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Radio’s Hot New (Old) Format: ‘The Puddle’

| January 8, 2016

By Howard B. Price
ABC Television Network
Director, Business Continuity

 

pricehowardbwriterNEW YORK — What do we learn from the nearly 20,000 people worldwide who’ve been watching a puddle on Periscope?

Well, if we’re historically conscious and observationally astute – we should be saying, “they have rediscovered the magic of radio.”

Say what? These are people watching a PUDDLE. In the UK. Visually. On social media. What does that have to do with radio?

Think about it. If you really believe all radio is local – and GREAT local radio is all about making compelling content out of the everyday events and observations in the communities it serves — then “the puddle” can be seen as a metaphor for what radio’s core mission has always been, and which it used to execute better than any other medium.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

| January 8, 2016

ktfmAlpha Media Re-Brands KTFM, San Antonio.  San Antonio CHR KTFM unveiled its new brand yesterday afternoon, becoming “Energy 94.1.”  Alpha Media says “the switch to ‘Energy 94.1’ will breathe new life into the KTFM brand while continuing to connect closely with the San Antonio audience.  Loyal listeners will hear their same favorite deejays of KTFM including, Blondie and Nugget in the Morning, DJ Grooves in middays, Tony Cortez in afternoons, and Auggie 5000 in the evenings.  Program director Pat Cerullo adds, “By launching ‘Energy 94.1’ we believe we can generate enough noise to differentiate ourselves in a crowded San Antonio top 40 marketplace.  The birth of this new brand will also reinforce Alpha Media’s commitment to live and local radio.  San Antonio is a unique market, and this presented us with the perfect opportunity to custom design a radio station that truly sounds like the community it serves.”

kiblerkellyKibler Named iHeartMedia’s EVP Multi-Cultural Marketing. Executive vice president of operations for iHeartMedia‘s Texas major markets Kelly Kibler is appointed executive vice president of multi-cultural marketing. According to iHeartMedia chair and chief executive officer Bob Pittman, “Kelly has been a constant innovator in this company. She is the perfect choice to head up our focused multi-cultural advertising efforts at the market level. Her success as executive vice president of operations, as well as in her role as a sales leader and market president and her leadership of numerous iHeartMedia initiatives, have enabled her to grow her career with us. We look forward to her using all of her experience and relationships to build this new capability for our company.” The bilingual Kibler comments, “I could not be more excited to take on this new position at iHeartMedia, using the tools and experience we’ve developed in Texas and applying them across our 150 markets in a space that continues to grow in both importance and footprint across America.” Kibler began her career in 1991 at Telemundo. Before becoming iHeartMedia’s executive vice president of operations for the company’s major markets in Texas, she was a market president in Dallas, San Diego, and Las Vegas.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Programming pro Bob Walker is promoted at Hall Communications to vice president of programming.  Walker is PD at the company’s country WCTK, Providence “Cat Country 98.1” and with the promotion begins oversight of Hall’s 21 stations across New England, the Mid-Atlantic and Florida…..The Savannah-Hilton Head cluster of Alpha Media announces it has named Allyson Hillman director of business development.  Hillman’s 30 years of experience in the broadcast industry include 22 years in the Detroit market with both Cumulus and as a manager with iHeartMedia…..Radio One hip hop outlet WERQ, Baltimore “92Q” is getting a new afternoon drive personality – none other than operations manager Vernon Kelson.  He’ll assume the daypart with the move of “The Fam with QuickSilva and Lil’ Mo” to the company’s Washington urban contemporary WKYS later this month.

emmis logoEmmis Confirms Layoffs; Executive Pay Cuts.  After a fiscal third quarter report that showed a 5.1% drop in radio net revenue, Emmis Communications is confirming that it has laid off 32 company staffers and instituted pay cuts for corporate senior executives.  During the recent conference call with investors, Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan stated, “We’ve made some changes and they’re very painful changes.  This is always very, very hard for us.”  The moves are designed to trim some $5.3 million from the radio sector’s budget.

price howardRadio’s Hot New (Old) Format: ‘The Puddle.’  In an opinion piece published today (1/8), ABC Television director of business continuity Howard B. Price writes about the sensational amount of global interest in Periscope’s “The Puddle” – a camera shot at a puddle of water in the U.K.  Price says the people watching the puddle on their smartphones have “rediscovered the magic of radio…If you really believe all radio is local – and GREAT local radio is all about making compelling content out of the everyday events and observations in the communities it serves — then ‘the puddle’ can be seen as a metaphor for what radio’s core mission has always been, and which it used to execute better than any other medium.”  Read his entire piece here.

cookeCES16hashtagCES 2016 Wrap Up.  Radio consultant Holland Cooke files his final report from Las Vegas where this week he’s been attending the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show.  Today he writes about the ubiquitous phone camera, drones, the head-on challenges facing television, and new technologies that are doing what radio stations traditionally helped people do.  Read Holland Cooke’s entire report here.

Pittman to Receive BFoA Golden Mike Award. Jackson, Mississippi native Bob Pittman began his radio career at the age of 15 and the iHeartMedia chair/chief executive officer is set to be honored with the Broadcasters Foundation of America‘s 2016 “Golden Mike” award. Broadcasterspittmanbob Foundation vice chair Dan Mason declares, “Bob is an extraordinary broadcaster. As an architect of today’s iHeartMedia, Bob’s focus on innovation – and his deep belief in broadcast radio – has expanded radio into new areas and platforms. We are proud to recognize his contributions to broadcasting.” Pittman states that, “Radio reaches more Americans than any other medium. [It is] the best friend in bfoa logothe seat next to them and their trusted companion and information source across multiple platforms. I feel extremely fortunate to be in broadcasting during the most exciting time in our industry’s history. I am grateful to the Broadcasters Foundation for this honor, and I thank them for their deep commitment to supporting our broadcast colleagues in their times of need.” Pittman programmed WMAQ, Chicago and famously became program director at WNBC, New York at the age of 23. Also included on his impressive, extensive resume is being co-founder/programmer of the team that created MTV; CEO of MTV Networks; AOL Networks; Six Flags Theme Parks; Quantum Media; Century 21 Real Estate; and Time Warner Enterprises. He was chief operating officer of America Online and later of AOL Time Warner. Pittman was named one of Advertising Age‘s “10 Marketers Who Changed American Culture”; received the Robert F. Kennedy “Ripple of Hope” award; and he was named one of LIFE Magazine‘s “Five Original Thinkers of the 1980s.” He will receive his “Golden Mike” award next month (2/29) at New York City’s Plaza Hotel.

poebobBroadcaster Poe Declares Congressional Candidacy. Former Florida Democratic Party chair Bob Poe made his intentions official yesterday (Thursday, 1/7) that he is seeking to represent Florida’s 10th congressional district, which is based in west Orlando. The 61-year-old Poe comments that, “Many people are aware that I’ve been blessed with a tremendous amount of success in my life – but what most people don’t know is that my success had some humble beginnings. I come from this community. I became successful because of what I learned in this community, and I think I bring a very different perspective of how we grow the economy. I didn’t graduate from college, but I built a technology business that I’m proud of and that keeps people safe, because I never quit. Too many politicians today are too busy playing the game of musical chairs – running for one office and then another – to truly stand up and fight for us.” Prior to a nine-year run as president of Emergency Communications Network, Poe spent three years as vice president and general manager of WMMO, Orlando; four years as director of broadcasting and sponsorship sales for the NBA‘s Orlando Magic; and 12 years as vice president and general manager of Orlando talk station WKIS and the Florida Radio Network.

CES 2016: Disrupt, or Be Disrupted

| January 7, 2016

By Holland Cooke
Radio Consultant

 

cookewriterLAS VEGAS — “Our industry is literally changing the world,” Consumer Technology Association CEO Gary Shapiro proclaimed in his opening keynote, forecasting his to be a $287 billion industry in USA alone in 2016.

“We champion The Sharing Economy,” he declared, noting how his organization helped make Uber and Lyft available in Las Vegas. Almost every time I jump in a cab in New York or Washington, an irked driver is railing against Uber; and, when I ask, admits that fellow drivers are defecting. Disrupt or be disrupted.

“Sharing is green” Shapiro reckons, because “now anyone can be an entrepreneur, by offering unused resources.” Like Airbnb, some of whose members say the extra income “has allowed them to stay in their homes.” And he cited 3D-printing accomplishments: a broken tool cloned aboard the International Space Station, prosthetic limbs, and rapid prototyping for inventors. Other innovations he boasted of include “a smartphone app they’re using in Rwanda that can diagnose HIV in 15 minutes.”

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

| January 7, 2016

cbsradio logoTop Management Changes at CBS RADIO Chicago; Tim Pohlman to Lead Cluster as Zimmerman and Day Exit.  Today, CBS RADIO COO Scott Hermanpohlmantim announced that Tim Pohlman is assuming the SVP and market manager position at the company’s Chicago cluster.  This news comes a day after the staff was notified that Rod Zimmerman was let go as was VP and director of sales Mark Day.  Pohlman has served with CBS in the same capacity at its Phoenix station group for the past six years.  The initial press release from CBS did not mention Day’s exit zimmermanrodthough the company later announced it does not have a replacement for him yet.  Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that the changes are the result of underwhelming fiscal performances by the stations in the group.  The 63-year-old Zimmerman had been with CBS RADIO since 1978.  He ascended to the market manager position in 2003.  CBS RADIO operates all-news WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, sports talk WSCR, CHR WBBM-FM “B96,” country WUSN “US 99.5,” triple A WXRT, and classic hits WJMK.  CBS says news of Pohlman’s replacement in Phoenix will come at a later date. Read Feder’s account here.

torresramiroGreater Media Adds Ramiro Torres to the ‘HOT 96.9’ Boston AM Show.  Joining the “GetUP Crew” morning show at Greater Media’s urban contemporary WBQT, Boston “HOT 96.9” is former crosstown WJMN personality Ramiro “The Freakin’ Puerto Rican” Torres.  He’ll workwtkk hot with current morning personalities Pebbles, Melissa and Wiggy.  Station director of programming Cadillac Jack says, “Ramiro is quick-witted, a quick study, and an all-out superstar.  Greater Media remains committed to building out our team of ‘A’ talent, and this addition truly testifies to that, further bolstering our already strong lineup!”  Torres comments, “To say I’m excited about joining Pebbles, Melissa and Wiggy on ‘HOT 96.9’ would be a MASSIVE understatement!  I’d like to thank everyone at Greater Media including Peter Smyth, Mary Menna, Scott Morello and the man who’s been responsible for every single opportunity I’ve had in my career — Cadillac Jack.”

wls-fm logoBerk Joins WLS-FM, Chicago Morning Show.  Returning to the market where she spent part of her childhood, radio personality Kim Berk is being partnered with Brant Miller as co-host of the WLS-FM, Chicago morning show.  Berk joins the Cumulusberkkim Media classic hits station after having most recently been on air at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WWFS, New York “Fresh 102.7” for the past five-plus years.   Cumulus Chicago VP and market manager Peter Bowen states, “We are fortunate that a phenomenal talent like Kim was available to join Brant and the morning team on WLS-FM.  This is another piece of the puzzle that will bring WLS back to the top.”  Program director Brian Thomas adds, “I’m already a big fan because of hers, because she was top five when we worked together in New York while I was the PD of ‘Fresh 102.7’ New York.”

emmis logoEmmis’ Fiscal Q3 Radio Revenue Down 5.1%.  In announcing its fiscal third quarter figures, Emmis reports that its radio net revenue for the period was down 5.2% compared to local radio market revenue which rose 0.2%.  The company says the battle in Los Angeles between its hip hop KPWR and iHeartMedia’s recently launched competitor KRRL hassmulyanjeff affected revenue there and was “substantially all of our radio division’s shortfall against its markets.”  The Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Austin clusters all beat their markets for the quarter.   Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan states, “Radio industry growth has been disappointing in 2015.  Our markets are down 2.4% through the first eleven months of 2015.  This general decline, coupled with the competitive situation in Los Angeles, led us to take a series of steps yesterday, including staff reductions and pay cuts for senior executives, to restructure our expenses to better align them with the current operating environment.  We remain confident that we have the best team in media and the solution, in NextRadio, to return the radio industry to growth.  Our ratings are quite strong in most of our markets, and our investments in content, sales hiring and training, and NextRadio and Digonex will begin to yield stronger results in 2016.”

harrellronHarrell Hired to Program Seattle’s ‘Warm.’ Former director of music programming for CBS Radio Dallas Ron Harrell will join Hubbard Radio Seattle adult contemporary KRWM “Warm 106.9” later this month (1/18) as program director. Hubbard Seattle market manager Marc Kaye states, “Ron’s leadership at adult contemporary and hot AC brands across the country has established him as the right person to lead ‘Warm 106.9’ into the new year. He is an impressive talent coach andkrwm logo team builder. [In addition], he understands where pop radio for [women 25 – 54] is going. Everywhere I turned in this search, Ron’s name kept coming up with the qualities that we were looking for.” Harrell remarks, “The commitment to success by the Hubbard Seattle team is impressive. The talent, creativity and resources are strong. I am honored to lead this programming staff through an exciting year of brand development.” Past management and programming credits of the Abilene Christian University alum include regional operations director/program director for Cumulus Media Detroit; station manager of WDVD & WDRQ, Detroit; operations manager/program director for Infinity Broadcasting Denver; and program director of WRMX, Nashville. Among persons 6+ in Seattle’s December 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM report, KRWM jumps from fifth to second (6.5); “Warm” trails CHR sibling KQMV by nine-tenths.

kinosianmikeProgress Report on AC – The All-Christmas Format. Earlier this week, we posted in-depth overviews of December 2015 PPM results for classic rock (Monday, 1/4); classic hits-oldies (Tuesday, (1/5); and adult hits (Wednesday, 1/6). We could not let the December sweep go by however without sharing the progress of adult contemporary, the format predominantly involved in the all-Christmas music strategy. Wall-to-wall Christmas music is not implemented on 100% of ACs between Thanksgiving and Christmas, of course, but nearly every PPM-market adult contemporary outlet does utilize this philosophy. “Holiday” 2015 results will prove to be far more conclusive and meaningful, but based on December results, it looks as if this programming approach is far from losing steam. Here is a taste of how the adult contemporary format as a whole performed in PPM markets in Nielsen Audio‘s December 2015 PPM ratings period. Among Nielsen Audio adult contemporary subscribers ranking in the top 20 (6+), a whopping 83% show November – December improvement, only 9% are down; and 8% remain flat. Typical increases are more than three times that of average losses, +1.24 versus -.30. The top ten (6+) November – December adultkkcw logo contemporary gainers are KKCW, Portland (7.8 – 11.4, +3.6); WNIC, Detroit (4.5- 8.0, +3.5); KESZ, Phoenix (6.0 – 9.5, +3.5); WMAG, Greensboro (6.9 – 9.9, +3.0); WBEB, Philadelphia (8.0 – 10.7, +2.7); KSNE, Las Vegas (8.4 – 10.6, +2.2); KSFI, Salt Lake City (6.4 – 8.5, +2.1); WYXB, Indianapolis (6.5 – 8.6, +2.1); KOST, Los Angeles (5.0 – 7.0, +2.0); and WWLI, Providence (8.7 – 10.7, +2.0). Two of three adult contemporary facilities on our sample (66%) are up year-to-year kezk logo(December 2014 – December 2015); three of ten are down (30%); and the other 4% are flat. Representative gains (+1.02) and losses (-1.14) are both strong. KEZK, St. Louis jumps from eighth in December 2014 to first in December 2015 (6+). These five adult contemporary outlets register the largest (6+) year-to-year growth: WRCH, Hartford (8.7 – 11.9, +3.2); WWLI, Providence (7.6 – 10.7, +3.1); KEZK, St. Louis (4.9 – 7.2, +2.3); WBEB, Philadelphia (8.5 – 10.7, +2.2); and WLIF, Baltimore (7.0 – 9.1, +2.1). An adult contemporary outlet finishes at #1 in nearly half the PPMWRCH Logo markets (48%, December 2015, 6+). The typical 6+-rank for an AC in December 2015 is a lofty #4.00; an impressive 81% of our panel ranks in the top five in their respective markets. With their December 2015 6+-shares (and month-to-month fluctuations) noted, these 23 adult contemporary stations (in descending market order) rank first in the latest sweep: WLTW, New York (8.0, +1.2); KOST, Los Angeles (7.0, +2.0); KODA, Houston (8.0, +.3), WBEB, Philadelphia (10.7, +2.7); WMJX, Boston (8.0, Flat); WNIC, Detroit (8.0, +3.5); WLYF, Miami (8.0, +.4); KESZ, Phoenix (9.5, +3.5); WDUV, Tampa (9.3, +.8); WLIF, Baltimore (9.1, +1.5); KEZK, St. Louis (7.2, +1.3); KKCW, Portland (11.4, +3.6); KSFI, Salt Lake City (8.5, +2.1); KSNE, Las Vegas (10.6, +2.2); WMGF, Orlando (7.7, +1.6); KBAY, San Jose (6.7, -.9); WYXB, Indianapolis (8.6, +2.1); WWLI, Providence (10.7, +2.0); WRAL, Raleigh (8.6, +.6); WJXA, Nashville (11.2, +.6); WMAG, Greensboro, (9.9, +3.0); WEJZ, Jacksonville (10.3, +1.1); and WRCH, Hartford (11.9, +.3). For the third straight ratings period, CBS Radio Hartford’s WRCH “Lite 100.5” possesses the format’s highest 6+-share; WEJZ, Jacksonville led in August and September. The following is December 2015’s top ten, with all outlets shown finishing first (6+) in their respective markets. WRCH, Hartford (11.9); KKCW, Portland (11.4); WJXA, Nashville (11.2); WBEB, Philadelphia (10.7); WWLI, Providence (10.7); KSNE, Las Vegas (10.6); WEJZ, Jacksonville (10.3); WMAG, Greensboro (9.9); KESZ, Phoenix (9.5); and WDUV, Tampa (9.3). Approximately this time next month, RadioInfo will have a complete “Holiday” 2015 ratings overview of adult contemporary (as well as full scoreboards for hot AC and country).

postellannPostell Promoted to Senior VP Sales. Director of sales Ann Postell is boosted to senior vice president of sales for iHeartMedia Sacramento. According to iHeartMedia Sacramento market president Sara McClure, “Ann has demonstrated that she possesses the leadership skills needed to successfully lead a sales organization in today’s environment. As senior vice president of sales, Ann will be the centerpiece in the growth of our business in the years ahead. I look forward to working with her in that effort.” Executive vice president of operations Hartley Adkins comments, “Ann’s sales talent and leadership will be a true asset to the iHeartMedia Sacramento team. She has demonstrated the desire and motivation to lead the sales efforts; I know she will inspire the team to not only meet but to exceed revenue expectations.” Postell remarks, “I am fortunate to advance in such a dynamic media company. I look forward to working with Sara McClure and the iHeartMedia team in developing solutions for existing and new clients. I am thrilled to be a part of iHeartMedia’s visionary strategy.” Prior to working for iHeartMedia Sacramento, Postell held sales and sales management positions in New York City, San Francisco, and Boston. With each station’s 6+ December 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM share and market rank in parentheses, iHM Sacramento’s cluster includes news-talk KFBK (#2, 8.3); urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL “V-101.1 (#10, 3.6); adult hits KQJK “Jack-FM” (#14, 2.8); KBEB “B-92.5 #1 New Country” (#16, 2.6); and talk KSTE (2.4, #17).

chevyvoltCES 2016: Disrupt, or Be Disrupted.  Radio consultant Holland Cooke continues his reporting from Las Vegas and the Consumer Electronics Show 2016.  In today’s report, Cooke presents highlights from presentations by the Consumer Technology Association’s Gary Shapiro, NetflixReed Hastings, and General MotorsMary Barra.  It was during Barra’s presentation that the 2017 Chevy Bolt EV (pictured) was rolled out.  For those broadcasters watching the evolution of the “connected car,” Cooke writes that this vehicle syncs with the owner’s smartphone as you approach it and “Apple Play and Android Auto are built-into a dashboard screen ‘bigger than iPad air.’”  Read Cooke’s entire report here.

Doobie's Picks of the Week  •  1/6/15

Doobie’s Picks of the Week • 1/6/15

| January 6, 2016

RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; and 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 (1/6) includes such names as: Adele, Jason Derulo, AudioDamn!, Hermitude, Big K.R.I.T., Mataya, Young Tapz, R. City, Chloe Angelides, Rob Gillette, Radiohead, Run River North, AWOLNATION, Courtney Barnett, Langhorne Slim & The Law, City and Colour, The Wild Feathers, John Stevens, Jr., Mersi Stone, Drake White, Cole Swindell, Chemical Brothers and Beck, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click “Read More.

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CES 2016: Home and Health

| January 6, 2016

By Holland Cooke
Radio Consultant

 

cookewriterLAS VEGAS — Many of 20,000+ new tech products on display here relate to two key radio listening venues. Yesterday’s column described a car less-futuristic than you might think, and a dashboard many broadcasters find intimidating.  ICYMI, click here.

Keys are now obsolete.

Among (literally) acres of smart-home products:

  • The Schlage Sense Smart deadbolt lets you tell Siri to unlock your door.
  • Fenotek’s “Hi” is a video doorbell – HD of course – with a motion sensor and alarm.  So you can greet and admit visitors from anywhere in the world, on your smartphone.  It’s one of a bunch of “virtual butlers” on display here. Some let you sign-for-deliveries remotely.
  • Products like these deepen users’ bond with smartphones, where smart broadcasters are also publishing.

Once inside the house, you’ve entered “The Internet of Things,” meaning devices-talking-to-each-other.  The number of things-connected-to-the-internet exceeded the-number-of-people-on-the-planet back in 2008; and by 2024, more than 50% of Internet traffic to homes will be from appliances and devices.

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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

| January 6, 2016

wildfeathersDuane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; and 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 (1/6) includes such names as: Adele, Jason Derulo, AudioDamn!, Hermitude, Big K.R.I.T., Mataya, Young Tapz, R. City, Chloe Angelides, Rob Gillette, Radiohead, Run River North, AWOLNATION, Courtney Barnett, Langhorne Slim & The Law, City and Colour, The Wild Feathers, John Stevens Jr., Mersi Stone, Drake White, Cole Swindell, Chemical Brothers, and Beck among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

wdrvCurtiss Johnson to Exit Hubbard’s ‘The Drive’ in Chicago.  As reported by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, classic rock WDRV program director Curtiss Johnson is leaving the station.  He’s not out yet – he’ll stay on the job as Hubbardjohnsoncurtiss Radio seeks his replacement and he looks for his next opportunity.  Johnson joined the station in June of 2014, replacing Patty Martin who’d been in the post for 13 years.  Johnson says in a memo to his staff, in part, “After many long conversations with [SVP of programming and operations] Greg [Solk] regarding the future of The Drive the decision has been made to part company.  I’ve enjoyed my year and half here at The Drive.  I’ve never worked with a nicer and more genuinely talented group of people.  I will come away from the experience with many true friends, not just friends in the business.”  Feder quotes the most recent Nielsen Audio PPM survey noting that “The Drive” tied for 11th place in the market with a 3.0 share (Persons 6+) and a 3.7 share in the Men 25-54 demo, landing in 8th place.

krossdustinDustin Kross Named KLIF-FM, Dallas PD/Morning Personality.  Coming to the Dallas/Fort Worth market from Orlando is programmer Dustin Kross, who will host the AM drive show onklif-fm Cumulus Media’s CHR KLIF-FM “HOT 93.3” and serve as PD.  In Orlando, he worked for CBS RADIO at CHR WJHM “101.9 AMP Radio” as morning host and APD.   Cumulus Dallas/Houston RVP Dan Bennett states, “Former HOT 93.3 PD Louie Diaz [who left to program Cumulus’ 107.3 in Washington, DC] did an outstanding job for the station.  He turns over the reins to Dustin Kross, who brings a great background and passion for the CHR format.  Dustin will work with KRBE Houston PD Leslie Whittle to elevate the CHR battle in Dallas and put HOT 93.3 in the best position to win.”

kbiuKBIU, Lake Charles Flips to Rhythmic CHR as ‘HOT 103.3.’  The former adult contemporary station flips to rhythmic CHR using the new brand “HOT 103.3.”  Cumulus Media VP of programming Val Garris states, “Our goal is to have a local connection with the community and give the listeners what they have been asking for by playing the hits from Drake, The Weeknd, Pitbull and Chris Brown.  Brandin Shaw will lead the programming efforts in Lake Charles, working with corporate PD Davey Morris, and our amazing local staff.”  Vice president and market manager Elizabeth Blackstock adds, “Lake Charles was missing a rhythmic top 40 station and we are thrilled to bring this great energy and music to listeners and to deliver this 18-34 audience to our advertisers.”

freemanamyEntercom Elevates Freeman to GSM of Miami Combo. Regional account manager Amy Freeman is boosted to general sales manager of Entercom Miami adult contemporary and classic hits-oldies combo WLYF “Lite-FM” and WMXJ “The Beach.” Vice president and market manager Doug Abernathy comments, “It is exciting to grow our staff from within and give Amy this well-deserved opportunity. Her proven leadership – coupled with her impressive track record of success – makes her the perfect choice to lead our revenue growth in Miami.” Freeman remarks, “I am excited for the opportunity to return to the role of general sales manager and I am thrilled to work with Entercom South Florida on two of their legendary Miami-based radio stations. It has been tremendous to work alongside such an exceptional team that is dedicated to our radio stations, the community, and our clients.” Freeman’s past credits in her 20-year career include being vice president/director of sales for iHeartMedia Los Angeles. Just this past Friday (1/1), WMXJ jettisoned its “Magic” handle in favor of “The Beach.” Among persons 12+ in the latest (December 2015) Nielsen Audio PPM report for Miami, “Lite-FM” ranks first for the eighth straight sweep (8.0), while WMXJ is eleventh (3.7).

levingstondeonDeon Levingston Exits GM Role at Emmis’ Urban Trio in NYC.  Radio management pro Deon Levingston had been general manager for urban contemporary WBLS and gospel WLIB in New York when they were owned by YMF Media.  After Emmis acquired the duo to add to its NYC portfolio – joining hip hop WQHT “HOT 97” – the company kept Levingston in the GM role for the three stations.  There’s been no official word from Emmis about Levingston’s departure but numerous reports from the Big Apple indicate Levingston’s contract was not renewed at the end of 2015.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Adult Hits.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three format analyses based on data from the December 2016 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio.  Focusing on gold-based formats, Kinosian has presented a look at classic rock and classic hit-oldies.  Today we turn to adult hits.  KPBA, Austin “Bob FM 103.5” has the distinction of being the only adult hits-formatted station to rank #1 (Persons 6+) in its market this survey, although four other adult hits outlets finished within the top five in their respective markets.  In this report also find charts showing ratings fluctuations from December 2014 to December 2015, changes from November 2015 to December 2015, plus a chart comparing the performances of classic rock, classic hits-oldies and adult hits stations.  Read more here.

newyorkfestivalsNew York Festivals 2016 International Radio Program Awards Opens Entry Process.  In addition to the announcement that the New York Festivals 2016 International Radio Program Awards are open for entries, comes news that there are three new categories this year.  Those include: Biography/Profiles, Climate Change & Sustainability, and Music.  The worldwide competition honoring the World’s Best Radio Programs℠ has been taking place since 1982 and receives entries from radio stations, networks, and independent producers from 32 countries around the globe.  Radio program awards executive director Rose Anderson states, “New Yorkandersonrose Festivals recognizes the ever-evolving nature of the radio industry.  Time does not stand still in the radio industry – new ways of reaching listeners and new ways of telling the important stories of our day drive change.  So, every year, we work with our advisory board and we update some categories as well as create new ones.  It is an organic ecosystem. We embrace the new while keeping the best practices of what has come before.”  Anderson says the three new categories will provide a platform for those with a distinctive voice and point of view regarding issues and topics of interest.  Anderson continues, “In our ever-changing world, radio is the original social media.  There is a universal language of radio which connects us all – giving us the ability to meet directly in each other’s imagination and guided by the textures of sound to understand each other.”  New York Festivals Radio Awards enlists jurists from all over the world to become members of the Grand Jury.  The Grand Jury includes some of the most recognizable voices and captivating programming producers in the industry.  Entries are judged on production values, organization, presentation of information, creativity, and use of the medium.  The ceremony for the World’s Best Radio Programs takes place at the Manhattan Penthouse in New York on June 20.  The deadline for entries is March 18.  To enter, log in here and find all the information you need.  Inquiries can go to Gayle Mandel at: gmandel@newyorkfestivals.com.

cookeCES16hashtagCES 2016: Home and Health.  Radio consultant Holland Cooke is in Las Vegas reporting from the enormous Consumer Electronics Show and today he files a story tipping us to some of the new technology and gadgets that some believe will be ubiquitous in both our homes and our cars in the not-too-distant future.  Cooke writes that many of the technological helpers for around the home can be operated from the “remote” device most of us already carry – the smartphone – and that device is where “smart broadcasters are also publishing.”  Read today’s full report here.

December 2015 PPM Analysis:
Adult Hits

| January 5, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian (2)LOS ANGELES — Our in-depth overview of December 2015 PPM results for stations with a pronounced gold concentration concludes with a look at adult hits.

Previous installments in this three-part series have highlighted classic rock (RadioInfo Monday, 1/4) and classic hits-oldies (Tuesday, 1/5).

Adult hits facilities in our sample typically rank eighth/ninth in December (#8.71, 6+); classic rockers eighth (#8.22); and classic hits-oldies fifth/sixth (#5.65).

Mirroring the classic hits-oldies and classic rock overviews, these exclusive RadioInfo adult hits scoreboards consist of stations that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, December 2015) and are Nielsen Audio subscribers; only Nielsen Audio subscribing stations appear in print.

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CES 2016: Radio vs Robots

| January 5, 2016

By Holland Cooke
Radio Consultant

 

cookewriterLAS VEGAS — Robots are all-over-the-place here…but don’t picture humanoids walking around. Most sit still, waiting to help, like ATMs or supermarket self-checkout or movie theater ticket kiosks we’re accustomed to.

Seen the TV commercials for Amazon’s Echo? Ask Alexa…anything. News, sports, weather, or other radio staples; including music you’d like her to play…anything at all. She’ll read you an audiobook, or look-up information you need; so you’ll be spending lots of time with her.

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December 2015 PPM Analysis:
Classic Hits-Oldies

| January 5, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian (2)LOS ANGELES — Given that stations within the gold-intensive genre have our attention for in-depth December 2015 PPM ratings overviews, we follow-up yesterday’s classic rock post (Monday, 1/4) with a similar piece for classic hits-oldies outlets.

Such facilities in Dallas (KLUV) and Minneapolis (KQQL) notched meaty month-to-month gains, while Milwaukee’s format representative (WRIT) – albeit flat from November – remains #1.

The common thread among those three markets is an absence of a mainstream adult contemporary. Heritage Dallas AC KVIL, as well as WLDB, Milwaukee have each (relatively) recently transitioned from adult contemporary to hot AC. Meanwhile, it has been exactly four years since WLTE, Minneapolis flipped from AC to country (KMNB).

Consequently, the door is open for stations from other formats there to do the all-Christmas music strategy. In all three cases, a classic hits-oldies facility has taken advantage.

Stations ranking in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, December 2015 ) comprise the following scoreboards, which indicate that classic hits-oldies facilities have a better 6+ market rank (#5.65) than their classic rock counterparts (#8.22) and a higher 6+-market share (5.58 versus 4.61).

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services.

Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo classic hits-oldies analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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