Round One of August PPM data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio‘s August 2016 PPM survey period has been released for the first of four rounds of 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen Audio’s August 2016 survey period covered July 14 – August 10. You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12-PPM markets below.
1) New York – Climbing from seventh to sixth, WKTU “103.5 The Beat of New York” registers its fourth straight increase (3.3 – 3.5 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.7, 6+) and is a combined +1.4 in that stretch. Moreover, this is the finest 6+-showing for the iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR in nearly four years (4.7, September 2012). It proves to be a short stay at #1 for CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, which surrenders seven-tenths of the eight-tenths it gained in July (5.4 – 6.2 – 5.5, 6+) and slips to the runner-up slot. The 6.2 this time last month was its best 6+-performance since November (2015) when it reached 6.4. Returning to first-place is iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM,” which – before falling to #2 in July – had been on top the previous four ratings periods. In addition, “Lite-FM” notches a one-tenth gain to 6.1 (6+), thus curtailing four successive sweeps without an increase for a cumulative loss of seven-tenths (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.0, 6+); 6.0 in July was its lowest 6+-share since November 2014 (5.6). A decrease of six-tenths (3.5 – 2.9, 6+) drops Univision Radio Spanish tropical WXNY “X-96.3” out of the top ten (#10 to #13). This marks the weakest 6+-share for “X-96.3” since October’s 2.3. In the market’s hot AC contest, CBS Radio’s WNEW-FM “Fresh 102.7” (formerly WWFS) – which registered a 2.9 (6+) in four of the last sweeps – picks up two-tenths to 3.1 (#11, 6+), while Cumulus Media’s WPLJ sputters by one-half share (2.9 – 2.4, #16, 6+); the two rivals were tied at #13 in July. This is the 20th successive sweep that WPLJ has recorded a 6+-share between 2.0 – 2.9 (6+). Following five straight monthlies without a decrease for a combined +.8 (4.7 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100” is off by two-tenths to 5.3 (6+), yet actually inches up from fourth to a third-place tie. Also coming to an end (at four) is the consecutive string of up or flat trends for Cumulus Media country outlet WNSH, which dips by one tenth to 2.0 but remains at #18 (6+); “Nash-FM” had trended 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+. Four talk outlets are clumped together, beginning with iHeartMedia’s WOR and public WNYC-FM (both 1.8 – 2.0, tied with WNSH at #18, 6+), followed by Cumulus Media’s WABC (#21, 6+) and Townsquare Media‘s WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” (flat at 1.3, #22, 6+). This is the fifth straight time WABC has not managed an increase (1.8 – 1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+).
2) Los Angeles – Stymied at 3.1 (6+) the past three ratings periods, iHeartMedia urban contemporary KRRL breaks out a gain of three-tenths to 3.4 (6+), as “Real 92.3” cracks the top ten (#11 to #8). Not only does co-owned KOST “Coast 103.5” record back-to-back increases for a combined gain of one-half share (5.3 – 5.4 – 5.8, 6+), the adult contemporary property is #1 for the tenth successive sweep. Conversely, CBS Radio CHR KAMP “Amp Radio,” which had been up the past two ratings periods for a cumulative +.7 (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+) forfeits the entire seven-tenths (back to 3.1, 6+) and spirals out of the top ten (#7 to #12). Its format foe – iHeartMedia-owned KIIS “Kiss-FM” (4.6, 6+) drops from second to fourth and ends its five-month trend of 5.1 – 5.1 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 4.9 (6+). On the heels of racking up a one-half share increase, Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA “Zona MX 101.9” adds four-tenths and is up for the third straight time (2.2 – 2.4 – 2.9 – 3.3, 6+) as it enters the top ten (#12 to #10). Even though KPWR “Power 106” is without a decrease for the fourth straight time (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.0, 6+), the Emmis rhythmic CHR actually backslides from a three-way tie at #12 to #13; “Power 106” had been in the 2.6 – 2.9 range the past 12 survey periods. Dropping from a three-way tie at #17 to #19, CBS Radio alternative KROQ is down or flat for the fourth successive sweep (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4 – 2.3, 6+). Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s similarly programmed KYSR-FM “Alt 98.7” duplicates July’s +.2 (3.0 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+) as it climbs from ninth to eighth. Unchanged at #15 (6+), this is the fifth consecutive time that co-owned talker KFI is without an increase (3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+) and it is the seventh successive down or flat trend for Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KFSH “The Fish” (.9 -.8 -.8 -.7 – .7 – .6 -.5 – .5, #38, 6+).
3) Chicago – Having posted a 4.9 (6+) in March, May, and July Hubbard Broadcasting‘s WTMX “101.9 The Mix” erupts with a +.6 to 5.5 (6+) – matching what it did in February – as the hot AC finishes in third-place for the sixth straight time. Its format rival, iHeartMedia-owned WLIT (three-way tie at #8 to #9, 6+), is without an increase for the seventh successive month, (13.9 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5, 6+); “My-FM” is -10.4 (or roughly -75%) in that stretch. Conversely, this is the eighth straight ratings period that sibling WEBG “Big 95.5 Chicago’s New Country” is either up or flat for a combined +.8 (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5, 6+); “Big” advances from #18 to #16. Four-tenths ahead of it is its format foe – CBS Radio’s WUSN “US-99.5” (3.0 – 2.9, -.1, unchanged at #12). Locked on 5.8 (6+) in June and July, all-news cluster-mate WBBM-AM picks up three-tenths to 6.1 (6+), repeating at #1. The +.3 curtails five straight losses that resulted in a combined -1.1 (6.9 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+). Before slipping to #2 in June, WBBM-AM had been on top from January through May. Down or flat the past three sweeps (6.1 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103” records a +.4 to 6.0 (6+) and remains at #2. Off for the third straight time (2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHE (#16 to #17) is nonetheless within 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+) for the 28th straight monthly. This marks the seventh consecutive ratings period CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WJMK “K-Hits 104.3” (#13 to #14) is either down or flat for a cumulative -.7 (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+). Similarly formatted, Cumulus Media-owned WLS-FM “94.7 Chicago’s Classic Hits” leads “K-Hits” by four tenths (3.2 – 3.0, -.2, 6+) and is steady at #11. After getting off to a hot start in the baseball season, Chicago Cubs flagship/CBS Radio sports outlet WSCR “The Score” has its third consecutive (modest) decline (4.2 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.7, 6+), but falls from fifth to seventh. This is the sixth successive ratings period in which Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican WLEY “La Ley 107.9” (#26) posts a loss (2.2 – 1.9 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3, 6+).
4) San Francisco – A gain of one-half share enables KISQ “98.1 – The Breeze Relaxing Favorites at Work” to reach the four-share level (3.5 – 4.0, 6+). In addition, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility rockets from eighth to fourth. Suffering -.5 erosions are the flagships of the Bay Area’s two MLB franchises. In fact, it is actually back-to-back decreases of one-half share for Cumulus Media-owned/San Francisco Giants key station KNBR, as well as its third consecutive decline for a cumulative -1.1 (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2 – 5.7, 6+). Nonetheless, “The Sports Leader” stays on top for the fifth straight time, although it now shares the lead with public KQED, which posts its third consecutive gain for a net +.9 (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7, 6+) and progresses from third. Meanwhile, Oakland A’s flagship – Entercom‘s KGMZ “95.7 The Game” (#26) has its fourth consecutive sweep without an increase (1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.1, 6+). By dropping one-tenth (6+), two streaks end for KIOI “Star 101.3.” The iHeartMedia-owned hot AC had logged a 3.9 (6+) in each of the past four sweeps, but is now at 3.8 and flat at #5. In addition, “Star” had racked up five successive sweeps without noting a decrease (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+), although its net gain in that period was just one-tenth. For the sixth straight ratings period, urban contemporary cluster-mate KMEL “#1 for Hip-Hop & R&B” is either down or flat (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+) but continues at #10. Dropping from second to third, CBS Radio all-news KCBS-AM is trending 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.4, 6+. Co-owned CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7 New Hit Music” (sixth to fifth) is up or flat for the fourth successive sweep (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.8, 6+) for a combined +.8. Owing to six consecutive monthlies without an increase (3.8 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.1 – 3.0, #12, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG (#11 to #12) is a combined -.8.
5) Dallas – Four-tenths of a share separates the top three finishers. A change at the top finds iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” (5.6 – 5.8, +.2, 6+) unseating CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KLUV (5.7 – 5.4, -.3, 6+), which slides from first to third. KLUV was on top in June and July; a -.6 in July ended three straight increases which resulted in a cumulative +1.0 (5.3 – 5.5 – 6.1 – 6.3, 6+). Not only does Cumulus Media‘s KPLX “The Wolf” extend its consecutive string of monthlies without a decrease to six for a cumulative +1.4 (4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.7, 6+), it does so with a gain of six-tenths and climbs from third to second. “The Wolf” trails “Kiss-FM” by just one-tenth. Stuck on 3.5 (6+) in March, April, and May, co-owned/similarly formatted KSCS “New Country 96.3” is now flat at 3.3 (6+), but drops from a three-way tie at #9 to #11. Steady at #9, CBS Radio’s KRLD-FM “105.3 The Fan” registers its sixth straight gain for a combined +1.6 (1.8 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.4, 6+) and enjoys its best 6+-stat since November’s 3.6. The market’s two hot ACs each improve by two-tenths: iHeartMedia’s KDMX “Now 102.9” is up or flat for the fourth straight time (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.0, 6+) and is unchanged at #6, while CBS Radio-owned KVIL regains the two-tenths it lost in July (3.1 – 2.9 – 3.1, #17 to #13, 6+).
6) Houston – Powered by a +.8 (3.7 – 4.5, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary KQBT “93.7 The Beat” progresses from tenth to eighth, boasting its strongest 6+-share in more than two years (4.5, May 2014). Prior to July, Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KOVE “Mas Variedad 106.5” had been down or flat the previous five sweeps for a combined loss of one-half share (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+). It rebounded with a one-half share gain and now replicates that (2.9 – 3.4 – 3.9, 6+) to enter the top ten (#13 to #10); 3.9 matches its strongest 6+-performance since October 2014 (also 3.9, 6+). Mirroring the situation in Dallas (see above) on two levels, there is a new #1 in Houston and the difference between the market’s first and second stations in August is just one-tenth. As for the specifics, after improving by one-half share in July, “Mas Variedad” regional Mexican cluster-mate KLTN adds another one-tenth, which is enough to dislodge iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” from the penthouse. This is the fifth successive gain for KLTN yielding a combined increase of more than two full-shares (4.9 – 5.4 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.9 – 7.0, 6+). Without an increase for the fourth straight sweep (7.7 – 7.4 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+), “Sunny” (first to second) had ranked #1 the past 23 ratings periods. It is the first time “Sunny” is below a seven-share (6+) since March 2015 (also 6.9, 6+). Off a combined six-tenths since April (5.8 – 5.5 – 5.2, 6+), Cox Media Group country KKBQ posted a +.7 in July to 5.9, its best 6+-showing in exactly one year (6.4, 6+, July 2015). “The New 93-Q,” however, surrenders all of that gain (5.2 – 5.9 – 5.2, -.7, 6+) and remains at #5 for the third successive sweep. The fourth straight decrease by KSBJ “God Listens” drops the noncommercial contemporary Christian facility out of the top ten (#9 to #11). It is a combined -1.8 since April (5.6 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+). Sputtering by one-half share (6.4 – 5.9, 6+), Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1” drops from a third-place tie to fourth.
7) Philadelphia – Seven-tenths is lucky for two of the market’s talk outlets, as CBS Radio‘s WPHT “Talk Radio 1210” (2.8 – 3.5, #15 to #12, 6+) and public WHYY (steady at #17) each improve by seven-tenths. In the case of WHYY, the +.7 (to 2.6, 6+) ends six straight sweeps without an increase which resulted in the loss of approximately one-half of its 6+-share (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+). It is the first time “Talk Radio 1210” has crossed the three-share threshold (6+) in more than four years (3.0, May 2012). In yet another case where the top two finishers are separated by one-tenth (see Dallas and Houston above), CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” (7.2 – 6.9, -.3, 6+), which unseated Jerry Lee Radio adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” at #1 in July, retains the market’s #1 bragging rights. “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” advanced to #1 in July from the runner-up slot, where it resided the previous seven survey periods. Meanwhile, WBEB slips for the third successive sweep (7.8 – 7.4 – 6.9 – 6.8, 6+) for a combined loss of one full-share. Prior to July, “More FM” occupied the market’s top spot for 12 consecutive survey periods. This is the weakest 6+performance for “More FM” since September’s 6.8. After a combined +1.2 in June and July, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUSL “Power 99” is steady at 4.9 and at #7 (3.7 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 4.9, 6+). It is the strongest 6+-performance for “Power 99” in approximately two years (5.2, 6+, August 2014). Down or flat for the seventh straight time resulting in a more than 50% loss of its 6+-share (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.3 – 1.8 – 1.5, 6+), Greater Media-owned WPEN-FM “The Fanatic” skids from #19 to #20. Rival WIP-FM is up one-tenth to 3.8 – the CBS Radio-owned Philadelphia Phillies flagship remains at #11. Once again down by two-tenths, Temple University classical outlet WRTI is without an increase for the seventh successive sweep (2.8 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+) and is flat at #22.
8) Atlanta – Flaunting the loftiest (6+) July 2016 – August 2016 increase of any station in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released Monday, Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM holds the top spot for the seventh straight month (8.1 – 9.4, +1.3, 6+). On top of that, 9.4 is the most potent 6+-share for WSB-AM in the PPM-era. In 2.1 – 2.5 range (6+) the past six sweeps, CBS Radio sports outlet WZGC “92.9 The Game” (#17 to #15) trots out a +.6 (2.4 – 3.0, 6+), reaching a three-share for the first time since January’s 3.4 (6+). Improving by one-half share each are Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WSRV “97.1 The River” (4.6, #11 to #8, 6+) and public WABE (2.5 – 3.0, #16 to #15, 6+). Preceding a +.5 in August, “The River” had been off the previous four sweeps (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.1, 6+). Faltering by eight-tenths each are iHeartMedia-owned WUBL “94.9 The Bull Atlanta’s New Country Leader” (4.6 – 3.8, #7 to #12, 6+) and Radio One gospel WPZE “Praise 102.5 Atlanta’s Inspiration Station” (4.2 – 3.4, #9 to #13, 6+). Following six straight up or flat trends yielding a +1.3 (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.9, 6+), “The Bull” regressed by three-tenths in July. Overtaking “The Bull” is Cumulus Media‘s similarly programmed WKHX “Kicks 101.5” (3.5 – 3.9, +.4, #13 to #11, 6+). Off by six-tenths (5.9 – 5.3, 6+), Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “104.7 The Fish” dips from a third-place tie to fourth. A -.2 in July ended four straight increases, which had netted “The Fish” three full-shares (3.1 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 5.4 – 6.1, 6+). The market’s (6+) urban contemporary share sinks by eight-tenths, with CBS Radio’s WVEE “V-103” (6.9 – 6.5, 6+) and Radio One’s WHTA “Hot 107.9” (5.4 – 5.0, 6+) each regressing by four-tenths. “V-103” was +.4 in July, while “Hot” was +.6; they repeat at second and fifth, respectively.
9) Long Island – Up or flat for the sixth straight time for a cumulative +1.1 (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.6, 6+), CBS Radio hot AC WNEW “Fresh 102.7” (formerly WWFS) enters the top 20 via a three-way tie at #16. Included in that logjam is its format rival – Cumulus Media‘s WPLJ (3.2 – 2.6, -.6, 6+). Meanwhile, another hot AC – Connoisseur Media‘s WALK-FM (second to fourth) falters for the third consecutive sweep (5.8 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). Stuck on 3.5 (6+) in April, May, and June, iHeartMedia talker WOR dropped to 3.3 in July but rebounds in August with a one-half share increase to 3.8 as the New York Mets flagship leaps from #12 to #8. While off by three-tenths to 6.4 (6+), co-owned CHR WHTZ “Z-100” is on top in Long Island for the seventh successive sweep. The loss of three-tenths though halts four straight sweeps where “Z-100” was up or flat (5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.7, 6+). After three straight declines which produced a combined -.7 (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+), Cox Media Group’s similarly programmed WBLI (third to second) is now up for the fourth successive sweep (3.0 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+). This is the 20th straight sweep that Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” (2.5 – 2.0, -.5, #19 to #22, 6+) is in 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+). In a similar and more pronounced vein, CBS Radio CHR WBMP “Amp” (#16 to #15) is in 2.0 – 2.9 territory (6+) for the 38th straight ratings period and is up or flat for the fifth straight time (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+). Tied at #12 are Cox Media Group’s WBAB “Long Island’s Only Classic Rock” (3.7 – 3.4, -.3, #8 in July, 6+) and its iHeartMedia New York City format competitor WAXQ “Q-104” (3.1 – 3.4, +.3, #15 in July, 6+).
10) Riverside – Following a one-share increase, which pulled the plug on back-to-back downward trends that produced a combined loss of four-tenths, Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” fell by two-tenths in July but roars back with a +.8 and is #1 for the ninth consecutive ratings period. As the result of four straight up or flat trends (4.9 – 4.9 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 6.8, 6+), Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA (unchanged at #2) improves by nearly two full-shares. Prior to July, KOLA last crossed the six-share threshold (6+) this past November (6.9). Having regressed by a combined -1.7 in six straight reports without an increase (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+), CBS Radio country outlet KFRG “K-Frog” notches a +.2 to 3.4 (6+) and is steady at #6. Co-owned format partner KXFG has a .1 for the sixth straight time and it again finishes at #21. After four successive sweeps without an increase (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+), Good News Radio contemporary Christian KSGN “Family Friendly” dials up a +.2 to 1.6 (6+) and advances from tenth to ninth. Unchanged at #5, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5” registers a 3.9 (6+) for the third successive time. Although remaining at #14, Los Angeles Angels flagship KLAA is off by one-tenth to .7 (6+) and sees its string of seven straight monthlies without a decrease come to an end (.2 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .6 – .6 -.7 -.8, 6+); KLAA quadrupled its 6+-stat in that period. For the seventh successive sweep, Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KCAL-AM checks in with a .2 (#19).
11) San Jose – Making mega-jumps of +1.2 each are CBS Radio all-news operation KCBS-AM (4.4 – 5.6, 6+) and Cumulus Media talker KGO (2.9, #22 to #13); KGO was 1.7 (6+) in April, May, and July. KCBS-AM catapults from sixth to a first-place tie with Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG “100.3 Mas Variedad,” which is actually down four-tenths (6.0 – 5.6, 6+) but advances to first from the runner-up slot – where it has been the past four sweeps. Evicted from #1 following four straight months there is Cumulus Media’s KNBR “The Sports Leader” (6.6 – 5.3, -1.3, 6+), which falls to #3. The -1.3 in August by San Francisco Giants flagship KNBR is the largest (6+) July 2016 – August 2016 erosion by any station in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released Monday. After consecutive increases which yielded a combined +1.6 (5.9 – 6.5 – 7.5, 6+), KNBR slumped by six-tenths in May; was up one-tenth in June; and dropped four-tenths in July. Remaining in the spoken-word arena, Entercom-owned Oakland A’s flagship KGMZ “95.7 The Game” coughs up six-tenths (1.1 – .5, 6+) and drifts to #26. The fourth consecutive up or flat trend by iHeartMedia urban contemporary KMEL (steady at #13) is a +.6 (1.9 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.3 – 2.9, 6+) as “The #1 for Hip-Hop & R&B” gains one full-share since April. Registering one-half share gains each are co-owned rhythmic CHR KYLD “WiLD 94.9” (3.9, tenth to eighth, 6+) and Cumulus Media triple A KFOG “The Bay Area’s Original,” which jumps into the top 20 (#23 to #18). “WiLD” was locked on 3.5 (6+) in April and May and then on 3.4 (6+) in June and July; KFOG was in 1.0 – 1.8 territory the past 16 sweeps. Following three successive up-trends that netted eight-tenths (4.6 – 4.9 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+), Alpha Media hot AC KEZR “Mix 106.5” surrenders a -1.2 to 4.2 (6+), sliding from third to sixth. In four straight down or flat trends (2.4 – 1.9 – 1.2 – .3 – .3, 6+), Empire Broadcasting-owned news-turned-classic country property KLIV “1590 Country Gold” (#28 to #27) is a combined -2.1.
12) Middlesex – Aided by an increase of seven-tenths (3.9 – 4.6, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9” advances from eighth to sixth. Conversely, in addition to sputtering nine-tenths (3.8 – 2.9, 6+), Univision Radio‘s similarly programmed WXNY “X-96.3” freefalls from a three-way tie at #9 to #15. Following three straight advances of two-tenths each (5.2 – 5.4 – 5.6 – 5.8, 6+), WLTW “Lite-FM” regressed by nine-tenths in June and by another seven-tenths in July. The iHeartMedia adult contemporary property bounces back in August though with a gain of six-tenths (5.8 – 4.9 – 4.2 – 4.8, 6+) and returns to fifth from sixth; 4.2 was the lowest 6+-share for “Lite-FM in Middlesex since May 2013 (4.1). With a +.4 to 1.0 (#24, 6+), CBS Radio all-news WINS curtails six consecutive sweeps without an increase (1.3 – 1.2 – 1.1 – 1.1 – .9 – .8 -.6, 6+). Albeit down by six-tenths (8.1 – 7.5, 6+), Townsquare Media talker WKXW is #1 for the eighth consecutive ratings period. Owing to a four-tenths gain in July, “New Jersey 101.5” applied the brakes to four straight negative trends that had resulted in a combined -1.4 (9.1 – 8.9 – 8.5 – 8.1 – 7.7, 6+). This is the sixth successive ratings period that sports WEPN (#24) is either down or flat (1.6 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.0, 6+). After five straight .5 showings (6+), Press Communications’ country WKMK “Thunder 106” disappears from print.
Mark Curry Leaves KBLX, San Francisco. Confirming via its Facebook page, Entercom’s urban adult contemporary KBLX, San Francisco says comic Mark Curry has left its AM drive “Morning Dream Team” with cast mates Kimmie Taylor and Tony Sco. The station says, “Mark Curry is no longer with the station. We would like to thank him for helping us to build our morning show the Dream Team, and we wish him tremendous success in his future endeavors.”
KQCS, Quad Cities Stunting. Right now the country format on Townsquare Media’s KQCS Quad Cities “104.9 The Hawk” is gone and in its place is a loop of songs with references to talk in it – Jason Derulos’s “Talk Dirty to Me,” Elvis’ “A Little Less Conversation,” The Tubes’ “Talk to Ya Later,” and liners such as, “Noon, Wednesday, we talk. 104.9.” It’s either a hint about a talk format or misinformation designed to obscure what awaits.
Progressive Host/Commentator Bill Press Interviewed on Harrison Podcast. Multi-media, progressive talk show host and commentator Bill Press steps up to the plate as this week’s guest on the award-winning PodcastOne program “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” Press, a veteran of CNN’s heritage political debate show “Crossfire” and a number of other left-versus-right forums, has an extraordinary background in politics, radio, TV, newspapers and books that goes all the way back to the 1970s. Today, he still does it all, including a daily, morning political radio talk show heard on a network of approximately 50 terrestrial stations with a cable TV simulcast and boasting a huge international online listenership. Harrison and Press engage in a not-to-be-missed candid conversation about the presidential election, the state of national politics and the impact modern media is having upon the process of news dissemination. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
New Sales Managers Named at Entercom Boston. Moving over from her sales manager position at Entercom’s news/talk WRKO to the same post at rock WAAF is Alison Harris. Assuming the open sales manager post at WRKO is Denise DiLuca, who returns to Entercom from her most recent gig with iHeartMedia as VP of sales in Providence. DiLuca worked in the business development department at Entercom Boston before joining iHeartMedia in 2012. Entercom New England VP/market manager Phil Zachary says both Harris and DiLuca embody the cluster’s inexorable work ethic. “Alison and Denise are natural sales leaders. Both are highly regarded in the marketplace for their uncompromising integrity, outstanding training skills, intensity of focus and ability to recruit the very best local sellers. I have no doubt our Boston cluster will continue to outperform the market with these proven professionals in key roles.”
Michael Saunders to Program ’93.7 The Beat’ in Houston. Urban programming pro Michael Saunders – most recently PD at Cox Media Group’s urban AC WCFB, Orlando – joins iHeartMedia in Houston to program urban contemporary KQBT and to serve as urban brand coordinator for the company’s national programming group. This isn’t his first go-round with iHeartMedia; he was previously VP of programming for its Detroit stations and programmed WWPR, New York “Power 105.1.” Marc Sherman, region senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Houston, says, “Michael is a proven leader who will bring incredible results to iHeartMedia. We are excited to bring a programmer of his caliber to Houston and are eager to make history as we transition to this exciting new chapter of THE BEAT.”
Cumulus Ups Hach to VP, Digital for San Francisco. After serving as digital and integrated sales manager for Cumulus Media’s San Francisco and Minneapolis clusters, Justin Hach is promoted to vice president, digital for the company’s San Francisco station group that includes sports talk KNBR, triple A KFOG, classic rock KSAN, news/talk KGO, news/talk KSFO and Asian KSJO. Hach’s charge will be to lead a team that is responsible for all digital and social strategies, development, content and revenue. Vice president and market manager Justin Wittmayer says, “I’m really proud of the team that Justin has built and the way that they’re connecting our brands and fans. His content strategy is driving database growth, engagement, revenue and, most important, a better user/client experience.”
Jess Hanson to Head Up Horizon Broadcasting’s Central Oregon Station Group. Most recently with Townsquare Media’s Abilene, Texas operations, Jess Hanson heads north to join Horizon Broadcasting Group’s Central Oregon media properties as market manager/general sales manager. He’ll oversee the company’s five radio stations – classic hits KQAK-FM, hot AC KWPK “The PEAK 104.1,” AC KLTW “95.7 MY FM,” news/talk simulcast KBNW-AM/FM, and classic country KRCO – as well as the company’s digital assets and event productions. Horizon president and CEO Keith Shipman states, “I am pleased to hand over the day-to-day operations of our Central Oregon assets to an experienced and successful leader. Jess has demonstrated his passion for the radio industry over the past three decades and has built successful sales and programming teams throughout his career. He has a proven track record in broadcast, digital and event sales – all of which are key to our clients’ marketing plans.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Afternoon drive personality Tim Virgin signs a contract extension to remain with Cumulus Media’s classic rock WLUP-FM, Chicago “97.9 The Loop.” He posted this message to listeners, “Well Chicago…You’re stuck with me for a couple more years! So happy, honored and excited to extend my time at the greatest rock station in the land 97.9 The Loop!”…..In San Diego, Greg Raneiri is named music director at country KSON, adding that responsibility to his night jock duties. Entercom also gives hot AC KXSN afternoon personality Gene Knight music director duties for his station…..Afternoon drive personality Zakk exits Cumulus Media’s rhythmic AC WRWM, Indianapolis “93.9 The Beat” for a new, yet-to-be announced gig.
It’s Official: FCC Releases 2014 Quadrennial Regulatory Review. For some time we’ve known what this review was going to say, but the FCC has now officially released the Quadrennial Regulatory Review with the subtitle “Review of the Commission’s Broadcast Ownership Rules And Other Rules Adopted Pursuant to Section 202 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.” Republican Commissioner Michael O’Rielly sums up his feelings thusly, “…rarely have I seen a proceeding take so long and a document say so much in order to accomplish nothing of value. I dissent.” Ouch! And referring to the release of the 2010 Quadrennial Review in 2016, Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai states, “What took us so long? Based on the ‘substance’ of this Order, I have no idea, for the agency essentially does nothing but stick its head in the sand.” Both commissioners chide their agency for sticking with the ban on Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-ownership, citing arguments with which readers of this trade publication are already very familiar. Pai also laments the commission’s unwillingness to update the Local Radio Ownership Rule, the Radio-Television Cross-Ownership Rule, and the Dual Network Rule. He accuses the agency of defying the courts with regard to diversity. Five years ago, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit vacated the FCC’s definition of “eligible entity.” Pai comments, “Earlier this year, the Third Circuit said ‘enough is enough’ and demanded that the FCC take prompt action on its ‘stalled efforts to promote diversity in the broadcast industry.’ So what does the Commission do here in response to the court? Precisely one thing: It re-adopts the exact same ‘eligible entity’ definition that the Third Circuit rejected in 2011!” Pai goes on to express disappointment with partisanship and procedure that hampers the agency’s ability to serve the industry. “Today’s result is all the more unfortunate because compromise was well within reach. For example, a bipartisan majority of commissioners was willing to repeal the outdated Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-Ownership Rule. But for some reason, we were told that this rule would not be repealed unless all commissioners agreed. And sadly, one chose to exercise that veto. As someone who has been on the losing end of more 3-2 votes than I care to remember, I am baffled by this new requirement for unanimity. We’ve been told for years by the FCC’s leadership that 3-2 votes are what democracy is all about. Except, I guess, when it isn’t.” You can read the FCC’s entire report as well as full commentary by O’Rielly, Pai and Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn here.
Cumulus Media Names Jess Poxson Assistant Program Director. Midday air personality Jess Poxson adds assistant program director duties to her role at Cumulus Media’s Detroit country outlet WDRQ “NASH FM 93.1.” She’ll work with Detroit director of FM programming Robby Bridges and Cumulus Media Detroit operations manager Mike Wheeler. Bridges states, “In the longstanding Cumulus tradition of promoting from within, it is a pleasure to enhance Jessica’s role here in Detroit as we build DRQ’s brand and profile in the community and continue providing the best country music content to Detroit’s passionate country fans. I am thrilled she’ll be working closely with me and our team.”
Petrosso Rises to SVP of Sales at iHeartMedia Charlotte. General sales manager Ryan Petrosso is promoted to senior vice president of sales for iHeartMedia’s Charlotte station group that includes: country WKKT “96.9 The Kat,” CHR WHQC “Channel 96.1,” classic rock WRFX “99.7 The Fox,” classic hits WLKO “102.9 The Lake” and alternative WEND “106.5 The End.” Charlotte also serves as the flagship market for the syndicated John Boy & Billy Radio Network, the “Ace & TJ Show” and the “Woody & Wilcox Show.” Petrosso started in the radio business at iHeartMedia’s Providence cluster in 2004, eventually rising to GSM there. He joined the company’s Charlotte cluster in 2015.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Using the election motif to promote their morning drive program, WMYX, Milwaukee “99.1 The Mix” duo Wes McKane and Elizabeth Kay are pictured here (from l-r, happy listener, Kay, McKane) with their “campaign” poster promoting their vow to “make mornings great again” for Milwaukee radio listeners. Listeners are able to drop by the station to pick up their free signs. Wes and Elizabeth are also planning a whistle-stop tour throughout the Milwaukee market to distribute the signs to listeners…..Kathryn Boxill (below) shows off her award commemorating her 20 years of service to employer Research Director, Inc. Boxill is radio sales research manager and Research Director, Inc. partner Marc Greenspan states, “It’s unusual in today’s work environment for employees to stay so long with one company and this is a significant milestone. At Research Director, Inc., we have a lot of pride about the client-centered approach to our business. Kathryn plays a key role in this process. We wish her continued success.”…..CBS RADIO Las Vegas announces the launch of “98.5 Da Shaka,” the market’s Island and Reggae Station on 98.5 KLUC’s HD-2 frequency. The company notes that in addition to listening to “Da Shaka” locally through the HD-2 frequency, listeners can also stream the station through Radio.com or the Radio.com app for mobile devices…..Alpha Media country outlet KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull” announces Interscope recording artists The Band Perry will headline the station’s Santa Jam Concert on December 4 at the Theater of the Clouds at the Moda Center. KUPL PD and afternoon personality MoJoe Roberts says, “We’re thrilled to serve up our holiday gift to country music fans in Portland! The Band Perry will share the stage with several rising stars at Santa Jam. We’ll begin to unveil them in the coming weeks, once Santa confirms them on his ‘nice list.’”
Cool Office Position Opportunity. WDST, Woodstock, New York “Radio Woodstock” is looking for an outgoing, friendly, and highly motivated receptionist/assistant office manager/promotions assistant. Candidates will need to be able to multi-task and assist various departments, including the sales team and promotions manager. Promotions includes assisting with the station website, social media, e-blast, live performance coordination and basic graphics duties. Looking for team player who loves what Radio Woodstock is all about. No phone calls. Mail cover letter and resume to: Cynthia V. Huggins, WDST-FM, PO Box 367, Woodstock, NY 12498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. EOE.
Amber Bouchard Named APD and Midday Jock at Alternative WRFF, Philly. The new midday personality and assistant program director at iHeartMedia’s alternative WRFF, Philadelphia “Radio 104.5” is Amber Bouchard, a.k.a. Amber Miller. She takes over for Wendy Rollins who recently exited the station to relocate to Atlanta. Station program director John Allers says, “We were very fortunate to have some exceptional candidates raise their hand for this position. Amber stood out as the perfect match for Radio 104.5’s assistant program director position with her broad background in radio and records combined with a strong understanding of our target audience and the music they love.” Bouchard previously served as national director of promotion for Caroline Records. Her radio resume includes stops at WEQX, Albany; WDVD, Detroit; WDCG, Raleigh; and WQSM-FM/Fayetteville.
CMG Promotes Dawn Campbell to Director of Branding and Programming for WCFB, Orlando. After five years with Cox Media Group Orlando, most recently as music director for urban adult contemporary and WCFB and hip hop WPYO and promotions manager for WCFB, Dawn Campbell is named director of branding and programming for WCFB “STAR 94.5.” Cluster operations director Stevie DeMann says, “I’ve had a front row seat to see Dawn grow through her entire career. Her passion, dedication and knowledge of the brands she’s been able to touch are unmatched. I’m so excited for her personally and have all of the confidence in the world that she will be a great leader for the ‘Star 94.5’ brand and the staff.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The reason is not quite clear but Joe Volk of the long-running “Joe and the Poorboy” show on Cumulus Media’s rock WKQZ, Midland, Michigan has exited the station. Program co-host Adam Shilling announced Volk’s departure earlier this week…..With the departure of Dave Hovel to iHeartMedia’s Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland cluster, West Virginia Radio Corp. promotes PM drive personality Jason Taylor to program director and morning host at its country WICL, Williamsport, Maryland and simultaneously ups midday host Rona Mensah to afternoons.
Cumulus Media to Use Twitter’s ‘Moments’ to Curate Station Happenings. The company says it is “among the first radio media companies to use Twitter’s ‘Moments’ and to curate the very best stories from moments around its 452 radio stations and Westwood One’s syndicated programs.” As you may already know, “Moments” are collections of Tweets that share the stories happening on Twitter, curated by Twitter and select partners. Companies granted access to make Moments can use the creative format to tell stories using related, real-time content. Moments unfold across multiple Tweets and involve various points of view, and can be Tweeted or shared via link. Suzanne Grimes, EVP, corporate marketing for Cumulus and president of Westwood One, says, “We are beyond thrilled to be part of this innovative feature from Twitter. It’s the perfect marketing tool for the network and our stations, who pour their hearts and souls into their shows and their events. It allows them to connect with and extend real-time relationships with our listeners, our communities, and our advertising partners.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. At this year’s Radio Show in Nashville, FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Ajit Pai will be speaking. Commissioner Pai addresses attendees on Thursday at “Keeping Up with the Changing Radio Regulatory Landscape,” and immediately following, will be the session “A Conversation with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.”…..Alpha Media’s rock WMFX, Columbia, South Carolina “Fox 102.3” is airing Carolina Panthers play-by-play broadcasts this season. The station will air full coverage of all games, plus pre-game and post-game shows, “Panther’s Talk” each Monday night at 7:00 pm and daily Panther updates…..Entercom partners with Clip Interactive to use the latter’s interactive radio platform for its 129 stations. Using Clip-built mobile apps, Entercom stations can deliver interactive broadcast and stream content feeds to listeners. The Clip platform enables interactivity with all audio content delivered by Entercom stations via broadcast and stream…..Westwood One is offering Labor Day Weekend pop and rock specials. Each is a four-hour program – one for CHR and hot AC stations hosted by Troye Sivan and one for rock-oriented stations hosted by Fitz and the Tantrums. Each show shares “highlights of the summer of 2016, along with all the music that’s a must for every end-of-summer playlist.”
Big D to Host Afternoons at KWNR, Las Vegas. Air personality Big D is named the new afternoon drive jock at iHeartMedia’s country KWNR, Las Vegas “95.5 The Bull.” He is taking over the daypart from the company’s regional SVP of programming JoJo Turnbeaugh, who says, “Big D was a big part of ‘The Bull’ when he handled nights a couple of years ago. It’s great to have him back home where I know he will take afternoons to a whole new level here in Las Vegas.” Big D also worked in the Vegas market at iHeartMedia’s CHR KPLV “93.1 The Party” as APD/MD and afternoon host. He says, “Country radio is something I’ve grown to love over the last five years. I’ve been lucky enough to learn the format from amazing programmers like Travis Moon, Bree Wagner, Gregg Swedberg, and JoJo Turnbeaugh. I’m excited to step into my first full-time gig in country radio with a stacked air staff on a massive station. I’m blessed for this opportunity and cannot wait to see where it brings me next. Horns Up!”
WIL, St. Louis Names Danny Montana Midday Jock. St. Louis country outlet WIL fills its midday slot with current assistant program director Danny Montana (pictured here with Taylor Swift several years back). He’s been with the Hubbard Radio station since 1995, first as the overnight personality, then serving as a daytime on-air talent, as well as music director for the station. In 2003 he was named APD with responsibilities including management of the country artist meet & greet opportunities and producing all of the WIL country music concerts. He will continue in that role. WIL program director Scott Roddy says, “Danny worked VERY hard to earn this position – and the competition was tough! Danny’s commitment to the WIL brand, new country, and our passionate followers make me proud to name him WIL’s new midday personality.”
iHeartMedia Brings Tom Sheridan Aboard. Sales pro Tom Sheridan – formerly a GSM and director of sales for E.W. Scripps’ crosstown operations – joins the iHeartMedia’s Milwaukee station group to serve as a senior account executive. Sheridan brings his quarter century of sales experience in the market to iHeartMedia’s cluster that includes: country WMIL, urban contemporary WKKV, classic hits WRIT, news/talk WISN, CHR WRNW, and sports talk WOKY.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At CBS RADIO’s Boston CHR WODS “103.3 AMP Radio,” there are a number of moves to report. Vanessa Hale is named afternoon drive personality. Corinne Kimball removes the “interim” from her midday host title. Matt Bosso is now the APD and music director, and mix show coordinator Tone Terra is named assistant music director…..iHeartMedia country outlet WMZQ, Washington adds Sun Broadcast Group’s “The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver” for the evening daypart…..Bay Area radio personality Renel Brooks-Moon joins Entercom’s urban adult contemporary KBLX, San Francisco to serve as host of the Sunday evening “Soul School Sundays” program…..Three female voices are added to the program schedule at Entercom’s classic rock KUFX, San Jose “98.5 KFOX.” Nancy Newcomer is the new host of the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm show. Celeste Perry takes over the evening program, and sister station KOIT midday host Teri King will pull weekend shifts at KUFX.
Nielsen Pulls 35 Households from Los Angeles PPM Panel. Citing “irregular compliance patterns,” Nielsen Audio has made it known that it has dismissed 35 households from the Los Angeles PPM panel. Nielsen is not going into much detail other than to say that its review team discovered that its quality standards were not adhered to. Nielsen says the irregularities were noticed among households in question in the first two weeks of the Los Angeles August 2016 survey and that those households were removed for weeks three and four of the survey. As a result, Nielsen is reviewing the data for the Los Angeles surveys to determine if any previous months had been affected. The company is also looking at other PPM markets to see if similar irregularities occurred. Meanwhile, Nielsen says its control system did its job is discovering the problems but will continue to review ways to prevent recurrence of these irregularities. It’s not believed that any media households were involved. It was two years ago that a KSCA, Los Angeles staffer was fired after it had been determined the station had made contact with a panelist and ratings had to be reissued.
Midwest Communications Buys Eight Signals from Red Rock Radio. You can add eight more signals to the portfolio of Midwest Communications after the company acquires them from Minnesota-based Red Rock Radio. The deal includes five FM stations and three translators. They are: KQDS-FM Duluth, WEVE-FM Eveleth, KGPZ-FM Coleraine, WXXZ-FM Grand Marais, KAODFM Babbitt, and translators W252AN Hibbing, W288AI Ely, and W221AU Virginia. Red Rock Radio is operated by Kathy Lau and Shawn Skramstad. They own 24 radio stations in Minnesota. Midwest Communications owns 73 stations in Tennessee, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Minnesota.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Among the broadcasters doing what they can to assist those affected by the floods in Louisiana are the folks at Alpha Media’s Biloxi operations. They partnered with the City of Gulfport to collect relief supplies. Their goal was to fill one semi-truck, but that goal was far exceeded when three 18-wheelers were loaded with necessities. The Biloxi team delivered the items to the Louisiana Flood victims on Wednesday, August 17th. WXYK “107.1 The Monkey” evening host James Steele comments on the efforts saying, “It was touching. It was beautiful. With all of the bad news and bad things going on in the world, this makes you realize that the world isn’t all bad; the world is full of really great people.”…..Beasley Media Group is acquiring FM translator K268CS, Las Vegas from Southern Nevada Educational Broadcasters for $700,000. Bob Heymann of the Chicago office of Media Services Group served as the exclusive broker representating the buyer in this transaction. Robert Branch represented the seller.
Dave Hovel Named SVP of Programming for iHM Salisbury-Ocean City. Programming and on-air pro Dave Hovel is the new SVP of programming for iHeartMedia’s Salisbury, Maryland station group that includes country WWFG “Froggy 99.9,” adult contemporary WQHQ “Q-105,” CHR WKZP “Kiss 95.9,” urban contemporary WSBY “Magic 98.9,” news/talk WJDY “Newsradio 1470AM,” and sports talk WTGM “Fox Sports 960AM.” During his career, Hovel has served with West Virginia Radio Corp’s country WICL, Williamsport, Maryland; CBS RADIO Baltimore; and Delmarva’s country WXCY, Wilmington. iHeartMedia markets group area president Chris Walus comments, “Dave has an extraordinary record of success in leading media operations, developing formats and coaching top-level personalities. This, coupled with his remarkable skill for driving breakthrough revenue growth set Dave apart from the pack. The Salisbury team is excited and eager for Dave to start.”
Eric Lauer Named WKTI, Milwaukee GSM. Milwaukee native Eric Lauer returns to Brew Town to serve as general sales manager for country WKTI. In addition to that role, Lauer will also serve as national sales manager for WKTI, news/talk WTMJ and the company’s sports properties. Lauer comes to the E.W. Scripps stations from his current role with Cox Media Group as general sales manager for the company’s six Jacksonville stations and CODAN Internet Marketing. Vice president and general manager Tom Langmyer says, “The growth of WKTI has taken us to the next level – creating a need for its own sales leadership. The restructuring of management roles at Milwaukee’s radio operations will provide stronger focus on each of our properties, which includes Jason Bjorson’s assumption of full sales leadership in his role as GSM of WTMJ and sports sales.” Lauer begins in Milwaukee on September 26.
Who the Heck Is Marvin Robert Klopfenstein? He’s one of the most seasoned and storied radio professionals in the business – better known throughout the industry as Bob K – and he’s this week’s guest on the PodcastOne award-winning hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” Today, the former (self-described) “nerd” from Chino, California – who took accordion lessons, owned a ventriloquist dummy, had a pet duck and pushed around an AV cart in high school – maintains a relatively modest profile as the owner/operator of the Boston-based production company, Bob K Sound & Recording. But back in the day, he programmed and/or managed some of the most important music and talk stations in the nation (KABC, KOA, KFWB, WIND, KING, KOB, KMPC, WBZ and more) and coached some of the biggest-name talent (Jerry Williams, Larry Glick, Tom Leykis, Doug Stephan and the legendary Alan Berg to name a handful). The conversation between Harrison and Klopfenstein is a radio geek’s delight! They talk about Bob K’s experience serving as the radio consultant on the successful, multi-Emmy Award-winning “Frasier” television sitcom back in the 1990s – and is still playing to huge audiences on Netflix. It starred Kelsey Grammer as the pompous Seattle radio psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane. One of the many assets that made “Frasier” one of the best TV shows of all time was its atypically accurate depiction of the radio station, studio and employees – due in large part to then-KABC program manager Bob K’s expertise and participation in designing the set and coaching the actors. Fans of the classic TV series will love this podcast. Harrison and Klopfenstein also talk about the late Alan Berg (whom Bob K hired at KOA), the liberal/Jewish personality murdered in cold blood by anti-Semitic, white supremacists in 1984, who inspired the Eric Bogosian/Oliver Stone play and film, “Talk Radio.” To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Broadcasters Foundation of America Assists Broadcasters Affected by Louisiana Floods and California Wildfires. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is moving swiftly to provide emergency grants to broadcasters whose lives and property have been severely damaged by the floods in Louisiana and the wildfires in California. The Emergency and Disaster Grant Program features an abbreviated vetting process that gets emergency funds to victims within a week. To be eligible, applicants must have worked in radio or television broadcasting and be facing extreme financial hardship due to a natural or environmental disaster. BFoA chairman Dan Mason says, “It’s imperative that we get these emergency funds into the hands of broadcasters within days. The Broadcasters Foundation has a track record of moving quickly and nimbly in emergencies, while thoroughly screening the abridged applications for need.” In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Foundation acted speedily to award $250,000 in one-time emergency grants of $1,000 each to 250 broadcasters. The Foundation also moved quickly following the tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and Hurricane Sandy in the New York area. The Broadcasters Foundation contacted the Louisiana and California Broadcasters Associations last week to distribute emergency grant application information among its members. Emergency grants already have been awarded to broadcasters in Louisiana from Cumulus Media, Guaranty Broadcasting, Nexstar Broadcasting, Raycom Media, Townsquare Media, and others. Requests for aid from Louisiana flood victims are coming in almost hourly, and the Foundation is reviewing completed applications immediately to rapidly deliver emergency grants to those who are approved. For more information and to make a donation to the BFoA, visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, or call 212-373-8250.
Beth Neuhoff to Receive 2016 MIW Trailblazer Award. The recipient of this year’s 2016 MIW Trailblazer honor from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio group is Neuhoff Communications president and chief executive officer Beth Neuhoff. She will receive the 8th annual MIW Radio Group Frances Preston Trailblazer Award on Wednesday, September 21 during the 2016 Radio Show Wednesday Headliner: ‘Cutting Edge Trends in Marketing, featuring Dave Ramsey and John Rich.’ MIW Radio Group spokesperson Kay Olin states, “Beth Neuhoff is an accomplished broadcaster who blazes new trails and heights in everything she touches. Beth has been a passionate and enthusiastic ambassador for Radio and especially women throughout her career. She sets a tremendous example for all women in broadcasting through her bold decision-making and inspiring leadership. Beth is intelligent, caring, approachable and the natural choice to be honored as our 2016 MIW Trailblazer.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. A donation of $85,000 is being made to the American Red Cross flood relief effort in Louisiana, thanks to the generosity of the loyal audience of iHeartMedia’s Bobby Bones. Last week, the country morning radio show announced that all proceeds from #PimpinJoy merchandise on www.BobbyBones.com, including limited-edition baseball T-shirts, would be collected for the American Red Cross to help those affected by the devastating flood. Listeners and fans raised the $85,000 in just a few days…..The KZZP, Phoenix-based Johnjay & Rich show’s #LoveUp movement is continuing to grow and the demand for t-shirts has become so overwhelming that the apparel designer had to rent a warehouse, which also serves at the first #LoveUp retail store. The #LoveUp movement was started by Johnjay Van Es and proceeds from the charitable venture go to the Johnjay and Rich Care for Kids Foundation serving the needs of foster children. Since June 2015, approximately 9,000 shirts have been sold, which has raised $100,000 for the Foundation. Pictured here is Blake Van Es, Johnjay’s wife, speaking to a TV3 reporter about the opening of the storefront…..Alpha Media Topeka stations news/talk WIBW-AM, country WIBW-FM, and country KTPK-FM hosted their 4th annual Kick Off Party for National Night Out on Friday, August 5. This year’s event had a record breaking turnout of 600 people. The event celebrates the local initiative in partnership with National Night Out. The public was invited to the station’s parking lot to enjoy food and social time with neighbors and community partners. Community organizations, law enforcement agencies, the local library, animal shelters, and more participated. Children enjoyed hands-on experiences with fire trucks and police cars, had their faces painted, listened to great music, and won prizes.
This article — by Edison Research staffer and Ross on Radio writer Sean Ross — originally appeared in RadioInfo on July 18, 2012.
By Sean Ross
Edison Research/Ross on Radio
NEW YORK — When WCBS-FM New York played Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman” on Sunday afternoon, they established a couple of reasons for doing so. It was part of a special weekend — the battle of New York vs. New Jersey artists. Houston, of course, has bittersweet topicality these days (the song had actually been spinning on the station since her death in February). And both the artist and song, a remake of Chaka Khan’s 1978 title, had a foothold in the era that CBS-FM already covers.
But Whitney’s version of “I’m Every Woman” is still from early 1993. And no matter how carefully staged, hearing any ’90s song on an Oldies/Greatest Hits station begs the discussion of how and when the format (which was still negotiating the ’70s not-so-long-ago) will break the next sound barrier. Discussions of era are with you always in Oldies/Greatest Hits radio, and not everybody has yet figured out how to best use the ’80s or whether to fight for the ’60s.
Talent Flip at CMG’s ‘97.1 The River’ in Atlanta. At classic hits WSRV, Atlanta “97.1 The River,” Cox Media Group personalities Kaedy Kiely and Steve Craig swap dayparts. Effective today (8/22), Kaedy Kiely moves from mornings to the afternoon drive “where she will continue to play great classic rock for weary Atlanta afternoon commuters. Concurrently, Steve Craig, The River’s resident musicologist, will move to morning drive from afternoons, getting listeners to work with classic rock news, traffic, weather and great music each morning.” Program director Chris Eagan states, “Kaedy is best known for afternoons in the market – that is where ‘The River’ audience wants to hear her voice as they commute. Steve Craig’s conversational, witty style will sound great in morning drive where he will bring his music history expertise to Atlanta’s rock fans.”
WRAL, Raleigh Names New Morning Show. After cutting ties with husband-and-wife morning team Gene and Julie Gates, Capitol Broadcasting Company announces the new morning show on adult contemporary WRAL-FM “MIX 101.5” is called “Two Men and a Mom.” The program will launch this week featuring Kyle Smelser, Bryan Lord and Sarah King. Smelser and Lord previously hosted mornings on Radio One’s CHR WNOW, Indianapolis. King started her radio career at North Carolina State’s WKNC and spent time working in the restaurant business in New York City. Program director Michelle Williams says, “We are thrilled to have Kyle, Bryan and Sarah join our team. They bring a wealth of experiences, a new perspective, passion and creativity to the station.”
Radio Pro Randy James Charged in Nebraska Bank Robbery. This is not the first bit of odd news the industry has heard about Randy James, a.k.a. James R. Fitzsimmons. According to the story on WHIO.com, the former WMMX, Dayton program director led many to believe that in 2015 he was dying of an incurable illness. (Inside Music Media blogger Jerry Del Colliano even posted an item marking the passing of Fitzsimmons.) Now, Fitzsimmons is being charged with attempting to rob a Lincoln, Nebraska bank. Authorities say Fitzsimmons passed a note to a drive-thru teller, demanding money and stating gunmen and explosives were inside the bank. He did not receive any money. He’s being held on $100,000 bond and is expected back in court in September. He programmed WMMX from 1991 through 1994. He also programmed contemporary Christian outlet WAKW, Cincinnati and in 2013 created the media firm Truth2Value.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Rock radio personality Laurie Roberts leaves her night show on Entercom’s classic rock KUFX, San Jose “98.5 KFOX.”…..“The Cliff & Sharon Show” – with hosts Cliff Dumas and Sharon Burns – is in syndication with Steve Wall’s Talent Farm. Talent Farm will handle affiliation and marketing for the program. It currently airs on country KBYB, Texarkana, and several other country outlets but is being made available to other formats…..Dan Rios joins Withers Family Texas Holdings’ alternative rock KYRK, Corpus Christi “106.5 The Shark” to host the afternoon drive daypart.
Bernadette Duncan’s Highly Anticipated Book About Talk Radio, Yappy Days, Released Today. The long-awaited book is provocatively titled, YAPPY DAYS: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/Talkers Books, 2016) and it is receiving rave reviews from readers inside and outside the industry. For example, Westwood One syndicated personality Jim Bohannon writes, “How good is a quarterback without the left tackle who has his back? For 26 years, producer Bernadette Duncan was left tackle for some of the biggest quarterbacks in talk radio. From the Super Bowl egos to bone-jarring clashes, Bernadette takes you inside the talk radio huddle. Yappy Days is an MVP – most valuable publication.” Written by the veteran talk show producer and wife of TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison, it chronicles her 26-year career in the trenches of big-time talk radio during its most dramatic decades (1983-2009) – set against the backdrop of America’s pre- and post-9/11 realities when in one fateful day, talk radio went from its post O.J. Simpson default of covering celebrity murder mysteries (Gary Condit, Jon-Benet Ramsey, etc.) to an obsession with the reality and ongoing threat of civilian mass murder at the hands of terrorists. She worked for some of the biggest names in the business during their glory days – Sally Jessy Raphael, Larry King, Tom Snyder, Lou Dobbs, Gil Gross, Charles Osgood and many more. She captures through anecdotes and gentle analysis her experiences being a news/talk producer at ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and United Stations Radio Networks as well as local New York City radio landmarks, WMCA and WOR. In addition to dishing insights into “the character of characters,” including literally hundreds of industry and newsmaker names in this extremely candid account, Bernadette makes a compelling case on behalf of the importance of the position of radio producer – which she describes as being “the most under-rated, under-paid and under-appreciated job in commercial media.” Fox Radio and TV star Alan Colmes comments, “Yappy Days is a must read for anyone who ever produced or wants to produce media – and for anyone who ever consumes it. More than a producer’s manual, as you travel with Bernadette on her exciting journey, you realize it’s a life manual as well.” WPGG, Atlantic City morning host Harry Hurley adds, “I couldn’t put the book down. Rarely, if ever do you learn about the radio and television industry from the inside out versus the outside in. With integrity and a flair to properly tell a great story, Bernadette’s Yappy Days delivers the goods.” Although she never worked directly with or for Rush Limbaugh, she interviewed him early in his career for the New York Daily News and crossed paths with him at several key junctures in his career, presenting a compelling study of his evolution in the chapter, “Brushes with Rushes,” that media consultant Holland Cooke describes as “nothing short of poignant.” Bernadette kicks off a national radio/media tour this evening with a guest shot on the Jim Bohannon Show. Producers and hosts interested in booking Bernadette Duncan on their shows can do so by calling Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413. To read a special review and feature story about the book by TALKERS/RadioInfo VP/executive editor Kevin Casey posted today (8/22), please click here. The book is available at Amazon.com.
RadioInfo Tidbits. At strong summer storm that leveled the broadcast tent couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Alpha Media Canton staffers as they broadcast live, joining forces with AultCare to raise $158,673 during its 9th Annual AultCare Wish-a-Thon earlier this month. Air personalities from hot AC WHBNC-FM “Mix 94.1” and news/talk WHBC-AM broadcast for 36 hours to raise funds for Wishes Can Happen Inc., a local charity that raises funds for children with life threatening illnesses…..Cumulus Media’s rock KXXR, Minneapolis “93X” broadcast live from Metallica’s headquarters in Northern California on Thursday (8/18) and, to the station’s delight, Lars Ulrich decided to play the first song from the first new Metallica album in eight years. ‘93X’ fans heard the song, “Hardwired.”…..SiriusXM is bringing back the Barbra Streisand Channel to its service, starting September 6. This limited-run channel, which originally ran on SiriusXM in September 2014, will feature music spanning Streisand’s legendary career, from her 1963 debut through her new album Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, which is scheduled to be released on August 26…..Recording artist Calvin Harris (right) speaks at last week’s 2016 iHeartMedia Music Summit at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York. The event included record label pros, managers and artists presenting new music to a room full of radio programmers and executives. (Photo: Katherine Tyler for iHeartMedia.)
Jeff Smulyan Offers to Take Emmis Communications Private. Via his E Acquisition Corp., Emmis Communications chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan is offering to take Emmis private by acquiring outstanding, publicly held shares of Emmis for $4.10 per share in cash. That’s a 3% premium above the August 18 closing price of Emmis’ stock ($4.00). Smulyan has backing lined up from Falcon Investment Advisors. The offer also includes the commitment to sell many of its publishing assets as well as WLIB-AM, New York and its four Terre Haute, Indiana signals – country WTHI, classic rock WWVR, hot AC WFNB, and sports talk simulcast WFNF/W258BA.