General Music Radio Industry News

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

| August 26, 2014

nashicon logo“Nash Icon Is to Country What Hot AC Is to CHR.” That was among the nuggets gleaned from an approximately 45-minute conference call conducted yesterday (Monday, 8/25) by Cumulus Media executive vice president and co-chief operating officer John Dickey, who gave an overview of the company’s new country offering and an overall status report of the format. Opining that today’s mainstream country is really “top 40 country,” he declares most mainstream country stations play very little gold product.  “It is extremely current-driven – there is no ‘hot AC’ in country.”  An oldies faction exists in thedickeyjohn format, but as Dickey explains, that’s classic country.  “Every week in country radio, we wake up to a potentially new #1 hit record.  As that music works its way up and down country radio stations, there is no repository for that music to exist in markets.”  It is his contention that most country facilities have libraries with no more than 150 songs in active rotation, which is “very reminiscent” of CHR.  “Most top 40 stations are under 100 [gold titles], and those are very tight libraries,” Dickey remarks.  In the next year or two, he anticipates that more non-country stations will question why they should be the third or fourth station in a format when they, “can be a broad-based coalition format very much like ‘Jack-FM’ did when it came on the scene.”  While likening Nash Icon to adult hits “Jack-FM,” Dickey “firmly” believes Nash Icon possesses “a lot more staying power, better fundamentals, and much less gimmickry.  A Nash Icon station can carve out huge audiences all to itself.” Dickey concedes this will take time to prove; Cumulus has already converted 15 of its stations into the Nash Icon format.  “Many people will take notice and see this as a viable format,” he predicts.  Starting “almost immediately,” Cumulus’ Westwood One will offer Nash Icon to affiliates, with Dickey pointing out the format will be up-and-running in the fourth quarter. “It is time for country to have a hot AC version of the country format.”

Country Artists React Favorably to Nash Icon. In fact, Cumulus Media executive vice president and co-chief operating officer John Dickey maintains country artists have “phenomenally welcomed” the company’s Nash Icon approach to the country format and the Nashville community has done “back-flips over it.”  Nash Icon is already brooksgarth“resonating big-time,” he states, and it “will only snowball.”  Artists are “grateful” that there is “interest again in what they do,” Dickey comments.  “They are not only appreciative but anxious to see this platform play out.  They are interacting with large, loyal audiences they have built up over the years.  They know this demand is out there.”  Many country artists have been “frustrated” with where the country format is today and Dickey contends, “It is difficult for them to participate,” but Nash Icon allows them “to have a place alongside the newer, younger guns” so they may “showcase what they have done in a contemporary way.”  Stressing that Nash Icon is not about nostalgia, retrospective, or what he calls “ESPN‘s version of ‘Where Are They Now,?’  Dickey explains, “These artists are alive, well, and they look great.”  Some or most are approaching age 50.  “They are in peak shape and at the peak of their careers creatively; they still have a lot left in the tank,” he emphasizes.  Achieving radio airplay has been a “dead-end street” for them so he imagines that they are “sitting on” a lot of music,chesneykenny since there is no motivation for them.  “Not too long ago, even Garth [Brooks] went through that about radio airplay.”  The difference of where Nash Icon is today and where Cumulus could be six months to a year from now with it is, in Dickey’s opinion, several solid ratings stories.  Representative artists of the Cumulus format, which has launched on 15 of the company’s properties, include the Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Judds, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Mary carpentermarychapinChapin Carpenter, and Lorrie Morgan.  “If you were to add up all the artists in a 25-year span [mid-1980s to the early-2000s] who have sold more than one million tickets and have had six to ten #1 hits, you would be amazed at how deep the list goes,” Dickey comments.  As a result, he does not expect Nash Icon will be at a loss for music, artists, or depth.  “This is a very contemporary format in its own right,” notes Dickey, who envisions it as being competitive among 25 – 34s and that it will “find a sweet spot” among 30 – 50s.  “It will be a very efficient format for advertisers and I expect it will have a similar male/female balance as country has today – perhaps a little more female.”  He looks for it to attract comparable cume to that of mainstream country.  “Just as hot AC is, we are a current-driven format.  Right now, we are about 25% current-driven and depending where the music comes in, over time, we might be as much as 40% current-driven.” When “exciting” country music comes out, Dickey states that Nash Icon will play it.  He made the comments yesterday (Monday, 8/25) in an industry conference call.

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Dickey Delivers Country History Lesson. The country format has experienced an amazing journey the last 25 – 30 years.  Cumulus Media executive vice president and co-chief operating officer John Dickey emphasizes that this is “an historic time” for the format.  Until the mid- 1980s, he recounts that – in most markets – country was not well-received by the advertising community.  “Very little was understood about the power of the audience,” notes Dickey who conducted an industry conference call yesterday (Monday, 8/25) to discuss his company’s Nash Icon format.  “Stereotypes of the format were alive and well.  Most people tried to position the format as ‘America’s favorite music.’  As the music started to transform, the business of country started to come full circle.”  Calling country one of the “most explosive formats in our business,” Dickey says it reaches approximately 100 million people in the United States.  “I am not making up or throwing out numbers,” he insists.  “If you take unduplicated cume of all country stations in the United States across 200+ [rated] markets, you get close to 85 – 90 million country listeners on that merit alone.  Country is probably the largest format in terms of appeal and market share.”  One of the strongest messages Dickey gave yesterday was that country is the last format of its size that has not fragmented.  “Rock has fragmented in so many different directions that it has created a state of emergency in that format – rock is in a tough spot,” he cautions.  For some reason, country has “resisted the urge to fragment.”  Extremely current-intensive, country is among the “last great multi-generational formats that is programmed as top 40.”  As far as broadcast radio is concerned, Dickey states that, “Artists who helped propel foundationally the business of where it is today have – by and large – lost their place in the format’s relevancy.” Cumulus, he says, is taking “a very active role” in the business of country.  It was not a question with Dickey of if country would fragment, it was a matter of when it would do so and he proclaims, “That time has come.”  The entire idea around Nash Icon, he emphasizes, is “to create a parallel universe” in the country format.  “It is not a [flanker], but another platform for those artists [who] were extremely prolific in the mid-1980s to the early-2000s.  That music is testing exceptionally well.”  Those particular country singers are Facebook fans and Twitter followers yet Dickey explains, “They are not represented in the format today.”  Dickey recalls that years ago with “hot country” or “thunder country” stations were “trying to make differences based on being more aggressive attitudinally than mainstream country.”  Nash Icon, he says, is based on the “appeal and attraction of artists and the low-burn of their music.”  When those factors “conspire and come together, you have the makings of a format that has legs.  It can be built on a solid foundation and can stand side-by-side with mainstream country.”  Dickey does not believe Nash Icon will cannibalize country’s total share, but instead will grow it.  “Two well-programmed country stations going head-to-head grow the country share in a market – they do not take it away,” he maintains.  “We have seen it in Detroit with our station and CBS Radio; it is the same thing in Minneapolis with CBS Radio and Clear Channel.”  Specifically, Cumulus’ WDRQ “Nash FM – Detroit’s New Country Music Leader,” ranks #17 July 2014 (2.5), while CBS Radio’s WYCD “Detroit’s #1 for New Country” finishes #4 (6.0).  CBS Radio Minneapolis’ KMNB “Buz’n Country” finishes #6 July 2014 (6.6), while Clear Channel Minneapolis-owned KEEY “K-102 – Today’s Country” is #5 (6.7).  “Nash Icon, the hot AC version of country, will only help accelerate the process,” Dickey forecasts.  The radio industry is often chastised for not taking chances and he admits that, to some extent, there is no incentive to do that.  “It is a tough environment out there; everyone is trying to be as rational as possible.  They want to minimize risk.  We are confident that over time, there will be a successful fragmenting and growing of the wonderful [country] format.  It is going to be very exciting for the business of country to have these superstar artists back in the game.”

houstonlanceHouston to Boston from Baltimore. Early next month, 18-month WPOC, Baltimore program director Lance Houston will transfer from the country outlet to Boston in a similar capacity at Clear Channel‘s co-owned WBWL “The Bull – Boston’s New Hit Country.”  Clear Channel Boston vice president of programming for media and entertainment Dylan Sprague enthuses that WBWL “has found its visionary – Lance is that perfect combination of a great programming strategist, incredible musicologist, and successful on-air talent.  His vision, creativity, positive attitude, and energy make him the perfect choice to lead our new station.”  Houston – who will also do 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on-air duty at “The Bull” – comments, “I am excited and ready to lead the team in Boston into a battle.  America’s greatest city deserves a young, hip country station.”  For six years, Houston was assistant program director and afternoon drive personality at Atlanta’s WUBL “The Bull.”  His past programming assignments have been for WYGC, Gainesville and WBAM, Montgomery Alabama; he began his country career in 1995 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at WTXT.  Dance-formatted WEDX “Evolution” transitioned to country WBWL “The Bull” a little more than two months ago (6/13).

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adamslisaAdams Returns to Seattle to Program “Click.” Boise, Idaho KAWO “Wow Country,” hot AC KCIX “Mix 106,” and adult contemporary KXLT “Lite-FM” operations manager and program director Lisa Adams relocates to Seattle to program Hubbard hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9.” Hubbard Radio Seattle market manager Marc Kaye comments, “We are thrilled to have Lisa back in our hallways.  The time she spent here [2005 - 2006] was highly successful.  Her spirit and work ethic permeated the building.  We know with her programming skills and thorough knowledge of the market, she is the right person to take ‘Click 98.9′ to the next level.”  Adams remarks, “I am so incredibly excited and blessed to be able to return to a city I love and work with such a talented team.  Here’s to an amazing and successful journey with a wonderful company.”  Prior to her OM/PD duties at Townsquare Media Boise, Adams worked for CBS Radio Portland, and in Seattle for Entercom, Infinity, and Sandusky Radio (which was acquired by Hubbard).

mallorytamikaCumulus Names Mallory Community Affairs Director at ‘Radio 103.9’ in New York.  Nationally renowned civil rights activist Tamika D. Mallory has been appointed community affairs director for Cumulus Media’s WNRB, New York “Radio 103.9.”  The company reports that by working with the station’s local management and on-air hosts, as well as nationally syndicated programs including “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” and the D.L. Hughley show, “Mallory will help deepen Radio 103.9′s relationship with local listeners and continue to connect the station with the community the station serves through a series of citywide community-service-oriented programs and events.”  In addition to this post, Mallory will continue operating her strategic planning firm Mallory Consulting.  Cumulus New York VP and market manager Kim Bryant comments, “I am proud to be working with somebody like Tamika Mallory who is so respected and involved with the community.  I look forward to her positive influence on our station, community and Cumulus as a whole.”

julianomikeJuliano Named DOS at Greater Media Detroit.  Jumping from Entercom’s Boston cluster to the Detroit operations of Greater Media, Mike Juliano is named director of sales for the company’s Motor City properties that include rock WRIF, classic rock WCSX and sports talk WMGC “Detroit Sports 105.1.”  Greater Media Detroit market manager Steve Chessare states, “We are absolutely thrilled to have Mike join the Greater Media Detroit family.  His vast experience, combined with his leadership skills and passion for our industry, made him the perfect choice to take our sales team to the next level.”  Juliano comments, “In our business there are very few companies like Greater Media and very few leaders like chairman & CEO Peter Smyth and market manager Steve Chessare.  From the top on down, the leadership in this company is as solid as it gets.  I am looking forward to working with the Greater Media Detroit team to put the assets that we possess to work providing results-oriented solutions for our clients.”

lopezmarioClear Channel Re-Ups with Mario Lopez.  The new deal includes the continuation of the “On with Mario Lopez” program syndicated by Premiere Networks (on which Lopez’s wife Courtney serves as co-host).  But the new deal – terms not disclosed, of course – also will mean an expansion of the iHeartRadio Countdown weekend program designed for hot AC stations.  The company says that beginning next month, Lopez and Courtney will welcome a different A-list artist or celebrity each week to count down the top 20 hot AC songs on iHeartRadio’s Ultimate chart, which incorporates iHeartRadio airplay, top weekly song/artists from user-generated iHeartRadio Custom stations, weekly listener “thumbs-up,” social and sales data.  Lopez will also continue to work with Clear Channel on a variety of multimedia projects and events, including the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival.

alt983 logoNew Alternative Format Appears on Nashville Translator and HD Channel.  The newest alternative-formatted station to hit the air from Clear Channel Media + Entertainment is in Nashville and can be heard on the HD2 channel of classic rock WNRQ and on translator W252CM at 98.3.  Dubbed “ALT 983,” the station will feature artists including: The Black Keys, Kings of Leon, Jack White, Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Green Day, Imagine Dragons and The Lumineers.  The signal will also be the FM home for Vanderbilt University football.  CCM+E Nashville OM Michael Bryan says, “The Music City has been missing this very important genre of music, much of which is made right here.  We’re excited to offer Nashville a new home for everything alternative.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Clear Channel’s Memphis cluster, Eric Jewell is named the new director of sales.  Jewell comes to Memphis from his most recent gig at Entercom’s Gainesville, Florida cluster…..Dan Dunlap exits the afternoon drive slot at Renda’s adult contemporary WSHH, Pittsburgh “Wish 99.7 FM” after a 30-year career with the station.  As a result, morning personality and PD Ron Antill moves to afternoons while director of marketing and promotions and AM news anchor Chris Shovlin partners with Cris Winter for the “Cris & Chris in the Morning” program…..Tony Tecate exits FM Idaho-owned hip hop KWYD, Boise “WiLD 101.1” where he was music director/APD and morning drive host.

bombadamtretterRyan Tedder Visits ‘Nights Live.’  The OneRepublic frontman stopped in to the Westwood One studios to join host Adam Bomb (right) on his nationally syndicated show “Nights Live with Adam Bomb.”  WW1 reports Ryan Tedder (left), played music, shared great stories, and entertained the audience all night long.

Monday, August 25, 2014

| August 25, 2014

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fookandmishell‘Fook and Mishell’ Land at KHTB, Salt Lake City.  After exiting Lotus Communications-owned alternative rock KFMA, Tucson “Rock 102” where they’d been hosting mornings, Cumulus Media announces that the duo (pictured here) will take over the midday slot at KHTB, Salt Lake City “ALT 949” beginning today (8/25).  The station says “FML with Fook and Mishell” will air from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and “feature the talents of co-hosts Fook and Mishell as they hold court with an edge and play new alternative cuts for Salt Lake City alternative music fans.”  KHTB program director Sue Kelley comments, “This team is ‘Fooking’ great!  After an extensive national search we are excited to welcome ‘FML with Fook and Mishell’ to ‘ALT 949’ in Salt Lake.  It is evidence once again of what an amazing Cumulus rock leadership team we have in Mike McVay, Troy Hansen and Derek Madden, who continue to support and set up ALT 94.9 for success in SLC.”  Fook says, “Personally, I’m thrilled to be on a station playing true, new, alternative music.  We’re excited to bring a morning show to middays and can’t wait to get all up in Salt Lake’s biz.  I hope everyone is ready to get extra-weird.”  Mishell adds, “We’re so excited to join the ‘ALT 949’ team!  I can’t wait to bring my voice and kooky characters to the airwaves of this fine city.  Prepare yourselves, Salt Lake – your middays will never be the same!”

edgechrisEdge to Raleigh CHR. At Clear Channel’s Raleigh cluster, operations manager Chris Edge is now also programming the group’s heritage CHR in that North Carolina market – WDCG “G-105″; it is actually a job Edge – who has had a nine-year stint at that cluster – held once before. He succeeds Zac Davis, who reportedly is taking another Clear Channel assignment. Edge previously programmed Indianapolis CHR WNOU and Emmis Austin adult alternative KGSR. Within that Austin cluster, he additionally was program director and digital media account manager for translator K274AX “Comedy 102.7″ and programmed rocker KLBJ-FM.

rossidaveRossi Departs Nashville’s “Lightning 100.” Two-year WRLT “Lightning 100,” Nashville program director Dave Rossi exits the Tuned-In Broadcasting adult alternative operation.  Rossi previously programmed similarly-formatted WWMM “Live 100.5,” Birmingham; alternative WAVF “96 Wave,” Charleston, South Carolina; WIOT, Toledo; and WRAX, Birmingham.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  New to the KKIQ, Livermore and KKDV Walnut Creek, California talent roster is Jaimee Lee who joins Wayne Coy on the morning show effective September 2.  Coast Radio simulcasts programming on the two AC outlets…..At Adams Radio in Fort Wayne, Eric Austin is the new afternoon drive personality at adult contemporary WWFW “Soft Rock 103.9.”  Austin most recently served with Hubbard Radio’s hot AC WTMX, Chicago…..Rick Andrews exits his operations manager role at Townsquare Media’s Amarillo, Texas station group where he’s been serving for the past seven years.  He’s also been program director of adult hits KPRF “98.7 Jack FM” and AC KMXJ “Mix 94.1.”

nrglogoNRG Media, Woodward in Four-Station Transaction.  The price for the latest NRG Media purchase – the quartet of Woodward Communications facilities in Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa – is $3.55 million.  NRG Media chief executive officer Mary Quass is “delighted to have the opportunity” to add the stations to her company’s platform.  “We continue to look for great radio properties that are located in the Midwest and are an integral part of the communities they serve,” she comments.  “Regarding NRG, Woodward Communications president and chief executive officer Tom Woodward states, “It is a well-known, community-oriented radio broadcast company with a great Midwestern culture and presence.  Our strategic plans and related growth goals positioned the sale of the Waterloo properties.  We salute the loyal, talented and dedicated staff we were fortunate to work with.  We will continue to operate, grow and enhance our award-winning, seven-station radio group in the Appleton-Green Bay, Wisconsin markets which we’ve owned since the late-1970s.”  The deal is for KFMW “Rock 108″; KOKZ “Iowa’s Classic Hits”; KWLO “1330 ESPN“; and KXEL “Iowa’s News & Talk Station.”  Woodward Communications has operated these outlets the past two years. Prior to that, Bahakel Broadcasting owned KXEL for 54 years (1958 – 2012); it owned the other three from 1996 – 2012.

beasley logoBeasley Declares Quarterly Dividend.  The board of directors of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. announces it is declaring a quarterly cash dividend of $0.045 per share of its Class A and Class B common stock.  The dividend is payable on October 10, 2014, to shareholders of record on September 30, 2014.  It reports, “While the Company intends to pay regular quarterly cash dividends for the foreseeable future, all subsequent dividends will be reviewed quarterly and declared by the board of directors at its discretion.”

cannondonRemembering Don Cannon. Philadelphia Magazine and 6abc.com were among the first to report last Friday’s (8/22) passing of 74-year-old Don Cannon (Dominic Canzano).  Often referred to as, “The Dean of Philadelphia Radio,” the New York native adopted Philadelphia as his home.  “Cannon in the Morning” was heard in the “City of Brotherly Love” from 1969 – 2004 (when he retired).  The program initiated at WIBG, but later made the rounds to WIP, WFIL, WIFI, WSNI, and finally WOGL (March 1990 – June 2004).  An enthusiastic fan of the NFL‘s Eagles, Cannon hosted “Inside Golf,” a Saturday night program on Comcast Sports Network. Trivia buffs are well aware that – in the original Rocky movie – when the morning alarm clock goes off for the boxer’s run, Cannon’s voice on the radio is featured.  On Facebook, CBS Radio New York all-news WINS production assistant Tom Lawler points out that roughly one year ago, Main Street Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WLNG celebrated 50 years of serving the Hamptons and eastern Long Island.  “One of the people on hand was Don Cannon, who sounded just as amazing as when I grew up listening to him on WOGL,” Lawler writes.  “It was great to meet him and tell him how much he influenced me growing up.”  Wife, Terri; two sons; and two granddaughters survive Cannon, who had been receiving treatment at the intensive care unit at Lankenau Hospital for the past month.  Funeral services for him were held yesterday (Sunday, 8/24) in Trevose, Pennsylvania. A tribute page to Cannon is set-up on WOGL’s website.

Friday, August 22, 2014

| August 22, 2014

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Adult Alternative.  After doing alternative and rock overviews, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian concludes his three-part special feature recapping July 2014 ratings performances with a thorough analysis of adult alternative. This rock hybrid is occasionally called “album adult alternative” or “triple A” and it is typical for an adult alternative in a PPM market to rank #14.33 with a 2.39 share (6+, July 2014). More than seven of 10 adult alternative stations (72%) in our RadioInfo sample are either down or flat June 2014 – July 2014 and exactly half (50%) improve July 2013 - July 2014. For an easy-to-read look at adult alternative facilities over the last six PPM surveys – and an alternative-rock-adult alternative comparison – click here.

Radio Statesboro, Georgia Eagle Media Close on Five-Station Deal. Neal Ardman‘s Radio Statesboro acquires a five-station Statesboro, Georgia cluster from Georgia Eagle Media. The transaction includes country WHKN, sports WPTB, adult contemporary WPMX, talk WWNS, and classic rock WZBX. Media Services Group‘s Eddie Esserman in the company’s St. Simons Island, Georgia office was the exclusive broker and represented Georgia Eagle Media (the seller) in this deal.

Music Industry Reunion Set for New York October 15th.  The tremendous success of two recent Music Industry Reunions in Los Angeles has prompted organizer Jon Scott to schedule another, this time in New York City.  Scott tells RadioInfo, “I’ve had numerous calls from music industry friends in New York who asked, “Why don’t you have a reunion in the Big Apple? It’s obvious that we as a music industry just don’t get together as much as we used to. So my answer is, let’s just do it.  From early response I can tell it’s going to be an incredible event.”  The event is basically informal where people from the music business past and present (along with related radio pros) can “join their colleagues to just laugh, tell some stories, give a hug to old friends and just hang with each other for one night.”  It’s a no host bar and food event.  The Music Industry Reunion is set for Wednesday October 15th, at the Hill Country Barbecue Market beginning at 6:00 pm. The restaurant is located at 30 West 26th Street and tickets are limited. This is an invitation only party. For information, contact Jon Scott, jonpaulscott@gmail.com or Greg Lee, socialmediastrategies@gmail.com.  The New York Music Industry Reunion’s organizing committee includes Jon Scott, Greg Lee, Judy Libow, Roxy Myzal, Ted Utz, Wayne McManners, Harvey Leeds, Steve Leeds, Pete Gidion, Jim DelBalzo, and Jessie Scott.

gosselin donGosselin Gone From Clear Channel New Orleans. Operations manager Don Gosselin concludes a three-year stint at Clear Channel New Orleans. In addition to his OM responsibilities, Gosselin programmed the company’s New Orleans country property WNOE. All of Gosselin’s duties in “The Big Easy” are basically being absorbed by Clear Channel Baton Rouge operations manager Bob Murphy. Gosselin has prior radio experience in Philadelphia, Springfield, Massachusetts, and in Baton Rouge.

iHeart RadioUnderwood Deemed Best Female Role Model. At least that is the way participants in August’s iHeartRadio “HeartBeat Survey” see it. It was a decisive win for country artist Carrie Underwood, who garners more than twice as many votes as runner-up Taylor Swift. Meanwhile, Pharrell (23%) is no doubt “Happy” to edge John Legend (22%) as the “chillest” man in music. Complete with some surprises, here are results from four questions posed in the “HeartBeat Survey.” Question number one: “Who is the best female role model in music?” Carrie Underwood (36%); Taylor Swift (17%); Adele (14%); Alicia Keys (11%); Beyoncé (11%); Katy Perry (8%), and Lorde (3%). Question number two: “Which TV show, past or present, has the catchiest theme song?” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (37%); “Friends” (25%); “The Big Bang Theory” (21%); “The Simpsons” (7%); “Family Guy” (5%); “Mad Men” (3%); and “The Office” (2%). Question number three: “Who is the “chillest” man in music?” Pharrell (23%); John Legend (22%); Kenny Chesney (19%); Zac Brown (13%); Jack Johnson (12%); and Jason Mraz (11%). Question number four: “Which celebrity offspring has the most talent in music?” Enrique Iglesias (Julio Iglesias) (30%); Norah Jones (Ravi Shankar) (27%); Robin Thicke (Alan Thicke) (16%); Miley Cyrus (Billy Ray Cyrus) (16%); Willow and Jaden Smith (Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith) (9%); and LMFAO’s Redfoo (Berry Gordy) (2%).

Foo Fighters 200HBO Series Showcases Latest Foo Fighters Album. The album will be released in less than three months (11/10); it and the series are called “Sonic Highways.” The HBO project will feature clips of Foo Fighters’ recording sessions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington (DC), Seattle, Austin, Nashville, and New Orleans. It will also highlight each particular city’s musical legacy that inspired every song. President Barack Obama leads the list of notable interviews, which also includes Pharrell, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Slash. The first HBO episode will be broadcast eight weeks from today (Friday, 10/17) at 11:00 pm (ET). Others will be shown subsequent Fridays at the same time.

SoundCloudSoundCloud Will Start An Ad Component. Without paying artists or record companies, SoundCloud allows consumers to upload and stream any kind of audio. Musicians have endorsed it as a way to share their product. Yesterday (Thursday, 8/21) though it was revealed that, as part of a new licensing deal with entertainment companies, SoundCloud will commence blending in advertising. For the first time, artists and record labels will collect SoundCloud-related royalties. Plans reportedly call for SoundCloud to introduce a paid subscription, enabling listeners to bypass ads, similar to the arrangement with Spotify and other licensed services.

Classic top 40“Classic Top 40″ to Whiplash Radio. Former TKO format “Classic Top 40″ has been acquired by Whiplash Radio, which will make it available to radio stations on a barter basis. “I know there is a huge hole in the radio industry for a low maintenance, 24/7 classics hits format,” maintains Whiplash president Chris Lash, a stockholder in the syndicated”Music Of Your Life” format. “We are putting an end to generic big corporation syndicated [programming]. ‘Classic Top 40′ is a fun, high energy, well-researched, totally customized syndicated classic hits format designed around a radio station’s needs. It will work in all-size radio markets.” Broadcast Affiliate Sales has been retained for the format’s marketing, advertising sales, and consultation. “Chris has a fantastic vision [for] a customized 24/7 format,” observes Broadcast Affiliate Sales owner Mike Tyler. “This is like a franchise for a radio station – a partnership with content, promos, and prizes. ‘Classic Top 40′ will work with each station to deliver consistent, well researched music, major market talent, custom imaging, and jingles to help a radio station compete in their local market. Chris has a fantastic business model that will truly help radio stations.” The format is expected to launch in the middle of next month. Whiplash Radio owns and operates radio stations in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Tennessee.

More RadioInfo Career Moves. Owing to the station’s decision to abolish news programming, Inland Empire Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario news director David Wylie exits.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

| August 21, 2014

PPMPPM Analysis: Rock.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian offers the second of three special features recapping July 2014 ratings performances. Following up his alternative recap, Mike’s attention turns to rock – sometimes labeled “mainstream rock,” “active rock,” or long ago, “album oriented rock” (AOR). Typically, a rock station in a PPM market ranks ninth or tenth (#9.63, July 2014, 6+) with roughly a 4-share 6+ (3.99). Exactly half the rockers (50%) in our RadioInfo sample decline June 2014 – July 2014 and nearly the same amount (48%) are off July 2013 - July 2014. For an easy-to-read look at rock facilities over the last six PPM surveys, click here. The third of this three-part series will be an adult alternative ratings overview.

NuVooDooFor Music Satisfaction – Broadcast Radio Beats Pandora. That is a key conclusion from the latest (fourth) “Ratings Prospects Study” conducted by Cincinnati-based NuVoodoo Media Service. Nearly 1100 respondents, between the ages of 14 – 54 in all PPM markets were interviewed. More than six of ten Pandora users (62%) listen to Pandora at least 30 minutes per day and nearly as many Pandora users spend that much time daily with broadcast radio. As Pandora experience increases, so does the percentage that listen to it at least 30 minutes; however, the percentage spending at least that much time with broadcast radio did not decrease. According to NuVoodoo president Carolyn Gilbert, “Radio is on a bigger stage than it has been since the advent of television, but it does a great job making great music programming easy for consumers. We have known for years that most people do not want to program their own music. They want to pick something that works for them and enjoy it.” Vice president of research Leigh Jacobs explains, “We wanted to learn whether Pandora’s algorithms do a better job creating an enjoyable playlist for consumers than the researched and carefully curated playlists that broadcast programmers sweat over day in, day out. It is Pandora’s technology against radio’s research and decades of experience. Our data show that broadcast beats Pandora for music satisfaction – big among those who align themselves with rock-leaning formats. While the customization possibilities are endless with Pandora and other digital pure plays, we know that few take advantage of all those possibilities.” Meanwhile, the company’s executive vice president of marketing Mike O’Connor opines, “This new information represents a huge opportunity for radio.” It is Jacobs’ contention that the latest NuVoodoo results “validate our hypothesis that longer experience with Pandora does not equate” to less listening to broadcast radio. “While those who have spent more time with Pandora tend to increase their daily TSL from the service, he remarks, “they claim not to reduce their TSL with broadcast radio.” More of the study’s noteworthy findings – including which social media platforms are getting user traction and which ones are seeing user declines – will be released in the next few weeks.

NFL LogoA Not-So-Super Financial Arrangement. Some radio station officials still wince when they hear the expression, “Pay for Play.” If the NFL gets its way, the next Super Bowl halftime show will have that sort of element attached to it. Sources have told The Wall Street Journal that the NFL asked the rumored finalists for the plum halftime slot – Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna – to fork over a portion of their post-game tour revenue, or another “type of financial contribution” for the opportunity to appear. Not surprisingly, “chilly” is the way the artists have reacted to the offer. The NFL typically provides travel and production costs to halftime entertainers, but there is little or no actual compensation to them. Having the stars “pay to play” at the event is a completely new wrinkle. From the league’s perspective, it maintains a Super Bowl performance significantly enhances an artist’s profile, as well as spiking record/tour ticket sales. Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers were the beneficiaries of last year’s halftime show. The broadcast drew a record 115.3 million viewers, estimated to be twice the size of the Oscars telecast and more than three times the audience generated by the Grammy awards.

mason danDan Mason To Cox Media Group Tampa As OM. To clarify, the Dan Mason appointed operations manager for three Cox Media Group Tampa facilities is the former WODS, Boston program director – not the CBS Radio president and chief executive officer with the same name. CMG vice president and market manager Keith Lawless comments, “Dan’s approach to programming is firmly in line with ours and he is a welcome addition to our team. I am confident his contributions will help us continue to compete and win.” Cox Media Group vice president of programming Steve Smith explains, “We took our time searching for the right fit, and Dan is that guy. He will add his expertise in management and talent development to some of our other super-brands in Tampa. We welcome Dan to the CMG family.” Mason – who begins his new assignment in about two weeks (9/8) – states that he is “thrilled” to join the “fantastic team” in Tampa on “three of the most exciting and unique brands not just within Cox Media Group, but the country. I am grateful to Keith Lawless and Steve Smith for the opportunity to lead the team.” Mason’s Tampa OM duties involve alternative WSUN “97-X,” CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5,” and talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone.” He will also be director of branding & programming for “Hot 101.5.” Mason’s previous programming background includes Clear Channel Miami CHR WHYI “Y-100″; Entercom Sacramento outlets CHR KDND-FM “107.9 The End” and hot AC KBZC “Star 106.5″; and Clear Channel Cleveland CHR WAKS, “96.5 Kiss-FM.”

ebright brentEbright To DC’s WBIG As APD. After two years at North American Broadcasting Columbus rocker WRKZ “The Blitz,” Brent “Bodhi” Ebright heads to Clear Channel Washington, DC classic rocker WBIG “Big 100.3″ for assistant program director and afternoon drive (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm) duties. WBIG program director James Howard states, “Bodhi’s talent and work ethic is going to bring a tremendous amount of value to ‘Big 100.3.’” Ebright remarks that he is “beyond excited” for the “huge opportunity” to join “the staff at the station that rocks the Nation’s Capital; James Howard is a talented and creative programmer and I look forward to working alongside him.” Before his stint at “The Blitz,” Ebright programmed SiriusXM channels “Squizz” and “Boneyard.”

Ryan Seacrest Distinction 150Ryan Hopes You Dress With Distinction. Have you ever wondered how much a Ryan Seacrest-type suit or shirt would cost? According to TheNewYorkMag.com, the “American Idol” host, KIIS, Los Angeles “Kiss-FM” morning personality, countdown host, and all-around mega entrepreneur has yet another venture up his proverbial sleeve. He will extend his already ubiquitous brand through “Ryan Seacrest Distinction,” a clothing line debuting this month in 150 Macy’s stores. Reportedly, “Ryan Seacrest Distinction” will be marketed as “a true lifestyle brand.” In addition to suits and dress shirts, the line will feature sweaters, shoes, and watches. To illustrate how it looks, Seacrest will be sporting the clothes bearing his name in men’s-magazine ads, a Macy’s television commercial, and – naturally – on every “American Idol” broadcast. In addition, he will have another opportunity when he fronts CBS-TV’s fashion-music fundraiser “Fashion Rocks.” By the way, the answer to the question posed at the beginning is “from $550″ for a suit in the “Ryan Seacrest Distinction” line and $69.50 for a shirt.

belloboys“At Number Nine on the Countdown, It’s … Me.” Numerous instances exist of singers who have tried their hand at doing a syndicated daily or nightly radio air-shift, or a long-form syndicated weekend feature. It is a rarity though when a musical act is also a traditional countdown show host. One such case happened nine years ago when ABC Radio recruited Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn) to succeed Bob Kingsley as host of “American Country Countdown.” Rick Dees had a mid-1970s novelty smash, “Disco Duck,” that advanced all the way to #1, but it pre-dated his current capacity as a countdown personality. Whether it was on WHTZ “Z-100,” New York; KIIS “Kiss-FM,” Los Angeles; or in his present role as afternoon drive talent (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm) on Clear Channel New York rhythmic CHR WKTU, Sean Hollywood Hamilton has been one of the most energetic, creative, skilled and most-listened to personalities in the country. For approximately 15 years, the extremely affable, highly conscientious Nevada native (raised in Reno and Las Vegas) has been heard worldwide through his “Weekend Top 30″ and “Remix Top 30″ countdown shows, now distributed via Premiere Radio. That would be enough to keep most others busy, but Hamilton, whose real name is Timothy Bello, has been ghost-producing EDM/dance music for artists the last five years. “Just recently, my brothers and I decided to make some music for ourselves,” he points out to RadioInfo. Prior to getting into the radio industry, Hamilton — who had a quick stop at a Monterey station with appropriate call letters for him at the time – KIDD — was a musician. “Now I am taking it back to my roots, he remarks. Along with siblings Teddy and KC, Hamilton and the Bello Boys have a top 10 record. “Last Call” on Radikal Records features Kat DeLuna and it sits at #9 (with the all-important “bullet”) this week on Billboard‘s club dance chart. “The song is basically about a group of girls getting out on a Friday night cutting loose and getting crazy,” Hamilton explains. “It is one of those Latin-infused catchy, hooky songs that people seem to gravitate to. The remix package is produced by some of the biggest producers in the business.” Radikal Records owner/president Jurgen Korduletsch declares, “We are delighted that Hollywood Hamilton has chosen [our label] as the home for the debut single. We are even more thrilled that it is generating a tremendous buzz in clubs and on the radio. It is fast developing into a big hit for the über-talented Bello Boys.” While some performers can introduce their own songs on the air, Hamilton may soon be in the position of noting his work’s top ten progress week-to-week on his own countdown show(s).

towers jayTowers Takes On TV Anchor Duties. Beginning next Monday (8/25), Clear Channel Detroit adult contemporary WNIC “Fresh 100.3″ wakeup talent Jay Towers adds WJBK-TV “Fox 2 Morning News” anchor to his resume as he and Anqunette Jamison will form the 6:00 am – 9:00 am tandem. He will continue doing the weekday “Jay Towers in the Morning” program on “Fresh” from the Fox 2 studios. WJBK-TV vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough comments, “Fox 2 viewers have enjoyed Jay’s contagious energy and winning personality on the weekends. We are looking forward to expanding his presence on our station and have no doubt he will enhance our number one morning news team.” This marks Towers’ 10th anniversary at WJBK-TV and he states, “To begin this milestone year in a new and expanded role is a dream come true. The best part is that I can continue my morning radio show on 100.3, and all from one place.” Towers joined WJBK-TV in February 2004; he has been a weekend anchor/feature reporter for the station’s “Fox 2 News Weekend.” Prior to doing morning drive on “Fresh,” he worked at cross-town Cumulus-owned WDRQ (“Jay & Rachael in the Morning”) and CBS Radio Detroit’s all-sports WXYT-FM (“The Jay & Bill Show”).

WOCNThirty-Five Years and Counting. That is how long Cape Cod Broadcasting adult contemporary WOCN “Ocean 104.7,” Cape Cod, Massachusetts morning man Dave Read (pictured center) has been working in radio on the Cape. At a brunch held in Read’s honor, CCB Media owner Greg Bone (pictured right) commended the morning talent’s positive outlook, enthusiasm and camaraderie. “Dave understands the importance of local radio and the connection with listeners, the community, and our clients,” Bone comments. Station general manager Beverly Tilden (pictured left) remarks, “We are honored to work with Dave every day. His connection with the community and dedication to his work is a roadmap for any new talent hoping to be a success in the radio business.” Read states that he enjoys radio’s “creativity and the challenge to keep it fresh and interesting.” The company also honored “Ocean” midday talent Donna Credit for her 20-year anniversary.

BOB Logo 125BOB-FM to the Romantic Rescue. “You’ll hear all sorts of stuff” is the way BOB-FM positions itself and a recent audio clip from the station underscores that positioning statement. This particular BOB-FM though is not an adult hits outlet here in the United States, but a radio station broadcasting at 106.7 and 106.9 in Knebworth, Hertford, Ware, Hatfield, Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth Garden City, Welwyn Garden City and Watton-at-Stone. Knebworth most likely gave away the location as the United Kingdom. Reminiscent of something syndicated personality “Delilah” or Karen Sharp on her nightly “Love Songs” show on Los Angeles adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103″ might do, BOB-FM morning talents (or “breakfast presenters,” as they are more elegantly called) Graham Mack and Amy Stevenson came to the aid of a young woman (“Sarah”) yearning to reconnect with her dream man (“Sam”). The back-story is that Sarah met Sam at a music festival that featured Justin Timberlake and it was love at first sight. The snafu was that Sarah didn’t get Sam’s number, so she did what was only logical – call BOB-FM to track him down. Her email to Mack and Stevenson recapped that part of the story and stated her desire to meet the 25-year-old, 6′ 5″ Hertfordshire dog trainer. It took Mack and Stevenson all of two days to locate him. Especially if you are a hopeless romantic, click here to listen to the complete interchange.

marshall robin“Proactive” Patient Will Overcome Ovarian Cancer. That is what Robin Marshall optimistically writes on her Facebook page. Cumulus Media‘s “Sound Solutions” production manager states that, “Short and sweet,” she has stage two or slight stage three Ovarian cancer but “all was removed.” Doctors “did snippets” from her other organs for biopsy purposes and regardless of the results,” Marshall will be treated with “a very strong regiment of chemo.” As she laments, “It is nothing that anyone looks forward to.” Realizing she has a difficult road ahead, Marshall will remain in the hospital until this Saturday (8/23), but she declares, “I have hope.” At the “end of the day,” however, Marshall stresses, she will survive Ovarian cancer because, “I was proactive. There are no options – I want to live.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves. Charleston Wakeup Team Reunites. Tanya Brown, Brooke Ryan and Mike “The Guy” Edwards (“2 Girls & A Guy”) are again set to do morning drive in just over three weeks (9/15) on Apex Broadcasting Charleston, South Carolina hot AC WMXZ “Mix 96.” A single mother of four, Brown is the show’s “voice of reason.” Ryan left Charleston to co-host Jack Diamond‘s wakeup show on Washington, DC hot AC WRQX. Edwards was part of “2 Girls & A Guy” since 2007 before leaving to do a Portland morning show with Brown.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Doobie Banner - Picks 200Duane 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 (8/20) includes such names as: Mandy Rain, Anna Graceman, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Ella Henderson, Sinead O’ Conner, George Ezra, Sunny Sweeney, Kenny Chesney, Shovels & Rope, Cary Ann Hearst, Michael Trent, Redlight, Years and Years, and Birdy among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

PPMPPM Analysis: Alternative.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three special features recapping July 2014 ratings performances in the rock genre. First up is alternative, which sees half the stations in our RadioInfo sample improve June 2014 – July 2014; however, 60% decline July 2013 - July 2014. Typically, an alternative station in a PPM market ranks twelfth (6+) in July 2014 with a 3.2 share (6+). For an easy-to-read look at alternative facilities over the last six PPM surveys, click here. Over the next several days, Mike will present rock, and adult alternative ratings overviews as well.

Bicentennial SSB Cover 175Views “Rising” on Rock Band’s “Spangled” Song Interpretation. Several months ago, TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison — a showman (and former DJ) at heart — pondered the advantages of — and reaction to — opening the talk media trade publication’s annual New York City seminar in June with a rousing, dramatic version of — all things — the National Anthem. The more he deliberated on it, the more he reasoned, why not. It has famously preceded every major sporting event and, truth be told, a multitude of minor ones as well. When done correctly and under optimum circumstances though, a spirited rendition of this country’s anthem can elicit powerfully positive emotions. Such was the case two months ago (6/20) at that very TALKERS confab when patriotic rock band Madison Rising gripped everyone’s attention and brought several to a misty-eye state with their “Star Spangled Banner” performance. The group now boasts sales of over 100,000 of “The Star Spangled Banner,” which celebrates its 200th birthday in about four weeks. Francis Scott Key wrote it on the morning of September 14, 1814, as he watched the American flag rise over Ft. McHenry. Madison Rising has updated and re-energized the anthem just in time for this momentous occasion. Thus far, there have been nearly six million unique YouTube video views of Madison Rising’s “Star Spangled Banner” performance. The band, a creation of New York City entrepreneur Richard Mgrdechian, hopes to reach 10 million views by the September 14 anniversary. To view it, please click here.

LoganLogan” Lands in Fort Walton Beach as PD/Morning Host. Eight-year WISX “Mix 106.1″ assistant program director-music director-wakeup talent “Logan” departs the Clear Channel Philadelphia hot AC to become program director/AM drive host on Cumulus Fort Walton Beach (Florida) adult contemporary WNCV “Coast 93.3.” Cumulus regional vice president Pete De Simone explains that, “Logan” fills a “newly-created position for the station and cluster – a dedicated program director for ‘Coast 93.3.’ Adding ‘Logan’ as a dedicated PD creates individual focus for both our AC and CHR brands and it adds a major market morning talent to our programming lineup.” Meanwhile, “Logan” gives “special thanks” to Cumulus for giving him this opportunity, “especially senior vice president Mike McVay and Pete De Simone for believing in my talents. I am excited to work with a great group of people to take WNCV to the next level. I look forward to winning, learning, and growing within Cumulus.” In addition to Philadelphia’s “Mix 106.1,” other major market stops appear on his resume, include three more Clear Channel properties: New York CHR WHTZ “Z-100″; Philadelphia CHR WIOQ “Q-102″; and Dallas hot AC KDMX.

horn jeffWYZB Names Horn Program Director/PM Driver. Another Clear Channel talent is recruited to program a Cumulus Fort Walton Beach (Florida) property. This time, it is nine-year Clear Channel Tallahassee operations manager Jeff Horn, who becomes program director and afternoon drive personality for Cumulus F.W.B. country outlet WYZB “Nash FM 105.5.” Cumulus regional vice president Pete DeSimone notes that, “Jeff adds talent and programming experience to the ‘Nash FM 105.5′ lineup and the Fort Walton Beach/Destin programming team. We are very pleased to welcome him to Cumulus and look forward to his contributions.” Horn succeeds Skip Davis, who takes a newly-created position as the cluster’s production director; Davis will also do mid-days on “Nash FM 105.5.” Horn comments, “I could not be more excited to join Cumulus Media and the professionals in Fort Walton Beach/Destin. ‘Nash’ is an exciting new brand – I look forward to much success.” In addition to being OM of Clear Channel Tallahassee’s five-station cluster, Horn programmed WTNT, that company’s country station there. He previously spent seven years in Miami radio, where he worked at CHR WHYI “Y-100,” WCKO “K-102″ and WMJX “96-X.” Cumulus Fort Walton Beach simultaneously hires “Logan” from Clear Channel Philadelphia to program adult contemporary WNCV “Coast 93.3″ (see separate story).

Jelli LogoJelli Ad Platform Spreads Coverage with Emmis, Beasley Deals. Radio ad platform Jelli inks agreements to install cloud-based ad server “RadioSpot” on Emmis New York urban AC WBLS “Hot 97.” Jelli now has a similar arrangement with Beasley Broadcast Group properties in Miami (sports WQAM); Las Vegas, (classic hits-oldies KKLZ, rhythmic hot AC KOAS, adult hits KVGS, and country KCYE-FM); and Wilmington, Delaware (adult contemporary WJBR-FM). New York City’s “Hot 97″ director of sales Doug James explains, “The benefit of deploying Jelli’s ‘RadioSpot’ at another one of our New York stations is significant. We installed [it] earlier this year and the team has had a positive experience with the platform’s ability to serve ads programmatically. According to Jelli chief executive officer Mike Dougherty “RadioSpot” enables broadcast radio “to keep pace with needs of marketers in the age of programmatic advertising, maintaining radio’s position as the most vibrant and effective medium for national and local advertisers.” This ad platform is now used at over 400 stations in more than 185 cities. It integrates with advanced buying/planning tools and supports major third-party broadcast traffic systems.

erickson michaelRemembering Michael Erickson. After a several-years battle against cancer, Service Broadcasting Dallas operations manager Michael Erickson passed away this past Monday (8/18). Erickson oversaw operations of urban contemporary KKDA-FM “K-104″ and urban AC KRNB “Smooth R&B.” A staff memo praising Erickson describes him as, “one of our elite leaders” and a “proven winner whose passion for developing people and ideas was simply unmatched. Over the years, Michael transformed our business and made all of our team better broadcasters and better human beings. We will miss his boundless energy, laughter in the hallways, and his endless insights about radio and life. As we endeavor to go forward, we are all so grateful for the moments we shared with Michael. He always gave freely of his time and knowledge to anyone ready to be enlightened. To his credit, he was one of the best communicators and collaborators one could ever hope to work for and with. He remained focused, engaged, and committed to every goal he set for himself until his last breath. Our hearts go out to the loved ones he has left behind, especially his dedicated wife Patti, daughter Katie, and the entire Erickson Family.” KKDA-FM brand manager/program director George Cook remarks, “Michael was a great mentor, fierce competitor, and compassionate friend. He made an impact on me personally and professionally that I cannot totally express in words. I will miss him and his presence dearly.” KRNB program director Kevin Garner comments that Erickson “won his fight to live life to the very end. He was passionate about ['K104' and KRNB], his wife, his daughter, and the [NFL's San Francisco] ’49ers. ‘ME’: We have the plan, and we will continue to make you proud.” Before joining Service Broadcasting five years ago, Erickson was operations manager for Clear Channel San Francisco – San Jose; he also programmed that company’s Bay Area rhythmic hot AC KISQ “Kiss 98.1.” In addition, Erickson was Clear Channel’s regional vice president of programming, which meant overseeing its outlets in San Francisco, Sacramento, Modesto, and Stockton. Funeral arrangements for Erickson are pending.

SBG LogoSun Broadcast Group Basks in Glow of Inc. Magazine Honor. Specifically, Sun Broadcast Group is proclaimed by Inc. Magazine as being one of America’s fastest growing companies. In rankings released today (8/20), the publication grades America’s quickest- rising private companies, based on percentage of revenue increase over three years. Sun Broadcast Group chief executive officer Jason Bailey proudly enthuses, “I have had the pleasure to announce many great things over these six years, but today I am ecstatic to share this news – what an accomplishment. For the many who never understood our strategy, and for those [who] still do not, receiving this award only affirms to the great people who work at Sun and the amazing agency partners who support us, that we truly are leading the way to a new era of network radio. It is caring about your partners, providing an honest, transparent sales process and always thinking big that will completely change our industry for the better. We are proof that it can be done and we are just getting started.” During the period measured that led to this year’s Inc. Magazine honor, SBG’s revenue jumped more 520%. In that time, the company added 15 fulltime positions between its New York City and Boca Raton (Florida) offices. Bailey and his SBG team will be recognized later this year in Phoenix at the “Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony.” Sun’s programming roster includes, among others, “The Marilu Henner Show,” “The Little League World Series,” “Nashville Music Minute,” “Six-Second Reviews with Mr. Movieman,” Accuweather en Español, horse racing’s triple crown, and The Breeders Cup

1071jackfmWEJK, Boonville, Indiana Sells for $350,000. Indiana-based The Original Company is purchasing Evansville, Indiana-area (Boonville) 1.6kw adult hits WEJK “Jack-FM” from JP Engelbrecht‘s Boonville Broadcasting for $350,000. Boonville Broadcasting has no other broadcast interests, while Mark and Saundra Lange‘s The Original Company owns 12 full-power stations in Indiana and Illinois. Kalil & Company was the exclusive broker for this transaction.

MVS RadioSD_Logo_Horz_2lines_April2014 lgCross-Border Partnership Involves Stardome and MVS Radio. The result will be an expansion of their respective syndicated branded programming and services in the United States and Mexico. Mexico-based MVS Radio will spearhead ad sales and affiliate relations for Stardome in Mexico; Stardome will do the same for MVS Radio-produced programming/services in the United States. Stardome managing director and chief executive officer Anthony Michael Hernandez states that, “Of all the Mexico-based companies I have worked with throughout the years, none has demonstrated the highest regard for professionalism, strong business ethics, and an undeviating work focus like my friends at MVS Radio. This is truly a partnership and a team effort in the making.” MVS Radio president and chief executive officer Alejandro Vargas remarks, “We are enthusiastic about this alliance with Stardome. We recognize them as ideal strategic partners to expand the coverage of our content in the USA and to represent its brands in Latin America. We are sure this is the beginning of new and prosperous businesses for both companies.” Stardome will service current MVS Radio owned-and-operated stations and affiliates across the southwest border of the United States, while distributing MVS Radio’s branded 24/7 formats, syndicated talk shows and morning shows in the USA Hispanic media marketplace. It adds the entire roster of over 160 MVS Radio affiliates, and owned-and-operated stations in Mexico and Central and South America as part of its duties for Pan Regional Network Radio. MVS Radio will act as Stardome’s in-country Mexico sales office and develop affiliations, network radio, and digital ad sales for Stardome’s soon-to-launch Noti-America radio news network.

Napa lgSite Vows To Keep Pace with Napa. Mention “Napa” to anyone in California and “wine country” will undoubtedly be the instant word-association response. With a 2010 census population of 76,915, Napa is California’s 100th largest city. Maintaining that their site “will not be anything like your father’s radio station or your grandfather’s newspaper, executives at NAPAbroadcasting.com declare, “You won’t hear Katy Perry or Pink ten times a day and you won’t hear sports programs from out of town.” Instead,  local conversations and local voices, “talking, in depth, about local issues” will be emphasized. They will be leaving the “daily police blotter to others” but promise “plenty of controversy” since, “no one here will be afraid to say what is on their minds.” According to a NAPAbroadcasting.com communication, “For years, television was about programs and radio was about formats. Those days are over. Today it’s all about programs and personalities – and it can’t be on someone else’s schedule. Appointment television or radio, is so over. NAPAbroadcasting.com is all about being on demand.” The site is partnering with Napa Valley College. Students, faculty, and staff there will contribute community-focused programming. “On the music side, we will be about music discovery and new kinds of music programs. We will not be another streaming music service, an online jukebox, or a place for mindless patter. Our music programs might be about anything under the musical sun, from jazz to oldies to rock. We will also be interactive, with lots of reviews, samplers and information about the business of contemporary music.” Admitting the site will always be a work in progress, a NAPAbroadcasting.com spokesperson writes, “If you stay with us, you will learn a lot about the wine, food, the hospitality business, and many of the larger-than-life, but often lesser known personalities, who live in this Valley. We think that what is good for the visitors is also good for those of us who live here.”