By Mike Kinosian
Yesterday, we began with mainstream urban contemporary and today we follow with urban AC – more specifically, those facilities that rank in the top 20 in any of the 48 PPM markets (6+, February 2015).
Another important parameter in addition to that particular ratings caveat is that Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this RadioInfo urban AC analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
PPM Analysis: Urban Contemporary. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents this deeper look into the performances of hip hop or urban contemporary-formatted stations using data from the February 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. In this report, you can see comparisons of station performances arranged by market, market rank and market share, plus charts tracking fluctuations in 6+ performance compared to January 2015 and compared to February 2014. See the entire analysis here.
RadioInfo’s Sister Publication TALKERS magazine Unveils ‘Heavy Hundred’ of Talk Radio Hosts. Regular readers of RadioInfo and industry pros may be interested in the presentation of the 20th edition of “The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America” as ranked by the editors of RadioInfo’s sister publication TALKERS magazine. The annual list – known informally as the “Heavy Hundred” – marks its 20th year and, as executive editor Kevin Casey says, “As people can see by perusing this year’s list, it includes a number of familiar faces (and voices) as well as new up-and-comers, plus several veterans whose continuing, successful careers our editors believe need acknowledgement on this list in 2015. The task of compiling this annual feature is extremely challenging – especially since it draws upon both objective and subjective factors – and is the source of heated debate every year among our editors for months leading up to its release.” See the 2015 Heavy Hundred here.
Why Are Radio Personalities Often Insecure, Even the Most Successful? What’s the Cure? According to noted talk radio consultant Bill McMahon, it’s not easy being a radio personality. They work in relative isolation far from their listeners. They can’t see or hear them. Most radio studios don’t even have an outside window. The only immediate feedback personalities get on their performance is from those working with them in the studio. If they work alone, there is no feedback in the moment. McMahon, CEO of consulting firm The Authentic Personality, goes on to say, “Oh, radio personalities get plenty of delayed reaction to their work, but it often does more harm than good. The phone lines light up or they don’t. Texts, Tweets, Facebook posts, and emails deliver all kinds of mixed messages. Some are glowing with praise and love. Others state clearly and unequivocally, ‘you suck!’ After the show, the confusion continues. An enthusiastic PD might proclaim he loves a bit the personality hated, usually without offering specifics about what made it so good. Later, the GM weighs in saying, “I didn’t get that phone segment you did in the 8 o’clock hour and I don’t think it was relevant to our listeners.” Problem is the personality thinks it’s the best thing he did all morning and his followers on Twitter and Facebook seem to agree. This is the real world of a radio personality where everyone has an opinion on what they do and the opinions are anything but unanimous. It’s no wonder even the most successful radio personalities with consistently high ratings can be very insecure.” In a new article posted today (3/25) that is a must-read for PDs, McMahon details some of the things he has learned that radio personalities need from their talent coaches. To read it in its entirety, please click here.
iHeartMedia and NBC Announce Lineup for 2015 Country Festival. The performers taking the stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 2 for the second annual “iHeartRadio Country Festival” will include: Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, iHeartRadio’s On The Verge artist Sam Hunt and Tyler Farr. The concert event is being hosted by Premiere Networks personality Bobby Bones. In addition to the live video stream of the concert via Yahoo Live, a two-hour TV broadcast of the event will air on NBC TV on May 27 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET.
Bob & Tom to Take 20 Listeners to Las Vegas. The nationally syndicated Bob & Tom show is flying West to Las Vegas for a special appearance at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in the MGM Grand Las Vegas on Saturday, June 20. The Las Vegas show will be hosted by the Bob & Tom Show cast: Bob Kevoian, Tom Griswold, Chick McGee, and Kristi Lee – and will feature special guest, actor/comedian Brad Garrett plus a number of industry-leading comics will also make an appearance at this exclusive show. Bob & Tom are making it possible for 20 lucky listeners to join them. The prize packages include a VIP Meet & Greet at the show plus two nights at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. The contest runs from March 23 through May 2. Tom Griswold says, “This is a terrific opportunity for us to create something exciting for our listeners across the country, and it can only be done in Vegas. Our fans will have the chance to relax and laugh with all of us, as well as the tremendously funny Brad Garrett. Everybody loves Brad, and we do, too!”
RadioInfo Tidbits. Hip hop artist Pitbull will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for the first time at a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Tuesday, May 19 at 8:00 pm ET. The concert will help promote the Globalization channel Pitbull is curating for the satcaster. SiriusXM Pitbull’s Globalization channel will launch on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 pm ET. The channel will feature music from the artist’s music catalog, his famous collaborations, live performances, exclusive mix shows and tracks by his musical influences…..Meyer-Baldridge-owned KBFL, Springfield, Missouri becomes a country-formatted station (flipping from standards) and using the “Outlaw Nation” format. The station is branding itself “Southern Rock, REAL Country, 99.9 The Outlaw.” Outlaw Nation tells RadioInfo that it “programs more than 1,200 country bars, honky-tonks, and western saloons across America.”….. “The Charlie Tuna Weekday Show” and “70s Show” continue to grow. The legendary jock tells RadioInfo that his daily “content only” show is now airing on WYGC, Gainesville, Florida; KRBL, Lubbock, Texas; KRQX, St. George, Utah; KHOM, West Plains, Missouri; and WTRP, LaGrange, Georgia…..CBS RADIO Pittsburgh stations WBZZ and WDSY have been honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters as recipients 2015 Excellence In Broadcasting Awards. CHR WBZZ “100.7 Star” was recognized in the categories Outstanding Station Sponsored Event for “Man In A Box” (a fundraising effort by Afternoon Personality Flick for the Salvation Army), and Outstanding Local Radio Personality/Team for “Bubba Show.” Country WDSY “Y108” received the award for Outstanding Use Of Digital Media for the “Y108 Your Tailgate” campaign.
By Mike Kinosian,
Scoreboards are based on facilities that rank in the top 20 in any of Nielsen Audio’s 48 PPM markets (6+, February 2015).
Another important parameter in addition to that particular ratings caveat is that Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services.
Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this RadioInfo mainstream urban contemporary analysis (and the two others that are forthcoming) are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s 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 personalities Bayley Brown and Matt James from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9,” and Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana, plus Internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (3/25) includes such names as: Sam Smith, John Legend, CHIC, Nile Rodgers, The Martinez Brothers, Manika, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Halsey, Blur, Damon Albarn, Laura Marling, The Temperance Movement, Zac Brown Band, Chris Cornell, Mumford and Sons, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Tobias Jesso, Jr., Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Luke Bryan, Chris Janson, Brothers Osborne, T.J. Bebb, Ryan Daniel, Yo Yo Honey Singh, The Piano Guys, LA Priest, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click “Read More.”
Duane Doobie Jr.’s 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 personalities Bayley Brown and Matt James from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9,” and Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana, plus Internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (3/25) includes such names as: Sam Smith, John Legend, CHIC, Nile Rodgers, The Martinez Brothers, Manika, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Halsey, Blur, Damon Albarn, Laura Marling, The Temperance Movement, Zac Brown Band, Chris Cornell, Mumford and Sons, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Tobias Jesso, Jr., Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Luke Bryan, Chris Janson, Brothers Osborne, T.J. Bebb, Ryan Daniel, Yo Yo Honey Singh, The Piano Guys, LA Priest, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Miranda Lambert to Host Westwood One’s ACM Nomination Special. The two-hour Westwood One ACM Nomination special will be hosted by five-time ACM “Female Vocalist of the Year” Miranda Lambert. The program will be available to stations either Saturday or Sunday, April 11 or April 12, from 6:00 am to 12:00 midnight. It will also air as the final two hours of the “NASH Nights Live Weekend Show” airing on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight. The actual “50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards” takes place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 before more than 50,000 fans at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Westwood One will also present “Red Carpet Radio coverage from Backstage at the ACM Awards,” featuring A-list interviews, live performances, and special programming.
Kannon Takes Over Mornings on KVIL-FM, Dallas. At CBS RADIO-owned hot AC KVIL-FM, Dallas, Mike Kannon is named the new morning drive host, effective immediately. The station dropped the previous morning show, “Zazza Mornings” with Tony Zazza and Julie Fisk, back in November of 2014. KVIL program director Jay Michaels states, “Kannon brings a wealth of social media experience and an expansive knowledge of everything pop culture to our more music morning show on the ‘New 103.7 KVIL.’ That, combined with his knowledge of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, makes him a great addition to our incredible live and local air staff.” Kannon moves in from Cumulus Media’s crosstown KLIF-FM “Hot 93.3.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Former KKHH, Houston “Hot 95.7” PM drive personality Kaden begins working at iHeartMedia-owned CHR KZZP, Phoenix “104.7 Kiss FM” today as a late night/fill-in host. KZZP programmer Mat Mitchell comments, “Kaden is no stranger to The Valley, as he has previously hosted nights on KZZP. While he continues the search for a full-time opportunity, I’m excited to have him rejoin our team!”…..Mark Wilson, John Christian, Ryan Cota, Jessica Chavez, and Tracy Johnson all join the staff of the syndicated “Sunday Night Slow Jams” show hosted by R Dub!
Cool Job Opportunity. KLAZ, Hot Springs – the market’s “#1 Hit Music Station” – is looking for a singular talent as cluster OM, KLAZ PD, and morning show talent to launch Noalmark Broadcasting’s brand-new, live-and-local morning show. You will be responsible for programming and branding for KLAZ, building the morning show, and overseeing active rock KHRK/KYRC “Real Rock 93.5/101.5” and “Solid Gospel AM 1240.” We are looking for an experienced broadcast professional to take the Noalmark Hot Springs cluster to the next level — community involvement and creative thinking a must. You will be working with GM Paul Meacham and Zapoleon Media consultant Mark St. John. Send resume, qualifications, and audio to firstname.lastname@example.org. EOE Male/Female.
‘Buy Me a Boat’ Hits #1 on iTunes Country After Bobby Bones Exposure. When unsigned country artist Chris Janson sent Premiere Networks personality Bobby Bones a copy of his new song “Buy Me a Boat,” the last thing he probably expected was that the private communication would result in his song hitting the #1 position on the iTunes Country Chart. But that’s exactly what happened. Bones played the song twice on his nationally syndicated country radio morning show and, before long the tune was at the top of the chart. This cool story demonstrates the power of a really good song. Bones comments, “I knew I had to play Chris Janson’s ‘Buy Me A Boat’ and share it with our listeners. It’s a great example of radio’s ability to connect listeners with new music and promote a super-talented-yet-unsigned artist. Our listeners loved hearing his song on the radio and downloaded it right away, helping him jump to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Country Chart in less than a day.”
Gloriana Plays Nash Bash at Barclays Center. Pictured here on stage at the intimate Cushman & Wakefield Theater at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn is Gloriana. The country band was part of a lineup that included headliner Cole Swindell, Jana Kramer and Michael Ray. The evening was emceed by WNSH, New York “NASH 94.7” personalities Kelly Ford and Jesse Addy. This was the first Nash Bash concert at Barclays Center as part of the newly launched partnership between Cumulus Media and Barclays Center that will bring at least two concerts annually to the venue.
By Bill McMahon
The Authentic Personality
EAGLE, Idaho — It’s not easy being a radio personality. They work in relative isolation far from their listeners. They can’t see or hear them. Most radio studios don’t even have an outside window. The only immediate feedback personalities get on their performance is from those working with them in the studio. If they work alone, there is no feedback in the moment.
Oh, radio personalities get plenty of delayed reaction to their work, but it often does more harm than good. The phone lines light up or they don’t. Texts, Tweets, Facebook posts, and emails deliver all kinds of mixed messages. Some are glowing with praise and love. Others state clearly and unequivocally, “you suck!” After the show, the confusion continues. An enthusiastic PD might proclaim he loves a bit the personality hated, usually without offering specifics about what made it so good. Later, the GM weighs in saying, “I didn’t get that phone segment you did in the 8 o’clock hour and I don’t think it was relevant to our listeners.” Problem is the personality thinks it’s the best thing he did all morning and his followers on Twitter and Facebook seem to agree. This is the real world of a radio personality where everyone has an opinion on what they do and the opinions are anything but unanimous.
Robinson to President Post at iHeartMedia Ventures Group. This is a promotion for iHeartMedia’s EVP of strategic development as Joseph Robinson is named president of the iHeartMedia Ventures Group in which Robinson will work “to develop high-value strategic opportunities with media, technology, and content companies.” He’ll report to iHeartMedia president, COO and CFO Rich Bressler, who states, “Joe has played an invaluable role in helping iHeartMedia explore new digital and technology opportunities for both consumer-facing and internal initiatives. I’m delighted that Joe is expanding his role with us; his new leadership position will be instrumental in our continued success as a 21st century media company — one that is both relentlessly forward-looking on the technology front and focused on using iHeartMedia’s cross-platform assets in creative ways that help redefine the future of consumer media and entertainment.”
Muhammad Joins Beasley Charlotte Duo as OD/PD. Former program director of Radio One Washington, DC urban AC WMMJ “Majic 102.3″ and co-owned gospel WPRS “Praise 104.1″ Jamillah “Jam” Muhammad is named operations director and program director of Beasley Media Group Charlotte urban AC WBAV “V101-9″ and urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98.” Vice president and market manager Bill Schoening comments, “‘Jam’ has deservedly earned the respect from her peers and she has a tremendous reputation. We are thrilled to have her join the Beasley family and I am excited to watch where she takes these stations.” Muhammad remarks that she is “incredibly excited” to join Schoening and the Beasley family in Charlotte. “I love radio; I love to win; and I am looking forward to leading these heritage brands.” Muhammad programmed Premiere Radio Networks’ “The Sweat Hotel featuring Keith Sweat“; urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3,” Detroit; and urban contemporary WKKV “V-100,” Milwaukee. Prior to that, she was assistant program director and music director of urban AC WVAZ “V-103,” Chicago.
Cumulus Names McCracken to Lake Charles Post. Former longtime Cox Radio programmer Gerry McCracken joins Cumulus Media as operations manager for the company’s Lake Charles, Louisiana cluster. McCracken program director for country KYKZ and ‘NASH Icon’ KQLK. He takes over for OM/PD Eric Nielson, who retired at the end of 2014. In the past, McCracken has worked at such outlets as WSOC, Charlotte; KWEN, Tulsa; WHKO/Dayton; WCOS, Columbia, and KBBG, San Francisco. Cumulus corporate PD Bob Raleigh comments, “Gerry adds to our growing roster of great programmers in the company. We needed someone exceptional to take over the legacy left behind when Eric retired and Gerry is the perfect fit for such a heritage station as KYKZ and our new ‘NASH Icon’ KQLK.”
Greater Media Names Kennedy WKLB, Boston PM Drive Personality. Beginning this Thursday (3/26), Keven Kennedy takes over the afternoon drive show on Greater Media’s Boston country outlet WKLB. Program director Mike Brophey says, “It’s exciting to welcome a personality of Keven’s caliber to ‘Country 102.5.’ We know he’ll feel right at home on the air in Boston and we expect to see him everywhere in the community!” Kennedy most recently served as the host of both the “Kennedy in the Morning” show at “Movin’ 107.7” WMOV, Norfolk and “Nudge in the Morning” on KVDU-FM, New Orleans “Voodoo 104.” Previous to that, he was heard on Dial Global’s syndicated “Nudge At Night,” as well as on the “Hits Now” format.
NuYork Named ABA Radio Personality of the Year. Birmingham, Alabama radio personality NuYork was honored with the 2015 Radio Personality of the Year award from the Alabama Broadcasters Association at its annual ceremony on Saturday, March 21. The WBHJ, Birmingham jock is on air middays on SummitMedia’s hip hop outlet “95.7 Jamz.” In addition to her radio duties, NuYork says she considers community outreach a personal priority. She regularly speaks at schools and colleges about the importance of education, and serves as a mentor through an internship program that she has created. She is also building an organization called G.L.O.W. (Girls Living On Willpower), whose goal is to support young women by encouraging positive choices in appearance, morality, and academic achievement. She is inspired and motivated by youth — particularly adopted adolescents, for whom she admits to having a soft spot — and hopes to partner with other organizations to assist at-risk children transitioning between homes and into adulthood. Through social media, volunteerism and her website, IamNuYork.com, she stays engaged with the community.
D’Amico Adds ‘Y108 Duties’ in Pittsburgh. At the Pittsburgh CBS RADIO cluster, WBZZ station promotion manager John D’Amico begins handling the same duties at sister country outlet WDSY “Y108, Pittsburgh’s Country.” D’Amico started with the cluster as an intern in 2007, worked part time in promotions and as a board-op, and then was hired fulltime as an assistant in 2009. He was promoted to his previous role of station promotion manager for WBZZ in 2012.
Greater Media Named ‘Best in Philly’ Again. For the fourth consecutive year, Greater Media’s radio properties have been named among the “Top Workplaces in Philadelphia” by Philly.com. Hundreds of companies take part in the survey, but only a select few companies are awarded top workplace. The Greater Media Philadelphia station group consists of rock WMMR; classic rock WMGK “102.9 MGK”; adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben FM”; and sports talk WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic.” The evaluation for the “Top Workplaces” program was based entirely upon feedback from an employee survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics in the fall of 2014. Greater Media Philly VP and market manager John Fullam comments, “Great companies start with great employees. We are fortunate to have such an extraordinary team dedicated to serving Philadelphia, our listeners and advertising partners every day.”
Michael Harrison and Norm Pattiz Discuss a Wide Spectrum of Media Issues on PodcastOne. TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison and PodcastOne founder/CEO Norm Pattiz engage in an illuminating conversation about media and its impact on society in the third and latest installment of the podcast series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” The two iconoclastic media figures draw upon their radio industry experience and 38-year friendship in tackling such issues as net neutrality; new advertising techniques; the impact of consolidation on radio; differences between radio and TV; the evolving state of journalism; the effect of fractionalization on the national consciousness, problems and changes in music radio and the burgeoning state of podcasting. To hear the podcast in its entirety, please click here.
Cumulus: Mancow’s Our Man in Chicago. As has been reported for several weeks now but just officially confirmed by Cumulus Media over the weekend, Erich Mancow Muller will assume morning drive duties on the company’s WLUP-FM, Chicago “Classic Rock 97.9 The Loop” effective March 30. After winning the “listener-generated morning show talent search,” Mancow will return to the Chicago airwaves to produce the entertainment-based “Mancow Morning Show on 97.9 The Loop.” Show cast members will include: Al Roker, Jr., Luv Cheeze and Cathy Vlahogiannis, providing the female prospective with Carrie Ann DeYoung, as well as new talent Abe Kanan, famous for his show on SiriusXM. Cumulus says that “after a month of on-air auditions by multiple candidates vying to host mornings on ‘The Loop,’ Mancow garnered an impressive listener response to The Loop’s Morning Show Web Survey during his five-day run. Mancow brought back the funny and served up the fast-paced entertaining show that put him on the map with Chicago radio listeners from 1994 to 2006. Fans of the original “Mancow Madhouse” came out of the woodwork to show their support, and thousands of positive comments flooded the station website. Comparing the voting traffic to the other candidates, it was no contest: Mancow won the ‘election’ in a landslide.” After leaving Emmis and former alternative WKQX in 2006, Mancow reinvented himself as a conservative talk show host and was syndicated by TRN-FM for a number of years. Speaking about his new gig, Mancow comments, “This is my final act because I don’t believe I’ll ever top this! Chicago is a tough city for commuters and our ONLY goal with this show is to provide an escape and make our listeners laugh. There will be radio theatre. We will be three-dimensional and break out of the speaker. This show will pop like no other. We believe it will cut through the clutter and seize an audience that hasn’t been served in years. Cumulus and John Dickey brought me back into radio. He is a leader I can follow into this great radio battle to victory. This guy is committed to talent and committed to winning. It doesn’t matter how much you love radio (and I do); if you don’t have the right people around you, you are doomed. Finally, I have my dream team cast of characters and a company that actually wants to win. Lately in radio it seems like people are listless and don’t know what to do. That is not the case with ‘The Loop.’ We have a direction and we know where we’re going. This is the most exciting time ever.”
Smith Summoned To SummitMedia Greenville As OM. Former seven-year Radio One Philadelphia operations manager and director of inspirational programming Elroy Smith joins SummitMedia Greenville, South Carolina as operations manager. SummitMedia Greenville vice president and general manager Karolyn Mulvaney comments, “Elroy has an outstanding track record as an incredible programmer with noted integrity. We are eager to have him on our winning team.” According to senior vice president of programming Bill Tanner, “It is a great thrill for us to acquire such an exceptional programmer as Elroy. We know he will take our Greenville properties to new heights. We all look forward to learning from his talent and experience.” Smith will oversee operations and programming of Greenville urban contemporary WJMZ “107.3 Jamz,” rhythmic CHR WHZT “Hot 98.1,” adult hits W249CB “Chuck-FM,” and alternative W253BG “X-98.5.” His resume includes a lengthy stay in Chicago as operations manager of Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) urban contemporary WGCI-FM and operations manager/program director of urban AC sibling WVAZ “V-103.” In addition, Smith has programmed Radio One Philadelphia outlets WPHI, urban AC WRNB, and gospel WPPZ “Praise 103.9,” as well as that company’s Charlotte gospel outlet WPZE “Praise 102.5.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At RCA Records, Wendy Goodman adds oversight of the Adult Promotion department to her current duties as VP/Promotion West Coast. Goodman tells RadioInfo, “I would like to thank Joe Riccitelli for this incredible opportunity. I look forward to this next chapter of leading the Adult Music promotion department…..At the Cox Media Group Jacksonville cluster, Bob DeBlois is the new director of sales in charge of all sales activities for the six-station radio group and Cox Online Digital Ad Network (CODAN). Previously, DeBlois served as general sales manager for the company’s news/talk WOKV, Jacksonville…..Rob Sparks is the new program director and midday personality at Mid-West Family Broadcasting-owned CHR KOSP, Springfield, Missouri “92.9 The Beat.” Sparks, who comes to Springfield from his most recent gig in South Bend, Indiana at hot AC WNDV, takes over for J.D. Garfield, who exited KOSP earlier this year.
Danny Schechter Dead at 72. A voice from the glory days of WBCN, Boston is dead at age 72 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Danny Schechter “The News Dissector” was one of the “jocks” who helped make album rock pioneer WBCN the legendary station that it was. Danny Schechter’s career went far beyond just his work at WBCN. Read this obituary from Alternet’s Don Hazen here.
Shane Succumbs to Cancer. Chief executive officer of Houston-based Shane Media Services, and publisher of the music magazine Best in Texas – Ed Shane – has lost his battle against colon cancer. Shane and his wife/business partner/former country programmer (KILT, Houston, WIL, St. Louis) Pam Shane revealed his diagnosis on social media less than four weeks ago (2/24). In that posting, Pam Shane noted, “This will be an interruption for Ed and me during the next few months. Shane Media clients are aware of this, and know that I will be keeping their projects moving forward. We appreciate the support from friends and colleagues at this difficult time.” Outpouring of sympathy and exceptionally kind comments permeated social media. For example, renowned sports broadcaster (Boston Red Sox radio play-by-play, among others) Jerry Trupiano declares Shane was, “a true giant in the industry and one of the best people I ever worked with.” Among the many others “heartbroken” to hear the news of Shane’s passing is CBS Radio country KFRG “K-Frog,” Riverside on-air talent Heather Froglear, who comments, “We were so fortunate to have [him] on our team for many years. I will be forever grateful for [his] guidance on the air. He always encouraged this young gal just starting in country radio. I considered [him] a mentor – but mostly a friend. My heart goes out to Pam and the rest of Ed’s friends and family. You will be missed – terribly.” Longtime group program director Frank Bell recollects that during his tenure at Keymarket/Sinclair, “Ed Shane helped us launch many great country stations, including KFRG; WGGY, Wilkes Barre-Scranton; and WOGY, Memphis. His handiwork in news-talk helped shape the sound of WWL, New Orleans; WBEN, Buffalo; and WLAC-AM, Nashville. Ed’s clarity of thought made him a welcome addition to every conference call and strategic planning meeting. He was one of those rare consultants who ‘talked the talk’ and ‘walked the walk.’ In Texas terms, he wore a big hat and had lots of cattle. Thoughts and prayers today go out to his life and business partner, Pam, and that talented group of Shane Media programmers, both past and present.” Distinguished programmer Ed Scarborough (Lieblick) declares, “We have lost a true ‘gentle’ man. Condolences to Pam and Ed’s family, and to Ed’s extended family. He touched many lives and leaves a wonderful legacy.” According to Brent Clanton, “Ed gave me my first job in Radio at Paul Taft‘s KODA, Houston and he taught me so much more than the business. I was privileged to work with him on two [Houston] start-ups, KIKK-AM ‘Business Radio 650′ with the equally-legendary Dickie Rosenfeld, and more recently, the launch of Radio One‘s ‘News 92 FM’ [KROI]. Ed was a gentleman, a perfectionist, and was always thinking ahead on ways to make a radio station’s product better. He made me a better broadcaster, and planted in me an appreciation of how to bring up the next generation of radio professionals.” Intersat‘s manager of media product strategy (and former programmer) Chuck Dickemann comments, “Ed’s influence on me and my career went far beyond broadcast and radio. His support, confidence, and mentorship permeated everything I did. Beyond that, he was a friend – a true friend.” Programmer John Roberts mentions that, “Ed was a pro’s pro for sure, but more importantly, he was simply a great guy. Plenty of people in radio, including me, owe significant career steps to Ed & Pam’s generous advice and help. Stories about change in our business, real or perceived, seem to hit us between the eyes daily. The idea of consultant Ed Shane not being around is one legit ‘change’ I wish we did not have to face.” Mardit Media Consulting president Barry Mardit notes that Shane was a “familiar face at CRS. He always greeted me with a warm smile and a hearty handshake. I always looked forward to our brief chats as well as his in-depth presentations. The consummate professional and true champion who so believed in the power of radio. Ed was a vast storehouse of the knowledge and expertise needed to harness and unleash its full potential. Our industry has lost a giant and those who have known Ed have lost a giant of a friend.” SeniorNet Dallas president Dan Halyburton states, “Ed Shane was a great radio man and a good friend. Ed played an important role in the efforts at KPLX, Dallas in the 1990s to fight one of the toughest country battles ever. His knowledge and commitment to winning were unequaled. Ed always had such energy and presence.” Country consultant Joel Raab notes, “Ed Shane was a great guy and solid professional. He was always generous with his thoughts and advice. He gave me lots of encouragement – even though we were competitors. For that I will always be grateful.” Ron Parker recalls that his “very first radio job was at WPLO-FM, Atlanta and Ed was the operations manager of the station for Plough – thoughts and prayers to Pam and the Shane family.” Ed Shane – who founded Shane Media in 1977 – entered hospice care early this past week. He previously was station manager of Houston’s KRBE and programmed talk KTRH in that market. He also was the former program director of KKDJ, Los Angeles (now iHeartMedia CHR KIIS), as well as a number of other major market stations.
Fourth Round of February 2015 PPM Data Released. February 2015 PPM survey information has been released by Nielsen Audio for the fourth batch of 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. The February 2015 survey period covered January 29 – February 25. You can see all the 6+ data from subscribing stations here. Additionally, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from these PPM markets.
1) Austin – Kansas City, Nashville, and Austin have a somewhat interesting thing in common: Three FM country stations exist in each of those PPM markets and two of the three properties are cluster-mates. As far as Texas’ capital city is concerned, KASE “Today’s Country” and KVET-FM “All-Time Country Favorites” are iHeartMedia siblings. Over the last 12 survey periods, KASE has bested KVET-FM seven times – six times in a row March through August – as well as in December. KVET-FM, meanwhile, has prevailed in September, October, November, “Holiday” 2014, and January (2015). The biggest lead for “Today’s Country” in that stretch is +1.9 (June), while the greatest advantage for “All-Time Country Favorites” was +1.6 in January. Owing to KVET-FM’s -.4 and KASE’s +1.2, the two are tied in February at 6.6, with KVET-FM remaining #2 and KASE advancing there from January’s fifth-place finish. The market’s other FM country facility – Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE “Austin’s Country Alternative” – follows January’s -.3 with a one-half share decline (2.5 – 2.2 – 1.7) and slips from #17 to #19. “Austin’s Country Alternative” was in the 2.1 – 2.5 range (6+) the last seven sweeps. Despite a two-tenths decline (8.8 – 8.6, 6+), Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob-FM” repeats at #1. “Bob” had been #1 for 12 successive sweeps before being supplanted in the “Holiday” 2014 report by Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95-5.” Progressing by one-half share (3.5 – 4.0, 6+) is “Bob” cluster-mate KLBJ-FM “The Rock of Austin,” climbing from #12 to a tie at #9.
2) Milwaukee – Tacking on nine-tenths to January’s full-share gain, iHeartMedia‘s WMIL storms from second to first and “Milwaukee Country – FM 106.1″ is back in double-digits (8.8 – 9.8 – 10.7, 6+). Prior to the “Holiday” 2014 sweep, WMIL was #1 for seven straight monthly reports and in double-digits each time (10.2 – 10.5 – 11.9 – 11.6 – 10.6 – 10.7 – 10.2, 6+). Posting six straight down or flat trends (7.7 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+), cluster-mate WRIT doubled its 6+ stat in the “Holiday” 2014 sweep to take over the top spot. “Oldies 95.7″ eroded by -5.2 in January though and it drops another eight-tenths to 6.2, dipping from third to fourth. Talkers WTMJ and WISN were separated by six full-shares in January, but as Journal‘s WTMJ declines by six-tenths (10.9 – 10.3, first to second), iHeartMedia-owned WISN trots out a +1.6 (4.9 – 6.5, sixth to third) to shave the lead to 3.8. WTMJ was ensconced in the runner-up spot for eight straight sweeps before reaching #1 in January – the first time doing so since last May. WTMJ was +1.1 in January and WISN improved by six-tenths. Another Milwaukee outlet up by six-tenths in January – Saga rhythmic CHR WNRG “Energy” – falters by one-half share (2.6 – 2.1) to revert from #15 to #16. Also dropping one-half share is Entercom CHR WXSS “Kiss-FM” (5.0 – 4.5), which slips from fifth to ninth. Like WISN and WNRG, “Kiss-FM” gained six-tenths in January, the first time since March 2012 that Saga Milwaukee stations (such as “Energy”) have been listed in print.
3) Indianapolis – Following a “Holiday” 2014 increase of +1.1 to 2.8 – its best (6+) performance since December 2013 (2.9) – Cumulus Media-owned WRWM ” Classic Hip-Hop 93.9 – The Beat” turned in one of the most memorable non-Christmas music-related surges by catapulting from #13 all the way to #1 (7.7, +4.9, 6+). Off by one-half share in February, however, “The Beat” (first to second) trades places with the station it succeeded at #1 in January – Emmis-owned adult contemporary WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7″ (7.0 – 7.3, +.3, 6+). Up or flat for four consecutive sweeps (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom CHR WZPL “Indy’s Hit Music Station” sees its streak end by dropping one-half share to 5.4, but it remains at #7. It is a different story for another station in that cluster as WNTR “Indy’s Best Music Mix” picks up one-half share to 4.0, proceeding from #13 to #11. “Indy’s Best Music Mix” had been down or flat the past five ratings periods for a combined -1.2 (4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.6, 3.6 – 3.5, 6+). For the fourth successive survey, Cumulus country WFMS is down or flat – and this time it is by one full-share (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 5.3, 6+). Not only does WFMS slide from fifth to eighth, February’s 5.3 (6+) is the station’s lowest in its PPM history. Cross-town Emmis’ similarly formatted WLHK “Hank” returns the four-tenths it gained in January (6.2 – 6.6 – 6.2) and moves from third to fourth.
4) Providence – Locked at 5.5 in back-to-back sweeps – and appropriately – ranked #5 both times, iHeartMedia rocker WHJY “94 HJY” busts out with a +1.2 to 6.7 and climbs to #4 (6+). It is WHJY’s strongest 6+-performance since last August when it reached 7.1. Albeit down six-tenths from January’s +1.0 (9.4 – 10.4 – 9.8, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” repeats at #1. Co-owned talker with the same calls – WPRO-AM – improves by one-half share (5.3 – 5.8) to inch up from sixth to fifth. The rollercoaster ride continues for Entercom all-sports WVEI: It was off by nine-tenths in the “Holiday” sweep; came roaring back with a massive +2.1 in January; and now sputters by -1.1 (3.1 – 5.2 – 4.1) to slip from seventh to eighth. Moreover, before the -.9 in the “Holiday” ratings period, WVEI had five successive up or flat trends (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.0, 6+). In what is now its fifth consecutive negative or flat sweep, classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101″ regresses by a massive -2.1. Since October, it has eroded by a combined -3.5 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 6.8 – 4.7, 6+) and this is the first time in its PPM history that the iHeartMedia property has not registered at least a five-share (6+).
5) Raleigh – Strong month-to-month progressions are turned in by iHeartMedia cluster-mates WRDU “Classic Rock 100.7″ (3.6 – 4.6, +1.0, tenth to ninth); CHR WDCG “G-105″ (6.2 – 7.1, +.9, fifth to third); and talk WTKK (2.9 – 3.7, +.8, #13 to #11). WRDU had been down the past three reports (4.5 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+), “G-105″ had back-to-back declines (7.1 – 6.9 – 6.2, 6+), and WTKK improved by seven-tenths in January. When Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5″ finished first in the “Holiday” 2014 ratings period, it ended 11 straight months at #1 (6+) for Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country.” With a +1.2 (ironically following Holiday 2014’s -1.2), WQDR returned to #1 in January and, despite February’s -.6, it repeats its penthouse stay (8.2 – 9.4 – 8.8, 6+). After both stations progressed by eight-tenths in January, Curtis Media Group CHR WPLW “Pulse FM” declines by six-tenths to 4.4 (#9 to #10), while public WCPE “The Classical Station” increases by seven-tenths to 3.2 (steady at #14 ).
6) Norfolk – On the heels of January’s eight-tenths gain, iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WHBT “The Beat” adds another +1.1 (1.7 – 2.5 – 3.6) as the former urban AC (WKSA) lands in the top ten (#11 to #10). Co-owned urban contemporary WOWI “103 Jamz” (steady at #2) dials up a +.8 to halt four straight down or flat trends (9.0 – 8.7 – 8.3 – 7.7 – 7.7, 6+), which had resulted in a cumulative -1.3. Notwithstanding a -1.2 from January, this is the 32nd successive ratings period that Entercom urban AC WVKL is #1 and the 19th time in the last 20 monthlies it is in double-digits (13.4 – 12.2, 6+). Rhythmic CHR sibling WNVZ “Z-104″ rebounds from January’s -1.3 with a +.9 (5.0 – 3.7 – 4.6) to advance from tenth to seventh. Common threads among the following three outlets are they have a “V” as the second letters in their calls; Max Media Holdings is their parent company; and they are off month-to-month by at least one-half share. WVSP “ESPN 94.1″ declines seven-tenths to 1.7, #12 – #15); CHR WVHT “Hot 100.5″ is down six-tenths to 3.2 (#9 to #11); and classic hits-oldies WVBW “The Wave” drops one-half share to 5.4 (#4 to #5). After freefalling by -2.3 in January, iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV “MOViN 107.7″ stabilizes at 2.1 and manages to inch up from #14 to #12.
7) Nashville – For an astonishing 35th successive monthly, Midwest Communications’ adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9″ is the frontrunner in “Music City USA” and even dials up a +1.2, after January’s -4.1 (14.1 – 10.0 – 11.2, 6+). “Mix” has been in double-digits (6+) for all but four of the last 33 ratings sweeps. By notching a +.4 in January, Cumulus-owned sports outlet WGFX halted three consecutive downtrends that had totaled -2.3 (8.4 – 8.0 – 7.0 – 6.1, 6+). Steady at #5, “The Zone,” however, is -1.1 to 5.0. By picking up one-half share to 4.3, country sibling WSM-FM “Nash Icon” applies the breaks to a three-month slide that had resulted in a cumulative -1.8 (5.6 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 3.8, 6+). “Nash Icon” is sandwiched between the market’s other two country FMs, co-owned WKDF “Nash” (5.0 – 4.9, -.1) and iHeartMedia‘s WSIX-FM “The Big 98″ (3.7 – 3.8, +.1). Ironically – the three country FMs – WKDF (#8), WSM-FM (#9), and WSIX-FM (#10) retain their January rankers.
8) Greensboro – No shortage of mega month-to-month sways here and Entercom – which owns the top four – is in the middle of the action. Following four consecutive negative monthlies (11.5 – 11.0 – 10.4 – 9.9 – 9.6, 6+), urban AC WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (second to first) bounces back with a +.6 to 10.2 as it dislodges adult hits sibling WSMW “Simon” (10.1 – 9.4, -.7, first to second). In January, “Simon” reached double-digits for the first time in its PPM history. Co-owned WJMH “102 Jams – The Hip-Hop Station” curtails its three-month slide (8.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5, 6+) in convincing fashion by hanging out a +1.6 to 8.1, progressing from fifth to third. Also in the Entercom cluster, WPAW “The Wolf” (up one-half share in January) regresses by seven-tenths (7.1 – 6.4) but remains at #4. Not only does Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL end its run of four straight downward moves that had totaled a combined -1.9 (6.4 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+), “The #1 Hit Music Station” recoups virtually all of it with a +1.8 to 6.3 (#8 to #5). This time last month, cross-town iHeartMedia CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” flashed a +.7, which put an end to three straight negative trends (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+). Now, “Kiss” tacks on another 1.2 to 4.9 and concludes an even larger streak. It is truly the end of an era as “Kiss” – which had anchored the #9 spot in Greensboro the last 22 successive ratings periods – elevates to #8. Four straight up-trends virtually tripled WMAG’s 6+ stats (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 9.6 – 16.1), but the iHeartMedia adult contemporary saw more than one-half of the 16.1 from “Holiday” 2014 dissolve in January (16.1 – 7.3). Now, “Continuous Soft Rock” drops to 5.9 (-1.4), tumbling from third to seventh.
9) West Palm Beach – Hot AC WRMF – which notched an impressive +1.6 in January – improves by one-half share and finishes first for the sixth straight ratings period (9.9 – 10.4). This is the third successive up-trend for iHeartMedia adult contemporary WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5″ (6.8 – 6.9 – 7.4 – 7.7, 6+), which again ranks second. Down eight-tenths this time last month, its CHR sibling – WLDI “Wild 95.5″ – rebounds with a seven-tenths gain to climb from eighth to sixth (2.9 – 3.6). Although steady at #13, American Public Media Group’s WPBI HD-2 gains one-half share to 1.4, its strongest (6+) performance since last May when it reached 2.0. For the third consecutive sweep, urban AC WMBX “X-102.3″ has a downtrend (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.5, 6+), but it remains at #5.
10) Memphis – There is just one minor (6+) ranker change from January among the market’s first seven stations; iHeartMedia owns the top three. WHRK “K-97.1″ improves by seven-tenths (7.3 – 8.0) and the iHeartMedia urban AC continues at #3. Despite a one-half share decline, co-owned KJMS “V-101″ repeats at #1 (10.0 – 9.5). Sandwiched between these two outlets is gospel sibling WHAL “Halleluiah,” which is off by seven-tenths but stays in the runner-up slot (8.8 – 8.1). Yet another iHM property, talk WREC gains one-half share as it inches up from #15 to #14 (1.8 – 2.3), but cluster-mate WEGR “Rock 103″ (#12 to #15) is down or flat for the fifth straight time (2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+) for a combined -.8. No sooner does Cumulus Media‘s WGKX “Kicks 106 – Today’s Best Country” notch a +1.3 to 5.1 (6+), it surrenders virtually all of it as it slips from eighth to ninth (3.9, -1.2). With a +.2 to 6.9 though, its urban-rhythmic oldies cluster-mate WRBO “Soul Classics & Today’s R&B” ends three straight downward trends (8.1 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.7, 6+) to advance from #5 to a tie at #4. Albeit they are by modest increments, Entercom-owned country WLFP “The Wolf” posts its fourth successive positive trend (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.4 -1.7 – 1.8, 6+) and is steady at #16.
RadioInfo Career Moves. It’s a promotion for programmer Jay Cruze who is upped from his PD gig at iHeartMedia’s country WSCG, Augusta, Georgia “G105.7” to senior vice president of programming that puts him in charge of the company’s six-station cluster…..Rising to program director at JMJ Broadcasting-owned classic country KTPK, Topeka “Country Legends 106.9” is morning show host Skeeter Nash. He takes over for Roger Price who recently exited the station.