Category: Industry News
May Proves Momentous for Demay. Three-year WWLI, Providence “Lite Rock 105” program director Brian Demay transfers from the Cumulus Media adult contemporary facility to Cincinnati for the same responsibilities at co-owned, similarly programmed WRRM “Warm 98.” Cumulus Media regional vice president and Cincinnati market manager Dave Crowl comments, “We are pleased to welcome Brian to our team. Brian’s successful track record in the competitive Providence market makes him fully prepared to further build the value of the ‘Warm 98’ brand to our listeners, advertisers, and the Cincinnati community. We look forward to his contributions.” According to Demay, “Leading ‘Warm 98’ is a dream-come-true. I am excited to be able to come home again and reconnect with friends and family in Ohio. I am going to miss my talented team in Providence, but the Cumulus Cincinnati team is awesome; I cannot wait to get started.” In addition to programming “Lite Rock 105,” Demay was the station’s afternoon personality; he continues as a Westwood One AC talent. Before joining “Lite Rock 105,” Demay programmed WTSS, Buffalo; adult contemporary WJBR-FM, Wilmington, Delaware; and WUMX, Charlottesville, Virginia; was operations manager for WCLR, WZLR, & WPTW, Dayton; WBQB and WFVA, Fredericksburg, Virginia; and for iHeartMedia Charlottesville. According to March 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM results for Providence, “Lite Rock 105” is #1 for the fifth successive ratings period (12.1, 6+) and has been in double-digits (6+) each time. Meanwhile, “Warm 98” is fifth and is down for the third straight time (11.9 – 7.2 – 6.3 – 6.1, 6+).
Paul Kelley Promoted at iHeartMedia Arizona. Phoenix market programmer Paul Kelley is promoted to senior vice president of programming for iHeartMedia’s Arizona region. That means, in addition to continuing his program director role at both AC KESZ and rhythmic AC KYOT and oversight of the company’s other Phoenix stations, he will lead programming strategy and talent development in the Tucson market. iHeartMedia Tucson market president Carl Anderson comments, “We are excited to have Paul Kelley help lead our programmatic oversight here in Tucson. I have had the pleasure of working with Paul over the years and I am confident he will help us maximize our leadership position in the market.”
Adam Wiener Named to Succeed Ezra Kucharz at CBS Local Digital Media. Named to take over for Ezra Kucharz as EVP and general manager of CBS Local Digital Media is Adam Wiener, who is promoted from his SVP, content, community and operations position. He will report to both CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez and CBS Television Stations president Peter Dunn. Kucharz is transitioning to the new role of special advisor to the chief executive officer of CBS Corporation. Fernandez comments, “Our digital effort is well on its way to realizing our vision of a powerful and compelling destination for viewers and listeners in our local markets. Adam’s proven track record within the digital industry will be vital to the ongoing expansion of our assets and distribution strategy moving forward, and we are thrilled to have him assume this leadership role.”
iHeartMedia and Creditors Agree to Mediation. The legal battle between iHeartMedia and 15 creditors goes into mediation after the parties agreed to extend the existing Temporary Restraining Order the media giant won preventing Notices of Default going into effect. This stems from iHeartMedia’s December 2015 transfer of a million shares of class B common stock in Clear Channel Outdoor into a shell company called Broader Media. The creditors believe this move violates the terms of their loans; iHM believes it does not. If the Notices of Default are allowed to go into effect, that could force iHeartMedia to have to try to pay back some $15 billion in debt within 60 days, something that is not possible and could force the company into bankruptcy. The parties will work until May 16 to resolve the conflict.
Michael Harrison Gets ‘Up Close and Far Out’ with Hubbard Radio Chair/CEO Ginny Morris. This week’s episode of the PodcastOne international hit program for media freaks features TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison in a conversation with the TALKERS 2016 recipient of the “Woman of the Year” award – Hubbard Radio chair and chief executive officer Ginny Morris. Morris discusses a wide variety of topics in a candid, informal phone dialogue including the huge impact that the death of Prince had on the Twin Cities market in which Hubbard is based and in which he made his home and was a beloved local figure. She discusses how Hubbard’s local talk station “myTalk107.1” – nationally known for its ongoing pioneering efforts in creating a spoken-word format specifically targeted to females – responded to the shocking event by going non-stop Prince talk. Listeners were invited to share their feelings and personal stories about living in the same community with the musical legend. Harrison also asks her about the station’s unique and brilliant campaign to promote this programming by putting the message on electronic billboards throughout the market that “myTalk107.1” was talking about Prince right now! She discusses the history of “myTalk107.1” and the many different approaches it attempted on its way to eventually gaining traction with a female-targeted talk format. Morris also relates how it feels being a third-generation broadcaster (her grandfather started the family owned-and-operated company in the Twin Cities back in the early 1920s). She optimistically discusses the challenges facing radio today competing in the digital era as well as attracting younger listeners and employees. Harrison asks her if the recent rapid growth of Hubbard in acquiring stations has generated the pitfalls of a corporate environment to which she answers it has not. She emphasizes that Hubbard’s stations are managed locally and do not receive micro-management marching orders from company headquarters. Morris says that Hubbard is extensively engaged in audience research on a “granular level.” She talks about the cultural importance of preserving radio and television history and heritage and cites her passion for the work being done at the Library of American Broadcasting at the University of Maryland among a variety of other topics. Ginny Morris will receive the “Judy Jarvis Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Radio Industry by a Woman” (a.k.a. “Woman of the Year”) at the forthcoming TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations convention on Friday, May 20 on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column on every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com. For complete information about TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations, please click here.
WPLJ’s Jayde Donovan’s Apple-A-Day Program Benefits Pediatric Cancer Patients. Pictured here in New York’s Times Square is the staff of Cumulus Media’s WPLJ, New York with last year’s Apple-A-Day iPad recipients. Again this year, morning show co-host Jayde Donovan is spearheading the program that will present a new iPad to a pediatric cancer patient every day this month. The station’s efforts to support this cause will culminate with an iPad party at the radio station for the 20 kids. The program’s motto is: “Helping Kids Stay Connected While Fighting Cancer.” Pediatric cancer patients (ages 2-17) receive devices (tablets, smart phones) so that they can continue to listen to music, FaceTime friends, take pictures, and watch movies.
2015 Acquisitions Help Entercom to Q1 Net Revenue Hike of 23%. During 2015, Entercom added stations to its portfolio in deals with Lincoln Financial Media and Bonneville. Those deals helped the company’s first quarter 2016 net revenue soar to $96.1 million. Company CEO David Field says, “But the bigger news is that we had another great quarter of organic revenue growth. Same station revenues increased 6% for the quarter… In sum, it was a terrific quarter. What is important to note is that is part of an increasingly consistent pattern of Entercom delivering solid growth quarter-after-quarter. This now marks the fourth consecutive quarter of accelerating organic revenue growth for Entercom.”
When Your Station IS the News. Last week’s attempted takeover of a media outlet in Baltimore by an allegedly deranged man happened at a television station. But, it could just as easily have been a radio station group. ABC Television Network director of business continuity Howard B. Price writes in a column published today (5/2), that “comprehensive, well-resourced and well-rehearsed emergency planning not only assures your continued ability to operate in times of crisis, but more importantly, shows your staff and clients how much you care.” He notes that the Sinclair-owned station and its staffers were prepared and it showed in how the situation was dealt with. Read Price’s valuable advice for preparing for potential emergencies here.
Kenetta Bailey Named SVP of Marketing for CBS RADIO. Joining CBS RADIO as senior vice president, marketing is Kenetta Bailey. She was most recently heading up her own consulting firm – KB Consulting – in which she worked with a variety of start-up businesses on subscriber growth, social media and branding. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez states, “I’m thrilled to welcome Kenetta to our leadership team, and look forward to introducing her creative energy and brand expertise into everything we do. We have a tremendous opportunity to expand the strength of our brands locally and nationwide, as well as define our long range position in the marketplace. I know Kenetta will play an instrumental role in the telling of our story to the industry.” Bailey will be responsible for the marketing and brand positioning of the company, its stations and its digital products. She’ll also provide business-to-business marketing support and work with the division’s market managers and station management to develop and coordinate strategy for their local marketing efforts.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. WMPX, Beaverton, Michigan “Sunny 97.7” morning drive personality Gary Williams retires from the Steel Broadcasting-owned adult contemporary station. Williams had been with the north-central Michigan station for the past 32 years. He’d been working with co-host Chris Schaeffer, who will continue hosting mornings solo…..Beasley Media Group names JoAnn Johnson business manager for its Las Vegas cluster. Johnson has worked in the Las Vegas market for more than two decades…..International radio program distributor Radio Express announces Mike Savage (not to be confused with radio talk host Michael Savage) will host the next generation of its two-hour international hit countdown program titled, “The World Chart Show.” The company is also making the show available to U.S. stations for the first time.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County, California and Internet sensation The Iceman, provide 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 (4/27) includes such names as: AJR, Christopher Walken, P!nk, Avett Brothers, Drake, Wizkid, Kyla, Ellie Goulding, Jennifer Lopez, Mavis Staples, Garbage, Chris Cornell, Paul Simon, The Temper Trap, Cage The Elephant, MRKTS, Rooney, Good Charlotte, Fitz & The Tantrums, Margo Price, Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown Band, Leslie Cours Mather, Sturgill Simpson, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Tucker Beathard, Matty Fees, Tora, Baby Raptors, BiGGiE SMiLES, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Kleiman Named Executive Director at WYMS, Milwaukee. Non-commercial triple A WYMS, Milwaukee “88Nine Radio Milwaukee” names market digital media and broadcast pro Glenn Kleiman the new executive director of the Radio Milwaukee-operated station. Kleiman takes over for Mary Louise Mussoline, who is stepping down from the post. Radio Milwaukee board president Danae Davis says the station is getting a “special gem in a leader, especially when tasked with replacing an awesome leader. Glenn brings huge talents, an inspiring leadership profile and a love for our business that is unquestionably exciting.” Kleiman began his career in broadcast journalism as a reporter and then as managing editor at (then-Journal Communications-owned) WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, winning four Emmys and a Peabody. He was founder and CEO of Milwaukee digital marketing agency Fullhouse, which he sold in 2012. He’s been consulting Radio Milwaukee in the digital content space. Kleiman says, “In this age when authenticity is so important, Radio Milwaukee’s soul is on display on the air, every day, and that’s why our listeners are so passionate about ‘88Nine.’ Radio Milwaukee holds an important place in this city’s culture. It will be fun, interesting, challenging – and a privilege – to lead it.”
Blaire Galaton-Kelleher Joins Jack Diamond Show as Executive Producer. Executive producer Blaire Galaton-Kelleher was most recently with Jerry Lee’s WBEB, Philadelphia “101.1 More FM’ producing that station’s morning drive show. Now, she joins Cumulus Media to serve as executive producer for the Jack Diamond morning show on WRQX, Washington “MIX 107.3.” Prior to her work at WBEB, she served with crosstown CHR WIOQ producing “The Booker Show” and the “Chio in the Morning” program.
McCarten Upped to OM at iHeartMedia Albany. Rising to operations manager for iHeartMedia’s seven-station cluster in Albany is Randy McCarten. He’s been serving as program director and air personality for hot AC WRVE “99.5 The River,” but will hand the PD gig off to new programmer and afternoon drive personality Terry O’Donnell. iHeartMedia also operates CHR WKKF “Kiss 102.3,” classic hits WTRY, classic rock WPYX, sports talk WOFX, news/talk WGY-AM/FM, and country WRVE-HD.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Chicago triple A outlet WXRT will again host one of the music features at this summer’s Taste of Chicago. On July 8, the “XRT Taste Concert” will feature The Decemberists and Shakey Graves at the Petrillo Music Shell at Grant Park…..The nationally syndicated KZZP, Phoenix-based Johnjay & Rich show recently welcomed actors Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine in studio to promote their new film, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, and play a game of “Name That Kazoo-Une.” Pictured are (from l-r): cast member Kyle, Rich, Johnjay, Kendrick, and DeVine.
Compass Media Networks and Connoisseur Media Agree to Dr. Laura Berman Extension. The nationally syndicated late night show “Uncovered Radio,” hosted by Dr. Laura Berman and distributed by Compass Media Networks will continue after the parties agreed to an extension of their partnership. The program airs on adult contemporary and hot AC stations and allows affiliate stations to program their own music while incorporating the interaction between Dr. Berman and callers. Connoisseur Media serves as the creative consultant to the show. Connoisseur CEO Jeff Warshaw says, “Two years ago, we saw a need to offer our listeners unique and relatable relationship content. Dr. Berman is not only a friend and partner, but she is a tremendous communicator and entertainer. I regularly tune in to our stations carrying the show and have seen Dr. Berman at our station events.”
Kristie McIntyre Returns to ‘Mix 107.3’ in Washington for Nights. Washington, DC and Baltimore-area radio personality Kristie McIntyre is named the night personality at Cumulus Media’s hot AC WRQX, Washington “MIX 107.3,” effective May 2. McIntyre worked on air at the station from 2005 through 2010. Most recently she’s been with Hearst Television’s Baltimore news/talk WBAL-AM as news anchor and reporter. She’s also worked for CBS RADIO in the market as a personality on hot AC WIAD “94.7 Fresh FM,” and as a reporter on the former all-news WNEW-FM (now business news WDCH). WRQX program director Louie Diaz comments, “We are very excited to welcome Kristie McIntyre back home to DC and ‘MIX 107.3.’ Kristie is another great veteran air personality and is a fantastic addition to our live-and-local air staff at ‘MIX 107.3.’”
JB King Takes On CBS RADIO Las Vegas OM Post. Longtime Las Vegas radio pro JB King is shucking his on-air role at CHR KLUC (more on that below) and is accepting the promotion to operations manager for the CBS RADIO cluster in Vegas. King – with KLUC since 1998 – will continue to program KLUC and urban contemporary KXQQ “Q100.” CBS SVP and market manager Tony Perlongo states, “After a national search for the next amazing operations manager, we found that with JB King. With years of experience from learning from the best, JB is more than ready to take on the responsibility of overseeing our six great radio stations, as well as our six HD2 stations.”
John Moug Named Afternoon Jock at KLUC, Las Vegas. The Sin City native has been working at CBS RADIO’s CHR KLUC for more than six years – most recently as evening personality. Now, John Moug takes over the afternoon drive daypart for JB King, who was recently promoted to operations manager for the company’s Las Vegas station group. King says, “I am excited to promote and pass along afternoon drive on 98.5 KLUC to an excellent talent. John Moug grew up in Las Vegas and has lived and breathed KLUC for almost his entire life. His work ethic, dedication and passion for KLUC is matched by few, and I am confident about his success in afternoon drive.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programmer Nathan Reed has exited iHeartMedia’s Toledo station group where he was SVP of programming. He’d been with the cluster since 2008, joining as program director of CHR WVKS “92.5 Kiss FM.”…..Morning drive personality John Harry is promoted to program director at NRG Media’s country WYTE, Marshfield, Wisconsin (Wausau-Stevens Point market). Harry’s been in the AM drive slot for the past two years…..Reach Media replaces morning drive Gospel personality Yolanda Adams with Erica Campbell. Adams and her cast mates – comedian Marcus D. Wiley and minister Anthony “A.V.” Valary – said goodbye to their listeners last week. Now, Campbell begins hosting “Get Up! Mornings Erica Campbell” for the network.
WBBG, Youngstown Goes Country as ‘106.1 The Bull.’ After a recent tweak from oldies to classic hits, iHeartMedia completely changes direction and turns Youngstown market signal (licensed to Niles, Ohio) WBBG into “106.1 The Bull” playing new country. The move puts WBBG into direct competition with Cumulus Media’s market-leading (12+) country outlet, WQXK “K105.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. WHKX, Bluefield, West Virginia “106.3/107.7 Kicks Country” morning personality Lori Charles (pictured at left with Hokies mascot) ran in last weekend’s Remembrance Run at Virginia Tech in honor of the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on the campus nine years ago. More than 10,000 people took part in the run. The Alpha Media talent comments, “It was an honor to broadcast live at Virginia Tech for ‘106.3/107.7 Kicks Country.’ We are a proud affiliate of the Hokies and it was truly a great day to stand with 10,300 other runners, fans, graduates and students to respectfully remember the 32 victims of the mass shooting that took place on campus nine years ago.”…..CBS RADIO’s KROQ, Los Angeles announces the lineup for the final “KROQ Weenie Roast” at the Irvine Meadows venue where it’s been held for the past 23 years. On the bill are: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer, Empire of the Sun, Panic! At the Disco, The Lumineers, Garbage, Cold War Kids, Fitz and the Tantrums, Miike Show, Lukas Graham, The Strumbellas, Nothing But Thieves, Bishop, and Bear Hands.
Joe Piscopo Discusses Talk Radio, Stand Up Comedy, Sinatra, SNL, and NJ Politics on ‘Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.’ RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison says, “I’ve never laughed so much doing a podcast – this guy just overflows with humor and great pop media stories,” referring to the newly posted PodcastOne episode of “Up Close and Far Out” in which he interviews Joe Piscopo – the celebrated morning host of Salem Media’s New York outlet, WNYM “AM 970 The Answer.” Piscopo talks about his early years as a student in theater and college radio and his eventual stand-up comedy work at NYC’s legendary Improv club that led to his becoming a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” in 1980. He goes on to discuss his success over the past few years as a conservative news/talk morning host with Salem and his continuing love for his home state of New Jersey. To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
Cumulus Re-Brands WRKN, New Orleans-Baton Rouge; Names Scott Innes Midday Personality. The change in branding comes as Cumulus Media country station WRKN, Laplace, Louisiana – serving both New Orleans and Baton Rouge via its monster 100,000-watt signal – dials back on the new country and adds more country gold to the playlist. The new brand de-emphasizes the “NASH” moniker a bit. Cumulus says “The Gulf South’s Country Giant…New Orleans, Baton Rouge… NASH FM 92.3” will air programming “centered in the ‘90’s golden age of country music, and will also include current country artists, offering a wide variety of country music with broad appeal among Persons 25-54. Core artists will include: Garth Brooks, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, and the Zac Brown Band.” Additionally, the station brings award-winning country radio personality Scott Innes aboard to host the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm show following “America’s Morning Show with Blair Garner.”
Jeremy Sinon Upped to Full-Time Corporate Digital Post at Hubbard. Digital radio pro Jeremy Sinon has been serving Hubbard Radio as both corporate digital director and local digital director for the company’s Minneapolis-Saint Paul stations. Now, company EVP/chief financial officer Dave Bestler announces Sinon is promoted to director of digital strategy for Hubbard Radio. In this role, Sinon will work closely with Bestler, Hubbard Radio president/COO Drew Horowitz, and Hubbard Radio chair Ginny Morris to oversee day-to-day corporate digital initiatives as well as the strategy for Hubbard Radio’s long-term digital goals. Sinon comments, “This is an important time for radio where digital technologies give us endless possibilities to expand and grow our business. Being able to focus on those things full time is critical and I’m honored to be given this opportunity. I’m excited to be a part of Hubbard Radio’s bright future.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Longtime CBS RADIO SVP of communications Karen Mateo announces she’ll be exiting the company in two weeks. In a staff memo from CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez, he says, “As the company now looks to split off its radio business, Karen felt it was a natural time to make this change, and we know she’ll be successful in whatever she chooses to do next.” The company is seeking her replacement…..Afternoon jock DJ Chonz exits Entercom’s hip hop KQKS, Denver “KS1075.”…..Beasley Media Group announces Mark Sturcken is promoted to director of sales for the company’s Las Vegas cluster. Sturcken has been with Beasley for the past six years, most recently as national sales manager. Market manager Tom Humm comments, “I have had the pleasure of working with Mark over the years and he is the consummate professional with a long history of sales success.”
Kelsea Ballerini Hosts Westwood One’s ‘Summer Kick Off’ Show. The syndicator is offering a four-hour, Memorial Day weekend special broadcast available to stations nationwide, and country’s newest female superstar Kelsea Ballerini is hosting the show. Ballerini has just released two consecutive #1, gold-certified singles and was recently named “New Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music. She’s the first female solo artist in 15 years to hit #1 with her first two country singles and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut.
Prince Programming Dominates Airwaves; Hubbard’s ‘KS95’ Minneapolis Launches Billboards Tribute. Minutes after the news of the untimely death of pop music legend Prince broke, radio stations around the country began playing his music and discussing his art and life. Nowhere was that more evident than in Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis-St. Paul where Hubbard Radio hot AC KSTP-FM “KS95” began playing Prince music non-stop from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm yesterday. At the same time, the company launched a series of tribute billboards that appeared throughout the market – including the one seen above. Hubbard Minneapolis-St. Paul VP and market manager Dan Seeman tells RadioInfo his station is promoting “Purple For Prince Day” today (4/22) in which it is “encouraging everyone in the Twin Cities to wear purple and share your photos at #purpleforprince.” The billboards will stay up through today.
Other Prince Programming Includes… In addition to making music and archival audio available to its affiliates, ABC Radio presented an “Instant Special” titled “Prince – Death of a Legend” last night at 7:00 pm ET” anchored by ABC News correspondent Aaron Katersky with ABC Radio entertainment reporter Andrea Dresdale, Prince biographer Alan Light and “the very latest worldwide reaction to Prince’s death.”…..Westwood One is offering archival audio to stations from a press conference Prince held during his “Musicology” tour. The presser took place on February 24, 2004 and featured an interview with the artist and a Q&A with the audience…..SiriusXM has created Prince tribute programming and is featuring that on several of its channels. It is also presenting a Prince Tribute Channel…..iHeartMedia is adding a Prince Tribute Radio channel to its iHeartRadio platform.
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic Hot AC. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three format analyses based on data from Nielsen Audio’s March 2016 PPM survey. Previously, we published reports on mainstream CHR and rhythmic CHR. Rhythmic hot AC represents a much smaller piece of the format pie than the other two aforementioned formats. The highest ranked station (based on 6+ number) is Hubbard Radio’s WREW, Cincinnati “Mix 94.9” which ranked #6 in its market with a 4.8 share. In addition to charts noting the AQH share changes of rhythmic hot AC stations from both last month and from one year ago, Kinosian compares the performances of rhythmic hot AC, rhythmic CHR and mainstream CHR. See the story here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. After five months with Entercom’s Miami classic hits station WMXJ “Magic 102.7,” program director Pattie Moreno exits. Prior to joining WMXJ, she’d programmed KHHM, Sacramento…..Programmer Jay Cruze is taking on the role of director of country programming for iHeartMedia’s Kentucky-Indiana region. Cruze will be based out of the company’s Louisville offices and be responsible for country outlets WAMZ, Louisville; WUBG, Indianapolis; and WBUL, Lexington…..KOIT, San Francisco afternoon personality Brent Carey is exiting the Entercom adult contemporary station to return to his home state of Michigan to pursue opportunities there…..Dita Holifield is promoted from her director of sales position to general manager for the Salem Media’s Honolulu station group.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Wheeling, West Virginia-market classic hits WCDK “106.3 The River” (licensed to Cadiz, Ohio) adds American Voice Corp’s “The Deep End With Nick Michaels.” Beginning in June the Priority Communications-owned station will air the show on Sundays from 8:00 pm to 12:00 midnight…..Entercom amps up the music on adult contemporary KIFM, San Diego and re-brands it from “Easy 98.1” to “Sunny 98.1.” Company president of programming Pat Paxton says recent research indicates that “young 30 to 40-year-olds and our diehard 40-plus fans want a more current and contemporary music mix.”…..Greater Media’s alternative WBOS “Radio 92.9” announces the lineup for its “Radio 92.9 EarthFest” in Boston on Saturday, May 21. Fitz and the Tantrums will headline along with The Strumbellas, Joywave, and a local band to be named later.
Scott Herman Receives 2016 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award. At a breakfast ceremony at the NAB Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, CBS RADIO chief operating officer Scott Herman was presented with the 2016 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Award by the Broadcasters Foundation of America. The Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in aid to members of the industry who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy. Pictured (l – r) are: CBS RADIO president Andre Fernandez, Herman’s wife Beth, Herman, and BFoA chairman Philip J. Lombardo.
Breaking News: Prince Passes. Fans of Prince are in shock to learn the superstar artist has died. Just last Friday (4/15), Prince had a medical emergency forcing his private jet to make an unscheduled landing in Illinois, but he performed a concert the next day. According to TMZ, Prince was battling the flu and he previously canceled two shows. His body was discovered early this morning (Thursday, 4/21) at his Paisley Park, Minnesota residence. Prince Rogers Nelson was 57. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison recalls, “I remember how much heat we took from so many people in the radio business when I was PD at album rocker KMET, Los Angeles in 1984 for adding Prince’s great song ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ – all because he didn’t have the generally accepted image as a true ‘rocker.’ I said, ‘Let the industry be damned’ and played the heck out of that record. Very few complaints from the listeners – we had one of our best books that period in years. What a lesson there was in that… a lesson this business still needs to fully learn.”
NAB Show Day 3. Radio consultant Holland Cooke reports for RadioInfo from Las Vegas and the huge 2016 NAB Show. In today’s column, Cooke reviews the Q&A with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Often accused of being less sensitive to radio’s needs and more concerned with regulating the Internet, Wheeler told the NAB Show attendees that he’s a big fan of radio (NPR is his first choice). He says when asked by interviewer (former NAB TV Board Chair) Marci Burdick about the state of AM/FM in these changing technological times, “The question is whether those managing technology will change with it.” But he says the FCC has worked quickly to process FM translator applications. “Since we opened the window, we have processed over 500 ‘new stations.’” Read the entire report here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Denver-based Cherry Creek Radio names Jonathan Brewster the new CEO, taking over for company founder Joe Schwartz, who in February announced he was leaving the company to pursue new challenges. Brewster was previously senior vice president of Qantum Communications prior to its dissolution in the three-way iHeartMedia–Connoisseur-Qantum deal of 2014. Cherry Creek owns 53 stations in 11 markets…..Cumulus Media’s Boise country outlet KQFC “NASH FM 97.9” names Rick Daniels the new afternoon drive personality. Daniels comes to Boise from Lawrenceburg, Indiana where he was production manager at Wagon Wheel Broadcasting’s country WSCH “Eagle 99.3.”
PPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three format analyses based on data from Nielsen Audio’s March 2016 PPM survey. Yesterday, we published a report on mainstream CHR that you can see here. Noting AQH share improvement (6+) from one year ago, CBS RADIO’s WZMX, Hartford “Hot 93.7” improved 3.7 shares to achieve a 9.4 share and the #2 rank in the market. Other notable year-over-year improvements include: Entercom’s WJMH, Greensboro which rose 1.7 shares to a 9.4 share and the #1 rank in the market; and CBS’ WPGC, Washington which improved 1.5 shares to reach a 4.3 share and leap in rank from #16 to #8. Also in this report is a comparison of the performances of both CHR and rhythmic CHR stations in their respective markets. See it all here.
Music Industry Reunion A Smashing Success. Friendships were strengthened, acquaintances were renewed, and memories of a mostly bygone era were in massive abundance. The event was last night’s (Wednesday 4/20) fourth “Music Industry Reunion,” which has been ping-ponging between Los Angeles and New York City (where there were two more), with last night’s five-hour soiree at the Los Angeles area’s Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. A committee of music industry executives including Jon Scott and Greg Lee organized the reunion with Scott reflecting, “It is hard to put into words the feeling I have with about 400 people who were all a part of the golden age of music. They all had a passion for music and creativity. It was just a special, spectacular night. There were so many people hugging each other – it was really incredible.” While there was no formal agenda at the schmooze fest, Scott (pictured at right) was surprised to receive several awards for his tireless efforts over the decades on behalf of the music industry. “Last night was like an incredible dream,” Scott remarks. “Some of the finest and best music industry people there have ever been were there. To be surprised by the three awards I got put it over the top for me. If you were there, you know what an amazing night it was; if you missed it, we better see you next year.” Industry trade publications RadioInfo and All Access joined forces as co-sponsors of “The Music Industry Reunion.” RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (above left) joined All Access CEO Joel Denver (above right) and other key speakers in addressing the crowd during the course of the fun evening.
Robin Quivers to Host Women of Influence Awards. This year’s 2016 Women of Influence Awards presented by the T.J. Martell Foundation for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research will take place on Friday, May 13, 2016 at The Plaza Hotel in New York. Howard Stern show cast member Robin Quivers will again host the awards celebration that honors “seven outstanding women who have achieved tremendous goals in business and inspire other women around the globe to live their dreams while balancing work, family, home and health.” The seven honorees are: Ariane Duarte, executive chef and owner at Ariane Kitchen and Bar; Debra Joester, president and owner of The Joester Loria Group; Kristine Johnson, CBS 2 co-anchor 5pm and 11pm newscasts; Dalia-Lamming Tilly, M.B.A., comptroller for the Transport Workers Union Local 100; Nancy Lieberman, NBA assistant coach, Sacramento Kings and Hall of Famer; Ruby Marchand, vice president of international repertoire development at Warner Music Group and vice chair of the Recording Academy; and Sue Phillips, president and CEO of Scenterprises.
RadioInfo Tidbits. The news that Axl Rose is assuming the lead singing duties for AC/DC was predicted by WXXN “ROCK 100.5” morning show host Jason Bailey. Bailey stated on March 22 that Rose would end up fronting the band based on a reliable tip. He says, “It was from a source that has never steered me wrong in the past, I felt the info was strong enough to at least have a conversation about it on the show.” The official Rose and AC/DC announcement came this past weekend, coinciding with an appearance from Angus Young on stage with Guns N’ Roses at the Coachella Music Festival…..Pictured here with the “America’s Morning Show” crew is actress and singer Rita Wilson (and wife of actor Tom Hanks). She stopped by the NASH Campus in Nashville this morning (4/21) to sing songs from her new self-titled album. Pictured are (front row) Blair Garner and Wilson, (back row) Chuck Wicks and Kelly Ford.
Duane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County, California and 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 (4/20) includes such names as: Ellie Goulding, P!nk, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Drake, Wizkid & Kyla, Rihanna, Cassy London, Kendra Celise, The Summer Set, The Avett Brothers, MRKTS, The Temper Trap, Cage The Elephant, Rooney, Volbeat, Good Charlotte, Paul Simon, Charles Bradley, Fitz and The Tantrums, Margo Price, Zac Brown Band, Tucker Beathard, Sundance Head, Sturgill Simpson, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Matty Fees, Baby Raptors, Kolaj, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
NAB Show Day 2. Radio consultant Holland Cooke reports from Las Vegas where he’s covering the NAB Show for RadioInfo. Today he writes that the convention is so dominated by discussion about digital content and social media that he was intrigued as he sat down for the session, “How Local Broadcasters Engage and Win in the Digital Age.” It was presented by Katz Media Group EVP Strategy, Analytics & Research Stacey Lynn Schulman. She says that “technology provides the illusion of companionship,” and says what local broadcasters can provide are “tangible experiences.” Read Cooke’s entire report here.
NAB 2016 Crystal Award Winners Announced. On Monday at the NAB Show in Las Vegas the National Association of Broadcasters announced the 10 winners of the 29th Annual Crystal Radio Awards, recognizing stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. The winners were selected from 50 finalists. They are: KNDE-FM, College Station, Texas; WBAB-FM, Long Island; KNX, Los Angeles; WCCO, Minneapolis/St. Paul; KPRS-FM, Kansas City; WJBR-FM, Wilmington, Delaware; KRLC-AM Lewiston, Idaho; WRLT, Nashville; KTAR-FM, Phoenix; and WWJ, Detroit.
CBS Looks to TV for New KVIL, Dallas Personality. Filling the open midday jock slot on hot AC KVIL-FM, Dallas, CBS RADIO brings aboard TV reality star Tanner Kloven. He’s best known as half of #TeamTexas from CBS TV’s “The Amazing Race.” The Fort Worth native and Texas Tech grad appeared on season 27 of the show in the fall of 2015. Kloven replaces Sybil Summers, who began co-hosting KVIL’s “More Music Mornings” with Kannon on April 1.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. All references to air talent Paul Donovan have been removed from the WMZQ, Washington website after reports he’s been let go from his APD and night jock role at the iHeartMedia country station…..Programming pro Tony Tilford is named director of rock programming for iHeartMedia’s Kentucky-Indiana region. In this role, he’ll continue to oversee the programming at classic rock WQMF and active rock WTFX…..Programmer Steve Weed takes on more Central California responsibilities for iHeartMedia now that he’s SVP of programming for the region that includes the Fresno, Bakersfield, Modesto-Stockton and Monterey-Salinas markets. He’s been with the company for six years most recently serving as SVP of programming for the Fresno market…..Kyle Kristofer is named night jock at Steel City Media’s adult contemporary KCKC, Kansas City “KC 102.1.”…..Two sales pros are named local sales managers for Cumulus Media’s New Orleans cluster. Rachel Adams and Kelwynn Napoleon now lead the company four Big Easy stations. While Napoleon is being promoted from his senior account executive position, Adams joins Cumulus from Entercom New Orleans where she was the national director of eCommerce and digital sales for that company’s 130 stations…..Sales promotions are taking place at Alpha Media’s Greenville-New Bern, North Carolina cluster as well. Senior account executives Tori Ange and Paula Wood have been promoted to local sales managers with Ange concentrating on the Greenville area of the market and Wood working with sellers in the Jacksonville area. Also, SAE Tim Knisley will assume a new role as national sales manager…..WPYO, Orlando “Power 95.3” mixer DJ Nasty is getting a huge career opportunity being asked to join Beyonce’s Formation World Tour. DJ Nasty hosts the “95-Minute Commercial Free Power Mix” at the station that airs weekdays at 4:30 pm.
PPM Analysis: CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three format analyses based on ratings information from Nielsen Audios’ March 2016 PPM survey. The first format up is mainstream CHR. Comparing (6+) ratings from a year ago, Kinosian writes, “A stunning 21 outlets on this mainstream CHR panel have negative year-to-year shifts of at least one full-share (6+), while only three improve by at least +1.0 (6+).” At the same time, five CHR outlets ranked #1 in their respective markets and 18 more ranked in the top five in March 2016. Later this week, RadioInfo will present analyses of rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC. See today’s story here.
Music Industry Reunion Is Tonight! The fourth “Music Industry Reunion” takes place in Los Angeles tonight at The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills from 6:00 pm and 11:00 pm. The informal event is open to all members of the music and music-related industries free of charge. The reunion is again being organized by veteran record executives Jon Scott, Greg Lee, and a committee of music industry professionals. It’s being organized with grants from industry trade publications RadioInfo and AllAccess.com. The party is free with no host food and bar – but because of space limitations, it is important to make reservations, so you can still contact Jon Scott at 818-981-9876.
Apparent Murder-Suicide Claims Life of WCXT, Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Morning Co-Host. Michigan State Police believe WCXT, Benton Harbor-St. Joseph, Michigan “98.3 The Coast” morning personality Denise Bohn Stewart was killed by her husband Eric Stewart who then turned the gun on himself. Stewart co-hosted the morning show at the Midwest Family Communications station with Jonny Reinhardt. Police are saying there is evidence there were ongoing marital issues and that the crime was planned in advance. The couple’s three young children were unharmed.