Category: Industry News

Monday, August 3, 2015

| August 3, 2015

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diamondjackDiamond Departs WLS-FM. After an approximately 10-month run, Jack Diamond exits as WLS-FM, Chicago’s morning talent. Diamond becomes the second major on-air personality in less than one week to cut ties with the Cumulus Media classic hits-oldies outlet: John Records Landecker, who had been working without a contract since he began at the station nearly four years ago, did his final show this past Friday (7/31). On his Facebook page, DiamondWLS-FM acknowledges Cumulus Media executives John Dickey and Mike McVay, “for the opportunity to live/work in Chicago and to host mornings on WLS-FM. I had an absolute blast. What a great city; what an amazing radio station; and an incredible staff. Brian Thomas is a terrific guy and wonderful programmer. I’m only sorry we didn’t have the opportunity to work together;” RadioInfo reported last Tuesday (7/28) that WLS-FM hired Thomas as program director. Diamond is said to be returning to Washington, DC, where he did morning drive for 24 years on hot AC (now CHR) WRQX. Prior to joining WLS-FM, he worked briefly in San Diego at classic hits-oldies XHPRS-FM “Max-FM.”

daveMahoneyDKCBS RADIO Moves ‘Dave, Mahoney & DK’ to Houston’s ‘Mix 96.5.’ The morning show will move from alternative KXTE, Las Vegas to hot AC KHMX, Houston “Mix 96.5” effective September 14 just as the station is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a hot AC outlet.  CBS RADIO says the show featuring Dave Farra, Jason Mahoney, and Daena Kramer has been “a proven ratings winner” during its six-year run in Vegas.  CBS RADIO Houston SVP and market manager Sarah Frazier says, “Mix is a huge brand with a 25-year heritage in Houston.  As we celebrate our silver anniversary, we are excited to introduce the listeners to Dave, Mahoney and DK.  With them anchoring our lineup, we are in a strong position to expand our brand over the next 25 years.”  As part of Mix 96.5’s anniversary celebration, the station will host a concert featuring Rachel Platten, Matt Nathanson and Houston’s own Hilary Duff on Sunday, September 20 at the House of Blues.

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davisorlandoOrlando Davis Re-Ups with Hip Hop WLLD, Tampa.  Morning personality and program director Orlando Davis inks a five-year contract extension to remain in his position with Beasley Media Group’s hip hop WLLD, Tampa “WiLD 94.1”  Market manager Kent Dunn comments, “Orlando’s longtime, loyal listeners will be excited to know the Bay’s ‘Party Station’ has extended his contract.  ‘WiLD 94.1’ is the most diverse, contemporary radio outlet serving the Tampa Bay audience.  Our # 1 ranking is a result of all of our talented personalities, who connect with our listeners, and offer a blend of the biggest titles, across top 40, hip hop, R&B and dance formats.”

vetranomaryjoCumulus Names Vetrano GSM for Urban Contemporary WNBM, New York.  Current hot AC WPLJ, New York general sales manager Mary Jo “MJ” Vetrano adds the same duties for urban contemporary WNBM, New York “Radio 103.9” to her responsibilities.   Vetrano is a 20-year veteran of New York City radio sales who’s been GSM for WPLJ since 2012.  She’s previously held senior positions at CBS RADIO’s all-news WINS and Cumulus’ news/talk WABC. Cumulus New York VP and market manager Chad Lopez says, “Mary Jo’s experience and leadership in the New York market is an asset to Cumulus New York.  We are thrilled to have her lead sales on both WPLJ and WNBM.”

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mccauslandjeffMcCausland, Saunders Named iHM Market Presidents. Effective immediately, Jeff McCausland (left) is named market president of iHeartMedia Wichita, while Matt Saunders (right) is appointed market president of the company’s Springfield, Missouri stations. Regional market president Beth Davis comments, “Jeff McCausland is a well-respected media leader in the Wichita community. His knowledge of the media landscape and relationships with clients and businesses in Wichita will add to the market’ssaundersmatt current track record of success. Matt Saunders’ many years of building successful sales teams and client relationships make him the ideal leader for our Springfield cluster.” McCausland most recently was general manager of Wichita television stations KSAS and KMTW. He began his career in 1990 as part of the sales staff at (formerly Clear Channel now) iHeartMedia Wichita’s KRBB, before joining KSAS-TV as local sales manager. He will oversee adult contemporary KRBB “B-98″; KTHR “Wichita’s Alternative”; CHR KZCH “Wichita’s Hit Music Station”; and KZSN “Wichita’s New Country – The Bull.” Meanwhile, Saunders has been with iHeartMedia for more than three years, most recently in St. Louis as vice president of sales. Prior to that, he held management positions at CBS Radio, Emmis, and Sinclair. The iHeartMedia Springfield, Missouri cluster consists of adult contemporary KGBX “Lite Rock Favorites”; KGMY Fox Sports 1400″; country KSWF “The Wolf”; hot AC KTOZ “Alice@95.5″; and classic rock KXUS “US-97.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves. In the Tulsa market, Bobby Butler exits his morning show co-hosting gig at Stephens Media-owned alternative KMYZ “Z 104.5 The Edge.”  Chuck Stikl remains hosting the show solo while the station looks for a new co-host…..Scott Curtis exits the Hunt Broadcasting-owned classic rock simulcast KCKK-AM and translator K229BS at 93.7 FM in Denver where he held down the midday shift…..The Springfield, Massachusetts Spanish CHR outlet WACM-AM flips to English-language oldies and brings aboard market pro Fred King to host the AM drive show.

KMAX, Fort Collins to Flip to Alternative on Wednesday.  The news of the flip of Townsquare Media’s active rock KMAX, Fort Collins Colorado “94.3 Loudwire” to alternative as “94.3 The X” was announced at an August 1 performance by Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins who did an acoustic set at the Downtown Artery in Fort Collins.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

| August 1, 2015

Lynn ANdersonRemembering Lynn Anderson. Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her 1970 hit “Rose Garden,” passed away at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center; she was 67. Hospitalized for pneumonia after returning from a trip to Italy, Anderson succumbed to a heart attack. Although born in North Dakota, Anderson was raised in California. She released her debut single, “For Better or for Worse,” in 1966. Later that year, “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away?)” reached the top five. After moving to Nashville, Anderson released Joe South-written megahit “Rose Garden” in 1970. Not only was “Rose Garden” a smash at country radio, it peaked at #3 on the pop chart in February 1971 and the song earned Anderson the “Best Female Country Vocal Performance” Grammy award. Her next top ten success came in 1983 via “You’re Welcome to Tonight” with Gary Morris. Anderson notched another Grammy nomination for her 2004 album “Bluegrass Sessions.” Formerly married to producer/songwriter Glenn Sutton (1968 – 1977), Anderson is survived by her father, three children, four grandchildren and her partner, Mentor Williams.

Friday, July 31, 2015

| July 31, 2015

cumulus logoCumulus Media’s 2015 Q2 Report: Net Revenue Dips 8.8%.  That negative number is not so surprising because Cumulus had issued forward-looking statements that predicted results pretty much in line with what the final numbers turned out to be.  Net revenue for the quarter was just shy of $300 million, accounting for the 8.8% decrease compared to the same period a year ago.  Broadcast advertising was down 8.4% and the digital advertising category was off 19.5%.  Further breaking down the broadcast advertising category, network and national sales took the biggest hits – down 16% and 10.8%, respectively – and local ad sales slipped 3.9%.

Ross BrittainBrittain Bids Farewell to WOGL. One cannot help but notice the irony that on the same day WCBS-FM morning driver Scott Shannon signs a contract extension to remain with the CBS Radio New York classic hits-oldies outlet, Ross Brittain announces he is leaving co-owned/similarly-formatted WOGL, Philadelphia, where he has been fronting the 5:30 am – 9:00 am “Breakfast Club” since 2004. Shannon and Brittain, of course, teamed to launch the “Morning Zoo” on legendary New York CHR WHTZ “Z-100″ 32 years ago (August 1983). Brittain’s last day with WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” is today (Friday, 7/31). Others who have recently left WOGL or will be leaving after today include general manager (and former Shamrock Communications chief operating officer) Jim Loftus and nighttime personality Bob Charger. Similar to Brittain, Loftus joined “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” in 2004. Remaining with the CBS Radio Philadelphia cluster as anWOGL anchor/reporter on all-news KYW and talker WPHT is Brittain’s wife, Rasa Kaye. Brittain writes on his Facebook page, “I am retiring from WOGL after our show [Friday] morning. This was a rather sudden thing. I appreciate all the nice comments and wonderful thoughts from everybody. I will miss [‘Breakfast Club’ partners] Bill [Zimpfer], Frank [Lewis], and Val [Knight], but I am sure they will continue to do a wonderful job without me. Hopefully, this will begin a new chapter in my life.” Brittain’s impressive resume includes on-air stints at WABC-AM, New York; WZGC, Atlanta; WKSS, Hartford; and in Philadelphia at WEGX, WTRK, and WZGO – the current frequency of iHeartMedia hot AC WISX. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio’s May 2015 PPM sweep, WOGL finished first (6.8), beating Jerry Lee Radio-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” (5.8) by one full share. In June though, “More FM” (7.2) returned to its familiar #1 residence, with “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” slipping to second (6.9), just three-tenths off the top.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Entercom’s classic rock WKBU, New Orleans “Bayou 95.7,” Jason Ginty returns to the airwaves in the market after an 18-month absence to handle the midday shift…..Amber Stone resurfaces after exiting 6 Johnson Road Licenses-owned CHR WZRT, Rutland, Vermont “Z 97.1” at Adams Radio’s CHR WJFX, Fort Wayne, Indiana “Hot 107.9.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  All this weekend, SiriusXM will broadcast from Lollapalooza in Chicago presenting backstage interviews plus live performances by such acts as: Metallica, Alabama Shakes, Walk the Moon, Cold War Kids, alt-J, Hot Chip, Twenty One Pilots, The Wombats, Glass Animals and more…..KBFF, Portland “Live 95.5” morning personalities Brooke & Jubal (pictured below, left to right, Brooke, Jubal and cast member Jose) provided 500 tickets to last night’s Flo Ridabrookeandjubalheadlined concert event “The Flo @ The Fair” to the Portland area Boys & Girls Club for the organization to distribute to kids in the community.  Program director Phil Becker says, “One of our core values at ‘Live 95.5’ is that there are times where making a difference is more important than making a buck.  I’m proud of Brooke & Jubal’s donation to an organization for which our station has a great deal of admiration.”…..Greater Media’s alternative WBOS, Boston “Radio 92.9” is wbos logopresenting a series of free after work concerts called the Copley Concert Series at Copley Square Park in August.  The free shows go from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and will feature Brooklyn indie dance duo Matt and Kim on August 6, American indie pop artist Andrew McMahon on August 13 and upstate New York alternative rock band X Ambassadors on August 20.  WBOS PD Ken West states, “We are very excited to bring these ‘Radio 92.9’ acts to Boston for free concerts right in the heart of the city.  The series has been a great way for our audience to come together and enjoy a summer night.”…..iHeartMedia’s Orlando CHR WXXL “XL 106.7” is staking claim to the first U.S. morning showjohnnyshousecast broadcast from Cuba.  The “Johnny’s House” show – with host Johnny Magic (second from right), Laura Diaz (second from left) and Brian Grimes (far right) – traveled to Havana to “explore Cuban culture first-hand” and shared their experiences with listeners this morning (7/31).  Johnny Magic says, “Now that the doors to Cuba are opening for the first time in over 50 years, it’s radio’s obligation to be a part of history and the education process.  By using all our assets — our broadcast, digital and social platforms — we are able to share our experiences with all our listeners so they can learn as much about Cuban culture as possible.”

thackreyscottKUZZ-AM/FM, Bakersfield News Reporter Arrested on Sex Charge.  Longtime country KUZZ-AM/FM, Bakersfield news reporter Scott Thackrey was arrested on 7/29 on charges of attempting to engage in lewd conduct.  The Bakersfield police report that Thackrey was arrested after a sting operation in which Thackrey arranged to meet what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.  The operation was put into place after authorities were contacted by the parents of a girl whom they suspected of having sexual communications with Thackrey.  According to WBAK-TV, Bakersfield, Thackrey appears to be admitting guilt after posting the following message on his Facebook page: “I am deeply sorry for hurting and disappointing my friends.  But I am even more sad that I let down my boys.  I hope in time they can forgive me.  And I hope to show that by not running or hiding, they will know that no matter how bad something is it can always be owned and learned from.  I ask that you respect our privacy at this time.”  Suzanne Grant, news director at the Buck Owens Production Company-owned stations stated via the station’s Facebook page: “BPD Sgt. Joe Grubbs was unable to share any additional details with me regarding the incident.  However, we are shocked and saddened to hear of Scott’s arrest, and find the allegations to be completely out of character for the man we’ve known and worked with for years.  At this point we have to allow the case to play out and hope for the best and appropriate resolution for all involved.”

shannoncontractpic15Celebrating the Deal.  Executives from CBS RADIO, WCBS-FM, New York and Scott Shannon pose for a picture after the radio icon inked a new deal with the company to continue to serve as host of the morning drive show.  Shannon has been with the classic hits station for the past 16 months after exiting crosstown hot AC WPLJ.  Pictured from left to right are: CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez, Shannon, CBS RADIO COO Scott Herman, CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero, and corporate SVP of programming and WCBS-FM and WWFS program director Jim Ryan.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

| July 30, 2015

iheartmedia logo smalliHeartMedia Reports Q2 Revenue Up 4%.  The privately-owned iHeartMedia announces its Q2 financial numbers and reports revenue was $841 million – up 4% compared to the same quarter in 2014 – and stating that it saw “strength across the business (core local and national broadcast advertising revenue, traffic and weather business, syndication business and events).”  The companybresslerrichard says its expenses rose 5% year-over-year attributable to “event production costs, timing of barter and trade expenses, sales compensation expense and costs related to music licenses and performance royalties.”  Chief operating officer and chief financial officer Rich Bressler says in a press release, “We’re pleased with the revenue and OIBDAN growth we achieved this quarter.  We continue to invest in our capabilities across both iHeartMedia and outdoor to realize the full value of our multi-platform assets.  With no significant debt maturities until 2018, we can continue focusing on growing the top and bottom lines across our business segments.”  Total debt for the media giant is reported as just shy of $20.4 billion.

iheartRadioFest15iHeartRadio Music Festival Lineup Announced.  The lineup for this year’s iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on September 18 and 19 has been announced.  The slate contains numerous current pop and hip hop acts plus classic rock stalwarts The Who and 1980s icons Duran Duran.  At the top of the bill are: Kanye West, Sam Smith, Coldplay, Demi Lovato, David Guetta, Kenny Chesney, The Weeknd, Tove Lo, Lil Wayne, Fall Out Boy, Disclosure, Hozier, Jason Derulo, Prince Royce, Diplo, Trey Songz, The Killers, Blake Shelton, Nick Jonas, and Janet Jackson.  In addition to these acts, the Daytime Village on Saturday will feature the following: Walk The Moon, Big Sean, Lee Brice, George Ezra, Tori Kelly, Echosmith, James Bay, The Struts, Zella Day and Shawn Mendes.  The festival will broadcast live on iHeartMedia stations, will live stream on Yahoo Screen, and air on television’s The CW as a two-night special on September 29 and 30.

shannonscottScott Shannon and WCBS-FM, New York Agree to Contract Extension. Morning radio icon Scott Shannon joined CBS RADIO and its classic hits WCBS-FM, New York in March of 2014 after exiting Cumulus Media’s crosstown hot AC WPLJ.  Now, he and the company have agreed to a new,WCBS-FM Logo multi-year contract extension.  CBS RADIO says that since Shannon’s arrival there, “The station’s weekly cume has grown nearly 20% to approximately four million listeners.”  CBS RADIO SVP of programming and WCBS-FM PD Jim Ryan adds, “Since Scott Shannon joined the station, he has created a new awareness of WCBS-FM in the market, and we couldn’t be more thrilled he will be with us for years to come.  There is nothing better than knowing WCBS-FM fans will continue to jump-start their day with the famed Scott Shannon for a long time.”  The program also features Patty Steele, traffic reporter Joe Nolan, and weather from CBS 2 New York’s John Elliott.

hotchkisskeithiHeartMedia Charlotte Hikes Hotchkiss to Market President. Senior vice president of sales Keith Hotchkiss is elevated to market president of iHeartMedia‘s six-station Charlotte operation. Hotchkiss remarks that, “iHeartMedia Charlotte boasts some of the most talented on-air hosts, programmers, and sales professionals in the country. It is my goal to lead and expand, providing innovative solutions for our client partners across all our platforms, while also creating the best radio for our listeners. This is an exciting time to be in the radio industry. I could not be more proud to represent one of the world’s most enterprising media companies in one of the nation’s greatest cities.” Prior to being transferred to Charlotte, Hotchkiss spent more than 15 years at the company’s Cleveland cluster, where he ultimately became general sales manager. With (6+) Nielsen Audio June 2015 PPM market share and market rank in parentheses, iHeartMedia’s Charlotte cluster consists of country WKKT “The Kat” (7.3, #3); classic rock WRFX “The Fox” (6.5, #4); adult hits WLKO “The Lake” (6.3, #5); CHR WHQC “Channel 96-1″ (5.3, #7); and WEND “New Rock 106.5 – The End” (3.1, #12 ). WRFX-HD2 “Fox Sports FM 98.7″ does not appear in Charlotte’s June sweep.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Radio One-owned urban contemporary outlet WAMJ, Atlanta “Majic,” both midday personality Carol Blackmon and night jock Rene Miller have exited, according to Atlanta Journal Constitution media writer Rodney Ho.   The company has not stated what its plans are for staffing the dayparts…..The Baltimore Sun reports that Stephen Yasko is out as general manager for Towson University-owned, non-com triple A WTMD, Baltimore.  The paper reports that program director Scott Mullins is serving as acting GM…..WXRT, Chicago general sales manager Patty Reilly-Murphy announces she will retire from the CBS RADIO triple A station on August 28 after a 35-year career in radio sales…..Christopher “Jack” Johansing is promoted to marketing director at Benztown.  He’s been with the company for the past five years serving as coordinator, web, marketing & affiliate relations.

Julie Gilbert-CahillRemembering Julie Gilbert-Cahill. A memorial service is being held today (Thursday, 7/30) for radio promotion director-turned-music manager Julie Gilbert-Cahill, who passed away a week ago Monday (7/20) in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley (Woodland Hills). Approximately 35 years ago, Detroit native Gilbert-Cahill was the promotion director of Detroit rocker WRIF. Jacobs Media president Fred Jacobs was the station’s program director at that time and he comments that Gilbert-Cahill was, “a fearless, energetic, promotion person who played a huge role in our success.” Gilbert-Cahill moved to Los Angeles in 1983 to work for Howard Kaufman’s HK Music Management, where she coordinated tour activities for such artists as Jimmy Buffett, Chicago, Fleetwood Mac, Go-Go’s, and Heart. She later joined Peter Asher Management, where she worked with Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and Warren Zevon. Gilbert-Cahill retired from the music industry in 1996. Her husband (Jim) and two sons (James and Jake) are among those surviving Gilbert-Cahill, who was 58 years old. The family is asking that donations be made “in memory of Julie Gilbert-Cahill” to the site of today’s memorial service – Tarzana, California’s Temple Judea.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

| July 29, 2015

lemoneyesDuane Doobie’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: Kid Kelly, vice president of music programming at SiriusXM; Todd Cavanah, golden-eared PD at CBS RADIO-owned WJMK “K-Hits” and WBBM-FM in Chicago; John Marks, director of country programming for SiriusXM; on-air personality Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Matt James, golden-eared, on air personality at “T-100” WCLT, Newark, Ohio; Golden-eared music director Karoline Kramer Gould (also known to her followers as Momma K) at WJCU, Cleveland; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Jayn, golden-eared afternoon talent/music director/asst. program director at “Alice 93.7” in San Francisco; plus internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (7/29) includes such names as: A Great Big World, Futuristic, Conrad Sewell, Echosmith, The Heydaze, Leon Bridges, Meg Myers, Gin Wigmore, Iration, Frank Turner, Five Finger Death Punch, Evie Archer, Jackie Lee, Don Henley, Kelsea Ballerini, Clare Dunn, Sawyer Brown, Alan Jackson, Bobby Wills, Kygo, Slaptop, Baio, How I Became The Bomb, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

shreddragan‘103.3 The Edge’ in Buffalo Renews Shredd and Ragan Morning Show. The longtime Buffalo morning duo of Ted Shredd and Tom Ragan must be working for Cumulus Media’s alternative WEDG “103.3 The Edge” because the company announces it has signed the “four-hour comedy talk radio morning show” to an extension.  The duo began working mornings at the station back in 1994 and, as the company states, “Their success was felt so strongly in Western New York that when the format and station name were changed, Shredd and Ragan remained the cornerstone for the brand new ‘103.3 The Edge, Buffalo’s New Rock Alternative’…The Shredd and Ragan Show has received numerous industry awards and accolades throughout its continued and historic run.”  Cumulus corporate rock format programmer Troy Hanson says, “We are delighted to extend our longtime working relationship with Shredd and Ragan into a new long-term deal that continues to partner two great brands — Shredd and Ragan, and ‘Buffalo’s Premiere Alternative Rock Radio’ station WEDG – ‘The Edge.’  Ted, Tom and their crew (Jim Jacka and Josh Potter) are top notch at covering the pulse of all things Buffalo and Western New York.  We couldn’t be more proud of them.”

martinekallysonAllyson Martinek Dropped from WDVD, Detroit AM Show.  Not too long after celebrating her 20th anniversary on air on the 96.3 frequency in Detroit, Allyson Martinek is let go from the Cumulus Media hot AC station.  Local media reports surfaced earlier this week and now Martinekwdvd logo confirms via her Facebook page writing: “i just want to say how much i will truly miss talking to you every morning. it has been my pleasure and i thank you for all the support and friendship. i hope its not long before we talk again. BIG hugs and kisses from the bottom of my heart……..:)”  Blaine Fowler continues as host of the show with crew members Matt Laurinec and Joe Santos remaining with the show.  The Detroit News reports that the company intends to fill Martinek’s role with a talent yet-to-be-named.

bouvardpierreWW1’s Bouvard: What If Brand Advertising Were Based on ‘Cost Per Awareness?’  In the current edition of his regular blog post, Westwood One chief marketing officer Pierre Bouvard uses recent data from an Ipsos study of the media campaign for the July 15 Amazon Prime Day Sales event to illustrate the effectiveness of radio versus TV and online in this campaign.  Bouvard notes (aswestwood one NEW RadioInfo published last week) that Ipsos reports “radio advertising was the most effective at converting awareness into Prime Day purchases when compared to TV and online.  Of those exposed to radio ads, 52% made a purchase versus TV (39%) and online (48%).”  He goes on to say that, contrary to what one might expect, radio did a better job of targeting 18-34s than TV or online.  But what Bouvard really gets at is how much was spent by Amazon on each medium and he posits that if brand advertising were sold on cost-per-awareness basis, radio would have come out on top in this case.  Here’s why: Amazon spent $6 million on TV for a 34% ad recall (among 18-34s), resulting in a $177,000 cost-per-awareness point, while it spent $1.4 million on the radio campaign for a 14% ad recall that results in just $100,000 for each cost-per-awareness point.  Read Bouvard’s entire piece here.

Super8TourSuper 8 Military Appreciation Tour.  Members of the military and their families in Oak Grove, Kentucky were treated to a special performance by award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry last night (7/28) thanks to the Super 8 hotel chain and Premiere Networks.  Pictured here are (from l-r): Cody Alan, host of “CMT After MidNite”; Kari Moore, director USO National and USO Campbell; Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry; Malissa Harris, USO Fort Campbell operations center supervisor; Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry; Pamela Holz, USO National and Fort Campbell Center operations and program manager; and Mike Mueller, Super 8 brand senior vice president.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

| July 28, 2015

nextradio logoAT&T Agrees to Activate FM Chips in Android Phones.  Calling it a “big milestone for the radio industry,” NextRadio and TagStation announce that AT&T is saying it will begin including FM chip activation in their 2016 smartphone device specifications.  Furtheratt logo NextRadio says this illustrates that “working together and supporting this initiative is paying off.  The change is made by the OEMs (smartphone makers) and by having the support of carriers like Sprint and AT&T putting it in their specifications it increases the probability of getting the FM Chip turned on.  We already have experienced handset makers activating it across all carriers, (for example, new models of HTC One and Moto phones) and AT&T’s request fuels the support and progress being made.”  NextRadio says the next step is for AT&T to communicate its request to manufacturers to activate the existing FM chip in Android smartphones.  NextRadio reports the activation timing is expected for all new Android smartphones releasing in 2016, with a chance of some phones being ready by year-end.  It goes on to say it’s “imperative that we keep running the NextRadio and FreeRadioOnMyPhone.org radio spots.  Research has indicated that our listeners want FM radio on their smartphones, and they will listen when it is activated.  Please support the third flight; the radio spots can be found at www.nextradioapp.com/promote.”

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walshpatrickEmmis Elevates Walsh, Hornaday, Rickenbach. Effective this Saturday (8/1), executive vice president/chief financial officer/chief operating officer Patrick Walsh will become president/COO of Emmis Communications; senior vice president of finance/treasurer Ryan Hornaday gets promoted to executive vice president/chief financial officer/treasurer; and Christopherhornadayryan Rickenbach bumps up to vice president of finance/assistant treasurer. Emmis founder/board chair/chief executive officer Jeff Smulyan comments, “We have an outstanding team of senior leaders [at this company]. These moves are a natural evolution in our leadership process, allowing Ryan to take on additional responsibility for leading our finance team thereby enabling Pat to build on his impressive track record operating our business. We are blessed to have a great team that makes such a difference in our performance and ability to innovate on behalf of Emmis and our Emmisindustries.” Walsh remarks, “In my new role, I look forward to working with my colleagues at Emmis and throughout the radio industry to find innovative ways to deliver growth in the coming years. Ryan is one of the most talented financerickenbachchristopher executives I have encountered in my career – I am thrilled to see him take on the CFO role.” According to Hornaday, “I have been impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit that permeates all levels of this organization. I am excited about the opportunity to join the executive ranks at Emmis and help deliver long-term value for our shareholders and employees.” Walsh joined Emmis in 2006 as chief financial officer and serves on the company’s board of directors. In addition, he is on the board of directors of the National Association of Broadcasters; Radio Advertising Bureau; Indianapolis 500 Festival; and the Center for Leadership Development. Walsh previously was chief financial officer at iBiquity Digital; was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company; and he has worked at General Motors and Deloitte LLP. Hornaday has been with Emmis since 1999. Prior to that, he spent three years in the audit practice of Arthur Andersen LLP, Indianapolis. He is a board member of not-for-profit organization Choices and Hornaday is on the finance committee for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

landeckerjohnJohn Records Landecker to Exit WLS-FM, Chicago.  WLS-FM, Chicago evening personality and market legend John Records Landecker will retire from the station after his show on Friday.  Cumulus Media says that Landecker, who’s been hosting the evening show at the classic hits station since 2006, will be replaced in the interim by Jeff Davis.  According to Windy City media writer Robert Feder, Landecker told his audience on Monday evening that he is leaving to pursue new interests but that — for the first time in his career — he does not have another radio gig lined up.  The 68-year-old radio personality says his first plan is to visit his daughter – actress Amy Landecker – and her family in Los Angeles before deciding what he wants to do next.  Read Robert Feder’s piece here.

thomasbrianBrian Thomas to Program WLS-FM, Chicago.  The official announcement comes from Cumulus Media as the company announces Brian Thomas will move from his New York-based gig to Chicago to take over the program director reigns at classic hits WLS-FM, Chicago.  Thomas – who’s been responsible for programming country WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” – will continue to serve as corporate program director for the country format, and will now also oversee classic hits for the company.  Thomas comments, “Every kid from Chicago who grew up listening to WLS-FM, as I did, dreams of working there.  I’m proud that NASH-FM’s weekly audience hit an all-time high of almost 1.2 million and sales are pacing +20% in a down market…and I’m excited to continue to work with a handful of our country stations, too.”  Thomas takes over for corporate PD Jan Jeffries who moves Washington, DC to lead programming at CHR WRQX.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  The new midday personality at Curtis Media Group-owned country outlet WQDR, Raleigh is Sean “Cash” Varicalli.  He takes over for J.J. Herr, who exited the radio business…..Alex Brandon is promoted to general manager for American General Media’s Durango, Colorado operations.  AMG regional manager Bill Kruger says Brandon will continue to serve as sales manager for the station cluster…..WKTV-TV, Utica, New York reports that Hunter Scott has exited his position on the AM drive program, “The Show,” at Galaxy Communications-owned rock simulcast WKRL, Syracuse and WKLL, Utica – branded as “KRock.”  The station did not explain the reason for Scott’s departure.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael Harrison and Jimmie JJ Walker Tackle the Hot Issues on New Installment of ‘Up Close and Far Out.’  In a freewheeling conversation about current events, RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison is joined by iconic comedic pundit Jimmie JJ Walker.   The former star of the 1970s groundbreaking sitcom “Good Times” (anointed “Comedian of the Decade” by TIME magazine in the 70s) has gone on to “grind out” a five-decade career playing comedy clubs around the country and making guest appearances on radio and TV talk shows.  He began his media journey prior to “Good Times” as a technician at the legendary WMCA, New York in the early days of Bob Grant and hosted his own radio talk show for several years back in the 90s – maintaining a closewalkerJimmiejj relationship with the radio industry throughout his career.  In addition to being a comedic trailblazer, Walker has developed a reputation for his independent, intelligent social and political commentary and provides penetrating insight into current-day race relations in America… and that is what Harrison taps into in this podcast.  The two discuss a wide variety of topics including Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, the “Obama Coalition,” Bill Cosby, social media, the fractured state of comedy, and ageism as it applies to the retirement of David Letterman and Jay Leno. To listen to the entire podcast click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right hand column of every page on RadioInfo.com.

westwood one NEWWestwood One Adds Two to Network Sales Team.  The company says that the addition of Angela Codella and Roman Gwin to its sales staff is part of its “ongoing effort to build the best network sales team in the business.”  Codella has joined the New York office ascodellaangela director, national partnerships, and reports to Ron Russo, EVP, Northeast sales.  Roman Gwin joins the LA office, also as director, national partnerships, and reports to Kim Bryant, EVP, West Coast sales.  Codella comes to Westwood One from SiriusXM where she was an account director responsible for creating integrated marketing and promotional campaigns for clients on the talk, sports, gwinromanand entertainment channels.  Prior to that, she was a senior account executive for CBS RADIO New York’s WWFS and WXRK.  Gwin most recently was national account director for iHeartMedia’s Total Traffic and Weather Networks.  He served for many years as a sales manager and account executive at iHeartMedia’s KOST, KBIG, and KIIS.  WW1 president Steve Shaw comments, “We are making very deliberate and strategic hires to enhance our sales force.  Angela and Roman join us with impeccable skill sets in developing opportunities and solutions for advertisers.  They will add more creative depth and expertise to our team.”

wiyyCool Job Opportunity.  Hearst Television’s WBAL-AM and WIYY-FM “98 Rock” in Baltimore, Maryland has a rare opening for chief engineer.  We are a fast-paced workplace, flagship for the Baltimore Ravens and Navy, have the largest newsroom in the state of Maryland, and almost 100% LOCAL programming.  We are looking for a self-motivated, high-energy person to lead our engineering department.  Creative ideas for deploying new technology, improving efficiency and reliability should be key traits.  Must have strong IT, communication and technical skills.  If you or someone you know is interested in working in a creative, fun, respectful and exciting environment, follow the link and apply today.

w231ciAnother Cool Job Opportunity.  Digity Media has a part-time on air position open at hip hop “Beatz 96.3” in West Palm Beach, Florida that includes “pre-recorded” (tracked vs. live) air shifts to host the music format and communicate to the listeners.  This position also requires a fill-in “on demand” element to cover air shifts for, but not limited to: sick leave absence of full time air personalities, vacation schedule relief, special company holiday fill-ins, and or emergency situations. ( i.e. weather, local emergency, CMT needs).  Additionally, fill-ins and regular part-time shifts can require station event attendance, promotions, sales remotes etc. as needed, but with no guarantee of hours (but not to extend over 29.5 hours per week).  Send air check and resume to: Don “Dj Wrekk 1” Williams via don.williams@digity.me.

Monday, July 27, 2015

| July 27, 2015

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zakk‘Zakk’ Moves from ‘The Loop’ to KSAN for PM Drive and APD Post. Returning to Northern California (he worked at KSJO, San Jose in the early 2000s) is Dominic “Zakk” ZaccagniniCumulus Media announces Zakk moves from his on-air and music director position at classic rock WLUP-FM, Chicago to rock KSAN, San Francisco “107.7 The Bone” to serve as APD and afternoon drive host.  Zakk comments, “Chicago was my home and my heart will always be with ‘The Loop,’ but this move is the perfect fit for me professionally and personally. I’ll always be a fan of [Cumulus SF OM/program director] Jim Richards’ leadership skills and creative originality.  It’s an honor to join the KSAN team along with the support of the talented minds across the entire Cumulus organization.  I’m grateful to Wade Linder and Troy Hanson for their roles in this amazing opportunity.”

brownzacWestwood One Announces Zac Brown-Hosted Labor Day Special.  The name of the Labor Day special is “Workin’ Hard Country” and will feature GRAMMY, ACM, and CMA award-winning artist Zac Brown, who becomes the latest music superstar to front one of Westwood One’s holiday musicwestwood one NEW specials.  WW1 says Brown will gather some of his A-list country friends to salute America’s workers on the four-hour program.  Besides songs from his band,  Brown will also play working songs including “Day Drinking” by Little Big Town, Florida Georgia  Line’s “Round Here,” “The Only Way I Know” by Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Eric Church; “Shiftwork” by Kenny Chesney and George Strait, Keith Urban’s “Where the Blacktop Ends” and  Brooks & Dunn’s “Hard Workin’ Man,” plus more.  The special will include visits from Kenny Chesney, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church and others to join him and share stories about their pre-fame jobs and their current jobs as artists, musicians, and performers.

kabrichrandyKabrich: AQH Rating Point Increase Stat Doesn’t Support Voltair’s PPM Effectiveness.  In another blog post from broadcast consultant Randy Kabrich addressing the controversial Voltair audio processor from Telos Alliance and Nielsen Audio’s PPM ratings methodology, he compares the Total AQH Rating of all stations in the 48 PPM-rated markets (Persons 25-54 Monday–Sunday) from both the June 2014 (prior to Voltair) and June 2015 (with an estimated 62.6% of competitive stations in those markets using Voltair units) surveys.  The result is the figure rose by just 0.9 ratings points – 402.2 Total AQH Rating in ’15 versus 401.3 in ’14.  Kabrich goes on to report that “a total of only 390 stations nationwide out of 1407 stations in PPM markets — Persons 25-54 Monday–Sunday  — had ANY INCREASE in AQH June 2014-2015 with 600-plus Voltairs sold – and a large number of the increases were caused by facts that can easily be explained and not attributed to Voltair.”  Further, he says even if all 390 stations that saw increases had Voltair units, the breakdown indicates that almost 40% of those stations saw an increase of just 0.2 AQH rating points.  Read Kabrich’s entire blog here.

wnnxLesbianWedding15WNNX, Atlanta Names Winners in Lesbian Wedding Contest.  Atlanta rock outlet WNNX wrapped a weeks-long promotion on Friday (7/24), awarding couple Jennifer and Robyn the grand prize in its lesbian wedding contest.  The WNNX morning show is pictured here in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood with Jennifer and Robyn.  The station says, “After weeks of drama, online voting, twists, angry contestants, angry family members, tons of sponsors and some really interesting radio, Jennifer and Robyn won and were married at The Rock-n-Taco.  The ceremony was performed live on the air, and was streamed on the station’s website as the show interviewed family members and friends throughout the morning.  The winning couple was given wedding rings, a honeymoon on the Monsters of Rock cruise, free wedding photography and video, teeth whitening and a wedding that they’ll never forget.”

warhlogoCool Job Opportunity.  Hubbard Radio St. Louis is looking for a full time morning show co-host to join the “Ricki & Brando Show.”  Work for the best radio company on earth!   You must have a friendly, likable, charismatic personality with strong co-hosting skills.  You must understand how to lead content in a multiple–personality ensemble cast.  Creative approach to topic selection, preparation and execution is a must!  Work closely with the programming and sales teams to grow the company’s revenue and on-air and digital audience.  For more information and to apply, click here.

Friday, July 24, 2015

| July 24, 2015

rlmc logoRadio Claims Victory in SESAC Settlement.  Noting that this is the “first time in SESAC’s 85-year history with radio broadcasters that the performing right organization’s license fees will be subject to determination by a third-party arbitration panel,” the Radio Music License Committee is thrilled with the terms of a settlement agreement that brings an end to almost three years of antitrust litigation.  The RMLC represents the vast majority of the nation’s commercial radio stations.  Highlights of the settlement include: If voluntary agreements on rates can’t be reached, the parties will participate in binding arbitration that will encompass 22-years commencing 2016 and no historic SESAC rates may receive precedential value; SESAC’s rates will be frozen at existing 2015 levels, with no further rate changes until the parties’ negotiations or arbitration are concluded covering rates for the license term 2016 through 2018; SESAC will continue to offer its existing All-Talk Amendment discount of 75%; the scope of rights to be covered under future SESAC licenses will mirror the coverage that traditional operators currently enjoy with SESAC’s competitors (ASCAP and BMI), and SESAC commits to consolidating (as of 2016) its current three separate license structure for over-the-air, HD radio and streaming into a single license; SESAC’s writer and publisher affiliates will have greater ability to license works directly to radio station operators; and the RMLC will be reimbursed by SESAC for the legal fees it incurred in prosecuting the antitrust case against SESAC. RMLC chairman Ed Christian says, “Litigation is always a last resort, but the RMLC felt compelled to file this lawsuit in order to impose some rate-setting parameters upon SESAC that would mirror the antitrust consent decree process that has been in place with ASCAP and BMI for decades and that has achieved equitable license fees for the industry.”  The RMLC was represented by Margaret Zwisler and her team from the Washington firm Latham & Watkins.

cbsradio logoCBS RADIO Announces Market Manager Changes. Taking over for Marc Rayfield at the CBS RADIO Philadelphia cluster as SVP/market manager is current director of sales David Yadgaroff.  Rayfield was recently named market manager for the New York market.  Elsewhere in the company, current Boston SVP/market manager Mark Hannon adds the same duties for Hartford, replacing the retiring Suzanne McDonald.  CBS combines the SVP/market manager post for both Miami and Orlando and appoints Steve Carver, who replaces Joe Bell in Miami and Dave Robbins in Orlando.  They both exit the company.  Director of sales Tony Perlongo is promoted to SVP/ market manager in Las Vegas, taking over for the exiting Jerry McKenna; and Mike Valenzuela rises from VP/director of sales in the Riverside cluster to SVP/market manager, replacing Harvey Wells who’s returning to the Chicago area to be closer to family.

orban logoOrban Addresses Nielsen-Voltair Issue.  Audio processor competitor Orban has been very quiet during the industry-wide discussion about 25-Seven’s Voltair processor but breaks that silence with a press statement released on Thursday (7/23).  The statement says, in part, “Some have argued that Voltair is ‘just another form of audio processing.’  However, we believe that there is an essential and fundamental difference between audio processing (like that done by our Optimods) that increases the opportunity of the Nielsen encoder to insert audibly undetectable watermark tones and processing that directly manipulates the level of the watermark, potentially breaking Nielsen psychoacoustic masking model and allowing the tones to become audible.  Based on their testing, Nielsen concluded that Voltair can degrade perceptual quality.  In an environment where traditional radio is suffering ever-increasing competition from new media, we believe that it is unwise for radio to degrade its audio in an internecine battle whose ultimate winner could be non-broadcast providers.  Because Nielsen is a large, global business that depends on producing credible audience measurements, we expect that it will soon solve any problem (if it actually exists) by making improvements to its encoder.  Accordingly, we have decided not to add processing to Optimods that directly manipulates the Nielsen watermark signal because we expect that any such effort would degrade audio quality and would soon be rendered obsolete by Nielsen’s encoder improvements.  Moreover, we trust the Media Rating Council to thoroughly evaluate any such improvements, as they have already done for the Nielsen PPM system in its current form.  While it is true Orban’s Optimod processors are compatible with Voltair, we urge caution.”

johnsonjohnson15Johnson & Johnson Return to ‘KBULL 93’ in Salt Lake City.  The duo of Tommy (left) and Joe (right) Johnson held down the morning show on country KUBL, Salt Lake City from 1997 through 2011 and is credited with helping build the station into what it is.  Now, they return to the morning drive slot at the Cumulus Media station effective Monday, July 27.  The station says that during their first run on KUBL, they “received an ACM nomination for Large Market Morning Show of the Year, helped raise over $1 million dollars in donations to The Huntsman Cancer Institute and gave away free weddings to hundreds of couples who exchanged vows at McDonald’s drive-thrus, haunted houses and on the floor at half-time during a Utah Jazz game — some of whom are still married!”  For the past four years they’ve hosted mornings at CBS RADIO’s country KMPS, Seattle.

pandoralogoPandora Reports Q2 Numbers; Ad Revenue Up 30% Year-Over-Year.  That figure represents the ad sales revenue comparing the second quarter of 2014 to that of 2015, which totaled $230.9 million.  Pandora reports that local ad revenue rose 67% year-over-year to $58.9 million, representing 21% of total revenue.  As far as listenership is concerned, listener hours were up 5% to 5.3 billion and active listeners rose 4% to 79.4 million.  Looking ahead, Pandora expects third quarter revenue to be in the neighborhood of $310-$315 million and expects to finish 2015 with total revenue of between $1.175 and $1.185 billion.

nuhnrick‘Top 10 Now & Then’ Show Gaining Momentum.  The Rick Nuhn-hosted weekend radio program is at home on adult R&B and rhythmic oldies outlets.  Nuhn recently retired from Concord Music Group where he was senior director of urban music.  The syndicated show – produced by Ron Shapiro (with Ed Mann handling affiliate sales) – is currently heard on such outlets as XHRM, San Diego; KQIE, Riverside; WRRX, Pensacola; WCMG, Florence, Alabama; and KMRJ, Palm Springs, among others.  The show is described as “a countdown show that features the best from yesterday and today, inside the framework of a specific weekly theme.”

blackstoneaudioGot Old Radio Shows? Opportunity to Monetize Content in Your Basement.  One of the largest independent audiobook companies in the world, Blackstone Audio, is looking to expand its product offerings beyond audiobooks into spoken-word, including comedy, opinion pieces, soundtracks (non-musical), old-time radio and TV shows, sports broadcast highlights, and any other forms of spoken-word or subject matter that would be interesting to the audio-listening public.  Blackstone would offer the content owners of recorded audio programs that they choose to license or distribute an arrangement under which the content owners would receive the majority of the net revenue from the sale of their content to the public by Blackstone.  If you have recorded spoken-word content and would be interested in having Blackstone Audio consider it for licensing or distribution contact Larry Harris at talkharris@olypen.com.

NASHBryandance15Luke Bryan Does ‘Watch Me’ Dance on ‘NASH Nights Live.’  Country star and UMG Nashville recording artist Luke Bryan (center) dances with “NASH Nights Live” co-hosts Shawn Parr (left) and Elaina Smith (right) during Thursday night’s program.  The bit was ignited by a fan who asked if Bryan could do the “Watch Me” dance a.k.a. Whip and NaeNae.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

| July 23, 2015

voltair imageNielsen Audio-Voltair Debate Rages On.  The industry is still aflutter with chatter – and quite a few blogs – over Tuesday’s Nielsen Audio webinar in which the ratings giant told clients its tests of Telos Alliance’s Voltair audio processor showed no conclusive evidence that the unit positively impacted the PPM unit’s ability to pick up the embedded codes in any way that could affect ratings.  Although Nielsen did admit that in some circumstances, Voltair did give the watermark a boost that would allow the PPM to pick up more codes.  Broadcasting consultantkabrichrandy Randy Kabrich responded to that conclusion in a recent blog post in which he explained that – due to the U.S. system of Quarter Hour measurement – picking up some extra codes via Voltair which might have gone undetected without it, still would not increase ratings because the Media Rating Council testing done on PPM concluded the measurement system “hears” enough of the codes to get an accurate record of listening.  The Voltair unit has only been in the field for less than a year and it appears there isn’t enough data, available publicly anyway, to produce sound conclusions about whether – or exactly how – the unit affects the audio and the PPM’s reception of it across all radio formats.  Even Telos Alliance doesn’t seem to have all the answers about its product as Kabrich points out in today’s blog post that focuses on contrary opinions about whether certain music “encodes well” for PPM.  Read it here.

leejordanWYMS Lifts Lee to PD. Six-year WYMS, Milwaukee assistant program director Jordan Lee is elevated to program director of the Milwaukee Public Schools-owned/Radio Milwaukee-managed noncommercial triple A outlet. He succeeds Sean Demery, who relocates to Utah, but will work with the station as a consultant. Radio Milwaukee executive director Mary Louise Mussoline comments, “Sean worked very hard for us and set the stage for our continued growth. Jordan has consistently done exceptional work; led the program team in implementing changes; and encouraged excellence from the team. He has beenWYMS developing strong industry contacts and worked with top national bands for our ‘Studio Milwaukee’ on-air shows. Jordan is a rising star.” Lee remarks, “We have done great work over the last eight years and we are making a real difference in the community. I think I can help bring even more listeners to the station, which will help us make an even greater impact in Milwaukee.” The station’s morning drive talent since December 2008, Lee will no longer host a daily show. After consecutive .8 showings in April and May (Nielsen Audio PPM, 6+), WYMS registers a 1.1 in June (#19); it is the first time it reaches at least a one-share (6+) since last July’s 1.0.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  There’s a new voice on iHeartMedia’s hip hop WJMN, Boston “Jam’n 94.5”vfrankie as Frankie V, a.k.a. Frank Vinci, joins current morning show co-host Ashlee Feldman for AM drive duties.  Frankie V takes over for Ramiro “The Freakin’ Puerto Rican” Torres who exits…..Taryn Daly is promoted at Entercom rocker KISW, Seattle.  She moves from her weekend gig to full-time dalytarynnight jock and social media director.  Daly takes over for Jolene, who recently exited her evening show position after an 11-year stint to pursue opportunities outside the radio business…..At Staradio’s country WXNU, Kankakee, Illinois, midday personality Denny Case is promoted to program director after current PD and PM drive personality Maggi Mayfield announces she’ll leave the station on August 14 to pursue her stand-up career full time…..Night jock Kid Jay adds music director duties to his role with iHeartMedia’s rhythmic CHR KGGI, Riverside, California.

cumulus logoCumulus-Commissioned Study Indicates Radio Advertising Helped Drive Awareness of Amazon Prime Day.  The Ipsos study commissioned by Cumulus Media/Westwood One analyzing how advertising drove awareness of the July 15 Amazon Prime Day was done to “understand how effective advertising and radio is to drive online purchases.”  The study concluded that: 81% of Americans aware of Amazon Prime said they were exposed to some form of advertising for the event; one out of five Americans reported making a purchase during Amazon Prime Day because of advertising; three out of five Amazonamazonprimeday Prime subscribers (18-49) exposed to advertising said they purchased something during Amazon Prime Day; and radio advertising was the most effective at converting awareness into Prime Day purchases when compared to TV and online.  Of those exposed to radio ads, 52% made a purchase versus TV (39%) and online (48%).  Cumulus and Westwood One chief marketing officer Pierre Bouvard comments, “Advertising put Amazon Prime Day on the map, and radio was the most effective at converting awareness into purchases.  The greatest Amazon Prime Day purchases occurred among Millennials, households with children, and those with a full-time job — precisely the profile of the American radio listener.”

dukefm logoKMJO, Fargo Airing ‘DUKE FM’ Country Format.  The classic country format from Envision Networks and Kroeger Media Inc is now heard on Midwest Communications’ KMJO-FM, Fargo as the station re-brands as “104.7 DUKE FM.”  Midwest Communications vice president of programming Jeff McCarthy states, “Stars such as George Strait, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson were not getting airplay and furthermore, the legends like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson were without a home on the radio, until now.  ‘DUKE FM at 104.7’ now delivers the massive hits from the legendary artists.”

michaelsnickNick Michaels’ ‘Deep End’ Programs to Air on KRDG, Redding.  New affiliate KRDG, Redding, California adds two show from Nick MichaelsAmerican Voice Corporation.  The weekly “The Deep End With Nick Michaels” and the daily short-form feature “Stories From The Deep End” will begin airing on the Mapleton-owned classic hits station on August 9.

KerrJimPage15iHeartRadio ICONS Series Hosts Jimmy Page.  Rock giant and Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page (left) sits down with WAXQ, New York and iHeartMedia personality Jim Kerr (right) at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City for a recent edition of the iHeartRadio ICONS.  In celebration of the release of digitally re-mastered editions of Led Zeppelin albums Presence, In Through the Out Door and Coda, Page took part in a Q&A with Kerr and played the first public airing of an alternate take on “When the Levee Breaks” titled, “If it Keeps on Raining,” (which is included on the Coda record).  Photo: The Browyoungs for iHeartRadio.

arlingtonindependentmediaCool Job Opportunity.  Arlington Independent Media seeks a Radio Coordinator for its new low-power FM.  The Radio Coordinator (RC) is responsible for coordinating the activities of WERA, Arlington.  The RC will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the station, will assist the AIM Board of Directors, the WERA/LPFM Committee, and the AIM Executive Director in the long-term and strategic planning for the future health and growth of the station, and will work with the Executive Director and the LPFM/WERA, Facilities, Marketing, and Fundraising Committees to promote the station, solicit programs, raise funds, and seek sponsorships and underwriting. The RC reports to the AIM Operations Manager.  For job requirements and to apply, click here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

| July 22, 2015

nielsen logoNielsen on Voltair and PPM: The Morning After.  Yesterday’s Nielsen Audio webinar with PPM client stations regarding upcoming changes to its PPM technology and the Voltair audio processor from Telos Alliance has the industry buzzing.  As you know, Nielsen has been testing the Voltair unit and has concluded that it cannot “support” Voltair, saying it found nothing substantial to show the processor positively affects the PPM unit’s ability to pick up the watermark tone that credits listening.  A number of managers and programmers have subsequently commented anonymously that they remain unconvinced by Nielsen’s research and presentation.  One programmer tells TALKERS, “Their research proved without a doubt that Voltair recorded more listening in certain formats when the PPM was in a noisy environment.  However, they did a flip-flop in their presentation, stating that ‘Voltair’s increased recording of listenership was inconclusive.’  Interestingly, at the same time they announced the rollout of an enhanced and more robust watermark which should be in the field by fall.  If there was not a problem, then why the new watermark?”  But broadcasting consultant Randy Kabrich writes in a blog post today in which, in this instance, he defends Nielsen’s response.  He says it’s well known that PPM doesn’t hear all of the codes and because of the 15-minute Quarter Hour ratings method employed in the U.S., it doesn’t need to.  “The Media Rating Council has examined every aspect of the PPM very extensively with their audits…[The] policies for stations to receive credit from the PPM codes were put in place many years ago after years of testing because it is known that the PPM meter misses codes!  And yet, the results are statically valid.  Otherwise no PPM markets would be accredited by the MRC.  And don’t you find it interesting that the MRC has agreed to look at Voltair with stations who have gone to them based on their own observations?  Look at it from the outside.  What do those stations gain?  It is almost as if they have post purchase dissonance and need someone to tell them they made the correct decision.”  Read Kabrich’s interesting blog piece here.

musgraveskaceyDuane 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: Kid Kelly, Vice President of Music Programming at SiriusXM; Todd Cavanah, golden-eared PD at CBS owned WJMK “K-Hits” & WBBM-FM in Chicago; John Marks, director of Country programming for SiriusXM; on-air personality Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105;” Matt James, golden-eared, on air personality at “T-100” WCLT in Newark, OH; Golden-eared music director Karoline Kramer Gould (also known to her followers as Momma K) at WJCU 88.7 FM; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” Jayn, golden-eared afternoon talent/music director/asst. program director at Alice 93.7, San Francisco; plus internet sensation The Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats.  You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM.  This week’s selection posted today (7/22) includes such names as: Alessia Cara, Nico & Vinz, Kid Ink, Bebe Rexha, Evie Archer, The Heydaze, Leon Bridges, 5 Seconds of Summer, Calvin Harris, Disciples, Carly Rae Jepsen, Glen Hansard, Sea Of Bees, Bon Jovi, Frank Turner, Five Finger Death Punch, Uncle Ezra Ray, Beck, Keith Richards, Wilco, Sawyer Brown, Striking Matches, Kacey Musgraves, Clare Dunn, Bobby Wills, Kelsea Ballerini, David Nail, Kygo, Trippy Turtle, Henry Fong, Quad City DJs, Ennio Morricone, Bandini, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

scotttony‘Smooth R&B 105.7’ in Dallas Names Tony Scott PM Drive Host. Returning to Texas after 27 years in St. Louis to take on the afternoon drive role at Service Broadcasting’s KRNB, Dallas “Smooth R&B 105.7” is Tony Scott.  He spent 26 years hosting morning drive at iHeartMedia’s KMJM, St. Louis “Majic 100.3” prior to that station’s transition to classic hip hop as “100.3 The Beat.”  In announcing Scott’s arrival, KRNB director of operations George “Geo” Cook says, “Tony is a multi-platform performer with tremendous talent who can engage and captivate audiences with his humor andkrnb logo storytelling.  His delivery is smooth and conversational – and that’s exactly what we were looking for.  With his years of experience, Tony has developed a high media IQ and is very social media savvy, knowing how to leverage the power of each touchpoint.  I am ecstatic that he is now a member of the Service Broadcasting family and an integral part of our incredibly talented Smooth Crew!”  Scott comments, “The opportunity to join KRNB and Service Broadcasting is one that has me excited and proud.  The reputation of Service Broadcasting and its owner, Hymen Childs, is legendary.  Put that with the chance to learn and work with Director of Operations George ‘Geo’ Cook and you really can’t ask for more.”

joynertomTom Joyner’s Fantastic Voyage to Be Featured on ‘Hollywood Divas.’  On two upcoming episodes of TVOne’s “Hollywood Divas” (July 22 and 29), The Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage cruise will be featured.  Joyner’s “Party with a Purpose” supports students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities and on the upcoming episodes, cast members Lisa Wu, Elise Neal, Paul Jai Parker, Golden Brooks and guest Shar Jackson share in the experience that thousands of guests flock to annually.

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