Nielsen Pulls 35 Households from Los Angeles PPM Panel. Citing “irregular compliance patterns,” Nielsen Audio has made it known that has dismissed 35 households from the Los Angeles PPM panel. Nielsen is not going into much detail other than to say that its review team discovered that its quality standards were not adhered to. Nielsen says the irregularities were noticed among households in question in the first two weeks of the Los Angeles August 2016 survey and that those households were removed for weeks three and four of the survey. As a result, Nielsen is reviewing the data for the Los Angeles surveys to determine if any previous months had been affected. The company is also looking at other PPM markets to see if similar irregularities occurred. Meanwhile, Nielsen says its control system did its job is discovering the problems but will continue to review ways to prevent recurrence of these irregularities. It’s not believed that any media households were involved. It was two years ago that a KSCA, Los Angeles staffer was fired after it had been determined the station had made contact with a panelist and ratings had to be reissued.
Dave Hovel Named SVP of Programming for iHM Salisbury-Ocean City. Programming and on-air pro Dave Hovel is the new SVP of programming for iHeartMedia’s Salisbury, Maryland station group that includes country WWFG “Froggy 99.9,” adult contemporary WQHQ “Q-105,” CHR WKZP “Kiss 95.9,” urban contemporary WSBY “Magic 98.9,” news/talk WJDY “Newsradio 1470AM,” and sports talk WTGM “Fox Sports 960AM.” During his career, Hovel has served with West Virginia Radio Corp’s country WICL, Williamsport, Maryland; CBS RADIO Baltimore; and Delmarva’s country WXCY, Wilmington. iHeartMedia markets group area president Chris Walus comments, “Dave has an extraordinary record of success in leading media operations, developing formats and coaching top-level personalities. This, coupled with his remarkable skill for driving breakthrough revenue growth set Dave apart from the pack. The Salisbury team is excited and eager for Dave to start.”
Eric Lauer Named WKTI, Milwaukee GSM. Milwaukee native Eric Lauer returns to Brew Town to serve as general sales manager for country WKTI. In addition to that role, Lauer will also serve as national sales manager for WKTI, news/talk WTMJ and the company’s sports properties. Lauer comes to the E.W. Scripps stations from his current role with Cox Media Group as general sales manager for the company’s six Jacksonville stations and CODAN Internet Marketing. Vice president and general manager Tom Langmyer says, “The growth of WKTI has taken us to the next level – creating a need for its own sales leadership. The restructuring of management roles at Milwaukee’s radio operations will provide stronger focus on each of our properties, which includes Jason Bjorson’s assumption of full sales leadership in his role as GSM of WTMJ and sports sales.” Lauer begins in Milwaukee on September 26.
Who the Heck Is Marvin Robert Klopfenstein? He’s one of the most seasoned and storied radio professionals in the business – better known throughout the industry as Bob K – and he’s this week’s guest on the PodcastOne award-winning hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” Today, the former (self-described) “nerd” from Chino, California – who took accordion lessons, owned a ventriloquist dummy, had a pet duck and pushed around an AV cart in high school – maintains a relatively modest profile as the owner/operator of the Boston-based production company, Bob K Sound & Recording. But back in the day, he programmed and/or managed some of the most important music and talk stations in the nation (KABC, KOA, KFWB, WIND, KING, KOB, KMPC, WBZ and more) and coached some of the biggest-name talent (Jerry Williams, Larry Glick, Tom Leykis, Doug Stephan and the legendary Alan Berg to name a handful). The conversation between Harrison and Klopfenstein is a radio geek’s delight! They talk about Bob K’s experience serving as the radio consultant on the successful, multi-Emmy Award-winning “Frasier” television sitcom back in the 1990s – and is still playing to huge audiences on Netflix. It starred Kelsey Grammer as the pompous Seattle radio psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane. One of the many assets that made “Frasier” one of the best TV shows of all time was its atypically accurate depiction of the radio station, studio and employees – due in large part to then-KABC program manager Bob K’s expertise and participation in designing the set and coaching the actors. Fans of the classic TV series will love this podcast. Harrison and Klopfenstein also talk about the late Alan Berg (whom Bob K hired at KOA), the liberal/Jewish personality murdered in cold blood by anti-Semitic, white supremacists in 1984, who inspired the Eric Bogosian/Oliver Stone play and film, “Talk Radio.” To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Broadcasters Foundation of America Assists Broadcasters Affected by Louisiana Floods and California Wildfires. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is moving swiftly to provide emergency grants to broadcasters whose lives and property have been severely damaged by the floods in Louisiana and the wildfires in California. The Emergency and Disaster Grant Program features an abbreviated vetting process that gets emergency funds to victims within a week. To be eligible, applicants must have worked in radio or television broadcasting and be facing extreme financial hardship due to a natural or environmental disaster. BFoA chairman Dan Mason says, “It’s imperative that we get these emergency funds into the hands of broadcasters within days. The Broadcasters Foundation has a track record of moving quickly and nimbly in emergencies, while thoroughly screening the abridged applications for need.” In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Foundation acted speedily to award $250,000 in one-time emergency grants of $1,000 each to 250 broadcasters. The Foundation also moved quickly following the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and Hurricane Sandy in the New York area. The Broadcasters Foundation contacted the Louisiana and California Broadcasters Associations last week to distribute emergency grant application information among its members. Emergency grants already have been awarded to broadcasters in Louisiana from Cumulus Media, Guaranty Broadcasting, Nexstar Broadcasting, Raycom Media, Townsquare Media, and others. Requests for aid from Louisiana flood victims are coming in almost hourly, and the Foundation is reviewing completed applications immediately to rapidly deliver emergency grants to those who are approved. For more information and to make a donation to the BFoA, visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, or call 212-373-8250.
Beth Neuhoff to Receive 2016 MIW Trailblazer Award. The recipient of this year’s 2016 MIW Trailblazer honor from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio group is Neuhoff Communications president and chief executive officer Beth Neuhoff. She will receive the 8th annual MIW Radio Group Frances Preston Trailblazer Award on Wednesday, September 21 during the 2016 Radio Show Wednesday Headliner: ‘Cutting Edge Trends in Marketing, featuring Dave Ramsey and John Rich.’ MIW Radio Group spokesperson Kay Olin states, “Beth Neuhoff is an accomplished broadcaster who blazes new trails and heights in everything she touches. Beth has been a passionate and enthusiastic ambassador for Radio and especially women throughout her career. She sets a tremendous example for all women in broadcasting through her bold decision-making and inspiring leadership. Beth is intelligent, caring, approachable and the natural choice to be honored as our 2016 MIW Trailblazer.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. A donation of $85,000 is being made to the American Red Cross flood relief effort in Louisiana, thanks to the generosity of the loyal audience of iHeartMedia’s Bobby Bones. Last week, the country morning radio show announced that all proceeds from #PimpinJoy merchandise on www.BobbyBones.com, including limited-edition baseball T-shirts, would be collected for the American Red Cross to help those affected by the devastating flood. Listeners and fans raised the $85,000 in just a few days…..The KZZP, Phoenix-based Johnjay & Rich show’s #LoveUp movement is continuing to grow and the demand for t-shirts has become so overwhelming that the apparel designer had to rent a warehouse, which also serves at the first #LoveUp retail store. The #LoveUp movement was started by Johnjay Van Es and proceeds from the charitable venture go to the Johnjay and Rich Care for Kids Foundation serving the needs of foster children. Since June 2015, approximately 9,000 shirts have been sold, which has raised $100,000 for the Foundation. Pictured here is Blake Van Es, Johnjay’s wife, speaking to a TV3 reporter about the opening of the storefront…..Alpha Media Topeka stations news/talk WIBW-AM, country WIBW-FM, and country KTPK-FM hosted their 4th annual Kick Off Party for National Night Out on Friday, August 5. This year’s event had a record breaking turnout of 600 people. The event celebrates the local initiative in partnership with National Night Out. The public was invited to the station’s parking lot to enjoy food and social time with neighbors and community partners. Community organizations, law enforcement agencies, the local library, animal shelters, and more participated. Children enjoyed hands-on experiences with fire trucks and police cars, had their faces painted, listened to great music, and won prizes.
This article — by Edison Research staffer and Ross on Radio writer Sean Ross — originally appeared in RadioInfo on July 18, 2012.
By Sean Ross
Edison Research/Ross on Radio
NEW YORK — When WCBS-FM New York played Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman” on Sunday afternoon, they established a couple of reasons for doing so. It was part of a special weekend — the battle of New York vs. New Jersey artists. Houston, of course, has bittersweet topicality these days (the song had actually been spinning on the station since her death in February). And both the artist and song, a remake of Chaka Khan’s 1978 title, had a foothold in the era that CBS-FM already covers.
But Whitney’s version of “I’m Every Woman” is still from early 1993. And no matter how carefully staged, hearing any ’90s song on an Oldies/Greatest Hits station begs the discussion of how and when the format (which was still negotiating the ’70s not-so-long-ago) will break the next sound barrier. Discussions of era are with you always in Oldies/Greatest Hits radio, and not everybody has yet figured out how to best use the ’80s or whether to fight for the ’60s.
Talent Flip at CMG’s ‘97.1 The River’ in Atlanta. At classic hits WSRV, Atlanta “97.1 The River,” Cox Media Group personalities Kaedy Kiely and Steve Craig swap dayparts. Effective today (8/22), Kaedy Kiely moves from mornings to the afternoon drive “where she will continue to play great classic rock for weary Atlanta afternoon commuters. Concurrently, Steve Craig, The River’s resident musicologist, will move to morning drive from afternoons, getting listeners to work with classic rock news, traffic, weather and great music each morning.” Program director Chris Eagan states, “Kaedy is best known for afternoons in the market – that is where ‘The River’ audience wants to hear her voice as they commute. Steve Craig’s conversational, witty style will sound great in morning drive where he will bring his music history expertise to Atlanta’s rock fans.”
WRAL, Raleigh Names New Morning Show. After cutting ties with husband-and-wife morning team Gene and Julie Gates, Capitol Broadcasting Company announces the new morning show on adult contemporary WRAL-FM “MIX 101.5” is called “Two Men and a Mom.” The program will launch this week featuring Kyle Smelser, Bryan Lord and Sarah King. Smelser and Lord previously hosted mornings on Radio One’s CHR WNOW, Indianapolis. King started her radio career at North Carolina State’s WKNC and spent time working in the restaurant business in New York City. Program director Michelle Williams says, “We are thrilled to have Kyle, Bryan and Sarah join our team. They bring a wealth of experiences, a new perspective, passion and creativity to the station.”
Radio Pro Randy James Charged in Nebraska Bank Robbery. This is not the first bit of odd news the industry has heard about Randy James, a.k.a. James R. Fitzsimmons. According to the story on WHIO.com, the former WMMX, Dayton program director led many to believe that in 2015 he was dying of an incurable illness. (Inside Music Media blogger Jerry Del Colliano even posted an item marking the passing of Fitzsimmons.) Now, Fitzsimmons is being charged with attempting to rob a Lincoln, Nebraska bank. Authorities say Fitzsimmons passed a note to a drive-thru teller, demanding money and stating gunmen and explosives were inside the bank. He did not receive any money. He’s being held on $100,000 bond and is expected back in court in September. He programmed WMMX from 1991 through 1994. He also programmed contemporary Christian outlet WAKW, Cincinnati and in 2013 created the media firm Truth2Value.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Rock radio personality Laurie Roberts leaves her night show on Entercom’s classic rock KUFX, San Jose “98.5 KFOX.”…..“The Cliff & Sharon Show” – with hosts Cliff Dumas and Sharon Burns – is in syndication with Steve Wall’s Talent Farm. Talent Farm will handle affiliation and marketing for the program. It currently airs on country KBYB, Texarkana, and several other country outlets but is being made available to other formats…..Dan Rios joins Withers Family Texas Holdings’ alternative rock KYRK, Corpus Christi “106.5 The Shark” to host the afternoon drive daypart.
Bernadette Duncan’s Highly Anticipated Book About Talk Radio, Yappy Days, Released Today. The long-awaited book is provocatively titled, YAPPY DAYS: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/Talkers Books, 2016) and it is receiving rave reviews from readers inside and outside the industry. For example, Westwood One syndicated personality Jim Bohannon writes, “How good is a quarterback without the left tackle who has his back? For 26 years, producer Bernadette Duncan was left tackle for some of the biggest quarterbacks in talk radio. From the Super Bowl egos to bone-jarring clashes, Bernadette takes you inside the talk radio huddle. Yappy Days is an MVP – most valuable publication.” Written by the veteran talk show producer and wife of TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison, it chronicles her 26-year career in the trenches of big-time talk radio during its most dramatic decades (1983-2009) – set against the backdrop of America’s pre- and post-9/11 realities when in one fateful day, talk radio went from its post O.J. Simpson default of covering celebrity murder mysteries (Gary Condit, Jon-Benet Ramsey, etc.) to an obsession with the reality and ongoing threat of civilian mass murder at the hands of terrorists. She worked for some of the biggest names in the business during their glory days – Sally Jessy Raphael, Larry King, Tom Snyder, Lou Dobbs, Gil Gross, Charles Osgood and many more. She captures through anecdotes and gentle analysis her experiences being a news/talk producer at ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and United Stations Radio Networks as well as local New York City radio landmarks, WMCA and WOR. In addition to dishing insights into “the character of characters,” including literally hundreds of industry and newsmaker names in this extremely candid account, Bernadette makes a compelling case on behalf of the importance of the position of radio producer – which she describes as being “the most under-rated, under-paid and under-appreciated job in commercial media.” Fox Radio and TV star Alan Colmes comments, “Yappy Days is a must read for anyone who ever produced or wants to produce media – and for anyone who ever consumes it. More than a producer’s manual, as you travel with Bernadette on her exciting journey, you realize it’s a life manual as well.” WPGG, Atlantic City morning host Harry Hurley adds, “I couldn’t put the book down. Rarely, if ever do you learn about the radio and television industry from the inside out versus the outside in. With integrity and a flair to properly tell a great story, Bernadette’s Yappy Days delivers the goods.” Although she never worked directly with or for Rush Limbaugh, she interviewed him early in his career for the New York Daily News and crossed paths with him at several key junctures in his career, presenting a compelling study of his evolution in the chapter, “Brushes with Rushes,” that media consultant Holland Cooke describes as “nothing short of poignant.” Bernadette kicks off a national radio/media tour this evening with a guest shot on the Jim Bohannon Show. Producers and hosts interested in booking Bernadette Duncan on their shows can do so by calling Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413. To read a special review and feature story about the book by TALKERS/RadioInfo VP/executive editor Kevin Casey posted today (8/22), please click here. The book is available at Amazon.com.
RadioInfo Tidbits. At strong summer storm that leveled the broadcast tent couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Alpha Media Canton staffers as they broadcast live, joining forces with AultCare to raise $158,673 during its 9th Annual AultCare Wish-a-Thon earlier this month. Air personalities from hot AC WHBNC-FM “Mix 94.1” and news/talk WHBC-AM broadcast for 36 hours to raise funds for Wishes Can Happen Inc., a local charity that raises funds for children with life threatening illnesses…..Cumulus Media’s rock KXXR, Minneapolis “93X” broadcast live from Metallica’s headquarters in Northern California on Thursday (8/18) and, to the station’s delight, Lars Ulrich decided to play the first song from the first new Metallica album in eight years. ‘93X’ fans heard the song, “Hardwired.”…..SiriusXM is bringing back the Barbra Streisand Channel to its service, starting September 6. This limited-run channel, which originally ran on SiriusXM in September 2014, will feature music spanning Streisand’s legendary career, from her 1963 debut through her new album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, which is scheduled to be released on August 26…..Recording artist Calvin Harris (right) speaks at last week’s 2016 iHeartMedia Music Summit at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York. The event included record label pros, managers and artists presenting new music to a room full of radio programmers and executives. (Photo: Katherine Tyler for iHeartMedia.)
Jeff Smulyan Offers to Take Emmis Communications Private. Via his E Acquisition Corp., Emmis Communications chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan is offering to take Emmis private by acquiring outstanding, publicly held shares of Emmis for $4.10 per share in cash. That’s a 3% premium above the August 18 closing price of Emmis’ stock ($4.00). Smulyan has backing lined up from Falcon Investment Advisors. The offer also includes the commitment to sell many of its publishing assets as well as WLIB-AM, New York and its four Terre Haute, Indiana signals – country WTHI, classic rock WWVR, hot AC WFNB, and sports talk simulcast WFNF/W258BA.
McKiddy Named APD and Music Director for WSIX-FM, Nashville. Air personality and programmer Ryan McKiddy moves from Cox Media Group’s country KCYY, San Antonio “Y100” where he was afternoon host and music director to iHeartMedia’s country WSIX-FM, Nashville “The BIG 98” to serve as assistant program director, music director and night host. iHM Nashville SVP of programming Michael Bryan states, “Ryan is a stand-out on-air personality and radio pro whose competitive spirit and passion for winning, tremendous relationships and love for country music make him uniquely qualified to serve as our ambassador to both fans and the Nashville record label community. I can’t wait to have him working his magic at ‘The BIG 98.’”
Gary Nolan to Program Adult Contemporary WMAG, Greensboro. Most recently serving as program director for Cumulus Media’s news/talk KCMO-AM/FM, Kansas City, programmer Gary Nolan returns to the music radio world as the new PD for iHeartMedia’s adult contemporary WMAG, effective Monday (8/22). In the past Nolan has worked at KOSI, Denver and KRWM, Seattle. He says, “I’d like to thank Rich McMillan, Jeff Wyatt, Meg Stevens, Dave Carwile and Bill McMartin for this amazing opportunity. It’s an honor to take over the reins of this heritage radio station. I’m also looking forward to working with the incredibly talented Lora Songster. We’re going to have a blast and do great radio. I can’t wait to get started!”
Westwood One Taps Jason Aldean to Host Labor Day Special. This year’s Labor Day country music special from Westwood One is titled “Workin’ Hard Country,” and is dedicated to America’s work force. The host of the show is Jason Aldean. WW1 says, “Aldean will fire up the party with his signature wide-open sound, including his wistful new single ‘A Little More Summertime,’ his 17th career #1, ‘Lights Come On,’ and more new music from his seventh studio album They Don’t Know. The four-hour program is available for air anytime September 3-5.
RadioInfo Tidbits. If you’re counting – and who in the media business isn’t – iHeartMedia reports that its iHeartRadio digital music and live streaming radio service has surpassed the 90 million registered users mark. The company says that the platform “continues to reach user milestones at a rate faster than Facebook or any other streaming music service, having reached 80 million registered users just seven months ago.”…..Alpha Media Shreveport recently hosted “Cool Cuts 4 Kids and Princess Polish” at the cluster’s studios. More than 100 haircuts were given away for boys and painted nails for the girls. The promotion was created to encourage self-esteem among the kids, help parents with back-to-school costs, and give back to the community…..Entravision is in the middle of its three-day radiothon “Un Million Para Los Niños” (One Million for the Children), designed to help raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Hospitals network. The radiothon began on Thursday and runs through tomorrow (8/20). Last year, Entravision raised $2.9 million, benefitting over 95 communities nationwide. This year, the company’s local air personalities will take part as will its syndicated shows, including: Erazno y La Chokolata, Alex ‘El Genio’ Lucas, Armida y la Flaka, Piolín and “The LM Show.”…..iHeartMedia’s hot AC KMXP, Phoenix “Mix 96.9,” morning personality Mathew Blades, and the law form Lerner and Rowe recently teamed up for the “7th Annual Back to School Tools” program, benefiting the charity, Worldly Kids. The Arizona non-profit serves the needs of a unique student population that is homeless and underserved by helping supply the tools necessary receive the education needed to become healthy, happy, and independent adults. Listeners were asked to make a minimum donation of $9.69 to help reach the goal of $12,000 but had, at last count, raised more than $15,100!…..Hubbard Radio’s country WIL, St. Louis is presenting the free concert “Farm Fest” on Saturday, September 24 and announces that country stars Craig Campbell and Michael Ray will perform before thousands of country fans in the St. Louis area’s largest corn maze…..Bend Radio Group’s alternative KRXF, Bend, Oregon picks up a couple of honors from The Source Weekly in its “2016 Best of Central Oregon.” The station is named “Best Radio Station” and afternoon personality Kris Metzdorf is tops in the “Best Radio Personality” category.
iHeartMedia Realigns Northeast Division; Promotes Preacher and Carwile. This realignment within iHeartMedia’s Northeast division is part of a dismantling of its former Mid-Atlantic region. The Washington, DC and Baltimore markets will now form the new Washington, DC Region and the Virginia markets will join the existing Carolina region to form the new Virginia-Carolina region. To lead these new regions, the company has promoted Michael Preacher – formerly the SVP of Strategic Partnerships to president of the Washington, DC region and government initiatives. Region president Dave Carwile is now president of the Virginia-Carolina region. That region consists of the following markets: Richmond, VA; Harrisonburg, VA; Norfolk, VA; Roanoke and Lynchburg, VA; Winchester, VA; Charlotte, NC; Raleigh, NC; Asheville, NC; Greenville, SC; and Greensboro, NC. Both Preacher and Carwile report to Northeast division president Hartley Adkins.
Bill Kelly ‘Unretires’ with Cumulus Youngstown. Radio management pro Bill Kelly retired from iHeartMedia in February, ending his career with the company as regional president. But on October 3 he’ll leave the ranks of the retired and join Cumulus Media as vice president and market manager for the Youngstown market. Kelly worked in the Youngstown market for 35 years, beginning with the original owners of heritage AM signal WKBN. He helped build the six-station iHeartMedia cluster when it was first acquired by Jacor in 1997. Kelly comments, “After meeting with CEO Mary Berner and other senior leaders at Cumulus, I knew I had to take advantage of this opportunity. I can’t thank them enough. The Cumulus brands as well as the staff are well positioned. I look forward to helping them get to the next level.” Cumulus owns eight stations in the Youngstown market.
WHTS, Grand Rapids Adds Jackie Green for Afternoons. Kalamazoo native Jackie Green takes over the afternoon drive show on Cumulus Media’s CHR WHTS, Grand Rapids, effective August 22. Green’s media experience includes a four-year stint hosting middays at Townsquare Media’s crosstown rock outlet WGRD and two years reporting for the local FOX affiliate WXMI-TV. WHTS program director Kevin Canup states, “When hiring a new afternoon personality, we wanted someone that was a big part of the community, friendly, talented, a team player and most of all, entertaining. Picking Jackie for the position was a no-brainer.” Her show replaces “Afternoons with Kiki.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Bay Area personality Miranda Wilson is joining Entercom’s urban contemporary KBLX, San Francisco to host the “Sunday Morning Inspiration” show from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm beginning Sunday (8/21). Station OM Elroy Smith says Wilson will also play a large role in KBLX community affairs. “Miranda Wilson is a seasoned professional in our industry. Her addition to our team continues the KBLX tradition of powerful personalities and inspirational radio and delivers on our commitment to have the best and most relevant content that we know our listeners want.” She served for 18 years as the midday personality at the market’s former smooth jazz KKSF-FM, now 80s rock-intensive KOSF…..Monica Reed is the new co-host of the “Beaver Country Morning Show” on Saga’s WVVR in the Hopkinsville, Kentucky-Clarksville, Tennessee market. She’s working with host Nick Fox and takes over for Bailey Brooks.
Katz: Study Says Radio Reaches Independents In Battleground States Better. The study was done by Nielsen and commissioned by Katz Media Group and Katz says it concludes that “customizing radio messages to local markets in key battleground states is the most impactful way to swing young Independent voters in the upcoming presidential election and in critical down ballot races.” This is the fifth wave of “The Local Vote 2016” that analyzed custom data from Independent voters across seven states (Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin and Colorado.) Some of the key findings include: One in three battleground Independents spend more time listening to radio than watching television. On average, these voters listen to over 2 hours of radio daily, while watching less than 1 hour of TV; and radio – across a diverse range of formats – outstrips cable news. On a weekly basis, more Independents will listen to news/talk/sports radio stations (33%) and music formats such as adult contemporary (43%), rock (40%) and country (35%) than watch cable news channels CNN (23%), Fox News (15%) or MSNBC (10%). As far as key local radio findings are concerned, the study indicates geographical differences. For example, in Ohio, Independents gravitate towards different formats depending on the Ohio market they live in. Adult/classic hits has the highest share of listening with Cleveland Independents; adult contemporary garners the highest share in Columbus; and news/talk/sports and country are the strongest formats in Cincinnati. Katz Media Group’s Stacey Lynn Schulman, EVP of strategy, analytics and research, says, “‘The Local Vote 2016’ continues to unearth important insights to help candidates and political strategists effectively use media to engage the local electorates. Everyone is voting in the same election, but you need to speak to people where they live. It’s a national election won by reaching local voters. And, what we have consistently found is radio delivers better national reach with the ability to connect on a local level than any other medium.”
NYMRAD Releases Q2 2016 Report. The New York Market Radio Association releases its second quarter 2016 State of the New York Market Report. The organization calls it’s a “comprehensive analysis of the NY marketplace…[that] assesses the New York area economy, including business drivers and provides up-to-date consumer research on music consumption, radio usage, and more.” The report states that “New York Radio revenue showed some positive growth in the first half of 2016. Four hundred and fifty advertisers increased their spending by double-digit percentages. Fourteen percent of these advertisers more than doubled their radio ad spend, each paying more than $100K for airwaves. Of these larger spenders, six were in the automotive space and nine were part of the food and beverage sector. In the entertainment category, advertisers for concerts, theatre, and movies had a 22% increase over the last six months. Communications/Cellular spending has increased by 7%.” Read the entire report here.
The Conclave Names New Board Members. Three broadcast executives join the board of directors for The Conclave. The new members are: Peter Bowen, vice president/market manager, Cumulus Media Chicago; Tony Coles, EVP, programming, iHeartMedia; and Melek Demir, director of radio, National Association of Broadcasters. Cumulus Media VP, social Lori Lewis says, “As volunteers, it’s not always easy to find time to give back. We are all busier than ever. And because of that, I’m grateful for Peter, Tony and Melek for giving their time to Conclave. I am also grateful for the current board members that work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure Conclave serves our industry. We are working on dates for Conclave 42 in 2017 and will have an announcement soon!”
MSG Acquires 12% of Townsquare Media. The acquisition doesn’t put any cash into the hands of Townsquare Media, but The Madison Square Garden Company’s purchase of 3.2 million shares of GE Capital’s Class C Common Stock in a private transaction means MSG now has approximately 12% common equity interest in Townsquare. Upon closing, the stock immediately converted to Class A shares. Townsquare chairman and CEO Steven Price says, “We are thrilled that MSG has elected to become a shareholder of our company and we look forward to collaborating with them in the future. MSG is a leading provider of live entertainment with world-class venues and there is no doubt that we will benefit from having their support.” In addition to New York’s Madison Square Garden and The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, MSG also operates Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, California; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. MSG president and CEO David O’Connor comments, “Using its diversified portfolio of radio stations, digital assets and live events, Townsquare creates compelling content that brings people together and builds communities. We understand and share their belief in the value of exceptional, live experiences, and look forward to working together through this new partnership – which is another opportunity that our partner, Irving Azoff, brought to our attention – to drive additional value and growth for both businesses.”
Lisa Adams Named Marketing/Promotions Director for KRWM, Seattle. Programming and promotions pro Lisa Adams is back with Hubbard Radio Seattle serving as marketing/promotions director for the company’s adult contemporary KRWM “WARM 106.9.” Program director Ron Harrell says, “We’re excited Lisa is returning to Hubbard Radio Seattle. Lisa’s roots are deep with programming leadership at KLCK and KVRQ, plus promotions and events leadership in Seattle and Portland. She comes to ‘Warm’ with passion and ideas to improve our product and grow our brand awareness.” Adams most recently served as program director for Hubbard’s former hot AC KLCK, which flipped to classic rock as KVRQ in March.
Beasley Renews Mike O’Brian at KKLZ, Las Vegas. Classic hits KKLZ, Las Vegas morning personality and program director Mike O’Brian signs a new, multi-year contract to remain with the Beasley Media Group station. Beasley Las Vegas market manager Tom Humm says, “Mike O’Brian holds the distinction of being the longest-running morning show host in Las Vegas radio history! As Mike enjoys his 31st year, he continues to serve brilliantly as program director for KKLZ, an iconic brand in Las Vegas radio. We’re extremely pleased Mike has agreed to stay with Beasley Media Group and we want him with us for years to come!” O’Brian comments, “I’m honored to work with our great staff here at 96.3 KKLZ. And, I’m so proud to work with my partner in crime in the morning, also known as my talented co-host Carla Rea!”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Air personality Ebony Williams is the new midday host at Entercom’s rhythmic CHR KQKS, Denver “KS1075,” taking over for Tony V who ascended to PM drive. She comes to Denver from her most recent gig at KNDE, Bryan-College Station, Texas…..Greg Cypin joins Townsquare Media’s country KAWO, Boise “WOW Country 104.3” to host the afternoon daypart. He’d been doing part-time work at Alpha Media’s KUPL, Portland…..Heather Storm is named music director for Woodward Radio’s CHR simulcast WKSZ, Green Bay/WKZY, Appleton-Oshkosh, Wisconsin and sister classic hits WKZG, Green Bay.
Scott Shannon to Emcee National Radio Hall of Fame Induction in November. Just two months after emceeing the NAB’s Marconi Radio Awards, legendary WCBS-FM, New York morning personality Scott Shannon will host the 28th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago on November 17. National Radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “Scott Shannon adds a whole lot of fun and energy to an already electric and emotion filled evening. He’s a 2006 National Radio Hall of Fame Inductee himself, so he knows just how meaningful this evening is for our Class of 2016 Inductees and will bring the perfect tenor to the ceremony.” This year’s inductees include: George G. Beasley, Delilah, Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak), Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), Steve Harvey, Bob Kingsley, Kidd Kraddick, Tony Roberts, Neil Rogers, and Michael Savage.
Annual ‘Bark in the Park’ Events Finds Homes for 20 Dogs. The 6th annual “Bark in the Park” promotion from Cumulus Media’s news/talk WABC, hot AC WPLJ, and country WNSH, New York took place on Saturday (8/13) at New Jersey’s Overpeck Park, hosted by WABC’s Mark Levin and personalities from all three stations. The day featured a wide array of vendors, services, great food, agility courses, doggie pools, demonstrations, a cooling station, and activities for families and dog lovers alike – including the always popular “My Dog Looks Like Me” contest! More than 20 dogs were adopted on site during the event from North Shore Animal League America and other area rescue organizations. Pictured here are (from l-r): WPLJ’s Johnny on the Street, Ralphie Aversa, Jayde Donovan, Race Taylor, and John Foxx.
Cool Morning Drive Opportunity. Beasley Media Group is seeking a morning show host for country WQYK, Tampa. 99-5 QYK has a rare opportunity to continue Dave McKay’s tradition of excellence with co-host Veronica and producer Kevin on Tampa Bay’s number one country morning show. We are looking for someone special who will enjoy living the lifestyle of Tampa Bay, going to every event you can think of and establishing close relationships with all of the movers and shakers in the Tampa Bay area, as well as making every listener feel you are their friend. Much will be expected of you. We are serious about winning and will give you the tools to succeed. Qualifications: At least 2 years of proven success as an air talent; understanding and experience of PPM methodology; proficient with phone editing, Audio Vault, WordPress social networking platforms, interviewing, and LIVE broadcasts. Qualified candidates may send your best stuff to: OM Tee Gentry at: email@example.com.
Changes at CBS RADIO Chicago’s WBBM-FM and WUSN. A number of air personality moves have taken place at CBS RADIO in Chicago, some of which started with Ramblin’ Ray Stevens’ decision not to renew with country WUSN and move across town to work in mornings with former on-air partner Big John Howell at news/talk WLS-AM. As RadioInfo reported last week, CBS is moving Stylz & Roman from the afternoon slot at CHR WBBM-FM “B96” to the morning drive daypart at WUSN. With that, new evening personality Eric Tyler – who recently moved back to Illinois from his gig in Seattle with iHeartMedia’s KBKS “Kiss FM” – slides into the afternoon daypart at “B96.” Across the hall at WUSN, CBS announces that the new night jock is Kimmie Caruba, who begins her role with the station on August 29. WUSN PD Jeff Kapugi says, “Kimmie is a born-and-raised Chicagoan that grew up listening to US99. She’s a very dynamic personality that brings a hot, fresh and interactive approach to nighttime radio in Chicago.” Also, the station reports that WUSN midday personality Drew Walker has re-upped with the station to continue in that role.
Mullett Named Music Director at WBOS, Boston. This is a promotion for Greater Media Boston staffer John Mullett. He has been serving as marketing director at the company’s alternative WBOS “ALT 92.9” since 2013, but now he segues to music director. Mullett’s experience includes time spent serving with crosstown triple A WXRV “92.5 The River” and at triple A WIFY, Burlington, Vermont “The Point.” WBOS program director Ken West states, “John is an ‘A’ player and the perfect choice because of his strategic thinking, love of music, and knowledge of the ‘ALT 92.9’ brand. I’m looking forward to his passion helping our team to create unique music experiences for our listeners.”
KLUV, Dallas Extends Afternooner Blake Powers. Almost a year and a half after air personality Blake Powers moved from his night shift at CBS RADIO’s hot AC KVIL to sister classic hits KLUV “98.7 K-LUV,” the company inks him to a contract extension. Powers – pictured here (l) with station PD Jay Cresswell (r) – handles the 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm shift. He says, “A big shout out to [DFW market manager] Brian Purdy, Jay Cresswell and the KLUV team for believing in me and helping get us to the top of the market. I’m having fun, and that’s what radio is supposed to be!”
New Night Show at ‘Power 106.’ In Los Angeles, Emmis moves imaging director Justin Credible to host of the 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight “Liftoff Show” at hip hop KPWR “Power 106.” He’s being joined by his Los Angeles Leakers partner DJ sourMILK for the 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm portion of the show.
iHeartRadio Music Awards Returns to L.A’s Forum on March 5. This will be the fourth annual iHeartRadio Music Awards and the show will again take place at the Forum in Los Angeles. The March 5, 2017 event will again be televised live on TBS, TNT and truTV at 8:00 pm ET and will be simulcast on iHeartMedia stations and on the iHeartRadio digital platform. The program will again feature live performances in addition to the presenting of the awards. iHeartMedia says that in 2016 the “fan-fueled” awards show “generated 115 billion social media impressions throughout its promotional period.” More information about the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards, including the award categories, will be announced at a later date.
Cool Job Opportunity. Greater Media Charlotte is seeking account executives to work in the market representing news/talk WBT and hot AC WLNK “The Link.” The company says it is seeking applicants who have: quantifiable success in radio/media sales or another industry; the drive, hunger, and ability to see the sales process through from prospecting to the final close; courage to ask for and deliver remarkable programs; a love and passion for winning; integrity and pride in being a full service rep; new business expertise and a creative mind; a desire to exceed expectations and move up quickly; independent and entrepreneurial performers; excellent verbal and written communication. “At Greater Media Charlotte, you will be surrounded by people who love to have fun and work extremely hard. We offer great benefits and lots of incentives for self-starters, while enjoying the stability of a privately owned media company with two of Charlotte’s best radio stations.” To apply, send your resume and a cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Gallagher Joins Michael Harrison on Weekly Podcast. This week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne hit series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” posted today (8/16), features a wide-ranging, intimate interview with Salem Radio Network syndicated star Mike Gallagher. Harrison and Gallagher get into an array of subjects guaranteed to fascinate the program’s growing audience of “media freaks” around the world. These include the changing nature of the human nervous system in the increasingly frenzied digital era, the impact of Donald Trump on American political discussion, the dark side of political bias in today’s left/right debate, and both men’s lifelong love affair with the theater. Gallagher talks about balancing his tremendously successful radio career with his accomplishments on the professional stage. In a segment about the decline of politeness in contemporary society, Gallagher touchingly reveals the personal anguish he suffered after a momentary lapse in judgement resulted in him fat-shaming singer Kelly Clarkson on the air. According to Harrison, “Mike Gallagher is not only one of the most talented and durable news/talkers in the business – he is also one of the nicest. Whether or not you agree with his political stance, his warmth and love of humanity are universal qualities with which any human being of decency can relate. I thoroughly enjoyed interviewing him on this podcast and am proud to share it with our listeners.” To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Frosty Re-Joins Heidi and Frank as Show Re-Upped on KLOS, Los Angeles. SoCal classic rocker KLOS re-signs the “Heidi & Frank Show” to a new multi-year deal and brings the duo’s former partner Frosty Stillwell back to the show. He returns as a permanent cast member on September 6. Stillwell left Heidi Hamilton and Frank Kramer to work in San Francisco at hot AC KIOI and later at news/talk KKSF. As a trio the three worked in Los Angeles at KYSR, KLSX, and KABC-AM. KLOS PD and Cumulus Media corporate rock programmer Keith Cunningham says, “‘The Heidi & Frank Show’ has been doing great, so re-signing them was a no-brainer, and we all agreed the chance to add Frosty back into the mix and reassemble one of the best and most successful radio shows Los Angeles has ever had was something we didn’t want to pass up. Their incredible chemistry and unique brand of real and raw entertainment can’t be taught and we’re stoked to have the band back together.”
Cumulus Names Ty Bentli to ‘America’s Morning Show’ Cast; Blair Garner Returns to Overnight Show. Come September 6, the Cumulus Media nationally syndicated morning drive country show becomes “America’s Morning Show with Kelly Ford and Chuck Wicks” and Ty Bentli joins the show. At the same time, Blair Garner will leave the show and prepare to launch a new, eponymous overnight show later in the fall. He hosted the successful overnight “After Midnite” program for 20 years prior to leaving to host the morning program. “After Midnight” was replaced with “Kickin’ It with Kix,” hosted by Kix Brooks. That show will end and Brooks, who just re-upped with the company, will focus on the “American Country Countdown.” Garner says he wanted to get off the morning drive schedule to spend more time with his family and the company graciously acquiesced.
Nikki Thomas to Lead Programming at WIVK, Knoxville. Moving from Cumulus Media’s country KATM, Modesto-Stockton “Kat Country” to the company’s country WIVK, Knoxville is programmer Nikki Thomas. She’s been with the station for the past nine years – the last five as PD. The Knoxville native says, “I am so excited to be joining the incredibly talented team at WIVK. I love my team at KATM, but having a chance to do what I love so close to my family at a station that I grew up listening to is an amazing opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up.”
The Gene and Julie Show Exits WRAL, Raleigh. Raleigh-Durham adult contemporary outlet WRAL-FM “MIX 101.5” parts company with the husband-and-wife morning show hosted by Gene and Julie Gates. The Capitol Broadcasting Company station brought the duo aboard in July of 2014 to replace Mike Chase and Lynda Loveland. The station says it will announce a new AM show in the coming days. It’s not clear the reason for the parting. While specific morning drive numbers have not been made public, WRAL tied for first (persons 6+) in the July PPM survey from Nielsen Audio with a 7.9 share.
Greg Smith Appointed GM of Cumulus’ Hot AC WDVD and Country WDRQ in Detroit. Motor City radio sales and management pro Greg Smith rises from his VP of sales post with the Cumulus Media Detroit cluster to vice president and general manager for hot AC WDVD and country WDRQ “NASH FM 93.1.” Cumulus SVP of operations Bob Walker says, “We are excited to elevate Greg to lead the growth strategy for our Detroit FM brands. We are confident that the collaboration of Greg and Tom O’Brien, who leads [news/talk] WJR and our relationship with the Lions will create new opportunities in Detroit.”
‘Mack in the Morning’ Launches on WLDI, West Palm Beach. The new morning drive show featuring Mack and Nina debuted today in iHeartMedia’s CHR WLDI, West Palm Beach “WiLD 95.5.” The duo moved up from the company’s CHR WHYI, Miami “Y100” where they handled the afternoon drive shift. Station program director Maverick comments, “Launching a new morning show like ‘Mack in the Morning’ is always an exciting chance to invigorate the market and your brand. ‘Mack in the Morning’ delivers the lifestyle and entertainment our listeners crave and expect from ‘WiLD 95.5!’”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Midday personality Barb Abney exits Northern Lights Broadcasting’s alternative KTWN, Minneapolis “GO 96.3.”…..In San Jose, Alpha Media and programmer Dana Jang part ways. Jang was PD at hot AC KEZR and PD, music director and afternoon personality at sister AC KBAY…..Daniel McDonald, former executive director of programming and consumer research at National Geographic Channels, is the new vice president of research for the National Association of Broadcasters. He takes over for Tanya Van Pool.
PPM Analysis: Mainstream CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three format analyses of the performances of CHR-formatted stations based on ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s July 2016 PPM survey. Previously, we presented reports on rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC. This look at CHR features charts illustrating the (6+) AQH shares of CHR stations over the past six surveys, comparisons showing AQH fluctuations from last month to this month as well as from July 2015 to July 2016, a look at the market rankings of CHR stations in PPM markets and a chart comparing the performances of CHR, rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC stations. See it all here.
KRNA, Iowa City Flips to Classic Rock. Gone is the alternative rock and back on Townsquare Media’s KRNA, Iowa City-Cedar Rapids is classic rock. The station flipped on Friday afternoon, playing Guns N Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” and debuted its new brand, “94.1 KNRA, Classic Rock That Really Rocks.” The station personality lineup includes the syndicated “Free Beer & Hot Wings” show in AM drive, Bill Hahn in middays, Chad Cooper hosting PM drive, and Jon Biegen handling the evening shift.
RadioInfo Tidbits. The Jeremy Robinson-led JPR Entertainment – which publically launched in May – is announcing the opening of its new facility in Dallas. Robinson says the new studio allows him to service stations using Wide Orbit for instant return of last-minute audio needs…..The 2016 Radio Show – September 21-23 in Nashville – will feature BMI songwriters LOCASH, Jonny P, Graham Nash, The Roosevelts, The Sisterhood, Muddy Magnolias, Kyshona Armstrong, Modern Inventors, and Shannon LaBrie as part of the Radio Show Artist Spotlight Series. The performances are free for registered attendees and will take place during select general sessions and networking events throughout the show.
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES — Following last week’s posting of separate analysis pieces for rhythmic hot AC (Thursday, 8/11) and rhythmic CHR (Friday, 8/12), we conclude our in-depth overviews of July 2016 PPM results with mainstream CHR/top 40.
Facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, July 2016) comprise the following scoreboards
In addition to having a typical (6+) AQH share approximately one full-point greater than its rhythmic CHR counterpart (3.70) and nearly two points better than the representative rhythmic hot AC (3.05), mainstream CHR (4.80, #7.67) usually ranks considerably higher in July 2016 than rhythmic CHR (#10.97) and rhythmic hot AC (#12.70).
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 stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
With the exception of Denver and Riverside, each of the 48-PPM markets has at least one “qualifying” mainstream CHR.
KVRQ Names Monroe APD. Having had previous market experience at Entercom alternative KNDD “The End,” Kim Monroe returns to Seattle as assistant program director/on-air talent for Hubbard Radio‘s KVRQ “Rock 98.9.” Monroe states, “I have always imagined myself coming back to this amazing city – I just was not sure how or when. Given this incredible opportunity to return to the city I love and resume my
radio career at KVRQ is like a dream. I am beyond excited to work side-by-side with well-respected programmer Dave Numme. I know we are going to do great things together. I especially want to thank my new radio family at Hubbard Radio Seattle, particularly [vice president and market manager] Marc Kaye.” In addition to KNDD, Monroe’s other credits include being an original content producer/programmer at SiriusXM; programming alternative WXTM, Cleveland (now CBS Radio sports outlet WXRK); music director/on-air talent at WEND, Charlotte; and doing record promotion for Sony/RED. Roughly five months ago (mid-March), Hubbard flipped hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9” to rock, changing its calls to KVRQ. In the July 2016 sweep, “Rock 98.9” was off two-tenths to 2.5 (#19, 6+, Nielsen Audio PPM) and is 3.8 shares behind CHR cluster-mate KQMV “MOVin’ 92.5” (6.3, #1, 6+).
Williams Wings to Denver’s KQKS for Mid-Days. Making a significant market size leap, Bryan Broadcasting CHR KNDE “Candy 95.1,” Bryan – College Station (Texas) mid-day talent Ebony Williams will transition to a similar assignment at Entercom Denver rhythmic CHR KQKS “KS-107.5.” In just over two weeks (Monday, 8/29), she will succeed Tony V, who segued to afternoons earlier this year. According to “KS-107.5” program director Victor Starr, “Ebony’s commitment to community involvement and command of social media will make her a game changer in Denver. Her great personality and fantastic listener engagement is perfect for mid-days at KQKS.” Williams comments, “I am ready to bring more flavor to a growing city while working alongside some of the best in the industry.” Three years after doing television weathercasts on KTBY-TV, Anchorage (Alaska), Williams shifted to radio, working for Anchorage stations KMVV and KFAT before landing at “Candy 95.1” Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM report for Denver, “KS-107.5” is tied for ninth-place with a 4.3; classic rock cluster-mate KQMT “The Mountain” (6.9, 6+) sets the pace at #1.
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of three hit-based formats based on ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s July 2016 PPM survey. Posted yesterday (Thursday, 8/11) was an overview of rhythmic hot AC, while a similar July 2016 mainstream CHR recap is coming next week. The focus today though is rhythmic CHR. In the nation’s largest radio market, nine-tenths of a share separates iHeartMedia‘s WKTU “The Beat of New York” and Emmis-owned WQHT “Hot 97.” It is the third straight gain for WKTU, while “Hot 97” registers a 3.5 (6+) for the third time in the last four sweeps. For much more, including charts illustrating (6+) ratings fluctuations from last month to this; July 2015 – July 2016 comparisons; and July 2016 market rank (no rhythmic CHR ranks first), click here.
AURN’s ”The Afternoon Rush” Adds Colyar. Former co-host of the syndicated “Rickey Smiley Show” – comedian Michael Colyar – joins Ebony Steele and sidekick Loni Swain on American Urban Radio Networks’ 3:00 – 7:00 pm (ET) “The Afternoon Rush.” Mike Love oversees programming for the show and comments, “We are delighted to add the comedic talents of Colyar. He is funny, politically astute, and his adult approach to the issues of our time make him the perfect fit.” Chicago native Coyer was the original host of “BET Live from LA” and he is a motivational speaker. “The Afternoon Rush” replaces the long-running program hosted by Doug Banks, who passed away four months ago.
Wright Choice for Mornings on KVRV. Onetime KIOI, San Francisco morning talent Danny Wright joins Amaturo Sonoma Media Santa Rosa (California) classic rocker KVRV “97.7 The River” for wakeup duty. Amaturo Sonoma Media vice president of programming and operations Jim Murphy remarks, “Danny Wright’s passion for – and knowledge of – contemporary pop culture, and sports will bring lots of dimension to the show. He will add to our commitment of live and local community radio.” Program director Mike Watermann notes that Wright’s morning drive program “will be bright and fast-paced. It will include plenty of great classic rock songs from artists like AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Rush, and many others for which ‘The River’ is famous.” No stranger to Amaturo Sonoma Media, Wright – who begins his new duties one week from Monday (8/22) – previously worked for Santa Rosa cluster-mates hot AC KMHX “Mix 104.9” and CHR KHTH “Hot 101.7,” as well as for KZQZ, San Francisco; XHTO, El Paso; and KSXY, Santa Rosa.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Maryland prosecutors have dropped assault charges against iHeartMedia syndicated personality/co-owned Washington, D.C. CHR WIHT “Hot 99.5” morning talent Kane (real name – Peter Deibler). A judge’s ruling last month lifted a protective order obtained by the person filing the charges – Kane’s wife Natasha Deibler – and questioned whether the allegations rose to the level of second-degree assault. In last month’s protective order hearing, Montgomery County judge Terrence McGann stated the two sides had “wildly different” accounts of the May 25 incident and that the Deiblers “detest and loathe each other.” Investigators tried and failed to interview Natasha Deibler, so based on her resistance to cooperate, the frontline prosecutor believed the case should not be prosecuted. The Deiblers are going through a divorce. ….. Nine-year KMXV “Mix 93.3,” Kansas City program director and morning co-host “Ponch” exits. All told, “Ponch” had been with the Steel City CHR for the last 17 years. ….. Numerous lineup alterations at CBS Radio rhythmic CHR KSFM, Sacramento find Tony Tecate, who had been voice-tracking a nightly shift from Hawaii, relocating to Sacramento to do morning drive, where he will be teamed with midday personality Bre Ruiz. Tecate & Ruiz succeed Wayne, Jay, & Megan with Megan replacing Ruiz in mid-days; Wayne and Jay exit. Finally, New York City CHR sibling WBMP “92.3 Amp Radio” morning co-host Nina takes over voice-tracking the KSFM night shift vacated by Tecate. ….. After one year as program director of Scripps Tulsa CHR KHTT “K-Hits 106.9,” John Roberts exits. Meanwhile, mid-day talent Tabatha Grammer is upped to assistant PD and nighttime personality Aly Presser is promoted to mornings. Also within that cluster, production director Terry Cooper departs, as do talk KFAQ morning co-host Eddie Huff and morning anchor Richard Linihan. ….. There’s more news from that Oklahoma market: Three months after leaving iHeartMedia-owned country KTGX “106.1 The Twister,” Tulsa as program director, Kristina Carlyle will join cross-town format rival – Scripps‘ KVOO “Today’s Country Variety” – next Monday (8/15) as assistant program director/music director. Carlyle previously was assistant program director/music director of Cox Media Group Tulsa’s country-formatted KWEN “Today’s Country 95.5″ and she spent eight years with Cumulus Media Albuquerque’s country KRST. ….. Nashville is the site of this year’s Radio Show produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). In less than six weeks, Grammy-winner Jennifer Nettles will perform at the NAB Marconi Radio awards dinner & show (9/22). NAB executive vice president of radio John David states, “Jennifer Nettles is a truly phenomenal country music performer with awards and accolades recognizing both her voice and songwriting abilities. We thank Big Machine Label Group and Scott Borchetta for connecting us; I look forward to what will surely be an unforgettable performance.”
Local Radio Networks, Rocking M Media Sign Multi-Station Deal. Through the arrangement, Local Radio Networks (LRN) will provide eight full-time music formats to Rocking M Media‘s 21 music stations – all of which are located in Kansas. Rocking M Media president Christopher Miller maintains that, “If I had to rate the level of support and quality of product we have received from Local Radio Networks on a scale of one to 10, it would be a 12.” Recently added to the list of LRN formats are CHR, classic hits, and mainstream rock. Its other formats are adult contemporary, hot AC, country, classic country, classic rock, and oldies. AdLarge Media provides national advertising sales representation for all LRN audio formats.
Soon-to-be-Released Book About Talk Radio Discussed on Harrison Podcast. Veteran talk radio producer, Bernadette Duncan, appears as the guest on this week’s installment of the PodcastOne hit series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” talking about her forthcoming book, scheduled for publication in September, titled Yappy Days: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/Talkers Books 2016). The book chronicles Duncan’s 26-year career “behind the glass” as a New York City-based talk radio producer in the “golden era” between the eighties and first decade of the 21st century. Duncan (who is also married to Michael Harrison) served as a producer for some of the biggest names in talk radio during that period. They include Larry King, Sally Jessy Raphael, Gil Gross, Tom Snyder, Lou Dobbs, Charles Osgood and more. The book explores the quirky egos of radio’s top performers and often-neurotic guests and is set against the dramatically changing backdrop of America’s pre- and post-9/11 realities. It is full of anecdotes and insights about the industry, its people and processes. Duncan explores the complex office politics in this offbeat arena of show business capturing what it takes to be a radio producer – a role she describes as “the most under-rated, under-paid and under-appreciated job in commercial media.” On the podcast, Harrison and Duncan specifically discuss her experiences working with Sally Jessy Raphael – one of the true pioneers of talk radio who paved the way for countless others and was Duncan’s earliest inspiration to enter the field. Duncan talks about the personal growth she achieved working across the glass from Larry King during his media heyday as well as the fiery drama that took place behind the scenes of The Lou Dobbs Show that she helped launch as executive producer. On completing the podcast Harrison says, “There are so many stories and people written about in this book that we hardly scratched the surface in this advance interview – but there will be plenty of time to get deeper into it all when Bernadette goes on tour promoting it next month. Meantime, it was enormously fun having her as a guest on the podcast and I think radio pros and media freaks alike will love it.” To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.