General Music Radio Industry News
PPM Analysis: Active Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian continues his analyses of stations airing rock formats based on data from the April 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. Yesterday (5/20), we published his look at the alternative or modern rock format. Today, Kinosian turns his attention to active rock. The final analysis will be triple A or adult album alternative. In today’s report, see which active rock stations ranked high in their markets and which – of all stations in U.S. PPM markets – had the best AQH. Plus, study the share fluctuations of stations over the past six surveys and from a year ago. Also included is a comparative chart showing both alternative and active rock data. See the whole story here.
Air Personality Changes at Chicago’s Urban Outlets. It appears iHeartMedia is behind the jock changes taking place at its hip hop WGCI and crosstown competitor WPWX “Power 92” – owned by Crawford Broadcasting. iHeartMedia has parted company with WGCI afternoon host UB Rodriguez and midday host Loni Swain. At the same time, Frankie Robinson and Tone, a.k.a. Anthony Mays, exit “Power 92” and are reported to be headed to WGCI. Also, iHeartMedia announces former WVEE, Atlanta “V103” music director and morning show producer Johnnie D joins the programming team as assistant program director for the company’s Chicago urban outlets, serving under director of urban programming Derrick Brown. iHeartMedia has been involved in a couple other high-profile urban talent acquisitions recently – notably the hiring of New York’s Angie Martinez (from Emmis’ WQHT “Hot 97” to its WWPR “Power 105”) and Los Angeles star Big Boy, a.k.a. Kurt Alexander, (again, from Emmis’ KPWR “Power 106” to iHM’s KRRL “Real 92.3).
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Radio legend Charlie Tuna is full time on KKPR-FM, Kearney, Nebraska – his hometown – after his Black Card Radio-syndicated program is added to the morning drive daypart. He’d been heard on Sundays on the station…..At iHeartMedia’s Dayton hot AC WMMX “Mix 107.7,” Kristi Leigh is back for the midday shift. She’d been morning drive personality at the station, exiting in the spring of 2013…..Cox Media’s country KWEN, Tulsa “K95” has its new afternoon host and APD as Bill Sexauer joins from Coast Radio’s CHR WZNF, Biloxi “95.3 The Gorilla” where he was program director and AM drive host. Sexauer assumes the role vacated by Kristina Carlyle who moved to crosstown country KTGX “106.1 The Twister.”….. Moving across town from his most recent gig as VP/co-market manager for Entercom’s Kansas City station group to Cumulus Media’s operations for the VP of sales post is Herndon Hasty…..At non-com triple A WXPN, Philadelphia morning host Michaela Majoun is stepping away from her radio work after more than a quarter century to devote more time to her writing career.
HD Radio Artist Spotlight Focuses on Robert Earl Keen. Currently working to support his #1 bluegrass album Happy Prisoner, Robert Earl Keen will be the next artist to be featured in the “HD Radio Artist Spotlight” program. iBiquity’s partnership with Robert Earl Keen will build awareness of HD Radio broadcasting and promote Robert’s new album. The program will include radio promotions and contests, as well as a trip for two to Nashville to join Keen at his July 23, 2015 performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium. BMI executive director, strategic partnerships/business development Mason Hunter says, “We are excited to continue to build the HD Radio Artist spotlight program. Robert Earl Keen is a stalwart for BMI and is an artist who has been consistently releasing outstanding music for over three decades. His latest release, Happy Prisoner, is no exception. We are thrilled to have a partner in iBiquity Digital who recognizes his talent and ongoing contribution to songwriting. The HD Radio Experience delivers digital quality sound, unique content, and exposure to artists like Robert in order to enhance the experience of their listeners.”
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personalities Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Matt James, golden-eared, on air personality at “T-100” WCLT in Newark, OH; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” and Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana, plus internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (5/20) includes such names as: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Zedd, Jon Bellion, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Manika, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Pharell Williams, Mark Ronson, Mystikal, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Hozier, Joywave, Nickelback, Peter Rivera, Coleman Hell, Neon Trees, The Struts, Bret Michaels, Jo Caine, Chris Janson, Chris Young, Steven Tyler, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, G. Love, Chappo, Big Data, Icky Blossoms, Roisin Murphy, Hot Chip, Silento, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
PPM Analysis: Alternative. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents an analysis of stations airing rock formats based on data from the April 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. The first format to be addressed is alternative or modern rock. In the coming days, Kinosian will look at active rock and adult album alternative, as well. In addition to studying the ratings fluctuations of alternative stations in PPM markets, the data reveals the top performers (6+). The stations with the highest market share based on April 2015 data are: WOLT, Indianapolis; KTCL, Denver; and KRBZ, Kansas City. Check out the rest of the scorecard as well as which stations rank high in their markets and how they’ve performed compared to April 2014. Find the whole story here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. There’s expected to be a new general manager in the Providence offices of Cumulus Media as Barbara Haynes exits that position there…..At the executive level at Cox Enterprises, Dallas Clement is pegged to assume the EVP and CFO position on July 1 after Doug Franklin retires from the company following a 38-year career with Cox…..At the Atlanta operations of Cox Media Group, Zach Mullins is named digital sales manager. The company says that in this new role he’ll “work alongside the current leadership team to deliver integrated marketing solutions to valued clients located in and outside of Atlanta while developing new profitable revenue opportunities for the Atlanta cluster’s five radio stations – award-winning WSB ‘News 95.5 FM/750 AM,’ WSB-FM ‘B98.5,” WALR ‘KISS 104.1,’ WSRV, and WTSH ‘X107.1FM.’”…..Chantal announces she’s leaving the “Jamie & Chantal in the Morning” show at Sison Broadcasting-owned CHR WXXX, Burlington, Vermont “95 Triple X” to pursue non-radio interests.
Envision Networks Places Two More Shows on New Affiliate Stations. The classic hard rock show “Hangar 19” from Envision Networks announces the three-hour program will begin airing on Townsquare Media-owned KATS-FM, Yakima, Washington. The company says, “Each weekend, ‘Hangar 19’ relives the glory days of classic hard rock with music from the artists and groups who built the genre including Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Korn, Slayer and Marilyn Manson. Host Amber Lee brings the music to the masses with a highly interactive show that stops down from the nostalgia just long enough to highlight new music in the weekly ‘Then and Now’ segment. The ‘Power Set’ highlights four killer tracks from a chosen band and we also step into the ‘Hangar Theater’ for a look at the Hard ‘Rock Soundtrack of the Week.’” And on the country side, Envision says “The Country Oldies Show” joins the program schedule at R&J Broadcasting’s KKCQ-FM, Fargo, North Dakota. The Steve Warren-hosted program celebrates country music from the 1950s through the 1990s.
Creative Promotions Lead to New Sales. Radio marketing pro Al Herskovitz writes in a column published today that a radio sales pro worth his or her salt should never overlook the value of a creative radio promotion to solidify current clients and attract new ones. He says commonplace ticket giveaways and the like are fine but do little to make a client’s goods or services memorable, and such prizes usually go to station P1s anyway. How about having your morning host attempt to give a lion a bath? Sound too dangerous? Read Herskovitz’s entire column here for the details and his thoughts about using the promotion as a sales tool.
Dee Snider Podcast to Launch on PodcastOne. Musician and media personality Dee Snider is debuting a new, weekly podcast called, “Snider Comments,” on the PodcastOne Network. THe program promises to “pull back the curtain on the world of rock and expose the raw and untold stories of current and past rock ‘n’ roll superstars.” PodcastOne CEO Norm Pattiz states, “This is the latest music insider podcast on the PodcastOne Network. There are plenty of places for consumers to listen to their favorite music, but very few to get a more personal, behind-the-scenes view from the artists that live in that world every day. Dee is not only a rock star and an icon, he’s a great personality and a terrific communicator. I couldn’t be more pleased to have him on our network.”
Kristian Bush Performs at KCYE, Las Vegas Listener Appreciation Concert. KCYE, Las Vegas “102.7 The Coyote” program director Kris Daniels (right) poses for a pic with Streamsound Records artist Kristian Bush (left) who performed at the Beasley Media Group country station’s Listener Appreciation Concert on Monday, May 18 inside Gilley’s Las Vegas at the Treasure Island Resort.
Striking Matches with Kix Brooks. The country duo Striking Matches dropped by the NASH campus in Nashville to visit with country star and host of “Kickin’ it with Kix” and “American Country Countdown” Kix Brooks. Pictured here are (from l-r): Justin Davis, Sarah Zimmermann and Brooks. Photo: Carissa Riccardi for NASH Magazine.
Bobby Bones EAS SNAFU to Cost iHeartMedia $1 Million. The Federal Communications Commission has laid down a $1 million fine for WSIX-Nashville and Premiere Networks parent company iHeartMedia for the misuse of the EAS tones. The company admits to misuse of the tones and will pay the penalty. The agency writes in its ruling that the “FCC has long prohibited the transmission of actual or simulated EAS tones in circumstances other than a real alert or an authorized test.” WSIX-FM, Nashville – Bobby Bones’ flagship station – aired a false emergency alert during the broadcast of the nationally syndicated show and, as the FCC writes, “broadcast or transmission of emergency tones outside an emergency or authorized test violates FCC regulations designed to protect the integrity of the EAS system. False broadcast of an emergency signal can cause unnecessary public concern and undermine the urgency of real alerts. While commenting on an EAS test that aired during the 2014 World Series, Bobby Bones, the show’s host, broadcast an EAS tone from a recording of an earlier nationwide EAS test. This false emergency alert was sent to more than 70 affiliated stations airing [the show] and resulted in some of these stations retransmitting the tones, setting off a multi-state cascade of false EAS alerts on radios and televisions in multiple states.” In the last six months, the Commission has taken five enforcement actions totaling nearly $2.5 million for misuse of EAS tones by broadcasters and cable networks.
NASH TV Gets Exclusive Debut of New Toby Keith Video. The new video for the single “35 MPH Town” from Toby Keith was exclusively debuted on Cumulus Media’s NASH TV. Cumulus is also announcing that Keith will be the first featured artist on its “Real Live Performance” series. The video is being carried on all NASH TV platforms including Cumulus Media, Inc. and NASH exclusive partner Music Choice On Demand, which brings NASH TV to 57 million homes through cable TV. Cumulus says the “Real Live Performance” series will feature “the best in live country music shows, from intimate concerts to sold-out performances. Each week, Keith’s live rendition of one of his songs will be played across the NASH TV platform. The performances were filmed at legendary JBTV Studios in Chicago.” Cumulus EVP of content and programming John Dickey says, “We are delighted that Toby has chosen to launch his music video on NASH TV and to participate in the NASH ‘Real Live Performance’ Series, which will connect Toby with his enthusiastic fan base in a unique and innovative way.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Adding 18 more stations to his programming responsibilities is Townsquare Media’s Tom Cook, who rises to regional operations manager for Michigan. Cook is based at the company’s Grand Rapids stations where he’s operations manager and brand manager for hot AC WLHT “Channel 95.7” and AC WTRV-FM “The River.” Townsquare operates stations in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Flint…..Alan Ecklund is the new regional director for national sales for Radio One’s Dallas and Houston operations. Ecklund spent the last decade with iHeartMedia and was most recently VP of sales for the Southwest region.
Howard B. Price: For AM/FM Radio, Doing Good is Good for Business. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison speaks with the ABC Television Networks director of business continuity, Howard B. Price on this week’s installment of the international hit podcast, “Up Close and Far Out,” about the responsibility licensed AM, FM and television stations have to serve the public with timely and accurate information during both natural and man-made disasters. According to Price, “This is why we hold the license.” Aside from all the entertainment elements that radio provides and that Price says he “enjoys as much as anyone else,” he points out, “That is not, however, why radio stations are licensed – they are licensed to serve the public interest, convenience and necessity.” Price continues, “And while that definition can certainly include quality entertainment and programming that stimulates and enlightens – at the end of the day, what it is all about is being there in times of crisis… making sure that our communities stay informed, that decision-makers have the information that they need in real time, and to be able to apply the necessary time and resources to be able to deal with emergent events. This is the role that radio was born to play.” Price explains what he describes as the essential element of this truth. “If you want to keep people focused on the idea that terrestrial radio is still relevant, that electrons flying out of tall sticks on a single channel is still a very important thing for us to preserve and enhance, then you not only have to talk the talk – you have to walk the walk. And ‘walking the walk’ means that when your community is in crisis, you’ve got to be there to inform them. You’ve got to be able to put people on the street, you’ve got to be able to go to the scene of wherever news is breaking, and make sure that people have the information that they need both to calm them and comfort them as well as provide them with the essential information that allows them to make the right decisions for themselves and their families and businesses.” Price adds, “The old line for radio still exists… you go to any old-time sales manager and he’ll tell you radio is a street business, it’s a retail business and nothing is truer about that than when it comes to reporting the news in local communities.” According to Price, nothing can be more important to the survival of terrestrial radio than remaining visible and relevant to their local communities. He also explains how this philosophy applies to music radio as well as talk and all-news formats, citing examples including how, in the wake of 9/11, Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill flipped their WPLJ, New York morning music show around “on a dime” from being an entertainment show into serious news mode without the benefit of having a news department. They became “comforters in chief” and did an extraordinary job of rising to the occasion. Price points out that music stations that cede listeners to talk and all-news stations during a serious crisis are foolish to give their listeners reasons to punch out because they might not come back. Harrison and Price also discuss ways in which any radio station – regardless of budgetary and resource limitations – can be fully prepared to serve its listeners in this fashion during a severe emergency explaining that in this day and age of convenient digital communications and citizen journalism, there is no excuse not to be ready to go into action. Michael Harrison states, “Although many people still believe that the idea of radio rising to the occasion and super-serving its audience in times of crisis might seem idealistic, quaint, naïve, and unrealistic – even ‘boy scout’ – that it ironically might be THE answer to AMs and FMs maintaining their importance and relevance going forward.” Harrison concludes this fascinating podcast by suggesting that terrestrial radio should always treat its audience with compassion, empathy, and a deep-seated desire to be helpful and give anyone who might be listening the support they need just getting through the pain, rigors and hardship of day-to-day life as a human being in a highly pressured, dangerous world. To listen to the entire podcast please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box in the right hand column of every page of RadioInfo.com. “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” is a presentation of Podcast One. Howard B. Price will be receiving the Gene Burns Memorial Award for Freedom of Speech at Talkers New York 2015 on Friday, June 12.
Nielsen: Radio Gives ‘Brand Lift’ to American Family Insurance. From a study with the help of Katz Radio Group looking to prove the effectiveness of radio advertising, Nielsen Audio engaged in a study to measure the brand impact of a radio campaign on insurance decision makers (ages 25-64). The analysis included insurance decision-makers who tuned in to one or more stations airing American Family Insurance commercials and compared their engagement with the company to that of decision-makers who did not listen to those stations. Nielsen says, “The results of the study showed that radio increased brand health metrics, particularly among decision-makers seeking new insurance, in the areas of favorability, recommendation and intent to request a quote from American Family Insurance. The study found that insurance decision-makers who heard the campaign were 25% more likely to request a quote from American Family Insurance than those who didn’t hear it. And brand-switchers who were exposed to the campaign were nearly twice as likely to request a quote, highlighting radio’s ability to influence the insurance company’s best prospects.” Read more here.
Steve Harvey Announces Performers for August ‘Neighborhood Awards’ Weekend. The bill of stars to perform during Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards Weekend in Atlanta August 6-9 is being unveiled. So far, the 13th Annual Ford Neighborhood Awards and Neighborhood Awards Weekend will feature: Erykah Badu, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Jodeci, Doug E. Fresh, Salt-N-Pepa, Yolanda Adams – plus performances on the Steve Harvey Morning Show live broadcast from Jazmine Sullivan, K. Michelle and Avery Sunshine, with Ne-Yo hosting the State Farm Freedom Friday Party, with additional performers to be announced in the future.
KUPL, Portland Morning Show Replaces Vandalized Flags. The Chunky, McKinzie and Jake morning show at Alpha Media’s country KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull” personally delivered American flags to some of those in nearby Vancouver, Washington whose own flags were burned during a vandalism spree. Commenting on the situation, Chunky says, “Hanging an American flag from your front door is a right that many people have fought for us to have in our country. When I heard that some people’s flags on their homes were set on fire on Friday evening/Saturday morning in Vancouver, Washington, I was both outraged and hurt at the same time. I thought the LEAST we could do is deliver a brand new American flag to the victims of the vandalizing.” Pictured here are (from l-r): McKinzie, a Vancouver homeowner, Chunky, and Jake presenting a new flag.
Cumulus to Hold ‘NASH Next’ Country Talent Search Competition. Calling it “the largest online talent search ever undertaken,” Cumulus Media announces the “NASH Next” artist development initiative. The company plans to “discover and release music from the most promising country talent” in what is the NASH brand’s “second launch into the recorded music business (joining the NASH Icon label).” In a press release, Cumulus says, “Country fans will help find and choose the next superstars of country radio through engagement with their favorite artists and bands. For the first time ever, online engagement between fans and artists/bands will be measured and counted in the talent competition.” The competition (which starts on June 15 and runs through November) begins with a nationwide talent search through submissions to NASHNextCountry.com, which will be promoted on more than 200 Cumulus radio stations – “making NASH Next the largest online talent search ever undertaken.” The grand prize winner will be signed to the new NASH Next record label, with the top 10 all participating in a 2016 NASH Next concert tour from coast to coast. Fans will be allowed to judge the talent “through a series of challenges.” The winners will be decided based on a combination of three yet-to-be-announced music industry judges, an original “Spin Index” of social media activity and voting on the NASH Next website. The six challenges include: Performing the same cover song; Performing a jingle with the last five words chosen by fans via Twitter; Performing an original song; Posting an original video to Instagram; Posting original content on PicCollage with fans adding their own photos; and producing an original music video including animation. Cumulus EVP of content and programming John Dickey says, “Country is firmly established as the most popular music format and through NASH Next we are connecting directly with the fans and talent who are most engaged with the country lifestyle.”
Townsquare Media Expands Ultimate Classic Rock Brand to Nightly Radio Show. The venture includes Compass Media Networks serving as exclusive syndicator for the program that will debut on 28 Townsquare Media O&Os on June 29. “Ultimate Classic Rock Nights” will air from 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight ET and “will feature interviews, performances, and trends related to classic rock.” Townsquare Media SVP of programming Kurt Johnson comments, “We are incredibly excited to leverage the Ultimate Classic Rock brand and content into a daily, nationally syndicated program. We are equally excited to announce that Compass Media Networks will serve as our syndicator and look forward to working with stations across the country.”
Alpha Media to Acquire 36 Signals from Morris Communications. With the announced intent to buy 36 stations in eight markets from Morris Communications, Alpha Media says it’s on track to hit the 135-station mark. Morris operates radio stations in: Topeka; Salina, Kansas; Amarillo, Texas; Palm Springs and Victor Valley, California; Anchorage; Wasilla, Alaska; Grays Harbor-Hoquiam, Washington and Wenatchee-Columbia River, Washington. Alpha chairman Larry Wilson comments, “What a wonderful thing it is to combine with such a fine stable of radio properties. They bring heritage radio stations to our platform that will truly enhance our growth opportunities extensively.” Morris Communications chairman and CEO William S. Morris III says, “We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Larry Wilson and his exceptional team. They are experienced operators that will maintain the ongoing success of these stations. We take comfort in knowing we have superior employees in each market that will continue to serve these wonderful communities.” George Reed of Media Services Group is the broker for Alpha Media.
Nielsen Analysis Shows Classic Rock Continues Upward PPM Performance. In a report published by Nielsen Audio that looks at the top performing radio formats based on data from the company’s own April PPM survey, the ratings giant states, “For the third straight month, the format went out and set new records for audience share among all three of the major audience groups we examine. Here are the growth trends from February to April: 5.1%-5.2%-5.3% among listeners 6+, 4.4%-4.6%-4.8% with audiences 18-34 and 5.6%-5.7%-6.0% in the 25-54 demographic. In racing terms, these have been some historic splits for classic rock.” But classic rock is not one of the top five formats in either demographic. The top performing formats are: persons 6+ — news/talk; persons 18-34 – pop/CHR; and persons 25-54 – pop/CHR. View the whole Nielsen story here.
Westwood One About to Unveil “Classic Hip Hop.” Four as of now unnamed charter affiliates will debut Westwood One‘s “Classic Hip Hop” this coming Friday (5/22) to segue into the Memorial Day weekend. The syndicator is using parent company Cumulus Media-owned WRWM “The Beat,” Indianapolis as the prototype for “Classic Hip Hop.” After a “Holiday” 2014 improvement of +1.1 to 2.8 – its best (6+) performance since December 2013 (2.9, Nielsen Audio PPM) – WRWM “Classic Hip-Hop 93.9 – The Beat” exploded with a nearly five-share gain in January (2.8 – 7.7, +4.9, 6+), rocketing from #13 all the way to #1. In February, it moved to second registering a 7.2 – one-tenth behind Emmis adult contemporary WYXB. “The Beat” was fifth in March (6.1) and seventh in April (5.6). Personalities on the long-form (24/7) format will include Adam Bomb in mornings and Ralphie Aversa in evenings; the two do nights on Cumulus Media Atlanta CHR WWWQ “Q-100″ and Cumulus Media New York hot AC WPLJ, respectively.
Big D and Bubba Re-Up with Compass Media Networks. Country morning show Big D & Bubba sign a multi-year extension to remain with syndicator Compass Media Networks through 2020. The show originally signed with Compass Media Networks in January 2014 when Big D & Bubba formed their own production company, Silverfish Media, in order to become more independent. Bubba says, “In our first 16 months of working with Compass Media Networks, we have seen explosive growth in both affiliates and sales. This extension was a no brainer.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Cox Media Group’s country KCYY, San Antonio “Y100,” Ryan McKiddy is named the new afternoon personality, effective May 26. McKiddy comes to San Antonio from Chicago where he was a weekend talent at CBS RADIO’s WUSN “99.5.”…..Kirk Kirkland joins Curtis Media Group as local sales manager for Raleigh-Durham simulcast CHR WWPL and WPLW “The Pulse FM.” Most recently, Kirkland served as director of sales for Bizwire…..Steve Migs gets billing on the newly renamed “BJ & Migs – Mornings” on KIWS, Seattle. Migs has served as producer of the “BJ Shea Morning Experience” on the station since 2005…..Nostalgia-formatted WHLI-AM, Hempstead, New York brings Bill Wise, a.k.a. The Wiseman, aboard to serve as PD and morning host. Connoisseur Long Island GM/market manager Jim Condon says, “It’s an exciting time for all of us here at WHLI. The Wiseman is a recognizable and popular brand in himself and to be able to merge his likeness with the heritage format of WHLI creates a winning combination for our listeners, the community and our clientele.”
Cool Job Opportunity. Are you ready to go back to school? Montclair State University Radio in beautiful, suburban Montclair, New Jersey, is looking for a new general manager. Reporting to the director of the school of communication and media, the general manager is responsible for overseeing the 24/7 operation of WMSC-FM. The GM will work closely with students, administration, faculty, staff, and alumni to develop a presence for the university radio station, which serves campus and local communities as well as a more global audience through the Internet. S/he will teach courses and workshops for students, fostering a rich learning environment and enabling the development of skills in all key areas of radio programming and production. S/he will also be responsible for maintaining full Federal Communications Commission compliance for the university’s licensed radio station. Click HERE for more information and to apply online.
Fourth Round of April 2015 PPM Data Released. The April 2015 PPM ratings from Nielsen Audio have been released for the fourth of four rounds of 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. View the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. The April 2015 survey period covered March 26 – April 22. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” below.
1) Austin – Bouncing back from consecutive downtrends including a -.9 in March (8.8 – 8.6 – 7.7, 6+), Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob-FM” (8.1, +.4) prevails at #1 for the fourth successive survey. Improving by six-tenths each are “Bob-FM” alternative cluster-mate KROX “101-X” (4.8, steady at #8) and Crista Ministries’ contemporary Christian KFMK “Spirit 105.9″ (4.2, #12 to #9); “101-X” was +.5 in March. Over the past six ratings periods, Univision regional Mexican KLJA has been in the 2.3 – 2.7 range (6+), but Spanish contemporary “Mas Variedad” dials up a +.7 to 3.0, inching up from #16 to #15. In addition to being the third straight negative trend for iHeartMedia country outlet KVET-FM (7.0 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 5.6, 6+), 5.6 is its lowest 6+-share since last August’s 5.5; KVET-FM drops from a tie at #2 in March to a tie at #3. Also regressing by seven-tenths is public adult alternative KTUX (2.2 – 1.5, 6+).
2) Milwaukee – In January and February, WMIL “Milwaukee Country – FM 106.1″ registered back-to-back increases of +1.0 and +.9, before staying flat in March (10.7, 6+). Down two-tenths to 10.5, WMIL is nonetheless #1 for the third straight sweep and in double-digits (6+) for the tenth time in the past 12 monthlies. Two talkers head in different directions, as E.W. Scripps-owned WTMJ increases by one full-share (9.1 – 10.1, 6+), while iHeartMedia‘s WISN is off by nearly the same margin (6.6 – 5.7, -.9). Despite the significant share fluctuations though, there is no change in month-to-month rankers for either station: WTMJ and WISN are steady at #2 and #4, respectively. In fact, this is the twelfth time in the last 14 sweeps that Milwaukee Brewers’ flagship WTMJ finishes second (the other two times it was #1). Prior to April’s -.9, WISN cobbled together three straight up-trends for a combined +2.3 (4.3 – 4.9 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+). In back-to-back surveys (March and April), cluster-mate WRIT “Oldies 95.7″ posts gains of eight-tenths (6.2 – 7.0 – 7.8, 6+) and is steady at #3. Ironically, “Oldies 95.7″ lost eight-tenths in February (7.0 – 6.2, 6+). Eight-tenths does not prove to be at all lucky for Milwaukee Radio Alliance‘s WLDB (3.3 – 2.5, -.8). Evolving from adult contemporary to hot AC, WLDB – now using “Trending Radio 93.3″ as its handle – leaves the market without a mainstream AC whose ratings appear in print. In the hot AC arena, “Trending Radio 93.3″ is taking on Entercom‘s WMYX, which notches its third successive progressive monthly (4.7 – 5.0 – 5.4 – 5.7, 6+) for a cumulative gain of one full-share; “991 – The Mix” remains in fifth place. April’s 2.5 (6+) by WLDB is the lowest in its PPM history. Despite a backward move (sixth to seventh), Saga-owned WKLH “Milwaukee’s Classic Rock” (+.3) improves for the fourth consecutive sweep (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.1- 5.4, 6+). Rock sibling WHQG “The HOG 102.9″ (-.2) though sees its string of up-monthlies conclude at three (4.1 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+), returning to eighth from seventh.
3) Providence – Powered by a +1.1 to 10.4 (after a +.4 in March), Cumulus Media-owned adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105″ breaks the first-place tie with CHR sibling WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” to take sole possession of first-place. The last time “Lite Rock 105″ hit double-digits (6+) was the 15.2 it garnered in the “Holiday” 2014 report. At #1 the past three ratings periods, WPRO-FM now moves to the runner-up slot. Not only down for the third consecutive sweep (10.4 – 9.8 – 9.3 – 8.5, 6+), the station has its weakest 6+-performance in almost two years (June 2013’s 8.3). Matching the mighty +1.1 of WWLI is iHeartMedia‘s classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101″ (4.8 – 5.9, 6+), inching up from seventh to sixth. In March, “B-101″ improved by one-tenth to curtail five consecutive negative or flat sweeps, which had combined for a -3.5 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 6.8 – 4.7, 6+). On the heels of a +1.0 in March, co-owned hot AC WSNE tacks on another six-tenths, making it the fourth straight monthly increase for “Coast 93-3,” which remains at #5 (4.5 – 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.9 – 6.5, 6+). Stymied at 5.5 in the “Holiday” 2014 report and in January 2015, rock cluster-mate WHJY “94 HJY” notched a +1.2 in February; a +.8 in March; and now rings up a +.7 to creep up from fourth to third (6.7 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+).
4) Raleigh – Improving by one full-share is Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5″ (6.5 – 7.5, 6+), which bumps up from #4 to a tie at #2. Prior to the +1.0, “Mix 101.5″ endured three straight downward trends (14.0 – 7.0 – 6.6 – 6.5, 6+), yielding a combined -7.5. The station with which “Mix” is tied at #2 is iHeartMedia CHR WDCG “G-105,” which enjoys an eight-tenths spike (6.7 – 7.5), as it inches up from #3 to the runner-up slot. This represents the finest 6+-performance for “G-105″ since its 8.4 in July 2012. Following a +1.0 in March, “Mix” sports sibling WCMC relinquishes 90% of it by dropping from 4.2 – 3.3 (-.9, #11 to #13). Prior to March, the last time “ESPN 99.9 – The Fan” reached the four-share level (6+) was January 2013 (4.0). Despite being down for the third consecutive sweep (9.4 – 8.8 – 8.2 – 8.0, 6+), Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country” finishes first for the fourth straight time. Public WUNC had been runner-up in January, February, and March, but even though it adds three-tenths (7.0 – 7.3), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill facility slips to fourth.
5) Norfolk – It is a case of wild back-to-back fluctuations for WVKL, which rebounds from a massive -2.2 in March to a robust +1.7 in April (12.2 – 10.0 – 11.7, 6+). After the dust settles, the Entercom urban AC is #1 for the 33rd successive ratings period. Given that iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “103 Jamz” posted a +1.2 to 9.7 in March, WVKL held a violate three-tenths advantage; “103 Jamz” continues to apply pressure by being flat or up for the fourth straight month (7.7 – 7.7 – 8.5 – 9.7 – 10.7, 6+), yielding a cumulative three-share gain. Even so, the lead for WVKL is up to one full-share. For the 15th time in the last 16 sweeps – and fourth in a row – WOWI finishes second and while WVKL has been in double-digits 21 times in the last 22 monthlies, “103 Jamz” crosses that threshold for the first time. In fact, prior to March, WOWI last hit the nine-share level in October (9.0, 6+). Steady at #3, Saga rocker WNOR “FM 99″ regains the half-share it lost in March (6.0 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+). After a successive trio of positive trends (5.0 – 3.7 – 4.6 – 5.1, 6+), Entercom rhythmic CHR WNVZ “Z-104″is off by four-tenths to 4.7, but remains at #6. Its hot AC cluster-mate WPTE “The Point” stumbles for the third successive sweep (5.6 – 5.4 – 4.5 – 3.9, 6+) to move from eighth to ninth.
6) Nashville – Several meaty (6+) March – April moves in “Music City USA” are led by WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYM advancing by +1.2 (1.8 – 3.0) to climb from #15 to #12. Following back-to-back showings of 7.1, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUBT “101.1 The Beat” chalks up a gain of one full-share to 8.1 and remains at #3 (6+). It is the most potent 6+share for “The Beat” since December 2012 (8.2). Co-owned WNRQ “105.9 – The Rock” though is off by one-half share (after a +1.0 in March) and halts its string of upticks at three (4.9 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 6.3 – 5.8, 6+); “The Rock” remains in fifth-place. Adult hits WCJK faltered by six-tenths in March, but Midwest Communications’ “Jack-FM” roars back with a +1.1 to 8.2. It inches up from third to second, where it trails adult contemporary sibling WJXA “Mix 92.9″ (11.9 – 11.6, -.3) by 3.4 shares (6+). Heretofore, Nashville’s version of “Jack-FM” had never notched a 6+-share over 7.9. As for its AC cluster-mate, “Mix” is #1 for the 37th successive monthly and in double-digits (6+) for all but four of the last 35 ratings sweeps. Declining by seven-tenths and six-tenths, respectively, are Cumulus Media talk and urban AC siblings WWTN (2.9, #10 to #13) and WQQK “92-Q” (4.6, steady at #7). Country stations finish eighth (Cumulus Media’s WKDF “Nash-FM,” eighth in March); ninth (iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98,” from twelfth); and tenth (Cumulus Media’s WSM-FM “Nash Icon,” tenth in March). All three of them improve March-April (6+), with “The Big 98″ +.9 (4.3); “Nash Icon” +.2 (3.8); and “Nash-FM” +.1 (4.5).
7) Greensboro – March-April fluctuation by 1.2 shares seems to be popular here. Gaining by that margin are iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG (7.3, sixth to fourth, 6+) and Entercom‘s WPAW “The Wolf” (6.3, ninth to eighth); however, WPAW adult hits sibling WSWM “Simon” regresses by that much to 9.3, slipping from first to second. Moreover, it is a reversal from March for the Entercom cluster-mates, given that “Simon” was +1.1 and “The Wolf” was -1.3. Unseating “Simon” from #1 is urban AC sibling WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (9.9 – 9.8, -.1, #2 to #1). Wild shifts continue for country-formatted “Wolf”: It was up one-half share in January; -.7 in February; -1.3 in March; and now +1.2 in April. When it registered 5.1 in March, it represented the first time “The Wolf” had fallen below a six-share in its PPM history. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia‘s WTQR “Q-104.1 – New Country” shows improvement for the fourth straight ratings period (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.1 – 6.8 – 6.9, 6+), yet backtracks from fourth to fifth. In their last 12 head-to-head battles, “The Wolf” has prevailed seven times (June, August, September, December, “Holiday” 2014, January 2015, and February 2015) to five for “Q-104.1″ (July, October, November, March 2015, and April 2015). On the heels of a one-half share March increase, Dick Broadcasting‘s WKRR “Rock 92″ trots out an additional +.9 (5.0 – 5.5 – 6.4, 6+) to improve from eighth to seventh. Following 22 successive ratings periods at #9, iHeartMedia CHR WMKS advanced to #8 in February; inched up to #7 in March; but “100.3 Kiss-FM” is back in its familiar #9 spot (flat at 5.9, 6+).
8) West Palm Beach – Adult contemporary rebounds in April in this Florida market. Specifically, iHeartMedia-owned WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5″ regains the six-tenths it lost in March (7.7 – 7.1 – 7.7) and returns to second from third. Following a trio of consecutive negative trends (8.2 – 5.5 – 5.1 – 4.9, 6+), Digity Media adult contemporary WEAT “Sunny 107.9″ improves by one-half share to 5.4 and remains in fourth-place. A gain of seven-tenths (3.7 – 4.4, 6+) lifts WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYM from seventh to fifth. Declining by one-half share each are Digity Media hot AC and urban AC cluster-mates WRMF (9.7 – 9.2) and WMBX “X-102.3.” Notwithstanding the -.5, this marks the eighth successive ratings sweep that WRMF is #1. It is the fifth straight monthly in which “X-102.3″ is down or flat (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.5 4.0, 6+); in that time, WMBX is a combined -1.5.
9) Jacksonville – Owing to a +.7, Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL “The Eagle” stretches its streak of progressive trends to four and remains at #3 (5.8 – 7.3 – 7.7 – 7.8 – 8.5, 6+). On the heels of a robust +1.2 in March, iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country 99.1″ also improves by seven-tenths (7.3, 8.5, 9.2, 6+) to repeat at #2. Remaining in the iHeartMedia cluster, urban contemporary WJBT “The Beat” – which sputtered by seven-tenths in March – gains back one-half share (5.8 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+) to creep up from eighth to seventh. Finishing first for the eleventh consecutive ratings period is Renda adult contemporary WEJZ. Flat at 11.0, WEJZ manages to apply the brakes to three successive significant declines, which produced a cumulative -6.9 (17.9 – 12.9 – 11.9 – 11.0, 6+).
10) Memphis – On the strength of a +1.6 to 5.6 (6+), Cumulus Media‘s WGKX jumps from tenth to seventh. It is the highest 6+-share for “Kix 106 – Today’s Best Country” since last October’s 7.4. Co-owned urban-rhythmic oldies property WRBO “Soul Classics & Today’s R&B” enjoys its third successive uptick (6.7 – 6.9 – 7.2 – 7.7, 6+) and inches up from fourth to third. Improving by +1.1 (7.9 – 9.0, 6+) and repeating in the runner-up slot is iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK “K-97.1,” which records its most powerful 6+stat since Holiday 2011’s 9.2. Flat at 10.4 (6+), urban AC sibling KJMS “V-101″ is the market’s pacesetter for the fourth successive sweep. Advancing from #12 to #11, co-owned talker WREC follows up back-to-back one-half share gains with a +.3 to 3.1 (6+). Locked on 3.5 (6+) in January and February, Cumulus Media rocker WXMX busted out a +.7 in March to advance from tenth to ninth, but “98.1 – The Max” drops six-tenths (4.2 – 3.6) and returns to tenth. The fourth straight downward trend for Entercom adult contemporary WRVR is a -.1 (11.5 – 7.2 – 6.9 – 6.1 – 6.0, 6+). Ever since the “Holiday” 2014 report, “The River” (#5 to #6) is a combined -5.5.
Nik Carter-Hosted On Tap Presented by VH1 Classic Canceled. June 30 with be the last show for the Viacom–Krantz Media Group joint venture. The nationally syndicated classic rock show is hosted by Nik Carter and debuted in August of 2012. It featured content from the archives of such Viacom shows as “Unplugged,” “Behind the Music,” “Storytellers,” and “The Video Music Awards.”
A Format Tweak and a Re-Brand for Hall Communications’ WROZ, Lancaster. The adult contemporary outlet serves the York-Harrisburg-Lancaster, Pennsylvania markets and will continue to be an AC station but the re-brand from “101 The Rose” to “Fun 101.3” comes with the addition of hotter music to the playlist – more currents with upbeat tempos. In a statement, general manager Billy Baldwin says, “The foundation of our brand will be more music, less talk, and songs that will make the workday more fun…Being contemporary means giving our listeners and clients a clutter-free experience.” At the same time as this change is taking place, Hall Communications transfers WROZ morning host Bryan Jordan to its New London, Connecticut hot AC WKNL “Roxy FM” where he’ll be afternoon jock.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Dick Broadcasting’s classic rock WKRR, Greensboro, North Carolina “Rock 92,” a couple of staff changes take place. Lauren McCombs adds permanent morning show cast member to her promotions director responsibilities. Also, Chase Myers moves from overnight personality to midday jock…..Barry Fox exits the program director position at Capitol Broadcasting’s adult contemporary WRAL, Raleigh “Mix 101.5” where he’s been for the past eight years…..Melissa Jordan is the new midday personality at Milwaukee Radio Alliance-owned hot AC WLDB, Milwaukee “Trending Radio 93.3.” She arrives in Brew City from her most recent gig at CTJ Communications’ hot AC WLKG, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin “Lake 96.1.” She replaces Julie Davidson who exits the radio business.