Category: Industry News
PPM Analysis: Alternative Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three analyses of the performances of stations airing rock formats based on data from the Nielsen Audio’s November PPM survey. Today, the focus is on alternative rock. iHeartMedia’s KTCL, Denver “Channel 93.3” is the only alternative rock outlet to rank #1 in its market during the November survey. Entercom’s KRBZ, Kansas City “96.5 The Buzz” leaps a full 1.1 share (6+) to rank #3 in its market. For a look at how alternative stations in PPM markets performed compared to last month and compared to November 2015, plus more, click here.
Brandys Promoted to Baltimore SVP/Market Manager for CBS RADIO. From her most recent position as VP, director of sales, Tracy Brandys is elevated to senior vice president, market manager and director of sales for CBS RADIO’s Baltimore stations, including sports talk duo WJZ-FM “105.7 The Fan,” WJZ-AM “CBS Sports Radio 1300,” adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9,” CHR WWMX “Mix 106.5,” as well as the CBS RADIO Up Close Performance Studio that hosts local and national sports figures and musicians. She replaces former Baltimore market manager Bob Philips who was recently named chief revenue officer for CBS RADIO. Company COO Scott Herman says, “Tracy’s years of sales and management experience, coupled with her intimate knowledge of our Baltimore stations and the overall market, made her the natural choice to take on this important role. Throughout her tenure with CBS RADIO Tracy has proven to be a powerhouse salesperson who has led and grown our revenue and market share in Baltimore and has been a trusted leader to our valued employees. We are delighted to reward her accomplishments with this well-deserved promotion.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Longtime Austin, Texas radio personality Sandy McIlree is moving to Cincinnati to become part of the morning show at Hubbard Radio’s adult contemporary WREW “MIX 94.9.” He’ll work alongside current morning hosts Ray Anderson and Karen Van Zant. In Austin, McIlree had worked for KRBV and KAMX…..Current midday air personality Paris Nicole is promoted to assistant program director at Radio One’s hip hop WCDX, Richmond, Virginia…..Jose Gadea is named program director for iHeartMedia’s La Preciosa Network. Gadea is also serving as the operations manager for the network’s flagship station KFSO, Fresno “La Preciosa 92.9.”…..At the Beasley Media Group Charlotte cluster, Artie the One-Woman Party exits her midday show on urban AC WBAV “V101.9,” and Danny Diaz moves on from the night show at sister hip hop WPEG “POWER 98.”…..Colorado Springs radio pro Lou Mellini is retiring from his position as vice president and general manager at Colorado Springs Radio Broadcasters’ rock KILO-FM and alternative KRXP. Seventy-five year old Mellini has spent most of his 35 years in the business at the two stations.
The News Media Alliance and National Association of Broadcasters Seeking Review of FCC’s Cross Ownership Rules. The News Media Alliance is going straight to President-Elect Donald Trump with a white paper that lays out its case for abandoning the 1975 rule that makes cross-ownership of electronic and print media illegal and the National Association of Broadcasters is petitioning the FCC for reconsideration of the 2014 Quadrennial Regulatory Review’s conclusion to maintain the ban (as well as other policies). Regular TALKERS readers are aware of the argument that the current state of media looks nothing like it did in 1975 and current regulations should reflect the current business conditions. News Media Alliance president and CEO David Chavern states, “While news organizations are innovating and adapting to a vastly different media landscape, antiquated government regulations and imbalanced policies are unnecessarily hindering investment and growth at news media companies. We encourage the new administration to revisit these regulations and policies as it charts a new course for our nation’s economic growth.”
Report: Pandora and SiriusXM Talking Acquisition. According to CNBC, digital music pure play Pandora is talking with SiriusXM about being acquired by the satellite radio company. The report indicates that the talks are very preliminary but that this shows a change of heart after Pandora dismissed an informal offer of $15 per share from SiriusXM parent Liberty Media back in July. Liberty CEO Greg Maffei is quoted saying, “We think that the free space, whether it be commercial, terrestrial radio or Pandora, is still a very attractive space. And we talked about how we’d like to find a way to participate. I think the streaming business, which Pandora seems to have doubled down on, is a very unattractive business. So there are parts of Pandora that could be attractive. And there’s parts that we’d have questions about.” Read the CNBC piece here.
The Yappy Tour Rolls Through WABC, New York. The recently published book, Yappy Days: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers (AuthorHouse/Talkers Books), by veteran talk radio producer Bernadette Duncan (left), continues to burn up the airwaves. The coast-to-coast book tour rolled through New York City yesterday (12/1) as the author was interviewed by the legendary talk radio grand dame Joan Hamburg for her Saturday show (12/3) on the legendary WABC. Duncan tells TALKERS, “It was one of the highlights of my career being interviewed by the great Joan Hamburg. Not only is she one of my personal idols, but I can safely describe her as one of the best radio talkers of any era and a national treasure. Being on her show and the airwaves of WABC is deeply gratifying to me and hopefully to the thousands of radio enthusiasts who have been giving this book such wonderful support.” Yappy Days recounts Duncan’s 26-year career as a producer of radio talk shows working with such big-name talents as Larry King, Sally Jessy Raphael, Lou Dobbs, Tom Snyder, Gil Gross, Charles Osgood and many more during modern talk radio’s pre- and post-9/11 “golden era.” Plus, she tells stories about behind-the-scenes encounters with hundreds of guests from the worlds of show business, politics, media, business and literature. The interview is already posted as a podcast on the WABC website and can be heard by clicking here. Due to the strong response by hosts across the nation to the subject and Duncan’s lively air presence, the national “Yappy Tour” will continue to roll on through the first quarter of 2017. Duncan has already appeared on more than 40 local and syndicated programs. Hosts and shows interested in booking Bernadette Duncan can do so by calling Barbara Kurland at 413-565-5413.
Six Days Left for Gracies Early Bird Deadline. The deadline for early bird entries for the 2017 Gracie Awards is Thursday, December 8. The annual awards, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, recognize “exemplary programming created by, for and about women in all facets of media and entertainment, as well as individual achievement.” All submissions must have been released, posted or aired between December 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016. Please note, this is a change from previous years’ timeline for eligibility. The final deadline for submissions is January 12, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET. See how to register submissions here.
PPM Analysis: Triple A. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three analyses of the performances of radio stations airing rock-based formats based on data from Nielsen Audio’s November 2016 PPM survey. Today’s report focuses on adult album alternative, or triple A. Compared to other radio formats, triple A tends to draw a smaller, but loyal, audience. The highest-ranked stations in PPM markets across the U.S. are KBCO, Denver (#9), KFOG, San Jose (#13), and KINK, Portland (#14). For more on ratings improvements year-over-year, from last month to this, and a six-survey review of stations’ market shares, click here.
iHeartRadio Announces Beta Versions of New Subscription Services. The digital platform from iHeartMedia unveils the beta version of two subscription tiers for iHeartRadio. They are called iHeartRadio Plus and iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster. Here’s the rough breakdown: iHeartRadio Plus costs $4.99 per month and allows users to instantly replay songs from the radio and then return to the live radio station in progress; the ability to save songs from the radio to a playlist for playback any time; the ability to play any song from a library of millions of tracks; and to have unlimited skips. iHeartRadio All Access powered by Napster costs $9.99 per month and adds, in addition to the features just described for Plus, the ability to build a personal music library; it puts no cap on playbacks, allowing more freedom to manage playlists; and allows offline listening to music in the user’s playlists. iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman states, “Whereas the LP, CD and music downloads are the ancestors of all current on-demand services, the ancestor for our new on-demand offerings is broadcast radio. By combining radio’s popularity and reach with interactive on-demand functionality, we have created the first fully differentiated streaming music service for consumers.”
‘105.1 Bounce’ in Detroit Announces Jock Lineup. After a July flip from sports talk to rhythmic oldies, Beasley Media Group’s WMGC, Detroit “105.1 The Bounce” is announcing the lineup of personalities, or “Bounce Ambassadors.” Program director Al Payne says this “first wave” of Bounce Ambassadors includes: Detroit native Suga Rae on air from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, and Phoenix market native Deongello “GELLO” Vanorsby for the 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm daypart, plus DJ Dinero “mixing live for 105 minutes commercial free” at 7:10 am, 12:10 pm and 4:10 pm, and Detroit native Reggie Reg hosting the midday Sunday show. Payne comments, “We have been amazed at and humbled by the response to this station! Every listener we encounter has their own interpretation of what our ‘BOUNCE’ music means to them. Therefore we want each tune-in to both meet their expectations and be special!”
Andy Winford Named PD at KATM, Modesto-Stockton. Programmer Andy Winford is named PD at Cumulus Media’s country KATM, Modesto-Stockton “KAT Country.” Winford comes over to Cumulus from his most recent gig in Yakima, Washington programing KIT-AM and KATS-FM for Townsquare Media. Cumulus Modesto-Stockton VP/market manager Bob Berger states, “‘KAT Country’ has been a great radio station for nearly 25 years. What makes it great is the people that have been and are a part of it today. Andy Winford will bring us fresh ears and ideas and I know that he will work to support the great talent we have in place. I am excited to see KAT Country’s growth in serving our community in the coming years.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. Pop star Niall Horan takes over the hosting duties on Premiere Networks’ “American Top 40” this weekend (12/3-4). The One Direction member has just released his debut solo single “This Town.” He’ll count down the top 40 songs and reveal details about his upcoming album, including his inspiration and surprise collaborations…..Cumulus Media is kicking off a nationwide radio promotion called “12 Days of Led Zeppelin.” For 12 consecutive days in December, Cumulus rock stations will highlight music from the band’s iconic career and will give away deluxe CD sets and super deluxe box sets from the legendary band. In addition to showcasing the music and the collector’s item giveaways, stations will air clips from a four-hour “Led Zeppelin Then and Now” radio special produced by Rhino Records back in 2015…..Sun Broadcast Group is entering into a sales and syndication partnership with “Little Steven’s Underground Garage.” The show is currently heard on more than 80 stations, including WAXQ, New York City and WROR, Boston and is hosted by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Steven Van Zandt…..Morning show hosts Chris Matthews and Nina D. of country KMLE, Phoenix, in conjunction with the charity Packages From Home, recently asked Valley residents to write 53,000 “Thank You” letters to the troops this holiday season in an effort called, “Chris & Nina’s Big Thank You.” Matthews says, “We set our goal high this year. Last year we asked for 20,000 letters and raised over 53,000! This year we wanted to collect at least 53,000 letters, and we are pleased to announce that we did it.” Packages From Home’s primary purpose is to provide food, personal care, and recreational items to deployed American troops, at no cost to them. Items include non-perishable food, personal toiletries, and recreational items such as games, books, music, movies and more…..The sale of radio stations standards WCMP-AM and country WCMP-FM, Pine City, Minnesota from Red Rock Radio Corporation to Q Media Properties, LLC closes. Also, the sale of KURQ-FM, Grover Beach, California from El Dorado Broadcasters LLC to Gold Coast Radio, LLC closes. Both transactions were handled exclusively by Kalil & Co…..This evening (12/1), WPLJ, New York presents an evening with psychic medium John Edward to benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital at The NYCB Theater at Westbury. All ticket proceeds will benefit Children’s Specialized Hospital, which is leading the way into a brighter future for children and adolescents facing special health challenges – from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health.
SiriusXM Settles Pre-1972 Class Action Suit. The terms of this settlement must be approved by a federal court in California, but the report is that SiriusXM is agreeing to pay millions to The Turtles and other acts for SiriusXM’s playing of pre-1972 recordings plus millions more for the license to play the music going forward. The class action suit is led by Flo & Eddie, Inc., the rights holder to The Turtles’ music. The settlement would pay between $25 million and $40 million for the unlicensed use of the music in the past and the satcaster would pay as much as $59 million in royalties (at a 5.5% rate) over the next 10 years. Some of the above mentioned figures are subject to adjustment depending on the success or not of appeals to rulings on similar suits in Florida and New York.
Programmer Ronnie Stanton Named VP with Alpha Media. Programming pro Ronnie Stanton joins Alpha Media to serve as VP of programming overseeing the company’s rock, classic rock, alternative, oldies and classic hits formats. Additionally, he’ll program adult contemporary KBAY and hot AC KEZR in San Jose. Stanton’s resume includes programming stations in Australia and Canada. He was most recently VP of programming for Canada’s Corus Entertainment. He served as a morning show talent coach for the Randy Lane Company and has been nominated nine times by the Canadian Music Week Radio Awards for “Program Director of the Year.” Alpha EVP of programming Scott Mahalick states, “We are thrilled to have an additional visionary programmer join our team. Ronnie brings an international perspective, winning track record, great passion for the art of the product and stellar leadership traits.”
Radio One Adds Mark Charnock as Chief Digital Officer. Joining Radio One as chief digital officer is Mark Charnock, who most recently was serving with Monster as SVP of media and sales. Radio One CEO Alfred Liggins said during a recent quarterly earnings call, “We have made a significant new hire for our local digital business, which I believe will help us grow that revenue stream over time.” The company says, “Charnock is a strategic, multi-faceted and entrepreneurial sales professional with proven success as a leader in both start-up and established media firms. Building infrastructure and growing business capacity and digital revenue streams is what Charnock has become respected for over his progressive 23 year career. His expertise in web-based products and sales, including starting three companies is expected to be a good fit in the Radio One, soon to be renamed Urban One, entrepreneurial, multi-media culture.”
Neumann to Lead Programming at iHeartMedia’s Savannah/Hilton Head Cluster. Programmer Bob Neumann is taking on the SVP of programming role at iHeartMedia’s Savannah/Hilton Head market that includes hip hop WQBT, CHR WAEV, adult contemporary WYKZ, rhythmic oldies WLVH, news/talk WTKS-AM, and Gospel WSOK-AM. Company regional SVP of programming LJ Smith comments, “You can’t help but be impressed with Bob’s track record over his entire career. We’re looking forward to him using that experience to continue our ratings success in Savannah.” Bob Neumann previously served as PD at KHMX-FM Houston, WSJT-FM in Tampa, and WRMF-FM, West Palm Beach.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Four staffers have reportedly been let go from Hubbard Radio’s Chicago station group. Chicagoland Radio and Media is reporting that new VP/market manager Jeff England met with the entire Chicago staff on Monday to announce the staff is being reduced because of budget issues. Reportedly laid off are: WDRV/WSHE assistant program director and direct marketing manager Paul Webber, WSHE/WTMX/WDRV production director John Siuntres, WDRV promotions assistant Ryan Williams, and digital media graphic designer Bianca Cordova…..Nationally syndicated, late night adult contemporary star Delilah is now being heard on the American Forces Network (AFN). Premiere Networks’ Delilah airs weeknights at 7:00 pm in Japan, Korea and Central Europe on AFN RADIO’s Today’s Best Hits Adult Contemporary channel…..oWOW Cleveland announces that music director and air personality Steve Pappas is promoted to operations manager of oWOW, effective immediately. Pappas will continue with his daily afternoon drive shift on oWOW.
Knight and Williams Promoted at Cumulus New Orleans. Programming pro Talus Knight is upped to the operations manager role at Cumulus Media’s New Orleans station group. Knight is program director for the cluster’s hip hop KKND “Power 102.9” and rhythmic oldies KMEZ “Old School 106.7.” Cumulus regional vice president Pat Galloway states, “Sometimes the best fits for your team are already on your team and this is exactly what happened in New Orleans with the promotion of program director Talus Knight. Talus’ positive attitude, knowledge of the market, ability to produce incredible concerts and events, and leadership skills is exactly what we need in an operations manager.” At the same time, the company announces that air personality Shawn Williams is being promoted to assistant program director for country WRKN “NASH 92.3” and alternative WZRH “106.1 The Underground.” She will continue to be heard in afternoons on WRKN and in middays on WZRH. About her new role, Williams comments, “I am beyond honored and thrilled to keep WRKN and WZRH thriving and progressing in our unique market. We have an awesome team I am fortunate to collaborate with in continuing to build these brands in our community. I’m excited to take on this role with Cumulus.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Former alternative KDGE, Dallas personality Alan Ayo remains with iHeartMedia after KDGE’s flip to adult contemporary last week. He moves over to the company’s rock KEGL “97.1 The Eagle” to host the midday show, bumping Big Rig to weekends…..In the Phoenix market, Hubbard Broadcasting’s alternative KDKB “Alt AZ 93.3” lets go of midday personality Christy Taylor in a budget-related move…..Radio One names Kelly Mac program director for urban adult contemporary WTLC, Indianapolis and sister Gospel station WTLC-AM “The Light 1310 AM.” Mac was previously with Summit Media’s urban AC WJMZ, Greenville, South Carolina “JAMZ 107.3” as midday personality.
Radio Music License Committee Files Antitrust Suit Against GMR. Alleging anti-competitive behavior on the part of Global Music Rights, the Radio Music License Committee – an industry group that has “traditionally represented the majority of commercial radio stations in the U.S. with respect to music license matters involving ASCAP, BMI, and more recently, SESAC” – is filing an antitrust complaint against GMR. In a press release, the RMLC says, “GMR, a public-performance-right licensing agency, is distinguished from ASCAP and BMI, in particular, in that it is a privately-held, for-profit firm that has created a bottleneck to, and artificial monopoly over, the works in its repertory. Unlike SESAC, ASCAP and BMI, which are all now subject to some form of rate regulation that acts to prevent monopoly pricing, GMR has thus far managed to avoid similar limits on its monopoly pricing. The RMLC complaint alleges that GMR has created and maintained an unlawful monopoly over the works in its repertory. RMLC seeks injunctive relief, requiring, among other things, that GMR submit to a judicial rate-making procedure comparable to what the consent decrees governing ASCAP and BMI impose.” The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania by the law firm of Latham & Watkins. The RMLC has also filed a motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent GMR from charging radio stations monopoly prices for a GRM license while the litigation is pending. RMLC Chairman (and Saga Communications CEO) Ed Christian comments, “Resorting to litigation is never a first option for the RMLC. This legal process will undoubtedly prove to be taxing in terms of the amount of labor and expense involved. Yet, we feel that GMR’s exorbitant fee demands are out of balance with their competitors and would do irreparable harm to our industry and this has left us with no other alternative.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. This holiday season, Westwood One is again making available the day-long “An American Country Christmas with Kix Brooks.” The country programming features 24 hours of holiday classics “as Brooks and special guests share memories, music and holiday traditions.” WW1 notes that this year Brooks shares music, memories, and traditions with special guests Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Brett Eldredge, Rascal Flatts, Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and more…..Alpha Media radio stations across the country worked hard during the month of October to support and raise funds for American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign. Some of the success stories include: Lincoln, Nebraska stations KFRX and KZKX helped support the “Making Strides of Lincoln” which helped raise $230,000; and the Louisville stations co-emceed the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Louisville walk which had a record crowd of 30,000 and raised more than $650,000…..iHeartMedia’s alternative WRFF, Philadelphia “Radio 104.5” is announcing Jimmy Eat World will headline the third annual Movember Gala taking place on December 15 at Victory Beer Hall inside XFINITY Live! in Philadelphia. The gala is a culmination of the station’s Movember Mondays fundraisers which launched earlier this month. All proceeds from the stations efforts will be donated to the Movember Foundation, a global men’s health charity investing in programs to address prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, and physical inactivity.
Westwood One Backstage at the American Music Awards. Pictured here backstage at Sunday’s American Music Awards are (from l-r): Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard, and Westwood One Backstage’s red carpet host Kerri Kasem.
Scott Roddy Named PD at ‘106.5 The Arch’ in St. Louis. After serving two months as the acting program director for Hubbard Radio’s adult hits WARH, St. Louis, Scott Roddy gets to remove the “acting” from his title. Roddy serves as the program director for the company’s country WIL, St. Louis. Hubbard St. Louis vice president and market manager John Kijowski is confident that Roddy can handle the dual role in an official capacity. “Scott Roddy has done an outstanding job as the acting PD for ‘106.5 The Arch,’ successfully performing the daunting task of programming both The Arch and WIL during our program director search. Scott won this job for his talent, energy, focus, discipline, work ethic and holding others and himself to a high standard of performance.” About his new responsibilities, Roddy states, “The live and local, ‘entertainment first’ philosophy of Hubbard Broadcasting makes this opportunity a programmer’s dream. After an exciting start with WIL and the exceptional market response to the new ‘Bud and Broadway’ morning show on WIL, the chance to also be a part ‘The Arch’ team is an honor.”
Cumulus Promotes VanOsdol at WLUP-FM and WKQX in Chicago. WLUP-FM and WKQX personality James VanOsdol is being promoted by Cumulus Media to a new position, programming content specialist for the two stations. The company says that in this expanded role, “VanOsdol will produce content that increases interaction with the social media channels for WLUP and WKQX.” VanOsdol will continue to produce and host “Demo 312,” the weekly Chicago music show on WKQX and he’ll continue is his role as a part-time on-air personality on WLUP. VanOsdol says, “Like any Chicago kid, I grew up listening to the Loop. It’s an honor to be part of Chicago’s most legendary rock station and I am honored to serve the station and WKQX in this expanded capacity to create exciting content that listeners will enjoy across the stations’ social platform, as well as on air.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. After a little less than a year at Cumulus Media’s WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7,” midday personality Shila Nathan exits the station. There’s no word from Cumulus about its plans for the daypart. Nathan left CBS RADIO’s WUSN, Chicago “US 99” to take the position at WNSH…..In the Dallas market, Jeff Mitchell is promoted from director of sales to general manager for Salem Media Group’s operations here. Mitchell previously served with iHeartMedia’s crosstown cluster prior to joining Salem six-and-a-half years ago.
iHeartMedia Goes Adult Contemporary in Dallas. The former alternative KDGE, Dallas is now adult contemporary “Star 102.1.” After a two-day stunt, the station reveals it will air an AC format after the holidays. For now, the station has gone all-Christmas. iHeartMedia says the full programming lineup will be announced soon. iHM Dallas SVP of programming Patrick Davis says, “We are excited to introduce the New Star 102.1 to our listeners! We believe this format will resonate well with the Dallas/Fort Worth audience and is a great complement to our other stations in the market.” As for the fans of the alternative format, the company is adding music from classic alternative acts such as Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, and Red Hot Chili Peppers to the playlist of sister rock KEGL “97.1 The Eagle.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. Four holiday-themed specials are being made available to adult contemporary-formatted stations from Westwood One. Each show is a one-hour production and is available each Saturday from November 26 through December 17, 2016. They are: November 26 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra –“Christmas Eve and Other Stories”; December 3 – Train – “Christmas In Tahoe”; December 10 – Rascal Flatts –“The Greatest Gift of All”; and December 17 – Neil Diamond – “Acoustic Christmas.”…..WSIX-FM, Nahsville “The BIG 98” is hosting the second edition of The BIG 98 Presents: Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots’ Million Dollar Show For St. Jude. The benefit show takes place on January 9 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. This event is a celebration of the fundraising efforts of Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots over the past few years, which has resulted in more than $2.2 million being raised for St. Jude through on-air fundraisers, radiothons and charity concerts…..ABC Radio is producing a two-hour country music special hosted by Grammy Award-winning country star Jennifer Nettles titled “ABC Radio’s Christmas Kick Off with Jennifer Nettles,” and three one-hour specials: “Holiday Survival Guide,” “Shopping For Kids,” and “Holiday Movie Guide.” All four shows are for air Thanksgiving weekend…..Hubbard Radio’s adult contemporary KRWM, Seattle “Warm 106.9” flips to all-Christmas music through Christmas Day.
The Class of 2016. Last night in Chicago, the National Radio Hall of Fame class of 2016 was inducted in a ceremony at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. This year’s class consisted of: George G. Beasley, Delilah, The Jeff & Jer Showgram (Jeff Detrow, Jerry Cesak, Tommy Sablan), Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart), Steve Harvey, Bob Kingsley, Kidd Kraddick, Tony Roberts, Neil Rogers and Michael Savage. Pictured above are (from l-r): MBC’s Bruce Dumont, Mix Group president Jason Garte, Tony Roberts, Delilah, Bob Kingsley, Kathy Hart, Eric Ferguson, Tommy Sablan, Jeff Detrow, Jerry Cesak; and NRHOF chairman Kraig Kitchin.
CBS RADIO Names Fred Bennett VP/GM of Traffic Operations and Partnerships. This is a new role within the soon-to-be-independent CBS RADIO operations. Fred Bennett begins his work as vice president and general manager, traffic operations and partnerships on Monday (11/21). He’ll be charged with building an in-house traffic content and sales operation to serve the company’s 117 radio stations and their corresponding websites and will report to COO Scott Herman. The company says that “in addition to leading the effort to further develop the businesses’ operations, Bennett will be working to create a content-specific group – composed of reporters and editors – which will create comprehensive, local traffic reports to air on CBS RADIO stations and accompanying online properties. A dedicated sales team will focus on selling sponsorships within and around the traffic reports to regional and local advertisers. Bennett will also oversee CBS RADIO’s relationship with Radiate Media, its new traffic content partner that will supply customized data and also sell national sponsorships within traffic reports. The deal with Radiate Media is scheduled to commence on April 1, 2017.” Most recently, Bennett served as the president and chief revenue officer of Townsquare Media’s WKXW-FM, Trenton “New Jersey 101.5.” Prior to that, he was the chief business development officer for Jelli, Inc., the first cloud-based programmatic ad platform for the global radio market.
Al P Named Night Jock at ‘HITS 97.3” in Miami. This is the second air staff announcement from Cox Media Group’s CHR WFLC, Miami “HITS 97.3” in less than a week. Not long after announcing that Kimmy B is the new PM drive host, director of branding and programming Jill Strada announces Al P is the new night host for the station. He’s been with the station since April of this year after working for CBS RADIO on the WBMP, New York “92.3 AMP Radio” morning show. Strada says, “I have not met someone with more hustle than Al P. Al came to ‘HITS’ with a dollar and a dream…literally. And he proved that he has what it takes to take over the Miami scene and squash the competition!” CMG notes that Al P started his radio career at the age of 16, hosting and mixing an internet radio show. At 19 he interned for at SBS Entertainment in New York City.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programmer Charese Fruge is exiting the Houston station group of CBS RADIO where she’s been serving as vice president of programming and operations manager for the past 18 months. She was with the company’s Las Vegas cluster prior to arriving in Houston…..Tom Baldrica is promoted to operations manager for Midwest Communications’ Hibbing-Iron Range, Minnesota station group. Baldrica hosts the afternoon show on country WUSZ, Hibbing and KTCO, Duluth and he’ll continue that role.
KDGE, Dallas Flips from Alternative Format. We’ll find out at 5:00 pm Central Time what format iHeartMedia’s former alternative KDGE, Dallas will flip to. The station had been an alternative outlet in the market for the past 27 years. Morning personalities Atom Smasher and Shawnda McNeal, as well as afternoon jock Jessie Jessup, have exited the station. KDGE has been airing a loop of Semisonic’s “Closing Time” and REM’s “It’s the End of the World as We Know It.”
Dick Broadcasting Company Ceases PPM Encoding in Greensboro. Operations manager Jason Goodman reaches out to the industry to announce the Dick Broadcasting Company stations – CHR WKZL and classic rock WKRR in Greensboro, North Carolina – have two Voltair units for sale as the stations are no longer encoding Nielsen Audio’s PPM on its signals. The stations have been subscribing to Eastlan’s diary service in the market for the past two years. Goodman says he believes WKZL and WKRR are the first two stations in the country to cease encoding for the PPM.
Report: CBS RADIO to Move 200 Jobs to Nashville. According to a report by Adam Sichko in the Nashville Business Journal, CBS RADIO is taking advantage of taxpayer incentives offered by the state of Tennessee to locate some 200 positions in downtown Nashville. CBS has yet to comment and the publication reports that it is unknown what types of jobs would be moving to the city, only that state economic development official Jamari Brown says the positions would offer an average annual salary of $48,000.