iHeartMedia Previews New Podcast Initiative at First-Ever ‘Soundfront’ in NYC. Yesterday, iHeartMedia presented the “Soundfront” event in New York to preview its new original audio programs. The company says this new content “will allow marketers to collaborate with a host of celebrities and talent through customized and creative storytelling.” Speaking about the company’s need to explore the audio-on-demand marketplace is iHeartMedia CMO/EVP Gayle Troberman, who says, “In the age of visual distraction and shorter attention spans, audio has the ability to break through and get heard better than any other advertising. We are seeing increased engagement in audio programming both on air and via podcast, and original audio forces us to get back to the basics of telling stories simply and honestly, which consumers love. We believe most marketers are massively under-invested in the power of sound and the iHeartMedia Soundfront is our opportunity to challenge the industry to explore the creative potential of sound to tell and sell better.” Saying that it is teaming with “a broad spectrum of A-list producers, musicians, actors, music industry veterans and curators,” the company announces some of the people it is working with, including: “Skybound Rundown” (podcast): From the producers of “The Walking Dead” TV show and gaming franchise focusing on the world of indie gaming; “Heart of the Beat” (podcast): Artist and musician Jared Leto will bring sound and storytelling together in this original audio show that allows artists to reveal the method behind their madness; “Who is Marty Hirsch?” (podcast) is the first-ever audio mockumentary, building off successes like “This Is Spinal Tap” and “Almost Famous” to tell a story of a mythical music icon. iHeartMedia has partnered with Trium Entertainment (the creator and executive producer of “The Biggest Loser”) to produce a number of podcasts including: “The Vent” hosted by Jaime Pressly; “Get Mic’d” – a talent search show for the next great iHeartMedia DJ; and “Science of Success” with Jonah Berger. The iHeartMedia-Trium relationship will also produce videocasts and the hiring away of Big Boy from Emmis in Los Angeles is relevant here as he’ll host “Urban Legends with Big Boy,” a hip hop show. “Z100” New York-based personality Elvis Duran will also host a videocast titled, “The Elvis Sessions” in which he “digs throughout the day-to-day gossip and connects with the true passion that drives artists and celebrities.” Other videocasts will include “On the Fly with Paul Costabile” and “My Journey.” iHeartMedia also used the event to announce an expanded relationship with Snapchat, details of which are expected to come in the future. Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel was in attendance discussing iHeartMedia’s unique positioning to “use the power of sound to drive social results.” Pictured here are (from l-r): iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises president John Sykes, iHeartMedia president and CFO Richard Bressler, Snapchat co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel, and iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman.
Facing “Weak Markets,” Emmis Seeks Covenant Relief from Lenders. In a filing with the SEC, Emmis Communications presents historical performance data and forward-looking statements as it seeks covenant relief for the quarters ended May 31, 2015 through February 28, 2017. Emmis says it is outperforming its markets but the problem is that the markets are weak – for example, citing New York figures showing Emmis down 6% while the market as a whole was down 7.3% over the nine-month period ended November 30, 2014. It says the battle between its urban KPWR, Los Angeles and iHeartMedia’s new KRRL (which is benefitting from its luring morning talent Big Boy away from KPWR) is causing it to face “new headwinds.” In New York, the company says the market was weak throughout calendar 2014 – down mid- to high-single digits after being up 5% in calendar 2013. It reports national was off by 30% during the 2014 summer months and down 18% for the nine months ended November 30, 2014. Emmis states that it finished fiscal 2015 under its 6.00x covenant at 5.40x but “wants to constructively manage compliance with sufficient cushion.” It goes on to show its efforts to control costs by noting it has “reduced cash operating costs by $7 million as part of its fiscal 2016 budget.” You can see the entire lender presentation here.
PPM Analysis: Classic Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three analyses of gold-based formats with today’s look into the performances of classic rock-formatted stations based on Nielsen Audio data from the March 2015 survey. Compared to stations airing the classic hits/oldies format which rank sixth in their markets on average, Kinosian reports their classic rock counterparts rank eighth (6+) on average. “Moreover, based on our March ratings analysis, classic hits/oldies outlets tend to outpoint classic rockers by one full share point (5.50 – 4.53, 6+).” Read more about how classic rockers compare to their performances in the February 2015 survey, how they compare versus the March 2014 survey, where they rank in their markets, how they stack up behind market share leader KSEG, Sacramento (9.1 share, 6+), plus a look at how classic hits/oldies stations and classic rockers fared against each other. Click here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Nineteen-year morning host Bruce Kayser retires from Schurz Communications-owned adult contemporary WNSN, South Bend, Indiana “Sunny 101.5 FM.” Kayser hosted the show with Jack Reichert and Abby Weppler…..Northeast Ohio radio pro Chuck Matthews signs on with Cleveland-based online rock stream oWOW Radio as production and imaging director. Matthews was most recently with Rubber City Radio in Akron. He’s also served with iHeartMedia at rock/talk WMMS and classic hits WMJI “Majic 105.7.”
Chris Janson Signs with Warner Bros. After Bobby Bones Push. Singer/songwriter Chris Janson got a nice push a few weeks ago from iHeartMedia’s Bobby Bones when the latter played Janson’s song “Buy Me a Boat” on his nationally syndicated program. After that, the song hit the #1 spot on the iTunes Country Chart. Now, Janson is the newest artist to sign with Warner Bros. Records and he’ll be featured on iHeartMedia’s “On The Verge Artist” program. As the most recent “On The Verge Artist,” Janson’s “Buy Me A Boat” will be heard across 140 country radio stations for six consecutive weeks, beginning May 4, 2015. The program includes on-air exposure as well as significant digital and social support across iHeartMedia’s network to introduce new music to listeners.
New Bill Would Prevent Mandated FM Chips in Smartphones. U.S. Reps Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced a bill called “Protecting the Rights of Musicians Act.” The bill would prevent smartphone manufacturers from having to include and activate an FM chip in smartphones. On board supporting the legislation is the Consumer Electronics Association whose president and CEO Gary Shapiro says, “By prohibiting the Federal Communications Commission from imposing the inclusion of radio tuners in mobile devices, this new bill recognizes that consumers and technology innovators – not the government or analog radio broadcasters – are best positioned to determine the functions and features of cutting-edge mobile devices. Importantly, this bill also starts a worthwhile and much needed conversation about digital age music payment systems. We look forward to working with Representatives Blackburn and Eshoo as this bill moves forward through Congress.”
RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personalities Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Matt James, golden-eared, on air personality at “T-100” WCLT in Newark, OH; and Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana; plus internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (4/22) includes such names as: Kendrick Lamar, Heymous Molly, Pitbull, Omi, Felix Jaehn, The Very Best, Redfoo, Mumford & Sons, Walk Off The Earth, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Michael Des Barres, ACDC, Peter Rivera, The Pocket Gods, Balsam Range, Dwight Yoakam, Leaf Rapids, Dennis Kruissen, Wales, Years & Years, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click “Read More.”
By Mike Kinosian
Facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, March 2015 ) comprise the following classic hits-oldies scoreboards, which indicate that 49% of such outlets that meet our ratings criteria improved February – March (6+), while 49% declined March 2014 – March 2015.
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
Cornbread to Exit Country WIL, St. Louis After Friday’s Show. WIL, St. Louis morning drive personality Cornbread announces he’s leaving the Hubbard Broadcasting-owned country outlet after Friday’s show. However, on Friday, he’s throwing “Cornbread’s World’s Largest Farewell Pajama Party” from 6:00 until 10:00 am at Ballpark Village, on the Fox Sports Midwest LIVE Stage, in downtown St. Louis. Included in the festivities will be photos and video memories of Cornbread’s last 11 years in St. Louis radio flashed up on the big screen. Listeners can sign the giant going away card, and a whole host of “surprise” guests will be making an appearance to wish Cornbread well during this goodbye extravaganza. WIL program director Greg Monzingo says, “Cornbread has decided to retire from 92.3 WIL so that he can pursue other interests. This move will also free him up so that he can spend more time with his wife and his family.” During his time with WIL, Cornbread has won “Personality of the Year” awards from the CMA, ACM and the NAB’s Marconi Award. He’s been involved in a lot of charity work over the years as well. Hubbard St. Louis VP/market manager John Kijowski says, “While we respect Cornbread’s decision to put his family first, we really hate to see him go. The entire team at Hubbard Radio St. Louis wishes him well in his future endeavors.”
Little Rises to President of Phoenix Market for iHeartMedia. Assuming the position left briefly vacant by Scott Hopeck after he was promoted to the same post at the New York City cluster is Linda Little. She moves up from her SVP of sales position with the station group. Prior to that, she was GSM for adult contemporary KESZ and country KNIX. She also served as integrated media business development manager. She comments, “I have had the privilege of building my media career in Phoenix and am very fortunate to have worked for a company that has given me many opportunities to grow while constantly evolving with the industry.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the iHeartMedia cluster in Greensboro, North Carolina, air personality Mimi Wheeler is promoted to music director for country WTQR “Q104.1.” She handles weekend shifts on WTQR and serves as midday talent on sister station WNCB, Raleigh “B93.9” – duties she will continue. At the same time, Andie Cooper is the new midday host on WTQR, replacing David Dean (now at WNOE, New Orleans)…..Letty B. announces via Facebook that she’s leaving her midday gig at CBS RADIO’s KMVQ “99.7 NOW” to re-locate to Los Angeles for a yet-to-be-announced position…..Jackie Brown will exit Morgan Murphy Media-owned hot AC KZZU, Spokane at the end of May to take an on-camera TV post at WEVV, Evansville, Indiana.
Michael Harrison Interviews Boston Herald Editor-in-Chief Joe Sciacca on Weekly Podcast, ‘Up Close and Far Out.’ In a candid and informative interview on the popular weekly podcast “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” Boston Herald editor-in-chief Joe Sciacca discusses his views on a wide variety of media-related topics that include, among others: the state of the newspaper industry in a changing media landscape; the impact of the digital era on journalism; and his experience in being involved with his newspaper’s pioneering effort in online news/talk/sports radio broadcasting – Boston Herald Radio. During the extensive conversation, Sciacca – a 37-year veteran of the newspaper business as a reporter, columnist and editor — tells RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison that the biggest challenge facing journalists in the newspaper business today is “keeping their print product relevant.” He tells Harrison, “I believe this is the greatest time to be leading a news organization in America even though resources are challenging and newspapers are experiencing difficult times in terms of revenue. There really is a great window of opportunity to be creative – to reinvent our business. So when I became editor five years ago after being at the Herald for 32 years, I embraced the challenge because even though I knew the road was going to be difficult to navigate, we have done some incredible things over the last five years and we’ve really transformed what was purely a print organization into a multimedia news organization.” This transformation, of course, includes the launch of Boston Herald Radio – the newspaper’s online talk station that produces 11 hours of original, live content every weekday from a studio located right next to the newspaper’s newsroom. It has proven to be a major source of breaking stories, not only for Boston-area news consumers, but for the media across the country and around the world. Harrison and Sciacca delve into media theory and discuss differences in the psychology between reading stories online as opposed to the printed page. They also analyze the impact of video cameras inside a radio studio and the differences between what Harrison describes as “great radio or bad television.” Sciacca discusses the Boston Herald’s commitment to getting the stories right, rather than just being first – a pressure amplified by the competition generated by the 24 hour non-stop, digital news cycle and he recalls how coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing was particularly challenging because of all the false information that was out there in the general news media’s frenzy to stay on top of the breaking story during its early hours and days. Harrison describes his theories about the emergence of what he calls “stickless” radio broadcasting (meaning radio without the traditional license, transmitter and tower) and the development of the online “media station” in the 21st century. To hear the entirety of this fascinating conversation between two seasoned, front-line media visionaries, please click here, or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” box in the right-hand column on every page of RadioInfo.com.
Four More Smartphone Models Can Have FM Chip Activated Via Clip Interactive. According to Clip Interactive, more consumers can exercise the FM chip listening option as it has expanded the phones that can use its technology to include the HTC One M9, HTC Desire 610, Sharp Aquos Crystal and LG G3. Clip Interactive says its application technology connects to this chip, allowing the listener to tune into local stations without having to stream, which depletes data allowances and consumes more battery life. FM chip activation through Clip Interactive mobile apps allows stations to optimize listening options for users. Clip Interactive chief technology officer Peter Shoebridge says, “Activating the FM chip on more devices benefits the listener as they can reduce data usage and enjoy the real-time broadcast. The industry can expect more announcements about additional devices in the coming weeks as we continue our mission to provide interactive radio to the masses.”
Industry Mourns Don Quayle. The first president of National Public Radio (NPR) has died: Don Quayle was 84 years old. NPR’s Susan Stamberg recalls that Quayle gave her her first radio job. “It was the early-1960s and he was head of the Educational Radio Network – the precursor of NPR – a little network of 12 east coast stations that developed a daily drive-time news show. He hired me to help produce it. When this national network arose, he was an obvious choice to run it. Don was principled, decent, and astute. In the euphoric tumult of our first years, he navigated the choppy seas of building a public radio system. He knew NPR had to serve our listeners, above the competing needs of stations, boards, and funders.” The program to which Stamberg alludes, of course, is “All Things Considered,” which Quayle debuted on NPR in 1971. He headed the network – which now has more than 900 member stations – from 1970 to 1973. Prior to that (1960 – 1962), Quayle managed Boston public outlet WGBH. Five years ago, the Logan, Utah native received an honorary doctorate of humane letters for his “significant contributions” to public broadcasting from his alma mater, Utah State University.
Cool Job Opportunity. Radio Woodstock is looking for an outgoing, aggressive, organized, salesperson with local radio sales or other local media sales experience. Ideal candidates will be able to communicate new ideas in marketing and advertising effectively with local business owners, agencies or their representatives. They will work well with others in a small organization, be detail oriented, computer savvy, able to think outside the box and be creative. They will be selling traditional, digital advertising and event sponsorships. They will be well organized with the ability to work independently as well as with the station’s sales, promotion and programming staff. We are looking for a team player who loves what Radio Woodstock is all about. Radio and event promotional experience a plus. No phone calls please. Mail your resume to: Mr. Richard Fusco, WDST-FM, PO Box 367, Woodstock, New York, 12498, or e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. CHET-5 Broadcasting, L.P, the licensee of WDST-FM, is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage members of minority groups to apply for these positions.
Streamsound Records Hosts ACM Brunch. On the morning before the 50th Academy of Country Music awards at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Streamsound Records hosted a brunch at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. The label treated guests to performances from Kristian Bush, Austin Webb and Dakota Bradley. Pictured here are (from l-r): Streamsound CEO/president Steve Richardson; WUBE, Cincinnati morning show cast member Jason “Stattman” Statt; Kaila Statt; Streamsound recording artist Kristian Bush, Streamsound’s Teddi Bonadies, Streamsound recording artist Dakota Bradley, Streamsound recording artist Austin Webb, WUBE’s Charri Chanderl, WUBE morning host Big Dave and WUBE contest winners Chelsie and Brad Shinkle.
Lambert Shines in ACM Show. Boasting eight 2015 Academy of Country Music Award nominations, Miranda Lambert (left) carted off three trophies, including her sixth consecutive “Female Vocalist of the Year” honor. Lambert’s other victories were for “Album of the Year” (“Platinum”) and “Song of the Year” (“Automatic”). Other winners include Luke Bryan (“Entertainer of the Year”); Jason Aldean (“Male Vocalist of the Year”); Little Big Town (“Vocal Group of the Year”); and Florida Georgia Line (“Vocal Duo of the Year”). Last night’s other victors: Cole Swindell (“New Artist of the Year”); Lee Brice (“Single Record of the Year” – “I Don’t Dance”); Dierks Bentley (“Video of the Year” – “Drunk on a Plane”); and Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan (“Vocal Event of the Year” – “This Is How We Roll”). George Strait was one of seven honorees of the “50th Anniversary Milestone Award,” joining Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, and Lambert. There were 23 live performances on two separate stages on Sunday night’s award ceremony, which was televised by CBS and set a Guinness world record for most attended live awards show. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan hosted for the third year, but the venue was Arlington, Texas’ AT&T Stadium, rather than the customary Las Vegas.
‘Party’ Re-Started in Vegas. Nearly nine years ago (August 2006), KQOL, Las Vegas changed its call letters to KPLV and transitioned to a rhythmic-classic disco mix known as “93.1 The Party.” Since then, the station has made several programming modifications, including a July 2012 move to “My 93.1.” The latest facelift came this past Friday morning (4/17) at frequency-related 9:31 am, when iHeartMedia resurrected the familiar “93.1 The Party” handle. According to senior vice president of programming Chris Pickett, “The Party” will “focus on high-energy hit music – this party is 24/7.” The station’s modified lineup now features “Big D” in morning drive; “Claire” in mid-day; “Mack with Nina & Nick” in afternoon drive; and “Johiah” doing evenings. Among persons 6+ in the last 11 Nielsen Audio PPM reports for Las Vegas, KPLM has stayed within the 2.3 (“Holiday” 2014) to 2.9 (July 2014) range; it reached 3.1 in May 2014. Latest results (March 2015) actually show it up two-tenths from February and improving from #18 to #15 (2.4 – 2.6, 6+). By way of comparison, CBS Radio-owned KLUC “Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” ranks second (5.9 – 6.5) behind iHM adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny” (8.6 – 9.7), while Kemp Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KVEG “Hot 97.5″ is #12 (3.6 – 3.1).
Scott Hopeck Named President of iHeartMedia New York. This is a move from the market president position at iHeartMedia’s Phoenix station group for Scott Hopeck. Prior to his work in Phoenix, Hopeck was SVP/sales for the company in Atlanta where he was also general manager of the Braves Radio Network. Hopeck will report to EVP of operations Hartley Adkins, who says, “Scott’s unique skills and experience in digital and technology are perfect for the evolution of this market from traditional media to world-class, multiplatform media with a tremendous impact on advertisers. Additionally, his sports and MLB experience are ideal for the important and unique opportunities we have in New York.”
Entercom Sacramento Raises Richard to VP/Market Manager. The vacancy in that position in California’s capital city was created this past week when Sean Shannon was named to replace the retiring Jon Pinch at Cumulus Media Atlanta (RadioInfo, 4/17). Entercom Sacramento immediately promotes vice president of sales Lance Richard to be Shannon’s successor. According to Entercom station group president Weezie Kramer, “Lance has helped to improve our sales organizations, our coaching ability, and our ability to deliver multi-platform programs that work for advertisers. Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to reward that success with a promotion to vice president and market manager in Sacramento.” Richard comments, “We have the best brands in the market, great local talent and content, strong ratings, and an excellent team in-place. I look forward to continuing our momentum and leading Entercom Sacramento’s market leading portfolio of brands.” The Auburn University graduate has been with Entercom since 2009, previously as its corporate vice president of integrated sales. His resume also includes two years as regional sales director for Monster MediaWorks; four years as director of sales for Emmis Chicago; and two years as executive vice president of sales and strategic marketing at IP2M. Entercom Sacramento consists of KCTC “ESPN 1320″; CHR KDND “The End”; alternative KKDO “Radio 94-7″; KRXQ “98 Rock”; classic rock KSEG “The Eagle”; and hot AC KUDL “Star 106.5.”
Chris Ryan to Exit ‘97.1 The Eagle’ in Dallas. After a career with iHeartMedia-owned classic rock KEGL, Dallas “97.1 the Eagle,” program director and midday personality Chris Ryan announces he is resigning from the station to work full time on his voice-over and imaging business – Chris Ryan Voice. He comments, “This is a bittersweet day for me. I’ve grown up working at ‘The Eagle.’ I was only 22 years old when I was hired to do overnights. I went from overnights to program director and everything in between. ‘The Eagle’ will always hold a special place in my heart, as will all the talented people I’ve had the honor to work with over the past 21 years.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Moving from Radio One’s Houston cluster to New York is air personality Megan Ryte who nabs the coveted midday slot at Emmis’ hip hop WQHT “HOT 97.” Big Dennis Rivera exited the station earlier this year. WQHT programmer Pio Ferro says, “We’re ecstatic to have Megan sign on to our midday slot. She’s incredibly talented, highly motivated, and has that extra spark that’s needed to be a superstar in such a highly competitive market like New York.”…..At iHeartMedia CHR WIHT, Washington, “HOT 99.5,” evening personality Elizabethany is given music director duties by program director Tommy Chuck…..There’s a new PD at Adams Radio Group’s hip hop WOCQ, Salisbury, Maryland. Albie Dee joins the station to serve as program director and afternoon drive personality. Dee most recently was with CBS RADIO’s hip hop WPGC and WPGC-HD2…..Cumulus Media announces Laura English is the new local sales manager for its Mobile, Alabama station group. She comes to Cumulus from her most recent post at ConventionSouth magazine. Previously, she’d been director of sales at Cumulus’ former WABB-FM, Mobile – now WABD-FM…..Jason “Roach” Hines exits JVC Broadcasting-owned rock WBGF, Belle Glade, Florida “93.5 The Bar” (West Palm Beach maket) where he’d been hosting afternoons…..Hubbard Broadcasting announces Joel Swanson is named general manager for its Bemidji, Minnesota cluster that includes: adult contemporary KKZY, Bemidji; classic rock KLLZ, Walker; country KBHP, Bemidji; classic hits WQXJ, Blackduck; and sports talk KBUN, Bemidji. Swanson most recently served with Dakota Broadcasting in Aberdeen, North Dakota.
iHeartRadio Pool Party Lineup Announced. The annual iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party moves from its past home in South Florida to Las Vegas on May 30 at Caesar’s Palace. The lineup for the bash includes: Nick Jonas, Chris Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Shaggy and Echosmith, with more performers and special presenters to be announced. In addition to the event being broadcast on iHeartMedia CHR, rhythmic CHR, hot AC and EDM outlets at 8:00 pm ET on that day, the concert will be streamed on Yahoo Live. Also, an edited version of the performances will air on The CW Network on June 11.
Chubby Checker and 13 Others Inducted into the Pop Music Hall of Fame. The Pop Music Hall of Fame doesn’t have a physical presence yet, but the organization hopes to change that soon. It was founded in 2011 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania – home of pop stars Perry Como, Bobby Vinton and the Four Coins, who together placed nearly 200 songs on the pop charts. It says that through public vote, the Pop Music Hall of Fame began electing artists in 2013. To date, 42 acts have been inducted and plans are currently underway for a hall of fame, museum and 1,900-seat theater to be built at The Meadows, just south of Pittsburgh. Elected this year were: Chubby Checker (pictured), Paul Anka, Glen Campbell, The Eagles, The Everly Brothers, The Four Seasons, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney, Ricky Nelson, The Righteous Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Tillotson and Andy Williams. The Hall of Fame selection committee also named Les Paul & Mary Ford as their “Heritage Inductee” for their early influence on pop music.
iHeartMedia to Host Muse for Album Release Party. The new album by modern rock band Muse will be released by Warner Bros. Records on June 9 but iHeartMedia is hosting the British band on Saturday, May 9 for its iHeartRadio Album Release party for Drones. The event will take place at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York and will video stream online across iHeartMedia alternative and AAA rock station websites and iHeartRadio.com, with a 30-minute on-air special broadcast on iHeartMedia alternative and AAA radio stations.
Longtime CBS RADIO Engineer Scott Mason Dead. Details are few but a statement from CBS RADIO Los Angeles SVP/market manager Dan Kearny was made public earlier this morning. Kearny writes: “The entire CBS RADIO family is grieving today over the passing of Scott Mason, who has been part of CBS since 1979. With his spirited passion for radio and unwavering dedication to his work, Scott’s accomplishments were numerous, from being an on-air personality at KROQ to hosting diverse programs like the popular “Loveline” and “OpenLine,”a long-running public affairs show, to overseeing the design and construction of CBS RADIO LA’s state-of-the art facilities on the Miracle Mile. Our thoughts today are with his family and all those who knew and worked alongside Scott during his amazing life and career. Due to Scott’s wishes, no funeral services will be held. A memorial will be planned in the weeks to come.”
Round Four of Nielsen Audio PPM Data Released. The fourth and final batch of Nielsen Audio March 2015 PPM ratings information has been released. The latest numbers are for the 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. The March survey period covered February 26 – March 25. You can see all the 6+ ratings from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” below.
1) Milwaukee – Not only does WRIT put an end to its mini-slide, iHeartMedia‘s “Oldies 95.7″ completely regains the eight-tenths it lost in February to inch up from fourth to third (12.2 – 7.0 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+). Co-owned WMIL “Milwaukee Country – FM 106.1″ put together a powerful one-two punch in January and February with back-to-back increases of +1.0 and +.9 (8.8 – 9.8 – 10.7, 6+). Although flat in March at 10.7, WMIL repeats at #1. Entrenched in the runner-up spot for eight straight sweeps before reaching #1 in January – the first time holding the lead position since last May – WTMJ dropped six-tenths in February and sputters by twice that much in March (10.9 – 10.3 – 9.1, -1.2, 6+). Nonetheless, the Journal talker finds itself in its familiar #2 slot. The six-share advantage it enjoyed in January over iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted WISN is down to 2.5 shares as WISN (#4) is up for the third straight time (4.3 – 4.9 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+). This is also the third consecutive up-trend for Saga-owned WKLH “Milwaukee’s Classic Rock,” which creeps up from seventh to sixth (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.1, 6+). Sharing a nearly identical three-sweep profile is rock sibling WHQC “Channel 96-1″ (4.1 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.7, 6+) as it moves from eighth to seventh.
2) Indianapolis – It is a mixed bag for the Emmis cluster, as on one hand, country WLHK “Hank” turns in a whopping +1.2 to cruise from fourth to first with its best 6+-stat since August 2013’s 7.6 (6.2 – 7.4, 6+). Conversely, it dislodges adult contemporary sibling WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7,” which is off by -1.1, and slips from #1 to a tie at #3 (7.3 – 6.2, 6+). In addition, their talk cluster-mate WIBC falters by one full-share, tumbling from third all the way to eighth (6.6 – 5.6, 6+). Over the past 18 survey periods, WOLT has been within the 3.7 – 4.6 range, but iHeartMedia-owned “Alt 103.3 – Indy’s Alternative” erupts with a +1.6 (3.9 – 5.5, 6+) and enters the top ten (#12 to #9). Dropping one-half share in February, WZPL “Indy’s Hit Music Station” saw its streak of up or flat trends end at four (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 5.4, 6+), but the Entercom CHR puts up a +.8 to 6.2 and climbs from #7 to a tie at #3. Down or flat the past four surveys for a combined -1.6 (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 5.3, 6+), Cumulus Media country WFMS bumps up by four-tenths to 5.7 (eighth to seventh); February’s 5.3 (6+) was the station’s lowest in its PPM history. In January, co-owned WRWM catapulted from #13 all the way to #1. It was off by one-half share in February to slide to second and in March, “Classic Hip-Hop 93.9 – The Beat” regresses by -1.1 (7.3 – 6.2, 6+), dropping to fifth. Sibling WNTR “Indy’s Best Music Mix” picked up one-half share in February, but forfeits all of it (plus two-tenths) as it returns to #13 from #11 (3.5 – 4.0 – 3.3, 6+). Prior to February’s +.5, “Indy’s Best Music Mix” had been down or flat the previous five ratings periods for a combined -1.2 (4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.6, 3.6 – 3.5, 6+).
3) Providence – After back-to-back (modest) gains of two-tenths (4.5 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC WSNE “Coast 93-3″ dials up a +1.0 to 5.9, inching up from sixth to fifth. Frozen at 5.5 in the “Holiday” 2014 report and in January, co-owned rocker WHJY notched a +1.2 in February. It follows that with an eight-tenths gain (5.5 – 6.7 – 7.5, 6+) but “94 HJY” remains at #4. Co-owned classic hits-oldies cluster-mate WWBB “B-101″ improves by one-tenth to 4.8 (steady at #7), thus curtailing five consecutive negative or flat sweeps, which combined for a -3.5 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 6.8 – 4.7, 6+). February and March represent the only times “B-101″ has not registered at least a five-share (6+) in its PPM history. Down another one-half share after February’s -.6 (10.4 – 9.8 – 9.3, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” is nonetheless #1 for the third consecutive ratings period. It now shares the penthouse, however, with adult contemporary sibling WWLI “Lite Rock 105,” which gains four-tenths. Second-ranked in February, “Lite Rock” is trending (15.2 – 8.6 – 8.9 – 9.3, 6+). Wild fluctuations continue for Entercom all-sports WVEI: It was down nine-tenths in the “Holiday” sweep; rebounded with a massive +2.1 in January; sputtered by -1.1 in February; and drops one full-share in March (4.1 – 3.1) to slip from eighth to ninth. Moreover, before the -.9 in the “Holiday” ratings period, WVEI had five successive up or flat trends (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.0, 6+).
4) Raleigh – Improving by one full-share is Capitol Broadcasting‘s WCMC, which climbs from #14 to #11 (3.2 – 4.2, 6+). The last time “ESPN 99.9 – The Fan” reached the four-share level (6+) was just over two years ago (4.0 in January 2013). Prior to February’s +1.0, iHeartMedia‘s WRDU had three straight downtrends (4.5 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+), but “Classic Rock 100.7″ adds six-tenths to February’s +1.0 (3.6 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+) as it stays in ninth-place. The 6+-variations for Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR continue to be interesting. Between August 2014 and March 2015, for example, the station is 11.4 – 9.4 (-2.0); 9.4 – 10.6 (+1.2); 10.6 – 11.4 (+.8); 11.4 – 9.4 (-2.0); 9.4 – 8.2 (-1.2); 8.2 – 9.4 (+1.2); 9.4 – 8.8 (-.6) and 8.8 – 8.2 (-.6). Those moves notwithstanding, “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country” finishes first for the third straight sweep. Runner-up in each of those three monthlies is public WUNC (7.8 – 7.0, -.8).
5) Norfolk – Bragging rights for top honors in this Virginia market are usually confined to WVKL – and for obvious reason. Over and above being an even 20th time in the last 21 monthlies it is in double-digits, this is the 33rd successive ratings period that the Entercom urban AC is #1. That status though might be in danger as WVKL plummets by -2.2 (12.2 – 10.0, 6+) and now holds onto a slim three-tenths advantage over iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “103 Jamz,” which hangs out a strong +1.2 to 9.7. WOWI last hit the nine-share level in October (9.0, 6+). With a +.8 in February, “103 Jamz” stymied four straight down or flat trends (9.0 – 8.7 – 8.3 – 7.7 – 7.7, 6+), which had resulted in a cumulative -1.3. Improving by seven-tenths each are Saga classic rocker WAFX “The Fox” (4.6, ninth to seventh) and iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV “MOViN 107.7″ (2.8, #12 to #11). Having rebounded from January’s -1.3 with a +.9 in February, Entercom rhythmic CHR WNVZ “Z-104″ adds to the forward momentum with a one-half share gain (5.0 – 3.7 – 4.6 – 5.1, 6+) and inches up from seventh to sixth. Hot AC cluster-mate WPTE “The Point” though falters by nine-tenths to drop from a fifth-place tie to seventh (5.4 – 4.5, 6+). After January’s +.8, iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WHBT “The Beat” added another +1.1 in February, but the former urban AC (WKSA) coughs up eight-tenths of it; “The Beat” is steady at #10 (2.5 – 3.6 – 2.8, 6+).
6) Nashville – In addition to posting its third consecutive uptrend (a +1.0), iHeartMedia‘s WNRQ “105.9 – The Rock” creeps up from seventh to fifth (4.9 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 6.3, 6+). Adding seven-tenths to February’s potent +1.2 is Midwest Communications’ adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9,” which reigns at #1 for the 36th successive monthly. “Mix” has been in double-digits (6+) for all but four of the last 34 ratings sweeps (10.0 – 11.2 – 11.9, 6+). Adult hits sibling WCJK though falters by six-tenths (7.7 – 7.1, 6+), but “Jack-FM” remains in third-place. All three “Music City USA” FM country stations stumble month-to-month. Although it declines by one-half share, Cumulus Media‘s WKDF “Nash” remains at #8 (4.9 – 4.4). Sibling WSM-FM “Nash Icon,” which in February, halted a three-month slide that resulted in a cumulative -1.8 (5.6 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 3.8, 6+), loses seven-tenths (4.3 – 3.6), as it falls from ninth to tenth. Off by four-tenths (3.8 – 3.4), iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98″ is now out of the top ten (#10 to #12). These three country outlets’ combined 6+ total (11.4) is less than that of “Mix” (11.9). Their rankers were the same in January and February: WKDF (#8), WSM-FM (#9), and WSIX-FM (#10).
7) Greensboro – Albeit a two-station contest rather than Nashville’s three-way, Greensboro is home to its own spirited country tussle. Up one-half share in January, Entercom‘s WPAW “The Wolf” regressed by seven-tenths in February and nearly doubles that decline in March with a -1.3, as it spirals from fourth to ninth (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.1, 6+). Not only is 5.1 the lowest 6+-stat in WPAW’s PPM history, it represents the first time “The Wolf” has fallen below a 6.0-share. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia‘s WTQR “Q-104.1 – New Country” improves by seven-tenths to 6.8 and inches up from sixth to fourth. In their last 12 head-to-head battles, “The Wolf” has prevailed eight times (May, June, August, September, December, “Holiday” 2014, January 2015, and February); “Q104.1″ was victorious in July, October, November, and now in March 2015. Its 1.7 advantage over “The Wolf” (6.8 – 5.1) is the second-best in that period, trailing the 2.2-share lead “The Wolf” had in September (9.0 – 6.8). When WSMW hit 10.1 in January, it was the first time in its PPM history that “Simon” reached double-digits (6+). Owing to a +1.1, the Entercom adult hits outlet does it again and moves into first-place after being #2 in February (9.4 10.5, 6+). Unseated from #1 is urban AC sibling WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (10.2 – 9.9, -.3, #1 to #2). These cluster-mates are getting accustomed to changing places with each other, as WSMW and WQMG were #1 and #2, respectively, in January. Following four consecutive negative monthlies (11.5 – 11.0 – 10.4 – 9.9 – 9.6, 6+), WQMG gained six-tenths in February. Curtailing its run of four straight downward moves that had totaled a combined -1.9 (6.4 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+), Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL, “The #1 Hit Music Station” regained virtually all of it in February with a +1.8 and now adds one-tenth to 6.4 as it remains at #5. After 22 successive ratings periods at #9, iHeartMedia CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” advanced to #8 in February, and now inches up to #7 (5.6 – 5.9, +.3).
8) Jacksonville – Simultaneous with the robust +1.2 by iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country 99.1″ (7.3 – 8.5, 6+), cross-town Renda Broadcasting‘s WGNE “Gator Country 99.9″ dips by one-half share (7.3 – 6.8). The country rivals were tied at #4 in February; however, WQIK advances to #2, while WGNE slides to #5. In a somewhat similar vein, as iHeartMedia CHR WKSL “Kiss-FM” improves by nine-tenths (4.8 – 5.7, 6+) to progress from ninth to sixth, Renda adult contemporary WEJZ falters by that margin. This is the third straight rather significant decline by WEJZ for a cumulative -6.9 (17.9 – 12.9 – 11.9 – 11.0, 6+), but it remains at #1 for the tenth consecutive ratings period. Also in the iHeartMedia cluster, urban-rhythmic oldies WSOL “V-101.5″ gains one-half share to 4.7 (#11 to #9), although urban contemporary sibling WJBT “The Beat” sputters by seven-tenths to 5.1, backtracking from seventh to eighth.
9) Memphis – Included in iHeartMedia‘s #1 – #2 – #3 finish is urban AC KJMS posting a +.9 as “V-101″ is the market’s pacesetter for the third successive sweep (9.5 – 10.4, 6+). Meanwhile at #2 and #3, urban contemporary WHRK (8.0 – 7.9, -.1) and gospel WHAL “Halleluiah” (8.1 – 7.8, -.3) swap places. Co-owned talker WREC has its second straight one-half share gain to inch up from #14 to #12 (1.8 – 2.3 – 2.8, 6+). Down or flat the past five survey periods (2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+), yet another iHM cluster-mate – WEGR “Rock 103″ – notches a three-tenths gain to 2.3 (#15 to #13). Locked on 3.5 (6+) in January and February, Cumulus Media rocker WXMX “98.1 – The Max” busts out with a +.7 to 4.2 to advance from tenth to ninth. The third straight downward trend for Entercom adult contemporary WRVR is a -.8 (11.5 – 7.2 – 6.9 – 6.1, 6+). Ever since the “Holiday” 2014 report, “The River” – which skids to fifth from a fourth-place tie in February – is a combined -5.4. Following four successive positive trends (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.4 -1.7 – 1.8, 6+), country sibling WLFP “The Wolf” registers a one-tenth loss to 1.7 (#16 to #17).
10) Hartford – For the third successive ratings period, iHeartMedia’s WHCN-FM is either up or flat. This time, it is a gain of +1.2 (5.3 – 5.3 – 5.6 – 6.8), enabling “The River” to flow from seventh to sixth. This represents the strongest 6+-performance for “The River” since December 2013 (also 6.8). Co-owned CHR WKSS “Kiss 95-7″ dials up a +.8 (6.7 – 7.5) as it moves up from fifth to fourth. Progressing by six-tenths to 10.2 is WRCH “Lite 100.5,” which was stalled at 9.6 in January and February (after its 15.2 in “Holiday” 2014). This is the sixth successive sweep at #1 for the CBS Radio adult contemporary facility. Cluster-mate talker WTIC-AM though declines by eight-tenths (8.1 – 7.3, second to fifth), while Connoisseur Media classic rocker WDRC “The Whale” falters by nine-tenths (5.3 – 4.4, steady at #8). Six-tenths separates the market’s second-, third-, fourth-, and fifth-place finishers.
Sean Shannon Succeeds Jon Pinch at Cumulus Atlanta. Former vice president and market manager for Entercom Sacramento – Sean Shannon – is tapped to replace Jon Pinch in a similar position at Cumulus Atlanta. Cumulus senior vice president Jeff Brown comments, “Sean has a track record of innovation and topnotch results. He is a passionate marketer and a strong, determined coach. We are excited to be adding Sean to our talented team in Atlanta.” Shannon remarks, “I could not be more excited about the opportunity to lead these world-class brands in this world-class city. I love this medium and am honored to have a chance to lead this team.” Prior to his Sacramento duties, Shannon, who holds an MBA from the Foster School at the University of Washington, was director of sales for Entercom Seattle. He begins his new assignment in Atlanta next Monday (4/20). Pinch announced his retirement on April 16. He retired from his previous corporate role at Cumulus five months ago but was coaxed into leading the company’s Atlanta station group.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Indianapolis cluster of Cumulus Media, country WFMS program director Mark Hamlin exits. There’s no word from the company of a replacement programmer at this time…..Entercom names Lance Richard the new VP/market manager for Entercom Sacramento. Richard, a 28-year radio and media veteran, has been with Entercom since 2009, serving as corporate vice president of integrated sales and most recently as vice president of sales at Entercom Sacramento.
iHeartMedia Williamsport Damaged by Allegedly Drunk Listener. The damage to the facilities of iHeartMedia’s Williamsport, Pennsylvania is estimated at about $19,000, according to a story on PennLive.com, after 30-year-old Crystal Michele Glantz Lock Haven, PA crashed a rental car into the building and tried to set it on fire. According to police, Glantz’s blood alcohol was .167 – more than twice the legal limit. The story notes that Glantz had been a regular caller to one of the station’s disc jockeys who is no longer with the station and does not live in the area. Glantz also filed a civil suit against then-Clear Channel in 2013 but that suit was dismissed and her appeal was denied.
Cumulus Media Extends ‘American Country Countdown’ Brand in Deal with Bob Kingsley to Launch ‘American Country Countdown Rewind.’ The company is calling it an extension of its “American Country Countdown” brand as it strikes a deal with Bob Kingsley to create a new, nationally syndicated weekend program called, “American Country Countdown Rewind with Bob Kingsley.” Country Radio Hall of Famer Kingsley also hosts the long-running “Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40,” syndicated by Westwood One. Commenting on the new show, Kingsley says, “I am first and foremost a fan of country music and I’m delighted that we’re opening the vaults of ‘ACC’ during one of country’s great eras. These shows spotlight both Hall of Famers and exciting young acts and, as always, my role is part tour guide, part storyteller. What could be better than being part of the weekend of millions of country fans? How about doing it twice? I’m looking forward to the launch of ‘American Country Countdown Rewind’ with me!”
Beasley Shows Off Remote Studio in Las Vegas’ Container Park. With the NAB Show in La Vegas, Beasley Media Group took the opportunity to show off its new remote broadcasting studio in the city’s trendy Downtown Container Park. The studio is made out of shipping containers and located adjacent to the park’s outdoor amphitheater. Beasley says this is a perfect spot for its five Las Vegas radio stations to be part of the local music scene. The new studio, which is sponsored by Cox, features Wheatstone’s new virtual console technology and WheatNet-IP audio networking. Beasley Las Vegas market manager Tom Humm explains, “In radio, it’s all about the community. What better way to entertain and serve our community than through a visible, completely functioning radio studio in the Downtown Container Park? We can hardly wait for our first live broadcast in the Beasley Media/Cox Business Broadcasting Studio!” Beasley says the Downtown Container Park’s inaugural year brought in more than one million visitors and welcomed artists such as Sheryl Crow, Cults, Belmont Lights and Cayucas. Pictured here (from l-r) are: Beasley chief technology officer Mike Cooney, EVP/CFO Caroline Beasley, Las Vegas DOS Cory Cuddeback, Humm, and Las Vegas chief engineer Lamar Smith.
MAGIC! Sits in on ‘Weekend Top 30.’ This weekend RCA Records recording artists MAGIC! is guest hosting the “Weekend Top 30” with Hollywood Hamilton. The group will count down the top 30 songs and chat about the amazing success of their debut album Don’t Kill The Magic. Currently, MAGIC! is on tour opening for Maroon 5 and will head to Europe with the band next month. Pictured here are (from l-r): Alex Tanas, Mark Pelli, “Weekend Top 30” producer Michelle Parisi, Nasri, and Ben Spivak.
April 22 is High School Radio Day. Next Wednesday is the 4th Annual High School Radio Day and organizers say they hope that, since there are so few high schools with radio stations, they hope the day will raise a greater awareness of the ones that are still broadcasting over the air and newer ones streaming online. A website has been created to publicize the activities planned by participating stations on April 22 at www.highschoolradioday.com. Schools can register their stations on that site. Also on the site are links to participating high schools with links to their websites and online streams of their programming; notable high school radio grads; links to other high school stations nationwide; and a resource page with information pertinent to high school broadcasters. This even was created after College Radio Day launched in 2011. Though College Radio Day did allow high school stations to register, organizers felt that high school stations should have their own day. High School Radio Day founder – Pete Bowers (station manager, WBFH-FM, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan) scheduled the first HSRD in May 2012.
By Holland Cooke
- My notes from Sunday’s well-attended RAIN Summit West:
- Clever and profitable ideas from the RAB-at-NAB session “Small & Medium Market Idea Exchange:”
- Bouncing-back-and-forth between the NAB Show and NMX, I’m struck by the value of tips and techniques each group can learn from the other. For instance: http://www.radioinfo.com/2015/04/14/lurking-las-vegas-day-2/
Round Three of Nielsen Audio PPM Data Released. The third of four rounds of Nielsen Audio PPM ratings information has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. The March 2015 survey period covered February 26 – March 25. See the complete ratings from subscribing stations here. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” below.
1) Charlotte – As has happened in six of the last seven monthlies (and the past three), a country station is atop Charlotte’s leader board. This time, it is Beasley-owned WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits,” which rings up an impressive +1.6 (6.3 – 7.9, 6+). Ranked third in February, WSOC displaces format rival, iHeartMedia‘s WKKT “The Kat,” which is actually up one-tenth to 7.4, but slides to second. It is the strongest 6+-showing for WSOC since last October’s 8.3. “The Kat” has notched a 6.6-share (6+) in three of the last five ratings periods; prior to January, it finished in third-place in four consecutive surveys. WSOC was #1 in September, October, November, December (all 2014), and January 2015. In addition to “Country’s Hottest Hits,” also improving month-to-month by at least one full-share are WKKT classic rock and adult hits siblings WRFX “The Fox” (5.7 – 7.2, +1.5) and WLKO “The Lake” (4.9 – 6.2, +1.3). “The Fox” advances from fourth to third, while “The Lake” rises from ninth to fifth. The +1.5 for “The Fox” halts a three-month slide (6.8 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 5.7, 6+); 7.2 is its highest 6+-stat since last August (7.7). Flat at 7.1 (6+), Beasley urban contemporary WPEG slips to fourth – “Power 98″ had been second the past three sweeps. After back-to-back gains of four-tenths (2.3 – 2.7 – 3.1, 6+), WFAE declines by one full-share to 2.1, but the public outlet remains at #15. In January, WKQC “K-104.7″ dropped nearly four full-shares; it sputtered by -1.7 in February; and the iHeartMedia adult contemporary regresses by another eight-tenths in March. In that stretch, “K-104.7″ has fallen from first to tenth and lost a combined 6.4 shares (10.5 – 6.6 – 4.9 – 4.1, 6+).
2) Pittsburgh – There is plenty of February – March (6+) fluctuation among the top five “Steel City” stations. Adult hits WRRK, which had been on top in January and February, falters by nine-tenths (9.4 – 8.5, 6+) as Steel City Media‘s “Bob FM” drops to third. Overtaking it at #1 with a strong +1.1 (8.5 – 9.6) is iHeartMedia rocker WDVE, which moves up from the runner-up slot. WDVE had been in the eight-share range the past five survey periods and enjoys its finest 6+-stat since October 2011, when it reached 9.7. On the strength of a +1.2 (8.3 – 9.5), co-owned classic hits-oldies WWSW “3WS” inches up from third to second and trails WDVE by just one-tenth. In consecutive downtrends, “3WS” – prior to the +1.2 – was a combined -5.7 (14.0 – 8.9 – 8.3, 6+). Cluster-mate WKST “Kiss-FM” improves by seven tenths to creep up from fifth to fourth. It is the CHR’s third straight positive trend (6.3 – 6.8 – 7.2 – 7.9, 6+). In the spoken-word arena, CBS Radio talker KDKA-AM declines by seven-tenths (7.8 – 7.1, fourth to fifth) and public WESA is off by six-tenths (2.8 – 2.2), but is steady at #12.
3) Sacramento – Fueled by a one-share gain, Entravision rhythmic CHR KHHM “Hot” advances from #16 to #13 (2.3 – 3.3, 6+). Improving by nine-tenths to 5.4 and inching up from sixth to fourth is CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96,” which ends a mini-slide (9.2 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+), which accounted for a combined -4.7. Following a one-share gain in January, “Mix” country sibling KNCI dropped six-tenths in February and is now down by an additional one-half share (4.1 – 5.1 – 4.5 – 40, 6+) as it dips from sixth to tenth. Meanwhile, cross-town rival, iHeartMedia-owned WBEB “B-92.5 Today’s Country,” improves by six-tenths, but stays at #14. It is the third straight up-trend for “Today’s Country” (1.7 – 2.3 – 2.5 – 3.1, 6+). Gaining one-half share each are Entercom siblings KRXQ “98 Rock” (4.2 – 4.7, ninth to sixth) and hot AC KUDL “Star 106.5 Today’s Music Variety” (3.5 – 4.0, #12 to #10). Following back-to-back upticks of one-tenth, their classic rock cluster-mate KSEG logged a +1.0 in February, making it six consecutive up-trends (a combined +3.1) for “The Eagle” (6.8 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 8.7 – 8.8 – 8.9 – 9.9, 6+). While it is #1 for the third straight time, “The Eagle” is off by eight-tenths (9.9 – 9.1). Between November – February, iHeartMedia’s urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL more than doubled its 6+ share (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.6 – 5.2) for a cumulative +2.7. The streak of consecutive positive trends ends at four though, as “V-101″ is off by one-half share to 4.7 and skids from fourth to sixth.
4) San Antonio – After witnessing its AQH share evaporate by 6.2 shares in back-to-back declines (10.0 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9″ bounces back with a +.9 to 4.7 as it steamrolls from #11 to a three-way tie at #7. Univision rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat” turns around February’s -.7 with a +.8 (4.6 – 3.9 – 4.7, 6+) and is part of that logjam with “Q-101.9″ at #7. Improving for the third successive time (6.1 – 6.3 – 7.0 – 7.2, 6+), Cox Media Group country KCYY “Y-100″ occupies the penthouse position in back-to-back monthlies. After being off by seven-tenths in February, “Y-100″ format foe, iHeartMedia’s country KAJA “KJ-97,” drops another seven-tenths (6.6 – 5.9 – 5.2, 6+), slipping from third to fourth. Over the last seven sweeps, “KJ-97″ is +1.0 in October; -1.1 in November; +.6 in December; -.6 in “Holiday” 2014; +.8 in January; -.7 in February; and -.7 in March. Seven is also unlucky for KONO-FM, which sputters by seven-tenths to 5.9. While the Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies outlet remains in the runner-up slot, it is a combined -1.6 in the past two monthlies (7.5 – 6.6 – 5.9, 6+). KONO-FM finished first in ten of the last 13 surveys.
5) Cincinnati – In double-digits (6+) for the thirteenth straight time, iHeartMedia talker WLW has its third consecutive up-trend – an impressive +1.2 – and is #1 for the third successive monthly (10.3 – 10.9 – 12.0 -13.2, 6+). Picking up six-tenths each are Radio One-owned WIZF “Cincinnati’s #1 For Hip-Hop and R&B” (3.5 – 4.1, steady at #9) and iHeartMedia’s WCKY “ESPN 1530″ (2.0 – 2.6, #15 to #14). After faltering by eight-tenths in February, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98″ drops nine-tenths in March (6.9 – 6.1 – 5.2, 6+) but it remains in sixth-place. Classic hits-oldies cluster-mate WGRR also erodes by nine-tenths (7.8 – 6.9); WGRR finishes second for the third straight sweep. Meanwhile, owing to a substantial -1.1, classic rock sibling WOFX “The Fox” (third to fifth) sees its string of progressive monthlies halt at three (5.6 – 6.2 – 6.6 – 6.9 – 5.8, 6+).
6) Cleveland – Putting an end to back-to-back losses of eight-tenths (January) and six-tenths (February), WZAK makes virtually all of it back with a +1.3 to 7.2 as the Radio One urban AC climbs from seventh to fourth. Notching a one-half share gain is iHeartMedia country outlet WGAR, which creeps up from third to second (8.8 – 9.3, 6+). The last time WGAR reached the nine-share level was just over two years ago (9.0 in February 2013). Flat at 11.7, classic hits-oldies sibling WMJI is in double-digits (6+) for the fourth time in the last six sweeps and #1 for the third consecutive ratings period. “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” dialed up a whopping +1.4 in February and had registered three straight progressive trends (9.2 – 9.8 – 10.3 – 11.7, 6+). CHR cluster-mate WAKS (+.3) is up or flat for the fourth successive time (3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.3 – 4.6, 6+) as “Kiss-FM” cracks the top ten (#11 to #10). Owing to a one-tenth dip, CBS Radio-owned WNCX “Cleveland’s Classic Rock” has its string of up or flat monthlies halted at six (5.8 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 6.8, 6+), slipping from fourth to fifth (6.7).
7) Las Vegas – Following January’s loss of nearly six full-shares, KSNE rebounded with a +1.3 in February. “Sunny 106.5″ keeps the momentum going with a nearly identical gain (+1.1) as the iHeartMedia adult contemporary reigns at #1 for the sixth successive survey period. Moreover, “Sunny” has been up in six of the last seven monthlies (5.7 – 6.0 – 7.4 – 9.3 – 13.2 – 7.3 – 8.6 – 9.7, 6+). On the heels of a one-half share increase, CBS Radio-owned KLUC “Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” tacks on another six-tenths (5.4 – 5.9 – 6.5, 6+) to progress from third to second. Also improving by six-tenths from February is Univision regional Mexican KISF (3.1 – 3.7, 6+), which vaults from #13 to #8. Declining by one-half share in January and then by six-tenths in February, KWID “La Buena” bounces back with a one-half share gain to 4.5, moving from seventh to sixth. Up or flat the past three monthlies (4.1 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+), Beasley‘s KKLZ relinquishes most of that combined +1.3 (4.4, -1.0) as it tumbles from fourth to seventh. Co-owned country KCYE “102.7 – The Coyote” coughed up more than half of January’s +1.4 with a -.8 in February and sputters by another -.8 in March (2.7 – 4.1 – 3.3 – 2.5, 6+), spiraling from #10 to a four-way tie at #16. In mid-January, cluster-mate KVGS transitioned from adult hits to hot AC as “Star 107.9″ to take on CBS Radio’s KMXB “Mix.” “Star” picks up four-tenths to 2.2 (#20), while “Mix” regresses by seven-tenths to 6.0 (#3).
8) Kansas City – The third straight positive trend for KZPT “The Point” is a stunning +1.5 (4.9 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 6.9, 6+), elevating the Entercom hot AC from a fourth-place tie all the way to #1. “The Point” last reached the six-share level this past September (6.2, 6+). Unseated at #1 (and falling to second) is Cumulus Media classic rocker KCFX “The Fox” (flat at 6.7), which had been the market frontrunner the past four survey periods. Even though the flagship of the 2014 AL champion Kansas City Royals – Entercom’s KCSP “610 Sports” – gains one-half share to 2.5, it actually falls from #17 to #18. After exploding with a +.9 to 3.2 in February, Steel City Media adult contemporary KCKC “KC-102.1 – Today’s Best Variety” tacks on another three-tenths to 3.5, bringing it from #15 to a four-way tie at #11. Prior to February, KCKC registered a 6+-share in the 2.0 – 2.9 range 15 of the last 16 sweeps. Conversely, cluster-mate KBEQ “Q-104 #1 For New Country” has its third straight decline (5.0 – 4.0 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+) for a combined -2.1 to skid from #14 to #17. Co-owned KFKF “Country 94.1″ is down for the sixth successive sweep (7.4 – 7.2 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.6, 6+) for a cumulative -2.8, but actually moves up from #9 to a tie at #8. No good news for the market’s other FM country outlet either: Entercom’s WDAF-FM (third to fifth) suffers the steepest (6+) decline of any station in the 12 PPM markets whose data was released Wednesday (6.2 – 5.0, -1.2). Although it stays at #11, talk sibling KMBZ returns the seven-tenths it gained in February (3.5 – 4.2 – 3.5, 6+).
9) Orlando – Not only does Orlando’s 6+-share for the Spanish tropical format inflate by +2.3 (February – March), iHeartMedia‘s WRUM “Rumba 100.3″ returns to #1 (6.4 – 8.0, +1.6). It displaces CHR sibling WXXL “XL-106.7″ (6.5 – 6.4, -.1, #1 to #2), which – in February – succeeded “Rumba” to become the fourth different Orlando facility in the last four sweeps to reach #1. Co-owned adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7″ preceded siblings “Rumba” and “XL-106.7″ at the top in “Holiday” 2014. In December, Cox Media Group country WWKA “K-92.3″ had its turn at the top. “Magic” falters by one half-share to 5.3 in March (third to sixth), while “K-92.3″ loses three-tenths (sixth to seventh). In fact, this is the fifth consecutive downtrend for “K-92.3″ (6.5 – 6.3 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.1, 6+) for a cumulative -1.4. Dusting itself off from February’s -.8, Entravision-owned Spanish tropical WNUE “Salsa 98.1″ gains seven-tenths (2.9 – 2.1 – 2.8, 6+) to climb from #18 to #15. Registering 3.6 (6+) in three of the last four sweeps, iHeartMedia’s WJRR “The Rock Station” gains one-half share (3.6 – 4.1) and stays at #12. After each notched six-tenths advances in February, Cox Media Group rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3″ (4.6 – 5.2 – 4.6, #8 to #10) and CBS Radio-owned WJHM “Amp” (3.0 – 3.6 – 3.0, #12 to #14) relinquish them in their entirety.
10) Columbus – Owing to three successive significant jumps, WTVN is on a major roll with a combined increase of three full shares since “Holiday” 2014 (4.3 – 5.4 – 6.3 – 7.3, 6+). The iHeartMedia talker has its best 6+-performance since November 2012’s 7.7; it remains at #3. For the fourth straight monthly report, Radio One urban AC WXMG “Magic 106.3″ is either up or flat (4.2 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 6.1, 6+), yielding a +1.9, which includes March’s +1.0 (fifth to fourth). Putting the brakes to a mini-slide which skewered its AQH numbers by 5.6 shares (9.6 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WODC “Central Ohio’s Classic Hits” displays a +.9 to climb from ninth to sixth. After an eye-popping gain of two full-shares in February, country cluster-mate WCOL-FM tacks on another eight-tenths to 12.6 and finishes first for the third straight sweep. Albeit down by three-tenths, heritage iHeartMedia CHR WNCI finishes second for the tenth consecutive ratings period (10.4 – 10.1). Also in that cluster, urban contemporary WZCB “The Beat” (#11 to #12) is down or flat for the fourth time in as many sweeps (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 2.9, 6+) for a combined -1.1. Meanwhile, the yoyo effect continues for Saga adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95″ (third to fifth), whose recent (6+) trends are +2.1 (December – “Holiday”); -1.7 (“Holiday” – January); +.8 (January – February); and -.5 (February – March).
RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Seattle station group of Hubbard Radio, the morning drive trio of Jackie Cunningham, Marco and Moote is out after a little more than a year at hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9.” Previously, Cunningham had been with iHeartMedia’s crosstown CHR KBKS “Kiss 106.1” for more than a decade. Also exiting with the morning show is producer Justin Nettlebeck…..The “Bubba Show,” heard in mornings on CBS RADIO’s hot AC WBZZ, Pittsburgh “100.7 Star,” is losing cast member Shelley Duffy as she moves across the hall to host afternoons on sister news/talk KDKA-AM. The “Bubba Show” continues with co-hosts Bubba and Melanie Taylor…..At hot AC WTMX, Tampa, Randi West is promoted to program director. West has been serving as APD and midday host since arriving at the station four years ago. She takes over for Tommy Chuck who recently moves to iHeartMedia’s Washington-Baltimore station group…..At Townsquare Media-owned CHR WKFR, Kalamazoo, Tess Taylor is the new co-host of the morning drive show alongside Will Harvey. Taylor replaces Krista Hatcher…..iHeartMedia announces telecommunications policy expert Sara Morris joins its Washington-based Government Affairs team as senior director, government affairs, reporting to Jessica Marventano, senior vice president of government affairs. Morris will also work alongside Dan Dukes, who was recently promoted to senior director, government affairs for iHeartMedia.
Cooke: Report from Las Vegas – Day 4. Radio consultant Holland Cooke files his final report from Sin City where he’s been covering the NAB Show and the co-located NMX for RadioInfo. In today’s report, there’s plenty of advice for podcasters from Grant Baldwin; some notes from the standing-room-only keynote from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and some chilling realities about your smartphone’s ability to spy on you from security software baron John McAfee. Read Holland Cooke’s report here.
RadioInfo Tidbits. The nationally syndicated show “hardDrive with Lou Brutus” adds four new affiliate stations including KFMA, Tucson and KHTQ, Spokane. United Stations Radio Networks calls the show “the leading proponent of new rock music since its launch in 1996 and is America’s longest running active rock program…..Emerald Broadcasting’s weekly, syndicated “The Classic Rock Express with Jay Ryan” is now airing on non-commercial WRSG, Middlebourne, West Virginia. The show is currently carried by 37 internet and FM stations in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personalities Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9,” and Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana, plus internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (4/15) includes such names as: OMI, Felix Jaehn, Jason Derulo, Rihanna, Madonna, Jhené Aiko, Banks, Allen Stone, Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear, Smashing Pumpkins, Marilyn Manson, Jesse Malin, Blues Traveler, 3OH!3, Grace Potter, Gentleman Rogues, Devlan James Band, The Full Body Tones, Stone Sour, Audra McLaughlin, Shawn Lacy, William Clark Green, Darius Rucker, Becca Stevens Band, Jerry Hoss Skelton, Todd Rundgren, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Years & Years, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click “Read More.”