Demi Lovato Rockets into Number One Position on RadioInfo Pop Songs Chart. In its third week on the survey since being released on February 25, the song “Heart Attack,” an advance from singer/actress Demi Lovato‘s still unnamed soon-to-be released fourth album (Hollywood), has grabbed the number one position on RadioInfo‘s Pop Songs Chart. According to RadioInfo music editor Duane Doobie, “This track has CHR and hot AC ‘hit’ written all over it. It is the kind of song that grabs the attention of female demos – young and not-so-young – instantly upon first-listening and has them screaming, ‘Play it again!’ Of course, the time for radio to be playing a sizzling tune like this is before the standard sales and spin stats retroactively ‘confirm’ its success at which point it is already on its way to being burned out from the listeners’ perspective.” Lovato is a colorful and compelling individual who, in addition to having an acting career that dates back to her childhood, is an accomplished recording artist with three studio albums and one live album to her credit, in addition to one EP and 10 singles. She is living through a dramatic and apparently successful two-year recovery from emotional issues including eating, bipolar and self-harming disorders – ardently followed by her growing number of young female fans.
SOCIAL MEDIA POSTING: When and How Often? Radio digital consultant and RadioInfo columnist Chris Miller answers two of the most asked questions he receives from radio broadcasters regarding their social media initiatives: “When are the best times to post?” and “How often should we post?” In a concise article posted today (3/25) he writes, “Now, neither of them is as important as making sure you have the right content for your fans. That’s the big thing. But let’s assume you’re good to go, content-wise. When you post and how often you post will be different depending on the platform you’re talking about. Keep in mind that getting seen only by your fans is not enough. When they start re-tweeting, sharing, commenting, favorite-ing and liking what you show them, that’s when more and more people will see what you posted.” To read Chris Miller’s entire article, click here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. CBS Radio’s alternative KXTE, Las Vegas “X107.5” brings Chris Jackson aboard as imaging director and midday personality. Jackson moves to “X107.5” from his part-time gig at sister CHR KLUC. Also at KXTE, Jered Jones becomes associate producer for the “Dave & Mahoney in the Morning” program. Jones is upped from his “street teamer” position with the cluster…..Clear Channel’s alternative WRXL, Richmond “XL 102” names Tamo Sein music director and PM drive jock beginning Thursday, March 28. Sein comes to Richmond from her previous post at Leighton Enterprises’ CHR, KCLD, St. Cloud, Minnesota…..Lotus Communications Corp. names Jon Ballard program director of classic rock KKBZ, Fresno “The Blaze.” Ballard comes to KKBZ from his most recent position as programmer at Clear Channel‘s WVRK, Columbus, Georgia…..Programmer Paul Goldsmith will exit Educational Media Foundation‘s Christian Air1 Radio Network next month. Goldsmith has been with EMF since 2003 and was upped to program director in 2011.
Cumulus Media Parts Company with VP Linda Hill. Linda Hill served as the vice president, corporate controller and chief accounting officer at Cumulus. She exits after serving in the position since August of 2009 and is replaced by J.P. Hannan who is senior vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer who assumes the responsibilities of principal accounting officer for the company.
Twitter as a Broadcaster’s Tool: Use it Wisely. Radio consultant Holland Cooke writes that “Twitter invites more voices into your on-air and digital conversation; even more so than Facebook.” In this primer and reminder for practicing broadcasters using social media, Cooke delivers some information that will help you optimize this technology. Read his piece here.
Entercom Norfolk-Virginia Beach PD Barry McKay Finalist in Voice-Over Contest. Barry McKay is the hot AC format captain for Entercom and serves as program director at WPTE, Norfolk “The Point” and air personality at sister AC WWDE. But he’s also a finalist in the “Next Great Voice Talent” competition sponsored by Studio Center Total Production. The winner of the national competition wins a $100,000 contract. Barry tells RadioInfo the process works by popular votes. He’s one of 20 finalists from the Virginia Beach region. Check out his demo and the contest here.
Houston’s Rick Roberts Dies at 71. Houston radio legend Rick Roberts died on March 21, several weeks after a neighbor found him severely beaten in his home – apparently by burlgars. Roberts – born Claude Roberts – began his career in 1959 at KYOK, Houston. His last position was with Texas Southern University-owned KTSU. A memorial service is planned for March 30.