Category: Industry News
Phillips Promoted to WRAL GM. Six-year WRAL “Mix 101.5,” Raleigh local sales manager Katie Phillips is boosted to general manager of the Capitol Broadcasting Company adult contemporary outlet. She succeeds the retiring Ardie Gregory who comments, “I am happy for Katie and the entire ‘Mix’ staff. She has proven herself to be smart, fair, and dedicated to the success of the radio station and all of its employees. The decision to hire Katie as general manager has 100% of my support – I look forward to following her success.” Capitol Broadcasting Company new media vice president and general manager James Goodmon, Jr. remarks that, “In working alongside Katie over the past couple of years, I have been impressed with her intelligence and people skills. Her quiet intensity and enthusiasm have proven contagious.” According to Phillips, “Capitol Broadcasting’s culture of integrity, innovation, and service has inspired me since my first day with the company. As general manager of [‘Mix’], my aim will be to build on our strengths with a focus on growing our clients’ business; enriching the lives of our listeners; and serving our community.” Phillips joined Capitol Broadcasting nearly 16 years ago as a sales assistant for the North Carolina News Network/Capitol AgriBusiness; she became a “Mix” account executive in 2002.
Emmis Drops Classic Hits in St. Louis; Debuts First New CHR in Market in 17 Years. There’s a new CHR station in St. Louis as Emmis flips classic hits KIHT and re-brands it “NOW96.3 FM.” Emmis says the new air staff includes: former St. Louis radio personality Curt Copeland who returns for AM drive duties; St. Louis native and Emmy award-winning TV and radio host Todd Newton, a.k.a. Rick Idol, handles the midday show; Chicago radio pro Christine Pawlak is on board for afternoon drive and Nina Blanco is the evening personality. Emmis SVP John Beck comments, “Our classic hits station at 96.3 was underperforming, causing us to look for new opportunities. We conducted extensive research, spoke to St. Louis radio listeners and found a need for a music station that plays all the current hits with fewer commercials and includes local personalities that St. Louisans can meet and relate to. We have done all of that with the new ‘NOW96.3.’” Program director Tommy Mattern adds, “‘Now96.3’ will have a totally local focus and feel. The music will be chosen locally, the station will be programmed locally, the contests will be played locally so St. Louisians won’t have to compete with people from other cities. In addition, the new ‘Now96.3’ will go 60 minutes commercial free every time the music starts.”
PPM Analysis: Hot AC. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the second of a three-part study of station performances based on Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2014 PPM survey. This report focuses on the hot AC format and tracks stations performances over the past six PPM surveys, compares Holiday 2014 to Holiday 2013 data, shows market ranks for hot AC stations, presents a chart with both AC and hot AC stations ratings info from the Holiday 2014 survey, and more. See Mike Kinosian’s complete analysis here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. In San Diego, Local Media-owned alternative XETRA “91X” names Matt Stone morning drive personality. Last November, Stone joined the station as evening personality and assistant program director after serving in the market as program director and afternoon host at Compass Radio of San Diego’s crosstown triple A KPRI. Program director Halloran comments, “Matt knows what our listeners want and has already worked tirelessly to deliver dynamic radio to the audience. I am excited to see what this new chapter brings to ‘91X.’”…..At JVC Media’s country WOTW, Orlando “103.1 The Wolf,” CJ is named evening show host. The station recently flipped to country and had been airing commercial-free music in the daypart…..Armando Rivera exits the operations manager and program director post at Radio One’s Detroit cluster.
Cool Job Opportunity. KWNZ, Reno “106.3 POP FM” is seeking a part-time air talent. Shamrock Communications announces the opening and seeks air talent with experience in multiple formats, primarily CHR. Can you connect with a female audience and be relevant on artists and trending topics? Are you versatile and can you switch gears from one format to another? This is a daytime shift and a position with lots of room to grow. You: Minimum 1 to 2 years on-air experience; working knowledge of automation systems (NexGen preferred); strong digital and social media skills; communication skills; experience with music scheduling software a plus (Music Master preferred); take direction (as in the next part). Rush your materials including cover letter, resume with references, demo (ONE mp3 no longer than 3 minutes) to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Put PT Air Talent in the subject. NO CALLS! EOE.
Love & Theft Visit ‘America’s Morning Show.’ Visiting the NASH Campus today (1/30) was RCA Records Nashville recording duo Love & Theft. Steven Barker Liles (left) and Eric Gunderson (second from left) appeared on “America’s Morning Show” and played the “Fake-A-Song-Friday” game in which the duo picked four random words out of a hat and had to write a song using the words in just 20 minutes. Here’s a link to the song. Pictured here with the duo are AMS hosts (from l-r): Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks, and Blair Garner.
PPM Analysis: Adult Contemporary. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents this analysis of the adult contemporary with its performance in the recent Nielsen Audio 2014 Holiday PPM survey. Kinosian writes, “No other ratings sweep sees the wild (positive) fluctuations as the Holiday period; however, January typically reflects massive declines for stations enjoying huge Holiday increases. Some hot AC, classic hits-oldies, contemporary Christian, country, and urban AC outlets engage in the programming strategy, but for the most part, adult contemporary was the originator and it is still the largest all-Christmas music proponent. For that reason, it is the first format highlighted in our exclusive Holiday 2014 overview.” See Kinosian’s entire analysis here.
Jim Lawson Takes on Regional Manager and OM Duties in Colorado. The iHeartMedia vice president of programming of Hispanic media and brand manager for national programming platforms will expand his duties to include regional manager for iHeartMedia Colorado and operations manager for Colorado Springs and Pueblo, effective February 2. In these additional roles, Jim Lawson will oversee all programming operations for the Colorado stations. His duties as operations manager will include managing the strategy and execution of Colorado Springs and Pueblo’s eight combined stations. He will continue his duties as vice president of programming for Hispanic media and brand manager for national programming platforms.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Adding music director to her title is CHR WPXY, Rochester afternoon drive personality Emily Wild. Wild has been with the Entercom cluster for the past three years…..At non-comm alternative KCMP, Minneapolis “89.3 The Current,” midday personality Barb Abney exits the Minnesota Public Radio station. Taking over the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show is station staffer Jade Tittle…..Moving across town from Townsquare Media’s adult contemporary WHOM, Portland where he co-hosted mornings to an AM show cast member gig at Binnie Media’s classic hits WFNK “107.5 Frank FM” is Teddy McKay. McKay partners up with current WFNK morning personalities Stan Bennett and Heidi Knight…..At the CBS RADIO Pittsburgh cluster, Katie Zak (pictured here at far right with country WDSY’s Jimmy and Monty) is promoted from the KDKA-FM events team to producer for the “Jimmy and Monty in the Morning” program…..Josh Egoff leaves the radio biz and his gig as promotions manager for iHeartMedia’s rock WJRR and sports WYGM in Orlando…..David Israel is leaving Total Traffic & Weather Network’s Miami offices where he serves as operations manager for a position outside of radio. Israel came to the organization in June of last year after serving as VP/GM of Cox Media’s Jacksonville station group.
Senate Commerce Committee Chair Thune Seeks Communications Act Overhaul. Speaking before an audience at the American Enterprise Institute, Senate Commerce Committee chairman John Thune (R-SD) said he will kick-start the process of reviewing and updating the country’s communications laws, last done in 1996. From a story at The Hill, Thune admits his efforts will require support from Democrats but says it’s very early in the process. He told the crowd the very legal framework that could allow broadband internet to be classified a utility is obsolete. He criticized the FCC’s rulemaking process with regard to “net neutrality” and said its agenda is being nudged by “an increasingly imperious president.” He said, “With the FCC poised to reclassify broadband due to a lack of clear statutory authority, we can readily see the consequences of that obsolescence and the need for action.” Getting support from Democrats prior to the 2016 election may be all but impossible but Thune says trying to update the Act that was last modernized when the Internet was in its infancy is necessary.”
Duane Doobie, Jr.’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working, co-music editor, Duane Doobie, Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, including this week Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at “Real Country” 96.9 WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia and Bayley Brown, WKLC-FM (Rock 105), St. Albans/Charleston, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (1/28) includes such names as: Rihanna, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Andy Grammer, Olly Murs, Travie McCoy, Gym Class Heroes, Childish Gambino, Ellie Goulding, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Nick Jonas, Miguel, Jonas Brothers, San Fermin, Houndmouth, AWOLNATION, Stone Senate, Savage Garden, JD McPherson, The Mowgli’s, Zac Brown Band, Mickey Guyton, Old Crow Medicine Show, Dani-Elle, Ryan Bingham, Josh Nolan, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Kenny Chesney, Grace Potter, Blackberry Smoke, Gorgon City, Jennifer Hudson, Kiesza, Korveil, Portugal, The Man, Cowp, and George Ezra, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Coleman Insights Study Reaction: Why Wait? In the second part of a series about how listeners engage with music across traditional and emerging platforms, Coleman Insights’ Matt Bailey writes about why music listening and music buying by consumers are different and that radio stations should be careful not to confuse the two. Bailey writes that based on a comparison of two different sets of Billboard data it becomes apparent that, “music buying and music listening patterns are fundamentally different. When you understand why they’re different, you’ll also understand how making new music decisions based on sales data can lead your station astray.” How programmers operating new music stations choose their adds is probably a combination of factors, with sales serving a part of that. But by waiting too long for sales data, a radio station can miss the boat and pass up the opportunity to add a song that becomes a mega hit and cement itself as a reliable place to discover new music. Radio’s slipping status as a place to discover new music among young people has been well documented. An anecdotal example of this is Lorde’s “Royals.” RadioInfo editors recall hearing the song in regular rotation on SiriusXM some three months before most FM radio stations began adding it and before it took off on the sales charts. This certainly helps SiriusXM’s “cool factor” for those who heard it there first. According to RadioInfo co-music editor (and veteran music radio programmer), Duane Doobie, Sr., “The Coleman Insights conclusion is right on the money. There is no way a radio station or music radio personality can claim any kind of ‘ownership’ of the music culture without relying on their very own personal gut, instincts, taste, and first-hand ‘street’ knowledge of the music scene – and then take a leap of faith with nothing more than those assets to rely upon. And if they are smart enough to ‘know what they don’t know’ — then they must be able to identify and trust the leadership of those in the field (or those they have hired) who have proven to have these skills and quickly follow their lead. That’s why RadioInfo encourages the place and role of the ‘golden-eared’ programmer as a vital player in keeping music radio alive. We cannot be a passive medium of followers any longer and expect people who care about music to continue turning to the radio to get their fix of new, hot, happening music and the passion that accompanies appreciating it.”
Cipha Sounds Exits ‘Hot 97’ in New York. After a 17-year career with New York hip hop outlet WQHT “Hot 97,” air personality Cipha Sounds exits. From a story in the New York Daily News, Sounds was apparently surprised when the station chose to hire Nessa Nitty as the afternoon drive jock – taking the slot long held by Angie Martinez who jumped across the street to Clear Channel’s WWPR “Power 105” – and believed he was not considered for the gig even though he’d been filling the slot since Martinez’s departure. The paper is wondering if his decision to go on a podcast and question Emmis management’s decision was the deciding factor in his ouster. It certainly could have been since Emmis, upon announcing Nitty’s hiring, noted that Sounds would remain with the station in another capacity. Now, a week later, that is not the case.
It’s Official: ‘i94’ in Indy Becomes ‘93.9 The Beat.’ Indianapolis hot AC WRWM officially becomes classic hip hop as “93.9 The Beat” – a format it’s been airing since after the holidays. Cumulus Media announces the station officially kicked off the new format this week with “wall-to-wall music, giving hip hop fans 100% classic hip hop with a unique blend of music. Cumulus SVP of programming Mike McVay comments, “We’re excited to have this format in our stable. First in wins and we’re already seeing the spoils of victory.” Programmer Jay Michaels adds, “The response from Indy to our new radio station has been more than positive, both from listeners and advertisers. This format is the rhythmic answer to hot AC – and has already proven to be Indy’s new favorite radio station. I couldn’t be prouder to lead the new ‘93.9 The Beat’ to victory!”
O’Malley Upped to Westwood One Senior VP, Strategic Sales Partnerships. Trading in the title of Cumulus vice president of brand solutions, Paul O’Malley becomes Westwood One’s senior vice president of strategic sales partnerships. According to Westwood One president Steve Shaw, “Bringing Paul over to run our new strategic sales division was a no-brainer. His wealth of experience in new business development, world-class reputation among agencies, and vast knowledge of our assets make him the prefect partner to lead this new team. We are building an impressive and outstanding sales force and Paul is a top-tier player on the team.” O’Malley comments that he is “excited by the opportunity” to “deliver experiential solutions which will encompass national scale and local engagement. The best brands in the U.S. are asking for new, innovative, and measured programs. Westwood One and Cumulus have assets and capabilities that are unparalleled in the industry and that deliver results for advertisers. I look forward to growing our client base and driving revenue across our platforms.” Atlanta-based O’Malley previously (2004 – 2011) was Citadel’s regional president of sales.
Tate to Produce WRAL, Raleigh’s ‘Gene & Julie’ Show. At the Capitol Broadcasting Company’s hot AC WRAL-FM, Raleigh “MIX 101.5,” Casey Tate joins the station to produce the morning drive “Gene & Julie” show, hosted by real-life married couple Gene and Julie Gates. The couple says, “Casey is a dedicated professional with great energy and amazing creativity. We can’t wait to have him join the team!” Most recently, Tate produced the morning show at Lincoln Financial Media-owned WSTR, Atlanta “STAR 94.”
Westwood One to Vacate Montfort Drive Offices in Dallas. With the looming expiration of Westwood One’s lease at the Dallas offices – located at 13725 Montfort Drive – later this year, the company announces it will move those operations to other facilities. Westwood One will build out some new broadcast facilities at the TM Studios operations on Academy Lane in Dallas, and will move programming, production and affiliate sales there. The company reports that back-office functions (traffic and affiliate service/affidavit management) will be relocated to an existing Cumulus facility in nearby Arlington. “Other than some duplicated facility support positions, there will be no other changes to staffing related to the relocations.”
Getting It Partly Wrong and Absolutely Right. Disaster preparedness expert Howard B. Price – director, business continuity for ABC Television – writes in a piece in RadioInfo today (1/27) that even though parts of the Northeast escaped the dire predictions of Winter Storm Juno, it’s better that people were overprepared. For those upset with officials for shutting down roads and, in some cases, entire cities, Price says, “No one should EVER blame the messengers for decisions governments and businesses take based on scientific facts that were trumped – as they sometimes are – by the forces of nature. Better to plan for what turns out to be unnecessary, then to be caught flat-footed when circumstances are worse than you anticipated.” Keep in mind that as we publish this piece on Tuesday, parts of New England are indeed getting a lot of snow, combined with high winds. Read more from Price here.
Carolyn Fox: A Salute to Family, Sex and Radio. Radio pro Carolyn Fox writes about the key tenets to help personalities succeed in the radio business – even in this era. In this piece she presents five points radio personalities should understand in order to have success in a business that’s contingent upon connecting with listeners. “Great radio is nothing more than real humans connecting with other real humans aurally,” Fox says, “Don’t overcomplicate the message because my kid is banking on you to resuscitate radio so he too can pay back his college loans.” Read Carolyn Fox’s piece here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Chicago media writer Robert Feder is reporting that Kyle Santillian is being named morning drive personality at iHeartMedia‘s urban contemporary WGCI, Chicago alongside Kendra G and current WGCI staffer Leon Rogers effective Thursday (1/29)…..Regional director of programming Brian Rickman exits URBan Radio Broadcasting after his position with the company was eliminated. Rickman worked for 10-plus years with the company overseeing multiple formats in six markets including CHR, hot AC, urban, urban AC, rock, triple A, oldies, sports and news/talk. Reach out to him at email@example.com…..Market pros John Marty and Johnna Farmer come together again at CHR WABD, Mobile to co-host the morning drive program, effective February 2. Cumulus SVP of programming Jan Jeffries comments, “We are thrilled to have John and Johnna come home to wake up and entertain Mobile and gulf coast listeners. John and Johnna captured the morning audience for years and now return to continue their fun, interactive and topical show.”
Johnjay and Rich Suggest Non-Traditional Super Bowl Accommodations. Capitalizing on the fact that this Sunday’s Super Bowl is being played in their flagship market, Phoenix-based syndicated morning talents Johnjay and Rich maintain they are prepared to rent out their studio. Emphasizing they are offering the “full Super Bowl experience,” the duo cites computers, buffet breakfasts/lunches, convenient parking, and color television as tongue-in-cheek selling points to would-be renters. According to a video they shot, the 3.5-day rate to rent their studio is approximately $160.
KMOD, Tulsa’s Shay ‘Biggie’ Adams Dies at 40. Tulsa morning radio personality Shay “Biggie” Adams passed away on January 23 after a two-month battle with an undisclosed illness, according to Fox23 Tulsa. Adams co-hosted the “Big Mad Morning Show” with Corbin on iHeartMedia’s rock KMOD. He took a leave of absence in November to deal with his health issues but passed away despite weeks of treatment. Corbin says in a statement, “I have lost my brother. I have lost my best friend. We have all lost a treasure.”
Cupcake for Brantley Gilbert. Country star Brantley Gilbert (center) cracks up while holding his birthday cupcake during a visit to Cumulus Media’s nationally syndicated “NASH Nights Live” show. Pictured here helping Gilbert celebrate his 30th birthday are “NASH Nights Live” co-hosts Elaina Smith (left) and Shawn Parr (right).
Hubbard’s WARH, St. Louis Returns ‘Free Money’ Promotion. The “Free Money” promotion was a big success for Hubbard Radio adult hits WARH, St. Louis “106.5 The Arch” for the past two years so the station is bringing it back this year. The station says it is upping the ante in 2015 with $15,000 up for grabs this month. Each weekday in January (and once per week in the Arch Allies Club), the radio station has been qualifying three lucky (and local) St. Louis listeners with $106 in cash. Then on Friday, January 30, “106.5 The Arch” will draw one lucky qualifier’s name and surprise them (either at home or work) with a $15,000 FREE MONEY check.
iHeartMedia Duo Names Chuck PD. Eight-year program director/digital director of iHeartMedia Tampa CHR WFLZ and hot AC WMTX “Mix 100.7″ Tommy Chuck will transfer to similar duties at the company’s Washington, DC CHR outlet WIHT “Hot 99.5″ and WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station.” According to iHeartMedia Washington, DC vice president of programming Meg Stevens, “Tommy’s track record of success at WFLZ and WMTX – as well as his exceptional leadership skills – make him uniquely qualified to program ‘Hot 99.5′ and WPOC. We are excited to have him as part of the team.” Chuck comments, “Joining the iHeartMedia team in Washington and Baltimore is an exciting next step for me and my family. I am thrilled to be the next leader at “Hot,” build on my long relationship with ‘The Kane Show,’ and work with the talented team already in place. Country music has always been a personal favorite of mine. I am honored to lead one of America’s most legendary and award-winning country stations – WPOC.” Chuck – who begins his new assignment in two weeks (2/9) – has previously programmed iHeartMedia (Clear Channel) CHRs in Orlando (WXXL), Birmingham (WQEN), and Chattanooga (WKXJ).
McKinzie Roth Joins KUPL, Portland for Mornings. Moving from Cumulus Media to Alpha Media’s Portland country station KUPL “98.7 The Bull” is McKinzie Roth. She begins co-hosting the morning drive program today (1/26). The company reports that she was with Cumulus for two years while also hosting a weekly television program titled, “Crowd Surfing,” for Comcast. She’s worked for CBS, FOX and has served as an official NBA emcee for the Indiana Pacers. She comments, “I am beyond excited for the opportunity to co-lead mornings in Portland. [EVP of programming] Scott Mahalick and his team are total class acts and I am honored to get to work with the best of the best.”
Joe Clair to Join WPGC, Washington AM Show. At CBS RADIO’s Washington, DC hip hop outlet WPGC, Joe Clair becomes part of the morning drive show currently hosted by Tati, Guy Lambert and Poet, effective February 9. The station says Clair began his career there as part of the “Sunday Night Hip-Hop Show” with veteran DJ Big Tigger. He went on to become co-host of the “Russ Parr Morning Show” and later a personality on WQHT, New York “Hot 97.” Clair is also a nationally known comedian with multiple appearances on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam,” Comedy Central’s “Comic Groove,” and NBC’s “Showtime at the Apollo,” to name a few. He comes to WPGC from his most recent gig at crosstown urban contemporary WHUR on the Frank Ski afternoon show. Clair replaces Blaine “Pablo” Sato, who exited the show on January 23.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. In the Milwaukee market, iHeartMedia-owned CHR WRNW “97.3 RadioNOW” names Brett Andrews to the afternoon drive slot and Aaron Rogers as late night host…..At iHeartMedia’s Louisville hot AC WLGX “100.5 MYfm,” Vicki Rogers joins the personality lineup to host the 9:00 am to 2:00 pm show. Rogers has worked at other signals in the market including adult contemporary WVEZ and classic hits WSFR…..Brazos Communications announces Gillian Reilly – most recently executive on-air producer at CBS RADIO’s WDZH, Detroit “AMP Radio” – is part of the new morning show at its country KHKX, Odessa-Midland, Texas “Kicks 99.1.” She takes over for the retiring morning duo of Mike Lawrence and Dana Carole…..Telling the Roanoke Times that his position has been eliminated, Larry Dowdy exits iHeartMedia’s adult contemporary WSNV “Sunny 93.5” as morning personality.
“Holiday” 2014 PPM Data – Part Four. The fourth and final batch of “Holiday” 2014 ratings data have been released by Nielsen Audio. The information is for Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. See all the numbers from subscribing stations here. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group. The “Holiday” survey period covered December 4 – 31.
1) Austin – The consecutive string of #1 monthly ratings reports for Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob-FM” concludes at an even dozen, as Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95-5″ (4.9 – 8.9, +4.0, 6+) vaults from fourth to first. The last time “Majic” occupied the top spot was “Holiday” 2013 – when a +4.4 to 10.1 displaced … “Bob.” With a -.9 (7.8 – 6.9), “Bob” slides to second. After dropping one-half share in December, iHeartMedia mainstream CHR KHFI “Kiss-FM” bounces back with a +.7 (4.9 – 5.6) to inch up from fourth to a third-place tie. Things are quite a bit different though for “Kiss” cluster-mates KVET-FM “All-Time Country Favorites” and KASE “Today’s Country.” Although steady at third, KVET-FM drops seven-tenths (6.3 – 5.6), while KASE erodes by -1.7 (6.7 – 5.0) to tumble from second to fifth. KVET-FM was locked at 6.9 in September and October, and “All-Time Country Favorites” was then stuck on 6.3 in November and December (6+). Meanwhile, there are losses of -1.1 and -1.0, respectively, for Emmis siblings (talk) KLBJ-AM (4.3 – 3.2, ninth in December) and classic rock KLBJ-FM (4.2 – 3.2, tenth in December); they are tied at #11.
2) Milwaukee – Following six straight down or flat trends (7.7 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+), iHeartMedia‘s WRIT “Oldies 95.7″ precisely doubles its 6+ stat to 12.2 (+6.1) and climbs from third to first. The station it displaces from the penthouse though is cluster-mate WMIL, which was #1 for seven straight monthly reports. Off by -1.4 (10.2 – 8.8), “Milwaukee Country – FM 106.1″ has another string ended: It had been in double-digits a corresponding number of times (10.2 – 10.5 – 11.9 – 11.6 – 10.6 – 10.7 – 10.2, 6+). Owing to a one-half share improvement (4.7 – 5.2), co-owned urban contemporary WKKV “V-100.7″ progresses from sixth to fourth. Heritage Journal talker WTMJ drops one-tenth (9.9 – 9.8) to retain its runner-up status for an eighth straight sweep; however, iHM’s similarly-programmed WISN falters by six-tenths (4.9 – 4.3). WISN was -.8 in December and slips from fifth to seventh.
3) Indianapolis – In addition to being the third straight up-trend for WYXB (6.9 – 7.4 – 8.2 – 13.7, 6+), this is the third successive sweep at #1 for the Emmis-owned adult contemporary property which racks up an impressive +5.5 to 13.7, yielding the strongest (6+) showing for “Soft Rock B-105.7″ since this time last year (14.3 – “Holiday” 2013). In a relatively rare “Holiday” 2014 instance of a second station in a market gaining by more than one full-share, Cumulus Media‘s WRWM “I-94″ (#15 to #13) improves by +1.1 to 2.8 – its best (6+) performance since December 2013 (2.9). After three successive downward trends (4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+), Entercom hot AC WNTR “Indy’s Best Music Mix” is flat at 3.6 and remains at #12. Subsequent to its one-half share gain in December, Emmis talker WIBC regresses by -1.1 (6.7 – 5.6) and slides from third to seventh. Tied with WIBC at 6.7 in December, Cumulus Media’s WJJK “Classic Hits” takes an even greater fall, a -1.3 to 5.4, sinking from third to eighth. Country declines by eight-tenths from December (6+), with Cumulus Media’s WFMS “The Country Station” off by one-half share (6.8 – 6.3, repeating at #2) and Emmis’ WLHK “Hank FM” dropping three-tenths (6.5 – 6.2), yet actually improving from sixth to fourth.
4) Providence – Mirroring what happens in Milwaukee with WRIT, Cumulus Media-owned WWLI “Lite Rock 105″ doubles its 6+ share from December (7.6 – 15.2) and marches from fourth to first. The 15.2 easily shatters what “Lite Rock” dialed up one year ago (11.5, “Holiday” 2013). “Lite Rock” CHR sibling WPRO-FM (10.1 – 9.4, -.7), which had been on top the past four monthlies, segues from first to second. Faltering twice as much as WPRO-FM’s -.7 is Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country” (8.0 – 6.6, -1.4), which slips from second to fourth. It is the weakest performance (6+) for “Cat Country” since April (6.4). After five successive up or flat trends (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.0, 6+), Entercom all-sports WVEI is off by nine-tenths to 3.1, but remains at #8.
5) Raleigh – The third successive up trend for WRAL “Mix 101.5″ is a whopping +6.7 (6.8 – 6.9 – 7.3 – 14.0, 6+) and it is more than sufficient to propel the Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary outlet from second to first. “Mix” curtails 11 straight months at #1 (6+) for Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country,” which erodes by -1.2 after dropping two full-shares in December (11.4 – 9.4 – 8.2). Prior to December, WQDR had been in double-digits (6+) in eight of the previous nine survey periods. Owing to a +1.3 to 7.1 in December, WNNL “The Light” recorded its most potent 6+ performance in almost four years, but the Radio One gospel outlet returns that entire gain (and two-tenths more) as it sputters from a third-place tie to seventh (5.8 – 7.1 – 5.6, 6+). Albeit due to a two-tenths improvement to 3.3, iHeartMedia‘s WNCB “B-93.9 – New Country” (#12 to #11) halts a three-month slide that had resulted in a cumulative -1.7 (4.8 – 4.3 – 3.5 – 3.1, 6+). Leading up to that streak, “B-93.9″ had posted eight consecutive progressive trends (1.5 – 2.1 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 4.8, 6+). Sinking by nine-tenths (3.4 – 2.5, 6+) is “Mix 101.5″ sports sibling WCMC “99.9 The Fan,” which slides from #11 to #12.
6) Nashville – Pacesetter for an amazing 33rd consecutive monthly, Midwest Communications’ adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9″ returns to double-digits with a 14.1 (+4.2 from December). Only four times in the last 31 ratings sweeps – including November and December – has “Mix” failed to hit double-digits (6+) and its 14.1 nearly matches the combined total of the market’s three FM country outlets. Down 1.6 shares from December’s 14.9, country accounts for a combined 13.3 shares (6+) from Cumulus Media siblings WSM-FM “Nash Icon” (4.8 – .5, steady at #8) and WKDF “Nash FM” (4.6, -.7, eighth to ninth), and iHeartMedia‘s WSIX-FM “The Big 98″ (3.9, -.4, steady at #10). In addition, Ryman Hospitality Properties’ classic country WSM-AM brings another 1.2 to the total (-.3, #17 to #18). On the heels of a one-half share decline, iHeartMedia’s WNRQ “105.9 The Rock” sinks by more than twice that (6.5 – 6.0 – 4.9) to slip from sixth to seventh. Four straight up-trends placed WGFX “The Zone” at 8.4 (6+) in October, but the Cumulus Media sports outlet is down for the third straight time for a combined -2.3 (8.4 – 8.0 – 7.0 – 6.1) as it drops from second to fifth. With a +.3 (6.5 – 6.8), iHeartMedia CHR WRVW “The River” ends three successive downward trends for a combined -1.5 (8.0 – 7.4 – 7.2 – 6.5, 6+) and inches back up from fourth to third.
7) Greensboro – The fourth straight up-trend for WMAG powers the iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility from second to first. Since September, “Continuous Soft Rock” has virtually tripled its 6+ share (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 9.6 – 16.1). Knocked out from the top spot is WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (10.4 – 9.9, -.5), which had finished first for 12 successive ratings periods, including four straight double-digit showings (6+). The Entercom urban AC, however, is down for the third consecutive time (11.5 – 11.0 – 10.4 – 9.9) for a combined -1.6. CHR is off by -1.6 since December, as Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL “The #1 Hit Music Station” falters by one full-share (5.6 – 4.6, seventh to eighth) and iHeartMedia’s WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” loses six-tenths to 3.7; “Kiss” is down for the third straight month but ranks ninth for the 21st successive ratings period. Meanwhile, country declines by -1.3 with Entercom-owned WPAW “The Wolf” (which gained seven-tenths in December) off six-tenths to 6.6 (fourth to fifth) and iHeartMedia’s WTQR “New Country Q-104.1″ sinking by seven-tenths to 5.5 but remaining at #6. It is WTQR’s third straight downward trend for a cumulative -2.2 (7.7 – 6.8 – 6.2 – 5.5, 6+).
8) Jacksonville – A non-subscriber to Nielsen Audio this time last year, Renda adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1″ was therefore not listed in the “Holiday” 2013 report. Returning in print this past May, “Lite” keeps its perfect record in order by registering its ninth straight #1 performance – this one a stunning +8.8 to 17.9 (6+). Cox Media Group‘s WHJX “Hot 106.5″ follows up December’s gain of six-tenths with a +.7 (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.6) to crack the top ten (#11 to #9). After being up or flat for five successive survey periods with a combined +1.8 in that period (4.9 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 6.1 – 6.4 – 6.7, 6+), “Hot 106.5″ talk sibling WOKV suffers a -1.3 to 5.4, thereby falling from third to fifth. In November, iHeartMedia-owned WQIK was tied for the lead with “Lite 96.1,” but “Jacksonville’s Country” occupies the runner-up slot for the second straight sweep and falters by -1.2 from December (7.7 – 6.5).
9) Memphis – Following four successive downticks resulting in a cumulative loss of two full-shares (6.3 – 6.1 – 5.3 – 4.9 – 4.3, 6+), Entercom adult contemporary WRVR “The River – Continuous Soft Rock” counters by posting its fourth straight progressive trend resulting in a combined + 7.2 (4.3 – 4.7 – 6.3 – 7.7 – 11.5). It propels “The River” from fourth to first: The 11.5-share represents the finest 6+-performance for the “Continuous Soft Rock” outlet since the “Holiday” 2013 report when it reached 15.2. In December, iHeartMedia gospel WHAL “Halleluiah” advanced from second to first, but it falters by one full-share (9.7 – 8.7) to slide to fourth. Urban contemporary sibling WHRK “K-97.1″ (third in December) adds one-half share to the +.3 in December (8.1 – 8.4 – 8.9, 6+) to catch co-owned urban AC KJMS “V-101″ (8.8 – 8.9, +.1) at #2; “V-101″ had been off the past three sweeps (9.4 – 9.2 – 9.1 – 8.8, 6+). Also in the iHM cluster, WDIA “The Heart & Soul of Memphis” declines by eight-tenths (6.2 – 5.4) but stays at #6, while talker WREC is -.7 (2.4 – 1.7, #13 to #15). As a result of five straight downward trends (8.0 – 7.7 – 7.4 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.8, 6+), Cumulus Media‘s WGKX “Kix 106 – Today’s Best Country” (steady at #9) has lost more than 50% of its 6+-share. Former alternative outlet WIVG – now “Throwback Hip-Hop” – improves by seven-tenths and the Flinn Broadcasting facility breaks the one-share barrier (1.1, #19).
10) Hartford – Adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 100.5″ (8.7 – 15.2, +6.5) finishes first for the third consecutive sweep. The CBS Radio-owned property solidifies its hold on the top spot by outpointing the combined 6+ totals of iHeartMedia siblings (CHR) WKSS “Kiss” (6.5 – 6.8, +.3, fifth to second) and WWYZ “Country 92-5″ (8.2 – 6.6, -1.6, second to third). Meanwhile, “Lite 100.5″ hot AC cluster-mate WTIC-FM (#1 in October) has its third straight downward trend which has thus far yielded a -2.9 (8.9 – 7.8 – 7.2 – 6.0, 6+); WTIC-FM drops from third to fifth. Up or flat the past three ratings periods (5.1 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.4, 6+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WHCN-FM “The River 105.9″ sputters by -1.1 to 5.3, moving from sixth to seventh.
Special Note: Among all stations from this 12-market group, the top gainers (December – “Holiday,” 6+) are: WEJZ, Jacksonville (+8.8); WWLI, Providence (+7.6); WRAL, Raleigh (+6.7); WMAG, Greensboro (+6.5); WRCH, Hartford (+6.5); WRIT, Milwaukee (+6.1); WYXB, Indianapolis (+5.5); WJXA, Nashville (+4.2); KKMJ, Austin (+4.0); and WRVR, Memphis (+3.8).
New York Talk Legend Joe Franklin Dies at 88. The New York talk television and talk radio icon who was famously parodied by Billy Crystal on “Saturday Night Live,” died after a long battle with cancer on Saturday (1/24). Joe Franklin hosted a television program interviewing celebrities and offbeat characters beginning in the early 1950s. He worked in radio later in his career at such stations as WOR, New York and most recently on the Bloomberg Radio Network. Franklin ranked 71st in the 2010 TALKERS magazine 20th Anniversary Heaviest Hundred list (which ranks “the 100 most important radio talk show hosts of all time”) and appeared a number of times as a special guest speaker at the annual TALKERS Convention in New York City. Publisher Michael Harrison would introduce him to the attendees from out of town as a famous New York City “tourist attraction as legendary as the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building and Central Park.” Franklin juggled so many careers in the media that it’s a good thing he stopped to write a book every few years – in fact, 23 in all — to capture his amazingly colorful life. His autobiography Up Late With Joe Franklin (Scribner, 1995) is jam-packed with celebrity-rich-anecdotes — from Eddie Cantor and Rudy Vallee to Howard Stern, for example. According to the Library Journal, “He actually knew those early entertainers and knew many of those currently entertaining.” What originally made him a household name — even before the highly touted “Saturday Night Live” parodies by Billy Crystal — was Franklin’s late night variety program “The Joe Franklin Show,” which ran from 1950 through 1993. The Guinness Book of World Records lists it as the longest running TV talk show in history manned by one host. And what a show it was! Much like visiting your favorite neighborhood hardware store, you never knew what unexpected gems would pop up among the variety and clutter. A sample show would feature a sculptor, belly dancer, an up-and-coming comic, a podiatrist and then maybe a famous actor or singer. According to Publisher’s Weekly (1994), his program’s “total guest list ran between 200,000 and 300,000.” and included such names as Frank Sinatra Jr., Bing Crosby, Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Vincent Price, Howard Stern, Buddy Hackett, — as well as first TV exposure for eventual stars like Sammy Davis Jr., Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Barbra Streisand and Julia Roberts. “It would be easier to list the few who did not appear than to catalogue those who did,” PW says. Franklin started and ended his long show business career in radio. His first job, at 16, was working behind the scenes at WNEW, New York where he became “the record librarian,” (or really “the record picker”) for Martin Block’s popular “Make Believe Ballroom” radio program. Once station management recognized his unique expertise in vaudeville and entertainment trivia, they offered him a 15-minute program dedicated to nostalgia. Eventually that became his calling card and part of the schtick he’d weave into shows, whether radio or television. The self- proclaimed “King of Entertainment” had an encyclopedic knowledge of “all things entertainment” from the first half of the 20th Century: silent films, Broadway stage shows, musicians and singers. With that, he also earned the title the “king of nostalgia.” After his television show ended, Franklin focused on his long-running “Memory Lane” radio program, which ran on WOR on weekend overnights. He’d tell stories about many of the entertainers whose records he would play. In recent years, up until the time of his death, he hosted a weekends-only series of six-minute segments on Bloomberg Radio Network called ‘The Business of Show Business.’ Audio podcasts are still available at Bloomberg.com. Throughout his career, the round-faced, jovial Franklin was commonly called back to television to do guest spots on the big late night and daytime talk shows such as those hosted by Regis Philbin and David Letterman. Considered a good luck charm for the start of a new talk show due to the length of his show’s run, Franklin often kicked off day one of a show – and did so on the first broadcasts of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” and “This American Life.” Though Franklin may never have wanted to act in movies – like his childhood friend Tony Curtis – he did appear as himself in “Ghostbusters” and “Broadway Danny Rose,” just to name two of the 34 titles that IMDb lists. Franklin was born in 1926 in the Bronx, New York. He met his model/actress wife when she was a secretary and he was “a kid of 24 just doing radio… and we were married on the TV show called ‘Bride and Groom,’” where real-life couples tied the knot after being quizzed about their relationship on national television. Perhaps what sums Joe Franklin up best is his favorite personal quote: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s even more important to be nice.”
Holiday 2014 PPM Data – Part Two. Holiday 2014 PPM data has been released by Nielsen Audio for Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. See the ratings for all subscribing stations here. The December survey period covered December 4 – December 31. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this group.
1) Washington, DC – WASH-FM’s fourth consecutive gain is massive, five full-shares. Since September, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility has more than tripled its 6+ share (4.3 – 4.6 – 4.8 – 8.6 – 13.6). Repeating at #1, WASH easily beats the combined totals of American University-owned WAMU (6.8 – 6.4, -.4, third to second) and Hubbard all-news WTOP (7.0 – 6.1, -.9, second to third). This is the ninth straight sweep in which WAMU is in the six-share range (6.9 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 6.8 – 6.4, 6+). Down for the fifth successive ratings period for a combined -2.4 (8.5 – 7.8 – 7.5 – 7.4 – 7.0 – 6.1, 6+), WTOP was #1 for 11 consecutive months before being ousted by WASH in December. Another spoken-word outlet impacted by WASH is Cumulus talker WMAL (3.6, -1.2), which sees its streak of progressive or flat trends end at seven (3.4 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.2 – 4.4 – 4.8), as it tumbles from sixth to ninth. After three successive up trends (5.4 – 6.5 – 6.9 – 7.0, 6+), Howard University‘s WHUR faltered by eight-tenths in December and declines by another seven-tenths (7.0 – 6.2 – 5.5), but remains at #4. Albeit flat at 3.9 and steady at #8, urban AC rival – Radio One‘s WMMJ “Majic 102.3″ – halts three successive negative trends (4.8 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.9, 6+).
2) Boston – Over and above registering an eye-popping December – “Holiday” increase in excess of seven full-shares enabling it to stay at #1, Greater Media adult contemporary WMJX “Magic 106.7″ now boasts the market’s best-ever (6+) share in the PPM-era (+7.4, 9.1 – 16.5). Two outlets noticeably impacted by “Magic” though are its own cluster-mates – classic hits WROR (6.0 – 5.4, -.6) and country WKLB (6.0 – 5.2, -.8). Prior to being unseated by “Magic” in December, iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” finished first for 11 straight survey periods. After a -.7 in December, “Kiss-FM” drops another eight-tenths but remains at #2 (7.1 – 6.4 – 5.6, 6+). Boston University‘s WBUR achieved its best-ever (6+) PPM performance in November (5.1). Since then, however, it has endured a one-half share decline in December and a -.9 in “Holiday” (5.1 – 4.6 – 3.7, 6+) – it is steady at #8.
3) Detroit - Owing to a potent November-December +5.3 to 9.6 (6+), WNIC shot all the way from #11 to #1. The iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility tacks on another +4.1 as it reaches 13.7. As a result, WNIC outscores the combined runner-up totals of urban AC sibling WMXD “Mix 92.3″ (6.8 – 6.5, -.3) and CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOMC (5.6 – 6.5), which actually rings up the market’s second-best (6+) December – “Holiday” increase (+.9) to climb from fifth to a second-place tie. In November, WOMC’s country sibling WYCD ended four straight downward sweeps (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6 – 4.8 – 4.7, 6+) with a +.3. “Detroit’s Country” regressed by six-tenths (December) and now in the “Holiday” report takes a -.9 spike (5.0 – 4.4 – 3.5) to decline from #10 to #12. The rollercoaster ride continues for WJR, which hung out a +.8 in November; gave seven-tenths back in December; and now falters by -.9 to 4.1. In the process, the heritage Cumulus talker has fallen from fifth in October and November to sixth in December and now to ninth (“Holiday”). Also in the spoken-word arena, CBS Radio all-news WWJ stumbles by one full-share to 5.0 to slide from fourth to sixth; WWJ heretofore registered 6.0 in three of the last four sweeps (6+). After five straight extremely modest increases (1.2 – 1.3 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.8, 6+), public WUOM surrenders all six-tenths it gained and is back to 1.2 (#23).
4) Seattle – December’s +1.3 to 6.2 enabled KRWM “Warm 106.9 – Today’s Music Variety” to progress from a fourth-place tie to #1. The Hubbard adult contemporary more than triples that gain to reach double-digits (6.2 – 10.7, +4.5) and edges out the added totals of co-owned CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5″ (6.0 – 5.6, -.4, steady at #2) and Entercom rocker KISW (4.9 – 5.0, +.1, fourth to third). It is the third successive downward trend for KQMV (6.8 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6, 6+). Conversely, with a +.3 to 3.6 (#14 to #10), Bonneville‘s sports-formatted KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN” applies the brakes to three consecutive negative monthlies that produced a combined -1.2 (4.5 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.3). After registering a +.4 in December, iHeartMedia CHR KBKS “Kiss-FM” sputters by nine-tenths to 3.3 (#9 to #11). Declining by seven-tenths each are Sinclair hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5″ (3.8 – 3.1, #10 to #13) and CBS Radio‘s KMPS “Seattle Country” (3.4 – 2.7, #13 to #17).
5) Phoenix - All-Christmas music continues to be a red-hot programming strategy in the “Valley of the Sun,” with iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ more than doubling December’s +3.2 (7.8 – 14.3, +6.5) to remain at #1. By way of perspective, the next three finishers as a group – talk sibling KFYI (5.3 – 5.1, -.2) and Hubbard cluster-mates KSLX “Classic Rock 100.7″ (5.0 – 4.6, -.4) and KUPD “Arizona’s Real Rock” (4.8 – 4.6, -.2) – can only tie KESZ’s 14.3 (6+). KFYI had been up or flat the past six sweeps (3.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.3, 6+) for a cumulative +2.1. Meanwhile, Riviera Broadcasting adult contemporary KOAI “The Oasis” began playing wall-to-wall Christmas music the first day of the December sweep and notches its third straight improvement (1.0 – 1.3 – 1.8 – 2.8, 6+), nearly tripling its 6+-stat in that time frame. Ranked #25 in December, “The Oasis” catapults to a four-way tie at #12. Following a +.4 to 5.1, iHeartMedia hot AC KMXP “Mix 96.9″ surrenders seven-tenths to 4.4, dropping from third to fifth.
6) Minneapolis – It is a one-two-three iHeartMedia finish, but CHR KDWB (9.0 – 8.5, -.5, #1 to #2) and KEEY “K-102 – Today’s Country” (7.4 – 6.5, -.9, steady at #3) together cannot match classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108,” which virtually doubles its December share (7.7 – 15.3, +7.6). “Kool 108″ dislodges KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station,” which had been on top for four straight monthlies. It has been common this sweep to see one station in a market (“Kool 108″ in this case) make a gigantic December – “Holiday” gain, but without ramifications of one-share or more for multiple stations. Such is not the case in the Twin Cities, where fifth-place tie occupants – iHeartMedia sports KFXN “K-Fan” (6.7 – 5.5, -1.2) and Hubbard hot AC KSTP-FM “KS-95″ (6.6 – 5.5, -1.1) are down by over a full-share. Another iHeartMedia outlet, hot AC KTCZ “Cities 97″ (5.7 – 4.6, eighth to tenth), takes a -1.2 hit. It is CBS Radio country property KMNB, however, that has the greatest erosion (-1.9). Since September, “Buz’firstname.lastname@example.org″ has trended 6.8 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 4.4 (-2.4 in that stretch) and it freefalls from sixth in December to eleventh.
7) San Diego – Adult contemporary ranks first and third in “America’s Finest City” after CBS Radio‘s KYXY more than doubles December’s 3.4 (7.0, +3.6) to make an astronomical #11-to-#1 leap, while Lincoln Financial Media‘s KIFM “Easy 98.1″ improves by +1.2 (4.8 – 6.0), bumping up to third from fifth. In contrast to the +1.2 by “Easy 98.1,” country sibling KSON loses one full-share (5.2 – 4.2) as it regresses from third to seventh. Dropping from #16 to #20, alternative XTRA is down or flat for the fourth straight monthly report (3.3 – 3.2 – 3.2 – 2.7 – 2.0) and is a combined -1.3 since September. Falling by six-tenths each are Univision Spanish adult hits KLQV “Mas Variedad” (3.4 – 2.8, #10 to #14) and Midwest TV talker KFMB-AM (2.1 – 1.5, #23).
8) Denver – Having leapfrogged from eighth to first in December, Entercom adult contemporary KOSI “Continuous Lite Rock” racks up an additional +5.9 (6.5 – 12.4). The next two stations after #1 KOSI – co-owned KQMT “A Mountain of Classics” (5.3 – 5.4, +.1, repeating at #2) and public KCFR (5.2 – 5.1, -.1, steady at #3) – account for a 10.5 (6+) compared to the leader’s 12.4. The last time KYGO-FM “Denver’s #1 for New Country” had a positive trend was a +.5 to 6.2 May – June. Since then though, the Lincoln Financial Media property has been down or flat for a combined -2.0, which includes its current -1.0 (6.2 – 6.2 – 5.6 – 5.3 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 5.2 – 4.2, 6+). KYGO slides from a three-way tie at #3 in December to #8. Following a -.9 in December, iHeartMedia talker KOA loses another one-half share (4.5 – 4.0), yet actually improves from tenth to ninth.
9) Baltimore – The fifth successive progressive trend for CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9″ is a gargantuan +7.6 (3.8 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 5.7 – 7.0 – 14.6, 6+). In addition to adding 10.8 shares since August (6+), “Today’s 101.9″ more than doubles its 6+-stat since December as it climbs from third to first. It puts an end to the four-month penthouse stay of iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station,” which has the dubious distinction of notching the largest (6+) December – “Holiday” loss of any station in the 24 PPM markets whose data Nielsen Audio has released thus far (8.6 – 6.6, -2.0, first to third). Declining by seven-tenths each are classical WBJC (2.7 – 2.0, #12 to #13) and public WYPR (#14 to #17). It is the seventh straight survey in which WYPR has been down or flat (2.4 – 2.4 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.3 – 2.2 – 2.1 – 14).
10) St. Louis – Notching identical +3.6 improvements – as well as making major ranker jumps – are CBS Radio adult contemporary KEZK “Fresh 102.5″ (4.9 – 8.5) and iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU (4.8 – 8.4). “Fresh” catapults from eighth to first, while KLOU breaks out of a three-way tie at ninth to capture the runner-up slot. After posting a +.3 in April, WIL-FM had seven straight down or flat monthlies (7.6 – 7.5 – 7.5 – 7.0 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 5.8) until December’s +.7, which took the Hubbard-owned country station from fourth to first. It relinquishes the +.7 (and one-tenth more, 6.5 – 5.7) and dips from first to fourth. Gaining by a hearty +.9 (each) are Emmis rocker KSHE “K-She 95″ (6.2 – 7.1, steady at #3) and iHM CHR KSLZ Z-107-7″ (4.8 – 5.7, three-way tie at #9 to #4). Experiencing steep declines of -1.2 though are Radio One urban contemporary WHHL “Hot 104.1″ (6.4 – 5.2) and “Fresh” hot AC cluster-mate KYKY “Y-98″ (5.7 – 4.5); “Hot 104.1″ falls from second to seventh, while “Y-98″ sputters from fourth to eleventh. Losses among spoken-word stations include CBS Radio talker KMOX (5.4 – 4.3, -1.1) and public KWMU (4.4 – 3.4, -1.0). It is the third successive negative ratings period for KMOX reflecting a stunning -4.6 (8.9 – 6.8 – 5.4 – 4.3, 6+) and more than 50% drop in its 6+ share, as the former #1 (April through November) falls out of the top ten (#6 to #12). The -1.0 for KWMU comes after December’s -.9.
Special Note: Among all stations from the 12 just released PPM markets, the top ten gainers (6+, December – “Holiday”) are: KQQL, Minneapolis (+7.6); WLIF, Baltimore (+7.6); WMJX, Boston (+7.4); KESZ, Phoenix (+6.5); KOSI, Denver (+5.9); WASH-FM, Washington, DC (+5.0); KRWM, Seattle (+4.5); WNIC, Detroit (+4.1); KYXY, San Diego (+3.6); KEZK, St. Louis (+3.6); and KLOU, St. Louis (+3.6).
Edgar ‘Shoboy’ Sotelo Named Morning Host at ‘92.3 AMP Radio’ in New York. In an unusual shift across formats, CBS RADIO imports Spanish-language morning star Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo – award-winning personality at regional Mexican KMVK, Dallas – to host his “Shoboy in the Morning” program on CHR WBMP “92.3 AMP Radio” in New York, in an effort to catch iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z100,” the top-rated CHR station in the market. WBMP program director Rick Thomas says, “We’re establishing a new take on morning drive with this show. The emphasis will remain on music but with an infusion of relevant and useful information – with a touch of Shoboy’s positive humor – that New Yorkers need to start their day. We are thrilled to welcome Shoboy and his award-winning personality to AMP.” Joining Sotelo on the program that debuted this morning (1/22) is Nina Hajian, who’s been hosting mornings on the company’s KZZO, Sacramento.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Taking over the programming duties at LM Communications-owned triple A WCOO, Charleston, South Carolina “105.5 The Bridge” is Matthew Potter. He also programs the company’s rock WYBB “98 Rock” and hosts the PM drive show. He replaces programmer Laura Lee who remains hosting the midday show on WCOO…..Max Media parts ways with 20-year-plus morning duo Jimmy Ray Dunn and Jen Lewis who held the gig at country WGH “97.3 The Eagle.” The station is seeking a replacement morning show…..Adding brand manager duties to her current music director responsibilities at Saga Communications’ triple A “98.1 The River” in Asheville, North Carolina – heard on the HD2 channel of WOXL and translator W251AO – is Heather Anders…..JD Garfield is the new morning host and assistant program director at Impact Radio-owned hip hop KWYD, Boise “WiLD 101.1.” He comes to Impact from his most recent gig as OM at Midwest Family Broadcasting’s Springfield, Missouri cluster.
Duane Doobie, Jr.’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working co-music editor, Duane Doobie, Jr., backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, including this week Bayley Brown, WKLC-FM (Rock 105), St. Albans/Charleston, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (1/21) includes such names as: Tove Lo, Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Ryan Tedder, Shellback, Dr. Luke, Sia, Stargate, Benny Blanco, Ellie Goulding, Nick Jonas, Miguel, Jonas Brothers, Calvin Harris, John Newman, Matt & Kim, The Prodigy, Mark Ronson, Mystikal, Kevin Parker, MGMT, Avid Dancer, Kid Rock, Ted Nugent, Old Crow Medicine Show, Avett Brothers, Marshall Stone, Zac Brown Band, Hicks, Cody Canada & The Departed, Tim O’Brien, Kathy Mattea, Mickey Guyton, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Giorgio Moroder, Kylie Minogue, Wax Motif, and HISTORY, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Holiday 2014 PPM Data – Part One. Holiday 2014 PPM ratings data has been released for the first round of 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey). See all the numbers from subscribing stations on those markets here. Nielsen Audio‘s Holiday 2014 survey period covered December 4 – December 31. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this group.
1) New York – The last time a New York City facility managed to register double-digits (6+) was exactly a year ago when WLTW posted an 11.9 in the “Holiday” 2013 report. “Lite-FM” shatters that mark with a jaw-dropping +5.8 to 13.5. While it only states the obvious – “Lite-FM” repeats at #1; moreover though, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet’s 13.5 betters the combined (6+) scores of classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (6.9 – 6.2, -.7, steady at #2) and Emmis urban AC WBLS (5.3 – 5.8, +.5, fifth to third). WBLS’ one-half share increase is the second-strongest (6+) December – “Holiday” advance, behind the +5.8 of “Lite-FM.” In addition to WCBS-FM, two other outlets affected by the huge “Lite-FM” gain (each by -.6) are its own cluster-mates CHR WHTZ “Z-100″ (5.6 – 5.0, third to fifth) and classic rock WAXQ “Q-104.3″ (4.7 – 4.1, steady in sixth-place). “Z-100″ had been up the past three sweeps (4.8 – 5.1 – 5.5 – 5.6, 6+) for a cumulative +.8. Public WNYC-FM falters by eight-tenths (3.1 – 2.3) as it tumbles from #13 to #16. Albeit down two-tenths to 3.4, this represents the thirteenth successive sweep that iHeartMedia urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1″ has a 6+-share between 3.0 – 3.9; it remains at #10.
2) Los Angeles – It is a one-two-three finish (6+) in the City of Angels for iHeartMedia, with hot AC KBIG “My-FM” (third to second and registering a 4.7 for the third successive time) overtaking CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” (second to third, 4.9 – 4.6, -.3). Even teamed together though with their 9.3 (6+), those two still cannot catch adult contemporary sibling KOST “Coast 103,” which has a blistering +5.2 (7.0 – 12.2). “Coast” surpasses the 10.4 it notched one year ago (“Holiday” 2013, 6+) and sits at #1 for the second straight ratings sweep. “Kiss” was on top in September, October, and November (6+). Off by six-tenths each are Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY (3.0 – 2.4, #10 to #15) and Liberman regional Mexican KBUE (2.6 – 2.0, #15 to #21). Within the iHeartMedia cluster, there are one-half share declines for talker KFI (3.5 – 3.0), dropping from eighth to ninth and urban-rhythmic oldies KHHT “Hot 92.3″ (3.0 – 2.5), spinning from #10 to #14.
3) Chicago – Regardless whether the station was adult contemporary as “Lite-FM,” or in its present hot AC format, WLIT “My-FM” dominates with its all-Christmas music strategy. After finishing first in December, the iHeartMedia property explodes with a +6.5 to 14.2, outperforming the combined totals of co-owned urban AC sibling WVAZ “V-103″ (7.3 – 6.7, -.6) and CBS Radio all-news WBBM-AM (6.2 – 5.7, -.5); “V-103″ and WBBM-AM repeat at #2 and #3, respectively. Prior to the December monthly, “V-103″ headed the market’s leader board for nine successive ratings periods, while WBBM-AM sees its string of up-trends end at four (5.4 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 5.7 – 6.2, 6+). Most noticeably influenced by the impressive “My-FM” progression are CBS Radio country WUSN “US 99.5″ (3.5 – 2.6, -.9, #7 to #13); Hubbard hot AC WTMX “The Mix” (4.9 – 4.1, -.8, although steady in fourth-place); and Tribune talker WGN (3.5 – 2.8, -.7, seventh to eleventh). It is back-to-back downward trends for both “US 99.5″ and WGN: They were off by six-tenths and one-half share, respectively, in December.
4) San Francisco – Whereas iHeartMedia adult contemporary siblings WLTW, New York and KOST, Los Angeles and co-owned hot AC WLIT, Chicago all reached #1 with their all-Christmas music format in December, it took Entercom San Francisco adult contemporary KOIT-FM until the “Holiday” report to do so. It follows up December’s potent +1.3 with a +4.8 (5.8 – 10.6, 6+) to unseat all-news KCBS-AM at the top spot. Now solidly ensconced, KOIT-FM betters the combined (6+) stats of #2 KCBS-AM (6.3 – 6.1, -.2) and #3 iHM’s KMEL (4.7 – 4.4, -.3). KCBS-AM finished second in August, September, October, and November before taking the penthouse in December. Digity Media adult contemporary KBAY (#14) has been up or flat the past seven surveys for a combined +1.3 (1.5 – 1.5 – 1.6- 1.6 – 1.6 – 2.0 – 2.7 – 2.8). University of Southern California-owned classical KDFC tacks on one-half share to the +.7 it notched in December (1.9 – 2.6 – 3.1), as it climbs from #15 to #11. After 12 straight times of registering a 6+-total between 2.2 – 2.9, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KOSF “Big 103.7″ regresses by one full-share (2.7 – 1.7), freefalling from #13 to #20. Public KQED declines by eight-tenths (4.9 – 4.1) and slips from third to fourth. Skidding by one-half share each are iHeartMedia cluster-mates KYLD “WiLD 94.9″ (3.6 – 3.1, #8 to #11) and KISQ “Kiss FM – The Bay’s Old School” (3.4 – 2.9, #9 to #13), as well as Cumulus Media classic rocker KSAN “The Bone” (2.3 – 1.8, #17 to #18). “WiLD” and “Kiss” were each up one-half share in December.
5) Dallas – Utilizing “The Christmas Station” as its handle, KLUV advanced from fifth to second in December; owing to a +3.8 (5.0 – 8.8) in the “Holiday” report, the CBS Radio classic hits-oldies outlet dislodges iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” (6.8 – 6.7, -.1) at #1. Despite December’s -.7, “Kiss” was #1 for 12 straight survey periods. Up or flat for four successive monthlies in which it was a cumulative +1.5, KLTY “Safe for the Whole Family” declined by six-tenths to 4.4 in December, but the Salem contemporary Christian outlet rebounds with a +1.1 (4.4 – 5.5), progressing from fifth to third. Tied for the market’s largest (6+) December – “Holiday” decline (2.9 – 2.2, -.7, #13 to #17) is KVIL. The irony is that KVIL played all-Christmas music in its adult contemporary days – but now that it has evolved to hot AC – the station has yielded the position to CBS Radio cluster-mate KLUV. Also off by seven-tenths is iHM’s KEGL “The Eagle Rocks” (4.0 – 3.3, seventh to ninth); “The Eagle” was +.6 in December and +.5 in November.
6) Philadelphia – Boasting a whopping +6.6, the largest (6+) December – “Holiday” gain among all stations whose data has been released thus far, WBEB catapults to 15.1, the market’s gaudiest (6+) share since “More FM” reached 17.2 in “Holiday 2013.” The Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary is #1 for the 21st time in the last 23 surveys (6+) and outdoes the combined total of CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOGL (5.5 – 6.1, +.6, third to second) and iHeartMedia urban AC WDAS -FM “Philly’s Best R&B and Old School” (6.4 – 5.9, -.5, second to third). On the heels of a -.7 in December, CBS Radio-owned WXTU “Philadelphia’s Country Station” falters by nearly twice that (-1.2 to 3.6) as it drops out of the top ten (eighth to eleventh). Regressing by seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia siblings WIOQ “Q-102″ (4.1 – 3.4, #9 to #12) and WISX “Mix 106.1″ (2.9 – 2.2, #13 to a three-way tie at #16). Public WHYY relinquishes the +.6 it notched in December (3.0 – 3.6 – 3.0), sliding from #14 to #15. Although format rivals (CBS Radio’s) WIP-FM “SportsRadio” (5.1 – 4.6) and (Greater Media’s) WPEN-FM “The Fanatic” (2.3 -1.8) each drop by one-half share, they maintain their #5 and #19 rankings, respectively.
7) Atlanta – By registering a +2.2 (5.4 – 7.6), Salem contemporary Christian WFSH “The Fish” vaults from fifth-place in December to catch CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103″ (8.1 – 7.6, -.5) at #1. Not only is this the best-ever (6+) performance for “The Fish” under PPM methodology, it is the first time it has crossed the seven-share threshold (6+). Advancing by seven-tenths each are Cox Media Group urban AC WALR “Kiss 104.1″ (6.0 – 6.7, steady at #3) and iHeartMedia CHR WWPW “Power 96.1″ (4.2 – 4.9, tenth to sixth). WSB-AM endures the steepest (6+) December – “Holiday” collapse among all stations whose data has been released thus far: The Cox Media Group talker is -1.8 to 5.8, slipping from a third-place tie to fifth. Regressing by eight-tenths is Radio One urban contemporary WHTA “Hot 107.9″ (4.3 – 3.5, #9 to #12).
8) Long Island – Down by one-half share in December, Connoisseur Media adult contemporary-turned-hot AC WALK-FM recovers handily with a +3.7 to 10.6 and finishes first for the eighth straight time. Making a nearly identical gain is iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM,” which surges by +3.6 (4.3 – 7.9), rocketing from sixth to second. Stuck on 4.9 (6+) in October, November, and December – Cox Media Group CHR WBLI erodes by -1.3 to 3.6 and drops from fourth to ninth. Also declining by more than one full-share compared to December is iHeartMedia classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3″ (4.1 – 3.0, -1.1), tumbling from eighth to tenth. Off by seven-tenths each are CBS Radio all-sports WFAN (6.4 – 5.7, second to third) and Connoisseur Media classic hits-oldies WBZO “B-103″ (3.4 – 2.7, #11 to #13).
9) San Jose – Adult contemporary stations rank first and second (6+) with Digity Media-owned KBAY adding three-tenths (8.5 – 8.8) to repeat at #1, while Entercom‘s KOIT-FM improves by +2.5 (3.9 – 6.4) to jump from sixth to the runner-up slot. This marks the third successive up-trend for KBAY (5.4 – 6.6 – 8.5 – 8.8), which is a cumulative +3.4 in that stretch. Locked on 4.6 (6+) in November and December, Univision Spanish adult hits KBRG “Mas Variedad” progresses by one full-share to 5.6 as it inches up from fifth to fourth. Regional Mexican sibling KSOL (2.4 – 2.9, #12) and CBS Radio hot AC KLLC “Alice@97.3″ (1.5 – 2.0, #18) enjoy one-half share gains. Regressing by one-half share each though are public KQED (5.8 – 5.3, third to fifth); all-news KCBS-AM (5.3 – 4.8, fourth to sixth); and Entercom urban AC KBLX (1.3 -.8, #29).
10) Middlesex-Somerset-Union – Continuing an awesome “Holiday” sweep where it is +5.8 (#1) in its home market of NYC and +3.6 (#2) in Long Island, iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” hangs out a stunning +5.3 (7.1 – 12.4) to repeat at #1 in this New Jersey metro. “Lite-FM” has gained eight full-shares in four consecutive positive trends in Middlesex-Somerset-Union (4.4 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 7.1 – 12.4, 6+). Conversely, co-owned CHR WHTZ “Z-100″ falters by a whopping -1.2 (6.2 – 5.0) – but remains in fourth-place. After a -.7 (3.8 – 3.1) that eased the station out the top 10 (#10 to #12), Cumulus Media country WNSH “Nash FM” drops another nine-tenths (3.1 – 2.2) as it cascades to #17. Declining by seven-tenths each are iHM siblings WAXQ (5.7 – 5.0, fourth) and talker WOR (2.0 – 1.3, #24).
Among all stations from the 12 just released PPM markets, the top ten gainers (6+, December – “Holiday”) are: WBEB, Philadelphia (+6.6); WLIT, Chicago (+6.5); WLTW, New York (+5.8); WLTW, Middlesex (+5.3); KOST, Los Angeles (+5.2); KOIT-FM, San Francisco (+4.8); KLUV, Dallas (+3.8); WALK-FM, Long Island (+3.7); WLTW, Long Island (+3.6); and KODA, Houston (+3.3).
Alpha Media to Acquire Three Northern California FM Signals. Add more stations to the Alpha Media portfolio as the company announces plans to buy three Northern California stations from Coast Radio Company. It would be unrealistic to call the signals San Francisco outlets as their primary signals just skirt the metro. They are: KUIC, Vacaville; KKIQ, Livermore and KKDV, Walnut Creek. Alpha Media will assume control under an LMA effective February 1. Alpha Media chairman Larry Wilson comments, “I’m thrilled to be buying from exceptional operators and management who really know radio. I’m excited about the stations; they will fit nicely into our live and local game plan and concentration in California.”
WDRC, Hartford Transitions to Classic Rock as ‘102.9 The Whale.’ After acquiring classic hits WDRC “The Big D” from Buckley Broadcasting back in August, there was speculation that Connoisseur Media would make changes. Now, those changes come to fruition as the station becomes a classic rocker with the brand “102.9 The Whale.” Connoisseur also owns classic rock WPLR, New Haven where morning duo Chaz & AJ are based. They have been simulcast in mornings on WDRC since September. But now the station makes the flip complete with a brand change and the new lineup of Allan Lamberti in middays followed by former WCCC, Hartford jocks Michael Picozzi in afternoons and Suzi Klonk in evenings. Connoisseur CEO Jeffrey Warshaw comments, “Our research shows, particularly after ‘CCC went away, there’s a tremendous audience for classic rock in central Connecticut. This is in our wheelhouse. We’re good at it.”
Beasley Goes ‘Throwback Hip Hop and R&B’ in Augusta. At the Augusta, Georgia station group, Beasley Media Group flips Gospel WCHZ and translator W238AU to classic hip hop and R&B as “The All New HOT 95.5/93.1.” Beasley reports that Augusta radio pro and market operations manager Chris O’Kelley is handling programming duties. Core artists will include: Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., Missy Elliott, 2 Pac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and TLC. The company qualifies its programming philosophy by adding, “Unlike many of the new classic hip hop format upstart radio stations sweeping the country, the ‘All New HOT 95.5/93.1’ features throwback R&B with a hip hop edge as an integral part of the formula, artists such as Mary J. Blige, Jodeci, Aayliah, R. Kelly, Jagged Edge and more.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Two programmers gain new titles at iHeartMedia’s St. Louis cluster. First, Dusty Panhorst moves up from assistant program director at country KSD “93.7 The Bull” to PD, taking over for Steve Stewart who’s in Chicago programming new country outlet WEBG “Big 95.5.” At the same time, Jordan DeSocio takes on the digital program director role for the cluster in addition to programming rhythmic CHR KBWX “Wild 104.9.”…..Pandar is upped from overnight personality to the evening show at Local Media San Diego’s CHR XHITZ “Z90.3.”…..At Cumulus Media’s Nashville country station WKDF “NASH FM 103.3,” Paul Stone is the new afternoon drive personality…..Pete Braley lands at Plymouth Rock Broadcasting’s adult contemporary WPLM, Plymouth, Massachusetts “Easy 99.1” as AM drive co-host after exiting news/talk WBSM, New Bedford last year. Braley was with WBSM for 25 years…..At One Connection Media’s Christian contemporary WCVO, Columbus, Mary O’Brien returns from maternity leave but moves to middays while Eric Faulds takes over the morning show. The company is seeking a co-host for the AM show.
Townsquare Media Teases Positive Q4 2014 Growth. In an 8-K filing with the SEC, Townsquare Media – which went public back in July of last year – announces pretty good 2014 fourth quarter financial numbers. In issuing the preliminary financial results, the company says its fourth quarter pro forma net revenue jumped 9% to 10% compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. Further, pro forma adjusted EBITDA rose 5% to 9% compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. For the year of 2014 as a whole, Townsquare expects to report revenue of about $385 million – an increase of about 8% compared to 2013.
The New Breed of Non-Comms. RadioInfo special features correspondent Jeff McKay writes about a fresh approach to non-commercial radio broadcasting that is exemplified by such stations as KCSN, Northridge, California, among others. That station is operated by general manager and program director Sky Daniels, whose experience in commercial radio has the station pursuing a focused but creative tack on “college” radio. Daniels says, “We’ve developed — underscored by entities like SiriusXM and Pandora — vertical programming platforms. You play one kind of music, you stay within that area or genre and you don’t cross lines. These stations now are doing what you can call ‘modified, regenerated freeform,’ but it’s done with a much greater sense of discipline – done with smart, former-commercial programmers who bring their commercial discipline and understanding of the marketplace and the ratings process, and what you get is a deep experience that isn’t found anywhere else on the radio.” Read more about this fascinating approach to music radio, the former commercial programmers involved now, and the business model that supports this type of programming here.
Daunais, Walker Get Westwood One EVP – Regional Sales Stripes. Atlanta-based Jim Daunais and Dallas-based Tim Walker are appointed executive vice presidents in Westwood One‘s network sales division. Daunais’ responsibilities are in the southeast region – Walker’s duties are in the southwest. Westwood One president Steve Shaw comments, “Hot off the heels of promoting Kim Bryant to lead west coast sales, we are on an accelerated path to building an exceptional, preeminent sales organization. Jim and Tim are uniquely qualified to lead our southeast and southwest regions. Their respective abilities to manage, strategize, and effectively deliver client solutions will drive more revenue success across our platforms.” Daunais is “excited for the opportunity to continue” his more than 10-year Westwood One career, where he works “alongside Steve and the rest of our incredibly talented management team, and to build upon the company’s rich history as the leader of all things audio.” Walker states he is looking forward “to leading the southwest region and bringing integrated solutions to our clients and agencies.” It is a promotion for Daunais, who joined the company in 2004. Most recently, he was Westwood One’s senior vice president, sales and vice president of southeast sales. His prior background includes being an account executive for MLB‘s New York Mets. Walker is rejoining Westwood One. He spent the last three years as Cumulus Media‘s director of national sales for the southwest region. Prior to that, Walker was national sales manager for Cumulus-owned stations in Dallas and Houston; he had a similar title for CBS Radio Dallas; and he was a Westwood One account executive (2000 – 2002) in the company’s Dallas office.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Radio management pro John McConnell – after a number of years operating his own company – joins Workhouse Media as EVP where he’ll supervise the company’s East Coast operations. McConnell served a long stint with the old ABC Radio organization…..At Radio One-owned classic hip hop outlet KSOC, Dallas “BOOM 94.5,” the company adds live and local personalities to the drive time programs. Mornings now features the “Mark McCrazy Experience” with Mark McCrazy and co-hosts India and Menace. In afternoons is Big Baby Kenny J with DJ Mo Dave…..Jan Harrison is exiting Journal Broadcast Group’s Wichita classic rocker KFXJ “104.5 The Fox” where she is co-host of the morning show with Phil Thompson, effective February 13…..At the Fort Myers station group of Renda Broadcasting, Ron Bowen is named program director at the company’s classic hits WJGO “BOB 102.9” and hot AC WSGL “Mix 104.7.”
Syndicated Formats Firm Partners with AdLarge. New company Local Radio Networks, Inc. is enlisting AdLarge Media to rep its syndicated music formats. At launch, the firm is offering six music formats with more to come.
Hackers Shut Down Michigan Standards Station. Using a malware called “ransomware,” hackers took control of the digital contents – music, imaging, and business records – of Vintage Radio Enterprises-owned WAKV, Otsego, Michigan, a 1,000-watt AM station near the Kalamazoo market. The hackers locked the computer and sent a message requesting $500 ransom in exchange for control of his operations. Owner Jim Higgs was off the air for the better part of a day while he worked to get back on using music and data from an older computer, but much of what he’s lost cannot be recovered. Higgs did not reply to the ransom message nor did he call police, figuring the hackers wouldn’t be caught anyway, according to a report from WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids.