Clear Channel Boston Flips Classic Hits WHBA, Boston to Electronic Dance Music Outlet. This may be the nation’s first commercial, full-time EDM (electronic dance music) station. (Sure, there are probably some college stations that are heavy into EDM.) Gone is adult hits WHBA, Lynn, Massachusetts “The Harbor” and in is “Evolution 101.7 Boston.” The station is an extension of the “Evolution” channel on Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio digital audio app. The station debuted last night at 6:00 pm with an hour-long, Boston-dedicated specialty program hosted by Pete Tong, the iconic British DJ behind BBC Radio 1’s renowned “Essential Mix” radio show. In a statement, CC says, “The station will be hosted by famous DJ and electronic music tastemaker Pete Tong. The station’s programming will include ‘All Gone Pete Tong,’ an exclusive, two-hour daily show featuring Pete’s Essential New Tune of the Week, as well as the hottest tracks from the global Top 100 chart on Beatport.com, the world’s largest music store and community for DJs. The show will broadcast Monday through Friday from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET, and will join an impressive lineup of radio shows hosted by a rotation of popular and up-and-coming DJs including: Diplo; Wolfgang Gartner; Fatboy Slim; Dim Mak; Yung Skeeter; Manufactured Superstars; Paul van Dyk; Roger Sanchez; Congorock; Dillon Francis; Doorly; Eats Everything; Jaymo & Andy George; The 2 Bears; Tom Staar; Hot Since 82; John Dhalback; Jet Set USA; Moguai; and Nu Disco. Evolution 101.7’s programming will feature special mixes, on-air interviews and guest-hosted radio shows with world-class, progressive DJs and EDM producers. The station will also air exclusive content from Swedish House Mafia’s final tour in addition to their featured show with all-new mixes. Clear Channel Boston VP of programming Dylan Sprague states, “We’ve seen the impact of EDM in Boston through music downloads, sold-out concerts and passion for iHeartRadio’s new Evolution channel. We’re proud to bring ‘Evolution 101.7,’ the company’s first EDM broadcast station, to Boston, and to team up with format-leading artists like Pete Tong. The music scene in Boston has a vibrant EDM community as well as a rich history of bringing new music to audiences in the area and around the country. We’re excited to continue the tradition by giving dance music a home on Boston’s airwaves.”
Hot Music Monday Morning Snapshot (three days early!)
According to RadioInfo, the top five pop songs for airplay on mainstream CHR and hot AC stations are: 1) “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars, 2) “Diamonds” by Rihanna, 3) “I Cry” by Flo Rida, 4) “Beauty and a Beat” by Justin Bieber featuring Nicki Minaj, and 5) “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers. Hot jumpers include: “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers, “Try” by P!nk, “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift, “Don’t Stop the Party” by Pitbull featuring TJR, “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys, “Little Things” by One Direction, “Daylight” by Maroon 5, “Sweet Nothing” by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch, “It’s Time” by Imagine Dragons, “Scream and Shout” by will.i.am and Britney Spears, “Hall of Fame” by The Script featuring will.i.am, “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz, “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes, “Bom Bom” by Sam and the Womp, “Trouble Maker” by Olly Murs featuring Flo Rida (highest debut), “My Life” by 50 Cent featuring Eminem and Adam Levine (debut), “Turn Around” by Conor Maynard featuring Ne-Yo, and “Come On” by Ke$ha (debut). See chart “red zone” for new songs worthy of attention. To view 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) “Trojans” by Atlas Genius, 3) “We Come Running” by Youngblood Hawke, 4) “Chalk Outline” by Three Days Grace, and 5) “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. Hot jumpers include: “Been Away Too Long” by Soundgarden, “One Light” by 3 Doors Down, “Enemies” by Shinedown, “Breathing Underwater” by Metric, “Tempest” by Deftones, “The Season’s Upon Us” by Dropkick Murphys, “Stubborn Love” by The Lumineers, “Dancing with the Dead” by 10 Years, “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, “Bones” by Young Guns, “Up All Night” by Alex Clare, “Where Will We Go?” by IAMDYNAMITE, “Where Did the Angels Go?” by Papa Roach (debut), and “Holding Onto You” by Twenty One Pilots (debut). See chart “red zone” for new songs worthy of attention. To view entire RadioInfo Rock Songs Chart click here.
NOTE: Changes on the RadioInfo Contemporary Christian Songs chart are suspended until Monday, January 7 due to the holidays.
American General Media Names Suzy Rufail Market Manager for Albuquerque/ Santa Fe. AGM promotes Suzy Rufail from director of sales to market manager for its Albuquerque and Santa Fe operations. AGM president Rogers Brandon states, “We are very thrilled to make this announcement today. Suzy is a long time AGM colleague who has had tremendous experience outside our company and brings a vast array of ideas and innovation to our company. But as an insider, she understands our company’s culture as a family business and has worked tirelessly to bring our vision and mission of excellence for our listeners, customers and colleagues to our stations in this community.” In the two markets, AGM operates: classic hits KABG-FM “Big 98.5,” country KARS-FM, hip hop KAGM-FM “Power 106,” CHR KDLW-FM “OMG! 106.7,” classical KHFM-FM, Christian news/talk KKIM-AM and regional Mexican KLVO-FM.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Salem Communications’ Christian contemporary KFSH, Los Angeles names Rob Wagman afternoon drive host. Wagman most recently was assistant program director and a jock at CBS Radio’s CHR WNOW, New York…..Rich McLaughlin is named director of digital music programming for the Clear Channel Media and Entertainment national programming platforms team. Rich is charged with overseeing the digital music programming team and creating exciting new brands for the iHeartRadio platform. He will also work with the sales and partnerships teams on growing digital revenue and iHeartRadio branding awareness…..Bob Gordon is named program director at Holston Valley Broadcasting’s AC WTFM, Johnson City/Kingsport, Tennessee. Gordon most recently served as operations manager and IT manager for the Cumulus Media Tri-Cities cluster…..With the coming flip of Clear Channel AC KALZ, Fresno “Alice 96.7” to news/talk in the New Year, jocks Valentine, Lori Bradley, Kristy Knight and Shelley Wade will be off the station. It’s not clear at this time if they will be offered other positions within the company.
CBS Radio Dallas Raises $1 Million-plus for Children’s Medical Center. Two of the stations in CBS Radio’s Dallas cluster produced their annual “Christmas is for Children” radiothon on December 7 and 8 and helped raise more than $1 million for Children’s Medical Center. Adult contemporary KVIL “103.7 Lite FM” and Spanish music KMVK “Mega FM 107.5” produced the fundraiser during which on-air personalities from both stations shared heart-warming stories about the pediatric care provided to Children’s patients every day, and listeners were encouraged to donate to the not-for profit hospital. Children’s Medical Center Foundation president Michael Frick says, “Taking care of our patients is our number one priority, and we could not do it without the support of our community and great partners like ‘103.7 Lite FM’ and ‘Mega 107.5.’ We’re grateful for the outpouring of support from the listeners as we continue to make life better for the more than 200,000 patients we serve each year.”
Cox Media Group Connecticut Stations Hold Radiothon to Raise Funds for “Sandy Hook School Support Fund.” Cox Media Group Connecticut radio stations classic rock WPLR, AC WEZN and classic rock WFOX are producing the first-ever joint radiothon to raise funds in support of those affected by the Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook School tragedy. Today, these stations are working together to raise money for the “Sandy Hook School Support Fund.” This fund is being managed by the United Way of Western Connecticut and was established by Newtown Savings Bank. Cox Media Group Connecticut VP/market manager Kristin Okesson says, “Our employees and listeners want to help our Sandy Hook neighbors in a way that is non-intrusive, but will provide substantial support for this community for years to come. Our goal was to team up with an established organization and fund which we knew was credible and committed to this community. After much thought, our team decided to rally together for a first ever joint radiothon to give our radio family an opportunity to assist in a big way.”