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Monday, July 11, 2016

| July 11, 2016

radiooneMultilogosUrban Media Corporation Radio One to Use Platforms to ‘Promote Peace’ and ‘Demand Justice.’  In a statement from Radio One, Inc., the company says it is “deeply saddened and troubled by the recent events in our country.  There is no doubt, this is a critical moment in our history.  From Baton Rouge, LA and Minneapolis, MN to Dallas, TX, the outcry of Black people is reverberating throughout this country.  Our prayers and condolences are with the bereaved families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Dallas officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa. We pray for your peace and comfort.  Though the chain of events this week is unprecedented, the sound of frustration and outrage are all too familiar.  Black lives matter because ALL lives matter.  Martin Luther King said, ‘The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.’  The killing must stop.  It doesn’t serve anyone.  Certainly there is a better solution.  We are not anti-police.  We are anti-police misconduct, abuse and excessive force.  We must protect the civil rights and lives of Black Americans and we must protect law enforcement officers who serve our communities.  Both of these goals can co-exist and equally be served. Unfortunately, when these ideals aren’t aligned nor remembered, we are forced to live with the greatest loss of all – life.  Acknowledging the significance of this moment, all this week, we have leveraged our multi-media platforms of local radio, TV One, Interactive One and Reach Media to encourage our community to lift their voices and be heard; promote peace in the street; and demand justice, accountability and reform in our police and justice systems.  From exclusive coverage on TV One’s ‘News One Now with Roland Martin‘ to stopping the music and opening the phone lines for listener expression on our 56 urban radio stations and syndicated shows such as the ‘Tom Joyner Morning Show,’ ‘Rickey Smiley Morning Show,’ ‘Russ Parr Morning Show’ and ‘DL Hughley Show,’ we’ve served our community.  We’ve produced numerous public service announcements and created empowering and informative content that spanned our national digital platforms such as NewsOne.com and HelloBeautiful.com to the millions of people we touch through our social media network. And we won’t stop here.  We will do more to educate and mobilize our community.  As a communications company, we are obligated to tell the stories others won’t and to amplify the voices of our hurting community. We won’t be silent.”

coxmediagroupCox Media Atlanta Holds Roundtable Simulcast on News/Talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM and Urban Contemporary WALR.  On Friday evening (7/8), Cox Media Group’s Atlanta news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM and urban contemporary WALR “Kiss 104.1” hosted a live roundtable discussion that was simulcast on both stations about the shooting of two black males by police and killing of five police officers in Dallas after a peaceful protest there.  The roundtable was hosted by WSB personality Mark Arum and panelists included radio hosts: Monica Pearson, John Pearson, Condace Pressley, Jennifer Keitt, and Herman Cain.

ppmunitRound Four of June PPM Data Released. The ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s June 2016 PPM survey has been released for the fourth of four groups of 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen Audio’s June 2016 survey period covered May 19 – June 15.  You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile,  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all 12 of these PPM markets.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Austin – A combined +2.1 over the course of four straight gains (2.9 – 3.2 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 5.0, 6+), Emmis regional Mexican KLZT KLZT“107.1 La Z” cruises from a tie at #7 to a deadlock at #3, having its best 6+-share since December 2013 (5.0 as well). Also improving for the fourth successive sweep is Entercom hot AC KAMX “Mix 94.7,” which cracks the top ten (#12 to #9). The last three up-trends by “Mix” are by one-tenth each (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4, 6+). Having picked up four-tenths in April to curtail four straight down or flatKAMX movements that yielded a -1.7 (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KLQB “Que Buena 104.3” added one-half share in May and now one-tenth in June (2.2 – 2.6 – 3.1 – 3.2, 6+), but dips from #13 to #14. Shaking off three successive downward trends that produced a combined -1.3 (9.4 – 9.1 – 8.6 – 8.1, 6+), Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob” is up four-tenths to 8.5 (6+) and is #1 for the sixth consecutive time. Up or flat the past three sweeps for a net gain of eight-tenths (3.6 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.4, 6+), talk sibling KLBJ-AM drops six-tenths to 3.8, sliding from #11 to #12. While co-owned triple A KGSR “93.3 Radio Austin” is without an increase for the fifth consecutive time (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+), it is only down a total of eight-tenths and actually improves from #17 to #15. Faltering by one-half share is Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE, which is flat at #15 (6+). “Austin’s Country Alternative” had been up in each of the past three sweeps for a combined +1.1 (1.7 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.8, 6+). Declining by one-half share as well are Emmis alternative KROX “101-X” (4.6 – 4.1, ninth to tenth, 6+); iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KPEZ “102.3 The Beat” (4.5 – 4.0, #10 to #11, 6+); Entercom’s KKMJ-HD3 (2.5 – 2.0, #16 to #17, 6+); and Univision Radio’s KLJA “Mas Variedad 107.7” (2.3 – 1.8, #17 to #18, 6+).

2) Milwaukee – The rollercoaster ride continues for iHeartMedia‘s WKKV, which added eight-tenths in April; WKKVforfeited all of it plus one-tenth in May (-.9); and now improves by a lofty +1.3 (4.8 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 6.0, 6+). “V-100.7 Jams” re-enters the top ten, rocketing from #11 to #4 and 6.0 is its best 6+-showing since last August (6.1). It has been a whirlwind of a different sort and over a longer timeframe for Milwaukee Radio Alliance-owned WLDB,WLDB 80s to today which transitioned from adult contemporary to hot AC and recently shifted back to AC. Registering a one-half share increase (3.3 – 3.8, 6+), “B93.3 The 80s to Today” is steady at #12. Entering the June sweep, WHAD was down roughly 50% since January as a result of four straight decreases (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.3 – 1.0, 6+), but the Wisconsin Public Radio facility adds three-tenths and improves from #20 to #17. Alternating up and down trends since December for a collective +1.6 (8.8 – 14.4 – 8.7 – 10.0 – 9.7 – 10.8 – 10.2 – 10.4, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WRIT “95.7 Big FM – Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” occupies the market’s top spot for the 14th straight sweep. Recent 6+-fluctuations for WRIT include +1.7 (October); -.7 (November); flat (December); +5.6 (“Holiday” 2015); -5.7 (January); +1.3 (February); -.3 (March); +1.1 (April); -.6 (May) and now +.2 (June). Prior to October’s -1.7, WRIT put together seven successive positive trends (6.2 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 9.5 – 10.1 – 10.2 – 10.5 – 11.2, 6+), improving by exactly five full-shares since February. As a result of its fourth straight decline (6.7 – 6.0 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 4.6, 6+), talk cluster-mate WISN erodes by a cumulative loss of over two full-shares and spirals from sixth to tenth. After chalking up a gain of one-half share in May, Saga Communications’ urban AC WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3 Today’s R&B and Old School” forfeits all of it and an additional one-tenth (4.5 – 5.0 – 4.6, -.6, 6+) to depart the top ten (#8 to #11). Off six-tenths in March, “Jammin'” was +.7 in April. Due to a -.3 (to 5.3, fifth to sixth, 6+), Milwaukee Radio Alliance alternative outlet WLUM “102.1 Sounds Different” concludes five consecutive progressive trends that yielded a +1.6 (4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 5.6, 6+)                        

3) Indianapolis – Owing to May’s -.6, WHHH “Hot 96.3” had its string of positive trends – which netted a combined full-share – WHHLend at four (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+). Wasting no time in bouncing back though, the Radio One rhythmic CHR leaps from ninth to sixth by hanging out a robust +1.3 to 5.9, its strongest 6+-share since April 2014 (6.6). Within 5.1 – 5.9 range (6+) the past seven surveyWFBQ periods, iHeartMedia-owned WFBQ “Q-95 Indy’s Classic Rock” trots out a +.7 (5.5 – 6.2, 6+) to advance from seventh to fifth. It is the best 6+showing for “Q-95” since last August (7.1). Three-tenths of a share separates the market’s top two finishers, Entercom CHR WZPL (+1.1, second to first, 6+) and Cumulus Media‘s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5” (7.1 – 7.6, +.5, first to second, 6+). This is the third successive improvement for WZPL (6.4 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.9, 6+), which was most recently at #1 in January. Following four successive gains for a cumulative +2.4 since the “Holiday” report (5.4 – 5.8 – 6.2 – 6.8 – 7.8, 6+), “Classic Hits 104.5” regressed by seven-tenths in May; it was #1 the past three sweeps. Prior to April, the last time WJJK reached the seven-share level (6+) was October 2014 (7.5). Meanwhile, WZPL’s CHR competitor – Radio One’s WNOW “100.9 Radio Now” – posts a gain of six-tenths (2.8 – 3.4, 6+) to inch up from #13 to #12. Wild fluctuations have become common lately for iHeartMedia-owned WOLT, which recorded a +.9 in February; a whopping +1.7 in April; and a -.8 in May. The most significant shift though occurs in June as “Alt 103.3 Indy’s Alternative” flounders by -1.8 (6.2 – 4.4, 6+) to freefall from sixth to tenth. The 7.0 that “Alt 103.3” recorded in April was the highest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history. Before being off by two-tenths in March, “Alt 103.3” gained a combined +1.6 in four up or flat trends (3.9 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 5.5, 6+). Following a +.6 in May, Emmis-owned WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank” sputters by one full-share (6.3 – 5.3, 6+) and slips from fifth to seventh. “Hank” was stymied on 5.7 (6+) in March and April and has its lowest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2013 (5.3, as well).

4) Providence – Locked on 5.2 (6+) in April and May, iHeartMedia hot AC WSNE “Coast 93.3” busts out a gain of WSNEeight-tenths to 6.0 (6+), progressing from seventh to fifth. Improving by seven-tenths (8.3 – 9.0, 6+), Cumulus Media mainstream CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” inches up from third to second. Four-tenths ahead of WPRO-FM is adult contemporary cluster-mate WWLI “Lite Rock 105,” which is #1 for the eighth successive ratings period andWPRO-FM has been in double-digits (6+) each time. “Lite Rock 105,” however, regresses by nine-tenths; is down for the third straight ratings period (12.1 – 10.6 – 10.3 – 9.4, 6+); and 9.4 is its lowest 6+-share since November’s 8.7. A loss of seven-tenths (5.4 – 4.7, 6+) drops talk sibling WPRO-AM from sixth to seventh. This is the weakest 6+-share for WPRO-AM since last September’s 4.6.

5) Raleigh – Without an increase in the last four sweeps for a combined -1.1 (4.2 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WNCBWNCB “B-93.9 New Country” rebounds with a gain of seven-tenths to 3.8, zooming into the top ten (#15 to #10). Steady in sixth-place is format rival, Curtis Media Group‘s WQDR “Today’s Best Country” (6.0 – 5.8, -.2, 6+). Improving by six-tenths each are WQDR’s CHR cluster-mate WPLW “Pulse FM” (4.3 – 4.9, ninth to eighth, 6+)WPLW and University of North CarolinaChapel Hill‘s WUNC, which bounces back from a -1.1 in May (7.3 – 6.2 – 6.8, fifth to fourth, 6+). Adding four-tenths to 5.0 (6+), WTKK (eighth to seventh) curtails three straight downward trends in which the iHeartMedia FM talker had a cumulative -1.2 (5.8 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). A potent +1.5 in May by Radio One‘s WFXC “Foxy” propelled the urban AC from fourth to first. Despite a -.2 in June (6.4 – 7.9 – 7.7, 6+), “Foxy” remains at #1. Prior to May, the last time “Foxy” crossed the seven-share level (6+) was November and October with a 7.1 each time. After improving by six-tenths in May, Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB surrenders seven-tenths (3.7 – 4.3 – 3.6, 6+) and exits the top ten (#9 to #12). A one-tenth gain in April halted nine straight down or flat trends for “Radio 96.1,” which had a net loss of -3.5 and roughly 50% of its 6+-share (7.1 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+). Although steady at #16, Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WRTP “His Radio” is off by one-tenth (to 2.1, 6+), thus halting four straight gains (.9 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 2.2, 6+). The six most recent fluctuations for Capitol Broadcasting sports outlet WCMC “The Fan” – down for the third straight sweep – are +1.1 (“Holiday” 2015 – January 2016); -1.0 (January – February); +1.1 (February – March); -.5 (March – April); -.7 (April – May); and -.2 (May – June, 3.7 – 3.5, #12 to #15, 6+).

6) Norfolk – Climbing from #17 to #15, Max Broadcast Group gospel WGH-AM “Star 1310” posts an increase of six-tenths to 1.9, WGH-AMits finest 6+-share since last August, when it reached 2.3. Tied with “Star 1310” is Hampton University jazz outlet WHOV (1.9, +.2, #16 to #15, 6+), which pulls the plug on six straight down or flat moves (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+). Up six-tenths in May, WVKLWHOV ended three straight down or flat trends (12.1 – 12.1 – 11.7 – 11.6, 6+). The Entercom urban AC is off by two-tenths in June (12.2 – 12.0, 6+) but is #1 for the 49th consecutive ratings period. The last time “Smooth R&B From Yesterday & Today” was not in double-digits (6+) was when it registered a 9.8 in January 2014. Seven consecutive down or flat trends by hot AC sibling WPTE yielded a net loss of one full-share (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+). “The Point” registers a +.1 to 2.8 (6+) but in an ironic twist slips from #10, where it had been the past five sweeps, to #11. Significant ratings variations continue for WOWI “Jamz 103,” which gained seven-tenths in April; dropped seven-tenths in May; and is now off by -1.3 (7.6 – 8.3 – 7.6 – 6.3, 6+). It is the first time “Jamz 103” has been below a seven-share (6+) since April 2014 (6.8), but the iHeartMedia urban contemporary facility remains in the runner-up slot for the sixth straight time. Similarly, Entercom adult contemporary WWDE progressed by +.8 in March; sputtered by twice that amount in April (-1.6); rebounded with a +.7 in May; but drops by -.8 in June (6.1 – 6.9 – 5.3 – 6.0 – 5.2, 6+); “2WD” slides from fourth to fifth. Following five successive sweeps without a decrease (.5 – .7 – .7 – .7 – 1.5 – 1.8, 6+), Saga Communications’ WJOI “Great Songs, Great Memories” falters by three-tenths to 1.5 (#15 to #17, 6+).

7) Nashville – It is a “mixed” bag in the Midwest Communications cluster as adult hits WCJK trots out a full-WCJKshare improvement to 6.7 (6+), applying the brakes to six down or flat trends. Off by a cumulative -1.9 since December (7.6 – 7.1 – 7.1 – 6.8 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.7, 6+), “Jack FM” leaps from sixth to a third-place tie with iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUBT “The Beat” (7.2 – 6.7, -.5, 6+). Meanwhile, WCJK “Jack FM” sibling WJXA “Mix 92.9” suffers its sixth straight downward trend (15.6 – 10.7 –WKDF 10.2 – 9.7 – 9.6 – 9.1 – 8.3, 6+) for a net loss of -7.3 since the “Holiday” 2015 report. While this marks the fourth time since November – and fifth occurrence since last August – that “Mix” has not been in double-digits (6+), the adult contemporary outlet is nonetheless #1 for the 52nd consecutive ratings period. The 1.4-share advantage it held in May over iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “The River” is down to eight-tenths; however, “The River” drops two-tenths to 7.5 (6+), halting three straight sweeps without a decrease (6.7 – 7.5 – 7.5 – 7.7, 6+) and is in second-place for the seventh time in the last eight monthlies. Bouncing back from May’s one full-share decline, Cumulus Media‘s WWTN “Super Talk 97” regains half of it (5.1 – 4.1 – 4.6, 6+) and returns to the top ten (#11 to #8). With a -.1 in April, WWTN had its string of successive up-trends (for a combined +1.9) end at three (3.3 – 3.6 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+). After being down or flat the last four sweeps for a cumulative -.5 (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), country sibling WKDF “Nash-FM 103.3” answers with a full-share increase to 3.9 (its best 6+-share since December’s 4.1) but remains at #13. Elsewhere in the country format, “Nash FM” cluster-mate WSM-FM “95.5 Nash Icon” (+.9 in May) adds one-tenth to register its strongest-ever 6+-PPM stat (5.9) yet ironically must fall from fifth to sixth. Following back-to-back gains of one-tenth each (4.4 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+,), iHeartMedia‘s WSIX “The Big 98 #1 For New Country” sputters by six-tenths to 4.0 (6+) and slips from ninth to a three-way tie at #10. The rollercoaster effect continues for WGFX “104.5 The Zone,” which had three straight downward trends for a combined -2.2 (7.2 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+) before a +.7 in May, but now erodes by a hefty -1.2 (5.7 – 4.5, 6+). The Cumulus Media sports outlet drifts from sixth to ninth with its lowest 6+-share since last August (4.2). It is a tough month as well for cross-town competitor, Cromwell‘s WPRT “ESPN Nashville The Game,” which flounders by six-tenths (1.4 – .8, 6+), dropping out of the top 20 (#18 to #21).

8) Greensboro – The third straight improvement by WSMW “Simon” is a whopping +1.5 propelling the Entercom adult hits WSMWoutlet from third to first (8.1 – 8.6 – 9.2 – 10.7, 6+). “Simon” has achieved double-digits twice before (10.5 and 10.1), but 10.7 is the best-ever 6+-stat in its PPM-history. Displaced from the top spot and dropping to second is co-owned urban AC WQMG, which falters by seven-tenths after May’s full-share gain (9.7 – 10.7 – 10.0, 6+). “The Best R&B and Old School” concludes its successive streak of being upWFDD or flat at six. In that stretch, WQMG notched a cumulative increase of three full-shares (7.7 – 7.7 – 8.2 – 9.1 – 9.3 – 9.7 – 10.7, 6+); 10.7 was its strongest 6+-showing since November 2014 (10.7). Elsewhere in the Entercom cluster, rhythmic CHR WJMH “102 Jamz” regresses by a combined -1.2 in May and June (9.8 – 9.6 – 8.6, 6+), following three straight up-trends (8.3 – 8.6 – 9.4 – 9.8, 6+) and slides from second to third. Steady at #10, Wake Forest University-owned WFDD picks up one tenth to 2.7 (6+), as it curtails three straight down or flat moves (3.0 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+). Although off for the third consecutive ratings period (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.2 – 3.5, 6+), iHeartMedia FM talker WPTI remains at #9. Frozen on 6.6 (6+) in February and March before being locked on 6.7 (6+) in April and May, sibling WTQR “Q-104.1 New Country” drops three-tenths to 6.4 but is unchanged at #5. Its rival, Entercom’s WPAW “The Wolf” (4.5 – 4.8, +.3, 6+) advances from seventh to sixth. Despite not having an increase for the fourth straight time (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+), Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101” continues at #11.

9) West Palm Beach – Many other adult contemporary outlets are struggling in this particular sweep, but June 2016 proves to be WEATa good ratings period for the format here. For instance, powered by an eight-tenths gain, Alpha Media‘s WEAT “Sunny 107.9” moves up from third to second, while iHeartMedia-owned WOLL “Today’s KOOL 105.5” – down three-tenths in each of the last two monthlies – posts a +.5 (6.1 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+) to advance fromWOLL fourth to third.  Meanwhile, JVC Media soft AC WSVU “South Florida’s 95.9 The Palm” (#14 to #13) checks in with a +.6 to 1.6, doubling April’s .8 (6+). After four successive decreases yielding a cumulative -2.2 (9.5 – 9.3 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.3, 6+), Alpha Media hot AC WRMF gains three-tenths to 7.6 (6+) and holds down the top spot for the 23rd consecutive time. Notching a full-share increase in April and then adding four-tenths in May, co-owned WIRK “Country 103.1” runs into a brick wall with a rousing -1.9 (5.2 – 6.2 – 6.6 – 4.7, 6+), falling from second to fourth. It is the lowest 6+-share for “Country 103.1 since December’s 4.6. Locked on 4.3 (6+) in April and May, following a March-to-April +.9, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WAYF “WAY-FM Uplifting-Upbeat-Real” falters by six-tenths (3.4 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+), dropping from seventh to eighth. At #8 the past four sweeps, iHeartMedia CHR WLDI “WiLD 95.5” (flat at 3.9 (6+), bumps up to #7. Three successive gains by classic rock sibling WKGR produced a cumulative +1.7 (3.3 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 5.0, 6+), but “98.7 The Gater” is off three-tenths to 4.7 (6+). Even so, WKGR actually manages to improve from fifth to a fourth-place tie (with WIRK “Country 103.1”). Prior to May, the last time “Gater” crossed the five-share threshold was September 2014 with a 5.3.

10) Jacksonville – Within the 4.4 – 4.9 range (6+) the past six ratings periods, iHeartMedia adult hits WWJK “Jack-FM” WWJKexplodes with a +1.2 to 5.7 (6+), climbing from ninth to eighth. Improving by one-half share in March and then piling on seven-tenths in April, co-owned CHR WKSL “Kiss FM” surrendered a -1.5 in May – but rebounds in June with a +.9 (4.3 – 4.8 – 5.5 – 4.0 – 4.9, 6+) 6+) asWKSL it re-enters the top ten (#11 to #10). Off the past two sweeps by a combined one-half share, Cox Media Group urban contemporary WJGL-HD2 recovers it all (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 3.1, +.5, 6+) to inch up from #14 to #13. While it is #1 for the eighth straight time, Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety” (up eight-tenths in May) sputters by a lofty -1.3 (9.9 – 10.7 – 9.4, 6+) and records its lowest 6+-share since December’s 9.2. Prior to dropping to #2 in November, “Lite” had been on top the previous 17 sweeps. After back-to-back appearances in the runner-up slot, Cox Media Group CHR WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hot Music Station” regresses by eight-tenths (8.6 – 7.9, 6+) and falls to fourth. In 4.1 – 4.6 (6+) range the past five ratings periods, public WJCT declines by one-half share to 3.8, skidding from #10 to #12, (6+). After back-to-back sweeps in which it added one-half share increases, iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WSOL “V-101.5” forfeits four-tenths to slide from a fifth-place tie back to sixth (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.3 – 5.9, 6+).

11) Memphis – Top-five music stations on the AM band in PPM-markets are rare commodities. One though exists in this WDIATennessee metro as iHeartMedia‘s WDIA “1070 The Heart & Soul of Memphis” improves for the fourth straight time for a combined +1.6 (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 6.0, 6+) and rises from seventh to fifth; 6.0 is its strongest 6+-share since September’s 6.6. Registering one-half share gains each and staying at eighth and tenth, respectively, areWEGR cluster-mate WEGR “Rock 103” (2.9 – 3.4, 6+) and Cumulus Media-owned WGKX “Kix 106 Today’s Best Country” (4.2 – 4.7, 6+). This represents the most potent 6+-share for “Rock 103” since February 2014 (4.0); “Kix 106” is now within 4.1 – 4.7 range for the seventh straight time. Having notched three successive increases for a whopping +4.2 (8.3 – 10.2 – 11.2 – 12.5, 6+) – and – its strongest 6+-share since December 2012’s 13.5, iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS “V-101” falters by nine-tenths to 11.6 (6+) but is #1 for the fourth straight time. Prior to a -1.4 in “Holiday” 2015, “V-101” had not had a decline in the previous four sweeps (8.9 – 9.2 – 9.3 – 9.3 – 10.0, 6+). After being in 8.3 – 8.9 range (6+) the past seven consecutive sweeps, urban contemporary sibling WHRK also drops nine-tenths and is a cumulative -1.4 in May and June (8.8 – 8.3 – 7.4, 6+); “K-97.1” – which finished first in February – drifts from second to fourth. Replicating May’s -.6 (6.2 – 5.6 – 5.0, 6+), Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” slides from fifth to seventh. Following six successive ratings periods at #6, “FM 100” advanced to #5 to April. Co-owned sports outlet WMC-AM is at .1 for the eighth straight sweep and remains at #18.         

12) Hartford – Stuck on 7.9 (6+) in April and May, iHeartMedia‘s WWYZ “Country 92-5” erupts with a +1.1 to 9.0 WWYZ(6+), progressing from third to second. It is the best 6+-performance for “Country 92-5” in exactly one year, matching the 9.0 it recorded in June 2015. Flashing gains of six-tenths each are Connoisseur Media-owned WDRC-FM “102.9 The Whale Hartford’s Classic Rock” (5.4 – 6.0, eighth to seventh, 6+) and University of Massachusetts’WDRC-FM WFCR (#11 to #10), which is up for the third straight time (.3 – .6 – .7 – 1.3, 6+) and has its highest 6+share since February 2015 (1.5). Following four successive times without an increase for a net loss of -1.1 (7.1 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7” recoups one-half share (to 6.5, seventh to sixth, 6+). Setting the pace for the 21st time in the last 22 sweeps – including the past 13 – CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5” is, however, off by one full-share (11.3 – 10.3, 6+). Owing to a +.3 in April, “Lite 100.5” halted a three-month slide that resulted in a combined decline of nearly seven shares (17.8 – 12.1 – 11.9 – 11.0, 6+). Without a decrease in the last three sweeps accounting for a combined +1.2 in that span (6.2 – 6.4 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+), co-owned hot AC WTIC-FM flounders by eight-tenths to 6.6 but remains in fifth-place. Over the course of three successive downward trends (7.9 – 7.1 – 6.7 – 6.0, 6+) iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WHCN “105.9 The River” (sixth to seventh) is a combined -1.9. Off four straight times dating back to February, CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WZMX “Hot 93.7” (unchanged at #4, 6+) has a net loss of -2.4 (10.1 – 9.4 – 8.6 – 7.8 – 7.7, 6+); February’s 10.1 was its best-ever 6+-share in the PPM-era.

kcyeKris Daniels Steps Away from KCYE, Las Vegas PD Role to Focus on AM Show Duties.  Programmer and air personality Kris Daniels and management at Beasley Las Vegas are announcing the country KCYE program director and morning drive personality is giving up her PD gig with the station to focus on the “Kris & Mad Dog” morning show.  Vice president ofdanielskris programming Justin Chase says, “Kris came to us very recently and expressed her wish to put her efforts full-time into the ‘Kris & Mad Dog’ morning show and we enthusiastically agreed.  We’re happy Kris will also hold the positions of APD and music director in addition to her morning show duties.  We’re her biggest fans!”  So… Beasley has launched a candidate search for a new PD, that could handle KCYE and could also possibly handle hot AC KVGS.  Check it out here.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  The Premiere Networks-syndicated “The Breakfast Club” is being added to the program schedule at Sierra H Broadcasting’s hip hop KNRJ, Cordes Lakes, Arizona “101.1 The BEAT.”…..WAHR, Huntsville “Star 99.1” morning host Steve Shannon is exiting the Southern Stone Communications adult contemporary outlet for a new opportunity to be announced soon…..Entravision appoints Sheryl Personett to SVP of integrated marketing solutions for the Denver operations.  Personett will be responsible for selling Entravision’s media and marketing solutions across the company’s television, radio, and digital properties in the Denver market….. Kevin Watkins is named to the Mid-West Family Broadcasting Springfield, Missouri marketing team.  General sales manager Brian Tyndall says, “Kevin comes to Mid-West Family with nearly 20 years of marketing and business management experience and we’re excited to have him add his talents to our team of marketing professionals.”

nrhofNRHOF 2016 Inductees Announced.  The National Radio Hall of Fame announces the results of the voting for the class of 2016.  There were 24 nominations in six categories.  The first four categories below were decided by a panel of 400 industry professionals.  The last two categories — Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality — were voted on by the public.  The 2016 inductees are: Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart), WTMX, Chicago — Active Local/Regional, 10+ years; Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow and Jerry Cesak), KYKY, San Diego — Longstanding Local/Regional, 20+ years; Steve Harvey, Premiere Networks — Active Network/Syndication, 10+ years; Delilah, Premiere Networks — Longstanding Network/Syndication, 20+ years; Bob Kingsley, Westwood One — Music Format On-Air Personality; and Michael Savage, Westwood One — Spoken Word On-Air Personality.  Additionally, the National Radio Hall of Fame nominating committee voted to induct four individuals for their contribution to the industry.  They are: George G. Beasley, Chairman/CEO/Founder of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc; Kidd Kraddick, the late syndicated air personality; Tony Roberts, former sportscaster and play-by-play announcer for Notre Dame Football; and Neil Rogers, the late South Florida air personality.  NRHOF chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “This year’s class of inductees represents the diversity that makes radio so personal, entertaining and impactful.  We all very much appreciate everyone who participated in this process as we welcome the very best in our business into the National Radio Hall of Fame.”  The induction ceremony takes place at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago on November 17.

NASHnext logoCumulus Launches NASH Next 2016; Winning Act Gets BMLG Record Deal. Last year, the winner of the very first NASH Next competition was Texas-based trio Breaking Southwest.  This year, Cumulus and Big Machine Label Group are cooperating to present NASH Next 2016 in which a new country act will get a record deal with BMLG.  The competition starts at the local level with Cumulus country stations in some 60 markets conducting local searches, with additional national participation made possible by Cumulus’ digital properties and syndicated country shows.  Cumulus says, “While television boasts several talent competitions, no other contest  — on any platform — has ever offered its winners a similar opportunity for coveted radio play, which is the most effective medium to cultivate an artist and propel a major music career.”  Reba McEntire is lending her voice to the competition in the 60 markets.  Emerging artists will first be judged by Cumulus listeners and local music industry professionals in their communities. Finalists, and the 2016 winner, will be selected by a panel of country luminaries, including BMLG founder Scott Borchetta, Kix Brooks, half of Brooks & Dunn, and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, plus a Cumulus listener.   The contest takes place over a four-month period.

Friday, July 8, 2016

| July 8, 2016

nielsen logoRound Three of June PPM Data Released. The third of four rounds of June 2016 PPM ratings information has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio‘s June 2016 PPM survey period covered May 19 – June 15.  You can see 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.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Portland – Results from the April 2016 sweep placed KINK at #16 (6+). In a dramatic and relatively sudden turn of events, KINK May 2016however, the Alpha Media triple A notched a full-share increase in May to climb to #12 and now outdoes that with a +1.1, rocketing all the way to #5 (3.0 – 4.0 – 5.1, 6+). Displaying gains of one-half share each are Entercom country and classic rock siblings KWJJ “Great Country for the Great Northwest 99.5 The Wolf” (in third-place for the sixth straight sweep, 6+) and KGON (4.4 – 4.9, eighthKWJJ to sixth, 6+). This is the third successive increase for “The Wolf” yielding a cumulative +1.0 (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 6.5, 6+). Coming off a +1.2 in March, country rival – Alpha Media’s KUPL “The Bull” – was up a combined eight-tenths in April and May but falters by four-tenths in June (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.3 – 4.9, 6+). “The Bull” drops from fifth to a three-way tie at sixth, which includes KGON. Prior to the +1.2 in March, “The Bull” had four consecutive monthlies without an increase that produced a combined -2.3 (5.6 – 4.8 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3, 6+). Steady at #14, Salem Media Group regional Mexican KRYP is either up or flat for the sixth consecutive time for a net gain of nine-tenths (2.8 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+). Finishing fourth for the fifth time in a row, iHeartMedia mainstream CHR KKRZ “Z-100” is either up or flat for the seventh consecutive time for a cumulative +1.2 (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.4, 6+). While it is #1 for the 24th time in the last 26 ratings periods, adult contemporary sibling KKCW “K-103” suffers the greatest 6+ May 2016 – June 2016 erosion (8.7 – 7.1, -1.6, 6+) by any station in the 36 PPM markets whose data has been released. Moreover, this is the lowest 6+-share for “K-103” in two years (6.6, June 2014). By dialing up a one-tenth gain in May, KKCW ended four straight sweeps without an increase (21.4 – 9.5 – 8.8 – 8.6 – 8.6, 6+). Its 2.3-share lead in May over Oregon Public Broadcasting‘s KOPB is whittled down to four-tenths as KOPB – which was a combined -1.6 in April and May (8.0 – 7.3 – 6.4, 6+) – picks up three-tenths to 6.7 (6+). Winding back to the “Holiday” 2015 report, “K-103” enjoyed a 16.1 lead over KOPB (21.4 versus 5.3, 6+). Declining by one-half share each are “K-103” cluster-mate KPOJ “Rip City Sports Radio 620” (.9 – .4, #25, 6+) and Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KFIS “104.1 The Fish” (2.5, #17 to #18, 6+). “The Fish” had been up or flat the past three sweeps (2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0, 6+), while KPOJ has its lowest 6+-share since October (also .4).

2) Charlotte – On the heels of a +1.1 in May, iHeartMedia classic rocker WRFX “The Fox” adds another six-tenths (6.0 – 7.1 – WRFX7.7, 6+) and repeats at #1; 7.7 is the strongest 6+-share for “The Fox” since August 2014 (also 7.7). Jumping from ninth to fifth, Beasley Media Group urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98” follows up a +.8 in May with a one-half share increase (4.7 – 5.2, 6+). The +.8 in May by “Power 98” curtailed five straight sweepsWPEG without an increase that resulted in a combined -1.6 (5.5 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+). Returning approximately one-half of the hefty +1.1 it registered in May (5.9 – 7.0 – 6.4, -.6, 6+), iHeartMedia country outlet WKKT “The Kat” nonetheless remains at #2, where it is joined by its rival – Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “Country’s Greatest Hits” (6.6 – 6.4, -.2, 6+). “Country’s Greatest Hits” occupied the #1 spot the first four months of this year before dropping to third-place in May. Owing to a +.3 in April, “The Kat” curtailed seven consecutive trends without an increase that yielded a cumulative -4.2 (9.8 – 9.6 – 8.8 – 8.5 – 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.6, 6+). After holding down third-place the previous five sweeps, “The Kat” climbed to second this time last month. Off by one-half share to 4.6 – its lowest 6+-share since May 2015 (also 4.6), Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7 More Music Better Variety” drifts from a three-way tie at #6 to #9. Down one-tenth (5.9 – 5.8, 6+) and remaining in fourth-place, urban AC sibling WBAV extends its streak of registering a 6+-share in 5.1 – 5.9 range to 11 straight ratings periods. It remains a tight CHR contest as iHeartMedia’s WHQC “Channel 96.1” picks up four-tenths and is steady at #10, while Beasley Media Group-owned WNKS “Kiss 95.1″ improves by three tenths to 3.9 (6+), climbing from #12 to #11. Prior to its +.4, Channel 96.1” was down or flat the past four sweeps (4.4 – 4.3 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+). Following five consecutive gains for a +1.7 (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+) Greater Media hot AC-talk hybrid WLNK “The Link” flounders by four-tenths to 4.9 (6+) to fall from fifth to eighth.

3) Pittsburgh – Appearing in print for the first time since February 2012, Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHHWSHH “Wish 99.7” surfaces at #7 with a 5.8 (6+). Three consecutive major increases by CBS Radio‘s KDKA-FM “The Fan” produce a cumulative +2.7 (4.8 – 5.9 – 6.8 – 7.5, 6+) as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ flagship advances from fifth to third; 7.5 is the highest 6+-stat for “The Fan” since October’s 10.1. Owing to April‘s -.8 (after a +.9 in March), co-owned country WDSY “Y-108” had its consecutive string of progressive trends ended atKDKA-FM three (3.9 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.8 – 5.0, 6+), but “Pittsburgh’s Country” (unchanged at #6) bounces back with a combined +1.2 in May and June (5.0 – 5.7 – 6.2, 6+). After seven successive sweeps without a decrease for a net +1.8 (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.2 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.3, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s WPGB “Big 104.7 #1 for New Country” dips by two-tenths to 4.1 (6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #11). While it is #1 for the fifth successive ratings period, classic hits-oldies sibling WWSW “3WS” has back-to-back negative trends totaling -1.2 (10.9 – 10.9 – 9.7, 6+). Without a decrease for the fourth straight monthly (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+), co-owned alternative WXDX nonetheless backslides from seventh to eighth; 5.6 in May and June is the highest 6+-share for “The X @ 105.9” in more than four years (6.2, April 2012). Off for the fifth straight time for a combined -4.2 and a nearly one-half 6+-erosion (8.8 – 8.2 – 6.9 – 6.0 – 4.9 – 4.6, 6+), CBS Radio talker KDKA-AM drops from eighth to ninth.

4) Sacramento – An increase of one-half share (6.6 – 7.1, 6+) enables CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96” to KYMXadvance from third – where it was the past four sweeps – to a second-place tie with iHeartMedia news-talk hybrid KFBK. It is the strongest 6+-performance by “Mix” since January’s 9.0, while KFBK is down for the third time in a row (9.1 – 7.8 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+) for a net loss of -2.7. “Mix 96” hot AC cluster-mate KZZO “NowKDND 100.5″ (fifth to fourth) picks up three-tenths to 4.9 (6+), thus halting three successive negative trends (5.0 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.6, 6+). Unchanged at #7, Entercom CHR KDND “107.9 The End” is up or flat for the third straight time (3.6 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+). “Mix” and KFBK are 2.3 shares (6+) behind Entercom classic rocker KSEG “The Eagle” (9.4, -.4, 6+), the market frontrunner for the fifth straight ratings period. When “The Eagle” faltered by eight-tenths in May, it witnessed an end to three consecutive increases (8.9 – 9.0 – 9.5 – 10.6, 6+) that netted a combined +1.7. Prior to the April 2016 sweep (when “The Eagle” soared to 10.6, 6+), the only other instances of a Sacramento outlet achieving double-digits (6+) were “Mix 96” (11.7) and KSEG (10.0). Stumbling from fourth to sixth is “Eagle” cluster-mate KRXQ “98 Rock,” which declines by one-half share (5.1 – 4.5, 6+). Without a decrease the past five ratings periods (.9 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.2, 6+), Capital Public Radio classical KXPR regresses by three-tenths to .9 (#21 to #23).  Dating back to January – and including its current June stat – the 6+-line for Entravision-owned country KNTY is 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.3; “101.9 The Wolf” remains at #17. Ahead of it are fellow country outlets CBS Radio’s KNCI “New Country 105.1” (4.3 – 4.6, +.3, seventh to fifth, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KBEB “B-92.5 #1 For New Country” (3.3 – 3.0, -.3, flat at #12).

5) San Antonio – Even with a gain of six-tenths (4.5 – 5.1, 6+), Cox Media Group‘s KISS “99.5 Rocks San Antonio” cannot KISS-FM San Antonioseem to avoid three-way ties as it advances to one at #8 in May to a similar situation at #5 in June. After being up or flat in four consecutive sweeps (7.8 – 8.4 – 9.0 – 9.0 – 9.1, 6+), classic hits-oldies sibling KONO-FM faltered by seven-tenths in May but regains three-tenths (8.4 – 8.7, 6+) and is #1 for the sixth straight sweep. BeforeKONO-FM dropping from first to second in the “Holiday” 2015 report, KONO-FM was #1 in 17 of the previous 22 sweeps. The 9.1 it registered in April is the loftiest 6+-share for “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” in more than six years (9.2, March 2010). While neither displays May – June growth (6+), country rivals KCYY and KAJA are again inseparable at #2 and #3, respectively. Specifically, Cox Media Group’s “Y-100” drops one-tenth to 6.2 (6+), while iHeartMedia’s “KJ-97” rings up a 5.4 (6+) for the third time in the last four sweeps. These two country rivals are typically within close 6+-share/rank proximity but “Y-100” has managed to win 14 of the last 15 head-to-head battles. Locked on 1.5 (6+) in April and May, Alpha Media regional Mexican KLEY (#24) sputters by seven-tenths to .8, its weakest 6+-showing in roughly two years (.6 in July 2014). The similarly formatted HD3 side channel of iHeartMedia’s KQXT drops one-half share (2.4 – 1.9), dipping from #15 to #17. Six straight increases since December by Alpha Media adult hits KJXK accounted for a combined +2.4 (2.6 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 5.0, 6+) but San Antonio’s version of “Jack” falters by two-tenths to 4.8 (6+), stumbling from a fifth-place tie to eighth. The 5.0 in May was the strongest 6+-performance for “Jack” in nearly four years (5.3, August 2012).

6) Cincinnati – On the heels of posting a one-half share gain in May, iHeartMedia talker WKRC adds seven-tenths (3.5 – 4.0 – WKRC4.7, 6+) to progress from tenth to eighth; 4.7 is the loftiest 6+-share for WKRC since December 2013 when it reached 5.0. Also notching a seven-tenths spike is Hubbard Broadcasting rhythmic hot AC WREW “Mix 94.9” (4.6 – 5.3, seventh to fifth, 6+), which has its best 6+-stat since last October (5.4). Without aWREW decrease in the last six ratings periods, Cumulus Media country outlet WNNF “94.1 Nash FM” (#14 to #12) is a combined +1.2 in that stretch (1.9 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 3.1, 6+). Conversely, Hubbard Broadcasting’s WYGY “97.3 The Wolf” – unchanged at #18 – has its fourth straight (albeit modest) decline (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2, 6+). “Nash FM” and “The Wolf” are chasing Hubbard’s WUBE “B-105,” which remains at #3. Commencing with the “Holiday” 2015 report, country “B-105” put together four straight up-trends (5.9 – 6.1 – 7.9 – 8.1 – 8.6, 6+) but is off in back-to-back sweeps by two-tenths each (8.6 – 8.4 – 8.2, 6+). While co-owned hot AC WKRQ “Q-102” holds the #4 spot for the tenth straight time, it follows up May’s six-tenths’ decline with a -.7 in June (8.1 – 7.5 – 6.8, 6+). The -.6 in May ended four straight positive trends that yielded a combined +1.9 (6.2 – 7.0 – 7.5 – 7.8 – 8.1, 6+). Until a +.8 in January, “Q-102” was without a gain the previous four sweeps (7.2 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2, 6+). Heritage iHeartMedia talker/Cincinnati Reds flagship WLW is in double-digits (6+) for the 29th successive sweep and at #1 for the sixth time in a row (11.0 – 10.8, -.2, 6+). Within 4.1 – 4.9 range (6+) the past eight survey periods – and flat or (modestly) up the past three (4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+), rock sibling WEBN sputters by six-tenths to 3.7 (eighth to tenth, 6+). In May, Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR “103.5 WGRR” flashed a +.9 to 10.3, thus joining WLW, WUBE, and co-owned adult contemporary WRRM as the only Cincinnati stations in the PPM-era to boast double-digits (6+). Notwithstanding that it coughs up roughly half of that +.9, WGRR remains at #2 (10.3 – 9.8, -.5, 6+). Cincinnati Public Radio classical outlet WGUC has its fifth straight negative trend (3.3 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.2 – 19 – 1.8, 6+) but remains at #16.

7) Cleveland – After not suffering a decrease in the previous seven sweeps (4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.1, 6+), WAKSiHeartMedia CHR WAKS “96.5 Kiss FM” regressed by one-half share in May but quickly rebounds with a whopping +.9 (4.6 – 5.5, 6+), returning to the top ten (#11 to #9). This is the best 6+-stat for “Kiss” in more than four years (5.6, May 2012). Improving by seven-tenths each are co-owned adult hits WHLK “106.5 The Lake” (third to second, 6+) and CBS RadioWHLKowned WNCX “Cleveland’s Classic Rock” (6.2 – 6.9, seventh to fifth, 6+). “The Lake” enjoys its fourth straight monthly without a decrease (6.6 – 6.8 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 8.4, 6+) and highest 6+-share since May 2015 (8.7). Steady at #8, Radio One urban contemporary WENZ improves by six-tenths to 5.8, the strongest 6+-showing for “Z-107.9” in exactly two years (5.9, June 2014). Retaining the top spot for the sixth successive sweep, iHeartMedia-owned WMJI “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” notches its third straight gain for a cumulative +1.0 (10.3 – 10.7 – 10.9 – 11.3, 6+). By posting a +.4 in April, it halted three consecutive downward trends (12.3 – 11.5 – 10.6 – 10.3 – 10.7, 6+); WMJI was #1 for eight straight months before giving way in “Holiday” 2015. Off by eight-tenths in April, CBS Radio sports outlet WKRK rebounded with a +.9 in May only to drop seven-tenths in June (3.2 – 4.1 – 3.4, 6+) but “92.3 The Fan” remains at #12. May’s increase put an end to three straight losses for “The Fan,” which was -1.7 since January (4.9 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.2, 6+). Experiencing losses of one-half share each are co-owned adult contemporary WDOK “Star 102” (7.8 – 7.3, second to fourth, 6+); iHeartMedia rocker WMMS (4.7 – 4.2, #10 to #11, 6+); Ideastream‘s WCPN (2.5 – 2.0, flat at #13, 6+); and co-owned classical WCLV (1.7 – 1.2, #14 to #15). WCPN was -.7 in May, while WCLV was +.8.

8) Salt Lake City – Four-tenths of a share separates the market’s top four finishers. Stymied at 5.2 (6+) in April and May, KODJiHeartMedia-owned KODJ “94.1 Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” absolutely explodes with a +1.4 to 6.6 (6+), zooming from sixth to a first-place tie. KODJ last crossed the six-share threshold (6+) in July 2015 (6.2). Sharing the top spot with “Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” is Capital Broadcasting hot AC KBZN “Now 97.9 Today’s BestKUBL Music, flat at 6.6 (6+). Owing to a +.6 in May, “Now” ended three straight downtrends (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 6.0, 6+). It recorded a +1.1 in January to stop seven consecutive down or flat sweeps (8.1 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 5.7, 6+). Showing an improvement for the fourth straight sweep, this time by a robust +1.1, Cumulus Media country outlet KUBL “B-Bull 93 FM” vaults from #11 to #5 (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.5, 6+) and has its finest 6+-share in exactly two years (5.6, June 2014). Seven-tenths has become a common theme for KZHT, given that “Salt Lake’s #1 Hit Music Station” was -.7 in April; -.7 in May; and +.7 in June (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.7 – 6.4, 6+). The iHeartMedia CHR segues from a three-way tie in the runner-up slot to sole possession of third-place. Within 5.3 – 5.7 range (6+) the past four sweeps, Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100.3” logs a one-half share increase to 6.2, yet actually falls to #4 from that May three-way logjam at #2. On the heels of an impressive +.8, iHeartMedia’s KAAZ “Rock 106.7” relinquishes nearly twice that gain (3.7 – 4.5 – 3.1, -1.4, 6+) as it departs the top ten (#10 to #13). The last time KAAZ reached the four-share level was nearly two years ago (4.0, July 2014); “Rock 106.7” was up by one-half share in April. Somewhat similarly, following a May increase of six-tenths, rhythmic CHR KUUU “U-92” hands over nine-tenths (1.9, #16 to #18, 6+); “U-92” had been up the past three monthlies (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.8, 6+). Unchanged at #5, Bonneville talker KSL is down or flat for the fifth straight survey period for a combined -1.4 (6. 9 – 6.9 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+). Over the course of five successive negative trends (5.8 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s similarly programmed KNRS (seventh to tenth) is off by a combined -1.5. With a -.5 to 1.9 (6+), the string of up or flat trends for Cumulus Media-owned KBER ends at three (1.9 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4, 6+) with “Utah’s Rock Station” dropping from #17 to #18.

9) Las Vegas – Owing to a strong +1.3 (3.9 – 5.2, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s KWNR “New Country 95.5 The Bull” charges KWNRfrom tenth to sixth. It was exactly one year ago that Vegas’ “Bull” last reached a five-share (June 2015, 5.0, 6+). With its fourth straight up-trend for a combined +2.5 (2.9 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.4, 6+), Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “SOS Radio For Life” continues to be on a roll, progressing from seventh to fourth. Up by lucky seven-tenths each are Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KRGT “Latino MixKSOS 99.3″ (1.5 – 2.2, #20 to #18, 6+) and public KCNV “Classical 89.7,” which doubles its .7 to 1.4 (6+) to finish at #22; KCNV was without an increase the past four sweeps (1.6 – 1.5  – 1.1 -.7 -.7, 6+). Seven-tenths though proves to be unlucky for iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE, which falters by that margin (8.1 – 7.4, -.7, 6+) but is #1 for the 22nd straight time. “Sunny” picked up four-tenths in April to put an end to three straight declines which resulted in an approximately 55% erosion of its 6+-share (15.7 – 7.8 – 7.2 – 7.1, 6+) and then added six-tenths in May. Beasley Media Group‘s classic hits-oldies KKLZ regresses by six-tenths (6.1 – 5.5, 6+) and is in the runner-up slot for the sixth successive sweep, but now shares it with Lotus-owned classic rock KXPT “97.1 “The Point,” which hasn’t had a decrease in the past five sweeps (4.4 – 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+). Up or flat the past four ratings periods, including healthy back-to-back increases of +.9 in April and +1.1 in May, KXPT cluster-mate KOMP “92.3 The Rock Station” surrenders May’s +1.1 in its entirety and freefalls from fifth to ninth (2.7 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.7 – 4.8 – 3.7, 6+). Prior to May, the last time KOMP reached the four-share level (6+) was August 2013 (4.3). Declining by nine-tenths (4.0 – 3.1, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KISF “Zona MX 103.5” falls out of the top ten (#9 to #13).

10) Kansas City – Powered by a gain of one full-share (4.9 – 5.9, 6+), Carter Broadcast Corporation urban contemporary KPRSKPRS “Hot 103” jumps from fifth to second. It is the finest 6+-showing for “Hot 103” since October’s 6.4. Not only does Cumulus Media classic rock KCFX “The Fox” repeat at #1, it posts its third straight increase for a cumulative +1.5 (5.9 – 6.4 – 6.8 – 7.4, 6+). Also improving by six-tenths is Entercom alternative KRBZ “96.5 The Buzz” (sixth to fifth), which has its fourth successive sweep without a decreaseKCFX (4.4 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 5.4, 6+) and best 6+-stat since last July’s 6.1. Returning the nine-tenths it gained in May (and one-tenth more), Cumulus Media adult hits KCJK “Jack” plummets from a three-way deadlock at #8 to #15 (3.6 – 4.5 – 3.5, -1.0, 6+). With a -.9 to 5.3 (6+), co-owned classic hits-oldies KCMO-FM has its successive string of up or flat trends ended at four (5.2 – 5.4- 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+). On top in February, March, and April – Entercom hot AC KZPT dropped to second in May and to third in June. In the last two sweeps, “99.7 The Point” is a combined -1.2 (6.9 – 6.2 – 5.7, 6+). Cluster-mate KCSP “610 Sports” follows up big gains in April (+1.4) and May (+.9) by being flat (2.4 – 3.8 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+) as the Kansas City Royals flagship remains at #7; it finished at #19 in March. Country stations rank #11 (Steel City Media‘s KBEQ “Q-104 #1 for New Country,” 4.1 – 4.3, +.2, 6+); #12 (co-owned KFKF “Country 94.1,” 3.7 – 3.9, +.2, 6+); and #13 (Entercom’s WDAF “106.5 The Wolf,” 4.2 – 3.8, -.4, 6+). “The Wolf” was +1.1 in May; “Q-104” was +.5; and “Country 94.1” was -.6.

11) Orlando – As noted above, (Wednesday) June 15 was the final day of the June 2016 survey period. That is particularly significant WPYOfor Orlando ratings information as it was on (Sunday morning) June 12, when a 29-year-old American security guard killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at an Orlando nightclub. Just several days later, an alligator at a Walt Disney resort killed a two-year-old boy. Among talk outlets, Cox Media Group‘s WDBO-FM gainsWRUM four-tenths to 4.0 (6+), but actually slips from #10 to #11; iHeartMedia‘s WTKS is flat at 3.5 (6+) moving from #12 to #13; public WMFE is up three-tenths to 2.3, climbing from #15 to #14 (6+); and iHeartMedia-owned WFLF is off three-tenths to 1.4 (6+) but stays at #16. WDBO-FM and WMFE were each -.5 in May, while WTKS and WFLF were both flat. Busting out from a string of three consecutive monthlies without a gain (4.8 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), Cox Media Group rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3” dials up a +1.1 to 4.6 (6+) and cracks the top ten (#12 to #8). For the third straight time, iHeartMedia boasts a one-two-three finish (6+), but there are changes from May. On the strength of a +1.2 to 10.6 (6+), Spanish tropical WRUM shifts from second to first; “Rumba” had been down or flat the past three monthlies (10.3 – 10.3 – 9.8 – 9.4 (6+). Advancing from second to third is co-owned CHR WXXL “XL-106.7,” up for the third successive ratings period for a combined +1.9 (7.3 – 8.0 – 8.6 – 9.2, 6+). Ousted from the top spot and falling to third is adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” (9.6 – 8.8, 6+), which in the last 10 sweeps is trending +.5 (October); -1.0 (November); +1.6 (December); +5.2 (“Holiday” 2015); -4.7 (January); -1.2 (February); +1.3 (March); +.7 (April); +.6 (May) and -.8 (June). Down a combined -1.4 in March and April (6.2 – 5.0 – 4.8, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB rebounded in May with a +.6 and replicates that in June (5.4 – 6.0, 6+) as “Star 94.5” rises from seventh to sixth. Owing to a one-half share increase to 4.1 (6+), iHeartMedia’s WJRR “Orlando’s Rock Station” (steady at #10) pulls the plug on four straight negative trends with a net loss of -2.4 (6.0 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 4.0 – 3.6, 6+). Sliding from sixth to seventh, CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOCL “Sunny” drops seven-tenths to 5.4 (6+). After four straight gains for an overall +2.2 (5.4 – 6.4 – 6.8 – 7.5 – 7.6, 6+), hot AC sibling WOMX was off two-tenths in May and now falters by six-tenths (7.4 – 6.8, 6+); “Mix 105.1” segues from fourth to fifth. April’s 7.6 was its most potent 6+-share since May 2013 (8.6).

12) Columbus – Following a full-share increase in May, Saga Communications’ classic rock WLVQ “Q-FM 96” lops on WLVQanother nine-tenths (4.5 – 5.5 – 6.4, 6+), inching up from fifth to fourth. Having logged a 10.7 (6+) in January and February, 10.5 (6+) in March, 11.4 (6+) in April, and a 12.3 (6+) in May, iHeartMedia‘s WCOL notches double-digits (6+) for the sixth successive sweep (11.8). Despite the one-half share decline, the country outlet is #1 for the third straight time. Unchanged atWODC 2016 #6, classic hits-oldies-turned adult hits sibling WODC “The Bus – We Play Anything” boasts its fifth straight improvement for a net +1.6 (3.5 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.3 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+). Ping-ponging 4.3 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 4.6 the past four sweeps, Radiohio‘s WBNS-FM sputters by one full-share to 3.6, slumping from seventh to ninth (6+). It is the lowest 6+-share for “Sports Radio The Fan” since July 2015 (3.6 as well). While off six-tenths and dropping out of the top ten (#10 to #11, 3.7 – 3.1, 6+), public (Ohio State University) WOSU-FM is in three-share range for the eleventh consecutive time. Off by one-tenth to 2.9 (6+), Saga-owned adult hits WNND “Rewind Columbus’ Greatest Hits” (#11 to #12) halts five successive progressive trends (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 3.0, 6+). Dating back to the “Holiday” 2015 report, “Rewind” had more than doubled its 6+-share for a cumulative +1.6. Down by one-tenth each are iHeartMedia talker WTVN (fourth to fifth, 6+) and River Radio Ministries contemporary Christian WCVO “Uplifting & Encouraging 104.9 The River” (flat at #13, 6+). This is the fourth straight dip for both WTVN (7.3 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.5 – 5.4, 6+) and “The River” (4.4 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+).

Entercom Names DJ Holiday Music Director at ‘102.7 The Beach’ in Miami.  Afternoon personality DJ Holiday is adding music director duties at Entercom’s classic hits WMJX, Miami “102.7 The Beach.”  TheholidayDJ station says Holiday is taking on the MD role “due to his extensive knowledge of Miami’s music scene.  He has worked as a club DJ, host, and emcee for various events all across South Florida.”  Station PD John O’Connell says, “It was clear from the start that DJ Holiday was the perfect fit to serve as our music director at ‘102.7 The Beach.’  He embodies the definition of South Florida and has an unparalleled knowledge of the music that made Miami great during the 1970s and 1980s.”

Kristi Lee Returns to ‘The Bob & Tom Show.’  In a statement from syndicator Westwood One, there’s noleekristi mention of why the longtime “Bob & Tom Show” cast member parted company with the program back in January, nor what events brought about her return to the show, but return she shall.  Effective July 11, Kristi Lee joins Tom Griswold and cast members Chick McGee, Donnie Baker, Scott Polanski, and “an ensemble of comedy hosts and guests as the show continues to entertain morning audiences across the country and worldwide on the American Forces Radio Network.”

Craig Stevens Upped to Format Captain for Spoken Word at iHM Allentown-Harrisburg; Jimmy Steele Named PD and AM host.  Big changes at the Allentown and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania operations of iHeartMedia as SVP of programming Craig Stevens is also named format captain for the company’s spokenstevenscraig word stations in seven markets.  At the same time, the company promotes Jimmy Steele to program director for adult hits WRFY “Y102” and “Rumba 92.3 FM,” stations Stevens was programming.  Additionally, Steele becomes part of the “Y102” morning show alongside Andi Kurzweg.  Stevens steelejimmyassumes responsibility for the programming and day-to-day operations of: WAEB-AM, Allentown; WHP-AM, Harrisburg; WILM-AM, Wilmington, Delaware; WDOV, Dover, Delaware; WRAK, Williamsport, PA; WTKT, Harrisburg; WSAN, Allentown; WWTX, Wilmington, WTGM, Salisbury, Maryland and WJDY, Salisbury.  About his new gig Steele says, “I’m grateful to iHeartMedia and excited for the opportunity to program our FM brands and host mornings on such a heritage brand as Y102.  This takes me home to where my kids live and it’s where I want to live and work…I’ve had a blast over the past year working in Delmarva and my successor will inherit a great team.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At iHeartMedia’s country WGTR-FM, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina “Gator 107.9,” Adam Dellinger is named program director, removing the interim tag that’s been in front of that for the past year.  Dellinger continues as co-host of “The Gator Morning Show with James and Adam.”  Dellinger says, “I am very grateful for the opportunity to program Myrtle Beach’s leading country station and I’m thankful that market president Jimmy Feuger and SVP of programming Ron Roberts would take a chance with me.”…..Programming pro Craig Russell joins Black Diamond Broadcast Group’s Houghton Lake, Michigan operations where he’s programming classic hits WUPS and sister country outlet WTWS “92.1 The Twister.”  Russell assumes the programming roles from the company’s COO and CFO Norm McKee.

danielsbruceKMXZ, Tucson News and Traffic Reporter Bruce Daniels Dies.  Radio news pro Bruce Daniels had been expecting to return to the airwaves at Scripps’ Tucson adult contemporary “94.9MIXfm” after convalescing from injuries sustained in a car accident several weeks ago.  But, unfortunately, Daniels took an unforeseen turn for the worse last weekend and passed away.  The station posted news of Daniels’ passing this week.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

| July 7, 2016

Emmis Radio Division Q1 Net Revenue Flat.  Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications is reporting financial numbers from its fiscal first quarter for 2016.  As a whole, the company’s net revenue was down 4.2% — but the radio division was up a tick to $42.7 million from $42.6 million in the same quarter one year ago.  In a statement, emmis logoEmmis says, “Excluding the company’s radio station in Los Angeles, which is being negatively affected by a recent format competitor, Emmis’ radio net revenues would have been up 5% in the quarter.  Per Miller Kaplan reporting, radio revenues in Emmis’ markets were up 3% in the quarter with and without Los Angeles.  For the first fiscal quarter, operating income was up 13%, from $7.6 million to $8.6 million, primarily due to cost reductions the company implemented in January 2016.”  Chairman and CEO Jeff Smulyan adds, “Our New York radio stations had asmulyanjeff stellar first quarter, growing revenues 11% and beating a healthy New York radio market that was up 4% in the quarter.  Compared to last year, Emmis’ ratings are up across our portfolio, and we are optimistic this will help drive revenue growth in the second half of the fiscal year.  I continue to be amazed and encouraged by the progress the radio industry is making with NextRadio, the radio industry’s initiative to make FM broadcast radio available on smartphones and tablets.  The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will soon be NextRadio compatible across all major wireless carriers in the United States, and with the support of handset makers BLU, Alcatel, and others, we have launched NextRadio in Canada and Peru.”

ppmunitRound Two of June PPM Data Released. June 2016 PPM ratings information has been released for the second round of 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  Nielsen Audio‘s June 2016 PPM survey period covered May 19 – June 15.  You can see all the numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all of these PPM markets below.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Washington, D.C. – Although unchanged at #7, iHeartMedia classic rocker WBIG has its fourth successive WBIGsweep without a decrease (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+) and the best 6+-performance for “Big 100” since September’s 4.5. Steady at #5, CHR cluster-mate WIHT “Hot 99.5” follows back-to-back dips (5.3 – 5.1 – 4.5, 6+) with consecutive gains (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.1, 6+). Locked on 2.7 (6+) in AprilWIHT and May, alternative sibling WWDC “DC-101” gains one-tenth to 2.8, inching up from #17 to #16 (6+). Meanwhile co-owned adult contemporary WASH remains at #6 but is without an increase for the third straight time (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+) for a combined -1.1; 4.4 is its lowest 6+-stat since September 2014’s 4.3. With a .4 in five of the last seven sweeps (and a .6 the other two), Alpha Media‘s WFLS “Today’s New Country 93.3” doubles May’s .4 to .8 and checks in at #21 (6+). The market’s pacesetter for the sixth straight sweep, Hubbard Broadcasting-owned all-news WTOP repeats May’s 10.3, the station’s most potent 6+-share in over five years (10.6, March 2011). Before dropping from first to second in the “Holiday” 2015 sweep, WTOP occupied the top spot the previous 12 ratings periods. American University‘s WAMU (8.5 – 8.1, -.4, 6+) is #2 for the sixth consecutive time; “The Mind Is Our Medium” was -1.2 in March and +.7 in May. Off a combined eight-tenths in four straight down or flat trends (4.7 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+), CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WPGC-FM continues in eighth-place. After being stuck on 2.9 in February and March and then on 2.6 (6+) in April and May, Cumulus Media hot AC WRQX “Mix 107.3” slips to 2.5 but is steady at #18 (6+).

2) Boston – Not only is Greater Media-owned WROR “Boston’s Classic Hits” on top for the sixth successive monthly, it registers a WROR+.6 to 8.3, the strongest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history. Adult contemporary sibling WMJX “Magic 106.7” (second for the third consecutive sweep) logs an increase for the fifth straight ratings period for a cumulative +1.2 (6.3 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 7.2 – 7.3 – 7.5,WMJX 6+). Suffering loses of six-tenths each are CBS Radio cluster-mates (news-talk hybrid) WBZ-AM (steady at #5, 6+) and WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” (4.3, sixth to seventh, 6+). It is the fifth straight sweep without an increase for WBZ-AM (6.4 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.6 – 5.0, 6+), which is -1.4 in that stretch; “The Sports Hub” had not had a decrease in the last three ratings periods (4.7 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.9, 6+). Off by one-half share to 3.9 (seventh to eighth, 6+) is CHR sibling WODS “Amp Radio,” whose string of successive monthlies without a loss ends at three (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+). Format rival – iHeartMedia‘s WXKS-FM was frozen on 7.0 (6+) in February and March; sputtered by one full-share in April; bounced back with a +.7 in May; and picks up two-tenths in June (7.0 – 7.0 – 6.0 – 6.7 – 6.9, 6+); “Kiss-FM” finishes in third-place for the third successive time. In back-to-back sweeps (April and May), WBUR eroded by a combined -1.7 (5.1 – 4.0 – 3.4, 6+) but the Boston University station halts the mini-slide with a +.2 to 3.6 (6+) to remain at #12. The -1.1 WBUR recorded in April ended three straight increases (4.1 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.1, 6+). Also in the public arena, this marks the fourth successive sweep that WGBH-FM (#14 to #15) is without an increase (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+). In four successive downward trends, co-owned classical WCRB (#19 to #20) has lost a total of one-half share (2.3 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.8, 6+). Sliding from ninth to tenth is CBS Radio’s WZLX “Classic Rock 100.7,” which is down or flat for the fourth straight time (4.4 – 4.4 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.7, 6+).

3) Detroit – Applying the brakes to four straight sweeps without an increase (4.7 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.8, 6+), Cumulus Media hot WDVDAC WDVD “96.3 Today’s Best Hits” trots out a +.9 and is back at 4.7 (#13 to #11, 6+). Co-owned talker WJR declines for the third successive sweep. Going back to September 2015 when it recorded a 4.3 (#12, 6+), WJR has had fluctuations of +.7, +.8, flat (in December), -1.0, +.8, +.2, +.9, -5, -.9, and now in June -.2 (5.1, #5 to #8). InWRIF March, WJR notched a 6.7, which is the station’s best ever 6+-stat. After four straight sweeps without an increase (6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+), Greater Media‘s WRIF “Everything That Rocks” adds one-tenth to jump from fourth to second. Although it slips from #16 to #17, University of Michigan-owned WUOM has its sixth successive monthly without a decline (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), more than doubling its 6+-share in that timeframe. Prior to June, the six most recent trends for WDTW “106.7 The D” were an extremely consistent 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.1 (6+), but now the iHeartMedia classic rocker posts a +.3 to 3.4 to inch up from #15 to #14. Following slight decreases in February and March (5.9 – 5.5 – 5.2, 6+), CBS Radio-owned WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” erupted with a +1.3 in April; added eight-tenths in May; but drops one-tenth in June (6.5 – 7.3 – 7.2, 6+). Nonetheless, the Detroit Tigers flagship finishes first for the third straight time. Unchanged at #7, cluster-mate WWJ is a combined -2.6 since January (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+); the all-news operation had been the market leader (6+) in January and February.

4) Miami – Off in consecutive sweeps (April and May) by a combined eight-tenths (4.6 – 4.0 – 3.8, 6+), Univision Radio WRTOSpanish tropical WRTO “Mix 98.3” recaptures the bulk of it with a +.7 to 4.5, cruising from ninth to sixth. The combination of a one-half share gain by Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105” (7.7 – 8.2, 6+) and a three-tenths loss by Entercom adult contemporary WLYF “Lite FM” (8.2 – 7.9, 6+) results in the twoWHQT trading places at #1 and #2. “Lite FM,” which lost one-half share in May, had been on top the past four sweeps; “Hot” was #2 all four of those times. In April, “Lite” was up six-tenths to 8.7, its strongest 6+-share in almost six years (9.4, May 2010). For the sixth successive ratings period, iHeartMedia classic rocker WBGG “Big 105.9” (#13 to #12) either is up or flat (2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+), and mirroring “Hot,” “Big 105.9” displays an increase of one-half share. Underscoring the tight nature of the market’s CHR battle, Cox Media Group’s WFLC “Hits 97.3” (+.1, unchanged at #10, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s WHYI “Y-100 (+.4, #11 in May) are tied at #10, each with a 3.8 (6+). “Hits 97.3” posted a +.5 in April to curtail three straight downward trends (3.3 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+). Over the last 12 head-to-head showdowns (including June 2016), “Y-100” has emerged on top eight times; “Hits 97.3” three times; and the two are tied in June. The 6+-averages though in those 12 ratings periods are extremely close with “Y-100” at 3.72 and “Hits 97.3” at 3.45. Up or flat the past three sweeps for a combined +.8 (4.1 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System tropical WXDJ “El Zol 106.7” relinquishes 75% of that gain with a -.6 to 4.3, sliding from sixth to eighth. Also off by six-tenths is iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WMGE “Mega 94.9” (3.2 – 2.6, #13 to #15, 6+). Sputtering by one-half share (5.0 – 4.5, 6+), Cox Media Group urban contemporary WEDR “99 Jamz” drops from fifth to sixth. Co-owned adult contemporary WFEZ “Easy 93.1” (6.3 – 6.4, +.1, 6+) is ranked third for the fifth successive sweep.

5) Seattle – Climbing from third to second, Bonneville talker KIRO-FM racks up a +.9 to 5.8, its strongest 6+-stat since last KIRO-FMDecember’s 6.1. An increase of eight-tenths to 3.8 (6+) propels CBS Radio adult hits KJAQ “Jack-FM” from #17 into the top ten (#9). Seattle’s version of “Jack” was down one-half share in May to 3.0, its weakest 6+performance since a 2.2 in the “Holiday” 2013 report. Steady at #8, Entercom rhythmic hot AC KHTP “Hot 103.7” is up or flat for the fifth time in a row (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+).KJAQ In May, Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV notched a +.2 to halt three straight downward sweeps that accounted for a combined -1.7 (7.7 – 7.6 – 6.9 – 6.0, 6+). Albeit down one-tenth to 6.1 (6+), “MOViN 92.5 – All The Hits” ranks first for the sixth consecutive sweep. The third straight decrease by KCMS-FM “Spirit 105.3” is by nine-tenths (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.3, 6+) as the Crista Media contemporary Christian spirals from #12 to #20. There is bad news for stations with the KJR calls as iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet” flounders by seven-tenths (6.1 – 5.3, #3, 6+), while KJR-AM “Seattle Sports Radio 950 AM” declines by six-tenths (2.2 – 1.6, #24, 6+). “The Jet” had occupied the runner-up slot the past four ratings periods; 6.1 in May was its strongest 6+-share since September’s 6.5. Classical KING is without an increase for the fifth successive time (3.5 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 1.9, 6+) and falls out of the top 20 (#19 to #22). In 4.0 – 4.5 range for the sixth straight sweep including a 4.0 three times (4.0 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.0 – 4.5, 6+), CBS Radio country outlet KMPS slips from ninth to tenth.

6) Phoenix – After regressing by one-half share in May, iHeartMedia adult hits KYOT “95.5 The Mountain” gets it all KYOTback and one-tenth more (4.2 – 3.7 – 4.3, +.6, 6+) and returns to the top ten (#11 to #8); “The Mountain” was down by one full-share in April. Also registering a +.6 is Entravision Spanish adult hits KVVA “Jose” (1.5 – 2.1, #21, 6+). Improving by one-half share is “Jose” rival – Univision Radio-owned KOMR “106.3 Mas Variedad” (2.0 – 2.5,KVVA 6+, which is part of a massive five-station tie-up at #14. In addition to “Mas Variedad,” public classical KBAQ improves by one-half share as well (1.5 – 2.0, #22, 6+). This is the fourth straight increase for CBS Radio‘s KMLE “Country@107.9” (sixth to fifth) for a cumulative +1.9 (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). Despite a loss of six-tenths to 7.5 (6+), which ends a streak of three straight sweeps without a loss (7.1 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 8.1, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ is #1 for the 21st successive ratings period. Following a one-half share gain in May, Farmworker Educational Radio regional Mexican KNAI “88.3 La Campesina” relinquishes all of it plus three-tenths (2.8 – 3.3 – 2.5, -.8, 6+) to fall from #12 to #14. Locked on 5.7 (6+) in March and April, Hubbard Broadcasting-owned KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” dipped by one-tenth in May, and like KNAI, it declines by eight-tenths (5.6 – 4.8, 6+), skidding from fourth to sixth. Floundering by one-half share each are classic rock sibling KSLX (6.4, 6+) and CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KOOL (6.0 – 5.5, 6+); the two stations are unchanged at #2 and #3, respectively. It is the first time in the last five sweeps that KSLX has had a decrease (5.8 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.5 – 6.9, 6+). KOOL was +.7 in May and -1.2 in March. Down two-tenths to 3.9 (6+) and flat at #9, Bonneville talker KTAR-FM has its consecutive string of progressive trends end at five (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+). This is the tenth straight sweep that Entravision regional Mexican KLNZ (2.9 – 2.5, -.4, steady at #14, 6+) is in 2.0 – 2.9 territory. Meanwhile, Univision Radio’s similarly programmed KHOT (#16 to #20), which was up or flat the past five sweeps for a net gain of two-tenths (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+), is off three-tenths to 2.2 (6+).

7) Minneapolis – Although unchanged at #4, Cumulus Media-owned KQRS flaunts a +.9 to 7.1, the strongest 6+-share for KQRS“Minnesota’s Classic Rock” since last November’s 7.2. Steady at #2, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies station KQQL continues to post wild month-to-month fluctuations. Its 6+-trends since last July have been +.9; -1.0; flat; -1.0; +1.2; +8.0; -9.9; +.5; +.9;KQQL -1.3; +.6 in May; and now +.7 in June (8.4 – 9.3 – 8.3 – 8.3 – 7.3 – 8.5 – 16.5 – 6.6 – 7.1 – 8.0 – 6.7 – 7.3 – 8.0, 6+). Also notching a +.7 (6.9 – 7.6, 6+) is CHR sibling KDWB “The Twin Cities” #1 Hit Music Station,” which continues at #3. Frozen at 9.8 (6+) the past three sweeps, Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM sputters by seven-tenths to 9.1 (6+), but is #1 for the sixth consecutive time. Prior to a -.4 in March, “KS-95” amassed a +3.4 in January and a +.5 in February, which guided it to 10.2, the best-ever 6+share in its PPM-history. January’s +3.4 halted four straight dips by “KS-95” which had resulted in a combined -2.1 (8.4 – 8.3 – 8.0 – 7.9 – 6.3, 6+). Unchanged at #6, iHeartMedia’s similarly programmed KTCZ “The Cities” registers its sixth straight sweep without a decrease for a combined +1.6 (3.9 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+); 5.5 (May and June) is the station’s best 6+-number since July’s 6.0. A massive -1.0 (5.4 – 4.4, 6+) sinks cluster-mate KFXN  to its lowest 6+-share since last July’s 4.2; “KFAN Sports Radio FM 100.3” drops out of the top ten (#7 to #11). Following a -.4 in April, noncommercial contemporary Christian KTIS-FM regressed by one-half share in May and now falters by an additional seven-tenths (5.9 – 5.5 – 5.0 – 4.3, 6+); it departs the top ten as well (#10 to #12). Having had seven successive sweeps without a decrease (3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 5.1, 6+), American Public Media Group‘s KNOW was off three-tenths in May and now regresses by another one-half share (4.8 – 4.3, 6+), dropping from #11 to #12.

8) San Diego – On the heels of a one-half share gain in May, public (San Diego State University) KPBS adds seven-tenths KPBSto jump from sixth to fourth (3.8 – 4.3 – 5.0, 6+), recording its best 6+-share since February 2015 (5.3). Not only does iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI enjoy its fifth straight positive trend for a combined +1.7 (4.9 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 6.0 – 6.6, 6+), “Star 94.1” advances from second-place to #1, a position it last held nearly a year ago (July 2015).KMYI With a -.1 to 4.4 (fifth to seventh, 6+), format foe, CBS Radio‘s KYXY, has its string of three straight improvements halted (3.1 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.5, 6+). Displaced from the penthouse after four successive monthlies is Entercom adult contemporary KXSN “Sunny 98.1” (formerly KIFM), which tumbles by a mighty -1.1 (6.6 – 5.5, 6+) and takes over in the runner-up slot vacated by “Star.” The 6.6 that “Sunny” notched in April and May is the highest 6+-share in the frequency’s PPM-history. Owing to a +.2 to 3.2 (#16 to #15, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KIOZ “Rock 105.3” ends a streak of seven consecutive down or flat trends that produced a combined -1.3 (4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 3.0, 6+). Down or flat for the third consecutive time (5.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 4.6, 6+), urban-rhythmic oldies XHRM “Magic 92.5 The Beat of San Diego” dips from fourth to fifth. For the 12th straight time, KOGO has a 6+-share between 3.1 – 3.8 (3.1 – 3.5, +.4, 6+) and the iHeartMedia talker inches up from #14 to #12.

9) Tampa – Off a combined eight-tenths in April and May (5.7 – 5.5 – 4.9, 6+), Cox Media Group‘s WXGL “Classic Hits 107.3 WXGLThe Eagle” recovers all of it and then some with a whopping +1.2 to 6.1, matching what it registered last August. “The Eagle” soars from fifth to second. Both of the market’s FM mainstream CHR outlets post increases of seven-tenths. Specifically, iHeartMedia‘s WFLZ leaps from ninth to fifth (4.4 –WFLZ 5.1, 6+) with its best 6+-showing since December (also 5.1), while Cox Media Group’s WPOI “Hot 101.5 All the Hits” (3.7 – 4.4, 6+) returns to the top ten (#11 to #9). These same two companies have Tampa Bay’s primary FM country properties locked in a sixth-place tie (each with a 4.8, 6+). Sputtering by nine-tenths, Beasley Media Group‘s WQYK “New Country Hits” was third in May; iHeartMedia-owned WFUS “US-103.5” was stuck on 4.6 (6+) in February in March and then on 4.7 (6+) in April and May. Following three progressive trends in which it nearly doubled its 6+ numbers, WUSF faltered by -.7 in April; erased that loss with a +.7 in May; and adds one-half share in June (1.9 – 2.8 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 3.7 – 4.2, 6+); the University of South Florida-owned facility remains at #11. Notwithstanding it is down by seven-tenths (11.0 – 10.3, 6+), this marks the 44th successive sweep that Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV is #1. In addition, “Lite Favorites” registers double-digits (6+) for the seventh time in a row. Over the course of eight successive monthlies without an increase (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.5, 6+), iHeartMedia talker WFLA has lost exactly 50% of its 6+-share, yet manages to move from #17 to #16. Notching a +.6 in January; an additional full-share increase in February; and another one-half share in March, urban contemporary sibling WBTP is now off for the third straight monthly (4.2 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 6.3 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.9, 6+), as “The Beat” slides to third after four straight appearances in the runner-up slot. Following back-to-back 3.5 (6+) performances, sports cluster-mate/Tampa Bay Rays flagship WDAE declines by seven-tenths to 2.8 but remains at #15.

10) Denver – A blistering +1.4 (4.2 – 5.6, 6+) propels iHeartMedia alternative KTCL from ninth to third. This is the KTCLmost potent 6+-share for “Modern Rock Channel 93-3” since last September’s 5.8. Frozen on 4.1 (6+) in April and May, triple A sibling KBCO erupts with a +.7 to 4.8, its best 6+-share since November (4.8 as well) and “World Class Rock 97.3” marches from tenth to sixth. InKBCO a bit of an oddity, the market’s top three finishers all post gains of six tenths. Following three straight downward trends (6.3 – 6.2 – 5.5 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom-owned classic rock KQMT “The Mountain” dialed up a +1.5 in February; added another one-half share in March; lost two-tenths in April; wiped that out with a +.3 in May; and is +.6 in June (6.4 – 6.9 – 6.7 – 7.0 – 7.6, 6+); “The Mountain” is #1 for the fifth successive sweep. On the heels of May’s +.9, KSE Radio Ventures’ classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105” adds six-tenths (4.8 – 5.7 – 6.3, 6+) to repeat at #2. It is the third straight improvement for Bonneville-owned KYGO (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.0 – 5.6, 6+) and strongest 6+-showing since September’s 5.7; “Denver’s #1 For New Country” advances from fourth to third. Albeit that it is flat at 4.1 and steady at #10 (6+), KSE Radio Ventures’ hot AC KIMN “Mix 100.3” bypasses its format competitor, Entercom’s KALC “Alice 105.9,” which – with a -.9 (4.3 – 3.4, 6+) – plummets from the top ten (#7 to #12). Prior to May’s -.3, “Mix 100” put together four straight progressive trends that yielded a +1.8 (2.6 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 4.4, 6+); “Alice” had turned in consecutive up-trends (3.7 – 4.1 – 4.3, 6+). With a one-half share increase in May, Bonneville’s KKFN bounced back to stymie three straight negative trends that yielded a net loss of one full-share (4.5 – 4.2 – 3.8 – 3.5, 6+). “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan,” however, forfeits more than twice that gain (4.0 – 2.9, -1.1, 6+) to slump from #12 to #15. The “seven-tenths-intensive” adventure is back for KCFR, which freefalls from fifth to tenth. The Colorado Public Radio outlet was +.7 in January; -.7 in February; +.7 in March; -.7 in April; -.1 in May; and is now -.7 in June (4.9 – 5.6 – 4.9 – 5.6 – 4.9 – 4.8 – 4.1, 6+). Following three straight sweeps without a loss (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.9, 6+), iHeartMedia talker/Colorado Rockies flagship KOA drops one-half share to 3.4 (6+), yet actually improves from #13 to #12.

11) Baltimore – Boasting the largest (6+) May 2016 – June 2016 increase of any station in the 24 PPM-markets whose data has WWIN-FMbeen released thus far (a +1.6) is Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM, which is truly on an epic roll. In four straight increases “Magic 95.9” is a combined +3.7 (6.1 – 6.5 – 7.1 – 8.2 – 9.8, 6+) and progresses from second to first. Bumped from the top spot and moving to second-place is urbanWZFT contemporary sibling WERQ “92-Q,” which ironically has not had a decrease in the last four sweeps (6.9 – 7.3 – 8.3 – 8.3 – 8.4, 6+). Climbing from eighth to seventh, iHeartMedia CHR WZFT “Z-104.3” improves by one-half share (4.4 – 4.9, 6+). Although unchanged at #13, Hearst Television talker WBAL posts a +.2 to 2.8 (6+), thus curtailing four successive sweeps without an increase for a combined -1.7 (4.3 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+). After a gain of one-half share, CBS Radio hot AC WWMX “Mix 106.5” returns all of it and three-tenths more as it slips from sixth to eighth (4.8 – 5.3 – 4.5, -.8, 6+); it is the lowest 6+-share for “Mix” since “Holiday” 2014 (4.5 as well). Owing to a -.3 in April, “Mix” ended three successive up-trends (4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+). In five successive downward trends, Peter & John Radio Fellowship contemporary Christian WRBS-FM has eroded by 2.5 shares (5.7 – 5.6 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.2, 6+) and “95.1 Shine” exits the top ten (#10 to #12). Following May’s +.6, iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s New Country” is off by that precise amount (7.1 – 7.7 – 7.1, 6+) and moves from third to fourth.

12) St. Louis – This is the first PPM market of the 24 analyzed thus far where two stations have improved their May 2016 6+-KSHEstats by at least one full-share. Entering the May sweep, KSHE was without a decrease for an astounding nine straight ratings periods for a combined +2.4 (6.2 – 6.2 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.1 – 7.7 – 7.9 – 8.5 – 8.5 – 8.6, 6+). The streak ended in May though when the Emmis rocker surrendered one-half share. On top for the sixth straight time, KSHE roars back with a +1.1 (8.1 – 9.2, 6+). After not recording an increase forWFUN three straight monthlies (4.9 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.1, 6+), Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WFUN busts out a +1.0 to 5.1, its strongest 6+-share since December’s 5.3. Moreover, “Old School 95.5” enters the top ten (#11 to #7). Posting its sixth straight up or flat trend (5.5 – 5.8 – 6.7 – 7.0 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+) and having its best 6+-showing since October’s 7.8, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet KLOU repeats in the runner-up slot. Owing to a +.7 (4.5 – 5.2, 6+), CHR cluster-mate KSLZ “Z-107-7” advances from ninth to sixth. The last time “Z-107.7” crossed the five-share barrier (6+) was August (5.7). Negative trends for Gateway Creative contemporary Christian KLJY in the past three ratings periods produced a combined loss of one full-share (4.9 – 4.6 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+) but “99.1 Joy-FM” is up four-tenths in June to 4.3 (6+) and improves from #14 to #13. Down or flat the past three sweeps (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting country property WIL-FM improves by one-half share to 4.9, inching up from tenth to ninth (6+). Cross-town iHeartMedia-owned KSD-FM “The Bull #1 For New Country” is up or flat for the third consecutive time (3.8 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.2, 6+) yet actually backslides from a tie at #11 to #14. Conversely, a streak of three straight gains (5.7 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+) ends for CBS Radio hot AC KYKY “Y-98,” which sputters by -1.1 to 5.9 but remains at #4. It had been more than six years since “Y-98” reached the seven-share level (7.1, April 2010). Similarly, with a -.9 to 4.8 (#6 to #10, 6+), adult contemporary sibling KEZK concludes its string of three successive (modest) gains (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.7, 6+). Steady at #3, talk sibling/St. Louis Cardinals flagship KMOX drops seven-tenths (7.1 – 6.4, 6+). On the heels of a one-half share increase, Hubbard Broadcasting’s WXOS “101 Sports” falters by eight-tenths (2.7 – 3.2 – 2.4, 6+) and slumps from #15 to #18. In 5.0 – 5.8 (6+) range the past eight sweeps, Radio One urban contemporary WHHL “Hot 104.1” also dips by eight-tenths (5.8 – 5.0, 6+) to drift from fifth to eighth.

‘Brooke & Jubal’ Added to Afternoons at WNGY, Peoria.  The KBFF, Portland-based morning showbrookejubal16 starring Brooke Fox and Jubal Flagg is being added to the afternoon daypart at Alpha Media’s CHR WNGY, Peoria “Energy 102.3.”  Alpha Media VP of programming Phil Becker comments, “As Brooke & Jubal’s biggest fan from the beginning, I’m thankful to now have the show in three distinctly different Alpha markets.  We’ve already seen their massive success in both Portland and San Antonio and I’m confident that we will see the same on ‘Energy 102.3.’”  Pictured here are (from l-r): Brooke, Jubal, and cast member Jose.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Pittsburgh morning personality Jim Krenn – in what’s being termed akrennjim mutual agreement – is stepping down from his show hosting duties at Steel City Media-owned hot AC WLTJ “Q929FM.”  Citing his heavy schedule of comedy events, charity work and other commitments, both sides are agreeing it’s a good time for him to step away from his full-time hosting duties.  He’ll remain with the company as an “ambassador” and, in his message to fans, says he’ll be back on the air with Steel City “in some form” down the road…..Air talent Scott Brocato joins Adams Radio Las Cruces to handle air shifts on both country KGRT and classic hits KSNM.  Brocato most recently served with CBS RADIO St. Louis on adult contemporary KEZK and hot AC KYKY…..Patrick Pendergast is named director of sales for Milwaukee Radio Alliance’s three stations: alternative WLUM “FM 102/1,” hot AC WLDB “B93.3,” and oldies WZTI-AM.

talkers16BigPictureTALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations – ‘The Big Picture Panel’ Video Posted Today.  The Livestream video recording of the panel discussion titled, “The Big Picture,” one of the many highlights of the recent TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations convention, has been posted today (7/7) to Talkers.com. The 19th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest-running and most important convention took place on Friday, May 20 on the fabulous campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.  Introduced by Radio Hofstra University general manager Bruce Avery and moderated by TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison, the panel members include (in alphabetical order):  Heather Cohen, EVP, The Weiss Agency; Alan Colmes, host, Fox News Radio/commentator, Fox News Channel; Evan Cornog, Ph.D., dean, Hofstra University’s Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; Mike McVay, SVP/content & programming, Cumulus Media & Westwood One; Chris Oliviero, EVP/programming, CBS Radio; Joe Sciacca, editor-in-chief, Boston Herald; and Julie Talbott, president, Premiere Networks.  The video opens with a brief appearance by convention emcee, Dr. Joy Browne, host, Genesis Communications Network.  “The Big Picture” panel is a traditional favorite of the annual TALKERS convention and covers the spectrum of broad-strokes topics facing the radio and talk media industries. To view this video in its entirety, please click here.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The three-hour, weekend 80s music show “Foundcuts” adds new affiliates WVLF, Massena, NY; WGTX-FM, Cape Cod; and WSUX-AM/FM, Salisbury, MD.  “Foundcuts” host and creator Dave Newfell says, “I’m thrilled to be adding these stations to our affiliate lineup.  I’m proud of the growth the show has had in recent months and look forward to keeping that momentum going for the rest of the year.”  Newfell also hosts “Foundcuts Daily” which spotlights one “oh, wow!” song each day and is designed for use as part of a lunch hour throwback special or on a stand-alone basis…..Satcaster SiriusXM is giving country legend Garth Brooks his own country music channel, starting on September 8.  SiriusXM says “‘The Garth Channel’ will be curated and presented by Brooks and will include music from Brooks spanning four decades, along with songs from the artists that influenced his iconic career…[it] will also include regularly hosted shows and behind-the-scenes commentary from Brooks, guest DJ specials hosted by Brooks’ fans and friends, live concert recordings and other rarities from Brooks’ treasured archives.”…..Tom Joyner’s “2016 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion” is taking place on Labor Day weekend as families from all over the country will join Joyner and his celebrity friends for a weekend filled with stellar concerts, passes to Universal Studios, interaction with celebrities and leaders, enlightening seminars, and endless activities.  This year’s “Family Reunion” is being held at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

| July 6, 2016

cbsradio logoReport: CBS RADIO IPO Coming by End of the Month.  That’s the story from Bloomberg News after it became aware of a prospectus for senior notes for CBS RADIO due in 2020.  The piece notes that this is an indication it does not have a qualified buyer interested in the 177-station group valued at approximately $2.9 billion.  Industry watchers did not expect a single buyer to appear and the sell-off was widely anticipated, but now we know it’s happening soon.  Read the Bloomberg piece here.

nielsen logoRound One of June PPM Data Released. Information from Nielsen Audio‘s June 2016 PPM ratings survey has been released for the first of four groups 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 June 2016 survey covered May 19 – June 15.  You can see 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.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

WSKQ1) New York – Back in February, WSKQ “Mega 97.9” reached #1 (6+) for the first time in its PPM-history, only to proceed to register four successive down or flat trends for a combined -1.5 (6.6 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+). Moreover, 5.1 in April and May was its weakest showing since November (4.9, 6+). The Spanish Broadcasting SystemWAXQ tropical outlet turns things around in June though with a whopping gain of nine-tenths to 6.0 (6+) to zoom from fifth to second. Meanwhile, its Spanish tropical rival – Univision‘s WXNY “X-96.3” – falters by one-half share (3.7 – 3.2, 6+) and departs the top ten (#10 to #12). Progressing from seventh to sixth, iHeartMedia classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3” posts its (appropriately enough) sixth straight monthly without a decrease (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.4, 6+). Up or flat December – “Holiday” – January – February (3.5 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+), cluster-mate WKTU dropped one-tenth in March; faltered by another seven-tenths in April; regained two-tenths in May; and adds six-tenths in June (4.1 – 4.0 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 4.1, 6+), as the rhythmic CHR returns to the top ten (#12 to #8). After three successive sweeps of being down or flat (2.9 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+), CBS Radio CHR WBMP “Amp” (#15 to #14) piles on one-half share to May’s +.2 (2.8 – 3.3, 6+), advancing from #14 to #11. The 3.3 in June 2016 represents the strongest 6+-stat for “Amp” ever since it changed calls from WNOU to WBMP in June 2014. Co-owned hot AC WNEW-FM “Fresh 102.7” (formerly WWFS) gains one-tenth (2.9 – 3.0, #13 to #14), as does Cumulus Media’s similarly programmed WPLJ (2.5 – 2.6, steady at #16). This is the 18th successive sweep that WPLJ has recorded a 6+-share between 2.0 – 2.9 (6+). On top for 16 ratings periods before slipping to #2 in February, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” is #1 for the fourth straight time. Following a 12.8 in the “Holiday” 2015 sweep, “Lite-FM” has registered six straight showings in the six-share range (6.7 – 6.3 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.4, 6+); February’s 6.3 was its lowest 6+-share since November 2014 (5.6). Following three consecutive monthlies without a decrease (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+), CBS Radio sports outlet/New York Yankees flagship  WFAN “The Fan” regresses by six-tenths to 3.2 (6+) and exits the top ten (#9 to #12).

2) Los Angeles – Three group owners control the top eight rankers, with iHeartMedia at #1, #2, and #3; CBS Radio at #4, KIIS#5, and #6; and Univision Radio controlling two stations tied at #7. Although off by one-tenth (5.4 – 5.3, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” boasts #1 honors for the eighth successive sweep. It has a slim two-tenths advantage over CHR sibling KIIS “Kiss FM,” which picks up two-tenths to 5.1 (6+), thus ending three straight ratings periods without anKTWV increase (5.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 4.9, 6+). “Kiss” leapfrogs co-owned hot AC KBIG “My-FM” (5.1 – 5.0, -.1, 6+), which ironically had been up or flat the past three times (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+). Unchanged at #4, CBS Radio smooth AC KTWV “The Wave” enjoys its fourth straight monthly without a decrease (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+). Tied at #7 with co-owned Spanish contemporary KLVE, Univision Radio’s Spanish adult hits KRCD “Recuerdo” is up or flat for the third straight time (3.0 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+). Following six consecutive ratings periods of being up or flat resulting in a combined gain of one full-share (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia alternative KYSR-FM “Alt 98.7” declines by three-tenths to 3.0 (6+) and exits the top ten (#9 to #12). Prior to hitting 3.2 in March, “Alt 98.7” was in the two-share range the previous 18 sweeps. Right behind it at #13 is format challenger, CBS Radio’s KROQ, whose last five trends have been 3.1 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+). At #15 for the fourth time in a row, Emmis rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106” is in the 2.6 – 2.9 range for the eleventh successive survey (2.6 – 2.8, +.2, 6+). Having doubled its March .5 (6+) to 1.0 in April, iHeartMedia-owned Los Angeles Dodgers flagship KLAC “AM 570 Sports” adds two-tenths in May and another one-tenth in June (1.2 – 1.3, 6+), inching up from #29 to #28. Not only is KLAX “97.9 La Raza” down for the seventh consecutive sweep for a combined -1.4 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5, 2.2 – 2.1, 6+), the Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican slides out of the top 20 (#18 to #21). This is the third successive time KFI falters (3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+); the iHeartMedia talker had notched a 6+-share between 3.0 – 3.9 the past 24 sweeps.

3) Chicago – The market’s hot news this time last month was the stellar performance of Chicago Cubs’ first-year flagship WSCR; WBBM-FMJune’s big story though in the “Windy City” is CHR. Specifically, CBS Radio-owned WBBM-FM “B-96” improves by seven-tenths (3.4, 6+) and iHeartMedia‘s WKSC “103.5 Kiss-FM” registers a gain of one-half share (3.9 – 4.4, fifth to fourth, 6+).WKSC Leaping from #16 all the way to #9, “B-96” had been down or flat the past four sweeps (3.3 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.7, 6+) and has its best 6+-performance since last August (3.6). After regressing by six-tenths in May, Hubbard Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WDRV “The Drive 97.1” gains it all back (3.4 – 2.8 – 3.4, 6+) and returns to the top ten (#12 to #9). Prior to May’s -.6, “The Drive” had been up or flat the previous three ratings periods (2.6 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+). Now without a decrease for six straight ratings periods for a combined +.6 (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WEBG “Big 95.5 Chicago’s New Country” returns to the top 20 (#20). In the runner-up slot the past five sweeps, iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103” registers a 6.1 (6+) for the third straight time – but – jumps to #1. “V-103,” which was up one-half share in April, succeeds WBBM-AM. CBS Radio all-news WBBM-AM (first to second) had been on top the past five monthlies, but is down for the fourth straight time for a combined loss of -1.1(6.9 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 5.8, 6+). Backing up to co-owned WSCR, the Cubs’ key station slows down to a -.1 in June, after a massive +1.0 in May (3.2 – 4.2 – 4.1, 6+) but is steady at #4. May’s 4.2 represented the first time in the station’s PPM-history that it crossed the four-share threshold (6+). Before reaching 3.2 in April, WSCR had been in two-share territory the previous 10 sweeps. Meanwhile, this marks the third consecutive down trend for WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000″ (#23 to #25), which has a 6+-share erosion of nearly 50% since March (2.6 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.4, 6+). Model of consistency WSHE is within 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+) for the 26th straight monthly (2.8 – 2.6, -.2, 6+), but the Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary drops from a four-way logjam at #12 in May to #16; 2.8 in May was its best 6+-share since October 2014 (also 2.8). For the fifth straight month, iHeartMedia hot AC WLIT (fifth to sixth, 6+) is without an increase (13.9 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7, 6+); “My-FM” is a whopping -10.2 in that stretch. Format foe – Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTMX “101.9 The Mix” – gains one-tenth (4.9 – 5.0, 6+) and remains steady at #3. Slipping out of the top ten (#9 to #13), CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WJMK “K-Hits 104.3” is down or flat for the fifth straight time (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.9, 6+).

4) San Francisco – With a 1.8 (6+) in three of the last seven sweeps, Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KRZZKRZZ “93.3 La Raza” busts out a +.6 to 2.4, its best 6+-stat since October 2012 (also 2.4) and climbs from #20 to #15. Scoring gains of one-half each are CBS Radio CHR KMVQ “99.7 New Hit Music Now” (3.0 – 3.5, #12 to #7, 6+) and iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KOSF “iHeart 80s @ 103.7” (2.0 – 2.5, #17 to #14); 3.5 is the best 6+-performance for “Now” since November’s 3.7. Steady at #16, Cumulus Media classic rocker KSAN “107.7 The Bone” (2.3, +.2, 6+) halts its string of six consecutive ratings periods withoutKMVQ an increase (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.1, 6+). The market’s top three finishers are spoken-word outlets, including KSAN cluster-mate KNBR (6.7, -.1, 6+) which is #1 for the third straight time. “The Sports Leader” supplanted all-news KCBS-AM at #1 in April; May’s 6.8 is its strongest 6+-stat since an 8.9 in November 2014. While steady at #2, all-news KCBS-AM is nonetheless without an increase for the fourth successive sweep (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.4, 6+); public KQED-FM (4.8 – 4.9, +.1, 6+) remains at #3. Down or flat for the third straight time for a cumulative -1.0 (3.0 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.0, 6+), Entercom urban AC KBLX “102.9 The Bay’s R&B” skids from #14 to #18. One week before the April sweep concluded, iHeartMedia transitioned urban-rhythmic oldies KISQ to soft AC as “The Breeze.” The transition paid quick dividends as “The Breeze” cracked the top ten in May, zooming from #16 to #8; however, it regresses by four-tenths in June (2.2 – 3.6 – 3.2 6+) and drops to #11. Steady at #4, Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM is off three-tenths and over the course of six consecutive down or flat reports (10.4 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+), “Better Variety for a Better Workday” has dropped a combined -6.4 and more than 60% of its 6+-share. In a statistical oddity, Alpha Media AC KBAY is without a gain in the San Francisco report for the sixth straight time (2.6 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2 -1.0, 6+) and its loss over that period exactly mirrors that of KOIT-FM in its stretch – both are -61.5% in their respective streaks. Following four successive gains (2.4 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.2, 6+), Entercom rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102.1 The Throwback Station” drops four-tenths to 2.8 (6+), moving from #11 to #13. Unchanged at #22, Cumulus Media triple A KFOG is down or flat for the sixth successive time (2.2 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+), while talk cluster-mate KSFO is down or flat for the fifth consecutive sweep (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+) to drop out of the top 20 (#17 to #21).

5) Dallas – In addition to progressing from #14 to #11 as a result of a strong +.7 (2.7 – 3.4, 6+), Cumulus Media talker WBAP WBAPrecords its best 6+-stat in more than three years (3.6, May 2013). Enjoying gains of one-half share each are Salem contemporary Christian KLTY “Safe for the Whole Family” (3.3 – 3.8, #11 to #7, 6+); CBS Radio hot AC KVIL (2.6 – 3.1, #16 to #13, 6+); and Radio One rhythmic CHR KBFB “97.9 The Beat” (3.0, #18 to #15, 6+). “The Beat” was off the past three monthlies for a combined -.8KLUV (3.3 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.5, 6+). Without a decrease for the sixth successive sweep, including being locked on 3.5 for the third straight time, Cumulus Media‘s KSCS is steady at #9 (2.6 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+). Co-owned, similarly programmed KPLX “The Wolf” remains in third-place and somewhat parallels its sibling, in that, “The Wolf” hasn’t had a decrease in the past four monthlies and is frozen on 4.7 for the third straight time (4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+). Over and above registering its third straight increase resulting in a cumulative +1.0 (5.3 – 5.5 – 6.1 – 6.3, 6+), CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KLUV ends four successive sweeps in the runner-up slot and unseats iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” at #1. Prior to a +.2 in April, KLUV had three straight dips resulting in an exactly 50% loss of its 6+-share (10.6 – 6.6 – 6.1 – 5.3, 6+). After a seven-tenths gain in April, “Kiss-FM” was off one-half share in May and coughs up another three-tenths in June (6.7 – 6.2 – 5.9, 6+); it had been #1 the past four ratings periods. Sputtering by one-half share each are iHeartMedia-owned KEGL “The Eagle Rocks” (3.6 – 3.1, #8 to #13, 6+); Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies KSOC “Boom 94.5” (2.1 – 1.6, #22, 6+); and Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KDXX (1.4, #24, 6+). The -.5 by KDXX curtails four successive progressive trends (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.7 – 1.9, 6+).

6) Houston – A robust +.9 (4.1 – 5.0, 6+) enables Radio One rhythmic CHR KBXX “97.9 The Box” to jump from eighth to sixth; KBXX“The Box” had been in 4.0 – 4.4 range (6+) the past six sweeps. In March,  iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA relinquished the six-tenths it gained in February, but bounced back with a one-half share increase in April only to drop three tenths in May and remain flat in June (7.2 – 7.8 – 7.2 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+); nonetheless, “Sunny 99.1” ranks first for the 22nd consecutiveKLTN ratings period. Talk sibling KTRH though drops seven-tenths (4.2 – 3.5, 6+) to plummet from the top ten (#7 to #13). Owing to a +.1, Univision regional Mexican KLTN has its third successive gain for a combined +1.5 (4.9 – 5.4 – 6.3 – 6.4, 6+) and is in sole possession of second-place; “Escucha Radio” was part of a three-way tie in the runner-up slot in May. This is the best 6+-share for KLTN in just over three years (6.7, May 2013). Either by itself or in a tie, Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1” had been part of the runner-up slot the past 11 sweeps, but drops to fourth (6.3 – 6.1, 6+). After faltering by one-half share in May, KUHF replicates that decline and is off for the fourth straight time (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 2.5, 6+), tumbling from #15 to #19; 2.5 is the lowest 6+-share for the University of Houston-owned facility since last October (also 2.5).

7) Philadelphia – For the sixth successive sweep, Greater Media adult hits WBEN-FM “Playing Anything We Feel Like” WBEN-FM(#13 to #12) registers an up or flat trend for a combined +1.1 (2.6 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.7, 6+). It is the best 6+-performance for “Ben” since last October’s 3.9. Also enjoying a gain of six-tenths is CBS Radio-owned WXTU “Philadelphia’s Country Station” (4.9 – 5.5, seventh to fifth, 6+), which likewise has its finest 6+-showingWXTU since last October (5.8). Improving by one-half share each are WXTU cluster-mate WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” (steady at #2, 6+); WBEN-FM sibling WMGK “Classic Rock 102.9” (6.0 – 6.5, unchanged at #3, 6+); and iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUSL “Power 99” (3.7 – 4.2, #11 to #9, 6+). This represents the fifth straight gain for classic hits-oldies WOGL for a cumulative +1.3 (5.9 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.6 – 6.7 – 7.2, 6+) and seventh successive #2 finish. A trio of positive trends by “Classic Rock 102.9” that yielded a combined +1.2 (4.8 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+) was curtailed in March with a -.4; WMGK stumbled by six-tenths in April but roared back in May with a robust full-share gain. After four straight declines (3.4 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+), Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WRNB “Old School 100.3” posts a +.1 to 3.0 (#14 to #13). Co-owned/similarly formatted WPHI “Boom 107.9” (#20 to #19), however, hasn’t had an increase in the past six sweeps and has been frozen on 1.8 since March (2.3 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+). Jerry Lee Radio adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” regressed by seven-tenths in April; recouped all of it – plus one tenth more – in May; but drops four-tenths in June (7.7 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 7.4, 6+). Nevertheless, “More FM” is the market pacesetter for the 12th successive monthly, although its lead over WOGL is a slim two-tenths. Following three consecutive up or flat trends (4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.5, 6+), CBS Radio sports outlet/Philadelphia Phillies flagship WIP-FM flounders by six-tenths to 3.9 and exits the top ten (#9 to #11, 6+). Off by one-half share each are iHeartMedia-owned WISX “Mix 106.1” (3.2 – 2.7, #12 to #15, 6+) and public WHYY (#16 to #18, 6+), with the latter down or flat for the fifth straight time (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.1, 6+).  Dropping again by one-tenth, Temple University classical outlet WRTI is without an increase for the fifth successive sweep (2.8 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6, 6+) yet actually moves from #21 to #20.

8) Atlanta – Anchored at 3.1 (6+) in January and February, WFSH added three-tenths in March, nine-tenths in April, a potent WFSH+1.1 in May, and keeps growing with a +.7 in June (3.1 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 5.4 – 6.1, 6+) as “The Fish” remains at #4. This represents the strongest 6+-showing for the Salem Media Group contemporary Christian facility since May 2015 (6.5). Also boasting an increase of seven-tenths is iHeartMedia-owned WUBL “94.9 The Bull Atlanta’s New Country Leader,” which had been secured to tenth-place since March but zooms to fifth. “The Bull” is without a decreaseWUBL for the sixth consecutive time yielding a +1.3 in that span (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.9, 6+). This is the best 6+-showing for Atlanta’s “Bull” since last July’s 5.3. Elsewhere in the market’s country format, Cumulus Media‘s WKHX (#14 to #13) recoups the four-tenths it lost in May (3.6 – 3.2 – 3.6, 6+); 3.2 was the lowest 6+-stat for “Kicks 101.5” since February 2015 (3.1). While Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM (9.0 – 8.4, 6+) holds the top spot for the sixth straight month and urban AC sibling WALR “Kiss 104.1 Atlanta’s R&B” (7.7 – 7.1, 6+) is in the runner-up slot for the fourth consecutive sweep, both are off by six-tenths. In 3.0 – 3.3 range (6+) the past five ratings periods, public WABE regresses by seven-tenths (3.0 – 2.3, 6+) and slides from #15 to #16. Without an increase for the fourth straight time (8.6 – 7.7 – 7.3 – 6.5 – 6.5, 6+), WVEE “V-103” remains in third-place but 6.5 marks the first time the CBS Radio urban contemporary station has fallen below a seven-share since August 2014 (6.3, 6+).

9) Long Island – Boasting its most potent 6+-share since October when it reached 3.9, Cox Media Group-owned WBAB WBAB“Long Island’s Only Classic Rock” (3.1 – 3.8, +.7, 6+) cracks the top ten (#12 to #8). After three straight declines which produced a combined -.7 (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+), CHR cluster-mate WBLI regained six-tenths in May and adds one-half share in June, progressing from eighth to fifth with its best 6+-share (4.1) since December’s 4.2.WBLI Flat at #20, CBS Radio CHR WBMP “Amp Radio” is up or flat for the third consecutive sweep (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5) and is in 2.0 – 2.9 territory (6+) for the 36th straight ratings period. On top in Long Island for the fifth successive sweep, iHeartMedia New York City’s similarly formatted WHTZ “Z-100” is also up or flat for the third straight time (5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+). Its lead in May over WALK-FM was just one-tenth, but the Connoisseur Media hot AC, while remaining at #2, drops six-tenths to 5.2 (6+), matching what it registered last November; WALK-FM was -.9 in February and -3.7 in January (10.1 – 6.4 – 5.5, 6+). Following three straight stays at #1, WALK-FM dropped to second in February. It had gained one full-share in December and was +3.9 in “Holiday” 2015.

10) Riverside – Not only does Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” pull the plug on back-to-back downward trends that KLYYproduced a combined loss of four-tenths by hanging out a whopping +1.0 (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 7.5, 6+), it is #1 for the seventh consecutive ratings period. After sputtering by -1.1 in April, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love” eroded by another seven-tenths in May but makes up some of that combined -1.8 with a +.8 in JuneKLVE (4.9 – 3.8 – 3.1 – 3.9, 6+), advancing from seventh to fifth. Prior to April 2016, the last time “K-Love” was found below the four-share level (6+) in Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario was August 2014 (3.2). Stuck on 4.9 (6+) in April and May, Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA dials up a +.7 to 5.6, inching up from fourth to third. Jumping six-tenths each are urban-rhythmic oldies KQIE “Old School 104.7” (eighth to seventh, 6+) and Lazer Broadcasting regional Mexican KXSB (.7 – 1.3, #13 to #11, 6+). This is the third straight gain for “Old School 104.7” (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.7 – 3.2, 6+). Advancing from third to second is iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KGGI, which picks up one-half share to 5.8, its strongest 6+-showing since September 2010 (also 5.8). Three straight positive trends produced a combined +1.4 for KRQB “Que Buena 96.1” (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+), but the Liberman regional Mexican relinquishes most of it with -1.0 to 2.8, skidding from sixth to eighth. Following an impressive full-share gain in May enabling it to cross the five-share threshold (6+) for the first time in its Inland Empire PPM-history, Univision Radio regional Mexican outlet KSCA forfeits eight-tenths (4.5 – 5.5 – 4.7, 6+) and slips from second to fourth. Off by a combined -1.4 in five straight months without an increase (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.5, 6+), CBS Radio country outlet KFRG “K-Frog” falls from fifth to sixth.

11) San Jose – Nearly matching what it did in the San Francisco report (see above), Spanish Broadcasting System regional KISQ The BreezeMexican KRZZ “93.3 La Raza” trots out a one-half share increase to 1.5 (6+), as it checks in at #25. In San Jose, “La Raza” had been down the past four sweeps (1.7 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.2. 1.0, 6+). Posting back-to-back modest gains totaling three-tenths (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.0, 6+), iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies-to-soft AC convert (as of April 13) KISQ “The Breeze” enters the top 20 (#21 to #19). After consecutive increases which yielded a combinedKNBR +1.6 (5.9 – 6.5 – 7.5, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s KNBR  slumped by six-tenths in May but is up one-tenth in June (6.9 – 7.0, 6+); “The Sports Leader” is #1 in San Jose for the third straight time. The -.6 in February by KNBR curtailed three straight gains (5.1 – 5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5, 6+). In 1.0 – 1.8 territory for the 15th straight sweep, triple A sibling KFOG “The Bay Area’s Original” picks up two-tenths (1.4 – 1.6, 6+) to climb from #25 to #23. On the heels of a -.5 in May, Empire Broadcasting-owned KLIV “1590 Silicon Valley News” falters by another seven-tenths (2.4 – 1.9 – 1.2, 6+) to freefall from #21 to #26; KLIV was +.6 in April. After regressing the previous four ratings periods for a net loss of -5.1 (8.9 – 5.8 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 3.8, 6+), Alpha Media AC KBAY added two-tenths in May but sputters by six-tenths in June (3.8 – 4.0 – 3.4, 6+). Before falling to third-place in January, KBAY was #1 the previous 14 sweeps, but now drops from sixth to ninth. All-news KCBS-AM returns the one-half share it gained in May (4.6 – 5.1 – 4.6, 6+) and slips from third to fourth. Spiraling out of the top 20 (#16 to #23), KBLX “102.9 The Bay’s R&B” also regresses by one-half share (1.6, 6+). The Entercom urban AC had been either up or flat the previous six sweeps more than tripling its 6+-share since December (.6 – .6 – .7 – .7 – 1.5 – 2.1- 2.1, 6+).

12) Middlesex – The 6+-CHR share here enjoys a spike of +1.4 with CBS Radio‘s WBMP “Amp” improving by eight-tenths (3.6 – WBMP4.4, eighth to sixth 6+) and iHeartMedia‘s WHTZ “Z-100” recording its sixth straight improvement in this New Jersey market (4.0 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 5.7, 6+) to advance from fifth to third. In addition to “Amp,” iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU (#20 to #17) also posts an eight-tenths gain (2.2 – 3.0, 6+), as it reaches the three-share level (6+) for the first time since last October (3.0 as well).WHTZ Progressing by one-half share each are its classic rock cluster-mate WAXQ “Q-104.3” (6.1 – 6.6, third to second, 6+); Cumulus Media country outlet WNSH “94.7 Nash FM” (4.0, tenth to eighth, 6+); iHeartMedia urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1” (#14 to #11, 6+); and CBS Radio hot AC WNEW-FM “Fresh 102.7” (2.9 – 3.4, #16 to #12+). This marks back-to-back gains of +.5 for “Q-104.3,” following a -.5 in April. Stuck on 3.6 (6+) in January and February, Nash-FM” dropped three-tenths in March; rang up a +.8 in April; and forfeited six-tenths in May (3.3 – 4.1 – 3.5, 6+). “Power 105.1” notches its fifth straight increase for a cumulative +1.3 (2.3 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.6, 6+). In February, WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” crossed the nine-share threshold (6+) for the first time in its PPM-history; however, the Townsquare Media talker drops for the fourth straight time (9.1 – 8.9 – 8.5 – 8.1 – 7.7, 6+). Even so, “New Jersey 101.5” is #1 for the sixth consecutive ratings period. Following three straight advances of two-tenths each (5.2 – 5.4 – 5.6 – 5.8, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” (fourth to fifth) regresses by nine-tenths to 4.9, its weakest 6+-showing here since last July’s 4.8. Just as four outlets gain one-half share, four decline by that same amount. They include Emmis urban AC WBLS “Your #1 Source For R&B” (6.2 – 5.7, second to third, 6+); SBS Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9” (4.4 – 3.9, sixth to ninth, 6+); Pillar of Fire contemporary Christian WAWZ “Star 99.1” (2.6 – 2.1, #17 to #19, 6+); and Univision Radio Spanish talk WADO (.8 – .3, #27, 6+). WBLS was +.7 in May; it dropped one-tenth in April, thus halting six straight ratings periods of up or flat trends for a cumulative +1.3 (4.3 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+). Without an increase for the tenth successive sweep for a cumulative -3.1 (6.7 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 4.4 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+), classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM departs the top ten (#8 to #11).

Brooke Taylor Returns to ‘US 93.3’ in Fort Wayne.  Former country WBTU, Fort Wayne personality Brooke Taylor is back in the Hoosier State after a two-year gig working for Radio Disney in Los Angeles.  Taylortaylorbrooke will serve as midday jock and assistant program director at Adams Radio’s “US 93.3.”  WBTU brand manager Randy Alomar says, “Brooke has worked in Fort Wayne in years past and knows the city extremely well.  Her coming back and bringing all of her radio and TV experience from Radio Disney is huge for US 93.3.  Brooke will be setting the bar high and will captivate listeners.  We’re very excited to have her on our team!”

More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Hubbard Radio’s St. Louis country station, two new personalities join the airwil logo staff.  Kelly Rebal is named producer of WIL, St. Louis’ “Bud and Broadway” morning show and Josh Holleman becomes the 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm jock.  Holleman had most recently been a weekend and swing shift personality at CBS RADIO’s WDZH “98.7 AMP Radio.”…..Saga westrobCommunications makes Rob West the permanent brand manager for country KDXY, Jonesboro, Arkansas “104.9 The Fox” after his serving as interim brand manager and afternoon personality for the past few months.  West took over the programming responsibilities after Christie Matthews’ May exit and the afternoon shift with Bo Dalton’s departure the month prior…..Andrew “Jaye” Cannon is appointed program director at Dimes Radio-owned CHR KWWV, San Luis Obispo “WiLD 106.1.”…..At Riviera Broadcasting’s hip hop KKFR, Mayer, Arizona “Power 98.3 & 101.9,” Crisco Kidd is the new night personality.  Kidd was previously with Cumulus Media’s CHR KLIF-FM, Dallas HOT 93.3” hosting afternoons. Kidd replaces Meilani who left the station to move to Japan.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Gone is the NASH brand from Cumulus Media’s country KRMD, Shreveport, Louisana.melindaderek  Also gone is the syndicated “America’s Morning Show” and in for wake-up duties are Melinda Cooper and Derek James…..Alpha Media Salina station group announces it helped collect more than 300 units of blood for the Red Cross at its annual “Pump Up the Volume” blood drive.  Country KYEZ, Salina, Kansas “Y93.7” took first place for the seventh year in a row.  Coming in second and third place, respectively, were two other Alpha Media Salina stations – news/talk KSAL-AM and oldies KSAJ-FM, “Oldies 98.5 FM.”

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

| July 5, 2016

CMG Brings Cooper Lawrence to WBLI, Long Island.  Replacing the Dana & Jayson show in mornings on Cox Media Group’s Long Island CHR WBLI is another duo with the female in the lead chair – the Cooper wbliCooperLawrence16Lawrence show with co-host Anthony Michaels.   The show launches on July 11.  Director of programming and branding Jeremy Rice says, “We’re excited to have Cooper and Anthony join us here at 106.1 BLI!  We’re looking forward to our listeners getting to know them and having them be a big part of the Long Island community.”  Lawrence’s eponymous show was once distributed by Dial Global.  She was also a cast member on WPLJ’s morning show with Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill.   Lawrence says, “I am beyond excited to join the incredible Cox Media Group family and to represent the legendary call letters, BLI.  What a dream come true to work with John Shea, Jeremy Rice, Nancy Cambino, and Steve Smith.  How thrilling to do mornings on a powerhouse station that has been such a part of the fabric of Long Island for so long and in the market where I grew up.”

Cumulus Goes Back to Classic Hits on WOMG, Columbia.  The company’s Columbia, South Carolina signal at 98.5 drops the almost two-year-old NASH Icon format and launches a classic hits station.  It brings company personality Benji Norton from sister sports talker WNKT “1075 The Game” over to host the “Breakfastwomg with Benji” morning show.  Station operations manager Brent Johnson says, “From 1989 to 2014, the call letters WOMG have been synonymous with classic hit music.  In 2016, we are so excited to bring WOMG back and play the music our listeners have been begging us to play.  So many of these songs and artists have not been played in Columbia in years.”  Cumulus Media Columbia VP/market manager Rick Prusator adds, “Benji Norton is a household name in Columbia radio.  After nine years of anchoring the morning show on our sports station, “1075 The Game,” Benji moves back to the music he played the first time around.  And he is thrilled to get to do it again.  Also, the return of ‘Breakfast With Benji’ is proof of the commitment of Cumulus Media in Columbia to live and local radio.”

CBS RADIO Promotes Tim Roberts to VP.  Rising from his OM/PD role at CBS RADIO’s three Detroit music stations: country WYCD, classic hits WOMC, and CHR WDZH “98.7 AMP Radio,” Tim Roberts is named robertstimvice president of music programming.  Just two weeks ago, Roberts was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame at a ceremony held in Nashville where he was honored by country stars Big and Rich.  CBS Detroit SVP/market manager Debbie Kenyon says, “Tim has been instrumental in the success of our cluster.  His passion for radio and his winning track record make him perfect for this position.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  With the format flip of Greater Media’s WMGC from sports talk to urbankunnathscott rhythmic oldies as “105.1 The Bounce,” the company announces Scott Kunnath is the new sales manager.  Kunnath most recently served as the director of sales for Radio One’s Detroit operations…..Entercom Sacramento names Cealleigh Moore general sales manager for its stations – CHR KDND, alternative KKDO, rock KRXQ, classic rock KSEG, hot AC KUDL, sports KIFM-AM, digital solutions agency SmartReach, and in-house production and events.  She was most recently with CBS Local San Francisco as a senior account executive specializing in business development and marketing campaigns that integrate radio and digital…..The Reach Media-syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show” returns to the Orlando airwaves on Cox Media Group’s WCFB “STAR 94.5.”  PD Michael Saunders says, “We at ‘STAR 94.5’ are thrilled to bring Tom Joyner back to Orlando.  The people demanded we bring Tom back to their favorite Central Florida radio station and we did.”

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallEntercom Boston VP/Market Manager Phil Zachary Joins Michael Harrison This Week on ‘Up Close and Far Out.’  In what Michael Harrison describes as “an amazing conversation” about radio, music, politics, sports, media and the generational divide, he and Entercom Communications VP/Boston market manager Phil Zachary engage in a candid, illuminating dialogue on this week’s episode of the PodcastOne award-winning show, “Up Close and Far Out.”  As market manager of Entercom’s Boston properties, Zachary overseas tremendously important and influential properties including legendary rock emporium, WAAF-FM; heritagezacharyphil news/talker WRKO-AM; groundbreaking hyper-local sports talk giant WEEI-FM; ESPN Radio 850 AM; and the Boston Red Sox Radio Network.  Harrison says, “I am particularly delighted to have Phil Zachary as my guest on this program.  He is a seasoned 43-year veteran of many formats of radio who has served as a programmer, manager and executive with such major operations as CBS, iHeart, Curtis and now Entercom.  Phil is clearly one of the smartest people in the business and really has the opportunity to expound deeply on a wide variety of topics within the format of this podcast.  This conversation is a ‘media freak’s delight!”  To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player boxes located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Smooth jazz returns to the San Diego market as Entercom launches “Smooth Jazz KIFM,kifmSmooth16 98.1 HD2.”  Entercom says, “KIFM will be the new home for today’s top jazz tracks as well as the classics.  In addition, KIFM will also feature the legendary “Dave Koz Radio Show” and San Diego native “Art Good’s Jazz Trax.”  For more than 30 years, the frequency was home to “Smooth Jazz 98.1.”  The station can also be heard online at w297anKIFM.com…..After a long weekend of stunting with Christmas music, Berkshire Broadcasting launches the country brand “107.3 The Bull” on WDAQ-HD3 and translator W297AN at 107.3 FM in Danbury, Connecticut.  Dan Hopkins, who serves as afternoon personality on hot AC WDAQ and programs alternative brand “103.7 Danbury’s New Rock Alternative” on translator W279CI, will program “The Bull.”…..NextRadio is celebrating summer and its upcoming compatibility on all U.S. phone carriers with two pool parties – one in Miami on July 13 and one in LA on August 7.  NextRadio says that as part of Miami Swim Week 2016, the VIP Pool Party featuring Justine Skye, DJ Brenmar and more at Hyde Beach will allow attendees to explore the app onsite in the exclusive NextRadio lounge, enjoy live performances, sip on specialty cocktails at the open bar, sample delicious food by Katsuya, take home a swag bag packed to the brim with summer essentials and more.

Friday, July 1, 2016

| July 1, 2016

Detroit's BounceHip-Hop & R&B “Bounces” to Detroit. The mystery regarding what would succeed sports on Greater Media Detroit’s WMGC has been answered: It’s “105.1 The Bounce – Detroit’s Throwback Hip Hop and R&B.” Representative artists will span from 2Pac and Ice Cube to Drake and Rihanna. Vice president and market manager Steve Chessare states, “Greater Media is thrilled to unveil this fun and unique new format in the Motor City. We look forward to providing a fun, fresh new sound featuring some of the best throwback hip hop and R&B sounds over the past for our listeners to enjoy.” Greater Media senior vice president of program development Buzz Knight adds, “We are thrilled that our great Detroit cluster is adding a new brand for our audience and our customers.” Detroit’s “Bounce” was introduced today (Friday, 7/1) at 12:00 noon and is playing 10,000 songs in a row; its on-air line-up will be announced soon. News of an impending WMGC format transition was made earlier this week. In the past six Nielsen Audio PPM ratings sweeps, the sports station failed to rise above a one-share (6+). Its .9 in May places it at #23, while CBS Radio‘s WXYT-FM “The Ticket” not only notches a 7.3 (6+), it reigns at #1.

lee, lindaWYCD’s Lee Records Milestone. When WYCD afternoon drive talent Linda Lee celebrated her 20th year on the CBS Radio outlet yesterday (Thursday, 6/30), she became the longest-running consecutive female country air personality in Detroit history. Senior vice president and market manager of CBS Radio Detroit Debbie Kenyon notes, “Linda’s longstanding career with WYCD is a testament to her talent and ability.  She truly is one of the greatestWYCD air personalities in the business.” Operations manager/program director Tim Roberts remarks, “For 20 great years, Detroit country music fans have laughed, cried, loved, and jammed to great music in their lives with Linda always by their side. She has been the champion of the community through her devotion to charities and fans in general and an awesome asset for the entire country music industry.” Detroit native Lee adds, “This is my home and I raised my own family here. I will forever be grateful to CBS Radio for this opportunity to do what I love and live my dream for over two decades here in my hometown. I was a loyal WYCD listener prior to starting my on-air career in country radio. My time here has been a blessing beyond measure. I am humbled – and beyond grateful – for all the love and support I have always been given from my WYCD family and our loyal listeners.” Lee began her career at WYCD as a member of the morning show, later teaming for 16 years with Chuck Edwards on the “Edwards & Lee” afternoon drive show. When Edwards moved to mornings late last year, Lee and Rob Stone were paired for the (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm) “Rob & Linda” show. Part of an April three-way logjam at #10, WYCD piles on one full-share in Nielsen Audio‘s May PPM sweep to April’s six-tenths gain (3.7 – 4.3 – 5.3, 6+) and rockets to a fifth-place tie; 5.3 is the best 6+-stat for “99.5 Detroit’s Country” in nearly a year (5.3, July 2015). With a 7.3 (6+), WYCD sports sibling WXYT-FM “The Ticket” is the market pacesetter; Cumulus Media‘s WDRQ “Detroit’s Hottest Country Hits” is at #18 (2.5, 6+).

vasquez, mikeKFMB-FM Names Vasquez APD. In addition to assistant program director duties at KFMB-FM “100.7 KFM-BFM,” Mike Vasquez will be the 7:00 pm – 12:00 midnight on-air talent of the San Diego rocker. Program director Garett Michaels remarks, “With Mike’s deep knowledge of the San Diego market, his strong record of ratings success, and his unbridled passion for rock and roll, he is theKFMB-FM February 2016 outstanding choice to join ‘KFM-BFM’ as our assistant program director. I am stoked to have him as a collaborator and teammate.” Vasquez comments, “I am so pumped to be joining the ‘KFM-BFM’ team. There is a winner’s mentality here and everybody brings [his or her] ‘A’-game on a daily basis. I thrive in this type of environment and look forward to contributing to our team’s success.” For the past 16 years, Vasquez has worked at cross-town smooth jazz-turned-adult contemporary KXSN “Sunny” (formerly KIFM). He began his radio career in the mid-1980s at Fresno’s KEZL. KFMB-FM has been in the 3.4 – 3.8 range the past five Nielsen Audio ratings sweeps (3.4 – 3.8 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+) and ranks #12 in May; “Sunny” is on top with a 6.6 (6+).

Ke-Buena-98.7-CharlotteiHeartMedia Charlotte, Martz Media Team for “Ke Buena.” For the past two years, iHeartMedia Charlotte has been airing a sports format on translator W254AZ (98.7), but as a result of a multi-year agreement with Martz Media, it transitions that programming to Latin contemporary as “Ke Buena 98.7 FM.” According to the president of iHeartMedia’s Carolina region Dave Carwile, “We are very excited to have iHeartMedia-Charlottethe opportunity to help support and broaden the entertainment spectrum for the Hispanic/Latino community in the Charlotte area.” Martz Media president Roger Martinez comments, “We are thoroughly excited to provide our Charlotte Hispanic community a diversified taste in Hispanic radio programming. Charlotte has grown substantially these past several years, including its Hispanic/Latino population. From huge community events to the overwhelming positive audience response, we have seen such great activity coming from Charlotte. We are excited to be part of the community and provide a fresh music and community engagement perspective to the Hispanic and Latino population in the Charlotte area.” Led by iHeartMedia classic rock and country siblings WRFX “The Fox” (7.2, +1.1 from April, #1, 6+) and WKKT “Cat Country” (7.1, +1.1, #2, 6+), an even 20 stations are listed in Nielsen Audio‘s May 2016 PPM report, with none possessing an Hispanic/Latino-geared format label; W254AZ did not appear in print.

joyner, tomJoyner Set to Return to Orlando’s “Star.” One week from Monday (7/11), the REACH Media-distributed “Tom Joyner Morning Show” (6:00 am – 10:00 am) will reappear in Orlando on Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5.” WCFB program director Michael Saunders remarks, “The people demanded Star radiowe bring Tom back to their favorite Central Florida radio station and we did – we are thrilled. Tom Joyner and ‘Star 94.5’ are synonymous and we plan to keep it that way for many years to come.” Explaining that he cannot kept a secret, Joyner notes, “When I heard we were coming back on the air in one of my favorite markets, it took everything I had to not to spill it. I gained 20 pounds holding that big news inside. Now I can finally celebrate along with the wonderful audience we have missed so much. Every morning we promise to entertain, inform, and empower.” Down a combined -1.4 in consecutive monthlies (6.2 – 5.0 – 4.8, 6+), “Star 94.5” rebounds with a +.6 to 5.4 (6+) and remains at #7 (Nielsen Audio May 2016 PPM, 6+); on top is iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” with a 9.6 (6+).

foghat-under-the-influence-cover-lo-resLegendary Album Rockers Foghat Celebrate 40 Years with New Album. Actually the group never went away.  RadioInfo music and pop culture editor Duane Doobie Jr. is excited about their latest.  Under The Influence (Foghat Records) by legendary rockers Foghat dropped last week and if you haven’t heard it (and you are a rock station of just about any category) you and your listeners are missing out. Doobie says, “It’s a big bite of bluesy boogie that rivals any of their previous releases.” Though, if you have a hankering for the familiar, the group has revised and re-released their classic hit, “Slow Ride” as one of its many standout tracks.  “We wanted to do it because it was the 40th anniversary, and it’s kind of a nod and a tribute to Rod Price and to Dave Peverett” drummer Roger Earl, an original member still in Foghat’s lineup, tells RadioInfo. The title track, “Under the Influence” is the obvious track to add for most rock radio stations. Though, “Knock it Off,” “Ghost,” “Hot Mama” and “Heart Gone Cold” are excellent tracks for more specialized airplay. In an era in which even “tribute” bands to the great rockers of the golden era draw hundreds, even thousands, to their concerts, a venerable hard-working group like Foghat – that still has ties to its original incarnation – is a living breathing treasure that deserves respect and attention from those who see rock as an era and not just this week’s passing blip on the radar screen. Drawing from their collective musical influences, the band not only brought in some special guests from their past who helped launch and inspire the Foghat story, but also invited some new friends into the mix to continue the journey of this never idle band.  They started recording at their Florida studio, Boogie Motel South in 2013. In addition to Foghat members Roger Earl, Craig MacGregor, Charlie Huhn and Bryan Bassett,  two additional figures helped shape the sessions – Buddy Guy alumni, Scott Holt, who lent a hand in the writing, and added fantastic guitar and vocals to several tracks, and Grammy-winning producer/songwriter, Tom Hambridge.  With their resident genius, guitarist Bryan Bassett at the helm, the project was going slow since Bryan was doing triple duty, playing, writing and recording the tracks, while in the midst of a Foghat tour. So Tom Hambridge came aboard. According to Roger Earl, “I met Tom when presenting three awards to Buddy Guy and Tom, his producer, at the Memphis Blues Awards.  Tom said that he was a fan, and would love to produce a Foghat record. Putting that in the back of my mind, this was the perfect opportunity. Tom came down to Boogie Motel South to meet the band and we clicked and started writing together immediately. Working with him was inspirational!”  Foghat will tour in support of this new album including a gala record release party at B.B. Kings in New York City on September 21st.  For more information or to arrange an interview with Roger Earl, email Chip Ruggieri at chip@chipsterpr.com. To listen to the new version of “Slow Ride,” please click here.

WQHTNY’s Hot Summer Extends Through Labor Day. Beginning this (July 4) weekend and lasting throughout the summer, Emmis New York rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97” will feature “Hot Summer Mix” weekends. Director of programming Pio Ferro explains, “We created the ‘Hot Summer Mix’ weekend concept last year. Our listeners absolutely loved it, so we wanted to give [them] what they want by bringing it back this summer.” The initial “Hot Summer Mix” weekend of the year starts today (Friday, 7/1) at 12:00 noon and will continue until after 12:00 midnight Tuesday (7/5). In an extremely tight rhythmic CHR market battle, “Hot 97” (3.6, #11, Nielsen Audio May 2016, 6+) holds a one-tenth lead over cross-town iHeartMedia-owned WKTU (3.5, #12, 6+).

oreilly, terryPittsburgh Community Broadcasting Taps O’Reilly President/CEO. The appointment of Terry O’Reilly as president/chief executive officer follows the recent consolidation of talk WESA and triple A WYEP into a single public media entity. Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting Corporation boardWESA president PrintHarris Jones comments, “We are excited that Terry will lead the team we have built. His experience and expertise will help accelerate our efforts to deliver high-quality global, national and local music, news, information and cultural programming that is engaging, relevant and inspiring. His diverse background also serves us well as we extend our strong broadcast brands across digital media and other emerging platforms.” O’Reilly states, “It is an honor to join WYEP and WESA, the two leading public radio stations in my hometown of Pittsburgh. The media industry is at a critical inflection point and public radio is well-positioned to thrive by focusing on what it does best – allowing each of us the opportunity to hear, listen, learn, and participate. Pittsburgh’s public radio stations remain remarkably strong, with growing audiences, in this changing media environment.” For the past seven years, O’Reilly – who begins his new duties in just over four weeks (8/1) – was senior vice president and chief content officer for Twin Cities PBS. Prior to that, he spent approximately 30 years in the commercial television industry. Over the last six Nielsen Audio PPM ratings periods, WESA (1.9, #12, 6+) has registered a 1.9 four times and a 2.0 the other two; WYEP (#13, 6+) notches a 1.3 for the third time in the last six sweeps. The market’s 6+ market leader is iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet WWSW (10.2, 6+).

WWWMToledo’s WWWM Re-labels To “Q-105.5.” The slogan shift by WWWM, Toledo from “Channel 105.5” to “Q-105.5” is not associated with a format change, as the Cumulus Media property remains hot AC – but it does adopt new calls – WQQO. Regional vice president and Cumulus Media Toledo market manager Andy Stuart reveals, “Our market research showed that people really like the letters of the alphabet. More specifically, they love the letter ‘Q.’ It is simply a matter of giving listeners what they want with this new brand. The station is perfectly positioned and we are very pleased with the growth [the former WWWM] is showing.” On-air personnel at the facility remain the same with Denny Schaffer in morning drive; Tim Graves mid-days; Johny D in PM drive; and Adam Bomb handling nights. Among persons 12+ in Nielsen Audio‘s winter 2016 sweep, WWWM ranks #8 (3.5); country sibling WKKO “K-100” sets the pace with a 9.5 (12+). The (12+) spring, summer, fall (2015) trends for WWWM (now WQQO) were 2.6 – 3.4 – 3.4.

WSOUBlack Crown Initiate Visits WSOU. Earlier this week, progressive metal band Black Crown Initiate dropped in on WSOU, the student-run radio station of Seton Hall University, for an on-air interview with music director Mike Colantuoni. Group members Andy Thomas and Jesse Beahler commented on the writing process; the meaning of their latest album (“Selves We Cannot Forgive”); their upcoming tour; and pros/cons of streaming services. Colantuoni states that, “Having Black Crown Initiate at WSOU was an incredible experience. I greatly value having newer, promising bands in our studios. WSOU is known for being tastemakers in the metal community and I embrace that opportunity to provide our listeners an insider’s perspective to the music.” WSOU’s signal reaches all five New York City boroughs, as well as much of northern and central New Jersey. Andy Thomas (left) and Jesse Beahler (right) of Reading, Pennsylvania’s Black Crown Initiate with WSOU music director Mike Colantuoni (center).

Thursday, June 30, 2016

| June 30, 2016

NYPost: iHM Creditor Would Rather See Bankruptcy Than Take Company’s Current Offer.  Following up on Wednesday’s story about iHeartMedia’s SEC filing indicating that talks between it and a group of senior iheartmedia logo tinylenders about restructuring are far apart, the New York Post is reporting that a different lender – not involved in the negotiations referenced – says it would rather see iHeartMedia go into bankruptcy than accept the company’s current offer.  That lender believes it could get 90 cents on the dollar in bankruptcy, and that would be better than the interest rate cut and year’s extension on the term that iHM is offering.  However, that lender also told the paper he’d prefer a reasonable offer by iHM to seeing the company go into bankruptcy. Read the Post story here.

FCC Commissioner Pai Piles on Criticism of Wheeler’s Ownership Rules.  In a statement commenting on FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s decision not to change the Commission’s ownership regulations – including eliminating the cross-ownership ban preventing radio and newspapers from being owed by the same companies in the same markets – FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai says, “The FCC’s rules should reflect the media marketplace ofpaiajit today.  Unfortunately, Chairman Wheeler’s media ownership proposal reflects the world that existed in the 1970s.  Last month, the FCC had no problem approving not one, but two multi-billion dollar cable mergers.  Last year, it signed off on AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV.  Yet, it now gets the vapors at the prospect of a newspaper in Scranton, Pennsylvania owning a single radio station.  Whatever the motivation for the Chairman’s proposal, it has nothing to do with the evidence in the record, principled decision-making, or the law.  Indeed, given current trends, it is likely that the Commission’s newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership restrictions will outlive the print newspaper industry itself.”  Ouch!  Broadcasters for years have lamented the Commission’s unwillingness to rescind this restriction.  And now, at a time when there has never been more access to different media sources, the refusal to budge seems incomprehensible to many.

New Morning Show Destined for CHR WBLI, Long Island.  At Cox Media Group’s Long Island CHRwbli danajaysonsmall WBLI, the station is moving forward without morning show “Dana & Jayson.”  The station announced via Facebook that Dana DiDonato and Jayson Prim are exiting and that a new morning show will launch in the near future.  DiDonato had been working as the lead talent in AMs for 11 years.  She was joined three years ago by Prim.

Greater Media Drops Sports Talk on WMGC, Detroit; Speculation Begins on New Music Format.  Yesterday’s move by Greater Media Detroit to end the sports talk format on WMGC, Detroit has industry watchers speculating about what will be the next move for the signal.  For now, the “Detroit Oldies” format alsowmgc sportslogoSmall heard on WCSX-HD2 is airing on the 105.1 FM frequency.  It was on August 12 of 2013 that Greater Media decided to make a run at CBS RADIO’s highly rated sports talker WXYT-FM, flipping from adult contemporary brand “Today’s 105.1,” but after three years and little ratings traction, the company is wmgc logoending the expensive venture.  Greater Media Detroit VP/market manager Steve Chessare says, “The change comes after much careful consideration of the direction of the station’s format and overall ratings over the past three years.  We would like to thank our dedicated listeners and the entire ‘Detroit Sports 105.1’ staff for their many contributions to the station in the Motor City.  They are true professionals and we are very grateful to them.”  The last three Nielsen Audio PPM survey numbers (Persons 6+) comparing WMGC to competitor WXYT-FM were indicative of the gap between the two stations: March – WMGC 0.8, WXYT-FM 5.2; April – WMGC 0.9, WXYT-FM 6.5; May – WMGC 0.8, WXYT-FM 7.3.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

| June 29, 2016

iHeartMedia Promotes SVP/Midwest Programming Tony Banks to Central Division Director of Talent Development.  Effectively immediately, Tony Banks moves up from his SVP/Midwest programming to the new director of talent development for the Central Division.  The company notes that in the Central Division, it has more than 300 radio station brands spanning 52 markets.  Banks’ duties will include discovering andbankstony recruiting new on-air talent as well as coaching, training and mentoring existing talent.  He’s expected to work closely with Tony Coles, EVP of programming for the Central Division; and Dennis Clark, VP talent development for iHeartMedia.  Coles states, “The role we created for Tony Banks reflects iHeartMedia’s continued commitment to investing in and growing our on-air talent.  Banks’ experience as both a major market talent and a programmer makes him a natural choice.  He is a gifted and passionate talent coach, and Dennis Clark and I look forward to working closely with Tony to maximize the potential of our talent.”

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WTIC-FM, Hartford Jock Gary Craig Gets Blowback from Latino Fest Video.  WTIC-FM, Hartford afternoon personality Gary Craig and CBS RADIO Hartford are getting some bad press in the city after Craigcraiggary posted a video he made while attending last weekend’s Latino Fest at Hartford’s riverfront.  In the video, Craig makes racially derogatory jokes.  He posted the video to YouTube and his Facebook page and CBS put it on WTIC-FM’s webpage.  After receiving criticism from Hartford’s mayor, among others, the video was removed and both CBS Hartford and Craig issued statements apologizing.  See the Hartford Courant’s coverage here.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  In the Albany market, Danie exits the morning show post at Albany Broadcasting’s hip hop  WAJZ “JAMZ 96.3” for a gig yet-to-be-announced.….On-air pro Scott Letourneau is joining Townsquare Media’s country KLEN, Cheyenne “Cowboy Country 106.3” to host mornings.  Letourneau was most recently with Westwood One’s Denver-based 24/7 formats.  He’ll also host afternoons at the company’s country KWYY, Casper…..Lino Alvarez is named GSM Lazer Broadcasting’s Oxnard/Ventura, Santa Barbara and the Santa Maria, California markets.

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JVC Media Launches Country-Southern Rock Hybrid in Ocala-Gainesville.  The company says that WTRS, Ocala-Gainesville is “evolving its format into a custom music mix of country and Southern rock as “US wxus102-3 – The Crossroads of Country and Rock.”  The station is changing calls to WXUS.  Program director Bo Hamilton says, “‘US 102-3’ has been researched and designed exclusively for North Central Florida.  We spent weeks talking to our listeners, partners, and community leaders and found there is no need for another ‘cookie-cutter’ top 40 country station.  This area has a rich country and Southern rock heritage that is unserved and ‘US 102-3’ fills that void.”  OM Ben Burris adds, “We will tap into the deep musical heritage here by highlighting today’s biggest country stars like Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean alongside legendary influencing acts, including those with ties to North Florida including Lynyrd Skynyrd and Tom Petty, plus we’ll throw in icons like .38 Special and The Eagles.”  The JVC Media-owned station will continue to air Bubba the Love Sponge in morning drive.

Morning Personality Elvis Duran Among Hollywood Walk of Fame Class of 2017.  Yesterday, the Walk of Fame Selection Committee of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the new group ofduranelvis entertainment professionals in motion pictures, television, live theatre, radio and recording that are selected to receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.  Among numerous film and television stars, Premiere Networks and WHTZ, New York “Z100” personality Elvis Duran is the only radio honoree.  Recording artists being honored include: Clarence Avant, Jerry Goldsmith (posthumous), Hall & Oates, Ice Cube, John Legend, *NSYNC, New Edition and Selena Quintanilla (posthumous).

iHeartMedia Alerts SEC It May End Discussions with Debt Holders to Amend Credit Terms. Parent company iHeartCommunications filed an 8-K report with the Securities Exchange Commission stating that iheartmedia logo smallit has been negotiating with certain debt holders to restructure said debt and, after a series of proposals and counterproposals, the company says, “Given the significant gap between the proposals, the Company is assessing whether it will continue discussions.”  Bloomberg is reporting that the debt holders it’s been negotiating with are led by Franklin Advisers Inc. – which holds $6.3 billion of term loans – to restructure about $10 billion in debt that’s coming due over the next three years.  iHM spokeswoman Wendy Goldberg told Bloomberg, “We continue to evaluate various opportunities to strengthen our capital structure for the benefit of our stakeholders, and we remain focused on positioning iHeartMedia for long-term growth.”  Bloomberg reports that iHM and Franklin have been negotiating an interest rate cut tied to an extension of the term with the guarantee that Franklin would be made whole at the expense of unsecured bonds, if necessary.  See the Bloomberg piece here.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  East Texas country outlet KYKX, Longview is being honored with the Bonner McLane Public Service Award from the Texas Association of Broadcasters.  The Bonner McLane Public Service Award recognizes television and radio stations’ outstanding contributions and service to their local communities – including news coverage.  The official awards ceremony will take place at the 2016 TAB Convention & Trade Show, August 10-11 in Austin…..Westwood One and Veritone Media announce a new service for local radio stations called Veritone…powered by Westwood One.  It’s a cloud-based, cognitive audio platform that automates the capture and tagging of content and live read endorsements, making them accessible to advertisers in near real-time.  The companies say the “user-friendly platform provides a dashboard to access all of a station’s programming – captured to the cloud – that is transcribed to text, searchable, and sharable with a one-click audio link and audience metrics….. jācapps announces that is introducing App EverywhereSM, that allows mobile apps for radio stations to be coded to appear in automobiles that have Android Auto, SmartDeviceLink and, pending approval from Apple, its CarPlay system.  jācapps COO Bob Kernen says, “Our mobile app team has been dedicated to developing solutions that will ensure that broadcasters have presence in these entertainmentklosJonseyDepp16 systems.  It’s a major priority for us.  Jacobs Media has invested a lot of time in this space, including the DASH Conference.  This is an incredibly important opportunity for broadcasters and we’re extremely pleased that we were able to crack the code.”…..The Hollywood Vampires visited Cumulus Media’s KLOS, Los Angeles on Monday (6/27) to talk with Steve Jones, host of “Jonesy’s Jukebox.”  The band – which features actor and musician Johnny Depp – talked with Jones about music, their band and their U.S. tour that opens in Pennsylvania on Friday (7/1).  Pictured here are (from l-r): Depp, Jones, Matt Sorum, Bruce Witkin, and Robert DeLeo.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

| June 28, 2016

Sheila Hamilton Re-Ups with Alpha’s Triple A KINK, Portland.  KINK, Portland news director and morning show co-host Sheila Hamilton and Alpha Media agree to terms on a multi-year deal for the news and radio pro to remain with the station.   Alpha Media SVP/market manager Milt McConnell states, “Sheilahamiltonsheila kink logoexemplifies what our Northwest lifestyle is all about. She is a passionate communicator who understands the thoughts and feelings of our fans and brings that driving force every morning to the KINK community.”  Hamilton began her career in documentary film before producing and reporting two decades of television investigative news for television stations including Portland’s KATU-TV and Salt Lake City’s KTVX-TV.  The five-time Emmy-winner published her book, All the Things We Never Knew (Seal Press), in November of 2015.

Roxanne Steele Named Midday Jock at WYCD, Detroit.  This is radio pro Roxanne Steele’s first country gig and she seems to be pleasing her bosses at CBS RADIO Detroit because market manager Deb Kenyon and wycdOM/PD Tim Roberts are making her midday air personality gig at WYCD permanent.  Steele – who moststeeleroxanne recently was on air at CBS’ sister CHR “98.7 AMP Radio” – says, “I’m having so much fun in country radio working with Country Radio Hall of Fame programmer Tim Roberts.  In addition to taking my passion for music to a whole new audience, I’m also learning so much from the talented staff here at the legendary WYCD.  I’m super excited and thankful for this new radio journey.”  Steele worked at the company’s WBBM-FM, Chicago “B96” for 12 years.

Klein Named OM at SummitMedia’s Greenville Station Group.  In Greenville, South Carolina, SummitMedia appoints Mike Klein to the operations manager position for hip hop WJMZ “107-3 JAMZ,”kleinmike rhythmic CHR WHZT “HOT 98.1,” adult hits WJMZ-HD3 “97.7 CHUCK,” and alternative WJMZ-HD2 “X98.5.”  SummitMedia Greenville SVP/programming Bill Tanner states, “Mike is an excellent addition to SummitMedia.  He’s great on the air and an experienced programmer, just the person we need to lead our Greenville programming team.”  Klein has worked on air WHTZ, New York “Z-100” and WMZQ, Washington “Hot 99.5.”

greatermedia logoGreater Media Makes Personnel Cuts in Some Markets.  Due to company policy, Greater Media is not announcing which personnel were let go but does say the layoffs that took place last week were limited to a few markets and were not company-wide.  It appears they hit Philly the hardest with WMGK John DeBella morning show executive producer Rob Calvert; and WMMR music director Sean “Rabbi” Tyszler and imaging director Steve “Lush” Lushbaugh all gone.  At classic hits WJRZ, Manahawkin, New Jersey, air personality Bob O’Brien exits.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Austin radio personality and programmer Chris Mosser joins Emmis’ triplemosserchris A KGSR where he begins hosting the station’s morning show, effective Wednesday, July 6.  Mosser previously served with iHeartMedia in Austin as PD for country KVET…..Local Media San Diego’s alternative XETRA “91X” brings Hilary Chambers aboard to host the midday program and serve as music director, beginning July 1.  Chambers was afternoon host at “91X” for almost 10 years and says, “I am so stoked, so grateful, and so fired up to get this party started and to come full-circle, back to the station that has my heart!”

fccnewFCC’s Wheeler Refuses to Loosen Cross-Ownership Regulations.  Perhaps it’s not shocking, but broadcasters are disappointed by the news that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is not going to relax the newspaper-radio cross-ownership ban.  Wheeler announced to the rest of the commission his intentions for the 2010/2014 Quadrennial review and rules.  Wheeler says that if these rules are adopted, they “will take into account the evolving media marketplace and thewheelertom Commission’s obligation to conduct timely review of the rules.”  Many broadcasters would disagree that Wheeler’s unwillingness to budge on the cross-ownership ban takes into account the evolving media marketplace.  The NAB issued the following statement: “We’re disappointed that Chairman Wheeler continues to ignore the will of both the courts and Congress by proposing to retain broadcast ownership rules that long ago outlived their usefulness.  It is shocking that regulators who bless mammoth mergers like AT&T/DirecTV and Charter/Time Warner Cable would still bar common ownership of two TV stations or broadcast/newspaper combinations in a local market.  Ultimately, NAB hopes the five-member FCC, Congress, or the courts end this indefensible FCC charade, and that meaningful ownership reform is adopted for the benefit of the millions of Americans reliant on free and local broadcasting.”

harrisonUpCloseFarOutWhat Exactly IS a Podcast?  On the new episode of the PodcastOne award-winning weekly program, “Up Close and Far Out,” host Michael Harrison opens the show with a discussion about the very definition of the term “podcast” itself.  Harrison expresses two perspectives on the concept.  The first is the current popular view – that a podcast is a pre-recorded program (mostly audio) delivered directly and instantaneously to the consumer on a digital device via the Internet and available for play “on demand” without delay or interference from a radio station schedule, transportation vehicle or brick-and-mortar store.  He then takes the broader approach to the concept showing how video and text files (programs) also enjoy that same convenience in the digital age – making the point that a file containing a movie, song, article or book are similarly “podcasts” although we don’t necessarily call them that.  Harrison says that the vinyl phonograph record was an early version of a pre-Internet-era podcast insomuch as the consumer could buy the file and then have access to play it on demand without having to make an appointment or be subject to the whims of a DJ or playlist by waiting to hear it on the radio. Harrison says this is basically obvious but he is surprised by the number of people who still find podcasting “mysterious and daunting” and ask all kinds of questions about how they can go about hearing his show.  They ask questions like, “Do I need special equipment to hear it?” or “How do I find it?”  According to Harrison, he is even asked these kinds of questions by people already in the broadcast business.  “How do I record a podcast?” “Do I need a special microphone or device?”  “What’s the secret?”  Part two of this week’s episode contains excerpts from earlier episodes of the “Up Close and Far Out” series including conversations with pop legend Linda Ronstadt, planetary scientist Alan Stern, former governor Jesse Ventura, cosmic consciousness guru Deepak Chopra, former FEMA director (now talk show host) Michael Brown, talk host Mark Levin, sports talker Mike Francesa and “digital goddess” Kim Komando.   To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box in the right-hand column of every page on Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

Monday, June 27, 2016

| June 27, 2016

‘Kevin & Brenda’ Named Morning Hosts on ‘101.9 The BULL’ in Boise.  Boise market radio personalities Kevin and Brenda Mee are joining Impact Radio Group’s country KQBL, Boise, “101.9 THE BULL.”  Thekevinbrenda couple has worked in the market since 1998 on signals including crosstown country KIZN and adult contemporary KXLT.  Impact CEO Darrell Calton says, “We are beyond thrilled to have Kevin and Brenda coming home to country radio on ‘The Bull.’  Kevin and Brenda are seasoned professionals.  To be able to put this heritage morning duo on the #1 country radio station in the Treasure Valley, in a format where they have a long, successful history, is a match made in radio heaven!  We are just as excited for their loyal listeners now that Kevin and Brenda are home where they belong, in country music.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the iHeartMedia Nashville station group, Morgan Huelsman is named digital program director.  The company says that in this role she will work with the cluster’s programming and sales teams to manage and grow the online and mobile content strategy for its six stations and its station personalities.  Huelsman previously served as the digital content director for the company’s Wichita station group…..Programmer Russ Williams exits New South Radio’s country WUSJ, Jackson, Mississippi “US 96.3” where he was program director and an air personality for the past 10 years…..E.W. Scripps adult contemporary KSRZ, Omaha “Star 104.5” brings Terry McCormick aboard to co-host the morning show with Chris Chapman.  McCormick – most recently music director and air personality at Entercom’s KKMJ, Austin “MAJIC 95.5” – takes over for Rickey Woods…..In the Erie market, Mark Richards joins Erie Radio Co.-owned CHR WEHP “HAPPI 92.7” as music director and afternoon drive host.

biakelseyBIA Kelsey Releases State of Radio Industry Report.  As part of its state of the radio industry report, BIA Kelsey releases “The Position of Local Radio Stations: Trends for 2016 & Beyond.”  Using data from Nielsen Audio, Edison Research, Miller Kaplan, and more, the study looks at AM/FM radio’s reach and revenue over the past five years and projects where radio is likely to be five years down the road.  It notes recent industry-wide dips in local station revenue.  “We believe local radio stations will be able to turn around this negative over-the-air revenue growth slightly.  As long as the economy maintains moderate growth in the next few years, we expect total radio advertising to grow in the 1.0 % to 1.25 % CAGR range.”  The BIA Kelsey study also points to digital and live events as pieces of the radio revenue pie that have helped AM/FM survive spot sales declines that will continue to be crucial to radio’s bottom line in the years ahead.

TALKERS 2016 Video Presentations Launch Today!  A special feature presenting Livestream videoharrisonhannitySem16 recordings of the recent TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations gathering launches today on Talkers.com.  The 19th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest running and most important national convention took place on the fabulous campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on Friday, May 20.  Beginning today, the industry will be able to view the event’s main panels and presentations kicking off with three outstanding sessions – event emcee, Dr. Joy Browne’s “Welcoming Remarks;” media consultant Holland Cooke’s presentation, “Talk Media: The Next Generation;” and Premiere Networks/Fox News Channel talk radio and television star Sean Hannity being interviewed by Michael Harrison in a one-on-one “Fireside Chat.”  More speeches, panels and presentations from the dynamic event including WFAN, New York icon, Mike Francesa’s “Morning Sports Radio Keynote;” the TALKERS “Awards Ceremony;” the “Talk Rumble” and much more will be added in the days and weeks to come. To view this must-see presentation, please click here.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  There’s new programming coming from a strategic sales and radio programming effort by ABC Radio, SLS Las Vegas and Skyview Networks.  Designed to reach Millennials, the first collaboration from this new relationship is “Go with the Flo—Fourth of July Vegas Style,” recorded at SLS Las Vegas featuring Atlantic Records recording artist Flo Rida.  The three-hour radio special, performed before a live audience, features nearly a dozen of Flo Rida’s dance hits plus exclusive party mixes by Foxtail Nightclub crowd favorite, DJ Ikon.  The Flo Rida special will be followed on July 16 by “POP EDM,” a weekly, four-hour Saturday night show that features exclusive mixes of EDM, hosted by Vic Latino…..WLNK, Charlotte-based, syndicated morning teambobsheridog16 Bob & Sheri recently hosted the “World’s Ugliest Dog Contest,” for the fourth consecutive year.  Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch hosted the event that’s covered by more than 3,000 media outlets around the world, including NBC’s “Today Show.”  Sheri says, “It’s such a hoot to meet all of these goofy dogs – some of them look more like little monsters than dogs!  The contest is not only a blast for everyone involved, it does a great job of promoting animal rescue organizations.”  wmmrstrutsLynch (left) is pictured here with champion ugly dog SweePea Rambo (center with owner) and Lacey (right)…..Philadelphia rock outlet WMMR kicked off its series of live, lunch-time performances last Monday (6/20) at Ardmore Music Hall with “Pierre Presents The Struts.”  WMMR’s Pierre Robert conducted a brief interview highlighting the young British band’s journey.   The band then performed a collection of songs from its current album, Everybody Wants.  Pictured here with The Struts are WMMR personalities Blake Dannen (far left), Jacky Bam Bam (far right) and Rabbi (front).

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