Country Radio Seminar 2013: Research Study Presented to Packed House. At the first day of the three-day Country Radio Seminar 2013, radio consultant and CRS research chairman, Joel Raab presented the findings of this year’s ‘Ethnographic Study’ to attendees. Some of the conclusions drawn about the lives and attitudes of country radio fans: 1) Radio’s competition is no longer only between stations. The fight today is against all of the other media: television (outlets like CMT/GAC/TCN), YouTube, Pandora, and even personal mobile devices; 2) People are choosing to listen to the device that presents the path of least resistance. In the car, that remains radio. At home or in the workplace, there is a much more competitive situation: television, in particular, at home and the internet at work; 3) If one listens to radio today, it is often devoid of emotion. And yet when you talk to people in their homes, they place the emphasis on the emotions that country music elicits; 4) One of the challenges that radio faces is the fact that country fans don’t spontaneously equate country music strictly to country radio like they used to. This poses a challenge to radio to provide talented DJs/hosts to guide the listeners in a more personal manner. CRS executive director Bill Mayne states, “Their results yielded from this highly personal and rarely used ethnographic methodology exposes continued challenges for country radio in the coming years. We are optimistic that the points brought to light in this study will yield considerable discussion in radio circles in the months ahead.” RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison adds, “Although these findings are indeed sobering, it is a very good thing for the radio industry to come face-to-face with the realization that we must make our medium as attractive and competitive as possible – not by beating the heck out of each other, but by making radio THE source of valuable input and entertainment when compared to all the new and exotic competition it faces from the outside. The findings of this study do not just apply to country radio but to all music-based formats. We MUST retake ownership of the music culture and bring the human element back to music radio big-time.” You can find the entire study at www.EdisonResearch.com.
2013 Country Radio Hall of Fame Class Inducted at CRS in Nashville. The class of the 2013 Country Radio Hall of Fame in both the Radio and On-Air categories were officially inducted during a ceremony and dinner Tuesday evening at the Nashville Convention Center. Gaylon Christie was inducted in the Radio category and Dr. Don Carpenter, Crook & Chase, Eddie Edwards and Bill “Dex” Poindexter were the On-Air category inductees. Other awards presented during the ceremony included the CRS Career Achievement Award, given to George Strait and the CRS President’s Award, presented to Bob Romeo. Pictured here are the 2013 class of the Country Radio Hall of Fame (from l – r, back row): Charlie Chase and Lorianne Crook, CRS executive director Bill Mayne, Eddie Edwards; ACM executive director Bob Romeo, Bill “Dex” Poindexter, CRS president Mike Culotta. (front) Gaylon Christie. Not pictured here is Dr. Don Carpenter.
Today: Part Four of the Five-Part RadioInfo Mega-Special “The State of Adult Contemporary Radio” Focuses on “Corporate and Creative.” In today’s installment of Mike Kinosian‘s masterful overview of one of music radio’s most enduring, yet chameleon-like, formats, RadioInfo focuses the spotlight on the corporate history of AC radio over the past two-decades following its evolution from pre-consolidation to its present status. Today’s massive segment includes comparative ratings numbers and a special extra excursion into the career and thoughts of adult contemporary’s most prolific songwriter, the phenomenal Diane Warren. To read this informative radio industry blockbuster, click here.
Cumulus Providence Names Brian Demay PD of AC WWLI “Lite Rock 105.” Brian Demay comes to Cumulus Media’s WWLI, Providence from Beasley Broadcasting’s adult contemporary WJBR, Wilmington, Delaware where he was PD. He assumes the position left open since the departure of Tony Bristol. Demay says, “The minute I walked into the Providence cluster, I knew I had found a home. The energy and enthusiasm of the team Barbara Haynes and Davey Morris have assembled is second to none. I have missed working in an environment like this, and I’m excited to be a part of the Cumulus family. I’m also very enthused to be working with my friend and mentor Mike McVay again and to work with AC corporate PD and VP/Stratus Music Emily Boldon.” Boldon states, “WWLI is a heritage AC. Brian has worked with a few of these in his career. He understands the responsibility that goes along with programming a station that’s already at the top of the ratings heap.”
Greater Media Names Keith Hastings PD of WCSX, Detroit. Programmer Keith Hastings has been overseeing the programming end of the Motor City classic rock station since November and now Greater Media names him permanent PD. Market manager Steve Kosbau says, “We knew that Keith had a great track record when he joined us as a consultant last fall. During his time here, he has demonstrated the tremendous vision and leadership that will keep WCSX Detroit’s dominant classic rock station well into the future. We are thrilled to have him.” Hastings’ rock radio pedigree is strong having served 18 years with Saga Communications at several of its rock stations. He also programmed Entercom’s WAAF, Boston from 2002 to 2005. He says of his new gig, “My thanks to Peter Smyth, Steve Kosbau, Buzz Knight, Fred Jacobs, and Greater Media for welcoming me to one of America’s truly great classic rock brands. With assets like the unmatched musical heritage of Detroit, our veteran personalities, top-shelf digital platforms, and commitment to being the best at what we do, I’m excited and honored to embrace this new opportunity at WCSX-FM.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. McKinzie Roth joins Cumulus Media’s hot AC WRWM, Indianapolis “i94” for middays. She has served in the market for 10 years as morning co-host on Radio One’s CHR WNOU “RadioNow 100.9”…..Changes at Clear Channel’s Cleveland stations include CHR WAKS “96.5 Kiss FM” PM drive host Java Joel adding assistant PD and music director duties. He continues to be music director for adult hits WHLK “106.5 The Lake.” Miles Hlivko is upped to assistant program director at rock WMMS. He’s been handling creative services for the station…..Mid-West Family’s adult contemporary WMGN, Madison “Magic 98” promotes Jim Bartlett to afternoon drive from his previous weekend post. He takes over for Jim McGaw who left the station last month…..DJ Oreo exits the night shift at Journal Broadcast Group’s CHR KHTT, Tulsa “106.9 K-Hits.”…..DJ Severe exits the afternoon shift at Palm Beach Broadcasting’s hip hop WMBX, West Palm Beach “X102.3” after 10 years with the station.
Jelli and Entercom Strike Group-Wide Deal. Radio group Entercom and social radio platform creator Jelli agree to terms that will see the former use Jelli’s advertising platform across 104 of its radio stations in 23 markets. Jelli says its service enables real-time ad serving and listener engagement across social, mobile and broadcast platforms, creating unique insights for advertisers. According to a statement from Jelli, its “network now reaches 23.5 million unique listeners weekly. Radio ad impressions served by the Jelli Platform have grown to an over 1.7 billion annual run-rate, which is a greater than 1,300 percent growth rate year-over-year.” Entercom regional president Weezie Kramer states, “We saw the benefit of connecting our stations to a cloud-based platform that will generate new and incremental national advertising dollars.”
Broadcasters Foundation of America Raises $375,000 at “Golden Mike Award” Ceremony. The Broadcasters Foundation of America raised $375,000 to help broadcasters in need at the BFoA 2013 Golden Mike Award ceremony honoring David J. Barrett, chairman and CEO of Hearst Television, Inc at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on Monday evening. The event was hosted by legendary sports broadcaster and voice of the San Francisco Giants Jon Miller. Joining him as presenters were popular media personalities Steve Harvey and Dr. Mehmet Oz along with Barrett’s son Casey, former president and CEO of Post-Newsweek Stations. Also taking part were 2011 Golden Mike winner Alan Frank and Hearst Television president Jordan Wertlieb. Ellen DeGeneres provided some laughs via a video presentation, as did Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. Singer Darlene Love provided entertainment. Pictured here are (from l-r): Phil Lombardo, chairman, Broadcasters Foundation of America; Steve Harvey; Jim Thompson, president Broadcasters Foundation; Dr. Mehmet Oz; Darlene Love; 2013 Golden Mike Award Recipient David J. Barrett and Jon Miller. The Broadcasters Foundation has provided millions of dollars in aid to colleagues who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen family tragedy. Individual membership is only $150 a year. Donations also can be made to the Guardian Fund, and corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative. For more information, to apply for a grant, or to make a contribution, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org or call 212-373-8250.