Category: Industry News
DOJ Rules ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees Do Not Need to Be Altered. A ruling on this matter has been anticipated since the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division began reviewing proposed changes to the ASCAP and BMI anti-trust consent decrees in 2013. Now, the Division – to the chagrin of the performance rights organizations – concludes that the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees are not “outdated” as they had claimed and further, that they “continue to serve as a vital check against ASCAP’s and BMI’s anticompetitive market power.” National Association of Broadcasters issues a statement in support of the DOJ’s conclusion. Noting that the review concludes no modifications are warranted to the decrees affecting the songwriter royalties collected by ASCAP and BMI, NAB states that the performance rights organizations “should continue to offer licenses that provide broadcasters and other users full rights to the musical works in those licensing organizations’ repertories.” NAB says that “under the current system, radio broadcasters pay $350 million, and local television broadcasters some $150 million, to songwriters and their music publishers every year.” Broadcasters fought the music industry’s efforts to allow ASCAP and BMI to provide only partial copyright authorizations in the case of jointly owned works. NAB says, “Allowing this practice would be anticompetitive, would undermine the very rationale for ASCAP’s and BMI’s existence, and would significantly disrupt the day-to-day operations of local radio and television stations. Broadcasters would need to locate and secure licenses from countless other rights owners, an impossibly expensive and practically infeasible task that would expose them to potentially ruinous copyright infringement claims.” This was a very intensely debated issue during the investigative process. However, the Radio Music Licensing Committee warns that “this battle is not over. The PROs have threatened that the Division’s proposed conclusions will destroy the music licensing marketplace. The PROs claim that some of their members have privately agreed only to convey ‘fractional’ interests in their works to ASCAP and BMI. They are suggesting that, if they heed the Division’s interpretation, any work subject to these restrictions will fall out of its repertory…the Division has proposed a one-year period in which it will not bring any enforcement actions against ASCAP and BMI while the PROs work in good faith to come to a ‘common understanding’ with their affiliates that PRO licenses convey 100% rights. If stakeholders act in good faith, there is no credible basis to believe that the music licensing marketplace will deteriorate into chaos, as the PROs/rights-owners have proclaimed.” RMLC chairman Ed Christian says, “The radio industry has had a constructive relationship with ASCAP and BMI over many decades that has served the mutual interests of the radio industry and music copyright owners fairly. We are pleased that the foundations of that relationship are likely to remain in place and that radio broadcasters will not face the severe disruption to their business that would have been brought about by the changes sought by music industry interests.”
Cumulus Media Buffalo Names Two Co-GSMs. In Buffalo, Cumulus Media beefs up its sales force with the addition of Chris Saglian and the promotion of local sales manager Ryan McCrohan. The pair will serve as co-general sales managers for the cluster. Saglian is a 14-year radio sales pro who joins Cumulus from Entercom’s Rochester station group where he was local sales manager. Prior to that, he’d served with Cox Media Group as GSM in Atlanta. Cumulus Buffalo VP/market manager Steve Bearance comments, “I am very excited to bring Chris back to Buffalo and reunite him with Ryan as co-GSMs. The experiences Chris has gained around the country with different companies along with Ryan’s 16 years within our local stations will create a dynamic duo that will build a sales leadership alchemy for our local sales staff and overall culture in the building.”
Crenshaw Appointed OM for Cumulus Youngstown. This is a move within Cumulus Media for programmer John Crenshaw who leaves his regional operations manager post for the company’s 10 stations in the Grand Rapids and Northern Michigan markets to return to his home state of Ohio to take on the operations manager post in the Youngstown market where he started his career 30 years ago at WOKG. Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati says, “We’re thrilled to bring John back home and at the helm of station operations in Youngstown. John has roots in northeast Ohio which will be instrumental in our next phase of growth with our iconic brands.” In Youngstown, Cumulus operates CHR WHOT “HOT 101,” classic rock WYFM “Y103,” rock WWIZ “Rock 104,” country WQXK “K105,” sports talk simulcast WLLF-FM/WBBW-AM, news/talk WPIC, and talk WSOM.
Drew and Tory Leave ‘101.7 The Bull’ for New Pastures. Today’s broadcast was the last at Titan Broadcasting’s country KBKB, Burlington, Iowa “101.7 The Bull” for morning duo “Drew and Tory” – Andrew Kirby and Tory Wuychuck. They’re headed to a yet-to-be-announced gig in California. Effective Monday (7/25), Chris Michaels will take over the morning show.
Drake White Hits the NASH Campus. Country artist Drake White spent a little time on Cumulus Media’s NASH Campus in Nashville this week where he chatted with “NASH Nights Live” co-hosts Elaina Smith and Shawn Parr about touring with the Zac Brown Band, his song “Livin’ the Dream,” and binge-watching “Game of Thrones!” The DOT Records artist is getting ready to release his new album, Spark. Pictured here are (l-r): NASH director of programming John Shomby, Smith, White, and Parr.
Five Radio Companies Collaborate with Shazam for ‘Audience Measurement Solution.’ You can bet that the five radio companies involved here – iHeartMedia, Cumulus Media, Entercom Communications, Cox Media Group, and Sun Broadcast Group – are hoping this venture with audio recognition technology developer Shazam will result in a listening measurement system that will truly “deliver market- and station-level audience metrics across all radio formats.” A press release from the firms announces this new “measurement solution for broadcast and digital audio” using the several companies’ “proprietary data assets and measurement capabilities.” They say the measurement solution will “leverage information collected from tens of millions of devices to produce the accurate, stable cross-platform audience metrics that the industry has been waiting for.” iHeartMedia president of research and insights Radha Subramanyam says, “Shazam delivers unparalleled audio insights that will enable stable measurement across both digital and broadcast radio, making this an extremely exciting initiative for both iHeartMedia and the audio industry. The richness of our data, combined with Shazam’s measurement capabilities, will enable much deeper insights than traditional audio measurement does, and we believe it’s a necessary and valuable addition to the evolving multi-platform audio measurement marketplace.” Cumulus Media chief insights officer Pierre Bouvard adds, “Shazam’s audio insights can be an empowering measurement tool for Cumulus Media, as well as the audio industry. Clients are demanding more insights and targeting capabilities from media companies, and radio needs to offer what has become basic table stakes. Shazam can help us deliver on these expectations.” Entercom president and CEO David Field says, “With this type of innovation, we believe media strategists and planners will be prompted to re-think their media mix models to give radio its fair share of the media buy.”
Justin Riley to Program CHR ‘Power 93.3’ and Hot AC ‘106.1 KISS-FM’ in Seattle. Programmer Justin Riley joins iHeartMedia Seattle to serve as the PD for CHR KPWK “Power 93.3” and hot AC KBKS “106.1 KISS-FM.” Riley says, “I am beyond thrilled that iHeartMedia has asked me to take on the responsibility of leading these two exciting new brands in Seattle. As a Northwest native, it has always been a dream of mine to program in the Emerald City. And as a lifelong Seahawks fan, I’m excited to add my talents to that of the insane 12th Man!” Riley previously served as PD for the company’s CHR KKRZ “Z100” and hip hop KXJM “JAM’N 107.5” in Portland.
Mann Returns to Classic Hits WGRR, Cincinnati for Nights. Cincinnati air-personality Steve Mann returns to the station at which he got his start in radio and where he worked from 2006 through 2009. Cumulus Media brings Mann aboard to host the evening show on classic hits WGRR and to serve as the assistant program director for the station. For the past seven years, Mann has hosted PM drive at Hubbard Radio’s crosstown hot AC WREW “Mix 94.9.” Cumulus Media Cincinnati OM, WGRR PD and corporate program director/classic hits Keith Mitchell says, “We are very excited to welcome Steve back to 103.5 WGRR. Not only are we getting a top-flight talent who is entrenched in Cincinnati, but Steve returns to knock the rust off his programming tool belt and adds duties as WGRR’s assistant program director.”
Entercom Ups Reis to VP of Digital Engagement. Getting VP stripes at Entercom Communications is Kim Reis, who’s now vice president of digital audience engagement. Entercom notes that since Reis became director of digital audience engagement in July of 2013, the company’s social following and digital marketing footprint have grown by more than 500%. In this new position, Reis will “coach and support the programming, promotions, digital and on-air teams in all 27 markets to better engage with listeners and fans on social media, email, text, websites, on-demand audio, live streaming and other digital assets to grow ratings and revenue.” Reis joined Entercom after serving as digital media & marketing director for Media General’s WJAR-TV, Providence. She began her career as a morning radio co-host on WPRO-FM and WWKX in Providence.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. San Diego’s “John & Tammy in the Morning” – featuring John Flint, Tammy Lee and Steph Peters – inks a new, multi-year deal with remain on the air at Entercom’s country KSON. Station operations manager Kevin Callahan says, “John and Tammy, along with producer Steph, have proven time and time again that they represent San Diego well. Their fans will be ecstatic to learn of the extension. I am excited for the future of KSON with ‘John & Tammy in the Morning.’”…..Quietly exiting Cumulus Media’s hot AC WDVD, Detroit is program director and air personality Lori Bennett.
Cumulus and BMLG Collaborate with Anheuser-Busch for ‘One Night Only’ Concert Series. Broadcaster Cumulus Media joins Big Machine Label Group in presenting and promoting Florida Georgia Line’s August 25 appearance at the Theater at Madison Square Garden as part of the “One Night Only” concert series from Anheuser-Busch and The Madison Square Garden Company. Beginning with Florida Georgia Line in August, each show throughout the concert series will be titled by either Budweiser or Bud Light and feature renowned artists across multiple genres of music performing at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Florida Georgia Line will kick off the concert series with a special, intimate performance for fans in support of their forthcoming album, Dig Your Roots, featuring the single “H.O.L.Y.” Fans who buy a ticket to the concert will get a digital download of the album.
TWO MORE VIDEOS POSTED – Talkers 2016: Bridging the Generations. Two more video recordings of key events at the recent Talkers 2016: Bridging the Generations, that was held at Hofstra University on Long Island May 20, have been posted today (7/20) on Talkers.com. They are the second and third segments of the four-part Awards Ceremony. They include the presentation of the Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary personality Don Imus. The presentation was made by the ceremony’s emcee/Westwood One syndicated host (and former recipient of the award) Jim Bohannon. The award was accepted on behalf of Imus by WABC, New York program director Craig Schwalb. The other presentation posted today is the Sharon L. Harrison Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Involvement by a Radio Talk Show Host (“Humanitarian of the Year”). The recipient was WPGG, Atlantic City, NJ morning host Harry Hurley and it was presented by TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison. It included a special $1000 donation made by Hurley to the Broadcasters Foundation of America. Accepting on behalf of the Foundation was Renee Cassis. To view these videos in their entirety, plus the convention videos already posted, please click here. Stay tuned to Talkers.com for more videos from Talkers 2016: Bridging the Generations that will be posted in the days and weeks to come.
RadioInfo Tidbits. According to a story in Ad Age, Internet music pure play Spotify is launching programmatic with the help of partners Rubicon, The Trade Desk and AppNexus. Story author Alexandra Bruell writes, “…An ad buyer can now tweak and serve audio creative to a user based on what they know about the user — listening habits and log-in data from Spotify and first-party data from a client, for example — in a matter of milliseconds.” Read the story here.…..JVC Media of Florida reports that its classic hits outlet WXJZ, Gainesville-Ocala “WOW 100.9” – along with afternoon JoJo “Cookin’ Kincaid – have been nominated for “Best Local Radio Station” and “Best Local Radio Host,” respectively, by the Gainesville Sun’s 2016 Reader’s Choice Poll.
Beasley to Acquire Greater Media’s 21 Stations in Seven Markets for $240 Million. The two communications firms surprised the industry last night with an end-of-the-workday announcement that Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. will acquire Greater Media, Inc. The deal is being structured so that Beasley will acquire all of the outstanding stock of Greater Media for an “aggregate consideration of approximately $240 million, subject to adjustments.” Greater Media shareholders are expected to receive approximately $100 million in cash and approximately $25 million in shares of the company’s Class A common stock (at a fixed value of $4.61 per share). In addition, the shareholders of Greater Media will receive the net cash proceeds from the sale of its tower assets, estimated to be approximately $20 million. Beasley will refinance approximately $80 million of debt of Greater Media. The deal will add Greater Media’s 21 radio stations to Beasley’s portfolio and gives Beasley entrance into the major market of Detroit with rock WRIF, classic rock WCSX, and classic hip hop and R&B WMGC. It seriously beefs up its Boston presence by adding five stations to current property ethnic WRCA-AM. Those stations are: classic hits WROR, country WKLB, rhythmic AC WBQT, adult contemporary WMJX, and alternative WBOS. It bolsters Beasley’s Philly and Charlotte holdings with the addition of sports talk WPEN, classic rock WMGK, rock WMMR, and adult hits WBEN in the former and news/talk WBT-AM/FM and hot AC WLNK in the latter. Beasley will be over the station ownership limit in Charlotte and will have to divest a couple of FM signals. Six New Jersey stations are also part of the package. Beasley says it intends to fund the acquisition through borrowings under a new credit facility that it expects to enter into in connection with the closing of the acquisition, together with cash and cash equivalents available to the company and the issuance of Class A common stock as described above. RBC Capital Markets and U.S. Bank have provided committed financing in support of the acquisition. Upon closing, Beasley’s portfolio of stations that it owns and operates will expand to 73 stations (52 FM and 21 AM) in 16 markets. BBG interim CEO and CFO Caroline Beasley says, “The acquisition of Greater Media’s broadcasting and related digital assets represents a transformational growth opportunity for Beasley and is strategically and financially compelling for our shareholders. The transaction increases our broadcast portfolio by approximately 40% and more than doubles our audience reach, giving us both market leading stations and great brands.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Changes are taking place at Cumulus Media’s Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton cluster. Taking over the program director role at adult contemporary WLEV, Allentown is Jerry Padden. He currently serves the company as operations manager for its Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton station group and as PD for country WCTO, Easton “CAT Country 96.” At the same time, Josh Guers moves from the AM drive co-host position to afternoons at WLEV. Scott Evans continues as host of the morning show, followed by Kelly K, who handles the midday show. A search will be underway shortly to find an AM drive co-host…..At the Tulsa operations of Cox Media Group, Mary Garcia is promoted to digital sales manager. In this role, Garcia will work directly with the Cox Local Solutions team, a collaborative effort between Tulsa TV, its six radio stations, and its cable platform. She joined the company 16 months ago as a digital sales specialist. In Tulsa, CMG operates country KWEN “K95.5,” adult contemporary KRAV “Mix 96,” classic rock KJSR “The Eagle 103.3,” news/talk KRMG-AM/FM, and contemporary Christian K289CC “Spirit 105.7.”…..Futuri Media announces that broadcast news pro Jill Manuel is joining the company as director, TopicPulse partnership development. The company says her “expertise with broadcast newsroom digital integration and successful history blending compelling journalism and engagement will provide a unique and specialized strategic resource for Futuri’s TopicPulse partners.”
RadioInfo Tidbits. A creative promotion by country WXCL, Peoria PD Dr. Chris Michaels and afternoon host Joe Greenwood kicks off tomorrow (7/21). It’s called “Seats for Soldiers” and will take place at Dozer Park where the two will be trying to save EVERY seat in the baseball park for a soldier, while raising money for Hope For The Warriors. Starting bright and early tomorrow, they’ll take their seats in section 104 and move seats with every donation made to Hope For The Warriors. They will sit for 36 hours straight and end at 6:00 pm on Friday. The community is invited to come down to Dozer Park on Friday at 4:00 pm to sit and show support for the armed services during the last two hours…..Country artist Craig Campbell (left) is pictured here with WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” personality Shila Nathan (right) after performing his new single “Outskirts of Heaven.” Campbell told Nathan he considers the song a prayer request and had no intention of releasing the song for the radio. After playing it live he saw people connecting with it and decided to release it.
RadioInfo Career Moves. At the iHeartMedia Chicago station group, Ashley “AC” Trybula is named digital program director. In this role, she’ll work with the programming and sales departments for all six stations – country WEBG “BIG 95.5,” hip hop WGCI, urban adult contemporary WVAZ “V103,” CHR WKSC “KISS 103.5,” hot AC WLIT “MYfm93.9,” and gospel WGRB. Trybula comes to iHM from Radio One where she was a regional online editor…..Entercom Atlanta replaces the afternoon drive show on hot AC WSTR “STAR 94.” Off the air are Drex, Cassiday, and Tingle and in for the 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm shift is Mike Marino who left his role on the “Jeff & Jenn” morning show for the new daypart.
iHM Launches Classic Hits Outlet in Eau Claire. Gone from WBIZ, Eau Claire, Wisconsin and translator W245CN, Eau Claire is “Sports Radio 1400” and now airing is the classic hits format branded “98.7 The Brew.” The station posted the following message on its Facebook page, “Thank you for listening. We have now changed to Eau Claire’s Classic Hits 98-7 THE BREW. We will continue to air some of the BEST local sports only now on the FM dial too! Stay tuned for more details.” The iHeartMedia station will continue to air some sports play-by-play programming.
Is There (Extra-)Terrestrial Life Beyond Terrestrial Radio? Michael Harrison Catches Up With Former Radio Programmer Laurie Cantillo. Former talk radio program director (WTOP, WABC, KFYI, XTRA, KTAR) Laurie Cantillo is the guest interviewee on this week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne program, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” The past recipient of the TALKERS Woman of the Year Award left all-news WTOP, Washington, DC a year-and-a-half ago in a fascinating change of career course and became a public affairs officer in the planetary sciences division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Since joining NASA, Cantillo has been involved in communicating information to the media about a variety of colorful projects including the recent New Horizons fly-by of Pluto and the current Juno Mission to Jupiter. Harrison and Cantillo discuss a wide range of subjects and issues including the state of commercial radio, the impact of today’s media on the news, the relationship between young people and social media and, of course, leading edge discoveries and NASA projects in science. To listen to the podcast in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box in the right-hand column of every page on Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
iHeartRadio to Be Featured on Iconic NYC Billboard. The logo for iHeartMedia’s iHeartRadio will soon appear over the New York City skyline on one of the city’s most iconic billboards. It sits atop the old Ruppert Ice House overlooking the Triboro/RFK Bridge leading into Manhattan and out of The Bronx. The billboard displays the company’s iHeartRadio logo and is one of only eight brands to grace this historic billboard over the last 80 years. They are: Knickerbocker Beer (1952-1962), City Services Gasoline (a.k.a. Citgo, 1962- early 70s), Kent Cigarettes (early 70s – late 70s), Golden Lights Cigarettes (early 80s – late 80s), Newport Cigarettes (early 90s – 1999), and HISTORY Channel (2000-2015). The more than 8,000 square foot billboard will include a digital display that will promote iHeartMedia’s New York City-based station brands — Z100, Power 105, KTU, Lite FM, Q104.3 and WOR — and upcoming events such as the iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Tour and the iHeartRadio Music Awards.
RadioInfo Tidbits. At this September’s ReelMIX 2016 conference (9/28-29) for imaging and v/o pros at The LOFT in Miami, voice-over artists Dr. Dave Ferguson, Dave Foxx and Rachel McGrath are joining for the “VO from the VO’s POV” segment. The two-day event is a joint production of ReelWorld and The Mix Group. The Mix Group president Jason Garte says, “Imaging producers will directly benefit by learning how to better work with their VO talent to get the reads that really make their production pop!”…..Alpha Media Portland’s country KUPL “98.7 The Bull” is showing its support for all the men and women in uniform serving the Portland and SW Washington area with the “98.7 The Bull Evening for Law Enforcement.” The benefit will be held at the company’s Skype Live Studio on July 21 and will feature a performance from this year’s “American Idol” winner, Trent Harmon, along with several other surprise celebrity cameos…..Last week, the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones show enlisted its loyal audience to help honor wounded U.S. Marine Sgt. Kirstie Ennis who lost her leg serving as a helicopter door gunner. After hearing her story, Bones and his on-air crew revealed they wanted to donate proceeds from the sale of “America Strong” t-shirts on BobbyBones.com to purchase an all-terrain, tracked wheel chair for Ennis. It took less than a week to raise the $20,000 necessary and Ennis appeared on the program yesterday (7/18) to get the good news.
Beasley’s ‘Star 107.9’ in Las Vegas Adds ‘Brooke & Jubal’ for Mornings. The KQMV, Seattle-based “Brooke & Jubal” morning show – hosted by Brooke Fox and Jubal Flagg – is adding another affiliate station; this time it’s Beasley Media Group’s KVGS, Las Vegas “STAR 107-9.” The program debuts on the station on July 21 and current KVGS morning host Aimee is staying on to provide hourly local content. KVGS operations manager John Candelaria says, “Brooke & Jubal’s impressive success in Seattle and Portland really sealed the deal for us. I’m thrilled we’ve found the perfect morning show. We’re combining a lot of fun and engaging top-shelf content with local Las Vegas elements from Aimee, our own rising superstar!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programmer Tonya Campos exits Mt. Wilson Broadcasters’ country KKGO, Los Angeles “Go Country 105” where she’s been the PD for most of the past nine years…..At the Sacramento station group of Entercom, Patrick Olsen, a.k.a. Cooper, leaves his assistant program director position for alternative KKDO “RADIO 94.7.” In the interim, sister active rock KRXQ “98ROCK” personality Andy Hawk will serve as acting APD…..Director of promotion Sarah Lanieu takes on additional responsibilities at the CBS RADIO Miami cluster, adding country WKIS “KISS 99.9,” sports talk WQAM, and rhythmic CHR WPOW “POWER 96” to her charge and assuming the expanded title, director of marketing and promotions…..Air personality Jeremy Gold is the new evening jock at Entercom’s hip hop KQKS, Denver KS1075, taking over for Ya Girl Cedes…..After six years programming Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary WLEV, Allentown, Laura St. James exits the PD position. St. James will continue to host weekend shows at the company’s WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7.”
‘Qfm96’ Columbus Personality Joe Show Dies Unexpectedly at 56. Hearts are heavy at Saga Communications’ Columbus Radio Group after WLVQ afternoon drive personality Joe Pasternak, a.k.a. Joe Show, passed away unexpectedly at age 56 on Friday morning. Pasternak was the afternoon drive jock on the rock outlet where he’d worked for the past 27 years. Columbus Radio Group president and general manager Chris Forgy says, “Joe Show’s radio family is heartbroken with the news of his passing. Joe Show was the face of ‘Qfm96’ and represented the ‘Q’ family as only he could. Everyone who knew Joe has their own special memory and undoubtedly their own Joe story. He will forever be missed.” Details of his passing are not being made public at this time. He leaves a wife and two adult children.
RadioInfo Tidbits. For the third year in a row, iHeartMedia is presenting the 2016 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on Saturday, November 5. The mega-concert will celebrate the best in Latin music with performances by Enrique Iglesias, Juanes, Nicky Jam, Yandel, Gente de Zona, Intocable, J Balvin, Daddy Yankee and Pitbull. And for the second straight year, the 2016 iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina will also include a special TV re-broadcast on TELEMUNDO in later in November…..SiriusXM is presenting a special invitation-only show by Coldplay for SiriusXM listeners on Sunday, August 7 at a secret location. The performance will also air live on SiriusXM’s The Spectrum channel and will feature the band playing songs from their 20-year career, including music from the new album, A Head Full of Dreams. SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein says, “We couldn’t be more excited that Coldplay, one of the most acclaimed bands working today, will step away from its global tour playing stadiums and arenas to present an intimate event for SiriusXM at a special location.”…..CBS RADIO Baltimore is announcing the debut of its new entertainment venue, UpClose Performance Studio – a state-of-the-art space, that the radio stations in the cluster will use to present invitation-only concerts and special events to its listeners. Officially opening on July 20, the studio will host performers and other celebrities for concerts, talks and various “meet & greet” opportunities. Upcoming performances include: singer/actress Sofia Carson (July 20) the band Magic! and singer/songwriter Gnash (July 22) and Jordan Smith (July 27), last year’s winner of season nine of the TV show “The Voice.”
4th Annual Radio Talent Workshop Begins Today at WKU. Today begins the 4th annual Kentucky Broadcasters Association Western Kentucky University Radio Talent Institute with 35 broadcasters discovering and preparing young talent with a strong desire to be in the broadcast industry. Twenty four students from across the state and region have been accepted into the Institute and all will be taking the RAB course to become certified as Radio Marketing Professionals. They’ll also learn from broadcasters about other aspects of radio, including: on-air, sports, news, production, promotions and digital/social media. Some of the guest professional faculty are: Steve Newberry, president of Commonwealth Communications; Bud Walters, president of Cromwell Radio Group; Chris Hillard, president of Forever Communications; Kristin Cantrell, owner/CEO of CapCity Communications and Seven Mountains Media; Mike Tarter, president and Terry Forcht, chairman/CEO of Forcht Broadcasting; and Lynn Martin, president of LM Communications. The Ben Davis and Kelly K show (pictured here at last year’s Institute) from WDJX, Louisville will broadcast live from WKU on Friday morning.
Dave Daniels to Host Mornings at KHAY, Oxnard-Ventura. On-air pro Dave Daniels is named the morning host on Cumulus Media’s Oxnard-Ventura country outlet KHAY, effective July 18. Cumulus Oxnard-Ventura operations manager Chris Cox says, “We are thrilled to have Dave on board. Dave’s country radio background and total commitment to making the listener become the star of the morning show is just what KHAY needs to continue to be Ventura County’s best choice in the morning.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s Buffalo alternative rocker WLKK “Alternative Buffalo 107.7|104.7,” air personality Brandi is promoted to midday host, holding down the 11:00 am to 2:00 pm slot…..Gabriela Loredon, a.k.a. Lady G, is promoted to program director for Kemp Broadcasting’s CHR KVGQ “Q106.9” and rhythmic CHR KVEG “HOT 97.5” in Las Vegas. Loredon is a morning drive personality on KVEG and serves as that station’s music director. She’s been interim PD at the Kemp outlets since Sherita Saulsberry exited…..Ray Michaels joins Townsquare Media’s Grand Junction, Colorado station group as operations manager. He’s also hosting the afternoon show on rock KKNN “95 Rock.”
PPM Analysis: Triple A. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian wraps his three-part look at the performances of rock-formatted stations based on data from the June 2016 Nielsen Audio PPM survey. Previously, we’ve looked at alternative rock and mainstream or active rock. Today, Kinosian turns his focus to adult album alternative or triple A. While there are only 10 triple A stations in PPM markets that finished in the top 20 in their respective markets, the audience for the format can be very loyal. However, just one station – Alpha Media’s KINK, Portland – ranked in the top five in its market in the June survey. See how the triple A stations performed over the last six surveys, ratings fluctuations from a year ago, plus a chart detailing the performances of alternative, rock and triple A stations in their markets. It’s all here.
RadioInfo Tidbits. The folks who run the charity Kars4Kids are launching a cool promotion based on the notoriety of their ubiquitous radio and TV jingle. They write, “After receiving death threats to our jingle writer and being bombarded with cries for help from the torture our listeners are enduring, we decided to create a platform that would give our listeners an outlet to vent out all that anger and frustration…We just launched the official Kars4Kids Jingle Fever Game at karsforkidsjingle.com. Listeners can now actually get a chance to kill the jingle once and for all and truly bring back peace of mind to mankind. Our jingle plays in all major markets across the US with a reach of an estimated 80 million listeners/viewers.” Check out the creative video that promotes the game – and the charity – here…..SummitMedia’s urban contemporary WBHK, Birmingham “98.7 Today’s Kiss” in cooperation with the City of Birmingham is hosting the inaugural “Silence the Violence Rally” tomorrow (7/16) inside Kelly Ingram Park from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The station says, “With all the recent events around the country and in our own Birmingham neighborhoods, ‘98.7 Kiss FM’ will rally the community together with this special event that will provide music with Ruben Studdard, special words from Mayor William A. Bell, inflatables for kids, and much more.”…..Country star Kelsea Ballerini – along with alt-rockers Cage the Elephant – performed for Entercom programmers and execs on Monday (7/11) in Park City, Utah at the Entercom national programming meetings. Ballerini performed her hit songs “Love Me Like You Mean It” and “Dibs” and Cage the Elephant closed the evening with a full, 90-minute set exclusively for Entercom’s market managers and programming team. Pictured here are (from l-r): Mike Preston, program director KKWF, Seattle; Entercom Communications president & CEO David Field; Ballerini; Mike Moore, program director KWJJ, Portland; and Entercom president of programming Pat Paxton.
PPM Analysis: Mainstream Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three analyses of the performances of rock-formatted stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s June 2016 PPM survey. Yesterday, we published a report on alternative rock. Today’s installment focuses on mainstream or active rock. In the PPM markets, there are eight stations that rank in the top five (6+) in their respective markets, led by Emmis’ KSHE, St. Louis – the only rock outlet to rank #1 in June. In this report, see a chart detailing stations’ AQH shares over the past six surveys, and one comparing the performances of rock and alternative stations in their markets. Check it out here.
CBS RADIO Names Danie B PM Drive Host at ‘101.9 AMP Radio’ in Orlando. Most recently with Albany Broadcasting’s hip hop WAJZ “JAMZ 96.3 FM” hosting morning drive, Danie B moves south to Orlando to join CBS RADIO’s CHR WQMP “101.9 AMP Radio” as host of the 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm show. Program director Dennis Martinez says, “Danie B has an infectious energy and personality. I was drawn to Danie’s ability to create and execute an entertaining program. She is a welcome addition to the ‘AMP’ family.” She’s also served with 6 Johnson Road Licenses’ CHR WZRT, Rutland, Vermont “Z97.1” and was a weekend personality with WODS, Boston “103.3 AMP Radio.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At E.W. Scripps’ country WKTI, Milwaukee, Shane Parkey exits the afternoon drive show for a yet-to-be-announced opportunity. PD Dayton Kane is temporarily handling the shift. Also, the station brings aboard Jeff Stone to be interim midday jock and to serve as a part-time/swing shift personality…..Brad White is promoted to assistant program director for iHeartMedia’s Denver rock-based stations triple A KBCO, active rock KBPI and classic rock KRFX “The Fox.”
Radio Business Reacts to Music Biz Study on Millennial Listening Habits. The release of the study from Music Biz and LOOP titled “Music & Millennials” is raising the hackles of AM/FM radio operators, some of whom are vigorously challenging the study’s findings. The study, made available to members of the Music Biz Consumer Insights portal, was conducted by LOOP (which stands for Lots Of Online People) in May and used information from 3,014 U.S. respondents. It should be noted that the summary made public focuses on 15-19 year olds, so any comparison to the larger group of Millennials – often described as those between 18 and 35 – cited in other studies, is a mismatch from the start. Regardless, here are some of the study’s findings: AM/FM radio reaches 65% of 15-19 year olds. That’s much lower than the 93% reach of 18-34 year olds Nielsen says are reached by AM/FM. The Music Biz study reports that 15-19 year olds only spend 12% of their time with AM/FM radio. It also concludes that, for the first time, YouTube is the primary source of new music discovery, surpassing AM/FM radio. That conflicts with other research that traditionally serves the radio industry. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison had the following to say about the topic at this morning’s editorial meeting, “As Bob Dylan wrote and sang, ‘You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.’ This is as much a matter of using your powers of observation, day-to-day experience and gut-based intuition to read the tea leaves on the generational divide impacting both radio and music. All of these so-called official surveys and research studies are as wrong as they are right. They are like out-of-date GPS systems. Now is not the time for the radio industry to seek temporary victory through the use of limited statistical surveys and numbers-bending persuasion, but rather to find sustainable truth through accurate, first-hand observation and intelligence. With all due respect to Nielsen, the worst thing radio can do in 2016 is put its head in the sand of comforting statistics that fly in the face of observation and reality. We have work to do to remedy a growing and inevitable problem facing this industry.”
Cool Job Opportunity. Cumulus Media’s Indianapolis station group is seeking a program director and air talent for classic hip hop and R&B WRWM “93-9 The BEAT.” The company says, “We are looking for candidates that have had success in cultivating a station brand in a competitive market landscape like Indy, which is recognized as the second largest city in the Midwest, not to mention home of the Colts and the Indianapolis 500. Recognized candidates will be winning PDs who understand how to speak to the classic hip hop and R&B audience; with the talent for coaching and motivating an air staff/team; being on the air; building the brand awareness throughout the listening area and working well with our other local cluster departments here in Indy.” Submit resume, ratings history, references, photos, programming philosophy and audio mp3 to: email@example.com with subject “PD/On-Air 93.9 The Beat/Indianapolis. No phone calls. EOE.
Greater Media Re-Brands WBOS ‘ALT 92.9 Boston’s Alternative.’ With the new handle – “ALT 92.9 Boston’s Alternative” – comes a new clock providing hour-long music blocks. Greater Media says it is solidifying “the alternative music position on WBOS-FM by rebranding the station as ‘ALT 92.9’ in Boston. WBOS program director Ken West says, “We are passionate about delivering our content in a non-cluttered, non-controversial, pure play music environment by playing the most music. In doing so, we are offering the ALT 92.9 Promise: 60 Minutes of Music after every commercial break.” Station marketing director Sean Doherty adds, “The station’s new branding, image and logo will exemplify the fresh programming of ‘ALT 92.9’ and appeal to the active lifestyle of our audience.” Check out the station’s new website here.
Jarnigan Named OM at Cumulus Knoxville. The three-station Cumulus Media cluster in Knoxville, Tennessee has a new operations manager as Jeff Jarnigan is appointed to the post. The company says Jarnigan has more than 30 years of radio broadcasting experience in the Knoxville market and more than 20 years of experience in programming management. Cumulus operates country WIVK, news/talk WOKI-FM, and sports talk WNML “The Sports Animal.” Jarnigan says, “Being associated with the legendary WIVK, as well as the flagship station for the Vol Network, sports radio WNML, and the home of Phil Williams and Hallerin Hilton Hill, ‘NewsTalk 98.7,’ is akin to winning the radio lottery. These stations are each dominant in their respective formats and have defined success in East Tennessee radio for decades. I am excited to partner with the station teams to continue that success and drive their future growth.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Country program director Dean Warfield exits Ryman Hospitality-owned WSM-AM, Nashville after two years with the station…..Programmer and air personality Felix moves from Mapleton Communications’ CHR KTMT, Medford, Oregon to the company’s Spokane CHR KZBD “105.7 NOW FM” to serve as APD and midday jock…..Alpha Media appoints three to regional director of engineering. They are: Trent Muldrow for the Eastern region, based in Columbia, South Carolina; Jeff Caudell for the Western region, based in San Antonio; and Geary Morrill for the Midwest region, based in Saginaw, Michigan.
PPM Analysis: Alternative Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three format analyses of the performances of rock-formatted radio stations based on data from the Nielsen Audio’s June 2016 PPM survey. Forthcoming are analyses of mainstream rock and adult album alternative or triple A. In today’s report, see charts tracking the AQH share (6+) performances of alt rockers in PPM markets, a chart detailing AQH share fluctuations from June 2015 to June 2016, a chart listing stations by market rank, and more. See it all here.
Talking to One Million Friends: Q104’s Jim Kerr Reflects on His Career. RadioInfo special features correspondent Jeff McKay recently spoke with WAXQ, New York “Q104” morning personality Jim Kerr about his long career on New York City morning radio. In 1974, 21-year-old Kerr arrived in New York from WLS-AM, Chicago – scared out of his wits – but determined to get to know WPLJ’s teenage and 20-something listeners. “I wanted to make friends with those listeners and remain friends with them – forever.” Kerr tells McKay he’d have been happy to have lasted a year in New York, but 42 years later he’s still talking to his “friends” on the radio. Read more here.
TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations – Mark Levin Receiving Freedom of Speech Award Video Posted Today. The Livestream video recording of the Freedom of Speech Award presentation – one of the many highlights of the recent TALKERS 2016: Bridging the Generations convention – has been posted today (7/13) to Talkers.com. The 19thannual installment of the talk media industry’s longest-running and most important convention took place on Friday, May 20 on the fabulous campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. The video shows the opening round of the Awards Ceremony segment of the gathering in which Cumulus Media/Westwood One syndicated host Mark Levin was presented the 2016 Gene Burns Memorial Award for Freedom of Speech. The ceremony includes remarks by GCN syndicated host Dr. Joy Browne, Awards Ceremony emcee and Cumulus Media/Westwood One host Jim Bohannon, and TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison. To view the video, please click here. More videos from the convention will be posted to Talkers.com in the days and weeks ahead.
RadioInfo Tidbits. North Texas air personality Zac Grantham – PD and morning host at Alpha Media’s KMKT, Bells, Texas “93.1 Katy Country” – organized the recent #PrayForDallas vigil that took place at Fairview Park in Sherman, Texas July 8. The event drew more than 200 members of the community, including representatives from local state law enforcement agencies, who all joined hands in small groups to show support for residents and officers in Dallas, North Texas, and the entire country…..iHeartMedia, Clear Channel Outdoor Americas and National Summer Learning Association are teaming up to help close the education achievement gap by supporting the expansion of access to summer learning opportunities. The national public service campaign will stress the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy this summer. iHeartMedia will air public service announcements voiced by First Lady Michele Obama across its more than 850 radio stations in July and August…..One Republic’s Ryan Tedder (center) sat down in the Westwood One studios with Zach Sang (right) recently. Tedder spoke candidly about his feelings on YouTube musicians, DJs and dance music, Wikipedia, and his frustrations with the band One Direction. He also did a Ryan Seacrest impression.
Bill Michaels Upped to OM for Cumulus Toledo Cluster. Programmer Bill Michaels – responsible for leading classic rock WXKR, sports talk WLQR “106.5 The Ticket,” talk WTOD-AM, and alternative WQQO-HD2/W264AK – is promoted to operations manager for Cumulus Media’s Toledo cluster and Monroe, Michigan property country WMIM “98.3 NASH Icon.” The cluster also includes country WKKO “K100” and classic hits WRQN. This is a newly created position and in addition to his new responsibilities, Michaels will continue to program WXKR, “100.7 The Zone,” WLQR and WTOD as well as host the WXKR midday show from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cumulus RVP and market manager Andy Stuart says, “Bill and I have worked together for a long time and while I am quite certain that he has the experience, intuition and leadership skills necessary to lead our stations to greatness, I’m also quite certain he can handle my penchant for emailing and texting him at 3:00 am.”
Paul Giammarco Returns to Cumulus Providence as Afternoon Host on ‘Lite Rock 105.’ Rhode Island radio pro Paul Giammarco begins hosting the afternoon show on Cumulus Media’s adult contemporary WWLI, Providence “Lite Rock 105” on July 26. Giammarco has been serving with WLWC-TV, New Bedford “CW28” in account management and development. He’d served with Cumulus Media’s news/talk WPRO-AM and 99.7 FM in the past as OM/PD and was an owner of WNRI, Woonsocket, Rhode Island for many years.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Twenty-two-year WBBM-FM, Chicago “B96” vet Erik Bradley re-ups with CBS RADIO to continue his APD/music director role with the station…..Air personality Ashley Caprice joins the morning show at iHeartMedia’s urban rhythmic oldies KHYL, Sacramento “V101.1.” The show is now “V Mornings with Pacey Williams and Ashley Caprice. She comes to iHM Sacramento from the company’s Los Angeles operations where she was producer for KIIS afternoon personality Jessie Lozan…..Morning host Big Red exits Adams Radio Group’s country KGRT, Las Cruces “Your Country 103.9” for an opportunity in Nashville. That leaves a PD/morning jock gig open in New Mexico.
Nielsen: It’s Starting Out to Be a Classic Summer. A Nielsen Audio report based on data from the June PPM surveys indicates that this summer, like last summer, is being good to classic hits and classic rock stations. On a national listening basis, and from June 2015 to June 2016, AQH share for classic hits stations has risen in both the 18-34 and 25-54 demos – 3.4 to 4.0, and 4.7 to 4.9, respectively. For classic rock, the format equaled last June’s 4.8 share in 18-34 demo (a record high) and in the 25-54 demo regressed slightly to a 5.7 share, albeit a full share above June 2013’s 4.7 share. Country, meanwhile, has seen its lowest national listening June AHQ shares in three years. Persons 6+ is down from an 8.2 share in 2013 to this June’s 7.7. Persons 18-34 dipped from a 9.6 to an 8.8; and Persons 25-54 declined from 7.9 share to a 7.6.
RadioInfo Tidbits. Las Vegas morning personality Chet Buchanan has been honored with the “The Best of the Silver State XIV” Humanitarian Award. In addition to his radio gig as morning host on CBS RADIO’s KLUC, Buchanan spends countless hours with dozens of charities throughout Southern Nevada. Additionally, he sits on the Board of Trustees for HELP of Southern Nevada, Board of Directors for VARIETY – The Children’s Charity and the Board of Trustees for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada and hosts the annual Chet Buchanan Candlelighters 5k “Race For Our Kids.” “It’s an honor to be recognized, but this is truly an award to be shared with my 98.5 KLUC family, as well as with my many friends, corporate partners and the people I am humbled to serve with every day, who simply want to do something good. Not to mention my beautiful, long suffering and extremely patient wife.”…..United Stations Radio Networks is partnering with renowned producers, The Baka Boyz. USRN will handle the advertising sales for the national commercial time in the widely distributed programs created, hosted and distributed by The Baka Boyz.
New York’s ‘Quiet Storm’ Jock Vaughn Harper Dead at 71. New York urban radio personality Vaughn Harper has died at the age of 71. Harper and co-host Champaine debuted “Quiet Storm” on WBLS, New York in the early 1980s. Harper left the air in 1993 after a stroke affected his ability to speak. But, he regained his voice and worked at several NYC-area stations, wrapping his career at WBLS, which he exited in 2008.
Rare Ancient Limbaugh Audio Interview Discovered. A 26-year-old audio transcription of a telephone conversation between Rush Limbaugh and Michael Harrison conducted during the summer of 1990 for a print article was discovered in the TALKERS archives this week during a routine “housekeeping” in the trade publication’s warehouse. The interview originally served as the basis of a story in the third issue of TALKERS back in August of 1990 and has never-before been heard publicly as an audio conversation. According to TALKERS VP/executive editor Kevin Casey, “This dusty cassette, originally implemented as the reference for a print piece, contains talk radio history gold. The conversation between Rush and Harrison provides seminal information, issues and insights that set the stage for the basic foundation upon which the modern era of talk radio has been built. It is fascinating, to say the least, and must-listening for any present-day student or practitioner of radio broadcasting. The authenticity and passion expressed in their conversation lends a dimension to the material that could never be conveyed in print.” At the time of the recording, Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated show, only in its second year at that point, was already considered a phenomenon having cleared almost 240 stations and challenging then-existent notions about the role of syndication in major market radio. Harrison was in the process of publishing the first issue of TALKERS (originally described as “The Information-Radio Newspaper”) that summer and was gathering material ahead for the second and third issues. The Limbaugh conversation was set for the third installment of the then-bi-weekly publication. After the conclusion of the interview, the recording contains several minutes of ongoing conversation between the two discussing the new trade publication and Harrison’s vision of what it would be. According to Harrison, “I was thinking totally print when conducting the interview – so I tossed the cassette in box of unfiled random stuff after it was transcribed for the newspaper not thinking that 26 years later the concept of ‘TALKERS’ would be an online ‘media station’ with elements of not only text and graphics – but audio and video as well. And as far as my weekly podcast is concerned, this strikes at the core of what it is all about!” Harrison is pictured here holding a copy of the original issue of TALKERS containing the interview. The entire conversation is being made public on this week’s installment of the award-winning PodcastOne program “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” To listen to it in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.
DOOBIE PICK: Dustbowl Revival Rocks the 30th Anniversary of the Green River Festival. The Green River Festival is Western Massachusetts’ own homegrown music and hot air balloon festival. This year, the festivities brought a record breaking 5,000 fans to the campus of Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, MA – not too far from the home offices of RadioInfo. The publication’s music editor Duane Doobie Jr. was in attendance. The first Green River Festival took place in 1986 as a free, one-day event headlined by NRBQ (which also returned this year to help celebrate its 30th anniversary). But in the early years of the festival, the focus was on hot air ballooning. Things changed when the festival featured New Orleans music legend Dr. John and a full slate of nationally renowned talent. Throughout the 1990s the festival presented many legends in the making in the roots music world, including Alison Krauss & Union Station, Taj Mahal, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings and many others. Over the years, the festival has hosted dozens of music giants including established legends like Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, Arlo Guthrie, Steve Earle, and more recent stars like The Avett Brothers, Neko Case, Calexico, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, CAKE, Fountains Of Wayne, Old Crow Medicine Show, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and many others. This year’s headliners included Dawes, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Shovels & Rope, and Shakey Graves. Though, it was one of the lesser-known bands that caught Doobie’s attention. He states, “Perfect for country stations that also play some rockin’ Americana… or triple A stations that are inclusive of some twang… Dustbowl Revival is a band to know about.” Doobie continues, “As the rain began to pour on thousands of festival attendees, Dustbowl Revival played one of the most energetic sets seen at the festival – to fans engaging in synchronized rain dancing with umbrellas. Their encore, ‘Lampshade On’ was a raucous, rollicking, feel-good party song that is sure to get even the quietest of listeners’ feet tapping along to the tune. I still can’t get it out of my head… nor the water out of my shoes.” Check it out by clicking here.
Urban Media Corporation Radio One to Use Platforms to ‘Promote Peace’ and ‘Demand Justice.’ In a statement from Radio One, Inc., the company says it is “deeply saddened and troubled by the recent events in our country. There is no doubt, this is a critical moment in our history. From Baton Rouge, LA and Minneapolis, MN to Dallas, TX, the outcry of Black people is reverberating throughout this country. Our prayers and condolences are with the bereaved families of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, Dallas officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa. We pray for your peace and comfort. Though the chain of events this week is unprecedented, the sound of frustration and outrage are all too familiar. Black lives matter because ALL lives matter. Martin Luther King said, ‘The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.’ The killing must stop. It doesn’t serve anyone. Certainly there is a better solution. We are not anti-police. We are anti-police misconduct, abuse and excessive force. We must protect the civil rights and lives of Black Americans and we must protect law enforcement officers who serve our communities. Both of these goals can co-exist and equally be served. Unfortunately, when these ideals aren’t aligned nor remembered, we are forced to live with the greatest loss of all – life. Acknowledging the significance of this moment, all this week, we have leveraged our multi-media platforms of local radio, TV One, Interactive One and Reach Media to encourage our community to lift their voices and be heard; promote peace in the street; and demand justice, accountability and reform in our police and justice systems. From exclusive coverage on TV One’s ‘News One Now with Roland Martin‘ to stopping the music and opening the phone lines for listener expression on our 56 urban radio stations and syndicated shows such as the ‘Tom Joyner Morning Show,’ ‘Rickey Smiley Morning Show,’ ‘Russ Parr Morning Show’ and ‘DL Hughley Show,’ we’ve served our community. We’ve produced numerous public service announcements and created empowering and informative content that spanned our national digital platforms such as NewsOne.com and HelloBeautiful.com to the millions of people we touch through our social media network. And we won’t stop here. We will do more to educate and mobilize our community. As a communications company, we are obligated to tell the stories others won’t and to amplify the voices of our hurting community. We won’t be silent.”
Cox Media Atlanta Holds Roundtable Simulcast on News/Talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM and Urban Contemporary WALR. On Friday evening (7/8), Cox Media Group’s Atlanta news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM and urban contemporary WALR “Kiss 104.1” hosted a live roundtable discussion that was simulcast on both stations about the shooting of two black males by police and killing of five police officers in Dallas after a peaceful protest there. The roundtable was hosted by WSB personality Mark Arum and panelists included radio hosts: Monica Pearson, John Pearson, Condace Pressley, Jennifer Keitt, and Herman Cain.
Round Four of June PPM Data Released. The ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s June 2016 PPM survey has been released for the fourth of four groups of 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. Nielsen Audio’s June 2016 survey period covered May 19 – June 15. You can see all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here. Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian (Kinosian@RadioInfo.com) provides his “Takeaways” from all 12 of these PPM markets.
1) Austin – A combined +2.1 over the course of four straight gains (2.9 – 3.2 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 5.0, 6+), Emmis regional Mexican KLZT “107.1 La Z” cruises from a tie at #7 to a deadlock at #3, having its best 6+-share since December 2013 (5.0 as well). Also improving for the fourth successive sweep is Entercom hot AC KAMX “Mix 94.7,” which cracks the top ten (#12 to #9). The last three up-trends by “Mix” are by one-tenth each (3.6 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.4, 6+). Having picked up four-tenths in April to curtail four straight down or flat movements that yielded a -1.7 (3.9 – 3.9 – 3.6 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+), Univision Radio regional Mexican KLQB “Que Buena 104.3” added one-half share in May and now one-tenth in June (2.2 – 2.6 – 3.1 – 3.2, 6+), but dips from #13 to #14. Shaking off three successive downward trends that produced a combined -1.3 (9.4 – 9.1 – 8.6 – 8.1, 6+), Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob” is up four-tenths to 8.5 (6+) and is #1 for the sixth consecutive time. Up or flat the past three sweeps for a net gain of eight-tenths (3.6 – 3.8 – 3.8 – 4.4, 6+), talk sibling KLBJ-AM drops six-tenths to 3.8, sliding from #11 to #12. While co-owned triple A KGSR “93.3 Radio Austin” is without an increase for the fifth consecutive time (3.1 – 3.1 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+), it is only down a total of eight-tenths and actually improves from #17 to #15. Faltering by one-half share is Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE, which is flat at #15 (6+). “Austin’s Country Alternative” had been up in each of the past three sweeps for a combined +1.1 (1.7 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.8, 6+). Declining by one-half share as well are Emmis alternative KROX “101-X” (4.6 – 4.1, ninth to tenth, 6+); iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KPEZ “102.3 The Beat” (4.5 – 4.0, #10 to #11, 6+); Entercom’s KKMJ-HD3 (2.5 – 2.0, #16 to #17, 6+); and Univision Radio’s KLJA “Mas Variedad 107.7” (2.3 – 1.8, #17 to #18, 6+).
2) Milwaukee – The rollercoaster ride continues for iHeartMedia‘s WKKV, which added eight-tenths in April; forfeited all of it plus one-tenth in May (-.9); and now improves by a lofty +1.3 (4.8 – 5.6 – 4.7 – 6.0, 6+). “V-100.7 Jams” re-enters the top ten, rocketing from #11 to #4 and 6.0 is its best 6+-showing since last August (6.1). It has been a whirlwind of a different sort and over a longer timeframe for Milwaukee Radio Alliance-owned WLDB, which transitioned from adult contemporary to hot AC and recently shifted back to AC. Registering a one-half share increase (3.3 – 3.8, 6+), “B93.3 The 80s to Today” is steady at #12. Entering the June sweep, WHAD was down roughly 50% since January as a result of four straight decreases (2.1 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.3 – 1.0, 6+), but the Wisconsin Public Radio facility adds three-tenths and improves from #20 to #17. Alternating up and down trends since December for a collective +1.6 (8.8 – 14.4 – 8.7 – 10.0 – 9.7 – 10.8 – 10.2 – 10.4, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WRIT “95.7 Big FM – Milwaukee’s Greatest Hits” occupies the market’s top spot for the 14th straight sweep. Recent 6+-fluctuations for WRIT include +1.7 (October); -.7 (November); flat (December); +5.6 (“Holiday” 2015); -5.7 (January); +1.3 (February); -.3 (March); +1.1 (April); -.6 (May) and now +.2 (June). Prior to October’s -1.7, WRIT put together seven successive positive trends (6.2 – 7.0 – 7.8 – 9.5 – 10.1 – 10.2 – 10.5 – 11.2, 6+), improving by exactly five full-shares since February. As a result of its fourth straight decline (6.7 – 6.0 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 4.6, 6+), talk cluster-mate WISN erodes by a cumulative loss of over two full-shares and spirals from sixth to tenth. After chalking up a gain of one-half share in May, Saga Communications’ urban AC WJMR “Jammin’ 98.3 Today’s R&B and Old School” forfeits all of it and an additional one-tenth (4.5 – 5.0 – 4.6, -.6, 6+) to depart the top ten (#8 to #11). Off six-tenths in March, “Jammin'” was +.7 in April. Due to a -.3 (to 5.3, fifth to sixth, 6+), Milwaukee Radio Alliance alternative outlet WLUM “102.1 Sounds Different” concludes five consecutive progressive trends that yielded a +1.6 (4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 5.6, 6+)
3) Indianapolis – Owing to May’s -.6, WHHH “Hot 96.3” had its string of positive trends – which netted a combined full-share – end at four (4.2 – 4.3 – 4.7 – 4.8 – 5.2, 6+). Wasting no time in bouncing back though, the Radio One rhythmic CHR leaps from ninth to sixth by hanging out a robust +1.3 to 5.9, its strongest 6+-share since April 2014 (6.6). Within 5.1 – 5.9 range (6+) the past seven survey periods, iHeartMedia-owned WFBQ “Q-95 Indy’s Classic Rock” trots out a +.7 (5.5 – 6.2, 6+) to advance from seventh to fifth. It is the best 6+showing for “Q-95” since last August (7.1). Three-tenths of a share separates the market’s top two finishers, Entercom CHR WZPL (+1.1, second to first, 6+) and Cumulus Media‘s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5” (7.1 – 7.6, +.5, first to second, 6+). This is the third successive improvement for WZPL (6.4 – 6.7 – 6.8 – 7.9, 6+), which was most recently at #1 in January. Following four successive gains for a cumulative +2.4 since the “Holiday” report (5.4 – 5.8 – 6.2 – 6.8 – 7.8, 6+), “Classic Hits 104.5” regressed by seven-tenths in May; it was #1 the past three sweeps. Prior to April, the last time WJJK reached the seven-share level (6+) was October 2014 (7.5). Meanwhile, WZPL’s CHR competitor – Radio One’s WNOW “100.9 Radio Now” – posts a gain of six-tenths (2.8 – 3.4, 6+) to inch up from #13 to #12. Wild fluctuations have become common lately for iHeartMedia-owned WOLT, which recorded a +.9 in February; a whopping +1.7 in April; and a -.8 in May. The most significant shift though occurs in June as “Alt 103.3 Indy’s Alternative” flounders by -1.8 (6.2 – 4.4, 6+) to freefall from sixth to tenth. The 7.0 that “Alt 103.3” recorded in April was the highest 6+-share in the station’s PPM-history. Before being off by two-tenths in March, “Alt 103.3” gained a combined +1.6 in four up or flat trends (3.9 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 5.5, 6+). Following a +.6 in May, Emmis-owned WLHK “Country 97.1 Hank” sputters by one full-share (6.3 – 5.3, 6+) and slips from fifth to seventh. “Hank” was stymied on 5.7 (6+) in March and April and has its lowest 6+-share since “Holiday” 2013 (5.3, as well).
4) Providence – Locked on 5.2 (6+) in April and May, iHeartMedia hot AC WSNE “Coast 93.3” busts out a gain of eight-tenths to 6.0 (6+), progressing from seventh to fifth. Improving by seven-tenths (8.3 – 9.0, 6+), Cumulus Media mainstream CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” inches up from third to second. Four-tenths ahead of WPRO-FM is adult contemporary cluster-mate WWLI “Lite Rock 105,” which is #1 for the eighth successive ratings period and has been in double-digits (6+) each time. “Lite Rock 105,” however, regresses by nine-tenths; is down for the third straight ratings period (12.1 – 10.6 – 10.3 – 9.4, 6+); and 9.4 is its lowest 6+-share since November’s 8.7. A loss of seven-tenths (5.4 – 4.7, 6+) drops talk sibling WPRO-AM from sixth to seventh. This is the weakest 6+-share for WPRO-AM since last September’s 4.6.
5) Raleigh – Without an increase in the last four sweeps for a combined -1.1 (4.2 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 3.4 – 3.1, 6+), iHeartMedia’s WNCB “B-93.9 New Country” rebounds with a gain of seven-tenths to 3.8, zooming into the top ten (#15 to #10). Steady in sixth-place is format rival, Curtis Media Group‘s WQDR “Today’s Best Country” (6.0 – 5.8, -.2, 6+). Improving by six-tenths each are WQDR’s CHR cluster-mate WPLW “Pulse FM” (4.3 – 4.9, ninth to eighth, 6+) and University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill‘s WUNC, which bounces back from a -1.1 in May (7.3 – 6.2 – 6.8, fifth to fourth, 6+). Adding four-tenths to 5.0 (6+), WTKK (eighth to seventh) curtails three straight downward trends in which the iHeartMedia FM talker had a cumulative -1.2 (5.8 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 4.6, 6+). A potent +1.5 in May by Radio One‘s WFXC “Foxy” propelled the urban AC from fourth to first. Despite a -.2 in June (6.4 – 7.9 – 7.7, 6+), “Foxy” remains at #1. Prior to May, the last time “Foxy” crossed the seven-share level (6+) was November and October with a 7.1 each time. After improving by six-tenths in May, Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB surrenders seven-tenths (3.7 – 4.3 – 3.6, 6+) and exits the top ten (#9 to #12). A one-tenth gain in April halted nine straight down or flat trends for “Radio 96.1,” which had a net loss of -3.5 and roughly 50% of its 6+-share (7.1 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+). Although steady at #16, Radio Training Network contemporary Christian WRTP “His Radio” is off by one-tenth (to 2.1, 6+), thus halting four straight gains (.9 – 1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 2.2, 6+). The six most recent fluctuations for Capitol Broadcasting sports outlet WCMC “The Fan” – down for the third straight sweep – are +1.1 (“Holiday” 2015 – January 2016); -1.0 (January – February); +1.1 (February – March); -.5 (March – April); -.7 (April – May); and -.2 (May – June, 3.7 – 3.5, #12 to #15, 6+).
6) Norfolk – Climbing from #17 to #15, Max Broadcast Group gospel WGH-AM “Star 1310” posts an increase of six-tenths to 1.9, its finest 6+-share since last August, when it reached 2.3. Tied with “Star 1310” is Hampton University jazz outlet WHOV (1.9, +.2, #16 to #15, 6+), which pulls the plug on six straight down or flat moves (2.5 – 2.3 – 2.0 – 1.8 – 1.8 – 1.7 – 1.7, 6+). Up six-tenths in May, WVKL ended three straight down or flat trends (12.1 – 12.1 – 11.7 – 11.6, 6+). The Entercom urban AC is off by two-tenths in June (12.2 – 12.0, 6+) but is #1 for the 49th consecutive ratings period. The last time “Smooth R&B From Yesterday & Today” was not in double-digits (6+) was when it registered a 9.8 in January 2014. Seven consecutive down or flat trends by hot AC sibling WPTE yielded a net loss of one full-share (3.7 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.3 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+). “The Point” registers a +.1 to 2.8 (6+) but in an ironic twist slips from #10, where it had been the past five sweeps, to #11. Significant ratings variations continue for WOWI “Jamz 103,” which gained seven-tenths in April; dropped seven-tenths in May; and is now off by -1.3 (7.6 – 8.3 – 7.6 – 6.3, 6+). It is the first time “Jamz 103” has been below a seven-share (6+) since April 2014 (6.8), but the iHeartMedia urban contemporary facility remains in the runner-up slot for the sixth straight time. Similarly, Entercom adult contemporary WWDE progressed by +.8 in March; sputtered by twice that amount in April (-1.6); rebounded with a +.7 in May; but drops by -.8 in June (6.1 – 6.9 – 5.3 – 6.0 – 5.2, 6+); “2WD” slides from fourth to fifth. Following five successive sweeps without a decrease (.5 – .7 – .7 – .7 – 1.5 – 1.8, 6+), Saga Communications’ WJOI “Great Songs, Great Memories” falters by three-tenths to 1.5 (#15 to #17, 6+).
7) Nashville – It is a “mixed” bag in the Midwest Communications cluster as adult hits WCJK trots out a full-share improvement to 6.7 (6+), applying the brakes to six down or flat trends. Off by a cumulative -1.9 since December (7.6 – 7.1 – 7.1 – 6.8 – 6.3 – 6.0 – 5.7, 6+), “Jack FM” leaps from sixth to a third-place tie with iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUBT “The Beat” (7.2 – 6.7, -.5, 6+). Meanwhile, WCJK “Jack FM” sibling WJXA “Mix 92.9” suffers its sixth straight downward trend (15.6 – 10.7 – 10.2 – 9.7 – 9.6 – 9.1 – 8.3, 6+) for a net loss of -7.3 since the “Holiday” 2015 report. While this marks the fourth time since November – and fifth occurrence since last August – that “Mix” has not been in double-digits (6+), the adult contemporary outlet is nonetheless #1 for the 52nd consecutive ratings period. The 1.4-share advantage it held in May over iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “The River” is down to eight-tenths; however, “The River” drops two-tenths to 7.5 (6+), halting three straight sweeps without a decrease (6.7 – 7.5 – 7.5 – 7.7, 6+) and is in second-place for the seventh time in the last eight monthlies. Bouncing back from May’s one full-share decline, Cumulus Media‘s WWTN “Super Talk 97” regains half of it (5.1 – 4.1 – 4.6, 6+) and returns to the top ten (#11 to #8). With a -.1 in April, WWTN had its string of successive up-trends (for a combined +1.9) end at three (3.3 – 3.6 – 4.6 – 5.2, 6+). After being down or flat the last four sweeps for a cumulative -.5 (3.4 – 3.4 – 3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9, 6+), country sibling WKDF “Nash-FM 103.3” answers with a full-share increase to 3.9 (its best 6+-share since December’s 4.1) but remains at #13. Elsewhere in the country format, “Nash FM” cluster-mate WSM-FM “95.5 Nash Icon” (+.9 in May) adds one-tenth to register its strongest-ever 6+-PPM stat (5.9) yet ironically must fall from fifth to sixth. Following back-to-back gains of one-tenth each (4.4 – 4.5 – 4.6, 6+,), iHeartMedia‘s WSIX “The Big 98 #1 For New Country” sputters by six-tenths to 4.0 (6+) and slips from ninth to a three-way tie at #10. The rollercoaster effect continues for WGFX “104.5 The Zone,” which had three straight downward trends for a combined -2.2 (7.2 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 5.0, 6+) before a +.7 in May, but now erodes by a hefty -1.2 (5.7 – 4.5, 6+). The Cumulus Media sports outlet drifts from sixth to ninth with its lowest 6+-share since last August (4.2). It is a tough month as well for cross-town competitor, Cromwell‘s WPRT “ESPN Nashville The Game,” which flounders by six-tenths (1.4 – .8, 6+), dropping out of the top 20 (#18 to #21).
8) Greensboro – The third straight improvement by WSMW “Simon” is a whopping +1.5 propelling the Entercom adult hits outlet from third to first (8.1 – 8.6 – 9.2 – 10.7, 6+). “Simon” has achieved double-digits twice before (10.5 and 10.1), but 10.7 is the best-ever 6+-stat in its PPM-history. Displaced from the top spot and dropping to second is co-owned urban AC WQMG, which falters by seven-tenths after May’s full-share gain (9.7 – 10.7 – 10.0, 6+). “The Best R&B and Old School” concludes its successive streak of being up or flat at six. In that stretch, WQMG notched a cumulative increase of three full-shares (7.7 – 7.7 – 8.2 – 9.1 – 9.3 – 9.7 – 10.7, 6+); 10.7 was its strongest 6+-showing since November 2014 (10.7). Elsewhere in the Entercom cluster, rhythmic CHR WJMH “102 Jamz” regresses by a combined -1.2 in May and June (9.8 – 9.6 – 8.6, 6+), following three straight up-trends (8.3 – 8.6 – 9.4 – 9.8, 6+) and slides from second to third. Steady at #10, Wake Forest University-owned WFDD picks up one tenth to 2.7 (6+), as it curtails three straight down or flat moves (3.0 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+). Although off for the third consecutive ratings period (4.7 – 4.5 – 4.2 – 3.5, 6+), iHeartMedia FM talker WPTI remains at #9. Frozen on 6.6 (6+) in February and March before being locked on 6.7 (6+) in April and May, sibling WTQR “Q-104.1 New Country” drops three-tenths to 6.4 but is unchanged at #5. Its rival, Entercom’s WPAW “The Wolf” (4.5 – 4.8, +.3, 6+) advances from seventh to sixth. Despite not having an increase for the fourth straight time (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3, 6+), Curtis Media Group regional Mexican WYMY “La Ley 101” continues at #11.
9) West Palm Beach – Many other adult contemporary outlets are struggling in this particular sweep, but June 2016 proves to be a good ratings period for the format here. For instance, powered by an eight-tenths gain, Alpha Media‘s WEAT “Sunny 107.9” moves up from third to second, while iHeartMedia-owned WOLL “Today’s KOOL 105.5” – down three-tenths in each of the last two monthlies – posts a +.5 (6.1 – 5.8 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+) to advance from fourth to third. Meanwhile, JVC Media soft AC WSVU “South Florida’s 95.9 The Palm” (#14 to #13) checks in with a +.6 to 1.6, doubling April’s .8 (6+). After four successive decreases yielding a cumulative -2.2 (9.5 – 9.3 – 8.2 – 8.1 – 7.3, 6+), Alpha Media hot AC WRMF gains three-tenths to 7.6 (6+) and holds down the top spot for the 23rd consecutive time. Notching a full-share increase in April and then adding four-tenths in May, co-owned WIRK “Country 103.1” runs into a brick wall with a rousing -1.9 (5.2 – 6.2 – 6.6 – 4.7, 6+), falling from second to fourth. It is the lowest 6+-share for “Country 103.1 since December’s 4.6. Locked on 4.3 (6+) in April and May, following a March-to-April +.9, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian WAYF “WAY-FM Uplifting-Upbeat-Real” falters by six-tenths (3.4 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+), dropping from seventh to eighth. At #8 the past four sweeps, iHeartMedia CHR WLDI “WiLD 95.5” (flat at 3.9 (6+), bumps up to #7. Three successive gains by classic rock sibling WKGR produced a cumulative +1.7 (3.3 – 3.8 – 4.1 – 5.0, 6+), but “98.7 The Gater” is off three-tenths to 4.7 (6+). Even so, WKGR actually manages to improve from fifth to a fourth-place tie (with WIRK “Country 103.1”). Prior to May, the last time “Gater” crossed the five-share threshold was September 2014 with a 5.3.
10) Jacksonville – Within the 4.4 – 4.9 range (6+) the past six ratings periods, iHeartMedia adult hits WWJK “Jack-FM” explodes with a +1.2 to 5.7 (6+), climbing from ninth to eighth. Improving by one-half share in March and then piling on seven-tenths in April, co-owned CHR WKSL “Kiss FM” surrendered a -1.5 in May – but rebounds in June with a +.9 (4.3 – 4.8 – 5.5 – 4.0 – 4.9, 6+) 6+) as it re-enters the top ten (#11 to #10). Off the past two sweeps by a combined one-half share, Cox Media Group urban contemporary WJGL-HD2 recovers it all (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 3.1, +.5, 6+) to inch up from #14 to #13. While it is #1 for the eighth straight time, Renda Broadcasting adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1 – Today’s Variety” (up eight-tenths in May) sputters by a lofty -1.3 (9.9 – 10.7 – 9.4, 6+) and records its lowest 6+-share since December’s 9.2. Prior to dropping to #2 in November, “Lite” had been on top the previous 17 sweeps. After back-to-back appearances in the runner-up slot, Cox Media Group CHR WAPE “Jacksonville’s #1 Hot Music Station” regresses by eight-tenths (8.6 – 7.9, 6+) and falls to fourth. In 4.1 – 4.6 (6+) range the past five ratings periods, public WJCT declines by one-half share to 3.8, skidding from #10 to #12, (6+). After back-to-back sweeps in which it added one-half share increases, iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WSOL “V-101.5” forfeits four-tenths to slide from a fifth-place tie back to sixth (5.3 – 5.8 – 6.3 – 5.9, 6+).
11) Memphis – Top-five music stations on the AM band in PPM-markets are rare commodities. One though exists in this Tennessee metro as iHeartMedia‘s WDIA “1070 The Heart & Soul of Memphis” improves for the fourth straight time for a combined +1.6 (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 5.2 – 6.0, 6+) and rises from seventh to fifth; 6.0 is its strongest 6+-share since September’s 6.6. Registering one-half share gains each and staying at eighth and tenth, respectively, are cluster-mate WEGR “Rock 103” (2.9 – 3.4, 6+) and Cumulus Media-owned WGKX “Kix 106 Today’s Best Country” (4.2 – 4.7, 6+). This represents the most potent 6+-share for “Rock 103” since February 2014 (4.0); “Kix 106” is now within 4.1 – 4.7 range for the seventh straight time. Having notched three successive increases for a whopping +4.2 (8.3 – 10.2 – 11.2 – 12.5, 6+) – and – its strongest 6+-share since December 2012’s 13.5, iHeartMedia urban AC KJMS “V-101” falters by nine-tenths to 11.6 (6+) but is #1 for the fourth straight time. Prior to a -1.4 in “Holiday” 2015, “V-101” had not had a decline in the previous four sweeps (8.9 – 9.2 – 9.3 – 9.3 – 10.0, 6+). After being in 8.3 – 8.9 range (6+) the past seven consecutive sweeps, urban contemporary sibling WHRK also drops nine-tenths and is a cumulative -1.4 in May and June (8.8 – 8.3 – 7.4, 6+); “K-97.1” – which finished first in February – drifts from second to fourth. Replicating May’s -.6 (6.2 – 5.6 – 5.0, 6+), Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 Today’s Best Mix” slides from fifth to seventh. Following six successive ratings periods at #6, “FM 100” advanced to #5 to April. Co-owned sports outlet WMC-AM is at .1 for the eighth straight sweep and remains at #18.
12) Hartford – Stuck on 7.9 (6+) in April and May, iHeartMedia‘s WWYZ “Country 92-5” erupts with a +1.1 to 9.0 (6+), progressing from third to second. It is the best 6+-performance for “Country 92-5” in exactly one year, matching the 9.0 it recorded in June 2015. Flashing gains of six-tenths each are Connoisseur Media-owned WDRC-FM “102.9 The Whale Hartford’s Classic Rock” (5.4 – 6.0, eighth to seventh, 6+) and University of Massachusetts’ WFCR (#11 to #10), which is up for the third straight time (.3 – .6 – .7 – 1.3, 6+) and has its highest 6+share since February 2015 (1.5). Following four successive times without an increase for a net loss of -1.1 (7.1 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.8 – 6.0, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR WKSS “Kiss 95.7” recoups one-half share (to 6.5, seventh to sixth, 6+). Setting the pace for the 21st time in the last 22 sweeps – including the past 13 – CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5” is, however, off by one full-share (11.3 – 10.3, 6+). Owing to a +.3 in April, “Lite 100.5” halted a three-month slide that resulted in a combined decline of nearly seven shares (17.8 – 12.1 – 11.9 – 11.0, 6+). Without a decrease in the last three sweeps accounting for a combined +1.2 in that span (6.2 – 6.4 – 7.4 – 7.4, 6+), co-owned hot AC WTIC-FM flounders by eight-tenths to 6.6 but remains in fifth-place. Over the course of three successive downward trends (7.9 – 7.1 – 6.7 – 6.0, 6+) iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WHCN “105.9 The River” (sixth to seventh) is a combined -1.9. Off four straight times dating back to February, CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WZMX “Hot 93.7” (unchanged at #4, 6+) has a net loss of -2.4 (10.1 – 9.4 – 8.6 – 7.8 – 7.7, 6+); February’s 10.1 was its best-ever 6+-share in the PPM-era.
Kris Daniels Steps Away from KCYE, Las Vegas PD Role to Focus on AM Show Duties. Programmer and air personality Kris Daniels and management at Beasley Las Vegas are announcing the country KCYE program director and morning drive personality is giving up her PD gig with the station to focus on the “Kris & Mad Dog” morning show. Vice president of programming Justin Chase says, “Kris came to us very recently and expressed her wish to put her efforts full-time into the ‘Kris & Mad Dog’ morning show and we enthusiastically agreed. We’re happy Kris will also hold the positions of APD and music director in addition to her morning show duties. We’re her biggest fans!” So… Beasley has launched a candidate search for a new PD, that could handle KCYE and could also possibly handle hot AC KVGS. Check it out here.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The Premiere Networks-syndicated “The Breakfast Club” is being added to the program schedule at Sierra H Broadcasting’s hip hop KNRJ, Cordes Lakes, Arizona “101.1 The BEAT.”…..WAHR, Huntsville “Star 99.1” morning host Steve Shannon is exiting the Southern Stone Communications adult contemporary outlet for a new opportunity to be announced soon…..Entravision appoints Sheryl Personett to SVP of integrated marketing solutions for the Denver operations. Personett will be responsible for selling Entravision’s media and marketing solutions across the company’s television, radio, and digital properties in the Denver market….. Kevin Watkins is named to the Mid-West Family Broadcasting Springfield, Missouri marketing team. General sales manager Brian Tyndall says, “Kevin comes to Mid-West Family with nearly 20 years of marketing and business management experience and we’re excited to have him add his talents to our team of marketing professionals.”
NRHOF 2016 Inductees Announced. The National Radio Hall of Fame announces the results of the voting for the class of 2016. There were 24 nominations in six categories. The first four categories below were decided by a panel of 400 industry professionals. The last two categories — Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality — were voted on by the public. The 2016 inductees are: Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart), WTMX, Chicago — Active Local/Regional, 10+ years; Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow and Jerry Cesak), KYKY, San Diego — Longstanding Local/Regional, 20+ years; Steve Harvey, Premiere Networks — Active Network/Syndication, 10+ years; Delilah, Premiere Networks — Longstanding Network/Syndication, 20+ years; Bob Kingsley, Westwood One — Music Format On-Air Personality; and Michael Savage, Westwood One — Spoken Word On-Air Personality. Additionally, the National Radio Hall of Fame nominating committee voted to induct four individuals for their contribution to the industry. They are: George G. Beasley, Chairman/CEO/Founder of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc; Kidd Kraddick, the late syndicated air personality; Tony Roberts, former sportscaster and play-by-play announcer for Notre Dame Football; and Neil Rogers, the late South Florida air personality. NRHOF chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “This year’s class of inductees represents the diversity that makes radio so personal, entertaining and impactful. We all very much appreciate everyone who participated in this process as we welcome the very best in our business into the National Radio Hall of Fame.” The induction ceremony takes place at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago on November 17.
Cumulus Launches NASH Next 2016; Winning Act Gets BMLG Record Deal. Last year, the winner of the very first NASH Next competition was Texas-based trio Breaking Southwest. This year, Cumulus and Big Machine Label Group are cooperating to present NASH Next 2016 in which a new country act will get a record deal with BMLG. The competition starts at the local level with Cumulus country stations in some 60 markets conducting local searches, with additional national participation made possible by Cumulus’ digital properties and syndicated country shows. Cumulus says, “While television boasts several talent competitions, no other contest — on any platform — has ever offered its winners a similar opportunity for coveted radio play, which is the most effective medium to cultivate an artist and propel a major music career.” Reba McEntire is lending her voice to the competition in the 60 markets. Emerging artists will first be judged by Cumulus listeners and local music industry professionals in their communities. Finalists, and the 2016 winner, will be selected by a panel of country luminaries, including BMLG founder Scott Borchetta, Kix Brooks, half of Brooks & Dunn, and Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, plus a Cumulus listener. The contest takes place over a four-month period.