General Music Radio Industry News
Nielsen Pulls 35 Households from Los Angeles PPM Panel. Citing “irregular compliance patterns,” Nielsen Audio has made it known that has dismissed 35 households from the Los Angeles PPM panel. Nielsen is not going into much detail other than to say that its review team discovered that its quality standards were not adhered to. Nielsen says the irregularities were noticed among households in question in the first two weeks of the Los Angeles August 2016 survey and that those households were removed for weeks three and four of the survey. As a result, Nielsen is reviewing the data for the Los Angeles surveys to determine if any previous months had been affected. The company is also looking at other PPM markets to see if similar irregularities occurred. Meanwhile, Nielsen says its control system did its job is discovering the problems but will continue to review ways to prevent recurrence of these irregularities. It’s not believed that any media households were involved. It was two years ago that a KSCA, Los Angeles staffer was fired after it had been determined the station had made contact with a panelist and ratings had to be reissued.
Dave Hovel Named SVP of Programming for iHM Salisbury-Ocean City. Programming and on-air pro Dave Hovel is the new SVP of programming for iHeartMedia’s Salisbury, Maryland station group that includes country WWFG “Froggy 99.9,” adult contemporary WQHQ “Q-105,” CHR WKZP “Kiss 95.9,” urban contemporary WSBY “Magic 98.9,” news/talk WJDY “Newsradio 1470AM,” and sports talk WTGM “Fox Sports 960AM.” During his career, Hovel has served with West Virginia Radio Corp’s country WICL, Williamsport, Maryland; CBS RADIO Baltimore; and Delmarva’s country WXCY, Wilmington. iHeartMedia markets group area president Chris Walus comments, “Dave has an extraordinary record of success in leading media operations, developing formats and coaching top-level personalities. This, coupled with his remarkable skill for driving breakthrough revenue growth set Dave apart from the pack. The Salisbury team is excited and eager for Dave to start.”
Eric Lauer Named WKTI, Milwaukee GSM. Milwaukee native Eric Lauer returns to Brew Town to serve as general sales manager for country WKTI. In addition to that role, Lauer will also serve as national sales manager for WKTI, news/talk WTMJ and the company’s sports properties. Lauer comes to the E.W. Scripps stations from his current role with Cox Media Group as general sales manager for the company’s six Jacksonville stations and CODAN Internet Marketing. Vice president and general manager Tom Langmyer says, “The growth of WKTI has taken us to the next level – creating a need for its own sales leadership. The restructuring of management roles at Milwaukee’s radio operations will provide stronger focus on each of our properties, which includes Jason Bjorson’s assumption of full sales leadership in his role as GSM of WTMJ and sports sales.” Lauer begins in Milwaukee on September 26.
Who the Heck Is Marvin Robert Klopfenstein? He’s one of the most seasoned and storied radio professionals in the business – better known throughout the industry as Bob K – and he’s this week’s guest on the PodcastOne award-winning hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” Today, the former (self-described) “nerd” from Chino, California – who took accordion lessons, owned a ventriloquist dummy, had a pet duck and pushed around an AV cart in high school – maintains a relatively modest profile as the owner/operator of the Boston-based production company, Bob K Sound & Recording. But back in the day, he programmed and/or managed some of the most important music and talk stations in the nation (KABC, KOA, KFWB, WIND, KING, KOB, KMPC, WBZ and more) and coached some of the biggest-name talent (Jerry Williams, Larry Glick, Tom Leykis, Doug Stephan and the legendary Alan Berg to name a handful). The conversation between Harrison and Klopfenstein is a radio geek’s delight! They talk about Bob K’s experience serving as the radio consultant on the successful, multi-Emmy Award-winning “Frasier” television sitcom back in the 1990s – and is still playing to huge audiences on Netflix. It starred Kelsey Grammer as the pompous Seattle radio psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane. One of the many assets that made “Frasier” one of the best TV shows of all time was its atypically accurate depiction of the radio station, studio and employees – due in large part to then-KABC program manager Bob K’s expertise and participation in designing the set and coaching the actors. Fans of the classic TV series will love this podcast. Harrison and Klopfenstein also talk about the late Alan Berg (whom Bob K hired at KOA), the liberal/Jewish personality murdered in cold blood by anti-Semitic, white supremacists in 1984, who inspired the Eric Bogosian/Oliver Stone play and film, “Talk Radio.” To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Broadcasters Foundation of America Assists Broadcasters Affected by Louisiana Floods and California Wildfires. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is moving swiftly to provide emergency grants to broadcasters whose lives and property have been severely damaged by the floods in Louisiana and the wildfires in California. The Emergency and Disaster Grant Program features an abbreviated vetting process that gets emergency funds to victims within a week. To be eligible, applicants must have worked in radio or television broadcasting and be facing extreme financial hardship due to a natural or environmental disaster. BFoA chairman Dan Mason says, “It’s imperative that we get these emergency funds into the hands of broadcasters within days. The Broadcasters Foundation has a track record of moving quickly and nimbly in emergencies, while thoroughly screening the abridged applications for need.” In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Foundation acted speedily to award $250,000 in one-time emergency grants of $1,000 each to 250 broadcasters. The Foundation also moved quickly following the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and Hurricane Sandy in the New York area. The Broadcasters Foundation contacted the Louisiana and California Broadcasters Associations last week to distribute emergency grant application information among its members. Emergency grants already have been awarded to broadcasters in Louisiana from Cumulus Media, Guaranty Broadcasting, Nexstar Broadcasting, Raycom Media, Townsquare Media, and others. Requests for aid from Louisiana flood victims are coming in almost hourly, and the Foundation is reviewing completed applications immediately to rapidly deliver emergency grants to those who are approved. For more information and to make a donation to the BFoA, visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, or call 212-373-8250.
Beth Neuhoff to Receive 2016 MIW Trailblazer Award. The recipient of this year’s 2016 MIW Trailblazer honor from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio group is Neuhoff Communications president and chief executive officer Beth Neuhoff. She will receive the 8th annual MIW Radio Group Frances Preston Trailblazer Award on Wednesday, September 21 during the 2016 Radio Show Wednesday Headliner: ‘Cutting Edge Trends in Marketing, featuring Dave Ramsey and John Rich.’ MIW Radio Group spokesperson Kay Olin states, “Beth Neuhoff is an accomplished broadcaster who blazes new trails and heights in everything she touches. Beth has been a passionate and enthusiastic ambassador for Radio and especially women throughout her career. She sets a tremendous example for all women in broadcasting through her bold decision-making and inspiring leadership. Beth is intelligent, caring, approachable and the natural choice to be honored as our 2016 MIW Trailblazer.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. A donation of $85,000 is being made to the American Red Cross flood relief effort in Louisiana, thanks to the generosity of the loyal audience of iHeartMedia’s Bobby Bones. Last week, the country morning radio show announced that all proceeds from #PimpinJoy merchandise on www.BobbyBones.com, including limited-edition baseball T-shirts, would be collected for the American Red Cross to help those affected by the devastating flood. Listeners and fans raised the $85,000 in just a few days…..The KZZP, Phoenix-based Johnjay & Rich show’s #LoveUp movement is continuing to grow and the demand for t-shirts has become so overwhelming that the apparel designer had to rent a warehouse, which also serves at the first #LoveUp retail store. The #LoveUp movement was started by Johnjay Van Es and proceeds from the charitable venture go to the Johnjay and Rich Care for Kids Foundation serving the needs of foster children. Since June 2015, approximately 9,000 shirts have been sold, which has raised $100,000 for the Foundation. Pictured here is Blake Van Es, Johnjay’s wife, speaking to a TV3 reporter about the opening of the storefront…..Alpha Media Topeka stations news/talk WIBW-AM, country WIBW-FM, and country KTPK-FM hosted their 4th annual Kick Off Party for National Night Out on Friday, August 5. This year’s event had a record breaking turnout of 600 people. The event celebrates the local initiative in partnership with National Night Out. The public was invited to the station’s parking lot to enjoy food and social time with neighbors and community partners. Community organizations, law enforcement agencies, the local library, animal shelters, and more participated. Children enjoyed hands-on experiences with fire trucks and police cars, had their faces painted, listened to great music, and won prizes.
Talent Flip at CMG’s ‘97.1 The River’ in Atlanta. At classic hits WSRV, Atlanta “97.1 The River,” Cox Media Group personalities Kaedy Kiely and Steve Craig swap dayparts. Effective today (8/22), Kaedy Kiely moves from mornings to the afternoon drive “where she will continue to play great classic rock for weary Atlanta afternoon commuters. Concurrently, Steve Craig, The River’s resident musicologist, will move to morning drive from afternoons, getting listeners to work with classic rock news, traffic, weather and great music each morning.” Program director Chris Eagan states, “Kaedy is best known for afternoons in the market – that is where ‘The River’ audience wants to hear her voice as they commute. Steve Craig’s conversational, witty style will sound great in morning drive where he will bring his music history expertise to Atlanta’s rock fans.”
WRAL, Raleigh Names New Morning Show. After cutting ties with husband-and-wife morning team Gene and Julie Gates, Capitol Broadcasting Company announces the new morning show on adult contemporary WRAL-FM “MIX 101.5” is called “Two Men and a Mom.” The program will launch this week featuring Kyle Smelser, Bryan Lord and Sarah King. Smelser and Lord previously hosted mornings on Radio One’s CHR WNOW, Indianapolis. King started her radio career at North Carolina State’s WKNC and spent time working in the restaurant business in New York City. Program director Michelle Williams says, “We are thrilled to have Kyle, Bryan and Sarah join our team. They bring a wealth of experiences, a new perspective, passion and creativity to the station.”
Radio Pro Randy James Charged in Nebraska Bank Robbery. This is not the first bit of odd news the industry has heard about Randy James, a.k.a. James R. Fitzsimmons. According to the story on WHIO.com, the former WMMX, Dayton program director led many to believe that in 2015 he was dying of an incurable illness. (Inside Music Media blogger Jerry Del Colliano even posted an item marking the passing of Fitzsimmons.) Now, Fitzsimmons is being charged with attempting to rob a Lincoln, Nebraska bank. Authorities say Fitzsimmons passed a note to a drive-thru teller, demanding money and stating gunmen and explosives were inside the bank. He did not receive any money. He’s being held on $100,000 bond and is expected back in court in September. He programmed WMMX from 1991 through 1994. He also programmed contemporary Christian outlet WAKW, Cincinnati and in 2013 created the media firm Truth2Value.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Rock radio personality Laurie Roberts leaves her night show on Entercom’s classic rock KUFX, San Jose “98.5 KFOX.”…..“The Cliff & Sharon Show” – with hosts Cliff Dumas and Sharon Burns – is in syndication with Steve Wall’s Talent Farm. Talent Farm will handle affiliation and marketing for the program. It currently airs on country KBYB, Texarkana, and several other country outlets but is being made available to other formats…..Dan Rios joins Withers Family Texas Holdings’ alternative rock KYRK, Corpus Christi “106.5 The Shark” to host the afternoon drive daypart.
Bernadette Duncan’s Highly Anticipated Book About Talk Radio, Yappy Days, Released Today. The long-awaited book is provocatively titled, YAPPY DAYS: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/Talkers Books, 2016) and it is receiving rave reviews from readers inside and outside the industry. For example, Westwood One syndicated personality Jim Bohannon writes, “How good is a quarterback without the left tackle who has his back? For 26 years, producer Bernadette Duncan was left tackle for some of the biggest quarterbacks in talk radio. From the Super Bowl egos to bone-jarring clashes, Bernadette takes you inside the talk radio huddle. Yappy Days is an MVP – most valuable publication.” Written by the veteran talk show producer and wife of TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison, it chronicles her 26-year career in the trenches of big-time talk radio during its most dramatic decades (1983-2009) – set against the backdrop of America’s pre- and post-9/11 realities when in one fateful day, talk radio went from its post O.J. Simpson default of covering celebrity murder mysteries (Gary Condit, Jon-Benet Ramsey, etc.) to an obsession with the reality and ongoing threat of civilian mass murder at the hands of terrorists. She worked for some of the biggest names in the business during their glory days – Sally Jessy Raphael, Larry King, Tom Snyder, Lou Dobbs, Gil Gross, Charles Osgood and many more. She captures through anecdotes and gentle analysis her experiences being a news/talk producer at ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and United Stations Radio Networks as well as local New York City radio landmarks, WMCA and WOR. In addition to dishing insights into “the character of characters,” including literally hundreds of industry and newsmaker names in this extremely candid account, Bernadette makes a compelling case on behalf of the importance of the position of radio producer – which she describes as being “the most under-rated, under-paid and under-appreciated job in commercial media.” Fox Radio and TV star Alan Colmes comments, “Yappy Days is a must read for anyone who ever produced or wants to produce media – and for anyone who ever consumes it. More than a producer’s manual, as you travel with Bernadette on her exciting journey, you realize it’s a life manual as well.” WPGG, Atlantic City morning host Harry Hurley adds, “I couldn’t put the book down. Rarely, if ever do you learn about the radio and television industry from the inside out versus the outside in. With integrity and a flair to properly tell a great story, Bernadette’s Yappy Days delivers the goods.” Although she never worked directly with or for Rush Limbaugh, she interviewed him early in his career for the New York Daily News and crossed paths with him at several key junctures in his career, presenting a compelling study of his evolution in the chapter, “Brushes with Rushes,” that media consultant Holland Cooke describes as “nothing short of poignant.” Bernadette kicks off a national radio/media tour this evening with a guest shot on the Jim Bohannon Show. Producers and hosts interested in booking Bernadette Duncan on their shows can do so by calling Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413. To read a special review and feature story about the book by TALKERS/RadioInfo VP/executive editor Kevin Casey posted today (8/22), please click here. The book is available at Amazon.com.
RadioInfo Tidbits. At strong summer storm that leveled the broadcast tent couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Alpha Media Canton staffers as they broadcast live, joining forces with AultCare to raise $158,673 during its 9th Annual AultCare Wish-a-Thon earlier this month. Air personalities from hot AC WHBNC-FM “Mix 94.1” and news/talk WHBC-AM broadcast for 36 hours to raise funds for Wishes Can Happen Inc., a local charity that raises funds for children with life threatening illnesses…..Cumulus Media’s rock KXXR, Minneapolis “93X” broadcast live from Metallica’s headquarters in Northern California on Thursday (8/18) and, to the station’s delight, Lars Ulrich decided to play the first song from the first new Metallica album in eight years. ‘93X’ fans heard the song, “Hardwired.”…..SiriusXM is bringing back the Barbra Streisand Channel to its service, starting September 6. This limited-run channel, which originally ran on SiriusXM in September 2014, will feature music spanning Streisand’s legendary career, from her 1963 debut through her new album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, which is scheduled to be released on August 26…..Recording artist Calvin Harris (right) speaks at last week’s 2016 iHeartMedia Music Summit at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York. The event included record label pros, managers and artists presenting new music to a room full of radio programmers and executives. (Photo: Katherine Tyler for iHeartMedia.)
Jeff Smulyan Offers to Take Emmis Communications Private. Via his E Acquisition Corp., Emmis Communications chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan is offering to take Emmis private by acquiring outstanding, publicly held shares of Emmis for $4.10 per share in cash. That’s a 3% premium above the August 18 closing price of Emmis’ stock ($4.00). Smulyan has backing lined up from Falcon Investment Advisors. The offer also includes the commitment to sell many of its publishing assets as well as WLIB-AM, New York and its four Terre Haute, Indiana signals – country WTHI, classic rock WWVR, hot AC WFNB, and sports talk simulcast WFNF/W258BA.
McKiddy Named APD and Music Director for WSIX-FM, Nashville. Air personality and programmer Ryan McKiddy moves from Cox Media Group’s country KCYY, San Antonio “Y100” where he was afternoon host and music director to iHeartMedia’s country WSIX-FM, Nashville “The BIG 98” to serve as assistant program director, music director and night host. iHM Nashville SVP of programming Michael Bryan states, “Ryan is a stand-out on-air personality and radio pro whose competitive spirit and passion for winning, tremendous relationships and love for country music make him uniquely qualified to serve as our ambassador to both fans and the Nashville record label community. I can’t wait to have him working his magic at ‘The BIG 98.’”
Gary Nolan to Program Adult Contemporary WMAG, Greensboro. Most recently serving as program director for Cumulus Media’s news/talk KCMO-AM/FM, Kansas City, programmer Gary Nolan returns to the music radio world as the new PD for iHeartMedia’s adult contemporary WMAG, effective Monday (8/22). In the past Nolan has worked at KOSI, Denver and KRWM, Seattle. He says, “I’d like to thank Rich McMillan, Jeff Wyatt, Meg Stevens, Dave Carwile and Bill McMartin for this amazing opportunity. It’s an honor to take over the reins of this heritage radio station. I’m also looking forward to working with the incredibly talented Lora Songster. We’re going to have a blast and do great radio. I can’t wait to get started!”
Westwood One Taps Jason Aldean to Host Labor Day Special. This year’s Labor Day country music special from Westwood One is titled “Workin’ Hard Country,” and is dedicated to America’s work force. The host of the show is Jason Aldean. WW1 says, “Aldean will fire up the party with his signature wide-open sound, including his wistful new single ‘A Little More Summertime,’ his 17th career #1, ‘Lights Come On,’ and more new music from his seventh studio album They Don’t Know. The four-hour program is available for air anytime September 3-5.
RadioInfo Tidbits. If you’re counting – and who in the media business isn’t – iHeartMedia reports that its iHeartRadio digital music and live streaming radio service has surpassed the 90 million registered users mark. The company says that the platform “continues to reach user milestones at a rate faster than Facebook or any other streaming music service, having reached 80 million registered users just seven months ago.”…..Alpha Media Shreveport recently hosted “Cool Cuts 4 Kids and Princess Polish” at the cluster’s studios. More than 100 haircuts were given away for boys and painted nails for the girls. The promotion was created to encourage self-esteem among the kids, help parents with back-to-school costs, and give back to the community…..Entravision is in the middle of its three-day radiothon “Un Million Para Los Niños” (One Million for the Children), designed to help raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Hospitals network. The radiothon began on Thursday and runs through tomorrow (8/20). Last year, Entravision raised $2.9 million, benefitting over 95 communities nationwide. This year, the company’s local air personalities will take part as will its syndicated shows, including: Erazno y La Chokolata, Alex ‘El Genio’ Lucas, Armida y la Flaka, Piolín and “The LM Show.”…..iHeartMedia’s hot AC KMXP, Phoenix “Mix 96.9,” morning personality Mathew Blades, and the law form Lerner and Rowe recently teamed up for the “7th Annual Back to School Tools” program, benefiting the charity, Worldly Kids. The Arizona non-profit serves the needs of a unique student population that is homeless and underserved by helping supply the tools necessary receive the education needed to become healthy, happy, and independent adults. Listeners were asked to make a minimum donation of $9.69 to help reach the goal of $12,000 but had, at last count, raised more than $15,100!…..Hubbard Radio’s country WIL, St. Louis is presenting the free concert “Farm Fest” on Saturday, September 24 and announces that country stars Craig Campbell and Michael Ray will perform before thousands of country fans in the St. Louis area’s largest corn maze…..Bend Radio Group’s alternative KRXF, Bend, Oregon picks up a couple of honors from The Source Weekly in its “2016 Best of Central Oregon.” The station is named “Best Radio Station” and afternoon personality Kris Metzdorf is tops in the “Best Radio Personality” category.
iHeartMedia Realigns Northeast Division; Promotes Preacher and Carwile. This realignment within iHeartMedia’s Northeast division is part of a dismantling of its former Mid-Atlantic region. The Washington, DC and Baltimore markets will now form the new Washington, DC Region and the Virginia markets will join the existing Carolina region to form the new Virginia-Carolina region. To lead these new regions, the company has promoted Michael Preacher – formerly the SVP of Strategic Partnerships to president of the Washington, DC region and government initiatives. Region president Dave Carwile is now president of the Virginia-Carolina region. That region consists of the following markets: Richmond, VA; Harrisonburg, VA; Norfolk, VA; Roanoke and Lynchburg, VA; Winchester, VA; Charlotte, NC; Raleigh, NC; Asheville, NC; Greenville, SC; and Greensboro, NC. Both Preacher and Carwile report to Northeast division president Hartley Adkins.
Bill Kelly ‘Unretires’ with Cumulus Youngstown. Radio management pro Bill Kelly retired from iHeartMedia in February, ending his career with the company as regional president. But on October 3 he’ll leave the ranks of the retired and join Cumulus Media as vice president and market manager for the Youngstown market. Kelly worked in the Youngstown market for 35 years, beginning with the original owners of heritage AM signal WKBN. He helped build the six-station iHeartMedia cluster when it was first acquired by Jacor in 1997. Kelly comments, “After meeting with CEO Mary Berner and other senior leaders at Cumulus, I knew I had to take advantage of this opportunity. I can’t thank them enough. The Cumulus brands as well as the staff are well positioned. I look forward to helping them get to the next level.” Cumulus owns eight stations in the Youngstown market.
WHTS, Grand Rapids Adds Jackie Green for Afternoons. Kalamazoo native Jackie Green takes over the afternoon drive show on Cumulus Media’s CHR WHTS, Grand Rapids, effective August 22. Green’s media experience includes a four-year stint hosting middays at Townsquare Media’s crosstown rock outlet WGRD and two years reporting for the local FOX affiliate WXMI-TV. WHTS program director Kevin Canup states, “When hiring a new afternoon personality, we wanted someone that was a big part of the community, friendly, talented, a team player and most of all, entertaining. Picking Jackie for the position was a no-brainer.” Her show replaces “Afternoons with Kiki.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Bay Area personality Miranda Wilson is joining Entercom’s urban contemporary KBLX, San Francisco to host the “Sunday Morning Inspiration” show from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm beginning Sunday (8/21). Station OM Elroy Smith says Wilson will also play a large role in KBLX community affairs. “Miranda Wilson is a seasoned professional in our industry. Her addition to our team continues the KBLX tradition of powerful personalities and inspirational radio and delivers on our commitment to have the best and most relevant content that we know our listeners want.” She served for 18 years as the midday personality at the market’s former smooth jazz KKSF-FM, now 80s rock-intensive KOSF…..Monica Reed is the new co-host of the “Beaver Country Morning Show” on Saga’s WVVR in the Hopkinsville, Kentucky-Clarksville, Tennessee market. She’s working with host Nick Fox and takes over for Bailey Brooks.
Katz: Study Says Radio Reaches Independents In Battleground States Better. The study was done by Nielsen and commissioned by Katz Media Group and Katz says it concludes that “customizing radio messages to local markets in key battleground states is the most impactful way to swing young Independent voters in the upcoming presidential election and in critical down ballot races.” This is the fifth wave of “The Local Vote 2016” that analyzed custom data from Independent voters across seven states (Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin and Colorado.) Some of the key findings include: One in three battleground Independents spend more time listening to radio than watching television. On average, these voters listen to over 2 hours of radio daily, while watching less than 1 hour of TV; and radio – across a diverse range of formats – outstrips cable news. On a weekly basis, more Independents will listen to news/talk/sports radio stations (33%) and music formats such as adult contemporary (43%), rock (40%) and country (35%) than watch cable news channels CNN (23%), Fox News (15%) or MSNBC (10%). As far as key local radio findings are concerned, the study indicates geographical differences. For example, in Ohio, Independents gravitate towards different formats depending on the Ohio market they live in. Adult/classic hits has the highest share of listening with Cleveland Independents; adult contemporary garners the highest share in Columbus; and news/talk/sports and country are the strongest formats in Cincinnati. Katz Media Group’s Stacey Lynn Schulman, EVP of strategy, analytics and research, says, “‘The Local Vote 2016’ continues to unearth important insights to help candidates and political strategists effectively use media to engage the local electorates. Everyone is voting in the same election, but you need to speak to people where they live. It’s a national election won by reaching local voters. And, what we have consistently found is radio delivers better national reach with the ability to connect on a local level than any other medium.”
NYMRAD Releases Q2 2016 Report. The New York Market Radio Association releases its second quarter 2016 State of the New York Market Report. The organization calls it’s a “comprehensive analysis of the NY marketplace…[that] assesses the New York area economy, including business drivers and provides up-to-date consumer research on music consumption, radio usage, and more.” The report states that “New York Radio revenue showed some positive growth in the first half of 2016. Four hundred and fifty advertisers increased their spending by double-digit percentages. Fourteen percent of these advertisers more than doubled their radio ad spend, each paying more than $100K for airwaves. Of these larger spenders, six were in the automotive space and nine were part of the food and beverage sector. In the entertainment category, advertisers for concerts, theatre, and movies had a 22% increase over the last six months. Communications/Cellular spending has increased by 7%.” Read the entire report here.
The Conclave Names New Board Members. Three broadcast executives join the board of directors for The Conclave. The new members are: Peter Bowen, vice president/market manager, Cumulus Media Chicago; Tony Coles, EVP, programming, iHeartMedia; and Melek Demir, director of radio, National Association of Broadcasters. Cumulus Media VP, social Lori Lewis says, “As volunteers, it’s not always easy to find time to give back. We are all busier than ever. And because of that, I’m grateful for Peter, Tony and Melek for giving their time to Conclave. I am also grateful for the current board members that work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure Conclave serves our industry. We are working on dates for Conclave 42 in 2017 and will have an announcement soon!”
MSG Acquires 12% of Townsquare Media. The acquisition doesn’t put any cash into the hands of Townsquare Media, but The Madison Square Garden Company’s purchase of 3.2 million shares of GE Capital’s Class C Common Stock in a private transaction means MSG now has approximately 12% common equity interest in Townsquare. Upon closing, the stock immediately converted to Class A shares. Townsquare chairman and CEO Steven Price says, “We are thrilled that MSG has elected to become a shareholder of our company and we look forward to collaborating with them in the future. MSG is a leading provider of live entertainment with world-class venues and there is no doubt that we will benefit from having their support.” In addition to New York’s Madison Square Garden and The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, MSG also operates Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, California; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. MSG president and CEO David O’Connor comments, “Using its diversified portfolio of radio stations, digital assets and live events, Townsquare creates compelling content that brings people together and builds communities. We understand and share their belief in the value of exceptional, live experiences, and look forward to working together through this new partnership – which is another opportunity that our partner, Irving Azoff, brought to our attention – to drive additional value and growth for both businesses.”
Lisa Adams Named Marketing/Promotions Director for KRWM, Seattle. Programming and promotions pro Lisa Adams is back with Hubbard Radio Seattle serving as marketing/promotions director for the company’s adult contemporary KRWM “WARM 106.9.” Program director Ron Harrell says, “We’re excited Lisa is returning to Hubbard Radio Seattle. Lisa’s roots are deep with programming leadership at KLCK and KVRQ, plus promotions and events leadership in Seattle and Portland. She comes to ‘Warm’ with passion and ideas to improve our product and grow our brand awareness.” Adams most recently served as program director for Hubbard’s former hot AC KLCK, which flipped to classic rock as KVRQ in March.
Beasley Renews Mike O’Brian at KKLZ, Las Vegas. Classic hits KKLZ, Las Vegas morning personality and program director Mike O’Brian signs a new, multi-year contract to remain with the Beasley Media Group station. Beasley Las Vegas market manager Tom Humm says, “Mike O’Brian holds the distinction of being the longest-running morning show host in Las Vegas radio history! As Mike enjoys his 31st year, he continues to serve brilliantly as program director for KKLZ, an iconic brand in Las Vegas radio. We’re extremely pleased Mike has agreed to stay with Beasley Media Group and we want him with us for years to come!” O’Brian comments, “I’m honored to work with our great staff here at 96.3 KKLZ. And, I’m so proud to work with my partner in crime in the morning, also known as my talented co-host Carla Rea!”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Air personality Ebony Williams is the new midday host at Entercom’s rhythmic CHR KQKS, Denver “KS1075,” taking over for Tony V who ascended to PM drive. She comes to Denver from her most recent gig at KNDE, Bryan-College Station, Texas…..Greg Cypin joins Townsquare Media’s country KAWO, Boise “WOW Country 104.3” to host the afternoon daypart. He’d been doing part-time work at Alpha Media’s KUPL, Portland…..Heather Storm is named music director for Woodward Radio’s CHR simulcast WKSZ, Green Bay/WKZY, Appleton-Oshkosh, Wisconsin and sister classic hits WKZG, Green Bay.
Scott Shannon to Emcee National Radio Hall of Fame Induction in November. Just two months after emceeing the NAB’s Marconi Radio Awards, legendary WCBS-FM, New York morning personality Scott Shannon will host the 28th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago on November 17. National Radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “Scott Shannon adds a whole lot of fun and energy to an already electric and emotion filled evening. He’s a 2006 National Radio Hall of Fame Inductee himself, so he knows just how meaningful this evening is for our Class of 2016 Inductees and will bring the perfect tenor to the ceremony.” This year’s inductees include: George G. Beasley, Delilah, Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak), Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), Steve Harvey, Bob Kingsley, Kidd Kraddick, Tony Roberts, Neil Rogers, and Michael Savage.
Annual ‘Bark in the Park’ Events Finds Homes for 20 Dogs. The 6th annual “Bark in the Park” promotion from Cumulus Media’s news/talk WABC, hot AC WPLJ, and country WNSH, New York took place on Saturday (8/13) at New Jersey’s Overpeck Park, hosted by WABC’s Mark Levin and personalities from all three stations. The day featured a wide array of vendors, services, great food, agility courses, doggie pools, demonstrations, a cooling station, and activities for families and dog lovers alike – including the always popular “My Dog Looks Like Me” contest! More than 20 dogs were adopted on site during the event from North Shore Animal League America and other area rescue organizations. Pictured here are (from l-r): WPLJ’s Johnny on the Street, Ralphie Aversa, Jayde Donovan, Race Taylor, and John Foxx.
Cool Morning Drive Opportunity. Beasley Media Group is seeking a morning show host for country WQYK, Tampa. 99-5 QYK has a rare opportunity to continue Dave McKay’s tradition of excellence with co-host Veronica and producer Kevin on Tampa Bay’s number one country morning show. We are looking for someone special who will enjoy living the lifestyle of Tampa Bay, going to every event you can think of and establishing close relationships with all of the movers and shakers in the Tampa Bay area, as well as making every listener feel you are their friend. Much will be expected of you. We are serious about winning and will give you the tools to succeed. Qualifications: At least 2 years of proven success as an air talent; understanding and experience of PPM methodology; proficient with phone editing, Audio Vault, WordPress social networking platforms, interviewing, and LIVE broadcasts. Qualified candidates may send your best stuff to: OM Tee Gentry at: firstname.lastname@example.org.