PPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the second of three analyses of station performances based on data from Nielsen Audio’s January 2015 PPM survey (6+). After publishing the first report on mainstream CHR (2/26), this piece looks at the rhythmic CHR format. Kinosian writes, “Those inclined to evaluate a format based on sweep-to-sweep ratings will find rhythmic CHR to be the textbook ‘mixed bag,’ in that, based on our sample, half the stations are down Holiday 2014 – January 2015 and the other half are up or flat. Conversely, if you put more faith in year-to-year comparisons, the format is in considerably more fragile shape, as 85% of stations declined January 2014 – January 2015.” See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.
Weisman: The Battle Over Net Neutrality. With yesterday’s passage of the FCC’s proposal to reclassify the Internet as a public utility and regulate it, the battle may have just begun. RadioInfo legal editor Steven J.J. Weisman, in a timely column examining the matter, writes that this is sure to bring about court challenges by the ISPs. Weisman notes that even though there was support in both the Democrat and Republican parties for preventing ISPs from creating multi-tiered delivery services, there are other issues that Republicans say are problematic. “Opponents of the FCC’s classifying the Internet as a utility are concerned that, by doing so, the FCC would have increased authority to regulate rates and take other actions that they believe would stifle investment by Internet Service Providers and slow innovation. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said that he is cognizant of the power that classifying the Internet as a utility would provide the FCC, but that he expects to use a ‘light touch’ in regulating the Internet and would ignore powers that the FCC had that did not relate to broadband. The devil is often in the details and it will be important to see whether a ‘light touch’ is reflected in the specific regulations to implement the vote which will not be published for a few days and will not become effective for a few months.” Read Weisman’s entire column here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. In the Twin Cities, Hubbard Radio brings Fish Calloway aboard to join the Ryan & Shannon morning show on KSTP-FM “KS95.” Calloway most recently was morning host at Mid-West Family-owned hip hop WJQM, Madison “93.1 JAMZ.”…..Radio legend Charlie Tuna will be heard on JVC Media’s classic hits WYGC, Gainesville, Florida “104.9 WOW FM” in middays. Tuna’s five-hour daily program is heard in syndication from Black Card Radio Syndication based in Las Vegas…..At iHeartMedia-owned hot AC WCOD, Cape Cod, former “The Bachelor” contestant Peyton Lambton becomes part of the morning drive show alongside Dan Mahoney.
Steve Harvey Begins Ticket Sales for 13th Annual Neighborhood Awards. This annual mega-event produced by Premiere Networks-syndicated urban star Steve Harvey (pictured here) again takes place in Atlanta where the EMMY-winning talk show host, “Family Feud” host, and star of the “Steve Harvey Morning Show” will present the 13th Annual Neighborhood Awards. The Neighborhood Awards Weekend is a four-day experience filled with star entertainment, the college expo, film and TV screenings, and more. It takes place August 6-9 and tickets went on sale today (2/27). There will also be a radio row featuring 30 radio stations from across the country.
Foo Fighters to Play at iHeartRadio Theater for Album Release. The alternative rock band and, its newest release Sonic Highways, will be the subjects of the hour-long special show “Foo Fighters On The Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles,” produced by iHeartMedia. The program will feature superstar comedian Chelsea Handler interviewing the band. This intimate theater event will include performances of the singles, “Something For Nothing” and “Congregation.” The show will broadcast across iHeartMedia alternative, active rock and mainstream rock radio stations nationwide; stream live for fans on iHeartMedia alternative, active rock, mainstream rock, classic rock, CHR, hot AC, sports and new/talk radio station websites as well as iHeartRadio.com/HondaStage.
Programmer and Consultant Brian Krysz Retires. In announcing his decision to retire from the radio business, Brian Krysz writes, “When I first started, my goal was not to be a 50-year-old program director. I have achieved all of my goals from being a program director to VP of programming and station owner. In my 30-year career, I have programmed, ran and consulted nearly 100 radio stations, including legendary ones like: WSHE, KEGL, WGRQ, WBUZ, KLUV, WHCN, WMRQ, WFYV, WHTQ to name just a few. I have had nearly 70 assistants and announcers go on to program as well. I have worked for some of the best and worst owners in the business. I could not have done it without the fine people I worked for and with — even the unappreciative owners who I’ve made millionaires over the years. I would like to acknowledge and thank: Dwight Douglas, Bob Reich, Al Vicente, and John Tenaglia as mentors who have helped me achieve the wonderful level of success and happiness that I have had. Also, thanks to all of the record folks and former employees and friends for everything.
By Mike Kinosian
Those inclined to evaluate a format based on sweep-to-sweep ratings will find rhythmic CHR to be the textbook “mixed bag,” in that, based on our sample, half the stations are down “Holiday” 2014 – January 2015 and the other half are up or flat.
Conversely, if you put more faith in year-to-year comparisons, the format is in considerably more fragile shape, as 85% of stations decline January 2014 – January 2015.
The following scoreboards consist of data from rhythmic CHR facilities that rank in the top 20 in any PPM market (6+, January 2015).
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services; for that reason, ratings stats in this RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
PPM Analysis: Mainstream CHR. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the first of three analyses of Nielsen Audio PPM data from the January 2015 survey. The first format up is mainstream CHR. In this report you’ll find: a market-by-market chart of the performances of CHR-formatted stations; the ratings fluctuations of CHR stations from the holiday 2014 survey to the January 2015 survey as well as a look at fluctuations from January 2014 to January 2015; plus an easy-to-read chart of the market shares of CHR outlets in PPM markets. Read Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.
Williamson to New CMG Digital Post. Sales and management pro Rachel Williamson is the new director of digital revenue development for Cox Media Group. The company says that in this role, she’ll focus on working with the company’s 59 radio brands “to drive our digital revenue growth and integrated sales.” She joins CMG from her most recent post with Cumulus Media as director of national sales. Cox senior director of digital solutions Jesse McCambridge says, “We are very excited to have Rachel join our team. We have experienced tremendous growth in digital across the company and Rachel’s experience brings industry expertise and focus on integrated marketing solutions.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Sliding down from the evening show into middays at Hubbard Radio’s CHR KQMV, Seattle “MOViN 92.5” is Justin Barnes. He also adds social media director to his duties. Taking over the evening slot at the station is overnight personality Kel Walker…..iHeartMedia promotes Michael Bryan to SVP of programming for the Nashville cluster. Bryan has been serving as OM and program director for country WSIX-FM. In addition to the SVP stripes, Bryan is rising to executive program director for the syndicated Bobby Bones and Tige & Daniels shows, both distributed by the company’s Premiere Networks…..Former “The Voice” contestant Clarissa Serna joins the KAJE, Corpus Christi morning show alongside current morning host Bart Allison. The Convergent Media classic hits station says Serna will begin on the station on March 2…..At Entercom’s New Orleans operations, Mark Boudreaux is named director of sales for adult contemporary WLMG, “Magic 101.9,” classic rock WKBU “Bayou 95.7,” and CHR WEZB “B97.” Boudreaux comes to Entercom from his most recent gig at Midwest Communications’ Knoxville cluster…..Hubbard Radio’s Washington all-news WTOP and sister WFED “Federal News Radio,” as part of a restructuring of their sales department, promote longtime national sales manager Jeffrey Wolinsky to director of federal and national sales.
New Generation Radio Debuts ‘Virtual Jock.’ From New Generation Radio, the company that debuted the “Smash Hits” format in 2014, comes a voice-tracking service division called Virtual Jock. The company says it “offers a five-star roster of major market talent available for voice tracking, covering all formats. Company president Jason Kidd says, “I am excited to announce the signing of some of the best major market talents in the world with a roster that is still growing by the day. Radio stations everywhere will now have the opportunity to bring in major market talent via voice tracking, while trimming expenses and upgrading the sound of their station- at the same time sounding live and local!”
RAB Cites Borrell’s Positive Forecast for Radio’s Digital Sales Growth. According to research from Borrell Associates, the radio industry will rise above the half-billion-dollar mark in digital advertising this year based upon revenue that is projected to grow by 18%. The study, titled, “Benchmarking: Local Radio Stations’ Online Revenues,” was done on behalf of the Radio Advertising Bureau. It indicates that radio stations added or reassigned as many as 750 new employees to focus on digital ventures last year, causing revenue to grow 16% in 2014. More than one-third of the radio managers surveyed indicated that they had at least one employee exclusively assigned to digital operations, up from 11% last year. Also, more than 33% of those surveyed said their stations were either setting up a “digital agency,” were planning to set one up soon, or already had one. Some other findings from the report include: Nearly two-thirds believe their sales reps are talking to the wrong buyers when trying to sell digital; and 77% gave sales training a number 1 or number 2 priority in terms of what would boost their station digital sales the most. RAB president and CEO Erica Farber comments on the study, “It’s important to look at all available revenue data in order to provide our industry members with additional market barometers. We’re making tremendous strides in radio’s digital growth, and this survey continues to provide us with areas to focus on and invest in to truly maximize this revenue stream.”
BFoA to Honor Mel Karmazin. Legendary broadcasting executive Mel Karmazin will be honored with the 2015 Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award presented by the Broadcasters Foundation of America at its annual breakfast Wednesday, April 15 during the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas. Karmazin retired from his CEO post at SiriusXM in 2013. Prior to that, he was president and COO of Viacom. He served as CEO of CBS Corp following his work as chairman and CEO of CBS Radio, which followed the merger of Westinghouse/CBS and Infinity Broadcasting. The Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award is bestowed annually on an individual in broadcasting whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. It salutes its namesake Lowry Mays and is underwritten by The Mays Family Foundation.
Cam Visits Sam. Country singer/songwriter and Arista Nashville recording artist Cam (left) stopped by the Compass Media Networks-syndicated “Taste of Country Nights” studios to visit with host Sam Alex (right) as part of the kickoff of this week’s Country Radio Seminar.
By Mike Kinosian,
LOS ANGELES — One consistent ratings pattern the past few years has been that, as sure as stations playing all-Christmas music experience healthy spikes in the “Holiday” sweep, they will generally notch a matching decline in the January report.
With a handful of exceptions, adult contemporary remains the format with the overwhelming majority of outlets leading the all-Christmas music charge.
Minimally represented are some other formats – including classic hits-oldies, contemporary Christian, hot AC, country, urban-rhythmic oldies, and classical.
Rarely, if ever, do we see mainstream CHR or rhythmic CHR outlets in PPM markets engage with the all-Christmas programming strategy.
Our “Holiday” 2014 overviews were of adult contemporary, hot AC and country: In-depth overviews of January 2015 PPM results will focus on mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR, and rhythmic hot AC.
Mainstream contemporary hit radio (CHR) facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, January 2015) comprise the following scoreboards.
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services.
Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
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 and Matt James from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; 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, 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 (2/25) includes such names as: Tori Kelly, George Ezra, Rick Astley, R5, Ingrid Michaelson, Phoebe Ryan, Katy Tiz, Halestrom, Colin Hay, The Reverend Peytons Big Damn Band, Mini Mansions, The Cribs, J.D. McPherson, Alabama Shakes, Florence + The Machine, Sunny Sweeney, Will Hoge, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Cam, Waterloo Revival, Trisha Yearwood, Austin Webb, MNEK, Breakfast, Streakers, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click “Read More.”
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 and Matt James from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; 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, 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 (2/25) includes such names as: Tori Kelly, George Ezra, Rick Astley, R5, Ingrid Michaelson, Phoebe Ryan, Katy Tiz, Halestorm, Colin Hay, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Mini Mansions, The Cribs, JD McPherson, Alabama Shakes, Florence + The Machine, Sunny Sweeney, Will Hoge, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Cam, Waterloo Revival, Trisha Yearwood, Austin Webb, MNEK, Breakfast, Streakers, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Report: CBS Under Pressure to Sell Radio Assets to Cumulus. In a story in The Deal by Chris Nolter, hedge fund Sandell Asset Management Corp is lobbying CBS Corp to divest of its radio station group and merge it with Cumulus Media. Nolter reports that the two companies have been advised to “pursue a reverse Morris Trust merger of their radio businesses. By spinning off the radio stations to shareholders, CBS would divest an asset with a low tax basis without incurring a large bill from the IRS. It could also collect a nearly $900 million dividend.” The story suggests that if CBS’ radio stations merged with Cumulus, they would pull in about $2.4 billion in sales. Nolter writes that executive chairman Sumner Redstone controls 79.6% of CBS Corp’s shareholder vote so any move would require him being on board. Read Nolter’s piece here. CBS has said repeatedly that it likes radio as a cash flow business.
Executive Changes at iHeartMedia as Lakamp to Exit Digital Division; Kaminsky Moves Up and Market Managers Become Presidents. In a company-wide memo, iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman announces president of technology and digital ventures Brian Lakamp has left the company in order to pursue “entrepreneurial endeavors.” Pittman thanks Lakamp for his time with the company and credits him for iHeartRadio’s registered user growth as well for some of the sales-related technologies and partnerships Pittman says will “increase the importance of our platforms for our advertising partners and make our sales process more efficient.” Pittman is reconfiguring the technology and digital ventures team with iHeartRadio COO Brian Kaminsky rising to president of programmatic and data operations. Simultaneously, Michele Laven – currently iHeartMedia president of partnerships and local activation – is now the president of business development and partnerships. Finally, the company announces that all market managers are now market presidents.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Moving from iHeartMedia’s Charlotte cluster where she is director of promotions to join CBS RADIO’s Houston operations as integrated brand manager is Tracy Wilkinson. In addition to the integrated brand manager duties, Wilkinson will also serve as promotion director for country KILT-FM “The Bull @ 100.3.”…..Longtime classic hits KTHI, Boise “K-Hits 107.1” morning team of Tracy Mitchell and Margo Vaughn are retiring from the Journal Broadcast Group station, effective March 13…..The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Rodney Ho reports that Radio One has hired local personality DJ Nabs to host the afternoon drive show on its classic hip hop and R&B station “Boom 102.9” (heard on translator W275BK)…..The Long Island market manager for Connoisseur Media – Dave Widmer – exits the company. Taking over is current SVP/regional strategy Jim Condron…..Dan Watson resigns from his corporate PD gig at Tejas Broadcasting where he was in charge of the programming at outlets including classic rocker KXOR, Thibodaux, Louisiana and KKYC, Clovis, New Mexico, among others.
MIW Radio Group Announces 2015 Mentees. The four radio professionals selected to participate on the 2015 Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program by the Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group are: Andrea Bogdonas, on air personality and promotions director, Neuhoff Media (Springfield and Decatur, IL); Stephanie Theisen, general sales manager, Leighton Broadcasting (St. Cloud, MN); Michelle Maro, sports sales manager, CBS RADIO (Chicago); and Crystalyn Portwood, local sales manager, CBS RADIO (St. Louis). The organization says that this 13-year-old program “matches women in the radio industry with female professionals who are leaders in all aspects of radio broadcasting. To date, the Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program has successfully worked with a total of 31 mentees. Lindsay Cerajewski, spokesperson for the program and GSM at CBS RADIO’s WUSN-FM, Chicago, says, “We had an outstanding and enormous variety of women apply this year, which made the decision to narrow to only four very difficult. This program would not be possible without the MIWs’ commitment and dedication and should serve as an inspiration to everyone in the radio industry.”
‘The HopeLine’ with Dawson McAllister Goes into Syndication. Radio pro Dawson McAllister recently returned to Christian on WAY-FM with “The HopeLine with Dawson McAllister,” and is now offering clearance of his new show to the general Christian market, focusing on contemporary Christian radio stations. For 17 years Dawson McAllister was heard Sunday nights on more than 300 Christian radio stations with “Dawson McAllister Live,” before transitioning exclusively to top 40/mainstream stations in 2007 in a syndication agreement with Premiere Networks. After years of requests from Christian stations and former listeners for Dawson to return, along with the recent opportunity presented by WAY-FM, he made the decision to launch this new Saturday night show. He comments, “The unique thing about this show is that I have the opportunity to challenge my audience to make a difference in their world by having an impact on the lives of their friends – I love the idea of partnering with teenagers and young adults to change the world one life at a time.” The show is described as “a three-hour, interactive call-in show where 13-29 year olds can call and talk to Dawson about all the issues in their lives. In return, Dawson and his co-host Sarah Lee offer trustworthy Biblically based common-sense advice and encouragement that is truly life-changing. Christian stations wishing to air “The HopeLine with Dawson McAllister” or CHR stations wishing to air “Dawson McAllister Live” can contact Ike Wingate at Wingate Media at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual TALKERS Conference to Include Speakers and Topics of Interest to Music Radio, Including “Fireside Chat” Between John Dickey and Michael Harrison. The agenda for the forthcoming 18th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest running and most important annual convention, Talkers New York 2015, will include takeaways of relevance to music radio broadcasters as well as practitioners of spoken word radio. One of the highlights of what promises to be a power-packed day of relevant discussions, presentations, and addresses will be a conversation between Cumulus Media executive vice president of content & programming, John Dickey and TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison. The presentation will be conducted in the informal, one-on-one “fireside chat” format. John Dickey is responsible for Cumulus’ sales, programming, marketing, promotion and engineering and will be able to offer comments, opinions and information about a wide variety of issues presently facing not only talk radio but the entire spectrum of radio formats as well. Conference director Harrison states, “There are few people as ‘plugged into’ both the day-to-day operations as well as the big picture of commercial radio in America today than John Dickey. He has extensive, first-hand knowledge about what’s happening in the business and plays an enormous role in influencing policy – plus he has a true passion for radio and its position in our society. I look forward to this session with enthusiasm and plan on it providing our attendees with a lot of valuable takeaways.” Also on the agenda will be a heavyweight panel titled, “The State of Radio Ratings,” including such figures as RAB president/CEO, Erica Farber; Saga Communications EVP, Steve Goldstein; and Journal Broadcast Group VP/GM Milwaukee Radio Operations, Tom Langmyer. The panel will be moderated by Premiere Radio Networks and Fox News Channel icon Sean Hannity. There will be panels and addresses that discuss morning talk (and “talkey”) shows on music stations; the re-emergence of hyper-localism in radio relevant to all formats; the burgeoning growth of podcasting; the nurturing and recruiting of on-air personalities; and the power of community service among other topics. In addition, Talkers New York 2015 provides attendees from all formats with extraordinary networking opportunities because it draws registrants and speakers from the management ranks of multi-format clusters, groups and networks. TALKERS/RadioInfo VP/executive editor Kevin Casey states, “I am happy to see this event capturing the interest of music radio broadcasters as well as those from talk. So much of what occurs at this well-established event relates to the ‘big picture’ of audio media, its changing technology and traditions – not to mention, economic issues that apply to all formats of radio.” Save the date and register early. The event will take place on Friday, June 12, 2015. It will be located at the historic India House Club dramatically situated at One Hanover Square in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district.” The all-day event – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm — is again expected to be a quick sellout. Registrations are priced at $299 per person with an early bird, discounted cost of $249 available until 5:00 pm ET on Friday, February 27. Registrations, which are only open to professionals currently or recently employed in media-related industries, include all sessions, presentations, exhibits and breakfast/lunch/refreshment/and social networking activities. The non-stop agenda will include approximately 65 speakers and 500 attendees are again expected. Registrations can only be taken over the phone and paid for by credit card. For registration, sponsorship and hotel information, please call 413-565-5413. Again, an early sellout is expected, so avoid being shut out by registering now! Speakers, panelists and agenda updates will be announced here in the coming days.
‘Connected K’ Joins KSCS, Dallas Morning Show. Beginning March 9, Katelyn Maida – known by her on-air name “Connected K” – joins the morning drive show on Cumulus Media’s country KSCS, Dallas “New Country 96.3” hosted by Mark “Hawkeye” Louis and “Trapper” John Morris. Maida comes to the Cumulus station from Cox Media Group’s KKBQ, Houston “93Q” where she serves as a weekend personality. Cumulus RVP for the Dallas and Houston markets Dan Bennett says, “‘Connected K’ is a great talent that will bring a social media flair, great artist connections, and a terrific personality to our heritage morning show at KSCS. Dallas-Fort Worth is going to love ‘Connected K!’”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Joining KROQ, Los Angeles’ famous Kevin & Bean morning program is LA TV personality Allie Mac Kay. She’d been serving as a reporter for KTLA-TV until resigning from the station last September. Mac Kay is well known to KTLA-TV viewers for dressing up in crazy costumes and performing stunts on the local morning news show. She posts on her Facebook page: “Today was my 1st day as part of the dysfunctional family that is ‘The Kevin and Bean Show’ on KROQ. Growing up here in LA, if you would have told me this was even a possibility, I wouldn’t have believed it.”…..At the Nashville cluster of iHeartMedia, James Raymer – a.k.a. Dolewite – is upped to program director for hip hop WUBT “101.1 The Beat.” Dolewite has been serving the station as air personality and APD…..Mike Scott exits the Adams Radio Group cluster in Fort Wayne where he was morning host at adult contemporary WWFW and program director for country WBTU.
Iggy Azalea Talks Social Media with Zach Sang. Aussie pop star Iggy Azalea is pictured here (right) sitting down with Westwood One-syndicated radio personality Zach Sang (left) for an exclusive chat about her recent work and the stir over her much-publicized exit from social media and her take on the “cruel” world of hip hop. In addition to discussing her new song “Trouble,” featuring Jennifer Hudson, she told Sang and his audience that she will “never return to social media” and that she is done with the hip hop scene, although that doesn’t mean that she is done rapping. She also says one of the goals for her new album is to create a single that is just her – 100% Iggy with no features.
By Bill McMahon
The Authentic Personality
- Let’s start with a reality check. How much time do you have to reach what ratings level? If you work for Bonneville or Hubbard you probably have more time than if you work for Cumulus or iHeartMedia? If you’re a GM or PD, it doesn’t really matter what you think is reasonable if your boss has other ideas. Find out what the bosses’ realities are. That’s your reality. If you don’t think the bosses’ ratings expectations are reasonable, better let him or her know up front. Matched expectations are good for job security.
McMahon: Determining How Long it Will Take for a Radio Show to Succeed. Just how long to give a new radio show to “take off” has been a debate in the radio business almost since the medium debuted. All parties would love the answer to be, “almost instantaneous,” but that’s not realistic. Bill McMahon, CEO of The Authentic Personality, writes in a column published in RadioInfo today that programmers must get realistic expectations from their superiors. But once the timeline is known, there are things that can be done to make success happen as quickly as possible. “Coaching focused on perfecting talents and strengths and highlighting appealing personal traits will significantly speed up the development process. Nothing slowed the development of the superstars of radio, true originals, like Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, and Larry Lujack more than bad coaching from PDs and management that didn’t recognize and support their unique talents and strengths. Each was fired multiple times. All were told to fit into some current standardized success model and be anything but themselves. They refused. Each had his own instincts and ideas about the kind of show he wanted to do.” Read the rest of this enlightening piece here.
January 2015 PPM Data – Part Four. The fourth and final batch of January 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings information has been released. The numbers are for the 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. You can view all the 6+ numbers for subscribing stations here. And below, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways” from ten of these markets. The January 2015 survey period covered January 1 – 28.
1) Austin – In August 2013, Emmis adult hits KBPA assumed the #1 position in Texas’ capital city. “Bob-FM” would hold the top spot for five monthlies before being replaced by Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95-5″ in the “Holiday” 2013 report. “Bob” returned to #1 for 12 successive sweeps; “Majic” took over in “Holiday” 2014; and now “Bob” (6.9 – 8.8, +1.9, #2 to #1) is back in the penthouse as “Majic” (8.9 – 4.7, -4.2) falls to sixth. Owing to a massive +2.1 (4.0 – 6.1, 6+), public KUT climbs from eighth to third. It is the strongest 6+-performance for the University of Texas-owned station since April 2012, when it reached 6.2. “All-Time Country Favorites” KVET – which like KUT was -.7 in the “Holiday” 2014 sweep – rebounds with a +1.4 to 7.0, inching up from third to second; 7.0 is the best 6+-stat for the iHeartMedia station since last February’s 7.2. After a -1.1 (4.3 – 3.2), Emmis talker KLBJ-AM recoups all but one-tenth and returns to the top ten (3.2 – 4.2, #11 to #7).
2) Milwaukee – Ensconced in the runner-up spot for eight straight sweeps, WTMJ reaches #1 for the first time since last May. Not only that, the Journal talker registers double-digits (9.8 – 10.9, +1.1, 6+) for the first time since November 2011 when it scored an 11.0. Following six straight down or flat trends (7.7 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s WRIT “Oldies 95.7″ doubled its 6+ stat to 12.2 in the “Holiday” 2014 sweep to climb from third to first, but it erodes by -5.2 to 7.0, slipping to third. The station WRIT displaced at #1 is cluster-mate WMIL, which was #1 for seven straight monthly reports and in double-digits each time (10.2 – 10.5 – 11.9 – 11.6 – 10.6 – 10.7 – 10.2, 6+). Off by -1.4 in the “Holiday” report, “Milwaukee Country – FM 106.1″ bounces back with a one-share gain to 9.8, moving up from third to second. Following a -.8 in December and a -.6 in “Holiday,” iHeartMedia talker WISN improves by six-tenths to 4.9, climbing from seventh to sixth. In addition to WISN, Entercom CHR WXSS “Kiss-FM” (5.0, #5) and Saga rhythmic CHR WNRG “Energy” (2.6, #15) also notch gains of six-tenths. This is the first time since March 2012 that Saga Milwaukee stations have been listed in print.
3) Indianapolis – It has been quite the wild ride for the Cumulus Media-owned property at 93.9. In just the last seven years, WRWM has been adult contemporary (“Warm 93.9″); CHR; hot AC (“i94″); and as of mid-December (2014) “Classic Hip-Hop 93.9.” After a “Holiday” 2014 improvement of +1.1 to 2.8 – its best (6+) performance since December 2013 (2.9) – WRWM ” Classic Hip-Hop 93.9 – The Beat” explodes with a nearly five-share gain (2.8 – 7.7, +4.9, 6+), rocketing from #13 all the way to #1. It succeeds Emmis-owned adult contemporary WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7,” which slides to second. Two streaks involving the number “three” end for “Soft Rock B-105.7″: It had been #1 for three straight monthlies and it recorded three successive up-trends (6.9 – 7.4 – 8.2 – 13.7, 6+), before January 2015’s -6.7 to 7.0. Several spoken-word outlets increase 6+ share, including Emmis talker WIBC “Indy’s News Center” (6.2, +.6, #6); co-owned sports WFNI (2.9, +.9, #14); and public WFYI (2.8, +.8, #15). Among the stations most directly affected by “Classic Hip-Hop 93.9 The Beat” are Radio One urban AC and rhythmic CHR cluster-mates WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B” (6.0 – 4.5, -1.5, fifth to ninth) and WHHH “Hot 96-3″ (5.0 – 3.9, -1.1, #9 to #11). Seventh-ranked Entercom CHR WZPL “Indy’s Hit Music Station” picks up one-tenth and is up or flat for the fourth consecutive sweep (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+), while Radio One CHR WNOW “Radio Now” drops four-tenths (3.6, #11 to #12). Down or flat for the fifth straight time (4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.6, 3.6 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom hot AC WNTR “Indy’s Best Music Mix” dips from #12 to #13.
4) Providence – Swapping places at the top are Cumulus Media-owned CHR WPRO-FM (9.4 – 10.4, +1.0) and adult contemporary sibling WWLI “Lite Rock 105″ (15.2 – 8.6, -6.6). WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” had been #1 for four straight monthlies before giving way to “Lite Rock 105″ in the “Holiday” 2014 report. Off by nine-tenths in the “Holiday” sweep, Entercom all-sports WVEI comes roaring back with a massive +2.1 (3.1 – 5.2) and inches up from eighth to seventh; 5.2 is the best 6+-stat for WVEI since November 2013 when it notched a 6.3. Prior to 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+). Improving by eight-tenths in January 2015 are Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country” (6.6 – 7.4, fourth to third) and Cumulus rhythmic CHR WWKX “Hot 106″ (2.9 – 3.7, steady at #9); “Cat Country” was -1.4 in the “Holiday” sweep and “Hot” was -.6. Classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101″ is down or flat for the fourth successive sweep (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 6.8, 6+) and the iHeartMedia property has its lowest share (6.8) since December 2013 (5.3).
5) Raleigh – After three successive up trends (6.8 – 6.9 – 7.3 – 14.0, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5″ regresses by seven full-shares to 7.0, dropping from first to third. “Mix” curtailed 11 straight months at #1 (6+) for WQDR “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country,” which eroded by -1.2 in “Holiday” 2014 as well as -2.0 in December. The Curtis Media Group-owned outlet though regains those 1.2 shares from the “Holiday” sweep (9.4 – 8.2 – 9.4) and is once again back on top. Prior to December, WQDR had been in double-digits (6+) in eight of the previous nine survey periods. The market’s most significant sweep-to-sweep improvement though is turned in by North Carolina Public Radio WUNC (fifth to second), which halts a three-month slide (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 6.2, 6+) with a +1.5 to 7.7, its best showing since April’s 7.9. Progressing by eight-tenths each are Curtis Media Group CHR WPLW “Pulse FM” (5.0, steady at #9); Capitol’s WCMC-FM “The Fan” (3.3, #13 to #12); and public WCPE “The Classical Station” (2.5, #16 to #14); “The Fan” rebounds from a -.9 in the “Holiday” sweep.
6) Norfolk – Similar to the situation in Columbus and Milwaukee, Saga and Nielsen Audio resolve their issues and as a result, three Saga Norfolk properties appear in print after a lengthy absence. Something that has not changed though is the market pacesetter: For the 31st consecutive sweep, that honor goes to WVKL, which tacks on nine-tenths to zoom to 13.4. In addition to holding one of the longest continuous #1 streaks in a PPM market, the Entercom urban AC is in double-digits (6+) for the 18th time in the last 19 monthlies. After five straight negative trends which resulted in a combined -2.6 (7.3 – 7.2 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 4.7, 6+), Max Broadcast Group‘s WGH-FM “The Eagle” recoups by +1.5 to 6.2, jumping from seventh to third. Saga rocker WNOR-FM “FM 99″ marks its return to print by notching a +1.1 to 5.7 (#5), while Entercom hot AC WPTE “The Point” (4.8 – 5.6, #6) and iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WHBT “The Beat” (1.7 – 2.5, #11) each gain eight-tenths. Meanwhile though, Entercom adult contemporary and rhythmic CHR siblings WWDE “2WD” (9.2 – 4.1, second to eighth) and WNVZ “Z-104″ (5.0 – 3.7, fifth to tenth) falter by -5.1 and -1.3, respectively; iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV “MOViN 107.7″ (4.4 – 2.1, #8 to #14) regresses by -2.3.
7) Nashville – Despite a -4.1 taking it to an even 10.0-share (6+), Midwest Communications’ adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9″ is the frontrunner in “Music City USA” for an amazing 34th consecutive monthly. Only four times in the last 32 ratings sweeps – including November and December – has “Mix” failed to hit double-digits (6+). In “Holiday” 2014, “Mix” had a 7.2-share advantage over iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUBT “The Beat” (#2, 6.9) and a 7.3-share lead over “Beat” CHR sibling WRVW “The River” (6.8, #3). “The River,” however, gains one-share to 7.8 (#2) and now trails “Mix” by 2.2, while “The Beat” adds one-half share to 7.5, narrowing the margin with “Mix” to 2.5. Progressing by +1.2 each are “Mix” adult hits sibling WCJK “Jack-FM” (6.3 – 7.5, fourth to third) and public WPLN (2.4 – 3.6, #13 to #11); “Jack-FM” was -.7 in “Holiday” 2014 and WPLN was -.8. The third straight decline for Cumulus Media country outlet WSM-FM is by one-share; “Nash Icon” is down a cumulative -1.8 in that stretch (5.6 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 3.8) and slides from eighth to ninth. Sports cluster-mate WGFX “The Zone,” on the other hand, ends three consecutive downtrends that had totaled -2.3 (8.4 – 8.0 – 7.0 – 6.1) with a +.4 to 6.5 and remains in fifth-place.
8) Greensboro – After four straight up-trends which virtually tripled its 6+ stats (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 9.6 – 16.1), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG has more than one-half of the 16.1 from “Holiday” 2014 dissolved (16.1 – 7.3) as “Continuous Soft Rock” slides from first to third. It knocked out WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” from the top spot – a position the Entercom-owned urban AC held for the previous 12 ratings periods, including four straight double-digit showings (6+). WQMG, however, is down for the fourth consecutive time (11.5 – 11.0 – 10.4 – 9.9 – 9.6) for a combined -1.9. Adult hits cluster-mate WSMW “Simon” reaches double-digits for the first time in its PPM history (8.8 – 10.1, +1.3) and is the market’s new #1. Putting an end to three straight negative trends (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” hangs up a +.7 to 4.4 and (amazingly) “Kiss” anchors the #9 spot for the 22nd successive ratings period. “Kiss,” however, is now just one-tenth behind CHR rival – Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL “The #1 Hit Music Station – which loses one-tenth. It is the fourth straight downward move for WKZL (6.4 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+) for a combined -1.9. In the “Holiday” 2014 report, Entercom’s WPAW “The Wolf” was -.6, while cross-town iHeartMedia’s WTQR “New Country Q-104.1″ declined by -.7. Both country stations gain by one-half share in January 2015: “The Wolf” bumps up from fifth to fourth (7.1) and “Q-104.1″ is steady at #6 (6.0), but it ends three straight downward trends for a cumulative -2.2 (7.7 – 6.8 – 6.2 – 5.5, 6+).
9) Jacksonville – Albeit down by five full-shares (17.9 – 12.9), Renda adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1″ makes it a perfect 10, as in 10 straight #1 performances since returning as a Nielsen Audio subscriber this past May. Co-owned WGNE “Gator Country” racks up an impressive +1.7 (5.0 – 6.7), jumping from eighth to fifth. Even though cross-town iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country” posts a strong +.9 (6.5 – 7.4), Cox Media Group CHR WAPE registers a +1.3 (6.4 – 7.7) and overtakes WQIK (#2 to #3) in the runner-up slot. “Jacksonville’s Country” finished second in both “Holiday” 2014 and December, as well as tying “Lite 96.1″ for first in November. Despite an impressive +1.5 (5.8 – 7.3), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL “The Eagle” remains at #4; it is the best 6+-showing for “The Eagle” since last May’s 7.6.
10) Hartford – Talker WTIC-AM (6.4 – 7.6, fourth to second) and CBS Radio hot AC cluster-mate WTIC-FM (6.0 – 7.2, fifth to fourth) each improve by +1.2 from “Holiday” 2014. Tops in October, WTIC-FM ends three straight downward trends which yielded a -2.9 (8.9 – 7.8 – 7.2 – 6.0, 6+). Neither it nor WTIC-AM though can overtake adult contemporary sibling WRCH “Lite 100.5″ (15.2 – 9.6, -5.6), which finishes first for the fourth consecutive sweep. Off significantly in the “Holiday” 2014 report (8.2 – 6.6, -1.6, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s WWYZ “Country 92-5″ regains one full-share and moves up from #3 to tie WTIC-AM at #2. While steady at #8, Connoisseur Media classic hits-oldies WDRC-FM “The Whale” gains seven-tenths (3.9 – 4.6).
Kelly Meyers Joins ‘The Link’ in Charlotte as Midday Personality. Starting today (2/23) as midday personality on Greater Media’s hot AC WLNK, Charlotte “107.9 The Link” is Kelly Meyers. She was most recently handling the midday show at Beasley Media Group’s crosstown CHR WNKS “Kiss 95.1.” Program director Darla Thomas comments, “I’m thrilled to welcome Kelly to the Link team. Her major market experience, combined with her extensive knowledge in the digital space, made her the perfect addition to our on-air lineup between our two market leading shows, Bob & Sheri and Matt & Ramona. Adding Kelly to our staff is another huge step in the evolution of ‘The Link.’” Meyers fills the slot left open by Kelly McKay who resigned late last year to focus on her own business. Jennifer Steele had been hosting middays in the interim and will become the evening personality.
Bell Becomes OM for Radio One Detroit. Five-year operations manager of Radio One Raleigh urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5″ and urban AC WFXC “Foxy” Nate Bell transfers to a similar assignment at the company’s Detroit properties. Vice president and general manager Kathy Stinehour comments, “Nate Bell is a seasoned programmer with an outstanding major market track record. We are thrilled to have [him] join our Detroit team coming here from an amazing run in Raleigh. We look forward to Nate making his unique brand of magic here.” Bell remarks, “I see significant untapped potential in all four Radio One properties in Detroit. I am particularly excited to work with the new ‘live and local’ morning shows launched last year. I am honored to be entrusted to lead four radio stations with such a rich and important heritage.” Radio One’s Detroit quartet consists of urban AC WDMK “105.9 Kiss-FM,” gospel WZPR “Praise 102.7,” talk (days)/smooth jazz (nights) WCHB-AM, and urban contemporary WGPR-FM “Hot 107.5.” Bell’s previous programming credits include urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1,” New York; urban AC WMIB “103.5 The Beat,” Miami; urban contemporary WKKV, Milwaukee; and Detroit’s WDTJ “105.9 Jamz” – which is now WDMK “Kiss-FM.” In addition, he was operations manager and regional vice president of programming for Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) St. Louis, director of urban programming for Memphis’ KJMS and WHRK, and director of urban programming for Clear Channel New Orleans.
Leimbach Upped to Regional Director of Business Development for Alpha Media. Promoted from her director of sales position at Alpha Media’s Portland stations to regional director for business development is Amy Leimbach. Prior to joining Alpha in 2009, Leimbach worked for CBS RADIO in its Phoenix and Portland station groups. Alpha Media notes that “as DOS, Amy has been keenly focused on working with the sales team to develop client-focused, integrated marketing solutions tied to the Portland radio cluster and live performance venue, the “Skype Live Studio,” formerly the “Bing Lounge.” In her new position she’ll be involved in the marketing efforts of other Alpha Media station groups.
Johnston Joins Westwood One in EVP Role. Joining the company as executive vice president, Midwest division in the network sales department is Doug Johnston. The company says he’ll “oversee revenue development and multi-platform brand integrations across all Westwood One assets, including network sales, spot sales, platform, digital, and events. Johnston is based in Chicago and reports directly to Westwood One president Steve Shaw.” He comes to WW1 from his most recent post as SVP, sales, central region, for Premiere Networks.
Flores Appointed High Desert Broadcasting LSM. Former Lazer Broadcasting Oxnard-Ventura national and regional sales manager Renee Flores joins High Desert Broadcasting as local sales manager for its seven-station cluster in Lancaster, Palmdale, and the Antelope Valley (Southern California). High Desert president Miles Sexton comments that Flores, “brings a rare combination of experience in both product marketing and broadcast sales to this position, along with proven team leadership accomplishments. We are thrilled to have her join our management team to oversee the sales operation of this dominant radio cluster.” Flores points out that she has lived “in this exciting and growing portion of the Los Angeles metro area. It is great to be returning with such a wonderful opportunity to grow and serve the diverse business community here.” Flores’ prior background includes being general sales manager for Lazer Broadcasting’s three Oxnard-Ventura stations, as well as handling sales for the company’s 25 California and Nevada stations. High Desert’s seven stations are regional Mexican KCEL “Que Buena 96.1″; hot AC KGMX “K-Mix 106.3″; alternative KKZQ “The Edge”; classic rock KQAV “The Quake”; KMVE “Classic Top 40″; KOSS “NewsTalk 1380″; and regional Mexican KUTY “La Mera Mera 1470.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. New York City radio pro Cindy Vero joins Cumulus Media’s WPLJ as traffic reporter on the morning drive “Todd & Jayde in the Morning” show and the afternoon drive show hosted by John Foxx…..CBS RADIO San Francisco announces morning drive duo Fernando and Greg have re-signed with the company to continue on CHR KMVQ “99.7 [NOW!]” for years to come. Fernando Ventura comments, “Many have said top 40 doesn’t work in the Bay Area but the ‘99.7 [NOW!]’ team slams down the haters every single day! I’m so happy to continue the Fernando and Greg story with CBS RADIO.”
In Case You Missed It … As part of last night’s Academy Award ceremonies (Sunday 2/22), the “Oscar” for “Best Original Song” was presented to “Glory” (Common & John Legend) from the movie “Selma.” Other nominees in the category were “Everything is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”; “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”; “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”; and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”
RAB on 2014: Off-Air and Digital Help Bolster Spot and Network for Flat Revenue Year. The annual report on radio’s revenue for the previous year from the RAB is released and the organization states that radio ended Q4 and full year 2014 with revenue comparable to those reported at year-end in both 2013 and 2012. Radio’s digital and off-air sectors delivered impressive growth rates throughout the year, which also saw slight dips in the spot and network sectors. For all of 2014, spot revenue was down 3% and network revenue dipped 4%. Those decreases were offset by the rise in digital (up 9%) and off-air revenue (up 16%). RAB president and CEO Erica Farber comments, “Radio held its own in 2014 with radio revenue remaining steady despite an economic climate which saw some businesses tightening their spending in Q4 due to reduced consumer confidence. Digital revenue growth indicates that radio is meeting marketers’ growing commitment to reach consumers via all digital ad channels, and this continued growth confirms radio’s position as a true marketing partner.”
January 2015 PPM Data – Part Three. The third installment of January 2015 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released. The latest markets are: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. You can see all the 6+ ratings numbers from subscribing stations here. For insight into some of the ratings battles, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways” for 10 of these markets. The January 2015 survey period covered January 1 – 28.
1) Portland – Boasting the gaudiest 6+ “Holiday” 2014 share among all stations in the 48 electronically-measured PPM markets, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103″ braced itself for a large decline in January 2015. Virtually 50% of the 18.1 is lopped off (-9.1), but the remaining 9.0 is still good enough to be the market’s pacesetter for the eighth consecutive ratings period. Country seizes the opportunity of “K-103″ no longer playing all-Christmas music as Alpha Media‘s KUPL “The Bull” posts a +1.4 (3.2 – 4.6, #11 to #7) and Entercom‘s similarly-programmed KWJJ “The Wolf” has a gain of half as much (4.9 – 5.6, +.7) to progress from sixth to fourth. Prior to January’s +1.4, “The Bull” had three successive significant declines totaling a combined -2.8 (6.0 – 5.0 – 4.1 – 3.2, 6+). Actually outdoing the +1.4 of “The Bull” is Entercom classic rocker KGON (3.7 – 5.2, +1.5), which advances from eighth to sixth; this past July was the last time KGON “Defenders of Rock” reached the five-share level (5.0). Three other Portland outlets manage to improve by at least one full-share sweep-to-sweep, including iHeartMedia’s classic hits-oldies KLTH “The Eagle” (5.4 – 6.6, +1.2, #4 to #3); Entercom adult hits KYCH “Charlie” (3.4 – 4.5, +1.1, #10 to #9); and Alpha Media’s KINK “Discover Music” (2.2 – 3.2, +1.0, #18 to #13). Steady at 7.1, public KOPB is in the runner-up slot for the fifth successive sweep.
2) Charlotte – A mere one-tenth separates the market’s top four finishers with Beasley‘s WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits” rebounding from a -1.3 in “Holiday” 2014 to prevail at #1 (6.4 – 6.7, +.3, third to first). Co-owned adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7″ slides from first to second as it drops nearly four full-shares (10.5 – 6.6, -3.9). WSOC was #1 in September, October, November, and December before “K-104.7″ succeeded it in “Holiday” 2014. Cross-town iHeartMedia‘s WKKT “Kat Country” gains two-tenths to 6.6 and is now part of a three-way tie for second-place; “Kat Country” had finished in third-place for the past four surveys. After five straight downward trends, iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO gains seven-tenths to 5.1 to inch up from eighth to seventh. Prior to January, “The Lake” was a combined -3.4 since August (7.8 – 7.4 – 6.7 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 4.4, 6+). Greater Media siblings WLNK “The Link” (4.8, #12 to #9) and WBT “Charlotte’s News Talk” (3.6, steady at #14) improve by eight-tenths and seven-tenths, respectively.
3) Pittsburgh – While this is not the first time Steel City Media adult hits WRRK has reached #1, it does mark its initial crossing of the nine-share threshold (7.3 – 9.1, +1.8). “Bob-FM” vaults from third to first and it replaces iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW “94.5 – 3WS” (14.0 – 8.9, -5.1), which slips to second. After advancing by eight-tenths in December, KDKA-AM regressed by -1.2 in “Holiday” 2014, but the CBS Radio talker makes a dramatic comeback matching the whopping +1.8 of “Bob FM” (5.2 – 7.0) to advance from fifth to fourth. Included in the quartet of “Steel City” facilities improving by six-tenths are CBS Radio and Steel City Media hot AC rivals WBZZ “Star 100.7″ (4.0, steady at #9) and WLTJ “Q-92.9″ (3.6, #11 to #10); “Q-92.9″ was down one-half share in December and -1.2 in “Holiday” 2014. Also progressing by six-tenths and remaining at #6 and #8, respectively, are CBS Radio-owned WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108″ (4.7) and iHeartMedia alternative WXDX “The X at 105.9″ (4.2).
4) Sacramento – For the second straight ratings period, Entercom classic rocker KSEG “The Eagle” makes a modest one-tenth gain; however, this time it is sufficient to overtake CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96″ at #1. This is actually the fourth consecutive up-trend for “The Eagle” (7.3 – 7.8 – 8.7 – 8.8 – 8.9, 6+), which ranked second in “Holiday” 2014, four-tenths behind “Mix 96.” In addition to having its 6+ share cut exactly in half (9.2 – 4.6, -4.6), “Mix 96″ sputters to seventh. Among those taking the most advantage of its -4.6 are cluster-mates (country) KNCI (4.1 – 5.1, +1.0, #4) and hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5″ (3.9 – 4.8, #6). Prior to this sweep, “Now” was down or flat since September (4.8 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+); 5.1 is the best 6+-performance for KNCI since July 2013 when it reached 5.3. CBS Radio and Entravision rhythmic CHR foes KSFM (4.0, #6 to #9) and KHHM “Hot 103.5″ (2.4, #12 to 14) are off by eight-tenths and one-half share, respectively.
5) San Antonio – Finishing first for nine consecutive monthlies, Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM relinquished the lead in “Holiday” 2014 to iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9,” but with a one-half share gain to 7.5, KONO-FM is back on top again. “Holiday” 2014 was the first time in exactly one year that “Q-101.9″ reached #1 and it tumbles to seventh (10.0 – 4.4 – 5.6). Spoken-word picks up some of those nearly six available shares from “Q-101.9,” with co-owned talker WOAI (5.2, #8 to #4) and Texas Public Radio‘s KSTX (3.7, #15 to #11) each improving by eight-tenths. Logging the greatest sweep-to-sweep gains though are Cox Media Group rocker KISS (2.7 – 4.1, +1.4) and Texas Public Radio classic outlet KPAC (1.8 – 2.8, +1.0). As a result, KISS rockets from #16 to #9 and KPAC – which adds on to the +.7 from “Holiday” jumps from #19 to #15. In the country contest, iHeartMedia’s KAJA “KJ-97″ (5.8 – 6.6, +.8, fourth to second) overtakes Cox Media Group’s KCYY “Y-100″ (6.1 – 6.3, +.2, steady in third-place). It is still quite the ride for “KJ-97,” which trotted out a +1.0 to 6.9 in October; dropped -1.1 in November; regained six-tenths in December – only to lose exactly that much in “Holiday.” Rhythmic CHR has erosion in the market, most noticeably by KZEP “Hot 104.5,” freefalling from #9 to #17. Ever since posting an August – September 3.1 – 6.9, “Hot” hasn’t had a positive trend and has lost approximately two-thirds of its 6+share (6.9 – 6.0 – 5.1- 4.1 – 3.8 – 2.4, -4.5, 6+). Meanwhile, Univision‘s similarly-formatted KBBT “The Beat” is down two-tenths to 4.6 yet actually inches up from sixth to a tie for fifth.
6) Cleveland – Down or flat for four straight monthlies (7.3 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.8 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s country WGAR halts that slide in a huge way with an impressive +2.5 (6.1 – 8.6, +2.5), leaping from sixth to second. October 2013 was the last time WGAR was in the eight-share range (8.2, 6+). Co-owned talker WTAM continues its rollercoaster ride. It had back-to-back monthlies of dropping eight-tenths; bounced back in December with a +1.2 only to follow up with a -1.5 in “Holiday”; and now gains one full-share to 6.3 to creep up from eighth to seventh. The classic hits-oldies sibling of WGAR and WTAR – WMJI “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” – picks up one-half share (9.8 – 10.3) to advance from runner-up to #1. It replaces WDOK “Cleveland’s New 102″ at the top, with the CBS Radio adult contemporary facility sliding from first to fourth (11.1 – 6.7, -4.4). It was only a one-sweep stay at #1 for “Cleveland’s New 102.” Prior to “Holiday” 2014, the last time a station not owned by iHeartMedia (or Clear Channel) was #1 in the market was March 2012 – when WDOK finished first. Improving by six-tenths each are CBS Radio hot AC WQAL “Q-104″ (5.8, #9 to #8) and iHeartMedia-owned WMMS “Cleveland’s Rock Station” (4.6, steady at #10).
7) Salt Lake City – Reaching a staggering 17.9 (6+) in “Holiday” 2014, Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100.3″ falls back to earth with an 8.1 (-9.8) but still leads the field here for the third successive sweep. Meanwhile, KLO Broadcasting adult contemporary KSQN “Sunny 103,” which was stuck on .5 in October and November; broke out with a +1.8 in December; tacked on +.7 in “Holiday”; but regresses by -2.3 (3.0 -.7) to spiral from #13 all the way to #26. Led by hot AC KBZN “Now 97.9″ (5.0 – 6.3, +1.3, fifth to fourth), five facilities in the market improve by at least one full-share. In the runner-up slot for the third consecutive sweep is “FM 100.3″ talk sibling KSL (6.1 – 7.3, +1.2), which rather startling cuts the gargantuan 11.8-share “Holiday 2014″ deficit from KSFI to just eight-tenths (6+). Following a robust +2.2 in October, KSL regressed by -1.6 in November; dropped two-tenths in December; and was off by the 1.2 shares it made up in January. Progressing by exactly one full-share each are iHeartMedia CHR and classic hits-oldies siblings KZHT (6.5, steady at #3) and KODJ “Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” (6.3, steady at #4), as well as Broadway Media CHR KUDD “Mix 107.9″ (4.7, #11 to ##8).
8) Kansas City – Notwithstanding that five stations in the market erode sweep-to-sweep by at least one full-share, only one Kansas City outlet progresses by at least +1.0 and that is the result of a somewhat special circumstance. Several days after the January sweep commenced (Monday, 1/5), Entercom separated its AM-FM talk simulcast of KMBZ into two separate talk facilities. KMBZ-AM debuts with a 1.8 (#19), while KMBZ-FM is off by -1.1 (4.6 – 3.5) to stumble from #10 to #13. Net gain of the two talk properties, of course, is a +.7 (5.3, compared to 4.6 in “Holiday” 2014). Even though KCFX “The Fox” falters by -1.5 (8.1 – 6.6), the Cumulus Media classic rocker remains on top for the third straight monthly. “The Fox” sees its successive string of up or flat trends end at five (6.6 – 6.6 – 6.8 – 6.9 – 8.0 – 8.1, 6+). The steepest sweep-to-sweep decline is experienced by its classic hits-oldies sibling KCMO-FM “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits,” which drops from 7.5 – 4.9 (-2.6) and sputters from second to ninth; KCMO-FM was +2.7 in “Holiday” 2014. Country takes a hit with Steel City Media‘s KFKF dropping by -1.9 (5.0, third to seventh) and co-owned KBEQ “Q-104″ off one full-share to 4.0, spiraling from #6 to #12. The market’s other country station – Entercom’s WDAF-FM “The Wolf” – dips by three-tenths (6.3 – 6.0) yet actually improves from fourth to second. Regarding KFKF, it is the station’s fourth consecutive downward trend (7.4 – 7.2 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 5.0) for a cumulative -2.4.
9) Orlando – In any given month, it is typical that only ten Spanish tropical stations will manage to appear in the top 20 of PPM markets such as New York City, Washington, DC, Miami, Orlando, Middlesex, and Providence. It is big news when a station of that genre achieves #1 (6+) status. For only the third time we know of in PPM history, it occurs in January 2015 as iHeartMedia‘s WRUM “Rumba 100.3″ improves by eight-tenths (5.7 – 6.5) and breaks out of a third-place tie to dislodge adult contemporary sibling WMGF “Magic 107.7″ (12.8 – 6.0, -6.8, #2) at #1. The previous two instances of a Spanish tropical facility hitting number one were also by “Rumba 100.3″ in December 2010 (7.6) and January 2011 (6.8). Its FM talk sibling WTKS “Real Radio 104.1″ recovers the one-share it lost in “Holiday” 2014 (4.8 – 3.8 – 4.8) and remains at #10. In advance of the 4.8 – 3.8 in “Holiday” 2014, “Real Radio 104.1″ went six straight monthlies without a downward trend (4.1 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.8). Progressing by +1.3 each are CBS Radio hot AC WOMX “Mix 105.1″ (3.8 – 5.1, #10 to #9) and WPOZ-HD3 (2.8 – 4.1, #16 to #12), although Central Florida Educational Foundation contemporary Christian WPOZ “Safe for the Little Ears” falters by -2.9 (8.6 – 5.7) to slip from second to fourth. After a decline of nine-tenths in the “holiday” 2014 report, Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5″ regains eight-tenths (4.8 – 5.6) and is steady in sixth-place. More than halfway through the “Holiday” sweep (12/19), WHKQ became country WOTW “The Wolf”; the station’s December – Holiday – January (6+) trend is 2.7 – 1.8 – .8 (#23).
10) Columbus – Several sweep-to-sweep fluctuations exist in Ohio’s capital city, but the most significant development here might be the fact that the number of stations listed (Nielsen Audio subscribers) has increased. We noticed five stations missing since March 2012 have resurfaced: They are Radiohio sports WBNS-FM “The Fan” (7.2, +1.2 from “Holiday” 2014, #3); Saga adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95″ (5.5, -1.7, #4); Saga classic hits WNND “Rewind” (2.8, +.5, #13); Saga hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9″ (2.5, flat, #15); and Radiohio sports WBNS-AM “1460 ESPN Columbus” (.5, +.1, #22). Ranked first in the “Holiday” 2014 report, iHeartMedia‘s WODC “Central Ohio’s Classic Hits” regresses by -5.3 (9.6 – 4.3) and sputters to tenth. Cluster-mate WCOL-FM “Columbus’ Country” – which had set the pace the past six monthlies before the “Holiday” sweep – returns to #1 (from #3) with a +1.4 to 9.8. Prior to January’s +1.4, “Columbus’ Country” registered five straight negative trends for a combined -4.0 (12.4 – 11.6 – 11.3 – 10.4 – 9.8 – 8.4, 6+); its string of (6+) double-digit showings stopped at nine in December. Co-owned talker WTVN gains +1.1 to 5.4 to inch up from seventh to fifth, while Radio One rhythmic CHR WCKX “Power 107.5″ improves by +1.3 and bumps up from #10 to #9. In “Holiday” 2014, “Power” pulled the plug on six successive downtrends that had resulted in a combined -3.3, (6.4 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+).
RadioInfo Career Moves. The new evening personality at Cumulus Media’s CHR KRBE, Houston is Tyler Frye. He’s been hosting the evening show at iHeartMedia’s CHR WDCG “G105” for the past three years. KRBE program director Leslie Whittle comments, “I’m so excited to work with Tyler. He’s a true entertainer that will bring his energy, talent, and strong desire to win to KRBE. He will no doubt build a show that will become the nighttime standard in Houston. He’s a great addition to the already exceptional team we have at KRBE.”…..Todd Michaels is promoted from night jock at Beasley Media Group’s KCYE, Las Vegas “The Coyote 102.7” to afternoon drive personality. Michaels joined the station last December after 10 years of hosting, producing and writing syndicated shows for Westwood One, Radio Express, Premiere Networks and TeshMedia. He takes over for Cadillac Jack who moved to Beasley’s WQYK, Tampa…..At the Fort Lauderdale cluster of iHeartMedia, Shari Gonzalez is named VP of sales. She comes to the company from her most recent gig as GSM for Beasley’s WPOW, Miami…..Magnum Communications announces Mitch Morgan is the new afternoon host at country WMBZ, Milwaukee “92.5 Buzz Country.” He comments, “I am truly excited about my new opportunity to work with Dave Magnum and his family. The group now owns 19 radio stations in Wisconsin. Dave is bullish on the future of radio, and so am I.”
Entercom 2014 Q4 Net Revenue Up 2%. That increase over the same period a year ago comes on revenue $101.5 million. For all of 2014, Entercom Communications posted net revenue up 1% over 2013, with total net revenue hitting $379.8 million. Other fourth quarter data includes: station expenses increasing 3% to $63.3 million; station operating income flat at $38.2 million; and free cash flow rising 4% to $23.4 million. For the year 2014, adjusted net income per share was flat at $0.79. Entercom president and CEO David Field says, “After finishing 2014 with modest gains in net revenues, adjusted net income and free cash flow, Entercom is looking forward to a promising year of opportunity in 2015. Our recently announced Lincoln Financial Media acquisition will add a number of terrific new markets and brands to our lineup and should be accretive to shareholders with no material impact on our solid balance sheet. And we are well positioned to capitalize on a number of other significant growth opportunities throughout the organization.” If you remember, Entercom is buying Lincoln Financial Media’s 15 stations in the Atlanta, Denver, Miami and San Diego markets for $105 million. It will sell one of its Denver FMs to comply with FCC regulations.
iHeartMedia Q4 Net Revenue Rises 1%. During its 2014 Q4 conference call, iHeartMedia announced that net revenue was up 1% for both the fourth quarter of 2014 and for the year as a whole. iHeartMedia COO Richard Bressler said during the investors conference call that “political dollars, traffic and weather, as well as national broadcast radio, drove higher revenues in a market that was soft across local radio.” Bressler also touted the performance of the iHeartRadio digital platform, saying it has surpassed 60 million registered users and that total listening hours have risen 14% compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.