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So, You Want to Be Syndicated. Why?

| March 28, 2014

By Tony Garcia
Global Media Services
Founder

 

garciatonywriterDENVER — That’s the question I ask people who approach me about a program they want to syndicate or a concept they think would be perfect as a syndicated program or service.  Everyone wants to play on a bigger stage.  It’s natural.  It drives us to be better at what we do.  We all share a passion for radio.

Moving from a local show to a syndicated show requires much more than passion.  It requires determination, perseverance, internal strength, patience and the ability to judge oneself dispassionately.  Ask anyone who is syndicated and they are likely to tell you about the highs of signing the first affiliate and the frustration of losing affiliates.  As a good friend of mine once said, “Syndication will break your heart.”

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Friday, March 28, 2014

| March 28, 2014

schumannjrAnother JR Comes to Dallas. This time though it has nothing to do with the mythical Ewing Family, but JR Schumann, who is appointed operations manager for Cumulus Media Dallas FM country siblings KPLX “The Wolf” and KSCS “New Country.”  In addition, he will be the day-to-day program director of “New Country”; Mark Phillips remains as PD of “The Wolf.” Cumulus Media executive vice president/co-chief operating officer John Dickey comments, “JR is a talented and kplx logoexperienced country program director, and a natural fit for Cumulus’ industry-leading country music stations.  We are very pleased to welcome him to the company.  He is a tremendous addition to our two outstanding Dallas country stations and we look forward to seeing them thrive under his leadership.”  Cumulus Media Dallas-Fort Worth vice kscs logopresident/market manager Dan Bennett remarks, “Our country stations are a critical part of our success in Dallas.  JR’s successful track record gives us an opportunity to elevate our stations to an even higher level of performance in creating country programming that our listeners and advertisers love.”  Schumann is, “very excited” to join Cumulus and to become “part of two legendary stations in the largest country market in the U.S.  Cumulus is setting a new standard for the best in country programming and I am thrilled to be a part of that.  When [Cumulus Media senior vice president of programming] Mike McVay called with this tremendous offer – and in my hometown no less – I could not pass it up.  I look forward to working with the team to continue bringing the best in country programming to a market that loves its country radio.” Schumann, who officially joins the Dallas country combo a week from Monday (4/7), programmed Cox Media Group Orlando country outlet WWKA “K-92″ for the past 16 months. He previously was assistant program director for Cox Media-owned country property WZZK-FM, Birmingham and programmed KYKX, Tyler-Longview, Texas.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  The morning drive show “Radio from Hell” featuring Kerry Jackson, Bill Allred and Gina Barberi on Broadway Media’s alternative KXRK, Salt Lake City is named “Best Radio Show” in the City Weekly “Best of Utah” honors for the umpteenth year in a row…..Jeff England is named vice president and director of sales for Hubbard Radio’s Phoenix cluster.  He moves over from his most recent sales gig with Fox Sports Arizona.

chujudyPols Admit Broadcast Royalty Unlikely to Move Anytime Soon.  With continued momentum in the U.S. House to prevent undoing broadcast radio’s exemption from paying royalties to copyright holders, most didn’t expect proponents of new fees to have the votes necessary to affect change.  But earlier this week, even more doubt was cast on the proposal.  During the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology’s hearing on the extension of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), some legislators addressed radio’s exemption, expressed the desire to change it but admitted it’s not likely to face a vote presently.  As reported in Politico, bill co-sponsor Rep. Judy Chu says the bill is not on the radar and probably won’t surface until the telecom subcommittee takes up the broader issue of copyright law.

garciatonySo, You Want to Be Syndicated.  Why?  That’s the question syndication business veteran Tony Garcia, founder of Global Media Services, asks radio broadcasters that approach him about a program they want to syndicate or a concept they think would be perfect as a syndicated program or service.  Everyone wants to play on a bigger stage.  It’s natural.  It drives us to be better at what we do.  In a new piece posted today (3/28), Garcia writes, “Moving from a local show to a syndicated show requires much more than passion.  It requires determination, perseverance, internal strength, patience and the ability to judge oneself dispassionately.  Ask anyone who is syndicated and they are likely to tell you about the highs of signing the first affiliate and the frustration of losing affiliates.  As a good friend of mine once said, ‘Syndication will break your heart.’”  Still want to be syndicated?  If so, read Garcia’s entire column by clicking here.

kink logoKINK, Portland Announces Lineup for Portland Rose Festival.  Triple A KINK, Portland again is teaming up with the Portland Rose Festival to present the “KINK on the Waterfront” concert as part of the RoZone Concert Series this Memorial Day weekend.  This year, the station is bringing the following acts to the festival over two days: 5/24 – Vintage Trouble, Marc Broussard, and Vicci Martinez; 5/25 – Capital Cities, Scars on 45, and Valerie June.

delcollianojerryJerry Del Colliano’s “Media Solutions Conference” Draws 100-plus to Philadelphia.  More than 100 radio broadcasters from across the country gathered at the classy Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia on Thursday, March 27 to attend noted industry observer and analyst Jerry Del Colliano’s fifth annual “Media Solutions Conference.”  The attendees represented various levels of management, talent and ownership from a variety of radio companies — local, regional and national.  In addition to Del Colliano’s in-depth presentation of information about such topics as understanding the Millennial generation, disrupting radio before its media rivals do, separating radio’s main product into unique on-air and online categories, using video to generate additional revenue streams, reinventing the morning show, time-shiftinghannitysean radio, and reducing the liability of commercials while increasing their effectiveness, attendees were treated to presentations by WBEB, Philadelphia “More FM” owner Jerry Lee, Premiere Networks and Fox News Channel talk star Sean Hannity and TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison.  Jerry Lee discussed a number of tactics and philosophies employed by his company to make it one of the most successful ratings and revenue-generating, leejerryindependent music-formatted, stand-alone FMs in America.  He basically told the attendees that you have to spend money to make money and espoused the benefits of heavy promotion, research and putting together a top-notch team of talent and management in order to reap the rewards radio is still capable of delivering.  He also spoke extensively about the importance of creating effective, listenable commercials and limiting the number of spots perharrisonmichael hour to no more than 12.  Sean Hannity discussed the various keys to attracting younger listeners to the talk format on both radio and television (something he has proven to do very well) and was critical of today’s ratings system that largely ignores listenership to radio on the internet and satellite platforms.  Michael Harrison joined Del Colliano at the end of the conference for a free-wheeling Q&A wrap up of the day’s subject matter.  Harrison encouraged the attendees to trust in their own common sense and intuition, pointing out that all forward evolution in the arts and communication begin with someone taking a stand based on their gut instincts.  According to Harrison, “This was one of the most interesting, informative and well-organized conferences I have ever attended.”  Jerry Del Colliano will be a major speaker at the forthcoming “Talkers New York 2014” on Friday, June 20.  For information call 413-565-5413.

nash detroit pic‘Free for All Country Concert.’  Detroit country outlet WDRQ “NASH FM 93.1” celebrated its official launch as a part of Cumulus Media‘s “NASH”-branded stations with a free concert for listeners at the city’s Fillmore.  Cumulus reports that “NASH FM listeners and advertisers filled the venue to capacity at the ‘Free for All Country Concert’ enjoying performances by Eric Paslay, Scotty McCreery, Terri Clark, The Cadillac Three, Brett Eldredge, Big & Rich and Kix Brooks, who also co-hosted the event with ‘America’s Morning Show’ host Blair Garner.”  Pictured here are (from l-r): Scott Meier, RVP, Cumulus Media Midwest; Eldredge; Jennifer Van Vallis, GSM, Cumulus Detroit; and Gary Pizzati, SVP, Cumulus Media.

mcdowellrobertNAB Show Features ‘Net Neutrality’ Debate; Ex-Commish McDowell to Take Part.  At the NAB Show in Las Vegas next month, the issue of net neutrality is being addressed during the Super Session titled, “World Without Rules: Is This the End of the Open Internet?”  On Tuesday, April 8, NAB says “top opinion leaders and experts on the issue of net neutrality will address how proposed regulations governing access to the internet will affect content providers, ISPs and content creators.”  Tech Policy for Re/code senior editor Amy Schatz will moderate the panel consisting of: Jessica Gonzalez, EVP and general counsel of the National Hispanic Media Coalition; Robert McDowell, former FCC commissioner; Pantelis Michalopoulos, head of the Telecom, Internet & Media Group at Steptoe & Johnson LLP; and Berin Szoka, president and founder of TechFreedom.

tyleraishaAisha Tyler Named Gracie Awards Host. Daytime television audiences, of course, know Aisha Tyler as one of the panel members on CBS-TV’s “The Talk.”  The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has tapped the Dartmouth College alum to host the 39th annual Gracie Awards in two months (5/20) in Los Angeles.  According to AWMF chair Kay Olin, “The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation advances the influence and impact of women in all forms of media, and Aisha Tyler embodies this goal perfectly.  From network television to cable, from actor to author, from podcasts to best-selling books, Aisha showcases her talents in an impressive variety of media.  We are delighted that Aisha is hosting this year’s Gracie Awards Gala.”  Tyler – who formerly hosted “Talk Soup” – comments, “It has truly been an impressive year for women in all media.  I am very much looking forward to celebrating all that women have accomplished.”  However, she jokes, “No one is getting an award for that Kimye [Kim Kardashian-Kanye West] Vogue cover if I have anything to say about it.”  The Gracie Awards (or “Gracies”) recognize consummate programming created for women, by women, and about women in radio, television, cable, and digital media.  The awards program also encourages the realistic and multifaceted portrayal of women in entertainment, news, features and other programs.  “The Talk” was recently renewed for a fifth season.  In addition to her role there and as a regular Stephanie Miller show contributor, Tyler voices Lana Kane on “Archer.”  Last summer, she replaced Drew Carey as host of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

thickejoynerRobin Thicke Kicks Off Tom Joyner Cruise.  The 15th annual Tom Joyner Foundation “Fantastic Voyage” cruise presented by Ford finished its eight-day, seven-night trip last Sunday.  The “Ultimate Party with a Purpose,” supports students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities and, aside from the fun in the sun, presents epic concerts, seminars and unprecedented opportunities for its guests.  Pictured here is R&B crooner Robin Thicke entertaining the crowd on the party deck before the ship left Miami.  You can see Tom Joyner in the lower right side of the photo digging the show.  In addition to Thicke, entertainment included: Nelly, George Clinton, Ice Cube, Katt Williams, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Chante Moore, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, KEM and many more.

mcdanielearl groupRemembering Earl McDaniel. Writing in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, reporter Erika Engle describes Earl McDaniel as “the longtime charismatic general manager” of Honolulu’s KSSK-AM and KSSK-FM.  The 85-year-old McDaniel died this past Wednesday (3/26) in Arizona. McDaniel formulated the idea for a $1 million giveaway that helped solidify the morning drive success of Michael W. Perry and Larry Price (“Perry & Price”), following the 1983 death of J. Akuhead Pupule.  KUMU production director Michael Shishido programmed KSSK years ago and tells us that McDaniel was, “the best GM I’ve ever worked with.”  Elaborating on his Facebook page, Shishido comments, “If you had the great opportunity to work for KSSK prior to 1991, you got to work for one of the greats, Earl McDaniel.  He was larger than life.  He was tough and demanding, but he was a radio and marketing genius – and he had a huge, compassionate heart.  I could fill up Facebook for days with Earl stories as could many of my radio colleagues.  Radio has lost a giant.  Aloha, Earl.”  As a Los Angeles on-air talent, Earl “The Pearl” McDaniel worked for KFVD and KPOP (1953 – 1958); KLAC (1958); KDAY (1958 – 1961, where he was its program director); and KFWB (1961 – 1963).  Renowned voiceover talent and longtime programmer Charlie Van Dyke notes on his Facebook page that McDaniel was, “a great guy with the most wonderful stories and a very quick sense of humor.  I was so happy that I had the chance to meet with him even briefly.”  The most touching tribute though to McDaniel can be found on laradio.com, where publisher Don Barrett opens up his homage by stating, “The most important man in my life died [Wednesday] night.”  In the heartfelt printed eulogy, Barrett details how he met McDaniel while Barrett attended Santa Monica High School in the 1950s.  “He was the biggest deal on the radio dial in the 1950s,” Barrett writes of McDaniel.  “He was the early Rick Dees or Ryan Seacrest.”  The two instantly became friends and Barrett points out, “Earl was never more than a phone call away.  I went to him first for advice whenever there was a stumbling block in my journey.  He would help me see a way to roll the boulder out of the pathway.  He provided life tools to be a success – personally and professionally.  Earl was the first to pair Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele long before they arrived in Southern California for ‘Boss Radio.’”  According to Barrett, “Earl broke the Chipmunks Christmas Song and lost his job over it.  On Thanksgiving weekend, he played it twice an hour and the station owner threatened to fire Earl if he played it one more time.  Earl did and was fired, however, by Monday it was the hottest record at Wallichs Music City.  Earl was always figuring out a way to make things better, bigger and more spectacular.  He not only coined the phrase, ‘If you don’t promote a funny thing happens – nothing,’ he lived by it.  When Earl was running Honolulu’s KGMB, one year the station took in 60% of the revenues in the 18-station market.  I remember remarking to him what a stunning statistic that was.  He dismissed it and said he would not be happy until he got 100% of all advertising dollars.  Earl was the personification of what it is to be a mentor.  There is no one I have trusted more.  I will forever be grateful for every act of kindness he gave to me and my family – I will forever be grateful for Earl McDaniel.”  That only scratches the surface of Barrett’s piece, which also contains this condensed message from McDaniel himself, who anticipated his death.  “I am an agnostic.  I will be taken to the Neptune Society for cremation.  I have told my heirs that I do not care where they let the ashes fly.  When it is over, it is over.  To that end, there will be no funeral, no casket, and no flowers.  I have celebrated life for 85 years, and that celebration has been a wonderful, wonderful ride.  I have been contemplating all the good times, and the good times were fantabulous.  If I have borrowed something I haven’t returned or money I haven’t repaid, contact my daughter, Kathy.  Do not sing me any sad songs.  If I were to have an epitaph, it would be, ‘Earl McDaniel … from 1928 to 2014, he lived.’”  Pictured here are (from l-r): Charlie Van Dyke, Earl McDaniel, and Don Barrett.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

| March 27, 2014

nymrad logoNYMRAD Registers a +3.26%.  According to the Miller Kaplan New York Market Revenue Report, New York Market Radio (NYMRAD) advertising revenue for the first two months of this year increased 3.26%, when compared to last year’s figures.  Total revenue for February – including “digital” and “network”/”NTR”/”other” were up 2.3%.  New York Market Radio Broadcasters Association executive director Deborah Beagan comments, “The New York market is up, despite the series of storms.”  The “automotive” category there is up 11%, with over $10 million of spending.  Three rapidly growing such advertisers are Land Rover, up 153% from $166,000 last year to $420,000 this year; Tri State Ford Dealers – improving by 48% from $458,000 to $680,000; and Mercedes Benz, up 72% from $265,000 to $455,000.  The “communications/cellular” category sees a 20% gain, with over $8 million of spending.  Rapid such growers included Verizon, up 69% from $1.29 million to $2.17 million; Metro PCS – improving 95% from $1.28 million to $2.50 million; and AT&T, up 67% from $917,000 to $1.53 million.

scba logoLos Angeles Radio Revenue Grows in February.  According to data from Miller Kaplan Arase as reported by the Southern California Broadcasters Association, during February, the Los Angeles radio market saw revenue climb by 3.7% for the month and, on a year-to-date basis through February, the LA total market revenue growth is 3.1%.  SCBA president Thom Callahan states, “This substantial market growth reflects the dynamic power of Southern California Radio and our member radio stations’ determination to begin 2014 on very strong footing.”  On the digital side, the report indicates revenue for the reporting stations in February up 16.8% and a YTD growth rate of 14.7%.  The subsequent “X-Ray” report YTD also reveals substantial new business growth with 336 new advertisers spending $12.7 million.  Key category drivers include: insurance – up 141.7%, cellular/communications – up 45.8%, concerts/theatre/movies – up 34.7%, casinos/lottery – up 32.5%, and education – up 32.3%.

borrell logoBorrell Research Projects Hike in Recruitment Advertising.  Just what radio might realize from the projected 5.8% increase in dollars spent by employers seeking workers via broadcast isn’t certain and the category doesn’t break down radio, TV, and cable.  However, as the recruitment advertising report – subtitled The Long, Gray, Line – states, employers will spend $22.9 billion in the category this year.  “Of that, 84% is spent on online media, and of that, half is being spent on so-called digital services like developing websites, search engine optimization, and managing social media.  That services portion is growing at the fastest clip – nearly 50% growth in 2014 and potentially tripling over the next five years.  By 2018, we foresee a future where employers will spend 67% of their recruitment marketing budgets on digital services, 23% on classic digital advertising, and the remaining 10% on traditional media advertising.”  See more about the report here.

schembrijoeSchembri Upped to VP of Corporate Business Development, Sports Sales and Sponsorships.  This new corporate position lifts Joe Schembri from his VP of business development post.  Now, he’ll be working directly with clients to “create local, regional, and national campaigns that reach and engage consumers by utilizing multiple platforms to drive incremental revenue that include radio, sports play-by-play, event sponsorships, digital, database, mobile and social.”  Entercom station group president Weezie Kramer states, “For years, Joe has been a leader in our company and throughout radio, and I am proud to elevate him to this new position.  Sports has always been a strength of entercomEntercom and, under Joe’s leadership, we will bring a greater platform of products and greater results to our clients.”  Entercom serves as the radio broadcast partner for the Boston Red Sox, Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres, Kansas City Royals, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Saints, New Orleans Pelicans, Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders, San Jose Sharks and several NCAA teams, including this year’s #1 NCAA basketball seeds University of Florida Gators and Wichita State Shockers.  Schembri comments, “This is an exciting time for radio, sports and event marketing.  Entercom is powerfully positioned across the country to build dynamic, multi-platform campaigns that engage our fans, connect them to our clients and generate results that make a difference.”

eskinspikeMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Interim program director Spike Eskin is officially the PD at CBS RADIO’s “SportsRadio 94 WIP” and “CBS Sportsradio 610,” the company announces.  Eskin has been filling the role on an interim basis since Jeff Sottolano was named director of programming for CBS RADIO earlier this year.  During his time with CBS Philadelphia, Eskin also did on-air work at WMMR, working with “Morning Zoo” host John Debella…..At Leighton Enterprises-owned CHR KCLD, St. Cloud, Minnesota names Zannie K music director and evening personality.  Previously he worked for Clear Channel in Austin and is no stranger to Minnesota having served at CC’s KDWB, Minneapolis…..Kelly Martinez is the new program director and morning host at Idaho Wireless-owned hot AC KORR, Pocatello, Idaho.  Martinez has worked in the market at crosstown hot AC KLLP.

radioleague logoJournal Broadcast Group Ties in Digital Music Service to Milwaukee’s ‘Summerfest.’  The annual summer music extravaganza that runs from June 25 through July 6 on Milwaukee’s Lake Michigan shoreline this year is truly one of the world’s biggest and best music festivals.  Journal Broadcast Group is tying into that with a new digital music service station called – appropriately – Summerfest Radio.  This new station joins the six stations the company is programming – dubbed the Radio League – that were announced earlier this week and features the music of 2014 Summerfest headliners like Lady Gaga and the Dave Matthews Band, as well as ground stage performers like New Order, Fitz & the Tantrums and Nas.  Journal Broadcast Group Milwaukee Radio Operations VP/GM Tom Langmyer says, “Partnering with ‘the World’s Largest Music Festival,’ Summerfest, is just one way the Radio League will become the premier place for relevant, local, digital music experiences. We’re proud to have Summerfest as a charter station in the Radio League.”

crs genericCRS Announces Agenda Committee.  Stone Door Media Lab partner and former trade publication columnist Jeff Green is named chair of CRS’ 2014 – 2015 Agenda Committee; co-vice chairs are Clear Channel regional program manager Tom Hanrahan and EMI Nashville southwest regional rep John Trapane.  The three will serve through the 2014 – 2015 term and oversee the agenda for CRS 2015, which will be held next February 26 – 28.  Country Radio Seminar president Charlie Morgan comments, “The Agenda Committee provides a vital service to CRS.  Each year, our event is measured in large part on the quality of our sessions.  This is the group of dedicated volunteers that puts our event agenda together.  With Jeff, Tom, and John providing their leadership, energy and passion, I am confident that CRS 2015 will be among the very best ever.”  Green – who co-formed Stone Door Media Lab in 2012 – remarks that, “While CRS is always a team effort, I am grateful to the board and staff for this additional responsibility.  I look forward to collaborating with committee colleagues to produce a strong, exciting agenda lineup for CRS 2015.”  Radio and recording industry professionals interested in joining CRS’ 2015 Agenda Committee can submit applications at CountryRadioSeminar.com through next Friday (4/4).  Committee members must be available to attend agenda meetings in Nashville June 18 – 20, as well as panel sessions at CRS 2015.

RIhof logoWOR, New York PD Tom Cuddy Leads Rhode Island Radio HoF Class of 2014.  The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame announces the class of 2014 inductees and they include: current WOR, New York program director Tom Cuddy (who got his start in radio at WPRO-AM in 1980); air personality and programmer Rick Everett (served at WGNG, WSNE, WWLI, WWBB, WRX, and WCTK; current WRNI news anchor/reporter and host Dave Fallon; New England Tech teacher and 30-plus year radio station staffer Paul Perry; the late Carroll “Pappy” Philbrook, who began his career in Rhode Island radio in the 1940s as an engineer at WHIM, WHJJ and WHJY; easy listening pioneer Tony Rizzini; and entertainment icon Saucy Silvia who hosted an entertainment program on WADK for 26 years.  Additionally, the Shepard Award – created to recognize the founders of radio (John and Robert Shepard, owners of the Shepard Department Stores) in the Ocean State and to honor present-day contributors to the industry through leadership, dedication, achievement, innovation and spirit – goes to Janice Skelly.  Skelly began her radio career in 1978, working for WPRO-FM in the sales department, and for most of the next 36 years, she remained a fixture within the sales and business operations of WLKW-AM/FM and WSNE-FM through several ownership changes.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

| March 26, 2014

bbr logoBBR Music Group Inks Revenue Sharing Deal with Clear Channel.  It’s been a while since Clear Channel Media and Entertainment last signed a multi-platform revenue sharing deal – the big Warner Music Group deal was signed last September – but news comes today that CC has reached terms with BBR Musiccclogo Group that will enable its imprints Broken Bow Records and Stoney Creek Records and its artists to share in revenue across the company’s broadcast radio and iHeartRadio streaming stations.  Artists affected by this pact include country’s Jason Aldean, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Parmalee, and Thompson Square.  BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba says, “Radio plays a powerful – and unique – role in breaking country artists.  Clear Channel’s commitment to being a leader in exposing fans to the best new music is undeniable.  They have taken a very proactive role in growing the format, while strengthening the health of both the radio and records industries.  Forming closer ties with a partner who wants to ‘grow the pie’ for all parties involved, while ensuring that country fans can access our music on multiple platforms was a logical move for us.”

kiis logoKIIS, Los Angeles Ups 2013 Billing; Not Enough to Catch WTOP, Washington.  The annual top radio billers report from BIA/Kelsey is out and although Hubbard Radio’s all-news WTOP, Washington dropped a little over $1 million in billing from 2012 to 2013, at a reported $63.5 million it still was the nation’s #1 biller, beating Clear Channel’s CHR KIIS-FM, Los Angeles by about $2 million.  KIIS-FM had a good year, adding almost $5 million to its revenue total to report in at $61.6 million.  Rounding out the top 10 for 2013 were:  Clear Channel’s CHR WHTZ, New York “Z100” at $51 million; CBS RADIO’s all-news WCBS-AM at $50 million; Clear Channel’s AC WLTW, New York “106.7 Lite FM” at $45.5 million; CBS RADIO all-news WINS at $45 million; Clear Channel’s hot AC KBIG, Los Angeles “104.3 MYfm” at $44.5 million; CBS RADIO’s sports talk WFAN, New York “The Fan” at $43 million; CBS RADIO’s alternative KROQ, Los Angeles at $42.8 million; and CBS RADIO’s all-news WBBM, Chicago wraps the top 10 at $42 million.

iheartradio music awardsInaugural ‘iHeartRadio Music Awards’ Finalists Announced.  The social media-nominated finalists in Clear Channel’s inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards have been announced and here’s what some 13 million-plus votes have tallied (by category):  ­

Artist of the Year: Imagine Dragons, Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Maroon 5, Rihanna.

Song of the Year: “Hold On We’re Going Home” ­ Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Mirrors” ­ Justin Timberlake, “Radioactive” ­ Imagine Dragons, “Stay” ­ Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko, “The Monster” ­ Eminem ft. Rihanna.

Best Collaboration: “Holy Grail” ­ Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake, “Stay” ­ Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko, “Suit & Tie” ­ Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z, “The Monster” ­ Eminem ft. Rihanna, “Timber” ­ Pitbull ft. Ke$ha. 

Best New Artist: Florida Georgia Line, Icona Pop, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Passenger.

Country Song of the Year: “Boys ‘Round Here” ­ Blake Shelton, “Highway Don’t Care” ­ Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift, “It Goes Like This” ­ Thomas Rhett, “Mine Would Be You” ­ Blake Shelton, “That’s My Kind of Night” ­ Luke Bryan. 

Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year: “Blurred Lines” ­ Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell, “Hold On We’re Going Home” ­ Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Holy Grail” ­ Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake, “Pour It Up” ­ Rihanna, “Started From The Bottom” Drake.

EDM Song of the Year: “Get Lucky” ­ Daft Punk ft. Pharrell, “Stay The Night” ­ Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Summertime Sadness” ­ Lana Del Rey ft. Cedric Gervais, “Sweet Nothing” ­ Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch, “Wake Me Up” ­ Avicii.

Alternative Rock Song of the Year: “Demons” ­ Imagine Dragons, “Do I Wanna Know?” ­ Arctic Monkeys, “Pompeii” ­ Bastille, “Royals” ­ Lorde, “Safe And Sound” ­ Capital Cities. 

Best Lyrics: “Wake Me Up” ­ Avicii (Vocals by Aloe Blacc), “I Love It (ft. Charli XCX)” ­ Icona Pop, “Say Something” ­ A Great Big World, “Same Love” ­ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Wrecking Ball” ­ Miley Cyrus.  

Best Fan Army: Arianators ­- Ariana Grande, Little Monsters -­ Lady Gaga, Lovatics ­- Demi Lovato, Mahomies ­- Austin Mahone, Rihanna Navy ­- Rihanna, Swifties  -Taylor Swift.

The iHeartRadio Music Awards will take place on Thursday, May 1 at the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on NBC from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET.

westwoodone logoWestwoodOne Premiers New Network Oldies Format.  This is the first new format debut since WestwoodOne and Cumulus Media Networks merged.  The new “Good Time Oldies” 24-hour format debuts on April 28.  WestwoodOne states that “Good Time Oldies” “will feature music from the golden era of pop, rock and soul – centering on hit music from the 60s and 70s – and positioned slightly earlier than traditional adult hits-formatted stations.”  Personalities on board the format include: oldies pro Jim Zippo in morning drive, John Summers, and Kevan Browning (who moves over from the company’s classic hits 24-hour format).

woodelliottHouston’s Buzz: Wood Becomes PD.  Researcher/consultant Elliott Wood is named program director of Clear Channel Houston alternative KTBZ “The Buzz.”  Clear Channel Houston vice president of programming Marc Sherman comments, “Elliott’s caliber of talent and experience will be a great asset not just for ‘The Buzz’, but for our entire cluster.  This is a pivotal time for Houston toktbz logo forge ahead.  We are looking forward to great success with Elliott’s wealth of experience.”  Wood – who starts his new assignment next Tuesday (4/1) – remarks, “I have been fortunate to have worked with some of the biggest brands in radio and with the programmers who make those stations successful.  Over the years, I have learned so much from working closely with Clear Channel’s programmers.  Together, we found ways to engage more listeners, more often.  After some amazing years on the road, I look forward to having a singular focus with ‘The Buzz,’ and finding ways to make the station even more successful.  This is truly an honor, and I can’t wait to get to work.”  Wood’s background includes stints at Strategic Radio Solutions, Broadcast Architecture, CNN, and Pittsburgh radio outlets WKST, WXDX, and WXVX “X-15.”

entercomEntercom Sets Milwaukee and Madison Managers.  Former Cumulus Mobile vice president/market manager Chuck Sullivan is tapped for similar duties at Entercom Milwaukee, while Entercom Madison director of sales Ed Schulz is elevated to vice president/market manager of that Wisconsin market.  They succeed Michael Keck (see next story), who was overseeing both markets.  Regional president Michael Doyle comments, “Entercom is proud to add two of the strongest people in radio to our leadership team.  Chuck and Ed bring with them a wealth of experience, unique perspectives and a passion to make their powerful brands and their clusters not only the strongest in the state, but in all of radio.”  Meanwhile, Sullivan remarks, “Entercom Milwaukee has some of the most powerful and iconic brands from [CHR WXSS] ‘Kiss-FM’ to [hot AC WMYX] ‘Mix’ to [WSSP] ‘SportsRadio 1250.”  Schulz adds, “Madison is a special place and Entercom has distinct brands that not only connect with the community, but deliver results for our clients.  I am proud of what we have accomplished in Madison and am excited for the future.  Before joining Cumulus, Sullivan spent nine years as managing partner of Wilmington, North Carolina’s Ocean Broadcasting.  Schulz joined Entercom two years ago and will be responsible for adult alternative WMMM “Triple M,” classic hits WOLX, and hot AC WMHX “Mix 105.1.”

keckmichaelCBS RADIO Twin Cities Names Keck VP/DOS.  As referenced in the story above, sales pro Michael Keck moves northwest from Entercom Milwaukee to the Twin Cities where he’s the new vice president/director of sales at CBS RADIO Minneapolis, effective April 7.  The company says that in this role, he will be responsible for overseeing sales in the market for news/talk WCCO, adult hits KZJK “104.1 Jack FM,” and country KMNB “BUZ’N@102.9.”  Keck will work closely with Michael Weiss, CBS RADIO’s president of sales and report to Mick Anselmo, senior vice president and market manager for the Minneapolis cluster.  Keck comments, “I am thrilled to be coming back to the Twin Cities.  It’s a tremendous privilege to be associated with two powerful FM stations and one of America’s most legendary and successful AM brands in WCCO.  I can’t wait to be a part of the CBS RADIO team in this vibrant radio and media marketplace.”

murphysamjodiEntercom Adds ‘Murphy, Sam and Jodi’ for AM Drive at ‘Magic 98.9’ in Greenville.  At the Greenville, South Carolina operations, Entercom frees up Greg McKinney to concentrate on his duties at the cluster’s sports talk duo WORD-AM/WYRD-AM “ESPN Upstate” and adds the syndicated “Murphy, Sam and Jodi” show for morning drive on AC WSPA “Magic 98.9.”  McKinney has been doing multiple jobs anchoring the “College Football Today” pregame show on rock WTPT “93.3 The Planet” and hosting live and local “In The Huddle with Greg McKinney” on “ESPN Upstate” from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in addition to hosting mornings on WSPA.  Entercom Greenville VP and market manager Steve Sinicropi says, “This week we made two moves that strengthen ‘Magic 98.9,’ ‘ESPN Upstate’ and our entire cluster.  We’re excited to have Murphy, Sam and Jodi join ‘Magic 98.9.’  This talented trio is a perfect fit for mornings on ‘Magic 98.9.’  They’re fun, modern and their show is one the whole family can listen to.  We are confident it will be a difference maker for ‘Magic.’  The trio is currently heard in 20 markets.

envisionnetworks newSun Broadcast Group to Rep Envision Networks’ Spanish Content.  An exclusive ad sales agreement has been struck between Sun Broadcast Group, Inc. and Envision Networks for Sun to rep Envision’s Spanish-language inventory that includes: CNN en Español, Fox Deportes and AccuWeather ensunbroadcastgrouplogo Español.  Envision president and CEO Danno Wolkoff states, “Jason Bailey and his team at Sun Broadcast will increase our presence in the Spanish advertising arena.  They will represent our programming, services and online audio product lineups to Hispanic advertisers and maximize the scope of our network’s reach and frequency and the amount of impressions it delivers for clients.”

wlje logoLeigh Ellis’ Radio One Communications of Indiana to Sell Northern Indiana Cluster to Adams Radio Group.  No price announced yet on this deal that will send country WLJE, Valparaiso “Indiana 105.5”; oldies WAKE, Valparaiso; classic rock WXRD, Crown Point “X-Rock 103.9”; hot AC WZVN, Lowell from Radio One Communications of Indiana to Adams Radio Group of Northern Indiana, LLC.  Radio One Communications of Indiana is an Indiana-based company headed by Leigh Ellis and has no other broadcast interests.  Adams Radio Group is a Minnesota-based company headed by Ron Stone.  Adams Radio also owns stations in Las Cruces, New Mexico and has applications on file to acquire stations in Ft. Wayne which are scheduled to be approved by the FCC sometime in the 2nd Quarter.  Kalil & Co., Inc. is the exclusive broker for this transaction.

pretzellodebbieBeasley Honors Pretzello with President’s Club Award.  This in-house sales award for the calendar year 2013 goes to Beasley Broadcast Augusta senior account executive Debbie Pretzello for the third time.  The President’s Club consists of Beasley sales executives inducted annually for their abilities to meet or exceed individual and market goals, attain accreditation from the Radio Advertising Bureau as Certified Radio Marketing Consultants (CRMC), and over-deliver their clients’ expectations on a daily basis.  One account executive in each market in which Beasley operates is named to the Club monthly.  At year’s end, each market names a winner based on overall performance.  Additionally, the individual with the highest ranking from this notable pool of top-performers is named Beasley’s “President’s Club Overall Winner” for the previous calendar year.  Beasley EVP of sales Heather Monahan says, “We are thrilled that Debbie Pretzello continues to lead our Augusta sales team and is recognized for her third time as our ‘Overall President’s Club Winner.’  Retaining talent in our business is of the utmost importance to Beasley.  Debbie forges ahead year after year, raising the bar for our sales organization.  Her ability to win multiple awards signifies her vast talent for delivering results for her local clients.  Debbie Pretzello earned the title ‘Overall President’s Club Winner’ again this year by providing ROI for her customers, that’s something that makes us very proud.”

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

| March 25, 2014

radioleague logoJournal Debuts New Streaming Music App.  The new, free music streaming app is called “Radio League” and it’s Journal Broadcast Group’s proprietary entrance into the digital music business.  Radio League features six music stations including country, top 40, adult alternative and Christian hits.  Journal Milwaukee Radio Operations director of marketing & innovation J. Pat Miller created the app to offer listeners more choices in a locally programmed and convenient app.  Journal VP/GM of Milwaukee Radio Operations Tom Langmyer comments, “Our business model is focused on strong local brands.  Our mission is to buildlangmyertom options and unique user experiences that tie directly to local partners and life here in Wisconsin.”  The company says all Radio League stations fit inside a free app and offer streaming listeners a competitive choice that is different from on-air stations and nationally syndicated products.  The Radio League flagship is adult hits, “94.5 The Lake,” one of Milwaukee’s highest-rated radio stations.  The Lake’s flagship status includes on-air promotion for the app and two custom radio stations within the Radio League: Variety and Totally 80s.  Journal VP for interactive Michael Gay adds, “Digital now enables us to provide our audience more music entertainment than any other Milwaukee broadcaster.  We’re proud to be the home of this great radio program, and look forward to having even more stations join the league in the future.”

steelepattyPatty Steele Reunites with Scott Shannon.  The New York market radio pro joins CBS RADIO’s WCBS-FM as the newest cast member of the “Shannon in the Morning” program effective March 27.  Patty Steele – who has worked at WABC, WCBS-AM, WHTZ, WOR, and with Scott Shannon at WPLJ-FM – will provide listeners with news and entertainment reports.  She’s joined by Mr. GWCBS-FM Logo providing weather updates, and Joe Nolan with traffic.  WCBS-FM program director Jim Ryan says, “Patty is not only a fun, compassionate personality, but one of the most credible news people in New York.  That combination, along with her chemistry with Scott, makes her the perfect person for this show.  We are so excited to bring her to CBS-FM.”  Steele comments, “I’m delighted to be reunited with my dear friend Scott Shannon, who has created so many legendary radio stations and morning shows.  To help him bring his brand of magic to an iconic station like CBS-FM is an honor.  There’s no one better to laugh with, cry with, learn with and yes, fight with than Scott.  I can’t wait!”

luikwankeolaCBS RADIO Houston Names Lui-Kwan ‘Hot 95.7’ APD/MD.  Programmer and personality Keola Lui-Kwan is promoted from his gig as APD at CBS RADIO’s country KILT-FM “The Bull” to APD, music director and afternoon drive host at sister CHR KKHH “Hot 95.7.”  In a statement, CBS Houston VP of programming Bruce Logan says, “In my time with CBS Houston, Keola has impressed me with his energetic on-air skills and his use of phones to interact with the audience.  As the APD of ‘The Bull’ he and I worked side-by-side to rebrand and begin the rebuilding process of KILT-FM.  At every turn he exceeded my expectations with his attention to detail and the speed with which he moved through the tasks at hand.”  Lui-Kwan says, “First and foremost I’d like to thank Bruce Logan, Michael Martin and Sarah Frazier for this amazing opportunity.  Everyone at ‘100.3 The Bull’ has become family to me and now it grows, within CBS RADIO Houston, to ‘Hot 95.7!’ I can’t wait to get started.”

dimartilekatieMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  In Reno, Jave Patterson announces his exit from Lotus Radio’s rock KDOT and classic KOZZ where he’s been program director and serving as OM for the cluster…..In the Poughkeepsie market, midday personality Katie DiMartile is leaving CHET5-owned triple A WDST, Woodstock to take advantage of another opportunity in New Jersey that puts her closer to family…..Jiggy moves from evenings to afternoons at Cumulus Media’s rhythmic CHR KWIN/KWNN in Stockton/Modesto, California.  As a result of the move, Nikki moves from late nights to evenings.

warq logoL&L Goes Hot AC on WARQ, Columbia, South Carolina.  Not long after making programming changes to sister classic rock WMFX – now branded “Fox 102.3 Columbia’s Rock Station” – the company shifts former rock outlet WARQ to hot AC as “The New Q93.5 Columbia’s Hit Music.”  Featuring pop hits from the last 15 years, L&L Broadcasting director of programming Scott Mahalick says, “With the recent changes in the Columbia radio landscape, there was a clear opportunity for a hot adult contemporary radio station.  We’re thrilled to be able to fill the void and deliver the hits in a focused presentation with live and local talent.”

kdht logoMax Radio Fires Up New Alternative ‘107X’ in Denver Market.  The “Jack FM” format is gone from Max Radio’s Denver market KDHT (licensed to Bennett, Colorado) as the station flips to alternative as “107X Denver’s Rock Alternative.”  The station’s website is promising 5,000 songs in a row with no commercials (sponsored by Corona!).  The lineup of talent is expected to be announced in the near future.

scba logoSCBA Makes Case for Advertising on Radio in SoCal with Quarterly Market Report.  A case can be made that the Southern California Broadcasters Association is working as hard as any organization can to convince advertisers that their money would be well spent on Southern California radio.  In its latest Quarterly Market Guidance Report, the SCBA draws upon some of the data that’s already been reported this year that indicates: 1) radio listening in the region (persons 12+) is increasing, according to Nielsen Audio data; and 2) advertising revenue in the  region is increasing as per Miller Kaplan Arase reports.  The report, designed to target advertisers and agencies, offers arguments for shifting parts of ad budgets away from television and cable to radio for effective marketing.  See the report here.

shakiraiHeartRadio and Target Host Shakira Album Release.  The iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, California was the site of the album release party for Shakira’s 10th studio album, titled ShakiraTarget and Clear Channel co-hosted the party on Monday (3/24).  Ryan Seacrest served as host for the event that was broadcast live across more than 100 Clear Channel radio stations nationwide as part of a 30-minute, on-air radio special.  Shakira discussed the making of her album and performed several new songs as seen in the photo here.  (Photo: Joseph Llanes)

Doobie’s Picks of the Week

| March 24, 2014

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And now for some Doobie Picks to Click and potential programming attractions worthy of your valuable attention.

POP

“Get Down” by James Arthur James Arthur (Simco)

“Get Down” by James ArthurJames Arthur, despite many setbacks including anxiety attacks, accusations of plagiarism, and barely being saved from elimination by a narrow public vote, won season 9 of X Factor. Of course, it didn’t save him from angering the LGBT community with some of his lyrical choices.  Regardless, his first album, James Arthur, has already sold over a million copies producing number ones all over Europe.

I don’t know James Arthur… so I can’t tell you if he’s a total hate mongering homophobic nut job or just someone incredibly naïve just trying to get by in a world full of reasons to have anxiety attacks. But I do know that he is incredibly talented. This album is a masterpiece.

Even though this 2CD set is absolutely amazing, it hasn’t been formally released in this country. Some of his singles are available for digital download, but in terms of a tangible copy of the album – you need to import it from the UK. Personally, I think this is sort of ridiculous, considering how easy it is to find things featuring the boys of One Direction around here.

Radio needs to continuously be on the forefront of pop culture. Not everything new and wonderful originates domestically… and considering this guy’s track record all across Europe… this track should be an obvious contender at the next music meeting if you are lucky enough to be at a station that actually still has music meetings.

I am going to assume you don’t know this next artist. If you do happen to know who she is – and or have been playing her, then you should consider her second single, “Out Of Mind.”

This song should probably have been subtitled “Drunk Munchies.”

“Habits” by Tove Lo Truth Serum EP (Universal Music AB)

“Habits’” by Tove LoI am not sure what it is about the water in Sweden, but they have been producing some really great music as of late. Tove Lo, pop singer out of Stockholm, copes with lost love in the regularly though often ignored by lyrics way: eating food in the bathtub, getting drunk at the club, binging on sugary sweets after, and passing out in a puddle of vomit and melted Häagen-Dazs. Throw that over a click-pop beat with a huge hook, and you got yourself a fun pop hit that gets added to my “Girls Gone Bad” playlist – even though this is probably the slowest and most stripped down of the bunch. It works because the lyrics and her vocals are both equally strong.

There is a remix of this song by the Chainsmokers that I may as well mention, even though it isn’t featured on the RadioInfo EDM Music Chart Red Zone this week. The original song is similar to the style of “Royals” by Lorde, meaning that it doesn’t lend itself well to most remix formulas. It requires extra effort, and the Chainsmokers deliver. To quote a release from the DJ Duo, “The thing with our production lately is we are looking to close the gap between this big kick room house with the huge spacey middle and really melodic full progressive sound and combine it with our love for Indie emotion… it’s definitely challenging but we feel we are getting closer and closer.”

If you are with a station that is more pop – check out the original. If you are looking for a dance track with some emotion – check out the remix. Either way – Tove Lo is someone you should keep an eye on, and of course if you haven’t already heard of the Chainsmokers… thank goodness you read this weekly column!

“Word Up” by Little Mix (Sony Music UK)

“Word Up” by Little MixThe single released as a charity offering for Sport Relief 2014. Sport Relief is a biennial charity event from Comic Relief, in association with BBC Sport, which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help financially indigent people across the world.

Each charity event has an official single to help raise funds, starting with “Your Song” by Elton John and Alessandro Safina in July 2002, with others from Rachel Stevens (2004), McFly (2006), Leona Lewis (2008), Robbie Williams (2010), JLS (2012) and now this cover from Little Mix.

The original song was a lot of fun. Now imagine the girls from Little Mix performing it with their strong vocal styling and sassy attitude. This is a must check out track.

“FALLINLOVE2NITE” by Prince featuring Zooey Deschanel (Epic)

“FALLINLOVE2NITE” by Prince featuring Zooey DeschanelBack in January, Prince guest-starred on New Girl, giving Zooey Deschanel a makeover, talking pancakes, playing ping-pong, and jamming out to a new song. Now, the full, final version of that collaboration, “FALLINLOVE2NITE,” has dropped.

I will be the first to say that I am not really a fan of that other song featuring his Purple Highness, but this track is one that I can get behind. Not sure if it’s going to be on his next album – but it’s definitely worthy of note.

Prince opens the synth-drenched, funk-dance tune with the question, “Anybody wanna fall in love tonight?” Deschanel and the repetitive disco beat powers the dancing that will inevitably occur. Check this track out – and of course make sure you remind people that they first heard a sample of it on New Girl but now can hear the whole thing on your station.

The next song is not featured this week on the RadioInfo Pop Music Chart Red Zone; nor do I expect it to debut on the numbered charts anytime soon.

“Suspicious Minds” by Amanda Lear“Suspicious Minds” by Amanda Lear My Happiness (I Love Elvis) (Boomlover)

shatnerwilliamThis is an example of when the best part of the radio listening experience isn’t the song itself, but rather how it is presented. I don’t try to bring them up too often in this column, as without the right presentation – the songs would probably be taken out of context or misunderstood. The song is the punchline, and your presentation of the song is what makes the joke work.

The presentation of this song could have many different angles though my question of the audience would be — is this the female version of William Shatner?

ROCK

“Bitches Brew” by Crosses (styled as †††) Crosses (Sumerian)

“Bitches Brew” by CrossesCrosses  (stylized as †††) was formed by Deftones singer Chino Moreno a few years ago, and the single “The Epilogue” (released in October as a single, then again on the album last month) has been doing well for itself on active rock playlists. At this point, you sort of know about it and are playing it – or you aren’t.

BayleyGolden-eared DJ and assistant to the PD, Bayley Brown from WCLG-FM, Morgantown, West Virginia believes that the second single, “Bitches Brew” is even better than the first. While it has yet to take off domestically (as it’s not yet the promoted single – despite being released in November, perhaps as an appeasement for a delay in the release of the album) it seems to be doing very well in Australia. Brown says that it’s even popular on the Triple J “Hottest 100” – an annual music poll, based on the votes of national Australian radio station network Triple J listeners.

Is your station playing this track yet? I think it’s a really good offering… it’s not too hard and would be a good fit for a variety of stations within the broader rock format. If I were programming a station, I would even consider playing both songs back to back — assuming that you had the right presentation. It is certainly a novel way of introducing a new track to your audience.

scoremike“Somebody Like You” by Mike Score Zeebratta (Mike Score)

I don’t know what your hair looked like in 1982… but mine didn’t look like that of Mike Score.

“Somebody Like You” by Mike ScoreWhile perhaps it was too much product that has caused Score to now be sporting the look of G. Gordon Liddy, it seems that unlike the biblical Samson, Score’s hair had nothing to do with his musical abilities. Here we have “Somebody Like You” a new single from his recently released solo album, Zeebratta.

“I’m very excited about this song and the album as a whole. It’s been a long time coming and for the A Flock of Seagull fans, it’s going to sound different, but exciting at the same time,” Score said in an interview with Broadway World Magazine. Score said that he always felt the need to record many of the songs that he had written over the years that were never recorded by the band. He continued, “they were good songs, but I never thought they really fit the kind of music the Seagulls played, so I put them away, thinking someday I’d record a solo album,” he said.

I don’t think it sounds that different… in fact, I think it sounds like everything good about A Flock of Seagulls without any of the hair product residue from the early 80s weighing it down. You may not remember or been into A Flock of Seagulls – but this Mike Score album, specifically this first single, is definitely worth knowing about.

It is now time for the weekly British invasion. Featured this week are the sounds of psychedelic indie brit-pop band Towns with their latest single dripping with reverb, guitar fuzz, and a sugary melody.

“Young At Heart” by Towns Get By (Howling Owl)

“Young At Heart” by TownsShortly after discovering this track, I was curious if anyone was playing it or talking about it on their programs.

In my search, I came across one of the most glowing recommendations I have ever read about ANY band – let alone this one – and that was from Jay at TheSoundOfConfusion Blog. He writes about fuzzy guitars. He describes the beat as infectious as pigeon-zombie flu. He even writes about my personal favorite part – the “woos” – but it was his conclusion that got my attention. He writes, in part, “It all spins and climaxes you out with a dazzle of a scything sounds that, not so quietly, blows your mind like a snog on the night bus with a girl who whispers her name is Vickie while using her tongue stud in unimaginable ways. Good times.”

I am told by my friends across the pond that a Snog is merely a passionate embrace paired with a kiss… so I don’t feel like that description requires a full day in the shower. However, Jay’s passion about this particular track is not without merit. This group is really fresh. I dig their sound a lot… and even though, the band was created by a group of childhood friends who were looking to escape the hum-drum of growing up in a seaside resort town (#firstworldproblems), they should be on your radar if you are looking for something interesting from Britain.

This next track is a driving song.

buffalo killers“Don’t Cry To Me” by Buffalo Killers Heavy Reverie (Sun Pedal)

Geography has always created variety in terms of musical niches. Seattle in the 90s had coffee, cigars, and the sound of the grunge scene. Detroit had the Motown Sound. San Francisco has always had its own sound named after the city itself. There was the Miami Sound Machine, the New York State of Mind… and now the sound of Ohio… which is probably still led by the Black Keys, who are now joined by Buffalo Killers in the continuation of this sound.

Of course, I am not the only one to notice these guys. Chris Robinson, of the Black Crowes, invited them to open a string of dates for the band… and Black Key Dan Auerbach produced their sophomore album, Let It Ride. The guitars have a familiarity about them, reminiscent of Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, and Steve Winwood, that supports their general southern rock sound, laced with some catchy pop elements.

If you play music from any of the artists mentioned, then you should really give this track and these guys a listen as it could be a great addition to your rotation.

EDM

“Helium” by Chris Lake featuring Jareth Ultra Music Festival 2014 (Ultra)

“Helium” by Chris Lake featuring JarethDJ Chris Lake has a reputation for delivering big-room electro house anthems across the pond in the UK. This latest offering is no different. It starts with hand clapping builds leading to an explosive drop. Not to mention Jareth’s vocals… gorgeous.

Maybe you heard this track before… was it at the North Brooklyn Art Rave in Williamsburg? No… admit it… you were watching the 2013 Victoria’s Secret fashion show in December? If so – you saw the VS Angels walk the runway along with this track… a track that would be a great add for your EDM based list.

“Part Time Hater” by Big Boi featuring Kid Cudi and Stevie Wonder“Part Time Hater” by Big Boi featuring Kid Cudi and Stevie Wonder (Def Jam)

Big Boi likes to release mashups on Mondays. While this week’s track hasn’t been announced before press time – last week’s was a mashup of his Kid Cudi-featured record “She Hates Me” and Stevie Wonder’s “Part Time Lover” to create “Part Time Hater.”

These two tracks do not automatically jump to mind as going well together – but that is, perhaps, the true artistic skill of Big Boi… seeing and making connections where others do not.

Either way, the beat is all Stevie Wonder… and that, let alone with modern lyrics, is enough to get my attention and hopefully find its way to your playlist. In case you wondering, there is no word yet as for whether or not all these recent mash-ups will make a project or not. Doesn’t matter though – your listeners can still benefit.

“Feel Good Inc.” by Gorillaz (Chris Bullen Bootleg) (Club Cartel)

“Feel Good Inc” by GorillazMy overall appreciation of the Gorillaz, skeptically, got me to listen to an EDM version of the alt-rock staple… It’s not a song that I would have expected to be the “target” of someone’s digital re-production. However, Chris Bullen has proved that not only was it possible, but that the beats and drops really compliment an already great track.

The term for this style is “Melbourne Bounce” which is a horn-infused Dutch House Style that has evolved from electro house to produce inspiring party-hardy jams, raucous horns, and goofy, fun-loving sensibilities.

One commentator described the squelching horns of Melbourne Bounce and ultimately this track will melt your mind. While it was probably the drugs he was talking about, this track is definitely hot and has the immediate listener recognition that only a remixed big hit could have.

“When You Were Young” by the Killers (Calvin Harris Remix) Direct Hits (Island)

“When You Were Young” by The Killers (Calvin Harris Remix).The Killers released Direct Hits, a greatest hits collection, last year featuring some cool stuff including a demo version of “Mr. Brightside,” a brand new track, and a remix of “When You Were Young” by EDM artist Calvin Harris.

Putting this remix on a greatest hits album for the original artist meant that it was going to be lost to the ages. You would think that the label would market a dance remix to fans of dance music – and not the fans of the original band.  Well, you can single handedly save it from obscurity.

Calvin Harris is a big deal. His remixes and original productions have all charted, won awards, and are generally considered to be masterfully made.

Imagine him working his magic on an already successful synth rock song. It’s even better than you think it would be – and unless you happen to also be a big enough fan of the Killers to have checked out their greatest hits offering – you probably would have missed this one. Lucky for your listeners, you didn’t.

“Solo Dancing” by IndianaLast week I told you about “Solo Dancing” by Indiana. I first heard the track on BBC Radio One with Zane Lowe and mentioned that even though it’s not yet available for download from Sony until the end of April, the track is streaming, meaning that the savviest of the bunch are already hearing it at the clubs or on their personal dance playlists. Well, that seems to have directly translated into potency, because this track debuts this week at #7 on the RadioInfo EDM Music Chart. If you are looking for a remix, there’s one by Chris Lake (see above) that I particularly enjoy. However, I think that the original mix works well for radio and is something that you should be aware of – that is if last week’s mention didn’t get you checking it out already.

COUNTRY

“In the Country” with Dave Woods 300p“In the Country” with Dave Woods is an online radio show that features one country artist (or group) per episode giving listeners an opportunity to really get to know the guest, hear about how they got their start, stories behind the songs, new music, etc. The show started in March of 2009, and in the past five years has amassed an incredible vault of interviews.

“I’m as curious and as interested as my listeners are about country music — the artists, the songs, the history,” says Dave. “I cover as many areas of the guest’s musical life as I can so listeners can learn something new and be entertained at the same time.” 

“Country Crazy” by Amy Rose The Beginning (MTS Records)

“Country Crazy” by Amy RoseAmy Rose will be debuting “Country Crazy” her fourth single, during a live interview on Thursday with Dave Woods.

I had an opportunity to hear the track in advance. Let me just say that Amy Rose’s voice, wailing guitars, and a variety of rhythmic changes inspire uncontrollable toe tapping! Consider this one at the next music meeting.

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We are not here to discuss why “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” is one of the best songs Green Day ever released. However, one of the things that makes this song one of their best – is that it can be reinterpreted to fit in a variety of other genres – including country rock – while remaining totally relatable to the audience AND true to the original.

“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes Frettening Behaviour (Heroic/Cadiz Music)

“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Albert Lee & Hogans HeroesAlbert Lee is one of the most inspirational and influential guitarists within the genre of country rock. He’s known for a speedy picking style, as well as being able to hold a lyrical guitar melody. Like most innovators, his playing style has been copied countless times, often by people who have become better known. I hate when that happens.

Even though he’s been playing since the 60s… Lee’s hands don’t show any signs of getting tired. Take for example, this track – the album’s opener, by the time it’s done, you’ll have forgotten the original… Lee’s talent makes it seem as though this track was originally meant to be country.

I bet Lee has not been a stranger to your station’s playlist over the years. Well, add one more album – or at least this track – for playlist consideration, keeping in mind why Lee’s career has been so long and successful. Quality musicality like this will keep a musician working every time.

“Yeah… I’m that Crazy Rambling Red Head from YouTube”

Imagine a two-year old girl steps up to the stage and proudly belts out “Hey Good Lookin’” by Hank Williams, entirely a cappella. It probably wouldn’t have taken much to impress the crowd at this beauty pageant… but the performance was said to have left them completely wowed.

Imagine that same girl… at age five… winning Ed McMahon’s Star Search making her the youngest person ever to win…

Throw in some awards, AWA’s Rising Star, Hall of Fame Inductee of the Oklahoma Opry, five international yodeling championships, and the only recipient of the Grant Leftwich Legacy Award…

Did I say yodeling championships? In October 2010, Kata attended the taping of several TV shows, and once Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno found out about Kata, the champion yodeler was in the crowd, she was called up on stage to yodel as pre-show entertainment.

“Re-Run” by Kata HaySo this was Kata Hay… and at 18, she packed her things, moved to Tennessee, and started on a journey that changed her life. She met her future bass player (and husband) and together formed a band – Kata & the Blaze. She started a YouTube page and began recording and promoting her covers in late 2008. Taylor Swift handpicked Kata’s “Hey Stephen” cover as one of her four favorites, out of over 500 videos and posted it to the Taylor Swift website. That was when Kata Hay’s YouTube exploded and she earned the byline I started this mention with. She also tours with the bluegrass/rock fusion band the Grassabillies and performs nightly at the Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Fued Show in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Thanks to the help of a successful Kickstarter fan funded project (28 backers pledged $2,161 of a $2,000 goal) Kata Hay embarked on her first solo tour of the UK this month. “I really feel like this tour could greatly impact my career, and I ain’t no chick anymore ;). lol Time to seize the moment, as they say,” she shares.

You should really check out her latest single “Re-Run” by Kata Hay (Kata Hay). It’s a fun track from a definite rising star.

“The Far Left Side of You” by Jimmer The Would-Be Plans (Chief Injustice)

“The Far Left Side of You” by JimmerI once read that songwriting is more like alchemy than cooking… while both involve the careful adding of ingredients; songwriting involves a little more magic.

This means that there are songwriters… and then there are songwriting magicians… but unlike the world of cooking, I don’t think that truly gifted magicians get television shows.

Unless… could you imagine a reality show like Big Brother featuring era specific versions of the following songwriting magicians: Bob Dylan on Highway 61 Revisited, Brian Wilson on the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds, a re-animated Nick Drake on Pink Moon, Sufjan Stevens on Illinois, Butch Walker on his and the Black Widows’ I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart, Ben Folds on Ben Folds Five‘s Whatever and Ever Amen,… okay. I have already jumped the shark.

Danny BonaduceDo you think that Jimmer Podrasky for any of his multiple works with The Rave Ups should be included on the list? Or is he the Danny Bonaduce of that group? I read an interesting commentary about how Podrasky was something of a songwriting alchemy genius and that those albums are all equally magical as some of the others I have mentioned. I found it so convincing that I actually listened to the entire Rave Ups discography from start to finish including his most recent solo album, The Would-Be Plans.

I am not sure if he’d be a good fit in terms of the reality television show, however – in terms of his head at the moment of this current release – I think that this album is a songwriting masterpiece that would put Jimmer on a list of alchemists regardless of their application to a successful reality television show cast.

This track, “The Far Left Side of You” grabs you and doesn’t let go. I am still thinking about it – days later. The melody is enticing and the lyrics honest and heartfelt. He’s a poet with a little country pop song that is shockingly good. So good, it deserves a listen before your next music meeting for airplay consideration.

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Duane Doobie is music editor/director of RadioInfo and reflects the composite musical opinions of the RadioInfo editorial staff.  He can be emailed at ;duane@radioinfo.com.

It is Time for Action!

| March 24, 2014

By Duane Doobie
RadioInfo
Music Editor/Director

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The window is closing.  We must start innovating some powerful new kinds of programming sooner than later if we will ever have a chance to kick-start radio back to its former position of “ownership” within the pop music culture, let alone even remain in the game on any level of competitiveness over the next half-decade.

We see and hear way too many negative cultural references to radio these days in the larger media and public consciousness.

TV commercials tout the sale of CD song collections “no longer played on the radio.”  Heck radio is portrayed as being so lame that even the old farts don’t think it’s hip anymore, let alone the coming of age crowd of Gen-Y.

Discussion shows on the music channels and beyond regularly give voice to journalists, musicians, critics and fans further-diminishing the waning influence of radio within the pop world. They refer to the death of radio’s influence on music culture (not to mention all ends of society, with the exception of sports) with a level of certainty that treats the notion as if it were conventional wisdom.

This is entirely unacceptable!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

| March 24, 2014

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duanedoobie graphicDOOBIE:  It Is Time for the Radio Industry to Innovate New Formats and New Thinking.  RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie warns, “The window is closing.”  In a new column posted today (3/24), the motivational trade publication strategist suggests that now is the time for radio broadcasters to start inventing new ways to present music and entertainment on the radio airwaves “if we will ever have a chance to kick-start radio back to its former position of ‘ownership’ within the pop music culture, let alone even remain in the game on any level of competitiveness over the next half-decade.”  Doobie boldly states, “We see and hear way too many negative cultural references to radio these days in the larger media and public consciousness.  TV commercials tout the sale of CD song collections ‘no longer played on the radio.’  Heck radio is portrayed as being so lame that even the old farts don’t think it’s hip anymore, let alone the coming of age crowd of Gen-Y.  Discussion shows on the music channels and beyond regularly give voice to journalists, musicians, critics and fans further-diminishing the waning influence of radio within the pop world.  They refer to the death of radio’s influence on music culture (not to mention all ends of society, with the exception of sports) with a level of certainty that treats the notion as if it were conventional wisdom. This is entirely unacceptable!”  To read Duane Doobie’s entire column along with his suggested remedies to the problems cited, please click here.

arthurjamesDuane Doobie’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, 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 (3/24) includes such names as: Mat D. & the Profane Saints, GWAR, Jessy Lynn Martens, Nico & Vinz, James Arthur, Tove Lo, Chainsmokers, Little Mix, Prince, Zooey Deschanel, Amanda Lear, William Shatner, Crosses, Deftones, Mike Score, Towns, Buffalo Killers, Black Keys, Dan Auerbach, Black Crows, Chris Robinson, Chris Lake, Jareth, Big Boi, Kid Cudi, Stevie Wonder, Gorillaz, Chris Bullen, Killers, Calvin Harris, Indiana, Amy Rose, Albert Lee & Hogans Heroes, Kata Hay, and Jimmer among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

agasepaulCumulus Nabs Agase for VP Sales Post in Chicago.  Chicago market sales pro Paul Agase is named vice president of sales for Cumulus Media’s news/talk WLS-AM “Chicago’s Talk Leader” and classic rock WLUP “97.9 FM The Loop.”  Most recently, Agase was general sales manager at CBS RADIO’s all-news WBBM.  He’s also worked in the market at sports talk WSCR “The Score,” triple A WXRT, WKSC “103.5 Kiss FM,” and WBBM-FM “B96.”  Cumulus EVP and co-COO John Pinch comments, “Paul has made a significant impact driving sales for Chicago radio.  His talents are an ideal match for Cumulus Chicago’s iconic stations and we are excited to welcome him to the company.”

comrexComrex Welcomes Torelli as Market Development Manager.  Multi-disciplined media pro Joe Torelli joins Comrex Corporation as market development manager.  The company says that in this role, Torelli will spearhead awareness and drive acceptance of the Comrex LiveShot products in the broadcast, education, worship and government markets.  Comrex managing director Kris Specht states, “Joe comes to Comrex with extensive experience on both sides of the broadcast industry starting as a photojournalist at WFLA-TV, Tampa where he first used Comrex products.  Capitalizing on his field experience there and over a decade at NBC News covering world events, he transitioned to design and delivery of market focused products at Avid, Quantel and, most recently, Apple products that became standards in the industry.  That background will help Comrex grow the acceptance of the LiveShot products.”  Torelli says, “I see LiveShot as truly amazing technology and I’m no stranger to highlighting new technology and differentiating features to the market.  I’m excited about the opportunity to help extend LiveShot’s appeal and acceptance.”  Comrex LiveShot delivers live video and audio over a range of IP networks.  LiveShot is used by TV stations and networks to deliver high-quality, low-latency, full-duplex video and audio from anywhere internet access is available.

nolanmarkMark Nolan to Replace WMJI, Cleveland’s John Lanigan. Earlier this year, WMJI, Cleveland morning personality John Lanigan announced he’s calling it a career and will retire from full-time work at the oldies station on March 31.  He’ll be honored at the station’s annual “Moondog Coronation Ball.”  The 71-year-old co-host of the “Lanigan and Malone” show worked at WMJI for nearly 30 years.  He arrived in Cleveland in 1970 when he replaced Don Imus at WGAR.  He went to Florida in 1983 and returned to Cleveland in 1985 to work for WMJI.  Lanigan was inducted in the National Radio Hall of Fame this past November.  Beginning April 1, current midday personality Mark Nolan will take Lanigan’s place alongside Jimmy Malone.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Midwest Communications’ classic hits WYVN, Grand Rapids “92.7 The Van,” Brent Alan is promoted to brand manager.  Alan has been with the company’s Grand Rapids operations for the past 16 years.  He also serves as morning host on the station…..Scott Laudani is named program director at Binnie Media’s classic hits WFNQ, Nashua, New Hampshire “106.3 Frank FM” and WNNH, Concord, “99.1 Frank FM.”  Laudani was most recently OM/PD at Shamrock Communications’ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton operations…..GatesAir names Ted Nahil business development manager, Intraplex products, Americas.  The move is Nahil’s return to the GatesAir family, preceded by a successful six-year run in Intraplex sales at Harris Broadcast.

kucharzezraCBS RADIO’s Kucharz Promotes Multi-Platform Radio Model in Hypebot Op-Ed.  There is no end in sight to the debate over which models of audio entertainment are “here to stay,” the “wave of the future,” or the “one’s Millennials are adopting.”  And for good reason; it is the most important question broadcasting companies can be asking right now.  In a piece published on Hypebot, CBS RADIO local digital media president Ezra Kucharz, makes his case for the multi-platform model most broadcast companies are employing in some form or another: using broadcast radio tactics, personalities, programming and promotion power to augment AM/FM listening on digital platforms.  His main point is that broadcast radio’s ability to promote effectively is what is driving the success of digital destinations.  Read the Hypebot piece here.

wmfxL&L Columbia Merges Rockers.  In the Columbia, South Carolina cluster L&L Broadcasting takes classic rocker WMFX at 102.3 and rock WARQ at 93.5 and creates a tweaked format featuring rock music that leans closer to current than classic rock but still features classic bands and tracks.  The station is branded “Fox 102.3 Columbia’s Rock Station.”  On the station’s website it says, “Welcome to Columbia’s Rock Station, Fox 102.3!  You may be wondering what this is all about.  We’re taking the best of Fox 102.3 and Rock 93.5 and merging them together into one awesome rock station: Columbia’s Rock Station, Fox 102.3!  Stay tuned for more updates.”  Right now, the format is being simulcast on both signals but given the brand includes the 102.3 frequency, it’s reasonable to assume the 93.5 signal will feature a new format in the near future.

greatermedia logoGreater Media Philly Named a Top Workplace. This is the third successive year the company has earned such recognition from an annual survey conducted by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com.  Hundreds of companies take part in the survey and as Greater Media Philadelphia vice president/market manager John Fullam states, “Great companies start with great employees.  We are fortunate to have an extraordinary team dedicated to serving Philadelphia, our listeners, and advertising partners every day.”  Judges are employees and evaluation for the “Top Workplaces” program is based upon feedback from a fall 2013 employee survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics.  The Philadelphia Inquirer ran a special publication insert yesterday (3/23) to announce the honor.  Greater Media’s four-station Philadelphia cluster consists of adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben-FM,” WMGK “Philadelphia’s Classic Rock,” WMMR “Everything That Rocks,” and sports WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic.”

cookehollandMedia Usage Research (and What You Can Do With It).  Media consultant Holland Cooke pens a brief synopsis of some of the recent media usage research that’s been published recently and takes it a step further and offers some advice that station operators can use to put their best foot forward.  Smart owners and programmers are not getting depressed about the changing media landscape; they are doing their best to adapt to how people are using media.  Cooke offers some thoughts about working with that mindset.  Read it here.

rockrunbostonWBOS, Boston to Present Obstacle Run for Charity.  The “Rock and Run Boston” obstacle race is being presented by Greater Media alternative rock WBOS, Boston “Radio 92.9” and the inaugural race will take place at the newly developed Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts on June 21.  The course for “Rock and Run Boston” will be approximately 3.1 miles long and will feature a mix of fully staffed obstacles such as monkey bars, climbs, hurdles, and walls!  The “Rock and Run Boston” will also feature live musical acts at every mile marker along the course!  After crossing the finish line, runners will be invited to relax at a post- race party featuring a beer garden (21+only) and interactive demos and sampling from event sponsors and partners.  The party will be capped off by an exclusive performance by a national recording artist.  Vice president and market manager Rob Williams states, “The ‘Radio 92.9’ team is excited to bring to Boston what promises to be a physically challenging and hugely entertaining event.  We’re especially happy to raise needed funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.”  The event is open to participants 16 and over.

eastlanratings logoEastlan Adding Three Markets. Tallahassee, Florida; Columbus, Georgia; and Hammond, Louisiana are the metros that the ratings company will begin surveying this spring.  Eastlan president/chief executive officer Mike Gould comments that, “As Eastlan rolls into our fifteenth year, we are grateful to the small and medium market radio leaders who have recognized the value in carefully scrutinizing their radio ratings/vendor relationship.  We never imagined we would be fortunate enough to become the senior radio ratings provider in the United States.” Nielsen Audio is already measuring Tallahassee and Columbus; Hammond was an unrated metro.  Roughly five months ago, Eastlan added 11 other markets in Texas, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas.

kbea logoCool Job Opportunity.  Mornings in Quad Cities on Legendary “B100.”  If you’re ready to wake up and touch nearly half a million listeners in the Midwest, then this might be the gig for you!  Long-running CHR powerhouse “B100” is looking for the next great morning show that knows and lives the lifestyle of pop music fans.  Do you know what it means to be a part of the local community?  Are you ready to wake up and entertain your listeners every day?  Can you utilize massive digital assets to extend your reach?  If you think you’ve got what it takes, get your materials to Chuck Armstrong (chuck@townsquaremedia.com) immediately.  Townsquare Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

BTC logoHD Radio Cited in Growth of Broadcaster Traffic Consortium Revenue.  The Broadcaster Traffic Consortium (BTC), is a nationwide broadcasting network that distributes location-based data — including: local traffic, weather, and fuel prices via radio technology to navigation devices and automobile in-dash systems.  The consortium reports that revenue for 2013 continued to grow and it anticipates more growth in 2014.  The consortium was established in 2007 and since that time its total revenue compound annual growth rate is 50.8%.  The addition of HD Radio technology for traffic data in 2011 comprises 20% of the BTC’s total revenue.  Greater Media CEO Peter Smyth says, “Greater Media is now seeing a return on our investment in BTC.  The transmission of traffic data via our HD signals allows us to be an integral part of the digital dashboard.  We are pleased to see that revenue growth is exceeding our expectations.”  Getting traffic data via HD Radio allows users to avoid eating up their allotted data on bandwidth-intense activities like traffic.  The BTC says, “The smooth launch with auto manufacturers Honda and Mitsubishi last year has opened the door for additional automakers to realize the value of HD Radio Data real-time traffic.”  The founding members of the BTC include: Beasley Broadcast Group; Bonneville International Corporation; Cox Radio, Inc.; Emmis Communications; Entercom Communications Corp.; Greater Media; NPR and Radio One.

Radio (in)Digest

| March 24, 2014

By Holland Cooke

Radio Consultant

 

BLOCK ISLAND, RI — Like listeners dizzied by more-more-more media choices, we, inside-the-box, are bombarded by a torrent of data about our own changing media landscape.

Recently here, I summarized a real useful Edison Research/Triton Digital study: “The Infinite Dial 2014.”

ICYMI: http://www.talkers.com/2014/03/06/the-infinite-dial-2014/

And here’s the short version of more recently-released research that relates to your work, and some recommendations accordingly:

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Friday, March 21, 2014

| March 21, 2014

cbsradio logoCBS RADIO Adds to Its Live Events Division. The expansion of the live events division at CBS RADIO includes the addition of Katie Forte senior producer, strategic events and partnerships. She’ll be based in New York, according to Amy Stevens, senior vice president of strategic events and partnerships. The company says that in the newly created position, Forte will “play a key role in the development and management of signature programs that provide audiences and advertisers with one of a kind experiences with their favorite artists, sports stars, newsmakers and CBS RADIO personalities. Additionally, Forte will serve as a liaison with local venues, arenas and CBS RADIO’s current roster of partners in the entertainment industry, while cultivating new business relationships and opportunities.” Forte comes to CBS RADIO from her most recent position as director, concerts marketing, digital and social media with Madison Square Garden Company.

dennismaria‘Mix 106.5’ Baltimore Personality Maria Dennis Battling Leukemia. After going in for a routine colonoscopy, hot AC WWMX, Baltimore “Mix 106.5” midday personality Maria Dennis learned that her blood work came back “all over the road” and subsequent testing revealed she has leukemia. Dennis went on the air with the CBS RADIO station’s morning show from the hospital where she told listeners about her diagnosis. She said, “I have just been diagnosed with leukemia. It’s a mind-blower. It really is a mind-blower…It was a shock to me. But you know what? I’m going to beat this.”

borrell logoBorrell Associates Names Corey Elliott Director of Research. Williamsburg, Virginia-based Borrell Associates announces Corey Elliott is named director of research for the company. Elliott comes to Borrell from Gannett Co. where he was director of market intelligence. In this position, Elliot will be in charge of all of Borrell’s research operations, including divisions that handle direct consumer and advertiser research as well as the popular Compass (Adspending.com) product the company says is used by some of the largest media companies in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Borrell EVP of research Kip Cassino comments, “Having watched Corey’s analysis skills grow over the years, I am elated to work with him at Borrell. He will take the research and analysis base we’ve built over the past decade to a new level.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Cookeville Communications’ country WGSQ, Cookeville, Tennessee “94.7 The Country Giant,” Zach Ledbetter is promoted from director of promotions and PM drive personality at sister CHR WKSW to program director at the station. At the same time, the company brings Billy Mac in from its Bloomington, Illinois group to become afternoon personality at WGSQ…..The new morning show at Shamrock Communications’ alternative KRZQ, Reno is Tampa-based Bubba the Love Sponge…..Syndicated Spanish-language morning show host Alex “El Genio” Lucas is added to the program schedule at Access.1-owned WGYM, Hammonton, New Jersey (about halfway between Philly and Atlantic City).

lost45sBarry Scott Nabs Adds for ‘Lost 45s’ Show. A group of 14 stations add the WROR, Boston-based weekend special show “The Lost 45s with Barry Scott” to their program schedules. Scott, who was profiled in RadioInfo recently (read that here.), announces the following stations are adding the show: WSAK, Portsmouth, New Hampshire; WSHK, Auburn, Maine; WCSY, South Haven, Michigan; WWOD, Woodstock, Vermont; WFYX, Walpole, New Hampshire; KJCM, Snyder, Oklahoma; WYEA-AM/FM, Childersburg, Alabama; WORG, Orangeberg, South Carolina; WPNC, Greenville, North Carolina; WQKY-FM & WLEM-AM, Johnston-Altoona, Pennsylvania; KEYE, Perryton, Texas; WION-AM/FM, Ionia, Michigan; WGLM, Greenville, Michigan; and WTRP, LaGrange, Georgia.

audi logoAudi to Bring Wi-Fi to 2015 A3 Model. The arrival of wi-fi in the automobile in the United States appears to be coming first from Audi, according to a piece at Technologyreview.com. The story says the German manufacturer will make wi-fi available in its 2015 A3 model and it’s certain other manufacturers will follow. GM already has plans to offer 4G LTE in some 2015 models beginning this summer. Industry watchers know that the digital dashboard is going to expand but how fast that will happen before it can be said to be ubiquitous is up for debate. The Technologyreview.com piece reports Audi will charge $100 for 5 gig of data for six months. If you add that to a consumer’s existing smartphone plan, it becomes clear the dollars add up. Manufacturers are working to make the operation of digital apps acceptable for drivers who can’t be distracted, and that limits what can be done in the vehicle (at least in the front seat). Few are denying this is the future of entertainment and information in the car but reviews of some digital dashboard apps currently available are not glowing. They cite difficulty of operation and unreliability in many cases. But time usually solves these issues and that will be the case here. But for now, service like this will belong to those with a yen for gadgets and a fair amount of disposable income. Read the Technologyreview.com piece here.

russparrmorningshow logoCelebrity Guest Hosts Lined Up for Russ Parr Morning Show. The WKYS, Washington-based Russ Parr Morning Show will have celebrity guest hosts sitting in for Parr next week while he’s on vacation. 50 Cent, Tamar Braxton, Lil Mo, Gary Owen and Sevyn Streeter are set to host the Reach Media-syndicated program from March 24 to 28. Parr’s program is heard on more than 30 affiliate stations across the country.

ppmunitFinal Round of February PPM Data Released. Ratings data for the fourth and final group of 12 markets for Nielsen Audio‘s February 2014 PPM survey has been released. Markets in this group include: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. You can see complete market numbers here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group.

  • Milwaukee – After a “Holiday” – January +.6 (5.5 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom‘s WMYX “99.1 The Mix” tacks on another seven-tenths, zooming from fifth to second; 6.8 is the hot AC outlet’s highest 6+-stat since last July (6.9). Also advancing by +.7 (2.9 – 3.6) is Clear Channel CHR WRNW “Radio Now,” which is steady at #10. Talk has a mixed bag with eight-tenths drops (6+) for Journal Broadcast Group‘s WTMJ (6.9 – 6.1, #2 to #4) and Clear Channel’s WISN (6.3 – 5.5, #4 to #5). It is WTMJ’s third straight down trend (7.7 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.1); WISN had just experienced a +1.6 (4.7 – 6.3, “Holiday” – January). Conversely, public WUWM gains one-half share (2.3 – 2.8, #11).
  • Providence – Spiking by nine-tenths are Clear Channel rocker WHJY (6.5 – 7.4, #5 to #2) and Cumulus Media rhythmic CHR WWKX “Hot 106.3″ (3.1 – 4.0), which remains at #9. The inconsistent pattern continues for Clear Channel hot AC WSNE “Coast 93.3.” It started with a -.5 (October – November, #7); then a +2.3 (November – December, #2); -1.6 (December – “Holiday,” #5); and then a +.9 (“Holiday” – January, #2). The latest is a -1.1 January – February (7.3 – 6.2), placing “Coast” at #5. Just after Entercom sports WVEI-FM posted a +1.3 to 4.8 (#9 to #7) putting an end to back-to-back downward trends that yielded a combined -2.8 (6.3 – 4.1 – 3.5), it drops seven tenths to 4.1 (#8).
  • Raleigh – From September through January, Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB “Radio 96.1″ was a model of (6+) consistency by posting four straight 4.3 shares (September, October, November, and December), followed by back-to-back 4.6 shares (“Holiday” and January). It explodes in February though with a +.9 to 5.5, the station’s strongest since July’s 5.8 as it inches up from #8 to #7. During the February sweep, co-owned WBZJ (2.5 – 3.3, +.8, #11) was urban AC “96.9 BZJ,” but earlier this month (3/11), it became regional Mexican “La Ley 96.9,” and is simulcasting WYMY (3.3 – 3.7, #9). Eroding in excess of a full-share are University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC (9.4 – 7.9, -1.5, #1 to #2) and Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL (7.8 – 6.1, -1.7, #2 to #6). Taking over the #1 slot from WUNC is Curtis Media’s WQDR “Today’s Best Country” (7.8 – 8.5, +.7); WQDR was tied for second in January.
  • Norfolk – When observing the country clash this time last month, we noted that Sinclair‘s WUSH “US 106.1″ improved by a whopping +1.8 (5.1 – 6.9, #4 to #2), while Max Broadcast Group-owned WGH-FM “The Eagle” lost one full-share for the second straight survey period (5.0 – 4.0 – 3.0), falling from #7 to #12. Wild fluctuations in that format continue, but this time “The Eagle” gains +1.7 to 4.7 (#7), while “US 106.1″ plummets by two full-shares to 4.9 (#6); thus, the January lead of 3.9 shares held by WUSH is down to two-tenths. Not only is this the nineteenth consecutive survey period that Entercom urban AC WVKL “95-7 R&B” has been #1, it posts a massive +2.1 (9.8 – 11.9) and returns to (6+) double-digits. Its string of consecutive
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  • Nashville – Plenty of activity in “Music City USA,” paced by Clear Channel CHR WRVW “The River” racking up a +1.7 (6.0 – 7.7). Steady at #2, “The River” is now 5.2 shares behind South Central Communications adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9,” which has trended 18.6 – 15.5 – 12.9 for a combined -5.7 (6+) since the “Holiday” report. In January, the margin between the two outlets was 9.5 shares. Despite a +1.1 (5.4 – 6.5), Cumulus Media urban AC WQQK “92-Q” stays at #3, while Clear Channel country WSIX-FM “The Big 98″ is +1.0 (4.7 – 5.7) and inches up from seventh to fifth. No sooner had Cumulus sports outlet WGFX “The Zone” put the brakes on three straight negative trends resulting in a combined -2.5 since October (6.1 – 5.3 – 4.6 – 3.6) by posting a +.9 in January (3.6 – 4.5, #9) – it tumbles by a full-share (4.5 – 3.5, #11).
  • Greensboro – CHR enjoys a solid month as Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL “107-5 ‘KZL” is +.9 (4.8 – 5.7, #8 to #6), while Clear Channel‘s WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” is +.7 (2.9 – 3.6, steady at #9). Advancing from fifth to fourth, Entercom‘s WPAW “The Wolf” adds two-tenths (7.4 – 7.6), while Clear Channel country competitor WTQR is down for the fifth successive survey (8.5 – 7.5 – 6.8 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.1) and slips from #6 to #7. This is the sixteenth time in a row that Entercom urban AC WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” is in double-digits (6+, 10.9 – 11.5); it repeats at #1.
  • West Palm Beach – Adult contemporary WEAT “Sunny 107.9″ (3.1 – 4.3, #8 to #5) and Clear Channel Spanish contemporary WRLX “Mia 92.1″ (2.9 – 4.1, #9 to #6) register identical +1.2 survey-to-survey improvements. Seven-tenths, however, is unlucky (as in -.7) for urban AC WMBX (4.8, -.7, #3); Clear Channel CHR WLDI (3.9, -.7, #8); public WLRN (3.2, -.7, #9); and Moody Bible religious outlet WRMB (2.0, -.7, #12).
  • Jacksonville – Progressing by six-tenths are Clear Channel country and CHR siblings WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country” (6.9 – 7.5) and WNWW “Kiss-FM” (4.3 – 4.9). WQIK and “Kiss-FM” remain at #2 and #6, respectively. On the flipside, however, their adult hits sibling WWJK “Jack-FM” drops six-tenths (3.4 – 2.8). Coincidentally, “Jack-FM” also keeps its January ranking (#12), but in five successive downward trends (5.6 – 4.9 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 2.8), its (6+) share has been cut precisely in half.
  • Memphis – Swapping places at #1 and #2, respectively, are Clear Channel siblings (urban AC) KJMS “V-101″ (8.9 – 10.6, +1.7) and (gospel) WHAL “Halleluiah” (10.2 – 8.9, -1.3). One month after urban-rhythmic oldies cluster-mate WDIA rung up the second-best (6+) survey-to-survey gain in the 48 PPM markets – an astonishing +2.7 – taking “The Heart and Soul of Memphis” from #12 to #7 (2.5 – 5.2), it falls nine-tenths to 4.3 (#10). Improving by seven-tenths are Flinn Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KXHT “Hot 107.1″ (4.4 – 5.1, #9 to #7) and Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 – Today’s Best Mix” (3.9 – 4.6, #11 to #8).
  • Hartford – WTIC-FM rebounds from a -1.7 (“Holiday” – January) with a +1.0 (6.9 – 7.9), carrying the CBS Radio hot AC from fifth to third. Its adult contemporary sibling – WRCH “Lite 10.5″ – shakes off a -6.1 with a +.7 (9.2 – 9.9). “Lite” has held the market’s #1 spot (6+) since October 2011. Buckley classic hits WDRC-FM drops one full-share (7.3 – 6.3) and slides from fourth in January to sixth.
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