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Round Four of October PPM Data Released. The fourth of four rounds of October 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. The survey period was September 11 through October 8. You can find all of the numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings below.
- Austin – For the past four ratings periods, KKMJ “Majic 95.5″ has been in the three-share range (3.9 – 3.1 – 3.8 – 3.7), but the Entercom adult contemporary outlet erupts with a +1.2 to 4.9, its most potent (6+) share since “Holiday” 2013’s 10.1. In the process, “Majic” catapults from twelfth to fifth. Successive significant declines result in Emmis adult hits KBPA plummeting by a combined -2.2 (9.4 – 8.6 – 7.2), taking “Bob-FM” to its lowest (6+) share since Holiday’s 6.4. Even so, “Bob” remains in first-place (6+) for the tenth consecutive month. iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KPEZ “The Beat” declines by nine-tenths (5.3 – 4.4), finding itself in a four-way tie at #7 – down from a tie in September at #4. September marked the first time since June 2013 that iHeartMedia-owned KASE “Today’s Country” was not in the runner-up slot. After 15 straight appearances at #2, KASE slipped to third, having been bounced out by similarly-programmed sibling KVET-FM “All-Time Country Favorites.” Unchanged in their rankings from September, KVET-FM is flat at 6.9 (second), but KASE drops seven-tenths to 6.1 (third).
- Milwaukee – Following three successive (6+) down-trends (5.0 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.7), WKKV “V-100.7 Jams” scored a one-half share gain in September and adds a whopping +1.4 in October (4.2 – 5.6) to inch up from a three-way tie at seventh to fifth. Over and above that, 5.6 is the best-ever 6+-stat for the iHeartMedia urban contemporary facility. Although they remain at #2 and #6, respectively, Journal talker WTMJ (8.7 – 9.2) and Entercom CHR WXSS “Kiss-FM” (4.8 – 5.3) progress by one-half share each. Despite a full-share decline (11.6 – 10.6), iHeartMedia’s country WMIL “FM 106.1″ is the market’s pacesetter for the fifth straight month. Flat at #3, co-owned WRIT “Oldies 95.7″ (-.5 from September) falters for the fourth consecutive sweep (7.7 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.4).
- Indianapolis – The last time Cumulus Media‘s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5″ reached #1 was July, but bolstered by a +.9 (6.6 – 7.5) it exchanges places with Emmis adult contemporary WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7″ (7.2 – 6.9, -.3, first to third). After progressing by nine-tenths in July, WYXB country sibling WLHK “Hank FM” followed up with a +.6. “Hank” faltered by seven-tenths in September, but storms back with a +.9 in October (6.4 – 7.3), inching up from fourth to second. The market’s largest (6+) month-to-month improvement though is credited to Radio One gospel WTLC-AM “The Light,” which breaks up back-to-back 1.8 performances (6+) with a full-share boost to 2.8 (#16 to #13). It is the best performance for “The Light” since February (also 2.8). In August, WZPL plunged by -1.2 to 6.1. The Entercom CHR rebounded with a +.6 in September to return to the runner-up slot (from #6), but “Indy’s Hit Music Station” regresses by -1.4 (6.7 – 5.3), sinking from second to ninth.
- Providence – Cumulus’ WPRO-AM adds six-tenths to September’s 5.2 to inch up from seven to sixth; 5.8 is the talk station’s strongest 6+-stat since March 2013’s 6.0. Co-owned CHR WPRO-FM (9.0 – 8.6, -.4) finishes first for the ninth time in the last ten ratings surveys. Remaining steady at #4, their adult contemporary sibling WWLI “Lite Rock 105″ notches its fourth successive up-trend (6.5 – 6.8 – 7.1 – 7.6 – 8.1), yielding a cumulative +1.6. This is the most potent 6+-share for “Lite Rock” since “Holiday” 2013, when it registered 11.5. iHeartMedia rocker WHJY follows up September’s -.5 with a -.9 (7.1 – 6.6 – 5.7) to slide from fifth to seventh.
- Raleigh – On the strength of a one-share improvement (3.5 – 4.5), Curtis Media Group CHR WPLW “The Pulse” moves up from eleventh to ninth. Not only does cluster-mate WQDR “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country” make it nine straight months at #1 (6+), it logs a robust +1.2 and is back in double-digits (9.4 – 10.6) for the ninth time in the last 12 survey periods. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia‘s WNCB “B-93.9 – New Country” has its string of eight consecutive (6+) progressive trends come to a halt (1.5 – 2.1 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 4.8), as it drops one-half share to 4.3 (tenth to eleventh). Radio One urban AC WFXC “Today’s R&B and Classic Soul” dials up a +.6 to 6.1, surging from eighth to fifth. Following a one-half share gain in September, Capitol Broadcasting‘s WCMC “ESPN 9.9. The Fan” tacks on another +.5 (2.7 – 3.2) and is steady at #12. Ironically, Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB “Radio 96.1″ and iHeartMedia CHR WDCG “G-105″ each trend 6.5 – 5.7 (-.8, fifth to seventh).
- Norfolk – This marks the second straight month that a Norfolk station has hung out a month-to-month +2.2 (6+). In September, it was iHeartMedia CHR WNOH “Now 105,” which nearly doubled its 6+ share (2.4 – 4.6). Now it is Entercom urban AC WVKL “95-7 R&B” doing the honors. Continuing its market dominance, WVKL (11.1 – 13.3) finishes first for the 27th straight survey period and 52nd time in 54 PPM sweeps. This is the 13th occasion in the last 14 ratings periods that “95-7 R&B” has been in double-digits (6+). Regarding “Now 105,” it returns about two-thirds of September’s +2.2 (4.6 – 3.1, -1.5) and falls from sixth to tenth. Urban contemporary sibling WOWI posts a +.8 to 9.0 and maintains its runner-up status. Owing to a hearty +.9 in September, Max Broadcast Group Holding‘s WVSP “ESPN 94.1″ applied the brakes to three straight (6+) downward trends (2.6 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 1.6). It adds seven-tenths (2.5 – 3.2) to enter the top ten (#12 to #9). After freefalling by -1.7 in September, iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV “MOViN 107.7″ regresses by another six-tenths (3.1 – 2.5), dipping from tenth to eleventh. It is the station’s lowest (6+) share since January’s 2.3. For the fifth consecutive month, Sinclair-owned country WUSH; adult hits WNOB; talk WNIS; alternative WROX; and talk WTAR are not in print.
- Nashville – The sports format makes noise in “Music City USA,” as Cumulus Media‘s WGFX “The Zone” registers a colossal +1.8 (6.6 – 8.4) to progress from fourth to second. The last time the flagship of the Tennessee Titans was in eight-share territory was roughly three years ago (8.1 in November 2011). While not nearly as dramatic as what “The Zone” does, Cromwell’s WPRT “The Game” nonetheless advances by one-half share to 1.5 (#19 to #17). Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK “Jack-FM” dials up a +.7 (5.3 – 6.0) and escapes a three-way tie at sixth for a fifth-place tie. In the country arena, Cumulus’ WSM-FM “Nash Icon” (5.4, sixth to seventh) and iHeartMedia‘s WSIX-FM “The Big 98″ (4.8, tenth to ninth) each gain one-tenth, while Cumulus’ WKDF “Nash FM 103.3″ (4.8, sixth to ninth) drops one-half share. Ryman Hospitality Properties-owned classic country WSM-AM, which declined by one full-share in September, drops another six-tenths (2.0 – 1.4); it moves from #15 to #18. Also falling by six-tenths (8.0 – 7.4) is iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “The River,” which relocates from second to fourth. Following four successive down trends for a combined -2.4 (7.2 – 7.0 – 6.0 – 5.7 – 4.8), Cumulus urban AC WQQK “92-Q” is up one-half share to 5.3), bumping up from ninth to eighth. Although remaining in first-place for the 30th consecutive monthly, Midwest Communications adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9″ drops one full-share (11.0 – 10.0). The three-share advantage it enjoyed over September’s #2 “The River” is now reduced to 1.6 over runner-up “The Zone.”
- Greensboro – The streak of five straight (6+) increases (5.1 – 5.8 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.5 – 8.3) for iHeartMedia‘s WTQR “New Country Q-104.1″ ended in August with a -.6, followed by a -.9 in September. This time last month, it trailed Entercom-owned WPAW “The Wolf” by 2.2 shares (6+), but owing to an impressive +.9 by “Q-104.1″ (6.8 – 7.7) and a stunning -1.6 by “Wolf” (9.0 – 7.4), WTQR (fifth to fourth) overtakes format rival WPAW (second to fifth) by three-tenths. “Wolf” was up or flat in five successive sweeps through August (7.5 – 7.5 – 7.8 – 7.9 – 8.2 – 9.3), prior to dipping by three-tenths in September. Urban AC cluster-mate WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (11.1 – 11.5, +.4) finishes first for the tenth successive ratings period; it is its third straight time in double-digits (6+). After back-to-back months at 6.1 (June and July) and then consecutive months at 5.8 (August and September), Dick Broadcasting CHR WKZL “The #1 Hit Music Station” dials up a +.6 to 6.4, advancing from seventh to sixth. Despite a six-tenths gain to 4.7, iHeartMedia CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” ranks ninth for the 18th successive time.
- West Palm Beach – No sooner had WRMF (second to first) dropped six-tenths (8.0 – 7.4) than the hot AC improves by +1.4 to 8.8, its strongest 6+-showing since June 2013’s 9.3. Digity Media-owned WRMF takes over the top spot from iHeartMedia adult contemporary-classic hits hybrid WOLL “Kool 105.5,” which precisely relinquishes the nine-tenths it gained in September (8.0 – 8.9 – 8.0). In July, “Kool” (first in September to second in October) ended WRMF’s consecutive #1 run at four. WRMF sibling WIRK “South Florida Country” enjoys a whopping +1.2 (4.5 – 5.7) to progress from fifth to third. Stuck on 3.9 in August and September, co-owned WMBX “X-102.3″ notches a +.8 to inch up from seventh to fifth. After declining by nine-tenths in August, iHeartMedia’s WKGR rebounded in September with a +.6 – but “Gator 98.7 – The Palm Beach’s Rock Station” plummets by -1.4 (5.3 – 3.9); WKGR had ranked third for six straight months – but tumbles to seventh.
- Jacksonville – Steady at #2 for the fourth straight sweep, Cox Media Group‘s WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” gains seven-tenths (6.5 – 7.2), while talk sibling WOKV improves by one full-share (5.1 – 6.1) to tie yet another CMG property – classic hits-oldies WJGL “The Eagle” (6.0 – 6.1, +.1) – at #3. Down or flat the past six survey periods (6+) for a combined -3.2 (8.0 – 6.6 – 6.1 -5.9 – 5.9 – 5.3 – 4.8), iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country” posts a hearty +.9 to advance from eighth to sixth. Conversely, Renda Broadcasting‘s WGNE “Gator Country,” which packaged three straight up trends (4.5 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 6.2) before September’s one-tenth loss, falters by -1.2 to 4.9 (third to seventh). Until renewing as a Nielsen Audio subscriber in July, WEJZ “Lite 96.1″ was unlisted for 30 straight months. The Renda adult contemporary property finished first (6+) in July (8.9), August (8.4), and September (9.8). It does so again, however, October’s 8.6 reflects a -1.2 from September.
RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Wilks Broadcasting Columbus operations, Stiller is named OM and program director for the company’s classic rock WLVQ, country WHOK and sports talk WZOH. He was most recently with Federated Media in Fort Wayne programming the company’s sports stations and co-host of the PM drive show on WFGA “106.7 The Fan.”…..New general managers are named by Salem Communications for its San Diego and Sacramento station groups. Dale Hendry relocates to San Diego to lead the team there. He moves south from the company’s Sacramento cluster where he’s been serving as GM. Taking over Hendry’s role in Sacramento is Mark Durkin who is promoted from his director of sales position. And Scott Hamilton becomes general sales manager in Sacramento…..Chris Atticus, a.k.a. Crate, takes over the afternoon drive show on iHeartMedia’s alternative WOLT, Indianapolis “Alt 103.3.” He’ll also serve as imaging director for the cluster. Atticus replaces Deuce in afternoons on WOLT.
Connoisseur Media Flips WWYY, Lehigh Valley to Alternative. The Belvidere, New Jersey-licensed station drops its active rock format and re-brands from “107 The Bone” to “The New Spin Radio, 107.1…The Valley’s Alternative.” Connoisseur Media’s WWYY serves the Lehigh Valley and Poconos area in Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey. Core artists for the new format will include: The Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Weezer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Imagine Dragons and more. Cluster GM Rick Musselman states, “We conducted an intense local radio market research project, and it clearly stated there was significant demand for an alternative station in our area. It’s a format that will attract a wide variety of listeners right away. The Millennial generation will embrace this station. It’s their music, and they’re extremely passionate about it. Our advertisers – both existing and new – will reap the benefits of the loyal and long listening habits of these alternative music partisans.”
Journal Reports Radio Revenue Up 5.1% in Q3. Bucking the industry-wide third quarter trend, Journal Communications is reporting a downright outstanding quarter for its radio and television division. On the radio side, operating earnings were up 16.1% and the net revenue figure of $21.6 million saw a percentage hike of 5.1%. Television net revenue was up 22.8% but publishing fell 5.4%. The irony here is that Journal is entering into a complex deal with E.W. Scripps that would put the combined TV and radio properties into one company and the publishing platform into another called Journal Media Group. Journal Communications CEO Steve Smith states, “Journal benefitted from continued growth in television retransmission revenue along with significant political and issue advertising spending in a number of our markets. Our focused broadcast sales efforts grew both television and radio revenue, excluding retransmission and political, by approximately 3% and drove television and radio digital revenue up 22% and 31%, respectively.” Journal has fared better than other radio station owners in the political advertising arena by luck of the draw – it owns stations in states and markets with tight and high-profile races and ballot issues.
‘Tis the Season! The annual move to all-Christmas music is beginning to happen around the country. Some of the early adopters include Equity Communications-owned WEZW, Wildwood Crest, New Jersey and SummitMedia’s WVEZ, Louisville – both adult contemporary stations. The digital pure plays and SiriusXM are heavily into the Christmas music business this year as well – and they don’t have to drop their regular programming to do so. According to The New York Times’ Ben Sisario, Pandora will feature 35 holiday-themed channels this year. SiriusXM just announced it will present eight different holiday channels (an increase from years past) – including a country Christmas station, a Hanukkah channel and a Latin seasonal station – in addition to the channel featuring traditional Christmas music. As a subscription service, SiriusXM has the added benefit of being able to present these stations commercial free.
WQRS, Olean Adds ‘Full Metal Jackie.’ The Envision Networks-syndicated heavy metal show “Full Metal Jackie Radio” is added to the program schedule at Pembrook Pines Media Group’s WQRS, Olean “98 Rocks.” The station will air the show at 10:00 pm on Friday nights. Program director Chris Russell comments, “As we take ‘98 Rocks’ to the next level, it made perfect sense to add ‘Full Metal Jackie’ to our lineup. No one in the market delivers the type of rock we do, and Southern Tier listeners REALLY know that the only home for REAL ROCK is WQRS-FM.”
Big Bax & O’Brien Bash in Springfield. The long-running, highly-successful morning talk team of Bax & O’Brien (Mike “Bax” Baxendale and John O’Brien) of Saga Communications’ classic rocker, WAQY (Rock 102), Springfield, Massachusetts presented their second annual “Thursday Night Live” show last night (10/30). The bawdy, irreverent comedy spectacular played before a sold-out house of more than 200 core fans at downtown Springfield’s prestigious City Stage theater who paid $27 each for the honor of being entertained by a slew of guests and performers that included salty crooner Red Peters & the Alan Pinchloaf Singers, show producer/newsman/sidekick Steve Nagel, a “mystery guest,” comedic appearances by several high-profile local sponsors as well as hilarious video drop ins from Lionel of LionelMedia.com and show regular, Fitsy. Pictured above (l-r): Bax & O’Brien on stage. Pictured at right (l-r): Saga Communications EVP Steve Goldstein and RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison with a photo bomb appearance of associate publisher Matthew B. Harrison taken at a selfie machine set up in the theater lobby.
Round Three of October PPM Data Released. The third of four rounds of October 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. The survey period was September 11 through October 8. You can find all of the numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings below.
- Charlotte – WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits” dusted itself off from August’s -1.4 with a +1.4 in September to reposition from fifth to first. Not only does the CBS Radio-owned property remain there – it tacks on six-tenths (7.7 – 8.3). The last time WSOC was in eight-share territory was June 2011, when it also registered 8.3. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia‘s similarly-programmed WKKT “The Kat,” which staggered from first to third in August (-1.1) and then dropped an additional six-tenths in September, picks up one-half share (6.4 – 6.9) to climb from fifth to third. WKKT adult hits sibling WLKO “The Lake,” which registered three successive up trends producing a cumulative +3.2 (4.6 – 5.1 – 7.3 – 7.8), before dropping four-tenths in September, falters further by -.7 (7.4 – 6.7); “The Lake” recedes from third to fourth. After regressing by nine-tenths in September, iHeartMedia’s WRFX “The Fox” tumbles by one-half share (6.8 – 6.3), sliding from fourth to fifth; “The Fox” was one-tenth away from being #1 in August. Owing to a robust one-share increase from September (3.6 – 4.6), Greater Media’s WLNK “The Link” cracks the top 10 (#12 to #9) with its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2013’s 5.3. Sibling WBT “Charlotte’s News Talk” follows up September’s half-share gain with a +.7 (2.5 – 3.2) to inch up from #15 to #13.
- Sacramento – In its third straight positive trend – this one an impressive +.9 (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.0 – 6.9), iHeartMedia‘s KFBK goes from a second-place tie to assuming sole possession of the runner-up slot. The news/talk station trails Entercom classic rocker KSEG “The Eagle” (6.8 – 7.3, +.5) by four-tenths. This marks the sixth successive month at #1 for “The Eagle.” CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96″ – which tied KFBK for #2 in September – posts a one-half share improvement – yet slips from second to third. Following a modest two-tenths gain in September (.9 – 1.1), Entercom’s KCTC “ESPN Radio 1320″ notches a +.6 (1.7) to finish at #20. Entravision rhythmic CHR KHHM “Hot 103.5″ drops six-tenths to 2.5 (#13 to #15), while co-owned Spanish adult hits KXSE “Jose 104.3″ is off by one-half share to 2.3 (#15 to #17).
- San Antonio – This time last month, iHeartMedia‘s KAJA “KJ-97″ had a slim three-tenths advantage over country competitor KCYY “Y-100.” The rivals ranked third and fourth, respectively. “KJ-97,” however, trots out a +1.0 to 6.9 (second), while Cox Media Group-owned “Y-100″ dips by one-tenth to 5.5 and remains in fourth. Over and above it being the seventh successive month at #1 for KONO-FM (7.9 – 8.3, +.4), the Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies facility boasts its third straight up-trend (7.4 – 7.8 – 7.9 – 8.3). Moreover, 8.3 is its highest 6+ share in more than four years – matching 8.3 in July 2010. With a +.8 to 3.4, Alpha Media CHR KTFM (#16 to #14) virtually erases consecutive down trends (3.5 – 3.1 – 2.6). Progressing by seven-tenths each are Univision regional Mexican KROM to 4.8 (eighth to fifth) and CMG’s KISS “Rocks San Antonio” to 3.8 (#14 to #11). On the heels of September’s monumental +3.8 (3.1 – 6.9), iHeartMedia classic rock-to-rhythmic CHR convert KZEP “Hot 104.5″ relinquishes nine-tenths (6.0), as it slides from second in September to third. For a bit more perspective, it was in a three-way tie at #13 in August. Univision‘s similarly-formatted rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat” – which plummeted by two full-shares in September – is off by two tenths (4.8 – 4.6, fifth to sixth). “Hot” made its switch approximately one week prior to the start of the September sweep. With KZEP departing the classic rock format, CMG’s KTKX logged a +1.8 to 4.0 in September, but “The Eagle” gives back one-half share (3.5, #9 to #12).
- Cincinnati – Registering its most potent 6+-share since “Holiday” 2013’s 10.4, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98″ is a solid +.9 (5.4 – 6.3) and remains in fifth place. Additionally, “Warm, 98″ is up for the fourth successive ratings period (4.0 – 4.2 – 5.0 – 5.4 – 6.3) and is a cumulative +2.3 in that period. For the tenth straight monthly report, iHeartMedia talker WLW finishes in first-place (6+). Not only that, this marks the seventh consecutive sweep “The Big One” is in double-figures 6+ (11.1 – 11.9, +.8). Co-owned rocker WEBN though returns 1.1 of the whopping +1.8 it recorded in September (5.1 – 4.0), as it slides from seventh to ninth. Although it is the market’s runner-up station for the eighth consecutive time, WUBE “B-105.1″ regresses by nine-tenths to 8.2. In June, July, and August, “B-105.1″ notched double-figures (6+), but the Hubbard country property is now in a three-month tailspin (10.7 – 10.2 – 9.1 – 8.2) in which it has lost 2.5 (6+) shares.
- Cleveland – Perhaps the best way to illustrate the stranglehold iHeartMedia siblings WMJI and WHLK have had on the top spot is to rewind to May 2012. That was the last monthly that neither of the two ranked first. The honor that month went to talk cluster-mate WTAM. Classic hits-oldies WMJI “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” then went on a remarkable stretch of 21 straight months at #1, taking it through 2013. Adult hits WHLK “The Lake” took over in January of this year with a four-month run. WMJI returned at #1 in May and June; back to WHLK in July; a tie between the two in August; and WMJI triumphed in September. That takes us to October where “The Lake” sits at #1 (8.4 – 9.3, +.9) and WMJI is one-tenth behind (8.8 – 9.2, +.4). After registering a .7 in June, July, and August, Radio One gospel WJMO “Praise 1300″ slipped to .5 in September, but doubles that in October (1.0), the first time it has hit at least a one-share since “Holiday” 2013 (1.5). Indians (AM)flagship WTAM drops eight-tenths (7.2 – 6.4) and slides from fourth to fifth.
- Salt Lake City – Far and away grabbing top honors for loftiest (6+) September-October gain among the 36 PPM markets Nielsen Audio has released thus far is Bonneville‘s KSL (6.9 – 9.1, +2.2). The talker had been in the six-share range the past five monthlies and since May, had trended 6.8 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.9. October’s 9.1 is KSL’s strongest 6+-stat in exactly three years: It reached 9.3 in October 2011. Advancing from second to first, KSL displaces co-owned adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100,” which ranked first in August and September (7.0 – 6.9, -.1, first to second). KSL’s last appearance at #1 was this past April. Not exactly lost in the huge improvement category is KSOP “Utah’s #1 Country,” which logs a mammoth +1.7 to 5.7, enabling it to zoom from eleventh to seventh. Dropping seven-tenths and dipping from seventh to tenth is Broadway Media alternative KXRK “X-96″ (4.8 – 4.1).
- Las Vegas – CBS Radio alternative KXTE “X-107.5″ (#12 to #7) extends its streak of up or flat sweeps to six, and it does so with a robust one-share improvement. “X-107.5″ has more than doubled its 6+ share since April (2.1 – 2.7 - 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 4.4). Locked onto 7.4 (6+) in August and September, co-owned hot AC KMXB “Mix” loses one-tenth to 7.3 but finishes first for the fourth straight time. After three consecutive up-trends, including a strong +1.2 in September (3.9 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 5.6), Lotus classic rocker KXPT “The Point” suffers a -1.3 to 4.3, as it slips from fifth to eighth.
- Kansas City – Game seven of the World Series last night (10/29) found the San Francisco Giants defeating the Kansas City Royals in the first Fall Classic appearance for the Royals since winning it 29 years ago. The AL Central team’s flagship, Entercom‘s KCSP “610 Sports – Where the Royals Play” (#12 to #8), follows up September’s +.9 to 4.2 with a six-tenths gain to 4.8, its best-ever 6+stat in PPM methodology. Other Kansas City outlets progressing month-to-month by six-tenths are Carter Broadcast urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103″ (5.5 – 6.1, fourth to third) and Cumulus Media urban AC KMJK “Magic 107.3″ (4.5 – 5.1, ninth to sixth). For the third successive month, Wilks’ KFKF “Country 94.1″ (7.1 – 7.4) occupies the top spot. While “Country 94.1″ improves by three-tenths, the market’s other two country FMS are down: Entercom’s WDAF-FM “Wolf” by three-tenths to 4.8 (eighth) and Steel City Media‘s KBEQ “Q-104″ by four-tenths to 4.3 (twelfth). After five straight up or flat sweeps that produced a combined +2.2 (4.0 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 6.2), Entercom hot AC KZPT “The Point” regresses by eight-tenths to 5.4 (third to fourth).
- Orlando – The third consecutive gain for WPYO “Power 95.3″ is a healthy +.9 (4.8 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 6.3) which vaults the Cox Media Group rhythmic CHR from seventh to second. The last time “Power” reached the six-share level was August 2012 – also 6.3. Central Florida Educational Foundation-owned contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3″ had dropped a cumulative -1.4 in three straight down monthlies (8.1 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 6.7) before September’s +.2. Although it slips by three-tenths to 6.4, WPOZ repeats at #1. Meanwhile a bit further down the rankers, co-owned gospel WPOZ-HD3 (#18 to #17) continues to put together an interesting (6+) trend: .2 – .6 – 1.9 – 2.5. Progressing by six-tenths each are public WMFE (4.1, #11) and Cox Media Group talker WDBO-FM (4.0, #14). In September, WMFE scored a strong +1.2 to advance from #15 to #13. After registering a 3.0 in April 2013, WMFE followed with 17 straight performances in the two-share range (6+). Owing to three straight (6+) down trends, including September – October’s -1.3 (7.5 – 7.1 – 6.5 – 5.2), Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5″ (third to sixth) is off by a combined 2.3 shares. iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7″ follows up September’s -.9 with a full-share decline (6.8 – 5.9 – 4.9) to tumble from fourth to eighth.
- Columbus – It is the fourth successive month at #1 for iHeartMedia‘s WCOL-FM (11.6 – 11.3, -.3) and eighth straight time “Columbus’ Country” has registered double-digits (6+). Ranked right behind it are cluster-mates (CHR) WNCI “Columbus’ Hit Music” (10.6, +.1); talk WTVN (5.4, +.1); and WODC “Central Ohio’s Classic Hits” (5.1, flat). Christian Voice of Central Ohio contemporary Christian WCVO “The River” (eighth to seventh) is up or flat for the fourth straight survey period (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.9). Conversely, this marks the fourth successive down trend for Radio One’s WCKX “Power 107.5″ (6.4 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 3.9) and iHeartMedia’s WBWR “The Brew” (2.7 – 2.6 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.6) In that time span, “Power” (sixth in September to seventh) has regressed by 2.5 shares (6+) and “The Brew” (steady at #12) has lost a combined 1.1 shares.
Jack Diamond Named WLS-FM Morning Host. It was rumored in August after a weeklong “tryout” gig in which longtime Washington, DC personality Jack Diamond hosted the morning show on Cumulus Media’s classic hits WLS-FM, Chicago that he might be working there permanently. Now, the company makes it official as Diamond will be the lead talent beginning Monday, November 3. Cumulus SVP corporate programming Jan Jeffries says, “Jack’s positivity, fun and endearing qualities match perfectly with our current morning lineup including air talent/meteorologist Brant Miller, Marty Jones with information/traffic updates, and producer Dan Wolfe. This will be the third radio tour for Jack and me working together…What seemed like a fun idea to have him sit in on WLS-FM mornings for a week this summer turned out to be a great idea. Welcome, Jack Diamond to 94-7 WLS!” Diamond comments, “As a kid listening to the radio at night, WLS and WABC were the stations that sparked a desire to spend my life doing what those great personalities were doing from so many miles away. Pure magic. Hosting mornings at 94-7 WLS is not only a career dream come true, it brings my career full circle and is truly ‘going home.’ In a city with such great air talent through the years, it’s an honor to join them, past and present, in Chicago. Thanks to John Dickey, Mike McVay, market manager Donna Baker and the one-and-only Jan Jeffries, for the enthusiastic welcome and great opportunity at such a legendary radio station.” Diamond took a morning drive position with Broadcast Company of the Americas on San Diego’s classic hits XHPRS “Max FM” in August but left after a week citing personal reasons.
Donny Michaels Named Night Jock at ‘Star 94’ in Atlanta. At the Lincoln Financial Media CHR outlet WSTR, Atlanta “Star 94,” Donny Michaels is named the new evening personality effective November 10. Michaels comes to WSTR from Townsquare Media’s CHR WQSH, Albany “PopCrush 105.7” where he was AM drive host and served as the station’s digital programmer. WSTR PD Scott Lindy comments, “Energizing ‘Star 94’ nights with personality, fun and a style of interactive programming is only possible with a DJ of Donny Michaels’ caliber. I’m very excited to collaborate with him on and off the air.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The new operations manager for Townsquare Media’s Northern Colorado cluster is Justin Tyler. He’ll also be brand manager for country KUAD “K99” and rock KMAX in the Fort Collins market. Tyler takes over for George King who recently joined Westwood One…..Longtime management and on-air pro Charlie Ferguson is named the new VP/GM for the Saga Communications Springfield, Illinois station group. He comes to Saga from his current post as general manager for Northern Broadcasting’s Traverse City, Michigan station where he also serves as co-host of the “Grumpy Old Men” morning show on classic rock WFCX “The Fox.”…..At the CBS RADIO Houston station group, Sam Morton is named VP and director of sales. He moves south from the company’s St. Louis cluster where he was director of sales…..Jace Edwards takes over the morning drive role at Lotus Radio’s Reno classic rocker KOZZ. Longtime morning man and program director Jim McClain gives up the air shift and will move to another daypart…..Westwood One announces that Mary Giesen has been hired to serve as vice president, sales planning. It’s a homecoming for Giesen, who previously worked at Westwood One in several sales planning capacities. Her responsibilities this time will include strategic development of the company’s sales initiatives, including management of commercial inventory; sales data; pricing; and performance.
Gunhill Road Video Now on RadioInfoTV. An eight-minute video telling the amazing musical human interest story of legendary 70s rock band Gunhill Road is now playing on RadioInfoTV in advance of next week’s official release of the groups’ long-awaited and highly unlikely new 19-track album, “Every 40 Years” (Gunhill Road Records). This new collection – the group’s third album – comes more than 40 years after their first two albums, “First Stop” (Mercury) and “Gunhill Road” (Kama Sutra), were FM album rock DJ favorites and their single “Back When My Hair Was Short” (Kama Sutra) cracked the top 40 of Billboard, Cashbox and Record World magazines. RadioInfo will publish a feature story penned by Mike Kinosian early next week detailing the fascinating journey of Gunhill Road and its members Glenn Leopold, Steve Goldrich and Paul Reisch. All RadioInfo subscribers will also receive a link to download the entire album next week via email. To view the video please see the RadioInfoTV box at the top of the right hand column of this page.
New Online Hindi Radio Station Offering Music and Talk Shows Targeted to America’s Growing Indian Population. A new online radio station called Mera Sangeet (www.merasangeet.com), based in the Northridge area of Los Angeles and owned by its CEO, the dynamic Indian-born actress, model, entrepreneur and philanthropist Pooja Batra, is now streaming on the web with a wide variety of Hindi music and general interest (Indian issues and pop culture) talk shows. The station’s management, which also includes noted Bollywood film-maker Anshuvijay Rode, describes its target audience (the Indian diaspora) as “the most affluent ethnic minority in the US.” Many of the station’s impressive lineup of on-air personalities, described as “RJs” (radio jockeys) include household names and stars from India’s show business and Bollywood (cinema) scene. The business model of the fledgling operation consists of two basic entities – the national Mera Sangeet LA stream that emanates from Los Angeles with the bulk of its programming and local franchises across the US (Mera Sangeet USA). The station is offering interested and qualified parties across the country the opportunity to invest in these local franchises which would involve generating a local programming and sales component to compliment the national content provided from Los Angeles. The station is also interested in meeting with potential general investors. Interested parties can call Anshuvijay Rode in LA at 323-203-7445.
Counting Down the Hits with Brad and Carrie. “Country Countdown USA” host Lon Helton (center) is pictured here in Brad Paisley’s Irish Pub enjoying a “perfect Guinness” poured by Paisley (right) himself. This week’s Westwood One-produced “Country Countdown USA” features an interview with Paisley and Carrie Underwood (left) that was recorded at Paisley’s house. The occasion was to preview next week’s CMA Awards, which will be hosted by Paisley and Underwood. This will be the 7th time the two stars have co-hosted the TV show, and ironically, this is the 7th time Lon Helton has won the CMA “National Personality of the Year” Award.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters including,this week: Tommy Star,WDNS, Bowling Green, KY; Candy Gunn,WRFN, Nashville; Karoline Kramer Gould,WJCU, Cleveland; Bayley Brown, WKLC, Charleston, WV; The Iceman; Bill Phipps,WSIG, Mt. Jackson, VA;and Jay Lindly,KDQN, De Queen, AR; 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 (10/29) includes such names as: Catey Shaw, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Matt Nathanson, Lolo, Avicii, Robbie Williams, Lack of Afro, Jack Tyson-Charles, DEC3, Stone Senate, OK GO, Grizfolk, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, James Carothers, Blane Howard, Toby Keith, Doobie Brothers, Sara Evans, Adam Wayne, Jared Blake, Erica Nicole, Alt-J, Lido, Nick Jonas, Ugo, Ariana Grande, Laura Zocca,andChris Meid,among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Round Two of October PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of October 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. The survey period was August 14 through September 10. You can find all of the numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings below.
- Boston – Sports is October’s ratings headline in Beantown, given that both of the market’s all-sports FMs are up dramatically (6+) from September. This time last month, for example, CBS Radio-owned WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” displayed a +.9 to 3.6, enabling the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Boston Celtics flagship to catapult from #17 all the way to #9. Apparently though, “The Sports Hub” was just getting warmed up, as it tacks on another +1.1 to 4.7 (#7). To say that the 2013 defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox just concluded a dreadful 2014 season would actually be generous. Even so, Entercom-owned flagship WEEI-FM manages to increase September’s 3.2 by one full-share in October (4.2) and zooms from thirteenth to ninth. Moreover, WEEI-FM’s 4.2 is the station’s highest (6+) share in nearly a year – it hit 5.0 last November. iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” (6.9 – 7.0, +.1) occupies the pacesetter position for the tenth consecutive ratings period. Yo-yo numbers continue for public WGBH, which gained one-half share in August; dropped eight tenths in September; and now improves by a half-share (2.1 – 2.6) to advance from #19 to #17. CBS Radio classic rocker WZLX declines by eight-tenths (6.4 – 5.6) and drops from a third-place tie to fifth.
- Detroit – Over and above being #1 for the sixth consecutive sweep, CBS Radio’s all-sports WXYT-FM “The Ticket” does so in convincing manner with a +.9 (7.4 – 8.3). This is the most potent (6+) performance for “The Ticket” since it notched an 8.9 two years ago (October 2012). WMXD “Mix 92.3″ faltered by a hefty -1.1 in August (6.4 – 5.3); rebounded with a +1.1 in September to jump from sixth to third; and now the iHeartMedia urban AC delivers a one-half share gain to 6.9 as it assumes the runner-up slot. Urban contemporary WGPR though registers a -.7 (3.4 – 2.7) as it slides from #14 to #16. Dropping from sixth in September to seventh, CBS Radio-owned WYCD “Detroit’s Country” is down for the fourth straight sweep (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6 – 4.8 – 4.7) and a combined -1.5 in that period.
- Miami – For the seventh time in the last eight sweeps – including the past five – iHeartMedia CHR WHYI “Y-100″ is in the four-share range. Even though it remains in fifth-place, “Y-100″ gains one-half share (4.4 – 4.9), while Cox Media Group CHR WFLC “Hits 97-3″ drops one-tenth to 3.5 (tenth to eleventh). Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105″ relinquishes the four-tenths it gained in September (7.7 – 8.1 – 7.7), but retains its #1 ranking for a stunning 41st straight monthly report. Adult contemporary enjoys an overall six-tenths gain in Miami with Lincoln Financial Media‘s WLYF “Lite-FM” improving by two-tenths 6.9 – 7.1 and Cox Media Group’s WFEZ “Easy 93.1″ picking up four-tenths (5.5 – 5.9); “Lite-FM” and “Easy 93.1″ remain second and fourth, respectively. iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WMGE “Mega 94.9″ dips by one-half share (3.2 – 2.7) and drops from #14 to #16.
- Seattle – Among the four Seattle outlets that gain one-half share (6+) from September is Bonneville talker KIRO-FM (4.6 – 5.1), which inches up from fourth to third. Conversely, after progressing by eight-tenths in September to 4.5, sports sibling KIRO-AM “710 ESPN” drops one-half share to 4.0 to slide from sixth to seventh. Others – in addition to KIRO-FM – improving by one-half share are Hubbard CHR KQMV “All the Hits” (6.3 – 6.8); public KPLU “NPR News and All That Jazz” (2.3 – 2.8); and Bonneville talker KTTH (2.1 – 2.6). Also noteworthy for KQMV is that “All the Hits” is #1 for the fourth consecutive time. Sinclair hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5″ declines by six-tenths to 3.3, falling from tenth to thirteenth.
- Phoenix – KFYI’s fourth successive up-trend is a +.6, taking the iHeartMedia talker from sixth to a tie for second. Since June, KFYI has trended 3.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 5.1 for a cumulative +1.9. The last time KFYI reached a five-share was January 2013 (5.0). As Entravision regional Mexican KLNZ “La Tricolor” (#17) advances by six-tenths (1.8 – 2.4), Univision‘s similarly-programmed KHOT “La Nueva 105.9″ (#18) falters by that margin (2.9 – 2.3). Albeit off by three-tenths (6.2 – 5.9), CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KOOL “The Valley’s Greatest Hits” remains on top for the fourth straight month. In terms of Nielsen Audio PPM ratings, the last time KTAR-AM appeared in print was this past January (1.3), but the Bonneville sports-formatted outlet resurfaces with a .8 (#30). Riviera Broadcast Group rhythmic CHR KKFR “Power 98.3″ falters by one-half share (3.1 – 2.6), dipping from #14 to #16.
- Minneapolis – There is plenty of (6+) September – October fluctuation in the Twin Cities and KFXN is at the forefront of it. Not only does “K-Fan Sports Radio” make it four straight up-trends, the iHeartMedia outlet scores an impressive +1.3 (4.2 – 5.5) to progress from #12 to #8. Since June, KFXN has trended 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 5.5, yielding a combined +2.6. Public KMOJ “The People’s Station” explodes with a full-share gain to 2.5, its highest (6+) share since the (identical) 2.5 it recorded in the “Holiday” 2013 report. Advancing by seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia CHR KDWB (7.5 – 8.2); Minnesota Public-owned KNOW (3.6 – 4.3, #12); and iHeartMedia talker KTLK-FM (1.9 – 2.6, #15). This is the fourth time in the last five monthly reports that KDWB finishes first. Following four consecutive up trends (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.9 – 4.2 – 4.3), Minnesota Public-owned KCMP regresses by -1.2 to 3.1, as it falls from #11 to #14. Country competitors KMNB “Buz’email@example.com″ and KEEY “K-102″ were tied for sixth-place (6.3) in August, but CBS Radio‘s KMNB gained one-half share to 6.8 (fourth) in September, while iHeartMedia’s “K-102″ remained at 6.3. “Buz’firstname.lastname@example.org″ slips by two-tenths (6.6, fifth) in October, while “K-102″ tumbles by eight-tenths to 5.5 and ranks eighth.
- Tampa – CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WLLD “WiLD 94.1″ puts up a strong +.9 (4.9 – 5.8) to vault from sixth to third; 5.8 is the highest (6+) share for “WiLD” since January 2011’s 6.0. WDUV keeps on rolling by adding another three-tenths (6+). This marks the sixth consecutive positive trend and a combined +4.4 in that timeframe for the Cox Media Group adult contemporary (8.5 – 9.4 – 10.6 – 11.4 – 11.5 – 12.6 – 12.9). In addition, WDUV is #1 for the 23rd straight survey period and has its highest 6+-number since “Holiday” 2013’s 14.1. Co-owned talker WHPT “The Bone,” however, suffers a -1.4 (4.6 – 3.2), as it spirals from a three-way tie at #8 to #14. “The Bone” dropped Bubba the Love Sponge in late-August/early-September. After back-to-back 4.2 showings in August and September, iHeartMedia‘s WXTB “98 Rock” experiences an eight-tenths erosion to 3.4 (#11 to #13). In August, Cox Media Group CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5″ added one-half share to 5.5; was flat in September; but now drops four-tenths to 5.1 (third to fifth). Meanwhile, format rival – iHeartMedia’s WFLZ “The Hit Music Channel” – curtails three straight down trends (6.9 – 6.5 – 5.9 – 5.3) with a +.1 to 5.4 and remains in fourth-place. September was the first time since February that “Hot 101.5″ (5.6 in February – 6+) had beaten “The Hit Music Channel” (5.0 in February).
- Denver – October stats in the “Mile High City” produce a bone fide top 25-market rarity – a four-way tie at #1. If that were not tight enough, the fifth-ranked station is just one-tenth behind; the sixth-place station is only two-tenths behind; and the seventh-ranked station – iHeartMedia talker KOA (+.7 to 5.0) – is just three-tenths off the top. In fact, a mere 1.3 shares (6+) separate the top 13 stations. First-place occupants – all at 5.3 – are Entravision Spanish adult hits KJMN “Jose 92.1″ (#1 in September as well, but down by one full-share in October); public KCFR (even, up from #3); Entercom classic rocker KQMT (even, up from #3); and Lincoln Financial Media country KYGO (even, up from #3). As a refresher, “Jose 92.1″ put up a whopping +1.7 in September, hitting the six-share level for the first time in its PPM history, while KCFR had a +1.5, enabling it to rocket from #15 to #3. Notching six-tenths gains each are Wilks classic hits-oldies facility KXKL “Kool 105″ (3.4 – 4.0, #17 to a three-way tie at #11) and Lincoln Financial Media sports outlet KKFN “The Fan” (1.8 – 2.4, #21 to a tie at #18). After three straight positive trends (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.5), Wilks hot AC KIMN “Mix 100″ falters by eight-tenths to 3.7 (#9 to #14). Unable to capitalize though is Entercom’s similarly-programmed KALC “Alice” (#14 to #16), which was -.7 in August; -.5 in September; and is now -.5 in October for a combined -1.7 (4.9 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.2).
- Baltimore – Stuck on 3.8 in August and September, CBS Radio sports facility WJZ-FM “The Fan” erupts with a +1.3 (3.8 – 5.1) and bolts from tenth to sixth. This is the best (6+) showing for Baltimore’s “Fan” since January’s 5.8. Hearst Television talker – and Orioles flagship – WBAL (sixth to fifth) adds seven tenths to the eight-tenths it registered in September (4.2 – 5.0 – 5.7). A “no-show” in the last three monthlies, Radio One talker WOLB “Where Information Is Power” returns with a .5 (#23). Urban contemporary sibling WERQ “92-Q Jams” though declines by seven-tenths (6.8 – 6.1), slipping from second to third. In September, “92-Q Jams” had its string of progressive trends halted at four (6.6 – 7.2 – 7.3 – 7.5 – 7.8). For 12 straight monthlies, WZFT “Z-104.3″ was in the four-share range, but with a +1.1 in September, it reached 5.2. The iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR, however, gives all of it back (4.1 – 5.2 – 4.1) as it tumbles from fifth to ninth. Notwithstanding a three-tenths dip to 7.9, iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station” repeats at #1.
- St. Louis – Hubbard‘s WXOS “101 ESPN” hangs out a +.8 (3.0 – 3.8) to inch up from #17 in September to #16. In addition to being the third straight up-trend for “101 ESPN” (2.3 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.8), this is the station’s highest (6+) share since last November when it reached 4.6. Simultaneously with CBS Radio adult contemporary KEZK “Fresh 102.5″ gaining one-half share (4.2 – 4.7) and returning to the top 10 (#14 to #10), co-owned hot AC KYKY “Y-98″ suffers an eight-tenths loss (6.4 – 5.6) as it leaves the runner-up spot and finishes fourth. After Emmis talker KFTK gained six-tenths (2.6 – 3.2) in September to climb from #18 to #16, it drops one-half share to 2.7 and slips to #17. Heritage CBS Radio talker KMOX adds another three-tenths to 8.9 and is the market’s (6+) leader for the seventh straight month. In addition to being the third successive up-trend for KMOX – with a cumulative +1.6 (7.3 – 7.8 – 8.6 – 8.9) – it is the strongest 6+ showing for the Cardinals’ flagship since November when it registered 9.6.
RadioInfo Career Moves. The new morning personality at Cumulus Media’s country WMDH, Muncie, Indiana “NASH FM 102.5” is Deacon. He takes over for Jeff Sloan who exited the radio biz. Deacon most recently was midday host at Entercom’s CHR WZPL, Indianapolis…..In the Salisbury, Maryland market Bill Baker and Jessica Martinez exit Great Scott-owned hip hop WOCQ “OC 104” where they hosted the morning show. Baker also served as program director and music director. Martinez recently rejoined Baker on the radio after being in television for the previous 18 months. The rumor is the two will re-appear on another station in the area soon.
Bressler: Ad World Moving to Buy ROI. During yesterday’s investor conference call, iHeartMedia president and CFO Rich Bressler spoke at length about the company’s plans to become the number one multi-platform media company – the underlying company goal that was the force behind the name change from Clear Channel to iHeartMedia. But from a sales standpoint, Bressler told analysts that, “The advertising world is moving to buy ROI – return on investment – not ratings or impressions as it does today, and we stand to greatly benefit from this trend since we provide huge ROI reflecting our audience size, our scale and the impact we have, none of which have been fully monetized.” The goal of reaching Millennials is important to Madison Avenue and Bressler noted the 4th annual iHeartRadio Music Festival, held last month in Las Vegas, saw social media impressions double from the previous year “reaching over five billion which is on par with the Academy Awards and more than twice the size of the Halftime Show of the Super Bowl.” He says 80% of social media posts related to the festival came from the 18-35 demographic. Bressler delivered the latest data about the iHeartRadio platform saying it now has 56 million registered users and total listening hours are up 10% compared to the same quarter a year ago. Looking at the financials, iHeartMedia reported a net revenue increase of 1% and Bressler said that although the radio industry experienced a soft Q3, the company outperformed the markets based on Miller Kaplan data.
Melissa Etheridge and Ingrid Michaelson to Perform at National Radio Hall of Fame Induction. This is the first Los Angeles induction ceremony after 24 years of the National Radio Hall of Fame event taking place in Chicago. On November 9 at the Cicada in downtown Los Angeles, Charlie & Harrigan, Barry Farber, Ira Glass, Stanley E. Hubbard, Jon Miller, Agnes Moorehead and Dick Orkin will be inducted. Performing at the event will be Melissa Etheridge and Ingrid Michaelson. In addition, a special tribute to Casey Kasem will take place. National radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “This is an event that brings us all together to honor and celebrate the best in our business. We have an opportunity to show our support and ensure the vitality of this institution by attending. And if that’s not possible, please consider making a donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which provides a showcase for the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago year round.” Noted broadcasters participating in the ceremony will include Ryan Seacrest, Larry King, Rick Dees, Delilah, Michael Jackson, Kerri Kasem and more.
iHeartMedia’s Hartley Adkins Elected RAB Board of Directors Chairman. At its annual board of directors meeting the Radio Advertising Bureau announced new officers and iHeartMedia EVP major markets Hartley Adkins was elected chairman. Also on the board are (RAB duties noted in parentheses): Hubbard Radio chair and CEO Ginny Morris (vice chair); Cox Media Group EVP radio Kim Guthrie (finance chair); Commonwealth Broadcasting president and CEO Steve Newberry (secretary); Cromwell Group president and founder Bud Walters (immediate past chair). Newly elected board members are: Hubbard Radio president and COO Drew Horowitz; Alpha Media EVP southern region Bill McElveen; Emmis COO and CFO Pat Walsh; and Journal Broadcast Group EVP Steve Wexler.
Round One of October PPM Data Released. The first of four rounds of October 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 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). The survey period was August 14 through September 10. You can find all of the numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings below.
- New York – WCBS-FM occupies the top spot (6+) for the fourth straight month; the classic hits-oldies outlet, however, is down a significant seven-tenths to 6.1. This represents the eighth consecutive monthly in which WCBS-FM has been in the six-share range (6.1 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.1). September’s third-place finisher – Emmis urban AC WBLS-is up one-tenth to 5.4 – enough to catch iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” (5.7 – 5.4, -.3) at #2. It is the fourth successive down trend for “Lite-FM” (7.1 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 5.4), making it a cumulative -1.7 (6+) since June. Posting a gaudy +1.0 to 4.5 CBS Radio‘s sports-formatted (and first-year Yankees flagship) WFAN-FM “The Fan” inches up from eighth in September to sixth. January (4.1) was the last time “The Fan” registered a four-share (or better). Similarly-programmed WEPN “ESPN New York” jumps one-half share to 1.9 to advance from #22 to 20. Share-wise, Cumulus Media‘s WPLJ (2.2 – 2.6, +.4) gains some ground on hot AC rival WWFS “Fresh” (2.8 – 2.9, +.1), but from a rankers standpoint, CBS Radio’s “Fresh” improves from #16 to #15 while WPLJ remains at #17. Not only is WABC up or flat for the fourth straight month (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 2.0), the Cumulus Media talker is back in the top 20 with its best (6+) share since April’s 2.2. iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU (eighth to tenth) is down or flat for the sixth successive time (4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+).
- Los Angeles – After swapping places (in September) at #1 and #2, respectively, iHeartMedia CHR and hot AC siblings KIIS “Kiss-FM” (5.2 – 5.3, +.1) and KBIG “My-FM” (5.0 – 5.3, +.3) are now deadlocked in the penthouse. “Kiss-FM” format rival – CBS Radio‘s KAMP “Amp Radio” sixth in three of the last four sweeps – improves by one-tenth to 4.1 (fifth) to tie iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST (steady at 4.1). Classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101″ follows up September’s erosion of four-tenths (4.9 – 4.5) with a -.3 to 4.2, but the CBS Radio property remains fourth. Adult hits cluster-mate KCBS-FM “Jack-FM,” meanwhile, is now just one-share behind “K-Earth” as “Jack” gains two-tenths to 3.2. Even though “Jack” and Bonneville classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” remain in ninth-place (with identical 3.0 – 3.2 profiles), it is the best (6+) share for “Jack” since April (also 3.2). In September, “The Sound” had its streak of up-trends broken at six. Steady at #8, iHeartMedia talker KFI is up or flat for the fifth straight month (2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.5) and registers its strongest (6+) share since June 2013’s 3.7. After back-to-back months (May and June) with a 2.1, KLOS became stuck on 2.2 for the next three monthlies (July, August, and September). The Cumulus Media rocker posts a modest +.2 to 2.4 in October and returns to the top 20 (#16). Talk-to-sports convert KFWB “The Beast” doubles its September (6+) share, taking the station from .1 to .2 (#41). Its all-sports competitors are Dodgers flagship KLAC (.9 -1.0, +.1); KSPN (.8 – 1.0, +.2); and Angels flagship KLAA (steady at .5).
- San Francisco – The San Francisco Giants are one game away from winning its third world championship since 2010. Enjoying the NL West team’s success is Cumulus Media‘s KNBR, which registers a robust +.9 to 6.6, enabling the Giants’ flagship to repeat at #1. It is KNBR’s most potent (6+) performance in nearly two years – it reached 8.1 in November 2012. Spoken-word stations, in fact, finish one (KNBR)-two (news KCBS-AM, flat at 5.3)-three (public KQED, 56.0, +.5) in the Bay Area. KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday” dials up an impressive +.8 (4.1 – 4.9), propelling the Entercom adult contemporary from sixth to fourth. KOIT-FM had been down or flat the past four monthlies (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.1), but was only off a combined half-share in that period. Rhythmic hot AC sibling KRBQ “Q-102.1 – The Beat of the Bay” is trending .6 – .9 – 1.3 since breaking away from the KUFX-KUZX simulcast on August 1 and is tied with co-owned Oakland A’s flagship KGMZ “The Game” (-.2), and classic rock KUFX “K-Fox” (flat) at #24. Univision Spanish adult hits KBRG “Mas Variedad” (eighth in September to tenth) tumbles by nine-tenths (3.9 – 3.0).
- Dallas – KHKS “Kiss-FM” follows up September’s one-half share gain (6.1 – 6.6) with a +.4 as the iHeartMedia CHR remains #1 for the tenth straight month. The third successive up trend for CBS Radio all-sports outlet KRLD-FM “The Fan” is a strong +.7 (1.2 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 2.5), catapulting the Cowboys’ flagship from #23 to #17. Moreover, 2.5 is the station’s most potent (6+) share in approximately four years – it hit 3.1 in November 2010. Seven-tenths though is unlucky for co-owned adult hits KJKK “Jack-FM,” which declines by that margin (2.8 – 2.1) and freefalls from #14 to #21. After sitting on 3.3 in four of the last five surveys (it had a 3.4 in July), Radio One rhythmic CHR KBFB “The Beat” gains one-half share to 3.8 and rockets from tenth to sixth. Albeit that it is flat at 4.5 (and steady at #4), Cumulus Media‘s KSCS “New Country” slices the lead that similarly programmed sibling KPLX “The Wolf” (5.7 – 5.1, -.6, steady at #2) had on it in half: The 1.2-share advantage (6+) “The Wolf” possessed on “New Country” in September is down to six-tenths.
- Houston – Owing to a +.2 (6.7 – 6.9), Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1″ breaks September’s first-place tie with iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1″ (6.7 – 6.2, -.5, #1 to #2). Moreover, this marks the seventh successive up or flat monthly for KMJQ (5.7 – 5.8 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.7 – 6.9) and matches the strongest 6+-showing for “Majic” in over a year (6.9 in June 2013). “Sunny” held sole possession of first-place in July and August, before September’s tie with KMJQ. After four monthlies (May through August) in the three-share range (3.3 – 3.1 – 3.2 - 3.1, 6+), KTRH exploded with a +1.3 to 4.4 in September. The iHeartMedia talker adds another six-tenths to 5.0 to progress from ninth to seventh; KTRH ranked sixteenth in August. Improving by seven-tenths – and advancing from sixth to fifth (one-tenth of a share from third) – is Univision regional Mexican KLTN (5.1 – 5.8). Both of the market’s CHRs are off slightly and retain their September market rank: Cumulus Media’s KRBE “Houston’s #1 Hit Music Station” is -.1 to 3.6 (#13) and CBS Radio‘s KKHH “Hot 95.7″ is -.3 to 2.8 (#16).
- Philadelphia – All-sports in the City of Brotherly Love does extremely well in October with WIP-FM leading the way, boasting the largest (6+) month-to-month gain by any station in the 12 PPM markets Nielsen Audio released on Monday. The CBS Radio outlet erupts with a +1.6 (3.7 – 5.3) to zoom from eleventh to fifth. It is the strongest (6+) performance by WIP-FM since December and “Holiday” 2013 (both 6.0). Although its gain is less than half that of its cross-town competitor, Greater Media‘s WPEN-FM “The Fanatic” (#17 to #15) records a +.6 and is up or flat for the fourth straight time (1.9 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.9). After a one-month hiatus from being #1, Jerry Lee-owned WBEB “More FM” (6.6 – 7.1, +.5) regains its customary ranking. “More FM” has finished first in 18 of the last 20 surveys. It was beaten in September by iHeartMedia‘s WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B and Old School”; CBS Radio‘s all-news KYW prevailed in February. Regarding those two stations’ October progress, WDAS-FM is off by one-half share to 6.7 and slips to second, while KYW gains seven-tenths to 4.7 and inches up from tenth to eighth. After having been up or flat (6+) five straight times (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.7), public WHYY drops one-tenth to 3.6 – it slips from #11 to #12. CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOGL regresses by seven-tenths (6.4 – 5.7) to slide from third to fourth; 5.7 is the station’s lowest 6+-share since January’s 5.6.
- Long Island – The majority of October’s noteworthy Long Island stats can be found among the top four finishers. After back-to-back months at 7.0 (6+, August and September), Connoisseur Media adult contemporary-turned-hot AC WALK-FM “Real Variety from the 1990s, 2K, and Today” breaks out with a +1.1 to finish first for the fourth consecutive month. Slightly outdoing what it did in its home market of New York City, CBS Radio‘s WFAN-FM racks up a +1.2 (4.7 – 5.9) to inch up from a third-place tie in September to second. “The Fan” enjoys its best 6+ Long Island stat since January 2012 (also 5.9). In the CHR race, iHeartMedia‘s WHTZ “Z-100″ (steady at #3) gains eight-tenths (4.7 – 5.5), while Cox Media Group‘s WBLI (second to fourth) drops eight-tenths (5.7 – 4.9); WBLI improved by six-tenths in September. After September’s whopping +1.5 – that halted three straight negative trends – Connoisseur Media adult contemporary WKJY “K-98.3″ drops two-tenths, but remains at #5.
- Riverside – With a +.7 (8.7 – 9.4), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose 97.5″ regains nearly all of what it lost in September (-.8) and it once again prevails at #1; 8.7 in September was the lowest for “Jose” (6+) since April’s 8.3. As Univision regional Mexican KSCA (seventh to fifth) improves by seven-tenths (3.1 – 3.8), Liberman‘s similarly formatted KRQB “Que Buena” drops one-half share (3.9 – 3.4) and dips from fifth to seventh. In addition to “Que Buena,” Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA is off by one-half share (6.1 – 5.6) and it occupies its familiar #2 spot.
- San Jose – For the fifth successive month, public KQED (6.1 – 6.5, +.4) sets the pace here. Chronicling KBRG’s recent whirlwind journey takes us back to June, when the Univision Spanish adult hits station slumped by six-tenths to 5.5, dropping it from first to second. “Mas Variedad” had almost twice as much erosion in July (-1.1) to 4.4 (second to seventh), but owing to a one-half share gain to 4.9, it improved to fourth in August. It racked up a +1.2 in September (6.1) to catch KQED at #1. In October, however, “Mas Variedad” has the dubious distinction of posting the loftiest (6+) month-to-month loss by any outlet in the 12 PPM markets Nielsen Audio released on Monday. A -1.1 (6.1 – 5.0) drops KBRG from a first-place tie all the way to sixth. After (modest) back-to-back increases of one-tenth (to 4.5 in August) and two-tenths (to 4.7 in September), Cumulus Media’s KNBR matches the +.9 it posted in San Francisco (4.7 – 5.6) as the Giants flagship climbs from sixth to third. Co-owned adult alternative KFOG gains seven-tenths to 2.0 and is in a three-way tie at #19 (up from #26 in September). This is the station’s strongest 6+-stat since January (also 2.0). University of Southern California-owned KDFC regresses by nine-tenths (2.2 – 1.3); the classical facility slides from #19 to #26.
- Middlesex-Somerset-Union – Simultaneous with the strong +.9 by iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100″ (5.4 – 6.3, fourth to second) is a -.9 by CBS Radio‘s similarly-formatted WBMP “Amp Radio” (4.5 – 3.6 seventh to ninth). Owing to a +.8, Townsquare Media talker WKXW progresses from third to first and notches its fifth successive (6+) up trend. “New Jersey 101.5″ has a cumulative +2.2 (4.6 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 6.0 – 6.8) over that span. Dropping from first to second is classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (6.7 – 6.3, -.4), which posted a +.9 in September. This is the first time at #1 for “New Jersey 101.5″ since March. Following five successive positive trends resulting in a combined +1.9 (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.4 – 5.9 – 6.2 – 6.4), iHeartMedia classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3″ loses one-tenth but remains at #2. Rhythmic CHR sibling WKTU relinquishes the six-tenths it gained it September (2.4 – 3.0 – 2.4) and falters from #13 to #16.
Mandy Scott Joins Saga’s ‘Energy 106.9’ in Milwaukee. Coming to Brew City from her most recent gig at Journal Broadcast Group’s CHR KQCH, Omaha is Mandy Scott who’ll be the new midday personality on Saga Communications’ CHR WNRG “Energy 106.9,” effective November 3. WNRG brand manager Jeremy “Cousin Ed” Schulz comments, “Mandy had the experience and skillset I was looking for, but it was her personality that drew me in. She’s got that likability factor that you just can’t teach, with a personality that is infectious. We’re thrilled to have her join us.”
Wilde Takes Over Mornings at KOSI, Denver. The Entercom adult contemporary outlet makes changes to its air staff as market pro Jonathan Wilde is named the new morning drive personality. He replaces longtime morning host Murphy Huston who remains with the station for weekends and to be the face of KOSI’s charitable work. Huston’s AM drive co-host Denise Plante moves to middays and Jay Cruze handles afternoon drive.
Talus Knight Named PD at KKND, New Orleans. The Cumulus Media-owned hip hop outlet KKND “Power 102.9” announces Talus Knight is the new afternoon drive personality and program director. Knight comes to Cumulus from his most recent post as OM for WFXM, Macon, Georgia. Cumulus New Orleans VP and market manager Susan Lucchesi comments, “Talus is a great addition to ‘Power 102.9’ in New Orleans. His knowledge and leadership skills will add energy and excitement to this powerful station. We are very fortunate to have him on board.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Cox Media Group Miami CHR WFLC “HITS 97.3,” twin sisters Marissa and Marianela Gonzalez (pictured here) will serve as afternoon personalities beginning November 10. The two work using the names Lulu and Lala and most recently were co-hosts on the “Ty Loves NY” morning show on CBS RADIO’s former “Now-FM” in New York…..“Johnny V” Clements is named operations manager at West Virginia Radio’s Clarksburg station group that includes WBRB “101.3 The Bear” and hot AC WWLW “Magic 106.5.”…..At the iHeartMedia Toledo cluster, Keith Kramer comes aboard to host the afternoon drive show on rock WIOT “Rock 104.7.”…..Greg Hoffman is promoted to program director at Lotus Communications-owned hip hop KSEQ, Fresno “Q97.1.” He will continue to co-host the morning show with Andre “Dre” Covington. Hoffman joined the station a little over a year ago from crosstown KBOS “B95” where he’d been for more than 17 years. He takes over for Rene Roberts who remains with the station as a consultant…..Chris Nicholas joins MacDonald Garber Broadcasting’s Traverse City, Michigan station group where he’ll serve as morning personality on adult contemporary WLXV “Mix 96.7” and program the company’s sports talker WKAD, Harrietta “93.7 The Ticket” and news/talk WATT, Cadillac…..John Leathers is named vice president of sales for iHeartMedia’s six-station San Francisco cluster, effective November 19. Leathers comes to iHeartMedia from his most recent post as VP and market manager at Digity’s Silicon Valley operations…..13-year Premiere Networks staffer Meg Montury is promoted to senior vice president, general manager of the Premiere Networks Sherman Oaks office, effective immediately.
Barry Manilow Station Launched on iHeartRadio. With the release of his recent album My Dream Duets putting him back in the public eye, iHeartMedia announces digital platform iHeartRadio is launching the Barry Manilow Music Station. The company says the channel will feature Manilow’s music, his favorite songs from other artists (along with commentary from Manilow) and cuts from My Dream Duets including the duet with Whitney Houston titled, “I Believe in You and Me.” The iHeartRadio Network will also launch a DAIP (Digital Artist Integration Program) across its adult contemporary digital stations supporting the record.
KJ Bland Re-Signs with KRNB, Dallas. At Service Broadcasting’s Dallas urban contemporary outlet KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7,” midday personality KJ Bland signs a new, two-year contract to remain with the station. Brand manager and program director Kevin Gardner says, “KJ is a passionate, multi-platform personality and a social-media savvy entertainer who easily turns listeners and clients into friends and fans. We are happy to have her continue her winning contributions to the ‘Smooth R&B 105.7’ team and the Service Broadcasting family.”
iHeartMedia Debuts ‘Tailgate Country 103.7’ on Translator. There’s a new country format in Portland as iHeartMedia debuts “Tailgate Country 103.7” on translator K297BO. The 34-Watt signal is licensed to Portland, sits on the city’s southeast side and its primary signal covers a fair portion of the metro. The company says the station will feature contemporary country artists such as Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line. The station will present the format commercial free. SVP of programming Brad Hardin says, “‘Tailgate Country’ features the hottest contemporary country artists and no commercials. It’s the perfect station for crankin’ up while sitting on your tailgate and watching the Ducks pull out another win.”
Envision Networks’ Westar Music Library Gets Updated Site. In an announcement from Envision Networks, the company’s Westar Music Library gets a website update for the service that features a streamlined experience for users to search, organize and download thousands of royalty free music tracks and sound effects. The company says the Westar Music commercial library currently offers more than 11,000 royalty-free music tracks sourced from the broadcast industry standard as well as more than 113,000 sound effects, with more constantly being added. Westar Music sales manager Peter Alexander says, “With new features and benefits that our users asked for, we believe the new WestarMusic.com is quite simply the most seamless, easiest to navigate website available for high quality production music and professional sound effects.”
More Taylor Swift Promotion Happening This Week. With today’s release of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album, the PR machine behind the country-turned-pop starlet kicks into another gear. Last week RadioInfo reported the album release-related appearances by Swift across the iHeartMedia platforms. Now, we learn Swift will be a telephone guest on Westwood One’s syndicated “Nights Live with Adam Bomb.” She’ll also appear on SiriusXM’s Town Hall series where she’ll appear with a select group of listeners for a Q&A with SiriusXM Hits 1 personalities Nicole Ryan, Stanley T, Rich Davis and Ryan Sampson. The show will air live on Wednesday (10/29) at 2:00 pm ET.
Florida Georgia Line Visit WW1’s Ryan Fox. It’s always cool to have one of the hottest acts in the country on your network but it’s especially cool if that act is hosting the new awards show your company is producing. Westwood One’s Ryan Fox (center) poses for a shot with Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard (left) and Brian Kelley (right) after the duo appeared on his “Now with Ryan Fox” show on Hot Country and Mainstream Country Local formats produced by the network. Florida Georgia Line is hosting the “American Country Countdown Awards” on Fox TV on Monday, December 15 live from Nashville’s Music City Center. Westwood One will have a big backstage presence at the ACC Awards as part of its exclusive Red Carpet Radio event coverage.
Legendary Rock Radio Personality Dennis Elsas Bringing His “Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Forgets” Live Multimedia Show to NJ. After more than 40 years of hosting radio shows on great radio stations in the Northeast, veteran rock DJ Dennis Elsas (pictured here) is still going strong. The longtime favorite of New York-area music radio fans that remember him from his major presence at groundbreaking album rocker WNEW-FM during its glory days, is still spinning quality sounds during PM drive at triple-A formatted WFUV in the Big Apple and is heard nationally on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “Classic Vinyl” program. Well known for his creative programming skills and history-making interviews with some of music’s greatest legends, the man described by Michael Harrison as “one of pop culture’s finest raconteurs” has been wowing live audiences around the New York Metropolitan area for years with an in-person multimedia show titled “Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Forgets.” In it, he plays excerpts from key conversations he had back in the day with such legends as John Lennon, Elton John, Jerry Garcia and so many more, highlighted by rare video clips and airchecks of legendary broadcasts. He also shares his insights and memories of growing up in one of the greatest radio markets of all, New York City, where he heard some of the best top 40 DJs of all time. Next stop for this traveling extravaganza will be its first visit to New Jersey – this coming Saturday, November 1 at the Montclair Art Museum at 7:00 pm. For more information, please click here.