RadioInfo Completes Five-Part Mega-Special, “The State of Adult Contemporary Radio.” Today marks the publication of the fifth and final installment of the latest in RadioInfo‘s 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, by way of far-reaching roundtable discussions with some of adult contemporary’s leading programmers, on-air talents and consultants, this RadioInfo special sheds light on the intriguing female-friendly format that goes by numerous names and reflects a wide variety of artists and permutations. In addition, corporate history and creative angles are spotlighted with a special profile of prolific song writer Diane Warren. An exhaustive ratings overview ties the entire piece together. Among the individuals contributing to this epic set of articles are 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. Participating air talent includes: nationally syndicated stars John Tesh and Delilah as well as local standouts Helen Little of WLTW “Lite-FM”, New York; Bobby Rich of KMXZ “Mix-FM”, Tucson; Karen Sharp of KOST-FM “Coast 103.5”, Los Angeles; and Leigh Ann Adam of KVIL “Lite-FM”, Dallas. They are joined by the AC radio world’s most prominent consultants: Gary Berkowitz, George Johns, Dan Vallie and Mike McVay (currently senior VP of programming at Cumulus Media) plus a whole lot more. To read any or all of the five parts of this historic piece of radio trade journalism, click here.
Arbitron Reports Young Listeners Helping Country Radio’s Boom. At day two of the Country Radio Seminar 2013, Arbitron director of programming services Jon Miller presented an analysis of country radio in PPM markets and wowed the attendees with data suggesting that younger listeners are helping to drive the big numbers for country radio in PPM markets. Based on a sampling of persons 12-plus in the 48 PPM markets, Arbitron is reporting that in the Persons 18-34 demo the jump in share from 6.7 in 2010 to 8.8 in 2012 represents a 30% increase. Further, the Persons 18-24 demo saw shares from the two years jump from 7.4 to 10.5, respectively. Note the graphic here that charts the trending of younger listeners as they consume country radio. More than one consultant attributes the rise in younger listeners to country radio to the attention the industry has been paying to developing younger, hipper artists with a less-“traditional country” flavor that, so far, has been able to avoid large drop-offs in the older core audience for country radio. Data from Arbitron seems to suggest the format is gaining listeners at rock’s expense. While this doesn’t mean younger rock listeners are necessarily abandoning rock, alternative and classic rock for country in great numbers, those listeners aging into the demo are discovering country and making it a primary destination when listening to the radio.
Tony Coles Named SVP of Programming for West Region at Clear Channel. Programming pro Tony Coles moves up from his position as vice president of programming for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s Chicago cluster and as national brand manager for the hot AC format to SVP of programming for the company’s West region. CC president of operations Matt Martin states, “Tony’s passion for leading people, his desire to win and proven track record make him a perfect fit for our regional team. Tony will be supporting Brian Olson in the West regional markets, but we are excited to benefit from Tony’s talents and experiences throughout the regionals.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Tom Calococci is named program director at Cox Media’s adult contemporary WFLC, Miami “97.3 Coast FM.” Calococci has worked in the market before having programmed Beasley’s rhythmic CHR WPOW, Miami “Power 96.” He says, “After spending the past two years dabbling in the film and television industry, I couldn’t be more excited to be making my return to radio. I’m also making my return to the place I now consider home, South Florida. This move also re-unites me with CMG director of programming, Steve Smith, and I’m thrilled to be joining the CMG team in Miami to work with market manager, Dan Kearney and his incredible team, including CMG’s Steve Hunter, format captain for hot AC!”…..Clear Channel announces Brian Wallace is the new PD at hip hop WQUE “Q93.3” and rhythmic AC WYLD “98.5 WYLD” in New Orleans. Wallace takes over for Derrick “DC” Corbett who recently moved to the company’s Philadelphia cluster…..Average Joe moves up from the evening show to midday slot at CBS Radio’s hot AC WQAL, Cleveland “Q104.” He takes over for Tim Richards who exited the station…..Jasmin Dorismond is promoted to vice president, corporate controller at Los Angeles-based Lotus Communications Corp. In her new role, she joins upper management in creating strategic initiatives for the company while continuing to oversee the day-to-day financial and business operations…..Chris Kash moves from his evening show and APD role at Clear Channel’s WRVQ, Richmond “Q94” to the company’s Harrisonburg, Virginia cluster where he’ll be PD and afternoon personality at CHR WAZR “93.7 NOW.”
CBS Radio’s Radio.com to Stream Portion of Bon Jovi Concert. The live concert stream of a portion of the Bon Jovi concert on CBS Radio’s digital platform didn’t happen last month due to a snowstorm that affected the event. Now, the band makes good on its promise to have a portion of its concert streamed live tonight when the band performs at the Tampa Bay Times Forum this evening at 8:00 pm ET. The program will begin with a 30-minute feature on the band before the webcast at 7:30 pm ET. Listeners to Radio.com can learn about the history of Bon Jovi and the making of their imminent album, “What About Now.”