Friday, March 22, 2013

| March 22, 2013

genachowskiFCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to Step Down.  FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski officially announces his decision to step down from the agency in the coming weeks.  The initial report came from Politico Thursday evening but Genachowski’s departure from the FCC has been expected for some time.  He became chairman in 2009 and has not always been viewed as the friendliest of FCC chairmen to radio as the thrust of his tenure has been promoting broadband as the communications avenue of the future.  Politico reports that there are a number of possible successors to Genachowski and names Core Capital Partners Managing Director Tom Wheeler; current sitting Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel; former ambassador to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Karen Kornbluh; former FCC chief of staff and primary author of the commission’s National Broadband Plan Blair Levin; and National Telecommunications and Information Administration chief Larry Strickling.  The NAB‘s Gordon Smith offers the following statement on Genachowski’s departure: “NAB salutes Chairman Genachowski for his years of service at the FCC.  The FCC chair is arguably one of the most difficult jobs in Washington, and yet Julius consistently performed with dedication and focus.  We may have disagreed on occasion, but America’s broadcasters wish him well in his journeys ahead.”

bossomattMatt Bosso to PM Drive at Ac WASH, Washington, DC.  The Clear Channel AC WASH, Washington announces Matt Bosso is the new afternoon drive personality  and will also serve as APD.  Bosso’s bio says he began his career at WTKU, New York and has worked at stations in markets including Poughkeepsie and Sussex, New Jersey.  In a statement, WASH program director Bill Cahill says, “I am beyond excited to bring Matt to D.C.  His on-air talent combined with his impressive programming and digital skills make him the perfect addition to the WASH-FM family.”

rosadoericEric Rosado Promoted to PD at Fort Myers Duo.  Programmer Eric Rosado moves from Clear Channel’s Monterey-Salinas cluster to the company’s Fort Myers, Florida operations where he’ll be program director for hip hop WBTT “105.5 The Beat” and CHR WZJZ “Y100.”  In Monterey-Salinas, Rosado served as APD and music director at hip hop KDON and rhythmic AC KOCN “K-Ocean.”  Fort Myers operations manager Louis Kaplan says, “I am very pleased to announce the addition of Eric Rosado to our staff in Fort Myers as the PD of WBTT and WZJZ.  His passion for radio as well as his years of experience in the formats make him the right choice to lead our programming efforts and continue to grow the ‘105.5 The Beat’ and ‘Y100’ brands.”

conklinConklin Moves to Phoenix to Join Shmonty Morning Show at Rock KDKB.  Afternoon drive air personality, music director and APD Conklin exits Desert Radio Group’s rock KCLB, Palm Springs to become part of the Shmonty AM drive show at Sandusky’s rock KDKB.  Speaking about his move, Conklin says, “Jen Shevlin and the staff have been amazing during my stay at Desert Radio Group.  I’ve learned a ton in this building and am very grateful.  I can’t wait to get started.  KDKB has something very unique happening there.  I’m honored to be part of it.  I’m looking forward to working with Shmonty in the morning and busting my ass to help further the success of KDKB.”

kinosianmikeData from February PPM in for All 48 Markets.  Arbitron releases the final round of PPM data from the February 2013 period for Austin; Milwaukee; Indianapolis; Providence; Raleigh; Norfolk; Nashville; Greensboro; West Palm Beach; Jacksonville; Memphis; and Hartford and all 48 markets can be found here.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian delivers his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest round of market reports.

  • After three consecutive 3.2 showings adult alternative KGSR “Radio Austin” adds nine-tenths to 4.1 (#13 – #9)
  • Milwaukee frontrunner WMIL gains seven-tenths (9.0 – 9.7)
  • For the second consecutive month Indianapolis country rivals WFMS (+.4 to 8.6) and WLHK (+.2 to 8.1) rank #1 and #2
  • Providence rocker WHJY (#4) improves by six-tenths to 7.7
  • Up nine-tenths Raleigh urban contemporary WQOK (4.9, #7) has its best 6+ stat since September’s 5.4
  • This marks the sixth straight month that WVKL (10.5) is #1 in Norfolk and the urban AC boasts its strongest 6+ share since July’s 10.7
  • Adult contemporary WJXA pads its #1 lead in Nashville by gaining 1.5 to 13.4
  • Greensboro adult hits WSMW “Simon” enjoys an eight-tenths spike to 8.4 (#3)
  • In one of the most lopsided comparisons, West Palm Beach FMs appearing in print combine for 56.0 shares, versus 2.3 AM shares
  • With a +1.1 to 10.8 gospel WHAL “Hallelujah 95.7” unseats Clear Channel cluster-mate KJMS at the top – it is only the second time in Memphis’ 30 PPM reports that urban AC KJMS hasn’t been #1

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