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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

| July 27, 2016

Entercom Second Quarter Pro Forma Revenue Rises 5%.  This second quarter report from Entercom includes the impact of last year’s acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media stations and the swap with entercomBonneville International.  As such, net revenue for the second quarter of 2016 was up 20% on income of $120.5 million.  On a pro forma basis, revenue was up 5%.  President and CEO David Field states, “Entercom continues to deliver strong and consistentfielddavid organic, top-line and bottom-line growth, driven by the great work of our talented programming and sales teams and our strategic investments in building powerful local brands and content and excellent customer marketing capabilities.  Looking forward, we expect a strong second half of the year as we benefit from our excellent ratings performance, enhanced sales execution, multiple growth initiatives and election year political revenue.”

SiriusXM Reports Q2 Revenue Up 10%.  The satellite radio service is reporting 2016 second quarter revenue of $1.2 billion, up 10% from the same quarter in 2015.  CEO and director Jim Meyer notes that SiriusXM added siriusxm580,000 net new subscribers during the quarter, bringing the satcaster’s total subscriber base to 30.6 million.  During yesterday’s investor conference call, Meyer spoke about the company’s efforts to continue advancing the service’s technology.  He says they are investing in the new SiriusXM17 “next-generation platform” 360 L, short for 360-degree listening.  Meyer says, “360 L is proceeding ahead and gaining traction with OEMs.  I’m very pleased at the progress we are making building and deploying this platform.  360 L breaks down the big barrier we live with today as a one-way broadcaster by integrating satellite radio with two-way cellular connectivity.  It lets us offer non-linear content to our subscribers, such as customized music playlists, on-demand content and personalized recommendations based on the tastes of our individual subscribers.”  Meyer also outlined the company’s continuing work expanding its connected vehicle services.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

| July 26, 2016

marconiimage small2016 Marconi Award Finalists Announced.  The finalists for this year’s NAB Marconi Radio Awards from the National Association of Broadcasters have been announced.  The winners will be honored September 22 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show at the 2016 Radio Show in Nashville.  Music radio personalities Elvis Duran and Delilah – both syndicated by Premiere Networks – are finalists in the Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year along with Entravision’s Erazno y la Chokolata and Premiere Networks sports talker hosts Jay Mohr and Dan Patrick.  See the rest of the finalists here.

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beasleybrianBrian Beasley Promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Beasley Media Group. The company announces Brian Beasley is promoted to chief operating officer of Beasley Media Group, Inc. from his EVP of operations post.  He comments, “This COO position is a great honor, considering my entire life has been dedicated to the radio business.  I’ve benefitted greatly from my hands-on experience at all levels of this business and I’ll be continuing to contribute to the successful operations of our stations for many years to come.”

scottykbretmegaCumulus Dallas Names Scotty K and Bret Mega KLIF-FM Morning Hosts.  Taking over the morning drive show on Cumulus Media’s KLIF-FM, Dallas “HOT 93.3” is the duo of Scotty K and Bret Mega, who come to town after working in Atlanta hosting AMs on iHeartMedia’s CHR WWPW “Power 96.1.”   KLIF-FM program director Dustin Kross says, “After their huge ratings success and social media success in Atlanta, I knew they would be the perfect fit for ‘HOT 93.3’ in Dallas/Fort Worth.”

Mike Fell Appointed Market Manager for Alpha Media in Clinton, Missouri.  Now leading the Alpha Media Clinton, Missouri trio of stations in the market manager position is Mike Fell.  He comes to oldies KDKD-fellmichaelAM, country KDKD-FM, and classic rock KXEA-FM from his most recent gig as general manager for Badlands Broadcasting in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Alpha Media EVP Midwest region George Pelletier comments, “Mike is the ultimate radio professional and has a great track record of success.  I am happy to have Mike on the Alpha team in Clinton, Missouri.  I know he will grow our standing within the communities we serve and improve the overall operation.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Taking over the morning drive show on Albany Broadcasting’s hip hop WAJZ, Albany “JAMZ 96.3” is Bill, who launches the “Billy the Kid in the Morning” show on the station in August 1.  He comes from the cluster’s CHR WFLY “FLY 92.3” and takes over for Danie B. who left recently for WQMP, Orlando “101.9 AMP Radio.”…..Chris Kellogg is being transferred to another Cumulus Media property, exiting his operations manager role at the Columbia, Missouri cluster.  The company is currently seeking his replacement…..“Shotgun” Steve Kelly is the new morning drive host at Stephens Media Group’s country KKAJ, Ardmore, Oklahoma.  He’s also serving as program director and OM…..The RAB announces the retirement of SVP, research Andy Rainey.  Rainey has led the research team at the RAB for the last 23 years.  At the same time, Annette Malave, vice president of business development is promoted to SVP, insights, effective August 1.

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harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallGeorge Noory Interviewed by Michael Harrison.  The nation’s leading late-night talk show host, George Noory is this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne hit “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” posted today (7/26).  The multi-talented Noory, who has hosted Premiere Networks’ “Coast to Coast AM” for the past 14 years, talks about how the show has evolved and expanded from primarily covering the paranormal (UFOs,nooryNightTalk ESP, time travel, astral projection, etc.) to now include the paranoid (conspiracy theory, the Illuminati, special interest groups, etc.).  Harrison and Noory discuss the impact of digital age technology and modern communications on the human nervous system and society.  The podcast is coordinated with today’s release of prolific author Noory’s first novel, Night Talk (Forge 2016) – a thriller that tells the story of a late night talk show host (“Greg Nowell”) who gets himself entangled in a web of intrigue that involves the same elements as the subject matter covered by its real life author.  To listen to this fascinating 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.

nathanshilRay16In the NASH FM 94.7 Studio with Michael Ray.  Country music artist Michael Ray is pictured here (left) in the WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” studio chatting on air with afternoon personality Shila Nathan (right) and serving as “guest DJ.”  Ray also debuted his new single, “Think a Little Less.”  He appeared in the “NASH FM 94.7” studio during a break on his current tour with Darius Rucker.  The tour had just done two shows in the area – Friday (7/22) at PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey, and Sunday night (7/24) at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, Long Island.

Monday, July 25, 2016

| July 25, 2016

Lineup for 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival Announced.  This year’s 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival – taking place September 23 and 24 in Las Vegas – will be the sixth festival presented by iHeartMedia and the iheartradiomusicfest16company is announcing that the lineup for the main stage at the T-Mobile Arena will include: U2, Sting, Drake, Britney Spears, Sam Hunt, twenty one pilots, Billy Idol, Florida Georgia Line, OneRepublic, Sia, Cage the Elephant, Zedd, Tears for Fears, Ariana Grande, Pitbull and Usher.  It will also include performances from this year’s Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star contest winner, Los 5.  The weekend will also feature the Daytime Village at the Las Vegas Village across from the Luxor Hotel and Casino on Saturday, September 24 with more than 14 artists performing.  The festival will broadcast live for fans via iHeartMedia radio stations throughout the country.  Additionally, the CW Network will exclusively livestream both nights of the festival via CWTV.com and The CW App.  It will also broadcast a two-night television special on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm ET.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Alpha Media country outlet WIRK, West Palm Beach, Tim “Tiny” Burger leaves the morning show for a new, yet-to-be-announced gig.  Burger had been co-hosting the “Tiny & Chelsea in the Morning” show with Chelsea Taylor who, at least for the interim, is hosting the show solo…..On-air pro Ron Tolliver, a.k.a. Ron T, joins Royce International Broadcasting’s CHR operation based out of KRCK, Palm Springs, California.  Tolliver will host the evening show that’s also heard on the company’s KFRH, Las Vegas and KREV, San Francisco…..Futuri Media announces radio pro Clint Marsh joins the company as a partner integration specialist.  Marsh is a 32-year veteran of the radio biz who spent the last seven years as a market manager for Federated Media.

caliloveDOOBIE PICK: Check Out New Single by KORR-A.  According to RadioInfo music editor Duane Doobie Jr., the new single by KORR-A, “Cali Love” (Nabrok) is something that should not be overlooked by CHR programmers interested in infusing a bit of the EDM dynamic into their format.  In 2013, KORR-A made a splash in the dance world with her powerhouse single “Fiyacraka,” which was helmed by Grammy-nominated producer, Dave Aude, who delivered the track to top 20 status on the Billboard Dance Club Charts, #12 on UK’s Music Week Commercial Pop Charts, and #7 on the DJ Times National Dance/Crossover Charts.  Having released the single and video for “Cali Love” to an exclusive group at a private viewing party two weekends ago in Los Angeles, the overwhelmingly positive feedback and support warrants the feature.  First the song – KORR-A professes her love for Cali over upbeat horns and some EDM bounce (courtesy of producer Jared Overeem of Overdrive Productions).  “’Cali Love’ emphasizes California’s addictive atmosphere, it only made sense for a summer, beach loving girl like me to express my love for all the state has to offer,” KORR-A says about her new single.  Then the video – Ukrainian film and music video mastermind, Jensen Noen, directed the visuals, shot in the heart of sunny Malibu along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway. The video finds KORR-A in her element, on the beach dancing and having a good time with her squad.  Check it out by clicking here.

morrisVideo16WOMAN OF THE YEAR VIDEO POSTED – Talkers 2016: Bridging the Generations.  Another video recording of a key event at the recent Talkers 2016: Bridging the Generations, that was held at Hofstra University on Long Island May 20, has been posted today (7/25) on Talkers.com.  It is the finale of the four-part Awards Ceremony during which the Judy Jarvis Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions Made to the Radio Industry by a Woman award (“Woman of the Year”) was presented to Ginny Morris, chair/CEO of Hubbard Radio.  The award is presented to Morris by Danielle Lin, C.N., host of the nationally syndicated Danielle Lin Show.  To view this video in its entirety, plus the convention videos already posted, please click here.  Stay tuned to Talkers.com for more videos from Talkers 2016: Bridging the Generations that will be posted in the days and weeks to come.

Alpha Media Flips WXYY, Savannah to Classic Hip Hop.  CHR hadn’t been performing well for Alpha Media in the Savannah market so the company flips to classic hip hop to target more of the market’s urban wxyyaudience.  WXYY becomes “G100 The Throwback Station.”  Core artists will include: The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent and more.  Local personalities include Mia Amini in the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm daypart and Mark “Shark” Ediss handling the afternoon drive show.  Alpha Media Savannah-Hilton Head Gigi South says, “Savannah has been asking for a throwback station and we are so excited to bring it!  Throw your hands in the air!”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Rock KBZS, Wichita Falls, Texas “106.3 The Buzz” adds Envision Networks’ “Full Metal Jackie Radio” to its program schedule.  Johnny Thrash is brand manager for the Townsquare Media station.  He says of host Jackie Kajzer, “Jackie’s knowledge of metal and passion for the music she champions is undeniable.  Her show is the perfect fit for any station that proudly flies the metal flag.”…..iHeartMedia Portland’s hip hop KXJM, Portland announces third annual “JAM’N 107.5 Boo Bomb” throwback concert is scheduled for October 15 at the Moda Center featuring Ludacris, Jagged Edge, En Vogue, Sugar Hill Gang featuring the original Master Gee and Wonder MikeCandyman and Young MC!  KXJM programmer Justin Riley says, “‘Boo Bomb’ has become our marquee event in just a few short years!  This year’s event will be the biggest throwback show in Portland’s history.”…..Hubbard Broadcasting’s country WIL, St. Louis is bringing Capitol Nashville recording artist Jon Pardi to the annual Midwest Wingfest on Labor Day weekend.  2016 will mark the first year that a national touring artist will headline the main stage at the chicken wing festival.  Pardi’s album California Sunrise hit #1 on Billboard’s Country Album Charts with his current single “Head over Boots” in the top 10.

Friday, July 22, 2016

| July 22, 2016

DOJ Rules ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees Do Not Need to Be Altered.  A ruling on this matter has been anticipated since the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division began reviewing proposed changes to the ASCAP and BMI anti-trust consent decrees in 2013.  Now, the Division – to the chagrin of the performance rights organizations – concludes that the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees are not “outdated” as they had claimed bmi logoand further, that they “continue to serve as a vital check against ASCAP’s and BMI’s anticompetitive market power.”  National Association of Broadcasters issues a statement in support of the DOJ’s conclusion.  Noting that the review concludes noascap modifications are warranted to the decrees affecting the songwriter royalties collected by ASCAP and BMI, NAB states that the performance rights organizations “should continue to offer licenses that provide broadcasters and other users full rights to the musical works in those licensing organizations’ repertories.”  NAB says that “under the current system, radio broadcasters pay $350 million, and local television broadcasters some $150 million, to songwriters and their music publishers every year.”  Broadcasters fought the music industry’s efforts to allow ASCAP and BMI to provide only partial copyright authorizations in the case of jointly owned works.  NAB says, “Allowing this practice would be anticompetitive, nab logowould undermine the very rationale for ASCAP’s and BMI’s existence, and would significantly disrupt the day-to-day operations of local radio and television stations.  Broadcasters would need to locate and secure licenses from countless other rights owners, an impossibly expensive and practically infeasible task that would expose them to potentially ruinous copyright infringement claims.”  This was a very intensely debated issue during the investigative process.  However, the Radio Music Licensing Committee warns that “this battle is not over.  The PROs have threatened that the Division’s proposed conclusions will destroy the music licensing marketplace.  The PROs claim that some of their members have privately agreed only to convey ‘fractional’rmlc interests in their works to ASCAP and BMI.  They are suggesting that, if they heed the Division’s interpretation, any work subject to these restrictions will fall out of its repertory…the Division has proposed a one-year period in which it will not bring any enforcement actions against ASCAP and BMI while the PROs work in good faith to come to a ‘common understanding’ with their affiliates that PRO licenses convey 100% rights. If stakeholders act in good faith, there is no credible basis to believe that the music licensing marketplace will deteriorate into chaos, as the PROs/rights-owners have proclaimed.”  RMLC chairman Ed Christian says, “The radio industry has had a constructive relationship with ASCAP and BMI over many decades that has served the mutual interests of the radio industry and music copyright owners fairly.  We are pleased that the foundations of that relationship are likely to remain in place and that radio broadcasters will not face the severe disruption to their business that would have been brought about by the changes sought by music industry interests.”

Cumulus Media Buffalo Names Two Co-GSMs.  In Buffalo, Cumulus Media beefs up its sales force with the addition of Chris Saglian and the promotion of local sales manager Ryan McCrohan.  The pair will servesaglianchris as co-general sales managers for the cluster.  Saglian is a 14-year radio sales pro who joins Cumulus from Entercom’s Rochester station group where he was local sales manager.  Prior to that, he’d mccrohanryanserved with Cox Media Group as GSM in Atlanta.   Cumulus Buffalo VP/market manager Steve Bearance comments, “I am very excited to bring Chris back to Buffalo and reunite him with Ryan as co-GSMs.  The experiences Chris has gained around the country with different companies along with Ryan’s 16 years within our local stations will create a dynamic duo that will build a sales leadership alchemy for our local sales staff and overall culture in the building.”

Crenshaw Appointed OM for Cumulus Youngstown.  This is a move within Cumulus Media for programmer John Crenshaw who leaves his regional operations manager post for the company’s 10 stations in the Grand Rapids and Northern Michigan markets to return to his home state of Ohio to take on the operationscrenshawjohn manager post in the Youngstown market where he started his career 30 years ago at WOKG.  Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati says, “We’re thrilled to bring John back home and at the helm of station operations in Youngstown.  John has roots in northeast Ohio which will be instrumental in our next phase of growth with our iconic brands.”  In Youngstown, Cumulus operates CHR WHOT “HOT 101,” classic rock WYFM “Y103,” rock WWIZ “Rock 104,” country WQXK “K105,” sports talk simulcast WLLF-FM/WBBW-AM, news/talk WPIC, and talk WSOM.

Drew and Tory Leave ‘101.7 The Bull’ for New Pastures.  Today’s broadcast was the last at Titan Broadcasting’s country KBKB, Burlington, Iowa “101.7 The Bull” for morning duo “Drew and Tory” – Andrew Kirby and Tory Wuychuck.  They’re headed to a yet-to-be-announced gig in California.  Effective Monday (7/25), Chris Michaels will take over the morning show.

NASHDrakeWhiteDrake White Hits the NASH Campus.  Country artist Drake White spent a little time on Cumulus Media’s NASH Campus in Nashville this week where he chatted with “NASH Nights Live” co-hosts Elaina Smith and Shawn Parr about touring with the Zac Brown Band, his song “Livin’ the Dream,” and binge-watching “Game of Thrones!”  The DOT Records artist is getting ready to release his new album, Spark.  Pictured here are (l-r): NASH director of programming John Shomby, Smith, White, and Parr.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

| July 21, 2016

Five Radio Companies Collaborate with Shazam for ‘Audience Measurement Solution.’  You can bet that the five radio companies involved here – iHeartMedia, Cumulus Media, Entercom Communications, Cox Media Group, and Sun Broadcast Group – are hoping this venture with audio recognition technologyshazam developer Shazam will result in a listening measurement system that will truly “deliver market- and station-level audience metrics across all radio formats.”  A press release from the firms announces this new “measurement solution for broadcast and digital audio” using the several companies’ “proprietary data assets and measurement capabilities.”  They say the measurement solution will “leverage information collected from tens subramanyamradhaof millions of devices to produce the accurate, stable cross-platform audience metrics that the industry has been waiting for.”  iHeartMedia president of research and insights Radha Subramanyam says, “Shazam delivers unparalleled audio insights that will enable stable measurement across both digitalbouvardpierre and broadcast radio, making this an extremely exciting initiative for both iHeartMedia and the audio industry.  The richness of our data, combined with Shazam’s measurement capabilities, will enable much deeper insights than traditional audio measurement does, and we believe it’s a necessary and valuable addition to the evolving multi-platform audio measurement marketplace.”  Cumulus Media chief insights officer Pierre Bouvard adds, “Shazam’s fielddavidaudio insights can be an empowering measurement tool for Cumulus Media, as well as the audio industry.  Clients are demanding more insights and targeting capabilities from media companies, and radio needs to offer what has become basic table stakes.  Shazam can help us deliver on these expectations.”  Entercom president and CEO David Field says, “With this type of innovation, we believe media strategists and planners will be prompted to re-think their media mix models to give radio its fair share of the media buy.”

Justin Riley to Program CHR ‘Power 93.3’ and Hot AC ‘106.1 KISS-FM’ in Seattle.  Programmer Justin kpwkRiley joins iHeartMedia Seattle to serve as the PD for CHR KPWK “Power 93.3” and hot AC KBKS “106.1 KISS-FM.”  Riley says, “I am beyond thrilled that iHeartMedia has asked me to take on the responsibility of leading these two exciting new brands inkbks Seattle.  As a Northwest native, it has always been a dream of mine to program in the Emerald City.  And as a lifelong Seahawks fan, I’m excited to add my talents to that of the insane 12th Man!”  Riley previously served as PD for the company’s CHR KKRZ “Z100” and hip hop KXJM “JAM’N 107.5” in Portland.

Mann Returns to Classic Hits WGRR, Cincinnati for Nights.  Cincinnati air-personality Steve Mann returns to the station at which he got his start in radio and where he worked from 2006 through 2009.  Cumulus mannsteveMedia brings Mann aboard to host the evening show on classic hits WGRR and to serve as the assistant program director for the station.  For the past seven years, Mann has hosted PM drive at Hubbard Radio’s crosstown hot AC WREW “Mix 94.9.” Cumulus Media Cincinnati OM, WGRR PD and corporate program director/classic hits Keith Mitchell says, “We are very excited to welcome Steve back to 103.5 WGRR.  Not only are we getting a top-flight talent who is entrenched in Cincinnati, but Steve returns to knock the rust off his programming tool belt and adds duties as WGRR’s assistant program director.”

Entercom Ups Reis to VP of Digital Engagement.  Getting VP stripes at Entercom Communications is Kim Reis, who’s now vice president of digital audience engagement.  Entercom notes that since Reis became director of digital audience engagement in July of 2013, the company’s social following and digital marketingreiskim footprint have grown by more than 500%.  In this new position, Reis will “coach and support the programming, promotions, digital and on-air teams in all 27 markets to better engage with listeners and fans on social media, email, text, websites, on-demand audio, live streaming and other digital assets to grow ratings and revenue.”  Reis joined Entercom after serving as digital media & marketing director for Media General’s WJAR-TV, Providence.  She began her career as a morning radio co-host on WPRO-FM and WWKX in Providence.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  San Diego’s “John & Tammy in the Morning” – featuring John Flint, Tammy Lee and Steph Peters – inks a new, multi-year deal with remain on the air at Entercom’s country KSON.  Station operations manager Kevin Callahan says, “John and Tammy, along with producer Steph, have proven time and time again that they represent San Diego well.  Their fans will be ecstatic to learn of the extension.  I am excited for the future of KSON with ‘John & Tammy in the Morning.’”…..Quietly exiting Cumulus Media’s hot AC WDVD, Detroit is program director and air personality Lori Bennett.

floridageorgialineNYC16Cumulus and BMLG Collaborate with Anheuser-Busch for ‘One Night Only’ Concert Series.  Broadcaster Cumulus Media joins Big Machine Label Group in presenting and promoting Florida Georgia Line’s August 25 appearance at the Theater at Madison Square Garden as part of the “One Night Only” concert series from Anheuser-Busch and The Madison Square Garden Company.  Beginning with Florida Georgia Line in August, each show throughout the concert series will be titled by either Budweiser or Bud Light and feature renowned artists across multiple genres of music performing at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.  Florida Georgia Line will kick off the concert series with a special, intimate performance for fans in support of their forthcoming album, Dig Your Roots, featuring the single “H.O.L.Y.” Fans who buy a ticket to the concert will get a digital download of the album.

Talkers2016 logoTWO MORE VIDEOS POSTED – Talkers 2016: Bridging the Generations.  Two more video recordings of key events at the recent Talkers 2016: Bridging the Generations, that was held at Hofstra University on Long Island May 20, have been posted today (7/20) on Talkers.com.  They are the second and third segments of the four-part Awards Ceremony.  They include the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary personality Don Imus.  The presentation was made by the ceremony’s emcee/Westwood One syndicated host (and former recipient of the award) Jim Bohannon.  The award was accepted on behalf of Imus by WABC, New YorkhurleyharryVideo16 program director Craig Schwalb. The other presentation posted today is the Sharon L. Harrison Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Involvement by a Radio Talk Show Host (“Humanitarian of the Year”).  The recipient was WPGG, Atlantic City, NJ morning host Harry Hurley and it was presented by TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison. It included a special $1000 donation made by Hurley to the Broadcasters Foundation of America.  Accepting on behalf of the Foundation was Renee Cassis. To view these videos in their entirety, plus the convention videos already posted, please click here.  Stay tuned to Talkers.com for more videos from Talkers 2016: Bridging the Generations that will be posted in the days and weeks to come.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  According to a story in Ad Age, Internet music pure play Spotify is launching programmatic with the help of partners Rubicon, The Trade Desk and AppNexus.   Story author Alexandra Bruell writes, “…An ad buyer can now tweak and serve audio creative to a user based on what they know about the user —kincaidjojo listening habits and log-in data from Spotify and first-party data from a client, for example — in a matter of milliseconds.”  Read the story here.…..JVC Media of Florida reports that its classic hits outlet WXJZ, Gainesville-Ocala “WOW 100.9” – along with afternoon JoJo “Cookin’ Kincaid – have been nominated for “Best Local Radio Station” and “Best Local Radio Host,” respectively, by the Gainesville Sun’s 2016 Reader’s Choice Poll.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

| July 20, 2016

Beasley to Acquire Greater Media’s 21 Stations in Seven Markets for $240 Million. The two communications firms surprised the industry last night with an end-of-the-workday announcement that Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. will acquire Greater Media, Inc.  The deal is being structured so that Beasley will beasley logo longacquire all of the outstanding stock of Greater Media for an “aggregate consideration of approximately $240 million, subject to adjustments.”  Greater Media shareholders are expected to receive approximately $100 million in cash and approximately $25 million in shares of the company’s Class A common stock (at a fixed value of $4.61 per share).  In addition, the shareholders of Greater Media will receive the net cash proceeds from the sale of its tower assets, estimated to be approximately $20 million.  Beasley will refinance approximately $80 million of debt of Greatergreatermedia logo Media.  The deal will add Greater Media’s 21 radio stations to Beasley’s portfolio and gives Beasley entrance into the major market of Detroit with rock WRIF, classic rock WCSX, and classic hip hop and R&B WMGC.  It seriously beefs up its Boston presence by adding five stations to current property ethnic WRCA-AM.  Those stations are: classic hits WROR, country WKLB, rhythmic AC WBQT, adult contemporary WMJX, and alternative WBOS.  It bolsters Beasley’s Philly and Charlotte holdings with the addition of sports talk WPEN, classic rock WMGK, rock WMMR, and adult hits WBEN in the former and news/talk WBT-AM/FM and hot AC WLNK in the latter.  Beasley will be over the station ownership limit in Charlotte and will have to divest a couple of FM signals.  Six New Jersey stations are also part of the package.  Beasley says it intends to fund the acquisition through beasleycarolineborrowings under a new credit facility that it expects to enter into in connection with the closing of the acquisition, together with cash and cash equivalents available to the company and the issuance of Class A common stock as described above.  RBC Capital Markets and U.S. Bank have provided committed financing in support of the acquisition.  Upon closing, Beasley’s portfolio of stations that it owns and operates will expand to 73 stations (52 FM and 21 AM) in 16 markets.  BBG interim CEO and CFO Caroline Beasley says, “The acquisition of Greater Media’s broadcasting and related digital assets represents a transformational growth opportunity for Beasley and is strategically and financially compelling for our shareholders.  The transaction increases our broadcast portfolio by approximately 40% and more than doubles our audience reach, giving us both market leading stations and great brands.”

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Changes are taking place at Cumulus Media’s Allentown-Bethlehem-Eastonpaddenjerry cluster.  Taking over the program director role at adult contemporary WLEV, Allentown is Jerry Padden.  He currently serves the company as operations manager for its Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton station group and as PD for country WCTO, Easton “CAT Country 96.”  At the same time, Josh Guers moves from the AM drive co-host position to afternoons at WLEV.  Scott Evans continues as host of the morning show, followed by Kelly K, who handles the midday show.  A search will be garciamaryunderway shortly to find an AM drive co-host…..At the Tulsa operations of Cox Media Group, Mary Garcia is promoted to digital sales manager.  In this role, Garcia will work directly with the Cox Local Solutions team, a collaborative effort between Tulsa TV, its six radio stations, and its cable platform.  She joined the company 16 months ago as a digital sales specialist.  In Tulsa, CMG operates country KWEN “K95.5,” adult contemporary KRAV “Mix 96,” classic rock KJSR “The Eagle 103.3,” news/talk KRMG-AM/FM, and contemporary Christian K289CC “Spirit 105.7.”…..Futuri Media announces that broadcast news pro Jill Manuel is joining the company as director, TopicPulse partnership development.  The company says her “expertise with broadcast newsroom digital integration and successful history blending compelling journalism and engagement will provide a unique and specialized strategic resource for Futuri’s TopicPulse partners.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  A creative promotion by country WXCL, Peoria PD Dr. Chris Michaels and afternoon host Joe Greenwood kicks off tomorrow (7/21).  It’s called “Seats for Soldiers” and will take place at Dozer Park where the two will be trying to save EVERY seat in the baseball park for a soldier, while raising money for Hope For The Warriors.  Starting bright and early tomorrow, they’ll take their seats in section 104 and move seats withnathanCraig16 every donation made to Hope For The Warriors.  They will sit for 36 hours straight and end at 6:00 pm on Friday.  The community is invited to come down to Dozer Park on Friday at 4:00 pm to sit and show support for the armed services during the last two hours…..Country artist Craig Campbell (left) is pictured here with WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” personality Shila Nathan (right) after performing his new single “Outskirts of Heaven.”  Campbell told Nathan he considers the song a prayer request and had no intention of releasing the song for the radio.  After playing it live he saw people connecting with it and decided to release it.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

| July 19, 2016

RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the iHeartMedia Chicago station group, Ashley “AC” Trybula is named digitaltrybulaashley program director.  In this role, she’ll work with the programming and sales departments for all six stations – country WEBG “BIG 95.5,” hip hop WGCI, urban adult contemporary WVAZ “V103,” CHR WKSC “KISS 103.5,” hot AC WLIT “MYfm93.9,” and gospel WGRB.  Trybula comes to iHM from Radio One where she was a regional online editor…..Entercom Atlanta replaces the afternoon drive show on hot AC WSTR “STAR 94.”  Off the air are Drex, Cassiday, and Tingle and in for the 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm shift is Mike Marino who left his role on the “Jeff & Jenn” morning show for the new daypart.

wbiziHM Launches Classic Hits Outlet in Eau Claire.  Gone from WBIZ, Eau Claire, Wisconsin and translator W245CN, Eau Claire is “Sports Radio 1400” and now airing is the classic hits format branded “98.7 The Brew.”  The station posted the following message on its Facebook page, “Thank you for listening.  We have now changed to Eau Claire’s Classic Hits 98-7 THE BREW.  We will continue to air some of the BEST local sports only now on the FM dial too! Stay tuned for more details.”  The iHeartMedia station will continue to air some sports play-by-play programming.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutIs There (Extra-)Terrestrial Life Beyond Terrestrial Radio?  Michael Harrison Catches Up With Former Radio Programmer Laurie Cantillo.   Former talk radio program director (WTOP, WABC, KFYI, XTRA, KTAR) Laurie Cantillo is the guest interviewee on this week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne program, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  The past recipient of the TALKERS Woman of the Year Award left all-news WTOP, Washington, DC a year-and-a-half ago in a fascinating change of career course and became a public affairs officer in the planetary sciences division of the National Aeronautics and Spacecantillolaurie Administration (NASA).  Since joining NASA, Cantillo has been involved in communicating information to the media about a variety of colorful projects including the recent New Horizons fly-by of Pluto and the current Juno Mission to Jupiter.  Harrison and Cantillo discuss a wide range of subjects and issues including the state of commercial radio, the impact of today’s media on the news, the relationship between young people and social media and, of course, leading edge discoveries and NASA projects in science.  To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box in the right-hand column of every page on Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

iheartradioNYCBBiHeartRadio to Be Featured on Iconic NYC Billboard.  The logo for iHeartMedia’s iHeartRadio will soon appear over the New York City skyline on one of the city’s most iconic billboards.  It sits atop the old Ruppert Ice House overlooking the Triboro/RFK Bridge leading into Manhattan and out of The Bronx.  The billboard displays the company’s iHeartRadio logo and is one of only eight brands to grace this historic billboard over the last 80 years.  They are: Knickerbocker Beer (1952-1962), City Services Gasoline (a.k.a. Citgo, 1962- early 70s), Kent Cigarettes (early 70s – late 70s), Golden Lights Cigarettes (early 80s – late 80s), Newport Cigarettes (early 90s – 1999), and HISTORY Channel (2000-2015).  The more than 8,000 square foot billboard will include a digital display that will promote iHeartMedia’s New York City-based station brands — Z100, Power 105, KTU, Lite FM, Q104.3 and WOR — and upcoming events such as the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour and the iHeartRadio Music Awards.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  At this September’s ReelMIX 2016 conference (9/28-29) for imaging and v/o pros at The LOFT in Miami, voice-over artists Dr. Dave Ferguson, Dave Foxx and Rachel McGrath are joining for the “VO from the VO’s POV” segment.  The two-day event is a joint production of ReelWorld and The Mix Group.  The Mix Group president Jason Garte says, “Imaging producers will directly benefit by learning how to better work with their VO talent to get the reads that really make their production pop!”…..Alpha Media Portland’s country KUPL “98.7 The Bull” is showing its support for all the men and women in uniform serving the Portland and SW Washington area with the “98.7 The Bull Evening for Law Enforcement.”  The benefit will be held at the company’s Skype Live Studio on July 21 and will feature a performance from this year’s “American Idol” winner, Trent Harmon, along with several other surprise celebrity cameos…..Last week, the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones show enlisted its loyal audience to help honor wounded U.S. Marine Sgt. Kirstie Ennis who lost her leg serving as a helicopter door gunner.  After hearing her story, Bones and his on-air crew revealed they wanted to donate proceeds from the sale of “America Strong” t-shirts on BobbyBones.com to purchase an all-terrain, tracked wheel chair for Ennis.  It took less than a week to raise the $20,000 necessary and Ennis appeared on the program yesterday (7/18) to get the good news.

Monday, July 18, 2016

| July 18, 2016

Beasley’s ‘Star 107.9’ in Las Vegas Adds ‘Brooke & Jubal’ for Mornings.  The KQMV, Seattle-based “Brooke & Jubal” morning show – hosted by Brooke Fox and Jubal Flagg – is adding another affiliate station; kvgs logo starthis time it’s Beasley Media Group’s KVGS, Las Vegas “STAR 107-9.”  The program debuts on the station on July 21 and current KVGS morning host Aimee is staying on to provide hourly local content.  KVGS operations manager John Candelaria says, “Brooke & Jubal’s impressive success in Seattle and Portland really sealed the deal for us.  I’m thrilled we’ve found the perfect morning show.  We’re combining a lot of fun and engaging top-shelf content with local Las Vegas elements from Aimee, our own rising superstar!”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Programmer Tonya Campos exits Mt. Wilson Broadcasters’ country KKGO, Los Angeles “Go Country 105” where she’s been the PD for most of the past nine years…..At the Sacramento station group of Entercom, Patrick Olsen, a.k.a. Cooper, leaves his assistant program director position for alternative KKDO “RADIO 94.7.”  In the interim, sister active rock KRXQ “98ROCK” personality Andy Hawk will serve as acting APD…..Director of promotion Sarah Lanieu takes on additional responsibilities at the CBS RADIO Miami cluster, adding country WKIS “KISS 99.9,” sports talk WQAM, and rhythmic CHR WPOW “POWER 96” to her charge and assuming the expanded title, director of marketing and promotions…..Air personality Jeremy Gold is the new evening jock at Entercom’s hip hop KQKS, Denver KS1075, taking over for Ya Girl Cedes…..After six years programming Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary WLEV, Allentown, Laura St. James exits the PD position.  St. James will continue to host weekend shows at the company’s WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7.”

‘Qfm96’ Columbus Personality Joe Show Dies Unexpectedly at 56.  Hearts are heavy at Sagashowjoe Communications’ Columbus Radio Group after WLVQ afternoon drive personality Joe Pasternak, a.k.a. Joe Show, passed away unexpectedly at age 56 on Friday morning.  Pasternak was the afternoon drive jock on the rock outlet where he’d worked for the past 27 years.  Columbus Radio Group president and general manager Chris Forgy says, “Joe Show’s radio family is heartbroken with the news of his passing.  Joe Show was the face of ‘Qfm96’ and represented the ‘Q’ family as only he could.  Everyone who knew Joe has their own special memory and undoubtedly their own Joe story.  He will forever be missed.”  Details of his passing are not being made public at this time.  He leaves a wife and two adult children.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  For the third year in a row, iHeartMedia is presenting the 2016 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, November 5.  The mega-concert will celebrate the best in Latin music with performances by Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Nicky Jam, Yandel, Gente de Zona, Intocable, J Balvin, Daddy Yankee and Pitbull.  And for the second straight year, the 2016 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina will also include a special TV re-broadcast on TELEMUNDO in later in November…..SiriusXM is presenting a special invitation-only show by Coldplay for SiriusXM listeners on Sunday, August 7 at a secret location.  The performance will also air live on SiriusXM’s The Spectrum channel and will feature the band playing songs from their 20-year career, including music from the new album, A Head Full of Dreams.  SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein says, “We couldn’t be more excited that Coldplay, one of the most acclaimed bands working today, will step away from its global tour playing stadiums and arenas to present an intimate event for SiriusXM at a special location.”…..CBS RADIO Baltimore is announcing the debut of its new entertainment venue, UpClose Performance Studio – a state-of-the-art space, that the radio stations in the cluster will use to present invitation-only concerts and special events to its listeners.  Officially opening on July 20, the studio will host performers and other celebrities for concerts, talks and various “meet & greet” opportunities.  Upcoming performances include: singer/actress Sofia Carson (July 20) the band Magic! and singer/songwriter Gnash (July 22) and Jordan Smith (July 27), last year’s winner of season nine of the TV show “The Voice.”

4th Annual Radio Talent Workshop Begins Today at WKU.  Today begins the 4th annual Kentucky Broadcasters Association Western Kentucky University Radio Talent Institute with 35 broadcasters discovering and preparing young talent with a strong desire to be in the broadcast industry.  Twenty four students from across the state and region have been accepted into the Institute and all will be taking the RAB course toWKUInst15 become certified as Radio Marketing Professionals.  They’ll also learn from broadcasters about other aspects of radio, including: on-air, sports, news, production, promotions and digital/social media.  Some of the guest professional faculty are: Steve Newberry, president of Commonwealth Communications; Bud Walters, president of Cromwell Radio Group; Chris Hillard, president of Forever Communications; Kristin Cantrell, owner/CEO of CapCity Communications and Seven Mountains Media; Mike Tarter, president and Terry Forcht, chairman/CEO of Forcht Broadcasting; and Lynn Martin, president of LM Communications.   The Ben Davis and Kelly K show (pictured here at last year’s Institute) from WDJX, Louisville will broadcast live from WKU on Friday morning.

June 2016 PPM Analysis: Triple A

| July 15, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian (2)LOS ANGELES — Our three-part series of comprehensive overviews of June 2016 PPM results concludes with triple A, also known as “album alternative” or “adult album alternative.”

Previous June 2016 ratings summaries covered alternative (Wednesday, 7/13), and rock (Thursday, 7/14).

Of the three rock genres, triple A has the lowest average 6+-share (2.37, versus 3.18 for alternative and 4.15 for rock).

With 80% of its qualifying base ranking between #11 and #20 (6+, June 2016), triple A outlets tend to finish fourteenth (#14.20). Rock’s average is tenth (#9.93) and alternative is thirteenth (#13.08).

The same parameters used for the alternative and rock overviews constitute the following triple A scoreboards: Facilities must appear in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, June 2016).

Given that Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo triple A analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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Friday, July 15, 2016

| July 15, 2016

Dave Daniels to Host Mornings at KHAY, Oxnard-Ventura.  On-air pro Dave Daniels is named thedanielsdave morning host on Cumulus Media’s Oxnard-Ventura country outlet KHAY, effective July 18.  Cumulus Oxnard-Ventura operations manager Chris Cox says, “We are thrilled to have Dave on board.  Dave’s country radio background and total commitment to making the listener become the star of the morning show is just what KHAY needs to continue to be Ventura County’s best choice in the morning.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s Buffalo alternative rocker WLKK “Alternative Buffalo 107.7|104.7,” air personality Brandi is promoted to midday host, holding down the 11:00 am to 2:00 pm brandislot…..Gabriela Loredon, a.k.a. Lady G, is promoted to program director for Kemp Broadcasting’smichaelsray CHR KVGQ “Q106.9” and rhythmic CHR KVEG “HOT 97.5” in Las Vegas.  Loredon is a morning drive personality on KVEG and serves as that station’s music director.  She’s been interim PD at the Kemp outlets since Sherita Saulsberry exited…..Ray Michaels joins Townsquare Media’s Grand Junction, Colorado station group as operations manager.  He’s also hosting the afternoon show on rock KKNN “95 Rock.”

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Triple A.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian wraps his three-part look at the performances of rock-formatted stations based on data from the June 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM survey.  Previously, we’ve looked at alternative rock and mainstream or active rock.  Today, Kinosian turns his focus to adult album alternative or triple A.  While there are only 10 triple A stations in PPM markets that finished in the top 20 in their respective markets, the audience for the format can be very loyal.  However, just one station – Alpha Media’s KINK, Portland – ranked in the top five in its market in the June survey.  See how the triple A stations performed over the last six surveys, ratings fluctuations from a year ago, plus a chart detailing the performances of alternative, rock and triple A stations in their markets.  It’s all here.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The folks who run the charity Kars4Kids are launching a cool promotion based on thekars4kidsvideo16 notoriety of their ubiquitous radio and TV jingle.  They write, “After receiving death threats to our jingle writer and being bombarded with cries for help from the torture our listeners are enduring, we decided to create a platform that would give our listeners an outlet to vent out all that anger and frustration…We just launched the official Kars4Kids Jingle Fever Game at karsforkidsjingle.com.  Listeners can now actually get a chance to kill the jingle once and for all and truly bring back peace of mind to mankind.  Our jingle plays in all major markets across the US with a reach of an estimated 80 million listeners/viewers.”  Check out the creative video that promotes the game – and the charity – here…..SummitMedia’s urban contemporary WBHK, Birmingham “98.7 Today’s Kiss” in cooperation with the City of Birmingham is hosting the inaugural “Silence the Violence Rally” tomorrow (7/16) inside Kelly Ingram Park from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  The station says, “With all the recent events around the country and in our own Birmingham neighborhoods, ‘98.7 Kiss FM’ will rally the community together with this special event that will provide music with Ruben Studdard, special balleriniEntercom16words from Mayor William A. Bell, inflatables for kids, and much more.”…..Country star Kelsea Ballerini – along with alt-rockers Cage the Elephant – performed for Entercom programmers and execs on Monday (7/11) in Park City, Utah at the Entercom national programming meetings.  Ballerini performed her hit songs “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs” and Cage the Elephant closed the evening with a full, 90-minute set exclusively for Entercom’s market managers and programming team.  Pictured here are (from l-r): Mike Preston, program director KKWF, Seattle; Entercom Communications president & CEO David Field; Ballerini; Mike Moore, program director KWJJ, Portland; and Entercom president of programming Pat Paxton.

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