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Friday, March 25, 2016

| March 25, 2016

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Triple A.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three analyses of the performances of stations airing rock-based formats, today focusing on adult album alternative or triple A.  Previously, we published reports on alternative rock and mainstream or active rock.  The triple A format is heard on 12 signals in PPM markets, including on non-commercial outlets such as WYEP, Pittsburgh and WYMS, Milwaukee.  The only triple A station to rank in the top 10 (Persons 6+, AQH share) in its respective market is iHeartMedia’s KBCO, Denver (#7).  In this report, you’ll see ratings comparisons to last month, comparisons to February 2015, and a chart illustrating the (6+) performances of alternative, rock, and triple A outlets in their markets.  See Kinosian’s whole story here.

nielsen logoNielsen Investigates Millennials.  The Holy Grail of advertising in 2016 is to reach the Millennial generation – defined roughly as those ages 18-35 (as of 2015).  But as the Nielsen Insights report highlights, not all Millennials (nor Boomers nor Gen-Xers for that matter) are at the same points in their lives – and that matters when trying to understand their media behavior.  In looking at technology penetration and media usage, Nielsen breaks the Millennial generation into three types: Dependent Adults (living in someone else’s home), On Their Own (living in their own home without children) and Starting a Family (living in their own home with children).  Obviously the three types have different lifestyles and, consequently, different media habits.  Much of the report explains differences in digital device penetration and usage, but about radio it has this to say: “The report found that radio reaches 90% of Millennials who are Dependent Adults and 89% of Millennials who are On Their Own. But that number rises to 92% among Millennials who are Starting a Family. This group contains a higher percentage of Hispanics, who tend to be heavy users of radio.”  See the whole report and more here.

iheartradiomusicawards16iHeartRadio Awards to Honor U2.  At the upcoming iHeartRadio Music Awards, iHeartMedia will honor U2 with the 2016 iHeartRadio Innovator Award.  The awards show will take place at the Forum in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 3 at 8:00 pm ET and be simulcast on TBS, TNT and truTV as well as on iHeartMedia stations nationwide and across the iHeartRadio digital music platform.  iHeartRadio says it will honor U2 “for their undeniable impact on the world of popular culture and will pay tribute to their unparalleled contributions to the music industry and social causes.”

cumulus logoCumulus Media Sues Air Talent Over Non-Compete.  This could be a simple case of the distance between two stations’ transmitters and the literal language of a contract or the less literal matter of whether two radio stations compete in overlapping markets – if it goes to trial at all.  Indiana air personality Amanda Rollen left Cumulus Media’s country WMDH, New Castle on October 2 of last year to work for Hoosier AM/FM’s hot AC WXXC-FM, Marion.  According to a story in the Indianapolis Star, the suit filed in Delaware Circuit Court 4 states Rollen’s non-compete clause forbids her from working for a radio station within a 50-mile radius of WMDH-FM’s transmitter and WXXC is within 40 miles of WMDH.  Attorneys for Cumulus say Rollen is using “the approval, acceptance and goodwill she developed with NASH-FM’s listening audience.”  Cumulus is seeking damages plus legal fees.  See the Star’s story here.

rihalloffameRhode Island Radio Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2016.  The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame was created in 2008 to “to celebrate the storied history of the industry in Rhode Island, and to honor the men and women who have played a part in its growth.”  This year’s class of inductees includes regular TALKERS magazine/RadioInfo contributor Holland Cooke who began his radio career at WPRO-AM, Providence as a disc jockey and served as program director for WSNE, Providence.  Other inducteescookeholland include: Bob DeCarlo, Bill George, Mike Gorman, Bruce Palmer, and Debbie Rich.  Additionally, the Shepard Award – created to recognize the founders of radio in the Ocean State (John and Robert Shepard, owners of the Shepard Department Stores) and to honor present-day contributors to the industry through leadership, dedication, achievement, innovation and spirit – goes to Karen Kutniewski.  The Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Denise Laprise to celebrate her more than 25 years as support staffer for Providence media.  This year’s induction ceremony will also include recognition for the Legacy Station of the Year.  Created to recognize outstanding Rhode Island radio stations of the past, their formats, and their personnel on and off the air, this year they remember “JB 105.”  Proceeds from the May 12 ceremony will benefit Special Olympics of Rhode Island.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The season of summer music festivals is almost upon us and Alpha Media Portlandcountryfest16 announces that Easton Corbin will headline KUPL’s “98.7 The Bull CountryFest 2016” on June 5 at the Portland Rose Festival.  Also performing that day will be: Granger Smith a.k.a. Earl Dibbles Jr., Kane Brown, The Chad Williams Band and Olivia Lane.  KUPL music director and midday personality Danny Dwyer says, “We are very excited to team up with the Portland Rose Festival for CountryFest 2016.  Our lineup this year features superstars as well as talented new artists making a splash in country music.”…..Six days later at the very same venue, Alpha Media’s Portland triple A KINK is working with the Portland Rose Festival for H2O Show with just-announced headliner Everclear.  The band just released a new album titled, Black Is The New Black.  Opening acts for the H2O Show include: The Wild Feathers, Greg Holden, and Barns Courtney.

February 2016 PPM Analysis: Triple A

| March 25, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian (2)LOS ANGELES Our three-part series of in-depth overviews of February 2016 PPM results concludes with triple A, also known as “album alternative” or “adult album alternative.”

Previous February 2016 ratings summaries covered alternative (Wednesday, 3/23), and rock (Thursday, 3/24).

Of the three rock genres, triple A has the lowest average 6+-share (2.15, versus 3.06 for alternative and 4.07 for rock).

With 58% of its qualifying base ranking between #16 and #20 (6+, February 2016), triple A outlets tend to finish #15.83 (rock’s average is #9.60 and alternative is #13.02).

Using the same parameters as in those other overviews, facilities that appear in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, February 2016) constitute the following triple A scoreboards.

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo triple A analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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Thursday, March 24, 2016

| March 24, 2016

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Mainstream Rock.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second in a three-part analysis of the performances of rock-formatted stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s February 2016 PPM survey.  Yesterday, we presented an analysis of alternative rock that you can find here.  Kinosian reports that 61% of rock-formatted stations in PPM markets saw their (6+) AQH share rise from the February 2015 survey to February 2016, led by heritage rockers WVBZ, Greensboro (+2.6); WIYY, Baltimore (+1.9); KSHE, St. Louis (+1.8); WJRR, Orlando (+1.8); WRIF, Detroit (+1.1); and WHJY, Providence (+1.0).  Only KSHE, St. Louis ranks #1 in its market (6+), but six other rock stations rank in the top five in their respective markets.  See Kinosian’s entire report here.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  In the Midland-Odessa, Texas market, Townsquare Media names Chris “Muttley” Stevens operations manager for its five-station cluster that includes: rock KBAT (for which he’ll also serve as brand manager), adult contemporary KODM, country KNFM, hip hop KZBT, and sports talk KMND-AM.  Kevin Chase moves from the KBAT brand manager post to morning host on KODM…..Air personality Debbins moves from evenings to the afternoon drive slot at Entercom’s CHR WPXY, Rochester.  He fills the slot left open by former PM driver and music director Emily Wild’s transfer to the company’s alternative WLKK, Buffalo…..Jake Sommers joins New Life Media-owned Christian CHR WCIC-FM, Peoria to co-host the afternoon program with current personality Suzanne Happs.  Sommers will also manage the station’s production and imaging.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Pictured here at right is country musician Jordan Rager performing in the WNSH, NewragerjordanNASH16 York “NASH FM 94.7” studios during a chat with station afternoon host Jesse Addy.  Rager was a contestant on Season Two of NBC’s “The Voice” at age 17.  Rager was on Team Blake and told Addy that Blake Shelton was very helpful to him and called him a “sure-fire country star in the makin’.”   Among the songs her performed on the show was his new single “Southern Boy.”…..Former Cap Cities/ABC executive Phil Beuth’s memoir, Limping On Water, is in its second edition and Beuth has generously donated half of the proceeds from the book to the Broadcasters Foundation of America.  BFoA chairman Phil limpingLombardo says about Beuth and the book, “Phil’s story is the tale of a disadvantaged boy, born with cerebral palsy who, through luck, pluck, strength of character, skill, persistence and loyalty, rose to become a top executive at one of America’s most respected and successful media companies, Capital Cities Communications, later ABC/Cap Cities.  In fact, Phil was the very first employee at Cap Cities and stayed with the company throughout his entire career, including during his tenure as head of “Good Morning America.”  This is a must read for radio and media freaks.  Order it through Amazon here…..Community Broadcasters radio stations CHR WNKI “WINK 106” and country WPGI “100.9 the Wolf” in the Elmira-Corning market helped raise more than $96,000 for the pediatric and neonatal intensive care units at Arnot Ogden Medical Center during the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon.  The March 9-11 radiothon was hosted by the stations’ air staffs…..SiriusXM announces that actor, screenwriter and musician Jason Schwartzman will host a new, monthly music show on the SiriusXMU channel that will focus on new music.  Schwartzman – member of the band Coconut Records – will turn listeners on to his favorite independent music, new and old.  It’ll feature the music he’s been listening to lately, vintage indie from his own record collection and the occasional guest appearance…..iHeartMedia is honored by The Shorty Awards for Best of Social Media at a Live Event for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival and a Gold distinction as a finalist in The Shorty Awards Live Events category for the company’s social engagement for the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards.  The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media usage and activation across the web and are produced by New York-based tech firm Sawhorse Media.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael Harrison Gets ‘Up Close and Far Out’ with Kurt Hanson.  In this week’s installment of the PodcastOne international hit “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” the RadioInfo publisher conducts a candid and informative conversation with online radio pioneer Kurt Hanson from the convention floor of the recently concluded Radiodays Europe in Paris, France.  Hanson wears two feathers in his cap.  He is the founder and CEO of the tremendously successful online radio music service, AccuRadio, that provides hundreds of thousands of music fans with a wide spectrum of music genres both old and new.  He also isharrisonHansen16 publisher and founding editor of RAIN Enterprises.  RAIN provides the industry with two major services, the Radio and Internet Newsletter and its annual RAIN conference on the relationship between radio and the internet held in conjunction with the NAB Radio Show.  According to Harrison, “Kurt Hanson is a visionary in the merging fields of radio and digital broadcasting as well as being a heck of an entrepreneur.  He’s also a ‘Star Trek’ fanatic and I’m delighted to present our fascinating Paris conversation to the world’s ‘media freaks’ this week.”  To listen to the podcast in its entirety please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

February 2016 PPM Analysis: Rock

| March 24, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian (2)LOS ANGELES Each month, we examine ratings performances of three formats possessing some degree of commonality.

Alternative was the focal point yesterday (Wednesday, 3/23) and our in-depth overview of February 2016 PPM results continues on the rock genre as today we address “mainstream rock,” “active rock,” “album oriented rock” (many years ago), or simply – “rock.”

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.

The following rock scoreboards are comprised of facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, February 2016).

With an average 6+-share exactly one full-point higher than its alternative counterparts (4.07 – 3.06, 6+), qualifying rock stations on our panel tend to rank ninth or tenth (#9.60), versus #13.02 for alternative.

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Doobie’s Picks of the Week • 3/23/16

| March 23, 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, California; Bill Phipps, the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” 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 (3/23) includes such names as: Iggy Azalea, Bebe Rexha, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Celeste Buckingham, Lady Gaga, Little Mix, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, The Heavy, Jonathan Edwards, Kaleo, The 1975, Soul Asylum, Penny & Sparrow, James, Weezer, Jake Bugg, Bleached, Mayer Hawthorne, The Joseph Sisters, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Jana Kramer, Thomas Rhett, Earl Dibbles Jr., Granger Smith, Baby Raptors, Tora, Party Supplies, Swimm, Gainsay, Coleman Hell, Vanic, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click “Read More.”

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

| March 23, 2016

josephsistersDuane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County, California; Bill Phipps, the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; 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 (3/23) includes such names as: Iggy Azalea, Bebe Rexha, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Celeste Buckingham, Lady Gaga, Little Mix, Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor, The Heavy, Jonathan Edwards, Kaleo, The 1975, Soul Asylum, Penny & Sparrow, James, Weezer, Jake Bugg, Bleached, Mayer Hawthorne, The Joseph Sisters, Jake Owen, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Jana Kramer, Thomas Rhett, Earl Dibbles Jr., Granger Smith, Baby Raptors, Tora, Party Supplies, Swimm, Gainsay, Coleman Hell, Vanic, among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Alternative Rock.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three format analyses based on data from Nielsen Audio’s February PPM survey.  The first rock-based format up is alternative.  There are only two PPM markets with competing alternative outlets and in both Los Angeles and San Diego, the stations are locked in a tight (6+) battle.  KROQ tops KYSR in LA 3.1% to 2.9%, and in San Diego, KBZT bests XTRA 2.2% to 2.1%.  The top three alternative stations from a market rank standpoint are KTCL, Denver and KPNT, St. Louis which both rank #4 in their markets (6+), and WOLT, Indianapolis, which ranks #6.  See more in Mike Kinosian’s report here.

bigboyPremiere Rolls ‘Big Boy’ Out in Syndication.  When iHeartMedia wrestled Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander away from Emmis in Los Angeles last year, there had to be a real incentive for him to leave KPWR, Los Angeles “Power 106” – his home of almost 20 years.  Maybe a national syndication effort via Premiere Networks enticed him.  Now, beginning Monday (3/28), the “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” show will emanate from its KRRL, Los Angeles “Real 92.3” base and be available to urban contemporary stations and rhythmic CHR outlets across the country.  Alexander comments, “I’ve been blown away by the love and support of my listeners this past year.  Together, we’ve been building something special over the past 20 years and the team at Premiere Networks values and respects that.  I’m excited to work with them and take the show to even greater heights!”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Portland, Maine’s country WTHT “99.9 The Wolf,” Chris Clare is the new program director.  Binnie Media announces Stan Bennett remains as operations manager for the station group, but cedes his WTHT PD duties to Clare, who most recently was music director and afternoon personality at ADX Communications’ country WYCT, Pensacola “Cat Country 98.7.”…..Entercom announces Bryan Fox is named promotions director for the company’s San Francisco station group, effective April 4…..Austin radio personality J.B. Hager announces he’s parted ways – amicably – with Austin Radio Network’s classic hits K287FG “Classic 105.3 Austin” where he was hosting the morning drive show…..At the iHeartMedia Youngstown, Ohio station group, Keith Kennedy is named senior vice president of programming, taking over for Steve Granato, who exits the cluster.  Kennedy adds these duties to his SVP of programming responsibilities for the Akron-Canton market.  Also, he’ll serve as program director for CHR WAKZ, Youngstown “95.9 Kiss FM.”

Gracie Awards – The Complete List.  RadioInfo has been publishing the names of many of the winners in the radio categories for local and national Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation in an attempt to keep up with the numerous press releases being received from stations, companies and talent citing individual accomplishments. However, in order to make it convenient for readers to see all the winners, you can find a link to the complete list of 2016 Gracie Winners from the television, radio and interactive categories here.

February 2016 PPM Analysis: Alternative

| March 23, 2016

By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor
RadioInfo

kinosian (2)LOS ANGELES Three formats possessing some degree of a “rock” foundation are included in our thorough overview of February 2016 PPM results.

Getting us started is alternative – occasionally referred to as “modern rock” or “new rock.”

Waiting in the wings are detailed summaries of mainstream rock (tomorrow, Thursday 3/24) and triple A (Friday, 3/25).

Facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, February 2016) comprise the following alternative scoreboards.

Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for facilities that subscribe to its services, so owing to that reason, ratings stats in this exclusive RadioInfo analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for its data.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

| March 22, 2016

davisrichiHeartMedia Brings Rich Davis Back to Twin Cities.  Programming pro Rich Davis worked at Twin Cities music outlets CHR KDWB and hot AC KTCZ in the past and he’s doing so again as the new director of contemporary hit music stations for iHeartMedia’s Western Great Lakes Region and program director for KDWB and KTCZ “Cities 97.”  He moves from Seattle where he was SVP of programming for iHM.  In this role, Davis will also oversee programming for WZEE, Madison “Z104,” WRNW, Milwaukee “97.3 Radio Now,” and WBIZ-FM, Eau Claire “Z100.”  Western Great Lakes Region president Jeff Tyler says, “I’m very excited to work with Rich again and have him lead the programming for KDWB and ‘Cities 97’ in the Twin Cities.  His success and experience will be a great influence on the other great CHR stations in our region.”

loganLogan Returns to Philly on ‘More 101.1.” Air personality Logan is the new midday jock at Jerry Lee Broadcasting-owned adult contemporary WBEB, Philadelphia “More 101.1.”  He was most recently program director and morning host at Cumulus Media’s AC WNCV, Fort Walton Beach “Coast 93.3.”  He’s been on the air in Philly on both WIOQ and WISX in the past.

wrik‘River Country 97.5’ Launches in Paducah.  The new country signal is a simulcast on Stratemeyer Media’s WRIK-AM and translator W262BA at 97.5 FM and is branded “River Country 97.5.”  Program director and midday host Reed Phillips says, “We hope to give the river region a country station that they deserve and will suit the tastes of the area.  We’re proud to call Paducah home and we know that decisions made in other parts of the world don’t necessarily make sense in Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois.  Our plan is to have an open dialogue with our listeners on which songs and artists they enjoy…and which ones they don’t.  If anyone wants to stop in, you’re more than welcome to.  We’re pretty easy to find in the mall and we love to talk music.”

wzuncomboGalaxy Communications Adds Air Staff to WZUN, Syracuse for New ‘Sunny 102.’  In Upstate New York, two Leatherstocking Media Group stations – WSEN, Syracuse and WMCR, Oneida – are being acquired by Family Life Ministries, but Galaxy Communications is bringing aboard some of the staff of WSEN to join its air staff at classic hits WZUN “Sunny 102” before WSEN flips to Christian programming on March 28.  All this week, the two stations will simulcast on both signals before the change is complete.  Galaxy says air talent Gary Dunes, Diane Wade and John Carucci are joining Big Mike and Rick Gary for a full on-air staff.  Gary Dunes is now on the air with Big Mike & Cindy in the morning and John Carucci has joined Rick Gary in the afternoon from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Diane Wade is on air from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm.  Galaxy CEO Ed Levine comments, “We are thrilled to be able to continue the legacy of WSEN by combining it with ‘Sunny 102’ to create a superstation.  We’ve expanded our playlists to incorporate a tremendously wide variety of music.  Plus, we preserved several jobs for some of Syracuse’s best known radio personalities.  It’s a great day.”

christianrogerWTSS, Buffalo’s Roger Christian Celebrates 40 Years at Station.  Midday personality Roger Christian is commemorating his 40th year on the 102.5 frequency in Buffalo.  Now, an Entercom hot AC, WTSS has changed formats over the years and was a rock station back in March of 1976 when Christian became PD Lee Zimmerman’s APD.  While the station was totally automated, in 1978 under the direction of program director Bob Wood, Roger became the first live morning man.  In 1984 Roger succeeded Wood as PD and hired a full-time staff of live personalities.  He’s been with the station through brand changes that include “Majic 102,” “Q102,” and now, “STAR 102.5.”  Station OM Sue O’Neil says, “This is a testament to Roger’s talent and ability to change and stay relevant with the changing times and demonstrates his love and commitment to the city of Buffalo.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  The new Levi’s Lounge performance space at Cumulus Media’s radio studios in San Francisco officially opens with a performance by Cheap Trick on Thursday, March 24.  KSAN “107.7 The Bone” and KFOG are teaming with the Levi’s brand to host the rock band a week prior to their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and as they prepare for the April 1 release of their 17th studio album, Bang Zoom Crazy… Hello…..The nationally syndicated JohnJay & Rich show is now heard in morning drive on Impact Radio Group’s CHR KZMG, Boise “My 102.7.”

wmjx logo‘Magic 106.7’ Boston Wins Two Gracies for Public Affairs Show.  The public affairs program “Exceptional Women” airs on Greater Media’s adult contemporary WMJX, Boston “Magic 106.7” and is hosted by Sue Tabb and Tina Gao.  Today, the company announces that the show will be honored with two 2016 Gracie Awards from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation.   The show’s entry – “What is Brave?” –  is a compilation of four of their 2015 programs.  It took first place in the Co-host and Interview Program or Feature categories for local radio.  The piece explored different aspects of bravery and included interviews with tennis legend Billie Jean King, “Entertainment Tonight” host Nancy O’Dell, recording artist and entrepreneur Lisa Loeb and animal champion Brittany Bang.  Tabb and Gao will receive their awards at the annual Gracies Luncheon in New York City on June 21.

cbsradioNine CBS RADIO Staffers Named Gracie Winners.  A total of nine current and former CBS RADIO staffers are recipients of 2016 Gracie Awards.  They include: Felicia Middlebrooks, WBBM-AM/WCFS-FM, Chicago for Anchor Local News or News Magazine; drive co-anchor ; Lola Vanderpuye, WBBM-AM, Chicago for Local Imaging; Marla Diamond, WCBS, New York “Newsradio 880” for Local Reporter/Correspondent; Nina Hajian, WNEW-FM, New York “92.3 AMP Radio” for Local Host of Entertainment/Information; Jane Tillman Irving, WCBS, New York “Newsradio 880” for Local Hard News Feature; Amy Lawrence, CBS Sports Radio for National Host of a Sports Program; Loren Raye, WODS, Boston “103.3 AMP Radio”; Suzyn Waldman, WFAN, New York for Local Sports Program; and Shila Nathan for Afternoon Drive Personality-Local (while at WUSN, Chicago).

cumulus logoCumulus Media Staffers Honored with Gracies.  Here’s a rundown of the Cumulus Media employees who will be recognized for their work by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation with a 2016 Gracie Award:  “NASH Nights Live” personality Elaina D. Smith for National Radio Special; Rita Cosby, WABC, New York for Talk Show, News-Local Radio, and Host, Non-News/Non-Fiction-Local Radio; and Joan Hamburg, WABC, New York for Soft News Feature-Local Radio.

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• PPM Analysis: Active Rock

• Cooke: NAB Radio Show Coverage
• Profile: Bold Gold’s Vince Benedetto

• Podcasting’s Upfront Showcase

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beasleygeorgeBeasley CEO George Beasley on Medical Leave.  Filling in for company chief executive officer George Beasley is EVP/CFO Caroline Beasley.  According to a statement from Beasley Broadcast Group, she’ll be interim CEO during his absence.  The notice of medical leave for George Beasley does not go into specifics but says the changes take effect immediately.  Caroline Beasley – George Beasley’s 53-year-old daughter – has served as the company’s executive vice president, chief financial officer,beasleycaroline treasurer and secretary since 1994 and as a director since 1983.  Caroline Beasley comments, “George’s passion for radio and his entrepreneurial spirit have made a positive and lasting impact on the industry and in the development and long-term success of Beasley Broadcast Group.  On behalf of Company employees, family, friends and business associates, our heartfelt thoughts are with George during his medical leave.  Out of respect, we will be honoring his request for privacy and will not be commenting further on his condition at this time.”

wildejenniferJennifer Wilde Takes Over Charlie Tuna Show.  Radio personality Jennifer Wilde is being named the host of late radio legend Charlie Tuna’s nationally syndicated program.  Wilde had been tapped by Tuna to host his program while he was ill, in fact she announced his death on the program.  Now, syndicator Talent Farm says Wilde will remain with the show and is available to sign on new stations.  Wilde comments, “It was a dream to work with a radio legend like Charlie Tuna.  I never imagined he’d ask me to keep his studio seat warm when he needed time off.  And I surely never saw myself as the one who’d be on the radio telling the world that he’d passed away.  And yet, here I am…missing him with the rest of his fans.  And I’m now honored to announce that I will stay on with Charlie Tuna’s radio stations in syndication through Talent Farm.”  Wilde’s career includes time serving with Westwood One; KALC, Denver; KQKS, Denver; and KDON, Salinas-Monterey, California.  In other news from Talent Farm, Dave “Sky Walker” Skyler steps in and continues hosting the daily “Hollywood Minute.”  Also, Charlie Tuna’s “Best of The ‘70s” program continues to be available to stations  The company says, “Charlie’s inimitable personality, voice, humor, and passion for the music, artists, and pop culture of the ‘70s comes through, surrounded by classic hits of the era.”

andresgiselleCMG Miami Names Giselle Andres Morning Host on WFEZ.  Handling wake-up duties for Cox Media Group’s Miami adult contemporary WFEZ “Easy 93.1 FM,” effective March 28, is market radio pro Giselle Andres.  CMG notes that Andres is a “multi-talented bilingual radio and television personality” who’s worked for the past 25 years in South Florida.  She most recently served withwfez logo Actualidad Media Group’s “Exitos 107.”   Andres comments, “Living in South Florida since the age of eight, my entire career has been based in two languages in a multi-cultural community.  To work for the top leader in the radio industry, Cox Media Group, means I am surrounded by excellence.  This drives me to wake up early and wish a good morning to listeners who I already consider friends. Just like the ‘Easy 93.1’ audience, I, too, grew up singing along to Madonna’s music and eating pastelitos in Miami.  I can’t wait to hear other people’s stories!”

fosterbethCumulus Adds Two Air Talent to WEBE, Bridgeport Staff.  Connecticut radio personality Beth Foster joins Cumulus Media’s Bridgeport adult contemporary WEBE, Bridgeport to co-host the morning drive program with current AM personality Jay Michaels.  At the same time, currentmadisonandy swing shift personality Andy Madison is promoted to full-time status with the station, joining Mike McGowan on the afternoon drive show as co-host and traffic reporter.  Speaking about Beth Foster’s appointment, WEBE operations manager Danny Lyons states, “I am most impressed with Beth’s commitment and connection to our listeners on the air as well as through all our digital assets.  She’ll shine in the morning on WEBE108!”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In San Diego, Local Media San Diego’s urban contemporary XHRM-FMlovesheryl “Magic 92.5” names Sheryl Love producer for the “Jagger & Kristi in the Morning” program.  Love has most recently been serving with the company’s sister CHR XHTZ “Z90.3” as a part-time and fill-in air talent.  She began her radio career as a promotion assistant with the two stations in 2006…..iHeartMedia’s CHR WWPW, Altanta “Power 96.1” has a new morning show consisting of current AM drive staffer Riley Couture and new talent PK and (his wife) Denise Kalentzis.  The new show is called “PK and Riley.”   PK and Kalentzis come from their most recent gig with CBS RADIO’s CHR KKHH, Houston “Hot 95.7.”  Couture remained on air after Scotty K’s recent departure from the station…..Christine Martindale has exited the midday show at Mt. Wilson Broadcasters-owned country jonesrachelstation KKGO, Los Angeles “Go Country.”…..Rachel Jones is the new midday personality at Cumulus Media’s CHR WWWQ, Atlanta “Q100.”  She comes from Alpha Media’s San Antonio CHR KTFM “Energy 94.1” where she co-hosted the morning show as “Blondie.”  She takes over for Kevin Quinn who remains with the station for weekends…..Cumulus Media announces Jeffpezzanojeff Pezzano is named VP of sales for its Youngstown, Ohio operations,  Pezzano will lead sales development and strategy for the eight-station cluster that includes: CHR WHOT “HOT 101,” country WQXK “K105 FM,” classic rock WYFM “Y103,” rock WWIZ “Rock 104,” sports talk WBBW “1240 AM ESPN,” sports talk WLLF-FM, “Sports Radio 96.7,” news/talk WPIC, and talk WSOM.

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