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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

| August 10, 2016

morgan, charlieEmmis New York City Makes Morgan SVP/Market Manager. It is quite a significant week for Emmis upper management. As we reported yesterday (RadioInfo, Tuesday, 8/9), Chuck Williams takes over as senior vice president and market manager of the four-station cluster in the company’s home market of Indianapolis. There, he succeeds Charlie Morgan, who served in that capacity the past seven years before being named interim market manager of Emmis New York earlier this year. Morgan now removes theEmmis “interim” title, as he officially is named Emmis New York City’s senior vice president and market manager. Company president and chief operating officer Patrick Walsh declares that, “Charlie is one of radio’s truly gifted leaders. His inspirational leadership has been a catalyst in improving our results in Indianapolis and his deft skills are already having an impact in New York. I am thrilled he has decided to focus this next exciting stage of his career on ensuring [our New York City stations] continue to play an important role in the lives of listeners in the Tri-State area and these brands deliver on their enormous potential.” Morgan comments, “When a 35+-year radio veteran can honestly call his most recent seven years the most fun and most rewarding of his career, you know you are talking to one very fortunate man. That statement is true for me, thanks to the company and the culture that [founder, chief executive officer, chair] Jeff Smulyan, [president of radio programming] Rick Cummings, and Pat Walsh have built and nourished. Add to that the all-star team of talent I have worked with in Indianapolis, and you begin to understand my good fortune. For the past seven months, I have had the rare privilege of working with the talented team at Emmis New York. We have legendary brands in the most vibrant city in America. I have fallen in love with the people, the passion, and the opportunity to build on the legacy in New York.” Prior to joining Emmis, the Butler University alum spent more than 21 years as vice president and general manager of Susquehanna (now Cumulus Media) Indianapolis and he is a former president and chief operating officer of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions. In addition, Morgan is board chair of the Country Radio Seminar. Results from Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM report indicate Emmis New York City urban AC WBLS is in fifth-place (5.1, 6+); rhythmic CHR sibling WQHT “Hot 97” is tenth (3.5, 6+); and co-owned gospel WLIB is #31 (.4, 6+).

Top Earning RadioWho Are Radio’s Highest-Paid Talents? Whether it is professional athletes or movie/television stars, we are constantly fascinated by the salaries of those with an elevated profile. Some will find it curious – if not grossly unfair – for instance, that Alex Rodriguez will draw approximately $27 million next year from the New York Yankees to do basically nothing. There is a curiosity as well about the W-2 forms of certain radio personalities. In a Karen Blankfeld-written Forbes Magazine article, we discover the identity of the industry’s top six moneymakers. The names and perhaps even the order might not totally surprise you, but the figures could. Checking in at #6 is Glenn Beck ($13 million). “Aside from his conservative-leaning news site The Blaze, he makes a small fortune annually from his publishing imprint Mercury Ink,” Blankfeld notes. Bill O’Reilly ($18.5 million) is listed at #5 but his inclusion here is a stretch since the Fox News anchor does not have a long-form radio presence. Fox News stable-mate/Premiere NetworksSean Hannity ($29 million) comes in at #4 with Blankfeld remarking he “remains the go-to host for conversations and confessions with the GOP elite.” By now, you have probably correctly guessed the top three, but in a countdown hat-tip, the radio talent at #3 is iHeartMedia Los Angeles CHR KIIS “Kiss FM” morning star and Premiere Networks’ “AT 40” host Ryan Seacrest ($55 million), who isn’t hurting too much without the “American Idol” checks. With a staggering $79 million, another Premiere Networks personality – Rush Limbaugh – is listed at #2. “He celebrated 28 years with iHeartMedia in August by renewing his contract,” Blankfeld states. Eclipsing everyone though at #1 is Howard Stern ($85 million) and it is perhaps fitting he is first, given his self-described “King of All Media” moniker. “His new five-year, eight-digit contract with Sirius will extend to a new app and video streaming of the show,” Blankfeld explains. Add the figures up for these six stars and the total is approximately $280 million. Forbes bases the list on estimated June 1, 2015 – June 1, 2016 pretax income, before deducting management and legal fees.

bridges, robbyCumulus Media Detroit Boosts Bridges. Two-year country WDRQ “Nash FM” program director and hot AC WDVD “96.3 Today’s Best Hits” afternoon driver Robby Bridges is elevated to director of programming for those two Cumulus Media Detroit properties, as well as classic country cluster-mate “93.1 HD2 Nash Icon.” Cumulus Media Detroit operations manager Mike Wheeler notes, Cumulus-Detroit“Robby’s energy and smarts make him the perfect programmer to lead the FM team. Strategic thinking, speed to action, brilliant communication – he is the whole package. I am lucky to have such a strong partner in Detroit.” Bridges states, “It is humbling, gratifying, and exciting to be given the opportunity to continue to grow these outstanding brands in the Motor City. These are some of the most legendary call letters and talent not only in Detroit – but in the nation. To sign on for a journey to lead them will take me into my second decade with Cumulus and 25th year in the radio industry. I am thrilled I get to keep working with my friend and mentor Mike Wheeler and our incredibly talented Detroit team.” WDVD finishes tenth in the July 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM report (4.6, 6+), while WDRQ is #17 (2.8); CBS Sports outlet WXYT-FM leads the field with a 7.3 (6+).

Richmond G-104.3Classic Hip-Hop Debuts on Richmond’s “G-104.3.” Representative featured artists on SummitMedia-owned W282CA-FM “G-104.3” include 2Pac, Jay Z, Naughty By Nature, Run DMC, Salt N Pepa, Snoop Dogg, and TLC. SummitMedia Richmond market president Bob Willoughby comments that his company is, “thrilled to launch a new signal into the market. Classic hip-hop is an underserved audience segment and we are excited to be able to bring ‘G-104.3’ to Richmond.” Program director Melissa Chase adds, “This station appeals to a diverse group of listeners who grew up embracing hip-hop culture and listening to hip-hop. While they have matured in age, lifestyle, and social awareness – they are still extremely passionate about this music.” The station signed-on yesterday (Tuesday, 8/9) at 12:00 noon.

meltesen, jeffCumulus Media Nashville Names Meltesen Sr. AE/Sponsorship Sales. The former publisher of Nash Country Weekly Jeff Meltesen – is appointed senior account executive/sponsorship sales for Cumulus Media Nashville. He will focus on clients of the cluster’s two country stations (WKDF and WSM-FM) Cumulus-Nashvilleand sponsorship sales of events/promotions for all Cumulus Media Nashville properties. WKDF “Nash FM” and WSM-FM “Nash Icon” general sales manager Rhonda Rollins comments, “We are thrilled to have someone of Jeff’s experience join our team. His sales, business, and marketing acumen are market tested and will help us elevate the conversation with our customers.” Meltesen remarks, “Cumulus Nashville’s high quality events featuring high profile artists present a unique opportunity for brands that want to make an impact in Nashville. Our sponsorships are backed by the power of our popular Nashville radio stations, so there is built-in media value for our partners.” Before joining Nash Country Weekly, Meltesen was marketing director for Nashville Songwriters Association International. Up a whopping +1.4 from June, WSM-FM “Nash Icon” finishes second (7.3, 6+) in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 Nashville PPM sweep, nine-tenths behind Midwest Communications adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9” (8.2, 6+). Elsewhere in the Cumulus Media Nashville cluster, urban AC WQQK “92-Q” is #7 (5.2); WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” is #8 (4.6, 6+); and tied at #12 – each with 3.7 (6+) – are sports WGFX “104.5 The Zone” and WKDF “Nash FM.”

Seal_of_the_United_States_Department_of_Justice_200.svgAG, DOJ Commended for ASCAP BMI Consent Decree Affirmation. In a letter to United States attorney general Loretta Lynch, three Democrat and three Republican members of congress praise her and the Department of Justice for upholding ASCAP and BMI consent decrees without modification. In part, the letter states, “Preserving the decrees as currently written will protect licensees acting in good faith, ensure that music is performed legally, and see that creators are compensated for their work.” Authors were Democrat representatives Suzan Delbene (Washington), Gene Green (Texas), and Jared Polis (Colorado), as well as Republican representatives F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (Wisconsin), Blake Farenthold (Texas), and Dave Trott (Michigan).

Care-For-Cops-300x188Alpha Media Peoria’s Police Appreciation. An initiative by Alpha Media to show respect to the men and women in blue has been launched on the company’s Peoria (Illinois) stations. Each week this month – as part of “Care For Cops” – on-air personalities from WIRL “Goodtime Oldies,” CHR WNGY “Energy 102.3,” classic hits-oldies WPBG “93.3 The Drive,” adult contemporary WSWT “Mix 106.9,” and countryAlphaMedia-USA WXCL “104.9 The Wolf” are visiting local police departments delivering free food and letting police officers know how much they are appreciated. Alpha Media Peoria program director, Courtney “CJ” Pierce states, “After the events over the past few months, we felt compelled to show our support for our local police officers.” Tazewell County sheriff office captain Hal Harper comments, “The receipt of this kind gesture is welcomed and has meaning. We are not just a place of employment, but a team, a lifestyle, and a family. When we see appreciation given to our family, we embrace one more reminder that it does matter, and we are not working unnoticed or in vain.” Alpha Media finished first (WPGB, 10.1, 12+), second (WSWT, 7.1, 12+), and third (WXCL, 6.7, 12+) in Nielsen Audio‘s spring 2016 Peoria book.

Dave McKayBeasley Media Group Tampa Remembers Dave McKay. A celebration of the life of Dave McKay will take place tomorrow (Thursday, 8/11) starting at 5:00 pm at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg (Florida). As RadioInfo reported last Thursday (8/4), the 55-year-old morning drive personality of Beasley Media Group Tampa country outlet WQYK “99.5 QYK” died unexpectedly last week. McKay had been with “99.5 QYK” the past 24 years.  Beasley Media Group Tampa operations manager Tee Gentry stresses that, “Tears are accepted – but laughs and hugs are encouraged [because] Dave wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Johnjay Van Es DiamondbacksJohnjay Draws First Pitch Honors. Accompanied by his son Dutch (seen here holding an adoptable dog), Johnjay Van Es of Premiere Networks’ syndicated “Johnjay & Rich Show” strides to the mound of Chase Field in Phoenix to deliver the ceremonial first pitch at this past Sunday’s (8/7) Arizona DiamondbacksMilwaukee Brewers game. “Johnjay & Rich” made it a #LoveUp/#LovePup event by giving free game day tickets to 200 foster children and by hosting a dog adoption event near the stadium for the Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA. All ten adoptable dogs found new homes and the Diamondbacks won the game 9 – 3. “Johnjay & Rich” originate their daily morning drive show from iHeartMedia Phoenix CHR KZZP “104.7 Kiss-FM.”

hamilton, bobHamilton Adds TKRN AC Consulting Duties. Senior vice president of music programming for the Tom Kent Radio Network, Bob Hamilton, is now consulting TKRN adult contemporary stations. TKRN president and chief executive officer Tom Kent remarks, Tom-Kent-Radio-Network“Bob Hamilton has worked for us on the classic hits side and his in depth understanding of research and market trends made him an easy pick.” Hamilton – who will oversee all aspects of adult contemporary programming for TKRN and work with vice president of operations Bill Shannon on a daily basis – comments, “Tom’s ability to talk with the listeners in a fun and relatable way with a big market sound has consistently proven to drive ratings and revenue. Listeners always hear the difference and affiliates will put a shot of forward momentum into their bottom line. There is simply no better personality on the radio.” For over 30 years, Hamilton has been president and chief executive officer of Hamilton Communications. Included among his lengthy list of credits are a nine-year stint as program/operations manager of KHJ-AM & KRTH “K-Earth 101,” Los Angeles and national music director of the RKO Radio Network; director of programming and operations for San Francisco stations KSFO, KYA, KFRC, KYLD, and KSOL. In addition, he was market programmer for AM/FM and Chancellor Broadcasting San Francisco; program director of WMXJ, Miami and WIFI, Philadelphia; and national program director of Shepard Broadcasting.

Scott-Miller-LA-Beard-Contest_300Fear The Beards. Those tuned in to the Rio Olympics can see competition such as synchronized swimming and trampoline gymnastics, but the recent personal focus for Scott Miller of Hubbard Broadcasting Chicago classic rocker WDRV’s “The Morning Drive” was the “Los Angeles Beard Battle.” Moustaches to partial beards and full beards were featured from a lineup of national and international bearding all-stars and in the “Mad Maxx Wasteland” theme, Miller takes home a third-place victory. He jokes, “Michael Phelps shaves his entire body to win gold after gold, but I stopped shaving years ago and brought home a bronze. Don’t look for me to be on a box of Wheaties anytime soon.” Seeing this picture of Miller makes us wonder about the beards of the gold and silver winners.

RadioInfo Tidbits: Topics ranging from research and insights affecting radio listeners and advertisers to storytelling will be RAB Impact reportsfeatured in “Radio Impact Reports,” a new blog from the RAB. According to the first post, the blog will, “share current news, information and insights about broadcast radio, while using this social space to encourage an open dialogue with broadcasters, advertisers, agencies and even listeners. One thing is for certain – our focus will be on continued growth and innovations taking place, ensuring radio’s bright and exciting future.” ….. Syndicated talent Tino Cochino is added to the nighttime roster of Alpha Media San Antonio CHR KTFM “Energy 94.1.” According to “Energy 94.1” program director Pat Cerullo, “Tino is the model for personality-driven radio in 2016. He has an incredible ability to connect with our audience across multiple platforms with stellar content. I expect him to immediately make an impact and carve out his own lane in a crowded CHR field.”

freeman, dorisDoris Freeman Passes. The class of 2014 Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame inductee died this past Saturday (8/6). Doris Freeman began her career approximately 80 years ago as a feature radio singer and tap dancer. She raised millions of dollars over the decades for organizations such as the West Tennessee Cerebral Palsy Center, Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, March of Dimes, and the United Negro College Fund. Freeman hosted daily and weekly radio shows on Jackson, Tennessee’s WDXI; a daily children’s television show in Jackson; and headed up Cousin Tuny Enterprises, one of Jackson’s first advertising agencies. As a single mother of four, she became Jackson’s first female radio advertising representative with WDXI in 1948 and later at WTJS, and WJAK. For more than 20 years, Freeman produced/hosted live radio coverage of the Miss Tennessee Pageant. Visitation will be held tomorrow (Thursday, 8/11) 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Jackson, Tennessee’s Northside Methodist Church; funeral service (also at the Northside Methodist Church) is this Friday (8/12) at 11:00 am.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

| August 9, 2016

hill, daveHill Climbs to Program Miami’s “Big.” Transferring in from iHeartMedia Portland – where he was senior vice president of programming the past two years – Dave Hill takes over as program director of co-owned Miami classic rocker WBGG “Big 105.9”; he will do a weeknight on-air shift as well. According to WBGG-1regional senior vice president of programming Alex Tear, “After an extensive search, we are excited to welcome Dave to the Miami team. Dave’s programming experience and extensive multi-format knowledge – ranging from top 40 and rock to news-talk, country, and more – make him the perfect person to lead ‘Big 105.9’ to the next level.” Hill, who begins his new assignment in two weeks (8/22), comments, “I am excited for the next chapter of my life in Miami and helping to guide one of the most legendary brands in the industry.” Hill’s resume includes being operations manager of Hearst Broadcasting Baltimore and programming its WIYY “98 Rock” there. In addition, he has programmed and been on-air at WMRQ, Hartford and in Albany (New York) on WQBK and WQBJ. Tied for tenth-place in Miami’s latest (July 2016) Nielsen Audio PPM ratings sweep, “Big 105.9” extends its successive streak of not having a decrease to seven and is a cumulative +1.1 in that stretch (2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+). Setting the pace is Entercom adult contemporary WLYF “Lite-FM” (8.1, 6+).

williams, chuckEmmis Indianapolis Names Williams SVP/MM.  Eleven-year Radio One Indianapolis market manager Chuck Williams joins cross-town Emmis as senior vice president and market manager of its four-station cluster as well as its statewide news service, Network Indiana. Williams succeeds Charlie Morgan, who served in that capacity the past seven years before being named interim market manager of Emmis New York earlierEmmis this year. Emmis president and chief operating officer Patrick Walsh explains, “We have competed against Chuck throughout his career and always viewed him as a gifted, high integrity leader uniquely positioned to build on our foundation of success in Indianapolis. We are thrilled he has agreed to lead our team. With his deep knowledge of the Indianapolis radio market and the advertisers it serves, we expect him to jump right in and assist our talented team to continue to grow and prosper.” Williams comments, “I have long been an admirer of the Emmis culture, their people and their unfailing pride and leadership in the industry and their communities. Charlie Morgan built outstanding heritage stations with very talented people. I am looking forward to joining [Emmis Indianapolis vice president of sales] Tracey Bean, [VP/programming] Bob Richards, and the whole team at Emmis.” Before joining Radio One, Williams was general manager of Bonneville Chicago; he is the past chair of the Indiana Broadcasters Association. With each station’s share and market rank in parenthesis, here’s how the four Emmis Indianapolis outlets performed in the July 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM report: adult contemporary WYXB “B-105.7” (6.4, #4, 6+); country WLHK “Hank” (5.1, #7, 6+); talk WIBC (3.8, #11, 6+); and sports WFNI “The Fan” (2.1, #15, 6+).

robinson, jamesiheartmedia-logo-small2Robinson Named VP/Sales for iHeartMedia D.C. After having worked as general sales manager for iHeartMedia St. Louis, James Robinson relocates to Washington, D.C. as vice president of sales for the company’s cluster in the nation’s capital. Mid-Atlantic region senior vice president of sales Aaron Hyland states, “I am excited to welcome James to our Washington, D.C. sales management team. James has an exceptional track record, professionalism, and experience that will allow him to play a key role as we take our team to the next level.” Robinson remarks, “It is an honor to be part of the great team in Washington, D.C. I look forward to continuing to be an important asset to iHeartMedia and working with its team and iconic radio brands in Washington, D.C.” Robinson has held other sales management positions in Atlanta, Columbus, Memphis, and New Orleans. The five-station iHeartMedia Washington, D.C. cluster consists of mainstream CHR WIHT “Hot 99.5” (#5, 5.7, 6+, Nielsen Audio PPM, July 2016); adult contemporary WASH (#6, 4.6, 6+); WBIG “Big 100 Washington’s Classic Rock” (#8, 3.6, 6+); WMZQ “#1 for New Country” (#12, 3.4, 6+); and alternative WWDC “DC-101” (#17, 2.6, 6+).

robinson, steveWFMT GM Robinson to Exit. After 16 years as executive vice president and general manager of Chicago’s WFMT, Steve Robinson will depart the Window to the World classical outlet next month (9/30). Robinson joined WFMT in 2000 after 10 years with the Nebraska Public Radio Network. WFMT president and chief executive officer Dan Schmidt notes, “It is with great regret that we bid farewell to an indispensable member of our WFMT family. It is difficult to imagine the station without his unflagging energy, endless creativity, and deep knowledge of classical music and radio operations. He will beWFMT greatly missed; I know I speak for all of us when I wish him success in his future endeavors.” Robinson comments, “Working at WFMT and the WFMT Radio Network has been the greatest privilege and challenge of my career. Everyone at WFMT is immensely creative, knowledgeable, and passionate about their work – all I have really done is try to harness this incredible talent to move the station forward. If it has progressed at all in the 16 years I’ve been here, it is because of them, and I will always be grateful.” Robinson previously worked in Boston at public stations WBUR, WGBH, and WCRB; KPFA, San Francisco; and at WBGO, Newark-New York. Up the last three Nielsen Audio PPM sweeps for a combined +.7 (.8 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.5, 6+), WFMT is in a tie at #24 (6+, July 2016).

WUSN August 2016WUSN Rebrands to “Chicago’s Hottest Country.” Changes continue at Chicago’s WUSN, where longtime morning show team Ray Stevens & Lisa Dent recently exited, as did night talent Joel Lisinki. Now the CBS Radio-owned station typically referred to as “US-99” adopts “Chicago’s Hottest Country” as its handle. Commenting to Chicago media correspondent Robert Feder, WUSN program director Jeff Kapugi states, “It is important that we reflect today’s country listener in everything we do. The artists, music, and concerts are hot; and now, so is ‘US-99’ Chicago’s hottest country.” CBS Radio Chicago vice president of programming Todd Cavanah tells Feder that “some exciting new changes” are forthcoming to WUSN. According to 6+ stats from Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM survey, six-tenths of a share separates the market’s two country outlets – WUSN (3.0, #12, 6+) and iHeartMedia‘s WEBG “Big 95.5 – Chicago’s New Country” (2.4, three-way tie at #18, 6+). WUSN is up four-tenths from June and matches its best 6+-share since December, while “Big 95.5” hasn’t had a decrease in the last seven sweeps for a combined +.7 (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+). With a 5.8 (6+), WUSN all-news cluster-mate WBBM-AM is #1.

malone, mattMalone Moves to KC as “X-105.1” APD. KURQ, San Luis Obispo (California) assistant program director and on-air talent Matt Malone departs the El Dorado Broadcasters‘ alternative station to join Cumulus Media Kansas City’s similarly formatted KCJK “X-105.1” as assistant program director and afternoon drive (3:00 pm – 7:00KCJK pm) host. Cumulus Media midwest regional vice president Donna Baker comments, “Matt’s passion for – and extensive knowledge of – the alternative format and his connection to listeners are the ideal fit for ‘X-105.’ Operations manager Lance Tidwell and I are thrilled to welcome Matt back to Cumulus and the tremendous opportunity ahead for Matt and the ‘X-105’ team.” Columbia College (Chicago) graduate Malone remarks, “There are no words to cover how excited I am to get back with Cumulus, and to build this new alternative brand at ‘X-105.1’ in Kansas City. The opportunity to join [this] team is a dream come true. I am beyond ready to help make something special happen.” Prior to his KURQ tenure, Malone was Cumulus Media’s Chicago-based corporate programming assistant; assistant program director for the company’s classic hits-oldies outlet WLS-FM, Chicago; and was an on-air talent at Milwaukee Radio Alliance alternative WLUM “FM 102.1.” Previously adult hits using the “Jack-FM” moniker, KCJK transitioned to alternative in mid-June (2016). Among persons 6+ in the July 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM report for Kansas City, “X-105.1” ranks #17. It is off by one full-share for the second straight sweep – following a +.9 in May (3.6 – 4.5 – 3.5 – 2.5, 6+). Flat at 7.4 (6+), co-owned classic rock KCFX “The Fox” is the market leader for the third successive ratings period.

hughes, kathyHughes To Be Inducted Into The Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame. Over and above that honor, Radio One founder/chair Cathy Hughes will receive the Music Living Legends Award as well. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame founder and chief executive officer Lamont Robinson comments, “It is RB-Hall-of-Famegoing to be an honor to enshrine Cathy Hughes into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame class of 2016 and to honor her with the Rhythm & Blues Music Living Legends award. Ms. Hughes is definitely a trailblazer in every sense of the word. She has opened so many doors for many rhythm & blues artists and entertainers.” Hughes states, “There are so many noted artists, musicians, producers, and others whose impact has not only shaped the African-American musical landscape, but also significantly influenced music and culture in this country and around the world. I am humbled and honored that my life’s work with Radio One, especially in the Motor City, is being recognized as part of their collective legacy.” This year’s other inductees (some posthumously) include: Bootsy Collins, Fats Domino, Eddie Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, and Dionne Warwick. The fourth annual induction ceremony and concert will take place one week from this Sunday (8/21) at Detroit’s Ford Performing Arts Theater.

russo, nickKILTKILT-FM Officially Names Russo Afternoon Driver. Performing the role on an interim basis the past two months, Nick Russo is now formally the afternoon drive personality for CBS Radio Houston’s country KILT-FM “The Bull.” Program director Bruce Logan notes that, “Nick has done a tremendous job and his social media web contributions are invaluable to helping us achieve our goals. His rise with CBS Radio Houston has been impressive. In the span of about two years, Nick has moved from part-time for ‘The Bull’ and [co-owned CHR KKHH] ‘Hot’ to fulltime night host, and now to PM drive.” With Russo promoted to PM drive, “The Bull” is now looking to fill his on-air evening vacancy. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM report, “The Bull” finishes in a tie at #11 (3.6), 3.4 shares behind market pacesetter iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny” (7.0, 6+).

jimenez, soniakzzo_mobile_logoJimenez Returns to KZZO. It is a homecoming at KZZO “Now 100.5,” as former assistant program director/music director Sonia Jimenez reclaims her former position at the CBS Radio Sacramento hot AC. According to vice president of programming Chad Rufer, “Sonia was instrumental in the launch of ‘Now’ and she played a huge part in the station’s early success before leaving [for channel 40 KTXL-TV, Sacramento]. She will work with the music community to assist in booking talent for various shows and work side-by-side with co-assistant program director Chad Skinner on strategic promotions and marketing opportunities for the station.” In 4.6 – 4.9 range (6+) the past four sweeps, “Now 100.5” finishes fifth (4.7, 6+) in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM report; on top with a 10.3 (6+) is Entercom classic rock KSEG “The Eagle.”

Fenway 2Fenway Parks as APD at Augusta’s WHHD. Two-year WWST “Star 102,” Knoxville music director/night show talent “Fenway” (Chris Daugherty) exits the Scripps mainstream CHR to become assistant program director/music director/afternoon driver at Beasley Media Group CHR WHHD “HD-98.3 All the Hits,” Augusta (Georgia). Program director KrisWHHD Fisher states, “‘HD-98.3’ is ready to follow-up our best ratings book in the history of the station with such a strong addition to our HD entourage.” Fenway remarks that he is “honored” to join the Beasley Family and is “looking forward to help ‘HD-983’ grow even bigger and better.” After gaining three-tenths (4.3 – 4.6, spring 2015 – fall 2015, 12+), “HD-983” erupted to a 5.9 (+1.3, 12+) in Nielsen Audio‘s spring 2016 book and ranks fourth. On top with 7.9 each (12+) are iHeartMedia urban AC and adult contemporary siblings WKSP “Kiss-FM” and WBBQ “Most Music-Best Variety.”

Reckless NYC Interview. Promoting her new album entitled Martina McBride WNSH“Reckless,” artist Martina McBride yesterday (Monday, 8/8) visited with Cumulus Media New York City country outlet WNSH “Nash-FM 94.7” 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm air talent Jesse Addy. McBride discussed the album, as well as her upcoming (8/25) New Brunswick, New Jersey concert.

paisley, bradRadioInfo Tidbits. In a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for flood victims in his home state of West Virginia, Arista Nashville artist Brad Paisley helped to bring in $250,000. In addition, pharmaceutical company Mylan and MedExpress are donating $1.75 million to West Virginia flood relief through the Brad Paisley Foundation ….. Former WQNU, Louisville morning co-host Chris Diaz joins Steel City Media hot AC WLTJ “Q-92.9,” Pittsburgh for morning drive duties ….. Radio One Richmond operations manager/program director Jeff Anderson is appointed to similar duties for Beasley Media Group Charlotte urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98” and urban AC WBAV “V-101.9,” where he succeeds Jamilliah “Jam” Muhammad, who left three months ago ….. A car accident last night (8/8) has claimed the life of Curtis Media Group Raleigh-owned country WQDR promotion director Dede Wakefield. According to reports, Wakefield was killed when her car was hit from behind, causing her vehicle to push into the car in front of her.

KGSRCool Job Opportunity. In light of the fact program director Haley Jones is leaving at the end of this month, Emmis Austin triple A KGSR is on the hunt for a replacement. First and foremost, vice president of programming & operations/director of special projects Chase Rupe is “looking for a great programming leader.” The ideal candidate, according to Rupe, should be “someone who understands how to work with multiple stakeholders and balance the demands of competing in the ratings, organizing and executing massive events, coaching talent, and is committed to helping the revenue team as much as the product team.” KGSR’s strongest (6+) showing in Nielsen Audio‘s last 12 Austin PPM reports was a 3.4 in September. Off a combined eight-tenths since January, the station has been down or flat the past six ratings periods (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+) and is currently in a tie at #16; co-owned adult hits KBPA “Bob” is the market leader (8.0, 6+, July 2016).

Monday, August 8, 2016

| August 8, 2016

rufer, chadCBS Sacto Raises Rufer to VP/Programming. Hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5,” Sacramento program director Chad Rufer is boosted to vice president programming of CBS Radio‘s five-station cluster – which includes “Now 100.5” – in California’s capitol city. CBS Radio Sacramento senior vice president and market manager Steve Cottingim comments, “I am looking forward to working with Chad on cluster-wide programming initiatives. HeCBS Radio Sacramento has consistently delivered outstanding results. I am confident that he will have a significant impact growing ratings for the cluster.” Rufer remarks, “I am very humbled by the trust that Steve Cottingim and the executive team at CBS Radio has in me. Taking on this new role and being surrounded by such an all-star programming team is truly a dream come true.” Prior to joining CBS Radio Sacramento six years ago, Rufer was director of programming for Fort Myers Broadcasting Company; programmed KKMG, Colorado Springs; and operations manager of Saga Communications Clarksville, Tennessee. With each station’s July 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM 6+-share and 6+-rank in parentheses, the CBS Sacramento cluster consists of adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96” (7.6, #2); hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5” (4.7, #5); country KNCI (4.4, #7); rhythmic CHR KSFM “KS-102.5” (3.5, #10); and KHTK “Sports 1140” (1.3, #20).           

paulis, daveMax Media Norfolk Cuts Ties With Nielsen Audio. When Max Media LogoNorfolk PPM ratings information was released last Thursday (8/4), five Max Media outlets were noticeably absent and the reason was a financial decision. In a message to clients and agencies, Max Media Norfolk general manager Dave Paulis explained why the cluster is no longer a Nielsen Audio subscriber. “This decision is one we have been discussing for many years,” he writes, “and it comes down to one simple issue – return on investment. Since the advent of PPM in this marketplace in 2008, ratings have dwindled to the point where even the leading stations are not in the position to price [themselves] to match their market position. The elimination of this burdensome subscription will allow Max to diversify, make our products better, and free up dollars to market the radio stations.” Noted with June 2016 6+-rank and 6+-share in parentheses, Max Media Norfolk includes classic hits-oldies WVBW “92.9 The Wave” (#3, 6.0); country WGH-FM “Eagle 97.3” (5.0, #7); CHR WVHT “Hot 100.5” (#9, 3.8); sports WVSP “ESPN Radio 94.1″ (#12, 2.3); and gospel WGH-AM “Star 1310” (#15, 1.9).

KKGO Expands Levine to PD. KKGO “Go Country” station manager and director of marketing Michael Levine takes on added responsibilities of program director for the Mt. Wilson Broadcasters Los Angeles outlet. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 Los Angeles PPM report, KKGO is in a three-way at #17 (2.4, 6+); iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” is on top with a 5.4 (6+). “Go Country” is up in back-to-back sweeps (2.1 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+) and is in 2.0 – 2.4 range (6+) for the sixth straight time. Its highest 6+-share in the past 12 surveys is 2.6 this past October. Levine – who joined KKGO in July 2004 – has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in international relations from George Washington University. He is the son of Mt. Wilson Broadcasters president Saul Levine. Nine-year program director Tonya Campos exited the station the middle of last month.

turnbeaugh, jojoTurnbeaugh Takes Over As iHM Nevada/Central California Programmer. Senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Las Vegas JoJo Turnbeaugh is elevated to senior vice president of programming for the company’s stations in Nevada and central California. According to Nevada/central iheartmedia-logo-small2California region president Glynn Alan, “JoJo’s broad scope of both format and multi-market experience – combined with his winning attitude and track record – will bring extensive benefits to our region.” The region’s executive vice president of programming Steve Geofferies comments, “JoJo has a history in the central California region and he knows the brands in each of those markets. He added new duties earlier this year and created exceptional results in Las Vegas. We expect more of the same for our region.” Turnbeaugh remarks, “I am honored by the faith and trust that Glynn Alan and Steve Geofferies are placing in me. I am also very excited to work with the great team of leaders already in the region.” Turnbeaugh previously programmed KCCY, Colorado Springs; was assistant program director for KKFN “104.3 The Fan,” Denver; and was an on-air talent at KYGO, Denver.

budbroadway_500x350-400x284Bumping with Bud & Broadway. With 10,000 fist-bumps already on the books, Hubbard Broadcasting St. Louis’ WIL 5:00 am – 9:00 am wakeup talents Bud (Ford) & (Jerry) Broadway are 20% on their way of achieving their goal of meeting 50,000 new country fans before November through their “50,000 Fist Bumps Challenge.” Every Saturday this month, Bud & Broadway are presenting free concerts featuring rising country stars. Michael Tyler, writer of Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere on a Beach,” kicked off the series last Saturday (8/6). “Pop up Concerts” continue this Saturday (8/13) at 12:00 noon with a free performance from Drake White during a fundraiser for Ballwin Police Department officer Mike Flamion, who was injured and remains in critical care. All proceeds from this Saturday’s show go to Flamion and his family. WIL program director Scott Roddy comments, “Bud & Broadway are making huge strides as the only live-and-local new country morning show in St. Louis. Their commitment to the local community, and meeting new country fans one-on-one, is unparalleled. They wanted to give back to our heroes in blue, and feel this is the least they can do to support St. Louis’ law enforcement officers.” According to Bud Ford, “[Police officers] are a special group and we are lucky to have them. We are glad to give back in any way we can.” Jerry Broadway notes, “I have the utmost respect for anyone who cares enough about their community to put on a badge and walk out their door to an uncertain fate every day of their life.” This Saturday’s event will feature a cookout, raffle, music, and displays of police cruisers, fire trucks, and rescue helicopters. Up three-tenths in Nielsen Audio’s July 2016 PPM report for St. Louis, WIL is tied with adult hits sibling WARH “The Arch” for sixth-place (5.2, 6+); Emmis rocker KSHE is #1 with a 9.3 (6+).

zander, markZander to Program Rockford’s WXRX. Currently a weekend/fill-in host for Hubbard Broadcasting Chicago classic rocker WDRV “The Drive” and president of 4cMedia, Mark Zander (known professionally as “Zander”) will assume programming duties of Mid-West Family Broadcasting Rockford, WXRXIllinois rock outlet WXRX “104-9 The X,” effective one week from Wednesday (8/17). He will succeed Jim Stone, who continues with the 5:00 am – 9:00 am “Stone and Double T” wakeup program. General Manager Mike Paterson states, “I am excited to announce that Zander is joining our team. For the past decade and a half, Jim Stone has not only done a morning show, he’s done all the music, sales opportunities, promotions, imaging, and more. Over the past few years, we have been working to get people on our team into positions where we can make the most impact for listeners, advertisers, and other community partners. One of those moves is having Jim focus his talents on being the morning mayor for Rockford and not worry about everything else.” Zander remarks, “I look forward to digging in and working with the stellar Mid-West Family team in Rockford to elevate ‘The X’ to new heights.” Zander previously programmed Chicago area stations WRME-LP and WERV & WRXQ, as well as KLKX and KKZQ in Lancaster-Palmdale in northern Los Angeles County’s Antelope Valley. He also created, produced, and hosted the syndicated “Rockin’ 80s” and “Rockin’ 70s.” Nielsen Audio‘s fall 2015 book for Rockford lists eight stations – four each owned by Mid-West Family Broadcasting and Townsquare Media. WXRX is fifth with a 4.2 (12+); Townsquare Media CHR WZOK “97 ZOK Today’s Best Music” is on top with a 10.6 (12+).

WJVCHayes, Pope, Decker Headline WJVC Concert. The event, co-presented by JVC Media-owned WJVC “My Country 96.1,” Long Island, takes place this Saturday (8/13) at the Long Island Pennysaver Amphitheater and will feature Hunter Hayes, Cassadee Pope, and Jessie James Decker. JVC Broadcasting vice president and chief operating officer Vic Canales states, “This will be a night to remember. Cassadee Pope will blow the roof off the Amphitheater. She took part in the third season of [NBC-TV‘s] ‘The Voice’ and became the first female winner on December 18, 2012.” WJVC program director Phathead notes, “‘My Country 96.1′ is proud to present this great show to our listeners and fans. This is by far one of the most fun, energetic, high energy shows to ever come to Suffolk County. It just goes to show you that Suffolk County is country to the core.” Hayes’ 2011 self-titled debut album has sold over 1.1 million copies and his most successful single, “Wanted,” has sold over 3.5 million copies. His second studio album, “Storyline,” was released in May 2014.

Friday, August 5, 2016

| August 5, 2016

Cumulus Media Reports 4.1% Decrease in Net Revenue.  For the second quarter of 2016, Cumulus Media announces net revenue was $287.2 million, down from the Q2 2015 figure of $299.3 million.  That number cumulus logowasn’t so surprising as CEO Mary Berner has been stating that the turnaround of the company would take some time.  The decrease in net revenue was attributable in part to a decline in local spot sales that offset growth in national, political and digital as well as the effects of the shutdown of NASH magazine.  Also, expenses rose by $12.2 million due to new sports rights fees and an adjustment from a recalculation of 2015 music license fees.  Westwood One had a challenging Q2, down 13.8% — or $12 million – over the same period in 2015.

ewscrippsE.W. Scripps Radio Division Down 6.4%.  The 2016 second quarter numbers from E.W. Scripps were pretty good in the company’s television and digital segments – up 15% and 20% respectively – whereas the radio segment was down 6.4% on Q2 revenue of $18.2 million.  A look ahead to the third quarter doesn’t see improvement.  The company’s forward-looking statement is for radio revenue to be down in the mid-single digits and radio expenses to be up in the mid-single digits.

DOJ Agrees with Antitrust Division: No Modifications to Consent Decree; BMI and ASCAP to Challenge Ruling.  The big sticking point between the Department of Justice and publishing rights organizations BMI and ASCAP is the matter of fractional versus blanket or “full-work” licensing.  The DOJ isbmi logo agreeing with its Antitrust Division’s conclusion that BMI and ASCAP must offer these blanket licenses.  BMI and ASCAP are taking their action because they say the DOJ’s conclusion has the opposite effect for composers by making compositions that are “split works” – ones that have two or more composers represented by different (or multiple) performance rights organizations – unable to be licensed because of this new interpretation ascapof the Consent Decree and requires full work licensing.  BMI states, “Until now, music users have obtained the right to publicly perform split works for which BMI can only license a fraction by obtaining licenses from the other domestic PROs and effectively aggregating the fractional interests into a full work license.  Not anymore. Under the DOJ’s new would-be rule that precludes BMI from licensing fractional interests, BMI’s fractions would become trapped, making the works unlicensable by BMI or any other PRO (because none hold the full right to license the composition).”  Read the Justice Department’s ruling here and check out BMI’s case here.

Lotus Acquires Triple A KTHX, Reno.  Reno and Carson City markets triple A KTHX “100.1 The X” is now a part of the Lotus Radio Corp. family.  In a press release, Lotus says the station had been “a market leader for 25 years and continues to be a fan favorite.  The station blends classic alternative rock with blues, soul, roots andkthx today’s best adult indie rock, making it one of the most eclectic and interesting stations in northern Nevada.”  Lotus general manager Dane Wilt states, “The X’s heritage and commitment to the community make it a perfect fit for Lotus.  The format complements our rock and sports stations and the staff of ‘The X’ shares Lotus’ commitment to serving the community.”  Station morning personality Dead Air Dave quips, “It’s great…I promised myself I wouldn’t cry and I’m amazed this is happening.  Lotus and KTHX go together like peanut butter and jelly.”

WHQC, Charlotte Re-Ups with ‘Ace & TJ.’  The regionally syndicated “Ace & TJ” morning drive show re-ups with iHeartMedia’s Charlotte CHR WHQC “Channel 96.1” for another five years.  The program – also heard in Southeastern US markets including Birmingham; Greenville, SC and NC; Columbia, SC; Myrtle Beach SC; and more – has been heard on “Channel 96.1” since 2011.

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Round Four of July PPM Data Released. The final of four rounds of July 2016 PPM ratings information from Nielsen Audio has been released for the 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen Audio’s July 2016 survey period covered June 16 – July 13. View all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all 12 of these PPM markets below.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Austin – Not only does Entercom hot AC KAMX “Mix 94.7” improve for the fifth successive sweep to climb from ninth to eighth, it does so with a meaty +.7 (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 5.1, 6+). Moreover, 5.1 is the best 6+-stat for “Mix” since FebruaryKAMX 2012 (5.3). Also notching a +.7 is public KUT (6.7 – 7.4, 6+), which holds the runner-up position for the third straight time. Bolstering their June 2016 shares by six-tenths each are Emmis regional Mexican KLZT “107.1 La Z” (sixth to fifth, 6+) and Entercom’s KKMJ-HD3 (2.0 – 2.6, #17 to #14, 6+). Over the course of five straight gains (2.9 – 3.2 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 5.0 – 5.6, 6+), “107.1 La Z” has nearly doubled its 6+-share (+2.7); KKMJ-HD3 declined by one-half share in June. Displaying a one-half share gain to 5.6, its best 6+-stat since September’s 6.0, iHeartMedia‘s KVET advances from #5 to #3; this is the fourth straight time that “98.1 All-Time Country Favorites” is up or flat for a combined full-share gain (4.6 – 4.6 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 5.6, 6+). After shaking off three successive downward trends that produced a combined -1.3 (9.4 – 9.1 – 8.6 – 8.1, 6+), Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob” was +.4 in June but it regresses by one-half share (8.1 – 8.5 – 8.0, 6+). Even so, “Bob” is #1 for the seventh consecutive time. In addition to KBPA, Spanish contemporary sibling KLZT-HD2 is off by one-half share (1.8 – 1.3, #18 to #20, 6+). Owing to a -.9 (3.3 – 2.4, 6+), Crista Media contemporary Christian KFMK “Spirit 105.9” slips from #13 to #15. Locked on 2.3 (6+) in May, June, and now in July, Emmis triple A KGSR “93.3 Radio Austin” (#15 to #16) is without an increase for the sixth consecutive time for a net loss of eight-tenths (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+).

2) Milwaukee – Trending 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.0 (6+) in April, May, and June, iHeartMedia CHR WRNW “97-3 Now” busts out with a WRNW+.6 to 3.6 (#13 to #12, 6+), its best 6+-performance since April 2014 (3.8). With a +.3 to 4.9 (tenth to eighth, 6+), talk sibling WISN curtails four straight declines that accounted for a combined -2.1 (6.7 – 6.0 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 4.6, 6+). Unchanged at 10.4 (6+), co-owned classic hits-oldies WRIT “95.7 Big FM – Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” occupies the market’s top spot for the 15th straight sweep. Recent 6+-fluctuations for WRIT include +1.7 (October); -.7 (November); +5.6 (“Holiday” 2015); -5.7 (January); +1.3 (February); +1.1 (April); and -.6 (May). After chalking up a gain of one-half share in May, Saga Communications’ urban AC WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3 Today’s R&B and Old School” was -.6 in June and further falters by eight-tenths (4.5 – 5.0 – 4.4 – 3.6, 6+), dropping from #11 to #12. Off six-tenths in March, “Jammin'” was +.7 in April. Sputtering by six-tenths (5.2 – 4.6, 6+), sibling WHQG “102.9 The Hog Everything That Rocks” tumbles from a three-way tie at #7 to #10. After five straight increases which produced a +1.6 (4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 5.6, 6+), Milwaukee Radio Alliance-owned alternative WLUM “102.1 Sounds Different” dips for the second straight time (5.6 – 5.3 – 4.8, sixth to ninth, 6+), returning half of the +1.6.

3) Indianapolis – The top two outlets here repeat their June 2016 stats: Entercom CHR WZPL “99-5 ZPL” is unchanged at 7.9 (6+), while Cumulus Media‘s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5” isWZPL steady at 7.6 (6+). It is the fourth straight up or flat trend for “99-5 ZPL” for a combined +1.5 with most of that gain coming with June’s +1.1 (6.4 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.9 – 7.9, 6+); WJJK was up one-half share this time last month. Without an increase in April, May, or June (4.8 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+), Entercom hot AC WNTR “107.9 The Mix” picks up one-tenth to 4.6 (6+), progressing from ninth to eighth. In June, WHHH “Hot 96.3” registered a robust +1.3 to 5.9, its strongest 6+-share since April 2014 (6.6); however, the Radio One rhythmic CHR now relinquishes all of it (plus two-tenths more – a whopping -1.5), slumping from sixth to tenth (4.6 – 5.9 – 4.4, 6+). Down or flat the fourth successive sweep (3.5 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+), Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRWM “93.9 The Beat” remains at #13. While steady at #4, this is the third straight decline for Emmis adult contemporary WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7” (7.1 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+) resulting in a cumulative -.7. Off by one-half share (2.6 – 2.1, 6+), sports sibling WFNI “The Fan” slides from #14 to #15; 2.1 is its weakest 6+-stat since April 2015 (2.1 as well). Meanwhile, after seven straight .1 showings (6+), Entercom-owned WXNT “CBS Sports 1430″ notches a .2 (#22).

4) Providence – The third successive gain by Hall Communications’ WCTK is by seven-tenths (7.0 – 7.2 – 7.5 – WCTK8.2, 6+), lifting “Cat Country 98.1” from fourth to third. This is the best 6+-performance for “Cat Country” since last September’s 8.9. In four straight up or flat trends (.3 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .6, 6+) public WELH (#11 to #12) doubles its 6+-stat. After three consecutive downward trends totaling a -2.7 (12.1 – 10.6 – 10.3 – 9.4, 6+), Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” posts a +.2 to 9.6 and is #1 for the ninth successive ratings period; 9.4 in June was its lowest 6+-share since November’s 8.7. Co-owned mainstream CHR WPRO-FM falters by nine-tenths, following June’s seven-tenths’ improvement (8.3 – 9.0 – 8.1, 6+); “Today’s Hit Music” segues from second to fourth. Unchanged at #8, Entercom sports outlet WVEI sputters by one-half share (3.1 – 2.6, 6+).

5) Raleigh – The top four stations in this North Carolina market are separated by a scant three-tenths of a share. There have been some large monthly (6+) swings recently for Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL. Specifically, “MixWRAL 101.5″ was +.5 October – November; +.6 November – December; +5.7 December – Holiday; -7.2 “Holiday” – January; +.6 January – February; +.6 February – March; -.6 March – April; and +.5 April – May. May – June produced a very tame +.2 (7.2 – 7.4, 6+). “Mix” though is back at it with a +.5 (7.4 – 7.9, June – July, 6+), elevating from second to a first-place tie, catching Radio One urban AC WFXC “Foxy” (7.7 – 7.9, +.2, 6+). A +1.5 in May propelled “Foxy” from fourth to first. Prior to May, the last time “Foxy” crossed the seven-share level (6+) was November and October with a 7.1 each time. Having already improved by six-tenths in June, University of North CarolinaChapel Hill‘s WUNC piles on an additional full-share (6.2 – 6.8 – 7.8, 6+), inching up from fourth to third; WUNC was -1.1 in May. Despite a gain of six-tenths (7.0 – 7.6, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WDCG “G-105” actually backslides from third to fourth. In back-to-back sweeps (April-May-June), G-105 was off by a combined seven-tenths (7.7 – 7.2 – 7.0, 6+). By adding four-tenths in June, cluster-mate WTKK curtailed three straight downward trends which yielded a cumulative -1.2 (5.8 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). Steady at #7, the FM talker chalks up another half-share to 5.5 (6+). Conversely, a -.1 in June by WRTP “His Radio” ended four straight gains (.9 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 2.2, 6+), but the Radio Training Network contemporary Christian facility now regresses by -1.2 (2.1 – .9, 6+) to tumble from #16 to #19. Just as WUNC did in June – Curtis Media Group CHR WPLW notched a +.6, but “Pulse FM” surrenders nine-tenths (4.3 – 4.9 – 4.0, 6+), dropping from eighth to tenth. The seven most recent fluctuations for Capitol Broadcasting sports outlet WCMC “The Fan” – down for the fourth straight sweep – are +1.1 (“Holiday” 2015 – January 2016); -1.0 (January – February); +1.1 (February – March); -.5 (March – April); -.7 (April – May); -.2 (May – June) and -.7 (June – July, 3.5 – 2.8, unchanged at #15, 6+). It is the lowest 6+-share for “The Fan” since September’s 2.7. Without a decrease in the last five ratings periods for a combined +1.5 (4.8 – 5.5 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” declines by six-tenths to 5.7 (6+) but continues at #5. Faltering by one-half share (1.1 – .6, 6+), Curtis Media Group talker WPTF dips below a one-share for the first time since the “Holiday” 2015 report (.8), but remains at #20.

6) Norfolk – Perhaps most notable in this market’s July 2016 report is the absence of five (5) stations from the previous sweep. WAFXWith their June 2016 6+-rank and 6+-share in parentheses, the missing stations – all Max Broadcast Group outlets – are classic hits-oldies WVBW (#3, 6.0); country WGH-FM (5.0, #7); CHR WVHT (#9, 3.8); sports WVSP (#12, 2.3); and gospel WGH-AM (#15, 1.9). Over and above registering a one-half share increase (5.4 – 5.9, 6+) lifting it from fourth to third, Saga classic rocker WAFX “106.9 The Fox” has its highest 6+-share since May 2014 (5.9, as well). By recording a +.6 in May, WVKL ended three straight down or flat trends (12.1 – 12.1 – 11.7 – 11.6, 6+). Off by two-tenths (each) in June and July, the Entercom urban AC (12.2 – 12.0 – 11.8, 6+) is #1 for the (benchmark) 50th 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. Up four-tenths to 6.7 (6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI is in the runner-up slot for the seventh straight time. In June, “Jamz 103” was -1.3 to 6.3, the first time it had been below a seven-share (6+) since April 2014 (6.8). CHR sibling WNOH “Now 105” (#13 to #9) is down or flat for the third successive sweep (2.8 – 2.3 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+), while urban-rhythmic oldies cluster-mate WHBT “92.1 The Beat” (#14 to #10) is without an increase for the fifth straight time (2.5 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.9, 6+). As noted above, improved rankers for “Now” and “The Beat” (particularly) are influenced by a reduced number of stations from June.

7) Nashville – On the heels of registering its strongest-ever 6+-PPM stat (5.9 in June), Cumulus Media country outlet WSM-FM “Nash Icon” quickly obliterates it with July’s mammoth +1.4WSM-FM to 7.3 (6+). Moreover, “Nash Icon” rockets from sixth to second. It is nine-tenths behind Midwest Communications’ WJXA “Mix 92.9,” which records its seventh straight downward trend (15.6 – 10.7 – 10.2 – 9.7 – 9.6 – 9.1 – 8.3 – 8.2, 6+) for a net loss since the “Holiday” 2015 report of -7.4. While this marks the fifth time since November – and sixth occurrence since last August – that “Mix” has not been in double-digits (6+), the adult contemporary outlet is nonetheless #1 for the 53rd consecutive ratings period. Backing up to the market’s country skirmish, iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98 #1 For New Country” is flat at 4.0 (unchanged at #10, 6+), while Cumulus Media-owned WKDF “Nash FM 103.3” drops two-tenths to 3.7, but actually moves up from #13 to #12 (6+). Following consecutive gains of one-tenth each (4.4 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+), “The Big 98” was -.6 in June. Down or flat for four straight sweeps for a cumulative -.5 (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), “Nash-FM” responded with a +1.0 in June to 3.9, its best 6+-share since December’s 4.1. Following four successive downward trends for a combined -.6 (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.1, 6+), Cromwell Group gospel WPRT-HD2 (#18 to #17) improves by seven-tenths to 1.8, its best-ever 6+-showing in the PPM-era. After recording 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” posted a +.7 in May; then a hefty -1.2 in June; and now sputters by -.8 in July (5.7 – 4.5 – 3.7, 6+) to depart the top ten (#9 to #12). Entering the July sweep, WRVW “The River” was within eight-tenths of first place and had finished second seven times in the previous eight monthlies, but the iHeartMedia CHR flounders by seven-tenths (7.5 – 6.8, 6+), slipping from second to third.

8) Greensboro – Having regressed by a combined -1.2 in May and June (9.8 – 9.6 – 8.6, 6+), Entercom rhythmic CHR WJMH WJMH“102 Jamz” recaptures all of it in July with a +1.2 (9.8, 6+) and moves from third to second. Preceding May’s decline, “102 Jamz” had three straight up-trends (8.3 – 8.6 – 9.4 – 9.8, 6+). Owing to a +.2 to 3.7 (6+), WPTI ends three straight negative trends that resulted in a -1.2 (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.2 – 3.5, 6+); the iHeartMedia FM talker remains at #9. Locked on 6.6 (6+) in February and March and then stymied at 6.7 (6+) in April and May, co-owned WTQR “Q-104.1 New Country” dropped three-tenths in June only to rebound with a +.8 in July (6.4 – 7.2, 6+) as it carries on at #5. It has a 2.4-share advantage over Entercom’s similarly programmed WPAW “93.1 The Wolf,” flat at #6 with a 4.8 (6+) for the third time in the last four sweeps. In addition to boasting its fourth straight gain for a cumulative +2.8 – roughly half of which came via June’s +1.5 – adult hits sibling WSMW “Simon” repeats at #1 (8.1 – 8.6 – 9.2 – 10.7 – 10.9, 6+). “Simon” achieved double-digits three times previously (10.7, 10.5, and 10.1), but 10.9 is the best-ever 6+-stat in its PPM-history. After posting a full-share gain in May, urban AC cluster-mate WQMG was off by seven-tenths in June and now falters by an additional six-tenths (9.7 – 10.7 – 10.0 – 9.4, 6+), sliding from second to third. In advance of June’s decrease, “The Best R&B and Old School” had a cumulative increase of three full-shares via six straight up or flat monthlies (7.7 – 7.7 – 8.2 – 9.1 – 9.3 – 9.7 – 10.7, 6+); 10.7 was its strongest 6+-showing since November 2014 (10.7). Although steady at #4, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG erodes by seven-tenths (8.0 – 7.3, 6+). Despite not having an increase for the fifth straight time (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+), Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101” continues at #11.

9) West Palm Beach – Previous “Takeaway” overviews this week have cited several longstanding (6+) #1 performers being overtaken in the July 2016 sweep. Another can be added to the listWOLL as Alpha Media hot AC WRMF – which held the top spot the past 23 ratings periods – drops four-tenths to 7.2 and falls to second. In June, it gained three-tenths to end four successive decreases yielding a cumulative -2.2 (9.5 – 9.3 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.3, 6+). Dislodging WRMF – and doing so in a big way – is iHeartMedia adult contemporary WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5,” which powers from third to first with a +1.5 to 7.5, its loftiest 6+-share since 7.7 in April 2015. “Kool” was down three-tenths in both April and May, before notching a +.5 in June (6.1 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+). Elsewhere in the adult contemporary format, Alpha Media’s WEAT “Sunny 107.9” is off by one-tenth (6.9 – 6.8, 6+) and segues from second to third, while JVC Media soft AC WSVU “South Florida’s 95.9 The Palm” (unchanged at #14) loses two-tenths (1.6 – 1.4, 6+). An increase of one-half share (4.2 – 4.7, 6+) enables Alpha Media urban AC WMBX “X-102.3” to advance from sixth to fifth. This is the fourth successive up or flat monthly for iHeartMedia CHR WLDI “WiLD 95.5” (2.8 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+), which stays at #7, and fifth consecutive sweep without a decrease for public WLRN (1.8 – 1.9 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+), unchanged at #9.

10) Jacksonville – Flashing a +.7, Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL is not only without a decrease for the third WJGLconsecutive time for a +1.5 (7.4 – 8.2 – 8.2 – 8.9, 6+), July’s 8.9 is the best-ever (6+) PPM-era stat for “96.9 The Eagle.” After back-to-back #2 performances, co-owned WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hot Music Station” regressed by eight-tenths in June to fall to fourth, but the mainstream CHR recaptures all of the loss (and one-tenth more for good measure) as it climbs to third (8.6 – 7.9 – 8.8, +.9, 6+). Dusting itself off from June’s lofty -1.3, Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety” answers with a +.8 (10.7 – 9.4 – 10.2, 6+) and is #1 for the ninth straight time. Its 9.4 in June was its lowest 6+-share since December’s 9.2. Prior to dropping to #2 in November, “Lite” had been on top the previous 17 sweeps. In 5.2 – 5.5 range (6+) the past four sweeps, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WJBT “93.3 The Beat” breaks out a +.6 to 6.1 (6+), zooming from ninth to fifth. Exploding with a +1.2 in June, co-owned adult hits WWJK “Jack-FM” forfeits all of it – and then some (4.5 – 5.7 – 4.1, – 1.6, 6+) to slide from eighth to tenth. It has been an active few monthlies for CHR sibling WKSL “Kiss FM,” which was +.5 in March; +.7 in April; -1.5 in May; +.9 in June; and now -.7 in July (4.3 – 4.8 – 5.5 – 4.0 – 4.9 – 4.2, 6+) 6+). Despite dropping seven-tenths, “Kiss” moves up from tenth to ninth. Following consecutive sweeps in which it added one-half share increases, urban-rhythmic oldies cluster-mate WSOL “V-101.5” (sixth to eighth) is -.9 in June and July (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 5.4, 6+). A cumulative -1.3 in four straight negative trends (6.8 – 6.4 – 6.3 – 6.2 – 5.5, 6+), Cox Media Group talk WOKV tumbles from fifth to seventh.

11) Memphis – Continuing in fifth-place, iHeartMedia‘s WDIA “1070 The Heart & Soul of Memphis” improves for the fifth straight time for a combined +1.8 (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 6.0 – 6.2, 6+); 6.2 is its strongest 6+-share since September’s 6.6. Steady inWRBO the runner-up position, Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRBO “Soul Classics and Today’s R&B” delivers a +.7 to 8.5, its strongest ever PPM-era 6+-performance. Rock sibling WXMX is up for the third straight sweep (2.8 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.0, 6+), crossing the four-share threshold (6+) for the first time since March 2015 (4.2); “98.1 The Max” continues in ninth-place. After four successive downward trends yielding a -1.8 (6.9 – 6.6 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.1, 6+), iHeartMedia gospel WHAL “Halleluiah” recovers one-third of it with a +.6 to 5.7 and it remains in sixth-place. Following three straight increases for a whopping +4.2 (8.3 – 10.2 – 11.2 – 12.5, 6+) – and – its strongest 6+-share since December 2012’s 13.5, urban AC sibling KJMS “V-101” falters by nine-tenths in back-to-back sweeps but is #1 for the fifth straight time (12.5 – 11.6 – 10.7, 6+). Prior to a -1.4 in “Holiday” 2015, “V-101” had not had a decline in the previous four ratings periods (8.9 – 9.2 – 9.3 – 9.3 – 10.0, 6+). Still in that iHeartMedia cluster, urban contemporary and classic rock siblings WHRK “K-97.1” (6.8, unchanged at #4, 6+) and WEGR “Rock 103” (2.8, #10 to #11, 6+) each decline by six-tenths. It is the third consecutive loss for “K-97.1” (8.8 – 8.3 – 7.4, 6+), while “Rock 103” had been up in back-to-back sweeps (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.4, 6+) and 3.4 represented its most potent 6+-share since February 2014 (4.0). Entercom sports outlet WMC-AM is at .1 for the ninth straight sweep and remains at #18.         

12) Hartford – Pulling the plug on four straight negative trends that produced a -1.9 (7.9 – 7.1 – 6.7 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia WHCNclassic hits-oldies WHCN “The River 105.9” trots out a +.8 to 6.8 (6+) to climb from seventh to fifth. Stuck on 7.9 (6+) in April and May, co-owned WWYZ “Country 92-5” dialed up a +1.1 in June and follows up with another one-half share increase (7.9 – 9.0 – 9.5, 6+) to continue in the runner-up slot. On top for the 22nd time in the last 23 sweeps – including the past 14 – CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5” shakes off June’s -1.0 with a +.3 (11.3 – 10.3 – 10.6, 6+). Owing to a +.3 in April, “Lite 100.5” halted a three-month slide that resulted in a combined decline of nearly seven shares (17.8 – 12.1 – 11.9 – 11.0, 6+). After back-to-back gains that netted a +2.4 (6.5 – 8.8 – 8.9, 6+), talk sibling WTIC-AM turns over most of it with a whopping -1.9 to 7.0 (6+), slipping from third to fourth. Off five straight times dating back to February, rhythmic CHR cluster-mate WZMX “Hot 93.7” has a net loss of nearly three full-shares (10.1 – 9.4 – 8.6 – 7.8 – 7.7 – 7.2, 6+) yet manages to improve from fourth to third; February’s 10.1 was its best-ever 6+-share in the PPM-era. Up the past three monthlies (.3 – .6 – .7 – 1.3, 6+) and notching its highest 6+share since February 2015 (1.5), University of Massachusetts-owned WFCR (steady at #10) drops three-tenths to 1.0 (6+).

Connecticut Radio Pro Sebastian to Launch Internet Venture.  Via the Radio Button Network, well-known Connecticut radio personality Sebastian is debuting a new program called “Sebastian Uncensored.”  Thesebastian former WCCC and WZMX, Hartford jock will showcase his program on this 24/7 online personality station fully owned and operated by him, and managed by the Radio Button Network.  It debuts on Monday, August 8.  Sebastian comments, “I did not have a platform in radio that would allow the show I envisioned for 2016 and beyond.  This new media fits exactly with what I needed to do MY type of show again.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The seven-station Entercom Upstate group in South Carolina is hosting day two of its 9th annual radiothon to benefit Children’s Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina today (8/5).   The annual radiothon has raised more than $2.3 million to date and supported thousands of children in the Greenville community.  All of the proceeds serve to help nearly 400,000 children with cystic fibrosis, autism, diabetes, brain injuries, pediatric cancer and other medical challenges…..During last weekend’s Oregon Jamboree music festival, “CMTalancodyOre16 After MidNite” host Cody Alan was on hand capturing the action and conducting interviews with artists for “CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan” and CMT’s “Hot 20 Countdown.”  Pictured here (from l-r) are: Alan; KAKT, Medford, Oregon morning personality Mekela Rae; and Premiere Networks/CMT producer Dingo O’Brien…..Meruelo Holdings-owned hip hop outlet KDAY, Los Angeles announces it will be the Southern California affiliate for Oakland Raiders football. It will also enhance game coverage with exciting Raiders-oriented additional programming.  Meruelo and KDAY president Otto Padron says, “No other brand in SoCal speaks to the loyal Raiders Nation better than KDAY…our sound, attitude and colors are a natural fit for this legendary pro football franchise.  We are very excited with this new NFL partnership and KDAY is the right destination for the more than 2 million Raiders fans in our LA market.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

| August 4, 2016

WQYK, Tampa’s Dave McKay Dead at 55.  The friends and co-workers are shocked by the unexpected death of WQYK, Tampa morning drive personality Dave McKay.  News of McKay’s passing was announced to mckaydavelisteners this morning by station operations manager Tee Gentry with AM show personality Veronica and PM driver Cadillac Jack in the studio.  McKay had been with the Beasley country station for the past 24 years.  The company released the following statement, “We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of our WQYK morning host Dave McKay.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fans.  Our hearts are heavy within the Beasley Media Group during this extremely difficult time.”

iheartmedia logo tinyiHeartMedia Second Quarter Net Revenue Rises 1.2%.  That figure is based on net revenue of $1.6 billion during Q2 of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015 and that is for the whole company.  Separating the radio and digital business from the outdoor segment, iHeartMedia reports an increase of 3.2% in net revenue due in large part to live events, the traffic and weather services, broadcast and digital advertising, as well as the Premiere Networks syndication segment, especially news/talk.

Townsquare Media Reports Q2 Financials; Radio Segment Up 3.5%. The company reports on its two business segments – Local Marketing Solutions, which includes radio plus its digital products, and Entertainment, which provides live events and music and lifestyle content.  During Q2, Local Marketing Solutions pro forma net townsquaremediarevenue increased $2.9 million, or 3.5%, to $86.7 million (including political).  For the first half of 2016, Local Marketing Solutions net revenue increased $8.8 million, or 5.8%, to $161.9 million (including political).   Townsquare Media chairmanpricesteven and CEO Steven Price says, “We are pleased to report solid results for the first half of 2016, with pro forma net revenue and Adjusted EBITDA increasing approximately 4% over the prior year, with strength in our Local Marketing Solutions segment.  In the second quarter, we delivered net revenue growth of 16.7% over the prior year.  On a pro forma basis, net revenue increased 2.1%, which was in line with our expectations, and Adjusted EBITDA increased 4.1%, which exceeded our guidance.  In addition, we were able to strengthen our balance sheet through the repurchase of $17 million of Unsecured Senior Notes.”

Saga Communications Reports Net Revenue Up 6.1%.  That figure – comparing Q2 of 2016 with the same period a year ago – is based on net revenue of $36.4 million for the whole company.  The Sagasaga Communications radio division’s net revenue mirrors that at +6.1% on net revenue of $30.8 million.  However, on a pro forma basis, the radio net revenue dipped 1.7%.  Saga notes that free cash flow increased 15.6% to $6.5 million.  Operating Income increased 12.6% to $8.4 million.  Station operating expense increased 4.6% to $25.4 million (station operating expense includes depreciation and amortization attributable to the stations).  Same Station net revenue increased 0.8% to $34.2 million and same station operating expense was flat at $24.0 million.  Net income for the period was $4.8 million ($0.82 per fully diluted share compared to $0.77 for the same period last year).

Radio One Delivers Positive Second Quarter; Net Revenue Up 2.4%, But Radio Flat.  That 2.4% is for the company as a whole, for which net revenue was approximately $122.7 million compared to the same period in radioonelogo2015.  Station operating income was approximately $48.9 million, an increase of 5.5%.  Radio One breaks its net revenue report into six categories: Radio Advertising, Political Advertising, Digital Advertising, Cable Television Advertising, Cable Television Affiliate Fees, and Event Revenues & Other.  The company says, “Net revenues from our radio broadcasting segment decreased 0.2% for the quarter ended June 30, 2016, versus the same period in 2015.  We experienced net revenue growth in eight of our radio markets (most significantly in Washington D.C., Charlotte and Cleveland); however, this growth was offset by declines in other markets (with Columbus, Philadelphia, Houston and Detroit experiencing the most significant declines).  Reach Media’s net revenues increased 2.8% in the second quarter of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015.”

RadioInfo Career Moves.  The move of longtime WUSN, Chicago morning personality “Ramblin” Ray Stevens to crosstown news/talk WLS-AM is part of more changes at CBS RADIO’s “US99.5.”  Stevens’ contract was up and he wanted to do talk with former “US99.5” AM drive partner Big John Howell.  But, now Stevens’brookejubal16 co-host Lisa Dent is also out at WUSN with a new morning show to be announced next week, according to a report by Chicago media maven Robert Feder…..There are three more affiliate stations for the KQMV, Seattle-based morning drive show “Brooke & Jubal.”  Alpha Media brings the morning show to two more of its stations as hip hop WGBL, Gulfport-Biloxi “G96-7,” and hot AC WXMA, Louisville “102.3 The Max” add the program.  Also, iHeartMedia’s hot AC WMTX, Tampa “Mix 100.7” also makes the Brooke Fox and Jubal Flagg-led show its morning drive program.  Pictured at right are (from l-r) Fox, Flagg, and Jose…..Afternoon drive host and music director Spam, a.k.a. David Meyers, leaves Entercom’s alternative WSFS-FM, Miami “104.3 The Shark” after nine months with the station.  He’d previously served with CBS RADIO’s WHFS, Washington/Baltimore.

Radio One and Edison Research to Release Race Relations Study Results.  Urban media company Radio One says it engaged Edison Research to conduct the study into the “true state of race relations in this country.”  The results will be revealed on Friday (8/4 at 11:00 am ET via conference call) and Radio One teasesedisonresearch that a key finding is “Black and White Americans are more closely aligned than previously thought on improving race relations in the country and share broad agreement on practical solutions.”  Radio One commissioned the study “on the heels of outrage, protests and emotional responses after the shooting of two black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota and the subsequent shooting of five police officers in Dallas (study fielded prior to Baton Rouge police shooting).

nielsen logoRound Three of July PPM Data Released. The third of four rounds of July 2016 PPM ratings information from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. Nielsen’s July 2016 survey period covered June 16 – July 13.  You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets below.

 TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Portland – Three successive February – May up-trends by KUPL “The Bull” yielded two full-shares (3.3 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 5.3, 6+) KUPLbefore the Alpha Media country outlet dropped four-tenths in June. Bouncing back with a gain of six-tenths (4.9 – 5.5, 6+), “The Bull” leaps from sixth to fourth. Prior to a +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+). Meanwhile, a boostKWJJ of two-tenths to 6.7 (6+) represents the fourth successive increase for its rival, Entercom‘s KWJJ “Great Country for the Great Northwest 99.5 The Wolf,” which inches up from third to a second-place tie. Dating back to March, “The Wolf” is up by a cumulative +1.2 (5.5 – 5.6 – 6.0 – 6.5 – 6.7, 6+). Just when it appeared KKCW “K-103” would be overtaken, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary trots out a one-half share gain to 7.6 (6+) and is #1 for the 25th time in the last 27 ratings periods. In June, “K-103” suffered a massive -1.6 to 7.1, its lowest 6+-share in two years (6.6, June 2014). A one-tenth gain in May ended four straight sweeps without an increase (21.4 – 9.5 – 8.8 – 8.6 – 8.6, 6+). KKCW’s June lead of four-tenths over Oregon Public Broadcasting‘s KOPB increases to nine-tenths as KOPB is flat at 6.7 (6+). Winding back to the “Holiday” 2015 report, “K-103” enjoyed a 16.1 advantage over KOPB (21.4 versus 5.3, 6+). The third straight gain by Entercom adult hits KYCH is by one-half share (3.9 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+), with “97.1 Charlie We Play Everything” escaping a three-way ninth-place tie for sole possession of sixth-place. It is the best 6+-performance for “Charlie” since last August (5.0, as well). Following meaty back-to-back gains totaling a combined +2.1 (3.0 – 4.0 – 5.1, 6+), Alpha Media triple A KINK surrenders more than half with a -1.2 to 3.9 (6+), as it spirals out of the top ten (#5 to #12). Following a one-half share increase, Entercom classic rocker KGON relinquishes six-tenths (4.4 – 4.9 – 4.3, 6+), tumbling from sixth back to ninth. Regressing by one-half share each are Entercom hot AC KRSK “105.1 The Buzz Today’s Best Mix” (#9 to #11, 6+) and public jazz outlet KMHD (1.2, #19 to #20). It is the third straight decrease for “The Buzz” (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.0, 6+), while KMHD had been up or flat the past six sweeps (.9 – 1.1 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+). After finishing fourth the past five monthlies, iHeartMedia mainstream CHR KKRZ “Z-100” drops to fifth. Moreover, a -.3 to 5.1 (6+) curtails seven successive ratings periods without a loss for a cumulative +1.2 (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.4, 6+). Owing to a -.4 to 3.3 (6+), Salem Media Group regional Mexican KRYP (#14 to #15) has its consecutive string of up or flat trends end at six (2.8 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7, 6+).

2) Charlotte – As far as WSOC “Country’s Greatest Hits” is concerned, it is a case of trading in one tie for a better one, as the WSOCBeasley Media Group facility hangs out a +1.1 (6.4 – 7.5, 6+) to progress from a deadlock with format rival WKKT in the runner-up slot for shared bragging rights at #1. WSOC occupied the #1 spot the first four months of the year before dropping to third-place in May. Also inWOSF Charlotte’s ratings penthouse this month – as it was in June – is iHeartMedia classic rocker WRFX “The Fox” (7.5, -.2, 6+), which was a combined +1.7 in May and June (6.0 – 7.1 – 7.7, 6+). June’s 7.7 was the strongest 6+-share for “The Fox” since August 2014 (also 7.7). Dropping from a second-place tie to third is its aforementioned cluster-mate WKKT “Kat,” flat at 6.4 (6+). In June, “Kat” retuned six-tenths of the hefty +1.1 it registered in May. Owing to a +.3 in April, “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+). Locked on 5.1 (6+) in May and June, Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSF “Old School 105.3” (sixth to fourth) registers a +.7 to 5.8, its best 6+-performance in exactly two years (5.9, July 2014). Matching the six-tenths it has gained in back-to-back monthlies (3.3 – 3.6 – 3.9, 6+), Beasley Media Group-owned WNKS “Kiss 95.1” climbs into the top ten (#11 to #9) with a 4.5, its strongest 6+-share in one year (5.5, July 2015). Back-to-back gains of +.8 (May) and +.5 (June) by urban contemporary sibling WPEG yielded a +1.3, but “Power 98” returns six-tenths in July and slides from fifth to seventh (3.9 – 4.7 – 5.2 – 4.6, 6+). The +.8 in May halted 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+). Down three-tenths (5.8 – 5.5, 6+) and slipping from #4 to #5, urban AC sibling WBAV “V-101.9” extends its streak of registering a 6+-share in 5.1 – 5.9 range to 12 consecutive ratings periods.

3) Pittsburgh – The market’s (6+) country share bloats by +1.3 as CBS Radio-owned WDSY “Y-108 Pittsburgh’s Country” gains WDSYeight-tenths and iHeartMedia‘s WPGB “Big 104.7 #1 for New Country” adds one-half share (4.1 – 4.6, #11 to #9, 6+). It is the third straight gain by “Y-108” (#6 to a three-way tie at #3) for a net of two full-shares (5.0 – 5.7 – 6.2 – 7.0, 6+). After seven successive sweeps without a decrease for a cumulative +1.8 (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.2 –WPGB-FM 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.3, 6+), “Big 104.7” was off two-tenths in June. Four straight up or flat trends (8.7 – 8.8 – 8.8 – 9.2 – 9.8, 6+) give cluster-mate WDVE “102.5 Rocks” (#2 for the sixth successive sweep) a combined +1.1. It is the best 6+-performance for WDVE since December (10.0). In addition to being #1 for the sixth consecutive ratings period, classic hits-oldies sibling WWSW “3WS” recaptures June’s one-half share decrease (10.2 – 9.7 – 10.2, 6+). Following four straight monthlies without a decrease that yielded a combined +1.8 (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.6 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+), co-owned alternative WXDX surrenders all of it and then some, sputtering by an eye-popping -2.4 to 3.4 (6+). “The X @ 105.9” departs the top ten (#8 to #11); 5.6 in May and June was its highest 6+-share in more than four years (6.2, April 2012). Not only does KDKA-AM progress from ninth to eighth, it registers a +.1 to 4.7 (6+), thus halting five straight times the CBS Radio talker had a negative trend (8.8 – 8.2 – 6.9 – 6.0 – 4.9 – 4.6, 6+). In that stretch, it was a combined -4.2 and had a nearly one-half 6+-erosion. Three consecutive major increases (4.8 – 5.9 – 6.8 – 7.5, 6+) produced a cumulative +2.7 for sports cluster-mate KDKA-FM “The Fan,” but the Pittsburgh Pirates’ flagship coughs up seven-tenths to 6.8 and slumps from third to sixth (6+); 7.5 was the highest 6+-stat for “The Fan” since October’s 10.1. Part of that three-way logjam at #3, Steel City Media adult hits WRRK “Bob” falters by one-half share (7.5 – 7.0, 6+). The four most recent (6+) trends for WSHH “Wish 99.7,” which is unchanged at #7, are 5.5 (April); 5.9 (May); 5.8 (June); and 6.0 (July). The Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary outlet had not appeared in print since February 2012.

4) Sacramento – Rebounding from consecutive downtrends that produced a -1.2 (10.6 – 9.8 – 9.4, -.4, 6+), Entercom classic rocker KSEGKSEG “The Eagle” hangs out a robust +.9 to 10.3 and is the California capital’s frontrunner for the sixth straight ratings period. When “The Eagle” faltered by eight-tenths in May, it witnessed an end to three consecutive increases (8.9 – 9.0 – 9.5 – 10.6, 6+) that netted a combined +1.7. Prior to the April 2016 sweep (when “The Eagle”KYMX soared to 10.6, 6+), the only other instances of a Sacramento outlet achieving double-digits (6+) were “Mix 96” (11.7) and KSEG (10.0). Replicating June’s one-half share increase is CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96” (6.6 – 7.1 – 7.6, 6+), which is steady at #2. Prior to June, “Mix” finished third the previous four sweeps; 7.6 is its strongest 6+-performance since January’s 9.0. Also improving by one-half share each are iHeartMedia‘s KBEB “B-92.5 #1 for New Country” (3.0 – 3.5, #12 to #10, 6+); adult hits sibling KQJK “Jack” (3.3, #14 to #13, 6+); and Entravision regional Mexican KRCX (1.1 – 1.6, #18, 6+). This represents the strongest 6+-performances for “B-92.5” since June 2015 (3.9) and for KRCX since May 2015 (1.6). “Jack” had not had an increase the past three sweeps (3.2 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+). Although it drops from a second-place tie to third, iHeartMedia news-talk hybrid KFBK picks up two tenths (to 7.3, 6+), ending three straight downward trends (9.1 – 7.8 – 7.4 – 7.1, 6+) for a net loss of two full-shares. Climbing from seventh to sixth, Entercom CHR KDND “107.9 The End” is without a decrease for the fourth straight time (3.6 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.5, 6+) and matches December’s 4.5. A decrease of one-half share though takes hot AC sibling KUDL “Star 106.5” (#14 to #15) to 2.3, its lowest 6+-share since December 2011 (2.3, as well) when it was KBZC. Dating back to January – and including its current July stat – the 6+-line for Entravision-owned country KNTY is 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.1; “101.9 The Wolf” remains at #17.

5) San Antonio – The fourth straight increase for iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT is by seven-tenths (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 5.1 – KQXT5.8, 6+) and elevates “Q-101.9 San Antonio’s Best Variety” from a three-way tie at #5 to #3. Sandwiched around “Q-101.9” are country cluster-mate KAJA “KJ-97” (5.4 – 5.7, +.3, third to fourth) and its format rival – Cox Media Group‘s KCYY “Y-100” (6.2 – 6.0, -.2, unchanged in second-place, 6+). In back-to-back sweeps, KSAH “NortenoKAJA 104.1″ was off by a combined eight-tenths, (2.2 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+), but the Alpha Media regional Mexican recaptures all of it plus one-tenth (2.3, +.9, 6+) and cracks the top 20 (#21 to #16). Locked on 1.5 (6+) in April and May, similarly formatted cluster-mate KLEY lost seven-tenths in June to .8, its weakest 6+-showing in roughly two years (.6 in July 2014); however, “La Ley 95.7” bounces back with a +.6 (1.4, #23 to #21, 6+). Albeit down four-tenths to 8.3 (6+), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM is #1 for the seventh 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). There is little movement in the rhythmic CHR arena as Univision Radio‘s KBBT “The Beat” is off by one-tenth to 5.3 (third to fifth, 6+), while iHeartMedia-owned KZEP “Hot 104.5” is flat at 2.4 (#14 to #15).

6) Cincinnati – It is an absolute ratings shocker that, in a non-Christmas music-related month, iHeartMedia talker WLW is WKFSnot #1. The Cincinnati Reds flagship erodes by a whopping -1.6 (10.8 – 9.2, 6+) and drops to second. Two WLW streaks come to an end: It had been #1 the past six ratings periods and had been in double-digits (6+) the past 29 sweeps. Ironically, the station trading places with WLW – Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WGRR “103.5 WGRR” – isWNNF actually down by one-half share for the second straight sweep (10.3 – 9.8 – 9.3, 6+). When it reached 10.3 in May, WGRR joined co-owned adult contemporary WRRM, as well as WLW and WUBE as the only Cincinnati stations in the PPM-era to boast double-digits (6+). Without a decrease for the fourth consecutive monthly for a combined +1.7 (4.2 – 4.4 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.9, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKFS “Kiss 107” climbs from seventh to fifth and has its most potent 6+-share since November 2012’s 6.3. Without a decrease in the last seven ratings periods, Cumulus Media country outlet WNNF “94.1 Nash FM” (unchanged at #12) is a combined +1.5 in that stretch (1.9 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 3.1 – 3.4, 6+). Although steady at #3, Hubbard Broadcasting‘s similarly formatted WUBE “B-105” is down for the third straight time (8.6 – 8.4 – 8.2 – 7.6, 6+), losing one full-share since April. Commencing with the “Holiday” 2015 report, “B-105” put together four straight up-trends (5.9 – 6.1 – 7.9 – 8.1 – 8.6, 6+). Also in the country format, “B-105” sibling WYGY “97.3 The Wolf” – unchanged at #18 – has its fifth straight decline (1.7 – 1.5 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.2 – 1.1, 6+). Advancing by six-tenths each are iHeartMedia talker WKRC (eighth to sixth, 6+); co-owned rocker WEBN (3.7 – 4.3, flat at #10, 6+); and Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSL “Old School 100.3” (2.3 – 2.9, #15 to #14, 6+). This is the third straight gain for WKRC (3.5 – 4.0 – 4.7 – 5.3, 6+) for a cumulative +1.8. WEBN regains the six-tenths it lost in June, when its -.6 ended three straight (modestly) up or flat trends (4.1 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+). This is the eleventh successive time “Old School 100.3” is in 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+). Cincinnati Public Radio classical outlet WGUC (#16 to #17) has its sixth straight negative trend (3.3 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.2 – 19 – 1.8 – 1.2, 6+) and is down by roughly 50% in that period. Sputtering by one-half share to 4.8 (6+), co-owned rhythmic hot AC WREW “Mix 94.9” slumps from fifth to ninth. In June, “Mix” was +.7 to 5.3, its best 6+-stat since last October (5.4).

7) Cleveland – Dusting itself off from June’s -.5, iHeartMedia rocker WMMS posts a +.8 (4.7 – 4.2 – 5.0, 6+) but remains at #11. WMMS Advancing from eighth to sixth, Radio One urban contemporary WENZ “Z-107.9” notches its second straight +.6 (5.2 – 5.8 – 6.4, 6+). After losing one-half share in June, CBS Radio adult contemporary WDOK “Star 102” recaptures it (7.8 – 7.3 – 7.8, 6+) and climbs from fourth to third. Not only is iHeartMedia-owned WMJIWENZ “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” #1 for the seventh successive sweep, it registers its fourth straight gain for a cumulative +1.1 (10.3 – 10.7 – 10.9 – 11.3 – 11.4, 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. After recording its highest 6+-share since May 2015 (8.7) and racking up four straight monthlies without a decrease (6.6 – 6.8 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 8.4, 6+), co-owned adult hits WHLK “106.5 The Lake” (unchanged at #2) drops three-tenths to 8.1 (6+). On the heels of a seven-tenths improvement in June, CBS Radio-owned WNCX “Cleveland’s Classic Rock” relinquishes all of it (6.2 – 6.9 – 6.2, -.7, 6+) and tumbles from fifth to eighth.

8) Salt Lake City – Three-tenths of a share separates the market’s top four finishers, compared to four-tenths in June. The KRSPbig news in July though involves classic hits-oldies. Not only does Bonneville‘s KRSP gain one full-share (5.4 – 6.4, 6+), “103.5 The Arrow” rockets from seventh to first, unseating iHeartMedia-owned similarly programmed KODJ “94.1 Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits,” which erodes by -1.1 (6.6 – 5.5, 6+). Ironically, KODJ freefalls to the position vacated by “Arrow” (#7). The +1.0 by KRSP halts four straight downward moves and recoups the one-share it lost in that time (6.4 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 5.7 – 5.4, 6+). FrozenKSOP at 5.2 (6+) in April and May, KODJ exploded with a +1.4 in June; it last crossed the six-share threshold (6+) in July 2015 (6.2). June’s co-leader – Capital Broadcasting hot AC KBZN “Now 97.9 Today’s Best Music” – is off by three-tenths (6.6 – 6.3, 6+) and segues from a share of the top spot to second-place. Owing to a +.6 in May, “Now” ended three straight downtrends (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 6.0, 6+). It recorded a +1.1 in January to stop seven consecutive down or flat sweeps (8.1 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 7.0 – 6.8 – 6.6 – 5.7, 6+). A combined +1.8 in four straight up or flat trends (4.1 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 5.0 – 5.9, 6+), country KSOP-FM “Z-104” advances from eighth to fifth. Down or flat the past five survey periods for a combined -1.4 (6. 9 – 6.9 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+), Bonneville talker KSL adds four-tenths to 5.9 (6+) and remains in fifth-place. Steady at #10, iHeartMedia’s similarly formatted KNRS is +.3 to 4.6 (6+), thus applying the brakes to five successive negative trends which resulted in a combined -1.5 (5.8 – 5.7 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.3, 6+). Jumping by six-tenths each are iHeartMedia KAAZ “Rock 106.7” (#13 to #11, 6+) and Cumulus Media-owned KBER “Utah’s Rock Station” (1.9 – 2.5, #18 to #15, 6+). It has been an up/down situation lately for “Rock 106.7,” including a +.8 in May, -1.4 in June, and now +.5 in July (3.7 – 4.5 – 3.1 – 3.6, 6+). 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. With a -.5 in June, KBER had its string of up or flat trends end at three (1.9 – 2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4, 6+). A decrease of seven-tenths (4.2 – 3.5, 6+) drops Broadway Media alternative KXRK “X-96” from #11 to #12. Sputtering by one-half share each are iHeartMedia hot AC KJMY “My 99.5” (3.2, #12 to #13, 6+) and Cumulus Media adult contemporary KBEE “B-98.7” (2.2, #15 to #17, 6+). “My 99.5” was locked on 3.7 (6+) in May and June; “B-98.7” registered a 2.7 (6+) in three of the last five sweeps. Following four straight improvements (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 5.5, 6+), Cumulus Media country outlet KUBL “K-Bull 93 FM” regresses by two-tenths to 5.3 (6+), slipping from fifth to eighth; 5.5 in June was its finest 6+-share in exactly two years (5.6, June 2014).

9) Las Vegas – One of the longest-running consecutive #1 (6+) tenures in the 48 PPM-markets is halted as Beasley Media KKLZGroup‘s classic hits-oldies KKLZ (5.5 – 6.5, +1.0, 6+) unseats iHeartMedia adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5” (7.4 – 6.0, -1.4, 6+). On top the past 22 monthlies, “Sunny” trades places with KKLZ in the runner-up slot, a position KKLZ held the past six sweeps. KSNE picked upKOMP four-tenths in April to put an end to three straight declines which resulted in an approximately 55% erosion of its 6+-share (15.7 – 7.8 – 7.2 – 7.1, 6+); added six-tenths in May; but was -.7 in June. This is its lowest 6+-showing since October 2014 (6.0, as well). Bouncing back from a -.6 in June, KKLZ displays its finest 6+-stat since last November (7.1). In addition to KKLZ, Lotus-owned KOMP “92.3 The Rock Station” (4.7, +1.0, ninth to sixth, 6+) and Univision Radio regional Mexican KISF “Zona MX 103.5” (3.1 – 4.2, +1.1, #13 to #10, 6+) better their June 6+ numbers by at least one full-share. Up or flat in four straight ratings periods including back-to-back increases of +.9 (April) and +1.1 (May), “The Rock Station” surrendered May’s +1.1 in its entirety in June (2.7 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.7 – 4.8 – 3.7, 6+); “Zona MX 103.5” was -.9 in June. Even though it falls out of a second-place tie to third, Lotus classic rocker KXPT “97.1 “The Point” hasn’t had a decrease in the past six sweeps and is a combined +1.5 in that time frame (4.4 – 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.9, 6+). On the heels of a +.7 in June, Univision Radio Spanish contemporary KRGT “Latino Mix 99.3” tacks on eight-tenths (1.5 – 2.2 – 3.0, 6+) to cruise from #18 to #14. Stuck on 5.4 (6+) in April, May, and June, CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” falters by seven-tenths (4.7, 6+), sliding from fourth to sixth. After four straight up-trends for a combined +2.5 (2.9 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.4, 6+), Faith Communications contemporary Christian KSOS “SOS Radio For Life” drops six-tenths (4.8, 6+), moving from fourth to fifth.

10) Kansas City – Significantly putting an end to four straight (albeit modest) downward trends that accounted for a -.6 (3.9 – KCKC3.8 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.3, 6+), Steel City Media adult contemporary KCKC trots outs a +1.2 to 4.5 (6+) as “KC102.1 Today’s Best Variety” catapults from #16 all the way into the top ten (#8). It is the most potent 6+-performance for “KC102.1” since “Holiday” 2015 (7.6). When KCMO-FM registered a -.9 in June to 5.3 (6+), it ended aKCMO successive string of four up or flat trends (5.2 – 5.4- 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.2, 6+). The Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies facility rebounds though with a +.7 (5.3 – 6.0, 6+) and marches from sixth to fourth. Co-owned classic rock KCFX “The Fox” is #1 for the third straight time and is now without a decrease for the fourth successive survey period for a cumulative +1.5 (5.9 – 6.4 – 6.8 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+). Adult hits-turned-alternative cluster-mate KCJK though is on a rollercoaster ride that includes a +.9 in May; -1.0 in June; and now another -1.0 in July (3.6 – 4.5 – 3.5 – 2.5, 6+).  The former “Jack” flipped to “X105.1” Kansas City’s Alternative in mid-June and falls from #15 to #17. Also faltering by one full-share is Entercom-owned KQRC “98.9 The Rock” (3.7, 6+), which plummets from a tie at #7 to #15. Prior to the -1.0, “The Rock” notched three straight increases netting a +.5 (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.5 – 4.7, 6+). After improving by six-tenths in June, alternative sibling KRBZ “96.5 The Buzz” (unchanged at #5) sputters by one-half share, ending its streak of successive sweeps without a decrease at four (4.4 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 5.4, 6+); 5.4 was its best 6+-stat since last July’s 6.1. Cluster-mate KCSP “610 Sports” follows up big gains in April (+1.4) and May (+.9) by being flat in June and -.6 in July (2.4 – 3.8 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+). The Kansas City Royals flagship drops out of the top ten (#7 to #11). Down by six-tenths as well – and falling from fourth to fifth – is Steel City Media CHR KMXV (4.9, 6+); “Mix 93.3” was stymied on 5.5 (6+) in May and June.

11) Orlando – This ratings period commenced on (Thursday) June 16, four days after a 29-year-old security guard killed 49 WPYOpeople and wounded 53 others at an Orlando nightclub. That was Sunday June 13; several days later, a two-year-old boy was killed by an alligator at a Walt Disney resort. In the talk arena, Cox Media Group‘s WDBO-FM gained four-tenths in June and adds seven-WJRRtenths in July (3.6 – 4.0 – 4.7, #11 to #10, 6+). Conversely, iHeartMedia‘s WTKS was flat in June and sputters by nine-tenths in July (3.5 – 3.5 – 2.6, 6+) but stays at #13. In addition to WDBO-FM, co-owned rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3” (steady at #8, 6+) and iHeartMedia-owned WJRR “101.1 Orlando’s Rock Station” (4.1 – 4.8, tenth to ninth, 6+) progress by seven-tenths. “Power 95.3” dialed up a +1.1 in June and it is up or flat for the third straight time (3.5 – 3.5 – 4.6 – 5.3, 6+). Owing to a one-half share increase in June, “Orlando’s Rock Station” pulled the plug on four straight negative trends with a net loss of -2.4 (6.0 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 4.0 – 3.6, 6+). On the strength of a +1.2 in June, Spanish tropical sibling WRUM shifted from second to first and repeats there in July (10.4, -.2, 6+); “Rumba” had been down or flat the previous three monthlies (10.3 – 10.3 – 9.8 – 9.4, 6+). Ousted from the top spot in June and falling to third – where it stays in July – is adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7” (8.8 – 7.7, 6+), which in the last 11 sweeps is trending +.5 (October); -1.0 (November); +1.6 (December); +5.2 (“Holiday” 2015); -4.7 (January); -1.2 (February); +1.3 (March); +.7 (April); +.6 (May); -.8 (June); and -1.1 (July). 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 was -.2 May; -.6 in June; and falters by -1.0 in July (7.4 – 6.8 – 5.8, 6+); “Mix 105.1” is anchored at #5. April’s 7.6 was its most potent 6+-share since May 2013 (8.6), while 5.8 in July is its weakest since a 5.4 in “Holiday” 2015. Following three successive progressive ratings periods for a combined +1.9 (7.3 – 8.0 – 8.6 – 9.2, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WXXL “XL-106.7” forfeits seven-tenths to 8.5 (6+), but remains at #2. Down a combined -1.4 in March and April (6.2 – 5.0 – 4.8, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB rebounded with back-to-back gains of +.6 in May and June (4.8 – 5.4 – 6.0, 6+), but surrenders one-half share to 5.5 (6+) as “Star 94.5” returns to #7 from #6.

12) Columbus – Dominating the market with a combined 24.8 (6+), iHeartMedia country and CHR siblings WCOL (11.8 – 12.6, WCOL-FM+.8, 6+) and WNCI “97.9 Columbus’ Hit Music” (10.8 – 12.2, +1.4, 6+) repeat at #1 and #2; it is the fourth straight month they have finished first and second, respectively. Furthermore, each logs double-digits (6+) for the seventh successive ratings period. After four straightWNCI decreases (7.3 – 6.5 – 6.2 – 5.5 – 5.4, 6+), co-owned talker WTVN posts a +.4 to 5.8 (6+) and is steady at #5. Slipping from sixth to eighth, classic hits-oldies-turned adult hits sibling WODC plummets by -1.2 to 3.9 (6+). “The Bus – We Play Anything” ends five straight improvements that netted a +1.6 (3.5 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.3 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+). Progressing from fourth to third, Saga Communications’ classic rock WLVQ “Q-FM 96” has its fourth successive gain for a cumulative +2.3 (4.3 – 4.5 – 5.5 – 6.4 – 6.6, 6+). A decline of one-tenth in June by its adult hits cluster-mate WNND “Rewind Columbus’ Greatest Hits” halted five successive progressive trends (1.4 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 1.9 – 2.3 – 3.0, 6+). Dating back to the “Holiday” 2015 report, “Rewind” had more than doubled its 6+-share for a cumulative +1.6. Although steady at #12, “Rewind” now slips by another half share in July (2.9 – 2.4, 6+). Ranking #13 in June, contemporary Christian WCVO “Uplifting & Encouraging 104.9 The River” had been down the past four sweeps (4.4 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+), but is unlisted in July.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

| August 3, 2016

ppmunitRound Two of July PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s July 2016 PPM survey has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  Nielsen Audio’s July 2016 survey period covered June 16 – July 13. 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. – Notwithstanding that it finishes fifth for the third straight time, iHeartMedia CHR WIHT “Hot 99.5” WIHTfollows back-to-back dips (5.3 – 5.1 – 4.5, 6+) with three consecutive gains (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 5.7, 6+) and has its best 6+-share since last December’s 5.8. In addition to “Hot,” Radio One‘s WOL “News Talk 1450 AM” also registers a gain of six-tenths (.3 – .9, 6+) and bumps up from #22 to #21. Among the recent trends for American University‘s WAMU are -1.2 inWMMJ March, +.7 in May, and now a +.5 in July (8.1 – 8.6, 6+). “The Mind Is Our Medium” is in the runner-up slot for the seventh consecutive sweep. The margin between the market’s two urban ACs is reduced from nine-tenths in June to four-tenths. Specifically, Howard University‘s WHUR is up or steady for the fifth successive time including its third consecutive 6.5 (4.8 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.5, 6+), while Radio One-owned WMMJ “Majic 102.3” adds one-half share and – similarly – is without a decrease for the fifth straight sweep (3.9 – 4.7 – 5.5 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 6.1, 6+). While the two rivals remain at #3 and #4, respectively, “Majic” posts its strongest 6+-share in more than six years (6.2, June 2010). Down or flat the past three sweeps for a combined -1.1 (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH registers a +.2 to 4.6 (6+) and remains at #6; 4.4 in May and June was its lowest 6+-stat since September 2014’s 4.3. Owing to a +.3 to 2.8 (6+), Cumulus Media hot AC WRQX “Mix 107.3” ends four straight flat or down trends (2.9 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+), elevating from #18 to #16. Although off by a robust nine-tenths (10.3 – 9.4, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting-owned all-news WTOP is the market’s pacesetter for the seventh straight sweep. The 10.3 it registered in May and June was the station’s most potent 6+-share in over five years (10.6, March 2011). Before dropping from first to second in the “Holiday” 2015 sweep, WTOP occupied the top spot the previous 12 ratings periods. After four successive sweeps without a decrease and its best 6+-performance since September’s 4.5 (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.2 – 4.3, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rocker WBIG “Big 100” sputters by seven-tenths to 3.6, sliding from seventh to eighth. Despite being off a combined eight-tenths in five straight down or flat trends (4.7 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+), CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WPGC-FM manages to improve from an eighth-place tie to seventh.

2) Boston – Following four successive sweeps without an increase for a cumulative -1.2 (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.6, 6+), public WGBH-WGBHFM notches a +.8 to 3.4 (6+) and climbs from #15 to #13. Steady at #5, CBS Radio‘s WBZ-AM picks up two-tenths to 5.2 (6+), thus applying the brakes to five straight sweeps without an increase; the news-talk hybrid was -1.4 in that stretch (6.4 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.6 – 5.0, 6+). Inching up from tenth to ninth is cluster-mate WZLX, which adds three-tenths to 4.0 (6+); “Classic Rock 100.7” hadWBZ-AM been down or flat the past four survey periods for a combined loss of seven-tenths (4.4 – 4.4 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.7, 6+). Over and above being #1 for the seventh successive monthly, Greater Media-owned WROR “Boston’s Classic Hits” registers a +.3 to 8.6, the strongest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history – besting the 8.3 it recorded this time last month. While it is in second-place for the fourth consecutive sweep, co-owned adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7” sputters by six-tenths to 6.9 (6+), thus curtailing a successive string of five increases for a cumulative +1.2 (6.3 – 6.5 – 6.8 – 7.2 – 7.3 – 7.5, 6+). Remaining in that Greater Media cluster, WBOS drops one-half share (3.0 – 2.5, 6+) as “Alt 92.9 Boston’s Alternative” slips from #14 to #15. Locked on 7.0 (6+) in February and March; dropping one full-share in April; bouncing back with a +.7 in May and +.2 in June, iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” falters by eight-tenths (7.0 – 7.0 – 6.0 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 6.1, 6+) but finishes in third-place for the fourth successive time. The lead “Kiss” has over CBS Radio’s similarly formatted WODS “Amp Radio” (4.1, +.2, steady at #8) is exactly two full-shares. In June, the string of successive monthlies without a loss for “Amp” ended at three (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.4, 6+). In five successive downward trends, classical WCRB has lost a total of seven-tenths of a share (2.3 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.6, 6+) but it improves from #20 to #19.

3) Detroit – For years, one of the country’s liveliest adult contemporary battles was waged in Detroit between WMGC and WMGC BounceWNIC. Approximately three years ago though, WMGC jettisoned AC for sports – a move that never really caught fire as CBS Radio‘s WXYT-FM is so well entrenched; in fact, Detroit Tigers flagship “97.1 The Ticket,” ranks #1 for the fourth straight time (7.2 – 7.3, +.1, 6+). On July 1, Greater Media transitioned WMGC from sports to urban-rhythmic oldies andWXYT-FM “The Bounce” more than quadruples the frequency’s June 2016 stat (.7 – 3.1, 6+). Debuting at #15, “The Bounce” boasts the loftiest (6+) June 2016 – July 2016 gain (+2.4) of any station in the 24 PPM-markets whose data has been released so far this week. Owing to a +.1 to 5.2 (6+), Cumulus Media talker WJR halts three successive negative trends which had accounted for a -1.6 (6.7 – 6.2 – 5.3 – 5.1, 6+). Back in March, WJR notched a 6.7, the station’s best ever 6+-stat. Following back-to-back gains yielding a combined +.7 (4.8 – 5.1 – 5.5, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKQI “Channel 95-5 Detroit’s Hit Music” relinquishes all of it (4.8 -.7, 6+) but stays in fourth-place. Declining by six-tenths each are Greater Media’s WRIF “Everything That Rocks” (5.7 – 5.1, second to fifth, 6+); CBS Radio-owned WYCD “99.5 Detroit’s Country” (4.7, sixth to ninth, 6+ ); and news sibling WWJ (5.2 – 4.6, 6+). After four straight sweeps without an increase (6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8 – 5.6 – 5.6, 6+), WRIF added one-tenth in June. The -.6 in July ends four straight up or flat monthlies for “Detroit’s Country” that netted a +1.7 (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.3 – 5.3 – 5.3, 6+). Slumping from seventh to tenth, WWJ is without an increase for the sixth successive sweep (7.8 – 7.6 – 6.5 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.6, 6+) and is a combined -3.2 in that stretch. The all-news operation had been the market leader (6+) in January and February. With a pair of 4.3 shares (April and May, 6+) sandwiched between two 4.6 performances (March and June, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WJLB “FM 98” sputters by one-half share to 4.1 (#12 to #13, 6+). After six successive monthlies without a decline more than doubling its 6+-share in that timeframe (1.3 – 1.7 – 2.3 – 2.4 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.7, 6+), University of Michigan-owned WUOM is off by one-tenth to 2.6 (#17 to #18, 6+).

4) Miami – For the seventh successive ratings period, iHeartMedia classic rocker WBGG either is up or flat (2.6 – 2.8 – WBGG2.8 – 2.8 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 3.7, 6+) and “Big 105.9” enters the top ten (#12 to #10). In four straight increases (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.9, 6+), Univision Radio Spanish contemporary WAMR “Amor 107.5” (unchanged at #4) has netted one-half share. After a mini-slide resulting in a -.8 (8.7 – 8.2 – 7.9, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WLYF “Lite-FM”WAMR notches a +.2 to 8.1 (6+) and climbs from the runner-up slot back to #1. By one-tenth, it dislodges Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105” (8.2 – 8.0, -.2, 6+) which took over the top spot from “Lite-FM” in June. Prior to that, “Lite FM,” which lost one-half share in May, had been on top the past four sweeps; “Hot” was in second-place all four of those times. In April, “Lite” was up six-tenths to 8.7, its strongest 6+-share in almost six years (9.4, May 2010). For the sixth straight time, “Lite-FM rival – Cox Media Group’s WFEZ “Easy 93.1” is within 6.3 – 6.6 range (6.6 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.3, 6+); “Easy 93.1” is solid at #3 for the sixth successive time. The market’s CHR tussle finds Cox Media Group’s WFLC “Hits 97.3” off by one-tenth (3.8 – 3.7, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s WHYI “Y-100” declines by two-tenths (3.8 – 3.6, #12, 6+); the two rivals were tied at #10 in June. “Hits 97.3” posted a +.5 in April to curtail three straight downward trends (3.3 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+). Over the last 12 head-to-head showdowns (including July 2016), “Y-100” has emerged on top seven times; “Hits 97.3” four times; and the two were tied in June. The 6+-averages in those 12 ratings periods are extremely close with “Y-100” at 3.69 and “Hits 97.3” at 3.44. Locked on 3.9 (6+) in February, March and April and then on 4.3 (6+) in May and June, Entercom classic hits-oldies WMXJ “102.7 The Beach” drops three-tenths to 4.0, slipping from eighth to ninth (6+). Without an increase in the last five sweeps (2.4 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+), iHeartMedia talker WIOD registers a +.2 to 1.8 and is back in the top 20 (#20). You might as well just pencil in a .2 each sweep for WQBA. For the seventh straight time and 16th time in the last 17 monthlies, the Univision Radio-owned Spanish talk outlet registers its customary .2 (#30, 6+). The exception was a .5 (6+) in the “Holiday” 2015 report.

5) Seattle – This marks the sixth time in a row KHTP “Hot 103.7” is up or flat (2.8 – 3.1 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.3, 6+), netting a +1.5; KHTPthe Entercom rhythmic hot AC progresses from eighth to seventh. Powered by a gain of eight-tenths (3.1 – 3.9, 6+), country-formatted cluster-mate KKWF “100.7 The Wolf” breaks out of a tie at #15 and cracks the top ten, becoming part of a three-way logjam at #8. It is the bestKKWF 6+-performance for Seattle’s “Wolf” since last October when it reached 4.0. Moreover, it bypasses CBS Radio‘s similarly programmed KMPS, which exits the top ten (#10 to #13) and has its third straight decrease (4.3 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 3.3, -.2, 6+) for a net loss of one full-share. Owing to a +.1 to 2.4 (6+), Crista Media contemporary Christian KCMS-FM “Spirit 105.3” (unchanged at #20) halts a string of three straight decreases which had resulted in a cumulative -1.2 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.3, 6+). In the same way, classical KING (#22 to #21) picks up three-tenths to 2.2 (6+), curtailing five successive down or flat trends (3.5 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 1.9, 6+). Up two-tenths to 6.3 (6+), Hubbard Broadcasting CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5 – All The Hits” ranks first for the seventh consecutive sweep. A loss of eight-tenths (4.7 – 3.9, 6+) spirals Entercom-owned KISW from fourth to eighth; 3.9 is the weakest (6+) showing for “Rock 99.9” since January 2013 (also 3.9). Up or flat the past four sweeps for a combined +1.6 (1.9 – 1.9 – 2.5 – 3.4 – 3.5, 6+), Bonneville’s KIRO-AM “ESPN Seattle 710″ stumbles by six-tenths to 2.9 and freefalls from a four-way tie at #10 to #18.

6) Phoenix – A -.3 in June by KHOT ended a consecutive string of up or flat trends at five (2.3 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.5, 6+). In KHOTthat stretch, the Univision Radio regional Mexican outlet only gained two-tenths but it roars back with a blistering +1.2 (2.5 – 2.2 – 3.4, 6+), zooming from #20 to #12. KHOT had been within 2.2 – 2.8 range (6+) the past 15 sweeps. Regressing by one-half share in May, iHeartMedia adult hits KYOT “95.5 The Mountain” scored a +.6 in June and now adds seven-tenths (4.2 – 3.7 – 4.3 – 5.0, 6+)KYOT elevating it from eighth to fourth. “The Mountain” was down one full-share in April. It has been a rollercoaster ride lately for Farmworker Educational Radio regional Mexican KNAI “88.3 La Campesina,” which was +.5 in May; -.8 in June; and now +.6 in July (2.8 – 3.3 – 2.5 – 3.1, 6+) to advance from #14 to #13. Albeit off by six-tenths (7.5 – 6.9, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ is #1 for the 22nd successive ratings period. A -.6 in June by KESZ ended a streak of three straight sweeps without a loss (7.1 – 7.7 – 7.7 – 8.1, 6+); 6.9 is its lowest 6+-share since a 6.0 in November. Co-owned hot AC KMXP “Mix 96.9” falters by one full-share (5.5 – 4.5, 6+) to stumble from third to sixth. Slumping by nine-tenths each are “Mix” CHR sibling KZZP “104.7 Kiss FM” (4.6 – 3.7, seventh to tenth, 6+) and CBS Radio-owned KMLE “Country @ 107.9” (fifth to seventh, 6+), which had put together four straight increases for a cumulative +1.9 (3.1 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). Just as it did in June, Hubbard Broadcasting classic rocker KSLX sputters by one-half share (6.9 – 6.4 – 5.9, 6+) but is #2 for the fifth consecutive ratings period. The -.5 in June marked the first time in the previous five sweeps that KSLX had a decrease (5.8 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.1 – 6.5 – 6.9, 6+). This is the eleventh straight sweep that Entravision regional Mexican KLNZ (flat at 2.5, but skidding from #14 to #18, 6+) is in 2.0 – 2.9 territory.

7) Minneapolis – Advancing by eight-tenths each are Cumulus Media rocker KXXR “93-X” (5.0, 5.8, ninth to fifth, 6+) and KXXRnoncommercial contemporary Christian KTIS-FM (4.3 – 5.1, #12 to #9, 6+). Following a -.4 in April, KTIS-FM regressed by one-half share in May and faltered by seven-tenths in June. Progressing from eighth to seventh, CBS Radio talker WCCO notches its third straight gain (4.7 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.3, 6+). Stymied at 9.8 (6+) in March, April, andKTIS-FM May, Hubbard Broadcasting hot AC KSTP-FM is flat from June’s 9.1 (6+), but is #1 for the seventh consecutive time. Prior to a -.4 in March, “KS-95” dialed up a +3.4 in January and a +.5 in February, taking it to 10.2, the best-ever 6+share in its PPM-history. Over the last six sweeps, iHeartMedia‘s similarly programmed KTCZ avoided a decrease and registered a combined +1.6 (3.9 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+). The streak though comes to an end for “The Cities,” which not only flounders by nine-tenths to 4.6 (6+), it spirals out of the top ten (#6 to #12); 4.6 is its lowest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2015 (3.9). Slipping from second to third, classic hits-oldies sibling KQQL continues to register significant month-to-month fluctuations. The 6+-trends since last July for “Kool 108 Minnesota’s Greatest Hits” have been +.9; -1.0; flat; -1.0; +1.2; +8.0; -9.9; +.5; +.9; -1.3; +.6; +.7; and now -.5 in July (8.4 – 9.3 – 8.3 – 8.3 – 7.3 – 8.5 – 16.5 – 6.6 – 7.1 – 8.0 – 6.7 – 7.3 – 8.0 – 7.5, 6+). Also dropping by one-half share – but remaining at #5 – is country cluster-mate KEEY “K-102” (6.3 – 5.8, 6+). Having had seven successive sweeps without a decrease (3.5 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 5.1, 6+), American Public Media Group‘s KNOW (#12 to #13) is “now” without an increase for the third straight time (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2, 6+).

8) San Diego – After five consecutive ratings periods without an increase (5.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.2 – 4.0, 6+), Univision Radio KLNVregional Mexican KLNV adds two-tenths to 4.2 (6+) and advances from a three-way tie at #8 to a four-way roadblock at #6. For the sixth successive sweep, iHeartMedia hot AC KMYI is either up or flat for a combined +1.7 (4.9 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 6.0 – 6.6 – 6.6, 6+; “Star 94.1” repeats at #1. Prior to rising to the top spot in June, “Star” was last in the penthouse in July 2015. Following aKMYI combined +1.2 in May and June, public KPBS (San Diego State University) forfeits eight-tenths (3.8 – 4.3 – 5.0 – 4.2, 6+) to side from fourth to sixth. Down or flat the fourth consecutive time (5.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+), urban-rhythmic oldies XHRM “Magic 92.5 The Beat of San Diego” actually improves from a fifth-place tie to fourth. For the 13th straight sweep, KOGO has a 6+-share between 3.1 – 3.8 (flat at 3.5, 6+) but the iHeartMedia talker falls from #12 to #13. In this market’s rock contest, iHeartMedia’s KIOZ “Rock 105.3” is up three-tenths to 3.5 (#15 to #13, 6+), while Midwest Television-owned KFMB-FM “100.7 KFM-BFM” improves by two-tenths to 3.3 (#16 to #15, 6+). Registering a 2.1 (6+) for the fourth straight time (and in five of the last six ratings periods), alternative XTRA “91-X” dips from a tie at #19 to #20. This represents the fourth straight survey that UniRadio regional Mexican XHTY (#24) is without an increase (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.3 – .9 – .8, 6+).

9) Tampa – A gain of six-tenths by iHeartMedia‘s WXTB wipes out 75% of June’s -.8 (3.3 – 2.5 – 3.1, 6+) as “98 Rock” climbs from WXTB#16 to #14. Also improving by six-tenths is University of South Florida classical WSMR, which checks in at #23 (.1 – .7, 6+). While steady at #16, WFLA picks up one-tenth to 2.6 (6+), thus applying the brakes to eight successive monthlies without an increase (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 2.9 – 2.5, 6+). During that time, the iHeartMedia talker lost exactly 50% of its 6+-share.WDUV Up three-tenths to 10.6, Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV is #1 for the 45th successive sweep and “Lite Favorites” registers double-digits (6+) for the eighth time in a row. Co-owned WXGL “Classic Hits 107.3 The Eagle” was off a combined eight-tenths in April and May; roared back with a hefty +1.2 in June; but surrenders six-tenths (5.7 – 5.5 – 4.9 – 6.1 – 5.5, 6+) as it slides from second to third. Eroding by one-half share each are iHeartMedia-owned WFUS “US-103.5” (4.3, sixth to ninth, 6+) and Beasley Media Group Spanish contemporary WYUU “Maxima 92.5” (3.1, flat at #14, 6+). Country “US-103.5” was stuck on 4.6 (6+) in February in March, and then on 4.7 (6+) in April and May before gaining one-tenth in June. In a somewhat similar vein, “Maxima” notched back-to-back 3.5 (6+) shares (March and April), followed by consecutive 3.6 (6+) showings (May and June). The market’s CHR contest tightens as iHeartMedia’s WFLZ “93-3 The Hit Music Channel” is off four-tenths to 4.7 (fifth to sixth, 6+) while Cox Media Group’s WPOI “Hot 101.5 All the Hits” adds one-tenth (4.4 – 4.5, 6+), inching up from ninth to eighth. After posting a combined +2.1 in three successive gains (January, February, and March), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WBTP is off for the fourth straight monthly (4.2 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 6.3 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.8, 6+). After four consecutive appearances in the runner-up slot, “The Beat” slid to third in June but returns to second-place.

10) Denver – Within 5.0 – 5.8 range (6+) the past five ratings periods, Bonneville adult contemporary KOSI “Real-Music-KOSI Update August 2016Variety” busts out a +1.1 (5.1 – 6.2, 6+) as it jumps from fifth to second. This represents the fourth straight improvement for co-owned KYGO (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.0 – 5.6 – 6.0, 6+) with “Denver’s #1 For New Country”KYGO-FM staying in third-place. It is the first time KYGO has crossed the six-share threshold (6+) in two years (6.2, July 2014). Amazingly, the “seven-tenths-intensive” adventure continues for KCFR, which advances from tenth to sixth. The Colorado Public Radio outlet was +.7 in January; -.7 in February; +.7 in March; -.7 in April; -.1 in May; -.7 in June; and now +.7 in July (4.9 – 5.6 – 4.9 – 5.6 – 4.9 – 4.8 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+). A gain of six-tenths lifts iHeartMedia‘s KBPI “106.7 Rocks The Rockies” (#14 to a tie at #11) to 3.8, its best 6+-performance since February 2015 (3.8 as well). Three straight decreases have combined for a loss of eight-tenths (3.4 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+), but Entravision Spanish adult hits KJMN “Jose 92.1” answers with a +.5 to 3.1 (#17 to #15, 6+). Following three straight downward trends (6.3 – 6.2 – 5.5 – 4.9, 6+), Entercom-owned classic rock KQMT “The Mountain” was +1.5 in February; +.5 March; -.2 April; +.3 in May; +.6 in June; and now -.7 in July (6.4 – 6.9 – 6.7 – 7.0 – 7.6 – 6.9, 6+). The end result is “The Mountain” being on top for the sixth successive sweep, seven-tenths ahead of KOSI. Stuck on 4.1 (6+) in April and May, iHeartMedia triple A KBCO posted +.7 in June to 4.8, its best 6+-share since November (4.8 as well), but “World Class Rock 97.3” coughs up one-half share to 4.3 and stumbles from sixth to ninth (6+).

11) Baltimore – Not only is WERQ “92-Q” up or flat for the fifth straight time for a whopping cumulative +2.3 (6.9 – 7.3 – 8.3 – 8.3 WERQ– 8.4 – 9.2, 6+), July’s +.8 propels the Radio One urban contemporary outlet back into first-place, where it had been in April and May. The last time “92-Q” reached the nine-share level was just over three years ago (9.0, June 2013). Conversely, a massive -1.2WWMX to 8.6 (6+) forces co-owned urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9” to depart the penthouse and take over the runner-up slot vacated by “92-Q.” Prior to July’s -1.2, “Magic 95.9” put together four straight increases for a combined whopping +3.7 (6.1 – 6.5 – 7.1 – 8.2 – 9.8, 6+). Following May’s +.5, WWMX “Mix 106.5” was -.8 in June, but the CBS Radio hot AC continues the yoyo effect with a +.7 (4.8 – 5.3 – 4.5 – 5.2, 6+) and marches from eighth to sixth; June’s 4.5 was the lowest 6+-share for “Mix” since “Holiday” 2014 (4.5 as well). Owing to a -.3 in April, “Mix” ended three successive up-trends (4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+). In the Hearst Television cluster, talker WBAL improves by one-half share (2.8 – 3.3, #13 to #12, 6+), while WIYY “98 Rock” erodes by the same margin (sixth to seventh, 6+). When it posted a +.2 in June, WBAL curtailed four successive sweeps without an increase for a combined -1.7 (4.3 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+). This is the third straight decrease for “98 Rock” for a net loss of nine-tenths (5.5 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 4.6, 6+). Having had roughly 50% of its 6+-share (and a combined -2.9) carved up in six successive downward trends (5.7 – 5.6 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 2.8, 6+), Peter & John Radio Fellowship contemporary Christian WRBS-FM “95.1 Shine” drops from #12 to #13.

12) St. Louis – This time last month, Emmis rocker KSHE enjoyed a 2.8-share advantage (6+) over heritage CBS Radio KMOXtalker KMOX; however, a +.8 by KMOX (6.4 – 7.2, third to second, 6+), coupled with a -.9 by KSHE (9.2 – 8.3, #1 for the seventh straight time, 6+), makes it a 1.1-share lead. KSHE was +1.1 in June, while KMOX bounces back from aWARH -.7. When KSHE lost one-half share in May, it ended a streak of nine successive ratings periods in which it hadn’t had a decrease 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+). Off by one-tenth in back-to-back sweeps (4.8 – 4.7 – 4.6, 6+), Hubbard Broadcasting adult hits WARH “106.5 The Arch” trots out a +.6 to 5.2, its strongest 6+-showing since last September’s 6.2 and it cracks the top ten (#11 to #6). Flat at #14, iHeartMedia-owned KSD-FM “The Bull #1 For New Country” is up or flat for the fourth consecutive time (3.8 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.4, 6+). It trails Hubbard Broadcasting’s similarly programmed WIL-FM (4.9 – 5.2, ninth to sixth, 6+) by eight-tenths. In addition to being knocked out of the runner-up slot (and falling to third), KSD-FM classic hits-oldies sibling KLOU falters by seven-tenths to 6.7 (6+), ending six straight up or flat trends (5.5 – 5.8 – 6.7 – 7.0 – 7.3 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+); June’s 7.4 was its best 6+-showing since October’s 7.8. Locked on 1.1 (6+) in May and June, gospel cluster-mate KATZ “Hallelujah 1600” sputters by six-tenths to .5 (6+), but stays at #20.

iHeartMedia Promotes Three in Realigned Markets.  The company announces that region presidents Brian Olson, Linda Byrd and Justin Schaflander are being elevated to presidents of their newly aligned markets within the Midwest Southeast Division.  All three will continue to report to Tom McConnell, president iheartmedia logo smallof the Midwest Southeast Division of the iHeartMedia Markets Group.  Brian Olson becomes president of the South Florida Region, including West Palm Beach, Fort Pierce, Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers/Naples and Punta Gorda.  He’ll also manage day-to-day operations in the Miami market.  Olson joined iHeartMedia in 2006 as SVP of sales in Miami.  Linda Byrd now becomes president of the Central/North Florida Region, including Orlando, Tampa/Sarasota, Jacksonville, Melbourne, and Brunswick, Georgia.  Byrd has been with iHeartMedia since 1982.  Byrd previously oversaw operations in Orlando.  Justin Schaflander rises to president of the expanded Atlanta Region which now includes Atlanta, Augusta, Macon, Columbus/Albany, Charleston, Columbia, Savannah, Myrtle Beach and Florence.  Schaflander joined iHeartMedia in 2007 as director of sports for the Atlanta Braves Radio Network.

Ballard Named Key Account Manager for Cumulus Birmingham.  Market radio pro Donna Ballard joins Cumulus Media as key account manager for the company’s six-station Birmingham cluster, effective ballarddonnaOctober 10.  Ballard has worked in the market for more than 30 years, most recently with the SummitMedia station group.  Ballard comments, “The incredible opportunity to represent the Cumulus stations in Birmingham – with WJOX, the market’s exclusive sports station, along with 99.5 FM, Birmingham’s new live-and-local news/talk station and WUHT “Hot 107.7,” headlined by the ‘Steve Harvey Morning Show,’ is a very exciting venture for me.  I look forward to working with both regional and local clients, doing what I love most, which is to help businesses achieve success and meet their goals.  That is truly my passion.  I feel very blessed to be working alongside the talented staff at Cumulus Birmingham.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Country radio personality Tim “Tiny” Burger arrives at E.W. Scripps’ KFDI, Wichita to serve as co-host of the morning show alongside current morning host JJ Hayes.  Burger recently left the morning show at Alpha Media’s WIRK, West Palm Beach…..iHeartMedia’s country WEBG, Chicago “BIG 95.5” moves afternoon personality Alabama to the morning drive show to co-host with “Mason and Remy.”  She comments, “I am so excited for the chance to be on a great morning show and work with Mason and Remy, who have become like brothers to me.  The opportunity to co-host this morning show is a dream come true.”

artphillipstributeTribute to Art Phillips Set for August 14 in California.  Music industry pro Jon Scott and others are organizing a tribute to Art Phillips, who died from a rare form of cancer on June 18.  Scott says Sunday, August 14, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm “we will celebrate his life with all of his music industry friends and relatives.  Please join us at The Canyon Club in Agoura, California as we pay tribute to a great friend to so many of us.  Art was a lover of music throughout his life, first in radio, then at The Album Network and then jobs at RCA Records, Hollywood Records, Vanguard Records and then his own promotion company, Art Phillips Music.”  Find out more and register here.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

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‘Mark in the Morning’ Cast Members  Andy Chanley and Gina Grad to Take Over KSWD, Los Angeles AM Show.  Tomorrow (8/3) will be the final morning show on Entercom’s classic rock KSWD, Los Angeles “100.3 The Sound” for Mark Thompson.  He officially hands of the show to his cast mates Andychanleyandy kswd logoChanley and Gina Grad who will launch “Andy & Gina in the Morning” on Thursday.  The station says “while keeping some of the most popular features of ‘Mark in The Morning,’ the new program will devote more airtime to playing music.”  On leaving, Thompson says, “‘The Sound’ has decided that they need to play more music in the morning, and that’s not really the type of show I do.  I try my best to entertain those who are listening with humor and shenanigans.  So it wouldn’t make sense for me to host a music-intensive show.  Both ‘The Sound’ and I knew that.”  Thompson is planning to launch a syndicatedgradgina weekend show on ‘The Sound’ called “Cool Stories in Music,” in which he takes a famous group or artist and, along with their timeless hits, tells the stories behind the music that few people know.  Station PD Dave Beasing adds, “‘The Sound’ brand is built on classic rock.  Andy and Gina will play a lot and they’ll continue to offer sports with Todd Donoho, LA Rams reports with Sam Farmer of the LA Times, and ‘Flick Chat’ movie reviews with Grae Drake of Rotten Tomatoes.  Plus, Mark’s daughter Katie Thompson will remain as The Sound’s ‘Chick on the Street’ reporter.”

kwlz‘WE 96-3’ is Portland’s New Hip Hop Outlet.  This signal – a move-in from the Bend, Oregon market – is owned by 3 Horizons, LLC and is operated under an LMA by Alpha Media.  KWLZ flips from classic hits to hip hop as “WE 96-3.”  Alpha Media vice president of programming Phil Becker says, “Portland has been without a true rhythmic CHR station since 2008 and WE believe the market deserves an authentic alternative.  When looking at national trends, regardless of geography, some of the most in-demand music in the world will be played on ‘WE 96-3.’”  In the press release, Alpha says that WQHT, New York morning personality Ebro Darden is “narrating” the station.  Core artists include: Drake, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled and more.

Jim O’Brien Renews with WCSX, Detroit.  Morning personality Jim O’Brien and Greater Media sign aobrienjim multi-year contract extension for O’Brien to continue his role on rock WCSX, Detroit.   O’Brien joined Trudi Daniels as co-host of the morning show in December of 2013. Prior to that, he served as a long-time producer and on-air contributor at the station.  Detroit market manager Steve Chessare comments, “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Jim.  He has played an important role in the success of the station and is a valuable part of our family.”

‘Bob & Tom Show’ Rounds Out Cast with Josh Arnold.  The nationally syndicated “Bob & Tom Show” adds comic Josh Arnold to the cast.  The Westwood One program features show co-founder Tom Griswold,arnoldjosh Chick McGee, Kristi Lee, and now St. Louis native Arnold.  The press release from Westwood One says Arnold “has established himself as one of the top nationally touring feature comedians in the country.  Arnold’s comedy has been heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio and he’s provided material for Comedy Central’s ‘@Midnight’ and ‘The Burn.’”  Griswold says, “We are thrilled to have Josh join us each day…he is one of the funniest, most twisted people I know.”

Eric Tyler Takes Night Slot at ‘B96’ in Chicago.  Rockford, Illinois native Eric Tyler is the new night personality on CBS RADIO’s CHR WBBM-FM, Chicago “B96,” taking over for Jason Cage, who recently moved tylerericto CBS RADIO’s WZMP, Philadelphia.  Tyler was most recently APD/MD and afternoon jock at iHeartMedia’s KBKS, Seattle “Kiss-FM.”  CBS RADIO Chicago VP of programming Todd Cavanaugh says, “We are thrilled to welcome Eric and add another consummate radio professional to B96’s on-air lineup.  The fact that he has an overwhelming, well-known passion for the market, CBS RADIO Chicago, and our radio station is an added bonus.  We can’t wait to get him started on B96.”

Cumulus’ Gary Pizzati Announces His Retirement.  Longtime Cumulus Media senior vice president Gary Pizzati is retiring from the company and from radio broadcasting at the end of August.  Pizzati started his pizzatigarycareer as an air talent and programmer and then moved into sales and management.  He joined Cumulus in 1998 to manage the Augusta, Georgia cluster.  Pizzati says, “The past 30 years in radio and 18 with Cumulus have been extremely rewarding.  I truly love radio and all the amazing people who power this exciting industry.  It’s been a part of my life since my teens and has been a remarkable journey that started from my days on air.”  Pizzati rose to SVP in 2005 with responsibility for 27 markets, including two of the company’s largest.  Cumulus especially commends him for “turning around several major markets and recruiting some of the best talent into the company.”  President and CEO Mary Berner adds, “Known as a strong leader, teacher, and consummate radio guy, Gary’s contributions to Cumulus cannot be overstated.  He will be greatly missed by his Cumulus colleagues.”

nielsen logoRound One of July PPM Data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio‘s July 2016 PPM survey has been released for the first round 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’s July 2016 survey period covered June 16 – July 13.  You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from these 12 PPM markets below.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) New York – Within 5.1 – 5.7 range the past seven sweeps (5.1 – 5.3 – 5.5 – 5.3 – 5.6 – 5.7 – 5.4, 6+), WCBS-FM trots out a massive WCBS-FMeight-tenths’ gain to 6.2, its most potent 6+-share since last November when it reached 6.4. Moreover, the CBS Radio classic hits-oldies outlet vaults from fourth to first, displacing iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM,” which had been on top the past four ratings periods. In addition to having its lowest 6+-shareWPAT since November 2014 (5.6), “Lite-FM” slips to #2 and is down or flat for the fourth successive time (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.0, 6+). Rebounding from June’s -.4, Spanish Broadcasting System-owned Spanish contemporary WPAT-FM “93.1 Amor” notches a +.7 (2.2 – 1.8 – 2.5, 6+) to climb from #20 to #17. Although it slips from third to fourth, iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100” registers its fifth straight monthly without a decrease (4.7 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 5.5, 6+). Simultaneous with CBS Radio-owned WNEW-FM “Fresh 102.7” (formerly WWFS) dropping one-tenth (3.0 – 2.9, #14 in June, 6+) and Cumulus Media’s WPLJ adding three-tenths (2.6 – 2.9, #16 in June, 6+), the two hot ACs are tied at #13. This is the 19th successive sweep that WPLJ has recorded a 6+-share between 2.0 – 2.9 (6+). Sliding from #17 to #18, country cluster-mate WNSH “Nash-FM” is nonetheless up or flat for the fourth consecutive time (1.8 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1, 6+). Falling from sixth to eighth, iHeartMedia classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3” (4.3, -.1, 6+) has its string of monthlies without a decrease end at six (3.1 – 3.5 – 3.6 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.4, 6+).

2) Los Angeles – Boasting a one-half share increase (2.4 – 2.9, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KSCA “Zona MX 101.9” KSCAhas its best 6+-share since January (also 2.9) and advances from #16 to a three-way logjam at #12. Following seven successive negative trends for a combined -1.4 (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.6 – 2.5, 2.2 – 2.1, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KLAX “97.9KLAX La Raza” improves by three-tenths to 2.4 and is back in the top 20 (#21 to #17). With a +.2 to 1.8 (6+), public (Santa Monica College) KCRW (#24) applies the brakes to four straight monthlies without an increase (2.2 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.6 – 1.6, 6+). Up one-tenth, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” (5.3 – 5.4, 6+) boasts #1 honors for the ninth successive sweep. This is the third straight time that co-owned urban contemporary KRRL registers a 3.1 (6+) but “Real 92.3” drops from a tie at #10 to #11. Not only is KTWV “The Wave” off by one-half share (to 4.2, 6+) and dips from fourth to fifth, the CBS Radio smooth AC has its consecutive streak of up or flat sweeps conclude at four (4.2 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+). Co-owned alternative KROQ also declines by one-half share (to 2.4, 6+), tumbling from #13 to #17. Its previous five trends were 3.1 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 (6+). Meanwhile, format challenger – iHeartMedia’s KYSR-FM “Alt 98.7” – picks up two-tenths and returns to the top ten (#12 to #9). This is the third time in the last five sweeps that “Alt 98.7” records a 3.2 (3.2 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.0 – 3.2, 6+). Prior to hitting 3.2 in March, “Alt 98.7” was in the two-share range the previous 18 sweeps. Following three straight up or flat trends (3.0 – 3.4 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+), Univision Radio’s Spanish adult hits KRCD “Recuerdo” is off by four-tenths (3.2, seventh to ninth, 6+). Locked on #15 in March, April, May, and June – Emmis rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106” (2.9, +.1, 6+) jumps to the aforementioned three-way tie at #12 and is in the 2.6 – 2.9 range for the twelfth successive survey. This is the fourth consecutive time that iHeartMedia talker KFI falters (3.5 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.9 – 2.7, #13 to #15, 6+).

3) Chicago – After modest back-to-back setbacks totaling four-tenths (3.9 – 3.6 – 3.5, 6+), WGCI-FM “Chicago’s #1 for Hip-Hop WGCI-FM& R&B” answers with a one-half share gain to 4.0 (eighth to fifth, 6+), thus ending a string of 31 straight appearances in the 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+). The last time the iHeartMedia urban contemporary outlet wasn’t in the three-share range was February 2014 (4.4, 6+). Without a decrease forWEBG seven straight ratings periods for a combined +.7 (1.7 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.4, 6+), co-owned WEBG “Big 95.5 Chicago’s New Country” advances from #20 to a three-way tie at #18. Six-tenths ahead of it is its format rival – CBS Radio’s WUSN “US-99.5” (2.6 – 3.0, +.4, #16 to #12). Notwithstanding that it is without an increase for the fifth straight time for a combined loss of -1.1 (6.9 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+), “US-99.5” all-news sibling WBBM-AM advances from second to first. Displaced from the penthouse is iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103,” which takes over the runner-up slot – the position it occupied five straight times before hitting #1 in June. Off by one-half share to 5.6 (6+), “V-103” had been stuck on 6.1 (6+) the past three sweeps. It is a game of turnaround for WBBM, which had been on top from January through June. Owing to a +.1 to 1.5 (6+), WMVP “ESPN Chicago 1000″ (#25 to #24) ends three consecutive down trends which accounted for a 6+-share erosion of nearly 50% since March (2.6 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.4, 6+). A model of consistency, Hubbard Broadcasting adult contemporary WSHE (flat at #16) is within 2.0 – 2.9 range (6+) for the 27th straight monthly (2.6 – 2.5, -.1, 6+); 2.8 in May was its best 6+-share since October 2014 (also 2.8). For the sixth straight month, iHeartMedia hot AC WLIT (#6 to a three-way tie at #8, 6+) is without an increase (13.9 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+); “My-FM” is -10.3 in that stretch. For the third time in the last five sweeps, format foe – Hubbard Broadcasting’s WTMX “101.9 The Mix” – notches a 4.9 (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 4.9, 6+) and is steady at #3. Although it is without an increase for the sixth straight ratings period (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+) CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WJMK “K-Hits 104.3” continues at #13.

4) San Francisco – By gaining one-tenth to 4.1 (6+), Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM (steady at #4) curtails six KOIT-FMconsecutive down or flat reports. In that stretch, “Better Variety for a Better Workday” dropped a combined -6.4 and more than 60% of its 6+-share (10.4 – 5.6 – 5.4 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 4.0, 6+). Similarly, also without a gain in the San Francisco report the past six sweeps (2.6 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2 -1.0, 6+), Alpha Media adult contemporary KBAY is +.2 (1.2, #26, 6+). Its loss over that periodKIOI exactly mirrors that of KOIT-FM in its stretch – both AC facilities were -61.5% in their respective streaks. Not only is this the fourth straight monthly that iHeartMedia-owned KIOI “Star 101.3” is at 3.9 (unchanged at #5, 6+), it is the fifth successive sweep in which the hot AC hasn’t noted a decrease (3.8 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9, 6+), although its net gain is just one-tenth. Down or flat the previous three monthlies for a cumulative -1.0 (3.0 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.0, 6+), Entercom urban AC KBLX “102.9 The Bay’s R&B” improves by one-tenth to advance from #18 to a three-way tie at #16 (2.1, 6+). Two negative streaks end for Cumulus Media siblings: Triple A KFOG, down or flat the past six successive times (2.2 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+), gains two-tenths, while talk KSFO, down or flat the past five consecutive sweeps (2.9 – 2.4 – 2.4 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 1.8, 6+), is +.1; the two cluster-mates are tied at #19 (1.9, 6+). Following four successive monthlies without a gain (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.4, 6+), CBS Radio all-news KCBS-AM picks up one tenth to 5.5 (6+) and holds down the runner-up spot for the fourth successive sweep. Albeit that it regresses by one-half share (6.7 – 6.2, 6+), Cumulus Media sports outlet/San Francisco Giants flagship KNBR “The Sports Leader” is #1 for the fourth straight time. “The Sports Leader” unseated KCBS-AM at #1 in April.

5) Dallas – Off by a combined eight-tenths in the last three (downward) sweeps (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+), Univision Radio KLNOregional Mexican KLNO recaptures all of it (4.7, +.8) to progress from sixth to fourth. Within 2.4 – 2.8 range (6+) the past five sweeps, Service Broadcasting urban contemporary KKDA-FM “K-104” improves by one-half share to 3.1, its best 6+-share since last December’s 3.8, and elevates from #18 to #13. Six-tenths of a share separatesKKDA-FM the top three finishers, which includes (in the same order as in June) CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KLUV (5.7, -.6, 6+); iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” (5.9 – 5.6, -.3, 6+); and Cumulus Media‘s KPLX “The Wolf” (+.4, 6+). It is the second straight month at #1 for KLUV, but the -.6 ends three straight increases which resulted in a cumulative +1.0 (5.3 – 5.5 – 6.1 – 6.3, 6+). 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+). Before advancing to #1 in June by unseating “Kiss” (which had been #1 the past four ratings periods), KLUV spent four successive sweeps in the runner-up slot. Frozen on 4.7 in April, May, and June, “The Wolf” has not had a decrease in the past five monthlies for a cumulative +.8 (4.3 – 4.4 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 5.1, 6+). Unchanged at #9, co-owned KSCS had been up or flat the past six sweeps for a combined +.9 (2.6 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.5, 6+), but “New Country 96.3” falters by two-tenths to 3.3 (6+). Over the past seven sweeps, KRNB has registered a 6+-share between 4.0 – 4.8. Not only does “Smooth R&B 105.7” spiral out of the top 5 (#5 to #15), it records the largest (6+) June 2016 – July 2016 decline of any station in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released on Monday (4.4 – 3.0, -1.4, 6+). Moreover, it is the weakest 6+-share for the Service Broadcasting urban AC since last September’s 2.7.

6) Houston – Off a combined six-tenths since April (5.8 – 5.5 – 5.2, 6+), Cox Media Group country KKBQ “The New 93-Q” KKBQposts a +.7 to 5.9 and remains at #5 (6+). It is the best 6+-showing for “The New 93-Q” in exactly one year (6.4, 6+, July 2015). Meanwhile, its format rival – CBS Radio‘s KILT-FM “100.3 The Bull” – falls out of the top ten (4.0 – 3.6, -.4, #10 to #11, 6+). Five straight sweeps without anKRBE increase by KRBE “Houston’s #1 Hit Music Station” produced a combined loss of just four-tenths (4.5 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 4.1, 6+) and now, the Cumulus Media CHR notches a +.6 to 4.7 (6+), climbing from eighth to sixth. It has a 1.7-share lead over CBS Radio’s similarly formatted KKHH “Hot 95.7 Houston’s Hottest Hits” (3.3 – 3.0, -.3, #14 to #15, 6+). Improving by one-half share each are Univision Radio regional Mexican KLTN (steady at #2); Spanish adult hits sibling KOVE “Mas Variedad 106.5” (#16 to #13); and iHeartMedia alternative KTBZ “94.5 The Buzz” (4.1 – 4.6, eighth to seventh, 6+). This is the fourth successive gain for KLTN yielding a combined increase of two full-shares (4.9 – 5.4 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.9, 6+), while “Mas Variedad” had been down or flat the past five sweeps for a combined loss of one-half share (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.9, 6+). Without an increase for the third straight sweep (7.7 – 7.4 – 7.4 – 7.0, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1” nevertheless ranks first for the 23rd consecutive ratings period, although its lead over KLTN is just one-tenth. Owing to a +.3 to 2.8 (#19 to #17, 6+), University of Houston-owned KUHF ends four straight declines (3.8 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 2.5, 6+), which resulted in a cumulative -1.3; June’s 2.5 was the lowest 6+-share for KUHF since last October (also 2.5).

7) Philadelphia – On the heels of a one-half share increase in June, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUSL “Power 99” tacks WUSLon an additional seven-tenths (3.7 – 4.2 – 4.9, 6+), inching up from ninth to seventh. It is the strongest 6+-performance for “Power” in approximately two years (5.2, 6+, August 2014). Over and above avoiding a decrease for the sixth straight sweep for a cumulativeWOGL +1.3 (5.9 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.6 – 6.7 – 7.2 – 7.2, 6+), CBS Radio-owned WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” dethrones Jerry Lee Radio adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” at #1. “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” advances to the penthouse from the runner-up slot, where it resided the past seven survey periods. Market dominant the past 12 monthlies, “More FM” was -.7 in April; recouped all of it – plus one tenth more – in May; dropped four-tenths in June; and regresses by another one-half share in July (7.7 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 7.4 – 6.9, 6+). This is the weakest 6+performance for “More FM” (which slips to second-place) since September’s 6.8. Up one-tenth to 1.9 (6+), Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WPHI “Boom 107.9” ends six straight sweeps without an increase (2.3 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+) to advance from #19 to #17. No sooner does Greater Media‘s WMGK “Classic Rock 102.9” pick up one half share than it forfeits nearly twice as much (6.0 – 6.5 – 5.6, -.9, third to fifth, 6+). Dating back to September, the 6+-trends for “Classic Rock 102.9” have been -.6, +.7, -.4, -.8, +.7, +.5, -.4, -.6, +1.0, +.5, and now -.9 for a combined net loss of three-tenths. By faltering six-tenths to 3.1 (#12 to #13, 6+), adult hits cluster-mate WBEN-FM “Playing Anything We Feel Like” has its consecutive string of up or flat trends – which produced a combined +1.1 – end at six (2.6 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.1 – 3.7, 6+). June’s 3.7 was the best 6+-performance for “Ben” since last October’s 3.9. Down or flat for the sixth straight time for a cumulative -1.3 (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.7 – 2.3 – 1.8, 6+), sports sibling WPEN-FM “The Fanatic” drops from #17 to #19. The market’s (6+) FM sports share is off by another two-tenths, as CBS Radio-owned Philadelphia Phillies flagship WIP-FM is 3.9 – 3.7 (unchanged at #11, 6+). Down or flat for the sixth straight time for a roughly 50% 6+-erosion (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.0 – 2.6 – 2.1 – 1.9, 6+), public WHYY actually moves up from #18 to #17. Down two-tenths, Temple University classical outlet WRTI is without an increase for the sixth successive sweep (2.8 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+) and departs the top 20 (#20 to #22).

8) Atlanta – Registering a 4.9 (6+) in four of the last six ratings periods, Radio One urban contemporary WHTA busts out a +.6 WHTAto 5.4 – its strongest 6+-stat since December’s 5.6 – as “Hot 107.9” advances from sixth to fifth (6+). Without an increase the past four sweeps for a combined -2.1 (8.6 – 7.7 – 7.3 – 6.5 – 6.5, 6+), CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103” dials up a +.4 to 6.9, pushing from third to second. TheWVEE 6.5 by “V-103” in June marked the first time the station fell below a seven-share since August 2014 (6.3, 6+). While Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM holds the top spot for the sixth straight month, it is off by three-tenths (8.4 – 8.1, 6+). In the runner-up slot the past four consecutive sweeps, urban AC sibling WALR “Kiss 104.1 Atlanta’s R&B” follows up June’s six-tenths decline with a whopping -1.2 (7.7 – 7.1 – 5.9, 6+) and slides to third. The 5.9 in July is the lowest 6+-stat for “Kiss” since March 2015 (5.4). Despite a two-tenths decline to 5.9 (6+), contemporary Christian WFSH progresses from fourth to a third-place tie (with WALR). The decrease though does end four straight increases by “104.7 The Fish” which netted three full-shares (3.1 – 3.4 – 4.3 – 5.4 – 6.1, 6+); 6.1 in June represented the strongest 6+-showing for the Salem Media Group facility since May 2015 (6.5). Following six straight up or flat trends yielding a +1.3 (3.6 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.9, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WUBL “94.9 The Bull Atlanta’s New Country Leader” regresses by three-tenths to 4.6 (fifth to seventh, 6+); 4.9 in June was the best 6+-showing for Atlanta’s “Bull” since last July’s 5.3. Steady at #13, Cumulus Media‘s similarly-programmed WKHX “Kicks 101.5” is off by one-tenth (3.6 – 3.5, 6+). The two companies are involved in an Atlanta CHR battle as well, with iHeartMedia’s WWPW “Power 96.1” steady at 4.5 (6+) and Cumulus Media’s WWWQ “All The Hits Q-100” down one-tenth to 4.2 (6+); “Power” and “Q-100” remain at eighth and ninth, respectively.

9) Long Island – Locked on 3.3 (6+) in May and June, CBS Radio New York City classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM explodes with WHTZa +.8 to 4.1 as it zooms from #12 to #5. As all-news cluster-mate WINS improves by one-half share (3.2 – 3.7, #13 to #8, 6+), similarly formatted sibling WCBS-AM sputters by that margin (4.0 – 3.5, seventh to tenth, 6+). The market’s (6+) CHR share balloons by +1.3, thanks to gains of six-tenths each by iHeartMedia New YorkWBLI City’s WHTZ “Z-100” (repeating at #1) and Cox Media Group‘s WBLI (fifth to third, 6+), as well as a +.1 from CBS Radio’s WBMP “Amp” (#20 to #16, 6+). On top in Long Island for the sixth successive sweep, “Z-100” is up or flat for the fourth straight time (5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.7, 6+), as is “Amp,” which is in 2.0 – 2.9 territory (6+) for the 37th straight ratings period (2.2 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.6, 6+). After three straight declines which produced a combined -.7 (3.7 – 3.5 – 3.1 – 3.0, 6+), WBLI is now up for the third successive sweep (3.0 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 4.7, 6+) with its best 6+-share since last August (4.8). The stream for Fordham University-owned triple A WFUV re-appears in print with a .9 and is in a three-way tie at #26.

10) Riverside – On the heels of a +.7 in June, Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA dials up another nine-KOLAtenths (4.9 – 5.6 – 6.5, 6+) and progresses from third to second. The last time KOLA crossed the six-share threshold (6+) was this past November (6.9). Down or flat the past eight ratings periods for a combined -1.8 (2.8 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.4 – 1.3 – 1.1 – 1.1 – 1.0,KRCD 6+), Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KRCD “Recuerdo” flashes a +.4 to 1.4 and reaches the top ten (#13 to #10, 6+). Unchanged at #14, this nonetheless marks the seventh straight monthly without a decrease for Los Angeles Angels flagship KLAA (.2 – .3 – .3 – .4 – .6 – .6 -.7 -.8, 6+), which has quadrupled its 6+-stat in that period. Following a one-share increase, which pulled the plug on back-to-back downward trends that produced a combined loss of four-tenths, Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” dips by two-tenths to 7.3 (6+), but is #1 for the eighth consecutive ratings period. After three straight gains that yielded one full-share (2.2 – 2.3 – 2.7 – 3.2, 6+), urban-rhythmic oldies KQIE “Old School 104.7” (unchanged at #7, 6+) drops three-tenths to 3.0 (6+). Off by a combined -1.7 in six straight months without an increase (4.9 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.2, 6+), CBS Radio country outlet KFRG “K-Frog” remains in sixth-place; co-owned format partner KXFG has a .1 for the fifth straight time and sits at #21. Starting in February, Anaheim Broadcasting’s KCAL-FM put together three straight 2.0 showings (6+), followed by 1.7 (6+) in May and June. Steady at #9, “96.7 Rocks” has a one-tenth increase to 1.8 (6+). For the fourth straight sweep, Good News Radio contemporary Christian KSGN “Family Friendly” is without an increase (1.9 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.5 – 1.4, 6+) but it remains at #10.

11) San Jose – Bragging rights for notching the heftiest (6+) June 2016 – July 2016 increase by any station in the 12 PPM-markets KRTYwhose data was released on Monday goes to Empire Broadcasting-owned KRTY “Hot Country 95.3” (3.7 – 4.7, +1.0, 6+), which bumps up from sixth to fifth. After consecutive increases which yielded a combined +1.6 (5.9 – 6.5 – 7.5, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s KNBRKNBR slumped by six-tenths in May; was up one-tenth in June; but drops four-tenths in July (6.9 – 7.0 – 6.6, 6+). Even so, “The Sports Leader” is #1 in San Jose for the fourth straight time. Three successive positive trends by classic rock cluster-mate KSAN produced a combined +.8 (1.5 – 1.6 – 2.2 – 2.3, 6+), but “107.7 The Bone” relinquishes all of it (plus two-tenths) as it slumps by one full-share to 1.3 and plummets from the top 20 (#14 to #25). Following a -.5 in May and a -.7 in June, Empire Broadcasting-owned news-turned-classic country property KLIV “1590 Country Gold” regresses by another nine-tenths (2.4 – 1.9 – 1.2 – .3, 6+) to slip from #26 to #28; KLIV was +.6 in April. Finishing second for the fourth consecutive time, Univision Radio Spanish adult hits KBRG is off by one half share (6.5 – 6.0, 6+) and “Mas Variedad 100.3” trails KNBR “The Sports Leader” by six-tenths. In 1.0 – 1.8 territory for the 16th straight sweep, Cumulus Media triple A KFOG “The Bay Area’s Original” is flat at 1.6 and remains at #23.

12) Middlesex – Having lost a combined -2.3 in three successive down monthlies (6.4 – 6.0 – 5.3 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+), Greater Media WMGQadult contemporary WMGQ “Magic 98.3 Today’s Hits – Yesterday’s Favorites” adds one-tenth to 4.2 to inch up from seventh to sixth. It is tied there with iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM,” which drops from fifth. Following three straight advances of two-tenths each (5.2 – 5.4 – 5.6 – 5.8, “Lite-FM” regressed by nine-tenths in June and nowWKXW falters by another seven-tenths (4.9 – 4.2, 6+); 4.2 is the lowest 6+-share for “Lite-FM in Middlesex since May 2013 (4.1). With a +.2 to 3.8 (6+), CBS Radio New York City classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM halts a string of ten successive sweeps without an increase for a cumulative -3.1 (6.7 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.7 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.1 – 4.8 – 4.4 – 3.6 – 3.6, 6+) and is back in the top ten (#11 to a three-way tie at #9). Owing to a four-tenths gain (to 7.7, 6+), Townsquare Media talker WKXW applies the brakes to four straight negative trends that had resulted in a combined -1.4 (9.1 – 8.9 – 8.5 – 8.1 – 7.7, 6+) and is #1 for the seventh consecutive ratings period. In February, “New Jersey 101.5” crossed the nine-share threshold (6+) for the first time in its PPM-history. On the heels of dropping one-half share in June, Emmis urban AC WBLS “Your #1 Source For R&B” sputters by another six-tenths (6.2 – 5.7 – 5.1, 6+), sliding from third to fourth. Following six straight improvements in this New Jersey market (4.0 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 5.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WHTZ “Z-100” falters by one-half share to 5.2 but remains in third-place. After five straight increases for a cumulative +1.3 (2.3 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 3.1 – 3.6, 6+), urban contemporary sibling WWPR “Power 105.1” dips by one-tenth to 3.5, slipping from #11 to #12.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallThe Farmer That Roared: Doug Stephan is This Week’s Guest on ‘Up Close and Far Out.’  Radio talk show host Doug Stephan, whose daily generalist news/talk morning show is the third longest-running weekday syndicated program in the industry having launched in 1988 (behind Rush Limbaugh by a few months and “America in the Morning” by four years), is the guest on this week’s installment of the PodcastOne hit series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  Stephan discusses his dual career (and arduous schedule) as both a broadcaster and a dairy farmer.  In his role as host of the rapidlystephandoug growing weekend specialty show, “American Family Farmer” (almost 100 affiliates in less than a year), Stephan has stepped up to the plate as a powerful advocate of the beleaguered people who own and operate small farms in the US, that are slowly but systematically being put out of business by the combined interests of big business (“factory farms”) and big government.   He and Harrison also talk about the growing “locavore” movement that ties into this issue.  (A locavore is a person whose diet consists primarily of locally produced and sold food.)  To listen to this fascinating podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

talkersrumble16Talk Rumble Video Posted from TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations.  One of the highlights of the recent TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations convention – “The Talk Rumble” – is posted today (8/2) on Talkers.com.  The panel discussion was part of the 19th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest-running and most important national convention that took place May 20 on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.  Moderated by TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison and co-moderated by CBS News VP Harvey Nagler, participants include (in alphabetical order): Howie Carr, host, Howie Carr Radio Network; Brian Kilmeade, host Fox News Radio/Fox News Channel; Sid Rosenberg, host, WABC, New York; Dr. Daliah Wachs, host Genesis Communications Network; Lisa Wexler, host, WGCH, Greenwich, CT: Larry Young, host, WOLB, Baltimore; and John Ziegler, host Envision Networks. To view the Talk Rumble in its entirety, please click here.  Stay tuned to Talkers.com for more videos from TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations that will be posted in the days and weeks to come.

Monday, August 1, 2016

| August 1, 2016

WIRK, West Palm Beach Adds ‘Brooke & Jubal’ to Program Schedule.  A week after reporting that morning personality Tim “Tiny” Burger exited the station for a yet-to-be-announced opportunity, Alpha wirkMedia’s WIRK, West Palm Beach becomes the first country outlet to add the syndicated ‘Brooke & Jubal’ show to its programming roster.  Current morning personality Chelsea Taylor stays on to provide hourly local content.  Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick comments, “We are honored to have them join our Palm Beach cluster of amazing talent and excited to be the pioneers of introducing ‘Brooke & Jubal’ to the country format.”  The program, starring Brooke Fox and Jubal Flagg, is based at Hubbard Radio’s CHR KQMV, Seattle.

Ron Miller Named PD at Beasley’s Rock WRXK, Fort Myers/Naples.  Florida native Ron Miller is named program director at Beasley Media Group’s rock WRXK, Fort Myers/Naples “96K-ROCK.”  He’ll alsomillerron host the midday show as Ron Way.  Miller grew up in the Bradenton/Sarasota area and from the age of 15 was part of the Florida music scene, drumming in some of the area’s most popular bands.  Beasley SWFL operations manager Adam Star says, “Ron is back in Florida and he’s here to stay!  It’s time to add Ron as a new member of the Beasley Media Group family, right here near his home in Southwest Florida.  Ron will be a star in the PD role but we also we want to get this talented man on the air!”

Julie Talbott To Oversee Total Traffic and Weather Network.  Oversight of iHeartMedia’s Total Traffic & Weather Network is now a part of Premiere Networks president Julie Talbott’s responsibilities.talbottjulie  iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia Networks president Darren Davis makes the announcement that Total Traffic & Weather Network and 24/7 News Network are now a part of Premiere Networks.  The company says Talbott will oversee the operations of the newly configured Premiere Networks and will lend her experience, relationships and knowledge of the radio industry to all three network teams.  She will continue to report to Darren Davis.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Returning to the afternoon drive slot on Bonneville’s country KYGO, Denver is Paul Donovan.  He moves from the overnight slot, taking over for the recently departed Brian Hatfield…..Changes at Midwest Communications-owned hot AC KELO-FM, Sioux Falls, South Dakota as Rob Poulin, a.k.a. Brother Rob, joins the station as afternoon personality and brand manager.  He comes from the company’s WJXA, Nashville.  Also at KELO-FM, air personality Ryan Kelly moves to the midday slot and morning personality Andy Harris is named assistant brand manager…..Morning drive personality Harry O leaves his role with hot AC KLSS, Mason City, Iowa after 31 years on the air in the market to pursue other interests.

kvilKVIL, Dallas Promises ‘More Hits, Less Commercials.’  The change to CBS RADIO’s hot AC KVIL-FM, Dallas comes with the promise of 50 minutes of music every hour “every hour, every day, 24/7.”  As you can see, the station has also made this the focal point of its new logo.

WXRT, Chicago Personality Leslie Witt Dead at 63.  Radio pro Leslie Witt had been a part of the triple A WXRT, Chicago air staff for many of the past 40 years.  Witt had been serving as weekend morning host at the station.  She died on July 17 after a battle with ovarian cancer.

Friday, July 29, 2016

| July 29, 2016

Beasley Broadcast Group Q2 Net Revenue Up 2.8%.  The net revenue of $27.8 million represents a year-over-year increase of 2.8% for the second quarter of 2016.  For the first six months of the year, net revenue was $55.2 million, a year-over-year increase of 7.3%.  In a statement, Beasley Broadcast Group says the Q2 figure beasley logo long“primarily reflects higher revenue from its Tampa-St. Petersburg and Charlotte market clusters.  Station Operating Income declined 2.8% during the second quarter of 2016 because of “a $1 million, or 5.3%, increase in station operating expenses at the Tampa-St. Petersburg and Charlotte market clusters, partially as a result of higher bonuses earned, cash promotions, event/concert expenses and third party costs associated with digital services, which more than offset the increase in 2016 second quarter revenue.”  Interim CEO and chief operating officer Caroline Beasleybeasleycaroline states, “During the second quarter, Beasley’s clusters again outperformed the markets that report to Miller Kaplan on a combined revenue basis and we expect this trend to continue in 2016.  In particular, we saw very strong results at our Tampa-Saint Petersburg cluster though our Augusta, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Ft. Myers-Naples and Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville clusters also outperformed their respective markets on a revenue basis.”  Referencing the just-announced acquisition of Greater Media’s radio stations, Beasley says the deal will “significantly broaden our local radio broadcasting and digital platform, footprint and revenue base by adding stations that are geographically complementary to our existing operating base while presenting the opportunity for synergies with the company’s existing operations.  Specifically, the transaction is expected to increase our broadcast portfolio by approximately 40% and more than double our revenue and audience reach, giving us market leading stations, great brands and an opportunity to engage with brand new markets.”

cbsradioCBS RADIO Dips 1% During Second Quarter.  The breakout of the performance of CBS RADIO’s stations doesn’t get real specific – the company lumps the division into the Local Broadcasting category with its O&O TV stations – but simply notes that revenue was off 1% for the quarter, as was the CBS Television Stations segment.  As a whole, CBS Corp. is reporting revenue for the second quarter of 2016 increased 2% to $3.29 billion from $3.22 billion for the same prior-year period.

Cox Promotes Rohr to Ohio Market Vice President.  Taking over for the retiring Julia Wallace as Cox Media Group Ohio market vice president is Rob Rohr.  He rises from his previous post as senior vice presidentrohrrob and general manager of CMG Ohio.  CMG EVP Mike Joseph says, “Selecting Rob for this role was an easy decision.  He is a proven leader with experience on the sales and content side of our business.  We also believe in promoting talent from within the company, so I’m proud to announce this move.”  In his previous role Rohr led the team responsible for producing and distributing news and information for WHIO-TV, the Dayton Daily News, country WHKO “K99.1” and news/talk WHIO-AM/FM, as well as the Springfield News-Sun and the Journal-News.

Benkiel Named Market Manager for Alpha Media’s Moberly-Macon, Missouri Stations.  Sales and management pro Mark Benkiel is named the market manager for Alpha Media’s  Moberly-Macon, Missouribenkielmark station group that includes country KRES, news/talk KWIX-AM/FM, Christian contemporary KTCM, and oldies KIRK.  Benkiel most recently was general sales manager for Cumulus Media’s Macon, Georgia station group.  Alpha Media EVP Midwest region George Pelletier says, “Mark brings a terrific level of enthusiasm and experience to the Alpha Moberly team.  He understands community broadcasting and will be a great addition to the Alpha pack.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Milwaukee radio sales pro Tom Potts joins iHeartMedia to serve as the vice president of sales for the station group that includes country WMIL, classic hits WRIT “95.7 BIG FM,” urban contemporary WKKV “V100.7,” CHR WRNW “97-3 NOW,” news/talk WISN, and sports talk WOKY “The Big 920.”  Potts was with E.W. Scripps’ Brew Town cluster for the past 13 years.  He had worked for iHM when itbrooksandi was Clear Channel from 1993 through 2003…..Andi Brooks is the new morning drive co-host at Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s country WWQM, Madison “Q106” with current AM personality Jackson Jones.  Brooks – who was most recently with Neuhoff Media’s country WFMB, Springfield, Illinois – takes over for previous morning co-host Ashley Kix.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  WDJX, Louisville morning drive team Ben Davis and Kelly K (pictured here) are honoredBenKellyWDJX with the “Best Morning Show for Humor” at this year’s Best of Louisville Awards.  In addition to receiving the award, the ceremony also raised funds for the local chapter of the MS society.  Otis Maher programs the Alpha Media CHR station and says, “It’s so great to have a morning team who makes it feel effortless with humor, chemistry, and connection to their fans.  Ben, Kelly and Alex have become a landmark in the city of Louisville and in the hearts of fans.”…..As part of its “50,000 Fist Bumps” promotion (that runs now through October), Hubbard Radio’s country WIL, St. Louis “New Country 92.3” is hosting a series of FREE “Parking Lot Pop Up Concerts.”  The concerts will take place weekly during August and listeners can learn the location of each “Pop Up Concert” from announcements on the “Bud and Broadway” morning show.  The station says the “50,000 Fist Bumps” Challenge offers unique opportunities and other special perks for WIL followers as a way of fostering positive attitudes and to give back to the St. Louis community.  Besides the August “Pop Up Concerts,” the “50,000 Fist Bumps” activities and events planned include everything from catered lunch corporate takeovers to powerofurbanradio“field trips” to fun venues both small and large throughout the metro area…..The 16th annual “Power of Urban Radio Forum” is being presented in Washington, DC on Thursday, October 13, at the Marriott Georgetown.  The event is presented by Kizart Media Partners, Inc. in association with the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters includes a forum of CEOs and global marketers including Ford Motor Company, AARP, Tracfone, State Farm Insurance, and Toyota USA among others.  Kizart Media Partners managing director and founder Sherman Kizart states, “This is a must-attend event that brings together a powerful lineup of national leading advertisers, media agencies, broadcast owners and executives for an event referred to as best-in-class.  One trillion dollars in media buying decisions will be present and accounted for at the ‘Power of Urban Radio Forum.’”

NextRadiochart1NextRadio Blog: The Reasons People Love Radio.  There’s a new blog series from NextRadio called “For the Love of Radio,” using its own data and information from Edison Research, aimed at advertisers and broadcasters that explains the reasons people love radio.  The first blog is focused on data from a study the company conducted with Edison Research.  The survey examined 2,094 online respondents and NextRadio says the data pointed to three key roles radio plays in the consumer marketplace today: radio portability, radio’s role in the community, and its fostering of musical connections.  Read the blog post here.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

| July 28, 2016

Steph Lova Joins WPGC, Washington Morning Show.  The morning drive show on CBS RADIO’s hip hop WPGC, Washington is the “Joe Clair Morning Show.”  Effective August 15, Steph Lova returns to the air in wpgc logoWashington as a co-host of the program that also features news director Guy Lambert.   Lova got her start in radio on WPGC-AM “Flava 1580,” went on to host the night show on Radio One’s WKYS, and also worked in New York at both WQHT “HOT 97” and WWPR “Power 105.1.”  Her television resume includes gigs at BET and MTV.  WPGC program director Steve Davis comments, “We are excited to have her back in the WPGC family.  Steph is no stranger to DC being a Howard graduate and working in DC for many years. Steph is the perfect fit with Joe.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the executive level, Cox Enterprises promotes Alex Taylor from execute vice president to EVP/COO.  He reports to CEO John Dyer…..Air personality Shawnda McNeal is joining “The Atom Smasher Morning Show” on iHeartMedia’s alternative KDGE, Dallas “102.1 The Edge,” effective August 1…..Shannon Holly is leaving her gig on the “Ryan, Shannon & Fish” show at Hubbard Radio’s hot AC KSTP-FM, Minneapolis “KS95” to re-locate to the New York/New Jersey area to be closer to family.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Next month (8/25-27), Westwood One’s “Red Eye Radio” network will have a big presence at the Great American Trucking Show at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.  The Red Eye Radio Rendezvous Booth will feature live appearances and musical performances from country artists Tony Justice, Jayne Denham, Lindsay Lawler, Nate Moran, Scott Dean, and TV’s “Shipping Wars” star Marcharveysteve16 Springer.  “Red Eye Radio” hosts Eric Harley and Gary McNamara will also be on site…..Nationally syndicated morning radio star Steve Harvey (at right) hosted the 14th annual State Farm Neighborhood Awards Weekend in Las Vegas July 22-24 at the nathansonflashMandalay Bay Resort and Casino.  In addition to the presentation of the Neighborhood Awards on Saturday night, the weekend featured performances from Maxwell, The O’Jays, and Erykah Badu…..ABC Radio’s Jason Nathanson (right) is pictured at left with rap pioneer Grandmaster Flash (left) about the upcoming Netflix series, “The Get Down.”  The series billed as “a mythic saga of how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip hop, punk and disco,” and features actor Mamoudou Athie as Grandmaster Flash.

talkers16revenuePowerful Revenue Panel Video from TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations Posted Today.  One of the highlights of the recent TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations convention – “Generating Revenue in the Digital Era” – is posted today (7/28) on Talkers.com.  The panel discussion was part of the 19th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest-running and most important national convention that took place May 20 on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.  Moderated by TALKERS managing editor/West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian, the panelists include (in alphabetical order):  Dr. Asa, host, Dr. Asa Network; Kathy Carr, VP sales and marketing, Howie Carr Radio Network; Bill Hess, VP, news/talk, Cumulus Media/ PD WMAL, Washington, DC; Brian Landau, EVP digital sales and strategy, DGital Media; Tom Langmyer, VP/GM Milwaukee radio operations/VP news, talk, sports programming, E.W. Scripps Company; Tom Leykis, CEO/founder, The New Normal; and Doug Stephan, host Stephan Multimedia.  To view the panel discussion in its entirety, please click here.  Stay tuned to Talkers.com for more videos from Talkers 2016: Bridging the Generations that will be posted in the days and weeks to come.

Entercom Second Quarter Pro Forma Revenue Rises 5%.  This second quarter report from Entercom includes the impact of last year’s acquisition of Lincoln Financial Media stations and the swap with entercomBonneville International.  As such, net revenue for the second quarter of 2016 was up 20% on income of $120.5 million.  On a pro forma basis, revenue was up 5%.  President and CEO David Field states, “Entercom continues to deliver strong and consistentfielddavid organic, top-line and bottom-line growth, driven by the great work of our talented programming and sales teams and our strategic investments in building powerful local brands and content and excellent customer marketing capabilities.  Looking forward, we expect a strong second half of the year as we benefit from our excellent ratings performance, enhanced sales execution, multiple growth initiatives and election year political revenue.”

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