Category: Industry News

Monday, November 24, 2014

| November 24, 2014

fergieAMAsOne Direction, Katy Perry Highlight AMA Winners. They each scored three trophies in the fan vote-decided American Music Awards held last night in Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater.  One Direction was recognized as Artist of the Year, for Favorite Album – Pop/Rock (“Midnight Memories”), and Favorite Band, Duo or Group – Pop/Rock.  Katy Perry was honored as Favorite Female Artist – Pop/Rock, Single of the Year (“Dark Horse,” featuring Juicy J), and Favorite Artist – Adult Contemporary. Iggy Azalea – who led the field with six nominations – won for Favorite Artist – Rap/Hip-Hop, and Favorite Album – Rap/Hip-Hop.  Among the other winners were Brantley Gilbert “Just As I Am” (Favorite Album – Country), Luke Bryan (Favorite Male Artist – Country), Carrie Underwood (Favorite Female Artist – Country), and Florida Georgia Line (Favorite Band, Duo, or Group – Country).  Others winning AMAs last night were Imagine Dragons (Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock), Enrique Iglesias (Favorite Artist – Latin), Casting Crowns (Favorite Artist – Contemporary Inspirational), and Calvin Harris (Favorite Artist – Electronic Dance Music).  Sam Smith (Favorite Male Artist – Pop/Rock), John Legend (Favorite Male Artist – Soul/R&B), and Beyoncé (Favorite Female Artist – Soul/R&B) were also honored, as were 5 Seconds of Summer (New Artist of the Year) and “Frozen” for Top Soundtrack.  In addition to Azalea’s six nominations, Legend, Perry and Pharrell Williams scored five each, while Lorde earned four.  Checking in with three each were Beyoncé, Eminem, Imagine Dragons, OneRepublic, and One Direction. Bastille, Luke Bryan, Drake, and Sam Smith each received two nominations.  The first-ever “Dick Clark Award for Excellence” was presented to Taylor Swift, who opened the awards with her new single, “Blank Space.”  Pictured here signing a guitar backstage at Westwood One’s Red Carpet Radio Backstage at the AMA’s Radio Row event is Fergie.  WW1’s newly branded Red Carpet Radio presented programming on Saturday and Sunday from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo: David Edwards.)

RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Toledo cluster of Cumulus Media, Dana DiModica is appointed local salesdimodicadana manager.  She was previously general sales manager for Toledo Radio LLC’s crosstown country WPFX “107.7 the Wolf.”…..Radio programming pro Mike Oakes joins City of Dallas-owned WRR, Dallas “Classical 101.1 FM” as program director.  Oakes also currently serves as a research partner at Albright & O’Malley & Brenner.  He has held numerous prior programming positions in St. Louis, Nashville, Green Bay, and most recently, three stations in Palm Springs, California including news/talk trimulcast KNWZ/KNWQ/KNWH.

sabowalterOnline Video Marketing: The Kinder Eggs Shocker.  Media consultant Walter Sabo writes in a piece published in RadioInfo today that the “predictive indicators for online video success are completely different than predictors for all other media.”  Obviously, this is important information for anyone – be it a client buying on a video platform or a radio station using online video to promote itself – wishing to understand what makes a successful internet marketing video.  You don’t need to know what Kinder Eggs are, but if you read Sabo’s column and check out the linked video, you’ll understand that how people find video content online and what makes them want to view a video are unique to the internet and require use of that knowledge for a successful marketing campaign.  Read Walter Sabo’s column here.

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wlnk logoCool Job Opportunity.  Calling a “rare opportunity in a family-owned company,” Greater Media announces it is seeking their next program director for hot AC WLNK, Charlotte “107.9 The Link.”  You must be experienced in coaching top talent and incorporate the best practices of PPM and digital media.  We are looking for an accomplished, high-achieving, special individual to program ‘107.9 The Link’ to even greater levels of performance.  What we need from you: We will need you to verifiably demonstrate your track record, achievements, possess exceptional leadership and managerial skills; we want ensure that you are the perfect strategic and cultural fit for us, and it’s equally important for Greater Media Charlotte to be a great fit for you; excellent leadership skills; 5 years major market PD experience; proven track record; experienced talent coach; and strong fundamentals in strategic marketing and programming.  If you believe that being part of a performance-driven media company and love working with amazing people and great leadership, please email your cover letter, resume, and quick summary of your approach to coaching on-air talent to: hired@1079thelink.com or mail to: Human Resources at WBT-WLNK, 1 Julian Price Place, Charlotte, NC 28208.

Friday, November 21, 2014

| November 21, 2014

jausjrCMG Names J.R. Jaus PM Driver at ‘K92.3’ in Orlando.  At Cox Media Group-owned country outlet WWKA, Orlando “K92.3,” J.R. Jaus is the new afternoon drive personality, effective December 4.  To make room for Jaus, current afternooner and director of branding Drew Bland moves to middays and Jason Gellhause shifts to evenings.  Bland comments, “J.R.’s passion for creating compelling radio is exciting and refreshing, he will be a great addition to our already innovative team.  We look forward to JR’s future contributions to the K92.3 brand.”  Prior to this new role, Jaus has been working radio, TV, and film for the last 10 years in San Diego and Los Angeles, including stops at iHeartMedia’s San Diego cluster and roles in Nickelodeon‘s “Victorious” and ABC Family‘s “Greek.”  Most recently Jaus hosted nights at CBS RADIO’s “Energy 103.7” in San Diego.

eganbrianBrian Egan Named ‘NASH Nights Live’ Executive Producer.  WKWS, Charleston, West Virginia “96.1 The Wolf” PD and morning host Brian Egan leaves that gig to join Cumulus Media as executive producer for the syndicated “NASH Nights Live” program.  Speaking about his new gig, Egan says, “My family and I couldn’t be more excited to return to Tennessee. Joining the ‘NASH Nights Live’ team and getting the chance to work with Shawn Parr, Elaina Smith, Ryan Kershner and everyone involved with the NASH brand is an amazing opportunity. I’m grateful to John Dickey and Mike McVay for making this happen.”

renojayssonCumulus Names Reno to Lead KGO and KSFO, San Francisco Sales.  At the Bay Area cluster, Cumulus Media appoints sales pro Jaysson Reno to vice president, sales for heritage market news/talkers KGO and KSFO.  Reno has worked in the San Francisco market for 10 years in the radio, digital and event space, and has led sales for the company’s rock KSAN and triple A KFOG since 2012.  Cumulus San Francisco VP/market manager Justin Wittmayer says, “Jaysson brings strong leadership, a keen business sense and the market equity needed to drive advertiser performance and grow revenues.  KGO and KSFO are legacy brands in which we will continue to invest to benefit our community, to enhance the user experience and to deliver superior advertiser results.”

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rockline logoWestwood One to Retire ‘Rockline.’  After a run that spanned almost 34 years, syndicator Westwood One is ending the active and classic rock program “Rockline.”  Host Bob Coburn says the show, as successful as it’s been, simply has run its course.  “The world has changed to one of near constant exposure for artists in 2014.  ‘Rockline’ was an innovative, unique idea back in 1981.  But with the internet, Twitter accounts, hundreds of television channels and a more sophisticated press, artists are now literally at the fingertips of their fans.  ‘Rockline’ is no longer the invaluable tool to connect fans with their rock ‘n’ roll heroes, it has become but one of many.  We have had the honor to present the history of rock as told by the artists who created it for the past three decades plus, but now is the time to pass the mantle.  We will proudly present the very best of ‘Rockline’ until the end of the year when our mics will fall silent forever.  Thanks for listening and long live rock ‘n’ roll!”  The final shows will air on Wednesday, December 17 (Rockline Classic) and Monday, December 22 (Rockline Active).  Regarding this development, RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison says, “The end of ‘Rockline’ is sad, indeed, because it was not only a tremendously good show of historic proportions, Bob Coburn’s analysis of its demise symbolizes the continued erosion of radio’s iconic role as the epicenter of the music culture…a trend and syndrome that we must all work to resist and reverse. That being said, we salute Bob for his decades of invaluable service to the industry.  He is one of the best rock radio personalities to ever grace the airwaves.”

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rabRAB: Radio’s Q3 Revenue Dips 2%; Off-Air and Digital Jump.  The 2014 third quarter radio revenue report from the Radio Advertising Bureau concludes radio’s total revenue dipped 2% — a bit better than Q2’s 3% drop (all comparisons are versus the same period in 2013).  Breaking it down, spot revenue and network revenue fell back 3% and 4% respectively in Q3 this year compared to last, but digital and off-air revenue were up by 11% and 14% respectively.  RAB president and CEO Erica Farber comments, “The increasing strength of radio’s digital platforms becomes more evident every quarter as advertisers recognize the unparalleled benefits of reaching radio’s dedicated audiences on every device and platform they are using.  In addition, the growth in off-air opportunities for advertisers is a clear indication that radio is focused on continuing to deliver more innovative solutions to help them reach their consumers.”  See the RAB’s report here.

kday logoKDAY, Los Angeles Gets Digital.  Legendary Southern California hip hop and R&B outlet KDAY, Los Angeles announces a new suite of services for its digital media platform.  The station, recently purchased by Meruelo Media, says it is extending “the legendary brand’s reach worldwide in real-time via livestreaming, mobile, social and more.”  The new digital platform “includes products and services that amplify traditional ‘listener tools,’ with real-time engagement via a social strategy anchored in rich media with interactive banner displays, page takeovers, audio/video pre-roll, exclusive special content sections and pop-culture prize polls.”  Meruelo Media president Otto Padron adds, “This digital grand strategy unites our legendary music together with ‘KDAY Nation’ listeners anytime, anyplace and anywhere across the world.  Listeners pick the time, place and the duration of their tune-in or brand interaction, giving them all the options to do so – on their own terms; whether its via our livestreaming app, mobile, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, we’re there for them around the clock on broadcast radio, digital, mobile, and social platforms.”

envisionnetworks newEnvision Networks’ ‘100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time’ Adds More Affiliates. A dozen new affiliate stations are adding the Envision Networks-syndicated holiday program “The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time,” an award-winning, 10-hour radio special hosted by beloved TV game show host Wink Martindale.  This show is available on a cash basis and counts down “everyone’s favorite Yuletide hits from 100 to number one.”  The show is a brand new special based on data compiled by Billboard Magazine and listings of the Christmas tracks most played on radio over the past decade.  This compilation includes hit singles as well as classic tracks from the most-loved and best-selling Christmas albums of all time.

usrnUSRN Expands Phantom Producer Country Services.  The radio imaging service distributed by United Stations Radio Networks introduces a second version geared toward country music formats.  Phantom Producer is expanding to serve the mainstream country format.  At the same time, the existing service for country stations will be re-branded as the hot country service.  USRN says the Phantom Producer service gives users the ability to audition and download major market station imaging with their station name, frequency and positioning statement embedded in the audio via a password-protected website.  Recently, “music hooks” were added to the service which expanded the creative options for affiliates tremendously and has proven to be another time-saver for PDs.

miw logoMIW Announces 2015 Mentoring Program.  The details of the 2015 Mildred Carter Mentoring Program from the Mentoring & Inspiring Women in Radio Group are available.  The 14-year-old program matches up-and-coming women in the radio industry with female professionals recognized as leaders in all aspects of radio.  2015 Mentoring Committee chair Lindsay Cerajewski (who also serves as sales manager at CBS RADIO’s WUSN, Chicago) says, “This is a wonderful opportunity for mentees to gain valuable insight, knowledge and access to some of the most influential women in radio.  We look forward to another outstanding program in 2015.”  A total of four candidates from the radio broadcasting industry – within the sales, marketing, programming and digital disciplines – will be selected for the 2015 program.  Of those, at least one spot will be designated for a programming candidate, and one spot designated for a digital candidate.   For mentee criteria and instructions on how to apply, please visit http://tinyurl.com/miwmentee. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 12, 2014.

bellmediaBell Media to Lay Off 80 Employees.  Canadian broadcast giant Bell Media is announcing personnel cuts across its radio division that will affect some 80 people.  As reported by the Windsor Star, the Windsor market (which operates four stations that also serve Detroit listeners) will lose seven staffers, but those people haven’t been identified yet.  The stations in Windsor include: triple A CKLW-FM “The River 93.9,” alternative CIMX “89X,” oldies CKWW and news/talk CKLW-AM.  The paper notes that Bell Media cut about 120 positions in the radio division back in June.

bonesaldeanragingidiotsBobby Bones Raises More Cash for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  On Tuesday (11/18), Premiere Networks syndicated morning personality Bobby Bones and his band The Raging Idiots played a special charity concert to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Two-time Academy of Country Music “Top Male Vocalist” Jason Aldean crashed the show held at Marathon Music Works in Nashville, helping raise more than $60,000 for the hospital.  In addition, country music singer/songwriter/guitarist Lindsay Ell performed with The Raging Idiots, and St. Jude patient Caleb served as guest announcer for the evening.  Pictured here are Aldean (white cap) and Bones (standing) on stage.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

| November 20, 2014

bryantjamesHubbard Expands ‘2060 Digital’; Names James Bryant President.  Cincinnati VP and market manager James Bryant is heading up Hubbard Radio’s new in-house, digital company called 2060 Digital, LLC.  The new digital media services company will expand from Hubbard Interactive in Cincinnatihubbardradio logo and begin serving Hubbard Radio clusters in the Chicago, Washington, Minneapolis-St. Paul, St. Louis, Seattle, Phoenix and Cincinnati markets.  2060 Digital will “provide digital solutions for clients, including website and mobile site build out, SEO, SEM, retargeting, social media management, content and video.”  Two years ago, Bryant was instrumental in launching 2060 Digital in Cincinnati.  Hubbard chair and CEO Ginny Morris comments, “We have long looked to Jim for leadership in this space and we feel fortunate that his full attention will be focused on helping us find comprehensive solutions for our advertising partners.  We look forward to bringing Jim’s entrepreneurial approach to 2060 Digital to the rest of our company.”  At the same time, with the promotion of Bryant, Hubbard announces Mike Fredrick also moves up from his VP/general manager/DOS for the Cincinnati operations to VP and market manager.

davisjeffCumulus Names Jeff Davis to New Corporate Post.  Twenty-six year radio pro Jeff Davis is named to Cumulus Media’s newly created post national director of stratus music scheduling. The company says that Davis has been with it for more than eight years as program director of heritage hot AC/CHR hybrid WQSM, Fayetteville, North Carolina.  He’s also been music director for hot AC KBBY, Ventura, California and has extensive knowledge of the company’s proprietary Stratus Music Scheduling System which is used at more than 450 radio stations.  Davis will continue to program WQSM for Cumulus.

wtza logoWTZA, Atlanta New Classic Hip Hop and R&B Outlet.  The WTZA-AM and W257DF simulcast positions itself as “Atlanta’s New Home for Old School Hip Hop and R&B” featuring artists including: Tupac Shakur, Mary J. Blige, Notorious B.I.G., TLC and more from the early 2000s going back to the late 1980s.  The Core Communications simulcast’s translator is licensed to Dallas, Georgia and its primary signal covers the region northwest of downtown Atlanta.

wliq logoTownsquare Flips Quincy-Hannibal, Missouri AM to Classic Country.  The former adult contemporary WLIQ is now airing the classic country format and is branded “KICK AM 1530” – a nod to its FM country sister station KICK-FM.  General manager Dave Greene says, “The number one request we get on KICK-FM is to air more country hits from the past.  Flipping 1530 to classic country gives us the opportunity to do just that and we can now serve the entire country music audience between today’s best hits on KICK-FM and 979kickfm.com and the best country hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s on KICK-AM and on kickam1530.com.”  To promote the changeover, KICK-FM will be airing one classic country song per hour during the day to give listeners a feel for what they can hear on KICK AM.

morris-caperspattyMeet Patty Morris-Capers, VP Promotion for Adult Formats at Capitol Records.  In a continuing series of personality profiles of key individuals making a difference in the ever-changing arena of music promotion, where the music and radio industries intersect, RadioInfo shines the spotlight on Patty Morris-Capers.  Morris-Capers is vice president of promotion for adult formats at Capitol Records.  Capitol is hot in this arena and has launched the careers of such successful contemporary artists as Katy Perry, Sam Smith, Mary Lambert, Mary J Blige and so many more, in addition to maintaining the currency of such established acts as Counting Crows and Beck, not to mention all-time legends Elton John, Bob Seger and Neilcapitolmusic logo Diamond. For the past 18 months or so in her current position, music industry pro Morris-Capers has established a keen understanding of and close working relationship with “adult formats” which at Capitol entails hot AC and mainstream adult contemporary.  Recently she has been handling specialty promotion for classic hits stations as well.  “It is a very interesting time for hot AC and adult contemporary,” she declares.  “Several years ago, there was ‘a minute’ when hot AC had become extremely ‘thump-and-bump.’  In many cases, the definition of a station playing a ‘variety of hits’ did not quite apply.  The pendulum had swung to the point where hot AC had become so rhythmic that the concept of having any sort of alternative-leaning song on those stations was very difficult.  It has been very exciting the past several years to see a shift.”  Not only does it draw from all other formats, hot AC, Morris-Capers asserts, “can break records.  That is evidenced by the fact that hot AC broke Emeli Sandé.  Some records come into this building that are so left-of-center.  We will raise our hand on them and say they could fly with the right tools around them.”  To read managing editor Mike Kinosian’s RadioInfo’s profile of Patty Morris-Capers and get a peek inside the thought processes that make Capitol an ongoing force in the music industry, please click here.

RedCarpetRadio logoCumulus and Westwood One Partner to Bring ‘Backstage from the AMAs’ Content.  As the result of a partnership between CumulusWestwood One and dick clark productions, the former will provide exclusive audio coverage from the Westwood One Backstage at the AMAs Radio Row on Friday and Saturday (11/22-23), leading up to the 2014 American Music Awards which take place at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.  During the event, Westwood One will debut its Red Carpet Radio brand – the umbrella platform for the company’s exclusive behind-the-scenes coverage of year-round entertainment award shows.   Backstage at the AMAs Radio Row is two days of live broadcasts with 25 radio stations from across the country representing multiple formats, with an array of hosts, presenters, and performers mingling backstage.

cbsdetroitVideoCBS RADIO Detroit One of Motor City’s “Best Places to Work.”  The annual feature from Crain’s Detroit Business names CBS RADIO Detroit one of the best places to work in the city.  Some of the reasons for the local station group being such a great employer include: Annual company party, tickets to local events, rewards site to allow employees to send thank you and birthday cards and award nominations, and child care assistance.  Pictured here being interviewed for the video that is featured on the Crain’s site are Bobby (right) and Stacey (center) from the Bobby and Stacey show on oldies WOMC talking about why the Detroit cluster is such a rewarding workplace.  To check out the cool video, click here.

goldenmike15Golden Mike Award Ceremony Moved to March 16.  The annual Golden Mike Award fundraiser presented by the Broadcasters Foundation of America will take place at the Plaza Hotel in New York on March 16.  Next spring, NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith is being honored with the award.  Earlier this week the announcement was made but the date has moved from February 23 to March 16.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

| November 19, 2014

duanedoobie graphicDuane 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 including this week, Bayley Brown, WKLC, Charleston, WV; David Safar, KCMP, Minneapolis; and The Iceman provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (11/1) includes such names as: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars, Lack of Afro, Kendrick Lamar, Nick Jonas, David Bowie, Gwyneth Moreland, Smashing Pumpkins, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Madison Rising, Buffalo Killers, Cort Carpenter, Mitchell Tenpenny, Austin Webb, Pat Waters, Joe Denim, Deadmau5, Kaskade, Shiba San, Calvin Harris, Haim, and Ummet Ozcan among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here

weismanstevenWeisman: Flo & Eddie Case May Have Far-Reaching Effects.  RadioInfo legal editor Steven J.J. Weisman writes today (11/19) about the recent court decisions relative to the suits being brought against SiriusXM by Flo & Eddie, Inc., the corporation created by Mark Volman (left) and Howard Kaylan (right) that owns Turtles recordings, that charge the satcaster is violating state laws for not paying royalties onfloeddie2 the Turtles’ pre-1972 recordings.  Weisman offers a concise recent history of the matter and explains why these most recent rulings could impact all audio broadcasters – including AM/FM operators – in a big way.  He writes that the most recent ruling “could be interpreted to apply to thousands of terrestrial radio stations, restaurants, stores, and stadiums where pre-1972 recordings are being played without paying royalties to performers.  A national resolution to this issue is sorely needed.  A bill was introduced in Congress earlier this year that would establish public performance royalty rights for recordings made prior to 1972, however, that particular bill is somewhat flawed in that it does not extend full copyright protection to those recordings.”  Read Weisman’s entire piece here.

ccsatClear Channel Satellite Services to Serve iHeartMedia Only.  In a story by Leslie Stimson at Radio World, iHeartMedia, the parent company of Clear Channel Satellite Services, is informing clients that it will no longer provide satellite services to non-iHeartMedia operators.  Contracts currently existing will be honored until they expire and the company will not accept new ones.  A memo from CCSS reads, in part: “In the coming weeks, our team will be working with the existing customers to discuss the best way for a smooth transition to a new provider.  Customers with soon-expiring contracts will have the option to continue their service on a month-to-month basis until we’ve found a suitable assignee for the business.”

RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Blaster Records, Bob Reeves is promoted to vice president, promotion.  Labelreevesbob president Derek Simon makes the announcement, noting that Reeves takes over for Gator Michaels who exits the label…..Key Market Radio-owned suburban country outlet WOGI “Froggy 104.3” welcomes Erika Hink, a.k.a. Alligator, to the station to serve as morning drive co-host alongside Michael Ovadia, a.k.a. Frogman.  Hink most recently was afternoon personality at Forever Broadcasting’s country WFGI, New Castle, Pennsylvania…..Former Alpha Media-owned triple A KINK, Portland morning personality Marconi is now hosting afternoons at webcaster Radiobuzz101.com.

scba logoOctober Revenue Gains Reported in Los Angeles, San Diego. According to Miller Kaplan Arase‘s October summary report, Los Angeles posted increases of 3% for local spot and nearly double that (5.7%) for national spot.  Meanwhile, San Diego was +1.3% local spot and a substantially higher +18% for national spot.  Southern California Broadcasters Association president Thom Callahan comments, “Our entire region produced a very robust October as the critical fourth quarter began.  The sluggish third quarter performance we had is a distant memory, as advertisers once againcallahanthom looked to Southern California radio for increased market share and real revenue results.  Our combined market growth in October should set the stage for a dramatic and positive finish for [fourth quarter] and 2014.  Our members’ efforts to provide proactive solutions to client challenges really came together in October.  We see enormous positive energy in our markets and our continued regional focus on radio’s ROI is making a difference for all of our member sales teams.”  Revenue in the “NTR/Network/Other” category improved last month by a whopping (approximately) 63% in Los Angeles and 26.3% in San Diego.  October’s total market revenue for Los Angeles was 7.1%, while San Diego’s was 8.8%. Year-to-date total market revenue though is -2.2% (Los Angeles) and 2.9% (San Diego).

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

| November 18, 2014

kmjm logoiHeartMedia Flips KMJM, St. Louis to Classic Hip Hop and R&B.  Urban contemporary “Majic 100.3” is gone and iHeartMedia unveils the country’s newest classic hip hop and R&B stations as KMJM becomes “100.3 The Beat, Throwback Hip Hop and R&B.”  The station says it will be the home of artists including: Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z and Tupac as well as Jodeci, Aaliyah and R. Kelly.  iHeartMedia St. Louis regional market president Beth Davis says, “The all-new ‘100.3 The Beat’ will bring back the fun times of an older hip-hop and R&B generation while continuing to serve the local community, playing the music our listeners want to hear.  I’m confident ‘100.3 The Beat’ listeners will remember where they were, who they were hanging out with and how they were feeling with every song we play.”

rnrshowCumulus Re-Ups Roula & Ryan for KRBE, Houston.  The long-running Roula & Ryan morning show at Cumulus Media’s CHR KRBE, Houston will remain at the station as the program has signed a long-term contract extension.  Hosted by Roula Christie (second from right) and Ryan Chase (right), the program also features sidekicks Producer Eric (Eric Rowe) (second from left), Special K (Kevin England) (left), and Phoenix.  The show has been airing on KRBE since July of 2006.  Cumulus Media EVP of content and programming John Dickey comments, “Roula & Ryan have been a successful fixture in the Houston media landscape for many years.  It’s great to be able to recognize their talent and their contribution to the much-beloved KRBE with another long-term contract proving our commitment to work with the best talent in the business.”  PD Leslie Whittle adds, “It’s been an amazing eight years working with the Roula & Ryan show and I know the coming years will be even bigger and better.  The members of the Roula & Ryan show are a collection of special talents and I’m so happy they will continue to wake up Houston each morning on KRBE.”

duanedoobie graphicDuane Doobie: Don’t Miss the Next Big Thing.  According to RadioInfo resident media perceptionist Duane Doobie, music radio programmers should always be on alert for the next big thing.  In a column posted today (11/18) the Doob writes, “Music radio is in a ‘play it safe’ holding pattern and has been for years.  The irony is, playing it safe is one of the most dangerous things music radio can do.  I am certainly not suggesting recklessness or the indiscriminate programming of everything out there… we all know how deadly that can be.  I’m talking about balance and common sense… and an understanding of history.  I’m talking about the importance of constantly being on the lookout for the ‘next big thing.’  This includes the awareness that the next big thing IS definitely out there and is definitely coming.  If you are not ready to take action when it pops up on your radar screen (which should always be set at ‘super sensitive’), you will surely miss it when it comes around.  At that point all you can do is play follow the leader and try to chase the trends as opposed to leading the parade.  If you go through life as a music radio programming type always saying, ‘It doesn’t fit our format’ as your default when encountering something slightly different than the narrow box you believe you are charged with maintaining – you are contributing to the demise of music radio as a culturally viable platform.”  To read the entire column, please click here.

rosenmitchRosen Rises to OM of Chicago’s WSCR, WXRT. Ten-year WSCR “The Score” program director Mitch Rosen is boosted to operations manager of the CBS RADIO Chicago sports outlet, as well as co-owned triple A WXRT.  In a memo to the stations’ staff, CBS RADIO Chicago senior vice president and market manager Rod Zimmerman writes, “Mitch’s organizational skills, management style, and sales focus will help grow the great [WXRT] brand.”  Rosen previously programmed the Windy City’s similarly-programmed WMVP “ESPN Radio 1000″ and was Paragon Marketing Group’s vice president of broadcast representation. Norm Winer continues as WXRT program director.

taylorpattiSales Management Moves at Greater Media Detroit. At the Detroit station group, Greater Media announces Patti Taylor is promoted to general sales manager of classic rock WCSX and rock WRIF.  At the same time, Jonathan Ghazal is named sales manager for WMGC “Detroit Sports 105.1.”  Taylor has been serving as GSM for WCSX since February of 2013.  Ghazal joined Greater Media Detroit as an account executive in October of 2012.  Ghazal takes over for Cindy Senkbeil who remains with the WCSX sales team.  She’d been sales manager of WMGC since November of last year.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  After a 40-year career in the radio business, Cumulus Youngstown market manager Rick Parrish announces he is retiring.  Parrish has been market manager of the Cumulus Youngstown eight-station group since 2010.  He comments, “I have loved radio since the age of 15 when my mother drove me to KMAD in Madill, Oklahoma for my first day of on-air work.  And, I think the best is yet to come.  That book I keep writing in my head still has some great chapters left before I’m finished.”…..Radio pro Nick Wize joins iHeartMedia as afternoon personality and digital program director for CHR WKSL, Jacksonville “97.9 Kiss FM.”…..Maverick is the new program director at Combined Communications’ Bend, Oregon stations country KMTK “99.7 The Bull” and CHR KWXS “Wild 107.7.”  He’ll also serve as afternoon jock on “Wild 107.7.”…..Presslaff Interactive Revenue announces the hiring of Nicole Watkins to serve as marketing assistant.  The company says that in this role Watkins will expand Presslaff’s presence in social media marketing, as well as assisting with the company’s industry marketing initiatives, including: email marketing, industry webinars and slideshare presentations.

kpus logoKPUS, Corpus Christi Treats Listeners to Free Blues Concert.  This “thank you” to listeners of Convergent Broadcasting’s classic rock KPUS, Corpus Christi “Classic Rock 104.5” takes place on Saturday (11/22) as the station – along with sponsors Sames Ford and The Edwards Law Firm present a free blues show at Brewster Street Ice House.  Two Dallas-based bands – The Smokin’ Joe Kubek Band featuring Bnois King and the Buddy Whittington Band – will perform.  Whittington has played with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

Monday, November 17, 2014

| November 17, 2014

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kzonMorningMessJoey Boy and Lady La Team Up for Mornings at KZON, Phoenix.  The joining of Joey Boy and Lady La (pictured here) for “The Morning Mess”castlesnatasha is not the only talent move at CBS RADIO’s CHR KZON “LIVE 101.5” but it put the station’s drive time personalities together again (they co-hosted mornings at Riviera Broadcasting’s hip hop KKFR in the past).  As part of the consolidation of the two driver timers, Natasha Castles moves to Joey Boy’s former PM drive slot and Kimmie Caruba joins the station to host the midday show.  Operations manager and program director Tim Richards says of the carrubakimmiechanges, “The merging of Joey Boy and Lady La in morning drive is exciting.  This team has the makings of the Valley’s next greatest morning show, and we’re all looking forward to this partnership.  Both Natasha and Kimmie are remarkable talents.  They are passionate about the ‘LIVE 101.5’ brand and have an unrelenting commitment to delivering a great show for the audience.”  Caruba also serves as host of the night show on CBS RADIO’s country station KMLE.  Castles has been hosting the night show at ‘LIVE 101.5’ for the past nine months.

chasetomChase Named Ruby Radio’s VP/Programming.  After a 22-year gig programming iHeartMedia’s Las Vegas adult contemporary KSNE “Sunny 106.5,” Tom Chase becomes Ruby Radio‘s vice president of programming.  Ruby Radio president and chief executive officer Ken Sutherland comments, “We have worked together three times in the past and Tom Chase is an outstanding programmer.  I have a very high regard for his skills – both as a solid strategic and operational program director – and as a strong department manager.”  Chase remarks that he likes “the texture and presentation” of the Ruby-owned stations. “I grew up in a small community in Idaho, so I can relate to the size of these towns.  Ruby Radio has found ways to make these stations sound like they are in much bigger markets, without sacrificing the ‘home town feel’ of community involvement that you need for success.”  Chase will oversee Elko, Nevada hot AC KHIX “Mix 96.7″; KBGZ “Big Country 103.9″; and talk KZBI, as well as Winnemucca, Nevada hot AC KHYX “Mix 102.7″ and K232BK “Big Country 94.3.” He begins his new duties next month.

haddonmarkHaddon Named VP/Market Manager for Beasley Augusta.  This is a promotion from national sales manager and digital sales manager for the Beasley Broadcast Group Augusta, Georgia station group.  Mark Haddon assumes the vice president/market manager post for the Augusta cluster that includes: country WKXC “Kicks 99”; WGAC-AM/FM “580 AM and 95.1 FM News Talk”; CHR WHHD “HD 98.3”; adult hits WDRR “93.9 BOB FM”; WCHZ-AM and W238AU “95 Rock at 95.5 FM and 1480 AM; WGUS-FM/WCHZ-FM “The Southern Gospel Station at 102.7 FM and 93.1 FM”; and WRDW-AM 1630 News Talk Sports.  Haddon, who joined Beasley in 1993 as GSM for WKXC, replaces Kent Dunn who, after a long and successful career in the Augusta market, is stepping down from this position to pursue other opportunities.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Some changes in the alternative rock radio scene in San Diego as Tim Pyles leaves his “The Local Pyle” show on Lincoln Financial Media’s KBZT to jump across town to Broadcast Company of the Americas’ XETRA “91X” to assume the hosting duties of the market’s oldest local music show called “Loudspeaker.”  According to the San Diego Reader, Pyles will work with Al Guerra, Lou Niles, and Andrew Rowley as in-studio and in-the-field co-hosts.  “91X” PD Mike Halloran tells the paper the hosts will go out to clubs, live shows, rehearsal spaces, and recording studios and bring back video and audio from the local scene.  “We want to do it better than it’s ever been done before.”…..Chicago urban radio personality Ramonski Luv returns to the radio onboruchovjulie Crawford Broadcasting’s urban adult contemporary WSRB (licensed to Lansing, Illinois on the far southeast side of the market) to host the evening show, according to Chicago media writer Robert Feder.  Luv was let go from his gig co-hosting “The Real Show” with Joe Soto on iHeartMedia’s Chicago urban contemporary WVAZ in July after the show landed in first place in the daypart in the June PPM ratings with a 5.9 share (6+)…..Julie Boruchov is promoted to vice president, sports sales and marketing, East Coast for Westwood One‘s network sales division.  She has been serving as director, sports sales, East Coast…..Mike Elroy is named midday personality at Adams Radio Group’s country KGRT, Las Cruces, New Mexico.  In addition, he’ll serve as production director.

nashicon logo“Nash Icon” Journeys to Huntsville’s WWFF.  There’s a new member of the “NASH” family as Cumulus transitions 1980s-1990s-based WWFF “Journey 93.3,” Huntsville to country as “93.3 Nash Icon.”  Corporate program director Bob Raleigh states he is “thrilled” the parent company is “bringing the ‘Nash Icon’ brand to WWFF.  The link between Huntsville lovers of country music and Nashville has just become stronger.  The passion for ‘Nash Icon’ is like no other I have ever seen – now that passion comes to Huntsville.”  Market manager Matt Tobin comments that “Nash Icon” will bring “country music fans the artists that made country great, along with today’s country stars.  Country music fans can now reconnect with the iconic artists and music they fell in love with during the 1980s, 1990s and early-2000s. We are extremely excited to bring ‘93.3 Nash Icon’ to the passionate country fans of the Tennessee Valley.”  Among persons 12+ in Nielsen Audio‘s summer 2014 book, “Journey 93.3″ ranks eighth of nine stations in print (.8). It reached a 1.1 in fall 2013 and winter 2014. Leading the field in market #106 is iHeartMedia‘s WDVM “Huntsville & The Valley’s Best Country” (12.0, 12+, summer 2014).

smithgordonGordon Smith to Receive 2015 Golden Mike Award.  The Broadcasters Foundation of America is announcing NAB president and CEO Gordon H. Smith will be honored with the 2015 Golden Mike Award at the organization’s black-tie fundraising gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on February 23.  BFoA chairman Philip Lombardo says, “Gordon’s accomplishments for broadcasters are widely recognized across our profession.  But perhaps many are not aware of Gordon’s tireless efforts on behalf of the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to help our colleagues in need.  Gordon’s influence has raised awareness of the Foundation’s charitable mission, and his commitment to helping those in our business who need it most has been admirable.   We are honored to have Gordon on our Board and to recognize his dedication to our purpose with the 2015 Golden Mike Award.”

bonesStJunesMaggieroseBobby Bones Show Raises $150,000 for St. Judes.  Nationally syndicated country morning host Bobby Bones (in red) performs for patients at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis with his band The Raging Idiots and country singer Maggie Rose (left).  Last week, the program made a donation of more than $150,000 to St. Jude’s in honor of co-host Amy’s mother Judy, who recently passed away from cancer.  For two years, listeners of show followed Judy’s battle with the disease and she became the inspiration for the program’s #PimpinJoy campaign, which encouraged people to choose random acts of kindness.  When she passed away last month, Amy’s family asked that donations be made to St. Jude in lieu of flowers or any other contributions.  Listeners and friends in the country music industry, including Dierks Bentley, Lindsay Ell and Little Big Town, made donations, quickly surpassing the original $20,000 goal in just one day and culminating with more than $150,000 being raised at the end of one week.

Friday, November 14, 2014

| November 14, 2014

crushammikeCrusham Calling It Quits. After more than 44 years in the radio industry, iHeartMedia Minneapolis market president Mike Crusham is retiring.  Executive vice president of operations for major markets Hartley Adkins comments, “Mike Crusham has lead iHeartMedia Minneapolis through many successful years.  He has built lasting relationships with co-workers and clients alike.  His career has been fruitful and his legacy will not be forgotten.  I will miss him and wish Mike all the best.”  Crusham remarks that the “past nine years at iHeartMedia have been some of my most successful and personally gratifying in the business.  iHeartMedia Minneapolis has great brands and stations, combined with a brilliant staff.  I have had a tremendous team and a company that has been supportive and instrumental in setting me up to win.  I have worked hard and had a blast doing it.  I will miss the job and the people tremendously.  It is, however, time for me to do something different.”  The iHeartMedia Twin Cities cluster consists of CHR KDWB “All The Hits”; KEEY “K-102 Today’s Country”; sports KFXN-FM “The Fan”; classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108″; hot AC KTCZ “Cities 97″; and talk KTLK-AM.  Crusham joined iHeartMedia in mid-2005 as Miami’s director of sales.  He was later named regional vice president for South Florida and Miami’s market manager.  After a 10-month stint as the company’s market manager in Boston, he transferred to Minneapolis.  Prior to joining iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel), Crusham held a variety of management and sales positions in Houston, Pittsburgh, Austin, Nashville, and Tulsa.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Kansas City urban contemporary outlet KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz,” Tony G, a.k.a. Tony Gregg, exits the morning show.  Gregg has been with owner Carter Broadcasting for the past 26 years…..Reports from Minneapolis indicate Northern Lights Broadcasting’s hot AC/sports hybrid KTWN “96.3 K-TWIN” lets afternoon personality Curt Copeland and operations manager Michael Steele go.  The station – which carries the MLB’s Minnesota Twins play-by-play – is owned by the Pohlad family, also owner of the Twins.

zachtheendEDM Show Launches on ‘107.7 The End’ in Seattle.  The new Saturday evening EDM show is called “Subtronic End” and is hosted and mixed by the station’s own ZachEntercom’s KNDD says Zach has “been DJing in clubs from Seattle to Cairo, and many places in between.”  The show will feature artists including: Tiesto, Avicii, Hardwell, Calvin Harris and new artists and will air from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.  Program director Garett Michaels says the show is the result of a listener survey.  “We’ve felt the impact of EDM in Seattle through sold-out concerts, music downloads and now, the passion of our listeners, for this exciting genre.  As the station for ‘Seattle’s New Music Discovery,’ we’re excited to present a brand-new show that highlights the music and the EDM community.”

soulofdaytonDayton Classic R&B Outlet Gets Signal Upgrade.  The BCDayton Broadcasting-operated urban oldies station airing on translator W254BA gets a power upgrade from 54 watts to 250 watts.  The signal has been “The Soul of Dayton” since September of 2013 playing classics from artists including: Isley Brothers, Ohio Players, Heatwave, Zapp, Faze-O and Lakeside.  BCDayton Broadcasting president Brad LaBarr tells the Dayton Daily News, “We are a community radio station that strives to do everything possible to serve our listeners.  With the power increase, we have improved reception in the metropolitan area.  Dayton listeners will find they have an easier time hearing the station in their home, car or office.  Listeners in Trotwood, Englewood, East Kettering, Fairborn, Riverside and Beavercreek now are getting improved reception of FM 98.7.”

barnesgabeRe-Thinking Your Website.  The purpose of a radio station website has morphed over the past 15 years or so and if you’re concerned your station’s site might be a bit archaic, now’s a good time to revisit it.  Mersoft Media director of business development Gabe Barnes writes in a piece for RadioInfo that, though it might seem elementary to some, there appear to be many station sites out there that aren’t taking into consideration what the industry knows about how people use websites.  For example, Barnes says he still sees stations putting less important content or design in the most-viewed parts of a webpage.  “Why waste this space when it can be used for promotions or sponsorship opportunities?”  Read his entire piece here.

smulyanjeffJeff Smulyan to Receive Humanitarian Award at CRS in February.  At the Country Radio Seminar 2015 this February, the Country Radio Broadcasters will honor Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan with the 2015 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award.  The award is given annually to recognize an individual in the country radio industry who has displayed a magnanimous spirit of caring and generosity in service to their community.  CRS executive director Bill Mayne states, “Jeff Smulyan epitomizes the definition of the Tom Rivers Humanitarian award.  His commitment to broadcasting, service to community, and personal giving is recognized across our industry.  It is our privilege to recognize his accomplishments in this arena.”

laboecontrolroomMuseum of Broadcast Communications Announces News of Studio Named After Radio Legend Art Laboe.  Yesterday, RadioInfo brought you news and a photo from the recent National Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles.  At that time, NRHOF founder Bruce DuMont, announced there is now an Art Laboe Control Room at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago.  The studio, named in honor of the Class of 2012 inductee and pioneering broadcaster, may be used as a broadcast facility for out-of-town personalities to do their shows when in Chicago.  It will also serve as a learning place for students.  The Art Laboe Foundation, Inc. made a generous donation to assist in the building of the Control Room.  Laboe commented, “In 2012 I was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame, was inspired by the Museum and was able to contribute.  I hope to get back to the Museum again and check out the studio that will be used by radio legends and will inspire our next generation of broadcasters.”

Thursday, November 13, 2014

| November 13, 2014

hubbardbroadcastingHubbard Radio to Acquire 16 Minnesota Stations.  The stations to be added to the Hubbard portfolio are owned by Omni Broadcasting and are in the small Minnesota markets Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd and Wadena.  Hubbard Broadcasting chair and CEO Ginny Morris says, “Hubbard Broadcasting is deeply committed to local radio and to Minnesota, and this is a great opportunity to expand the company’s presence into some wonderful local communities.  We have long admired Lou Buron and Mary Campbell, whose stations have been nationally recognized for both excellence in programming and omni broadcasting logocommitment to local community service. We are committed to maintaining that dedication to excellence and community, and we look forward to welcoming all Omni employees to the Hubbard Broadcasting family.”  Omni employs 100 people in the four markets and expects no programming or personnel changes at any of the stations.  Stations to be transferred upon FCC approval include: country KIKV, Sauk Centre; oldies KULO, Alexandria; adult contemporary KKZY, Bemidji; classic rock KLLZ, Walker; country KBHP, Bemidji; classic hits WQXJ, Blackduck; sports talk KBUN, Bemidji; adult contemporary WJJY, Brainerd; classic rock KLIZ-FM, Brainerd; country KBLB, Nisswa; business news KVBR, Brainerd; oldies KUAL, Brainerd;  sports talk KLIZ-AM, Brainerd; country KKWS, Wadena; country KWAD-AM, Wadena; and country KNSP-AM, Staples.  As a result of the expansion, Dan Seeman, vice president and market manager for Hubbard Radio Minneapolis-St. Paul, is named vice president and regional manager of Minnesota Radio Operations for the company.  He’ll continue his current role in managing KS95, myTalk 107.1, 1500 ESPN and the Hubbard Radio Network in the Twin Cities.

bonesbobbyBobby Bones and iHeartMedia Parter on New Production Company.  If you remember syndicated country morning personality Bobby Bones considering a television offer that would have taken him away from his Premiere Networks gig based at WSIX-FM, Nashville, you’ll also remember that he and iHeartMedia quickly came to terms that kept him from exiting.  It appears that today’s announcement of the creation of a new production company called RIGHT SIDE BLIND PRODUCTIONS is part of theiheartmedia logo sweetened pot that kept Bones with iHeartMedia.  Bones and iHeartMedia say in a press release that the new company will be based in Los Angeles and will “develop scripted and unscripted programming for cable and network television with an emphasis on original, sophisticated and innovative concepts.  The company will also work directly with brands to take advantage of iHeartMedia’s commitment to unprecedented measured media support across its multi-platform networks.”  There’s more on the collaboration – it also involves Los Angeles-based Custom Productions, led by writer/producer/director Steve Stockman, which will serve as the company’s production arm, and Seattle-based Workhouse Media, Inc., led by principal and CEO Paul B. Anderson.  iHeartMedia president of entertainment enterprises John Sykes comments, “Bobby and his team are a powerful addition to our growing television and digital video development business.  This new partnership brings us a road-tested, blue chip production team with a built-in promotion platform that reaches millions of consumers daily.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Promoted at Greater Media‘s Detroit cluster is market manager Steve Chessare who adds vice president to his title…..Just named program director at iHeartRadio’s Grand Rapids, Michigan CHRchessaresteve WSNX is Zachary Wellsandt.  He most recently held the same post at Queen B Radio’s Spokane rhythmic CHR KEZE “Hot 96.9.”…..Joining Ryan “Brain” Brainard as co-host of the morning show on Townsquare Media-owned country KHAK, Cedar Rapids is Courtlin Baca.  She fills the seat formerly occupied by Scott Steele…..Townsquare Media names Steve Tuzeneu market director of engineering for its five-station Grand Junction, Colorado cluster.

delilahdeeskasem14Radio Legends Celebrated at National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.  The National Radio Hall of Fame celebrated its seven inductees for 2014 at a black-tie ceremony at the Cicada Club in Los Angeles on Sunday, November 9.  The event was hosted by Premiere Networks personality Delilah and the announcer for the broadcast of the evening’s festivities was Westwood One’s Jim BohannonSound Mind LLC president and founder Kraig Kitchin served as the chairman of the steering committee.  The seven inductees this year included: Charlie & Harrigan, Barry Farber, Jon Miller, Agnes Moorehead, Dick Orkin, “This American Life with Ira Glass,” and broadcasting titan Stanley E. Hubbard.  Pictured here are (from left to right): Premiere Networks syndicated star Delilah, top 40 radio icon and program syndicator Rick Dees, and television and radio personality Kerri Kasem.

kjfx logoWilks Broadcasting to Sell Three in Fresno to One Putt.  The buyer is a subsidiary of JSA Broadcast and Fat Dawgs LLC and will begin an LMA prior to the closing.  The three stations Wilks is shucking are classic rocker KJFX “95.7 The Fox,” alternative KFRR “New Rock 104.1” and sports talker KJZN “105.5 The Game.”  John Ostlund is a partner in One Putt and he says, “‘Classic Rock 95.7’ and ‘New Rock 104.1’ are legendary brands and highly rated radio stations. 105.5 FM is pure opportunity that we intend to have serious fun with.”  No word on the price for the three stations yet.

ajskids‘ENERGY 103.7’ in San Diego’s ‘AJ’s Kids Crane’ to Reach Goal Early.  The annual toy drive that benefits Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego was created by “ENERGY 103.7” personalities AJ Machado and Hula Ramos.  AJ Machado stays on top of a 30-foot crane until the station meets its goal of 100,000-plus toys and monetary donations.  The response has been so good that Machado is expected to come down off the crane early.  Machado comments, “Once again the people of San Diego rallied to support the young heroes at Rady Children’s Hospital! The toys and money that were donated will help stock up the hospital for all of 2015!!  We are so excited to have had our best year EVER and we are already looking forward to doing it again next year!  But first…I’m going home to take a shower!!”

doobiesNASHnightsThe Doobies Visit ‘NASH Nights Live.’  After the release of their recent Southbound LP and a recent performance on the CMA Awards, the Doobie Brothers took some time to visit the NASH Campus in Nashville and appeared on the “NASH Nights Live” program with hosts Shawn Parr (far right) and Elaina Smith (center).  The group’s new album features performances with some of the country music scene’s biggest stars including: Blake Shelton, Sara Evans and Chris Young.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

| November 12, 2014

decemberistsDuane 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 including this week, Tom Yates, KOZT, Fort Bragg, CA;  Bayley Brown, WKLC, Charleston, WV; The Iceman; and Bill Phipps, WSIG, Mt. Jackson, VA; 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 (11/12) includes such names as: Gwen Stefani, Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor, Kevin Kadish, Hoodie Allen, Ed Sheeran, Hozier, Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Slipknot, Weezer, Decemberists, Tove Lo, Lenny Kravitz, Papa Roach, Gunhill Road, Rodney Atkins, Maddie & Tae, Ronnie Fauss, Rhett Miller, North Country Flyers, Lorde, Kanye West, Mike Posner, Eau Claire, and Charlie Darker, among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

farnedajohnWXRT, Chicago’s John Farneda Calls it a Career.  Announcing his retirement from CBS RADIO’s triple A WXRT, Chicago is operations manager and music director John Farneda.  He’s been with the station since beginning as an intern in the early 1980s and has served in numerous roles with the station – including producing the ONXRT: Live from the Archives CD series culled from exclusive WXRT live performances that benefits local charities.  Farneda wrote in a memo to fellow staffers: “I realized that I have achieved all my goals at the radio station and it is now time to set new ones.  In 2015, I look forward to exploring new adventures in the music industry.  I hope to share my decades of programming experience with friends wanting to innovate and entertain.  In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy some well-deserved time off by traveling and spending more time with friends and loved ones.”  His last day is November 26.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Adding new duties in Rochester for iHeartMedia is A.J., who is now program director for the company’s hot AC WDVI “100.5 The Drive.”  He’s been PD and afternoon personality at CHR WKGS, ajRochester “Kiss 106.7” and the company’s Syracuse CHR WWHT “Hot 107.9.”  He will continue in the programming role for WKGS and WWHT…..Matt Stone is the new APD and evening personality at Broadcast Company of the Americas-owned alternative XETRA, San Diego “91X.”  Stone recently worked in the market at Compass Radio Group’s crosstown triple A KPRI as PD and afternoon host…..Erik Deatherage is leaving his morning show gig at Towson University-owned triple A WTMD, Baltimore to move to Fargo to start a family.  The station is beginning a search for his replacement.

roversmorningglory logoWMMS, Cleveland’s Rover Sets Up Fundraiser for Former Producer’s Family.  Former producer of the “Rover’s Morning Glory” program on rock/talk hybrid WMMS, Cleveland – Rob Garguilo – exited that show recently to take a similar position with WHPT, Tampa’s Mike Calta program.  Tragedy entered his life as his girlfriend Sarah and the couple’s children, 5-year-old Ben and five-week-old Serena were hit by a car while crossing a Largo, Florida street.  The three are in critical condition in a Tampa hospital and Garguilo Tweets that Serena is on life support with no signs of brain activity.  Now, Shane “Rover” French has set up a GoFundMe.com donation page to assist the family of his former producer.  As of Wednesday morning, almost $18,000 has been raised for the family.

cookehollandWhat Listeners Will Find Under the Tree.  Each year, radio consultant Holland Cooke spends a week in early January in Las Vegas attending and reporting back to RadioInfo readers about the technology being displayed at the massive Consumer Electronics Show.  2015 will be no different and recently Cooke was in New York for the annual preview show called CES/Unveiled.  He writes that the top five wish-list items for this holiday season are (in order): tablets, notebook computers, TVs, smartphones, and video game consoles.  Find out more of what’s being touted as big consumer electronics spending decisions during the next year here.

radioonelogoTough Q3 for Radio One as Radio Division Posts Net Revenue Decline of 8.1%.  The company as a whole saw net revenue dip 5.3% but the radio division alone was hit worse as net revenue sank 8.1% compared to the same period a year ago on $112.2 million in net revenue.  Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins comments, “Our radio business experienced a very soft quarter.   We had a perfect storm of weak market revenues and soft ratings in our four largest markets, and political revenues were less than anticipated.  We had some ratings challenges in Washington DC, Baltimore and Atlanta in addition to the new competitor in Houston.  Management has taken steps to remedy these issues, including a format change in Houston from news to classic hip hop. The initial ratings for our new station, ‘Boom 92,’ are extremely encouraging, and should mean we reverse the annual $1.5 million of losses that we were incurring on the news format.  Outside our top four markets, radio revenues for the third quarter were +1.5% against a flat market. Overall Q4 radio revenue is currently pacing 1.9% and I believe we will have positive momentum going into the New Year.  Reach Media experienced a similarly weak third quarter, but is performing better in 4th quarter, consistent with the radio division.”

jacksonrandyDawg Gone.  For the second time, “American Idol” judge-turned-mentor Randy Jackson says he is leaving the Fox singing competition, although this time he really intends to do so.  In May 2013, Jackson – whose catch phrases include calling everyone “dawg” – indicated he would be departing.  Several months later though, it was revealed he was staying on to coach the contestants; he succeeded Jimmy Iovine in that role.  In a statement, Jackson notes, “After 13 seasons, I felt now was the perfect time to leave.  I am proud to have been a part of a series that discovered some incredible artists and will go down in history as one of the most successful television shows ever.  A true original, ‘Idol’ started it all.  Onto what is next.”  The show’s producers Fox, FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment write that, “Randy has been such an integral part of ‘American Idol’ since day one, both as a judge and as a mentor.  He has provided great advice and support, shaping the success of so many ‘Idols’ we have discovered over the years.  We wish him all the best in his next chapter.  Randy will always be part of our family and we hope he will visit from time to time.”  It is widely believed that “Idol” host (and KIIS, Los Angeles “Kiss-FM” morning talent) Ryan Seacrest is returning, as are judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr.

wdvdvancejoyVance Joy Does Special Show for WDVD, Detroit and Select Fans.  It was a special pre-concert show for Vance Joy fans who won tickets to his Detroit appearance from Cumulus Media’s CHR WDVD as morning hosts Blaine and Allyson invited them to an in-studio event.  Those lucky listeners got to meet Vance Joy, hear an exclusive acoustic set and take pictures with the Aussie star.  He’s pictured here (center) with Blaine (left) and Allyson (right).

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

| November 11, 2014

duanedoobie graphicBe a Champion.  RadioInfo resident media perceptionist Duane Doobie strikes again with a thoughtful and provocative column published today (11/11).  In it, the Doob asks those of you working in music radio to be a “champion.”  He doesn’t mean dust off your soapbox derby trophy and display it proudly; he means be proactive instead of passive about the music you’re presenting.  “Each and every one of us should strive to be a champion.  In that process, we should apply the word as a verb and make it our business to ‘champion’ stuff.  Our friends in talk radio have made that idea an intrinsic part of the very fabric of the format – talk show hosts stand for things.  They are not just impartial observers of the passing parade.  The successful ones are passionate proselytizers of causes, concepts, ideals, people and parties.  They have a take.  They stick their necks out.  Once upon a time music radio did the same thing.  DJs not only played records and used their voices as an interstitial element between songs and commercials as most do today.  They were passionate missionaries of their stations’ musical genres as well as of individual artists – seeking to grow awareness and appreciation for the form and its accompanying cultural lifestyle within the larger setting of the world at large.”  Read more about what the Doob has to say here.

tierneymikeTierney Takes KDKB Programming Chair.  After more than 40 years as a rocker, KDKB, Phoenix switched to alternative two months ago.  Now, Mars Organic partner/consultant Mike Tierney is named program director of Hubbard-owned “Arizona’s Alternative.”  Vice president and market manager Trip Reeb remarks, “It is exciting to have someone with Mike’s breadth of experience join the team. The staff here has us off to a great start, and I know Mike will help us build on our early success.”  According to Tierney, “Connecting fans with artists and music has always been my passion, and there has never been a medium that does that better than radio. That is why [this] feels like home to me. I am thrilled to join this station, and excited to help build the team that will make the station a leader in Phoenix and the format.”  In addition to Mars Organic, Tierney’s other background includes programming New York’s WXRK “K-Rock” and Boston alternative WFNX, as well as a general manager stint at Rocket Music Entertainment. He will begin his new assignment at “Arizona’s Alternative” in about three weeks (Monday, 12/1).

brooksmartyMarty Brooks to Host Mornings on ’94.1 The Wolf’ in Memphis.  The new Entercom country outlet in Memphis – WLFP “94.1 The Wolf” – has a morning host as Marty Brooks is named to the post.  Brooks was most recently with Cumulus Media’s Grand Rapids stations CHR WHTS and country WTNR.  WLFP program director Chris Michaels comments, “After a nationwide search for the perfect candidate for ‘The All New 94.1 The Wolf,’ Marty was exactly what I was looking for.  His passion, energy, and talent make him the perfect fit for ‘The Wolf.’ He’s competitive and will hit the ground running when he arrives in Memphis.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Adams Radio operations in New Mexico, Larry Stevens a.k.a. Big Red, is named the new program director and morning drive personality at KGRT, Las Cruces “Your Country 103.9.”…..In Nashville, Mike Creel, a.k.a. SQueeGEE, moves from the overnight slot at Cromwell-owned alternative WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” to the midday show.

americancountrycountdownawards14Finalists Announced for Inaugural ‘American Country Countdown Awards’ Show.  The awards show will air on Fox TV on Monday, December 15 at 8:00 pm ET and will be hosted by Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard.  The new awards show is based on Westwood One’s long-running “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks.”  The finalists are: ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton; MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Blake Shelton; FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Danielle Bradbery, Miranda Lambert, Cassadee Pope, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood; GROUP/DUO OF THE YEAR: The Band Perry, Eli Young Band, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band; SONG OF THE YEAR: “When She Says Baby” – Jason Aldean, “Beat Of The Music” – Brett Eldredge, “Lettin’ The Night Roll” – Justin Moore, “Drink To That All Night” – Jerrod Niemann, “Chillin’ It” – Cole Swindell; COLLABORATION OF THE YEAR: “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan, “Small Town Throwdown” – Brantley Gilbert featuring Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett, “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s” – Tim McGraw featuring Faith Hill, “My Eyes” – Blake Shelton featuring Gwen Sebastian, “We Were Us” – Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert; ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Crash My Party – Luke Bryan, The Outsiders – Eric Church, Here’s To The Good Times – Florida Georgia Line, Just As I Am – Brantley Gilbert, Platinum – Miranda Lambert; DIGITAL SONG OF THE YEAR: “Burnin’ It Down” – Jason Aldean, “Drink A Beer” – Luke Bryan, “Play It Again” – Luke Bryan, “Dirt” – Florida Georgia Line, “This Is How We Roll” – Florida Georgia Line featuring Luke Bryan; BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Fan-voted Award via Twitter): Brett Eldredge, Tyler Farr, Kip Moore, Thomas Rhett, and Cole Swindell.

cumulus logoCumulus Media Reports Flat Q3.  The third quarter of 2014 turned out to be flat on a pro forma basis for Cumulus Media.  On an actual basis, net revenue was up $51.4 million – or 19.4% — but that was due primarily to the addition of the operations of Westwood One.  Digging a little deeper, the company reports that “broadcast advertising revenue decreased by $12.5 million.  Net broadcast advertising revenue was down due to ongoing weakness in several large local markets that began in the second quarter of 2014; however, we believe that weakness has now largely dissipated into the early portion of the current quarter.  National spot advertising was generally flat as we continued to take share from small competitors.  Network advertising continued to see disruption following the acquisition of Westwood One in December 2013.  We believe that process of reorganizing our network sales verticals is also now completed.  Digital advertising revenue increased by $6.7 million, primarily due to increased Rdio user generation activity and digital commerce generated by our Sweetjack platform.  Political advertising revenue increased by $2.9 million due to additional activity associated with mid-term and gubernatorial elections and license fees and other revenue increased by $2.8 million.”  For the first three quarters of 2014, Cumulus’ net revenue was up 1.8% on a pro forma basis.

koaixmasAll-Christmas Music Oasis in Phoenix. As the crush of stations transitioning to all-Christmas music is about to head into full swing, Riviera Broadcasting Phoenix adult contemporary KOAI “The Oasis” got a head start by going wall-to-wall holiday favorites last Thursday (11/6).  In addition, “The Oasis” and the Safeway Foundation are teaming to provide turkey dinners at a local (St. Mary’s) food bank for Thanksgiving.  Chief operating officer Jose Rodiles comments, “Our listeners are eager to jump into the holiday spirit – we are excited to help them do just that. We are featuring the very best music throughout the season, so whether listeners are shopping for gifts or toasting this special time of year, our unique blend of holiday music is certain to appeal to everyone.  KOAI – which converted from Spanish contemporary KVIB three months ago – is Christmas music-intensive 55 minutes each hour and it will remain that way through Christmas Day.  Its representative Christmas music artists include Michael Buble, Mariah Carey, Carpenters, Harry Connick Jr., Amy Grant and Johnny Mathis.

siriusxmSiriusXM Teams with YouTube for EDM Show.  A new weekly EDM show will debut on SiriusXM as the satcaster is partnering with YouTube to launch “The YouTube EDM 15.”  The program’s music selections will feature trending electronic dance songs based on YouTube viewership data.  SiriusXM says, “The all-new EDM show builds on the success of ‘The YouTube 15,’ a collaboration between SiriusXM and YouTube that launched earlier this year, and is hosted by the wildly popular Jenna Marbles.”  EDM duo The Chainsmokers will host the new show that premiers on November 21.

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