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| April 29, 2016

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Country Songs

| April 29, 2016

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Pop Songs

| April 29, 2016

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Friday, April 29, 2016

| April 29, 2016

Core Media GroupCore Media Group Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection. According to the legal paperwork, Core Media Group – the production company behind “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance – owes roughly $420 million to third parties, including Sony Music Entertainment and CBS. “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller is the company’s top unsecured creditor – he is owed $3.37 million. In support of the filing, Core Media Group president Peter Hurwitz writes that, despite the company’s long-running success, CMG, “has recently American-Idol-Logoexperienced deterioration in its financial performance, primarily attributable to the decline in ratings for ‘American Idol’ and the corresponding decline in revenues from related broadcast fees, international tape sales for rebroadcasts, touring fees, sponsorships and related merchandise sales.” In a statement, Core says it “remains firmly committed to our mission as a global content and management company producing award-winning programming.” Earnings from “American Idol” fell by $15 million in 2014 and losses were even greater in 2015, when the show was cut from 56.5 hours to 42 hours. In addition, Coca-Cola and AT&T were lost as main sponsors and Walt Disney World‘s “American Idol Experience” attraction was shut down.

PrinceDid Pain Meds Contribute to Prince’s Death? It has been more than a week since Prince passed away and many still wonder what caused the death of the 57-year-old iconic singer. One law enforcement official has told CNN that prescription opioid medication was found on Prince’s body and in his Minnesota home. According to TMZ, Prince had been addicted to Percocet for years and the celebrity news website notes that, “Doctors prescribed the powerful painkiller in 2009 when [Prince] was suffering from hip problems. He had corrective surgery sometime around 2010, but by then, he was hooked on the drug.” It has further been reported that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has been brought in to help with the case. Speculation is that the reason for an unscheduled landing of Prince’s plane in Illinois approximately one week before his death was likely the result of a reaction to a pain medication.

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Delilah-KGLI-225x300Delilah Headlines Nebraska United Way Luncheon. Keynote speaker at The United Way of Siouxland‘s 16th annual “Women’s Power Lunch” was Premiere NetworksDelilah. A sell-out crowd of more than 1,200 attended the event held this Wednesday (4/27) at the Marina Center in South Sioux City, Nebraska. The nighttime adult contemporary personality – frequently called “The Oprah of Radio” – discussed her journey as a single mother of 13 children (10 adopted), as well as the importance of persevering – even in the most adverse conditions. “People ask me what my greatest talent is,” Delilah mentioned. “My greatest talent was being able to get back up on my feet. When life knocks me down, when I got fired, when I was divorced – whatever the trial was – I had no great talent or wisdom. I just was able to get back up on my feet, dust myself off, and get on down the road of life.” All proceeds raised from the annual luncheon are used to fund a scholarship program to assist single parents working to further their education. Pictured at left are Delilah and Andy Mattson, morning talent at Delilah’s Sioux City, Iowa affiliate, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KGLI “KG-95.”

Sirius-XM-Logo (2)SiriusXM Q1 Revenue Rises 11%. The increase is to a record $1.2 billion, with SiriusXM net income up 62% to $171 million; adjusted EBITDA improves 11% to $441 million. The satcaster adds nearly one-half million new subscribers, ending with almost 30.1 million. First quarter results exceeded expectations of chief executive officer Jim Meyer who comments, “I am especially pleased we were able to add 465,000 net new subscribers, leading to an 8% increase in subscribers over the prior year. With excellent subscriber growth so early in the year, we are raising our guidance for full year net subscriber additions to 1.6 million. We set first quarter records for revenue, adjusted EBITDA, and free cash flow, and we are on track to achieve all of our financial goals this year. With a new full-time music channel from Kenny Chesney, live broadcasts from major music festivals, special popup channels for David Bowie and Billy Joel, as well as new talk shows, and unmatched coverage of the presidential primaries, SiriusXM continues to be the leader in audio entertainment. We are always looking to deliver new, compelling content to our subscribers.” Chief financial officer David Frear notes that during the first quarter, “We reduced our outstanding share count by about 3%, spending $588 million to repurchase 159 million shares of our common stock. Our debt to adjusted EBITDA remained low at just 3.4 times, leaving plenty of flexibility to continue capital returns to our stockholders or make acquisitions while also making investments in our technology, content, and new satellite infrastructure.”

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jarvis, paulRadioInfo Tidbits. After spending the last ten years at Boston’s WBOS “Radio 92.9,” assistant program director/music director/morning talent Paul Jarvis is leaving the Greater Media alternative outlet to become operations manager of Vox AM/FM Burlington and program director of the company’s hot AC there, WEZF “Star 92.9.” A graduate of South Burlington High School, Jarvis worked in the Vermont market for Champlain Radio Group from July 1997 to December 2002. He begins his new duties in less than two weeks (5/11). ….. Seven-year WPOI “Hot 101.5,” Tampa morning show producer “Nervous JaredDey departs the Cox Media Group mainstream CHR; Dey was also a producer/co-host on co-owned talker WHPT “102.5 The Bone.” ….. Meanwhile, cross-town WFUS “US-103.5” brings back Ryan Nelson as assistant program director/afternoon drive talent; Nelson left the iHeartMedia country outlet in December 2012. ….. Transitioning from urban AC to mainstream urban contemporary is Townsquare Media‘s WTUG, Tuscaloosa (Alabama).

ASCAPASCAP Announces Record-breaking Financial Results. Domestic revenue in 2015 for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) reached an all-time high of $716.8 million, up $61 million over 2014. ASCAP president Paul Williams states that, “ASCAP is a tireless advocate for the rights of music creators who depend on ASCAP to earn a living, whether it is on Capitol Hill or at the negotiating table; we are truly invested in their success. ASCAP’s superlative results mean we are doing the best job possible for our songwriter and composer members, even as we advocate for changes to the outdated music licensing laws that disadvantage songwriters in today’s digital world. These results are a testament to why the world’s most talented songwriters choose to call ASCAP home.” Chief executive officer Elizabeth Matthews notes that 2015 was “a winning year for ASCAP members, who are the heart and soul of our organization. While the music industry is in the midst of tremendous change, ASCAP has stayed ahead of the curve with a strategic focus on revenue growth, operational efficiencies, technology and service innovations demonstrating that the collective licensing model delivers the best value proposition in the performing rights world. We remain committed to transforming into the most progressive operation ensuring that songwriters, composers, lyricists and music publishers can enjoy a sustainable living in today’s music marketplace.” ASCAP delivered $867.4 million in total royalty distributions to its 560,000 songwriter, composer and music publisher members in 2015. For the second year in a row, ASCAP’s combined domestic and foreign revenue topped $1 billion with total 2015 revenue of $1.014 billion.

Blink 182California Blinkin’. KROQ, Los Angeles morning co-host Kevin Ryder (“Kevin & Bean,” far right) welcomes Blink-182 members Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, and Matt Skiba to the studios of the CBS Radio alternative outlet. The group members discussed their forthcoming album – “California” – as well as upcoming tour dates. Lyric video to the single “Bored To Death” was leaked Thursday afternoon (4/28).

NYMRADState of the New York Market Report Released. Among the findings from a New York Market Radio Association (NYMRAD) overview is that several industries expanded their footprint in the New York area contributing to a strong first-quarter start. NYMRAD executive director Debbie Beagan remarks, “With luxury retailers and department stores opening locations across the Tri-State area, radio offers high-end businesses an engaging environment for reaching consumers with household incomes of $250,000 and higher. New York market radio reaches 91% of high-income households, $250,000+, [as well as] over 90% of those who own a second home; those planning on buying a luxury car; dined in upscale restaurants; purchased fine jewelry in excess of $500; and vacations in excess of $10,000.” The report addresses latest information about New York’s economy, commuting information, radio and politics, and national radio advertising/usage. Analysis of the New York marketplace is designed to help advertisers understand radio’s impact on consumers and its role in the local advertising landscape. NYMRAD’s “State of the Market Report” provides business trends as well as local information from a variety of sources including Nielsen Audio, Media Monitors, and The New York Times.”

Thursday, April 28, 2016

| April 28, 2016

kucharzezraEzra Kucharz to Exit CBS Local Digital Media.  Six-year leader of CBS’ local digital efforts, Ezra Kucharz, announces he’s leaving his president of CBS Local Digital Media position and will consultcbslocalmedia as special advisor to the CEO as he explores the next chapter in his career.  Kucharz heads the division that developed a common platform and unified sales effort for its radio and television station websites and digital components.  This comes as speculation about a spin-off of the CBS RADIO division and an IPO is getting more intense.  CBS does not say whether it intends to fill Kucharz’s position.

kansyjulieKansy Adds KQHN, Shreveport PD Duties.  Shreveport cluster operations manager Julie Kansy is taking on the role of program director for CHR KQHN-FM “i97.3, Shreveport’s #1 Hit Music Station.”  Kansy’s been OM since 2015.  She joined the cluster in 2014 as PM drive host and APD at country KRMD “NASH FM 101.1.”  She’s also served as program director of sports talk KRMD-AM/K264AS “100.7 FM/1340AM The Ticket.”  Cumulus Media Shreveport VP/market manager Brandon Beard says, “Since joining Cumulus in October of 2014 to host an afternoon show on KRMD, Jules has done an incredible job of going above and beyond for our cluster.  In 2015, Jules was elevated to operations manager and has shined in that role.  Jules shows the type of passion that every GM across America would love to have.  We are proud to announce that Jules will now lead our CHR station KQHN I97.3 as the PD and also begin the search for a local morning show.  Jules will continue in her role as the OM and will continue to host her afternoon show on KRMD.  We are proud to call Jules part of the Cumulus family in Shreveport.”

reednathanNathan Reed Lands at ‘Mix 96’ in Tulsa.  After recently exiting iHeartMedia’s Toledo station group, programmer Nathan Reed is named the director of branding at Cox Media Group’s hot AC KRAV “Mix 96.”  At iHM, Reed was OM for the seven-station group.  CMG Tulsa VP/market manager Dan Lawrie says, “Nathan’s understanding of the AC listener lifestyle, his creativity and belief in a complete brand experience will complement Mix 96’s already successful strategy.  Nathan also brings a strong commitment to community outreach, which fits well with our company values and our local cluster strategy.”

nextradio logoNextRadio: Visually Appealing Stations Get More Listening.  The data from NextRadio indicate stations that “enhance their terrestrial broadcast with visuals and related content average nearly twice the tune-ins and two hours more listening, per listener, per month, in NextRadio vs. stations which only display their station logo.”  The TagStation service that provides stations with artist and title information and interactivity with listeners is provided bybrennerpaul NextRadio developer TagStation, LLC (wholly-owned by Emmis Communications).  The conclusion comes from TagStation’s analysis of 11 million NextRadio listening hours.  NextRadio president Paul Brenner says, “Today, consumers are part of an ever-evolving app world, and they expect to see and engage with content on their smartphones.  By providing local FM radio listeners a live look at what is airing in their market before they tune in, NextRadio provides a compelling, new listener engagement option.  Stations benefit from NextRadio because it doubles listening through the visualization of FM broadcast radio — making listeners more engaged and loyal.  Not only does the data show that these stations experience more tune-ins and overall listening, but it also shows that the listening gap is widening between those that provide enticing visuals and related content versus those that do not.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The weekly “Locals Only Show” on KROQ, Los Angeles is adding an hour and moving to acorbettkat 10:00 pm start on Sunday nights.  Kat Corbett has hosted the show since it debuted in 2006.  She says, “My favorite memories from a decade of putting together ‘Locals Only’ all revolve around watching bands break out of the show into regular rotation on KROQ…Bands like Silversun Pickups, Fitz And The Tantrums, GroupLove, Young The Giant, AWOLNATION, The Dirty Heads, Cold War Kids, Best Coast, Robert DeLong, Saint Motel, Capital Cities, and iheartcountry16many more have all done their time in ‘Locals Only’ and now those bands play KROQ Weenie Roast, Acoustic Christmas, Coachella and other world class festivals.”…..iHeartMedia announces actress and model Brooklyn Decker will be joining Bobby Bones as co-host of the 2016 iHeartCountry Festival taking place Saturday at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.  It will be video streamed live exclusively on iHeartRadio.com/WatchATT in addition to being broadcast live on iHeartMedia country stations.  It will be a TV special on the AT&T AUDIENCE Network on May 13 at 9:00 pm ET.

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Doobie’s Picks of the Week • 4/27/16

| April 27, 2016

RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County, California and Internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (4/27) includes such names as: AJR, Christopher Walken, P!nk, The Avett Brothers, Drake, Wizkid, Kyla, Ellie Goulding, Jennifer Lopez, Mavis Staples, Garbage, Chris Cornell, Paul Simon, The Temper Trap, Cage The Elephant, MRKTS, Rooney, Good Charlotte, Fitz & The Tantrums, Margo Price, Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown Band, Leslie Cours Mather, Sturgill Simpson, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Tucker Beathard, Matty Fees, Tora, Baby Raptors, BiGGiE SMiLES, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click “Read More.”

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

| April 27, 2016

gouldingArmyDuane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County, California and Internet sensation The Iceman, provide programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (4/27) includes such names as: AJR, Christopher Walken, P!nk, Avett Brothers, Drake, Wizkid, Kyla, Ellie Goulding, Jennifer Lopez, Mavis Staples, Garbage, Chris Cornell, Paul Simon, The Temper Trap, Cage The Elephant, MRKTS, Rooney, Good Charlotte, Fitz & The Tantrums, Margo Price, Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown Band, Leslie Cours Mather, Sturgill Simpson, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Tucker Beathard, Matty Fees, Tora, Baby Raptors, BiGGiE SMiLES, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

wyms logoKleiman Named Executive Director at WYMS, Milwaukee.  Non-commercial triple A WYMS, Milwaukee “88Nine Radio Milwaukee” names market digital media and broadcast pro Glenn Kleiman the new executive director of the Radio Milwaukee-operated station.  Kleiman takes over for Mary Louise Mussoline, who is stepping down from the post.kleimangary  Radio Milwaukee board president Danae Davis says the station is getting a “special gem in a leader, especially when tasked with replacing an awesome leader.  Glenn brings huge talents, an inspiring leadership profile and a love for our business that is unquestionably exciting.”  Kleiman began his career in broadcast journalism as a reporter and then as managing editor at (then-Journal Communications-owned) WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, winning four Emmys and a Peabody.  He was founder and CEO of Milwaukee digital marketing agency Fullhouse, which he sold in 2012.  He’s been consulting Radio Milwaukee in the digital content space.  Kleiman says, “In this age when authenticity is so important, Radio Milwaukee’s soul is on display on the air, every day, and that’s why our listeners are so passionate about ‘88Nine.’  Radio Milwaukee holds an important place in this city’s culture.  It will be fun, interesting, challenging – and a privilege – to lead it.”

galatonblairBlaire Galaton-Kelleher Joins Jack Diamond Show as Executive Producer.  Executive producer Blaire Galaton-Kelleher was most recently with Jerry Lee’s WBEB, Philadelphia “101.1 More FM’ producing that station’s morning drive show.  Now, she joins Cumulus Media to serve as executive producer for the Jack Diamond morning show on WRQX, Washington “MIX 107.3.”  Prior to her work at WBEB, she served with crosstown CHR WIOQ producing “The Booker Show” and the “Chio in the Morning” program.

mccartenrandyMcCarten Upped to OM at iHeartMedia Albany.  Rising to operations manager for iHeartMedia’s seven-station cluster in Albany is Randy McCarten.  He’s been serving as program director and air personality for hot AC WRVE “99.5 The River,” but will hand the PD gig off to new programmer and afternoon drive personality Terry O’Donnell.  iHeartMedia also operates CHR WKKF “Kiss 102.3,” classic hits WTRY, classic rock WPYX, sports talk WOFX, news/talk WGY-AM/FM, and country WRVE-HD.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Chicago triple A outlet WXRT will again host one of the music features at this summer’s Taste of Chicago.  On July 8, the “XRT Taste Concert” will feature The Decemberists and Shakey Graves atjohnjayrichKendrick16 the Petrillo Music Shell at Grant Park…..The nationally syndicated KZZP, Phoenix-based Johnjay & Rich show recently welcomed actors Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine in studio to promote their new film, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and play a game of “Name That Kazoo-Une.”  Pictured are (from l-r): cast member Kyle, Rich, Johnjay, Kendrick, and DeVine.

bermandrlauraCompass Media Networks and Connoisseur Media Agree to Dr. Laura Berman Extension.  The nationally syndicated late night show “Uncovered Radio,” hosted by Dr. Laura Berman and distributed by Compass Media Networks will continue after the parties agreed to an extension of their partnership.  The program airs on adult contemporary and hot AC stations and allows affiliate stations to program their own music while incorporating the interaction between Dr. Berman and callers.  Connoisseur Media serves as the creative consultant to the show.  Connoisseur CEO Jeff Warshaw says, “Two years ago, we saw a need to offer our listeners unique and relatable relationship content.  Dr. Berman is not only a friend and partner, but she is a tremendous communicator and entertainer.  I regularly tune in to our stations carrying the show and have seen Dr. Berman at our station events.”

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

| April 26, 2016

mcintyrekristieKristie McIntyre Returns to ‘Mix 107.3’ in Washington for Nights.  Washington, DC and Baltimore-area radio personality Kristie McIntyre is named the night personality at Cumulus Media’s hot AC WRQX, Washington “MIX 107.3,” effective May 2.  McIntyre worked on air at the station from 2005 through 2010.  Most recently she’s been with Hearst Television’s Baltimore news/talk WBAL-AM as news anchor and reporter.   She’s also worked for CBS RADIO in the market as a personality on hot AC WIAD “94.7 Fresh FM,” and as a reporter on the former all-news WNEW-FM (now business news WDCH).  WRQX program director Louie Diaz comments, “We are very excited to welcome Kristie McIntyre back home to DC and ‘MIX 107.3.’  Kristie is another great veteran air personality and is a fantastic addition to our live-and-local air staff at ‘MIX 107.3.’”

kingjbJB King Takes On CBS RADIO Las Vegas OM Post.  Longtime Las Vegas radio pro JB King is shucking his on-air role at CHR KLUC (more on that below) and is accepting the promotion to operations manager for the CBS RADIO cluster in Vegas.  King – with KLUC since 1998 – will continue to program KLUC and urban contemporary KXQQ “Q100.”  CBS SVP and market manager Tony Perlongo states, “After a national search for the next amazing operations manager, we found that with JB King.  With years of experience from learning from the best, JB is more than ready to take on the responsibility of overseeing our six great radio stations, as well as our six HD2 stations.”

mougjohnJohn Moug Named Afternoon Jock at KLUC, Las Vegas.  The Sin City native has been working at CBS RADIO’s CHR KLUC for more than six years – most recently as evening personality.  Now, John Moug takes over the afternoon drive daypart for JB King, who was recently promoted to operations manager for the company’s Las Vegas station group.  King says, “I am excited to promote and pass along afternoon drive on 98.5 KLUC to an excellent talent.  John Moug grew up in Las Vegas and has lived and breathed KLUC for almost his entire life.  His work ethic, dedication and passion for KLUC is matched by few, and I am confident about his success in afternoon drive.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Programmer Nathan Reed has exited iHeartMedia’s Toledo station group where he was SVP of programming.  He’d been with the cluster since 2008, joining as program director of CHR WVKS “92.5 Kiss FM.”…..Morning drive personality John Harry is promoted to program director at NRG Media’s country WYTE, Marshfield, Wisconsin (Wausau-Stevens Point market).  Harry’s been in the AM drive slot for the past two years…..Reach Media replaces morning drive Gospel personality Yolanda Adams with Erica Campbell.  Adams and her cast mates – comedian Marcus D. Wiley and minister Anthony “A.V.” Valary – said goodbye to their listeners last week.  Now, Campbell begins hosting “Get Up! Mornings Erica Campbell” for the network.

wbbgWBBG, Youngstown Goes Country as ‘106.1 The Bull.’  After a recent tweak from oldies to classic hits, iHeartMedia completely changes direction and turns Youngstown market signal (licensed to Niles, Ohio) WBBG into “106.1 The Bull” playing new country.  The move puts WBBG into direct competition with Cumulus Media’s market-leading (12+) country outlet, WQXK “K105.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  WHKX, Bluefield, West Virginia “106.3/107.7 Kicks Country”charlesloriVTrun16 morning personality Lori Charles (pictured at left with Hokies mascot) ran in last weekend’s Remembrance Run at Virginia Tech in honor of the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on the campus nine years ago.  More than 10,000 people took part in the run.  The Alpha Media talent comments, “It was an honor to broadcast live at Virginia Tech for ‘106.3/107.7 Kicks Country.’ We are a proud affiliate of the Hokies and it was truly a great day to stand with 10,300 other runners, fans, graduates and kroqweenieroast16students to respectfully remember the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on campus nine years ago.”…..CBS RADIO’s KROQ, Los Angeles announces the lineup for the final “KROQ Weenie Roast” at the Irvine Meadows venue where it’s been held for the past 23 years.  On the bill are: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Empire of the Sun, Panic! At the Disco, The Lumineers, Garbage, Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tantrums, Miike Show, Lukas Graham, The Strumbellas, Nothing But Thieves, Bishop, and Bear Hands.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallJoe Piscopo Discusses Talk Radio, Stand Up Comedy, Sinatra, SNL, and NJ Politics on ‘Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.’  RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison says, “I’ve never laughed so much doing a podcast – this guy just overflows with humor and great pop media stories,” referring to the newly posted PodcastOne episode of “Up Close and Far Out” in which he interviews Joe Piscopo – the celebrated morning host ofpiscopojoe Salem Media’s New York outlet, WNYM “AM 970 The Answer.”  Piscopo talks about his early years as a student in theater and college radio and his eventual stand-up comedy work at NYC’s legendary Improv club that led to his becoming a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” in 1980.  He goes on to discuss his success over the past few years as a conservative news/talk morning host with Salem and his continuing love for his home state of New Jersey.  To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

Monday, April 25, 2016

| April 25, 2016

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wrknCumulus Re-Brands WRKN, New Orleans-Baton Rouge; Names Scott Innes Midday Personality.  The change in branding comes as Cumulus Media country station WRKN, Laplace, Louisiana – serving both New Orleans and Baton Rouge via its monster 100,000-watt signal – dials back on the new country and adds more country gold to the playlist.  The new brand de-emphasizes the “NASH” moniker a bit.  Cumulus says “The Gulf South’s Country Giant…Newinnesscott Orleans, Baton Rouge… NASH FM 92.3” will air programming “centered in the ‘90’s golden age of country music, and will also include current country artists, offering a wide variety of country music with broad appeal among Persons 25-54.  Core artists will include: Garth Brooks, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, and the Zac Brown Band.”  Additionally, the station brings award-winning country radio personality Scott Innes aboard to host the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm show following “America’s Morning Show with Blair Garner.”

sinonjeremyJeremy Sinon Upped to Full-Time Corporate Digital Post at Hubbard.  Digital radio pro Jeremy Sinon has been serving Hubbard Radio as both corporate digital director and local digital director for the company’s Minneapolis-Saint Paul stations.  Now, company EVP/chief financial officer Dave Bestler announces Sinon is promoted to director of digital strategy for Hubbard Radio.  In this role, Sinon will work closely with Bestler, Hubbard Radio president/COO Drew Horowitz, and Hubbard Radio chair Ginny Morris to oversee day-to-day corporate digital initiatives as well as the strategy for Hubbard Radio’s long-term digital goals.  Sinon comments, “This is an important time for radio where digital technologies give us endless possibilities to expand and grow our business.  Being able to focus on those things full time is critical and I’m honored to be given this opportunity.  I’m excited to be a part of Hubbard Radio’s bright future.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Longtime CBS RADIO SVP of communications Karen Mateo announces she’ll be exiting the company in two weeks.  In a staff memo from CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez, he says, “As the company now looks to split off its radio business, Karen felt it was a natural time to make this change, and we know she’ll be successful in whatever she chooses to do next.”  The company is seeking her replacement…..Afternoon jock DJ Chonz exits Entercom’s hip hop KQKS, Denver “KS1075.”…..Beasleysturckenmark Media Group announces Mark Sturcken is promoted to director of sales for the company’s Las Vegas cluster.  Sturcken has been with Beasley for the past six years, most recently as national sales manager.  Market manager Tom Humm comments, “I have had the pleasure of working with Mark over the years and he is the consummate professional with a long history of sales success.”

ballerinikelseaKelsea Ballerini Hosts Westwood One’s ‘Summer Kick Off’ Show.  The syndicator is offering a four-hour, Memorial Day weekend special broadcast available to stations nationwide, and country’s newest female superstar Kelsea Ballerini is hosting the show.  Ballerini has just released two consecutive #1, gold-certified singles and was recently named “New Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music.  She’s the first female solo artist in 15 years to hit #1 with her first two country singles and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut.

March 2016 PPM Analysis: Rhythmic Hot AC

| April 22, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian (2)LOS ANGELES — Our three-part series of March 2016 PPM overviews concludes with an analysis of rhythmic hot AC. Previous ratings recaps were posted for mainstream CHR (Wednesday, 4/20) and rhythmic CHR (yesterday, 4/21).

As was the case with those other two special feature pieces, the following rhythmic hot AC scoreboards are comprised of facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, March 2016).

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services; for that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo analysis are limited to those facilities that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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