Category: Industry News

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

| August 20, 2014

Doobie Banner - Picks 200Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, 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 (8/20) includes such names as: Mandy Rain, Anna Graceman, Barbra Streisand, Billy Joel, Ella Henderson, Sinead O’ Conner, George Ezra, Sunny Sweeney, Kenny Chesney, Shovels & Rope, Cary Ann Hearst, Michael Trent, Redlight, Years and Years, and Birdy among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

PPMPPM Analysis: Alternative.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three special features recapping July 2014 ratings performances in the rock genre. First up is alternative, which sees half the stations in our RadioInfo sample improve June 2014 – July 2014; however, 60% decline July 2013 - July 2014. Typically, an alternative station in a PPM market ranks twelfth (6+) in July 2014 with a 3.2 share (6+). For an easy-to-read look at alternative facilities over the last six PPM surveys, click here. Over the next several days, Mike will present rock, and adult alternative ratings overviews as well.

Bicentennial SSB Cover 175Views “Rising” on Rock Band’s “Spangled” Song Interpretation. Several months ago, TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison — a showman at heart — pondered the advantages of — and reaction to — opening the publication’s annual New York City seminar in June with a rousing, dramatic version of — all things — the National Anthem. The more he deliberated on it, the more he reasoned, why not. It has famously preceded every major sporting event and, truth be told, a multitude of minor ones as well. When done correctly and under optimum circumstances though, a spirited rendition of this country’s anthem can elicit powerfully positive emotions. Such was the case two months ago (6/20) at that very TALKERS confab when patriotic rock band Madison Rising gripped everyone’s attention and brought several to a misty-eye state with their “Star Spangled Banner” performance. The group now boasts sales of over 100,000 of “The Star Spangled Banner,” which celebrates its 200th birthday in about four weeks. Francis Scott Key wrote it on the morning of September 14, 1814, as he watched the American flag rise over Ft. McHenry. Madison Rising has updated and re-energized the anthem just in time for this momentous occasion. Thus far, there have been nearly six million unique YouTube video views of Madison Rising’s “Star Spangled Banner” performance. The band, a creation of New York City entrepreneur Richard Mgrdechian, hopes to reach 10 million views by the September 14 anniversary.  To view it, please click here.

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LoganLogan” Lands in Fort Walton Beach as PD/Morning Host. Eight-year WISX “Mix 106.1″ assistant program director-music director-wakeup talent “Logan” departs the Clear Channel Philadelphia hot AC to become program director/AM drive host on Cumulus Fort Walton Beach (Florida) adult contemporary WNCV “Coast 93.3.” Cumulus regional vice president Pete De Simone explains that, “Logan” fills a “newly-created position for the station and cluster – a dedicated program director for ‘Coast 93.3.’ Adding ‘Logan’ as a dedicated PD creates individual focus for both our AC and CHR brands and it adds a major market morning talent to our programming lineup.” Meanwhile, “Logan” gives “special thanks” to Cumulus for giving him this opportunity, “especially senior vice president Mike McVay and Pete De Simone for believing in my talents. I am excited to work with a great group of people to take WNCV to the next level. I look forward to winning, learning, and growing within Cumulus.” In addition to Philadelphia’s “Mix 106.1,” other major market stops appear on his resume, include three more Clear Channel properties: New York CHR WHTZ “Z-100″; Philadelphia CHR WIOQ “Q-102″; and Dallas hot AC KDMX.

horn jeffWYZB Names Horn Program Director/PM Driver. Another Clear Channel talent is recruited to program a Cumulus Fort Walton Beach (Florida) property. This time, it is nine-year Clear Channel Tallahassee operations manager Jeff Horn, who becomes program director and afternoon drive personality for Cumulus F.W.B. country outlet WYZB “Nash FM 105.5.” Cumulus regional vice president Pete DeSimone notes that, “Jeff adds talent and programming experience to the ‘Nash FM 105.5′ lineup and the Fort Walton Beach/Destin programming team. We are very pleased to welcome him to Cumulus and look forward to his contributions.” Horn succeeds Skip Davis, who takes a newly-created position as the cluster’s production director; Davis will also do mid-days on “Nash FM 105.5.” Horn comments, “I could not be more excited to join Cumulus Media and the professionals in Fort Walton Beach/Destin. ‘Nash’ is an exciting new brand – I look forward to much success.” In addition to being OM of Clear Channel Tallahassee’s five-station cluster, Horn programmed WTNT, that company’s country station there. He previously spent seven years in Miami radio, where he worked at CHR WHYI “Y-100,” WCKO “K-102″ and WMJX “96-X.” Cumulus Fort Walton Beach simultaneously hires “Logan” from Clear Channel Philadelphia to program adult contemporary WNCV “Coast 93.3″ (see separate story).

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Jelli LogoJelli Ad Platform Spreads Coverage with Emmis, Beasley Deals. Radio ad platform Jelli inks agreements to install cloud-based ad server “RadioSpot” on Emmis New York urban AC WBLS “Hot 97.” Jelli now has a similar arrangement with Beasley Broadcast Group properties in Miami (sports WQAM); Las Vegas, (classic hits-oldies KKLZ, rhythmic hot AC KOAS, adult hits KVGS, and country KCYE-FM); and Wilmington, Delaware (adult contemporary WJBR-FM). New York City’s “Hot 97″ director of sales Doug James explains, “The benefit of deploying Jelli’s ‘RadioSpot’ at another one of our New York stations is significant. We installed [it] earlier this year and the team has had a positive experience with the platform’s ability to serve ads programmatically. According to Jelli chief executive officer Mike Dougherty “RadioSpot” enables broadcast radio “to keep pace with needs of marketers in the age of programmatic advertising, maintaining radio’s position as the most vibrant and effective medium for national and local advertisers.” This ad platform is now used at over 400 stations in more than 185 cities. It integrates with advanced buying/planning tools and supports major third-party broadcast traffic systems.

erickson michaelRemembering Michael Erickson. After a several-years battle against cancer, Service Broadcasting Dallas operations manager Michael Erickson passed away this past Monday (8/18). Erickson oversaw operations of urban contemporary KKDA-FM “K-104″ and urban AC KRNB “Smooth R&B.” A staff memo praising Erickson describes him as, “one of our elite leaders” and a “proven winner whose passion for developing people and ideas was simply unmatched. Over the years, Michael transformed our business and made all of our team better broadcasters and better human beings. We will miss his boundless energy, laughter in the hallways, and his endless insights about radio and life. As we endeavor to go forward, we are all so grateful for the moments we shared with Michael. He always gave freely of his time and knowledge to anyone ready to be enlightened. To his credit, he was one of the best communicators and collaborators one could ever hope to work for and with. He remained focused, engaged, and committed to every goal he set for himself until his last breath. Our hearts go out to the loved ones he has left behind, especially his dedicated wife Patti, daughter Katie, and the entire Erickson Family.” KKDA-FM brand manager/program director George Cook remarks, “Michael was a great mentor, fierce competitor, and compassionate friend. He made an impact on me personally and professionally that I cannot totally express in words. I will miss him and his presence dearly.” KRNB program director Kevin Garner comments that Erickson “won his fight to live life to the very end. He was passionate about ['K104' and KRNB], his wife, his daughter, and the [NFL's San Francisco] ’49ers. ‘ME’: We have the plan, and we will continue to make you proud.” Before joining Service Broadcasting five years ago, Erickson was operations manager for Clear Channel San Francisco – San Jose; he also programmed that company’s Bay Area rhythmic hot AC KISQ “Kiss 98.1.” In addition, Erickson was Clear Channel’s regional vice president of programming, which meant overseeing its outlets in San Francisco, Sacramento, Modesto, and Stockton. Funeral arrangements for Erickson are pending.

SBG LogoSun Broadcast Group Basks in Glow of Inc. Magazine Honor. Specifically, Sun Broadcast Group is proclaimed by Inc. Magazine as being one of America’s fastest growing companies. In rankings released today (8/20), the publication grades America’s quickest- rising private companies, based on percentage of revenue increase over three years. Sun Broadcast Group chief executive officer Jason Bailey proudly enthuses, “I have had the pleasure to announce many great things over these six years, but today I am ecstatic to share this news – what an accomplishment. For the many who never understood our strategy, and for those [who] still do not, receiving this award only affirms to the great people who work at Sun and the amazing agency partners who support us, that we truly are leading the way to a new era of network radio. It is caring about your partners, providing an honest, transparent sales process and always thinking big that will completely change our industry for the better. We are proof that it can be done and we are just getting started.” During the period measured that led to this year’s Inc. Magazine honor, SBG’s revenue jumped more 520%. In that time, the company added 15 fulltime positions between its New York City and Boca Raton (Florida) offices. Bailey and his SBG team will be recognized later this year in Phoenix at the “Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony.” Sun’s programming roster includes, among others, “The Marilu Henner Show,” “The Little League World Series,” “Nashville Music Minute,” “Six-Second Reviews with Mr. Movieman,” Accuweather en Español, horse racing’s triple crown, and The Breeders Cup

1071jackfmWEJK, Boonville, Indiana Sells for $350,000. Indiana-based The Original Company is purchasing Evansville, Indiana-area (Boonville) 1.6kw adult hits WEJK “Jack-FM” from JP Engelbrecht‘s Boonville Broadcasting for $350,000. Boonville Broadcasting has no other broadcast interests, while Mark and Saundra Lange‘s The Original Company owns 12 full-power stations in Indiana and Illinois. Kalil & Company was the exclusive broker for this transaction.

MVS RadioSD_Logo_Horz_2lines_April2014 lgCross-Border Partnership Involves Stardome and MVS Radio. The result will be an expansion of their respective syndicated branded programming and services in the United States and Mexico. Mexico-based MVS Radio will spearhead ad sales and affiliate relations for Stardome in Mexico; Stardome will do the same for MVS Radio-produced programming/services in the United States. Stardome managing director and chief executive officer Anthony Michael Hernandez states that, “Of all the Mexico-based companies I have worked with throughout the years, none has demonstrated the highest regard for professionalism, strong business ethics, and an undeviating work focus like my friends at MVS Radio. This is truly a partnership and a team effort in the making.” MVS Radio president and chief executive officer Alejandro Vargas remarks, “We are enthusiastic about this alliance with Stardome. We recognize them as ideal strategic partners to expand the coverage of our content in the USA and to represent its brands in Latin America. We are sure this is the beginning of new and prosperous businesses for both companies.” Stardome will service current MVS Radio owned-and-operated stations and affiliates across the southwest border of the United States, while distributing MVS Radio’s branded 24/7 formats, syndicated talk shows and morning shows in the USA Hispanic media marketplace. It adds the entire roster of over 160 MVS Radio affiliates, and owned-and-operated stations in Mexico and Central and South America as part of its duties for Pan Regional Network Radio. MVS Radio will act as Stardome’s in-country Mexico sales office and develop affiliations, network radio, and digital ad sales for Stardome’s soon-to-launch Noti-America radio news network.

Napa lgSite Vows To Keep Pace with Napa. Mention “Napa” to anyone in California and “wine country” will undoubtedly be the instant word-association response. With a 2010 census population of 76,915, Napa is California’s 100th largest city. Maintaining that their site “will not be anything like your father’s radio station or your grandfather’s newspaper, executives at NAPAbroadcasting.com declare, “You won’t hear Katy Perry or Pink ten times a day and you won’t hear sports programs from out of town.” Instead,  local conversations and local voices, “talking, in depth, about local issues” will be emphasized. They will be leaving the “daily police blotter to others” but promise “plenty of controversy” since, “no one here will be afraid to say what is on their minds.” According to a NAPAbroadcasting.com communication, “For years, television was about programs and radio was about formats. Those days are over. Today it’s all about programs and personalities – and it can’t be on someone else’s schedule. Appointment television or radio, is so over. NAPAbroadcasting.com is all about being on demand.” The site is partnering with Napa Valley College. Students, faculty, and staff there will contribute community-focused programming. “On the music side, we will be about music discovery and new kinds of music programs. We will not be another streaming music service, an online jukebox, or a place for mindless patter. Our music programs might be about anything under the musical sun, from jazz to oldies to rock. We will also be interactive, with lots of reviews, samplers and information about the business of contemporary music.” Admitting the site will always be a work in progress, a NAPAbroadcasting.com spokesperson writes, “If you stay with us, you will learn a lot about the wine, food, the hospitality business, and many of the larger-than-life, but often lesser known personalities, who live in this Valley. We think that what is good for the visitors is also good for those of us who live here.”

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

| August 19, 2014

Don Pardo 150Remembering Don Pardo. “It’s Saturday Night Live.” One extremely simple sentence, yet only one exceptional voice will forever be associated with it or capable of making it sing. Don Pardo. The elegant gentleman with the huge booming pipes passed away Monday night (8/18) at the age of 96. His nearly-40 year association with NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live” was only one part of a voluminous resume on the network for which he had a lifetime pact. Only Bob Hope had a similar arrangement deal with the network. Revered by virtually anyone who has been behind a microphone, the beloved — and yes legendary — Pardo began his career in radio. The off-camera announcer for a multitude of game shows from “Jeopardy” to “Jackpot,” Don Pardo truly achieved pop culture status. “SNL” hosts and cast members felt they arrived once they heard their names uttered by him. Click here for managing editor/West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian‘s brief retrospective salute to the Massachusetts native and 2010 inductee in the Television Academy Hall of Fame whose voice and persona were a staple for so many.

king georgeKing Named VP/Programming – Network Formats at WestwoodOne. Townsquare Media regional operations manager and western region brand leader/country George King is appointed vice president of programming, network formats for Westwood One. He will oversee the company’s 24-hour country formats, which include “Mainstream Country,” “Hot Country,” “Classic Country,” and “Real Country.” Network programming president Kirk Stirland comments that, “George’s experience in markets large and small, along with his position in the country music world, makes him a perfect fit for this role at Westwood One. He is joining an all-star programming management team, and he will be working with a first-rate air staff on our biggest format category.” According to King, “The way Westwood One is able to integrate local content into a national feed will continue to be an essential way our business moves successfully into the future. I am truly excited to work with this remarkable technology, and on the team creating radio with it.” Prior to Townsquare Media, King held programming and operations positions at Washington, DC’s WMZQ; KNIX, Phoenix; San Antonio’s KCYY & KKYX; and WCTO & WLEV, Allentown. The past ACM board member begins his Westwood One duties next month (9/15); he will be based in the company’s 24-hour format production center in Denver.

SCBASCBA Schedules Awards Luncheon for Outstanding Achievement in Radio Advertising. The special event of the Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA) and SCBA’s Sales Management Council will be held in approximately two months (10/16) at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City (Los Angeles). Selected regional advertisers will be honored with “Outstanding Achievement in Radio Advertising” awards. Former SCBA Lifetime Achievement Award winner – and current chairman and chief operating officer of U.S. International MediaDennis Holt will be this year’s keynote speaker. SCBA president Thom Callahan explains that, “Based on last year’s sold-out event, we have expanded the nominating categories and our winning advertisers. We are absolutely thrilled by both client and agency response to this prestigious luncheon. This year’s winners represent the robust diversity and energy of Southern California radio advertisers; we are so proud to honor them. [This year's festivities] is on-pace to be another record sell-out. The enthusiasm and commitment to Southern California radio will be showcased by senior client management, their agencies, our member stations, and special guests – all coming together on this one special day to honor this year’s Southern California Radio Award winners.” Being recognized this year are: Children’s Miracle Network; First 5 California; Galpin Ford; Morongo Casino; WaBa Grill; and Westside Rentals. Awards in six categories of creative radio commercials, using both Southern California broadcast radio and its digital platforms, are voted on by the Sales Management Council.

mandis danMandis Lands WWTN’s Programming Chair. Cumulus Nashville talker WWTN “Super Talk 99.7 WTN” elevates Dan Mandis to program director. Cumulus executive vice president and co-chief operating officer John Dickey comments, “Dan Mandis is an accomplished spoken-word programmer and the perfect choice to guide WWTN into its next phase as the place where Nashville comes to learn about and celebrate life in one of America’s greatest cities.” Mandis remarks, “WWTN is an amazing station with some great local talent. I am looking forward to my expanded role with Cumulus Nashville, and appreciate the faith Cumulus has shown in my abilities to take WWTN to the next level.” Mandis is the station’s weekday 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm host. In his 25-year radio career, the Los Angeles native has worked for Los Angeles talker KFI, where he did news, traffic and production. Prior to embarking on his own career as a talk show host, Mandis was associated with Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s syndicated program.

ausham greAusham Appointed Program Director of Atlanta’s “Rock 100.5.” Former Clear Channel Northeast Ohio operations manager Greg Ausham is named program director of Cumulus Atlanta’s WNNX “Rock 100.5.” Cumulus corporate programmer/rock formats Troy Hanson comments, “We are very pleased to add another high caliber programmer in Greg Ausham to our industry-leading team of program directors at Cumulus. Greg’s vast experience will be tapped into and felt immediately on our classic rock brand in Atlanta at ‘Rock 100.5.’” Ausham jokes that, “After working in Detroit, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Cleveland, it will be nice to live somewhere where snow and ice are more of an anomaly than just expected. It is an honor to get to work for the great people at Cumulus.” Over the course of his 30-year programming career, Ausham – who begins at “Rock 100.5″ immediately – has held the PD title at WRIF, Detroit; WMMS, Cleveland; WLVQ, Columbus; and WLZR, Milwaukee. In addition, he was operations manager in Columbus for the former Jacor.

kelly bryanKelly Transfers to Clear Channel WPB as Director of Sales. Clear Channel Sarasota director of sales Bryan Kelly remains in the Sunshine State, but as of next Monday (8/25), he will traverse from the state’s west coast to West Palm Beach on the east coast in a similar capacity. West Palm Beach market manager John Hunt observes, “Bryan produced outstanding sales results in Sarasota and I know he will do the same in West Palm Beach.” Kelly comments, “I look forward to joining the exceptional West Palm Beach team assembled by John Hunt and [Clear Channel regional program manager] Dave Denver. It has been a goal of mine to represent Clear Channel in a fast-paced and competitive market.” Kelly will oversee the sales efforts for Clear Channel’s 10-station West Palm Beach cluster consisting of country WAVW; talk WAXE; talk WBZT; talk WJNO; classic rock WKGR; CHR WLDI; adult contemporary WOLL; oldies WQOL; Spanish contemporary WRLX; and talk WZZR. His previous Clear Channel assignments were in Tampa and Allentown.

Billy Madison ShowNineball Radio Logo“Billy Madison Show” and Nineball Radio Enter Syndication Deal. Owing to the just-signed pact with Nineball Radio, the weekday morning “Billy Madison Show” is now available for national distribution. Madison currently airs on Cox Media Group Tampa talker WHPT “The Bone, Real-Raw-Radio” and on CMG San Antonio rocker KISS. Nineball Radio president and chief executive officer Stefan Jones opines, “A show with such chemistry is rare, especially with the support of such a great company like Cox Media Group. Billy is a true professional who preps relentlessly and continually creates a show that is like nothing else being offered in rock syndication. He took KISS from 16th to number one, and he is number one at WHPT. I think the numbers speak for themselves. We are excited to be a part of it.” Madison’s show arrived in San Antonio in late-2011. Jones formed independent creator/clearance house for radio programming and services Nineball Radio as an underground prep service in 2005.

wiggins jermaineWiggins Joins “Get Up Crew” on Boston’s “Hot 96.9.” Starting today (Tuesday, 8/19), former NFL player Jermaine “Wiggy” Wiggins is part of the “Get Up Crew” on Boston rhythmic hot AC WBQT “Hot 96.9.” In another roster move, the station’s mid-day talent “Melissa” also becomes a “Get Up Crew” member; “Pebbles” continues as the show’s anchor. Greater Media Boston director of programming Cadillac Jack explains, “Morning shows are built to excel when the personalities are live, local, and make a connection with their marketplace. The deep and real footprint that ‘Pebbles,’ ‘Melissa’ and ‘Wiggy’ each already have individually in Boston make the ‘Get Up Crew’ an unbeatable team and the start of another great chapter in Hot 96.9′s success story.” Wiggins comments that he is “super excited” to be working with “Pebbles” and “Melissa,” as well as “everyone else at ‘Hot 96.9.’ I can’t wait to do my part to help the ‘Hot 96.9′ morning show continue to be one of the hottest shows in Boston.” Meanwhile, “Pebbles” points out that she and “Melissa” have worked together “for years” and “I am excited to have her back on the morning team. I have also had the pleasure to get to know ‘Wiggy’ over the past few weeks. I can assure you – we could not be more different – it is going to be entertaining.” Wiggins most recently was at CBS Radio Boston’s WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub,” as “the man with an opinion on everything.” In addition, the NFL analyst has worked at Boston sports outlets Comcast SportsNet New England, WBZ-TV, WHDH-TV, New England Sports Network (NESN), and the Kraft Sports Production show “Patriots This Week.” Wiggins played college football at the University of Georgia and was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 1999. The East Boston native earned a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI (2001); the 39-year-old tight end also played for the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and Florida Tuskers.

djlazandkimmy“DJ Laz Morning Show” To Debut on Miami’s WFLC. Starting next Monday (8/25), DJ Laz returns to South Florida radio as morning host on Cox Media Group Miami CHR WFLC “Hits 97.3.” DJ Laz will be accompanied by co-host “Kimmy,” who segues from the cluster’s co-owned urban contemporary WEDR. Cox Media Group Miami vice president and market manager Rob Babin states, “We are excited that DJ Laz will be joining our ‘Hits 97.3′ team and we look forward to launching a new local morning show custom built for South Florida.” CMG Miami director of branding & programming Jill Strada remarks, “I am excited to welcome DJ Laz back to morning radio in Miami. He is a star with undeniable talent. We have such great talent within our stations – I am happy to be able to promote someone within the CMG Miami family. Laz and ‘Kimmy’ together are a superstar team.” DJ Laz comments that he is “so pumped” to get back to doing “what I love in the city I love. Radio is about to get fun again,” while “Kimmy” thanks Strada and CMG Miami “for believing in me and giving me this opportunity to grow. I can’t wait to get started with my new partner – DJ Laz. Miami mornings will never be the same.” DJ Laz spent 22 years in Miami at cross-town rhythmic CHR WPOW “Power 96.”Most recently, the platinum recording artist (“Move, Shake, Drop” and “Esa Morena”) was on SBS Broadcasting Spanish contemporary siblings WRMA, Miami and KXOL, Los Angeles.

More RadioInfo Career Moves. Emmis New York City rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97″ music director Karlie Hustle resigns; however, in an Instagram post, she indicates that she is hustle karlie remaining “through the end of the month to assist in the transition of duties.” Hustle further notes she is not going to a cross-town radio competitor. “I have spent the past three years living my dream in New York City, working at what I believe to be the most important radio station in the world and I have been a part of launching the careers of future stars from behind the scenes. It has given me the confidence and the enhanced platform to start my own [bowtie] business. I’ll never forget the team at ‘Hot 97′ for being so warm deluca heatherand embracing this girl from the west so fully” … Townsquare Media hot AC WSJO “SoJO 104.9,” Atlantic City, New Jersey promotes music director Heather DeLuca to brand manager. Market general manager Michael Ruble notes, “Over the last few years, she has grown in roles and has helped make ‘SoJO’ a true force in our market, on-air and especially online. She has such passion for the station and lives ‘SoJO’ in every way.” DeLuca has been with the station since 2009 … Envision Networks’ “The Core” welcomes Lagniappe Broadcasting‘s KXRR “Rock 106,” Monroe, Louisiana as the newest of over 350 affiliates. “Rock 106″ airs the weekly two-hour Meltdown-hosted/Steve Black-programmed show, which features the music/artists of the 1990s, Sunday morning at 6:00 am.

 

 

 

Monday, August 18, 2014

| August 18, 2014


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nash“Nash Icon” Unveiled in Atlanta and Savannah. “Nash Icon” imagery debuts in Atlanta, as Cumulus Media transitions classic hits-oldies outlet WWWQ-HD2 and translator W255CJ-FM to “Nash Icon 98.9.” Also within the Peach State, co-owned sports WZAT “ESPN 102.1,” Savannah switches to “Nash Icon 102.1.” Created two months ago, “Nash Icon” is designed to have stations emphasize and highlight major country artists of the last 25 years who — while still recording/touring — are not getting commensurate exposure. “Nash Icon” programming originates from Cumulus Media’s Nashville studios. Other “Nash Icon” debuts surfaced last Friday (8/15) in Kansas City on K273BZ (formerly sports “The Fan”); country WSM-FM, Nashville; WZRR, Birmingham (formerly CHR “The Vibe”); country KJJY, Des Moines; WNUQ, Albany, Georgia (formerly CHR “Q-102″); and WJBC-FM, Bloomington, Illinois (formerly simulcasting talk with WJBC-AM). Cumulus Media plans to keep introducing “Nash Icons” on more properties it owns. This past May, Cumulus Media and Big Machine Records announced a strategic partnership that includes a record label to house “Nash Icon” acts. In Atlanta’s July 2014 PPM monthly, WWWQ-HD2 finishes #22 (.8, 6+), while among persons 12+ in Nielsen Audio’s Spring 2014 book, WZAT ranks #15 (1.3) in Savannah.   

gross michaelWBGG Miami Logo“Mud” Makes “Big” Miami News. Nine-year WNRQ “105.9 The Rock” Nashville program director Michael “Mud” Gross transfers to co-owned Clear Channel Miami classic rocker WBGG “Big 105.9″ in a similar capacity. Clear Channel Miami vice president of programming Alex Tear declares, “It is an exciting time for [WBGG]. Mud’s passion, expertise, and leadership are certain to elevate ‘Big’ to new levels. His track record and well-rounded skill set made him the exceptional choice to lead our team.” Gross notes that his tenure at WNRQ was “amazing” but the opportunity at WBGG is his “dream job. I am coming home and I am psyched to lead WBGG into the future: LeBron [James out of Miami] and ‘Mud’ in.” Before joining WNRQ in 2005, Gross – who kick-started his radio career at the University of Miami – worked in Baltimore; St. Louis; Orlando; Fort Myers; and Atlantic City. He begins at WBGG one week from today (8/25).

diamond jack105.7 Max-FMDiamond Returns to San Diego at Re-Branded “Max-FM.” Broadcast Company of the Americas’ classic hits-oldies XPRS drops its six-year “Walrus 105.7″ handle in favor of “105.7 Max-FM.” In addition, it brings back to the San Diego area renowned wakeup talent Jack Diamond, who joins co-host Kim Morrison and producer Kayla Yap for the weekday 6:00 am – 10:00 am “Jack Diamond Morning Show with Kim & Kayla.” The station’s revised on-air roster includes Jay Coffey (9:00 am – 2:00 pm) and Christina Martinez (2:00 pm – 7:00 pm). Regarding Diamond, BCA vice president and market manager Norm Feuer comments, “We are thrilled to have such an exciting and talented entertainer join the newly-rebranded ’105.7 Max-FM.’ Jack brings an added dimension to mornings in San Diego, with energy, humor and passion.” Programming and operations manager Mike Shepard declares, “It is an exciting time at BCA Radio as we unveil our new logo, rebranded name, and the final evolution of our musical recipe. The classic hits format has evolved over the years from 1960s – 1970s to 1970s – 1980s. Based on extensive market research in San Diego, we saw a demand for a fun, upbeat station focused on the biggest hits from the late-1970s all the way through the early-1990s.” When Diamond exited his morning drive slot on KSON, San Diego in the early-1990s to embark on what would be an approximately two-decade run in Washington, DC at Cap Cities/ABC hot AC WRQX (now Cumulus CHR), he told his program director – Mike Shepard – that he would return to San Diego someday. According to Diamond, Shepard said, “Great, when you are ready – call me.” Diamond did and he states, “‘California Dreamin’ has once again become a reality. Mike Shepard and Norm Feuer have a great strategic plan. We have two great partners in place in Kim & Kayla – let the games begin.” Over and above KSON and WRQX, Diamond’s vast on-air resume includes WABC, New York City; KNBR, San Francisco; and WQXI, Atlanta. In his first San Diego run, Diamond did weather and entertainment reports for KNSD-TV, as well as morning drive on KSON. His band has shared national touring bills with Elton John, The Moody Blues, Paul Simon, and Bob Dylan. Among persons 6+ in San Diego’s July PPM report, XPRS ranks #15 (3.0).

Eagle cleanName Change for San Antonio’s KTKX. The Cox Media Group San Antonio outlet retains its three-year classic rock format and KTKX calls, but trades in the “X-106.7″ handle for “106.7 – The Eagle.” CMG San Antonio vice president and market manager Dan Lawrie explains that, “Some recent changes in the market allowed us to emerge as the only full-signal classic rock station in San Antonio. We felt this was a great time to introduce ‘The Eagle’ brand and let people know great classic rock can be heard anywhere in San Antonio – only on 106.7 FM.” Program director Keith Hastings opines the philosophy for “The Eagle” is that “classic rock is not just a bunch of songs – it is a way of life. This is incredible music that comprises a lifelong soundtrack for a huge segment of the population. We are proud to provide it on one of the best, most powerful radio signals in San Antonio.” The competitive programming “change” to which Lawrie refers occurred just over one week ago (8/8), when Clear Channel flipped classic rock KZEP to rhythmic CHR as “Hot 104.5.” Among persons 6+ in the last eight survey periods, KTKX has registered a 6+-share between 2.0 – 2.4; its highest 6+-showing since July 2013 was a 2.4 in April. In July 2014′s PPM report, KZEP finishes #16 (2.4), while KTKX is #17 (2.0); KZEP’s highest 6+-showing since July 2013 was a 3.7 in March (#11).

KVDU-FM LogoJohnjay & Rich 150Johnjay & Rich “Return” to New Orleans. Starting today (8/18), Premiere Radio‘s “Johnjay & Rich Show” begins to occupy the 6:00 am – 10:00 am slot on Clear Channel New Orleans hot AC KVDU “Voodoo 104.” According to “Voodoo 104″ program director Jag, “‘Johnjay & Rich’ is the perfect vehicle to take [this station's] morning numbers into the stratosphere. The show’s track record in other markets speaks for itself. Their professionalism is exceeded only by their contagious enthusiasm.” Rich Berra of Johnjay & Rich comments, “Johnjay and I are so excited to unleash our show on the most unique city in America. Johnjay and I first met each other in New Orleans, and although neither of us remembers that night so well, it is perfectly fitting that we kick off mornings at ‘Voodoo 104′ – a station as special as New Orleans itself.” Johnjay Van Es and Rich Berra began as “Johnjay & Rich” approximately 13 years ago at Clear Channel Tucson CHR KRQQ (which remains an affiliate). Their syndicated morning show now originates from Phoenix at co-owned CHR KZZP “Kiss-FM.”

Rock 94.9 Birmingham Logo”Rock 94.9” Surfaces in Birmingham. Clear Channel Birmingham jettisons country on translator W235BS-FM “The Bull” to make way for “Rock 94.9.” The format will also air on WQEN-HD3. Vice president and general manager Ray Quinn states, “Today is a historic day for Birmingham radio as we bring true classic rock music back to the ‘Magic City.’ For over two years, there has been a huge absence of the format since the legendary ‘Rock 99′ went away. ‘Rock 99′ had an iconic following of fans and advertisers, so we have brought it back on a new frequency at 94.9.” Cumulus-owned WZRR “Rock 99″ became CHR “99.5 The Vibe” at 12:00 midnight on New Year’s Day 2012. “Rock 94.9″ program director Jason Mack remarks, “Basically, we put the band back together and we can’t wait to re-introduce ourselves to the loyal rock fans.” Morning drive (5:00 am – 9:00 am) goes to Premiere Networks’ Charlotte-based John Boy & Billy (John Isley & Billy James); Lori Ray will do mid-days; and Mack is handling afternoon drive. Mack and Ray were part of the “Rock 99″ staff. Core artists for “Rock 94.9″ will include AC/DC, Boston, Led Zeppelin, and Pink Floyd.

Band TogetherThree Wichita Outlets “Band Together” with Local Car Dealership. In this case, “Band Together” is a six-week media campaign designed to bring awareness to the dangers of texting and driving. Journal Broadcast Group Wichita’s KFDI-FM “Wichita’s Country Favorites,” rock KICT “T-95,” and Spanish KYQQ “Radio Lobo 106.5″ are teaming up with the city’s Davis-Moore Auto Group. Journal Broadcast Group operations manager Justin Case states, “Distracted driving causes many unnecessary injuries and deaths. These accidents are preventable. Our hope is not only to raise awareness but to change behavior with simple and clear messaging: Phones down, thumbs up.” Sending or reading a text while driving takes a person’s eyes off the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that becomes the equivalent of driving the length of a football field, blindfolded. The National Safety Council’s annual injury and fatality report found that the use of cell phones causes 26% of the nation’s car accidents. The report also found that more than 245,000 car crashes nationwide this year have involved drivers using cell phones. Wichita-area drivers are being asked to recognize the dangers of distracted driving and join the “Band Together” initiative by visiting the JBG station websites and pledging to not text and drive. Those who do so will be entered to win an iPad Mini, which will be awarded at the end of the campaign.

Westwood-One-LOGO 7-15-2014 125townsend steveWestwood One Taps Townsend as Senior Account Manager.  Former Clear Channel New York sales manager Steve Townsend joins Westwood One‘s sales division as senior account manager. New York City-based Townsend reports to senior vice president of network sales Darrin Klayman, who states, “Steve has a proven track record and he comes with an immeasurable wealth of sales expertise. His multimedia experience and passion fit well into our desired DNA as we strive to build a team that will provide integrated multi-platform solutions for our clients.” Townsend meanwhile comments, “Westwood One is at the forefront of delivering solutions and driving revenue for clients. From its customized content, events, talent endorsements, local activations, digital initiatives, and geo-targeted programs, it is clearly the place to be; I am thrilled to be part of the momentum.” Townsend’s Clear Channel New York sales manager responsibilities were for adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” and classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3″, as well as managing sales for the “Automotive” category for the company’s entire New York group. He previously was sales manager in New York City for then-Citadel-owned (now Cumulus) hot AC WPLJ; CBS Radio‘s WXRK (now CHR WBMP); and he was an account executive and national sales manager for classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM.

wgn-720-logo 125Wanna Buy a Fantastic Radio Station Mobile Studio?  Well. If you do, here is a rare opportunity to pick up a real gem.  The legendary WGN, Chicago is letting go of its phenomenal mobile broadcast studio and tow truck.  Seems it is too big to be conveniently used in the congested Windy City.  But in a market where there’s space to move around, it is a fully-equipped, mind-blower that could put your station in front of everybody, boost sales, and significantly increase the value of your broadcasting asset.  To learn more, please click here.

bernstein garyReach Media SVP/Programming Exits. Senior vice president of programming Gary Bernstein departs Reach Media; he will continue to operate Oceanic Tradewinds. Bernstein joined Reach Media seven years ago as president of programming of the Syndication One Radio Network. Prior to that, he spent 14 years as president of Superadio Networks. The Boston University alum was a Boston radio account executive for more than 10 years.

sbs 125SBS Reports 12% Q2 Revenue Gain for Radio. Primarily owing to a boost in special events revenue and network sales, revenue for Spanish Broadcasting System‘s radio division increased 12% in the second quarter to $3.8 million. SBS’ consolidated net revenue grew from $36.1 million in 2013 to $40.9 million (+13%). Consolidated OIBDA fell 22% to $9.9 million, compared to $12.7 million; radio OIBDA decreased 10% to $1.5 million. Spanish Broadcasting System reported a net loss of $3.23 million (44 cents per diluted share), versus a loss of $1.23 million (17 cents) in the year-prior period.

smith gordonsmulyan jeffConclave Confirms Smith As Keynoter – Smulyan to Speak as Well. The 39th annual Conclave Learning Conference – presented in partnership with the Minnesota Broadcasters Association (MBA) – will feature a keynote address by National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) president and chief executive officer Gordon Smith. Conclave chair Mark Bolke comments, “Whether you are in programming, news, sales, or station management, what happens in Congress and at the Federal Communications Commission directly impacts our collective future. Gordon Smith’s keynote will instill in all of us the ongoing need to protect our industry’s interests and preserve its status as America’s premier source for music, entertainment, news, and emergency information.” MBA president and chief executive officer Jim du Bois states, “With the broadcasting industry facing unprecedented legal, regulatory, and competitive challenges, Gordon Smith and the NAB are leading the charge in Washington. We are honored that he is taking time from his busy schedule to share his insights on key issues facing radio and television broadcasters. We are also looking forward to hearing his vision for the industry’s future as it adapts to rapidly changing media consumption habits and a shift to mobile distribution platforms.” Smith is scheduled to deliver his keynote on (Saturday) November 15 at 9:00 am onsite at the Conclave, which will be held at Minneapolis’ Crown Plaza Hotel Airport. Smith is a former United States Senator. The Oregon Republican served two terms in the Senate and was appointed NAB president/CEO five years ago (9/2009). The Conclave’s day-and-a-half learning conference begins (Friday) November 14 with a “Radio & TV Career Fair and Air Check Clinic,” followed by a special keynote from Emmis president and chief executive officer Jeff Smulyan on the NextRadio mobile platform.

kasem caseyKasem to be buried … in Norway? All things considered, “bizarre” is probably a polite way to summarize the final weeks of Casey Kasem‘s life and the ongoing events following his death. It is actually more than two months since the countdown icon passed away in Washington State and his body is still yet to be buried. His daughter, Kerri Kasem, confirms to The Hollywood Reporter though that Casey’s second wife – Jean – intends to bury him in Oslo, Norway. Kerri hired private investigator Logan Clarke to ascertain what is happening with her late father’s body. Clarke reports that a Norwegian government official indicates, “It is arranged – he [Casey] is going to Oslo.” A spokesperson for Kerri – Danny Deraney – is uncertain what Jean has planned, but Deraney comments, “We just know she wants to keep Casey away from [his] family and friends. By the looks of it, [that means] hiding from law enforcement.” Kerri, of course, suspected that her father suffered elder abuse at the hands of Jean. That supposition is strongly supported by Clarke, who does not believe Casey’s body would need to be exhumed. “We have so much evidence – video, photos, witnesses – and the police have collected so much evidence,” he states. “If this is not elder abuse, there is no such thing.” Clarke takes it one step further by declaring, “If the police drop this case, I’ll take it on the 6:00 news.” Last year, Jean Kasem refused to allow 42-year-old Kerri and Casey’s other adult children – Mike (40) and Julie (39) – to see their ailing dad. Finding a positive in this strange incident is challenging but Kerri has been widely applauded for lobbying through the Kasem Cares Foundation for legislation in the California state senate that would give visitation rights to adult children with a parent in declining health. Casey Kasem was 82 years old when he died on June 15; according to several published reports, his preference for a final resting place was Los Angeles.

ColdplayCBS RadioCBS Radio To Air Coldplay’s LA Performance. The concert takes place next month (9/17) at 8:30 pm (PT) at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The band will perform their well-known titles, as well as cuts from their latest album (“Ghost Stories”); CBS Radio will air a live broadcast of the performance. CBS Radio senior vice president of programming and program director of CBS Radio Los Angeles alternative outlet KROQ Kevin Weatherly states, “Coldplay is one of the biggest bands on the planet and certainly one of the most successful for KROQ. For more than a decade, our stations have proudly presented events with unparalleled access to the band, and we are thrilled to once again create what will be a very special and memorable night for millions of Coldplay fans.” Several CBS Radio outlets will be doing on-air ticket giveaways. In addition, fans wanting to attend the event can enter a national promotion Beats Musicon Radio.com or win “Beats Seats” by downloading Beats Music and visiting the Coldplay artist page.

 

Friday, August 15, 2015

| August 15, 2014

duanedoobie graphicDefining Music Stations by Specific Years is a Destructive Exercise in Pigeonholing.  RadioInfo’s thought-provoking pop media theoretician and fearless music tipster Duane Doobie strikes again.  In a new column posted today, the Doob warns against defining a radio station by the specific years or era that marks its music offerings.  He states, “It might have worked back in the 80s and 90s, but branding stationality by musical years is a horrible idea in 2014 – almost 15% of the way into the 21st century – that exposes a lazy lack of original thinking when it comes to luring listeners without pigeonholing your station into an inflexible position that is irrelevant – even repellant — to most listeners in this day and age.”  To read the entire article and either cheer or jeer, please click here.

carrchrisChris Carr & Company to Take Over Mornings at ‘K102’ in Minneapolis.   On the heels of Tuesday’s announcement that Chris Carr is leaving Hubbard Radio’s WUBE, Cincinnati comes the news that his new home is Clear Channel’s KEEY, Minneapolis “Today’s Country K102.”  The “Chris Carr & Company” show takes over on September 2 for current morning duo Donna & Muss.  KEEY reports that Chris Carr and Jeff “Maverick” Bolen won “Personality of the Year” awards for large-market stations inkeey logo both 2013 and 2011 as well as several awards from the Country Music Association.  Carr previously worked in Minneapolis in afternoon drive but left the market in 2008 for WUBE.  CC Minneapolis VP of programming Gregg Swedberg says, “I’m so excited that Chris is coming home to K102.  I think it’s safe to say he and Maverick are one of a handful of brilliant Country morning shows and we are so fortunate to have them.”  Carr comments, “When I told my wife that we had an opportunity to move back home to Minnesota, I witnessed the brightest smile I have seen from her since our second child was born.  We’re all excited to reconnect with family, friends, lakes, ice skates and the awesome audience of ‘K102!’  Plus, I get to do it with one of the most talented and genuine people on this planet, Maverick – I’m excited for everyone to meet him!”

klpx logoTucson Combo Boosts Mac to OM. Promoted at Arizona Lotus’ KLPX “Tucson’s Real Classic Rock” is program director and midday talent Larry Mac who is upped to operations manager.  In addition, he will have the same responsibilities for co-owned KFMA “Rock 102.”  Arizona Lotus general manager Ken Kwilosz states that, “Lotus has built successful rock ratings and sales stories in other markets such as Las Vegas and Reno, using a single operations manager to run the rock properties.  We felt the time was right to incorporate the same structure in Tucson. With Larry’s successful track record in other markets, and KLPX’s ratings dominance the past few years, we had the perfect candidate for the job in-house.”  Before joining KLPX seven years ago, Mac held programming positions at Phoenix outlets KEDJ, KUKQ, KUPD, and KZRX, as well as Las Vegas’ KVGS.  Departing Lotus Arizona after 13 years is Chris “The Ego” Firmage.

danielsfaithFaith Daniels Moves to Afternoons at WROU, Dayton.  At Alpha Media’s urban AC WROU, Dayton “Dayton’s R&B Leader,” air personality Faith Daniels moves to the afternoon drive show and Skip Porter takes over her 10:00 am to 3:00 pm show.  Daniels has served as the station’s PD since 2012.  She says of the move, “I love the city of Dayton and being able to be more accessible to my audience is what it’s all about!  WROU has done a good job engaging the community, but this move will let us take that interactive element to the next level.”  Alpha Media Dayton market manager John King comments, “This move will be an easy transition for Faith—I loved her in middays and can’t wait to see what she does with afternoons.”

rothrobinMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Music director Robin Roth takes over as interim program director at Local Media San Diego-owned alternative XETRA, San Diego “91X” as Christy Taylor exits the PD and evening jock gig.  Taylor has served as PD since March of 2012…..WIOQ, Philadelphia “Q102” evening personality Mike Adam exits the Clear Channel CHR outlet after a two-year stint…..Gone from mornings at Kemp Broadcasting’s hip hop KVEG, Las Vegas “Hot 97.5” is morning drive co-host Mia Amor.  For now, Miggy Santos will handle wake-up duties solo.

rabRAB Reports Q2 Sales Down 3%.  It’s not surprising that the quarterly report from the Radio Advertising Bureau indicates pretty much what the Q2 data from the industry’s publicly traded companies showed.  Again the culprit was spot sales which dipped 5% while network ad sales were flat.  The positive was the digital and off-air categories which were up 9% and 15% respectively.  (All comparisons are Q2 2014 vs. Q2 2013).  Advertiser categories that saw notable increases during the quarter included: home improvement (+ 4%); charitable/religious/non-profit/government agencies (+11%); specialty retail (+14%); auto parts/service (+14%); and amusement/theme parks/museums (+ 9%).  RAB president and CEO Erica Farber states, “Based on pacing and industry insights, we anticipated a relatively flat-to-down Q2.  While we don’t forecast, a greater percentage of radio’s total annual revenue historically comes through in the second half, and we’re anticipating that we’ll see better results by the end of this year.”  See the whole report here.

bradybillBrady: Radio’s Precarious Tipping Point.  The somber financial state of radio as an advertising medium is the subject of almost-daily articles both in the consumer media and the media trades.  It’s not unusual to read the opinion that radio has an “image problem,” but as Futures & Options, Inc. president and CEO Bill Brady writes, “Fifteen years of post-consolidation chickens are finally coming home to roost.  Homogenized programming, time-spent listening declines and the decimation of sales departments are now taking their toll.”  Brady also argues against the notion that the current state of things is the “new normal.”  A lot is written about what’s wrong with radio programming, but in this piece, read what media management pro Brady says is problematic about the business end of the business.  Check it out here.

harrisonmichaelMichael Harrison Comments on Disney Plans to Sell off 23 of its 24 Stations:  RadioInfo  publisher Michael Harrison,when asked his take on the much-discussed Walt Disney Company decision to sell 23 of its 24 Disney Radio outlets, says, “The loss of 200 more industry jobs is, indeed, tragic – an ongoing plague that is nothing short of heart-breaking on the human level of our beloved industry.  However, those who are running around like Chicken Little, squawking that this move is indicative of the radio industry’s sky falling, are missing the real implications of this development.  Group owners and consolidators such as Disney, who don’t think this medium matches their unbending programming or, worse, believe radiodisney logothere is no way to keep old listeners and attract new listeners via creative programing, SHOULD get out and give new, enthusiastic operators the chance to get in at a reasonable investment.”  Harrison points out, “That is not to say that all consolidators should exit the business – companies such as Cumulus Media, Emmis, Alpha Media, Saga Communications and others are showing that, although the answers aren’t necessarily coming easily, they intend to find and implement them in the belief that the ‘stick’ still has years of life and the potential for pertinence in it.”  Harrison continues, “Disney’s bailing out on the idea that AM radio can no longer attract young listeners indicates it does not have the will nor financial incentive to create programming that will draw listeners of all ages to our medium.”  Harrison concludes, “The primary answer to radio’s growing lack of confidence and eroding status is to make massive improvements and reinventions in its on-air attractions.”

breakfastclub small‘The Breakfast Club’ Broadcasts from ‘V100’ in Milwaukee.  In observance of “The Breakfast Club” – featuring Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy – going into syndication and landing its first affiliate hip hop WKKV, Milwaukee “V100,” the New York-based show is broadcasting from the station today.  WKKV program director Bailey Coleman says, “WKKV was the first station in the country to broadcast ‘The Breakfast Club’ as a syndicated morning show, and we’re proud to welcome them on their first visit to Milwaukee.  Since their debut on WKKV in August of 2013, the ‘BC’ has changed the landscape of morning radio.  With consistent top ratings, they have infused a new excitement into the Milwaukee-Racine market and, of course, with WKKV listeners!”

Hartford Courant Shows Connecticut Radio People Some Love.  Although a number of America’s great newspapers/local news bureaus employ media writers who cover the radio business as part of their beats, often, local media give radio stations and talent the cold shoulder due to the competitive nature between the two.  For this reason, it’s nice to see the Hartford Courant’s recent pictorial on the radio personalities of Connecticut.  Check out the piece here.

swifttaylorCC Stations to Simulcast ‘Taylor Swift’s Worldwide Live Stream on Yahoo. More than 100 of Clear Channel Media + Entertainment’s CHR and more than 40 of its hot AC stations will simulcast the “Taylor Swift’s Worldwide Live Stream on Yahoo” on Monday at 5:00 pm ET.  The event is billed as a live conversation between Swift and her fans.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

| August 14, 2014

krg logoColossal Sales Deal Between Katz and Cumulus.  Radio rep firm Katz Radio Group announces it has agreed to a new deal with Cumulus Media that is creating a new rep division at Katz dedicated to Cumulus owned-and-operated stations nationwide.  The firm – Westwood One National Sales – will provide advertisers and agencies direct access to all of Cumulus’ radio stations.  In a press statement, the companies say, “The new long-term agreement supports thecumulus logo companies’ mutual goal to evangelize the power of sound and drive more dollars into the sector. Westwood One National Sales will exclusively represent Cumulus stations nationwide and focus on providing integrated, multi-platform marketing solutions aimed to meet the rapidly evolving needs of advertisers.  Westwood One National Sales will also offer advertisers and agencies access to Cumulus’ newly developed traffic system.  The cutting-edge technology is designed to improve speed-to-market, giving Cumulus advertisers and agencies real-time pricing and availability of minute-by-minute, market-by-market opportunities across the country.”  Katz Radio Group president Mark Gray says, “Our common goal is to get radio a much bigger share of advertiser spending by solving their marketing problems and showcasing the unmatched results radio delivers.  Our new partnership with Cumulus to launch Westwood One National Sales strengthens our ability to deliver the most innovative marketing solutions for advertisers and agencies across the expanding advertising platform of one of our important partners.”  As a result of this, Bryan Forbes is promoted to senior vice president, general manager of Westwood One National Sales.  His current post with KRG is vice president/director of sales.  Westwood One National Sales will have dedicated offices in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.

cclogoClear Channel’s Political Advertising Tool Now Incorporates Nielsen Data.  Earlier this year, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment announced the development of its proprietary radio targeting tool for political advertisers – dubbed Audience Delivery Optimizer (AuDiO).  Now, the company reports that it is now incorporating Nielsen’s radio audience measurement data to further enhance its ability to identify key voter segments.  CC says this marks the first time that Nielsen’s Portable People Meter currency data has been combined with specific public voter information – creating a powerful new tool for political advertisers.  Clear Channel calls AuDiO a “first-of-its-kind radio optimization tool that enables political campaigns to precisely identify the 10 voter segments that are most crucial in key election districts.”  It goes on to say that with the integration of Nielsen’s industry-standard audience measurement data into AuDiO, political advertisers now have access to even more robust identification capabilities for their radio buys.  Using the 10 most common political segments, AuDiO can determine how many voters radio reaches in any political district around the country.  It can then identify the media preferences of any segment, giving advertisers key information about which media are best to reach which voters.  AuDiO works at all levels of national, statewide and local elections, and will be available for the upcoming 2014 election cycle.

radiodisney logoOn the Block: 23 Radio Disney Stations. The company will hold onto Los Angeles flagship KDIS, but as of approximately six weeks from now (9/26), it will sell the 23 other Radio Disney outlets.  Nearly 200 people in local-level ad sales and operations will most likely lose their jobs. Recent data reportedly indicates that less than 20% of Radio Disney listeners receive its content via radio broadcasts.  In a staff memo, Radio Disney general manager Phil Guerini writes, “Radio Disney will be increasing investment in both digital distribution platforms and music-centric programming.  These decisions will optimize Radio Disney for long-term growth and better reflect the habits of the consumers we serve – a national audience of kids and families.  We approached this decision [to sell 23 stations] with care and rigor.  We will provide transition support to those who will be departing the organization.  I have always been impressed with the dedication and camaraderie of the people at the Radio Disney network and local stations.  Thanks to that teamwork, Radio Disney leads the radio industry in delivering age-appropriate music and entertainment for kids and families.  As we wish our colleagues all the best, we remain committed to continuing the momentum.”  Operations of KDIS, Guerini notes, “will be picked up by the national team.”  As of July 1, the company entered into a syndication deal with Rick Dees’ Dees Entertainment that provides the “Radio Disney Top 30″ to multiple United States terrestrial stations.  Underway are multi-platform extensions of Radio Disney’s programming, including Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” and the “Radio Disney Music Awards” (Drams).  Sale of the 23 Radio Disney facilities is not expected to affect the company’s international partners in Canada, Latin America, and Russia.

kvib logoAn ‘Oasis’ Arrives in Phoenix.  In Phoenix, Riviera Broadcasting jettisons its Spanish contemporary format on KVIB “95.1 Solamente Exitos” in favor of soft adult contemporary.  The station’s new handle is “95.1 The Oasis.”  Chief operating officer Jose Rodiles comments, “We are excited to bring this new format to Phoenix, and provide a place to escape the over-hyped, high-energy world we live in today.  By playing familiar songs from superstar artists, ’95.1 The Oasis’ will quickly become a favorite in the Valley, not only to the listening audience, but to our advertising partners as well.”  Part of the station’s debut includes 55 minutes of “Lite & Refreshing” music every hour.  Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2014 PPM report, KVIB ranks #24 (1.6).  Under its new format, the closest competitor for “The Oasis” would appear to be Clear Channel mainstream adult contemporary KESZ, which placed third (5.3) in July.  Other than a 2.3 this past May, KVIB has registered 17 successive (6+ PPM) showings in the one-share range.

tongpeterPartnership with Beatport and Expansion of Pete Tong EDM Show Announced by Premiere.  The EDM show hosted by Pete Tong and syndicated by Premiere Networks expands as the company announces a new partnership with SFX Entertainment’s Beatport.  The program is renamed “The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong” and is now a two-hour show.  Premiere states that the show, heard on 80-plus affiliate stations, “now also features exclusive content, breaking music news and releases, DJ chartevolutionpetetong logo updates and the top dance tracks from Beatport.  Tong continues to present his essential new tune of the week and feature guest mixes from EDM’s biggest stars, while showcasing the best music from the biggest and most influential DJs, artists and dance music producers in the world.”  Premiere EVP of programming Jennifer Leimgruber comments, “The launch of ‘The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong’ is an expression of our continued commitment to provide new and innovative entertainment programming.  Beatport and Pete Tong bring such incredible depth of knowledge and expertise in EDM, and we look forward to providing an even greater platform to connect fans with their favorite music and artists, and to providing unique and valuable opportunities for radio stations and brand partners to connect with consumers.”

AZpromoNBC TV and iHeartRadio to Premiere Fall TV Show.  The iHeartRadio platform will be the venue for a digital-only premiere of NBC TV’s new Thursday night comedy, “A to Z,” tonight (8/14).  The show premieres on TV on October 2.  For NBC, this is a chance to tap into the reach of Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio and its radio stations.  The companies say, “The first-of-its-kind campaign will include strong local and national integration airing the ‘A to Z’ pilot digitally on iHeartRadio – everywhere it is available, providing promotional support on air across contemporary hit radio stations and their websites, mobile sites and social networks throughout the country, as well as featuring on-air discussions with Clear Channel’s nationally syndicated top on-air personality Ryan Seacrest to drive awareness for the digital screening availability.”  NBC Entertainment president, marketing and digital Len Fogge comments, “NBC is very excited to partner with Clear Channel on this first-ever digital opportunity that will give viewers and audiences a chance to fall in love early with ‘A to Z.’  Viewers today love to customize their viewing experience – deciding not only what to watch, but when and how – and we couldn’t imagine a more fitting project than ‘A to Z’ to debut in this innovative way.”

wooo logoNRG Media Taps ‘The KEG’ in Omaha.  Re-branding its adult hits KOOO, Omaha is NRG Media, which drops the “Big O 101.9” moniker and unveils “The KEG.”  The station calls itself a “refined adult hits station” and says, “With a mass appeal playlist, ‘101.9 The KEG’ will offer both men and women ages 25-54 music that will remind them of their  ‘KEG’ days with music from artists such as Guns N’ Roses, Journey, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Pat Benatar, Def Leppard and more.”  NRG Omaha general manager Andy Ruback explains, “It’s adult hits without the pop.  ‘The KEG’ is all about the party and all about the fun, which to us means yes to Van Halen and no to The Go-Gos.”  Operations manager Jeff Lynn says, “We surveyed Omaha adults 25-to-54 years of age and this is what they asked for.  If you look at a 40-ish consumer target in Omaha, ‘The KEG’ is a top-to-bottom format designed just for them.  ‘The KEG’ is the ‘next generation of classic rock’ as we put it – appealing to adults with its up-tempo and fun music variety.”  Popular local personality Crash Davis hosts mornings from 6:00 am to 10:00 am.

grimmtomRadioInfo Career Moves.  Parkersburg, West Virginia active rock WHBR “103.1 The Bear” announces Tom Grimm is the new night personality and imaging director.  Grimm joins the Results Radio-owned station after his most recent gig at Clear Channel’s alternative WXDX, Pittsburgh “The X.”  WHBR PD “Big Ric” Derubeis says, “I am thrilled to be able to reunite with him after all these years. We remained friends and when this opportunity opened up he jumped at the chance and instantly everyone involved saw the potential in bringing him in. We have a great staff here, but bringing in Grimm will up our game.”

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

| August 13, 2014

greeneJDJD Greene to Program CC’s New Pittsburgh Country Station.  He moves from Clear Channel Media + Entertainment’s Minneapolis cluster where he’s been music director and afternoon personality at country KEEY “K-102.”  Now, JD Greene becomes program director at the company’s new Steel City country station WPGB “Big 104.7.”  Greene is a Pittsburgh native who previously worked in the market at Clear Channel’s CHR WKST “96.1 Kiss FM.”  Vice president of programming for CC Pittsburgh Dave Edgar says, “We are excited to welcome JD Greene back home to Pittsburgh.  JD is plugged into the country music scene, understands how to make a big impact with listeners on air, online and in the community, and truly lives the country lifestyle!”  In addition to programming the station, Greene will host the afternoon drive show.

rooneymoonNew Mexico Broadcasters Rooney & Moon to Leave Morning Drive at ‘Mix 107.5’ in Clovis.  The principals of Rooney Moon BroadcastingSteve Rooney and Duffy Moon (pictured here) – will end their morning drive run on hot AC KSMX, Clovis, New Mexico “Mix 107.5” and turn the show over to D.B. Nyce and Amber Kaye.  They will not leave the airwaves, however, and will take over the afternoon drive slot on sister classic hits station KRMQ “Q101.5” beginning October 9.  Of the move, Rooney says, “It’s time for us to create a situation where we can begin to grow our company from our home base in Eastern New Mexico, and our broadcast careers have evolved to being better hosts to the audience on our classic hits station KRMQ.”  Rooney Moon Broadcasting also operates country KSEL-AM/FM.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Promoted to producer of the “Jared & Katie in the Morning” program at Dick Broadcasting-owned CHR WKZL, Greensboro, North Carolina is Matt Wells.  With the station for a year and working on the show since February, Wells takes over for Whitney Thore who exits the business…..Mel McMahon is the midday personality at Emmis-owned country outlet WTHI, Terre Haute.  McMahon has been working in a part-time and fill-in capacity at Emmis’ Indianapolis station group…..At Alpha Media’s hip hop WDHT, Dayton “HOT 102.9,” Kevin “K-Dub” Washington is promoted from part-time status to host of the midday show…..Dave Van Dyke leaves his position as vice president broadcast affiliations with traffic supplier Radiate Media and returns to overseeing the operations of media consumption research company Bridge Ratings.

standonthehorizon franzDuane Doobie’s Picks of the Week.  RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, 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 (8/13) includes such names as: MKTO, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monae, George Ezra, Franz Ferdinand, KIX, Stevie Nicks, Parquet Courts, The Snake Oil Willie Band, Shovels & Rope, Eileen Carey, Kartell, and Young Kato, among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

rabRAB: Radio Ranked Most Effective Medium Influencing Healthcare Choices.  The results of a recent Finding Consumer Trends report from the RAB, indicate that when it comes to which type of advertising influences healthcare choices, radio was ranked as the most effective medium – especially among 25-44 year olds.  The RAB goes on to state that when it comes to medical care decisions, it is insurance that outranks all other choices – including medical referrals.  RAB president and CEO Erica Farber says, “With changes in medical and insurance coverage top of mind with consumers, this reports confirms radio’s ability as a powerful medium to influence their selection of where and who will provide them with medical services.  Marketers in this category who are trying to reach the 25-44 year olds should look to radio to communicate to this target group.”  More results from the study include the following: 77% of respondents state that a radio personality’s testimonial for healthcare products makes them trust the product the same or more; reputation and positive experiences are the top two reasons that local hospitals are top of mind; and the majority of respondents are currently seeking services by a dentist or orthodontist.  A webinar featuring the national results will be presented by the RAB and Ruth Presslaff of Presslaff Interactive Revenue on August 26, at 11:00 am ET and again at 4:00 pm ET.  Register for the webinar here.

nuvoodoo logoNuVoodoo: Pandora Use Doesn’t Decrease Broadcast Radio Use.  The results of the fourth and latest NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study indicate that as music fans increase their use of Pandora, they don’t do so at the expense of listening to broadcast radio.  NuVoodoo Media Services says that the study – which is the result of interviews with nearly 1,100 respondents, ages 14-54, in all PPM markets – is designed to examine the relationship between broadcast radio and the leading digital music provider, Pandora.  The findings indicate that 62% of Pandora users listen to it at least 30 minutes per day and nearly as many Pandora users spend that much time daily with broadcast radio.  NuVoodoo VP of research Leigh Jacobs reports the company is aware that Pandora users are also broadcast radio users but “we’re interested in whether those using Pandora begin to pull away from broadcast radio over time.  These latest results validate our hypothesis that longer experience with Pandora doesn’t equate to less listening to broadcast radio.  While those who’ve spent more time with Pandora tend to increase their daily TSL from the service, they claim not to reduce their TSL with broadcast radio.”  NuVoodoo EVP of marketing Mike O’Connor comments, “This new information represents a huge opportunity for radio.  Our marketing clients benefit directly from the intelligence we glean from our Ratings Prospect Studies and other proprietary indicators, as we develop well-crafted station promotions and marketing targeting those people who use Pandora, and those most likely to carry meters. This research validates so many parts of our unique product formula, and we’re eager to rack up more successes for our clients this fall based on these and other proprietary results.”  NuVoodoo says it will be releasing more of the study’s key findings over the coming weeks, including which social media platforms are getting user traction and which ones are seeing user declines.

hondastage logoClear Channel Announces Honda Partnership for iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles.  A series of live performances from Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles is being sponsored by Honda as the two companies are teaming up to present Honda Stage events that will “create exciting live performance opportunities and unique content.”  CC says the new stage will “feature a dozen live, intimate performances from today’s hottest acts, with footage from these special events to be available at www.YouTube.com/HondaStage.  Currently, exclusive content from singer Lucy Hale’s July 31 performance on the Honda Stage at iHeartRadio is now available online and features the tracks “Road Between,” “From the Backseat” and more from her debut album Road Between.   Singer-songwriter Christina Perri performed on August 8, and pop sensation Ariana Grande will appear this month.  CC president of national sales, marketing and partnerships Tim Castelli says, “Clear Channel has created the ultimate event space at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles that houses unique, one-of-a-kind live music events with music’s hottest superstars.  Now the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater will bring this exclusive content to fans throughout the country and further extend the reach of both the iHeartRadio and Honda Stage brands.”

wcsxstonesoup logoWCSX, Detroit to Unveil 1970 Firebird in Stone Soup Project Fundraiser.  Tomorrow morning Greater Media classic rocker WCSX, Detroit unveils this year’s Stone Soup Project, a 1970 Pontiac Firebird.  The Stone Soup project was inspired by the old stone soup fable wherein everyone throws something in the pot to make a great meal.  The WCSX Stone Soup Project “harnesses the generosity and ingenuity of WCSX listeners from around the Detroit area to rebuild a classic car from the ground up in order to raise money for a local charity.”  Holy Cross Children’s Services is this year’s beneficiary.  The station says that this year’s Stone Soup Project has a special story behind it.  Gilbert Bunch of Livonia loved the Stone Soup Project and bought tickets for the raffle every year.  His own pride and joy was a 1970 Firebird that he was working on in his garage.  He passed away in December of a heart attack, and his family reached out to WCSX to offer up the car for this year’s project.  Morning show co-host Jim O’Brien says, “It will be an honor to turn this car into an incredible show car, while raising money for Holy Cross Children’s Services in Detroit.”

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

| August 12, 2014

nielsen logoNielsen July PPM Study Shows Positive Trends for CHR and Country.  Both the CHR and country formats are enjoying boosts in summer listening according to Nielsen Audio’s analysis of the formats’ performances in the PPM markets.  The study looks at how the formats fared against each other and how the formats have trended in the same months going back to 2011.  CHR, country and hot AC all have steadily climbed in July PPM performance since 2001 while adult contemporary has slid from his position atop the leaderboard back in 2011.  Meanwhile, classic rock has enjoyed a rise from July 2011 through July 2014 from 4.9% to 5.6%.  Nielsen comments, “After establishing new all-time highs for listening share last month, country held steady with audiences aged 6 and over (8.6%) and 25-54 (8.4%) and dropped back by nearly half a share-point among listeners aged 18-34 (10.2%) in July.  This ended an impressive run of growth stretching back to January for America’s #1 overall format. Country finds itself tied with pop CHR this month among all listeners aged 6-plus, and it appears these two formats will take the race for ‘format of the summer’ down to the wire in next month’s August results.”  See the study here.

carrchrisChris Carr to Leave WUBE, Cincinnati for New Gig.  He’s not saying where he’s headed just yet but country WUBE, Cincinnati “B-105” morning personality Chris Carr is leaving the market for another opportunity that means “a closer connection with his family.”  Assuming the morning slot is the station’s “Big Dave” afternoon show.  Big Dave and partner Chelsie (both pictured here) will move to mornings with him and current AM drivebigdavechelsie personality Statt will join them.  Also exiting WUBE with Carr is Jeff “Maverick” Bolen, who will join Carr in his new pursuit.  WUBE program director Grover Collins says, “Many thanks and much gratitude to Chris for the many years and success he brought ‘B-105.’  However, the only thing constant is change and with that change comes much excitement in welcoming ‘The Big Dave Show’ to mornings.  We’re fortunate to have such a deep and talented staff and I look forward to this next chapter at  ‘B-105.’”  Carr says, “The family and I made the difficult decision to accept a new challenge outside of Cincinnati…Cincinnati has been awesome!  I have to say, the relationship we’ve built with the B-105 audience is what every radio personality would die for!”

kiddjerryKUKQ Appoints Kidd Program Director.  Programmer Jerry Kidd is tapped as PD at San Tan Educational Media‘s KUKQ-LPFM, Mesa “KQ-99.1.”  Shon White – who owns the Phoenix-area alternative outlet – comments, “We look forward to seeing what Jerry can do with our little independent radio station and bring a much needed and aggressive format to our area.” Kidd remarks, “I am grateful for Shon’s confidence in my ability.  We have a long road ahead, but focus and consistency will prove this to be a successful alternative station for the Valley.” Kidd previously held several positions – including PD, music director, production director, and midday talent – at Phoenix hot AC KMVA “Hot 97.5.”  Before that, he was executive producer and part of the morning team at Phoenix adult hits KPKX “The Peak.”  Launched several months ago, “KQ-99.1″ covers Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert and metro Phoenix’s southeastern valley area. The station did not appear in the July 2014 Nielsen Audio PPM report.

murleytinaMurley Moves to Boston’s “Magic” As Sales Manager.  After nearly four years as WBZ-TV, Boston’s sales manager, Tina Murley joins crosstown Greater Media adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7″ in a similar capacity.  According to WMJX general manager Mary Menna, “Tina is a true Boston talent.  She has expansive media expertise, working in both radio and television.  She has a passion for helping clients win and coaching high performance teams.  I have wanted to work alongside Tina for years and am thrilled to be able to finally see that dream come to fruition.”  Murley comments, “I couldn’t be more honored and excited to join such a legendary company and station.  Having the opportunity to work at ‘Magic 106.7′ with the most well respected names in the industry is a dream come true.  I look forward to working with the talented Greater Media sales and marketing teams to bring our clients custom advertising solutions.”  Before her tenure at WBZ-TV (Channel 4), Murley was a sales manager at CBS Radio Boston hot AC WBMX; general sales manager at WBMX sibling WODS; and an AE at Boston classical outlet WCRB.

weissjoeWeiss Named DOS at American General Media Albuquerque.  Jumping from the sports marketing side of the business as GM for University of New Mexico’s Lobo Sports Properties (Learfield Sports), Joe Weiss is now director of sales for American General Media’s Albuquerque cluster.  AMG market manager Suzy Rufail says, “Joe is a highly respected marketing and advertising executive in New Mexico.  I’m delighted to add someone of his caliber to fulfill this key role on our senior leadership team.  I’m confident that Joe will continue to provide and implement high quality business solutions to our partners.”  Weiss comments, “I am extremely excited about this fantastic new career opportunity.  I have a great background connecting businesses with fans.  This is the same thing, just utilizing a different medium.  AGM has done a terrific job building their stations, engaging their listeners and building a culture everyone wants to be a part of.  I can’t wait to get started.”

mccormackrhondaMcCormack to Lead ‘NASH FM 92.3’ in Bay Area.  After eight years as VP and market manager for Clear Channel’s Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz operations, Rhonda McCormack joins Cumulus Media to serve as general manager for country outlet KSJO, San Jose “NASH FM 92.3.”  Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati says, “As we develop our sales strategy for NASH in San Francisco, we needed the right leadership to spearhead this process.  Rhonda is perfect for this role.  She will effectively head the sales effort inside the fourth largest radio market in America. We’re thrilled to have Rhonda as a part of the Cumulus family in the Bay Area.”  McCormack comments, “I feel honored to be a part of this incredible opportunity.  It’s such an exciting time to be a part of the Cumulus team as they continue to grow and launch new markets.  Working for the Bay Area’s New Country leader, NASH FM, is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am grateful to be a part of the journey.”

mossebE.B. Moss Joins AdLarge Media.  Coming to AdLarge Media from her most recent position with Westwood One, advertising and marketing exec E.B. Moss will serve as vice president, marketing solutions.  AdLarge says that Moss spearheaded a similar division for Citadel, then Cumulus Media Networks and ultimately Westwood One, where she launched a suite of new opportunities for clients, including devising native advertising, social media, and digital campaigns.  AdLarge co-founder and CEO Gary Schonfeld comments, “E.B. is a consummate marketer.  She has an innate perspective on clients’ goals, and is exceptional at inventing on-air, online, onsite, and social media promotions that boost a campaign to deliver a return on investment (ROI) for advertisers and their agencies.”

brooksvalerieEnvision Names Brooks Director of Affiliate Relations.  Thirty-one year media pro Valerie Brooks joins Envision Networks as director of affiliate relations.  Brooks was most recently serving with WKYC-TV, Cleveland in the sales department.  She comments, “I have been privileged to work for both locally owned and operated as well as publicly traded broadcast companies.  I love the subliminal power of our medium, and I know that radio plus our digital brand extensions remain vibrant, alive and impactful.”  Envision COO Laura Orkin adds, “We are thrilled to welcome Valerie to the Envision family as director of affiliate relations.  Valerie brings a wealth of experience to our team and will superserve our 1,500-plus affiliated stations.”

ashleyzMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Promoted to program director at Clear Channel’s CHR WKXJ, Chattanooga “103.7 Kiss FM” is KZCH, Wichita “Channel 963” APD, music director and afternoon personality Sassy.  She makes the move to Tennessee but will continue to host the afternoon show at KZCH…..After six months in the position, Ashley Z exits the midday show at Saga Communications-owned CHR WNRG, Milwaukee “Energy 106.9.”  Prior to this gig, she was evening personality at MacDonald Garber Broadcasting’s CHR WKHQ, Charlevoix, Michigan…..At Emmis classic rock WWVR, Terre Haute “105.5 The River,” Nigel Laskowski joins for morning drive hosting “The Rock Show with Nigel.”  Previously, Laskowski was afternoon drive personality at classic rocker KLBJ-FM, Austin…..At Saga Communications’ Cayuga Radio Group in Ithaca, lineup changes take place at CHR WFIZ “Z95.5.”  Evening personality Bentley moves to afternoon drive, replaced by the WYD Media-syndicated “Zach Sang and The Gang” show.  Also, Nicole “Nikki” Mosca joins Gabe for the morning show.

kpaul logoKFOG, San Francisco Becomes ‘K-PAUL’ on Thursday.  In honor of the last event to take place at Candlestick Park, Cumulus Media’s triple A KFOG, San Francisco becomes “K-PAUL” for the day as Paul McCartney plays the venerable stadium.  Almost 48 years after The Beatles’ final live concert – that happened on August 29, 1966 – Paul McCartney returns to the city to close the book on Candlestick Park.  Beginning at 6:00 am on August 14, the station plays McCartney’s music all day with back-to-back tracks, spotlighting his vast Beatles, Wings and solo catalog.  KFOG personality Annalisa states, “I don’t think there is any other moment-in-time or performer that makes better sense to take over an entire day of KFOG than Paul McCartney with his legendary status in music and pop culture.  And he is certainly one of THE most beloved performers of all time, evoking significant musical memories from every listener’s life.”

Monday, August 11, 2014

| August 11, 2014

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wmia logoClear Channel Initiates Format Modifications in Miami, Seattle, and San Antonio. Last Friday (8/8), RadioInfo reported about Clear Channel‘s talk-to-country switch on WPGB, now known as “Big 104.7 – Pittsburgh’s New Hit Country.”  The company though was apparently just getting warmed up, as at least three other transformations – in varying degrees – occurred in PPM markets since then.  Launching “My 93.9″ in Miami might be more of a branding situation, given that WMIA “More Music with a Better Variety” appears to be keeping its hot AC flavor but adding the “My” handle, which the company utilizes on hot ACs in several markets, including Los Angeles (KBIG); Chicago (WLIT); and Salt Lake City (KJMY).  Clear Channel Miami market president Lonny Anger states that, “South Florida listeners shared with us what they were looking for in the quintessential radio station.  After extensive research, including music library selections, promotions and talent, we are excited to debut ‘My 93.9,’ perfect for our female listeners in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.  It is really their station now.”  Core artists will include Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, Enrique Iglesias, Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, P!NK, Pitbull, Rihanna, and Justin Timberlake.  The station’s on-air roster features Joey Brooks with Nathalie Rodriguez (6:00 am – 10:00 am); Nataliz Jimenez (10:00 am – 3:00 pm); Ramiro Torres (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm);kjr-fm logo Mario Lopez (6:00 pm – 10:00 pm); and “The Rendezvous with Simon & Kim” (10:00 pm – 12:00 midnight).  Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s July 2014 report, WMIA, ranks eighteenth (2.3).  Beginning with “Holiday” 2013, WMIA has had seven (7) consecutive (6+) downward trends (3.7 – 3.4 – 3.2 – 3.1 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.5 – 2.3).  Similar to what is happening in Miami, a change in Seattle is more cosmetic than a full-blown transformation such as talk for country in Pittsburgh.  The Seattle switch took place last Friday (8/8) at approximately 10:08 am after what was the final broadcast of KJR-FM wakeup talent Bob Rivers.  With Steve Miller‘s “Jet Airliner” as its first song, the station segued from classic rock back to classic hits as “95.5 The Jet – Seattle’s Variety from the ’70s, ’80s and More.” Clear Channel Seattle vice president of programming Keith Cunningham opines that, “Seattle is a great radio town.  Listeners here have a high musical passion and intellect.  What we learned talking directly with listeners, and doing extensive research, is that expectations for Seattle radio have changed.  Wider playlists with more variety are desired.  We saw the opportunity to take the best of KJR-FM, add more variety, and create a more modernized presentation.  Re-branding as ‘The Jet’ was a no-brainer and a nod to our love for Seattle’s history in aviation and airline manufacturing.”  Representative “Jet” artists are Bon Jovi, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Heart, Madonna, and Prince.  The on-air lineup – including a successor to Rivers in morning drive – is forthcoming.  Starting today (8/11), an “Artist of the Day” promotion will award $1,000 each weekday.  After back-to-back 4.0 showings (6+) in May and June, KJR-FM finishes with a 3.7 in Nielsen Audio’s July 2014 report.  It ranks eighth (6+) for the third successive monthly (May – June – July).  Clear Channel’s home headquarters – San kzep logoAntonio – is the site of another format transition.  The classic rock format KZEP was airing on 104.5 relocates to 93.3.  Now occupying 104.5 is “Hot – Today’s Rhythm and All the Best Throwbacks.”  Clear Channel San Antonio market president Marlene Trevino comments, “We are excited to introduce ‘Hot 104.5′ to our San Antonio listeners and provide them with another great music option on the radio.”  Starting at roughly 12:00 noon last Friday (8/8), the station debuted with a commercial-free block of 10,000 songs from artists such as 2Pac, Aaliyah, Iggy Azalea, Dr. Dre, Drake, Eminem, and Notorious BIG.  July 2014 Nielsen Audio (6+) results indicate Univision rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat” is tied for first (7.4), while KZEP finishes #16 (2.4); KZEP’s highest 6+-showing since July 2013 was a 3.7 in March (#11).

edwardsdanDan Edwards Captains Mornings at ‘Fly 92.9’ in Dayton.  The Alpha Media adult hits outlet WGTZ, Dayton “Fly 92.9” has a new morning drive personality as market pro Dan Edwards assumes the captain’s seat for “The Morning Flight.”  Alpha notes that Edwards is “an Emmy award-winning media veteran with over 30 years of experience as an anchor, DJ, photo-journalist, and educator.  Though his travels have taken him all over the globe, he and his wife of 29 years are proud to call Dayton home.”  Edwards comments, “I can’t say how happy I am to be back in the very building I began my radio career on the legendary WING-FM.  After a satisfying 12-year career in TV as an anchor and reporter at Channel 2, I’m excited to transition back into radio.  What’s even more profound is the fact that John King, the current general manger for ‘Fly 92.9,’ is the same man who gave me my first big break in the business back in 1982!”  King comments, “When Alpha Media entered the Dayton market with the goal of creating truly ‘live and local’ radio, I was challenged to find a personality that would not only sound great on air, but one that has deep roots in the community; we couldn’t be happier to find exactly that in Dan.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  There are two corporate appointments at Univision Communications to announce: Kevin Cuddihy is named president of local media, overseeing the operations of the company’s radio and TV stations; and Jessica Rodriguez is now executive director of marketing…..Rick Marino joins Cumulus Media’s country KHAY, Oxnard-Ventura, California to host the morning drive program.  He most recently was with the company’s country WSM-FM, Nashville as morning host.  Marino replaces Dave Bradley who moves to Cumulus’ Blacksburg, Virginia cluster to serve as PD of WPSK “NASH FM 107.1.”…..Townsquare Media’s CHR KBEA, Quad Cities “B100” debuts the new morning drive show “Noah’s Ark” featuring Noah Sherwood and Olivia Cronin…..At Hoosier AM/FM LLC-owned adult contemporary WZWZ, Kokomo, Indiana “Z92.5,” Kim Seals is the new afternoon drive personality and promotions director.

sagaSaga Communications Reports Flat Q2.  On 2014 second quarter operating revenue of $33.8 million, Saga Communications announces it was compared to the same period a year ago.  Other figures reported include: operating income from continuing operations was $8.2 million; net income for the period was $4.8 million; and free cash flow was $5.9 million.  Station operating expense was $23.5 million (station operating expense includes depreciation and amortization attributable to the stations).  Net operating revenue for the period ended June 30, 2014 increased 0.7% to $63.3 million compared to $62.8 million for the same period last year.

wkaz-fm logoVariety Format Surfaces on Charleston, West Virginia’s WKAZ-FM.  Leaving the classic rock format behind for a variety format is West Virginia Radio Corp.-owned WKAZ-FM, Charleston, West Virginia – now dubbed “Tailgate FM.”  The Charleston Daily Mail reports that the station will feature music from the country, pop, rock, and what it terms “all-time party classics.”  West Virginia Radio market manager Christian Miller tells the paper it’s time for radio to reinvent itself.  “The iPod generation has allowed our younger demographics to listen to all genres of music simultaneously, so we decided it was time give them that experience on the radio.  ‘Tailgate’ is similar to your iPod on a 50,000-watt transmitter.”

Friday, August 8, 2014

| August 8, 2014

wpgb countryClear Channel Challenges CBS and Keymarket in Pittsburgh Country Battle.  Steel City fans of news/talk staples Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck are probably miffed about the end of WPGB-FM as a news/talk outlet but country fans get another choice as Clear Channel Media + Entertainment flips WPGB-FM to country as “Big 104.7 – Pittsburgh’s New Hit Country.”  CC will be going up against CBS RADIO’s WDSY “Y108” (#4 in the July PPM – persons 6+ — with a 7.3 share) and Keymarket Licenses-owned trimulcast of “Froggy 98” (Keymarket doesn’t subscribe to Nielsen Audio).  Clear Channel’s countrybonesbobby WOVK in nearby Wheeling, West Virginia gets into the southwestern part of the Pittsburgh market but doesn’t give full coverage. The station will air Premiere NetworksBobby Bones show in morning drive and will add local personalities in time.  One thing is for sure, country is hot right now and getting Bobby Bones in market #25 is important to the company.  Clear Channel VP/programming Dave Edgar says of the move, “It’s a great day for Pittsburgh country music fans as we launch ‘Big 104.7,’ a fresh new take on country music.  This station will give our listeners a front-row seat to country’s biggest artists and concerts.  Listeners will also enjoy waking up with the Bobby Bones show and his unique and entertaining insight on country music.  No one is closer to the heart of Nashville than Bobby Bones.”

gallagherjohnJohn Gallagher Returns to Chicago with Hubbard.  Former WLS-AM, Chicago boss John Gallagher is coming back to the Windy City to serve as vice president and market manager for Hubbard Radio’s three-station group that includes hot AC WTMX, classic hits WDRV, and AC WILV.  Hubbard president and COO Drew Horowitz says, “John is the perfect person to lead our great brands in Chicago.  John has a proven track record as an operator and has the benefit of Chicago experience, which gives him insight into the market.  I’m thrilled to have someone of John’s caliber and experience segueing into this very critical position for Hubbard Radio Chicago.”  Most recently, Gallagher has been with Cumulus Media as market manager for its Appleton/Oshkosh and Green Bay, Wisconsin stations.

hansondaveHanson Upped at CMG’s ‘HITS 97.3’ in Miami.  Music director Dave Hanson is promoted to assistant director of branding and programming at Cox Media Group-owned CHR WFLC, Miami “HITS 97.3.”  Director of branding & programming Jill Strada says, “Dave’s talent, drive and years of experience are invaluable as WFLC competes in the highly competitive and fast-paced Miami market.  This promotion is well deserved!”  Hanson has been with CMG for the past 12 years in numerous capacities.  He says of his new gig, “I am honored and feel truly blessed for the opportunity to continue to work with such a supportive team at CMG Miami.  Thanks to Jill Strada for being an innovative leader, mentor and partner in crime, and to VP/market manager Rob Babin for being such a believer in the people of CMG Miami.”

jonesmikeMike Jones Upped to Middays at ‘DC101.’  Leaving his evening shift behind at Clear Channel’s rock WWDC, Washington “DC101” is Mike Jones who takes over the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm shift after three years on the night shift.  Jones worked on the “Elliot in the Morning” show before moving to the evening jock gig.  Program director James Howard says, “Mr. Jones’ talent, skills and work ethic have driven his success.  He will be instrumental in the continued strength of the DC101 brand.”  Jones says of his new gig, “This is going to be a lot of fun, getting to hang out with the ‘DC101’ audience during the day.  Many thanks to James Howard and Meg Stevens for this opportunity.”

robbinrichMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  After 56 years on the air, radio pro Rich “Brother” Robbin is calling it a career.  The afternoon personality on Broadcast Company of the Americas-owned classic hits outlet XHPRS, San Diego “105.7 The Walrus” is doing his last show today (8/8).  Robbin has worked in numerous markets during his career and is well known for his time at KGB and KCBQ in San Diego…..Derric Tanner joins Entercom’s alternative KNRK, Portland “94/7 FM” for the evening shift, taking over for Squid Vicious.  Tanner has worked in San Francisco, Seattle and San Jose…..Summit Media officially launches adult contemporary WHTI, Richmond “Easy 100.9” and returns Bill Bevins and Shelley Perkins to the air in the market as the “Bill and Shelley in the Morning” show kicked off the station’s debut on August 7…..Curtis Booker is the new program director and afternoon drive personality at Clear Channel’s CHR KYYY, Bismarck, “Y93.”  He comes to the station from his most recent gig at rhythmic CHR KEZE, Spokane “Hot 96.9” where he was APD…..Sonoma Media Group brings former “Mark & Brian” show staffer Kelli Gates aboard to co-host the morning show with Big Jon Snyder at classic rock KVRV, Santa Rosa, California “97.7 The River.”  The “Kelli & Big Jon” show replaces the “Bob & Tom” show.

ppmunitFinal Round of July 2014 PPM Data Released.  The fourth and final round of Nielsen Audio July 2014 PPM ratings data is released for markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford.  July’s survey period covered June 19 – July 16.  See complete market numbers here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group.

TenTakeaways

  • Austin – On the strength of a +.6 (4.1 – 4.7), Entercom hot AC KAMX “Mix” cruises from ninth to sixth (6+). Its adult contemporary sibling KKMJ “Majic 95.5,” though falters by eight-tenths (3.9 – 3.1) to drop from #12 to #13. kbpaEmmis adult hits KBPA “Bob-FM” is #1 (6+) for the seventh straight month. Speaking of streaks, thiskase logo is the 14th consecutive time that Clear Channel’s KASE “Today’s Country” (7.8 – 7.5) has finished in the runner-up slot. The last occurrence when KASE wasn’t #2 was in June 2013. Univision regional Mexican KLJA has a string of its own going. In addition to repeating June’s +.7, “Mas Variedad” makes it five successive up trends (.7 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 3.1) which takes it from #16 to a three-way tie at #13. By way of perspective, the station ranked #20 in “Holiday 2013,” January 2014, February, March, and April.
  • Indianapolis – Over and above the juggling at the top is the magnitude of the fluctuation for several stations involved. For openers, Cumulus Media‘s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5″ breaks out of a fourth-place tie with a wjjk logorousing +1.6 (6.0 – 7.6), enabling it to trade places with Radio One urban AC WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader” (7.3 – 6.7, -.6), which falls from first to fourth. “Indy’s R&B Leader” had been first in April, May, and June, while “Classic Hits 104.5″ had three straight (6+) down trends (6.9 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.0). Progressing by nine-tenths each are Emmis cluster-mates (adult contemporary) WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7″ (6.3 – 7.2, steady at #3) and (country) WLHK “Hank FM” (5.6 – 6.5, #8 in June to #5). “Soft Rock B-105.7″ ends six successive monthlies in the 6.3 – 6.9 range and it registers its strongest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2013′s 14.3. Likewise, 6.5 is the highest 6+-share for “Hank” since last October’s 6.6. Entercom CHR WZPL remains in the runner-up slot, but owing to a strong +.8 (6.5 – 7.3), “Indy’s Hit Music Station” is only three-tenths from the top, compared to eight-tenths in June. The third consecutive downward trend for WIBC is -.7 (6.6 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 5.3) and it drops the Emmis talker from fourth to seventh.
  • Providence – After advancing by one-half share in June (7.3 – 7.8, 6+) – taking it from fourth to a second-place tie wctk logo- Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country” solidifies its runner-up position by explodingwpro-fm by +1.1 to 8.9. For the seventh straight month, WPRO-FM finishes first (6+). Moreover, it is the third straight positive trend for the Cumulus Media CHR, which has picked up a full-share in that span (8.8 – 8.9 – 9.6 – 9.8). While Clear Channel classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101″ gains one-half share (7.8 – 8.3), its rock sibling WHJY “94 HJY” declines by that margin (7.3 – 6.8) and remains fourth. Ironically, despite the +.5 for “B-101,” it actually slips from second to third. Entercom sports WVEI tumbles by seven-tenths (4.0 – 3.3), sliding from eighth to ninth.
  • Norfolk – On the heels of June’s +.8 (2.7 – 3.5), Clear Channel rhythmic hot AC WMOV tacks on another nine-tenths to 4.4, thus advancing from ninth to seventh. This marks the best showing for WMOV since its 6.1 in wvkl“Holiday” 2012. Owing to a +.6 (3.7 – 4.3), WVHT “Hot 100.5″ ends its string of four down or flat monthlies (4.3 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7); the Max Broadcast Group Holdings’ CHR inches up from ninth to eighth. Entercom urban AC WVKL “95-7 R&B” (12.1 – 12.5, +.4) continues its dominance, as it ranks first for the 24th straight survey period and 49th time in 51 PPM sweeps. This is the eleventh time in the last 12 ratings periods that WVKL has been in double-digits (6+). In addition to those impressive credentials, with July’s 12.5, “95-7 R&B” can claim Norfolk’s highest-ever 6+ total under PPM methodology. For the second straight month, five Sinclair-owned stations that appeared in May are now unlisted. Specifically, those facilities are country WUSH (#6 in May); adult hits WNOB (#9); talk WNIS (#13); alternative WROX (#14); and talk WTAR (#19).
  • NashvilleSouth Central Communications adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9″ is #1 (6+) for the 27th consecutive monthly; however, it is down for the third straight time (11.8 – 10.5 – 9.6 – 9.4). In June, its string of wjxa logodouble-digit (6+) showings was snapped at 23; 9.4 is the station’s lowest 6+-stat in exactly two years (8.7 in July 2012). Adult hits sibling WCJK “Jack-FM” though gains six-tenths (5.7 – 6.3) to advance from seventh to fifth; “Jack-FM” logs its best 6+ number since April 2013′s 6.7. Owing to a +.7 to 7.8, Clear Channel urban contemporary WUBT “Thewubt logo Beat” (fourth to third) racks up its most potent 6+ stat since December 2011 (8.2). Cumulus Media urban AC WQQK declines by one full-share (7.0 – 6.0) and drops from fifth to seventh. Among the market’s country stations, Clear Channel’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98″ notched a +.9 to 6.6 in May and a full-share gain to 7.6 in June. “The Big 98″ (third in June to fifth in July) though gives most of that combined +1.9 back by dropping by -1.3 to 6.3. Cumulus Media country siblings are seemingly unaffected by the huge WSIX-FM drop-off, as WKDF “Nash FM 103.3″ is down one-tenth to 5.0 (steady at eighth) and WSM-FM – after a solid +.9 to 4.9 in June – picks up another one-tenth to tie WKDF at eighth. WSM-FM ranked ninth in June.
  • Greensboro – For the past three monthlies, Entercom properties were the market’s top four finishers, but Clear Channel‘s WTQR “New Country Q-104.1″ puts an end to that by posting a +.8 (7.5 – 8.3) to advance from fifth to wtqrthird. It has been an extremely good run for WTQR which has now put up five straight (6+) increases (5.1 – 5.8 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.5 – 8.3) resulting in a cumulative +3.2 since February. WTQR overtakes Entercom-owned format rival, WPAW “The Wolf” (7.9 – 8.2, +.3, #3 to #4), whichwpaw had outpointed “New Country” in each of the past 11 monthlies (6+). After experiencing a full-share decline in June, Entercom adult hits WSMW “Simon” gains 90% of it back (7.7 – 8.6) to inch up from third to second. Our fascination continues for Clear Channel CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM,” which – even after dialing up a +.7 (4.2 – 4.9) – finishes ninth for the fourteenth successive time. Following a +.6 to 7.5 in June, “Kiss-FM” adult contemporary cluster-mate WMAG regresses by nine-tenths to 6.6 (fifth to sixth). Experiencing Greensboro’s biggest (6+) month-to-month hit though is Entercom rhythmic CHR WJMH “The Hip-Hop Station,” which plummets by -1.2 from 9.1 – 7.9 (second to fifth). Meanwhile, co-owned WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (10.4 – 9.5, -.9) finishes first for the seventh successive ratings period, although the urban AC station’s consecutive string of (6+) double-digit performances concludes at an even 20.
  • West Palm Beach – Albeit that it is flat at 7.4, Clear Channel adult contemporary/classic hits-oldies hybrid woll logoWOLL “Kool 105.5″ ends the consecutive #1 run of Digity Media hot AC WRMF at four. WRMF (7.7 – 7.1, -.6) – which has been in the 7.0 – 7.7 range each month this calendar year – inherits the runner-up slot vacated by “Kool.” Prior to advancing by a whopping +1.4 in June, “Kool” had three successive downtrends (7.4 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 6.0). Adding one full-share (4.2 – 5.2, sixth to fourth) is Digity Media country outlet WIRK, which has its best 6+-stat in more than two years (6.0 in May 2012). At this time last month, WAYF inched up from eighth to seventh by notching a +.9 to 4.0. The contemporary Christian outlet though regresses by -1.2 to 2.8 and returns to eighth. American Public Media Group classical-formatted WPBI falters by seven-tenths (#19 – #12) to slide from #12 to #14.
  • Jacksonville – Unlike several instances in certain markets where group owners become non-subscribers to Nielsen Audio (see Norfolk above and Sinclair), Renda Broadcasting returns three stations in print. One of wejz logothem – adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1″ (9.2 – 8.9, -.3) – surfaces as this Florida market’s top finisher (6+). Other Renda Jacksonville stations reappearing after a multi-year absence are WGNE “Gator Country” (5.4 – 5.5, +.1, #6) and country WMUV “Bull 100.7″ (2.5 – 2.1, -.4, #15). Shown as June’s (6+) leader, Cox Media Group CHR WAPE slips to second (7.2 – 7.3, +.1). After faltering by -1.1 in June, Cox Media’s WHJX “Hot” loses another eight-tenths (4.8 – 4.0), falling out of the top ten (eighth to eleventh). Eight-tenths is also bad news for CMG-owned alternative outlet WXXJ “X-102.9″ (5.3 – 4.5), which dips from seventh to ninth.
  • MemphisClear Channel controls the top three finishers and four of the top six, including urban AC KJMS “V-wgkx logo101″ (8.9 – 9.2, +.3), which repeats at #1. Dialing up the market’s greatest (6+) June – July gain though is Cumulus Media country WGKX “Kix 106,” which adds a +1.4 to June’s 6.0 (7.4) to advance from sixth to fifth. Improving by six-tenths are Clear Channel gospel WHAL “Halleluiah” (7.6 – 8.2, fourth to second) and Mid-South Public classic WKNO (.9 – 1.5, steady at #18). Entercom adult contemporary WRVR “The River” tumbles by eight-tenths (6.1 – 5.3) as it drops from fifth to eighth.
  • Hartford – Up by a modest two-tenths (8.7 – 8.9), CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 105″ extends its wrchconsecutive string of #1 (6+) finishes to 37. Eight-tenths behind in the runner-up position is its hot AC sibling WTIC-FM, which follows June’s robust +.9 to 7.3 with a +.8 to 8.1. Also advancing by eight-tenths (6.3 – 7.1) is Clear Channel CHR WKSS “All The Hits Kiss 95.7,” zooming from seventh to fourth. The yo-yo continues for Connoisseur-owned classic hits-oldies WDRC-FM. After tumbling in May by -1.4 to 5.2 resulting in a fifth to eighth slide, “102.9 DRC” regained nearly all of it with a +1.2 to 6.4 (sixth). In July though, it falters by -1.1 to 5.3 and is back in eighth-place.

iheartradio newNext iHeartRadio Album Release Party? Maroon Five.  A little more than two weeks from today, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment will present the next iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Maroon 5 as the band released its new album V on Tuesday, August 26 at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles.  The actual album release date is September 2.  The band’s new single “Maps” was released in June.  The one-hour special event will air live on the East Coast on from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET on The CW network and will be delayed to the West Coast at the same time PT.  As in the past, the program will air on CC-owned CHR, hot AC and AC stations.

cbsradioCBS RADIO Q2 Revenue Down 3%.  There’s rarely much information from CBS Corp. about its radio division during quarterly conference calls or the press releases about earnings, as the company is so heavily focused on television, films and publishing.  It appears CBS RADIO had a quarter similar to other radio companies in that its net revenue decline of 3% was probably due to the soft advertising climate affecting the industry.

salemcommunicationsSalem Communication Reports Q2 Total Revenue Up 14%; Broadcast Net Revenue Up 1.8%.  The good news for Salem Communications comes as its internet and e-commerce and publishing divisions showed big revenue increases during the second quarter of 2014.  As for the broadcast division, net broadcast revenue was up 1.8% to $47.9 million from $47 million during the same period a year ago.  Station operating income decreased 13.8% to $13.9 million from $16.2 million and same station net broadcast revenue increased 1.1% to $47.6 million from $47 million.

journalbroadcastgroupJournal Broadcast Group Radio Revenue Up 1.6%.  As a whole, Journal Communications revenue was up 4.9% during the second quarter of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013.  On the radio side, Journal Broadcast Group realized a net increase of 1.6% on $20.2 million of revenue.  The company reports radio political advertising revenue was $0.1 million in each of 2014 and 2013.  Local advertising revenue, excluding political, increased 2.3%, primarily due to an increase in home products and automotive advertising.  Digital revenue, which is reported in local revenue, was $0.8 million, up 14.1%.  National advertising revenue, excluding political, decreased 6.3%, primarily due to lower automotive and restaurant advertising.  Excluding political revenue, total revenue was $20.1 million, up 1.5%.  Operating earnings from radio were $4.1 million compared to $3.8 million in 2013, an increase of 6.2%.  Radio operating expenses increased 0.5%.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

| August 7, 2014

graypeterWarner Bros. Names Peter Gray EVP, Head of Promotion.  Three-year Warner Bros. Records exec Peter Gray is promoted from his SVP, promotion post to executive vice president, head of promotion.  WBR chairman and CEO Cameron Strang states, “Since joining WBR three years ago, Peter has been the driving force behind our success across a diversity of radio formats, leading a dedicated and well-respected team that has helped break new talent and build the careers of superstars.  I am pleased to welcome him to this much-deserved new post.”  Gray remains based in Burbank and, as a member of WBR’s senior management team, he works closely with Strang to help forge the strategic direction of the company, while overseeing all aspects of radiowarner bros records promotion for the Warner Bros. and Reprise labels.  Gray comments, “The environment at WBR is the most exciting and forward-thinking in the music industry today.  I want to applaud the best promotion team in the business and thank Cameron for fostering such a creative and dynamic atmosphere.  I am looking forward to all I know we can accomplish on behalf of the incredible artists that call our company home.”  WBR notes that during Gray’s time at the company, he has overseen a wide array of chart success stories – from such established artists as The Black Keys, Jason Derulo, Green Day, Linkin Park, Michael Bublé, Neil Young, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, and Muse to emerging talent like Royal Blood, Big Data, Echosmith, and Nico & Vinz.  Gray’s promotion team also drove the pop radio domination of Grammy winners Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.  Prior to Warner Bros., Gray spent nearly a decade at RCA Music Group, starting out as senior director, pop promotion, based in Los Angeles.  He moved to New York in 2005 as vice president, pop promotion, and was named senior vice president of promotion in 2009.

nielsen logoRound Three of July 2014 PPM Data Released. The third of four rounds of data from Nielsen Audio’s July 2014 PPM survey is released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus.  See complete market numbers from subscribing stations here.  In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways.”  The July survey period covered June 19 – July 16.

TenTakeaways

  • Portland – Following back-to-back increases of nine-tenths (5.5 – 6.4 – 7.3), Clear Channel‘s KLTH (now using its new “Eagle” handle) regresses by six-tenths to 6.7 (6+). “The Eagle” is overtaken at #1 by co-owned adult kkcw logocontemporary KKCW “K-103,” which gains seven-tenths (6.6 – 7.3, 6+). Country enjoys a strong month in “The Rose City” with Entercom‘s KWJJ “The Wolf” continuing akwjj building trend it began with May’s +.6, followed by a +.7 in  June, and now another +.7 to 6.1. In the process, “Wolf” has advanced from tenth (April), to sixth (May), to fifth (June), to fourth (July). Cross-town format foe – Alpha Media‘s KUPL “The Bull” – rebounds from a -1.1 in June (6+) with a one-half share gain to 5.7 (#6 to #5). The market’s most significant (6+) month-to-month improvement though belongs to KNRK, which adds nine-tenths (2.8 – 3.7) as the Entercom alternative outlet zooms from #17 to #11. In fact, Entercom-owned properties finish eighth (classic rock KGON, 5.0, +.1); ninth (adult hits KYCH, 4.5, +.3); tenth (hot AC KRSK, 4.3, +.1); and eleventh (KNRK).
  • Charlotte – Among all stations in the 36 PPM markets whose data has been released this far, Clear Channel adult hits WLKO “The Lake” has the distinction of registering the most potent (6+) June – July advance. Eighth-wlko logoranked in June (5.1), “The Lake” overflows to 7.3 (+2.2) and rockets to fourth. It is the strongest 6+-perfomance for “The Lake” since “Holiday” 2011, when it reached 8.4. As impressive as that (+2.2) gain is, “The Lake” does not completely overshadow its country sibling WKKT “The Kat,” which more than doubles June’s +.7 with a robust +1.5 (5.9 – 6.6 – 8.1). “The Kat” transitions from fourth to first, displacing CBS Radio urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98,” which occupied the top spot for three consecutive months. The 8.1-share racked up by “The Kat” matches its August 2012 stat. Despite a two-tenths uptick to 7.7, CBS Radio-owned WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits,” slips from third to second. Fresh from a +.7 to 6.9 in June, Clear Channel classic rocker WRFX “The Fox” packs on another nine-tenths (7.8) to inch up from third to second.
  • SacramentoEntercom enjoys a #1-#2-#3 finish. Aided by a +.7 (7.2 – 7.9), the company’s classic rock KSEG kseg logois the market’s 6+ pacesetter for the third straight month; 7.9 represents the highest 6+ share for “The Eagle” under PPM methodology. Meanwhile, owing to a +.8 to 5.8, KRXQ “98 Rock” jumps from sixth to third. CBS Radio’s KNCI “New Country 105.1″ improves by nine-tenths (3.7 – 4.6) and it climbs from tenth to seventh. Declining by nine-tenths (3.1 – 2.2) though is Entravision Spanish adult hits KXSE “Jose 104.3″ (#13 to #17).
  • San Antonio – Sharing #1 honors are Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM (7.5 – 7.4, #1 in June) and kono logoUnivision rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat” (6.9 – 7.4, +.5, #3 in June). This is itskbbt logo highest 6+-share for “The Beat” in more than a year (7.5, March 2013). After being up or flat for the past five straight monthlies (6.1 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 7.0), Cox Media Group-owned KCYY “Today’s Country” (#2 to #4) is off by six-tenths to 6.4. Conversely, Clear Channel‘s KAJA “KJ-97″ bounces back from June’s -.9 to 6.3 with a seven-tenths gain (7.0) and inches up from fourth to third. Adding one-half share (2.8 – 3.3) is Clear Channel adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9,” which advances from #14 to a three-way tie at #11. Talk sibling WOAI, however, drops nine-tenths and is part of that three-way tie at #11 (down from #8 in June). Owing to a seven-tenths decline (4.0 – 3.3), the third party in that group is Alpha Media adult hits KJXK “Jack-FM” (#10 in June).
  • Cleveland – Progressing by nine-tenths – and making identical 2.0 – 2.9 June – July moves – are CBS Radio sports outlet WKRK “The Fan” and Rubber City Radio Group‘s WNWV “The Wave.” Both stations ranked thirteenth wkrklogoin June and now move up one notch – tied at twelfth. With KTWV, Los Angeles recently evolvingwnwv logo to urban AC and KIFM, San Diego transitioning to adult contemporary, Cleveland’s “Wave” is the only smooth AC in a PPM market to rank in the top 20. Clear Channel cluster-mates WHLK “The Lake” (8.8 – 9.4, +.6, #2 to #1) and classic hits-oldies WMJI “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” (8.9 – 8.7, -.2, #1 to #2) continue to exchange places in the penthouse. WMJI was #1 in June 2013, July 2013, August, September, October, November, December, “Holiday” 2013, May 2014, and June 2014. WHLK has dominated the market in January 2014, February, March, April, and now in July. In all but four of the noted instances, when one of these stations finished first, the other was runner-up. After a -.4 in June, their sibling talker – and Cleveland Indians flagship WTAM – drops twice that (-.8) to 5.8 (#6 to #7).
  • Salt Lake CityClear Channel CHR KZHT – which displaced Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100.3″ from the lead position in June – repeats at #1 (6.7 – 6.9, +.2). “FM 100.3″ notches a two-tenths gain as well ksfi logo(6.5 – 6.7) to remain two-tenths behind the leader. Steady at #5, Clear Channel talker KNRS registers a one-half share improvement (5.6 – 6.1). After four successive (6+) up trends (4.4 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 5.6), Cumulus Media country KUBL “K-Bull 93 FM” returns to the 4.4 it had when the streak began (-1.2, #5 in June to #9). With a three-tenths progression (4.1 – 4.4), KSOP “Utah’s #1 Country” catches format rival KUBL at #9. The ups/downs continue for KUDD. Following a -.7 to 4.4 and a #10 finish in May, the Broadway Media CHR stormed back with a full-share increase (5.4), enabling “Mix 107.9″ to zoom to #7. It remains at #7 in July – but drops six-tenths to 4.8. Prior to May’s 4.4, “Mix” had 12 straight (6+) showings in the five-share range.
  • Las Vegas – Notwithstanding a one-tenth drop to 6.9, CBS Radio hot AC KMXB “Mix” returns to #1. It had been on top for four straight monthlies, before giving way in June to Clear Channel adult contemporary KSNE kmxb“Sunny 106.5,” which falters by a whopping -1.4 (7.1 – 5.7) and tumbles to third. Prior to June, the last time that “Sunny” was at #1 was this past January. Improving by eight-tenths (2.9 – 3.7) is Univision Spanish contemporary KRGT, which inches up from thirteenth to eleventh. KSOS “SOS Radio” – which was a cumulative +2.0 March – May (3.9 – 5.6 – 5.9), dropped nine-tenths (5.9 – 5.0) in June, slipping from third to sixth. July results are even tougher for the Faith Communications-owned contemporary Christian facility, which regresses by -1.2 to 3.8 (#9). On the heels of falling by eight-tenths in June (5.2 – 4.4), Beasley urban-rhythmic oldies KOAS “Old School” drops another three-tenths (4.1), but actually improves from #8 to #7.
  • Kansas CityCumulus classic rocker KCFX “The Fox” adds three-tenths (6.7 – 7.0) and is the market leader for the second successive monthly. After progressing by seven-tenths in June (4.1 – 4.8), Entercom hot AC KZPT kcfx logo“The Point” makes a full-share leap to 5.8, catapulting from #8 to #3. Alternative sibling KRBZ “The Buzz” (+.7, steady at #11, 6+) makes it four consecutive positive trends (3.0 – 3.4 – 3.7 – 3.9). The reversal of fortune continues for Wilks Broadcasting-owned KFKF. In June, the station’s consecutive #1 streak was snapped at 14 by “The Fox” and now, “Country 94.1″ registers its fifth straight negative trend for a cumulative -3.2 (9.0 – 8.8 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 6.5 – 5.8, 6+). Furthermore, it skids from the runner-up slot to a tie at #3 with “The Point.” The market’s other two country signals are down as well: Entercom’s WDAF-FM “The Wolf” is off six-tenths (5.9 – 5.3), slipping from #4 to #5, while KFKF sibling KBEQ “Q-104″ declines by two-tenths to 5.2, but remains at #6.
  • Orlando – June’s #1 tie (6+) is resolved as Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5″ is +.2 to 7.5, while contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3″ falters by six-tenths to 6.7. WPOZ had occupied the #1 spot for four wcfb logosuccessive monthlies, before sliding to #2. Dating back to January, CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOCL had not put up a positive trend (7.4 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 4.6); wocl logohowever, “Sunny” rectifies things with a meaty +1.2 to 5.8, zooming from tenth to fourth. At this time last month, WWKA “K-92.3″ endured a -1.1 (7.0 – 5.9) as it slid from runner-up to #3. The Cox Media Group country outlet bounces back with a +.7 to 6.6, although it remains locked at #3. After ringing up a +.6 to jump from #8 to a three-way tie at #5, Cox Media Group rock AC WMMO regresses by eight-tenths to 4.8 and returns to #8. Also taking an eight-tenths loss is Clear Channel CHR WXXL “XL 106.7″ (5.9 – 5.1, #3 to #7).
  • Columbus – The most significant June-to-July listening pattern shifts transpire in Ohio’s capital city, as four stations there have fluctuations of greater than one full-share. A ping-pong match at #1 finds Clear Channel wcol logosiblings swapping places: As it did in May, country WCOL-FM (11.3, +1.2) takes over for CHR WNCI (11.0 – 10.5, -.5), with the latter assuming the former’s runner-up position. WNCI has been #1 in 12 of the last 15 surveys and the heritage CHR has posted double-digits (6+) 17 straight times. Improving by one-half share each are public WOSU (2.7 – 3.2, #9); alternative WWCD (2.0 – 2.5, #11); and public WCBE (1.0 – 1.5, #13). Declining by -1.1 are Radio One rhythmic CHR WCKX (6.4 – 5.3, steady at #3; Radio One urban AC WXMG (5.6 – 4.5, #4 to #6); and Clear Channel classic hits-oldies WODC (5.6 – 4.5, #4 to #6). This time last month, WCKX “Power 107.5″ applied the brakes to a string of four straight downward trends (6.6 – 6.2 – 5.6 – 5.5 – 5.4, 6+) by posting a one-share increase, while WODC logged a +1.4 to jump from #7 to a three-way tie at #4. WXMG “Magic 106.3″ has its string of successive up trends ended at three (3.4 – 3.6 – 5.4 – 5.6).

townsquare logoTownsquare Media Q2 Net Revenue Up 7.8%.  This is the first quarterly report for Townsquare Media as a publicly traded company and although the news is positive – pro forma net revenue for Q2 was $106.3 million – an increase of 7.8%, local advertising pro forma net revenue decreased $0.2 million, or 0.3%.  The real upside was digital as the company reports “other media and entertainment pro forma net revenue increased $7.9 million, or 39.3%, to $28.2 million, primarily attributable to growth across our live events, digital marketing services and national digital assets.”  Townsquare’s actual net revenue was uppricesteven 46.6% due to the Cumulus Media and Peak Broadcasting II acquisitions.  Chairman and CEO Steven Price says in a statement, “We are pleased to be reporting solid second quarter results, following the successful completion of our initial public offering in July.  We delivered a 7.8% increase in pro forma net revenue.  Our results continue to demonstrate the strength of our diversified revenue strategy. We enjoyed solid performance in most of our local advertising markets together with strong performance across our live event, digital marketing service and national digital assets.  These more than offset advertising revenue softness in certain markets within our local advertising segment.”

ramirezrossiRossi Ramirez Joins Blondie and Nugget Show on KTFM, San Antonio.  San Antonio native Rossi Ramirez becomes part of the “Blondie and Nugget Morning Show” at Alpha Media-owned CHR KTFM, San Antonio.  Ramirez is a recent graduate of Texas A&M San Antonio and has worked for WOAI-TV, FOX San Antonio TV and Univision TV as a writer/producer.  KTFM program director Mark Landis says, “We’ve assembled a young, talented, diversified staff here at KTFM, and we’re very excited about Rossi joining us as we’re now live and local from 6:00 am to 12:00 midnight and becoming part of the fabric of the community of San Antonio.”

nrglogoRon Johnson to Head Up NRG Media’s Ottawa, Illinois Stations.  In the Ottawa, Illinois market (about halfway between Chicago and Peoria) NRG Media LLC operates news/talk WCMY and adult hits WRKX “95.3 Sam FM.”  The company announces 35-year radio pro Ron Johnson is named general manager for the two stations.  NRG COO Chuck DuCoty comments, “We are fortunate to have a professional broadcaster of Ron’s background and experience join our company and lead the talented team of broadcasters in Ottawa.  He brings immense talents to our organization in both radio and digital space and I am confident he will bring many robust media platforms to our growing local cluster to enhance both the listener and advertiser experience.”  Since 2011, Johnson has been president of QC-Cars.LLC, an online company he created that manages inventory for local auto dealers and offers digital directory platforms for local direct business.  Prior to that time, Mr. Johnson served as a sales, management and marketing consultant to a Chicago TV Group which owned radio and television stations in Cedar Rapids and Independence, Iowa.  Johnson says, “I have had the good fortune to work with many talented people in a number of great roles in the broadcasting business, but this is by far the ideal role for me to contribute my skills and experience.  I am delighted to join the NRG Media family and am eager to work with the staff in Ottawa and get better acquainted with the local community where I have visited many times throughout my career.”

premierenetworks newPremiere Networks to Unveil Online Platform for ‘Dr. Dave’s Ultimate Prep.’  On the occasion of the one-year anniversary of the relationship between Premiere Networks and Dr. Dave Creative Entertainment, Premiere announces it will launch an “innovative, user-developed online platform for Dr. Dave’s Ultimate Prep.  The latest in an exciting group of new services to be launched, Ultimate Prep provides on-air and online content, viral videos, ‘thought starters’ for text and audio, and the hottest lifestyle prep.  Beginning this fall, users will be provided with a sophisticated, interactive online experience allowing them to easily navigate and customize their prep.”  Dr. Dave Creative Entertainment provides a suite of multimedia morning show prep, comedy and production services for radio, television and digital platforms.  EVP/chief content officer David “Dr. Dave” Kolin says, “The opportunities at Premiere Networks and Clear Channel are truly limitless – it’s been a dream come true.  The group we have assembled is composed of talent I’ve worked with for 20-plus years in radio and television.  Combined with Dan Brassem in affiliate relations, Premiere’s Julie Talbott and Jennifer Leimgruber, and many others throughout the company, we are a formidable, winning team.  I look forward to a path of continued genuine innovation.”

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