Category: Industry News
Meruelo Media to Purchase Legendary Hip Hop Signal KDAY, Los Angeles. After some stops and starts, there is a deal in place for Magic Broadcasting to sell iconic hip hop station KDAY, Redondo Beach and KDEY, Ontario to Los Angeles-based Meruelo Media for an undisclosed sum. Meruelo president and COO Otto Padron states, “This acquisition adds a unique media asset to our growing portfolio of highly recognized media brands. We’re thrilled at the invaluable opportunity KDAY offers us to expand our media business into the general market. Furthermore, in an ever evolving multi-cultural marketplace, a passion-driven brand like KDAY is strategically priceless.” Since it’s been public knowledge that Magic Broadcasting has had the station on the market, there’s been public outcry to save the station that many see as the flashpoint of West Coast hip hop. Meruelo Group chairman and CEO Alex Meruelo adds, “Los Angeles has saved KDAY. Growing up in Los Angeles, I’ve been a long-time fan of KDAY, and I am excited to have the opportunity to re-energize such a beloved Southern California cultural institution…KDAY is LA!” Meruelo will take over the station on January 1 under an LMA and expects to close on the deal in the second quarter of 2014.
Clear Channel Gives Strassell New Title. Greg Strassell has been senior vice president of programming for Clear Channel Media + Entertainment since he joined the company from CBS RADIO back in September. Now, Strassell joins the National Programming Platforms division and becomes senior vice president of strategic services in which he and his team will be in charge of talent development, the company’s brand management team, ratings analysis, programming research and the Critical Mass Media segment. In a memo to staff, National Programming Platforms president Tom Poleman states, “Throughout the year Darren Davis and I have been evaluating all the services and promotions that NPP offers to ensure that we have all our personnel and resources aligned to give Clear Channel the biggest advantage possible. Led by Greg, this new Strategic Services Team will ensure that NPP resources are being deployed for stations who need them most and that we are being proactive in assessing what opportunities exist for improving performance. Greg’s extensive knowledge and intense desire to win will prove to be a benefit to all of CCM+E.”
Cleveland Rock WLFM-LP to Change to Spanish Programming. From a story first reported by Cleveland Scene, Murray Hill Broadcasting is giving up on the triple A-formatted “87.7 Cleveland’s Sound” airing on WLFM-LP and will enter into an LMA with Cincinnati-based TSJ Media which will take the station Spanish in the New Year. The station confirmed that there would be a programming change via its Facebook page and is promising more details in an official statement on Friday (12/13).
Talent Changes at Clear Channel’s ‘KIIS-FM’ and ‘104.3 MYfm’ in Los Angeles. A couple of talent moves in Los Angeles as Clear Channel Media + Entertainment moves “KIIS-FM” personality Dave Styles over to hot AC KBIG “104.3 MYfm” into the afternoon drive slot and personality Alex Gervasi comes to town from the company’s KHFI, Austin “KISS FM” to host the overnights and weekend shows. Styles has been with “KIIS-FM” for the past 10 years and also co-hosts a syndicated music and pop-culture show, “The Hot Hits: Live From LA,” which airs on over 60 stations across Australia. In addition to radio, Styles is also the in-stadium Entertainment Host for the Los Angeles Dodgers and produces background-score music for TV. He says, “What can I say? I’m pumped to be doing afternoons on an incredible station that has Los Angeles buzzing. The opportunity to continue working amongst friends I’ve made over my 10 years here, makes it that much sweeter.” Gervasi currently does the 9:00 am to 2:00 pm show at “KISS FM” in Austin. Program director John Ivey states, “It’s so exciting to be building the KIIS of the future with a young star like Alex. She is the same type of hard-working, aggressive talent looking to get better each day – just like Sisanie and BoyToy Jesse were when I brought them here at the same points in their careers. I look forward to having Alex on the KIIS staff.”
Bill Prescott Returns to Portland Airwaves. In Portland, Oregon, Bill Prescott returns to the radio after more than 10 years away to host the morning show on Entercom’s classic rock KGON. Prescott hosted mornings on crosstown KUFO for eight years during the 1990s and then moved to KGON in afternoons before exiting the business. He returns on January 6 as KGON prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary serving the market. Program director Bob Harlow states, “One of Portland’s most-loved personalities is back. And ‘92.3 KGON’ is thrilled to be his new morning home.”
KAMX, Austin Names Brad Booker AM Drive Host. Last week the Entercom hot AC KAMX, Austin “Mix 94.7” announced it was moving on without longtime morning duo JB & Sandy. Now, PD Cat Thomas introduces the new Booker, Alex & Sara morning show to debut on January 6. In a statement, the station says, “Booker comes to Austin’s ‘Mix 94.7’ with over 17 years of radio experience, serving as an on-air personality in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Houston, New Orleans and St. Louis. ‘Mix 94.7’ represents a homecoming of sorts for Booker who worked for Entercom for five years in New Orleans as programming coordinator and morning/afternoon on-air personality with WEZB ‘B-97.’” Co-host Sara Osburn says, “Booker’s reputation precedes him. I am excited to team up with Booker and Alex to create a new live and local morning show in Austin.” Alex Franco adds, “Austin radio listeners are as unique as the city, and we’re ready to put a unique show on the air. Sara and I welcome Brad to the live music capital of the world.” Booker comments, “I feel like I just hit the jackpot! To have this type of opportunity is truly a blessing. Entercom is an amazing company, Austin is one of the greatest cities in America, and ‘Mix’ is an outstanding radio station. I can’t wait to start with Sara and Alex, two amazing talents, and begin connecting with the people of Austin. Batter up!!”
Two Upped at Radio One; Thompson in Philly, Leinwand in DC. Radio One announces two promotions at its Philadelphia and Washington, DC clusters. First, Shawneen Thompson moves from the company’s St. Louis operations where she was VP/GM to the same position at its Philadelphia operations. Radio division president Chris Wegmann states, “Shawneen’s performance in St. Louis has been consistent since she joined us in 2010. She has demonstrated that she can get the job done by growing the top and bottom lines for the company. Her leadership and involvement in the St. Louis community have set new standards in ratings and revenue. I know she will do great things for the company in Philadelphia.” In DC, Alan Leinwand moves up from the director of sales post to VP/GM for the Washington operations. Wegmann says of Leinwand, “Alan and I have worked closely together for the last four years. His previous management experience in the DC market makes him the natural choice for this position.” Prior to joining Radio One, Leinwand served for 16 years with CBS RADIO.
Life After Arbitron: Day One. Media consultant and TALKERS magazine contributor Holland Cooke reports in from the first day of the Nielsen Audio Client Conference & Jacobs Media Summit in Baltimore. Presentations focused on operating radio stations in a multi-platform universe; the importance of solving the problem of competing for ad dollars against media that can provide specific data; and the use of social media. Check out Holland Cooke’s report here.
Cumulus Begins Rdio Promotion. After the September announcement of Cumulus Media’s content, promotion and advertising partnership with digital music service Rdio, the companies are beginning the airing of promotional announcements across Cumulus stations. Today’s rollout includes a combination of promotional spots on Cumulus stations and the activation of product pages within Rdio where listeners can hear the albums and songs played by their favorite Cumulus station any time. The company states that the “promotional spots on Cumulus stations informing listeners about Rdio’s unique, on-demand internet music service will air immediately on more than 70 stations, including all 60 country format stations. These segments will roll out across all Cumulus stations in early 2014, when Rdio’s internet service will also begin introducing curated programming featuring Cumulus on-air hosts.
Chuck and Woo Woo Doin’ for the Kids. WPTE, Virginia Beach “94.9 The Point” morning team Chuck (left) and Woo Woo (right) step outside of the studio for the annual 44-hour radiothon to benefit Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters. The station reports that “through the tears, the laughter and the seriousness of kids needing help, over $281,000 was collected during the radio-thon.” Program director Barry Mckay weighs in, “I’m always blown away by the generosity of our Hampton Roads audience. ‘94.9 The Point’ has helped raise more than $3,000,000 to help CHKD. I’m also in awe of our morning team who give it their all each year with incredible interviews and stories that resonate. This is just one of the many things radio does so well.”
WAAF, Boston Personalities ‘Rise Up’ Against Hunger. It’s cold across much of the country and Boston is not escaping the chill – just ask WAAF, Boston “Hill-Man Morning Show” cast member (and former Boston Bruin) Lyndon “LB” Byers (pictured here) and Anthony “Spaz” Parziale as they are rising up for the next three days as part of the annual “WAAF Rise Up Against Hunger” fundraising campaign to benefit the Greater Boston, New Hampshire, and Worcester County Food Banks. LB is suspended on a platform on a lift 60 feet in the air above the Greater Boston Food Bank in Boston now through 7:00 pm Friday. Spaz is doing the same, living six stories above The British Beer Company on Route 9 in Framingham for 60 hours.
WIP-AM/FM, Philadelphia PD Jeff Sottolano Promoted to Corporate Director of Programming for CBS Radio. CBS Radio EVP of programming Chris Oliviero announces the promotion of WIP-AM/FM, Philadelphia program director Jeff Sottolano to director, programming, CBS RADIO, effective January 2. Oliviero says, “Jeff has consistently and successfully answered every challenge he’s faced during his career at CBS RADIO. With such diverse format experience and a respected reputation, both in and outside our company, I have no doubt he is ready to tackle this exciting and critical next chapter. Jeff will be a great complement to our corporate programming team.” Sottolano’s duties include supporting program directors in 27 major markets who oversee 126 stations. The company says he “will focus on identifying and recruiting on-air talent, both established and up-and-coming, as well as seek out new format opportunities. Additionally, Sottolano will maintain ongoing communications with external industry and charitable organizations, and work closely with the division’s digital media business to ensure a seamless cross-platform product and brand experience.” Sottolano came to CBS RADIO in 2001 as an intern at WZNE, Rochester. He worked his way up to promotions director in 2002 and to PD and air talent in 2004. In 2006, Sottolano transferred to WYSP-FM in Philadelphia where he assumed a variety of programming and marketing roles during his tenure, including program director beginning in 2008. He was instrumental in launching the Danny Bonaduce show that same year, and worked closely with record labels, concert promoters and artists to create one-of-a-kind events and promotions. In 2011 he assumed programming oversight of sports talk WIP when it began simulcasting on WYSP as “SportsRadio 94WIP.”
Cox Media Group Names Tim Clarke Director of Digital Audience. Moving up from his role as program director for the company’s CHR WPOI, Tampa “Hot 101.5,” Tim Clarke is promoted to director of digital audience for radio at Cox Media Group. The company says that in this role Clarke “will be the liaison between CMG’s radio and digital divisions to help drive the digital brand strategy and product development for growing audience and engagement at all CMG’s radio stations.” EVP of radio Kim Guthrie adds, “We have some of the more cutting edge efforts in the digital space, and it is exciting to be able to dedicate one of our best talents to that effort. We are evolving our super brands into the digital future, and Tim will play an instrumental role in that overall success.” In addition to programming “HOT 101.5,” Clarke was director of social media for all six Tampa stations. His other career highlights include time as PD at WAPE, Jacksonville and music director at WBLI, Long Island. Clarke comments, “The digital future for CMG’s super brands is extremely bright and filled with tons of opportunity to engage our audiences in even deeper, more personalized and more meaningful ways. I’m looking forward to working with our teams to serve our users on these growing platforms.”
iTunes Radio Hires Former Cumulus Sales Executive. Michael Pallad exits Cumulus Media to join up with Apple’s iTunes Radio. According to a report in AdAge, Pallad joined the company on December 2 and has been in Cupertino, California getting familiar with his surroundings. Pallad works in the iAd division of the company and reports to VP Todd Teresi. The AdAge piece reports, “Mr. Pallad’s appointment suggests that Apple plans to make a stronger play at the $1.56 billion U.S. digital radio advertising market, as estimated by eMarketer. One media buyer said the executive should gain traction quickly among agencies.” After category exclusive deals with Nissan, Proctor & Gamble, Pepsi and others wrap up at the end of this year, Apple is expected to begin aggressively selling the digital music service in the New Year. A recent listen to some of the iTunes Radio channels by RadioInfo editors indicates the service currently airs a 30-second audio spot about every 10 minutes or so. It is also delivering video and display ads. Read the AdAge piece here.
New Market Manager and Director of Sales at Clear Channel Syracuse. Clear Channel Media + Entertainment announces Rick Yacobush has been named market manager for the company’s five-station cluster in Syracuse and Barbara Miller has been appointed director of sales for the cluster. Yacobush has been with the CC Syracuse stations for more than 26 years, holding a variety of roles including account manager, general sales manager and director of sales. SVP of operations for the Northeast Region Kevin LeGrett says, “We are very excited to have Rick Yacobush lead the extremely talented team in Syracuse. Rick’s sales leadership over the last 18 years has led to unprecedented performance. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment reaches more people in Syracuse than any other media and Rick’s unique ability to maximize our assets will allow us to serve the community as well as our advertisers in a multi-platform fashion.” Meanwhile, 18-year CC veteran Barbara Miller moves up to director of sales for the cluster and LeGrett says of her, “Barbara has a proven track record of developing revenue growth opportunities. She has demonstrated the vision and creativity necessary to implement 21st century competitive media strategies for our organization. She has consistently exceeded revenue targets, while providing leadership and ensuring high quality standards are maintained across the organization.” The CC Syracuse cluster includes news/talk WSYR, AC WYYY “Y94,” country WBBS “B104.7,” CHR WWHT “Hot 107.9,” and urban contemporary WHEN “Power 620.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Erica Cobb leaves her co-host position on Wilks License Company’s country KWOF, Denver “92.5 The Wolf” where she’s been working alongside Jonathan Wilde for the past eight months. Program director Wilde will work solo while searching for a new partner…..At Beasley’s Philadelphia cluster, Samantha Sylvia is promoted from her marketing and promotions coordinator position to promotions director at CHR WRDW “Wired 96.5.” She takes over for Bethany Kent who recently assumed the promotions director post at Emmis’ hip hop WQHT, New York “Hot 97.”…..At Clear Channel Media + Entertainment’s Sussex, New Jersey cluster, Steve Allan is named program director for AC WSUS, Franklin and hot AC WHCY, Blairstown “Max 106.3.” Allan will also handle afternoons on WSUS…..Jay Morris begins his new duties as brand manager for Midwest Communications’ alternative WZOX, Kalamazoo “Z96.5.” This new responsibility comes in addition to his brand manager role at the company’s alternative WVIC, Lansing “94.1 The Edge.” Morris hosts “Music in the Morning” on WZOX as well as the “Night Show” on WVIC…..Kristen Kelley and Casey Dolan (pictured at right) exit the morning show at Morris Communications’ active rock KCLB, Palm Springs. The Desert Sun reports the decision not to renew the pair was financial and the station will add Compass Media Networks’ “Free Beer and Hot Wings” show beginning January 6.
Philly Buzz: WBEB Blows Up “B” For “More.” In much the same vein that top-ranked stations rarely change format, they generally are extremely reluctant to tinker with their branding. Once again proving he is anything but conventional though, independent owner Jerry Lee later this month will jettison the “B101″ label on his perennial Philadelphia frontrunner WBEB. Once wall-to-wall Christmas music concludes on the 26th, the adult contemporary outlet will be known as “More FM.” Lee points out that he made a nearly identical decision 20 years ago when, “We kept the same programming but switched our name from ‘EZ-101′ to ‘B101′ to update our image. That one worked out pretty well, as we increased our audience 40% over the next three years. We ultimately helped establish the station as a dominant #1, particularly among women 25-54. We are confident this name change will set the foundation for the next 20 years of growth.” According to general manager Blaise Howard, the “More FM” moniker surfaced during a station research project. ”As we went through the process, it became clear that what our listeners expect from us, and what sets us apart from competitors is our commitment to playing more of the music they love with less of the talk. With the ‘More FM’ name, we are embracing our strength and reflecting the listening experience that matters most to our audience.” No programming changes will be made on WBEB in conjunction with the new “More FM” on-air handle. WBEB has ranked #1 among persons 6+ in the last eight successive PPM monthlies, including a 7.3 in November.
Change in Syndicators Means Change in Affiliates for Big D & Bubba. Country morning show Big D & Bubba’s change in syndication companies from Clear Channel-owned Premiere Networks to independent Compass Media Networks in January has brought about a few changes in where the show will be heard in the New Year. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports Clear Channel’s WNOE, New Orleans and WYNK, Baton Rouge gave notice they are dropping the show, most likely to pick up Premiere’s Bobby Bones syndicated program. Compass CEO Peter Kosann tells the paper his organization will soon announce a new affiliate for the Baton Rouge market but is still searching for a partner for New Orleans. “Big D & Bubba have a long track record of success in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans and a deep commitment to these communities. We will announce a new Baton Rouge affiliate shortly. In New Orleans we are seeking a dance partner that will appreciate the show and help us best serve our listeners.”
Congressmen Question FCC Chair Wheeler About ‘Fairness Doctrine 2.0.’ In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) requests Wheeler take immediate steps to suspend the field test for the research design of the “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs” the FCC is undertaking. Supported by Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and 14 other congressmen, Upton charges the initiative is nothing more that the “Fairness Doctrine 2.0” and that the FCC has no jurisdiction to be undertaking a field test of this sort and that its actions are unconstitutional. Upton states, “Although the Commission’s stated reason for the reports is to inform the Commission in taking regulatory action to lower ‘market entry barriers for entrepreneurs and other small businesses,’ it is hard to read this and see it for anything other than what it is, Fairness Doctrine 2.0.” Upton references the study plan which states its goals are to “ascertain the process by which stories are selected, station priorities (for content, production quality and populations served), perceived station bias, perceived percentage of news dedicated to each of the eight CINs, and perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.” Upton then states, “The Commission has no business probing the news media’s editorial judgment and expertise, nor does it have any business in prescribing a set diet of ‘critical information.’ These goals are plainly inappropriate and are at bottom an incursion by the government into the constitutionally protected operations of the professional news media.” Upton requests Wheeler’s office respond to seven specific questions about the field test by January 10. You can read the entire letter here.
Chicago Classic Hits Station Serves Up Craft Brews. Well, not actually tapping the beers themselves, but NextMedia’s WERV, Aurora “95.9 The River” – serving Chicagoland’s Western Suburbs – is helping direct craft beer lovers in the region to the more than 70 breweries and brew pubs in the metro area via its site CraftBrewChicago.com. Program director Mark Zander says, “As the craft brew movement has grown and ‘95.9 The River’ has been a part of more and more craft brew festivals, one thing is clear: River Rock and Roll and Craft Brews are a perfect match.” Station GM Scott Kosak adds, “’95.9 The River’ is above all, focused on what’s happening in our local communities, both socially and for local businesses. Once we realized how many craft breweries and brew pubs were popping up in and around Chicagoland, creating this local resource for the area was a no-brainer. We’ll not just be promoting great craft breweries, but also reinforcing responsible consumption along with great River Rock and Roll.”
Local Focus Purchased by McGavren Guild Parent. Genesis Media Holdings picks up Kay Olin and Dave Demer‘s Atlanta-based Local Focus rep firm. GMH owns McGavren Guild Media, which will operate independently of its new sibling. In addition, Genesis Media Holdings brings in Cumulus Media director of national sales Kevin Garrity as manager. GMH chief financial officer Billy McEntee comments, “Local Focus is an innovative firm powered by a team of highly accomplished sales professionals. We look forward to working with them to provide an even greater level of service to radio stations and advertisers. Kevin Garrity has excelled at every level of radio sales management. With his addition and the acquisition of Local Focus, we are poised for rapid expansion and growth. Management will continue to drive revenue for their respective station partners, while capitalizing on opportunities afforded through the larger Genesis Media group.” Garrity remarks, “Genesis Media Holdings’ commitment to building their platform and investing in the long-term growth of their properties is very exciting. I look forward to playing an integral part in shaping that growth.” McGavren Guild Media president Lisa Sirotka-Sonnenklar adds, “I am extremely excited to be working with Kevin to further build McGavren Guild Media. I look forward to the additional support I will gain from his depth of industry experience.” Garrity’s background includes 20 years at Interep, the last five of those as president of ABC Radio Sales. In tandem with these announcements, vice president of revenue Dave Demer becomes president of Local Focus, while the rep firm’s founder Kay Olin will act as a consultant to Genesis Media. ”Kay has been instrumental in facilitating the evolution of Local Focus and preparing it for this next step in its growth,” Demer notes. ”She will add immense value to Genesis Media.” Previously, Demer held marketing and sales positions with Clear Channel and Cox Media Group. Local Focus represents more than 350 stations.
Tom Ray Warns Radio Broadcasters to Avoid EAS Confusion and Potential Fines. RadioInfo technical editor and noted engineering consultant Tom Ray passes along the following important information to our readers who program and operate radio stations. Perhaps you heard about the recent $25,000 fines given out by the Commission regarding EAS violations. The violations concerned airing either an EAS alert tone, EAS data burst, or sound alikes. Both are prohibited under part 11 of the Commission’s rules. Why? If you are airing the EAS data bursts, this is something that could be decoded by downstream EAS decoders. This can be confusing for station personnel, but more importantly, may in fact trigger an EAS alert when an emergency condition doesn’t exist. And airing of something that sounds like the EAS data bursts and/or the two-tone alert signal starts to desensitize the public to an actual message. It could, in fact, panic the public. The recent cases involved EAS like sounds involved in commercials for movies. In one case, when the cell phone alert apps were downloaded to person’s phones without their knowledge, I heard a television newscast run the sounds the phone made – which sound close enough to an EAS alert that it was a violation – regardless of whether it was news. Some of this stems from our ways of operating these days. Spots used to arrive on reel-to-reel tape, and you had to listen to the spot to transfer it to cart before airing and could catch the fact that EAS tones were in a spot. Today, the spot arrives as a file and most automation systems can take the spot in without anyone listening to it ahead of time. In the case of the TV newscast, the news producer obviously did not know the FCC regulations. In the case of ingesting spots directly into your system, they should always be listened to not only for content, but also for problems like distortion. To take something in without listening to it is irresponsible. The bottom line – don’t air something that sounds like an EAS alert. The FCC takes it seriously. The public takes it seriously. And it shouldn’t happen. For more information about this topic Tom Ray can be phoned at 845-418-5065 or emailed at email@example.com.
‘Star 99.1’ Socks It to ‘Em. Pillar of Fire-owned Christian contemporary WAWZ, Zarephath, New Jersey “Star 99.1” shows off the oodles of socks it is distributing to the thousands in need this holiday season. The station partnered with Passione Legwear to distribute the socks. 7,500 pairs were lovingly packed by ‘Star 99.1’ and Passione staff and volunteers for 15 local charities in the NJ/ NYC listening area. Pictured left to right are: Star 99.1’s Dawn Wheeler, Robin Tefft, Scott Valentine, Nancy Walter, Doug Sterner and Vickie Coonan.
Adams Returns to Clear Channel Portland as VP/Programming. CBS Radio Houston vice president of music programming Mark Adams leaves to oversee programming operations for Clear Channel‘s eight Portland stations. For eight years (2000 – 2008), Adams programmed Clear Channel Portland rhythmic CHR KXJM and was operations manager of then (talk) sibling KXL-AM (now Alpha Broadcasting sports outlet KXTG). Clear Channel Portland market president Robert Dove comments, “Mark has a proven track record and I know he will lead the Clear Channel Portland cluster to even greater ratings success.” Adams adds, “I am looking forward to working with all the incredible brands and teams in the market, and contributing to their future success. Portland is one of my favorite cities in the country and it’s exciting to have the chance to return to the Pacific Northwest and do some great radio.” Prior to joining CBS Radio in April 2008, Adams worked in San Francisco, Milwaukee and Fresno.
Kidd Departs DC’s WPGC-FM. Program director Jason Kidd has left WPGC-FM, Washington, DC. In his stead, operations manager Steve Davis and assistant program director Angelique Alston are handling programming for the CBS Radio rhythmic CHR. ”It was truly a dream come true to be a part of a station that I listened to since I was five years old,” Kidd writes in a staff memo. ”It has been an honor to follow in the footsteps of so many great programmers who have been a part of the continuing evolution of WPGC-FM. In 2011, we evolved the station yet again and posted the best ratings in our PPM history.” Kidd joined WPGC-FM roughly three years ago as assistant PD. Before that, he was music director at co-owned Baltimore hot AC WWMX, where he was one-half of “The Jason and Jenn Show.” Kidd’s past programming credits include WKST, Pittsburgh; KQBT, Austin; and WWHT, Syracuse.
Pope Is New to Mornings on KEZR. In this case, that would be Jeff Pope, who joins KEZR “Mix 106.5″ in morning drive, where he will be teamed with Marla Davies. The NextMedia Group San Jose adult contemporary outlet had been seeking a replacement for Bill Kelly, who passed away roughly six months ago. Pope formerly spent 13 years doing morning drive for Clear Channel CHR KGGI, Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (Inland Empire). KEZR brand manager Dana Jang comments, “Jeff Pope’s track record of a winning morning show in the Inland Empire makes him the perfect morning host to entertain listeners in the Silicon Valley.” Pope adds, “I am genuinely excited about doing mornings in the tenth-largest city in the country as well as waking up Silicon Valley with a solid pro like Marla Davies.” Pope & Marla will debut on “Mix 106.5″ in less than three weeks – (Monday, 12/30).
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Alternative WWCD, Columbus “CD102.5” moves weekend talent Ed Francis to the daily 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm shift and Tom Butler slides back to 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight beginning today…..At Radio One’s hip hop WCKX, Columbus, DJ Dimepiece takes over the evening show and will mix her “Dime Time Radio Show.” In addition to her previous work with Clear Channel’s hip hop WCGI, Chicago, DJ Dimepiece appeared on the VH1 show “Master of the Mix.”…..After a stint in the record business (promotion with Sidewalk Records) Kristina Carlyle returns to radio and is the new APD and midday host at Cox Media Group’s country KWEN, Tulsa “K95.”…..Joe Cassady is promoted to brand manager at Midwest Communications’ classic hits WLMI and country WQTX “92.1 Big Country” in Lansing, Michigan. Cassady – who will continue to host afternoons on WLMI – takes over for Aimee Rau who remains with the cluster producing WLMI’s Tim Barron morning show…..At Marc Radio Gainesville’s rhythmic CHR WTMG, Williston, Florida “Magic 101.3,” Quran “DJ Q” Pettyjohn joins the station as music director and assistant program director.
CC’s Bob Pittman Explains View of Media Landscape in AdWeek Essay. Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman pens a brief piece on his philosophy about dealing with the “disruption” that’s taking place in the media business in AdWeek. In it, Pittman states that he believes a crucial mistake to make is to follow conventional wisdom and allow yourself to be hyped. In our business, Pittman says that translates into dumping all other media and putting all your eggs into the shiny new basket that is digital. Pittman advises to be aware of the behavior of the consumer and further asserts his belief that a mix of media is a winning plan for advertisers in this era. Read the entire piece here.
Nielsen Audio Releases Select Data from RADAR 119. The December 2013 RADAR (Radio’s All Dimension Audience Research) is data culled from the 48 PPM markets Nielsen measures between September 13, 2012 to September 11, 2013 and it concludes that “more than 178 million persons 12 and older, or approximately 68% of this demographic, heard one or more network radio commercials in an average week of the survey period. Keep in mind that RADAR reports estimated audiences to network commercials broadcast by affiliates of the subscribing networks and doesn’t purport to account for listening to all network radio programming. The study concludes that in the top 25 DMAs (designated market areas), network radio demonstrates extensive reach including: 70.5% of persons aged 12+ (92,593,000 persons); 73.7% of persons aged 18-49 (50,599,000 persons); and 74.5% of persons aged 25-54 (48,331,000 persons). Subscribing networks are happy to release their success stories and AdLarge Media reports that its ROI Network debuted in this report and was “#1 with Adults and Women 18-49; and Women 25-54, Monday-Sunday and Monday-Friday, 5A-8P.” AdLarge co-founder and president Cathy Csukas states, “We promised our advertisers an expansive network and the results of AdLarge’s ROI Network debut delivered. The robust female showing bolsters our commitment to help advertisers connect with this hard-to-reach demographic that has strong purchasing power.” WestwoodOne issues a statement saying that it is “proud to be a part of RADAR’s expanding networks within the audio landscape. In addition to proving that radio is alive and well and that its audiences are broadening, today’s RADAR 119, released by Nielsen Audio, showcases more diversity in network offerings.” WestwoodOne COO Charles Steinhauer adds, “Overall growth is positive for the audio category, and for RADAR. Generally, the December RADAR is a non-event because many networks re-configure their lineups and publish special tabs at this time of year, WestwoodOne included. It is exciting to welcome a new company into the RADAR marketplace and to the Network Radio Research Council. We look forward to more diversity in the promotion of network radio audiences.”
Eastwood Announced as Radio Mercury Awards Chief Judge. Matt Eastwood is DDB, New York’s chief creative officer and he will be taking on responsibilities as chief judge for the 23rd annual Radio Mercury Awards. “We are so privileged to have Matt Eastwood as this year’s chief judge,” comments Radio Advertising Bureau president-chief executive officer/Radio Creative Fund chair Erica Farber. ”Matt has a true appetite for exceptionally creative radio and has shown a commitment to transport the medium to new levels of excellence.” Eastwood states that, “With all the new forms of media out there today, radio creative is still the most challenging and truly the best writer’s medium in which to challenge yourself. What is more exciting is that radio now has all these new platforms, so the ideas and opportunities are endless. The awards continue to fuel the passion of agency ‘creatives’ to take the medium beyond the average spot commercial, but still recognize the beauty and elegance of a well-crafted, creatively written spot.” Entries are being accepted for creative spots and campaigns from advertising agencies, radio stations, production companies, colleges, universities and advertisers. In addition to the $50,000 “Best of Show,” other prizes will be awarded for “Agency Production Single,” “Radio Station Produced Single,” “Student Produced Single,” “Public Service Announcement,” “Spanish Language Single,” “Radio Campaign,” “Spanish Language Campaign,” “Integrated Campaign with Radio,” “Innovative Use of Radio,” and “Radio Promotion of the Year.” Deadline to call for entry is (Tuesday) April 1, 2014.
Record Number of SCBA Radio Sales Training Graduates. The Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA) has just presented certification awards to 31 new – or newer – sales professionals, sales assistants and individuals seeking a sales career in Southern California radio. That is a record number of people successfully completing the training classes, which were conducted from September 23 – December 5. SCBA President Thom Callahan comments, “The SCBA is firmly committed to helping our members train the next generation of professional radio sales executives. Each class and professional instructor brought a special focus for our students.” Included in the 10-week training curriculum were “New Business Development,” “Strategic Selling,” “Building Client Relationships,” “Interactive Selling,” and “Cold Calling Techniques.” The SCBA Sales Training Classes is a collaboration of the SCBA and the GSM Council of Southern California.
Alpha Broadcasting Stations Partner with Amy Roloff Charity Foundation for Anti-Bullying Contest. Hot AC KBFF, Portland “Live 95.5” and country KUPL “98.7 The Bull” joined together with the Amy Roloff Charity Foundation to hold an on-air and online contest in which students at Portland-area schools were to submit on behalf of fellow schoolmates and faculty that have made a difference or overcome bullying. The winner of the contest is Cascade Middle School 8th Grader Elizabeth Reynolds. As a result, “Little People, Big World” star Amy Roloff will present an anti-bullying assembly at Cascade Middle School tomorrow.
Bicycle Accident Claims Olin’s Life. Milton Olin, Jr. was the former two-year (2000 – 2002) chief operating officer of music-sharing site Napster. The 65-year-old Olin died this past Sunday (12/8) in Los Angeles when a police patrol car struck his bicycle on the Mulholland Highway. The accident happened at approximately 1:00 pm. The patrol car and Olin’s bicycle reportedly were traveling eastbound when they collided. Olin was a senior partner at Altschul & Olin, LLP. He graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 1975.
Backstage with Icona Pop. WKSC, Chicago “103.5 Kiss FM” afternoon drive personality Jordan (center) interviews Aino Jawo (left) and Caroline Hjelt (right) of the Swedish duo Icona Pop backstage at the United Center. Icona Pop was one of eight acts that rocked the arena last night (12/9) during the “103.5 Kiss FM Jingle Ball.” Also performing were Robin Thicke, Enrique Iglesias, Paramore, Flo Rida, Avril Lavigne, Travie McCoy and Fifth Harmony.
Estate of Paul Drew Makes Donation of Artifacts to Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame announces it has received a donation of files from the Estate of Top 40 radio pioneer Paul Drew. Cataloguing and inventorying is being done and then they will be placed in The Popular Music and Culture Collection, within the Georgia State University Special Collections and Archives. Future researchers will have access to files and photographs pertaining to Drew’s tenure at WGST, WAKE, WQXI, CKLW, WIBG, KFRC, KHJ, RKO Radio, and Radio Marti as well as his own companies. Material and photographs pertaining to Georgia radio have begun to appear in the ATLANTA sub section under the GEORGIA STATIONS tab at www.grhof.com. The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame would like to acknowledge Ann Drew for facilitating this contribution to Georgia radio and radio industry history. Pictured here is Drew with the Japanese pop duo Pink Lady taken in the early 1980s.
Clear Channel Goes with DC-Based Elliot Segal for WOR, New York Morning Show. In announcing its new program schedule for news/talk WOR, New York (which includes the arrival of Premiere’s Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity), Clear Channel Media + Entertainment throws a curveball to industry watchers and names “DC101” morning drive host Elliot Segal the new morning drive show, replacing the retiring John Gambling. The “Elliot in the Morning” show will continue to air on Clear Channel’s rock WWDC as well as rock WRXL, Richmond “XL 102.” Segal says, “I’m excited to be coming back to New York, to a station with such a legendary history. We have built something very special in Washington, DC and Richmond and I’m beyond thrilled that the show will continue airing on DC/101 and XL-102. Now, WOR will be home to ‘Elliot In The Morning’ and I couldn’t be more anxious to get going.” This move is particularly significant because it is the first time in recent memory that a major market heritage AM news/talk station will be carrying the same show that is running on a major market heritage FM music station. Although there is nothing new about major FM music stations running talk (or talk-oriented) programs in their lineups (usually in morning drive), this move marks a significant breakthrough in mixing the cultures within a single outlet’s stationality. The implications of this, should it be successful, will be huge. Clear Channel notes Mark Simone follows Segal from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. After that it’s Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Andy Dean and Dave Ramsey. Joan Hamburg – a longtime WOR personality – moves to weekends with programs airing on both Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. President and market manager Joe Puglise states, “This is an incredibly exciting time for WOR. Bringing America’s top two talk show hosts to our lineup, the entertaining Elliot Segal and his team to the mornings and becoming the flagship station for the Mets will allow us to create unprecedented marketing opportunities for our partners and unbeatable programming for our listeners.”
Good BS Versus Bad BS. According to Duane Doobie, RadioInfo‘s tell-it-like-it-is music editor/director, we are all in the business of hype. In his opinion, without hype there would be no progress, no growth, no leaders and no followers. In a new column posted today (12/9) he writes, “Please do not interpret what I have to say as being naïve to the way ‘business’ must be conducted for our industry (or any industry for that matter) to stay afloat, let alone thrive. But I do deeply believe based on significant personal and professional experience that hype (specifically as it applies to music research) falls into two major categories. Bad BS and good BS! Bad BS is the propellant that leads you to untruth and failure. Good BS is the propellant that lifts you to truth and success. Okay… so how does that relate to what we do?” Find out. Read Duane Doobie’s entire column by clicking here.
Steve Harvey to Be Inducted into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Premiere Networks nationally syndicated urban morning show host Steve Harvey will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon on Tuesday, April 8 in Las Vegas. NAB executive vice president of radio John David says, “Steve Harvey entertains people of all ages with his unique and humorous perspective on life. Mr. Harvey’s dedication and talent have earned him great success, and we are thrilled to induct him into NAB’s Broadcasting Hall of Fame.” Harvey began his career in the mid-1980s as a stand-up comedian. The long-time host of “It’s Showtime at the Apollo” has held numerous positions acting, hosting, writing and producing for television and film. In addition to his radio show, Harvey also hosts the syndicated television game show “Family Feud” and the television talk show “Steve Harvey” which earned him the 2013 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite New Talk Show Host.”
WMGK, Philadelphia’s Lake Announces His Retirement. Seven-year WMGK “102.9 MGK,” Philadelphia program director Charley Lake will be retiring from the Greater Media classic rocker at the end of next month. Greater Media chairman/chief executive officer Peter Smyth comments that, “Charley Lake has been – and will always be – an important and beloved member of the Greater Media family. Under his leadership, WMGK has become one of the premiere classic rock stations in America.” Senior vice president/regional market manager John Fullam comments, “Charley has helped WMGK achieve some of its highest ratings. Charley is one of the top program directors in our business and one of the nicest people.” Lake adds, “It is an honor to wrap up my career, which has involved both the radio and music industries, in Philadelphia, a city as famous for its legendary radio stations and air talent as it is for its legacy of wonderful music and musicians. I look forward to my retirement, but for now I’m just looking forward to spending a few more weeks in the company of the nicest and most talented group of radio professionals I’ve ever had the privilege of working with.” Lake’s past radio credits include programming WJMK, Chicago; KOOL, Phoenix; WLVQ, Columbus; and WRNO, New Orleans. He did record promotion for A&M, Epic, Motown, and Warner Bros.
Ken Calvert to Retire from WCSX, Detroit AM Drive Show. One half of the K.C. & Trudi morning show on Greater Media’s classic rock WCSX, Detroit – Ken Calvert – is retiring from the show and will step into a role that includes a weekend shift and continuing to write his “Ken’s Korner” blog for the station’s website. His last day in mornings will be December 20. The station has not announced its plans for the morning show beyond that. Calvert — after a Detroit radio career that began in 1973 during which he worked at WWWW-FM, WABX-FM, WRIF-FM, WLLZ-FM, and WJR-AM — joined WCSX in 2000. Program director Jerry “JT” Tarrants says, “Ken is a legend in the Detroit market and though he’ll no longer drive our morning show, he’ll still be taking advantage of the free coffee in our building. I can’t be happier that he’ll stay on the WCSX team in several different roles and capacities to help us continue to grow and strengthen the WCSX brand.” Calvert adds, “This has been a dream job with a dream company. Market manager Steve Chessare and JT have been wonderful in this transition. I look forward to remaining a part of the Greater Media Detroit family. It allows me to stay on-air on a limited basis and have a larger part on our growing digital platform with blogs and a regular podcast.”
Ken Payne Assumes PD Role at ‘Magic 102.7’ in Miami. Lincoln Financial Media announces programmer Ken Payne is the new program director at classic hits WMXJ-FM, Miami “MAGIC 102.7.” Payne served with Clear Channel at its adults hits WMGF, Orlando for the past 14 years. LFM Miami SVP and general manager Maureen Lesourd states, “Ken’s command of the format combined with his initiative and innovation will continue MAGIC’s growth trajectory in the ratings. He is a proven leader with a proficiency in research that will further enhance the station’s relevance in the lives of listeners and effectiveness for our advertisers.” Payne comments, “It’s a great privilege to join the Lincoln Financial Media family. MAGIC is a market leader delivering music and meaningful conversation to more than 800,000 listeners each week, making it an enormous force in South Florida. It’s a thrill to be part of such a prestigious team and legendary radio station.”
Flora and DeLucca Join Clear Channel, Phoenix as GSMs. Coming onboard effective immediately as general sales managers are George Flora and Libia DeLucca. Flora will oversee sales operations for Clear Channel, Phoenix outlets KFYI “Newstalk 550,” KOY “Business 1230,” and KGME “Fox Sports Radio 910.” In addition to her GSM duties, DeLucca will assist with brand manager responsibilities for the cluster’s rhythmic hot AC KYOT “Eva 95.5.” Clear Channel Phoenix vice president of sales Linda Little states, “George Flora is the perfect addition to our sales management team. He will add a wealth of knowledge and experience in driving revenue and creating solutions for clients utilizing our spoken-word brands. Libia brings with her years of experience selling integrated marketing solutions with digital, newspaper, and TV assets in Phoenix. I know she will take her team to new levels as they become even stronger digital marketers for their clients.” Prior to the six years he just spent at ESPN Los Angeles, Flora was with CBS Radio Los Angeles for 12 years. DeLucca had a 14-year run with Gannett Media Phoenix – most recently as digital sales manager.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Changes at Shamrock Communications’ Wilkes-Barre cluster where Jim Rising is the new program director and afternoon personality at classic rock WEZX. Rising serves as program director at Opus Broadcasting’s classic rock WQTL, Tallahassee “106.1 The Path” and will continue in that role as well. Shamrock also welcomes Tommy Ferguson to the company as PD for alternative WFUZ “Fuzz 92.1” and sports talk WEJL “NEPA’s ESPN.”…..Dan Turi exits Press Broadcasting’s hot AC WWZY, Monmouth-Ocean, New Jersey “107.1 The Breeze” as the station tweaks its format to a modern AC outlet and re-brands as “107.1 FM.” Turi also programmed the company’s sister station AC WBHX which is simulcasting the new “107.1 FM” format…..WDGC, Raleigh “G105” music director Kobi Kearney is leaving that position to move to Clear Channel’s sister CHR KWNW, Memphis “Radio NOW 101.9”where he’ll be PD and afternoon jock…..Meredith Turtletaub is named night jock at Hall Communications’ country WCTK, Providence “Cat Country 98.1” Turtletaub most recently worked in the Burlington, Vermont market…..MoodyontheMarket.com reports Mid-West Family Broadcasting‘s WCSY, South Haven, Michigan (Benton Harbor-St. Joseph) “SuperHits 103.7″ adds local talent to the station with Paul Layendecker hosting mornings from 6:00 am to 12:00 noon and Spencer Rivers holding down the 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm shift.
Beasley Declares Cash Dividend for Share Holders. The dividend will be paid on January 10 to shareholders of record on December 27 and will pay $0.045 per share. Chairman and CEO Geroge Beasley states, “The re-initiation of a regular cash dividend reflects the free cash flow generated by our operations as well as our commitment to deliver value to our shareholders, and follows the one-time special dividend of $0.085 paid to shareholders in December 2012. Importantly, taking into consideration the proposed annual capital allocated to dividend payments, based on current conditions we believe Beasley Broadcast Group‘s total free cash flow should provide us with the liquidity needed to further reduce leverage, consider potential station acquisitions and to enhance long-term shareholder value.”
Yankees Add Syracuse’s Rock “TK 99″ to its Radio Network. Galaxy Communications, Syracuse classic rocker WTKW “TK 99″ signs a multi-year agreement with CBS Radio to air all 162 regular season games of the NY Yankees beginning with the 2014 season. Galaxy Communications president/chief executive officer Ed Levine remarks, “We intend to go far beyond just broadcasting the games on the radio in Syracuse. We’re going to enhance the experience for Yankee fans in Central New York in a myriad of innovative ways.” CBS Radio vice president of sports programming Mark Chernoff comments, “CBS Radio and the New York Yankees are very excited to be partnering with ‘TK 99′ and Galaxy. They have shown a great ability through their work with Syracuse University athletics to enhance what is already a strong presence in Syracuse. We look forward to that continuing with the Yankees.” In April 2007, WTKW became the flagship play-by-play outlet of Syracuse University men’s football, men’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse games.
Hubbard’s WILV, Chicago Drops ‘Rewind’ Moniker. The adult hits station is dropping the “Rewind” part of its brand and is simply referring to itself as “Chicago’s 100.3” beginning today. Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that the station is making the change to reflect the addition of newer music to the playlist. Program director Marty Bender tells Feder, “The moniker of ‘Rewind’ served the station well for a number of years when we exclusively featured music from just the ’80s and ’90s. For quite some time now, we’ve been weaving in a number of choice, contemporary songs. The response from our core adult/female audience has been overwhelmingly positive. The next logical step for us was to expand our branding of the station beyond the limited ‘Rewind’ name. The majority of our audience already refers to the station by just our dial position of 100.3.”
Seacrest, The Inventor? More often than not, any story these days involving KIIS, Los Angeles morning man/”American Top 40″ countdown host/television producer/”American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest centers on speculation of him grabbing another high-profile media job. That is not the “case” though this time. The new face of New Year’s Eve has reportedly created the Typo Keyboard Case, an iPhone apparatus with a physical keyboard. According to AllThingsD, Seacrest has invested $1 million into the case, set to debut at next month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Typo iPhone Keyboard Case costs $99, but when reached by ABC News tech editor Joanna Stern, the company behind it would not confirm Seacrest’s financial investment. The Typo Keyboard case will work with an iPhone 5 and 5s. According to Stern, it has similarities to a Mophie Case for the iPhone. ”You slide two parts of the keyboard-equipped case onto the phone; then power on the case; and connect it via Bluetooth to the iPhone,” she points out. On the Typo Case website, Seacrest and business associate Laurence Hallier write, “After ordering every iPhone keyboard available, we realized there was no solution that worked well.” According to Stern, the two men vow that this case provides a “butter-smooth” experience and it adds only a quarter of an inch to the iPhone’s thickness. Orders are being taken now – shipments will be made next month.
Clear Channel and CMT Debut New Kacey Musgraves Video Today. Country performer Kacey Musgraves’ new video gets a double shot of promotion today as Clear Channel Media + Entertainment and CMT team up to give the video for “Follow Your Arrow” a promo blitz. It is being featured exclusively across CMT, Artists.CMT and Clear Channel’s country stations websites and iHeartRadio. CC EVP of programming Clay Hunnicutt states, “CMT and Clear Channel have created the largest country music platforms in radio and television and this is a great opportunity to leverage that partnership for the first time to shine a light on and support a bright young star that is breaking new ground and new music. Kacey thinks, writes and sings outside the lines — we’re excited to get her new video in the hands of her fans and country music lovers.
Weekly Pink Floyd Show Added to Chicago Rock Signal. The internationally syndicated weekly Pink Floyd show called “Floydian Slip” and featuring host Craig Bailey becomes part of the programming schedule at Matrix Broadcasting’s rock WFXF, Crystal Lake, Illinois “The Fox” serving Chicago’s northwest suburbs. Also, on December 3, the program began airing on The Tide Community Broadcasting’s triple A KTDE, Gualala, California “The Tide” serving Mendocino County on California’s Redwood Coast. The stations are the latest to join the show’s Random Precision Radio Network, created by Bailey in the summer of 2009 when he began syndicating the show from his home studio. ”Floydian Slip” is currently heard on nearly 50 stations in the U.S., Canada and overseas.
KINK, Portland’s Dave Scott to Play Santa at Children’s Hospital. Alpha Broadcasting’s triple A KINK, Portland is playing a role in the holidays for young patients at Randall’s Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. On December 16, morning host Dave Scott and co-hosts Sheila and Shelly B will be visiting the hospital with toys for young patients to enjoy throughout the year. The station is currently soliciting toys from its listeners to present to the children. Program director Chris Mays says, “We are so excited to be playing Santa to the kids at Randall’s Children’s Hospital! The KINK community is very active and we are looking forward to their donations for Santa’s ‘bag’ in this season of giving.”
“It’s A Thrill Just To Be Nominated.” Undoubtedly, at least one artist listed here made that statement over the weekend, as nominees for the 56th annual Grammy Awards were revealed last Friday night (12/6) during an hour-long, LL Cool J-hosted CBS-TV special from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater. Six categories and their respective contenders were broadcast; shortly thereafter, the entire list was disclosed. In case you missed it, the nominees are:
Song of the Year
“Just Give Me A Reason” – P!nk
“Locked Out of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
“Roar” – Katy Perry
“Royals” – Lorde
“Same Love” - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
Best Pop Group/Duo Performance
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
“Just Give Me a Reason” – P!nk and Nate Ruess
“Stay” – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
“Suit and Tie” – Justin Timberlake and Jay Z
Album of the Year
“The Blessed Unrest” – Sara Bareilles
“Random Access Memories” – Daft Punk
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City” – Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Red” – Taylor Swift
Best Country Album
“Night Train” – Jason Aldean
“Two Lanes of Freedom” – Tim McGraw
“Same Trailer Different Park” – Kacey Musgraves
“Based on a True Story …” – Blake Shelton
“Red” – Taylor Swift
Best New Artist
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Record of the Year
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Royals” – Lorde
“Locked Out of Heaven” – Bruno Mars
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
Best Pop Solo Performance
“Brave” – Sara Bareilles
“Royals” – Lorde
“When I Was Your Man” – Bruno Mars
“Roar” – Katy Perry
“Mirrors” – Justin Timberlake
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Get Lucky” – Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams
“Just Give Me A Reason” – P!nk featuring Nate Ruess
“Stay” – Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
“Blurred Lines” – Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams
“Suit & Tie” – Justin Timberlake & Jay Z
Best Dance/Electronica Album
“Random Access Memories” – Daft Punk
“Settle” – Disclosure
“18 Months” – Calvin Harris
“Atmosphere” – Kaskade
“A Color Map of the Sun” – Pretty Lights
Best Rock Performance
“Always Alright” – Alabama Shakes
“The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” – David Bowie
“Radioactive” – Imagine Dragons
“Kashmir” (Live)” – Led Zeppelin
“My God Is The Sun” – Queens Of The Stone Age
“I’m Shakin’” – Jack White
Best Rock Album
“13″ – Black Sabbath
“The Next Day” – David Bowie
“Mechanical Bull” – Kings Of Leon
“Celebration Day” – Led Zeppelin
“… Like Clockwork” – Queens of the Stone Age
“Psychedelic Pill” – Neil Young with Crazy Horse
Best Alternative Music Album
“The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love” – Neko Case
“Trouble Will Find Me” – The National
“Hesitation Marks” – Nine Inch Nails
“Lonerism” – Tame Impala
“Modern Vampires Of The City” – Vampire Weekend
Best R&B Performance
“Love And War” – Tamar Braxton
“Best Of Me” – Anthony Hamilton
“Nakamarra” – Hiatus Kaiyote featuring Q-Tip
“How Many Drinks?” – Miguel featuring Kendrick Lamar
“Something” – Snarky Puppy with Lalah Hathaway
Best R&B Album
“R&B Divas” – Faith Evans
“Girl on Fire” – Alicia Keys
“Love in the Future” – John Legend
“Better” – Chrisette Michele
“Three Kings” – TGT
Best Rap Performance
“Started From The Bottom” – Drake
“Berzerk” – Eminem
“Tom Ford” - Jay Z
“Swimming Pools (Drank)” – Kendrick Lamar
“Thrift Shop” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
“Power Trip” – J.Cole featuring Miguel
“Part II (On The Run)” – Jay Z featuring Beyoncé
“Holy Grail” – Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
“Now Or Never” – Kendrick Lamar featuring Mary J. Blige
“Remember You” – Wiz Khalifa featuring The Weeknd
Best Rap Album
“Nothing Was the Same” – Drake
“Magna Carta … Holy Grail” – Jay Z
“Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” – Kendrick Lamar
“The Heist” – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
“Yeezus” – Kanye West
Best Country Solo Performance
“I Drive Your Truck” – Lee Brice
“I Want Crazy” – Hunter Hayes
“Mama’s Broken Heart” – Miranda Lambert
“Wagon Wheel” – Darius Rucker
“Mine Would Be You” – Blake Shelton
Best Comedy Album
“Calm Down Gurrl” – Kathy Griffin
“I’m Here To Help” – Craig Ferguson
“A Little Unprofessional” – Ron White
“Live” – Tig Notaro
“That’s What I’m Talkin’ About” – Bob Saget
There are four instances where an artist is competing against himself in the same category. Kendrick Lamar is a six-time nominee for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best R&B Performance, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Another six-time nominee is Pharrell Williams for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Get Lucky,” Best Pop Duo/Group Performance – “Blurred Lines,” Best Pop Group/Duo Performance – “Blurred Lines,” Best Pop Group/Duo Performance - “Get Lucky,” Record of the Year - “Blurred Lines,” and Record of the Year – “Get Lucky.” Mentioned five times are Daft Punk (Album of the Year, Best Dance/Electronica Album, Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, and Record of the Year). Also boasting five nominations is Jay Z (Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration featuring Beyoncé, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration featuring Justin Timberlake. The group Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is another five-time nominee for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Performance, and Song of the Year. Justin Timberlake is a four-time nominee for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, Best Pop Solo Performance, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Three-time nominees are Lorde (Best Pop Solo Performance, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year); Bruno Mars (Best Pop Solo Performance, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year); P!nk (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, and Song of the Year); and Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Best Pop Group/Duo Performance, Record of the Year). With two apiece are Sara Bareilles, David Bowie, Drake, Imagine Dragons, Led Zeppelin, Miguel, Kacey Musgraves, Katy Perry, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nate Reuss, Rihanna featuring Mikky Echo, Blake Shelton, and Taylor Swift. CBS-TV will air the Grammys (Sunday) January 26.
Lincoln Financial Media Appoints Prain DOS in Miami. Lincoln Financial Media announces broadcast pro and media sales consultant Jim Prain is named director of sales for the company’s Miami cluster that includes: AC WLYF, “LITE 101.5,” classic hits WMXJ, “MAGIC 102.7,” and sports talk WAXY-AM/FM “104.3 The Ticket.” LFM Miami SVP and general manager Maureen Lesourd states, “I have had the privilege to know Jim throughout his career and find him a highly credible, accountable and strategic thinker. His leadership will help propel our sales effort to meet the growing demands of our clientele and maximize all the on air, online and social media assets we have to offer.” Prain’s media career includes 25-plus years of media management experience in major and large markets, including positions at companies such as ABC, ABC/Cap Cities and Cox Media. He also invested two years as a small business owner in Detroit, where he launched a power sports company. Prain comments, “I’ve had the pleasure of working with Maureen and LFM CEO Don Benson over the years and feel this is the perfect fit for me professionally and personally. My passion for helping our customers, combined with the recent benefits of owning a small business, affords me a unique perspective on both sides of the marketing equation. I’m excited to get started.”
Clear Channel Transfers DeSocio to St. Louis. As of next Monday (12/9), CHR WXXL, Orlando “XL-106.7″ program director/on-air talent Jordan DeSocio will become assistant program director/music director of co-owned Clear Channel St. Louis siblings (CHR) KSLZ “Z107.7″ and (rhythmic CHR) KBWX “WiLD 104.9.” Program Director Brett Andrews comments, “Jordan is a great on-air talent and a skilled programmer. His experience and knowledge will help grow our cluster’s ratings and revenue as well as social and digital operations.” DeSocio remarks, “I am looking forward to teaming up with Brett and the rest of the Clear Channel St. Louis team. I am excited to build on the incredible heritage of KSLZ and create new experiences for ‘WiLD 104.9.’” DeSocio previously worked for Clear Channel, Cincinnati CHR WKFS “Kiss 107.”
Entercom Seattle Boosts Scott to Digital PD. Two-year Entercom Seattle brand coordinator Leslie Scott is upped to digital program director for the Emerald City cluster, which includes rhythmic hot AC KHTP “Hot 103.7,” KISW “Rock 99.9,” country KKWF “The Wolf,” and alternative KNDD “The End.” Entercom Seattle vice president of programming Dave Richards remarks, “Leslie has displayed an intuitive and strategic talent for radio, digital, and social media engagement. She is the clear choice to lead our digital content and engagement.” As part of her new duties, Scott will strategize uses for station digital platforms, including websites, social media accounts, email databases, and direct-to-consumer platforms.
JB and Sandy Exit KAMX, Austin. Entercom Austin says it will announce the new morning drive host at hot AC KAMX, Austin “Mix 94.7” very soon. The station says longtime morning team JB and Sandy Mcllree are out as morning hosts and explains why. Vice president of programming Cat Thomas says, “JB and Sandy have been part of ‘Mix’ for 18 years, which is a lifetime in radio. JB and Sandy made an indelible impact on our station, their audience and the city of Austin. But unfortunately the declining performance of the show and the expense of the show no longer made economic sense, and we were unable to come to terms. We thank them for their work and wish them the best in the future.” Thomas continues, “We are excited about the future of ‘Mix’ in 2014 and we will be naming our new host shortly. We are pleased to announce we will be retaining Alex and Sara, and we will continue playing Austin’s best music mix.” JB and Sandy fans may not like the rationale but kudos to Thomas and Entercom Austin management for explaining the departure of the team instead of ignoring questions about the change.
Steven Mills Joins CC Allentown to Program Rock ‘95.1 ZZO’; Craig Stevens Promoted. Steven Mills was most recently with the Elmira, New York-based Pembroke Pines Media Group as corporate director of programming. Now, he’s headed to Allentown to serve as program director for Clear Channel’s rock WZZO “95.1 ZZO.” At the same time, the company announces Craig Stevens is upped to program director for adult hits WRFY, Reading “Y102” and oldies WRAW, Reading “Oldies 1340.” Stevens, a 21-year CC Allentown vet, serves as OM for the Allentown market and will continue in his role as PD for news/talk WAEB “NewsRadio 790.” Regional program manager Jeff Hurley comments, “Craig will provide excellent leadership to ‘Y102,’ one of the region’s flagship stations. I’m always excited to promote from within and Craig has earned the opportunity to lead the ‘Y102’ team. I am also excited for Steven to join the team. He brings an extremely diverse programming background and will be a tremendous asset to the Allentown market.”
After MidNite Assignment Awaits Alan. As of January 6, Premiere Radio‘s “After MidNite” will be re-branded as “CMT After MidNite with Cody Alan” to reflect the name of its new permanent personality. In the meantime, the syndicated country program’s 20th anniversary concludes with a series of guest hosts. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard (better known as Florida Georgia Line) have been performing those duties since Monday (12/2). They finish up on Sunday (12/8), giving way to Brad Paisley, who takes over next week (12/9 – 15). Then it will be Zac Brown‘s turn 12/16 – 22, before “Best-Of” highlights from the past several months air from December 23 – January 5. ”After MidNite” creator/host Blair Garner exited the show in late-July to do mornings on Cumulus country outlet WNSH, New York.
Envision Announces Two Adds: ‘The Core’ Added to ‘107.1 The Nerve’; ‘Hank FM’ to Air on WHIT, Madison. KTUM, Tatum, New Mexico “107.1 The Nerve” picks up Envision Radio Networks’ 90s rock program “The Core.” The M.T.D., Inc.-owned rock station will air the program Sundays at 5:00 pm. The show is hosted by Meltdown and programmed by Steve Black from Detroit’s rock powerhouse WRIF and features music from such 90s rock artists as Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden and U2. Also, country format “Hank FM” is being added to Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s WHIT, Madison. Program director Mark Van Allen states, “We are extremely excited to have launched ‘Country Legends HANK AM 1550.’ The radio station will provide a unique offering of classic country music to the Madison area.”
Cumulus Media Holdings to Refinance $2.23 Billion in Debt. According to a Reuters report, Cumulus Media Holdings has set terms on a new $2.23 billion loan that would serve to reduce its interest payments over the course of the loan. The company is marketing a $200 million, five-year revolver and a $2.025 billion, seven-year, first-lien term loan. The proceeds would refinance Cumulus’ current first- and second-lien loans. Moody’s Investor Services VP and senior credit officer Carl Salas is quoted saying, “It’s a meaningful improvement in their annual debt service. They will save upwards of $30 million to $35 million in interest costs which adds nicely to their free cash flow generation.”
Donovan Joins ‘Lite Rock 105’ in Providence. At Cumulus Media’s AC WWLI, Providence “Lite Rock 105,” Stephen Donovan is added to the morning show alongside Heather Gersten and the show is being re-named “Heather & Steve.” Program director Brian Demay states, “Stephen will bring a completely fresh and new sensibility to ‘Lite Rock’ mornings and I am excited about this new direction of the show.” Donovan adds, “Providence is a world-class city with a radio legacy to match. So when someone asks if you want to work in the same town as radio legends Salty Brine and Giovanni, you immediately pack your bags. I’m thrilled at the opportunity to join the ‘Lite Rock’ family.” Donovan joins the station beginning December 16.
KYSR, Los Angeles Morning Personality Kennedy to Host Fox Business Net Show. Former MTV VJ and current morning drive host at Clear Channel’s alternative KYSR, Los Angeles, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, will begin a new nightly current events talk show on Fox Business Network titled “The Independents” that will premiere on Monday, December 9. The Hollywood Reporter states that Kennedy will co-host with Reason magazine’s Matt Welch, America’s Future Foundation’s Kmele Foster and a rotating panel of money experts. Kennedy herself writes on her KYSR blog that the show will be “aimed at all the mealy-mouthed, partisan faithful out there. Has the 2 party system totally failed you? Yeah, me too! Tune in 4 nights a week on FBN, and just remember, music and politics go hand in hand. I will always hold hands with you.” Kennedy has been a contributor to FBN making regular appearances on “Stossel.”
Vali Named Interim GM of Ohana Broadcast, Hawaii. The name Austin Vali is widely-known in Hawaii radio and, as Ohana Broadcast Company‘s interim general manager, he will oversee four Oahu stations and five Kauai facilities. Owner/president Jason Wolff comments, “Austin brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and relationships in the Honolulu market. He will be a tremendous asset as we strive to produce the best possible radio for our listeners and clients.” Recently, Vali was vice president/general manager of Cox Media Group‘s three-station Long Island cluster. During his 40-year radio career, he has worked in Pittsburgh, Norfolk, and Louisville; however, Vali is perhaps best known for his experience in Hawaii. Since arriving there in 1978, he worked at Honolulu’s KIKI and KQMQ and he co-owned KRTR-FM and KXME in that market.
Premiere Announces Production Library Deal with SourceAudio. Premiere Networks says its new deal with SourceAudio will allow radio stations in America access to “the largest collection of production music ever made available to radio.” The partnership will provide exclusive domestic distribution for Alpha Music Libraries. Premiere will offer the comprehensive digital music library to radio stations nationwide beginning January 2014. In a statement, Premiere says “A unique, radio-specific search and distribution system available on the SourceAudio platform, Alpha Music Libraries will offer radio stations access to potentially hundreds of production music libraries, many of which have never been marketed to North American radio before. Utilizing SourceAudio’s cloud-based search and delivery system, subscribing stations will have access to the best new music for use in commercials, promos and spots – music that up until now has only been available to top advertising agencies, television production and major motion picture studios.” Premiere Networks EVP music programming Jennifer Leimgruber says, “Alpha Music Libraries provides station imaging professionals with access to tens of thousands of music tracks, updated constantly by publishers and available online, which is unprecedented. We couldn’t be happier to offer this resource to radio stations nationwide.”
The Sad State of Radio Broadcast Engineering – Part 2. Around Labor Day, RadioInfo technical editor Tom Ray wrote an article that asked, “Where have all the broadcast engineers gone?” He was inundated with responses — not just from across the country – but from around the world! Obviously, he hit a nerve with everyone. Ray reports, “I have heard from Australia, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and Ireland. Obviously, this is a universal topic and I have been overwhelmed. Additionally, I was both surprised and not surprised at the bitterness in many of the responses. Broadcast engineers are a unique group. It’s difficult, though not impossible, to find a more dedicated group of people in any business. We take it personally. The station becomes part of us and is what we do. And once that is disrupted, even if the person is in a much better place, it is taken personally. I can relate.” In a long-awaited follow-up to that powerful article, Tom Ray posts a powerful and informative “Part 2″ today (12/4) that goes into even more depth on this complex and important topic – raising issues and offering solutions – that lies at the very foundation of the state of today’s radio station business. It is must reading for anyone who cares about the present and future state of radio station operations. To read it in its entirety, please click here.
More Holiday Charity Work from Across the Country. At CBS Radio’s CHR KLUC, Las Vegas, station morning host Chet Buchanan will endure another 12 days of cold weather for the station’s “15th Annual Chet Buchanan & The Morning Zoo Toy Drive” starting today through December 16. Buchanan will live atop a 30-foot high scaffolding for 12 straight days, raising awareness to the Las Vegas valley about the less fortunate kids and families in the community. Last year, KLUC gathered 18 trucks full of toys, 3,280 bikes, and $268,000 in cash and gift cards……Entercom rock station WAAF, Boston is reprising its “Rise Up Against Hunger” campaign. From Wednesday, December 11 to Friday, December 13, WAAF personalities Lyndon “LB” Byers and Anthony “Spaz” Parziale will “rise up” on lifts where they will live on a platform suspended high in the sky for three full days in an effort to raise funds for The Greater Boston, Worcester County and New Hampshire Food Banks. WAAF PD Ron Valeri says, “WAAF is proud to partner with the food banks for this annual holiday season fundraiser. We’re asking our listeners to ‘Rise Up Against Hunger’ again, as they have generously done so many times in the past. Any amount is appreciated as we set our sights on exceeding last year’s donations of over $80,000 dollars.”…..Cumulus Media’s hip hop WWKX, Providence “Hot 106” is teaming with Hyundai of Seekonk to hold the first-ever “STUFF-A-BUS” to collect toys for The Salvation Army. Beginning Friday, December 6 at 2:00 pm, “Hot 106” afternoon drive personality Trey Miller will broadcast live on a bus for three days while collecting toys at a local Toys “R” Us. Miller says, “I am thrilled to be a part of such a great event that brings the whole community together! I can’t wait to see how many toys we can collect for our area children.”
“Dish Nation” Renewed For Third Season. Fox Television Stations will continue with the 30-minute entertainment program, which features drive-time radio talent from across the country. Twentieth Television executive vice president/general manager of broadcast sales Paul Franklin notes that, “The personalities featured on ‘Dish Nation’ are clearly resonating with viewers across the country. The program’s comedic take on pop culture and celebrity news have freshened up the stagnant entertainment magazine genre. The Fox Television Stations are a strong partner who first nurtured ‘Dish Nation’ as a summer test – we are thrilled to return for a third season on their local stations.” The program debuted on July 25, 2011, and according to Variety, it is the youngest skewing first-run syndicated program. It beats out “Queen Latifah,” “Arsenio Hall,” and “Katie [Couric]” in adults 18-34 and 18-49. ”Dish Nation” currently draws 1.3 million daily viewers, an 8% increase from a year ago. Among others, “Dish Nation” regulars have included Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill of Cumulus hot AC WPLJ, New York; Heidi and Frank from Cumulus rocker KLOS, Los Angeles; the late Kidd Kraddick of Clear Channel, Dallas CHR KHKS “Kiss”; Rickey Smiley from Radio One, Atlanta urban contemporary flagship WHTA “Hot”; Blaine Fowler and Allyson Martinek of Cumulus, Detroit hot AC WDVD; and Hubbard, Seattle CHR KQMV “Movin’” morning talents Brooke & Jubal.
November PPM Data – Part Four. Owing to the Thanksgiving holiday, Nielsen Audio pushed back data release for the remaining 12 PPM markets to yesterday (Monday, 12/2). See complete market numbers here for Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. In addition, RadioInfo’s Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group.
- Austin – Not only is this the sixth straight positive trend for Crista Media-owned KFMK “Spirit 105.9,” the contemporary Christian outlet boasts the distinction of largest (6+) October-November gain (+2.0) of any station in all 48 PPM markets. As part of its upward spiral, “Spirit 105.9″ has progressed 3.0 – 3.8 – 3.9 – 4.0 – 4.7 – 5.1 – 7.1. It cracked the top ten in September (#9); advanced to #6 in October; and is now tied at #2. Two other Austin stations made upward moves of at least one share. After eight consecutive monthly showings in the 5.0 – 5.9 range, including back-to-back months at 5.5 (September and October), Clear Channel country KVET-FM (#4) gains 1.5 to hit an even seven-share, while Emmis adult alternative KGSR “Radio Austin” is +1.2 to 3.7 (#14 – #12).
- Milwaukee – Off by one full share (September-October, 6+), Journal adult hits WLWK “The Lake” rebounds with a six-tenths gain (3.7 – 4.3) as it inches up from #9 to #7. With a one-half share increase to 5.9 (#6), Entercom CHR WXSS “Kiss” has its best 6+-showing since December’s 6.1. Clear Channel talk WISN is off by one full share (7.5 – 6.5, #4). After nearly tripling its .4 in September (6+) to 1.1 in October, adult alternative WYMS takes an eight-tenths dip to .3 (#16).
- Indianapolis – Emmis talk outlet WIBC bounces back from a September-October -.6 in dramatic style by notching a +1.0 (5.3 – 6.3, 6+), thus leaping from ninth to a three-way tie for fifth. Conversely, Radio One rhythmic CHR WHHH “Hot 96.3″ has its third successive down trend – this one represents a nine-tenths loss – dropping the station from #6 in October to #9. Since August, “Hot” has fallen from 7.1 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 5.0 (6+).
- Providence – Up nine-tenths to 7.1 (6+), Clear Channel classic hits WWBB “B101″ progresses from fifth to third. For the fifth consecutive month, Entercom‘s WVEI (#7 – #6) is either up or flat (4.5 – 4.6 – 5.0 – 5.0 – 5.9 – 6.3). Its 6.3 represents the sports outlet’s strongest (6+) share since January 2011 – when it also posted a 6.3. Two Clear Channel siblings are off by one-half share apiece – rocker WHJY (7.8 – 7.3, #2) and hot AC WSNE (6.2 – 5.7, #7).
- Raleigh – With a powerful +1.6, Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR “Today’s Best Country” (#1 for the fifth straight month) hits an even 10.0 share, just as it did in August. Public WUNC takes a nine-tenths spike (8.0 – 8.9) to advance from third to second. Off by six-tenths is Clear Channel CHR WDCG (6.3 – 5.7, #5 – #6).
- Nashville – In addition to being up nine-tenths from October to 6.4, urban contemporary WUBT “The Beat” (#3) is part of a Clear Channel block at #2, #3, #4, and #5. Cumulus Media‘s WSM gains one-half share to 4.7 (#8), while Clear Channel country rival WSIX is -.1 (6.2, #4); WSM country sibling WKDF is -.3 (3.8, #11). Following a scorching +.9 to 6.1 (September-October, 6+), Cumulus Media sports-formatted WGFX “The Zone” tumbles by eight-tenths to 5.3 (#5 – #7).
- Greensboro – CHR has a good month, as Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL “The #1 Hit Music Station” gains seven-tenths (4.6 – 5.3, #8 – #7), while Clear Channel-owned WMKS “Now 105.7″ adds one-half share (3.2 – 3.7, steady at #9). On the other hand, Entercom country outlet WPAW “The Wolf” is down four-tenths (8.8 – 8.4, #2) and Clear Channel format rival WTQR “New Country” is off by a full-share (8.5 – 7.5, #6). Entercom’s WQMG (12.1, #1) is in double-digits (6+) for the twelfth straight time. Meanwhile, after registering a +1.1 to 9.0 in October, the urban AC’s adult hits sibling – WSMW “Simon” – plummets by nine-tenths (9.0 – 8.1, #2 – #5).
- West Palm Beach – Clear Channel classic hits WOLL “Kool 105.5″ advances by eight-tenths to 6.3 (#2), while its CHR cluster-mate WLDI “Wild 95.5″ picks up six-tenths to 5.4 (#4). After an eight-tenths August-September decline (6+) followed by a massive -1.2 (September-October), classical-formatted WPBI drops another nine-tenths to 1.4 (#14 – #15); the public outlet ranked sixth in August. Despite a four-tenths dip to 8.1, hot AC WRMF leads the (6+) field for the twelfth consecutive time.
- Memphis – Entercom‘s WMC-FM “FM 100″ enjoys a strong October-November +1.3 as it advances from fifth to third. The 7.7 represents the most potent 6+-share in the hot AC’s PPM history. While Clear Channel gospel WHAL “Halleluiah” trends up by one-half share (10.5 – 11.0) remaining #1 for the third straight month, co-owned urban AC KJMS “V101″ is down eight-tenths to 9.4 (it had been in double-digits, 6+, in August, September, and October) and remains at #2 for the third consecutive month.
- Hartford – Just as it has been for every PPM monthly report since October 2011, CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite” (9.8 – 10.7, +.9) is #1. Marlin Broadcasting‘s WCCC “Rock 106.9″ drops one-half share (3.4 – 2.9) but remains at #10.
Kristin the Island Girl Named Midday Jock at ‘HOT 103.7’ in Seattle. Entercom’s rhythmic CHR KHTP, Seattle “HOT 103.7” brings Kristin “The Island Girl” Geong aboard to host he midday show at the station. Geong is a 14-year veteran of the market, most recently at Clear Channel’s crosstown CHR KBKS. KHTP program director Mike Preston says, “Bringing Kristin back to the airwaves on ‘The New HOT 103.7’ gives this growing station even more momentum. After a successful launch, with over 600,000 listeners in just our second month, Kristin was the perfect choice for middays. Her passion for this music format makes her the perfect host for Seattle listeners to spend their work day with.” Geong adds, “I couldn’t be more excited to join the hottest radio station in Seattle. LOVE the fact that I get to not only be back on the radio in the city I love, but I also get to play all of my favorite music, including all of the old school throwback songs that I know word-for-word! Big thanks to Dave Richards and Mike Preston for bringing me on board to be a part of the ‘HOT 103.7’ team!”
Morelli Moves to CBS Radio as VP/Integrated Marketing. Two-year CBS Radio Chicago director of integrated marketing & events Jennifer Morelli is named vice president of integrated marketing for CBS Radio. Morelli led non-traditional sales efforts for the company’s six-station Windy City cluster. According to CBS Radio president of sales Michael Weiss, “Jennifer has taken on roles of increasing responsibility during her tenure at CBS Radio and is well prepared to take on this leadership position for the division. She has demonstrated the ability to create opportunities for clients that go beyond conventional advertising and branding methods.” Morelli joined CBS Radio Houston four years ago as integrated marketing manager. She previously held several positions – including general sales manager – with Emmis in Austin and she has worked in the sales department of WQRF-TV, Chicago. Morelli’s radio career began in 1997 at Sconnix Broadcasting‘s Quad Cities stations where she was an account executive. More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Sun Broadcasting’s Fort Myers operations, program director Lance Ballance exits rock WXNX “93X.” Ballance has been with the station since April of 2011 when it was adult contemporary WTLT “Lite 93.7.”…..Jim “JR” Reitz leaves Cumulus Media’s CHR WFHN, New Bedford, Massachusetts “Fun 107” where he’s been for the past 20 years for a change of career and scenery in Phoenix. Reitz has been serving as program director and morning drive host.
Hometown Media Brings ‘The Dude’ to Wilmington, North Carolina. Last February, Hometown Media branded its Columbia, South Carolina country station WWNQ “94.3 The Dude.” Now the company’s Wilmington, North Carolina cluster takes two of its FM signals – WNTB at 93.7 and WLTT at 106.3 – and flips them from news/talk to country as “The Dude.” Hometown Wilmington general manager Beau Gunn states, “In keeping with the tradition of being your hometown connection, we wanted a country radio station that played the songs listeners wanted to hear. We want your input. We want to play the country music Wilmington wants to hear; not music that was selected in Atlanta or New York. We knew Wilmington wanted a country station and we know people want to be involved in selecting the songs you want to hear. We’ve created a listener advisory board so that ‘The Dude’ plays songs the Port City wants to hear.” Gunn promises the station will play the current country hits and will also dig deeper into albums for cuts listeners want to hear. As for the company’s news/talk programming, “Port City Radio” will continue to be heard on former classical duo WSFM-AM and translator W240AS.
No Political Ads for Pubcasters After All. The notion that public radio and television stations would soon get to take political advertising – made real by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last year – has been struck down after a larger, 11-judge panel from the same court ruled 8-3 to uphold the ban on paid commercial, political or issues ads on public radio or television stations. Writing for the majority, Judge Margaret McKeown said, “Congress recognized that advertising would change the character of public broadcast programming and undermine the intended distinction between commercial and noncommercial broadcasting.” The ruling no doubt is music to the ears of commercial broadcasters since they won’t have to share any of that revenue with public outlets. Interestingly, two of the dissenting judges argued that preventing pubcasters from taking advertising – even from for-profit corporations — violates the First Amendment. The case first came to the courts after a public television station was found to have violated the strict rules about promotional messages in announcements for companies called “underwriters.” At least for now, it appears the free speech argument waged by public broadcasters is being overridden by their charter which maintains they be commercial-free.
Nielsen’s ‘Cross-Platform Report’ Concludes More Than 90% of Americans Use Radio Each Week. The just released “A Look Across Media: The Cross-Platform Report” from Nielsen uses RADAR data for its conclusions about radio use and habits. Stating that radio is used by more than 90% of Americans each week, the report notes that African Americans (92%) and Hispanics (94%) are the biggest users of radio on a weekly basis. According to Nielsen, the average American “consumes almost 60 hours of content each week across TV, online, radio and mobile,” and it breaks down this way: TV – 35.1 hours; radio –14 hours; video online – 1.5 hours; video on mobile – 1.3 hours. Though the report states that monthly listening to AM/FM radio is 60 hours and 42 minutes on average, missing from the options is listening to audio via mobile – obviously an important competitor for AM/FM radio. The report measures traditional TV, using Blu-Ray/DVD, using game console, using internet from computer, watching video on the internet, and watching video on mobile in addition to listening to radio via AM/FM. See more about the report here.
Britney Spears to Guest Host AT40 This Weekend. Premiere Networks announces pop star Britney Spears will guest host its “American Top 40” countdown program this weekend, December 7-8. In addition to counting down the top 40 songs, Spears will answer questions directly from fans and talk about the making of her latest studio album “Britney Jean,” including what it was like to record a duet with her sister, Jamie Lynn, and their future plans to collaborate. Spears will also discuss her personal life – from love and break-ups to her favorite Christmas memories, and what fans can expect from her two-year “Britney Spears: Piece of Me” residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, which kicks off December 27.
Cruz Gets Face Time with Jason Derulo. KHKS, Dallas “106.1 Kiss FM” evening personality Cruz (left) chats with pop star Jason Derulo backstage at the “106.1 KISS FM Jingle Ball 2013” at American Airlines Center on Tuesday night. Last night was the first stop on the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2013 Tour in Dallas and fans saw performances by Robin Thicke, Ariana Grande, Austin Mahone, Flo Rida, Selena Gomez, Enrique Iglesias, Fifth Harmony, One Republic, SoMo, Pitbull and Derulo. Other cities on the tour this month include: Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Tampa and Miami. Photo: Getty Images for iHeartRadio.
Springfield Radio Personality Battling Cancer. Longtime WHYN-FM, Springfield, Massachusetts morning personality Dan Williams is being treated for bladder cancer, according to a report on Masslive.com. Williams, who currently is doing weekends and swing shifts at Saga Communications’ crosstown rock WAQY “Rock 102,” was morning co-host at Clear Channel’s AC WHYN-FM “Mix 93.1” for 15 years along with his wife Kim Zachary (currently on the morning show at WDRC-FM, Hartford). Williams says doctors found a blockage in his ureter two years ago and wanted to keep an eye on it. Now that the tumor has grown, doctors will address a new treatment plan.
Broadcasters Foundation of America Begins ‘Holiday Giving Campaign.’ The 2013 Holiday Giving Campaign is underway at the Broadcasters Foundation of America. The campaign asks broadcasters to spread the word about the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to those who may need its assistance, and encourages donations and memberships at www.broadcastersfoundation.org, or by calling 212-373-8250. Often a last refuge, the Broadcasters Foundation has helped broadcasters and their families remain in their homes and made it possible for retirees to afford life-sustaining medications. The Broadcasters Foundation also has provided one-time emergency grants, including in the aftermath of natural catastrophes such as Hurricane Sandy. Chairman Phil Lombardo states, “The goal of the Foundation’s board of directors is that no broadcaster’s cry for help should ever go unanswered. Requests for aid have more than doubled over the past few years and more come in every day. Next year, we will disburse over $900,000 in financial assistance, a 100% increase from five years ago.” BFoA president Jim Thompson adds, “The pace of incoming donations is lagging behind the requests for aid. Our grant recipients are our colleagues — individuals who we have worked with and whose lives have been devastated by unthinkable circumstances. Aid from the Broadcasters Foundation can be life-saving, in many cases. I ask every broadcaster to consider making a donation or becoming a member.”
KFDI, Wichita Shows Off Holiday Charitable Efforts. Pictured here are staffers from Journal Broadcast Group’s country KFDI, Wichita (including morning hosts Brian Pierce – third from right – and Kellie Michaels – far right) after boxing up 801 holiday packages to be sent to U.S. troops from Kansas stationed overseas. In a separate initiative, the station’s 39th Annual Christmas Crusade for Children has received 1,025 commitments from donors to provide gifts for needy children. The opportunity to donate is being kept open through December 13.
American General Media Stations Organize Drive for Homeless. American General Media Albuquerque stations KABG “Big 98.5,” KAGM “Power 106.7,” KARS “Area 102.9,” KDLW “Z106.3” and KLVO “Radio Lobo” are donating air time and station talent to ask listeners to help support Joy Junction. The stations will hold an all-day live broadcast and donation drive on Friday, December 6 to benefit Joy Junction which assists homeless men, women, children and families in the Albuquerque area.
Radio Competes with ”New Media” for Space in the Brain of the Consumer. Do you ever get those moments when it slaps you upside the head that we’re in a new world of media? In a new column posted today (12/2), noted digital radio consultant and RadioInfo columnist Chris Miller writes, “I had one recently, reading one of those free local weekly papers that covers alternative news, arts and entertainment. You know the type, right? They thanked the regional Chevy dealers “for helping pull off what no other broadcast media outlet has ever thought to do: bring some quality local musical talent into our living rooms. When the local hipster-friendly publication thanks car dealers for the great tunes, it’s a sign that competition can now come from anywhere! So, it’s come to this for us radio folks. Our competition is not over a choice on the radio dial. It’s not even for space on a device. It’s competition for space in the brain.” Miller goes on to suggest that it might be in radio’s best interest not to immediately deal with these exotic outside forces as competition — but to consider them as potential collaborators! To read his complete article, please click here.
Taking a Page from the Book of Talk Radio. RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie is a passionate advocate of bringing back the deejay so that music radio can reclaim ownership of the music culture the way news/talk radio has ownership of the political culture and sports talk radio can say the same about its role in the nation’s sports culture. But what would the new disc jockey of the digital era sound like? We obviously cannot go back to some of the on-air stereotypes of the golden era. In a new column posted today (12/2) the Doob suggests we take a closer look at talk radio for the answer. To read the entire piece, please click here.
November PPM Data – Part Three. Just prior to the Thanksgiving Day break, Nielsen Audio released November 2013 PPM ratings data for Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. See complete market numbers here; in addition RadioInfo’s Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group.
- Portland – For the third straight month, KFIS “The Fish” posts a positive trend – this one a strong +.9 – taking the Salem contemporary Christian facility to 4.1 and #9, up from #14 in October. It is the station’s strongest 6+-stat since May 2011 (4.2). On the flipside, Clear Channel‘s KLTH “Oldies 106.7″ slumps by nine-tenths to 4.6, dropping from fourth to seventh. While Alpha Broadcasting‘s KUPL “The Bull” is steady at 6.7 (#3), its Entercom country rival KWJJ “The Wolf” is down seven-tenths to 4.0 (#11, from #6 in October).
- Charlotte – The back-and-forth in this market’s country battle continues as both players have significant (6+) fluctuations. CBS Radio’s WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits” enjoys a seven-tenths boost (6.2 – 6.9, #3), while Clear Channel‘s WKKT “The Kat” slips by nine-tenths (6.9 – 6.0, #4). In October, WSOC ranked fifth and WKKT was second. Over the last 12 monthlies, WSOC has prevailed eight times (January, March, May, June, July, August, September, and November), while WKKT has been victorious in “Holiday” 2012, February, March, and October. WKKT adult hits cluster-mate WLKO “The Lake” takes a full-share dip (5.0 – 4.0, 6+), dropping from #8 – #12. Up for the third successive month, Greater Media AM & FM talk combo WBT (#10) posts a +.9 from October’s 3.9; its 4.8 (6+) in November matches what it did in April and May.
- Pittsburgh – A sterling example of how a sports flagship must unfortunately take the bad as well as the good exists with CBS Radio-owned KDKA-FM “93-7 The Fan.” Following five straight up trends (4.1 – 4.3 – 5.2 – 6.5 – 6.9 – 8.4, 6+), which included the best-ever (6+) PPM share for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ flagship and a #1 ranking, “The Fan” plummets to eleventh. The 60% month-to-month drop-off (8.4 – 3.3, -5.1) is a bit reminiscent of (6+) “Holiday” to January falloff numbers for all-Christmas music stations; KDKA-FM’s 3.3 in November is its lowest since “Holiday” 2012 (3.1). Among those seemingly benefitting are three Clear Channel music outlets – rocker WDVE (+1.4, 8.9, #3 to #1); CHR WKST “Kiss” (+1.0, 6.6, #7 to #4); and alternative WXDX “The X” (+1.2, 4.2, #11 to #9).
- Sacramento – On the strength of a +.9 (6+), Clear Channel adult hits KQJK “Jack-FM” zooms from #11 – #7; 4.6 is the station’s best showing since January’s 4.9. Capital Public Radio-owned KXJX posts its fourth straight positive trend (2.4 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.8 – 3.6) and mirrors the 3.6 (6+) it had in April. After gaining six-tenths in October, CBS Radio sports outlet KHTK adds another half-share (1.3 – 1.9 – 2.4), but remains at #19.
- San Antonio – Rocker KISS (#9 – #6) improves by eight-tenths to 4.9, the Cox Media Group‘s best (6+) stat in over four years (5.0 – October 2009). Clear Channel adult contemporary KQXT “Q101.9″ regains the (6+) half-share it lost in October (4.4 – 3.9 – 4.4) and inches up from tenth to ninth.
- Cincinnati – This marks the second straight month that three “Queen City” stations experience month-to-month fluctuations of at least one share. On the positive side, Radio One urban contemporary WIZF “101.1 The Wiz” notches a +1.2 (3.3 – 4.5) to advance to #8 (from #12). Country is strong with Hubbard‘s WUBE “B105.1″ (#3) rebounding from a September-October -1.1 to a +1.0 (7.5 – 6.4 – 7.4), while Cumulus rival WNNF (#15 – #13) gains seven-tenths, which – of course – does not qualify as a full-share gainer but 3.5 represents WNNF’s best (6+) share since the station transitioned from hot AC in January 2012. Meanwhile, Clear Channel-owned WLW continues a downward spiral, but remains #1. The Cincinnati Reds flagship was -1.4 (September-October) and its October-November line is 12.3 – 9.8 (-2.5), submerging WLW to single-digits (6+) for the first time since March (9.4).
- Salt Lake City – After successive (6+) gains of at least one full-share (5.0 – 6.1 – 7.5), Bonneville AM & FM talk combo KSL is down six-tenths and is tied at #2 with Clear Channel AM & FM format rival KNRS (6.6 – 6.9). The talk and CHR battles intertwine, since also at #2 is KNRS CHR cluster-mate KZHT (6.5 – 6.9, +.4); Simmons CHR KUDD “Mix” (5.3 – 5.6, +.3, #5) is right behind. Among the market’s hot AC stations, Cumulus‘ KBEE “B98.7″ gains one-half share to 1.9 (#11), but Clear Channel’s KJMY “My 99.5″ drops nine-tenths to 3.5 (#18).
- Kansas City – Maintaining its positive ways with a six-tenths gain (6+), Cumulus classic rocker KCFX “The Fox” (#2) is up for the third straight month (6.2 – 7.0 – 7.6 – 8.2); November’s 8.2 is a (6+) PPM record-setter for “The Fox.” Entercom‘s KQRC “The Rock” (#5) regains the half-share it lost in October (4.9 – 4.4 – 4.9); however, its sports sibling KCSP, which declined by nine-tenths in October (4.5 – 3.6), tumbles by -1.4 to 2.2 (#13 – #16). For the seventh straight monthly, Wilks country outlet KFKF is #1 (8.3 – 8.6, +.3, 6+).
- Orlando – It is a good month for the market’s divergent adult contemporary flavors. Following a nine-tenths September-October improvement (5.1 – 6.0, #5) Clear Channel‘s WMGF “Magic 107.7″ (#3) gains eight-tenths to 6.8, its best 6+-share since “Holiday” 2012 (when it was exactly twice as much – 13.6). Cox Media Group rock AC WMMO adds one-half share to 4.8 (#11 – #9). Other market outlets making one-half share month-month gains are Clear Channel CHR WXXL (4.7 – 5.2, #8 – #7) and Cox Media Group rhythmic CHR WPYO (3.8 – 4.3, #13 – #12).
- Columbus – For the eighth consecutive monthly, Clear Channel CHR WNCI (#1) is in double-digits (6+) as it boasts a +1.4 to 11.7. Country cluster-mate WCOL (10.2 – 10.4, #2) claims double-digits (6+) for the seventh time in the last nine PPM reports. Conversely, dropping by one-half share are their classic rock sibling WBWR (3.5 – 3.0, #11) and co-owned alternative WCGX (2.8 – 2.3, #12).
CBS Radio Creates New Sales Role; Names Alan Blum VP. CBS Radio announces the unveiling of a new title within the company – vice president of branded content solutions – and announces Alan Blum is stepping into the role immediately. CBS states that Blum will report to Rich Lobel, executive vice president and CMO, Altitude Group, a team of local engagement experts tasked with helping Fortune 500 brands connect with consumers using CBS Radio and CBS Television Stations along with their digital properties, as well as CBS’s outdoor assets. It further states that in this new role, Blum will work directly with the nation’s leading marketers to develop cross-platform programs that build brand awareness and favorability for advertisers. He will identify unique and engaging ways to introduce clients into a range of broadcast and digital programming, as well as out of home media.” Lobel comments, “Local marketing is rapidly becoming the ‘new black,’ and given Alan’s considerable agency and branded content experience, he is the ideal partner to have as we enhance our commitment to delivering world class solutions to clients who want to own the local market landscape. He has a fresh perspective in looking at marketing solutions from a consumer point of view, and can see opportunities that have a chance to become sensational.” Blum comes to CBS Radio from Re:Vision, a New York-based advertising agency he founded in 1993.
Shotgun Tom Kelly’s Appearance at Recent TALKERS Conference Posted on RadioInfoTV. For the first time in the 24-year history of RadioInfo‘s sister publication TALKERS magazine’s annual talk radio conferences, a music radio disc jockey was invited to participate as a speaker. It happened this past October 10 at Talkers Los Angeles 2013 and the deejay was KRTH, Los Angeles “K-EARTH 101″ star “Shotgun” Tom Kelly. In this clip from the panel titled “The Big Picture,” moderator Michael Harrison asked Kelly what it is like being a music radio deejay in 2013. Kelly talks about his appreciation of and experience in talk radio as well as the importance in music radio of “how” he says what he says within the constraints of just a handful of seconds. To see the video clip, check out the RadioIfoTV box at the top of the right hand column on this page.
Callaghan Named OM of a Clear Channel Regional Cluster. Former Entercom adult contemporary KOSI, Denver program director/afternoon personality Mark Callaghan is selected to become operations manager of Clear Channel, Northern Colorado, a seven-station cluster with Colorado properties in Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley, as well as in Cheyenne, Wyoming. ”We are thrilled to have Mark join the Clear Channel team in Northern Colorado,” remarks market manager Stu Haskell. ”His knowledge of the market, sales experience and expertise, combined with his solid record of winning big in programming, make this a perfect fit.” Callaghan comments, “I have amazing memories from when I lived and worked in Northern Colorado. I am going to be reunited with many of the very best people in the business. I have wanted to work with Stu Haskell for as long as I can remember – this truly is coming home just in time for the holidays.” Callaghan exited KOSI in February when his post was eliminated. He previously had a 16-year Townsquare Media tenure, which included being a programmer/air personality at the company’s Northern Colorado cluster.
‘Nash FM 94.7’ New York Hosts ‘Nash Holiday Bash’ with Dierks Bentley and Parmalee. Cumulus Media’s country flagship WNSH, New York “Nash FM 94.7” is announcing a “Nash Holiday Bash” concert featuring Dierks Bentley and country rock band Parmalee on Thursday, December 12 at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan. Cumulus states that the end-of-year “NASH Holiday BASH” is the latest offering from “America’s Country Station” following the successful “Up Close and Country” concert series which featured performances by country stars including Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, The Band Perry and more. The “NASH Holiday BASH” celebrates NASH FM 94.7’s listeners and is part of the continuing rollout of the national NASH brand on more than 80 country-formatted Cumulus radio stations nationwide.
Bloomberg: Clear Channel Burning Cash to Delay Reckoning. In a piece published by Bloomberg, Krista Giovacco writes that Clear Channel’s recently announced desire to push the due date on $1.8 billion in borrowings from 2016 to another three to five years into the future and almost double the interest rate buys the company time, but also eats into its cash flow. Giovacco reports, “While the proposal gives Clear Channel more time to turn around a business that’s posted losses every year after Bain Capital Partners LLC and Thomas H. Lee Partners LP took control in 2008, it also raises the company’s risk of missing interest payments on $20.7 billion of debt, according to Moody’s Investors Service. After capital expenses, Clear Channel ran a deficit from operations in the year ended June, meaning the company had to eat into cash that’s declined more than 60% since the end of 2010 to $704.2 million. ‘Refinancing at a higher rate is never a positive,’ Scott Van den Bosch, a New York-based senior analyst at Moody’s, said in a telephone interview. ‘It’s not a cure-all, but it buys them time to improve the balance sheet.’” Giovacco further states, “Clear Channel is seeking to extend $1 billion of loans to 2019 from 2016 and is proposing to pay interest of as much as 7.5 percentage points more than the London interbank offered rate, compared with 3.65 percentage points more than Libor on the existing debt, according to CreditSights Inc., Clear Channel had a free cash-flow deficit of $69.4 million in the year ended June, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. On the trailing 12-month basis, the company burned cash for the first time since 2009, the data show.” Read the entire piece here.
Lew Dickey, Sr. Passes at 86. Broadcaster Lew Dickey, Sr. passed away over the Thanksgiving weekend at age 86. In a statement, Lew Dickey, Jr. – CEO of Cumulus Media – states, “My dad was an enormously talented broadcaster and, more importantly, a deeply devoted husband, father, and mentor. He touched the lives of many people and will be dearly missed.” Dickey, Sr. got his start in radio at Storer Broadcasting’s WWVA, Wheeling, West Virginia and quickly rose through the ranks at the company. He was promoted within Storer to leadership positions at KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh followed by WAGA-TV, Atlanta. In 1958, Dickey left a successful corporate career to start Midwestern Broadcasting by acquiring WKWK in Wheeling. In 24 months, he turned around the failing station, and began to expand. In 1965, he bought WOHO-AM, Toledo and added WWWM-FM in 1973. Shortly afterwards, he bought WLIO-TV in Lima, Ohio in partnership with the Toledo Blade. In 1992, he purchased WALR-FM and WCNN-AM in Atlanta.
Urban Radio Legend Jerry Boulding Dies. Urban broadcaster Jerry Boulding passed away on Thanksgiving after a brief illness at age 75. Boulding was serving as urban and urban adult contemporary editor at AllAccess.com at the time of his passing. His radio resume includes time spent at some of the most storied call letters in black radio history: WWRL, New York; WVON, Chicago; KDIA, San Francisco; WCHB, Detroit; WEBB, Baltimore; KJCK, Junction City Kansas and WHB, Kansas City.
Wink Martindale Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award. Envision Radio Networks announces that Wink Martindale (pictured here at left), host of “The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time,” received the Hollywood F.A.M.E Award for “Lifetime Achievement Producer/Host.” As one of the most successful game show hosts in television history, Martindale also reflects on a notable radio career that includes WHBQ, Memphis as well as KHJ, KRLA, KFWB and KMPC in Los Angeles. The Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards celebrate and honor Film, Art, Music and Entertainment by recognizing outstanding contributors from those fields. Martindale was presented with the award at the 7th Annual Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards on November 14. Martindale comments, “To receive an award for anything is special. But to receive an award designating both Lifetime Achievement and Producing is akin to remarkable. I am both humbled and honored for this Hollywood Fame Award.” Martindale is currently hosting Envision Radio Networks’ “The 100 Greatest Christmas Hits of All Time” – a special holiday radio program that counts down everyone’s favorite Yuletide hits from 100 to number one.
Icy Proposal Gets Warm Reception. That young man on his knee on the ice at a recent Fort Wayne Komets game is news/talk WOWO, Fort Wayne morning show producer Loren Gardner and the lovely young lady he’s just asked to marry him is country WQHK, Fort Wayne “K105” afternoon personality Heather Cruise. Cruise appeared at the hockey game to sing the national anthem and she had no idea that after she finished, Loren would be there to pop the question. Needless to say, she was a bit surprised but she did indeed say, “Yes.”