RadioInfo Launches Five-Part Mega-Special, “The State of Adult Contemporary Radio.” Today marks the launch of another in the RadioInfo ground-breaking mega-series overviewing the state of music radio’s most popular and enduring genres. Researched and written by RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian, over the next five days, by way of far-reaching roundtable discussions with some of adult contemporary’s leading programmers, on-air talents and consultants, this RadioInfo special will shed light on the intriguing female-friendly format that goes by numerous names and reflects a wide variety of artists and permutations. In addition, corporate and creative angles will be spotlighted. An exhaustive end-of-the-week ratings overview will tie the entire piece together. Today’s debut installment focuses on leading programmers including: CBS Radio AC captain Jim Ryan, who also programs WWFS (Fresh 102.7) and WCBS-FM, New York; CBS Radio VP programming Dave Popovich; WJXA (Mix 92.9), Nashville PD Barbara Bridges; WBEB, Philadelphia PD Chuck Knight; and WMMO (98-9), Orlando PD Hildi Schenck. To read part one of this historic piece of radio trade journalism, click here.
Sean Shannon Named Market Manager for Entercom Sacramento. Four-year Entercom veteran Sean Shannon is promoted from his director of sales post at Entercom’s Seattle cluster to the vice president and market manager position at the company’s Sacramento group. Shannon takes over for John Geary who recently retired. Shannon says, “Our brands are unique, our ratings are formidable and we are a market leader in revenue. Entercom is in a strong position in Sacramento. My goal is to make us even stronger. I can’t wait to start working with this incredibly gifted team.”
Veteran Media Executive Lynne Constantini Joins Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze. The former EVP of affiliate sales and marketing at Scripps Networks Interactive and SVP of programming at Time Warner Cable joins TheBlaze as president of business development. In her new position Lynne Constantini will oversee the growing network’s content distribution efforts, as well as affiliate marketing, advocacy, business affairs and business development initiatives. She previously negotiated TheBlaze’s successful carriage deal with DISH as an outside consultant. Constantini says, “As a cable industry executive and consultant, I have been attracted to the rare independent network that has strong, unique content and a passionate engaged audience that drives results for operators and that is what I have found with TheBlaze. TheBlaze is unlike other start-up networks; it has a built-in loyal audience, a full slate of live, original programming, speaks to an underserved and growing conservative audience and has extensive marketing reach through affiliated media assets including on radio and on the web. I am excited to work with Glenn, Chris Balfe and the rest of the team on building TheBlaze and continuing the network’s success in improving the businesses of its distribution partners.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Corey O’Brien becomes the morning host and assistant PD at Entercom’s alternative KNDD, Seattle. He takes over for the recently departed Red on the morning show and for APD and music director Harms who left the station back in November. O’Brien most recently worked at Simmons’ KXRK, Salt Lake City. Also at KNDD, Pepper Smith is the new midday host and assistant music director. Smith comes to Seattle from hot AC KMXW, Reno…..Clear Channel’s CHR WRVW, Nashville “107.5 The River” names John Mayer afternoon host and assistant program director. Mayer comes to Nashville from the company’s CHR WKCI, New Haven where he did afternoons and served as assistant PD and music director…..Former Republican congressman John Sweeney exits his talk show role at Capital Broadcasting‘s WGDJ, Albany after two weeks. It turns out the attorney and political consultant’s schedule was too difficult to work around his daily 11:00 am program…..Midday jock Dan Matthews will exit Peak Broadcasting’s country KAWO, Boise tomorrow. Matthews also served as assistant PD and music director…..Kemp Broadcasting’s hip hop KVEG, Mesquite, Nevada (Las Vegas market) “Hot 97.5” parts company with AM drive personality Davey D.
Not All That Glitters is Gold. According to radio digital consultant and RadioInfo columnist Chris Miller, broadcasters should avoid falling under the spell of Facebook “likes” and the impulse to “go viral” — which he describes as “shiny, distracting objects.” He advises, “The number of Facebook ‘likes’ you have is almost completely without meaning. In addition, working to have something go viral is probably taking you away from what you should be doing!” Read Chris Miller’s informative and valuable article here.
Clear Channel Brings Classic Country to San Antonio. The company had been airing a rhythmic CHR format on KRPT at 92.5 and translator K289BN at 105.7. The rhythmic CHR will continue as “Wild” on 105.7 but 92.5 becomes classic country as “92.5 K-Buc.” The station will be programmed by sister country KAJA “KJ 97” program director Travis Moon. The KBUC calls have a history in San Antonio. Country music has aired in the market using those calls on the 1310 AM signal and for a while was simulcast on 107.5 as you can see from this old logo.
Curtis Media Group Adds Signal to Country WMMY, Jefferson, North Carolina. The station branded as “Highway 106.1” is now heard on WECR, Beech Mountain on 102.3. As a result, the hot AC format is gone from WECR. The company says in a statement the move is intended to better serve the High Country of North Carolina. Market manager Robin Wohlbruck says, “Country is the hottest format in the nation and we now cover all of the High Country with Highway 106 and 102.3. It’s great for country fans and 30% more population covered for our Highway customers.” At the same time, the company flips oldies WZJS to classic hits branded as “Classic Hits 100.7.”
TECHNICAL WATCH: Radio Moves Beyond ISDN to Deliver Studio Quality Remote Audio. Welcome to the Age of the IP Codec. Back in the “good old days,” if you wanted to get audio from point A to point B you had basically two choices: a dedicated land line from good old Ma Bell (a.k.a, the phone company) or you sent a tape. Then, Ma Bell decided to get rid of dedicated equalized services – at least interstate. These days, it’s very difficult if not impossible to get a dedicated broadcast service even in the same city. This prompted devices like the Comrex two-line and three-line frequency extender systems. These allowed someone to utilize two or three dial-up lines to get audio from one place to another with reasonable audio quality. The next step was ISDN – a digital dial-up service. With the development of devices such as the Telos Zephyr, FM quality audio was easily passed, with very little audio delay, between two locations. This has been the norm now for close to 20 years. Enter the IP codec – essentially ISDN on steroids. IP codecs utilize the internet as the transport medium. Now, for just the cost of the internet service you already have installed, you can literally transport audio all around the world – in many instances with slightly more round-trip delay than with ISDN, but that is easy to work around using mix minus. Noted radio technical consultant and RadioInfo columnist Tom Ray brings us all up to speed on this new era in remote audio delivery in a must-read clear and concise article, here.