Les Moonves Still Says CBS Likes Radio. If CBS is interested in selling its radio properties, CBS president and CEO Les Moonves isn’t spilling the beans. CBS presented at Deutsche Bank’s DbAccess 21st Annual Media and Telecom Conference yesterday and when asked by Deutsche Bank’s Douglas Mitchelson about the flat performance of radio in general, Moonves said the company still likes radio for its cash. “We like radio. Once again, low-single digit growth, revenue, OIBDA. It’s still a very great cash business with great margins. We still like running it. We have no intent to sell it as many people are watching terrestrial radio today as watching 10 years ago, even with all these things going on with satellite and everything else. It is what it is. We like the business, it produces cash every year. We like having the amount of cash we have, where our balance sheet is certainly in great shape, partially because of radio.”
Dial Global Partners with SoundHound for Trackable Listener Engagement Platform. Dial Global and SoundHound announce the launch of SoundHound for Radio, a proprietary radio advertising platform that uses SoundHound’s audio recognition technology to connect audience with exclusive branded mobile content. Dial Global states that integrated marketing campaigns utilizing this technology will benefit from direct engagement with radio listeners and analytics never before available to radio advertisers. Dial Global president Ken Williams says, “Until now, radio has struggled to keep pace with the kind of measurable engagement offered by newer digital marketing platforms. Together with SoundHound, we have created a marketing solution that delivers trackable engagement between listeners and brands.” The company explains that listeners served by Dial Global and its affiliate partners can now access exclusive offers and branded audio, video, and Web content delivered on their mobile device through SoundHound. SoundHound vice president Katie McMahon says, “Each month, tens of millions use SoundHound’s instant music search and discovery capabilities to engage with and share what they hear on the radio. Now through this partnership, radio advertisers will have the unparalleled ability to directly engage consumers on the go through SoundHound’s mobile app which has 130 million users around the world.”
WRAL, Raleigh’s Bill Jordan to Retire. Capitol Broadcasting’s AC WRAL, Raleigh “Mix 101.5” is saying goodbye to 24-year morning host Bill Jordan who is announcing his retirement from the station. Jordan has logged more than 6,000 broadcasts and been instrumental in helping raise more than $15 million through the “Mix 101.5 Radiothon for Duke Children’s Hospital” over the past 19 years. Station VP/GM Ardie Gregory says, “Bill Jordan is woven into the fabric and history of our radio station and his decision to retire will leave ‘Mix101.5’ changed as we move into the future. All of us at WRAL-FM wish him a healthy and happy retirement.” Jordan says of his time on the radio. “For almost 40 years now I have been blessed to be able to do what I truly love. After 33 years of my alarm going off at 3:20am, I have to admit that I’m tired. With that in mind, my wife, Marianne, and I have decided that retirement is a good choice right now. I’m leaving a great team and the best listeners in the world, but am looking forward to the next chapter in this life.” WRAL personality Jim Kelly will co-host the morning show with morning drive co-host Lynda Loveland on an interim basis.
Todd Harris Takes VP of Sales Post at Clear Channel Austin. Todd Harris comes to Clear Channel Media and Entertainment from the CBS Radio Chicago cluster where he was local sales manager for all-news WBBM. He worked for CC in the past beginning in 2002 at the company’s Miami cluster. He also sold for Cumulus at its Kansas City operations. CC Austin market president Pam McKay says, “Todd’s experience and success in the radio industry makes him a strong leader who will help us create meaningful results for our clients and partners.”
Brent Alberts Heads South to Cumulus Toledo. Just a bit south from Detroit that is. Brent Alberts exited his programming post with Greater Media’s classic rock WCSX, Detroit last November and now becomes program director for Cumulus Media’s classic rock WXKR, Toledo and alternative WXKR-HD2 “100.7 The Zone.” Alberts worked for Citadel prior to his joining Greater Media in Detroit. While at Citadel he was director of rock programming. On his Facebook page, Alberts writes, “This will be the first time in my career I have been able to stay where I want to live, instead of where the job is. I want to thank Val Garris with Cumulus, who has been great to work with in putting this deal together. I’m excited to be back to work in the business I’ve had a love affair with for 45 years. Thank you all for your support and friendship.”
KYW, Philadelphia Promotes Cherri Gregg to Community Affairs Reporter. CBS Radio all-news KYW, Philadelphia ups reporter Cherri Gregg to community affairs reporter. In this new role, Gregg will be shedding light on the numerous issues, neighborhoods and area leaders affecting community life in the Delaware Valley across a variety of time periods for the station. Gregg joined KYW in 2011 as a general assignment reporter while completing a Masters in Journalism at Temple University. She came to the station from the legal field where she had practiced for eight years at two Am-Law 100 law firms. The company says that although she enjoyed the practice of law, her true passion is reporting on stories that matter to the community. In January 2010, she quit her job at a top Philadelphia law firm to pursue her passion full time. Director of news and programming Steve Butler states, “Cherri has been a terrific addition to the KYW Newsradio staff and we’re pleased she will be focusing on developing stories from the grass roots, Covering all aspects of the Delaware Valley community is job-one for our staff, and we’re glad to have her continue that Newsradio legacy.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Mike Shannon becomes morning drive host at Cumulus Media’s hot AC WWWM, Toledo “Star 105.”…..Kelly Mac exits her midday jock shift at Clear Channel’s rhythmic AC WVAZ, Chicago “V 103” and the APD role at sister hip hop WGCI after just three months in the roles. In early December she moved from the company’s WUSL and WDAS in Philadelphia…..Brian Hatfield exits Clear Channel’s country WKSF, Asheville, North Carolina “99.9 Kiss Country” where he was assistant program director, music director and afternoon host…..After exiting Ohana Media Group’s Anchorage stations, Derek Moran moves to Midwest Communications’ Wausau, Wisconsin cluster where he’ll serve as brand manager for country WDEZ and music operations manager for CHR WIFC and rock WOZZ “Rock 94.7.” He takes over for Joe Cassady who’s moving to the company’s classic hits WLMI, Lansing, Michigan…..At Fordham University’s non-commercial triple A, WFUV, New York, Corny O’Connell is officially named morning host – a post he’s been handling since last fall. Other moves include former WDST, Woodstock music director Carmel Holt joining for middays, and Darren DeVivo moving to evenings. Russ Borris becomes music director at the station following Rita Houston’s recent promotion to program director.
CRS 2013 Realizes 3% Attendance Increase. The recently concluded Country Radio Seminar 2013 topped the previous year’s event by 3% from an attendance standpoint, according to organizers. They report this was the fifth consecutive year the event experienced a growth in attendee numbers. A total of 2,995 registrants attended this year’s event held at the Nashville Convention Center. CRS executive director Bill Mayne states, “The industry has been very positive about this year’s Country Radio Seminar. With the introduction of new and additional special events this year, there was a new enthusiasm surrounding the event. We have already put on our thinking caps for CRS 2014.”
The Canadian Competition Bureau Approves Astral-Bell Merger. Astral Media Inc. reports that the Canadian Competition Bureau is issuing a “no action letter” in connection with its previously announced acquisition by BCE Inc. This is the first of two hoops the companies have to jump in order for the acquisition to become final. Astral president and CEO Ian Greenberg states, “Together, Astral and Bell Media will have the scale to invest, compete and deliver on the opportunities ahead for all Canadians in this rapidly changing media landscape and I look forward to continuing to work in close collaboration with Bell’s team towards securing CRTC approval for the transaction.” The $3.38 billion transaction was approved by shareholders. Now, the move must achieve closing condition and approval from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission.
Fisher House and Clear Channel at CRS 2013. Clear Channel EVP/programming Clay Hunnicutt (left) and Fisher House Foundation president Dave Coker (right) posed for a photo at last week’s Country Radio Seminar 2013 in Nashville. Hunnicutt and Clear Channel are long-time supporters of Fisher House, which provides no-cost housing and other support to the families of wounded warriors while their loved one is being treated at a military or VA hospital.