Category: Industry News
Nielsen’s March 2014 RADAR Report Says Radio Listening Up. According to the soon-to-be-released March 2014 RADAR 120 National Radio Listening Report from Nielsen, total radio listening has increased in the past 12 months by 1.2 million weekly listeners. Stating that radio now reaches 244.4 million Americans, Nielsen also breaks it down a bit adding that “the national audience aged 18 to 34 grew by more than half a million compared to the previous year, reaching 91.9% of all 18 to 34 year-olds.” As far as time spent listening is concerned, the report indicates the average total time spent listening to AM/FM radio is 2 hours and 41 minutes (persons 12+), a figure that remains steady from the time documented last March.
Vaughn Moves on From Beasley’s WRDW, Philadelphia. There’s no detailed explanation from Beasley Broadcasting’s Philadelphia cluster where programmer Rick Vaughn is exiting his PD post at hip hop WRDW “Wired 96.5” after a month on the job – just that the two sides have mutually agreed to part amicably. Vaughn came to WRDW from his most recent gig at Clear Channel’s Atlanta group where he had programmed CHR WWPW “Power 96.1” and alternative WRDA “Radio 107.5.”
CRB/CRS Mayne Man Earns An Extension. More specifically, that would be five more years for Bill Mayne as executive director of the Country Radio Broadcasters and Country Radio Seminar. CRB/CRS president Charlie Morgan comments that under Mayne’s leadership, “The Country Radio Seminar has experienced a true renaissance, with annual growth in attendance, sponsorship and engagement from all involved. His tireless dedication, boundless energy, and contagious enthusiasm for CRB/CRS have driven the success we are enjoying. We are thrilled to know Bill will continue to be our leader for the next half-decade.” Mayne remarks, “To be able to work with and learn from the most united group of strong and incredibly talented core staff is humbling. Our board’s leadership is extremely focused in vision and benefits for our constituents. These two factors not only support – but empower – all of our efforts to provide the absolute best and affordable experience possible for all who engage at CRS.” Before overseeing the non-profit organization’s operations since 2011, Mayne was on its board of directors.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. There’s a new co-host on the “Bender Nation” morning show at Clear Channel’s CHR KBKS, Seattle “106.1 Kiss FM” as former “The Bachelor” cast member Molly Mesnick becomes part of the crew on March 17…..Also in Seattle at Hubbard Radio’s alternative KLCK “Click 98.9,” Jackie Cunningham joins the morning program. Cunningham had worked at crosstown KBKS as Bender’s co-host in morning drive…..Radio One moves Eddie Harrell from his VP/GM role at the Columbus cluster to the same post at its Cleveland operations. He takes over for Jeffrey Wilson who was recently promoted to regional vice president for the company’s Midwest stations…..Jon Daniels is promoted to program director/brand manager at Connoisseur Media’s adult contemporary WKJY, Hempstead, New York “K98.3.” He continues his afternoon drive duties and assumes the PD gig from “K98.3” morning host Steve Harper who continues in that role…..At Main Line Broadcasting’s country WLFV, Richmond “93.1 The Wolf,” Braden Smith is named program director and afternoon personality. Smith most recently was PM drive jock and APD at Telemedia Broadcasting’s country WGRX, Fredericksburg, Virginia “Thunder 104.5.”…..Clear Channel expands the reach of the WMMS, Cleveland-based “Rover’s Morning Glory” show to its rock WTFX, Louisville “93.1 The Fox.”
Picking Songs in Jacksonville. At the Cox Media Group cluster in Jacksonville, Anthony “Kobe” Fargo (air name “Kane”) works with program director Todd Shannon selecting music that will air on CHR WAPE. He tells RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian that “every station in Cox is handled in a unique and independent situation, although we do share information. Songs that get played in Long Island on CHR WBLI won’t always be the same as those in Tampa on WPOI and the ones in Tampa might be different from those in Jacksonville. Tampa is not like Jacksonville and Long Island is not like Jacksonville.” Fargo says he takes pride in having good ears for picking hits and says he has a pretty good batting average to back it up. This comes in an era when a lot of the industry is programmed from the corporate top down. To read more about Fargo’s take on selecting music, click here.
Sacramento’s “Hot 103.5″ Transitions to Rhythmic CHR. At Entravision’s Sacramento cluster, the company evolved mainstream CHR KHHM “Hot 103.5″ to rhythmic CHR. Representative artists on the station will include Beyonce, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Pharrell, and Pitbull. Senior vice president of integrated marketing solutions Angelica Balderas comments that, “Sacramento is one of the most diverse cities in America. KHHM’s music and on-air personalities reflect the vibrant and diverse community that we serve. KHHM is a beloved radio station in the Sacramento market, and we look forward to building upon our existing success with our new programming and talent line-up.” That roster includes Sugabear, Amanda, and Karli (morning drive); Andrea Gomez (middays); JayMarZZ (afternoon drive); and Soosh*e (nights). Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s January 2014 monthly, KHHM registers a 3.0. Its December-”Holiday”-January (6+) trend is a very consistent 3.0 (#14) – 3.1 (#15) – 3.0 (#14). Entercom mainstream CHR KDND “The End” is #1 in January with a 7.8, while CBS Radio rhythmic CHR KSFM “KS-FM” ranks sixth (4.9).
Buckley Sells Lone Fresno FM to Lotus. It is Buckley Broadcasting’s only Fresno signal and president and CEO Joe Bilotta says the pending sale of hip hop KSEQ “Q97” came about after some reflection. “Our ability to compete in the highly consolidated Fresno market with a free-standing FM was a significant reason to entertain and eventually sell KSEQ to Lotus Communications. For over 20 years, we have owned this wonderful facility and want to extend a heartfelt thanks to the many people who have and do contribute to our success.” The terms of the deal have not been announced yet. With this acquisition, Lotus Communications owns five stations in the market including: regional Mexican KLBN-FM, classic rock KKBZ-FM, Spanish KHIT-FM, and Spanish KGST-AM.
Greater Media’s Rock WRAT, Point Pleasant, New Jersey Adds Translator. Jersey Shore rocker WRAT “95.9 The Rat,” licensed to Point Pleasant is now simulcasting its programming on translator W300AO licensed to Manahawkin, New Jersey (about 40 miles south of Point Pleasant). The company is also making WRAT available on the HD2 channel of AC WJRZ in Manahawkin. SVP and regional general manager Dan Finn states, “WRAT already broadcasts from the optimum geographic location near the Monmouth-Ocean border on 95.9 FM. Now, by simulcasting on 107.9 FM in Manahawkin, it allows us to increase The Rat’s footprint on Long Beach Island and the surrounding area. We’re absolutely thrilled and are confident the listeners will be too.”
Classic Rock, Rock and News PPM Market Comparisons. How you view the shift in programming and the audience response that takes place every December when AC stations go into holiday mode is a matter of philosophy – some consider it a natural part of the format while others view it as a “departure.” To some, the January PPM can feel like a “reset” while to others it’s just another part of the programming “continuum.” Regardless of your perspective, ratings changes from month to month can be informative so today RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian is comparing how classic rock, rock and news stations fared as some of the audience changed its listening habits in January. Read his analysis here.
John Darin Succumbs to Cancer at 74. Los Angeles radio veteran John Darin died at age 74 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. During his career, Darin had worked at stations including: KRLA, KDAY, KROQ, KNAC, KGOE, KNX, KGIL, KJOI, and KBLA. Darin worked on the air and as a program director before expanding to the television news business and working as an anchor and field reporter.
DOOBIE: Five Music Radio Survival Tips. Followers of Duane Doobie (this publication’s music editor/director and composite voice) know that he unabashedly represents the unified RadioInfo editorial position that music radio of all formats must take drastic measures as quickly as possible to offset the alarming erosion of its influence within contemporary music culture. Without maintaining influence in this arena, terrestrial music radio will not be able to compete effectively against the exotic competition it faces in the early 21st century from digital platforms and will be impotent in satisfying the needs of new generations weaned on the techno-culture of the digital age. Worse, it will lose the support of the older generation that was weaned on music radio and wants to continue using it – if only it still made sense to them. In a new column posted today (3/10) Doobie recommends:
1) Bring back the disc jockey. Without great presenters who give meaning, life, excitement and credibility to radio’s delivery of music, everything else will fall flat. The philosophy of “shut up and play the music” is of another day and age. It is surely death in this new environment. The key is to say the right things about the music and in the right way. But certainly NOT to shut up.
2) Stop worrying about avoiding tune-outs and start thinking about creating tune-ins. Program lots of “specials” and promote and program songs that might only get played a handful of times. Don’t be afraid of cross-overs. They are the catalysts for positive evolution and growth (study music history). Create more situations in which you tell the audience, “Hey – ya gotta hear THIS!”
3) Spread out and create new formats. There are all kinds of possibilities out there for new formats that can appeal to a) smart kids as well as dumb kids; b) boomers (whose money and influence are still worth something in spite of what the ad agencies will tell you); and c) everyday people who do not identify themselves by what music they like – they just like music.
4) Bring back “block programming.” At least for a few hours per week. Break your own musical format in hidden corners of your broadcast week for forms of music that are not getting played on the radio – but can attract a critical mass of listeners at least for a few hours of appointment listening per week. You will be able to sell it to a sponsor, perk up your cume, and perhaps even give birth to a major new format of the future.
5) Be skeptical of charts, research, and promotions that are born and raised in today’s corporate culture. Never forget, one person’s gut is another person’s research. Find the tastemakers – the people in this business with the golden-ears. That’s where ALL research begins. Try championing at least one LOCAL musical act per month – no matter how “hit” oriented you are. The concept of the “hit” is far more subjective than way too many of today’s crop of music radio programmers realize.
Doobie goes on to say the unspeakable! “Be aware and understand that, for the most part, what is being programmed today as standard terrestrial radio fare is NOT GOOD ENOUGH to stand out and make a go of it on the internet. If we do not face that cold, hard fact – all will be lost.” To read the column in its entirety, please click here.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, 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 (3/10) includes such names as: Nadia Ali, Prince ADM, Jasmine Thompson, John Legend, Chaka Khan, Beth Spangler, Ray LaMontagne, Dan Auerbach, Black Keys, Run River North, Danger Mouse, Phil Ek, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, Sky Daniels, Paul McCartney, Missing Persons, Dale Bozzio, the Mary Onettes, Dog in the Snow, SKATERS, We The Wild, William Bolton, Times New Roman, Rubin Haze, Dirty South, the Gorillaz, Neely, Cowboy Dave, Joshua Scott Jones, Steel Magnolia, Cherlene, Jessy Lynn Martens, Kenny Loggins, and Drivin N Cryin among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Emmis to Reward Employees with Stock. The company states that as part of its 2012 Employee Retention Plan, roughly 75% of its full-time employees are being notified they are eligible to receive what it is saying is “a sizeable stock award.” The company further states, “Emmis prides itself on being a destination employer in the media and digital industries, and as such, places a high value on cultivating a culture that allows us to attract and retain the best talent in our industries. The third of Emmis’ Eleven Commandments states: Be good to your people – get them into the game and give them a piece of the pie.” Eligible employees will receive a pro-rata share of approximately 976,000 shares of Emmis Communications common stock. Using Friday’s closing price, the 976,000 shares in the Retention Plan will deliver $3,240,000 in value to the 598 employees who qualify for the plan. To ensure a broad-based distribution, the Plan excluded executive officers and capped the level of salary credit at $50,000. As an example of the award size, a full-time employee of Emmis who has been with the company since April 2, 2012, with a salary of $40,000 per year will get approximately 1,480 shares. That equates to a market value of $4913.60, using the closing price last Friday, March 7 of $3.32. The awards will vest on April 2, 2014 and will be distributed to employees shortly thereafter. It will be their choice whether to hold or sell the stock.
Johnjay and Rich Show Joins Adult Hits KFMB-FM, San Diego. The syndicated “Johnjay and Rich” show is returning to the San Diego airwaves starting Monday, March 17 as the duo will be heard in afternoon drive on Midwest Television-owned KFMB-FM “100.7 JACK-FM.” The Johnjay and Rich show will be customized daily, tailored for San Diego with fresh content to complement the best of their daily syndicated show. The Phoenix-based program is heard in morning drive on its other affiliates. Johnjay Van Es states, “Rich and I spent so much time in San Diego and we love it. We LOVE ‘JACK-FM’…We are ready to get back on in America’s Finest City doing afternoons.” Program director Mike O’Reilly says, “It’s about making ‘100.7 JACK-FM’ in San Diego a unique, daily addiction multiple times a day.”
Kidd Kraddick Show Names Mike Morse Executive Producer. The YEA Networks-syndicated “Kidd Kraddick Morning Show” announces the appointing of Mike Morse as executive producer/show director. Morse takes over for Robert Ehrman who left the show in January to take a position with Clear Channel in Los Angeles. Morse will start at the end of March. YEA Networks CEO George Laughlin states, “Mike is a very talented executive producer with a tremendous track record, and we are excited to have him as part of the ‘Kidd Kraddick Morning Show’ team.” Morse adds, “The first time I heard Kidd Kraddick on the air, I had my ‘so THAT’S how radio should be done!’ moment. While most people remember him as a tremendous radio personality and innovator, I think his greatest achievement was choosing the right people for his show and his network. The cast of the ‘Kidd Kraddick Morning Show’ and the staff at YEA Networks are the best in the business, and I’m honored to continue my idol’s legacy as a part of his team.”
Long Island’s “Shark” Secures Don Harrison as PD. Former Maverick Media Santa Rosa (California) operations manager Don Harrison is appointed program director of WWSK “The Shark,” Long Island. He succeeds Lenny Diana, who left the Connoisseur Media rock station for Springfield, Massachusetts where he is brand manager for Saga rock/classic rock combo WLZX “Lazer 99.3″ and WAQY. According to Connoisseur chief executive officer Jeff Warshaw, “‘The Shark’ has given Long Island a radio station that fills a void that was previously unavailable on the radio dial. We are particularly excited to bring Don Harrison into the company so he can build and nurture a quality brand that serves both the listener and the advertiser alike.” Market manager Dave Widmer comments, “Don’s extensive experience in the industry will be an exciting addition to our cluster. He has the skills and the proven track record to lead ‘The Shark’ to even greater success.” Harrison remarks, “‘The Shark’ is a terrific brand with tremendous momentum. I look forward to building on the station’s many strengths and taking it to the next level.” Harrison previously programmed in New Orleans for Entercom-owned WKBU “Bayou 105.3.” In addition, he has worked at WBCN, Boston; WHCN-FM, Hartford; and created rock formats at Slacker.com. Harrison officially joins “The Shark” next Monday (3/17).
Connoisseur and Compass Team for Talky AC Evening Show. The program is called “Uncovered with Dr. Laura Berman” and the two companies — Connoisseur Media and Compass Media Networks – say the “daily, topical, relationship program” is designed for AC and hot AC stations from 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight. “The program will be advertiser-friendly, caller-driven, and will enable local affiliates to insert music.” Dr. Laura Berman is a relationship expert with “a broad media pedigree.” Connoisseur Media will serve as a content consultant to the program and distribution partner. Compass Media Networks will produce, affiliate, and market the program. Dr. Berman says, “Our vision is to provide listeners a candid, informative, and fun forum to talk about love and relationships and how to maximize their lives.” Connoisseur CEO Jeff Warshaw adds, “Radio needs a fresh voice talking about real life issues that women care about.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Radio personality Ashley Figueroa will exit Cox Media Group’s country WWKA, Orlando “K92” at the end of the month to follow her dream to live in Nashville. She’s part of the “AJ & Ashley” morning show on the station…..W&B Broadcasting-owned country outlet WLVK, Fort Knox, Kentucky “Big Cat 105.5” names Gator Glass APD, music director and afternoon personality as he takes over for Sunny Stevens on March 13.
Clear Channel Re-Brands KWNW, Memphis ‘101.9 Kiss FM.’ In the Memphis market Clear Channel Media + Entertainment re-brands CHR KWNW from 101.9 Radio Now to the familiar “Kiss” brand as “101.9 Kiss FM.”
Shotgun Tom Kelly Undergoes Bypass Surgery. Legendary radio personality Shotgun Tom Kelly underwent quadruple bypass surgery on Saturday morning (3/8) and is recovering. The KRTH, Los Angeles “K-Earth” jock visited his cardiologist last week and x-rays revealed blockage in his arteries. The doctor said he needed triple bypass surgery and scheduled it for the next day. It turns out he needed quadruple bypass but his wife Linda tells LA Radio’s Don Barrett that the surgery was successful and that doctors say his heart is strong. He’ll remain in the hospital for several more days and could be back on the radio in a few weeks.
Twin Cities Star Tom Barnard Talks Podcasting in Profile Piece. Morning radio personality Tom Barnard – a 43-year Minneapolis-St. Paul market icon – is profiled by the Minneapolis Post. The star of Cumulus’ rock KQRS speaks about numerous topics – the death of the voice-over business, his rise to fame, and his decision to get more political after 9/11 – in the story and explains his separate business producing and selling ad time for his daily two-hour podcast. Barnard tells the Post that although he billed roughly $250,000 in 2013, the show is not in the black due to expenses including salaries and the cost of bandwidth. Barnard and partner Don Shelby (former WCCO personality) are not collecting a salary at this point. Barnard’s decision to sell ad time and not charge for subscriptions as well as to go after local ad dollars, flies in the face of the way many of the high-profile podcasters are doing it (think Tom Leykis and Adam Carolla). Read the entire Post story here.
WVBR Returns To Collegetown (Ithaca) in New, High Tech Studio Station to Hold March 15th Dedication Ceremony – Keith Olbermann Makes Major Donation. Proving that grassroots terrestrial radio is alive and well, WVBR-FM is returning home to Collegetown (a proud name sported by downtown Ithaca, New York – home of Cornell University and Ithaca College – per its reputation as being one of the best college towns in America) after a 14-year absence, with a newly-built, state-of-the-art studio. The new studio is located at 604 East Buffalo Street in Ithaca, next to the Carriage House Café and across from The Connection, Loco Cantina, and the Chapter House. WVBR has operated out of 957 Mitchell Street near East Hill Plaza after leaving its longtime home at 227 Linden Avenue in Collegetown in 2000. It will be officially dedicated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to take place this coming Saturday (3/15). WVBR-FM is a commercial, non-profit radio station that is owned and fully operated by the Cornell Radio Guild, a group of Cornell University students. Since 1935, this group’s stated mission has been running a radio station with the goal of training students in broadcasting. Since 1968, WVBR has been serving Ithaca and Tompkins Counties playing an eclectic mix of classic and modern rock under the banner, “Real Rock Radio.” WVBR broadcasts over 93.5 FM and 105.5 FM to Tompkins County and the surrounding area. The newly named Olbermann-Corneliess Studios was purchased with donations from station alumni, most notably ESPN host Keith Olbermann. Olbermann gave what has been described by station management as “a generous donation” with a request that WVBR’s new home studio be named in honor of his late father Theodore Olbermann, as well as the late Glenn Corneliess, his colleague during his years at WVBR who passed away in 1996. Olbermann, the Corneliess family, and Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick will be among those on hand for the dedication, as well as many station alumni, current staff, and management. A brand new set of professional equipment, a large vinyl library, a live performance space, three soundproof production booths, and two advanced on-air studios are some of the many highlights of the new space. “There is no doubt in my mind that 604 East Buffalo Street will feature the best college radio setup in the country,” says Drew Endick, president of the Cornell Radio Guild, Inc. and general manager of WVBR, telling RadioInfo, “We have been trying to expand our content production operations and provide better services for the local community, and we now have the facilities to meet these challenges.” The new studio will be home to two radio stations – WVBR, which broadcasts with a rock format over FM, as well as CornellRadio.com, which is being launched as a more student-centric, freeform online station. CornellRadio.com will feature pop, hip-hop, dance, and alternative music, as well as talk shows, comedy programming, and sports content provided by a partnership with the Big Red Sports Network. Each station will have its own cutting-edge studio within the building. “This move is extremely important to the goals of our station,” says Michael Mallon, senior vice president of communications. “The latest technology will not only allow us to create better content for our listeners, but it will also allow the students of Cornell University to learn and train on the same equipment as is used in the big stations in major cities.” The move is also significant as the station will now be a close walk for most students. “It’s a perfect location for us, both physically and symbolically,” Mallon continues, “The station is right between the students who operate the station, and the Ithacans who make up most of our listenership.” ASI Renovations managed the huge project. The space was already in great condition, but the design presented some big technical challenges. Sherpa Technologies wired the building for radio operations. Students and weekend staff led the move, bringing over the entire vinyl and CD collections, as well as other important articles from the old station.
FCC Will Seek Public Comment on Ownership Rules; Reversal of Cross-Ownership Bans Appear Unlikely. Reports are circulating in the media trades that senior FCC officials say FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will propose relaxing cross-ownership bans, but in a blog post dated March 6, that tone is not expressed. Wheeler writes about the Commission’s duty to undertake and complete the 2014 Quadrennial Review. He discusses some of the proposals regarding maintaining current ownership rules that will be open for public comment but many industry watchers say this should not be cause to think a Wheeler-chaired Commission will ultimately relax current cross-ownership bans. Much of Wheeler’s concern in the blog is with television joint sales agreements and he’s clearly out to change those. You can read Wheeler’s entire post here.
New CC PDs: Fallon to WIOQ, Philly and Deelo to ‘KISS 107’ in Cincy. There are two program director gigs within Clear Channel to announce. At CHR WIOQ, Philadelphia “Q102,” Jared Fallon is the new PD. He moves to Philly from the company’s Cincinnati CHR WKFS “KISS 107.” Taking over for him there is Deelo who programmed the company’s “97.3 KISS FM” in Savannah (WAEV). Fallon says, “The extraordinary opportunity to program a legendary station like ‘Q102’ is incredibly exciting. The team at Clear Channel Philadelphia is stacked with experienced, innovative and talented individuals that are absolutely unrivaled in the market. I’m eager to get to Philly and begin this amazing experience.” Deelo says, “I will miss Savannah, but I am excited for the chance to work alongside some of the best and brightest minds in radio.”
Big D & Bubba Show Adds Affiliates. The nationally syndicated “Big D & Bubba” show announces the addition of eight new affiliate stations since taking ownership of their show and partnering with Compass Media Networks in January. The program split from previous syndicator Premiere Networks at the end of 2013. Big D comments, “We are so excited that radio stations believe in what we’re doing and utilizing our ability to send custom audio and video content from our new Nashville studios.” Compass Media VP of affiliate relations Adam Wilbur adds, “We had over 30 stations tour the new studios during the Country Radio Seminar and you could see the lights go on when they see the green screen, video cameras, lights and production studio capabilities.”
Nixon to Program ‘New Country B93.9’ in Raleigh. At Clear Channel’s WKSL, Raleigh “B93.9 Carolina’s New Country,” Todd Nixon is named program director and afternoon drive personality beginning next month. Nixon’s previous experience includes PD and jock at WCKT, Fort Myers “Cat Country” and PD at WCTQ, Sarasota. CC Raleigh VP of programming Chris Edge states, “Todd brings with him a wealth of country music experience and we look forward to having his programming expertise in the building. ‘B93.9’ is a fantastic station primed and ready to do great things. With someone of his caliber at the helm, we’ll be fully equipped to win.”
LaNeve Named to Entercom Board of Directors. From the sales and marketing world comes the newest member of the Entercom board of directors as Mark LaNeve joins immediately. He has served as COO of WPP’s Global Team Ford – an agency that serves as the marketing and advertising partner to Ford and Lincoln businesses globally. During his time as chief marketing officer at Allstate Insurance, he led the marketing for the company and developed the long-running “Mayhem” campaign. Entercom president and CEO David Field comments, “Mark LaNeve is a tremendous addition to Entercom’s board of directors. He has led some of America’s most iconic brands and ad campaigns. He will bring a new and fresh perspective to the Entercom board.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. There’s change at Clear Channel’s alternative KTBZ, Houston “94.1 The Buzz” as program director and afternoon personality Don Jantzen exits after a decade with the station…..At CBS RADIO’s Orlando operations, Dustin Kross is the new morning show host and APD at rhythmic CHR WJHM “101.9 AMP Radio.” He moves in from his most recent gig at Clear Channel’s CHR WNWW, Jacksonville “RadioNow 97.9.”…..Noreen Ippolito is promoted to vice president of sales at Clear Channel’s San Diego cluster. Ippolito has been with CC for 18 years and most recently was vice president of sales development, local digital sales.
Adult Hits PPM Market Comparison. How you view the shift in programming and the audience response that takes place every December when AC stations go into holiday mode is a matter of philosophy – some consider it a natural part of the format while others view it as a “departure.” To some, the January PPM can feel like a “reset” while to others it’s just another part of the programming “continuum.” Regardless of your perspective, ratings changes from month to month can be informative so today RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian is comparing how adult hits-formatted stations fared as some of the audience changed its listening habits in January. Read his analysis here.
Beasley Fort Myers CHR Brings Bands to Local School. Talk about a cool treat for the kids at Gulf Coast High School! Beasley Fort Myers CHR WXKB “B103.9” morning team “Big Mama and the Wild Bunch” arranged for Emblem3 and MKTO to stop at the school in Naples on their way between shows in Ft. Lauderdale and Clearwater. During lunch period, hundreds of students filled the auditorium to interact with the artists. Drama students set the mics and handled sound, and the drum line and cheerleaders worked the crowd before the young artists walked on stage to a high-pitched roar from the girls. Morning show host Big Mama moved around the audience fielding questions for the bands from the students: When did they know music was their passion? Where do they see themselves in five years? Do they write their own songs? Did they play sports in high school? Do they have girlfriends? Have they ever have a bad break-up? When hearing about this promotion and seeing the photos, RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie exclaimed, “Now THAT’S an example of how radio can retake ‘ownership’ of the music culture! Kudos to B103.9 and Big Mama and the Wild Bunch!” Pictured here is Big Mama (center with mic) in front of the assembly.
‘Saving the 70s’ Celebrates 300th Show This Weekend. For host Mike Walker, this weekend is special as his commercial-free, nationally syndicated show, “Saving the 70s,” airs its 300th edition. Walker tells RadioInfo the show began as “a Saturday night show on WINQ, Winchendon, Massachusetts about a decade ago. I did production and voicework for them, and did ‘Saving the 70s’ for free. But the production gig ended and so did the show until I started it back up in syndication and now I’ve been doing the show continuously since the summer of 2008.” His arrangement with stations is a bit unorthodox. “Many stations carry multiple hours. WTOB in Winston-Salem carries my show from 8:00 to 10:00 weeknights. A small FM in Springfield, Illinois runs it in morning drive every Thursday. As long as stations run my latest hour at least once during the week, I allow them to take the archived shows and use them as they wish.” Affiliates of the program include: the six stations of Big River Public Broadcasting in Alaska (with flagship KIYU, Galena); Internet oldies giant Atlantic Oldies 2NG; WSQL, Brevard, North Carolina; WKDK, Newberry, South Carolina; Wild Horse FM in Yarraman, Queensland, Australia; Radio Bavaria International in Germany; Real Radio International in Spain; Heartbeat FM in the UK; Radio Vera Ireland and more.
‘K102’ Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Personality Big Dan Murphy Dies. Longtime country KICR, Coeur d’Alene personality Big Dan Murphy (a.k.a. Dan McMahon) died suddenly from a heart attack at age 57. Blue Sky Broadcasting says McMahon was “a longtime radio announcer in the Pacific Northwest area, from his early days in Walla Walla where he was known as Wee Willie Winkle and in the Tri-Cities where he was Dancin’ Dan Murphy to his days as Big Dan the Frogman at ‘The Frog,’ which became ‘KIX 96’ in Spokane. His public memorial service will be held Saturday, March 8 at 2:00 pm at the Salvation Army Chapel in Spokane. Donations to his memorial fund can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank location.
Envision Networks to Syndicate Detroit-Based ‘Mojo in the Morning’ Show. The CHR morning show hosted by Mojo, Spike and Shannon on Clear Channel’s CHR WKQI, Detroit “Channel 955,” is now being distributed nationally by Envision Networks. Envision president and CEO Danno Wolkoff says, “’Mojo in the Morning’ consists of real people who are really funny. Their compelling life stories every morning keep you coming back for more as Mojo, Spike and Shannon wake you up and make you laugh. Your new morning show starts now!” Envision is handling affiliate relations and ad sales for the program that promises “A-list celebrity interviews with such artists as Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Eminem, George Clooney and President Obama.” Mojo adds, “For years I’ve been told by programmers that our show would sound great in their market. Well, now it can be!”
Radio One Boosts Wilson to Regional VP/Midwest. Four-year Radio One Cleveland general manager Jeffrey Wilson is elevated to regional vice president of its Midwest-based stations. Radio Division president Chris Wegmann comments that, “Jeff is a strong broadcasting professional with a solid track record of performance. He brings a diverse background in sales and operations that will be an asset to our entire radio division.” Wilson opines, “This is perhaps the most exciting time in the history of our industry. I am honored to be partnering with Chris Wegmann to redefine radio, serve our communities, and make history.” The six markets Wilson will oversee include Detroit, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Indianapolis. He joined Radio One just over 10 years ago as general manager of the company’s Columbus cluster.
Rosenthal Promoted at Katz Media Group. With this promotion, Mark Rosenthal – currently CEO of Katz Radio Group – adds the title CEO of Katz Media Group in which he will also oversee Katz Television Group, KMG’s television representation company. The company says that as CEO of Katz Radio Group, Rosenthal will remain focused on building the radio sector, working closely with Katz Radio Group president Mark Gray to drive additional media dollars into radio. Effective immediately though, he will now also work closely with KTG presidents Leo MacCourtney and Craig Broitman to grow and further develop KTG’s assets, advocacy and revenue-generating efforts.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. With the move of Greg Gory to Clear Channel’s alternative KYSR, Los Angeles as part of “The Woody Show,” Cumulus Media fills the morning drive slot on triple A KFOG, San Francisco with midday host and music director Renee Richardson. That makes way for former KFOG personality Annalisa to return to the station for the midday slot. Annalisa has most recently been on air at Entercom’s classic rock “KFOX” duo…..Radio consulting firm Shane Media brings digital strategist Giovanni Gallucci aboard to pen a weekly social media column for client stations. CEO Ed Shane says, “His weekly updates will cover strategy for social media, brand development, and online public relations for forward-thinking operators.”…..Changes at Clear Channel’s rock KIOZ, San Diego as Missi exits the PM drive show and A.Z. slides up from middays to take her place and serve as music director. DZL moves from evenings to middays and Marty joins the station for evenings. Also, Thor becomes part of “The Show” AM drive program replacing Rob Stevens who left to join Entercom’s WAAF, Boston as producer of the “Hill-Man Morning Show”…..Travis Moon is leaving Clear Channel’s country KAJA, San Antonio “KJ97” and the business to join St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Nashville in the radio development department.
The Infinite Dial 2014. Media consultant and RadioInfo contributor Holland Cooke sat in on yesterday’s annual webinar presented by Edison Research and Triton Digital that detailed the results of the 2014 version of the Infinite Dial study. Many results are not surprising: smartphone use is growing rapidly with 61% of Americans owning cell phones – a 500% increase in five years. Although the “digital dashboard” – newer model cars with in-dash infotainment systems – gets a lot of press coverage as new deals are struck between app-makers, service providers and car manufacturers, as of today the smartphone is more important. The study reports 43% of persons 12-24 listen with a smartphone while in the car and 27% of persons 25-54 do the same. Still, AM/FM owns the auto for now and is still the primary source for discovering new music. Read more results from the study and Holland Cooke’s analysis here.
Formats Start Picking Up the Pieces. In the aftermath of the dramatic changes in programming and listening that take place during the holidays each year, January is a time of re-settling as the adult contemporary stations come down to earth. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian sets about examining which formats benefitted the most when wall-to-wall Christmas music stations reverted to their customary (generally adult contemporary) format. “Leading off the comparison is mainstream contemporary hit radio (CHR). Frankly, several other formats have stronger survey-to-survey percentages, but omnipresent CHR provides maximum head-to-head matchups.” Check out Kinosian’s analysis of CHR performance here.
Cumulus Baton Rouge Urban Stations Present Inaugural ‘Achievement Awards.’ As the culmination of its Black History Salute, Cumulus Media’s Baton Rouge urban-targeted stations urban contemporary KQXL “Q106.5,” hip hop WEMX-FM “Max94.1,” and gospel WXOK-AM “Heaven 1460” are presenting the first ever “Urban Achievement Awards” on March 16 at which Mayor Melvin “Kip” Holden will be awarded with the most-coveted Trailblazer Award while Joe Delpit will be awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The event will be held at The Belle of Baton Rouge Casino and Hotel Atrium and will honor 15 local individuals who have made significant contributions to the wellbeing and development of the City of Baton Rouge. Cumulus Baton Rouge OM and urban program director J’Michael Francois says, “As a radio company, we are extremely excited to pay homage to individuals who consistently work tirelessly to improve the quality of our city. As we close Black History Month it’s our duty to celebrate the personal and professional accomplishments of those individuals whom we hope will inspire Baton Rouge’s next generation of leaders.”
Geoff Edwards Passes. No sooner had we reflected on the life and career of Los Angeles and Bay Area radio personality/television game show host Jim Lange (who succumbed to a heart attack last week) than we must now sadly note the passing of Geoff Edwards. Much like the 81-year-old Lange, Edwards, 83, amassed considerable fame from his Los Angeles radio days and nationally through several game show-hosting stints. Edwards died yesterday (3/5) of complications of pneumonia at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. Wink Martindale, Lange, and Edwards toiled together in Los Angeles at the once iconic KMPC. “Geoff was one of the cleverest, funniest radio and television personalities I have worked with,” Martindale states of Westfield, New Jersey native Edwards, who was heard on KMPC from 1968 – 1979. He was also on-air in Los Angeles at KHJ (1964 -1965) and two go-rounds at KFI (1966 – 1968 and 1987 – 1989). According to Edwards’ agent of many years, Fred Westbrook, Edwards succeeded in television by making several bold fashion statements. He favored jeans over suits and his hair was longer than that of most other talents at the time. ”He was part of the new breed,” Westbrook comments. Tributes on Facebook regarding Edwards’ death included this observation from renowned voiceover talent/studio audience warm-up announcer/”Price is Right” announcer Randy West. ”Geoff was a wonderfully kind and joyous guy, very bright, with a great natural talent for creating joy, both over the air and in person. For me, it was more laughs per hour with Geoff than anyone else since high school. What a pro, what a sweet man, what a character, what a ball. He was loved and respected by everybody. We laughed and giggled every time we were together.” Sonoma Music Group president Michael O’Shea checked in by remarking, “What a shock. Geoff was our 9:00 am – 12:00 noon personality at KMPC. Personable, authentic, real and natural. We played tennis a time or two. This is very sad.” Longtime KOST, Los Angeles on-air personality Ted Ziegenbusch notes that Edwards was, “One of my favorite lunchroom pals. Thanks for the laughter, the stories and the fun. I know you have always enjoyed travel. This journey is the best one ever.” Veteran Los Angeles traffic reporter Mike Nolan comments that he was, “a fan for years, then honored to work with him at KFI, so happy to have called him a friend.” Fellow television game show host Jim MacKrell remarks, “I am deeply saddened by the news of Geoff’s passing. I know of no one in our business with a better reputation and a multitude of friends. I am glad I was one of them.” Edwards’ national television resume includes hosting “Jackpot!”, “Chain Reaction,” “Play the Percentages,” “Treasure Hunt” and “The New Treasure Hunt.” In Los Angeles, he and Meredith MacRae won Emmy Awards for co-hosting the daily “Mid-Morning L.A.” For nine years (1986 – 1995), he co-hosted the California Lottery‘s “Big Spin.” An eyewitness to one of America’s most memorable moments, then-news reporter Edwards was in the basement of the Dallas Police Department on November 24, 1963 when Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the suspected assassin of President John F. Kennedy. Funeral plans are pending for Edwards, who is survived by his wife, two stepsons, his ex-wife and their three children, as well as nine grandchildren.
SCBA Reports 2014 Starting Off Positive. Calling it “solid, steady revenue growth that sets the stage for a strong first quarter for Southern California radio,” Southern California Broadcasters Association president Thom Callahan reports the results of the Miller Kaplan Arase Market Summary report for January 2014 indicating total market revenue for Los Angeles radio grew by 1.7% in January. Callahan adds, “The 1.7% growth rate for January is, of course, good news for our industry here in Southern California, however, a closer look at what made up that growth reveals a market and region that is healthy and growing.” The Miller Kaplan Arase X-Ray report for Los Angeles radio further describes both strong category growth and exceptional new business development in the first month of the New Year. That growth includes: insurance companies – up 152.1%, education – up 61.5%, concerts/theatre/movies – up 54.6%, communications/cellular/public utilities – up 22.7%, and both the auto category – up at 6.3% and health care – up at 6.4%. Callahan says, “New business development was a significant revenue driver for Southern California radio in January and showcases how new advertisers are rediscovering radio and its effectiveness in building brands and market share for their business. With 297 new advertisers spending $7,408,878 in new business in January alone, it’s clear our SCBA member stations are fully engaged in new business development.”
Radio One Transfers Williams to Philadelphia. WQNC “Praise 100.9″ and WPZS “Praise 92.7″ program director Darrick “Brown” Williams will be leaving the Radio One Charlotte gospel simulcast for similar duties in Philadelphia at co-owned urban-rhythmic oldies WRNB “Old School 100.3″ and gospel WPPZ “Praise 103.9.” Radio One vice president/general manager Shawneen Thompson comments, “We are enthusiastic that ‘Brown’ accepted our offer to come to Philadelphia to lead our ‘Old School’ and ‘Praise’ stations. Under his guidance, we are very confident that he will lead our stations into the number one positions in Philadelphia.” Brown adds, “I am so excited for the opportunity to work with Shawneen Thompson and the staff in Philadelphia. My passion lies in music, and in developing talent. I am so grateful to have the vote of confidence from management to lead Radio One Philadelphia to the top.” Brown begins his new duties in about three weeks (3/24) and he will be responsible for the “Praise 103.9″ Inspiration and Music Conference later this month (3/28 and 3/29).
Jenny Perry Joins WKXC, Augusta Morning Show. At Beasley Broadcasting’s country WKXC, Augusta, Georgia “New Country Kicks 99,” Jenny Perry becomes part of the morning drive show that’s now called the “KICKS Wake-Up Krew with Mike, Steve & Jenny.” Perry joins “New Country Kicks 99” Georgia’s Golden Isles where she was most recently on-air as a midday host on WRJY-FM in Brunswick, Georgia. Prior to that, she was an afternoon host on WIXE-AM in Monroe, North Carolina.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At CBS RADIO’s CHR KKHH, Houston “Hot 95.7,” Kaden exits the afternoon drive slot and his role as program director for the EDM station airing on KKHH’s HD-3 channel….. Bill Baker is promoted from assistant PD to program director at Great Scott Broadcasting’s hip hop WOCQ, Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland “OC 104.” Baker also serves as morning drive personality and he takes over for Dee-Lite, who exits the station. At the same time, PM drive host Chubb Love becomes APD…..Mark Feather is out as program director at the Impact Radio Group’s cluster in Boise where he programmed hip hop KWYD “Wild 101.1,” adult hits KSRV “96.1 Bob FM,” and hot AC KZMG. Promoted to program director for KSRV is production director James Garner. Joining the station to program KWYD and KZMG is Kevin Cruise.
Michael Harrison on the Road – Next Big Stop: Jerry Del Colliano’s “Media Solutions Conference” in Philly March 26. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison will be one of three special guest speakers at noted industry observer and analyst Jerry Del Colliano’s fifth annual Media Solutions Conference set for Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 26. Along with WBEB, Philadelphia (“More FM”) owner Jerry Lee and nationally syndicated Premiere Networks and Fox News Channel talk star Sean Hannity, Harrison will participate in the intensive day-long workshop that will focus on a wide variety of digital-era issues currently facing and challenging radio. These include coming to a better understanding of the Millennial generation, learning to disrupt radio itself before its media rivals do, separating radio’s main product into unique on-air and online categories, effectively using video to generate significant amounts of revenue and much more. Harrison states, “I am really looking forward to participating in this conference and tackling these crucial issues with a bunch of smart people from all ends of the business. Jerry Lee has so much to share about running an independent station in an aggressive, winning way – we could sure use more Jerry Lees in this industry – and Sean Hannity is the very definition of brains and class. One of the things Sean brings to the table is the ability to attract younger listeners to traditional news/talk – he has done quite alright in an area of the field to which most people are actively seeking answers.” The event takes place at Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Hotel. For more information click here.
Journal Communications Reports Q4 2013 Numbers; Radio Down 7.2%. That radio figure does include the loss of political advertising and a quirk of the bookkeeping calendar that took a week away in 2013. Accounting for those issues, Journal reports that on a same-station basis, radio revenue was up 0.7% in the fourth quarter and for the whole of 2013 same-station revenue was up 3.7%. The news for national revenue continues to be negative as Journal’s radio stations saw national drop 22.8% in Q4 and dive 8.9% for the entire year. In a statement, chairman and CEO Steven Smith says, “Journal Communications delivered a solid fourth quarter in a non-political year, driven by gains in core revenue in our broadcast group and improving advertising revenue trends in publishing…Consolidated revenue of $107.4 million was up 11% compared to 2012, excluding the extra week and political revenue in 2012.”
VH1 Shifts Radio Shows Syndication and Sales to KMG Networks and AdLarge Media. The radio arm of VH1 is announcing it is moving the distribution and national ad sales for its rock programming to KMG Networks and AdLarge, respectively. The company notes that this is an expansion of an already existing relationship. KMG Networks – the syndication division of Krantz Media Group – already serves as the radio distributor of VH1′s “On Tap” with Nik Carter and AdLarge handles ad sales. VH1 vice president of radio Roger Coletti comments, “Moving all of our radio programming services to KMG Networks, with advertising sales representation by AdLarge, is part of VH1’s commitment to delivering next-generation content and show prep to today’s growing rock and classic rock radio stations. Partnering with KMG and AdLarge ensures great customer service for affiliate stations and national advertisers.” Krantz Media Group president and CEO Gary Krantz adds, “With their vast resources, VH1 and VH1 Classic have curated some of the most amazing classic rock and current rock content for affiliated radio stations.”
WJXN, Jackson Drops Classic Hits for Classic Country. The Flinn Broadcasting-owned station (being operated by The Radio People under an LMA) leaves the Jack FM classic hits format behind and flips to classic country as “100.9 The Legend.” Sister station country WUSJ program director Russ Williams will program WJXN as well.
Active Rocker KKRK, Helena Launches. A new active rock outlet is on the air as Montana Radio Company debuts KKRK, Helena “Rock 106.5.” The station is being programmed by Kit Mann who handles mornings and programs the company’s sister AC KMTX. The station is airing the Compass Media Networks-syndicated “Free Beer & Hot Wings” morning show and will add local jocks eventually.
DOOBIE: Time for Music Radio to Reinvent Itself. Radioinfo music editor/director Duane Doobie delivers a timely message in a new thought-piece posted today (3/3). He boldly challenges music radio to cut its ties to obsolete notions of its past role in pop culture and reinvent itself upon the universal basics by which it has survived well over a half-century of changes in its methods to deliver tunes to the hungry ears of the American public. Doobie says “be convenient and unique.” To find out what else he says, read the entire piece by clicking here.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, 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 (3/3)) includes such names as: Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke, Daft Punk, Alexis Keegan, Hedley, New Hollow, John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Mike Posner, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Ke$ha, Jason Derulo, Pitbull, Train, Ninja Sex Party, Phonat, Jamiroquai, Fareoh, Cash Cash, Knocks, Lush & Simon, SHato & Paul Rockseek, DJ Kool, Party Favor, Lily Allen, Digital Farm Animals, VanLadyLove, Findlay, Temples, Oasis, Beatles, Team Me, Elizabeth Cook, Danni Nicholls, Mama Bluegrass Band, Ben Rush, Mandy Barnett, Alison Krauss and Don Gibson among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
Clear Channel Extends Doc Wynter’s Deal; Expands Role. The urban programming at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment will continue to be supervised by senior vice president of urban programming Doc Wynter as he extends his contract with the company and adds new duties. Wynter will continue to serve as urban and urban adult contemporary brand manager. The company states that as part of his expanded role, Wynter will join Dennis Clark’s talent development team, now coaching talent across a variety of formats. He will continue working with key urban program directors and syndicated talent like Steve Harvey, Keith Sweat and “The Breakfast Club” and will expand his responsibilities to key talent and stations across all formats. “He’ll also continue working with record label partners to identify opportunities to leverage Clear Channel’s platform to introduce new hip hop and R&B artists and music to listeners through digital and on-air assets as well as live events and create the format’s quarterly ultimate contest.” Wynter has been with Clear Channel since 1988 and is responsible for successfully launching a number of urban stations including “Power 105.1” in New York and, most recently, WMIB in Miami and “93.7 The Beat” in Houston.
Todd & Erin Back on the Air on ‘Rewind 100.7’ in Salt Lake City. The husband and wife morning show team of Todd and Erin Collard has been off the air in the Salt Lake City market for the past eight months while they sat out a non-compete from their previous gig at Cumulus-owned KBEE “B98.7” in July of last year. Today, they start wake-ups at Simmons’ classic hits KYMV “Rewind 100.7.” (The station is being sold by Simmons to Broadway Media which is operating it under an LMA until the deal closes.) According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the duo is replacing program director Justin Taylor who is taking his on-air work to the evening slot.
Jonathan Wilde to Leave ‘92.5 The Wolf’ in Denver. The program director and morning host at Wilks Licenses-owned KWOF, Denver “92.5 The Wolf” announces he’s leaving the station after four years. Jonathan Wilde – a three-time CMA major market personality of the year – writes in a memo to his staff, “I want to thank Jeff Wilks and Jeff Sanders for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to take ‘The Wolf’ and completely turn it around and make it a viable second country outlet in this market. We’ve done a lot in four years, including the hurdle of neutralizing the market from a concert standpoint and gain reporting status with the labels.” Bo Reynolds jumps over from sister classic hits KXKL for mornings and current music director and midday host Brooke Diaz will work on programming duties alongside corporate programmer Mike Kennedy.
Changes in Morning Talent at South Jersey Rockers. A story in the Press of Atlantic City outlines the changes at Equity Communications’ classic rock WZXL, Wildwood, New Jersey and crosstown competition Longport Media’s rock WMGM. The current WZXL morning team of Joe Ciappana and Scott Friedman will exit after this week and be replaced by former WMGM morning hosts Joseph “JoJo” Borsello and Scotty Reilly. While WZXL has its new jocks in place beginning March 10, WMGM tells the paper it is still seeking a new morning show to replace the departed JoJo & Scotty. Longport Media president Dave Coskey says, “Paul Kelly, our vice president of programming, will search for the best morning team he can find and put them on the air. But we don’t have any plans to announce it yet.”
Lawrence Named Director of Sales at Revenue Development Resources. After 14 years of service to the Radio Advertising Bureau, Bob Lawrence becomes director of sales for Revenue Development Resources. He states, “It’s exciting to be representing the valuable services that RDR offers to broadcasters, and to once again team with RDR president/CEO Mark Levy. I look forward to more of the kind of successes that Mark and I achieved during our years working together at the RAB.” Says Levy, “Bob joining us is like old-home week. With former RAB team members Tim Foley and now Bob Lawrence on the team, it’s like working with family again!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Cumulus Media’s Pensacola cluster, JJ Waters is named the new vice president of sales. Waters served for 19 years with Clear Channel as director of sales in the Pensacola and Mobile markets before leaving the radio biz in 2003…..Programmer Lance Ballance is named operations manager for Cumulus Media’s Worcester, Massachusetts stations and PD for hot AC WXLO. He most recently served as program director at Sun Broadcasting’s rock WXNX, Fort Myers.
Cumulus Flips Oldies WOMG, Columbia to ‘NASH 98.5.’ This addition to Cumulus Media’s “NASH FM” family of country stations isn’t a rebranding of a current country outlet but a flip from oldies. WOMG, Columbia, South Carolina flipped to “NASH FM 98.5” on Friday, February 28 at 5:00 pm. The company reports that the station will “feature exclusive NASH programming content including ‘America’s Morning Show’ with Blair Garner, Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks, ‘NASH Nights Live’ with Shawn Parr and Elaina Smith and ‘Kickin’ It with Kix’ with Kix Brooks and Suzanne Alexander. The station will also feature program director T.J. McKay in the afternoon. EVP and COO John Dickey adds, “We are excited to introduce ‘NASH FM 98.5’ as we continue to grow the ‘NASH’ brand across the country. ‘NASH FM 98.5’ listeners and advertisers will benefit greatly from the variety of country lifestyle content opportunities associated with the ‘NASH’ brand.”
WMYR, Fort Myers Re-Brands as ‘Twang 106.7.’ The new classic country-formatted station is a simulcast on WMYR-AM, Fort Myers and translator W249AN at 106.7 and now features local talent “Super Dave” Logan as program director and afternoon drive host and Allyn Black serving as morning drive personality. The Gulf Breeze Radio-owned station’s website says, “We’re playing classics from the country stars that you know on a first name basis…Patsy, Willie, Waylon, Merle, Johnny, Reba and George. But we’re ‘Classic Country and More’…so you’ll hear some great tunes from artists that made country rock, like Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Eagles, Marshall Tucker and The Charlie Daniels Band!”
FCC Kills CIN Study…at Least for Now. The Federal Communications Commission issued a brief statement late Friday afternoon ending the current form of the Critical Information Needs study that has enraged broadcasters since it was announced last May. Recently, as the beginning of the study approached this spring, broadcasters – and many from the public arena – had re-stoked their disapproval. The FCC’s statement on February 28 was: “The FCC will not move forward with the Critical Information Needs study. The Commission will reassess the best way to fulfill its obligation to Congress to identify barriers to entry into the communications marketplace faced by entrepreneurs and other small businesses.” Commissioner Ajit Pai, who had publicly criticized the scope of the study, said, “I am pleased that the FCC has canceled its Critical Information Needs study. In our country, the government does not tell the people what information they need. Instead, news outlets and the American public decide that for themselves. I look forward to working with my colleagues to identify and remove actual barriers to entry into the communications industry. This newsroom study was a distraction from that important goal.”
Legendary Pittsburgh DJ ‘Porky’ Chedwick Dead at 96. A man to whom many give credit for bridging the gap between black and white pop music in the late 1940s and the 1950s passed away on Sunday morning (3/2) after complaining of pain and being rushed to the hospital. Craig “Porky” Chedwick (pictured here in a promo shot) – who used on-air monikers such as “Daddio of the Raddio” and “Platter Pushin’ Papa” – began his career on WAMO, Homestead, Pennsylvania in 1948. At the time, there were no radio stations serving the black population in the market and “race records,” as they were called, were not getting airplay until Chedwick started playing them. Numerous black artists credit Chedwick for helping get their records on the radio. He worked on the air in Pittsburgh for more than 60 years.
John Legend Visits KBLX, San Francisco. R&B star John Legend (left) chats with KBLX, San Francisco personality Nikki Thomas (right) in the KBLX studios recently during his visit for an in-depth interview and live performance. Legend performed four songs, including his current hit “All of Me.” Thomas says Legend opened up about his marriage to Victoria’s Secret model Chrissy Tiegen. She adds, “John Legend is nothing less but the definition of a true performer, gentlemen and philanthropist. He’s a pleasure to interview every time and he’s always welcomed inside KBLX Lounge.”
Four Appointments at Cumulus’ ‘NASH.’ There are four “NASH” talent and programming gigs to report as Cumulus adds to the staff for the syndicated radio shows “Kickin’ It with Kix” and “American Country Countdown,” both hosted by Kix Brooks. The new appointments are: Suzanne Alexander is named co-host of “Kickin’ It with Kix.” She currently is host of Great American Country’s “The Playlist.” In addition to co-hosting “Kickin’ It with Kix,” Alexander will serve as substitute host of “American Country Countdown” while continuing her role with Great American Country. Lonnie Napier becomes executive producer of “Kickin’ It with Kix” and “American Country Countdown.” He is promoted after serving as associate producer of “American Country Countdown” for four years. Holly Ennen is named head writer of “Kickin’ It with Kix” and “American Country Countdown.” She is promoted to her new position at both programs after serving as associate writer for “American Country Countdown.” And Nikita Palmer is appointed “NASH” network producer. Palmer joins NASH programming from the Cumulus Digital Division, where she served as a producer, content manager and most recently, social media director of “American Country Countdown” and “Kickin’ It with Kix.”
Entercom Appoints Cunningham San Francisco OM. Bay Area radio pro Stacy Cunningham is named operations manager for Entercom’s San Francisco stations. Cunningham most recently was marketing director for the cluster. She came to the group as program director for urban contemporary KBLX “R&B 102.9 FM.” Entercom San Francisco VP and market manager Steve DiNardo comments, “Stacy has been instrumental in re-tooling KBLX’s music mix and repositioning a heritage brand for success. She has taken a leadership role and facilitated a positive working partnership between programming and sales, helping us deliver results for our clients.” Cunningham – who served in the market with Clear Channel for nine years prior to joining Entercom – adds, “I’m excited for this new role of operations manager for Entercom San Francisco and continuing to work with amazing these heritage brands. Our brands have power, reach and momentum and I’m looking forward to seeing their continued growth in 2014. Entercom San Francisco has some of the most talented programmers, sales managers and staff, led by Steve DiNardo, and I’m honored at the opportunity to take a greater leadership role with this powerful cluster.” In addition to KBLX, Entercom operates adult contemporary KOIT, classic rock combo KUZX/KUFX “KFOX”; and sports talk KGME, “95.7 The Game.”
Journal’s WTMJ and ‘The Lake’ Name J. Pat Miller to Marketing Post. At the Milwaukee properties news/talk WTMJ and adult hits WLWK “94.5 The Lake,” Journal Broadcast Group ups J. Pat Miller to the new position director of marketing & innovation. The company says that in his new role, he’ll be responsible for the overall marketing activities of WTMJ and WLWK as well as designing and implementing new brand programs. VP and GM Tom Langmyer comments, “J. Pat has demonstrated his ability to create and develop new revenue streams. He will focus more of his attention on additional initiatives to grow our business.” Miller adds, “This new role is vital to our growth and the industry as a whole. The incredible team here at Journal’s Milwaukee Radio Operations can effortlessly pull off most anything we create.” Miller is overseeing the promotions department and the company announces that Alison Helf is named promotions manager.
Milwaukee Non-Com Triple A WYMS Names Sean Demery PD. Programming pro Sean Demery is named program director at RadioMilwaukee-owned non-commercial triple A WYMS “88Nine RadioMilwaukee.” Demery most recently was program director/partner for the new Paragon/Sparknet Communications syndicated CHR offering, “QuickHitz.” He has also worked as PD at CBS RADIO’s alternative KITS, San Francisco “Live 105” as assistant PD at Cumulus’ WNNX, Atlanta “99X.” RadioMilwaukee executive director Mary Louise Mussoline says, “We’re very excited to have Sean join our team. Sean’s experience and creativity will build on our commitment to deliver new and diverse music and quality programming. We’re looking forward to adding his perspective to our solid team of DJs and story producers to continue our great selection of music and programs that engage Milwaukee.” Demery adds, “The moment I met the team at RadioMilwaukee, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I can bring a lot to the table, but I’m more excited about learning from these engaging professionals. This is going to be fun!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. In Detroit, John Mason leaves Radio One’s talk WCHB to take over the morning slot at sister urban AC WDMK where Reach Media’s Tom Joyner has been airing. Joyner moves to mornings at WCHB and that bumps Mildred Gaddis from AMs to afternoon drive in Mason’s old slot…..Clear Channel celebrates 10 years of Ryan Seacrest in morning drive on KIIS, Los Angeles “Kiss FM” and as host of the syndicated “American Top 40” show…..Sherry Knight is the new evening personality at CBS RADIO’s adult contemporary KYKY, San Diego. She previously worked at Clear Channel’s crosstown urban contemporary KSSX “95.7 Kiss FM”…..Davis Broadcasting’s urban contemporary WFXE, Columbus, Georgia “Foxie 105” adds Premiere Networks’ “The Breakfast Club” program for mornings…..CHR WPFM, Panama City, Florida “Hot 107.9” moves Stylz into the morning slot with station personalities Jordan Zeh and Melissa Miller for the “Stylz in the Morning” program…..Clinton License Company-owned country KDKD-FM, Clinton, Missouri “Hot New Country 95.3” names Kenny Treece morning show co-host alongside David Lee for the new “Kenny T and D Lee Morning Show.” Treece takes over for Larry Moffitt who exits the station.
NAB Rejects Elimination of Advertising Tax Deduction. As part of a comprehensive tax code overhaul proposal being spearheaded by House Ways and Means Chairman David Camp (R-MI), the deduction that businesses can claim for advertising expenses would be eliminated and this oft-considered-but-never-enacted change has the NAB letting legislators know how it feels about it. NAB EVP of communications Dennis Wharton states, “NAB strongly opposes any job-killing proposal that would limit the ability of thousands of large and small businesses from fully deducting their annual advertising expenses. Advertising on local radio and television stations is a key driver of the American economy – indeed, a recent study found local broadcast advertising generates $1.05 trillion in GDP and supports 1.48 million jobs. NAB will work with lawmakers and other stakeholders to ensure the advertising tax deduction continues to create economic prosperity and well-paying jobs.” Since ad deduction elimination is just one part of a comprehensive tax overhaul proposal, it’s difficult to say how it would affect a company’s bottom line in the long run. Camp has stated his goal is to simplify the tax code – not to increase anyone’s tax burden – and there are other proposed changes that promise to help the bottom line of corporate and individual taxpayers. This is an election year so it’s unlikely there will be any action on this front any time soon.
RAB: Radio’s Digital Revenue Expected to Rise 22%. That’s from the just-released Benchmarking: Local Radio Stations’ Online Revenues report from Borrell Associates and the Radio Advertising Bureau. The report states that digital revenues went up 15% in 2013 and the total figure for 2014 could be as high as $520 million. Some figures from this year’s report: the average radio station brought in $166,490 in digital advertising – about 3% of its total revenue; some large-market stations report making millions; the average revenue for four-station clusters is approaching $750,000. The data for the study is culled from three sources: ad revenue reported by the stations, local business ad spending, and a survey of radio managers. RAB president and CEO Erica Farber states, “We’re experiencing year-over-year, double-digit growth in radio; and to truly maximize this revenue stream this survey continues to provide us with areas to improve upon and ultimately grow our overall revenue share. Most notably, sales managers are looking for continued training for their sales staffs and a better understanding of the digital buying community. The RAB is poised to help in this area through our professional development programs and outreach.”
Broadcasters Foundation of America Raises More Than $200,000 at ‘Golden Mike’ Event. At Monday evening’s black tie 2014 Golden Mike Award Dinner honoring BMI president Del Bryant, the Broadcasters Foundation of America raised more than $200,000 for its mission of helping broadcasters in need. More than 200 television, radio, and music industry executives and celebrities were in attendance. The evening was hosted by CBS News’ Bob Schieffer. Presenters for the evening were longtime personal and professional friends of Bryant’s: Michael Bolton, performer and BMI songwriter; Jack Sander, former chairman of the BMI board of directors; and Sandra Lee, internationally acclaimed culinary and home style expert and host of four highly rated programs on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel, plus HGTV. Legendary singer, songwriter, musician, and actor Kris Kristofferson performed, as did songwriter Brenda Russell, who sang her top 10 hit “Piano In The Dark,” and “Get Here.” Dolly Parton opened a very moving video that provided a glimpse into Bryant’s amazing life — from his early years growing up as the son of songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant through his incredible 42-year career at BMI where he championed the works of some of the biggest songwriters in entertainment. Pictured above are (from l-r): Jim Thompson (president of the Broadcasters Foundation), Michael Bolton, Sandra Lee, Del Bryant, Bryant’s son Thaddeus, Kris Kristofferson, Brenda Russell, Bob Schieffer, and Phil Lombardo (chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation).
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So…Was It Worth It? In the final part of our look at the “all-Christmas” phenomenon, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian analyzes the January PPM state of radio stations that went “all-Christmas” during the Nielsen Audio “Holiday” PPM ratings period. This four-part analysis began with a review of such stations’ November PPM performance, then the December PPM ratings followed by the “Holiday” PPM period and wraps with today’s piece scrutinizing the January 2014 PPM “aftermath” of the once-a-year programming shift that takes place around the holidays. See this entire story here.
‘Songwriters Equity Act’ Adds More Fuel to Rate Squabble. Georgia Republican Doug Collins is introducing a bill dubbed the Songwriters Equity Act that would allow federal rate courts to consider the fair market value for a composition when establishing digital performance rates. ASCAP and BMI are happily on board but the NAB is not. EVP of communications Dennis Wharton says in an official statement, “NAB respectfully opposes this legislation, which could impose new costs on broadcasters that jeopardize the future of our free locally-focused service. While this legislation raises important issues about the changes confronting the songwriter community, NAB objects to changes in the law that would deal with the financial imbalance between songwriters and artists by subjecting free broadcast radio stations to new fees.” As part of his press statement, Collins says, “Fostering the development of intellectual property has been an important part of the Constitution for more than 200 years. Now we have to make sure we’re doing it on 21st century terms. Songwriters, in one way or another, touch the lives of every American.” As the Tennessean reports, a key part of the legislation stems from the fact that “songwriters and publishers have found success negotiating licensing deals for television and film that have resulted in more favorable rates than those paid out when a digital copy of their song is sold. Currently, the rate court doesn’t factor in these licensing fees when it sets digital performance rates, but Collins’ legislation would allow them to do so.” This bill comes as the issues of rate and copyright reform are front-and-center in both Congress and the industry.
Congressman Greg Walden Intends to Kill FCC’s Critical Information Needs Study. It wouldn’t be out of line to suggest Oregon Congressman Greg Walden doesn’t trust the FCC not to step over the line regarding its Critical Information Needs study. The controversial study would send researchers into the field to determine how stations and news personnel are choosing and presenting news and information and whether the conclusions reached somehow create a barrier to entry into station ownership for minorities. Last week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler backed off the study as initially created and he has said the Commission has no intention of regulating the content of journalists or broadcasters. Walden is promising to craft legislation to end the CIN study permanently. He says “The very existence of this CIN study is an affront to the First Amendment and should have never been proposed in the first place. As someone with a journalism degree, I was alarmed from the moment I saw it, which is why we wrote to Chairman Wheeler in December to urge him to stop the study. To date, Chairman Wheeler has insisted upon only making small tweaks, and what he has proposed to do isn’t enough. The study should be eradicated completely. The potential for violation of the First Amendment is exceptionally egregious, but it is also concerning that the commission believes it can prescribe what ‘critical information needs’ are in communities across the country.”
NBC to Televise the Inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards. When the first-ever iHeartRadio Music Awards take place on May 1, NBC TV will televise the event live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The newly created awards are a “people’s choice”-style honor for the digital age. Clear Channel says the awards for the most popular artists and songs of the year “will be based on results from the all-new iHeartRadio Chart. Those charts are supplied and compiled by Mediabase…” and include “listener feedback and performance data, according to airplay; digital streaming data from the iHeartRadio platform, including ‘thumbs up’ and custom station creations; and sales, social, video data and tags from BigChampagne and Shazam. In addition, for the first time ever in any music awards show, every voting category will include social #hashtags as the primary voting mechanism.” The May 1 program will feature “live performances, never-before-done duets and collaborations, celebrity guest appearances and live award presentations. The show, which will feature performances from other Los Angeles venues, will also broadcast and stream live the audio across all participating Clear Channel radio stations and their websites, and on iHeartRadio.” NBC president, alternative and late night programming Paul Telegdy says, “Collaborating with a company that has the global reach of Clear Channel allows us to interact with music fans all over the world. We feel fortunate being on the ground floor of the iHeartRadio Music Awards, which will deliver an array of great performances from today’s biggest stars.” Clear Channel is also announcing the debut of a new radio show, the “iHeartRadio Countdown,” a new, two-hour weekly program highlighting the top 20 CHR songs on its iHeartRadio Chart. The new show will be co-hosted each week by a major artist and iHeartRadio’s own Romeo on the Radio, airing on all Clear Channel CHR stations on weekends.
BJ Shea Morning Show Extends with Entercom’s KISW, Seattle. The BJ Shea Morning Experience took over mornings on Entercom’s rock KISW, Seattle when Howard Stern exited for satellite radio in 2006. The station says, “Thanks to its passion for all things Seattle and a strong connection with the rock community, the ‘BJ Shea Morning Experience’ continues to be the mainstay in Seattle’s morning drive timeslot.” The show is rewarded with a contract extension (details not available). Entercom Seattle VP/programming Dave Richards says, “We couldn’t be any more excited to continue with the ‘BJ Shea Morning Experience’ on KISW. What the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks are to the NFL, the ‘BJ Shea Morning Experience’ is to Seattle mornings.” Shea comments, “When I was a kid I dreamed of doing a morning show on a big rock station. Here I am, as an adult, living my dream at the best rock station in the world, KISW. Seattle has been my home for over 15 years, the relationships I have made with our audience is something I am proud to have. KISW has the best listeners, I am honored that we will continue to entertain and interact with our audience.”
Daniel Adds ‘Lake’ Programming Duties. As a result of signing a multi-year contract, WEND “The End” program director Jack Daniel is staying in place at the Clear Channel Charlotte facility and will also program co-owned adult hits WLKO “The Lake.” According to regional programming manager Jeff Wyatt, “Jack has had the bead on the alternative audience in Charlotte for 19 years. His vision for ‘The Lake’ has earned him the keys to that brand as well. We feel very lucky to have a guy with such valuable street knowledge and experience in our studios every day.” Daniel points out that he played most of the music on “The Lake” when it was current so, “I feel right at home here. I have been very blessed to spend my entire media career in my hometown.” The announcement concerning Daniel comes the same week that his son and daughter-in-law are having twin boys. ”This is an overwhelming week for me personally and professionally,” Daniel notes. In addition to his two programming jobs, Daniel will continue doing middays on “The End” and serving as the morning host on iHeartradio‘s “Big Classic Hits” channel.
Cape Cod Broadcasting Names Reckford News Director. General manager Beverly Tilden announces that Cape Cod Broadcasting is naming Laura Reckford news director for the company. Tilden says, “Cape Cod Broadcasting has been a trusted resource for local Cape Cod news and information. Laura’s experience and leadership will assure that we continue that tradition as we grow and expand our news offerings.” Reckford most recently worked in the communications & development department at Housing Assistance Corporation. She is also the founder of the new online magazine CapeCodWave.com where she currently is editor and publisher. Cape Cod Broadcasting says it will partner with CapeCodWave.com as part of its development of its website CapeCod.com. She has worked at Cape Cod Life as managing editor and served with The Falmouth Enterprise in the same capacity. She began her media career in New York City at Entertainment Weekly, Good Housekeeping, Viacom and 20th Century Fox. Reckman comments, “After working in film, television, magazines, and newspapers, I am excited to be working in radio, a medium I have long admired. In addition, I am looking forward to bringing local journalism to CapeCod.com and also enhancing that website with the magazine-style journalism of Cape Cod Wave.”
Marty Martinez Says ‘Good-Bye’ to WRAT Listeners After 13 Years. Saying it’s time to “enjoy what life has to offer next,” 37-year radio pro and WRAT, Point Pleasant, New Jersey morning drive co-host Marty Martinez will retire from the station after Friday’s program. Martinez has served as the official morning co-host of The RAT’s ‘Carl and Marty in the Morning Show’ for the past 13 years. Martinez says, “I felt like part of the Greater Media and the WRAT family from day one ‘til right now. I’d like to thank [SVP and regional GM] Dan Finn for his faith in me and Carl Craft for sharing the insanity. The staff here is the best in rock radio.” WRAT PD and morning drive co-host Carl Craft adds, “Working with Marty for the past decade has been a total blast. We had some great times together on the air. It was like we were plugged into the same electrical current. I could list a million stories, but at the end of the day it always came down to having fun and doing the right thing for the audience.” Martinez began his career in 1977 as an overnight radio host at WNEW-FM, where he eventually went on to serve on the station’s morning show from 1980 to 1999 before working as the program director of EYada, a pioneer in internet talk radio, from 1999 to 2001.
Radio One’s Bill Black Transfers to Cleveland as OM. Current Radio One urban contemporary WHTA “Hot 107.9,” Atlanta assistant program director/music director Bill Black will relocate to Cleveland to become operations manager of the company’s four-outlet cluster there. Radio One Cleveland vice president and general manager Eddie Harrell states, “We have no doubt that Bill’s vast experience and understanding of our market will help secure and expand our reach as the #1 multimedia company in the greater Cleveland area.” Black comments that he is, “excited to raise my family in my hometown, as well as expand my radio family as operations manager of Radio One Cleveland.” Black’s background includes stops at Montgomery, Alabama’s WZHT and WXVI, as well as in Columbia, South Carolina at WHXT. Radio One’s Cleveland facilities include urban contemporary WENZ “Z-107.9,” talk WERE “The People’s Station,” gospel WJMO “Cleveland’s Inspiration Station,” and urban AC WZAK “Cleveland’s R&B Leader.” He begins his new assignment on March 10.
McWhorter Joins Journal Knoxville as LSM. Nine-month Journal Broadcast Group sales consultant Ben McWhorter is named local sales manager for the company’s Knoxville cluster. Senior vice president and general manager Chris Protzman remarks, “We are excited to have Ben join our team of talented sales professionals. His sales management experience, coupled with his local market expertise will further position our cluster of stations as the ‘local advertiser’s first choice’ when results matter.” A former general sales manager of cross-town Cumulus Media market dominant WIVK “Today’s Best Country,” McWhorter worked at Arbitron as marketing manager and he has management experience at New City Communications and Dick Broadcasting. In 2011, he was elected to Knoxville’s chapter of the American Advertising Federation Hall of Fame. Journal Broadcast Group’s Knoxville cluster includes WCYQ “Today’s Continuous Country,” rhythmic CHR WKHT “Hot 104.5,” WNOX “Classic Hits 93.1,” and CHR WWST “Star 102.1.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. The evening show at CBS RADIO’s country KMLE, Phoenix is now hosted by Kimmie Caruba who joins from her most recent gig at Sison Broadcasting’s CHR WXXX, Burlington, Vermont “95 Triple X.”…..At Cumulus Media’s classic rock WXKR, Toledo, Brent Alberts is leaving the station and his program director position. Alberts – who previously programmed Greater Media’s classic rock WCSX, Detroit – writes on his Facebook page that “after 46 wonderful years in the business I’ve loved since I was a kid, it’s time to do something else.”
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