By Gabe Barnes
Director, Business Development
KANSAS CITY — Stevie Wonder is one hell of a musician and singer, but I am not putting a paintbrush in his hand and asking him to be Picasso. His art might turn out a bit abstract…. And that is putting it nicely.
I use this analogy to get radio groups thinking. For so long, all that they have had to be able to do is paint a pretty picture in the minds of their listeners with colorful dialogue, stories, and audio entertainment. But now, they are being asked to paint those same pictures in the eyes of that same audience.
So how does a radio station begin to think visually when they have been so accustomed to working in the audio world? Here are six recommendations to consider when thinking from a visual perspective:
Crusham Calling It Quits. After more than 44 years in the radio industry, iHeartMedia Minneapolis market president Mike Crusham is retiring. Executive vice president of operations for major markets Hartley Adkins comments, “Mike Crusham has lead iHeartMedia Minneapolis through many successful years. He has built lasting relationships with co-workers and clients alike. His career has been fruitful and his legacy will not be forgotten. I will miss him and wish Mike all the best.” Crusham remarks that the “past nine years at iHeartMedia have been some of my most successful and personally gratifying in the business. iHeartMedia Minneapolis has great brands and stations, combined with a brilliant staff. I have had a tremendous team and a company that has been supportive and instrumental in setting me up to win. I have worked hard and had a blast doing it. I will miss the job and the people tremendously. It is, however, time for me to do something different.” The iHeartMedia Twin Cities cluster consists of CHR KDWB “All The Hits”; KEEY “K-102 Today’s Country”; sports KFXN-FM “The Fan”; classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108″; hot AC KTCZ “Cities 97″; and talk KTLK-AM. Crusham joined iHeartMedia in mid-2005 as Miami’s director of sales. He was later named regional vice president for South Florida and Miami’s market manager. After a 10-month stint as the company’s market manager in Boston, he transferred to Minneapolis. Prior to joining iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel), Crusham held a variety of management and sales positions in Houston, Pittsburgh, Austin, Nashville, and Tulsa.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Kansas City urban contemporary outlet KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz,” Tony G, a.k.a. Tony Gregg, exits the morning show. Gregg has been with owner Carter Broadcasting for the past 26 years…..Reports from Minneapolis indicate Northern Lights Broadcasting’s hot AC/sports hybrid KTWN “96.3 K-TWIN” lets afternoon personality Curt Copeland and operations manager Michael Steele go. The station – which carries the MLB’s Minnesota Twins play-by-play – is owned by the Pohlad family, also owner of the Twins.
EDM Show Launches on ‘107.7 The End’ in Seattle. The new Saturday evening EDM show is called “Subtronic End” and is hosted and mixed by the station’s own Zach. Entercom’s KNDD says Zach has “been DJing in clubs from Seattle to Cairo, and many places in between.” The show will feature artists including: Tiesto, Avicii, Hardwell, Calvin Harris and new artists and will air from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight. Program director Garett Michaels says the show is the result of a listener survey. “We’ve felt the impact of EDM in Seattle through sold-out concerts, music downloads and now, the passion of our listeners, for this exciting genre. As the station for ‘Seattle’s New Music Discovery,’ we’re excited to present a brand-new show that highlights the music and the EDM community.”
Dayton Classic R&B Outlet Gets Signal Upgrade. The BCDayton Broadcasting-operated urban oldies station airing on translator W254BA gets a power upgrade from 54 watts to 250 watts. The signal has been “The Soul of Dayton” since September of 2013 playing classics from artists including: Isley Brothers, Ohio Players, Heatwave, Zapp, Faze-O and Lakeside. BCDayton Broadcasting president Brad LaBarr tells the Dayton Daily News, “We are a community radio station that strives to do everything possible to serve our listeners. With the power increase, we have improved reception in the metropolitan area. Dayton listeners will find they have an easier time hearing the station in their home, car or office. Listeners in Trotwood, Englewood, East Kettering, Fairborn, Riverside and Beavercreek now are getting improved reception of FM 98.7.”
Re-Thinking Your Website. The purpose of a radio station website has morphed over the past 15 years or so and if you’re concerned your station’s site might be a bit archaic, now’s a good time to revisit it. Mersoft Media director of business development Gabe Barnes writes in a piece for RadioInfo that, though it might seem elementary to some, there appear to be many station sites out there that aren’t taking into consideration what the industry knows about how people use websites. For example, Barnes says he still sees stations putting less important content or design in the most-viewed parts of a webpage. “Why waste this space when it can be used for promotions or sponsorship opportunities?” Read his entire piece here.
Jeff Smulyan to Receive Humanitarian Award at CRS in February. At the Country Radio Seminar 2015 this February, the Country Radio Broadcasters will honor Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan with the 2015 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award. The award is given annually to recognize an individual in the country radio industry who has displayed a magnanimous spirit of caring and generosity in service to their community. CRS executive director Bill Mayne states, “Jeff Smulyan epitomizes the definition of the Tom Rivers Humanitarian award. His commitment to broadcasting, service to community, and personal giving is recognized across our industry. It is our privilege to recognize his accomplishments in this arena.”
Museum of Broadcast Communications Announces News of Studio Named After Radio Legend Art Laboe. Yesterday, RadioInfo brought you news and a photo from the recent National Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles. At that time, NRHOF founder Bruce DuMont, announced there is now an Art Laboe Control Room at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. The studio, named in honor of the Class of 2012 inductee and pioneering broadcaster, may be used as a broadcast facility for out-of-town personalities to do their shows when in Chicago. It will also serve as a learning place for students. The Art Laboe Foundation, Inc. made a generous donation to assist in the building of the Control Room. Laboe commented, “In 2012 I was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, was inspired by the Museum and was able to contribute. I hope to get back to the Museum again and check out the studio that will be used by radio legends and will inspire our next generation of broadcasters.”
Hubbard Radio to Acquire 16 Minnesota Stations. The stations to be added to the Hubbard portfolio are owned by Omni Broadcasting and are in the small Minnesota markets Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd and Wadena. Hubbard Broadcasting chair and CEO Ginny Morris says, “Hubbard Broadcasting is deeply committed to local radio and to Minnesota, and this is a great opportunity to expand the company’s presence into some wonderful local communities. We have long admired Lou Buron and Mary Campbell, whose stations have been nationally recognized for both excellence in programming and commitment to local community service. We are committed to maintaining that dedication to excellence and community, and we look forward to welcoming all Omni employees to the Hubbard Broadcasting family.” Omni employs 100 people in the four markets and expects no programming or personnel changes at any of the stations. Stations to be transferred upon FCC approval include: country KIKV, Sauk Centre; oldies KULO, Alexandria; adult contemporary KKZY, Bemidji; classic rock KLLZ, Walker; country KBHP, Bemidji; classic hits WQXJ, Blackduck; sports talk KBUN, Bemidji; adult contemporary WJJY, Brainerd; classic rock KLIZ-FM, Brainerd; country KBLB, Nisswa; business news KVBR, Brainerd; oldies KUAL, Brainerd; sports talk KLIZ-AM, Brainerd; country KKWS, Wadena; country KWAD-AM, Wadena; and country KNSP-AM, Staples. As a result of the expansion, Dan Seeman, vice president and market manager for Hubbard Radio Minneapolis-St. Paul, is named vice president and regional manager of Minnesota Radio Operations for the company. He’ll continue his current role in managing KS95, myTalk 107.1, 1500 ESPN and the Hubbard Radio Network in the Twin Cities.
Bobby Bones and iHeartMedia Parter on New Production Company. If you remember syndicated country morning personality Bobby Bones considering a television offer that would have taken him away from his Premiere Networks gig based at WSIX-FM, Nashville, you’ll also remember that he and iHeartMedia quickly came to terms that kept him from exiting. It appears that today’s announcement of the creation of a new production company called RIGHT SIDE BLIND PRODUCTIONS is part of the sweetened pot that kept Bones with iHeartMedia. Bones and iHeartMedia say in a press release that the new company will be based in Los Angeles and will “develop scripted and unscripted programming for cable and network television with an emphasis on original, sophisticated and innovative concepts. The company will also work directly with brands to take advantage of iHeartMedia’s commitment to unprecedented measured media support across its multi-platform networks.” There’s more on the collaboration – it also involves Los Angeles-based Custom Productions, led by writer/producer/director Steve Stockman, which will serve as the company’s production arm, and Seattle-based Workhouse Media, Inc., led by principal and CEO Paul B. Anderson. iHeartMedia president of entertainment enterprises John Sykes comments, “Bobby and his team are a powerful addition to our growing television and digital video development business. This new partnership brings us a road-tested, blue chip production team with a built-in promotion platform that reaches millions of consumers daily.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Promoted at Greater Media‘s Detroit cluster is market manager Steve Chessare who adds vice president to his title…..Just named program director at iHeartRadio’s Grand Rapids, Michigan CHR WSNX is Zachary Wellsandt. He most recently held the same post at Queen B Radio’s Spokane rhythmic CHR KEZE “Hot 96.9.”…..Joining Ryan “Brain” Brainard as co-host of the morning show on Townsquare Media-owned country KHAK, Cedar Rapids is Courtlin Baca. She fills the seat formerly occupied by Scott Steele…..Townsquare Media names Steve Tuzeneu market director of engineering for its five-station Grand Junction, Colorado cluster.
Radio Legends Celebrated at National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The National Radio Hall of Fame celebrated its seven inductees for 2014 at a black-tie ceremony at the Cicada Club in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 9. The event was hosted by Premiere Networks personality Delilah and the announcer for the broadcast of the evening’s festivities was Westwood One’s Jim Bohannon. Sound Mind LLC president and founder Kraig Kitchin served as the chairman of the steering committee. The seven inductees this year included: Charlie & Harrigan, Barry Farber, Jon Miller, Agnes Moorehead, Dick Orkin, “This American Life with Ira Glass,” and broadcasting titan Stanley E. Hubbard. Pictured here are (from left to right): Premiere Networks syndicated star Delilah, top 40 radio icon and program syndicator Rick Dees, and television and radio personality Kerri Kasem.
Wilks Broadcasting to Sell Three in Fresno to One Putt. The buyer is a subsidiary of JSA Broadcast and Fat Dawgs LLC and will begin an LMA prior to the closing. The three stations Wilks is shucking are classic rocker KJFX “95.7 The Fox,” alternative KFRR “New Rock 104.1” and sports talker KJZN “105.5 The Game.” John Ostlund is a partner in One Putt and he says, “‘Classic Rock 95.7’ and ‘New Rock 104.1’ are legendary brands and highly rated radio stations. 105.5 FM is pure opportunity that we intend to have serious fun with.” No word on the price for the three stations yet.
‘ENERGY 103.7’ in San Diego’s ‘AJ’s Kids Crane’ to Reach Goal Early. The annual toy drive that benefits Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego was created by “ENERGY 103.7” personalities AJ Machado and Hula Ramos. AJ Machado stays on top of a 30-foot crane until the station meets its goal of 100,000-plus toys and monetary donations. The response has been so good that Machado is expected to come down off the crane early. Machado comments, “Once again the people of San Diego rallied to support the young heroes at Rady Children’s Hospital! The toys and money that were donated will help stock up the hospital for all of 2015!! We are so excited to have had our best year EVER and we are already looking forward to doing it again next year! But first…I’m going home to take a shower!!”
The Doobies Visit ‘NASH Nights Live.’ After the release of their recent Southbound LP and a recent performance on the CMA Awards, the Doobie Brothers took some time to visit the NASH Campus in Nashville and appeared on the “NASH Nights Live” program with hosts Shawn Parr (far right) and Elaina Smith (center). The group’s new album features performances with some of the country music scene’s biggest stars including: Blake Shelton, Sara Evans and Chris Young.
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 including this week, Tom Yates, KOZT, Fort Bragg, CA; Bayley Brown, WKLC, Charleston, WV; The Iceman; and Bill Phipps, WSIG, Mt. Jackson, VA; 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 (11/12) includes such names as: Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Kevin Kadish, Hoodie Allen, Ed Sheeran, Hozier, Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Slipknot, Weezer, Decemberists, Tove Lo, Lenny Kravitz, Papa Roach, Gunhill Road, Rodney Atkins, Maddie & Tae, Ronnie Fauss, Rhett Miller, North Country Flyers, Lorde, Kanye West, Mike Posner, Eau Claire, and Charlie Darker, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
WXRT, Chicago’s John Farneda Calls it a Career. Announcing his retirement from CBS RADIO’s triple A WXRT, Chicago is operations manager and music director John Farneda. He’s been with the station since beginning as an intern in the early 1980s and has served in numerous roles with the station – including producing the ONXRT: Live from the Archives CD series culled from exclusive WXRT live performances that benefits local charities. Farneda wrote in a memo to fellow staffers: “I realized that I have achieved all my goals at the radio station and it is now time to set new ones. In 2015, I look forward to exploring new adventures in the music industry. I hope to share my decades of programming experience with friends wanting to innovate and entertain. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy some well-deserved time off by traveling and spending more time with friends and loved ones.” His last day is November 26.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Adding new duties in Rochester for iHeartMedia is A.J., who is now program director for the company’s hot AC WDVI “100.5 The Drive.” He’s been PD and afternoon personality at CHR WKGS, Rochester “Kiss 106.7” and the company’s Syracuse CHR WWHT “Hot 107.9.” He will continue in the programming role for WKGS and WWHT…..Matt Stone is the new APD and evening personality at Broadcast Company of the Americas-owned alternative XETRA, San Diego “91X.” Stone recently worked in the market at Compass Radio Group’s crosstown triple A KPRI as PD and afternoon host…..Erik Deatherage is leaving his morning show gig at Towson University-owned triple A WTMD, Baltimore to move to Fargo to start a family. The station is beginning a search for his replacement.
WMMS, Cleveland’s Rover Sets Up Fundraiser for Former Producer’s Family. Former producer of the “Rover’s Morning Glory” program on rock/talk hybrid WMMS, Cleveland – Rob Garguilo – exited that show recently to take a similar position with WHPT, Tampa’s Mike Calta program. Tragedy entered his life as his girlfriend Sarah and the couple’s children, 5-year-old Ben and five-week-old Serena were hit by a car while crossing a Largo, Florida street. The three are in critical condition in a Tampa hospital and Garguilo Tweets that Serena is on life support with no signs of brain activity. Now, Shane “Rover” French has set up a GoFundMe.com donation page to assist the family of his former producer. As of Wednesday morning, almost $18,000 has been raised for the family.
What Listeners Will Find Under the Tree. Each year, radio consultant Holland Cooke spends a week in early January in Las Vegas attending and reporting back to RadioInfo readers about the technology being displayed at the massive Consumer Electronics Show. 2015 will be no different and recently Cooke was in New York for the annual preview show called CES/Unveiled. He writes that the top five wish-list items for this holiday season are (in order): tablets, notebook computers, TVs, smartphones, and video game consoles. Find out more of what’s being touted as big consumer electronics spending decisions during the next year here.
Tough Q3 for Radio One as Radio Division Posts Net Revenue Decline of 8.1%. The company as a whole saw net revenue dip 5.3% but the radio division alone was hit worse as net revenue sank 8.1% compared to the same period a year ago on $112.2 million in net revenue. Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins comments, “Our radio business experienced a very soft quarter. We had a perfect storm of weak market revenues and soft ratings in our four largest markets, and political revenues were less than anticipated. We had some ratings challenges in Washington DC, Baltimore and Atlanta in addition to the new competitor in Houston. Management has taken steps to remedy these issues, including a format change in Houston from news to classic hip hop. The initial ratings for our new station, ‘Boom 92,’ are extremely encouraging, and should mean we reverse the annual $1.5 million of losses that we were incurring on the news format. Outside our top four markets, radio revenues for the third quarter were +1.5% against a flat market. Overall Q4 radio revenue is currently pacing 1.9% and I believe we will have positive momentum going into the New Year. Reach Media experienced a similarly weak third quarter, but is performing better in 4th quarter, consistent with the radio division.”
Dawg Gone. For the second time, “American Idol” judge-turned-mentor Randy Jackson says he is leaving the Fox singing competition, although this time he really intends to do so. In May 2013, Jackson – whose catch phrases include calling everyone “dawg” – indicated he would be departing. Several months later though, it was revealed he was staying on to coach the contestants; he succeeded Jimmy Iovine in that role. In a statement, Jackson notes, “After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave. I am proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever. A true original, ‘Idol’ started it all. Onto what is next.” The show’s producers Fox, FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment write that, “Randy has been such an integral part of ‘American Idol’ since day one, both as a judge and as a mentor. He has provided great advice and support, shaping the success of so many ‘Idols’ we have discovered over the years. We wish him all the best in his next chapter. Randy will always be part of our family and we hope he will visit from time to time.” It is widely believed that “Idol” host (and KIIS, Los Angeles “Kiss-FM” morning talent) Ryan Seacrest is returning, as are judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr.
Vance Joy Does Special Show for WDVD, Detroit and Select Fans. It was a special pre-concert show for Vance Joy fans who won tickets to his Detroit appearance from Cumulus Media’s CHR WDVD as morning hosts Blaine and Allyson invited them to an in-studio event. Those lucky listeners got to meet Vance Joy, hear an exclusive acoustic set and take pictures with the Aussie star. He’s pictured here (center) with Blaine (left) and Allyson (right).
By Holland Cooke
NEW YORK — Even before Thanksgiving, we know what will be in Santa’s sleigh, if just-released Consumer Electronics Association research nails it as well as in recent years. The outlook is good generally, according to CEA chief economist & director of research Dr. Shawn DuBravac, who observes that “consumer credit is accelerating, and lower gas prices will help.” He predicts 2.5% growth over last year’s holiday spending, consistent with other improved economic indicators.
His forecast came Tuesday at CES Unveiled/New York, the perennial press event previewing January’s massive, mind-boggling Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas. Not surprisingly, tech gifts will be big again this year, with 63% of USA adults surveyed planning to buy accordingly.
By Duane Doobie
SPRINGFIELD, MA – There are many definitions of the word “champion.” Here are two paraphrased from our locally-based neighbors, Merriam-Webster:
Someone or something (such as a team or an animal) that has won a contest or competition.
Someone who fights or speaks publicly in support of a person, belief, cause, etc.
These definitions of the word “champion” both relate to what we do – or more precisely what we should be doing in radio.
Be a Champion. RadioInfo resident media perceptionist Duane Doobie strikes again with a thoughtful and provocative column published today (11/11). In it, the Doob asks those of you working in music radio to be a “champion.” He doesn’t mean dust off your soapbox derby trophy and display it proudly; he means be proactive instead of passive about the music you’re presenting. “Each and every one of us should strive to be a champion. In that process, we should apply the word as a verb and make it our business to ‘champion’ stuff. Our friends in talk radio have made that idea an intrinsic part of the very fabric of the format – talk show hosts stand for things. They are not just impartial observers of the passing parade. The successful ones are passionate proselytizers of causes, concepts, ideals, people and parties. They have a take. They stick their necks out. Once upon a time music radio did the same thing. DJs not only played records and used their voices as an interstitial element between songs and commercials as most do today. They were passionate missionaries of their stations’ musical genres as well as of individual artists – seeking to grow awareness and appreciation for the form and its accompanying cultural lifestyle within the larger setting of the world at large.” Read more about what the Doob has to say here.
Tierney Takes KDKB Programming Chair. After more than 40 years as a rocker, KDKB, Phoenix switched to alternative two months ago. Now, Mars Organic partner/consultant Mike Tierney is named program director of Hubbard-owned “Arizona’s Alternative.” Vice president and market manager Trip Reeb remarks, “It is exciting to have someone with Mike’s breadth of experience join the team. The staff here has us off to a great start, and I know Mike will help us build on our early success.” According to Tierney, “Connecting fans with artists and music has always been my passion, and there has never been a medium that does that better than radio. That is why [this] feels like home to me. I am thrilled to join this station, and excited to help build the team that will make the station a leader in Phoenix and the format.” In addition to Mars Organic, Tierney’s other background includes programming New York’s WXRK “K-Rock” and Boston alternative WFNX, as well as a general manager stint at Rocket Music Entertainment. He will begin his new assignment at “Arizona’s Alternative” in about three weeks (Monday, 12/1).
Marty Brooks to Host Mornings on ’94.1 The Wolf’ in Memphis. The new Entercom country outlet in Memphis – WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” – has a morning host as Marty Brooks is named to the post. Brooks was most recently with Cumulus Media’s Grand Rapids stations CHR WHTS and country WTNR. WLFP program director Chris Michaels comments, “After a nationwide search for the perfect candidate for ‘The All New 94.1 The Wolf,’ Marty was exactly what I was looking for. His passion, energy, and talent make him the perfect fit for ‘The Wolf.’ He’s competitive and will hit the ground running when he arrives in Memphis.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Adams Radio operations in New Mexico, Larry Stevens a.k.a. Big Red, is named the new program director and morning drive personality at KGRT, Las Cruces “Your Country 103.9.”…..In Nashville, Mike Creel, a.k.a. SQueeGEE, moves from the overnight slot at Cromwell-owned alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” to the midday show.
Finalists Announced for Inaugural ‘American Country Countdown Awards’ Show. The awards show will air on Fox TV on Monday, December 15 at 8:00 pm ET and will be hosted by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard. The new awards show is based on Westwood One’s long-running “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.” The finalists are: ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton; MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Blake Shelton; FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Danielle Bradbery, Miranda Lambert, Cassadee Pope, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood; GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR: The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band; SONG OF THE YEAR: “When She Says Baby” – Jason Aldean, “Beat Of The Music” – Brett Eldredge, “Lettin’ The Night Roll” – Justin Moore, “Drink To That All Night” – Jerrod Niemann, “Chillin’ It” – Cole Swindell; COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR: “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan, “Small Town Throwdown” – Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” – Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill, “My Eyes” – Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian, “We Were Us” – Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert; ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Crash My Party – Luke Bryan, The Outsiders – Eric Church, Here’s To The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line, Just As I Am – Brantley Gilbert, Platinum – Miranda Lambert; DIGITAL SONG OF THE YEAR: “Burnin’ It Down” – Jason Aldean, “Drink A Beer” – Luke Bryan, “Play It Again” – Luke Bryan, “Dirt” – Florida Georgia Line, “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan; BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Fan-voted Award via Twitter): Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell.
Cumulus Media Reports Flat Q3. The third quarter of 2014 turned out to be flat on a pro forma basis for Cumulus Media. On an actual basis, net revenue was up $51.4 million – or 19.4% — but that was due primarily to the addition of the operations of Westwood One. Digging a little deeper, the company reports that “broadcast advertising revenue decreased by $12.5 million. Net broadcast advertising revenue was down due to ongoing weakness in several large local markets that began in the second quarter of 2014; however, we believe that weakness has now largely dissipated into the early portion of the current quarter. National spot advertising was generally flat as we continued to take share from small competitors. Network advertising continued to see disruption following the acquisition of Westwood One in December 2013. We believe that process of reorganizing our network sales verticals is also now completed. Digital advertising revenue increased by $6.7 million, primarily due to increased Rdio user generation activity and digital commerce generated by our Sweetjack platform. Political advertising revenue increased by $2.9 million due to additional activity associated with mid-term and gubernatorial elections and license fees and other revenue increased by $2.8 million.” For the first three quarters of 2014, Cumulus’ net revenue was up 1.8% on a pro forma basis.
All-Christmas Music Oasis in Phoenix. As the crush of stations transitioning to all-Christmas music is about to head into full swing, Riviera Broadcasting Phoenix adult contemporary KOAI “The Oasis” got a head start by going wall-to-wall holiday favorites last Thursday (11/6). In addition, “The Oasis” and the Safeway Foundation are teaming to provide turkey dinners at a local (St. Mary’s) food bank for Thanksgiving. Chief operating officer Jose Rodiles comments, “Our listeners are eager to jump into the holiday spirit – we are excited to help them do just that. We are featuring the very best music throughout the season, so whether listeners are shopping for gifts or toasting this special time of year, our unique blend of holiday music is certain to appeal to everyone. KOAI – which converted from Spanish contemporary KVIB three months ago – is Christmas music-intensive 55 minutes each hour and it will remain that way through Christmas Day. Its representative Christmas music artists include Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Carpenters, Harry Connick Jr., Amy Grant and Johnny Mathis.
SiriusXM Teams with YouTube for EDM Show. A new weekly EDM show will debut on SiriusXM as the satcaster is partnering with YouTube to launch “The YouTube EDM 15.” The program’s music selections will feature trending electronic dance songs based on YouTube viewership data. SiriusXM says, “The all-new EDM show builds on the success of ‘The YouTube 15,’ a collaboration between SiriusXM and YouTube that launched earlier this year, and is hosted by the wildly popular Jenna Marbles.” EDM duo The Chainsmokers will host the new show that premiers on November 21.