General Music Radio Industry News

Friday, September 4, 2015

| September 4, 2015

ppmunitRound Four of Nielsen’s August 2015 PPM Data Released. The fourth and final batch of Nielsen Audio‘s August 2015 PPM ratings information has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford.  The August survey period covered July 16 – August 12.  View all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways” from ten of these twelve markets below.


1) Austin – Not only is Emmis adult hits KBPA #1 for the eighth successive time, “Bob” puts an exclamation point on it with a KBPAwhopping +1.3 to 8.9, its strongest 6+-stat in exactly one year (9.4, August 2014). As impressive as that gain by “Bob” is, Univision regional Mexican KLQB outdoes it by one-tenth (+1.4) to blast into the top ten (#14 to #9). It is the third straight up or flat trend for “Que Buena” (2.4 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 4.5, 6+). Locked on 3.2 (6+) in June and July, Emmis triple A KGSR “Radio Austin” dials up a +.7 toKLQB 3.9 to climb from #13 to #12. This is the best 6+-performance for “Radio Austin” since February 2013 (4.1). Following three successive upticks (5.6 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 6.6, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KHFI “Kiss-FM” fades by six-tenths, dipping from second to a third-place tie with co-owned KASE “Today’s Country.” Expanding on the market’s country battle, “Today’s Country” rebounds from July’s -1.1 with a gain of three-tenths (6.8 – 5.7 – 6.0, 6+) to move up from fourth, while sibling KVET-FM drops three-tenths to 6.1, after being stuck on 6.4 in June and July. Despite the drop, KVET-FM manages to inch up from third to second; thus, just one-tenth separates iHeartMedia cluster-mates KVET-FM (6.1), KHFI (6.0) and KASE (6.0). Meanwhile, KOKE “Austin’s Country Alternative” has a consistent three-sweep trend of 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.1 (June – July – August, 6+) and is steady at #18.

2) Milwaukee – Over and above ranking first for the third straight sweep, iHeartMedia‘s WRIT, “Oldies 95.7″ notches its sixth WRITsuccessive positive trend (6.2 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 9.5 – 10.1 – 10.2 – 10.5, 6+) as it continues to get closer to its recent best, a 12.2 in the “Holiday” 2014 report. Since February, “Oldies 95.7″ has improved by 4.3 shares. Down or flat the past four sweeps for a combined one-share loss (6.6 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+), talk sibling WISN regainsWISN all of it (and one-tenth more) with a +1.1 to 6.7, its highest 6+-share since October 2013, when it reached 7.5. WISN zooms from seventh to second, bypassing E.W. Scripps talker WTMJ, which skids from second to fifth. In addition to registering its fourth straight downward trend for a cumulative -3.7 or roughly -37% (10.1 – 8.4 – 8.0 – 7.1 – 6.4, 6+), the Milwaukee Brewers flagship has its lowest 6+-share since March 2014 (5.7). Climbing from eighth to fifth, Saga-owned WHQG “The Hog – Everything That Rocks” rebounded from May’s -.6 by turning in a +.7 in June; added one-half share in July; and explodes with a +1.3 in August (3.9 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 6.4, 6+). Conversely though, with a -1.1 to 5.3, sibling WKLH “Milwaukee’s Classic Rock” (fourth to eighth) has its impressive string of progressive trends snapped at seven (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.1- 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.7, 6.4, 6+). As a result of losing nine-tenths this time last month, WMYX “99.1 – The Mix” had its streak of five straight progressive monthlies – for a cumulative two-share gain – come to an end (4.7 – 5.0 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 6.3 – 6.7, 6+). The Entercom hot AC, however, dusts itself off and recoups all but one-tenth to improve from sixth to fourth (6.7 – 5.8 – 6.6, 6+). Following three straight up trends (2.4 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WRNW “97.3 Now” declines by six-tenths to 2.7, as it slips from a three-way tie at #12 to #14. Likewise, Saga urban AC WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3″ is off by four-tenths to 4.1 (ninth to tenth), snapping three successive progressive trends (2.9 – 3.3 – 3.7 – 4.5, 6+). In the market’s country contest, iHeartMedia’s WMIL “Milwaukee’s Best Country” is down or flat for the sixth consecutive sweep for a net loss of four full-shares (10.7 – 10.7 – 10.5 – 9.5 – 8.4 – 6.8 – 6.7, 6+), while E.W. Scripps’ WKTI – which jumped 2.9 – 3.4 (May – June) is flat at 3.3 (July and August, 6+). Notwithstanding a -.1, “Milwaukee’s Best Country” advances from third to second, while “94.5 KTI Country” stays in a tie at #12.  

3) Indianapolis – The game of penthouse musical chairs continues as Entercom CHR WZPL “Indy’s Hit Music Station” WZPLrolls out a +1.1 (7.4 – 8.5, 6+) to return to #1 from the runner-up slot. Displaced at the top is Emmis adult contemporary WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7″ (8.3 – 7.9, -.4), which takes over at #2. Before dipping by four-tenths in August, “Soft Rock” compiled impressive back-to-back gains (6.0 – 7.0 – 8.3, 6+); the station it replaced atWLHK #1 in July was … WZPL. Meanwhile, in advance of July’s -.2, WZPL gained a combined +2.3 by being up or steady in eight of the previous nine ratings periods (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 7.6, 6+). Down or flat the past three sweeps (7.5 – 7.1 – 6.8 – 6.8, 6+), Emmis-owned country WLHK “Hank” picks up one-half share to 7.3 and remains at #3, two-tenths ahead of iHeartMedia‘s WFBQ “Q-95 Rocks,” which adds six-tenths to the seven-tenths it registered in July (5.8 – 6.5 – 7.1, 6+). “Q-95 Rocks” is steady at #4 – it had been down or flat in three straight sweeps before July’s +.7 (6.4 – 6.4 – 6.1 – 5.8, 6+). In the 5.3 – 5.7 range the past six ratings periods, Cumulus Media‘s WFMS “The Country Station” tumbles by eight-tenths to 4.8 (6+), but stays at #6. Right behind, and steady at #7, is Emmis talker WIBC, which faltered by nine-tenths in July and – like WFMS – is off by eight-tenths in August; WIBC was +1.3 in June (5.1 – 6.4 – 5.5 – 4.7, 6+) to halt a three-month slide. Radio One-owned WTLC-FM adds three-tenths (to 4.3), thus curtailing four straight downward trends (5.3 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.0, 6+); “Indy’s R&B Leader” returns to the top ten (#12 to #10). Falling from #11 to #12, Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRWM “93.9 The Beat” declines for the seventh straight time (7.7 – 7.2 – 6.1 – 5.6 – 5.1 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+) for a cumulative loss of 3.7 shares and roughly -48%.


4) Raleigh – Powered by a full-share gain (7.8 – 8.8, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5″ marches WRALfrom second to first, thus bringing to an end six straight months at #1 for Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR “Today’s Best Country” (8.9, 8.5, -.4, first to second, 6+). The last time “Mix” was in the driver’s seat was “Holiday” 2014 (14.0); it finished second the past four months. Following three consecutive down or flat monthlies for a combined -1.3 (7.5 – 6.9 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+),WDCG iHeartMedia CHR WDCG “G-105″ regains all of it – and two-tenths more – by logging a +1.5 to 7.7, its strongest 6+-performance since July 2012 (8.4); “G-105″ rockets from sixth to third. Three straight upticks by WBBB “Radio 96.1″ in May, June, and July accounted for a combined +1.9 (5.2 – 5.6 – 6.2 – 7.1, 6+), but the Curtis Media Group adult hits outlet is off by one full-share to 6.1 as it stumbles from third to sixth. Owing to a -.7 to 3.2, co-owned classic hits-oldies WKIX “Kix 102.9 – Carolina’s Greatest Hits” (#11 to #13) has its string of up-trends halted at three (2.8 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.9, 6+). Public WUNC falters by one-half share (7.0 – 6.5, 6+), but it is steady at #4, tied with Radio One urban AC WFXC. After three straight monthly improvements yielding a combined +1.5 (5.4 – 5.8 – 6.0 – 6.9, 6+) “Foxy” though declines by four-tenths (to 6.5).

5) Norfolk – An impressive +1.1 in July enabled WVBW “The Wave” to inch up from fifth to fourth. Now, the Max Broadcast WVBWGroup classic hits-oldies outlet tacks on another full-share to progress to third (4.9 – 6.0 – 7.0, 6+). Moreover, the 7.0 matches what “The Wave” recorded exactly two years ago (7.0, August 2013). Applying the brakes to three straight downward trends that accounted for a net loss of -1.6 (10.7 – 9.7 – 9.5 – 9.1, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “Jamz” hangs out a +.9 for an even 10.0 (6+) and ranks second for the eighth consecutive sweep. Off the past four ratings periods by -1.7 (5.1 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 3.8 – 3.4, 6+), Entercom rhythmic CHR WNVZ “Z-104″ breaks out a +.8 to 4.2 and remains in ninth-place.WOWI Meanwhile, albeit down by six-tenths, urban AC cluster-mate WVKL is #1 for an amazing 38th straight time and is in double-digits  for the 20th consecutive survey (11.8 – 11.2, 6+). Speaking of 20, public WHOV has registered a 6+-share in the 1.0 – 1.5 range the past 20 ratings periods, but “The Essence of Hampton University” improves by seven-tenths to reach the two-share threshold (2.0, #16 to #15). A -1.1 to 5.3 in August erases back-to-back upswings by WNOR-FM “FM-99″ (5.3 – 6.0 – 6.4, 6+); the Saga rocker slips from third to fourth. After gaining six-tenths in July to crack the top ten, iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV surrenders one-half share (3.3 – 2.8) and slides from #10 to #11. Prior to reaching 3.3 in July, “MOViN’ 107.7″ had been in the 2.1 – 2.8 range (6+) the previous six sweeps.

6) Nashville – Four straight negative territory monthlies for Midwest Communications adult contemporary WJXA totaled WJXAa combined -2.5 (11.9 – 11.6 – 11.0 – 9.6 – 9.4, 6+); however, “Mix 92.9″ rolls out a +.6 to an even 10.0 (6+). “Mix” is #1 for the 41st successive monthly and in double-digits (6+) for the seventh time in the past nine sweeps. Another such streak is halted, as Cumulus Media talker WWTN (#16 to #13) dials up a +.9 (to 3.1), ending five straight downwardWWTN moves which resulted in a cumulative -1.6 (3.8 – 3.6 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.2, 6+). An impressive July +1.1 by WUBT enabled the iHeartMedia urban contemporary outlet to cruise from fourth to second. “The Beat,” however, drops six-tenths to segue from second to third (8.4 – 7.8, 6+). After improving by six-tenths in July, Cromwell-owned WBUZ “The Buzz – Nashville’s Rock Station” coughs up all of it – plus one-tenth – as it slides from #12 to #15 (2.7 – 3.3 – 2.6, 6+). After three straight months where all three Nashville FM country outlets improved month-to-month, they each registered negative numbers in July. This trio continues to remain bunched together with iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98″ down one-tenth to 5.3 (steady at #7); Cumulus Media’s WKDF “Nash-FM” up one-tenth to 4.7 (steady at #8); and co-owned WSM-FM “Nash Icon” steady at 4.1 to remain at #10. As a result, the combined (6+) share for these three country facilities is unchanged from July (14.1).

7) Greensboro – It is suddenly a series of wild fluctuations for iHeartMedia CHR WMKS “Kiss-FM,” which had a robust +1.0 WMKSin June; declined by -1.1 in July; and racks up a whopping +1.4 in August (5.6 – 6.6 – 5.5 – 6.9, 6+). “Kiss” occupied the #9 slot for 22 successive sweeps, before progressing to #8 in February; #7 in March; back in its familiar #9 spot in April; tied at #8 in May; sixth in June; eighth in July; and now fifth in August.WKZL Having dropped nine-tenths in July, Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL “The #1 Hit Music Station” regains one-half share (5.7 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+) to bump up from ninth to eighth. While Entercom‘s WQMG resides in the penthouse for the fifth consecutive sweep, “The Best R&B and Old School” suffers a -1.3 to 8.4, its lowest 6+-share in more than four years (7.8, March 2011). In July, the urban AC gained one-tenth (to 9.7), curtailing four successive downward trends (10.2 – 9.9 – 9.8 – 9.7 – 9.6, 6+). Adult hits sibling WSMW “Simon” (steady at #3) drops three-tenths and experiences its fifth successive downturn (10.5- 9.3 – 9.0 – 8.1 – 7.5 – 7.2, 6+) for a cumulative loss of 3.3 shares. Prior to July, “Simon” had not fallen below an eight-share (6+) since June 2014 (7.7).

8) West Palm Beach – Not only does Digity Media hot AC WRMF set the pace for the 12th straight survey period, it does so WRMFby notching a +1.2 to 11.3, representing the highest 6+-share by any West Palm Beach station in the PPM-era. Conversely, adult contemporary siblingWOLL WEAT “Sunny 107.9″ suffers a -1.5 to 4.2, which is its lowest performance since January 2013, when it fell to 3.1 (6+). “Sunny 107.9″ format rival – iHeartMedia adult contemporary WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5″ – is either up or flat for the third straight time (6.8 – 6.8 – 7.1 – 7.4, 6+) and repeats at #2. This is the third successive ratings period that WOLL talk cluster-mate WZZR “Real Radio 94.3″ (steady at #9) is down or flat (2.9 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.3, 6+). If nothing else, co-owned WBZT (#15 to #14) “1230 The Talk Station” is a model of consistency, given that it has notched a .1 in seven of the last eight ratings periods, including the past six.

9) Jacksonville – A strong +.8 to 7.5 (6+) facilitates Cox Media Group talker WOKV (steady at #4) to achieve its highest 6+-WOKVshare since November 2013, when it reached a 9.9. Co-owned urban-rhythmic oldies WHJX “V-101.5 Throwback Hip-Hop and R&B” though is off for the third straight sweep for a combined -.1.1 (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 3.9, 6+); “V-101.5″ is steady at #12. Boasting a +1.3 (10.6 – 11.9, 6+), Renda adult contemporary WEJZWEJZ “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety” finishes at #1 for the 15th consecutive ratings period and is in double-digits (6+) for the ninth straight time. Having lost two full-shares since April in three successive negative trends (7.0 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 5.0, 6+), co-owned WGNE “Gator Country” improves by four-tenths to 5.4, as it climbs from eighth to sixth. Format rival – iHeartMedia‘s WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country” – repeats at #2 (8.6 – 8.7, +.1, 6+). After seven successive sweeps of being up or flat (including three straight 3.9 showings), WQIK’s adult hits cluster-mate WWJK “Jack-FM” slips by three-tenths, falling from sixth to seventh. Dating back to the “Holiday” 2014 report, “Jack-FM” had nearly doubled its 6+-share (2.9 – 3.0 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 5.4).

10) Memphis – Winning ways continue for iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WDIA. Its third consecutive hefty increase is by WDIAone full-share (5.2 – 6.1 – 6.8 – 7.8, 6+), lifting “1070 – The Heart & Soul of Memphis” from fourth to third, one-tenth behind co-owned urban contemporary WHRK “K-97.1,” which falters by one-half share; “K-97.1″ is down or flat for theWKIM fourth straight time (9.0 – 8.6 – 8.4 – 8.4 – 7.9, 6+). WDIA is three-tenths ahead of gospel sibling WHAL “Halleluiah,” which gained seven-tenths in June; lost all of that increase in July; but rebounds in grand style with a +1.1 (6.4 – 7.1 – 6.4 – 7.5, 6+) to progress from fifth to fourth. “Halleluiah” returns to the 7.5 (6+) it had in April. While this is the eighth straight sweep that co-owned KJMS ranks first, urban AC “V-101″ sputters by -1.5 (10.4 – 8.9), ending its streak of consecutive 6+ double-digit performances at five. On the heels of its one-half share gain in July, still another iHeartMedia property – talker WREC (steady at #10) – tacks on seven-tenths (2.5 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+). A talk station until late-February, Cumulus Media-owned WKIM flipped to “The Vibe Classic Hip-Hop,” but there was no dramatic (6+) movement in the March (1.6), April (1.7), May (1.6), June (2.0), or July (1.8) sweeps. That changes in August as “The Vibe” erupts with a +1.2 to 3.0, vaulting from #19 to #11. Notwithstanding that it is off by one-half share (5.5 – 5.0, 6+), co-owned WGKX Today’s Best Country – Kix 106″ remains at #7. After four successive upticks (1.7 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.6, 6+), Entercom‘s similarly-formatted WLFP “The Wolf” is off by one-tenth to 2.5 (#13 to #15).

kxnt-fmCBS RADIO Goes Rhythmic AC on KXNT-FM, Las Vegas.  The simulcast of CBS RADIO news/talk KXNT-AM, Las Vegas ends and the company debuts “The All New Q100.5 playing Today’s Rhythm and All The Best Old School” on KXNT-FM.  The new rhythmic outlet launched this morning at 9:00 am with Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It.”  CBS RADIO Las Vegas Tony Perlongo says the new station will play artists such as Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, and old school jams from artists like LL Cool J, TLC, Dr. Dre and more.

hurwitzbillMilwaukee Radio Alliance’s Bill Hurwitz to Retire.  Vice president and general manager Bill Hurwitz is retiring from his position with Milwaukee Radio Alliance after a 40-year career in Milwaukee radio.  Hurwitz has been VP/GM for MRA since 2003.  The company operates the four signals owned by All Pro Broadcasting and Shamrock Communications – alternative WLUM, hot AC WLDB, and oldies WZTI-AM (and translator W262CJ).  On his retirement from MRA, Hurwitz says, “Forty years in the same city, working basically for three or four bosses, and the opportunity to work for the Davis and Lynette/Haggerty families has been the ride of a lifetime.  I’m proud to have never worked for a Wall Street company.  It’s always been for family-owned companies that truly care about local broadcasting.”  Hurwitz has not set a date for his exit but he will stay on during the search for his successor.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  A year after joining Saga Communications’ country WQNY, Ithaca “103.7 Qdanielschase2 Country” as PM drive host and imaging director, Chase Daniels is promoted to assistant operations manager for the cluster and assistant brand manager for WQNY…..The new general manager at Salem Media Group’s Colorado Springs cluster is James Harrington.  Harrington makes the move from the Bryan/College Station, Texas market where he was senior vice president of sales for iHeartMedia.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  In honor of Labor Day Weekend, JVC Media-owned country outlet WOTW, Orlandowotw logo “103.1 The Wolf” is celebrating the “working women and men of our country with commercial-free country throwbacks and icons all weekend long.”  Station program director MurphDog says, “As we celebrate the hard work that built America, we want to showcase the icons of country music that built the format into what it is today!”…..The inspirational “Coco Brother Live Presents The Weekend” program is now airing on Beasley’s hip hop WPEG, Charlotte “Power 98” on Sunday mornings.  The program is syndicated and hosted by Cory “Coco Brother” Condrey…..East Valley Institute of Technology-owned non-com KPNG, Phoenix “88.7 FM The Pulse” is adding “Dawson McAllister Live” to its Sunday evening program schedule.  The “reality talk show for individuals 29 and younger” addresses issues including: suicide, relationships, abuse, drug addiction, bullying, unplanned pregnancy, depression, eating disorders, cutting, family problems, sexual addiction and more…..The list of nominees for the 2016 Career Class of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame includes: Al Adams, Tim Berry, Dave Brown, Kyle Cantrell, Mickey Dearstone, Lee Dorman, Elinor “Lin” Folk, Earl Freudenberg, Phillip Gibbons, Terry Hailey, Herb Howard, Maxine Humphries, Keith Landecker, Mary Glenn Lassiter, Cathy Martindale, Charlie Monk, Chuck Morgan, Dick Palmer, Bill “Dex” Poindexter, Tom Prestigiacomo, David Tower, Bart Walker, Coleman Walker and Paul White.

kztqCool Job Opportunity.  KZTQ, Reno – Variety Rock Bob 93.7 – 80’s, 90’s, whatever – is looking for our next PD.  You will be responsible for complete brand management including music, imaging, on-air afternoons, promotions and personal appearances.  Minimum 3 years’ experience as a program director.  Knowledge of Selector and NexGen definitely a plus.  Please send your package to Scott Seidenstricker at  Scottcom is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

| September 3, 2015

nielsen logoRound Three of Nielsen’s August 2015 PPM Data Released. The third installment of Nielsen Audio’s August 2015 PPM ratings information has been released for the 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus.  The August 2015 survey period covered July 16 – August 12.  View all the 6+ numbers here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways” for ten of these markets below.


1) Portland – On the strength of a robust gain of nine-tenths to 6.3, iHeartMedia CHR KKRZ “Z-100″ halts its streak of four KKRZdown or flat trends (7.1 – 6.3 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.4, 6+)  and inches up from fifth to fourth. After it notched a +1.1 in June to 7.6, then its loftiest (6+) stat in the PPM era, Entercom country KWJJ “The Wolf” regressed by six-tenths in July, but it comes roaring backKWJJ with a +1.2 (6.5 – 7.6 – 7.0 – 8.2, 6+); “The Wolf” remains in the runner-up slot for the fifth straight time. Steady at #7 is its format rival – Alpha Media‘s KUPL “The Bull” – which posts its sixth successive positive trend (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.9, 6+) for a cumulative +1.4. This is the best 6+-performance for “The Bull” since last November’s 5.0. Notwithstanding a loss of one full-share (10.2 – 9.2, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103″ sets the pace for the 14th consecutive survey; “K-103″ registered a massive +1.5 in July (8.7 – 10.2, 6+). Although down or flat for the sixth successive sweep (5.6 – 5.5 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 4.0, 6+), Entercom classic rocker KGON actually advances from #13 to #12.

2) Charlotte – Not only does Beasley Media Group‘s WSOC suffer its second straight hefty loss (-1.1 July/-.8 August: 8.9 – 7.8 WKKT– 7.0, 6+), “Country’s Greatest Hits” surrenders its first-place ranking to format rival – iHeartMedia‘s WKKT “The Kat” (6.8 – 7.3, +.5) – which progresses to the top from July’s fourth-place finish. Wild month-to-month swings are nothing new for these two foes. Back in June, WSOC was +1.5, while “The Kat” was -.9. Mainstream CHR’s 6+-market share takes a hit of -2.2. Specifically, Beasley Media Group’sWKQC WNKS “Kiss 95.1″ falters by -1.4 to drop from fifth to tenth, while iHeartMedia’s WHQC “Channel 96.1″ is off by eight-tenths and departs the top ten (#9 to #11, 6+). Before skidding to 4.1, “Kiss” had been up the past three sweeps for a combined +1.3 (4.2 – 4.4 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+); “Channel 96.1″ declines for the third straight time (6.3 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.0, 6+), yielding a cumulative -2.3. While steady at #13, there are more ups and down for iHeartMedia alternative WEND “106-5 The End.” It faltered by eight-tenths in June; regained seven-tenths in July; but erodes by one full-share in August (3.9 – 3.1 – 3.8 – 2.8, 6+). Adult hits cluster-mate WLKO “The Lake” (seventh to sixth) bounces back from July’s -1.1 with a +.4 to 5.6, ending three straight downward trends (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 5.2, 6+). The rollercoaster ride continues for Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7,” which hung out a +1.4 in June; declined by six-tenths in July; and now displays a +.7 to advance from sixth to fifth (4.6 – 6.0 – 5.4 – 6.1, 6+). In a similar vein, Greater Media‘s WLNK improved by seven-tenths in June, dropped eight-tenths in July, and now rebounds by one-half share (4.1 – 4.8 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+) as “The Link” climbs from #11 to #9. In addition to “The Link,” Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSF “Old School 105.3″ also gains one-half share (4.9 – 5.4, 6+), bumping up from eighth to seventh. Co-owned gospel WPZS dialed up a +1.2 in July to curtail eight straight monthlies of down or flat trends, but “Praise – Charlotte’s Inspiration Station” regresses by one-half share (3.9 – 3.4, 6+); it is steady at #12.

3) Pittsburgh – Registering gains of eight-tenths each are iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW “3WS,” and CBS WWSWRadio‘s KDKA-FM “The Fan.” Prior to advancing to its present 10.8, “3WS” was down the past three sweeps (11.2 – 10.7 – 10.3 – 10.0, 6+); it remains on top for the fifth successive sweep. Inching up from fifth to fourth, Pittsburgh Pirates flagship “The Fan” gained seven-tenths in July (6.0 – 6.7 – 7.5, 6+). Despite a two-tenths drop to 4.6, co-owned WDSY “Y-108KDKA-FM Pittsburgh’s New Hit Country” – which is in the 4.0 – 4.9 for the tenth straight sweep – moves up from eighth to seventh. Following a six-tenths gain in July, iHeartMedia alternative WXDX “The X at 105.9″ sputters by one full-share (5.0 – 4.0) to move from seventh to eighth, where it is tied with CBS Radio hot AC WBZZ “Star 100.7 Plays the Hits” (4.7 – 4.0, -.7). Off by six-tenths (7.9 – 7.3, 6+), Steel City Media adult hits WRRK “Bob” slides from fourth to fifth. Steady at 8.6, after dipping by -.5 in June and -1.1 in July, iHeartMedia rocker WDVE ranks second for the fifth straight sweep.

4) San Antonio – Boasting a one-half share uptick (7.1 – 7.6, 6+), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM “San Antonio’s KISS-FM San AntonioGreatest Hits” finishes in the top spot for the 13th time in the last 18 sweeps. Cluster-mate KISS “Rocks San Antonio” rebounds from July’s one-half share drop with a gain of eight-tenths as it zooms from tenth to sixth; KISS was +.7 in June (4.0 – 4.7 – 4.2 – 5.0, 6+). Off slightly in back-to-back monthlies (5.2 – 4.9 – 4.7, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9″ displays a six-tenths gain to 5.3, climbing from sixth to fifth. Conversely,KQXT Univision‘s KXTN “Tejano & Proud” regresses by six-tenths (4.5 – 3.9, 6+) and drops out of the top ten (#7 to #11). Public classical KPAC (#17 to #21) follows July’s one-half share increase with a decrease of seven-tenths (1.8 – 2.3 – 1.6, 6+). The one-share lead Cox Media Group’s KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” had in July over iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KAJA “KJ-97″ is down to four-tenths, as KCYY loses four-tenths (7.0 – 6.6, 6+), while KAJA picks up two-tenths (6.0 – 6.2, 6+); the country rivals remain at #2 and #3, respectively.

5) Cincinnati – This marks the third consecutive massive month-to-month (6+) share move for Hubbard rhythmic hot AC WREWWREW “Cincinnati’s Best Mix.” It began with a May – June +1.4 (4.4 – 5.8), followed by June – July’s – 1.3 (5.8 – 4.5), and now July – August’s +1.4 (4.5 – 5.9). “Cincinnati’s Best Mix” leaps from eighth in July to fifth. Country sibling WUBE “B-105.1″ is up or flat for the fifth consecutive sweep (6.2 – 6.8 – 7.6 – 8.0 – 8.2 – 8.2, 6+) and second-ranked for the fourth successive monthly. Remaining inWUBE that Hubbard cluster, hot AC WKRQ “Q-102″ (steady at #4) has had an intriguing (6+) line-score since April of 6.4 – 6.6 – 6.4 – 6.6 – 6.4. Off by eight-tenths each are iHeartMedia talker/Cincinnati Reds flagship WLW (13.0 – 12.2, 6+) and Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98″ (5.2 – 4.4, fifth to eighth, 6+). Despite the decline, WLW keeps two strings intact: It is in double-digits (6+) for the 18th straight sweep and it ranks #1 for the eighth successive monthly.  The last time WLW was not #1 was in “Holiday” 2014, when top honors went to … “Warm 98.” Public WVXU is off in back-to-back survey periods for a combined loss of seven-tenths (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.4, 6+). Ranked #12 in July, WVXU is now in a three-way tie at #12.

6) Cleveland – The third successive improvement by WDOK “Star “102” is by one full-share (5.5 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 7.5, 6+) as the CBS WDOKRadio adult contemporary property jumps from sixth to third. In the 4.4 – 4.9 range (6+) the past seven survey periods, Radio One urban contemporary WENZ “Z-107.9″ gains six-tenths to 5.3, its strongest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2014 (5.4). Down one full-share in June after May’s -.7, iHeartMedia adult hits WHLK “The Lake” rebounded with a one-half share gain in July, but nowWENZ sputters by -1.2 (8.7 – 7.7 – 8.2 – 7.0, 6+) to tumble from third to fifth. Off by two-tenths – after July’s +1.0 – co-owned classic hits-oldies WMJI “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” (11.7 – 11.5, 6+) is the market’s pacesetter for the fourth straight sweep. Runner-up for the third straight sweep is country sibling WGAR, which drops one-tenth to 8.8 (6+), after July’s -.9. Slipping for the third straight ratings period are talk cluster-mate WTAM (fifth to sixth) and CBS Radio hot AC WQAL “Q-104″ (steady at #11). For Cleveland Indians flagship WTAM, the combined loss is -1.9 (8.2 – 7.8 – 6.6 – 6.3, 6+), and for “Q-104,” it is (also) -1.9 (6.0 – 5.3 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+). The 4.1 registered by “Q-104″ is the station’s lowest 6+-stat in almost five years, matching the 4.1 in November 2010.

7) Salt Lake City – Enjoying one-half share spikes are Bonneville‘s KRSP “The Arrow” (4.3, #11 to #9); Broadway KRSPMedia alternative KXRK “X-96″ (4.2, #12 to #10); and iHeartMedia‘s KAAZ “Rock 106.7″ (3.3, steady at #14). “Arrow” had been down or flat the past five sweeps (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 3.8, 6+); ironically, so too was “X-96″ (5.0 – 5.0 – 4.1 – 3.9 – 3.7- 3.7, 6+). On the other hand, iHeartMedia-owned KODJ “Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” (5.7, steady at #4) and Bonneville talker KSL (4.5, seventh to eighth)KXRK decline by one-half share. KSL adult contemporary sibling KSFI falters by eight-tenths (7.7 – 6.9, 6+) to slide from second to third; 6.9 is the lowest 6+-share for “FM 100″ since last November (6.5). Although recording modest drops in back-to-back sweeps (8.1 – 7.8 – 7.6, 6+), Capital Broadcasting‘s KBZN “Now 97.7″ has the top spot for the third straight month. KSFI was #1 for seven consecutive months before relinquishing the title to “Now” in June. On the heels of a whopping +1.1 in July, iHeartMedia hot AC KJMY “My-99.5″ adds two-tenths (4.1 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+), climbing from sixth to fourth. After three consecutive upticks reflecting a quadrupling its 6+-share (.6 – 1.5 – 2.0 – 2.4, 6+), classic country KSOP-AM is off by two-tenths to 2.2, but remains at #15.

8) Las Vegas – A nine-tenths increase powers Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies KKLZ (steady at #2) to 7.2, its most KKLZpotent 6+-stat since October 2013, when it reached 7.3. Leaping by eight-tenths each are Univision regional Mexican KISF “La Nueva 103.5″ (3.3 – 4.1, #12 to #9) and Entravision‘s similarly-formatted KQRT La Tricolor 105.1″ (2.0 – 2.8, #20 to #15). KISF had been in the 3.0 – 3.9 range the past 16 sweeps; this is the tenth successive sweep that KQRT is in 2.0 – 2.8 territoryKSNE (6+). It’s déjà-vu – and not in a good way – for CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1,” which again declines by nine-tenths (6.7 – 5.8 – 4.9, 6+). “Mix” had not dipped below the five-share level since January 2012 (4.0). One could assume the decline directly relates to the presence of a new competitor – Beasley Media Group’s KVGS “Star 107.9.” In the corresponding ratings periods, however, “Star” is 2.3 – 2.7 – 2.6 (6+), for a net gain of just three-tenths; “Mix” slips from fourth to sixth and “Star” (which flipped from adult hits “Bob” this past January) actually drops from #16 in July to #17. After four straight up-trends producing a cumulative +1.3 (2.5 – 2.8 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.8, 6+), Beasley’s KCYE “Coyote Country” regresses by seven-tenths to 3.1 and leaves the top ten (#9 to #12). Declining by six-tenths each are Kemp Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KVEG “Hot 97.5″ (3.5 – 2.9, #11 to #14, 6+) and iHeartMedia mainstream CHR KPLV “93.1 – The Party” (#15 to #19, 6+); it is the fourth straight downward trend for “The Party” (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+). Adult contemporary cluster-mate KSNE “Sunny 106.5,” however is up or flat for the third successive month (9.1 – 9.1 – 9.2 – 9.6, 6+) and makes it 11 straight months at #1. Off in back-to-back monthlies (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.1, 6+), public KNPR (#21) explodes with a +.7 to 1.8, its best showing since March (1.9).

9) Kansas City – It truly is a mixed bag for country in August, as Entercom‘s WDAF-FM “The Wolf” (3.6 – 4.4, +.8) and Steel WDAFCity Media’s KBEQ “Q-104″ (3.1 – 3.6, +.5) combine for a +1.3 (6+), but “Q-104″ sibling KFKF “Country 94.1″ (4.8 – 3.6) negates all but one-tenth of it by accounting for a -1.2 (6+). “The Wolf” (#11 to #8) had been down or flat the past five sweeps for a combined -2.6 (6.2 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+). KBEQ (#15 in July) and KFKF (#7 in July) are tied atKCSP #11. Following back-to-back dips that yielded a combined -1.3 (7.4 – 6.6 – 6.1, 6+), WDAF-FM sibling/Kansas City Royals flagship KCSP “610 Sports Radio” trots out a whopping +.9 to 7.0; KCSP is second in June, July, and August – after finishing first in May. There are yet more wild fluctuations for Entercom alternative KRBZ “The Buzz,” which gained one-half share in May; returned all of it in June; dialed up a +.9 in July; only to cough out eight-tenths of it in August (5.2 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 6.1 – 5.3, 6+), as it falls from a tie at #2 (with KCSP) to a tie at #5. Rebounding from a -1.0 in May by summoning up a +1.2 in June, Cumulus Media classic rocker KCFX “The Fox” added one-half share in July, but drops three-tenths (6.1 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 7.5, 6+); nonetheless, it finishes first – as it did in December 2014, “Holiday” 2014, January 2015, February, April, June, and July. Improving by one-half share in July, Steel City Media CHR KMXV “Mix 93.3″ adds another six-tenths (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.6, 6+), inching up from fourth to third.

10) Columbus – Down six-tenths in July, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WZCB “The Beat” recoups all of it – and then some – WZCBwith a +.9 (3.5 – 2.9 – 3.8, 6+) to climb from tenth to ninth. It is the highest 6+-share for “The Beat” since last December (4.0). It is a similar scenario for Wilks Broadcasting‘s WLVQ, as “Q-96 Ohio’s Best Rock” bounces back from July’s seven-tenths loss by also chalking up a +.9 (4.8 – 4.1 – 5.0, 6+) to march from seventh to fifth. Fourth for the fifth consecutiveWLVQ sweep, Saga adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95″ tacks on additional six-tenths to the seven-tenths it garnered in July. Recent (6+) trends indicate “Sunny” believes in meaty month-to-month moves. They include: +2.1 (December – “Holiday”); -1.7 (“Holiday” – January); +.8 (January – February); -.5 (February – March); +.4 (March – April); -.7 (April – May); +1.1 (May – June); +.7 (June – July); and +.6 (July – August). Owing to a one-half share gain to 4.1, Radiohio-owned sports WBNS-FM “The Fan” (steady at #8) pumps the brakes to six straight monthlies without an increase in which its 6+-share was sliced exactly in half (7.2 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+). The top four rankers are the same as in June and July. Locked on 11.7 in April, May, and June – iHeartMedia’s WCOL-FM posted a hearty +1.2 in July – but – it forfeits all of that increase – plus two-tenths (12.9 – 11.5, 6+). Even so, WCOL occupies the driver’s seat for the eighth consecutive month. With an even longer streak is co-owned mainstream CHR WNCI (9.8 – 9.4, 6+), which finishes second for the 15th straight ratings period. Stymied at 2.9 in April, May, and June, Franklin Communications hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9″ dipped one-tenth in July, but now tumbles by one full-share (2.8 – 1.8, 6+), freefalling from #11 to #16.

kevinvictoriaKPUSKevin McCoy and Victoria Mireles Team for Mornings on ‘Classic Rock 104.5’ Corpus Christi.  Program director and morning drive personality Kevin McCoy is being joined by current midday jock Victoria Mireles for the re-tooled “Classic Rock Morning Show with Kevin & Victoria” on Convergent Broadcasting’s classic rock KPUS, Corpus Christi, effective September 8.  Station GM Kent Cooper comments, “Kevin and Victoria are both great radio talents and are very well known in the community.  It is time to put them together and let the trouble begin!”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  New Phoenix adult contemporary “The Oasis 95.1 & 94.9,” heard on KOAI-FM (licensed to Sun City West) and K235CB (licensed to Chandler) names Shaun Holly program director.  Holly joins Riviera Broadcasting after his most recent gig as OM for E.W. Scripps’ four-station cluster in Tucson…..KTBZ, Houston afternoon personality A.D. gets more exposure in the talk world as iHeartMedia-owned WTKS-FM, Orlando adds A.D.’s iHeartRadio spoken-word show to its evening program schedule.  The station is carrying the show three nights per week…..Cumulus Media brings Jay Michaels back to the WFAS, Westchester, New York AC brand (heard on translator W232AL at 94.3 FM) for mornings, simulcasting his show heard on WEBE, Westport, Connecticut.

tjmartellLA15‘Real 92.3’ at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Spirit of Excellence Awards.  Los Angeles radio personality Big Boy was honored by the T.J. Martell Foundation on Tuesday (9/1) at its Spirit of Excellence Awards in LA.  Pictured here (from l-r) are: “Big Boy Morning Show” cast member Luis Ibarra, show producer Fuzzy Fantabulous, iHeartMedia urban brand coordinator DJ A-OH,  iHeartMedia event producer Jason Ryan, T.J. Martell Foundation CEO Laura Heatherly,  Big Boy, KRRL “Real 92.3” PD and iHM SVP of urban programming Doc Wynter, and iHeartMedia SVP of operations Kevin LeGrettPhoto: Ryan Jesena.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

| September 2, 2015

bronchoDuane 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: Chris Russell, golden-eared program director at WMXO-FM, Buffalo; Golden-eared music director Karoline Kramer Gould (also known to her followers as Momma K) at WJCU, Cleveland; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Jayn, golden-eared afternoon talent/music director/asst. program director at KLLC, San Francisco “Alice 93.7”; Todd Cavanah, golden-eared PD at CBS-owned WJMK “K-Hits” and WBBM-FM “B96” in Chicago; 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 (9/2) includes such names as: The Chainsmokers, Rozes, Nikki Shake, Lauren Winans, SG Lewis, Broncho, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Courtney Barnett, City and Colour, The Wild Feathers, Silversun Pickups, 8 Ball Aitken, Kristian Bush, Canaan Smith, Dallas Smith, Mo Pitney, Brielle, and Kygo. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

ppmunitRound Two of Nielsen’s August 2015 PPM Data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s August 2015 PPM survey has been released for the second group of 12 markets including Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  This survey period covered July 16 – August 12.  You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations in these markets here.  Meanwhile,  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways” from ten of these PPM-markets below.


1) Washington, DC – The top three finishers in the July sweep take hits in August. Starting at the top – after three successive WHURgains (7.9 – 8.1 – 8.5 – 8.7, 6+) – WTOP regresses by seven-tenths to 8.0. Nonetheless, the Hubbard all-news operation remains at #1 for the eighth straight time – or – each month so far in this calendar year. On the heels of July’s +.9, American University-owned WAMU dips by one-half share (7.3 – 8.2 – 7.7, 6+). Even so, the public station finishes in the runner-up slot for the ninthWMAL successive ratings period. Experiencing the market’s steepest decline though is iHeartMedia CHR WIHT “Hot 99.5,” which spirals by nine-tenths (6.8 – 5.9, 6+). Unlike WTOP and WAMU, however, “Hot” does not retain its July ranker; instead, it drops from third to fifth. On the strength of its third consecutive improvement (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 6.4, 6+), Howard University urban AC WHUR progresses from fourth to third, where it is tied with iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH (5.7 – 6.0 – 6.4, +.4), climbing from July’s fifth-place showing. WMAL posted a one-tenth gain in July to halt a mini-slide (4.8 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.4, 6+). Now, the Cumulus Media talker follows up by tacking on another six-tenths to 4.0 and re-enters the top ten (#11 to #9).

2) Detroit – Powered by an increase of eight-tenths (5.1 – 5.9, 6+), Greater Media rocker WRIF jumps from seventh to fourth. WRIFIt is the strongest 6+-performance for WRIF in exactly six years – August 2009 – when it (also) reached 5.9. Down in four of the last five sweeps (5.0 – 4.3 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.7, 6+), Cumulus Media talker WJR chalks up a +.7 to 4.4, catapulting from #14 to #9. Seven-tenths though proves to be unlucky for iHeartMedia urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3,” which declines byWDRQ that margin (5.8 – 5.1, fifth to seventh). Down or flat for the sixth successive time (8.0 – 6.7 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+), WWJ drops from third to fifth. The CBS Radio all-news operation has lost 2.5-shares in that stretch; 5.5 is its lowest (6+) share since “Holiday” 2014’s 5.0. Cluster-mate WYCD “Detroit’s Country” (4.8, sixth to eighth, 6+) is also off by one-half share from July, as is Cumulus Media hot AC WDVD “Today’s Best Hits” (4.2, #12, 6+). “Detroit’s Country” had been up or flat the previous five sweeps for a combined +1.8 (3.5 – 3.5 – 4.1 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 5.3, 6+). Likewise, prior to August’s -.5, “Today’s Best Hits” had logged three consecutive positive trends (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+); 4.7 in July was the highest 6+-share for WDVD in more than two years (4.8 in April 2013). Meanwhile, co-owned country WDRQ “Nash-FM” enjoys its fourth straight improvement (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.6 – 3.0, 6+). It inches up from #17 to #15, tied with urban contemporary WGPR, which gains one-half share to curtail three straight declines (3.5 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+). Also picking up one-half share are iHeartMedia adult contemporary WNIC (eighth to sixth, 6+) and CBS Radio sports outlet/Detroit Tigers flagship WXYT-FM “The Ticket.” It is the third successive gain for WNIC (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.3, 6+), while “The Ticket” – locked on 7.1 in June and July – repeats at #1 (7.6, 6+). In light of classic hits-oldies WOMC “Detroit’s Greatest Hits” steady at #2 (7.3 – 7.0, -.3), this marks the eighth straight survey period that CBS Radio properties occupy (at least) the top two finishers.

3) Miami – It is a #1 and #2 finish, respectively, for adult contemporary outlets WLYF “Lite-FM” and WFEZ “Easy 93.1.” WLYFAlbeit flat at 7.5 (6+), Lincoln Financial Media to Entercom‘s “Lite-FM” notches its fourth consecutive month at #1, while Cox Media Group‘s “Easy 93.1″ outdoes its impressive +.8 in July with a +.9 to march from third to second. This is the fourthWFEZ successive up or flat move for “Lite-FM” (6.8 – 7.1 – 7.3 – 7.5 – 7.5, 6+); “Easy” improves for the third consecutive time (4.3 – 4.9 – 5.7 – 6.6, 6+) for a combined +2.3. Following a one-half share increase in July enabling it to jump from #13 to #7, iHeartMedia classic rocker WBGG “Big 105.9″ surrenders all of it – plus one-tenth (4.4 – 3.8, -.6, 6+), dropping to #11. Modest back-to-back gains in June and July by sports WAXY-FM “The Ticket” are followed in August by a one-half share decline (1.5 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 1.7, 6+), as the station falls out of the top 20 (#19 to #21). Just over one week after the August sweep concluded (8/21), WAXY-FM flipped to alternative WSFS “The Shark,” with the sports format of “The Ticket” continuing on WAXY-AM (790). In the 2.4 – 2.9 range (6+) the past eight sweeps, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WMIB “The Beat” improves by one-half share to 3.3, inching up from #18 to #16. Both of the market’s mainstream CHR outlets gain one-tenth from July, thus ending their respective streaks. Specifically, iHeartMedia’s WHYI “Y-100″ (3.9, #13 to #9, 6+) halts four successive downward trends (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.8, 6+) and Cox Media Group-owned WFLC “Hits 97-3″ (3.8, #14 to #11, 6+) puts the brakes to three straight negative sweeps (5.0 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 3.7, 6+).

4) Seattle – Despite remaining flat at 6.1, CBS Radio classic rocker KZOK manages to break the first-place tie it had in July KIROO-AMwith Hubbard CHR KQMV, as “MOViN 92.5 – All The Hits” drops three-tenths to 5.8, slipping to second. Solo – or with KZOK in July – “MOViN 92.5″ had been in the lead for seven straight months. In addition to progressing from fourth in June to July’s first-place tie, KZOK reached the six-share levelKJR-FM (6+) for the first time in approximately two years (6.0 in August 2013). Having declined by six-tenths in July to freefall from #9 to #14 (3.9 – 3.3, 6+), Bonneville‘s KIRO-AM “710 ESPN” recoups all of it (plus one-tenth) to return to #9 (4.0). The 2.5-share lead Entercom‘s KKWF “100.7 The Wolf” had in July over country rival – CBS Radio‘s KMPS – is reduced to 1.5, as “The Wolf” drops seven-tenths (5.8 – 5.1, third to seventh, 6+), while KMPS picks up three-tenths (3.3 – 3.6, #14 to #12, 6+). Following a full-share increase in June and a gain of six-tenths in July, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet” (fifth to a third-place tie) adds another two-tenths (3.9 – 4.9 – 5.5 – 5.7, 6+). Not only is this the fifth straight downward or flat trend for Crista Ministries’ KCMS-FM (4.7 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+) for a cumulative -1.7, the contemporary Christian outlet freefalls from a three-way tie at #11 to #17. University of Washington-owned KUOW regresses by one-half share (4.2 – 3.7, 6+), backsliding from eighth to tenth, where it is tied with iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC KHTP “Hot 103.7,” which registers its third straight modest increase (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+).

5) Phoenix – Fresh from its +.6 in July, KTAR-FM dials up a +.8 (2.6 – 3.2 – 4.0, 6+), pushing the Bonneville talker from #11 to KTAR_Rnd8#8. It is tied there with CBS Radio‘s KMLE “Country 107.9,” up one-half share from July (3.5 – 4.0, 6+) to leapfrog format rival iHeartMedia-owned KNIX (3.7 – 3.4, #8 to #11) for the first time since March. Off by one-half share in July, KNIX hot AC sibling KMXP “Mix 96.9″ rebounds with a +.6 (4.9 – 4.4 – 5.0, 6+) to advance from seventh to fifth. Also gaining six-tenths (to 2.1) isKMLE The Yucaipa Companies‘ adult contemporary KOAI “The Oasis,” which cracks the top 20 (#20); “The Oasis” was stuck on 1.5 (6+) in May, June, and July. After back-to-back gains of one-half share (May) and six-tenths (June), Bonneville’s KMVP-FM “Arizona Sports 98.7″ relinquished June’s +.6 in July, but now continues the rollercoaster ride with a +.5 (2.5 – 3.1 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+) to climb from #16 to #13.  Declining by eight-tenths in May, contemporary Christian KFLR “Family Life Radio” recouped one-half share in June; tacked on one full-share in July; but falters by a substantial -1.4 in August (2.3 – 1.5 – 2.0 – 3.0 – 1.6, 6+) to spiral from #13 to a three-way tie at #24. After a one-half share spike in July to 2.4 (its best 6+-stat since last October’s 2.9), Entravision Spanish adult hits KVVA “Jose” regresses by six-tenths (1.9 – 2.4 – 1.8, 6+) and drops from a three-way tie at #17 to #22. Prior to July’s 2.4, “Jose” had been in the 1.5 – 1.9 range the previous nine sweeps. Up or flat January through July, iHeartMedia adult hits KYOT trended 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 4.6 – 4.7 (6+) for a combined +1.9, but “The Mountain” (sixth to seventh) is off by three-tenths to 4.4. Notwithstanding that adult contemporary cluster-mate KESZ is down by one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.7, 6+), it remains at #1 for the tenth straight time.

6) Minneapolis – A three-way tie at #1 in June was reduced to a two-way tie in July, but the battle in August is now for second-KQQLplace. KQQL “KOOL 108 Minnesota’s Greatest Hits” made sure of that by racking up a +.9 to 9.3 (6+) and the iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies facility is now in sole possession of the penthouse. Hot AC experiences a tough month, with Hubbard‘s KSTP-FM “KS-95″ off by one full-share (8.4 – 7.4, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KTCZ “Cities 97″ dropping seven-tenths (6.0 – 5.3, 6+); “KS-95″ falls from a first-place tie to fourthKMNB and “Cities” slips from sixth to seventh. Steady at #5, CBS Radio‘s KMNB “Buz’N Country@102.9″ rings up a positive trend for the third straight sweep, (4.7 – 5.3 – 6.3 – 6.5, 6+). This happens after four successive negative trends (5.6 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.7, 6+). Beginning in March, KEEY “K-102 Today’s Country” logged three straight 6.9 shares (6+), followed by back-to-back 6.8-showings. The iHeartMedia property dials up a +.7 to 7.5 as it climbs from fourth to third. Meanwhile, co-owned CHR KDWB erodes by four-tenths, thus it is off for the seventh consecutive time for a combined -2.5 (10.1 – 9.9 – 9.7 – 9.0 – 8.7 – 8.5 – 8.0 – 7.6, 6+). Despite the decline, “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” actually manages to improve from third to second; two-tenths separate KDWB (7.6, #2); KEEY (7.5, #3); and KSTP-FM (7.4, #4). Off in each of the last six ratings periods (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.3 – 4.0 – 3.4 – 3.2, 6+), public KNOW improves by three-tenths to 3.5, inching up from #13 to #12. The fourth straight downward move by KZJK “Jack-FM” (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.4, 6+) drops the CBS Radio adult hits facility out of the top ten (#10 to #11).

7) San Diego – After back-to-back dips of four-tenths (3.5 – 3.1 – 2.7, 6+), Univision regional Mexican KLNV “La Nueva 106.5″ explodes by +1.1 to KLNV3.8, zooming from #16 to #11. Improving by six-tenths each are its Spanish adult hits sibling KLQV “Mas Variedad” (3.6 – 4.2, 6+) and iHeartMedia CHR KHTS “Channel 93-3″ (4.9 – 5.5, 6+); “Mas Variedad” vaults from tenth to seventh. Not only does “Channel 93-3″ leap from fourth to first, the uptick halts a stringKHTS-FM of seven straight monthlies without a gain which produced a combined -1.4 (6.3 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.7 – 5.7- 5.1 – 4.9, 6+). Dislodged from the top spot is hot AC cluster-mate KMYI “Star 94.1,” which suffers a mighty -1.7 (6.1 – 4.4, 6+) as it tumbles all the way to sixth. The market’s two other hot ACs don’t reap the benefit though, as CBS Radio’s KYXY falters by one-half share (fifth to ninth, 6+) and Midwest Television‘s KFMB-FM “Jack-FM” drops three-tenths to 2.3 (#18 – #20, 6+). “Jack” was locked on 2.7 (6+) in March, April, and May – then on 2.6 in June and July, while KYXY was up the past three sweeps (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.5, 6+). Up slightly in June and July (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.8, 6+), Lincoln Financial Media-to-Entercom adult contemporary KIFM “Easy 98.1″ surrenders by -1.1 to 4.7, skidding from second to fourth.

8) Denver – This is the third straight ratings period that Entercom classic rocker KQMT “The Mountain” occupies the top KQMTspot (6.4 – 6.5, +.1, 6+). Frozen on 2.0 (6+) in June and July, KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” improves by six-tenths to 2.6, breaking into the top 20 (#18). After three successive downward showings for a cumulative -1.0 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KBPI “Rocks The Rockies” gains one-half share to 3.0, advancing from #18 toKBPI #17. Rhythmic CHR sibling KPTT “95.7 – The Party” notches a four-tenths uptick (3.9 – 4.3, #11 to #8), as does its format rival – Entercom’s KQKS “KS-107.5″ (3.8 – 4.2, #12 to #9). KQKS adult contemporary cluster-mate KOSI, however, sputters by one-full share (4.9 – 3.9, 6+) and departs the top ten (#6 to #11). Yoyo numbers for iHeartMedia classic rocker KRFX subside – at least for the time being – in August. After a lofty +1.3 in February, “The Fox” relinquished eight-tenths in March; regained one-half share in April; was down six-tenths in May; rebounded with a +.6 in June; coughed up that six-tenths in July; but it is flat in August (4.6 – 5.2 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+). “The Fox” manages to climb from seventh to sixth.

9) Baltimore – In addition to dialing up a +.7 to 8.1, Radio One urban contemporary WERQ “92-Q” occupies the #2 slot for the WERQseventh successive ratings period. Owing to a -.1 in July, its string of up or flat trends ended at five (5.4 – 6.5 – 7.0 – 7.2 – 7.2 – 7.5 – 7.4, 6+). The 8.1 for “92-Q” represents its loftiest 6+-share in nearly two years (8.4, September 2013). Co-owned urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9″ improves by a whopping +1.1 (5.2 – 6.3, 6+) to progress from a fifth-place tie toWLIF fourth. Down slightly in back-to-back sweeps (6.6 – 6.3 – 6.1, 6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9″ comes roaring back with a +.8 to 6.9 and is steady at #3. As Hearst Television talker WBAL improves by six-tenths (2.4 – 3.0, 6+), cross-town rival WBCM adds one-half share (2.2 – 2.7, 6+); they remain at #12 and #13, respectively. Up one-tenth (8.6 – 8.7, 6+) – and on top for the eighth successive sweep – is iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station.” Sputtering by nine-tenths in July, its adult hits cluster-mate WQSR “Jack-FM” declines by another half-share (4.2 – 4.8 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+), but is steady at #11. After June’s +1.1, WZBA added another nine-tenths in July, but the Shamrock classic rocker forfeits by -1.1 (4.1 – 5.2 – 6.1 – 5.0, 6+), dipping from a tie at #3 to #5. Before the June sweep, “The Bay” had been in the 4.0 – 4.9 range the previous 15 sweeps. CBS Radio‘s WJZ-FM “The Fan” registers a downward trend for the fourth straight sweep (6.2 – 6.0- 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.5, 6+), as it slides from fifth to seventh.

10) St. Louis – At this time last month, country rivals WIL-FM “Get Your Country On” and KSD-FM “The Bull” scored matching WIL-FMgains of six-tenths each (6+). While iHeartMedia‘s WIL-FM improves by seven-tenths in August (5.1 – 5.8, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KSD-FM regresses by that amount (5.6 – 4.9, 6+). As a result, they exchange places, with WIL-FM progressing from eighth to fifth and “The Bull” dropping from fifth to eighth. Three straight increases by Hubbard adult hits WARH result in a combined +2.5 (3.8 – 4.3 – 5.7 – 6.3, 6+). “The Arch” zoomed from #11 to #4 in July and now inches to #3; it  had not crossed theWARH five-share threshold since last August (2014), when it hit 5.0 (6+). On the heels of July’s one-half share increase, Emmis-owned KPNT tacks on another six-tenths (4.1 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+) as “The Point – Everything Alternative” cracks the top ten (#11 to #7). Steady at 3.8 in June and July (6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary KEZK improves by one-half share to 4.3; it remains at #13. Co-owned talker/St. Louis Cardinals flagship KMOX (#2 for the third successive sweep) is a combined -1.8 in its three straight downward trends (9.2 – 8.8 – 7.9 – 7.4, 6+). The wild ride continues for iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet KLOU, which was +2.2 in June; -1.6 in July; and is now -.7 in August. After the dust settles, it is a combined -.1 (9.0 – 11.2 – 9.6 – 8.9, 6+) but KLOU finishes first for the third straight ratings period. A decline of one-half share marks the third consecutive decline for University of Missouri-owned KWMU (3.5 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.6, 6+), which moves from #15 to #16.

schwartzpeterCBS Names Schwartz San Diego Market Manager.  This position is a return to the CBS RADIO San Diego operations for Peter Schwartz, who was named SVP/market manager, effective September14.  Schwartz was GSM and then market manager for CHR KEGY and AC KYXY in the past.  Most recently, he was with Pandora as regional sales manager and senior account executive.  CBS RADIO COO Scott Herman says, “It’s a great day for CBS RADIO when Peter Schwartz returns to the market where he had so much success for us in the past.  I’m extremely excited and happy for our employees in San Diego as they welcome back one of the smartest and most dynamic leaders I’ve had the opportunity to work with.  They’re in very good hands.”

crockerlaurenLauren Crocker Moves to Mornings at Hot AC WDVD, Detroit.  The Motor City air personality slides over from Cumulus’ country WDRQ “NASH FM 93.1” where she was midday host to a cast member position on WDVD’s “Blaine Fowler Morning Show,” effective today (9/2).  WDVD program director Lori Bennett says, “All those who have worked with Lauren Crocker at WDRQ know that she is an outstanding talent with a dynamic personality, an infectious sense of humor and boundless energy.  I can’t tell you how psyched we all are at WDVD to put the final touches on the rebranding of this powerful, heritage team.  Get ready to be unstoppable in 4th quarter!”  Previous stops in Crocker’s career include New York City as producer of Cubby Bryant’s show on WKTU-FM, on-air at B98.5 in New Jersey, AM drive at WFAS, Westchester, and music director/PM drive host at “Fun 107” in New Jersey.

harpermichelleCox Promotes Harper to VP of Sales.  This corporate role transitions Michelle Harper from her GSM post at WSOC-TV, Charlotte to a vice president position that will put her in charge of a team that works with all CMG newspaper, radio and TV brands to develop and execute strategic sales programs and training.  She’s worked in TV sales since 1989 and replaces Paul Curran, who is now with CMG O&O WFTV-TV, Orlando.  Harper says, “It is such an exciting time in our industry as collaboration becomes more vital to driving results for our customers.  I feel so fortunate to be with a company and in a role that will allow me to continue to help develop strategies and provide innovative solutions.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Air personality Jordin Silver will remain with iHeartMedia hosting weekends on hot AC KYSR, Los Angeles but he wraps his gig handling the evening show on the company’s alternative WRDA, Atlanta “Radio 105.7”…..The AJC’s Rodney Ho reports that Entercom is cutting staff at newly acquired CHR WSTR, Atlanta “Star 94.”  Gone are longtime news staffer Rob Stadler, night jock Donny Michaels and promotions director Mike Moshure…..The new market manager at Radio One’s Charlotte cluster is Doug James.  He’s a radio management pro who was most recently with Emmis.  He takes over for Til Levesque…..NRG Media names Ryan Wild FM operations manager for its Omaha station group.

alphamedia logoAlpha Closes on Morris Stations.  The previously announced acquisition of 36 stations in eight markets by Alpha Media closes.  Alpha bought the stations from Morris Communications for just over $38 million.  Those stations are in the following markets: Topeka and Salina, Kansas; Amarillo, Texas; Palm Springs, California; Anchorage and Wasilla, Alaska; and Grays Harbor-Hoquiam, Wenatchee-Columbia River, Washington.

ibiquityHD Radio Developer iBiquity Digital Bought for $172 Million.  The firm doing the acquiring is Calabasas, California-based audio technology company DTS, Inc.  Radio industry watchers are probably aware that iBiquity Digital’s HD radio technology is currently available in about 35% of new cars sold in America and DTS is counting on that number to continue rising.  DTS chairman Jon Kirchner says, “DTS has long been at the forefront of the highest quality audio technology, and we saw a similar spirit at iBiquity, which identified an opportunity to revolutionize traditional AM/FM broadcasting and is now strongly positioned to capitalize on broadcast radio’s ongoing digital upgrade.  This transaction extends our dtslisten logostrategy of delivering a personalized, immersive and compelling experience across the network-connected entertainment value chain, and complements our existing suite of technology and content delivery solutions while enabling us to strengthen our position in the large automotive OEM market.  Consumers have come to expect a higher quality sound experience in their car, and we believe there is a tremendous opportunity for DTS to capitalize on the upgrade to HD Radio technology as cars are increasingly equipped with screens and advanced entertainment systems.  We are thrilled to welcome the talented iBiquity team to the DTS family.”  iBiquity president and CEO Bob Struble will remain with the new firm to lead the HD Radio division.  He adds, “Today’s announcement is an exciting step forward for our employees and customers, who will benefit from the additional scale and enhanced resources of a larger collective company.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The syndicated radio show, “Anything, Anything,” with host Rich Russo joins the weekend program lineup at Connoisseur Media’s WWSK-FM, Long Island “94.3 The Shark.”  Russo says his two-hour,russorich “free-form” program features “music and commentary of all genres and topics as well as championing new music by up-and-coming bands, mixed in with music from Russo’s collection of 100,000-plus records.”…..Two more stations are now clients of the AdLarge Media-repped IMGR branding service as Sinclair hot AC KPLZ, Seattle and iHeartMedia’s WLGX, Louisville climb on board…..Country Radio Seminar 2016 announces some of the moderators for the sessions at next February’s conference.  Core panel moderators include: Beverlee Brannigan from E.W. Scripps Company, RJ Curtis from All Access, Dan Halyburton from Falls Media Group, 40-year radio pro Gregg Lindahl, and Bob Richards from Emmis Radio Indianapolis…..Westwood  One is celebrating the success in New York City and Philadelphia of the “faith-based, inspirational” Donnie McClurkin show, heard on WBLS and WDAS, respectively.  The program, heard during the Sunday 5:00 am to 6:00 am hour, scored a 12.5 share (P 25-54) on WBLS and a 10.1 share on WDAS, according to Nielsen’s July 2015 PPM survey.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

| September 1, 2015

nielsen logoRound One of Nielsen’s August 2015 PPM Data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s August 2015 PPM survey has been released for the first group of 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen’s August survey period covered July 16 – August 12.  You can see all the 6+ ratings data from subscribing stations here.  In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from these 12-PPM markets below.


1) New York – With a cumulative increase of one full-share, iHeartMedia talker WOR is up or flat for an impressive eighth WLTW Logo January 2015straight time (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+); the New York Mets flagship rises from #19 to #17. Owing to a +.2 (to 7.1), co-owned adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” pulls the plug on three successive downtrends (7.9 – 7.6 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+) and is the market’s pacesetter for the tenth straight ratings period. This isWSKQ also the tenth successive sweep that CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM is in the runner-up slot and its fourth straight up-trend (6.3 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 6.7 – 6.8, 6+). For further perspective of how these two stations have dominated the largest market, consider this: Prior to the current ten-sweep WLTW/WCBS-FM one-two configuration, it was five straight ratings periods of WCBS-FM at #1 and WLTW at #2. Before that, five sweeps of WLTW and WCBS-FM at first and second, respectively. In other words, dating back to February 2014, these two outlets have had a stranglehold on the top two spots (WCBS-FM and WBLS were tied for second in February 2014). Following three consecutive down or flat sweeps (3.0 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4, 6+), WCBS-FM’s hot AC sibling WWFS “Fresh Music – Better Variety” exploded in July with a +1.1 to 3.5, its highest 6+-share since April 2014 (also 3.5). “Fresh” is flat in August in both share (3.5) and rank (#10). While it finishes at #3 for the fourth consecutive time, Emmis urban AC WBLS declines by six-tenths to 5.8; in July, it registered its most potent 6+-stat (6.4) since December 2013 – when it reached 6.8. After three straight down or flat sweeps (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9″ improves by three-tenths to 5.5, bumping up from fifth to fourth.

2) Los Angeles – Albeit down two-tenths (5.2 – 5.0, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KBIG “My-FM” jumps from second to first, KBIGdisplacing co-owned adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5″ (5.5 – 4.8, -.7), which slides from the top spot to fourth. The last time “Coast” reached #1 (6+) was in February. Sandwiched between “My-FM” and “Coast” – in a very compressed top four – are their mainstream CHR sibling KIIS “Kiss-FM” (flat at 4.9) and CBSKIIS Radio classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101″ (5.0 – 4.9, -.1). Those two outlets are tied for second-place, with “K-Earth” bumping up from third in July and “Kiss” advancing from fourth. After back-to-back downward moves, KRTH smooth AC sibling KTWV “The Wave” picks up four-tenths to 4.1 (6+) to progress from sixth to fifth. This marks the sixth successive sweep that co-owned alternative KROQ (#16 in July) is down or flat (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+). Adding two-tenths (2.4 – 2.6), format rival – iHeartMedia’s KYSR (improving from #19 in July) – catches KROQ at #15. This is the seventh straight sweep that iHeartMedia talker KFI (eighth to ninth) has registered either a 3.5 or 3.4 (3.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.5, 6+). Adding two-tenths, sports sibling (and Los Angeles Dodgers flagship) KLAC breaks the one-share barrier (.9 – 1.1, #28). Despite being frozen on 2.7 (6+) for the third successive ratings period, CBS Radio all-news KNX inches up from #15 to #14.

3) Chicago – Occupying the runner-up slot in June and July, Hubbard hot AC WTMX “101.9 The Mix” punches up a +.6 (5.0 WTMX– 5.6, 6+) as it progresses to #1. For the past five months, iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ had been the market leader, but “V-103″ – down for the fourth straight sweep (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 5.8 – 5.3, 6+) – trades places with “Mix.” Consistently a top-five player, “Mix” last reached #1 in May 2012, when it tied WVAZ – each had 5.0 (6+). In addition to “V-103,” CBS Radio classicWUSN hits-oldies WJMK “K-Hits 104.3″ also declines by one-half share and tumbles from fourth to seventh. Country sibling WUSN “US-99.5″ (#15 to #12) improves by two-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+), while format foe, iHeartMedia‘s WEBG “Big 95.5 – Chicago’s Hit Country” (#17 to #18) registers a 2.4 for the third time in the last four monthlies. Low power adult contemporary WRME “Me TV Me Music” (at 87.7) is up or flat for the sixth successive time (.1 – .6 – .7 – .9 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+) and climbs from #24 to #23.

4) San Francisco – As a result of July’s jolting -1.8, KNBR “The Sports Leader” tumbled from first to fourth. The Cumulus KNBRMedia outlet/San Francisco Giants flagship, however, regains nearly half of it (4.4 – 5.2, +.8) and inches back up to third. Meanwhile, rhythmic hot AC KRBQ remains a juggernaut: “Q-102.1 – The Throwback Station” is up or flat for the ninth straight monthly (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.8, 6+). Over thatKRBQ stretch, Entercom-owned “Q102.1″ (#10 in July) has more than tripled its 6+-share and is now in a three-way tie at #7 with two CHRs – CBS Radio‘s KMVQ “99.7 Now – All The Hits” (-.2, #6 in July) and iHeartMedia‘s KYLD “Wild 94.9″ (+.2, #9 in July). Following (modest) back-to-back gains of one-tenth, public KQED adds one-half share (4.1 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.8, 6+), climbing from fifth to fourth. This is the second straight ratings period that KDFC sputters by one-half share (2.7 – 2.2 – 1.7, 6+), with the University of Southern California-owned classical outlet spiraling out of the top 20 (#15 to #21). Even though it is down or flat for the fourth straight month (6.3 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8, 6+), all-news KCBS-AM repeats at #1. It is, however, just one-tenth ahead of Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday” (+.2), which exploded by +1.2 in July (4.3 – 5.5 – 5.7, 6+).

5) Houston – On the heels of a +.6 in July, iHeartMedia alternative KTBZ “94.5 The Buzz” packs on an additional full-KTBZshare (4.2 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+) to advance from sixth to fourth. Moreover, 5.8 is the strongest 6+-performance for “The Buzz” since January 2011, when it reached 5.8 as well. Co-owned urban contemporary KQBT “93.7 – The Beat” gains one-half share and enters the top ten (#13 to #9). In the process, “The Beat” applies the brakes to what was a mini-slide (3.8 – 3.6 – 3.5 –KQBT 3.4, 6+). After eight straight showings in the 4.2 – 4.7 range (6+), Radio One rhythmic CHR KBXX “97.9 – The Box” (eighth to seventh) erupts with a +.8 to 5.3, matching what it posted this past December. For the eleventh successive ratings sweep, KODA occupies the penthouse; however, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet is off by eight-tenths (7.8 – 7.0, 6+). The market’s (6+) country share declines by one full-share, with Cox Media Group‘s KKBQ “93-Q” down six-tenths (6.4 – 5.8, second to fourth) and CBS Radio‘s KILT-FM “The Bull” dropping by four-tenths (4.1 – 3.7, #9 to #12).

6) Philadelphia – Over the course of the past four surveys, Jerry Lee Radio-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” WBEBhas finished first in April and June, while CBS Radio‘s WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” was #1 in May and July. The two are now tied for the lead, as WBEB gains seven-tenths (6.3 – 7.0, 6+) and WOGL adds three-tenths (6.7 – 7.0). WBEB was -.9 in JulyWHYY and WOGL was -.2. Before WOGL displaced WBEB at #1 in May, “More FM” was #1 the previous eight sweeps. Mirroring WBEB, public WHYY gains seven-tenths in August to 3.5, which is half the 6+ share of WBEB. The increase curtails four straight down or flat monthlies for WHYY (3.4 – 3.2 -3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8, 6+); 3.5 is its most potent performance since December (3.6, 6+). Conversely, Greater Media‘s WMMR “93.3 Rocks” (5.2, third to fifth) and iHeartMedia CHR WIOQ “Q-102″ (4.4, seventh to eighth) falter by seven-tenths. The -.7 for WMMR halts five consecutive progressive trends which resulted in a combined +1.2 (4.7 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 5.5 – 5.9, 6+). Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WPHI “Boom 107.9″ (#18 to #19) is down or flat for the eighth straight monthly (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+) for a combined -2.1; the 6+-share of “Boom” has eroded by 54% since the “Holiday” 2014 report.

7) Atlanta – Following four successive up or flat monthlies (5.4 – 5.4 – 6.4 – 6.6 – 7.1, 6+), WALR “Kiss 104″ dropped three-tenths WALRin July, but the Cox Media Group urban AC returns to second (from third) with a one-share gain to 7.8 – its best-ever 6+share showing under PPM methodology. Further underscoring that urban AC is Atlanta’s August headline is the fact that – on the strength of a +1.2 to 4.9 (6+) – cross-town Radio One‘s WMMJ “Majic – Atlanta’s Best Mix ofWAMJ R&B” rockets from #13 to #5. “Majic” had been locked on 3.7 in June and July; 4.9 represents its best 6+-share since December’s 5.1. In contrast to urban AC’s month-to-month gain of +2.2 (6+) from “Kiss” and “Majic,” country erodes by -2.3. Specifically, iHeartMedia‘s WUBL “The Bull” falters by -1.2 to 4.1 (dropping from fourth to tenth) and Cumulus Media‘s WKHX “Kicks” sputters by -1.1 to 3.6 (#8 to #12). “Kicks” had been in the 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) until busting out to 4.7 in July. The -1.1 ends its streak of five straight up-trends which produced a cumulative +1.6 (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 4.7, 6+). “The Bull” had been up or flat the past four sweeps (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.3, 6+). After back-to-back losses of -.6 (June) and -1.0 (July), Salem contemporary Christian WFSH “The Fish” bounces back with a one-half share gain (6.5 – 5.9 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+) to advance from seventh to fourth. Dipping from fifth to seventh, Cox Media Group adult contemporary sibling WSB-FM “B-98.5″ regresses for the fifth consecutive sweep (6.5 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 4.8, 6+) for a combined -1.7. Classic hits-oldies sibling WSRV “The River” recedes by seven-tenths, slipping from sixth to ninth. This is the 26th straight survey period that Entercom hot AC WSTR “Star 94″ (#12 to #13) has been in the 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+). Off by four-tenths to 3.5 (6+), “Star” had been up or flat the past four monthlies (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+). In a similar vein, Cumulus Media all-news WYAY is in 1.2 – 1.9 territory for the 16th successive time (1.3 – 1.9, +.6, 6+). Gaining two-tenths to 9.1, CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103″ is the market pacesetter for the seventh consecutive sweep.

8) Long Island – It is a much different Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island) leader board in August compared to July. This time last WALK-FMmonth, two CHRs were tied for the lead (6+), but Cox Media Group‘s WBLI surrenders the eight-tenths it gained in July (4.8 – 5.6 – 4.8, 6+) and falls to fourth, while iHeartMedia New York City’s similarly formatted mainstream CHR WHTZ “Z-100″ drops six-tenths (5.6 – 5.0) and slides toWCBS-FM third. “Z-100″ had been first in Long Island the past three survey periods. A third CHR – CBS Radio New York City’s WBMP “Amp” – completes the format’s dubious trifecta with a -.7 (2.8 – 2.1), falling from #15 to #20. There is still a battle at the top, but this time, Connoisseur Media hot AC WALK-FM (5.2 – 6.3, +1.1, 6+) is in the driver’s seat (up from #3 in July). Just one-tenth behind – and with a whopping +1.7 – is CBS Radio New York City classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, which records its fifth straight up monthly (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 6.2, 6+). Not only does iHeartMedia New York City talker WOR extend its streak of up or flat sweeps in Long Island to eight, it does so with a +.7 (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 3.2, 6+); the New York Mets flagship zooms from #17 to #12. In July, the stream of Fordham University triple A WFUV popped on with a 1.1 for a three-way tie at #26, but it disappears in August as a no-show. After three successive up-trends (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+), Emmis New York City urban AC WBLS regresses by one full-share to 4.1 (fourth to sixth), while Cumulus Media New York City hot AC WPLJ sputters by eight-tenths (#17 to #22). Including three straight 2.1 showings, WPLJ had put together five consecutive up or flat trends (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1- 2.5, 6+), before dropping to 1.7 in August.

9) Riverside – For the 21st successive ratings sweep, CBS Radio country outlet KFRG is in the three-share range. KFRGAlthough steady at #6, “K-Frog” picks up one-half share to 3.9. Declining by one-half share each are Univision Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love” (4.7 – 4.2, third to fourth) and All-Pro Broadcasting adult contemporary KATY “101.3 – The Mix”KLYY (1.5 – 1.0, #10 to #14). KLVE dropped seven-tenths in June – only to gain all of it back in July. “The Mix” has been consistently in one-share territory the past 19 surveys. Although off by seven-tenths (9.2 – 8.5, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” finishes first for the fourteenth successive time. Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-hits KOLA ranks second for the third straight ratings period and is up or flat in all three of those cases (4.3 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 6.4, 6+). After three straight downward trends (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+), Good News Radio contemporary Christian KSGN “Family Friendly” improves by three-tenths to 1.7 to progress from #11 to #9. Owing to a -.2 to 1.0, regional Mexican KAEH snaps its string of 1.2 showings at three, as it drops from #12 to #14.

10) Middlesex – One streak continues for CBS Radio New York classic hits-oldies outlet WCBS-FM and another ends. It remains WOR Logofirst for the third straight month, but owing to a -.4 (to 6.1), its string of up-trends ends at three (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.4 – 6.5, 6+). Locked on 4.5 (6+) in June and July, co-owned sports sibling WFAN notches a two-tenths gain to 4.7, climbing from eighth to sixth.WFAN Following four consecutive downward sweeps for a combined -2.2 (7.0 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia New York adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” dials up a +1.2 to 6.0 to sail from #6 to a tie at #2. At the same time, however, Greater Media‘s similarly-formatted WMGQ “Magic 98.3″ sputters by nearly the same margin (4.7 – 3.6, -1.1) to drop from seventh to tenth. After picking up one-half share in July, “Lite-FM” cluster-mate talker WOR improves by seven-tenths (1.9 – 2.4 – 3.1, 6+) to progress from #18 to #15. Still in that iHeartMedia cluster, classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3″ regresses by six-tenths (4.9 – 4.3, 6+) as it tumbles from a three-way logjam at #3 to #7. Having registered a 1.8 (6+) in three of the last four ratings periods, Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT-FM declines by one-half share (1.8 – 1.3) and falls out of the top 20 (#20 to #22).

duranelvisZ100’s Elvis Duran, LA’s Big Boy, and Bob & Tom Lead 2015 Class of Inductees into the National Radio Hall of Fame.  The votes have all been tallied and the 2015 class of inductees for the National Radio Hall of Fame include: legendary KGO, San Francisco talk host Ronn Owens; national syndicated talk star Dave Ramsey; Atlanta-based talk personality Clark Howard; Los Angeles urbanbigboy radio star Big Boy, a.k.a. Kurt Alexander; Indianapolis-based, syndicated morning drive team Bob & Tom; and ‘Z100’ New York-based CHR morning show personality Elvis Duran.  Also this year, the National Radio Hall of Fame steering committee voted to induct former CBS RADIO president bobandtom labeledDan Mason and late WNEW-FM and WABC-AM New York legend Scott Muni.  National Radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig Kitchin comments, “This highly esteemed 2015 class of inductees represents the hard work, drive and unique talent that makes radio great.  On behalf of the National Radio Hall of Fame, I want to thank all those who took the time to thoughtfully cast their votes.”  The induction ceremony takes place on November 5 at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago.

kelleychristinaKelley Latest Jock Ousted from KRTH, Los Angeles. In a move that will undoubtedly upset her legion of loyal “Night Owls,”13-year KRTH “K-Earth 101″ evening host Christina Kelley exits the CBS Radio Los Angeles classic hits-oldies facility. “It was 13 years of fun,” she tells RadioInfo. “I once heard Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll say that he walks around every day with the attitude that something great is just about to happen. That is my attitude [now]. As I continue to work as a voice actor and sometimes as a TV host, I’m excited about what’s next for me in radio.” Kelley previously worked at Los Angeles’ KCMG “Mega 92.3″ (now urban contemporary KRRL), as well as in Washington, DC (WPGC-FM), and New Orleans (WQUE and WNOE). As we’ve noted earlier, afternoon driver “Shotgun” Tom Kelly and weekender Charlie Tuna have also left the station’s lineup, although Kelly will be an off-air station “ambassador.”

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallLegendary Talk Radio Executive George Green Discusses Life after KABC and New Book in Inspirational Chat with Michael Harrison.  He was one of the kings of Los Angeles media, having served as president and general manager of KABC for 17 consecutive years during the station’s heyday as one of the brightest pioneering lights of talk radio.  He had been there for 21 years prior to that, working his way up from sales rep to GSM to the top spot – a total of 38 years with the heritage outlet!  Then, it suddenly came crashing down in 1996, when he was informed by the then-new owners of the station, The Walt Disney Company, that he was being replaced in three days by another station head.  On the new installment of the international hit podcast “Up Close and Far Out”greengeorge posted today (9/1), George Green discusses with Michael Harrison how it felt to suddenly and unexpectedly be shown his way out the door and to the parking lot; how it impacted his life and then inspired him to move forward by starting a new independent media management/advertising agency and by writing a series of uplifting books covering love and aging as well five inspirational storybooks for young children.  He even dabbled in acting landing roles in a Hollywood movie, a weekly TV series and greengoergbookfive Honda TV commercials.  Now, he has written and published a brand new book – years in the writing – titled, Out of the Spotlight: Over Forty Interviews with Famous, Successful People Who Enjoy Their Lives as They Move from One Spotlight into Another (George Green, 2015).  It is inspired by George Green’s own experience moving on with life after suffering the pain of being fired from a job that defined his identity.  He widens that umbrella of despair to include people who enjoyed great fame only to have to come to grips with time moving on and their spotlight dimming.  It happens to people in all walks of life from superstars to everyday folks.  According to Michael Harrison, “George Green is one of the most important managers to ever serve in this industry during the modern era.  At 84, he remains robust, clear-thinking, articulate and tremendously active in business, sports, the arts and just plain living.  I am delighted to be presenting this podcast to the radio industry as well as the world. It is a story worth telling and being heard… especially in this age of cutbacks in the radio business.”  To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right-hand column on every page of For stations interested in interviewing George Green, he can be emailed at

futuri logoFuturi Earns Spot on Inc. 5000’s ‘Fastest Growing Private Companies.’  Interactive technology firm Futuri Media is celebrating its recognition for the second year in a row on the Inc. 500|5000 lists as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America and the only media technology company on the prestigious Inc. list.  Futuri says there are now more than 525 stations, networks and broadcast groups using its technology across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.Inc5000  Cleveland-based Futuri states it is enjoying revenue growth of 185% which puts it among the upper tier on the list, ranking #59 nationally and #23 in percentage-growth in Ohio in revenue among firms its size.  Fututi Media CEO Daniel Anstandig comments, “The three key drivers in Futuri’s growth this year have been our TopicPulse social media intel system, mobile apps for TV and radio broadcasters, and our LDR (Listener Driven Radio) interactive programming systems.  Our mission is to leverage social and mobile technology for broadcasters in a way that engages audiences, cultivates loyalty, and drives ad revenue.  Futuri’s continued growth is a testament to our team’s commitment and success in driving results for our partners.”

nashicon logoWELJ, New London, Connecticut Morphs into ‘NASH Icon’ Outlet.  New London, Connecticut’s WELJ shucks its simulcast of country WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” and takes on the classic country NASH Icon format syndicated by Cumulus Media’s Westwood One.  Cumulus New London VP/market manager Jessica Vargas comments, “We are thrilled to be bringing the NASH Icon brand to the New London market.  I’d like to thank Cumulus Media’s John Dickey, Mike McVay and Gary Pizzati, as well as Eddie Esserman and Joule Broadcasting for the tremendous partnership that has allowed this exciting station to come to our market. Connecticut listeners love their country music, and NASH Icon will provide a unique new listening experience that they can’t get elsewhere.”

Monday, August 31, 2015

| August 31, 2015


mtv vma statuetteSwift Sweeps MTV VMAs. Boasting 10 nominations, Taylor Swift was the big winner in last night’s (8/30) MTV “Video Music Award” ceremonies, broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, even though the 2016 presidential race is in its nascent stage, Michael Jackson “Video Vanguard Award” winner Kanye West is getting a massive head start to the 2020 campaign by announcing he will toss hisswifttaylor proverbial hat in the ring – in four years. As far as the awards are concerned, Fall Out Boy scores “Best Rock Video” for “Uma Thurman,” while Swift’s “Blank Space” wins “Best Pop Video.” Competing against 11 other entries, 5 Seconds of Summer (“She’s Kinda Hot”) emerges victorious in the “Song of the Summer” category. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars‘ highly-contagious “Uptown Funk” is voted “Best Male Video,” and – with “Blank Space” – Swift takes home the “Best Female Video” award. She also captures “Video of the Year” for “Bad Blood,” which features Kendrick Lamar; moreover, the Swift-Lamar pairing additionally is named “Best Collaboration” (also for “Bad Blood”). Other winners Sunday night are Nicki Minaj‘s  “Anaconda” for “Best Hip-Hop Video”; Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend‘s “One Man Can Change the World” for “Best Video with a Social Message”; and “Artist to Watch” Fetty Wap (“Trap Queen”). In addition to West’s declaration of a 2020 bid for the White House, other VMA highlights included Justin Bieber flying on a harness at the end of his performance, and Swift and Minaj teaming on “Bad Blood.”

MichaelsNickstoriesmademusicNick Michaels Hosts ‘The Stories That Made the Music.’  This new Envision Networks country music-oriented, one-minute vignette was created by host Nick Michaels and “invites listeners into the stories behind their favorite country stars and the music they create.”  Five new episodes will be produced and broadcast each week for affiliate stations.  Envision says, “Michaels masterfully illustrates the stories of legendary country artists including Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks, Georgemichaelsnick Strait, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Shania Twain and many more.  At a time when stations are cutting back on personality and offering up condensed programming, this feature offers audiences a richer listening experience.”  Michael adds, “I am delighted to be working with Envision Networks to bring this powerful and compelling feature to country music radio.  When it comes to engaging an audience, there is nothing better than telling a good story, especially one that helps the audience get closer to the music and artists they love. The entire team at Envision has been very supportive of the creative process that a feature like this requires.”

rabRadio Advertising Bureau: 2015 Radio Revenue Down 1% Over 2014.  To be clear, the data released by the RAB on Friday compares the first half of 2015 with the same period a year ago.  As you may remember, the RAB is no longer releasing quarterly revenue reports and will continue with two reports per year going forward.  The 1% figure above reflects total revenue (from data provided by Miller Kaplan Arase LLP) for radio stations.  The breakdown looks like this: spot revenue was down 3%; network revenue dipped 1%; digital revenue was up 2%; and off-air was up 11%.  What isn’t surprising is the 11% rise in off-air.  Live events and other off-air projects have been widely reported to be the one consistent bright spot for multi-platform media companies.  However, the meager rise in digital revenue – just 2% — has to bother corporation execs and market managers.  The full report presents more data about the top five advertiser categories.  See that here.

iheartmedia logoHardin, Zellner, Maynard Receive iHeartMedia Promotions. The “National Programming Platforms” group of iHeartMedia appoints Brad Hardin executive vice president/general manager; Jon Zellner executive vice president of programming operations; and Maynard executive vice president of programming strategy. All three will be New York City-based and report to National Programming Platforms president Tom Poleman, who states, “iHeartMedia’s strength is built on our great programmers working together to develop great content and experiences for our listeners utilizing our unmatched scale. Brad, Jon, andhardinbrad Maynard each have a remarkable amount of hands-on experience programming some of the best local radio stations in the world, making them uniquely qualified to lead our company-wide programming initiatives.” Hardin comments, “I am looking forward to working more closely with the amazing people on our National Programming Platforms team as well as programmers throughout our zellnerjonmarkets. They are the very best in content creation and live event marketing. I am excited to have the opportunity to further contribute to our future growth, and continuing to demonstrate the power of iHeartMedia’s local and national brands.” Zellner remarks, “iHeartMedia continues to set the industry standard for innovation and one-of-a-kind content. I am honored and very excited to have the opportunity to work with Tom and the programming team on implementing new ideas and strategies for our incredible brands.” Maynard notes that he has “had an incredible experience since joining iHeartMedia. It is extremely motivating to work with a company that is committed to exceeding expectations both internally and with our millions of listeners. The people in this company are what make it great, and I am truly grateful for this opportunity and even more excited for what lies ahead.” Most recently the executive vice president of programming and company-wide active rock/alternative brand manager, Hardin has been with iHeartMedia (and the former Clear Channel) for over 15 years. He was senior vice president of programming for west major markets and has programmed in Tampa, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Louisville. Zellner joined iHeartMedia in 2009 as senior vice president of programming and he is being promoted from executive vice president of programming. His resume includes senior management positions at SiriusXM and CBS Radio. Maynard will work with iHeartMedia’s programmers and oversee the company’s on-air creative directors; he joined iHeartMedia in late-July 2014.


wrdw logo‘96.5 AMP Radio’ in Philly Announces New Jocks.  According to a report from the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Jeff Blumenthal, CBS RADIO’s WZMP “96.5 AMP Radio” is bringing live personalities to the station that’s been jockless since April after CBS blew up the “Wired” brand bestowed upon the CHR station by former owner Beasley Broadcast Group when it was WRDW.  Joining on September 8 for afternoon drive will be Mike Adam who’s worked at CBS’ “92.3 AMP Radio” in New York as well as at WIOQ, Philadelphia.  Jill “Jilly” Osterman joins the station for middays.  She’d been with the company’s CHR KKHH, Houston “HOT 95.7.”  Blumenthal also reports that music director Bennett will handle the evening show and air personality Bex will be morning host.  But program director Bobby Smith hints that additions will be made to the morning drive program.

sharkedissMark ‘Shark’ Ediss Named PM Drive Host at Alpha’s ‘Y100’ in Savannah.  Radio personality Mark “Shark” Ediss joins Alpha Media’s Savannah-Hilton Head CHR WXYY “Y100” for afternoon drive, effective September 8.  Ediss, who’s worked at such outlets as WRDW, Philadelphia; WMYX, Milwaukee; and WSTW, Wilmington, Delaware, comments, “I’m excited to join this dynamic group in Savannah!  Thank you so much Rob Walker, VP/market manager Gigi South, and VP/programming Phil Becker for allowing me this awesome opportunity!  I’m thrilled to get out in the community and make an impact on my new listeners.”

russelldaveDave Russell to Program AC WARM, York.  Radio programming pro Dave Russell served as PD at Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary WARM, York from 2007 through 2009.  Now, after most recently working in the suburban Pittsburgh market as PD and promotions director at WOGG and WPKL, he returns to WARM as PD and afternoon drive personality.  Russell also hosted at WSBA, York and programmed both WCTO and WLEV in Allentown.  Cumulus corporate PD Emily Boldon comments, “We are so excited to welcome Dave back to Cumulus York.  He had many successful years at the helm programming this heritage station and we look forward to many more as Dave re-joins our team.  He is a consummate professional and top-notch programmer.  This is a strong hire for the station and for the company.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Twenty-six-year WGTY, York, Pennsylvania staffer Paesan Pellegrini retires from the Times and News Publishing-owned country station.  The station made the announcement prior to Pellegrini’s last day on Friday (8/28) on its Facebook page.  Pellegrini was serving as afternoon drive host.  He’d been morning host and program director of the station as well…..At Adams Radio’s hot AC WWFW, Fort Wayne “Soft Rock 103.9,” afternoon jock and music director Eric Austin is a victim of budget cuts and he exits the station.

Three Northeast Broadcasters Merge to Form Coastal Media Partners.  Three companies are merging to form a six-station radio group called Coastal Media Partners that the new firm says will allow advertisers to target local listeners “from the North Shore of Massachusetts up the coast to Portland, Maine by working with one regional broadcaster that offers reasonable rates.”  The three companies are: Port Broadcasting, LLC owner of WNBP, Newburyport, Massachusetts and WWSF, Sanford, Maine; Aruba Capital Holdings, LLC, owner of WXEX-AM/FM of Exeter, New Hampshire; Garrison City Broadcasting of Dover, New Hampshire, owner of WTSN and WBYY in Dover, New Hampshire.  The agreement includes the radio stations and digital assets — such as live streaming and websites — of all six stations that cover formats including oldies, classic hits, adult contemporary, and news/talk/sports.  Port Broadcasting’s Carl Strube and Pete Falconi will run the day-to-day operations of the new company.  Falconi states, “There is a great deal of synergy in this merger.  All of the stations are very community focused but offer different brands to attract different demographics.  The overall radio signal footprint spans geographies to reach a population of just over 2 million people.”  Garrison City SVP Susan Demers Weigold states, “After 30 years of being independent radio station owners, our family is delighted to form a partnership with three radio veterans who understand the importance of providing our listeners with local programming, news and sports.  Our niche is to keep our stations community based.  We can expand on community service and provide businesses with creative advertising opportunities that reach across three states on six stations.”

NASHnext logoCumulus Announces Scooter Braun Joins NASH Next Challenge Judge Panel.  Music industry executive Scooter Braun – founder of SB Projects and manager of such performers as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Cody Simpson – will serve as a guest judge on the panel for Cumulus’ “NASH Next Challenge” contest.  The grand prize winner of the talent search will be signed to the new NASH Next record label.  The top 10 finalists will participate in a national NASH Next concert tour next year.  Braun’s chart-topping roster also includes country music duo Dan + Shay, singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen and thisbraunscooter year’s breakout star Tori Kelly.  Braun will participate as a guest judge in the Periscope Live Broadcast Challenge, which runs from September 14-23.  During this third round challenge, artists and bands will perform an original song live on Periscope and fans will vote for their favorite on the NASH Next website. The 55 country artists remaining after this round will move on to the Instagram Visual Story Challenge, followed by the PicCollage fan collaboration challenge.  The final challenge will involve producing an original music video.  The three full-time NASH judges are legendary music producer James Stroud, award-winning country music artist and radio personality Kix Brooks and Cumulus EVP of content and programming John Dickey.

Eastlan RatingsEastlan Expands by Eight. Washington State-based media-research firm Eastlan is picking up eight new markets: Baton Rouge; Fort Morgan-Sterling, Colorado; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Marshall, Missouri; Santa Rosa, California; Sedalia, Missouri; Winchester, Virginia; and West Plains, Missouri. Eastlan president and chief executive officer Mike Gould comments that, “As radio continues to evolve in the increasingly competitive audio entertainment environment, the old expense models don’t make much sense anymore. Broadcasters need a responsibly-priced ratings tool to prove the unmatched reach of radio.” Centennial Broadcasting president and chief executive officer Allen Shaw explains, “After considerable deliberation among our corporate staff, market managers, and sales teams in Fredericksburg and Winchester, we concluded Eastlan’s radio audience measurement services will provide us with credible data at a very efficient cost.” Guaranty Corporation president and chief executive officer Flynn Foster remarks, “Guaranty Media is excited to work with Eastlan in Baton Rouge. We have felt for some time that Eastlan’s process of gathering ratings is superior. The sample size will be at least double what we have seen in the past, and a much better measure of who is listening to our five radio stations. We look forward to many years together.” Measurement for those eight markets will begin this fall.