General Music Radio Industry News

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

| September 16, 2014

iheartmedia logoClear Channel Becomes iHeartMedia.  This is a major name change for a heritage radio company, but, as the press release indicates, it reflects the company’s belief that it’s become a “one-of-a-kind multi-platform media company” that has moved beyond just radio.  Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman states, “iHeartMedia reflects our commitment to being the media company that provides the most entertainment to the most engaged audiences wherever they go, with more content and more events in more places on more devices.  We have massive consumer reach and influence across our platforms because we know how to program the live content people want to hear, see and share right now, we are the largest mobile media company in existence — more than 60 percent of our broadcast usage is out of home, compared to just 30 percent for other mobilepittmanbob devices — and we deliver more live programming than any other media company today, built on the national and local on-air personalities who are the heart of our powerful broadcast radio franchises.  Combined with Clear Channel Outdoor’s reach of over half a billion people worldwide across 30 countries and five continents, it’s clear that no other company can match our reach or broad spectrum of media platforms.”  Clear Channel Outdoor will retain its name.  Pittman adds, “In a world where 2x ROI is judged as successful, Nielsen has shown that radio delivers 6x ROI on average.  It’s because we combine the power and predictably of mass reach with the immediacy and relevance of live programming and the unique and powerful engagement that consumers have with their favorite radio stations and personalities.  The opportunity for the new iHeartMedia is to use all of these industry-leading assets together in new ways — extending our massive reach and cultural influence across radio, outdoor, digital, social and live events to make it easier for advertisers to deliver the most relevant, real-time messages across all our platforms at scale, amplified by social media and mobile, to get a superior ROI to other media.”

gosselindonGosselin Moves to San Antonio to Program iHeartMedia Country Duo.  Coming to the San Antonio cluster from iHeartMedia’s New Orleans station group where he was operations manager is Don Gosselin, who will handle the programming duties at country KAJA “KJ 97” and classic country KRPT “92.5 K_BUC.”  Gosselin comments, “There are very rare times in our careers when the perfect opportunity becomes available at the perfect time.  ‘KJ 97’ is a legendary station, currently nominated for two CMA awards, in one of the strongest country markets in the US.  Between that and K-BUC’s legacy, I look forward to leading these two brands to even greater success.”  At the same time, Bree Wagner, currently music director, adds APD stripes for the two stations.

jacksondave supadave‘SupaDave’ to Program Entercom Greenville CHR and AC Outlets.  Moving from SummitMedia’s crosstown cluster, Dave Jackson, a.k.a. “SupaDave,” is named program director for Entercom’s CHR WFBC, Greenville, South Carolina “B93.7” and sister AC WSPA-FM “MAGIC 98.9.”  Entercom Greenville VP/market manager Steve Sinicropi says, “Dave has years of in-market programming experience that will help make our great stations even better.  He knows most of the team at ‘B93.7,’ our market-leading top 40, including the talent on our dominant Hawk & Tom morning show.  I am also excited about the energy and ideas he will be bringing to ‘MAGIC 98.9,’ the only true market AC.”

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americangeneralmediaAmerican General Media’s Albuquerque-Santa Fe Operations Management Restructured.  In the Albuquerque-Santa Fe markets, American General Media makes some management changes to its operations with Bill Kruger now serving as regional director in charge of the Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Four Corners properties.  Kruger will oversee all stations and related business activities for the Albuquerque and Santa Fe groups as well as his continued oversight of the stations in the Four Corners communities.  Also, Matt Rader is named director of operations and marketing for the Albuquerque and Santa Fe stations.  He’ll oversee all areas of programming, promotions, marketing and event marketing.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Erie Radio Company’s CHR WEHP, Erie “Happi 92.7,” Mark Feather resigns as program director and afternoon drive personality for the station…..Jonathan West is the new afternoon personality at Townsquare Media-owned country WWJO, St. Cloud, Minnesota “98 Country.”  West comes from Leighton Broadcasting’s crosstown country outlet KZPK “Wild Country 99.”

scba logoSCBA and Nielsen Audio Team for Presentation.  The presentation for Southern California clients and ad agencies will take place on October 30.  The Southern California Broadcasters Association is partnering with Nielsen Audio to “showcase the value of Southern California radio and spotlight new research findings from Nielsen on the link between audio advertising and its impact on ROI as well as its effectiveness.”  SCBA president Thom Callahan states, “We wanted to create a compelling event that would significantly enhance broadcast radio’s value to our clients and agencies by showcasing Nielsen’s recent ROI findings.  The economic effectiveness of radio can now be fully proven with Nielsen mining its deep arsenal to demonstrate the power of radio and to help our clients understand how audio advertising drives business results.”  The SCBA says the event is a “call to action” to the ad industry to change the question from “should we use Radio” to “how we should use Radio.”  It will take place at iHeartMedia’s iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank.

Monday, September 15, 2014

| September 15, 2014

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kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR and Rhythmic Hot AC.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents this analysis of the rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC formats based on the latest August 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio.  In addition to tracking the performances of these stations over the past six PPM surveys, the piece also takes a look at fluctuations from the July PPM, changes compared to the August 2013 PPM survey, station market rank, plus a comparative chart tracking the performances of mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC.  See Mike Kinosian’s complete story here.

wittmayerjustinWittmayer Named Cumulus San Francisco Market Manager.  The new vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media’s San Francisco station group is Justin Wittmayer who joins from Clear Channel’s Miami cluster where he was VP of sales.  Wittmayer also worked for Clear Channel in the Bay Area as GSM and market manager for that company’s San Jose stations.  Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati says, “Our business in San Francisco is very complex.  The assortment of formats, which now include Nash FM, coupled with three major sports teams requires a leader who understands how to maximize revenue and cash flow from each.  Justin not only understands what it takes to drive revenue, he knows how to run a business.  His years of experience in the Bay Area will serve us well with the relationships he’s established in the ad community and with recruiting top talent.  We are thrilled to welcome Justin to the Cumulus family – now at the helm of our San Francisco operations.”

biakelseyBIA/Kelsey Study Indicates Social Media an Important Means of Promotion for Small and Medium Businesses.  The study from BIA/Kelsey is called Local Commerce Monitor and the full findings of the study will be presented to clients attending the firm’s LEADING IN LOCAL: SMB Digital Marketing conference taking place September 22-24, in New Orleans.  What’s relevant to radio is the growing importance of marketing via social media to small- and medium-size businesses.  The study surveyed 546 local businesses and determined that almost 75% report using social media to market their businesses with those businesses using 21.4% of their marketing budgets on social media.  As suspected, Facebook is the dominant form of social media, with 55.1% of SMBs reporting they have a Facebook page for their business.  LinkedIn came in second at 31%.  But other social media that are being used for marketing by SMBs include Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

virgintimCumulus Begins Rebuilding ‘The Loop’ in Chicago.  On Friday, Cumulus Media said goodbye to nine-year afternoon personality Patrick Capone, morning man Maxwell and other staffers and brought in former WLUP-FM, Chicago jock Tim Virgin for the afternoon drive show.  Also joining the station formarielyndsey middays is Lyndsey Marie, who comes from her most recent gig at the company’s rock WNNX, Atlanta, and Pyke, who is the new evening personality.  The station is beginning the search for a new morning show.  EVP, programming and content John Dickey says, “This is a part of the continuing evolution of WLUP.  Chicago is a city known for great personalities and this new lineup continues that tradition.”  Station PD Wade Linder adds, “Chicago has a high expectation for the personalities on ‘The Loop,’ so we’re thrilled to have Tim, Lyndsey and Pyke join us.  Now, we start our search for Loop’s next amazing morning team.”

maxxmelissaKLOS, Los Angeles Ups Maxx to Middays.  Giving program director Derek Madden more time to focus on PD duties is part of the reason evening personality Melissa Maxx moves up to the midday show at Cumulus Media’s LA rock outlet KLOS.  Maxx has been with KLOS since 2010 and was previously executive producer and VJ for the first made-for-mobile music video channel, Altitude.  She has also appeared in numerous TV shows and commercials as both a host and an actress.  Before moving to Los Angeles in 2005 she was the co-host of the nightly “Deek and Melissa Show” on WBCN in Boston.  Madden says of Maxx, “Melissa has done a tremendous job in nights for the past year, doing a heavily interactive show that has garnered a really unique fan base.  I’m excited to share this show with an even larger audience during daylight hours.”

blackleycarsonCarson Moves to CC’s Pittsburgh Country Station.  Filling in the air talent at Clear Channel’s new Pittsburgh country station WPGB-FM “Big 104.7,” the company moves Carson Blackley from its Raleigh CHR outlet WDCG “G105” to become the midday jock.  The station, which flipped from talk this summer, will air Premiere’s Bobby Bones in morning drive.

Giessinger Named GSM for CC Minneapolis.  Taking the role of GSM for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s Minneapolis station group is Grant Giessinger.  He joins the company from CBS RADIO’s Minneapolis cluster.  He’s worked for Clear Channel in the past, having served as sales manager and VP/GM for the company’s North Dakota stations.

gunhillroadHarrisonEvery 40 Years.  That’s the amazingly apt name of the soon-to-be released third album of the legendary band GUNHILL ROAD whose first two LPs (Mercury and Kama Sutra) were “turntable” favorites back on FM rock radio in the early 1970s.  Pop music observers will remember the one AM radio hit single these collections yielded titled, “Back When My Hair Was Short,” which still gets airplay on classic hits stations around the country including SiriusXM’s “70s on 7.”  After a colorful few years of concerts, airplay and television appearances, the trio faded from the scene in the mid-70s going their separate ways into different fields of endeavor.  However, they remained friends and in contact during the decades that followed.  To make a long (but fascinating) story short, GUNHILL ROAD recently got back together and went into the studio where the band recorded an album of 19 brand new original songs.  RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison, who along with then-station mates Richard Neer, Dennis Elsas and the late Pete Fornatale, championed the group back in his days as morning show host on WNEW-FM, New York (1972-73), describes this new music as “a pop cultural archeological treasure yielding 19 category-busting songs that would have been considered major league even back in the day when the music really mattered on so many levels.”  Harrison further describes GUNHILL ROAD as “one of the greatest bands from the golden era of album rock that, for reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with their talent, didn’t make it to the really, really big time that their art so richly warranted.”   Harrison says, “It is a miraculous turn of events that we will all have another chance to experience GUNHILL ROAD when Every 40 Years is released next month – absolutely miraculous!”  Meantime, the group played a very special pre-release reunion concert this past Saturday night (9/13) to a packed, wildly enthusiastic house of Boomers and Millennials at New York City’s legendary club The Bitter End where it all began for them more than four decades ago.  The show was introduced by Harrison and filmed by movie director Eric Goldrich’s A2A Productions for inclusion in a feature-length retrospective set for release in 2015 chronicling GUNHILL ROAD’s journey from the early days of the Greenwich Village music scene to their unlikely 21st century rebirth.  Interesting note:  Back in 1972, to show appreciation for playing their album and first single “42nd Street,” GUNHILL ROAD presented then-22 year old DJ Mike Harrison with a homemade gold record with the inscription, “Hearing you play 42nd Street on WNEW-FM is worth a million to us.”  According to Harrison, “That was the first ‘award’ I had received in the music business and it absolutely blew me away.  Even though I went on to receive dozens and dozens of RIAA certified gold and platinum records in my career that followed, nothing touchedgunhillroadoldpic my heart as much as that homemade gold paint-sprayed, drugstore-framed plaque – and it hung on my wall for decades and decades to follow right next to Bruce Springsteen, Supertramp and Fleetwood Mac.”  Pictured above and left at Saturday’s concert is the band presenting Harrison with a new homemade plaque with a gold paint-sprayed CD of the forthcoming “Every 40 Years” album.  Pictured (l-r):  GUNHILL ROAD main songwriter/lead singer/lead guitarist Glenn Leopold; keyboardist/singer Steve Goldrich; Harrison; and bass guitarist/singer Paul Reisch.  Stay tuned to RadioInfo for a major feature story about the odyssey of GUNHILL ROAD by Mike Kinosian and the release of Every 40 Years coming in October.  For more information about this most unusual band, please click here.  Pictured at bottom right (from left to right) are Glenn Leopold, Steve Goldrich and Paul Reisch during the first incarnation of GUNHILL ROAD.

wgee Duke logoWGEE, Green Bay Goes Country with DUKE FM.  With the flip of Midwestern Communications WGEE-FM, Green Bay from rock to country, the station is now airing the Envision Networks and Kroeger Media Inc. country format DUKE FM.  Midwest Communications VP of programming Jeff McCarthy says, “Country music continues to progress with boundless new artists and songs, but we can’t ignore the amazing artists and songs that have come before.  With country leader ‘Y100’ supplying today’s hits, ‘DUKE FM’ generates a home for the legends of country music throughout Northeast Wisconsin.  ‘DUKE FM’ and ‘Y100’ are a wonderful complement to each other and we’re honored to have them on the same team.”

wzlr logoCox Dayton Classic Hits Outlet ’95.3 The Eagle’ Goes Commercial Free on Weekends.  Taking a page from CBS RADIO’s “92.3 AMP Radio” in New York which went commercial free on weekends during the summer, Cox Media Group classic hits station WZLR, Dayton “95.3 The Eagle” is clearing its air of commercials on Saturdays and Sundays in hopes people will listen on weekends to the commercial-free station, decide they like the music and listen more during the week.  The company’s VP of marketing and branding, Nick Roberts, tells the Dayton Daily News that he doesn’t know of any other station in the country that is currently doing this.

Friday, September 12, 2014

| September 12, 2014

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Mainstream CHR.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of the mainstream CHR format based on the latest August 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio.  Read this piece to see how the CHR stations in America’s PPM markets fared in August and over the previous five ratings surveys; how the numbers fluctuated from the July 2014 survey; how they performed compared to August of 2013; how the stations ranked in their respective markets; and more.  See the complete analysis here.

marconiimage2014 Marconi Award Winners Announced.  The winners of this year’s Marconi Awards were revealed at the 25th Anniversary NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show at the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis last night.  This year’s honorees are:  Legendary Station — WFAN-FM, New York; Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year — Rush Limbaugh, Premiere Radio Networks; Major Market Personality of the Year — Kevin and Bean, KROQ-FM, Los Angeles; Large Market Personality of the Year — Ryan and Shannon, KSTP-FM, St. Paul; Medium Market Personality of the Year — Kevin Miller, KIDO-AM, Boise; Small Market Personality of the Year — Dottie Ray, KXIC-AM, Iowa City; Major Market Station of the Year — KKBQ-FM, Houston; Large Market Station of the Year — WTMJ-AM, Milwaukee; Medium Market Station of the Year — WOWO-AM, Fort Wayne; Small Market Station of the Year — KFGO-AM, Fargo; AC Station of the Year — WBEB-FM, Philadelphia; CHR Station of the Year — KQKS-FM, Denver; Country Station of the Year — KCYY-FM, San Antonio; News/Talk Station of the Year — WLW-AM, Cincinnati; Oldies Station of the Year — WOGL-FM, Philadelphia; Religious Station of the Year — KLTY-FM, Dallas; Rock Station of the Year — KROQ-FM, Los Angeles; Spanish Station of the Year — KLZT-FM, Austin; Sports Station of the Year — WBZ-FM, Boston; Urban Station of the Year — WHQT-FM, Coral Gables, Florida; Non-Commercial Station of the Year — WRHU-FM, Long Island.

WHRUMarconiHofstra University’s WRHU Wins Marconi for Best Non-Commercial Station.  Celebrating the 2014 Marconi Award for Best Non-Commercial station for Hofstra University’s WRHU, Hempstead, New York are (from left to right): Brianna Borresen, news director WRHU; John Mullen, director of operations WRHU Radio Hofstra University; John Shea, VP and market manager of COX Long Island and member of Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; and Heather Cohen, EVP of The Weiss Agency and member of the Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication advisory board and president of the Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Alumni Association.

radioshow14Notes & Quotes from Indy.  Reporting from the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis for RadioInfo is media consultant Holland Cooke who delivers today’s analysis.  He reports on former Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s speech on management tactics; the NAB Leadership Breakfast featuring CumulusLew Dickey, Clear Channel’s Bob Pittman, and CBS RADIO’s Dan Mason; Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker’s brutally frank assessment of the state of the radio business; and more.  Read Holland Cooke’s full report here.

americancountrycountdownFlorida Georgia Line to Host ‘American Country Countdown Awards.’  The new country awards show that’s a cooperative effort of Cumulus Media, dick clark productions and FOX TV is set to air on national television on December 15 and it’s just been announced that Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line will host the telecast.  The show, which takes its name from the Westwood One-syndicated “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks” program, will emanate from Music City Center in Nashville and will feature the first-ever “NASH Icons” award winner.   dick clark productions EVP, programing and development Mark Bracco says, “Brian and Tyler are incredible artists and friends with undeniable chemistry that will make them the perfect hosts for the first-ever “American Country Countdown Awards.”

moonveslesMoonves Has Radio Industry Buzzing Over Possible Sale of Stations – Again.  Appearing on CNBC on Wednesday, CBS Corp. president and CEO Les Moonves was asked about the possibility of the company selling some of its radio assets and, as he’s said in the past, he replied that “you might see us try to trim down radio in that some of our radio stations aren’t in major markets.”  What most industry watchers remember is that CBS is willing to sell some of the non-major market stations, but his company has a history of wanting top dollar for these outlets and right now it’s a buyer’s market.  Where CBS differs from some of its fellow station owners is that the CBS stations are paid for and generating income.  As Moonves says, radio is a “slow growth” business, but there is no debt on the radio group so any future sale would not be the result of desperation.

whxt logoAlpha Adds Signal to Columbia Hip Hop Outlet WHXT.  The flip of country WSCZ, Columbia at 93.9 to a simulcast of sister hip hop WHXT “Hot 103.9” is designed to give the station better coverage of the market, according to Alpha Media Columbia VP and market manager Mike Hartel, who says, “I’ve been amazed at what this station has been able to accomplish through the support of a very loyal and very passionate fan base, and I am thrilled to be able to serve the entire market and most of Central South Carolina with Hot 103.9 and 93.9.”  WHXT is licensed to Orangeburg, south of Columbia.  WSCZ is licensed to Winnsboro, north of Columbia.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

| September 11, 2014

cookeholland‘The Golden Age of Audio Consumption.’ Reporting from Indianapolis, media consultant Holland Cooke summarizes some of the sessions he’s attended at both the RAIN Summit and the 2014 Radio Show.radioshow14  Edison Research president Larry Rosin is quoted referring to the current era as the “golden age of audio consumption” noting that, according to his company’s research, Americans spend roughly a fourth of their day listening to some form of audio.  While this may be true, how this falls out for AM/FM radio is open to interpretation.  Is it an opportunity for AM/FM radio or just a sign that other forms – read: digital – are poised to overtake AM/FM’s dominance in the near future.  That is THE topic being discussed at the NAB/RAB-produced Radio Show this week.  Read Holland Cooke’s entire column here.

americasgreatesthitsScott Shannon Syndicated Classic Hits Show to Debut.  In a program development from CBS RADIO, WCBS-FM, New York morning personality and radio legend Scott Shannon will host a new weekend, syndicated classic hits show titled, “America’s Greatest Hits.”  The program will debut the weekend of October 18-19 on 10 of CBS RADIO’s classic hits O&Os across the country, including on WCBS-FM.  It will also be distributed nationally by United Stations Radio Networks.  The four-hour show will be highlighted by artist interviews, song countdowns, one-hit-wonders and commentary from Shannon himself, among other features.  CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero says, “Scott has established himself as one of the leading authorities on music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and is among the best storytellers to ever grace the airwaves – it’s why he’s been so successful anchoring the lineup at WCBS-FM.  Today’s announcement takes what he does on a day-to-day basis and expands it to millions of listeners nationwide.”

kimberybeckbroweeseClear Channel Flips Classic Rock ’95.1 The Brew’ to ‘Radio 95.1’; Oldies WODX Becomes ‘107.3 The Bull.’  Two format flips and talent changes take place at Clear Channel’s Rochester cluster where classic rocker WQBW becomes “Radio 95.1” – a format the company is calling “an innovative rock and personality-based station.”  Coming to the station for afternoon drive there after being let go from their most recent role at Entercom’s crosstown rock WBZA “98.9 The Buzz” are Kimberly & Beck.  The two were fired from WBZA after commenting on a news story about the city’s health care plan paying for gender reassignment surgery in a way management felt was “hateful.”  In addition to their 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm shift at WQBQ, Kimberly & Beck will host a one-hour evening show on sister news/talk WHAM at 8:00 pm.  And, flipping from oldies to country is WODX which becomes “107.3 The Bull, Rochester’s New Hit Country.”  The station is playing 10,000 songs in a row commercial free and will feature Premiere NetworksBobby Bones show in morning drive later this fall. Pictured here with WQBW morning personality Brother Weese (center), are Kimberly (left) and Beck (right).

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the San Antonio Alpha Media cluster, Mark Landis exits his program director position for CHR KTFM and adult hits KJXK “Jack FM.”  Prior to Alpha Media’s purchase of the stations, Landis was Border Media Partners’ director of English programming…..At Journal Broadcast Group’s country WCYQ, Knoxville “Q100.3,” Kevin King is named program director for the station, taking over for Mike Hammond who recently exited the radio business.  King leaves ADX Communications‘ country WYCT, Pensacola “Cat Country 98.7” where he was operations manager to move to Knoxville…..Clear Channel brings Josh Klinger to Washington from the company’s Atlanta operations to serve as evening host at alternative WWDC “DC101.”…..Alpha Media names Rachel Davis promotions director for its Richmond cluster.  Davis moves south from her previous post at Albany Broadcasting where she was also promotions director.

dickeyjohnzacksangPartying with Westwood One.  The 2014 NAB/RAB Radio Show is the scene of a lot of industry parties, including the one last night presented by Westwood One.  Pictured here are Cumulus Media EVP, content and programming John Dickey (left) and Zach Sang, host of the WYD Media-produced and WW1-distributed “Zach Sang and the Gang” syndicated CHR program (right).  At the party, attendees were entertained by country acts Chase Rice and Montgomery Gentry, numerous WW1 personalities were on hand to mingle with guests and network partners.  The network gave away a pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLIX and a pair of tickets to the NCAA Final Four.

trainorechosmith‘PLANET 102.3’ Brings Meghan Trainor and Echosmith to Corpus Christi for ‘Back to School’ Concert.  CHR outlet KKPN, Corpus Christi is treating listeners to a free double-bill concert featuring Meghan Trainor and Echosmith on Wednesday, September 24.  The Convergent Broadcasting-owned station says, “This caliber of talent is almost unheard of in a market the size of Corpus Christi.  And to add to that, ‘PLANET 102.3’ is putting on the show absolutely FREE to our listeners!”  Trainor’s “All About the Bass” and Echosmith’s “Cool Kids” are in heavy rotation on CHR stations across the country.  The station is giving away free tickets to the concert at remote broadcasts throughout the market beginning next week.

joynerMcDsTom Joyner Sets Lunch Record at Jackson Affiliate.  The power of the Tom Joyner show was on display as the ReachMedia-syndicated personality broke a record at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Jackson, Mississippi serving more than 400 cars – shattering their previous record according to local McDonald’s owner MyJoy Inc – and serving up free lunch to his listeners from radio station WKXI, Jackson “Kixie 107 FM.”  Joyner (pictured here at the drive-thru window) and his crew are on a tour of his affiliate stations and are visiting four this week including KMEZ, New Orleans; KQXL, Baton Rouge; and KJMS, Memphis.  The show is visiting other affiliates every other week through November.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

| September 10, 2014

cookehollandRadio Roundup from Indy.  Media consultant Holland Cooke is on the ground in Indianapolis reporting from the 2014 Radio Show.  The three-day convention produced by the NAB and the RAB begins today but plenty was happening yesterday at the RAIN Summit.  Some of the news from Indy includes: Nielsen Audio’s Jeff Wender swearing that measuring digital is the company’s biggest priority; RAIN’s Kurt Hanson explaining the problems with HD Radio and why online radio is about six years away from catching up with AM/FM in terms of listenership; and Podcast One’s Norm Pattiz declaring that “there’s no showbiz in radio anymore!”  To read Holland Cook’s complete report, click here.

maddenbrothersDuane Doobie’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (9/10) includes such names as:Madden Brothers, Moby, Skylar Grey, Eminem, Lauren Winans, Jennifer Paige, Vance Joy, Glass Animals, U2, Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Josh Grider, Brittany Marie, Chainsmokers, Siren, I See Monstas, and Future User among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

astraAstra Named Afternoon Host at ’92.3 AMP Radio’ in New York.  As had been rumored since she left her midday position at Cox Radio’s CHR WBLI, Long Island, Astra is joining CBS RADIO to host the afternoon drive program at WBMP “92.3 AMP Radio.”  This marks a return to CBS RADIO for Astra who previously produced the morning program at what is now “Fresh 102.7.”  She comments, “I am honored and blessed to be joining the team at ‘92.3 AMP radio.’  It’s been my dream to work in the #1 market.  To have landed the afternoon drive position, I can say that all of my hard work has paid off… dreams do come true.  I can’t wait to crack that mic and make noise in New York City.”

warq logoProgramming Changes at Alpha Media’s CHR WARQ, Columbia.  At the Columbia, South Carolina cluster of Alpha Media, Greg Pitt is officially named program director at CHR WARQ, “Q93.5.”  At the same time, the station announced that Brendan Croghan is named morning host and APD at the station.  He comes to Columbia from the Brunswick, Georgia market where he worked for Golden Isles Broadcasting.  Alpha Media Columbia VP and market manager Mike Hartel says, “Since day one, Greg has stepped in and provided great leadership and execution for ‘Q93.5’ to the point where this really became a no brainer.  By adding Brendan to the staff, we pick up someone who just gets morning radio, and who will add another infusion of creativity, experience, and energy to our programming team.”

thepointVermont Triple A ‘The Point’ Adds Signal in Middlebury Market.  The Montpelier Broadcasting-owned triple A outlet WNCS, Montpelier “The Point” adds another FM signal to the format on WIFY, Addison, Vermont at 93.7.  Program director Zeb Norris says, “We couldn’t be more excited by the expansion of our network!  With the addition of this 21,000 watt class C3 signal, ‘The Point’ can now be heard in parts of the Burlington/Plattsburg metro we didn’t reach before, including the gorgeous and economically vibrant college town of Middlebury, Vermont.  We know people in this area have an appetite for our award-winning adult album alternative programming and we’re thrilled to be able to serve them at 93.7 FM!”  The station is also heard on WDOT, Danville/Saint Johnsbury; WRJT, Royalton/White River Junction/Lebanon/Hanover; and three translators.

live ride logoEnvision Networks’ ‘The Live Ride’ Adds Affiliate; Celebrates  200 Episodes of ‘Classic Rock Live.’  A couple of announcements from Envision Networks as the syndicator’s “The Live Ride with Marty McFly” is added to the program schedule at KYUN-FM, Boise “106.7 The Canyon” to air at 6:00 pm on Sundays.  The show is hosted by 25-year country radio veteran Marty McFly and a weekly “concert” to country radio featuring live performances ofclassicrocklive logo current and recent chart hits by today’s biggest acts.  Also from Envision, the company proudly announces that this weekend marks the 200th episode of “Classic Rock Live,” the two hour classic rock show hosted by rock radio legend Pierre Robert of WMMR-FM, Philadelphia.  Program producer Steve Black states, “Pierre Robert is magical with his ability to transport people back to all the legendary tours, and historic locations.  His unmatched personal touch and our dedication to finding only the highest quality live music has made ‘Classic Rock Live’ the ultimate in appointment listening.”

cohenbethCohen Joins Cumulus DC as DOS.  Washington, DC media pro Beth Cohen is named director of sales at Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC cluster for news/talk WMAL-AM/FM and CHR WRQX “All the Hits 107.3.”  Cohen comes to Cumulus from Clear Channel’s crosstown operations where she was GSM for rock WWDC “DC101” and CHR WITH “Hot 99.5.”

clossontimWestwood One Adds Two to Affiliate Sales Staff.  Saying that the move comes as it continues to boost its programming and station partnerships, Westwood One announces the addition of Tim Closson and Todd Alan to is affiliate sales team.  Tim Closson will develop and manage Westwood One country radio syndication partnerships for “NASH Nights Live with Shawn Parr,” “Kickin’ It with Kix Brooksalantodd Overnights,” the newly announced NASH Icons, “American Country Countdown,” Lia, “Big Time with Whitney Allen,” “Country Weekly AM/PM,” “Country Gold with Randy Owen” and “Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton.”  He’ll also help to affiliate Westwood One Sports products, including CBS Sports Radio and NBC Sports Radio.  Todd Alan returns to Westwood One after serving as VP, affiliate sales and programming at Focus 360.  He will work closely with stations and affiliating various entertainment shows and services, including the Bob & Tom show, “Pop Crush Hosted by Billy Bush,” “Nights Live with Adam Bomb,” “Flashback,” “Backtrax USA hosted by Kid Kelly,” “The Daly Download with Carson Daly,” “The Weekend Countdown with Billy Bush,” and prep services.

ontap logo‘On Tap with Nik Carter’ Adds Affiliates.  The nationally syndicated classic rock show produced by VH1 and distributed by KMG Networks announces five new affiliates to the show.  KISM-FM, Bellingham, Washington; KRVQ-FM, Bakersfield; KDSN-FM, Sioux Falls; KVGB-FM, Great Bend, Kansas; and KZJH-FM, Jackson, Wyoming all add the program, hosted by Nik Carter, to their daily lineups.

bombadamRitaOraAdam Bomb at ‘Fashion Rocks.’  Broadcasting his Westwood One-syndicated “Nights Live with Adam Bomb” from the Music + Fashion = Fashion Rocks – a global charity fundraiser featuring a mashup of live performances by top music artists and fashions by the world’s top designers – at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn was a coup for Adam Bomb.  In addition to doing his show from the scene from which the TV show will be broadcast this evening (9/10), he interviewed artists performing tonight including Usher (who’s debuting the new single “She’s Gonna Give it to You”), Enrique Iglesias, Nico & Vinz, MAGIC! and Rita Ora (pictured here).