By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES —Having previously focused on mainstream contemporary hit radio (CHR), rhythmic CHR, and rhythmic hot AC – we turn our August 2014 PPM review attention to Spanish contemporary.
Unlike mainstream CHR and rhythmic CHR, stations under the Spanish contemporary umbrella are generally concentrated in roughly one-quarter of the PPM markets.
In fact, qualifying Spanish contemporary outlets we found are limited to the states of California, New York-New Jersey, Texas, Florida, and Nevada.
Nonetheless, it is interesting to see how they perform against the other three other formats we have heretofore highlighted.
The following scoreboards are based upon Spanish contemporary facilities that rank in the top 20 in any PPM market (6+, August 2014).
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. As a result, ratings stats in this RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
Clear Channel Becomes iHeartMedia. This is a major name change for a heritage radio company, but, as the press release indicates, it reflects the company’s belief that it’s become a “one-of-a-kind multi-platform media company” that has moved beyond just radio. Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman states, “iHeartMedia reflects our commitment to being the media company that provides the most entertainment to the most engaged audiences wherever they go, with more content and more events in more places on more devices. We have massive consumer reach and influence across our platforms because we know how to program the live content people want to hear, see and share right now, we are the largest mobile media company in existence — more than 60 percent of our broadcast usage is out of home, compared to just 30 percent for other mobile devices — and we deliver more live programming than any other media company today, built on the national and local on-air personalities who are the heart of our powerful broadcast radio franchises. Combined with Clear Channel Outdoor’s reach of over half a billion people worldwide across 30 countries and five continents, it’s clear that no other company can match our reach or broad spectrum of media platforms.” Clear Channel Outdoor will retain its name. Pittman adds, “In a world where 2x ROI is judged as successful, Nielsen has shown that radio delivers 6x ROI on average. It’s because we combine the power and predictably of mass reach with the immediacy and relevance of live programming and the unique and powerful engagement that consumers have with their favorite radio stations and personalities. The opportunity for the new iHeartMedia is to use all of these industry-leading assets together in new ways — extending our massive reach and cultural influence across radio, outdoor, digital, social and live events to make it easier for advertisers to deliver the most relevant, real-time messages across all our platforms at scale, amplified by social media and mobile, to get a superior ROI to other media.”
Michael Harrison: “The Systematic Abandonment of ‘Radio’ by ‘Radio’ is a Disturbing Trend.” TALKERS and RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison warns of what he terms “a disturbing half-baked trend, that although understandable in the big picture of communications, poses an unnecessarily sped-up threat to the livelihoods of everyone in the radio business – not to mention the fundamental role of audio-media in both the spoken-word and musical arts.” Harrison acknowledges, “The move away from the word ‘radio’ in the lexicon of our industry is certainly understandable from a sales and marketing standpoint and it makes total sense to create unified multi-media platforms for today’s mega-consolidated, corporate behemoths to compete effectively in the ‘noisy’ world of the emerging digital era. However, those who work in the media arts that are fundamentally built upon aural foundations – spoken-word shows and music creation – will face increasingly limited opportunities to present their wares to an interested consumer base as venues and business opportunities evaporate at an exponential rate.” Harrison observes, “As we move more and more into a world of screens and not speakers, the only talent that will have a chance to survive in a bottom-line driven, corporate environment will be those whose assets are visually gifted. That does not bode well for the brilliant wordsmiths and musical geniuses who most likely do not have faces for television. It also does not hold much of a future for the deeper aspect of communication that is aurally based – a means of expression that runs deep within our very humanity, holding a unique and special place within our brains.” Harrison concludes, “Those of us who are still proud of and value the role of ‘radio,’ audio-oriented music, and the theater of the mind, must give considerable consideration as to what the role, if any, audio-only media will have in this new age. It can and must be respected and preserved within this inevitable, emerging grid or we face the likely prospect of devolving overnight from making great radio and music to extremely cheesy television.”
Gosselin Moves to San Antonio to Program iHeartMedia Country Duo. Coming to the San Antonio cluster from iHeartMedia’s New Orleans station group where he was operations manager is Don Gosselin, who will handle the programming duties at country KAJA “KJ 97” and classic country KRPT “92.5 K-BUC.” Gosselin comments, “There are very rare times in our careers when the perfect opportunity becomes available at the perfect time. ‘KJ 97’ is a legendary station, currently nominated for two CMA awards, in one of the strongest country markets in the US. Between that and K-BUC’s legacy, I look forward to leading these two brands to even greater success.” At the same time, Bree Wagner, currently music director, adds APD stripes for the two stations.
‘SupaDave’ to Program Entercom Greenville CHR and AC Outlets. Moving from SummitMedia’s crosstown cluster, Dave Jackson, a.k.a. “SupaDave,” is named program director for Entercom’s CHR WFBC, Greenville, South Carolina “B93.7” and sister AC WSPA-FM “MAGIC 98.9.” Entercom Greenville VP/market manager Steve Sinicropi says, “Dave has years of in-market programming experience that will help make our great stations even better. He knows most of the team at ‘B93.7,’ our market-leading top 40, including the talent on our dominant Hawk & Tom morning show. I am also excited about the energy and ideas he will be bringing to ‘MAGIC 98.9,’ the only true market AC.”
American General Media’s Albuquerque-Santa Fe Operations Management Restructured. In the Albuquerque-Santa Fe markets, American General Media makes some management changes to its operations with Bill Kruger now serving as regional director in charge of the Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Four Corners properties. Kruger will oversee all stations and related business activities for the Albuquerque and Santa Fe groups as well as his continued oversight of the stations in the Four Corners communities. Also, Matt Rader is named director of operations and marketing for the Albuquerque and Santa Fe stations. He’ll oversee all areas of programming, promotions, marketing and event marketing.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Erie Radio Company’s CHR WEHP, Erie “Happi 92.7,” Mark Feather resigns as program director and afternoon drive personality for the station…..Jonathan West is the new afternoon personality at Townsquare Media-owned country WWJO, St. Cloud, Minnesota “98 Country.” West comes from Leighton Broadcasting’s crosstown country outlet KZPK “Wild Country 99.”
KLKK, Mason City Adds ‘Notorious 90s’ to Weekend Lineup. At Fife Communnications-owned classic rock KLKK-FM, Mason City, Iowa, the two-hour weekend 90s rock show “Notorious 90s” joins the program schedule. The Envision Networks program, hosted by LA Lloyd and produced by Joe Kelly of AV Deli and Sun City Café, features such artists as Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Godsmack, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Green Day and more. Station PD James Sherman says, “I was looking for a show, not just a syndicated version of voice tracking. I wanted a show that was entertaining, fun, and featured the music I grew up with. ‘Notorious 90s’ fit the bill perfectly!”
PPM Analysis: Spanish Contemporary. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents this analysis of the Spanish contemporary format based on the latest August 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio. Spanish contemporary stations are concentrated in roughly one-fourth of the PPM markets and limited to the states of California, New York-New Jersey, Texas, Florida, and Nevada. In this piece, Kinosian tracks the performances of these stations over the past six PPM surveys, the piece also takes a look at fluctuations from the July PPM, changes compared to the August 2013 PPM survey, station market rank, plus a multi-format comparison including the performances of mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC stations. See Mike Kinosian’s complete story here.
SCBA and Nielsen Audio Team for Presentation. The presentation for Southern California clients and ad agencies will take place on October 30. The Southern California Broadcasters Association is partnering with Nielsen Audio to “showcase the value of Southern California radio and spotlight new research findings from Nielsen on the link between audio advertising and its impact on ROI as well as its effectiveness.” SCBA president Thom Callahan states, “We wanted to create a compelling event that would significantly enhance broadcast radio’s value to our clients and agencies by showcasing Nielsen’s recent ROI findings. The economic effectiveness of radio can now be fully proven with Nielsen mining its deep arsenal to demonstrate the power of radio and to help our clients understand how audio advertising drives business results.” The SCBA says the event is a “call to action” to the ad industry to change the question from “should we use Radio” to “how we should use Radio.” It will take place at iHeartMedia’s iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank.
The Conclave Announces Student Scholarships. Continuing the scholarship program that’s been part of The Conclave’s mission since 1979, the 2014 Conclave Scholarships are announced. The five scholarships available from educational institutions include: The Bill Gavin Memorial Scholarship which includes application fees, books & supplies and tuition valued at $16,200, awarded by the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Media Arts, Southfield, MI. Competition for this scholarship will begin shortly with details forthcoming; The Dennis Becker Memorial scholarship which is a half tuition scholarship valued at $17,000, awarded by the Sanford Brown College, Mendota Heights, Minneapolis; The Conclave Music Industry Scholarship which is a 25-50% tuition discount valued up to $20,000 awarded by the McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, Minnesota; and details regarding The Marc Birger Memorial Scholarship to Kean University and The Doug Lee Memorial Scholarship will be announced soon. For information about the 39th Conclave visit www.http://theconclave.com.
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES— The second part of our in-depth overviews of August 2014 PPM results is actually a twofer, as it focuses on rhythmic CHR as well as rhythmic hot AC (sometimes referred to as rhythmic AC) ; the first installment of this series dealt with mainstream CHR.
Rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC facilities that rank in the top 20 in any PPM market (6+, August 2014) comprise the following scoreboards.
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services; for that reason, ratings stats in this RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
PPM Analysis: Mainstream CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of the mainstream CHR format based on the latest August 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio. Read this piece to see how the CHR stations in America’s PPM markets fared in August and over the previous five ratings surveys; how the numbers fluctuated from the July 2014 survey; how they performed compared to August of 2013; how the stations ranked in their respective markets; and more. See the complete analysis here.
2014 Marconi Award Winners Announced. The winners of this year’s Marconi Awards were revealed at the 25th Anniversary NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show at the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis last night. This year’s honorees are: Legendary Station — WFAN-FM, New York; Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year — Rush Limbaugh, Premiere Radio Networks; Major Market Personality of the Year — Kevin and Bean, KROQ-FM, Los Angeles; Large Market Personality of the Year — Ryan and Shannon, KSTP-FM, St. Paul; Medium Market Personality of the Year — Kevin Miller, KIDO-AM, Boise; Small Market Personality of the Year — Dottie Ray, KXIC-AM, Iowa City; Major Market Station of the Year — KKBQ-FM, Houston; Large Market Station of the Year — WTMJ-AM, Milwaukee; Medium Market Station of the Year — WOWO-AM, Fort Wayne; Small Market Station of the Year — KFGO-AM, Fargo; AC Station of the Year — WBEB-FM, Philadelphia; CHR Station of the Year — KQKS-FM, Denver; Country Station of the Year — KCYY-FM, San Antonio; News/Talk Station of the Year — WLW-AM, Cincinnati; Oldies Station of the Year — WOGL-FM, Philadelphia; Religious Station of the Year — KLTY-FM, Dallas; Rock Station of the Year — KROQ-FM, Los Angeles; Spanish Station of the Year — KLZT-FM, Austin; Sports Station of the Year — WBZ-FM, Boston; Urban Station of the Year — WHQT-FM, Coral Gables, Florida; Non-Commercial Station of the Year — WRHU-FM, Long Island.
Hofstra University’s WRHU Wins Marconi for Best Non-Commercial Station. Celebrating the 2014 Marconi Award for Best Non-Commercial station for Hofstra University’s WRHU, Hempstead, New York are (from left to right): Brianna Borresen, news director WRHU; John Mullen, director of operations WRHU Radio Hofstra University; John Shea, VP and market manager of COX Long Island and member of Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; and Heather Cohen, EVP of The Weiss Agency and member of the Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication advisory board and president of the Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Alumni Association.
Notes & Quotes from Indy. Reporting from the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis for RadioInfo is media consultant Holland Cooke who delivers today’s analysis. He reports on former Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s speech on management tactics; the NAB Leadership Breakfast featuring Cumulus’ Lew Dickey, Clear Channel’s Bob Pittman, and CBS RADIO’s Dan Mason; Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker’s brutally frank assessment of the state of the radio business; and more. Read Holland Cooke’s full report here.
Florida Georgia Line to Host ‘American Country Countdown Awards.’ The new country awards show that’s a cooperative effort of Cumulus Media, dick clark productions and FOX TV is set to air on national television on December 15 and it’s just been announced that Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line will host the telecast. The show, which takes its name from the Westwood One-syndicated “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks” program, will emanate from Music City Center in Nashville and will feature the first-ever “NASH Icons” award winner. dick clark productions EVP, programing and development Mark Bracco says, “Brian and Tyler are incredible artists and friends with undeniable chemistry that will make them the perfect hosts for the first-ever “American Country Countdown Awards.”
Moonves Has Radio Industry Buzzing Over Possible Sale of Stations – Again. Appearing on CNBC on Wednesday, CBS Corp. president and CEO Les Moonves was asked about the possibility of the company selling some of its radio assets and, as he’s said in the past, he replied that “you might see us try to trim down radio in that some of our radio stations aren’t in major markets.” What most industry watchers remember is that CBS is willing to sell some of the non-major market stations, but his company has a history of wanting top dollar for these outlets and right now it’s a buyer’s market. Where CBS differs from some of its fellow station owners is that the CBS stations are paid for and generating income. As Moonves says, radio is a “slow growth” business, but there is no debt on the radio group so any future sale would not be the result of desperation.
Alpha Adds Signal to Columbia Hip Hop Outlet WHXT. The flip of country WSCZ, Columbia at 93.9 to a simulcast of sister hip hop WHXT “Hot 103.9” is designed to give the station better coverage of the market, according to Alpha Media Columbia VP and market manager Mike Hartel, who says, “I’ve been amazed at what this station has been able to accomplish through the support of a very loyal and very passionate fan base, and I am thrilled to be able to serve the entire market and most of Central South Carolina with Hot 103.9 and 93.9.” WHXT is licensed to Orangeburg, south of Columbia. WSCZ is licensed to Winnsboro, north of Columbia.
Our in-depth overview of August 2014 PPM results will focus on this genre to see if that trend continues.
Mainstream contemporary hit radio (CHR) facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, August 2014) comprise the following scoreboards.
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services.
Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
NAB/RAB Radio Show and RAIN Summit coverage by consultant Holland Cooke
INDIANAPOLIS – We’re radio people. We think aloud. So gathering this many of us in one place is bound to produce plenty of sound bites. If you missed reports I filed earlier this week, here are my notes from:
* Tuesday: http://www.radioinfo.com/2014/09/10/radio-roundup-indy/
* Wednesday: http://www.talkers.com/2014/09/11/the-golden-age-of-audio-consumption/
The Radio Show wraps today. So if you couldn’t be here – or if you could, and were attending different sessions concurrent to those I hit – here’s more of what I heard that you also might find instructive.