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PPM Analysis: Urban Adult Contemporary. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents the second of this three-part, deeper dive into the performances of urban-formatted stations using data from the February 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. In this report, Kinosian examines the performances of urban AC radio stations. The first report (published on 3/26) looked at the urban contemporary format and you can see that here. This urban AC analysis provides comparisons of station performances arranged by market, market rank and market share, plus charts tracking fluctuations in 6+ performance compared to January 2015 and compared to February 2014. Additionally, Kinosian adds in a chart comparing the performances of urban contemporary and urban AC stations in their markets and as a format. See the entire analysis here.
Steve Goldstein Exits Exec Role at Saga Communications; Launches Podcast Venture. After a career with Saga Communications that spanned almost 30 years, Steven Goldstein leaves his executive vice president position and announces that he is forming a company called Amplifi Media, LLC which will specialize in “the development of digital audio-on-demand (podcast) content.” Goldstein adds, “As connected cars, Bluetooth and smartphones converge, time-shifted audio will grow exponentially. People will listen to content at a time and place of their choosing, just as is occurring rapidly in the television industry with Netflix, DVRs and on-demand video.” A press statement from Amplifi says the company will “concentrate on great storytelling, compelling content and fresh voices on a variety of popular subjects, and will adapt, craft and focus the product for the unique needs of the digital audio business.” Goldstein concludes, “The top of the iTunes podcast chart is dominated by NPR and affiliates. They have done a tremendous job but there is a world of mainstream topics yet to be explored for on-demand-audio. That’s where Amplifi will live.” Goldstein can be reached at 203-221-1400 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At the Atlanta operations of Lincoln Financial Media, Scott Lindy exits the building where he was programming hot AC WSTR “Star 94” and sister sports talker WQXI “ESPN 790 the Zone.” The company’s John Dimick is expected to oversee the stations while LFM awaits approval of Entercom’s acquisition of its radio assets…..At Southern Stone Communications-owned country WKRO, Daytona Beach, “Coast Country,” Dallas Reese is back in the program director’s position after most recently serving as morning drive host at Local Voice-owned country outlet WWNQ, Columbia, South Carolina “94.3 The Dude.” Reese is also expected to program Coast Country’s sister classic rocker WHOG…..Taking over for the departing Doug Abernethy at Radio One’s Houston cluster is Gary Spurgeon. He currently serves as GM of the company’s Dallas stations and will retain that responsibility as he adds VP/GM of the Houston ops to his duties…..Air personality Big D is the new APD and morning personality at iHeartMedia’s Las Vegas CHR KPLV “My 93.1.” He comes to the station from the company’s KDWB, Minneapolis where he’s evening host…..Ken Johnson moves from Cumulus Media’s urban AC WNBM, New York “Radio 103.9” to the company’s urban contemporary WUHT, Birmingham, Alabama “Hot 107.7.”…..Erica Cobb is now part of the Todd Baker morning show at CBS RADIO’s hot AC KZZO, Sacramento “NOW 100.5.” She most recently co-hosted mornings on Wilks Broadcasting’s country KWOF, Denver “92.5 The Wolf.”
Ezra and Bomb. Hanging out in the studio after his appearance on “The Adam Bomb Show” is English singer/songwriter George Ezra (left). He appeared with Adam Bomb (right) while visiting New York for his first appearance on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. On the program, Ezra chatted with Bomb about his nights spent playing free shows in London pubs with Sam Smith and his plans for future albums. Ezra is currently opening for Hozier on his tour and is enjoying the success of his latest single, “Budapest” from his debut album, Wanted on Voyage.
PPM Analysis: Urban Contemporary. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents this deeper look into the performances of hip hop or urban contemporary-formatted stations using data from the February 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio. In this report, you can see comparisons of station performances arranged by market, market rank and market share, plus charts tracking fluctuations in 6+ performance compared to January 2015 and compared to February 2014. See the entire analysis here.
RadioInfo’s Sister Publication TALKERS magazine Unveils ‘Heavy Hundred’ of Talk Radio Hosts. Regular readers of RadioInfo and industry pros may be interested in the presentation of the 20th edition of “The 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts in America” as ranked by the editors of RadioInfo’s sister publication TALKERS magazine. The annual list – known informally as the “Heavy Hundred” – marks its 20th year and, as executive editor Kevin Casey says, “As people can see by perusing this year’s list, it includes a number of familiar faces (and voices) as well as new up-and-comers, plus several veterans whose continuing, successful careers our editors believe need acknowledgement on this list in 2015. The task of compiling this annual feature is extremely challenging – especially since it draws upon both objective and subjective factors – and is the source of heated debate every year among our editors for months leading up to its release.” See the 2015 Heavy Hundred here.
Why Are Radio Personalities Often Insecure, Even the Most Successful? What’s the Cure? According to noted talk radio consultant Bill McMahon, it’s not easy being a radio personality. They work in relative isolation far from their listeners. They can’t see or hear them. Most radio studios don’t even have an outside window. The only immediate feedback personalities get on their performance is from those working with them in the studio. If they work alone, there is no feedback in the moment. McMahon, CEO of consulting firm The Authentic Personality, goes on to say, “Oh, radio personalities get plenty of delayed reaction to their work, but it often does more harm than good. The phone lines light up or they don’t. Texts, Tweets, Facebook posts, and emails deliver all kinds of mixed messages. Some are glowing with praise and love. Others state clearly and unequivocally, ‘you suck!’ After the show, the confusion continues. An enthusiastic PD might proclaim he loves a bit the personality hated, usually without offering specifics about what made it so good. Later, the GM weighs in saying, “I didn’t get that phone segment you did in the 8 o’clock hour and I don’t think it was relevant to our listeners.” Problem is the personality thinks it’s the best thing he did all morning and his followers on Twitter and Facebook seem to agree. This is the real world of a radio personality where everyone has an opinion on what they do and the opinions are anything but unanimous. It’s no wonder even the most successful radio personalities with consistently high ratings can be very insecure.” In a new article posted today (3/25) that is a must-read for PDs, McMahon details some of the things he has learned that radio personalities need from their talent coaches. To read it in its entirety, please click here.
iHeartMedia and NBC Announce Lineup for 2015 Country Festival. The performers taking the stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Saturday, May 2 for the second annual “iHeartRadio Country Festival” will include: Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley, Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore, The Band Perry, iHeartRadio’s On The Verge artist Sam Hunt and Tyler Farr. The concert event is being hosted by Premiere Networks personality Bobby Bones. In addition to the live video stream of the concert via Yahoo Live, a two-hour TV broadcast of the event will air on NBC TV on May 27 from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET.
Bob & Tom to Take 20 Listeners to Las Vegas. The nationally syndicated Bob & Tom show is flying West to Las Vegas for a special appearance at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in the MGM Grand Las Vegas on Saturday, June 20. The Las Vegas show will be hosted by the Bob & Tom Show cast: Bob Kevoian, Tom Griswold, Chick McGee, and Kristi Lee – and will feature special guest, actor/comedian Brad Garrett plus a number of industry-leading comics will also make an appearance at this exclusive show. Bob & Tom are making it possible for 20 lucky listeners to join them. The prize packages include a VIP Meet & Greet at the show plus two nights at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. The contest runs from March 23 through May 2. Tom Griswold says, “This is a terrific opportunity for us to create something exciting for our listeners across the country, and it can only be done in Vegas. Our fans will have the chance to relax and laugh with all of us, as well as the tremendously funny Brad Garrett. Everybody loves Brad, and we do, too!”
RadioInfo Tidbits. Hip hop artist Pitbull will perform at Harlem’s world famous Apollo Theater for the first time at a special invitation-only concert for SiriusXM subscribers on Tuesday, May 19 at 8:00 pm ET. The concert will help promote the Globalization channel Pitbull is curating for the satcaster. SiriusXM Pitbull’s Globalization channel will launch on Tuesday, May 19 at 7:00 pm ET. The channel will feature music from the artist’s music catalog, his famous collaborations, live performances, exclusive mix shows and tracks by his musical influences…..Meyer-Baldridge-owned KBFL, Springfield, Missouri becomes a country-formatted station (flipping from standards) and using the “Outlaw Nation” format. The station is branding itself “Southern Rock, REAL Country, 99.9 The Outlaw.” Outlaw Nation tells RadioInfo that it “programs more than 1,200 country bars, honky-tonks, and western saloons across America.”….. “The Charlie Tuna Weekday Show” and “70s Show” continue to grow. The legendary jock tells RadioInfo that his daily “content only” show is now airing on WYGC, Gainesville, Florida; KRBL, Lubbock, Texas; KRQX, St. George, Utah; KHOM, West Plains, Missouri; and WTRP, LaGrange, Georgia…..CBS RADIO Pittsburgh stations WBZZ and WDSY have been honored by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters as recipients 2015 Excellence In Broadcasting Awards. CHR WBZZ “100.7 Star” was recognized in the categories Outstanding Station Sponsored Event for “Man In A Box” (a fundraising effort by Afternoon Personality Flick for the Salvation Army), and Outstanding Local Radio Personality/Team for “Bubba Show.” Country WDSY “Y108” received the award for Outstanding Use Of Digital Media for the “Y108 Your Tailgate” campaign.
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: on-air personalities Bayley Brown and Matt James 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,” 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 (3/25) includes such names as: Sam Smith, John Legend, CHIC, Nile Rodgers, The Martinez Brothers, Manika, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Halsey, Blur, Damon Albarn, Laura Marling, The Temperance Movement, Zac Brown Band, Chris Cornell, Mumford and Sons, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Tobias Jesso, Jr., Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Luke Bryan, Chris Janson, Brothers Osborne, T.J. Bebb, Ryan Daniel, Yo Yo Honey Singh, The Piano Guys, LA Priest, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Miranda Lambert to Host Westwood One’s ACM Nomination Special. The two-hour Westwood One ACM Nomination special will be hosted by five-time ACM “Female Vocalist of the Year” Miranda Lambert. The program will be available to stations either Saturday or Sunday, April 11 or April 12, from 6:00 am to 12:00 midnight. It will also air as the final two hours of the “NASH Nights Live Weekend Show” airing on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 pm to 12:00 midnight. The actual “50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards” takes place on Sunday, April 19, 2015 before more than 50,000 fans at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. Westwood One will also present “Red Carpet Radio coverage from Backstage at the ACM Awards,” featuring A-list interviews, live performances, and special programming.
Kannon Takes Over Mornings on KVIL-FM, Dallas. At CBS RADIO-owned hot AC KVIL-FM, Dallas, Mike Kannon is named the new morning drive host, effective immediately. The station dropped the previous morning show, “Zazza Mornings” with Tony Zazza and Julie Fisk, back in November of 2014. KVIL program director Jay Michaels states, “Kannon brings a wealth of social media experience and an expansive knowledge of everything pop culture to our more music morning show on the ‘New 103.7 KVIL.’ That, combined with his knowledge of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, makes him a great addition to our incredible live and local air staff.” Kannon moves in from Cumulus Media’s crosstown KLIF-FM “Hot 93.3.”
RadioInfo Career Moves. Former KKHH, Houston “Hot 95.7” PM drive personality Kaden begins working at iHeartMedia-owned CHR KZZP, Phoenix “104.7 Kiss FM” today as a late night/fill-in host. KZZP programmer Mat Mitchell comments, “Kaden is no stranger to The Valley, as he has previously hosted nights on KZZP. While he continues the search for a full-time opportunity, I’m excited to have him rejoin our team!”…..Mark Wilson, John Christian, Ryan Cota, Jessica Chavez, and Tracy Johnson all join the staff of the syndicated “Sunday Night Slow Jams” show hosted by R Dub!
Cool Job Opportunity. KLAZ, Hot Springs – the market’s “#1 Hit Music Station” – is looking for a singular talent as cluster OM, KLAZ PD, and morning show talent to launch Noalmark Broadcasting’s brand-new, live-and-local morning show. You will be responsible for programming and branding for KLAZ, building the morning show, and overseeing active rock KHRK/KYRC “Real Rock 93.5/101.5” and “Solid Gospel AM 1240.” We are looking for an experienced broadcast professional to take the Noalmark Hot Springs cluster to the next level — community involvement and creative thinking a must. You will be working with GM Paul Meacham and Zapoleon Media consultant Mark St. John. Send resume, qualifications, and audio to email@example.com. EOE Male/Female.
‘Buy Me a Boat’ Hits #1 on iTunes Country After Bobby Bones Exposure. When unsigned country artist Chris Janson sent Premiere Networks personality Bobby Bones a copy of his new song “Buy Me a Boat,” the last thing he probably expected was that the private communication would result in his song hitting the #1 position on the iTunes Country Chart. But that’s exactly what happened. Bones played the song twice on his nationally syndicated country radio morning show and, before long the tune was at the top of the chart. This cool story demonstrates the power of a really good song. Bones comments, “I knew I had to play Chris Janson’s ‘Buy Me A Boat’ and share it with our listeners. It’s a great example of radio’s ability to connect listeners with new music and promote a super-talented-yet-unsigned artist. Our listeners loved hearing his song on the radio and downloaded it right away, helping him jump to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Country Chart in less than a day.”
Gloriana Plays Nash Bash at Barclays Center. Pictured here on stage at the intimate Cushman & Wakefield Theater at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn is Gloriana. The country band was part of a lineup that included headliner Cole Swindell, Jana Kramer and Michael Ray. The evening was emceed by WNSH, New York “NASH 94.7” personalities Kelly Ford and Jesse Addy. This was the first Nash Bash concert at Barclays Center as part of the newly launched partnership between Cumulus Media and Barclays Center that will bring at least two concerts annually to the venue.
Robinson to President Post at iHeartMedia Ventures Group. This is a promotion for iHeartMedia’s EVP of strategic development as Joseph Robinson is named president of the iHeartMedia Ventures Group in which Robinson will work “to develop high-value strategic opportunities with media, technology, and content companies.” He’ll report to iHeartMedia president, COO and CFO Rich Bressler, who states, “Joe has played an invaluable role in helping iHeartMedia explore new digital and technology opportunities for both consumer-facing and internal initiatives. I’m delighted that Joe is expanding his role with us; his new leadership position will be instrumental in our continued success as a 21st century media company — one that is both relentlessly forward-looking on the technology front and focused on using iHeartMedia’s cross-platform assets in creative ways that help redefine the future of consumer media and entertainment.”
Muhammad Joins Beasley Charlotte Duo as OD/PD. Former program director of Radio One Washington, DC urban AC WMMJ “Majic 102.3″ and co-owned gospel WPRS “Praise 104.1″ Jamillah “Jam” Muhammad is named operations director and program director of Beasley Media Group Charlotte urban AC WBAV “V101-9″ and urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98.” Vice president and market manager Bill Schoening comments, “‘Jam’ has deservedly earned the respect from her peers and she has a tremendous reputation. We are thrilled to have her join the Beasley family and I am excited to watch where she takes these stations.” Muhammad remarks that she is “incredibly excited” to join Schoening and the Beasley family in Charlotte. “I love radio; I love to win; and I am looking forward to leading these heritage brands.” Muhammad programmed Premiere Radio Networks’ “The Sweat Hotel featuring Keith Sweat“; urban AC WMXD “Mix 92.3,” Detroit; and urban contemporary WKKV “V-100,” Milwaukee. Prior to that, she was assistant program director and music director of urban AC WVAZ “V-103,” Chicago.
Cumulus Names McCracken to Lake Charles Post. Former longtime Cox Radio programmer Gerry McCracken joins Cumulus Media as operations manager for the company’s Lake Charles, Louisiana cluster. McCracken program director for country KYKZ and ‘NASH Icon’ KQLK. He takes over for OM/PD Eric Nielson, who retired at the end of 2014. In the past, McCracken has worked at such outlets as WSOC, Charlotte; KWEN, Tulsa; WHKO/Dayton; WCOS, Columbia, and KBBG, San Francisco. Cumulus corporate PD Bob Raleigh comments, “Gerry adds to our growing roster of great programmers in the company. We needed someone exceptional to take over the legacy left behind when Eric retired and Gerry is the perfect fit for such a heritage station as KYKZ and our new ‘NASH Icon’ KQLK.”
Greater Media Names Kennedy WKLB, Boston PM Drive Personality. Beginning this Thursday (3/26), Keven Kennedy takes over the afternoon drive show on Greater Media’s Boston country outlet WKLB. Program director Mike Brophey says, “It’s exciting to welcome a personality of Keven’s caliber to ‘Country 102.5.’ We know he’ll feel right at home on the air in Boston and we expect to see him everywhere in the community!” Kennedy most recently served as the host of both the “Kennedy in the Morning” show at “Movin’ 107.7” WMOV, Norfolk and “Nudge in the Morning” on KVDU-FM, New Orleans “Voodoo 104.” Previous to that, he was heard on Dial Global’s syndicated “Nudge At Night,” as well as on the “Hits Now” format.
NuYork Named ABA Radio Personality of the Year. Birmingham, Alabama radio personality NuYork was honored with the 2015 Radio Personality of the Year award from the Alabama Broadcasters Association at its annual ceremony on Saturday, March 21. The WBHJ, Birmingham jock is on air middays on SummitMedia’s hip hop outlet “95.7 Jamz.” In addition to her radio duties, NuYork says she considers community outreach a personal priority. She regularly speaks at schools and colleges about the importance of education, and serves as a mentor through an internship program that she has created. She is also building an organization called G.L.O.W. (Girls Living On Willpower), whose goal is to support young women by encouraging positive choices in appearance, morality, and academic achievement. She is inspired and motivated by youth — particularly adopted adolescents, for whom she admits to having a soft spot — and hopes to partner with other organizations to assist at-risk children transitioning between homes and into adulthood. Through social media, volunteerism and her website, IamNuYork.com, she stays engaged with the community.
D’Amico Adds ‘Y108 Duties’ in Pittsburgh. At the Pittsburgh CBS RADIO cluster, WBZZ station promotion manager John D’Amico begins handling the same duties at sister country outlet WDSY “Y108, Pittsburgh’s Country.” D’Amico started with the cluster as an intern in 2007, worked part time in promotions and as a board-op, and then was hired fulltime as an assistant in 2009. He was promoted to his previous role of station promotion manager for WBZZ in 2012.
Greater Media Named ‘Best in Philly’ Again. For the fourth consecutive year, Greater Media’s radio properties have been named among the “Top Workplaces in Philadelphia” by Philly.com. Hundreds of companies take part in the survey, but only a select few companies are awarded top workplace. The Greater Media Philadelphia station group consists of rock WMMR; classic rock WMGK “102.9 MGK”; adult hits WBEN-FM “95.7 Ben FM”; and sports talk WPEN-FM “97.5 The Fanatic.” The evaluation for the “Top Workplaces” program was based entirely upon feedback from an employee survey conducted by Workplace Dynamics in the fall of 2014. Greater Media Philly VP and market manager John Fullam comments, “Great companies start with great employees. We are fortunate to have such an extraordinary team dedicated to serving Philadelphia, our listeners and advertising partners every day.”
Michael Harrison and Norm Pattiz Discuss a Wide Spectrum of Media Issues on PodcastOne. TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison and PodcastOne founder/CEO Norm Pattiz engage in an illuminating conversation about media and its impact on society in the third and latest installment of the podcast series, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.” The two iconoclastic media figures draw upon their radio industry experience and 38-year friendship in tackling such issues as net neutrality; new advertising techniques; the impact of consolidation on radio; differences between radio and TV; the evolving state of journalism; the effect of fractionalization on the national consciousness, problems and changes in music radio and the burgeoning state of podcasting. To hear the podcast in its entirety, please click here.
Cumulus: Mancow’s Our Man in Chicago. As has been reported for several weeks now but just officially confirmed by Cumulus Media over the weekend, Erich Mancow Muller will assume morning drive duties on the company’s WLUP-FM, Chicago “Classic Rock 97.9 The Loop” effective March 30. After winning the “listener-generated morning show talent search,” Mancow will return to the Chicago airwaves to produce the entertainment-based “Mancow Morning Show on 97.9 The Loop.” Show cast members will include: Al Roker, Jr., Luv Cheeze and Cathy Vlahogiannis, providing the female prospective with Carrie Ann DeYoung, as well as new talent Abe Kanan, famous for his show on SiriusXM. Cumulus says that “after a month of on-air auditions by multiple candidates vying to host mornings on ‘The Loop,’ Mancow garnered an impressive listener response to The Loop’s Morning Show Web Survey during his five-day run. Mancow brought back the funny and served up the fast-paced entertaining show that put him on the map with Chicago radio listeners from 1994 to 2006. Fans of the original “Mancow Madhouse” came out of the woodwork to show their support, and thousands of positive comments flooded the station website. Comparing the voting traffic to the other candidates, it was no contest: Mancow won the ‘election’ in a landslide.” After leaving Emmis and former alternative WKQX in 2006, Mancow reinvented himself as a conservative talk show host and was syndicated by TRN-FM for a number of years. Speaking about his new gig, Mancow comments, “This is my final act because I don’t believe I’ll ever top this! Chicago is a tough city for commuters and our ONLY goal with this show is to provide an escape and make our listeners laugh. There will be radio theatre. We will be three-dimensional and break out of the speaker. This show will pop like no other. We believe it will cut through the clutter and seize an audience that hasn’t been served in years. Cumulus and John Dickey brought me back into radio. He is a leader I can follow into this great radio battle to victory. This guy is committed to talent and committed to winning. It doesn’t matter how much you love radio (and I do); if you don’t have the right people around you, you are doomed. Finally, I have my dream team cast of characters and a company that actually wants to win. Lately in radio it seems like people are listless and don’t know what to do. That is not the case with ‘The Loop.’ We have a direction and we know where we’re going. This is the most exciting time ever.”
Smith Summoned To SummitMedia Greenville As OM. Former seven-year Radio One Philadelphia operations manager and director of inspirational programming Elroy Smith joins SummitMedia Greenville, South Carolina as operations manager. SummitMedia Greenville vice president and general manager Karolyn Mulvaney comments, “Elroy has an outstanding track record as an incredible programmer with noted integrity. We are eager to have him on our winning team.” According to senior vice president of programming Bill Tanner, “It is a great thrill for us to acquire such an exceptional programmer as Elroy. We know he will take our Greenville properties to new heights. We all look forward to learning from his talent and experience.” Smith will oversee operations and programming of Greenville urban contemporary WJMZ “107.3 Jamz,” rhythmic CHR WHZT “Hot 98.1,” adult hits W249CB “Chuck-FM,” and alternative W253BG “X-98.5.” His resume includes a lengthy stay in Chicago as operations manager of Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) urban contemporary WGCI-FM and operations manager/program director of urban AC sibling WVAZ “V-103.” In addition, Smith has programmed Radio One Philadelphia outlets WPHI, urban AC WRNB, and gospel WPPZ “Praise 103.9,” as well as that company’s Charlotte gospel outlet WPZE “Praise 102.5.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At RCA Records, Wendy Goodman adds oversight of the Adult Promotion department to her current duties as VP/Promotion West Coast. Goodman tells RadioInfo, “I would like to thank Joe Riccitelli for this incredible opportunity. I look forward to this next chapter of leading the Adult Music promotion department…..At the Cox Media Group Jacksonville cluster, Bob DeBlois is the new director of sales in charge of all sales activities for the six-station radio group and Cox Online Digital Ad Network (CODAN). Previously, DeBlois served as general sales manager for the company’s news/talk WOKV, Jacksonville…..Rob Sparks is the new program director and midday personality at Mid-West Family Broadcasting-owned CHR KOSP, Springfield, Missouri “92.9 The Beat.” Sparks, who comes to Springfield from his most recent gig in South Bend, Indiana at hot AC WNDV, takes over for J.D. Garfield, who exited KOSP earlier this year.
Danny Schechter Dead at 72. A voice from the glory days of WBCN, Boston is dead at age 72 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Danny Schechter “The News Dissector” was one of the “jocks” who helped make album rock pioneer WBCN the legendary station that it was. Danny Schechter’s career went far beyond just his work at WBCN. Read this obituary from Alternet’s Don Hazen here.
Shane Succumbs to Cancer. Chief executive officer of Houston-based Shane Media Services, and publisher of the music magazine Best in Texas – Ed Shane – has lost his battle against colon cancer. Shane and his wife/business partner/former country programmer (KILT, Houston, WIL, St. Louis) Pam Shane revealed his diagnosis on social media less than four weeks ago (2/24). In that posting, Pam Shane noted, “This will be an interruption for Ed and me during the next few months. Shane Media clients are aware of this, and know that I will be keeping their projects moving forward. We appreciate the support from friends and colleagues at this difficult time.” Outpouring of sympathy and exceptionally kind comments permeated social media. For example, renowned sports broadcaster (Boston Red Sox radio play-by-play, among others) Jerry Trupiano declares Shane was, “a true giant in the industry and one of the best people I ever worked with.” Among the many others “heartbroken” to hear the news of Shane’s passing is CBS Radio country KFRG “K-Frog,” Riverside on-air talent Heather Froglear, who comments, “We were so fortunate to have [him] on our team for many years. I will be forever grateful for [his] guidance on the air. He always encouraged this young gal just starting in country radio. I considered [him] a mentor – but mostly a friend. My heart goes out to Pam and the rest of Ed’s friends and family. You will be missed – terribly.” Longtime group program director Frank Bell recollects that during his tenure at Keymarket/Sinclair, “Ed Shane helped us launch many great country stations, including KFRG; WGGY, Wilkes Barre-Scranton; and WOGY, Memphis. His handiwork in news-talk helped shape the sound of WWL, New Orleans; WBEN, Buffalo; and WLAC-AM, Nashville. Ed’s clarity of thought made him a welcome addition to every conference call and strategic planning meeting. He was one of those rare consultants who ‘talked the talk’ and ‘walked the walk.’ In Texas terms, he wore a big hat and had lots of cattle. Thoughts and prayers today go out to his life and business partner, Pam, and that talented group of Shane Media programmers, both past and present.” Distinguished programmer Ed Scarborough (Lieblick) declares, “We have lost a true ‘gentle’ man. Condolences to Pam and Ed’s family, and to Ed’s extended family. He touched many lives and leaves a wonderful legacy.” According to Brent Clanton, “Ed gave me my first job in Radio at Paul Taft‘s KODA, Houston and he taught me so much more than the business. I was privileged to work with him on two [Houston] start-ups, KIKK-AM ‘Business Radio 650′ with the equally-legendary Dickie Rosenfeld, and more recently, the launch of Radio One‘s ‘News 92 FM’ [KROI]. Ed was a gentleman, a perfectionist, and was always thinking ahead on ways to make a radio station’s product better. He made me a better broadcaster, and planted in me an appreciation of how to bring up the next generation of radio professionals.” Intersat‘s manager of media product strategy (and former programmer) Chuck Dickemann comments, “Ed’s influence on me and my career went far beyond broadcast and radio. His support, confidence, and mentorship permeated everything I did. Beyond that, he was a friend – a true friend.” Programmer John Roberts mentions that, “Ed was a pro’s pro for sure, but more importantly, he was simply a great guy. Plenty of people in radio, including me, owe significant career steps to Ed & Pam’s generous advice and help. Stories about change in our business, real or perceived, seem to hit us between the eyes daily. The idea of consultant Ed Shane not being around is one legit ‘change’ I wish we did not have to face.” Mardit Media Consulting president Barry Mardit notes that Shane was a “familiar face at CRS. He always greeted me with a warm smile and a hearty handshake. I always looked forward to our brief chats as well as his in-depth presentations. The consummate professional and true champion who so believed in the power of radio. Ed was a vast storehouse of the knowledge and expertise needed to harness and unleash its full potential. Our industry has lost a giant and those who have known Ed have lost a giant of a friend.” SeniorNet Dallas president Dan Halyburton states, “Ed Shane was a great radio man and a good friend. Ed played an important role in the efforts at KPLX, Dallas in the 1990s to fight one of the toughest country battles ever. His knowledge and commitment to winning were unequaled. Ed always had such energy and presence.” Country consultant Joel Raab notes, “Ed Shane was a great guy and solid professional. He was always generous with his thoughts and advice. He gave me lots of encouragement – even though we were competitors. For that I will always be grateful.” Ron Parker recalls that his “very first radio job was at WPLO-FM, Atlanta and Ed was the operations manager of the station for Plough – thoughts and prayers to Pam and the Shane family.” Ed Shane – who founded Shane Media in 1977 – entered hospice care early this past week. He previously was station manager of Houston’s KRBE and programmed talk KTRH in that market. He also was the former program director of KKDJ, Los Angeles (now iHeartMedia CHR KIIS), as well as a number of other major market stations.
Fourth Round of February 2015 PPM Data Released. February 2015 PPM survey information has been released by Nielsen Audio for the fourth batch of 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. The February 2015 survey period covered January 29 – February 25. You can see all the 6+ data from subscribing stations here. Additionally, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from these PPM markets.
1) Austin – Kansas City, Nashville, and Austin have a somewhat interesting thing in common: Three FM country stations exist in each of those PPM markets and two of the three properties are cluster-mates. As far as Texas’ capital city is concerned, KASE “Today’s Country” and KVET-FM “All-Time Country Favorites” are iHeartMedia siblings. Over the last 12 survey periods, KASE has bested KVET-FM seven times – six times in a row March through August – as well as in December. KVET-FM, meanwhile, has prevailed in September, October, November, “Holiday” 2014, and January (2015). The biggest lead for “Today’s Country” in that stretch is +1.9 (June), while the greatest advantage for “All-Time Country Favorites” was +1.6 in January. Owing to KVET-FM’s -.4 and KASE’s +1.2, the two are tied in February at 6.6, with KVET-FM remaining #2 and KASE advancing there from January’s fifth-place finish. The market’s other FM country facility – Genuine Austin Radio-owned KOKE “Austin’s Country Alternative” – follows January’s -.3 with a one-half share decline (2.5 – 2.2 – 1.7) and slips from #17 to #19. “Austin’s Country Alternative” was in the 2.1 – 2.5 range (6+) the last seven sweeps. Despite a two-tenths decline (8.8 – 8.6, 6+), Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob-FM” repeats at #1. “Bob” had been #1 for 12 successive sweeps before being supplanted in the “Holiday” 2014 report by Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95-5.” Progressing by one-half share (3.5 – 4.0, 6+) is “Bob” cluster-mate KLBJ-FM “The Rock of Austin,” climbing from #12 to a tie at #9.
2) Milwaukee – Tacking on nine-tenths to January’s full-share gain, iHeartMedia‘s WMIL storms from second to first and “Milwaukee Country – FM 106.1″ is back in double-digits (8.8 – 9.8 – 10.7, 6+). Prior to the “Holiday” 2014 sweep, WMIL was #1 for seven straight monthly reports and in double-digits each time (10.2 – 10.5 – 11.9 – 11.6 – 10.6 – 10.7 – 10.2, 6+). Posting six straight down or flat trends (7.7 – 7.1 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.4 – 6.1 – 6.1, 6+), cluster-mate WRIT doubled its 6+ stat in the “Holiday” 2014 sweep to take over the top spot. “Oldies 95.7″ eroded by -5.2 in January though and it drops another eight-tenths to 6.2, dipping from third to fourth. Talkers WTMJ and WISN were separated by six full-shares in January, but as Journal‘s WTMJ declines by six-tenths (10.9 – 10.3, first to second), iHeartMedia-owned WISN trots out a +1.6 (4.9 – 6.5, sixth to third) to shave the lead to 3.8. WTMJ was ensconced in the runner-up spot for eight straight sweeps before reaching #1 in January – the first time doing so since last May. WTMJ was +1.1 in January and WISN improved by six-tenths. Another Milwaukee outlet up by six-tenths in January – Saga rhythmic CHR WNRG “Energy” – falters by one-half share (2.6 – 2.1) to revert from #15 to #16. Also dropping one-half share is Entercom CHR WXSS “Kiss-FM” (5.0 – 4.5), which slips from fifth to ninth. Like WISN and WNRG, “Kiss-FM” gained six-tenths in January, the first time since March 2012 that Saga Milwaukee stations (such as “Energy”) have been listed in print.
3) Indianapolis – Following a “Holiday” 2014 increase of +1.1 to 2.8 – its best (6+) performance since December 2013 (2.9) – Cumulus Media-owned WRWM ” Classic Hip-Hop 93.9 – The Beat” turned in one of the most memorable non-Christmas music-related surges by catapulting from #13 all the way to #1 (7.7, +4.9, 6+). Off by one-half share in February, however, “The Beat” (first to second) trades places with the station it succeeded at #1 in January – Emmis-owned adult contemporary WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7″ (7.0 – 7.3, +.3, 6+). Up or flat for four consecutive sweeps (5.3 – 5.5 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.9, 6+), Entercom CHR WZPL “Indy’s Hit Music Station” sees its streak end by dropping one-half share to 5.4, but it remains at #7. It is a different story for another station in that cluster as WNTR “Indy’s Best Music Mix” picks up one-half share to 4.0, proceeding from #13 to #11. “Indy’s Best Music Mix” had been down or flat the past five ratings periods for a combined -1.2 (4.7 – 4.2 – 4.1 – 3.6, 3.6 – 3.5, 6+). For the fourth successive survey, Cumulus country WFMS is down or flat – and this time it is by one full-share (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.3 – 6.3 – 5.3, 6+). Not only does WFMS slide from fifth to eighth, February’s 5.3 (6+) is the station’s lowest in its PPM history. Cross-town Emmis’ similarly formatted WLHK “Hank” returns the four-tenths it gained in January (6.2 – 6.6 – 6.2) and moves from third to fourth.
4) Providence – Locked at 5.5 in back-to-back sweeps – and appropriately – ranked #5 both times, iHeartMedia rocker WHJY “94 HJY” busts out with a +1.2 to 6.7 and climbs to #4 (6+). It is WHJY’s strongest 6+-performance since last August when it reached 7.1. Albeit down six-tenths from January’s +1.0 (9.4 – 10.4 – 9.8, 6+), Cumulus Media-owned CHR WPRO-FM “Today’s Hit Music” repeats at #1. Co-owned talker with the same calls – WPRO-AM – improves by one-half share (5.3 – 5.8) to inch up from sixth to fifth. The rollercoaster ride continues for Entercom all-sports WVEI: It was off by nine-tenths in the “Holiday” sweep; came roaring back with a massive +2.1 in January; and now sputters by -1.1 (3.1 – 5.2 – 4.1) to slip from seventh to eighth. Moreover, before the -.9 in the “Holiday” ratings period, WVEI had five successive up or flat trends (3.3 – 3.5 – 3.7 – 3.7 – 3.9 – 4.0, 6+). In what is now its fifth consecutive negative or flat sweep, classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101″ regresses by a massive -2.1. Since October, it has eroded by a combined -3.5 (8.2 – 7.9 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 6.8 – 4.7, 6+) and this is the first time in its PPM history that the iHeartMedia property has not registered at least a five-share (6+).
5) Raleigh – Strong month-to-month progressions are turned in by iHeartMedia cluster-mates WRDU “Classic Rock 100.7″ (3.6 – 4.6, +1.0, tenth to ninth); CHR WDCG “G-105″ (6.2 – 7.1, +.9, fifth to third); and talk WTKK (2.9 – 3.7, +.8, #13 to #11). WRDU had been down the past three reports (4.5 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+), “G-105″ had back-to-back declines (7.1 – 6.9 – 6.2, 6+), and WTKK improved by seven-tenths in January. When Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL “Mix 101.5″ finished first in the “Holiday” 2014 ratings period, it ended 11 straight months at #1 (6+) for Curtis Media Group-owned WQDR “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country.” With a +1.2 (ironically following Holiday 2014’s -1.2), WQDR returned to #1 in January and, despite February’s -.6, it repeats its penthouse stay (8.2 – 9.4 – 8.8, 6+). After both stations progressed by eight-tenths in January, Curtis Media Group CHR WPLW “Pulse FM” declines by six-tenths to 4.4 (#9 to #10), while public WCPE “The Classical Station” increases by seven-tenths to 3.2 (steady at #14 ).
6) Norfolk – On the heels of January’s eight-tenths gain, iHeartMedia urban-rhythmic oldies WHBT “The Beat” adds another +1.1 (1.7 – 2.5 – 3.6) as the former urban AC (WKSA) lands in the top ten (#11 to #10). Co-owned urban contemporary WOWI “103 Jamz” (steady at #2) dials up a +.8 to halt four straight down or flat trends (9.0 – 8.7 – 8.3 – 7.7 – 7.7, 6+), which had resulted in a cumulative -1.3. Notwithstanding a -1.2 from January, this is the 32nd successive ratings period that Entercom urban AC WVKL is #1 and the 19th time in the last 20 monthlies it is in double-digits (13.4 – 12.2, 6+). Rhythmic CHR sibling WNVZ “Z-104″ rebounds from January’s -1.3 with a +.9 (5.0 – 3.7 – 4.6) to advance from tenth to seventh. Common threads among the following three outlets are they have a “V” as the second letters in their calls; Max Media Holdings is their parent company; and they are off month-to-month by at least one-half share. WVSP “ESPN 94.1″ declines seven-tenths to 1.7, #12 – #15); CHR WVHT “Hot 100.5″ is down six-tenths to 3.2 (#9 to #11); and classic hits-oldies WVBW “The Wave” drops one-half share to 5.4 (#4 to #5). After freefalling by -2.3 in January, iHeartMedia rhythmic hot AC WMOV “MOViN 107.7″ stabilizes at 2.1 and manages to inch up from #14 to #12.
7) Nashville – For an astonishing 35th successive monthly, Midwest Communications’ adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9″ is the frontrunner in “Music City USA” and even dials up a +1.2, after January’s -4.1 (14.1 – 10.0 – 11.2, 6+). “Mix” has been in double-digits (6+) for all but four of the last 33 ratings sweeps. By notching a +.4 in January, Cumulus-owned sports outlet WGFX halted three consecutive downtrends that had totaled -2.3 (8.4 – 8.0 – 7.0 – 6.1, 6+). Steady at #5, “The Zone,” however, is -1.1 to 5.0. By picking up one-half share to 4.3, country sibling WSM-FM “Nash Icon” applies the breaks to a three-month slide that had resulted in a cumulative -1.8 (5.6 – 5.3 – 4.8 – 3.8, 6+). “Nash Icon” is sandwiched between the market’s other two country FMs, co-owned WKDF “Nash” (5.0 – 4.9, -.1) and iHeartMedia‘s WSIX-FM “The Big 98″ (3.7 – 3.8, +.1). Ironically – the three country FMs – WKDF (#8), WSM-FM (#9), and WSIX-FM (#10) retain their January rankers.
8) Greensboro – No shortage of mega month-to-month sways here and Entercom – which owns the top four – is in the middle of the action. Following four consecutive negative monthlies (11.5 – 11.0 – 10.4 – 9.9 – 9.6, 6+), urban AC WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (second to first) bounces back with a +.6 to 10.2 as it dislodges adult hits sibling WSMW “Simon” (10.1 – 9.4, -.7, first to second). In January, “Simon” reached double-digits for the first time in its PPM history. Co-owned WJMH “102 Jams – The Hip-Hop Station” curtails its three-month slide (8.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5, 6+) in convincing fashion by hanging out a +1.6 to 8.1, progressing from fifth to third. Also in the Entercom cluster, WPAW “The Wolf” (up one-half share in January) regresses by seven-tenths (7.1 – 6.4) but remains at #4. Not only does Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL end its run of four straight downward moves that had totaled a combined -1.9 (6.4 – 5.9 – 5.6 – 4.6 – 4.5, 6+), “The #1 Hit Music Station” recoups virtually all of it with a +1.8 to 6.3 (#8 to #5). This time last month, cross-town iHeartMedia CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” flashed a +.7, which put an end to three straight negative trends (4.7 – 4.6 – 4.3 – 3.7, 6+). Now, “Kiss” tacks on another 1.2 to 4.9 and concludes an even larger streak. It is truly the end of an era as “Kiss” – which had anchored the #9 spot in Greensboro the last 22 successive ratings periods – elevates to #8. Four straight up-trends virtually tripled WMAG’s 6+ stats (5.4 – 5.6 – 6.5 – 9.6 – 16.1), but the iHeartMedia adult contemporary saw more than one-half of the 16.1 from “Holiday” 2014 dissolve in January (16.1 – 7.3). Now, “Continuous Soft Rock” drops to 5.9 (-1.4), tumbling from third to seventh.
9) West Palm Beach – Hot AC WRMF – which notched an impressive +1.6 in January – improves by one-half share and finishes first for the sixth straight ratings period (9.9 – 10.4). This is the third successive up-trend for iHeartMedia adult contemporary WOLL “Today’s Kool 105.5″ (6.8 – 6.9 – 7.4 – 7.7, 6+), which again ranks second. Down eight-tenths this time last month, its CHR sibling – WLDI “Wild 95.5″ – rebounds with a seven-tenths gain to climb from eighth to sixth (2.9 – 3.6). Although steady at #13, American Public Media Group’s WPBI HD-2 gains one-half share to 1.4, its strongest (6+) performance since last May when it reached 2.0. For the third consecutive sweep, urban AC WMBX “X-102.3″ has a downtrend (5.5 – 5.2 – 4.8 – 4.5, 6+), but it remains at #5.
10) Memphis – There is just one minor (6+) ranker change from January among the market’s first seven stations; iHeartMedia owns the top three. WHRK “K-97.1″ improves by seven-tenths (7.3 – 8.0) and the iHeartMedia urban AC continues at #3. Despite a one-half share decline, co-owned KJMS “V-101″ repeats at #1 (10.0 – 9.5). Sandwiched between these two outlets is gospel sibling WHAL “Halleluiah,” which is off by seven-tenths but stays in the runner-up slot (8.8 – 8.1). Yet another iHM property, talk WREC gains one-half share as it inches up from #15 to #14 (1.8 – 2.3), but cluster-mate WEGR “Rock 103″ (#12 to #15) is down or flat for the fifth straight time (2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.5 – 2.3 – 2.0, 6+) for a combined -.8. No sooner does Cumulus Media‘s WGKX “Kicks 106 – Today’s Best Country” notch a +1.3 to 5.1 (6+), it surrenders virtually all of it as it slips from eighth to ninth (3.9, -1.2). With a +.2 to 6.9 though, its urban-rhythmic oldies cluster-mate WRBO “Soul Classics & Today’s R&B” ends three straight downward trends (8.1 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.7, 6+) to advance from #5 to a tie at #4. Albeit they are by modest increments, Entercom-owned country WLFP “The Wolf” posts its fourth successive positive trend (1.1 – 1.3 – 1.4 -1.7 – 1.8, 6+) and is steady at #16.
RadioInfo Career Moves. It’s a promotion for programmer Jay Cruze who is upped from his PD gig at iHeartMedia’s country WSCG, Augusta, Georgia “G105.7” to senior vice president of programming that puts him in charge of the company’s six-station cluster…..Rising to program director at JMJ Broadcasting-owned classic country KTPK, Topeka “Country Legends 106.9” is morning show host Skeeter Nash. He takes over for Roger Price who recently exited the station.
Third Round of February 2015 PPM Data Released. February 2015 PPM survey information has been released by Nielsen Audio for the third batch of 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. The February 2015 survey period covered January 29 – February 25. You can see all the 6+ data from subscribing stations here. Additionally, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from these PPM markets.
1) Portland – Halting three straight flat or (minor) down sweeps (6.0 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 5.6, 6+), iHeartMedia CHR KKRZ “Z-100″ hangs out a +.8 to 6.4, as it inches up from a fourth-place tie to third. Having posted four successive negative sweeps for a combined -.9 (3.7 – 3.6 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.8, 6+), co-owned classic rocker KFBW “The Brew” notches a +.7 to climb from #15 to #12. Improving by six-tenths each are Entercom adult hits KYCH “Charlie” (5.1, #9 to #7); Alpha Media talker KXL-FM (4.3, #12 to #9); and iHeartMedia talker KEX (2.5, #19 to #17). “Charlie” was +1.1 in January. No sooner does Alpha Media’s KUPL “The Bull” post a +1.4 (3.2 – 4.6, January, 6+) than the country station declines by -1.1 to 3.5, as it skids from #7 to #12. Before January’s +1.4, “The Bull” had three successive significant declines totaling a combined -2.8 (6.0 – 5.0 – 4.1 – 3.2, 6+). Meanwhile, Entercom’s similarly-programmed KWJJ “The Wolf” gains three-tenths (5.6 – 5.9) and remains at #4. Somewhat similar to “The Bull,” iHeartMedia’s classic hits-oldies KLTH “The Eagle” progressed by +1.2 in January, but regresses by one full-share (5.4 – 6.6 – 5.6, 6+), to slip from third to fifth. Adult contemporary KKCW adds four-tenths (9.0 – 9.4) and iHeartMedia-owned “K-103″ is the market’s pacesetter for the ninth consecutive ratings period. Virtually 50% of KKCW’s 18.1 share (“Holiday” 2014, 6+) was lopped off (-9.1) in January. KGON was +1.5 in January and Entercom’s “Defenders of Rock” tacks on another four-tenths (5.2 – 5.6), advancing from sixth to fifth. Although off by four-tenths (7.1 – 6.7), public KOPB is in the runner-up slot for the sixth successive sweep.
2) Charlotte – The headline to this market’s always spirited country battle is that iHeartMedia‘s WKKT “The Kat” breaks out of a three-way tie at #2 by gaining seven-tenths (6.6 – 7.3) to grab the top spot, which had been occupied by Beasley-owned WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits.” WSOC (6.7 – 6.3, -.4) slides to third. “The Kat” had notched a 6.6-share (6+) in three of the last four ratings periods and prior to January, finished in third-place in four consecutive surveys; 7.3 is its best performance since last July’s 8.1. Sandwiched between the two country foes – and #2 for the third straight sweep – is Beasley urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98″ (6.6 – 7.1, +.5). In the 4.1 – 4.4 range the past six survey periods (4.1 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.1 – 4.4 – 4.1, 6+), WHQC “Channel 96.1″ erupts with a +1.5 to 5.6, marking the first time the iHeartMedia CHR has reached the five-share level since September 2012. Moreover, it leapfrogs from #12 all the way to #5, edging format rival, Beasley‘s WNKS “Kiss 95.1,” which actually gains one-half share (5.0 – 5.5) and climbs from eighth to seventh. “Kiss” had a nine-tenths advantage over “Channel 96.1″ in January. Immediately prior to that though, the two CHRS were tied in three successive sweeps: November (both with 4.3, #11); December (4.1, #11); and “Holiday” 2014 (4.4, #8). In January, WKQC “K-104.7″ dropped nearly four full-shares (10.5 – 6.6, #1 to #2) and the iHeartMedia adult contemporary sputters by another -1.7 to 4.9, freefalling to #9. WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits” was #1 in September, October, November, and December before “K-104.7″ succeeded it in “Holiday” 2014.
3) Sacramento – The fourth successive up-trend for iHeartMedia‘s urban-rhythmic oldies KHYL is a robust +1.6, which delivers “V-101″ from tenth to fourth. Since November, “V-101″ has more than doubled its 6+ share (2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.6 – 5.2) for a cumulative +2.7. Following back-to-back gains of one-tenth, Entercom classic rocker KSEG “The Eagle” busts out with a much more substantial +1.0 and nearly soars to a ten-share as it repeats at #1. This is actually the sixth consecutive up-trend (combined +3.1) for “The Eagle” (6.8 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 8.7 – 8.8 – 8.9 – 9.9, 6+), which ranked second in “Holiday” 2014. Co-owned alternative KKDO “Radio 94.7″ drops one-half share to 4.4 and tumbles from fifth to eighth. Prior to February’s -.5, “Radio 94.7″ put together three straight up trends (3.8 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 4.9, 6+). Following a one-share gain in January, CBS Radio‘s country KNCI drops six-tenths (4.1 – 5.1 – 4.5) as it dips from fourth to sixth.
4) San Antonio – Things are certainly topsy-turvy in this Texas market, particularly at the front of the rankers with – for openers – Cox Media Group country KCYY “Y-100″ (6.3 – 7.0, +.7, up from #3) displacing classic hits-oldies sibling KONO-FM (7.5 – 6.6, -.9) at #1. “Y-100″ enjoys its best 6+-stat since last June (also 7.0), while KONO-FM’s 6.6 (6+) registers its lowest since last April (6.3). KONO-FM finished first for nine consecutive monthlies; relinquished the lead in “Holiday” 2014 to iHeartMedia adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9″; and returned to #1 in January. Remaining in the Cox Media Group cluster, hot AC KSMG “Magic 105.3″ halts a three-month slide (4.4 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.6, 6+) in a huge way by posting a +1.2 to 4.8, rocketing from #12 to #5. Inching up from fifth to fourth, iHeartMedia CHR KXXM gains seven-tenths as “Mix 96.1″ matches the 5.3 it recorded last May. Four market outlets are off by seven-tenths: iHeartMedia’s country KAJA “KJ-97″ (5.9, second to third); co-owned talker WOAI (4.5, fourth to sixth); Univision rhythmic CHR KBXX “The Box” (3.9, fifth to ninth); and Texas Public Radio‘s KSTX (3.0, #11 to #14). WOAI, KSTX, and KAJA were up by eight-tenths in January. In fact, over the last six sweeps, “KJ-97″ is +1.0 to 6.9 in October; -1.1 in November; +.6 in December; -.6 in “Holiday” 2014; +.8 in January; and now -.7 in February. After five straight downtrends accounting for a combined -4.5 (6.9 – 6.0 – 5.1- 4.1 – 3.8 – 2.4, 6+), iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KZEP “Hot 104.5″ picks up one-tenth to 2.5 – but – actually falls from #17 to #18.
5) Cincinnati – This is the twelfth straight time WLW (+1.1 since January) is in double-digits (6+). In addition, the iHeartMedia talker has back-to-back up-trends (10.3 – 10.9 – 12.0) and it repeats at #1. Speaking of streaks, Hubbard-owned country WUBE “B-105.1″ is glad to halt its succession of negative monthlies at seven. Going back to last July, “B-105.1″ has trended (10.7 – 10.2 – 9.1 – 8.2 – 7.6 – 7.3 – 6.3 – 5.7, 6+) for a combined loss of five full-shares. Owing to a +.9 to 6.6 in February though, WUBE climbs from sixth to fifth. Picking up six-tenths each are “B-105.1″ rhythmic hot AC sibling WREW “Cincinnati’s Best Mix” (5.0, steady at #7) and WLW talk cluster-mate WKRC (3.2, #13 to #11). Faltering by eight-tenths each are Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98″ (6.1, third to sixth) and public classical WGUC (2.7, #10 to #13).
6) Cleveland – The third consecutive uptrend for WMJI “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” is a whopping +1.4 (10.3 – 11.7), as the iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies facility repeats at the top and is in double-digits (6+) for the third time in the last five sweeps. Owing to a +1.1 (9.1), adult hits sibling WHLK “The Lake” applies the brakes to four straight negative trends (9.3 – 9.0 – 8.6 – 8.2 – 8.0, 6+) and proceeds from third to second. Their CHR cluster-mate WAKS (+.6) is up or flat for the third successive time (3.6 – 3.6 – 3.7 – 4.3) but “Kiss-FM” remains at #11. After declining by -4.4 in January (11.1 – 6.7, 6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary WDOK “Cleveland’s New 102″ drops another six-tenths to 6.1 to slide from fourth to sixth. Despite faltering by seven-tenths (3.5 – 2.8), WDOK’s sports sibling WKRK “The Fan” remains at #12. Radio One urban AC WZAK follows up January’s loss of eight-tenths with a -.6 (7.3 – 6.5 – 5.9, 6+) and slips from fifth to seventh.
7) Las Vegas – Not only is KSNE “Sunny 106.5″ #1 for the fifth time in a row, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet bounces back from January’s loss of nearly six full-shares with a +1.3 (13.2 – 7.3 – 8.6). While remaining in third place, CBS Radio‘s KLUC “Las Vegas’ #1 Hit Music Station” dials up a one-half share increase (5.4 – 5.9). This time last month KCYE “102.7 – The Coyote” had an impressive +1.4 to finish eighth, but the Beasley country outlet relinquishes slightly more than half of that gain (2.7 – 4.1 – 3.3, -.8) and slides to tenth. Declining by six-tenths each are KWID “La Buena” (4.0, #5 to #7); Kemp rhythmic CHR KVEG (3.6, #7 to #8); and CBS Radio alternative KXTE “X-107.5″ (3.0, #10- #15). KWID lost one-half share in January, while KXTE improved by that margin. KWWN “ESPN 1100″ is off by seven-tenths (2.0 – 1.3) and ranks #22. Beasley transitioned adult hits KVGS to hot AC in mid-January as “Star 107.9″ to take on CBS Radio’s KMXB “Mix.” February results have “Mix” up three-tenths to 6.7 (#2 for the fifth consecutive monthly) and “Star” off one-half share to 1.8 (#19 to #21); “Star” was -.9 in January.
8) Kansas City – Registering a 6+-share in the 2.0 – 2.9 range in 15 of the last 16 sweeps (the exception was a 3.1 last May), Steel City Media adult contemporary KCKC “KC-102.1 – Today’s Best Variety” explodes with a +.9 (2.3 – 3.2) to inch up from #16 to #15. Conversely, co-owned KBEQ “Q-104 #1 For New Country” follows up January’s -1.0 with a six-tenths loss (5.0 – 4.0 – 3.4) and slides from #12 to #14. Co-owned KFKF “Country 94.1″ – which dropped a massive -1.9 in January – is off by another three-tenths as it dips from seventh to ninth. It is the fifth successive downtrend for “Country 94.1″ (7.4 – 7.2 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 5.0 – 4.7, 6+) for a cumulative -2.7. The market’s other FM country outlet – Entercom‘s WDAF-FM – gains two-tenths (6.2) yet drops from second to third. Overtaking it (#3 to #2) is Steel City Media CHR KMXV “Mix 93.3 – Kansas City’s #1 Hit Music Station,” which tacks on eight-tenths to January’s +.7 (4.9 – 5.6 – 6.4, 6+). Coinciding with the beginning of the January sweep, Entercom separated its AM-FM talk simulcast of KMBZ into two separate talk facilities and KMBZ-FM was off by more than one full-share (4.6 – 3.5, -1.1); however, it recoups seven-tenths to 4.2 (#13 to #11). Cumulus Media classic rocker KCFX “The Fox” (6.6 – 6.7, +.1) remains on top for the fourth straight monthly.
9) Orlando – WXXL “XL-106.7″ (5.7 – 6.5, +.8,) becomes the fourth different Orlando facility in the last four sweeps to reach #1. The iHeartMedia CHR – which advances from a fourth-place tie in January – was preceded by co-owned Spanish tropical WRUM “Rumba 100.3″; co-owned adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7″ in “Holiday” 2014; and Cox Media Group country WWKA “K-92.3″ in December. “Rumba 100.3″ is off by one-tenth to 6.4 and trails “XL-106.7″ by one-tenth. Included in the three-way tie for third are a pair of stations representing vastly different flavors of adult contemporary – iHeartMedia’s WMGF (6.0 – 5.8, -.2) and Cox Media Group’s WMMO (flat at 5.8). Notching improvement by six-tenths each are Cox Media Group rhythmic CHR WPYO “Power 95.3″ (5.2, #11 to 8) and CBS Radio-owned WJHM “Amp” (3.6, #15 to #12). After progressing by +1.3 in January (2.8 – 4.1), Central Florida Educational Foundation‘s WPOZ-HD3 gives most of it back (3.0, -1.1), slipping from #12 to #15.
10) Columbus – The smallest of this group of 12 markets can lay claim to having the station with the largest 6+ January – February improvement in all these metros as well as the station enduring the steepest 6+ decline. The string of consecutive (6+) double-digit performances by iHeartMedia‘s WCOL-FM was snapped at nine in November. Owing to an eye-popping gain of two full-shares (9.8 – 11.8), it is starting a new one with its best (6+) stat since last August’s 12.4. The top seven has plenty of other major share fluctuations, including co-owned WNCI improving by +1.6 (8.8 – 10.4). The heritage CHR finishes second for the ninth straight time, but curtails a string of four straight negative trends (10.6 – 10.2 – 9.7 – 9.4 – 8.8, 6+) that accounted for a combined -1.8. Also in that cluster, talker WTVN jumps nine-tenths to 6.3 to climb from fifth to third. Saga adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95″ rebounds from January’s -1.7 with an eight-tenths gain (5.5 – 6.3); “Sunny” and WTVN are tied at #3. Following January’s +1.2, RadiOhio sports-formatted WBNS-FM “The Fan” plummets by -2.2 (7.2 – 5.0) and slides from third to sixth. A January improvement of +1.3 by Radio One rhythmic CHR WCKX “Power 107.5″ derailed six successive downtrends that had resulted in a combined -3.3, (6.4 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 3.9 – 3.2 – 3.1, 6+). In February, however, “Power 107.5″ drops seven-tenths to 3.7 and backtracks from ninth to tenth.
Tom Schurr Named SVP, Operations for Cumulus. Longtime iHeartMedia (Clear Channel/Jacor) executive Tom Schurr joins Cumulus Media as part of the senior station operations team as senior vice president, operations. The company says that in his new position, Schurr will oversee Cumulus station operations in multiple U.S. markets, including Dallas and Houston, with additional market responsibilities to be announced at a later date. He will report to president and CEO Lew Dickey, who comments, “Tom is an extremely talented broadcast executive with unparalleled operating experience across all market sizes. We look forward to his important contribution to our success.” While president of operations for iHeartMedia, Schurr had direct responsibility for all major market operations across the U.S. He also managed markets including Houston and Dallas, and as a regional operations executive over the South East and East Regions, was responsible for the oversight of 100 markets and 500 stations. He says, “I couldn’t be more excited to join Lew Dickey and the Cumulus team. This is a dynamic organization stocked with passionate leaders and competitive team members who have assembled a great portfolio of assets and are striving towards a bright future. It’s great to be part of it!”
Mason Upped to VP/GM for ‘NASH FM’ New York. Broadcasting exec Maire Mason is promoted to vice president/general manager for Cumulus Media’s WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7.” She most recently was general sales manager for the station. In the past she’s held director of sales positions in New York City for Merlin Media and for Univision Radio. Mason also served as vice president/general manager for CBS RADIO New York City for over 29 years.
Mike Vincent Is Cumulus’ NASH Man in Wilkes-Barre. Radio and voice-over pro Mike Vincent is the new program director and afternoon drive personality at Cumulus Media’s WSJR, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania “NASH FM 93.7.” In addition to his work as a voice-over artist appearing in campaigns for clients including Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Macy’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Verizon, CopperFit and Casamigo’s Tequila, Vincent has worked on air at 95.7 KBWF “The Wolf” in San Francisco; WYNY Y-107 in New York; 93.3 WFLS in Fredericksburg, VA; and 107.3 WRWD Poughkeepsie.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. After a period of 14 months, morning drive duo Candy & Potter (pictured here) exit Entercom’s rhythmic CHR KHTP, Seattle “HOT 103.7.” The duo left Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s country WWQM, Madison at the end of 2013 to make the move to Seattle…..At Emmis’ Los Angeles hip hop outlet KPWR “Power 106,” Eric Dlux is the new 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight personality…..Joining Sun Broadcast Group as strategic development advisor is Michael Fischer, who will work with Sun’s programming and digital departments to expand the Shazam for Radio local station offerings. He was previously SVP of music and content with Clip Interactive…..David Kent Lucoff is now with Lincoln Financial Media in Florida serving as its director of digital sales.
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: on-air personalities Bayley Brown and Matt James 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,” 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, and 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 (3/18) includes such names as: Rihanna, Shawn Mendes, The Janoskians, Manika, Ricky Martin, Pitbull, Meghan Trainor, Kat Graham, Snoop Dogg, Charlie Wilson, Rachel Platten, Seth Avett, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Alabama Shakes, Cherry Dreams, Muse, Zac Brown Band, Chris Cornell, Mumford & Sons, Zane Williams, Denny Strickland, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Jamie Jones, Western Swing Authority, Clayton Gardner, Jungle, Dev, TCTS, Leo Kalyan, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Second Round of February 2015 PPM Data Released. February 2015 PPM survey information has been released by Nielsen Audio for the second batch of 12 markets including: Washington (D.C.), Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis. The February 2015 survey period covered January 29 – February 25. You can see all the 6+ data from subscribing stations here. Additionally, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways” from 10 of these 12 PPM markets.
1) Boston – Not only is Greater Media-owned WROR “Boston’s Greatest Hits” #1 for the first time in its PPM history, this marks the initial occasion that the classic hits-oldies outlet crosses the seven-share barrier – and it nearly hits an eight (6.9 – 7.8, +.9). It has been quite the voyage to the top for “Boston’s Greatest Hits.” Following five consecutive down or flat trends producing a combined -1.4 (6.8 – 6.6 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.4, 6+), it rebounded in January with a +1.5 to 6.9, two-tenths behind #1 WMJX “Magic 106.7.” WROR dislodges its adult contemporary cluster-mate, which drops from first to third (7.1 – 6.6, -.5). “Magic 106.7″ held its top-ranked status in Beantown the past three ratings sweeps. After racking up a +1.2 (“Holiday” 2014 – January), CBS Radio news-talk hybrid WBZ-AM amazingly replicates the feat (5.2 – 6.4 – 7.6, 6+) and trails WROR by just two two-tenths. The last time WBZ-AM was in the seven-share range was exactly two years ago when it reached 7.2 in February 2013. Conversely, its FM sibling with matching calls – WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” – follows January’s +1.8 with a -1.4 (5.1 – 6.9 – 5.5, 6+) as the flagship of the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots tumbles from a second-place tie to sixth. Right behind “The Sports Hub” is format rival – Entercom-owned WEEI-FM – steady at #7. The 1.8-share advantage WBZ-FM held over Red Sox flagship WEEI-FM is down to one half share, with WEEI-FM trending 5.1 – 5.0 (-.1). Elsewhere in the spoken-word arena, public WGBH picks up one-half share (2.9 – 3.4, #13 to #12), while Entercom’s WRKO regresses by six-tenths (2.0 – 1.4) to slide from #17 to #20.
2) Detroit - The Motor City’s urban AC contest really tightens up as iHeartMedia‘s WMXD “Mix 92.3″ slumps by -1.3 (6.3 – 5.0) at the same time Radio One-owned WDMK “105.9 Kiss-FM” is picking up one full-share (3.9 – 4.9). As a result, the 2.4-share January advantage (6+) “Mix” enjoyed over “Kiss” is whittled down to a mere one-tenth; “Mix” moves from #3 to a tie at #6, while “Kiss” jumps from #12 to #8. Flat or down the past four sweeps (3.8 – 3.6 – 3.3 – 2.8 – 2.8, 6+), iHeartMedia classic rocker WDTW “106.7 – The D” dials up a +.9 to 3.7, climbing from #17 to #13. Having stumbled by one full-share in the “Holiday” 2014 report, WWJ came bouncing back in January with a whopping +2.3 to 7.3.The CBS Radio all-news property chalks up another impressive gain (7.3 – 8.0, +.7) and repeats at #1. Improving by eight-tenths in January, WWJ cluster-mate WXYT-FM “The Ticket” inched up from #4 to #2, but the all-sports outlet coughs up precisely all of that eight-tenths and slides to #3 (6.2 – 7.0 – 6.2).
3) Miami - As Lincoln Financial Media adult contemporary WLYF “Lite-FM” (6.9 – 7.0, +.1) continues its attempt to close the gap to #1 – it finishes at #2 for the eighth straight monthly – Cox Media Group AC WFEZ “Easy 93.1″ falters by six-tenths (5.3 – 4.7) and dips from fourth to sixth. The station with a target on its back, of course, is “Easy 93.1″ urban AC cluster-mate WHQT “Hot 105.” Although down for the third straight sweep for a cumulative -.9 (9.1 – 8.6 – 8.5 – 8.2), “Hot” remains #1 for a mind-boggling 46th straight month (6+). Miami’s last station other than “Hot” to occupy the top spot (6+) was … “Lite-FM.” While iHeartMedia hot AC WMIA “My-93.9″ gains one-half share (3.1 – 3.6) to bump up from #15 to #10, Univision‘s WAMR regresses by that amount (5.9 – 5.4); however, it remains at #3. All three stations tied at #11 with a 3.5 in February – CBS Radio rhythmic CHR WPOW “Power 96,” Cox Media Group CHR WFLC “Hits 97.3,” and iHM Spanish contemporary WMGE “Mega 94.9″ – increase by one-tenth from their 3.4 share in January. It is the fifth straight up or flat trend for “Mega 94.9″ (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5, 6+), while the +.1 to 3.5 curtails a three-month downturn for “Power 96″ (4.3 – 4.1 – 3.9 – 3.4, 6+).
4) Seattle – January stats favored this market’s sports outlets. Specifically, Seattle Seahawks flagship KIRO-AM “710 AM ESPN” was +1.2 and iHeartMedia-owned KJR-AM “Seattle Sports Radio” improved by nine-tenths. Post-Super Bowl though, KIRO-AM sputters by -1.7 (4.8 – 3.1) to freefall from #6 to #13, while KJR-AM regresses by eight-tenths (2.9 – 2.1), tumbling from #18 to #21. As Entercom‘s KKWF “The Wolf” picks up three-tenths to 4.7 inching up from seventh to sixth, country rival – CBS Radio‘s KMPS – is off by six-tenths to 2.6 (#15 to #19); KMPS was +.5 in January, while “Wolf” had been down or flat the past three monthlies (4.9 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.4, 6+). By notching a +.2 to 5.8 in January, Hubbard CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5″ halted three successive downward trends (6.8 – 6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6, 6+). In the process, it dislodged co-owned adult contemporary KRWM “Warm 106.9″ at #1. Not only does KQMV continue in the penthouse, it registers a +.8 to 6.6 and has a 1.1-share lead over “Warm” (5.6 – 5.5, -.1), which remains at #2. This is the seventh straight monthly that iHM rhythmic CHR KUBE “Hits & Hip-Hop” (#18) has been in the two-share range (6+), but it improves by seven-tenths to 2.8 – its best 6+ showing since September’s 2.9.
5) Minneapolis – This time last month, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KQQL “Kool 108″ witnessed its 6+ share carved by more than 50% (15.3 – 7.3) as it dropped from first to second. “Kool 108″ manages to regain some of those eight full-shares with a +1.1 to 8.4 and stays in the runner-up spot. Although down two-tenths (10.1 – 9.9), co-owned CHR KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” repeats at #1. Remaining in that iHM cluster, KFXN “Sports Radio The Fan” sputters by six-tenths (5.9 – 5.3) – yet – actually improves from a three-way tie at #8 to a three-way tie at #7. After back-to-back increases of four-tenths each (4.9 – 5.3 – 5.7, 6+), noncommercial contemporary Christian KTIS declines by nine-tenths to 4.8, sliding from #8 to #11.
6) San Diego – Even though it is flat at 5.8, iHeartMedia CHR KHTS “Channel 93-3″ catches Lincoln Financial Media adult contemporary KIFM “Easy 98.1″ at #1; following three straight up-trends (4.4 – 4.8 – 6.0 – 6.3, 6+), “Easy 98.1″ drops one-half share. Also declining by one-half share is “Channel 93-3″ sports sibling KLSD “Extra 1360″ (1.6 – 1.1, #24). In the same iHM cluster, with a +.6 to 3.3 (#15 to #12), KIOZ “San Diego’s Rock Station” applies the brakes to four successive downtrends which had accounted for a combined -1.5 (4.2 – 3.8 – 3.2 – 2.9 – 2.7, 6+).
7) Tampa – After making gains of six-tenths (each) in January, iHeartMedia urban contemporary and hot AC siblings WBTP “The Beat” and WMTX “Mix 100.7″ tack on one full-share and six-tenths, respectively. “The Beat” (5.6) rockets from #9 to #4, while “Mix” (4.9) breaks into the top ten (#12 to #8). Improving by one-half share are Cox Media’s Group‘s WDUV “Lite Favorites” (11.1 – 11.6) and Beasley‘s country WQYK (4.7 – 5.2), which bumps up from eighth to sixth. Regarding “Lite Favorites,” the adult contemporary property is #1 for an amazing 28th consecutive survey period and is in double-figures (6+) for the tenth straight time. In January, WDUV talk cluster-mate WHPT put up a +1.0 to 3.2 (#14), ending five straight down trending monthlies (4.7 – 4.6 – 3.2 – 3.0 – 2.8 – 2.2, 6+), which had resulted in a combined -2.5. “The Bone,” however, is off by four-tenths in February to 2.8 (#15).
8) Denver – Major sweep-to-sweep moves and ranker shifts are abundant here, including a one-two-three finish for iHeartMedia properties. Taking those three in order, KTCL “Modern Rock Channel 93.3″ adds a +1.1 to January’s +.5 (4.5 – 5.0 – 6.1, 6+) and breezes from a fourth-place tie to first. Improving by seven-tenths (5.0 – 5.7), KBCO “World Class Rock” inches up from the fourth-place tie (with KTCL) to second. The biggest gain though is from their classic rock sibling KRFX “The Fox,” which – owing to a +1.3 (4.2 – 5.5) – rockets from #11 all the way to #3. June 2012 (5.0) was the last time “The Fox” was in the five-share range. Still in Denver’s iHM cluster, after three straight negative trends (3.4 – 3.1 – 2.7 – 2.6, 6+), KBPI “Rocks the Rockies” dials up a +1.2 to 3.8 as it climbs from #18 to #15. Following three successive .4 showings (6+), Max Broadcast Group Holdings’ KFCO notched a +.8 to 1.2 in January and does it again, bringing “Flo 107.1″ to 2.0 (#21). Alternative KXDE “107-X” occupied that frequency for nine months, before it became classic hip-hop “Flo” this past Christmas Eve. Setting the pace in December, “Holiday,” and January, Entercom adult contemporary KOSI “Continuous Lite Rock” (6.1 – 4.9, -1.2) fades to fifth; its “Holiday” 2014 – January trend was 12.4 – 6.1 (-6.3). Co-owned classic rocker KQMT “The Mountain” falters by nine-tenths (5.7 – 4.8) and sputters from second to sixth. For the past three sweeps, KOSI and KQMT finished first and second, respectively. On the heels of a +.7 to 2.9 in January, Lincoln Financial Media‘s KKFN “Sports Radio – The Fan” forfeits all of it and three-tenths more (2.9 – 1.9, -1.0), spiraling from #17 to #22.
9) Baltimore – Boasting the loftiest 6+ January – February gain of any station in the 24 PPM markets whose data has been released thus far, iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WZFT “Z-104.3″ (4.2 – 6.0, +1.8) rockets from #9 to a three-way tie at #4. Not only that, 6.0 represents the best 6+-performance for “Z-104.3″ in its PPM history. Co-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station” gains one-half share (8.3 – 8.8) and repeats at #1. Improving by +1.1 each are contemporary Christian WRBS “Shine FM – Positive Hits” (3.4 – 4.5, #11 to #8) and Radio One urban contemporary WERQ “92-Q” (5.4 – 6.5), which jumps from sixth to second. It is the second straight impressive +1.1 for “Shine FM,” while “99-Q” is rebounding from January’s gigantic -1.8. CBS Radio‘s WJZ-FM “The Fan” follows up January’s +1.2 (4.7 – 5.9) with a -1.4 (4.5, fourth to eighth), while Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9″ (#2 to #3) declines by nine-tenths (7.3 – 6.4), after January’s +1.1 (6.2 – 7.3).
10) St. Louis – In a truly authentic bounce-back case, iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies KLOU – which regressed by -1.7 to 6.7 in January – makes up all of it to return to 8.4. In doing so, KLOU moves from second to first, replacing Emmis classic rocker KSHE (7.3 – 6.7, -.6), which falls to third. Prior to the -.6, KSHE was up or flat the past four monthlies for a cumulative +1.4 (5.9 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 7.1 – 7.3, 6+). After enjoy a January improvement of nine-tenths, iHeartMedia country KSD “The Bull” tacks on another eight-tenths (4.1 – 5.0 – 5.8) as it zooms from eighth to fourth; 5.8 matches what “The Bull” posted last July. Radio One urban contemporary WHHL “Hot 104.1″ regains the six-tenths it lost in January (5.2 – 4.6 – 5.2) and advances from #12 to #8. On the second day of the February ratings period (1/30), Emmis transitioned classic hits-oldies KIHT to CHR KNOU “Now 96.3.” KIHT placed #13 (4.5) in January; “Now 96.3″ loses more than 50% of January’s 4.5 (2.1, -2.4) and finishes #18. Its CHR format rival – iHeartMedia’s KSLZ “Z-107-7″ – picks up one tenth to 5.7 and is steady at #5. Dropping one ranker (#16 to #17), Hubbard‘s WXOS “101 Sports” falters by one full-share (3.2 – 2.2).
Bouvard Joins Cumulus Media as CMO. Former president of sales for Arbitron – Pierre Bouvard – is named chief marketing officer of Cumulus. The New York City-based media research, sales, and marketing expert will direct Cumulus’ strategy for its local and national brands. Cumulus president and chief executive officer Lew Dickey comments, “Pierre is one of the radio industry’s most effective advocates. He understands the power of our great medium and is uniquely positioned to leverage audience insights to help advertisers take full advantage of our platform to deliver national scale with local activation. Incremental data beyond ratings is rapidly becoming the most important component in advertising decisions; we are excited to have Pierre leading our effort to help our clients achieve a superior return on investment.” Bouvard – who begins his new assignment today (Wednesday, 3/18) – states that, “Cumulus is America’s fastest growing major radio group. Over the last ten years, their national revenues have grown tenfold from $50 million to $500 million. They have transformed themselves into a major market, cross-media national platform through the merger of Westwood One and Cumulus Radio Networks; launch of the ‘Nash’ country music lifestyle brand; and the Rdio online radio partnership. Radio is the soundtrack for the American worker and ‘king of the road.’ Cumulus has impressive solutions for advertisers and agencies to reach the right audience and accomplish their brand and sales objectives.” Most recently, Bouvard was senior vice president of sales for TiVo Research & Analytics. Prior to his lengthy Arbitron tenure, Bouvard was executive vice president of Coleman Insights.
Alpha Media to Expand into Lubbock, Texas Market. The just-announced deal with Wilks Broadcast Group will, when approved by the FCC, give Alpha Media 96 stations in its growing portfolio. The four Lubbock market stations are: classic rock KONE, country KLLL, hip hop KBTE, and CHR KMMX. Alpha chairman Larry Wilson states, “We are so fortunate to be able to acquire the four best radio properties in Lubbock, Texas. They combine fine signals and superb people to provide a radio winner that is perennially the highest rated cluster in Lubbock.”
Jack Taddeo Joins NRG Media’s Waterloo/Cedar Rapids Operations. Consultant and radio management pro Jack Taddeo is the new general manager for NRG Media’s Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, Iowa stations: rock KFMW, Waterloo; classic hits KOKZ, Waterloo; sports talk KWLO, Waterloo; and news/talk KXEL, Waterloo. NRG Media chief operating officer Chuck DuCoty comments, “We couldn’t be more pleased to have Jack Taddeo on board. He is an outstanding broadcaster who demonstrates strategic vision, outstanding coaching skills and great leadership.”
Weigel’s ‘87.7 MeTV FM’ in Chicago Brings Aboard Mark Zander and Mike Horn. The latest programming venture to occupy Venture Technologies’ audio channel at 87.7 FM in Chicago is Weigel Broadcasting Co.’s companion radio station to its classic television network, MeTV, which launched last month. Now the station announces some hires as Illinois radio pros Mark Zander and Mike Horn join as program director and imaging director, respectively. Zander comments, “I have long admired the work Neal Sabin has done on the television side with Weigel Broadcasting. I’m excited to be a part of bringing the ‘MeTV’ brand to the radio, and beyond!” In addition to his radio station work over the past 25 years, Zander has operated 4C Studios since 2008 – a production company for nationally syndicated content, including “The Rockin’ 80s” and “The Rockin’ 70s.” Horn spent 18 years at WBBM-AM and WBBM-FM “B96” and since 1999 has operated Michael Horn Productions which provides imaging services for various radio stations around the country.
Larry Gifford: Radiodays Europe 2015 – Day Three. The overriding theme of the just-concluded three-day radio conference in Milan, Italy was the future of content distribution, according to consultant and talent coach Larry Gifford, who filed a series of special reports for RadioInfo . “Talk of the future of radio and audio was pervasive. ‘The connected age,’ ‘second screens,’ and ‘visualizing radio’ were some of the buzz phrases heard throughout the three days. Everyone seemed to be talking about how important it is to embrace video, studio cams, and social media,” Gifford writes. Get more of Gifford’s summary of the event, including some insight into how one Australian morning show is embracing the digital platform, here. (Pictured here is Gifford delivering his “30 Ideas in 45 Minutes” session on Tuesday. Photo by James Cridland.)
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First Round of February 2015 PPM Data Released. February 2015 PPM survey information has been released by Nielsen Audio for the first batch 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). The February 2015 survey period covered January 29 – February 25. You can see all the 6+ data from subscribing stations here. Additionally, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways” from 10 of these 12 PPM markets.
1) New York – On the strength of a +.7 (4.3 – 5.0), WAXQ “Q-104.3″ reaches a five-share for the first time in over five years (5.2, September 2009, 6+). The iHeartMedia classic rocker had been in the 4.2 – 4.7 range (6+) the past 12 survey periods and inches up from eighth to seventh. After three straight positive trends (5.4 – 5.6 – 7.7 – 13.5, 6+), co-owned WLTW “Lite-FM” is down in back-to-back monthlies (13.5 – 7.4 – 7.0). Even so, the adult contemporary outlet remains on top for the fourth successive sweep. Dating back to last May, WQHT “Hot 97″ has been down or flat eight of nine times. The Emmis rhythmic CHR, however, adds five-tenths (2.8 – 3.3) to move from #13 to #12. Following January’s six-tenths gain (3.9 – 4.5), CBS Radio‘s WFAN “The Fan” coughs up a -.8 to 3.7 as it tumbles from seventh to tenth. This is the first time in its PPM history that Townsquare Media talker WXKW “New Jersey 101.5″ cracks the New York City top 20 (1.2 – 1.5, +.3, #20). For the fifteenth successive sweep, iHeartMedia urban contemporary WWPR “Power 105.1″ has a 6+-share between 3.0 – 3.9; “Power” (3.9 – 3.6, -.3) slips to #11, after being frozen at #10 the past three monthlies.
2) Los Angeles – Just two-tenths separates the top four stations. A four-tenths decline by adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103″ (5.6, – 5.2, 6+), coupled with a two-tenths gain by CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” (5.0 – 5.2) has the iHeartMedia siblings tied at #1. This marks the fourth straight sweep in which “Coast” has had a stake in the lead. The last time it did not occupy the top spot was November when “Kiss-FM” was in the penthouse. Despite an improvement of four-tenths (4.6 – 5.0), co-owned hot AC KBIG “My-FM” (third to fourth) is overtaken by CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101″ (4.6 – 5.1, +.5), which finishes third; “My-FM” and “K-Earth” were tied for that slot in January. “K-Earth” cluster-mate and somewhat similar genre-mate (adult hits) KCBS-FM “Jack” enters the top ten (#11 – #7) by registering a +.6 (3.2 – 3.8). This is the finest 6+-performance for “Jack” since August 2009’s 4.0. Riding a three-tenths gain (2.3 – 2.6, 6+), sibling KTWV “The Wave” leaps from a three-way tie at #20 to #13 and has its highest 6+-share since last May (also 2.6). One week into the February sweep (2/5), iHeartMedia transitioned urban-rhythmic oldies KHHT “Hot 92.3″ to urban contemporary KRRL “Real.” In January, “Hot” registered a 2.6 (#13), compared to February’s 2.5 (-.1, #14) for “Real.” KRRL morning talent “Big Boy” joins from cross-town Emmis rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106,” which is off four-tenths (4.0 – 3.6) and drops from fifth to ninth. After advancing by one-half share in January, Bonneville classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” (steady at #8) tacks on another three-tenths (2.9 – 3.4 – 3.7, 6+). It is the debut monthly for morning driver Mark Thompson, who for years teamed with Brian Phelps on cross-town Cumulus Media rocker KLOS; Thompson’s first day on “The Sound” was February 2.
3) Chicago – As iHeartMedia‘s recently-minted (1/5) WEBG “Big 95.5 – Chicago’s Hit Country” (formerly regional Mexican WNUA) rebounds from a -.6 in January to a +.7 (1.6 – 1.0 – 1.7, #28 to #23, 6+), CBS Radio‘s similarly-formatted WUSN “US-99.5″ drops one-half share in February after a +.7 in January (2.6 – 3.3 – 2.8, #11 to #15). The 6+-trend for “US-99.5″ going back to November is -.6, -.9, +.7, and -.5. The combined +1.1 (6+) racked up in January by two all-sports adversaries turns inside-out to a -1.1 in February, as CBS Radio’s WSCR “The Score” is off six-tenths after a +.7 (2.7 – 3.4 – 2.8, #8 to #15), while WMVP “ESPN Chicago” drops one-half share following a +.4 (1.4 – 1.8 – 1.3, #23 to #24). Prior to its -.6, “The Score” had notched three straight up-trends (2.3 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.4, 6+) for a cumulative +1.1. Nowhere near January’s robust +1.5 (5.7 – 7.2), CBS Radio’s WBBM-AM posts a modest +.2 to 7.4 and is the market’s pacesetter in back-to-back sweeps. January was the first time the all-news facility finished at #1 since February 2014 (6.6).
4) Dallas – Dating back over the last 14-PPM surveys, KRNB “Smooth R&B” has remained exclusively in the three-share range – including 3.3 in four of the past seven sweeps (6+). The Service Broadcasting-owned urban AC, however, explodes with a +.9 to 4.0 to zoom from #11 in January to #6. It is the first time under PPM methodology that KRNB has reached the four-share level (6+). With a one-half share improvement (2.0 – 2.5), CBS Radio adult hits KJKK “Jack-FM” jumps from a tie at #20 to #17; 2.5 is the best for “Jack-FM” since September’s 2.8 (6+). Co-owned sports KRLD-FM “The Fan,” however, regresses by a lofty -1.1 (2.5 – 1.4) to spiral from #17 to #26. Repeating at #1 is iHeartMedia CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” (7.8 – 7.9, +.1), which enjoys a very comfortable 2.8-share lead over Salem contemporary Christian runner-up KLTY “Safe for the Whole Family” (5.6 – 5.1, -.5).
5) Houston – Simultaneous with a three-tenths uptick by Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic” (6.6 – 6.9, #2 in January) and a two-tenths dip (7.1 – 6.9) by iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1,” the two facilities are deadlocked at #1. It is the fifth successive sweep “Sunny” has been on top. “Majic” was locked on 6.4 in November and December and on 6.6 in “Holiday” and January. Owing to a +1.0 (2.6 – 3.6), CBS Radio CHR KKHH “Hot 95-7″ leaps from #17 to #12, while format rival – Cumulus Media‘s KRBE – drops one-tenth (3.5 – 3.4, #13); KRBE was in a three-way tie at #10 in January. The +.6 in January put an end to six straight down or flat trends for KRBE (4.0 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.3 – 2.9, 6+); the two CHR outlets were tied at #13 in “Holiday” 2014 (2.9). Univision regional Mexican KLTN “Radio Estereo Latino” gains one-half share (5.8 – 6.3) and is steady in third-place, while CBS Radio’s KILT-AM “Sports 610″ dips by that margin (2.3 – 1.8) and drops out of the top 20 (#19 to #21). This is the fourth consecutive down trend for Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies KROI “Boom 92″ (3.2 – 2.9 – 2.5 – 2.0 – 1.7) for a cumulative -1.6; it remains at #22.
6) Atlanta – CHR enjoys a good month in this market as iHeartMedia‘s WWPW “Power 96.1″ hangs out a one-half share increase (5.0 – 5.5, seventh to fourth), while Cumulus Media‘s WWWQ “Q-100 – All The Hits” gains six-tenths (4.5 – 5.1) to catapult from tenth to sixth. It is the fourth straight up-trend for “Power” (3.8 – 4.2 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+) for a combined +1.7; “Q-100″ is coming off a +.7 in January. Cox Media Group adult contemporary WSB-FM “B-98.5″ rebounds nicely from January’s -1.1 with an eight-tenths improvement (6.5 – 5.4 – 6.2) as it climbs from fifth to third. After consecutive downward moves (8.1 – 7.6 – 7.3, 6+), CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103″ (#2 in January) delivers a +.7 to 8.0, overtaking Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM (7.4 – 7.1, -.3, #2) at #1. WSB-AM was #1 in September, October, and November; “V-103″ led the pack in December, and “Holiday” 2014. Salem contemporary Christian WFSH is off by three full shares since “Holiday” 2014: “The Fish” was a stunning -2.1 in January and it drops another nine-tenths to 4.6 to sputter from fourth in January to eighth.
7) Long Island – It is just a one-month stay at #1 for CBS Radio all-sports outlet WFAN “The Fan,” which in January, rung up an impressive +1.5 (5.7 – 7.2, 6+) to occupy Nassau-Suffolk’s penthouse for the first time under PPM methodology. “The Fan,” though surrenders all but one-tenth of that gain (7.2 – 5.8, -1.4) and slides to #3. Unseated from the top spot in January, Connoisseur Media adult contemporary-turned-hot AC WALK-FM is down another nine-tenths to go along with January’s -3.7 – yet – it actually advances from second to first (10.6 – 6.9 – 6.0, 6+). Prior to being eased to #2 in January, WALK-FM spent seven successive monthlies at #1. Just one-tenth behind WALK-FM is iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100,” which inches up from third to second (5.6 – 5.9, +.3, 6+). WINS tacks six-tenths onto January’s nine-tenths gain (2.9 – 3.8 – 4.4, 6+) as the CBS Radio all-news property bumps up from eighth to sixth. Hot AC cluster-mate WWFS “Fresh” recovers the one-half share it lost in January (1.9 – 1.4 – 1.9) and returns to the top 20 (#20).
8) Riverside – Not only does KLYY “Jose” finish first for the eighth straight ratings period, the Entravision Spanish adult hits outlet improves by one full-share (11.2 – 12.2) and is in double-digits (6+) for the fourth time in the last five sweeps. It has a commanding (roughly) 2.5 times lead over Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA (5.3 – 4.9, -.4), which finishes second – as it has done in each of the last eight sweeps. Even though it has not been up since a one-tenth gain September – October (including three successive 1.2 showings), All Pro alternative KCXX “X-103.9″ is just -.3 in that period (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.2 – 1.2 – 1.2); “X-103.9″ goes from a three-way tie at #11 in January to #12. Univision‘s KLVE “K-Love” gains six-tenths (4.0 – 4.6), remaining third for the fourth straight month, while iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR KGGI improves by one-half share (3.9 – 4.4) and finishes fourth for the third consecutive sweep.
9) San Jose – Notwithstanding a seven-tenths decline, KBAY makes it four straight months at #1. The Digity Media-owned adult contemporary had put together three straight up trends (5.4 – 6.6 – 8.5 – 8.8, 6+) for a cumulative +3.4, prior to regressing 8.8 – 7.0 – 6.3 for a combined -2.5. As the result of a -1.1 (5.7 – 4.6), public KQED drops from third to fifth and has its lowest 6+-share in the San Jose report in two years (4.6 in March 2013). Empire‘s KRTY “Hot Country” dials up a +.8 to 4.0 as it leaps from a tie at #11 to #7. Owing to a +.9 (3.0 – 3.9), Univision regional Mexican KSOL is right behind, vaulting from #13 to #8. Locked at 2.8 (6+) in December and “Holiday” 2014, Cumulus Media sports KNBR exploded with a +.8 to 3.6 in January, but it relinquishes all of it – plus one-tenth – as it freefalls from #8 to #15.
10) Middlesex – Following a +.8 January performance (6.2 – 7.0), Townsquare Media talker WKXW “New Jersey 101.5″ adds another nine-tenths to 7.9 as it dislodges iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” (7.2 – 6.6, -.6, #1 to #3) from the top spot. “Lite-FM” classic rock cluster-mate WAXQ “Q-104.3″ pulls the plug on five consecutive downward trends (6.4 – 6.3 – 6.2 – 5.7 – 5.0 – 4.6, 6+) by notching a seven-tenths gain to 5.3 and creeps up from sixth to fifth. A similar slide ends as Emmis urban AC WBLS “Your #1 Source for R&B” gains six-tenths to 4.8 and improves from eighth to six; WBLS previously was down or flat the past four surveys but only for a combined -.7 (4.9 – 4.4 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 4.2, 6+). This time last month, CBS Radio’s WFAN had exploded with a +1.4 to 5.9, but “The Fan” has the dubious distinction of having the greatest (6+) January – February erosion (-1.4) of any station in the 12 PPM markets whose data was released Monday. Moreover, it registers a -1.4 in two different metros – Middlesex (5.9 – 4.5, fourth to seventh) and – as noted above – Long Island (7.2 – 5.8). The streak of up or flat trends for Univision‘s WXNY ends at four (2.5 – 2.5 – 2.7 – 3.1) as “X-96.3″ falters by eight-tenths to 2.3 to tumble from #11 to #17.
Larry Gifford: Radiodays Europe – Day Two. Consultant and talent coach Larry Gifford is in Milan, Italy attending the Radiodays Europe 2015 conference and files this special report to RadioInfo. On day two, Gifford covered, among other things, a keynote speech by iHeartMedia/Premiere Networks morning show star Elvis Duran (pictured here). The “Z100”-based morning personality says over the years he’s come to appreciate his work even more than when he was young. That’s based in part on his believing that he’s not bigger than the show. He says he’s also found new joy in helping people – especially listeners – tell their stories. Also included in this report is a “psychoanalysis” of radio and Australian personality Mel Greig’s thoughts about her infamous prank call to a London hospital that resulted in a nurse committing suicide. Read Gifford’s full report here.
Amber Lee Named New Host of ‘Hangar 19.’ Programmer and personality Amber Lee is the new host of the Envision Networks-syndicated classic hard rock show “Hangar 19.” The three-hour, weekly program “immerses listeners in the rock music scene from the ‘80s and early ‘90s.” Lee is currently music director and afternoon personality at Midwest Communications’ classic rock WYDR, Green Bay. “Hangar 19” executive producer Jason Hillery says, “I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside Amber as her program director for the past four years and she is a top notch radio talent! She has a true passion for rock and she definitely lives it. I’m excited that she’s joining us at Hangar 19!” Envision says the program “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.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The Twin Cities’ newest alternative rock station – the Pohlad family-owned KTWN (and flagship for the MLB’s Twins) – brings aboard Reed Fischer to serve as editorial producer at “Go 96.3.” Fischer had been music editor at local alt-weekly City Pages. Though the story in Vita.mn doesn’t describe the duties an editorial producer will have at the station, it suggests the move means KTWN is serious about contesting non-com KCMP “89.3 The Current” for ears…..Jon Manuel is the new imaging director at iHeartMedia’s hot AC KBIG, Los Angeles “104.3 MYfm.” Manuel recently served in the same capacity for the company’s KIOI and KYLD in San Francisco…..From across the Atlantic Ocean, the U.K.’s heat radio signs former Westlife star Kian Egan to host a brand new Saturday afternoon show. Egan’s “Re-heat“ will see him spin today’s hit music plus pop from the 1990s and 2000s.
Interviewing a Legend. According to Westwood One’s NASH Icon format host Scott Gaines (left), he was able to scratch one more item off his bucket list this past weekend when he interviewed newly inducted Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap (right) at Billy Bob’s Texas on Friday night. Gaines says the two talked about Milsap’s new book, his new recording project, and much more.