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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

| October 1, 2014

ppmunitRound Two of September PPM Data Released.  The second of four rounds of September 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  The survey period was August 14 through September 10.  You can see the numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings below.


  • Washington, DC – Owing to a whopping +1.1 (5.4 – 6.5), Howard University‘s WHUR inches up from fourth to second; 6.5 is the most potent (6+) share for the urban AC in roughly two years (WHUR reached 6.7 in whur logoOctober 2012). It is a strong month for all-sports stations in the nation’s capital, as CBS Radio‘s WJFK-FM “The Fan” improves by one-half share (2.4 – 2.9), while Red Zebra Broadcasting’s WTEM “ESPN 980″ registers a +.6 (1.4 – 2.0). Ironically though, neither “The Fan” (#17) nor “ESPN 980″ (#20) is able to improve their August ranking. Even though WTOP is off by seven-tenths (8.5 – 7.8), the Hubbard all-newser logs its ninth successive month at #1. The third straight (6+) down trend for iHeartMedia adult contemporary WASH (fifth in August to seventh) is a -.7 (5.8 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.3).
  • Boston – After three straight monthlies in the two-share range (2.9 – 2.6 – 2.7, 6+), CBS Radio-owned WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” hangs out an impressive +.9 to 3.6, enabling the New England Patriots flagship to wbz-fm logocatapult from #17 all the way back to the top ten (#9). Even though the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox just concluded a dreadful season, their Entercom-wxks-fm logoowned sports-formatted flagship WEEI-FM only drops one-tenth to 3.2. WEEI-FM though falls from tenth in August to thirteenth. WBZ-FM’s hot AC sibling WBMX “Mix 104.1 – Boston’s Best Variety” (eighth to seventh) improves by seven-tenths to 4.5, its best 6+-stat since February’s 4.7. Advancing by one-half share are Greater Media adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7,” which is steady in fifth-place (5.6 – 6.1) and Boston University‘s WBUR (4.0 – 4.5, remaining seventh). Meanwhile, public WGBH-FM (#16 to #19) drops eight tenths to 2.1, its lowest 6+-share in exactly one year (2.0 in September 2013); WGBH-FM gained one-half share in August. Albeit flat at 6.9, iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” occupies the pacesetter position for the ninth consecutive ratings period.
  • Detroit – WMXD “Mix 92.3″ faltered by a hefty -1.1 in August (6.4 – 5.3), but the iHeartMedia urban AC fully rebounds with a +1.1, jumping from sixth to third. Urban contemporary sibling WJLB “FM 98″ registers a +.7 to wmxd logo4.5 as it inches up from #13 to #11. It is the best 6+-stat for “FM 98″ since “Holiday” 2013′s 4.6. Beginning in March, Greater Media’s WCSX strung together four successive up-trends resulting in a cumulative +2.0 (3.6 – 3.9 – 4.4 – 5.3 – 5.6). “Detroit’s Classicwcsx logo Rock,” however, is down for the second straight month, this time by -.9 (5.5 – 4.6), slipping from fifth to seventh. Regressing by eight-tenths each are CBS Radio-owned WYCD “Detroit’s Country” (5.6 – 4.8, fourth to sixth) and Radio One urban AC WDMK “Kiss-FM” (5.3 – 4.5, sixth to ninth). “Kiss-FM” gained seven-tenths in August, while this is the third successive down trend for “Detroit’s Country” (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6 – 4.8). Despite a two-tenths drop (7.6 – 7.4), CBS Radio’s all-sports WXYT-FM “The Ticket” is #1 for the fifth consecutive sweep.
  • Seattle – KING-FM scores the market’s largest (6+) month-to-month gain (2.2 – 3.1, +.9), propelling the kiroclassical outlet from #21 in August to #15. This is the first time KING-FM has hit the three-share range (6+) since “Holiday” 2012, when it posted a 3.0. Progressing bykqmv logo eight-tenths each are Bonneville‘s KIRO-AM “710 ESPN” (3.7 – 4.5, eighth to sixth) and public KUOW (3.2 – 4.0, #15 to #9). KIRO-AM is coming off a +.6 and had not hit a four-share (6+) in nearly two years: The last time was October 2012′s 4.1. Hubbard CHR KQMV “All the Hits” (6.2 – 6.3, +.1) is #1 for the third consecutive time. Owing to a lofty -1.2 (5.8 – 4.6), its adult contemporary sibling KRWM “Warm,” however, tumbles from second to fourth. It is the lowest 6+-reading for “Warm” since last November’s 4.5.
  • Minneapolis – For the third time in the last four monthly reports, iHeartMedia CHR KDWB (7.9 – 7.5, -.4) kdwb logofinishes first. Progressing by six-tenths each are contemporary Christian KTIS-FM (4.9 – 5.5, tenth to ninth) and iHeartMedia’s KFXN “K-Fan Sports Radio” (3.6 – 4.2, #13 to #12). After notching back-to-back 8.1 shares (6+, July and August), Cumulus Media-owned KQRS “Minnesota’s Classic Rock” has a full one-share erosion to 7.1, and it slides from first to third. In August, country competitors KMNB “Buz’n@102.9″ and KEEY “K-102″ were tied for sixth-place (6.3), but CBS Radio‘s KMNB is up one-half share to 6.8 (fourth) while iHeartMedia’s “K-102″ is unchanged at 6.3, remaining sixth.
  • San Diego – Not only is this the third straight positive trend for KHTS “Channel 93-3″ (5.1 – 5.7 – 5.8 – 6.0), it khts logomarks the third consecutive time the iHeartMedia CHR ranks first in “America’s Finest City.” Public KPBS (4.3 – 5.0, sixth to third) and iHeartMedia’s KGB-FM “World Class Rock” (3.8 – 4.5, eleventh to fourth) each advance by seven-tenths. Conversely, iHeartMedia cluster-mates (hot AC) KMYI “Star 94.1″ (4.8 – 4.3, third to seventh) and KIOZ “San Diego’s Rock Station” (4.4 – 3.9, fifth to tenth) each falter by one-half share.
  • Tampa – There does not seem to be any stopping Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV, which tacks on another 1.1 shares (6+). Dating back to April, five successive positive trends have accounted for a cumulative wqyk logo+4.1 (8.5 – 9.4 – 10.6 – 11.4 – 11.5 – 12.6). Over and above that, WDUV is #1 for the 22nd straight survey period and has its most potent 6+-number since “Holiday” 2013′s 14.1. CBS Radio‘s WQYK, which overtook iHeartMedia country rival WFUS in August, adds seven-tenths (4.2 – 4.9) to jump from #11 to #6. WFUS, meanwhile, picks up two-tenths (4.0 – 4.2) and advances from #14 to a three-way tie at #11. After progressing by seven-tenths in August, CBSwduv logo Radio Spanish contemporary WYUU relinquishes all of it (and two-tenths more), regressing 4.2 – 3.3 to slip from a three-way tie at #11 to #15. In July, Cox Media Group CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5″ dropped from fourth to six (5.0); it added one-half share to 5.5 in August (fourth); and is flat in September at 5.5 – but inches up to third. Meanwhile, format rival – iHeartMedia’s WFLZ “The Hit Music Channel” – is off for the third straight month (6.9 – 6.5 – 5.9 – 5.3), sliding from third to fourth. It is the first time since February that “Hot 101.5″ (5.6 in February – 6+) has beaten “The Hit Music Channel” (5.0 in February).
  • Denver – Those waiting for good old-fashioned wild fluctuations found it in September’s Denver report. Ever since January, Entravision Spanish adult hits outlet KJMN “Jose 92.1″ has been a model of four-share kqks logoconsistency. In those eight monthlies, it was no lower than 4.2 and no higher than 4.6. “Jose” erupts though with a massive +1.7 (4.6 – 6.3), rocketing from seventh to first, unseating Lincoln Financial Media rhythmic CHR KQKS “KS-107.5″ (6.0 – 5.7, -.3, #2). Not only is this the first time in its PPM history that “Jose” has reached the six-share level, it hadn’t been in the five-share range before. Additionally, this is the station’s initial #1 appearance. Meanwhile, public KCFR, #15 in August with a 3.8 (6+), explodes by a whopping +1.5 to 5.3, leapfrogging all the way to a three-way tie at #3. The station’s previous (6+) high was 4.5. KBCO “World Class Rock” was stuck on 4.6 in May and June before notching a +.6 to 5.2 in July. In August, the iHeartMedia adult alternative facility dialed up a +.7 to 5.9, but it regresses by eight-tenths (5.9 – 5.1) and falls from second to sixth. Entercom adult contemporary KOSI has its third successive downward trend (5.9 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 4.6) as it falters from fourth to eighth. Co-owned hot AC KALC “Alice” does not fare much better: It follows up August’s -.7 with a one-half share loss (4.9 – 4.2 – 3.7), freefalling from #9 to #14. Although remaining at #9, fellow hot AC – Wilks‘ KIMN “Mix 100″ – records its third straight positive trend (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.5).
  • Baltimore – August – September ratings spikes are as active here as they are in Denver – if not more so. Starting at the top, the rollercoaster ride for iHeartMedia‘s WPOC continues. With a +1.1 in July, WPOC advanced from wpoca second-place tie to first; suffered a -1.2 in August to fall out of first; and now “Baltimore’s Country Station” bounces back with a +1.0 and regains the #1 position. For the past 12wbal monthlies, co-owned rhythmic CHR WZFT “Z-104.3″ was in the four-share range, but with a +1.1, it reaches 5.2 (eighth to fifth). Hearst Television talker WBAL gains eight-tenths to 5.0 to inch up from seventh to sixth; 5.0 is the best 6+ share for Orioles’ flagship since November 2012 when it scored a 5.0 as well. Owing to a -1.0 to 6.8, Radio One urban contemporary WERQ “92-Q” has its string of progressive trends halted at four (6.6 – 7.2 – 7.3 – 7.5 – 7.8) and slides from first to second. After boasting an impressive +1.2 to 5.7, contemporary Christian WRBS “Shine FM” suffers a -1.4 to 4.3 as it shifts from fourth to eighth. Also off by -1.4 is “92-Q” urban AC cluster-mate WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9″ (7.4 – 6.0), which is repositioned from the runner-up slot to fourth.
  • St. Louis – On the heels of a one-half share increase to 7.8 in August, heritage CBS Radio talker KMOX adds kmoxanother eight-tenths to 8.6 and is the market’s (6+) leader for the sixth straight month. This is the strongest 6+ showing for the Cardinals’ flagship since November when it reached 9.6. Owing to a +.7 to 5.6, Gateway contemporary Christian KLJY “99.1 – Joy-FM” catapults from ninth to fifth and enjoys its best 6+-stat since April 2013′s 6.0. Emmis talker KFTK gains six-tenths (2.6 – 3.2) to climb from #18 to #16. After a mighty +1.2 in August, iHeartMedia CHR KSLZ “Z-107.7″ relinquishes most of it (6.0 – 4.9, -1.1). In so doing, it tumbles from fifth to eighth. Dropping by seven-tenths each are “Z-107.7″ siblings (classic hits-oldies) KLOU (6.1 – 5.4, fourth to sixth) and (rhythmic CHR) KBWX “Wild 104.9″ (3.0 – 2.3, #16 to #18).

foleyjackWestwood One Appoints Foley to its Business Development Division. Former Radio Disney Group business development manager Jack Foley joins Westwood One as a business development vice president.  Westwood One president Steve Shaw states, “Jack’s outstanding record of success in radio, event sponsorship, digital, in-store audio, and experiential marketing is an ideal match for this position.  He has the ability to leverage all of our platforms and to create powerful marketing solutions for our clients.”  New York City-based Foley comments that he is “thrilled” to join the “great team at Westwood One” as “we put the power of sound to work for our valued clients.  Westwood One offers unsurpassed assets from which to build integrated marketing programs that deliver exceptional value and ROI.  I look forward to activating these deep connections in a way that serves all stakeholders, content providers, marketers, and consumers.”  Foley’s past credits include Entercom Boston’s vice president and director of sales; Clear Channel’s (now iHeartMedia) regional vice president for sales (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Maine); president and owner of mergers/acquisitions brokerage Transworld Advisors; and senior vice president of business development for Opus 3 Mobile.


arriensdarrinDarrin Arriens to Program ’93.7 Kiss Country’ in Fresno.  Programming pro Darrin Arriens is named PD at Cumulus Media’s country KSKS, Fresno “93.7 Kiss Country.”  The company notes that Arriens was most recently operations manager for Citadel Broadcasting’s Grand Rapids cluster and Midwest regional director of operations for Citadel.  Cumulus SVP of programming Mike McVay comments, “We worked up-close-and-personal when Darrin was overseeing the stations that we purchased in Michigan.  We were sorry when we lost him.  That experience made him a desirable programmer to target for us to bring back into our fold.  He’s another of the bright minds we’re collecting at Cumulus.”

djohnnyJohnny D Takes Over Afternoons on ‘Star 105’ in Toledo.  Toledo radio personality Johnny D, a.k.a. John DiModica, is the new afternoon drive personality at Cumulus Media’s hot AC WWWM “Star 105.”  Johnny D has served on air at stations in the market including country WPFX, CHR WVKS and news/talk WSPD.  In this new role with Cumulus, he’ll also be heard in afternoons on country WCKY-FM, Findlay and will program the station as well.  Cumulus Toledo RVP and market manager Andy Stuart says, “Johnny D is an extraordinary talent and we are very fortunate to have him join what is a very special radio station in ‘Star 105.’  His singular talent to entertain an audience will be an important addition to ‘Star 105’ and is further evidence of Cumulus’ commitment to bringing the very best talent into the company.”

madisonbillyMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  A new affiliate station for the Nineball Radio Networks-syndicated Billy Madison show as it is now heard on Victoria Radioworks LLC’s KBAR, Victoria, Texas…..The Charlotte-based “Woody & Wilcox Show” adds another affiliate as the iHeartMedia alternative show is now heard in mornings on the company’s KKED, Fairbanks, Alaska “104.7 The Edge.”….. It’s a move within iHeartMedia as Zac Davis leaves the company’s CHR WDCG, Raleigh “G105” to move to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to serve as OM for the five-station cluster.  Davis will also program country WGTR “107.9 The Gator” and serve as morning drive personality alongside Beth and Adam.

iheartradio newiHeartRadio Survey Taps into Pop Culture’s Hottest.  It’s certainly not scientific, but the iHeartRadio “HeartBeat” listener survey offers some clues into who and what are top-of-mind with the platform’s regular listeners.  The recent September HeartBeat survey asked four questions: Who’s the best male role model in music? Who is Hollywood’s cutest male nerd? Who is music’s most soulful crooner today? and Who has the strangest fashion sense in music?  The answers?  In order: Justin Timberlake, Seth Rogen, John Legend, and Lady Gaga.

heavylennywall“Heavy” Lenny Salutes the Legacy of the West Hollywood Palm Restaurant.  The famous West Hollywood Palm Restaurant – a longtime favorite of radio and record industry personnel – shuts its doors this weekend.  Legendary independent record promotion exec “Heavy” Lenny Bronstein marks the milestone with the following comment posted on Facebook: “The Palm restaurant in West Hollywood closes this weekend and I’m proud to have been one of the original drawings over the bar when they opened over 40 years ago!  Many wonderful meals and wine.  Many friends and artists shared the experience.”  Perhaps it is a sign of the times and due in part to the drying up of the fat expense accounts that existed in the golden era, but Lenny is correct – the Palm was, indeed, a hotspot in terms of industry lore back in the day when “Hollywood” was a major center of activity at the exciting intersection of music and radio.  By the way, “Heavy” Lenny (described by Duane Doobie as “one of my top 10 favorite record guys of all time”) is still going strong and can be emailed at:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

| September 30, 2014

nielsen logoRound One of September PPM Data Released.  The first of four rounds of September 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 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 survey period was August 14 through September 10.  You can see the numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings below.


  • New York – Make that three straight months that classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (6.9 – 6.8, -.1) occupies the top spot (6+), and in each case, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” (6.1 – 5.7, -.4) finishes as WCBS-FM Logorunner-up. This represents the seventh consecutive monthly in which WCBS-FM has been in the six-share range (6.1 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.9 – 6.8). Conversely, 5.7 for “Lite-FM” matches its lowest 6+-stat in approximately three years (5.7 in October 2011). Rather than having its sights set on regaining its customary penthouse position, “Lite-FM” must nowwbls concentrate on not slipping to third. While trailing WCBS-FM by 1.1 shares, WLTW is only four-tenths ahead of Emmis urban AC WBLS, which drops two-tenths to 5.3. Other stations – in addition to “Lite-FM” – declining by four-tenths (6+) are co-owned rhythmic CHR WKTU (3.9 – 3.5, #7 to #8) and CBS Radio hot AC WWFS “Fresh” (3.2 – 2.8, #12 to #16). Regarding WKTU, this is the fifth successive time it is down or flat (4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.5, 6+). Spanish Broadcasting System‘s WPAT-FM “Amor 93.1″ regains one-half of July – August’s -.8 (2.6 – 1.8) with a +.4 to 2.2 (#19 to #17).
  • Los Angeles – With the exception of “All-Christmas Music”-related ratings sweeps, month-to-month gains of at least one-full share (6+) are a rarity in Los Angeles. Nonetheless, Entravision-ownedSpanish adult hits KLYY kiis logo“Jose 97.5″ registers a +1.0 (1.4 – 2.4) as it zooms from #25 to #18. This comes one month after “Jose” suffered a -1.2 from 2.6. iHeartMedia CHR and hot AC siblings KIIS “Kiss-FM” (5.0 – 5.2, +.2) and KBIG “My-FM” (5.3 – 5.0) exchange places at #1 and #2, respectively. Hot AC “My-FM” had notched three straight progressive trends (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.3, 6+) prior to September’s -.3. “Kiss-FM” format rival – CBS Radio‘s KAMP “Amp Radio” – falterskbig logo by two-tenths to 4.0 and places seventh; CHR “Amp” had been sixth the past three sweeps. Its classic hits-oldies cluster-mate KRTH “K-Earth 101″ has an erosion of four-tenths (4.9 – 4.5) as it falls from third to fourth. By advancing one-half share (3.8 – 4.3), Univision Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5″ inches up from seventh to fifth. Other than a 4.1 this past May, “K-Love” has been exclusively in the four-share range ever since it posted a 4.1 more than three years ago (August 2011). Emmis rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106″ adds four-tenths (4.3 – 4.7), progressing from fifth to third. For the fourth successive time, iHeartMedia talker KFI (steady at #8) is up or flat (2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.3). With a -.3 to 3.0, Bonneville classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” has its streak of up-trends broken at six (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+); “The Sound” slides from eighth to ninth.
  • Chicago – Flat at 5.9, iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ “V-103″ sets the pace in the “Windy City” for the seventh straight month. Univision regional Mexican WOJO “La Que Buena” improves by seven-tenths (3.6 – 4.3) and wvaz logorockets from tenth to fifth. The last time “La Que Buena” hit the four-share threshold was in December 2012 (4.0). iHeartMedia’s similarly-programmed WNUA “El Patron 95.5″ (#20 to #22) is off by one-half share; this is the station’s third consecutive (6+) downward trend (2.2 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 1.5). After a cumulative +1.2 (3.4 – 4.4 – 4.6, June – July – August), Cumulus Media‘s WLS-FM “Chicago’s Classic Hits” (fifth to sixth) regresses by six-tenths to 4.0.
  • Houston – With its sixth consecutive up or flat monthly (5.7 – 5.8 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.7), Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1″ catches iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1″ (6.8 – 6.7, -.1) at #1. It is kmjq logothe strongest 6+-showing for “Majic” in over a year (6.9 in June 2013). “Sunny” held sole possession of first-place in July and August. After four monthlies in the three-share range (3.3 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.1, May through August), KTRH explodes with a +1.3 to 4.4 (6+). In so doing, the iHeartMedia talker catapults from #16 to #9. Simultaneously, the 6+-share of ktrh logothe University of Houston‘s KUHF (#17 to #19) declines by more than one-third (3.0 – 1.9). The -1.1 reflects the largest (6+) month-month drop-off by any station in the 12 Nielsen Audio PPM markets whose data was released on Monday. Tied for second in that dubious category is Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies outlet KGLK “The Eagle,” off by one full-share to 5.2 (third to fifth). Starting in April, “The Eagle” had put together four successive up or flat monthlies (5.4 – 5.7 – 5.7 – 6.1 – 6.2, 6+). Leaping by seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia urban contemporary KQBT “The Beat” (3.7 – 4.4, #11 to #9, tied with KTRH) and CBS Radio-owned country KILT-FM “The Bull” (3.3 – 4.0), which advances from #15 to #11. While steady in seventh-place, iHeartMedia’s KTBZ “The Buzz – Houston’s New Rock Alternative” falters by six-tenths (5.2 – 4.6).
  • Philadelphia – Just as it has been a safe assumption that either – if not both – the Red Sox and Yankees would be in post-season play, we have become accustomed to seeing either – if not both – New York adult wdas logocontemporary WLTW and Philadelphia adult contemporary WBEB first each month in their respective markets. Well, the 2014 season is history for the Red Sox and Yankees with no post-season for either. Likewise, WLTW is second this month in New York (noted above) and Jerry Lee-owned WBEB “More FM” drops out of first-place in Philadelphia. “More FM” finished first in 17 of the last 18 surveys, including the past six. Even though “More FM” gains one-tenth to 6.6, WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B and Old School” overtakes it. After the iHeartMedia urban AC’s back-to-back 5.5 shares in July and August (6+), WDAS-FM rings up an impressive +1.2 to 6.7 and leapfrogs from a third-place tie to first. The last time “Philly’s Best R&B and Old School” reached the six-share level was March 2013 (6.3). Public WHYY (+.7) is up or flat (6+) for the fifth straight time (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.7) and vaults from #16 to #11. Improving by four-tenths are Greater Media-owned WMGK “Philadelphia’s Classic Rock” (5.5, sixth to fifth) and CBS Radio sports outlet WIP-FM (3.7, #14 to #11).
  • Atlanta – Four of the market’s top sixfinishers are owned by Cox Media Group, including talker WSB-AM, which ends its mini (6+) slide (7.4 – 7.0 – 6.6 – 6.4) with a +.8 to 7.2, enabling it to jump from a third-place tie to wsb logofirst. Similarly, Radio One-owned WAMJ “Atlanta’s Best Mix of R&B” applies the breaks on its downward trend of the same duration (6.0 – 5.2 – 4.4 – 4.3) by dialing up a +.9 to 5.2 (ninthwamj logo to eighth). Seven-tenths proves to be lucky for CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103″ (6.3 – 7.0, +.7, fifth to second), but unlucky for Cox Media Group urban AC WALR “Kiss 104″ (6.8 – 6.1, -.7, first to fourth) and Cumulus Media’s WWWQ-HD2 (.9 – .2, -.7, #21 to #29). It was only a one-month (August) stay at #1 for “Kiss 104″; the last time it reached #1 was the “Holiday” 2013 report.
  • Long Island – Not only does WKJY “K-98.3″ halt its negative trending at three straight months (3.8 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 2.9), it boasts the most significant (6+) month-to-month improvement by any station in the 12 PPM markets wkjy logoreleased on Monday. The whopping +1.5 by “K-98.3″ (2.9 – 4.4) rockets the Connoisseur Media adult contemporary facility from twelfth all the way to fifth. This is the strongest 6+-share for the station since “Holiday” 2013′s 4.7. Rebounding from a July – August -.8, Cox Media Group CHR WBLI regains six-tenths of it (5.1 – 5.7) and remains in the runner-up slot. This time last month, Connoisseur Media adult contemporary-turned-hot AC WALK-FM “Real Variety from the 1990s, 2K, and Today” enjoyed a robust +1.1 (6+) to 7.0. Unchanged at 7.0, WALK-FM repeats at #1; in August, it curtailed WBLI’s four-month first-place run.
  • Riverside – Owing to a massive +1.3 (3.2 – 4.5), Univision Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5″ jumps klve logofrom sixth to fourth. Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose 97.5″ scores a +1.0 in the Los Angeles monthly, but Riverside’s perennial (6+) frontrunner does not fare nearly as well in its home market. Despite a -.8 (9.5 – 8.7) though, “Jose” remains #1 in Riverside; 8.7 is the lowest for “Jose” (6+) since April’s 8.3. CBS Radio-owned country outlet KFRG “K-Frog” drops one-half share (3.9 – 3.4) to slide from fifth to sixth.
  • San Jose – Back in June, Univision‘s KBRG slumped by six-tenths to 5.5, as the station fell from first to second. “Mas Variedad” then had almost twice as much erosion (-1.1) to 4.4, further dropping the Spanish adult kbrghits outlet to seventh. Some of that was recouped in August, owing to a one-half share gain to 4.9 (fourth). Now – with a robust +1.2 to 6.1 – “Mas Variedad” catches public KQED (6.5 – 6.1, -.4) at #1. Even though KQED shares the lead, this is its fourth successive month at #1. There is good news as well for KBRG’s rhythmic CHR cluster-mate KVVF “Hot 105.7,” which improves by seven-tenths (2.4 – 3.1) and climbs from #16 to #11. Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KRZZ “La Razza” declined in August by nine-tenths to 1.6, but regains one-half share to 2.1 (#25 to #20).
  • Middlesex – Punching up a +.8 to 5.8 in August (fourth to second), classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM does even better in September with a +.9 and progresses to #1 (6.7). This is the first time since April, when it scored a 6.5, wkxwthat WCBS-FM has occupied the top spot in this New Jersey market. Displaced from the penthouse is iHeartMedia classic rocker WAXQ “Q104-3,” which segues to second. Ironically, “Q-104.3″ actually has its fifth successive positive trend (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.4 – 5.9 – 6.2 – 6.4), resulting in a cumulative +1.9. Advancing by six-tenths each are Townsquare Media talker WKXW (5.4 – 6.0, remaining third) and iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU (2.4 – 3.0, #17 to #13). This constitutes the fourth successive (6+) up trend – and a cumulative +1.4 – for WKXW (4.6 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 6.0). It is a tough month here for hot AC. For openers, Cumulus Media hot AC WPLJ falters by one full-share (3.6 – 2.6) as it tumbles from #12 to #16. Falling by seven-tenths each are CBS Radio hot AC WWFS “Fresh 102.7″ (4.0 – 3.3, ninth to twelfth) and SBS-owned Spanish contemporary WPAT-FM (2.2 – 1.5, #18 to #22). In August, “Fresh” had rung up a +.9.

nashicon logoAdult Contemporary WMIM, Monroe-Toledo to Flip to Country as ‘98.3 Nash Icon.’  Saying that the company “spent a great deal of time analyzing what is the best format” for the market, Cumulus RVP Andy Stuart announces adult contemporary WMIM takes on the company’s classic country format and positions itself “98.3 Nash Icon” beginning this Friday at 5:00 pm ET.  In making the announcement, the company says the current local air staff will remain in place, including Chris King in morning drive and Mark Benson in evenings.  King, who also programs the station, says, “‘Nash Icon’ is an exciting new format and the perfect fit for Monroe and Monroe County.  This station will proudly serve Monroe, Monroe County and Southeastern Michigan with the music that listeners love and our continued commitment to the community.  I am very happy to be a part of this new chapter in Monroe radio.”

borrel lmktserv graphicBorrell Associates Study Highlights the Cost to Small and Medium Businesses of Digital Marketing.  A study released today by Borrell Associates called the 2014 Digital Marketing Services Outlook focuses on the dollars spent by small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in America on digital marketing.  This is relevant to radio inasmuch as it shines a light on what it really takes – in dollars – to support digital marketing that both competes with radio’s traditional on-air advertising and the digital marketing that is also offered by broadcasting companies.  For instance, we often jump to the conclusion that digital advertising is less expensive – no transmitter needed, no printing press and mailing system – but as the Borrell study estimates, SMBs spend three of every five marketing dollars on digital marketing services for a national total of $501 billion this year.  The study also concludes, “In fact, when it comes to what the typical local business spends on digital marketing, only 13% goes toward classic forms of online advertising such as banners, paid search or video.  More than two-thirds of what they spend goes toward managing their digital media channels.  The rest goes toward “promotions” — or all those creative activities such as contests, giveaways, coupons and two-for-one deals that flow from their newfound marketing finesse.”  Note the Borrell graphic here laying out the industry’s digital media services expenditures.  See more about the Borrell study here.


pinchjonPinch Postpones Retirement. Apparently, you can hold off buying a gold watch for Jon Pinch a bit longer. Cumulus‘ 14-year executive vice president and chief operating officer was scheduled to call it quits in late-November, but the company is installing him as market manager for its six-station Atlanta cluster.  Cumulus president and chief executive officer Lew Dickey comments, “Jon is the consummate team player and will now be contributing in this new role. We are excited to have someone with his loyalty, talent, and experience leading our terrific team in Atlanta.”  Pinch remarks that he is “honored” to lead “these great stations at this important juncture in the company’s growth.  This makes perfect sense for the stations and for me – personally and professionally – so retirement will have to wait.  To say that the position amounts to downshifting for me sounds almost comical.  The lifestyle change, with far less travel, allows me to spend my time at home in Atlanta and continue to work in the industry I love.  It is the best of both worlds.  I am thrilled to work with the incredible team in place at our Atlanta stations to drive the continued growth of these vibrant radio brands.”  The position has been open since April when Cumulus promoted Jeff Brown to corporate senior vice president.  Cumulus’ Atlanta cluster consists of country WKHX “Kicks 101.5,” WNNX “Rock 100.5,” CHR WWWQ “Q-100,” country WWWQ-HD2 “Nash Icon 98.9″; news WYAY “News Radio 106.7,” and WWWQ-HD3.

jonesearlCorporate Changes at iHeartMedia.  This is a promotion for two Chicago-based iHeartMedia execs as Earl Jones is named senior vice president of urban operations for the company, effective immediately. scaranomatt Jones, who had been market president of iHeartMedia Chicago, remains based in Chicago for this corporate post and will report to the company’s president of national sales Jeff Howard.  Jones is charged with developing and implementing urban sales and programming initiatives and strategies to generate revenue for the Chicago, New York, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Jacksonville and Orlando markets, as well as iHeartMedia urban stations throughout the country.  Taking over the Chicago market president post is Matt Scarano, who comes back to Chicago after serving as market president for the company’s Atlanta station group.  Scarano joined iHeartMedia in 2009 as the director of sales for the Chicago cluster.

warfielddeanWarfield Named PD at WSM-AM, Nashville.  The Grand Ole Opry-owned classic country outlet WSM-AM, Nashville announces Nashville market pro Dean Warfield is its new PD.  Warfield, who served with crosstown WSIX-FM in the past, most recently was serving as manager of digital content for South Central Communications.  He comments, “I’ve had the good fortune to be a part of Nashville country radio for 20 years.  The opportunity to work with a Hall-of-Fame air staff at the legendary 650 AM WSM is a true blessing.”

suarezsammyMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Joining the Hudson Valley operations of iHeartMedia is Sammy Suarez who is serving as PD of classic rock WBWZ, New Paltz “Rock 93-3” and PD and afternoon host at CHR WPKF, Poughkeepsie “96-1 Kiss FM.”  He was most recently with Apex Broadcasting’s AC WMXZ,ashleyz Charleston, South Carolina…..After exiting Saga Communications’ CHR WNRG, Milwaukee “Energy 106.9” in August, Ashley Z lands the evening gig at Entercom’s CHR KDND, Sacramento “107.9 The End.”…..Chris Alan is named program director at Powell Broadcasting’s CHR WPFM, Panama City, Florida “Hot 107.9.”  He held the PD post at Magic Broadcasting’s crosstown CHR WILN prior to this new gig…..The syndicated “Ace & T.J.” show names Tracey Millman director of operations for the program.

Monday, September 29, 2014

| September 29, 2014


cookehollandTo Reach Millennials, Get Real.  In a column posted today (9/29), media consultant Holland Cooke reports from the recent Maine Association of Broadcasters conference where a major topic of conversation was reaching the Millennial generation.  Cooke writes that the news for radio operators today with regard to this generation is a good news/bad news scenario:  The good is that Millennials like the idea of an audio-only medium but the bad news is they don’t want it to sound like it did for generations past – they have very different media sensibilities.  “Keeping it real” is the mantra for this generation as comments from the “How Millennials Use Media” panel indicate.  Cooke reports college-age panelists said things like, “People our age find radio gimmicky,” and, “Authenticity is a huge factor.”  Read Cooke’s entire column here.

entercomKansas City Woman’s Court Victory at Entercom’s Expense Serves Up Lessons for Broadcasters.  Friday’s court victory for a Kansas City law student who was incorrectly identified as a “local porn star” by the “Afentra’s Big Fat Morning Buzz” show on Entercom’s alternative KRBZ “96.5 The Buzz” provides more lessons for broadcasters in how to avoid falling victim to a (in this case) $1 million dollar penalty for something that could have been avoided.  As you are probably aware by now, Ashley Patton was misidentified by the morning show as a “local porn star” after confusing her name with that of a text-message suggestion by a listener who wrote to the show that Ashley Payton put pornographic images of herself online.  On Friday, the jury awarded $250,000 in actual damages and the two sides agreed to punitive damages of $750,000, which Entercom will not appeal.  Entercom had believed that its hosts had not actually engaged in negligent behavior since the identification of Patton was accidental and the station fixed the mistake as soon as it found out about it, as reported in the Kansas City Star’s coverage of the case.  But that’s not exactly what happened.  It stands to reason the station may have been able to avoid further angering Patton – and avoid the subsequent lawsuit – if it had acted quickly when Patton spoke with program director Scott Geiger hours after the bit aired.  According to court records, during that conversation, Geiger questioned Patton’s statement that she was not a porn star, even asking her, “How do you know that you’re not a porn star?”  He also promised to call her back after investigating the incident but never did.


wkqk logoWKQK, Memphis Transitions to Country.  In the Memphis market, Entercom jettisons classic hits on WKQK in favor of country-formatted “94.1 The Wolf.”  Vice president and market manager Dan Barron comments, “We are thrilled to introduce the highly successful ‘Wolf’ brand to Memphis.  There is a huge appetite for today’s country music and we are proud to share this with Memphians.  ‘The Wolf’ is the perfect complement to our local Entercom stations including sports WMFS-AM ‘ESPN 790,’ sports WMFS-FM ‘ESPN Radio,’ hot AC WMC-FM ‘FM 100,’ and adult contemporary WRVR ‘The River.’”  According to program director Chris Michaels, “‘The Wolf’ will be locally focused on music that country fans want.  We are excited to bring this great brand and the most new country to Memphis.”  After reaching a 4.1 (#10) in June (6+, Nielsen Audio PPM), WKQK notched a 3.5 (#11) in July and August (steady at #11). It was the market’s lone classic hits station and had been in the format the past six years, before making the switch last Friday (9/26) at 6:00 pm. “The Wolf” now joins a country field that includes Cumulus’ WGKX “Kix 106″ (8.0 in August, #4, 6+) and Mighty Media Group‘s WEBL “The Rebel” (1.3, #18).

wgue logoMighty Media Adds Classic Hits to Translator in Memphis.  Responding to the departure of the classic hits format on WKQK, Mighty Media Group LP begins airing the classic hits format already heard on WGUE-AM, Memphis on translator W257CY at 99.3 FM.  Positioned as “GUESS FM 99.3,” Mighty Media points out that the station limits the amount of commercials that air on the station.  Program director Tom Freeman says, “We couldn’t be more excited to have the new ‘GUESS FM 99.3’ super-serve the legion of established loyal classic hits listeners here in Memphis.  According to the latest Nielsen ratings, the last classic hits station has been averaging about 175,000 loyal listeners every week and we hope to transition and grow that audience with extra features and the added local appeal of ‘GUESSFM 99.3.’”  Sales manager Curt Peterson adds, “I am pleased that commercial breaks will be short and infrequent so that advertiser messages will stand out and listeners can enjoy the most hits per hour.”

curtis media group logoCurtis Media Flips WFNL-AM, Raleigh to Bluegrass.  Last year the International Bluegrass Music Association moved its annual convention to the Raleigh area.  Figuring the region’s connection to the genre is important, Curtis Media Group announces it is flipping former comedy-formatted WFNL-AM to all bluegrass.  This year’s convention begins tomorrow (9/30) and runs through the week.  Curtis Media EVP Trip Savery comments, “Our commitment to bluegrass started when WPTF hired Flatt & Scruggs in 1952.  We are very proud to bring a part of our heritage back to the airwaves.”

handaangieHanda Joins ‘NASH FM 92.3’ in San Francisco.  KBBY, Ventura, California program director and air personality Angie Handa heads north to become the APD and midday jock at Cumulus Media’s country KSJO, San Jose “NASH FM 92.3.”  Handa will hold down the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm slot at the station and will work with program director Mac Daniels on production, imaging and music scheduling.  Daniels says of Handa, “Angie brings a high degree of talent and broadcast experience on and off air with a fresh perspective that will continue to grow the ‘NASH’ brand in the San Francisco – Oakland – San Jose Bay Area.  I am very proud and excited to have her joining the team.”

nonameMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Air personality No Name exits the afternoon drive slot at CBS RADIO’s alternative KITS, San Francisco “Live 105.”  No Name announces his departure via his blog and says there are too many people with whom he’s worked at CBS for whom he has love and respect so he’swellingcody choosing not be negative about the change.  He can be reached at…..Moving from middays at American General Media’s CHR KKXX “Hits 93.1” to the company’s sister hip hop KISV “Hot 94.1” where she’ll be the new evening jock is Monisha “Mo” Mann…..Mike Scott is named program director at Adams Radio’s country WBTU, Fort Wayne “US 93.3” and W277AK “Great Country 103.3.”…..Cody Welling is promoted from GSM to director of sales for the Cumulus Media Toledo/Monroe cluster.

katz mg logoKatz-Commissioned Study: Radio Effective Way to Reach Swing Voters.  A study commissioned by Katz Media Group shows swing voters are regular radio users – 81% of those identified as swing voters report listening to AM/FM radio regularly.  Moreover, voters across the political spectrum report that radio ads are more credible than the ads they see on the internet by a 56-35 margin, which increases to a 62-38 margin among low-turnout voters.  The survey was handled by Vox Populi Polling to examine how much influence radio has in the electoral marketplace.  The sample size for the survey was voxpopulipolling logo1,059 active voters.  Other results from the study include: Swing voters spend 10% more time with radio daily than the average American voter; 67% of swing voters listen to FM regularly, while 14% are exclusively AM radio listeners; 65% of low-turnout Republicans and Democrats say they listen to FM music on a regular basis; and 61% of swing voters agree that radio is a good way for political candidates to reach them.  KMG EVP of strategy, analytics & research Stacey Lynn Schulman says, “This research illustrates that radio is both a habitual and influential medium for reaching voters who can make the difference on Election Day.  In the race for credibility, radio outshines online advertising by a wide margin in the minds of still impressionable voters.”

cbsradioCBS RADIO Opens DC Performance Space Sponsored by DC Lottery.  Gearing up for the first performance, CBS RADIO Washington, DC and the DC Lottery are announcing the grand opening of “DC Lottery Live,” a state-of-the-art, street-level studio and performance space that the company says will “serve as an entertainment showcase in the heart of the trendy Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.”  Pop rock artist Gavin DeGraw will headline the facility’s first-ever event with a private show on Thursday, October 9.  The DC Lottery Live venue is part of CBS RADIO’s new broadcast home for WPGC-FM, WIAD “94.7 FRESH-FM,” WJFK-FM “106.7 The FAN,”WLZL “El Zol 107.9,” WNEW-FM, “All News 99.1 WNEW,” WJFK-AM, “1580 CBS Sports Radio.”  CBS RADIO SVP and market manager Steve Swenson comments, “We are proud to unveil this unique venue that will showcase a variety of live events and appeal to the entire community, whether they enjoy music, sports, entertainment or interacting with today’s newsmakers.  With DC Lottery as our partner we can bring our brands closer to the audience and enhance their experience.”

kzzl logoMoscow, Idaho’s ’99.5 Bull Country’ to Hold Radio-A-Thon.  For the third year in a row Inland Northwest Broadcasting-owned country outlet KZZL, Moscow, Idaho “99.5 Bull Country” is holding the “Bull Country Community Cares Radio-A-Thon” sponsored by the local Sam Dial Jewelers.  The fundraiser takes place on Thursday and Friday, October 9 and 10. During the past two years the station has raised more than $17,000 for the United Way of Pullman, Washington and United Way of Moscow/Latah.

collegeradiodayFourth Annual College Radio Day Is Friday.  Now in its fourth year, the college radio event founded by William Paterson University associate professor of communications Dr. Rob Quicke is set for Friday, October 3.  This year’s CRD president, Peter Kreten, GM of WXAV, Chicago (St. Xavier University), expects hundreds of college radio stations to take part.  Among the highlights for this year will be: The LumineersJeremiah Fraites, Andrew W.K., Sean Astin, Ty Segall, the Dropkick MurphysMatt Kelly, Marko from Sugarcult, all available for exclusive interviews; plus, the first-ever College Radio Day Simulcast takes place at 1:00 pm ET with more than 50 college stations broadcasting the specially produced one-hour show.

Friday, September 26, 2014

| September 26, 2014

larochebryanLaRoche Tapped for Mornings at ‘Live 95.5’ in Portland.  At Alpha Media’s CHR KBFF, Portland “Live 95.5,” Bryan LaRoche is named co-host of the morning drive show alongside Hannah Byrom.  LaRoche most recently was PM drive personality at iHeartMedia’s WKSL, Jacksonville “97.9 Kiss FM.”  He also worked in Detroit at WKQI “Channel 95.5” as APD and music director.  Alpha Portland VP of programming Phil Becker says, “I’m excited to once again be working with Bryan.  I’ve watched him develop over the years and he’s turned into a talent that I would not like to compete against.  Teaming him up with Hannah and forming Portland’s only local CHR morning show is going to be a great thing for our listeners, advertisers and brand for a long time to come.”

feuernormNorm Feuer Exits Role as GM of BCA’s San Diego Stations.  Longtime radio executive Norm Feuer is retiring from his position as general manager of Broadcast Company of the Americas’ San Diego operations – sports XEPRS “The Mighty 1090” and classic hits XHPRS “Max 105.7.”  During his long career, Feuer has worked for iHeartMedia and founded Triathlon Broadcasting and Force II Communications.  Radio management pro Mike Glickenhaus is being tapped to serve as interim GM for the stations.

butlernathanNathan Butler Joins Clear Channel Satellite.  Named the new director of operations for Clear Channel Satellite is Nathan Butler.  The company says Butler has served in the radio broadcasting, engineering and technology field for years.  His background includes director of operations at Kentucky News Network and Total Traffic Network.  His expertise includes working with the X-Digital System, radio broadcasting, radio programming, social networking, broadcast journalism, radio producing and digital media.

carreratommyMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Four weekenders at CBS RADIO’s classic hits KRTH, Los Angeles “K-Earth” have been let go as the station tweaks its weekend programming.  Gone are Sylvia Aimerito, Bruce Chandler, Dave Randall, and Christian Wheel…..At the New York City iHeartMedia station group, Colleen Shea is named producer for the “Cubby & Carolina in the Morning” show on hot AC WKTU.  Shea’s produced the Romeo-hosted “Saturday Night Online” show, the “iHeartRadio Countdown,” and worked on the Premiere Networks end of the iHeartRadio Music Festival…..Triple A programming pro Amy Miller is the new APD at North Texas Public Broadcasting’s KKXT, Dallas.  Miller most recently served at Davis Media’s WTYD, Deltaville, Virginia (Newport News-Norfolk market) triple A as program director.  Her other experience includes stints at KFOG, San Francisco and KZSC, Santa Cruz, California…..A budget-related move forces the exit of Tommy Carrera, a.k.a. Tommy C, from the morning show at CBS RADIO-owned country outlet KFRG-FM, Riverside “K-Frog.”  Carrera had been co-hosting mornings with Scott Ward for the last nine years. Now, midday personality Heather Froglear will co-host the morning show with Ward and Christy McLeap takes over the entire midday shift…..The San Antonio-based, syndicated Billy Madison morning show is added to the lineup at Sun Broadcasting’s rock WXNX, Fort Myers…..After a year away from radio in the TV business, Jessica Martinez returns to Great Scott-owned hip hop WOCQ, Ocean City-Salisbury, Maryland “OC104” where she’s again paired up with Bill Baker on the morning drive show.

fantastic voyage 15Tom Joyner Announces Dates for Next Year’s ‘Party with a Purpose’ Cruise.  The 16th annual Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage – a charter cruise dubbed the “Party with a Purpose” that benefits students and Historically Black Colleges and Universities – is set for departure April 11, 2015.  Artists performing during the eight-day cruise will include: R. Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Earth Wind & Fire, TLC, LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Tri, Fantasia, TV One’s R&B Divas: Chrisette Michele, Michel’le, Syleena Johnson, Lil’ Mo, and Monifah, plus Mary Mary, War, Ruben Studdard, Millie Jackson, and The Family Stone.  The cruise has sold out for the past 15 years and Joyner states, “This is one of those special experiences that will stay with you forever.”

Thursday, September 25, 2014

| September 25, 2014

mcmahonbillBill McMahon: Perhaps We Should Focus on What We are Good at and That Which the Public Still Wants and Needs. In a new opinion piece posted in RadioInfo today (9/25) by veteran radio consultant and talent coach Bill McMahon, the following questions are presented to radio broadcasters: What business are you in? Does your business have a future? He says, “These seem like fundamental questions radio broadcasters should be asking themselves right now.” In it McMahon adds his voice to the chorus of industry opinions supporting the preservation of audio-only media as one of — if not the — major products of “radio” in the emerging unified multi-media platform marketplace. McMahon sarcastically says, “This vision for the future seems perfect for radio broadcasters who create precious little content of any kind. It makes total sense to go compete with everyone in the entertainment business. Sure, why not? Go take on Disney and Live Nation. You have all kinds of talent and experience creating video entertainment. You’ll be great at creating and promoting massive concert events. This is the kind of stuff your current customers have come to expect from you. You have lots of resources ready to commit to these enterprises. They’ll no doubt drive lots of additional listening to your AM and FM radio stations. Like Nike says, you should ‘just do it!’” He concludes on a serious note, “Yikes! Let’s get real! What’s wrong with the business you’re in right now? What’s wrong with the audio entertainment business? Doesn’t it have a future? Audio entertainment is unique and powerful. It involves the consumer in creating the experience it provides. Sound generates pictures and emotions in minds and hearts. The effect is deeper and more memorable than anything on a screen. When you hear someone laughing or crying you don’t need to see them to fully experience their joy or sorrow. Music can change your mood instantly. The sound and the lyrics create a vibe. Music is mind altering, heart penetrating, and memory making. Audio entertainment can be consumed while you’re doing other things like walking, running, driving, or making love. Audio entertainment will never go out of style. Americans spend more than four hours per day with audio entertainment according to the “Share of the Ear” study from Edison Research. Audio entertainment has an enduring future as long as great audio entertainment is created. Radio broadcasters are in the audio entertainment business. Why not stay there? Why not focus your limited resources on creating extraordinary audio entertainment? Why not be really good – even exceptional – at something, rather than average or mediocre at everything. Your current consumers are predisposed to using and appreciating audio entertainment. Why not concentrate on creating new audio entertainment content that surprises, amazes, and delights them. Hire gifted artists who love creating content for the theater of the mind. Create content in all shapes and sizes and distribute it on the platform that fits it best. That’s a future that makes sense for radio broadcasters. To read Bill McMahon’s entire piece, please click here.

adweek14Radio to Be on Hand at Advertising Week Conference in NYC Next Week.  When Advertising Week kicks off in New York City next week, radio will be a segment of the media industry presenting during the four-day conference.  One of the panel highlights will be titled, “Voices of the Original Social Media,” hosted by the RAB and moderated by RAB president and CEO Erica Farber, on Tuesday, September 30 at 11:30 am ET.  This session will feature both nationally syndicated airfarbererica talent and local stars relating their experiences with listeners and brand partners and how that’s being leveraged over the airwaves and on digital platforms.  The panel will include: NBC Sports Radio toomeramaniNetwork’s Amani Toomer, Premiere NetworksBobby Bones, WQHT, New York “Hot 97” morning personality Ebro Darden, and WMIB, Miami “103.5 The Beat” midday personality Angie MartineziHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman will take part in a panel titled, “Loss of Serendipity” on Wednesday, October 1 alongside MediaLink chairman and CEO, Michael Kassan and Google SVP global marketing Lorraine Twohill during which they will “explore the flip side of data-tailored content creation and distribution by considering the importance of serendipity.”  Entercom president and CEO David Field will moderate a panel titled “Evolution or Revolution Part II” on Thursday, October 2.  His panelists will include: Enterprise Group president Jim Doyle, The New York Times EVP of advertising Meredith Kopit Levien, TBWA president and CEO Troy Ruhanen, Centaur Media CEO Andria Vidler, and Shelly Palmer of Shelly Palmer Digital Living.  They will talk about “disruption, real-time reinvention, retaining and growing share, and balancing today with tomorrow.”

cecilbobHearst Baltimore’s Cecil to Exit.  Director of sales Bob Cecil has shared his decision to leave Hearst Baltimore’s two-station combo.  President and general manager Cary Pahigian comments that Cecil has “contributed immeasurably” to the Baltimore tandem “for several decades,” but “after careful consideration” he will “step away and enjoy time with his family.  We thank Bob for his extraordinary efforts and wish him only the best.”  In a staff memo, Cecil writes, “It has been a great privilege teaming with the Ravens, Orioles, Naval Academy, and so many other terrific business partners throughout my career.  I am appreciative of the support of Cary Pahigian and look forward to his – and your – great success in the years ahead.”  Hearst Baltimore consists of WIYY “98 Rock” and talker WBAL.  Cecil joined the stations 14 years ago; his last day there will be one week from Friday (10/3).

freelancestarSalierno Named Interim GM of Star Radio Group.  Longtime radio sales executive Ralph Salierno is promoted to interim general manager of the Star Radio Group based in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  For the past two years, Salierno has served as director of sales for the station group.  He’s also worked in the industry in Orlando, Virginia Beach, Oklahoma City and Memphis.  Star Radio Group is part of The Free Lance-Star Publishing Company which was purchased at a bankruptcy auction in May of this year by Sandton Capital Partners for $30.2 million.  The radio stations are: country WFLS, hip hop WVBX, classic rock WWUZ, and news/talk WNTX-AM and translator W243BS at 96.5 FM.  Free Lance-Star and Star Radio Group publisher and CEO Gene Carr states, “Ralph has been a key member of the Star Radio group and has earned this internal promotion.  In his new duties as interim GM, he will continue to serve as the director of sales as well.  Ralph has done a great job in driving revenue growth.”  At the same time, the station announces Jeff Beck is promoted to program director for WFLS and WWUZ.  He’ll also have a supervisory role over WVBX and WNTX.  Carr adds, “Jeff brings years of service and industry knowledge to the team.  This new management team will help to position the company for further growth.”

envisionnetworks newWCKX, Columbus ‘Power 105.7’ Adds ‘Clairissa Jenkins’ Phone Checks.’  The Radio One-owned hip hop outlet is the newest affiliate for Envision Networks-distributed Clairissa Jenkins’ Phone Checks, the daily prank phone call for radio stations’ use on-air, online and on demand.  WCKX program director Big Bink comments, “These Phone Checks will definitely keep my audience engaged and laughing on the way to work!  We are excited to be the only station in Columbus with Clairissa!”  Envision says the morning show bit produced by Clairissa Jenkins  takes phone scams to the next level with her loud, politically incorrect, in-your-face style.  “No one is safe from Clairissa’s wrath and some of her recent targets have experienced unexpected telephonic calamity including rabid dog attacks, fireplace cremations, and giving birth over the phone.”  Envision also says listeners can set up their friends, family, and co-workers to be phone checked by Clairissa via the web, cultivating listener engagement and driving web traffic to affiliated station websites.

krallwallflowerDiana Krall Postpones Tour, Album Release Due to Illness.  Jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall is suffering from a severe case of pneumonia and the affliction is keeping her off the road this fall and postponing the release of her new record Wallflower (Verve Records).  Wallflower was due for North American release on October 21 and the U.S. leg of her “Wallflower World Tour” was to kick off in Phoenix on November 7.  Her condition has worsened after first being diagnosed and she’s under orders not to travel or undertake promotional activities for at least two months.  She says in a statement, “I’m deeply saddened that I will have to postpone the release of my new album.  Performing is both a privilege and joy for me.  When I go out on stage I want to be able to give it everything.  Taking this time to rest and recuperate will allow me to do that.”

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

| September 24, 2014

you+meDuane 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 (9/24) includes such names as: You + Me, Pink, Dallas Green, City and Colour, Nick Celino, John Legend, Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus, Sterling Fox, Cydel Gabutero, Lil Dicky, Lack of Afro, Herbal T, Wax, Jack Tyson-Charles, Annie Lennox, Live, Chad Taylor, Jenny Lewis, Beck, Johnny Winter, Ben Harper, Billy Idol, Steve Stevens, Jamestown Revival, Alt-J, Pat Green, Lyle Lovett, Ben Rush, Railers, Young Rising Sons, Bleachers, Whilk & Misky, Anastacia, Tove Lo,and Alesso among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

scba logoSCBA White Paper Contrasts AM/FM Radio Satisfaction with That of Pandora.  In an effort to combat the perception that pureplays like Pandora are running away with consumer satisfaction – and more important, being an effective advertising medium – the Southern California Broadcasters Association is issuing its latest white paper titled, “Consumer Response and Listening Satisfaction of Broadcast Radio vs. Pandora Internet Music Service.”  Using data from Bridge Ratings LLC and Scarborough, the study included a survey of 4,339 Pandora Prime users and 4,400 heavy users of broadcast radio.  The SCBA states while marketers are always looking for something new and different, “questions of how the audience is measured and/or its effectiveness over time may not have been looked at in the rush of the ‘new media blitz’ on advertisers.  Moreover, how is the consumer using broadcast radio vs. the Pandora internet music service over time and what are the trend lines advertisers should concern themselves with to protect their media investment and ensure the media plans are performing as they should?”  Some of the conclusions reached by the SCBA include: customer dissatisfaction with Pandora over time as evidenced by a 40% drop in reported satisfaction over the course of three years; the collapse of session use on Pandora; and diminished awareness – or recall – of ads heard on Pandora versus broadcast radio.  See the white paper here.

wbgf logo the barJVC Closes on West Palm Beach Signals; Flips WBGF and WSWN to Rock as ‘The Bar.’  As had been rumored in Florida media circles, the closing by JVC Media on a trio of signals in the West Palm Beach region brings about changes as the company drops the regional Mexican format and goes rock on WBGF-FM and WSWN-AM in Belle Glade, Florida (about 30 miles duebubba west of West Palm Beach) as ’93.5 The Bar.’  The stations flipped at 12:00 noon on Tuesday (9/23) and began a 24-hour marathon of the Bubba the Love Sponge show before beginning a 10,000 song, commercial-free period.  Bubba will hold down mornings on the simulcast.  JVC market manager Shane Reeve comments, “This is the only place on the dial to hang out where there’s great music, good conversation, and tons of fun.  We’re doing radio the old-fashioned way: personality driven.  And the happy hours are going to be unbelievable!”  The station says it will play “the best shots of 90s, 2K and current rock.”

KQmorning showRed Rock Radio Makes WWWI, Brainerd Part of KQ Network.  The classic rock format based at Red Rock Radio-owned KQDS, Duluth expands to Red Rock’s WWWI, Brainerd, Minnesota.  The company calls it the KQ Network and with the change the station will become “KQ96” as of October 6.  The KQ Morning Show (pictured here) hosted by Jason Manning, Scott Savage and sportscaster Bruce Ciskie will air on the station from 6:00 am to 10:00 am.  Red Rock Radio president Shawn Skramstad comments, “We are very much looking forward to providing listeners in the Brainerd/Baxter Lakes area with our newest KQ station.  The KQ brand is well known throughout Minnesota, and ‘KQ96’ will nicely complement our other stations in the area.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Kemp Broadcasting-owned rhythmic CHR KVEG, Las Vegas “Hot 97.5,” Natalia Hernandez joins the morning show alongside host Miggy Santos.  She most recently served with Beasley Broadcasting’s WPOW, Miami “Power 96.”

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

| September 23, 2014

floeddieCalifornia Judge Grants Flo & Eddie Summary Judgment in SiriusXM Pre-1972 Music Case.  Legal experts and music industry watchers are busy speculating about the potentially far-reaching effects of U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez’s Monday ruling that grants summary judgment to Howard Kalyan and Mark Volman’s Flo & Eddie Inc. in its case charging SiriusXM with violating the public performance rules regarding their copyrighted music.  Judge Gutierrez did not grant summary judgment on the matter of siriusxmwhether SiriusXM violated the reproduction rights of the copyright holders.  Not only does the decision have potential dramatic financial implications for digital pure plays like Pandora, it shines a light on the complex and fragmented financial structure of the music industry, especially as it relates to broadcasting, in a time when the music industry is seeing dramatic dips in recording sales and broadcasters are complaining about already-too-high royalty rates.  The case, in summary, goes like this: Flo & Eddie Inc, owner of the electronic performance copyright to music recorded by The Turtles in the late 1960s, argue that the pre-1972 exemption to U.S. copyright law for music recordings does not override state laws on such matters and therefore, in California, SiriusXM is in violation of public performance laws that govern copyrighted material.  That Judge Gutierrez granted summary judgment is a shocker to the industry because, if the matter clears the appeal hurdle (we’re expecting SiriusXM to appeal the decision), this ruling will affect other non-AM/FM broadcasters – like the aforementioned digital pure plays – who do not have permission from copyright holders of pre-1972 recordings.  And California is just one state.  Cases are pending against SiriusXM in other states and Pandora is being challenged in New York by several record labels.  Read the ruling here.

macleashlaurenTwin Cities Combo Appoints MacLeash Operations Manager. Moving from iHeartMedia’s Minneapolis classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108″ to cross-town CBS RADIO-owned KMNB “New Buz’n Country” and adult hits KZJK “Jack-FM” is program director Lauren MacLeash who becomes OM for the stations effective Friday (9/26).  According to CBS RADIO Minneapolis senior vice president and market manager Mick Anselmo, “Lauren comes with a highly regarded industry reputation as a team leader, brand builder, and community advocate all threaded with a fierce competitive spirit.  I am excited for her to assume the role of operations manager for these two stations.  Her many years as on-air personality and program director sets the stage well for her new role on ‘Jack-FM’ and ‘Buz’n.’  KZJK will be ‘Jacked’ and Nashville will be buzzin’ with her addition to our talented staff.”  MacLeash comments that CBS RADIO’s “Twin Cities team is amazing.  I look forward to helping them build a legacy on this rock-solid foundation.”  In addition to “Kool 108,” MacLeash previously programmed iHeartMedia Minneapolis’ KTCZ “Cities 97.”

fishalanFish Lures Slot as Emmis’ Director of National Sales.  At Emmis Los Angeles rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106,” national sales manager Alan Fish is elevated to director of national sales for the company’s New York City and Los Angeles properties.  KPWR vice president and director of sales Janet Brainin notes, “Alan joined our staff two years ago and he has done an amazing job.  Alan is the very best at exceeding expectations and delivering results for our clients.  He is the perfect candidate for this position.” Emmis New York director of sales Doug James declares, “We look forward to having Alan take over national sales for Emmis New York. He knows the New York market, the strength of our brands, our amazing experiential branded events and he has a great working relationship with our clients.”  Fish – who will officially start his new dual role in four weeks (10/20) – adds that he is “honored” that Emmis “has entrusted me with the responsibility of delivering for these massive bi-coastal brands.  I look forward to taking on my new elevated role.”  In addition to Los Angeles’ “Power 106,” Fish’s director of national sales duties will encompass Emmis New York rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97″; gospel WLIB “Your Praise & Inspiration Station”; and urban AC WBLS.

FitzFitz Renews with ‘100.7 The Wolf’ in Seattle.  Nine-year KKWF, Seattle morning show personality Fitz extends his contract with the Entercom country station.  Entercom Seattle VP of programming Dave Richards says, “We’re thrilled to extend our partnership with Fitz on ‘100.7 The Wolf.’  Each day the ‘Fitz in the Morning’ team creates one of the most entertaining and engaging shows in American country radio and it’s a pleasure to go forward into the future.”  Fitz comments, “I can’t believe I have been with the Seattle Wolf for nine years.  I’m excited to do it for another 30.  I’m so proud of what we have built in Seattle and am thankful that Entercom is giving me the business opportunity to introduce our unique show to the marketplace. I want to thank Jack Hutchison, Mike Preston, and especially Dave Richards, who have put in many hours coaching us and have taken us to the next level of executing a morning show in this PPM world.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Back with iHeartMedia is Mike Conway who is named digital program director for the company’s CHR KDWB, Minneapolis.  Conway previously worked for the company in Madison where he was also director of digital programming and afternoon personality on country WMAD-FM.  In Madison, his positions were eliminated.

iheartmedia logoiHeartMedia Takes on More Debt.  The company formerly known as Clear Channel CommunicationsiHeartCommunications (and its radio-centric subsidiary iHeartMedia) – announces it is selling $250 million of 9.0% Priority Guarantee Notes (PGNs) that will come due in 2022.  Rating agency Fitch Ratings reports that the “notes are being issued as part of the same series as the $750 million of PGNs due 2022 that were issued on September 10, 2014, and rated ‘CCC/RR4′.  Proceeds from the offering are expected to be used to prepay $245.9 million in Term Loan B due 2016 and $4.1 million in Term Loan C due 2016 and to pay fees and expenses related to the offering.”  The iHeartCommunications debt stands at approximately $21.1 billion according to Fitch but the rating company reports it believes that the company has “adequate liquidity (including cash on hand, monetization of repurchased and outstanding notes, and asset sales) to meet its debt service obligations,” although it does foresee free cash flow to be negative over the next few years.

wagnertoddCRS 2015 Reveals Wagner as Keynote Speaker. Widely known for his business interests with Mark Cuban, and for helping to launch, Todd Wagner will keynote Country Radio Seminar 2015.  CRS executive director Bill Mayne comments, “We are thrilled that Todd has agreed to join us for a unique discussion.  We have been looking for the right person to speak on ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ in the marketplace for several years.  When you consider his body of work with success in innovation, entrepreneurship and philanthropy, Todd Wagner is the perfect person to share his perspective with our industry.”  Gary, Indiana native/Indiana University alum Wagner states that, “Country music has grown to become the dominant genre in American radio due, in large part, to the passion and innovation of CRS and its attendees.  I am really looking forward to meeting everyone and sharing a few of the lessons I have learned as a successful entrepreneur.”  In 1995, Wagner and Mark Cuban launched and as its chief executive officer, Wagner helped take the company public three years later.  Thereafter, he helped build the Wagner/Cuban Companies,which includes 2929 Entertainment, 2929 Productions, Magnolia Pictures, Landmark Theatres, and AXS TV.  Wagner – who has a law degree from the University of Virginia -serves on the boards of directors for The American Film Institute, and The Tribeca Film Institute.  His CRS keynote will take place (Wednesday) February 25 at the Nashville Convention Center.

Monday, September 22, 2014

| September 22, 2014



jacobsfredConsultant Fred Jacobs Encourages Radio Talent to Learn and Exploit Expanded Array of Available Media Tools.  Reaction and commentary continues to buzz throughout the industry on the topic of the role of the aural media arts (non-visual radio and music) in the increasingly multi-media/visual environment of the digital era – instigated largely last week by comments made by TALKERS and RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison in the aftermath of the Clear Channel name/branding change to iHEARTMEDIA.  According to Harrison, “I am delighted by the enormous number of responses – mostly overwhelmingly positive – that my comments sparked.  Of course, there were those who immediately jumped to theiheartmedia logo conclusion that I am against the word ‘media’ or that I do not believe radio should be involved in internet, satellite or visual media at all.  This is, of course, preposterous!  The name of our company that owns TALKERS is Talk Media, Inc.; the name of our convention was the New Media Seminar way back in 1998; TALKERS magazine’s slogan is The Bible of Talk Radio and the New Talk Media; I have championed a concept known as “The Media Station” for more than a decade and the list goes on.  All I am saying is we should remain sensitive and respectful to the idea that there is a very important place in this emerging mix for pure audio-only radio and music in terms of the fundamentals of these processes – and that by doing so, we will be serving the best interests of our industry, the people who work in it and the consumers who love radio and music on their basic terms.”  Harrison continues, “My friend, noted radio consultant/researcher Fred Jacobs, CEO of Jacobs Media, — also an industry voice who is outspoken on this most compelling issue — has written and posted a blog today (9/22) that I believe adds an important dimension to the subject that warrants attention.  Jacobs makes a case, somewhat counterpoint (but not contradictory) to mine, that I find inspirational.”  In the blog, Jacobs writes, “I started thinking about this notion that the proliferation of screens will narrow the field for talkers, DJs, and hosts who are great with words, but not so wonderful visually.  As he [Michael Harrison] notes, screens of all sizes are becoming dominant parts of how people consume media. Thankfully, radio has been able to participate on most of those screens, whether on smartphones or tablets.  Over time as autonomous driving becomes more common, those who ride in these cars will gravitate to entertainment that is visual in origin – at least at a higher percentage than they are able to consume now while dangerously texting and driving.  So is this the beginning of the end for radio, or is it simply the beginning of the beginning?  Because as we have explored in this blog during the past few years, disruption forces old stars to adapt while bringing new ones to the center stage. Notably, two of the “Best Motion Picture” Oscars in just the past few years have focused on this topic. The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth was a story about changing technology, as the King of England was forced to learn how to communicate on the radio.  Of course, he struggled, but in the end he was able to adapt.  And in The Artist, the film’s silent film star refused to adapt to ‘talkies’ and is eventually displaced by a new brand of movie icons.  Change is uncomfortable and it can be bitter, as depicted in this amazing film.  The ending eventually become a happy one, but the road was arduous and difficult because of the tech disruption caused by the advent of movie sound.  Change is hard, especially for those who have enjoyed the status quo.  It tests everyone in all strata of the organization and the industry. Accepting, adapting, and adjusting is hard work.  It can be quite uncomfortable in workplaces that were once always fun and even kind of easy.  But these are the necessary skills that radio people need to exude in order to make the transition.  We see signs of this every day in broadcast radio.  Those who have the ability to connect with audiences – in person and in social spaces – have a unique edge.  The old paradigm of the DJ hermit, locked down the hall in the air studio, is breaking apart.  Today’s air talent need to be able to mix it up with listeners, clients, and community leaders.  Not every film star is handsome.  The public appreciates an interesting face, whether it’s Peter Dinklage on Game of Thrones or Linda Hunt on NCIS.  They may be exceptions, but they stand out because they’re different, captivating, and worthy of our attention.  They’re also immensely talented actors.  And the same will be the case on the radios of the future.  While good-looking DJs like Ryan Seacrest or Bobby Bones may have inherent advantages, Howard Stern proves that must-hear content trumps a pretty face.  And he’s not alone.  Words matter, and they will continue to in a media ecosphere that is now dominated by visuals. Screens or not, it’s the thought that counts.  These are changes that radio need to roll with.  Let’s open up new visual doors, new avenues, and new paths for our content.  And let’s embrace them because it’s truly a media world.”  To read Fred Jacobs’ entire blog, please click here.

wzcb logo“The Beat” Goes on in Columbus. The transition of iHeartMedia’s WCGX, Columbus from alternative to urban comes as vice president of programming Michael McCoy announces the creation of urban contemporary WZCB “106.7 The Beat.” Premiere Networks’ “The Breakfast Club,” with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne tha god, begins on “The Beat” in two weeks (10/6).  “Premium Choice” (i.e. voice tracking) will air on the station middays, while local talent will handle afternoon drive and evenings.  Alternative continues on co-owned WBWR-HD2.  Among persons 6+ in the latest (August 2014) Nielsen Audio PPM report, WCGX ranks #11; it had its second straight two-tenths’ downward trend (2.6 – 2.4 – 2.2) and registered 12 straight trends in the 2.1 – 2.9 range. Meanwhile, cross-town alternative competitor WWCD “CD 102.5″ ranks tenth (2.3).

warrenallisonRadio Management Pro Warren Named VP/MM for Cumulus Nashville.  Jumping from the Austin cluster of Entercom where she was director of sales and taking on the vice president and market manager role at Cumulus Media Nashville is Allison Warren.  Cumulus SVP Jeff Brown comments, “Allison was a key part of my team in Denver some years back.  She did great work there and has since built a portfolio of successes in vibrant radio markets including Austin, Madison and Milwaukee.  Her results-driven, collaborative leadership style will infuse our Nashville operations with the energy and focus needed at this pivotal point in the cluster’s growth.  Allison will be an incredible asset to Cumulus’ leadership team.”  Warren also served with Entercom at its Madison and Milwaukee clusters as well as with CBS RADIO in Denver.  Cumulus operates six stations in the market as well as the Tennessee Titans Radio Network.

applebeegregApplebee Transfers to WNOK As PD.  Four-year hot AC KJMY “My 99.5,” Salt Lake City assistant program director Greg Applebee will relocate to Columbia, South Carolina next Wednesday (10/1) to become program director of iHeartMedia CHR sibling WNOK “104.7 – All the Hits.”  He succeeds Jonathan Reed, who exited to program two of the company’s Austin properties – mainstream CHR KHFI “Kiss-FM,” and rhythmic CHR KPEZ “The Beat.”  Prior to his KJMY duties, Applebee was imaging and promotions director of Bahakel Communications-owned alternative KRXP, Colorado Springs.

schafferdennyDenny Schaffer Returns to Toledo Airwaves.  Well-known Toledo radio personality Denny Schaffer is back on the air in the market this morning after joining Cumulus Media’s hot AC WWWM “Star 105.”  Schaffer was most recently with iHeartMedia hosting the morning drive program on WRNO, New Orleans.  In Toledo he’s worked at CHR WVKS “Kiss FM” and news/talk WSPD.  Joining him on air at “Star 105” are Tricia Courtney Tischler and Suzie Moser – both members of his “Breakfast Show” cast on WVKS.  Cumulus Toledo VP and market manager Andy Stuart comments, “Denny is a magnificent talent.  His ability to engage an audience is rare and we are all looking forward to working with him on the new ‘Star 105.’  Our desire to bring him back to Toledo is further evidence of the commitment Cumulus Media has to attracting great talent to our company.”

weststeveMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  In Indianapolis, Cumulus Media moves midday personality McKinzie Roth to the afternoon drive daypart at hot AC WRWM “i94” effective today (9/22)…..San Diego market pro Steve West pops up at Lincoln Financial Media-owned alternative outlet KBZT “FM 94/9” to host the Sunday morning show “Legends of Alternative.”  West spent almost 30 years with crosstown alt-rocker XETRA “91X” before exiting in July of this summer…..Changes in the Tri-Cities, Washington market as Chuck Hall and Patti Banner move across the hall at the James Ingstad-owned properties from country KIOK “94.9 The Wolf” to classic hits KKSR to host “The Morning Blend.”  Back at KIOK, Kendra & Adam are the new morning duo…..Grahame Winters is the new midday jock at Codcomm-owned CHR WHYA, Cape Cod “Y101.”  She comes to the station from her most recent on-air gig at classic hits WDRC-FM, Hartford and takes over for Jessica Cally who left for the PM drive gig at iHeartMedia’s country WBWL, Boston “101.7 The Bull.”…..Skeeter Nash is the new morning drive personality at JMJ Broadcasting’s classic country KTPK, Topeka, effective next Monday (9/29).  To make room, Marc Bradley moves to a programming and promotions role with the station.

cookehollandLocal On-Air Talent CAN Become Indispensable.  Media consultant Holland Cooke revisits (and expands upon!) the point he made the “pages” of our sister publication TALKERS magazine four years ago that “if you’re in RADIO, you’re in SALES” in a column published today at RadioInfo (9/22).  It’s easy to pick apart the effectiveness of another medium’s advertising components but radio must look in the mirror for, as Cooke writes, criticism of a lot of radio’s not-so-great spots is justified because “at many stations, including some in major markets, there’s no creative department.  Reps write their own copy, a task that’s not sellers’ core competency.”  Effectiveness is directly related to quality, so how to up the quality?  Cooke offers some suggestions and you can check them out here.

cbsradio we can surviveCBS RADIO Announces ‘We Can Survive’ Concert.  The concert set for the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, October 24 will benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Young Survival Coalition, two organizations dedicated to supporting and educating women and families who have experienced breast cancer.  CBS RADIO announces the acts for the show from which $2 from every ticket sold will go to the aforementioned charities.  Playing the annual concert fundraiser this year are: Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Lady Antebellum, Iggy Azalea, Paramore and Sia, with a special appearance by Gwen Stefani.  The show will be hosted by CBS RADIO’s Carson Daly.

biakelseyBIA/Kelsey Forecast for 2015 Local Media Revenue: Up 1.6%.  But, of course, the increase comes as beneficial for those in the online/digital media realm (+13.1%) and, not surprisingly, traditional media is expected to see another dip (-1.7%).  BIA/Kelsey is presenting these results and more at its Leading in Local: SMB Digital Marketing conference in New Orleans this week.  The company predicts that in 2015, online/digital will account for more than one-quarter (25.2%) of total local media revenues in 2015.  Revenues for online/digital are expected to grow from $31 billion in 2014 to $35 billion in 2015, representing a 13.1% growth rate.  Other forecasts include: Mobile local ad revenues will grow from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $6.6 billion in 2015; Local social media revenues will grow from $2.5 billion in 2014 to $3.6 billion in 2015; Local search revenues will grow from $7.1 billion in 2014 to $7.2 billion in 2015; Local display revenues will grow from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $4.9 billion in 2015; and Local online video revenues will grow from $2.3 billion in 2014 to $3.0 billion in 2015.

y98mistletoeLineup for ‘Y98 Mistletoe Show’ Announced.  The acts set to perform at the “Y98 Mistletoe Show” presented by CBS RADIO hot AC outlet KYKY, St. Louis “Y98-FM” on December 6 includes: Daughtry, Sarah McLachlan, Andy Grammer, Echosmith, and Jonathan Jackson.  The station is selling tickets to the public during a special concert pre-sale starting on September 25.

duranderuloiHeart14Backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.  The two-day music festival produced by iHeartMedia and dubbed the iHeartRadio Music Festival took place on Friday and Saturday (9/19-20) in Las Vegas and, for the third straight year, major music acts invaded the city.  Pictured here with WHTZ, New York and Premiere Networks syndicated star Elvis Duran (left) is Jason Derulo (right) after the two did an interview for Duran’s program backstage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Friday, September 19, 2014

| September 19, 2014

torreztt“Hot 97″ Appoints Torrez Music Director. WCDX “iPower 92.1 – Interactive Hip-Hop & R&B” music director and afternoon drive talent TT Torrez will depart the Radio One Richmond urban contemporary outlet to become music director of Emmis New York rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97.” WQHT program director Jay Dixon points out that, “TT has a long and consistent track record of making things happen.  After seeing the amazing things she has done in her career, and learning she was a fan of ‘Hot 97,’ I could not pass up the opportunity to work with her.  TT knows hip-hop.  We are thrilled to have her on-board, and cannot wait to see what she can bring to our legendary brand.”  Torrez thanks a number of Emmis executives “for believing in my talents and allowing me the opportunity to further grow my career with the Emmis family.  As a young girl growing up in New York, I always dreamed about the day I would be able to work for the station that I grew up on – my desire to get into radio was because of the influence ‘Hot 97′ had on me as kid.  This opportunity is an amazing blessing – dreams really do come true.”  In addition to Richmond, Torrez has worked in New York, Philadelphia, Charlotte, and Hartford as a correspondent, writer, and producer; she was a music programmer for Music Choice television.  She begins her new assignment at “Hot 97″ in about two weeks (10/1).

johnsonpattiReach Media Adds Patti Johnson to NY Sales Staff.  This is a return to REACH Media Inc. for Patti Johnson who most recently served as local sales manager for iHeartMedia in Chicago.  Prior to that, Johnson served for almost three years as an account executive in the Chicago offices of REACH Media.  Her new gig begins Monday (9/22) as she works from the New York office of REACH as account manager, Eastern sales.  She also previously worked for Interep Radio Sales in Chicago and St Louis in various sales positions.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Townsquare Media Tyler-Longview, Texas cluster, “Big Stew” Sawyers is named operations manager and program director for country KNUE.  Sawyers takes over for the departed Scott Gaines…..Alpha Media names James Levy director of sales for its four-station Richmond, Virginia group…..Eric “Smelly” Smeltzer is the new producer for the KSAN, San Francisco “107.7 The Bone” morning drive show Lamont & Tonelli…..Lincoln Financial Media’s AC KIFM, San Diego adds Premiere NetworksDelilah as evening host.  PD Mike Vasquez says, “‘Easy 98.1’ has become a top station for at-work listening and now we want to allow our fans to connect with Delilah when they’re unwinding at night.”

crninternational logoCRN International Study Draws Eye-Opening Conclusions About Radio Ads.  The results of CRN International’s research poll of 525 consumers and the resultant white paper shines a spotlight on the traditional methods of advertising on radio, how consumers perceive those efforts and what might be done to make radio a more effective advertising vehicle.  When it comes to influencing a purchase decision, the study — conducted and released by the Connecticut-based, national ad agency that specializes in radio — indicates that 41% of survey respondents said that custom content – defined as useful or entertaining information provided by a sponsor – would be the messaging form most likely to increase their purchase decision.  Testimonials from everyday consumers like themselves came in second as a purchasing influencer at 20%, with traditional commercials finishing third at 18%.  A red flag for radio is that more than 80% of the respondents confirmed that they pay little attention to radio spot commercials.  Those ads, they said, have little chance of influencing a buying decision, according to the study.  Perhaps more alarming for radio operators is the results seemed to fly in the face of previous studies that most radio listeners stay tuned in through entire lengthy commercial stop sets.  In the CRN research, 67% of the consumers said they don’t make it past the second advertisement during a commercial break.  However, positive signs from the study include some of the following conclusions: Regarding endorsements from their favorite radio DJ personalities, 28% said that tactic would have a positive impact on their chances of considering or buying the sponsor’s product; Regarding endorsements from everyday people like themselves, 42% said that tactic would increase their chances of considering or buying the sponsor’s product; 23% of the respondents said meeting radio personalities at a live, local radio station appearance would be of interest to them; 52% said they would be interested in participating in a contest or sweepstakes heard on the radio; Almost 60% said they would be very or somewhat receptive to considering or buying the product of a contest or sweepstakes sponsor.  To see the CRN International white paper, click here.

joynershowTom Joyner Visits Dayton Affiliate WROU.  As part of his ongoing tour of affiliate stations across the country, Reach Media-syndicated urban morning host Tom Joyner is visiting Alpha Media’s Dayton rhythmic oldies “92.1 WROU” on Wednesday, September 24.  The station has sold Central State University the sponsorship of the appearance.  Also part of Joyner’s Dayton visit is a Tuesday invite-only reception at Taste Creative Cuisine for WROU listeners to meet Joyner, Sybil Wilkes and Jay Anthony Brown.  Tickets to the sponsored event will be free to listeners at specially designated Tom Joyner “ticket stops.”

Thursday, September 18, 2014

| September 18, 2014

frugechareseFruge Adds VP Stripes.  Promoted to VP of programming for CBS Radio’s six-station Las Vegas cluster is hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1″ and alternative KXTE “X-107.5″ program director Charese Fruge.  She will continue programming “Mix” and “X-107.5.”  Senior vice president and market manager Jerry McKenna states, “Charese is a consummate programming professional.  Under her direction, ‘Mix 94.1′ has dominated the market for years while the ratings trajectory for ‘X-107.5′ has seen impressive growth.  Moreover, her longstanding relationships in the music business allow our stations to deliver unparalleled music experiences that rival any other music event held in Las Vegas.  She is a bright, shining star.”  A member of the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, Fruge has worked at CBS Radio Las Vegas for ten years.  Her past programming credits include (then-hot AC) KYSR “Star 98.7,” Los Angeles; hot AC KLLC “Alice,” San Francisco; KKBQ “93-Q,” Houston; hot AC KSCF “Sophie@103.7,”San Diego; hot AC KALC “Alice,” Denver; and WEZB “B-97,” New Orleans. Cat Thomas continues to program KLUC, the cluster’s CHR; sports KXST; and news/talk/sports KXNT AM & KXNT-FM.

collinscatCollins Joins iHeartMedia’s Programming Platforms Roster.  Rhythmic CHRbrand manager Cat Collins assumes additional responsibilities on iHeartMedia‘s national programming platforms and strategic services teams.  National programming platforms president Tom Poleman comments, “Cat’s impressive ratings track record makes him the ideal choice for this role.  His programming expertise and industry experience have strengthened our rhythmic CHR stations and helped us create winning brands across America.  We are thrilled to have him extend his incredibly valuable skill set to our stations throughout the country.”  Collins remarks that he is “really” looking forward “to being able to focus all my time and attention on helping all of our existing rhythmic CHR brands grow, and developing exciting new platforms for iHeartMedia.” Collins formerly programmed iHeartMedia San Francisco rhythmic CHR KYLD “WiLD 94.9″ and co-owned hot AC KIOI “Star 101.3″; he continues as program director for Premium Choice.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Richmond station group, Alpha Media announces the appointment of James Levy as director of sales for the four-station cluster…..Gretchen Helterhoff is the new promotions coordinator at Entercom’s Denver stations hot AC KALC “Alice 105.9” and classic hits KQMT “99.5 The Mountain.”  She most recently was morning personality at Journal Broadcast Group’s adult hits WLWK, Milwaukee “Lake FM.”…..Stylz exits Powell Broadcasting CHR WPFM, Panama City, Florida “Hot 107.9” where he was morning host and social media director.

kdkb logoRocker KDKB Transitions to Alternative.  Phoenix rocker KDKB flips to alternative as “ALT AZ 93-3.”  Hubbard Phoenix vice president and market manager Trip Reeb remarks that he is “excited” to “offer a new, powerful home for alternative music.  It is time this music had a strong outlet in Phoenix, and this is the perfect complement for our other rock mainstays, KUPD and KSLX.”  Reeb, of course, is known for his nearly 20 years at iconic Los Angeles alternative outlet KROQ.  “ALT AZ 93-3″ representative artists will include Arctic Monkeys, Black Keys, Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, and Mumford & Sons.  Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s August 2014 Phoenix PPM report, KDKB ranks #15 (2.9); KUPD finishes sixth (4.4); and classic rock KSLX is fifth (4.5). KDKB actually has two straight (6+) up trends (2.4 – 2.7 – 2.9, June – July – August); however, the last time the station ranked in the top ten was January 2012 (#10, 3.3).

abcnewsradioABC News Radio and Hearst Strike Deal for News and Info Service for Baltimore Stations.  When Hearst Radio’s news/talk WBAL and rock WIYY in Baltimore begin using ABC News Radio products later this year, it’ll mark a return to the outlets for ABC after more than 10 years absence.  In addition to the two stations using ABC’s “premium national,wiyy international and entertainment news programming,” ABC Radio will provide music news for WIYY’s website and ABC Air Power, the most immediate, most topical and most complete radio show prep service in the industry today.  WBAL and WIYY president and GM Cary Pahigian comments, “From reliable top hour newscasts and breaking news for WBAL and prep and digital support for ‘98 Rock,’ we are delighted to welcome the powerful resources of ABC to Hearst Radio Baltimore.”

Bustos Gets Back in the Radio Business.  The announced deal for Amador Bustos to buy the stations he previously owned under the Bustos Media banner from current owner Adelante Media in Washington state includes the following signals:  Spanish contemporary KMIA-AM, Seattle “Latino 1210,” country KZUS, Ephrata “US 92.3,” news/talk KULE, Ephrata “Hot Talk 730,” Spanish adult hits KDYK, Yakima “Juan AM 1020,” regional Mexican KZTA, Naches “La Gran D,” regional Mexican KDDS, Elma “La Gran D,” regional Mexican KZML, Quincy “La Gran D,” Spanish AC KMMG, Tri-Cities “Latino 96.7” and regional Mexican KZTB, Tri-Cities “La Gran D.”  Four years ago, Bustos Media merged with NAP Broadcast Holdings to create Adelante Media.  Bustos will begin operating the stations under an LMA.

BFoA golf 14Broadcasters Foundation of America Celebrity Golf Tournament Raises $250,000.  Monday’s 2014 Celebrity Golf Tournament at Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Tarrytown, New York helped raise $250,000 for the Broadcasters Foundation of America.  More than 150 broadcasters and celebrities turned out in support of the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation, including famed sportscasters, athletes, and actors.  Celebrity golfers included: Michael J. Fox; Bruce Beck, WNBC-TV; Craig Carton, WFAN; John Franco, Mets Hall of Famer; Sterling Sharpe, Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer; Tina Cervasio, Fox Sports and MSG Network; Howard Cross, New York Giants great; Maurice Dubois, WCBS-TV; Rachel Grant, actress and philanthropist; Jay Harris, ESPN; Mary Calvi, WCBS-TV; Otis Livingston, WCBS-TV; Sean McDonough, CBS and ESPN; Lonnie Quinn, WCBS-TV; Dana Tyler, WCBS-TV; Chris Wragge, WCBS-TV; and more.

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