Category: Industry News

Sunday, May 24, 2015

| May 24, 2015

KSZRTucson’s Turn to Feel The Vibe. A CHR-to-classic hip-hop transformation took place in Tucson this past Friday (5/22) at 12:00 noon, in which Cumulus Media‘s KSZR became “97.5 The Vibe.” Cumulus Tucson vice president and market manager Ken Kowalcek comments, “We are excited to deliver Tucson’s ‘party station.’ There is a passionate energy for this music, which defined an entire generation. No one else in Tucson is playing these songs, so this is a huge opportunity for us and fills a real need in the market.” Tucson’s “Vibe” will reportedly mix “old school” hip-hop hits with R&B “throwbacks” from the 1980s, 1990s, and early-2000s. Among persons 12+ in Nielsen Audio‘s winter 2015 book, KSZR ranks ninth (2.4) and is actually six-tenths better than its fall 2014 performance (1.8) and four-tenths higher than winter 2014’s 2.0. Of subscribing stations, iHeartMedia CHR KRQQ sets the pace with an 8.3 (12+), while its urban contemporary sibling KOHT “Hot 98.3″ registers a 5.5 (#4, 12+).

Saturday, May 23, 2015

| May 23, 2015

WVBZ“Man Up” is the Buzz in Greensboro. At 6:00 am yesterday (Friday, 5/22), iHeartMedia Greensboro transitioned alternative WVBZ “105.7 The Buzz” to rock as “The Triad’s New Choice for Rock – Man Up.” According to program director Keith Allen, the station “will be made up of the best rock of all time” and it “will provide Triad listeners the choice to listen to music in the morning and not wait till lunchtime.” In addition, the Greensboro audience will not “have to listen to a station that only plays one or two rock songs every blue moon.” The “Man Up” handle is being used by iHeartMedia in several other markets including Salt Lake City (KAAZ), and Oklahoma City (KBRU). Representative artists on the Greensboro version will include AC/DC, Boston, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Linkin Park, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Soundgarden. After 16 successive (6+) performances in the two-share range, WVBZ has followed with five straight between 1.5 – 1.9, including 1.6 (#14) in April 2015. There are no other rock and/or alternative outlets in the market; Dick Broadcasting‘s classic rock WKRR “Rock 92″ posts noteworthy back-to-back gains (5.0 – 5.5 – 6.4, 6+) and finishes seventh in April (Nielsen Audio, PPM).

Friday, May 22, 2015

| May 22, 2015

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Adult Album Alternative.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian wraps up his analysis of stations airing rock formats based on data from the April 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio.  For the past two days (5/21 and 5/21), RadioInfo published his look at the alternative or modern rock and active rock formats.  Today, Kinosian turns his attention to adult album alternative or triple A.  Compared to the previous two formats, the number of stations playing the triple A format in PPM markets is much smaller – 11 to be exact.  Denver’s KBCO tops the market rank and market share (6+) charts based on April PPM data.  Find out where the rest of the stations stack up and look at the chart comparing all three rock-based formats here.

hubbardradio logoJeremy Sinon Named Corporate Digital Director for Hubbard Broadcasting.  This is a promotion to the corporate level for Jeremy Sinon who has been serving as the digital director for Hubbard Radio’s Twin Cities operations.  He will continue in that role in addition to his new post as corporate digital director.  The company says that in this position Sinon willsinonjeremy work closely with Hubbard EVP/chief financial officer Dave Bestler and president/COO Drew Horowitz to “oversee day-to-day corporate digital initiatives as well as the strategy for Hubbard Radio’s long-term digital goals.”  Speaking about his new position, Sinon says, “It’s really an honor to be given this opportunity to help lead the digital efforts for a company that I care so much about.  When I started at Hubbard in 2006 I was one of the first digitally focused hires the company ever made.  It amazes me every day when I look around and see how much we’ve grown since.  I’m excited about the future.  We have really big things in store for us.”  Prior to the last nine years with Hubbard Radio, Sinon was a digital director for the iHeartMedia radio group in Minneapolis and worked at the digital agency Omnera.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Milwaukee Radio Alliance’s hot AC WLDB, Milwaukee “Trendingbernardlauren Radio 93.3,” market pro Dan Kyle moves up from part-time status to full-time night jock…..Brown University-owned modern rocker WBRU, Providence ups Paul Martin to music director, taking over for Eliza Soros…..Lauren Bernard leaves her position with CHR KLUC, Las Vegas on the “Chet Buchanan & the Morning Zoo” show.

wvbz logoiHeartMedia’s WVBZ in Triad Market Moves to Rock Format.  Former alternative outlet WVBZ, Clemmons, North Carolina “105.7 The Buzz” – serving the Winston-Salem/Greensboro market – flips to rock and is currently using the slogan, “105.7 Man Up!”  The station is airing a cross section of rock music from various decades that includes such artists as: Linkin Park, Pink Floyd, Cage the Elephant, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne, Stone Temple Pilots, Fuel, Van Halen and more.

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gracies15The 40th Annual Gracie Awards.  Arriving at the Beverly Hilton on Tuesday (5/19) was the Alliance for Women in Media Board and AWM Foundation Board.  Pictured here (from l-r) are: Josie Thomas, EVP & chief diversity officer at CBS Corporation; Karla Ballard, SVP at Participant Media (and Gracies co-chair); Michelle Duke, vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation; Christine McLaughlin, broadcast lawyer at Sciarrino & Shubert , PLLC; Christine Travaglini, president of Christal Radio/KRG Partnerships; Kristen Welch, SVP, Global Content Operations at Discovery Communications, Inc. (and AWM Chair); Kay Olin, consultant at Olin & Associates (and past AWM Chair); Valerie Blackburn, VKB Media Consulting, (Gracies co-chair and past AWM Chair); Jill Luckett, senior vice president of Program Network Policy, National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Sandy Girard, VP, Brand Management & Development, SiriusXM; and Heather Cohen, EVP at The Weiss Agency.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

| May 21, 2015

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Active Rock.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian continues his analyses of stations airing rock formats based on data from the April 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio.  Yesterday (5/20), we published his look at the alternative or modern rock format.  Today, Kinosian turns his attention to active rock.  The final analysis will be triple A or adult album alternative.  In today’s report, see which active rock stations ranked high in their markets and which – of all stations in U.S. PPM markets – had the best AQH.  Plus, study the share fluctuations of stations over the past six surveys and from a year ago.  Also included is a comparative chart showing both alternative and active rock data.  See the whole story here.

wgci logoAir Personality Changes at Chicago’s Urban Outlets.  It appears iHeartMedia is behind the jock changes taking place at its hip hop WGCI and crosstown competitor WPWX “Power 92” – owned by Crawford Broadcasting.  iHeartMedia has parted company withwpwx logo WGCI afternoon host UB Rodriguez and midday host Loni Swain.  At the same time, Frankie Robinson and Tone, a.k.a. Anthony Mays, exit “Power 92” and are reported to be headed to WGCI.  Also, iHeartMedia announces former WVEE, Atlanta “V103” music director and morning show producer Johnnie D joins the programming team as assistant program director for the company’s Chicago urban outlets, serving under director of urban programming Derrick Brown.  iHeartMedia has been involved in a couple other high-profile urban talent acquisitions recently – notably the hiring of New York’s Angie Martinez (from Emmis’ WQHT “Hot 97” to its WWPR “Power 105”) and Los Angeles star Big Boy, a.k.a. Kurt Alexander, (again, from Emmis’ KPWR “Power 106” to iHM’s KRRL “Real 92.3).

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Radio legend Charlie Tuna is full time on KKPR-FM, Kearney, Nebraska –tunacharlie his hometown – after his Black Card Radio-syndicated program is added to the morning drive daypart.  He’d been heard on Sundays on the station…..At iHeartMedia’s Dayton hot AC WMMX “Mix 107.7,” Kristi Leigh is back for the midday shift.  She’d been morning drive personality at the station, exiting in the spring of 2013…..Cox Media’s country KWEN, Tulsa “K95” has its new afternoon host and hastyherndonAPD as Bill Sexauer joins from Coast Radio’s CHR WZNF, Biloxi “95.3 The Gorilla” where he was program director and AM drive host.  Sexauer assumes the role vacated by Kristina Carlyle who moved to crosstown country KTGX “106.1 The Twister.”….. Moving across town from his most recent gigmajounmichaela as VP/co-market manager for Entercom’s Kansas City station group to Cumulus Media’s operations for the VP of sales post is Herndon Hasty…..At non-com triple A WXPN, Philadelphia morning host Michaela Majoun is stepping away from her radio work after more than a quarter century to devote more time to her writing career.

hdradio logoHD Radio Artist Spotlight Focuses on Robert Earl Keen.  Currently working to support his #1 bluegrass album Happy Prisoner, Robert Earl Keen will be the next artist to be featured in the “HD Radio Artist Spotlight” program.  iBiquity’s partnership with Robert Earl Keen will build awareness of HD Radio broadcasting and promote Robert’s new album.  The program will include radiokeenrobertearl promotions and contests, as well as a trip for two to Nashville to join Keen at his July 23, 2015 performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium.  BMI executive director, strategic partnerships/business development Mason Hunter says, “We are excited to continue to build the HD Radio Artist spotlight program.  Robert Earl Keen is a stalwart for BMI and is an artist who has been consistently releasing outstanding music for over three decades.  His latest release, Happy Prisoner, is no exception.  We are thrilled to have a partner in iBiquity Digital who recognizes his talent and ongoing contribution to songwriting. The HD Radio Experience delivers digital quality sound, unique content, and exposure to artists like Robert in order to enhance the experience of their listeners.”

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

| May 20, 2015

nicklebackDuane 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: on-air personalities Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Matt James, golden-eared, on air personality at “T-100” WCLT in Newark, OH; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” and Jered Petrey, GM, and the music committee from the award-winning, student-run high school radio station at Pendleton Heights High School in Pendleton, Indiana, plus internet sensation The Iceman, 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 (5/20) includes such names as: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5, Zedd, Jon Bellion, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea, Sam Smith, Manika, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Pharell Williams, Mark Ronson, Mystikal, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Hozier, Joywave, Nickelback, Peter Rivera, Coleman Hell, Neon Trees, The Struts, Bret Michaels, Jo Caine, Chris Janson, Chris Young, Steven Tyler, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, G. Love, Chappo, Big Data, Icky Blossoms, Roisin Murphy, Hot Chip, Silento, among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Alternative.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents an analysis of stations airing rock formats based on data from the April 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio.  The first format to be addressed is alternative or modern rock.  In the coming days, Kinosian will look at active rock and adult album alternative, as well.  In addition to studying the ratings fluctuations of alternative stations in PPM markets, the data reveals the top performers (6+).  The stations with the highest market share based on April 2015 data are: WOLT, Indianapolis; KTCL, Denver; and KRBZ, Kansas City.  Check out the rest of the scorecard as well as which stations rank high in their markets and how they’ve performed compared to April 2014.  Find the whole story here.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  There’s expected to be a new general manager in the Providence offices of Cumulus Media as Barbara Haynes exits that position there…..At the executive level at Cox Enterprises, Dallas Clement is pegged to assume the EVP and CFO position on July 1 after Doug Franklin retires from the company following a 38-year careermullinszach with Cox…..At the Atlanta operations of Cox Media Group, Zach Mullins is named digital sales manager.  The company says that in this new role he’ll “work alongside the current leadership team to deliver integrated marketing solutions to valued clients located in and outside of Atlanta while chantaldeveloping new profitable revenue opportunities for the Atlanta cluster’s five radio stations – award-winning WSB ‘News 95.5 FM/750 AM,’ WSB-FM ‘B98.5,” WALR ‘KISS 104.1,’ WSRV, and WTSH ‘X107.1FM.’”…..Chantal announces she’s leaving the “Jamie & Chantal in the Morning” show at Sison Broadcasting-owned CHR WXXX, Burlington, Vermont “95 Triple X” to pursue non-radio interests.

leeamberEnvision Networks Places Two More Shows on New Affiliate Stations.  The classic hard rock show “Hangar 19” from Envision Networks announces the three-hour program will begin airing on Townsquare Media-owned KATS-FM, Yakima, Washington.  The company says, “Each weekend, ‘Hangar 19’ relives the glory days of classic hard rock with music from the artists and groups who built the genre including Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Korn, Slayer and Marilyn Manson.  Host Amber Lee brings the music to the masses with a highly interactive show that stops down from the nostalgia just long enough to highlight new music in the weekly ‘Then and Now’ segment. The ‘Power Set’ highlights four killer tracks from a chosen band and we also step into the ‘Hangar Theater’ for a look at the Hard ‘Rock Soundtrack of the Week.’”  And on the country side, Envision says “The Country Oldies Show” joins the program schedule at R&J Broadcasting’s KKCQ-FM, Fargo, North Dakota.  The Steve Warren-hosted program celebrates country music from the 1950s through the 1990s.

herskovitzalCreative Promotions Lead to New Sales.  Radio marketing pro Al Herskovitz writes in a column published today that a radio sales pro worth his or her salt should never overlook the value of a creative radio promotion to solidify current clients and attract new ones. He says commonplace ticket giveaways and the like are fine but do little to make a client’s goods or services memorable, and such prizes usually go to station P1s anyway.  How about having your morning host attempt to give a lion a bath?  Sound too dangerous?  Read Herskovitz’s entire column here for the details and his thoughts about using the promotion as a sales tool.

podcastone logoDee Snider Podcast to Launch on PodcastOne.  Musician and media personality Dee Snider is debuting a new, weekly podcast called, “Snider Comments,” on the PodcastOne Network.  THe program promises to “pull back the curtain on the world of rock and expose the raw and untold stories of current and past rock ‘n’ roll superstars.”  PodcastOne CEO Norm Pattiz states, “This is the latest music insider podcast on the PodcastOne Network.  There are plenty of places for consumers to listen to their favorite music, but very few to get a more personal, behind-the-scenes view from the artists that live in that world every day.  Dee is not only a rock star and an icon, he’s a great personality and a terrific communicator.  I couldn’t be more pleased to have him on our network.”

danielskrisKristianBush15Kristian Bush Performs at KCYE, Las Vegas Listener Appreciation Concert.  KCYE, Las Vegas “102.7 The Coyote” program director Kris Daniels (right) poses for a pic with Streamsound Records artist Kristian Bush (left) who performed at the Beasley Media Group country station’s Listener Appreciation Concert on Monday, May 18 inside Gilley’s Las Vegas at the Treasure Island Resort.

brookskixStrikingMatchesStriking Matches with Kix Brooks.  The country duo Striking Matches dropped by the NASH campus in Nashville to visit with country star and host of “Kickin’ it with Kix” and “American Country Countdown” Kix Brooks.  Pictured here are (from l-r): Justin Davis, Sarah Zimmermann and Brooks.  Photo: Carissa Riccardi for NASH Magazine.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

| May 19, 2015

fccnewBobby Bones EAS SNAFU to Cost iHeartMedia $1 Million.  The Federal Communications Commission has laid down a $1 million fine for WSIX-Nashville and Premiere Networks parent company iHeartMedia for the misuse of the EAS tones.  The company admits to misuse of the tones and will pay the penalty.  The agency writes in its ruling that the “FCC has long prohibited the transmission of actual or simulated EAS tones in circumstances other than a real alert or an authorized test.”  WSIX-FM, Nashville – Bobby Bones’ flagship station – aired a false emergency alert during the broadcast of the nationally syndicated show and, as the FCC writes, “broadcast or transmission of bonesbobbyemergency tones outside an emergency or authorized test violates FCC regulations designed to protect the integrity of the EAS system.  False broadcast of an emergency signal can cause unnecessary public concern and undermine the urgency of real alerts.  While commenting on an EAS test that aired during the 2014 World Series, Bobby Bones, the show’s host, broadcast an EAS tone from a recording of an earlier nationwide EAS test.  This false emergency alert was sent to more than 70 affiliated stations airing [the show] and resulted in some of these stations retransmitting the tones, setting off a multi-state cascade of false EAS alerts on radios and televisions in multiple states.”  In the last six months, the Commission has taken five enforcement actions totaling nearly $2.5 million for misuse of EAS tones by broadcasters and cable networks.

keithtobyNASHtvNASH TV Gets Exclusive Debut of New Toby Keith Video.  The new video for the single “35 MPH Town” from Toby Keith was exclusively debuted on Cumulus Media’s NASH TV.    Cumulus is also announcing that Keith will be the first featured artist on its “Real Live Performance” series.  The video is being carried on all NASH TV platforms including Cumulus Media, Inc. and NASH exclusive partner Music Choice On Demand, which brings NASH TV to 57 million homes through cable TV.  Cumulus says the “Real Live Performance” series will feature “the best in live country music shows, from intimate concerts to sold-out performances. Each week, Keith’s live rendition of one of his songs will be played across the NASH TV platform.  The performances were filmed at legendary JBTV Studios in Chicago.”  Cumulus EVP of content and programming John Dickey says, “We are delighted that Toby has chosen to launch his music video on NASH TV and to participate in the NASH ‘Real Live Performance’ Series, which will connect Toby with his enthusiastic fan base in a unique and innovative way.”

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Adding 18 more stations to his programming responsibilities is Townsquare Media’s Tom Cook, who rises to regional operations manager for Michigan.  Cook is based at the company’s Grand Rapids stations where he’s operations manager and brand manager for hot AC WLHT “Channel 95.7” and AC WTRV-FM “The River.”  Townsquare operates stations in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Flint…..Alan Ecklund is the new regional director for national sales for Radio One’s Dallas and Houston operations.  Ecklund spent the last decade with iHeartMedia and was most recently VP of sales for the Southwest region.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallHoward B. Price:  For AM/FM Radio, Doing Good is Good for Business.  RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison speaks with the ABC Television Networks director of business continuity, Howard B. Price on this week’s installment of the international hit podcast, “Up Close and Far Out,” about the responsibility licensed AM, FM and television stations have to serve the public with timely and accurate information during both natural and man-made disasters.  According to Price, “This is why we hold the license.”  Aside from all the entertainment elements that radio provides and that Price says he “enjoys as much as anyone else,” he points out, “That is not, however, why radio stations are licensed – they are licensed to serve the public interest, convenience and necessity.”  Price continues, “And while that definition can certainly include quality entertainment andprice howard programming that stimulates and enlightens – at the end of the day, what it is all about is being there in times of crisis… making sure that our communities stay informed, that decision-makers have the information that they need in real time, and to be able to apply the necessary time and resources to be able to deal with emergent events.  This is the role that radio was born to play.”  Price explains what he describes as the essential element of this truth.  “If you want to keep people focused on the idea that terrestrial radio is still relevant, that electrons flying out of tall sticks on a single channel is still a very important thing for us to preserve and enhance, then you not only have to talk the talk – you have to walk the walk.  And ‘walking the walk’ means that when your community is in crisis, you’ve got to be there to inform them.  You’ve got to be able to put people on the street, you’ve got to be able to go to the scene of wherever news is breaking, and make sure that people have the information that they need both to calm them and comfort them as well as provide them with the essential information that allows them to make the right decisions for themselves and their families and businesses.”  Price adds, “The old line for radio still exists… you go to any old-time sales manager and he’ll tell you radio is a street business, it’s a retail business and nothing is truer about that than when it comes to reporting the news in local communities.”  According to Price, nothing can be more important to the survival of terrestrial radio than remaining visible and relevant to their local communities.  He also explains how this philosophy applies to music radio as well as talk and all-news formats, citing examples including how, in the wake of 9/11, Scott Shannon and Todd Pettengill flipped their WPLJ, New York morning music show around “on a dime” from being an entertainment show into serious news mode without the benefit of having a news department.  They became “comforters in chief” and did an extraordinary job of rising to the occasion.  Price points out that music stations that cede listeners to talk and all-news stations during a serious crisis are foolish to give their listeners reasons to punch out because they might not come back.  Harrison and Price also discuss ways in which any radio station – regardless of budgetary and resource limitations – can be fully prepared to serve its listeners in this fashion during a severe emergency explaining that in this day and age of convenient digital communications and citizen journalism, there is no excuse not to be ready to go into action.  Michael Harrison states, “Although many people still believe that the idea of radio rising to the occasion and super-serving its audience in times of crisis might seem idealistic, quaint, naïve, and unrealistic  – even ‘boy scout’ – that it ironically might be THE answer to AMs and FMs maintaining their importance and relevance going forward.”  Harrison concludes this fascinating podcast by suggesting that terrestrial radio should always treat its audience with compassion, empathy, and a deep-seated desire to be helpful and give anyone who might be listening the support they need just getting through the pain, rigors and hardship of day-to-day life as a human being in a highly pressured, dangerous world.  To listen to the entire podcast please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box in the right hand column of every page of RadioInfo.com. “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison” is a presentation of Podcast One.  Howard B. Price will be receiving the Gene Burns Memorial Award for Freedom of Speech at Talkers New York 2015 on Friday, June 12.

amfaminsuranceNielsen: Radio Gives ‘Brand Lift’ to American Family Insurance.  From a study with the help of Katz Radio Group looking to prove the effectiveness of radio advertising, Nielsen Audio engaged in a study to measure the brand impact of a radio campaign on insurance decision makers (ages 25-64).  The analysis included insurance decision-makers who tuned in to one or more stations airing American Family Insurance commercials and compared their engagement with the company to that of decision-makers who did not listen to those stations.  Nielsen says, “The results of the study showed that radio increased brand health metrics, particularly among decision-makers seeking new insurance, in the areas of favorability, recommendation and intent to request a quote from American Family Insurance.  The study found that insurance decision-makers who heard the campaign were 25% more likely to request a quote from American Family Insurance than those who didn’t hear it. And brand-switchers who were exposed to the campaign were nearly twice as likely to request a quote, highlighting radio’s ability to influence the insurance company’s best prospects.”  Read more here.

harveyNeighborhood15Steve Harvey Announces Performers for August ‘Neighborhood Awards’ Weekend.  The bill of stars to perform during Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards Weekend in Atlanta August 6-9 is being unveiled.  So far, the 13th Annual Ford Neighborhood Awards and Neighborhood Awards Weekend will feature: Erykah Badu, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Jodeci, Doug E. Fresh, Salt-N-Pepa, Yolanda Adams – plus performances on the Steve Harvey Morning Show live broadcast from Jazmine Sullivan, K. Michelle and Avery Sunshine, with Ne-Yo hosting the State Farm Freedom Friday Party, with additional performers to be announced in the future.

kupl flags 15KUPL, Portland Morning Show Replaces Vandalized Flags.  The Chunky, McKinzie and Jake morning show at Alpha Media’s country KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull”  personally delivered American flags to some of those in nearby Vancouver, Washington whose own flags were burned during a vandalism spree.  Commenting on the situation, Chunky says, “Hanging an American flag from your front door is a right that many people have fought for us to have in our country.  When I heard that some people’s flags on their homes were set on fire on Friday evening/Saturday morning in Vancouver, Washington, I was both outraged and hurt at the same time.  I thought the LEAST we could do is deliver a brand new American flag to the victims of the vandalizing.”  Pictured here are (from l-r): McKinzie, a Vancouver homeowner, Chunky, and Jake presenting a new flag.

Monday, May 18, 2015

| May 18, 2015

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NASHnext logoCumulus to Hold ‘NASH Next’ Country Talent Search Competition.  Calling it “the largest online talent search ever undertaken,” Cumulus Media announces the “NASH Next” artist development initiative.  The company plans to “discover and release music from the most promising country talent” in what is the NASH brand’s “second launch into the recorded music business (joining the NASH Icon label).”  In a press release, Cumulus says, “Country fans will help find and choose the next superstars of country radio through engagement with their favorite artists and bands. For the first time ever, online engagement between fans and artists/bands will be measured and counted in the talent competition.”  The competition (which starts on June 15 and runs through November) begins with a nationwide talent search through submissions to NASHNextCountry.com, which will be promoted on more than 200 Cumulus radio stations – “making NASH Next the largest online talent search ever undertaken.”  The grand prize winner will be signed to the new NASH Next record label, with the top 10 all participating in a 2016 NASH Next concert tour from coast to coast.  Fans will be allowed to judge the talent “through a series of challenges.”  The winners will be decided based on a combination of three yet-to-be-announced music industry judges, an original “Spin Index” of social media activity and voting on the NASH Next website.  The six challenges include:  Performing the same cover song; Performing a jingle with the last five words chosen by fans via Twitter; Performing an original song; Posting an original video to Instagram; Posting original content on PicCollage with fans adding their own photos; and producing an original music video including animation.  Cumulus EVP of content and programming John Dickey says, “Country is firmly established as the most popular music format and through NASH Next we are connecting directly with the fans and talent who are most engaged with the country lifestyle.”

ultimateclassicrock logoTownsquare Media Expands Ultimate Classic Rock Brand to Nightly Radio Show.  The venture includes Compass Media Networks serving as exclusive syndicator for the program that will debut on 28 Townsquare Media O&Os on June 29.  “Ultimate Classic Rock Nights” will air from 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight ET and “will feature interviews, performances, and trends related to classic rock.”  Townsquare Media SVP of programming Kurt Johnson comments, “We are incredibly excited to leverage the Ultimate Classic Rock brand and content into a daily, nationally syndicated program.  We are equally excited to announce that Compass Media Networks will serve as our syndicator and look forward to working with stations across the country.”

alphamedia logoAlpha Media to Acquire 36 Signals from Morris Communications.  With the announced intent to buy 36 stations in eight markets from Morris Communications, Alpha Media says it’s on track to hit the 135-station mark.  Morris operates radio stations in: Topeka; Salina, Kansas; Amarillo, Texas; Palm Springs and Victor Valley, California; Anchorage; Wasilla, Alaska; Grays Harbor-Hoquiam, Washington and Wenatchee-Columbia River, Washington.   Alpha chairmanmorriscommunications Larry Wilson comments, “What a wonderful thing it is to combine with such a fine stable of radio properties.  They bring heritage radio stations to our platform that will truly enhance our growth opportunities extensively.”  Morris Communications chairman and CEO William S. Morris III says, “We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Larry Wilson and his exceptional team.  They are experienced operators that will maintain the ongoing success of these stations.  We take comfort in knowing we have superior employees in each market that will continue to serve these wonderful communities.”  George Reed of Media Services Group is the broker for Alpha Media.

nielsen logoNielsen Analysis Shows Classic Rock Continues Upward PPM Performance.  In a report published by Nielsen Audio that looks at the top performing radio formats based on data from the company’s own April PPM survey, the ratings giant states, “For the third straight month, the format went out and set new records for audience share among all three of the major audience groups we examine.  Here are the growth trends from February to April: 5.1%-5.2%-5.3% among listeners 6+, 4.4%-4.6%-4.8% with audiences 18-34 and 5.6%-5.7%-6.0% in the 25-54 demographic.  In racing terms, these have been some historic splits for classic rock.”  But classic rock is not one of the top five formats in either demographic.  The top performing formats are: persons 6+ — news/talk; persons 18-34 – pop/CHR; and persons 25-54 – pop/CHR.  View the whole Nielsen story here.

westwood one NEWWestwood One About to Unveil “Classic Hip Hop.” Four as of now unnamed charter affiliates will debut Westwood One‘s “Classic Hip Hop” this coming Friday (5/22) to segue into the Memorial Day weekend. The syndicator is  using parent company Cumulus Media-owned WRWM “The Beat,” Indianapolis as the prototype for “Classic Hip Hop.” After a “Holiday” 2014 improvement of +1.1 to 2.8 – its best (6+) performance since December 2013 (2.9, Nielsen Audio PPM) – WRWM “Classic Hip-Hop 93.9 – The Beat” exploded with a nearly five-share gain in January (2.8 – 7.7, +4.9, 6+), rocketing from #13 all the way to #1. In February, it moved to second registering a 7.2 – one-tenth behind Emmis adult contemporary WYXB. “The Beat” was fifth in March (6.1) and seventh in April (5.6).  Personalities on the long-form (24/7) format will include Adam Bomb in mornings and Ralphie Aversa in evenings; the two do nights on Cumulus Media Atlanta CHR WWWQ “Q-100″ and Cumulus Media New York hot AC WPLJ, respectively.

bigdbubba captionedBig D and Bubba Re-Up with Compass Media Networks.  Country morning show Big D & Bubba sign a multi-year extension to remain with syndicator Compass Media Networks through 2020.  The show originally signed with Compass Media Networks in January 2014 when Big D & Bubba formed their own production company, Silverfish Media, in order to become more independent.  Bubba says, “In our first 16 months of working with Compass Media Networks, we have seen explosive growth in both affiliates and sales.  This extension was a no brainer.”

More RadioInfo Career MovesAt Cox Media Group’s country KCYY, San Antonio “Y100,” Ryan McKiddy is named the new afternoon personality, effective May 26.  McKiddy comes to San Antonio from Chicago where he was a weekend talent at CBS RADIO’s WUSN “99.5.”…..Kirk Kirkland joins Curtis Media Group as local sales manager for Raleigh-Durham simulcast CHR WWPL and WPLW “The Pulse FM.”  Most recently, Kirkland served as director of sales for Bizwire…..Steve Migs gets billing on the newly renamed “BJ & Migs – Mornings” on KIWS, Seattle.  Migs has served as producer of the “BJ Shea Morning Experience” on the station since 2005…..Nostalgia-formatted WHLI-AM, Hempstead, New York brings Bill Wise, a.k.a. The Wiseman, aboard to serve as PD and morning host.  Connoisseur Long Island GM/market manager Jim Condon says, “It’s an exciting time for all of us here at WHLI.  The Wiseman is a recognizable and popular brand in himself and to be able to merge his likeness with the heritage format of WHLI creates a winning combination for our listeners, the community and our clientele.”

Cool Job Opportunity. Are you ready to go back to school?  Montclair State University Radio in beautiful, suburban Montclair, New Jersey, is looking for a new general manager.  Reporting to the director of the school of communication and media, the general manager is responsible for overseeing the 24/7 operation of WMSC-FM.  The GM will work closely with students, administration, faculty, staff, and alumni to develop a presence for the university radio station, which serves campus and local communities as well as a more global audience through the Internet. S/he will teach courses and workshops for students, fostering a rich learning environment and enabling the development of skills in all key areas of radio programming and production. S/he will also be responsible for maintaining full Federal Communications Commission compliance for the university’s licensed radio station.  Click HERE for more information and to apply online.

Friday, May 15, 2015

| May 15, 2015

Fourth Round of April 2015 PPM Data Released. The April 2015 PPM ratings from Nielsen Audio have been released for the fourth of four rounds of 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. View the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  The April 2015 survey period covered March 26 – April 22.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” below.

TEN TAKEAWAYS

1) Austin – Bouncing back from consecutive downtrends including a -.9 in March (8.8 – 8.6 – 7.7, 6+), Emmis adult hits KBPAKBPA “Bob-FM” (8.1, +.4) prevails at #1 for the fourth successive survey. Improving by six-tenths each are “Bob-FM” alternative cluster-mate KROX “101-X” (4.8, steady at #8) and Crista Ministries’ contemporary Christian KFMK “Spirit 105.9″ (4.2, #12 to #9); “101-X” was +.5 in March. Over the past six ratings periods, Univision regional Mexican KLJA has been in the 2.3 – 2.7 range (6+), but Spanish contemporary “Mas Variedad” dials up a +.7 to 3.0, inching up from #16 to #15. In addition to being the third straight negative trend forKFMK iHeartMedia country outlet KVET-FM (7.0 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 5.6, 6+), 5.6 is its lowest 6+-share since last August’s 5.5; KVET-FM drops from a tie at #2 in March to a tie at #3. Also regressing by seven-tenths is public adult alternative KTUX (2.2 – 1.5, 6+).

2) Milwaukee – In January and February, WMIL “Milwaukee Country – FM 106.1″ registered back-to-back increases of +1.0 and WMIL+.9, before staying flat in March (10.7, 6+). Down two-tenths to 10.5, WMIL is nonetheless #1 for the third straight sweep and in double-digits (6+) for the tenth time in the past 12 monthlies. Two talkers head in different directions, as E.W. Scripps-owned WTMJ increases by one full-share (9.1 – 10.1, 6+), while iHeartMedia‘s WISN is off by nearly the same margin (6.6 – 5.7, -.9). Despite the significant share fluctuations though, there is no change in month-to-month rankers for either station: WTMJ and WISN are steady at #2 and #4, respectively. In fact, this is the twelfth time in the last 14 sweeps that Milwaukee Brewers’ flagship WTMJ finishesWTMJ second (the other two times it was #1). Prior to April’s -.9, WISN cobbled together three straight up-trends for a combined +2.3 (4.3 – 4.9 – 6.5 – 6.6, 6+). In back-to-back surveys (March and April), cluster-mate WRIT “Oldies 95.7″ posts gains of eight-tenths (6.2 – 7.0 – 7.8, 6+) and is steady at #3. Ironically, “Oldies 95.7″ lost eight-tenths in February (7.0 – 6.2, 6+). Eight-tenths does not prove to be at all lucky for Milwaukee Radio Alliance‘s WLDB (3.3 – 2.5, -.8). Evolving from adult contemporary to hot AC, WLDB – now using “Trending Radio 93.3″ as its handle – leaves the market without a mainstream AC whose ratings appear in print. In the hot AC arena, “Trending Radio 93.3″ is taking on Entercom‘s WMYX, which notches its third successive progressive monthly (4.7 – 5.0 – 5.4 – 5.7, 6+) for a cumulative gain of one full-share; “991 – The Mix” remains in fifth place. April’s 2.5 (6+) by WLDB is the lowest in its PPM history. Despite a backward move (sixth to seventh), Saga-owned WKLH “Milwaukee’s Classic Rock” (+.3) improves for the fourth consecutive sweep (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.9 – 5.1- 5.4, 6+). Rock sibling WHQG “The HOG 102.9″ (-.2) though sees its string of up-monthlies conclude at three (4.1 – 4.5 – 4.6 – 4.7 – 4.5, 6+), returning to eighth from seventh.

3) Providence – Powered by a +1.1 to 10.4 (after a +.4 in March), Cumulus Media-owned adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock WWLI105″ breaks the first-place tie with CHR sibling WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” to take sole possession of first-place. The last time “Lite Rock 105″ hit double-digits (6+) was the 15.2 it garnered in the “Holiday” 2014 report. At #1 the past three ratings periods, WPRO-FM now moves to the runner-up slot. Not only down for the third consecutive sweep (10.4 – 9.8 – 9.3 – 8.5, 6+), the station has its weakest 6+-performance in almost two yearsWSNE (June 2013’s 8.3). Matching the mighty +1.1 of WWLI is iHeartMedia‘s classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101″ (4.8 – 5.9, 6+), inching up from seventh to sixth. In March, “B-101″ improved by one-tenth to curtail five consecutive negative or flat sweeps, which had combined for a -3.5 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 6.8 – 4.7, 6+). On the heels of a +1.0 in March, co-owned hot AC WSNE tacks on another six-tenths, making it the fourth straight monthly increase for “Coast 93-3,” which remains at #5 (4.5 – 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.9 – 6.5, 6+). Stymied at 5.5 in the “Holiday” 2014 report and in January 2015, rock cluster-mate WHJY “94 HJY” notched a +1.2 in February; a +.8 in March; and now rings up a +.7 to creep up from fourth to third (6.7 – 7.5 – 8.2, 6+).

4) Raleigh – Improving by one full-share is Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5″ (6.5 – 7.5, WRAL6+), which bumps up from #4 to a tie at #2. Prior to the +1.0, “Mix 101.5″ endured three straight downward trends (14.0 – 7.0 – 6.6 – 6.5, 6+), yielding a combined -7.5. The station with which “Mix” is tied at #2 is iHeartMedia CHR WDCG “G-105,” which enjoys an eight-tenths spike (6.7 – 7.5), as it inches up from #3 to the runner-up slot. This represents the finest 6+-performance for “G-105″ since its 8.4 in July 2012. Following a +1.0 in March, “Mix” sports sibling WCMC relinquishes 90% of it by dropping from 4.2 – 3.3 (-.9, #11 to #13). Prior to March, the last time “ESPN 99.9 – The Fan” reached the four-share level (6+) was January 2013WQDR (4.0). Despite being down for the third consecutive sweep (9.4 – 8.8 – 8.2 – 8.0, 6+), Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country” finishes first for the fourth straight time. Public WUNC had been runner-up in January, February, and March, but even though it adds three-tenths (7.0 – 7.3), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill facility slips to fourth.

5) Norfolk – It is a case of wild back-to-back fluctuations for WVKL, which rebounds from a massive -2.2 in March to a robust WVKL+1.7 in April (12.2 – 10.0 – 11.7, 6+). After the dust settles, the Entercom urban AC is #1 for the 33rd successive ratings period. Given that iHeartMedia urban contemporary WOWI “103 Jamz” posted a +1.2 to 9.7 in March, WVKL held a violate three-tenths advantage; “103 Jamz” continues to apply pressure by being flat or up for the fourth straight month (7.7 – 7.7 – 8.5 – 9.7 – 10.7, 6+), yielding a cumulative three-share gain. Even so,WOWI the lead for WVKL is up to one full-share. For the 15th time in the last 16 sweeps – and fourth in a row – WOWI finishes second and while WVKL has been in double-digits 21 times in the last 22 monthlies, “103 Jamz” crosses that threshold for the first time. In fact, prior to March, WOWI last hit the nine-share level in October (9.0, 6+). Steady at #3, Saga rocker WNOR “FM 99″ regains the half-share it lost in March (6.0 – 5.5 – 6.0, 6+). After a successive trio of positive trends (5.0 – 3.7 – 4.6 – 5.1, 6+), Entercom rhythmic CHR WNVZ “Z-104″is off by four-tenths to 4.7, but remains at #6. Its hot AC cluster-mate WPTE “The Point” stumbles for the third successive sweep (5.6 – 5.4 – 4.5 – 3.9, 6+) to move from eighth to ninth.

6) Nashville – Several meaty (6+) March – April moves in “Music City USA” are led by WAY Media contemporary Christian WUBTWAYM advancing by +1.2 (1.8 – 3.0) to climb from #15 to #12. Following back-to-back showings of 7.1, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WUBT “101.1 The Beat” chalks up a gain of one full-share to 8.1 and remains at #3 (6+). It is the most potent 6+share for “The Beat” since December 2012 (8.2). Co-owned WNRQ “105.9 – The Rock” though is off by one-half share (after a +1.0 in March) and halts its string of upticks at three (4.9 – 5.2 – 5.3 – 6.3 – 5.8, 6+); “The Rock” remains in fifth-place. Adult hits WCJK faltered by six-tenths in March, but Midwest Communications’ “Jack-FM” roars back with a +1.1 to 8.2. It inches up from third to second, where it trails adult contemporary sibling WJXA “Mix 92.9″ (11.9 – 11.6, -.3) by 3.4 shares (6+). Heretofore, Nashville’s version of “Jack-FM” hadWCJK never notched a 6+-share over 7.9. As for its AC cluster-mate, “Mix” is #1 for the 37th successive monthly and in double-digits (6+) for all but four of the last 35 ratings sweeps. Declining by seven-tenths and six-tenths, respectively, are Cumulus Media talk and urban AC siblings WWTN (2.9, #10 to #13) and WQQK “92-Q” (4.6, steady at #7). Country stations finish eighth (Cumulus Media’s WKDF “Nash-FM,” eighth in March); ninth (iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98,” from twelfth); and tenth (Cumulus Media’s WSM-FM “Nash Icon,” tenth in March). All three of them improve March-April (6+), with “The Big 98″ +.9 (4.3); “Nash Icon” +.2 (3.8); and “Nash-FM” +.1 (4.5).

7) Greensboro – March-April fluctuation by 1.2 shares seems to be popular here. Gaining by that margin are iHeartMedia adult WMAGcontemporary WMAG (7.3, sixth to fourth, 6+) and Entercom‘s WPAW “The Wolf” (6.3, ninth to eighth); however, WPAW adult hits sibling WSWM “Simon” regresses by that much to 9.3, slipping from first to second. Moreover, it is a reversal from March for the Entercom cluster-mates, given that “Simon” was +1.1 and “The Wolf” was -1.3. Unseating “Simon” from #1 is urban AC sibling WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (9.9 – 9.8, -.1, #2 to #1). Wild shifts continue for country-formatted “Wolf”: It was up one-half share in January; -.7 in February; -1.3 in March; and now +1.2 in April. When it registered 5.1 in March, it represented the first time “The Wolf” had fallen below a six-share in its PPM history. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia‘s WTQR “Q-104.1 – NewWPAW Country” shows improvement for the fourth straight ratings period (5.5 – 6.0 – 6.1 – 6.8 – 6.9, 6+), yet backtracks from fourth to fifth. In their last 12 head-to-head battles, “The Wolf” has prevailed seven times (June, August, September, December, “Holiday” 2014, January 2015, and February 2015) to five for “Q-104.1″ (July, October, November, March 2015, and April 2015). On the heels of a one-half share March increase, Dick Broadcasting‘s WKRR “Rock 92″ trots out an additional +.9 (5.0 – 5.5 – 6.4, 6+) to improve from eighth to seventh. Following 22 successive ratings periods at #9, iHeartMedia CHR WMKS advanced to #8 in February; inched up to #7 in March; but “100.3 Kiss-FM” is back in its familiar #9 spot (flat at 5.9, 6+).

8) West Palm Beach – Adult contemporary rebounds in April in this Florida market. Specifically, iHeartMedia-owned WOLL WOLL“Today’s Kool 105.5″ regains the six-tenths it lost in March (7.7 – 7.1 – 7.7) and returns to second from third. Following a trio of consecutive negative trends (8.2 – 5.5 – 5.1 – 4.9, 6+), Digity Media adult contemporary WEAT “Sunny 107.9″ improves by one-half share to 5.4 and remains in fourth-place. A gain of seven-tenths (3.7 – 4.4, 6+) lifts WAY Media contemporary Christian WAYM fromWEAT seventh to fifth. Declining by one-half share each are Digity Media hot AC and urban AC cluster-mates WRMF (9.7 – 9.2) and WMBX “X-102.3.” Notwithstanding the -.5, this marks the eighth successive ratings sweep that WRMF is #1. It is the fifth straight monthly in which “X-102.3″ is down or flat (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.5 – 4.5 4.0, 6+); in that time, WMBX is a combined -1.5.

9) Jacksonville – Owing to a +.7, Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies WJGL “The Eagle” stretches its streak of progressive WJGLtrends to four and remains at #3 (5.8 – 7.3 – 7.7 – 7.8 – 8.5, 6+). On the heels of a robust +1.2 in March, iHeartMedia-owned WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country 99.1″ also improves by seven-tenths (7.3, 8.5, 9.2, 6+) to repeat at #2. Remaining in the iHeartMedia cluster, urban contemporary WJBT “The Beat” – which sputtered by seven-tenths in March – gains back one-halfWQIK share (5.8 – 5.1 – 5.6, 6+) to creep up from eighth to seventh. Finishing first for the eleventh consecutive ratings period is Renda adult contemporary WEJZ. Flat at 11.0, WEJZ manages to apply the brakes to three successive significant declines, which produced a cumulative -6.9 (17.9 – 12.9 – 11.9 – 11.0, 6+).

10) Memphis – On the strength of a +1.6 to 5.6 (6+), Cumulus Media‘s WGKX jumps from tenth to seventh. It is the highest 6+-WGKXshare for “Kix 106 – Today’s Best Country” since last October’s 7.4. Co-owned urban-rhythmic oldies property WRBO “Soul Classics & Today’s R&B” enjoys its third successive uptick (6.7 – 6.9 – 7.2 – 7.7, 6+) and inches up from fourth to third. Improving by +1.1 (7.9 – 9.0, 6+) and repeating in the runner-up slot is iHeartMedia urban contemporary WHRK “K-97.1,” which records its most powerful 6+stat since Holiday 2011’s 9.2. Flat at 10.4 (6+), urban AC sibling KJMS “V-101″ is the market’s pacesetter for the fourth successive sweep. Advancing from #12 to #11, co-owned talker WRECWRBO follows up back-to-back one-half share gains with a +.3 to 3.1 (6+). Locked on 3.5 (6+) in January and February, Cumulus Media rocker WXMX busted out a +.7 in March to advance from tenth to ninth, but “98.1 – The Max” drops six-tenths (4.2 – 3.6) and returns to tenth. The fourth straight downward trend for Entercom adult contemporary WRVR is a -.1 (11.5 – 7.2 – 6.9 – 6.1 – 6.0, 6+). Ever since the “Holiday” 2014 report, “The River” (#5 to #6) is a combined -5.5.

ontap logoNik Carter-Hosted On Tap Presented by VH1 Classic Canceled. June 30 with be the last show for the ViacomKrantz Media Group joint venture.  The nationally syndicated classic rock show is hosted by Nik Carter and debuted in August of 2012.  It featured content from the archives of such Viacom shows as “Unplugged,” “Behind the Music,” “Storytellers,” and “The Video Music Awards.”

wroz logoA Format Tweak and a Re-Brand for Hall Communications’ WROZ, Lancaster.  The adult contemporary outlet serves the York-Harrisburg-Lancaster, Pennsylvania markets and will continue to be an AC station but the re-brand from “101 The Rose” to “Fun 101.3” comes with the addition of hotter music to the playlist – more currents with upbeat tempos.  In a statement, general manager Billy Baldwin says, “The foundation of our brand will be more music, less talk, and songs that will make the workday more fun…Being contemporary means giving our listeners and clients a clutter-free experience.”  At the same time as this change is taking place, Hall Communications transfers WROZ morning host Bryan Jordan to its New London, Connecticut hot AC WKNL “Roxy FM” where he’ll be afternoon jock.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Dick Broadcasting’s classic rock WKRR, Greensboro, North Carolina “Rock 92,” a couple of staff changes take place.  Lauren McCombs adds permanent morning show cast member to her promotions director responsibilities.  Also, Chase Myers moves from overnight personality to midday jock…..Barry Fox exits the program director position at Capitol Broadcasting’s adult contemporary WRAL, Raleigh “Mix 101.5” where he’s been for the past eight years…..Melissa Jordan is the new midday personality at Milwaukee Radio Alliance-owned hot AC WLDB, Milwaukee “Trending Radio 93.3.”  She arrives in Brew City from her most recent gig at CTJ Communications’ hot AC WLKG, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin “Lake 96.1.”  She replaces Julie Davidson who exits the radio business.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

| May 14, 2015

Nielsen LogoThird Round of April 2015 PPM Data Released. The April 2015 PPM ratings from Nielsen Audio have been released for the third of four rounds of 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus.  View the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  The April 2015 survey period covered March 26 – April 22.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” below.

TEN TAKEAWAYS

1) Portland – Both of the market’s FM country stations improve month-to-month, but Entercom‘s KWJJ “The Wolf” KWJJnot only sets the (6+) standard for Portland’s best April-May gain, its +2.1 is the loftiest of any other station in all 12 PPM markets whose data was released Wednesday (5/13). Rebounding from a -.9 in March, “The Wolf” vaults from seventh to second (5.0 – 7.1, 6+). Over and above that accomplishment, it is the first time in its PPM history that “The Wolf” has achieved at least a seven-share (6+). Meanwhile, Alpha Media‘s like-formatted KUPL “The Bull” notches aKKCW modest two-tenths gain to 4.1, yet actually backs up from a three-way tie at #10 to #11. While a gain of eight-tenths enables Salem Media Group contemporary Christian KFIS “The Fish” to climb from #18 to #16 (2.1 – 2.9, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KKRZ “Z-100″ regresses by  eight-tenths (7.1 – 6.3, 6+) to drop from a second-place tie to fourth. Prior to April’s -.8, “Z-100″ enjoyed back-to-back trends of +.8 and +.7 (5.6 – 6.4 – 7.1, 6+). Co-owned classic hits-oldies KLTH “The Eagle” sputters by one full-share (5.9 – 4.9, 6+), tumbling from fourth to sixth. Albeit down by three-tenths (9.8 – 9.5, 6+), adult contemporary cluster-mate KKCW “K-103″ is #1 for the eleventh consecutive survey.

2) Charlotte – As is the case in Portland (see above), country is the headline here. Thanks to the one-two punch of format foes WSOCWSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits” and WKKT “The Kat,” the format produces a walloping 16.7 (6.+) as well as the market’s first- and second-place finishers. Moreover, just two-tenths of a share separates them at the top. Breaking it down, Beasley‘s WSOC gains six-tenths (7.9 – 8.5, #1, 6+) and iHeartMedia‘s WKKT improves by +.8 (7.4 – 8.2, #2, 6+). The 8.5 by “Country’s Greatest Hits” is its best 6+-performance in more than four years, matching the 8.5 it notched in February 2011. In a similar vein, “The Kat” achieves its most potent 6+-stat (8.2) since June 2012’s 8.4. This marks the fourth straight time – and seventh in the last eight monthlies – that a country station occupiesWKKT Charlotte’s #1 position. WSOC was #1 in September, October, November, December (all 2014), and January 2015. Ranked third in February, WSOC displaced WKKT at #1 in March; “The Kat” repeats at #2 and had registered a 6.6-share (6+) in three of the last five ratings periods. Within these same clusters are two stations declining by -1.1 each: iHeartMedia classic rocker WRFX “The Fox” (7.2 – 6.1, third to fifth) and Beasley CHR WNKS “Kiss 95.1″ (5.3 – 4.2, eighth to tenth). “The Fox” recorded a massive +1.5 in March, ending a three-month slide (6.8 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 5.7, 6+). On the heels of a robust +1.3 in March (4.9 – 6.2, 6+), iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO “The Lake” tacks on another six tenths to 6.8, advancing from fifth to fourth. After consecutive gains of four-tenths in January and February, WFAE declined by one full-share in March. The public outlet, however, regains eight-tenths (2.1 – 2.9, 6+) to inch up from #15 to #14. Up by one-tenth to 4.2 and steady at #10, Beasley adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7″ applies the brakes to a three-month slide that accounted for a combined -6.4 shares (10.5 – 6.6 – 4.9 – 4.1, 6+).

3) Pittsburgh – Apparently the +1.2 racked up by iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW “3WS” in March was WWSWnot impressive enough, so it adds another +1.6 (8.3 – 9.5 – 11.2, #2 to #1, 6+) to overtake co-owned rocker WDVE (9.6 – 9.4, -.2, #1 to #2) at #1. In March, WDVE was +1.1 to 9.6 – it had been in the eight-share range the past five survey periods. Also in that cluster, WKST “Kiss-FM” is flat at 7.9 (and steady at #4), after three straight positive trends (6.3 – 6.8 – 7.2 – 7.9, 6+). April is aKDKA-FM mixed-bag for the CBS Radio outlets with identical call letters, as all-sports KDKA-FM “The Fan” dials up a +1.4 (4.1 – 5.5, 6+) to progress from ninth to sixth, but heritage talker KDKA-AM is off by nearly the same margin (-1.2) and is steady at #5 (7.1 – 5.9, 6+). KDKA-AM declined by seven-tenths in March.

4) San Antonio – At the very top of the leader board, Cox Media Group country and classic hits-oldies siblings KCYY “Y-KCYY100″ and KONO-FM (6.8) enjoy increases of nine-tenths each. It is the fourth successive progressive trend for “Y-100,” yielding a combined gain of two full-shares (6.1 – 6.3 – 7.0 – 7.2 – 8.1, 6+), and the third straight time it is #1. KONO-FM – which finished first in ten of the last 14 ratings periods – was a combined -1.6 in the past two monthlies (7.5 – 6.6 – 5.9, 6+). Classic country cluster-mate KKYX regains the six-tenths it dropped in March and climbs from #19 to #16.KONO-FM Prior to the -.6 in March (to 2.0), “Country Legends” had strung together five straight up-trends for a cumulative +1.0 (1.6 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.6, 6+). Steady at #4 is iHeartMedia‘s country KAJA “KJ-97″ (5.2 – 5.4, +.2, 6+). After back-to-back declines totaling -6.2 shares (10.0 – 4.4 – 3.8, 6+), its adult contemporary sibling KQXT “Q-101.9″ rebounded in March with a +.9. KQXT tacks on another two-tenths (4.7 – 4.9, 6+) to remain at #6. The seesaw ride continues for Univision rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat,” which turned around February’s -.7 with a +.8 in March, but now falters by -.9 (4.6 – 3.9 – 4.7 – 3.8, 6+) to freefall from a three-way tie at #6 in March to #13.

5) Cincinnati – This is the fourteenth straight time iHeartMedia heritage talker WLW (+.9) reaches double-digits WLW(6+); its fourth consecutive up-trend for a combined +3.8 (10.3 – 10.9 – 12.0 -13.2 – 14.1, 6+); and fourth successive monthly that the Cincinnati Reds flagship is #1. If that were not already enough, April’s 14.1 by WLW is Cincinnati’s highest-ever 6+-share in PPM methodology. Co-owned rocker WEBN improves by eight-tenths to advance from tenth to seventh. For a six-straight, survey stretch beginning in October, WEBN did not register an increase (5.1 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.5, 6+) and then gained four-tenths in March.WEBN Recording upticks of six-tenths each are Hubbard country outlet WUBE “B-105.1″ (6.8, fourth to third, 6+) and Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98″ (5.8, sixth to fifth); “Warm 98″ was -.9 in March and -.8 in February. One of WUBE’s country rivals – Cumulus Media’s WNNF “Nash FM” – drops one-half share (2.2 – 1.7, 6+) but remains at #17. Up four-tenths to 7.3, its classic hits-oldies sibling WGRR finishes second for the fourth straight sweep. After picking up six-tenths in March, iHeartMedia’s WCKY “ESPN 1530″ returns all of it (2.0 – 2.6 – 2.0, 6+) to slide from #14 to #16.

6) Cleveland – One fairly predictable Cleveland ratings constant is that classic hits-oldies WMJI or iHeartMedia adult hits WGARsibling WHLK will finish first (6+) in every non-seasonal music month. When all-Christmas tunes play, CBS Radio adult contemporary WDOK generally gets its turn to be #1. It is, therefore, not surprising that (in April) an iHeartMedia FM outlet leads the field; however, for the first time in its PPM history, that station is … country WGAR. Over and above scoring a +.8 and registering its fourth straight uptick, WGAR enters the rare territory of double-digits (6.1 – 8.6 – 8.8 – 9.3 – 10.1, 6+). Forget about double-digits, prior to March, the last time WGAR reached the nine-share level was just over two years ago (9.0 in February 2013). Regarding WMJI, the string of up or flat trends ends at four as “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” suffers a massiveWAKS -2.2 (9.2 – 9.8 – 10.3 – 11.7 – 11.7 – 9.5, 6+), but only falls from first to second. In double-digits (6+) the past four sweeps, WMJI was #1 the last three. Remaining in third-place is WHLK “The Lake,” which improves by four-tenths (9.0 – 9.4, 6+). Still in that cluster, CHR sibling WAKS (+.7) is up or flat for the fifth successive time (3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.3 – 4.6 – 5.3, 6+) as “Kiss-FM” bumps up from tenth to eighth. Owing to a one-tenth dip in March, WNCX “Cleveland’s Classic Rock” had its string of up or flat monthlies halted at six (5.8 – 5.9 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 6.2 – 6.4 – 6.8, 6+). The CBS Radio property drops another one-half share and – in succession – has slipped from fourth to fifth to sixth (6.7 – 6.2).

7) Salt Lake City – After three down or flat trends which saw its 6+-stat evaporate by a staggering -10.7 shares (17.9 – 8.1 – 7.2 – KSFI7.2, 6+), KSFI “FM 100.3″ spikes by two-tenths to 7.4. The Bonneville adult contemporary outlet is #1 for the sixth straight sweep. Improving by seven-tenths each are KSOP “Utah’s Best Country Z-104″ (5.0, tenth to fifth, 6+) and iHeartMedia‘s KAAZ “Rock 106.5″ (3.2, #14 to #13). “Z-104″ was -.8 in March, while “RockKSOP 106.5″ rebounds after back-to-back downward moves (3.2 – 2.6 – 2.5, 6+). Off by nine-tenths are alternative KXRK “X-96″ (4.1, 6+) and University of Utah-owned KUER (3.2). Frozen at 5.0 in February and March “X-96″ tumbles from #7 to #11; KUER drops from #12 to #13. The third straight downward or flat trend for KODJ is a -1.3 (6.3 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 4,9, 6+) as the iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies property slides from fifth to seventh and has its lowest 6+-share since last May’s 4.6.

8) Kansas City – Taking the World Series to a seventh game, the Kansas City Royals were MLB‘s 2014 surprise team. As a KCSPresult, it is not unexpected that the team’s Entercom-owned flagship – KCSP – has an exceptionally strong April: Owing to a +1.6 (2.5 – 4.1), “610 Sports” progresses from #18 to #12. Adult contemporary hasn’t been a hot topic in this particular market for quite some time, but Steel City Media‘s KCKC might be changing that. After exploding with a +.9 to 3.2 in February, “KC-102.1 – Today’s Best Variety” tacked on another three-tenths to 3.5 and now rings up a robust +1.1 (3.5 – 4.6), enabling it to jump from a four-way tie at #11 into the top ten at #8. Prior to February, KCKC registered a 6+-share in the 2.0 – 2.9 range in 15 of 16 sweeps. Conversely, co-owned CHR KMXV “Mix 93.3 – Kansas City’s #1 Hit MusicKCKC Station” declines by one full-share but remains in third-place. Also in that Steel City Media cluster, KFKF “Country 94.1″ dials up a +.7 to halt six successive negative trends (7.4 – 7.2 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 5.0 – 4.7 – 4.6, 6+), which totaled a cumulative -2.8; “Country 94.1″ jumps from eighth to fourth. After a stunning +1.5 in March which was its third successive increase (4.9 – 5.1 – 5.4 – 6.9, 6+), KZPT “The Point” vaulted from a fourth-place tie to #1. The Entercom hot AC relinquishes most of that gain (-1.1, 6.9 – 5.8, 6+) and slides from first to second. Dislodging “The Point” from the penthouse – advancing from #2 – is Cumulus Media classic rocker KCFX “The Fox” (+.4 to 7.1), which had been frozen on 6.7 in February and March. Previous to the March report, KCFX had been the market frontrunner the preceding four survey periods.

9) Orlando – This market’s top three finishers are iHeartMedia properties. Flat at 8.0 (6+), Spanish tropical WRUMWRUM “Rumba 100.3″ repeats at #1; “Rumba 100.3″ was +2.3 in March. Co-owned adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7″ hangs out a +.9 (5.3 – 6.2, sixth to third) and trails CHR sibling WXXL “XL-106.7″ (6.4 – 6.7, +.3, steady at #2) by one-half share. “Magic” had faltered the past three ratings periods (12.8 – 6.0 – 5.8 – 5.3, 6+) for a combined -7.5. AWMGF mini-slide (5.6 – 5.0 – 4.7, 6+) for CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOCL concludes with “Sunny 105.9″ posting a strong +1.2 to 5.9, rocketing from ninth to fourth. Country WWKA “K-92.3″ (#7 to #8) has its sixth consecutive downtrend (6.5 – 6.3 – 5.7 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+) for a cumulative -1.7. This is the lowest 6+-share for Cox Media Group-owned “K-92.3″ since November 2012 (also 4.8).

10) Columbus – Despite being off by nine-tenths, WCOL-FM (12.6 – 11.7, 6+) ranks first for the fourth successive sweep. WTVNHalted at three is the iHeartMedia country station’s string of upticks, which yielded an impressive +4.2 shares (8.4 – 9.8 – 11.8 – 12.6, 6+). Another string that concludes is that of WXMG “Magic 106.3.” The Radio One urban AC had been up or flat the past four monthly reports (4.2 – 4.6 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 6.1, 6+), yielding a +1.9; however, “Magic” regresses by one-full share to 5.1 to slide from fourth to sixth. Meanwhile, WTVN (steady at #3) continues to roll as the iHeartMedia talker posts its fourth straight progressive move (4.3 – 5.4 – 6.3 – 7.3 – 7.7, 6+) for a cumulative +3.4. The April 7.7 by WTVN ties its best 6+-performance since November 2012.WNCI Up by one-half share, heritage iHeartMedia CHR WNCI finishes second for the eleventh consecutive ratings period (10.1 – 10.6, 6+); it has been in double-digits (6+) in 23 of the last 27 sweeps. Down or flat the last four monthlies for a combined -1.1 (4.0 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.6 – 2.9, 6+), urban contemporary sibling WZCB “The Beat” picks up two-tenths to 3.1 (#12 to #10). Recent (6+) trends for Saga adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95″ (fifth to fourth) are +2.1 (December – “Holiday”); -1.7 (“Holiday” – January); +.8 (January – February); -.5 (February – March); and +.4 (March – April, 5.8 – 6.2).

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Chicago adult contemporary WLIT “93.9 MYfm” brings Kristina with a K, a.k.a.kristina Kristina Zsenyuk, aboard to host the morning drive program.  Kristina replaces piped-in New York-based personality Paul “Cubby” Bryant from iHeartMedia’s sister CHR WKTU.  Kristina most recently was with iHeartMedia’s hip hop KXJM, Portland “JAM’N 107.5.”  She’d also worked at the company’s Portland CHR KKRZ “Z100 Portland.”…..After five years as assistant program director and music director at iHeartMedia’s Phoenix CHR KZZP “104.7 Kiss FM,” Aaron Taylor exits the station.

iheartmedia logo smalliHeartMedia Recognized at Festival of Media Global Awards. Two honors are bestowed upon iHeartMedia at the Festival of Media Global Awards 2015 – a media industry event that recognizes innovation and leadership in the global advertising field.  The awards ceremony took place on May 12 at the Rome Cavalieri in Italy.  iHeartMedia was honored with the “Best Media Vendor of the Year” award, which recognizes the creative efforts of a media owner to connect advertiser clients with their audiences, for its work with Diet Coke and Taylor Swift.  The multi-platform campaign simultaneously launched Diet Coke’s “Get a Taste” advertising campaign and Taylor Swift’s 1989 album. The program generated approximately 500 million press impressions and 200 million on-air, digital and social impressions for Diet Coke. Taylor Swift’s album 1989, predicted to sell 800,000 units before the iHeartMedia campaign, sold nearly 1.3 million albums in just the first week, and became the No. 1 best-selling album of 2014.  iHeartMedia was also named the Silver Winner in the “Best Media Owner Sales Team Initiative” category, which honors a media owner’s local or regional sales teams for their innovative and creative sales packages implemented within the market.  In this category iHeartMedia was recognized for its partnership with Bank of America for World AIDS Day.  iHeartMedia’s comprehensive cross-platform program across radio, digital, social and outdoor delivered more than 100 million media impressions in 24 hours for “A (RED) Thank You,” a special World AIDS Day event that took place in New York’s Times Square.  Additionally, iHeartMedia drove on-air and social conversation, helping to generate over 10 million views of the YouTube (RED) concert video, the most views on (RED)’s YouTube channel in its history, ultimately raising $1 million in donations to (RED) on one day.

tedeschitrucksband groupConcord Music Group and Tedeschi Trucks Band Partner for New Record.  In early 2016, the Tedeschi Trucks Band will release a new studio album via Concord Music Group.  The label announces the 11-piece soul-rock band is currently recording the records at its Jacksonville, Florida base – Swamp Raga Studios – being produced by Derek Trucks with songs co-written by Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Mike Mattison, Doyle Bramhall II, and members of the band.  Fantasy Label Group president Margi Cheske says, “Tedeschi Trucks Band is a national treasure.  Built to last, they’ve amassed an intensely loyal following through their brilliant songwriting, musicianship and astounding live performances.  We’re thrilled at the opportunity to work with Derek, Susan and their amazingly talented band and looking forward to helping them build on their already extraordinary career.”  The band is preparing to hit the road on its “Wheels of Soul” 30-city tour this summer, beginning June 5 in Paso Robles, California.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

| May 13, 2015

photographSheeranDuane 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: on-air personalities Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM, St. Albans, West Virginia “Rock 105”; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” plus internet sensation The Iceman, 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 (5/6) includes such names as: Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea, Flo Rida, Robin Thicke, Verdine White, Sage the Gemini, Hozier, Manika, Hoodie Allen, Joywave, Nickelback, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear, Peter Rivera, Lack of Afro, Tom Williams & the Boat, Coleman Hell, Neon Trees, Bret Michaels, Josh Nolan, Mew, Catey Shaw, and Hot Chip among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

ppmunitSecond Round of April 2015 PPM Data Released. The April 2015 PPM ratings from Nielsen Audio has been released for the second of four rounds of 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  View the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations here.  The April 2015 survey period covered March 26 – April 22. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” below.

TEN TAKEAWAYS

1) Washington, DC – Owing to a +.6 (2.8 – 3.4, 6+), CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WPGC-FM finds itself in a three-way tie at #13 (up WPGC-FMfrom #16 in March). Conversely, dropping by six-tenths (4.1 – 3.5, 6+) is WMMJ “Majic 102.3,” which slips from #10 to #12. “Majic 102.3″ had picked up three-tenths in March to re-enter the top ten (#11 to #10). The Radio One urban AC was stuck on 3.9 in December and “Holiday” 2014 and then on 3.8 in January and February. Moving from third to fourth is its format rival Howard University-owned WHUR (6.3 – 6.2, -.1). After back-to-back gains of one-half share (January) and nine-tenths in February, WHUR declined by six-tenths in March. Not a necessarily strong month for some of the market’s leading spoken-word outlets: InWTOP particular, after three straight monthlies in the nine-share range (6+), Hubbard all-news WTOP falters by -1.2 to 7.9. On the bright side, it is the market’s (6+) pacesetter for the fourth successive survey. Meanwhile, Cumulus Media talker WMAL is off by eight-tenths (4.8 – 4.0), slipping from sixth to ninth. The -.8 halts a three-month progressive trend for WMAL which yielded a combined +1.2 (3.6 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 4.8, 6+).

2) Boston – Undoubtedly fueled somewhat by the return of the Boston Red Sox, team flagship WEEI-FM dials up a +.8 (4.1 – WEEI-FM4.9, 6+) as it climbs from ninth to sixth. Moreover, Entercom-owned WEEI-FM overtakes cross-town foe WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” (flagship of the Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins), which is flat at 4.7, dipping from sixth to seventh. WEEI-FM and CBS Radio‘s WBZ-FM were -.9 and -.8, respectively, in March. “The Sports Hub” had prevailed over WEEI-FM in the past eight monthlies (6+). The last victory WEEI-FM enjoyed over WBZ-FM was last August (3.3 – 2.7, 6+). Improving by one-half share each are WEEI-FM talk sibling WRKO (2.3, steady at #18) and Greater Media alternative WBOS “Radio 92.9″ (3.4, #15 to #12); “Radio 92.9″ had been frozen on 2.9 the past five ratings sweeps. Despite a -.7 (8.1 – 7.4, 6+), its classic hits-oldies cluster-mate WROR “Boston’s Greatest Hits” remains #1 for the thirdWBOS-FM successive sweep. The 8.1 WROR registered in March marked the first time “Boston’s Greatest Hits” crossed the eight-share threshold (6+). Prior to April’s -.7, WROR had notched three successive positive trends yielding a combined +2.7 (5.4 – 6.9 – 7.8 – 8.1, 6+). Co-owned adult contemporary WMJX “Magic” is down or flat for the fourth straight month with a cumulative -10.2 (16.5 – 7.1 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 6.3, 6+) – but – “Magic” retains its runner-up ranking. The third straight decline for public WBUR is significant (-1.6) with the Boston University-owned facility freefalling from #10 to #17. The 6+-share for WBUR has been nearly sliced in half since January (4.5 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 2.4).

3) Detroit – Busting out of what was a crowded front four in March is CBS Radio sports outlet WXYT-FM “The Ticket,” which WXYT-FMprogresses from second to first. In addition to registering its most potent 6+-share since October 2012’s 8.9, “The Ticket” has the distinction of notching the largest March-April increase among all stations in the 12 PPM markets released Tuesday: It hangs out a monstrous +2.1 (6.4 – 8.5, 6+). Flat at 6.7, co-owned all-news WWJ swaps places with “The Ticket” by moving to #2; WWJ had been in the lead the past three ratings periods. Still staying in that CBS Radio cluster, WYCD “Detroit’s Country” registered 3.5 (6+) in three of the past four sweeps but gains six-tenths (3.5 – 4.1) to zoom from #14 to #10. Six-tenths though is unlucky for classic hits-oldies cluster-mate WOMC “Detroit’s Greatest Hits” (6.2 – 5.6, -.6), tumbling from third to sixth.WMXD-FM Following three downward trends which resulted in a -1.8 (6.8 – 6.5 – 6.3 – 5.0, 6+), WMXD “Mix 92.3″ posts its second straight gain – this one a +.9 (5.2 – 6.1, 6+), enabling the Radio One urban AC to inch up from fifth to fourth. With a +.3, Greater Media-owned WCSX (steady at #3) makes it five straight months in which it has shown improvement. From December forward, the (6+) trend for “Detroit’s Classic Rock” is 4.7 – 4.9 – 5.5 – 5.6 – 6.2 – 6.5, for a combined +1.8. Prior to March, the last time WCSX reached the six-share level was four years ago (6.1, April 2011).

4) Miami – On the heels of picking up one-half share in March, Cox Media Group CHR WFLC “Hits 97-3″ doubles that gain WFLC(4.0 – 5.0, +1.0, 6+) to catapult from a three-way tie at #7 in March to #4. In the process, it overtakes cross-town iHeartMedia CHR WHYI “Y-100″ (5.1 – 4.8, -.3), which slides from fourth to fifth. The last time “Hits 97-3″ topped “Y-100″ was July 2013 (4.5 – 4.2, 6+). Improving by seven-tenths each (6+) are Cox Media Group urban contemporary WEDR “99 Jamz” (4.4, #11 to #7) andWEDR iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WMGE “Mega 94.9″ (4.0, #15 to #9). After a -.8 in March, Spanish Broadcasting System tropical WXDJ “El Zol” falters by another one-half share (4.8 – 4.0 – 3.5, 6+), spiraling from a three-way tie for seventh to thirteenth. Notwithstanding that it is down for the fifth straight ratings period for a combined -1.5 (9.1 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.2 – 7.8 – 7.6, 6+), Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105″ remains #1 for the 48th straight month (6+). In the meantime, as is the case for the tenth consecutive sweep, Lincoln Financial Media adult contemporary WLYF “Lite-FM” (7.0 – 6.8, -.2) finishes at #2.

5) Phoenix – Noteworthy month-to-month shift in country numbers finds iHeartMedia‘s KNIX “The Best New Country” KNIXregistering a +.7 to 4.8 (ninth to sixth), while CBS Radio‘s KMLE “Country 107.9″ regresses by eight-tenths to 4.1 (fourth to ninth). Bouncing back after being down in back-to-back sweeps, KNIX has its strongest (6+) performance since September (also 4.8). Conversely, before this -.8, KMLE put together three straight up-trends (3.2 – 4.0 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+). Over the last 12 monthlies though (counting April), KNIX has prevailed nine times to three for KMLE in October 2014, February 2015, and March 2015. Capturing #1 honors for the sixth successive sweep is iHeartMedia adult contemporary KESZ (+.7 to 7.3), which had been in the 6.0 – 6.6 range the past three monthlies (6+). In addition, this is the station’s third straight gain for a cumulative +1.3 (6+). Following a potent +1.6 in March, KHOT regresses by seven-tenths to 3.2KESZ (6+), but it remains at #11. The -.7 curtails three straight up-trends for the Univision regional Mexican facility, which had resulted in a gain of two full-shares (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 3.9, 6+); KHOT had not registered above a 2.9 since 2013 when it reached 3.6. In the hot AC battle, iHeartMedia’s KMXP “Today’s Best Music Mix” regains the three-tenths it lost in March (5.0 – 4.7 – 5.0) to shift from fifth back to fourth, and Yucaipa‘s KMVA “Hot” follows up March’s -.8 with a -.3 (3.5 – 2.7 – 2.4,6+), but remains at #17.

6) Minneapolis – Not only does CBS Radio-owned adult hits KZJK “Jack-FM” (4.8 – 5.7, +.9, 6+) climb from #10 in March to a KZJKthree-way tie at #6, it notches its best 6+-showing since October, when it also reached 5.7. Additionally, “Jack-FM” halts a three-month downward trend (5.4 – 5.3 – 5.1 – 4.8, 6+). Owing to a +.7 (4.6 – 5.3, 6+), contemporary Christian KTIS-FM breaks into the top ten (#12 to #9). Even though they each gain one-half share, Hubbard hot AC KSTP-FM “KS-95″ (7.7)KTIS-FM and Cumulus Media-owned KQRS “Minnesota’s Classic Rock” (6.7) remain at #3 and #5, respectively. Down for the third successive sweep for a combined -1.1 (10.1 – 9.9 – 9.7 – 9.0, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KDWB is nonetheless the market pacesetter for the fourth straight time. A decline of one-half share (5.7 – 5.2, 6+) drops Cumulus Media rocker KXXR “93-X” from a sixth-place tie to tenth.

7) San Diego – Déjà-vu at the top as iHeartMedia CHR and hot AC siblings KHTS “Channel 93-3″ and KMYI “Star 94.1″ remain KHTSdeadlocked at #1, each dropping by one-tenth from 5.8 to 5.7. Improving by one-half share each are co-owned KIOZ “Rock 105.3″ (4.1, eleventh to seventh) and Compass Media adult alternative KPRI (2.0, #22). This is the third consecutive gain for “Rock 105.3″ (2.7 – 3.3 – 3.6 – 4.1, 6+). Spoken-word stations in the market taking a hit include San Diego State University-owned KPBS faltering by -1.1 andKMYI Midwest Television talker KFMB-AM dropping one-half share (2.2 – 1.7, #20 to #23). This represents the third successive negative trend for KPBS (5.5 – 5.3 – 4.9 – 3.8) for a combined -1.7, whereas KFMB-AM was up or flat in its last three sweeps (1.5 – 1.9 – 2.2 – 2.2, 6+). A one-half share decrease drops KSON-FM “New Country” from sixth to seventh. The Lincoln Financial Media property is down or flat for the third straight ratings period (4.9 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 4.1, 6+).

8) Tampa – Generally, the Cox Media Group Tampa Bay adult contemporary outlet receiving accolades is WDUV “Lite WWRMFavorites.” This time though similarly-formatted sibling WWRM is in the spotlight for its +1.1 (4.2 – 5.3), enabling “Magic 94.9″ to rocket from #12 all the way to a tie at #5. Prior to April’s 5.3, “Magic” had been in the 4.2 – 4.8 range (6+) for the past nine ratings periods. Speaking of WDUV, “Lite Favorites” is steady at 11.1, and it occupies the penthouse for the 30th consecutive survey period. Moreover, adult contemporary “Lite Favorites” is in double-figures (6+) for the twelfth straightWXGL time. Cluster-mate WXGL “The Eagle” (6.2, fourth to second) and iHeartMedia-owned WDAE “Tampa Bay’s Sports Radio” (3.1, #16 to #14) each improve by one-half share. On the flipside, iHeartMedia CHR and talk siblings WFLZ “The Hit Music Channel” (6.1, second to third) and WFLA (3.9, #12) decline by one-half share; WFLZ was +.8 in March. After a +.7 in March, Cox Media Group CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5″ dips by three-tenths (4.7 – 4.4), as it falls from the top ten (eighth to eleventh).

9) Denver – Eight-tenths of a share separates the top five stations. Featured in that quintet is a flip-flop at the top: KQMTEntercom classic rocker KQMT “The Mountain” (5.7 – 5.9, +.2, #2 to #1) exchanges places with iHeartMedia‘s KTCL “Modern Rock Channel 93.3″ (6.1 – 5.4, -.7, #1 to #2). KTCL was #1 in February and March; the last time “The Mountain” led the pack was in October, when it was part of a rare four-way tie at #1. After modest back-to-back declines (3.4 – 3.3 – 3.0, 6+), Wilks Broadcasting‘s KXKL “Kool 105″ notches a +.8 to 3.8, rising from #17 to #11. Its 3.8 (6+) is the station’s strongest showing since October’s 4.0. After a lofty +1.3 in February, iHeartMedia’s KRFX “The Fox” surrendered eight-tenths in March but now regains one-half share (4.2 – 5.5 – 4.7 – 5.2, 6+) to inch up fromKXKL fifth to fourth. Also registering a one-half share improvement is Entravision regional Mexican KXPK (4.3 – 4.8, 6+), which jumps from a tenth-place tie to sixth. Spanish adult hits sibling KJMN “Jose 92.1″ (#8 to #11) though has its sixth straight negative trend yielding a combined -1.6 (5.4 – 5.1 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 3.8, 6+). Up four-tenths in March, Educational Media Foundation contemporary Christian KLDV “K-LOVE” sputters by one full share (4.7 – 3.7, 6+), freefalling from a three-way tie at #5 to #13. After three straight up-trends (3.3 – 3.9 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+), iHeartMedia’s KPTT “The Party” is steady at 4.7 and falls from a three-way tie at #5 to a tie at #7.

10) BaltimoreIt is apropos to re-state the end date for this particular survey was (Wednesday) April 22. Significance of that as it relates specifically to Baltimore is that racial unrest in the city occurred later in April. May 2015 stats will most likely reflect any unique listening habits. Tied at #4 – and making major month-to-month gains – are CBS Radio adult contemporary and all-sports WLIFcluster-mates WLIF “Today’s 101.9″ (5.0 – 6.2, +1.2) and WJZ-FM “The Fan” (4.8 – 6.2, +1.4); “Today’s 101.9″ and “The Fan” ranked seventh and eighth, respectively, in March. Dating back to the “Holiday” 2014 report, WLIF trended 14.6 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 5.0 (6+) for a combined -9.6. Adding six-tenths and climbing from #12 to #11 is Hearst Television‘s WIYY “98 Rock” (2.8 – 3.4, 6+). The bigWJZ-FM news this time last month was the gargantuan gain (+2.4 to 6.1, 6+) by iHeartMedia adult hits WQSR, which elevated “Jack-FM” from eleventh to fourth. “Jack-FM” – which had been in the 3.6 – 3.9 range (6+) in each of the past eight survey periods – coughs up two-thirds of that +2.4 (6.1 – 4.5, -1.6) and slides to eighth. Despite a decline of -1.2 (8.8 – 7.6, 6+) co-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station” is on top for the fourth successive sweep; however, Radio One urban contemporary and urban AC siblings WERQ “92-Q” (7.2, +.2) and WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9″ (6.7 – 7.0, +.3) are narrowing the gap. WERQ and WWIN-FM are steady at #2 and #3, respectively, and “92-Q” boasts its third straight up-trend (5.4 – 6.5 – 7.0 – 7.2, 6+). Regressing by six-tenths each are Hearst Television talker WBAL (3.3 – 2.7, #11 to #12) and iHeartMedia CHR WZFT “Z-104.3″ (5.6 – 5.0, fifth to seventh); WBAL was -1.0 in March.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Making the move from West Virginia Radio Corporation’s Morgantown cluster to Cumulus Media’s Melbourne, Florida station group is Gary Mertins who assumes the VP/market managermertinsgary post.  During his time in Morgantown, CHR WVAQ won five NAB Marconi Awards including CHR Station of the Year twice and Small Market Station of the Year…..Chuck Rambaldo – currently program director at Connoisseur Media’s country WTWF, Erie, Pennsylvania “93.9 The Wolf” – now becomes PD for sister rock WRKT “Rocket 101,” as well…..Bryan Thompson heads south from Cumulus Media’s Wilkes-Barre cluster to Golden Isles Broadcasting’s Brunswick, Georgia station group where he’ll be APD and promotions director for country WRJY “104.1 The Wave” and hot AC WXMK “Magic 105.9.”

price howardCovering Breaking News – Even for Music Stations.  Last night’s deadly Amtrak train crash in Philadelphia caught many news outlets by surprise and, according to ABC TV director, business continuity Howard B. Price, even the big networks that were on the scene late into the evening made plenty of mistakes.  If you operate a music station that also does news during any daypart (or if you’re an OM also in charge of a news/talk or news station) Price says you also should prepare for the unexpected.  “Regardless of the size of your station, or its resources, you simply have to be ready to cover it in a timely, comprehensive and authoritative way.  It’s why you have a license.  If you were watching cable news last night, you saw waaaay too much speculation as to cause…and more than anything else, you saw talent talking more than they were listening.  You also saw stunning displays of what happens when you thrust ill-prepared anchors into continuous coverage and not give them much substance to work with.”  Preparing to cover such a news event, especially for a smaller station (or a music station), takes plenty of foresight and hard work.  Price provides some detailed advice for strategizing this preparation.  Read his entire story here.

welikeitloud logoNew Sleeping with Sirens Podcast to Launch on Podcast One.  The Norm Pattiz-founded audio-on-demand platform Podcast One is bringing a new music-oriented program to its stable with the new “We Like It Loud” podcast from Sleeping With Sirens frontman Kellin Quinn.  Quinn is also co-founder of the clothing line Anthem Made.  Podcast One notes that the band has “102 million streams, 83 million music video views and a debut at #3 on Billboard’s Top 200,” and now the band will begin this podcast from the road on its “We Like It Loud” summer tour.  Podcast One CEO Norm Pattiz states, “Kellin and Sleeping with Sirens are in the center of the rock scene and continue churning out hits, while focusing heavily on their fans through social media.  It will be very exciting to give music fans an insider look at their favorite bands, while incorporating the unique dynamic of taking fans on the road with Quinn and SWS’ upcoming summer tour.”

westwood one NEWWestwood One Launches Classic-Hits Rock 24/7 Format.  Saying the new format is a response to the needs of affiliate stations, Westwood One is introducing a second version of its classic hits format that features rock music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, without the dance, R&B and Motown.  President of programming Kirk Stirland says, “Depending on the musical heritage of a market, we found that affiliates either wanted a version that included just the rock and pop hits, or one that covered the whole spectrum.  Now, with these two recipes, we’ll be able to provide stations with the winning mix, whatever the opportunity in their market.”

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