General Music Radio Industry News
One Direction, Katy Perry Highlight AMA Winners. They each scored three trophies in the fan vote-decided American Music Awards held last night in Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater. One Direction was recognized as Artist of the Year, for Favorite Album – Pop/Rock (“Midnight Memories”), and Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Pop/Rock. Katy Perry was honored as Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock, Single of the Year (“Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J), and Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary. Iggy Azalea – who led the field with six nominations – won for Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop, and Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop. Among the other winners were Brantley Gilbert “Just As I Am” (Favorite Album – Country), Luke Bryan (Favorite Male Artist – Country), Carrie Underwood (Favorite Female Artist – Country), and Florida Georgia Line (Favorite Band, Duo, or Group – Country). Others winning AMAs last night were Imagine Dragons (Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock), Enrique Iglesias (Favorite Artist – Latin), Casting Crowns (Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational), and Calvin Harris (Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music). Sam Smith (Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock), John Legend (Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B), and Beyoncé (Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B) were also honored, as were 5 Seconds of Summer (New Artist of the Year) and “Frozen” for Top Soundtrack. In addition to Azalea’s six nominations, Legend, Perry and Pharrell Williams scored five each, while Lorde earned four. Checking in with three each were Beyoncé, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, and One Direction. Bastille, Luke Bryan, Drake, and Sam Smith each received two nominations. The first-ever “Dick Clark Award for Excellence” was presented to Taylor Swift, who opened the awards with her new single, “Blank Space.” Pictured here signing a guitar backstage at Westwood One’s Red Carpet Radio Backstage at the AMA’s Radio Row event is Fergie. WW1’s newly branded Red Carpet Radio presented programming on Saturday and Sunday from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo: David Edwards.)
RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Toledo cluster of Cumulus Media, Dana DiModica is appointed local sales manager. She was previously general sales manager for Toledo Radio LLC’s crosstown country WPFX “107.7 the Wolf.”…..Radio programming pro Mike Oakes joins City of Dallas-owned WRR, Dallas “Classical 101.1 FM” as program director. Oakes also currently serves as a research partner at Albright & O’Malley & Brenner. He has held numerous prior programming positions in St. Louis, Nashville, Green Bay, and most recently, three stations in Palm Springs, California including news/talk trimulcast KNWZ/KNWQ/KNWH.
Online Video Marketing: The Kinder Eggs Shocker. Media consultant Walter Sabo writes in a piece published in RadioInfo today that the “predictive indicators for online video success are completely different than predictors for all other media.” Obviously, this is important information for anyone – be it a client buying on a video platform or a radio station using online video to promote itself – wishing to understand what makes a successful internet marketing video. You don’t need to know what Kinder Eggs are, but if you read Sabo’s column and check out the linked video, you’ll understand that how people find video content online and what makes them want to view a video are unique to the internet and require use of that knowledge for a successful marketing campaign. Read Walter Sabo’s column here.
Cool Job Opportunity. Calling a “rare opportunity in a family-owned company,” Greater Media announces it is seeking their next program director for hot AC WLNK, Charlotte “107.9 The Link.” You must be experienced in coaching top talent and incorporate the best practices of PPM and digital media. We are looking for an accomplished, high-achieving, special individual to program ‘107.9 The Link’ to even greater levels of performance. What we need from you: We will need you to verifiably demonstrate your track record, achievements, possess exceptional leadership and managerial skills; we want ensure that you are the perfect strategic and cultural fit for us, and it’s equally important for Greater Media Charlotte to be a great fit for you; excellent leadership skills; 5 years major market PD experience; proven track record; experienced talent coach; and strong fundamentals in strategic marketing and programming. If you believe that being part of a performance-driven media company and love working with amazing people and great leadership, please email your cover letter, resume, and quick summary of your approach to coaching on-air talent to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to: Human Resources at WBT-WLNK, 1 Julian Price Place, Charlotte, NC 28208.
CMG Names J.R. Jaus PM Driver at ‘K92.3’ in Orlando. At Cox Media Group-owned country outlet WWKA, Orlando “K92.3,” J.R. Jaus is the new afternoon drive personality, effective December 4. To make room for Jaus, current afternooner and director of branding Drew Bland moves to middays and Jason Gellhause shifts to evenings. Bland comments, “J.R.’s passion for creating compelling radio is exciting and refreshing, he will be a great addition to our already innovative team. We look forward to JR’s future contributions to the K92.3 brand.” Prior to this new role, Jaus has been working radio, TV, and film for the last 10 years in San Diego and Los Angeles, including stops at iHeartMedia’s San Diego cluster and roles in Nickelodeon‘s “Victorious” and ABC Family‘s “Greek.” Most recently Jaus hosted nights at CBS RADIO’s “Energy 103.7” in San Diego.
Brian Egan Named ‘NASH Nights Live’ Executive Producer. WKWS, Charleston, West Virginia “96.1 The Wolf” PD and morning host Brian Egan leaves that gig to join Cumulus Media as executive producer for the syndicated “NASH Nights Live” program. Speaking about his new gig, Egan says, “My family and I couldn’t be more excited to return to Tennessee. Joining the ‘NASH Nights Live’ team and getting the chance to work with Shawn Parr, Elaina Smith, Ryan Kershner and everyone involved with the NASH brand is an amazing opportunity. I’m grateful to John Dickey and Mike McVay for making this happen.”
Cumulus Names Reno to Lead KGO and KSFO, San Francisco Sales. At the Bay Area cluster, Cumulus Media appoints sales pro Jaysson Reno to vice president, sales for heritage market news/talkers KGO and KSFO. Reno has worked in the San Francisco market for 10 years in the radio, digital and event space, and has led sales for the company’s rock KSAN and triple A KFOG since 2012. Cumulus San Francisco VP/market manager Justin Wittmayer says, “Jaysson brings strong leadership, a keen business sense and the market equity needed to drive advertiser performance and grow revenues. KGO and KSFO are legacy brands in which we will continue to invest to benefit our community, to enhance the user experience and to deliver superior advertiser results.”
Westwood One to Retire ‘Rockline.’ After a run that spanned almost 34 years, syndicator Westwood One is ending the active and classic rock program “Rockline.” Host Bob Coburn says the show, as successful as it’s been, simply has run its course. “The world has changed to one of near constant exposure for artists in 2014. ‘Rockline’ was an innovative, unique idea back in 1981. But with the internet, Twitter accounts, hundreds of television channels and a more sophisticated press, artists are now literally at the fingertips of their fans. ‘Rockline’ is no longer the invaluable tool to connect fans with their rock ‘n’ roll heroes, it has become but one of many. We have had the honor to present the history of rock as told by the artists who created it for the past three decades plus, but now is the time to pass the mantle. We will proudly present the very best of ‘Rockline’ until the end of the year when our mics will fall silent forever. Thanks for listening and long live rock ‘n’ roll!” The final shows will air on Wednesday, December 17 (Rockline Classic) and Monday, December 22 (Rockline Active). Regarding this development, RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison says, “The end of ‘Rockline’ is sad, indeed, because it was not only a tremendously good show of historic proportions, Bob Coburn’s analysis of its demise symbolizes the continued erosion of radio’s iconic role as the epicenter of the music culture…a trend and syndrome that we must all work to resist and reverse. That being said, we salute Bob for his decades of invaluable service to the industry. He is one of the best rock radio personalities to ever grace the airwaves.”
RAB: Radio’s Q3 Revenue Dips 2%; Off-Air and Digital Jump. The 2014 third quarter radio revenue report from the Radio Advertising Bureau concludes radio’s total revenue dipped 2% — a bit better than Q2’s 3% drop (all comparisons are versus the same period in 2013). Breaking it down, spot revenue and network revenue fell back 3% and 4% respectively in Q3 this year compared to last, but digital and off-air revenue were up by 11% and 14% respectively. RAB president and CEO Erica Farber comments, “The increasing strength of radio’s digital platforms becomes more evident every quarter as advertisers recognize the unparalleled benefits of reaching radio’s dedicated audiences on every device and platform they are using. In addition, the growth in off-air opportunities for advertisers is a clear indication that radio is focused on continuing to deliver more innovative solutions to help them reach their consumers.” See the RAB’s report here.
KDAY, Los Angeles Gets Digital. Legendary Southern California hip hop and R&B outlet KDAY, Los Angeles announces a new suite of services for its digital media platform. The station, recently purchased by Meruelo Media, says it is extending “the legendary brand’s reach worldwide in real-time via livestreaming, mobile, social and more.” The new digital platform “includes products and services that amplify traditional ‘listener tools,’ with real-time engagement via a social strategy anchored in rich media with interactive banner displays, page takeovers, audio/video pre-roll, exclusive special content sections and pop-culture prize polls.” Meruelo Media president Otto Padron adds, “This digital grand strategy unites our legendary music together with ‘KDAY Nation’ listeners anytime, anyplace and anywhere across the world. Listeners pick the time, place and the duration of their tune-in or brand interaction, giving them all the options to do so – on their own terms; whether its via our livestreaming app, mobile, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, we’re there for them around the clock on broadcast radio, digital, mobile, and social platforms.”
Envision Networks’ ‘100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time’ Adds More Affiliates. A dozen new affiliate stations are adding the Envision Networks-syndicated holiday program “The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time,” an award-winning, 10-hour radio special hosted by beloved TV game show host Wink Martindale. This show is available on a cash basis and counts down “everyone’s favorite Yuletide hits from 100 to number one.” The show is a brand new special based on data compiled by Billboard Magazine and listings of the Christmas tracks most played on radio over the past decade. This compilation includes hit singles as well as classic tracks from the most-loved and best-selling Christmas albums of all time.
USRN Expands Phantom Producer Country Services. The radio imaging service distributed by United Stations Radio Networks introduces a second version geared toward country music formats. Phantom Producer is expanding to serve the mainstream country format. At the same time, the existing service for country stations will be re-branded as the hot country service. USRN says the Phantom Producer service gives users the ability to audition and download major market station imaging with their station name, frequency and positioning statement embedded in the audio via a password-protected website. Recently, “music hooks” were added to the service which expanded the creative options for affiliates tremendously and has proven to be another time-saver for PDs.
MIW Announces 2015 Mentoring Program. The details of the 2015 Mildred Carter Mentoring Program from the Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group are available. The 14-year-old program matches up-and-coming women in the radio industry with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of radio. 2015 Mentoring Committee chair Lindsay Cerajewski (who also serves as sales manager at CBS RADIO’s WUSN, Chicago) says, “This is a wonderful opportunity for mentees to gain valuable insight, knowledge and access to some of the most influential women in radio. We look forward to another outstanding program in 2015.” A total of four candidates from the radio broadcasting industry – within the sales, marketing, programming and digital disciplines – will be selected for the 2015 program. Of those, at least one spot will be designated for a programming candidate, and one spot designated for a digital candidate. For mentee criteria and instructions on how to apply, please visit http://tinyurl.com/miwmentee. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 12, 2014.
Bell Media to Lay Off 80 Employees. Canadian broadcast giant Bell Media is announcing personnel cuts across its radio division that will affect some 80 people. As reported by the Windsor Star, the Windsor market (which operates four stations that also serve Detroit listeners) will lose seven staffers, but those people haven’t been identified yet. The stations in Windsor include: triple A CKLW-FM “The River 93.9,” alternative CIMX “89X,” oldies CKWW and news/talk CKLW-AM. The paper notes that Bell Media cut about 120 positions in the radio division back in June.
Bobby Bones Raises More Cash for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. On Tuesday (11/18), Premiere Networks syndicated morning personality Bobby Bones and his band The Raging Idiots played a special charity concert to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Two-time Academy of Country Music “Top Male Vocalist” Jason Aldean crashed the show held at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, helping raise more than $60,000 for the hospital. In addition, country music singer/songwriter/guitarist Lindsay Ell performed with The Raging Idiots, and St. Jude patient Caleb served as guest announcer for the evening. Pictured here are Aldean (white cap) and Bones (standing) on stage.
Hubbard Expands ‘2060 Digital’; Names James Bryant President. Cincinnati VP and market manager James Bryant is heading up Hubbard Radio’s new in-house, digital company called 2060 Digital, LLC. The new digital media services company will expand from Hubbard Interactive in Cincinnati and begin serving Hubbard Radio clusters in the Chicago, Washington, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Seattle, Phoenix and Cincinnati markets. 2060 Digital will “provide digital solutions for clients, including website and mobile site build out, SEO, SEM, retargeting, social media management, content and video.” Two years ago, Bryant was instrumental in launching 2060 Digital in Cincinnati. Hubbard chair and CEO Ginny Morris comments, “We have long looked to Jim for leadership in this space and we feel fortunate that his full attention will be focused on helping us find comprehensive solutions for our advertising partners. We look forward to bringing Jim’s entrepreneurial approach to 2060 Digital to the rest of our company.” At the same time, with the promotion of Bryant, Hubbard announces Mike Fredrick also moves up from his VP/general manager/DOS for the Cincinnati operations to VP and market manager.
Cumulus Names Jeff Davis to New Corporate Post. Twenty-six year radio pro Jeff Davis is named to Cumulus Media’s newly created post national director of stratus music scheduling. The company says that Davis has been with it for more than eight years as program director of heritage hot AC/CHR hybrid WQSM, Fayetteville, North Carolina. He’s also been music director for hot AC KBBY, Ventura, California and has extensive knowledge of the company’s proprietary Stratus Music Scheduling System which is used at more than 450 radio stations. Davis will continue to program WQSM for Cumulus.
WTZA, Atlanta New Classic Hip Hop and R&B Outlet. The WTZA-AM and W257DF simulcast positions itself as “Atlanta’s New Home for Old School Hip Hop and R&B” featuring artists including: Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., TLC and more from the early 2000s going back to the late 1980s. The Core Communications simulcast’s translator is licensed to Dallas, Georgia and its primary signal covers the region northwest of downtown Atlanta.
Townsquare Flips Quincy-Hannibal, Missouri AM to Classic Country. The former adult contemporary WLIQ is now airing the classic country format and is branded “KICK AM 1530” – a nod to its FM country sister station KICK-FM. General manager Dave Greene says, “The number one request we get on KICK-FM is to air more country hits from the past. Flipping 1530 to classic country gives us the opportunity to do just that and we can now serve the entire country music audience between today’s best hits on KICK-FM and 979kickfm.com and the best country hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s on KICK-AM and on kickam1530.com.” To promote the changeover, KICK-FM will be airing one classic country song per hour during the day to give listeners a feel for what they can hear on KICK AM.
Meet Patty Morris-Capers, VP Promotion for Adult Formats at Capitol Records. In a continuing series of personality profiles of key individuals making a difference in the ever-changing arena of music promotion, where the music and radio industries intersect, RadioInfo shines the spotlight on Patty Morris-Capers. Morris-Capers is vice president of promotion for adult formats at Capitol Records. Capitol is hot in this arena and has launched the careers of such successful contemporary artists as Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Mary Lambert, Mary J Blige and so many more, in addition to maintaining the currency of such established acts as Counting Crows and Beck, not to mention all-time legends Elton John, Bob Seger and Neil Diamond. For the past 18 months or so in her current position, music industry pro Morris-Capers has established a keen understanding of and close working relationship with “adult formats” which at Capitol entails hot AC and mainstream adult contemporary. Recently she has been handling specialty promotion for classic hits stations as well. “It is a very interesting time for hot AC and adult contemporary,” she declares. “Several years ago, there was ‘a minute’ when hot AC had become extremely ‘thump-and-bump.’ In many cases, the definition of a station playing a ‘variety of hits’ did not quite apply. The pendulum had swung to the point where hot AC had become so rhythmic that the concept of having any sort of alternative-leaning song on those stations was very difficult. It has been very exciting the past several years to see a shift.” Not only does it draw from all other formats, hot AC, Morris-Capers asserts, “can break records. That is evidenced by the fact that hot AC broke Emeli Sandé. Some records come into this building that are so left-of-center. We will raise our hand on them and say they could fly with the right tools around them.” To read managing editor Mike Kinosian’s RadioInfo’s profile of Patty Morris-Capers and get a peek inside the thought processes that make Capitol an ongoing force in the music industry, please click here.
Cumulus and Westwood One Partner to Bring ‘Backstage from the AMAs’ Content. As the result of a partnership between Cumulus’ Westwood One and dick clark productions, the former will provide exclusive audio coverage from the Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs Radio Row on Friday and Saturday (11/22-23), leading up to the 2014 American Music Awards which take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. During the event, Westwood One will debut its Red Carpet Radio brand – the umbrella platform for the company’s exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of year-round entertainment award shows. Backstage at the AMAs Radio Row is two days of live broadcasts with 25 radio stations from across the country representing multiple formats, with an array of hosts, presenters, and performers mingling backstage.
CBS RADIO Detroit One of Motor City’s “Best Places to Work.” The annual feature from Crain’s Detroit Business names CBS RADIO Detroit one of the best places to work in the city. Some of the reasons for the local station group being such a great employer include: Annual company party, tickets to local events, rewards site to allow employees to send thank you and birthday cards and award nominations, and child care assistance. Pictured here being interviewed for the video that is featured on the Crain’s site are Bobby (right) and Stacey (center) from the Bobby and Stacey show on oldies WOMC talking about why the Detroit cluster is such a rewarding workplace. To check out the cool video, click here.
Golden Mike Award Ceremony Moved to March 16. The annual Golden Mike Award fundraiser presented by the Broadcasters Foundation of America will take place at the Plaza Hotel in New York on March 16. Next spring, NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith is being honored with the award. Earlier this week the announcement was made but the date has moved from February 23 to March 16.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters including this week, Bayley Brown, WKLC, Charleston, WV; David Safar, KCMP, Minneapolis; and 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 (11/1) includes such names as: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Lack of Afro, Kendrick Lamar, Nick Jonas, David Bowie, Gwyneth Moreland, Smashing Pumpkins, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Madison Rising, Buffalo Killers, Cort Carpenter, Mitchell Tenpenny, Austin Webb, Pat Waters, Joe Denim, Deadmau5, Kaskade, Shiba San, Calvin Harris, Haim, and Ummet Ozcan among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here
Weisman: Flo & Eddie Case May Have Far-Reaching Effects. RadioInfo legal editor Steven J.J. Weisman writes today (11/19) about the recent court decisions relative to the suits being brought against SiriusXM by Flo & Eddie, Inc., the corporation created by Mark Volman (left) and Howard Kaylan (right) that owns Turtles recordings, that charge the satcaster is violating state laws for not paying royalties on the Turtles’ pre-1972 recordings. Weisman offers a concise recent history of the matter and explains why these most recent rulings could impact all audio broadcasters – including AM/FM operators – in a big way. He writes that the most recent ruling “could be interpreted to apply to thousands of terrestrial radio stations, restaurants, stores, and stadiums where pre-1972 recordings are being played without paying royalties to performers. A national resolution to this issue is sorely needed. A bill was introduced in Congress earlier this year that would establish public performance royalty rights for recordings made prior to 1972, however, that particular bill is somewhat flawed in that it does not extend full copyright protection to those recordings.” Read Weisman’s entire piece here.
Clear Channel Satellite Services to Serve iHeartMedia Only. In a story by Leslie Stimson at Radio World, iHeartMedia, the parent company of Clear Channel Satellite Services, is informing clients that it will no longer provide satellite services to non-iHeartMedia operators. Contracts currently existing will be honored until they expire and the company will not accept new ones. A memo from CCSS reads, in part: “In the coming weeks, our team will be working with the existing customers to discuss the best way for a smooth transition to a new provider. Customers with soon-expiring contracts will have the option to continue their service on a month-to-month basis until we’ve found a suitable assignee for the business.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. At Blaster Records, Bob Reeves is promoted to vice president, promotion. Label president Derek Simon makes the announcement, noting that Reeves takes over for Gator Michaels who exits the label…..Key Market Radio-owned suburban country outlet WOGI “Froggy 104.3” welcomes Erika Hink, a.k.a. Alligator, to the station to serve as morning drive co-host alongside Michael Ovadia, a.k.a. Frogman. Hink most recently was afternoon personality at Forever Broadcasting’s country WFGI, New Castle, Pennsylvania…..Former Alpha Media-owned triple A KINK, Portland morning personality Marconi is now hosting afternoons at webcaster Radiobuzz101.com.
October Revenue Gains Reported in Los Angeles, San Diego. According to Miller Kaplan Arase‘s October summary report, Los Angeles posted increases of 3% for local spot and nearly double that (5.7%) for national spot. Meanwhile, San Diego was +1.3% local spot and a substantially higher +18% for national spot. Southern California Broadcasters Association president Thom Callahan comments, “Our entire region produced a very robust October as the critical fourth quarter began. The sluggish third quarter performance we had is a distant memory, as advertisers once again looked to Southern California radio for increased market share and real revenue results. Our combined market growth in October should set the stage for a dramatic and positive finish for [fourth quarter] and 2014. Our members’ efforts to provide proactive solutions to client challenges really came together in October. We see enormous positive energy in our markets and our continued regional focus on radio’s ROI is making a difference for all of our member sales teams.” Revenue in the “NTR/Network/Other” category improved last month by a whopping (approximately) 63% in Los Angeles and 26.3% in San Diego. October’s total market revenue for Los Angeles was 7.1%, while San Diego’s was 8.8%. Year-to-date total market revenue though is -2.2% (Los Angeles) and 2.9% (San Diego).
iHeartMedia Flips KMJM, St. Louis to Classic Hip Hop and R&B. Urban contemporary “Majic 100.3” is gone and iHeartMedia unveils the country’s newest classic hip hop and R&B stations as KMJM becomes “100.3 The Beat, Throwback Hip Hop and R&B.” The station says it will be the home of artists including: Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z and Tupac as well as Jodeci, Aaliyah and R. Kelly. iHeartMedia St. Louis regional market president Beth Davis says, “The all-new ‘100.3 The Beat’ will bring back the fun times of an older hip-hop and R&B generation while continuing to serve the local community, playing the music our listeners want to hear. I’m confident ‘100.3 The Beat’ listeners will remember where they were, who they were hanging out with and how they were feeling with every song we play.”
Cumulus Re-Ups Roula & Ryan for KRBE, Houston. The long-running Roula & Ryan morning show at Cumulus Media’s CHR KRBE, Houston will remain at the station as the program has signed a long-term contract extension. Hosted by Roula Christie (second from right) and Ryan Chase (right), the program also features sidekicks Producer Eric (Eric Rowe) (second from left), Special K (Kevin England) (left), and Phoenix. The show has been airing on KRBE since July of 2006. Cumulus Media EVP of content and programming John Dickey comments, “Roula & Ryan have been a successful fixture in the Houston media landscape for many years. It’s great to be able to recognize their talent and their contribution to the much-beloved KRBE with another long-term contract proving our commitment to work with the best talent in the business.” PD Leslie Whittle adds, “It’s been an amazing eight years working with the Roula & Ryan show and I know the coming years will be even bigger and better. The members of the Roula & Ryan show are a collection of special talents and I’m so happy they will continue to wake up Houston each morning on KRBE.”
Duane Doobie: Don’t Miss the Next Big Thing. According to RadioInfo resident media perceptionist Duane Doobie, music radio programmers should always be on alert for the next big thing. In a column posted today (11/18) the Doob writes, “Music radio is in a ‘play it safe’ holding pattern and has been for years. The irony is, playing it safe is one of the most dangerous things music radio can do. I am certainly not suggesting recklessness or the indiscriminate programming of everything out there… we all know how deadly that can be. I’m talking about balance and common sense… and an understanding of history. I’m talking about the importance of constantly being on the lookout for the ‘next big thing.’ This includes the awareness that the next big thing IS definitely out there and is definitely coming. If you are not ready to take action when it pops up on your radar screen (which should always be set at ‘super sensitive’), you will surely miss it when it comes around. At that point all you can do is play follow the leader and try to chase the trends as opposed to leading the parade. If you go through life as a music radio programming type always saying, ‘It doesn’t fit our format’ as your default when encountering something slightly different than the narrow box you believe you are charged with maintaining – you are contributing to the demise of music radio as a culturally viable platform.” To read the entire column, please click here.
Rosen Rises to OM of Chicago’s WSCR, WXRT. Ten-year WSCR “The Score” program director Mitch Rosen is boosted to operations manager of the CBS RADIO Chicago sports outlet, as well as co-owned triple A WXRT. In a memo to the stations’ staff, CBS RADIO Chicago senior vice president and market manager Rod Zimmerman writes, “Mitch’s organizational skills, management style, and sales focus will help grow the great [WXRT] brand.” Rosen previously programmed the Windy City’s similarly-programmed WMVP “ESPN Radio 1000″ and was Paragon Marketing Group’s vice president of broadcast representation. Norm Winer continues as WXRT program director.
Sales Management Moves at Greater Media Detroit. At the Detroit station group, Greater Media announces Patti Taylor is promoted to general sales manager of classic rock WCSX and rock WRIF. At the same time, Jonathan Ghazal is named sales manager for WMGC “Detroit Sports 105.1.” Taylor has been serving as GSM for WCSX since February of 2013. Ghazal joined Greater Media Detroit as an account executive in October of 2012. Ghazal takes over for Cindy Senkbeil who remains with the WCSX sales team. She’d been sales manager of WMGC since November of last year.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. After a 40-year career in the radio business, Cumulus Youngstown market manager Rick Parrish announces he is retiring. Parrish has been market manager of the Cumulus Youngstown eight-station group since 2010. He comments, “I have loved radio since the age of 15 when my mother drove me to KMAD in Madill, Oklahoma for my first day of on-air work. And, I think the best is yet to come. That book I keep writing in my head still has some great chapters left before I’m finished.”…..Radio pro Nick Wize joins iHeartMedia as afternoon personality and digital program director for CHR WKSL, Jacksonville “97.9 Kiss FM.”…..Maverick is the new program director at Combined Communications’ Bend, Oregon stations country KMTK “99.7 The Bull” and CHR KWXS “Wild 107.7.” He’ll also serve as afternoon jock on “Wild 107.7.”…..Presslaff Interactive Revenue announces the hiring of Nicole Watkins to serve as marketing assistant. The company says that in this role Watkins will expand Presslaff’s presence in social media marketing, as well as assisting with the company’s industry marketing initiatives, including: email marketing, industry webinars and slideshare presentations.
KPUS, Corpus Christi Treats Listeners to Free Blues Concert. This “thank you” to listeners of Convergent Broadcasting’s classic rock KPUS, Corpus Christi “Classic Rock 104.5” takes place on Saturday (11/22) as the station – along with sponsors Sames Ford and The Edwards Law Firm present a free blues show at Brewster Street Ice House. Two Dallas-based bands – The Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band featuring Bnois King and the Buddy Whittington Band – will perform. Whittington has played with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.