General Music Radio Industry News
iHeartMedia Promotes SVP/Midwest Programming Tony Banks to Central Division Director of Talent Development. Effectively immediately, Tony Banks moves up from his SVP/Midwest programming to the new director of talent development for the Central Division. The company notes that in the Central Division, it has more than 300 radio station brands spanning 52 markets. Banks’ duties will include discovering and recruiting new on-air talent as well as coaching, training and mentoring existing talent. He’s expected to work closely with Tony Coles, EVP of programming for the Central Division; and Dennis Clark, VP talent development for iHeartMedia. Coles states, “The role we created for Tony Banks reflects iHeartMedia’s continued commitment to investing in and growing our on-air talent. Banks’ experience as both a major market talent and a programmer makes him a natural choice. He is a gifted and passionate talent coach, and Dennis Clark and I look forward to working closely with Tony to maximize the potential of our talent.”
WTIC-FM, Hartford Jock Gary Craig Gets Blowback from Latino Fest Video. WTIC-FM, Hartford afternoon personality Gary Craig and CBS RADIO Hartford are getting some bad press in the city after Craig posted a video he made while attending last weekend’s Latino Fest at Hartford’s riverfront. In the video, Craig makes racially derogatory jokes. He posted the video to YouTube and his Facebook page and CBS put it on WTIC-FM’s webpage. After receiving criticism from Hartford’s mayor, among others, the video was removed and both CBS Hartford and Craig issued statements apologizing. See the Hartford Courant’s coverage here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. In the Albany market, Danie exits the morning show post at Albany Broadcasting’s hip hop WAJZ “JAMZ 96.3” for a gig yet-to-be-announced.….On-air pro Scott Letourneau is joining Townsquare Media’s country KLEN, Cheyenne “Cowboy Country 106.3” to host mornings. Letourneau was most recently with Westwood One’s Denver-based 24/7 formats. He’ll also host afternoons at the company’s country KWYY, Casper…..Lino Alvarez is named GSM Lazer Broadcasting’s Oxnard/Ventura, Santa Barbara and the Santa Maria, California markets.
JVC Media Launches Country-Southern Rock Hybrid in Ocala-Gainesville. The company says that WTRS, Ocala-Gainesville is “evolving its format into a custom music mix of country and Southern rock as “US 102-3 – The Crossroads of Country and Rock.” The station is changing calls to WXUS. Program director Bo Hamilton says, “‘US 102-3’ has been researched and designed exclusively for North Central Florida. We spent weeks talking to our listeners, partners, and community leaders and found there is no need for another ‘cookie-cutter’ top 40 country station. This area has a rich country and Southern rock heritage that is unserved and ‘US 102-3’ fills that void.” OM Ben Burris adds, “We will tap into the deep musical heritage here by highlighting today’s biggest country stars like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean alongside legendary influencing acts, including those with ties to North Florida including Lynyrd Skynyrd and Tom Petty, plus we’ll throw in icons like .38 Special and The Eagles.” The JVC Media-owned station will continue to air Bubba the Love Sponge in morning drive.
Morning Personality Elvis Duran Among Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2017. Yesterday, the Walk of Fame Selection Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the new group of entertainment professionals in motion pictures, television, live theatre, radio and recording that are selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017. Among numerous film and television stars, Premiere Networks and WHTZ, New York “Z100” personality Elvis Duran is the only radio honoree. Recording artists being honored include: Clarence Avant, Jerry Goldsmith (posthumous), Hall & Oates, Ice Cube, John Legend, *NSYNC, New Edition and Selena Quintanilla (posthumous).
iHeartMedia Alerts SEC It May End Discussions with Debt Holders to Amend Credit Terms. Parent company iHeartCommunications filed an 8-K report with the Securities Exchange Commission stating that it has been negotiating with certain debt holders to restructure said debt and, after a series of proposals and counterproposals, the company says, “Given the significant gap between the proposals, the Company is assessing whether it will continue discussions.” Bloomberg is reporting that the debt holders it’s been negotiating with are led by Franklin Advisers Inc. – which holds $6.3 billion of term loans – to restructure about $10 billion in debt that’s coming due over the next three years. iHM spokeswoman Wendy Goldberg told Bloomberg, “We continue to evaluate various opportunities to strengthen our capital structure for the benefit of our stakeholders, and we remain focused on positioning iHeartMedia for long-term growth.” Bloomberg reports that iHM and Franklin have been negotiating an interest rate cut tied to an extension of the term with the guarantee that Franklin would be made whole at the expense of unsecured bonds, if necessary. See the Bloomberg piece here.
RadioInfo Tidbits. East Texas country outlet KYKX, Longview is being honored with the Bonner McLane Public Service Award from the Texas Association of Broadcasters. The Bonner McLane Public Service Award recognizes television and radio stations’ outstanding contributions and service to their local communities – including news coverage. The official awards ceremony will take place at the 2016 TAB Convention & Trade Show, August 10-11 in Austin…..Westwood One and Veritone Media announce a new service for local radio stations called Veritone…powered by Westwood One. It’s a cloud-based, cognitive audio platform that automates the capture and tagging of content and live read endorsements, making them accessible to advertisers in near real-time. The companies say the “user-friendly platform provides a dashboard to access all of a station’s programming – captured to the cloud – that is transcribed to text, searchable, and sharable with a one-click audio link and audience metrics….. jācapps announces that is introducing App EverywhereSM, that allows mobile apps for radio stations to be coded to appear in automobiles that have Android Auto, SmartDeviceLink and, pending approval from Apple, its CarPlay system. jācapps COO Bob Kernen says, “Our mobile app team has been dedicated to developing solutions that will ensure that broadcasters have presence in these entertainment systems. It’s a major priority for us. Jacobs Media has invested a lot of time in this space, including the DASH Conference. This is an incredibly important opportunity for broadcasters and we’re extremely pleased that we were able to crack the code.”…..The Hollywood Vampires visited Cumulus Media’s KLOS, Los Angeles on Monday (6/27) to talk with Steve Jones, host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox.” The band – which features actor and musician Johnny Depp – talked with Jones about music, their band and their U.S. tour that opens in Pennsylvania on Friday (7/1). Pictured here are (from l-r): Depp, Jones, Matt Sorum, Bruce Witkin, and Robert DeLeo.
Sheila Hamilton Re-Ups with Alpha’s Triple A KINK, Portland. KINK, Portland news director and morning show co-host Sheila Hamilton and Alpha Media agree to terms on a multi-year deal for the news and radio pro to remain with the station. Alpha Media SVP/market manager Milt McConnell states, “Sheila exemplifies what our Northwest lifestyle is all about. She is a passionate communicator who understands the thoughts and feelings of our fans and brings that driving force every morning to the KINK community.” Hamilton began her career in documentary film before producing and reporting two decades of television investigative news for television stations including Portland’s KATU-TV and Salt Lake City’s KTVX-TV. The five-time Emmy-winner published her book, All the Things We Never Knew (Seal Press), in November of 2015.
Roxanne Steele Named Midday Jock at WYCD, Detroit. This is radio pro Roxanne Steele’s first country gig and she seems to be pleasing her bosses at CBS RADIO Detroit because market manager Deb Kenyon and OM/PD Tim Roberts are making her midday air personality gig at WYCD permanent. Steele – who most recently was on air at CBS’ sister CHR “98.7 AMP Radio” – says, “I’m having so much fun in country radio working with Country Radio Hall of Fame programmer Tim Roberts. In addition to taking my passion for music to a whole new audience, I’m also learning so much from the talented staff here at the legendary WYCD. I’m super excited and thankful for this new radio journey.” Steele worked at the company’s WBBM-FM, Chicago “B96” for 12 years.
Klein Named OM at SummitMedia’s Greenville Station Group. In Greenville, South Carolina, SummitMedia appoints Mike Klein to the operations manager position for hip hop WJMZ “107-3 JAMZ,” rhythmic CHR WHZT “HOT 98.1,” adult hits WJMZ-HD3 “97.7 CHUCK,” and alternative WJMZ-HD2 “X98.5.” SummitMedia Greenville SVP/programming Bill Tanner states, “Mike is an excellent addition to SummitMedia. He’s great on the air and an experienced programmer, just the person we need to lead our Greenville programming team.” Klein has worked on air WHTZ, New York “Z-100” and WMZQ, Washington “Hot 99.5.”
Greater Media Makes Personnel Cuts in Some Markets. Due to company policy, Greater Media is not announcing which personnel were let go but does say the layoffs that took place last week were limited to a few markets and were not company-wide. It appears they hit Philly the hardest with WMGK John DeBella morning show executive producer Rob Calvert; and WMMR music director Sean “Rabbi” Tyszler and imaging director Steve “Lush” Lushbaugh all gone. At classic hits WJRZ, Manahawkin, New Jersey, air personality Bob O’Brien exits.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Austin radio personality and programmer Chris Mosser joins Emmis’ triple A KGSR where he begins hosting the station’s morning show, effective Wednesday, July 6. Mosser previously served with iHeartMedia in Austin as PD for country KVET…..Local Media San Diego’s alternative XETRA “91X” brings Hilary Chambers aboard to host the midday program and serve as music director, beginning July 1. Chambers was afternoon host at “91X” for almost 10 years and says, “I am so stoked, so grateful, and so fired up to get this party started and to come full-circle, back to the station that has my heart!”
FCC’s Wheeler Refuses to Loosen Cross-Ownership Regulations. Perhaps it’s not shocking, but broadcasters are disappointed by the news that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is not going to relax the newspaper-radio cross-ownership ban. Wheeler announced to the rest of the commission his intentions for the 2010/2014 Quadrennial review and rules. Wheeler says that if these rules are adopted, they “will take into account the evolving media marketplace and the Commission’s obligation to conduct timely review of the rules.” Many broadcasters would disagree that Wheeler’s unwillingness to budge on the cross-ownership ban takes into account the evolving media marketplace. The NAB issued the following statement: “We’re disappointed that Chairman Wheeler continues to ignore the will of both the courts and Congress by proposing to retain broadcast ownership rules that long ago outlived their usefulness. It is shocking that regulators who bless mammoth mergers like AT&T/DirecTV and Charter/Time Warner Cable would still bar common ownership of two TV stations or broadcast/newspaper combinations in a local market. Ultimately, NAB hopes the five-member FCC, Congress, or the courts end this indefensible FCC charade, and that meaningful ownership reform is adopted for the benefit of the millions of Americans reliant on free and local broadcasting.”
What Exactly IS a Podcast? On the new episode of the PodcastOne award-winning weekly program, “Up Close and Far Out,” host Michael Harrison opens the show with a discussion about the very definition of the term “podcast” itself. Harrison expresses two perspectives on the concept. The first is the current popular view – that a podcast is a pre-recorded program (mostly audio) delivered directly and instantaneously to the consumer on a digital device via the Internet and available for play “on demand” without delay or interference from a radio station schedule, transportation vehicle or brick-and-mortar store. He then takes the broader approach to the concept showing how video and text files (programs) also enjoy that same convenience in the digital age – making the point that a file containing a movie, song, article or book are similarly “podcasts” although we don’t necessarily call them that. Harrison says that the vinyl phonograph record was an early version of a pre-Internet-era podcast insomuch as the consumer could buy the file and then have access to play it on demand without having to make an appointment or be subject to the whims of a DJ or playlist by waiting to hear it on the radio. Harrison says this is basically obvious but he is surprised by the number of people who still find podcasting “mysterious and daunting” and ask all kinds of questions about how they can go about hearing his show. They ask questions like, “Do I need special equipment to hear it?” or “How do I find it?” According to Harrison, he is even asked these kinds of questions by people already in the broadcast business. “How do I record a podcast?” “Do I need a special microphone or device?” “What’s the secret?” Part two of this week’s episode contains excerpts from earlier episodes of the “Up Close and Far Out” series including conversations with pop legend Linda Ronstadt, planetary scientist Alan Stern, former governor Jesse Ventura, cosmic consciousness guru Deepak Chopra, former FEMA director (now talk show host) Michael Brown, talk host Mark Levin, sports talker Mike Francesa and “digital goddess” Kim Komando. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box in the right-hand column of every page on Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
‘Kevin & Brenda’ Named Morning Hosts on ‘101.9 The BULL’ in Boise. Boise market radio personalities Kevin and Brenda Mee are joining Impact Radio Group’s country KQBL, Boise, “101.9 THE BULL.” The couple has worked in the market since 1998 on signals including crosstown country KIZN and adult contemporary KXLT. Impact CEO Darrell Calton says, “We are beyond thrilled to have Kevin and Brenda coming home to country radio on ‘The Bull.’ Kevin and Brenda are seasoned professionals. To be able to put this heritage morning duo on the #1 country radio station in the Treasure Valley, in a format where they have a long, successful history, is a match made in radio heaven! We are just as excited for their loyal listeners now that Kevin and Brenda are home where they belong, in country music.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the iHeartMedia Nashville station group, Morgan Huelsman is named digital program director. The company says that in this role she will work with the cluster’s programming and sales teams to manage and grow the online and mobile content strategy for its six stations and its station personalities. Huelsman previously served as the digital content director for the company’s Wichita station group…..Programmer Russ Williams exits New South Radio’s country WUSJ, Jackson, Mississippi “US 96.3” where he was program director and an air personality for the past 10 years…..E.W. Scripps adult contemporary KSRZ, Omaha “Star 104.5” brings Terry McCormick aboard to co-host the morning show with Chris Chapman. McCormick – most recently music director and air personality at Entercom’s KKMJ, Austin “MAJIC 95.5” – takes over for Rickey Woods…..In the Erie market, Mark Richards joins Erie Radio Co.-owned CHR WEHP “HAPPI 92.7” as music director and afternoon drive host.
BIA Kelsey Releases State of Radio Industry Report. As part of its state of the radio industry report, BIA Kelsey releases “The Position of Local Radio Stations: Trends for 2016 & Beyond.” Using data from Nielsen Audio, Edison Research, Miller Kaplan, and more, the study looks at AM/FM radio’s reach and revenue over the past five years and projects where radio is likely to be five years down the road. It notes recent industry-wide dips in local station revenue. “We believe local radio stations will be able to turn around this negative over-the-air revenue growth slightly. As long as the economy maintains moderate growth in the next few years, we expect total radio advertising to grow in the 1.0 % to 1.25 % CAGR range.” The BIA Kelsey study also points to digital and live events as pieces of the radio revenue pie that have helped AM/FM survive spot sales declines that will continue to be crucial to radio’s bottom line in the years ahead.
TALKERS 2016 Video Presentations Launch Today! A special feature presenting Livestream video recordings of the recent TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations gathering launches today on Talkers.com. The 19th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest running and most important national convention took place on the fabulous campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on Friday, May 20. Beginning today, the industry will be able to view the event’s main panels and presentations kicking off with three outstanding sessions – event emcee, Dr. Joy Browne’s “Welcoming Remarks;” media consultant Holland Cooke’s presentation, “Talk Media: The Next Generation;” and Premiere Networks/Fox News Channel talk radio and television star Sean Hannity being interviewed by Michael Harrison in a one-on-one “Fireside Chat.” More speeches, panels and presentations from the dynamic event including WFAN, New York icon, Mike Francesa’s “Morning Sports Radio Keynote;” the TALKERS “Awards Ceremony;” the “Talk Rumble” and much more will be added in the days and weeks to come. To view this must-see presentation, please click here.
RadioInfo Tidbits. There’s new programming coming from a strategic sales and radio programming effort by ABC Radio, SLS Las Vegas and Skyview Networks. Designed to reach Millennials, the first collaboration from this new relationship is “Go with the Flo—Fourth of July Vegas Style,” recorded at SLS Las Vegas featuring Atlantic Records recording artist Flo Rida. The three-hour radio special, performed before a live audience, features nearly a dozen of Flo Rida’s dance hits plus exclusive party mixes by Foxtail Nightclub crowd favorite, DJ Ikon. The Flo Rida special will be followed on July 16 by “POP EDM,” a weekly, four-hour Saturday night show that features exclusive mixes of EDM, hosted by Vic Latino…..WLNK, Charlotte-based, syndicated morning team Bob & Sheri recently hosted the “World’s Ugliest Dog Contest,” for the fourth consecutive year. Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch hosted the event that’s covered by more than 3,000 media outlets around the world, including NBC’s “Today Show.” Sheri says, “It’s such a hoot to meet all of these goofy dogs – some of them look more like little monsters than dogs! The contest is not only a blast for everyone involved, it does a great job of promoting animal rescue organizations.” Lynch (left) is pictured here with champion ugly dog SweePea Rambo (center with owner) and Lacey (right)…..Philadelphia rock outlet WMMR kicked off its series of live, lunch-time performances last Monday (6/20) at Ardmore Music Hall with “Pierre Presents The Struts.” WMMR’s Pierre Robert conducted a brief interview highlighting the young British band’s journey. The band then performed a collection of songs from its current album, Everybody Wants. Pictured here with The Struts are WMMR personalities Blake Dannen (far left), Jacky Bam Bam (far right) and Rabbi (front).
Seacrest, Usher Engage in “Intimate Conversation.” Notwithstanding “American Idol” has concluded its final season, the talent competition’s host – Ryan Seacrest – still has a plethora of other responsibilities that keep him busy. Earlier this week, for example, the morning personality of iHeartMedia Los Angeles mainstream CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” was in Paris during the Cannes Lions Festival, where he discussed “hustle” and entrepreneurship with eight-time Grammy winner Usher. Introduced by iHeartMedia chair/chief executive officer Bob Pittman, the “Intimate Conversation with Usher” focused on the path to success and what it takes to build a lasting career. “Even though I created a benchmark to start,” Usher states, “I found new motivation in creating diversity as an artist. If I call myself an entertainer, then that means I should be able to do it all, I should be able to reach out, to have an understanding of different genres and to have an idea about how music is made.” He stresses that the point is to evolve. “We all individually are brands – the more we diversify and reach into other areas the more we grow.” Invoking the term “hustle,” the host of Premiere Networks’ “AT40” asks Usher to define it and the singer candidly states, “You’ve got to have chutzpah and defy the ideas that were set before you. If I continue to push on my vision, eventually somebody other than [me] will believe it too. It only takes one star to light the universe.” As far as the entrepreneurial spirit is concerned, Usher emphasizes, “Be willing to be the first there and the last to leave. Stand strong and be benevolent in your pursuit of what you believe in.” In what is bound to be music to the ears of radio programmers throughout the United States, Usher graciously maintains that the medium is “the only tool” in his opinion that “still matters with making a genuine connection with the consumer. Radio program directors and personalities have the ability and the responsibility to curate the story of the artists in the right way.” Touring is “definitely on the horizon” for Usher, while Seacrest explains that he (Seacrest) is “someone who thinks that where there is a void, I need to fill it. I am trying to have patience and a little bit of discipline. I am waiting to host the ‘Olympics’ this summer, do a bunch of things with NBC, and after that – see if there is something else to do.”
New Jersey Broadcasters Association Annual Conference a Success in Atlantic City. The 69th annual NJBA convention just wrapped up two-days at Caesars Atlantic City (6/22-23) and by all measures was a successful event. Several hundred broadcasters from the Garden State and beyond gathered to discuss the state of the radio industry both regionally and nationally. The theme of the conference was “The Power of Broadcast” and it included sessions on programming, sales and technology as well as an awards ceremony, Hall of Fame induction and radio row. TALKERS/RadioInfo special features correspondent Jeff McKay was in attendance and provides coverage of the sessions and speakers. To read it in its entirety, please click here.
Page Ends Mid-day Search. After having worked weekend and swing shifts at Cumulus Media Atlanta’s WNNX “Rock 100.5,” Alyssa Page will join KNDD “107.7 The End” for mid-day duty the middle of next month. Page succeeds former music director-mid-day talent “Pepper,” who left the Entercom Seattle alternative station four months ago. KNDD program director Leslie Scott comments, “Alyssa’s sense of humor, grit, and passion make her the perfect addition to our already strong team. I cannot wait for Seattle to get to know her.” Page remarks, “It’s not everyday you get to go work for your dream station. ‘The End’ is unique and extremely authentic in everything they do and I have so much respect for the brand. I am thrilled and honored to be joining such a tremendous team.” Down or flat for the fourth successive sweep (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.1, 6+), “The End” finishes at #15 in Seattle’s May 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM report; Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV is #1 with a 6.2 (6+).
Townsquare Media Atlantic City & The Shore Officially Names Ruble Market President. It is “official,” in that, Michael Ruble had been market president and chief revenue officer for Townsquare Media‘s Atlantic City & The Shore’s (New Jersey) properties on an interim basis. He now handles both of those responsibilities without the “interim” prefix. Senior vice president of operations Rob Williams notes that, “Mike has been an exceptional leader in Atlantic City for years, building a terrific team that has consistently performed at a high level. In Toms River, we have a team with significant strengths and talents; wonderful brands; and the foundation to grow to new heights with Mike’s leadership.” Three of the company’s Monmouth and Ocean County stations include talkers WOBM-AM, WADB, and WPGG. The rest of its outlets in that area are adult contemporary WOBM-FM “Soft Rock 92.7”; hot AC WJLK “The Point”; AC WFPG “Lite Rock 96.9”; sports WENJ “97.3 ESPN“; hot AC WSJO “SOJO 104.9”; classic rock WCHR “The Hawk”; and WPUR “Cat Country 107.3.” Ruble joined Townsquare Media five years ago as market manager-general sales manager. He previously was a market manager-general sales manager with Millennium Radio Group; national sales manager for Citadel Broadcasting; and an account executive with Spring Broadcasting.
Led Zep’s Stairway to Vindication. A jury in Los Angeles yesterday (Thursday, 6/23) ruled that Led Zeppelin did not pilfer any portion of its most famous track – “Stairway to Heaven” – from the 1968 Spirit instrumental “Taurus.” According to a statement issued on behalf of Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, “We are grateful for the jury’s conscientious service and pleased that it has ruled in our favor, putting to rest questions about the origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and confirming what we have known for 45 years. We appreciate our fans’ support and look forward to putting this legal matter behind us.” A Warner Music Group spokesperson notes, “Supporting our artists and protecting their creative freedom is paramount. We are pleased that the jury found in favor of Led Zeppelin, re-affirming the true origins of ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ Led Zeppelin is one of the greatest bands in history. Jimmy Page and Robert Plant are peerless songwriters who created many of rock’s most influential and enduring songs.” Owing to a legal matter, the jury was not allowed to listen to original “Stairway to Heaven” and “Taurus” recordings to determine their verdict. Instead, an expert performed both songs based on the original sheet music. Page and Plant testified they did not remember ever hearing Spirit’s “Taurus.” The original complaint against Led Zeppelin was filed just over two years ago (May 2014) on behalf of the trust of the late Randy Craig Wolfe, a Spirit guitarist.
“Brexit” Fallout Felt in U.S. Following yesterday’s “Brexit” vote by Brits to separate from the European Union (Thursday, 6/23), several major United States-based media companies such as Fox, Viacom, Netflix, and Apple opened their stateside trading days down billions of dollars in stock valuation. Netflix and Apple though were among those surging back within the first 10 minutes of the U.S. trading day. The Pound dropped to its lowest valuation in decades, and stock prices overseas sunk. British Prime Minister David Cameron has stepped down, vowing there will be a new PM in place by October. In a statement of support from the White House, President Barack Obama comments, “The people of the United Kingdom have spoken, and we respect their decision. The special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom is enduring, and the United Kingdom’s membership in NATO remains a vital cornerstone of U.S. foreign, security, and economic policy.” Given economic implications domestically and abroad, this is bound to be a big topic today – even on FM music-intensive outlets.
Nash Harmonizer. The winner from the fifteenth – and final – season of “American Idol,” Trent Harmon visited WNSH “Nash FM,” New York yesterday (Thursday, 6/23) to chat with 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm personality Jesse Addy . Currently working on his first album, Harmon performed some of his songs, including “What Are You Listening To,” “Falling,” and “There’s a Girl” for station listeners.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Six-year WNOW “100.9 Radio Now,” Indianapolis morning show talents Kyle & Rachel have done their final broadcast on the Radio One CHR. On his Facebook page, Kyle Smelser writes, “Simply put, we were not renewed for another year and they want to go [in] a different direction.” Meanwhile, Radio One notes that the market “has been a breeding ground for the nation’s top talent” and the company acknowledges it has “the perfect opportunity for an air personality to gain notoriety locally and industry respect for leading our morning show.” With a goal of transforming “the landscape of morning radio in Indianapolis,” it seeks “to hire the brightest talent, with a winning spirit we can find who demonstrates passion for our shared mission.”
WMMR Struts Its Stuff. This past Monday (6/20), Greater Media Philadelphia rocker WMMR kicked off its series of lunchtime performances at Ardmore Music Hall. There was a limited number of tickets for the invitation-only show to see the young British band The Struts, who performed “Could Have Been Me” and “Kiss” from their current album (“Everybody Wants”); a spontaneous meet-and-greet followed. Pictured with The Struts are WMMR personalities Blake Dannen (far left), Jacky Bam Bam (far right), and “Rabbi” (front).
Hardee Named Afternoon Host at ‘99.5 The Mountain’ in Denver. The Entercom classic rocker announced Dan Hardee is taking over the afternoon drive slot at KQMT, Denver “99.5 The Mountain,” effective July 18. Hardee, who was most recently with Bonneville’s Denver stations country KYGO and adult contemporary KOSI, replaces the retiring Dan Mitchell. KQMT program director Sam Hill says, “I’m beyond thrilled to have Dan join ‘The Mountain’ family. With his refreshing abundance of energy and clear passion for radio and classic rock music, he’s a wonderful fit.”
Cooke: Notes from the Connected Mobility Conference. AM/FM radio’s relationship with the automobile is its lifeline, so any time business professionals are getting together to talk about the state or future of the auto, it’s important to radio. Consultant Holland Cooke is on the scene in New York at CE Week and yesterday took in the Connected Mobility Conference. Cooke reports on some of the data and thoughts from industry leaders on the effects of Car-Sharing and Ride-Sharing, as well as a look to the future of autonomous cars. Read it here.
Country Radio Hall of Fame Honors CBS RADIO Broadcasters. At last night’s annual Country Radio Hall of Fame Awards and Dinner in Nashville, three distinguished CBS RADIO broadcasters were honored with inclusion into the Country Radio Hall of Fame. Among the newly inducted hall of famers were WUSN, Chicago “US99.5” personality Lisa Dent, CBS RADIO Detroit operations manager Tim Roberts, and recently retired and former CBS RADIO Minneapolis SVP and market manager Mick Anselmo. The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period. Pictured here at the June 22 event are (from l-r): CBS RADIO COO Scott Herman, Roberts, Dent, Anselmo, CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez, and CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero.
RadioInfo Tidbits. In St. Louis, iHeartMedia launches “Pride Radio St. Louis” on the HD2 channel of KSLZ-FM. The station is using the slogan “The Pulse of LGBT St. Louis.” The station is the fourth iHM outlet in the U.S. with programming devoted to local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender listeners. It’s an extension of the iHeartRadio digital Pride Radio station…..Greater Media rocker WMMR, Philadelphia helped collect 1,297 units of blood in conjunction with the Penn-Jersey Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross. The blood drive took place last Saturday (6/18) at Valley Forge Casino Resort. WMMR morning show personalities Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison were the first to donate at 6:00 am and they hung out after giving blood to greet every person until the final donor left at 4:30 pm. Each donor left with the newest Preston & Steve t-shirt and a ‘Gadzooks!’ pint glass.