Sarah, Ty & Mel Show in for Mornings at WRQX, Washington. The makeover at Cumulus Media’s CHR WRQX, Washington “All the Hits 107.3” continues with today’s announcement that, beginning July 30, Sarah Fraser, Ty Bentli and Melanie Glazener will start hosting “The Sarah, Ty, and Mel Show.” The station says show “features the young and lively voices of Fraser, Bentli, and Glazener, who promise an interactive, informative, and inspirational show that will connect with the DMV’s listeners through real stories and phone calls. The show will have a robust presence across social media, and will offer special podcasts to its listeners.” Fraser was co-host of “The Kane Show” at crosstown CHR WIHT for six years. Bentli also worked in Washington at country WMZQ and in Baltimore at country WPOC. Glazener also previously worked on “The Kane Show.” Cumulus EVP of programming Mike McVay comments, “We consider ourselves fortunate to be able to assemble a team like Sarah, Ty and Mel for mornings. There is a high level of competition in DC. I believe in Gillette. He believes in the team. That makes me a big believer in this show.” Meanwhile, program director Gillette adds, “Sarah, Ty and Mel are all in the demo — and are fully plugged into the lifestyle of fellow Millennials. These are down-to-earth people who will talk about their lives with listeners and share their experiences in a completely authentic way. The show will be fun and edgy, but totally relatable. No fake prank calls or canned humor here. We’re getting real with our listeners and believe the show will be a breath of fresh air and unlike anything that’s on the air.”
Beasley Q2 Revenue Down 3.6%. This morning’s release of Beasley Broadcasting Group’s 2014 Q2 financials conforms to many experts’ conclusions about the second quarter of the year: Ad spending in radio was down across the country. BBGI reports the net revenue figure of $25.9 million for the 2nd quarter of 2014 (compared to $26.9 million during the same period in 2013) “primarily reflects lower advertising revenue at the company’s Philadelphia, Wilmington and Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville market clusters. The decline in net revenue was partially offset by $0.7 million in other revenue, resulting from an agreement with an electronics company and its affiliate concerning the use of our and their respective logos.” Chairman and CEO George Beasley comments, “Second quarter revenue levels reflect slower advertising spending across most markets where we operate which led to declines in seven of our eleven markets and lower station operating income. Overall, we outperformed in our five market clusters that report to Miller Kaplan. In these markets, which accounted for approximately 78% of total second quarter revenue, Beasley station cluster revenue declined 5.2%, compared with the total revenue for all reporting radio stations in these markets which were down 6.0% for the quarter. Our year-over-year revenue decline is partially attributable to difficult comparisons with 2013 second quarter results when we generated double-digit revenue gains in markets including Philadelphia and Las Vegas. However, our initiatives to expand our digital offerings are delivering results as we recorded an approximate 24% rise in digital revenue during the quarter. Notwithstanding the challenges faced in the second quarter, our market positions remain healthy based on our organization-wide focus on strong core programming and targeted localism. This focus is vital to the company’s ratings strength and long-term success.”
Townsquare Media IPO Raises $91 Million. It’s hard to judge the IPO of a radio and digital media company that’s so young in corporate terms, but the sale of 8.3 million shares of class A stock made the company a little more than $91 million – short of the $125 million the company was hoping to raise. Some analysts are noting that the IPO price was not in the low teens dollar figure the company had hoped for and even the $11 share price was a bit too high as the sale didn’t take off until the price dropped to $10.74. Still, the offering results in a cash infusion for Townsquare Media. Only time will tell if Townsquare’s plan to build revenue with small and medium market radio stations augmented by its stable of digital publications will pay off for investors and the company.
Emmis Names Jay Dixon WQHT, New York PD. After serving as interim program director at Emmis Communications’ hip hop WQHT, New York “Hot 97” since Ebro Darden relinquished the post to focus on his morning show duties, the company officially names Jay Dixon program director. Dixon was with Emmis previously, serving as program director for urban AC WRKS “98.7 Kiss FM” prior to the company leasing that signal to ESPN as WEPN-FM. He also worked for Cox Media Group as that company’s national urban format coordinator. WQHT GM Deon Levingston states, “Jay’s extensive knowledge of radio broadcasting and ratings, as well as his familiarity with the Emmis brand, makes him the perfect fit for WQHT. Over the past few months, Dixon has initiated innovative and creative ideas to the ‘HOT 97’ platform, further demonstrating his capabilities of leading and continuing to expand the global presence ‘HOT 97’ has in hip hop and music. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Emmis family.” Dixon comments, “I am excited to be back with Emmis and to continue my work with WQHT. I’d like to thank Rick Cummings, Jimmy Steele, Deon Levingston, Ebro Darden and the entire Emmis community for this opportunity. Look out of big things ahead for WQHT, hip hop, and New York.”
Russell to Program WMXO, Olean, New York. Joining Pembrook Pines-owned CHR WMXO “Mix 101.5” as program director is Chris Russell. The company announces the 15-year radio industry pro most recently served with Colonial Media & Entertainment in Olean and, before that, was a programmer for Cromwell Radio Group in Effingham, Illinois. Russell says of his new gig, “I can’t tell you how excited I am at the opportunities our hot AC format provides us here in the market, and what a fantastic group of radio folks I get to hang out with every day! And we have some BIG surprises in store for our great listeners and clients!”
‘K105’ Fort Wayne Names Aricka J Midday Personality. Moving from South Bend where she’s been with Artistic Media Partners-owned CHR WNDV “U93” to Federated Media’s country WQHK “K105” in Fort Wayne is Aricka McCauley a.k.a. Aricka J. She takes over the slot vacated by Heather Cruise when she moved to Los Angeles. Program director Dave Michaels says, “The long nationwide search is over, and an exceptional, talented individual will soon be entertaining the ‘K105’ listeners. Aricka will be a great addition to the ‘K105’ lineup!” McCauley says, “I am very sorry to be leaving South Bend and U93 so soon, they treated me very well. However I am very excited to start a new journey with Federated Media and a longtime heritage station like ‘K105’ and I’m looking forward to the smiling faces of Fort Wayne.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The new evening personality at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WIAD, Washington “94.7 Fresh FM” is Dana McKay. She was most recently with the company at hot AC WHFS, Tampa “Play 98.7.”…..Zach Ledbetter exits the evening show at Cookeville Communications-owned country outlet WGSQ, Cookeville, Tennessee “Country Giant 94.7.”…..Joanna Huff is promoted to permanent morning show producer and co-host at Reising Radio Partners’ country WYGB, Franklin, Indiana “Korn Country 100.3”
RadioInfo Publisher Michael Harrison Sounds Off on Boston Herald Radio Interview. The Boston Herald newspaper launched an online talk radio station – “Herald Radio” – on August 1, 2013. In commemoration of the forthcoming one-year anniversary, the station interviewed RadioInfo/TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison (pictured here on Herald Radio) about his take on the state of radio in general. Although the 25-minute conversation focused primarily on Harrison’s opinions about talk radio, he also made a number of comments about his take on the challenges facing terrestrial music radio in the advancing digital era. In addition to whimsically sharing recollections of his personal early-career as a rock radio DJ and PD at such legendary signals as WLIR, Long Island; WNEW-FM, New York; KPRI, San Diego; and KMET, Los Angeles, Harrison states that he is concerned about music radio’s ability to stand up against 21st century competition because it has “abandoned its franchise of personality.” Harrison continues, “And you really can’t compete in today’s multimedia music audio market if you don’t have personality, because then you’re just a Pandora.” To read media reporter Jessica Heslam’s coverage of the visit and to hear the entire interview, please click here.
KUBQ, La Grande, Oregon Adds ‘Hangar 19’ Metal Show. The classic metal show “Hangar 19,” distributed by Envision Networks and hosted by Cutter, is added to the weekend program lineup at Pacific Empire Radio Corporation’s KUBQ, La Grande, Oregon. The program is described by Envision as a show that “relives the glory days of classic metal and features music from the artists and groups who built this explosive genre including Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Korn, Slayer and Marilyn Manson.” KUBQ program director Cliff Turner says, “’98.7 The Rock of Eastern Oregon’ is ready to rock hard with Hangar 19. Cutter has managed to weld together a solid blend of metal from the legends and promising bands of today!”
Clear Channel Holdings Reports 2014 Q2 Numbers – Revenue Up 1%. That figure is for CC Holdings as a whole and must be tempered with the follow-up figure of expenses being up 2% — both figures are year-over-year. During yesterday’s conference call with investors, CFO Richard Bressler detailed some of the achievements of the CCM+E division (although it’s not part of the publicly traded side of the business – only Clear Channel Outdoor is). He noted that iHeartRadio recently surpassed 50 million users; said the success of the televised iHeartRadio Music Awards show in May is evidenced by NBC agreeing to air next year’s awards show as well. While saying that Clear Channel outperformed the markets (as per Miller Kaplan), Bressler admitted that April and May were down months for the radio and networks business but reported that June had improved.
Townsquare Media Inc. IPO Begins Today; Opening Price $10.74. Greenwich, Connecticut-based Townsquare Media’s IPO takes place today with the opening price of its stock at $10.74 per share. Townsquare had hoped to raise $125 million from this IPO but the 8.3 million shares sold raised $92 million. The company plans to use the proceeds to repay its outstanding 10% Senior PIK Notes due in 2019 and to repay approximately $128.6 million of the outstanding term loans under its Senior Secured Credit Facility. The 10% Senior PIK Notes were issued on November 14, 2013 to finance the Cumulus II Transaction.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Joining Townsquare Media as a regional VP based in Dallas is Todd Lawley. He comes to Townsquare from Peak Broadcasting where he was president and CEO before the company sold its radio assets earlier this year. Prior to Peak Lawley served with the old Citadel Broadcasting.…..After a little more than a year with Clear Channel Media + Entertainment in New Orleans, Brian Wallace exits his director of urban programming role at the cluster where he programmed hip hop WQUE “Q93” and urban adult contemporary WYLD. Prior to joining CC in March of 2013, Wallace served with Radio One as OM at the Indianapolis station group…..Joining Cumulus Media’s new urban outlet WNBM, New York, “Radio 103.9,” is Terrence Battle a.k.a. T-Storm who will serve as the local producer for the afternoon drive D.L. Hughley show and host the Saturday evening “Mix Show.” Battle has New York radio experience having worked at CBS RADIO’s WNOW “92.3 Now,” Emmis’ WQHT “Hot 97,” and WRKS…..James Steele is now a part of CBS RADIO’s Orlando cluster where he’s the evening personality on CHR WJHM “101.9 AMP Radio” and production manager, effective Monday, July 28. His most recent gig was in Norfolk where he was APD, imaging director and afternoon personality at CHR WNOH “NOW 105.”…..Across the Pond, Graham Mack tells RadioInfo that Amy Stevenson is the newest member of the “BOB’s Breakfast” show on “BOB fm Home Counties.” Stevenson joins Mack and Chris Hubbard as part of the Mack Pack on the adult hits station heard on 106.7 and 106.9 in Hertfordshire, England.
Clear Channel Debuts ‘The Brew’ on WKSF-HD2 and Asheville Translator. The station will play a wide variety of music – from current pop hits to classic rock to 80s rock, according to Clear Channel Asheville operations manager Jeff Davis. He tells the Asheville Citizen-Times the station could be considered “nontraditional.” Music will span the 1970s through to today’s hits. Davis says, “We’ll play about every kind of music from top 40 to hot AC, classic rock, mainstream rock and a little bit of country. It’s basically a nice replacement for an iPod. It will never live in any world too long.” The station can be heard on country WKSF’s HD-2 channel as well as on W249AR at 97.7.
Advertising the Focus as Bob Hoffman Named Keynote Speaker at 2014 Radio Show. This year’s keynote address at the NAB and RAB jointly produced 2014 Radio Show will be delivered by “advertising luminary” Bob Hoffman, whose September 10 speech is titled, “The Golden Age of BS,” that will “address the gulf between what we are being told by ‘experts’ and the reality of advertising and media today, with specific focus on broadcast radio.” Hoffman is a partner in Type A Group, LLC, a consulting firm that works with advertisers, marketers, and media. He is the author of Amazon‘s number-one selling advertising book, 101 Contrarian Ideas About Advertising, and “The Ad Contrarian” blog.
SiriusXM to Feature Tom Petty with Dedicated Channel; Town Hall Event. Satellite broadcaster SiriusXM returns Tom Petty radio to its channel lineup tomorrow (7/25). In addition to the Tom Petty Radio channel that will feature music spanning Tom Petty’s entire career, from his first album with The Heartbreakers up to the group’s new album Hypnotic Eye, including personal stories from Petty and his bandmates in The Heartbreakers about each track on the new album. The channel will also feature songs Petty recorded as a solo artist and as a member of the Traveling Wilburys as well as live tracks from Petty’s most recent tour. Additionally, the channel will air an exclusive “Town Hall” with Tom Petty, during which Petty will sit down for an intimate Q&A session with a select group of SiriusXM listeners in Los Angeles, moderated by SiriusXM’s Jim Ladd.
Cool Job Opportunity. Saga Communications is on the prowl for a morning host/brand manager at its Springfield, Illinois country outlet WLFZ “101.9 The Wolf.” Let’s have some fun! This station is young – only 10 months old and tearing up the town. We want someone with fresh ideas, attitude and energy. Experience is a must. Music skills, social media, programming vision, on air mastery and people skills top the list. EOE M/F. Send materials to: SPRjobs@sagacom.com.
We obviously listen to a lot of music at RadioInfo. Since the new music we monitor isn’t limited to artists from the major labels (some of the artists aren’t even signed to ANY label), we are often exposed to artists that tend to be much better musically than they are promotionally. That being said, the next track is one of those artists.
“Misfortune Cookies” by Pierce Wagner (Pierce Wagner)
This track is great. It’s like Jamie Cullum, Jason Mraz, and John Mayer were put in a juicer… the outstanding sound you would get is pretty much this guy. Please listen for yourself. It might be worth mentioning that he’s from Arizona and says that while his music “is rooted in the same soil as indie pop and pop rock” there are definitely audible influences from Motown, blues, punk, and other indie genres. While I don’t often judge a song by its title, this one intrigued me enough to give it a listen – and I am telling you that it was worth it and worth considering for a playlist appearance.
“Love Me More” by Evolution Beat (Golden Planet Records)
Evolution Beat’s fusion of pop and contemporary ska began in the Ventura County/LA underground. This tune is one of those special songs that sounds absolutely modern on a sonic level – which is so important to today’s pop music radio programmers – but has the ‘ear candy’ quality that made top 40 music back in the day so compelling and infectious. Sounds like a summertime winner to us.
This track debuts at #40 this week on the RadioInfo Pop Music Chart. I heard it two weeks ago in California on 103.3 KVYB “The Vibe” in Santa Barbara and Y100.9 KSXY, Santa Rosa. Last week the song was smartly added to KZDB “Now” 105.7 Spokane and KCDU “The Beach” 101.7, Monterey. Maybe your station will be next.
BO$$” by Fifth Harmony (Syco/Epic/Simco)
Last week, we wrote about the sparkle of this song, suggesting that a listener cannot help but bop along whether it’s through the car speakers or the earbuds. In other words, to quote the single, they’re on some “Michelle Obama sh–” and that should count for something. Listeners of 101.9 AMP “Radio Orlando” thought so. In a landslide multi-thousand ballot vote (99% to 1% of over four thousand votes placed) the listeners sent a message that this was a must-add to the station’s playlist.
Since then, we have heard it added to: KBFF “Live 95.5,” Portland, Oregon; KFRH “104.3 Now,” Las Vegas; KYJO “KJ 103” in Oklahoma City; WKSE “Kiss 98.5,” Buffalo; WXKS “Kiss 108” Boston and at least 22 other sets of call letters.
“From Now On” by Delta Spirit (Dualtone)
Last week, Golden-eared on-air personality and interactive specialist, Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM (Rock 105) serving the Charleston market, touted that “this is a must add for alternative radio!” (We have more from the extraordinarily talented Ms. Brown later in today’s column.)
She’s not alone in this thinking. Golden-eared program director Jim McGuinn from 89.3 KCMP “The Current” in Minneapolis thinks that “From Now On” is “another strong single from Delta Spirit. It’s an urgent, catchy summer rocker from a band that connects live and on record with The Current’s audience in a big way.”
The station is owned by Minnesota Public Radio and broadcasts a triple-A music format that includes a lot of plays from local artists. I heard DJ Mary Lucia play Patti Smith’s “Gloria” – a track that I have probably personally listened to a few hundred times too many. However Lucia introduced the track with such enthusiasm, even I was engaged enough to give the song yet another listen. Of course, then she played that new song from Weezer “Back To The Shack” (released on Monday from Everything Will be Alright In The End – an album set to be released in late September on Republic).
The two totally fit together despite being from two very completely different places and times. It was the professional presentation by the jock that really made it work.
And if you haven’t heard this new Weezer track, you are missing out because it’s HOT. Weezer used to be about nerdy nostalgia… remembered pleasures, bygone loves, and adolescent embarrassments. I felt that part of their appeal was the fact that they themselves were kind of nerds stuck in the past. But that uncool-yet-cool image was quickly shed with their later offerings and then they sort of went on this long and strange trip for what I will refer to as an extended hiatus. Now… with the band’s first song in four years, “Back To The Shack,” is an apology for their past acts of treason and a promise to embrace their nerdy roots.
“Beware The Dog” by The Griswolds Be Impressive (Wind-Up Records)
A few weeks ago, we spoke with Christopher Whitehall, lead singer of The Griswolds. He tells RadioInfo “We’ve had the most amazing time visiting this alt rock station in Columbus, Ohio (WWCD102.5 FM) that even had a bar downstairs and we got to just ‘hang out’ with the whole team. It was really awesome seeing them care about the music as much as we do. Probably one of the most amazing radio experiences but they all aren’t far behind that one.”
Keep an ear out for these guys, as big things seem to be happening for them. KROQ added the song to their playlist, sharing that the band got their name from the National Lampoon Vacation movies. And I have even heard their single “Beware The Dog” making the rounds at some popular nightlife spots. If you are looking for an alternative/EDM-type crossover, you should consider this track.
We talk about artists that have large and loyal followings and yet they don’t seem to have the support of radio despite making great music. Jenny Lewis is another example of an artist that produces some amazing works – both solo, and in the various groups she has participated in. This album seems to be her watershed moment, and radio should probably pay attention.
“Just One Of The Guys” by Jenny Lewis The Voyager (Warner Bros.)
“No matter how hard I try, to be just one of the guys/There’s a little something inside that won’t let me,” sings Jenny Lewis on “Just One Of The Guys,” the first single off her upcoming album, The Voyager. The title is funny if only because of the fact that the song is produced by Beck.
Written after the post-Rilo Kiley era in the wake of her estranged father’s death, this album is a bit on the slower, deeper, and more introspective side. “Making The Voyager got me through one of the most difficult periods of my life,” Lewis said in a statement.
She continues, “After Rilo Kiley broke up and a few really intense personal things happened, I completely melted down. It nearly destroyed me. I had such severe insomnia that, at one point, I didn’t sleep for five straight nights. Many of the songs on The Voyager came out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn’t shut down.”
Is this track occupying your playlist? It is at 91.9 FM “Radio Louisville” WFPK and KXTE X-107.5 FM in Las Vegas.
“Queen” by Perfume Genius Too Bright (Matador)
Mike Hadreas, the acclaimed Seattle musician, is not shy about making a statement. From a release, about his latest release, he says, “Sometimes I see faces of blank fear when I walk by … if these f-cking people want to give me some power — if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the muggles — well here she comes.”
The lyrics of this track hint at the themes of this new direction, which Hadreas says is about “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since age 10 and has just begun to bubble up.”
This rage is not like a generalized road rage, but rather a very targeted bite at something that has obviously been bothering him for a long time. TIME says it was about “gay panic.” Slate calls the song the “gay anthem” of the year.
While I am sure that topic is probably going to turn on some listeners and turn others off… I think the song is pretty good, and the words relatable to more than just the obvious topic. While this track (and album) may not be the piano heavy sounds of his last offering, the keyboard and guitars really add to the intimacy of the lyrics and that is worth considering.
“High (Acoustic)” by Young Rising Sons (Dirty Canvas)
Sirius XM’s “Alt Nation” is an early adopter of the original. So is KITS-FM “Live 105” San Francisco.
Young Rising Sons just released an acoustic version (it’s a video) of the song that probably fits some of the more triple-A formats better than the original. However, both are equal in overall quality, engagement, and listener preference.
They have a second single, “King Of the World,” that is basically the same windows down, warm-weather, rocker that was their debut single. While I won’t go into it here, you should check out their EP as it was released yesterday (7/22) and give the acoustic version of “High” consideration after listening below.
“Trainwreck 1979” by Death From Above 1979 The Physical World (Last Gang/Warner Bros.)
As promised, here’s more from golden-eared Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM (Rock 105) in St. Albans, West Virginia. She is always on the listen for music that motivates her loyal listeners to reach out to the station expressing gratitude for keeping the quality rock coming. The station is an “everything that rocks” powerhouse that serves the Charleston market.
Brown tells RadioInfo, “This is a natural add for alternative stations as the Canadian duo has been gaining a lot of steam since their reunion in 2011 and had radio success in the UK with their first (and only previous) album You’re A Woman I’m A Machine in the mid 2000s. In addition to the aforementioned reasons ‘Trainwreck 1979’ knocks you off your feet, and keeps you coming back for more.”
The album, produced by Dave Sardy (Noel Gallagher, Oasis, Nine Inch Nails, LCD Sound System) is due out September 9th. Brown says, “They’re doing something that I haven’t heard of before, giving away a download of the entire album for every pair of tickets purchased for their fall tour… which I would imagine will be loud. I have heard it said, if it’s not loud you’re missing the point of Death From Above 1979. So, listen to their new single and TURN IT UP!!”
I was reading a sharp-tongued opinion of the next two songs. The writer commented on how the songs are basically the same, having been released on the same day, by two institutions less than a mile apart. However, I think that’s like saying all country songs played backwards are happy because the protagonist gets his woman, truck and dog back from whatever disaster he was originally singing about.
Yes… both songs take on the idea that bro country can be seen as misogynistic and that women should stand up for respect. However, one does it positively (if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em). One does it negatively, (women are people too). Ultimately, they work together to provide for a theme… and not just places the girls are (other than the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant).
“Girl In A Country Song” by Maddie & Tae (Republic/UMG)
Bro country; small town good life that is filled with trucks, beer, and scantily clad women. The young country duo Maddie & Tae aren’t fans of the third element in the “bro-country” trinity.
In conversation with NPR’s Audie Cornish, Maddie Marlow, 19, and Tae Dye, 18, made it abundantly clear that they are not fans of the tendency of male singers to address women with the words “hey, girl!” “There’s absolutely no beef with that line or any of the lines, in fact,” Dye says. “It’s just a trend that kind of became irresponsible in its view of women, so we wanted to come at it from our perspective.” “We’re like, you know, if you love us as much as you say you do, shouldn’t you know our name?” Marlow adds. “We want to give this girl that these guys love singing about a voice.”
“Girl In Your Truck Song” by Maggie Rose (RPM)
Beville Dunkerly of Rolling Stone writes, “If you turn Maggie Rose’s new single, “Girl In Your Truck Song” into a drinking game — taking a swig every time she name-checks a so-called “bro country” song — you’ll likely be pretty buzzed by the end of the first chorus.
“I travel all over the country and meet men and women who love this music,” Rose tells Rolling Stone Country. “There are females embracing that role that all these men are writing about. So this is a cool song to sing from my perspective; it’s the female answer to what’s happening in country music right now… and it’s very much a part of my personality.”
It’s great timing on either side of the fence, as the bro country movement is undoubtedly the hottest debate on Music Row this summer, along with the imbalance of men and women on country radio. Rose hopes her new track will put both issues in perspective.
“The irony is that bro country is male-dominated, but women are driving the subject matter,” muses the singer-songwriter. “I like what’s happening in country music right now. There is a place for women, if we just find our niche. Don’t fight it; embrace it.”
“Who’ll Stop the Rain” by Dwight Yoakam (Warner Bros.)
Dwight just released a cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival classic song “Who’ll Stop The Rain” and I was really quite impressed. This track will be featured on Dwight’s new album coming out later this year.
I heard this track on “Pepper’s Pick” (8:20 pm weeknights on KFRG 95.1 FM Riverside, California and KXFG 92.9 FM Temecula, California). Pepper’s Pick is a deeper look at songs in the country format. Pepper breaks down some of her favorite songs coming out of Nashville and this pick from the other day was certainly one worth highlighting.
The Iceman (aka Bobby Golomboski), host of multiple internet shows including top 40 New Country Artist Countdown on Radio on the Row, has a set of golden ears when it comes to finding some really great up-and-coming talent. The Iceman is an early supporter of multiple RadioInfo Country Music Chart pick of the week artist, Ben Rush (someone we are keeping an ear on, as he keeps making great music). This week, the Iceman is touting Troy Bullock; whose “Country Go Round” debuted at #29 on The Iceman’s Top 40 New Country Artist Chart this week.
A “real life cowboy” from Sandpoint, Idaho who started developing his talents as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist at eight years old, Bullock draws inspiration from his childhood working on the ranch, years served in the Air Force, performing on the Nashville and national circuit and his current occupation as a coal miner.
Bullock is best described by the phrase, “Stone Cold Country” which Iceman describes as “a mix of country music, neo-con prime traditionalism and the fiddle and steel of yesteryear. It’s like all of country music’s greatest influences run deep in him.”
Bullock just started a country radio tour and the Iceman suggests you give it some thought about adding him to your playlist and inviting him to the station for a live performance. “He’s got a long and rewarding career ahead of him,” says the Iceman.
“Sunrise” by Slaptop (Ensemble Records)
Slaptop’s ability to blend jazz, house, pop, and EDM is amazing and this song is really taking off. It’s the type of music that goes viral and its replay value is second to none. If you are looking for “The IT song” for the summer, this might be it.
The track was featured as “Monty’s Pick of the Day” on Sunday, on KROX 101X, Austin as part of their chillville playlist set Sunday mornings 8:00 am-11:00 am. There’s some great music programmed on that shift and I have been tuning in digitally.
KCRW 89.9, Los Angeles has been peppering the overnights with the track. KCRW is a great station that curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs. World-renowned for its music programming, KCRW DJs are given one directive: “play what you love.” Many established and emerging artists have made their U.S. live performance debut on flagship music program “Morning Becomes Eclectic” hosted by music director Jason Bentley, including Beck, Adele, Massive Attack, Gotye, Sigur Ros, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Coldplay, among dozens of others.
“How It’s Done” by District 78 (District 78)
This song was featured on Dancing With The Stars and got some attention.
District 78 is an electronic dance music group and production team. They have had the experience of working with many of the top dancers and choreographers in the world. Their epic dance music has created the backdrop for some of the most compelling dances in film and television.
This is an excellent EDM-based track for a CHR station looking to get a compatible taste of that sound into their music mix.
“Shoulda Known Better” by Steffaloo (Bear Mountain Remix) Heart Beats (Mush Records)
Steffaloo has a warm youthfulness, ethereal harmonies, and a certain kind of wonder in all of her songs. She pulls out beauty that she sees in the world and repackages it in her own prose that sounds like she’s re-telling a dream she had from last night.
“Shoulda Known Better” is the second single from Steffaloo’s collaborative electronic album, Heart Beats. For the album track, Steffaloo teamed up with Chicago producer Different Sleep to create an ethereal composition that floats her vocals on a bed of shimmering synths accented with a heartbeat kick and a snap snare. Bear Mountain highlights the underlying dance floor elements of the original by chopping and dicing the vocal over a tight house beat with a stabbing baseline.
Duane Doobie is music editor/director of RadioInfo and reflects the composite musical opinions of the RadioInfo editorial staff. He can be emailed at email@example.com.
Clear Channel Announces Lineup for iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014. The lineup of acts for the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival taking place in Las Vegas September 19-20 has been announced by Clear Channel. Major acts include: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Mötley Crüe, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, and Steve Aoki. As part of the weekend, the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village will return to The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino on Saturday afternoon with live performances by Iggy Azalea, Neon Trees, Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, Magic!, The Pretty Reckless, Nico & Vinz, Lil Jon and more to be announced. In addition to the Las Vegas concert event, the festival will be broadcast live on Clear Channel radio stations, exclusively streamed live on Yahoo Screen, and will see television exposure as a two-night special on The CW network on September 29 and 30. Clear Channel chairman and CEO Bob Pittman states, “Each year we bring the music of the iHeartRadio app to life at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, redefining the live music experience for fans across America with once-in-a-lifetime performances and incredible collaborations that nobody else can provide. It’s the ultimate celebration of artists and music, and for the fourth year in a row the festival will make history with an extraordinary lineup of the biggest names in music across all genres.”
CBS Local to Acquire Event Discovery Site ‘Eventful.’ In a move that will provide a platform to tie into other CBS-owned platforms, CBS Local Media is entering into an agreement to acquire Eventful, Inc. a leading digital media company in the events discovery, communication and personalization business. Describing the service, CBS states, “Eventful connects consumers with information on millions of concerts, movies listings and local events by using its proprietary algorithms to aggregate, and deliver an ever-growing volume of content from across the United States and around the world. Serving its users via multiple platforms, including online, mobile and email, Eventful creates fan interest profiles and delivers highly personalized recommendations on behalf of artists, publishers and marketers to each of their more than 21 million registered users.” CBS Local Media COO Anton Guitano comments, “By offering audiences comprehensive local information all in one place, Eventful has amassed an engaged community that is passionate about finding experiences that match their lifestyle and personal tastes. This strategy reflects that of CBS Local Media, making this union a terrific complement to our growing digital business. Broadcast and online audiences will now have more insight into more events. Simultaneously, we are thrilled to offer our clients more options to reach their target customer.”
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (7/23) includes such names as: Pierce Wagner, Evolution Beat, Fifth Harmony, Delta Spirit, Griswolds, Jenny Lewis, Perfume Genius, Young Rising Sons, Death from Above 1979, Maddie & Tae, Maggie Rose, Dwight Yokam, Troy Bullock, Slaptop, District 78, and Steffalooamong others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
PPM Analysis: Adult Hits. There aren’t as many adult hits-formatted stations in Nielsen Audio‘s 48 PPM markets as there are classic hits-oldies and classic rock but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian notes in this third-of-three analysis that, unlike the other two formats scrutinized in this series, slightly less than half of the adult hits stations in the survey were flat or up with the rest dipping. Just one adult hits station – Emmis’ KBPA, Austin “Bob 103.5 Austin” – ranked #1 in its market in June (persons 6+), while 16 out of the adult hits stations in the survey ranked in the top 10 in their markets in June. Check out the performance comparisons over the past six PPM surveys as well as the chart comparing performances of all three formats – classic hits-oldies, classic rock and adult hits – in Mike Kinosian’s analysis here.
Entercom Chief David Field Asks Employees to Embrace Change, Lists Accomplishments in Mid-Year Memo. In his twice-annual memo to staffers, Entercom president and CEO David Field writes that everyone in the radio business must embrace change and innovate and challenges employees to do so within the guidelines of what Entercom believes in. He goes on to list those beliefs which start with its dedication to “building the best local radio stations with the best local personalities.” Also, Field speaks about the company’s accomplishments and points to the launch of new radio stations, the debut of its SmartReach Digital local marketing arm, and the “two-minute” promise at Seattle’s alternative “The End” which limits spots to six minutes per hour on the station with never more than 2 minutes of commercials at one time. Read his entire memo here.
Pandora Hires Record Industry’s Lars Murray as VP/Industry Relations. In an effort to work more efficiently with the recording industry, digital pure play Pandora announces the appointment of Lars Murray to the new position VP/industry relations. The company reports that, in this new position, Murray will “oversee the company’s strategic collaboration with a broad coalition of music industry stakeholders.” Murray will report to chief strategy officer Sara Clemens. He comes to Pandora from his most recent post as VP/digital media with Columbia Records. Pandora chairman, president & CEO Brian McAndrews comments, “Pandora is committed to building a vibrant, sustainable future for the music industry. With this hire, we’ve added a widely respected thought leader to help take us there. Lars’ extensive knowledge, broad industry relationships, and deep passion for music will further shape our approach to realizing a truly productive collaboration with all industry stakeholders.”
Jake McCann Joins Cumulus Washington as VP of Sales. Radio sales pro Jake McCann is named vice president of sales for Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC stations CHR WRQX and news/talk WMAL-AM/FM. McCann comes to Washington from Philadelphia where he was director of sales for Greater Media’s operations there. Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati comments, “We are thrilled to have Jake at the helm of our cluster in Washington. He is a natural leader and a relentless recruiter. Jake spent the majority of his career in sales management on the East Coast both in radio and cable. He’s developed strong regional advertiser relationships during that time which will be beneficial to us. We look forward to his contribution.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Last week RadioInfo reported that Anthony “Kobe” Fargo had exited his APD gig at Cox Media Group’s WAPE, Jacksonville. Now we learn that he’s returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh to serve as a social media consultant with The Media Beast. Additionally, he’ll be doing part-time on air work at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WBZZ “100.7 StarPittsburgh.”…..Christian broadcaster WAY Media announces it has named Rob Wagman program director for its Christian CHR WAY-FM Network. Wagman most recently was afternoon personality at Salem Communications-owned KFSH, Los Angeles “95.9 The Fish.”…..Steve Cannon takes on more duties with Midwest Communications as he becomes brand manager for country WDWQ, Terre Haute “Q102.7.” Cannon already serves as brand manager for the Terre Haute cluster’s adult contemporary WBOW and classic country WDKE “95.9 Duke FM.”
SHOUTcast Launches Streaming Service with Audience Monetization. The recent addition of SHOUTcast to the Radionomy family is producing a new service that includes effective audience monetization with the integration of the TargetSpot ad network. The company adds that “additional tools and capabilities to support the needs of today’s online radio stations are also part of this new service. These enhancements are built on the tradition and reliability of SHOUTcast and are available today to selected SHOUTcast broadcasters, and CDN partners.” The new features include: audience monetization regardless of how they listen – using SHOUTcast’s new server-side targeted ad injection and the TargetSpot ad network; streaming – high-quality stream hosting at no cost; unlimited listeners – no more maxing out slots, SHOUTcast now supports unlimited listeners; built-in listener analytics (stats tools); and more. Radionomy VP/business development – US Country manager Thierry Ascarez says, “Our team has been working very hard to reinvigorate the SHOUTcast platform with the most advanced and professional tools currently available in the market.”
Jason Aldean Agrees to Charity Show with The Raging Idiots. During an appearance on the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones show, two-time Academy of Country Music “Top Male Vocalist” Jason Aldean performed his new song “Burnin’ It Down,” (the first single from his new album due out later this year). During the interview, Aldean agreed to play a show with Bones’ band The Raging Idiots to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, if the show could raise $50,000 for Susan G. Komen. Pictured here (from left to right) are: show cast member Lunchbox, Bones, show cast member Amy and Aldean.
By Mike Kinosian
Previous installments have highlighted classic hits-oldies and classic rock.
It is certainly worth noting that the classic hits-oldies and classic rock sample bases were identical, while the number of adult hits stations comprising our panel is slightly more than half as many as those two genres.
The following adult hits scoreboards consist of stations that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, June 2014) and are Nielsen Audio subscribers; only Nielsen Audio subscribing stations can appear in print.
By Mike Kinosian
Month-to-month (6+) fluctuation results for the two genres are a virtual statistical dead heat: In each case, 59% improved May – June; 35% of classic hits-oldies stations declined compared to 33% for classic rock; and 6% of classic hits-oldies stations were flat versus 8% in classic rock.
In order to qualify for inclusion into the following classic rock scoreboards, a station had to rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, June 2014); only Nielsen Audio subscribers however appear in print.
By Mike Kinosian
LOS ANGELES —Each month, we examine three formats that possess some degree of commonality.
Our in-depth overviews of June PPM results will focus on the mostly gold genre. In this order, they will be overviews of classic hits-oldies; classic rock; and adult hits.
Facilities that rank in the top 20 in a PPM market (6+, June 2014) comprise the following classic hits-oldies scoreboards, which indicate that almost two of three such outlets that meet our ratings criteria either improved May-June (6+) or remained steady.
All of the following classic hits-oldies facilities are FM – with the exception of Greensboro’s WPCM-AM, which plays a hybrid oldies/beach music mix. Incidentally, the Carolina Radio Group-owned station registered a .1 (6+) in nine of 10 ratings surveys (August 2013 – April 2014), including seven straight sweeps (November – April).
Nielsen Audio only releases audience estimates for stations that subscribe to its services. Owing to that reason, ratings stats in this analysis are limited to stations that pay Nielsen Audio for this data.
Status of Casey Kasem’s Remains Still in Question. The bizarre and sad tale of the end of radio legend Casey Kasem’s life has not ended. The current drama involves questions of the whereabouts of Kasem’s body more than a month after his death on June 15. The Ottawa Citizen reports that Kasem’s body was shipped to Montreal by Kasem’s widow Jean, and Tacoma funeral director Corey Gaffney confirmed to the paper he personally saw the delivery of Kasem to the airline and that the body arrived in Montreal. However, the funeral home in Montreal where Kasem was supposed to arrive tells The Canadian Press it has no records of the body arriving there. A Washington state judge ordered Jean Kasem to keep Kasem’s remains preserved at the Tacoma facility until a hearing for an autopsy petition could take place on July 25. Read the Ottawa Citizen story here.
PPM Analysis: Classic Hits-Oldies. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the first of three special music format analyses as those formats performed in the June 2014 PPM survey and in a number of comparative ways. The first format up is classic hits-oldies, which enjoyed a pretty good June in the 48 PPM markets with two-thirds of the stations either remaining flat or going up. Twelve such formatted stations ranked either #1 or #2 in their markets in June (persons 6+). For an easy-to-read look at the performances of classic hits-oldies stations in the PPM markets over the last six surveys, plus more, click here. Mike Kinosian will also look at classic rock and adult hits over the next several days.
Jeff Davis Promoted at CC Greenville/Asheville Stations. “99.9 Kiss Country” Asheville program director Jeff Davis is promoted to operations manager for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s Asheville, North Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina station groups. He’ll continue to serve as PD at WKSF “99.9 Kiss Country” in Asheville. CC SVP of programming Rod Phillips states, “Jeff’s leadership in Asheville has helped our cluster of stations be truly dominant here, making this an easy choice to expand his duties into Greenville. We are excited to have him work day to day with two more terrific country brands – WSSL and WESC.”
Cape Cod Broadcasting Ups Two in the Sales Department. Moving up from her AE post at Cape Cod Broadcasting Media (CCB Media) is Judy Crocker, who becomes director of sales, taking over for the departed Erin Madden. At the same time, Melinda Baker is promoted from sales operations manager to local sales manager. The two are charged with leading the effort to help “CCB customers to get the most from the suite of marketing products offered by CCB to the business community. This includes four radio stations: ’99.9 The Q,’ WQRC; ‘Ocean 104.7,’ ‘Cape Country 104′ and ‘Classical 107.5 Cape Cod.’ It also will include CapeCod.com and the direct marketing program Cape Club Rewards.” CCB GM Beverly Tilden states, “It was very exciting to learn that when Erin decided to go to HubSpot and we began our search for her replacement, that the best candidates to lead our team were already in our company. Judy Crocker’s experience, deep knowledge of clients’ marketing needs and understanding of the Cape Cod market make her the perfect choice to lead our team going forward.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Taking over for the late K.J. Holiday as director of urban programming at Clear Channel’s Detroit cluster is Cheron Mans. She’s been serving as APD and music director at hip hop WJLB and urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3.” Holiday passed away unexpectedly over the Memorial Day weekend…..“Fook and Mishell” (pictured here, left to right) exit Lotus Communications-owned alternative rock KFMA, Tucson “Rock 102” where they’d been hosting mornings for a new opportunity soon to be announced. As a result, the station opts to go with a music-intensive morning show for the foreseeable future…..At the Mel Wheeler-owned station group in Roanoke, Virginia, country WSLC “94.9 Star Country” morning drive personality and program director Brett Sharp is upped to operations manager. He’s now overseeing operations for WSLC as well as CHR WXLK “K92,” adult contemporary WSLQ “Q99,” news/talk WFIR/W297BC, urban AC WVBB “Vibe,” and talk outlet WLNI-FM in nearby Lynchburg, Virginia. Also, the company announces Rachel Rodes-Metcalf is promoted from director of promotion to music director…..Alpha Media ups CHR KTFM, San Antonio afternoon drive personality Tony Cortez to assistant program director…..Blue Chip Broadcasting-owned hip hop outlet WENZ, Cleveland “Z107.9” adds TV and radio personality Kimberly “Paigion” Walker to the station’s talent lineup as evening host effective July 28…..From her most recent gig at Connoisseur Media’s hot AC WEZN, New Haven “Star 99.9,” Jolana Smith returns to Cumulus Media, this time for the afternoon drive gig at AC KKPK, Colorado Springs “92-9 Peak FM.” She previously worked with Cumulus at WFAS-FM, Westchester (now urban WNMB, New York “Radio 103.9”).