General Music Radio Industry News

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

| July 28, 2015

nextradio logoAT&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.  Furtheratt logo 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 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”

walshpatrickEmmis 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 Christopherhornadayryan 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 Emmisindustries.” 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 financerickenbachchristopher 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.


landeckerjohnJohn 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.

thomasbrianBrian 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.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael 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.walkerjimmyJJ  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

westwood one NEWWestwood 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 ascodellaangela 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, gwinromanand 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.”

wiyyCool Job Opportunity.  Hearst Television’s WBAL-AM and WIYY-FM “98 Rock” in Baltimore, Maryland has a rare opening for chief engineer.  We are a fast-paced workplace, flagship for the Baltimore Ravens and Navy, have the largest newsroom in the state of Maryland, and almost 100% LOCAL programming.  We are looking for a self-motivated, high-energy person to lead our engineering department.  Creative ideas for deploying new technology, improving efficiency and reliability should be key traits.  Must have strong IT, communication and technical skills.  If you or someone you know is interested in working in a creative, fun, respectful and exciting environment, follow the link and apply today.

w231ciAnother Cool Job Opportunity.  Digity Media has a part-time on air position open at hip hop “Beatz 96.3” in West Palm Beach, Florida that includes “pre-recorded” (tracked vs. live) air shifts to host the music format and communicate to the listeners.  This position also requires a fill-in “on demand” element to cover air shifts for, but not limited to: sick leave absence of full time air personalities, vacation schedule relief, special company holiday fill-ins, and or emergency situations. ( i.e. weather, local emergency, CMT needs).  Additionally, fill-ins and regular part-time shifts can require station event attendance, promotions, sales remotes etc. as needed, but with no guarantee of hours (but not to extend over 29.5 hours per week).  Send air check and resume to: Don “Dj Wrekk 1” Williams via

Monday, July 27, 2015

| July 27, 2015


zakk‘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” ZaccagniniCumulus 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.”

brownzacWestwood 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 musicwestwood one NEW 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.

kabrichrandyKabrich: 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.

wnnxLesbianWedding15WNNX, 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.”

warhlogoCool Job Opportunity.  Hubbard Radio St. Louis is looking for a full time morning show co-host to join the “Ricki & Brando Show.”  Work for the best radio company on earth!   You must have a friendly, likable, charismatic personality with strong co-hosting skills.  You must understand how to lead content in a multiple–personality ensemble cast.  Creative approach to topic selection, preparation and execution is a must!  Work closely with the programming and sales teams to grow the company’s revenue and on-air and digital audience.  For more information and to apply, click here.

Friday, July 24, 2015

| July 24, 2015

rlmc logoRadio Claims Victory in SESAC Settlement.  Noting that this is the “first time in SESAC’s 85-year history with radio broadcasters that the performing right organization’s license fees will be subject to determination by a third-party arbitration panel,” the Radio Music License Committee is thrilled with the terms of a settlement agreement that brings an end to almost three years of antitrust litigation.  The RMLC represents the vast majority of the nation’s commercial radio stations.  Highlights of the settlement include: If voluntary agreements on rates can’t be reached, the parties will participate in binding arbitration that will encompass 22-years commencing 2016 and no historic SESAC rates may receive precedential value; SESAC’s rates will be frozen at existing 2015 levels, with no further rate changes until the parties’ negotiations or arbitration are concluded covering rates for the license term 2016 through 2018; SESAC will continue to offer its existing All-Talk Amendment discount of 75%; the scope of rights to be covered under future SESAC licenses will mirror the coverage that traditional operators currently enjoy with SESAC’s competitors (ASCAP and BMI), and SESAC commits to consolidating (as of 2016) its current three separate license structure for over-the-air, HD radio and streaming into a single license; SESAC’s writer and publisher affiliates will have greater ability to license works directly to radio station operators; and the RMLC will be reimbursed by SESAC for the legal fees it incurred in prosecuting the antitrust case against SESAC. RMLC chairman Ed Christian says, “Litigation is always a last resort, but the RMLC felt compelled to file this lawsuit in order to impose some rate-setting parameters upon SESAC that would mirror the antitrust consent decree process that has been in place with ASCAP and BMI for decades and that has achieved equitable license fees for the industry.”  The RMLC was represented by Margaret Zwisler and her team from the Washington firm Latham & Watkins.

cbsradio logoCBS RADIO Announces Market Manager Changes. Taking over for Marc Rayfield at the CBS RADIO Philadelphia cluster as SVP/market manager is current director of sales David Yadgaroff.  Rayfield was recently named market manager for the New York market.  Elsewhere in the company, current Boston SVP/market manager Mark Hannon adds the same duties for Hartford, replacing the retiring Suzanne McDonald.  CBS combines the SVP/market manager post for both Miami and Orlando and appoints Steve Carver, who replaces Joe Bell in Miami and Dave Robbins in Orlando.  They both exit the company.  Director of sales Tony Perlongo is promoted to SVP/ market manager in Las Vegas, taking over for the exiting Jerry McKenna; and Mike Valenzuela rises from VP/director of sales in the Riverside cluster to SVP/market manager, replacing Harvey Wells who’s returning to the Chicago area to be closer to family.

orban logoOrban Addresses Nielsen-Voltair Issue.  Audio processor competitor Orban has been very quiet during the industry-wide discussion about 25-Seven’s Voltair processor but breaks that silence with a press statement released on Thursday (7/23).  The statement says, in part, “Some have argued that Voltair is ‘just another form of audio processing.’  However, we believe that there is an essential and fundamental difference between audio processing (like that done by our Optimods) that increases the opportunity of the Nielsen encoder to insert audibly undetectable watermark tones and processing that directly manipulates the level of the watermark, potentially breaking Nielsen psychoacoustic masking model and allowing the tones to become audible.  Based on their testing, Nielsen concluded that Voltair can degrade perceptual quality.  In an environment where traditional radio is suffering ever-increasing competition from new media, we believe that it is unwise for radio to degrade its audio in an internecine battle whose ultimate winner could be non-broadcast providers.  Because Nielsen is a large, global business that depends on producing credible audience measurements, we expect that it will soon solve any problem (if it actually exists) by making improvements to its encoder.  Accordingly, we have decided not to add processing to Optimods that directly manipulates the Nielsen watermark signal because we expect that any such effort would degrade audio quality and would soon be rendered obsolete by Nielsen’s encoder improvements.  Moreover, we trust the Media Rating Council to thoroughly evaluate any such improvements, as they have already done for the Nielsen PPM system in its current form.  While it is true Orban’s Optimod processors are compatible with Voltair, we urge caution.”

johnsonjohnson15Johnson & Johnson Return to ‘KBULL 93’ in Salt Lake City.  The duo of Tommy (left) and Joe (right) Johnson held down the morning show on country KUBL, Salt Lake City from 1997 through 2011 and is credited with helping build the station into what it is.  Now, they return to the morning drive slot at the Cumulus Media station effective Monday, July 27.  The station says that during their first run on KUBL, they “received an ACM nomination for Large Market Morning Show of the Year, helped raise over $1 million dollars in donations to The Huntsman Cancer Institute and gave away free weddings to hundreds of couples who exchanged vows at McDonald’s drive-thrus, haunted houses and on the floor at half-time during a Utah Jazz game — some of whom are still married!”  For the past four years they’ve hosted mornings at CBS RADIO’s country KMPS, Seattle.

pandoralogoPandora Reports Q2 Numbers; Ad Revenue Up 30% Year-Over-Year.  That figure represents the ad sales revenue comparing the second quarter of 2014 to that of 2015, which totaled $230.9 million.  Pandora reports that local ad revenue rose 67% year-over-year to $58.9 million, representing 21% of total revenue.  As far as listenership is concerned, listener hours were up 5% to 5.3 billion and active listeners rose 4% to 79.4 million.  Looking ahead, Pandora expects third quarter revenue to be in the neighborhood of $310-$315 million and expects to finish 2015 with total revenue of between $1.175 and $1.185 billion.

nuhnrick‘Top 10 Now & Then’ Show Gaining Momentum.  The Rick Nuhn-hosted weekend radio program is at home on adult R&B and rhythmic oldies outlets.  Nuhn recently retired from Concord Music Group where he was senior director of urban music.  The syndicated show – produced by Ron Shapiro (with Ed Mann handling affiliate sales) – is currently heard on such outlets as XHRM, San Diego; KQIE, Riverside; WRRX, Pensacola; WCMG, Florence, Alabama; and KMRJ, Palm Springs, among others.  The show is described as “a countdown show that features the best from yesterday and today, inside the framework of a specific weekly theme.”

blackstoneaudioGot Old Radio Shows? Opportunity to Monetize Content in Your Basement.  One of the largest independent audiobook companies in the world, Blackstone Audio, is looking to expand its product offerings beyond audiobooks into spoken-word, including comedy, opinion pieces, soundtracks (non-musical), old-time radio and TV shows, sports broadcast highlights, and any other forms of spoken-word or subject matter that would be interesting to the audio-listening public.  Blackstone would offer the content owners of recorded audio programs that they choose to license or distribute an arrangement under which the content owners would receive the majority of the net revenue from the sale of their content to the public by Blackstone.  If you have recorded spoken-word content and would be interested in having Blackstone Audio consider it for licensing or distribution contact Larry Harris at

NASHBryandance15Luke Bryan Does ‘Watch Me’ Dance on ‘NASH Nights Live.’  Country star and UMG Nashville recording artist Luke Bryan (center) dances with “NASH Nights Live” co-hosts Shawn Parr (left) and Elaina Smith (right) during Thursday night’s program.  The bit was ignited by a fan who asked if Bryan could do the “Watch Me” dance a.k.a. Whip and NaeNae.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

| July 23, 2015

voltair imageNielsen Audio-Voltair Debate Rages On.  The industry is still aflutter with chatter – and quite a few blogs – over Tuesday’s Nielsen Audio webinar in which the ratings giant told clients its tests of Telos Alliance’s Voltair audio processor showed no conclusive evidence that the unit positively impacted the PPM unit’s ability to pick up the embedded codes in any way that could affect ratings.  Although Nielsen did admit that in some circumstances, Voltair did give the watermark a boost that would allow the PPM to pick up more codes.  Broadcasting consultantkabrichrandy Randy Kabrich responded to that conclusion in a recent blog post in which he explained that – due to the U.S. system of Quarter Hour measurement – picking up some extra codes via Voltair which might have gone undetected without it, still would not increase ratings because the Media Rating Council testing done on PPM concluded the measurement system “hears” enough of the codes to get an accurate record of listening.  The Voltair unit has only been in the field for less than a year and it appears there isn’t enough data, available publicly anyway, to produce sound conclusions about whether – or exactly how – the unit affects the audio and the PPM’s reception of it across all radio formats.  Even Telos Alliance doesn’t seem to have all the answers about its product as Kabrich points out in today’s blog post that focuses on contrary opinions about whether certain music “encodes well” for PPM.  Read it here.

leejordanWYMS Lifts Lee to PD. Six-year WYMS, Milwaukee assistant program director Jordan Lee is elevated to program director of the Milwaukee Public Schools-owned/Radio Milwaukee-managed noncommercial triple A outlet. He succeeds Sean Demery, who relocates to Utah, but will work with the station as a consultant. Radio Milwaukee executive director Mary Louise Mussoline comments, “Sean worked very hard for us and set the stage for our continued growth. Jordan has consistently done exceptional work; led the program team in implementing changes; and encouraged excellence from the team. He has beenWYMS developing strong industry contacts and worked with top national bands for our ‘Studio Milwaukee’ on-air shows. Jordan is a rising star.” Lee remarks, “We have done great work over the last eight years and we are making a real difference in the community. I think I can help bring even more listeners to the station, which will help us make an even greater impact in Milwaukee.” The station’s morning drive talent since December 2008, Lee will no longer host a daily show. After consecutive .8 showings in April and May (Nielsen Audio PPM, 6+), WYMS registers a 1.1 in June (#19); it is the first time it reaches at least a one-share (6+) since last July’s 1.0.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  There’s a new voice on iHeartMedia’s hip hop WJMN, Boston “Jam’n 94.5”vfrankie as Frankie V, a.k.a. Frank Vinci, joins current morning show co-host Ashlee Feldman for AM drive duties.  Frankie V takes over for Ramiro “The Freakin’ Puerto Rican” Torres who exits…..Taryn Daly is promoted at Entercom rocker KISW, Seattle.  She moves from her weekend gig to full-time dalytarynnight jock and social media director.  Daly takes over for Jolene, who recently exited her evening show position after an 11-year stint to pursue opportunities outside the radio business…..At Staradio’s country WXNU, Kankakee, Illinois, midday personality Denny Case is promoted to program director after current PD and PM drive personality Maggi Mayfield announces she’ll leave the station on August 14 to pursue her stand-up career full time…..Night jock Kid Jay adds music director duties to his role with iHeartMedia’s rhythmic CHR KGGI, Riverside, California.

cumulus logoCumulus-Commissioned Study Indicates Radio Advertising Helped Drive Awareness of Amazon Prime Day.  The Ipsos study commissioned by Cumulus Media/Westwood One analyzing how advertising drove awareness of the July 15 Amazon Prime Day was done to “understand how effective advertising and radio is to drive online purchases.”  The study concluded that: 81% of Americans aware of Amazon Prime said they were exposed to some form of advertising for the event; one out of five Americans reported making a purchase during Amazon Prime Day because of advertising; three out of five Amazonamazonprimeday Prime subscribers (18-49) exposed to advertising said they purchased something during Amazon Prime Day; and 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%).  Cumulus and Westwood One chief marketing officer Pierre Bouvard comments, “Advertising put Amazon Prime Day on the map, and radio was the most effective at converting awareness into purchases.  The greatest Amazon Prime Day purchases occurred among Millennials, households with children, and those with a full-time job — precisely the profile of the American radio listener.”

dukefm logoKMJO, Fargo Airing ‘DUKE FM’ Country Format.  The classic country format from Envision Networks and Kroeger Media Inc is now heard on Midwest Communications’ KMJO-FM, Fargo as the station re-brands as “104.7 DUKE FM.”  Midwest Communications vice president of programming Jeff McCarthy states, “Stars such as George Strait, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson were not getting airplay and furthermore, the legends like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were without a home on the radio, until now.  ‘DUKE FM at 104.7’ now delivers the massive hits from the legendary artists.”

michaelsnickNick Michaels’ ‘Deep End’ Programs to Air on KRDG, Redding.  New affiliate KRDG, Redding, California adds two show from Nick MichaelsAmerican Voice Corporation.  The weekly “The Deep End With Nick Michaels” and the daily short-form feature “Stories From The Deep End” will begin airing on the Mapleton-owned classic hits station on August 9.

KerrJimPage15iHeartRadio ICONS Series Hosts Jimmy Page.  Rock giant and Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page (left) sits down with WAXQ, New York and iHeartMedia personality Jim Kerr (right) at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City for a recent edition of the iHeartRadio ICONS.  In celebration of the release of digitally re-mastered editions of Led Zeppelin albums Presence, In Through the Out Door and Coda, Page took part in a Q&A with Kerr and played the first public airing of an alternate take on “When the Levee Breaks” titled, “If it Keeps on Raining,” (which is included on the Coda record).  Photo: The Browyoungs for iHeartRadio.

arlingtonindependentmediaCool Job Opportunity.  Arlington Independent Media seeks a Radio Coordinator for its new low-power FM.  The Radio Coordinator (RC) is responsible for coordinating the activities of WERA, Arlington.  The RC will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the station, will assist the AIM Board of Directors, the WERA/LPFM Committee, and the AIM Executive Director in the long-term and strategic planning for the future health and growth of the station, and will work with the Executive Director and the LPFM/WERA, Facilities, Marketing, and Fundraising Committees to promote the station, solicit programs, raise funds, and seek sponsorships and underwriting. The RC reports to the AIM Operations Manager.  For job requirements and to apply, click here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

| July 22, 2015

nielsen logoNielsen on Voltair and PPM: The Morning After.  Yesterday’s Nielsen Audio webinar with PPM client stations regarding upcoming changes to its PPM technology and the Voltair audio processor from Telos Alliance has the industry buzzing.  As you know, Nielsen has been testing the Voltair unit and has concluded that it cannot “support” Voltair, saying it found nothing substantial to show the processor positively affects the PPM unit’s ability to pick up the watermark tone that credits listening.  A number of managers and programmers have subsequently commented anonymously that they remain unconvinced by Nielsen’s research and presentation.  One programmer tells TALKERS, “Their research proved without a doubt that Voltair recorded more listening in certain formats when the PPM was in a noisy environment.  However, they did a flip-flop in their presentation, stating that ‘Voltair’s increased recording of listenership was inconclusive.’  Interestingly, at the same time they announced the rollout of an enhanced and more robust watermark which should be in the field by fall.  If there was not a problem, then why the new watermark?”  But broadcasting consultant Randy Kabrich writes in a blog post today in which, in this instance, he defends Nielsen’s response.  He says it’s well known that PPM doesn’t hear all of the codes and because of the 15-minute Quarter Hour ratings method employed in the U.S., it doesn’t need to.  “The Media Rating Council has examined every aspect of the PPM very extensively with their audits…[The] policies for stations to receive credit from the PPM codes were put in place many years ago after years of testing because it is known that the PPM meter misses codes!  And yet, the results are statically valid.  Otherwise no PPM markets would be accredited by the MRC.  And don’t you find it interesting that the MRC has agreed to look at Voltair with stations who have gone to them based on their own observations?  Look at it from the outside.  What do those stations gain?  It is almost as if they have post purchase dissonance and need someone to tell them they made the correct decision.”  Read Kabrich’s interesting blog piece here.

musgraveskaceyDuane Doobie, Jr.’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: Kid Kelly, Vice President of Music Programming at SiriusXM; Todd Cavanah, golden-eared PD at CBS owned WJMK “K-Hits” & 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 in Newark, OH; Golden-eared music director Karoline Kramer Gould (also known to her followers as Momma K) at WJCU 88.7 FM; 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, 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 (7/22) includes such names as: Alessia Cara, Nico & Vinz, Kid Ink, Bebe Rexha, Evie Archer, The Heydaze, Leon Bridges, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Disciples, Carly Rae Jepsen, Glen Hansard, Sea Of Bees, Bon Jovi, Frank Turner, Five Finger Death Punch, Uncle Ezra Ray, Beck, Keith Richards, Wilco, Sawyer Brown, Striking Matches, Kacey Musgraves, Clare Dunn, Bobby Wills, Kelsea Ballerini, David Nail, Kygo, Trippy Turtle, Henry Fong, Quad City DJs, Ennio Morricone, Bandini, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

scotttony‘Smooth R&B 105.7’ in Dallas Names Tony Scott PM Drive Host. Returning to Texas after 27 years in St. Louis to take on the afternoon drive role at Service Broadcasting’s KRNB, Dallas “Smooth R&B 105.7” is Tony Scott.  He spent 26 years hosting morning drive at iHeartMedia’s KMJM, St. Louis “Majic 100.3” prior to that station’s transition to classic hip hop as “100.3 The Beat.”  In announcing Scott’s arrival, KRNB director of operations George “Geo” Cook says, “Tony is a multi-platform performer with tremendous talent who can engage and captivate audiences with his humor andkrnb logo storytelling.  His delivery is smooth and conversational – and that’s exactly what we were looking for.  With his years of experience, Tony has developed a high media IQ and is very social media savvy, knowing how to leverage the power of each touchpoint.  I am ecstatic that he is now a member of the Service Broadcasting family and an integral part of our incredibly talented Smooth Crew!”  Scott comments, “The opportunity to join KRNB and Service Broadcasting is one that has me excited and proud.  The reputation of Service Broadcasting and its owner, Hymen Childs, is legendary.  Put that with the chance to learn and work with Director of Operations George ‘Geo’ Cook and you really can’t ask for more.”

joynertomTom Joyner’s Fantastic Voyage to Be Featured on ‘Hollywood Divas.’  On two upcoming episodes of TVOne’s “Hollywood Divas” (July 22 and 29), The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage cruise will be featured.  Joyner’s “Party with a Purpose” supports students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities and on the upcoming episodes, cast members Lisa Wu, Elise Neal, Paul Jai Parker, Golden Brooks and guest Shar Jackson share in the experience that thousands of guests flock to annually.