Monday, November 19, 2012

| November 19, 2012

RadioInfo Presents Final Segment Today of Mega-Special “The State of CHR” with Detailed Arbitron Ratings Overview.  Each day last week, RadioInfo detailed challenges facing contemporary hit radio programmers; differences between mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR, and hot AC; intricacies of taking on an entrenched format player; and the function of talent in today’s contemporary hit radio.  The now-posted feature includes candid commentary from 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.  Today, the critical element of ratings performance is presented in the sixth and final installment of this ambitious article, written by Mike Kinosian, with a comprehensive mainstream CHR and rhythmic CHR ratings overview.  In order for a station to qualify in this multi-faceted recap, it needed to appear within the top 20 (6+) in any of Arbitron’s 48 PPM-measured markets (October 2012). Listed is each Arbitron subscriber’s  6+ performance over the last four (4) PPM monthlies. Click here to read this installment.

Most Popular Mainstream and Rhythmic CHR Monikers.  The word Kiss is the most popular mainstream CHR radio station moniker followed closely by Now or a combination of words including Now such as Radio Now and Hit Music Now and then Hot, Amp, Channel and Mix.  The word Hot leads the pack as the most popular handle for rhythmic CHR stations followed closely by a variation on the word Jam such as Jamz, Jam’n, or Jammin’ and then Power.  These are just some of the many findings about contemporary hit radio in America revealed in the extensive six-part article “The State of CHR” now posted at  To read it, click here.

Monday Morning Hot Music Snapshot.

According to RadioInfo, the top five pop songs for airplay on mainstream CHR and hot AC stations are:  1) “One More Night” by Maroon 5, 2) “Too Close” by Alex Clare, 3)  “Die Youngby Ke$ha, 4Diamondsby Rihanna, and 5) “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift.  Hot jumpers include “Let Me Love You” by Ne-Yo and “I Cry” by Flo Rida.  Highest pop songs red zone (#’s 41-50) debut: “Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch.  To see entire RadioInfo Pop Songs Chart click here.

The top five rock songs for airplay on mainstream rock, alternative, active and triple A stations are: 1) “Madness” by Muse, 2) “Little Black Submarines” by The Black Keys, 3) “Take a Walk” by Passion Pit, 4) “I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons, and 5) “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers.  Hot jumpers include:  “Absolute Zero” by Stone Sour and “Tightrope” by Walk the Moon. Highest rock songs red zone (#’s 41-50) debut: “Same Old Trip” by Chevelle.  To see entire RadioInfo Rock Songs Chart click here.

The top five Christian songs for airplay on contemporary Christian music stations are: 1) “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave, 2) “I Need a Miracle” by Third Day, 3) “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman, 4) “One Thing Remains” by Passion featuring Kristian Stanfill, and 5) “Forgiveness” by Matthew West. Hot jumpers include “You Are I Am” by MercyMe, “Whom Shall I Fear” by Chris Tomlin, and “Gift of Love” by Ashes Remain.  Highest Christian songs red zone (#’s 41-50) debut: “Yours Forever” by Dara McLean. To see entire RadioInfo Christian Songs Chart click here.

Arbitron Releases Report Clearly Showing Increase in Radio Listenership During Super Storm Sandy.  Radio listening data released by Arbitron for the New York Metro during hurricane Sandy shows how strong radio listening is during a natural disaster and the ability for radio to keep communities informed even when the power goes out.  The report provides data for the entire New York Metro as well as a breakout of counties hardest hit by the storm as it made landfall during the evening of Monday, October 29.  It shows a 70% general increase in listening as the storm hit the coast and an even greater percentage of increase along the coastal communities hardest hit.  When the lights went out, when TV and desktop PCs were no longer available, many New York area residents turned on their battery powered radios.  Many radio stations along the path of the storm, regardless of their regular format, revamped their programming to provide their listeners with weather updates, news and emergency information.  In the wake of the storm, radio remained an information lifeline to the residents of New York, particularly in the coastal areas of the market.  Average radio listening on Tuesday, October 30 in New York was 1,525,500 persons in any given quarter hour between 6:00 am and 12:00 midnight, up 8% from 1,406,700 persons 6-plus the week before.  The average audience in the NY coastal communities (Monmouth, Fairfield SN, Nassau-Suffolk, Staten Island and Middlesex) totaled 670,200 on the Tuesday (6a-Mid) following landfall (10/30) which is 38% higher than the average of all Tuesdays year to date.  The Average in the NY coastal communities (Monmouth, Fairfield SN, Nassau-Suffolk, Staten Island and Middlesex) totaled 651,200 on the Wednesday (6a-Mid) following landfall (10/31) which is 35% higher than the average of all Wednesdays year to date.  For full details on this important story click here.

New Formats in Erie and Raleigh.  New CHR WEHP, Erie, Pennsylvania “Happi 92.7” debuts as Erie Radio Company put the new station on the air November 16 at 12:00 noon.  In Raleigh, Clear Channel brings alternative to the market putting “95 X New Alternative Rock” on from CHR WDCG’s HD-2 channel via a translator at 95.3 FM.  Another translator is scheduled to air the station in the near future.  Operations manager Chris Edge is overseeing the programming of the station.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  CBS Radio names Jimmy “J.D.” Gonzalez program director for KMVK, Dallas “Mega 107.5” and gives him the title vice president of Spanish programming.  Gonzalez comes to CBS from Univision Communications in Dallas where he spent six years as senior vice president of programming.  CBS Radio Dallas SVP and market manager Brian Purdy says, “Jimmy is a leader in our industry and an expert in this format.  We’re going to benefit from his experience, and he will help us continue to propel MEGA forward in North Texas.”…..Entercom’s hot AC KAMX, Austin “Mix 94.7” announces Sara Osburn takes over the PM drive slot formerly held by Nikki Nite.  Osburn will still contribute to the station’s JB & Sandy AM drive show…..Sinclair’s alternative WROX, Virginia Beach “96X” names Lee Foster midday host.  Foster moves up from his weekend/imaging assistant post to take the slot Kristi Michaels held until she moved to the company’s country WUSH.  Program director James Steele says of Foster, “Nineteen-year-old Foster is not only the quickest learner I’ve ever encountered, but he has more passion for the business than the entire radio industry combined.  I am sure he will soon be taking all of our jobs simultaneously in the not-too-distant future.”

Tribune Gets FCC Cross-Ownership Waivers; Chicago Market Granted Permanent Waiver.  The Federal Communications Commission granted the cross-ownership waivers in five markets that the media company needs to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The commission granted a permanent waiver in Chicago while allowing one-year waivers in Los Angeles, New York, South Florida and Hartford.  Technically, the one-year waivers in the four markets cited mean Tribune will have to sell either its newspaper or broadcast outlets there within the year but the FCC is working on loosening the restrictions against cross-ownership in the top 20 media markets and industry observers seem to believe the change will take effect soon.  The permanent waiver in Chicago means Tribune is not necessarily forced to sell a media outlet – many suspected its lone radio property news/talk WGN would be the first to go on the block.  However, what Tribune’s plans are after it exits bankruptcy are unknown and a sale of WGN, Chicago and/or any of its newspaper and TV holdings are a distinct possibility.

New Jersey Broadcaster Collects $10,000 in Food Donations.  This photo is a shot of the food loaded on a bus that was collected by Rio Grande, New Jersey’s Coastal Broadcasting headed for the Lunch with Lynch Foundation.  The broadcaster collected $10,000 worth of food staples as part of Operation Save Our Shore held at the Cape May County Administration Building on Saturday, November 17.  Coastal Broadcasting news director Denis Brown says items collected included canned goods, cleaning supplies, pet food, toys, and gift cards.  Coastal operates AC WCZT “98.7 The Coast” and rock WJSE.

Shania Twain Welcomed to Caesar’s Palace.  Beasley Broadcasting’s KCYE, Las Vegas “102.7 The Coyote” welcomes Shania Twain to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas!  KCYE was the official host radio station at the welcome event on the Las Vegas Strip.  The station reports Las Vegas Blvd. was literally closed down for a few minutes as a stampede of horses led Shania (who was on a beautiful black horse herself) to the front of Caesar’s Palace where a crowd of more than 1,000 waited for her big entrance.  Pictured here are (from l-r): KCYE’s Rick Kelly, Melissa T, Twain, and Cadillac Jack.

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