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Round Two of Nielsen’s August 2015 PPM Data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s August 2015 PPM survey has been released for the second group of 12 markets including Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. This survey period covered July 16 – August 12. You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations in these markets here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways” from ten of these PPM-markets below.
1) Washington, DC – The top three finishers in the July sweep take hits in August. Starting at the top – after three successive gains (7.9 – 8.1 – 8.5 – 8.7, 6+) – WTOP regresses by seven-tenths to 8.0. Nonetheless, the Hubbard all-news operation remains at #1 for the eighth straight time – or – each month so far in this calendar year. On the heels of July’s +.9, American University-owned WAMU dips by one-half share (7.3 – 8.2 – 7.7, 6+). Even so, the public station finishes in the runner-up slot for the ninth successive ratings period. Experiencing the market’s steepest decline though is iHeartMedia CHR WIHT “Hot 99.5,” which spirals by nine-tenths (6.8 – 5.9, 6+). Unlike WTOP and WAMU, however, “Hot” does not retain its July ranker; instead, it drops from third to fifth. On the strength of its third consecutive improvement (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 6.4, 6+), Howard University urban AC WHUR progresses from fourth to third, where it is tied with iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH (5.7 – 6.0 – 6.4, +.4), climbing from July’s fifth-place showing. WMAL posted a one-tenth gain in July to halt a mini-slide (4.8 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.4, 6+). Now, the Cumulus Media talker follows up by tacking on another six-tenths to 4.0 and re-enters the top ten (#11 to #9).
2) Detroit – Powered by an increase of eight-tenths (5.1 – 5.9, 6+), Greater Media rocker WRIF jumps from seventh to fourth. It is the strongest 6+-performance for WRIF in exactly six years – August 2009 – when it (also) reached 5.9. Down in four of the last five sweeps (5.0 – 4.3 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.7, 6+), Cumulus Media talker WJR chalks up a +.7 to 4.4, catapulting from #14 to #9. Seven-tenths though proves to be unlucky for iHeartMedia urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3,” which declines by that margin (5.8 – 5.1, fifth to seventh). Down or flat for the sixth successive time (8.0 – 6.7 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.5, 6+), WWJ drops from third to fifth. The CBS Radio all-news operation has lost 2.5-shares in that stretch; 5.5 is its lowest (6+) share since “Holiday” 2014’s 5.0. Cluster-mate WYCD “Detroit’s Country” (4.8, sixth to eighth, 6+) is also off by one-half share from July, as is Cumulus Media hot AC WDVD “Today’s Best Hits” (4.2, #12, 6+). “Detroit’s Country” had been up or flat the previous five sweeps for a combined +1.8 (3.5 – 3.5 – 4.1 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 5.3, 6+). Likewise, prior to August’s -.5, “Today’s Best Hits” had logged three consecutive positive trends (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+); 4.7 in July was the highest 6+-share for WDVD in more than two years (4.8 in April 2013). Meanwhile, co-owned country WDRQ “Nash-FM” enjoys its fourth straight improvement (1.6 – 1.7 – 2.0 – 2.6 – 3.0, 6+). It inches up from #17 to #15, tied with urban contemporary WGPR, which gains one-half share to curtail three straight declines (3.5 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+). Also picking up one-half share are iHeartMedia adult contemporary WNIC (eighth to sixth, 6+) and CBS Radio sports outlet/Detroit Tigers flagship WXYT-FM “The Ticket.” It is the third successive gain for WNIC (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.3, 6+), while “The Ticket” – locked on 7.1 in June and July – repeats at #1 (7.6, 6+). In light of classic hits-oldies WOMC “Detroit’s Greatest Hits” steady at #2 (7.3 – 7.0, -.3), this marks the eighth straight survey period that CBS Radio properties occupy (at least) the top two finishers.
3) Miami – It is a #1 and #2 finish, respectively, for adult contemporary outlets WLYF “Lite-FM” and WFEZ “Easy 93.1.” Albeit flat at 7.5 (6+), Lincoln Financial Media to Entercom‘s “Lite-FM” notches its fourth consecutive month at #1, while Cox Media Group‘s “Easy 93.1″ outdoes its impressive +.8 in July with a +.9 to march from third to second. This is the fourth successive up or flat move for “Lite-FM” (6.8 – 7.1 – 7.3 – 7.5 – 7.5, 6+); “Easy” improves for the third consecutive time (4.3 – 4.9 – 5.7 – 6.6, 6+) for a combined +2.3. Following a one-half share increase in July enabling it to jump from #13 to #7, iHeartMedia classic rocker WBGG “Big 105.9″ surrenders all of it – plus one-tenth (4.4 – 3.8, -.6, 6+), dropping to #11. Modest back-to-back gains in June and July by sports WAXY-FM “The Ticket” are followed in August by a one-half share decline (1.5 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 1.7, 6+), as the station falls out of the top 20 (#19 to #21). Just over one week after the August sweep concluded (8/21), WAXY-FM flipped to alternative WSFS “The Shark,” with the sports format of “The Ticket” continuing on WAXY-AM (790). In the 2.4 – 2.9 range (6+) the past eight sweeps, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WMIB “The Beat” improves by one-half share to 3.3, inching up from #18 to #16. Both of the market’s mainstream CHR outlets gain one-tenth from July, thus ending their respective streaks. Specifically, iHeartMedia’s WHYI “Y-100″ (3.9, #13 to #9, 6+) halts four successive downward trends (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.8, 6+) and Cox Media Group-owned WFLC “Hits 97-3″ (3.8, #14 to #11, 6+) puts the brakes to three straight negative sweeps (5.0 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 3.7, 6+).
4) Seattle – Despite remaining flat at 6.1, CBS Radio classic rocker KZOK manages to break the first-place tie it had in July with Hubbard CHR KQMV, as “MOViN 92.5 – All The Hits” drops three-tenths to 5.8, slipping to second. Solo – or with KZOK in July – “MOViN 92.5″ had been in the lead for seven straight months. In addition to progressing from fourth in June to July’s first-place tie, KZOK reached the six-share level (6+) for the first time in approximately two years (6.0 in August 2013). Having declined by six-tenths in July to freefall from #9 to #14 (3.9 – 3.3, 6+), Bonneville‘s KIRO-AM “710 ESPN” recoups all of it (plus one-tenth) to return to #9 (4.0). The 2.5-share lead Entercom‘s KKWF “100.7 The Wolf” had in July over country rival – CBS Radio‘s KMPS – is reduced to 1.5, as “The Wolf” drops seven-tenths (5.8 – 5.1, third to seventh, 6+), while KMPS picks up three-tenths (3.3 – 3.6, #14 to #12, 6+). Following a full-share increase in June and a gain of six-tenths in July, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet” (fifth to a third-place tie) adds another two-tenths (3.9 – 4.9 – 5.5 – 5.7, 6+). Not only is this the fifth straight downward or flat trend for Crista Ministries’ KCMS-FM (4.7 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+) for a cumulative -1.7, the contemporary Christian outlet freefalls from a three-way tie at #11 to #17. University of Washington-owned KUOW regresses by one-half share (4.2 – 3.7, 6+), backsliding from eighth to tenth, where it is tied with iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC KHTP “Hot 103.7,” which registers its third straight modest increase (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+).
5) Phoenix – Fresh from its +.6 in July, KTAR-FM dials up a +.8 (2.6 – 3.2 – 4.0, 6+), pushing the Bonneville talker from #11 to #8. It is tied there with CBS Radio‘s KMLE “Country 107.9,” up one-half share from July (3.5 – 4.0, 6+) to leapfrog format rival iHeartMedia-owned KNIX (3.7 – 3.4, #8 to #11) for the first time since March. Off by one-half share in July, KNIX hot AC sibling KMXP “Mix 96.9″ rebounds with a +.6 (4.9 – 4.4 – 5.0, 6+) to advance from seventh to fifth. Also gaining six-tenths (to 2.1) is The Yucaipa Companies‘ adult contemporary KOAI “The Oasis,” which cracks the top 20 (#20); “The Oasis” was stuck on 1.5 (6+) in May, June, and July. After back-to-back gains of one-half share (May) and six-tenths (June), Bonneville’s KMVP-FM “Arizona Sports 98.7″ relinquished June’s +.6 in July, but now continues the rollercoaster ride with a +.5 (2.5 – 3.1 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+) to climb from #16 to #13. Declining by eight-tenths in May, contemporary Christian KFLR “Family Life Radio” recouped one-half share in June; tacked on one full-share in July; but falters by a substantial -1.4 in August (2.3 – 1.5 – 2.0 – 3.0 – 1.6, 6+) to spiral from #13 to a three-way tie at #24. After a one-half share spike in July to 2.4 (its best 6+-stat since last October’s 2.9), Entravision Spanish adult hits KVVA “Jose” regresses by six-tenths (1.9 – 2.4 – 1.8, 6+) and drops from a three-way tie at #17 to #22. Prior to July’s 2.4, “Jose” had been in the 1.5 – 1.9 range the previous nine sweeps. Up or flat January through July, iHeartMedia adult hits KYOT trended 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 4.6 – 4.7 (6+) for a combined +1.9, but “The Mountain” (sixth to seventh) is off by three-tenths to 4.4. Notwithstanding that adult contemporary cluster-mate KESZ is down by one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.7, 6+), it remains at #1 for the tenth straight time.
6) Minneapolis – A three-way tie at #1 in June was reduced to a two-way tie in July, but the battle in August is now for second-place. KQQL “KOOL 108 Minnesota’s Greatest Hits” made sure of that by racking up a +.9 to 9.3 (6+) and the iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies facility is now in sole possession of the penthouse. Hot AC experiences a tough month, with Hubbard‘s KSTP-FM “KS-95″ off by one full-share (8.4 – 7.4, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KTCZ “Cities 97″ dropping seven-tenths (6.0 – 5.3, 6+); “KS-95″ falls from a first-place tie to fourth and “Cities” slips from sixth to seventh. Steady at #5, CBS Radio‘s KMNB “Buz’N Country@102.9″ rings up a positive trend for the third straight sweep, (4.7 – 5.3 – 6.3 – 6.5, 6+). This happens after four successive negative trends (5.6 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.7, 6+). Beginning in March, KEEY “K-102 Today’s Country” logged three straight 6.9 shares (6+), followed by back-to-back 6.8-showings. The iHeartMedia property dials up a +.7 to 7.5 as it climbs from fourth to third. Meanwhile, co-owned CHR KDWB erodes by four-tenths, thus it is off for the seventh consecutive time for a combined -2.5 (10.1 – 9.9 – 9.7 – 9.0 – 8.7 – 8.5 – 8.0 – 7.6, 6+). Despite the decline, “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” actually manages to improve from third to second; two-tenths separate KDWB (7.6, #2); KEEY (7.5, #3); and KSTP-FM (7.4, #4). Off in each of the last six ratings periods (5.0 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.3 – 4.0 – 3.4 – 3.2, 6+), public KNOW improves by three-tenths to 3.5, inching up from #13 to #12. The fourth straight downward move by KZJK “Jack-FM” (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.4, 6+) drops the CBS Radio adult hits facility out of the top ten (#10 to #11).
7) San Diego – After back-to-back dips of four-tenths (3.5 – 3.1 – 2.7, 6+), Univision regional Mexican KLNV “La Nueva 106.5″ explodes by +1.1 to 3.8, zooming from #16 to #11. Improving by six-tenths each are its Spanish adult hits sibling KLQV “Mas Variedad” (3.6 – 4.2, 6+) and iHeartMedia CHR KHTS “Channel 93-3″ (4.9 – 5.5, 6+); “Mas Variedad” vaults from tenth to seventh. Not only does “Channel 93-3″ leap from fourth to first, the uptick halts a string of seven straight monthlies without a gain which produced a combined -1.4 (6.3 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.7 – 5.7- 5.1 – 4.9, 6+). Dislodged from the top spot is hot AC cluster-mate KMYI “Star 94.1,” which suffers a mighty -1.7 (6.1 – 4.4, 6+) as it tumbles all the way to sixth. The market’s two other hot ACs don’t reap the benefit though, as CBS Radio’s KYXY falters by one-half share (fifth to ninth, 6+) and Midwest Television‘s KFMB-FM “Jack-FM” drops three-tenths to 2.3 (#18 – #20, 6+). “Jack” was locked on 2.7 (6+) in March, April, and May – then on 2.6 in June and July, while KYXY was up the past three sweeps (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.5, 6+). Up slightly in June and July (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.8, 6+), Lincoln Financial Media-to-Entercom adult contemporary KIFM “Easy 98.1″ surrenders by -1.1 to 4.7, skidding from second to fourth.
8) Denver – This is the third straight ratings period that Entercom classic rocker KQMT “The Mountain” occupies the top spot (6.4 – 6.5, +.1, 6+). Frozen on 2.0 (6+) in June and July, KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” improves by six-tenths to 2.6, breaking into the top 20 (#18). After three successive downward showings for a cumulative -1.0 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.5, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned KBPI “Rocks The Rockies” gains one-half share to 3.0, advancing from #18 to #17. Rhythmic CHR sibling KPTT “95.7 – The Party” notches a four-tenths uptick (3.9 – 4.3, #11 to #8), as does its format rival – Entercom’s KQKS “KS-107.5″ (3.8 – 4.2, #12 to #9). KQKS adult contemporary cluster-mate KOSI, however, sputters by one-full share (4.9 – 3.9, 6+) and departs the top ten (#6 to #11). Yoyo numbers for iHeartMedia classic rocker KRFX subside – at least for the time being – in August. After a lofty +1.3 in February, “The Fox” relinquished eight-tenths in March; regained one-half share in April; was down six-tenths in May; rebounded with a +.6 in June; coughed up that six-tenths in July; but it is flat in August (4.6 – 5.2 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+). “The Fox” manages to climb from seventh to sixth.
9) Baltimore – In addition to dialing up a +.7 to 8.1, Radio One urban contemporary WERQ “92-Q” occupies the #2 slot for the seventh successive ratings period. Owing to a -.1 in July, its string of up or flat trends ended at five (5.4 – 6.5 – 7.0 – 7.2 – 7.2 – 7.5 – 7.4, 6+). The 8.1 for “92-Q” represents its loftiest 6+-share in nearly two years (8.4, September 2013). Co-owned urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9″ improves by a whopping +1.1 (5.2 – 6.3, 6+) to progress from a fifth-place tie to fourth. Down slightly in back-to-back sweeps (6.6 – 6.3 – 6.1, 6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9″ comes roaring back with a +.8 to 6.9 and is steady at #3. As Hearst Television talker WBAL improves by six-tenths (2.4 – 3.0, 6+), cross-town rival WBCM adds one-half share (2.2 – 2.7, 6+); they remain at #12 and #13, respectively. Up one-tenth (8.6 – 8.7, 6+) – and on top for the eighth successive sweep – is iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station.” Sputtering by nine-tenths in July, its adult hits cluster-mate WQSR “Jack-FM” declines by another half-share (4.2 – 4.8 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+), but is steady at #11. After June’s +1.1, WZBA added another nine-tenths in July, but the Shamrock classic rocker forfeits by -1.1 (4.1 – 5.2 – 6.1 – 5.0, 6+), dipping from a tie at #3 to #5. Before the June sweep, “The Bay” had been in the 4.0 – 4.9 range the previous 15 sweeps. CBS Radio‘s WJZ-FM “The Fan” registers a downward trend for the fourth straight sweep (6.2 – 6.0- 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.5, 6+), as it slides from fifth to seventh.
10) St. Louis – At this time last month, country rivals WIL-FM “Get Your Country On” and KSD-FM “The Bull” scored matching gains of six-tenths each (6+). While iHeartMedia‘s WIL-FM improves by seven-tenths in August (5.1 – 5.8, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KSD-FM regresses by that amount (5.6 – 4.9, 6+). As a result, they exchange places, with WIL-FM progressing from eighth to fifth and “The Bull” dropping from fifth to eighth. Three straight increases by Hubbard adult hits WARH result in a combined +2.5 (3.8 – 4.3 – 5.7 – 6.3, 6+). “The Arch” zoomed from #11 to #4 in July and now inches to #3; it had not crossed the five-share threshold since last August (2014), when it hit 5.0 (6+). On the heels of July’s one-half share increase, Emmis-owned KPNT tacks on another six-tenths (4.1 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+) as “The Point – Everything Alternative” cracks the top ten (#11 to #7). Steady at 3.8 in June and July (6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary KEZK improves by one-half share to 4.3; it remains at #13. Co-owned talker/St. Louis Cardinals flagship KMOX (#2 for the third successive sweep) is a combined -1.8 in its three straight downward trends (9.2 – 8.8 – 7.9 – 7.4, 6+). The wild ride continues for iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet KLOU, which was +2.2 in June; -1.6 in July; and is now -.7 in August. After the dust settles, it is a combined -.1 (9.0 – 11.2 – 9.6 – 8.9, 6+) but KLOU finishes first for the third straight ratings period. A decline of one-half share marks the third consecutive decline for University of Missouri-owned KWMU (3.5 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.6, 6+), which moves from #15 to #16.
Lauren Crocker Moves to Mornings at Hot AC WDVD, Detroit. The Motor City air personality slides over from Cumulus’ country WDRQ “NASH FM 93.1” where she was midday host to a cast member position on WDVD’s “Blaine Fowler Morning Show,” effective today (9/2). WDVD program director Lori Bennett says, “All those who have worked with Lauren Crocker at WDRQ know that she is an outstanding talent with a dynamic personality, an infectious sense of humor and boundless energy. I can’t tell you how psyched we all are at WDVD to put the final touches on the rebranding of this powerful, heritage team. Get ready to be unstoppable in 4th quarter!” Previous stops in Crocker’s career include New York City as producer of Cubby Bryant’s show on WKTU-FM, on-air at B98.5 in New Jersey, AM drive at WFAS, Westchester, and music director/PM drive host at “Fun 107” in New Jersey.
Round One of Nielsen’s August 2015 PPM Data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s August 2015 PPM survey has been released for the first group of 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen’s August survey period covered July 16 – August 12. You can see all the 6+ ratings data from subscribing stations here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from these 12-PPM markets below.
1) New York – With a cumulative increase of one full-share, iHeartMedia talker WOR is up or flat for an impressive eighth straight time (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+); the New York Mets flagship rises from #19 to #17. Owing to a +.2 (to 7.1), co-owned adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” pulls the plug on three successive downtrends (7.9 – 7.6 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+) and is the market’s pacesetter for the tenth straight ratings period. This is also the tenth successive sweep that CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM is in the runner-up slot and its fourth straight up-trend (6.3 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 6.7 – 6.8, 6+). For further perspective of how these two stations have dominated the largest market, consider this: Prior to the current ten-sweep WLTW/WCBS-FM one-two configuration, it was five straight ratings periods of WCBS-FM at #1 and WLTW at #2. Before that, five sweeps of WLTW and WCBS-FM at first and second, respectively. In other words, dating back to February 2014, these two outlets have had a stranglehold on the top two spots (WCBS-FM and WBLS were tied for second in February 2014). Following three consecutive down or flat sweeps (3.0 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4, 6+), WCBS-FM’s hot AC sibling WWFS “Fresh Music – Better Variety” exploded in July with a +1.1 to 3.5, its highest 6+-share since April 2014 (also 3.5). “Fresh” is flat in August in both share (3.5) and rank (#10). While it finishes at #3 for the fourth consecutive time, Emmis urban AC WBLS declines by six-tenths to 5.8; in July, it registered its most potent 6+-stat (6.4) since December 2013 – when it reached 6.8. After three straight down or flat sweeps (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9″ improves by three-tenths to 5.5, bumping up from fifth to fourth.
2) Los Angeles – Albeit down two-tenths (5.2 – 5.0, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KBIG “My-FM” jumps from second to first, displacing co-owned adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5″ (5.5 – 4.8, -.7), which slides from the top spot to fourth. The last time “Coast” reached #1 (6+) was in February. Sandwiched between “My-FM” and “Coast” – in a very compressed top four – are their mainstream CHR sibling KIIS “Kiss-FM” (flat at 4.9) and CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101″ (5.0 – 4.9, -.1). Those two outlets are tied for second-place, with “K-Earth” bumping up from third in July and “Kiss” advancing from fourth. After back-to-back downward moves, KRTH smooth AC sibling KTWV “The Wave” picks up four-tenths to 4.1 (6+) to progress from sixth to fifth. This marks the sixth successive sweep that co-owned alternative KROQ (#16 in July) is down or flat (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+). Adding two-tenths (2.4 – 2.6), format rival – iHeartMedia’s KYSR (improving from #19 in July) – catches KROQ at #15. This is the seventh straight sweep that iHeartMedia talker KFI (eighth to ninth) has registered either a 3.5 or 3.4 (3.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.5, 6+). Adding two-tenths, sports sibling (and Los Angeles Dodgers flagship) KLAC breaks the one-share barrier (.9 – 1.1, #28). Despite being frozen on 2.7 (6+) for the third successive ratings period, CBS Radio all-news KNX inches up from #15 to #14.
3) Chicago – Occupying the runner-up slot in June and July, Hubbard hot AC WTMX “101.9 The Mix” punches up a +.6 (5.0 – 5.6, 6+) as it progresses to #1. For the past five months, iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ had been the market leader, but “V-103″ – down for the fourth straight sweep (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 5.8 – 5.3, 6+) – trades places with “Mix.” Consistently a top-five player, “Mix” last reached #1 in May 2012, when it tied WVAZ – each had 5.0 (6+). In addition to “V-103,” CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WJMK “K-Hits 104.3″ also declines by one-half share and tumbles from fourth to seventh. Country sibling WUSN “US-99.5″ (#15 to #12) improves by two-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+), while format foe, iHeartMedia‘s WEBG “Big 95.5 – Chicago’s Hit Country” (#17 to #18) registers a 2.4 for the third time in the last four monthlies. Low power adult contemporary WRME “Me TV Me Music” (at 87.7) is up or flat for the sixth successive time (.1 – .6 – .7 – .9 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+) and climbs from #24 to #23.
4) San Francisco – As a result of July’s jolting -1.8, KNBR “The Sports Leader” tumbled from first to fourth. The Cumulus Media outlet/San Francisco Giants flagship, however, regains nearly half of it (4.4 – 5.2, +.8) and inches back up to third. Meanwhile, rhythmic hot AC KRBQ remains a juggernaut: “Q-102.1 – The Throwback Station” is up or flat for the ninth straight monthly (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.8, 6+). Over that stretch, Entercom-owned “Q102.1″ (#10 in July) has more than tripled its 6+-share and is now in a three-way tie at #7 with two CHRs – CBS Radio‘s KMVQ “99.7 Now – All The Hits” (-.2, #6 in July) and iHeartMedia‘s KYLD “Wild 94.9″ (+.2, #9 in July). Following (modest) back-to-back gains of one-tenth, public KQED adds one-half share (4.1 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.8, 6+), climbing from fifth to fourth. This is the second straight ratings period that KDFC sputters by one-half share (2.7 – 2.2 – 1.7, 6+), with the University of Southern California-owned classical outlet spiraling out of the top 20 (#15 to #21). Even though it is down or flat for the fourth straight month (6.3 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8, 6+), all-news KCBS-AM repeats at #1. It is, however, just one-tenth ahead of Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday” (+.2), which exploded by +1.2 in July (4.3 – 5.5 – 5.7, 6+).
5) Houston – On the heels of a +.6 in July, iHeartMedia alternative KTBZ “94.5 The Buzz” packs on an additional full-share (4.2 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+) to advance from sixth to fourth. Moreover, 5.8 is the strongest 6+-performance for “The Buzz” since January 2011, when it reached 5.8 as well. Co-owned urban contemporary KQBT “93.7 – The Beat” gains one-half share and enters the top ten (#13 to #9). In the process, “The Beat” applies the brakes to what was a mini-slide (3.8 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+). After eight straight showings in the 4.2 – 4.7 range (6+), Radio One rhythmic CHR KBXX “97.9 – The Box” (eighth to seventh) erupts with a +.8 to 5.3, matching what it posted this past December. For the eleventh successive ratings sweep, KODA occupies the penthouse; however, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet is off by eight-tenths (7.8 – 7.0, 6+). The market’s (6+) country share declines by one full-share, with Cox Media Group‘s KKBQ “93-Q” down six-tenths (6.4 – 5.8, second to fourth) and CBS Radio‘s KILT-FM “The Bull” dropping by four-tenths (4.1 – 3.7, #9 to #12).
6) Philadelphia – Over the course of the past four surveys, Jerry Lee Radio-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” has finished first in April and June, while CBS Radio‘s WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” was #1 in May and July. The two are now tied for the lead, as WBEB gains seven-tenths (6.3 – 7.0, 6+) and WOGL adds three-tenths (6.7 – 7.0). WBEB was -.9 in July and WOGL was -.2. Before WOGL displaced WBEB at #1 in May, “More FM” was #1 the previous eight sweeps. Mirroring WBEB, public WHYY gains seven-tenths in August to 3.5, which is half the 6+ share of WBEB. The increase curtails four straight down or flat monthlies for WHYY (3.4 – 3.2 -3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8, 6+); 3.5 is its most potent performance since December (3.6, 6+). Conversely, Greater Media‘s WMMR “93.3 Rocks” (5.2, third to fifth) and iHeartMedia CHR WIOQ “Q-102″ (4.4, seventh to eighth) falter by seven-tenths. The -.7 for WMMR halts five consecutive progressive trends which resulted in a combined +1.2 (4.7 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 5.5 – 5.9, 6+). Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WPHI “Boom 107.9″ (#18 to #19) is down or flat for the eighth straight monthly (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+) for a combined -2.1; the 6+-share of “Boom” has eroded by 54% since the “Holiday” 2014 report.
7) Atlanta – Following four successive up or flat monthlies (5.4 – 5.4 – 6.4 – 6.6 – 7.1, 6+), WALR “Kiss 104″ dropped three-tenths in July, but the Cox Media Group urban AC returns to second (from third) with a one-share gain to 7.8 – its best-ever 6+share showing under PPM methodology. Further underscoring that urban AC is Atlanta’s August headline is the fact that – on the strength of a +1.2 to 4.9 (6+) – cross-town Radio One‘s WMMJ “Majic – Atlanta’s Best Mix of R&B” rockets from #13 to #5. “Majic” had been locked on 3.7 in June and July; 4.9 represents its best 6+-share since December’s 5.1. In contrast to urban AC’s month-to-month gain of +2.2 (6+) from “Kiss” and “Majic,” country erodes by -2.3. Specifically, iHeartMedia‘s WUBL “The Bull” falters by -1.2 to 4.1 (dropping from fourth to tenth) and Cumulus Media‘s WKHX “Kicks” sputters by -1.1 to 3.6 (#8 to #12). “Kicks” had been in the 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) until busting out to 4.7 in July. The -1.1 ends its streak of five straight up-trends which produced a cumulative +1.6 (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 4.7, 6+). “The Bull” had been up or flat the past four sweeps (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.3, 6+). After back-to-back losses of -.6 (June) and -1.0 (July), Salem contemporary Christian WFSH “The Fish” bounces back with a one-half share gain (6.5 – 5.9 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+) to advance from seventh to fourth. Dipping from fifth to seventh, Cox Media Group adult contemporary sibling WSB-FM “B-98.5″ regresses for the fifth consecutive sweep (6.5 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 4.8, 6+) for a combined -1.7. Classic hits-oldies sibling WSRV “The River” recedes by seven-tenths, slipping from sixth to ninth. This is the 26th straight survey period that Entercom hot AC WSTR “Star 94″ (#12 to #13) has been in the 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+). Off by four-tenths to 3.5 (6+), “Star” had been up or flat the past four monthlies (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+). In a similar vein, Cumulus Media all-news WYAY is in 1.2 – 1.9 territory for the 16th successive time (1.3 – 1.9, +.6, 6+). Gaining two-tenths to 9.1, CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103″ is the market pacesetter for the seventh consecutive sweep.
8) Long Island – It is a much different Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island) leader board in August compared to July. This time last month, two CHRs were tied for the lead (6+), but Cox Media Group‘s WBLI surrenders the eight-tenths it gained in July (4.8 – 5.6 – 4.8, 6+) and falls to fourth, while iHeartMedia New York City’s similarly formatted mainstream CHR WHTZ “Z-100″ drops six-tenths (5.6 – 5.0) and slides to third. “Z-100″ had been first in Long Island the past three survey periods. A third CHR – CBS Radio New York City’s WBMP “Amp” – completes the format’s dubious trifecta with a -.7 (2.8 – 2.1), falling from #15 to #20. There is still a battle at the top, but this time, Connoisseur Media hot AC WALK-FM (5.2 – 6.3, +1.1, 6+) is in the driver’s seat (up from #3 in July). Just one-tenth behind – and with a whopping +1.7 – is CBS Radio New York City classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, which records its fifth straight up monthly (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 6.2, 6+). Not only does iHeartMedia New York City talker WOR extend its streak of up or flat sweeps in Long Island to eight, it does so with a +.7 (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 3.2, 6+); the New York Mets flagship zooms from #17 to #12. In July, the stream of Fordham University triple A WFUV popped on with a 1.1 for a three-way tie at #26, but it disappears in August as a no-show. After three successive up-trends (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+), Emmis New York City urban AC WBLS regresses by one full-share to 4.1 (fourth to sixth), while Cumulus Media New York City hot AC WPLJ sputters by eight-tenths (#17 to #22). Including three straight 2.1 showings, WPLJ had put together five consecutive up or flat trends (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1- 2.5, 6+), before dropping to 1.7 in August.
9) Riverside – For the 21st successive ratings sweep, CBS Radio country outlet KFRG is in the three-share range. Although steady at #6, “K-Frog” picks up one-half share to 3.9. Declining by one-half share each are Univision Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love” (4.7 – 4.2, third to fourth) and All-Pro Broadcasting adult contemporary KATY “101.3 – The Mix” (1.5 – 1.0, #10 to #14). KLVE dropped seven-tenths in June – only to gain all of it back in July. “The Mix” has been consistently in one-share territory the past 19 surveys. Although off by seven-tenths (9.2 – 8.5, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” finishes first for the fourteenth successive time. Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-hits KOLA ranks second for the third straight ratings period and is up or flat in all three of those cases (4.3 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 6.4, 6+). After three straight downward trends (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+), Good News Radio contemporary Christian KSGN “Family Friendly” improves by three-tenths to 1.7 to progress from #11 to #9. Owing to a -.2 to 1.0, regional Mexican KAEH snaps its string of 1.2 showings at three, as it drops from #12 to #14.
10) Middlesex – One streak continues for CBS Radio New York classic hits-oldies outlet WCBS-FM and another ends. It remains first for the third straight month, but owing to a -.4 (to 6.1), its string of up-trends ends at three (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.4 – 6.5, 6+). Locked on 4.5 (6+) in June and July, co-owned sports sibling WFAN notches a two-tenths gain to 4.7, climbing from eighth to sixth. Following four consecutive downward sweeps for a combined -2.2 (7.0 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia New York adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” dials up a +1.2 to 6.0 to sail from #6 to a tie at #2. At the same time, however, Greater Media‘s similarly-formatted WMGQ “Magic 98.3″ sputters by nearly the same margin (4.7 – 3.6, -1.1) to drop from seventh to tenth. After picking up one-half share in July, “Lite-FM” cluster-mate talker WOR improves by seven-tenths (1.9 – 2.4 – 3.1, 6+) to progress from #18 to #15. Still in that iHeartMedia cluster, classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3″ regresses by six-tenths (4.9 – 4.3, 6+) as it tumbles from a three-way logjam at #3 to #7. Having registered a 1.8 (6+) in three of the last four ratings periods, Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT-FM declines by one-half share (1.8 – 1.3) and falls out of the top 20 (#20 to #22).
Z100’s Elvis Duran, LA’s Big Boy, and Bob & Tom Lead 2015 Class of Inductees into the National Radio Hall of Fame. The votes have all been tallied and the 2015 class of inductees for the National Radio Hall of Fame include: legendary KGO, San Francisco talk host Ronn Owens; national syndicated talk star Dave Ramsey; Atlanta-based talk personality Clark Howard; Los Angeles urban radio star Big Boy, a.k.a. Kurt Alexander; Indianapolis-based, syndicated morning drive team Bob & Tom; and ‘Z100’ New York-based CHR morning show personality Elvis Duran. Also this year, the National Radio Hall of Fame steering committee voted to induct former CBS RADIO president Dan Mason and late WNEW-FM and WABC-AM New York legend Scott Muni. National Radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig Kitchin comments, “This highly esteemed 2015 class of inductees represents the hard work, drive and unique talent that makes radio great. On behalf of the National Radio Hall of Fame, I want to thank all those who took the time to thoughtfully cast their votes.” The induction ceremony takes place on November 5 at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago.
Kelley Latest Jock Ousted from KRTH, Los Angeles. In a move that will undoubtedly upset her legion of loyal “Night Owls,”13-year KRTH “K-Earth 101″ evening host Christina Kelley exits the CBS Radio Los Angeles classic hits-oldies facility. “It was 13 years of fun,” she tells RadioInfo. “I once heard Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll say that he walks around every day with the attitude that something great is just about to happen. That is my attitude [now]. As I continue to work as a voice actor and sometimes as a TV host, I’m excited about what’s next for me in radio.” Kelley previously worked at Los Angeles’ KCMG “Mega 92.3″ (now urban contemporary KRRL), as well as in Washington, DC (WPGC-FM), and New Orleans (WQUE and WNOE). As we’ve noted earlier, afternoon driver “Shotgun” Tom Kelly and weekender Charlie Tuna have also left the station’s lineup, although Kelly will be an off-air station “ambassador.”
Legendary Talk Radio Executive George Green Discusses Life after KABC and New Book in Inspirational Chat with Michael Harrison. He was one of the kings of Los Angeles media, having served as president and general manager of KABC for 17 consecutive years during the station’s heyday as one of the brightest pioneering lights of talk radio. He had been there for 21 years prior to that, working his way up from sales rep to GSM to the top spot – a total of 38 years with the heritage outlet! Then, it suddenly came crashing down in 1996, when he was informed by the then-new owners of the station, The Walt Disney Company, that he was being replaced in three days by another station head. On the new installment of the international hit podcast “Up Close and Far Out” posted today (9/1), George Green discusses with Michael Harrison how it felt to suddenly and unexpectedly be shown his way out the door and to the parking lot; how it impacted his life and then inspired him to move forward by starting a new independent media management/advertising agency and by writing a series of uplifting books covering love and aging as well five inspirational storybooks for young children. He even dabbled in acting landing roles in a Hollywood movie, a weekly TV series and five Honda TV commercials. Now, he has written and published a brand new book – years in the writing – titled, Out of the Spotlight: Over Forty Interviews with Famous, Successful People Who Enjoy Their Lives as They Move from One Spotlight into Another (George Green, 2015). It is inspired by George Green’s own experience moving on with life after suffering the pain of being fired from a job that defined his identity. He widens that umbrella of despair to include people who enjoyed great fame only to have to come to grips with time moving on and their spotlight dimming. It happens to people in all walks of life from superstars to everyday folks. According to Michael Harrison, “George Green is one of the most important managers to ever serve in this industry during the modern era. At 84, he remains robust, clear-thinking, articulate and tremendously active in business, sports, the arts and just plain living. I am delighted to be presenting this podcast to the radio industry as well as the world. It is a story worth telling and being heard… especially in this age of cutbacks in the radio business.” To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right-hand column on every page of RadioInfo.com. For stations interested in interviewing George Green, he can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Futuri Earns Spot on Inc. 5000’s ‘Fastest Growing Private Companies.’ Interactive technology firm Futuri Media is celebrating its recognition for the second year in a row on the Inc. 500|5000 lists as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America and the only media technology company on the prestigious Inc. list. Futuri says there are now more than 525 stations, networks and broadcast groups using its technology across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Cleveland-based Futuri states it is enjoying revenue growth of 185% which puts it among the upper tier on the list, ranking #59 nationally and #23 in percentage-growth in Ohio in revenue among firms its size. Fututi Media CEO Daniel Anstandig comments, “The three key drivers in Futuri’s growth this year have been our TopicPulse social media intel system, mobile apps for TV and radio broadcasters, and our LDR (Listener Driven Radio) interactive programming systems. Our mission is to leverage social and mobile technology for broadcasters in a way that engages audiences, cultivates loyalty, and drives ad revenue. Futuri’s continued growth is a testament to our team’s commitment and success in driving results for our partners.”
WELJ, New London, Connecticut Morphs into ‘NASH Icon’ Outlet. New London, Connecticut’s WELJ shucks its simulcast of country WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” and takes on the classic country NASH Icon format syndicated by Cumulus Media’s Westwood One. Cumulus New London VP/market manager Jessica Vargas comments, “We are thrilled to be bringing the NASH Icon brand to the New London market. I’d like to thank Cumulus Media’s John Dickey, Mike McVay and Gary Pizzati, as well as Eddie Esserman and Joule Broadcasting for the tremendous partnership that has allowed this exciting station to come to our market. Connecticut listeners love their country music, and NASH Icon will provide a unique new listening experience that they can’t get elsewhere.”
Swift Sweeps MTV VMAs. Boasting 10 nominations, Taylor Swift was the big winner in last night’s (8/30) MTV “Video Music Award” ceremonies, broadcast from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, even though the 2016 presidential race is in its nascent stage, Michael Jackson “Video Vanguard Award” winner Kanye West is getting a massive head start to the 2020 campaign by announcing he will toss his proverbial hat in the ring – in four years. As far as the awards are concerned, Fall Out Boy scores “Best Rock Video” for “Uma Thurman,” while Swift’s “Blank Space” wins “Best Pop Video.” Competing against 11 other entries, 5 Seconds of Summer (“She’s Kinda Hot”) emerges victorious in the “Song of the Summer” category. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars‘ highly-contagious “Uptown Funk” is voted “Best Male Video,” and – with “Blank Space” – Swift takes home the “Best Female Video” award. She also captures “Video of the Year” for “Bad Blood,” which features Kendrick Lamar; moreover, the Swift-Lamar pairing additionally is named “Best Collaboration” (also for “Bad Blood”). Other winners Sunday night are Nicki Minaj‘s “Anaconda” for “Best Hip-Hop Video”; Big Sean featuring Kanye West and John Legend‘s “One Man Can Change the World” for “Best Video with a Social Message”; and “Artist to Watch” Fetty Wap (“Trap Queen”). In addition to West’s declaration of a 2020 bid for the White House, other VMA highlights included Justin Bieber flying on a harness at the end of his performance, and Swift and Minaj teaming on “Bad Blood.”
Nick Michaels Hosts ‘The Stories That Made the Music.’ This new Envision Networks country music-oriented, one-minute vignette was created by host Nick Michaels and “invites listeners into the stories behind their favorite country stars and the music they create.” Five new episodes will be produced and broadcast each week for affiliate stations. Envision says, “Michaels masterfully illustrates the stories of legendary country artists including Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Shania Twain and many more. At a time when stations are cutting back on personality and offering up condensed programming, this feature offers audiences a richer listening experience.” Michael adds, “I am delighted to be working with Envision Networks to bring this powerful and compelling feature to country music radio. When it comes to engaging an audience, there is nothing better than telling a good story, especially one that helps the audience get closer to the music and artists they love. The entire team at Envision has been very supportive of the creative process that a feature like this requires.”
Radio Advertising Bureau: 2015 Radio Revenue Down 1% Over 2014. To be clear, the data released by the RAB on Friday compares the first half of 2015 with the same period a year ago. As you may remember, the RAB is no longer releasing quarterly revenue reports and will continue with two reports per year going forward. The 1% figure above reflects total revenue (from data provided by Miller Kaplan Arase LLP) for radio stations. The breakdown looks like this: spot revenue was down 3%; network revenue dipped 1%; digital revenue was up 2%; and off-air was up 11%. What isn’t surprising is the 11% rise in off-air. Live events and other off-air projects have been widely reported to be the one consistent bright spot for multi-platform media companies. However, the meager rise in digital revenue – just 2% — has to bother corporation execs and market managers. The full report presents more data about the top five advertiser categories. See that here.
Hardin, Zellner, Maynard Receive iHeartMedia Promotions. The “National Programming Platforms” group of iHeartMedia appoints Brad Hardin executive vice president/general manager; Jon Zellner executive vice president of programming operations; and Maynard executive vice president of programming strategy. All three will be New York City-based and report to National Programming Platforms president Tom Poleman, who states, “iHeartMedia’s strength is built on our great programmers working together to develop great content and experiences for our listeners utilizing our unmatched scale. Brad, Jon, and Maynard each have a remarkable amount of hands-on experience programming some of the best local radio stations in the world, making them uniquely qualified to lead our company-wide programming initiatives.” Hardin comments, “I am looking forward to working more closely with the amazing people on our National Programming Platforms team as well as programmers throughout our markets. They are the very best in content creation and live event marketing. I am excited to have the opportunity to further contribute to our future growth, and continuing to demonstrate the power of iHeartMedia’s local and national brands.” Zellner remarks, “iHeartMedia continues to set the industry standard for innovation and one-of-a-kind content. I am honored and very excited to have the opportunity to work with Tom and the programming team on implementing new ideas and strategies for our incredible brands.” Maynard notes that he has “had an incredible experience since joining iHeartMedia. It is extremely motivating to work with a company that is committed to exceeding expectations both internally and with our millions of listeners. The people in this company are what make it great, and I am truly grateful for this opportunity and even more excited for what lies ahead.” Most recently the executive vice president of programming and company-wide active rock/alternative brand manager, Hardin has been with iHeartMedia (and the former Clear Channel) for over 15 years. He was senior vice president of programming for west major markets and has programmed in Tampa, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Louisville. Zellner joined iHeartMedia in 2009 as senior vice president of programming and he is being promoted from executive vice president of programming. His resume includes senior management positions at SiriusXM and CBS Radio. Maynard will work with iHeartMedia’s programmers and oversee the company’s on-air creative directors; he joined iHeartMedia in late-July 2014.
‘96.5 AMP Radio’ in Philly Announces New Jocks. According to a report from the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Jeff Blumenthal, CBS RADIO’s WZMP “96.5 AMP Radio” is bringing live personalities to the station that’s been jockless since April after CBS blew up the “Wired” brand bestowed upon the CHR station by former owner Beasley Broadcast Group when it was WRDW. Joining on September 8 for afternoon drive will be Mike Adam who’s worked at CBS’ “92.3 AMP Radio” in New York as well as at WIOQ, Philadelphia. Jill “Jilly” Osterman joins the station for middays. She’d been with the company’s CHR KKHH, Houston “HOT 95.7.” Blumenthal also reports that music director Bennett will handle the evening show and air personality Bex will be morning host. But program director Bobby Smith hints that additions will be made to the morning drive program.
Mark ‘Shark’ Ediss Named PM Drive Host at Alpha’s ‘Y100’ in Savannah. Radio personality Mark “Shark” Ediss joins Alpha Media’s Savannah-Hilton Head CHR WXYY “Y100” for afternoon drive, effective September 8. Ediss, who’s worked at such outlets as WRDW, Philadelphia; WMYX, Milwaukee; and WSTW, Wilmington, Delaware, comments, “I’m excited to join this dynamic group in Savannah! Thank you so much Rob Walker, VP/market manager Gigi South, and VP/programming Phil Becker for allowing me this awesome opportunity! I’m thrilled to get out in the community and make an impact on my new listeners.”
Dave Russell to Program AC WARM, York. Radio programming pro Dave Russell served as PD at Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary WARM, York from 2007 through 2009. Now, after most recently working in the suburban Pittsburgh market as PD and promotions director at WOGG and WPKL, he returns to WARM as PD and afternoon drive personality. Russell also hosted at WSBA, York and programmed both WCTO and WLEV in Allentown. Cumulus corporate PD Emily Boldon comments, “We are so excited to welcome Dave back to Cumulus York. He had many successful years at the helm programming this heritage station and we look forward to many more as Dave re-joins our team. He is a consummate professional and top-notch programmer. This is a strong hire for the station and for the company.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Twenty-six-year WGTY, York, Pennsylvania staffer Paesan Pellegrini retires from the Times and News Publishing-owned country station. The station made the announcement prior to Pellegrini’s last day on Friday (8/28) on its Facebook page. Pellegrini was serving as afternoon drive host. He’d been morning host and program director of the station as well…..At Adams Radio’s hot AC WWFW, Fort Wayne “Soft Rock 103.9,” afternoon jock and music director Eric Austin is a victim of budget cuts and he exits the station.
Three Northeast Broadcasters Merge to Form Coastal Media Partners. Three companies are merging to form a six-station radio group called Coastal Media Partners that the new firm says will allow advertisers to target local listeners “from the North Shore of Massachusetts up the coast to Portland, Maine by working with one regional broadcaster that offers reasonable rates.” The three companies are: Port Broadcasting, LLC owner of WNBP, Newburyport, Massachusetts and WWSF, Sanford, Maine; Aruba Capital Holdings, LLC, owner of WXEX-AM/FM of Exeter, New Hampshire; Garrison City Broadcasting of Dover, New Hampshire, owner of WTSN and WBYY in Dover, New Hampshire. The agreement includes the radio stations and digital assets — such as live streaming and websites — of all six stations that cover formats including oldies, classic hits, adult contemporary, and news/talk/sports. Port Broadcasting’s Carl Strube and Pete Falconi will run the day-to-day operations of the new company. Falconi states, “There is a great deal of synergy in this merger. All of the stations are very community focused but offer different brands to attract different demographics. The overall radio signal footprint spans geographies to reach a population of just over 2 million people.” Garrison City SVP Susan Demers Weigold states, “After 30 years of being independent radio station owners, our family is delighted to form a partnership with three radio veterans who understand the importance of providing our listeners with local programming, news and sports. Our niche is to keep our stations community based. We can expand on community service and provide businesses with creative advertising opportunities that reach across three states on six stations.”
Cumulus Announces Scooter Braun Joins NASH Next Challenge Judge Panel. Music industry executive Scooter Braun – founder of SB Projects and manager of such performers as Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Cody Simpson – will serve as a guest judge on the panel for Cumulus’ “NASH Next Challenge” contest. The grand prize winner of the talent search will be signed to the new NASH Next record label. The top 10 finalists will participate in a national NASH Next concert tour next year. Braun’s chart-topping roster also includes country music duo Dan + Shay, singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen and this year’s breakout star Tori Kelly. Braun will participate as a guest judge in the Periscope Live Broadcast Challenge, which runs from September 14-23. During this third round challenge, artists and bands will perform an original song live on Periscope and fans will vote for their favorite on the NASH Next website. The 55 country artists remaining after this round will move on to the Instagram Visual Story Challenge, followed by the PicCollage fan collaboration challenge. The final challenge will involve producing an original music video. The three full-time NASH judges are legendary music producer James Stroud, award-winning country music artist and radio personality Kix Brooks and Cumulus EVP of content and programming John Dickey.
Eastlan Expands by Eight. Washington State-based media-research firm Eastlan is picking up eight new markets: Baton Rouge; Fort Morgan-Sterling, Colorado; Fredericksburg, Virginia; Marshall, Missouri; Santa Rosa, California; Sedalia, Missouri; Winchester, Virginia; and West Plains, Missouri. Eastlan president and chief executive officer Mike Gould comments that, “As radio continues to evolve in the increasingly competitive audio entertainment environment, the old expense models don’t make much sense anymore. Broadcasters need a responsibly-priced ratings tool to prove the unmatched reach of radio.” Centennial Broadcasting president and chief executive officer Allen Shaw explains, “After considerable deliberation among our corporate staff, market managers, and sales teams in Fredericksburg and Winchester, we concluded Eastlan’s radio audience measurement services will provide us with credible data at a very efficient cost.” Guaranty Corporation president and chief executive officer Flynn Foster remarks, “Guaranty Media is excited to work with Eastlan in Baton Rouge. We have felt for some time that Eastlan’s process of gathering ratings is superior. The sample size will be at least double what we have seen in the past, and a much better measure of who is listening to our five radio stations. We look forward to many years together.” Measurement for those eight markets will begin this fall.
WMTI Unveils “Underground Alternative.” As our sister publication TALKERS hinted yesterday (Thursday, 8/27), a format change was imminent for Cumulus Media New Orleans sports outlet WMTI. Speculation became reality at 3:00 pm Thursday as “The Ticket” transitions to “106.1 The Underground Alternative.” Cumulus Media corporate program director of rock formats Troy Hanson comments, “We are incredibly excited to debut New Orleans’ 106.1 ‘The Underground Alternative.’ We plan to give the French Quarter, the Delta, and beyond a unique alternative experience 24/7. Look for a ton of music to be delivered, as we push out 106 minutes of new rock for New Orleans all day, every day.” Senior vice president Jeff Brown remarks, “‘Underground 106.1′ fills a significant format gap in New Orleans. If there is any city that deserves a great [alternative] brand, it is New Orleans. Fans of alternative rock are fiercely loyal, incredibly engaged, and in the age of acquisition. Like our audience, ‘106.1 The Underground’ will be on the move, and all about New Orleans.” Representative artists for “The Underground Alternative” include Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, Foo Fighters, Imagine Dragons, Mumford & Sons, Muse, and Walk The Moon. After not appearing in Nielsen Audio‘s spring book for New Orleans, WMTI registers a .7 in the first phase of the summer book (#10, 12+); iHeartMedia urban contemporary WQUE “Q-93.3″ is #1 in market #47 with a 10.1 (12+).
WXRT Programmer Norm Winer ‘Overwhelmed’ by Chicago City Honor. In a piece by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, triple A WXRT, Chicago program director Norm Winer expresses his thoughts about being honored with the Fifth Star Award from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Winer has been programming the iconic CBS RADIO-owned rock station for 36 years and, as Feder states, “WXRT remains a potent force in the music world and a vital contributor to Chicago’s cultural life, thanks in large part to Winer’s vision and leadership over nearly four decades.” Winer will be honored on September 16 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park in Chicago. Read Feder’s piece here.
Triple A WYMS, Milwaukee Names New APD and MD. Non-commercial triple A station WYMS, Milwaukee “88Nine Radio Milwaukee” announces afternoon drive personality Ken Sumka is being promoted to assistant program director and air personality Justin Barney takes on the music director duties. The station says Sumka takes over for Jordan Lee who was recently named program director. Sumka will oversee the on-air “Studio Milwaukee” sessions with national bands, the weekly “414 Music” segment with Milwaukee musicians and the station’s annual Milwaukee Music Awards. Barney will continue writing and producing the weekly “5 Songs We Can’t Stop Listening To” feature and hosting on-air shows Saturday and Sunday evenings. Two other station notes include midday personality Marcus Doucette becoming imaging manager and morning drive host Dori Zori has been named to the new position of community outreach manager. The station is seeking part-time staffers to serve as assistant audio producer – community stories and video plus photography producer – digital but you must apply by Monday (8/31) at the following address. http://www.radiomilwaukee.org/work-88nine.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. KRTH “K-Earth 101″ weekender Charlie Tuna exits the CBS Radio Los Angeles classic hits-oldies outlet. The National Radio Hall of Fame inductee will be devoting more time to CharlieTunaSyndication.com. His company says that “in the wake of the continuing massive changes to small, medium market, and even major market stations around the country, Charlie and veteran program director Steve Wall, who heads up Charlie’s operations and affiliate relations, will be focusing on 24/7 formats for stations that have lost the content, top talent, music scheduling and customer service…..Alpha Media hip hop outlet WGZB, Louisville “B96.5″ announces the nationally syndicated “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” will fill the AM drive daypart on the station…..With the change in frequency of Midwest Family Broadcasting’s WQLZ, Springfield, Illinois from 92.7 to 97.7, the afternoon show co-hosted by Wes Styles and Kaytie Lee moves to morning drive as “The 3rd String Morning Show.”
iHeartRadio and Chegg Partner for Music101 Series Contest; One School to Win Cash and Appearance by Guest Instructors Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The partnership between iHeartRadio and Chegg, the Student Hub is a social media contest to choose an American college or high school campus to host Macklemore and Ryan Lewis for an exclusive classroom takeover event. Students can begin voting today for the chance to have Macklemore and Ryan take over the classroom with a live crash-course and Q&A session on their experiences in the music and entertainment industries. To emphasize key teaching points, they will discuss the background and creation process of a selection of their songs, including their new single. Additionally, Chegg will award the winning school a $10,000 grant for their music department from Chegg’s David B. Goldberg Music Scholarship fund.
Country Duo Montgomery Gentry to Appear on ‘Hannity’ Tonight. Country music will be a topic on FOX News Channel’s “Hannity” this evening (8/28) as country superstars Montgomery Gentry will be on the program. Eddie Montgomery (left) and Troy Gentry (right) recently spoke with Sean Hannity (center) about their new Blaster Records album, Folks Like Us. Photo: Monarch Publicity.
Cort Johnson Named to AM Show, APD Posts at Triple A KINK-FM, Portland. He’ll join Sheila Hamilton for the morning drive show at Alpha Media’s Portland triple A KINK-FM and will also serve as assistant program director. Utah native Cort Johnson has worked at KENZ, Salt Lake City when it was a triple A-formatted outlet, as well as at rock KBER and hot AC KBEE in the market. He worked in TV for Salt Lake City’s FOX TV and CBS TV affiliate stations. In the Portland market he’s served with Alpha’s CHR KBFF and sister news/talk KXL. Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick comments, “Cort will be a great addition to the KINK family. He has an incomparable passion for the industry and his abilities on and off air will positively support and impact the direction in which the station is headed.”
‘Warm 106.9’ in Seattle Names Allan Fee and Ashley Ryan Morning Hosts. Effective September 14, Allan Fee and Ashley Ryan will be the new morning show at Hubbard Radio’s KRWM, Seattle “WARM 106.9 FM.” Ryan has worked in the market at sports KJR as a promotions assistant and on air as a traffic reporter and contributor to the Ian Furness and Dave “Softy” Mahler shows. Fee had been hosting mornings at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WQAL, Cleveland for the past 10 years before exiting in April. Hubbard Seattle market manager Marc Kaye states, “It is very exciting for ‘WARM 106.9’ to announce the addition of Allan and Ashley in mornings to this great station. We have spent a lot of time looking for the perfect fit and we have it.” Fee and Ryan replace current morning show John Fisher and Sue Romero.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Former country KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull” jock Matt “Sparx” Ethridge joins Townsquare Media’s Fort Collins, Colorado cluster where he’ll serve as afternoon personality on country KUAD “K99” and midday host on sister hot AC KKPL “99.9 The Point.”…..Satellite radio programmer Gregg Steele will relocate to Los Angeles to serve as SiriusXM’s VP/GM of West Coast Programming Operations. He’s been based in New York serving as VP/music programming.
Howard B. Price: Now, It’s Personal. Writing in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of WDBJ-TV, Roanoke journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward, ABC Television Network director, business continuity Howard B. Price says that, although it’s impossible to know if anything could have prevented their deaths, media employers must take this tragedy as a lesson to do more to prepare staffers to combat threatening situations. How so? Price says, “Ask any crisis trainer, and they will tell you that situational awareness is critical – no matter one’s field or the instant circumstances of their work. Who would have imagined that a live shot on local tourism in a bucolic park would end in so much trauma – on an early morning newscast in Moneta, Virginia?” He suggests that even in the most seemingly benign situations, crews should observe a safety protocol. “When you arrive at the scene of a story, look for areas of safe refuge and secondary escape routes. Try to keep a corner of your eye cocked peripherally to catch at least a glimpse of anything that doesn’t look quite right. Keep a cellphone or two-way radio close. Think about how you might call for help. And don’t hesitate to raise red flags about any coverage plan you find risky.” Read Price’s entire story here.
Cool Job Opportunity. “103.7 KISS-FM” in Milwaukee has an immediate opening for the next nighttime radio star! This position has been the launching pad for many major market talents and programmers over the years. If you love people, pop culture, and parties then we want you to host ours on the air every night! You’ll connect with our weekly audience of over half a million people on air, online, and around town! You’ll be part of an awesome team of people that share your passion for great radio. You in? Send your audio samples and resume right now to NIGHTSONKISS@GMAIL.COM.
Talking with Pop Stars. Standing outside the ABC7 studios in Los Angeles are ABC Radio Entertainment correspondent Jason Nathanson (right) and pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen (left). Nathanson interviewed Jepsen about her new album E-MO-TION.
Premiere Networks Offers Commercial Free Labor Day Weekend Shows. The syndicator announces it will offer Hollywood Hamilton’s “Remix Top 30 Countdown” and Casey Kasem’s classic “American Top 40 – The ‘70s” and “American Top 40 – The ‘80s” in a commercial-free format for stations to air this Labor Day weekend. Also, Premiere alerts affiliates that “Remix Top 30” will feature singer/songwriter Tove Lo as a special guest, along with giveaways for TomorrowWorld, the popular electronic music festival that returns to Atlanta September 25-27.