It’s Back … “The Lake” Returns to Milwaukee. As RadioInfo reported yesterday (Friday, 5/28), Scripps Milwaukee transitioned adult hits WLWK “The Lake” to WKTI “KTI Country.” A domino fell approximately six hours later as Magnum Communications’ WMKQ responded by initiating an inverse change, dumping “Country 92.1″ in favor of adult hits and resuscitating “The Lake” moniker. Magnum Media president Dave Magnum comments, “Milwaukee is a heritage pop/rock market, so our team was shocked that another station dropped the format. We are gladly adopting their former listeners, with the same variety that people love. We have a wonderful advantage being a family-owned Wisconsin media company because we can make local decisions promptly to serve our local listeners and advertiser customers.” When it flipped to country in December 2014, Racine-licensed WMKQ ended a 17-year run as an adult contemporary outlet (WEZY). The “class A” (2,700 watts) covers the metropolitan Milwaukee area but it did not appear in Nielsen Audio‘s April 2015 PPM report for the market. Not only has iHeartMedia-owned (country) WMIL been Milwaukee’s (6+) pacesetter the past three survey periods, it has done so in double-digits each time (10.7 – 10.7 – 10.5). After notching a 4.0 in December (6+), WLWK “The Lake” followed with five successive performances in the 3.1 – 3.6 range, including April’s 3.3 (#11, 6+).
RadioInfo Career Moves. The new afternoon drive personality at Beasley Media Group’s urban adult contemporary WBAV “V101.9” is Courtney Hicks, who will also serve as the station’s music director. She was most recently with Radio One’s similarly formatted WMMJ, Washington “Majic 102.3.”…..Curly Clark hosted her last afternoon drive show on Scripps-owned country KTTS, Springfield, Missouri on May 29 after a 36-year career with the station…..The new market manager at Magic Broadcasting’s Panama City, Florida station group is Chris Green. During his career, Green worked for Magic at the Dothan, Florida operations as well as at Powell Broadcasting in Panama City.
iHeartMedia Jam Packs ‘Pool Party’ Content Across CHR, Rhythmic CHR, Hot AC and EDM Stations. This shot from the “iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party” at Caesars Palace Las Vegas on Saturday shows “Saturday Night Online with Romeo” host Romeo (left) chatting with singer Bebe Rexha (right) backstage. Rexha’s performance with Nicki Minaj on David Guetta’s “Hey Mama” was a highlight of the concert. The event was hosted by Nick Jonas and featured live performances by Jonas, Chris Brown, Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Shaggy, Echosmith and David Guetta and a number of special guests. Content from Las Vegas was featured on iHeartMedia-owned CHR, rhythmic CHR, hot AC and EDM stations on Saurday (5/30).
Spivey, Wolff Named APDs at iHeartMedia Phoenix. Company promotions for Reid Spivey and Josh Wolff find Spivey becoming assistant program director for iHeartMedia Phoenix CHR KZZP “Kiss-FM” and hot AC KMXP “Mix 96.9,” while Wolff is appointed to similar duties at adult contemporary and adult hits siblings KESZ and KYOT “The Mountain.” KZZP and KMXP program director Mat Mitchell states, “Reid’s programming experience immediately enhances our successful brands. Reid is a sharp guy and a solid talent – I can’t wait for him to start.” Spivey notes, “I am beyond excited to join the amazing team at iHeartMedia Phoenix. ‘Kiss-FM’ and ‘Mix’ are both trendsetters in their respective formats. I cannot wait to work alongside some of the best people and talent in the business.” Meanwhile, KESZ and KYOT program director Paul Kelley comments, “Josh’s strong understanding of adult formats, specifically adult contemporary, will be a tremendous asset to KESZ and ‘The Mountain.’ I am looking forward to continued growth on both of these stations, and I am excited that Josh will be a part of that success.” Wolff remarks, “The past three years have been a wonderful learning and growth opportunity [for me]. I have been so lucky to work with our outstanding local team and our senior programming management. I am very excited to join the iHeartMedia Phoenix team and work with our incredible brands.” Spivey was iHeartMedia’s Savannah, Georgia program director; he begins in Phoenix in just over two weeks (Monday, 6/15). Wolff will arrive two weeks later (Monday, 6/29) after his stint as vice president of programming for iHeartMedia’s stations in Salisbury – Ocean City, Maryland. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s latest Phoenix PPM monthly (April 2015), adult contemporary KESZ finishes first (7.3) with its third straight up-trend; hot AC KMXP and CHR KZZP (fourth successive progressive trend) are tied for fourth (5.0); and adult hits is eleventh (3.2).
Davis to Program Hartford’s WKSS. Inbound from Myrtle Beach, where he was senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia‘s cluster in that South Carolina metro, Zac Davis jumps in market size to program co-owned Hartford CHR WKSS “95.7 Kiss-FM.” According to iHeartMedia Hartford operations manager Dave Symonds, “We heard from some of the best CHR programmers in the country. Zac’s successes in the format; coaching top-tier personalities; and his highly strategic thinking separated him from the pack. We are thrilled and eager for him to start.” Davis – who will also program co-owned New Haven (Connecticut) CHR WKCI “KC-101 New Haven’s Hit Music” – remarks, “I have loved working with the whole Myrtle Beach team keeping our brands on their winning records. Now, I will get to continue my path in CHR, and work for Dave Symonds, someone I have respected for years. I am excited to join such a talented group of people; I look forward to continued success.” Included on Davis’ resume are stops in Denver as operations manager of KDHT and KJHM and in Raleigh as program director of CHR WDCG “G-105.” He has also worked at WRDU, Raleigh; WGBT, Greensboro; WABB, Mobile; and KOSO, Modesto (California). Davis begins his assignment at WKSS and WKCI in about three weeks (Monday, 6/15).
Cumulus Names Sutherland to Providence VP Market Manager Post. Taking over the VP/market manager position in Providence after Barbara Haynes’ exit last week is John Sutherland, who moves up from his VP of sales position with Cumulus Media’s Worcester, Massachusetts cluster. Prior to joining Cumulus in 2013, he was chief visual officer for Sutherland Marketing Group. He was also a vice president with iHeartMedia. Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati says, “Placing John at the helm of Cumulus Providence is a perfect fit for that dynamic group of stations and will maximize our position in the market. John has many years of broadcast history in the Northeast and his tremendous track record speaks for itself. This is another example of the opportunities for advancement and growth Cumulus offers to our employees. We congratulate John and are pleased to present him with this well-deserved battlefield promotion.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Radio sales pro Maggie Melville joins JVC Media to serve as corporate event sales director. Melville, who has worked for Cox Media and iHeartMedia during her career, will be based out of the company’s WOTW, Orlando offices.…..KPTT, Denver-based Deuce adds iHeartMedia’s Seattle urban contemporary KUBE to the roster of stations he voice tracks…..At Blue Sky Broadcasting’s country KICR, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho/Spokane announces morning host, APD and promotions director Derik Walker adds music director duties to his responsibilities.
Daughtry to Be Featured at The Conclave in July. Featured in a BMI Storytellers event at The Conclave Learning Conference on Friday, July 17 will be 19/RCA Records recording artist Daughtry. Conclave board chairperson Lori Lewis says, “Much of what we do in radio is storytelling. From the talent sharing experiences on-air each day, to account executives talking about the power of radio to advertisers, we tell stories. So I couldn’t think of a better way to close out Conclave than with an intimate Storytellers session featuring Daughtry, who is one of the best musical storytellers. Thanks to BMI for making this happen.”
‘Y108’ in Pittsburgh Hold Fourth Annual ‘8 Man Jam.’ Last week (5/21), CBS RADIO-owned country outlet WDSY, Pittsburgh “Y108” held its fourth annual “8 Man Jam” at Rivers Casino. This pic shows the artists, label staff and radio station programmers posing during the private, invitation-only acoustic concert. They are: (standing l-r) John Rich of Big & Rich, WDSY APD/MD/afternoon personality Wookie, Big & Rich’s Big Kenny, New Revolution’s Maurisa Pasick, Curb’s Mo Pitney, Dot’s Drake White, Montgomery Gentry’s Eddie Montgomery, Streamsound’s Kristian Bush, Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry, Warner’s Michael Ray and Diane Monk, Blaster’s Bob Reeves, and WDSY OM/PD Mark Anderson. (Kneeling l-r) Dot’s Kris Lamb, Curb’s Ryan Dokke, Streamsound’s Jennifer Shaffer, and Blaster’s Tyler Waugh.
Back in the Saddle Again. Rock superstar Steven Tyler continues immersing himself into the world of country music as he records his new country record. Here, Tyler (center) poses for a shot with “NASH Nights Live” hosts Shawn Parr (right) and Elaina Smith (left) during a visit to Cumulus Media’s NASH Campus to talk about his new country single, “Love is Your Name.”
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personalities Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Matt James, golden-eared, on air personality at “T-100” WCLT in Newark, OH; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana; Todd Cavanah, golden-eared PD at CBS RADIO’s WJMK “K-Hits” & WBBM-FM in Chicago; plus internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (5/27) includes such names as: David Duchovny, Ed Sheeran, American Authors, Owl City, Britt Nicole, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Maroon 5, Zedd, Jon Bellion, Manika, Veruca Salt, Zella Day, Sublime With Rome, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Peter Rivera, Hozier, James Reeder, Tyler Farr, Jason Aldean, Pat Green, Buddy Brown, Lee Brice, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Chris Stapleton, Matthew Huff, Sam Hunt, Steven Tyler, Chris Janson, Chris Young, Elohim, Disclosure, The Magician, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Richards Rises to CBS Radio Phoenix VP/Programming. KMLE “Country@107.9″ and CHR KZON “Live 101.5 – The Valley’s Hit Music Leader” program director Tim Richards is elevated to vice president of programming for those two CBS Radio Phoenix outlets, as well as that cluster’s classic hits-oldies property, KOOL “The Valley’s Greatest Hits.” Of Richards, senior vice president and market manager Tim Pohlman comments, “Tim has certainly earned the vice president of programming stripes here at CBS Radio Phoenix. I am excited to see his talents applied to the heritage brand of KOOL.” Richards remarks, “I am thrilled to work with our team in this new capacity. We will continue to grow our brands with great local content as the epicenter of our mission.” After joining KMLE in 2013 as program director, Richards was upped to operations manager of KMLE and KZON the following October. His past credits include regional vice president of programming for the former Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia); PD of WKQX, Chicago; assistant program director/music director of CBS Radio Boston hot AC WBMX “Mix 98.5″; program director of Detroit CHR WKQI; PD of Phoenix CHR KZZP; operations manager of Tucson CHR KRQQ; and director for the syndicated “Johnjay & Rich” program. He will continue programming KMLE and KZON, while Dave Shakes carries on as PD of KOOL. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s April 2015 PPM report, KOOL ranks second (5.5); KMLE ninth (4.1): and KZON (3.7) tenth. Setting the pace in Phoenix for the sixth straight survey period is KESZ (7.3). The iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet has been on top since last November when it took over from KOOL.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Evening personality Jolene is exiting her position at Entercom’s rock KISW, Seattle for opportunities outside the radio business. The 11-year staffer also served as music director and host of the Sunday evening local music “Loud & Local” program…..At the Charleston, South Carolina country outlet WCKN, Kickin; 92.5,” Apex Broadcasting unveils the new morning show today (5/26) consisting of personalities Andy Webb and Jessica Chandler. They take over for Dale Desmond who exited the station at the end of last year…..Two new personalities arrive at iHeartMedia’s CHR WNOH, Norfolk, Virginia “NOW 105.” Vice president of programming Matthew Derrick announces that recent Syracuse University grad (and WJPZ-FM general manager) Corey Crockett is the new 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm host while social media celeb Tyler Layne’s “Tyler’s Trending” program will air from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.
Alpha Media to Pay $38,250,000 for Morris and JMJ Stations. From a filing with the FCC, we learn the price for the 36 stations that Morris Communications and JMJ operate in Topeka and Salina, Kansas; Amarillo, Texas; Palm Springs and Victor Valley, California; Anchorage and Wasilla, Alaska; Grays Harbor-Hoquiam, Washington and Wenatchee-Columbia River, Washington: $38,250,000. This is not an all-cash deal. Morris will receive $20 million worth of Alpha Holdings private stock (8,196,722 units in the aggregate), $6,585 worth of Alpha Holdings II private stock, and $18,250,000 in cash.
Celebrating #LoveUP with U2. The #LoveUP social media campaign was the result of an auto-correct that Johnjay Van Es (of the syndicated Johnjay and Rich show) found in a text from a friend – “love it” was changed to “love up” – and it was turned into a campaign to pay it forward and spread the love. Donations to the campaign benefit the Johnjay and Rich Care for Kids Foundation. Last week, Johnjay interviewed U2 before the band’s concert in Phoenix – speaking to guitarist The Edge and bassist Adam Clayton. Then Bono joined them to hear more about the show’s #LoveUP campaign. Bono was so impressed he asked the show to bring the band some #LoveUP t-shirts before the concert started. Pictured here are (from l-r): Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen Jr., Johnjay, The Edge and Bono.
98 Rock’s ‘Queen’ Sarah Fleischer Gets Farewell Bash. Market rock legend Sarah Fleisher – midday personality at Hearst’s Baltimore rock station WIYY “98 Rock, Baltimore’s Rock Radio” – is being given a royal sendoff on June 4. Fleischer is retiring after 38 years with the radio station and morning show personalities Justin, Scott & Spiegel will emcee the “All Hail the Queen” party at Power Plant Live! The free 21-and-older event is open to the public and will allow listeners the chance to share a hug and a photo with Fleischer at the photo booth, or help support her favorite non-profit, TurnAround, Inc, with the purchase of a commemorative T-shirt or vintage Sarah poster.
PPM Analysis: Adult Album Alternative. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian wraps up his analysis of stations airing rock formats based on data from the April 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. For the past two days (5/21 and 5/21), RadioInfo published his look at the alternative or modern rock and active rock formats. Today, Kinosian turns his attention to adult album alternative or triple A. Compared to the previous two formats, the number of stations playing the triple A format in PPM markets is much smaller – 11 to be exact. Denver’s KBCO tops the market rank and market share (6+) charts based on April PPM data. Find out where the rest of the stations stack up and look at the chart comparing all three rock-based formats here.
Jeremy Sinon Named Corporate Digital Director for Hubbard Broadcasting. This is a promotion to the corporate level for Jeremy Sinon who has been serving as the digital director for Hubbard Radio’s Twin Cities operations. He will continue in that role in addition to his new post as corporate digital director. The company says that in this position Sinon will work closely with Hubbard EVP/chief financial officer Dave Bestler and president/COO Drew Horowitz to “oversee day-to-day corporate digital initiatives as well as the strategy for Hubbard Radio’s long-term digital goals.” Speaking about his new position, Sinon says, “It’s really an honor to be given this opportunity to help lead the digital efforts for a company that I care so much about. When I started at Hubbard in 2006 I was one of the first digitally focused hires the company ever made. It amazes me every day when I look around and see how much we’ve grown since. I’m excited about the future. We have really big things in store for us.” Prior to the last nine years with Hubbard Radio, Sinon was a digital director for the iHeartMedia radio group in Minneapolis and worked at the digital agency Omnera.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Milwaukee Radio Alliance’s hot AC WLDB, Milwaukee “Trending Radio 93.3,” market pro Dan Kyle moves up from part-time status to full-time night jock…..Brown University-owned modern rocker WBRU, Providence ups Paul Martin to music director, taking over for Eliza Soros…..Lauren Bernard leaves her position with CHR KLUC, Las Vegas on the “Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo” show.
iHeartMedia’s WVBZ in Triad Market Moves to Rock Format. Former alternative outlet WVBZ, Clemmons, North Carolina “105.7 The Buzz” – serving the Winston-Salem/Greensboro market – flips to rock and is currently using the slogan, “105.7 Man Up!” The station is airing a cross section of rock music from various decades that includes such artists as: Linkin Park, Pink Floyd, Cage the Elephant, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Stone Temple Pilots, Fuel, Van Halen and more.
The 40th Annual Gracie Awards. Arriving at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday (5/19) was the Alliance for Women in Media Board and AWM Foundation Board. Pictured here (from l-r) are: Josie Thomas, EVP & chief diversity officer at CBS Corporation; Karla Ballard, SVP at Participant Media (and Gracies co-chair); Michelle Duke, vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation; Christine McLaughlin, broadcast lawyer at Sciarrino & Shubert , PLLC; Christine Travaglini, president of Christal Radio/KRG Partnerships; Kristen Welch, SVP, Global Content Operations at Discovery Communications, Inc. (and AWM Chair); Kay Olin, consultant at Olin & Associates (and past AWM Chair); Valerie Blackburn, VKB Media Consulting, (Gracies co-chair and past AWM Chair); Jill Luckett, senior vice president of Program Network Policy, National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Sandy Girard, VP, Brand Management & Development, SiriusXM; and Heather Cohen, EVP at The Weiss Agency.
By Mike Kinosian
Previous April 2015 summaries covered alternative (Wednesday, 5/20), and rock (Thursday, 5/21).
Using the same parameters as in those other overviews, facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, April 2015) constitute the following adult alternative scoreboards.
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo adult alternative analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.
PPM Analysis: Active Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian continues his analyses of stations airing rock formats based on data from the April 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. Yesterday (5/20), we published his look at the alternative or modern rock format. Today, Kinosian turns his attention to active rock. The final analysis will be triple A or adult album alternative. In today’s report, see which active rock stations ranked high in their markets and which – of all stations in U.S. PPM markets – had the best AQH. Plus, study the share fluctuations of stations over the past six surveys and from a year ago. Also included is a comparative chart showing both alternative and active rock data. See the whole story here.
Air Personality Changes at Chicago’s Urban Outlets. It appears iHeartMedia is behind the jock changes taking place at its hip hop WGCI and crosstown competitor WPWX “Power 92” – owned by Crawford Broadcasting. iHeartMedia has parted company with WGCI afternoon host UB Rodriguez and midday host Loni Swain. At the same time, Frankie Robinson and Tone, a.k.a. Anthony Mays, exit “Power 92” and are reported to be headed to WGCI. Also, iHeartMedia announces former WVEE, Atlanta “V103” music director and morning show producer Johnnie D joins the programming team as assistant program director for the company’s Chicago urban outlets, serving under director of urban programming Derrick Brown. iHeartMedia has been involved in a couple other high-profile urban talent acquisitions recently – notably the hiring of New York’s Angie Martinez (from Emmis’ WQHT “Hot 97” to its WWPR “Power 105”) and Los Angeles star Big Boy, a.k.a. Kurt Alexander, (again, from Emmis’ KPWR “Power 106” to iHM’s KRRL “Real 92.3).
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Radio legend Charlie Tuna is full time on KKPR-FM, Kearney, Nebraska – his hometown – after his Black Card Radio-syndicated program is added to the morning drive daypart. He’d been heard on Sundays on the station…..At iHeartMedia’s Dayton hot AC WMMX “Mix 107.7,” Kristi Leigh is back for the midday shift. She’d been morning drive personality at the station, exiting in the spring of 2013…..Cox Media’s country KWEN, Tulsa “K95” has its new afternoon host and APD as Bill Sexauer joins from Coast Radio’s CHR WZNF, Biloxi “95.3 The Gorilla” where he was program director and AM drive host. Sexauer assumes the role vacated by Kristina Carlyle who moved to crosstown country KTGX “106.1 The Twister.”….. Moving across town from his most recent gig as VP/co-market manager for Entercom’s Kansas City station group to Cumulus Media’s operations for the VP of sales post is Herndon Hasty…..At non-com triple A WXPN, Philadelphia morning host Michaela Majoun is stepping away from her radio work after more than a quarter century to devote more time to her writing career.
HD Radio Artist Spotlight Focuses on Robert Earl Keen. Currently working to support his #1 bluegrass album Happy Prisoner, Robert Earl Keen will be the next artist to be featured in the “HD Radio Artist Spotlight” program. iBiquity’s partnership with Robert Earl Keen will build awareness of HD Radio broadcasting and promote Robert’s new album. The program will include radio promotions and contests, as well as a trip for two to Nashville to join Keen at his July 23, 2015 performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium. BMI executive director, strategic partnerships/business development Mason Hunter says, “We are excited to continue to build the HD Radio Artist spotlight program. Robert Earl Keen is a stalwart for BMI and is an artist who has been consistently releasing outstanding music for over three decades. His latest release, Happy Prisoner, is no exception. We are thrilled to have a partner in iBiquity Digital who recognizes his talent and ongoing contribution to songwriting. The HD Radio Experience delivers digital quality sound, unique content, and exposure to artists like Robert in order to enhance the experience of their listeners.”
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES — Each month, we examine ratings performances of three formats possessing some degree of commonality. Our in-depth overview of April PPM results focuses on the rock genre.
Yesterday (Wednesday, 5/20), we began with alternative, occasionally referred to as “modern rock” or “new rock.”
Next up is the format called “mainstream rock,” “active rock,” (many years ago) “album oriented rock,” and (simply) “rock.”
The following rock scoreboards are comprised of facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, April 2015). The rock base shown here is approximately 80% as large as its alternative counterpart.
Nielsen Audio releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo rock analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.