General Music Radio Industry News

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

| April 1, 2015

Zack FickeWestwood One Adds Ficke, Hurley. New to the company’s Chicago sales office as vice president of strategic partnerships is Zack Ficke, and as vice president of national partnerships and digital activation, Midwest is Kelli Hurley. The former Premiere Networks’ staffers will report to another Premiere Networks alum – Westwood One executive vice president of Midwest sales Doug Johnston – who states, “I am thrilled to be back together with these two very talented sales individuals. They will be instrumental as we build a customer-centric Midwest region.” According to Westwood One president Steve Shaw, “Doug Johnston has put together an incredible team of sellers in our Midwest region. Zack and Kelli will only enhance our efforts to be the best client partners in the business. We are moving the mark and delivering results across all of our assets.” Ficke comments, “Marketers are increasingly seeking experiential, cross-platform marketing solutions that are both innovative and engaging. Westwood One is uniquely-positioned to meet this demand with national scale and local activation opportunities across an impressive array of programming. I am ecstatic to be joining such an accomplished sales organization; I look forward to working more closely with the entire sales organization.” Hurley remarks, “Westwood One’s digital platforms are incredibly dynamic and they offer highlyKelli Hurley engaging experiences to consumers and advertisers alike. I look forward to leading Westwood One’s digital efforts in the Midwest, while continuing to service clients and agencies in the network radio marketplace.” For the past seven years, Ficke was a Premiere Networks’ national account manager, and he previously had the same title at SiriusXM. Prior to that, he held various sales and account management positions at Marriott’s vacation club division and IT consulting firm Apex Systems. Most recently, Hurley was a Premiere Networks’ national account manager. She previously worked for United Stations and is actually returning to Westwood One. In addition, she is a former director of sales for TargetSpot.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

| March 31, 2015

fleischersarahWIYY, Baltimore’s Sarah Fleischer to Retire.  After a 38-year career at “98 Rock” – the last 27 of which she’s spent as the midday personality, Sarah Fleischer announced to the station’s listeners that she’s hanging up her headphones after June 5.  Today (3/31), she appeared on the “98 Rock Morning Show” with Justin, Scott & Spiegel to announce her retirement.  “I have been so privileged to have such a great ride.  I’ve spent 38 years at the greatest rock station in the country!  I’ve worked with thewiyy best in the business and made many wonderful friends and memories here.  I am entering a new chapter in my life and I want the time to enjoy it.  My fiancé and I have built a beautiful new home together, and we’re tying the knot in September.  The time is right to embrace new adventures and projects.”  Program director Rick Strauss says of the challenge that lies ahead for him, “How do you replace an icon?  Sarah has been synonymous with ‘98 Rock’ for decades and is loved by our audience.  She will be greatly missed – both professionally and personally.  We will soon be announcing a big Going Away Party for Sarah!  We want family, friends, listeners and colleagues to be able to share their well wishes with her.”


rollingstonesiHeartIconsiHeartMedia to Promote Rolling Stones’ ‘Zip Code’ Tour.  This is a special one-hour radio show that will air across iHeartMedia’s classic rock and classic hits FM stations as well as via the digital iHeartRadio platform.  The “iHeartRadio Icons: The Rolling Stones Zip Code Tour” is being called “the first of its kind, a broadcast event that will celebrate their 2015 North American tour, featuring a special interview with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards hosted by ‘Q104.3’ New York personality Jim Kerr.”  The broadcast event will take place tonight (3/31) at 7:00 pm ET in advance of the public sale of tickets for this tour which go on sale on April 13.

tunegenie logoTuneGenie Gets Nielsen Audio Certification.  Receiving digital audio certification from Nielsen means that TuneGenie now connects directly to Nielsen’s digital audio platform and transmits all streaming activity back to Nielsen.  Obviously, this is crucial to the success of a digital platform and TuneGenie is one of the first to acquire such certification.  Broadcast company Connoisseur Media is among the first broadcasters (currently using TuneGenie technology) to begin Nielsen digital audio measurement via TuneGenie.  The TuneGenie music content platform, featuring their responsive streaming media players, connects to Nielsen and reports activity.  At the core of Nielsen’s digital audio measurement solution is the concept of continuous audience measurement across streaming devices (i.e. smartphones, tablets, andnielsen logo computers).  Stations that meet Nielsen’s requirements will have their online streaming listening levels added to their broadcast listening levels, together creating traditional rating metrics for radio broadcasters to use in selling advertising.  Combining broadcast and streaming usage into a single metric will offer advertisers a more accurate view of each station’s listening levels.  This continuous and ubiquitous interactive user experience eliminates the common problem most stations have of multiple and confusing online user interfaces.  TuneGenie founder and CEO Jeffrey Specter comments, “For the past 12 months we have worked with Nielsen to not only wire-in their digital audio measurement technology but also to understand its nuances.  Today we are proud to offer stations a consumer experience that is in synch with Nielsen’s new measurement capability.  One ubiquitous user experience now matters.  We believe our clients will see greater ratings and revenues.”

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ackermanchrisAckerman Retires from Coleman Insights. Vice president Chris Ackerman exits Coleman Insights following a 22-year run at the Raleigh-area research company. President and chief operating officer Warren Kurtzman comments, “Chris is going to be missed on so many levels. Our clients will miss his advice and counsel. We will miss his presence as a fabulous mentor to employees at every level of our organization. Most of all, however, I am going to miss having my good friend for the last 20 years down the hall. Everyone at Coleman Insights wishes nothing but the best for Chris and we thank him for his incalculable contributions to the success of our company.” Ackerman remarks, “[My wife] Kathy and I are deeply grateful for the opportunity [founder and chief executive officer] Jon Coleman and Warren Kurtzman have provided us, and for the support and friendship of all our Coleman colleagues. I am also grateful for the many clients I’ve had the honor and privilege to serve through the years.” Prior to joining Coleman in August 1992, Ackerman was vice president and general manager of Capitol Broadcasting Orlando’s WSTF “Star 101.” The Miami University (of Ohio) graduate previously held the same vice president and general manager title at Renda Broadcasting Pittsburgh; WJYE, Buffalo; and WKQQ, Lexington, Kentucky.

blumhagenlarryCBS Radio Transfers Blumhagen to Los Angeles. Nine-year general sales manager of CBS Radio San Francisco hot AC KLLC “Alice@97.3″ and CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7″ Larry Blumhagen will relocate in three weeks (4/20) to become vice president and director of sales for the company’s six-station Los Angeles cluster. CBS Radio Los Angeles senior vice president and market manager Dan Kearney states, “Larry has been successful since the day he joined the company in 1992. He has developed great relationships internally as well as throughout the advertising community. We are very fortunate that Larry is bringing his strategic and creative expertise to Los Angeles.” Blumhagen remarks that he is “very excited” to have the opportunity “to work with some of the most legendary brands in broadcasting,” and that he is “fortunate to continue to work with CBS Radio.” Past credits for University of Oregon alum Blumhagen include being general sales manager of Portland adult alternative KINK (2001 – 2006). CBS Radio Los Angeles properties include mainstream CHR KAMP “Amp Radio”; adult hits KCBS-FM “Jack-FM”; all-news KNX; alternative KROQ; classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101″; and smooth AC KTWV “The Wave.”

core 4‘The Core’ to Air on ‘New Rock 107.3’ in Santa Barbara.  At alternative KURQ, Santa Barbara, California, the Frontier Capital Partners-owned station is adding Envision Networks’ “The Core” to its Sunday evening programming, airing from 6:00 to 8:00.  Envision calls the show a weekly, two-hour program that features “music and artists that thrived in the 90s…hosted by Meltdown and programmed by Steve Black from Detroit’s rock powerhouse WRIF.”  The Core features music from such 1990s rock artists as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden and U2.

iheartRadioFest15iHeartRadio Festival 2015 Returns to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in September.  The media giant isn’t ready to announce the acts that will perform at the fifth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 18 and 19, but it is letting the world know that it’s renewed its deal with Macy’s to again present the next “Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star.”  Last year’s Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star contestants received more than seven million votes, crowning Before You Exit the winning band. Before You Exit performed alongside music’s biggest stars at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival.  Last year’s festival featured acts including: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Zac Brown Band, Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Nicki Minaj, Steve Aoki and more.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutMichael Harrison Discusses Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk, Rips Presidents and Politicians of Both Parties, and Interviews Linda Ronstadt.  The fourth in the new weekly podcast series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” is posted at PodcastOne ( It presents the publisher of TALKERS and RadioInfo reflecting upon the recent TED Talk delivered by Monica Lewinsky.  The famous – perhaps, infamous — White House intern who found herself embroiled in the center of one of the most sensational presidential scandals in history surfaces with compelling personal insights about her experiences as a 22-year old from the perspective of being a 40-year old, and sheds new light on the internet’s impact on what she describes as the “shame industry.”  Harrison, known for his steadfast adherence to a non-partisan political posture other than his staunch support the First Amendment, springboards off Lewinsky’s remarks and shares provocative comments about his distrust of politicians – left and right – and admonishes the media that ganged up on Lewinsky for giving “figurative oral sex” to presidents and politicians of both parties for years.  Harrison also presents his recent, compelling interview with Linda Ronstadt and talks about his days as a golden-eared radio PD who has come to recognize how difficult it is to accurately predict what kind of music anyone will really like in a media-fractured marketplace.  The podcast can be heard directly by clicking here or by clicking on the special “Up Close and far Out with Michael Harrison” player located in the right hand column of both the TALKERS and RadioInfo websites.

Monday, March 30, 2015

| March 30, 2015


kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Urban Rhythmic Oldies.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the third of this three-part, deeper dive into the performances of urban-formatted stations using data from the February 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio.  In this report, Kinosian examines the performances of urban rhythmic oldies stations.  He writes, “‘classic hip hop,’ ‘old school,’ ‘classic soul,’ and ‘classic R&B’ are just a few examples of how stations refer to their urban-rhythmic oldies format.  Notwithstanding lack of consensus for a moniker of this particular genre, it has become extremely popular in recent months, as evidenced by the number of outlets adopting it.  A review of urban-rhythmic oldies concludes our three in-depth overviews of February 2015 PPM results that began with urban contemporary (see that report here) and followed with urban AC (see that analysis here).  While those two formats have nearly identical sample sizes, the one for urban rhythmic oldies –while growing – is still roughly just two-thirds as large as its counterparts.”  This urban rhythmic oldies analysis provides comparisons of station performances arranged by market, market rank and market share, plus charts tracking fluctuations in 6+ performance compared to January 2015 and compared to February 2014.  Additionally, Kinosian adds in a chart comparing the performances of urban contemporary, urban AC and urban rhythmic oldies stations in their markets and as a format.  See the urban rhythmic oldies analysis here.

2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards On NBC - ShowA Swift Way to Shake Off Haters. While Australian rapper Iggy Azalea and British singer-songwriter Sam Smith each received five nominations in Sunday night’s iHeartRadio Music Awards show, Taylor Swift (pictured at left) emerges victorious over both of them, as well as Ariana Grande and Luke Bryan, in the “Artist of the Year” category. Not only that, Swift’s “Shake It Off” wins “Song of the Year,” beating outAll About That Bass” (Meghan Trainor); “All of Me” (John Legend); “Stay with Me” (Sam Smith); and “Happy” (Pharrell Williams). Smith though walks away with “Best New Artist” honors, triumphing over Bastille, Cole Swindell, Iggy Azalea, and Meghan Trainor. Honored for “Best Collaboration” are Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nicki Minaj for “Bang Bang,” as they overtakeDark Horse” (Katy Perry featuring Juicy J); “Fancy” (Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX); “Problem” (Ariana Grande featuring Iggy Azalea); and “Talk Dirty” (Jason Derulo featuring 2 Chainz). Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” takes home “Best Lyrics,” edging out “All of Me” (John Legend); “Counting Stars” (OneRepublic); “Habits Stay High” (Tove Lo); “Stay With Me” (Sam Smith); and “Thinking Out Loud” (Ed Sheeran). Brantley Gilbert captures the “Renegade” title, prevailing over Charli XCX, Hozier, Iggy Azalea, and Meghan Trainor. Justin Timberlake is recognized with the “Innovator Award.” Declared to have the “Best Fan Army” is 5 Seconds of Summer with its “5SOSFAM.” Others in that crowded field are the “Arianators” (Ariana Grande); “Bey Hive” (Beyoncé); “Team Breezy” (Chris Brown); “Sheerios” (Ed Sheeran); “Church Choir” (Eric Church); “Directioners” (One Direction); “Selenators” (Selena Gomez); “Mendes Army” (Shawn Mendes); and “Swifties” (Taylor Swift). Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” wins “Alternative Rock Song of the Year”; Calvin Harris‘ “Summer” is “Dance Song of the Year”; Jason Aldean‘s “Burnin’ It Down” captures “Country Song of the Year”; and “Don’t Tell ‘Em” (Jeremih featuring YG) is “Hip-Hop/R&B Song of the Year.” The Jamie Foxx-hosted iHeartRadio Music Awards ceremony from Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium was broadcast simultaneously on NBC-TV, iHeartMedia stations, and across the iHeartRadio digital music platform.

oterrycandyWMJX, Boston Morning Co-Host Candy O’Terry Moving On.  Boston radio personality Candy O’Terry joined Greater Media’s “Magic 106.7” in November 1990 as the secretary to the program director.  She quickly rose through the ranks to become a sidekick in afternoon drive and the station’s assistant program director in 2001.   Then, two years ago, she was elevated to co-host of “Morning Magic.”  But now she says she’s leaving the station after turning down a deal to stay.  “The last 25 years at ‘Magic’ have been the best years of my life and it really wasn’t easy to leave a two-year deal on the table.  I’m writing a children’s book with my daughter Colleen and launching my first full-length CD called Dream Come True, to be released on May 30, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Lucy’s Love Bus.  Stay tuned, there’s more news to come…I never can sit still for long and I love radio way too much to leave it for long – I just won’t be getting up at 3:30 in the morning anymore!”  O’Terry is the creator and co-host of WMJX’s “Exceptional Women” show, winner of 43 local and national awards for excellence in women’s programming.  She is also president and co-founder of Boston Women in Media & Entertainment.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  After a radio career that spans more than three decades, New York broadcasting icon Vin Scelsa announces he’s retiring from his current radio work hosting “Idiot’s Delight” on both Fordham University-owned triple A WFUV, New York and SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s The Loft channel…..Pat St. John announces he’ll be leaving CBS RADIO’s classic hits WCBS-FM, New York to re-locates to the San Diego area to be closer to family…..Robyn Banks is the new evening personality at Digity-owned CHR WERO, Greenville, North Carolina “Bob 93.3.”…..Moving to the other side of Lake Michigan is Brian Holmes who takes his “Freak Show” to Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s hip hop WJQM, Madison, Wisconsin “931 Jamz.”  Holmes most recently was evening personality at iHeartMedia’s CHR WSNX, Grand Rapids, Michigan.  At WJQM he’ll be APD and night jock.

pagetommyCumulus Media Recruits Tommy Page for New Executive Role.  Former Pandora, Billboard and Warner Bros. Records exec Tommy Page is now with Cumulus Media as senior vice president of brand partnerships  where he’ll focus on live events for that division of the company.  In this position Page will report directly to president and CEO Lew Dickey, who comments, “As an artist and marketer, Tommy is a natural choice to create meaningful connections between artists, brands and their passionate fans through immersive and measurable marketing experiences.  Tommy has a deep understanding of the live experience and helping advertisers bring their brands to life with unique partnerships.”

B-100San Diego’s Legendary “B-100″ Returns. Appropriately enough though, the resurrection of the famous San Diego outlet (KFMB-FM “B-100″) – a juggernaut in the 1970s and 1980s – only lasts for a frequency-related 100 hours. Even so, original on-air talents, music, promos, and “B-100″ imagery is airing all this weekend on Pala Band of Mission Indians‘ classic hits KOPA “Rez Radio,” Pala (California). Over 50 former “B-100″ staffers are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the station. Included on the temporary – as in this weekend only – “B-100@40″ are several hours of the morning drive “Rich Brothers” and the “B-100 Saturday Night Dance Party.”  There were live shows Friday (3/27) from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Among those heard then were former “B-100″ operations manager/program director/morning drive talent Bobby Rich (now the mainstay morning driver at Tucson adult contemporary KMXZ “Mix”); quintessential sitcom writer/director Ken Levine (who was radio talent “Beaver Cleaver” prior to his numerous TV credits such as “M*A*S*H,” “Cheers,” “Frasier,” and “Almost Perfect”); and Danny Wilde. Other original “B-100″ personalities have included Ellen K, Gene Knight, Scott Kenyon, “Shotgun” Tom Kelly, Frank Anthony, Pat Gaffey, Cherie, Danny Romero, Gary Kelley, Jimi Fox, Christopher Lance, Glen McCartney, and John Fox. In addition to airing live on “Rez Radio” in the San Luis Rey River Valley (100 watts at 91.3), the “B-100″ anniversary celebration is streaming live on and

Friday, March 27, 2015

| March 27, 2015

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Urban Adult Contemporary.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the second of this three-part, deeper dive into the performances of urban-formatted stations using data from the February 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio.  In this report, Kinosian examines the performances of urban AC radio stations.  The first report (published on 3/26) looked at the urban contemporary format and you can see that here.  This urban AC analysis provides comparisons of station performances arranged by market, market rank and market share, plus charts tracking fluctuations in 6+ performance compared to January 2015 and compared to February 2014.  Additionally, Kinosian adds in a chart comparing the performances of urban contemporary and urban AC stations in their markets and as a format.  See the entire analysis here.

goldsteinsteveSteve Goldstein Exits Exec Role at Saga Communications; Launches Podcast Venture.  After a career with Saga Communications that spanned almost 30 years, Steven Goldstein leaves his executive vice president position and announces that he is forming a company called Amplifi Media, LLC which will specialize in “the development of digital audio-on-demand (podcast) content.”  Goldstein adds, “As connected cars, Bluetooth and smartphones converge, time-shifted audio will grow exponentially.amplifi logo  People will listen to content at a time and place of their choosing, just as is occurring rapidly in the television industry with Netflix, DVRs and on-demand video.”  A press statement from Amplifi says the company will “concentrate on great storytelling, compelling content and fresh voices on a variety of popular subjects, and will adapt, craft and focus the product for the unique needs of the digital audio business.”  Goldstein concludes, “The top of the iTunes podcast chart is dominated by NPR and affiliates.  They have done a tremendous job but there is a world of mainstream topics yet to be explored for on-demand-audio.  That’s where Amplifi will live.”  Goldstein can be reached at 203-221-1400 or via email at

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Atlanta operations of Lincoln Financial Media, Scott Lindy exits the building where he was programming hot AC WSTR “Star 94” and sister sports talker WQXI “ESPN 790 the Zone.”  The company’s John Dimick is expected to oversee the stations while LFM awaits approval of Entercom’s acquisition of its radio assets…..At Southern Stone Communications-owned country WKRO, Daytona Beach, “Coast Country,” Dallas Reese is back in the program director’s position after most recently serving as morning drive host at Local Voice-owned country outlet WWNQ, Columbia, South Carolina “94.3 The Dude.”  Reese is also expected to program Coast Country’s sister classic rocker WHOG…..Taking over for the departing Doug Abernethy at Radio One’s Houston cluster is Gary Spurgeon.  He currently serves as GM ofjohnsonken the company’s Dallas stations and will retain that responsibility as he adds VP/GM of the Houston ops to his duties…..Air personality Big D is the new APD and morning personality at iHeartMedia’s Las Vegas cobbericaCHR KPLV “My 93.1.”  He comes to the station from the company’s KDWB, Minneapolis where he’s evening host…..Ken Johnson moves from Cumulus Media’s urban AC WNBM, New York “Radio 103.9” to the company’s urban contemporary WUHT, Birmingham, Alabama “Hot 107.7.”…..Erica Cobb is now part of the Todd Baker morning show at CBS RADIO’s hot AC KZZO, Sacramento “NOW 100.5.”  She most recently co-hosted mornings on Wilks Broadcasting’s country KWOF, Denver “92.5 The Wolf.”

bombadamEzraGeorgeEzra and Bomb.  Hanging out in the studio after his appearance on “The Adam Bomb Show” is English singer/songwriter George Ezra (left).  He appeared with Adam Bomb (right) while visiting New York for his first appearance on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend.  On the program, Ezra chatted with Bomb about his nights spent playing free shows in London pubs with Sam Smith and his plans for future albums.  Ezra is currently opening for Hozier on his tour and is enjoying the success of his latest single, “Budapest” from his debut album, Wanted on Voyage.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

| March 26, 2015

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Urban Contemporary.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents this deeper look into the performances of hip hop or urban contemporary-formatted stations using data from the February 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio.  In this report, you can see comparisons of station performances arranged by market, market rank and market share, plus charts tracking fluctuations in 6+ performance compared to January 2015 and compared to February 2014.  See the entire analysis here.

2015 small header_250RadioInfo’s Sister Publication TALKERS magazine Unveils ‘Heavy Hundred’ of Talk Radio Hosts.  Regular readers of RadioInfo and industry pros may be interested in the presentation of the 20th edition of “The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America” as ranked by the editors of RadioInfo’s sister publication TALKERS magazine.  The annual list – known informally as the “Heavy Hundred” – marks its 20th year and, as executive editor Kevin Casey says, “As people can see by perusing this year’s list, it includes a number of familiar faces (and voices) as well as new up-and-comers, plus several veterans whose continuing, successful careers our editors believe need acknowledgement on this list in 2015.  The task of compiling this annual feature is extremely challenging – especially since it draws upon both objective and subjective factors – and is the source of heated debate every year among our editors for months leading up to its release.”  See the 2015 Heavy Hundred here.

mcmahonbillWhy Are Radio Personalities Often Insecure, Even the Most Successful? What’s the Cure?  According to noted talk radio consultant Bill McMahon, it’s not easy being a radio personality.  They work in relative isolation far from their listeners.  They can’t see or hear them.  Most radio studios don’t even have an outside window.  The only immediate feedback personalities get on their performance is from those working with them in the studio.  If they work alone, there is no feedback in the moment.  McMahon, CEO of consulting firm The Authentic Personality, goes on to say, “Oh, radio personalities get plenty of delayed reaction to their work, but it often does more harm than good.  The phone lines light up or they don’t.  Texts, Tweets, Facebook posts, and emails deliver all kinds of mixed messages.  Some are glowing with praise and love.  Others state clearly and unequivocally, ‘you suck!’  After the show, the confusion continues.  An enthusiastic PD might proclaim he loves a bit the personality hated, usually without offering specifics about what made it so good.  Later, the GM weighs in saying, “I didn’t get that phone segment you did in the 8 o’clock hour and I don’t think it was relevant to our listeners.”  Problem is the personality thinks it’s the best thing he did all morning and his followers on Twitter and Facebook seem to agree. This is the real world of a radio personality where everyone has an opinion on what they do and the opinions are anything but unanimous.  It’s no wonder even the most successful radio personalities with consistently high ratings can be very insecure.”  In a new article posted today (3/25) that is a must-read for PDs, McMahon details some of the things he has learned that radio personalities need from their talent coaches.  To read it in its entirety, please click here.

iheartradiocountryfest15iHeartMedia and NBC Announce Lineup for 2015 Country Festival.  The performers taking the stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 2 for the second annual “iHeartRadio Country Festival” will include: Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, iHeartRadio’s On The Verge artist Sam Hunt and Tyler Farr.  The concert event is being hosted by Premiere Networks personality Bobby Bones.  In addition to the live video stream of the concert via Yahoo Live, a two-hour TV broadcast of the event will air on NBC TV on May 27 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET.

BobTomVegas15Bob & Tom to Take 20 Listeners to Las Vegas.  The nationally syndicated Bob & Tom show is flying West to Las Vegas for a special appearance at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in the MGM Grand Las Vegas on Saturday, June 20.  The Las Vegas show will be hosted by the Bob & Tom Show cast: Bob Kevoian, Tom Griswold, Chick McGee, and Kristi Lee – and will feature special guest, actor/comedian Brad Garrett plus a number of industry-leading comics will also make an appearance at this exclusive show.  Bob & Tom are making it possible for 20 lucky listeners to join them.  The prize packages include a VIP Meet & Greet at the show plus two nights at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.  The contest runs from March 23 through May 2.  Tom Griswold says, “This is a terrific opportunity for us to create something exciting for our listeners across the country, and it can only be done in Vegas.  Our fans will have the chance to relax and laugh with all of us, as well as the tremendously funny Brad Garrett. Everybody loves Brad, and we do, too!”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Hip hop artist Pitbull will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for the first time at a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Tuesday, May 19 at 8:00 pm ET.  The concert will help promote the Globalization channel Pitbull is curating for the satcaster.  SiriusXM Pitbull’s Globalization channel will launch on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 pm ET.  The channel will feature music from the artist’s music catalog, his famous collaborations, live performances, exclusive mix shows and tracks by his musical influences…..Meyer-Baldridge-owned KBFL, Springfield, Missouri becomes a country-formatted station (flipping from standards) and using the “Outlaw Nation” format.  The station is branding itself “Southern Rock, REAL Country, 99.9 The Outlaw.”  Outlaw Nation tells RadioInfo that it “programs more than 1,200 country bars, honky-tonks, and western saloons across America.”….. “The Charlie Tuna Weekday Show” and “70s Show” continue to grow.  The legendary jock tells RadioInfo that his daily “content only” show is now airing on WYGC, Gainesville, Florida; KRBL, Lubbock, Texas; KRQX, St. George, Utah; KHOM, West Plains, Missouri; and WTRP, LaGrange, Georgia…..CBS RADIO Pittsburgh stations WBZZ and WDSY have been honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters as recipients 2015 Excellence In Broadcasting Awards.  CHR WBZZ “100.7 Star” was recognized in the categories Outstanding Station Sponsored Event for “Man In A Box” (a fundraising effort by Afternoon Personality Flick for the Salvation Army), and Outstanding Local Radio Personality/Team for “Bubba Show.”  Country WDSY “Y108” received the award for Outstanding Use Of Digital Media for the “Y108 Your Tailgate” campaign.