General Music Radio Industry News
Emmis Invests in Funkmaster Flex. Seeking to further invest in the urban music media business, Emmis Communications Corporation announces it has struck a deal with Funkmaster Flex to become a 40% owner of his Flexco corporation. The partnership will see the two work to build a network of owned-and-operated digital platforms for Emmis’ biggest personalities. In a press statement, Emmis notes that Funkmaster Flex – one of not only Emmis’ but all of radio’s most visible personalities – has built a large online and mobile audience with InFlexWeTrust.com and the DJ Funk Flex Mobile app. As part of this deal, Flex will be working with other personalities in New York and in other Emmis markets to develop similar digital footprints. The company says it plans to develop a network of sites, apps and social networks with the unique entertainment and news content young audiences and advertisers desire. Flex has already launched AngieReview.com for “Hot 97” PM drive personality Angie Martinez, ThatsEnuff.com for “Hot 97”’ jock DJ Enuff, and he’s currently working on a digital project for “Hot 97” morning show personality Ebro Darden. Emmis CFO/COO and radio division president Patrick Walsh says, “We’re thrilled to invest in Flex’s digital assets and work closely with him to continue to innovate in the digital space. Flex has built a successful mobile and online platform that reaches more than 5 million people monthly and he already has started work with other talented Emmis personalities at ‘Hot 97’ to expand their digital presence. We expect this partnership to enable us to rapidly expand our digital content offering for our passionate fans and advertisers.” Flex comments, “Today’s digital world has changed how personalities and DJs interact with listeners and music fans. We must reinvent ourselves to stay relevant and grow. I jumped in feet first to learn what it takes to create an audience online. The partnership with Emmis provides the foundation we need to turn our brands and personalities into a real digital business. The opportunity to share what I have learned is exciting, and our future lives in doing digital with our biggest brands and best personalities.”
Maisano Appointed Market Manager for Clear Channel Greensboro. Former Curtis Media Group Raleigh senior vice president/director of sales Adam Maisano remains in the Tar Heel State as he rejoins Clear Channel Greensboro – this time as vice president/market manager. Vice president/regional market manager Bill McMartin comments, “We are very excited to have someone with Adam’s experience return to Clear Channel. Adam brings tremendous experience, passion and enthusiasm to our team in Greensboro. The response from staff and clients to Adam has been tremendous.” Maisano adds, “Returning to Clear Channel in the Triad is essentially coming full circle in my career. To manage these heritage radio brands in the same market where I first cut my teeth in local sales is something I could not have envisioned 20 years ago.” Clear Channel’s Greensboro cluster consists of adult contemporary WMAG “Continuous Soft Rock,” CHR WMKS “Kiss-FM,” news/talk WPTI, WTQR “New Country Q-104.1,” and alternative WVBZ “The Buzz.” Maisano spent 12 years with Curtis Media Group. Prior to that, he worked for Clear Channel sales departments in Greensboro and Augusta, Georgia.
Crash Poteet Exits KVOO, Tulsa. Programmer and radio personality Crash Poteet exits Journal Broadcast Group’s country KVOO, Tulsa where he was serving as program director and afternoon drive host for the past two years. In the wake of his departure, operations manager Jules Riley steps into the PD role. Prior to joining Journal in March of 2012, Poteet was music director at Tyler Broadcasting’s then-adult hits KJKE, Oklahoma City “Jake FM.”
Harrington New GSM at WPLM, Plymouth. At Plymouth Rock Broadcasting’s adult contemporary WPLM, Plymouth, Massachusetts “Easy 99.1,” Joe Harrington is named general sales manager. Harrington’s joining the company is a return to radio for him after serving most recently with GoLocal24.com and CBS Outdoor.
Emmis’ Jeff Smulyan Sits Down for NASDAQ Interview to Promote Radio Business. Some of the crew of Emmis Communications’ New York stations rang the closing bell at the NASDAQ last Friday and while visiting the exchange, CEO Jeff Smulyan sat down with journalist Kelsey Hubbard to appear on NASDAQ’s CEO Signature Series. Smulyan promoted his company’s efforts behind getting the FM chips in cell phones activated and in pushing the NextRadio platform. When asked about his company’s ability to prosper versus competitors including SiriusXM and Pandora, Smulyan stated that SiriusXM is a subscription service and implied it will always face challenges because of that. As for Pandora, he said his company has been streaming for 18 years and he’s yet to meet anyone who’s making money at it. “The cost structure is very different and I think that’s at the heart of it.” Watch the video here.
Syndication Reality: Measurable Audience Needed. The latest piece from Global Media Services founder Tony Garcia published in TALKERS today (4/23) focuses on the reality that some broadcasters with syndication programming ideas don’t want to hear: It takes measureable audience to get the attention of agency people. Garcia writes that for any general interest radio program, the fact is that “media buyers look for large audience metrics.” Garcia says that means listeners, not necessarily affiliate stations. For more, read Garcia’s column here.
Raleigh March Ratings Update: Ratings recaps (“Top Takeaways”) from 12 PPM markets, including Raleigh, were posted here yesterday (Tuesday, 4/22). Not long after our overview went online, something regarding two Raleigh stations we highlighted was brought to our attention. First though, a bit of background might be helpful in order to put things in perspective. Back on (Friday) March 21, we pointed out that, “During the February sweep, [Curtis Media Group's] WBZJ (2.5 – 3.3, +.8, #11) was urban AC “96.9 BZJ,” but earlier this month (3/11), it became regional Mexican “La Ley 96.9,” and is simulcasting WYMY (3.3 – 3.7, #9).” As you can see from that snippet, the Curtis Media regional Mexican siblings were each up (January – February, 6+). Now, contrast that to what we noted yesterday. “WBZJ “La Ley 96.9″ gives back a touch more than the eight-tenths gain it made this time last month (2.5 – 3.3) by dropping to 2.4 (-.9, #13 to #16), while WYMY sees a 6+ erosion of more than 70% (3.7 – 1.0, #9 to #19).” It is quite common in this PPM environment to witness stations make a sizeable gain one month, only to plummet the following, or vice versa – rebound significantly from a noteworthy dip. A month-to-month -2.7 (3.7 – 1.0, 6+) is the epitome of a major decline and as such warranted the 70% erosion reference. WYMY general manager Alex McTighe though gives us insight regarding such a steep drop. According to McTighe, there was “major damage to our WYMY tower in mid-March. The tower fell and we were off the air for several days. Because of the importance of ‘La Ley’ to the Hispanic community, we began simulcasting on WBZJ four days later and we were back on WYMY by the next weekend. For April, WYMY and WBZJ will be listed in single-line reporting. [Nielsen Audio did not] allow single-line reporting in March, as we were not 100% simulcast. This will continue as we rebuild our tower.” February survey dates were January 30 – February 26, while the March ratings sweep covered February 27 – March 26. Permission RadioInfo has to Nielsen Audio ratings data is strictly for 6+ (only) stats. We do not see anything regarding a station’s technical difficulties, and we were unaware of WYMY’s plight. We naturally wish WYMY – and other stations in similar predicaments – the best as they attempt to compete under such adverse circumstances.
Celebrating CBS RADIO’s Move to DC. On Monday, TALKERS reported the plans CBS RADIO has to move its six-station cluster from its current offices in Lanham, Maryland to a newly re-developed part of Washington, DC – the Capitol Riverfront. Pictured here at the Monday afternoon press conference at the site of the office building on Half Street SE are (from left to right): Mayor Vincent C. Gray, senior vice president/market manager of CBS RADIO Washington, DC, Steve Swenson, and CBS RADIO president and CEO Dan Mason.
This is High School Radio Day. More specifically, it is the third annual such event. WBFH, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (suburban Detroit) station manager Pete Bowers is credited with founding/scheduling the inaugural High School Radio Day in May 2012, as well as last April’s follow-up. Estimating there are 200 high schools in the nation with an over-the-air non-commercial, educational radio station or an internet-only or online radio station, Bowers comments, “The number of terrestrial stations is dropping, but the number of online stations is increasing. Some of those are applying for LPFM construction permits. That is why we must unite on High School Radio Day and make the public aware of what we do, how we do it, and the service we provide our communities.” In 2012, 31 schools from 16 states registered for the event, compared to 52 schools from 32 states last year. Today’s activities planned by participating stations are found at www.highschoolradioday.com. Also on the website are names of participating high schools with links to their websites and online streams of their programming. Pictured here are unidentified students taking part in a previous event.
CBS Philly Partners for ‘Broad Street Run.’ The coming Blue Cross Broad Street Run on May 2-4 is being sponsored in part by The City of Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation and CBS RADIO Philadelphia. The company’s five radio stations are providing marketing, media and programming support as well as secure sponsorships for the famed race to grow the event “Beyond Broad Street.” This marks the run’s 35th anniversary. City official Michael DiBerardinis states, “The megaphone the CBS RADIO stations and CBSPhilly.com bring to the event is unparalleled. They have a proven track record working as close business partners with some of the City’s most iconic events such as the Stotesbury Cup Regatta and the Philadelphia Flower Show. We are excited to have them as partners.”
Final Round of Nielsen Audio March PPM Data Released. The March 2014 PPM ratings data for the last group of 12 markets is out. Those markets are: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. See complete market numbers here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group.
- Austin – The strong roll continues for KBPA “Bob FM,” which is #1 for the third successive time. Since the “Holiday” report, the Emmis adult hits outlet has trended 6.4 – 8.9 – 9.1 – 9.5 for a whopping cumulative +3.1; 9.5 is its best-ever 6+ stat. Two of the capital city’s regional Mexican outlets have a good ratings survey period. Specifically, Emmis-owned KLZT improves by six-tenths to 4.7, inching up from ninth to seventh, while Univision‘s KLQB “Radio La Jefa” more than doubles its February stat (2.0 – 4.2, 6+) as it rockets from #18 to #10. Conversely, while they are able to retain their #2 and #3 rankers, respectively, Clear Channel siblings KASE-FM “Today’s Country” (7.4 – 6.8, -.6) and KVET-FM “All Time Country Favorites” (7.2 – 6.1, -1.1) are each down month-to-month.
- Milwaukee – After back-to-back (6+) down trends of contrasting proportions (13.4 – 6.5 – 6.3), Clear Channel‘s WRIT “Oldies 95.7″ pumps up by an impressive +1.3 to 7.6 (#3 to #2). It trades places with Entercom hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix” (6.8 – 6.2, -.6, #2 to #3), which was coming off a +.7. In addition to “Oldies 95.7,” another big month-month 6+ gainer is alternative WLUM “FM 102.1 Sounds Different” (3.9 – 5.0, +1.1). Over and above progressing from ninth to sixth, “FM 102.1″ notches its strongest 6+ stat since October (also 5.0). Despite being flat in both 6+ share (3.6) and market rank (#10 for the fourth successive monthly), Clear Channel CHR WRNW “Radio Now” actually picks up ground on its Entercom format rival WXSS “Kiss-FM,” which is down by eight-tenths (5.5 – 4.7) and dips from fifth to eighth.
- Indianapolis – Boasting its heftiest 6+ share since July 2011 when it registered a 7.2, Cumulus classic hits WJJK (5.3 – 6.9) enjoys the second-largest (6+) month-to-month increase of all stations in the 12 PPM markets released Monday (+1.6). Moreover, it leapfrogs from #8 in February all the way to #1, the first time WJJK has occupied the top spot. Displaced at the lead position is Radio One rhythmic CHR WHHH “Hot 96.3″ (7.4 – 6.8, -.6), which slides to #2. In addition to “Hot 96.3,” other Indy outlets falling by six-tenths include talk WIBC (6.9 – 6.3, #2 to #4); country WLHK (6.3 -5.7, #4 to #6); and its country foe WFMS (6.0 – 5.4, #5 to #8).
- Raleigh – After assuming the #1 slot in February by advancing 7.8 – 8.5, Curtis Media‘s WQDR “Today’s Best Country” reinforces that seven-tenths bump with a whopping +1.5 to 10.0 and is back in double-figures (6+) for the first time since December’s 10.1. On the flipside though, its regional Mexican cluster-mates have a tough month. WBZJ “La Ley 96.9″ gives back a touch more than the eight-tenths gain it made this time last month (2.5 – 3.3) by dropping to 2.4 (-.9, #13 to #16), while WYMY sees a 6+ erosion of more than 70% (3.7 – 1.0, #9 to #19). Capitol sports outlet WCMC rebounds from a -.6 (3.0 – 2.4) with an eight-tenths improvement to 3.2 (#15 to #11).
- Nashville – What a rollercoaster ride for Cumulus sports outlet WGFX “The Zone.” First, it put the brakes on three straight negative trends resulting in a combined -2.5 by posting a +.9 in January (3.6 – 4.5, #9). Then it tumbled in February by a full-share (4.5 – 3.5, #11), but now makes that up – and then some – with a very strong +1.3 to 4.8 (#11 to #8). Clear Channel urban contemporary WUBT “The Beat” records back-to-back gains of +.7 (5.4 – 6.1 – 6.8) to progress from fourth in February to third. There is good news/bad news for WJXA “Mix 92.9.” On the plus side, the South Central Communications adult contemporary facility is #1 (6+) for a whopping 23rd straight monthly report; is in double-digits (6+) for the 21st consecutive time (10.8 in March); and leads its #2 challenger by 3.6 shares. Of concern though is the fact “Mix” is trending down for the third successive monthly (18.6 – 15.5 – 12.9 – 10.8) for a combined -7.8 and has its lowest 6+ share since October 2012′s 10.2.
- Greensboro – Four of the market’s top five finishers are Entercom properties, including adult hits WSMW “Simon,” which shakes off January – February’s -.6 by bouncing back with a +1.1 to 8.7 (#4 to #2). It is Simon’s best (6+) showing since October’s 9.0. After being down for five successive surveys (8.5 – 7.5 – 6.8 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.1), Clear Channel country outlet WTQR improves by seven-tenths to 5.8 (6+), advancing from seventh to sixth. Its adult contemporary sibling – WMAG – is not only off for the third straight time, that station’s accumulated downward trend is -9.2 (16.7 – 10.4 – 9.8 – 7.5) and represents an approximately 55% erosion. Following a +.9 to 5.7, Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL “107-5 ‘KZL” is down by -1.3 to 4.4 (#8), while its format rival – Clear Channel’s WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” – is +.3 (3.6 – 3.9). Perhaps “Kiss-FM” has purchased the #9 position, as – rather remarkably – this marks the tenth successive time it occupies that slot. Speaking of streaks, this is the seventeenth monthly report in a row that Entercom urban AC WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” is in double-digits 6+ (11.5 – 11.9); WQMG is #1 for the third successive ratings period.
- West Palm Beach – Classical-formatted stations don’t typically take sizeable month-to-month fluctuations, but American Public Media Group‘s WPBI nearly triples February’s .8 (2.3, +1.5) as it zooms from #15 to #10; WPBI’s previous high (6+) was also a 2.3 in October. Adult contemporary WEAT “Sunny 107.9″ packages January – February’s 3.1 – 4.3 (+1.2) with an even more significant gain (4.3 – 5.6, +1.3) to inch up from fifth to third. On the heels of a -.7 to 4.8, urban AC WMBX drops one full-share to 3.8 and trades places with “Sunny.”
- Jacksonville – Seven of the 14 stations appearing in print in this metro are Clear Channel-owned; Cox Media Group has six; and WJCT, Inc. has the other. A change at the top finds WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country” (7.5 – 8.0, +.5) flip-flopping with cross-town Cox Media Group CHR WAPE (8.5 – 7.7, -.8); WAPE had been #1 for seven consecutive survey periods. After back-to-back 4.1 performances (January and February), CMG talker WOKV registers a robust +1.5 to 5.6 (#8 to #4), its most potent 6+-stat since November (6.0). Clear Channel urban AC WSOL is off by nine-tenths (3.5 – 2.6), as it tumbles from seventh to ninth.
- Memphis – Clear Channel gospel WHAL “Halleluiah” more than rebounds from a -1.3 (10.2 – 8.9) by racking up a stunning +1.7 to 10.6. Even though urban AC cluster-mate KJMS “V-101″ is only off slightly (10.6 – 10.4), it is enough to again trade places with “Halleluiah.” In January, it was WHAL at #1/KJMS #2; in February, KJMS #1/WHAL #2; and now it is back to WHAL at #1/KJMS #2. After a January – February 4.6 – 4.0, co-owned classic rock WEGR tumbles by -1.1 (2.9, #11 to #12). Dropping by one-half share each are Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO (7.6 – 7.1, #3 for the third straight month); its country sibling WGKX (5.5 – 5.0, fourth consecutive month at #6); and Entercom classic hits WKQK (4.4 – 3.9, #9 to #11).
- Hartford – After a -.6 to 7.1, Clear Channel-owned WWYZ “Country 92-5″ dials up a +1.4 to 8.5, advancing from fourth to second; it is the station’s finest 6+-performance since September’s 8.7. Owing to a +.8, Marlin‘s WCCC “Rock 106.9″ (#10 to #9) matches its 4.2 from exactly one year ago (March 2013). Although it plummets by that same corresponding amount (-1.4), public WFCR (2.2 – .8) manages to remain at #11. The yo-yo numbers continue for CBS Radio’s WTIC-FM. It bounced back from a -1.7 (“Holiday” – January) with a +1.0 (6.9 – 7.9), carrying the hot AC from fifth to third in February. It now forfeits that one-share improvement though and is back to 6.9, returning to fifth. Adult contemporary sibling WRCH “Lite 10.5″ follows up a +.7 to 9.9 with a one-half share decline to 9.4. Nonetheless, “Lite” has held the market’s #1 spot (6+) since October 2011.
Pandora Adding Local Sales Staffers in Major Markets. The piece in Crain’s New York Business is all about the New York operations but Pandora’s model is to have feet on the ground in major markets when it comes to sales. Whether or not Pandora is eating AM/FM radio’s lunch is a big bone of contention – some radio guys say Pandora doesn’t have the listenership it claims and they also dispute that Pandora’s local sales efforts are successful at radio’s expense. The Crain’s piece probably won’t settle the arguments either. It indicates that some ad agency staff also doubt Pandora’s listener stats. One is quoted saying her clients who buy Pandora do so out of their digital budgets, not their radio budgets. The piece also notes that a fair number of the sales force at Pandora used to work for Clear Channel and CBS. Read it here.
New iHeartRadio Networks Unveiled. A press statement from Clear Channel says its new advertising platform is a “unified one-of-a-kind platform [that] will better maximize Clear Channel’s powerful collection of assets, providing the targeted impact marketers need ― and what they are accustomed to receiving from television networks.” The company explains, “This new Network offers advertisers’ access to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s 840 live radio stations, plus popular digital channels, local website properties, nationally-syndicated programs and satellite radio channels. The network also includes specialized and proprietary options like talent endorsements, organic DJ mentions and product placements, commercial roadblock messaging across the entire network and nimble copy change capability since all the assets are owned and operated by Clear Channel.” Clear Channel Networks president Darren Davis comments, “The new unified network has the tremendous capability to give advertisers the massive reach they’d expect from a radio or television network, but with the effective frequency and enhancements not typically available in the network advertising space. It’s truly the best way for a brand to reach American consumers in a much more affordable way than television networks – and with greater ROI.” The company is also introducing a range of iHeartRadio Targeted Networks designed to effectively reach specific demographic and psychographic groups – including Country, Hispanic, African-American, Millennial, Women, Men and Holiday.
Hubbard Radio Names Bustell VP of Market Research. The company creates a new position, vice president of market research and brings The Media Audit’s Mike Bustell aboard to fill the role. Hubbard Radio EVP and COO Drew Horowitz states, “I am thrilled to have someone of Mike’s caliber joining Hubbard Radio to create an entirely new revenue stream for the company. In a slow growth or no growth environment it is incumbent on us to develop new revenue models to keep our business on a growth trajectory. Mike will bring an innovative approach to our sales teams helping them develop new revenue categories and expand our current account expenditures with programs that deliver results.” Bustell served as executive vice president of sales and marketing at The Media Audit and major market manager for Impact Resources. Bustell comments, “It’s an honor to come to work for Hubbard Radio. I’ve had the pleasure of working with many of their stations, managers, and salespeople throughout the country, many for as long as 20 years. Hubbard is the finest, private, family-owned broadcaster in America. They win awards, serve their communities, and dominate in ratings, and revenue generation. They play to win and have great values and a great history. I can’t wait to dive into all their research tools and assist their stations help more local advertisers and industries achieve growth.”
CC LA Moves Denton to AMs Duty. According to Don Barrett’s LARadio.com, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment’s Los Angeles cluster is shifting general sales manager Bill Denton’s responsibilities from CHR KIIS and alternative KYSR to its AM properties – news/talk KFI, conservative talker KEIB, and sports talk KLAC. The piece goes on to report that Denton’s skills in generating income for radio stations are well known in the market (CC reportedly lured him away from CBS last year) and that CC management would like him to put his talents to work on the AMs which have reported recent revenue decreases. This move comes as an estimated six sales staffers exit the LA cluster in a company-wide move that some are reporting eliminated up to 300 jobs nationally. Read the LARadio.com piece here.
Cat Wilson Named Promotion Director at Cape Cod Broadcasting. At Cape Cod Broadcasting, 18-year market radio pro Cat Wilson joins the company to serve as promotion manager. In making the announcement, general manager Beverly Tilden says, “We are excited to add Cat to our team. Cat is a multi-talented individual and with our plans to expand CCB marketing and events, she brings additional Cape-based experience and resources to our group.” In addition to her promotion work, Wilson will host “The Cheap Seats” on adult contemporary WOCN, “Ocean 104.7” on Sunday nights at 8:00 pm. Wilson’s show, formerly heard on classic hits WCIB “Cool102,” celebrates local musicians and their music. Wilson comes to Cape Cod Broadcasting from her most recent position as marketing manager for Cape Cod Harley Davidson. She has won awards for her dedication to independent music from Limelight Magazine as well as The New England Music Awards. In 2013, she was named Cape Cod’s Favorite Radio Personality by Cape Cod Magazine. CCB program director Jerry McKenna comments, “Cat brings another local voice to our lineup and her deep knowledge of the format artists and their music will add dimension to this unique format.” Cape Cod Broadcasting owns AC WOCN, hot AC WQRC “99.9 The Q,” country WKPE, “Cape Country 104,” and classical WFCC “Classical 107.5” as well as CapeCod.com and five other websites.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s adult contemporary KOIT, San Francisco, Efran Sifuentes exits the afternoon drive slot and former Detroit personality Brent Edwards takes over the show…..Programmer and consultant Alan Hague is working with Tracy Johnson Media Group to offer his services to the company’s clients. Hague specializes in country, adult contemporary, news/talk, and sports formats.
KITS, San Francisco Announces Lineup for the ‘Live 105 BFD.’ The 20th annual “Live 105 BFD” will take place at the Shoreline Amphitheater on June 1 and the main stage acts will include: Foster the People, M.I.A., Fitz and the Tantrums, Phantogram, and New Politics. The event, sponsored by CBS RADIO alt-rocker KITS, will feature more than 35 bands on four separate stages. The station reports the Bud Light Festival Stage will feature a very current roster of alternative acts with non-stop music from Walk The Moon, MS MR, Kongos, Cherub, Bleachers, Birds of Tokyo, Big Data, Bear Hands, Finish Ticket, Skaters and Semi Precious Weapons. The Bud Light Platinum Subsonic Tent will be the place to channel your free spirit and get your groove on all day and all night. Featured in the tent will be Chicago based DJs, Flosstradamus and performances by RAC, Giraffage, The Knocks, Amplive, and White Noize. The tent will also play host to local DJs, Aaron Axelsen, Miles The DJ, St. John, John Beaver and DJ Dials. The festival will also feature local bands from the Bay Area including: Waters, The Hundred Days, French Cassettes, Everyone is Dirty, The Trims and many more.
Cool Job Opportunity. Midday on-air personality at Convergent Broadcasting’s classic rocker in Corpus Christi, Texas. First of all, YES, we still believe in live and local air talent! We have an immediate opportunity for a full time mid-day personality on a fantastic classic rock station. The qualified candidate needs to know how to relate to the classic rock audience, love live appearances and do excellent production. We are now in our brand-new downtown facility. We offer a great team environment with no corporate red tape. Our goal is to make great radio and have a good time doing it. Corpus Christi offers a great lifestyle close to beaches and many outdoor activities. For consideration, email a resume and aircheck to Kent Cooper at email@example.com. Females are highly encouraged to apply. Convergent Broadcasting is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
WIL, St. Louis Prepares for ‘Cornbread’s World’s Largest Garage Sale.’ This Saturday, WIL, St. Louis morning show host Cornbread is hosting a big promotion called “Cornbread’s World’s Largest Garage Sale” at nearby Fairmount Park Racetrack in Collinsville, Illinois. The station says that more than 300 individuals will be exhibiting and selling their treasure trove of items at the ultimate “trinkets & trash” bash, and more than 5,000 people are expected to attend this popular, semi-annual event. The 2014 Spring edition of “Cornbread’s World’s Largest Garage Sale” is presented by MERS Goodwill and 111 Salvage. Pictured here are some “pickers” at a recent garage sale event.
The Importance of Being Early. There’s an old saying in the general business world that goes something like this: “The only thing worse than being too late is being too early.” Another saying of a similar nature that specifically comes out of the music radio business world is: “You can’t get in trouble for what you don’t play, just for what you do play.” In a new opinion column posted today (4/21) RadioInfo’s Duane Doobie writes: “I completely understand the thinking behind these broad-strokes philosophies and have personally and professionally witnessed the peril that can accompany not heeding their advice. There were many instances in my career, in other times and places, that I realized the best way to achieve success with any given music format was to ‘tighten up,’ eliminate dead wood and be very careful in separating the real goods from the torrent of hype that flooded the music radio universe. But that was then and this is now. Like all maxims and guidelines designed to deal with the uncertain universe of human nature, they only work up to a point before a counter-acting syndrome aptly described as the ‘law of diminishing returns’ kicks in.” Doobie continues: “Music radio (for the most part) is precisely at that point. After years and years of worrying more about avoiding ‘tune-outs’ than aggressively creating ‘tune-ins,’ music radio managers and programmers have painted themselves into a precarious corner and the most reasonable course of action at this point is to come out swinging!” To read Duane Doobie’s entire column, please click here.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, 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 (4/21) includes such names as: Magic!, OneRepublic, Eric Hutchinson, Lucy Mason, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Letters from the Fire, Boy & Bear, High Strung, Sleeping At Last, Morgan Page & Michael S, Hoxton Whores, Naughty Boy, Sam Smith, Neon Trees, Chainsmokers, Donovan Farrell, Viper Creek Band, Del Barber,and the Lacs among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Tora Fisher and Baby Raptors to Make World Debut at Brooklyn’s Shapeshifter Lab. Here’s a RadioInfo HOT TIP for our radio and music industry readers in New York City (and its extensive Tri-State metropolitan area). One of the most exciting “unsigned” new artists on the scene today, Tora Fisher (a young, beautiful and amazingly-talented female singer/songwriter whom we have proudly championed since she began performing in unique venues) has been spending time in the recording studio with multi-instrumentalist/producer Evan Marien (a unique purveyor of “new” music with influences of hip hop, fusion and EDM) further developing Tora’s leading-edge sound. The result is a concept/duo-group dubbed Baby Raptors. Tora met Evan when he was brought on as a bassist for her performances in New York City and on the “Tora Tour.” The result of the collaboration (his unbridled mixing of genres and her “candy-flamed” pop vocals and song writing) is so cool and innovative that it defies explanation. According to Duane Doobie, “You must hear it for yourself! It is quite ‘different’ to say the least.” RDMusic and King Air Publishing is presenting a debut listening party/showcase for this intriguing new act this coming Saturday evening April 26 at a neat little art gallery/café in Brooklyn called “Shapeshifter Lab” located at 18 Whitwell Place. There will be cocktails, an art exhibit “New York in Black & White,” an opening act, DJ Killa Theory featuring Live Drums, and the world debut public performance of Baby Raptors. The FREE event kicks off at 8:00 pm. The club is small and intimate so you’ve got to register to attend before the limited number of tickets run out and be sure to arrive on time to gain entry. To acquire tickets for this event go to www.BabyRaptors.com.
Clear Channel Announces Acts for iHeartRadio Awards Show. When Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio Music Awards show airs on NBC on Thursday, May 1 it will present a number of big name acts performing live. Those acts include: Blake Shelton, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Pitbull, Shakira and Thirty Seconds to Mars. The company also says it is “taking a groundbreaking approach to the award show format, offering viewers live performances, storytelling and an intimate atmosphere. In addition to performances at the glamorous-tabled show at the Shrine Auditorium, the event will also feature artists playing the stages of some of Los Angeles’ most iconic venues from The Roxy to the Hotel Café. The event will highlight the music world’s top stars in taking over Los Angeles telling viewers their ‘L.A. story’ — what brought them to and through the City of Angels and how it helped make their careers.” Others set to perform include: Ariana Grande, Luke Bryan, Arcade Fire and Ed Sheeran. Those making appearances will be Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Steven Tyler, Imagine Dragons, Chris Martin, Lorde, Demi Lovato and more.
Ryan Seacrest Reportedly Seeking Larger Role with Clear Channel. A number of sources, including the Hollywood Reporter, are saying Ryan Seacrest is winding down his time with NBCU and that he’s ready to end his red carpet cuties for E!. At the same time, it’s being said that Seacrest wants to extend his $25 million dollar deal with Clear Channel – set to end in 2015 – so he can do more work, as Hollywood Reporter’s Lacey Rose writes, building “out more multiplatform programming with Clear Channel and the iHeart brand that he would host and produce via his Ryan Seacrest Productions.” He is also expected to renew with Fox for two more seasons of “American Idol.”
Tanch Joins ‘Hot 103.7’ in Seattle. The seven-month-old Entercom rhythmic CHR station announced the latest addition to its staff. KHTP “The New HOT 103.7” names Jamie “Tanch” Tanchyk the afternoon drive host/APD position. He comes to Entercom from his most recent gig at 6 Johnson Road Licenses-owned triple at WZMR, Albany where he was program director. He begins his new gig on May 12. Tanch states, “I’m thrilled to join the ‘HOT’ team! To be a part of one of the country’s most exciting new stations is truly an honor. I’m looking forward to bouncing new ideas off the morning show and growing as a programmer under the leadership of Mike Preston. Thank you to Mike, Dave Richards, Candy + Potter, and everyone who’s helped me along the way!”
The Media Audit Boosts Austin to VP/GSM. The Media Audit East Coast regional manager Tracy Austin is elevated to vice president/general sales manager. Austin succeeds Mike Bustell, who spent 21 years with the research company. According to chief executive officer Phillip Beswick, “Tracy is a natural leader. She has taken over territories and built a solid business helping clients grow their business. Tracy’s peers have naturally gravitated to her. Aside from being very smart and personable, she is very client focused, and works tirelessly to help her clients achieve their goals.” Regarding Bustell, Beswick notes, “It is bitter-sweet to lose [him]. Mike’s clients loved him and he helped [many] media earn a lot of money by helping them understand their strengths and selling those strengths. Mike made research interesting with his entertaining style. Everyone loved his quirky sense of humor and looked forward to his regular training sessions. He has been with The Media Audit for more than half his business career; now is a great time to spread his wings with a new experience.” Austin remarks, “This is a rare opportunity, and I couldn’t be happier. I feel we have the right product at the right time. More than ever, consumers live in a multi-media world of legacy media and the new digital age. We have a great sales team and I am looking forward to working with them to ensure our clients are getting their optimal advantage out of our service.”
Taylor Joins Radio Disney. Two-year WJFX “Hot 107.9″ midday talent/content director Brooke Taylor is leaving the Fort Wayne, Indiana CHR for Burbank, California, where she will become Radio Disney‘s night/weekend talent. Radio Disney director of on-air programming Ernest Martinez (“Ernie D”), explains, “We chose Brooke to round out our staff because it is clear that she puts the audience first. She cares about them and their interests, and she has the charisma that is geared specifically towards entertaining them in a fun, significant way.” Taylor began her career as a nighttime personality in Gainesville, Florida at WYKS. Her first day at Radio Disney is next Monday (4/28).
CBS RADIO to Move Washington Operations into DC. According to a story in the Washington Business Journal, CBS RADIO has signed a lease for a 33,000 square foot second floor in a 10-story office building on Half Street SE and the stations will relocate from their current site in Lanham, Maryland. In addition to the second floor, CBS will also lease about 3,000 square feet of space on the ground floor to serve as a performance space. Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to announce the deal at a press conference today that will include CBS RADIO president Dan Mason and senior vice president Steve Swenson. CBS operates sports talk duo WJFK-FM and WJFK-AM, all-news WNEW-FM, hip hop WPGC, adult contemporary WIAD and Spanish WLZL.
AE Sues Clear Channel New Orleans. Another sales staffer at Clear Channel’s New Orleans cluster is suing the company claiming management conspired to dismiss her in retaliation for testifying in the cases of other African American AEs suing the company. Caucasian sales staffer Michelle Killian alleges in her suit that market manager Dick Lewis, sales manager Rob Hasson and director of sales Joshua Mednick attempted to create reasons to terminate Killian through assigning unattainable sales goals. She also alleges the company began giving her smaller value sales leads in order to affect her income. Further she alleges this came about after she testified in the cases of Prixie Montgomery and other black AEs suing the company for violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Killian states in her complaint that the atmosphere created at the cluster was such that black and white AEs only spoke to each other when business demanded it and that she was also targeted by management for interacting and socializing with African American co-workers.
Remembering Kevin Sharp. Bone cancer survivor Kevin Sharp passed away on Saturday (4/19). A posting on the country singer’s website indicates Sharp’s cause of death was a result of “ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.” Sharp’s debut album, “Measure of a Man,” was released in November 1996 and he earned a “Best New Male Artist” nomination from the Academy of Country Music. The Redding, California native quickly had three hit singles, with “Nobody Knows” (originally done by The Tony Rich Project), “She’s Sure Taking It Well,” and “If You Love Somebody.” Ten years ago, Sharp’s autobiographical “Tragedy’s Gift” detailed the two-year period he endured with chemotherapy, radiation and multiple surgeries. Sharp was a Make-A-Wish kid as a teen. His request was to meet renowned record producer David Foster, who produced his favorite band, Chicago. Sharp was soon in Foster’s studio, attending a recording session. Months later, doctors told Sharp that he had beaten the cancer; Sharp would later become a high-profile Make-A-Wish spokesperson. Foster kept up with Sharp’s progress and helped him land a recording contract with Asylum Records. Among those commenting over the weekend in social media on Sharp’s passing were Ty Herndon, who writes, “My heart and prayers go out to Kevin and his family; such a great man and talent.” Neal McCoy notes, “A fellow makes a Make-A-Wish and it comes true. He meets David Foster and grants many more of his own. Work well done – go rest now Kevin Sharp.” Among Sharp’s accolades were the Country Music Association‘s “New Touring Artist” and the Make-A-Wish “Wish Granter of the Year” for 1997. He was just 43 years old when he died at his mother’s Fair Oaks, California home Saturday at 10:49 pm.
Cool Job Opportunity. Affiliate Sales Manager. Sales Experience Required. Base salary plus Uncapped commission. The position is based in Cleveland, Ohio. Envision Networks is looking for salesperson to join a growing company and a fun team. The successful candidate will be responsible for aggressively growing and maintaining the number of affiliated radio stations in their regional territory. We use salesforce.com for our CRM and marketing. We use social media as a sales tool. Additional responsibilities: maintain affiliate relationships and handle affiliate questions or concerns in a timely manner; attend regional trade shows and entertain clients; attend affiliate events and broadcast industry functions to learn, laugh and live the dream; work closely with the director of affiliate relations to develop and relay new sales/marketing programs, products and services; provide innovative customer service and sales; maintain and track territory sales initiatives. Qualifications & Requirements: 1) Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of training and experience; 2) Previous broadcasting industry experience is a plus, but not required; 3) Strong computer/technical skills; must have knowledge and experience with CRM, Word, Excel, and Outlook; 4) Ability to work well independently and as part of a positive team; 5) Good oral and written communication skills. Attention to detail is critical; 6) Exceptional organizational and time management skills; 7) Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously; 8) Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines. Spanish language skills a plus. Salesforce.com a plus. Microsoft Office Suite Required. Envision Networks (www.goenvisionnetworks.com) offers profit sharing as well as competitive benefits and compensation package plus organization funded 401k retirement plan in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment. Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements in MS Word or ASCII text to Laura Orkin, Chief Operations Officer or e-mail LauraO@envisionradio.com, or via fax to 216-514-4699. No phone calls PLEASE.
Round Three of Nielsen Audio’s March PPM Data Released. The next round of PPM data from the March 2014 survey by Nielsen Audio has been released for the 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. You can see the complete market numbers here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways.”
- Portland – With an impressive +1.1 (6.9 – 8.0) public KOPB improves from second to first, ousting Clear Channel-owned adult contemporary KKCW “K-103″ (7.5 – 7.0, #2), which had been #1 the past four monthlies. “K-103″ CHR sibling KKRZ “Z-100″ had registered four straight (6+) up trends (4.7 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 5.6 – 5.9) before January- February’s -.4 to 5.5. It bounces back though with a +.8 (6.3) and remains steady at #4. Declining by nine-tenths is Entercom alternative KNRK (4.2 – 3.3), which tumbles from #9 to #15.
- Charlotte – While both of the market’s major FM country facilities have a favorable month, it is CBS Radio‘s WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits” that claims #1 honors (up from #3 in February); registers a meaty +1.1; and has its finest 6+-stat (7.7) since May 2012 (also 7.7). Meanwhile, Clear Channel’s WKKT “96.9 – The Kat” gains four-tenths (5.1 – 5.5) to inch up from eighth to sixth. Its classic rock cluster-mate WRFX 99.7 – “The Fox” turns in Charlotte’s most potent (6+) month-to-month increase (+1.4 to 6.7), enabling it to zoom from seventh to a third-place tie. It was a short (one-month) stay at #1 for CBS Radio urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98,” which held the top spot for the first time since November, but with a -.4 to 6.7, it dips to #3.
- Sacramento – CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96″ ends its mini-slide (9.2 – 5.8 – 5.7, 6+) with a strong +1.2 to 6.9 and advances from fourth to third. After declining by nine-tenths (3.7 – 2.8, January – February, 6+), Clear Channel talker KSTE posts a +.7 to 3.5 and progresses from #15 to #10. A trio of Entercom stations drop by one-half share each: CHR KDND “The End” (8.4 – 7.9, but is still #1 for the third successive monthly); KRXQ “98 Rock” (5.7 – 5.2, #4 to #6); and KCTC “ESPN 1320″ (1.7 – 1.2 #19 to #21); KCTC is coming off a -.8 (January – February).
- San Antonio – Suffering the most pronounced month-to-month (6+) decline of any station in the 12 markets Nielsen Audio released Thursday is Clear Channel country KAJA “KJ-97,” which regresses by -2.1 (7.6 – 5.5). In the process, it falls out of the top spot it occupied in January and February all the way to sixth. Despite a -.8 to 6.3, Univision rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat” advances from second to first; ironically, 6.3 is The Beat’s weakest 6+ share since last April, when it recorded a 6.2. After eight successive monthly performances in the 2.5 – 2.9 range (August 2013 – February 2014, 6+), Clear Channel‘s KZEP dials up a +.9 to 3.7 and climbs from #14 to #11. It is the best 6+ performance for “San Antonio’s Classic Rock” since March 2012′s 3.9. Nine-tenths though is hardly good news for Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG (5.9 – 5.0, -.9), which slips from #5 to #7.
- Cincinnati – There’s good news/bad news for WLW: The Clear Channel heritage talker is #1 for the third straight monthly, but its January-February-March line score translates to a cumulative -1.6 (10.4 – 9.7 – 8.8), with 8.8 the lowest 6+-stat the Cincinnati Reds flagship has registered since PPM became Cincinnati’s ratings currency. After back-to-back down monthlies (4.2 – 3.9 – 3.5), Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSL “Old School 100.3″ enjoys a +.8 to 4.3, zipping from #13 to #9.
- Cleveland – Not only do three Clear Channel stations retain their first, second, and third rankings from February (6+), each does so with gusto. Adult hits WHLK “The Lake” adds seven-tenths to 9.6 and is #1 (6+) for the third successive time. Classic hits-oldies WMJI (#2) improves by nine-tenths to 9.3, while country WGAR (#3) tacks on one full-share (6.7 – 7.7). Meanwhile, their rock sibling WMMS progresses by eight-tenths to 5.9, jumping from ninth to sixth. Since the “Holiday” report, WMMS has trended 3.5 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 5.9 for a combined +2.4.
- Salt Lake City – Turning in its third consecutive (6+) up trend, Bonneville classic hits KRSP “Arrow” explodes to 5.6 (+1.3) and zooms from #11 to a three-way logjam at #5. It is the station’s best 6+-performance since last May (also 5.6). Dating back to the “Holiday” report, “Arrow” has gained 2.2 shares (3.4 – 3.9 – 4.3 – 5.6, 6+). This time last month, Clear Channel‘s KJMY “My-FM” dialed up a +1.1 to 4.8, but the hot AC regresses by nine-tenths (3.9) as it slides from #9 to #11. After back-to-back 5.1 shares (6+), fellow hot AC KBZN is off six-tenths to 4.5 (#7 to #9).
- Kansas City – For the fifth successive monthly report, Carter Broadcast Corporation-owned urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz” (7.0 – 7.6, +.6) occupies the runner-up slot. This is the station’s finest 6+-stat since last May, when it registered an 8.1. Also advancing by six-tenths is Entercom‘s KCSP “610 Sports” (2.1 – 2.7), which proceeds from #18 to a three-way tie at #15. Although down two-tenths (9.0 – 8.8), Wilks Broadcasting‘s KFKF “Country 94.1″ is #1 for the twelfth consecutive time.
- Orlando – Rather incredibly, January – February’s massive +2.1 turned in by Cox Media Group country property WWKA “K-92.3″ all but evaporates with a -1.9 to 7.1, as the station slips from first to second. Notwithstanding its two-tenths dip to 7.3, contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3 – Safe for the Little Ears” progresses from third to first. After a robust (6+) “Holiday”-January-February trend of 5.4 – 6.6 – 7.2, Clear Channel CHR WXXL “XL-106.7″ regresses by eight-tenths to 6.4, but remains at #4. Even by registering an exceptionally strong +.9 (3.9 – 4.8), CBS Radio hot AC WOMX “Mix 105″ is locked at #11.
- Columbus – Boasting a +.8 to 11.4, Clear Channel CHR WNCI is #1 for the tenth time in the last eleven surveys and posts double-digits (6+) for the thirteenth straight time. Alternative cluster-mate WCGX “X-106.7″ improves for the third time in a row – this time by six tenths – (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.9) and it is good enough to crack the top ten (#12 to #10). Similarly-formatted WWCD “CD 102.5 The Alternative Station,” however, has a 40% erosion (3.0 – 1.8, 6+) and dips from #10 to #13.
Larry Wilson’s Alpha Broadcasting and L&L to Merge; Company to Buy Main Line Broadcasting for $57 Million. A big two-pronged announcement from Larry Wilson’s Alpha Broadcasting and L&L Broadcasting: First, the two companies will merge into one to be named Alpha Media. Second, the company will purchase 19 stations in four markets from Main Line Broadcasting for $57 million. Here’s what the companies announce. “The current corporate team for Alpha Broadcasting and L & L Broadcasting will remain and operate the company from the corporate headquarters in Portland, Oregon.” Alpha operates six stations in Portland while L&L operates 43 stations in seven markets. L&L has been overseeing the operation of the Portland stations for the last year pursuant to a management agreement with Alpha. Chairman Larry Wilson states, “The merger will be the culmination of a long term plan to ultimately combine the two companies and will allow us to streamline our oversight of all 49 stations to take advantage of the many synergies.” But wait, there will soon be more than 49 stations. The announcement that L & L Broadcasting is entering into an agreement to acquire 19 radio stations from Main Line Broadcasting for $57 million will expand that to 68 stations. Main Line Broadcasting is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and operates in the Louisville; Richmond-Petersburg, Virginia; Dayton; and Hagerstown, Maryland-Chambersburg, Pennsylvania markets. L & L Broadcasting president and CEO Bob Proffitt comments, “We’ve worked hard to maintain strong community involvement and an intimate connection with our listeners and advertisers in all of our markets. I’m confident that we’ll be able to implement our mission of live and local radio in the Main Line markets.” Main Line CEO Marc Guralnick adds, “I am extremely proud of all of Main Line Broadcasting’s employees who have done a phenomenal job over the years. I am pleased to have these great broadcasters now under the leadership and vision of Larry Wilson and Bob Proffitt. There’s not a better company than L&L Broadcasting to ensure this continued success.”
Passenger Honored by Nettwerk for Smash Single. To commemorate the sale of three million singles of “Let Her Go,” Nettwerk Music Group presented Passenger (a.k.a. Mike Rosenberg) with a plaque at its office in Los Angeles. The act’s most recent single, “Scare Away The Dark,” will be featured on Passenger’s fifth studio album Whispers due out on June 10. Pictured here (from left to right) are: Dan Medland, Passenger’s manager from ie:music; Mark Jowett, Nettwerk Music Group, VP international A&R/publishing; Mike Rosenberg, Passenger; Jeff Ballard, Nettwerk Music Group, national promotions director; and Jack Heine, Nettwerk Music Group, radio promotions coordinator.
J.B. and Sandy Officially Named Morning Hosts on Austin’s New ‘Fringe’ FM. The alternative Culture Map Austin has the story as Austin broadcaster and owner of country KOKE Bob Cole makes it official that Monday, April 21 will see the return of J.B. Hager (right) and Sandy McIlree (left) to the market’s airwaves after the two exited Entercom’s crosstown hot AC KAMX “Mix 94.7” last fall. What is “Fringe Austin?” According to the piece in Culture Map Austin, the station – airing on translator K287FG at 105.3 FM – will feature “a mix of new rock and indie bands, reflecting the station’s preference for off-center music that falls outside of the corporate radio realm.”
Veau Named PD at Classic Hits WORC-FM, Worcester. Twelve-year Cumulus Media Worcester staffer Mark Veau is upped to program director at the company’s classic hits WORC-FM. The company says Veau has been on the air as WORC-FM’s afternoon drive personality, hosts the Sunday morning public affairs program for all three stations in the cluster, produces imaging and commercials, and has deep knowledge of and experience with the community WORC-FM serves. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Broadcasters. Veau says, “I look forward to this new opportunity working on a radio station that I know so well and enjoy so much.” Cumulus vice president and market manager Bob Goodell adds, “In my six years here, Mark has always been a go-to guy to get things done with his specialized knowledge of the audience and promotional history of WORC-FM. There is no person with more passion and experience that could assume the duties of PD than Mark Veau.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland hip hop outlet WOCQ “OC104” names Lonnie Legend to the afternoon drive position. Legend moves up from evenings as Chubb Love, who served as APD and afternoon host, exits says program director Bill Baker. He expects to name a new APD soon…..At Clear Channel’s Houston alt-rocker KTBZ-FM “94.5 The Buzz,” Karah moves from her part-time role to the permanent evening slot.
Round Two of Nielsen Audio’s March PPM Data Released. Owing Tuesday’s Passover observance, the second round of Nielsen Audio March 2014 PPM ratings was delayed by a day. So, here are the ratings for the next group of 12 markets that include: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. All the numbers can be found here, but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways.”
- Washington – On the strength of a seven-tenths gain, Radio One-owned gospel facility WPRS “Praise 104.1″ zooms from #13 to #8. It is the third successive (6+) progressive trend for “Praise,” which totals a combined +1.4 in that stretch (2.6 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 4.0). Seven-tenths is lucky for WIAD “94.7 – Fresh FM” as well as it improves from 2.9 to 3.6, placing the CBS Radio hot AC in a three-way tie at #10 – up from #15 in February; 3.6 is Fresh FM’s best 6+-performance since October, when it also reached that figure. After a January – February gain of eight-tenths (4.6 – 5.4), Clear Channel adult contemporary WASH returns to 4.6 (-.8) but remains at #6.
- Detroit – Enjoying the most significant (6+) month-to-month gain among all stations in the 12 PPM markets released Wednesday is WMXD “Mix 92.3.” Not only does the Clear Channel urban AC – which ranked third in February – rocket from 6.4 to 8.3 (+1.9), it dislodges CBS Radio all-news WWJ (7.9 – 7.2, -.7) from #1; WWJ slips to second. To help put the 8.3 that “Mix” racks up in perspective, the station heretofore had not crossed the seven-share threshold (6+). After six successive downward trends in which its 6+ share was sliced in half (8.0 – 7.6 – 6.1 – 5.4 – 4.6 – 4.0), CBS Radio sports outlet WXYT-FM “The Ticket” picks up seven-tenths (4.0 – 4.7) and returns to the top ten (#11 in February to #8). No sooner does Clear Channel adult contemporary WNIC bounce back from a massive -7.9 “Holiday” – January decline with a +.6 in February to advance from #6 to #4, it regresses by one full-share (6.1 – 5.1) and falls back to #6. CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOMC’s string of four successive (6+) up trends (5.0 – 5.1 – 5.3 – 6.9 – 7.6) concludes with an eight-tenths decline to 6.8 (#2 to #3); 7.6 was WOMC’s best-ever 6+ PPM performance.
- Miami – WFEZ “Easy 93.1″ registers a +.8 (5.0 – 5.8), leapfrogging from #7 to #3. You might recall that in February, the Cox Media Group adult contemporary facility posted a negative trend (5.6 – 5.0, -.6) for the first time since July – August. The 6+ line score for “Easy 93.1″ since August was four successive 5.1 showings, back-to-back 5.4 shares, and a 5.6. Meanwhile, “Easy 93.1″ urban contemporary sibling WEDR “South Florida’s Only Station for Hip-Hop and R&B” (5.8 – 5.1, #2 to #5) and public WLRN (2.9 – 2.2, #16 to #19) are each off by seven-tenths (February – March, 6+); WEDR was coming off a +.8 (5.0 – 5.8). Despite being off by six-tenths (8.8 – 8.2), CMG-owned WHQT “Hot 105″ is #1 for an amazing 34th straight time.
- Seattle – As a result of posting a +.7 to 5.7, Hubbard CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5″ breaks away from a three-way logjam at #2 to claim the #1 spot (6+) from public KUOW, which falls to fifth (5.1 – 4.7). Improving by one-half share (3.6 – 4.1), Entercom‘s KKWF “The Wolf” (#11 to #9) widens its lead slightly over CBS Radio-owned country rival KMPS, which is flat at 3.5, but inches up from #12 – #11. After gaining six-tenths to 3.8 (January – February), Sinclair Broadcast Group Hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5″ drops that and a little more (3.8 – 3.0, -.8) as it plummets from #10 to #15.
- Phoenix – When KMXP “Mix 96.9″ made its gargantuan +3.2 to 8.1 (January – February), it represented the first time in its PPM history that the Clear Channel hot AC reached/crossed the eight-share barrier (6+). “Mix” remains at #1 for the second straight month, however, it relinquishes more than half of its previous +3.2 (8.1 – 6.3). Moreover, the -1.8 is the heftiest month-to-month decline by any station in the 12 PPM markets released on Wednesday. Since the “Holiday” report, Bonneville‘s KTAR-FM has had an interesting rollercoaster ride by recording a 3.5 (“Holiday”); 4.2 (January); back down to 3.5 (February); and now back up to 4.2 (March). In the country battle, Clear Channel’s KNIX “The Best New Country” gains seven-tenths (4.4 – 5.1, #6 to #4) while CBS Radio‘s KMLE “Country@107.9″ drops three-tenths (4.0 – 3.7, #9 to #12).
- Minneapolis – Cumulus classic rocker KQRS tacks on a +1.1 to last month’s modest two-tenths gain (6.1 – 6.3 – 7.4) and creeps up from fifth to third. After rebounding from a -1.7 (December – “Holiday”) to a +1.1 (“Holiday” – January), then losing six-tenths to 5.8 (#8 in February), Clear Channel country KEEY “K-102″ adds four-tenths (5.8 – 6.2, #7). It overtakes format challenger – CBS Radio‘s KMNB – which is down one-tenth (6.0 – 5.9, #8), following January – February’s +.8. Contemporary Christian KTIS declines by one full-share (7.4 – 6.4) and falls from third to sixth.
- San Diego – In a rare occurrence, the market has back-to-back situations of a station hitting #1 for the first time since PPM became San Diego’s ratings currency. February numbers found Clear Channel-owned KGB-FM “World Class Rock” (5.3 – 5.5, +.2) halting Lincoln Financial Media country outlet KSON-FM’s consecutive string of #1 showings (6+) at 18. Now it is LFM adult contemporary KIFM’s initial turn at the top as it leapfrogs from fourth to first (5.0 – 5.5), as KGB-FM loses one full-share (5.5 – 4.5) and plummets to sixth. Alternative turns in a good month with XETRA “91-X” (3.2 – 3.7, #12) and KBZT “FM 94/9″ (2.9 – 3.4, #13) each improving by one-half share. Sliding from second to fifth, KSON-FM has its fourth successive (6+) down trend (6.9 – 6.4 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.9) and is a cumulative -2.0 in that timeframe.
- Tampa – Two Tampa Bay outlets are up by at least +1.0 month-to-month (6+): Clear Channel CHR WFLZ zooms from ninth to second (5.0 – 6.1, +1.1) and CBS Radio-owned WQYK “Tampa Bay’s Country Station” jumps from #14 to #8 (3.9 – 4.9, +1.0). Conversely, Cox Media Group adult contemporary WWRM “Magic 94-9″ – which was -1.0 January – February (7.6 – 6.6) – regresses by an additional -1.6 to 5.0. In the process, it falls from second to seventh and registers its weakest 6+-stat since August 2012 (4.8). CMG AC cluster-mates WDUV and WWRM were #1 – #2 for the past six monthly reports; WDUV (9.6 – 9.8, +.2) is #1 for the sixteenth consecutive monthly.
- Baltimore – Following a massive seven-share “Holiday” – January falloff (11.9 – 4.9), CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9″ turns in its second straight upward trend – this one a +.8 to 6.0 and stays even at #4. Radio One urban contemporary WERQ “92-Q” had recorded three successive positive trends (6.9 – 7.0 – 7.6 – 7.9, 6+) before taking a one-share decline to 6.9. It remains at #1 for the third straight monthly, but now shares top honors with Clear Channel country WPOC, which is actually down one-tenth (7.0 – 6.9).
- St. Louis – Clear Channel‘s KLOU “Greatest Hits of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s” rings up a +.9 (5.1 – 6.0), shooting the classic hits-oldies outlet from a tie at #10 to a tie at #4. Hubbard-owned country property WIL-FM (6.8 – 7.3, +.5) retains the top spot for the second successive monthly; 7.3 represents the station’s most potent 6+-stat in its PPM history. Dropping by nine-tenths (6.7 – 5.8) is CBS Radio hot AC KYKY “Y-98,” which slides from fourth to sixth.
Clear Channel Restructures Sales Efforts; Extent of RIF Unknown. The prospect that Clear Channel Media + Entertainment intended to change the structure of its sales force has been rumored for some time and now the plan has been put into effect. The exact nature of the realignment is not known but the company released the following statement: “As a policy, we don’t discuss personnel matters. However, for the last several months we have been flattening our senior management organization to reduce overlap. Now we are aligning our sales organizations to this new structure and to give more resources, authority, and accountability to the most productive members of our team so we can operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.”
Johnson to Replace Hanson at Broadway Media. A number of changes taking effect at Broadway Media in Utah to report. First, the company announces that its Salt Lake Radio Group market manager G. Craig Hanson is leaving the company after 37 years to enter the ownership end of the business in St. George, Utah. Taking over for him will be Stephen C. Johnson. He’ll serve as general manager and CEO of the Salt Lake Radio Group that includes: KXRK, KUDD, KUUU, KEGA, KYMV and KALL. Johnson spent the last 35 years with Simmons Media. Other moves include Broadway Media VP/administration Bret J. Leifson exiting to pursue other interests. Joining the companies is John G. Kimball who will serve as general manager and CEO of Real Media – the division that operates Broadway’s digital, technical, event and entertainment, and outdoor media assets. Kimball has worked in the market with Bonneville and Real Salt Lake.
Monica Nelson to Mornings on Arizona Hot AC Duo. Radio personality Monica Nelson is the new morning drive co-host at Riviera Broadcasting’s hot AC “Hot 97.5/103.9” – a simulcast on KMVA, Dewey-Humboldt (between Phoenix and Prescott) and KEXX, Gilbert (southeast of Phoenix). She joins Vinnie Del Rosso for the 6:00 am to 10:00 am shift. She comes to Riviera from her most recent gig at the former KPKX “98.7 The Peak.” Director of operations Marc Young says, “We’re absolutely delighted to add a talent of Monica’s stature to the ‘Hot’ brand. She is a seasoned pro and fits perfectly with our focus on all things live and local for Phoenix.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At WPNT-owned hot AC WLTJ “Q 92.9,” Debbie Wilde is named midday personality, moving there from the evening slot. Wilde joined the station last fall after previously serving at Clear Channel’s crosstown alternative WXDX…..Sebastian Davis is named executive producer of “The Regular Guys” morning show on Cumulus Media’s rock WNNX, Atlanta “Rock 100.5.”
FCC Issues FNPRM for 2014 Quadrennial Review; Ownership Regs Proposed to Remain, Cross-Ownership Open for Consideration. The Federal Communications Commission has released its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that initiates the 2014 Quadrennial Review and chief among the topics are the broadcast ownership rules. The Commission is proposing to keep the current radio broadcast ownership rules in place but it is open to discussion about relaxing the radio-newspaper cross-ownership ban as well as the radio-television cross-ownership rules. This has Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai furious in his dissent. He takes the Commission to task for, 1) failing to complete the 2010 Quadrennial Review and; 2) putting proposals such as the radio-newspaper cross-ownership ban question into the 2014 review. Here are his words: “Congress has instructed us to review the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule every four years and repeal or modify it if we determine that it is no longer in the public interest. And here is the simple truth: The Commission has not been able to conclude since 2000 that the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule remains in the public interest. And today, the Commission dodges the issue entirely, putting off the issue until 2016, sixteen years after our last determination! What’s the solution at this point? While writs of mandamus are not to be issued lightly, I believe that the D.C. Circuit would now be justified in ordering the Commission to remove the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule from our books. We have had plenty of opportunities to justify maintaining the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule, but instead we have chosen to punt — including today.” Pai’s sentiment that the FCC works too slowly, especially in an era when changes in technology are happening at an ever-faster pace while government seems to work slower than ever, is one echoed by many in the broadcasting industry. Consider the Commission’s conclusion regarding how digital media is affecting broadcast media. It’s important to understand that the quote from the FNPRM is relative to broadcasters’ (TV also) desires to relax ownership regulations. Whether you agree or not, it’s the Commission’s assessment of the current state of the audio entertainment landscape that indicates its willingness to only see one moment in time, without regard for the future. “Despite broadcasters’ claims to the contrary, we tentatively find that, for purposes of the Commission’s ownership rules, non-broadcast sources of audio programming are not yet meaningful substitutes for broadcast radio stations with respect to either listeners or advertisers. While alternate platforms such as satellite radio and Internet-delivered audio are growing in popularity, broadcast radio remains the dominant radio technology. In 2012, 92 percent of Americans age 12 or older listened to broadcast radio, a figure that has remained essentially constant over the last decade. Satellite radio still serves only a small portion of the population, even though its subscription rates continue to climb. And though recent data suggest that a significant portion of adult U.S. broadband households (42 percent) listen to Internet-delivered audio programming, we note that millions of U.S. households continue to lack broadband connections. In addition, only 14 percent of Internet radio listeners listen in their cars, where most broadcast radio listening occurs. Thus, we tentatively conclude that Internet-delivered audio programming is not yet a meaningful substitute for broadcast radio listening for most listeners. We seek comment on this tentative conclusion and invite commenters to provide any more recent relevant information and data. We believe, moreover, that satellite radio and content delivered via the Internet generally are national platforms that are not likely to respond to competitive conditions in local markets.” Even if you agree with these conclusions (which, obviously, many do not), will they still be true in 2015, 2016 (when the 2014 Quad is supposed to be delivered to Congress) or 2017?
BIA/Kelsey’s New Study Explores ‘Reinvention of Audio.’ The full name of the study from BIA/Kelsey is “The Internet Radio Revolution Has Arrived: Platforms, Services, Audiences and Advertisers Reinvent Audio,” and as the title implies, it works to make sense of the state of audio entertainment and its relationship with the advertising world as it exists today, plus where it’s going in the near future. The study authors note a five-step process that occurs when a major change affects the media: 1) Fundamental breakthroughs in enabling technologies occur, 2) Entrepreneurs and their investors experiment with getting the right value proposition into the market, 3) Consumers find the winning technologies and begin to use them, 4) Advertisers sensing a new opportunity for connecting with their consumers allocate “experimental budget,” and 5) Media companies and publishers take new platforms seriously. The report states, “It is only when we reach this last phase that we really get a sense of how fundamentally a technology will impact us in the long run.” It believes the audio business is entering this fifth phase. Read the entire study here.
iHeartRadio Gets into Subaru’s STARLINK. Japanese automaker Subaru was a little late to the party with a digital infotainment system but the new STARLINK is available on many of its 2014 cars and now Clear Channel Media + Entertainment announces its iHeartRadio will be included on the system. The STARLINK infotainment system is being demoed at the New York Auto Show beginning tomorrow (4/18). Subaru of America marketing strategy & launch manager David Sullivan, says, “We are thrilled to have iHeartRadio as our first content partner for the STARLINK cloud service application. The award-winning service brings a huge amount of programming and custom content to Subaru vehicles with a great, easy-to-use interface.”