Cumulus Media’s Nash FM 94.7 Names Two Air Personalities; Kelly Ford for Middays and Jesse Addy for PM Drive. New York City’s newest country station announces the first crop of air personalities hired for the station. Kelly Ford begins hosting the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm show and Jesse Addy assumes the afternoon drive duties beginning Monday, February 25. Cumulus SVP Jan Jeffries says, “After three spectacular nights of ‘NASH Bash’ concerts, we are topping off the week by proudly announcing that Kelly Ford – most recently at KYGO, Denver – will be debuting middays on ‘NASH FM 94.7.’ We are also very happy to promote from within Cumulus. Jesse Addy is moving up from WDVD, Detroit to PM drive at ‘NASH FM 94.7.’” Ford has been doing morning drive radio in the country format for 20 years. She has won best Major Market Radio Personality three times from the Country Music Awards and once from the Academy of Country Music Awards as well as a prestigious Marconi Award for Excellence from the National Association of Broadcasters. She states, “After over 20 years in Denver, it’s exciting to start a new chapter of my career in New York, the epicenter of everything. I am thrilled to be part of the historic launch of ‘NASH FM.’ I am so grateful to be given such an amazing opportunity.” Ford comments, “Hopefully this speechless thing wears off soon or my run at ‘NASH FM’ will be short-lived! I have a lot of thank you phone calls to make, because it takes a village of PDs and mentors for this to happen. I’m so excited to make America’s busiest afternoon commute a little less stressful on America’s Country Station ‘NASH FM 94.7.’”
Classic Rock Comes to Tampa Bay on a Two-Translator Simulcast Branded ‘Thunder.’ Clear Channel re-introduces its “Thunder” classic rock format in Tampa Bay on W233AV at 94.5 and W290BJ at 105.9. Vice president of programming Doug Hamand says, “We’re excited to bring ‘Thunder’ to Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg to offer our listeners classic rock programming all throughout the area. ‘Thunder’ is another avenue for great rock programming and we’re excited to have it as a compliment to active rock station, ‘98Rock’ WXTB.” The air staff is piped in from the company’s New York classic rocker WAXQ and includes: Jim Kerr for AM drive, Maria Milito for middays, Ken Dashow for PM drive, The Big Rig for evenings and Doc Reno for overnights.
Clear Channel’s WGFX, Grand Rapids Tweaks Format; Re-Brands as ‘The Brew.’ The Grand Rapids classic rock station will officially flip to “101.3 The Brew” and move away from classic rock to what is believed to be a classic hits format this afternoon (2/22). Morning host Brett “B-Side” Matthews stays with the station but moves to evenings. The personality lineup will be: Puddin in morning drive, Matt Walker in middays, Aly in PM drive and Matthews for the evening shift.
Ratings Reset: Part 3. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian wraps up his analysis of the Arbitron’s January 2013 PPM data – featuring comparisons to the Holiday 2012 PPM data. Today, he focuses on stations that increased their 6-plus numbers by at least a full share between the two ratings periods. See that analysis here.
Final January 2013 PPM Numbers. The data for the final 12 PPM markets has been released by Arbitron. Check out the January 2013 PPM numbers for: Austin, Greensboro, Hartford, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, Norfolk, Providence, Raleigh, and West Palm Beach here.
WRAL, Raleigh Raises More Than $1.1 Million for Children’s Hosptial. Capital Broadcasting’s adult contemporary WRAL-FM, Raleigh “MIX 101.5” helped raise $1,122,416 through donations and listener pledges during its 19th Annual Radiothon for Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center. This brings the 19-year total to $15,378,416. AM drive hosts Bill Jordan and Lynda Loveland broadcast from Duke Children’s Hospital, Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13 from 6:00 am until 6:00 pm “filling the airwaves with touching and memorable interviews with patients, their families and members of the community who pledge their support to the Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center.” Pictured here presenting the check to the hospital are Lynda Loveland (holding the mic) and Bill Jordan (second from left).