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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

| October 12, 2016

Cumulus Shareholders Approve Reverse Stock Split.  The vote among Cumulus Media shareholders took place today and becomes effective at 5:00 pm ET.  This move consists of a 1-for-8 reverse split – eight shares cumulus-logoof the company’s Class A common stock will be converted into one share – to increase the price of each share.  There will be no fractional shares issued; they will be rounded up to whole shares.  This obviously results in a reduction of the number of authorized shares of common stock.  Cumulus Media’s stock has been trading for less than $ 0.75 per share for most of the past year.

Dana McKay Promoted to Music Director at WIAD, Washington.  Midday air personality Dana McKaymckaydana adds music director duties to her list of responsibilities at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WIAD “94.7 Fresh FM.”  McKay also serves as assistant program director and social media manager.  Program director Steve Davis says, “Dana is a tremendous talent, an incredible asset to the station and is invaluable to me in programming ‘Fresh.’  This additional responsibility recognizes the many contributions Dana brings to us each and every day.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  A Veterans Day music special is being made available from Westwood One, for airplay November 11 through 13.  WW1 says Kix Brooks hosts the two-hour “A Salute to our Military Veterans with Kix Brooks” in which “he’ll play songs that capture America’s patriotic spirit, including Brooks & Dunn’s staple hit ‘Only in America,’ along with Toby Keith’s ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue’ and ‘American Soldier,’ Tim McGraw with ‘If You’re Reading This,’ ‘I Drive Your Truck’ by Lee Brice, Keith Urban’s ‘For You,’ ‘One Hell of an Amen’ by Brantley Gilbert, among other songs.”  Stars joining Brooks on the show include: Tim McGraw, kxte-logoDierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown, and more…..CBS RADIO’s Las Vegas alternative rock KXTE, Las Vegas “X107.5” is announcing the lineups for its Holiday Havoc concerts taking place December 8 and 9 at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort.  The first night will feature Blink 182 with special guests Jimmy Eat World, Pierce the Veil, Weathers and The Hunna.  The second evening features Weezer, Grouplove,beattherunway Saint Motel, The Moth & The Flame, and 888…..iHeartMedia’s “104.5 The Beat,” Orlando’s Hip Hop and R&B radio station, is again producing its “Beat The Runway” event – a free music and fashion show featuring live performances by Kayla Brianna, R&B group Glamour, and singer and producer Kevin Cossom, plus the latest fashion trends by world-class and local rising star designers. “Beat The Runway” takes place on November 3 at the Orchid Garden in downtown Orlando.  The event will feature a fashion show that highlights a mix of talented local designers, as well as The Pop-Up District, a unique blend of local retailers and pop-up vendors that capture the Orlando Hip Hop and R&B spirit. 104.5 The Beat’s on-air personalities DJ D Strong, D Royale, Viva La Koi and Young Scholar will host the show.

oshaughnessywilliamWilliam O’Shaughnessy Goes to Bat for Billy Bush.  New York broadcaster William O’Shaughnessy pens an opinion piece addressing the character of embattled NBC-TV personality Billy Bush.  O’Shaughnessy says, in so many words, what a shame it would be for Bush to lose his position with NBC due do his role in the Donald Trump hot-mic case that’s plaguing the Republican nominee.  Read it here.

New Orleans Radio Personality Bobby Reno Dies at 72.  According to a report by WWL-TV, New Orleans, local radio personality Bobby Reno died on Monday at the age of 72 after an illness.  Reno had been working as a renobobbyjock on oldies WTIX-FM.  Reno started in the radio business in New Orleans on WTIX-AM in 1965 and was one of the market’s popular personalities during the 1960s.  Fellow WTIX-FM jock “Pal Al” Nassar tells WWL-TV that Reno had been sick for some time and had taken time off about three months ago to recuperate.  A station bio for Reno says he left WTIX-AM in the late 1960s to help launch a rock format on WRNO-FM as program director.  He also worked in the Memphis and St. Louis markets before returning to New Orleans to program and host afternoons at WNOE-FM.

Social Media: Like Your Friends

| October 11, 2016

By Holland Cooke
Media Consultant

 

cookewriterBLOCK ISLAND — Social media tools can be extremely valuable to broadcasters who don’t just use them to…broadcast.  At the recent NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville, Cumulus/Westwood One VP/social Lori Lewis crystallized the opportunity: “The essence of social media is reminding people that they matter.”

For Gordon Deal, host of the nationally-syndicated “This Morning – America’s First News,” it’s a useful feedback loop: “I’m not above getting an occasional kick in the pants from a listener if he or she feels a story sounded too biased.”  And he is as flattered that someone would take the time to speak up as they seem to be when he acknowledges them: “Even the angriest and most biased of listeners sometimes just want to be heard.  99% of the time, a polite Tweet back that acknowledges their feelings is all they’re looking for.”

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

| October 11, 2016

Lucas Phelan Takes Over Afternoons on KMNB, Minneapolis.  Former KDWB, personality Lucas Phelan joins CBS RADIO’s country KMNB “BUZ*N @ 102.9” for the PM drive show.  Station OM/PD Lauren MacLeash says, “Lucas is an electric talent on and off the air.  He loves the listeners, the music, and especiallyphelanlucas our community.  He’s a perfect fit for this fun, hardworking radio family.  Lucas has an incredible following and we welcome him and his fans to the COUNTRYside!”  Phelan began his career in radio in 1998 with stops in Omaha at “Sweet 98” and Kansas City’s “Mix 93.3.”  In 2005, Phelan made the move to Minneapolis as the APD and afternoon drive personality for 11 years at CHR KDWB-FM.  He’ll also serve KMNB as APD.  With his arrival, Tricia “T.J.” Jenkins returns to her 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show and is officially named music director.

CBS RADIO Names Remy Maxwell PM Host on Adult Hits ‘104.1 JACK –FM’ in Minneapolis. SVP maxwellremyand market manager Shannon Knoepke says Remy Maxwell will be the adult hits station’s first live personality, hosting the 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm show on KZJK “104.1 JACK-FM.”  Maxwell serves as the station’s imaging director and live event personality.  Knoepke says, “Remy possesses all of the winning qualities of a great talent and we can’t wait for him to open up the mic and connect with the audience.”

Kiefer Named GSM for iHeartMedia Charlotte.  Radio sales pro Michele Kiefer joins iHeartMedia’skiefermichele Charlotte station group as general sales manager for its five-station cluster that includes CHR WHQC “Channel 96.1,” country WKKT “96.9 The Kat,” classic rock WRFX, adult hits WLKO “102.9 The Lake,” and alternative WEND “106.5 The End.”  Kiefer, who previously served in the Indianapolis market, will report to SVP of sales Ryan Petrosso.

cookehollandCooke: The Value of Social Media to Broadcasters.  Media consultant Holland Cooke writes today about how broadcasters are applying their use of social media to their on-air work.  Several radio pros Cooke spoke with say that listeners like the ability to connect “personally” with them via social media. He notes that at the recent NAB/RAB Radio Show in Nashville, Cumulus/Westwood One’s Lori Lewis said it reminds people “that they matter.”  Most of the broadcasters say they learn from their P1s about what kind of show content might interest those P1s that they themselves would never have thought of.  And still others use social media to continue “the show” even after it goes off the radio.  Read Cooke’s entire report here.

harrisonupclosefaroutsmallWFTL, Ft. Lauderdale/Miami Dynamo Joyce Kaufman Joins Michael Harrison on this Week’s ‘Up Close and Far Out.’   She is one of the most politically provocative news/talkers in the industry and a longtime mainstay of South Florida local radio.  Joyce Kaufman – who hosts 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm daily show on Alpha Media’s WFTL, Ft. Lauderdale – has been outspoken for decades about the full spectrum of conservative issues – from Second Amendment rights to abortion to illegal immigration and much more.  She is a true regional mover and shaker – and no stranger to controversy.  In a candid conversation on this week’s installment of the PodcastOne international hit series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” Kaufman discusseskaufmanjoyce dealing with the intense negative blowback that accompanies her broadcasting career path and the impact it has had on her life raising children as a single mother.  Harrison and Kaufman further delve into the impact social media has on radio hosts as well as society in general.  They also discuss the shocking changes we are witnessing in the style of public political discourse marking the current presidential election.  Kaufman says, “The genie is out of the bottle, there’s no going back.”  To listen to this fascinating conversation that even includes a look at the role local radio plays in providing vital service to the public during hurricanes, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The WLNK-FM, Charlotte-based Bob & Sheri show was the scene of a live marriage proposal for two avid show listeners.  Show fan Dalton Grigston reached out to the show, telling Bob and Sheri, “Your show is what brought me together with Tiffany, my girlfriend of five years.  She’s the biggest fan ever.  I want to marry her – and I want to ask her live on the air.”  So, Grigston planned romantic weekend on the North Carolina coast, passing through Charlotte on the way.  Tiffany’s oldest friend, Miranda, pretends she’s won a contest to hang out all morning in the studio with Bob & Sheri and invites Tiffany to tag along.  The “surprise guest” Bob & Sheri promised turns out to be none other than Dalton, who dropped to one knee and popped the question.  She said, “Yes!”…..KBIG, Los Angeles “104.3 MYFM” personality Dave Styles is the host of a new reality TV show called “American Supergroup” that will premiere on cable’s Pop, MTV Live, and MTV Classic channels later this week.  The judges for the show are: pop/soul artist Aloe Blacc, rock/blues artist Elle King, country superstar Jennifer Nettles and classic rock icon Jason Scheff, lead singer/bass player for Chicago.  Twenty-five musician finalists will be selected to form five groups of five members each – best guitarist, best drummer, best bass player, best keyboards, and best vocalist.  Musical genres can be, but are not limited to, pop, rock, R&B, country, hard rock, and alternative.  Audiences will interact with, and vote for, bands via social media platforms.  The show is currently being filmed in Nashville, Tennessee at Skyways Studios and there will be eight weekly one-hour episodes ending with a 90-minute finale on December 6.…..The NPR-distributed “World Café” music program and NPR Music are partnering to establish a new Nashville-based enterprise for creating content from Music City and the Southern US.  The new entity is called World Cafe Nashville and is being launched with two special events at City Winery in Nashville featuring Eric Church, Steelism and other special guests on October 27 and 28.  The WXPN, Philadelphia-produced program says it and NPR Music will expand coverage of the depth and diversity of music emanating from Nashville and the Southern US, through artist recording sessions, interviews and other activities…..Hot AC KMXB, Las Vegas’ Mercedes in the Morning’s annual “Not So Silent Night” will bring its rockin’ holiday show back to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Saturday, December 11.  This year’s lineup will feature OneRepublic with special guest Lindsey Stirling and more to be announced soon.

Monday, October 10, 2016

| October 10, 2016

cma-50th-yearCMA Announces Broadcast Award Winners. Those capturing Country Music Association accolades received the news via a phone call from format superstar Garth Brooks. On the syndicated level, Westwood One “Country Countdown USA” host Lon Helton is named “National CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year.” Locally, Chris Carr, Jeff “Maverick” Bolen, & Kia Becht of KEEY, Minneapolis’ “Chris Carr & Company” are “Major Market Personality of the Year” and David Chandler, Chelsie Shinkle, & Jason Statt of WUBE, Cincinnati’s “The Big Dave Show” are “Large Market Personality of the Year.” Meanwhile, Gator Harrison, Greg “Styckman” Owens, & “Cowboy” Kyle Croft of WUSY, Chattanooga’s “The Gator & Stykman Program” are “Medium Market Personality of the Year” and Eddie Foxx & Sharon Green of WKSF, Asheville, North Carolina’s “The Eddie Foxx Show” are “Small Market Personality of the Year.” Station honorees are Cox Media Group Houston’s KKBQ “93-Q” (“Major Market”); Hubbard Broadcasting Cincinnati’s WUBE “B-105.1” (“Large Market”); iHeartMedia Chattanooga’s WUSY “US-101″(“Medium Market”); and Scripps Springfield, Missouri’s KTTS “94.7 Country’s Best” (“Small Market”). Winners will be recognized during the broadcast of ABC-TV‘s “50th Annual CMA Awards” from Nashville in just over three weeks (11/2).

drakeDrake Draws 13 AMA Nominations. That actually represents a record number of American Music Award nominations. The information was revealed this morning (Monday, 10/10) on ABC-TV‘s “Good Morning America.” Here is the complete list of the AMA nominees. “Artist of the Year”: Adele, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Rihanna, Twenty One Pilots, Carrie Underwood, and The Weeknd. “New Artist of the Year”: Alessia american-music-awards-1-300x161Cara, The Chainsmokers, Dnce, Shawn Mendes, and Zayn. “Collaboration of the Year”: The Chainsmokers featuring Daya “Don’t Let Me Down,” Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance,” Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $Ign “Work From Home,” Rihanna featuring Drake “Work,” and Meghan Trainor featuring John Legend “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.” “Tour of the Year”: Beyoncé, Madonna, and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. “Video of the Year”: Justin Bieber “Sorry,” Desiigner “Panda,” and Rihanna featuring Drake “Work.” “Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock”: Justin Bieber, Drake, and The Weeknd. “Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock”: Adele, Selena Gomez, and Rihanna. “Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock”: The Chainsmokers, Dnce, and Twenty One Pilots. “Favorite Album – Pop/Rock”: Adele “25,” Justin Bieber “Purpose,” and Drake “Views.” “Favorite Song- Pop/Rock”: Adele “Hello,” Justin Bieber “Love Yourself,” and Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance.” “Favorite Male Artist – Country”: Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett, and Blake Shelton. “Favorite Female Artist – Country”: Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, and Carrie Underwood. “Favorite Duo or Group – Country”: Zac Brown Band, Florida Georgia Line, and Old Dominion. “Favorite Album – Country”: Luke Bryan “Kill The Lights,” Chris Stapleton “Traveller,” and Carrie Underwood “Storyteller.” “Favorite Song – Country”: Florida Georgia Line “H.O.L.Y,” Tim McGraw “Humble And Kind,” and Thomas Rhett “Die A Happy Man.” “Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop”: Drake, and Fetty Wap. “Future Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop”: Drake “Views,” Drake & Future “What A Time To Be Alive,” and Fetty Wap “Fetty Wap.” “Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop”: Desiigner “Panda,” Drake “Hotline Bling,” and Fetty Wap “679.” “Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B”: Chris Brown, Bryson Tiller, and The Weeknd. “Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B”: Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, and Rihanna. “Favorite Album – Soul/R&B”: Beyoncé “Lemonade,” Rihanna “Anti,” and Bryson Tiller “T R A P S O U L.” “Favorite Song – Soul/R&B”: Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla “One Dance,” Rihanna featuring Drake “Work,” and Bryson Tiller “Don’t.” “Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock”: Coldplay, Twenty One Pilots, and X Ambassadors. “Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary”: Adele, Rachel Platten, and Meghan Trainor. “Favorite Artist – Latin”: J Balvin, Enrique Iglesias, and Nicky Jam. “Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational”: Lauren Daigle, Hillsong United, and Chris Tomlin. “Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music (Edm)”: The Chainsmokers, Calvin Harris, and Major Lazer. “Top Soundtrack”: Purple Rain, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Suicide Squad: The Album. The American Music Awards will be telecast by ABC-TV next month (11/20).

bush-billyNBC-TV Suspends Bush. By now, you know it was a rough weekend for former radio talent Billy Bush, who was believed to be groomed as a possible replacement for Matt Lauer on NBC-TV‘s “Today Show.” The network has suspended the ex-“Access Hollywood” host for his role in a 2005 video with Donald access-hollywoodTrump that surfaced on Friday (10/7). Bush is heard laughing and encouraging the now Republican presidential nominee as they engaged in a vulgar conversation about women. The Washington Post published the tape of Trump, who is heard on a hot microphone boasting to Bush about kissing, groping, and having sex with women, saying that, “When you’re a star, they let you do anything – I don’t even wait.” At first, it seemed Bush was going to appear on “The Today Show” this morning (10/10) to apologize, but by last night, NBC decided he would not go on the show; instead, executive Noah Oppenheim issued the suspension. There is no immediate information about how long it will last. “Let me be clear,” Oppenheim writes in a staff memo, “There is simply no excuse for Billy’s language and behavior on that tape. NBC has decided to suspend Billy, pending further review of this matter.” In a statement he released on Friday, Bush notes he is “embarrassed and ashamed” of his role in the 2005 video. “This happened 11 years ago. I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along.” His weeknight (7:00 pm – 11:00 pm) “Billy Bush Show” debuted on April 14, 2008; Westwood One ended production of it in late-December 2014. Prior to that radio project, a mix of music and celebrity banter targeted to CHR and hot AC stations, Bush did wakeup duty on WWZZ “Z-104,” Washington, DC (now Radio One‘s WPRS “Praise 104.1”). In advance of starting his senior year at Maine’s Colby College, Bush scored a summer internship at Bill O’Shaughnessy’s WVOX in Westchester, New York.

bid-for-breast-canceriHM Philly Breast Cancer Auction Starts Today.  An online “Bid for Breast Cancer” auction coordinated by iHeartMedia‘s Philadelphia properties to benefit the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) commences at noon today (10/10) and will run through next Monday (10/17). In addition, Goo Goo Dolls will perform a benefit concert at Harrah’s Philadelphia later this month (10/22). Vice president of programming for iHeartMedia Philadelphia Brian Check states, “We have pulled together all the resources of our stations to create an auction that has something for everyone to benefit a cause that’s close to our hearts. AACR is known nationally and internationally for bringing together the greatest minds in cancer research, serving as a catalyst to propel cancer research and treatment forward to help patients worldwide. As a go-to resource in cancer, the AACR’s expertise has helped guide vice president Joe Biden and the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.” AACR Foundation executive director Mitch Stoller explains that, “Cancer touches nearly everyone. It is incumbent upon us to fund innovation so that we can eradicate this insidious disease; however, cancer is not just one disease, rather it is more than 200 diseases. The AACR and its 37,000 members are at the forefront of the quest to prevent and cure all types of cancer, including breast cancer, which is the second most common cause of cancer-related death among women in the United States. Thanks to this exceptional effort by iHeartMedia Philadelphia and the support of the community in this ‘Bid for Breast Cancer,’ the AACR will be able to help support the research needed to save more lives from cancer.” Auction items include a variety of guitars autographed by Meghan Trainor, Coldplay, Green Day, and Bon Jovi; a Philadelphia Phillies’ prize pack; Philly International Records 40th Anniversary box set autographed by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff; and shoes autographed by Patti LaBelle. Other autographed items include a poster signed by Carrie Underwood and Steven Tyler and a coffee table book signed by Lady Gaga. There are “special experiences” such as New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas with Maroon 5; New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas with Bruno Mars; a day with Andy Grammer; and lunch with Shaggy. Online bids can be placed on the websites of iHeartMedia Philadelphia stations WDAS-AM “Smooth Jazz JJZ”; urban AC WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B”; CHR WIOQ “Q-102”; hot AC WISX “Mix 106.1”; alternative WRFF “Radio 104.5”; and urban contemporary WUSL “Power 99.”

morgan-treyMorgan Moves to KPLX, Dallas as Morning Co-Host. Joining KPLX “The Wolf” co-host Lisa Taylor on Cumulus Media Dallas’ 5:00 am – 10:00 am “Wake Up with the Wolf” morning show is Trey Morgan, who arrives from CBS Radio New York hot AC WNEW-FM “Fresh 102.7,” where he did afternoon drive.kplx KPLX program director Mac Daniels remarks, “Trey brings a high level of talent, experience, and results across multiple platforms to the top-rated ‘Wake Up with the Wolf’ morning show. His fresh perspective will be a great addition to one of America’s leading country music brands.” Morgan states, “I am excited to return to my hometown and join the talented team at KPLX. I have had the chance to learn from some of the best in the business and I am thrilled to bring my experience to the city [in which] I grew up. I am grateful for the opportunity to join the wildly talented Lisa Taylor in one of America’s fastest-growing cities.” University of Massachusetts, Amherst alum Morgan, who begins his new duties the last day of this month (10/31), previously worked at iHeartMedia New York City CHR WHTZ “Z-100” and co-hosted “The Weekend Throwdown with Jagger.” Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s September 2016 Dallas PPM, KPLX “The Wolf” (5.8) edges out CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KLUV (5.7) by one-tenth to rank first.

rigginsRiggins Rises to VP/P for The Ace & TJ Network. Having worked his way up from intern in the more than a decade he has been with the “Ace & TJ Show,” one-name personality “Riggins” is promoted to vice president of programming for the Ace & TJ Network. According to Radio Button Network president and chief executive officer Adam Goodman, “Riggins provides both the Ace & TJ Network and The Radio Button Network areas for growth vital in developing new audiences via social media and attention-grabbing initiatives. This position is also a long overdue public acknowledgement of the numerous contributions Riggins adds to The Ace & TJ Show.” Riggins remarks, “Getting the opportunity to work with two of the most influential radio broadcasters of the last 25 years is nothing short of an honor and a privilege. Ace and TJ gave me my first job out of college. Now, five years later, I am beyond thrilled to accept the position of vice president of programming.” In addition to producing responsibilities and social media development, Riggins has been a performer on The Ace & TJ Show as well as doing digital development for the Charlotte-based show, the network, and other programs on Radio Button.

hughes-cathyhoward-logoHughes’ Howard University Honor. In a ceremony that will take place one week from this Sunday (10/23), Howard University‘s School of Communications will be renamed the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, as a tribute to Radio One‘s founder and chairperson. The announcement comes after a multi-million dollar gift to the Washington, DC school from Hughes’ son, Radio One president and chief executive officer Alfred C. Liggins III. Howard University president Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick comments, “The Howard community is thrilled that Mr. Liggins has chosen to honor his mother in this manner for her pioneering work in the field of communications. The gift will have a transformational impact on the school’s commitment to serve the communications industry and as a high-level producer of diverse media specialists.”

caldwell-meghanCox Media Group Tampa Boosts Caldwell to Digital Sales Manager. Two-year Cox Media Group Tampa digital media strategist Megan Caldwell is promoted to digital sales manager for the company’s six-station cluster. Vice president and market manager Keith Lawless remarks, “Megan knows the digital cox-media-group-tampaspace, knows our marketing partners, and knows what it takes to compete and win in this competitive, fast moving space.” Director of sales Jason Meder comments, “We are so excited to have Megan lead our digital sales efforts in Tampa. With a background in digital content, Megan brings unique experience to this role. Her knowledge – combined with her ability to create solutions for advertisers – is an amazing resource for Cox Media Group Tampa.” Caldwell adds, “I am beyond excited to be leading our team in digital. As the digital sales manager, I will be focused on driving initiatives that help us continue to build long-term relationships with our clients.” The 2012 University of Central Florida graduate previously spent two years as Cox Media Group Tampa’s digital producer and was social media manager for New Age Skincare. With their September 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM 6+ AQH share and market rank in parentheses, CMG Tampa consists of adult contemporary WDUV “Lite Favorites” (9.3, #1); WXGL “Classic Hits 107.3 The Eagle” (6.0, #3); adult contemporary WWRM “Magic 94-9” (5.3, #6); CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5” (4.7, #7); talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone” (2.3, #18); and alternative WSUN “97-X” (2.3, #18).

nash-nextCumulus Media Announces Finalists in NASH Next Challenge. The ten finalists were selected by a judging panel that includes Big Machine Label Group founder-president-CEO Scott Borchetta; Westwood One “American Country Countdown” host Kix Brooks (of Brooks & Dunn); Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts; and Danielle Bradbery, the season four winner of “The Voice.” A “fan judge” will join these panelists to select the NASH Next Challenge 2016 winner. Cumulus Media and Westwood One senior vice president of content and programming Mike McVay states, “We are extremely excited for the ten finalists to take the stage at our finals event – it is going to be a great show. Each finalist is incredible and exactly what we envisioned when we launched this competition. It is our mission to discover the best up-and-coming country talent in America. I am proud of all the contestants and especially the finalists.” In addition to receiving airplay on Cumulus Media stations across the country, the winner will receive a recording contract with Big Machine Label Group and Jay DeMarcus will produce their original song. The ten national finalists are: Alexis Gomez (Cincinnati); Murphy’s Ford (Columbia, Missouri); Jake Dodds (Indianapolis); Todd O’Neill (Lafayette, Louisiana); Brittany Pfantz (Lake Charles, Louisiana); Trey Teem (Macon, Georgia); The Young Fables (Nashville); Spinn (New York City); Billy Shaw Jr. (Tucson); and Ashley Jordan (Worcester, Massachusetts). The three-hour (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm) finals event takes place in two weeks (Tuesday, 10/25) at Nashville’s Mercy Lounge.

thomas-danresults-radioThomas Tapped As Results Radio Chico OM. Former KKBZ, Fresno program director Dan Thomas returns to California as operations manager for Results Radio‘s four-station Chico cluster. He succeeds Robert Benjamin, who exited approximately three months ago. Results Radio senior vice president Dave Shakes comments, “Our Chico market manager, Jon Graham, and I are excited to bring Dan into the company. We think he will be a great fit and positive leader for the programming team.” Thomas – who begins his new assignment today (10/10) – remarks, “Results Radio is a unique company that works hard and still manages to have fun; I am ready to dive in head first.” Thomas’ previous experience includes being Townsquare Media Grand Junction, Colorado’s operations manager and programming in Anchorage, Alaska at KWHL. The Results Radio Chico quartet consists of adult hits KBQB “92.7 Bob”; CHR KCEZ “Power 102”; rock KRQR “106.7 Z-Rock”; and classic rock KTHU “Thunder 100.7.” In addition to his OM duties, Thomas will be the program director of KRQR. The Nielsen Audio market leader for Chico in spring 2016 is Deer Creek‘s KHSL “Hit Country – The Blaze” (8.4, 12+). KTHU and KCEZ are tied at #3 (both with 4.9, 12+), while KRQR and KBQB are locked at #7 (each with 3.9, 12+); Results Radio owns KKCY “Country 103.1” (#12, 2.0, 12+) there as well.

djbonics“DJ Bonics” Joins KWEE, Portland for PM Drive. The official “DJ” for Wiz Khalifa‘s Taylor Gang Entertainment – “DJ Bonics” (real name – Brandon Glova) – takes over 4:00 – 7:00 pm duties next Monday (10/17) on Portland rhythmic CHR KWEE “WE 96.3,” owned by 3 Horizons LLC and operated by Alpha Media through an LMA. Alphakwee Media vice president of programming Phil Becker comments, “Very few broadcast companies are willing to commit to authentic hip-hop. Nationally, the format is underserved and ‘WE’ are here to change that. ‘Bonics’ brings genuine credibility and star power to Portland’s true hip-hop station.” Program director Chris Stewart notes, “‘Bonics’ is a pro-bowler and ‘WE’ are excited to have the opportunity to draft him. I have no doubt that, with him on the roster, ‘WE’ will do big things.” According to University of Pittsburgh graduate ‘Bonics’/Glova, “I am so excited to move to Portland to work with Alpha Media – especially with Phil Becker. With his vision and my experience in radio, ‘WE’ will create something special, not just for Portland, but for the world.” Glova’s previous on-air work includes stops at WRDW “Wired 96.5,” Philadelphia and WKST “Kiss 96.1,” Pittsburgh. Licensed to West Linn (Oregon), “WE 96.3” does not appear in Nielsen Audio‘s September 2016 survey period that is led by iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103” (8.6, 6+); “K-103” rhythmic CHR sibling KXJM “Jam’N’ 107.5” is #17 (2.6, 6+).

x-107-5-holiday-havoc-2016RadioInfo Tidbits. Two-year WFLZ, Tampa program director John Mayer exits the iHeartMedia CHR. Mayer previously spent three years at WRVW, Nashville and seven years in New Haven, Connecticut at WKCI “KC-101” ….. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold for CBS Radio Las Vegas alternative KXTE’s “Holiday Havoc” will be donated to the Nevada SPCA. Night one (12/8) of the two-part “X-107.5” concert will feature Blink 182Jimmy Eat WorldPierce the VeilWeathers, and The Hunna. Appearing the following night (12/9) are Weezer, Grouplove, Saint MotelThe Moth & The Flame, and 888 ….. Over the course of a two-day radio-thon last month (9/29 & 9/30), Alpha Media Columbus, Nebraska raised over $15,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. Alpha Media market manager Lisa Cherry comments, “Behind every dark cloud is a ray of sunshine. The volunteers at Alpha Media Columbus did their best to spread hope and some sunshine to those needing it at the Children’s Hospital in Omaha.”

Friday, October 7, 2016

| October 7, 2016

Brooke Taylor New Afternoon Personality at ‘BIG 95.5’ Chicago.  Air personality Brooke Taylor takes over the afternoon drive show at iHeartMedia’s country WEBG, Chicago “BIG 95.5,” effective October 17.  Taylor – taylorbrookewho’d worked for Radio Disney and the Disney Channel before returning to Indiana – most recently was midday jock and APD at Adams Radio Group’s country WBTU, Fort Wayne.  WEBG program director Steve Stewart states, “Brooke Taylor will bring great energy to the team and will make an authentic connection to the audience.  We’re so excited to see the impact she will have on the Chicagoland community.”

Dayton Kane Exits Country WKTI, Milwaukee.  Program manager and midday personality Dayton Kanekanedayton leaves his position at E.W. Scripps-owned country WKTI, Milwaukee “94-5 KTI COUNTRY.”  The station reports that a search for his successor is underway and that station director of marketing & innovation J. Pat Miller will serve as interim program director.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the iHeartMedia Chicago station group, Terrence “T-Storm” Battle exits his creative services director position after two years on the job…..John W. grizmitchtoryPirkle-owned alternative rocker WNFZ, Knoxville “94Z” announces its new personality lineup.  In morning are “Griz, Mitch & Tory” – Scott “Griz” McCurry, Mitch Wheeler, and Tory FlennikenBrian “Shoe” Shoesmith is the new midday personality, Stryker is in for afternoon drive and Oz is the night jock…..Operations manager Brian Rickman exits his post with Townsquare Media’s Tyler-Longview, Texas cluster that includes country KNUE, hot AC KTYL, classic rock KKTX, and urban AC KISX.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Urban Rhythmic Oldies.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian wraps his analysis of the performances of urban music oriented stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s September PPM survey with a review of urban rhythmic oldies outlets.  Previously, we presented analyses of urban contemporary and urban AC.  This relatively new format – often branded “Classic Hip Hop,” “Old School,” “Classic Soul,” and “Classic R&B” – has a history of getting a lot of attention and ratings out of the box and then settling back once the novelty is over.  That could explain the reason more stations saw year-over-year ratings declines than increases.  Memphis appears to be the market that has embraced this format with three stations competing for listeners and Cumulus Media’s WRBO “Soul Classics and Today’s R&B” ranking #2 in the market (6+).  See Kinosian’s complete report here.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Yesterday (10/6), nationally syndicated radio host Tom Joyner was among 10joyneraward16 distinguished members of the media industry saluted at the 14th Annual Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts Luncheon at New York’s Gotham Hall.  The celebration, presented by the International Radio and Television Society Foundation, benefits the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation – a charity dedicated to preserving the past, reflecting the present, and informing the future.  Joyner (left) is pictured here with IRTS Foundation CEO Joyce Tudryn (right).…..The lineups for Cumulus Media alternative WKQX, Chicago’s “The Nights We Stole Christmas” concerts have been announced.  The shows, taking place December 1-3 at The Aragon will feature: Weezer, Phantogram, and dresdaleclarkson16Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness on Dec.1; Cage the Elephant, Catfish and the Bottlemen, and Weathers on Dec. 2; and Fitz and the Tantrums, Grouplove, and Switchfoot on Dec. 3…..CBS RADIO country outlet KMLE, Phoenix – in conjunction with Country Thunder and Talking Stick Resort – announces the “Fourth Annual KMLE Country Thunder Launchfest,” a concert celebrating the announcement of the Country Thunder 2017 lineup.  The Launchfest takes place on October 21 and features a performance by The Band Perry…..ABC Radio’s Andrea Dresdale (right) talks with country star Kelly Clarkson (left) about her new children’s book, River Rose & the Magical Lullaby.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

| October 6, 2016

J.D. Crowley Named EVP Digital for CBS RADIO.  Moving over from the CBS Television division where he was SVP and GM of digital media is J.D. Crowley, who takes on the EVP of digital role for CBS RADIO.  The digital efforts he’ll be in charge of include: market-focused local websites operated jointly with CBS TV stations, local music and entertainment station websites, the streaming service Radio.com, podcast network Play.it, event crowleyjddiscovery business Eventful, mobile apps, and social media outreach.  Crowley is expected to develop and lead the future strategy of these properties while collaborating on their present operations with CBS Local Digital Media, a division of CBS Corporation which currently manages the assets.  In connection with its separation from CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO plans to continue to collaborate with CBS Local Digital Media via a joint digital services agreement.  Crowley says, “Local stations are the bedrock of any radio company and through our digital portfolio we are able to enrich listeners’ daily experience by reaching them wherever and whenever.  With a focus on world-class products and industry-leading storytelling and experiences, I’m confident our digital efforts will help pave our road to success while retaining the personal connection with our audience that radio has always delivered.  I am honored and excited to join CBS RADIO and look forward to working with the team to reimagine our future.”

Marty Bender to Program WOFX, Cincinnati.  Classic rock programming pro Marty Bender will serve as program director and host the 10:00 am to 1:00 pm show on Cumulus Media’s WOFX, Cincinnati “92.5 The Fox,” effective Monday (10/10).  Although he was most recently programming Hubbard Radio’s adultbendermarty contemporary WSHE, Chicago, Bender has served in the past as VP of programming for Premiere Networks, executive producer for the “Bob & Tom” show, OM for iHeartMedia’s WFBQ/WRZX/WNDE in Indianapolis, and PD/morning host at iHeartMedia’s rock WFTK, Cincinnati “96 ROCK.”  Cumulus Media Cincinnati operations manager Keith Mitchell states, “I can’t explain how excited we are to bring in a programmer of Marty’s caliber to lead ‘The Fox.’  With years dedicated to the format and working with the ‘Bob and Tom’ show at WFBQ, it’s exciting to see what’s in store for ‘The Fox’ and classic rock listeners in Cincinnati.  With the recent addition of Laura Steele and now, with Marty in the PD chair, ‘The Fox’ is poised for bigger and better things.”

Cumulus Brings Selena Robinson Aboard for WLEV, Allentown.  Former “Froggy 101” Scranton morning personality Selena Robinson signs on with Cumulus Media to co-host the “Selena and Scott” robinsonselenamorning show on adult contemporary WLEV, Allentown with Scott Evans.  To make room for Robinson, former morning show co-host Josh Gears moves to afternoon drive and Kelly K hosts middays.  Robinson comments, “I’m so excited to be a part of the warm and welcoming Lehigh Valley community and to get real with my new morning work hubby Scott Evans.”

WALK, Patchogue Adds Jamie Morris to AM Show.  Air personality Jamie Morris is returning to Connoisseur Media’s hot AC WALK, Patchogue on Long Island to serve as morning drive co-hostmorrisjamie with Mark Daniels, effective October 20.  Morris takes over for Cindy who is exiting the station after 16 years for personal reasons.  Morris has been serving with iHeartMedia’s New York City station group as morning drive traffic personality and weekend jock on CHR WKTU and AC WLTW.  WALK program director Tommy Conway states, “I am thrilled to have Jamie join us for mornings on WALK.  She is talented, energetic and a perfect fit for our audience.  She will make an impact right away.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Morning personality Greg Hewitt inks a multi-year contract extension withhewittgreg CBS RADIO’s adult contemporary KEZK, St. Louis.  Program director Marty Linck states, “Greg has been a St. Louis radio staple for decades, so it’s exciting to know we’ll have him on board for many years to come.  He’s a life-long St. Louisan who really understands what makes this city tick!”…..Victor Giacomelli has been named director of sales for Emmis New York’s hip hop WQHT “HOT 97,” urban AC WBLS and Gospel WLIB.  During his career, Giacomelli has served as general sales manager for Bell Media and vice president of sales for Corus Radio.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Urban AC.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three format analyses of the performances of urban-based stations based on Nielsen Audio’s September 2016 PPM survey.  Yesterday, we published the report on urban contemporary, today the focus is on urban adult contemporary.  In looking at how urban AC stations performed in the recent survey compared to the same period a year ago, Kinosian notes, “Eight stations on our panel better their September 2015 6+ numbers by at least one full share, compared to six that decline by at least one full share year-to-year.  On the strength of a +1.9 (4.6 – 6.5, 6+, September 2015 – September 2016), Radio One Indianapolis’ WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader” jumps from ninth to fourth.  A year-to-year +1.5 to 8.5 (6+) meanwhile powers Baltimore sibling WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9” from fourth to first.”  Entercom’s WVKL, Norfolk; iHeartMedia’s KJMS, Memphis; and WVAZ, Chicago were the three other urban AC stations to rank #1 in their respective markets in September.  See Kinosian’s entire report here.

emmis-logoEmmis Fiscal Q2 Radio Net Revenue Down 3.3%.  The fiscal second quarter numbers from Emmis Communications come as tomorrow’s deadline for Emmis chairman Jeff Smulyan’s $4.10 per share offer to take the company private approaches.  Regarding the company’s second quarter performance, Smulyan says, “Across the board, this was a difficult quarter.  Third quarter radio revenues are currently pacing flat to the prior year.  We are hopeful that we will see political advertising tailwinds strengthen as we move through October.  We are increasing marketing spend at some of our largest brands to boost ratings and to give us a competitive advantage.”

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

| October 5, 2016

Dave Adams Appointed SVP of Programming for iHeartMedia Tucson. Programmer Dave Adams takes on a new role with iHeartMedia, moving west to become SVP of programming for the company’s Tucson clusteradamsdave that includes CHR KRQQ, hot AC KMIY “My 92.9,” hip hop KOHT “Hot 98.3,” country KYWD “97.1 The Bull,” news/talk KNST, talk KTZR, and Tejano KXEW.  Adams most recently was serving as brand manager for classic hits KLOU, St. Louis.  iHeartMedia EVP of programming Steve Geofferies states, “What a great hire for the Arizona region and the Tucson market.  Experience, steady hand, and a history of success. I’m looking forward to getting Dave to Tucson.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  A new personality joins the morning show at Cherry Creek Media’s CHRconnornikki KWWW, Wenatchee, Washington “KW3.”  The company brings Nikki (left) aboard to partner with current morning host Connor (right) for “The KW3 Breakfast Burrito” (pictured here).  In a press release, Connor says, “Nikki is the perfect complement to our morning audience, and with no local television in the market, we are the way for young adults to start their day in The Wenatchee Valley.”…..American General Media’s rhythmic CHR KAGM, Albuquerque tweaks its format, leaving behind the “WiLD 106.7” brand and taking on “106.7 The River” in a new format described as hybrid triple A.  Matt Hernandez, a.k.a. DJ Ecto 1, is the new program director, taking over for Picazzo Stevens…..Sales pro Michael Weiss joins SiriusXM as senior advisor to advertising sales from his most recent position as president of sales for CBS RADIO.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Urban Contemporary.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three format analyses of performances of urban-based stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s September PPM survey.  Today’s look at urban contemporary outlets includes charts showing ratings (6+) fluctuations from last month to this and from September of 2015 to September 2016.  Eleven urban contemporary stations ranked in the top five in their respective markets in September with four – WVEE, Atlanta; WBTP, Tampa; WERQ, Baltimore; and WOWI, Norfolk – ranking #2.  See Kinosian’s entire report here.

kfwbdesiLotus to Buy KFWB-AM, Los Angeles for $11.2 Million.  The former Los Angeles heritage news signal (more recently sports talk before the March 1, 2016 sale) KFWB has been airing a Bollywood music format since Universal Media Access acquired it officially just seven months ago for $8 million.  Now, Lotus Communications is agreeing to buy the signal for $11.2 million.  It’s unknown what Lotus’ format plans are for the station.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Alternative icons Green Day appeared earlier today on SiriusXM’s Howard Stern show performing songs from their 30-year career and new music from their upcoming album Revolution Radio.  The band will also record a special edition of SiriusXM’s “Town Hall” series — answering questions from a select group of SiriusXM listeners at the SiriusXM studios in New York City.  The “Town Hall” special will air Friday (10/7)…..Alpha Media Savannah-Hilton personality Karen “Red” Daiss, from country WUBB “Bob 106.9,” lit up the dance floor at the “9th Annual Dancing with the Savannah Stars” event to support CASA.  $115,000 was raised at this year’s event and will go towards helping abused and neglected children.  Red, with the help of her dancing partner Joseph Marion, took home the award for “Best Female Dancer.”…..Morning shows from five of CBS RADIO’s Chicago station group will be broadcasting live from Wrigley Field prior to that evening’s game one of the Chicago Cubs National League Division Series versus either the Giants or the Mets.  Broadcasting will be WSCR’s Mully and Hanley show, WJMK’s Dave Fogel, WBBM-FM’s “The J Show,” WUSN’s Stylz and Roman, and WXRT’s Lin and Mary…..Superadio Networks is now handling affiliate and national advertising sales for the “Streetz! Slow Lane with DJ Young Music” show produced by DJ Young Music Group.  The program is targeted to the audience of urban and rhythmic radio stations that don’t program a traditional Quiet Storm show…..iHeartMedia’s alternative KDGE, Dallas “102.1 The Edge” announces the lineup for the station’s 17th annual “How The Edge Stole Xmas” concert event taking place on December 6 at Verizon Theater in Grand Prairie, Texas.  Performing will be: headliner Weezer along with Awolnation, Dirty Heads, Kongos, Capital Cities and Judah and the Lion.

First Media Sells Five More.  This is the second sale by First Media announced within the last week.  Recently, Pennsylvania-based Forever Media bought two Maryland FM signals from the company for $6.5 million.  Forever will take ownership of adult contemporary WCEI and country WINX in the Easton, Maryland market.  Now, Seven Mountains has a deal to acquire five Pennsylvania stations from First Media for $4.5 million.  The stations are: country WOWQ, Du Bois; hot AC WQYK, Clearfield; classic rock WZDB Sykesville; rock WZDD, Strattanville; and oldies WCPA, Clearfield.

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Trace Adkins at The Cutting Room.  Country star Trace Adkins (right) is pictured here on stage at New York City’s The Cutting Room last Friday (9/30) during a private, sold-out performance.  The evening was hosted by WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” personality Jesse Addy (left) who is seen here on stage with Trace during the “Q&A session.”

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

| October 4, 2016

Hubbard to Reunite ‘Sherman & Tingle’ on WDRV, Chicago.  More changes are coming to the lineup at Hubbard Radio’s classic rock WDRV, Chicago “The Drive.”  Program director Rob Cressman is replacing the current morning show – Pete McMurray, Scott Miller and Kathy Voltmer – with Brian Sherman andwdrv shermanandtingleSteve Tingle, effective October 31.  The Sherman & Tingle show aired on crosstown alternative WKQX from 2007 through 2011.  Tingle has since served with Beasley’s WRDW, Philadelphia and Entercom’s WSTR, Atlanta.  Sherman took a break from the business before returning to join WFXF, Crystal Lake, Illinois.  Cressman comments, “This is a very exciting new chapter for ‘The Drive.’  We are eager to welcome Brian and Steve back to Chicago and look forward to offering our region’s commuters a fresh take on classic rock, captivating entertainment and local information each morning.”

CBS RADIO and Programmer Kevin Weatherly Ink Contract Renewal.  Programming pro Kevin Weatherly and CBS RADIO announce they’ve agreed to a contract renewal to continue working together for years to come.  Weatherly serves as SVP of programming for the company and program director for alternativeweatherlykevin KROQ, CHR KAMP, and adult hits KCBS-FM in Los Angeles.  CBS says that Weatherly will “continue to be closely involved with the company’s diverse content initiatives.  Weatherly also advises the Company’s rock, alternative and adult hits stations across the country as format captain, and contributes to the brand strategy of the company both on-air and digitally.”  CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero adds, “Kevin’s influence and impact on the content development of our company, and particularly our LA music stations, over the last 25 years is unmatched.  We couldn’t be happier that he’ll continue on his journey with CBS RADIO as a key contributor to the ongoing evolution and growth of our programming platforms.”

iHeartMedia Creates New Southwest Division; Kevin LeGrett Named President.  This realignment will create a new division within iHeartMedia – a Southwest Division that will include many regions formerly in iheartmedia-logo-smallits Central Division.  Other former Central Division Regions will be moved into the West and Midwest/Southeast Divisions to better align them with the right resources and operating structure, according to the company.  Kevin LeGrett, formerly iHeartMedia’s Los Angeles region president, becomes president of the new Southwest Division which now includes the Los Angeles, San Diego/Riverside, Arizona, Red River, Houston, Dallas and Austin/San Antonio regions.  Helegrettkevin will continue to report to Greg Ashlock, president of iHeartMedia West, and will also become a member of the company’s senior executive Operating Committee.  In addition to overseeing the new Southwest Division, Ashlock will add the Denver, Western Great Lakes and Omaha regions to his existing West Division.  The St. Louis, Nashville and Mid-South regions will move to the Midwest/Southeast Division under president Tom McConnell.  The Pittsburgh region, formerly part of the Midwest/Southeast Division, will now move to the Northeast Division under president Hartley Adkins.  Both LeGrett and Ashlock will continue to operate from iHeartMedia West’s headquarters in Los Angeles.

Zakk Babb in for Nights at ‘STAR 94.1’ in Atlanta.  A new evening personality is named at Entercom’s hot AC WSTR, Atlanta “STAR 94.1” as Zakk Babb takes over the 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight shift.  Babb wasbabbzakk previously with Cumulus in Indianapolis hosting afternoons at classic hip hop and R&B WRWM “93.9 The Beat.”  WSTR program director Tony Lorino says, “We’re excited to welcome someone with Zakk’s engaging personality to ‘STAR,’ and thrilled to have him bring a new level of energy to our night show.”  Babb comments, “After talking with Tony about his vision for the station, I quickly realized his passion for success and that’s what I’m most excited about being a part of.  I can’t wait to work alongside the Jeff & Jenn show, Heather Branch, Mike Marino, and the rest of the team at the station that is continually making its mark in Atlanta.”

kajmAlex Santa Maria Returns to Rhythmic Oldies ‘Mega 104.3’ in Camp Verde, Arizona.  This will be the third time Alex Santa Maria has served with Sierra H Broadcasting’s KAJM, Camp Verde, Arizona “Mega 104.3.”  He previously hosted the afternoon drive position as well as mornings.  On rejoining the station, he comments, “Even though I really enjoyed sleeping past four in the morning every day, I didn’t realize how much I would miss the daily interaction with the listeners.  After everything I’ve been through, I am so excited to come back and reconnect with everyone that supported my career through the years.”

Colleen Addair Exits WIVK, Knoxville.  After a 28-year career with Cumulus Media’s country WIVK,addaircolleen Knoxville, Colleen Addair is leaving the station effective this Friday (10/7).  Announcing her resignation via Facebook, Addair says, “Last week, I made the decision to hand in my resignation, and I gotta tell you, the reaction was not what I expected.  Management was kind and generous and asked me to take a week to make sure it’s what I wanted.  Which makes it even harder to walk away and hang up my headphones.”

ollingerstephanieWYTE, Wausau-Steven Point Personality Stephanie Ollinger Dies at 31.  Co-workers at NRG Media’s Wausau-Stevens Point station group are shocked by the sudden death of 31-year-old air staffer Stephanie Ollinger – who went by Stevi on the radio.  Ollinger hosted the midday shift on country WYTE and voice-tracked the evening show on sister station adult hits WBCV.  The Wausau Daily Herald reports that Ollinger was celebrating her second wedding anniversary with her husband in the Wisconsin Northwoods when she died suddenly.  Authorities are awaiting an autopsy to determine the cause of death.  A celebration of her life will be held in Stevens Point Saturday, October 15.

harrisonupclosefaroutsmallThe Amazing Kreskin Is This Week’s Guest on Harrison Podcast.  One of the world’s most prolific performers and established pop cultural icons, The Amazing Kreskin, is interviewed on this week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne series “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  Harrison and Kreskin dive into an in-depth conversation about how the power of persuasion can shape the public’s perception.  According to Kreskin,kreskin there is no such thing as hypnosis, per se – but, rather, people can be made to believe things and take action by a charismatic personality who knows how to engage in psychological manipulation.  He points out that the larger the number of people in an audience, crowd, mob or population, the easier it is for them to relinquish individual responsibility for their actions and follow the pack.  This is a compelling conversation of significance to anyone involved in talk media – especially during election season.  To hear this conversation in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

Monday, October 3, 2016

| October 3, 2016

Tracy Herbster Named iHeartMedia Portland’s Digital Program Director.  On Friday, we reported that iHeartMedia promoted Tim Herbster to SVP of programming for the Pacific Northwest.  At the same time as that promotion, Tim’s wife Tracy Herbster was named digital program director for the company’s Portlandherbstertracy station group where she’ll oversee digital strategy for the nine radio brands, including “Z100” Portland, “JAM’N 107.5,” “K103,” “106.7 The Eagle,” “105.9 The Brew,” “1190 KEX News Radio,” “Rip City Radio 620,” “Radio 102.3” and “Tailgate Country 103.7.”  The company says Herbster and her team will work closely with the programming and sales departments to “deliver key messages on digital platforms, including station websites, mobile and social media.”  She’ll also work with the National Content Development and Distribution team to “help iHeartMedia’s local digital programmers identify best practices, promote key social strategies and share the most effective audience development tactics across iHeartMedia’s over 150 local markets.”  Tracy Herbster was most recently director of social strategy and content for iHeartRadio and “Most Requested Live with Romeo.”  She will be based out of Portland.

New Talent at Houston CHR ‘HOT 95.7 FM.’ Effective today, Michele McKnight takes over middays and JayDee, a.k.a. “DJ Dizzle” joins CBS RADIO’s CHR “HOT 95.7 FM” as the new evening host.  Both personalities have been with KKHH handling part-time assignments.  Program director Charese Fruge kkhhcomments, “It’s always an honor to be able to hire people from within.  I have witnessed both JayDee and Michelle step up in the community, hone their talents and become big team players in a very short period of time.  I am proud of both of them, and happy to see them grow.”  McKnight worked several gigs in radio in Houston, including promotions positions for KRBE-FM, KFNC-FM and KHJK-FM and on-air on KMJQ-FM and KBXX-FM.  JayDee started his career in music as a DJ in Corpus Christi, and eventually traveled the world as a backup dancer for The Kumbia Kings.

wnow-indyBig Joe & Alex Take Over Mornings on WNOW, Indy.  Next Monday, “The Big Joe & Alex Show” takes over morning drive on Radio One’s CHR WNOW, Indianapolis “Radio Now 100.9.”  Joe Piesz, a.k.a. Big Joe, was most recently with Midwest Communications’ CHR WSTO, Evansville, Indiana and Alex Clark comes to Indy from Alpha Media’s CHR WDJX, Louisville.  Serving as producer for the new program will be Producer Myk, most recently serving with Alpha Media’s KBFF, Portland.  Program director Brandon “Buster” Satterfield comments, “The personality and energy this cast brings to the table will be unmatched in morning drive, Big Joe and Alex have an infectious, relatable style that won’t go unnoticed.  We have high expectations for this show because it’s evident what they’re capable of.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At pure play Pandora Media, Heidi Browning leaves her SVP/strategic solutions role to sign with the National Hockey League to become EVP and chief marketing officer…..As per Indiana Radio Watch, Neuhoff Media names Matt Moore general sales manager for sports WASK, Lafayette); classic hits WASK, Battle Ground; and country WKOA, Lafayette.  He was most recently serving with Entercom Indianapolis.

wubgWUBG, Indy Flips to Rhythmic CHR.  At 12:00 noon today (10/3), iHeartMedia flipped former country WUBG, Indianapolis “BIG 98.3” to hip hop as “REAL 98.3 The Nap’s #1 Hip Hop ‘N R&B.”  All weekend, the station stunted airing a loop stating, “change is coming to Indianapolis.”  Now the station kicks off with 10,000 commercial free jams.

Friday, September 30, 2016

| September 30, 2016

ppmunitRound Four of September PPM Data Released. The fourth of four rounds of Nielsen Audio’s September 2016 PPM ratings information has been released for 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen’s September 2016 survey period covered August 11- September 7.  You can 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.

TWELVE TAKEAWAYS

1) Austin – Without an increase the last four sweeps for a -.8 (5.1 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ kkmjgains it all back (5.1, +.8, 6+) as “Majic 95.5” zooms from #9 to a three-way tie at #5. Also improving by eight-tenths (2.9 – 3.7, #13 to #11, 6+) is Univision Radio regional Mexican KLQB “Que Buena 104.3,” which has its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2015 (3.9). Although unchanged at #20, cluster-mate KLJA “107.7 Mas Variedad” notches a +.2 to 1.4 (6+), thus curtailing four successive declinesklqb producing a -1.9, or roughly 60% of its 6+ share (3.1 – 2.3 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.2, 6+). Following three successive negative trends that yielded a -.8 (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WPEZ “102.3 The Beat” dials up a +.7 to 4.4 (6+) and enters the top ten (#11 to #10). By gaining four-tenths in June, Emmis adult hits KBPA halted three successive downward trends that produced a combined -1.3 (9.4 – 9.1 – 8.6 – 8.1, 6+). “Bob” regressed by -.5 in July; rebounded with a +1.1 in August; but declines -.8 in September (8.1 – 8.5 – 8.0 – 9.1 – 8.3, 6+). Nonetheless, “Bob” is on top for the ninth consecutive time. Also off by eight-tenths is co-owned KLBJ-FM “93.7 The Rock of Austin” (5.5 – 4.7, 6+), which tumbles from fourth to eighth. Up by a combined two full-shares in July and August (6.7 – 8.7, 6+), University of Texas at Austin-owned KUT flounders by 45% of that increase to 7.8 (-.9, 6+) but remains in the runner-up slot for the fifth time in a row. Prior to August, the last time KUT crossed the eight-share barrier (6+) was February 2011 when it reached 8.5.

2) Milwaukee – Off in back-to-back monthlies by six-tenths (6.0 – 5.6 – 5.4, 6+), iHeartMedia urban contemporary WKKV more wkkvthan erases that deficit with a +.9 to 6.3 (6+) as “V-100.7 Jams” elevates from #7 to a tie at #3. Bouncing back from a one-half share decline in August, CHR sibling WRNW “97-3 Now” flashes a +.8 (3.6 – 3.1 – 3.9, 6+), climbing from #14 to #12. Remaining in that iHM cluster, WMIL (steady at #5) posts a +.2 to 5.9 (6+), halting three consecutive times it was without anwrnw increase for a cumulative -.9 (6.6 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 5.7, 6+); 5.7 was the lowest 6+-share for “FM 106.1 Milwaukee’s Best Country” since the “Holiday” 2015 report (5.4). Unchanged at #11, Saga Communications’ urban AC WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3 Today’s R&B and Old School” tacks on seven tenths to the one-half share it gained in August (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+). The last six fluctuations for “Jammin’ are +.7 (April); +.5 (May); -.6 (June); -.8 (July); +.5 (August); and +.7 (September) for a net of +1.0. Positive or flat for the fourth straight time (1.8 – 1.8 – 2.1 – 2.5 – 3.0, 6+), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s WUWM (#15 to #14) is +1.2 since May. Speaking of “May,” this is the first time WUWM has crossed the three-share level (6+) since May 2014 when it hit 3.2. Even though it takes a spike of -.6 to 8.7 (6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WRIT “95.7 Big FM – Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” occupies the market’s top spot for the 18th straight sweep. Similar to Saga’s “Jammin,” “Big FM” is no stranger to wild month-to-month shifts. They include +1.7 (October); -.7 (November); +5.6 (“Holiday” 2015); -5.7 (January); +1.3 (February); +1.1 (April); -.6 (May); -1.1 (August) and now -.6 (September). Co-owned talker WISN surrenders one full-share of the robust +1.2 it garnered in August (4.9 – 6.1 – 5.1, 6+) as it slides from fourth to seventh. With a +.3 in July, WISN curtailed four straight declines that accounted for a combined -2.1 (6.7 – 6.0 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 4.6, 6+). Fellow talk outlet, Scripps-owned WTMJ, relinquishes the entire one-half share it gained in August (plus one-tenth, -.6 to 6.3, 6+) as it segues from second to third. With its +.5 in August, the flagship of the Milwaukee Brewers stopped three straight (modest) dips (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.6 – 6.4, 6+). Also down by six-tenths are co-owned WKTI “94.5 KTI Country” (2.8, #13 to #15, 6+) and Saga Communications’ WJYI “Today’s Christian Joy” (.9 – .3, #21, 6+). “94.5 KTI Country” had been positive or flat the past four sweeps (2.6 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 3.4, 6+).

3) Indianapolis – One-half share separates the market’s top three rankers. With a +.2 in August, Emmis adult contemporary wyxbWYXB ended three straight declines (7.1 – 6.6 – 6.5 – 6.4, 6+). Tacking on an additional seven-tenths (6.6 – 7.3, 6+), “Soft Rock B-105.7” inches up from fourth to third. It is the strongest 6+-share for “B-105.7” since February (7.6). In the country arena, Cumulus Media’s WFMS “95.5 The Country Station” registers its third successive positive trend (5.3 –wfms 5.6 – 5.7 – 6.0, 6+), reaching the six-share level (6+) for the first time since January 2015 (6.3), while Emmis’ WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank FM” is without an increase for the fourth time in a row (6.3 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 4.7, 6+). “The Country Station” and “Hank” remain at fifth and eighth, respectively. Up or flat for a combined +1.5 in four straight sweeps (6.4 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.9 – 7.9, 6+), WZPL lost three-tenths in August, slipping from first (where it was in June and July) to second. Not only does the Entercom CHR pick up two-tenths (7.6 – 7.8, 6+), it regains the top spot from Radio One urban AC WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader,” which erodes by -1.2 to 6.5 (6+) and drifts to fourth. In August, “Indy’s R&B Leader” notched a +.6 to 7.7, its best 6+-share since November 2015’s 8.2. Off by seven-tenths to 2.5 – its lowest 6+-stat since December 2014’s 1.7 – Cumulus Media urban-rhythmic oldies WRWM “93.9 The Beat” falls from #13 to #14. As a result of an August gain of one-tenth, “The Beat” brought to an end four successive down or flat sweeps (3.5 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 3.1, 6+).

4) Providence – Enjoying gains of six-tenths each are Cumulus Media mainstream CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” (8.5 – wpro-fm9.1, 6+) and Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country 98.1” (7.0 – 7.6, 6+). The stations are unchanged at #2 and #4, respectively. This is the best 6+-stat for “Today’s Hit Music” since February (also 9.1). After three successive gains that yielded a cumulativewctk +1.2 (7.0 – 7.2 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+), “Cat Country 98.1” returned all of it in August with a -1.2; July’s 8.2 was the best 6+-performance for “Cat Country” since last September’s 8.9. Following three successive declines (9.2 – 8.9 – 8.7 – 8.4, 6+), iHeartMedia-owned WHJY “Providence’s Home of Rock and Roll” adds one-tenth to 8.5 (6+) and carries on at #3. Climbing from ninth to eighth, Entercom sports outlet WVEI (2.7, +.3, 6+) halts three straight declines that yielded a -1.1 (3.5 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+). Over the course of six straight up or flat trends (.3 – .4 – .5 – .5 – .6 – .8 – .8, 6+) public WELH (steady at #11) nearly triples its 6+-stat. In addition to notching its third straight (modest) increase for a combined gain of one-half share (9.4 – 9.6 – 9.7 – 9.9, 6+), Cumulus Media adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105” is #1 for the eleventh successive ratings period. A +.2 in July put an end to three consecutive downward trends totaling -2.7 (12.1 – 10.6 – 10.3 – 9.4, 6+); 9.4 in June was the lowest 6+-share for “Lite Rock” since November’s 8.7. A decline of one-half share takes talk cluster-mate WPRO-AM (steady at #7) to 4.1, its weakest 6+-showing since “Holiday” 2013 (4.0), while co-owned similarly formatted WPRV (#13 to #12) is up for the fourth straight time (.2 – .3 – .4 – .5 – .7, 6+), more than tripling its 6+-share. At 2.6 (6+) for the fourth successive report, rhythmic CHR sibling WWKX “Hot 106.3” moves from eighth to ninth.

5) Raleigh – The seesaw continues for iHeartMedia CHR WDCG, which is +.6 in July; -.6 in August; and now a whopping wdcg+1.3 in September (7.0 – 7.6 – 7.0 – 8.3, 6+), as “G-105” marches from fourth to second. It has been more than four years (8.4, July 2012) since “G-105” reached the eight-share level (6+). In back-to-back sweeps (April – May – May – June), “G-105” was off by a combined seven-tenths (7.7 – 7.2 – 7.0, 6+).wral Three-tenths ahead of it at #1 is Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5,” which dials up a +.9 to advance from #2 (7.7 – 8.6, 6+). Recent hefty monthly (6+) swings for “Mix” include +.5 October – November; +.6 November – December; +5.7 December – Holiday; -7.2 “Holiday” – January; +.6 January – February; +.6 February – March; -.6 March – April; +.5 April – May; +.5 June – July; and +.9 August – September. Departing the penthouse after four sweeps is Radio One urban AC WFXC “Foxy” (8.1 – 7.5, -.6, first to fourth, 6+). A +1.5 in May propelled “Foxy” from fourth to first and it remained there in June. “Foxy” was then deadlocked for the top spot in July with “Mix.” Showing a positive trend for the third time in a row netting a +1.2 (3.6 – 3.7 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+), Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB “Radio 96.1” jumps from tenth to seventh with its finest 6+-showing since November 2015 (5.2). Owing to a +.5 to 3.1 (6+), Capitol Broadcasting sports outlet WCMC “The Fan” (#15 to #14) halts five straight downward trends accounting for -2.3 or roughly -47% of its 6+-share (4.9 – 4.4 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+). Surrendering all but one-tenth of the combined +1.3 it recorded in July and August (5.0 – 5.5 – 6.3, 6+), iHeartMedia FM talker WTKK (5.1, -1.2, 6+) drops from fifth to sixth. As a result of adding four-tenths in June, WTKK curtailed three straight downward trends which yielded a cumulative -1.2 (5.8 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). After increasing by six-tenths in August, Curtis Media Group’s WPTK “Just Right Radio” coughs up seven-tenths (1.1 – 1.7 – 1.0, 6+) to slide from #18 to #19. This represents the third consecutive decline (-1.6 total) for Radio One urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5” (6.3 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 4.7, 6+), which slips from seventh to ninth. Entering the July sweep, “K-97.5” was without a decrease in five straight ratings periods for a cumulative +1.5 (4.8 – 5.5 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+). Also regressing by one-half share and departing the top ten (#10 to #12) is Curtis Media Group CHR WPLW “Pulse FM” (4.1 – 3.6, 6+), which had been in the four-share range (6+) the past 11 monthlies.

6) Norfolk – In 2.5 – 2.9 territory (6+) March through August, Entercom hot AC WPTE improves by six-tenths to 3.1, the best wpte6+-share for “94.9 The Point – The Sound of Now” since February (3.3). Also up six-tenths is Saga Communications’ WNOR “FM 99” (5.1 – 5.7, 6+), which rises from fourth to third. Off by two-tenths (6+) in both June and July, WVKL “Smoothwnor-fm R&B From Yesterday & Today” rebounded in August with a +.7 and now adds two-tenths (11.8 – 12.5 – 12.7, 6+). The Entercom urban AC is #1 for the 52nd consecutive ratings period and has its strongest 6+-share since December 2015’s 13.0. 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. This marks the ninth straight time that iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI trails WVKL in the runner-up slot; however, after August’s +.6, “Jamz 103” now drops seven-tenths (6.7 – 7.3 6.6, 6+). In June, WOWI was -1.3 to 6.3, the first time it had been below a seven-share (6+) since April 2014 (6.8). Rhythmic hot AC sibling WMOV “MOViN 107.7” falters by one-half share (2.7 – 2.2, 6+) to slide from seventh to eighth. For the third straight sweep, Max Broadcast Group Norfolk stations are no longer Nielsen Audio subscribers. With data cited from the June 2016 ratings period, they 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).

7) Nashville – The two loftiest (6+) August 2016 – September 2016 increases from the 12 PPM-markets in this overview can be wgfxfound in Nashville (and a +1.3 by Raleigh’s WDCG, see above). Not only does Cumulus Media-owned WGFX trot out a whopping +1.4 (4.0 – 5.4, 6+), “104.5 The Zone” rockets into the top ten (#12 to #6). A gain of two-tenths in August by Midwest Communications’ adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9” pulled the plug on seven straight downward trendswjxa (15.6 – 10.7 – 10.2 – 9.7 – 9.6 – 9.1 – 8.3 – 8.2, 6+) that yielded a net loss since the “Holiday” 2015 report of -7.4. “Mix” piles on another +1.3 to 9.7 (6+) and is #1 for the 55th consecutive ratings period. The eight-tenths’ advantage it had over (runner-up) iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “The River” (7.6 – 7.7, +.1, 6+) in August expands to two full-shares. In 2.3 – 2.8 range (6+) the past six survey periods, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WLVU “K-LOVE” (unchanged at #15) rolls out a +.6 to 3.0, its strongest 6+-stat since February (3.1). Seven-tenths isn’t lucky for the three outlets that decline by that margin: Cumulus Media’s WSM-FM “Nash Icon” (5.9, third to fourth, 6+); co-owned WWTN “Super Talk 99.7” (5.2, seventh to ninth, 6+); and Midwest Communications’ adult hits WCJK “Jack FM” (5.4, fifth to sixth, 6+). In June, “Nash Icon” registered its strongest-ever 6+-PPM stat (5.9); added a +1.4 to 7.3 in July; but was -.7 in August. “Super Talk 99.7” was +1.3 in August and had been up or flat the past three monthlies (4.1 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 5.9, 6+); “Jack FM” faltered by seven-tenths in August. After recording a +.6 enabling it to reach a five-share (6+) for the first time in its PPM-history (5.0, 6+, August 2016), public WPLN forfeits that gain in its entirety and exits the top ten (#9 to #11). Without a decrease the past three ratings periods (3.7 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.2, 6+), Cromwell alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” surrenders the combined one-half share gain and returns to 3.7 (6+, #11 to #12, 6+). Slipping from #17 to #18, Nashville Public Radio classical outlet WFCL (1.6, -.1, 6+) has its string of successive positive trends end at three (.7 – .9 – 1.2 – 1.7, 6+).

8) Greensboro – While the net difference of the 6+-share of WQMG between January 2016 and August 2016 is just -.1 (8.2 wqmgversus 8.1, 6+), the path there has been quite noteworthy. Specifically, there have been three straight increases totaling +2.5, followed by three successive decreases (including a massive -1.3 in August) yielding a -2.6. The Entercom-owned urban AC answers back in September with a +1.1 to 9.2 (6+) and “The Best R&B and Old School” climbs from second to third. Inwmag advance of a June decrease, WQMG had a cumulative increase of three full-shares via six consecutive up or flat monthlies (7.7 – 7.7 – 8.2 – 9.1 – 9.3 – 9.7 – 10.7, 6+). Whereas 10.7 was its strongest 6+-showing since November 2014 (10.7), the 8.1 (6+) in August is its weakest since “Holiday” 2015 (7.7). After July’s loss of seven-tenths, a market facility with similar call letters – iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG – eroded by an additional one-half share in August, but rebounds in September with a gain of seven-tenths (8.0 – 7.3 – 6.8 – 7.5, 6+), inching up from fifth to fourth. Sandwiching a June 4.8 (6+) between 4.7 shares (6+) in May and July, CHR sibling WMKS “100.3 Kiss FM The Triad’s Hit Music Station” (sixth to fifth) explodes with a combined +1.8 between August and September to 6.5, its strongest 6+-showing since August 2015 (6.9). The combination of a third straight improvement by Entercom rhythmic CHR WJMH “102 Jamz” (8.6 – 9.8 – 10.0 – 10.1, 6+) and back-to-back declines by adult hits cluster-mate WSMW “Simon” (10.9 – 10.5 – 8.7, 6+) results in “102 Jamz” marching from second to first and “Simon” skidding from the top spot  (which it held in June, July, and August) to third. The -1.8 by “Simon” is the steepest 6+ August 2016 – September 2016 decline by any station in the 12 PPM-markets whose data was released on Thursday. “Simon” achieved double-digits three times previously (10.7, 10.5, and 10.1), but 10.9 in July was the best-ever 6+-stat in its PPM-history. Despite a one-half share dip, iHeartMedia’s WTQR “New Country Q-104.1” (7.0 – 6.5, fourth to fifth, 6+) has a 1.9-share lead over its rival – Entercom-owned WPAW “93.1 The Wolf” (4.5 – 4.6, +.1, steady at #7, 6+) – which is in 4.2 – 4.8 range (6+) for the eighth straight time. This marks the seventh successive sweep that Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101” is either (modestly) down or flat (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+). Moreover, it finishes at #11 as it has in each of those survey periods.

9) West Palm Beach – Not only does WRMF repeat at #1, it does so with an exclamation point of back-to-back spikes of +.8 in wrmfAugust and a +1.1 in September, elevating the Alpha Media hot AC to 9.1, its strongest 6+-stat since February’s 9.3. WRMF fell to second in July, after 23 successive sweeps at #1. In June, WRMF gained three-tenths to end four successive decreases yielding a cumulative -2.2 (9.5 – 9.3 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.3, 6+).wkgr Completely erasing August’s -.7, iHeartMedia classic rock WKGR “Gater 98.7” moves from fifth to fourth (4.9 – 4.2 – 4.9, +.7, 6+). Bettering their August stats by six-tenths each are CHR cluster-mate WLDI “WiLD 95.5” (seventh to fifth, 6+) and talk sibling WZZR (2.1 – 2.7, #12 to #9, 6+). This is the sixth successive up or flat monthly for WLDI (2.8 – 3.3 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 4.5, 6+) and first time it has reached the four-share level (6+) since October 2014 (4.4). Sharp fluctuations continue for co-owned adult contemporary WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5” (unchanged at #3), whose last three moves have been by +1.5 in July; -1.0 in August; and -.8 in September (6.0 – 7.5 – 6.5 – 5.7, 6+). The 7.5 in July was its highest 6+-stat since 7.7 in April 2015. Following three straight improvements that nearly doubled its 6+-share (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 2.2, 6+), talk WFTL returns August’s +.7 (1.5, -.7, 6) and skids from #11 to #13.

10) Jacksonville – It is a short (one month) stay at #1 for Cox Media Group-owned CHR WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hit Music wejzStation” as it sputters by seven-tenths to 8.6 (6+), while Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety” improves by one-half share to 9.4 (6+). “Lite 96” rebounds from a robust -1.3 in August returning to the top (from #2) as WAPE (+.5 in August) shifts from first to third.wjgl Following back-to-back #2 performances, WAPE regressed by eight-tenths in June but answered with a +.9 in July. A fluctuation of 1.3 is familiar to “Lite” as it was -1.3 in June but shook it off with a +.8 in July. Prior to August, “Lite” had been #1 the previous nine sweeps and in fact, before dropping to #2 in November 2015, it was on top the previous 17 sweeps; 9.4 in June was its lowest 6+-share since December’s 9.2. Without a decrease going into August in three straight sweeps for a +1.5 (7.4 – 8.2 – 8.2 – 8.9, 6+) and notching its best-ever (6+) PPM-era stat (July’s 8.9), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL lost one-tenth. “96.9 The Eagle,” however, responds in September with a +.5 (8.9 – 8.8 – 9.3, 6+) and climbs from third to second. Moreover, it is the first time in its PPM-history that “The Eagle” has crossed the nine-share threshold (6+). Three consecutive (May – June – July) improvements gave Renda Broadcasting’s WGNE a combined +1.2 (4.9 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.1, 6+), but “99 Gator Country” surrendered virtually all that gain in August (6.1 – 5.0, -1.1, 6+) only to post a +.7 to 4.3 (6+) in September; it remains at #8. Owing to three consecutive declines (5.7 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.3, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits WWJK “107.3 Jack-FM” erodes by -2.4 and falls from #11 to #12.

11) Memphis – Although flat at #8, Cumulus Media rocker WXMX “98.1 The Max” has netted over two full-shares via five wxmxstraight progressive trends (2.8 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 4.0 – 4.7 – 4.9, 6+). Marching from sixth to fifth, Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” records its third successive improvement (5.0 – 5.4 – 5.7 – 6.0, 6+) for a net gain of one full-share. Conversely, sibling WGKX is off for the third straight time (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0, 6+), but “Kix 106 Today’s Bestwmc-fm Country” remains at #9. Notwithstanding a -2.3 in four successive downtrends (12.5 – 11.6 – 10.7 – 10.5 – 10.2, 6+), iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS “V-101” is #1 for the seventh straight time. Its lead over the runner-up, Cumulus Medias WRBO, actually improves by one-tenth as “Soul Classics & Today’s R&B” is down four-tenths (8.2 – 7.8, 6+). Trending 7.9 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 7.7 (6+) since May, Entercom adult contemporary WRVR “Continuous Soft Rock The River” falters by six-tenths to 7.1 (6+), segueing from third to fourth. After back-to-back improvements that accounted for a +.9 (5.1 – 5.7 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia gospel WHAL “Halleluiah” stumbles by one-half share to 5.5 (6+), sliding from fifth to seventh. Having registered four successive gains of one-tenth each (1.3 – 1.4 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 1.7, 6+), CHR cluster-mate KWNW “101.9 Kiss-FM” flounders by three-tenths to 1.4, but stays at #15.

12) Hartford – On top for 23 of the last 24 sweeps – including the past 15 – CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5” whcnfalters by a stunning -1.1 (10.4 – 9.3, 6+) and drops to second-place. “Lite” had been in double-digits (6+) the past 13 ratings periods but it has its softest 6+-showing since August 2015, when it recorded an 8.7. A +.3 in April halted a three-month slide that resulted in a combined decline of nearly seven shares (17.8 – 12.1 – 11.9 – 11.0, 6+). Taking over at the top is iHeartMedia-ownedwtic-fm WWYZ “Country 92-5,” which ironically is down four-tenths (to 9.7, 6+) thus curtailing five straight positive or flat monthlies (7.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 9.0 – 9.5 – 10.1, 6+). “Country 92-5” was up nearly three full-shares since March and had been in the runner-up slot the past three sweeps. Gaining seven-tenths each and remaining at fifth and sixth, respectively, are co-owned classic hits-oldies WHCN-FM “105.9 The River” (6.6 – 7.3, 6+) and CBS Radio hot AC WTIC-FM (6.3 – 7.0, 6+). It is the best 6+-stat for “The River” since March (7.9). Even though it remains at #11, Connoisseur Media talker WDRC-AM registers a +.1 (to .5) and ends four straight reports without an increase (.8 – .7 – .6 – .4 – .4, 6+).

kmjmiHeartMedia Flips KMJM, St Louis from Rhythmic Oldies to Hip Hop as ‘100.3 The Beat.’  In addition to flipping KMJM from rhythmic oldies to hip hop, iHeartMedia St. Louis adds the nationally syndicated morning show “The Breakfast Club” to the lineup.  iHeartMedia St. Louis president Beth Davis says, “We’ve listened to the fans of hip hop and R&B in St. Louis who have been asking for a true hip hop and R&B station with a stronger connection to the local urban community and a morning show that really fits with their lifestyle.”  The rest of day’s lineup is: Tammie Holland from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Osei from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, T-Roy from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Michaelae from 10:00 pm to 2:00 am, and Roxy from 2:00 am to 6:00 am.

iHeartMedia’s Tim Herbster Elevated to SVP of Programming for the Pacific Northwest.  Taking on a larger role within iHeartMedia is Tim Herbster, a.k.a. Romeo, host of “Most Requested Live with Romeo” herbstertimand “The iHeartRadio Countdown” shows.  Herbster is taking on the senior vice president of programming position for the company’s Pacific Northwest Region.  He’ll also program CHR KKRZ “Z100” and hip hop KXJM “JAM’N 107.5” in Portland.  He’ll be responsible for programming in five markets, including Portland, Seattle, Spokane, Fairbanks, and Anchorage, Alaska.  iHeartMedia EVP of programming, West Division Andrew Jeffries says, “Tim’s smart, creative and calculated in his approach to programming stations.  He’s also great with talent – as he’s still filling that role each week on his national show – which gives him a unique perspective and interaction with people.  We’re extremely excited to integrate him with our exceptional teams in the Pacific Northwest Region as they begin the next chapter with our products.”

Mike Vincent Appointed OM at Cumulus Melbourne.  Programmer Mike Vincent has been withvincentmike Cumulus Media as PD and afternoon jock at country WSJR, Wilkes-Barre “NASH FM 93.7” but he’s heading south to take on the operations manager position at the company’s four-station cluster in Melbourne, Florida.  Vincent will directly program CHR WAOA.  The other stations in the cluster are country WHKR, classic rock WROK, and sports talk WLZR-AM.

Chris Stewart Named PD at Alpha Media’s Hip Hop ‘WE 96-3’ in Portland.  This is a promotion for Chris “Lucky The DJ” Stewart who moves from Alpha Media’s Peoria cluster where he’s been stewartchrisprogramming and hosting afternoons at WNGY “G102.3” and serving as OM for WXCL.  Now, Stewart moves to Portland to program new hip hop outlet KWEE “WE 96-3.”  Alpha Media VP of programming Phil Becker says, “It has been years since an authentic, unique, and original hip hop station has been in such a large market.  Much like the station, Chris is an authentic, unique, and original programmer. WE are ‘Lucky’ to promote him from within the nation’s fastest growing media company.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Indiana RadioWatch’s Blaine Thompson reports that on Monday (10/3), Ray Grossman succeeds the late Tom Berg as host of the morning drive show on Kankakee Valley Broadcasting’s hot AC WKVI, Knox, Indiana “K99.3.”  During his career, Grossman has served at South Bend signals WNDV and WAOR, among others…..Alpha Media Hagerstown-Chambersburg promotes Ed Dorsey to VP/market manager for the cluster that includes WHAG-AM, WCHA-AM, WCHA-FM, WIKZ-FM, WQCM-FM, and WDLD-FM. Dorsey moves up from the director of sales position.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  This holiday season will see the return of iHeartMedia’s “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball” tour.  This year’s title sponsor is Capital One.  The lineup of artists will be released on October 11 but, so far, Charlie Puth, Daya, Fifth Harmony and Diplo will be performing at select stops.  Tour stops will include: Dallas; San Francisco/San Jose; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; New York; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Atlanta; Tampa and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.   Sponsors include: Allstate Insurance Company, Macy’s, Mondelez International, The CW Network, and Verizon.  Multimarket partners include: Ulta Beauty…..SiriusXM is broadcasting live performances and interviews from the annual Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival in Las Vegas that gets underway today (9/30) and runs through Sunday on it’s The Highway channel.  Artists performing include: Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Chris Young, Tyler Farr, Jana Kramer, William Michael Morgan, Aaron Lewis, Aubrie Sellers, Billy Currington, LoCash and many more.  Additionally, SiriusXM personalities Storme Warren, Buzz Brainard and Al Skop will also be interviewing artists backstage.

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The Yappy Tour Rolls On.   Former radio talk show producer-turned-author Bernadette Duncan recently brought her “Yappy Tour” to the massive Western Massachusetts audience of classic rocker WAQY-FM, Springfield “Rock 102” by appearing as a guest on the very popular “Bax & O’Brien” morning talk show to discuss her buzz-worthy book, Yappy Days: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/Talkers Books, 2016).  The book recounts Duncan’s 26-year career as a producer of radio talk shows working with such big-name talents as Larry KingSally Jessy RaphaelLou DobbsTom SnyderGil GrossCharles Osgood and many more during modern talk radio’s pre- and post-9/11 “golden era.”  Plus, she tells stories about behind-the-scenes encounters with hundreds of guests from the worlds of show business, politics, media, business and literature. Above, Duncan (c) is pictured with hosts John O’Brien (l) and Mike “Bax” Baxendale (r).  Duncan’s national “Yappy Tour” will roll on through the remainder of the year.  She has already appeared on more than 25 local and syndicated programs.  Hosts and shows interested in booking Bernadette Duncan can do so by calling Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413.

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