General Music Radio Industry News

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

| February 9, 2016

moontravisMoon Beams as iHM San Antonio-Austin Director/Country Ops. Returning to radio from his most recent role as ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital‘s senior liaison for radio development, Travis Moon is named director of country operations for iHeartMedia‘s San Antonio-Austin region. According to iHeartMedia executive vice president of programming central division Tony Coles, “Our goal is to leverage these powerful and legendary brands to better serve our listeners, our clients, and the community. Travis Moon has the vision, the experience, and the leadership skills necessary to maximize the potential of these iHeart country stations, while maintaining the strengths of their unique identities.” Moon states, “St. Jude is country music’s charity of choice and one of my strongest passions. I was honored that they asked me to join their talented radio team. I helped them serve radio station partners across the country. Everybody understands that it is our listeners, country fans, who keep that place going through thick and thin. There really is no other place like St. Jude and I will always be involved.” Moon previously programmed iHeartMedia San Antonio country outlets KAJA “KJ-97” and KRPT (2009 – 2014); Cincinnati’s WUBE “B-105.1” and WYGY “The Wolf” (2007 -2009); and he spent 11 years with iHeartMedia Minneapolis as assistant program director/music director of country-formatted KEEY “K-102.” Starting in two weeks (2/22), he will oversee aforementioned KAJA and KRPT, as well as the company’s Austin country properties – KASE and KVET-FM. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio’s “Holiday” 2015 PPM report for San Antonio, “KJ-97 was down for the third straight time (7.4 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.5, #5), while classic country KRPT “The Bull” – just as it did in December 2015 – finishes with a .6 (#24). In Austin, KVET-FM is off in back-to-back sweeps (5.9 – 5.4 – 4.4, #6), while KASE (#12) has not had an increase in the past five survey periods (6.0 – 6.0 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.4 – 3.7, 6+).


knightbobbyKFDI, Wichita Appoints Bobby Knight Afternoon Host.  Wichita country outlet KFDI announces Bobby Knight is joining the station to serve as afternoon drive personality.  He joins the E.W. Scripps-owned station from his most recent gig as morning host at Eagle Communications’ country KQLA, Manhattan, Kansas “Q1035.”  Scripps Wichita OM Justin Case says, “Bobby’s personality is exuberant!  I know our listeners will wear a smile heading home each afternoon listening to KFDI.  I’m thrilled to welcome him to our family.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Taking over the hosting duties on Envision Networks’ weekly countryryanvanessa show “The Live Ride” is WDEZ, Wausau, Wisconsin morning personality Vanessa Ryan.  She takes over for Carsen.   Envision Networks VP/programming Michael Lichtstein says, “You simply won’t find a more enthusiastic host than Vanessa Ryan.  She loves country music and you can hear it in her upbeat delivery.  The combination of high-energy, live performances and Vanessa’s interesting stories and tidbits keeps ‘The Live Ride’ cruising in the fast lane.”…..Radio and TV pro Anna Stavredes joins iHeartMedia’s Richmond hot AC WTVR-FM “Mix 98.1” to co-host the morning show alongside Jeff Wicker.  She most recently served with Curtis Media’s country WQDR, Raleigh.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael Harrison and Tom Leykis Chat About the Past, Present and Future of Audio Media.  Legendary broadcast radio performer and pioneering online radio entrepreneur Tom Leykis joins RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison as this week’s guest on PodcastOne’s international hit, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  The two engage in an extensive, one-on-one discussion about Leykis’ colorful career that spannedleykistom decades as a talk show host on some of America’s highest-profile radio stations and during which time his on-air persona ranged from outrageous “shock jock” to edgy “progressive” political news/talker.  Today, Leykis approaches the fourth anniversary of his successful online radio enterprise, The New Normal – a multifaceted platform upon which he streams his daily, live, listener call-in program, “The Tom Leykis Show,” as well as a podcast for radio talents Gary & Dino.  A separate iteration of The New Normal delivers two streaming music channels – pop and rock – personally curated by Leykis.  Leykis discusses his leading-edge business model that includes a mix of advertising, subscriptions, merchandising and live events – now generating upwards of $600,000 annual gross revenue.  The two venerable pros talk about targeting Millennials, the nature of “authenticity” as it applies to today’s younger demos, the scope of non-traditional revenue and various aspects of media theory as it applies to 21st century communications.  To listen to this entire uninterrupted conversation, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of and

rabRAB/Borrell: Radio Digital Revenue to Rise 14%.  According to a study by Borrell Associates on behalf of the Radio Advertising Bureau, the radio industry’s digital ad revenue rose 11.4% in 2015 to more than $550 million.  The study also predicts radio’s digital revenue will improve by 16% this year.  This fourth annual report is titled, “Benchmarking: Local Radio Stations’ Online Revenues,” and concludes the average market cluster made $951,756 in digital sales last year, with the average station making $231,210.  Borrell Associates CEO Gordon Borrell summarizes, “All signs point to the radio industry mobilizing even more in the interactive space.  Eighty-two percent believe there is strong potential – the highest we’ve ever seen; 62% believe that their sales teams’ ability to sell digital products is solid – up from 52% a year ago; and 37% believe their digital strategy is headed in the right direction – up from 27%.”  The full study is available to RAB members, but here are some of the juicier takeaways: One-third of stations surveyed believe their sales reps are talking to the wrong buyers when trying to sell digital products.  Three years ago, two-thirds believed that was the case; Only 16% believe that radio sales suffer because reps are forced to sell digital advertising.  That’s down significantly since 2014, when more than half felt that way; Conversely, 24% believe that digital sales suffer because reps focus on radio advertising.  Three years ago, twice as many felt that way; And the average radio cluster received 0.26% of all locally spent Internet advertising.  There were some, however, achieving 15 times that – up to nearly 4%.   RAB president and CEO Erica Farber states, “Digital continues to be radio’s fastest growing sector.  Stations that are laser focused on increasing revenue beyond their core broadcast business are experiencing the benefits.  The results from this study provide us with insights of where efforts are paying off and what additional training is needed for radio to continue with this trajectory.  The RAB is here to help with that knowledge and training.”

iheartradiomusicawards16Nominees for Third Annual iHeartRadio Music Awards Announced; Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Adele, Walk The Moon and Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars Nominated for ‘Song of the Year.’  The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards will take place on Sunday, April 3 at the historic Forum in Los Angeles.  It will be carried live on Turner’s TBS, TNT and truTV at 8:00 pm ET and will be simulcast on iHeartMedia stations and the iHeartRadio digital platform.  Fan voting in 31 categories – including new categories “Best Tour,” “Best Duo/Group of the Year” and “Latin Song of the Year” – begins today through March 25.  iHeartMedia president of entertainment enterprises John Sykes states, “Our awards are not chosen by a mysterious panel of judges.  They are a true reflection of the artists and songs our listeners supported all year long.”  Some of the nominees include: for Song of the Year – “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift, “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd, “Hello” by Adele, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars; for Female Artist of the Year – Adele, Carrie Underwood, Meghan Trainor, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift; for Male Artist of the Year – Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Luke Bryan, Sam Smith, and The Weeknd; for Best New Artist – Fetty Wap, Hozier, Sam Hunt, Shawn Mendes, and Tove Lo.  See the rest of the nominations here.

k296gbiHeartMedia Launches Rocker ‘107.1 The Brew’ in Sacramento.  The new rock format is airing on translator K296GB at 107.1 and on KQJK-FM’s HD2 signal.  iHeartMedia announces the format will feature core artists including: Metallica, AC/DC, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Guns N’Roses, Def Leppard, JourneyMotley Crue, Queen, and many others.  It will also air Premiere Networks’ “Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx” and SBG-syndicated “Dee Snider’s House of Hair.”

WW1SBSound16Service King and Motel 6 Win Westwood One Super Bowl Sound Awards.  This was the third annual Westwood One Super Bowl Sound Awards designed to recognize excellence in audio creativity and celebrate brand advertisers and radio creative.  Westwood One asked listeners to vote on their favorite audio commercials airing in the Westwood One Super Bowl 50 broadcast.  In addition, Westwood One commissioned a Nielsen study of 3,030 consumers who rated all 45 commercials on a series of key attributes.   Listeners voted for Service King’s “Mission 2 Hire” ad as their favorite Super Bowl commercial.  The ad promotes Service King’s Mission 2 Hire program, which is dedicated to hiring 500 veterans at Service King locations around the country.  Hear the ad here: 6 was rated the most likeable ad in the Westwood One-commissioned Nielsen study.  The brand’s “Designer Dogs” ad features long-time Motel 6 narrator Tom Bodett, who promotes Motel 6’s great rooms and low rates while poking fun at trendy dog breeds with silly names.  The Motel 6 ad also received top consumer ratings for relevance, engagement, and memorability. Here is a link to hear the ad: .

Monday, February 8, 2016

| February 8, 2016


shepardjeanaKMLE, Phoenix Promotes Shepard to Middays.  Filling the open midday slot at CBS RADIO’s country KMLE, Phoeniz “New KMLE @ 107.9” is weekend personality Jeana Shepard.  She takes over the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show for Chris Matthews, who recently joined the KMLE morning show.   CBS RADIO Phoenix VP of programming Tim Richards comments, “Jeana’s on-air sound, coupled with her work ethic and passion for radio, won her this opportunity in a field of talented choices.”  Shepard also previously produced the KMLE morning show from April 2014 to March 2015.

langenohlkellyLangenohl Official ‘100.7 Star’ Afternoon Host. Pittsburgh hot AC WBZZ “100.7 Star” OM/PD Mark Anderson announces Kelly Langenohl is officially the station’s afternoon personality.  In a memo to the station’s staff, he writes, “She has been sounding great in the daypart and I’m confident that she will have much success in her new role.  Congratulations, Kelly!”


kingashleyAshley King New KSSN, Little Rock Midday Jock.  Country outlet KSSN, Little Rock announces popular Little Rock radio personality Ashley King is joining the station as midday host, APD and music director.  iHeartMedia Little Rock SVP of programming Chad Heritage comments, “We are very excited to have Ashley join our team.  She is extremely talented and brings a ton of passion for the country format.  Our listeners know and love her, and she’s just one more reason KSSN 96 is Arkansas’ most listened to radio station.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.   The Indianapolis Business Journal reports iHeartMedia Indy market manager Rick Green is being promoted to a regional president post for the Mid-Atlantic region where he’ll be based in Richmond, Virginia.  A new Indianapolis market manager should be named soon…..At the Austin cluster of iHeartMedia, JT Bosch exits the vice president of programming position.  Bosch also was program director for country outlets KASE and KVET…..Alexa Smith joins Sierra Broadcasting’s combo of hip hop KNRJ, Cordes Lakes “101.1 The Beat” and rhythmic oldies KAJM, Camp Verde “Mega 104.3” in Arizona as music director.  She most recently served with CBS RADIO’s KTWV, Los Angeles…..iHeartMedia promotes longtime company sales pro Sherri Griswold Holladay to the regional vice president of sales position for the Mid-South region…..Beasley Media Group names Steve Griesbach director of engineering for the Las Vegas cluster.  Griesbach most recently served with Cumulus Media’s Green Bay, Wisconsin station group.

bubbaScheduling Announced in Nielsen v Bubba Suit.  Both sides of the $1 million suit by Nielsen against Tampa-based morning personality Bubba the Love Sponge are digging in for a fight.  Now, we know the timeline for the legal skirmish.  If the matter goes all the way to trial, it’ll start next January 3.  Before that, however, there are discovery deadlines, a mandatory attempt to settle via mediation and a pre-trial conference in December.  Nielsen probably has lawyers on retainer, but this is still going to be expensive for both parties.

curanmarianneHillary16‘Warm 98’ Cincinnati’s Marianne Curan Plays Hillary in ESPN Skit.  Working alongside renowned impressionist Frank Caliendo as Donald Trump (right), WRRM, Cincinnati morning personality Marianne Curan impersonates Hillary Clinton (left) for a bit that was part of ESPN’s Super Bowl pre-game programming on Sunday.  Curan is co-host of the “Bob & Marianne” morning show on the Cumulus Media adult contemporary station.  See the video here.

CBSRADIOTheNightBefore2016MetallicaMore Than 40,000 Attend CBS RADIO’s ‘The Night Before.’  The CBS RADIO-produced concert at AT&T Park on Saturday evening featuring Metallica and Cage the Elephant drew more than 40,000 fans.  Of course, “The Night Before” show took place in advance of Super Bowl 50.  Pictured here backstage before the concert are (from l-r): CBS’ VP, programming Jeff Sottolano; CBS SVP, programming and music initiatives Michael Martin; Metallica’s James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich; CBS president Andre Fernandez; CBS EVP, programming Chris Oliviero; Metallica’s Robert Trujillo; and CBS director, music initiatives Chad FitzsimmonsPhoto: Getty Images for CBS RADIO.

Friday, February 5, 2016

| February 5, 2016

simpsonallliJonas16Radio Disney Expands Alli Simpson’s Role.  The 17-year-old Radio Disney personality is now the company’s Youth Engagement Officer.  Not only does the company renew Alli Simpson’s weekly show for another year, she gets more air time and will now be heard from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am ET on Fridays.  The company says in her capacity as youth engagement officer, she’ll “help inform and liaise with Radio Disney regarding the topics, trends and challenges relevant to today’s youth, create meaningful interactions with them and ensure their voice is heard and valued in its fullest capacity across all Radio Disney platforms.”  Radio Disney estimates that Simpson is heard by more than 20 million listeners per week.  Simpson is pictured here with pop star Nick Jonas.

turnbeaughjojoiHeartMedia Promotes JoJo Turnbeaugh to SVP of Programming in Las Vegas.  Programmer and air personality JoJo Turnbeaugh is upped to SVP of programming for iHeartMedia’s Las Vegas station group.  He’s been with the cluster as program director and morning host at country KWNR “95.5 The Bull.”  He’ll continue to program KWNR but will move to afternoon drive for his air shift.  In this position Turnbeaugh will oversee the air talent and programming staffs of the entire cluster.  iHeartMedia regional president Glynn Alan says, “JoJo’s energy, depth of knowledge in multiple formats and intense desire to win will continue to drive revenue and ratings for our Las Vegas cluster.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In San Diego, Lenny Balistreri, a.k.a. Lenny B, is named music director at Local Media San Diego’s urban contemporary XHRM “Magic 92.5.”  He’ll also serve as executive morning show producer for “Magic 92.5” and sister stations CHR XHITZ “Z90” and alternative XETRA “91X.”…..At its South Florida cluster, Entercom appoints Katerina Perez general salesperezkaterina manager of alternative WSFS “104.3 The Shark” and sports talk WAXY-AM, “The Ticket.”  Perez is a native Canadian who spent most of her life in South Florida.  Most recently she was SVP of sales at iHeartMedia’s Seattle cluster.  Entercom South Florida VP/market manager Doug Abernethy states, “Katerina has a proven track record of success and will be a valuable addition to our management team.  Her experience, relentless focus on the customer and her sales management skills lolliskatywill enable us to develop more impactful advertising campaigns for our clients and substantially grow our business.”…..Beasley Media Group promotes Katy Lollis to director of sales for the company’s Fayetteville, North Carolina station group.  Market manager Mac Edwards states, “Katy has been a valued employee of our company for nearly a decade.  Her experience, market insight and incredible work ethic have always been highly valued and deeply respected.  Now, we are confident Katy will take our sales team to new heights in 2016 and beyond!”

kinosianmikeComprehensive Holiday PPM Overview.  RadioInfo and TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2015 PPM survey.  The move to all-Christmas or Christmas-intensive music playlists on the part of AC, hot AC and CHR stations brings about an annual “anomaly” to the radio ratings.  Kinosian has detailed the performances of AC, hot AC and country stations recently but this report also shows the effects on other radio formats – including sports, news/talk and all-news.  Kinosian writes, “Among other tidbits, this comprehensive analysis summarizes all stations that finish #1 and #2 in Holiday 2015; differential between the top two spots; and perhaps most vital of all – formats most dramatically/negatively influenced by all-Christmas music programming.  For that, we have broken it out by format and by each PPM-market.”  See the entire report here.

nationalradiotalentsystem logoNational Radio Talent System’s Student Initiative Heads to Pacific Northwest.  The Dan Vallie-founded National Radio Talent System heads to the Pacific Northwest in conjunction with Hubbard Radio.  Four previous institutes have taken place in the South and the East but June 13 -22 the Hubbard Radio Talent Institute will take place at Central Washington University in Washington State.  Hubbard Radio chair and CEO Ginny Morris comments, “Compelling and relatable on air talent is what separates local radio from all other audio entertainment services.  Our investment in the National Radio Talent System at Central Washington University is an extension of Hubbard Radio’s commitment to do our part to nurture and grow the talent pipeline for the industry.  We are proud to partner with Dan Vallie and his team in this important initiative.”  The school’s assistant dean of student development Keith Champagne says, “Having a nationally award winning college radio program in KCWU-FM, the partnership with Hubbard Radio and the National Radio Talent System was simply a perfect match. Giving student broadcasters opportunities they can’t find anywhere else is a cornerstone of Central Washington University. The Hubbard Radio Talent Institute will be another great example of that.”  The Radio Talent Institute says its curriculum builds upon “the already quality education students are receiving at the university and through working at their college radio station.  All sessions in the Institute are taught by professional broadcasters in each of their areas of expertise.”

allianceforwomeninmediaAlliance for Women in Media Announces New Board Members.  New board members have been announced for the Alliance for Women in Media and its FoundationKristen Welch, SVP of global content operations at Discovery Communications will continue the role of chair for both organizations.  Continuing as chair‐elect of AWM/F is Sarah Foss, vice president of product management and media at Imagine Communications in New York City. The treasurer of AWM/F is Keisha Sutton-James, vice president, Inner City Broadcasting Corp. in New York.  The treasurer‐elect of AWM/F is Christine Travaglini, president of Christal Radio/KRG Partnerships in New York City; and past chair of AWM/F is Kay Olin, principle of Kay Olin and Associates, in St. George Island, Florida.  Serving directors at large of AWM are: Robin Alston, director of business & legal affairs, A&E Television Networks; Karla Ballard Williams, founder and CEO of YING; Heather Cohen, EVP at The Weiss Agency; Sandy Girard, vice president of entertainment at SiriusXM; Susie Hedrick, SVP sales, North America at Wide Orbit, Inc.; Annie Howell, founder and co-president at The Punch Point Group; Jill Luckett, SVP program network policy, National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Kimberly Maki, corporate vice president, corporate communications & public relations, Bright House Networks; Laura Martinez, senior director, affiliate sales, Cumulus/Westwood One; Christine Merritt, president, Ohio Association of Broadcasters; Deborah Parenti, publisher, Radio Ink/RBR-TVBR; and Josie Thomas, EVP & chief diversity officer, CBS Corporation.  Serving as directors at large of AWMF are: Karla Ballard Williams; Valerie Blackburn, project manager, CBS Radio; Heather Cohen; Michelle Duke, vice president, NAB Education Foundation; Sandy Girard; Annie Howell; Jill Luckett; Kimberly Maki; and Christine McLaughlin, of counsel, Sciarrino & Shubert, PLLC.

Rhode Island Radio Pro Norm Jagolinzer Dead at 83.  During his more-than-30 year radio career in the Providence, Rhode Island market, Norm Jagolinzer was the voice behind “easy listening.”  Jagolinzer died on February 1.  He started at WPRO-FM until it flipped to CHR in 1974,  Then worked most of the rest of his career at WLKW until the station flipped from its easy listening format in 1989.  His last gig as an air personality was at WARL-AM in nearby Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

| February 4, 2016

cbslogoLes Moonves Takes Over CBS Corp. Executive Chairman Position.  With Sumner Redstone’s advanced age and recent public scrutiny about his health, it was likely his rule over CBS Corp. as executive chairman was soon to change, and that has happened.  Redstone gave up his executive chairman post on February 3.  A unanimous vote by the CBS board made president and CEO Les Moonves the new executive chairman.

knightbuzzGreater Media Promotes Buzz Knight to SVP of Program Development.  Fourteen-year Greater Media staffer Buzz Knight is promoted to SVP of program development for the company.  Knight’s new duties include responsibility for “overseeing programming development for all of Greater Media’s radio properties and collaborating with the individual stations to build winning content, digital and brand management strategies.”  Greater Media CEO Peter Smyth comments, “Buzz has done an outstanding job overseeing our programming brands across the company over the past 14 years.  His insight and leadership plays an important role in the continued success of our company.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  A talent shuffle at Ryman Hospitality-owned heritage country stationKellyODay16 WSM-AM, Nashville results in a new afternoon drive program featuring Nan Kelley (left) and Devon O’Day (right).  The station calls “Nashville Today” a “lifestyle and entertainment show” that “will provide listeners with an appealing and informative look at all things Nashville, connecting them with the great vibe and energetic lifestyle that is Music City.”  PM driver Mike Terry moves to middays and Frank Seres exits middays but remains with the company in other capacities…..Pamal Broadcasting parts ways with “Night Rhythms” host Kathy Millar.  She hosted the evening program on adult contemporary WHUD, Peekskill, New York (Hudson Valley market)…..Changes at Vox Communications’ Burlington, Vermont stations take place as CHR WXZO “Planet 96.7” PD and morning host Slater, a.k.a. Mike Wheaton, moves to sister hot AC WEZF “Star 92.9” to be PD, music director and early afternoon host.  Stevie Beats, a.k.a. Steve Bassett, is the new PD at WXZO as the station brings Premiere Networks-syndicated Elvis Duran back for AM drive.  WEZF’s Jennifer Foxx moves from early afternoons to the 10:00 am to 12:00 noon air shift.

iheartmedia logo smallReport: iHeartMedia Considering Securities Sale to Retire Debt Due in 2019.  According to a report from Bloomberg News, iHeartMedia is looking at a plan to offer up for sale securities in one of its units to help retire some $1.4 billion in bonds.  The report states that the company would create a subsidiary called Broader Media LLC. Existing debtholders would be offered the opportunity to exchange for the new obligations.  According to Bloomberg, $8.3 billion in debt is coming due in 2019 for iHeartMedia.  “iHeart’s plan would erase $192.9 million of 5.5 % unsecured notes due December 2016 that are already considered current,” a source told Bloomberg.  “The proposal is also intended to retire the company’s $190 million revolving loan due December 2017, the $850 million of 10% unsecured notes due January 2018 and the $175 million of 6.875% unsecured notes due June 2018.”  Read the Bloomberg piece here.

miw logoMIW: Women Gaining in GM and SM Roles; Stagnating in Programming Management.  According to data from the most recent Gender Analysis Study from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (culled from data from M Street Publications), since 2004 the number of women serving in general manager positions has risen from 14.9% to 17.3% in 2015.  However, a tally of women in program management positions shows a negligible increase of 10.9% in 2015 compared to 10.7% in 2004.  MIW spokeswoman Kay Olin states, “Tracking the leadership roles of women in media brings awareness to the continued need to reach back and lift up.  There is an incredible talent pool of strong and capable female leaders and they stand ready to make a difference.  It is the responsibility of all of us in the media industry to make sure that we are conscientiously and consistently practicing inclusion.”

garnerblairCumulus Partners Blair Garner with Advance Auto Parts for Podcast Series.  The new podcast is called “Under the Hood” and the “America’s Morning Show” host has Advance Auto Parts as his title sponsor.  Blair Garner is a car nut who owns 13 vehicles – including his prize 1968 Pontiac Firebird Convertible – and he says he’s geeked to begin talking cars.  “This is the first time that I’ve been able to really share my passion for cars, and I cannot thank Advance Auto Parts enough for the opportunity.  I’ve been a longtime customer of Advance Auto, and I’m totally psyched to get under the hood with my car buddies.  We’ll be talking everything cars, from what’s new in the pipeline, how to keep your car on the road for as long as you can, and occasionally a look back at some of the classic cars of the past. I can’t wait to get started.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Lucky winner April Eason (right) poses with the “Golden Ticket” and WWNQ, Columbia,WWNQGoldenTicket16 South Carolina morning host Marty Hall (left).  WWNQ “94.3 The Dude” just completed a month-long contest that gave listeners the opportunity to win the “Golden Ticket” that gives the winner first dibs on any pair of concert tickets that the station gets in house for 2016.   So far, April Eason has received tickets to the sold-out Garth Brooks show in North Charleston on February 13, the Zac Brown Music and Food Festival on Daniel Island in April and pit passes to last night’s Brantley Gilbert/Cannan Smith/Michael Ray show in Augusta, Georgia…..Nationally syndicated urban morning personality Tom Joyner is hosting a special red carpet presentation and will be a featured presenter at the 47th NAACP Image Awards airing tomorrow (2/5) on TV One, live from Los Angeles.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

| February 3, 2016

manikaHowDuane Doobie Jr.’s Music 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 personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Vincent Rockwell Usuriello, superstar program director at SiriusXM’s Octane; and 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 (2/3) includes such names as: Zayn, Charlie Puth, Manika, Mike Posner, SeeB, That Poppy, Lukas Graham, Rob Zombie, White Denim, The I Don’t Cares, Lissie, The Strumbellas, AWOLNATION, Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Cam, Buddy Miller, Kacey Musgraves, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Kylie Mac, John Stevens Jr., Emerson Long, Bon Volta, Bobby Green, Whitney Phillips, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

siriusxm2015 a ‘Remarkable Year’ for SiriusXM.  Those were the words of SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer from yesterday’s investor conference call on the satcaster’s fourth quarter financial report.  Meyer said, “2015 was an incredible year for SiriusXM.  We exceeded all of our original operational and financial goals, and we are predicting continued growth in subscribers and all of our financial metrics this year.  Last January, we told you to expect 1.2 million net new subscribers.  We actually delivered 2.3meyerjim million, taking our paying subscriber base to an all-time high of approximately 29.6 million.  Lower-than-expected churn and higher auto sales were the primary drivers, and both new and used car conversions set new records for the fourth quarter and the full year.  We told you that we would do approximately $4.4 billion of revenue in 2015, and we actually reached nearly $4.6 billion.  We told you we would attain $1.6 billion of adjusted EBITDA and our final result was $1.66 billion.  And we told you we would deliver $1.25 billion of free cash flow, and we exceeded that, too, with $1.3 billion.  Quite frankly, 2015 was a remarkable year, and we did what we said we would do and more.  And this year, you should expect more of the same.  We expect continued growth, even as we make substantial investments across many areas of our business.  We expect to end 2016 with about 31 million subscribers and about $4.9 billion of revenue.”  Though Meyer didn’t offer how much SiriusXM is paying for Howard Stern or the recently re-signed NFL deal, he noted that those – along with Major League Baseball, the NBA, and FOX News – are now secured at “a fixed rate” for years to come.  Meyer also talked up the company’s SiriusXM17 platform with investors.  “Some of you may have seen our demonstration in Las Vegas at CES…For those of you who don’t know, SiriusXM17 is our next-generation platform for audio services that combines the benefit of satellite radio with two-way LTE connectivity in future cars.  It enables the seamless mixing and matching of satellite and IP-delivered content.  It allows us to obtain usage data from the radio in the car and let the users have a more personalized experience, including search and recommendations.  All of this will make our world-class content more discoverable and accessible in the car while maintaining ease of use.  Today, we’re doing significant in-field user testing and working with the engineering teams at various OEMs to implement SiriusXM17.  Believe me, we know better than anyone the changes in the OEM world take a long, long time and to build up meaningful numbers in the fleet of enabled vehicles for SiriusXM17 will take many years.”

boylejohnJohn Boyle Named OM/PD at Cumulus’ New Orleans Country and Alternative Outlets.  For this gig, programming pro John Boyle moves from the Melbourne, Florida cluster to Cumulus Media’s New Orleans station group to lead the operations and programming at WRKN “NASH FM 92.3” and alternative WZRH “106.1 The Underground.”  In Melbourne, Boyle programmed rock WSJZ “95 ROCK.”   Cumulus New Orleans VP/market manager Pat Galloway states, “We at Cumulus New Orleans are very excited to have John Boyle join us as program director of ‘106.1 the Underground’ and ‘NASH FM 92.3.’  John’s experience and leadership qualities will take these stations to new levels of performance.  We are very happy to keep John in the Cumulus family.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  St. Louis radio pro J.C. Corcoran is joining Donze Communications’ classiccorcoranjc rock KBDZ, Perryville, Missouri (about 80 miles south of St. Louis).  Corcoran has worked in both rock and talk formats in the St. Louis market.  He also hosted mornings on classic rock KKRW, Houston “The Arrow.”…..Tulsa country outlet KTGX “106.1 The Twister” announces Houston Gaither is the new afternoon personality and music director.  Gaither had previously served in a part-time capacity at crosstown KWEN and will graduate from Rogers State University in the spring…..At the Athens, hardwickkishaGeorgia cluster of Cox Media Group’s radio properties, Kisha Hardwick is named the new digital sales manager.  The company says she’ll work with the leadership team to “deliver integrated marketing solutions to valued clients while developing new profitable revenue opportunities for the” cluster that includes CHR WPUP “Power 100.1,” adult hits WXKT “103.7 Chuck FM,” sportssteelejonathan talk WRFC “960 AM The Ref,” adult contemporary WGMG “Magic 102.1 FM,” news/talk WGAU, and country WNGC…..Peoria, Illinois CHR WNGY “Energy 102.3” names Jonathan “Miracle” Steele evening personality.  Steele comments, “I’m pumped to join this exciting group in hickcoxPeoria.  I’ve had my eye on Alpha Media for a long time and couldn’t be more excited to be with a company dedicated to being live and local.”…..Beasley Media Group welcomes promotions pro Jeff Hickcox back to its Southwest Florida cluster where he is serving as director of promotions and special events.  Beasley Southwest Florida market manager Brad Beasley states, “With more than 25 years of radio experience in our dynamic Southwest Florida cluster, Jeff knows how to pitch, promote and host our events like a pro!”