Category: Industry News
Cumulus Names Cunningham KLOS PD; Madden to KXXR, Minneapolis and Lassman Joins Tom Barnard Show. In a series of moves, Cumulus Media announces the appointment of Keith Cunningham program director for classic rock KLOS, Los Angeles and names him format captain as well. At the same time, KLOS PD Derek Madden is moving to the company’s rock KXXR, Minneapolis “93X” to program that station and continue serving as corporate programmer, rock & alternative. Current KXXR PD John Lassman moves to an on-air post with the “Tom Barnard Morning Show.” Cunningham joins Cumulus from iHeartMedia where he was VP of programming for that company’s Seattle cluster.
Lopez Relocates to Cumulus New York as Market Manager. Fourteen-year general sales manager of CBS Radio New York all-news siblings WCBS-AM and WINS Chad Lopez is appointed vice president and market manager of the cross-town cluster owned by Cumulus Media. “Chad is a highly talented and experienced sales leader behind several legendary brands in New York City radio,” comments Cumulus senior vice president Gary Pizzati. “Relationships he has built and the respect he has developed with the ad community over the last 15 years are unprecedented. This was clearly the next and natural step in his career. We are extremely excited to have Chad on our team and as a member of the Cumulus family.” According to Lopez, “Cumulus presented me with a tremendous opportunity to further my career and run an iconic group of stations in my hometown. I couldn’t be more excited and ready to take on this challenge.” A former U.S. Navy officer, Lopez previously was director of sales for CBS Radio New York, and for five years was Dom Camera and Associates’ senior media buyer. Among the stations comprising Cumulus Media New York are hot AC WPLJ (1.9, #18, 6+, January 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM), talk WABC (1.6, #19), and country WNSH (1.5, #20).
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Los Angeles alternative KYSR “ALT 98.7,” Andrew Harms is the new APD/music director and afternoon personality, replacing Trey Morgan at the iHeartMedia station. Morgan recently exited for new opportunities…..A new market president for iHeartMedia’s Milwaukee and Madison clusters is named as Colleen Valkoun is officially promoted from her VP of sales post for the same markets. She’s been interim market manager since Jeff Tyler recently left the markets to become market president of the company’s Minneapolis cluster…..At Woof Boom Radio’s WERK, Muncie, Indiana, Paul Poteet a.k.a. Indiana’s Weatherman, joins the classic hits station for afternoon drive. He’ll also appear on the morning show hosted by Brownie…..Spanish-language media corporation Entravision announces it is promoting María Lopez-Knowles from chief marketing officer of its Pulpo Media business unit to the newly created position of CMO of Entravision.
Cumulus Q4 Revenue Flat; Up 1.4% for Whole of 2014. The release of fourth quarter and 2014 financial numbers and president and CEO Lew Dickey’s investor’s conference call took place yesterday. While the fourth quarter started out pretty good for Cumulus Media, Dickey notes that – much like the rest of the industry – revenue began to tail off leading up to Thanksgiving and stayed that way through December. Net revenue (pro forma) for the fourth quarter was up 0.3% and up 1.4% for the entire year of 2014. Dickey also said during the call that the company has ceased its search for an EVP of radio after determining that it does not need to fill that position. Jon Pinch held the title until he left to run the company’s Atlanta station group.
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic Hot AC. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the third of three analyses of the ratings performances of CHR-based stations, according to data from the January 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM survey. This report covers the rhythmic hot AC format and, in addition to comparing the 6+ numbers of those stations, it also compares them with mainstream CHR and rhythmic CHR outlets. You can view Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.
Donna Baker Upped to RVP for Cumulus; Bowen Rises to Chicago Market Manager. Sales and management pro Donna Baker is promoted at Cumulus Media from VP and market manager at its Chicago operations to Midwest regional vice president in which she’ll oversee the company’s stations in Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Des Moines. She’ll be based in KC where she previously was VP/market manager for Cumulus’ Houston and Kansas City stations. Cumulus president and CEO Lew Dickey says, “Donna is an extremely talented broadcaster and has made a tremendous contribution to our success over the past eight years. We are excited for her to grow with Cumulus as she takes on increased responsibilities in her new role as Midwest regional vice president.” At the same time, the company announces that 20-year Chicago radio pro Peter Bowen moves from his SVP/director of sales gig with CBS RADIO Los Angeles back to Chicago to serve as vice president and market manager of Cumulus’ Chicago stations. Bowen worked for 16 years as senior vice president/GM WBBM-FM and WJMK-FM, Chicago and as vice president/director of sales for CBS RADIO’s Chicago stations.
Lurie to Program ‘99.5 Magic FM’ in Albuquerque. Effective March 16, Jon Lurie is the new program director for Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary KMGA, Albuquerque “99.5 Magic FM.” The company notes that “this marks a return to the Southwest for Lurie, who previously programmed Cumulus’ Tucson stations for more than 10 years. Prior to that, he had stops at KMLE in Phoenix and WQIK in Jacksonville.” Emily Boldon, vice president, Stratus Music Programming and corporate program director for Cumulus, says, “We are excited to welcome Jon to our Cumulus programming team in Albuquerque. KMGA is a fantastic heritage station, and I have faith that, in Jon’s experienced and capable hands, Magic will continue to grow and succeed.” Lurie will also work on air using the name Jon Allen.
Sly to Host Mornings on WWHG, Janesville, Wisconsin. Longtime Madison radio personality John “Sly” Sylvester is named morning drive host at Big Radio’s rock WWHG, Janesville “105.9 The Hog.” Sylvester also hosts afternoon drive at the company’s talk station WBEL “The Big AM 1380,” a duty he will continue. Scott Thompson’s Big Radio says that Sly will “be joined for daily sports updates by Paul Michaels and news updates by Hannah Shea. Company market manager Ben Thompson says, “With the history behind Sly and his strong following over the years, we’re so excited to bring Sly back to mornings. He’s been a staple in Wisconsin radio for more than 30 years and with his influence on Madison morning radio, it seems only natural to put him back where he belongs – in the mornings.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Operations manager Ryan Haney takes temporary programming oversight of Cumulus Media’s urban AC WUHT, Birmingham “Hot 107.7” after PD Sam Nelson resigns for personal reasons…..Paul Laseter joins iHeartMedia as program director of its Columbus, Georgia country stations WSTH “South 106.1” and WOBB “B100.” He comes to the station group after serving as promotions director and APD at Golden Isles Broadcasting in Brunswick, Georgia…..The re-launch of “El Show de Piolin,” featuring Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo includes some 40 new affiliate stations – including 14 Entravision-owned stations. The program is being syndicated by Alliance Radio Networks.
Hubbard Re-Brands Chicago AC to WSHE 100.3. Call letters change and a new brand are unveiled for Hubbard Radio’s WILV. The adult contemporary station is now “Chicago’s 100.3 WSHE-FM.” In announcing the new brand, Hubbard Radio Chicago vice president and market manager John Gallagher says, “WILV has enjoyed tremendous success over the past several years and has been a top market performer utilizing an on-air position of simply ‘Chicago’s 100.3.’ In order to expand on that success, we believe these new call letters and moniker (SHE) will make us more memorable in the minds of Chicago radio listeners and our advertisers.” Program director Marty Bender adds, “This evolution allows us to refine our musical position to a new and less predictable place. WSHE is redefining adult contemporary radio for 2015 and beyond.”
Dayton Adult Hits Outlet Flies to Soft Rock. With a promise to play “more music and less talk,” Alpha Media Dayton evolves adult hits WGTZ from “Fly 92.9″ to “Soft Rock 92.9.” Alpha Media executive vice president of programming Scott Mahalick states, “We are thrilled to be able to fill this music void in Dayton and bring a live and local connection to the community at the same time with our stellar on-air line up.” Market manager John King remarks that “Soft Rock 92.9″ will be “the station everyone listens to at work. Our formula is simple: [Personalities] who actually live in and know about Dayton; a great music mix; and less talk getting in the way of everything.” Program director Brad Waldo comments, “We have wanted to rebrand our station for a while to reflect the direction our music has been moving in. ‘Soft Rock 92.9′ is about variety and fun – whether you are listening at work, at home, or in your car. We want to create the perfect music mix for our listeners.” Kelly Clarkson, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Madonna, Maroon 5, and John Mellencamp are among representative “Soft Rock 92.9″ artists. The station’s modified on-air lineup includes Dan Edwards (6:00 am – 10:00 am); Paul Ellis (10:00 am – 3:00 pm); and “Danielle” (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm). Among persons 12+ in the latest (Fall 2014) Nielsen Audio ratings report for Dayton, WGTZ notches a 3.1 (#9). Cox Media Group‘s WHKO “Today’s New Country K-99.1″ is the market leader with a 12.8.
Cumulus Sends The Vibe to Memphis. Score yet another transition to classic hip-hop as Cumulus Media Memphis jettisons talk on WKIM in favor of “98.9 – The Vibe.” Cumulus senior vice president of programming Mike McVay comments “The Vibe” is “designed to capture the spirit and complexity of Memphis. This city has birthed many music types of which this format is one more. ‘The Vibe’ is classic hip hop.” In addition to hosting mid-days on co-owned rocker WXMX “The Max,” Danni Bruns is programming “The Vibe” and she remarks, “Memphis has always been at the forefront of music. Now we have a new ‘Vibe’ – this is our party station.” Late last year, Flinn Broadcasting flipped Memphis alternative outlet WIVG to “throwback hip-hop” as “Bumpin’ 96.” The logo for Memphis’ “Vibe” mirrors that of Indianapolis sibling WRWM, although the latter is using “The Beat” rather than “The Vibe” as its handle. Naughty By Nature‘s “Hip-Hop Hooray” kicked off Friday’s (2/27) noontime launch of Memphis’ “Vibe.” Among persons 6+ in the latest (January 2015) Nielsen Audio PPM ratings report for Memphis, WKIM registers a 1.4, ironically tying it at #19 with WIVG. The 1.4 for WKIM is the station’s best (6+) performance in more than two years – it hit 1.8 in November 2012.
iHeartMedia: Study Shows Consumers Want AM/FM Radio in Cars in Traditional Format. From a press release by iHeartMedia comes news that, according to a research study conducted by Ipsos (a leading global independent market research company) AM/FM radio remains the overwhelmingly preferred audio entertainment option in the car. Further, “while consumers use new streaming services, virtually all consumers – 99% — are comfortable with the current AM/FM in-car radio operation. And 91% of consumers say they prefer physical AM/FM radio buttons and controls built into the car dashboard, rather than AM/FM being an app that appears in the car’s electronic interface (with only 9% saying they would want it changed into a dashboard app).” Other news from the study includes the finding that “while AM/FM radio remains paramount in the car, consumers use their in-car CD player three-and-a-half times as much as they use any digital music service.” Additionally, the report indicates that “AM/FM radio still dominates in-car listening as the top platform used, with 84% of consumers using it in the car, followed by CD players at 64% — but radio still maintains a huge leadership position over the next closest service choice, SiriusXM – which had 22%. Pandora was 18%; iHeartRadio was 8%; HD radio 7%; and Spotify was 7%.” The study, conducted by Ipsos for iHeartMedia in January 2015, surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1036 adults 18-plus.
Dr. Laura Berman Attends Delaware Women’s Festival. Nationally syndicated personality Dr. Laura Berman poses for a pic with some of the staff from Delmarva Broadcasting at the 5th Annual Women’s Expo in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Berman’s show, “Uncovered,” airs weekday nights on hot AC WAFL, Milford, Delaware “Eagle 97.7.” Pictured here (from l-r) are: Compass Media Networks’ Nancy Abramson, Delmarva OM Steve Monz, Berman, “Cool 101.3” personality Paula Sangeleer, “Eagle 97.7” morning team Amy Reed and Mark “Petch” Petchey, and Delmarva regional GM Mike Kazala.
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the second of three analyses of station performances based on data from Nielsen Audio’s January 2015 PPM survey (6+). After publishing the first report on mainstream CHR (2/26), this piece looks at the rhythmic CHR format. Kinosian writes, “Those inclined to evaluate a format based on sweep-to-sweep ratings will find rhythmic CHR to be the textbook ‘mixed bag,’ in that, based on our sample, half the stations are down Holiday 2014 – January 2015 and the other half are up or flat. Conversely, if you put more faith in year-to-year comparisons, the format is in considerably more fragile shape, as 85% of stations declined January 2014 – January 2015.” See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.
Weisman: The Battle Over Net Neutrality. With yesterday’s passage of the FCC’s proposal to reclassify the Internet as a public utility and regulate it, the battle may have just begun. RadioInfo legal editor Steven J.J. Weisman, in a timely column examining the matter, writes that this is sure to bring about court challenges by the ISPs. Weisman notes that even though there was support in both the Democrat and Republican parties for preventing ISPs from creating multi-tiered delivery services, there are other issues that Republicans say are problematic. “Opponents of the FCC’s classifying the Internet as a utility are concerned that, by doing so, the FCC would have increased authority to regulate rates and take other actions that they believe would stifle investment by Internet Service Providers and slow innovation. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said that he is cognizant of the power that classifying the Internet as a utility would provide the FCC, but that he expects to use a ‘light touch’ in regulating the Internet and would ignore powers that the FCC had that did not relate to broadband. The devil is often in the details and it will be important to see whether a ‘light touch’ is reflected in the specific regulations to implement the vote which will not be published for a few days and will not become effective for a few months.” Read Weisman’s entire column here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. In the Twin Cities, Hubbard Radio brings Fish Calloway aboard to join the Ryan & Shannon morning show on KSTP-FM “KS95.” Calloway most recently was morning host at Mid-West Family-owned hip hop WJQM, Madison “93.1 JAMZ.”…..Radio legend Charlie Tuna will be heard on JVC Media’s classic hits WYGC, Gainesville, Florida “104.9 WOW FM” in middays. Tuna’s five-hour daily program is heard in syndication from Black Card Radio Syndication based in Las Vegas…..At iHeartMedia-owned hot AC WCOD, Cape Cod, former “The Bachelor” contestant Peyton Lambton becomes part of the morning drive show alongside Dan Mahoney.
Steve Harvey Begins Ticket Sales for 13th Annual Neighborhood Awards. This annual mega-event produced by Premiere Networks-syndicated urban star Steve Harvey (pictured here) again takes place in Atlanta where the EMMY-winning talk show host, “Family Feud” host, and star of the “Steve Harvey Morning Show” will present the 13th Annual Neighborhood Awards. The Neighborhood Awards Weekend is a four-day experience filled with star entertainment, the college expo, film and TV screenings, and more. It takes place August 6-9 and tickets went on sale today (2/27). There will also be a radio row featuring 30 radio stations from across the country.
Foo Fighters to Play at iHeartRadio Theater for Album Release. The alternative rock band and, its newest release Sonic Highways, will be the subjects of the hour-long special show “Foo Fighters On The Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles,” produced by iHeartMedia. The program will feature superstar comedian Chelsea Handler interviewing the band. This intimate theater event will include performances of the singles, “Something For Nothing” and “Congregation.” The show will broadcast across iHeartMedia alternative, active rock and mainstream rock radio stations nationwide; stream live for fans on iHeartMedia alternative, active rock, mainstream rock, classic rock, CHR, hot AC, sports and new/talk radio station websites as well as iHeartRadio.com/HondaStage.
Programmer and Consultant Brian Krysz Retires. In announcing his decision to retire from the radio business, Brian Krysz writes, “When I first started, my goal was not to be a 50-year-old program director. I have achieved all of my goals from being a program director to VP of programming and station owner. In my 30-year career, I have programmed, ran and consulted nearly 100 radio stations, including legendary ones like: WSHE, KEGL, WGRQ, WBUZ, KLUV, WHCN, WMRQ, WFYV, WHTQ to name just a few. I have had nearly 70 assistants and announcers go on to program as well. I have worked for some of the best and worst owners in the business. I could not have done it without the fine people I worked for and with — even the unappreciative owners who I’ve made millionaires over the years. I would like to acknowledge and thank: Dwight Douglas, Bob Reich, Al Vicente, and John Tenaglia as mentors who have helped me achieve the wonderful level of success and happiness that I have had. Also, thanks to all of the record folks and former employees and friends for everything.
PPM Analysis: Mainstream CHR. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the first of three analyses of Nielsen Audio PPM data from the January 2015 survey. The first format up is mainstream CHR. In this report you’ll find: a market-by-market chart of the performances of CHR-formatted stations; the ratings fluctuations of CHR stations from the holiday 2014 survey to the January 2015 survey as well as a look at fluctuations from January 2014 to January 2015; plus an easy-to-read chart of the market shares of CHR outlets in PPM markets. Read Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.
Williamson to New CMG Digital Post. Sales and management pro Rachel Williamson is the new director of digital revenue development for Cox Media Group. The company says that in this role, she’ll focus on working with the company’s 59 radio brands “to drive our digital revenue growth and integrated sales.” She joins CMG from her most recent post with Cumulus Media as director of national sales. Cox senior director of digital solutions Jesse McCambridge says, “We are very excited to have Rachel join our team. We have experienced tremendous growth in digital across the company and Rachel’s experience brings industry expertise and focus on integrated marketing solutions.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Sliding down from the evening show into middays at Hubbard Radio’s CHR KQMV, Seattle “MOViN 92.5” is Justin Barnes. He also adds social media director to his duties. Taking over the evening slot at the station is overnight personality Kel Walker…..iHeartMedia promotes Michael Bryan to SVP of programming for the Nashville cluster. Bryan has been serving as OM and program director for country WSIX-FM. In addition to the SVP stripes, Bryan is rising to executive program director for the syndicated Bobby Bones and Tige & Daniels shows, both distributed by the company’s Premiere Networks…..Former “The Voice” contestant Clarissa Serna joins the KAJE, Corpus Christi morning show alongside current morning host Bart Allison. The Convergent Media classic hits station says Serna will begin on the station on March 2…..At Entercom’s New Orleans operations, Mark Boudreaux is named director of sales for adult contemporary WLMG, “Magic 101.9,” classic rock WKBU “Bayou 95.7,” and CHR WEZB “B97.” Boudreaux comes to Entercom from his most recent gig at Midwest Communications’ Knoxville cluster…..Hubbard Radio’s Washington all-news WTOP and sister WFED “Federal News Radio,” as part of a restructuring of their sales department, promote longtime national sales manager Jeffrey Wolinsky to director of federal and national sales.
New Generation Radio Debuts ‘Virtual Jock.’ From New Generation Radio, the company that debuted the “Smash Hits” format in 2014, comes a voice-tracking service division called Virtual Jock. The company says it “offers a five-star roster of major market talent available for voice tracking, covering all formats. Company president Jason Kidd says, “I am excited to announce the signing of some of the best major market talents in the world with a roster that is still growing by the day. Radio stations everywhere will now have the opportunity to bring in major market talent via voice tracking, while trimming expenses and upgrading the sound of their station- at the same time sounding live and local!”
RAB Cites Borrell’s Positive Forecast for Radio’s Digital Sales Growth. According to research from Borrell Associates, the radio industry will rise above the half-billion-dollar mark in digital advertising this year based upon revenue that is projected to grow by 18%. The study, titled, “Benchmarking: Local Radio Stations’ Online Revenues,” was done on behalf of the Radio Advertising Bureau. It indicates that radio stations added or reassigned as many as 750 new employees to focus on digital ventures last year, causing revenue to grow 16% in 2014. More than one-third of the radio managers surveyed indicated that they had at least one employee exclusively assigned to digital operations, up from 11% last year. Also, more than 33% of those surveyed said their stations were either setting up a “digital agency,” were planning to set one up soon, or already had one. Some other findings from the report include: Nearly two-thirds believe their sales reps are talking to the wrong buyers when trying to sell digital; and 77% gave sales training a number 1 or number 2 priority in terms of what would boost their station digital sales the most. RAB president and CEO Erica Farber comments on the study, “It’s important to look at all available revenue data in order to provide our industry members with additional market barometers. We’re making tremendous strides in radio’s digital growth, and this survey continues to provide us with areas to focus on and invest in to truly maximize this revenue stream.”
BFoA to Honor Mel Karmazin. Legendary broadcasting executive Mel Karmazin will be honored with the 2015 Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award presented by the Broadcasters Foundation of America at its annual breakfast Wednesday, April 15 during the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas. Karmazin retired from his CEO post at SiriusXM in 2013. Prior to that, he was president and COO of Viacom. He served as CEO of CBS Corp following his work as chairman and CEO of CBS Radio, which followed the merger of Westinghouse/CBS and Infinity Broadcasting. The Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award is bestowed annually on an individual in broadcasting whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. It salutes its namesake Lowry Mays and is underwritten by The Mays Family Foundation.
Cam Visits Sam. Country singer/songwriter and Arista Nashville recording artist Cam (left) stopped by the Compass Media Networks-syndicated “Taste of Country Nights” studios to visit with host Sam Alex (right) as part of the kickoff of this week’s Country Radio Seminar.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s 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 personalities Bayley Brown and Matt James from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; 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 (2/25) includes such names as: Tori Kelly, George Ezra, Rick Astley, R5, Ingrid Michaelson, Phoebe Ryan, Katy Tiz, Halestorm, Colin Hay, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Mini Mansions, The Cribs, JD McPherson, Alabama Shakes, Florence + The Machine, Sunny Sweeney, Will Hoge, Eric Church, Carrie Underwood, Cam, Waterloo Revival, Trisha Yearwood, Austin Webb, MNEK, Breakfast, Streakers, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Report: CBS Under Pressure to Sell Radio Assets to Cumulus. In a story in The Deal by Chris Nolter, hedge fund Sandell Asset Management Corp is lobbying CBS Corp to divest of its radio station group and merge it with Cumulus Media. Nolter reports that the two companies have been advised to “pursue a reverse Morris Trust merger of their radio businesses. By spinning off the radio stations to shareholders, CBS would divest an asset with a low tax basis without incurring a large bill from the IRS. It could also collect a nearly $900 million dividend.” The story suggests that if CBS’ radio stations merged with Cumulus, they would pull in about $2.4 billion in sales. Nolter writes that executive chairman Sumner Redstone controls 79.6% of CBS Corp’s shareholder vote so any move would require him being on board. Read Nolter’s piece here. CBS has said repeatedly that it likes radio as a cash flow business.
Executive Changes at iHeartMedia as Lakamp to Exit Digital Division; Kaminsky Moves Up and Market Managers Become Presidents. In a company-wide memo, iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman announces president of technology and digital ventures Brian Lakamp has left the company in order to pursue “entrepreneurial endeavors.” Pittman thanks Lakamp for his time with the company and credits him for iHeartRadio’s registered user growth as well for some of the sales-related technologies and partnerships Pittman says will “increase the importance of our platforms for our advertising partners and make our sales process more efficient.” Pittman is reconfiguring the technology and digital ventures team with iHeartRadio COO Brian Kaminsky rising to president of programmatic and data operations. Simultaneously, Michele Laven – currently iHeartMedia president of partnerships and local activation – is now the president of business development and partnerships. Finally, the company announces that all market managers are now market presidents.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Moving from iHeartMedia’s Charlotte cluster where she is director of promotions to join CBS RADIO’s Houston operations as integrated brand manager is Tracy Wilkinson. In addition to the integrated brand manager duties, Wilkinson will also serve as promotion director for country KILT-FM “The Bull @ 100.3.”…..Longtime classic hits KTHI, Boise “K-Hits 107.1” morning team of Tracy Mitchell and Margo Vaughn are retiring from the Journal Broadcast Group station, effective March 13…..The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Rodney Ho reports that Radio One has hired local personality DJ Nabs to host the afternoon drive show on its classic hip hop and R&B station “Boom 102.9” (heard on translator W275BK)…..The Long Island market manager for Connoisseur Media – Dave Widmer – exits the company. Taking over is current SVP/regional strategy Jim Condron…..Dan Watson resigns from his corporate PD gig at Tejas Broadcasting where he was in charge of the programming at outlets including classic rocker KXOR, Thibodaux, Louisiana and KKYC, Clovis, New Mexico, among others.
MIW Radio Group Announces 2015 Mentees. The four radio professionals selected to participate on the 2015 Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program by the Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group are: Andrea Bogdonas, on air personality and promotions director, Neuhoff Media (Springfield and Decatur, IL); Stephanie Theisen, general sales manager, Leighton Broadcasting (St. Cloud, MN); Michelle Maro, sports sales manager, CBS RADIO (Chicago); and Crystalyn Portwood, local sales manager, CBS RADIO (St. Louis). The organization says that this 13-year-old program “matches women in the radio industry with female professionals who are leaders in all aspects of radio broadcasting. To date, the Mildred Carter MIW Group Mentoring Program has successfully worked with a total of 31 mentees. Lindsay Cerajewski, spokesperson for the program and GSM at CBS RADIO’s WUSN-FM, Chicago, says, “We had an outstanding and enormous variety of women apply this year, which made the decision to narrow to only four very difficult. This program would not be possible without the MIWs’ commitment and dedication and should serve as an inspiration to everyone in the radio industry.”
‘The HopeLine’ with Dawson McAllister Goes into Syndication. Radio pro Dawson McAllister recently returned to Christian on WAY-FM with “The HopeLine with Dawson McAllister,” and is now offering clearance of his new show to the general Christian market, focusing on contemporary Christian radio stations. For 17 years Dawson McAllister was heard Sunday nights on more than 300 Christian radio stations with “Dawson McAllister Live,” before transitioning exclusively to top 40/mainstream stations in 2007 in a syndication agreement with Premiere Networks. After years of requests from Christian stations and former listeners for Dawson to return, along with the recent opportunity presented by WAY-FM, he made the decision to launch this new Saturday night show. He comments, “The unique thing about this show is that I have the opportunity to challenge my audience to make a difference in their world by having an impact on the lives of their friends – I love the idea of partnering with teenagers and young adults to change the world one life at a time.” The show is described as “a three-hour, interactive call-in show where 13-29 year olds can call and talk to Dawson about all the issues in their lives. In return, Dawson and his co-host Sarah Lee offer trustworthy Biblically based common-sense advice and encouragement that is truly life-changing. Christian stations wishing to air “The HopeLine with Dawson McAllister” or CHR stations wishing to air “Dawson McAllister Live” can contact Ike Wingate at Wingate Media at email@example.com.
Annual TALKERS Conference to Include Speakers and Topics of Interest to Music Radio, Including “Fireside Chat” Between John Dickey and Michael Harrison. The agenda for the forthcoming 18th annual installment of the talk media industry’s longest running and most important annual convention, Talkers New York 2015, will include takeaways of relevance to music radio broadcasters as well as practitioners of spoken word radio. One of the highlights of what promises to be a power-packed day of relevant discussions, presentations, and addresses will be a conversation between Cumulus Media executive vice president of content & programming, John Dickey and TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison. The presentation will be conducted in the informal, one-on-one “fireside chat” format. John Dickey is responsible for Cumulus’ sales, programming, marketing, promotion and engineering and will be able to offer comments, opinions and information about a wide variety of issues presently facing not only talk radio but the entire spectrum of radio formats as well. Conference director Harrison states, “There are few people as ‘plugged into’ both the day-to-day operations as well as the big picture of commercial radio in America today than John Dickey. He has extensive, first-hand knowledge about what’s happening in the business and plays an enormous role in influencing policy – plus he has a true passion for radio and its position in our society. I look forward to this session with enthusiasm and plan on it providing our attendees with a lot of valuable takeaways.” Also on the agenda will be a heavyweight panel titled, “The State of Radio Ratings,” including such figures as RAB president/CEO, Erica Farber; Saga Communications EVP, Steve Goldstein; and Journal Broadcast Group VP/GM Milwaukee Radio Operations, Tom Langmyer. The panel will be moderated by Premiere Radio Networks and Fox News Channel icon Sean Hannity. There will be panels and addresses that discuss morning talk (and “talkey”) shows on music stations; the re-emergence of hyper-localism in radio relevant to all formats; the burgeoning growth of podcasting; the nurturing and recruiting of on-air personalities; and the power of community service among other topics. In addition, Talkers New York 2015 provides attendees from all formats with extraordinary networking opportunities because it draws registrants and speakers from the management ranks of multi-format clusters, groups and networks. TALKERS/RadioInfo VP/executive editor Kevin Casey states, “I am happy to see this event capturing the interest of music radio broadcasters as well as those from talk. So much of what occurs at this well-established event relates to the ‘big picture’ of audio media, its changing technology and traditions – not to mention, economic issues that apply to all formats of radio.” Save the date and register early. The event will take place on Friday, June 12, 2015. It will be located at the historic India House Club dramatically situated at One Hanover Square in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district.” The all-day event – 9:00 am to 6:00 pm — is again expected to be a quick sellout. Registrations are priced at $299 per person with an early bird, discounted cost of $249 available until 5:00 pm ET on Friday, February 27. Registrations, which are only open to professionals currently or recently employed in media-related industries, include all sessions, presentations, exhibits and breakfast/lunch/refreshment/and social networking activities. The non-stop agenda will include approximately 65 speakers and 500 attendees are again expected. Registrations can only be taken over the phone and paid for by credit card. For registration, sponsorship and hotel information, please call 413-565-5413. Again, an early sellout is expected, so avoid being shut out by registering now! Speakers, panelists and agenda updates will be announced here in the coming days.
‘Connected K’ Joins KSCS, Dallas Morning Show. Beginning March 9, Katelyn Maida – known by her on-air name “Connected K” – joins the morning drive show on Cumulus Media’s country KSCS, Dallas “New Country 96.3” hosted by Mark “Hawkeye” Louis and “Trapper” John Morris. Maida comes to the Cumulus station from Cox Media Group’s KKBQ, Houston “93Q” where she serves as a weekend personality. Cumulus RVP for the Dallas and Houston markets Dan Bennett says, “‘Connected K’ is a great talent that will bring a social media flair, great artist connections, and a terrific personality to our heritage morning show at KSCS. Dallas-Fort Worth is going to love ‘Connected K!’”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Joining KROQ, Los Angeles’ famous Kevin & Bean morning program is LA TV personality Allie Mac Kay. She’d been serving as a reporter for KTLA-TV until resigning from the station last September. Mac Kay is well known to KTLA-TV viewers for dressing up in crazy costumes and performing stunts on the local morning news show. She posts on her Facebook page: “Today was my 1st day as part of the dysfunctional family that is ‘The Kevin and Bean Show’ on KROQ. Growing up here in LA, if you would have told me this was even a possibility, I wouldn’t have believed it.”…..At the Nashville cluster of iHeartMedia, James Raymer – a.k.a. Dolewite – is upped to program director for hip hop WUBT “101.1 The Beat.” Dolewite has been serving the station as air personality and APD…..Mike Scott exits the Adams Radio Group cluster in Fort Wayne where he was morning host at adult contemporary WWFW and program director for country WBTU.
Iggy Azalea Talks Social Media with Zach Sang. Aussie pop star Iggy Azalea is pictured here (right) sitting down with Westwood One-syndicated radio personality Zach Sang (left) for an exclusive chat about her recent work and the stir over her much-publicized exit from social media and her take on the “cruel” world of hip hop. In addition to discussing her new song “Trouble,” featuring Jennifer Hudson, she told Sang and his audience that she will “never return to social media” and that she is done with the hip hop scene, although that doesn’t mean that she is done rapping. She also says one of the goals for her new album is to create a single that is just her – 100% Iggy with no features.
McMahon: Determining How Long it Will Take for a Radio Show to Succeed. Just how long to give a new radio show to “take off” has been a debate in the radio business almost since the medium debuted. All parties would love the answer to be, “almost instantaneous,” but that’s not realistic. Bill McMahon, CEO of The Authentic Personality, writes in a column published in RadioInfo today that programmers must get realistic expectations from their superiors. But once the timeline is known, there are things that can be done to make success happen as quickly as possible. “Coaching focused on perfecting talents and strengths and highlighting appealing personal traits will significantly speed up the development process. Nothing slowed the development of the superstars of radio, true originals, like Howard Stern, Rush Limbaugh, and Larry Lujack more than bad coaching from PDs and management that didn’t recognize and support their unique talents and strengths. Each was fired multiple times. All were told to fit into some current standardized success model and be anything but themselves. They refused. Each had his own instincts and ideas about the kind of show he wanted to do.” Read the rest of this enlightening piece here.
January 2015 PPM Data – Part Four. The fourth and final batch of January 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM ratings information has been released. The numbers are for the 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. You can view all the 6+ numbers for subscribing stations here. And below, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways” from ten of these markets. The January 2015 survey period covered January 1 – 28.
1) Austin – In August 2013, Emmis adult hits KBPA assumed the #1 position in Texas’ capital city. “Bob-FM” would hold the top spot for five monthlies before being replaced by Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95-5″ in the “Holiday” 2013 report. “Bob” returned to #1 for 12 successive sweeps; “Majic” took over in “Holiday” 2014; and now “Bob” (6.9 – 8.8, +1.9, #2 to #1) is back in the penthouse as “Majic” (8.9 – 4.7, -4.2) falls to sixth. Owing to a massive +2.1 (4.0 – 6.1, 6+), public KUT climbs from eighth to third. It is the strongest 6+-performance for the University of Texas-owned station since April 2012, when it reached 6.2. “All-Time Country Favorites” KVET – which like KUT was -.7 in the “Holiday” 2014 sweep – rebounds with a +1.4 to 7.0, inching up from third to second; 7.0 is the best 6+-stat for the iHeartMedia station since last February’s 7.2. After a -1.1 (4.3 – 3.2), Emmis talker KLBJ-AM recoups all but one-tenth and returns to the top ten (3.2 – 4.2, #11 to #7).
2) Milwaukee – Ensconced in the runner-up spot for eight straight sweeps, WTMJ reaches #1 for the first time since last May. Not only that, the Journal talker registers double-digits (9.8 – 10.9, +1.1, 6+) for the first time since November 2011 when it scored an 11.0. Following six straight down or flat trends (7.7 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s WRIT “Oldies 95.7″ doubled its 6+ stat to 12.2 in the “Holiday” 2014 sweep to climb from third to first, but it erodes by -5.2 to 7.0, slipping to third. The station WRIT displaced at #1 is cluster-mate WMIL, which was #1 for seven straight monthly reports and in double-digits each time (10.2 – 10.5 – 11.9 – 11.6 – 10.6 – 10.7 – 10.2, 6+). Off by -1.4 in the “Holiday” report, “Milwaukee Country – FM 106.1″ bounces back with a one-share gain to 9.8, moving up from third to second. Following a -.8 in December and a -.6 in “Holiday,” iHeartMedia talker WISN improves by six-tenths to 4.9, climbing from seventh to sixth. In addition to WISN, Entercom CHR WXSS “Kiss-FM” (5.0, #5) and Saga rhythmic CHR WNRG “Energy” (2.6, #15) also notch gains of six-tenths. This is the first time since March 2012 that Saga Milwaukee stations have been listed in print.
3) Indianapolis – It has been quite the wild ride for the Cumulus Media-owned property at 93.9. In just the last seven years, WRWM has been adult contemporary (“Warm 93.9″); CHR; hot AC (“i94″); and as of mid-December (2014) “Classic Hip-Hop 93.9.” After a “Holiday” 2014 improvement of +1.1 to 2.8 – its best (6+) performance since December 2013 (2.9) – WRWM ” Classic Hip-Hop 93.9 – The Beat” explodes with a nearly five-share gain (2.8 – 7.7, +4.9, 6+), rocketing from #13 all the way to #1. It succeeds Emmis-owned adult contemporary WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7,” which slides to second. Two streaks involving the number “three” end for “Soft Rock B-105.7″: It had been #1 for three straight monthlies and it recorded three successive up-trends (6.9 – 7.4 – 8.2 – 13.7, 6+), before January 2015’s -6.7 to 7.0. Several spoken-word outlets increase 6+ share, including Emmis talker WIBC “Indy’s News Center” (6.2, +.6, #6); co-owned sports WFNI (2.9, +.9, #14); and public WFYI (2.8, +.8, #15). Among the stations most directly affected by “Classic Hip-Hop 93.9 The Beat” are Radio One urban AC and rhythmic CHR cluster-mates WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B” (6.0 – 4.5, -1.5, fifth to ninth) and WHHH “Hot 96-3″ (5.0 – 3.9, -1.1, #9 to #11). Seventh-ranked Entercom CHR WZPL “Indy’s Hit Music Station” picks up one-tenth and is up or flat for the fourth consecutive sweep (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+), while Radio One CHR WNOW “Radio Now” drops four-tenths (3.6, #11 to #12). Down or flat for the fifth straight time (4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.6, 3.6 – 3.5, 6+), Entercom hot AC WNTR “Indy’s Best Music Mix” dips from #12 to #13.
4) Providence – Swapping places at the top are Cumulus Media-owned CHR WPRO-FM (9.4 – 10.4, +1.0) and adult contemporary sibling WWLI “Lite Rock 105″ (15.2 – 8.6, -6.6). WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” had been #1 for four straight monthlies before giving way to “Lite Rock 105″ in the “Holiday” 2014 report. Off by nine-tenths in the “Holiday” sweep, Entercom all-sports WVEI comes roaring back with a massive +2.1 (3.1 – 5.2) and inches up from eighth to seventh; 5.2 is the best 6+-stat for WVEI since November 2013 when it notched a 6.3. Prior to the -.9 in the “Holiday” ratings period, WVEI had five successive up or flat trends (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.0, 6+). Improving by eight-tenths in January 2015 are Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country” (6.6 – 7.4, fourth to third) and Cumulus rhythmic CHR WWKX “Hot 106″ (2.9 – 3.7, steady at #9); “Cat Country” was -1.4 in the “Holiday” sweep and “Hot” was -.6. Classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101″ is down or flat for the fourth successive sweep (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 6.8, 6+) and the iHeartMedia property has its lowest share (6.8) since December 2013 (5.3).
5) Raleigh – After three successive up trends (6.8 – 6.9 – 7.3 – 14.0, 6+), Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5″ regresses by seven full-shares to 7.0, dropping from first to third. “Mix” curtailed 11 straight months at #1 (6+) for WQDR “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country,” which eroded by -1.2 in “Holiday” 2014 as well as -2.0 in December. The Curtis Media Group-owned outlet though regains those 1.2 shares from the “Holiday” sweep (9.4 – 8.2 – 9.4) and is once again back on top. Prior to December, WQDR had been in double-digits (6+) in eight of the previous nine survey periods. The market’s most significant sweep-to-sweep improvement though is turned in by North Carolina Public Radio WUNC (fifth to second), which halts a three-month slide (6.7 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 6.2, 6+) with a +1.5 to 7.7, its best showing since April’s 7.9. Progressing by eight-tenths each are Curtis Media Group CHR WPLW “Pulse FM” (5.0, steady at #9); Capitol’s WCMC-FM “The Fan” (3.3, #13 to #12); and public WCPE “The Classical Station” (2.5, #16 to #14); “The Fan” rebounds from a -.9 in the “Holiday” sweep.
6) Norfolk – Similar to the situation in Columbus and Milwaukee, Saga and Nielsen Audio resolve their issues and as a result, three Saga Norfolk properties appear in print after a lengthy absence. Something that has not changed though is the market pacesetter: For the 31st consecutive sweep, that honor goes to WVKL, which tacks on nine-tenths to zoom to 13.4. In addition to holding one of the longest continuous #1 streaks in a PPM market, the Entercom urban AC is in double-digits (6+) for the 18th time in the last 19 monthlies. After five straight negative trends which resulted in a combined -2.6 (7.3 – 7.2 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 4.7, 6+), Max Broadcast Group‘s WGH-FM “The Eagle” recoups by +1.5 to 6.2, jumping from seventh to third. Saga rocker WNOR-FM “FM 99″ marks its return to print by notching a +1.1 to 5.7 (#5), while Entercom hot AC WPTE “The Point” (4.8 – 5.6, #6) and iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WHBT “The Beat” (1.7 – 2.5, #11) each gain eight-tenths. Meanwhile though, Entercom adult contemporary and rhythmic CHR siblings WWDE “2WD” (9.2 – 4.1, second to eighth) and WNVZ “Z-104″ (5.0 – 3.7, fifth to tenth) falter by -5.1 and -1.3, respectively; iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV “MOViN 107.7″ (4.4 – 2.1, #8 to #14) regresses by -2.3.
7) Nashville – Despite a -4.1 taking it to an even 10.0-share (6+), Midwest Communications’ adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9″ is the frontrunner in “Music City USA” for an amazing 34th consecutive monthly. Only four times in the last 32 ratings sweeps – including November and December – has “Mix” failed to hit double-digits (6+). In “Holiday” 2014, “Mix” had a 7.2-share advantage over iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUBT “The Beat” (#2, 6.9) and a 7.3-share lead over “Beat” CHR sibling WRVW “The River” (6.8, #3). “The River,” however, gains one-share to 7.8 (#2) and now trails “Mix” by 2.2, while “The Beat” adds one-half share to 7.5, narrowing the margin with “Mix” to 2.5. Progressing by +1.2 each are “Mix” adult hits sibling WCJK “Jack-FM” (6.3 – 7.5, fourth to third) and public WPLN (2.4 – 3.6, #13 to #11); “Jack-FM” was -.7 in “Holiday” 2014 and WPLN was -.8. The third straight decline for Cumulus Media country outlet WSM-FM is by one-share; “Nash Icon” is down a cumulative -1.8 in that stretch (5.6 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 3.8) and slides from eighth to ninth. Sports cluster-mate WGFX “The Zone,” on the other hand, ends three consecutive downtrends that had totaled -2.3 (8.4 – 8.0 – 7.0 – 6.1) with a +.4 to 6.5 and remains in fifth-place.
8) Greensboro – After four straight up-trends which virtually tripled its 6+ stats (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 9.6 – 16.1), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMAG has more than one-half of the 16.1 from “Holiday” 2014 dissolved (16.1 – 7.3) as “Continuous Soft Rock” slides from first to third. It knocked out WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” from the top spot – a position the Entercom-owned urban AC held for the previous 12 ratings periods, including four straight double-digit showings (6+). WQMG, however, is down for the fourth consecutive time (11.5 – 11.0 – 10.4 – 9.9 – 9.6) for a combined -1.9. Adult hits cluster-mate WSMW “Simon” reaches double-digits for the first time in its PPM history (8.8 – 10.1, +1.3) and is the market’s new #1. Putting an end to three straight negative trends (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” hangs up a +.7 to 4.4 and (amazingly) “Kiss” anchors the #9 spot for the 22nd successive ratings period. “Kiss,” however, is now just one-tenth behind CHR rival – Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL “The #1 Hit Music Station – which loses one-tenth. It is the fourth straight downward move for WKZL (6.4 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+) for a combined -1.9. In the “Holiday” 2014 report, Entercom’s WPAW “The Wolf” was -.6, while cross-town iHeartMedia’s WTQR “New Country Q-104.1″ declined by -.7. Both country stations gain by one-half share in January 2015: “The Wolf” bumps up from fifth to fourth (7.1) and “Q-104.1″ is steady at #6 (6.0), but it ends three straight downward trends for a cumulative -2.2 (7.7 – 6.8 – 6.2 – 5.5, 6+).
9) Jacksonville – Albeit down by five full-shares (17.9 – 12.9), Renda adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1″ makes it a perfect 10, as in 10 straight #1 performances since returning as a Nielsen Audio subscriber this past May. Co-owned WGNE “Gator Country” racks up an impressive +1.7 (5.0 – 6.7), jumping from eighth to fifth. Even though cross-town iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country” posts a strong +.9 (6.5 – 7.4), Cox Media Group CHR WAPE registers a +1.3 (6.4 – 7.7) and overtakes WQIK (#2 to #3) in the runner-up slot. “Jacksonville’s Country” finished second in both “Holiday” 2014 and December, as well as tying “Lite 96.1″ for first in November. Despite an impressive +1.5 (5.8 – 7.3), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL “The Eagle” remains at #4; it is the best 6+-showing for “The Eagle” since last May’s 7.6.
10) Hartford – Talker WTIC-AM (6.4 – 7.6, fourth to second) and CBS Radio hot AC cluster-mate WTIC-FM (6.0 – 7.2, fifth to fourth) each improve by +1.2 from “Holiday” 2014. Tops in October, WTIC-FM ends three straight downward trends which yielded a -2.9 (8.9 – 7.8 – 7.2 – 6.0, 6+). Neither it nor WTIC-AM though can overtake adult contemporary sibling WRCH “Lite 100.5″ (15.2 – 9.6, -5.6), which finishes first for the fourth consecutive sweep. Off significantly in the “Holiday” 2014 report (8.2 – 6.6, -1.6, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s WWYZ “Country 92-5″ regains one full-share and moves up from #3 to tie WTIC-AM at #2. While steady at #8, Connoisseur Media classic hits-oldies WDRC-FM “The Whale” gains seven-tenths (3.9 – 4.6).
Kelly Meyers Joins ‘The Link’ in Charlotte as Midday Personality. Starting today (2/23) as midday personality on Greater Media’s hot AC WLNK, Charlotte “107.9 The Link” is Kelly Meyers. She was most recently handling the midday show at Beasley Media Group’s crosstown CHR WNKS “Kiss 95.1.” Program director Darla Thomas comments, “I’m thrilled to welcome Kelly to the Link team. Her major market experience, combined with her extensive knowledge in the digital space, made her the perfect addition to our on-air lineup between our two market leading shows, Bob & Sheri and Matt & Ramona. Adding Kelly to our staff is another huge step in the evolution of ‘The Link.’” Meyers fills the slot left open by Kelly McKay who resigned late last year to focus on her own business. Jennifer Steele had been hosting middays in the interim and will become the evening personality.
Bell Becomes OM for Radio One Detroit. Five-year operations manager of Radio One Raleigh urban contemporary WQOK “K-97.5″ and urban AC WFXC “Foxy” Nate Bell transfers to a similar assignment at the company’s Detroit properties. Vice president and general manager Kathy Stinehour comments, “Nate Bell is a seasoned programmer with an outstanding major market track record. We are thrilled to have [him] join our Detroit team coming here from an amazing run in Raleigh. We look forward to Nate making his unique brand of magic here.” Bell remarks, “I see significant untapped potential in all four Radio One properties in Detroit. I am particularly excited to work with the new ‘live and local’ morning shows launched last year. I am honored to be entrusted to lead four radio stations with such a rich and important heritage.” Radio One’s Detroit quartet consists of urban AC WDMK “105.9 Kiss-FM,” gospel WZPR “Praise 102.7,” talk (days)/smooth jazz (nights) WCHB-AM, and urban contemporary WGPR-FM “Hot 107.5.” Bell’s previous programming credits include urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1,” New York; urban AC WMIB “103.5 The Beat,” Miami; urban contemporary WKKV, Milwaukee; and Detroit’s WDTJ “105.9 Jamz” – which is now WDMK “Kiss-FM.” In addition, he was operations manager and regional vice president of programming for Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) St. Louis, director of urban programming for Memphis’ KJMS and WHRK, and director of urban programming for Clear Channel New Orleans.
Leimbach Upped to Regional Director of Business Development for Alpha Media. Promoted from her director of sales position at Alpha Media’s Portland stations to regional director for business development is Amy Leimbach. Prior to joining Alpha in 2009, Leimbach worked for CBS RADIO in its Phoenix and Portland station groups. Alpha Media notes that “as DOS, Amy has been keenly focused on working with the sales team to develop client-focused, integrated marketing solutions tied to the Portland radio cluster and live performance venue, the “Skype Live Studio,” formerly the “Bing Lounge.” In her new position she’ll be involved in the marketing efforts of other Alpha Media station groups.
Johnston Joins Westwood One in EVP Role. Joining the company as executive vice president, Midwest division in the network sales department is Doug Johnston. The company says he’ll “oversee revenue development and multi-platform brand integrations across all Westwood One assets, including network sales, spot sales, platform, digital, and events. Johnston is based in Chicago and reports directly to Westwood One president Steve Shaw.” He comes to WW1 from his most recent post as SVP, sales, central region, for Premiere Networks.
Flores Appointed High Desert Broadcasting LSM. Former Lazer Broadcasting Oxnard-Ventura national and regional sales manager Renee Flores joins High Desert Broadcasting as local sales manager for its seven-station cluster in Lancaster, Palmdale, and the Antelope Valley (Southern California). High Desert president Miles Sexton comments that Flores, “brings a rare combination of experience in both product marketing and broadcast sales to this position, along with proven team leadership accomplishments. We are thrilled to have her join our management team to oversee the sales operation of this dominant radio cluster.” Flores points out that she has lived “in this exciting and growing portion of the Los Angeles metro area. It is great to be returning with such a wonderful opportunity to grow and serve the diverse business community here.” Flores’ prior background includes being general sales manager for Lazer Broadcasting’s three Oxnard-Ventura stations, as well as handling sales for the company’s 25 California and Nevada stations. High Desert’s seven stations are regional Mexican KCEL “Que Buena 96.1″; hot AC KGMX “K-Mix 106.3″; alternative KKZQ “The Edge”; classic rock KQAV “The Quake”; KMVE “Classic Top 40″; KOSS “NewsTalk 1380″; and regional Mexican KUTY “La Mera Mera 1470.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. New York City radio pro Cindy Vero joins Cumulus Media’s WPLJ as traffic reporter on the morning drive “Todd & Jayde in the Morning” show and the afternoon drive show hosted by John Foxx…..CBS RADIO San Francisco announces morning drive duo Fernando and Greg have re-signed with the company to continue on CHR KMVQ “99.7 [NOW!]” for years to come. Fernando Ventura comments, “Many have said top 40 doesn’t work in the Bay Area but the ‘99.7 [NOW!]’ team slams down the haters every single day! I’m so happy to continue the Fernando and Greg story with CBS RADIO.”
In Case You Missed It … As part of last night’s Academy Award ceremonies (Sunday 2/22), the “Oscar” for “Best Original Song” was presented to “Glory” (Common & John Legend) from the movie “Selma.” Other nominees in the category were “Everything is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”; “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”; “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me”; and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”
RAB on 2014: Off-Air and Digital Help Bolster Spot and Network for Flat Revenue Year. The annual report on radio’s revenue for the previous year from the RAB is released and the organization states that radio ended Q4 and full year 2014 with revenue comparable to those reported at year-end in both 2013 and 2012. Radio’s digital and off-air sectors delivered impressive growth rates throughout the year, which also saw slight dips in the spot and network sectors. For all of 2014, spot revenue was down 3% and network revenue dipped 4%. Those decreases were offset by the rise in digital (up 9%) and off-air revenue (up 16%). RAB president and CEO Erica Farber comments, “Radio held its own in 2014 with radio revenue remaining steady despite an economic climate which saw some businesses tightening their spending in Q4 due to reduced consumer confidence. Digital revenue growth indicates that radio is meeting marketers’ growing commitment to reach consumers via all digital ad channels, and this continued growth confirms radio’s position as a true marketing partner.”
January 2015 PPM Data – Part Three. The third installment of January 2015 PPM ratings data from Nielsen Audio has been released. The latest markets are: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. You can see all the 6+ ratings numbers from subscribing stations here. For insight into some of the ratings battles, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways” for 10 of these markets. The January 2015 survey period covered January 1 – 28.
1) Portland – Boasting the gaudiest 6+ “Holiday” 2014 share among all stations in the 48 electronically-measured PPM markets, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KKCW “K-103″ braced itself for a large decline in January 2015. Virtually 50% of the 18.1 is lopped off (-9.1), but the remaining 9.0 is still good enough to be the market’s pacesetter for the eighth consecutive ratings period. Country seizes the opportunity of “K-103″ no longer playing all-Christmas music as Alpha Media‘s KUPL “The Bull” posts a +1.4 (3.2 – 4.6, #11 to #7) and Entercom‘s similarly-programmed KWJJ “The Wolf” has a gain of half as much (4.9 – 5.6, +.7) to progress from sixth to fourth. Prior to January’s +1.4, “The Bull” had three successive significant declines totaling a combined -2.8 (6.0 – 5.0 – 4.1 – 3.2, 6+). Actually outdoing the +1.4 of “The Bull” is Entercom classic rocker KGON (3.7 – 5.2, +1.5), which advances from eighth to sixth; this past July was the last time KGON “Defenders of Rock” reached the five-share level (5.0). Three other Portland outlets manage to improve by at least one full-share sweep-to-sweep, including iHeartMedia’s classic hits-oldies KLTH “The Eagle” (5.4 – 6.6, +1.2, #4 to #3); Entercom adult hits KYCH “Charlie” (3.4 – 4.5, +1.1, #10 to #9); and Alpha Media’s KINK “Discover Music” (2.2 – 3.2, +1.0, #18 to #13). Steady at 7.1, public KOPB is in the runner-up slot for the fifth successive sweep.
2) Charlotte – A mere one-tenth separates the market’s top four finishers with Beasley‘s WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits” rebounding from a -1.3 in “Holiday” 2014 to prevail at #1 (6.4 – 6.7, +.3, third to first). Co-owned adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7″ slides from first to second as it drops nearly four full-shares (10.5 – 6.6, -3.9). WSOC was #1 in September, October, November, and December before “K-104.7″ succeeded it in “Holiday” 2014. Cross-town iHeartMedia‘s WKKT “Kat Country” gains two-tenths to 6.6 and is now part of a three-way tie for second-place; “Kat Country” had finished in third-place for the past four surveys. After five straight downward trends, iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO gains seven-tenths to 5.1 to inch up from eighth to seventh. Prior to January, “The Lake” was a combined -3.4 since August (7.8 – 7.4 – 6.7 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 4.4, 6+). Greater Media siblings WLNK “The Link” (4.8, #12 to #9) and WBT “Charlotte’s News Talk” (3.6, steady at #14) improve by eight-tenths and seven-tenths, respectively.
3) Pittsburgh – While this is not the first time Steel City Media adult hits WRRK has reached #1, it does mark its initial crossing of the nine-share threshold (7.3 – 9.1, +1.8). “Bob-FM” vaults from third to first and it replaces iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW “94.5 – 3WS” (14.0 – 8.9, -5.1), which slips to second. After advancing by eight-tenths in December, KDKA-AM regressed by -1.2 in “Holiday” 2014, but the CBS Radio talker makes a dramatic comeback matching the whopping +1.8 of “Bob FM” (5.2 – 7.0) to advance from fifth to fourth. Included in the quartet of “Steel City” facilities improving by six-tenths are CBS Radio and Steel City Media hot AC rivals WBZZ “Star 100.7″ (4.0, steady at #9) and WLTJ “Q-92.9″ (3.6, #11 to #10); “Q-92.9″ was down one-half share in December and -1.2 in “Holiday” 2014. Also progressing by six-tenths and remaining at #6 and #8, respectively, are CBS Radio-owned WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y-108″ (4.7) and iHeartMedia alternative WXDX “The X at 105.9″ (4.2).
4) Sacramento – For the second straight ratings period, Entercom classic rocker KSEG “The Eagle” makes a modest one-tenth gain; however, this time it is sufficient to overtake CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96″ at #1. This is actually the fourth consecutive up-trend for “The Eagle” (7.3 – 7.8 – 8.7 – 8.8 – 8.9, 6+), which ranked second in “Holiday” 2014, four-tenths behind “Mix 96.” In addition to having its 6+ share cut exactly in half (9.2 – 4.6, -4.6), “Mix 96″ sputters to seventh. Among those taking the most advantage of its -4.6 are cluster-mates (country) KNCI (4.1 – 5.1, +1.0, #4) and hot AC KZZO “Now 100.5″ (3.9 – 4.8, #6). Prior to this sweep, “Now” was down or flat since September (4.8 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 3.9, 6+); 5.1 is the best 6+-performance for KNCI since July 2013 when it reached 5.3. CBS Radio and Entravision rhythmic CHR foes KSFM (4.0, #6 to #9) and KHHM “Hot 103.5″ (2.4, #12 to 14) are off by eight-tenths and one-half share, respectively.
5) San Antonio – Finishing first for nine consecutive monthlies, Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM relinquished the lead in “Holiday” 2014 to iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9,” but with a one-half share gain to 7.5, KONO-FM is back on top again. “Holiday” 2014 was the first time in exactly one year that “Q-101.9″ reached #1 and it tumbles to seventh (10.0 – 4.4 – 5.6). Spoken-word picks up some of those nearly six available shares from “Q-101.9,” with co-owned talker WOAI (5.2, #8 to #4) and Texas Public Radio‘s KSTX (3.7, #15 to #11) each improving by eight-tenths. Logging the greatest sweep-to-sweep gains though are Cox Media Group rocker KISS (2.7 – 4.1, +1.4) and Texas Public Radio classic outlet KPAC (1.8 – 2.8, +1.0). As a result, KISS rockets from #16 to #9 and KPAC – which adds on to the +.7 from “Holiday” jumps from #19 to #15. In the country contest, iHeartMedia’s KAJA “KJ-97″ (5.8 – 6.6, +.8, fourth to second) overtakes Cox Media Group’s KCYY “Y-100″ (6.1 – 6.3, +.2, steady in third-place). It is still quite the ride for “KJ-97,” which trotted out a +1.0 to 6.9 in October; dropped -1.1 in November; regained six-tenths in December – only to lose exactly that much in “Holiday.” Rhythmic CHR has erosion in the market, most noticeably by KZEP “Hot 104.5,” freefalling from #9 to #17. Ever since posting an August – September 3.1 – 6.9, “Hot” hasn’t had a positive trend and has lost approximately two-thirds of its 6+share (6.9 – 6.0 – 5.1- 4.1 – 3.8 – 2.4, -4.5, 6+). Meanwhile, Univision‘s similarly-formatted KBBT “The Beat” is down two-tenths to 4.6 yet actually inches up from sixth to a tie for fifth.
6) Cleveland – Down or flat for four straight monthlies (7.3 – 7.3 – 7.1 – 6.8 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s country WGAR halts that slide in a huge way with an impressive +2.5 (6.1 – 8.6, +2.5), leaping from sixth to second. October 2013 was the last time WGAR was in the eight-share range (8.2, 6+). Co-owned talker WTAM continues its rollercoaster ride. It had back-to-back monthlies of dropping eight-tenths; bounced back in December with a +1.2 only to follow up with a -1.5 in “Holiday”; and now gains one full-share to 6.3 to creep up from eighth to seventh. The classic hits-oldies sibling of WGAR and WTAR – WMJI “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” – picks up one-half share (9.8 – 10.3) to advance from runner-up to #1. It replaces WDOK “Cleveland’s New 102″ at the top, with the CBS Radio adult contemporary facility sliding from first to fourth (11.1 – 6.7, -4.4). It was only a one-sweep stay at #1 for “Cleveland’s New 102.” Prior to “Holiday” 2014, the last time a station not owned by iHeartMedia (or Clear Channel) was #1 in the market was March 2012 – when WDOK finished first. Improving by six-tenths each are CBS Radio hot AC WQAL “Q-104″ (5.8, #9 to #8) and iHeartMedia-owned WMMS “Cleveland’s Rock Station” (4.6, steady at #10).
7) Salt Lake City – Reaching a staggering 17.9 (6+) in “Holiday” 2014, Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100.3″ falls back to earth with an 8.1 (-9.8) but still leads the field here for the third successive sweep. Meanwhile, KLO Broadcasting adult contemporary KSQN “Sunny 103,” which was stuck on .5 in October and November; broke out with a +1.8 in December; tacked on +.7 in “Holiday”; but regresses by -2.3 (3.0 -.7) to spiral from #13 all the way to #26. Led by hot AC KBZN “Now 97.9″ (5.0 – 6.3, +1.3, fifth to fourth), five facilities in the market improve by at least one full-share. In the runner-up slot for the third consecutive sweep is “FM 100.3″ talk sibling KSL (6.1 – 7.3, +1.2), which rather startling cuts the gargantuan 11.8-share “Holiday 2014″ deficit from KSFI to just eight-tenths (6+). Following a robust +2.2 in October, KSL regressed by -1.6 in November; dropped two-tenths in December; and was off by the 1.2 shares it made up in January. Progressing by exactly one full-share each are iHeartMedia CHR and classic hits-oldies siblings KZHT (6.5, steady at #3) and KODJ “Salt Lake’s Greatest Hits” (6.3, steady at #4), as well as Broadway Media CHR KUDD “Mix 107.9″ (4.7, #11 to ##8).
8) Kansas City – Notwithstanding that five stations in the market erode sweep-to-sweep by at least one full-share, only one Kansas City outlet progresses by at least +1.0 and that is the result of a somewhat special circumstance. Several days after the January sweep commenced (Monday, 1/5), Entercom separated its AM-FM talk simulcast of KMBZ into two separate talk facilities. KMBZ-AM debuts with a 1.8 (#19), while KMBZ-FM is off by -1.1 (4.6 – 3.5) to stumble from #10 to #13. Net gain of the two talk properties, of course, is a +.7 (5.3, compared to 4.6 in “Holiday” 2014). Even though KCFX “The Fox” falters by -1.5 (8.1 – 6.6), the Cumulus Media classic rocker remains on top for the third straight monthly. “The Fox” sees its successive string of up or flat trends end at five (6.6 – 6.6 – 6.8 – 6.9 – 8.0 – 8.1, 6+). The steepest sweep-to-sweep decline is experienced by its classic hits-oldies sibling KCMO-FM “Kansas City’s Greatest Hits,” which drops from 7.5 – 4.9 (-2.6) and sputters from second to ninth; KCMO-FM was +2.7 in “Holiday” 2014. Country takes a hit with Steel City Media‘s KFKF dropping by -1.9 (5.0, third to seventh) and co-owned KBEQ “Q-104″ off one full-share to 4.0, spiraling from #6 to #12. The market’s other country station – Entercom’s WDAF-FM “The Wolf” – dips by three-tenths (6.3 – 6.0) yet actually improves from fourth to second. Regarding KFKF, it is the station’s fourth consecutive downward trend (7.4 – 7.2 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 5.0) for a cumulative -2.4.
9) Orlando – In any given month, it is typical that only ten Spanish tropical stations will manage to appear in the top 20 of PPM markets such as New York City, Washington, DC, Miami, Orlando, Middlesex, and Providence. It is big news when a station of that genre achieves #1 (6+) status. For only the third time we know of in PPM history, it occurs in January 2015 as iHeartMedia‘s WRUM “Rumba 100.3″ improves by eight-tenths (5.7 – 6.5) and breaks out of a third-place tie to dislodge adult contemporary sibling WMGF “Magic 107.7″ (12.8 – 6.0, -6.8, #2) at #1. The previous two instances of a Spanish tropical facility hitting number one were also by “Rumba 100.3″ in December 2010 (7.6) and January 2011 (6.8). Its FM talk sibling WTKS “Real Radio 104.1″ recovers the one-share it lost in “Holiday” 2014 (4.8 – 3.8 – 4.8) and remains at #10. In advance of the 4.8 – 3.8 in “Holiday” 2014, “Real Radio 104.1″ went six straight monthlies without a downward trend (4.1 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 4.7 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 4.8). Progressing by +1.3 each are CBS Radio hot AC WOMX “Mix 105.1″ (3.8 – 5.1, #10 to #9) and WPOZ-HD3 (2.8 – 4.1, #16 to #12), although Central Florida Educational Foundation contemporary Christian WPOZ “Safe for the Little Ears” falters by -2.9 (8.6 – 5.7) to slip from second to fourth. After a decline of nine-tenths in the “holiday” 2014 report, Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5″ regains eight-tenths (4.8 – 5.6) and is steady in sixth-place. More than halfway through the “Holiday” sweep (12/19), WHKQ became country WOTW “The Wolf”; the station’s December – Holiday – January (6+) trend is 2.7 – 1.8 – .8 (#23).
10) Columbus – Several sweep-to-sweep fluctuations exist in Ohio’s capital city, but the most significant development here might be the fact that the number of stations listed (Nielsen Audio subscribers) has increased. We noticed five stations missing since March 2012 have resurfaced: They are Radiohio sports WBNS-FM “The Fan” (7.2, +1.2 from “Holiday” 2014, #3); Saga adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95″ (5.5, -1.7, #4); Saga classic hits WNND “Rewind” (2.8, +.5, #13); Saga hot AC WVMX “Mix 107.9″ (2.5, flat, #15); and Radiohio sports WBNS-AM “1460 ESPN Columbus” (.5, +.1, #22). Ranked first in the “Holiday” 2014 report, iHeartMedia‘s WODC “Central Ohio’s Classic Hits” regresses by -5.3 (9.6 – 4.3) and sputters to tenth. Cluster-mate WCOL-FM “Columbus’ Country” – which had set the pace the past six monthlies before the “Holiday” sweep – returns to #1 (from #3) with a +1.4 to 9.8. Prior to January’s +1.4, “Columbus’ Country” registered five straight negative trends for a combined -4.0 (12.4 – 11.6 – 11.3 – 10.4 – 9.8 – 8.4, 6+); its string of (6+) double-digit showings stopped at nine in December. Co-owned talker WTVN gains +1.1 to 5.4 to inch up from seventh to fifth, while Radio One rhythmic CHR WCKX “Power 107.5″ improves by +1.3 and bumps up from #10 to #9. In “Holiday” 2014, “Power” pulled the plug on six successive downtrends that had resulted in a combined -3.3, (6.4 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+).
RadioInfo Career Moves. The new evening personality at Cumulus Media’s CHR KRBE, Houston is Tyler Frye. He’s been hosting the evening show at iHeartMedia’s CHR WDCG “G105” for the past three years. KRBE program director Leslie Whittle comments, “I’m so excited to work with Tyler. He’s a true entertainer that will bring his energy, talent, and strong desire to win to KRBE. He will no doubt build a show that will become the nighttime standard in Houston. He’s a great addition to the already exceptional team we have at KRBE.”…..Todd Michaels is promoted from night jock at Beasley Media Group’s KCYE, Las Vegas “The Coyote 102.7” to afternoon drive personality. Michaels joined the station last December after 10 years of hosting, producing and writing syndicated shows for Westwood One, Radio Express, Premiere Networks and TeshMedia. He takes over for Cadillac Jack who moved to Beasley’s WQYK, Tampa…..At the Fort Lauderdale cluster of iHeartMedia, Shari Gonzalez is named VP of sales. She comes to the company from her most recent gig as GSM for Beasley’s WPOW, Miami…..Magnum Communications announces Mitch Morgan is the new afternoon host at country WMBZ, Milwaukee “92.5 Buzz Country.” He comments, “I am truly excited about my new opportunity to work with Dave Magnum and his family. The group now owns 19 radio stations in Wisconsin. Dave is bullish on the future of radio, and so am I.”
Entercom 2014 Q4 Net Revenue Up 2%. That increase over the same period a year ago comes on revenue $101.5 million. For all of 2014, Entercom Communications posted net revenue up 1% over 2013, with total net revenue hitting $379.8 million. Other fourth quarter data includes: station expenses increasing 3% to $63.3 million; station operating income flat at $38.2 million; and free cash flow rising 4% to $23.4 million. For the year 2014, adjusted net income per share was flat at $0.79. Entercom president and CEO David Field says, “After finishing 2014 with modest gains in net revenues, adjusted net income and free cash flow, Entercom is looking forward to a promising year of opportunity in 2015. Our recently announced Lincoln Financial Media acquisition will add a number of terrific new markets and brands to our lineup and should be accretive to shareholders with no material impact on our solid balance sheet. And we are well positioned to capitalize on a number of other significant growth opportunities throughout the organization.” If you remember, Entercom is buying Lincoln Financial Media’s 15 stations in the Atlanta, Denver, Miami and San Diego markets for $105 million. It will sell one of its Denver FMs to comply with FCC regulations.
iHeartMedia Q4 Net Revenue Rises 1%. During its 2014 Q4 conference call, iHeartMedia announced that net revenue was up 1% for both the fourth quarter of 2014 and for the year as a whole. iHeartMedia COO Richard Bressler said during the investors conference call that “political dollars, traffic and weather, as well as national broadcast radio, drove higher revenues in a market that was soft across local radio.” Bressler also touted the performance of the iHeartRadio digital platform, saying it has surpassed 60 million registered users and that total listening hours have risen 14% compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.
January 2015 PPM Data – Part Two. January 2015 Nielsen Audio PPM data has been released for Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. You can see all the 6+ ratings numbers from subscribing stations here. For insight into some of the ratings battles, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways” from 10 of these markets below. This survey period covered January 1 – 28.
1) Washington, DC – Following five successive downward trends which yielded a combined -2.4 (8.5 – 7.8 – 7.5 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.1, 6+), Hubbard all-news WTOP regains all of it – and then some – by chalking up a mammoth +3.1 to 9.2 as it progresses from third to first. It is the station’s best mark in exactly one year, equaling the 9.2 it logged in January 2014. Displaced from the top spot is iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH, which tumbles to fourth (13.6 – 5.5, -8.1, 6+). WTOP finished first in each monthly from January 2014 to November, while WASH was the pacesetter in December and “Holiday” 2014. Prior to the massive January 2015 decline, WASH more than tripled its 6+ share since September (4.3 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 8.6 – 13.6). Although steady in the runner-up slot, WAMU dials up an impressive +1.5 (6.4 – 7.9, 6+), thus curtailing nine straight sweeps in which the American University-owned property was in the six-share range (6.9 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 6.8 – 6.4, 6+). Owing to four successive positive trends (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rocker WBIG is up by a combined +1.5; “Big 100.3″ remains steady at #6. In the “Holiday” report, WMAL saw its streak of progressive or flat trends end at seven (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 4.8, 6+), but the Cumulus talker bounces back with a +.6 to 4.2, inching up from ninth to eighth. After three successive up trends (5.4 – 6.5 – 6.9 – 7.0, 6+), Howard University‘s WHUR faltered by eight-tenths in December; declined by another seven-tenths in “Holiday” (7.0 – 6.2 – 5.5); but registers a +.5 to 6.0, creeping up from fourth to third. Urban AC rival – Radio One‘s WMMJ “Majic 102.3″ – is down or flat for the fourth straight time (4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.9 – 3.8, 6+), as it drops from eighth to tenth.
2) Boston – Possessing the fourth-highest “Holiday” 2014 6+-share total among all stations in the 48 PPM markets, Greater Media adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7″ maintains its top-ranked status in Beantown for the third straight ratings sweep, despite a stunning -9.4 (16.5 – 7.1). The market’s two all-sports outlets grab approximately one-third of those 9.4 shares, with CBS Radio‘s WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” (flagship of the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots) rocketing from seventh to second on the basis of a +1.8 to 6.9. November 2013 was the last time “The Sports Hub” crossed the six-share barrier (6.7). Cross-town Entercom-owned similarly-formatted WEEI-FM betters its “Holiday” 2014 3.7 by +1.4 (to 5.1) and inches up from eighth to seventh. Following five consecutive down or flat trends producing a combined -1.4 (6.8 – 6.6 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.4, 6+), Greater Media’s WROR “Boston’s Greatest Hits” rebounds with a +1.5 to 6.9, tying WBZ-FM at #2 (up from #3 in “Holiday”). Others racking up sweep-to-sweep gains of at least one full-share are CBS Radio cluster-mates news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM (5.2 – 6.4, +1.2, 6+) and hot AC WBMX “Mix 104.1 – Boston’s Best Variety” (3.3 – 4.4, +1.1, 6+); WBZ-AM and “Mix” are steady at #4 and #10, respectively.
3) Detroit - After stumbling by one full-share to 5.0 and sliding from fourth to sixth in the “Holiday” 2014 report, CBS Radio all-news WWJ comes storming back with a whopping +2.3 to 7.3 (#1), its most potent 6+-showing since last February’s 7.9. It succeeds WNIC at the top spot, as the iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility freefalls to seventh (13.7 – 4.8, -8.9, 6+). Wild ranker swings are not uncommon for WNIC: In December, it advanced from #11 all the way to #1. Yoyo numbers continue for WJR, which boasted a +.8 in November; eroded by seven-tenths and nine-tenths in December and “Holiday,” respectively; and now regains seven-tenths to 4.8. In the process, the Cumulus Media talker inches up from ninth to a three-way tie at seventh. By dialing up a +1.0 to 4.5, hot AC cluster-mate WDVD “Today’s Best Hits” inches up from #12 to #11, as it puts an end to four straight monthlies without an increase (4.2 – 3.8 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.5, 6+). Climbing from fourth to the runner-up slot is WWJ all-sports sibling WXYT-FM “The Ticket,” which improves by eight-tenths (6.2 – 7.0). In addition to WJR, other Motor City stations notching gains of seven-tenths are iHeartMedia and CBS Radio CHR rivals WKQI “Channel 95-5″ (4.9, #8 to #6) and WDZH “Amp Radio” (3.5, steady at #14).
4) Seattle – CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5″ (5.6 – 5.8, +.2, 6+) and Hubbard adult contemporary cluster-mate KRWM “Warm 106.9″ (10.7 – 5.6, -5.1) swap places at #1 and #2, respectively. On the basis of its +.2, “MOViN 92.5″ halts three successive downward trends (6.8 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6, 6+). Somewhat similar to what happens in Boston, January numbers are kind to Seattle sports outlets, with KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN” tacking on a +1.2 to 4.8, as the Seattle Seahawks flagship jumps from tenth to sixth. Meanwhile iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM “Seattle Sports Radio” improves by nine-tenths to 2.9 (#21 to #18). Spoken-word shows other significant gains on Bonneville talker KIRO-FM (4.5 – 5.3, +.8, fifth to third) and Northwest Public Radio‘s KUOW (4.1 – 5.2, +1.1, seventh to fourth). Improving by one-half share each are iHeartMedia CHR KBKS “Kiss-FM” (3.8, #10); CBS Radio-owned country KMPS (3.2, #15); and public KPLU (3.2, #15).
5) Phoenix - Despite having its “Holiday” 2014 6+ share slashed by more than 50%, iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ (14.3 – 6.0, – 8.3, 6+) sets the pace for the third straight sweep. It holds a three-tenths lead over co-owned talker KFYI (5.1 – 5.7, +.6), which is steady in the runner-up slot. In addition to KESZ, the market’s other all-Christmas music station – Riviera Broadcasting adult contemporary KOAI “The Oasis” – also experiences sweep-to-sweep erosion in excess of 50% (2.8 – 1.2). “The Oasis” spirals from a four-way tie at #12 out of the top 25 – to #27. Country gathers some of the available shares from the two all-Christmas music ACs. Specifically, CBS Radio’s KMLE “Country 107.9″ picks up eight-tenths (3.2 – 4.0, steady at #8) and iHeartMedia-owned KNIX “The Best New Country” improves by seven-tenths to 4.6 to inch up from #7 to #6. Hubbard siblings KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” (5.6, steady at #3) and KDKB “Arizona’s Alternative” (3.0, #16 to #12) are up by one full-share and six-tenths, respectively. Advancing by seven-tenths each are CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KOOL (5.1, fifth to fourth) and iHeartMedia CHR KZZP “Kiss-FM” (3.8, #11 to #9).
6) Minneapolis – Exchanging places at the top are iHeartMedia siblings KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” (8.5 – 10.1, +1.6, #2 to #1, 6+) and classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108″ (15.3 – 7.3, -8.0, #1 to #2). Hot AC claims a chunk of those eight lost shares of “Kool 108,” with Hubbard‘s KSTP-FM “KS-95″ (5.5 – 6.9, fifth to third) and iHeartMedia’s KTCZ “Cities 97″ (4.6 – 6.0, tenth to fifth) each progressing by an impressive +1.4. While CBS Radio country property KMNB “Buz’firstname.lastname@example.org″ notches a +1.2 to 5.6 (#11 to #10), iHeartMedia’s KEEY “K-102 – Today’s Country” drops one-half share to 6.0 (#3 to #5). Since September, “Buz’email@example.com″ had trended 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 4.4 (6+) for a -2.4 in that stretch.
7) Tampa – We find another instance of an adult contemporary that was first in “Holiday” 2014 that repeats at the top in January; however, Cox Media’s Group‘s WDUV “Lite Favorites” is the only such AC so far to hang onto its double-digits (13.0 – 11.1, -1.9, 6+). Among those Tampa Bay facilities ringing up noteworthy sweep-to-sweep improvement are talkers WFLA (4.0 – 4.8, +.8, #10 to #7) and WHPT “The Bone” (2.2 – 3.2, +1.0, #18 to #14). In the case of Cox Media Group’s “The Bone,” the full-share gain stops five straight down-trending monthlies (4.7 – 4.6 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+), which had resulted in a combined -2.5. Increasing by six-tenths each – and registering a one-notch ranker gain – are Beasley rhythmic CHR WLLD “Wild 94.1″ (5.2, #6 to #5) and iHeartMedia urban contemporary and hot AC cluster-mates WBTP “The Beat” (4.6, #10 to #9) and WMTX “Mix 100.7″ (4.3, #13 to #12).
8) Denver – For the third straight sweep, Entercom adult contemporary and classic rock siblings KOSI “Continuous Lite Rock” (12.4 – 6.1, – 6.3) and KQMT “The Mountain” (5.4 – 5.7, +.3) finish first and second, respectively. After seven straight down or flat trends – accounting for a combined loss of two full-shares (6.2 – 6.2 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.2) – Lincoln Financial Media‘s KYGO-FM “Denver’s #1 for New Country” rings up a +.5 to 4.7, as it creeps up from eighth to seventh. Nine months into the station’s alternative format existence, Max Media this past Christmas Eve transitioned KXDE “107-X” to classic hip-hop as KFCO – “Flo 107.1″ triples its “Holiday” 2014 .4 to 1.2 (#22). Also improving by eight-tenths is Wilks hot AC KIMN “Mix 100.3 – All the Hits” (3.5 – 4.3, #14 to #9); “Mix” had been in the 3.5 – 3.9 range the past four sweeps.
9) Baltimore – Following five successive progressive trends (3.8 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 5.7 – 7.0 – 14.6, 6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9″ regresses by a gigantic -8.5 to 6.1 and slides from #1 to #3. While its drop is not nearly as substantial as that of WLIF, Radio One urban contemporary WERQ “92-Q” nonetheless falters by -1.8 (7.2 – 5.4) to tumble from second to sixth. By making gains of at least one full-share, six stations in the market go after the combined 10.3 shares (6+) dropped by “Today’s 101.9″ and “92.-Q.” The most prolific advance – and it pays off by again hitting #1 – is iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station,” which is +1.7 to 8.3. In the “Holiday” report, WPOC was down by two full-shares (8.6 – 6.6) and slipped from first to third. CBS Radio sports and hot AC cluster-mates WJZ-FM “The Fan” (5.9, fourth) and WWMX “Mix 106.5″ (5.7, fifth) each improve by +1.2; they both move up by one ranker from “Holiday.” The other three market outlets showing a sweep-to-sweep gain of at least one full-share are Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9″ (7.3, +1.1, #4 to #2); contemporary Christian WRBS “Shine FM – Positive Hits” (3.4, +1.1, #12 to #11); and Hearst Television talker WBAL (4.7, #8 to #7).
10) St. Louis – Not only does KEZK “Fresh 102.5″ see its 6+ share evaporate by more than 50% (8.5 – 3.8, -4.7), the CBS Radio adult contemporary facility spirals from #1 completely out of the top ten to #14. This time last year (January 2014), “Fresh 102.5″ had a 5.8. KSHE is up or flat for the fourth straight time (5.9 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 7.1 – 7.3, 6+) and the Emmis classic rocker leaps from third to first. After a +3.6 to 8.4 in the “Holiday” sweep, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU regresses by roughly half that (8.4 – 6.7, -1.7) but remains at #2. Gateway Creative contemporary Christian KLJY “99.1 Joy FM” rings out a +1.3 to 6.6 to climb from sixth to third. Applying the brakes to three successive negative ratings period which reflected a stunning -4.6 (8.9 – 6.8 – 5.4 – 4.3, 6+), CBS Radio talker KMOX improves by one full-share (5.3 – 6.3) and returns to the top ten (#12 to #6). Enjoying improvements of nine-tenths are iHeartMedia country KSD “The Bull” (4.1 – 5.0, #13 to #8) and Emmis alternative KPNT “The Point” (3.8 – 4.7, #14 to #10).
Programming Legend John Gorman to Debut Internet Station. Dubbed “oWOW” and located at owownow.com, the station is based in Cleveland where John Gorman is feted for his work programming storied rock station WMMS during its heyday. According to a piece in freshwatercleveland.com, Gorman’s venture seeks to bring the adventurous programming of yesterday’s forward-leaning rock stations to the Cleveland market. The story, which you can read here, notes that the enterprise is being funded by investors and that a grant from the City of Cleveland is also part of the deal. Gorman has brought on radio personalities Ravenna Miceli, Steve Pappas, Susie Frazier and Charlotte DiFranco to curate the music. Jim Marchyshyn serves as director of sales and marketing. Gorman says his station will be different than today’s FM music stations. “Studios are all empty. They don’t have an air staff. Most of them are disembodied voices coming from another city. We’re real live people. We’re based in Cleveland. We can do all the things that radio can no longer do.” Meanwhile, he also says this venture was started with the goal of running in the black. “We have serious skin in the game. This has to be successful.”
Payola: What Every Broadcaster Should Know. RadioInfo legal editor Steven J.J. Weisman writes in a piece published today (2/19) that the Payola laws are something all broadcasters should be aware of, regardless of format. Most music programmers and jocks are well aware of the definition of Payola and are counseled in how to deal with offers of consideration, but the concept applies to other sorts of programming, as well. The basic rule is anything that is paid for must be identified as such. Weisman writes, “The [Federal Communications] Commission has noted that the Sponsorship Identification Laws are ‘grounded in the principle that listeners and viewers are entitled to know who seeks to persuade them.’” Read Weisman’s entire piece here.
McMahon: Listen to Your Creative Voice. Talk radio consultant Bill McMahon says that all of us are born creative. “From a very young age we all have a quiet little voice in our head that comes from somewhere deep inside. It whispers unique and amazing thoughts and ideas to us. In the beginning, we all hear these ideas, get excited, and do something about them. Unfortunately, the bigger and more unusual the ideas, the more resistance we encounter when we try to bring them to life. Eventually, most of us stop listening to that quiet little voice, dismiss its thoughts and ideas, and just try to fit in because it’s too damn hard to do otherwise,” he writes. McMahon believes that the successful content creators are the ones who still, not only listen to that creative voice, but act on some of the ideas it provides us. Read more about his thoughts on creativity here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Taking on the title of chief operating officer at iHeartMedia is current president and CFO Richard Bressler. The company announces in an earnings press release that the move has been made to more accurately reflect his duties. CEO Bob Pittman comments, “Since joining us internally at iHeartMedia, Inc in 2013, Rich has been an enormously valuable partner, both for me and for our entire company. In the last year we have made incredible strides, and Rich has played an important role in operations and finance, as well as strategy, for all of iHeartMedia, Inc. We’re delighted to recognize his contributions by adding this title, which better reflects the impact he has made and will continue to make.”…..Producer Scott Miller jumps from Tribune’s WGN, Chicago to Hubbard’s classic rock WDRV to serve on the new Dan McNeil and Pete McMurray morning show…..In Corpus Christi, Convergent Media announces Clarissa Serna – a celeb who recently competed on NBC’s “The Voice” – joins its classic hits KAJE “The Jake 107.3.” She’ll work with current morning drive host Bart Allison, effective March 2…..Lindsay Cochrane is the new night personality and assistant music director at CBS RADIO’s WBZZ, Pittsburg “100.7 Star.” She most recently served at West Virginia Radio Corporation where she hosted several different dayparts on various stations and formats, including CHR WVAQ, Morgantown…..Cox Media Group Miami names Ralph Renzi director of sales for the cluster that includes hip hop WEDR, urban contemporary WHQT, CHR WFLC, and adult contemporary WFEZ, plus its digital brands. CMG Miami VP/GM Rob Babin says, “Ralph’s leadership talent and past successes are the right combination to help lead our sales organization and talented team to new levels of success.”
Duane Doobie Jr.’s 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 personalities Bayley Brown and Matt James from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; internet sensation the Iceman; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9,” 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 (2/18) includes such names as: Madonna, Laura Doggett, Fifth Harmony, Kid Ink, Echosmith, Janet Devlin, Jessie Ware, The Weeknd, Juliana Hatfield Three, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, Florence + The Machine, Radio Birds, The Vaccines, Parmalee, The Vespers, Kenny Chesney, Grace Potter, Tim McGraw, Catherine Dunn, Gretchen Peters, Eric Church, Chris Ising, Bethany Mota, Mike Tompkins, Hot Chip, Jungle, Fleur & Manu, Skrillex, Solo 5, and Boy Better Know, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
January 2015 PPM Data – Part One. January 2015 PPM ratings data have been released for the first of four rounds of markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). See the numbers from subscribing stations here. Nielsen Audio‘s January 2015 survey period covered January 1 – 28. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this group.
1) New York – Despite a -6.1 (13.5 – 7.4, 6+), iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” remains on top for the third successive sweep and is just one-tenth shy of the 7.2 it registered in January 2014. Spoken-word siblings from the CBS Radio cluster show the most “Holiday” 2014 – January 2015 improvement as all-news WINS progresses by +1.1 (3.7 – 4.8), moving from eighth to sixth, while there are six-tenths gains each for co-owned sports WFAN “The Fan” (3.9 – 4.5, steady in seventh-place) and news WCBS-AM (3.0 – 3.6, steady in eleventh-place). Picking up one-half share is WWPR (3.4 – 3.9, 6+). This marks the fourteenth successive sweep that “Power 105.1″ has a 6+-share between 3.0 – 3.9; the iHeartMedia urban contemporary outlet remains at #10 for the third straight ratings period.
2) Los Angeles – Falloff from the “Holiday” report is even more pronounced for iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5″ than for New York sibling WLTW; however, similar to “Lite-FM,” “Coast” (12.2 - 5.6, -6.6, 6+) remains anchored in first place for the third consecutive monthly. Moreover, “Coast” is actually nine-tenths ahead of last January’s 4.7. Advancing by one-half share each in January are Bonneville classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” (2.9 – 3.4, #11 to #8) and Mount Wilson FM‘s KKGO “Go Country” (1.8 – 2.3, #22 – #20). Urban-rhythmic oldies KHHT “Hot 92.3″ became urban contemporary “Real 92.3″ on (Friday) February 6. In the final monthly before its format transition, the iHeartMedia property gains one-tenth (2.5 – 2.6, 6+) to inch up from #14 to #13. After three straight 4.7 showings, co-owned hot AC KBIG “My-FM” is off by one-tenth to 4.6, slipping from second to third where it is caught by CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101″ (+.3, fourth to third).
3) Chicago – This is where we find our first case of a “Holiday” 2014 frontrunner relinquishing that status in January, as iHeartMedia hot AC WLIT “My-FM” craters by more than two-thirds (14.2 – 4.5, -9.7, 6+). Even though -9.7 is the largest (6+) decline by any station in the 24 PPM markets whose data has been released thus far, “My-FM” manages to remain in the top five (#1 to #4); the station had a 4.1 this time last year. Head-to-head format challenger – Hubbard‘s WTMX “Mix” – though improves by +1.1 (4.1 - 5.2, 6+) to overtake “My-FM” (fourth to third). On the basis of a whopping +1.5 (5.7 – 7.2, 6+), CBS Radio all-news WBBM-AM progresses from third to the top spot. It is the first time WBBM-AM has finished at #1 since last February (6.6). Country sibling WUSN “US-99.5″ regains seven-tenths of the nine-tenths it lost in “Holiday” 2014 (3.5 – 2.6 – 3.3), when it sunk from #7 to #13 and is now log-jammed in a fifth-place tie at #11. Also at #11 and improving by seven-tenths is Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies WLS-FM (#13 in “Holiday” 2014), halting five straight down or flat sweeps in which it lost two full-shares (4.6 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.6, 6+). Noteworthy is that “US-99.5″ picks up seven-tenths when – as of January 5 – it faces direct competition from iHeartMedia’s WEBG. Formerly regional Mexican WNUA, “Big 95.5 Chicago’s Hit Country” declines by six-tenths (1.6 – 1.0, 6+) and ranks #28. Spoken-word outlets improving by seven-tenths each are Tribune talker WGN (2.8 – 3.5, #11 to #7) and CBS Radio’s sports-formatted WSCR “670 The Score,” enjoying its third straight up trend (2.3 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.4). “The Score” is in a three-way tie at #8 along with adult alternative cluster-mate WXRT, which improves by nine-tenths (2.5 – 3.4, 6+) and zooms up from #15.
4) San Francisco – In tandem with KCBS-AM dialing up a lofty +1.3 (6.1 – 7.4) and Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM seeing its 6+ share evaporate by more than 50% (10. 6 – 4.8, -5.8), the two swap places at #1 and #2, respectively. KCBS-AM was #1 in December, but this is the first time in its PPM history that the all-news operation crosses the seven-share threshold. CBS Radio-owned KCBS-AM finished second in August, September, October, and November before taking the penthouse in December. Hot AC sibling KLLC “Alice @ 97.3″ improves by eight-tenths (3.3 - 4.1) to climb from ninth to seventh. “Alice” has a similar benchmark: January 2015 is the initial sweep that it reaches the four-share level. Notching gains of seven-tenths each are Cumulus Media sports outlet KNBR (4.3, #7 to #5); CBS Radio CHR KMVQ “Now – All the Hits” (4.2, #8 to #6); and iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KOSF “Big 103.7″ (2.4, #20 to #14). Previous to the 1.7 it registered in the “Holiday” 2014 report, “Big 103.7″ had 12 straight 6+-totals between 2.2 – 2.9. After being up or flat the past seven surveys for a combined +1.3 (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.6- 1.6 – 1.6 – 2.0 – 2.7 – 2.8), Digity Media adult contemporary KBAY drops six-tenths to 2.2 to slide from #14 to #17.
5) Dallas – Having had its “Holiday” 2014 audience cut by more than 50% (8.8 – 4.2, -4.6, 6+), CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KLUV drops from first to fifth. Reclaiming the top spot is iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” (6.7 – 7.8, +1.1). Prior to the “Holiday” report, “Kiss-FM” was #1 in 12 consecutive sweeps (January through December), including a tie in May with Cumulus Media country outlet KPLX “The Wolf” – both stations notched a 6.6 then. Hot AC swoops in to take a good portion of KLUV’s -4.6, with iHeartMedia’s KDMX “Now 102.9″ (3.9 – 4.8, #7 to #3) and KLUV cluster-mate KVIL (2.2 – 3.1, #17 to a three-way tie at #11) each grabbing nine-tenths; KVIL was down seven-tenths in the “Holiday” survey. Following three successive downward or flat trends (2.7 – 2.7 – 2.4 – 2.1, 6+), CBS Radio’s KRLD-AM dials up a +.7 to leap from #19 to #14.
6) Houston – Notwithstanding a -5.4 (12.5 – 7.1), iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA is atop the leader board for the fourth successive sweep; “Sunny 99.1″ is one-tenth ahead of its January 2014 7.0. Progressing by identical +1.1 counts – and each making two-notch gains – are non-commercial contemporary Christian KSBJ “God Listens” (4.5 – 5.6, #7 to #5) and Cox Media Group‘s KKBQ “The New Country 93-Q” (4.6 – 5.7, #6 to #4). A model of consistency, KSBJ had 25 consecutive 6+ performances in the 4.0 – 4.9 range before January’s 5.6. Finding itself in a three-way tie at #10 (up from #13 in “Holiday” 2014), Cumulus Media CHR KRBE improves by six-tenths (2.9 – 3.5), putting an end to six straight down or flat trends (4.0 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 2.9, 6+). Meanwhile, format foe – CBS Radio-owned KKHH “Hot 95-7″ – drops three-tenths (2.9 – 2.6), falling from #13 to #17. Inching up from eighth to seventh, alternative KTBZ “The Buzz” hangs out a +.7 (4.4 – 5.1). Conversely though, iHeartMedia urban contemporary cluster-mate KQBT “The Beat” (3.8 – 3.3, #10 to #13) and Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies KROI “Boom 92″ each falter by one-half share (2.5 – 2.0, #18 to #22). After a 1.0 – 3.2, this is the third consecutive down trend for “Boom 92″ (3.2 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.0) for a cumulative -1.2.
7) Philadelphia – On the heels of a whopping +6.6 to 15.1 in “Holiday” 2014, Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB regresses by more than 50% to 7.1 (-7.8); however, “More FM” is #1 for the 22nd time in the last 24 surveys (6+). Last year at this time (January 2014), “More FM” was #1 with an 8.8 (6+). Major benefactors of the January decline by “More FM” are CBS Radio all-news KYW (4.9 – 6.5, +1.6, 6+) bumping up from fourth to second, and Greater Media-owned cluster-mates WMGK “Philadelphia’s Classic Rock” (4.6 – 5.8, +1.2, three-way tie at #5 to #3) and WMMR “93.3 Rocks” (4.3 – 5.2, +.9, #8 to #6). With a +.7 to 4.3 (#11 to #9), WXTU “Philadelphia’s Country Station” applies the brakes to three straight negative trends that yielded a combined -2.3 (5.9 – 5.5 – 4.8 – 3.6, 6+). With a gain of eight-tenths, iHeartMedia‘s WRFF “Radio 104.5 – Philadelphia’s Alternative” matches the 4.5 it recorded in August as it climbs from tenth to seventh.
8) Long Island – As it pertains to this particular case, the phrase, “a new #1″ means that CBS Radio all-sports outlet WFAN “The Fan” (5.7 – 7.2, +1.5) is this market’s (6+) pacesetter for the first time under PPM methodology. It advances from #3 to unseat Connoisseur Media adult contemporary-turned-hot AC WALK-FM (10.6 – 6.9, -3.7), which – after seven successive monthlies at #1 – slides to second. CBS Radio New York City all-news operations WCBS-AM (4.3 – 5.2, fifth to fourth, 6+) and WINS (2.9 – 3.8, #11 to #8) each pick up nine-tenths. The -3.7 by WALK-FM is actually the market’s second-biggest decline, with iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” faltering by -4.2 (7.9 – 3.7) to freefall from second to tenth. Connoisseur Media adult contemporary WKJY “K-98.3″ gains two-tenths to 4.2 and moves up from seventh to sixth.
9) San Jose – The only PPM market where adult contemporary stations finished first and second in the “Holiday” 2014 sweep is the lone market so far to have three stations with sweep-to-sweep erosion of at least one-share (6+). Dropping by three full-shares is Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM (6.4 – 3.4), which sinks from second to ninth. Although retaining its #1 ranking for the third straight ratings period, Digity Media-owned adult contemporary KBAY tumbles by -1.8 (8.8 – 7.0), while hot AC cluster-mate KEZR “Mix 106.5″ is off by -1.1 (6.2 – 5.1), reverting from third to fifth. KBAY had put together three straight up trends (5.4 – 6.6 – 8.5 – 8.8) for a cumulative +3.4. Trailing KBAY by an even four shares in “Holiday” 2014, all-news KCBS-AM (4.8 – 5.9, +1.1) vaults from sixth to second and is now separated from the top by 1.1 shares. Locked at 2.8 (6+) in December and “Holiday” 2014, Cumulus Media sports KNBR busts out with a +.8 to 3.6, catapulting from #14 to #8.
10) Middlesex – Even though WLTW “Lite-FM” coughs up virtually the identical +5.3 it rang up in “Holiday” 2014 (7.1 – 12.4 – 7.2, -5.2, 6+), the iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility remains at #1. New York City-based “Lite-FM” had gained eight full-shares in four consecutive positive trends in Middlesex-Somerset-Union (4.4 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 7.1 – 12.4, 6+). After five successive monthlies in the 4.1 – 4.5 range (6+), CBS Radio’s WFAN “The Fan” explodes with a +1.4 to 5.9 to creep up from sixth to fourth. Improving by eight-tenths each are Townsquare Media talker WKXW “New Jersey 101.5″ (6.2 – 7.0, third to second) and iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100″ (5.0 – 5.8). Ironically, “Z-100, which was down by a whopping -1.2 in “Holiday” 2014 but stayed at #4, now slips to #5 after a +.8.
If You Think Radio Has Problems with Millennials, TV Faces Immediate 18-34 Crisis – Brings Up Question About Evolution of Radio Ratings. In the New York Post, media columnist Claire Atkinson writes about the dramatic rate at which Millennials are dropping their live television watching habits. She reports that “traditional TV usage — which has been falling among viewers ages 18 to 34 at around 4% a year since 2012 — tumbled 10.6% between September and January.” Read Atkinson’s entire piece here. Radio practitioners are well aware this is not a “sucks to be you” moment; all media are trying to adapt to the changing habits of consumers – especially Millennials and Gen Xers. And tied directly into that is rating all of this consumption so that it can be priced and sold effectively. While radio bemoans the lack of rating non-broadcasting listening, rest assured that while Nielsen hears radio’s cries, it has much more to gain financially by figuring out how to rate non-broadcast video viewing accurately. As Atkinson points out, there is $80 billion in annual TV ad money at stake. In response to this situation, TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison states, “It is going to be a long time until an accurate system of rating radio audience numbers stabilizes to the point of widespread industry acceptance – if ever. This looming fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants period should inspire radio broadcasters to: 1) value the opportunities available in highly specialized local programming based more on direct relationships with advertisers and obvious customer results; and 2) understand the principle whereby the nature of the programming defines the nature of the audience.” Harrison concludes, “The burden will fall upon sales departments to get out there and communicate directly with potential advertisers on a one-on-one, very human level about their businesses and how radio can directly help them connect with specifically-desired customers.” Harrison’s Principle basically means the genre of the programming has to be so clearly distinct and appealing to an obvious segment of the population that it becomes a given whether or not it will attract significant qualitative or quantitative numbers.
RadioInfo Career Moves. At Sierra H-owned rhythmic oldies KAJM, Camp Verde, Arizona “Mega 104.3” (Phoenix market), Nina Cruz is named afternoon personality and music director…..Great Scott Broadcasting’s hip hop WOCQ, Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland has its new morning show in place with former PD and AM host George “Wookie” Kreiner returning to the station with staffers Crookidd and Lisa joining him for wake-up duties. The trio is pictured here at right with “Wookie” in the really cool hat.