Mick Lee Takes PD, PM Drive Post at ‘93.9 My FM’ in Chicago. Programmer Mick Lee moves from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s Baltimore CHR WZFT “Z104.3” to Chicago hot AC WLIT “93.9 My FM” where he’ll program the station and host the afternoon drive show. CC Chicago vice president of programming Tommy Austin states, “Mick has spent the last three years with the elite team in the Washington-Baltimore corridor and we look forward to applying that knowledge to ‘My FM.’ He will be a terrific addition to our team.” Lee has been with WZFT since 2010. He comments, “I am thrilled to join the already incredible programming team in Chicago and look forward to growing the new ’93.9 My FM’ brand. Thank you to Tommy Austin, Earl Jones and Clay Hunnicutt for the amazing opportunity. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Meg Stevens, Dennis Lamme and the entire DC-Baltimore cluster and I’m excited to take this next step in my career.”
CBS Reports Q2 Revenue for Radio ‘Even.’ CBS quarterly investors’ conference calls have always been pretty much about television and yesterday’s 2013 Q2 call was no different. It’s not that CBS doesn’t care about radio. President and CEO Les Moonves has stated in previous calls that they like radio. He doesn’t gush about it like he does about TV but CBS has no debt on the radio side and therefore it’s a cash business for the company. During yesterday’s call CBS COO Joseph Ianiello termed radio “even” during the second quarter compared to the same period a year ago and told investors the division is pacing flat for Q3. For CBS, total revenue was up 11% year-to-year due mostly to fees paid by television operators to carry CBS TV stations as well as international syndication deals and digital streaming revenue.
Journal Broadcast Group’s Radio Division Up 2.3% in Q2. Journal Communications announced 2013 second quarter financials yesterday and the Journal Broadcast Group breaks out the radio division from the television segment. It reports that, compared to the same quarter a year ago, revenue from radio stations increased 2.3% to $19.9 million, or 4.7% excluding political revenue. Radio political advertising revenue was $0.1 million, compared to $0.5 million. Local advertising revenue — excluding political — increased 5%, primarily due to an increase in retail advertising. National advertising revenue — excluding political — decreased 4.9% to $1.8 million, primarily due to a decrease in media advertising. Operating earnings from radio stations were $3.8 million compared to $4.4 million, a decrease of 13.8% or a decrease of 19.0% excluding acquisition costs in both years. Radio operating expenses increased 7.1%, or 9.3% excluding acquisition costs in both years, primarily due to employee-related expense increases and the impact of credits received from an industry-wide music licensing fee settlement in 2012.
Derrick Martin Upped to Market Manager at CC Norfolk. Derrick Martin has been general sales manager at Clear Channel’s St. Louis cluster since 2008. Now, the company promotes Martin to market manager at its Norfolk, Virginia operations. Clear Channel SVP of operations Northeast Kevin LeGrett states, “I am thrilled to have Derrick Martin join our team of high performers at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Norfolk. Derrick has excelled throughout his career and I am excited to see the results he will bring in growing our audience, revenues, and exceptional talent while implementing superior initiatives!” Martin comments, “One of the great things about working for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is the company’s commitment to growing talent and rewarding opportunity from within. I am very excited to join the Norfolk team.”
Gigi South to Head Up L&L’s Savannah and Hilton Head Stations. Gigi South most recently was market manager for Clear Channel’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama cluster. Now, she’s been tapped by Larry Wilson’s L&L Broadcasting to serve as market manager for its newly acquired Savannah, Georgia and Hilton Head, South Carolina clusters. In a statement, L&L CEO Bob Proffitt says, “Gigi is ideally suited to lead our team in Georgia and South Carolina. She understands the passion, energy and commitment necessary to win with our live & local approach to radio broadcasting.”
Sara Perry Debuts New PM Drive Show on ‘100.7 Jack FM’ in San Diego. Midwest Television’s adult hits KFMB-FM, San Diego “100.7 Jack FM” has a new afternoon show as Sara Perry returns the station debuting a new show called the “No-Request Ride Home” airing from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm weekdays. Perry began her career as an intern at KFMB in her final semester at SDSU. Little did she know that would only kick start a now 13-year career at KFMB. She says, “I feel so lucky to have been given this awesome opportunity at the same station I started at as an intern. KFMB has some of the best in the business and I can’t wait to be back in the mix once again.” PD Mike O’Reilly states, “When Dave, Shelly, & Chainsaw arrived at ‘Jack FM’ in 2010, they helped add a new layer of fun, excitement and energy to morning drive. It’s time we do the same on the way home. Sara is San Diego! She’s busy with life, she’s no-nonsense, she’s a mom, and she’s a friend! Her genuine, contagious personality is the secret ingredient that will further help solidify Jack FM’s unique role in San Diego radio.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Alexa Smith moves from CBS Radio’s Sacramento stations where she was morning co-host at rhythmic CHR KSFM to the company’s smooth AC KTWV, Los Angeles “94.7 The Wave” to serve as assistant program director…..Rick Moore adds morning drive co-host duties to his workload at Journal Broadcast Group’s country KTTS, Springfield, Missouri alongside Summer Stevens. Moore also serves as the cluster’s production director.
Norfolk-Virginia Beach to Get New Triple A Duo. Dan Snyder-owned Red Zebra sells sports radio combo WXTG-AM/FM “The Game” to local operator Local Voice Media which will flip the duo to a triple A format soon. The price of the stations and seven acres of property in Hampton is $1.2 million and, according to the Daily Press, the stations will continue to air Washington Nationals baseball through the rest of the season and will be Washington Redskins affiliates during the 2013 season. Additionally, the paper reports that two staffers – AE and air talent Greg Bicouvaris and production director Brock Briggs will remain employed with the new owners. Local Voice Media also operates triple A WTYD, Williamsburg, Virginia “92.3 The Tide.” The Daily Press notes Richmond, Virginia investment firm Blue Heron Capital recently completed a $3 million investment in Local Voice Media, formerly known as Davis Media. The firm began investing in the company two years ago and has helped it expand into Columbia, South Carolina and Wilmington, North Carolina.
Country Radio Seminar Limited Rate Sold Out. Country Radio Seminar executive director Bill Mayne announces the special, limited time $349 registration rate for the CRS 2014 is no longer available. The rate was made available to the first 349 registrants or through August 15, whichever came first and as of July 31 the 349-registrant limit was reached. The early bird registration rate of $399 is now available at www.CountryRadioSeminar.com. A ticket to the annual “New Faces of Country Music Show” is included with CRS registrations until the event is sold out. The “New Faces of Country Music” show has been sold out in advance for three consecutive years. CRS 2014 is being held at the downtown Nashville Convention Center February 19-21, 2014.
Steve Harvey Hosts the 2013 Ford Neighborhood Awards Next Weekend. Premiere Networks nationally syndicated urban morning host and television personality Steve Harvey is hosting the 11th annual Ford Neighborhood Awards show (formerly the Hoodie Awards) in Las Vegas August 9-11. The program will include performances and appearances by Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Jaheim, Mary Mary, Tamar Braxton, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, KEM, Charlie Wilson, TGT (Tyrese, Ginuwine, Tank), and more. Premiere states, “The unpredictable awards show celebrates the impactful service of neighborhood businesses, churches, community leaders, and educators from across the nation – as star presenters and performers from the world of gospel and R&B music, television and entertainment, and crowds of revelers converge on Las Vegas.” The awards show will culminate with the special presentation from title sponsor Ford to the Best Community Leader category winner, who will receive a donation of $30,000 to be used towards their church or non-profit organization. Steve Harvey (pictured here at last year’s awards show) says, “The Neighborhood Awards is an awards show unlike any other, honoring those who are the stars of their neighborhoods, the people and places who have made indispensable contributions and continue to inspire their neighbors. They are an everyday inspiration and I look forward to celebrating all the nominees at the show!”
Radio Pro and ‘Country Oldies Show’ Host Steve Warren Celebrates 50 Years in Radio. Steve Warren is celebrating his 50th year in the radio business. The host of the Envision Radio Networks-syndicated “Country Oldies Show” — part of the 200 affiliates of the Envision Country Network – got his first paying radio gig in the summer of 1963 at WKLO, Louisville. Warren, who grew up across the river in New Albany, Indiana, says, “In those days, there were two hot top 40 stations in Louisville, WKLO and WAKY. I was a WKLO guy and dreamed of working there while attending junior and senior high school. I beat their door down for several weeks before they found a summer job for me.” Envision president and CEO Danno Wolkoff states, “As soon as we heard ‘The Country Oldies Show,’ we knew this program would find a place on country stations with its extensive music library and veteran host/programmer Steve Warren at the helm. For the past 50 years, there has been no one like Steve Warren on the radio!” Warren was one of the first program directors and on-air personalities at Sirius Satellite Radio, developing all of Sirius’ country music channels. In fact, Steve is still on the air at SiriusXM as a news announcer for the Howard Stern show, and he is executive producer of Chinamerica Radio, a 24-hour internet station featuring top contemporary Chinese pop music.
Carrie Underwood Kicks Off Celebrity Takeover of ‘After Midnite.’ Country star Carrie Underwood is the first star to guest host Premiere Networks’ “After Midnight” syndicated radio program hosting the show August 1 and 2. With the departure of longtime host Blair Garner, Premiere is opening the mic to country music superstars to guest host the show through the rest of 2013 and Underwood is the first of 20 artists who will appear on the program. The rest of August will be hosted by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood and Jake Owen. Underwood is pictured here in the studio recording her first “After Midnight” program.