iHeartMedia Prevails in Suit Against Creditors. As reported by Reuters, iHeartMedia Inc wins its suit against a group of creditors that wished to have the company declared in default on its debt obligations after transferring $500 million in Clear Channel Outdoor stock to a shell company called Broader Media Inc. The trial lasted just over a week in Bexar County, Texas. The court ruled the transfer does not violate the terms of its loans.
Joe Soto to Replace Doug Banks on WVAZ, Chicago. After the untimely death of syndicated urban talk radio star Doug Banks, Chicago personality Joe Soto has been hosting the 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm show. Now, Soto is named permanent replacement for the late Banks on iHeartMedia’s urban AC WVAZ “V103.” In a press release announcing the move, iHeartMedia director of urban programming Derrick Brown says, “I’m proud to have Joe Soto take the reins of afternoon drive on ‘V103.’ I’ve known Joe for over 25 years and worked with him on several occasions, most directly at ‘V103.’ for almost a decade.” Soto – previously an afternoon host on “V103” – has been heard in evenings since the station first added Doug Banks to the lineup.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Sacramento morning personality Erica Cobb is resigning her position as co-host of the Todd Baker AM show at CBS RADIO hot AC KZZO, Sacramento to return to Denver for personal reasons. Cobb worked in the Denver market co-hosting mornings on country KWOF, Denver “92.5 The Wolf.” She says she looks forward to her next radio opportunity…..At the iHeartMedia cluster in San Diego, Shelley Wade moves from the midday shift at CHR KSSX “95.7 Kiss FM” to sister hot AC KMYI, “Star 94.1.” At KMYI she’ll host the 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm show and then voice entertainment features and updates from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm…..Exiting Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary WTCB, Columbia, South Carolina “B106.7” is assistant program director and midday personality Tara Madison…..Programmer Jeff Andrews joins Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s rhythmic CHR KOSP, Springfield, Missouri “92.9 The Beat.”
Former KHKX, Midland-Odessa Personality Mike Lawrence Dies. Longtime KHKX morning drive personality Mike Lawrence – half of the “Mike and Dana Show” with spouse Dana Carole – died unexpectedly on Saturday (5/21) in New Mexico. The husband-and-wife team of Lawrence and Carole worked together for 25 years and are to be enshrined in the Country Radio Hall of Fame on June 22. They retired from the business in 2014.
Radio Pro Jo Maeder Publishes Novel Titled, NAKED DJ. Former rock jock and talk show host Jo Maeder is publishing a novel set in the radio business titled, NAKED DJ (Vivant Press 2016). The former “K-ROCK” New York air personality says of her novel, “NAKED DJ is an uncensored, all-access pass to one woman’s climb to the radio top. Then her troubles really begin. It’s also a great contemporary story. How far do you go for your job? And for love?” Several years ago, Maeder wrote a best-selling memoir about her time caring for her aging mother titled, When I Married My Mother. Now, she says she’s a full-time writer. High-profile entertainment and media people quoted promoting the book include, musician Paul Shaffer, Premiere’s Delilah, and RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison. The audio version of the book is read by comic and impressionist Rachel Butera who is booked to appear on SiriusXM with Mader’s old “K-ROCK” co-worker Howard Stern in June.
PPM Analysis: Classic Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three analyses of the performances of stations airing gold-based formats, based on data from Nielsen Audio’s April PPM survey. Previously, we published reports on the classic hits-oldies and adult hits formats. One chart in this report measures 6+ ratings fluctuations from a year ago (April 2015) compared this year. Hubbard Radio’s KSLX, Phoenix shot up two full shares during the year to jump from #8 in the market to #2. Just two stations in PPM markets ranked #1 in their respective markets in April – both are Entercom-owned stations: KQMT, Denver and KSEG, Sacramento. In this report you’ll also find a chart comparing the performances of classic rock stations, classic hits-oldies outlets and adult hits stations. See Kinosian’s entire report here.
Heather Davis Takes Middays at ‘NASH FM 103.3’ in Nashville. Moving from Curtis Media’s country WQDR, Raleigh to Cumulus Media’s WKDF, Nashville “NASH FM 103.3” is air personality Heather Davis. She’ll handle the midday shift. Cumulus Nashville OM and company VP of country programming Charlie Cook says, “The minute I heard Heather’s audio I knew that she was the sound we need on WKDF. I love her varied on-air experience and she is a social media monster, which is so important today. We are looking forward to Heather joining radio’s best company in one of America’s best cities.”
Donovan Moves to iHeartMedia Tampa as Director of Digital. Digital pro and air talent Brian “Munchie” Donovan re-locates within the iHeartMedia family from its Hartford cluster where he was director of digital and afternoon jock on CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7” to the company’s Tampa station group where he will serve as director of digital. iHeartMedia Tampa president Sam Nein says, “This is a welcome return to Tampa for Brian — he has ‘93.3 FLZ’ in his blood. He has a proven track record across multiple cities, and we’re excited for Brian’s expertise to make a positive impact on our digital strategy.” He assumes the role on July 1.
Foo Fighters Guitarist Chris Shiflett Joins PodcastOne. Los Angeles-based guitarist Chris Shiflett is launching a podcast titled “Walking The Floor” on the PodcastOne platform. The show hosted by the longtime Foo Fighters guitarist “engages a wide range of musical guests with Shiflett’s in-depth, one-on-one interviews exploring their creative inspirations, struggles and successes. With an insider perspective, ‘Walking The Floor’ features some of the biggest names in country, roots, and Americana music, as well as punk rockers, rock’n’rollers, writers, athletes and actors.” Guests include Merle Haggard, Sturgill Simpson, Dwight Yoakam, Brad Paisley, Mike Ness and many more. New episodes will be released every other Monday and this week’s edition features an extended interview with country singer Dierks Bentley and explores his history and new album, Black, due out this week. PodcastOne founder and CEO Norm Pattiz says, “It’s great to have the talents of Chris now on PodcastOne. The relationships he brings are an outgrowth of his many years as, quite literally, a ‘player’ in the music business. It’s great to have him aboard.”
National Radio Hall of Fame 2016 Nominees Announced. Today, industry voting begins for the 2016 National Radio Hall of Fame inductees. The 24 nominations in six categories were determined by the organization’s nominating committee. Four of those categories will be voted on by a voting participant panel comprised of 400 industry professionals, while the other two will be voted on by the public. Public voting commences June 20 for eight nominations for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality. National Radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “The sheer depth of talent in our industry never ceases to amaze me. After much discussion and deliberation, our nominating committee is very proud of this year’s class of nominees. We’re all looking forward to seeing the voter outcome from our industry peers and listeners nationwide.” Inductees will be announced July 11. The induction ceremony will be held Thursday, November 17 at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago. Nominees are: Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more): Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak), San Diego; Charles Laquidara, Boston; Bobby O’Jay, Memphis; and Garland Robinette, New Orleans. Active Local/Regional (10 years or more): Tom Barnard, Minneapolis; BJ & Migs (BJ Shea & Steve Migs), Seattle; Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), Chicago; and Preston and Steve (Preston Elliot & Steve Morrison), Philadelphia. Networks/Syndication (10 years or more): American Top 40 & On-Air With Ryan Seacrest, Ryan Seacrest; The Fabulous Sports Babe, Nanci Donnellan; The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey; and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Peter Sagal. Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more): Delilah, Delilah; Gospel Traxx with Walt “Baby” Love, Walt “Baby” Love; The Jim Rome Show, Jim Rome; and The Kim Komando Show, Kim Komando. The following are to be voted on by listeners. Music Format On-Air Personality: Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton; Tom Kent; The Kevin & Bean Show (Kevin Ryder & Gene Baxter); and Bob Kingsley. Spoken Word On-Air Personality: Diane Rehm; Mike Francesa and Chris Russo; Michael Savage; and Sean Hannity.
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES — The following classic rock overview concludes our three-part series of gold-intensive genre summaries from the April 2016 ratings period.
Previous pieces dealt with adult hits (Wednesday, 5/18) and classic hits-oldies (Thursday, 5/19).
Stations ranking in the top 20 in a PPM-market (6+) comprise the following April 2016 scoreboards, which indicate that classic hits-oldies facilities tend to finish more than two rankers ahead of their classic rock counterparts (#5.32, compared to #7.91, 6+), and more than three rankers better than the typical adult hits station (#5.32, compared to #8.72, 6+).
In addition, it is common in April 2016 for a classic hits-oldies station to register a full-share higher (5.76, 6+) than adult hits (4.70, 6+) and classic rock (4.69, 6+).
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services.
Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo classic rock analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Adding program director duties for Entercom’s classic hits WMXJ, Pompano Beach, Florida “102.7 The Beach” is John O’Connell. This is in addition to his current role as program director for alternative WSFS, Miami “104.3 The Shark.”…..At Zimmer Radio Group in Joplin, Missouri, Chad Elliot is promoted to market manager for the six-station group. Elliot has been operations manager for the stations in addition to acting as host of news/talk KZRG’s “Morning Newswatch” program. At the same time, the company ups Rob Meyer to operations manager and PD roles for KZRG and promotes Carol Daily to director of sales for the company from her previous national and regional sales manager role…..Cate Carrier moves from Manhattan Broadcasting’s rock KMKF, Manhattan, Kansas to Bahakel Communications’ alternative rock KRXP, Colorado Springs where she’s now midday personality and promotions director…..At Plymouth Rock Broadcasting’s adult contemporary WPLM, Plymouth, Massachusetts “Easy 99.1,” APD Scott Reiniche is promoted to program director. That moves Kevin Cronin from PD/morning host to afternoon personality and Billy Teed is handling AM drive.
Garth Brooks Announces Ticket Sales for Yankee Stadium Concert. Country legend Garth Brooks (right) is pictured here with Cumulus Media SVP of content and programming Mike McVay (left) at Yankee stadium during Tuesday’s press conference announcing tickets for his Yankee Stadium concert go on sale today (5/20). The concert takes place on July 9 and this will be the first-ever country concert at Yankee Stadium. Brooks announced the show last week on “America’s Morning Show.”
iHeartMedia Reports New Directors Added; Both with Chapter 11 Experience. In a filing with the SEC, iHeartMedia notifies the commission that it is adding two seats to its board of directors and it is naming Frederic Brace and Charles Cremens to the board of directors. The two are also named to the board of managers of iHeartMedia Capital. Brace is also president and CEO of Midstates Petroleum. Cremens is a Boston-based consultant with 30 years’ experience in restructuring public and private companies. He was most recently president and CEO of Spirit Finance. This certainly indicates the company is preparing for the possibility it will have to reorganize if it loses its current trial in Bexar County, Texas in which it is suing Benefit Street Partners LLC over creditors’ claims the company is in debt default.
PPM Analysis: Classic Hits-Oldies. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three reviews of the performances of gold-based radio stations based on April 2016 PPM data from Nielsen Audio. Yesterday, we published his report on adult hits. Today, Kinosian takes a look at classic hits-oldies. When it comes to market rank (based on 6+ numbers) there are six classic hits-oldies stations that ranked #1 in their respective markets in April. Amazingly, 16 other classic hits-oldies stations ranked either #2 or #3 in their respective markets. In this report, see graphics charting ratings fluctuations from last month to this, from April 2015 to April 2016, plus a chart comparing the performances of adult hits and classic hits-oldies outlets. Read Kinosian’s entire report here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Beginning Tuesday, May 31, Justin Mallow assumes the morning drive duties on CRS Radio Holdings’ adult hits WHGM-AM/W284BE “The Point” in Havre de Grace, Maryland. Mallow was most recently with 6 Johnson Road Licenses-owned WKBE, Corinth, New York (Glens Falls market)…..Entravision Communications names Don Daboub EVP of integrated marketing solutions, Mountain Region. This is a promotion for Daboub who moves up from his SVP of integrated marketing solutions, Colorado.
Hubbard Radio’s WTOP, Washington Partners with Creative Agency. In an effort to improve the effectiveness of its clients’ marketing strategies, Hubbard Radio DC announces it is entering into a strategic partnership with Yamanair Creative for its WTOP-FM, WFED and WTOP.com. WTOP VP and general manager Joel Oxley says, “Investing in the creative of our clients is now more critical than ever. Yamanair Creative has a proven track record of results for local direct radio clients across the country for over a decade. Their team of experts will handle not only some of our key client projects but also assist us with on-air imaging for our own brands. We are stepping up our game which is exciting both for us and our clients.” In a press release, Yamanair says its “creative sales tools have been used since 2008 by CBS RADIO, Saga Communications, Townsquare Media, Alpha Media, Cherry Creek Radio, Radio One, Connoisseur Media, and in select markets of Entercom Communications.”
Blair Garner’s Latest ‘Nashville’ Cameo. The photo here is a still from ABC TV’s hit show “Nashville.” In this episode, “America’s Morning Show” host Blair Garner appears playing a country radio station DJ alongside series star Chris Carmack. This was Garner’s fourth appearance on the television series.
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES — Gold-intensive genre outlets have our attention for in-depth April 2016 PPM ratings overviews and we are following up yesterday’s adult hits summary (Wednesday, 5/18) with a similar piece for classic hits-oldies.
Stations ranking in the top 20 in a PPM-market (6+, April 2016 ) comprise the following scoreboards, which indicate that classic hits-oldies facilities tend to finish three rankers ahead of their adult hits counterparts (#5.32, compared to #8.72, 6+) and their 6+-market share is a full-share higher (5.76 versus 4.70, 6+).
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services.
Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo classic hits-oldies analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
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, provide 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, and country. This week’s selection posted today (5/18) includes such names as: One Republic, Cody Vavrik, Justin Timberlake, Rhyan Besco, Foy Vance, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dirty Heads, Paul Simon, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell, Jerrod Niemann, Lee Brice, Scott Brantley, Leslie Cours Mather, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click “Read More.”
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES — Our in-depth overview of April 2016 PPM results for stations with a pronounced gold concentration kicks off with a look at adult hits.
Forthcoming installments in this three-part series will highlight classic hits-oldies and classic rock.
Adult hits facilities in our sample typically finish eighth/ninth (6+) in April 2016 (#8.72) with a 6+-share of 4.70.
Scoreboards in the following exclusive RadioInfo overview consist of adult hits stations that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, April 2016) and are Nielsen Audio subscribers; only Nielsen Audio subscribing stations can appear in print.
iHeartRadio’s Darren Davis Testifies Bankruptcy Threat Is ‘Disrupting’ Company’s Business. The debt default trial underway in Texas pitting iHeartCommunications against Benefit Street Partners LLC is being covered by Bloomberg’s Laura Brubaker Calkins. Yesterday’s star witness for iHeart was iHeartRadio president Darren Davis and in his testimony, he painted a picture of a company that was able to make its debt payments as it works to build a global digital music service, that is, until the debt default was declared. Calkins reports that Davis said as it stands now, the company’s line of credit has been reduced, its relationships with partners are strained, and it’s affecting iHeart’s ability to attract top, and in some cases, critical employees. The upshot is that the debt default issue is hampering the company’s goal of building iHeartRadio into the global content service that it believes it can be. The case stems from iHeartCommunications’ transfer of $500 million of Clear Channel Outdoor stock into the shell company Broader Media Inc. iHeart says the transfer was legal, and Benefit Street Partners LL says it was not. Read Calkins’ Bloomberg piece here.
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, provide 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, and country. This week’s selection posted today (5/18) includes such names as: One Republic, Cody Vavrik, Justin Timberlake, Rhyan Besco, Foy Vance, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Dirty Heads, Paul Simon, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Darius Rucker, Cole Swindell, Jerrod Niemann, Lee Brice, Scott Brantley, Leslie Cours Mather, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
PPM Analysis: Adult Hits. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian takes a look at the performances of gold-based radio stations based on data from the April 2016 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. The first format up is adult hits. Kinosian tracks the 6+ performances of adult hits stations over the past six PPM surveys, notes ratings fluctuations from one year ago, and provides market rank information. While just one adult hits station ranks #1 in its market (6+) – that being Emmis’ KBPA, Austin “BOB FM 103.5,” there are five other adult hits stations that rank in the top five in their respective markets. Read Kinosian’s entire report here.
KSHE, St. Louis’ John Ulett to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with the Station. Next Wednesday (5/25), Emmis rocker KSHE, St. Louis will celebrate the 40th anniversary of station morning personality John “U-Man” Ulett. The bash will include a live broadcast from the legendary station’s original location in suburban Crestwood. Ulett and KSHE morning show co-host Lauren “Lern” Elwell will be joined by fellow KSHE personalities Mark Klose and Joe “Mama” Mason. Ulett says, “There is only one way that an air personality could stay at a music radio station for 40 years… the same format, stable ownership/management and getting up when the alarm clock goes off every morning. I thank our listeners for being there the whole time.” Ulett began his KSHE career in 1976 and is the station’s longest, continuously broadcasting air talent. He is a member of the St. Louis Hall of Fame and has won several Missouri Broadcasters Association awards. He’s been the PA announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals for 33 years and has been a cast member of “Cardinal Kids TV” for 10 years.
Ross Mahoney Takes on PD, On-Air Roles at Alternative KXTE, Las Vegas. Moving from modern rock WRMR in the Jacksonville/Wilmington, North Carolina market to CBS RADIO’s alternative KXTE, Las Vegas “X107.5” is Ross Mahoney. He assumes the program director and afternoon drive roles, effective immediately. CBS RADIO Las Vegas operations manager JB King says, “After a long, nationwide search, I am thrilled we have found Ross to take the lead at ‘X107.5.’ I am confident that his experience, great ideas, knowledge and passion for the format, will take ‘X107.5’ to new levels!”
CMG Names Heather Boethin to Gamut Sales Director Post. Named to the director of sales south for Gamut is Cox Media Group sales pro Heather Boethin. She’s based in Dallas and will oversee the territory of Atlanta, Dallas, and outlying areas. She’ll also work closely with CoxReps Digital on “driving high-level strategic initiatives between the two companies.” Gamut is a digital media services company owned by CMG.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Knoxville country outlet WIVK adds Sean “Mac” McNally to its on-air lineup as local host for the 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight slot where he’ll enhance the “NASH Nights Live” programming by delivering local flavor, on-location broadcasts and commentary. McNally was most recently morning show host and PD at Brewer Broadcasting’s country WPLZ, Chattanooga prior to its flip to classic hits…..In Colorado Springs, Adam Burnes exits iHeartMedia’s country KCCY, hot AC KVUU and rhythmic CHR KIBT where he was serving as program director…..Shawn Reed signs on with Signal Media to be the afternoon drive personality on country KHLR, Little Rock “106.7 The Ride.”
JPR Entertainment Launches Radio Show Service. The new show service is the work of 20-year radio pro Jeremy Robinson via his new JPR Entertainment venture. Robinson says the goal of his company is to “provide radio stations with their choice of a LIVE and local show hosted by me in real time or a local and entertaining voice tracked show full of content and local info important to the station and their listeners! Our new North Dallas studios are equipped with Wide Orbit Radio Automation, 800 number, Vox Pro, phone lines, music master scheduling software and more. Everything we need to provide PDs and stations a daypart of their choice as if we were down the hall from them.” Robinson hosted “The Jeremy Show” for over 120 stations via ABC Radio Networks from 2008-2011. He also hosted “Taste Of Country Nights with Jeremy” for all of Townsquare Media’s country stations. See more at www.jeremyshow.com.
Brad Austin Named Corporate PD for Delmarva. This promotion puts Brad Austin in charge of the programming of the company’s nine radio stations. Austin is operations manager for Delmarva Broadcasting Company’s country WXCY, Wilmington, Delaware – a position he’ll continue to hold. But he’s now also overseeing Wilmington stations hot AC WSTW, news/talk WDEL-AM/FM, and Gospel WFAI; Milford, Delaware classic hits WNCL, hot AC WAFL, sports talk WYUS, and news/talk WXDE; plus Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland country WKTT, adult hits WICO, and classic hits WAVD. The company says Austin will oversee the programming and promotions efforts on all stations and assist the staffs on a wide variety of issues involving local programming and community service. Austin says, “I appreciate the confidence president Jeff Boden and WXCY general manager Bob Bloom have placed in me with the creation of this position. Making local radio great, compelling and of service to our listeners is priority #1. Oh – and we plan to have a hell of a lot of fun doing it!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The syndicated Ace & TJ morning drive program has launched its own network – the Radio Button Network – and longtime show manager Adam Goodman is named president and CEO of the new firm. They are calling the network a “radio personality resource service” whose mission is to assist radio talent that wants to improve its digital content and delivery, enter radio syndication, and develop new inventory. Godman says, “Digital distribution now opens immediate revenue streams, brand growth and audience interaction the performers and the radio ownership they partner with will both love.”…..PodcastOne appoints radio pro Amy Lewis Schachter vice president, East Coast sales. Schachter comes to PodcastOne from CBS after 20 years with the company. She was named Digital Sales Person of the Year for CBS Radio NY in 2013. At the same time, PodcastOne announces that Dana Senit is being promoted to vice president, West Coast sales.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Hastings College is turning in the license for non-commercial alternative rock KFKX, Hastings, Nebraska to the FCC on June 30. The college says it will continue programming the format via a web stream…..Westwood One is presenting “Westwood One Backstage at the Billboard Music Awards” this weekend. On Saturday, WW1 will host a radio row from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm PT from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas featuring 20-plus radio stations from across the country as well as the Adam Bomb show and the Zach Sang show. The event will also feature a performance by the California pop trio Bahari. The awards show takes place Sunday evening at 8:00 pm ET and will air on ABC TV…..CBS RADIO’s SPF concert took place at Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Sunday evening (5/15) with performances from Iggy Azalea, Alessia Cara, Lukas Graham, Fifth Harmony, Kygo, and Mike Posner. Prior to her set Azalea stopped to chat with CBS RADIO programmers, including SVP programming and music initiative Michael Martin, VP of programming Jeff Sottolano, and VP of music initiatives Chad Fitzsimmons, and they posed for the photo seen here.
Contentious Nielsen vs Flinn Broadcasting Case Settled. The hotly contested case in which Nielsen Audio was suing Memphis market operator Flinn Broadcasting for failure to pay for PPM ratings (and other services) and Flinn was countersuing, alleging inaccurate PPM surveys that adversely affected minority-patronized stations, has been settled. This comes after a court-ordered attempt at settlement. The terms of the pact are, of course, sealed. Nielsen alleged Flinn owed almost $140,000 in PPM fees accrued over the course of eight months. As long as the settlement is consummated within 30 days, the suits cannot be filed again. It’s anyone’s guess how the settlement panned out but it’s a safe bet that Nielsen did not want to go to trial, if only because even more information about the inner workings of the PPM surveys would have been made public as part of the evidence. As a result of the press this story received, the industry and the public already learned more about the fee structure for the service than it had known before.
Michael Harrison Flies with the Black Eagle, Joe Madison. This week’s installment of the PodcastOne international hit “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” presents a fascinating conversation between the TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher and SiriusXM Satellite Radio “Urban View” channel morning host Joe Madison. Listed at #8 on the TALKERS 2016 “Heavy Hundred,” Joe Madison is the highest-ranked African American news/talk show host in the US radio industry. Michael Harrison describes him as a “political, cultural and inspirational thought leader.” The two discuss their 25-year friendship as well as race relations in America, Black Lives Matter, the 2016 presidential election, and the pros and cons of the dizzying advances in communications technology that we are all experiencing. To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Indiana Public Station and TAL Founder Ira Glass Disagree on Pandora Strategy. A disagreement over Ira Glass’ decision to make “This American Life” available via Pandora has caused public station WBAA, West Lafayette, Indiana general manager Mike Savage to cancel his station’s affiliation with the program, effective in August. Savage posted a criticism of the Pandora move on his LinkedIn page stating that it’s “inconsistent with the mission of public radio” – assuming because Pandora is a for-profit company. He also writes, “I am all for improving the bottom line. However, we as public radio leaders must keep the balance between mission and bottom line in the forefront. If all we wanted to do was grow the audience, we could change our formats to country music and accomplish that objective. We must respect the mission. Do the ends justify the means? For a program that got its start on public radio and had some of the best on-air fundraising messages for listeners where Ira Glass says he is volunteering his time because he believes in the mission of public broadcasting, the move by ‘This American Life’ to Pandora is disingenuous at best.” But Glass says TAL is not leaving public radio and its presence as a podcast before (and now on Pandora) is not hurting listening on public radio stations. In fact, Glass says the numbers bear that out and that the influx of cash is allowing him to hire more staff and produce better and more far-reaching programming. You can read his more detailed response in The Current here. What this really shows is divergent broadcasting philosophies. Many media observers would consider Savage’s take on the issue to be outdated, and would say Glass is successfully taking advantage of the platforms available to grow his program and his staff.