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Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; John Elias, board chairman and presenter at the Albury-Wodonga community station, 2REM 107.3 in New South Wales, Australia; Corey Barnes, golden-eared music director at CFRM, Little Current, Ontario, Canada “The Island”; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Lauren Haslett of The Galleon, University of Portsmouth’s (UK) official fortnightly newspaper; and Internet sensation The Iceman; Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana; 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 (11/25) includes such names as: Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Manika, Tory and Tia, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Tori Kelly, Big Sean, Gwen Stefani, Cage The Elephant, Lukas Graham, Alabama Shakes, Gentleman’s Dub Club, Coldplay, Aurora, Disclosure, Lorde, Justin Timberlake, Drake White, David Fanning, Alexandra Demetree, Eric Church, Houston Bernard Band, Foxtrott, Travelers, Fox Stevenson, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Round Two of November PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of November 2015 PPM ratings information from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. Nielsen’s November 2015 survey period covered October 8 – November 4. You can view all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all of these PPM markets below.
1) Washington, DC – By posting a one-half share gain (2.1 – 2.6), Cumulus Media‘s WRQX “Mix 107.3 – More Music, More Variety” (#18 to #15) has its best 6+-performance since June, when it also reached 2.6. Approximately a week after the November sweep concluded, the station’s former morning talent Jack Diamond returned for wakeup duty – Diamond had been away from the station since 2013. Co-owned WMAL, which improved by seven-tenths in October, is steady at 4.5; the talk station remains at #8. Even though it is off by seven-tenths (8.9 – 8.2, 6+), Hubbard all-news operation WTOP is the market’s pacesetter for the eleventh straight time. This is the seventh consecutive sweep that WTOP is in the 8.0 – 8.9 range (6+). Down a combined six-tenths in October and November (8.0 – 7.8 – 7.4, 6+), American University-owned WAMU nonetheless finishes in the runner-up slot for the twelfth straight ratings period. The 2.9-share (6+) advantage Howard University-owned urban AC WHUR enjoyed over Radio One‘s similarly formatted WMMJ “Majic 102.3” in August completely disappears as “Majic” is flat at 4.7, while WHUR drops one-tenth (4.8 – 4.7). The rivals are part of a three-way logjam at #5, which also includes CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WPGC-FM, which was in sole possession of fifth-place in October. This is the second straight decline for WPGC-FM, after three consecutive increases (3.9 – 4.1 – 4.5 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.7), 6+).
2) Boston – The market’s CHR share swells by +1.2, as CBS Radio‘s WODS “Amp” dials up a healthy +.7 (2.4 – 3.1, #17 to #12, 6+), while iHeartMedia‘s WXKS-FM “Kiss” improves by one-half share (5.6 – 6.1, 6+) to advance from sixth to fourth. Prior to a two-tenths uptick in October, “Amp” was down or flat the previous five survey periods for a combined -1.1 (3.3 – 2.9 – 2.8 – 2.4 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+). In addition to “Kiss,” Greater Media adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7” (repeating at #1) also notches a one-half share improvement, which follows October’s impressive +1.2. Stymied at 5.9 in May, June, and July, “Magic” is up or flat for the sixth straight survey period (5.9 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 6.1 – 6.3 – 7.5 – 8.0, 6+); 8.0 is its highest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2014’s 16.5. Steady at #7, cluster-mate WKLB “New Hit Country 102.5” registers a gain of one-tenth to 5.1 (6+), thus stopping three straight down or flat trends that yielded a combined -1.2 (6.2 – 6.2 – 5.6 – 5.0, 6+). In a similar vein, co-owned alternative WBOS “Radio 92.9” (#15 to #14) also improves by one-tenth (to 2.7, 6+), but it is enough to halt four straight downward moves that resulted in a combined -1.3 (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.1 – 2.6, 6+). Having strung together three successive progressive trends that produced a cumulative gain of nearly two full-shares (4.4 – 4.6 – 5.4 – 6.3, 6+), Entercom-owned Boston Red Sox flagship WEEI-FM sputters by eight-tenths to 5.5, slipping from fourth to fifth. Its format foe – CBS Radio’s WBZ-FM (#2 to #3) – has a somewhat similar fate: The New England Patriots flagship dips by four-tenths, thus curtailing four consecutive up-trends (3.6 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 6.0 – 7.1 – 6.7, 6+) in which “The Sports Hub” nearly doubled its 6+-share. In October, it crossed the seven-share barrier (6+) for the first time in its PPM history. Off by two-tenths this time last month, Northeast Broadcasting triple A WXRV “The River” regresses by another seven-tenths (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.2, 6+) as it freefalls from #12 to #18. Declining by six-tenths and one-half share, respectively, are news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM (5.4, fifth to sixth, 6+) and public WGBH-FM (2.2, #14 to #18, 6+); WGBH-FM was up by one-half share in October.
3) Detroit – On the heels of a +.7 in October, Cumulus Media talker WJR (steady at #6) tacks on another eight-tenths (4.3 – 5.0 – 5.8, 6+) and enjoys its best 6+-share in exactly three years (5.9 in November 2012). This marks the eleventh straight monthly that CBS Radio controls (at least) the top two rankers (6+), including sports WXYT-FM “The Ticket” (second to first, 7.0 – 7.1, +.1) and WOMC “Detroit’s Greatest Hits” (first to second, 7.2 – 6.8, -.4). Ironically, these two stations swapped places in October, with WOMC moving from second to first and “The Ticket” dropping from first to second. Prior to that, “The Ticket” had been in the driver’s seat in September, August, July, May, and April; WOMC held the top spot in June. As it was in September and October, Greater Media-owned WCSX (flat at #3) is again at 6.7. Moreover, this is the ninth successive ratings period that “Detroit’s Classic Rock” is in the 6.0 – 6.7 range (6+). Tying WCSX at #3 is CBS Radio all-newser WWJ, which is up for the third consecutive survey (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.4 – 6.7, 6+) for a combined +1.2. Flat at #9, iHeartMedia urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3” is down or flat for the fifth straight time (5.8 – 5.8 – 5.1 – 4.7 – 4.6 – 4.6, 6+), while format challenger – Radio One-owned WDMK “105.9 Kiss-FM” (#10) – declines in back-to-back sweeps (5.0 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+). The two urban AC outlets were tied at #9 in October.
4) Miami – Although not quite as wild a fluctuation as September’s -1.3 or what it did in October, Entercom adult contemporary WLYF yoyos by -.7, as “Lite FM” essentially forfeits one-third of October’s massive +2.1. The 8.3 “Lite” registered in October is the strongest 6+-showing for the station in more than four years (8.6 in August 2011). This marks the seventh consecutive month “Lite FM” is at #1, although the 1.9-share advantage it enjoyed over Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105” (steady at #2) in October is down to just four-tenths as “Hot” improves by +.8 to 7.2 (6+). Notching a +.4 in October enabled “Hot” to end ten successive sweeps in which it did not register an increase (9.1 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.8 – 7.6 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 6.5 – 6.0, 6+). Up or flat for the fourth straight ratings period (4.8 – 5.0 – 5.1 – 5.8 – 5.8, 6+), Univision Spanish contemporary WAMR “Amor 107.5” is steady at #3. Six-tenths is becoming the theme for iHeartMedia‘s WMGE. Following three straight negative trends (4.3 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.8, 6+), “Mega 94.9” rolled out a +.6 in September; returned all of it in October; and now falters by another six-tenths (3.8 – 4.4 – 3.8 – 3.2, 6+). The Spanish contemporary facility spirals from #11 to #16. Hot AC sibling WMIA “My 93.9” (flat at #18) has not registered a gain in the past five sweeps and is off by a combined -1.3 (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+).
5) Seattle – Locked on 3.5 (6+) in July, August, and September before progressing to 3.9 in October, KPLZ “Star 101.5” explodes with a gain of eight-tenths to 4.7 (6+) as the Sinclair hot AC not only zooms from tenth to sixth, but crosses the four-share threshold for the first time in nearly three years (4.0 in December 2012). All-news cluster-mate KOMO (#14 to #13) is up or flat for the sixth consecutive time (2.0 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.7 – 3.2 – 3.4, 6+) for a combined +1.4. This is the ninth straight monthly that CBS Radio adult hits KJAQ (+.5) is in 3.1 – 3.8 territory (3.6 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 3.4 – 3.1- 3.3 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 3.7, 6+); the one-half share gain helps “Jack-FM” enter the top ten (#14 to #10). Following three successive sweeps in the runner-up slot, Hubbard CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5 – All The Hits” busts out a +.9 (6.6 – 7.5, 6+) to advance to #1. Prior to its three-month stay at #2, “MOViN” spent seven months in the driver’s seat (including a July tie with CBS Radio classic rocker KZOK). Dislodged from the penthouse (and trading places with KQMV) is Bonneville talker KIRO-FM, which picked up eight-tenths in September; added six-tenths in October; and is flat in November (5.4 – 6.2 – 6.8 – 6.8, 6+). After three successive increases which produced a combined gain of one full-share (3.3 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.3, 6+), sports cluster-mate KIRO-AM “710 ESPN Seattle” regresses by eight-tenths to 3.5 and drops out of the top ten (#8 to #12). The string of progressive trends for KMPS – which includes October’s +.5 – concludes at three (3.3 – 3.6 – 4.5 – 5.0, 6+) as the CBS Radio country outlet sputters by -1.1 to 3.9 (6+) and stumbles from fifth to eighth. Format challenger – Entercom‘s KKWF “100.7 The Wolf” (#9 to #11) – is off for the fourth straight time for a cumulative -2.2 (5.8 – 5.1 – 4.1 – 4.0 – 3.6, 6+). Dropping from fifth to seventh, co-owned KISW “99.9 The Rock” declines by six-tenths to 4.4, its lowest 6+-stat since July 2014 (4.2).
6) Phoenix – Simultaneous with a six-tenths drop from 6.6 (6+) by iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ and a four-tenths gain from 5.6 (6+) by CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KOOL, the two stations are tied at #1 (each with 6.0). This is the thirteenth successive ratings period at #1 for KESZ, which had been in the 6.5 – 6.9 range the past six straight monthlies. Back in July, Family Life Radio‘s KFLR ranked #13, but three straight downward trends (3.0 – 1.6 – 1.4 – 1.2, 6+) sliced the contemporary Christian outlet’s share by a whopping 60%. It rebounds with a +.7 to 1.9 and checks in at #22. Hot AC declines by a combined eight-tenths: iHeartMedia’s KMXP “Mix 96.9” is off by six-tenths (5.3 – 4.7, fourth to sixth, 6+), while The Yucaipa Companies’ KMVA “Hot” (#13 to #14, 6+) drops two-tenths to 2.9. “Hot” did not have a loss in the past six sweeps (2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 3.1, 6+). One of its cluster-mates, KKFR “Power 98.3,” registers a +.6 (2.4 – 3.0, 6+), as it zooms from #18 to #13; “Power” was in the 2.3 – 2.8 range the past eight monthlies. Gaining one-half share and two rankers each are Hubbard-owned KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” (4.9, sixth to fourth, 6+) and iHeartMedia country outlet KNIX (4.5, ninth to seventh, 6+). “Arizona’s Real Rock” was -.6 in October and KNIX was +.6. Prior to October’s +.6, KNIX was off or flat the previous five sweeps for a combined -1.4 (4.8 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.7 – 3.4 – 3.4, 6+), Contrasted to KUPD and KNIX, eroding by one-half share each are Bonneville talker KTAR-FM (#10 to #12, 6+) and Entravision Spanish adult hits KVVA (1.1, #26, 6+). It is the third straight dip for KTAR-FM (4.0 – 3.9 – 3.8 – 3.3, 6+).
7) Minneapolis – After stumbling by six-tenths in October, iHeartMedia’s KEEY “K-102” dusts itself off by trotting out a whopping +1.3 (7.3 – 6.7 – 8.0, 6+) to vault from fifth to a first-place tie. The 8.0 is the country station’s strongest performance in more than two years, matching the 8.0 in September 2013. Off by one full-share in August, KSTP-FM “KS-95” regained all of it in September to vault from fourth to first. The Hubbard hot AC dropped one-tenth in October; is down by three-tenths in November (8.4 – 7.4 – 8.4 – 8.3 – 8.0, 6+); and is locked with KEEY at #1. Dual occupancy of the Twin Cities’ penthouse occurs in back-to-back months, as “KS-95” and iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108” were deadlocked at #1 in October; “Kool 108,” however, falters by one full-share (8.3 – 7.3, 6+) as it slides to third-place. Picking up eight-tenths (4.4 – 5.2, 6+), CBS Radio adult hits KZJK “Jack-FM” enters the top ten (#11 to #8). Progressing from eighth to seventh, heritage talk sibling WCCO notches its fifth straight increase (3.8 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.7 – 5.2 – 5.3, 6+). Up one-tenth in October, KXXR “93-X” halted three consecutive down sweeps which yielded a cumulative loss of one full-share (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+). The Cumulus Media rocker tacks on another seven-tenths (4.2 – 4.9, 6+) and is part of a three-way logjam at #10. After posting a solid +.9 in October, cluster-mate KQRS “Minnesota’s Classic Rock” adds six-tenths (5.7 – 6.6 – 7.2, 6+) to advance from sixth to fourth. For the ninth time in the last ten sweeps, iHeartMedia CHR KDWB (#3 to #6) registers a negative trend. Over that period, “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” is a combined -3.7, which includes November’s -1.1 (10.1 – 9.9 – 9.7 – 9.0 – 8.7 – 8.5 – 8.0 – 7.6 – 7.8 – 7.5 – 6.4, 6+). Regressing by one-half share each are CBS Radio country property KMNB (#7 to #10, 6+) and Northern Lights alternative/Minnesota Twins flagship KTWN (1.3, #17 to #19, 6+). Frozen on 6.5 in August and September, KMNB was -1.1 in October (6.5 – 6.5 – 5.4 – 4.9, 6+). Before October’s -1.1, KMNB was up or flat for four straight sweeps (4.7 – 5.3 – 6.3 – 6.5 – 6.5, 6+), following four successive negative trends (5.6 – 5.3 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.7, 6+).
8) San Diego – One-half share separates the market’s top five stations. As classic hits-oldies XPRS-FM “Max 105.7 Songs That Make You Feel Good” registers a powerful +.8 to 3.6 (#17 to #13, 6+), sports XPRS-AM “The Mighty 1090” sputters by one-half share (#13 to #19, 6+). On one hand, “Max” ends three straight downtrends “Max” (3.5 – 3.3 – 3.2 – 2.8), but on the other, “The Mighty 1090” has its third successive decline (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 2.6, 6+). Stuck on 3.7 (6+) in September and October, iHeartMedia‘s KIOZ “Rock 105.3” displays a +.6 to 4.3, its best 6+-share since August 2014 (4.4). Moreover, “Rock 105.3” cracks the top ten (#11 to #7). Improving by one-half share each are CBS Radio adult contemporary-turned-hot AC KYXY (three-way tie at #7 to #4, 6+) and iHeartMedia talker KOGO (3.3 – 3.8, #steady at 12, 6+). Having faltered by one-half share in August and two-tenths in September, KYXY recouped one-half share in October (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 4.3 – 4.8, 6+). Regressing by one-half share is Entercom adult contemporary KIFM “Easy 98.1” (5.5 – 5.0, 6+), which drops from first-place to third; “Easy” was +1.1 in October, after back-to-back dips that resulted in a combined -1.4 (5.8 – 4.7 – 4.4, 6+). It yields the top spot to country cluster-mate KSON-FM, which is actually down one-tenth (to 5.2, 6+). Prior to November’s -.1, “San Diego’s #1 For New Country” had three straight upticks (4.4 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.3, 6+). In the two-share range the past 19 ratings periods, Midwest Television hot AC KFMB-FM “Jack-FM” (#16 to a three-way tie at #15) picks up three-tenths to cross the three-share threshold (3.2, 6+).
9) Tampa – While PPM results for Tampa Bay were delayed in September and October, they are released right on schedule in November. Owing to a +.4, Beasley Media Group rhythmic CHR WLLD makes it six successive months with an increase (4.6 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 5.8, 6+) for a combined +1.2; “Wild 94.1 The Bay’s Party Station” remains at #3. Down or flat seven straight monthlies for a cumulative -3.7 (11.6 – 11.1 – 11.1 – 9.9 – 9.0 – 8.8 – 8.6 – 7.9, 6+), WDUV “Lite Favorites” rolled out a +.7 to 8.6 in October, but drops one-tenth in November. Nonetheless, the Cox Media Group adult contemporary ranks #1 for the 37th successive sweep. After four successive increases (5.4 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 6.2 – 6.5, 6+), Beasley Media Group classic hits-oldies WRBQ “Q-105” declines by three-tenths to 6.2 but remains in second-place for the third consecutive sweep. Inching up from #17 to #16, contemporary Christian WCIE “The Joy-FM” shows a gain of one-half share (2.6 – 3.1, 6+). Up or flat the past three sweeps (3.5 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.1, 6+), iHeartMedia sports outlet/Tampa Bay Rays flagship WDAE declines by nine-tenths to 3.2 to tumble from #13 to #15. Off by six-tenths each are iHeartMedia urban contemporary WBTP “The Beat” (4.5, 6+); co-owned WXTB “98 Rock” (3.5, steady at #13, 6+); and public WUSF (2.9 – 2.3, #16 to #18, 6+). “The Beat” was up or flat the past four monthlies (4.3 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 4.9 – 5.1, 6+), but freefalls from #5 to #11; “98 Rock” was locked on 3.9 in July, August, and September before advancing to 4.1 in October. Tied at #5 are country competitors WQYK (5.2 for the third straight month) and WFUS (5.0 – 5.2, +.2). Over the last 12 sweeps, iHeartMedia‘s WFUS “US 103.5 Tampa Bay’s New Country Leader” has prevailed seven times (“Holiday” 2014, January, May, June, July, August, and September); Beasley Media Group-owned WQYK “Tampa Bay’s New Country Hits” has come out on top in February, March, April, and October; and the two are deadlocked in November. Contemporary Christian WBVM (#23) has not had an increase in the last ten sweeps and posts a .4 for the fourth consecutive time (1.0 – .9 – .7- .7 – .6 – .5 – .5 – .4 – .4 – .4 – .4, 6+).
10) Denver – Boasting the largest (6+) October – November (2015) increase of any station in the 24-PPM markets whose data has been released thus far (3.6 – 5.0, +1.4), Colorado Public Radio’s KCFR (-.8 in October) turns in one of the most impressive month-to-month ranker moves in a non-Christmas music month – (#15 all the way to #2). It is the most potent 6+-stat for KCFR since April’s 5.3. Applying the brakes to three consecutive negative trends that produced a combined -1.6 (4.9 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.3, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary KOSI “Continuous Lite Rock” kicks out a +.9 to 4.2. While perhaps not as stunning a leap as the one made by KCFR, “Continuous Lite Rock” is back in the top ten, vaulting from #18 to a three-way tie at #9. Following three successive upticks (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.1 – 5.3, 6+), Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLDV “K-Love” relinquishes the entire +1.2 it gained in October and returns to 4.1, plummeting from #2 to #12. The market’s hot AC (6+) share dips by a combined -1.2, with Wilks Broadcasting‘s KIMN “Mix 100.3” taking the majority of the erosion (4.4 – 3.5, -.9, 6+) to spiral from #10 to #17. Down or flat for the third successive time (5.4 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.7, 6+), Entercom’s similarly-formatted KALC “Alice 105.9” slips from third to fifth. A nine-tenths decline in October dropped iHeartMedia alternative KTCL from second to fourth; “Channel 93.3” loses another half-share in November (5.8 – 4.9 – 4.4, 6+) to fall to seventh. Having rebounded from a -.9 in September with a +.5 in October, Entercom classic rocker KQMT “The Mountain” adds two-tenths and repeats at #1 (6.5 – 5.6 – 6.1 – 6.3, 6+).
11) Baltimore – It is somewhat of an overall rarity that the two stations making the most noteworthy month-to-month advances in the same market are religious-focused facilities. Such is the case here though as seventh-ranked Peter & John Radio Fellowship-owned contemporary Christian WRBS “Shine FM” registers a strong +.8 (4.1 – 4.9, 6+), while iHeartMedia gospel WCAO improves by seven-tenths. This is the fourth straight month that “Heaven 600 – The Good News Station” has not had a decrease (2.0 – 2.0 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 3.0, 6+), but it actually slides from #13 to #14. Following three consecutive declines (7.0 – 5.9 – 5.4 – 5.2, 6+) and then three straight increases (5.2 – 6.3 – 7.0 – 7.1, 6+), Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9” (steady at #4) regresses by -1.2 to 5.9. Urban contemporary sibling WERQ “92-Q” placed second for eight straight monthlies before reaching #1 in October. Not only does “92-Q” sputter by nine-tenths (8.1 – 7.2, 6+), it tumbles to #3. Two stations take the place of WERQ at #1. Down slightly in June and July, CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF rebounded with a +.8 in August; doubled that gain (+1.6) in September; faltered by -1.1 in October; but “Today’s 101.9” adds two-tenths in November to be a co-resident at #1 (6.6 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 6.9 – 8.5 – 7.4 – 7.6, 6+). Meanwhile, on the heels of September’s -.7, iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station” regressed in October by eight-tenths to 7.2, its lowest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2014 (6.6), and picks up four-tenths (8.7 – 8.0 – 7.2 – 7.6, 6+) to tie WLIF at #1. A solid +.8 in October enabled WJZ-FM “The Fan” to curtail five consecutive down-trends (6.2 – 6.0- 5.8 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 4.3, 6+); however, the CBS Radio sports outlet/Pittsburgh Pirates flagship declines by six-tenths to 4.5, as it slips from sixth to eighth. This is the fourth successive negative trend (6.1 – 5.0 – 4.1 – 3.8 – 3.3, 6+) for Shamrock‘s WZBA “The Bay – Baltimore’s Classic Rock Station,” which falls out of the top ten (#10 to #12). Two streaks by Hearst Television talk and rock siblings conclude: Down by three-tenths and one-tenth, respectively, are WBAL (#9 to #10, 6+) and WIYY “98 Rock” (fifth to sixth, 6+). WBAL had three successive sweeps without a decline (2.4 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 4.0, 6+), while “98 Rock” carved out four straight up or flat trends (3.4 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 4.3 – 5.2, 6+). Moreover, “98 Rock” in October crossed the five-share threshold (6+) for the first time in its PPM history. With a -.3 to 3.1, WBAL talk rival WCBM (#12 to #13) sees its string of progressive monthlies end at three (2.2 – 2.7 – 2.8 – 3.4, 6+).
12) St. Louis – Winning ways continue for Hubbard’s WXOS “101 Sports,” which improved by six-tenths in September; lopped on another +1.4 in October; and now the St. Louis Rams flagship tacks on another eight-tenths (1.7 – 2.3 – 3.7 – 4.5, 6+) to climb from #14 to #12. Having halted four successive downward trends that yielded a combined -1.6 (5.4 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.8, 6+), Radio One urban contemporary WHHL posted a +.4 in October. “Hot 104.1” doubles that with November’s +.8 (3.8 – 4.2 – 5.0, 6+). It enters the top ten from #11 to #8, where it is tied with Gateway Creative contemporary Christian KLJY “Joy FM,” which tumbles by nine-tenths (from 5.9). Up or flat for the fourth successive time (4.8 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 5.4 – 6.0, 6+), CBS Radio hot AC KYKY “Y-98” has its best 6+-stat since September 2014’s 6.4 and jumps from seventh to fourth. Right behind and steady at #5 is its adult contemporary sibling KEZK, which has not had a decline in the past five monthlies (3.8 – 3.8 – 4.3 – 5.2 – 5.5 – 5.9, 6+); KEZK is a combined +2.1 in that stretch. After back-to-back bumps of one-tenth (7.4 – 7.5 – 7.6, 6+), KMOX regresses by eight-tenths to 6.8. The CBS Radio talker/St. Louis Cardinals flagship had been in second-place the past five sweeps, but slips to third. Notwithstanding a -.7 to 7.1, its lowest 6+-stat since January’s 6.4, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU is #1 for the sixth consecutive ratings period. This time last month, the market’s two country facilities were each down by six-tenths. Remaining at #10, Hubbard’s WIL has not had an increase in the last three sweeps (5.8 – 5.5 – 4.9 – 4.9, 6+), while iHeartMedia’s KSD “The Bull” (-.1) slides from #13 to #14 (6+). “The Bull” is down for the fourth straight ratings period (5.6 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.1 – 4.0, 6+) for a combined -1.6.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Tampa CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5” has a new director of branding as Cox Media Group coaxes John E. Kage to leave Denver and relocate to the Sunshine State for the new role. Kage was most recently PD and digital content director at Entercom’s hip hop KQKS, Denver “KS107.5.” Kage comments, “Having spent many years in Denver with both an amazing radio station and staff, it was going to have to be a pretty special opportunity to move elsewhere. CMG Tampa is exactly that, and every time I get the chance to talk radio with Steve Smith I leave inspired and excited about this business. Most important to me at this stage in my career is a positive team atmosphere, the right tools to win and great brands, and Keith Lawless and the talented CMG Tampa team have done a tremendous job with these brands.” Additionally, the director of branding and programming for sister alternative WSUN “97X” will report to Kage…..Mark Thompson returns to the Palm Springs, California market on Alpha Media’s rock KCLB, Coachella. Thompson was heard in the market from 1998 through 2006 when the KLOS, Los Angeles-based Mark & Brian show aired there. Now, Thompson is solo and based at Entercom’s classic rock KSWD, Los Angeles “The Sound.” KCLB VP/GM Tricia Bastida comments, “Mark’s return is probably the biggest thing to happen to Palm Springs radio since his departure. KCLB will continue to be all about the music, and Mark will create a daily shared experience that rock fans won’t want to miss.”…..Jenn Hobby tells the Atlanta Journal Constitution she’ll take some time to determine what will be best for her family (she recently gave birth to her second child) after exiting Cumulus Media’s country WKHX, Atlanta “Kicks 101.5” and with rumors she may be headed to Entercom’s crosstown CHR WSTR “Star 94.” Prior to joining WKHX, Hobby was part of the WWWQ, Atlanta-based “Bert Show.” Former “Bert Show” personality Jeff Dauler recently exited that show and has joined “Star 94” where he’ll begin on the air in a yet-to-be-announced capacity in February…..Minneapolis radio personality Tony Fly – who spent years on the air at CHR KDWB and alternative KTWN – is going to be the only local jock heard on Cumulus Media’s classic hip hop and R&B trimulcast WGVX/WGVZ/WRXP “105 The Vibe” with a weekly Friday 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm show debuting on December 4. The station airs programming from Westwood One…..Jason Newton is named promotions director for hot AC WRAL-FM, Raleigh “Mix 101.5.” Newton comes to WRAL from his most recent post as marketing director for iHeartMedia’s Greensboro station group. Program director Michele Williams says she’s excited to have someone with his experience and passion on her team.
One Direction, Nicki Minaj Among Multiple AMA Victors. In a field that included nine other nominees, One Direction took home “Artist of the Year” honors in last night’s (Sunday, 11/22) 2015 Jennifer Lopez-hosted American Music Awards. The boy-band also prevailed in the “Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock” category. Other winners included Nicki Minaj for “Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop” and as “Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop” (“The Pinkprint”). In addition, The Weeknd won for “Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B,” as did Fall Out Boy (“Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock”); Carrie Underwood (“Favorite Female Artist – Country”); Ariana Grande (“Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock”); Sam Hunt (“New Artist of the Year”); and Skrillex & Diplo featuring Justin Bieber “Where Are Ü Now” (“Collaboration of the Year”). Also coming away victorious last night were Luke Bryan for “Favorite Male Artist – Country” and Chris Brown (for “X”) in the “Favorite Album – Soul/R&B” category. Among the highlights of the ABC-TV broadcast were a special tribute by Jared Leto and a song by Celine Dion dedicated to the victims of the recent Paris terror attacks.
Cumulus Expands Bill Hess’ Role in DC to Operations Manager. Programming pro Bill Hess – currently serving as program director for news/talk WMAL-AM/FM, Washington and Cumulus Media corporate PD/talk – is adding operations manager duties for the Washington. DC cluster. Hess’ 38-year radio career has provided him with experience across numerous radio formats. In addition to his news/talk and sports radio programming experience, he’s also programmed ACs WSNE, Providence; WHYN-FM, Springfield, MA; and WASH, Washington and classic rock WBIG, Washington. Cumulus SVP, content and programming Mike McVay says, “Bill is an exceptional programmer. The growth that WMAL has experienced under his direction is nothing short of astounding. He has excelled as a corporate PD and will continue in that role. Bill is deserving of this recognition.” Hess says of his new duties, “On the heels of our team’s success at WMAL, I’m thrilled to be working with Louie Diaz on the rebirth of Washington’s legendary ‘Mix 107.3.’ Thanks to Gary Pizzati, Mike McVay, Jake McCann and Beth Cohen for this opportunity.”
Legendary WCCO, Minneapolis Personality Charlie Boone Dies at 88. As one half of the morning radio team “Boone and Erickson,” Charlie Boone was a fixture on Twin Cities radio for some 40 years, literally owning the daypart during the halcyon days of AM radio from the 1960s through the 1990s. He died on Sunday (11/22) at the age of 88. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports he and Roger Erickson worked together for 37 years before Erickson’s retirement in 1998. Boone continued to host a solo Saturday morning show from that point until 2010. Boone arrived at WCCO from his previous gig in Fargo in 1959. He and fellow air staffer Erickson hit it off personally and management put them together on the radio in 1961.
Bill Payne Dies at 76. Oklahoma broadcaster Bill Payne passed away in Tulsa on Friday 11/20 at the age of 76. Payne was the founder of the Oklahoma Academy of Radio. Payne was a pioneer in the field of FM broadcasting putting KWHP-FM, Edmond, Oklahoma on the air in 1962. His Payne Radio Group operates 13 stations across eastern Oklahoma. The company continues to be led by Payne’s son Will Payne.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Former Beasley Miami market manager Joe Bell joins Brewer Media in Chattanooga where he’ll serve as market manager for that company’s five station cluster. Bell served with Beasley in Miami for 15 years prior to Beasley’s asset swap with CBS RADIO. In Chattanooga, Brewer Media operates rhythmic oldies WMPZ “Groove 93,” hip hop WJTT “Power 94,” country WPLZ “Big 95.3,” sports talk WALV “ESPN Chattanooga,” and “Cat Country 106.9” on translator W295BI…..Jay Gleason is the new operations manager for Adams Radio Group’s Delmarva region rock stations — active rock WZBH, Georgetown, Delaware “93.5 The Beach” and classic rock WGBG, Seaford, Delaware “Big 98.5.”…..Tracy Taylor joins Max Radio’s rhythmic oldies KJHM, Denver “Jammin’ 101.5” for weekends…..CodComm-owned adult hits WFRQ, Harwich Port, Massachusetts “Frank 93.5” (Cape Cod market) brings married radio duo Dave and Ana Fesmire aboard to host “The Frank Morning Show,” replacing the exiting Stephanie Viva who returns to crosstown hot AC WCOD to reunite with former partner Dan Mahoney for the “Dan and Stephanie Morning Show” beginning Monday (11/23). Viva exited WCOD in 2014.
RadioInfo Tidbits. The Grammy Award-winning band Train will perform at the official opening of CBS RADIO’s new New York performance space on Tuesday (11/24). The company announces the opening of the Adorama Live Theatre in Hudson Square in Manhattan, saying it will “serve as a showcase for artists, newsmakers, top athletes and other special guests.” It will play host to events from its six New York market radio stations. The company says that in the coming weeks the theatre will present performances by Southside Johnny and Shaggy, as well as live interviews with Chris Martin from Coldplay and Charles Osgood, host of “CBS Sunday Morning” and the syndicated radio feature “The Osgood Files.” Today’s announcement marks the launch of CBS RADIO’s 11th performance space, joining outlets in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Washington, D.C. and Detroit, among others…..The “Lamont & Tonelli Morning Show” (pictured here with Lamont on the left and Tonelli on the right) from Cumulus Media’s rock KSAN, San Francisco “107.7 The Bone” is holding its 22nd annual “Do Not Drink & Drive Show” on Monday, November 23. During the program, the duo will drink alcohol while periodically being monitored by a member of the San Francisco Police Department – via Breathalyzer – to demonstrate how quickly a person can exceed the legal blood alcohol limit and replace common sense with foolish and reckless behavior that endangers lives…..Tony Zazza, host of “Zazza Mornings with Cheree” on WAOA, Melbourne, Florida “107.1 WA1A,” through his non-profit Zazza Community Foundation, is presenting the Jingle Jet promotion that benefits local families who’ve met hardships and have been nominated by family members and friends. Families flying on the Jingle Jet will depart Orlando Melbourne International Airport with non-stop service to Santa’s North Pole. After a quick flight around the skies of the Space Coast, Jingle Jet will return to the airport where upon arrival, the families will enter a designated area that has been transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painters, snowmen, balloon artists and more. Each family will also be presented with their own Christmas tree, gifts and holiday trimmings.
New Fantasy Sports Platform Provides Radio with Turnkey Method of Tapping into Booming DFS Industry. Tampa, Florida-based FantasyNXS is providing a custom-designed way for radio stations, networks, and personalities to generate revenue from the booming fantasy sports industry. FantasyNXS is the first online mall for daily fantasy sports (“DFS”). According to company president and CEO, David B. Hirsch, “Our platform enables radio stations, networks and personalities to get into the DFS business at no cost and provides them with a new and engaging way to monetize their audience.” Hirsch adds, “When a broadcast entity joins FantasyNXS as a partner, we create a customized hub or ‘storefront’ for them that features their branding, content and contests. It also has its own, easy-to-remember URL on our site, which facilitates off-line promotion and advertising.” What distinguishes FantasyNXS from the current big dogs in the fantasy sports business – DraftKings and FanDuel? Hirsch tells TALKERS that FantasyNXS provides a different business model, more game formats and free-to-enter promotional contests. He states, “Our business model is completely different. Think of us as the first online shopping mall for daily fantasy sports. Our platform enables third parties to get into the DFS business for themselves. We build a customized hub or storefront for our partners on our website. We then create contests for them designed to appeal to their target audience. These contests appear in their hub and in the general game lobby for all FantasyNXS members to play. Our partners promote their contests by driving prospects to their hub. We administer the contests and take care of all compliance and back-office operations. We then split the net proceeds we earn from each contest with our partners.” Hirsch explains, “We also offer more game formats than anyone in the business, including Salary Cap, No Cap and Top-X. We also offer all three of these formats in our proprietary ‘Beat the Pro’ setting, which is ideally suited for radio celebrities. In ‘Beat the Pro,’ all of the contest’s entrants compete head-to-head, but collectively against the celebrity show host. Everyone who beats the celebrity splits a portion of the prize pool. ‘Beat the Pro’ offers a fantastic way for radio personalities to personally engage their audiences.” How do participating broadcasters make money? According to Hirsch, “FantasyNXS works off of a revenue split. Our partners earn a portion of the net proceeds we earn from the contests they promote. Also, our partners are credited as the referring affiliate for all FantasyNXS members who sign-up through their hub. This means recurring revenue every time one of these members enters any cash-entry contest in FantasyNXS. Our turn-key system can put a station into the DFS business with no cost.” Hirsch advises, “We can put radio entities into the DFS business, but they will have to actively promote their contests and drive prospects to their hub. The more they promote, the more money they’ll make.” Broadcasters licensed to states that forbid DFS or have network listeners banned from playing due to their local state laws can become involved in another, non-monetary version of the FantasyNXS platform that specializes in “social gaming.” Has the recent negative news about some states’ stances on fantasy sports impacted the millions of people who regularly play fantasy sports? “Of course,” states Hirsch. “In particular, the recent cease and desist letter presented to FanDuel and DraftKings by the New York State Attorney General has left a lot of fantasy sports fans on the sideline. In the coming months, you’re going to see more of this type of activity as our society comes to grips with the daily fantasy sports phenomenon. We ultimately believe that DFS will continue to thrive, but in a regulated environment.” Broadcasters interested in learning more about FantasyNXS can email Brad Fain at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for more information.
WARH, St. Louis Re-Brands AM Show ‘Spencer’s Neighborhood.’ With the recent arrival of new morning show lead host Spencer Graves, Hubbard Radio re-brands the AM drive program at adult hits WARH “106.5 The Arch” as “Spencer’s Neighborhood.” Graves joined existing morning team Ricki and Brando on November 9. Program director Charlie Quinn states, “The concept of ‘Spencer’s Neighborhood’ is brand new to ‘The Lou’, and we want our listeners to take us with them to the ‘must experience’ places around the St. Louis metro area. The ‘Spencer’s Neighborhood’ moniker compliments our updated music slogan – ‘You never know what we’re going to play next’ – when you’re in ‘Spencer’s Neighborhood’, you never know what they’re going to SAY next!” Pictured here are (from l-r): Ricki, Spencer Graves, and Brando.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Classic hits WLS-FM, Chicago moves Windy City radio legend Dick Biondi from his nightly show – 11:00 pm to 2:00 am – to daylight hours on the weekends. Biondi will host the Saturday show from 6:00 am to 10:00 am and Sundays from 7:00 am to 10:00 am in an effort to improve weekend ratings, according to a report from Chicago media writer Robert Feder…..Bonnie Miller is promoted to program director at Alpha Media’s country WFLS, Fredericksburg, Virginia. The 13-year station staffer has been serving as APD and afternoon drive personality since April of 2014. Alpha Media Fredericksburg market manager Ralph Salierno says, “This is promotion is well-deserved and long-overdue recognition of Bonnie’s hard work.”
Westwood One’s State of American Podcasting. Today, radio consultant Holland Cooke reports for RadioInfo on yesterday’s webinar presented by Westwood One titled, The State of American Podcasting. The webinar featured Cumulus Media/WW1 chief marketing officer Pierre Bouvard with guests Stuart Last, VP of popular podcast and on-demand platform audioBoom; Jenna Weiss-Berman, director of audio at the pop culture website Buzzfeed; and Brendan McDonald, co-creator and executive producer of the podcast “WTF with Marc Maron.” The growth of podcasting is predicted to continue and the average age of podcast P1s is much younger than the average age of radio users (45) and television (57), according to Edison Research data. Read Holland Cooke’s takeaways from the webinar here.
TALKERS Magazine Presents the 2015 Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk. Today (11/19), the editors of RadioInfo‘s sister radio trade publication TALKERS magazine present the fourth annual Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk – The 100 Most Important Sports Talk Radio Hosts in America. This list ranks sports talk hosts, duos or ensembles from #1 to #100, based upon a set of criteria that includes a combination of hard and soft factors. The genre of sports talk radio has evolved greatly and grown exponentially over the past 15 years to go from being a fringe format to an important sub-genre of spoken-word radio programming. With this in mind, the editors of TALKERS debuted the Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk in 2012 to acknowledge the hard-working air personalities on sports talk radio. The results of this list are, admittedly, subjective. Being true to the realities of the media business, ratings and revenue are two of the major factors – some would say they are the only factors worth considering – but the editors also took into account other qualities that help create a list that is reflective of the industry’s diversity and total flavor and still give credit where credit is due. Those qualities include: courage, effort, impact, recognition, service, talent and uniqueness. The other concrete qualification for inclusion is hosts must be working – that is, have a regularly scheduled professional show on the air at a minimum of one terrestrial or satellite radio station – at the time of publication. See the complete 2015 Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk here!
Cool Job Opportunity. Greater Media Charlotte is seeking a continuity and traffic assistant. Ideal characteristics for candidates include: Enjoys analytics and puzzles, innately curious, meticulous with details, thrives in a fast-paced environment, works calmly and effectively under pressure, reacts quickly to meet tight deadlines, and diplomatic & determined with solid people skills. Position requires knowledge of computer skill and experience with broadcast inventory management and traffic software including Marketron, V-Creative, and Efficio is a plus. Email your cover letter and resume to director of sales Sandra Szoke at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; John Elias, Board Chairman and presenter at the Albury-Wodonga community station, 2REM 107.3 in New South Wales, Australia; Corey Barnes, golden-eared music director at “The Island” CFRM 100.7, Little Current, Ontario, Canada; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” Rob Banks of WYRK, Buffalo; Lauren Haslett of The Galleon, University of Portsmouth’s (UK) official fortnightly newspaper; and Internet sensation The Iceman; Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana; 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 (11/18) includes such names as: Fetty Wap, Remy Boyz, MØ, Diplo, Missy Elliott, Pharrell Williams, R. City, Chloe Angelides, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Tori Kelly, Big Sean, Gwen Stefani, Marc Scibilia, Santigold, B.C., AudioDamn!, Colours, Lissie, Coldplay, Aurora, Cage The Elephant, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Disclosure, Lorde, Alexandra Demetree, Hank Williams Jr., Eric Church, Frankie Ballard, Houston Bernard Band, Ryan Kinder, Chris Lane, G.L., Travelers, Fox Stevenson, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click “Read More.”
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; John Elias, board chairman and presenter at the Albury-Wodonga community station, 2REM 107.3 in New South Wales, Australia; Corey Barnes, golden-eared music director at CFRM, Little Current, Ontario, Canada “The Island”; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Rob Banks of WYRK, Buffalo; Lauren Haslett of The Galleon, University of Portsmouth’s (UK) official fortnightly newspaper; Internet sensation The Iceman; and Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana; 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 (11/18) includes such names as: Fetty Wap, Remy Boyz, MØ, Diplo, Missy Elliott, Pharrell Williams, R. City, Chloe Angelides, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Tori Kelly, Big Sean, Gwen Stefani, Marc Scibilia, Santigold, B.C., AudioDamn!, Colours, Lissie, Coldplay, Aurora, Cage The Elephant, Langhorne Slim & The Law, Disclosure, Lorde, Alexandra Demetree, Hank Williams Jr., Eric Church, Frankie Ballard, Houston Bernard Band, Ryan Kinder, Chris Lane, G.L., Travelers, Fox Stevenson, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Nielsen Promises Insightful Urban Contemporary Data at Client Conference Next Month. Reporting that the urban contemporary format has grown dramatically – based on data from the company’s 48 PPM-measured markets – over the past four years, Nielsen Audio says it will present information on the urban audience at the December 3-4 Client Conference and Urban PD Clinic. Nielsen says this year and last “have been the two best years ever for urban contemporary…just this fall, the format posted its best month to date for share of listening audience among persons aged 6 and up, 18-34 and 25-54.” Urban contemporary listenership in the 25-34 demo has grown 35% in the past four years. Nielsen concludes, “This format’s rising popularity sets up an interesting scenario for other formats in the urban radio landscape, which includes both urban AC — the most listened-to format among black consumers — and classic hip hop…the urban radio landscape now has even more formats competing for the same groups of listeners all across the country.”
Reach Media to Syndicate Morning Drive Classic Hip Hop Show Featuring Ed Lover. The hip hop personality, stage and radio performer and one-time host of “Yo! MTV Raps” will enter into radio syndication via Radio One’s Reach Media on January 11. Ed Lover will work with co-host Monie Love, a Grammy-nominated MC and radio personality. Reach says the show will “feature classic hip hop music, celebrity interviews from the hottest artists and influencers plus features that connect with a generation of urban trendsetters.” Radio One Radio Group CEO David Kantor says, “Ed and Monie represent the spirit of the throwback hip hop experience. Their personalities and styles make them the perfect voices as the demand for the growing format expands on radio.”
RadioInfo’s Sister Trade TALKERS Magazine to Present 2015 Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk. On Thursday (11/19), the editors of TALKERS magazine – the 25-year-old sister publication of RadioInfo – will present its fourth annual Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk – The 100 Most Important Sports Talk Radio Hosts in America. This list will rank sports talk hosts, duos or ensembles from #1 to #100, based upon a set of criteria that includes a combination of hard and soft factors. The genre of sports talk radio has evolved greatly and grown exponentially over the past 15 years to go from being a fringe format to an important sub-genre of spoken-word radio programming. With this in mind, the editors of TALKERS debuted the Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk in 2012 to acknowledge the hard-working air personalities on sports talk radio. The results of this list are, admittedly, subjective. Being true to the realities of the media business, ratings and revenue are two of the major factors – some would say they are the only factors worth considering – but the editors also took into account other qualities that help create a list that is reflective of the industry’s diversity and total flavor and still give credit where credit is due. Those qualities include: courage, effort, impact, recognition, service, talent and uniqueness. The other concrete qualification for inclusion is hosts must be working – that is, have a regularly scheduled professional show on the air at a minimum of one terrestrial or satellite radio station – at the time of publication. Look for this annual feature to be published at Talkers.com tomorrow!
Former Bubba The Love Sponge Cast Member at Center of Hulk Hogan Sex Tape Investigation. As reported by Tampa’s FOX 13 television, The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office say former Bubba The Love Sponge staffer Matt “Spice Boy” Loyd stole DVDs of former wrestling star Hulk Hogan having sex with Bubba’s not-yet-ex Heather Clem that he sold to such sites as Gawker and TMZ. The videos included Hogan making racist statements that got him fired from the WWE payroll. The story indicates Loyd and Bubba had a falling out and Loyd stole the videos and sold them to “make Bubba sweat.” Interestingly, no charges have been filed against Loyd. Read the FOX 13 piece here.
RadioInfo Tidbits. The five Alpha Media-owned radio stations in the Louisville, Kentucky market will rename their stations on Thursday and Friday (11/19-20) in honor of local children who are fighting or have lost battles to cancer and other diseases. On those days, the stations will broadcast live from Kosair Children’s Hospital to raise funds through the Children’s Hospital Foundation. This is the 7th year the stations are holding the radiothon that has raised more than $1.5 million to date…..Saga Communications announces it is declaring a 25-cent-per-share quarterly dividend, payable on December 11 for shareholders of record on November 30…..American mobile phone manufacturer BLU Products will start installing the NextRadio app as the native FM tuner for all its new Android devices beginning in 2016. The partnership will allow some 30 million smartphone users all over the world the ability to immediately download the NextRadio app.
Cool Job Opportunity. Compass Media Networks, LLC seeks to hire a financial controller. Position is based in Rye, New York. Three to five years’ experience in media finance required. CPA required. Send resumes to: email@example.com. Compass Media Networks, LLC is EOE.
Ashley O Named Morning Host at Alternative ‘104.3 The Shark’ in Miami. South Florida native Ashley O has been serving as assistant producer for the “DJ Laz Morning Show” at Cox Media Group’s crosstown CHR WFLC “Hits 97.3” and production director at the company’s cluster. Now, Ashley O moves to Entercom’s South Florida station group to serve as morning host on its new alternative rock WSFS “104.3 The Shark.” WSFS program director John O’Connell states, “Ashley is one of the most upbeat people that I have come across in the radio business. Her unique brand of humor, coupled with her contagious personality and knowledge of the alternative and pop worlds will keep South Florida glued to their car radios….and hopefully make them late for work on a regular basis!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Cincinnati market hip hop outlet WIZF “101.1 The Wiz” brings DJ Dimepiece aboard to host the afternoon drive show and serve as music director. She has been voice-tracking the midday show at Radio One’s hip hop WCKX, Columbus “Power 107” and will continue those duties in addition to her new roles at the company’s WIZF…..Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. names Elisa Torres head of its AIRE Radio Networks division reporting to SBS chairman, president and CEO Raul Alarcon…..Beasley Media Group announces Bob Turner joins the company’s Southwest Florida radio group to serve as general sales manager. He was most recently president of Azteca America, an international television network and spot sales company. Turner says, “Working with Beasley Media Group is a terrific opportunity. In Southwest Florida, businesses are absolutely thriving. The business surge in this market offers an abundance of untapped potential to my entire sales team. Our timing is ideal for a new level of sales success!”
Radio One Goes ‘Boom 106.3’ in Columbus. The recently announced acquisition of WZOH and WHOK in the Columbus market by Radio One from Wilks, and the former’s move of its urban AC “Magic” brand from WXMG 106.3 to WZOH at 95.5, left industry watchers wondering what Radio One would do with the 106.3 frequency. Now we know! WXMG becomes classic hip hop as “Boom 106.3.” Radio One has installed its “Boom!” format on stations in the Houston, Philadelphia, Dallas and Atlanta markets.
Jesse Ventura Joins Michael Harrison for New Episode of ‘Up Close and Far Out.’ In this week’s installment of the PodcastOne international hit, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison,” posted today (11/17), RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison is joined by former Minnesota governor and prolific talk media personality Jesse Ventura for a conversation described by Harrison as, “One of the up-closest and farthest-out episodes of this show ever.” Ventura currently hosts a weekly program on Ora TV titled, “Off the Grid with Jesse Ventura,” (www.ora.tv) in which he serves up an unfiltered dose of his opinions and commentaries on the issues of the day delivered in his trademark tell-it-like-it-is “wrestling rant” style. Ora TV is the trailblazing video platform launched several years ago by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim with Larry King as an internet platform upon which the legendary King could continue his post-CNN hosting career. Harrison – an admitted professional wrestling fan – and Ventura talk about the old days of the entertainment-sport when the future movie star and governor was making his mark as a colorful “bad guy” in the ring and then as the first “heel” color commentator (prior to Ventura, all ring commentators were biased toward the fan favorites – known as “faces.”) Ventura broke new ground as an announcer who openly rooted for the bad guys – know in the profession as “heels.” The conversation moves on to some heavy, controversial and provocative subject matter. Ventura discusses how his high-profile, anti-defamation/unjust enrichment lawsuit against the late Chris Kyle of American Sniper fame (in which the court ruled in his favor) has led to him to presently being blackballed by the mainstream media. Ventura talks about his critical views on U.S. foreign policy, the George W. Bush Administration, hypocrisy, and several conspiracy theories surrounding 9/11 and the war on terror. He talks about his show, “Off the Grid,” and how the title is reflective of his current lifestyle in which he lives part of the year in Mexico, untethered to paved roads, government provided utilities and, to a large extent, the internet. He discusses his turning to atheism and pacifism…and leaves a tantalizing hint that he just might become involved in the forthcoming race for the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party – which has shown interest in him as a possible candidate. To hear the conversation in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Pandora Buys ‘Several Key Assets’ of Rdio. The digital subscription music service Rdio is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will sell “several key assets” to competitor Pandora for $75 million. Rdio has deals with four major record label groups but the operational assets of Rdio are not what Pandora is acquiring. According to Pandora’s statement about the acquisition, it’s getting technology and human resources it will use for “an expanded Pandora listening experience by late 2016.” The speculation is Pandora is readying to enter the subscription, on-demand music service arena. Rdio was available in some 85 countries and had a relationship with Cumulus Media in which the latter agreed to provide $75 million in marketing via its radio stations in exchange for a stake in Rdio.
KRZQ, Reno and Bubba The Love Sponge Help Raise $15,000 for Family of Fallen Deputy. Nationally syndicated morning personality Bubba The Love Sponge (third from right) is pictured here with some of his cast members and staffers from affiliate rock station KRZQ, Reno at a Bikes for Badges event in Reno. The event – plus an affiliated Tour De Bike Association effort – helped raise some $15,000 for the family of fallen Carson City Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Howell.
Dave Dunaway Named PD at ‘NASH FM’ in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Programming pro Dave Dunaway moves from Summit Media’s Birmingham operations to Cumulus Media’s Fort Walton Beach/Destin, Florida cluster to program country WYZB, “NASH FM 105.5.” Cumulus Fort Walton Beach operations manager Hayden Green states, “I’m excited to have Dave Dunaway join Team Cumulus in Fort Walton Beach/Destin. ‘Dr. Dave’ is a real pro who brings a lot of experience to the ‘NASH’ brand. He’s got a great attitude and he’s ready to stomp the competition. Look out, Emerald Coast… the Doctor is IN!”
Bubba The Love Sponge Files Motion to Dismiss $1 Million Nielsen Lawsuit. After Nielsen Audio filed its $1 million dollar civil suit against Bubba The Love Sponge for his admitted ratings tampering in the Tampa market which it claims has resulted in its “reputation and the reputation of its ratings reports” having been “damaged irreparably,” TALKERS legal analyst Steven J.J. Weisman wrote that Nielsen’s claims appear to be “very much a dramatic overstatement.” Since the initial tampering was discovered, Beasley’s WBRN, Tampa has been delisted from both the September and October PPM surveys, even though Nielsen stated to customers that the Tampa ratings were not compromised. Now, Bubba’s legal team files a motion to dismiss the fraud suit against him stating that Nielsen has not shown proof of ongoing ratings tampering. Bubba’s counsel also argues Nielsen’s filing in federal court is improper. “Nielsen cannot manufacture federal jurisdiction by plucking from mid-air the nice round compensatory damages figure of $1,000,000, and without offering a shred of support for this number. Instead, Nielsen promises that this isolated disagreement among private actors has harmed not just Nielsen but ‘the entire radio industry.’…Nielsen’s ‘entire radio industry’ theory of harm simply cannot serve as the basis for subject matter jurisdiction.” Nielsen claims it has more evidence of tampering that led to the October survey for Tampa being delayed and WBRN again being delisted but has not released that information publicly.
Price: How Did Your Station Respond to France’s 9/11? Attempting to foresee the unforeseeable is part of what Howard B. Price is paid to do as director of business continuity for ABC Television. He’s written numerous articles about preparing for disasters and events that should affect your programming and/or your ability to operate a radio station as usual for RadioInfo. Today’s article addresses Friday’s deadly terrorist attacks in Paris and how some stations failed to break programming in any way. He says localizing the story is part of how it should be addressed. “There were local stories springing from the events in Paris all over the US. Security around sports stadiums was being ramped up (one of the Paris attacks took place at a soccer game where the French president had been in attendance). More police were being dispatched to major transportation centers, and tourist areas known to draw big crowds. I live near a nuclear plant – and I sure wish my local station was updating me on security there. I live near a major bridge, the loss of which would severely impact our local economy…and disrupt transportation between New York City and points to the north, east and west. I live near major commuter rail lines, the loss of which would cripple the ability of people to commute to their jobs. I live in a community with lots of shopping malls. And parks. And movie theatres. And bars. Which in Paris and other places, have been the scenes of recent terror attacks. I’d like to know what my local officials are doing to protect us against similar attacks here. I’d like to hear what my neighbors are thinking and saying about it.” Read Price’s entire piece here.
Westwood One Invites Radio People to ‘State of American Podcasting’ Webinar. The webinar is on Wednesday (11/18) at 2:00 pm ET and is being moderated by Westwood One’s chief marketing officer Pierre Bouvard with special guests Brendan McDonald, executive producer and co-creator, “WTF with Marc Maron”; Stuart Last, VP, audioBoom; and Jenna Weiss-Berman, director of audio, Buzzfeed. WW1 says the webinar is for marketers and advertisers, podcast creators and producers, and media and audio enthusiasts and will reveal insight gained from its commissioned studies of the podcasting platform, including: Never-before-heard insights on the podcast consumer; how marketers really feel about podcast advertising; where podcasts fit in the marketing mix; and competitive research from podcast advertisers. Register here.
RadioInfo Tidbits. KROQ, Los Angeles announces the lineup for its two-day “Almost Acoustic Christmas” concerts at The Forum in Inglewood on December 12 and 13. A portion of the proceeds from the shows go to two local charities serving at-risk children. Bands performing include: AWOLNATION, Bastille, Cage The Elephant, Disclosure, Foals, Halsey, Silversun Pickups, The Struts, twenty one pilots, Weezer, and X Ambassadors on 12/12, plus: Andrew McMahon, In the Wilderness, Chris Cornell, Cold War Kids, Elle King, Fall Out Boy, George Ezra, James Bay, Of Monsters and Men, Panic! At The Disco, The 1975, and The Neighbourhood on 12/13…..Alpha Media’s Savannah station group helped raise more than $108,000 for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) with its 8th Annual “Dancing with the Savannah Stars.” WXYY “Y100 Morning Mess” host, TC Michaels (right) won the competition along with his partner Lauren Hurley (left) from the Savannah Ballroom with a perfect score. CASA is a national nonprofit organization that trains and supports volunteers to speak out and act as advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected children. Alpha Media VP/market manager Gigi South comments, “We’re so proud of the multi-talented TC, and delighted to bring awareness for CASA, which looks out for local kids in need. Go TC!”
Radio One Acquires Two Columbus FMs from Wilks. The last radio station sale from the Columbus market was Saga’s purchase of classic rock WLVQ from Wilks for $13 million. Now, Radio One is in line to acquire the last two FM stations Wilks owns in the market. The price tag for WZOH and WHOK is $2 million. The signals are licensed to Lancaster and Circleville, respectively, and are both southeast of downtown Columbus. Radio One has already begun enacting its programming plans for these stations under an LMA. Gone is the sports talk on WZOH and Radio One is moving the urban AC “Magic” brand from WXMG at 106.3 FM to WZOH at the stronger 95.5 frequency. The class A WHOK at 107.1 is the new home of gospel brand “JOY.” What remains unanswered is what Radio One will do with WXMG after the “Magic” move is complete.
Hubbard Makes PD Change at ‘106.5 The Arch.’ The St. Louis adult hits WARH “The Arch” has been programmed by Kevin Robinson for the past seven years but the company decides to go forward with a new program director – Charlie Quinn. He comes to Hubbard’s St. Louis operations from his most recent gig with CBS RADIO where he’d been operations director for hot AC KYXY.
Corey Dylan to Host Mornings on WMTX, Tampa. Tampa morning personality Corey Dylan is leaving her role at news/talk WFLA’s “AM Tampa Bay” program (with Jack Harris and Tedd Webb) to move across the hall to iHeartMedia’s hot AC WMTX “Mix 100.7” where she’ll host the morning drive program. Dylan takes over for Scotty Davis who leaves that role but continues to host his afternoon drive show on sister CHR WFLZ.
Molly Cruz Takes Over Middays at ‘99.1 The Mix’ in Milwaukee. In addition to her role as the new 9:00 am to 1:00 pm personality on Entercom’s hot AC WMYX, Milwaukee “99.1 The Mix,” Molly Cruz will serve the station as APD and music director. Cruz comes to Brew City from her most recent gig as afternoon jock and promotions coordinator at Matrix Boadcasting’s suburban Chicago hot AC WZSR, Woodstock, Illinois. Entercom VP of operations Brian Kelly states, “Molly worked part time for us a while back and I absolutely loved her attitude and work ethic. She’s smart, fun, and funny. We surround ourselves with those kinds of people here and she’ll fit right in.”
Cole Swindell Visits WNSH, New York. Country star Cole Swindell popped in to the WNSH “NASH FM 94.7” studios on Thursday (11/12) prior to his concert at PlayStation Theater in Times Square. Swindell (right) chatted on the air with NASH’s Kelly Ford (left) about what it was like touring with Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean this past summer and playing huge arenas, including the MetLife Stadium. In honor of Veterans Day, Cole also talked about the special veterans in his life, including one of his best friends.