Nash FM 94.7 New York to Host Listener Appreciation Concerts. Cumulus Media’s country WNSH, New York “Nash FM 94.7” is hosting a series of concerts to thank their New York City listeners. Dubbed “Up Close and Country” and taking place at Hill Country Barbecue Market in Manhattan, the series includes performances by Thompson Square tonight (3/28), The Band Perry on April 2 and Brad Paisley on April 12. As was the case with the “Nash Bash” concerts to help promote the station’s debut, tickets are not available for sale – only by listening to the station.
WTOP, Washington Stays #1 on List of Top Billing Stations; KIIS-FM, Los Angeles #2. The annual list of top billing stations according to BIA/ Kelsey has been released and Hubbard Radio’s WTOP, Washington is at the front of the pack once again with $64.6 million in revenue in 2012 – that’s up a fraction from the $64 million it grossed in 2011. The rest of the top 10 – split by CBS and Clear Channel – are as follows (in millions): Clear Channel’s KIIS, Los Angeles ($56.8); Clear Channel’s WHTZ, New York ($48.2); CBS Radio’s WCBS, New York ($47.2); Clear Channel’s KFI, Los Angeles ($46); CBS Radio’s WBBM, Chicago ($45.7); Clear Channel’s WLTW, New York ($43); CBS Radio’s WINS, New York ($41.5); CBS Radio’s WFAN-AM/FM ($41); and CBS Radio’s KROQ, Los Angeles ($39.3).
The Bert Show Adds Abilene Affiliate. The “Q100” Atlanta-based “The Bert Show” announces it picks up its 10th affiliate in Townsquare Media’s hot AC KMWX, Abilene, Texas “Mix 92-5.” “The Bert Show” is syndicated via YEA Networks and the CHR and hot AC-friendly morning show features Bert Weiss, Jeff Dauler and Kristin Klingshirn. KMWX, general manager Frank Pain states, “We’ve been wanting to add ‘The Bert Show’ to the Mix lineup for quite some time. We never imagined a better fit and complement to our station. We’re super excited to finally have the opportunity to add such great talent to ‘Mix 92-5.’”
Clear Channel’s Miami EDM Outlet Kicks Off with Pool Party. To be specific, the “All Gone Pete Tong Pool Party,” which took place on March 22 during Miami Music Week at the Surfcomber Hotel on Miami Beach. The launch event for “Evolution 93.5” — Miami’s new electronic dance music (EDM) broadcast outlet on translator W228BY, Miami — featured live mixes from Evolution’s ambassador DJ, Pete Tong; Grammy-winning DJ/producer, Fatboy Slim; Swedish DJ/producer, Eric Prydz; the first-ever back-to-back performance with DJs Skream and Eats Everything as well as an appearance by Grammy-nominated DJ/producer, Calvin Harris, and more. Pictured here are Calvin Harris (left) and Pete Tong (right). Photo by Nicole Mastrogiannis for iHeartRadio.
Vanessa Hale Named Midday Personality at 103.3 AMP Radio in Boston. The CBS Radio CHR station completes its lineup of personalities with the addition of Vanessa Hale WODS, Boston program director Dan Mason says of Hale, “As we assembled the ‘103.3 AMP Radio’ staff, we were looking for fresh talent who will sound great on the air, but also possess the drive and work ethic to win in a market as competitive as Boston. Vanessa is all of the above. She is the final piece of the puzzle and we are excited to move forward with a full on-air staff.” Hale comes to WODS from KHTH-FM “Hot 101.7” in Santa Rosa, California where she hosted afternoon drive for the past year and a half. Before that, she worked for six years as weekend host on KYSR, Los Angeles. She says, “I am so thrilled to bring my passion for radio to the East Coast. I’m excited to work with the talented and cutting-edge staff at ‘103.3 AMP Radio’ to make the station #1 for hit music in Boston.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Mike Shaffer exits Journal Broadcast Group’s CHR WWST, Knoxville “Star 102.1” and returns to Leighton Enterprises’ CHR KCLD, St. Cloud, Minnesota where he’ll be the evening personality and music director, replacing Tamo Sein…..At Qantum Communications’ country WEGX, Florence, South Carolina “Eagle 92.9,” Parker takes over the PM drive program. To make room, Mudflap moves from afternoons to mornings for the Mudflap & Palmer show. Meanwhile, former morning show co-host Tessa lands at Americom Broadcasting’s AC KRNO, Reno “Sunny 106.9” where she co-hosts the Jeff & Tessa morning show.
Verizon to Cease Taking orders for ISDN in the Northeast Starting May 18. The fact that ISDN is on the way out is no surprise to anyone in the radio industry who has gone through the headache of trying to order it over the past five or more years. Simply put: The phone companies are not thrilled to install it. It doesn’t make money for them. It was originally created for use as “high-speed” internet. Now there are better and faster ways to increase internet speed. Broadcasters (who make up a rather small percentage of the population) adopted ISDN as a standard way of getting remote audio from point A to point B with good quality. For the most part, the phone companies could care less. They didn’t create it for that purpose. Now, the imminent demise of ISDN has taken a giant step closer to being a reality. Verizon stated yesterday (3/28) that they will no longer take orders for the service, at least in the Northeast, beginning May 18. What does this mean to radio broadcasters who have come to depend on ISDN for a majority percentage of their remote broadcasts? Noted consultant and RadioInfo technical editor Tom Ray provides the details and advice. Read his exclusive column here.
The Conclave Announces Agenda for July Learning Conference. The Conclave announces its preliminary agenda for the July 17-19 “Conclave 38: The Learning Conference” taking place at the Minneapolis/Park Place Doubletree Hotel. Executive director Bob Shannon states, “The very words ‘The Learning Conference’ implies that Conclave 38 will focus on teaching ideas our attendees can actually use. Focusing on what works today and the tools we’ll need for tomorrow, our faculty includes thinkers, visionaries and practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines including digital, marketing, mobile, programming, social media, and talent creation and training.” Some of the speakers appearing this year include: Ivan Braiker/HipCricket, Tim Bronsil/Point to Point Marketing, Jon Chelesnik/Sportcasters Talent Agency of America, Drake Donovan/Splice Video, Joel Folger/Folger Media, Les Garland/Afterplay Entertainment, John Gehron/AccuRadio, Bruce Gilbert/Clear Channel, Phil Hall/Audience Bakery, Michael Harrison/Talkers-Radioinfo.com, Dan Hill/Sensory Logic, Fred Jacobs/Jacobs Media, Randy Lane/The Randy Lane Company, Lori Lewis/Jacobs Media, Kipper McGee/Kipper McGee LLC, Kevin Metheny/Cumulus Media, Chris Miller/Chris Miller Digital, Tim Moore/Audience Development Group, Mark Shannon O’Neill/ROI Media Solutions, Bill Richards/Clear Channel, Larry Rosin/Edison Research, and Walter Sabo/Sabo Media. Shannon reports that this year’s Conclave begins on Wednesday, July 17 with the fourth annual “Jacobs Media Summer School,” and ends July 19 with “Conclave GAMEDAY,” a day devoted entirely to sports that ends with a reception at KTWN-FM’s studio just before the Minnesota Twins/Cleveland Indians game at Target Field, home of the 2014 All Star Game. For more information on the Learning Conference and Conclave educational programs, visit http://www.theconclave.com.