Cumulus Re-Brands WRKN, New Orleans-Baton Rouge; Names Scott Innes Midday Personality. The change in branding comes as Cumulus Media country station WRKN, Laplace, Louisiana – serving both New Orleans and Baton Rouge via its monster 100,000-watt signal – dials back on the new country and adds more country gold to the playlist. The new brand de-emphasizes the “NASH” moniker a bit. Cumulus says “The Gulf South’s Country Giant…New Orleans, Baton Rouge… NASH FM 92.3” will air programming “centered in the ‘90’s golden age of country music, and will also include current country artists, offering a wide variety of country music with broad appeal among Persons 25-54. Core artists will include: Garth Brooks, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, and the Zac Brown Band.” Additionally, the station brings award-winning country radio personality Scott Innes aboard to host the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm show following “America’s Morning Show with Blair Garner.”
Jeremy Sinon Upped to Full-Time Corporate Digital Post at Hubbard. Digital radio pro Jeremy Sinon has been serving Hubbard Radio as both corporate digital director and local digital director for the company’s Minneapolis-Saint Paul stations. Now, company EVP/chief financial officer Dave Bestler announces Sinon is promoted to director of digital strategy for Hubbard Radio. In this role, Sinon will work closely with Bestler, Hubbard Radio president/COO Drew Horowitz, and Hubbard Radio chair Ginny Morris to oversee day-to-day corporate digital initiatives as well as the strategy for Hubbard Radio’s long-term digital goals. Sinon comments, “This is an important time for radio where digital technologies give us endless possibilities to expand and grow our business. Being able to focus on those things full time is critical and I’m honored to be given this opportunity. I’m excited to be a part of Hubbard Radio’s bright future.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Longtime CBS RADIO SVP of communications Karen Mateo announces she’ll be exiting the company in two weeks. In a staff memo from CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez, he says, “As the company now looks to split off its radio business, Karen felt it was a natural time to make this change, and we know she’ll be successful in whatever she chooses to do next.” The company is seeking her replacement…..Afternoon jock DJ Chonz exits Entercom’s hip hop KQKS, Denver “KS1075.”…..Beasley Media Group announces Mark Sturcken is promoted to director of sales for the company’s Las Vegas cluster. Sturcken has been with Beasley for the past six years, most recently as national sales manager. Market manager Tom Humm comments, “I have had the pleasure of working with Mark over the years and he is the consummate professional with a long history of sales success.”
Kelsea Ballerini Hosts Westwood One’s ‘Summer Kick Off’ Show. The syndicator is offering a four-hour, Memorial Day weekend special broadcast available to stations nationwide, and country’s newest female superstar Kelsea Ballerini is hosting the show. Ballerini has just released two consecutive #1, gold-certified singles and was recently named “New Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music. She’s the first female solo artist in 15 years to hit #1 with her first two country singles and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut.
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES — Our three-part series of March 2016 PPM overviews concludes with an analysis of rhythmic hot AC. Previous ratings recaps were posted for mainstream CHR (Wednesday, 4/20) and rhythmic CHR (yesterday, 4/21).
As was the case with those other two special feature pieces, the following rhythmic hot AC scoreboards are comprised of facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, March 2016).
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services; for that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo analysis are limited to those facilities that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
Prince Programming Dominates Airwaves; Hubbard’s ‘KS95’ Minneapolis Launches Billboards Tribute. Minutes after the news of the untimely death of pop music legend Prince broke, radio stations around the country began playing his music and discussing his art and life. Nowhere was that more evident than in Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis-St. Paul where Hubbard Radio hot AC KSTP-FM “KS95” began playing Prince music non-stop from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm yesterday. At the same time, the company launched a series of tribute billboards that appeared throughout the market – including the one seen above. Hubbard Minneapolis-St. Paul VP and market manager Dan Seeman tells RadioInfo his station is promoting “Purple For Prince Day” today (4/22) in which it is “encouraging everyone in the Twin Cities to wear purple and share your photos at #purpleforprince.” The billboards will stay up through today.
Other Prince Programming Includes… In addition to making music and archival audio available to its affiliates, ABC Radio presented an “Instant Special” titled “Prince – Death of a Legend” last night at 7:00 pm ET” anchored by ABC News correspondent Aaron Katersky with ABC Radio entertainment reporter Andrea Dresdale, Prince biographer Alan Light and “the very latest worldwide reaction to Prince’s death.”…..Westwood One is offering archival audio to stations from a press conference Prince held during his “Musicology” tour. The presser took place on February 24, 2004 and featured an interview with the artist and a Q&A with the audience…..SiriusXM has created Prince tribute programming and is featuring that on several of its channels. It is also presenting a Prince Tribute Channel…..iHeartMedia is adding a Prince Tribute Radio channel to its iHeartRadio platform.
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic Hot AC. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three format analyses based on data from Nielsen Audio’s March 2016 PPM survey. Previously, we published reports on mainstream CHR and rhythmic CHR. Rhythmic hot AC represents a much smaller piece of the format pie than the other two aforementioned formats. The highest ranked station (based on 6+ number) is Hubbard Radio’s WREW, Cincinnati “Mix 94.9” which ranked #6 in its market with a 4.8 share. In addition to charts noting the AQH share changes of rhythmic hot AC stations from both last month and from one year ago, Kinosian compares the performances of rhythmic hot AC, rhythmic CHR and mainstream CHR. See the story here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. After five months with Entercom’s Miami classic hits station WMXJ “Magic 102.7,” program director Pattie Moreno exits. Prior to joining WMXJ, she’d programmed KHHM, Sacramento…..Programmer Jay Cruze is taking on the role of director of country programming for iHeartMedia’s Kentucky-Indiana region. Cruze will be based out of the company’s Louisville offices and be responsible for country outlets WAMZ, Louisville; WUBG, Indianapolis; and WBUL, Lexington…..KOIT, San Francisco afternoon personality Brent Carey is exiting the Entercom adult contemporary station to return to his home state of Michigan to pursue opportunities there…..Dita Holifield is promoted from her director of sales position to general manager for the Salem Media’s Honolulu station group.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Wheeling, West Virginia-market classic hits WCDK “106.3 The River” (licensed to Cadiz, Ohio) adds American Voice Corp’s “The Deep End With Nick Michaels.” Beginning in June the Priority Communications-owned station will air the show on Sundays from 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight…..Entercom amps up the music on adult contemporary KIFM, San Diego and re-brands it from “Easy 98.1” to “Sunny 98.1.” Company president of programming Pat Paxton says recent research indicates that “young 30 to 40-year-olds and our diehard 40-plus fans want a more current and contemporary music mix.”…..Greater Media’s alternative WBOS “Radio 92.9” announces the lineup for its “Radio 92.9 EarthFest” in Boston on Saturday, May 21. Fitz and the Tantrums will headline along with The Strumbellas, Joywave, and a local band to be named later.
Scott Herman Receives 2016 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award. At a breakfast ceremony at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, CBS RADIO chief operating officer Scott Herman was presented with the 2016 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award by the Broadcasters Foundation of America. The Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in aid to members of the industry who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy. Pictured (l – r) are: CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez, Herman’s wife Beth, Herman, and BFoA chairman Philip J. Lombardo.
Breaking News: Prince Passes. Fans of Prince are in shock to learn the superstar artist has died. Just last Friday (4/15), Prince had a medical emergency forcing his private jet to make an unscheduled landing in Illinois, but he performed a concert the next day. According to TMZ, Prince was battling the flu and he previously canceled two shows. His body was discovered early this morning (Thursday, 4/21) at his Paisley Park, Minnesota residence. Prince Rogers Nelson was 57. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison recalls, “I remember how much heat we took from so many people in the radio business when I was PD at album rocker KMET, Los Angeles in 1984 for adding Prince’s great song ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ – all because he didn’t have the generally accepted image as a true ‘rocker.’ I said, ‘Let the industry be damned’ and played the heck out of that record. Very few complaints from the listeners – we had one of our best books that period in years. What a lesson there was in that… a lesson this business still needs to fully learn.”
NAB Show Day 3. Radio consultant Holland Cooke reports for RadioInfo from Las Vegas and the huge 2016 NAB Show. In today’s column, Cooke reviews the Q&A with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Often accused of being less sensitive to radio’s needs and more concerned with regulating the Internet, Wheeler told the NAB Show attendees that he’s a big fan of radio (NPR is his first choice). He says when asked by interviewer (former NAB TV Board Chair) Marci Burdick about the state of AM/FM in these changing technological times, “The question is whether those managing technology will change with it.” But he says the FCC has worked quickly to process FM translator applications. “Since we opened the window, we have processed over 500 ‘new stations.’” Read the entire report here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Denver-based Cherry Creek Radio names Jonathan Brewster the new CEO, taking over for company founder Joe Schwartz, who in February announced he was leaving the company to pursue new challenges. Brewster was previously senior vice president of Qantum Communications prior to its dissolution in the three-way iHeartMedia–Connoisseur-Qantum deal of 2014. Cherry Creek owns 53 stations in 11 markets…..Cumulus Media’s Boise country outlet KQFC “NASH FM 97.9” names Rick Daniels the new afternoon drive personality. Daniels comes to Boise from Lawrenceburg, Indiana where he was production manager at Wagon Wheel Broadcasting’s country WSCH “Eagle 99.3.”
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three format analyses based on data from Nielsen Audio’s March 2016 PPM survey. Yesterday, we published a report on mainstream CHR that you can see here. Noting AQH share improvement (6+) from one year ago, CBS RADIO’s WZMX, Hartford “Hot 93.7” improved 3.7 shares to achieve a 9.4 share and the #2 rank in the market. Other notable year-over-year improvements include: Entercom’s WJMH, Greensboro which rose 1.7 shares to a 9.4 share and the #1 rank in the market; and CBS’ WPGC, Washington which improved 1.5 shares to reach a 4.3 share and leap in rank from #16 to #8. Also in this report is a comparison of the performances of both CHR and rhythmic CHR stations in their respective markets. See it all here.
Music Industry Reunion A Smashing Success. Friendships were strengthened, acquaintances were renewed, and memories of a mostly bygone era were in massive abundance. The event was last night’s (Wednesday 4/20) fourth “Music Industry Reunion,” which has been ping-ponging between Los Angeles and New York City (where there were two more), with last night’s five-hour soiree at the Los Angeles area’s Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. A committee of music industry executives including Jon Scott and Greg Lee organized the reunion with Scott reflecting, “It is hard to put into words the feeling I have with about 400 people who were all a part of the golden age of music. They all had a passion for music and creativity. It was just a special, spectacular night. There were so many people hugging each other – it was really incredible.” While there was no formal agenda at the schmooze fest, Scott (pictured at right) was surprised to receive several awards for his tireless efforts over the decades on behalf of the music industry. “Last night was like an incredible dream,” Scott remarks. “Some of the finest and best music industry people there have ever been were there. To be surprised by the three awards I got put it over the top for me. If you were there, you know what an amazing night it was; if you missed it, we better see you next year.” Industry trade publications RadioInfo and All Access joined forces as co-sponsors of “The Music Industry Reunion.” RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (above left) joined All Access CEO Joel Denver (above right) and other key speakers in addressing the crowd during the course of the fun evening.
Robin Quivers to Host Women of Influence Awards. This year’s 2016 Women of Influence Awards presented by the T.J. Martell Foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research will take place on Friday, May 13, 2016 at The Plaza Hotel in New York. Howard Stern show cast member Robin Quivers will again host the awards celebration that honors “seven outstanding women who have achieved tremendous goals in business and inspire other women around the globe to live their dreams while balancing work, family, home and health.” The seven honorees are: Ariane Duarte, executive chef and owner at Ariane Kitchen and Bar; Debra Joester, president and owner of The Joester Loria Group; Kristine Johnson, CBS 2 co-anchor 5pm and 11pm newscasts; Dalia-Lamming Tilly, M.B.A., comptroller for the Transport Workers Union Local 100; Nancy Lieberman, NBA assistant coach, Sacramento Kings and Hall of Famer; Ruby Marchand, vice president of international repertoire development at Warner Music Group and vice chair of the Recording Academy; and Sue Phillips, president and CEO of Scenterprises.
RadioInfo Tidbits. The news that Axl Rose is assuming the lead singing duties for AC/DC was predicted by WXXN “ROCK 100.5” morning show host Jason Bailey. Bailey stated on March 22 that Rose would end up fronting the band based on a reliable tip. He says, “It was from a source that has never steered me wrong in the past, I felt the info was strong enough to at least have a conversation about it on the show.” The official Rose and AC/DC announcement came this past weekend, coinciding with an appearance from Angus Young on stage with Guns N’ Roses at the Coachella Music Festival…..Pictured here with the “America’s Morning Show” crew is actress and singer Rita Wilson (and wife of actor Tom Hanks). She stopped by the NASH Campus in Nashville this morning (4/21) to sing songs from her new self-titled album. Pictured are (front row) Blair Garner and Wilson, (back row) Chuck Wicks and Kelly Ford.
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES — Exclusive scoreboards and analysis of mainstream contemporary hit radio (CHR)/top 40 were posted yesterday (Wednesday, 4/20).
A similar overview for rhythmic hot AC is forthcoming.
In the middle though is our in-depth summary of March 2016 PPM results for rhythmic CHR.
Mirroring the criteria for mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR stations that rank in the top 20 in a PPM-market (6+, March 2016) comprise the following charts.
Qualifying PPM-market mainstream CHRs in March 2016 are typically two rankers better than their rhythmic CHR counterparts (#8.58 to #10.92, 6+) and have 6+-shares nearly +1.5 greater than those compiled by rhythmic CHRs (5.20 versus 3.73).
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services; for that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo rhythmic CHR analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
By Holland Cooke
LAS VEGAS — FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recalled his boyhood, listening to his transistor radio, on his bike, humming newspapers onto lawns along his route. And he says we still have his ear at work: “I keep the radio on in my office all day long.”
“I’m an NPR guy,” Wheeler smiled; telling us he also has SiriusXM in-car, for “72, The Broadway Channel. I love Broadway music!” And – segueing to the topic of AM radio – he added, “If an AM station were to go all-Broadway, I’d listen to that too”
“The question,” the Chief Commish shrugged, “ is whether those managing technology will change with it.” Meantime, he reports – and several of my clients confirm – that the FCC is briskly turning around AM stations’ translator applications: “Since we opened the window, we have processed over 500 ‘new stations.”
RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County, California and Internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (4/20) includes such names as: Ellie Goulding, P!nk, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Drake, Wizkid & Kyla, Rihanna, Cassy London, Kendra Celise, The Summer Set, The Avett Brothers, MRKTS, The Temper Trap, Cage The Elephant, Rooney, Volbeat, Good Charlotte, Paul Simon, Charles Bradley, Fitz and The Tantrums, Margo Price, Zac Brown Band, Tucker Beathard, Sundance Head, Sturgill Simpson, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Matty Fees, Baby Raptors, Kolaj, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click “Read More.”
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County, California and Internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (4/20) includes such names as: Ellie Goulding, P!nk, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Drake, Wizkid & Kyla, Rihanna, Cassy London, Kendra Celise, The Summer Set, The Avett Brothers, MRKTS, The Temper Trap, Cage The Elephant, Rooney, Volbeat, Good Charlotte, Paul Simon, Charles Bradley, Fitz and The Tantrums, Margo Price, Zac Brown Band, Tucker Beathard, Sundance Head, Sturgill Simpson, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Matty Fees, Baby Raptors, Kolaj, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
NAB Show Day 2. Radio consultant Holland Cooke reports from Las Vegas where he’s covering the NAB Show for RadioInfo. Today he writes that the convention is so dominated by discussion about digital content and social media that he was intrigued as he sat down for the session, “How Local Broadcasters Engage and Win in the Digital Age.” It was presented by Katz Media Group EVP Strategy, Analytics & Research Stacey Lynn Schulman. She says that “technology provides the illusion of companionship,” and says what local broadcasters can provide are “tangible experiences.” Read Cooke’s entire report here.
NAB 2016 Crystal Award Winners Announced. On Monday at the NAB Show in Las Vegas the National Association of Broadcasters announced the 10 winners of the 29th Annual Crystal Radio Awards, recognizing stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. The winners were selected from 50 finalists. They are: KNDE-FM, College Station, Texas; WBAB-FM, Long Island; KNX, Los Angeles; WCCO, Minneapolis/St. Paul; KPRS-FM, Kansas City; WJBR-FM, Wilmington, Delaware; KRLC-AM Lewiston, Idaho; WRLT, Nashville; KTAR-FM, Phoenix; and WWJ, Detroit.
CBS Looks to TV for New KVIL, Dallas Personality. Filling the open midday jock slot on hot AC KVIL-FM, Dallas, CBS RADIO brings aboard TV reality star Tanner Kloven. He’s best known as half of #TeamTexas from CBS TV’s “The Amazing Race.” The Fort Worth native and Texas Tech grad appeared on season 27 of the show in the fall of 2015. Kloven replaces Sybil Summers, who began co-hosting KVIL’s “More Music Mornings” with Kannon on April 1.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. All references to air talent Paul Donovan have been removed from the WMZQ, Washington website after reports he’s been let go from his APD and night jock role at the iHeartMedia country station…..Programming pro Tony Tilford is named director of rock programming for iHeartMedia’s Kentucky-Indiana region. In this role, he’ll continue to oversee the programming at classic rock WQMF and active rock WTFX…..Programmer Steve Weed takes on more Central California responsibilities for iHeartMedia now that he’s SVP of programming for the region that includes the Fresno, Bakersfield, Modesto-Stockton and Monterey-Salinas markets. He’s been with the company for six years most recently serving as SVP of programming for the Fresno market…..Kyle Kristofer is named night jock at Steel City Media’s adult contemporary KCKC, Kansas City “KC 102.1.”…..Two sales pros are named local sales managers for Cumulus Media’s New Orleans cluster. Rachel Adams and Kelwynn Napoleon now lead the company four Big Easy stations. While Napoleon is being promoted from his senior account executive position, Adams joins Cumulus from Entercom New Orleans where she was the national director of eCommerce and digital sales for that company’s 130 stations…..Sales promotions are taking place at Alpha Media’s Greenville-New Bern, North Carolina cluster as well. Senior account executives Tori Ange and Paula Wood have been promoted to local sales managers with Ange concentrating on the Greenville area of the market and Wood working with sellers in the Jacksonville area. Also, SAE Tim Knisley will assume a new role as national sales manager…..WPYO, Orlando “Power 95.3” mixer DJ Nasty is getting a huge career opportunity being asked to join Beyonce’s Formation World Tour. DJ Nasty hosts the “95-Minute Commercial Free Power Mix” at the station that airs weekdays at 4:30 pm.
PPM Analysis: CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three format analyses based on ratings information from Nielsen Audios’ March 2016 PPM survey. The first format up is mainstream CHR. Comparing (6+) ratings from a year ago, Kinosian writes, “A stunning 21 outlets on this mainstream CHR panel have negative year-to-year shifts of at least one full-share (6+), while only three improve by at least +1.0 (6+).” At the same time, five CHR outlets ranked #1 in their respective markets and 18 more ranked in the top five in March 2016. Later this week, RadioInfo will present analyses of rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC. See today’s story here.
Music Industry Reunion Is Tonight! The fourth “Music Industry Reunion” takes place in Los Angeles tonight at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills from 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm. The informal event is open to all members of the music and music-related industries free of charge. The reunion is again being organized by veteran record executives Jon Scott, Greg Lee, and a committee of music industry professionals. It’s being organized with grants from industry trade publications RadioInfo and AllAccess.com. The party is free with no host food and bar – but because of space limitations, it is important to make reservations, so you can still contact Jon Scott at 818-981-9876.
Apparent Murder-Suicide Claims Life of WCXT, Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Morning Co-Host. Michigan State Police believe WCXT, Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, Michigan “98.3 The Coast” morning personality Denise Bohn Stewart was killed by her husband Eric Stewart who then turned the gun on himself. Stewart co-hosted the morning show at the Midwest Family Communications station with Jonny Reinhardt. Police are saying there is evidence there were ongoing marital issues and that the crime was planned in advance. The couple’s three young children were unharmed.
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES — Mainstream CHR/top 40 kicks off our in-depth overviews of March 2016 PPM results; companion pieces for rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC will be posted later this week.
Facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, March 2016) comprise the following scoreboards.
With the exception of Denver and Riverside, each of the 48-PPM markets has at least “qualifying” mainstream CHR.
While month-to-month stats indicate 49% of our panel is up or flat, nearly three of every four stations on our mainstream CHR list are off in year-to-year comparisons.
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services.
For that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.