RadioInfo Adds Part Four to Six-Part Series on the State of CHR. Today – A Report from the War Between Clear Channel and CBS in the Nation’s Two Largest Markets. Over the next several days, in a special series that kicked off on Monday (11/12), RadioInfo spotlights top 40/CHR’s past, present, and future through the collective eyes and minds of a variety of front-line industry experts. This ambitious set of articles written by Mike Kinosian includes the observations of programmers and talent from the colorful segments of the spectrum including mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR and neighboring hot AC. CHR is one of the most vibrant, omnipresent formats in radio history and it is going through one of its cyclical hot phases as the music world keeps churning out a veritable galaxy of stars and the PPM kindly reflects fascinating new listener demo patterns such as the “mother/daughter connection.” RadioInfo speaks with a panel of the genre’s leading practitioners including Tommy Austin, Alan Burns, Tony Gray, Brian Kelly, John Landecker, Joe Puglise, Rob Roberts, Scott Shannon, Jimmy Steal, Kris Erik Stevens, Greg Strassell, Terri Thomas, Kevin Weatherly, Guy Zapoleon and more who share their experiences, opinions and insights to create a picture of what makes the dynamic world of CHR tick in 2012. The RadioInfo special concludes this coming Monday (11/19) with a comprehensive mainstream CHR and rhythmic CHR ratings overview. Today’s installment presents an extensive overview of the mainstream CHR two-front war between Goliaths (no “Davids” in this conflict) Clear Channel and CBS on the battlefields of New York City and Los Angeles. First-hand insights are provided by Clear Channel New York president and market manager Joe Puglise who speaks about the tremendous successes of WHTZ (Z-100), New York and KIIS (Kiss-FM) Los Angeles, and CBS Radio senior vice president of programming Kevin Weatherly discusses his company’s powerful insurgents WXRK (Now-FM), New York and KAMP-FM (Amp Radio), Los Angeles. It is a testament to the broadcasting skills of both companies and to the amazing viability of the CHR format itself that all four of these radio stations are thriving per their companies’ expectations. All music-based formats go through cycles and it is Puglise’s contention that mainstream top 40 is “extremely healthy” at present. “CHR is on top of its game with popular music that is resonating not only with those who are 16 years old, but in many cases, it resonates equally with a teenager’s 42-year-old mother. That, in part, leads to the ratings success many CHRs are enjoying around the country. In October, for example, ‘Z100’ finished with an 8.3 share in its core demo of adults 18-34. That figure is up from a 7.8 in September, and 6.9 a year ago. Fueling it was a 10.7 share among women 18-34. A 10-plus share in the #1 market is extraordinary.” Moreover, it is what can help the bottom line and Puglise points outs that, “Both ‘Z100’ and ‘Kiss-FM’ in Los Angeles are consistently among the top 10 revenue-producing stations in all of radio, so I would say that the CHR format is quite viable in that area.” Whether or not legendary KIIS was taken by surprise when cross-town KLSX jettisoned talk to become “Amp,” there is no denying that “Kiss-FM” continues to do exceptionally well, yet “Amp” has managed to carve out its own place in the market. “Compared to a couple of heritage brands in ‘Kiss’ and ‘Power,’ we are still the new kid on the block,” remarks Weatherly, whose focal point was to grow Los Angeles’ CHR share. “I think that is exactly what has happened. Our growth did not necessarily come at their expense. ‘Amp’ has consistently done well among 18-49s, and has been as high as top five among 25-54s. We are definitely in the top tier among female demos.” Quite obviously, “Amp” and “Kiss-FM” have considerable music duplication, and an extremely gracious Weatherly is quick to point out that his CHR competitor is a “very well programmed, heritage” radio property. “It does what it does very well,” he convincingly comments. “We are not trying to be the same type of station – that just is not our goal. We wanted to hire great on-air personalities who are all about the music and know the music.” Read the entire story here.
Conclave Names Seasoned Radio Pro Bob Shannon Executive Director. Veteran radio broadcasting executive Bob Shannon has been named the Conclave’s new executive director. He succeeds the organization’s first executive director, Tom Kay, who recently retired after almost four decades of service. In announcing the appointment, Conclave board of directors chairman Mark Bolke says, “There obviously is no replacement for Tom Kay and his shaping the Conclave organization for the past 37 years. The executive selection committee was presented with a list of excellent candidates from which to choose. Bob Shannon represents the consummate broadcasting professional with a shared vision and passion to move the Conclave into a new era. We are thrilled to name him as our new executive director.” Shannon, whose consulting company bobshannonworks is based in Minneapolis, is also president of SpotMedia Services, a former executive vice president at TM Century, and the author of Turn It Up! American Radio Tales 1946-1996. On accepting the position Shannon states, “As a student of radio I’ve long admired Tom and what he’s done at the Conclave. Moving forward my goal is to build on his vision by expanding our online activity and looking very closely at how radio and our learning conference are addressing changes in media. This is a very exciting time, ripe with opportunities for those who know how to create compelling content. Stay tuned!”
Cox Media Miami Announces Changes in Sale Leadership. The sales management staff at Cox Media’s Miami cluster that includes hot AC WFLC “97.3 The Coast”; AC WFEZ “Easy 93.1”; hip hop WEDR “99 Jamz”; urban contemporary WHQT “Hot 105 FM” has been realigned. Changes include: Jo Castro is now general sales manager for WEDR and WHQT. Previously, Castro was general sales manager of WEDR; Mumball is now general sales manager of marketing services. Previously, Mumball was general sales manager of WHQT-FM; Francisco Luciano is now general sales manager of WFLC and WFEZ. Previously, Luciano was general sales manager for WALR, WSB-FM and WSRV with CMG Atlanta; Tony Yip is now local sales manager of WEDR, WFLC, WHQT and WFEZ. Previously, Yip was general sales manager of WFLC. Vice president and market manager Dan Kearney says, “This new structure allows CMG Miami to better put our customers and their needs first instead of the needs of the individual stations. It will also help us reduce redundancies of duties, save time and be more efficient in decision making. I am excited that we have such great talent within our teams that we can tap for these important leadership assignments.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Clear Channel San Antonio names Michelle Love vice president of partnership development for the cluster. She most recently worked at Spurs Sports and Entertainment as senior partnership development manager…..Rob Wagman leaves his APD role at CBS Radio’s CHR WNOW, New York to explore new opportunities…..Scot McKay-owned triple A KRML, Carmel, California names Jeff White program director for the newly converted rock station. White most recently served with the Paradigm talent agency…..Cox Media hot AC WFLC, Miami “97.3 The Coast” morning drive co-host Donny Michaels exits the station. Host Julie Guy remains solo in AM drive.
Steve Harvey Hosts Mentoring Weekend for Young Men in Chicago. Premiere Networks nationally syndicated radio host, TV personality and author Steve Harvey is hosting his Mentoring Weekend for Young Men in Chicago this weekend. The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation states that the weekend will see Harvey getting “up-close and personal with 100 local young men when he hosts his one-of-a-kind mentoring weekend in Chicago for the first time, on the campus of Chicago State University.” It is described as “a dynamic mentoring program that has served over 800 young men nationally thus far, the Steve Harvey Mentoring Program for Young Men is an interactive, empowering experience bringing together a variety of male leaders to share the principles of manhood and dream building with young men 13-18 who are without fathers.” The weekend will include the appearance of “impassioned leaders and inspiring guests that will light a spark in guiding the young men to discover their dreams and unlock their potential while exploring different paths to adulthood.” Guest speakers include: entrepreneur and former NFL player Napoleon Harris, veteran journalist Clarence Waldron, renowned motivational speaker Eric Thomas, Tied to Greatness’ Alex O. Ellis, Gates Millennium Scholars, the U.S. Army and more. The goal is to tackle common risks young men face growing up. Personal responsibility, team building, dream building, the importance of your image and leadership skills will be addressed in sessions, including: You Can Be Me, Street Realities and Manhood 101. Additionally there will be separate workshops for parents and guardians, Manage Your Life; a Q&A with Steve Harvey; and Where Do We Go From Here?
FCC Approves License Transfers for Emmis and Midwest Communications. The FCC approves the transfer of licenses for the two Terre Haute, Indiana stations Emmis Communications purchased from Crossroads Investments for $335,000. They are: classic hits WFNB, Brazil “92.7 Bob FM” and sports talk WFNF, Brazil ESPN 1130 The Fan…..The commission also approves the transfer of licenses for the Radio Fargo-Moorhead cluster that includes news/talk KFGO, sports talk KVOX “The Fan,” adults hits KMJO “104.7 Popster FM,” talk KRWK “101.9 Talk FM,” and CHR WDAY-FM “Y94” to Midwest Communications which paid $25 million for the five stations.