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Friday, February 12, 2016

| February 12, 2016

kiddjasonCumulus Names Jason Kidd WRQX, Washington Afternoon Host.  Hot AC WRQX, Washington “MIX 107.3” gets a new afternoon drive personality effective Monday (2/15) as Jason Kidd returns to the airwaves in the market.  Kidd previously worked for CBS RADIO at hip hop WPGC.  He also served with that company’s adult hits WQSR and hot AC WWMX in Baltimore.  Most recently he’s been president and advisor/brand developer with New Generation Radio.  Kidd comments, “I just couldn’t stay away!  It is so great to be back in the Nation’s Capital!  I grew up with this frequency, along with the ‘Jack Diamond Morning Show.’ It is so exciting to be a part of such an iconic brand and an honor to join the list of so many great talents who have graced the airwaves on 107.3 over the years.”

beasley logoBeasley Broadcast Group 2015 Q4 Net Revenue Up 6.2%.  That figure is based on Beasley’s reporting of combined operations – both continuing and discontinued operations – and that’s relative to the 2014 Q4 asset swap with CBS RADIO that saw Beasley exchange five radio stations in the Philadelphia and Miami-Fort Lauderdale markets for 14 CBS stations in the Tampa-St. Petersburg, Charlotte and Philadelphia markets.  Net revenue of combined operations for the wholebeasleygeorge of 2015 was $105.9 million, an increase of 4.4% over 2014.  Beasley CEO and chairman George Beasley states, “Throughout 2015 we implemented a broad range of operating, programming, sales and local strategies intended to extract operating and financial synergies from the stations acquired in the 2014 Asset Exchange.  I am pleased to report that we achieved our goal of our clusters outperforming the markets that report to Miller Kaplan for the first time in December 2015 and expect this trend to continue in 2016.  Success with our integration and profitability initiatives is also reflected in fourth quarter 2015 station operating income of $9 million and an SOI margin of 31.7%, as well as net income of $3.3 million or $0.14 per diluted share.”

cbsradio logoCBS RADIO Revenue Dips 5%.  Radio is not the primary focus of CBS Corp. but new CBS chairman, president and CEO Les Moonves has always said he likes the radio business – especially its cash flow.  Radio is lumped in with CBS Television Stations to make up the Local Broadcasting category, but the company breaks the two apart in these reports and radio’s revenue was down 5% on “continued softness in the radio advertising marketplace and lower political advertising.”  The television sector was down 11% compared to the same Q4 period in 2014 – a period that benefitted from mid-term election political spending.


More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Townsquare Media Buffalo operations, Dave Universal exits the program director post for adult contemporary WMSX “Mix 96” where he’s been since June of 2014…..Personality Joe Alan moves from afternoons at Delmarva’s hot AC WSTW, Wilmington to the morning show alongside current AM drive host Nancy Johnson…..At Cox Media Group’s CHR WBLI, Patchogue (Long Island) evening jock MJ moves to afternoon drive to co-host the daypart with current PM personality Syke.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  In Peoria, Illinois, Alpha Media’s country WXCL “104.9 The Wolf” helped raise $64,881 via its “John and Jaymie’s St. Jude Radiothon.”  The event also brought in 127 new Partners In Hope.  This was the 26th year of morning team John Young and Jaymie Gordon’s charity radiothon.  WXCL program director “Dr.” Chris Michaels comments, “I can’t say enough about the family we are and the families we strive to help…which when you think about it, they are all our family and we have their backs.  We heard success stories that made us smile and laugh, and we heard stories where we couldn’t stop crying…but most of all, we heard stories of HOPE.”…..WDRV, Chicago executive producer Scott R Miller is once again Mr. February in the RemingtonmillerscottrBeardCal16 Beard Boss calendar.  Miller – who is heard on the Hubbard Radio classic rocker in the mornings with Pete McMurray, Dan McNeil and Kathy Voltmer – says of this year’s honor, “I was honored to be Mr. February 2015, but to be recognized once again for my facial hair follicles in 2016 is incredible.  Why the senior vice president of Hubbard Radio, Greg Solk, allows me in the Hancock every morning looking like this is beyond me, but I am grateful.”….. Next week (Thursday, February 18) Greater Media’s classic rock WCSX, Detroit will celebrate the renaming of a Royal Oak, Michigan street in honor of the recently deceased founding member of The Eagles, and native son, Glenn Frey.  The City of Royal Oak Michigan and the Royal Oak School Board have unanimously voted yes on renaming a section of Willis Ave. as Glenn Frey Drive.  The section of road passes in front of Dondero High School, Frey’s alma mater.  On Thursday, WCSX’s Doug Podell will broadcast his show live from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Roak Brewing on Lincoln Ave. in Royal Oak and invite listeners to join him for the street renaming celebration.  Patrons will have a chance to win an original Glenn Frey Drive road sign.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

| February 11, 2016

entercomEntercom Reports 2015 Net Revenue Up 8%.  2015 was a good year for Entercom.  The company reported net revenue for the fourth quarter was $117.7 million – up 16% from the same period a year ago.  For the year of 2015 net revenue was $411.4 million, an increase of 8%.  These figures include the impact of the transaction with Lincoln Financial Media and the stationfielddavid exchange with Bonneville International Corporation which started in July. But the impressive revenue hike is not just the result of additional signals; president and CEO David Field notes that the company’s stations performed well.  “I am pleased to report that Entercom’s performance continued to accelerate into the fourth quarter, capping a very successful 2015…Fourth quarter same-station revenue increased by 5%, excluding political advertising.  This marked the second straight quarter of mid-single digit organic growth.  We are very well positioned for success in 2016 with an expanded market footprint, strong station ratings growth, and enhanced digital and customer marketing capabilities.  Our pacings look strong and we are optimistic about our potential to deliver excellent results for our shareholders in 2016 and the years ahead.”


iheartmedia logo smallFive iHeartMedia Programmers Boosted. Trading in their titles of senior vice president of programming to become division executive vice president of programming for iHeartMedia‘s national programming group are Tony Coles, Steve Geofferies, Andrew Jeffries, Thea Mitchem, and Meg Stevens. Along with fellow division executive vice president of programming Gene Romano, they will report to iHeartMedia national programming group executive vice president and general manager Brad Hardin. According to national programming group president Tom Poleman, “Great programming is the foundation of our stations. We are fortunate to have an amazing group of local program directors leading our brands. The collaboration between local programming and the iHeartMedia national programming group unlocks the unparalleled scale and assets of iHeartMedia, providing us with unmatched resources which benefit each and every one of our stations.” Formerly organized into major and regional market groups, iHM is now comprised of four geographic divisions, each led by a division president. Jeffries and Geofferies are working in the West division with Greg Ashlock; Coles is in the Central with Matt Martin; Mitchem and Stevens in the Northeast with Hartley Adkins; and Romano is teamed with Tom McConnell in the Midwest-Southeast division.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Urban programmer Hector Hannibal is named program director of Howard University-owned urban contemporary WHUR, Washington – the station he programmed from 1993 through 2002.  Hannibal had most recently been serving with Reach Media as vice president of programming…..Curtis Media Group names Robert Wallace general sales manager for Raleigh outlets classic hits WKIX “KIX 102.9” and oldies WPTK-AM.  Wallace most recently was GSM for crosstown adult contemporary WRAL…..Scott Meier is the new general manager at Midwest Family Broadcasting’s Springfield, Missouri station group that includes classic rock KKLH, active rock KQRA, CHR KOSP, and country KOMG.  He most recently served with Cumulus Media Detroit as regional vice president.

grammys16Westwood One to Present ‘Backstage at the GRAMMYs.’  On Friday and Saturday (2/12-13), Westwood One will welcome stations from coast to coast and around the world participating in “Westwood One Backstage at the GRAMMYs” during rehearsals for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards taking place Monday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  International stations and groups representing countries including China, Italy, Japan, Nigeria and Paraguay will join more than 25 U.S. radio stations and Westwood One’s national shows, “Zach Sang & The Gang” and “The Adam Bomb Show” broadcasting from the two-day radio row.  More than 100 artists and celebrities will be attending to conduct interviews for broadcast and digital and social extensions. The event will also include daily performances.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

| February 10, 2016

thecatempireDuane Doobie Jr.’s Music 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: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County, California; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” Vincent Rockwell Usuriello, superstar program director at SiriusXM’s Octane; 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 (2/10) includes such names as: Andra Day, Nelly, Thomas Rhett, Zayn, Manika, That Poppy, Rob Gillette, The Cat Empire, The Night Beats, The James Hunter Six, Sultans of String, One Night Stand, The Strumbellas, Rob Zombie, White Denim, Benton Blount, Dianna Corcoran, The Infamous Stringdusters, Lee Ann Womack, Cam, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Goldwash, Bobby Green, Whitney Phillips, Emerson Long, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

wnfnMidwest Communications Adds Another Nashville Signal.  The acquisition of Joule Broadcasting’s CHR WNFN, Nashville “i106 Hits” – when completed – will give Midwest Communications three signals in the Nashville market.  The company acquired adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9” and adult hits WCJK “96.3 Jack FM” from South Central in 2014.  Midwest Communications president Duke Wright states, “We love Nashville and are delighted to be able to add WNFN to our growing Midwest family.  We have enjoyed measurable success since entering the Nashville market and have no doubt that WNFN will be a terrific complement to our existing radio brands.”

danielskris‘Mad Dog’ Mike West Joins Kris Daniels for Mornings at KCYE, Las Vegas.  Country outlet KCYE, Las Vegas “102.7 The Coyote” promotes night jock “Mad Dog” Mike West to the morningwestmike show to work alongside current morning personality Kris Daniels on the “Mornings with Kris and Mike” show.  Daniels, who also serves as program director for the Beasley Media Group station, says, “It’s rewarding to grow such tremendous talent from within, and Mike West has truly earned this opportunity.  I had been searching carefully, trying to find my perfect co-host.  After an extensive interview process, it quickly became clear that the ideal fit for my morning show was working right here, within our Vegas on-air staff!”

kqfoNew Triple A Launches in Tri-Cities, Washington Market.  The station in the Eastern Washington market known as the Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco) is KQFO and the new triple A format is branded as “100.1 The Oasis.”  Program director Chris Gilbreth says in a statement, “We’ve had a chance to run ‘The Oasis’ in an incubator setting for the last 18 months on an HD-fed translator in the Walla Walla area, 50 miles away.  Alexandra Communications president Tom Hodgins was kind enough to give the format a shot on a newly acquired, full-market station in the Tri-Cities.  I’m excited to unleash all this great music that’s been missing from Tri-Cities radio.”

RadioInfo Tidbits. This Sunday’s 58th Annual “GRAMMY AWARDS” program will be broadcast from the Staples Center Los Angeles on the CBS Television NetworkCBS RADIO is involved in a number of initiatives ahead of the Sunday night show.  In addition to using its to power the GRAMMY Radio channel, Los Angeles O&O stations KROQ and KAMP “97.1AMP Radio” will host music events featuring Death Cab for Cutie and Alessia Cara at The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live on Saturday, as well as other CBS stations broadcasting live from the radio row in days leading up to the awards show…..Entercom’s WNVZ, Norfolk “Z104” announces the headlining acts for its “SHAGGFEST 2016” will be Grammy-nominated recording artist DIPLO with co-headliner Travis Scott.  It takes place on May 21 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach with three stages of non-stop music from more than 20 local and national artists.

nashCRS16Party at the NASH Campus.  On Tuesday evening (2/9), a “full house of country radio’s luminaries” enjoyed cocktails, conversation and country music’s best at Cumulus Media’s NASH Campus in Nashville.  Country radio people are in Nashville for this week’s Country Radio Seminar 2016.  Pictured here are (from l-r): Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay; Chris Lucas of country music duo LOCASH; Elaina Smith, “NASH Nights Live”; Preston Brust of LOCASH; Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay; and Shawn Parr, “NASH Nights Live.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

| February 9, 2016

moontravisMoon Beams as iHM San Antonio-Austin Director/Country Ops. Returning to radio from his most recent role as ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital‘s senior liaison for radio development, Travis Moon is named director of country operations for iHeartMedia‘s San Antonio-Austin region. According to iHeartMedia executive vice president of programming central division Tony Coles, “Our goal is to leverage these powerful and legendary brands to better serve our listeners, our clients, and the community. Travis Moon has the vision, the experience, and the leadership skills necessary to maximize the potential of these iHeart country stations, while maintaining the strengths of their unique identities.” Moon states, “St. Jude is country music’s charity of choice and one of my strongest passions. I was honored that they asked me to join their talented radio team. I helped them serve radio station partners across the country. Everybody understands that it is our listeners, country fans, who keep that place going through thick and thin. There really is no other place like St. Jude and I will always be involved.” Moon previously programmed iHeartMedia San Antonio country outlets KAJA “KJ-97” and KRPT (2009 – 2014); Cincinnati’s WUBE “B-105.1” and WYGY “The Wolf” (2007 -2009); and he spent 11 years with iHeartMedia Minneapolis as assistant program director/music director of country-formatted KEEY “K-102.” Starting in two weeks (2/22), he will oversee aforementioned KAJA and KRPT, as well as the company’s Austin country properties – KASE and KVET-FM. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio’s “Holiday” 2015 PPM report for San Antonio, “KJ-97 was down for the third straight time (7.4 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.5, #5), while classic country KRPT “The Bull” – just as it did in December 2015 – finishes with a .6 (#24). In Austin, KVET-FM is off in back-to-back sweeps (5.9 – 5.4 – 4.4, #6), while KASE (#12) has not had an increase in the past five survey periods (6.0 – 6.0 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.4 – 3.7, 6+).

knightbobbyKFDI, Wichita Appoints Bobby Knight Afternoon Host.  Wichita country outlet KFDI announces Bobby Knight is joining the station to serve as afternoon drive personality.  He joins the E.W. Scripps-owned station from his most recent gig as morning host at Eagle Communications’ country KQLA, Manhattan, Kansas “Q1035.”  Scripps Wichita OM Justin Case says, “Bobby’s personality is exuberant!  I know our listeners will wear a smile heading home each afternoon listening to KFDI.  I’m thrilled to welcome him to our family.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Taking over the hosting duties on Envision Networks’ weekly countryryanvanessa show “The Live Ride” is WDEZ, Wausau, Wisconsin morning personality Vanessa Ryan.  She takes over for Carsen.   Envision Networks VP/programming Michael Lichtstein says, “You simply won’t find a more enthusiastic host than Vanessa Ryan.  She loves country music and you can hear it in her upbeat delivery.  The combination of high-energy, live performances and Vanessa’s interesting stories and tidbits keeps ‘The Live Ride’ cruising in the fast lane.”…..Radio and TV pro Anna Stavredes joins iHeartMedia’s Richmond hot AC WTVR-FM “Mix 98.1” to co-host the morning show alongside Jeff Wicker.  She most recently served with Curtis Media’s country WQDR, Raleigh.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael Harrison and Tom Leykis Chat About the Past, Present and Future of Audio Media.  Legendary broadcast radio performer and pioneering online radio entrepreneur Tom Leykis joins RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison as this week’s guest on PodcastOne’s international hit, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  The two engage in an extensive, one-on-one discussion about Leykis’ colorful career that spannedleykistom decades as a talk show host on some of America’s highest-profile radio stations and during which time his on-air persona ranged from outrageous “shock jock” to edgy “progressive” political news/talker.  Today, Leykis approaches the fourth anniversary of his successful online radio enterprise, The New Normal – a multifaceted platform upon which he streams his daily, live, listener call-in program, “The Tom Leykis Show,” as well as a podcast for radio talents Gary & Dino.  A separate iteration of The New Normal delivers two streaming music channels – pop and rock – personally curated by Leykis.  Leykis discusses his leading-edge business model that includes a mix of advertising, subscriptions, merchandising and live events – now generating upwards of $600,000 annual gross revenue.  The two venerable pros talk about targeting Millennials, the nature of “authenticity” as it applies to today’s younger demos, the scope of non-traditional revenue and various aspects of media theory as it applies to 21st century communications.  To listen to this entire uninterrupted conversation, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of and

rabRAB/Borrell: Radio Digital Revenue to Rise 14%.  According to a study by Borrell Associates on behalf of the Radio Advertising Bureau, the radio industry’s digital ad revenue rose 11.4% in 2015 to more than $550 million.  The study also predicts radio’s digital revenue will improve by 16% this year.  This fourth annual report is titled, “Benchmarking: Local Radio Stations’ Online Revenues,” and concludes the average market cluster made $951,756 in digital sales last year, with the average station making $231,210.  Borrell Associates CEO Gordon Borrell summarizes, “All signs point to the radio industry mobilizing even more in the interactive space.  Eighty-two percent believe there is strong potential – the highest we’ve ever seen; 62% believe that their sales teams’ ability to sell digital products is solid – up from 52% a year ago; and 37% believe their digital strategy is headed in the right direction – up from 27%.”  The full study is available to RAB members, but here are some of the juicier takeaways: One-third of stations surveyed believe their sales reps are talking to the wrong buyers when trying to sell digital products.  Three years ago, two-thirds believed that was the case; Only 16% believe that radio sales suffer because reps are forced to sell digital advertising.  That’s down significantly since 2014, when more than half felt that way; Conversely, 24% believe that digital sales suffer because reps focus on radio advertising.  Three years ago, twice as many felt that way; And the average radio cluster received 0.26% of all locally spent Internet advertising.  There were some, however, achieving 15 times that – up to nearly 4%.   RAB president and CEO Erica Farber states, “Digital continues to be radio’s fastest growing sector.  Stations that are laser focused on increasing revenue beyond their core broadcast business are experiencing the benefits.  The results from this study provide us with insights of where efforts are paying off and what additional training is needed for radio to continue with this trajectory.  The RAB is here to help with that knowledge and training.”

iheartradiomusicawards16Nominees for Third Annual iHeartRadio Music Awards Announced; Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Adele, Walk The Moon and Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars Nominated for ‘Song of the Year.’  The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards will take place on Sunday, April 3 at the historic Forum in Los Angeles.  It will be carried live on Turner’s TBS, TNT and truTV at 8:00 pm ET and will be simulcast on iHeartMedia stations and the iHeartRadio digital platform.  Fan voting in 31 categories – including new categories “Best Tour,” “Best Duo/Group of the Year” and “Latin Song of the Year” – begins today through March 25.  iHeartMedia president of entertainment enterprises John Sykes states, “Our awards are not chosen by a mysterious panel of judges.  They are a true reflection of the artists and songs our listeners supported all year long.”  Some of the nominees include: for Song of the Year – “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift, “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd, “Hello” by Adele, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars; for Female Artist of the Year – Adele, Carrie Underwood, Meghan Trainor, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift; for Male Artist of the Year – Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Luke Bryan, Sam Smith, and The Weeknd; for Best New Artist – Fetty Wap, Hozier, Sam Hunt, Shawn Mendes, and Tove Lo.  See the rest of the nominations here.

k296gbiHeartMedia Launches Rocker ‘107.1 The Brew’ in Sacramento.  The new rock format is airing on translator K296GB at 107.1 and on KQJK-FM’s HD2 signal.  iHeartMedia announces the format will feature core artists including: Metallica, AC/DC, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Guns N’Roses, Def Leppard, JourneyMotley Crue, Queen, and many others.  It will also air Premiere Networks’ “Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx” and SBG-syndicated “Dee Snider’s House of Hair.”

WW1SBSound16Service King and Motel 6 Win Westwood One Super Bowl Sound Awards.  This was the third annual Westwood One Super Bowl Sound Awards designed to recognize excellence in audio creativity and celebrate brand advertisers and radio creative.  Westwood One asked listeners to vote on their favorite audio commercials airing in the Westwood One Super Bowl 50 broadcast.  In addition, Westwood One commissioned a Nielsen study of 3,030 consumers who rated all 45 commercials on a series of key attributes.   Listeners voted for Service King’s “Mission 2 Hire” ad as their favorite Super Bowl commercial.  The ad promotes Service King’s Mission 2 Hire program, which is dedicated to hiring 500 veterans at Service King locations around the country.  Hear the ad here: 6 was rated the most likeable ad in the Westwood One-commissioned Nielsen study.  The brand’s “Designer Dogs” ad features long-time Motel 6 narrator Tom Bodett, who promotes Motel 6’s great rooms and low rates while poking fun at trendy dog breeds with silly names.  The Motel 6 ad also received top consumer ratings for relevance, engagement, and memorability. Here is a link to hear the ad: .

Monday, February 8, 2016

| February 8, 2016


shepardjeanaKMLE, Phoenix Promotes Shepard to Middays.  Filling the open midday slot at CBS RADIO’s country KMLE, Phoeniz “New KMLE @ 107.9” is weekend personality Jeana Shepard.  She takes over the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show for Chris Matthews, who recently joined the KMLE morning show.   CBS RADIO Phoenix VP of programming Tim Richards comments, “Jeana’s on-air sound, coupled with her work ethic and passion for radio, won her this opportunity in a field of talented choices.”  Shepard also previously produced the KMLE morning show from April 2014 to March 2015.

langenohlkellyLangenohl Official ‘100.7 Star’ Afternoon Host. Pittsburgh hot AC WBZZ “100.7 Star” OM/PD Mark Anderson announces Kelly Langenohl is officially the station’s afternoon personality.  In a memo to the station’s staff, he writes, “She has been sounding great in the daypart and I’m confident that she will have much success in her new role.  Congratulations, Kelly!”

kingashleyAshley King New KSSN, Little Rock Midday Jock.  Country outlet KSSN, Little Rock announces popular Little Rock radio personality Ashley King is joining the station as midday host, APD and music director.  iHeartMedia Little Rock SVP of programming Chad Heritage comments, “We are very excited to have Ashley join our team.  She is extremely talented and brings a ton of passion for the country format.  Our listeners know and love her, and she’s just one more reason KSSN 96 is Arkansas’ most listened to radio station.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.   The Indianapolis Business Journal reports iHeartMedia Indy market manager Rick Green is being promoted to a regional president post for the Mid-Atlantic region where he’ll be based in Richmond, Virginia.  A new Indianapolis market manager should be named soon…..At the Austin cluster of iHeartMedia, JT Bosch exits the vice president of programming position.  Bosch also was program director for country outlets KASE and KVET…..Alexa Smith joins Sierra Broadcasting’s combo of hip hop KNRJ, Cordes Lakes “101.1 The Beat” and rhythmic oldies KAJM, Camp Verde “Mega 104.3” in Arizona as music director.  She most recently served with CBS RADIO’s KTWV, Los Angeles…..iHeartMedia promotes longtime company sales pro Sherri Griswold Holladay to the regional vice president of sales position for the Mid-South region…..Beasley Media Group names Steve Griesbach director of engineering for the Las Vegas cluster.  Griesbach most recently served with Cumulus Media’s Green Bay, Wisconsin station group.

bubbaScheduling Announced in Nielsen v Bubba Suit.  Both sides of the $1 million suit by Nielsen against Tampa-based morning personality Bubba the Love Sponge are digging in for a fight.  Now, we know the timeline for the legal skirmish.  If the matter goes all the way to trial, it’ll start next January 3.  Before that, however, there are discovery deadlines, a mandatory attempt to settle via mediation and a pre-trial conference in December.  Nielsen probably has lawyers on retainer, but this is still going to be expensive for both parties.

curanmarianneHillary16‘Warm 98’ Cincinnati’s Marianne Curan Plays Hillary in ESPN Skit.  Working alongside renowned impressionist Frank Caliendo as Donald Trump (right), WRRM, Cincinnati morning personality Marianne Curan impersonates Hillary Clinton (left) for a bit that was part of ESPN’s Super Bowl pre-game programming on Sunday.  Curan is co-host of the “Bob & Marianne” morning show on the Cumulus Media adult contemporary station.  See the video here.

CBSRADIOTheNightBefore2016MetallicaMore Than 40,000 Attend CBS RADIO’s ‘The Night Before.’  The CBS RADIO-produced concert at AT&T Park on Saturday evening featuring Metallica and Cage the Elephant drew more than 40,000 fans.  Of course, “The Night Before” show took place in advance of Super Bowl 50.  Pictured here backstage before the concert are (from l-r): CBS’ VP, programming Jeff Sottolano; CBS SVP, programming and music initiatives Michael Martin; Metallica’s James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich; CBS president Andre Fernandez; CBS EVP, programming Chris Oliviero; Metallica’s Robert Trujillo; and CBS director, music initiatives Chad FitzsimmonsPhoto: Getty Images for CBS RADIO.