Category: Features

Meet Capitol Records VP/Promotion for Adult Formats: Patty Morris-Capers

| November 20, 2014

RadioInfo music industry profile

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

kinosian Capitol Records Building 150LOS ANGELES — If the skyline of a typical major- or large-market United States city is not completely dominated by at least one imposing — as in “tall” — edifice, several other smaller ones generally dot or punctuate it.

As skyscrapers go, 13 stories is not especially impressive, but here in Hollywood, the Capitol Records Building is not only one of the Southland’s most recognizable locations, it is such a distinctive architectural landmark that many drivers of the ubiquitous tour busses in this entertainment Mecca specifically single it out.

Situated just north of the fabled Hollywood and Vine intersection, the Capitol Records Building (a.k.a. Capitol Records Tower) is nearly 60 years old.

History inside that structure is positively legendary, as musical heavyweight after musical heavyweight have passed though those hallowed hallways.

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The Remarkable Return of
GUNHILL ROAD

| November 4, 2014

After a 40-year hiatus, one of the most interesting but almost forgotten bands of the early seventies launches an unlikely return in 2014 with a stunning, timeless 19-track album titled “Every 40 Years”

In the world of CHR radio, they are remembered as a one-hit wonder (“Back When My Hair Was Short”); in veteran AOR radio circles many consider them to be one of the great bands of the golden era with several turntable hits that simply fell through the cracks…   

 

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor

kinosianNEW YORKPotentially negative underlying tones are associated with “one-hit wonder,” a longstanding term in the radio industry lexicon.

Paramount to that point is that the individual artist or group is forever defined as only having one hit. In a bizarre sort of way, a potentially punishment-perceived label becomes fastened to what is actually an exemplary accomplishment.

Down a bit on the negativity ladder with that expression is a possible play on words such as one hypothesizing how a certain artist or group was capable to achieve even one hit record.

Furthermore, there is the entire debate of what constitutes a “hit.” Is an authentic “one-hit wonder” an artist or group whose one piece of recorded success soared all the way to #1, or could that solitary “hit” have landed somewhere — anywhere — on a published chart?

“Fuzzy” territory indeed and we have encountered a group that makes matters even muddier; happily though, it is in a warm and “fuzzy” way.

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The Iceman Cometh: Discovering the Future of Country Music

| November 3, 2014

Rising internet country radio broadcaster Robert “The Iceman” Golomboski making waves and gaining influence by putting artists and audience first

By Jeff McKay
RadioInfo
Special Features Correspondent

mckayjeffPROVIDENCE — The country music format continues to be healthy and strong, and is an important programming choice and mechanism for the nation’s radio station owners.  iHeart Media in June flipped Boston’s WFNX-FM from alternative to country, Alpha-owned WCLI-FM in Dayton recently became “Hank-FM,” while Cumulus Media is heavily invested in their “NASH” and “NASH Icon” brand and national country music formats.  Country music and “New Country” music is the top radio station format, according to the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media 2013 report.

A fascinating individual named Robert Golomboski has tapped into both his passion for radio and love of country music, and has quickly become a driving force for both country music and new artists.  Known on the air by his nickname, “The Iceman,” he has quietly but effectively made a meteoric rise in the country music scene, gaining respect in Nashville and international acclaim.

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Back When My Hair Was Long

| October 23, 2014

By Michael Harrison
RadioInfo
Publisher

The following essay was written at the invitation of the members of the legendary band GUNHILL ROAD to serve as the liner notes for their forthcoming third album, “Every 40 Years” scheduled for official release in early November 2014.

 

New York City, 1971.  The Boomers were coming of age.

I was 22 and hosting the morning show at WNEW-FM.  In what now seems like a mystical time and space, this memorable radio station nicknamed the “New Groove” was a veritable cathedral of the burgeoning counter-culture. The DJs working there were its high priests of rock.

I am using the term “rock” loosely – just as we did then.

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Promoting More Music via Radio Allies

| October 2, 2014

RadioInfo Personality Profile: RCA’s Senior VP promotion, Adrian Moreira

By Duane Doobie RadioInfo Music Editor/Director Adrian Moreira NEW YORK — Given that it is the fourth-largest radio market and easily one of America’s most cosmopolitan cities, San Francisco is anything but a middle-of-nowhere town. But, coming from a lower middle-class background in the suburbs — the son of a mechanic father and a stay-at-home mother — Adrian Moreira most likely felt the notion of working in New York City as a major label executive was a bit far-fetched. Life-Changing Call Having spent his formative years in San Francisco’s East Bay suburbs where he was exposed to copious commercial and noncommercial alternative radio outlets, self-described “music junkie” Moreira wound up helping to program his Chabot College radio station. Those duties at the Hayward, California facility were shared with his best friend, Aaron Axelsen, now the assistant program director/music director for CBS Radio San Francisco alternative outlet KITS “Live 105.” Read More

“This Was Christmas” Redefines Christmas Programming and Marketing

| August 28, 2014

By Jeff McKay
RadioInfo
Special Features Correspondent

 

Christmas B2 logomckayjeffNEW YORK — It seems the closer we get to Halloween, the closer we get to music stations trading in their established formats to try to beat others in their markets in a flip to playing Christmas songs.  Stations from Boston to Los Angeles and Dallas to Minneapolis will all make the move, all playing the very same songs from Bing Crosby’s “I’ll be Home For Christmas” to the many remakes of “White Christmas” to Lou Monte’s “Dominick the Donkey.”  The overall “holiday” sound of each station will be virtually the same, whether they’re broadcasting in New York City or the smallest of markets – that is, except for an oldies station in Brainerd, Minnesota whose programmers have taken holiday music and weaved it with everything from world events to old-time commercials, blockbuster films and hit TV shows to create a seasonal, successful and very profitable “This Was Christmas.”

The major addition of “This Was Christmas” on KUAL-FM was the brainchild of BL Broadcasting’s managing partner Mike Boen and KBLB-FM morning host Dan Goshey.  What they have created is hours of feature programming they spice into their Christmas music format.  The reward for listeners is a journey back in time to favorite moments in their youth, and a new way for young and old radio listeners to connect to the station.  As for KUAL-FM, the reward along with listener satisfaction comes in the form of insanely increased ad revenue, to the tune of over 110%.

Now, as KUAL plans an additional 20 one-hour shows, taking the series from 1945 to 1999 with 55 hours of compelling radio, it’s time to share that unique holiday programming with other radio stations around the nation, as well as the chance to ramp up holiday revenue.

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Remembering Don Pardo

| August 19, 2014

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief 

kinosianpardo donTucson — While many in the industry continue to agonize over the peculiar details following the death of Casey Kasem and the tragic suicide of Robin Williams, news late last night produced yet more chills, as we learned that Don Pardo’s golden voice has been silenced.

Often Imitated

Countless professionals in the industry have strived to emulate the cadence, delivery, and unmistakable sound of the longtime NBC announcer. It is next to preposterous to believe another talent will do the opening cast credits to “Saturday Night Live” or that anyone else could have introduced Art Fleming (“Don Pardo – tell him what he’s won”) on the original daytime version of “Jeopardy.” In fact, he did a memorable cameo on “Weird Al” Yankovic’s 1984 parody song “I Lost on Jeopardy.”

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Frazer Smith Returns to KLOS

| June 30, 2014

Renowned “Too Hip” Phrase is Back!

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast bureau Chief

Frazer SmithLOS ANGELES —Especially in flavor-of-the-month Los Angeles, several decades is the equivalent of numerous lifetimes, as “eaten up and spit out” is the cruel — yet highly realistic — summation for a countless number of those in this city’s vast entertainment complex.

Movie/film stars are supposedly only as good as their current box-office; singer/songwriters only for their last (approximately) three and a half minutes; and television and radio talents for their most recent ratings book.

Take an extended hiatus and expect the comeback to be greeted with a collective yawn.

Thankfully, there are exceptions to the rule; a devoted legion of committed fans is extremely hopeful and already demonstrating that “Too Hip” Frazer Smith is in that exclusionary category.

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Alice in Radioland

| May 15, 2014

Not-so-playn Jayn and company doing live and local with passion

By Jeff McKay
RadioInfo
Special Features Correspondent

 

mckayjeffSAN FRANCISCO — When it comes to music radio, one is reminded of the days of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s when stations broke new music, had live DJs on the air during the day and night, and the only syndicated programming heard covering several hours was on the weekend when the likes of Dick Clark or Casey Kasem did their countdowns or novelty acts such as Doctor Demento performed their zany specialties.

Fast-forward to 2014, and a station’s morning show could come from a few time zones away, the midday show could be voice-tracked from a DJ in a different cluster, and a live DJ may not even be found on the station.

All that being said, there are still radio stations in the nation that have live and local DJs during the day and evening, take pride in breaking new music and new artists before they hit the mainstream, and work to create lasting bonds between the radio station and the listeners using old-school radio ideas blended with new technology.

Welcome to “Alice”

alice - blueFrom its local DJs from morning until midnight, heavy use of social media through Facebook and Twitter, intimate ties to artists, and a management team dedicated to localism, KLLC-FM, known as “Alice@97.3” has become a model of how to make live and local radio work as it celebrates its 18th year serving San Francisco and the Bay Area.

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Barry Scott and his “Lost 45s” Set Standard for Dedication, Longevity and Historical Pop Fundamentalism

| March 18, 2014

By Mike Kinosian
RadioInfo
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief

scottbarryLOS ANGELESUniversally attributed to the Chinese philosopher Confucius, there is marvelous credence to the adage, “Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.”

Highly engaging, tireless, self-described radio “geek” Barry Scott is among the fortunate attaining such blissful satisfaction.

Boasting an encyclopedia-like mind of classic hits-oldies trivia, Scott has been the one-man band brains behind the weekly, three-hour “Lost 45s” and its daily short-form feature companion.

Some might equal the level of passion he or she has for their job, but it is inconceivable the zeal for their professional endeavors would exceed that of this fiercely loyal graduate of Boston’s Emerson College.

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