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May 2016 PPM Analysis:
Urban-Rhythmic Oldies

| June 15, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian (2)LOS ANGELES — Our three in-depth overviews of May 2016 PPM results begin with a summary of urban-rhythmic oldies, whose stations use such monikers as “Classic Hip-Hop,” “Old School,” “Classic Soul,” and “Classic R&B,” among others.

Future posts will be devoted to urban AC (Thursday, 6/16) and mainstream urban contemporary (Friday, 6/17).

Scoreboards for all these formats are based on facilities that rank in the top 20 in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48-PPM markets (6+, May 2016).

Another important parameter in addition to that particular ratings caveat is that Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services.

Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this RadioInfo urban-rhythmic oldies analysis (and the urban AC and urban contemporary ones that will follow) are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

| June 14, 2016

dillonzachZach Dillon Joins CHR KDWB, Minneapolis for Afternoons and Music Director Role.  This change sees Zach Dillon move from iHeartMedia’s Austin cluster where he’s been programming the company’s CHR KHFI “96.7 KISS FM,” to the Twin Cities where, in addition to hosting the afternoonkdwb logo show on KDWB, he’ll also serve as assistant program director and music director.  iHeartMedia director of CHR programming/Western Great Lakes Region Rich Davis comments, “Zach’s experience level both inside and outside our company make him the perfect choice to be my right-hand man at KDWB.  I look forward to his contributions on the air and in the programming department as we solidify the powerhouse that is KDWB in the Twin Cities.”

halelanceRock Programmer Lance Hale Returns to Beasley in Fort Myers.  Programmer Lance Hale is taking the programming reigns of Beasley Media Group’s WRXK, Fort Myers “96K-ROCK.”  The company notes that Hale has “more than 14 years of programming experience, including a stint as music director/APD for [Beasley’s] WJBX, Ft. Myers.  Hale takes over for Jeff Zito who recently moved up the Gulf Coast to Tampa to program the company’s WBRN “98.7 No Rules Rock.”  Beasley VP of programming Justin Chase says, “Lance is absolutely the best choice to step into the critical program director role at K-ROCK.  Lance’s knowledge of the market, his passion for the format and his solid programming skills will serve this important 30-year heritage station well.”

clerkinjimClerkin Named WPYA, Birmingham Program Director.  After a 16-year career with iHeartMedia’s WXKS-FM, Boston “Kiss 108,” Jim Clerkin is heading south to join SummitMedia’s hot AC WPYA, Birmingham “97.3 Play” as program director and afternoon drive personality.  SummitMedia SVP of programming Bill Tanner comments, “I’m very happy to add Jim to the SummitMedia programming team.  Jim’s experience, creativity and talent make him the perfect fit for ‘97.3 Play.’”

More RadioInfo Career Moves. Air personality and voiceover talent Jim Bosh joins Midwest Communications to serve as the morning host on classic hits WLMI, Lansing, Michigan…..Dave Thomson exits his morning personality role at iHeartMedia’s adult contemporary KSOF, Fresno “Soft Rock 98.9” and KJSN, Modesto “Sunny 102.3.”

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael Harrison and Steve Weisman Discuss the Dark Side of the Digital Era.  In an intense conversation that pulls no punches, Michael Harrison and noted media attorney and cyber-scam expert Steve Weisman talk about the dangers to privacy and property presently lurking on the Internet.  In the latest installment of the PodcastOne hit series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” such topics as the recent hacking of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s accounts are explained and analyzed, covering a variety ofweismansteven dangers spanning identity theft to fraudulent advertising.  Harrison and Weisman illuminate the problems being caused by criminals Harrison describes as the “dastardly bastards” who prey upon innocent victims (meaning the rest of us) who are becoming increasingly dependent on the Internet for its obvious benefits in all aspects of day to day life.  Harrison also goes off on a rant about his extreme distaste for the widespread and still-growing practice of so-called legitimate websites selling “native” advertising (paid-for editorial content), not to mention the purposely deceptive clutter that leads to unintentional clicks and consequences for the user.  This conversation is not-to-be missed.  To listen to it in its entirety please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

fccnewDC Court of Appeals Affirms Internet as Utility; Victory for ‘Net Neutrality’ Advocates.  This ruling from a three-judge panel at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals is not likely to settle the matter once and for all, but this is a huge victory for the Federal Communications Commission which had wanted broadband declared a common carrier utility service in order to put under its purview.   Supporters of the ruling say this paves the way for the federal government to prevent broadband providers from creating tiers of services that would give advantage to some at the expense of others.  Critics of the ruling will argue that the common carrier utility aspect of the decision puts control of the Internet into the hands of the FCC.  Regardless, it’s unlikely that we’ve seen the last legal challenge to this.

Monday, June 13, 2016

| June 13, 2016

coxmediagroupCox Media Group Orlando Holds Live Roundtable Discussion on All Six Stations.  Orlando news and radio personalities today broadcast a two-hour live panel discussion about the weekend massacre at Orlando’s Pulse night club.  The program aired on all Cox Media Group stations in the market and will include the following talent: host and moderator Joe Kelley of news/talk WDBO “News 96.5,” AJ and Ashley from WWKA, the “Obie and Lil Shawn Morning Show” from WPYO “Power 95.3,” Monica May from WCFB “Star 94.5,” Denise Ryan from WMMO and also joining the panel will be Brian Kilmeade, host of “Fox & Friends” on Fox News Channel and host of “Kilmeade & Friends” on Fox News Radio.

JagJag Comes to Motown for Middays at ‘98.7 AMP Radio.’  Former Detroit radio personality Jag, a.k.a. Jon Gay, is returning to the market to host the midday show at CBS RADIO’s WDZH “98.7 AMP Radio.”  Jag previously was a jock at crosstown WQKI from June 2011 through December 2012.  He says, “The most fun I’ve ever had in my career was being on the air in Detroit.  There’s an incredible spirit about this town.  In the Motor City, radio listeners have a dedication I haven’t seen anywhere else.  It really is a dream come true to come back and after meeting with the ‘AMP’ team, I’m so excited to be a part of something so special.  I can’t wait to get started!”  Jag was most recently program director and afternoon drive host at iHeartMedia’s hot AC KVDU, New Orleans “Voodoo 104.”

ppmunitRound Four of May PPMs Released. The fourth of four rounds of May 2016 ratings information from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen’s May 2016 survey period covered April 21 – May 18.  View all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all of these 12 PPM markets.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Austin – Stuck on 5.0 (6+) in January and February, iHeartMedia‘s KVET-FM then became locked on 4.6 (6+) in KVET-FMMarch and April. With a gain of six-tenths in May (5.2, 6+), “All-Time Country Favorites” jumps from a three-way logjam at #7 to #5. Tied with KVET-FM in April, similarly formatted cluster-mate KASE “Today’s Country” improves by four-tenths to 5.0 (6+) and advances to #6. To makeKLBJ-AM it a clean sweep for the market’s three FM country outlets, Genuine Austin Radio‘s KOKE “Austin’s Country Alternative” notches its third straight gain for a combined +1.1 (1.7 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.8, 6+) but remains at #15. Frozen on 3.8 (6+) in March and April, KLBJ-AM (#12 to #11) – like KVET-FM – also improves by six-tenths. The Emmis talker reaches 4.4, its best 6+-stat since November 2014 (4.6). Having picked up four-tenths in April to curtail four straight down or flat trends that yielded a -1.7 (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+), Univision regional Mexican KLQB “Que Buena 104.3” adds another one-half share (2.2 – 2.6 – 3.1, 6+) to cruise from #16 to #13. Co-owned fellow regional Mexican KLJA “Mas Variedad 107.7” (3.1 – 2.3, 6+) though sputters by eight-tenths to spiral from #13 to #17. Off by a combined -1.3 as a result of three successive downward trends (9.4 – 9.1 – 8.6 – 8.1, 6+), Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob” is nonetheless #1 for the fifth consecutive time; February’s 9.4 was its strongest 6+-stat since August 2014 (also 9.4). After posting a +.7 in April to 6.5 – its best 6+-performance since last July’s 6.6 – iHeartMedia CHR KHFI “96.7 Kiss FM” surrenders all of it plus three-tenths more (5.8 – 6.5 – 5.5, -1.0, 6+) to slip back to third from second.

2) Milwaukee – For the past 13 sweeps, WLUM has been in the 4.0 – 4.9 range (6+), but the Milwaukee Radio Alliance WLUMalternative outlet busts out a +.9, elevating “102.1 Sounds Different” from eighth to fifth. Moreover, it is the station’s fifth consecutive increase (4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 5.6, 6+). Chalking up gains of one-half share each are Saga Communications’ urban AC WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3 Today’s R&B and Old School” (4.5 – 5.0, tenth toWXSS eighth, 6+) and Entercom CHR WXSS “103.7 Kiss-FM” (4.8, #11 to #10, 6+). Off six-tenths in March, “Jammin'” was +.7 in April. As far as “Kiss” is concerned, the increase applies the brakes to three straight downward trends which yielded a -1.3 (5.6 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+). Despite a loss of six-tenths to 10.2 (6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WRIT “95.7 Big FM – Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” occupies the market’s top spot for the 13th straight sweep. Recent 6+-fluctuations for WRIT include +1.7 (October); -.7 (November); flat (December); +5.6 (“Holiday”); -5.7 (January); +1.3 (February); -.3 (March); +1.1 (April); and now -.6 (May). 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. No sooner does co-owned WKKV “V-100.7 Jams” add eight-tenths than the urban contemporary property forfeits all of it plus one-tenth (4.8 – 5.6 – 4.7, -.9, 6+) as it plummets from the top ten (#7 to #11); April’s 5.6 was the best 6+-showing for “V-100.7” since last August (6.1). Down roughly 50% since January, public WHAD has its fourth straight decrease (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.3 – 1.0, 6+) and slumps from #17 to #20.

3) Indianapolis – Down or flat the past six ratings periods for a cumulative loss of two full-shares (8.2 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.2 – WTLC6.2, 6+), Radio One-owned WTLC-FM breaks out of the funk with a +.6 to 6.8 (6+). “Indy’s R&B Leader” jumps from fifth to the runner-up slot, where it is tied with Entercom CHR WZPL (6.7 – 6.8, +.1, 6+), which was #4 in April. Boosting the market’s (6+) country share by +1.1 areWLHK Emmis-owned WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank” (6.3, +.6, sixth to fifth, 6+) and Cumulus Media‘s WFMS “95.5 The Country Station” (5.0 – 5.5, +.5, ninth to seventh, 6+). “Hank” was stymied on 5.7 (6+) in March and April. Following four successive gains for a cumulative +2.4 since the “Holiday” report (5.4 – 5.8 – 6.2 – 6.8 – 7.8, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5” regresses by seven-tenths to 7.1 (6+) but stays at #1 for the third straight sweep. Prior to April, the last time WJJK reached the seven-share level (6+) was October 2014 (7.5). Dialing up a massive +1.7 this time last month, iHeartMedia-owned WOLT “Alt 103.3 Indy’s Alternative” coughs up roughly half of it (5.3 – 7.0 – 6.2, -.8, 6+) to skid from third to sixth. Not only was the 7.0 that “Alt 103.3” recorded in April the highest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history, the next closest (happening three times) for WOLT (and previous calls WRZX) was 6.0. 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+). Owing to a May loss of six-tenths (to 4.6, seventh to ninth, 6+), Radio One rhythmic CHR WHHH “Hot 96.3” has its string of positive trends – which netted a combined full-share – end at four (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+). March’s co-occupant (with WJJK) at #1, Emmis adult contemporary WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7,” is off by one-half share (7.1 – 6.6, 6+) to slip from second (in April) to fourth.

4) Providence – Flaunting its most potent 6+-share since last June’s 9.3, iHeartMedia rocker WHJY “94 HJY” flashes a +1.2 WHJY(8.0 – 9.2, 6+) to inch up from third to second. Although unchanged at #8, Entercom sports outlet (and Red Sox Radio Network affiliate) WVEI trots out a gain of seven-tenths to 3.5, its strongest 6+-performance since February 2015’s 4.1. Notwithstanding that it isWVEI off in back-to-back sweeps by a combined -1.8  (12.1 – 10.6 – 10.3, 6+), Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” is #1 for the seventh successive ratings period and has been in double-digits (6+) each time; 10.3 though is its lowest 6+-share since November’s 8.7. After improving by one-half share in April for its best 6+-performance since October’s 7.0, iHeartMedia-owned classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101” surrenders nine-tenths (5.9 – 6.4 – 5.5, 6+) but continues at #5. Five of the 13 Providence stations listed with at least a .1 (6+) in the May 2016 report are talk outlets; Cumulus Media’s WPRO-AM (5.4, +.3, seventh to sixth, 6+) accounts for 69% of the market’s 7.8 (6+) total talk shares. Although 38% of the rated outlets are talk, they account for 13% of the market’s total 6+-shares.

5) Raleigh – April’s tie at #1 is broken, but neither of April’s penthouse residents repeats at the top spot. Instead, a potent +1.5 WFXC(6.4 – 7.9, 6+) by Radio One‘s WFXC “Foxy” propels the urban AC from fourth to first. The last time “Foxy” crossed the seven-share level (6+) was November and October with a 7.1 each time. Ironically, April’s co-leaders – iHeartMedia CHR WDCG “G-105” and Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5” remain tied, although each961radio decline by one-half share (7.7 – 7.2, 6+) and share the runner-up position. Locked on 6.4 in February and March, 6+, “G-105” caught WRAL in April with a +1.3. On top the past eight ratings periods, “Mix 101.5” posted a +5.7 in the “Holiday” report; -7.2 in January; +.6 in February; +.6 in March; -.6 in April; and now -.5 in May. The fourth straight gain by Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WRTP is by a lofty nine-tenths (.9 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 2.2, 6+) lifting “His Radio” from #18 to #16. Improving by six-tenths (to 4.3, 6+) is Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB, cracking the top ten (#13 to #9). 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+). After back-to-back dips of seven-tenths each (7.3 – 6.6 – 5.9, 6+), co-owned WQDR picks up one-tenth to 6.0 – “Today’s Best Country” remains at #6. Two public facilities, University of North CarolinaChapel Hill‘s WUNC (7.3 – 6.2, third to fifth, 6+) and Educational Information’s WCPE (3.3, #10 to #14, 6+), erode by -1.1. Classical WCPE had been up or flat the past six monthlies doubling its 6+share since November (2.2 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 4.4, 6+). When WCPE registered a 4.4 in April, it was the first time the station reached the four-share level (6+) since October 2012 (4.0). After declining by one-half share in April, Capitol Broadcasting sports outlet WCMC “The Fan” further regresses by seven-tenths tenth and falls out of the top ten (#10 to #12). The five most recent fluctuations for “The Fan” are +1.1 (“Holiday” 2015 – January 2016); -1.0 (January – February); +1.1 (February – March); -.5 (March – April) and now -.7 (April – May). While steady at #8, this is the third straight downward trend for iHeartMedia FM talker WTKK for a cumulative -1.2 (5.8 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+).

6) Norfolk – Without an increase the past three sweeps (4.6 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+), Saga Communications’ classic rock WAFX WAFX“106.9 The Fox” explodes with a +1.2 (5.5, 6+), marching from eighth to fifth; the most recent time “The Fox” was in five-share territory (6+) was November (5.2). After progressing by eight-tenths in March, Entercom adult contemporary WWDE sputtered by twice thatWWDE amount in April (-1.6), but rebounds in May with a +.7 (6.1 – 6.9 – 5.3, 6.0, 6+); “2WD” is unchanged at #4. Up six-tenths to 12.2 (6+), urban AC sibling WVKL ends three straight down or flat trends (12.1 – 12.1 – 11.7 – 11.6, 6+) and is #1 for the 48th 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. Owing to a loss of seven–tenths (4.9 – 4.2, 6+), rhythmic CHR cluster-mate WNVZ “Z-104” though falls from sixth to eighth. This is the fifth successive sweep without a decrease for Saga Communications’ WJOI “Great Songs, Great Memories” (.5 – .7 – .7 – .7 – 1.5 – 1.8, 6+), which inches up from #16 to #15. After each station gained seven-tenths in April, Max Broadcast Group classic hits-oldies WVBW “92.9 The Wave” (7.2 – 6.1, flat at #3, 6+) and iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “Jamz 103” (8.3 – 7.6, steady at #2, 6+) falter by -1.1 and seven-tenths, respectively. Up or flat the past four sweeps (2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.6 – 2.8, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WNOH “Now 105” stumbles by one-half share to 2.3 (6+), slipping from #11 to #12. Without an increase for the seventh consecutive sweep and down one full-share in that stretch (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+), Entercom hot AC WPTE “The Point” finishes at #10 for the fifth straight time.

7) Nashville – In previous 6+ ratings breakouts, it was not uncommon to see the three “Music City USA” FM country WSM-FMproperties finish all in a row. There is a little bit of a distance now among them as Cumulus Media‘s WSM-FM “95.5 Nash Icon” (off four-tenths in April following four straight monthlies without a decrease for a combined +1.6) posts a rousing +.9 to 5.8 (6+) to zoom from ninth to fifth. It is a milestone for “Nash Icon” as 5.8 is its strongest-ever 6+-PPM stat. With back-to-back gains of one-tenth (4.4 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+,),WGFX iHeartMedia‘s WSIX “The Big 98 #1 For New Country” moves up from tenth to ninth. Down or flat for the fourth straight sweep (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), the market’s other country FM – Cumulus Media’s WKDF “Nash-FM 103.3” – remains at #13. Following three straight downward trends for a combined -2.2 (7.2 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+), Cumulus Media sports outlet WGFX “104.5 The Zone” rebounds with a +.7 to 5.7 (6+), climbing from eighth to sixth. This marks the fifth straight downward trend for Midwest Communications adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9” (15.6 – 10.7 – 10.2 – 9.7 – 9.6 – 9.1, 6+), which has declined more than six full-shares since the “Holiday” 2015 report. Nonetheless, “Mix” is #1 for the 51st consecutive ratings period. For the third time since November – and the fourth occurrence since August – “Mix” has not been in double-digits (6+). The AC property has a 1.4-share advantage over iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “The River,” which is up or flat for the third time in a row (6.7 – 7.5 – 7.5 – 7.7, 6+) and at #2 for the sixth time in the last seven sweeps. With a -.1 in April, co-owned 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+). “Super Talk 97” now erodes further by one full-share to 4.1 (6+) and spirals out of the top ten (#6 to #11). After four successive gains totaling a combined +1.0 (6.0 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 6.6 – 7.0, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WNRQ “105.9 The Rock” falters by six-tenths but remains at #4 (6.4, 6+). A string of four consecutive progressive trends which tripled its 6+share (.8 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 2.1 – 2.4) concludes for Ryman Hospitality Properties classic country WSM-AM which is off three-tenths to 2.1 (unchanged at #16, 6+). Without an increase for the sixth successive monthly and -1.9 since December (7.6 – 7.1 – 7.1 – 6.8 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.7, 6+), Midwest Communications adult hits WCJK “Jack FM” falls from fifth to sixth.

8) Greensboro – It is once again a one-two-three (6+) finish for Entercom, but there are changes at #1 and #2. Powered by a full-WQMGshare gain, urban AC WQMG advances from second to first. Moreover, “The Best R&B and Old School” continues a streak of being up or flat for the sixth straight sweep for a whopping cumulative increase of three shares (7.7 – 7.7 – 8.2 – 9.1 – 9.3 – 9.7 – 10.7, 6+); 10.7 is its strongest 6+-showing since November 2014WSMW (10.7). WQMQ trades places with rhythmic CHR sibling WJMH “102 Jamz” (9.6, -.2, 6+), which had been up the previous three ratings periods (8.3 – 8.6 – 9.4 – 9.8, 6+). Improving by six-tenths (8.6 – 9.2, 6+) – and remaining in third-place – is adult hits cluster-mate WSMW “Simon,” which was up one-half share in April. It is the strongest 6+-performance for “Simon” since April 2015 (9.3). Somewhat similarly, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG “The Triad’s Best Mix” (steady at #4) adds nine-tenths to April’s one-half share increase (6.9 – 7.4 – 8.3, 6+). Prior to April’s +.5, WMAG was down or flat the previous three sweeps for a combined -8.3 or an approximately 55% erosion (15.2 – 7.8 – 7.8 – 6.9, 6+). Although steady at #6, co-owned CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss FM” sputters by eight-tenths (5.5 – 4.7, 6+).

9) West Palm Beach – The third successive gain by iHeartMedia classic rock WKGR is by nine-tenths (3.3 – 3.8 – 4.1 WKGR– 5.0, 6+) as “98.7 The Gater” advances from seventh to fifth. The last time “The Gater” crossed the five-share threshold was September 2014 with a 5.3. Finishing at #8 for the fourth straight sweep, CHR cluster-mate WLDI “WiLD 95.5” adds six-tenths to April’s one-half share increase (2.8 – 3.3 – 3.9, 6+). In a bit of a similar scenario, Spanish contemporaryWLDI cluster-mate WRLX adds one-half share to April’s +.6 (1.4 – 2.0 – 2.5, 6+) and enters the top ten (#11 to #10). Prior to April’s +.6, WRLX was down or flat five straight times (2.5 – 1.9 – 1.6 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4, 6+). Registering a decrease for the fourth successive sweep yielding a cumulative -2.2 (9.5 – 9.3 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.3, 6+), Alpha Media hot AC WRMF nonetheless holds down the top spot for the 22nd consecutive time. This is, however, the lowest 6+-share for WRMF since July 2014 (7.1). Following four successive progressive trends in which it doubled its 6+-share since the “Holiday” 2015 ratings period (1.3 – 1.6 – 1.9 – 2.4 – 2.6, 6+), iHeartMedia talker WJNO is off by four-tenths to 2.2 (6+) and departs the top ten (#9 to #11). Prior to reaching 2.4 in March, WJNO had been in 1.3 – 1.9 (6+) range the previous 13 sweeps.

10) Jacksonville – In a ratings game of “crazy eights,” Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1 – Today’s WEJZVariety” (10.7, 6+); cluster-mate WGNE “99.9 Gator Country” (4.9 – 5.7, ninth to seventh, 6+); and Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL “Eagle 96.9” (8.2, 6+) all improve by eight-tenths. “Lite 96.1” is #1 for the seventh straight time and back in double-digits (6+) afterWJGL four consecutive sweeps between 9.2 – 9.9 (6+). Prior to dropping to #2 in November, “Lite” had been on top the previous 17 sweeps. Advancing from fourth to third, “Eagle” curtails three consecutive downward trends (8.8 – 7.5 – 7.5 – 7.4, 6+). This marks back-to-back sweeps that iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WSOL adds one-half share (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.3, 6+); “V-101.5” climbs from sixth to a fifth-place tie. Conversely, after improving by one-half share in March and then piling on seven-tenths in April (4.3 – 4.8 – 5.5, 6+), co-owned CHR WKSL “Kiss FM” relinquishes all of it (plus three-tenths) to 4.0 (-1.5, 6+) as it plummets from the top ten (#7 to #11).

11) Memphis – Over and above being #1 for the third straight time, iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS “V-101” notches its third KJMSsuccessive increase for a whopping +4.2 in that stretch (8.3 – 10.2 – 11.2 – 12.5, 6+) – and – has its strongest 6+-share since December 2012’s 13.5. 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+). Down or flat the past fourWRVR ratings periods for a roughly 52% erosion (14.0 – 7.3 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WRVR “The River Continuous Soft Rock” roars back in a significant way with a +1.2 to 7.9 (6+) and inches up from fourth to third. On the strength of a +.6 (2.8 – 3.4, 6+), Cumulus Media’s WXMX “Maximum Rock 98.1 The Max” advances from tenth to ninth and has its best 6+-performance in over one year (3.6, April 2015). Back in February, cluster-mate WRBO extended its streak of consecutive progressive trends to four (7.0 – 7.4 – 7.8 – 8.2 – 8.3, 6+), but “Soul Classics and Today’s R&B” was off four-tenths in March; gained three-tenths in April; and now regresses by seven-tenths in May (7.9 – 8.2 – 7.5, third to fourth, 6+). Declining by six-tenths each are Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” (6.2 – 5.6, unchanged at #5, 6+) and public urban AC WQOX (1.3 – .7, #16 to #17). After six successive ratings periods at #6, “FM 100” advanced to #5 to April. Co-owned sports outlet WMC-AM is at .1 for the seventh straight sweep and remains at #18. Within 8.3 – 8.9 range (6+) for the seventh consecutive sweep, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK “K-97.1” sputters by one-half share (8.8 – 8.3, 6+) but remains in the runner-up slot; “K-97.1” finished first in February.

12) Hartford – Boasting the greatest (6+) April 2016 – May 2016 increase of any station in the 48-PPM markets, CBS Radio WTIC-AMtalker WTIC-AM (6.5 – 8.8, +2.3, 6+) rockets from seventh to second. As a result of being down in April (by -1.1), WTIC-AM ended a string of six straight up or flat ratings periods for a +1.9 (5.7 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 6.3 – 7.1 – 7.1 – 7.6, 6+). Following three straight gains (2.4 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.3, 6+), public WNPR regressed by one-half share in April but gains it allWRCH back (2.8 – 3.3, +.5, 6+); WNPR though stays at #9. Owing to a +.3 in April, CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH halted a three-month slide that resulted in a combined decline of nearly seven shares (17.8 – 12.1 – 11.9 – 11.0, 6+). Flat in May at 11.3 (6+), “Lite 100.5” is the market leader for the 20th time in the last 21 sweeps – including the past 12. Snapped in January was its string of five straight increases (8.7 – 10.8 – 11.1 – 11.6 – 11.9 – 17.8 – 12.1, 6+). Faltering by eight-tenths each are rhythmic CHR sibling WZMX “Hot 93.7” (second to fourth, 6+) and iHeartMedia CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7” (sixth to seventh, 6+). Over the last three monthlies (which now includes back-to-back declines of -.8), “Hot” is a combined -2.3 (10.1 – 9.4 – 8.6 – 7.8, 6+); February’s 10.1 was its best-ever 6+-share in the PPM-era. This is the fourth successive time “Kiss” is without an increase (7.1 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.0, 6+).

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Sacramento alternative outlet KKDO “Radio 94.7” is hosting the “City of Trees” concert on Saturday, September 10 featuring acts Weezer, Panic! At the Disco, Phantogram, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, The Rebel Light, and more TBA…..CBS RADIO’s country KMLE, Phoenix is presenting the second annual Daddy-Daughter Derby in which teams of dads and daughters will compete in a timed obstacle course made up entirely of “daughter” tasks for dad (such as finger-painting and braiding ribbons), and “daddy” tasks for daughter (including throwing a football and checking the tire pressure on a car).  The fastest-winning team gets a pair of tickets to the Selena Gomez concert for the daughter and brand new Weber grill for dad.  Other contestants will win gift cards to Paul’s Ace Hardware.  The promotion takes place on Father’s Day this Sunday.

cbsChainsmokers16CBS Execs Meet The Chainsmokers.  At last week’s CBS RADIO meeting in New York City, company CHR, rhythmic CHR, hot AC and alternative programmers and executives from across the country came together to chat with various music labels, managers and artists.  The two days of meetings included surprise appearances and performances by American Authors, The Chainsmokers, Dagny, DNCE, Ingrid Michaelson, Jordan Fisher, Jordan Smith, Kent Jones, LEON, Marc E. Bassy, OneRepublic, Shaggy, Stanaj, Tinashe, and others.  Pictured here are Columbia Records executives and The Chainsmokers presenting CBS RADIO executives with a double platinum plaque to thank them for their support and commemorate more than 2 million copies of their hit single “Roses.”  Pictured here are CBS RADIO EVP, programming Chris Oliviero; president Andre Fernandez; SVP, programming Michael Martin; and SVP, programming Kevin Weatherly congratulating the band, along with Columbia Records EVP/GM Joel Klaiman and EVP, promotion Lee Leipsner.

Friday, June 10, 2016

| June 10, 2016

wdrvDan McNeil Exits WDRV, Chicago’s Morning Drive Show.  Mercurial Chicago radio personality Dan McNeil exits Hubbard Radio’s classic rock WDRV “The Drive” after 16 months on the morning drive show.  McNeil is probably one of the markets most famous – or infamous – sports talk personalities.  Over the last 25 years he had talked sports on CBS RADIO’s WSCR and ESPN O&O WMVP.  Prior to joining WDRV, McNeil was in contract talks to rejoinmcneildan WSCR in the midday slot but the two sides couldn’t come to terms.  In February of 2015, McNeil was paired up with Pete McMurray to co-host The Drive’s morning show.  Recently, McNeil disappeared from the air and, when he returned, was only heard doing brief sports reports.  According to several sources, McNeil was upset when Greg Solk was let go from his SVP of programming post and was more upset when he was instructed not to talk about the matter on the show.  Apparently, he was given some time off to cool down.  Now, the station and he part ways and Hubbard makes the announcement in a press release from Hubbard Radio Chicago vice president/market manager John Gallagher and WDRV program director Rob Cressman.  McNeil is quoted in the presser saying, “It was an incredible chapter in my radio tour.  I got to be a part of a terrific air staff… some really wonderful people.  ‘The Drive’ paid me go to mcmurraypetemovies, to take listeners to see AC/DC and The Who.  I’ve been wanting to write a love letter to rock and roll publicly for years and I got to do it on one of the most sparkling classic rock stations in the country.”  Cressman addresses the station’s morning show going forward.  “We look forward to what lies ahead for ‘The Drive.’  Pete McMurray and the team have assembled a strong foundation.  Our plans include a search for the chemistry and content mix that our audience has clearly requested.  The considerable research and appraisal that accompanied the former incarnation of ‘The Morning Drive’ will continue to determine where future opportunities exist to super-serve Chicago’s classic rock enthusiasts in the morning.”

hubbardradio logoBewley Named Digital Director for Hubbard Minneapolis-St. Paul.  Replacing Jeremy Sinon as Hubbard Radio’s Minneapolis-St. Paul digital director is Jesse Bewley, who will be responsible for the digital strategies for hot AC KSTP-FM “KS95-FM,” talk KTMY “myTalk 107.1,” and sports talk KSTP-AM “1500 ESPN.”  Bewley says, “I couldn’t be more grateful to Dan Seeman and the entire team at Hubbard for giving me this incredible opportunity to advance my career.  Jeremy Sinon undoubtedly leaves me gigantic shoes to fill, but I’m very much looking forward to leading the team to continued and expanded success in the local digital space.”   Sinon was promoted to corporate digital director.  Bewley, who most recently served as digital PD for iHeartMedia Minneapolis, starts with Hubbard on June 20.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In the Danbury, Connecticut market, Rich Minor is the new program director at Berkshire Broadcasting’s classic hits WAXB “B103.7.”  He’s also on air hosting the “Rich Minor in the Morning” show on sister hot AC WDAQ “98Q.”…..According to a story in the Charlotte Observer, octogenarian morning show cast member Robert D. Raiford is retiring from his position with the WRFX, Charlotte-based syndicated classic rock morning show “John Boy & Billy.”  The 88-year-old Raiford suffered a stroke last year and it has affected his mobility and his voice.

nielsen logoRound Three of May PPM Data Released. May 2016 PPM ratings information from Nielsen Audio has been released for the third  group of 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. Nielsen Audio’s May 2016 survey period covered April 21 – May 18. 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 – Matching the 4.0 (6+) it registered in August, Alpha Media triple A KINK notches a full-share increase (3.0 – KINK May 20164.0, 6+) to zoom from #16 to #12. Coming off a +1.2 in March, country sibling KUPL “The Bull” delivered a +.2 in April and follows up with a +.6 in May (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.3, 6+), climbing from sixth to fifth. 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+). It is chasing Entercom‘s KWJJ, up in back-to-back sweeps for a combined +.5 (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.0, 6+); “Great Country for the Great Northwest 99.5 The Wolf” remains in third-place for theKUPL fifth straight sweep. Finishing fourth for the fourth time in a row, iHeartMedia mainstream CHR KKRZ “Z-100” is either up or flat for the sixth consecutive time for a cumulative +1.2 (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+). In addition to being #1 for the 23rd time in the last 25 ratings periods, adult contemporary cluster-mate KKCW “K-103” dials up a one-tenth gain to 8.7 (6+), thus ending four straight sweeps without an increase (21.4 – 9.5 – 8.8 – 8.6 – 8.6, 6+). Moreover, “K-103” widens its (6+) lead by one full-share over runner-up KOPB from 1.3 in April to 2.3 in May as Oregon Public Broadcasting‘s KOPB is a combined -1.6 in April and May (8.0 – 7.3 – 6.4, 6+). Rewinding to the “Holiday” 2015 report, “K-103” enjoyed a 16.1 lead over KOPB (21.4 versus 5.3, 6+). In advance of the January sweep, KOPB had been down or flat the previous four monthlies (6.7 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.3, 6+). Despite being either up or flat for the fifth time in a row (2.8 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+), Salem Media Group regional Mexican KRYP actually slips from a three-way logjam at #12 to #14, which is where it was in March.

2) Charlotte – As usual, country is a dominant ratings theme in Charlotte – but it is only part of May’s headline. A new #1 ends the WRFXfour-month run by Beasley Media Group-owned WSOC “Country’s Greatest Hits,” which is off by four-tenths (7.0 – 6.6, 6+) and drops to third. Given that cross-town challenger – iHeartMedia‘s WKKT – trots out a robust +1.1 (5.9 – 7.0, 6+), one would think “The Kat” is succeeding WSOC. The new penthouse occupant though isWKKT actually WKKT’s classic rock sibling WRFX “The Fox,” which also improves by +1.1 (6.0 – 7.1, 6+) and eases into #1 from the runner-up slot. 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 past five sweeps, “The Kat” climbs to second. This marks the fifth consecutive gain for WLNK “The Link” for a +1.7 (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+), yet the Greater Media hot AC-talk hybrid has to settle for backward move of #4 to #5. Even though it remains at #9, Beasley Media Group urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98” boasts a +.8 to 4.7 (6+), applying the brakes to five straight sweeps without an increase that resulted in a combined -1.6 (5.5 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+). Also registering an increase of eight-tenths (and inching up from fifth to fourth) is urban AC sibling WBAV (5.9, 6+), which has been in 5.1 – 5.9 range the past 10 ratings periods. Adding one-half share, Radio One gospel WPZS “Praise 100.9” elevates from #13 to #15. Conversely, Davidson College-owned WDAV “Classical Public Radio” sputters by seven-tenths to 2.3 (6+) and slips from #13 to #16; “Classical Public Radio” had been up or flat the past three sweeps (2.2 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.0 (6+).

3) Pittsburgh – On the heels of a one-half share gain this time last month, iHeartMedia alternative WXDX doubles it to WXDXadvance from eighth to seventh (4.1 – 4.6 – 5.6, +1.0, 6+). It is the highest 6+-share for “The X @ 105.9” in more than four years (6.2, April 2012). After logging a +1.1 in April, CBS Radio‘s KDKA-FM “The Fan” piles on an additional nine-tenths (4.8 – 5.9 – 6.8, 6+) as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ flagship climbs from sixth to fifth; 6.8 is the highest 6+-stat for “The Fan” since October’s KDKA-FM 10.1. The rollercoaster ride for co-owned country WDSY “Y-108” continues. Owing to April‘s -.8 (after a +.9 in March), “Y-108” had its consecutive string of progressive trends ended at three (3.9 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.8 – 5.0, 6+), but “Pittsburgh’s Country” hauls out a +.7 to 5.7 (6+) and progresses from seventh to sixth; 5.8 in March was the highest 6+-share for “Y-108” since September 2014 (6.0). Elsewhere in the format, while unchanged at #10, iHeartMedia’s WPGB “Big 104.7 #1 for New Country” is without a decrease for the seventh successive sweep (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.2 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.3, 6+). Having put together a successive trio of increases yielding a combined three full-shares (7.9 – 9.5 – 10.7 – 10.9, 6+), classic hits-oldies sibling WWSW “3WS” sputters by seven-tenths to 10.2 (6+), but is #1 for the fourth successive ratings period. “3WS” was +5.8 in “Holiday” 2015, halting four straight decreases for a combined -2.4 (10.8 – 10.1 – 9.3 – 8.9 – 8.4, 6+). In January, it regressed by -6.3 (14.2 – 7.9, 6+); rebounded with a +1.6 in February; and tacked on another +1.2 in March (9.5 – 10.7, 6+). Off for the fourth straight time for a combined -3.9 (8.8 – 8.2 – 6.9 – 6.0 – 4.9, 6+), CBS Radio talker KDKA-AM spirals from fifth to eighth. KDKA-AM followed a -1.8 in “Holiday” 2015 with a +2.2 in January 2016.

4) Sacramento – Flashing a +.9 to duplicate the 3.3 (6+) it registered in September, iHeartMedia‘s KBEB “B-92.5 #1 For KBEBNew Country” jumps from #16 to #12. As far as the market’s other country facilities are concerned, CBS Radio‘s KNCI “New Country 105.1” is off two-tenths to 4.3 (sixth to seventh, 6+), while Entravision-owned KNTY “101.9 The Wolf” is flat at 2.2 and unchanged at #17. On top for the fourth straight ratings period, Entercom classic rocker KSEG “The Eagle” falters byKYMX eight-tenths to 9.8 (6+), therefore witnessing 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 CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96” (11.7) and KSEG (10.0). Aforementioned KYMX “Mix 96” (6.5 – 6.6, +.1, 6+) holds down the #3 slot for the fourth consecutive sweep, while co-owned hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5” is without an increase for the third successive time (5.0 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.6, 6+), dipping from fourth to fifth. While the net increase is three tenths, Capital Public Radio classical KXPR (#21) is nonetheless without a decrease for the fifth time in a row (.9 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.0 – 1.2, 6+).

5) San Antonio – It has certainly been an up-and-down past few sweeps for Cox Media Group classic rocker KTKX. After dialing KTKXup a +.8 in March, “The Eagle 106.7” regressed by -.9 in April, but in May, it recaptures April’s loss in its entirety (3.9 – 4.7 – 3.8, 4.7, 6+) and is back in the top ten (+.9, #11 to #8). A combined +2.4 since December (nearly twice its December 2015 6+-stat), Alpha Media adult hits KJXK notches its sixth straight increase (2.6 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 5.0, 6+). San Antonio’s version of “Jack” leaps from ninth to a fifth-place tie. Moreover, it is the strongestKJXK 6+-performance for “Jack” in nearly four years (5.3, August 2012). In addition to “Jack,” also improving by six-tenths and bumping up from #13 to #11 (4.2, 6+) is iHeartMedia CHR KXXM “Mix 96.1,” which halts a three-month slide (4.5 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+). Country rivals KCYY and KAJA again finish back-to-back and they improve their April rankers. Specifically, Cox Media Group’s “Y-00” improves by one-half share to 6.3 (third to second, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s “KJ-97” is right behind although down three-tenths to 5.4 (6+); even so, “KJ-97” manages to move from fourth to third. The two format foes are typically within close 6+-share/rank proximity but “Y-100” has won 13 of the last 14 head-to-head battles. After being up or flat in four consecutive sweeps (7.8 – 8.4 – 9.0 – 9.0 – 9.1, 6+), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM falters by seven-tenths to 8.4 (6+), but is #1 for the fifth straight sweep. Before 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). Having declined by one-half share in April, Univision regional Mexican KROM “Que Buena 92.9” regresses further – this time by a whopping -1.1 (6.7 –  6.2 – 5.1, 6+), skidding from second to fourth. Back in March, “Que Buena” put up a massive +2.0 (6+), crossing the six-share threshold for the first time since December 2012. Following an April gain of eight-tenths, rhythmic CHR cluster-mate KBBT “The Beat” (unchanged at #5) relinquishes more than half of it (4.7 – 5.5 – 5.0, -.5, 6+). Cluster-mate KXTN is on a rollercoaster ride that has taken it from a -.5 to March to a +1.2 in April and now a -.6 in May (3.8 – 3.3 – 4.5 – 3.9, 6+) as “Tejano & Proud” spirals out of the top ten (#8 to #12). As is the case with KXTN, Alpha Media regional Mexican KSAH-FM drops six-tenths (2.2 – 1.6, 6+), plummeting from #15 to #20.

6) Cincinnati – Owing to an April loss of two-tenths (to 9.4, 6+), Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies facility WGRR had its string WGRRof consecutive increases halted at three (6.8 – 8.5 – 8.8 – 9.6, 6+). Roaring back though, “103.5 WGRR” hangs out a +.9 to 10.3, thus joining WLW, WRRM, and WUBE as the only Cincinnati stations in the PPM-era to boast double-digits (6+). While unchanged at #5, co-owned (and just-referenced) adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98” gainsWRRM two-tenths to 5.4 (6+) to apply the brakes to four successive declines that resulted in a combined -6.7 (11.9 – 7.2 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 5.2, 6+). WGRR is seven-tenths behind aforementioned iHeartMedia talker – and Cincinnati Reds flagship – WLW, which declines by seven-tenths 11.7 – 11.0 (6+). Nonetheless, “The Big One” is in double-digits (6+) for the 28th successive sweep and at #1 for the fifth time in a row; WLW was +1.6 in April. After registering four straight increases (10.1 – 10.2 – 10.7 – 11.3 – 11.7, 6+), WLW was -1.3 in February and -.3 in March. A gain of seven-tenths to 5.1- its best 6+ share since last August (also 5.1) – enables co-owned CHR WKFS “Kiss 107” to advance from seventh to sixth. Returning to the top ten (#11 to #10), talk sibling WKRC adds one-half share (3.5 – 4.0, 6+). At the same time, Radio One urban contemporary WIZF “101.1 The WIZ” declines by seven-tenths (3.8 – 3.1, 6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #12). One of two streaks is snapped for Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC WKRQ and the other continues: While “Q-102” holds the #4 spot for the ninth straight time, a -.6 halts 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 in the previous four sweeps (7.2 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2, 6+). Four consecutive negative trends by country cluster-mate WUBE for a combined -3.6 (9.5 – 9.3 – 8.5 – 7.3 – 5.9, 6+) concluded in January when “B-105” posted a +.2. WUBE multiplied that gain by nine in February; tacked on two-tenths in March; and delivered a +.5 in April (6.1 – 7.9 – 8.1 – 8.6, 6+). This string breaks at three though as “B-105” (steady at #3) is off two-tenths to 8.4 (6+). Public classical WGUC has its fourth straight negative trend (3.3 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.2 – 19, 6+) but remains at #16.

7) Cleveland – Off by eight-tenths in April, CBS Radio sports outlet WKRK “92.3 The Fan” regains all of it and one-tenth for WKRKgood measure (4.1, +.9, 6+) remaining at #12. The increase puts an end to three straight losses for “The Fan” which was -1.7 since January (4.9 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.2, 6+). Never higher than 1.3 (6+), or lower than .6 (6+) in the last 26 sweeps, Ideastream classical WCLV trots out a +.8 (.9 – 1.7) to climb from #15 to #14. Co-owned WCPN though regressesWMJI by seven-tenths (3.2 – 2.5, 6+) and dips from #12 to #13. Holding the top spot for the fifth successive sweep, WMJI “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” notches a two-tenths gain (10.7 – 10.9, 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. Co-owned CHR WAKS “96.5 Kiss FM,” which had not had a decrease in the past seven sweeps (4.5 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.1, 6+), regresses by one-half share to 4.6 (6+) and exits the top ten (#10 to #11). Also in that iHeartMedia cluster, WGAR’s four straight gains generated a combined +2.3 (5.1 – 5.7 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 7.4, 6+), but the country outlet drops two-tenths in May to 7.2 (6+); it, however, remains at #4.

8) Salt Lake City – A gain of eight-tenths (3.7 – 4.5, 6+) enables iHeartMedia‘s KAAZ “Rock 106.7” to crack the top ten (#11 to KAAZ#10). 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. Enjoying an improvement of seven-tenths (3.2 – 3.9, 6+), Broadway Media‘s KXRK “X-96 Utah’s Original Alternative” climbs from #13 to #12. A six-tenths gain by Capital Broadcasting hot AC KBZN “Now 97.9 Today’s Best Music” (6.6, 6+), coupled with a full-share decline by Bonneville talkKBZN outlet KSL results in “Now” vaulting from third to first and KSL drifting from first to fifth. The +.6 ends three straight downtrends for “Now” (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 6.0, 6+), while this is the fourth straight survey period that KSL has been down or flat for a combined -1.4 (6. 9 – 6.9 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 5.5, 6+). “Now” 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+). In addition to “Now,” Broadway Media’s KUDD “Mix 105.1 – All The Hits” (4.0 – 4.6, tenth to eighth, 6+); rhythmic CHR KUUU “U-92” (#18 to #16, 6+); and public KRCL (.8 – 1.4, #26 to #23, 6+) also hang out gains of six-tenths. Bouncing back from a -.7 in March, “Mix” was +.8 in April. This is the third straight up-trend for “U-92” (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.8, 6+); KRCL is rebounding from April’s -.5. Within 2.2 – 2.8 (6+) range the past eight sweeps, Brigham Young University classical KBYU slumps by a lofty -1.1 (2.7 – 1.6, 6+) and freefalls from the top 20 (#16 to #22). Replicating April’s -.7 is iHeartMedia CHR KZHT (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.7, 6+). “Salt Lake’s #1 Hit Music Station” remains in the runner-up slot, but is now tied there with Bonneville classic hits-oldies and adult contemporary siblings KRSP “103.5 The Arrow” (-.3, 6+) and KSFI “FM 100.3” (+.4, 6+). Prior to April and May’s combined -1.7, KZHT had three straight progressive trends (4.7 – 5.1 – 6.7 – 7.1, 6+) and best 6+-performance since last August (7.5).

9) Las Vegas – After posting a gain of nine-tenths in April, Lotus-owned KOMP “92.3 The Rock Station” actually outdoes KOMPthat accomplishment with a +1.1 (2.8 – 3.7 – 4.8, 6+), jumping from tenth to fifth. “The Rock Station” was locked on 2.8 (6+) in February and March. The last time KOMP reached the four-share level (6+) was August 2013 (4.3). In April, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE picked up four-tenths to put an end to threeKSNE straight declines which resulted in an approximately 55% erosion of its 6+-share (15.7 – 7.8 – 7.2 – 7.1, 6+). “Sunny 106.5” adds six-tenths in May (7.5 – 8.1, 6+) and is #1 for the 21st straight time. Aided by a one-half share increase (3.4 – 3.9, 6+), cluster-mate KWNR “New Country 95.5 The Bull” enters the top ten (#12 to #10) and has its best 6+share since November’s 4.4. Flat at 6.1 (6+), Beasley Media Group‘s classic hits-oldies KKLZ is in the runner-up slot for the fifth successive sweep. Declining by seven-tenths each are CBS Radio-owned KLUC “Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” (4.4, fifth to eighth, 6+) and iHeartMedia CHR KPLV “93.1 The Party” (1.6, #18 to #19, 6+).”Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” regressed by six-tenths in March, but was up one-half share in April. May’s loss by “The Party” curtails six successive monthlies without a decrease for a cumulative +.8 (1.5 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+); 2.3 (in February, March, and April) represents the best 6+-stat for “The Party” since last July (2.8). In the market’s hot AC contest, CBS Radio-owned KMXB “Mix” is flat at 5.4 (third to fourth, 6+), while Beasley Media Group’s KVGS “Star 107.9” falters by one-half share (3.2 – 2.7, 6+) to move from #13 to #14.

10) Kansas City – There is plenty of movement among Kansas City’s three FM country facilities. For openers, Entercom‘s WDAFWDAF “106.5 The Wolf” trots out an impressive +1.1 (3.1 – 4.2, 6+) to leap from #16 to #12, while – with a one-half share gain (4.1, unchanged at #13, 6+) – Steel City Media-owned KBEQ “Q-104 #1 for New Country” puts an end to three straight down or flat trends (4.4 – 4.4 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+). On the downside though, co-owned KFKF “Country 94.1” regresses by six-tenths (4.3 – 3.7, 6+) and plummets fromKCSP the top ten (#8 to #15). It is the lowest 6+-share for “Country 94.1” since August (3.6). In the sports tussle, Entercom‘s KCSP “610 Sports” follows up April’s whopping +1.4 with a +.9 (2.4 – 3.8 – 4.7, 6+) as the Kansas City Royals flagship marches from tenth to seventh; it finished at #19 in March. On the other hand, Union Broadcasting‘s WHB “Sports Radio 810” surrenders eight-tenths (2.9 – 2.1, 6+) but remains at #18. Registering a 6+-share between 3.1 – 3.8 the past six sweeps, Cumulus Media adult hits KCJK improves by nine-tenths to 4.5 (6+) with Kansas City’s version of “Jack” ironically progressing from a three-way tie at #13 to a three-way deadlock at #8. Locked on 3.6 (6+) in March and April, CHR sibling KCHZ “95.7 The Vibe All The Hits” busts out a one-half share increase to 4.1 (where it was in February) and is steady at #13. Notching increases of six-tenths each are Entercom talker KMBZ-FM (3.8 – 4.4, #10 to #11, 6+) and public contemporary Christian KJNW “Life 88.5” (1.2 – 1.8, #20 to #19, 6+). Adding four-tenths to April’s +.5 pushes Cumulus Media classic rock KCFX “The Fox” from second to first, where it trades places with Entercom hot AC KZPT “99.7 The Point” (6.9 – 6.2, -.7, 6+). KZPT (now at #2) had been on top in February, March, and April; 6.9 was the most potent 6+-share for “The Point” since March 2015 (6.9 as well). Following four successive sweeps without a decrease for a net gain of one full-share (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.4, 6+), Cumulus Media urban AC KMJK “Magic 107.3” sputters by nine-tenths to 4.5 (6+) and tumbles from fourth to eighth.

11) Orlando – As was the case in April, iHeartMedia Orlando boasts a one-two-three (6+) finish, but there are changes at #1 WMGFand #2. Powered by a gain of six tenths (9.0 – 9.6, 6+) adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” progresses from second to first, while Spanish tropical WRUM “Rumba” (9.8 – 9.4, 6+) segues from first (where it had been the past four sweeps) to second. Despite a +.6 (8.0 – 8.6, 6+), co-owned CHR WXXL “XL-106.7” remains in third-place. “Magic”WCFB and “XL-106.7” were each up seven tenths in April (6+) and now they both improve by six-tenths. In the last nine sweeps, “Magic” 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); and now +.6 (May). Down a combined -1.4 in consecutive monthlies (6.2 – 5.0 – 4.8, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5” rebounds with a +.6 to 5.4 (6+) and remains at #7. “Rumba” format rival – Entravision‘s WNUE “Salsa 98.1” – displays a one-half share gain (1.6 – 2.1, 6+) and cruises from #17 to #14. In the spoken-word arena, Cox Media Group’s WDBO-FM (3.6, ninth to tenth, 6+) and public WMFE (2.5 – 2.0, #14 to #15, 6+) are each off by one-half share. WDBO-FM had been without a decrease the past four monthlies (3.4 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+). This is the lowest 6+-share for Community Communications’ WMFE since last June (also 2.0). Also eroding by one-half share each are Cox Media Group’s WMMO  (7.6 – 7.1, fourth to fifth, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s WTKS-HD2 (1.8 – 1.3, #15 to #17, 6+). WMMO was +1.1 (6+) in April and had its most potent 6+-showing in almost six years (7.6, August 2010). After four straight gains for an overall +2.2 (5.4 – 6.4 – 6.8 – 7.5 – 7.6, 6+), CBS Radio hot AC WOMX drops two-tenths to 7.4 (6+) but “Mix 105.1” is unchanged at #4; April’s 7.6 is its most potent 6+-share since May 2013 (8.6). Notwithstanding that it is down for the fourth straight time with a net loss of -2.4 (6.0 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 4.0 – 3.6, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WJRR “Orlando’s Rock Station” manages to climb from #11 to a tie (with WDBO-FM) at #10.

12) Columbus – Despite a full-share increase (4.5 – 5.5, 6+), Saga Communications’ classic rock WLVQ remains in fifth-WLVQ May 2016place; “Q-FM 96” was at 5.5 (6+) in December as well. Jumping from #14 to #11, adult hits cluster-mate WNND “Rewind Columbus’ Greatest Hits” turns in its fifth successive progressive trend (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 3.0, 6+). Dating back to theWCOL-FM “Holiday” 2015 report, “Rewind” has more than doubled its 6+-share for a cumulative +1.6. Not only does iHeartMedia‘s WCOL repeat at #1 and notch double-digits (6+) for the fifth successive sweep, the country outlet chalks up an impressive +.9 just as it did in April (10.5 – 11.4 – 12.3, 6+). Turning in gains of one-half share each are iHeartMedia CHR WNCI “97.9 Columbus’ Hit Music” (11.0, 6+); classic hits-oldies-turned adult hits sibling WODC “The Bus – We Play Anything” (4.8, 6+); and Radio One rhythmic CHR WCKX “Power 107.5” (4.3, 6+). They are unchanged at #2, #6, and #9, respectively. While it remained (and remains) in double-figures (6+), “Columbus’ Hit Music” was off or flat the past three sweeps (12.2 – 11.1 – 11.1 – 10.5, 6+). This is the fourth straight improvement for “The Bus” for a net +1.3 (3.5 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.3 – 4.8, 6+). Prior to reaching 4.3 (6+) in May, “Power” was in 3.0 – 3.8 range (6+) the previous nine ratings periods. Stumbling by seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia talker WTVN (flat at #4, 6+) and River Radio Ministries contemporary Christian WCVO “Uplifting & Encouraging 104.9 The River” (#11 to #13, 6+). This is the third straight dip for both WTVN (7.3 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.5, 6+) and “The River” (4.4 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 2.6, 6+). Down three-tenths to .5, Radio One gospel WJYD “Joy 107.1” sees its consecutive string of monthlies without a decrease end at four (.5 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .8 (6+) but it perseveres at #17.

PwC Gives Radio Positive Outlook Over Next Four Years.  The new Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2016-2020 is out from PwC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and it presents current ad spend data and predicts where the industries will be in the year 2020.  For radio, the news is mixed.  PwC scores radio’s ad spend based on AM/FM spot sales, internet streaming and digital revenue, and NTR (or live events).  It predicts radio as an industry will rise from its current $21.4 billion in revenue to $23.1 billion in 2020 – a compound annual growth rate of 1.6%.  For radio stations and companies already integrating live events into their revenue stream, PwC says the news is good.  The study forecasts an almost 5% increase in revenue in the Live Events sector to $11.69 billion by the year 2020.  See the study here.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

| June 9, 2016

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Former WSIX, Nashville music director and director of promotions Kimsey Kerr joins SiriusXM’s country programming department as assistant program director…..Air personality Stacy Gantt becomes part of the air staff at Adams Radio Group’s Las Cruces cluster where she’s to be part of both CHR KHQT “HOT 103” and classic hits KSNM “Classic Hits 98.7.”…..Joining the Tom Kent Radio Network in the affiliate sales department is former classic hits WRQN, Toledo program director Mark Elliott.

moFormer WDJQ, Canton Personality Mo Sues D.A. Peterson Inc. for Breach of Contract.  Former WDJQ, Canton, Ohio “Q92” morning personality Bryan Modzelewski, a.k.a. Mo, is suing station owner D.A. Peterson, Inc. for breach of contract, claiming the company failed to give him 15 days’ notice of his pending termination or pay 15 days’ salary, as required in his contract.  Mo exited the station back in February of this year, three years after signing his deal with “Q92.”  In the claim, attorney Steven Okey is asking for a total of $50,000 in compensatory damages for lost wages over the term of the four-year contract and that D.A. Peterson strike the non-compete clause from Modzelewski’s contract.  Interestingly, in 2012 former WDJQ personality Patrick DeLuca won a countersuit against D.A. Peterson.  He and partner Charlotte DiFranco started an internet morning show subsequent to leaving WDJQ after they could not come to terms on a new contract.  In that case, the narrow language of the non-compete in the pair’s contracts defined what they did for a living as broadcasting over FCC-governed public airwaves on a radio station (our emphasis).  The judge in that decision ruled their internet show did not fall under that definition.

benderthomasGreater Media Interactive SVP Bender to Retire.  Senior vice president and general manager of Greater Media interactive Tom Bender has been with the company for almost 30 years – the last nine heading up the company’s interactive efforts.  Bender is announcing his retirement from the company.  Bender says, “I was privileged to work in my hometown with a wonderful group of people who created WCSX-FM and built upon the 45-year heritage of WRIF, where I began my career.   Greater Media is an extraordinary company and I thank them for a creative and innovative culture in which to work.  Now it’s time for a new chapter in my life!”  The company says that director of digital operations Steve Meyers will “assume strategic management of the company’s digital efforts and Jennifer Williams, digital marketing director, will continue to direct the company’s Content Factory in Detroit.

ppmunitRound Two of May PPM Data Released. May 2016 PPM survey information has been released by Nielsen Audio for the second group of 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen Audio’s May 2016 survey period covered April 21 – May 18.  View all the 6+ 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. – As far as 6+-numbers for radio stations in the Nation’s Capital are concerned, it is a case of the rich getting WTOPricher, with frontrunners WTOP (9.6 – 10.3, 6+) and WAMU (7.8 – 8.5, 6+) each improving by a solid seven-tenths. Not only is Hubbard Broadcasting-owned all-news WTOP the market’s pacesetter for the fifth straight sweep,WAMU 10.3 is 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 successive ratings periods. American University‘s WAMU is #2 for the fifth consecutive occurrence; “The Mind Is Our Medium” was -1.2 in March. After gaining six-tenths in April, Radio One urban contemporary WKYS surrenders nearly twice that (3.5 – 4.1 – 3.0, -1.1) and freefalls from #7 to #14. This represents WKYS’ weakest 6+-showing since January 2015’s 2.9. Within 5.2 – 5.5 range (6+) the past four ratings periods, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH (fifth to sixth, -.8, 6+) stumbles to 4.4, its lowest 6+-stat since September’s 2014’s 4.3. One full-share separates the market’s two head-to-head urban AC rivals as Howard University‘s WHUR is up two-tenths while Radio One-owned WMMJ “Majic 102.3” is steady; the two properties remain at #3 and #4, respectively. It is the third successive increase for WHUR (+1.3 in March) for a combined +1.7 (4.8 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.5, 6+), while “Majic” – up eight-tenths in both March and April – is without a decrease for the third time in a row (3.9 – 4.7 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+). Prior to the +.8 in March, “Majic” had been without an increase in the previous five ratings periods (4.7 – 4.7 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+).

2) Boston – Mirroring what happened in Washington, D.C. (see above), two Beantown outlets notch April 2016 – May 2016 gains WXKS-FMof (lucky) seven-tenths each. Specifically, having been frozen on 7.0 (6+) in February and March, iHeartMedia mainstream CHR WXKS-FM sputtered by one full-share in April but bounces back with a +.7 (7.0 – 6.0 – 6.7, 6+); “Kiss-FM” is steady in third-place. Eight-WEEI-FMtenths behind it is the flagship of the Boston Red Sox, Entercom‘s WEEI-FM, which tacks on seven-tenths to the one-half share it picked up in April (4.7 – 5.2 – 5.9, 6+) to inch up from fifth to fourth; 5.9 (6+) matches what WEEI-FM garnered in January. Unchanged at #6, CBS Radio‘s WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” is up or flat for the third consecutive time (4.7 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.9, 6+). Returning the three-tenths it notched in April (7.7 – 8.0 – 7.7, 6+), Greater Media-owned WROR “Boston’s Classic Hits” is nonetheless on top for the fifth successive monthly. In April, it reached the eight-share level (6+) for the first time since March 2015 (8.1). Following eight successive ratings periods without an increase for a combined -1.2 (3.3 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.1, 6+), Entercom rocker WAAF has its second straight up-trend (2.4 – 2.6, 6+), but actually reverts from #16 to #17. In back-to-back sweeps, WBUR has eroded by a combined -1.7 (5.1 – 4.0 – 3.4, 6+) and the Boston University station departs the top ten (#10 to #12). The -1.1 WBUR recorded in April ended three straight increases (4.1 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.1, 6+). Advancing by one-half share in February, CBS Radio hot AC WBMX “Mix 104.1” coughed up eight-tenths in March; regained seven-tenths in April; and now loses four-tenths in May (3.8 – 4.3 – 3.5 – 4.2 – 3.8, 6+), rolling back to ninth from seventh. Before registering back-to-back gains of +1.1 and +.5 (in January and February), “Mix” had been without an increase the previous four sweeps (4.2 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.5 – 2.7, 6+). While co-owned WZLX is down or flat for the third straight time (4.4 – 4.4 – 3.9 – 3.8, 6+), “Classic Rock 100.7” manages to move from #12 to a three-way tie at #9.

3) Detroit – Part of an April three-way logjam at #10, CBS Radio-owned WYCD piles on one full-share to a six-tenths gain it WYCDrecorded this time last month (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). Following slight decreases in February and March (5.9 – 5.5WXYT-FM – 5.2, 6+), sports sibling WXYT-FM “97.1 The Ticket” erupted with a +1.3 in April and adds another eight-tenths (6.5 – 7.3, 6+) as the Detroit Tigers flagship repeats at #1. Going back to September 2015, WJR has had quite the wild ride. In that stretch, which began at 4.3 (#12), the Cumulus Media talker has been +.7, +.8, flat (in December), -1.0, +.8, +.2, +.9, -5, and now -.9 in May. WJR is tied with WYCD at #5 with a 5.3 (6+) – thus a +1.0 since September’s 4.3. In March, WJR notched a 6.7, which is the station’s best ever 6+-stat. Also in the spoken-word arena, all-news WWJ sputters for the fourth straight ratings period. The CBS Radio property had been the market leader (6+) in January and February but is a combined -2.6 since January (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.2, 6+) and has spiraled to seventh (from fifth in April). Up or flat the past four sweeps for a combined +.8 (1.9 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+) Cumulus Media-owned WDRQ “Detroit’s Hottest Country Hits” is off by two-tenths to 2.5 (6+) and slides from #17 to #18. After four successive 3.2-showings and six straight trends without a decrease that yielded a net +.6 (2.6 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rocker WDTW “106.7 The D” loses one-tenth to 3.1 (6+), but is #15 for the fourth time in a row.

4) Miami – A change in the mainstream CHR contest finds Cox Media Group‘s WFLC “Hits 97.3” (3.3 – 3.7, +.4, #12 to #10, 6+) WFLCovertaking iHeartMedia‘s WHYI “Y-100 (3.7 – 3.4, -.3, #10 to #11). In April, “Hits 97.3” hung out a +.5 to apply the brakes to three straight downward trends (3.3 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+). In the last 12 head-to-head showdowns (including May 2016), “Y-100” has emerged onWBGG top nine times and “Hits 97.3” three times. 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. For the fifth successive ratings period, iHeartMedia classic rocker WBGG “Big 105.9” (#15 to #13) either is up or flat (2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.2, 6+). Off a combined one-half share since February (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+), public WLRN regains all of it to climb from #18 to #16 (2.5, 6+). Up or flat for the third straight sweep (4.1 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System tropical WXDJ “El Zol 106.7” inches up from seventh to sixth. Stymied at 4.9 (6+) in January, February, and March, co-owned Spanish contemporary WCMQ “Zeta 92.3” is off by one-tenth for the second straight time (4.8 – 4.7, sixth to seventh, 6+). The market’s (6+) adult contemporary share declines by seven-tenths as Entercom‘s WLYF “Lite FM” (#1 for the fourth time in a row) drops one-half share to 8.2 (6+) and Cox Media Group‘s WFEZ “Easy 93.1” loses two-tenths to 6.3 (6+). In April, “Lite” was up six-tenths to 8.7, its strongest 6+-share in almost six years (9.4, May 2010). “Easy 93.1” is ranked third for the fourth successive sweep. On the heels of improving by one-half share, independent Spanish talk WSUA “Caracol 1260” relinquishes all of it and one-tenth more (1.3 – 1.8 – 1.2, -.6, 6+) and drops out of the top 20 (#19 to #22).

5) Seattle – Over and above outdoing its April +.6 with a robust +.9 in May (1.9 – 2.5 – 3.4, 6+), Bonneville sports outlet/Seattle KIROO-AMMariners flagship KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN Seattle” rockets ten full rankers from #20 to #10. Recording gains of one-half share each are Entercom rhythmic hot AC KHTP “Hot 103.7” (ninth to eighth, 6+) and KPWK “Power 93.3 Seattle’s New Hit Music” (2.6 – 3.1, #19 to #15,KHTP 6+). “Hot 103.7” is up or flat for the fourth time in a row (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.1, 6+). Notwithstanding that each station is down, the tie at #11 between Seattle’s hot AC rivals is broken as Sinclair Broadcast Group‘s KPLZ “Star 101.5” drops one-tenth to 3.4 yet actually climbs to #10, while iHeartMedia’s KBKS “106.1 Kiss FM” falls to #12 (3.2, -.3, 6+). Posting a +.2 to 6.2 (6+), Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5 – All The Hits” not only ranks first for the fifth consecutive sweep, it halts three straight downward sweeps for a combined -1.7 (7.7 – 7.6 – 6.9 – 6.0, 6+). January‘s 7.7 is its highest 6+-share in the PPM-era in both its present format and when it was rhythmic hot AC.  Just one-tenth behind – and in the runner-up slot for the fourth time in a row – is iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KJR-FM “95.7 The Jet,” which gains three-tenths to 6.1, its strongest 6+-share since September’s 6.5. After four successive up or flat monthlies that produced a combined +1.1 (2.5 – 2.9 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.6, 6+), Entercom’s KKWF “The Wolf” falters by six-tenths to 3.0 (6+) to plummet from #9 to #17. Format rival – CBS Radio’s KMPS – returns the three-tenths it added in April (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+) and skids from sixth to ninth. Off by one-half share each are Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary KRWM “Warm 106.9” (4.9 – 4.4, unchanged at #5, 6+) and CBS Radio adult hits KJAQ “Jack-FM” (3.5 – 3.0, #11 to #17, 6+). It is the weakest 6+performance for Seattle’s version of “Jack” since a 2.2 in the “Holiday” 2013 report; “Warm” notched a 4.4 (6+) last September and October.

6) Phoenix – Country enjoys a combined +1.6, courtesy of a +.9 by CBS Radio‘s KMLE “Country@107.9” (tenth to sixth, 6+) and KMLEa +.7 by iHeartMedia-owned KNIX “102.5 #1 For New Country” (4.3, #13 to #7, 6+). It is the third straight increase for KMLE for a cumulative +1.8 (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.9, 6+); KNIX was locked on 3.6 (6+) in February, March, and April. This time last month, KOOLKNIX dusted itself off from a -1.2 with a modest +.3 (6.2 – 5.0 – 5.3, 6+) but in May, the CBS Radio classic hits-oldies outlet notches a +.7 to 6.0 (6+) to cruise from fifth to third. Displaying one-half share gains each and improving by two rankers are Farmworker Educational Radio regional Mexican KNAI “88.3 La Campesina” (2.8 – 3.3, #14 to #12, 6+) and Entravision‘s similarly formatted KLNZ “La Tricolor 103.5” (2.4 – 2.9, #16 to #14, 6+). A combined +1.0 since “Holiday” 2015, Bonneville talker KTAR-FM registers a gain for the fifth consecutive sweep (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+) and inches up from #10 to #9. This is the ninth straight sweep that KLNZ is in 2.0 – 2.9 territory. Although it is only up a net of two-tenths – and sitting at 2.5 (6+) for the fourth time in a row – Univision-owned regional Mexican KHOT (#15 to #16) has not had a decrease in the past five sweeps (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+). Up or flat for the third time in a row (7.1 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 8.1, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ is #1 for an even 20th successive ratings period. Having posted a +.3 in April, talk sibling KFYI ended eight consecutive ratings periods without an increase for a cumulative -1.9 in that period (5.7 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8, 6+). It was a short-lived respite though as KFYI coughs up a robust -1.3 to 2.8 (6+) and spirals to #15 (it had been in ninth-place in February, March, and April). Eroding by eight-tenths (3.9 – 3.1, 6+), The Yucaipa Companies’ rhythmic CHR KKFR “Power” drops from #12 to #13. Urban contemporary KNRJ “101.1 The Beat” slumps by six-tenths (1.9 – 1.3, 6+) and finishes at #25. Slipping by one-half share each are CBS Radio-owned rhythmic CHR KZON “Live 101.5 The Valley’s Hit Music Leader” (3.8, sixth to tenth, 6+) and iHeartMedia’s KYOT “95.5 The Mountain” (4.2 – 3.7, 6+). Prior to May’s -.5, “Live 101.5” had six straight ratings periods without a decrease (3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.3 – 4.3, 6+). “The Mountain” was down by one full-share in April and leaves the top ten (#7 to #11).

7) Minneapolis – Once again, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies station KQQL refuses to make a slight gain or a slight loss. Inching KQQLup from third to second, “Kool 108” is +.6 (6+). Its 6+-trends since last July have been +.9; -1.0; flat; -1.0; +1.2; +8.0; -9.9; +.5; +.9; -1.3; and now +.6 in May (8.4 – 9.3 – 8.3 – 8.3 – 7.3 – 8.5 – 16.5 – 6.6 – 7.1 – 8.0 – 6.7 – 7.3, 6+). Meanwhile, hot AC sibling KTCZKTCZ “The Cities” registers its fifth straight sweep without a decrease for a combined +1.6 (3.9 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+); May’s 5.5 is the station’s best 6+-number since July’s 6.0. Resting at 9.8 (6+) for the third straight sweep, similarly programmed KSTP-FM is #1 for the fifth consecutive time. Prior to a -.4 in March, “KS-95” amassed a +3.4 in January and a +.5 in February, which guided the Hubbard Broadcasting property 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+). Down or flat the past five ratings periods (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.0 -.9 -.9, 6+), Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies outlet WGVX “105 The Vibe” records a +.1 to 1.0 (6+) and returns to the top 20 (#21 to #20). Following a -.4 in April, noncommercial contemporary Christian KTIS-FM regresses by one-half share (5.9 – 5.5 – 5.0, 6+) to slip from sixth to tenth. Up or flat the past four ratings periods for a net gain of +1.6 (3.5 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 5.1, 6+), CBS Radio country outlet KMNB “Buz’n @ 102.9” drops four-tenths to 4.7 (6+), freefalling from a four-way tie at #8 to #13. Also included in that April eighth-place tie-up was American Public Media Group‘s KNOW, which had seven successive sweeps without a decrease (3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 5.1, 6+). The streak, however, is snapped as KNOW is off three-tenths to 4.8 (6+) and drops to #11.

8) San Diego – There is a shift of +1.5 in the market’s hot AC share: Simultaneous with CBS Radio-owned KYXY improving by KYXY+1.0 to zoom from #12 to #5 (6+), iHeartMedia‘s KMYI “Star 94.1” (unchanged at #2, 6+) registers a one-half share gain. It is the fourth straight positive trend for “Star” (4.9 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+) and its best 6+-share since last July (6.1); KYXY now has a string of three straightKMYI improvements (3.1 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.5, 6+). The market had three hot ACs until early-January, but that’s when Midwest Television flipped KFMB-FM to rock; “100.7 KFM-BFM” is down two-tenths (3.7 – 3.5, #9 to #12, 6+). Imagen Spanish contemporary XLTN “Radio Latina 104.5” hangs out a whopping +.9 (2.6 – 3.5, #16 to #12, 6+), while Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KLQV “102.9 Mas Variedad” – without a gain in the past five sweeps (4.5 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.6 – 3.4, 6+) – gains eight-tenths to 4.2, catapulting from #13 to #7 (6+). After being down or flat the past six ratings periods (3.6 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 2.8 – 2.5 – 2.2, 6+), classic hits-oldies XPRS-FM “Max 105.7” picks up three-tenths to 2.5 to climb from #19 to #17 (6+). Steady at 6.6, the largest 6+-share in the frequency’s PPM-history, Entercom adult contemporary KXSN “Sunny 98.1” (formerly KIFM) is #1 for the fourth consecutive sweep. Frozen on 5.2 (6+) in February, March, and April, Univision Radio regional Mexican KLNV “Que Buena 106.5” sputters by one full-share to 4.2 and transitions from fourth to seventh (6+). Spanish adult hits XOCL “Diego 99.3” is off by seven tenths (1.1 – .4, #26, 6+). For the eleventh straight time, iHeartMedia talker KOGO has a 6+-share between 3.1 – 3.8 (3.6 – 3.1, -.5, 314, 6+). This marks the seventh consecutive down or flat trend for co-owned KIOZ (4.3 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 3.0, 6+); “Rock 105.3” falls from #14 to #16.

9) Tampa – Following three progressive trends in which it nearly doubled its 6+ numbers, University of South Florida-owned WUSF-FMWUSF faltered by -.7 in April. It, however, erases that loss with a +.7 in May (1.9 – 2.8 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.0 – 3.7, 6+) and advances from #17 to a three-way tie at #11. This marks the 43rd successive sweep that Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV occupies theWWRM penthouse and “Lite Favorites” registers double-digits (6+) for the sixth time in a row (11.1 – 11.0, -.1, 6+). Locked on 5.2 (6+) in March and April, co-owned and similarly programmed AC WWRM “Magic 94.9” adds one-tenth to 5.3 (6+) to climb from fifth to fourth. Cluster-mate WXGL “Classic Hits 107.3 The Eagle” though declines by six-tenths (5.5 – 4.9, 6+) and slips from third to fifth. Down or flat the past three sweeps for a combined  -1.1 (5.6 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 4.5, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WRBQ “Q-105” rings up a +.1 to 4.6 (6+) and is steady at #7. Speaking of seven, in seven successive monthlies without an increase (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia talker WFLA has lost more than two full-shares and fades from #15 to #17. Notching a +.6 in January; an additional full-share increase in February; and another one-half share in March, urban contemporary sibling WBTP “The Beat” is off by one-tenth in back-to-back monthlies (4.2 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 6.3 – 6.2 – 6.1, 6+), but is in second-place for the fourth straight time. Before January’s +.6, “The Beat” declined in three successive sweeps (5.1 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.2, 6+); 6.3 this past March was the best  6+-performance for “The Beat” in over four years (6.4, March 2012).

10) Denver – A gain of nine-tenths (4.8 – 5.7, 6+) elevates KSE Radio Ventures’ classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105” from KXKLfourth to second. Trending negatively the past three ratings periods for a net loss of one full-share (4.5 – 4.2 – 3.8 – 3.5, 6+), Bonneville‘s KKFN “Sports Radio 104.3 The Fan” bounces back with a one-half share increase to 4.0 (6+) to advance from #15 to #12. Following threeKKFN 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 and added another one-half share in March. It lost two-tenths in April but wipes that out with a +.3 in May (6.4 – 6.9 – 6.7 – 7.0, 6+); “The Mountain” is #1 for the fourth successive sweep. Within 3.2 – 3.8 range (6+) the past six survey periods, Educational Medial Foundation contemporary Christian KLDV “K-Love” regresses by seven-tenths (3.6 – 2.9, 6+) and drops from #13 to #16. Freefalling from #7 to #13 is iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KPTT “95.7 The Party” (4.5 – 3.9, 6+); it is the lowest 6+-share for “Denver’s #1 Hit Music Station” since December (also 3.9). Following four progressive trends in a row that yielded a +1.8 (2.6 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 4.4, 6+), KSE Radio Ventures’ hot AC KIMN “Mix 100” loses three-tenths to 4.1 and slides from eighth to tenth. Format rival – Entercom’s KALC “Alice” – turns in consecutive up-trends (3.7 – 4.1 – 4.3, 6+) to progress from tenth to seventh. The “seven-tenths-intensive” adventure concludes for Colorado Public Radio‘s KCFR (third to fifth). It was +.7 in January; -.7 in February; +.7 in March; -.7 in April; but -.1 in May (4.9 – 5.6 – 4.9 – 5.6 – 4.9 – 4.8, 6+).

11) Baltimore – No sooner does Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM gain six-tenths than it nearly doubles it with a whopping +1.1 WWIN-FM(6.5 – 7.1 – 8.2, 6+) as “Magic 95.9” glides from third to second. The last time “Magic” crossed the eight-share barrier (6+) was June 2014 with an 8.1. Steady at #3, iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s New Country” gains seven-tenths (7.1 – 7.7, 6+). Flashing improvements of one-half share each are CBS Radio sportsWPOC outlet/Baltimore Orioles flagship WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan” (5.3 – 5.8, sixth to fifth, 6+); hot AC sibling WWMX “Mix 106.5” (4.8 – 5.3, seventh to sixth, 6+); and public WYPR (1.6 – 2.1, unchanged at #14, 6+). After back-to-back declines in February and March totaling -1.4 (5.3 – 4.3 – 3.9, 6+), “The Fan” erased it with a +1.4 in April. Owing to a -.3 in April, “Mix” ended three successive up-trends (4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+). Unlisted in January, WYPR notched a +.6 in February; returned all of it in March; and was down by one-half share in April. Flat at 8.3 (6+), Radio One urban contemporary WERQ repeats at #1; “92-Q” registered a full-share increase in April to advance from the runner-up slot to the top spot. The last time “92-Q” crossed the eight-share threshold (6+) was October with an 8.1. Without an increase for the fourth successive sweep for a combined -1.7 (4.3 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+), Hearst Television talker WBAL remains at #13.

12) St. Louis – For the third time in a row, CBS Radio hot AC KYKY posts a positive trend and this one is by eight-tenths (5.7 – KYKY6.1 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+); “Y-98” is unchanged at #4. It had been more than six years since “Y-98” reached the seven-share level (7.1, April 2010). Despite making its third successive modest gain (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.7, 6+), adult contemporary sibling KEZK backslides from fifth to sixth.KLOU Posting its fifth straight positive trend (5.5 – 5.8 – 6.7 – 7.0 – 7.3 – 7.4, 6+) and having its best 6+-showing since October’s 7.8, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies outlet KLOU advances from third to second. With a gain of one-half share (2.7 – 3.2, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting‘s WXOS “101 Sports” moves from #17 to #15. Having been up or flat the past nine 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+), Emmis rocker KSHE surrenders one-half share but is #1 for the fifth straight time. Hubbard Broadcasting country property WIL-FM is down or flat for the third consecutive time (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.4 – 4.4, steady at #10, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s KSD-FM “The Bull #1 For New Country” – locked on 3.8 (6+) in March and April – picks up three-tenths to 4.1 (#14 to #11). Not recording an increase for the third straight monthly are Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WFUN “Old School 95.5” (4.9 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.1, steady at #11, 6+) and Gateway Creative contemporary Christian KLJY “99.1 Joy-FM” (4.9 – 4.6 – 4.1 – 3.9, #12 to #14, 6+).

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

| June 8, 2016

mingionejohnJohn Mingione Joins WPLJ, New York’s ‘Todd & Jayde in the Morning.’  Former WBLI, Long Island morning show cast member John “Online” Mingione lands in the Big Apple as “street ranger and video vigilante” for WPLJ’s “Todd & Jayde in the Morning” show.  Mingione recentlywplj exited Cox Media Group’s Long Island CHR, and now we know why.  Cumulus Media notes that Mingione’s viral videos and parody songs have received millions of views on YouTube and Facebook.  WPLJ program director Gillette says, “In less than 16 months, ‘Todd & Jayde in the Morning’ has grown to be a top-five show with women 25-54 in the most competitive market in the universe.  That’s beyond remarkable.  But instead of being satisfied, the hiring of Johnny is like throwing gasoline on an already raging fire, and is indicative of our commitment to make the show a three-dimensional dominator…on the air, on the street and online/social media.”

tyleraliciaKFOG, San Francisco Names Tyler Music Director/Air Personality.  Programmer and air personality Alicia Tyler is leaving Stephens Media Group’s alternative WZNE, Rochester “94.1 The Zone” to join Cumulus Media in San Francisco to serve as music director and air personality atkfog16 rock KFOG.  Tyler previously worked in the San Francisco market at KLLC-FM “Alice @ 97.3” and KMVQ-FM “Movin 99.7.”  Program director Bryan Schock says, “When it came to finding the right on-air music director there were many boxes to be checked and that meant searching in every part of the country for just the right person.  There’s no doubt in my mind that in the case of Alicia, all the boxes were checked.  I’m looking forward to having her, and all of the skills that she brings to the table, on the KFOG team!”

nielsen logoRound One of May PPM Data Released. Information for the May 2016 PPM ratings survey has been released for the first of four rounds of 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). Nielsen Audio‘s May 2016 survey covered April 21 – May 18.  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) New York – Repeating at #7, iHeartMedia classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3” posts its fifth straight monthly without a WAXQdecrease (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.2, 6+). In the market’s rhythmic CHR battle, even though Emmis-owned WQHT registers an increase in back-to-back sweeps (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.6, 6+), “Hot 97” actually backslides from tenth to eleventh. Meanwhile, up or flat December – “Holiday” – January – February (3.5 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WKTU dropped one-tenth in March; faltered byWBMP another seven-tenths in April; but regains two-tenths in May (4.1 – 4.0 – 3.3 – 3.5, 6+) and remains at #12. On top for 16 ratings periods before slipping to #2 in February, co-owned adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” is #1 for the third straight time. Following a 12.8 in the “Holiday” sweep, “Lite-FM” has registered five straight showings in the six-share range (6.7 – 6.3 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+); February’s 6.3 was its lowest 6+-share since November 2014 (5.6). Without an increase the past three ratings periods (1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+), Emmis sports facility WEPN picks up one-tenth to 1.3 (6+), to check in at #23. Off by one-half share (4.3, 6+), WINS has its successive string of up-trends snapped at four. The CBS Radio all-news outlet was a combined +1.7 in that stretch (3.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+); it finishes sixth for the fourth consecutive time. After three successive sweeps of being down or flat (2.9 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+), mainstream CHR sibling WBMP “Amp” (#15 to #14) picks up two-tenths to 2.8 (6+). Back in February, Spanish Broadcasting System‘s WSKQ reached #1 (6+) for the first time in its PPM-history. While steady in fifth-place, “Mega” is down or flat for the fourth successive ratings period (6.6 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 5.1 – 5.1, 6+) with its weakest showing since November (4.9, 6+).

2) Los Angeles – As part of a one-two-three (6+) iHeartMedia finish, adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” bounces back KOSTfrom April’s – .6 with a +.1 (5.9 – 5.3 – 5.4, 6+) and boasts #1 honors for the seventh successive sweep. It holds a three-tenths advantage over hot AC sibling KBIG “My-FM,” which jumps from fourth to second. “My-FM” – which posted a 4.8 (6+) in three of the last four ratingsKBIG Logo periods – is up or flat for the third time in a row (4.5 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+). Two tenths behind KBIG – and slipping from second to third – is CHR cluster-mate KIIS “Kiss FM,” which is without an increase for the third straight ratings period (5.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 4.9, 6+). Co-owned KYSR-FM is up or flat for the sixth consecutive time for a combined gain of one full-share (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+); “Alt 98.7” progresses from tenth to ninth. Prior to hitting 3.2 in March, “Alt 98.7” was in the two-share range the previous 18 sweeps. After four successive monthlies without a decrease (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.2, 6+), urban contemporary sibling KRRL “Real” drops one-tenth to 3.1 (6+) and falls out of the top ten (#10 to #11). After doubling its March .5 to 1.0 (6+), sports cluster-mate/Los Angeles Dodgers flagship KLAC “AM 570 Sports” adds two-tenths to 1.2 (6+), inching up from #31 to #29. Over in the CBS Radio cluster, smooth AC KTWV “The Wave” (4.7, +.3, fifth to fourth, 6+) overtakes classic hits-oldies sibling KRTH “K-Earth 101” (4.6, -.3, third to fifth, 6+). “The Wave” was locked on 4.4 (6+) in March and April. Steady at #7, adult hits cluster-mate KCBS-FM “Jack-FM” picks up one-tenth to 3.6 (6+); its -.2 in April halted three straight increases (2.9 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+). Up or flat the past four sweeps (2.7 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.3, 6+), co-owned CHR KAMP “Amp” declines by two-tenths to 3.1 and is tied at #9 with iHeartMedia’s KYSR-FM. After four successive sweeps without a decrease (2.9 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.3, 6+), “Amp” all-news sibling KNX dropped two-tenths in April but recaptures half of that loss (3.3 – 3.1 – 3.2, 6+), enabling it to re-enter the top ten (#13 to #10). Flat at 2.6 (6+), Emmis rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106” (#15 for the third time in a row) is in the 2.6 – 2.9 range for the tenth successive survey. Down for the sixth consecutive sweep for a combined -1.3 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5, 2.2, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KLAX “97.9 La Raza” slides from #16 to #18.

3) Chicago – Given that the Chicago Cubs have been MLB‘s hottest team, it isn’t at all surprising to see its flagship – CBS WSCR - CubsRadio’s WSCR “Score” – enjoy a full-share increase (3.2 – 4.2, 6+) and catapult from ninth to fourth. Over and above that huge gain, this represents the first time in the station’s PPM-history that it has crossed the four-share threshold (6+). Up seven-tenths in April to shoot from #18 to #9, “Score” is in its first year as the Cubs’ flagship, movingWSHE over from the key station of the cross-town White Sox. Before reaching 3.2 in April, WSCR had been in two-share territory the previous 10 sweeps. Regarding the White Sox, its new flagship – Cumulus Media‘s WLS-AM – regains the two-tenths it lost in April (2.2 – 2.0 – 2.2, 6+) and returns to the top 20 (#21 to #20). Prior to April, WLS-AM had not had a decrease in the previous four reports (1.6 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.2, 6+). Leaping from #18 in April to part of a four-way logjam at #12, Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHE gains four-tenths to 2.8, its best 6+-share since October 2014 (also 2.8). To say that WSHE is a model of consistency is putting it mildly since it has been within 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+) the past 25 monthlies. Owing to a -.2 in April, WSHE had its successive string of up or flat trends snapped at three (2.0 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.6, 6+). Despite being down for the third straight time for a combined loss of one-half share (6.9 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+), CBS Radio all-news operation WBBM-AM is on top for the fifth straight sweep. It has a three-tenths lead over iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ (flat at 6.1, 6+), which is in the runner-up slot for the fifth consecutive ratings period; “V-103” was up one-half share in April. Regressing by six-tenths each are Tribune talker WGN (4.3 – 3.7, fourth to seventh, 6+) and Hubbard Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WDRV “The Drive 97.1” (2.8, #8 to #12, 6+). Former longtime Cubs’ flagship WGN was +.5 in April; 4.3 was the strongest 6+-showing for WGN since last June (also 4.3). “The Drive” had been up or flat the past three ratings periods (2.6 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+). For the fifth straight month, iHeartMedia hot AC WLIT is without an increase (13.9 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+); “My-FM” is a whopping -10.0 in that stretch. After four straight 1.8 showings (6+), co-owned WEBG “New Country 95.5” (#23 to #22) improves to 2.0 (6+).

4) San Francisco – One week before the April sweep concluded, iHeartMedia transitioned urban-rhythmic oldies KISQ to soft KISQ The BreezeAC as “The Breeze.” The final two songs under the old format were “Kiss and Say Goodbye” (Manhattans) and “End of the Road” (Boyz ll Men), segueing to “The Breeze” with “Easy” (Commodores). The transition quickly pays off as “The Breeze” already cracks theKNBR top ten, zooming from #16 to #8. Its month-to-month +1.4 (2.2 – 3.6, 6+) is the largest (6+) April 2016 – May 2016 improvement by any station in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released on Tuesday. It is the best 6+-share for that Bay Area dial position since March 2015 (also 3.6). In terms of newfound AC competition for “The Breeze,” Entercom‘s KOIT-FM is off three-tenths but steady at #4 (4.6 – 4.3, 6+), while Alpha Media‘s KBAY and cluster-mate KUIC are both flat at 1.2 (#26, 6+) and 1.0 (#27, 6+), respectively. Adult contemporary outlets below a one-share in San Francisco’s May report are two other Alpha Media properties, KKIQ (.7, -.1, #29, 6+) and KKDV (.2, flat, #32, 6+). Back to KOIT-FM, over the course of five consecutive down or flat reports (10.4 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.3, 6+), “Better Variety for a Better Workday” has dropped a combined 6.1 shares. Meanwhile, KBAY is without a gain for the fifth straight time (2.6 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2, 6+). Up a whopping +2.5 (6+) since February (4.3 – 4.9 – 6.0 – 6.8, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s KNBR repeats at #1; “The Sports Leader” supplanted all-news KCBS-AM at #1 in April and boasts its strongest 6+-stat since an 8.9 in November 2014. Rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102.1 The Throwback Station” improves for the fourth straight time (2.4 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.2, 6+) and the Entercom property is steady at #11. Without a decrease the past four sweeps (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 3.0 – 3.0, 6+), urban AC sibling KBLX “102.9 The Bay’s R&B,” however, drops four-tenths to 2.6 (6+) and slips from #12 to #14. Posting a +.6 (1.7 – 2.3, 6+), University of Southern California-owned classical KDFC breaks into the top 20 at #15; 2.3 is its best 6+-performance since last June (2.7). This is the sixth consecutive ratings period that Cumulus Media classic rocker KSAN “107.7 The Bone” (#15 to #16) is either down or flat (2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.1, 6+); it is off by eight-tenths in that stretch. Co-owned triple A KFOG declines for the fifth successive time (2.2 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.7, 6+) and exits the top 20 (#19 to #22). Talk cluster-mate KSFO is down or flat for the fourth consecutive sweep (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+) yet manages to inch up from #18 to #17.

5) Dallas – Following a successive trio of negative trends yielding a combined -.8 (4.8 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.0, 6+), Service Broadcasting KRNBurban AC KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7” strikes back with a +.7 to 4.7 (6+), climbing from sixth to third. Improving by six-tenths each are CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KLUV (5.5 – 6.1, 6+) and Cumulus Media sports outlet KTCK “The Ticket” (2.9 – 3.5, 6+), which zooms into the top ten (#13 to #9). It is the fourth straight month at #2 for KLUV –KLUV one-tenth behind iHeartMedia CHR KHKS. After a seven-tenths gain in April (6.0 – 6.7 – 6.2, 6+),”Kiss-FM” is off one-half share but is #1 for the fourth straight time. 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+). Still in that CBS Radio cluster, regional Mexican KMVK “La Grande 107.5” (-.1 to 2.7, 6+) witnesses its consecutive positive string curtailed at four (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.8, 6+) – but – it actually climbs from #15 to #14. Even though it has its fifth successive trend without a decrease that has produced a +.9 (2.6 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s KSCS “New Country 96.3” backslides from eighth to ninth. Also flat (4.7 – 4.7) is co-owned, similarly programmed KPLX “The Wolf,” which remains in third-place.

6) Houston – On the heels of a one-half share gain in April, Univision regional Mexican KLTN tacks on another nine-tenths KLTN(4.9 – 5.4 – 6.3, 6+) and cruises from sixth to a three-way tie in the runner-up slot. This is the best 6+-share for KLTN in exactly three years (6.7, May 2013). Included in the tie-up at #2 is Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1,” down four-tenthsKLOL (6.7 – 6.3, 6+), but part of the runner-up slot for the eleventh straight time. A seven-tenths gain (2.9 – 3.6, 6+) propels CBS Radio Spanish contemporary KLOL “Mega 101” from #17 to #13. Meanwhile, Univision’s similarly programmed KAMA “Latino Mix 104.9” gets a one-half share boost to 2.2, its best 6+-share since last September’s 2.4. 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 (7.2 – 7.8 – 7.2 – 7.7 – 7.4, 6+); nonetheless, “Sunny 99.1” ranks first for the 21st consecutive ratings period. Sputtering by one-half share each are KSBJ “Contemporary Christian Music” (5.6 – 5.1, fifth to sixth, 6+); University of Houston-owned KUHF (#12 to #15, 6+); and Liberman Broadcasting regional Mexican KTJM “La Raza” (2.9 – 2.4, 6+). Down slightly in back-to-back sweeps (5.3 – 5.2 – 4.9, 6+), noncommercial KSBJ posted a seven-tenths gain in April to 5.6, its strongest 6+-performance since February 2015 (5.8). It is the third straight decline for KUHF (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.0, 6+); “La Raza” (#17 to #20) was +.4 (6+) in April.

7) Philadelphia – A trio of positive trends by WMGK that yielded a combined +1.2 (4.8 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+) was curtailed in March with a WMGK-.4. The Greater Media classic rocker stumbled by another six-tenths in April but roars back in May with a robust full-share gain (5.6 – 5.0 – 6.0, 6+), escaping a three-way logjam at #6 to advance to #3. Conversely, without a decrease the past four ratings periods for aWBEB combined +1.3 (4.3 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+), rock sibling WMMR (third to fourth) is off one-tenth to 5.5 (6+). Consistent January through March (7.8 – 7.9 – 7.7, 6+), Jerry Lee Radio adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” regressed by seven-tenths in April but recoups all of it – plus one tenth more – in May (7.7 – 7.0 – 7.8, +.8, 6+). “More FM” is the market pacesetter for the 11th successive monthly. With somewhat curious call letters for a contemporary Christian outlet – Four Rivers Community Broadcasting‘s WBYO “Word-FM Positive & Uplifting” picks up one-half share (.4 – .9, 6+) and checks in at #25. Dropping by one-tenth, Temple University classical outlet WRTI is without an increase for the fourth successive sweep (2.8 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7, 6+) and departs the top 20 (#19 to #21).

8) Atlanta – Stymied at 3.1 (6+) in January and February, Salem Media Group contemporary Christian WFSH “The Fish” added WFSHthree-tenths in March; exploded with a +.9 in April; and continues the momentum in May with a potent +1.1 (3.1 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 5.4, 6+) to vault from ninth to fourth. Its 5.4 matches the recent (6+) highpoint for “The Fish” set this past August. A six-tenths improvement (3.4 – 4.0, 6+) lifts Cumulus Media mainstream CHR WWWQ “Q-100WWWQ All The Hits” from #14 to #11. After gaining four-tenths in April, “Q-100” rival, iHeartMedia-owned WWPW “Power 96.1,” forfeits three-tenths (4.6 – 5.0 – 4.7, 6+) to drop from fourth to sixth. Anchored at #10 since March, country cluster-mate WUBL “94.9 The Bull” is without a decrease for the fifth consecutive time (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.2, 6+). This is the best 6+-showing for Atlanta’s “Bull” since last July’s 5.3. Also in the country format, following a one-half share decline in April, Cumulus Media’s WKHX “Kicks 101.5” (#13 to #14) erodes by another four-tenths to 3.2, its lowest 6+-stat since February 2015 (3.1). Recapturing the three-tenths it squandered in April (9.0 – 8.7 – 9.0, 6+), Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM holds the top spot for the fifth straight month. The 9.1 WSB-AM notched in February was its highest since PPM became ratings currency in Atlanta. Capturing #1 honors in January, WSB-AM was the market’s runner-up the previous four sweeps. Down or flat the past five ratings periods, including three straight 4.9-performances (5.6 – 5.2 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+), Radio 1 urban contemporary WHTA busts out a one-half share increase and is back to its familiar 4.9 (6+); “Hot 107.9” climbs from eighth to fifth. Meanwhile, cross-town format foe – CBS Radio‘s WVEE “V-103” suffers its third successive negative trend – this one a lofty -.8 (8.6 – 7.7 – 7.3 – 6.5, 6+). While “V-103 remains in third-place, this marks the first time the station has fallen below a seven-share since August 2014 (6.3, 6+).

9) Long Island – After three straight declines which produced a combined -.7 (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+), Cox Media Group CHR WBLIWBLI regains six-tenths (to 3.6, 6+) and re-enters the top ten (#11 to #8). Meanwhile, without an increase the past three sweeps (6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+), iHeartMedia New York City’s similarly-WBZOformatted WHTZ “Z-100” picks up one-tenth to 5.9 (6+) and is #1 in Long Island for the fourth successive sweep. Its lead though over Connoisseur Media hot AC WALK-FM (5.6 – 5.8, +.2, 6+) is just one-tenth; WALK 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. Frozen on 4.4 (6+) in March and April, classic hits-oldies cluster-mate WBZO “Max 103.1” dials up a one-half share increase to 4.9, its strongest 6+performance in exactly four years (5.0, May 2012) as it progresses from fifth to third. Format rival – New York City’s WCBS-FM – falters by eight-tenths to 3.3 (6+), stumbling from sixth to tenth; WCBS-FM had registered positive trends the past four sweeps for a combined +1.2 (2.9 – 3.6 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+). After improving by one full-share in April, Connoisseur Media-owned adult contemporary WKJY “Long Island’s K-98.3” returns half of it (4.2 – 5.2 – 4.7, -.5, 6+) to slide from third to fourth. The one-half share dip closes the door on three straight increases for “K-98.3” which resulted in a pickup of two full-shares (3.2 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 5.2, 6+); April’s 5.2 marked the first time the station reached the five-share level (6+) since November 2009 (5.0). Flat at #20, CBS Radio CHR WBMP “Amp Radio” gains two-tenths to 2.4 and is in 2.0 – 2.9 territory (6+) for the 35th straight ratings period.

10) Riverside – Not only does KSCA hang out an impressive full-share gain to march from fourth to second, the Univision Radio KSCALos Angeles regional Mexican outlet crosses the five-share threshold (6+) for the first time in its Inland Empire PPM-history (4.5 – 5.5, 6+). Meanwhile though, after sputtering by -1.1 in April, Spanish contemporary sibling KLVE “K-Love” erodes by another seven-KRBQtenths (4.9 – 3.8 – 3.1, 6+), tumbling from sixth to seventh. 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). Up +1.4 via three straight positive trends (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.8, 6+), Liberman regional Mexican KRQB “Que Buena 96.1” progresses from seventh to sixth. Albeit down in back-to-back sweeps for a combined loss of four-tenths (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” is #1 for the sixth consecutive ratings period. Without an increase for the fourth straight monthly (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+), CBS Radio country property KFRG “K-Frog” (unchanged at #5, 6+) is off by a combined full-share.

11) San Jose – Notching improvements of six-tenths each are CBS Radio CHR KMVQ “Now 99.7” (2.7 – 3.3, KMVQ6+), which breaks into the top ten (#13 to #10) and Cumulus Media‘s KSAN “107.7 The Bone Rocks” (1.6 – 2.2, 6+). Simultaneous with all-news KCBS-AM gaining one-half share (4.6 – 5.1, unchanged at #3, 6+), Empire Broadcasting-owned KLIV “1590 Silicon Valley News” drops one-half share (2.4 – 1.9, 6+);KSAN KLIV was +.6 in April and exits the top 20 (#14 to #21). Steady at #16, KBLX is either up or flat for the sixth time in a row and has more than tripled its 6+-share since December (.6 – .6 – .7 – .7 – 1.5 – 2.1- 2.1, 6+). After regressing the past 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 adds two-tenths to 4.0 (6+) to inch up from seventh to sixth. Before falling to third-place in January, KBAY was at #1 the previous 14 sweeps. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia’s urban-rhythmic oldies-to-soft AC convert (as of April 13) KISQ “The Breeze” posts a modest two-tenth gain (1.7 – 1.9, 6+), but is unchanged at #21. A decline of eight-tenths (4.2 – 3.4, 6+) plummets Univision Radio regional Mexican KSOL “Que Buena” from fifth to eighth. Following back-to-back increases which generated a combined +1.6 (5.9 – 6.5 – 7.5, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s KNBR  slumps by six-tenths to 6.9 (6+), however, “The Sports Leader” repeats at #1. KNBR’s -.6 in February curtailed three straight gains (5.1 – 5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5, 6+). In 1.0 – 1.8 territory for the 14th straight sweep, triple A sibling KFOG “The Bay Area’s Original” loses one-tenth (1.5 – 1.4, 6+) to slip from #24 to #25.

12) Middlesex – An increase of seven-tenths to 6.2 (6+) elevates Emmis urban AC WBLS “Your #1 Source For R&B” from fourth to second. In April, it WBLSdropped one-tenth to 5.5 (6+), 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+). Following a trio of successive increases that delivered a combined +1.9 (4.2 – 4.5 – 5.7WHTZ – 6.1), iHeartMedia classic rocker WAXQ lost one-half share in April but “Q-104.3” regains all of it (6.1 – 5.6 – 6.1, 6+). Despite the increase, “Q-104.3” slides from second to third as WBLS leaps over it. Co-owned New York City mainstream CHR WHTZ “Z-100” records its fifth straight improvement in this New Jersey market (4.0 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.1, 6+) to advance from sixth to fifth. In February, WKXW “New Jersey 101.5” crossed the nine-share threshold (6+) for the first time in its PPM-history. The Townsquare Media talker drops for the third straight time (9.1 – 8.9 – 8.5 – 8.1, 6+), but remains at #1 for the fifth consecutive ratings period. Following April’s -.7, Greater Media adult contemporary WMGQ “Magic 98.3 – Today’s Hits & Yesterday’s Favorites” falters by another nine-tenths (6.0 – 5.3 – 4.4, 6+) to move from fifth to sixth. It is the lowest 6+-share for “Magic” since November (4.1). The nightmarish downward slide for WCBS-FM (seventh to eighth) continues as the CBS Radio New York City classic hits-oldies outlet is without an increase for the ninth 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, 6+). Stuck on 3.6 (6+) in January and February, Cumulus Media country outlet WNSH “Nash-FM” dropped three-tenths in March; rang up a +.8 in April; but forfeits six-tenths in May (3.3 – 4.1 – 3.5, 6+) to move from eighth to tenth.

Nielsen Audio Announces Changes for Spring 2016 Diary Markets; Breaks Newburgh Out of Hudson Valley Market.  Beginning with the Spring 2016 diary survey, Nielsen Audio is bringing back the Newburgh-Middletown, New York market.  The market consists of Orange County with Sullivan County included in the TSA.  Arbitron – prior to its acquisition by Nielsen – created the Hudson Valley market five years ago consisting of Orange, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.  Nielsen is also going to deliver Spring and Fall diary surveys for Sioux Falls, South Dakota beginning with the Spring 2016 survey.  The ratings company is also adding four counties to the Traverse City, Michigan market and is renaming the market Traverse City-Petoskey-Cadillac.

RadioInfo Tidbits.   A new Star Trek podcast is launching on CBS’ Play.it podcast platform.  CBS RADIO,startrekpodcast CBS Local Digital Media and CBS Consumer Products are bringing “Engage: The OFFICIAL Star Trek Podcast,” to Play.it starting June 22.  The program is being hosted by Jordan Hoffman, a film critic and writer of the “One Trek Mind” blog on StarTrek.com.   The three episodes available June 15 feature special guests including “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Adam Nimoy…..Back in 2001, Jayde Donovan started the Apple-A-Day donovanjaydeApple16non-profit organization and laptop giveaway.  Just last Saturday, the WPLJ, New York morning personality completed the “2nd Annual Apple-A-Day iPad Party” at the station’s studios.  Twenty children with pediatric cancer were presented with their very own iPads to stay connected to the outside world while undergoing cancer treatment.  Each child who attended the party and received an iPad also got the exciting experience of what it would be like to be a celebrity visiting the radio station.  The tour included the chance to be a DJ at their own dance party, with stops in Cumulus NYC’s green screen room, the “Todd & Jayde in the Morning” show studio, and the station’s paparazzi staging area.  Pictured at left is Donovan with some of the patients…..The cast of the morning drive show on Beasley Media Group’s CHR WNKS, Charlotte “KISS 95.1” are part of this summer’s TLC reality show “My Big Fat Fabulous Life,” starring Whitney Thore.  Morning show hosts Maney, Roy and LauRen are part of the filming as Thore returns to her radio roots to serve as an intern at “KISS 95.1.”  The third season of the show premieres Wednesday, June 8.

Analysis: More Hivio Highlights

| June 7, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

 

kinosianlgLOS ANGELES — The third and final installment of our recap of last week’s Hivio 2016 conference sums up three of the 17 sessions presented Thursday (6/2) and Friday (6/3) on Hollywood’s Sunset Strip, literally steps away from the famous Comedy Store.  Most of the agenda featured one-on-one interviews conducted by event co-organizer Mark Ramsey, who declares, “Contests on radio are pathetic.” The “attraction to listen,” he notes, is “a one in a million chance to win something.” That incentive to listen, Ramsey stresses, “makes no sense” and the San Diego-based media advisor-strategist/research analyst seamlessly utilizes that statement to introduce Omaze co-founder/co-chief executive officer Ryan Cummins, who Ramsey comments has a “different – better – way [that] will change the way you view contesting.”

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

| June 7, 2016

oriellymichaelFCC Commissioner Michael O’Reilly Emphasizes Need for Action Ownership Issues.  A recent court decision struck down a 2014 FCC rule affecting joint sales agreements.  At the same time, the court chided the commission for its failure to complete not one, but two congressionally mandated Quadrennial Reviews.  Republican Commissioner Michael O’Reilly writes in a blog post that the time is now to move on eliminating cross-ownership bans.  He writes, “Consumers are demanding 24/7 access to media content on numerous platforms, but artificial silos created by the cross-ownership bans are keeping broadcasters and newspapers from innovating into multi-platform entities that could better serve these needs.  Evidence of synergies already exists in the form of grandfathered combinations and giving the opportunity for more, with additional outlets and platforms, could generate a boom in local content or perhaps prevent a further erosion from occurring in some markets.”  Prepared for the possibility that the cross-ownership ban won’t be repealed, O’Reilly suggests that, at the very least, provide more waivers and grandfathering.  He says the Commission should “reform [the] current waiver processes to make them clear and realistically obtainable, provide more opportunities for waivers, and allow grandfathering of existing combinations.  The market size waivers proposed by various parties could mitigate the constrictive impact of these outdated rules on broadcasters in smaller markets.”  Read the entire blog here.

cmtawards16iHeartCountry to Serve as Radio Simulcast for Tomorrow’s 2016 CMT Music Awards. When tomorrow night’s fan-voted 2016 CMT Music Awards get underway from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at 8:00 pm ET, the program will be simulcast on more than 115 iHeartCountry music radio stations.  Additionally, Premiere Networks country shows Bobby Bones, “CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan,” and “The Crook & Chase Countdown” are on location providing listeners with interviews with award nominees, performers and celebrity guests, including Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride, Brothers Osborne, Dierks Bentley, Elle King, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Kelsea Ballerini and others.  The telecast is being co-hosted by sportscaster and TV personality Erin Andrews and NFL star J.J. Watt.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Media executive Julia Wallace is retiring from her position as Ohio market VPwallacejulia with Cox Media Group at the end of this year.  Wallace oversees the company’s newspaper, television and radio operations in the Dayton market – country WHKO, classic hits WZLR, and news/talk WHIO-AM/FM.  During her career, Wallace lead the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as its editor for a decade and was responsible for spearheading the convergence of the company’s media in Dayton.  CMG EVP Mike Joseph says, “During her five-and-a-half years in Dayton, Julia has been a driving force in growing CMG Ohio into a financially successful multi-media organization.  She is creative, energetic, future-focused and willing to take risks.”  The company says Wallace will transition from her role as market VP on July 1 to work directly with Joseph on broader strategic CMG newspaper news and operations matters for the remainder of 2016.  In addition, she will also be teaching a class on political journalism at the University of Dayton…..Programming pro Mike Love is charged with maintaining and building the afternoon drive daypart currently called “The Doug Banks Radio Show” for the American Urban Radio Network.  Love says, “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with AURN and build on the daypart the late Doug Banks held down for so many years.  I’m assembling a solid team and it is my intent to dominate afternoons on urban adult stations.”  Most recently Love was urban senior director of programming and distribution for Cumulus Media NetworksAccess.1 Communications recently assumed control of AURN from Sheridan Broadcasting…..Jessica Kelley is promoted to director of promotions for three of iHeartMedia’s Nashville properties: country WSIX, rock WNRQ, and alternative WNRQ-HD2…..Hip hop KKFR, Phoenix “Power 98.3” yatesrowdypersonality Tino Cochino has reached an agreement with Riviera Broadcasting allowing for his Tino Cochino Radio to syndicate his daily program as an evening show, available to stations worldwide…..“Original Country Gold with Rowdy Yates” is now airing in the Houston market on KTHT “Country Legends 97.1.”  The weekly Compass Media Networks-syndicated show will air Saturdays from 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.  Yates worked in the Houston market from 1994 through 2011 and is known for his afternoon drive show on KILT-FM called “Rowdy’s Ride Home.”

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael Harrison Gets ‘Up Close and Far Out’ with Retired CBS RADIO President Dan Mason.  In this week’s new episode of the PodcastOne hit series “Up Close and Far Out,” retired CBS RADIO president/CEO Dan Mason joins host Michael Harrison for a wide-ranging dialogue about the state of radio broadcasting in the digital era. The discussion focuses on Mason’s recent change of career direction that includes assuming the chairmanship of the 60-year-old, non-profit charity, the Broadcasters Foundation of America (BFOA) as well asmasondan putting on the headphones again and becoming a CBS Sports play-by-play announcer for college athletics.  Mason discusses his passion for women’s basketball as well as his roots in radio programming going back to his days as a teenage top 40 fan (a “contest pig”) in Louisville, Kentucky.  The two talk about the fine work being done by the BFOA on behalf of broadcasters in acute need and the satisfaction Mason is getting by being able to “give back” to the industry.  The discussion covers the viability of the “stick” as a business going forward, HD radio, and the role of the computer screen in digital audio media.  Not to be missed!  To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” players located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

kinosianmikeAnalysis: Final Hivio Highlights.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a wrap-up of his analysis of the recent Hivio 2016 conference in Los Angeles. It includes a different view of contesting from Omaze co-founder Ryan Cummins; Red Seat Ventures founder (and former Mercury Radio Arts president/CEO) Chris Balfe speaking about AM/FM broadcasters truly seizing the digital opportunities available to them; and MaximumFun.org chief Jesse Thorn presenting his philosophy of operating a podcasting platform.  Read the entire story here.

Monday, June 6, 2016

| June 6, 2016

forbessusanForbes Returns to WJBR, Wilmington.  The former promotions director for Beasley Media Group’s adult contemporary WJBR, Wilmington, Delaware is returning to the station to serve as event producer.  Susan Forbes was promotions director for the station in 2012 and left to work on other business ventures.  Beasley Wilmington/Philadelphia market manager Matt Smith says, “99.5 WJBR is reaching new heights in event management, from logistics to marketing to advertising!  I have admired Susan’s work for some time.  We are fortunate to have Susan on board to plan, produce and customize non-traditional radio events.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Programmer Scott Smith is promoted to vice president of programming for AdamssmithscottAdams16 Radio Group.  Smith will lead programming for the company’s stations in Fort Wayne; suburban Chicago/Northwest Indiana; Las Cruces, New Mexico; and Salisbury/Ocean City, Maryland.  Adams Radio CEO Ron Stone says, “Scott has been an integral part of the management team in Northwest Indiana and his leadership has truly stood out.  The on-air products that we acquired in Northwest Indiana continue to set the standard for us.  Scott will continue his day-to-day duties in Northwest Indiana along with his new duties of working directly with our country PDs in all ARG markets to assist in the continued growth of our country formats.”  Prior to joining Adams Radio in 2012, Smith had served on air at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WCFS, Chicago “Fresh 105.9.”….. Great Northern Broadcasting’s country KICR, Coeur D’ Alene, Idaho/Spokane, Washington brings Paul “Coyote” Neumann back on the airwaves.  After a break from broadcasting, Neumann begins hosting afternoon drive tomorrow (6/7)…..Cool Radio LLC brings Jim Williams aboard to serve as news director and production manager for its Rocky Mountain trio of stations – triple A outlets KKVM, Vail “The Mile” and KSNO, Aspen “The Mammoth,” plus alternative KZYR, Avon “The Zephyr.”

parenteaumarkTainted Boston Jock Mark Parenteau Dead at 66. The radio industry is remembering legendary rock radio personality Mark Parenteau, who died at Mass. General Hospital early this morning after a long illness and a recent surgery.  Parenteau rose to fame on Boston’s legendary rock station WBCN, where he held down the afternoon drive time slot for 19 years.  As the rock radio landscape changed and WBCN’s ratings domination eroded in the 1990s, Parenteau was let go from the station in 1997.  He landed at the old XM Satellite radio in Washington.  But it was in Washington that he was arrested for having sex with a minor in 2004.  Parenteau’s reputation was tarnished after prosecutors charged him with luring teenaged boys to his apartment and plying them with liquor and marijuana.  He pleaded guilty to child sexual abuse and was sentenced to three years in prison.  Read the Boston Herald account of his life and death here.

hivio16imageHivio 2016 Day Two Coverage: Commercial Radio’s Changing Model.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian reports from Los Angeles and day two of the Hivio 2016 conference.  Among the media pros who spoke with conference organizer and presenter Mark Ramsey were Panoply Media chief content officer Andy Bowers, Recode senior editor for media Peter Kafka, ESPN general manager Traug Keller, and Lapides Entertainment CEO Howard Lapides.  The focus was on podcasting, monetizing the nascent audio format, and podcasting’s ultimate effect on AM/FM radio.  All of the aforementioned media figures are working at the ground level in the podcasting business and strongly believe in its power as a news and entertainment medium and as a revenue generator.  Read Kinosian’s complete coverage here.

iheart80siHeartMedia Launches ‘iHeart80s 103.7’ in San Francisco.  Bay Area signal KOSF will be the home of the company’s 1980s station branded “iHeart80s 103.7” effective today.  For the next eight days, the station will air commercial-free 80s music with a 6:00 am to 10:00 am show that will be hosted by iconic MTV VJ Martha Quinn.  She says, “I love everything about music from the ‘80s, and I’m psyched to relive the excitement of my favorite decade every morning with San Francisco’s ‘80s fans of all ages.  This influential decade obviously holds a very special place in my heart, and every day I hear from people who remind me that I’m not the only one. Hosting the first iHeart80s Party earlier this year was a total blast, I knew I had to be involved with the launch of this trailblazing new station.  Every day will be a boombox of awesome.”  The company calls the new station a “broadcast extension” of the iHeart80s channel on the iHeartRadio digital platform.  SVP/programming, San Francisco Region Don Parker says, “iHeartRadio has an unparalleled ability to connect with its audience through a variety of great music and top-billed live events like the iHeart80s Party.  When we were discussing creating the first iHeart80s-branded FM station, we knew that San Francisco would be the perfect place for it to launch, and that Martha Quinn was the only person we wanted to launch it with.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Tampa Bay radio personality Drew Garabo took up the mantle of former fellow stafferwhptiPadgiveaway16 Jayde Donovan (now at WPLJ, New York) and threw a party for kids battling cancer at which he presented them with iPads.  The event took place at the WHPT, Tampa “102.5 The Bone” studios on June 4 from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.  Garabo says, “Children should have to worry about what video game they want to play or how to ace a test, not about fighting for their lives.  I’m hoping that we can help them keep their mind occupied at such a challenging time.”  Listeners and clients were directed to donate to the Give Hope Foundation which helps secure the iPads.  WHPT morning host Mike Calta got in on the action as well, helping raise more than $13,000 through his show.  The staff of the station and hospital staffers are pictured at right…..A couple of deals to report today: Central Arkansas Radio Group closes on the $1.6 million dollar acquisition of four Hot Springs, Arkansas signals from Noalmark Broadcasting.  The deal is for CHR KLAZ, rock KYRC, rock KHRK, and news/talk KBHS.  Second, EAB of Russellville is applying to buy three stations from Kermit and Diane Womack for $800,000.  The stations are country KARV-FM, Ola, Arkansas; news/talk KARV-AM, Russellville, Arkansas; and country KYEL, Danville, Arkansas…..Rockcastle Media Group and broadcasting pro John Christopher are entering in to a partnership in which Rockcastle will provide affiliate relations and distribution services to Christopher for the syndication of his adult standards radio show called, “The Neon Beat.”  Christopher’s show emanates from flagship station KCXL, Kansas City…..Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s classic rock KKLH, Springfield, Missouri “104.7 The CAVE” is the new local affiliate station for Kansas City Chiefs football beginning this season.

Analysis: Hivio 2016 Day 2

| June 6, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

 

kinosianlgLOS ANGELES — After presenting a full slate of activity Thursday afternoon (6/2), San Diego-based media advisor-strategist/research analyst Mark Ramsey returned the following morning (Friday, 6/3) with another packed schedule as part of Hivio 2016. Kicking things off was a one-on-one discussion with Panoply Media chief content officer Andy Bowers, who has been working on Slate podcasts since 2005. The former, 14-year NPR correspondent joined Slate in April 2003 when it was working on various internet projects. “By magazine standards, we jumped in pretty early,” he recalls. “It proved to be one of the most popular things Slate did.” By 2014, they realized other magazines would most likelybowersandy get into the business as well and Bowers opines, “We could either compete [against them] or we could try to form a network and help teach them what we had learned.” That was the idea behind Panoply, a full-service podcast network that “connects sophisticated listeners with top publishers and thinkers,” which was started approximately 16 months ago. “We are trying to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for media brands, authors, and people we think should be doing a podcast,” Bowers told Ramsey.

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