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Friday, February 27, 2015

| February 27, 2015

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the second of three analyses of station performances based on data from Nielsen Audio’s January 2015 PPM survey (6+).  After publishing the first report on mainstream CHR (2/26), this piece looks at the rhythmic CHR format.  Kinosian writes, “Those inclined to evaluate a format based on sweep-to-sweep ratings will find rhythmic CHR to be the textbook ‘mixed bag,’ in that, based on our sample, half the stations are down Holiday 2014 – January 2015 and the other half are up or flat.  Conversely, if you put more faith in year-to-year comparisons, the format is in considerably more fragile shape, as 85% of stations declined January 2014 – January 2015.”  See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

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RadioInfo Career Moves.  In the Twin Cities, Hubbard Radio brings Fish Calloway aboard to join the Ryan & Shannon morning show on KSTP-FM “KS95.”  Calloway most recently was morning host at Mid-West Family-owned hip hop WJQM, Madison “93.1 JAMZ.”…..Radio legend Charlie Tuna will be heard on JVC Media’s classic hits WYGC, Gainesville, Florida “104.9 WOW FM” in middays.  Tuna’s five-hour daily program is heard in syndication from Black Card Radio Syndication based in Las Vegas…..At iHeartMedia-owned hot AC WCOD, Cape Cod, former “The Bachelor” contestant Peyton Lambton becomes part of the morning drive show alongside Dan Mahoney.

harveyNeighborhood15Steve Harvey Begins Ticket Sales for 13th Annual Neighborhood Awards.  This annual mega-event produced by Premiere Networks-syndicated urban star Steve Harvey (pictured here) again takes place in Atlanta where the EMMY-winning talk show host, “Family Feud” host, and star of the “Steve Harvey Morning Show” will present the 13th Annual Neighborhood Awards.  The Neighborhood Awards Weekend is a four-day experience filled with star entertainment, the college expo, film and TV screenings, and more.  It takes place August 6-9 and tickets went on sale today (2/27).  There will also be a radio row featuring 30 radio stations from across the country.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

| February 26, 2015

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Mainstream CHR.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the first of three analyses of Nielsen Audio PPM data from the January 2015 survey.  The first format up is mainstream CHR.  In this report you’ll find: a market-by-market chart of the performances of CHR-formatted stations; the ratings fluctuations of CHR stations from the holiday 2014 survey to the January 2015 survey as well as a look at fluctuations from January 2014 to January 2015; plus an easy-to-read chart of the market shares of CHR outlets in PPM markets.  Read Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

williamsonrachelWilliamson to New CMG Digital Post.  Sales and management pro Rachel Williamson is the new director of digital revenue development for Cox Media Group.  The company says that in this role, she’ll focus on working with the company’s 59 radio brands “to drive our digital revenue growth and integrated sales.”  She joins CMG from her most recent post with Cumulus Media as director of national sales.  Cox senior director of digital solutions Jesse McCambridge says, “We are very excited to have Rachel join our team.  We have experienced tremendous growth in digital across the company and Rachel’s experience brings industry expertise and focus on integrated marketing solutions.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Sliding down from the evening show into middays at Hubbard Radio’s CHR KQMV, Seattle “MOViN 92.5” is Justin Barnes.  He also adds social media director to his duties.  Taking over the eveningbarnesjustin slot at the station is overnight personality Kel Walker…..iHeartMedia promotes Michael Bryan to SVP of programming for the Nashville cluster.  Bryan has been serving as OM and program director for country WSIX-FM.  In addition to the SVP stripes, Bryan is rising to executive program director for the syndicated Bobby Bones and Tige & Daniels shows, both distributed by the company’s Premiere Networks…..Former “The Voice” contestant Clarissa Serna joins the KAJE, Corpus Christi morning show alongside current morning host Bart Allison.  The Convergent Media classic hits station says Serna will begin on the station on March 2…..At Entercom’s New Orleans operations, Mark Boudreaux is named director of sales for adult contemporary WLMG, “Magic 101.9,” classic rock WKBU “Bayou 95.7,” and CHR WEZB “B97.”  Boudreaux comes to Entercom from his most recent gig at Midwest Communications’ Knoxville cluster…..Hubbard Radio’s Washington all-news WTOP and sister WFED “Federal News Radio,” as part of a restructuring of their sales department, promote longtime national sales manager Jeffrey Wolinsky to director of federal and national sales.

New Generation Radio Debuts ‘Virtual Jock.’  From New Generation Radio, the company that debuted the “Smash Hits” format in 2014, comes a voice-tracking service division called Virtual Jock.  The company says it “offers a five-star roster of major market talent available for voice tracking, covering all formats.   Company president Jason Kidd says, “I am excited to announce the signing of some of the best major market talents in the world with a roster that is still growing by the day.  Radio stations everywhere will now have the opportunity to bring in major market talent via voice tracking, while trimming expenses and upgrading the sound of their station- at the same time sounding live and local!”

rabRAB Cites Borrell’s Positive Forecast for Radio’s Digital Sales Growth.  According to research from Borrell Associates, the radio industry will rise above the half-billion-dollar mark in digital advertising this year based upon revenue that is projected to grow by 18%.  The study, titled, “Benchmarking: Local Radio Stations’ Online Revenues,” was done on behalf of the Radio Advertising Bureau.  It indicates that radio stations added or reassigned as many as 750 new employees to focus on digital ventures last year, causing revenue to grow 16% in 2014.  More than one-third of the radio managers surveyed indicated that they had at least one employee exclusively assigned to digital operations, up from 11% last year.  Also, more than 33% of those surveyed said their stations were either setting up a “digital agency,” were planning to set one up soon, or already had one.  Some other findings from the report include: Nearly two-thirds believe their sales reps are talking to the wrong buyers when trying to sell digital; and 77% gave sales training a number 1 or number 2 priority in terms of what would boost their station digital sales the most.  RAB president and CEO Erica Farber comments on the study, “It’s important to look at all available revenue data in order to provide our industry members with additional market barometers.  We’re making tremendous strides in radio’s digital growth, and this survey continues to provide us with areas to focus on and invest in to truly maximize this revenue stream.”

bfoa logoBFoA to Honor Mel Karmazin.  Legendary broadcasting executive Mel Karmazin will be honored with the 2015 Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award presented by the Broadcasters Foundation of America at its annual breakfast Wednesday, April 15 during the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas.  Karmazin retired from his CEO post at SiriusXM in 2013.  Prior to that, he was president and COO of Viacom.  He served as CEO of CBS Corp following his work as chairman and CEO of CBS Radio, which followed the merger of Westinghouse/CBS and Infinity Broadcasting.  The Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award is bestowed annually on an individual in broadcasting whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship.  It salutes its namesake Lowry Mays and is underwritten by The Mays Family Foundation.

nashnightsCamCam Visits Sam.  Country singer/songwriter and Arista Nashville recording artist Cam (left) stopped by the Compass Media Networks-syndicated “Taste of Country Nights” studios to visit with host Sam Alex (right) as part of the kickoff of this week’s Country Radio Seminar.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

| February 25, 2015

sunnysweeneyDuane Doobie Jr.’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personalities Bayley Brown and Matt James from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; and Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (2/25) includes such names as: Tori Kelly, George Ezra, Rick Astley, R5, Ingrid Michaelson, Phoebe Ryan, Katy Tiz, Halestorm, Colin Hay, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Mini Mansions, The Cribs, JD McPherson, Alabama Shakes, Florence + The Machine, Sunny Sweeney, Will Hoge, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Cam, Waterloo Revival, Trisha Yearwood, Austin Webb, MNEK, Breakfast, Streakers, among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

cbsradio logoReport: CBS Under Pressure to Sell Radio Assets to Cumulus.  In a story in The Deal by Chris Nolter, hedge fund Sandell Asset Management Corp is lobbying CBS Corp to divest of its radio station group and merge it with Cumulus Media.  Nolter reportscumulus logo that the two companies have been advised to “pursue a reverse Morris Trust merger of their radio businesses.  By spinning off the radio stations to shareholders, CBS would divest an asset with a low tax basis without incurring a large bill from the IRS.  It could also collect a nearly $900 million dividend.”  The story suggests that if CBS’ radio stations merged with Cumulus, they would pull in about $2.4 billion in sales.  Nolter writes that executive chairman Sumner Redstone controls 79.6% of CBS Corp’s shareholder vote so any move would require him being on board.  Read Nolter’s piece here.  CBS has said repeatedly that it likes radio as a cash flow business.

iheartmedia logo smallExecutive Changes at iHeartMedia as Lakamp to Exit Digital Division; Kaminsky Moves Up and Market Managers Become Presidents.  In a company-wide memo, iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman announces president of technology and digital ventures Brian Lakamp has left the company in order to pursue “entrepreneurial endeavors.”  Pittman thankskaminskybrian Lakamp for his time with the company and credits him for iHeartRadio’s registered user growth as well for some of the sales-related technologies and partnerships Pittman says will “increase the importance of our platforms for our advertising partners and make our sales process more lavenmicheleefficient.”  Pittman is reconfiguring the technology and digital ventures team with iHeartRadio COO Brian Kaminsky rising to president of programmatic and data operations.  Simultaneously, Michele Laven – currently iHeartMedia president of partnerships and local activation – is now the president of business development and partnerships.  Finally, the company announces that all market managers are now market presidents.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Moving from iHeartMedia’s Charlotte cluster where she is director of promotions to join CBS RADIO’s Houston operations as integrated brand manager is Tracy Wilkinson.  Inwilkinsontracy addition to the integrated brand manager duties, Wilkinson will also serve as promotion director for country KILT-FM “The Bull @ 100.3.”…..Longtime classic hits KTHI, Boise “K-Hits 107.1” morning team of Tracy Mitchell and Margo Vaughn are retiring from the Journal Broadcast Group station, effective March 13…..The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Rodney Ho reports that Radio One has hired local personality DJ Nabs to host the afternoon drive show on its classic hip hop and R&B station “Boom 102.9” (heard on translator W275BK)…..The Long Island market manager for Connoisseur MediaDave Widmer – exits the company.  Taking over is current SVP/regional strategy Jim Condron…..Dan Watson resigns from his corporate PD gig at Tejas Broadcasting where he was in charge of the programming at outlets including classic rocker KXOR, Thibodaux, Louisiana and KKYC, Clovis, New Mexico, among others.

miw logoMIW Radio Group Announces 2015 Mentees. The four radio professionals selected to participate on the 2015 Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program by the Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group are: Andrea Bogdonas, on air personality and promotions director, Neuhoff Media (Springfield and Decatur, IL); Stephanie Theisen, general sales manager, Leighton Broadcasting (St. Cloud, MN); Michelle Maro, sports sales manager, CBS RADIO (Chicago); and Crystalyn Portwood, local sales manager, CBS RADIO (St. Louis).  The organization says that this 13-year-old program “matches women in the radio industry with female professionals who are leaders in all aspects of radio broadcasting.  To date, the Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program has successfully worked with a total of 31 mentees.  Lindsay Cerajewski, spokesperson for the program and GSM at CBS RADIO’s WUSN-FM, Chicago, says, “We had an outstanding and enormous variety of women apply this year, which made the decision to narrow to only four very difficult.  This program would not be possible without the MIWs’ commitment and dedication and should serve as an inspiration to everyone in the radio industry.”

hopeline‘The HopeLine’ with Dawson McAllister Goes into Syndication.  Radio pro Dawson McAllister recently returned to Christian on WAY-FM with “The HopeLine with Dawson McAllister,” and is now offering clearance of his new show to the general Christian market, focusing on contemporary Christian radio stations.  For 17 years Dawson McAllister was heard Sunday nights on more than 300 Christian radio stations with “Dawson McAllister Live,” before transitioning exclusively to top 40/mainstream stations in 2007 in a syndication agreement with Premiere Networks.  After years of requests from Christian stations and former listeners for Dawson to return, along with the recent opportunity presented by WAY-FM, he made the decision to launch this new Saturday night show.  He comments, “The unique thing about this show is that I have the opportunity to challenge my audience to make a difference in their world by having an impact on the lives of their friends – I love the idea of partnering with teenagers and young adults to change the world one life at a time.”  The show is described as “a three-hour, interactive call-in show where 13-29 year olds can call and talk to Dawson about all the issues in their lives.  In return, Dawson and his co-host Sarah Lee offer trustworthy Biblically based common-sense advice and encouragement that is truly life-changing.   Christian stations wishing to air “The HopeLine with Dawson McAllister” or CHR stations wishing to air “Dawson McAllister Live” can contact Ike Wingate at Wingate Media at ike@wingatemediagroup.com.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

| February 24, 2015

Annual TALKERS Conference to Include Speakers and Topics of Interest to Music Radio, Including “Fireside Chat” Between John Dickey and Michael Harrison.  The agenda for the dickeyjohnforthcoming 18th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest running and most important annual convention, Talkers New York 2015, will include takeaways of relevance to music radio broadcasters as well as practitioners of spoken word radio.  One of the highlights of what promises to be a power-packed day of relevant discussions, presentations, and addresses will be a conversation betweenharrisonmichael2015 Cumulus Media executive vice president of content & programming, John Dickey and TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison.  The presentation will be conducted in the informal, one-on-one “fireside chat” format.  John Dickey is responsible for Cumulus’ sales, programming, marketing, promotion and engineering and will be able to offer comments, opinions and information about a wide variety of issues presently facing not only talk radio but the entire spectrum of radio formats as well.  Conference director Harrison states, “There are few people as ‘plugged into’ both the day-to-day operations as well as the big picture of commercial radio in America today than John Dickey.  He has extensive, first-hand knowledge about what’s happening in the business and plays an enormous role in influencing farberericapolicy – plus he has a true passion for radio and its position in our society.  I look forward to this session with enthusiasm and plan on it providing our attendees with a lot of valuable takeaways.”  Also on thegoldsteinsteve agenda will be a heavyweight panel titled, “The State of Radio Ratings,” including such figures as RAB president/CEO, Erica Farber; Saga Communications EVP, Steve Goldstein; and Journal Broadcast Group VP/GM Milwaukee Radio Operations, Tom Langmyer.  The panel will be moderated by Premiere Radio Networks and Fox News Channel icon Sean langmyertomHannity.  There will be panels and addresses that discuss morning talk (and “talkey”) shows on music stations; the re-emergence of hyper-localism in radio relevant to all formats; the burgeoning growth of podcasting; the nurturing and recruiting of on-air personalities; and the power of community service among other topics.  In addition, Talkers New York 2015 provides attendees from all formats with extraordinary networking opportunities because it draws registrants and speakers from the management ranks of multi-format clusters, groups and networks.  TALKERS/RadioInfo VP/executive editor Kevin Casey states, “I am happy to see this event capturing the interest of music radio broadcasters as well as those from talk.  So much of what occurs at this well-established event relates to the ‘big picture’ of audio media, its changing technology and traditions – not to mention, economic issues that apply to all formats of radio.”   Save the date and register early.  The event will take place on Friday, June 12, 2015.   It will be located at the historic India House Club dramatically situated at One Hanover Square in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district.”  The all-day event – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm — is again expected to be a quick sellout.  Registrations are priced at $299 per person with an early bird, discounted cost of $249 available until 5:00 pm ET on Friday, February 27.  Registrations, which are only open to professionals currently or recently employed in media-related industries, include all sessions, presentations, exhibits and breakfast/lunch/refreshment/and social networking activities. The non-stop agenda will include approximately 65 speakers and 500 attendees are again expected.  Registrations can only be taken over the phone and paid for by credit card.  For registration, sponsorship and hotel information, please call 413-565-5413.  Again, an early sellout is expected, so avoid being shut out by registering now!  Speakers, panelists and agenda updates will be announced here in the coming days.

maidakatelyn‘Connected K’ Joins KSCS, Dallas Morning Show.  Beginning March 9, Katelyn Maida – known by her on-air name “Connected K” – joins the morning drive show on Cumulus Media’s country KSCS, Dallas “New Country 96.3” hosted by Mark “Hawkeye” Louis and “Trapper” John Morris.  Maida comes to the Cumulus station from Cox Media Group’s KKBQ, Houston “93Q” where she serves as a weekend personality.  Cumulus RVP for the Dallas and Houston markets Dan Bennett says, “‘Connected K’ is a great talent that will bring a social media flair, great artist connections, and a terrific personality to our heritage morning show at KSCS.  Dallas-Fort Worth is going to love ‘Connected K!’”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Joining KROQ, Los Angeles’ famous Kevin & Bean morning program is LAmackayallie TV personality Allie Mac Kay.  She’d been serving as a reporter for KTLA-TV until resigning from the station last September.  Mac Kay is well known to KTLA-TV viewers for dressing up in crazy costumes and performing stunts on the local morning news show.  She posts on her Facebook page: “Today was dolewitemy 1st day as part of the dysfunctional family that is ‘The Kevin and Bean Show’ on KROQ.  Growing up here in LA, if you would have told me this was even a possibility, I wouldn’t have believed it.”…..At the Nashville cluster of iHeartMedia, James Raymer – a.k.a. Dolewite – is upped to program director for hip hop WUBT “101.1 The Beat.”  Dolewite has been serving the station as air personality and APD…..Mike Scott exits the Adams Radio Group cluster in Fort Wayne where he was morning host at adult contemporary WWFW and program director for country WBTU.

sangzachIggyAzaelaIggy Azalea Talks Social Media with Zach Sang.  Aussie pop star Iggy Azalea is pictured here (right)  sitting down with Westwood One-syndicated radio personality Zach Sang (left) for an exclusive chat about her recent work and the stir over her much-publicized exit from social media and her take on the “cruel” world of hip hop.  In addition to discussing her new song “Trouble,” featuring Jennifer Hudson, she told Sang and his audience that she will “never return to social media” and that she is done with the hip hop scene, although that doesn’t mean that she is done rapping.  She also says one of the goals for her new album is to create a single that is just her – 100% Iggy with no features.

Monday, February 23, 2015

| February 23, 2015

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mcmahonbillMcMahon: Determining How Long it Will Take for a Radio Show to Succeed.  Just how long to give a new radio show to “take off” has been a debate in the radio business almost since the medium debuted.  All parties would love the answer to be, “almost instantaneous,” but that’s not realistic.  Bill McMahon, CEO of The Authentic Personality, writes in a column published in RadioInfo today that programmers must get realistic expectations from their superiors.  But once the timeline is known, there are things that can be done to make success happen as quickly as possible.  “Coaching focused on perfecting talents and strengths and highlighting appealing personal traits will significantly speed up the development process.  Nothing slowed the development of the superstars of radio, true originals, like Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, and Larry Lujack more than bad coaching from PDs and management that didn’t recognize and support their unique talents and strengths.  Each was fired multiple times.  All were told to fit into some current standardized success model and be anything but themselves.  They refused.  Each had his own instincts and ideas about the kind of show he wanted to do.”  Read the rest of this enlightening piece here.

PPM MonitorJanuary 2015 PPM Data – Part Four. The fourth and final batch of January 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings information has been released.  The numbers are for the 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford.  You can view all the 6+ numbers for subscribing stations here.  And below, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways” from ten of these markets.  The January 2015 survey period covered January 1 – 28.

TEN TAKEAWAYS

1) Austin – In August 2013, Emmis adult hits KBPA assumed the #1 position in Texas’ capital city. “Bob-FM” would hold the top spot for five monthlies before being replaced by Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95-5″ in the “Holiday” 2013 report. “Bob” returned to #1 for 12 successive sweeps; “Majic” KBPAtook over in “Holiday” 2014; and now “Bob” (6.9 – 8.8, +1.9, #2 to #1) is back in the penthouse as “Majic” (8.9 – 4.7, -4.2) falls to sixth. Owing to a massive +2.1 (4.0 – 6.1, 6+), public KUT climbs from eighth to third. It is the strongest 6+-performance for the University of Texas-owned station since April 2012, when it reached 6.2. “All-Time CountryKVET-FM Favorites” KVET – which like KUT was -.7 in the “Holiday” 2014 sweep – rebounds with a +1.4 to 7.0, inching up from third to second; 7.0 is the best 6+-stat for the iHeartMedia station since last February’s 7.2. After a -1.1 (4.3 – 3.2), Emmis talker KLBJ-AM recoups all but one-tenth and returns to the top ten (3.2 – 4.2, #11 to #7).

2) Milwaukee – Ensconced in the runner-up spot for eight straight sweeps, WTMJ reaches #1 for the first time since last May. Not only that, the Journal talker registers double-digits (9.8 – 10.9, +1.1, 6+) for the first time since November 2011 WTMJwhen it scored an 11.0. Following six straight down or flat trends (7.7 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s WRIT “Oldies 95.7″ doubled its 6+ stat to 12.2 in the “Holiday” 2014 sweep to climb from third to first, but it erodes by -5.2 to 7.0, slipping to third. The station WRIT displaced at #1 is cluster-mate WMIL, which was #1 for seven straight monthly reports and in double-digits each time (10.2 – 10.5 – 11.9 – 11.6 – 10.6 – 10.7 – 10.2, 6+). Off by -1.4 in theWMIL “Holiday” report, “Milwaukee Country – FM 106.1″ bounces back with a one-share gain to 9.8, moving up from third to second. Following a -.8 in December and a -.6 in “Holiday,” iHeartMedia talker WISN improves by six-tenths to 4.9, climbing from seventh to sixth. In addition to WISN, Entercom CHR WXSS “Kiss-FM” (5.0, #5) and Saga rhythmic CHR WNRG “Energy” (2.6, #15) also notch gains of six-tenths. This is the first time since March 2012 that Saga Milwaukee stations have been listed in print.

3) Indianapolis – It has been quite the wild ride for the Cumulus Media-owned property at 93.9. In just the last seven years, WRWM has been adult contemporary (“Warm 93.9″); CHR; hot AC (“i94″); and as of mid-December (2014) “Classic WRWMHip-Hop 93.9.” After a “Holiday” 2014 improvement of +1.1 to 2.8 – its best (6+) performance since December 2013 (2.9) – WRWM ” Classic Hip-Hop 93.9 – The Beat” explodes with a nearly five-share gain (2.8 – 7.7, +4.9, 6+), rocketing from #13 all the way to #1. It succeeds Emmis-owned adult contemporary WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7,” which slides to second. Two streaks involving the number “three” end for “Soft Rock B-105.7″: It had been #1 for three straight monthlies and it recorded three successive up-trends (6.9 – 7.4 – 8.2 – 13.7, 6+), before January 2015’s -6.7 to 7.0. Several spoken-word outlets increase 6+ share, includingWIBC Emmis talker WIBC “Indy’s News Center” (6.2, +.6, #6); co-owned sports WFNI (2.9, +.9, #14); and public WFYI (2.8, +.8, #15). Among the stations most directly affected by “Classic Hip-Hop 93.9 The Beat” are Radio One urban AC and rhythmic CHR cluster-mates WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B” (6.0 – 4.5, -1.5, fifth to ninth) and WHHH “Hot 96-3″ (5.0 – 3.9, -1.1, #9 to #11). Seventh-ranked Entercom CHR WZPL “Indy’s Hit Music Station” picks up one-tenth and is up or flat for the fourth consecutive sweep (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+), while Radio One CHR WNOW “Radio Now” drops four-tenths (3.6, #11 to #12). Down or flat for the fifth straight time (4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.6, 3.6 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom hot AC WNTR “Indy’s Best Music Mix” dips from #12 to #13.

4) Providence – Swapping places at the top are Cumulus Media-owned CHR WPRO-FM (9.4 – 10.4, +1.0) and adult contemporary sibling WWLI “Lite Rock 105″ (15.2 – 8.6, -6.6). WPRO-FMWPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” had been #1 for four straight monthlies before giving way to “Lite Rock 105″ in the “Holiday” 2014 report. Off by nine-tenths in the “Holiday” sweep, Entercom all-sports WVEI comes roaring back with a massive +2.1 (3.1 – 5.2) and inches up from eighth to seventh; 5.2 is the best 6+-stat for WVEI since November 2013 when it notched a 6.3. Prior to the -.9 in the “Holiday” ratings period, WVEI had five successive up or flat trends (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.0, 6+). Improving by eight-tenths in January 2015 are Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country” (6.6 – 7.4, fourth to third) and Cumulus rhythmicWCTK CHR WWKX “Hot 106″ (2.9 – 3.7, steady at #9); “Cat Country” was -1.4 in the “Holiday” sweep and “Hot” was -.6. Classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101″ is down or flat for the fourth successive sweep (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 6.8, 6+) and the iHeartMedia property has its lowest share (6.8) since December 2013 (5.3).

5) Raleigh – After three successive up trends (6.8 – 6.9 – 7.3 – 14.0, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5″ regresses by seven full-shares to 7.0, dropping from first to third. “Mix” curtailed 11 straight months at #1 (6+) for WQDR “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country,” which WQDReroded by -1.2 in “Holiday” 2014 as well as -2.0 in December. The Curtis Media Group-owned outlet though regains those 1.2 shares from the “Holiday” sweep (9.4 – 8.2 – 9.4) and is once again back on top. Prior to December, WQDR had been in double-digits (6+) in eight of the previous nine survey periods. The market’s most significant sweep-to-sweep improvement though is turned in by North Carolina Public Radio WUNC (fifthWUNC to second), which halts a three-month slide (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 6.2, 6+) with a +1.5 to 7.7, its best showing since April’s 7.9. Progressing by eight-tenths each are Curtis Media Group CHR WPLW “Pulse FM” (5.0, steady at #9); Capitol’s WCMC-FM “The Fan” (3.3, #13 to #12); and public WCPE “The Classical Station” (2.5, #16 to #14); “The Fan” rebounds from a -.9 in the “Holiday” sweep.

6) Norfolk – Similar to the situation in Columbus and Milwaukee, Saga and Nielsen Audio resolve their issues and as a result, three Saga Norfolk properties appear in print after a lengthy absence. Something that has not changed though is the WVKLmarket pacesetter: For the 31st consecutive sweep, that honor goes to WVKL, which tacks on nine-tenths to zoom to 13.4. In addition to holding one of the longest continuous #1 streaks in a PPM market, the Entercom urban AC is in double-digits (6+) for the 18th time in the last 19 monthlies. After five straight negative trends which resulted in a combined -2.6 (7.3 – 7.2 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 4.7, 6+), Max Broadcast Group‘s WGH-FM “The Eagle” recoups byWGH-FM +1.5 to 6.2, jumping from seventh to third. Saga rocker WNOR-FM “FM 99″ marks its return to print by notching a +1.1 to 5.7 (#5), while Entercom hot AC WPTE “The Point” (4.8 – 5.6, #6) and iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WHBT “The Beat” (1.7 – 2.5, #11) each gain eight-tenths. Meanwhile though, Entercom adult contemporary and rhythmic CHR siblings WWDE “2WD” (9.2 – 4.1, second to eighth) and WNVZ “Z-104″ (5.0 – 3.7, fifth to tenth) falter by -5.1 and -1.3, respectively; iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV “MOViN 107.7″ (4.4 – 2.1, #8 to #14) regresses by -2.3.

7) Nashville – Despite a -4.1 taking it to an even 10.0-share (6+), Midwest Communications’ adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9″ is the frontrunner in “Music City USA” for an WJXAamazing 34th consecutive monthly. Only four times in the last 32 ratings sweeps – including November and December – has “Mix” failed to hit double-digits (6+). In “Holiday” 2014, “Mix” had a 7.2-share advantage over iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUBT “The Beat” (#2, 6.9) and a 7.3-share lead over “Beat” CHR sibling WRVW “The River” (6.8, #3). “The River,” however, gains one-share to 7.8 (#2) and now trails “Mix” by 2.2, while “The Beat” adds one-half share to 7.5, narrowing the margin with “Mix” to 2.5. Progressing by +1.2 each are “Mix” adult hits sibling WCJKWCJK “Jack-FM” (6.3 – 7.5, fourth to third) and public WPLN (2.4 – 3.6, #13 to #11); “Jack-FM” was -.7 in “Holiday” 2014 and WPLN was -.8. The third straight decline for Cumulus Media country outlet WSM-FM is by one-share; “Nash Icon” is down a cumulative -1.8 in that stretch (5.6 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 3.8) and slides from eighth to ninth. Sports cluster-mate WGFX “The Zone,” on the other hand, ends three consecutive downtrends that had totaled -2.3 (8.4 – 8.0 – 7.0 – 6.1) with a +.4 to 6.5 and remains in fifth-place.

8) Greensboro – After four straight up-trends which virtually tripled its 6+ stats (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 9.6 – 16.1), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG has more than one-half of the 16.1 from “Holiday” 2014 dissolved (16.1 – 7.3) as “Continuous Soft Rock” slides from first to third. It knocked out WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” from the top spot – a position the Entercom-owned urban AC held for the previous 12 ratings periods, including four straight double-digit showings (6+). WQMG, however, is down for the fourth consecutive time (11.5 – WSMW11.0 – 10.4 – 9.9 – 9.6) for a combined -1.9. Adult hits cluster-mate WSMW “Simon” reaches double-digits for the first time in its PPM history (8.8 – 10.1, +1.3) and is the market’s new #1. Putting an end to three straight negative trends (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” hangs up a +.7 to 4.4 and (amazingly) “Kiss” anchors the #9 spot for the 22nd successive ratings period. “Kiss,”WMKS however, is now just one-tenth behind CHR rival – Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL “The #1 Hit Music Station – which loses one-tenth. It is the fourth straight downward move for WKZL (6.4 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+) for a combined -1.9. In the “Holiday” 2014 report, Entercom’s WPAW “The Wolf” was -.6, while cross-town iHeartMedia’s WTQR “New Country Q-104.1″ declined by -.7. Both country stations gain by one-half share in January 2015: “The Wolf” bumps up from fifth to fourth (7.1) and “Q-104.1″ is steady at #6 (6.0), but it ends three straight downward trends for a cumulative -2.2 (7.7 – 6.8 – 6.2 – 5.5, 6+).

9) Jacksonville – Albeit down by five full-shares (17.9 – 12.9), Renda adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1″ makes it a perfect WEJZ10, as in 10 straight #1 performances since returning as a Nielsen Audio subscriber this past May. Co-owned WGNE “Gator Country” racks up an impressive +1.7 (5.0 – 6.7), jumping from eighth to fifth. Even though cross-town iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country” posts a strong +.9 (6.5 – 7.4), Cox Media Group CHR WAPE registers a +1.3 (6.4 – 7.7) andWAPE overtakes WQIK (#2 to #3) in the runner-up slot. “Jacksonville’s Country” finished second in both “Holiday” 2014 and December, as well as tying “Lite 96.1″ for first in November. Despite an impressive +1.5 (5.8 – 7.3), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL “The Eagle” remains at #4; it is the best 6+-showing for “The Eagle” since last May’s 7.6.

10) Hartford – Talker WTIC-AM (6.4 – 7.6, fourth to second) and CBS Radio hot AC cluster-mate WTIC-FM (6.0 – 7.2, fifth WRCHto fourth) each improve by +1.2 from “Holiday” 2014. Tops in October, WTIC-FM ends three straight downward trends which yielded a -2.9 (8.9 – 7.8 – 7.2 – 6.0, 6+). Neither it nor WTIC-AM though can overtake adult contemporary sibling WRCH “Lite 100.5″ (15.2 – 9.6, -5.6), which finishes first for the fourth consecutive sweep. Off significantly in the “Holiday” 2014 report (8.2 – 6.6, -1.6, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s WWYZ “Country 92-5″ regains one full-shareWWYZ and moves up from #3 to tie WTIC-AM at #2. While steady at #8, Connoisseur Media classic hits-oldies WDRC-FM “The Whale” gains seven-tenths (3.9 – 4.6).

meyerskellyKelly Meyers Joins ‘The Link’ in Charlotte as Midday Personality.  Starting today (2/23) as midday personality on Greater Media’s hot AC WLNK, Charlotte “107.9 The Link” is Kelly Meyers.  She was most recently handling the midday show at Beasley Media Group’s crosstown CHR WNKS “Kiss 95.1.”  Program director Darla Thomas comments, “I’m thrilled to welcome Kelly to the Link team.  Her major market experience, combined with her extensive knowledge in the digital space, made her the perfect addition to our on-air lineup between our two market leading shows, Bob & Sheri and Matt & Ramona.  Adding Kelly to our staff is another huge step in the evolution of ‘The Link.’”  Meyers fills the slot left open by Kelly McKay who resigned late last year to focus on her own business.  Jennifer Steele had been hosting middays in the interim and will become the evening personality.

bellnateBell Becomes OM for Radio One Detroit. Five-year operations manager of Radio One Raleigh urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5″ and urban AC WFXC “Foxy” Nate Bell transfers to a similar assignment at the company’s Detroit properties. Vice president and general manager Kathy Stinehour comments, “Nate Bell is a seasoned programmer with an outstanding major market track record. We are thrilled to have [him] join our Detroit team coming here from an amazing run in Raleigh. We look forward to Nate making his unique brand of magic here.” Bell remarks, “I see significant untapped potential in all four Radio One properties in Detroit. I am particularly excited to work with the new ‘live and local’ morning shows launched last year. I am honored to be entrusted to lead four radio stations with such a rich and important heritage.” Radio One’s Detroit quartet consists of urban AC WDMK “105.9 Kiss-FM,” gospel WZPR “Praise 102.7,” talk (days)/smooth jazz (nights) WCHB-AM, and urban contemporary WGPR-FM “Hot 107.5.” Bell’s previous programming credits include urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1,” New York; urban AC WMIB “103.5 The Beat,” Miami; urban contemporary WKKV, Milwaukee; and Detroit’s WDTJ “105.9 Jamz” – which is now WDMK “Kiss-FM.” In addition, he was operations manager and regional vice president of programming for Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) St. Louis, director of urban programming for Memphis’ KJMS and WHRK, and director of urban programming for Clear Channel New Orleans.

leimbachamyLeimbach Upped to Regional Director of Business Development for Alpha Media.  Promoted from her director of sales position at Alpha Media’s Portland stations to regional director for business development is Amy Leimbach.  Prior to joining Alpha in 2009, Leimbach worked for CBS RADIO in its Phoenix and Portland station groups.  Alpha Media notes that “as DOS, Amy has been keenly focused on working with the sales team to develop client-focused, integrated marketing solutions tied to the Portland radio cluster and live performance venue, the “Skype Live Studio,” formerly the “Bing Lounge.”  In her new position she’ll be involved in the marketing efforts of other Alpha Media station groups.

johnstondougJohnston Joins Westwood One in EVP Role.  Joining the company as executive vice president, Midwest division in the network sales department is Doug Johnston.  The company says he’ll “oversee revenue development and multi-platform brand integrations across all Westwood One assets, including network sales, spot sales, platform, digital, and events.  Johnston is based in Chicago and reports directly to Westwood One president Steve Shaw.”  He comes to WW1 from his most recent post as SVP, sales, central region, for Premiere Networks.

floresreneeFlores Appointed High Desert Broadcasting LSM. Former Lazer Broadcasting Oxnard-Ventura national and regional sales manager Renee Flores joins High Desert Broadcasting as local sales manager for its seven-station cluster in Lancaster, Palmdale, and the Antelope Valley (Southern California). High Desert president Miles Sexton comments that Flores, “brings a rare combination of experience in both product marketing and broadcast sales to this position, along with proven team leadership accomplishments. We are thrilled to have her join our management team to oversee the sales operation of this dominant radio cluster.” Flores points out that she has lived “in this exciting and growing portion of the Los Angeles metro area. It is great to be returning with such a wonderful opportunity to grow and serve the diverse business community here.” Flores’ prior background includes being general sales manager for Lazer Broadcasting’s three Oxnard-Ventura stations, as well as handling sales for the company’s 25 California and Nevada stations. High Desert’sHigh Desert Broadcasting seven stations are regional Mexican KCEL “Que Buena 96.1″; hot AC KGMX “K-Mix 106.3″; alternative KKZQ “The Edge”; classic rock KQAV “The Quake”; KMVE “Classic Top 40″; KOSS “NewsTalk 1380″; and regional Mexican KUTY “La Mera Mera 1470.” 

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  New York City radio pro Cindy Vero joins Cumulus Media’s WPLJ as traffic reporter on the morning drive “Todd & Jayde in the Morning” show and the afternoon drive show hosted by John Foxx…..CBS RADIO San Francisco announces morning drive duo Fernando and Greg have re-signed with the company to continue on CHR KMVQ “99.7 [NOW!]” for years to come.  Fernando Ventura comments, “Many have said top 40 doesn’t work in the Bay Area but the ‘99.7 [NOW!]’ team slams down the haters every single day!  I’m so happy to continue the Fernando and Greg story with CBS RADIO.”

downloadIn Case You Missed It … As part of last night’s Academy Award ceremonies (Sunday 2/22), the “Oscar” for “Best Original Song” was presented to “Glory” (Common & John Legend) from the movie “Selma.” Other nominees in the category were “Everything is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”; “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”; “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”; and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”

rabRAB on 2014: Off-Air and Digital Help Bolster Spot and Network for Flat Revenue Year.  The annual report on radio’s revenue for the previous year from the RAB is released and the organization states that radio ended Q4 and full year 2014 with revenue comparable to those reported at year-end in both 2013 and 2012.  Radio’s digital and off-air sectors delivered impressive growth rates throughout the year, which also saw slight dips in the spot and network sectors.  For all of 2014, spot revenue was down 3% and network revenue dipped 4%.  Those decreases were offset by the rise in digital (up 9%) and off-air revenue (up 16%).  RAB president and CEO Erica Farber comments, “Radio held its own in 2014 with radio revenue remaining steady despite an economic climate which saw some businesses tightening their spending in Q4 due to reduced consumer confidence.  Digital revenue growth indicates that radio is meeting marketers’ growing commitment to reach consumers via all digital ad channels, and this continued growth confirms radio’s position as a true marketing partner.”