General Music Radio Industry News
Cumulus Media’s 2015 Q2 Report: Net Revenue Dips 8.8%. That negative number is not so surprising because Cumulus had issued forward-looking statements that predicted results pretty much in line with what the final numbers turned out to be. Net revenue for the quarter was just shy of $300 million, accounting for the 8.8% decrease compared to the same period a year ago. Broadcast advertising was down 8.4% and the digital advertising category was off 19.5%. Further breaking down the broadcast advertising category, network and national sales took the biggest hits – down 16% and 10.8%, respectively – and local ad sales slipped 3.9%.
Brittain Bids Farewell to WOGL. One cannot help but notice the irony that on the same day WCBS-FM morning driver Scott Shannon signs a contract extension to remain with the CBS Radio New York classic hits-oldies outlet, Ross Brittain announces he is leaving co-owned/similarly-formatted WOGL, Philadelphia, where he has been fronting the 5:30 am – 9:00 am “Breakfast Club” since 2004. Shannon and Brittain, of course, teamed to launch the “Morning Zoo” on legendary New York CHR WHTZ “Z-100″ 32 years ago (August 1983). Brittain’s last day with WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” is today (Friday, 7/31). Others who have recently left WOGL or will be leaving after today include general manager (and former Shamrock Communications chief operating officer) Jim Loftus and nighttime personality Bob Charger. Similar to Brittain, Loftus joined “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” in 2004. Remaining with the CBS Radio Philadelphia cluster as an anchor/reporter on all-news KYW and talker WPHT is Brittain’s wife, Rasa Kaye. Brittain writes on his Facebook page, “I am retiring from WOGL after our show [Friday] morning. This was a rather sudden thing. I appreciate all the nice comments and wonderful thoughts from everybody. I will miss [‘Breakfast Club’ partners] Bill [Zimpfer], Frank [Lewis], and Val [Knight], but I am sure they will continue to do a wonderful job without me. Hopefully, this will begin a new chapter in my life.” Brittain’s impressive resume includes on-air stints at WABC-AM, New York; WZGC, Atlanta; WKSS, Hartford; and in Philadelphia at WEGX, WTRK, and WZGO – the current frequency of iHeartMedia hot AC WISX. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio’s May 2015 PPM sweep, WOGL finished first (6.8), beating Jerry Lee Radio-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” (5.8) by one full share. In June though, “More FM” (7.2) returned to its familiar #1 residence, with “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” slipping to second (6.9), just three-tenths off the top.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s classic rock WKBU, New Orleans “Bayou 95.7,” Jason Ginty returns to the airwaves in the market after an 18-month absence to handle the midday shift…..Amber Stone resurfaces after exiting 6 Johnson Road Licenses-owned CHR WZRT, Rutland, Vermont “Z 97.1” at Adams Radio’s CHR WJFX, Fort Wayne, Indiana “Hot 107.9.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. All this weekend, SiriusXM will broadcast from Lollapalooza in Chicago presenting backstage interviews plus live performances by such acts as: Metallica, Alabama Shakes, Walk the Moon, Cold War Kids, alt-J, Hot Chip, Twenty One Pilots, The Wombats, Glass Animals and more…..KBFF, Portland “Live 95.5” morning personalities Brooke & Jubal (pictured below, left to right, Brooke, Jubal and cast member Jose) provided 500 tickets to last night’s Flo Rida–headlined concert event “The Flo @ The Fair” to the Portland area Boys & Girls Club for the organization to distribute to kids in the community. Program director Phil Becker says, “One of our core values at ‘Live 95.5’ is that there are times where making a difference is more important than making a buck. I’m proud of Brooke & Jubal’s donation to an organization for which our station has a great deal of admiration.”…..Greater Media’s alternative WBOS, Boston “Radio 92.9” is presenting a series of free after work concerts called the Copley Concert Series at Copley Square Park in August. The free shows go from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and will feature Brooklyn indie dance duo Matt and Kim on August 6, American indie pop artist Andrew McMahon on August 13 and upstate New York alternative rock band X Ambassadors on August 20. WBOS PD Ken West states, “We are very excited to bring these ‘Radio 92.9’ acts to Boston for free concerts right in the heart of the city. The series has been a great way for our audience to come together and enjoy a summer night.”…..iHeartMedia’s Orlando CHR WXXL “XL 106.7” is staking claim to the first U.S. morning show broadcast from Cuba. The “Johnny’s House” show – with host Johnny Magic (second from right), Laura Diaz (second from left) and Brian Grimes (far right) – traveled to Havana to “explore Cuban culture first-hand” and shared their experiences with listeners this morning (7/31). Johnny Magic says, “Now that the doors to Cuba are opening for the first time in over 50 years, it’s radio’s obligation to be a part of history and the education process. By using all our assets — our broadcast, digital and social platforms — we are able to share our experiences with all our listeners so they can learn as much about Cuban culture as possible.”
KUZZ-AM/FM, Bakersfield News Reporter Arrested on Sex Charge. Longtime country KUZZ-AM/FM, Bakersfield news reporter Scott Thackrey was arrested on 7/29 on charges of attempting to engage in lewd conduct. The Bakersfield police report that Thackrey was arrested after a sting operation in which Thackrey arranged to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl. The operation was put into place after authorities were contacted by the parents of a girl whom they suspected of having sexual communications with Thackrey. According to WBAK-TV, Bakersfield, Thackrey appears to be admitting guilt after posting the following message on his Facebook page: “I am deeply sorry for hurting and disappointing my friends. But I am even more sad that I let down my boys. I hope in time they can forgive me. And I hope to show that by not running or hiding, they will know that no matter how bad something is it can always be owned and learned from. I ask that you respect our privacy at this time.” Suzanne Grant, news director at the Buck Owens Production Company-owned stations stated via the station’s Facebook page: “BPD Sgt. Joe Grubbs was unable to share any additional details with me regarding the incident. However, we are shocked and saddened to hear of Scott’s arrest, and find the allegations to be completely out of character for the man we’ve known and worked with for years. At this point we have to allow the case to play out and hope for the best and appropriate resolution for all involved.”
Celebrating the Deal. Executives from CBS RADIO, WCBS-FM, New York and Scott Shannon pose for a picture after the radio icon inked a new deal with the company to continue to serve as host of the morning drive show. Shannon has been with the classic hits station for the past 16 months after exiting crosstown hot AC WPLJ. Pictured from left to right are: CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez, Shannon, CBS RADIO COO Scott Herman, CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero, and corporate SVP of programming and WCBS-FM and WWFS program director Jim Ryan.
iHeartMedia Reports Q2 Revenue Up 4%. The privately-owned iHeartMedia announces its Q2 financial numbers and reports revenue was $841 million – up 4% compared to the same quarter in 2014 – and stating that it saw “strength across the business (core local and national broadcast advertising revenue, traffic and weather business, syndication business and events).” The company says its expenses rose 5% year-over-year attributable to “event production costs, timing of barter and trade expenses, sales compensation expense and costs related to music licenses and performance royalties.” Chief operating officer and chief financial officer Rich Bressler says in a press release, “We’re pleased with the revenue and OIBDAN growth we achieved this quarter. We continue to invest in our capabilities across both iHeartMedia and outdoor to realize the full value of our multi-platform assets. With no significant debt maturities until 2018, we can continue focusing on growing the top and bottom lines across our business segments.” Total debt for the media giant is reported as just shy of $20.4 billion.
iHeartRadio Music Festival Lineup Announced. The lineup for this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on September 18 and 19 has been announced. The slate contains numerous current pop and hip hop acts plus classic rock stalwarts The Who and 1980s icons Duran Duran. At the top of the bill are: Kanye West, Sam Smith, Coldplay, Demi Lovato, David Guetta, Kenny Chesney, The Weeknd, Tove Lo, Lil Wayne, Fall Out Boy, Disclosure, Hozier, Jason Derulo, Prince Royce, Diplo, Trey Songz, The Killers, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, and Janet Jackson. In addition to these acts, the Daytime Village on Saturday will feature the following: Walk The Moon, Big Sean, Lee Brice, George Ezra, Tori Kelly, Echosmith, James Bay, The Struts, Zella Day and Shawn Mendes. The festival will broadcast live on iHeartMedia stations, will live stream on Yahoo Screen, and air on television’s The CW as a two-night special on September 29 and 30.
Scott Shannon and WCBS-FM, New York Agree to Contract Extension. Morning radio icon Scott Shannon joined CBS RADIO and its classic hits WCBS-FM, New York in March of 2014 after exiting Cumulus Media’s crosstown hot AC WPLJ. Now, he and the company have agreed to a new, multi-year contract extension. CBS RADIO says that since Shannon’s arrival there, “The station’s weekly cume has grown nearly 20% to approximately four million listeners.” CBS RADIO SVP of programming and WCBS-FM PD Jim Ryan adds, “Since Scott Shannon joined the station, he has created a new awareness of WCBS-FM in the market, and we couldn’t be more thrilled he will be with us for years to come. There is nothing better than knowing WCBS-FM fans will continue to jump-start their day with the famed Scott Shannon for a long time.” The program also features Patty Steele, traffic reporter Joe Nolan, and weather from CBS 2 New York’s John Elliott.
iHeartMedia Charlotte Hikes Hotchkiss to Market President. Senior vice president of sales Keith Hotchkiss is elevated to market president of iHeartMedia‘s six-station Charlotte operation. Hotchkiss remarks that, “iHeartMedia Charlotte boasts some of the most talented on-air hosts, programmers, and sales professionals in the country. It is my goal to lead and expand, providing innovative solutions for our client partners across all our platforms, while also creating the best radio for our listeners. This is an exciting time to be in the radio industry. I could not be more proud to represent one of the world’s most enterprising media companies in one of the nation’s greatest cities.” Prior to being transferred to Charlotte, Hotchkiss spent more than 15 years at the company’s Cleveland cluster, where he ultimately became general sales manager. With (6+) Nielsen Audio June 2015 PPM market share and market rank in parentheses, iHeartMedia’s Charlotte cluster consists of country WKKT “The Kat” (7.3, #3); classic rock WRFX “The Fox” (6.5, #4); adult hits WLKO “The Lake” (6.3, #5); CHR WHQC “Channel 96-1″ (5.3, #7); and WEND “New Rock 106.5 – The End” (3.1, #12 ). WRFX-HD2 “Fox Sports FM 98.7″ does not appear in Charlotte’s June sweep.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Radio One-owned urban contemporary outlet WAMJ, Atlanta “Majic,” both midday personality Carol Blackmon and night jock Rene Miller have exited, according to Atlanta Journal Constitution media writer Rodney Ho. The company has not stated what its plans are for staffing the dayparts…..The Baltimore Sun reports that Stephen Yasko is out as general manager for Towson University-owned, non-com triple A WTMD, Baltimore. The paper reports that program director Scott Mullins is serving as acting GM…..WXRT, Chicago general sales manager Patty Reilly-Murphy announces she will retire from the CBS RADIO triple A station on August 28 after a 35-year career in radio sales…..Christopher “Jack” Johansing is promoted to marketing director at Benztown. He’s been with the company for the past five years serving as coordinator, web, marketing & affiliate relations.
Remembering Julie Gilbert-Cahill. A memorial service is being held today (Thursday, 7/30) for radio promotion director-turned-music manager Julie Gilbert-Cahill, who passed away a week ago Monday (7/20) in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley (Woodland Hills). Approximately 35 years ago, Detroit native Gilbert-Cahill was the promotion director of Detroit rocker WRIF. Jacobs Media president Fred Jacobs was the station’s program director at that time and he comments that Gilbert-Cahill was, “a fearless, energetic, promotion person who played a huge role in our success.” Gilbert-Cahill moved to Los Angeles in 1983 to work for Howard Kaufman’s HK Music Management, where she coordinated tour activities for such artists as Jimmy Buffett, Chicago, Fleetwood Mac, Go-Go’s, and Heart. She later joined Peter Asher Management, where she worked with Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and Warren Zevon. Gilbert-Cahill retired from the music industry in 1996. Her husband (Jim) and two sons (James and Jake) are among those surviving Gilbert-Cahill, who was 58 years old. The family is asking that donations be made “in memory of Julie Gilbert-Cahill” to the site of today’s memorial service – Tarzana, California’s Temple Judea.
Duane Doobie’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: Kid Kelly, vice president of music programming at SiriusXM; Todd Cavanah, golden-eared PD at CBS RADIO-owned WJMK “K-Hits” and WBBM-FM in Chicago; John Marks, director of country programming for SiriusXM; on-air personality Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Matt James, golden-eared, on air personality at “T-100” WCLT, Newark, Ohio; 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 “Alice 93.7” in San Francisco; 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 (7/29) includes such names as: A Great Big World, Futuristic, Conrad Sewell, Echosmith, The Heydaze, Leon Bridges, Meg Myers, Gin Wigmore, Iration, Frank Turner, Five Finger Death Punch, Evie Archer, Jackie Lee, Don Henley, Kelsea Ballerini, Clare Dunn, Sawyer Brown, Alan Jackson, Bobby Wills, Kygo, Slaptop, Baio, How I Became The Bomb, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
‘103.3 The Edge’ in Buffalo Renews Shredd and Ragan Morning Show. The longtime Buffalo morning duo of Ted Shredd and Tom Ragan must be working for Cumulus Media’s alternative WEDG “103.3 The Edge” because the company announces it has signed the “four-hour comedy talk radio morning show” to an extension. The duo began working mornings at the station back in 1994 and, as the company states, “Their success was felt so strongly in Western New York that when the format and station name were changed, Shredd and Ragan remained the cornerstone for the brand new ‘103.3 The Edge, Buffalo’s New Rock Alternative’…The Shredd and Ragan Show has received numerous industry awards and accolades throughout its continued and historic run.” Cumulus corporate rock format programmer Troy Hanson says, “We are delighted to extend our longtime working relationship with Shredd and Ragan into a new long-term deal that continues to partner two great brands — Shredd and Ragan, and ‘Buffalo’s Premiere Alternative Rock Radio’ station WEDG – ‘The Edge.’ Ted, Tom and their crew (Jim Jacka and Josh Potter) are top notch at covering the pulse of all things Buffalo and Western New York. We couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Allyson Martinek Dropped from WDVD, Detroit AM Show. Not too long after celebrating her 20th anniversary on air on the 96.3 frequency in Detroit, Allyson Martinek is let go from the Cumulus Media hot AC station. Local media reports surfaced earlier this week and now Martinek confirms via her Facebook page writing: “i just want to say how much i will truly miss talking to you every morning. it has been my pleasure and i thank you for all the support and friendship. i hope its not long before we talk again. BIG hugs and kisses from the bottom of my heart……..:)” Blaine Fowler continues as host of the show with crew members Matt Laurinec and Joe Santos remaining with the show. The Detroit News reports that the company intends to fill Martinek’s role with a talent yet-to-be-named.
WW1’s Bouvard: What If Brand Advertising Were Based on ‘Cost Per Awareness?’ In the current edition of his regular blog post, Westwood One chief marketing officer Pierre Bouvard uses recent data from an Ipsos study of the media campaign for the July 15 Amazon Prime Day Sales event to illustrate the effectiveness of radio versus TV and online in this campaign. Bouvard notes (as RadioInfo published last week) that Ipsos reports “radio advertising was the most effective at converting awareness into Prime Day purchases when compared to TV and online. Of those exposed to radio ads, 52% made a purchase versus TV (39%) and online (48%).” He goes on to say that, contrary to what one might expect, radio did a better job of targeting 18-34s than TV or online. But what Bouvard really gets at is how much was spent by Amazon on each medium and he posits that if brand advertising were sold on cost-per-awareness basis, radio would have come out on top in this case. Here’s why: Amazon spent $6 million on TV for a 34% ad recall (among 18-34s), resulting in a $177,000 cost-per-awareness point, while it spent $1.4 million on the radio campaign for a 14% ad recall that results in just $100,000 for each cost-per-awareness point. Read Bouvard’s entire piece here.
Super 8 Military Appreciation Tour. Members of the military and their families in Oak Grove, Kentucky were treated to a special performance by award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry last night (7/28) thanks to the Super 8 hotel chain and Premiere Networks. Pictured here are (from l-r): Cody Alan, host of “CMT After MidNite”; Kari Moore, director USO National and USO Campbell; Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry; Malissa Harris, USO Fort Campbell operations center supervisor; Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry; Pamela Holz, USO National and Fort Campbell Center operations and program manager; and Mike Mueller, Super 8 brand senior vice president.
AT&T Agrees to Activate FM Chips in Android Phones. Calling it a “big milestone for the radio industry,” NextRadio and TagStation announce that AT&T is saying it will begin including FM chip activation in their 2016 smartphone device specifications. Further NextRadio says this illustrates that “working together and supporting this initiative is paying off. The change is made by the OEMs (smartphone makers) and by having the support of carriers like Sprint and AT&T putting it in their specifications it increases the probability of getting the FM Chip turned on. We already have experienced handset makers activating it across all carriers, (for example, new models of HTC One and Moto phones) and AT&T’s request fuels the support and progress being made.” NextRadio says the next step is for AT&T to communicate its request to manufacturers to activate the existing FM chip in Android smartphones. NextRadio reports the activation timing is expected for all new Android smartphones releasing in 2016, with a chance of some phones being ready by year-end. It goes on to say it’s “imperative that we keep running the NextRadio and FreeRadioOnMyPhone.org radio spots. Research has indicated that our listeners want FM radio on their smartphones, and they will listen when it is activated. Please support the third flight; the radio spots can be found at www.nextradioapp.com/promote.”
Emmis Elevates Walsh, Hornaday, Rickenbach. Effective this Saturday (8/1), executive vice president/chief financial officer/chief operating officer Patrick Walsh will become president/COO of Emmis Communications; senior vice president of finance/treasurer Ryan Hornaday gets promoted to executive vice president/chief financial officer/treasurer; and Christopher Rickenbach bumps up to vice president of finance/assistant treasurer. Emmis founder/board chair/chief executive officer Jeff Smulyan comments, “We have an outstanding team of senior leaders [at this company]. These moves are a natural evolution in our leadership process, allowing Ryan to take on additional responsibility for leading our finance team thereby enabling Pat to build on his impressive track record operating our business. We are blessed to have a great team that makes such a difference in our performance and ability to innovate on behalf of Emmis and our industries.” Walsh remarks, “In my new role, I look forward to working with my colleagues at Emmis and throughout the radio industry to find innovative ways to deliver growth in the coming years. Ryan is one of the most talented finance executives I have encountered in my career – I am thrilled to see him take on the CFO role.” According to Hornaday, “I have been impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit that permeates all levels of this organization. I am excited about the opportunity to join the executive ranks at Emmis and help deliver long-term value for our shareholders and employees.” Walsh joined Emmis in 2006 as chief financial officer and serves on the company’s board of directors. In addition, he is on the board of directors of the National Association of Broadcasters; Radio Advertising Bureau; Indianapolis 500 Festival; and the Center for Leadership Development. Walsh previously was chief financial officer at iBiquity Digital; was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company; and he has worked at General Motors and Deloitte LLP. Hornaday has been with Emmis since 1999. Prior to that, he spent three years in the audit practice of Arthur Andersen LLP, Indianapolis. He is a board member of not-for-profit organization Choices and Hornaday is on the finance committee for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
John Records Landecker to Exit WLS-FM, Chicago. WLS-FM, Chicago evening personality and market legend John Records Landecker will retire from the station after his show on Friday. Cumulus Media says that Landecker, who’s been hosting the evening show at the classic hits station since 2006, will be replaced in the interim by Jeff Davis. According to Windy City media writer Robert Feder, Landecker told his audience on Monday evening that he is leaving to pursue new interests but that — for the first time in his career — he does not have another radio gig lined up. The 68-year-old radio personality says his first plan is to visit his daughter – actress Amy Landecker – and her family in Los Angeles before deciding what he wants to do next. Read Robert Feder’s piece here.
Brian Thomas to Program WLS-FM, Chicago. The official announcement comes from Cumulus Media as the company announces Brian Thomas will move from his New York-based gig to Chicago to take over the program director reigns at classic hits WLS-FM, Chicago. Thomas – who’s been responsible for programming country WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” – will continue to serve as corporate program director for the country format, and will now also oversee classic hits for the company. Thomas comments, “Every kid from Chicago who grew up listening to WLS-FM, as I did, dreams of working there. I’m proud that NASH-FM’s weekly audience hit an all-time high of almost 1.2 million and sales are pacing +20% in a down market…and I’m excited to continue to work with a handful of our country stations, too.” Thomas takes over for corporate PD Jan Jeffries who moves Washington, DC to lead programming at CHR WRQX.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The new midday personality at Curtis Media Group-owned country outlet WQDR, Raleigh is Sean “Cash” Varicalli. He takes over for J.J. Herr, who exited the radio business…..Alex Brandon is promoted to general manager for American General Media’s Durango, Colorado operations. AMG regional manager Bill Kruger says Brandon will continue to serve as sales manager for the station cluster…..WKTV-TV, Utica, New York reports that Hunter Scott has exited his position on the AM drive program, “The Show,” at Galaxy Communications-owned rock simulcast WKRL, Syracuse and WKLL, Utica – branded as “KRock.” The station did not explain the reason for Scott’s departure.
Michael Harrison and Jimmie JJ Walker Tackle the Hot Issues on New Installment of ‘Up Close and Far Out.’ In a freewheeling conversation about current events, RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison is joined by iconic comedic pundit Jimmie JJ Walker. The former star of the 1970s groundbreaking sitcom “Good Times” (anointed “Comedian of the Decade” by TIME magazine in the 70s) has gone on to “grind out” a five-decade career playing comedy clubs around the country and making guest appearances on radio and TV talk shows. He began his media journey prior to “Good Times” as a technician at the legendary WMCA, New York in the early days of Bob Grant and hosted his own radio talk show for several years back in the 90s – maintaining a close relationship with the radio industry throughout his career. In addition to being a comedic trailblazer, Walker has developed a reputation for his independent, intelligent social and political commentary and provides penetrating insight into current-day race relations in America… and that is what Harrison taps into in this podcast. The two discuss a wide variety of topics including Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, the “Obama Coalition,” Bill Cosby, social media, the fractured state of comedy, and ageism as it applies to the retirement of David Letterman and Jay Leno. To listen to the entire podcast click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right hand column of every page on RadioInfo.com.
Westwood One Adds Two to Network Sales Team. The company says that the addition of Angela Codella and Roman Gwin to its sales staff is part of its “ongoing effort to build the best network sales team in the business.” Codella has joined the New York office as director, national partnerships, and reports to Ron Russo, EVP, Northeast sales. Roman Gwin joins the LA office, also as director, national partnerships, and reports to Kim Bryant, EVP, West Coast sales. Codella comes to Westwood One from SiriusXM where she was an account director responsible for creating integrated marketing and promotional campaigns for clients on the talk, sports, and entertainment channels. Prior to that, she was a senior account executive for CBS RADIO New York’s WWFS and WXRK. Gwin most recently was national account director for iHeartMedia’s Total Traffic and Weather Networks. He served for many years as a sales manager and account executive at iHeartMedia’s KOST, KBIG, and KIIS. WW1 president Steve Shaw comments, “We are making very deliberate and strategic hires to enhance our sales force. Angela and Roman join us with impeccable skill sets in developing opportunities and solutions for advertisers. They will add more creative depth and expertise to our team.”
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‘Zakk’ Moves from ‘The Loop’ to KSAN for PM Drive and APD Post. Returning to Northern California (he worked at KSJO, San Jose in the early 2000s) is Dominic “Zakk” Zaccagnini. Cumulus Media announces Zakk moves from his on-air and music director position at classic rock WLUP-FM, Chicago to rock KSAN, San Francisco “107.7 The Bone” to serve as APD and afternoon drive host. Zakk comments, “Chicago was my home and my heart will always be with ‘The Loop,’ but this move is the perfect fit for me professionally and personally. I’ll always be a fan of [Cumulus SF OM/program director] Jim Richards’ leadership skills and creative originality. It’s an honor to join the KSAN team along with the support of the talented minds across the entire Cumulus organization. I’m grateful to Wade Linder and Troy Hanson for their roles in this amazing opportunity.”
Westwood One Announces Zac Brown-Hosted Labor Day Special. The name of the Labor Day special is “Workin’ Hard Country” and will feature GRAMMY, ACM, and CMA award-winning artist Zac Brown, who becomes the latest music superstar to front one of Westwood One’s holiday music specials. WW1 says Brown will gather some of his A-list country friends to salute America’s workers on the four-hour program. Besides songs from his band, Brown will also play working songs including “Day Drinking” by Little Big Town, Florida Georgia Line’s “Round Here,” “The Only Way I Know” by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church; “Shiftwork” by Kenny Chesney and George Strait, Keith Urban’s “Where the Blacktop Ends” and Brooks & Dunn’s “Hard Workin’ Man,” plus more. The special will include visits from Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church and others to join him and share stories about their pre-fame jobs and their current jobs as artists, musicians, and performers.
Kabrich: AQH Rating Point Increase Stat Doesn’t Support Voltair’s PPM Effectiveness. In another blog post from broadcast consultant Randy Kabrich addressing the controversial Voltair audio processor from Telos Alliance and Nielsen Audio’s PPM ratings methodology, he compares the Total AQH Rating of all stations in the 48 PPM-rated markets (Persons 25-54 Monday–Sunday) from both the June 2014 (prior to Voltair) and June 2015 (with an estimated 62.6% of competitive stations in those markets using Voltair units) surveys. The result is the figure rose by just 0.9 ratings points – 402.2 Total AQH Rating in ’15 versus 401.3 in ’14. Kabrich goes on to report that “a total of only 390 stations nationwide out of 1407 stations in PPM markets — Persons 25-54 Monday–Sunday — had ANY INCREASE in AQH June 2014-2015 with 600-plus Voltairs sold – and a large number of the increases were caused by facts that can easily be explained and not attributed to Voltair.” Further, he says even if all 390 stations that saw increases had Voltair units, the breakdown indicates that almost 40% of those stations saw an increase of just 0.2 AQH rating points. Read Kabrich’s entire blog here.
WNNX, Atlanta Names Winners in Lesbian Wedding Contest. Atlanta rock outlet WNNX wrapped a weeks-long promotion on Friday (7/24), awarding couple Jennifer and Robyn the grand prize in its lesbian wedding contest. The WNNX morning show is pictured here in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood with Jennifer and Robyn. The station says, “After weeks of drama, online voting, twists, angry contestants, angry family members, tons of sponsors and some really interesting radio, Jennifer and Robyn won and were married at The Rock-n-Taco. The ceremony was performed live on the air, and was streamed on the station’s website as the show interviewed family members and friends throughout the morning. The winning couple was given wedding rings, a honeymoon on the Monsters of Rock cruise, free wedding photography and video, teeth whitening and a wedding that they’ll never forget.”
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