Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Up 4% in Q4 of 2012. That was the number chief financial officer Tom Casey reported during a conference call yesterday. But the increase on revenue of $821.5 million for the quarter was helped greatly by the $40 million in political advertising the Media and Entertainment group brought in. Without such a massive injection of political advertising, the division would have been down by as much as $9 million. Casey also said, “We increased national advertising sales by 17% over last year’s fourth quarter, or 3% excluding political, and local revenues grew 5%. We also saw a nice lift in revenue from digital, with our listening hours up 68% over the fourth quarter of 2011, fueled by increased iHeartRadio usage, which reached 118 million total listening hours in December.” For the full year of 2012 Casey reported, “Media and Entertainment revenues grew 3% to $3.1 billion. National revenue rose 9%, driven by both our new national advertising efforts and political. Local revenue was up 2% for the year. Our top advertising categories were auto and telecommunications. Political advertising reached $70 million for the year. Including Katz, which is reported in our other segment, our total political revenues were $114 million.” In taking questions from analysts, Casey admitted that the Total Traffic Network and Premiere Networks divisions had down fourth quarters and are off to slow starts in 2013.
CBS Radio Names Chad Fitzsimmons Director, Music Initiatives. Chad Fitzsimmons moves up from his Los Angeles-based post as director of integrated marketing for “AMP, 93.1 JACK FM” and KROQ to the newly created position of director, music initiatives for CBS Radio. In this new role, Fitzsimmons will work with the company’s nearly 85 major market music radio stations, its array of digital assets, and its O&O TV stations. The company says, “He’ll be charged with developing and launching a variety of unique partnership opportunities for record labels to promote today’s most popular artists and up-and-coming musicians to millions of music fans across the country. In addition, he will create exclusive one-of-a-kind experiences that allow listeners to engage directly with their favorite artists.” Fitzsimmons will report to Greg Strassell, senior vice president, programming for CBS Radio while also working closely with the entire senior programming leadership team as well as Helen Leisengang, vice president, integrated marketing and special events.
Clear Channel Names Justin Riley PD for KKRZ and KXJM, Portland. Radio programmer Justin Riley joins Clear Channel’s CHR KKRZ “Z100” and hip hop KXJM “Wild 107.5” as program director. Riley comes to CC Portland from Cumulus Media Albuquerque where he programmed CHR KKOB and AC KMGA. CC Portland market VP of programming Chris Sargent says, “I’m excited to bring Justin’s energy to the team. He is a Northwestern that understands the great history of ‘Z100’ and is ready to take both stations to new heights. His passion for success has been proven over many years with KOB-FM and he will definitely bring a fresh perspective to the team.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Greater Media Boston announces Roy Barboza joins rhythmic AC WTKK, “Hot 96.9 FM” for the music director and mix show coordinator position. Barboza was most recently with Cumulus Media at CHR WFHN, New Bedford, Massachusetts…..Blake Hayes moves to AM drive on CBS Radio’s hot AC KHMX, Houston “Mix 96.5” from his afternoon position. At the same time, air personality Chad Pitt takes over Hayes’ afternoon slot. He comes to Houston from Cox Media Group’s CHR WPOI, Tampa “Hot 101.5…..Randy Chase exits Cox Media Group’s country KCYY, San Antonio “Y100” where he was program director and afternoon personality.
Ratings Reset. Arbitron’s January 2013 PPM date is being released and there’s a lot of movement – both up and down – by stations of all formats. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian analyzes the dips and bumps from the recent Holiday 2012 PPM data and the January date. Many of the nation’s AC outlets that enjoyed almost supernatural numbers have come down to earth and the perennial Holiday “softies” are coming back to life. See Mike’s analysis here.
More PPM Data Released. The second round of Arbitron January 2013 PPM data has been released for markets including: Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, Phoenix, St. Louis, San Diego, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington, DC. See that data here.
Bobby Bones Takes Nashville. Clear Channel country station WSIX, Nashville – the new home base for Premiere Networks nationally syndicated radio personality Bobby Bones – held a press conference to welcome Bones to the country format and promote his morning drive show that debuts on 35 affiliate stations on Monday, February 25. Bones (left) is pictured here speaking with a local Nashville television station crew at yesterday’s event. More than 17 country performers and acts appeared at the event, including: including Jake Owen, Gloriana, Joe Nichols, Craig Campbell, Jana Kramer, Josh Thompson, Dustin Lynch, Parmalee, Brett Eldridge, Chris Janson, The Farm, Eric Paslay, Jon Pardi, Charlie Worsham, Kristin Kelly, Greg Bates and Joel Crouse. Photo: John Yates for Clear Channel.
KMNB, Minneapolis Hosts BUZ’N Half DUZ’N Concert Tonight. CBS Radio’s new Twin Cities country outlet KMNB “BUZ’firstname.lastname@example.org” is presenting a live concert tonight in the Mystic Showroom at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel. The show is for listeners only and tickets were not sold to the public – the only way to win them was by listening to KMNB. The lineup includes seven national recording acts: Joe Nichols, Jana Kramer, Easton Corbin, Love and Theft, Chris Cagle, Uncle Kracker, and Kip Moore. Program director Rob Morris says, “We are excited to host our inaugural ‘BUZ’N Half DUZ’N’ party! It will be a unique music experience, with several artists on stage at the same time during the concert.”
Sledding into Home. This cardboard sled made by WIL, St. Louis listener Bill Talarski won the grand prize of $500 and a Mexican vacation in the “Cornbread’s Cardboard Classic” sled contest promotion by the station and morning drive host Cornbread. The rules were simple: only cardboard, duct tape and glue (paint, too) were allowed in constructing the sled. The winner you see here was a tribute to recently deceased Cardinal great Stan “The Man” Musial dubbed “Sledding into Home.” A total of 52 sleds/teams participated in the inaugural event.