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Monday, March 30, 2015

| March 30, 2015

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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 iHeart.com and TuneIn.com.

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 sjgoldstein@amplifimedia.com.

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.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

| March 25, 2015

snoopdoggPeachesCreamDuane 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”; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9,” 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, plus Internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (3/25) includes such names as: Sam Smith, John Legend, CHIC, Nile Rodgers, The Martinez Brothers, Manika, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Halsey, Blur, Damon Albarn, Laura Marling, The Temperance Movement, Zac Brown Band, Chris Cornell, Mumford and Sons, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Tobias Jesso, Jr., Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Luke Bryan, Chris Janson, Brothers Osborne, T.J. Bebb, Ryan Daniel, Yo Yo Honey Singh, The Piano Guys, LA Priest, among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

lambertmirandaMiranda Lambert to Host Westwood One’s ACM Nomination Special.  The two-hour Westwood One ACM Nomination special will be hosted by five-time ACM “Female Vocalist of the Year” Miranda Lambert.  The program will be available to stations either Saturday or Sunday, April 11 or April 12, from 6:00 am to 12:00 midnight.  It will also air as the final two hours of the “NASH Nights Live Weekend Show” airing on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.  The actual “50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards” takes place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 before more than 50,000 fans at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.  Westwood One will also present “Red Carpet Radio coverage from Backstage at the ACM Awards,” featuring A-list interviews, live performances, and special programming.

kannonKannon Takes Over Mornings on KVIL-FM, Dallas.  At CBS RADIO-owned hot AC KVIL-FM, Dallas, Mike Kannon is named the new morning drive host, effective immediately.  The station dropped the previous morning show, “Zazza Mornings” with Tony Zazza and Julie Fisk, back in November of 2014.  KVIL program director Jay Michaels states, “Kannon brings a wealth of social media experience and an expansive knowledge of everything pop culture to our more music morning show on the ‘New 103.7 KVIL.’  That, combined with his knowledge of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, makes him a great addition to our incredible live and local air staff.”  Kannon moves in from Cumulus Media’s crosstown KLIF-FM “Hot 93.3.”

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Former KKHH, Houston “Hot 95.7” PM drive personality Kaden begins working at iHeartMedia-owned CHR KZZP, Phoenix “104.7 Kiss FM” today as a late night/fill-in host.  KZZP programmer Mat Mitchell comments, “Kaden is no stranger to The Valley, as he has previously hosted nights on KZZP.  While he continues the search for a full-time opportunity, I’m excited to have him rejoin our team!”…..Mark Wilson, John Christian, Ryan Cota, Jessica Chavez, and Tracy Johnson all join the staff of the syndicated “Sunday Night Slow Jams” show hosted by R Dub!

klaz logoCool Job Opportunity.  KLAZ, Hot Springs – the market’s “#1 Hit Music Station” – is looking for a singular talent as cluster OM, KLAZ PD, and morning show talent to launch Noalmark Broadcasting’s brand-new, live-and-local morning show.  You will be responsible for programming and branding for KLAZ, building the morning show, and overseeing active rock KHRK/KYRC “Real Rock 93.5/101.5” and “Solid Gospel AM 1240.”  We are looking for an experienced broadcast professional to take the Noalmark Hot Springs cluster to the next level — community involvement and creative thinking a must.  You will be working with GM Paul Meacham and Zapoleon Media consultant Mark St. John.  Send resume, qualifications, and audio to klazjobs@gmail.com.  EOE Male/Female.

buymeaboat‘Buy Me a Boat’ Hits #1 on iTunes Country After Bobby Bones Exposure.  When unsigned country artist Chris Janson sent Premiere Networks personality Bobby Bones a copy of his new song “Buy Me a Boat,” the last thing he probably expected was that the private communication would result in his song hitting the #1 position on the iTunes Country Chart.  But that’s exactly what happened.  Bones played the song twice on his nationally syndicated country radio morning show and, before long the tune was at the top of the chart.  This cool story demonstrates the power of a really good song.  Bones comments, “I knew I had to play Chris Janson’s ‘Buy Me A Boat’ and share it with our listeners.  It’s a great example of radio’s ability to connect listeners with new music and promote a super-talented-yet-unsigned artist.  Our listeners loved hearing his song on the radio and downloaded it right away, helping him jump to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Country Chart in less than a day.”

glorianaNashBash15Gloriana Plays Nash Bash at Barclays Center.  Pictured here on stage at the intimate Cushman & Wakefield Theater at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn is Gloriana.  The country band was part of a lineup that included headliner Cole Swindell, Jana Kramer and Michael Ray.  The evening was emceed by WNSH, New York “NASH 94.7” personalities Kelly Ford and Jesse Addy.  This was the first Nash Bash concert at Barclays Center as part of the newly launched partnership between Cumulus Media and Barclays Center that will bring at least two concerts annually to the venue.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

| March 24, 2015

robinsonjosephRobinson to President Post at iHeartMedia Ventures Group.  This is a promotion for iHeartMedia’s EVP of strategic development as Joseph Robinson is named president of theiheartmedia logo small iHeartMedia Ventures Group in which Robinson will work “to develop high-value strategic opportunities with media, technology, and content companies.”  He’ll report to iHeartMedia president, COO and CFO Rich Bressler, who states, “Joe has played an invaluable role in helping iHeartMedia explore new digital and technology opportunities for both consumer-facing and internal initiatives.  I’m delighted that Joe is expanding his role with us; his new leadership position will be instrumental in our continued success as a 21st century media company — one that is both relentlessly forward-looking on the technology front and focused on using iHeartMedia’s cross-platform assets in creative ways that help redefine the future of consumer media and entertainment.”

muhammadjamillahMuhammad Joins Beasley Charlotte Duo as OD/PD. Former program director of Radio One Washington, DC urban AC WMMJ “Majic 102.3″ and co-owned gospel WPRS “Praise 104.1″ Jamillah “Jam” Muhammad is named operations director and program director of Beasley Media Group Charlotte urban AC WBAV “V101-9″ and urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98.” Vice president and market manager Bill Schoening comments, “‘Jam’ has deservedly earned the respect from her peers and she has a tremendous reputation. We are thrilled to have her join the Beasley family and I am excited to watch where she takes these stations.” Muhammad remarks that she is “incredibly excited” to join Schoening and the Beasley family in Charlotte. “I love radio; I love to win; and I am looking forward to leading these heritage brands.” Muhammad programmed Premiere Radio Networks’ “The Sweat Hotel featuring Keith Sweat“; urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3,” Detroit; and urban contemporary WKKV “V-100,” Milwaukee. Prior to that, she was assistant program director and music director of urban AC WVAZ “V-103,” Chicago.

mccrackengerryCumulus Names McCracken to Lake Charles Post.  Former longtime Cox Radio programmer Gerry McCracken joins Cumulus Media as operations manager for the company’s Lake Charles, Louisiana cluster.  McCracken program director for country KYKZ and ‘NASH Icon’ KQLK.  He takes over for OM/PD Eric Nielson, who retired at the end of 2014.   In the past, McCracken has worked at such outlets as WSOC, Charlotte; KWEN, Tulsa; WHKO/Dayton; WCOS, Columbia, and KBBG, San Francisco.  Cumulus corporate PD Bob Raleigh comments, “Gerry adds to our growing roster of great programmers in the company.  We needed someone exceptional to take over the legacy left behind when Eric retired and Gerry is the perfect fit for such a heritage station as KYKZ and our new ‘NASH Icon’ KQLK.”

kennedykevenGreater Media Names Kennedy WKLB, Boston PM Drive Personality.  Beginning this Thursday (3/26), Keven Kennedy takes over the afternoon drive show on Greater Media’s Boston country outlet WKLB.  Program director Mike Brophey says, “It’s exciting to welcome a personality of Keven’s caliber to ‘Country 102.5.’  We know he’ll feel right at home on the air in Boston and we expect to see him everywhere in the community!”  Kennedy most recently served as the host of both the “Kennedy in the Morning” show at “Movin’ 107.7” WMOV, Norfolk and “Nudge in the Morning” on KVDU-FM, New Orleans “Voodoo 104.”  Previous to that, he was heard on Dial Global’s syndicated “Nudge At Night,” as well as on the “Hits Now” format.

nuyorkNuYork Named ABA Radio Personality of the Year.  Birmingham, Alabama radio personality NuYork was honored with the 2015 Radio Personality of the Year award from the Alabama Broadcasters Association at its annual ceremony on Saturday, March 21.  The WBHJ, Birmingham jock is on air middays on SummitMedia’s hip hop outlet “95.7 Jamz.”  In addition to her radio duties, NuYork says she considers community outreach a personal priority.  She regularly speaks at schools and colleges about the importance of education, and serves as a mentor through an internship program that she has created.  She is also building an organization called G.L.O.W. (Girls Living On Willpower), whose goal is to support young women by encouraging positive choices in appearance, morality, and academic achievement.  She is inspired and motivated by youth — particularly adopted adolescents, for whom she admits to having a soft spot — and hopes to partner with other organizations to assist at-risk children transitioning between homes and into adulthood.  Through social media, volunteerism and her website, IamNuYork.com, she stays engaged with the community.

d'amicojohnD’Amico Adds ‘Y108 Duties’ in Pittsburgh.  At the Pittsburgh CBS RADIO cluster, WBZZ station promotion manager John D’Amico begins handling the same duties at sister country outlet WDSY “Y108, Pittsburgh’s Country.”  D’Amico started with the cluster as an intern in 2007, worked part time in promotions and as a board-op, and then was hired fulltime as an assistant in 2009.  He was promoted to his previous role of station promotion manager for WBZZ in 2012.

wmgk logoGreater Media Named ‘Best in Philly’ Again.  For the fourth consecutive year, Greater Media’s radio properties have been named among the “Top Workplaces in Philadelphia” by Philly.com.  Hundreds of companies take part in the survey, but only a select few companies are awarded top workplace.  The Greater Media Philadelphia station group consists of rock WMMR; classic rock WMGK “102.9 MGK”; adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben FM”; and sports talk WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic.”  The evaluation for the “Top Workplaces” program was based entirely upon feedback from an employee survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics in the fall of 2014.  Greater Media Philly VP and market manager John Fullam comments, “Great companies start with great employees.  We are fortunate to have such an extraordinary team dedicated to serving Philadelphia, our listeners and advertising partners every day.”

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harrisonUpCloseFarOutMichael Harrison and Norm Pattiz Discuss a Wide Spectrum of Media Issues on PodcastOne.  TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison and PodcastOne founder/CEO Norm Pattiz engage in an illuminating conversation about media and its impact on society in the third and latest installment of the podcast series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  The two iconoclastic media figures draw upon their radio industry experience and 38-year friendship in tackling such issues as net neutrality; new advertising techniques; the impact of consolidation on radio; differences between radio and TV; the evolving state of journalism; the effect of fractionalization on the national consciousness, problems and changes in music radio and the burgeoning state of podcasting.  To hear the podcast in its entirety, please click here.