General Music Radio Industry News
CMG Names J.R. Jaus PM Driver at ‘K92.3’ in Orlando. At Cox Media Group-owned country outlet WWKA, Orlando “K92.3,” J.R. Jaus is the new afternoon drive personality, effective December 4. To make room for Jaus, current afternooner and director of branding Drew Bland moves to middays and Jason Gellhause shifts to evenings. Bland comments, “J.R.’s passion for creating compelling radio is exciting and refreshing, he will be a great addition to our already innovative team. We look forward to JR’s future contributions to the K92.3 brand.” Prior to this new role, Jaus has been working radio, TV, and film for the last 10 years in San Diego and Los Angeles, including stops at iHeartMedia’s San Diego cluster and roles in Nickelodeon‘s “Victorious” and ABC Family‘s “Greek.” Most recently Jaus hosted nights at CBS RADIO’s “Energy 103.7” in San Diego.
Brian Egan Named ‘NASH Nights Live’ Executive Producer. WKWS, Charleston, West Virginia “96.1 The Wolf” PD and morning host Brian Egan leaves that gig to join Cumulus Media as executive producer for the syndicated “NASH Nights Live” program. Speaking about his new gig, Egan says, “My family and I couldn’t be more excited to return to Tennessee. Joining the ‘NASH Nights Live’ team and getting the chance to work with Shawn Parr, Elaina Smith, Ryan Kershner and everyone involved with the NASH brand is an amazing opportunity. I’m grateful to John Dickey and Mike McVay for making this happen.”
Cumulus Names Reno to Lead KGO and KSFO, San Francisco Sales. At the Bay Area cluster, Cumulus Media appoints sales pro Jaysson Reno to vice president, sales for heritage market news/talkers KGO and KSFO. Reno has worked in the San Francisco market for 10 years in the radio, digital and event space, and has led sales for the company’s rock KSAN and triple A KFOG since 2012. Cumulus San Francisco VP/market manager Justin Wittmayer says, “Jaysson brings strong leadership, a keen business sense and the market equity needed to drive advertiser performance and grow revenues. KGO and KSFO are legacy brands in which we will continue to invest to benefit our community, to enhance the user experience and to deliver superior advertiser results.”
KDAY, Los Angeles Gets Digital. Legendary Southern California hip hop and R&B outlet KDAY, Los Angeles announces a new suite of services for its digital media platform. The station, recently purchased by Meruelo Media, says it is extending “the legendary brand’s reach worldwide in real-time via livestreaming, mobile, social and more.” The new digital platform “includes products and services that amplify traditional ‘listener tools,’ with real-time engagement via a social strategy anchored in rich media with interactive banner displays, page takeovers, audio/video pre-roll, exclusive special content sections and pop-culture prize polls.” Meruelo Media president Otto Padron adds, “This digital grand strategy unites our legendary music together with ‘KDAY Nation’ listeners anytime, anyplace and anywhere across the world. Listeners pick the time, place and the duration of their tune-in or brand interaction, giving them all the options to do so – on their own terms; whether its via our livestreaming app, mobile, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, we’re there for them around the clock on broadcast radio, digital, mobile, and social platforms.”
Envision Networks’ ‘100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time’ Adds More Affiliates. A dozen new affiliate stations are adding the Envision Networks-syndicated holiday program “The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time,” an award-winning, 10-hour radio special hosted by beloved TV game show host Wink Martindale. This show is available on a cash basis and counts down “everyone’s favorite Yuletide hits from 100 to number one.” The show is a brand new special based on data compiled by Billboard Magazine and listings of the Christmas tracks most played on radio over the past decade. This compilation includes hit singles as well as classic tracks from the most-loved and best-selling Christmas albums of all time.
USRN Expands Phantom Producer Country Services. The radio imaging service distributed by United Stations Radio Networks introduces a second version geared toward country music formats. Phantom Producer is expanding to serve the mainstream country format. At the same time, the existing service for country stations will be re-branded as the hot country service. USRN says the Phantom Producer service gives users the ability to audition and download major market station imaging with their station name, frequency and positioning statement embedded in the audio via a password-protected website. Recently, “music hooks” were added to the service which expanded the creative options for affiliates tremendously and has proven to be another time-saver for PDs.
Bobby Bones Raises More Cash for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On Tuesday (11/18), Premiere Networks syndicated morning personality Bobby Bones and his band The Raging Idiots played a special charity concert to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Two-time Academy of Country Music “Top Male Vocalist” Jason Aldean crashed the show held at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, helping raise more than $60,000 for the hospital. In addition, country music singer/songwriter/guitarist Lindsay Ell performed with The Raging Idiots, and St. Jude patient Caleb served as guest announcer for the evening. Pictured here are Aldean (white cap) and Bones (standing) on stage.
Hubbard Expands ‘2060 Digital’; Names James Bryant President. Cincinnati VP and market manager James Bryant is heading up Hubbard Radio’s new in-house, digital company called 2060 Digital, LLC. The new digital media services company will expand from Hubbard Interactive in Cincinnati and begin serving Hubbard Radio clusters in the Chicago, Washington, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Seattle, Phoenix and Cincinnati markets. 2060 Digital will “provide digital solutions for clients, including website and mobile site build out, SEO, SEM, retargeting, social media management, content and video.” Two years ago, Bryant was instrumental in launching 2060 Digital in Cincinnati. Hubbard chair and CEO Ginny Morris comments, “We have long looked to Jim for leadership in this space and we feel fortunate that his full attention will be focused on helping us find comprehensive solutions for our advertising partners. We look forward to bringing Jim’s entrepreneurial approach to 2060 Digital to the rest of our company.” At the same time, with the promotion of Bryant, Hubbard announces Mike Fredrick also moves up from his VP/general manager/DOS for the Cincinnati operations to VP and market manager.
Cumulus Names Jeff Davis to New Corporate Post. Twenty-six year radio pro Jeff Davis is named to Cumulus Media’s newly created post national director of stratus music scheduling. The company says that Davis has been with it for more than eight years as program director of heritage hot AC/CHR hybrid WQSM, Fayetteville, North Carolina. He’s also been music director for hot AC KBBY, Ventura, California and has extensive knowledge of the company’s proprietary Stratus Music Scheduling System which is used at more than 450 radio stations. Davis will continue to program WQSM for Cumulus.
WTZA, Atlanta New Classic Hip Hop and R&B Outlet. The WTZA-AM and W257DF simulcast positions itself as “Atlanta’s New Home for Old School Hip Hop and R&B” featuring artists including: Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., TLC and more from the early 2000s going back to the late 1980s. The Core Communications simulcast’s translator is licensed to Dallas, Georgia and its primary signal covers the region northwest of downtown Atlanta.
Townsquare Flips Quincy-Hannibal, Missouri AM to Classic Country. The former adult contemporary WLIQ is now airing the classic country format and is branded “KICK AM 1530” – a nod to its FM country sister station KICK-FM. General manager Dave Greene says, “The number one request we get on KICK-FM is to air more country hits from the past. Flipping 1530 to classic country gives us the opportunity to do just that and we can now serve the entire country music audience between today’s best hits on KICK-FM and 979kickfm.com and the best country hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s on KICK-AM and on kickam1530.com.” To promote the changeover, KICK-FM will be airing one classic country song per hour during the day to give listeners a feel for what they can hear on KICK AM.
Meet Patty Morris-Capers, VP Promotion for Adult Formats at Capitol Records. In a continuing series of personality profiles of key individuals making a difference in the ever-changing arena of music promotion, where the music and radio industries intersect, RadioInfo shines the spotlight on Patty Morris-Capers. Morris-Capers is vice president of promotion for adult formats at Capitol Records. Capitol is hot in this arena and has launched the careers of such successful contemporary artists as Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Mary Lambert, Mary J Blige and so many more, in addition to maintaining the currency of such established acts as Counting Crows and Beck, not to mention all-time legends Elton John, Bob Seger and Neil Diamond. For the past 18 months or so in her current position, music industry pro Morris-Capers has established a keen understanding of and close working relationship with “adult formats” which at Capitol entails hot AC and mainstream adult contemporary. Recently she has been handling specialty promotion for classic hits stations as well. “It is a very interesting time for hot AC and adult contemporary,” she declares. “Several years ago, there was ‘a minute’ when hot AC had become extremely ‘thump-and-bump.’ In many cases, the definition of a station playing a ‘variety of hits’ did not quite apply. The pendulum had swung to the point where hot AC had become so rhythmic that the concept of having any sort of alternative-leaning song on those stations was very difficult. It has been very exciting the past several years to see a shift.” Not only does it draw from all other formats, hot AC, Morris-Capers asserts, “can break records. That is evidenced by the fact that hot AC broke Emeli Sandé. Some records come into this building that are so left-of-center. We will raise our hand on them and say they could fly with the right tools around them.” To read managing editor Mike Kinosian’s RadioInfo’s profile of Patty Morris-Capers and get a peek inside the thought processes that make Capitol an ongoing force in the music industry, please click here.
Cumulus and Westwood One Partner to Bring ‘Backstage from the AMAs’ Content. As the result of a partnership between Cumulus’ Westwood One and dick clark productions, the former will provide exclusive audio coverage from the Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs Radio Row on Friday and Saturday (11/22-23), leading up to the 2014 American Music Awards which take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. During the event, Westwood One will debut its Red Carpet Radio brand – the umbrella platform for the company’s exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of year-round entertainment award shows. Backstage at the AMAs Radio Row is two days of live broadcasts with 25 radio stations from across the country representing multiple formats, with an array of hosts, presenters, and performers mingling backstage.
CBS RADIO Detroit One of Motor City’s “Best Places to Work.” The annual feature from Crain’s Detroit Business names CBS RADIO Detroit one of the best places to work in the city. Some of the reasons for the local station group being such a great employer include: Annual company party, tickets to local events, rewards site to allow employees to send thank you and birthday cards and award nominations, and child care assistance. Pictured here being interviewed for the video that is featured on the Crain’s site are Bobby (right) and Stacey (center) from the Bobby and Stacey show on oldies WOMC talking about why the Detroit cluster is such a rewarding workplace. To check out the cool video, click here.
Golden Mike Award Ceremony Moved to March 16. The annual Golden Mike Award fundraiser presented by the Broadcasters Foundation of America will take place at the Plaza Hotel in New York on March 16. Next spring, NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith is being honored with the award. Earlier this week the announcement was made but the date has moved from February 23 to March 16.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters including this week, Bayley Brown, WKLC, Charleston, WV; David Safar, KCMP, Minneapolis; and 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 (11/1) includes such names as: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Lack of Afro, Kendrick Lamar, Nick Jonas, David Bowie, Gwyneth Moreland, Smashing Pumpkins, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Madison Rising, Buffalo Killers, Cort Carpenter, Mitchell Tenpenny, Austin Webb, Pat Waters, Joe Denim, Deadmau5, Kaskade, Shiba San, Calvin Harris, Haim, and Ummet Ozcan among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here
Weisman: Flo & Eddie Case May Have Far-Reaching Effects. RadioInfo legal editor Steven J.J. Weisman writes today (11/19) about the recent court decisions relative to the suits being brought against SiriusXM by Flo & Eddie, Inc., the corporation created by Mark Volman (left) and Howard Kaylan (right) that owns Turtles recordings, that charge the satcaster is violating state laws for not paying royalties on the Turtles’ pre-1972 recordings. Weisman offers a concise recent history of the matter and explains why these most recent rulings could impact all audio broadcasters – including AM/FM operators – in a big way. He writes that the most recent ruling “could be interpreted to apply to thousands of terrestrial radio stations, restaurants, stores, and stadiums where pre-1972 recordings are being played without paying royalties to performers. A national resolution to this issue is sorely needed. A bill was introduced in Congress earlier this year that would establish public performance royalty rights for recordings made prior to 1972, however, that particular bill is somewhat flawed in that it does not extend full copyright protection to those recordings.” Read Weisman’s entire piece here.
Clear Channel Satellite Services to Serve iHeartMedia Only. In a story by Leslie Stimson at Radio World, iHeartMedia, the parent company of Clear Channel Satellite Services, is informing clients that it will no longer provide satellite services to non-iHeartMedia operators. Contracts currently existing will be honored until they expire and the company will not accept new ones. A memo from CCSS reads, in part: “In the coming weeks, our team will be working with the existing customers to discuss the best way for a smooth transition to a new provider. Customers with soon-expiring contracts will have the option to continue their service on a month-to-month basis until we’ve found a suitable assignee for the business.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. At Blaster Records, Bob Reeves is promoted to vice president, promotion. Label president Derek Simon makes the announcement, noting that Reeves takes over for Gator Michaels who exits the label…..Key Market Radio-owned suburban country outlet WOGI “Froggy 104.3” welcomes Erika Hink, a.k.a. Alligator, to the station to serve as morning drive co-host alongside Michael Ovadia, a.k.a. Frogman. Hink most recently was afternoon personality at Forever Broadcasting’s country WFGI, New Castle, Pennsylvania…..Former Alpha Media-owned triple A KINK, Portland morning personality Marconi is now hosting afternoons at webcaster Radiobuzz101.com.
October Revenue Gains Reported in Los Angeles, San Diego. According to Miller Kaplan Arase‘s October summary report, Los Angeles posted increases of 3% for local spot and nearly double that (5.7%) for national spot. Meanwhile, San Diego was +1.3% local spot and a substantially higher +18% for national spot. Southern California Broadcasters Association president Thom Callahan comments, “Our entire region produced a very robust October as the critical fourth quarter began. The sluggish third quarter performance we had is a distant memory, as advertisers once again looked to Southern California radio for increased market share and real revenue results. Our combined market growth in October should set the stage for a dramatic and positive finish for [fourth quarter] and 2014. Our members’ efforts to provide proactive solutions to client challenges really came together in October. We see enormous positive energy in our markets and our continued regional focus on radio’s ROI is making a difference for all of our member sales teams.” Revenue in the “NTR/Network/Other” category improved last month by a whopping (approximately) 63% in Los Angeles and 26.3% in San Diego. October’s total market revenue for Los Angeles was 7.1%, while San Diego’s was 8.8%. Year-to-date total market revenue though is -2.2% (Los Angeles) and 2.9% (San Diego).
iHeartMedia Flips KMJM, St. Louis to Classic Hip Hop and R&B. Urban contemporary “Majic 100.3” is gone and iHeartMedia unveils the country’s newest classic hip hop and R&B stations as KMJM becomes “100.3 The Beat, Throwback Hip Hop and R&B.” The station says it will be the home of artists including: Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z and Tupac as well as Jodeci, Aaliyah and R. Kelly. iHeartMedia St. Louis regional market president Beth Davis says, “The all-new ‘100.3 The Beat’ will bring back the fun times of an older hip-hop and R&B generation while continuing to serve the local community, playing the music our listeners want to hear. I’m confident ‘100.3 The Beat’ listeners will remember where they were, who they were hanging out with and how they were feeling with every song we play.”
Cumulus Re-Ups Roula & Ryan for KRBE, Houston. The long-running Roula & Ryan morning show at Cumulus Media’s CHR KRBE, Houston will remain at the station as the program has signed a long-term contract extension. Hosted by Roula Christie (second from right) and Ryan Chase (right), the program also features sidekicks Producer Eric (Eric Rowe) (second from left), Special K (Kevin England) (left), and Phoenix. The show has been airing on KRBE since July of 2006. Cumulus Media EVP of content and programming John Dickey comments, “Roula & Ryan have been a successful fixture in the Houston media landscape for many years. It’s great to be able to recognize their talent and their contribution to the much-beloved KRBE with another long-term contract proving our commitment to work with the best talent in the business.” PD Leslie Whittle adds, “It’s been an amazing eight years working with the Roula & Ryan show and I know the coming years will be even bigger and better. The members of the Roula & Ryan show are a collection of special talents and I’m so happy they will continue to wake up Houston each morning on KRBE.”
Duane Doobie: Don’t Miss the Next Big Thing. According to RadioInfo resident media perceptionist Duane Doobie, music radio programmers should always be on alert for the next big thing. In a column posted today (11/18) the Doob writes, “Music radio is in a ‘play it safe’ holding pattern and has been for years. The irony is, playing it safe is one of the most dangerous things music radio can do. I am certainly not suggesting recklessness or the indiscriminate programming of everything out there… we all know how deadly that can be. I’m talking about balance and common sense… and an understanding of history. I’m talking about the importance of constantly being on the lookout for the ‘next big thing.’ This includes the awareness that the next big thing IS definitely out there and is definitely coming. If you are not ready to take action when it pops up on your radar screen (which should always be set at ‘super sensitive’), you will surely miss it when it comes around. At that point all you can do is play follow the leader and try to chase the trends as opposed to leading the parade. If you go through life as a music radio programming type always saying, ‘It doesn’t fit our format’ as your default when encountering something slightly different than the narrow box you believe you are charged with maintaining – you are contributing to the demise of music radio as a culturally viable platform.” To read the entire column, please click here.
Rosen Rises to OM of Chicago’s WSCR, WXRT. Ten-year WSCR “The Score” program director Mitch Rosen is boosted to operations manager of the CBS RADIO Chicago sports outlet, as well as co-owned triple A WXRT. In a memo to the stations’ staff, CBS RADIO Chicago senior vice president and market manager Rod Zimmerman writes, “Mitch’s organizational skills, management style, and sales focus will help grow the great [WXRT] brand.” Rosen previously programmed the Windy City’s similarly-programmed WMVP “ESPN Radio 1000″ and was Paragon Marketing Group’s vice president of broadcast representation. Norm Winer continues as WXRT program director.
Sales Management Moves at Greater Media Detroit. At the Detroit station group, Greater Media announces Patti Taylor is promoted to general sales manager of classic rock WCSX and rock WRIF. At the same time, Jonathan Ghazal is named sales manager for WMGC “Detroit Sports 105.1.” Taylor has been serving as GSM for WCSX since February of 2013. Ghazal joined Greater Media Detroit as an account executive in October of 2012. Ghazal takes over for Cindy Senkbeil who remains with the WCSX sales team. She’d been sales manager of WMGC since November of last year.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. After a 40-year career in the radio business, Cumulus Youngstown market manager Rick Parrish announces he is retiring. Parrish has been market manager of the Cumulus Youngstown eight-station group since 2010. He comments, “I have loved radio since the age of 15 when my mother drove me to KMAD in Madill, Oklahoma for my first day of on-air work. And, I think the best is yet to come. That book I keep writing in my head still has some great chapters left before I’m finished.”…..Radio pro Nick Wize joins iHeartMedia as afternoon personality and digital program director for CHR WKSL, Jacksonville “97.9 Kiss FM.”…..Maverick is the new program director at Combined Communications’ Bend, Oregon stations country KMTK “99.7 The Bull” and CHR KWXS “Wild 107.7.” He’ll also serve as afternoon jock on “Wild 107.7.”…..Presslaff Interactive Revenue announces the hiring of Nicole Watkins to serve as marketing assistant. The company says that in this role Watkins will expand Presslaff’s presence in social media marketing, as well as assisting with the company’s industry marketing initiatives, including: email marketing, industry webinars and slideshare presentations.
KPUS, Corpus Christi Treats Listeners to Free Blues Concert. This “thank you” to listeners of Convergent Broadcasting’s classic rock KPUS, Corpus Christi “Classic Rock 104.5” takes place on Saturday (11/22) as the station – along with sponsors Sames Ford and The Edwards Law Firm present a free blues show at Brewster Street Ice House. Two Dallas-based bands – The Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band featuring Bnois King and the Buddy Whittington Band – will perform. Whittington has played with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.
Joey Boy and Lady La Team Up for Mornings at KZON, Phoenix. The joining of Joey Boy and Lady La (pictured here) for “The Morning Mess” is not the only talent move at CBS RADIO’s CHR KZON “LIVE 101.5” but it put the station’s drive time personalities together again (they co-hosted mornings at Riviera Broadcasting’s hip hop KKFR in the past). As part of the consolidation of the two driver timers, Natasha Castles moves to Joey Boy’s former PM drive slot and Kimmie Caruba joins the station to host the midday show. Operations manager and program director Tim Richards says of the changes, “The merging of Joey Boy and Lady La in morning drive is exciting. This team has the makings of the Valley’s next greatest morning show, and we’re all looking forward to this partnership. Both Natasha and Kimmie are remarkable talents. They are passionate about the ‘LIVE 101.5’ brand and have an unrelenting commitment to delivering a great show for the audience.” Caruba also serves as host of the night show on CBS RADIO’s country station KMLE. Castles has been hosting the night show at ‘LIVE 101.5’ for the past nine months.
Chase Named Ruby Radio’s VP/Programming. After a 22-year gig programming iHeartMedia’s Las Vegas adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5,” Tom Chase becomes Ruby Radio‘s vice president of programming. Ruby Radio president and chief executive officer Ken Sutherland comments, “We have worked together three times in the past and Tom Chase is an outstanding programmer. I have a very high regard for his skills – both as a solid strategic and operational program director – and as a strong department manager.” Chase remarks that he likes “the texture and presentation” of the Ruby-owned stations. “I grew up in a small community in Idaho, so I can relate to the size of these towns. Ruby Radio has found ways to make these stations sound like they are in much bigger markets, without sacrificing the ‘home town feel’ of community involvement that you need for success.” Chase will oversee Elko, Nevada hot AC KHIX “Mix 96.7″; KBGZ “Big Country 103.9″; and talk KZBI, as well as Winnemucca, Nevada hot AC KHYX “Mix 102.7″ and K232BK “Big Country 94.3.” He begins his new duties next month.
Haddon Named VP/Market Manager for Beasley Augusta. This is a promotion from national sales manager and digital sales manager for the Beasley Broadcast Group Augusta, Georgia station group. Mark Haddon assumes the vice president/market manager post for the Augusta cluster that includes: country WKXC “Kicks 99”; WGAC-AM/FM “580 AM and 95.1 FM News Talk”; CHR WHHD “HD 98.3”; adult hits WDRR “93.9 BOB FM”; WCHZ-AM and W238AU “95 Rock at 95.5 FM and 1480 AM; WGUS-FM/WCHZ-FM “The Southern Gospel Station at 102.7 FM and 93.1 FM”; and WRDW-AM 1630 News Talk Sports. Haddon, who joined Beasley in 1993 as GSM for WKXC, replaces Kent Dunn who, after a long and successful career in the Augusta market, is stepping down from this position to pursue other opportunities.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Some changes in the alternative rock radio scene in San Diego as Tim Pyles leaves his “The Local Pyle” show on Lincoln Financial Media’s KBZT to jump across town to Broadcast Company of the Americas’ XETRA “91X” to assume the hosting duties of the market’s oldest local music show called “Loudspeaker.” According to the San Diego Reader, Pyles will work with Al Guerra, Lou Niles, and Andrew Rowley as in-studio and in-the-field co-hosts. “91X” PD Mike Halloran tells the paper the hosts will go out to clubs, live shows, rehearsal spaces, and recording studios and bring back video and audio from the local scene. “We want to do it better than it’s ever been done before.”…..Chicago urban radio personality Ramonski Luv returns to the radio on Crawford Broadcasting’s urban adult contemporary WSRB (licensed to Lansing, Illinois on the far southeast side of the market) to host the evening show, according to Chicago media writer Robert Feder. Luv was let go from his gig co-hosting “The Real Show” with Joe Soto on iHeartMedia’s Chicago urban contemporary WVAZ in July after the show landed in first place in the daypart in the June PPM ratings with a 5.9 share (6+)…..Julie Boruchov is promoted to vice president, sports sales and marketing, East Coast for Westwood One‘s network sales division. She has been serving as director, sports sales, East Coast…..Mike Elroy is named midday personality at Adams Radio Group’s country KGRT, Las Cruces, New Mexico. In addition, he’ll serve as production director.
“Nash Icon” Journeys to Huntsville’s WWFF. There’s a new member of the “NASH” family as Cumulus transitions 1980s-1990s-based WWFF “Journey 93.3,” Huntsville to country as “93.3 Nash Icon.” Corporate program director Bob Raleigh states he is “thrilled” the parent company is “bringing the ‘Nash Icon’ brand to WWFF. The link between Huntsville lovers of country music and Nashville has just become stronger. The passion for ‘Nash Icon’ is like no other I have ever seen – now that passion comes to Huntsville.” Market manager Matt Tobin comments that “Nash Icon” will bring “country music fans the artists that made country great, along with today’s country stars. Country music fans can now reconnect with the iconic artists and music they fell in love with during the 1980s, 1990s and early-2000s. We are extremely excited to bring ‘93.3 Nash Icon’ to the passionate country fans of the Tennessee Valley.” Among persons 12+ in Nielsen Audio‘s summer 2014 book, “Journey 93.3″ ranks eighth of nine stations in print (.8). It reached a 1.1 in fall 2013 and winter 2014. Leading the field in market #106 is iHeartMedia‘s WDVM “Huntsville & The Valley’s Best Country” (12.0, 12+, summer 2014).
Gordon Smith to Receive 2015 Golden Mike Award. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is announcing NAB president and CEO Gordon H. Smith will be honored with the 2015 Golden Mike Award at the organization’s black-tie fundraising gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on February 23. BFoA chairman Philip Lombardo says, “Gordon’s accomplishments for broadcasters are widely recognized across our profession. But perhaps many are not aware of Gordon’s tireless efforts on behalf of the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to help our colleagues in need. Gordon’s influence has raised awareness of the Foundation’s charitable mission, and his commitment to helping those in our business who need it most has been admirable. We are honored to have Gordon on our Board and to recognize his dedication to our purpose with the 2015 Golden Mike Award.”
Bobby Bones Show Raises $150,000 for St. Judes. Nationally syndicated country morning host Bobby Bones (in red) performs for patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis with his band The Raging Idiots and country singer Maggie Rose (left). Last week, the program made a donation of more than $150,000 to St. Jude’s in honor of co-host Amy’s mother Judy, who recently passed away from cancer. For two years, listeners of show followed Judy’s battle with the disease and she became the inspiration for the program’s #PimpinJoy campaign, which encouraged people to choose random acts of kindness. When she passed away last month, Amy’s family asked that donations be made to St. Jude in lieu of flowers or any other contributions. Listeners and friends in the country music industry, including Dierks Bentley, Lindsay Ell and Little Big Town, made donations, quickly surpassing the original $20,000 goal in just one day and culminating with more than $150,000 being raised at the end of one week.