Category: Industry News
Radio and Music Should Try the “Smart” Option in Reaching Young Adults. Doobie: “We Must Escape as Quickly as Possible from the Age of ‘Stupidism.’” RadioInfo resident media perceptionist Duane Doobie strikes again with a thoughtful and provocative column. He says that both pop music radio and the music industry are missing the boat by underestimating the intelligence, concentration and real life desires of the Millennial generation. In a new column posted today, the Doob writes, “There is a misguided, undercooked piece of conventional wisdom floating out there today that would have you believe that Millennials suffer from attention deficit disorder, short term attention spans, and an obsession with frivolity. This fallacy is used to justify shortening songs on the radio and keeping the message of popular music simplistic and vapid. Perhaps, we are looking at it the wrong way? Maybe we should make better and more compelling music so Millennials will not spit them out after a handful of bites. If Millennials are so riddled with ADD and limited by shallow concentration – why have they triggered the phenomenon of binge watching on the television side of media things? And if they are so dumb — as implied by every attempt at music and radio geared by corporate media in the past couple of decades to attract their attention – that it would be considered suicidal to serve them up helpings of meaningful stuff, how do you explain the fact that successful television shows that have earned their loyalty are, in fact, complex as hell? Shows with multiple story lines and long arches that unfold over multiple seasons! When TV is smarter and hipper than radio, something is very wrong with the world.” That’s just part of the story. You should see what the Doob has to say about Taylor Swift! To read the entire piece, please click here.
Louie Diaz Named ‘i93.3’ Dallas PD. New York native Louie Diaz is headed to Dallas to take the reign of Cumulus Media’s CHR KLIF-FM “i93.3.” Diaz most recently was PD at Alpha Media’s CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” and country KUPL “98.7 The Bull” in Portland. Cumulus SVP of corporate programming Mike McVay says, “Louie continues the drive for Cumulus to add great programming minds to the company. We are thrilled to have him rejoin our ranks.”
Social Media Dominator? Facebook. According to NuVoodoo‘s latest “Ratings Prospects Study,” Facebook remains the prevailing social media outlet of choice among those who are 14 – 54 years old. Moreover, as NuVoodoo vice president of research Leigh Jacobs states, “Despite all the hype surrounding them, both Snapchat and Vine are comparatively small players overall. While other players get more coverage, Instagram has the deepest penetration among teens [14 - 17] after YouTube and Facebook; it is getting traction among [those] 18 – 34. We found continuing positive momentum for Facebook, even among 14-17-year-olds. Other platforms have stronger momentum, but given its tremendous reach, Facebook remains a powerful tool for connecting with listeners.” NuVoodoo executive vice president of marketing Mike O’Connor comments that, “Radio marketing is about influencing the most likely ratings respondents at the lowest cost possible. It is clear from our findings that heavy users of both broadcast and Pandora can be reached in numbers on Facebook and YouTube that rival the home phone of a decade ago. Imagine knowing the exact music taste of everyone and then only calling the most likely listeners. It is that precise targeting and cost-efficiency that makes social media the great equalizer.” NuVoodoo interviewed nearly 1100 respondents, ages 14-54, in all PPM markets for this study.
RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s Milwaukee hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix,” afternoon personality Mark Summers exits the station after a six-month stint. Summers thanked his listeners via Facebook. The station announced no firm plans for Summers’ replacement…..In the Monterey-Salinas market, radio pro Bill Lynch is the new VP/market manager at Clear Channel’s station group that includes country KTOM, CHR KDON, rhythmic oldies KOCN “K-Ocean,” Spanish KPRC-FM, and news/talk KION. Lynch most recently served as GM with Momentum’s Visalia, California operations.
Beasley Broadcast Group Announces Corporate Award Winners. At its annual management meeting held at the corporate offices in Naples, Florida this week, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. gathered corporate management and station leadership from the eleven markets in which it operates to celebrate achievements and contributions from individual employees and radio stations over the preceding twelve months. The 2014 honorees include: WXKB-FM, Fort Myers-Naples – Radio Station of the Year; Brad Beasley – General Manager of the Year/Fort Myers-Naples; Donna Williams – Business Manager of the Year/Augusta, Georgia; AJ Lurie – Sales Manager of the Year/Fort Myers-Naples; Tee Gentry – Program Director of the Year/Augusta; Lamar Smith – Engineer of the Year/Las Vegas; Natalie Conner – CEO Award of Excellence/Executive Vice President. Founder, chairman and CEO George Beasley states, “It is a sincere privilege each year to honor our company’s highest achievers. The level of professionalism within Beasley Broadcast is tremendous. The ladies and gentlemen we recognize for 2014 worked very hard to earn this recognition, and for that they have also earned my respect. I am very proud of each of them.” Pictured here at the corporate meetings are (from left to right): VP of programming Justin Chase; EVP of operations Brian Beasley; VP market manager Kent Dunn (Augusta); chairman and CEO George G. Beasley; president and COO Bruce Beasley; EVP and CFO Caroline Beasley; VP of engineering and CTO Mike Cooney; VP market manager Brad Beasley (SW Florida); retiring VP market manager Natalie Conner (Philadelphia); VP of sales Heather Monahan; director of sales AJ Lurie (SW Florida).
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Wars. After being challenged by WYD Media’s “Zach Sang and the Gang” to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Westwood One president Steve Shaw and a number of the company’s executives (pictured here, at left) did it out in front of Bar Catalonia in New York City (ice and water, compliments of Bar Catalonia). At right, you can see Zach Sang and his crew taking the challenge as well. After executing the challenge, Shaw then nominated Peter Kosann from Compass Media and Bryan Forbes from the Katz Radio Group to follow suit. Westwood One will be making a donation to the ALS Association.
Talent Shuffle at KINK-FM, Portland. The big move in the multi-person talent realignment at Alpha Media’s triple A KINK-FM, Portland is Jared Aman’s jump from nights to the afternoon drive slot. Aman has been with “101.9 KINK” for the past three years and has been evening host for the past year. With Aman’s move to PM drive, current PM driver Steve Pringle shifts to middays, and current midday personality Brad Dolbeer assumes the night show. Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick says, “We are uber excited to have Jared full time on KINK as he shares his alternative knowledge and attitude with the KINK community.”
Klonk Chosen as Connoisseur Connecticut Promotions Chief. Former classic rock WCCC, Hartford promotion director and on-air talent Klonk is appointed promotion director for Connoisseur Media Connecticut. Regional operations manager Keith Dakin observes that, “Klonk not only has strong name recognition in the market, but has the experience and knowledge of this area that these stations truly need. She will be an immediate asset as we continue to redefine our stations.” Klonk states, “I am very excited to start the next chapter of my radio career at such a great station and company. I’m very grateful for this great opportunity that Connoisseur Connecticut has given me; it is an honor to be a part of this fantastic team.” Klonk – who begins her new assignment next Tuesday (9/2) – spent over 10 years at WCCC. When Educational Media Foundation acquired WCCC from Marlin Broadcasting the first of this month (8/1), it transitioned the station to its contemporary Christian K-LOVE format. Connoisseur Media Connecticut consists of WDRC-AM “The Talk of Connecticut,” Hartford; classic hits WDRC-FM, Hartford; talk WMMW, Meriden; talk WSNG, Torrington; and talk WWCO, Waterbury.
Christian FM Appoints Carroll Afternoon Driver. Starting on Labor Day (Monday, 9/1), California-based Amanda Carroll will join the Christian FM Network for 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm duty. Christian FM president Jon Hamilton comments, “Amanda is one of the brightest talents in Christian radio. We are delighted to add her to the amazing team assembled at Christian FM. She is a true encourager and knows how to build a radio audience.” Prior to her just-concluded three-year stint doing mid-days on Educational Media Foundation‘s K-LOVE network, Carroll was morning co-host on Washington Adventist University Broadcasting contemporary Christian WGTS, Washington (DC).
Chris King Assumes PD/Morning Host Role at ‘My 98.3’ in Toledo. Moving across town from Toledo Radio LLC-owned country outlet WPFX “107.7 The Wolf” to Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary WMIM “My 98.3” to serve as program director and morning show host is Chris King. In addition to his work at WPFX, King has also served as assistant program director and promotions director for Clear Channel’s country WCKY-FM, Findlay, Ohio and at Blanchard Valley Broadcasting’s country WKXA, Findlay classic rock WBUK “106.3 The Fox.” Cumulus RVP and market manager Andy Stuart comments, “After a lengthy search in which we wanted to make sure that we were engaging just the right person, we are very excited to have Chris King as the new PD/morning show host for ‘My 98.3.’ Monroe is a great place and Chris is dedicated to bringing great programming, promotion and public service to Southeast Michigan.”
Smith Joins Cumulus Detroit as VP of Sales. Motor City radio sales pro Greg Smith jumps from Greater Media to Cumulus to serve as the vice president, sales for CHR WDVD and country WDRQ “NASH FM 93.1.” Prior to his time with Greater Media, Smith served with CBS RADIO for 17 years. Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati states, “Greg has the market equity we needed to lead the sales for WDVD and Nash in Detroit. He has the relationships and respect from the ad community in the Motor City to make an immediate impact. We’re thrilled to have Greg as a part of the Cumulus family in Detroit.”
“This Was Christmas” Redefines Christmas Programming and Marketing. It seems the closer we get to Halloween, the closer we get to music stations trading in their established formats to try to beat others in their markets in a flip to playing Christmas songs. Stations from Boston to Los Angeles and Dallas to Minneapolis will all make the move, all playing basically the very same songs from Bing Crosby’s “I’ll be Home For Christmas” to the many remakes of “White Christmas” to Lou Monte’s “Dominick the Donkey.” The overall “holiday” sound of each station will be virtually the same, whether they’re broadcasting in New York City or the smallest of markets – that is, except for an oldies station in Brainerd, Minnesota whose programmers have taken holiday music and weaved it with everything from world events to old-time commercials, blockbuster films and hit TV shows to create a seasonal, successful and very profitable “This Was Christmas.” The major addition of “This Was Christmas” on KUAL-FM was the brainchild of BL Broadcasting’s managing partner Mike Boen and KBLB-FM morning host Dan Goshey. What they have created is hours of feature programming they spice into their Christmas music format. The reward for listeners is a journey back in time to favorite moments in their youth, and a new way for young and old radio listeners to connect to the station. As for KUAL-FM, the reward along with listener satisfaction comes in the form of insanely increased ad revenue, to the tune of over 110%. Now, as KUAL plans an additional 20 one-hour shows, taking the series from 1945 to 1999 with 55 hours of compelling radio, they believe it’s time to share that unique holiday programming with other radio stations around the nation, as well as the chance to ramp up holiday revenue. First of all, it is important to note that “This Was Christmas” is receiving rave reviews for both its music and information content from industry observers including Michael Harrison who states, “’This Was Christmas’ is a ton of fabulous Christmas music within the setting of a great old fashioned radio ‘special’ – the kind of exquisitely written, masterfully performed and extensively produced, entertaining documentary that jumps out at the listener – as well as the advertisers – and says don’t miss this truly unique radio event!” Now, here’s the best part: As part of the rollout of what is planned to be a long-term marketing strategy for this property, Boen and BL Broadcasting are making this package available to stations around the country for the 2014 holiday season on a market-exclusive basis, absolutely free with no long-term commitment. Want to learn more? Check out RadioInfo special features correspondent Jeff McKay’s article posted today (8/28) with the back story and all the details by clicking here.
“AT 40″ About to End August in Grande Style. Pop star Ariana Grande guest hosts this weekend’s (8/30 – 31) edition of “American Top 40.” In addition to counting down the country’s 40 most popular songs, the singer-songwriter-actress will discuss the making of her “My Everything” album, which Republic Records released this past Monday (8/25). Grande will also share which song on the album is her favorite; what the album name means; the person with whom she had the most fun collaborating; and her plans for an upcoming tour. In addition, we can only speculate if she will invoke the name of her favorite houseguest on this year’s “Big Brother.” That, of course, would be her sibling Frankie. “Bang Bang” (Jessie J, Ariana Grande, and Nicki Minaj) repeats at #1 on the latest (August 24 – 30) RadioInfo “Pop Songs” chart, while “Break Free” (Ariana Grande featuring Zedd) inches up from #12 to #10. Ryan Seacrest-hosted “American Top 40″ is syndicated by Premiere Networks.
Tom Joyner Sky Show to Honor Michael Jackson. This weekend’s Tom Joyner Sky Show event – taking place at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Orlando, Florida – will feature a special program honoring Michael Jackson. The annual evening celebrating family will feature an interview on Michael Jackson’s birthday with The Jacksons. The brothers will honor the “King of Pop” during the event along with performances by KEM and Eddie Levert. The live broadcast is open to the public and takes place tomorrow (8/29) from 6:00 am to 10:00 am ET. The Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion will take place throughout the weekend and will feature concerts from The Jacksons, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Tank, Syleena Johnson, and more, including a Gospel Explosion all day Sunday with Yolanda Adams and James Fortune. There will be seminars, activities, and appearances throughout the weekend with celebrities including Michael Baisden, Kandi Burruss, Don Lemon, Syleena Johnson and Porsha Willliams.
The Conclave Announces Dates, Tuition for November Conference. The 39th annual Conclave Learning Conference will be held November 14-15, 2014 at the Crown Plaza Hotel Airport in Minneapolis, and is presented in partnership with the Minnesota Broadcasters Association (MBA). The Conclave announces that the deadline to save $50 on early bird registration for the event is August 31. After that, registration jumps from $249 to $299. To register, visit theconclave.com.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (8/20) includes such names as: Taylor Swift, Big Data, Joywave, Tove Lo, Rubblebucket, Bob Seger, Bleachers, Sheppard, Lee Brice, LeAnn Rimes, Angaleena Presley, Brother Virginia, Jack & Jack, Caroline Smith & Lizzo, De Hofnar, Becky G, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
CC Philadelphia Promotes Thomas to Director of Media Integration. Rising from media integration specialist to director of media integration at Clear Channel‘s six Philadelphia stations is Stacey Thomas. CC Philadelphia market manager Richard Lewis comments, “I am so pleased to have Stacey in her new role. She has a strong understanding of our brands and knows this market from all angles. Stacey will continue to do amazing things for our cluster and is a great addition to our senior leadership team.” Thomas remarks that she is “thrilled with the opportunity” and looks “forward to growing and enhancing our powerful radio brands in the Philly market and beyond.” Clear Channel’s Philadelphia cluster consists of smooth jazz WDAS-AM; urban AC WDAS-FM; rhythmic CHR WIOQ “Q-102,” hot AC WISX “Mix 106″; alternative WRFF “Radio 104.5″; and urban contemporary WUSL “Power 99.” Thomas began her radio career in 2000 as an intern at “Q-102″; joined the street team one year later; and later became promotions coordinator for “Power 99 FM.” Additionally, Clear Channel Washington, DC promotions coordinator Angelica Garcia transfers to Philadelphia as promotions director. Garcia previously was an account executive at Clear Channel Baltimore and an Epic Records marketing coordinator.
Nathan Graham New ‘Kiss FM’ Milwaukee Evening Personality. Moving from Journal’s Springfield, Missouri CHR KSPW “Power 96.5” to Entercom’s WXSS “KISS-FM” is Nathan Graham. He becomes the station’s evening jock as of September 15. Graham says of his new gig, “I am so excited to join the ‘KISS-FM’ team! This is an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the absolute best program directors in radio, Brian Kelly, as well as join a great team of personalities. It’s truly an honor and I cannot wait to meet the wonderful people of Milwaukee!”
Alternative WLUM, Milwaukee Names McCain Afternoon Drive Host. After sitting in the afternoon drive chair since the departure of Jacent Jackson in June, Milwaukee Radio Alliance officially names former evening jock Ian McCain the afternoon personality. At the same time, the station promotes weekender Kelly Katona to full-time evening host. McCain also serves as the station’s digital program director – a position he will continue to hold. Of Katona, program director Michelle Rutkowski says, “Katona’s enthusiasm and positive attitude are contagious. She speaks ‘Wisco’ and she has an uncanny ability to make people laugh until they drop a kidney. Katona also has a deeply nerdy passion for The Sims, which is obviously going to be our secret weapon. She already fits in well here, and I can’t wait for our listeners to get to know her better.”
CRS 2015 Announces Core Panel Moderators. Those overseeing and directing the bulk of the educational panels throughout Country Radio Seminar 2015 will be Journal vice president of programming Beverlee Brannigan; Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB)president and chief executive officer Erica Farber; Falls Media Group’s Dan Halyburton; Country Aircheck editor and publisher Lon Helton; and Gregg Lindahl. CRS executive director Bill Mayne states, “Our development of the core panel of moderators has led to exceptional panel discussions over the past four years. These individuals have been gracious and giving in sharing their talents of facilitation in delivering meaningful panel ‘take away’ results for all attendees.” Next year’s seminar will be held February 25 – 27 in the downtown Nashville Convention Center.
USA Welcomes Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. The tenth anniversary of the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards is roughly ten weeks away, and for the first time ever, the event will be held outside the United Kingdom. Sammy Hagar is tapped to host the (Tuesday, 11/4) ceremony that will originate from noted Hollywood night club/music venue Avalon, near the famous Hollywood and Vine intersection. VH1 Radio and Krantz Media Group‘s KMG Networks will produce programming such as live red carpet and backstage coverage; AdLarge Media is responsible for national radio advertising sales. Krantz Media Group president and chief executive officer Gary Krantz remarks, “We are very excited to bring the excitement of this highly respected awards show to classic rock radio stations [in the United States]. This is an ‘A-List,’ rock star-studded event. KMG will be offering ‘must-have’ multi-platform and social media content never before available in the United States.” AdLarge Media co-founder and chief executive officer Gary Schonfeld explains that, “AdLarge’s national advertisers have access to exclusive live radio coverage and programming that is built around what is shaping up to be one of the biggest annual classic rock events [in this country]. We have created unique sponsorship opportunities that place AdLarge’s advertisers at the center of the excitement across multiple platforms, on-site, on-air, online, and on social media.” Host Hagar comments that this is “one of music’s coolest and most prestigious events. I am really excited to be hosting it for the first time in the United States. My goal is to keep it fun and filled with so many off-the-hook music moments that we put it on the map alongside the Grammys, VMAs, and other awards ceremonies.” VH1′s “On Tap with Nik Carter” will feature two weeks of lead-in programming with “The Road to Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards,” followed by several artist-dedicated shows which will spotlight nominees and performers. A two-hour post-event special will be available to all classic rock stations. Listeners voting for their favorite classic rock station will automatically be entered into a contest to win a “Classic Rock Flyaway” to a future concert of their choice. The awards show event includes the annual “Classic Rock Living Legend” honor; previous winners are Jeff Beck, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, Motörhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page, Iggy Pop, and Rush.
Deal for Statesboro, Georgia Stations Closes. According to the Statesboro Herald, the $600,000 deal that has six stations in the market changing hands has closed. Neal Ardman is operating Radio Statesboro, Inc. and will acquire the stations from Georgia Eagle Media. That company will retain ownership of the towers which will be leased to Radio Statesboro. The stations include: adult contemporary WPMX-FM “Eagle 102.9,” country WHKN, news/talk WMCD-FM, classic rock WZBX, news/talk WWNS and sports talk WPTB. According to the story, the formats on WWNS and WPTB will flip in the near future and Radio Statesboro plans to drop classic rock on WZBX and go CHR.
WQLZ, Springfield, Illinois Adds ‘Hangar 19.’ The ‘80s and ‘90s metal show “Hangar 19” is added to the program schedule at Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s WQLZ-FM, Springfield, Illinois. The Envision Networks-syndicated show “relives the glory days of classic metal and features music from the artists and groups who built this explosive genre including Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Korn, Slayer and Marilyn Manson. Host Cutter stops down from the nostalgia just long enough to highlight new metal in a weekly “Then and New” segment and interview the metal greats that helped mold the speaker-shredding musical movement such as Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, and George Lynch of Dokken.”
Zach Sang Hosts Demi Lovato. Nationally syndicated pop radio personality Zach Sang (right) poses for a pic with pop star Demi Lovato (left) during her visit to the “Zach Sang and the Gang” program. During the interview, Lovato talked about longtime friend Nick Jonas’ solo career, her 22nd “Kiddie Birthday Party” celebration, and the competitive nature of Hollywood and how she approaches her career in a healthy and relaxed way.
Attention-Grabbing Bit at UK’s ‘BOB fm.’ After hearing about a 14-year-old American runaway who lived in a 24-hour Walmart for two-and-a-half days, “BOB fm” morning personalities Graham Mack and Amy Stevenson – The Mack Pack – decided to send listener Dan (no last name!) to see if he can live in a 24-hour supermarket for five days without getting caught. The station serves the Home Counties region of the UK at 106.7 and 106.9 FM. Not only will Graham and Amy be providing updates during their show, but listeners can follow Dan as he Tweets from inside the store.
Tippling One for LA Lloyd. Pictured here in Austin, Texas are KLBJ-FM program director and host of the nationally syndicated “Notorious 90s” program LA Lloyd (left) and Envision Networks‘ president and CEO Danno Wolkoff (right). Wolkoff and Lloyd are enjoying a cold one to celebrate Lloyd’s birthday.
Diapers Are Expensive and What’s in a Name, Anyway? Detroit’s WDRQ “NASH FM 93-1” is offering to buy the first 93 diapers for the “NASH FM 93-1” listener who a) has a baby over the Labor Day weekend (Fri-Mon.) and b) who is willing to name the child “Nash” (either first or middle name). Cumulus Media’s Motor City country station is presenting the “I’m Already IN Labor-Day Weekend” contest this weekend. Potential winners must show proof of birth with a birth certificate by Tuesday.
‘Fook and Mishell’ Land at KHTB, Salt Lake City. After exiting Lotus Communications-owned alternative rock KFMA, Tucson “Rock 102” where they’d been hosting mornings, Cumulus Media announces that the duo (pictured here) will take over the midday slot at KHTB, Salt Lake City “ALT 949” beginning today (8/25). The station says “FML with Fook and Mishell” will air from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm and “feature the talents of co-hosts Fook and Mishell as they hold court with an edge and play new alternative cuts for Salt Lake City alternative music fans.” KHTB program director Sue Kelley comments, “This team is ‘Fooking’ great! After an extensive national search we are excited to welcome ‘FML with Fook and Mishell’ to ‘ALT 949’ in Salt Lake. It is evidence once again of what an amazing Cumulus rock leadership team we have in Mike McVay, Troy Hansen and Derek Madden, who continue to support and set up ALT 94.9 for success in SLC.” Fook says, “Personally, I’m thrilled to be on a station playing true, new, alternative music. We’re excited to bring a morning show to middays and can’t wait to get all up in Salt Lake’s biz. I hope everyone is ready to get extra-weird.” Mishell adds, “We’re so excited to join the ‘ALT 949’ team! I can’t wait to bring my voice and kooky characters to the airwaves of this fine city. Prepare yourselves, Salt Lake – your middays will never be the same!”
Edge to Raleigh CHR. At Clear Channel’s Raleigh cluster, operations manager Chris Edge is now also programming the group’s heritage CHR in that North Carolina market – WDCG “G-105″; it is actually a job Edge – who has had a nine-year stint at that cluster – held once before. He succeeds Zac Davis, who reportedly is taking another Clear Channel assignment. Edge previously programmed Indianapolis CHR WNOU and Emmis Austin adult alternative KGSR. Within that Austin cluster, he additionally was program director and digital media account manager for translator K274AX “Comedy 102.7″ and programmed rocker KLBJ-FM.
Rossi Departs Nashville’s “Lightning 100.” Two-year WRLT “Lightning 100,” Nashville program director Dave Rossi exits the Tuned-In Broadcasting adult alternative operation. Rossi previously programmed similarly-formatted WWMM “Live 100.5,” Birmingham; alternative WAVF “96 Wave,” Charleston, South Carolina; WIOT, Toledo; and WRAX, Birmingham.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. New to the KKIQ, Livermore and KKDV Walnut Creek, California talent roster is Jaimee Lee who joins Wayne Coy on the morning show effective September 2. Coast Radio simulcasts programming on the two AC outlets…..At Adams Radio in Fort Wayne, Eric Austin is the new afternoon drive personality at adult contemporary WWFW “Soft Rock 103.9.” Austin most recently served with Hubbard Radio’s hot AC WTMX, Chicago…..Rick Andrews exits his operations manager role at Townsquare Media’s Amarillo, Texas station group where he’s been serving for the past seven years. He’s also been program director of adult hits KPRF “98.7 Jack FM” and AC KMXJ “Mix 94.1.”
NRG Media, Woodward in Four-Station Transaction. The price for the latest NRG Media purchase – the quartet of Woodward Communications facilities in Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa – is $3.55 million. NRG Media chief executive officer Mary Quass is “delighted to have the opportunity” to add the stations to her company’s platform. “We continue to look for great radio properties that are located in the Midwest and are an integral part of the communities they serve,” she comments. “Regarding NRG, Woodward Communications president and chief executive officer Tom Woodward states, “It is a well-known, community-oriented radio broadcast company with a great Midwestern culture and presence. Our strategic plans and related growth goals positioned the sale of the Waterloo properties. We salute the loyal, talented and dedicated staff we were fortunate to work with. We will continue to operate, grow and enhance our award-winning, seven-station radio group in the Appleton-Green Bay, Wisconsin markets which we’ve owned since the late-1970s.” The deal is for KFMW “Rock 108″; KOKZ “Iowa’s Classic Hits”; KWLO “1330 ESPN“; and KXEL “Iowa’s News & Talk Station.” Woodward Communications has operated these outlets the past two years. Prior to that, Bahakel Broadcasting owned KXEL for 54 years (1958 – 2012); it owned the other three from 1996 – 2012.
Beasley Declares Quarterly Dividend. The board of directors of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. announces it is declaring a quarterly cash dividend of $0.045 per share of its Class A and Class B common stock. The dividend is payable on October 10, 2014, to shareholders of record on September 30, 2014. It reports, “While the Company intends to pay regular quarterly cash dividends for the foreseeable future, all subsequent dividends will be reviewed quarterly and declared by the board of directors at its discretion.”
Remembering Don Cannon. Philadelphia Magazine and 6abc.com were among the first to report last Friday’s (8/22) passing of 74-year-old Don Cannon (Dominic Canzano). Often referred to as, “The Dean of Philadelphia Radio,” the New York native adopted Philadelphia as his home. “Cannon in the Morning” was heard in the “City of Brotherly Love” from 1969 – 2004 (when he retired). The program initiated at WIBG, but later made the rounds to WIP, WFIL, WIFI, WSNI, and finally WOGL (March 1990 – June 2004). An enthusiastic fan of the NFL‘s Eagles, Cannon hosted “Inside Golf,” a Saturday night program on Comcast Sports Network. Trivia buffs are well aware that – in the original Rocky movie – when the morning alarm clock goes off for the boxer’s run, Cannon’s voice on the radio is featured. On Facebook, CBS Radio New York all-news WINS production assistant Tom Lawler points out that roughly one year ago, Main Street Broadcasting classic hits-oldies WLNG celebrated 50 years of serving the Hamptons and eastern Long Island. “One of the people on hand was Don Cannon, who sounded just as amazing as when I grew up listening to him on WOGL,” Lawler writes. “It was great to meet him and tell him how much he influenced me growing up.” Wife, Terri; two sons; and two granddaughters survive Cannon, who had been receiving treatment at the intensive care unit at Lankenau Hospital for the past month. Funeral services for him were held yesterday (Sunday, 8/24) in Trevose, Pennsylvania. A tribute page to Cannon is set-up on WOGL’s website.
PPM Analysis: Adult Alternative. After doing alternative and rock overviews, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian concludes his three-part special feature recapping July 2014 ratings performances with a thorough analysis of adult alternative. This rock hybrid is occasionally called “album adult alternative” or “triple A” and it is typical for an adult alternative in a PPM market to rank #14.33 with a 2.39 share (6+, July 2014). More than seven of 10 adult alternative stations (72%) in our RadioInfo sample are either down or flat June 2014 – July 2014 and exactly half (50%) improve July 2013 - July 2014. For an easy-to-read look at adult alternative facilities over the last six PPM surveys – and an alternative-rock-adult alternative comparison – click here.
Radio Statesboro, Georgia Eagle Media Close on Five-Station Deal. Neal Ardman‘s Radio Statesboro acquires a five-station Statesboro, Georgia cluster from Georgia Eagle Media. The transaction includes country WHKN, sports WPTB, adult contemporary WPMX, talk WWNS, and classic rock WZBX. Media Services Group‘s Eddie Esserman in the company’s St. Simons Island, Georgia office was the exclusive broker and represented Georgia Eagle Media (the seller) in this deal.
Music Industry Reunion Set for New York October 15th. The tremendous success of two recent Music Industry Reunions in Los Angeles has prompted organizer Jon Scott to schedule another, this time in New York City. Scott tells RadioInfo, “I’ve had numerous calls from music industry friends in New York who asked, “Why don’t you have a reunion in the Big Apple? It’s obvious that we as a music industry just don’t get together as much as we used to. So my answer is, let’s just do it. From early response I can tell it’s going to be an incredible event.” The event is basically informal where people from the music business past and present (along with related radio pros) can “join their colleagues to just laugh, tell some stories, give a hug to old friends and just hang with each other for one night.” It’s a no host bar and food event. The Music Industry Reunion is set for Wednesday October 15th, at the Hill Country Barbecue Market beginning at 6:00 pm. The restaurant is located at 30 West 26th Street and tickets are limited. This is an invitation only party. For information, contact Jon Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org or Greg Lee, email@example.com. The New York Music Industry Reunion’s organizing committee includes Jon Scott, Greg Lee, Judy Libow, Roxy Myzal, Ted Utz, Wayne McManners, Harvey Leeds, Steve Leeds, Pete Gidion, Jim DelBalzo, and Jessie Scott.
Gosselin Gone From Clear Channel New Orleans. Operations manager Don Gosselin concludes a three-year stint at Clear Channel New Orleans. In addition to his OM responsibilities, Gosselin programmed the company’s New Orleans country property WNOE. All of Gosselin’s duties in “The Big Easy” are basically being absorbed by Clear Channel Baton Rouge operations manager Bob Murphy. Gosselin has prior radio experience in Philadelphia, Springfield, Massachusetts, and in Baton Rouge.
Underwood Deemed Best Female Role Model. At least that is the way participants in August’s iHeartRadio “HeartBeat Survey” see it. It was a decisive win for country artist Carrie Underwood, who garners more than twice as many votes as runner-up Taylor Swift. Meanwhile, Pharrell (23%) is no doubt “Happy” to edge John Legend (22%) as the “chillest” man in music. Complete with some surprises, here are results from four questions posed in the “HeartBeat Survey.” Question number one: “Who is the best female role model in music?” Carrie Underwood (36%); Taylor Swift (17%); Adele (14%); Alicia Keys (11%); Beyoncé (11%); Katy Perry (8%), and Lorde (3%). Question number two: “Which TV show, past or present, has the catchiest theme song?” “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (37%); “Friends” (25%); “The Big Bang Theory” (21%); “The Simpsons” (7%); “Family Guy” (5%); “Mad Men” (3%); and “The Office” (2%). Question number three: “Who is the “chillest” man in music?” Pharrell (23%); John Legend (22%); Kenny Chesney (19%); Zac Brown (13%); Jack Johnson (12%); and Jason Mraz (11%). Question number four: “Which celebrity offspring has the most talent in music?” Enrique Iglesias (Julio Iglesias) (30%); Norah Jones (Ravi Shankar) (27%); Robin Thicke (Alan Thicke) (16%); Miley Cyrus (Billy Ray Cyrus) (16%); Willow and Jaden Smith (Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith) (9%); and LMFAO’s Redfoo (Berry Gordy) (2%).
HBO Series Showcases Latest Foo Fighters Album. The album will be released in less than three months (11/10); it and the series are called “Sonic Highways.” The HBO project will feature clips of Foo Fighters’ recording sessions in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington (DC), Seattle, Austin, Nashville, and New Orleans. It will also highlight each particular city’s musical legacy that inspired every song. President Barack Obama leads the list of notable interviews, which also includes Pharrell, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Slash. The first HBO episode will be broadcast eight weeks from today (Friday, 10/17) at 11:00 pm (ET). Others will be shown subsequent Fridays at the same time.
SoundCloud Will Start An Ad Component. Without paying artists or record companies, SoundCloud allows consumers to upload and stream any kind of audio. Musicians have endorsed it as a way to share their product. Yesterday (Thursday, 8/21) though it was revealed that, as part of a new licensing deal with entertainment companies, SoundCloud will commence blending in advertising. For the first time, artists and record labels will collect SoundCloud-related royalties. Plans reportedly call for SoundCloud to introduce a paid subscription, enabling listeners to bypass ads, similar to the arrangement with Spotify and other licensed services.
“Classic Top 40″ to Whiplash Radio. Former TKO format “Classic Top 40″ has been acquired by Whiplash Radio, which will make it available to radio stations on a barter basis. “I know there is a huge hole in the radio industry for a low maintenance, 24/7 classics hits format,” maintains Whiplash president Chris Lash, a stockholder in the syndicated”Music Of Your Life” format. “We are putting an end to generic big corporation syndicated [programming]. ‘Classic Top 40′ is a fun, high energy, well-researched, totally customized syndicated classic hits format designed around a radio station’s needs. It will work in all-size radio markets.” Broadcast Affiliate Sales has been retained for the format’s marketing, advertising sales, and consultation. “Chris has a fantastic vision [for] a customized 24/7 format,” observes Broadcast Affiliate Sales owner Mike Tyler. “This is like a franchise for a radio station – a partnership with content, promos, and prizes. ‘Classic Top 40′ will work with each station to deliver consistent, well researched music, major market talent, custom imaging, and jingles to help a radio station compete in their local market. Chris has a fantastic business model that will truly help radio stations.” The format is expected to launch in the middle of next month. Whiplash Radio owns and operates radio stations in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and Tennessee.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Owing to the station’s decision to abolish news programming, Inland Empire Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario news director David Wylie exits.
PPM Analysis: Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian offers the second of three special features recapping July 2014 ratings performances. Following up his alternative recap, Mike’s attention turns to rock – sometimes labeled “mainstream rock,” “active rock,” or long ago, “album oriented rock” (AOR). Typically, a rock station in a PPM market ranks ninth or tenth (#9.63, July 2014, 6+) with roughly a 4-share 6+ (3.99). Exactly half the rockers (50%) in our RadioInfo sample decline June 2014 – July 2014 and nearly the same amount (48%) are off July 2013 - July 2014. For an easy-to-read look at rock facilities over the last six PPM surveys, click here. The third of this three-part series will be an adult alternative ratings overview.
For Music Satisfaction – Broadcast Radio Beats Pandora. That is a key conclusion from the latest (fourth) “Ratings Prospects Study” conducted by Cincinnati-based NuVoodoo Media Service. Nearly 1100 respondents, between the ages of 14 – 54 in all PPM markets were interviewed. More than six of ten Pandora users (62%) listen to Pandora at least 30 minutes per day and nearly as many Pandora users spend that much time daily with broadcast radio. As Pandora experience increases, so does the percentage that listen to it at least 30 minutes; however, the percentage spending at least that much time with broadcast radio did not decrease. According to NuVoodoo president Carolyn Gilbert, “Radio is on a bigger stage than it has been since the advent of television, but it does a great job making great music programming easy for consumers. We have known for years that most people do not want to program their own music. They want to pick something that works for them and enjoy it.” Vice president of research Leigh Jacobs explains, “We wanted to learn whether Pandora’s algorithms do a better job creating an enjoyable playlist for consumers than the researched and carefully curated playlists that broadcast programmers sweat over day in, day out. It is Pandora’s technology against radio’s research and decades of experience. Our data show that broadcast beats Pandora for music satisfaction – big among those who align themselves with rock-leaning formats. While the customization possibilities are endless with Pandora and other digital pure plays, we know that few take advantage of all those possibilities.” Meanwhile, the company’s executive vice president of marketing Mike O’Connor opines, “This new information represents a huge opportunity for radio.” It is Jacobs’ contention that the latest NuVoodoo results “validate our hypothesis that longer experience with Pandora does not equate” to less listening to broadcast radio. “While those who have spent more time with Pandora tend to increase their daily TSL from the service, he remarks, “they claim not to reduce their TSL with broadcast radio.” More of the study’s noteworthy findings – including which social media platforms are getting user traction and which ones are seeing user declines – will be released in the next few weeks.
A Not-So-Super Financial Arrangement. Some radio station officials still wince when they hear the expression, “Pay for Play.” If the NFL gets its way, the next Super Bowl halftime show will have that sort of element attached to it. Sources have told The Wall Street Journal that the NFL asked the rumored finalists for the plum halftime slot – Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna – to fork over a portion of their post-game tour revenue, or another “type of financial contribution” for the opportunity to appear. Not surprisingly, “chilly” is the way the artists have reacted to the offer. The NFL typically provides travel and production costs to halftime entertainers, but there is little or no actual compensation to them. Having the stars “pay to play” at the event is a completely new wrinkle. From the league’s perspective, it maintains a Super Bowl performance significantly enhances an artist’s profile, as well as spiking record/tour ticket sales. Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers were the beneficiaries of last year’s halftime show. The broadcast drew a record 115.3 million viewers, estimated to be twice the size of the Oscars telecast and more than three times the audience generated by the Grammy awards.
Dan Mason To Cox Media Group Tampa As OM. To clarify, the Dan Mason appointed operations manager for three Cox Media Group Tampa facilities is the former WODS, Boston program director – not the CBS Radio president and chief executive officer with the same name. CMG vice president and market manager Keith Lawless comments, “Dan’s approach to programming is firmly in line with ours and he is a welcome addition to our team. I am confident his contributions will help us continue to compete and win.” Cox Media Group vice president of programming Steve Smith explains, “We took our time searching for the right fit, and Dan is that guy. He will add his expertise in management and talent development to some of our other super-brands in Tampa. We welcome Dan to the CMG family.” Mason – who begins his new assignment in about two weeks (9/8) – states that he is “thrilled” to join the “fantastic team” in Tampa on “three of the most exciting and unique brands not just within Cox Media Group, but the country. I am grateful to Keith Lawless and Steve Smith for the opportunity to lead the team.” Mason’s Tampa OM duties involve alternative WSUN “97-X,” CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5,” and talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone.” He will also be director of branding & programming for “Hot 101.5.” Mason’s previous programming background includes Clear Channel Miami CHR WHYI “Y-100″; Entercom Sacramento outlets CHR KDND-FM “107.9 The End” and hot AC KBZC “Star 106.5″; and Clear Channel Cleveland CHR WAKS, “96.5 Kiss-FM.”
Ebright To DC’s WBIG As APD. After two years at North American Broadcasting Columbus rocker WRKZ “The Blitz,” Brent “Bodhi” Ebright heads to Clear Channel Washington, DC classic rocker WBIG “Big 100.3″ for assistant program director and afternoon drive (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm) duties. WBIG program director James Howard states, “Bodhi’s talent and work ethic is going to bring a tremendous amount of value to ‘Big 100.3.’” Ebright remarks that he is “beyond excited” for the “huge opportunity” to join “the staff at the station that rocks the Nation’s Capital; James Howard is a talented and creative programmer and I look forward to working alongside him.” Before his stint at “The Blitz,” Ebright programmed SiriusXM channels “Squizz” and “Boneyard.”
Ryan Hopes You Dress With Distinction. Have you ever wondered how much a Ryan Seacrest-type suit or shirt would cost? According to TheNewYorkMag.com, the “American Idol” host, KIIS, Los Angeles “Kiss-FM” morning personality, countdown host, and all-around mega entrepreneur has yet another venture up his proverbial sleeve. He will extend his already ubiquitous brand through “Ryan Seacrest Distinction,” a clothing line debuting this month in 150 Macy’s stores. Reportedly, “Ryan Seacrest Distinction” will be marketed as “a true lifestyle brand.” In addition to suits and dress shirts, the line will feature sweaters, shoes, and watches. To illustrate how it looks, Seacrest will be sporting the clothes bearing his name in men’s-magazine ads, a Macy’s television commercial, and – naturally – on every “American Idol” broadcast. In addition, he will have another opportunity when he fronts CBS-TV’s fashion-music fundraiser “Fashion Rocks.” By the way, the answer to the question posed at the beginning is “from $550″ for a suit in the “Ryan Seacrest Distinction” line and $69.50 for a shirt.
“At Number Nine on the Countdown, It’s … Me.” Numerous instances exist of singers who have tried their hand at doing a syndicated daily or nightly radio air-shift, or a long-form syndicated weekend feature. It is a rarity though when a musical act is also a traditional countdown show host. One such case happened nine years ago when ABC Radio recruited Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn) to succeed Bob Kingsley as host of “American Country Countdown.” Rick Dees had a mid-1970s novelty smash, “Disco Duck,” that advanced all the way to #1, but it pre-dated his current capacity as a countdown personality. Whether it was on WHTZ “Z-100,” New York; KIIS “Kiss-FM,” Los Angeles; or in his present role as afternoon drive talent (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm) on Clear Channel New York rhythmic CHR WKTU, Sean Hollywood Hamilton has been one of the most energetic, creative, skilled and most-listened to personalities in the country. For approximately 15 years, the extremely affable, highly conscientious Nevada native (raised in Reno and Las Vegas) has been heard worldwide through his “Weekend Top 30″ and “Remix Top 30″ countdown shows, now distributed via Premiere Radio. That would be enough to keep most others busy, but Hamilton, whose real name is Timothy Bello, has been ghost-producing EDM/dance music for artists the last five years. “Just recently, my brothers and I decided to make some music for ourselves,” he points out to RadioInfo. Prior to getting into the radio industry, Hamilton — who had a quick stop at a Monterey station with appropriate call letters for him at the time – KIDD — was a musician. “Now I am taking it back to my roots, he remarks. Along with siblings Teddy and KC, Hamilton and the Bello Boys have a top 10 record. “Last Call” on Radikal Records features Kat DeLuna and it sits at #9 (with the all-important “bullet”) this week on Billboard‘s club dance chart. “The song is basically about a group of girls getting out on a Friday night cutting loose and getting crazy,” Hamilton explains. “It is one of those Latin-infused catchy, hooky songs that people seem to gravitate to. The remix package is produced by some of the biggest producers in the business.” Radikal Records owner/president Jurgen Korduletsch declares, “We are delighted that Hollywood Hamilton has chosen [our label] as the home for the debut single. We are even more thrilled that it is generating a tremendous buzz in clubs and on the radio. It is fast developing into a big hit for the über-talented Bello Boys.” While some performers can introduce their own songs on the air, Hamilton may soon be in the position of noting his work’s top ten progress week-to-week on his own countdown show(s).
Towers Takes On TV Anchor Duties. Beginning next Monday (8/25), Clear Channel Detroit adult contemporary WNIC “Fresh 100.3″ wakeup talent Jay Towers adds WJBK-TV “Fox 2 Morning News” anchor to his resume as he and Anqunette Jamison will form the 6:00 am – 9:00 am tandem. He will continue doing the weekday “Jay Towers in the Morning” program on “Fresh” from the Fox 2 studios. WJBK-TV vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough comments, “Fox 2 viewers have enjoyed Jay’s contagious energy and winning personality on the weekends. We are looking forward to expanding his presence on our station and have no doubt he will enhance our number one morning news team.” This marks Towers’ 10th anniversary at WJBK-TV and he states, “To begin this milestone year in a new and expanded role is a dream come true. The best part is that I can continue my morning radio show on 100.3, and all from one place.” Towers joined WJBK-TV in February 2004; he has been a weekend anchor/feature reporter for the station’s “Fox 2 News Weekend.” Prior to doing morning drive on “Fresh,” he worked at cross-town Cumulus-owned WDRQ (“Jay & Rachael in the Morning”) and CBS Radio Detroit’s all-sports WXYT-FM (“The Jay & Bill Show”).
Thirty-Five Years and Counting. That is how long Cape Cod Broadcasting adult contemporary WOCN “Ocean 104.7,” Cape Cod, Massachusetts morning man Dave Read (pictured center) has been working in radio on the Cape. At a brunch held in Read’s honor, CCB Media owner Greg Bone (pictured right) commended the morning talent’s positive outlook, enthusiasm and camaraderie. “Dave understands the importance of local radio and the connection with listeners, the community, and our clients,” Bone comments. Station general manager Beverly Tilden (pictured left) remarks, “We are honored to work with Dave every day. His connection with the community and dedication to his work is a roadmap for any new talent hoping to be a success in the radio business.” Read states that he enjoys radio’s “creativity and the challenge to keep it fresh and interesting.” The company also honored “Ocean” midday talent Donna Credit for her 20-year anniversary.
BOB-FM to the Romantic Rescue. “You’ll hear all sorts of stuff” is the way BOB-FM positions itself and a recent audio clip from the station underscores that positioning statement. This particular BOB-FM though is not an adult hits outlet here in the United States, but a radio station broadcasting at 106.7 and 106.9 in Knebworth, Hertford, Ware, Hatfield, Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth Garden City, Welwyn Garden City and Watton-at-Stone. Knebworth most likely gave away the location as the United Kingdom. Reminiscent of something syndicated personality “Delilah” or Karen Sharp on her nightly “Love Songs” show on Los Angeles adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103″ might do, BOB-FM morning talents (or “breakfast presenters,” as they are more elegantly called) Graham Mack and Amy Stevenson came to the aid of a young woman (“Sarah”) yearning to reconnect with her dream man (“Sam”). The back-story is that Sarah met Sam at a music festival that featured Justin Timberlake and it was love at first sight. The snafu was that Sarah didn’t get Sam’s number, so she did what was only logical – call BOB-FM to track him down. Her email to Mack and Stevenson recapped that part of the story and stated her desire to meet the 25-year-old, 6′ 5″ Hertfordshire dog trainer. It took Mack and Stevenson all of two days to locate him. Especially if you are a hopeless romantic, click here to listen to the complete interchange.
“Proactive” Patient Will Overcome Ovarian Cancer. That is what Robin Marshall optimistically writes on her Facebook page. Cumulus Media‘s “Sound Solutions” production manager states that, “Short and sweet,” she has stage two or slight stage three Ovarian cancer but “all was removed.” Doctors “did snippets” from her other organs for biopsy purposes and regardless of the results,” Marshall will be treated with “a very strong regiment of chemo.” As she laments, “It is nothing that anyone looks forward to.” Realizing she has a difficult road ahead, Marshall will remain in the hospital until this Saturday (8/23), but she declares, “I have hope.” At the “end of the day,” however, Marshall stresses, she will survive Ovarian cancer because, “I was proactive. There are no options – I want to live.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Charleston Wakeup Team Reunites. Tanya Brown, Brooke Ryan and Mike “The Guy” Edwards (“2 Girls & A Guy”) are again set to do morning drive in just over three weeks (9/15) on Apex Broadcasting Charleston, South Carolina hot AC WMXZ “Mix 96.” A single mother of four, Brown is the show’s “voice of reason.” Ryan left Charleston to co-host Jack Diamond‘s wakeup show on Washington, DC hot AC WRQX. Edwards was part of “2 Girls & A Guy” since 2007 before leaving to do a Portland morning show with Brown.
Remembering Don Pardo. “It’s Saturday Night Live.” One extremely simple sentence, yet only one exceptional voice will forever be associated with it or capable of making it sing. Don Pardo. The elegant gentleman with the huge booming pipes passed away Monday night (8/18) at the age of 96. His nearly-40 year association with NBC-TV’s “Saturday Night Live” was only one part of a voluminous resume on the network for which he had a lifetime pact. Only Bob Hope had a similar arrangement deal with the network. Revered by virtually anyone who has been behind a microphone, the beloved — and yes legendary — Pardo began his career in radio. The off-camera announcer for a multitude of game shows from “Jeopardy” to “Jackpot,” Don Pardo truly achieved pop culture status. “SNL” hosts and cast members felt they arrived once they heard their names uttered by him. Click here for managing editor/West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian‘s brief retrospective salute to the Massachusetts native and 2010 inductee in the Television Academy Hall of Fame whose voice and persona were a staple for so many.
King Named VP/Programming – Network Formats at WestwoodOne. Townsquare Media regional operations manager and western region brand leader/country George King is appointed vice president of programming, network formats for Westwood One. He will oversee the company’s 24-hour country formats, which include “Mainstream Country,” “Hot Country,” “Classic Country,” and “Real Country.” Network programming president Kirk Stirland comments that, “George’s experience in markets large and small, along with his position in the country music world, makes him a perfect fit for this role at Westwood One. He is joining an all-star programming management team, and he will be working with a first-rate air staff on our biggest format category.” According to King, “The way Westwood One is able to integrate local content into a national feed will continue to be an essential way our business moves successfully into the future. I am truly excited to work with this remarkable technology, and on the team creating radio with it.” Prior to Townsquare Media, King held programming and operations positions at Washington, DC’s WMZQ; KNIX, Phoenix; San Antonio’s KCYY & KKYX; and WCTO & WLEV, Allentown. The past ACM board member begins his Westwood One duties next month (9/15); he will be based in the company’s 24-hour format production center in Denver.
SCBA Schedules Awards Luncheon for Outstanding Achievement in Radio Advertising. The special event of the Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA) and SCBA’s Sales Management Council will be held in approximately two months (10/16) at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Universal City (Los Angeles). Selected regional advertisers will be honored with “Outstanding Achievement in Radio Advertising” awards. Former SCBA Lifetime Achievement Award winner – and current chairman and chief operating officer of U.S. International Media – Dennis Holt will be this year’s keynote speaker. SCBA president Thom Callahan explains that, “Based on last year’s sold-out event, we have expanded the nominating categories and our winning advertisers. We are absolutely thrilled by both client and agency response to this prestigious luncheon. This year’s winners represent the robust diversity and energy of Southern California radio advertisers; we are so proud to honor them. [This year's festivities] is on-pace to be another record sell-out. The enthusiasm and commitment to Southern California radio will be showcased by senior client management, their agencies, our member stations, and special guests – all coming together on this one special day to honor this year’s Southern California Radio Award winners.” Being recognized this year are: Children’s Miracle Network; First 5 California; Galpin Ford; Morongo Casino; WaBa Grill; and Westside Rentals. Awards in six categories of creative radio commercials, using both Southern California broadcast radio and its digital platforms, are voted on by the Sales Management Council.
Mandis Lands WWTN’s Programming Chair. Cumulus Nashville talker WWTN “Super Talk 99.7 WTN” elevates Dan Mandis to program director. Cumulus executive vice president and co-chief operating officer John Dickey comments, “Dan Mandis is an accomplished spoken-word programmer and the perfect choice to guide WWTN into its next phase as the place where Nashville comes to learn about and celebrate life in one of America’s greatest cities.” Mandis remarks, “WWTN is an amazing station with some great local talent. I am looking forward to my expanded role with Cumulus Nashville, and appreciate the faith Cumulus has shown in my abilities to take WWTN to the next level.” Mandis is the station’s weekday 12:00 noon – 3:00 pm host. In his 25-year radio career, the Los Angeles native has worked for Los Angeles talker KFI, where he did news, traffic and production. Prior to embarking on his own career as a talk show host, Mandis was associated with Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s syndicated program.
Ausham Appointed Program Director of Atlanta’s “Rock 100.5.” Former Clear Channel Northeast Ohio operations manager Greg Ausham is named program director of Cumulus Atlanta’s WNNX “Rock 100.5.” Cumulus corporate programmer/rock formats Troy Hanson comments, “We are very pleased to add another high caliber programmer in Greg Ausham to our industry-leading team of program directors at Cumulus. Greg’s vast experience will be tapped into and felt immediately on our classic rock brand in Atlanta at ‘Rock 100.5.’” Ausham jokes that, “After working in Detroit, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Cleveland, it will be nice to live somewhere where snow and ice are more of an anomaly than just expected. It is an honor to get to work for the great people at Cumulus.” Over the course of his 30-year programming career, Ausham – who begins at “Rock 100.5″ immediately – has held the PD title at WRIF, Detroit; WMMS, Cleveland; WLVQ, Columbus; and WLZR, Milwaukee. In addition, he was operations manager in Columbus for the former Jacor.
Kelly Transfers to Clear Channel WPB as Director of Sales. Clear Channel Sarasota director of sales Bryan Kelly remains in the Sunshine State, but as of next Monday (8/25), he will traverse from the state’s west coast to West Palm Beach on the east coast in a similar capacity. West Palm Beach market manager John Hunt observes, “Bryan produced outstanding sales results in Sarasota and I know he will do the same in West Palm Beach.” Kelly comments, “I look forward to joining the exceptional West Palm Beach team assembled by John Hunt and [Clear Channel regional program manager] Dave Denver. It has been a goal of mine to represent Clear Channel in a fast-paced and competitive market.” Kelly will oversee the sales efforts for Clear Channel’s 10-station West Palm Beach cluster consisting of country WAVW; talk WAXE; talk WBZT; talk WJNO; classic rock WKGR; CHR WLDI; adult contemporary WOLL; oldies WQOL; Spanish contemporary WRLX; and talk WZZR. His previous Clear Channel assignments were in Tampa and Allentown.
“Billy Madison Show” and Nineball Radio Enter Syndication Deal. Owing to the just-signed pact with Nineball Radio, the weekday morning “Billy Madison Show” is now available for national distribution. Madison currently airs on Cox Media Group Tampa talker WHPT “The Bone, Real-Raw-Radio” and on CMG San Antonio rocker KISS. Nineball Radio president and chief executive officer Stefan Jones opines, “A show with such chemistry is rare, especially with the support of such a great company like Cox Media Group. Billy is a true professional who preps relentlessly and continually creates a show that is like nothing else being offered in rock syndication. He took KISS from 16th to number one, and he is number one at WHPT. I think the numbers speak for themselves. We are excited to be a part of it.” Madison’s show arrived in San Antonio in late-2011. Jones formed independent creator/clearance house for radio programming and services Nineball Radio as an underground prep service in 2005.
Wiggins Joins “Get Up Crew” on Boston’s “Hot 96.9.” Starting today (Tuesday, 8/19), former NFL player Jermaine “Wiggy” Wiggins is part of the “Get Up Crew” on Boston rhythmic hot AC WBQT “Hot 96.9.” In another roster move, the station’s mid-day talent “Melissa” also becomes a “Get Up Crew” member; “Pebbles” continues as the show’s anchor. Greater Media Boston director of programming Cadillac Jack explains, “Morning shows are built to excel when the personalities are live, local, and make a connection with their marketplace. The deep and real footprint that ‘Pebbles,’ ‘Melissa’ and ‘Wiggy’ each already have individually in Boston make the ‘Get Up Crew’ an unbeatable team and the start of another great chapter in Hot 96.9′s success story.” Wiggins comments that he is “super excited” to be working with “Pebbles” and “Melissa,” as well as “everyone else at ‘Hot 96.9.’ I can’t wait to do my part to help the ‘Hot 96.9′ morning show continue to be one of the hottest shows in Boston.” Meanwhile, “Pebbles” points out that she and “Melissa” have worked together “for years” and “I am excited to have her back on the morning team. I have also had the pleasure to get to know ‘Wiggy’ over the past few weeks. I can assure you – we could not be more different – it is going to be entertaining.” Wiggins most recently was at CBS Radio Boston’s WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub,” as “the man with an opinion on everything.” In addition, the NFL analyst has worked at Boston sports outlets Comcast SportsNet New England, WBZ-TV, WHDH-TV, New England Sports Network (NESN), and the Kraft Sports Production show “Patriots This Week.” Wiggins played college football at the University of Georgia and was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 1999. The East Boston native earned a Super Bowl ring with the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI (2001); the 39-year-old tight end also played for the Indianapolis Colts, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and Florida Tuskers.
“DJ Laz Morning Show” To Debut on Miami’s WFLC. Starting next Monday (8/25), DJ Laz returns to South Florida radio as morning host on Cox Media Group Miami CHR WFLC “Hits 97.3.” DJ Laz will be accompanied by co-host “Kimmy,” who segues from the cluster’s co-owned urban contemporary WEDR. Cox Media Group Miami vice president and market manager Rob Babin states, “We are excited that DJ Laz will be joining our ‘Hits 97.3′ team and we look forward to launching a new local morning show custom built for South Florida.” CMG Miami director of branding & programming Jill Strada remarks, “I am excited to welcome DJ Laz back to morning radio in Miami. He is a star with undeniable talent. We have such great talent within our stations – I am happy to be able to promote someone within the CMG Miami family. Laz and ‘Kimmy’ together are a superstar team.” DJ Laz comments that he is “so pumped” to get back to doing “what I love in the city I love. Radio is about to get fun again,” while “Kimmy” thanks Strada and CMG Miami “for believing in me and giving me this opportunity to grow. I can’t wait to get started with my new partner – DJ Laz. Miami mornings will never be the same.” DJ Laz spent 22 years in Miami at cross-town rhythmic CHR WPOW “Power 96.”Most recently, the platinum recording artist (“Move, Shake, Drop” and “Esa Morena”) was on SBS Broadcasting Spanish contemporary siblings WRMA, Miami and KXOL, Los Angeles.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Emmis New York City rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97″ music director Karlie Hustle resigns; however, in an Instagram post, she indicates that she is remaining “through the end of the month to assist in the transition of duties.” Hustle further notes she is not going to a cross-town radio competitor. “I have spent the past three years living my dream in New York City, working at what I believe to be the most important radio station in the world and I have been a part of launching the careers of future stars from behind the scenes. It has given me the confidence and the enhanced platform to start my own [bowtie] business. I’ll never forget the team at ‘Hot 97′ for being so warm and embracing this girl from the west so fully” … Townsquare Media hot AC WSJO “SoJO 104.9,” Atlantic City, New Jersey promotes music director Heather DeLuca to brand manager. Market general manager Michael Ruble notes, “Over the last few years, she has grown in roles and has helped make ‘SoJO’ a true force in our market, on-air and especially online. She has such passion for the station and lives ‘SoJO’ in every way.” DeLuca has been with the station since 2009 … Envision Networks’ “The Core” welcomes Lagniappe Broadcasting‘s KXRR “Rock 106,” Monroe, Louisiana as the newest of over 350 affiliates. “Rock 106″ airs the weekly two-hour Meltdown-hosted/Steve Black-programmed show, which features the music/artists of the 1990s, Sunday morning at 6:00 am.