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PPM Analysis: Mainstream CHR. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of the mainstream CHR format based on the latest August 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio. Read this piece to see how the CHR stations in America’s PPM markets fared in August and over the previous five ratings surveys; how the numbers fluctuated from the July 2014 survey; how they performed compared to August of 2013; how the stations ranked in their respective markets; and more. See the complete analysis here.
2014 Marconi Award Winners Announced. The winners of this year’s Marconi Awards were revealed at the 25th Anniversary NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show at the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis last night. This year’s honorees are: Legendary Station — WFAN-FM, New York; Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year — Rush Limbaugh, Premiere Radio Networks; Major Market Personality of the Year — Kevin and Bean, KROQ-FM, Los Angeles; Large Market Personality of the Year — Ryan and Shannon, KSTP-FM, St. Paul; Medium Market Personality of the Year — Kevin Miller, KIDO-AM, Boise; Small Market Personality of the Year — Dottie Ray, KXIC-AM, Iowa City; Major Market Station of the Year — KKBQ-FM, Houston; Large Market Station of the Year — WTMJ-AM, Milwaukee; Medium Market Station of the Year — WOWO-AM, Fort Wayne; Small Market Station of the Year — KFGO-AM, Fargo; AC Station of the Year — WBEB-FM, Philadelphia; CHR Station of the Year — KQKS-FM, Denver; Country Station of the Year — KCYY-FM, San Antonio; News/Talk Station of the Year — WLW-AM, Cincinnati; Oldies Station of the Year — WOGL-FM, Philadelphia; Religious Station of the Year — KLTY-FM, Dallas; Rock Station of the Year — KROQ-FM, Los Angeles; Spanish Station of the Year — KLZT-FM, Austin; Sports Station of the Year — WBZ-FM, Boston; Urban Station of the Year — WHQT-FM, Coral Gables, Florida; Non-Commercial Station of the Year — WRHU-FM, Long Island.
Hofstra University’s WRHU Wins Marconi for Best Non-Commercial Station. Celebrating the 2014 Marconi Award for Best Non-Commercial station for Hofstra University’s WRHU, Hempstead, New York are (from left to right): Brianna Borresen, news director WRHU; John Mullen, director of operations WRHU Radio Hofstra University; John Shea, VP and market manager of COX Long Island and member of Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; and Heather Cohen, EVP of The Weiss Agency and member of the Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication advisory board and president of the Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Alumni Association.
Notes & Quotes from Indy. Reporting from the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis for RadioInfo is media consultant Holland Cooke who delivers today’s analysis. He reports on former Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s speech on management tactics; the NAB Leadership Breakfast featuring Cumulus’ Lew Dickey, Clear Channel’s Bob Pittman, and CBS RADIO’s Dan Mason; Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker’s brutally frank assessment of the state of the radio business; and more. Read Holland Cooke’s full report here.
Florida Georgia Line to Host ‘American Country Countdown Awards.’ The new country awards show that’s a cooperative effort of Cumulus Media, dick clark productions and FOX TV is set to air on national television on December 15 and it’s just been announced that Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line will host the telecast. The show, which takes its name from the Westwood One-syndicated “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks” program, will emanate from Music City Center in Nashville and will feature the first-ever “NASH Icons” award winner. dick clark productions EVP, programing and development Mark Bracco says, “Brian and Tyler are incredible artists and friends with undeniable chemistry that will make them the perfect hosts for the first-ever “American Country Countdown Awards.”
Moonves Has Radio Industry Buzzing Over Possible Sale of Stations – Again. Appearing on CNBC on Wednesday, CBS Corp. president and CEO Les Moonves was asked about the possibility of the company selling some of its radio assets and, as he’s said in the past, he replied that “you might see us try to trim down radio in that some of our radio stations aren’t in major markets.” What most industry watchers remember is that CBS is willing to sell some of the non-major market stations, but his company has a history of wanting top dollar for these outlets and right now it’s a buyer’s market. Where CBS differs from some of its fellow station owners is that the CBS stations are paid for and generating income. As Moonves says, radio is a “slow growth” business, but there is no debt on the radio group so any future sale would not be the result of desperation.
Alpha Adds Signal to Columbia Hip Hop Outlet WHXT. The flip of country WSCZ, Columbia at 93.9 to a simulcast of sister hip hop WHXT “Hot 103.9” is designed to give the station better coverage of the market, according to Alpha Media Columbia VP and market manager Mike Hartel, who says, “I’ve been amazed at what this station has been able to accomplish through the support of a very loyal and very passionate fan base, and I am thrilled to be able to serve the entire market and most of Central South Carolina with Hot 103.9 and 93.9.” WHXT is licensed to Orangeburg, south of Columbia. WSCZ is licensed to Winnsboro, north of Columbia.
‘The Golden Age of Audio Consumption.’ Reporting from Indianapolis, media consultant Holland Cooke summarizes some of the sessions he’s attended at both the RAIN Summit and the 2014 Radio Show. Edison Research president Larry Rosin is quoted referring to the current era as the “golden age of audio consumption” noting that, according to his company’s research, Americans spend roughly a fourth of their day listening to some form of audio. While this may be true, how this falls out for AM/FM radio is open to interpretation. Is it an opportunity for AM/FM radio or just a sign that other forms – read: digital – are poised to overtake AM/FM’s dominance in the near future. That is THE topic being discussed at the NAB/RAB-produced Radio Show this week. Read Holland Cooke’s entire column here.
Scott Shannon Syndicated Classic Hits Show to Debut. In a program development from CBS RADIO, WCBS-FM, New York morning personality and radio legend Scott Shannon will host a new weekend, syndicated classic hits show titled, “America’s Greatest Hits.” The program will debut the weekend of October 18-19 on 10 of CBS RADIO’s classic hits O&Os across the country, including on WCBS-FM. It will also be distributed nationally by United Stations Radio Networks. The four-hour show will be highlighted by artist interviews, song countdowns, one-hit-wonders and commentary from Shannon himself, among other features. CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero says, “Scott has established himself as one of the leading authorities on music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and is among the best storytellers to ever grace the airwaves – it’s why he’s been so successful anchoring the lineup at WCBS-FM. Today’s announcement takes what he does on a day-to-day basis and expands it to millions of listeners nationwide.”
Clear Channel Flips Classic Rock ’95.1 The Brew’ to ‘Radio 95.1’; Oldies WODX Becomes ‘107.3 The Bull.’ Two format flips and talent changes take place at Clear Channel’s Rochester cluster where classic rocker WQBW becomes “Radio 95.1” – a format the company is calling “an innovative rock and personality-based station.” Coming to the station for afternoon drive there after being let go from their most recent role at Entercom’s crosstown rock WBZA “98.9 The Buzz” are Kimberly & Beck. The two were fired from WBZA after commenting on a news story about the city’s health care plan paying for gender reassignment surgery in a way management felt was “hateful.” In addition to their 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm shift at WQBQ, Kimberly & Beck will host a one-hour evening show on sister news/talk WHAM at 8:00 pm. And, flipping from oldies to country is WODX which becomes “107.3 The Bull, Rochester’s New Hit Country.” The station is playing 10,000 songs in a row commercial free and will feature Premiere Networks’ Bobby Bones show in morning drive later this fall. Pictured here with WQBW morning personality Brother Weese (center), are Kimberly (left) and Beck (right).
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the San Antonio Alpha Media cluster, Mark Landis exits his program director position for CHR KTFM and adult hits KJXK “Jack FM.” Prior to Alpha Media’s purchase of the stations, Landis was Border Media Partners’ director of English programming…..At Journal Broadcast Group’s country WCYQ, Knoxville “Q100.3,” Kevin King is named program director for the station, taking over for Mike Hammond who recently exited the radio business. King leaves ADX Communications‘ country WYCT, Pensacola “Cat Country 98.7” where he was operations manager to move to Knoxville…..Clear Channel brings Josh Klinger to Washington from the company’s Atlanta operations to serve as evening host at alternative WWDC “DC101.”…..Alpha Media names Rachel Davis promotions director for its Richmond cluster. Davis moves south from her previous post at Albany Broadcasting where she was also promotions director.
Partying with Westwood One. The 2014 NAB/RAB Radio Show is the scene of a lot of industry parties, including the one last night presented by Westwood One. Pictured here are Cumulus Media EVP, content and programming John Dickey (left) and Zach Sang, host of the WYD Media-produced and WW1-distributed “Zach Sang and the Gang” syndicated CHR program (right). At the party, attendees were entertained by country acts Chase Rice and Montgomery Gentry, numerous WW1 personalities were on hand to mingle with guests and network partners. The network gave away a pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLIX and a pair of tickets to the NCAA Final Four.
‘PLANET 102.3’ Brings Meghan Trainor and Echosmith to Corpus Christi for ‘Back to School’ Concert. CHR outlet KKPN, Corpus Christi is treating listeners to a free double-bill concert featuring Meghan Trainor and Echosmith on Wednesday, September 24. The Convergent Broadcasting-owned station says, “This caliber of talent is almost unheard of in a market the size of Corpus Christi. And to add to that, ‘PLANET 102.3’ is putting on the show absolutely FREE to our listeners!” Trainor’s “All About the Bass” and Echosmith’s “Cool Kids” are in heavy rotation on CHR stations across the country. The station is giving away free tickets to the concert at remote broadcasts throughout the market beginning next week.
Tom Joyner Sets Lunch Record at Jackson Affiliate. The power of the Tom Joyner show was on display as the ReachMedia-syndicated personality broke a record at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Jackson, Mississippi serving more than 400 cars – shattering their previous record according to local McDonald’s owner MyJoy Inc – and serving up free lunch to his listeners from radio station WKXI, Jackson “Kixie 107 FM.” Joyner (pictured here at the drive-thru window) and his crew are on a tour of his affiliate stations and are visiting four this week including KMEZ, New Orleans; KQXL, Baton Rouge; and KJMS, Memphis. The show is visiting other affiliates every other week through November.
NAB/RAB Radio Show & RAIN Summit coverage by consultant Holland Cooke
INDIANAPOLIS — An advertiser on one of my client stations recently asked, “Aren’t you guys worried about SiriusXM?” With Pandora and iTunes and satellite radio and podcasting now competing for attention and ad dollars, it’s not hard for AM/FM radio to feel surrounded. Yet, “despite a constantly changing audio landscape, broadcast radio controls more than half of the more than four hours a day that Americans spend with all sources of audio,” according to Edison Research.
You may have read about Edison’s recently-fielded “Share of Ear” study, billed as first-ever measurement of all audio consumption. Topline numbers initially released:
Radio Roundup from Indy. Media consultant Holland Cooke is on the ground in Indianapolis reporting from the 2014 Radio Show. The three-day convention produced by the NAB and the RAB begins today but plenty was happening yesterday at the RAIN Summit. Some of the news from Indy includes: Nielsen Audio’s Jeff Wender swearing that measuring digital is the company’s biggest priority; RAIN’s Kurt Hanson explaining the problems with HD Radio and why online radio is about six years away from catching up with AM/FM in terms of listenership; and Podcast One’s Norm Pattiz declaring that “there’s no showbiz in radio anymore!” To read Holland Cook’s complete report, click here.
Duane 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 (9/10) includes such names as:Madden Brothers, Moby, Skylar Grey, Eminem, Lauren Winans, Jennifer Paige, Vance Joy, Glass Animals, U2, Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Josh Grider, Brittany Marie, Chainsmokers, Siren, I See Monstas, and Future User among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Astra Named Afternoon Host at ’92.3 AMP Radio’ in New York. As had been rumored since she left her midday position at Cox Radio’s CHR WBLI, Long Island, Astra is joining CBS RADIO to host the afternoon drive program at WBMP “92.3 AMP Radio.” This marks a return to CBS RADIO for Astra who previously produced the morning program at what is now “Fresh 102.7.” She comments, “I am honored and blessed to be joining the team at ‘92.3 AMP radio.’ It’s been my dream to work in the #1 market. To have landed the afternoon drive position, I can say that all of my hard work has paid off… dreams do come true. I can’t wait to crack that mic and make noise in New York City.”
Programming Changes at Alpha Media’s CHR WARQ, Columbia. At the Columbia, South Carolina cluster of Alpha Media, Greg Pitt is officially named program director at CHR WARQ, “Q93.5.” At the same time, the station announced that Brendan Croghan is named morning host and APD at the station. He comes to Columbia from the Brunswick, Georgia market where he worked for Golden Isles Broadcasting. Alpha Media Columbia VP and market manager Mike Hartel says, “Since day one, Greg has stepped in and provided great leadership and execution for ‘Q93.5’ to the point where this really became a no brainer. By adding Brendan to the staff, we pick up someone who just gets morning radio, and who will add another infusion of creativity, experience, and energy to our programming team.”
Vermont Triple A ‘The Point’ Adds Signal in Middlebury Market. The Montpelier Broadcasting-owned triple A outlet WNCS, Montpelier “The Point” adds another FM signal to the format on WIFY, Addison, Vermont at 93.7. Program director Zeb Norris says, “We couldn’t be more excited by the expansion of our network! With the addition of this 21,000 watt class C3 signal, ‘The Point’ can now be heard in parts of the Burlington/Plattsburg metro we didn’t reach before, including the gorgeous and economically vibrant college town of Middlebury, Vermont. We know people in this area have an appetite for our award-winning adult album alternative programming and we’re thrilled to be able to serve them at 93.7 FM!” The station is also heard on WDOT, Danville/Saint Johnsbury; WRJT, Royalton/White River Junction/Lebanon/Hanover; and three translators.
Envision Networks’ ‘The Live Ride’ Adds Affiliate; Celebrates 200 Episodes of ‘Classic Rock Live.’ A couple of announcements from Envision Networks as the syndicator’s “The Live Ride with Marty McFly” is added to the program schedule at KYUN-FM, Boise “106.7 The Canyon” to air at 6:00 pm on Sundays. The show is hosted by 25-year country radio veteran Marty McFly and a weekly “concert” to country radio featuring live performances of current and recent chart hits by today’s biggest acts. Also from Envision, the company proudly announces that this weekend marks the 200th episode of “Classic Rock Live,” the two hour classic rock show hosted by rock radio legend Pierre Robert of WMMR-FM, Philadelphia. Program producer Steve Black states, “Pierre Robert is magical with his ability to transport people back to all the legendary tours, and historic locations. His unmatched personal touch and our dedication to finding only the highest quality live music has made ‘Classic Rock Live’ the ultimate in appointment listening.”
Cohen Joins Cumulus DC as DOS. Washington, DC media pro Beth Cohen is named director of sales at Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC cluster for news/talk WMAL-AM/FM and CHR WRQX “All the Hits 107.3.” Cohen comes to Cumulus from Clear Channel’s crosstown operations where she was GSM for rock WWDC “DC101” and CHR WITH “Hot 99.5.”
Westwood One Adds Two to Affiliate Sales Staff. Saying that the move comes as it continues to boost its programming and station partnerships, Westwood One announces the addition of Tim Closson and Todd Alan to is affiliate sales team. Tim Closson will develop and manage Westwood One country radio syndication partnerships for “NASH Nights Live with Shawn Parr,” “Kickin’ It with Kix Brooks Overnights,” the newly announced NASH Icons, “American Country Countdown,” Lia, “Big Time with Whitney Allen,” “Country Weekly AM/PM,” “Country Gold with Randy Owen” and “Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton.” He’ll also help to affiliate Westwood One Sports products, including CBS Sports Radio and NBC Sports Radio. Todd Alan returns to Westwood One after serving as VP, affiliate sales and programming at Focus 360. He will work closely with stations and affiliating various entertainment shows and services, including the Bob & Tom show, “Pop Crush Hosted by Billy Bush,” “Nights Live with Adam Bomb,” “Flashback,” “Backtrax USA hosted by Kid Kelly,” “The Daly Download with Carson Daly,” “The Weekend Countdown with Billy Bush,” and prep services.
‘On Tap with Nik Carter’ Adds Affiliates. The nationally syndicated classic rock show produced by VH1 and distributed by KMG Networks announces five new affiliates to the show. KISM-FM, Bellingham, Washington; KRVQ-FM, Bakersfield; KDSN-FM, Sioux Falls; KVGB-FM, Great Bend, Kansas; and KZJH-FM, Jackson, Wyoming all add the program, hosted by Nik Carter, to their daily lineups.
Adam Bomb at ‘Fashion Rocks.’ Broadcasting his Westwood One-syndicated “Nights Live with Adam Bomb” from the Music + Fashion = Fashion Rocks – a global charity fundraiser featuring a mashup of live performances by top music artists and fashions by the world’s top designers – at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn was a coup for Adam Bomb. In addition to doing his show from the scene from which the TV show will be broadcast this evening (9/10), he interviewed artists performing tonight including Usher (who’s debuting the new single “She’s Gonna Give it to You”), Enrique Iglesias, Nico & Vinz, MAGIC! and Rita Ora (pictured here).
Dennis Constantine Named Director of Broadcasting at Live365. Former KFOG, San Francisco and KINK, Portland programmer Dennis Constantine is upped from his director of programming post at Live365 to director of broadcasting. Constantine has been with Live365 since February of this year. He comments, “Live365 offers listeners a completely unique experience. We are music curation. When you listen to a music mix on Live365, you are listening to a very personal musical experience. It’s not based on algorithms, but rather on music from a trusted tastemaker — an individual that is enthusiastic, even passionate, about their craft. One of my roles will be to bring new visionary broadcasters on board, show them how they can express their art, and even make some money while doing it!” Live365 recently announced the return of Mark Lam to the organization as CEO. Lam adds, “We have some very exciting new initiatives in the wings for our broadcasters and our listeners. We are excited and fortunate to have someone with Dennis’ expertise at the helm of our broadcasting department.”
Chase Daniels Named PD at ‘107.9 The Mix’ in Indy. Citing the success of the station and Chase Daniels’ role in that success, Entercom Indianapolis operations manager JR Ammons announces Daniels is promoted to program director for hot AC WNTR “107.9 The Mix.” Ammons says, “Over the past 15 months, ‘The Mix’ has become the leading hot AC station in Indianapolis and has consistently ranked in the top 5 with adult females. Chase has been an integral part of that success. Entercom is a company that believes in ‘earning your stripes’ and Chase has earned his. He has the knowledge base, the drive and the talent necessary to be a great leader for ‘The Mix.’”
Walker to Program Alpha Media Savannah Stations. In addition to serving as program director for Alpha Media’s Savannah outlets hot AC WXYY “Y100” and classic hits WRWN “Rewind 107.9,” Rob Walker will also be afternoon personality on “Y100.” Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick states, “Rob is a dynamic force in the industry today. His skills and passion for radio will help get ‘Y100’ and ‘Rewind’ to the next level.”
Lane to Middays at ‘The Wolf’ in Fresno. Market pro Greg Lane is named midday jock at Clear Channel’s country KHGE, Fresno “102.7 The Wolf.” Lane has 22 years of experience in the Fresno market, most recently having worked at Cumulus Media’s crosstown country station KSKS “93.7 Kiss Country.” Lane says, “I am beyond excited to be back on the air in Central California. I feel really connected to the area and can’t wait to be a part of listeners’ daily lives once again.”
Global Media Services Partners with Jim Brickman’s ‘Your Weekend.’ The long-running AC weekend program “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman” – a production of the Brickhouse Radio Network – joins forces with Tony Garcia’s Global Media Services to further the industry penetration of the show currently heard on more than 80 affiliates nationwide. At the same time, the program adds Brynne Deppas from Media One Group who joins Brickhouse Radio Network as show writer and co-producer. Garcia will serve as affiliate relations rep for Brickhouse Radio Network. Brickman comments, “I love radio and I love what I do. Par for the course has never been my goal in radio or in my music. Striving for excellence to stand above the norm is what entertainment is all about, and that is why I am so excited to bring two new team members on board to ‘Your Weekend.’ With the addition of Tony and Brynne, ‘Your Weekend’ can continue to evolve in a positive direction with the combination their expertise and creative, forward thinking.”
Talent Lineup Changes at ’96 Rock’ in Cincinnati. The Cumulus Media-owned rocker WFTK, Cincinnati “96 Rock” makes changes to its lineup moving program director Michael Walter a.k.a. Fin to the midday slot and importing Compass Media-syndicated morning show “Free Beer & Hot Wings.” Local personality Mistress Bridget handles local information and traffic during the AM drive daypart.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Midwest Communications’ Wausau, Wisconsin station group, Nikki Montgomery is promoted from assistant brand manager at country WDEZ to brand manager for sister rock outlet WOZZ “Rock 94.7.”…..Alpha Media hip hop station WDHT, Dayton “Hot 102.9” picks up Premiere Networks’ “The Breakfast Club” for morning drive…..Greater Media Boston vice president and market manager Rob Williams adds a new item to his CV as he’s named to the University of Massachusetts Center for Collaborative Leadership Board of Advisors.
Clip Interactive Announces Revenue Successes in Portland and Indy Markets. Saying that it measures its success based on the new advertising dollars that its interactive radio apps bring to its station partners, Clip Interactive announces its apps developed for Alpha Media and Salem Broadcasting in Portland and Cumulus Radio in Indianapolis have generated more than $1 million in new revenue to date in 2014. Further, the company says Clip Radio-powered stations are producing $100,000 of new revenue within 30-45 days of launch and Clip says this shows not only that radio advertising works, but also proves that an innovative and revenue-generating mobile solution is now available and radio advertisers embrace it. Moreover, Clip says this net new revenue is coming from multiple sources including advertisers who are completely new to radio and returning advertisers who previously left radio for digital media. Alpha Media’s president and CEO Bob Proffitt comments, “We are now able to attract advertisers that had previously abandoned the medium for alternative digital solutions. Through the Clip Radio-powered apps, we are able to build a stronger relationship with both our listeners and our advertisers, providing both groups with compelling content that they cannot find anywhere else. We are eager to expand our interactive radio capabilities to our other Alpha Media markets.”
Atlanta, Nashville to Host Next Radio Shows. Radio Show 2014 is not yet in the history books, but organizers have already set the date/locations of the 2015 and 2016 confabs. Next year’s event will be held at Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis (9/30 – 10/2), while the 2016 Radio Show will take place in Nashville September 21 – 23 at the Omni. More immediately, this year’s Radio Show starts tomorrow (Wednesday, 9/10) in Indianapolis and runs through this Friday (9/12). The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) produce the Radio Show.
SiriusXM’s Limited-Run Streisand Channel Debuts Friday. Satcaster SiriusXM this Friday (9/12) will introduce a “Barbra Streisand Channel,” that will highlight music from the Grammy, Oscar, Emmy and Tony award-winning artist. SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein comments, “Barbra Streisand is the very definition of the word ‘icon.’ Her original voice, songwriting, performances, and life’s work have made her a universal star and humanitarian leader. Along the way, she has created some of the best-selling albums of all time, as well as being an award winning actress known for her work on stage, film, and TV. Our exclusive channel celebrating Ms. Streisand is a truly comprehensive, deep dive into the music of one of the world’s most important artists ever.” The channel will run for four weeks (through Friday, 10/10) on Sirius channel 69 and XM channel 73. Jay Landers will host “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Barbra Streisand” this Sunday (9/14) at 12:00 pm (ET), where the singer will participate in a question-and-answer session with several listeners in the SiriusXM studios in New York. Streisand’s “Partners” album will be released one week from today (Tuesday, 9/16).
ABC News Radio Chats with Gavin Rossdale. Out promoting his band’s new album is Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale (left) pictured here with ABC News Radio’s Andrea Dresdale (right) who spoke with him about the new record. Dresdale’s conversation is available to ABC News Radio affiliates.
Round Four of August PPM Data Released. The fourth and final round of August PPM ratings from Nielsen Audio is released for the 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. See complete market numbers from subscribers here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group. August’s survey period covered July 17 – August 13.
- Austin – Following a combined -1.1 the past two sweeps (5.3 – 4.7 – 4.2, May – June – July), Clear Channel rhythmic CHR KPEZ “The Beat” dials up a +.8 in August to 5.0, zooming from eighth to fifth. For the eighth successive sweep, Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob-FM” (9.0 – 9.4, +.4) sits in first-place (6+). Despite losing six-tenths (7.5 – 6.9), Clear Channel‘s KASE “Today’s Country” finishes in the runner-up slot for the 15th consecutive time. The last occurrence when KASE was not #2 was in June 2013. In addition to “Today’s Country,” the format takes another hit as KASE sibling KVET “98.1 K-VET” drops one-half share to 5.5, slipping from third to fourth. Advancing by one-half share (5.1 – 5.6) is yet another Clear Channel property CHR KHFI “Kiss-FM,” which exchanges places with KVET. Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95.5″ regains nearly all of the eight-tenths it lost in July with a +.7 to 3.8 (#13 to #12). After five successive up trends (.7 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 3.1), Univision regional Mexican KLJA regresses by eight-tenths to 2.3 (#13 to #16).
- Milwaukee – There are three solid streaks centering around “three” for WMIL: This represents the third straight month at #1 for the Clear Channel outlet; the third successive up trend for “FM 106.1 Continuous Country Favorites” (9.0 – 10.2 – 10.5 – 11.9); and the third consecutive time it notches double-digits (6+). On top of that, the +1.4 is the second-highest July – August gain (6+) of any station in the 12 PPM markets whose data was released last Friday. Owing to a full-share gain to 4.7, Journal adult hits WLWK “The Lake” (tenth to seventh) puts an end to five successive (6+) down trends (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 3.7). While its 6+ shares are not necessarily mighty, Entercom‘s WSSP “SportsRadio 1250″ (steady at #14) has been up or flat each month since January (.4 – .4 – .6 – .7 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.1).
- Indianapolis – After progressing by nine-tenths in July, Emmis country outlet WLHK “Hank FM” follows up with a +.6 to 7.1, rocketing from fifth all the way to first. Cross-town Cumulus Media‘s WFMS “The Country Station” also enjoys a strong month with a +.7 (5.7 – 6.4) to inch up from sixth to fourth. Seven-tenths is lucky for Clear Channel classic rocker WFBQ “Q-95″ as well as it improves 5.3 – 6.0 (+.7); “Q-95″ is steady at #7. Not only is Cumulus Media’s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5″ displaced from the top spot (first to third), it suffers a full-share decline (7.6 – 6.6). That, however, is not the market’s most significant month-to-month erosion: Entercom CHR WZPL falters by -1.2 (7.3 – 6.1) and tumbles from second to sixth; after a strong +.8 in July, “Indy’s Hit Music Station” was only three-tenths from the top, compared to its current one-share off the pace.
- Providence – Over and above extending its string of successive (6+) up trends to five, resulting in a cumulative +2.9 (6.2 – 6.4 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 8.9 – 9.1), Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country” progresses from second to first. In doing so, it curtails Cumulus Media CHR WPRO-FM’s string of first-place finishes at seven. It is the first time at #1 for “Cat Country” since March 2012; 9.1 is its best 6+-stat since June 2012′s 9.5. Meanwhile, WPRO-FM – which had posted three straight up trends (8.8 – 8.9 – 9.6 – 9.8) – falters by a whopping -1.2 to 8.6, as it slides to the runner-up spot. Despite declining by seven-tenths (6.2 – 5.5), Clear Channel hot AC WSNE “Coast 93-3″ remains in sixth-place.
- Raleigh – Gaining three-tenths to 11.4, Curtis Media-owned WQDR “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country” makes it seven straight months at #1. It is the sixth successive monthly – and the eighth time in the past 11 survey periods – that WQDR has amassed double-digits (6+). Also in the (country) format, Clear Channel‘s WNCB remains steady at #9; however, the former WKSL enjoys its seventh consecutive progressive (6+) trend (1.5 – 2.1 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.4), which has resulted in a combined +2.9. WQOK “K-97.5″ advances by eight-tenths to 6.1; the Radio One urban contemporary inches up from seventh to sixth. Conversely though, urban AC sibling WFXC “Foxy” (-.7) has its fourth successive down or flat monthly (7.0 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.3) and slides from sixth to seventh. Clear Channel’s WRDU “Classic Rock 100.7″ rebounds from July’s -.7 with a +.6 to 5.0 and remains in eighth-place.
- Norfolk – It is a strong month for Max Broadcast Group Holdings properties with the WGH calls. Country WGH-FM “The Eagle” racks up a one-share gain to 7.3 and is a solid #3, while gospel WGH-AM “Star 1310″ improves by +1.2 (2.0 – 3.2), progressing from #12 to #9. In 13 of the last 14 monthly reports, “Star 1310″ was in the 2.1 – 2.9 range (6+) – the lone exception was a 3.1 in January. First the plentiful good news for Entercom urban AC WVKL “95-7 R&B”: It continues its dominance, ranking first for the 25th straight survey period and 50th time in 52 PPM sweeps. This is the 11th time in the last 12 ratings periods that WVKL (11.2) has been in double-digits (6+). July’s 12.5 by “95-7 R&B” is Norfolk’s highest-ever 6+ total under PPM methodology. The lone sour note is that “95-7 R&B” declines by a hefty -1.3, the second highest month-to-month loss among all stations in Nielsen Audio‘s 48 PPM markets. Owing to a +.6 to 4.3 in July, WVHT “Hot 100.5″ ended its string of four down or flat monthlies (4.3 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7). The Max Broadcast Group Holdings’ CHR inched up from ninth to eighth, but now regresses by a sizeable -1.2 to 3.1 and slides to tenth. Clear Channel urban contemporary WOWI “103 Jamz” makes it four straight up trends (6.8 -7.2 – 7.5 – 7.6 – 8.5), this one a whopping +.9, as it holds firm at #2. For the third consecutive month, five Sinclair-owned Norfolk stations that appeared in May are no longer in print. Specifically, those facilities are country WUSH (#6 in May); adult hits WNOB (#9); talk WNIS (#13); alternative WROX (#14); and talk WTAR (#19).
- Nashville – Even though the station has always kept its #1 ranking, this has been a bit of a bumpy ride lately for WJXA “Mix 92.9.” Ever since its eye-popping 18.6 in the “Holiday” report (6+), adult contemporary “Mix” has posted negative trends in six of the last seven sweeps (18.6 – 15.5 – 12.9 – 10.8 – 11.8 – 10.5 – 9.6 – 9.4) and that 18.6 has been nearly severed in half. Not only does WJXA remain in first-place for the 28th consecutive monthly, it does so with a massive +1.7. The string of “Mix” double-digit (6+) showings was snapped at 23 in June; however, WJXA begins another with the 11.1 in August. All this happens for new owner Midwest Communications, which – just several weeks ago – officially closed on its acquisition of the AC from South Central Communications. The +1.7 represents the most potent July – August (6+) improvement by any station in the 48 PPM markets. There is another +1.7 in August though and – ironically – it is in “Music City USA,” as well. Owing to a 4.6 – 6.3 (+1.7), Cumulus Media sports WGFX “The Zone” rockets from tenth to fourth. Country finishes eighth (Clear Channel WSIX-FM, 5.2, -1.1); ninth (Cumulus WKDF, even at 5.0); and tenth (Cumulus WSM-FM, 4.3, -.7). The June – July – August trend for WSIX-FM “The Big 98 – Nashville’s New Country” reflects a cumulative -2.4 (7.6 – 6.3 – 5.2). “The Big 98″ ranked fifth in July, while WKDF “Nash FM – Today’s Country” and WSM-FM “95-5 Nash Icon” were tied at #8. No sooner does Clear Channel urban contemporary WUBT rack up its most potent 6+ stat since December 2011 (8.2) with a +.7, it declines by -.8 to 7.0 – but “The Beat” remains in third-place.
- Greensboro – Up or flat in five successive sweeps (7.5 – 7.5 – 7.8 – 7.9 – 8.2 – 9.3), Entercom-owned country WPAW “The Wolf” (+1.1) matches the 9.3 it posted in May 2013 and advances from fourth to second. Cross-town Clear Channel competitor WTQR “New Country Q-104.1″ sees its streak of five straight (6+) increases (5.1 – 5.8 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.5 – 8.3) come to an end, as it regresses by six tenths to 7.7 (third to fourth). This time last month, WTQR had overtaken “The Wolf,” which had outpointed “New Country” in each of the past 11 monthlies (6+). Also declining by six-tenths is WTQR adult contemporary cluster-mate WMAG “Continuous Soft Rock” (6.6 – 6.0, steady at sixth); the -.6 follows July’s -.9. Entercom’s WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (9.5 – 10.0, +.5) finishes first for the eighth successive ratings period. The urban AC hopes to begin another consecutive string of (6+) double-digit performances, as its most recent one concluded in July at an even 20. Clear Channel CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” is off by four-tenths (4.9 – 4.5) – but finishes ninth for the 15th successive time.
- West Palm Beach – Four stations here either advance – or decline – by a robust nine-tenths. On the positive side, Digity Media hot AC WRMF is +.9 (7.1 – 8.0) and catches Clear Channel adult contemporary/classic hits-oldies hybrid WOLL “Kool 105.5″ (7.4 – 8.0, +.6) at #1. In July, “Kool” ended WRMF’s consecutive #1 run at four. Until its present 8.0 in August, WRMF had been in the 7.0 – 7.7 range each month this calendar year. Contemporary Christian WAYF rebounds from July’s -1.2 with a +.9 (2.8 – 3.7) and remains at #8. After Digity Media country outlet WIRK added one full-share in July to notch its best 6+-stat in more than two years, it drops nine-tenths to 4.3 and slips from fourth to fifth. While it stays in third-place, Clear Channel classic rocker WKGR loses nine-tenths (5.6 – 4.7).
- Jacksonville – Although off by one-half share (8.9 – 8.4), Renda adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1″ repeats as the market’s top finisher (6+). Cox Media Group-owned alternative outlet WXXJ “X-102.9″ recoups the eight-tenths it dropped in July (6+, 5.3 – 4.5 – 5.3, May – June – July), enabling it to advance from ninth to sixth. In its third straight up trend in print (4.5 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 6.2), Renda’s WGNE “Gator Country” adds seven-tenths to 6.2 as it climbs from sixth to fourth. After faltering by -1.1 in June and -.8 in July, CoxMedia Group’s urban-rhythmic oldies WHJX “Hot” adds one-half share to 4.5 (#11 to #10). Its CHR sibling WAPE though regresses by nine-tenths (7.3 – 6.4) and is steady at #2; 6.4 is the station’s lowest 6+-stat since December 2012′s 6.3.
Alpha Media Flips WUJM, Gulfport-Biloxi to Country as “96.7 The Bull.” Gone from WUJM, Gulfport is sports talk and in is country as Alpha Media introduces “96.7 The Bull” to the market. The new calls will soon be WGBL. Taking over as program director for the station is Mark Allen a.k.a. TicTak. Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick says of Allen, “Mark comes to us with a strong successful winning ratings history and amazing ability to discover and mentor talent.” Operations manager Kenny Vest adds, “We are extremely excited to launch the new ‘96.7 The Bull’ on The Gulf Coast and add ‘New Country’ to our cluster of great stations. I am thrilled to have TicTak as the station’s new PD. His vision, passion, energy, creativity and knowledge of ‘The Bull’ brand make him the perfect choice to lead our new station.”
Entercom Rochester Makes AM Drive Changes at CHR WPXY and Rock WBZA. The duo of Kimberly & Beck are out at Entercom’s rock WBZA, Rochester, New York “98.9 The Buzz” and Scott Spezzano and Sandy Waters (pictured here) move over from sister CHR WPXY to host “The All New Breakfast Buzz with Spezzano & Sandy.” Meanwhile, at WPXY, current midday personality Megan Carter is teaming up with Corey James to host “#TeamPXY with Carter & Corey.” Entercom VP and market manager Susan Munn tells WHAM-TV, “Spezzano and Sandy’s evolution to the Buzz is a perfect fit. The Buzz’s adult 25-54 year old audience grew up with them and I know will be excited to hear their show now on the Buzz. Carter & Corey have terrific chemistry and are excited to connect with the PXY young adult audience on air and online.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The morning show at Lincoln Financial Media’s hot AC WSTR, Atlanta “Star 95” is seeking a new co-host for Cindy Simmons as Jimmy Alexander exits the station after 20 months in the position. Alexander previously worked as Jack Diamond’s producer and then co-host at WRQX, Washington…..At Vero Beach Broadcasters-owned hot AC WGYL, West Palm Beach “93.7 The Breeze,” programming pro Darrin Arriens exits the PD/afternoon host post due to budget issues.
Likely PPM Panelists Big on Radio. One of the conclusions drawn from the most recent NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study from NuVoodoo Media Services is that radio remains highly relevant among those who would be inclined to participate in the current PPM ratings system. NuVoodoo VP of research Leigh Jacobs says, “Radio remains strong, particularly among could-be ratings participants. These human periscopes who are inclined to participate in the PPM ratings are beneficial in many ways. In our data, we’ve seen that they’re more highly attuned to paying attention to advertising messages and are more likely to enjoy the contests that radio stations use as part of their promotional arsenal. It’s especially beneficial to radio, since fewer listen daily among those who predicted that they wouldn’t participate in a PPM-style methodology.” NuVoodoo’s VP of marketing Mike O’Connor adds, “Armed with this information and deeper insights beyond, we can help our marketing clients target heavy users of radio with minimal waste. And with Facebook, Google and YouTube at our disposal in 2014, it’s never been more economical to reach them.” The company says it makes the full results of the study available to clients and this update was fielded going into the fall ratings season to make sure NuVoodoo clients have the benefit of the very latest intelligence on emerging social media platforms for use in their marketing and promotion plans.”
Tommy Edwards: Iconic Windy City Talent to Retire. At the conclusion of his midday broadcast this Friday (9/12), WJMK “104.3 K-Hits’” Tommy Edwards will walk away from the CBS RADIO Chicago outlet. Senior vice president and CBS Radio Chicago market manager Rod Zimmerman asserts that, “Tommy Edwards is synonymous with great radio – few have enjoyed the depth and longevity of success he has experienced. We have been privileged in Chicago to have been entertained by Tommy for as long as we were. All of us at CBS Radio wish him much happiness and as he knows, the door will always be open.” WJMK program director Todd Cavanah remarks, “As sad as I am that Tommy is retiring from radio, I am so happy that we had the chance to work together, and that he finished his unbelievable career at ‘K-Hits.’” Reflecting on his 54-year radio career that began when he was a high school student in Topeka, Kansas, Edwards states that he has been “blessed to work with some incredible people in cities all across this country.” For the past three years, he has been doing middays at “K-Hits” and Edwards declares he has loved every minute. I am so fortunate to walk away from radio knowing I never stopped delivering the very best for the listeners. My beautiful wife and best friend, Mary Lou, and I, plan on traveling and enjoying more time together.” Edwards joined CBS Radio in 1990 as program director for then-oldies (now CHR) WODS, Boston. His numerous past credits include WOR-FM, New York; programming KCBS-FM, Los Angeles; WEAM, Washington, DC; and many years in Chicago as an air personality and production talent. He and the late Larry Lujack created the on-air feature “Animal Stories.” This is the 24th year that Edwards is the public address announcer for the NBA‘s Chicago Bulls. Edwards will be celebrated all this week on “K-Hits” and he will be sharing memories from his career.
Deal For Monterey’s KWAV Finalized. The deal that transfers adult contemporary KWAV, Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz from Buckley Communications to Mapleton Communications is finalized. The latter also owns CHR KCDU “The Beach – Today’s Hit Music,” classic rock KHIP “The Hippo,” and adult hits KKHK “Bob-FM” in that California market. Until May of this year, it also owned adult contemporary KBOQ. Mapleton president and chief executive officer Jim Shea comments, “I have always admired KWAV. They have been great competitors and I am truly thrilled for the opportunity to work with them.” Buckley president and chief executive officer Joe Bilotta remarks, “Our ability to compete in the highly consolidated Monterey-Salinas market with a free-standing FM was a significant reason to entertain and eventually sell KWAV to Mapleton Communications. With this acquisition, Mapleton will be even more of an impact player in the Monterey market and they are very excited to have the Buckley station as part of their growing cluster and company. We have owned this wonderful facility for over 30 years and we want to extend a heartfelt thanks to the many people who have contributed to our success, from employees to advertisers to loyal listeners.” Dick Foreman of Richard A. Foreman Associates, Inc represented the seller in this transaction.
JVC to Acquire WHKQ, Orlando. Long Island-based JVC Media enters into an agreement with TTB Media Corp. to acquire bilingual Spanish CHR outlet WHKQ, Orlando (licensed to Windermere, Florida). This station will join the company’s portfolio of radio stations in Long Island and Gainesville-Ocala, Florida. It is also in the process of acquiring three stations and two translators in the West Palm Beach market. JVC Media CEO John Caracciolo states, “We are honored and privileged to welcome WHKQ and its staff to the JVC family. The prior owner was committed to community service, high-quality broadcasting and creating an excellent work environment for its staff and we will be continuing their work. We are tremendously impressed with the Orlando market and the remarkable growth that WHKQ has shown in three short years. As owner and operator of a successful Spanish-language station on Long Island, we understand the Hispanic growth of Orlando and Central Florida and are fully committed to the Spanish format in Orlando.”
WTMX, Chicago’s Eric & Kathy Help Raise $1.4 Million for Children’s Hospital. The recent “15th Annual Eric & Kathy Radiothon” on WTMX, Chicago “101.9fm THE MIX” helped raise $1,403,229.61 for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The station reports that with a little help from celebrities such as Blackhawks players Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger and singer-actress Hilary Duff, the amount generated from the radiothon raised the grand total to more than $26 million dollars for Lurie Children’s since its inception in 2000. Pictured here along with the WTMX staffers and volunteers who helped with the radiothon are WTMX morning duo Eric Ferguson (dark blue shirt) and Kathy Hart (red shirt).
Final Summer ‘NASH Bash.’ Over the weekend, Cumulus Media’s WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” held the “Last Summer Bash” at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York. “NASH” fans came out for the free concert featuring three of country music’s best young acts in Maddie & Tae, John King, and Danielle Bradbery. Pictured here (from left to right) are: NASH FM 94.7’s Jesse Addy, Maddie, NASH’s Kelly Ford, Danielle Bradbery, John King, Tae, and NASH FM program director Brian Thomas.
Cumulus Media Realigns Executive Structure; Jon Pinch to Retire. Calling this move a part of the goal to “enhance the company’s strategic and operational focus and leverage its business platform,” Cumulus Media president and CEO Lew Dickey announces the company is eliminating the co-COO posts that John Dickey and Jon Pinch have shared for years, the assignment of John Dickey to the new EVP of content and programming position, and the retirement of Jon Pinch after a 45-year career in the business. Lew Dickey says, “Our vision has been to build the radio company of the future and that is exactly what we are achieving. Towards that end, we have strategically broadened the company’s scope and now have in place differentiated distribution channels and multiple content development platforms. To accelerate our plans, we are putting in place a new organizational structure to reflect the company’s strategic evolution, bringing clarity, focus and accountability to key leadership roles in both our station and network groups.” A number of changes will take place in addition to Pinch’s retirement. Cumulus has retained the services of the search firm Spencer Stuart to seek an executive vice president of radio. That person will be “focused on providing day-to-day operational and strategic leadership of Cumulus’ radio station group consisting of its 460 stations in 90 U.S. markets.” Steve Shaw has been promoted from his SVP Cumulus national sales post to president of Westwood One. As for John Dickey, his new position will entail focusing on developing and maximizing content and programming. The company says, “Establishing this focused position recognizes the critical importance of Cumulus’ development and promotion of content and programming across the company’s station group, Westwood One network and other media platforms including Nash and Rdio.”
Talent Shuffle at WERV, Chicago. Midday personality Mitch Michaels moves to afternoon drive at the Digity-owned classic rock outlet WERV, Aurora, Illinois “95.9 The River” beginning Monday, September 8. At the same time, evening host Beth Reynolds moves down to the midday slot. Interim program director Danielle Tufano says, “These on-air adjustments were a no-brainer. ‘The River’ is extremely lucky to have such an experienced and professional on-air staff and, now that we have a solid full time on-air staff in place, I am really looking forward to the great things that we have in store for The River’s future!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Southeastern Ohio Broadcasting-owned alternative rocker WWCD, Columbus “CD 102.5,” evening personality Ed Francis moves to mornings alongside Joe Jewett for the “CD 102.5 Morning Show.” Julia Graham is also named part of the show. New in evenings is Tom Butler…..A few behind-the-scenes changes are taking place at Cumulus’ “America’s Morning Show” (hosted by Blair Garner and heard on the company’s “NASH” stations) as ops manager Heather McBee and executive producer Ian Zak leave the show.
Round Three of August PPM Data Released. The third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio‘s August 2014 PPM ratings survey is released for the 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. The August survey period covered July 17 – August 13. See complete market numbers from subscribing stations here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” below.
- Portland – Plenty of month-to-month fluctuation in the City of Roses with two stations gaining one full-share each and two others eroding by at least that much. On the plus side, Clear Channel adult contemporary KKCW “K-103,” which posted a +.7 to 7.3 in July (6+), tacks on a +1.0 to 8.3, as it repeats at #1. This is the best 6+-showing for “K-103″ since “Holiday” 2013, when it hit 15.1. Entercom hot AC KRSK “105.1 – The Buzz” also rings up a +1.0 (4.3 – 5.3) to inch up from tenth to eighth. Classic rock sibling KGON though falters by that margin (5.0 – 4.0) and trades places with “The Buzz” (tenth to eighth). Meanwhile, Salem regional Mexican KRYP “El Rey” (falling from #17 in July to a three-way tie at #20 in August) sees its 6+ share split in half (2.4 – 1.2). “El Rey” was stuck on 3.2 (6+) in April, May, and June; the -1.2 in August follows July’s -.8. This time last month, Alpha Media country KUPL “The Bull” rebounded from June’s -1.1 (6+) with a +.5. “The Bull” adds another seven-tenths to 6.4 (fifth to third), overtakingEntercom foe KWJJ “The Wolf” (6.1 – 5.8, -.3, fourth to fifth). Between April and July, “The Wolf” was a combined +2.0 (4.1 – 6.1, 6+).
- Charlotte – Clear Channel adult hits WLKO “The Lake” had the distinction of registering the most potent (6+) June – July advance (+2.2) among all stations in the 36 PPM markets whose data had been released at that point. It seemed only naturally that “The Lake” could only recede a bit in August, but it actually improves by one-half share (7.3 – 7.8), leapfrogging from fourth to first. It unseats country sibling WKKT “The Kat,” which staggers to third, owing to a -1.1 (8.1 – 7.0). “Kat” stormed to #1 in July with a whopping +1.5. Not only is “Kat” format competitor, CBS Radio-owned WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits,” unable to capitalize, it suffers an even steeper decline, a -1.4 to 6.3 (third to fifth). Country outlets “Kat” and WSOC therefore combine for a -2.5 (6+, July – August). Inching up from #15 to #14, Clear Channel alternative WEND improves by one-half share (2.2 – 2.7), while Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSF “Old School 105.3″ dips by one-half share (5.9 – 5.4, sixth to eighth).
- Pittsburgh – Given that Clear Channel flipped talk WPGB to country as “Big 104.7″ less than one week before the August sweep concluded, we will have to wait for September results to get a better read of the market’s reaction. For now though, CBS Radio country WDSY “Y-108″ stumbles by eight-tenths (7.3 – 6.5), moving from fourth to fifth. “Big 104.7″ repeats WPGB’s 2.4 from July, but slides from #11 to #12. CBS Radio heritage talker KDKA-AM is up one-tenth to 5.4 and remains in seventh-place, while public WESA improves by four-tenths to 2.5 (#12 to #11). Following a June – July +.8, Clear Channel classic hits-oldies WWSW “3WS” drops one-tenth to 8.3 and is #1 for the second straight month.
- Sacramento – Following back-to-back months of 5.6 in May and June (6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96″ improved by one-tenth in July and gains a hearty +.7 in August (6.4), inching up from fourth to second. Cluster-mate KNCI “New Country 105.1″ improved by nine-tenths to 4.6 in July, but it regresses by one-half share to 4.1, sliding from seventh to eighth. Clear Channel rhythmic hot AC KHYL “The Beat” forfeits the six-tenths it gained in July (2.4 – 3.0 – 2.4) and slips from #14 to #15. Despite being flat at 7.9, Entercom classic rocker KSEG is the market’s 6+ pacesetter for the fourth straight month; 7.9 represents the highest 6+ share for “The Eagle” under PPM methodology.
- San Antonio – After dropping nine-tenths in July and becoming part of a three-way tie at #11, Clear Channel talker WOAI rebounds with a +.6 to 3.9 and returns to the top ten (#9). Rhythmic CHR sibling KZEP “Hot 104.5″ adds seven-tenths to 3.1 (#16 to #13) and has its highest 6+-share since March’s 3.7. Falling by six-tenths each are Univision rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat” (7.4 – 6.8) and Cox Media Group-owned KCYY “Y-100 Today’s Country” (6.4 – 5.8). Ramification for “The Beat” is that it relinquishes its share of a first-place tie with CMG classic-hits-oldies KONO-FM (7.4 – 7.8, #1) and now ranks second. This represents the second successive -.6 for “Y-100,” but it remains in fourth-place. Even though it is -.3, Clear Channel country KAJA “KJ-97″ stays in third-place. Owing to a one-half share gain to 4.9 Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG “Magic 105.3″ (sixth to fifth) ends a mini-slide of being down or flat for three straight months (5.8 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.4.
- Cincinnati – Steady at 12.1 (6+), Clear Channel talker WLW is #1 – just as it has been each month this calendar year. It is the fifth straight time “The Big One” is in double-digits (6+). Country WUBE “B-105.1″ scores double-figures (6+) for the third successive sweep, but it is off by one-half share to 10.2. The Hubbard country outlet is #2 for the sixth consecutive time. In the 4.0 – 4.6 range the past seven survey periods, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98″ explodes with a +.8 to 5.0, its most potent (6+) share since “Holiday” 2013′s 10.4; “Warm 98″ remains steady in sixth-place. Classic hits-oldies cluster-mate WGRR advances by seven tenths to 8.1 and remains third. In that same Cumulus Media cluster, classic rocker WOFX “The Fox” suffers a -1.2 (6.8 – 5.6), but only slips from fourth to fifth.
- Cleveland – Albeit that it is steady at 8.7, Clear Channel classic hits-oldies WMJI “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits – Majic 105.7″ nonetheless catches adult hits sibling WHLK “The Lake” (9.4 – 8.7, -.7) at #1. WMJI was #1 in June 2013, July 2013, August 2013, September, October, November, December, “Holiday” 2013, May 2014, and June 2014. WHLK has dominated the market in January 2014, February, March, April, and July; now they are tied. Elsewhere in that cluster, talker/Cleveland Indians flagship WTAM more than counters July’s -.8 with a massive +1.4, the most potent (6+) July – August gain of any station in the 36 PPM markets Nielsen Audio has released so far. WTAM (5.8 – 7.2) rockets from seventh to third. In its third straight up trend (5.2 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 6.1), co-owned rocker WMMS gains six-tenths, inching up from ninth to seventh. It is WMMS’ strongest 6+ number in nearly five years (6.8 in November 2009). CBS Radio hot AC WQAL(eighth to tenth)is off by eight-tenths (5.7 – 4.9), while Rubber City Radio Group‘s WNWV “The Wave” (#12 to #14) regresses by six-tenths (2.9 – 2.3); “The Wave” posted a +.9 in July.
- Kansas City – Following five straight negative trends for a cumulative -3.2 (9.0 – 8.8 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 6.5 – 5.8, 6+), Wilks Broadcasting-owned KFKF storms back with a +1.0 to 6.8, returning to #1 from #3. “Country 94.1″‘s consecutive #1 streak was snapped at 14 in June. Similarly-formatted sibling KBEQ “Q-104″ declines by seven-tenths to 4.5, dropping from sixth to ninth. The market’s other country signal, Entercom‘s WDAF-FM “The Wolf,” is off by one-tenth (5.3 – 5.2), slipping from fifth to sixth. Dislodged after two months at #1, Cumulus classic rocker KCFX “The Fox” is down four-tenths to 6.6 and occupies the runner-up slot. With a substantial +.9 to 4.3, Entercom talker KMBZ (#14 to #12) halts a six-month consecutive streak of being down or flat (5.2 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.4).
- Orlando – Clear Channel adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7″ dials up an impressive +1.2 to 6.8 as it zooms from fifth to third. This is the best 6+ performance by “Magic” since “Holiday” 2013, when it recorded an 11.0. On the heels of a -.8, CHR cluster-mate WXXL “XL 106.7″ scores a +.6 to 5.7, advancing from seventh to fifth. Also enjoying a six-tenths gain is Clear Channel tropical WRUM (4.6 – 5.2), which progresses from tenth to ninth. For the second straight month, Cox Media Group urban AC “Star 94.5″ is #1 (7.5 – 7.1, -.4) and contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3″ (6.7 – 6.8, +.1) finishes second.
- Columbus – An interesting streak comes an end as WNCI (steady at #2) experiences an eight-tenths erosion to 9.5. Prior to the August numbers, the heritage Clear Channel CHR – #1 in 12 of the last 16 surveys – had posted double-digits (6+) 17 straight times. Country sibling WCOL-FM boasts a solid +1.1 to 12.4 and repeats in the lead position. Progressing eight-tenths each are Wilks-owned WLVQ “Ohio’s Best Rock” (5.0 – 5.8, fourth to third) and Clear Channel classic hits-oldies WODC (4.5 – 5.3, sixth to fourth). It is an a particularly notable bounce back for WODC, which was -1.1 in July. Clear Channel classic rocker WBWR “The Brew” though stumbles by seven-tenths to 1.9 (#10 to #12).
‘Classic Rock Live’ to Air North of the Border. The nationally syndicated show “Classic Rock Live” is added to the program schedule at Newcap Radio’s CHNI, St. John, New Brunswick. The Envision Networks program is a weekly two-hour show hosted by WMMR, Philadelphia personality Pierre Robert and, according to Envision, is “the first ‘concert’ radio show to adapt to the way people listen to music today by incorporating 10 or more live performances from a variety of artists every hour, featuring rare and exclusive live versions of rock classics from such artists as Tom Petty, Aerosmith, The Who, U2, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.”
Hangin’ with The Jacksons. Nationally syndicated urban radio star Tom Joyner (third from right) is pictured here with The Jacksons at the Tom Joyner Sky Show – part of the Labor Day weekend live event that drew more than 50,000 to the Gaylord Palms Resort and Hotel in Orlando. The weekend saw the 12th Annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion take place and, according to syndicator Reach Media, the hotel was “overflowing with Joyner’s celebrity friends, fans, and families experiencing concerts, inspiration, games, a huge family expo and more. During the Tom Joyner Sky Show, The Jacksons honored their brother and celebrated his birthday during the live radio broadcast.
Duane 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 (9/3) includes such names as:MisterWives, Hoodie Allen, Andy Grammer, Madison Rising, Glass Animals, Lake Street Dive, Last Internationale, Blake Shelton, Zac Waller, Danny Camp, Grimes, Blood Diamonds, Kaskade, Brocks,and Labrinthamong others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Round One of August PPM Data Released. The first of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio‘s August 2014 PPM survey is released for the 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). The August survey period covered July 17 – August 13. Complete numbers can be found here, and below RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this group.
- New York – There have been the occasional times under PPM methodology when Clear Channel adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” has not finished #1 (6+), but to finish second in back-to-back survey periods is rare territory. It happens though with August 2014 results as classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, #1 in July with a 6.4, adds one-half share (6.9) and repeats in the top spot. It is the sixth straight monthly in which WCBS-FM has been in the six-share range (6.1 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.9). “Lite-FM” meanwhile follows up its -.9 (7.1 – 6.2, June – July) with a one-tenth dip to 6.1 and is now six-tenths ahead of Emmis urban AC WBLS, which is flat at 5.5 (third). Down by one full-share to 4.5 (June – July), Spanish Broadcasting System‘s WSKQ “Mega 97.7″ rebounds nicely with a +.7 to inch back up from #5 to #4. Spanish contemporary sibling WPAT-FM “Amor 93.1″ though is off by eight-tenths (2.6 – 1.8, #16 to #19). That halts four successive sweeps where “Amor 93.1″ had been up or flat (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.6). After a strong June – July +7, CBS Radio CHR WBMP “Amp Radio” drops one-tenth to 3.0 (#13 to #15), while its Clear Channel format competitor WHTZ “Z-100″ loses one-half share (5.5 – 5.0, third to fifth).
- Los Angeles – The first four finishers register (6+) July – August improvements; in fact, 14 of the top 17 do so. Not only does KBIG “My-FM” have its third straight progressive trend (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.3),the Clear Channel hot AC repeats at #1. Bonneville classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” maintains its impressive forward momentum, posting a positive trend for the sixth successive monthly report (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+) and is steady in eighth-place; 3.3 represents its best-ever 6+-stat in PPM methodology. Whereas July proved to be a down month for mainstream CHR, Clear Channel’s KIIS “Kiss-FM” bounces back from a -.6 with a +.4 (4.6 – 5.0, third to second) and CBS Radio‘s KAMP “Amp Radio” rebounds from a -.1 with a +.3 to 4.2; “Amp” is sixth for the third consecutive sweep. This represents the third successive up trend for KFI (2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3) and the +.4 is good enough to bump up the Clear Channel talker from a three-way tie at #11 to a tie at #8 with “The Sound.” Owing to a one-half share increase to 2.7 (6+), Liberman regional Mexican KBUE ends back-to-back 2.2 showings and zooms from #21 to #14. After three straight positive trends – including June – July’s +.7 – Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose 97.5″ suffers the largest (6+) July – August decline of any station in the 12 PPM markets whose data was released Tuesday. The 6+ share of “Jose 97.5″ is practically slivered in half (2.6 -1.4, -1.2), as the station drops from #14 in July all the way to #25. Its Spanish adult hits sibling KDLD relinquishes its June – July’s +.6 (and a little more) with a -.8 (1.8 – 1.0, #30).
- San Francisco – Entercom encounters a mixed bag following the culmination four weeks ago of its classic rock simulcast of KUFX and KUZX. KUFX continues as classic rock “The Fox” at 98.5 but regresses by eight-tenths (2.1 – 1.3) and freefalls from a four-way tie at #16 in July to #25. Conversely, KUZX is now rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102.1 – The Beat of the Bay” and debuts with a .6 (#28). The end result (-.2, 6+) is a 1.9 in August for the two separate signals, versus a combined 2.1 in July for the simulcast. All-news KCBS-AM repeats at #1, but is off by three-tenths (5.6 – 5.3) and has just a one-tenth advantage over Cumulus Media sports outlet KNBR (5.1 – 5.2). Perhaps impacted by “Q-102.1,” Clear Channel rhythmic CHR KYLD drops one-half share (4.1 – 3.6) and slides from seventh to eighth.
- Dallas – After regressing by six-tenths (4.1 – 3.5, June – July) and falling from a tie for third in June to ninth in July, Salem contemporary Christian KLTY “Safe for the Whole Family” storms back with a whopping +.9 to 4.4 and finishes third. Despite being off for the sixth successive survey – and a cumulative -1.5 in that period – (7.6 – 7.5 – 7.2 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.2 – 6.1, 6+) this nonetheless is the eighth straight month that Clear Channel CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” holds down the top spot. Forfeiting the one-half share (6+) advance it made June – July (3.4 – 3.9), Service Broadcasting urban AC KRNB “Smooth R&B” declines by six-tenths to 3.3, tumbling from fifth in July to ninth. Also declining by six-tenths is CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KLUV (4.3 – 3.7), dropping from third to seventh. Cumulus Media country KPLX “The Wolf” has occupied the runner-up position since January. “The Wolf” adds one-tenth to 5.7, while similarly-programmed cluster-mate KSCS “New Country” is down three-tenths to 4.0 (third to fifth).
- Philadelphia – Since April, WUSL “Power 99″ registered 6+ totals of 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.2. Owing to a full one-share gain though, the Clear Channel urban contemporary outlet explodes to 5.2 and climbs from ninth to fifth. It is the first time in PPM methodology that “Power 99″ has crossed the five-share threshold (6+). The string of up-trends forWRNB “Old School 100.3″ concludes at seven (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 4.3 – 5.3) as the Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies facility suffers a one-share loss to 4.3 and slips from seventh to ninth. Ironically, it gained one-share June – July. The 5.3 “Old School 100.3″ notched in July is its most potent (6+) PPM share in either its present format or when it was urban AC. Flat at 6.5, Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” is first for the sixth straight month and for the 17th time in the last 18 surveys. CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOGL – which declined by one full-share (6.8 – 5.8, June – July) – improves by four-tenths to 6.2 and trails “More FM” by just three-tenths. This time last month, WXTU “Philadelphia’s Country Station” was within two-tenths of “More FM,” but the Beasley-owned property regresses by eight-tenths to 5.5, dropping from second to a tie at third.
- Atlanta – On the strength of a one-half share increase to 6.8, Cox Media Group‘s WALR “Kiss 104″ dislodges adult contemporary cluster-mate WSB-FM “B-98.5″ from the #1 spot. The last time WALR reached #1 was the “Holiday” 2013 report. Also advancing by one-half share (3.7 – 4.2) is Radio One urban contemporary WHTA “Hot 107.9,” which inches up from #11 to #10. Declining by six-tenths each are the aforementioned WSB-FM “B-98.5″ (7.0 – 6.4), sinking from first to a tie at third with co-owned talker WSB-AM (6.6 – 6.4), and yet another CMG sibling, classic hits-oldies WSRV “The River” (5.8 – 5.2, steady at sixth). After registering back-to-back declines of eight-tenths (6.0 – 5.2 – 4.4), Radio One urban AC WAMJ drops one-tenth to 4.3 and remains ninth.
- Long Island – Adult contemporary-turned-hot AC WALK-FM “Real Variety from the 1990s, 2K, and Today” enjoys the most significant (6+) increase (5.9 – 7.0, +1.1) of any station in the 12 PPM markets whose data was released Tuesday. Clear Channel’s “Real Variety” advances from second to first, thus curtailing the four-month first-place run of Cox Media Group CHR WBLI, which drops eight-tenths to 5.1 and trades places with WALK-FM in the runner-up slot. Even with a six-tenths gain, Cumulus Media talker WABC is at #23. Dropping by seven-tenths is CBS Radio all-sports WFAN (5.4 – 4.7, third to fourth).
- Riverside – Twenty (20) stations appeared in print in June’s Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario ratings report. For whatever reason(s), there were just 12 in July; 22 stations are listed for August. This time last month, only the top seven (7) stations had 6+ shares greater than 1.0, compared to 12 in August. Liberman regional Mexican KRQB gains six-tenths 3.6 – 4.2 and finishes fourth. Perennial frontrunner Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose 97.5″ was among those Inland Empire stations that disappeared in July. While “Jose 97.5″ is back in print – and in its customary top spot – it shows a full-share decline from July (10.5 – 9.5). Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA regresses by six-tenths (6.9 – 6.3) and places second.
- San Jose – This is the third successive month at #1 for public KQED (5.9 – 6.7 – 6.5). It has been a rollercoaster ride for Univision‘s KBRG. In June, it posted a -.6 to 5.5, as the station fell from first to second. “Mas Variedad” then had an erosion of -1.1 to 4.4, further dropping the Spanish adult hits outlet to seventh. It makes some of that up, owing to a one-half share gain to 4.9 (fourth). To recap from the San Francisco “takeaways,” Entercom four weeks ago pulled the plug on its classic rock simulcast of KUFX and KUZX “The Fox.” KUFX remains in the format at 98.5, but KUZX is now rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102.1 – The Beat of the Bay.” In the San Jose report, KUFX is off by one-half share (4.6 – 4.1, sixth in July to eighth), while “Q-102.1″ bows with a .5 (#31), resulting in a month-to-month wash for the separate signals compared to numbers from July’s simulcast. Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KRZZ “La Razza” hands back a bit more than the eight-tenths it gained in July (1.7 – 2.5), as a result of a -.9 to 1.6 (#16 to #25). Ironically, July’s +.8 catapulted “La Razza” from #16 from #25.
- Middlesex – For the first time since this past December when it registered a 6.4, WAXQ “Q-104.3″ occupies the top spot in this New Jersey market. It is the fourth straight progressive trend for the Clear Channel classic rocker (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.4 – 5.9 – 6.2). Dislodged after a two-month stay at #1 – and four straight 6+ gains – is Emmis urban AC WBLS “Your #1 Source for R&B,” which plummets by -1.1 (6.4 – 5.3) to finish in fourth-place. In the 3.1 – 3.7 range the past seven survey periods, WWFS “Fresh 102.7″ rings up an impressive +.9, carryingthe CBS Radio hot AC to an even four-share (#12 to #9). It is the best (6+) stat for “Fresh” in Middlesex-Somerset-Union since March 2013 (4.1). Not only does classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM end a three-month skid where it dropped a cumulative -1.5 (6.5 – 6.3 – 5.6 – 5.0), it racks up a +.8 to 5.8 and jumps from fourth to second. Townsquare Media talker WKXW (sixth to third) records its third straight improvement. This one is by one-half share (4.6 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.4). After a full-share gain (1.0 – 2.0, February – March) followed by a whopping +1.2 (March – April), classical WQXR has had four straight downward trends. The latest is by one-share (2.9 – 2.6 – 1.9 – 0.9), basically returning it to where it was in January. Off by nine-tenths is ESPN‘s WEPN-FM (3.0 – 2.1, #14 to #19).
Carolina Bermudez Is Back on NYC Radio at WKTU. Former Elvis Duran cast member Carolina Bermudez is returning to radio after a three-year absence to co-host mornings on Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s WKTU, New York alongside Cubby Bryant beginning September 10. Bermudez left the Elvis Duran show to host “Live from the Couch” on WLNY-TV, New York in 2011. CCM+E New York market manager Joe Puglise comments, “This is the ultimate homecoming — we are excited to have Carolina back at Clear Channel New York. She is an amazing talent who always connects with our listeners and a familiar voice that resonates with our advertising partners.”
McDonald Notes Three Decades on Valley of the Sun Radio. This week marks the 30th anniversary that Clear Channel Phoenix adult contemporary KESZ morning drive talent Beth McDonald has been heard in that Arizona market. Vice president of programming Steve Geofferies comments that McDonald has “made an impact on many families who have had her as their companion for their morning commute day after day. She truly is, the ‘Queen of the City.’” McDonald notes, “These 30 years have gone by so quickly. It is almost like the time has been a dream. That is what the job has been to me – a dream job. I have been fortunate to work with many wonderful people, including Bill Austin, who was with me for 20 of the 30 years. My listeners have been so supportive and loyal. Without them, I would not have been able to do this for as long as I have.” McDonald commenced her tenure on Phoenix’s 99.9 dial position doing news for then-KLZI-FM, which became KESZ in 1998. She worked with several morning drive hosts, until becoming the first woman in Phoenix radio to front a morning show. In 1990, television weathercaster Bill Austin joined McDonald. “Beth & Bill” remained the KESZ wakeup team until Austin’s passing four years ago.
South Central Officially Sold To Midwest. Wausau, Wisconsin’s Midwest Communications closes on its purchase of Evansville, Indiana-based South Central Communications’ nine stations in three markets. Midwest chief executive officer Duke Wright feels “extremely fortunate” to be acquiring “one of America’s best-run radio groups. South Central and Midwest are entirely family-owned with both families being in the radio business for well over 50 years. We feel there is a lot of commonality between the companies and I am certain we will have much to share with each other.” South Central chief executive officer J.P. Engelbrecht comments, “We have found a great steward for our radio stations. Duke Wright and his family are good broadcasters who will build upon the legacy created by our outstanding team.” Nashville stations involved in the transaction are market pacesetter adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9″ and adult hits WCJK “Jack-FM.” In Knoxville, Midwest picks up adult contemporary WJXB “B-97.5,” WIMZ “Knoxville’s Classic Rock,” and WVRX “95.7 – The X.” The remaining four stations are in Evansville: adult contemporary WIKY, WABX “Evansville’s Classic Rock,” country WLFW “93.5 – The Wolf,” and CHR WSTO “Hot 96.” Founded in 1958 by the Wright family, Midwest Communications now has approximately 70 stations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Kalil & Company was the exclusive broker for this transaction.
Five Steps to Effective Hiring. Over the course of his storied career, media consultant Walter Sabo has been responsible for hiring and/or recommending more than 1,000 people for companies ranging from ABC to SiriusXM to smaller firms such as Press Communications. During that time, he’s learned how to best go about the hiring process and he offers five steps to bringing the best people into a company. Read his column here.
Radio One and Katz Radio Group Renew. Urban radio corporation Radio One and Katz Radio Group announce they’ve come to terms on a multi-year renewal of their deal. The new pact will continue to see KRG exclusively handle national sales for Radio One’s extensive line-up of urban focused radio stations across the country. Radio One radio division president Chris Wegmann comments, “We are pleased about our new agreement with the Katz Radio Group. Katz has always set the standard for national representation. With the changing landscape in radio sales it is vital that Radio One have a partner to tell our unique story and show our strength in reaching the African-American community. With Katz’ expertise and Radio One’s multi-platform and targeted niche experience; the outcome can only be a win for our clients.”
Glasgow Appointed Alpha Media’s Corporate VP/NBD. Former Entercom San Francisco director of sales Lindi Glasgow joins Alpha Media as corporate vice president of new business development. Alpha Media chairman Larry Wilson is “delighted” about the appointment. “It goes hand in hand with our ‘live and local’ philosophy – concentrating on building relationships with our advertisers versus negotiation tactics,” he comments. “Her stellar career and personal accomplishments make her the ideal candidate for the task. Her creative thinking will be a huge addition to our sales strategy.” President and chief executive officer Bob Proffitt notes that, “From the day I met Lindi as a rookie seller in Albuquerque 20 years ago, I was absolutely convinced she was destined for greatness. She did not disappoint. She has had a stellar career with amazing results. I am delighted that she will help marry our ‘live and local’ philosophy in our 12 markets with new business development. We are into relationships – much less into negotiation. She has the skills, and our local markets have the content and audience to garner great results for our local advertisers; that is what I am most excited about.” Glasgow remarks that she is “thrilled to join Alpha Media.” She is returning to her “original radio roots that began with Larry and Bob, both of whom, I have enormous respect for. I am passionate about the radio industry, how it engages with local communities and can play an essential part of growing local businesses. I look forward to working with our local markets and am more than anxious to get started.” Prior to working for Entercom San Francisco, Glasgow was corporate regional director of sales & marketing for Entercom Washington, DC; director of business development for Entercom Denver and Portland; and director of business development at Citadel Albuquerque.
Joey V and Alexx Dupri Take Mornings at ‘Q102’ in San Francisco. The new rhythmic hot AC station Entercom debuted in August has a morning show as the company announces “Joey V and Alexx in the Morning” will begin AM drive duties for KRBQ “Q102 The Beat of the Bay” beginning September 15. Joey V was most recently afternoon jock and APD at Clear Channel’s crosstown classic hits KOSF and Alexx Dupri has worked in markets including Chicago, Detroit, Orlando and Richmond. Entercom VP and market manager Steve DiNardo says, “The talents of Joey V and Alexx Dupri will create a new, entertaining and engaging morning routine for our audience. This morning show will feed the appetite of Bay Area listeners by sparking lively conversations around trending topics and delivering compelling stories infused with humor.”
Callahan Named Afternoon Jock at ‘The Bull’ in Boston. The new country outlet in Boston has an afternoon drive personality as Clear Channel brings Boston native Jessica Callahan who leaves CHR WXXX, Burlington, Vermont to join WBWL “101.7 The Bull, Boston’s New Hit Country.” WBWL program director Lance Houston says, “Jessica is exactly the right person — with deep Boston roots — to ‘grab the Bull by the horns’ and deliver exactly what country music’s passionate, young audience in Boston wants on their commute home.”
Mason and Remy Sign Extensions with Clear Channel St. Louis. Air personalities Mason and Remy sign contract extensions to remain with Clear Channel’s St. Louis cluster where they host the morning show on oldies KLOU and afternoon drive on country KSD “93.7 The Bull.” CC regional programming manager Steve Stewart comments, “Mason and Remy are two of the hardest working and talented on-air personalities in the industry. We are thrilled to have them extend their commitment with the market and look forward to their continued success here in St. Louis.”
O’Dell to DOS Post at Curtis in Raleigh-Durham. The new director of sales for Curtis Media Group’s Raleigh-Durham cluster is Tammy O’Dell. She was most recently market manager at Townsquare Media’s Albany station group. O’Dell says, “I am extremely happy and honored to be coming home to live in the best city in America and be a part of Curtis Media Group.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Spanish WMGE, Miami “Mega 94.9” Joe Ferrero is the new morning drive personality effective September 8. He’ll partner with current morning host Chanel…..Midday personality Astra exits Cox Media Group CHR WBLI, Long Island….Amber “Alabama” Cole is the new afternoon drive personality at Clear Channel’s CHR WNOH, Norfolk-Virginia Beach “NOW 105.”