (July 2013) when #1 KOLA edged #2 KLYY 6.6 – 6.5, leading us to the current 12 straight monthlies with KLYY at #1 and KOLA at #2. Liberman regional Mexican KRQB (2.0 – 2.7, +.7, #8) is gaining on Univision‘s similarly-formatted KSCA (3.7 – 3.1, -.6, #6), as KSCA’s 1.7-share lead in May is down to four-tenths.
- San Jose – Continuing the regional Mexican theme from Riverside-San Bernardino (Inland Empire), Univision‘s KSOL (#19 to #14) dials up a +.8 to 3.0, which is its strongest (6+) showing since last July’s 3.1. Meanwhile, in back-to-back monthlies (May and June), Lazer Broadcasting’s like-formatted KXZM (#17 to #15) progresses by one-half share (1.8 – 2.3 – 2.8). This time last month, public KQED plummeted by one full-share (6.6 – 5.6), relinquishing its #1 spot to Univision Spanish adult hits KBRG. The two trade places: KQED gains three-tenths to 5.9, and KBRG regresses by six-tenths to 5.5.
- Middlesex – With its third straight – albeit modest – up monthly (5.6 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.0), Emmis urban AC WBLS “Your #1 Source for R&B” reaches #1. After WHTZ “Z-100″ posted a +.7 to displace classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM at #1 in May, the Clear Channel CHR has the dubious distinction of registering the greatest (6+) month-to-month erosion in the 12 PPM markets released Tuesday (6.9 – 5.5, -1.4). In the process, it slips from first to third. Some of that decline is absorbed by CBS Radio CHR WNOW (its new calls/slogan are WBMP “Amp Radio”), which gains four-tenths (3.1 – 3.5, #12 to #10); 3.5 is the station’s best 6+-stat in the Middlesex-Somerset-Union report in about two years (3.9 in July 2012). Following four straight downward trends (7.9 – 7.2 – 6.4 – 5.5 – 4.6), Townsquare Media talker WKXW improves by two-tenths to 4.8 and is steady at #7. Gaining seven-tenths is Clear Channel classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3″ (5.4, #6 to #4), while classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (5.6, steady at #2) declines by that amount.
Adams Radio Flips WWFW, Fort Wayne to 80s Country Format. The former adult contemporary outlet is now “Great County 103.3 and Adams Radio debuts the 80s-based country format to complement its contemporary country WBTU “US 93.3.” Mark Allen is program director for both country stations and he says, “The music on ‘Great Country 103.3’ is the best country music ever. The artists we play are the ones that redefined country music. I am honored to have these legends on the air again in Fort Wayne. It just doesn’t get any better. It kicked off with Alan Jackson‘s ‘Gone Country,’ Barbara Mandrell‘s ‘I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool’ and Alabama‘s ‘Born Country.’” The station’s core artists include: Garth Brooks, Clint Black, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, Randy Travis and other 80s country stars.
Blacker Named EVP of Hispanic Strategy and Sales at CC. Further targeting the growing Hispanic community in the U.S., Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announces the hiring of U.S. Hispanic advertising expert Liz Sarachek Blacker to serve as executive vice of Hispanic strategy and sales. She begins her duties on August 4. The company says that in this new position, Blacker will develop and advance the company’s overall strategy to engage and activate the Hispanic audience across all platforms. “She will focus on driving revenue in the category, working with multi-cultural agencies to create custom campaigns for advertisers that leverage Clear Channel’s unmatched reach with the Hispanic community. Blacker will also work closely with Clear Channel’s National Programming Platforms team to create products, content and live events that focus on engaging and monetizing the Hispanic audience.” She comes to CCM+E from Terra USA, where she has served as chief revenue officer since 2011.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Joining Holston Valley Broadcasting Corporation as general sales manager is Leesa Wilcher who’ll lead sales efforts for the company’s Tri-Cities, Tennessee stations adult contemporary WTFM, rock WRZK “The Hog,” and classic hits WVEK.…..Keymarket Licenses-owned suburban Pittsburgh country outlet WOGI, Moon Township “Froggy 98” names Michael Ovadia – a.k.a. Mad Dog – host of the station’s “Frogman and the Green Team” morning drive show. He most recently served as morning host and APD at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WSOX, York “Oldies 96.1.”…..At Journal Broadcast Group’s parent company – Journal Communications – Marty Ozolins is named vice president and corporate controller. He’s been with the company since 1997 and most recently was assistant controller.
Calling All ‘Power Pig’ Alumni! Anyone who worked at WFLZ or WFLA, Tampa over the past 25 years is being notified of a special gathering to take place beginning on September 25 – the 25th anniversary of the launch of “Power 93 – the Power Pig.” Tampa-based media consultant and alumnus Gabe Hobbs is getting the word out saying the reunion will take place September 25-28 and alums are invited to come for a day or the whole weekend. He says they are working on hotels and an agenda and will have more details once a rough headcount is established. Sign up via Facebook. Visit Gabe’s page and you’ll find the info.
Connoisseur’s Connecticut Closing. Given that Connoisseur Media is headquartered in the Constitution State (Westport, Connecticut), corporate executives will not have far to travel to check on their newest properties. There is a flurry of activity as the company officially closes on five Hartford stations it acquires from Buckley. Connoisseur Southern Connecticut general manager Kristin Okesson takes on oversight of the Hartford group replacing VP/GM Eric Fahnoe; Connoisseur Southern Connecticut operations manager Keith Dakin adds regional programming duties for Hartford talker WDRC-AM; and Connoisseur Southern Connecticut assistant PD Kevin Begley becomes program director of Bridgeport adult contemporary WEZN “Star 99.9″ and classic rocker WFOX “95.9 The Fox.” Stu Gorlick – who was Buckley Hartford’s director of sales – adds New Haven rocker WPLR and urban AC WYBC. Elsewhere, Connoisseur Southern Connecticut general sales manager Andy Alcosser is upped to director of sales for WEZN and WFOX, while CSC music director Allan Lamberti becomes assistant PD for WDRC-AM, WDRC-FM, and WPLR. In addition, Lamberti will do afternoon drive on WDRC-FM, with Ed D’Oliveira inheriting Lamberti’s WFOX midday slot. Okesson notes, “We are extremely excited about acquiring such a legendary station as WDRC. We are anxious to make it even bigger and better by adding some of our key talented players into the mix.” The Hartford stations involved in the Connoisseur transaction with Buckley are talkers WDRC-AM, WSNG, WMMW, and WWCO (all using “The Talk of Connecticut” slogan); and classic hits WDRC-FM. Out at WDRC-FM with the change are program director and air personality Grahame Winters and jocks Mike Stevens, Rockin’ Ron Sedaille, and Floyd Wright.
Radio One Shuffles Talent, Adds Shorty Da Prince at WKYS, Washington. There’s a talent shuffle at Radio One urban contemporary WKYS, Washington, DC as the station brings Shorty Da Prince aboard to host the evening show. As a result, EZ Street now follows the Russ Parr morning show from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Ange Ang moves to the afternoon drive slot from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Deja Perez remains host of “Kiss After Dark” from 12:00 midnight to 2:00 am. Shorty Da Prince comes to DC from Radio One in Cleveland. He is also the former host of BET’s “106 & Park.” WKYS program director Neke Howse comments, “This a very exciting time for WKYS. Everyone brings their own uniqueness and energy. I’m sure the DMV will love them as much as I do.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Taking over for former CHR WBBO, Ocean Acres, New Jersey and AC WWZY, Long Branch, New Jersey “Fun 107.1” PD Matt Kelso is Mike Ryan, who makes a return to the Press Communications-owned stations. In the past, Ryan was APD/MD and evening host at WBBO. Ryan was most recently serving as producer for WKTU, New York’s Cubby & Cindy morning show…..At Broadway Media’s country KEGA, Salt Lake City, “The Eagle,” Keith Stubbs rejoins the station he left in May of 2013 to partner with Jon Watkins for the Jon & Keith show. Stubbs replaces Amanda Jones who exited to devote her attention to motherhood. The station also promotes Chantel Lauren to the on-air producer position for the program…..Doug the Slug (Sluggo) is back on the air in Los Angeles as a personality on the 80s alternative-formatted KROQ-HD2 where he holds down the 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm show. Doug exited KROQ-FM two years ago.
Award-Winning Radio Show Producer Gary Theroux Seeks Syndication Deal. On the heels of nabbing a Best Online Radio Program award from the 2014 New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards, producer and host Gary Theroux is shopping the “The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll” for a syndication deal. Theroux reports that the daily 2 ½ minute feature is currently heard only on the internet three times a day, Monday through Friday over rewoundradio.com and supernovaradio.co. He also wrote and co-produced the epic, 52-hour Billboard award-winning “History of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” and is seeking a partner to market both the shortform daily feature version and a new, two-hour weekly ongoing series incarnation of “The History” to broadcast radio stations. He says each fast-paced episode of the daily feature interweaves excerpts from three sequential classic hits by an artist with revealing interview clips. “It’s fascinating fun. Once you learn the true facts behind the songs and stars you thought you knew, they become all that much more special — because now you know the sometimes silly, sometimes sad, often incredible and always unforgettable inside stories.” Each weekly episode of the two-hour version will explore a different facet of pop music history, allowing time to play the key hits in full amid the fun facts and star commentary.
Let Them Eat Cake. With all the Beatlemania half-century anniversary stuff going on this year, this blast from the past – courtesy of Westwood One talk star Jim Bohannon – will certainly take you back. It was January 1, 1965, and KICK, Springfield, Missouri disc jockeys Michael Wolfgang (l) and Jim Bohannon (the nerd on the right), both 20, decided to send the Beatles an 8’ by 3’ cake with their pictures in the icing, to commemorate release of the “Beatles 65″ album. Bohannon tells RadioInfo, “We traded out the box, the cake, and Campbell’s Express shipping company for publicity, which made the national wires. We even carried the darned thing through the streets of Springfield with police escort to a local retailer’s show window, where it was displayed for a week. Standing between us is Springfield singer Della Rae, promoted at the time as the next Brenda Lee. The Sporty 1340 wasn’t a bad little station then, including Les Garland and newsman Charles McCord. That’s a fair staff for $1.87 an hour.”
Hangin’ with Austin Webb. That’s KFKF, Kansas City morning host and program director Dale Carter (right) with Streamsound Records country recording artist Austin Webb (left) hanging out together before Webb’s appearance headlining the station’s “Red, White and Blue Springs 4th of July” extravaganza held on the campus of Blue Springs High School at Peve Stadium in Blue Springs, Missouri.
Ginny Morris Transitions to CEO of Hubbard Radio; Bruce Reese to Special Advisor Role. Since 1996, Bruce Reese had been serving Bonneville as president and CEO prior to the acquisition of the Bonneville stations by Hubbard in 2011. He kept his president and CEO role and joined Hubbard. Ginny Morris has been chair of the Hubbard board since 2011. Now, Reese will step back into a special advisor role and Morris will become chief executive officer. The company states that Reese has been “instrumental in the transition when the 17 Bonneville radio stations across four markets (Washington, D.C., Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati) were purchased by Hubbard Radio. The acquisition also meant the addition of 547 Bonneville employees.” Morris says, “Working with Bruce over these last three-and-a-half years on the integration, first on the Bonneville assets and subsequently those we bought from Sandusky and merged into a new Hubbard Radio, has been a great experience. Bruce is smart and strategic and he shares many of the values that our family holds dear — a commitment to localism, honesty and integrity. He has helped to establish a great foundation for the company and we are grateful to still have the benefit of his wise counsel.” Reese comments, “Over the last two decades, I’ve had the opportunity to run two great radio companies. After Bonneville was brought into Hubbard Radio, we all worked to preserve the values and spirit of both organizations while creating one corporate identity and culture. The success of the transition has exceeded my hopes, and I am grateful for the trust shown to me by Ginny and the entire Hubbard Radio family. Our company is performing well, and the time is right for Ginny to step into this role. I look forward to continuing to work with the Hubbard team in an advisory capacity while eagerly looking forward to the next chapter in my life.”
Gene & Julie Show Takes Over Mornings on WRAL, Raleigh. The new morning drive program in Capitol Broadcasting Company’s adult contemporary WRAL, Raleigh “MIX 101.5” is “The Gene & Julie Show” featuring married co-hosts Gene and Julie Gates. The duo begins its new gig on July 28. Station GM Ardie Gregory says, “The Gene and Julie show is smart, funny and real; elements we believe relate to the core ‘MIX’ listener. This is a proven morning show with great chemistry and a successful track record. We know that personalities are a powerful asset for traditional radio and are very excited that Gene and Julie are joining us.” Gene and Julie Gates met in 1995 and have worked in numerous markets, including an eight-year run at CBS RADIO’s KVIL, Dallas where they achieved #1 ratings status in morning drive. The pair takes over for Mike Chase and Lynda Loveland who exited in May after nine months together. Chase returned to Portland where he co-hosts mornings at country KWJJ “99.5 The Wolf.” Loveland had worked at the station for 15 years including with previous longtime morning host Bill Jordan, who retired last August.
Melony Torres Joins WRQX, Washington for Middays/APD-MD Gig. Moving from the record end of the business back to the radio side is Melony Torres who takes on the midday personality, APD and music director roles at Cumulus Media’s CHR WRQX, Washington “All the Hits 107.3.” Torres most recently was with Epic Records as national director of rhythm promotion based in Los Angeles. WRQX program director Rick Gillette says, “Melony is someone I’ve been trying to hire for more than two years. She’s passionate about music, a gifted student of programming and dynamic and engaging on the air — a true trifecta of talent. With apologies to FLOTUS, I’m sure it won’t be long until she’s the most powerful woman in Washington.” Torres comments, “I’m baaaack! I’m beyond excited for my return to radio and to work alongside Gillette. He is someone I look up to as one of the best programmers in the business. I’d also like to thank John Dickey and Mike McVay for giving me such a great opportunity to further my career with Cumulus in the phenomenal DC market.”
Alpha Media Promotes Portland Cluster Marketing Pro Randi P’Pool to Corporate Position. This promotion for Portland market director of marketing Randi P’Pool comes shortly after the completed merger of Alpha Broadcasting, L&L Broadcasting and Main Line Broadcasting. P’Pool’s new title is corporate VP of marketing and promotions. Alpha Media president/CEO Bob Proffitt states, “I’m very happy Randi has accepted this position, as she has proven to be an invaluable asset to our Portland cluster and now will be true resource to the Alpha Media markets. She is creative, intelligent, and relentless – perfect qualifications for a corporate VP of marketing and promotions.” P’Pool comments, “I owe much gratitude to Bob Proffitt, Scott Mahalick and Larry Wilson for giving me the opportunity to be part of this exciting journey not only in radio but within our company. I look forward to continuing to grow and promote the live and local brand across all of our markets.” Prior to joining Alpha Broadcasting three years ago, P’Pool served with Citadel Broadcasting in the Salt Lake City market.
RadioInfo Career Moves. At Clear Channel’s Tampa cluster, Fernando Bauermeister is promoted from his general sales manager position to vice president of sales for the entire cluster…..KDND, Sacramento “107.9 The End” evening personality Ashley Nickels leaves the station for new frontiers after a three-year stint at the Entercom CHR outlet…..Townsquare Media names Brian Lang market manager for its Portland, Maine station group that includes adult contemporary WHOM, rock WBLM, alternative WCYY and CHR WJBQ “Q97.9.” Prior to this new gig, Lang was vice president and director of sales for CBS RADIO’s Tampa cluster…..Matt Kelso leaves Press Communications-owned CHR WBBO, Ocean Acres, New Jersey (Monmouth-Ocean market) where he was PD and morning drive co-host. Additionally, Kelso programmed the company’s adult contemporary WWZY, Long Branch, New Jersey “Fun 107.1.”…..Josh Hooper takes the permanent afternoon drive on-air position at One Connection Media Group-owned Christian contemporary WCVO, Columbus Ohio. He also serves as the station’s director of brand audio.
Cumulus Media’s ‘Radio 103.9’ New York Debuts Today. With the Tom Joyner show holding down the morning drive slot and D.L. Hughley in afternoon drive, Cumulus’ new urban format officially launches today (7/7). The former WFAS-FM, Westchester is operating under new calls WNBM licensed to Bronxville, New York.
Empire Broadcasting Launches ‘Mix 106.1’ in Albany. The new format, described by Empire Broadcasting COO Neerav Patel as a modern version of a classic hits station, is airing on translator W291BY, Albany at 106.1. According to a story in the Albany Business Review, the station is playing hit music from 1980 to 2005 as Empire targets people whose musical tastes developed during that era. The company had been simulcasting hot AC WAIX on the 106.1 frequency.
WYD Media Ad Sales Debuts. The New York-based sales venture being launched by WYD Media Management is called WYD Media Ad Sales, LLC and former Westwood One EVP of talk sales John Murphy takes the helm as president. WYD CEO Ron Hartenbaum announces the company will focus on personality-created spoken word content that’s distributed across multiple platforms such as audio, digital, video and more. He adds, “Based on his 30-year track record of success in national radio ad sales, specifically in the spoken word format, John is the ideal sales and marketing executive to build WYD Media Ad Sales.” Murphy, who spent more than a decade with Westwood One, comments, “This is the best time to start a new venture that focuses on monetizing spoken word content as the format expands across numerous distribution platforms. I look forward to working with WYD’s existing clients as well as creating new partnerships and content opportunities.” During his career Murphy has repped such talent as: Charles Osgood, Laura Ingraham, Stephanie Miller, Ed Schultz, Clark Howard, Herman Cain, Mark Levin, Dennis Miller, John Gibson, John Tesh, Brian Kilmeade, Thom Hartmann, Lars Larson, Neal Boortz and more.
‘MIX 94.7’ Austin’s Jay Styles to Take ‘Courage Walk’ for Wounded Warrior Project. Afternoon radio personality Jay Styles is preparing for the coming 100-mile Courage Walk to help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and soldiers and veterans battling PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Styles’ show is heard on Entercom’s hot AC WAMX, Austin “MIX 94.7.” Beginning Monday, July 28, he’ll walk 20 miles each day hoping to raise $20,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Styles (pictured here training with a full pack) comments, “I have battled depression for the past decade, so depression is a deeply personal issue for me. I am doing this walk to raise awareness of the consistent growth of the PTSD epidemic with our brave military veterans. I am a proud American and supporter of the men and women who serve our country. If I can in some small way be a voice and get more much needed help, I have begun to accomplish my goal.”
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