Round Four of September PPM Data Released. The fourth of four rounds of Nielsen Audio’s September 2016 PPM ratings information has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen’s September 2016 survey period covered August 11- September 7. You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all 12 of these PPM markets.
1) Austin – Without an increase the last four sweeps for a -.8 (5.1 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ gains it all back (5.1, +.8, 6+) as “Majic 95.5” zooms from #9 to a three-way tie at #5. Also improving by eight-tenths (2.9 – 3.7, #13 to #11, 6+) is Univision Radio regional Mexican KLQB “Que Buena 104.3,” which has its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2015 (3.9). Although unchanged at #20, cluster-mate KLJA “107.7 Mas Variedad” notches a +.2 to 1.4 (6+), thus curtailing four successive declines producing a -1.9, or roughly 60% of its 6+ share (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.2, 6+). Following three successive negative trends that yielded a -.8 (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WPEZ “102.3 The Beat” dials up a +.7 to 4.4 (6+) and enters the top ten (#11 to #10). By gaining four-tenths in June, Emmis adult hits KBPA halted three successive downward trends that produced a combined -1.3 (9.4 – 9.1 – 8.6 – 8.1, 6+). “Bob” regressed by -.5 in July; rebounded with a +1.1 in August; but declines -.8 in September (8.1 – 8.5 – 8.0 – 9.1 – 8.3, 6+). Nonetheless, “Bob” is on top for the ninth consecutive time. Also off by eight-tenths is co-owned KLBJ-FM “93.7 The Rock of Austin” (5.5 – 4.7, 6+), which tumbles from fourth to eighth. Up by a combined two full-shares in July and August (6.7 – 8.7, 6+), University of Texas at Austin-owned KUT flounders by 45% of that increase to 7.8 (-.9, 6+) but remains in the runner-up slot for the fifth time in a row. Prior to August, the last time KUT crossed the eight-share barrier (6+) was February 2011 when it reached 8.5.
2) Milwaukee – Off in back-to-back monthlies by six-tenths (6.0 – 5.6 – 5.4, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WKKV more than erases that deficit with a +.9 to 6.3 (6+) as “V-100.7 Jams” elevates from #7 to a tie at #3. Bouncing back from a one-half share decline in August, CHR sibling WRNW “97-3 Now” flashes a +.8 (3.6 – 3.1 – 3.9, 6+), climbing from #14 to #12. Remaining in that iHM cluster, WMIL (steady at #5) posts a +.2 to 5.9 (6+), halting three consecutive times it was without an increase for a cumulative -.9 (6.6 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 5.7, 6+); 5.7 was the lowest 6+-share for “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” since the “Holiday” 2015 report (5.4). Unchanged at #11, Saga Communications’ urban AC WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3 Today’s R&B and Old School” tacks on seven tenths to the one-half share it gained in August (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+). The last six fluctuations for “Jammin’ are +.7 (April); +.5 (May); -.6 (June); -.8 (July); +.5 (August); and +.7 (September) for a net of +1.0. Positive or flat for the fourth straight time (1.8 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s WUWM (#15 to #14) is +1.2 since May. Speaking of “May,” this is the first time WUWM has crossed the three-share level (6+) since May 2014 when it hit 3.2. Even though it takes a spike of -.6 to 8.7 (6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WRIT “95.7 Big FM – Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” occupies the market’s top spot for the 18th straight sweep. Similar to Saga’s “Jammin,” “Big FM” is no stranger to wild month-to-month shifts. They include +1.7 (October); -.7 (November); +5.6 (“Holiday” 2015); -5.7 (January); +1.3 (February); +1.1 (April); -.6 (May); -1.1 (August) and now -.6 (September). Co-owned talker WISN surrenders one full-share of the robust +1.2 it garnered in August (4.9 – 6.1 – 5.1, 6+) as it slides from fourth to seventh. With a +.3 in July, WISN curtailed four straight declines that accounted for a combined -2.1 (6.7 – 6.0 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 4.6, 6+). Fellow talk outlet, Scripps-owned WTMJ, relinquishes the entire one-half share it gained in August (plus one-tenth, -.6 to 6.3, 6+) as it segues from second to third. With its +.5 in August, the flagship of the Milwaukee Brewers stopped three straight (modest) dips (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.4, 6+). Also down by six-tenths are co-owned WKTI “94.5 KTI Country” (2.8, #13 to #15, 6+) and Saga Communications’ WJYI “Today’s Christian Joy” (.9 – .3, #21, 6+). “94.5 KTI Country” had been positive or flat the past four sweeps (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+).
3) Indianapolis – One-half share separates the market’s top three rankers. With a +.2 in August, Emmis adult contemporary WYXB ended three straight declines (7.1 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+). Tacking on an additional seven-tenths (6.6 – 7.3, 6+), “Soft Rock B-105.7” inches up from fourth to third. It is the strongest 6+-share for “B-105.7” since February (7.6). In the country arena, Cumulus Media’s WFMS “95.5 The Country Station” registers its third successive positive trend (5.3 – 5.6 – 5.7 – 6.0, 6+), reaching the six-share level (6+) for the first time since January 2015 (6.3), while Emmis’ WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank FM” is without an increase for the fourth time in a row (6.3 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+). “The Country Station” and “Hank” remain at fifth and eighth, respectively. Up or flat for a combined +1.5 in four straight sweeps (6.4 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.9 – 7.9, 6+), WZPL lost three-tenths in August, slipping from first (where it was in June and July) to second. Not only does the Entercom CHR pick up two-tenths (7.6 – 7.8, 6+), it regains the top spot from Radio One urban AC WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader,” which erodes by -1.2 to 6.5 (6+) and drifts to fourth. In August, “Indy’s R&B Leader” notched a +.6 to 7.7, its best 6+-share since November 2015’s 8.2. Off by seven-tenths to 2.5 – its lowest 6+-stat since December 2014’s 1.7 – Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRWM “93.9 The Beat” falls from #13 to #14. As a result of an August gain of one-tenth, “The Beat” brought to an end four successive down or flat sweeps (3.5 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+).
4) Providence – Enjoying gains of six-tenths each are Cumulus Media mainstream CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” (8.5 – 9.1, 6+) and Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” (7.0 – 7.6, 6+). The stations are unchanged at #2 and #4, respectively. This is the best 6+-stat for “Today’s Hit Music” since February (also 9.1). After three successive gains that yielded a cumulative +1.2 (7.0 – 7.2 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+), “Cat Country 98.1” returned all of it in August with a -1.2; July’s 8.2 was the best 6+-performance for “Cat Country” since last September’s 8.9. Following three successive declines (9.2 – 8.9 – 8.7 – 8.4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WHJY “Providence’s Home of Rock and Roll” adds one-tenth to 8.5 (6+) and carries on at #3. Climbing from ninth to eighth, Entercom sports outlet WVEI (2.7, +.3, 6+) halts three straight declines that yielded a -1.1 (3.5 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+). Over the course of six straight up or flat trends (.3 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .8 – .8, 6+) public WELH (steady at #11) nearly triples its 6+-stat. In addition to notching its third straight (modest) increase for a combined gain of one-half share (9.4 – 9.6 – 9.7 – 9.9, 6+), Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” is #1 for the eleventh successive ratings period. A +.2 in July put an end to three consecutive downward trends totaling -2.7 (12.1 – 10.6 – 10.3 – 9.4, 6+); 9.4 in June was the lowest 6+-share for “Lite Rock” since November’s 8.7. A decline of one-half share takes talk cluster-mate WPRO-AM (steady at #7) to 4.1, its weakest 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2013 (4.0), while co-owned similarly formatted WPRV (#13 to #12) is up for the fourth straight time (.2 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .7, 6+), more than tripling its 6+-share. At 2.6 (6+) for the fourth successive report, rhythmic CHR sibling WWKX “Hot 106.3” moves from eighth to ninth.
5) Raleigh – The seesaw continues for iHeartMedia CHR WDCG, which is +.6 in July; -.6 in August; and now a whopping +1.3 in September (7.0 – 7.6 – 7.0 – 8.3, 6+), as “G-105” marches from fourth to second. It has been more than four years (8.4, July 2012) since “G-105” reached the eight-share level (6+). In back-to-back sweeps (April – May – May – June), “G-105” was off by a combined seven-tenths (7.7 – 7.2 – 7.0, 6+). Three-tenths ahead of it at #1 is Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5,” which dials up a +.9 to advance from #2 (7.7 – 8.6, 6+). Recent hefty monthly (6+) swings for “Mix” include +.5 October – November; +.6 November – December; +5.7 December – Holiday; -7.2 “Holiday” – January; +.6 January – February; +.6 February – March; -.6 March – April; +.5 April – May; +.5 June – July; and +.9 August – September. Departing the penthouse after four sweeps is Radio One urban AC WFXC “Foxy” (8.1 – 7.5, -.6, first to fourth, 6+). A +1.5 in May propelled “Foxy” from fourth to first and it remained there in June. “Foxy” was then deadlocked for the top spot in July with “Mix.” Showing a positive trend for the third time in a row netting a +1.2 (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+), Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB “Radio 96.1” jumps from tenth to seventh with its finest 6+-showing since November 2015 (5.2). Owing to a +.5 to 3.1 (6+), Capitol Broadcasting sports outlet WCMC “The Fan” (#15 to #14) halts five straight downward trends accounting for -2.3 or roughly -47% of its 6+-share (4.9 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+). Surrendering all but one-tenth of the combined +1.3 it recorded in July and August (5.0 – 5.5 – 6.3, 6+), iHeartMedia FM talker WTKK (5.1, -1.2, 6+) drops from fifth to sixth. As a result of adding four-tenths in June, WTKK curtailed three straight downward trends which yielded a cumulative -1.2 (5.8 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). After increasing by six-tenths in August, Curtis Media Group’s WPTK “Just Right Radio” coughs up seven-tenths (1.1 – 1.7 – 1.0, 6+) to slide from #18 to #19. This represents the third consecutive decline (-1.6 total) for Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” (6.3 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 4.7, 6+), which slips from seventh to ninth. Entering the July sweep, “K-97.5” was without a decrease in five straight ratings periods for a cumulative +1.5 (4.8 – 5.5 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). Also regressing by one-half share and departing the top ten (#10 to #12) is Curtis Media Group CHR WPLW “Pulse FM” (4.1 – 3.6, 6+), which had been in the four-share range (6+) the past 11 monthlies.
6) Norfolk – In 2.5 – 2.9 territory (6+) March through August, Entercom hot AC WPTE improves by six-tenths to 3.1, the best 6+-share for “94.9 The Point – The Sound of Now” since February (3.3). Also up six-tenths is Saga Communications’ WNOR “FM 99” (5.1 – 5.7, 6+), which rises from fourth to third. Off by two-tenths (6+) in both June and July, WVKL “Smooth R&B From Yesterday & Today” rebounded in August with a +.7 and now adds two-tenths (11.8 – 12.5 – 12.7, 6+). The Entercom urban AC is #1 for the 52nd consecutive ratings period and has its strongest 6+-share since December 2015’s 13.0. The last time “Smooth R&B From Yesterday & Today” was not in double-digits (6+) was when it registered a 9.8 in January 2014. This marks the ninth straight time that iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI trails WVKL in the runner-up slot; however, after August’s +.6, “Jamz 103” now drops seven-tenths (6.7 – 7.3 6.6, 6+). In June, WOWI was -1.3 to 6.3, the first time it had been below a seven-share (6+) since April 2014 (6.8). Rhythmic hot AC sibling WMOV “MOViN 107.7” falters by one-half share (2.7 – 2.2, 6+) to slide from seventh to eighth. For the third straight sweep, Max Broadcast Group Norfolk stations are no longer Nielsen Audio subscribers. With data cited from the June 2016 ratings period, they are classic hits-oldies WVBW (#3, 6.0); country WGH-FM (5.0, #7); CHR WVHT (#9, 3.8); sports WVSP (#12, 2.3); and gospel WGH-AM (#15, 1.9).
7) Nashville – The two loftiest (6+) August 2016 – September 2016 increases from the 12 PPM-markets in this overview can be found in Nashville (and a +1.3 by Raleigh’s WDCG, see above). Not only does Cumulus Media-owned WGFX trot out a whopping +1.4 (4.0 – 5.4, 6+), “104.5 The Zone” rockets into the top ten (#12 to #6). A gain of two-tenths in August by Midwest Communications’ adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9” pulled the plug on seven straight downward trends (15.6 – 10.7 – 10.2 – 9.7 – 9.6 – 9.1 – 8.3 – 8.2, 6+) that yielded a net loss since the “Holiday” 2015 report of -7.4. “Mix” piles on another +1.3 to 9.7 (6+) and is #1 for the 55th consecutive ratings period. The eight-tenths’ advantage it had over (runner-up) iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “The River” (7.6 – 7.7, +.1, 6+) in August expands to two full-shares. In 2.3 – 2.8 range (6+) the past six survey periods, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WLVU “K-LOVE” (unchanged at #15) rolls out a +.6 to 3.0, its strongest 6+-stat since February (3.1). Seven-tenths isn’t lucky for the three outlets that decline by that margin: Cumulus Media’s WSM-FM “Nash Icon” (5.9, third to fourth, 6+); co-owned WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” (5.2, seventh to ninth, 6+); and Midwest Communications’ adult hits WCJK “Jack FM” (5.4, fifth to sixth, 6+). In June, “Nash Icon” registered its strongest-ever 6+-PPM stat (5.9); added a +1.4 to 7.3 in July; but was -.7 in August. “Super Talk 99.7” was +1.3 in August and had been up or flat the past three monthlies (4.1 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 5.9, 6+); “Jack FM” faltered by seven-tenths in August. After recording a +.6 enabling it to reach a five-share (6+) for the first time in its PPM-history (5.0, 6+, August 2016), public WPLN forfeits that gain in its entirety and exits the top ten (#9 to #11). Without a decrease the past three ratings periods (3.7 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.2, 6+), Cromwell alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” surrenders the combined one-half share gain and returns to 3.7 (6+, #11 to #12, 6+). Slipping from #17 to #18, Nashville Public Radio classical outlet WFCL (1.6, -.1, 6+) has its string of successive positive trends end at three (.7 – .9 – 1.2 – 1.7, 6+).
8) Greensboro – While the net difference of the 6+-share of WQMG between January 2016 and August 2016 is just -.1 (8.2 versus 8.1, 6+), the path there has been quite noteworthy. Specifically, there have been three straight increases totaling +2.5, followed by three successive decreases (including a massive -1.3 in August) yielding a -2.6. The Entercom-owned urban AC answers back in September with a +1.1 to 9.2 (6+) and “The Best R&B and Old School” climbs from second to third. In advance of a June decrease, WQMG had a cumulative increase of three full-shares via six consecutive up or flat monthlies (7.7 – 7.7 – 8.2 – 9.1 – 9.3 – 9.7 – 10.7, 6+). Whereas 10.7 was its strongest 6+-showing since November 2014 (10.7), the 8.1 (6+) in August is its weakest since “Holiday” 2015 (7.7). After July’s loss of seven-tenths, a market facility with similar call letters – iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG – eroded by an additional one-half share in August, but rebounds in September with a gain of seven-tenths (8.0 – 7.3 – 6.8 – 7.5, 6+), inching up from fifth to fourth. Sandwiching a June 4.8 (6+) between 4.7 shares (6+) in May and July, CHR sibling WMKS “100.3 Kiss FM The Triad’s Hit Music Station” (sixth to fifth) explodes with a combined +1.8 between August and September to 6.5, its strongest 6+-showing since August 2015 (6.9). The combination of a third straight improvement by Entercom rhythmic CHR WJMH “102 Jamz” (8.6 – 9.8 – 10.0 – 10.1, 6+) and back-to-back declines by adult hits cluster-mate WSMW “Simon” (10.9 – 10.5 – 8.7, 6+) results in “102 Jamz” marching from second to first and “Simon” skidding from the top spot (which it held in June, July, and August) to third. The -1.8 by “Simon” is the steepest 6+ August 2016 – September 2016 decline by any station in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released on Thursday. “Simon” achieved double-digits three times previously (10.7, 10.5, and 10.1), but 10.9 in July was the best-ever 6+-stat in its PPM-history. Despite a one-half share dip, iHeartMedia’s WTQR “New Country Q-104.1” (7.0 – 6.5, fourth to fifth, 6+) has a 1.9-share lead over its rival – Entercom-owned WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” (4.5 – 4.6, +.1, steady at #7, 6+) – which is in 4.2 – 4.8 range (6+) for the eighth straight time. This marks the seventh successive sweep that Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101” is either (modestly) down or flat (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+). Moreover, it finishes at #11 as it has in each of those survey periods.
9) West Palm Beach – Not only does WRMF repeat at #1, it does so with an exclamation point of back-to-back spikes of +.8 in August and a +1.1 in September, elevating the Alpha Media hot AC to 9.1, its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 9.3. WRMF fell to second in July, after 23 successive sweeps at #1. In June, WRMF gained three-tenths to end four successive decreases yielding a cumulative -2.2 (9.5 – 9.3 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.3, 6+). Completely erasing August’s -.7, iHeartMedia classic rock WKGR “Gater 98.7” moves from fifth to fourth (4.9 – 4.2 – 4.9, +.7, 6+). Bettering their August stats by six-tenths each are CHR cluster-mate WLDI “WiLD 95.5” (seventh to fifth, 6+) and talk sibling WZZR (2.1 – 2.7, #12 to #9, 6+). This is the sixth successive up or flat monthly for WLDI (2.8 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.5, 6+) and first time it has reached the four-share level (6+) since October 2014 (4.4). Sharp fluctuations continue for co-owned adult contemporary WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5” (unchanged at #3), whose last three moves have been by +1.5 in July; -1.0 in August; and -.8 in September (6.0 – 7.5 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+). The 7.5 in July was its highest 6+-stat since 7.7 in April 2015. Following three straight improvements that nearly doubled its 6+-share (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 2.2, 6+), talk WFTL returns August’s +.7 (1.5, -.7, 6) and skids from #11 to #13.
10) Jacksonville – It is a short (one month) stay at #1 for Cox Media Group-owned CHR WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music Station” as it sputters by seven-tenths to 8.6 (6+), while Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety” improves by one-half share to 9.4 (6+). “Lite 96” rebounds from a robust -1.3 in August returning to the top (from #2) as WAPE (+.5 in August) shifts from first to third. Following back-to-back #2 performances, WAPE regressed by eight-tenths in June but answered with a +.9 in July. A fluctuation of 1.3 is familiar to “Lite” as it was -1.3 in June but shook it off with a +.8 in July. Prior to August, “Lite” had been #1 the previous nine sweeps and in fact, before dropping to #2 in November 2015, it was on top the previous 17 sweeps; 9.4 in June was its lowest 6+-share since December’s 9.2. Without a decrease going into August in three straight sweeps for a +1.5 (7.4 – 8.2 – 8.2 – 8.9, 6+) and notching its best-ever (6+) PPM-era stat (July’s 8.9), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL lost one-tenth. “96.9 The Eagle,” however, responds in September with a +.5 (8.9 – 8.8 – 9.3, 6+) and climbs from third to second. Moreover, it is the first time in its PPM-history that “The Eagle” has crossed the nine-share threshold (6+). Three consecutive (May – June – July) improvements gave Renda Broadcasting’s WGNE a combined +1.2 (4.9 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+), but “99 Gator Country” surrendered virtually all that gain in August (6.1 – 5.0, -1.1, 6+) only to post a +.7 to 4.3 (6+) in September; it remains at #8. Owing to three consecutive declines (5.7 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits WWJK “107.3 Jack-FM” erodes by -2.4 and falls from #11 to #12.
11) Memphis – Although flat at #8, Cumulus Media rocker WXMX “98.1 The Max” has netted over two full-shares via five straight progressive trends (2.8 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+). Marching from sixth to fifth, Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” records its third successive improvement (5.0 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 6.0, 6+) for a net gain of one full-share. Conversely, sibling WGKX is off for the third straight time (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0, 6+), but “Kix 106 Today’s Best Country” remains at #9. Notwithstanding a -2.3 in four successive downtrends (12.5 – 11.6 – 10.7 – 10.5 – 10.2, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS “V-101” is #1 for the seventh straight time. Its lead over the runner-up, Cumulus Media‘s WRBO, actually improves by one-tenth as “Soul Classics & Today’s R&B” is down four-tenths (8.2 – 7.8, 6+). Trending 7.9 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 7.7 (6+) since May, Entercom adult contemporary WRVR “Continuous Soft Rock The River” falters by six-tenths to 7.1 (6+), segueing from third to fourth. After back-to-back improvements that accounted for a +.9 (5.1 – 5.7 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia gospel WHAL “Halleluiah” stumbles by one-half share to 5.5 (6+), sliding from fifth to seventh. Having registered four successive gains of one-tenth each (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7, 6+), CHR cluster-mate KWNW “101.9 Kiss-FM” flounders by three-tenths to 1.4, but stays at #15.
12) Hartford – On top for 23 of the last 24 sweeps – including the past 15 – CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5” falters by a stunning -1.1 (10.4 – 9.3, 6+) and drops to second-place. “Lite” had been in double-digits (6+) the past 13 ratings periods but it has its softest 6+-showing since August 2015, when it recorded an 8.7. A +.3 in April halted a three-month slide that resulted in a combined decline of nearly seven shares (17.8 – 12.1 – 11.9 – 11.0, 6+). Taking over at the top is iHeartMedia-owned WWYZ “Country 92-5,” which ironically is down four-tenths (to 9.7, 6+) thus curtailing five straight positive or flat monthlies (7.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 9.0 – 9.5 – 10.1, 6+). “Country 92-5” was up nearly three full-shares since March and had been in the runner-up slot the past three sweeps. Gaining seven-tenths each and remaining at fifth and sixth, respectively, are co-owned classic hits-oldies WHCN-FM “105.9 The River” (6.6 – 7.3, 6+) and CBS Radio hot AC WTIC-FM (6.3 – 7.0, 6+). It is the best 6+-stat for “The River” since March (7.9). Even though it remains at #11, Connoisseur Media talker WDRC-AM registers a +.1 (to .5) and ends four straight reports without an increase (.8 – .7 – .6 – .4 – .4, 6+).
iHeartMedia Flips KMJM, St Louis from Rhythmic Oldies to Hip Hop as ‘100.3 The Beat.’ In addition to flipping KMJM from rhythmic oldies to hip hop, iHeartMedia St. Louis adds the nationally syndicated morning show “The Breakfast Club” to the lineup. iHeartMedia St. Louis president Beth Davis says, “We’ve listened to the fans of hip hop and R&B in St. Louis who have been asking for a true hip hop and R&B station with a stronger connection to the local urban community and a morning show that really fits with their lifestyle.” The rest of day’s lineup is: Tammie Holland from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Osei from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, T-Roy from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Michaelae from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am, and Roxy from 2:00 am to 6:00 am.
iHeartMedia’s Tim Herbster Elevated to SVP of Programming for the Pacific Northwest. Taking on a larger role within iHeartMedia is Tim Herbster, a.k.a. Romeo, host of “Most Requested Live with Romeo” and “The iHeartRadio Countdown” shows. Herbster is taking on the senior vice president of programming position for the company’s Pacific Northwest Region. He’ll also program CHR KKRZ “Z100” and hip hop KXJM “JAM’N 107.5” in Portland. He’ll be responsible for programming in five markets, including Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Fairbanks, and Anchorage, Alaska. iHeartMedia EVP of programming, West Division Andrew Jeffries says, “Tim’s smart, creative and calculated in his approach to programming stations. He’s also great with talent – as he’s still filling that role each week on his national show – which gives him a unique perspective and interaction with people. We’re extremely excited to integrate him with our exceptional teams in the Pacific Northwest Region as they begin the next chapter with our products.”
Mike Vincent Appointed OM at Cumulus Melbourne. Programmer Mike Vincent has been with Cumulus Media as PD and afternoon jock at country WSJR, Wilkes-Barre “NASH FM 93.7” but he’s heading south to take on the operations manager position at the company’s four-station cluster in Melbourne, Florida. Vincent will directly program CHR WAOA. The other stations in the cluster are country WHKR, classic rock WROK, and sports talk WLZR-AM.
Chris Stewart Named PD at Alpha Media’s Hip Hop ‘WE 96-3’ in Portland. This is a promotion for Chris “Lucky The DJ” Stewart who moves from Alpha Media’s Peoria cluster where he’s been programming and hosting afternoons at WNGY “G102.3” and serving as OM for WXCL. Now, Stewart moves to Portland to program new hip hop outlet KWEE “WE 96-3.” Alpha Media VP of programming Phil Becker says, “It has been years since an authentic, unique, and original hip hop station has been in such a large market. Much like the station, Chris is an authentic, unique, and original programmer. WE are ‘Lucky’ to promote him from within the nation’s fastest growing media company.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Indiana RadioWatch’s Blaine Thompson reports that on Monday (10/3), Ray Grossman succeeds the late Tom Berg as host of the morning drive show on Kankakee Valley Broadcasting’s hot AC WKVI, Knox, Indiana “K99.3.” During his career, Grossman has served at South Bend signals WNDV and WAOR, among others…..Alpha Media Hagerstown-Chambersburg promotes Ed Dorsey to VP/market manager for the cluster that includes WHAG-AM, WCHA-AM, WCHA-FM, WIKZ-FM, WQCM-FM, and WDLD-FM. Dorsey moves up from the director of sales position.
RadioInfo Tidbits. This holiday season will see the return of iHeartMedia’s “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball” tour. This year’s title sponsor is Capital One. The lineup of artists will be released on October 11 but, so far, Charlie Puth, Daya, Fifth Harmony and Diplo will be performing at select stops. Tour stops will include: Dallas; San Francisco/San Jose; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Atlanta; Tampa and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale. Sponsors include: Allstate Insurance Company, Macy’s, Mondelez International, The CW Network, and Verizon. Multimarket partners include: Ulta Beauty…..SiriusXM is broadcasting live performances and interviews from the annual Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas that gets underway today (9/30) and runs through Sunday on it’s The Highway channel. Artists performing include: Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Chris Young, Tyler Farr, Jana Kramer, William Michael Morgan, Aaron Lewis, Aubrie Sellers, Billy Currington, LoCash and many more. Additionally, SiriusXM personalities Storme Warren, Buzz Brainard and Al Skop will also be interviewing artists backstage.
The Yappy Tour Rolls On. Former radio talk show producer-turned-author Bernadette Duncan recently brought her “Yappy Tour” to the massive Western Massachusetts audience of classic rocker WAQY-FM, Springfield “Rock 102” by appearing as a guest on the very popular “Bax & O’Brien” morning talk show to discuss her buzz-worthy book, Yappy Days: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/Talkers Books, 2016). The book recounts Duncan’s 26-year career as a producer of radio talk shows working with such big-name talents as Larry King, Sally Jessy Raphael, Lou Dobbs, Tom Snyder, Gil Gross, Charles Osgood and many more during modern talk radio’s pre- and post-9/11 “golden era.” Plus, she tells stories about behind-the-scenes encounters with hundreds of guests from the worlds of show business, politics, media, business and literature. Above, Duncan (c) is pictured with hosts John O’Brien (l) and Mike “Bax” Baxendale (r). Duncan’s national “Yappy Tour” will roll on through the remainder of the year. She has already appeared on more than 25 local and syndicated programs. Hosts and shows interested in booking Bernadette Duncan can do so by calling Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413.
Kim Guthrie Named to Replace Retiring Bill Hoffman as President of Cox Media Group. After 38 years with Cox, Bill Hoffman is retiring from his Cox Media Group president post at the end of the year. Taking over in January will be current executive vice president of national ad platforms and president of Cox Reps, Kim Guthrie. Cox Enterprises president and CEO John Dyer says, “Kim has been with Cox for nearly 20 years and is an inspirational leader who has helped our media properties transform. She played a key role in the successful creation of Cox Media Group in 2008 and has been recognized as one of the media industry’s most influential leaders. She is a natural fit to ensure Cox Media Group continues to deliver innovative products and compelling news content.”
Lew Dickey Pens Book on Changing Media Landscape. The book is published by Tourbillion International – a subsidiary of the Dickey family-owned Modern Luxury Media – and is titled, The New Modern Media – Remaking Media for a Mobile Culture. We now know what Lew Dickey has been doing since he was ousted from the Cumulus CEO role last year. The book is described as “an indispensable guide to the profound and disruptive changes rocking the media industry. It examines the implications of a new, mobile culture and challenges the widely held belief that most media companies’ true source of profits is their content. It makes the case for the importance of distribution as a key driver of firm value in the legacy media business model, be it a newspaper, magazine, record label, television network, local broadcast television or radio station.” In the book Dickey makes the case for why traditional “radio broadcasters will be unlikely to benefit from subscription revenue for their core service, leaving them highly exposed to the ad markets.” iHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman is quoted reviewing the book, “I’ve spent my entire professional life in the media business, and today technology is enabling media to evolve at an ever-faster pace to meet consumers’ changing needs. Lew’s book is a timely resource for anyone working or investing in the media industry – shedding an important light on some of the critical challenges and opportunities inherent in today’s vibrant and complex media landscape.” Pittman’s iHeartRadio just announced a two-tier subscription service last week – clearly another step in the grand plan to transform iHeartMedia from a legacy radio company to a competitor in the digital entertainment industry. But getting back to Lew’s book, it’s a safe bet this will be the talk of the radio business this week.
Report: CBS RADIO to Take on $1.5 Billion in Debt. This report from Reuters, says that sources are telling it that CBS RADIO is preparing to take on as much as $1.5 billion in debt ahead of its initial public offering that’s expected to take place but still has no firm time frame. According the report, the bulk of the proceeds would be paid back to parent CBS Corp. with the rest to be used by CBS RADIO for “general corporate purposes.” In its report, Reuters notes that “a radio company IPO may be a tough sale as new digital competitors have emerged and depressed advertising sales for the medium for years.” Read the Reuters story here.
KRBQ, San Francisco Names Box Kev Night Jock. After promoting “Hoodrat” Miguel to the afternoon drive daypart on its Bay Area rhythmic oldies station, Entercom names area radio personality Box Kev the host of the evening show at KRBQ “The Throwback Station.” Box Kev got his start in radio at iHeartRadio’s crosstown hip hop KMEL as an intern and rose to host his own “The Hot Box” program. KRBQ OM Elroy Smith says, “It’s an honor to name Box Kev as Q102’s nighttime personality. He is extremely talented, creative, and entertaining, and is going to bring a fresh vibe to nights on Q.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Media figure Dwight Douglas announces he’s retiring from his vice president of marketing position at RCS and Media Monitors after 16-year career with the company. Douglas is well known in the radio biz for his 20-year career with legendary radio consulting firm Burkhart-Abrams & Associates. Prior to that he programmed WDVE and WYDD in Pittsburgh and WWDC, Washington…..Caleb James is named program director and afternoon personality at NRG Media’s rhythmic CHR KOPW, Omaha “POWER 106.9.” James moves in from the company’s Lincoln, Nebraska operations…..Connoisseur Media ups Moss Jacobson from digital sales manager and GSM to director of digital sales at CHR WPST, Trenton. Also, Suzanne Montoya is promoted to the general sales manager post.
RadioInfo Tidbits. St. Louis country outlet “92.3 WIL” is presenting JingleFest on Friday, December 16 at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. This 14th annual holiday concert presented by the Hubbard Radio station will this year feature: Chase Rice, Granger Smith, Maren Morris, and Kane Brown…..Jodesha Broadcasting has launched a new signal – KNBQ, Central Park, Washington – that is currently airing non-stop Christmas and holiday favorites throughout Thurston, Pierce, Grays Harbor, and South King Counties. The All-Christmas format is programmed by Ken Moultrie’s The New Broadcast Partners.….GatesAir announces three important wins in Vietnam that signify the over-the-air TV and radio transformation taking shape across the Asia-Pacific region. Vietnam Television recently placed two orders for transmitter network expansions. On the radio side, Vietnam is investing in existing FM infrastructure with improvement and expansion projects. Voice of Vietnam, the national radio broadcaster, recently ordered five Flexiva air-cooled solid-state transmitters — two 5kW and three 10kW models — for VOV4, which serves as the broadcaster’s Ethnic Languages Channel.
Backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. The sixth annual iHeartRadio Music Festival is in the books. It took place over the weekend in Las Vegas with the evening performances taking place – hosted by Ryan Seacrest – at the T-Mobile Arena featuring artists including: 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, Usher and more, plus this year’s Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star winner, Los 5. The CW Network also exclusively live streamed both nights of the festival via CWTV.com and The CW App, and will broadcast a two-night television special on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7 from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm ET. Pictured above are (from l-r) “Sixx Sense” co-host Jenn Marino and recording artists Brad Shultz and Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant. Photo: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for iHeartMedia.
By Jeff McKay
Special Features Correspondent
NASHVILLE – Day two of the Radio Show in Nashville included sessions about the connected car featuring Fred Jacobs; a conversation with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn; and it culminated with the Marconi Awards reception. Here are some conversations that took place in the halls of the Omni Hotel, and four blocks away at the home of Cumulus Media, where I was treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the NASH America Morning Show.
Britt Waters New Evening Personality on ’94.7 Fresh FM’ in DC. The newest voice on CBS RADIO’s hot AC WIAD, Washington “94.7 Fresh FM” is Britt Waters, who takes over the 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight daypart on Wednesday, October 5. Waters started her career on the nationally syndicated “Russ Parr Morning Show” where she served as on-air talent and producer for three years. Waters also hosts the weekly DC Network show, “The Sound,” in which she hosts and speaks with local musical artists from the Washington scene. CBS RADIO Washington VP of programming Steve Davis comments, “I am very excited to have Britt join the ‘Fresh’ family. Britt is an incredible, smart young talent with amazing potential. There is no doubt in my mind, she is a future star!”
Big Red Returns to Adams Radio at ‘K107’ in Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland. Programming pro Larry Wnorowski, a.k.a. Big Red, had most recently programmed Adams Radio Group’s country KGRT, Las Cruces, New Mexico before leaving the company. Now, he’s back with the company to serve as PD and afternoon host at country WKHI, Salisbury-Ocean City “K107.” Adams Radio CEO Ron Stone comments, “There are times when an amazing employee leaves for all the right reasons. And sometimes they come home. We could not be happier than to have Big Red back home. Red did an incredible job for us in Las Cruces, sets the standard for ‘team player’ and I have no doubt we will see a repeat of his success in Maryland.”
Ellison Promoted at Entercom Madison. Radio pro Myra Ellison is named director of marketing, promotions & web for Entercom’s Madison station group. She had most recently been with the company as promotions director for hot AC WNTR, Indianapolis “107.9 The Mix.” Cluster OM Chase Daniels says, “After a nationwide search, we have finally found the person who will be able to handle marketing, promotions, and web for Entercom Madison. I have been lucky enough to have worked with Myra in both Atlanta and Indianapolis. Myra is total radio. She has worked in several departments, making her perfect for this role.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s San Francisco adult contemporary KOIT, Charly Kayle exits the morning show, leaving Andrew Hart in the AM drive daypart solo for now…..Nicole Ortega, a.k.a. Nicki G, exits her midday jock position at Wine Country Radio’s CHR KSXY, Santa Rosa, California “Y100.9” to join Entercom’s San Francisco station group as a sales assistant…..After two years with Radio One’s urban AC WMMJ, Washington hosting the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm show, Michel Wright exits. No replacement has been announced, yet.
NAB/RAB Radio Show: ‘A Snapshot of Where the Radio Industry Is At.’ Radio consultant Holland Cooke is in Nashville covering the NAB/RAB Radio Show for RadioInfo and he presents a compact report of some of day one’s key takeaways. Among them are sound bites from radio’s captains of industry and key players from the “Broadcast Finance Forecast 2016 Leadership Breakfast.” Also included are Cooke’s notes from Edison Research’s “Share the Road: The Changing In-Car Audio Space” report presented at Tuesday’s RAIN Summit and David Oxenford’s invaluable “Legal Snapshot: Issues for Audio Services” presentation from that event. See it all here.
Scott Shannon’s ‘True Oldies Channel’ Returns to Radio Syndication. This deal with United Stations Radio Networks brings Scott Shannon’s “True Oldies Channel” back into radio syndication after a two-year hiatus. Shannon and USRN note that “The True Oldies Channel” was originally launched by the ABC Radio Network which then evolved into Citadel Media, and during its original run the channel was heard on approximately 100 radio stations. The new distribution technology – cloud-based distribution developed by Synchronicity, Inc – has been beta tested in four different markets, and is now ready for a national rollout. The “True Oldies Channel” was developed by Shannon in 2004 after he noticed the classic hits stations modernizing their playlists and leaving “true oldies” behind.
Job Opportunities at WBT and WLNK in Charlotte. There are three positions available at Greater Media’s Charlotte operations. First, News Talk 1110 WBT is looking for a fun, outgoing, hands-on and dedicated individual with entry level event planning experience for a full-time position in our Marketing and Promotions Department. This position works to ensure the timely and successful execution of promotions, contests and events through teamwork and coordination with other departments and staff. See more about that position here. Second, WBT/WLNK seek part-time Event Relations Team Members. They are committed to providing extraordinary customer service to WBT/WLNK radio station listeners and event guests at WBT or WLNK sanctioned events. Find more here. And last, News Talk 1110 WBT and 107.9 The Link is looking for an outgoing, sharp, dedicated individual for a full-time, seasonal position as our Ice Rink Project Leader. The project leader will help in the planning, building, operation, and execution of the Holiday Outdoor Ice Rink, to ensure the successful execution of the promotion through guidance, teamwork, and coordination with other staff. Find out more about that here.
iHeartMedia Names Personality Lineup for Rhythmic CHR KUBT, Honolulu. The morning show on iHeartMedia Honolulu’s new rhythmic CHR KUBT “93.9 The BEAT” comes from Ohana Broadcasting’s crosstown CHR KDDB “102.7 The Bomb” as Sam The Man and Hawaiian Ryan return to the signal at which they both began their careers back in the 1990s. The jock lineup is rounded out by former crosstown CHR KPHW “Power 104.3” personality Romeo Valentine in middays (he’s also the new digital PD for the company’s Honolulu market), Ray Styles in afternoon drive (from iHM’s KYLD, San Francisco), and Julian Lee, a.k.a. The Night Ninja for evenings. iHeartMedia Honolulu SVP of programming Jamie Hyatt says, “Talk about a dream team lineup perfect for Honolulu. I’ve been a fan of Sam & Ryan from afar for years so I’m super-excited to finally get the chance to work with these extremely talented guys. The rest of our team on ‘The Beat’ is solid, too. At the same time, KUBT’s HD2 signal/ K256AS simulcast flips from the EDM format “Evolution” to classic hip hop branded as “99.1 Jamz.”
Programming Changes at Cumulus Media’s WZNS, Fort Walton Beach and WABD, Mobile Start with ‘Zazza Mornings with Cheree.’ The WAOA, Melbourne, Florida-based “Zazza Mornings with Cheree” – hosted by Tony Zazza and Cheree Carter – is being added to the morning drive daypart at Cumulus Media’s CHR outlets WZNS, Fort Walton Beach, Florida “Z96,” and WABD, Mobile, Alabama, effective Monday (9/26). Other changes at the two stations include WZNS’ Gilligan moving from mornings to middays and Hayden starting the PM drive show at 2:00 pm. At WABD, John Marty move from mornings to PM drive and Sid Kelly slides down to middays. Cumulus regional vice president Pete DeSimone states, “This is true collaboration for our Florida and Alabama markets. It’s an example of a talented morning show given the opportunity to grow within the new Cumulus. I worked with Tony and Cheree in Melbourne and I’m very confident they will bring the same successful listener experience to the Gulf Coast markets.”
RAIN Summit Nashville 2016. Media consultant Holland Cooke is reporting from Nashville for RadioInfo and as the NAB/RAB Radio Show opens today, he files a report from Tuesday’s RAIN Summit. A slate of presenters reported research results, and programming and advertising philosophies relevant to connecting with audio consumers, including Summit organizer Kurt Hanson, who reminded attendees that “1 in every 5 audio minutes” is consumed via smartphone. Read thoughts about the changing world of audio consumption from: Triton Digital’s John Rosso, audioBoom’s Brendan Regan, Audible’s Eric Nuzum, BMLG’s Scott Borchetta, Cox Media’s Tim Clarke, and more, here.
RFC Media Debuts Two New 24/7 Music Formats. Radio pros Patrick Fant and Cruze are the co-founders of RFC Media which is launching “next generation” 24/7 full-service radio formats for broadcasters. “THE PLANET” is described as a hip, hit-driven hot AC and “THE REVOLUTION” is dubbed “a perfectly balanced alternative rock. RFC Media’s SuiteRadio says both formats are hosted by veteran, major-market air personalities and are totally customizable. National ad sales is being handled by United Stations Radio Networks and syndication is offered via Colbert Media Group.
RadioInfo Tidbits. America’s longest-running syndicated blues music program, “Blues Deluxe,” is airing its 1,500th show next week (9/26 – 10/2). Original producer and host Dave Johnson presents the weekly, one-hour program that focuses on rock-oriented blues music tracks and interviews. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org…..SiriusXM is presenting a special edition of “The YouTube EDM 15” hosted by artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers at the YouTube Space in New York City on September 22. This special edition of the show will be recorded live in front of an audience of SiriusXM subscribers and coincides with the second anniversary of the weekly show and the duo’s chart-topping success of its latest single “Closer.”…..The ninth annual “DVE Rocks for Children’s Radiothon” raised more than $605,000 for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, making it the third year in a row the event surpassed $600,000 in donations. The radiothon broadcast live from the Eat’n Park Atrium at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC Thursday, September 15 through Saturday, September 17 with WDVE, Pittsburgh personalities Randy Baumann, Bill Crawford, Val Porter, Mike Prisuta, Michele Michaels and Sean McDowell taking part. With this year’s fundraising, the event has exceeded more than $4 million in total giving for Children’s Hospital over the past nine years.
Bold Gold Buys Three Signals in the Catskills. This expansion of Vince Benedetto-run Bold Gold Media Group will add three more New York signals to the one it already owns there – country WDNB, Jeffersonville “Thunder 102.” The Watermark Communications signals being bought are classic hits combo WVOS-AM/FM (licensed to Liberty, New York), and hot AC WSUL (licensed to Monticello, New York). Benedetto calls the pact “a coming together of two great, locally focused, community-oriented broadcast operations.” He adds, “I could not have more respect and admiration for these stations and their staff and their long legacy of serving the residents of Sullivan and Orange Counties. We look forward to working together and continuing important traditions, such as Watermark’s annual WSUL/WVOS Heart-A-Thon which, for almost four decades, has benefited the Catskill Regional Medical Center in excess of $3 million. We believe in the long-term potential of Sullivan County and the Catskills and are excited to expand our investment in the region.” Benedetto expects the deal to close this year and says he does not anticipate “any major changes or surprises” for the stations. When the deal is consummated, Bold Gold will own 12 stations in New York and Pennsylvania.
Kitchin to Consult The Mix Group. Radio exec Kraig Kitchin is entering into a consultant relationship with radio imaging and production firm The Mix Group. Kitchin is co-president of SoundMind LLC, which manages the businesses of high-profile broadcast personalities and companies. He’s also the chairman of the National Radio Hall of Fame. On joining The Mix Group, Kitchin says, “Once stations discover The Mix Group, there’s no turning back. Jason [Garte] and his team of talented producers create an exceptional sound that differentiates a station from all others in the market. The individual attention to detail for each station client is really remarkable.”
Gabe Buch Named Producer for KMLE, Phoenix’s ‘Chris & Nina’ Morning Show. Radio pro Gabe Buch is trading in his parka for a pair of flip flops as he leaves Wisconsin to head to Phoenix to be producer for the Chris & Nina morning show CBS RADIO’s country KMLE. CBS RADIO Phoenix VP of programming Tim Richards says, “We searched near and far for the perfect candidate to fit the Chris & Nina brand and Gabe stood out from the crowd. His well-rounded experience as a program director, morning talent and radio Renaissance man made Gabe an easy choice for KMLE. We are excited to work with him.” Buch has most recently been serving as PD, morning show host and music director WQPC/WPRE in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.
Cool Morning Show Gig. In the Hudson Valley market, Townsquare Media is looking for a replacement for morning co-host Deuce at its alternative WRRV (Deuce is heading off to law school!). Townsquare says, “Applicants must be social media savvy, regularly contribute content to the station’s website and YouTube channel, and the successful candidate must be able to connect and engage with the station’s target audience by keeping up with relevant trends and pop culture.” If that’s you, see more info about the gig here.
NJBA President Paul Rotella Reiterates Call to Activate FM Chip in Smartphones. Citing the importance of receiving crucial information during emergencies, New Jersey Broadcasters Association president Paul Rotella is asking senators and congressman to again urge Verizon to activate the FM chips in smartphones that it sells. Referencing the bombings in New York and the bombs found in New Jersey over the weekend, he writes, in part, “One year ago to the day, I wrote to you to urge the adoption of a mandate to light up the FM chip in all smartphones. The tragic events this past week in our state and in New York now make this request a matter the highest urgency, as well as a matter of national security. For almost a century, New Jersey’s radio broadcasters have been the primary source of critical information to the public in the event of disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes, tropical storms, floods, snowstorms, earthquakes, tsunamis, solar storms, terrorist violence, mass transportation accidents, and industrial or technological catastrophes. This important role can be both before an impending event, to warn the public as we did before Hurricane Sandy, or help law enforcement through life saving AMBER Alerts, but most importantly, after a catastrophic event. In an emergency, the role of broadcasters is even more important because they serve local communities with essential, fact-checked, reliable information, and they distribute it to all within the broadcast signal. Today, the most common battery operated device readily available to our citizens may be a smart phone, but it is useless without cell service. However, with an activated radio chip, a smart phone will function similar to the time-proven reliable transistor radios found in emergency kits around the globe, providing our citizens with information essential for survival. This includes where food, water and shelter are available; where FEMA and other humanitarian assistance are located.” Rotella is asking that bill be filed to make chip activation a reality.
Michael Harrison Chats with the ‘First Lady of New York Radio’ – Joan Hamburg. She is one of the most-honored, longest-running, and dazzlingly colorful talk radio personalities in the Big Apple – the quintessential live-and-local host. Joan Hamburg’s career in NYC goes back to the legendary WMCA in the early 1970s where she replaced Bob Grant. From there, she moved over to WOR as a featured personality on the historic “Rambling with Gambling” show. She quickly had her own daily midday show where she stayed for more than three decades covering a wide spectrum of topics that included consumer advocacy, shopping, dining, arts & entertainment and “soft” politics. Joan Hamburg was a pioneer in modern remote broadcasting and regularly performed her show from, among many locations, the storied Broadway celebrity hangout, Sardi’s. For the past few years, Hamburg, now in her eighties, has been holding court live on-air every Saturday afternoon on WABC in addition to producing special features and stories for the station… and she still does remotes from Sardi’s. The conversation between Harrison and Hamburg is a radiophile’s delight – covering remarkable history including such names as Sally Jessy Raphael, the three John Gamblings, Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen, Rick Buckley, Barry Gray, Dr. Joy Browne and many, many more. Harrison states, “It was an honor and privilege having this true ‘grand dame’ of radio on the podcast. We cover so much wonderful history including the golden era of Broadway. She harkens back to the day when talk radio offered a wide variety of lifestyle topics beyond politics and sports. I am really proud of this interview – it will always be a treasured addition to the amazing audio library of media history that I am gathering in this podcast series.” 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 on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.