FCC Will Seek Public Comment on Ownership Rules; Reversal of Cross-Ownership Bans Appear Unlikely. Reports are circulating in the media trades that senior FCC officials say FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will propose relaxing cross-ownership bans, but in a blog post dated March 6, that tone is not expressed. Wheeler writes about the Commission’s duty to undertake and complete the 2014 Quadrennial Review. He discusses some of the proposals regarding maintaining current ownership rules that will be open for public comment but many industry watchers say this should not be cause to think a Wheeler-chaired Commission will ultimately relax current cross-ownership bans. Much of Wheeler’s concern in the blog is with television joint sales agreements and he’s clearly out to change those. You can read Wheeler’s entire post here.
New CC PDs: Fallon to WIOQ, Philly and Deelo to ‘KISS 107’ in Cincy. There are two program director gigs within Clear Channel to announce. At CHR WIOQ, Philadelphia “Q102,” Jared Fallon is the new PD. He moves to Philly from the company’s Cincinnati CHR WKFS “KISS 107.” Taking over for him there is Deelo who programmed the company’s “97.3 KISS FM” in Savannah (WAEV). Fallon says, “The extraordinary opportunity to program a legendary station like ‘Q102’ is incredibly exciting. The team at Clear Channel Philadelphia is stacked with experienced, innovative and talented individuals that are absolutely unrivaled in the market. I’m eager to get to Philly and begin this amazing experience.” Deelo says, “I will miss Savannah, but I am excited for the chance to work alongside some of the best and brightest minds in radio.”
Big D & Bubba Show Adds Affiliates. The nationally syndicated “Big D & Bubba” show announces the addition of eight new affiliate stations since taking ownership of their show and partnering with Compass Media Networks in January. The program split from previous syndicator Premiere Networks at the end of 2013. Big D comments, “We are so excited that radio stations believe in what we’re doing and utilizing our ability to send custom audio and video content from our new Nashville studios.” Compass Media VP of affiliate relations Adam Wilbur adds, “We had over 30 stations tour the new studios during the Country Radio Seminar and you could see the lights go on when they see the green screen, video cameras, lights and production studio capabilities.”
Nixon to Program ‘New Country B93.9’ in Raleigh. At Clear Channel’s WKSL, Raleigh “B93.9 Carolina’s New Country,” Todd Nixon is named program director and afternoon drive personality beginning next month. Nixon’s previous experience includes PD and jock at WCKT, Fort Myers “Cat Country” and PD at WCTQ, Sarasota. CC Raleigh VP of programming Chris Edge states, “Todd brings with him a wealth of country music experience and we look forward to having his programming expertise in the building. ‘B93.9’ is a fantastic station primed and ready to do great things. With someone of his caliber at the helm, we’ll be fully equipped to win.”
LaNeve Named to Entercom Board of Directors. From the sales and marketing world comes the newest member of the Entercom board of directors as Mark LaNeve joins immediately. He has served as COO of WPP’s Global Team Ford – an agency that serves as the marketing and advertising partner to Ford and Lincoln businesses globally. During his time as chief marketing officer at Allstate Insurance, he led the marketing for the company and developed the long-running “Mayhem” campaign. Entercom president and CEO David Field comments, “Mark LaNeve is a tremendous addition to Entercom’s board of directors. He has led some of America’s most iconic brands and ad campaigns. He will bring a new and fresh perspective to the Entercom board.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. There’s change at Clear Channel’s alternative KTBZ, Houston “94.1 The Buzz” as program director and afternoon personality Don Jantzen exits after a decade with the station…..At CBS RADIO’s Orlando operations, Dustin Kross is the new morning show host and APD at rhythmic CHR WJHM “101.9 AMP Radio.” He moves in from his most recent gig at Clear Channel’s CHR WNWW, Jacksonville “RadioNow 97.9.”…..Noreen Ippolito is promoted to vice president of sales at Clear Channel’s San Diego cluster. Ippolito has been with CC for 18 years and most recently was vice president of sales development, local digital sales.
Adult Hits PPM Market Comparison. How you view the shift in programming and the audience response that takes place every December when AC stations go into holiday mode is a matter of philosophy – some consider it a natural part of the format while others view it as a “departure.” To some, the January PPM can feel like a “reset” while to others it’s just another part of the programming “continuum.” Regardless of your perspective, ratings changes from month to month can be informative so today RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian is comparing how adult hits-formatted stations fared as some of the audience changed its listening habits in January. Read his analysis here.
Beasley Fort Myers CHR Brings Bands to Local School. Talk about a cool treat for the kids at Gulf Coast High School! Beasley Fort Myers CHR WXKB “B103.9” morning team “Big Mama and the Wild Bunch” arranged for Emblem3 and MKTO to stop at the school in Naples on their way between shows in Ft. Lauderdale and Clearwater. During lunch period, hundreds of students filled the auditorium to interact with the artists. Drama students set the mics and handled sound, and the drum line and cheerleaders worked the crowd before the young artists walked on stage to a high-pitched roar from the girls. Morning show host Big Mama moved around the audience fielding questions for the bands from the students: When did they know music was their passion? Where do they see themselves in five years? Do they write their own songs? Did they play sports in high school? Do they have girlfriends? Have they ever have a bad break-up? When hearing about this promotion and seeing the photos, RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie exclaimed, “Now THAT’S an example of how radio can retake ‘ownership’ of the music culture! Kudos to B103.9 and Big Mama and the Wild Bunch!” Pictured here is Big Mama (center with mic) in front of the assembly.
‘Saving the 70s’ Celebrates 300th Show This Weekend. For host Mike Walker, this weekend is special as his commercial-free, nationally syndicated show, “Saving the 70s,” airs its 300th edition. Walker tells RadioInfo the show began as “a Saturday night show on WINQ, Winchendon, Massachusetts about a decade ago. I did production and voicework for them, and did ‘Saving the 70s’ for free. But the production gig ended and so did the show until I started it back up in syndication and now I’ve been doing the show continuously since the summer of 2008.” His arrangement with stations is a bit unorthodox. “Many stations carry multiple hours. WTOB in Winston-Salem carries my show from 8:00 to 10:00 weeknights. A small FM in Springfield, Illinois runs it in morning drive every Thursday. As long as stations run my latest hour at least once during the week, I allow them to take the archived shows and use them as they wish.” Affiliates of the program include: the six stations of Big River Public Broadcasting in Alaska (with flagship KIYU, Galena); Internet oldies giant Atlantic Oldies 2NG; WSQL, Brevard, North Carolina; WKDK, Newberry, South Carolina; Wild Horse FM in Yarraman, Queensland, Australia; Radio Bavaria International in Germany; Real Radio International in Spain; Heartbeat FM in the UK; Radio Vera Ireland and more.
‘K102’ Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Personality Big Dan Murphy Dies. Longtime country KICR, Coeur d’Alene personality Big Dan Murphy (a.k.a. Dan McMahon) died suddenly from a heart attack at age 57. Blue Sky Broadcasting says McMahon was “a longtime radio announcer in the Pacific Northwest area, from his early days in Walla Walla where he was known as Wee Willie Winkle and in the Tri-Cities where he was Dancin’ Dan Murphy to his days as Big Dan the Frogman at ‘The Frog,’ which became ‘KIX 96’ in Spokane. His public memorial service will be held Saturday, March 8 at 2:00 pm at the Salvation Army Chapel in Spokane. Donations to his memorial fund can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank location.
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES — Even though the following could very easily have been predicted with great confidence many months ago, the two biggest “takeaways” regarding Nielsen Audio’s January 2014 PPM report are that all-Christmas music stations have taken a hit and no one format in particular was the main benefactor.
Amplifying on the latter point, virtually every other genre – whether music-based or spoken-word – enjoyed a big-picture (6+) uptick in January with nearly all sharing modest portions of the over-sized pie left on the table by all-Christmas outlets.
Yesterday, we detailed CHR’s January 2014 performance – we turn our attention today to the considerably smaller adult hits universe.
As was the case with CHR, stations featured in this 6+, full-week scoreboard had to have finished in the top 20 in their respective markets in the January 2014 report; only Nielsen Audio subscribers appear in their printed data and consequently here as well.
Sacramento’s KHLX became country (as KBEB) in early-January and is designated by @.
An asterisk (*) denotes a station’s secondary market.
Envision Networks to Syndicate Detroit-Based ‘Mojo in the Morning’ Show. The CHR morning show hosted by Mojo, Spike and Shannon on Clear Channel’s CHR WKQI, Detroit “Channel 955,” is now being distributed nationally by Envision Networks. Envision president and CEO Danno Wolkoff says, “’Mojo in the Morning’ consists of real people who are really funny. Their compelling life stories every morning keep you coming back for more as Mojo, Spike and Shannon wake you up and make you laugh. Your new morning show starts now!” Envision is handling affiliate relations and ad sales for the program that promises “A-list celebrity interviews with such artists as Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Eminem, George Clooney and President Obama.” Mojo adds, “For years I’ve been told by programmers that our show would sound great in their market. Well, now it can be!”
Radio One Boosts Wilson to Regional VP/Midwest. Four-year Radio One Cleveland general manager Jeffrey Wilson is elevated to regional vice president of its Midwest-based stations. Radio Division president Chris Wegmann comments that, “Jeff is a strong broadcasting professional with a solid track record of performance. He brings a diverse background in sales and operations that will be an asset to our entire radio division.” Wilson opines, “This is perhaps the most exciting time in the history of our industry. I am honored to be partnering with Chris Wegmann to redefine radio, serve our communities, and make history.” The six markets Wilson will oversee include Detroit, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Indianapolis. He joined Radio One just over 10 years ago as general manager of the company’s Columbus cluster.
Rosenthal Promoted at Katz Media Group. With this promotion, Mark Rosenthal – currently CEO of Katz Radio Group – adds the title CEO of Katz Media Group in which he will also oversee Katz Television Group, KMG’s television representation company. The company says that as CEO of Katz Radio Group, Rosenthal will remain focused on building the radio sector, working closely with Katz Radio Group president Mark Gray to drive additional media dollars into radio. Effective immediately though, he will now also work closely with KTG presidents Leo MacCourtney and Craig Broitman to grow and further develop KTG’s assets, advocacy and revenue-generating efforts.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. With the move of Greg Gory to Clear Channel’s alternative KYSR, Los Angeles as part of “The Woody Show,” Cumulus Media fills the morning drive slot on triple A KFOG, San Francisco with midday host and music director Renee Richardson. That makes way for former KFOG personality Annalisa to return to the station for the midday slot. Annalisa has most recently been on air at Entercom’s classic rock “KFOX” duo…..Radio consulting firm Shane Media brings digital strategist Giovanni Gallucci aboard to pen a weekly social media column for client stations. CEO Ed Shane says, “His weekly updates will cover strategy for social media, brand development, and online public relations for forward-thinking operators.”…..Changes at Clear Channel’s rock KIOZ, San Diego as Missi exits the PM drive show and A.Z. slides up from middays to take her place and serve as music director. DZL moves from evenings to middays and Marty joins the station for evenings. Also, Thor becomes part of “The Show” AM drive program replacing Rob Stevens who left to join Entercom’s WAAF, Boston as producer of the “Hill-Man Morning Show”…..Travis Moon is leaving Clear Channel’s country KAJA, San Antonio “KJ97” and the business to join St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Nashville in the radio development department.
The Infinite Dial 2014. Media consultant and RadioInfo contributor Holland Cooke sat in on yesterday’s annual webinar presented by Edison Research and Triton Digital that detailed the results of the 2014 version of the Infinite Dial study. Many results are not surprising: smartphone use is growing rapidly with 61% of Americans owning cell phones – a 500% increase in five years. Although the “digital dashboard” – newer model cars with in-dash infotainment systems – gets a lot of press coverage as new deals are struck between app-makers, service providers and car manufacturers, as of today the smartphone is more important. The study reports 43% of persons 12-24 listen with a smartphone while in the car and 27% of persons 25-54 do the same. Still, AM/FM owns the auto for now and is still the primary source for discovering new music. Read more results from the study and Holland Cooke’s analysis here.
Formats Start Picking Up the Pieces. In the aftermath of the dramatic changes in programming and listening that take place during the holidays each year, January is a time of re-settling as the adult contemporary stations come down to earth. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian sets about examining which formats benefitted the most when wall-to-wall Christmas music stations reverted to their customary (generally adult contemporary) format. “Leading off the comparison is mainstream contemporary hit radio (CHR). Frankly, several other formats have stronger survey-to-survey percentages, but omnipresent CHR provides maximum head-to-head matchups.” Check out Kinosian’s analysis of CHR performance here.
Cumulus Baton Rouge Urban Stations Present Inaugural ‘Achievement Awards.’ As the culmination of its Black History Salute, Cumulus Media’s Baton Rouge urban-targeted stations urban contemporary KQXL “Q106.5,” hip hop WEMX-FM “Max94.1,” and gospel WXOK-AM “Heaven 1460” are presenting the first ever “Urban Achievement Awards” on March 16 at which Mayor Melvin “Kip” Holden will be awarded with the most-coveted Trailblazer Award while Joe Delpit will be awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The event will be held at The Belle of Baton Rouge Casino and Hotel Atrium and will honor 15 local individuals who have made significant contributions to the wellbeing and development of the City of Baton Rouge. Cumulus Baton Rouge OM and urban program director J’Michael Francois says, “As a radio company, we are extremely excited to pay homage to individuals who consistently work tirelessly to improve the quality of our city. As we close Black History Month it’s our duty to celebrate the personal and professional accomplishments of those individuals whom we hope will inspire Baton Rouge’s next generation of leaders.”
Geoff Edwards Passes. No sooner had we reflected on the life and career of Los Angeles and Bay Area radio personality/television game show host Jim Lange (who succumbed to a heart attack last week) than we must now sadly note the passing of Geoff Edwards. Much like the 81-year-old Lange, Edwards, 83, amassed considerable fame from his Los Angeles radio days and nationally through several game show-hosting stints. Edwards died yesterday (3/5) of complications of pneumonia at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. Wink Martindale, Lange, and Edwards toiled together in Los Angeles at the once iconic KMPC. “Geoff was one of the cleverest, funniest radio and television personalities I have worked with,” Martindale states of Westfield, New Jersey native Edwards, who was heard on KMPC from 1968 – 1979. He was also on-air in Los Angeles at KHJ (1964 -1965) and two go-rounds at KFI (1966 – 1968 and 1987 – 1989). According to Edwards’ agent of many years, Fred Westbrook, Edwards succeeded in television by making several bold fashion statements. He favored jeans over suits and his hair was longer than that of most other talents at the time. ”He was part of the new breed,” Westbrook comments. Tributes on Facebook regarding Edwards’ death included this observation from renowned voiceover talent/studio audience warm-up announcer/”Price is Right” announcer Randy West. ”Geoff was a wonderfully kind and joyous guy, very bright, with a great natural talent for creating joy, both over the air and in person. For me, it was more laughs per hour with Geoff than anyone else since high school. What a pro, what a sweet man, what a character, what a ball. He was loved and respected by everybody. We laughed and giggled every time we were together.” Sonoma Music Group president Michael O’Shea checked in by remarking, “What a shock. Geoff was our 9:00 am – 12:00 noon personality at KMPC. Personable, authentic, real and natural. We played tennis a time or two. This is very sad.” Longtime KOST, Los Angeles on-air personality Ted Ziegenbusch notes that Edwards was, “One of my favorite lunchroom pals. Thanks for the laughter, the stories and the fun. I know you have always enjoyed travel. This journey is the best one ever.” Veteran Los Angeles traffic reporter Mike Nolan comments that he was, “a fan for years, then honored to work with him at KFI, so happy to have called him a friend.” Fellow television game show host Jim MacKrell remarks, “I am deeply saddened by the news of Geoff’s passing. I know of no one in our business with a better reputation and a multitude of friends. I am glad I was one of them.” Edwards’ national television resume includes hosting “Jackpot!”, “Chain Reaction,” “Play the Percentages,” “Treasure Hunt” and “The New Treasure Hunt.” In Los Angeles, he and Meredith MacRae won Emmy Awards for co-hosting the daily “Mid-Morning L.A.” For nine years (1986 – 1995), he co-hosted the California Lottery‘s “Big Spin.” An eyewitness to one of America’s most memorable moments, then-news reporter Edwards was in the basement of the Dallas Police Department on November 24, 1963 when Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the suspected assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Funeral plans are pending for Edwards, who is survived by his wife, two stepsons, his ex-wife and their three children, as well as nine grandchildren.
By Mike Kinosian
Quite simply – it is a case of reality setting in for many AC facilities that enjoyed significant spikes by going the all-Christmas music route for the December and Holiday sweeps, only to take the inevitable January dip.
The concluding installment of our exclusive four-part “All Christmas Music” analysis dissected this January drop-off, but we will now begin examining which formats benefitted the most when wall-to-wall Christmas music stations reverted to their customary (generally adult contemporary) format.
Leading off the comparison is mainstream contemporary hit radio (CHR). Frankly, several other formats have stronger survey-to-survey percentages, but omnipresent CHR provides maximum head-to-head matchups.
Stations featured in this 6+, full-week scoreboard had to have finished in the top 20 in their respective markets in the January 2014 report; only Nielsen Audio subscribers appear in their printed data and consequently here as well.
BLOCK ISLAND, R.I. — It was like telling the punch line at the beginning of the joke, when Edison Research VP/Strategy & Marketing Tom Webster began a well-attended webinar: “It’s hard to overstate the impact of the smartphone on the American consumer.”
“The Infinite Dial 2014” is #22 in an ongoing series researching consumer adoption of digital media. As Webster and Mike Agovino — COO of Triton Digital, which sponsored the study – narrated their presentation, they had plenty of good news for radio broadcasters. But the undeniable headline was that those who merely feed audio to transmitters aren’t fishing where the fish are swimming to.
Among data presented, based on a just-released survey of 2023 Americans P12+:
61% of Americans – an estimated 160 million — now own a smartphone. That’s 500% growth in 5 years. Eight-in-ten P18-34.