RadioInfo Career Moves. Sacramento morning personality Erica Cobb is resigning her position as co-host of the Todd Baker AM show at CBS RADIO hot AC KZZO, Sacramento to return to Denver for personal reasons. Cobb worked in the Denver market co-hosting mornings on country KWOF, Denver “92.5 The Wolf.” She says she looks forward to her next radio opportunity…..At the iHeartMedia cluster in San Diego, Shelley Wade moves from the midday shift at CHR KSSX “95.7 Kiss FM” to sister hot AC KMYI, “Star 94.1.” At KMYI she’ll host the 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm show and then voice entertainment features and updates from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm…..Exiting Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary WTCB, Columbia, South Carolina “B106.7” is assistant program director and midday personality Tara Madison…..Programmer Jeff Andrews joins Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s rhythmic CHR KOSP, Springfield, Missouri “92.9 The Beat.”
Former KHKX, Midland-Odessa Personality Mike Lawrence Dies. Longtime KHKX morning drive personality Mike Lawrence – half of the “Mike and Dana Show” with spouse Dana Carole – died unexpectedly on Saturday (5/21) in New Mexico. The husband-and-wife team of Lawrence and Carole worked together for 25 years and are to be enshrined in the Country Radio Hall of Fame on June 22. They retired from the business in 2014.
PPM Analysis: Classic Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three analyses of the performances of stations airing gold-based formats, based on data from Nielsen Audio’s April PPM survey. Previously, we published reports on the classic hits-oldies and here formats. One chart in this report measures 6+ ratings fluctuations from a year ago (April 2015) compared this year. Hubbard Radio’s KSLX, Phoenix shot up two full shares during the year to jump from #8 in the market to #2. Just two stations in PPM markets ranked #1 in their respective markets in April – both are Entercom-owned stations: KQMT, Denver and KSEG, Sacramento. In this report you’ll also find a chart comparing the performances of classic rock stations, classic hits-oldies outlets and adult hits stations. See Kinosian’s entire report here.
Heather Davis Takes Middays at ‘NASH FM 103.3’ in Nashville. Moving from Curtis Media’s country WQDR, Raleigh to Cumulus Media’s WKDF, Nashville “NASH FM 103.3” is air personality Heather Davis. She’ll handle the midday shift. Cumulus Nashville OM and company VP of country programming Charlie Cook says, “The minute I heard Heather’s audio I knew that she was the sound we need on WKDF. I love her varied on-air experience and she is a social media monster, which is so important today. We are looking forward to Heather joining radio’s best company in one of America’s best cities.”
Donovan Moves to iHeartMedia Tampa as Director of Digital. Digital pro and air talent Brian “Munchie” Donovan re-locates within the iHeartMedia family from its Hartford cluster where he was director of digital and afternoon jock on CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7” to the company’s Tampa station group where he will serve as director of digital. iHeartMedia Tampa president Sam Nein says, “This is a welcome return to Tampa for Brian — he has ‘93.3 FLZ’ in his blood. He has a proven track record across multiple cities, and we’re excited for Brian’s expertise to make a positive impact on our digital strategy.” He assumes the role on July 1.
Foo Fighters Guitarist Chris Shiflett Joins PodcastOne. Los Angeles-based guitarist Chris Shiflett is launching a podcast titled “Walking The Floor” on the PodcastOne platform. The show hosted by the longtime Foo Fighters guitarist “engages a wide range of musical guests with Shiflett’s in-depth, one-on-one interviews exploring their creative inspirations, struggles and successes. With an insider perspective, ‘Walking The Floor’ features some of the biggest names in country, roots, and Americana music, as well as punk rockers, rock’n’rollers, writers, athletes and actors.” Guests include Merle Haggard, Sturgill Simpson, Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley, Mike Ness and many more. New episodes will be released every other Monday and this week’s edition features an extended interview with country singer Dierks Bentley and explores his history and new album, Black, due out this week. PodcastOne founder and CEO Norm Pattiz says, “It’s great to have the talents of Chris now on PodcastOne. The relationships he brings are an outgrowth of his many years as, quite literally, a ‘player’ in the music business. It’s great to have him aboard.”
National Radio Hall of Fame 2016 Nominees Announced. Today, industry voting begins for the 2016 National Radio Hall of Fame inductees. The 24 nominations in six categories were determined by the organization’s nominating committee. Four of those categories will be voted on by a voting participant panel comprised of 400 industry professionals, while the other two will be voted on by the public. Public voting commences June 20 for eight nominations for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality. National Radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “The sheer depth of talent in our industry never ceases to amaze me. After much discussion and deliberation, our nominating committee is very proud of this year’s class of nominees. We’re all looking forward to seeing the voter outcome from our industry peers and listeners nationwide.” Inductees will be announced July 11. The induction ceremony will be held Thursday, November 17 at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago. Nominees are: Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more): Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak), San Diego; Charles Laquidara, Boston; Bobby O’Jay, Memphis; and Garland Robinette, New Orleans. Active Local/Regional (10 years or more): Tom Barnard, Minneapolis; BJ & Migs (BJ Shea & Steve Migs), Seattle; Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), Chicago; and Preston and Steve (Preston Elliot & Steve Morrison), Philadelphia. Networks/Syndication (10 years or more): American Top 40 & On-Air With Ryan Seacrest, Ryan Seacrest; The Fabulous Sports Babe, Nanci Donnellan; The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey; and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Peter Sagal. Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more): Delilah, Delilah; Gospel Traxx with Walt “Baby” Love, Walt “Baby” Love; The Jim Rome Show, Jim Rome; and The Kim Komando Show, Kim Komando. The following are to be voted on by listeners. Music Format On-Air Personality: Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton; Tom Kent; The Kevin & Bean Show (Kevin Ryder & Gene Baxter); and Bob Kingsley. Spoken Word On-Air Personality: Diane Rehm; Mike Francesa and Chris Russo; Michael Savage; and Sean Hannity.
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES — The following classic rock overview concludes our three-part series of gold-intensive genre summaries from the April 2016 ratings period.
Previous pieces dealt with adult hits (Wednesday, 5/18) and classic hits-oldies (Thursday, 5/19).
Stations ranking in the top 20 in a PPM-market (6+) comprise the following April 2016 scoreboards, which indicate that classic hits-oldies facilities tend to finish more than two rankers ahead of their classic rock counterparts (#5.32, compared to #7.91, 6+), and more than three rankers better than the typical adult hits station (#5.32, compared to #8.72, 6+).
In addition, it is common in April 2016 for a classic hits-oldies station to register a full-share higher (5.76, 6+) than adult hits (4.70, 6+) and classic rock (4.69, 6+).
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services.
Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo classic rock analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Adding program director duties for Entercom’s classic hits WMXJ, Pompano Beach, Florida “102.7 The Beach” is John O’Connell. This is in addition to his current role as program director for alternative WSFS, Miami “104.3 The Shark.”…..At Zimmer Radio Group in Joplin, Missouri, Chad Elliot is promoted to market manager for the six-station group. Elliot has been operations manager for the stations in addition to acting as host of news/talk KZRG’s “Morning Newswatch” program. At the same time, the company ups Rob Meyer to operations manager and PD roles for KZRG and promotes Carol Daily to director of sales for the company from her previous national and regional sales manager role…..Cate Carrier moves from Manhattan Broadcasting’s rock KMKF, Manhattan, Kansas to Bahakel Communications’ alternative rock KRXP, Colorado Springs where she’s now midday personality and promotions director…..At Plymouth Rock Broadcasting’s adult contemporary WPLM, Plymouth, Massachusetts “Easy 99.1,” APD Scott Reiniche is promoted to program director. That moves Kevin Cronin from PD/morning host to afternoon personality and Billy Teed is handling AM drive.
Garth Brooks Announces Ticket Sales for Yankee Stadium Concert. Country legend Garth Brooks (right) is pictured here with Cumulus Media SVP of content and programming Mike McVay (left) at Yankee stadium during Tuesday’s press conference announcing tickets for his Yankee Stadium concert go on sale today (5/20). The concert takes place on July 9 and this will be the first-ever country concert at Yankee Stadium. Brooks announced the show last week on “America’s Morning Show.”
iHeartMedia Reports New Directors Added; Both with Chapter 11 Experience. In a filing with the SEC, iHeartMedia notifies the commission that it is adding two seats to its board of directors and it is naming Frederic Brace and Charles Cremens to the board of directors. The two are also named to the board of managers of iHeartMedia Capital. Brace is also president and CEO of Midstates Petroleum. Cremens is a Boston-based consultant with 30 years’ experience in restructuring public and private companies. He was most recently president and CEO of Spirit Finance. This certainly indicates the company is preparing for the possibility it will have to reorganize if it loses its current trial in Bexar County, Texas in which it is suing Benefit Street Partners LLC over creditors’ claims the company is in debt default.
PPM Analysis: Classic Hits-Oldies. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three reviews of the performances of gold-based radio stations based on April 2016 PPM data from Nielsen Audio. Yesterday, we published his report on adult hits. Today, Kinosian takes a look at classic hits-oldies. When it comes to market rank (based on 6+ numbers) there are six classic hits-oldies stations that ranked #1 in their respective markets in April. Amazingly, 16 other classic hits-oldies stations ranked either #2 or #3 in their respective markets. In this report, see graphics charting ratings fluctuations from last month to this, from April 2015 to April 2016, plus a chart comparing the performances of adult hits and classic hits-oldies outlets. Read Kinosian’s entire report here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Beginning Tuesday, May 31, Justin Mallow assumes the morning drive duties on CRS Radio Holdings’ adult hits WHGM-AM/W284BE “The Point” in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Mallow was most recently with 6 Johnson Road Licenses-owned WKBE, Corinth, New York (Glens Falls market)…..Entravision Communications names Don Daboub EVP of integrated marketing solutions, Mountain Region. This is a promotion for Daboub who moves up from his SVP of integrated marketing solutions, Colorado.
Hubbard Radio’s WTOP, Washington Partners with Creative Agency. In an effort to improve the effectiveness of its clients’ marketing strategies, Hubbard Radio DC announces it is entering into a strategic partnership with Yamanair Creative for its WTOP-FM, WFED and WTOP.com. WTOP VP and general manager Joel Oxley says, “Investing in the creative of our clients is now more critical than ever. Yamanair Creative has a proven track record of results for local direct radio clients across the country for over a decade. Their team of experts will handle not only some of our key client projects but also assist us with on-air imaging for our own brands. We are stepping up our game which is exciting both for us and our clients.” In a press release, Yamanair says its “creative sales tools have been used since 2008 by CBS RADIO, Saga Communications, Townsquare Media, Alpha Media, Cherry Creek Radio, Radio One, Connoisseur Media, and in select markets of Entercom Communications.”
Blair Garner’s Latest ‘Nashville’ Cameo. The photo here is a still from ABC TV’s hit show “Nashville.” In this episode, “America’s Morning Show” host Blair Garner appears playing a country radio station DJ alongside series star Chris Carmack. This was Garner’s fourth appearance on the television series.
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES — Gold-intensive genre outlets have our attention for in-depth April 2016 PPM ratings overviews and we are following up yesterday’s adult hits summary (Wednesday, 5/18) with a similar piece for classic hits-oldies.
Stations ranking in the top 20 in a PPM-market (6+, April 2016 ) comprise the following scoreboards, which indicate that classic hits-oldies facilities tend to finish three rankers ahead of their adult hits counterparts (#5.32, compared to #8.72, 6+) and their 6+-market share is a full-share higher (5.76 versus 4.70, 6+).
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services.
Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo classic hits-oldies analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
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, and country. This week’s selection posted today (5/18) includes such names as: One Republic, Cody Vavrik, Justin Timberlake, Rhyan Besco, Foy Vance, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dirty Heads, Paul Simon, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell, Jerrod Niemann, Lee Brice, Scott Brantley, Leslie Cours Mather, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click “Read More.”