Category: Industry News

Thursday, February 11, 2016

| February 11, 2016

entercomEntercom Reports 2015 Net Revenue Up 8%.  2015 was a good year for Entercom.  The company reported net revenue for the fourth quarter was $117.7 million – up 16% from the same period a year ago.  For the year of 2015 net revenue was $411.4 million, an increase of 8%.  These figures include the impact of the transaction with Lincoln Financial Media and the stationfielddavid exchange with Bonneville International Corporation which started in July. But the impressive revenue hike is not just the result of additional signals; president and CEO David Field notes that the company’s stations performed well.  “I am pleased to report that Entercom’s performance continued to accelerate into the fourth quarter, capping a very successful 2015…Fourth quarter same-station revenue increased by 5%, excluding political advertising.  This marked the second straight quarter of mid-single digit organic growth.  We are very well positioned for success in 2016 with an expanded market footprint, strong station ratings growth, and enhanced digital and customer marketing capabilities.  Our pacings look strong and we are optimistic about our potential to deliver excellent results for our shareholders in 2016 and the years ahead.”

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iheartmedia logo smallFive iHeartMedia Programmers Boosted. Trading in their titles of senior vice president of programming to become division executive vice president of programming for iHeartMedia‘s national programming group are Tony Coles, Steve Geofferies, Andrew Jeffries, Thea Mitchem, and Meg Stevens. Along with fellow division executive vice president of programming Gene Romano, they will report to iHeartMedia national programming group executive vice president and general manager Brad Hardin. According to national programming group president Tom Poleman, “Great programming is the foundation of our stations. We are fortunate to have an amazing group of local program directors leading our brands. The collaboration between local programming and the iHeartMedia national programming group unlocks the unparalleled scale and assets of iHeartMedia, providing us with unmatched resources which benefit each and every one of our stations.” Formerly organized into major and regional market groups, iHM is now comprised of four geographic divisions, each led by a division president. Jeffries and Geofferies are working in the West division with Greg Ashlock; Coles is in the Central with Matt Martin; Mitchem and Stevens in the Northeast with Hartley Adkins; and Romano is teamed with Tom McConnell in the Midwest-Southeast division.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Urban programmer Hector Hannibal is named program director of Howard University-owned urban contemporary WHUR, Washington – the station he programmed from 1993 through 2002.  Hannibal had most recently been serving with Reach Media as vice president of programming…..Curtis Media Group names Robert Wallace general sales manager for Raleigh outlets classic hits WKIX “KIX 102.9” and oldies WPTK-AM.  Wallace most recently was GSM for crosstown adult contemporary WRAL…..Scott Meier is the new general manager at Midwest Family Broadcasting’s Springfield, Missouri station group that includes classic rock KKLH, active rock KQRA, CHR KOSP, and country KOMG.  He most recently served with Cumulus Media Detroit as regional vice president.

grammys16Westwood One to Present ‘Backstage at the GRAMMYs.’  On Friday and Saturday (2/12-13), Westwood One will welcome stations from coast to coast and around the world participating in “Westwood One Backstage at the GRAMMYs” during rehearsals for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards taking place Monday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  International stations and groups representing countries including China, Italy, Japan, Nigeria and Paraguay will join more than 25 U.S. radio stations and Westwood One’s national shows, “Zach Sang & The Gang” and “The Adam Bomb Show” broadcasting from the two-day radio row.  More than 100 artists and celebrities will be attending to conduct interviews for broadcast and digital and social extensions. The event will also include daily performances.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

| February 10, 2016

thecatempireDuane Doobie Jr.’s Music 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 personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County, California; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9;” Vincent Rockwell Usuriello, superstar program director at SiriusXM’s Octane; 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 (2/10) includes such names as: Andra Day, Nelly, Thomas Rhett, Zayn, Manika, That Poppy, Rob Gillette, The Cat Empire, The Night Beats, The James Hunter Six, Sultans of String, One Night Stand, The Strumbellas, Rob Zombie, White Denim, Benton Blount, Dianna Corcoran, The Infamous Stringdusters, Lee Ann Womack, Cam, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Goldwash, Bobby Green, Whitney Phillips, Emerson Long, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

wnfnMidwest Communications Adds Another Nashville Signal.  The acquisition of Joule Broadcasting’s CHR WNFN, Nashville “i106 Hits” – when completed – will give Midwest Communications three signals in the Nashville market.  The company acquired adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9” and adult hits WCJK “96.3 Jack FM” from South Central in 2014.  Midwest Communications president Duke Wright states, “We love Nashville and are delighted to be able to add WNFN to our growing Midwest family.  We have enjoyed measurable success since entering the Nashville market and have no doubt that WNFN will be a terrific complement to our existing radio brands.”

danielskris‘Mad Dog’ Mike West Joins Kris Daniels for Mornings at KCYE, Las Vegas.  Country outlet KCYE, Las Vegas “102.7 The Coyote” promotes night jock “Mad Dog” Mike West to the morningwestmike show to work alongside current morning personality Kris Daniels on the “Mornings with Kris and Mike” show.  Daniels, who also serves as program director for the Beasley Media Group station, says, “It’s rewarding to grow such tremendous talent from within, and Mike West has truly earned this opportunity.  I had been searching carefully, trying to find my perfect co-host.  After an extensive interview process, it quickly became clear that the ideal fit for my morning show was working right here, within our Vegas on-air staff!”

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kqfoNew Triple A Launches in Tri-Cities, Washington Market.  The station in the Eastern Washington market known as the Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco) is KQFO and the new triple A format is branded as “100.1 The Oasis.”  Program director Chris Gilbreth says in a statement, “We’ve had a chance to run ‘The Oasis’ in an incubator setting for the last 18 months on an HD-fed translator in the Walla Walla area, 50 miles away.  Alexandra Communications president Tom Hodgins was kind enough to give the format a shot on a newly acquired, full-market station in the Tri-Cities.  I’m excited to unleash all this great music that’s been missing from Tri-Cities radio.”

RadioInfo Tidbits. This Sunday’s 58th Annual “GRAMMY AWARDS” program will be broadcast from the Staples Center Los Angeles on the CBS Television NetworkCBS RADIO is involved in a number of initiatives ahead of the Sunday night show.  In addition to using its Radio.com to power the GRAMMY Radio channel, Los Angeles O&O stations KROQ and KAMP “97.1AMP Radio” will host music events featuring Death Cab for Cutie and Alessia Cara at The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live on Saturday, as well as other CBS stations broadcasting live from the radio row in days leading up to the awards show…..Entercom’s WNVZ, Norfolk “Z104” announces the headlining acts for its “SHAGGFEST 2016” will be Grammy-nominated recording artist DIPLO with co-headliner Travis Scott.  It takes place on May 21 at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach with three stages of non-stop music from more than 20 local and national artists.

nashCRS16Party at the NASH Campus.  On Tuesday evening (2/9), a “full house of country radio’s luminaries” enjoyed cocktails, conversation and country music’s best at Cumulus Media’s NASH Campus in Nashville.  Country radio people are in Nashville for this week’s Country Radio Seminar 2016.  Pictured here are (from l-r): Dan Smyers of Dan + Shay; Chris Lucas of country music duo LOCASH; Elaina Smith, “NASH Nights Live”; Preston Brust of LOCASH; Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay; and Shawn Parr, “NASH Nights Live.”

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

| February 9, 2016

moontravisMoon Beams as iHM San Antonio-Austin Director/Country Ops. Returning to radio from his most recent role as ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital‘s senior liaison for radio development, Travis Moon is named director of country operations for iHeartMedia‘s San Antonio-Austin region. According to iHeartMedia executive vice president of programming central division Tony Coles, “Our goal is to leverage these powerful and legendary brands to better serve our listeners, our clients, and the community. Travis Moon has the vision, the experience, and the leadership skills necessary to maximize the potential of these iHeart country stations, while maintaining the strengths of their unique identities.” Moon states, “St. Jude is country music’s charity of choice and one of my strongest passions. I was honored that they asked me to join their talented radio team. I helped them serve radio station partners across the country. Everybody understands that it is our listeners, country fans, who keep that place going through thick and thin. There really is no other place like St. Jude and I will always be involved.” Moon previously programmed iHeartMedia San Antonio country outlets KAJA “KJ-97” and KRPT (2009 – 2014); Cincinnati’s WUBE “B-105.1” and WYGY “The Wolf” (2007 -2009); and he spent 11 years with iHeartMedia Minneapolis as assistant program director/music director of country-formatted KEEY “K-102.” Starting in two weeks (2/22), he will oversee aforementioned KAJA and KRPT, as well as the company’s Austin country properties – KASE and KVET-FM. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio’s “Holiday” 2015 PPM report for San Antonio, “KJ-97 was down for the third straight time (7.4 – 6.1 – 5.9 – 5.5, #5), while classic country KRPT “The Bull” – just as it did in December 2015 – finishes with a .6 (#24). In Austin, KVET-FM is off in back-to-back sweeps (5.9 – 5.4 – 4.4, #6), while KASE (#12) has not had an increase in the past five survey periods (6.0 – 6.0 – 5.4 – 5.0 – 4.4 – 3.7, 6+).

knightbobbyKFDI, Wichita Appoints Bobby Knight Afternoon Host.  Wichita country outlet KFDI announces Bobby Knight is joining the station to serve as afternoon drive personality.  He joins the E.W. Scripps-owned station from his most recent gig as morning host at Eagle Communications’ country KQLA, Manhattan, Kansas “Q1035.”  Scripps Wichita OM Justin Case says, “Bobby’s personality is exuberant!  I know our listeners will wear a smile heading home each afternoon listening to KFDI.  I’m thrilled to welcome him to our family.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Taking over the hosting duties on Envision Networks’ weekly countryryanvanessa show “The Live Ride” is WDEZ, Wausau, Wisconsin morning personality Vanessa Ryan.  She takes over for Carsen.   Envision Networks VP/programming Michael Lichtstein says, “You simply won’t find a more enthusiastic host than Vanessa Ryan.  She loves country music and you can hear it in her upbeat delivery.  The combination of high-energy, live performances and Vanessa’s interesting stories and tidbits keeps ‘The Live Ride’ cruising in the fast lane.”…..Radio and TV pro Anna Stavredes joins iHeartMedia’s Richmond hot AC WTVR-FM “Mix 98.1” to co-host the morning show alongside Jeff Wicker.  She most recently served with Curtis Media’s country WQDR, Raleigh.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael Harrison and Tom Leykis Chat About the Past, Present and Future of Audio Media.  Legendary broadcast radio performer and pioneering online radio entrepreneur Tom Leykis joins RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison as this week’s guest on PodcastOne’s international hit, “Up Close and Far Out with Michael Harrison.”  The two engage in an extensive, one-on-one discussion about Leykis’ colorful career that spannedleykistom decades as a talk show host on some of America’s highest-profile radio stations and during which time his on-air persona ranged from outrageous “shock jock” to edgy “progressive” political news/talker.  Today, Leykis approaches the fourth anniversary of his successful online radio enterprise, The New Normal – a multifaceted platform upon which he streams his daily, live, listener call-in program, “The Tom Leykis Show,” as well as a podcast for radio talents Gary & Dino.  A separate iteration of The New Normal delivers two streaming music channels – pop and rock – personally curated by Leykis.  Leykis discusses his leading-edge business model that includes a mix of advertising, subscriptions, merchandising and live events – now generating upwards of $600,000 annual gross revenue.  The two venerable pros talk about targeting Millennials, the nature of “authenticity” as it applies to today’s younger demos, the scope of non-traditional revenue and various aspects of media theory as it applies to 21st century communications.  To listen to this entire uninterrupted conversation, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

rabRAB/Borrell: Radio Digital Revenue to Rise 14%.  According to a study by Borrell Associates on behalf of the Radio Advertising Bureau, the radio industry’s digital ad revenue rose 11.4% in 2015 to more than $550 million.  The study also predicts radio’s digital revenue will improve by 16% this year.  This fourth annual report is titled, “Benchmarking: Local Radio Stations’ Online Revenues,” and concludes the average market cluster made $951,756 in digital sales last year, with the average station making $231,210.  Borrell Associates CEO Gordon Borrell summarizes, “All signs point to the radio industry mobilizing even more in the interactive space.  Eighty-two percent believe there is strong potential – the highest we’ve ever seen; 62% believe that their sales teams’ ability to sell digital products is solid – up from 52% a year ago; and 37% believe their digital strategy is headed in the right direction – up from 27%.”  The full study is available to RAB members, but here are some of the juicier takeaways: One-third of stations surveyed believe their sales reps are talking to the wrong buyers when trying to sell digital products.  Three years ago, two-thirds believed that was the case; Only 16% believe that radio sales suffer because reps are forced to sell digital advertising.  That’s down significantly since 2014, when more than half felt that way; Conversely, 24% believe that digital sales suffer because reps focus on radio advertising.  Three years ago, twice as many felt that way; And the average radio cluster received 0.26% of all locally spent Internet advertising.  There were some, however, achieving 15 times that – up to nearly 4%.   RAB president and CEO Erica Farber states, “Digital continues to be radio’s fastest growing sector.  Stations that are laser focused on increasing revenue beyond their core broadcast business are experiencing the benefits.  The results from this study provide us with insights of where efforts are paying off and what additional training is needed for radio to continue with this trajectory.  The RAB is here to help with that knowledge and training.”

iheartradiomusicawards16Nominees for Third Annual iHeartRadio Music Awards Announced; Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, Adele, Walk The Moon and Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars Nominated for ‘Song of the Year.’  The 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards will take place on Sunday, April 3 at the historic Forum in Los Angeles.  It will be carried live on Turner’s TBS, TNT and truTV at 8:00 pm ET and will be simulcast on iHeartMedia stations and the iHeartRadio digital platform.  Fan voting in 31 categories – including new categories “Best Tour,” “Best Duo/Group of the Year” and “Latin Song of the Year” – begins today through March 25.  iHeartMedia president of entertainment enterprises John Sykes states, “Our awards are not chosen by a mysterious panel of judges.  They are a true reflection of the artists and songs our listeners supported all year long.”  Some of the nominees include: for Song of the Year – “Blank Space” by Taylor Swift, “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd, “Hello” by Adele, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk The Moon, “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars; for Female Artist of the Year – Adele, Carrie Underwood, Meghan Trainor, Selena Gomez, and Taylor Swift; for Male Artist of the Year – Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Luke Bryan, Sam Smith, and The Weeknd; for Best New Artist – Fetty Wap, Hozier, Sam Hunt, Shawn Mendes, and Tove Lo.  See the rest of the nominations here.

k296gbiHeartMedia Launches Rocker ‘107.1 The Brew’ in Sacramento.  The new rock format is airing on translator K296GB at 107.1 and on KQJK-FM’s HD2 signal.  iHeartMedia announces the format will feature core artists including: Metallica, AC/DC, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Guns N’Roses, Def Leppard, JourneyMotley Crue, Queen, and many others.  It will also air Premiere Networks’ “Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx” and SBG-syndicated “Dee Snider’s House of Hair.”

WW1SBSound16Service King and Motel 6 Win Westwood One Super Bowl Sound Awards.  This was the third annual Westwood One Super Bowl Sound Awards designed to recognize excellence in audio creativity and celebrate brand advertisers and radio creative.  Westwood One asked listeners to vote on their favorite audio commercials airing in the Westwood One Super Bowl 50 broadcast.  In addition, Westwood One commissioned a Nielsen study of 3,030 consumers who rated all 45 commercials on a series of key attributes.   Listeners voted for Service King’s “Mission 2 Hire” ad as their favorite Super Bowl commercial.  The ad promotes Service King’s Mission 2 Hire program, which is dedicated to hiring 500 veterans at Service King locations around the country.  Hear the ad here: http://thesoundawards.com/service-king/Motel 6 was rated the most likeable ad in the Westwood One-commissioned Nielsen study.  The brand’s “Designer Dogs” ad features long-time Motel 6 narrator Tom Bodett, who promotes Motel 6’s great rooms and low rates while poking fun at trendy dog breeds with silly names.  The Motel 6 ad also received top consumer ratings for relevance, engagement, and memorability. Here is a link to hear the ad: http://thesoundawards.com/motel-6-3/ .

Monday, February 8, 2016

| February 8, 2016

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shepardjeanaKMLE, Phoenix Promotes Shepard to Middays.  Filling the open midday slot at CBS RADIO’s country KMLE, Phoeniz “New KMLE @ 107.9” is weekend personality Jeana Shepard.  She takes over the 10:00 am to 2:00 pm show for Chris Matthews, who recently joined the KMLE morning show.   CBS RADIO Phoenix VP of programming Tim Richards comments, “Jeana’s on-air sound, coupled with her work ethic and passion for radio, won her this opportunity in a field of talented choices.”  Shepard also previously produced the KMLE morning show from April 2014 to March 2015.

langenohlkellyLangenohl Official ‘100.7 Star’ Afternoon Host. Pittsburgh hot AC WBZZ “100.7 Star” OM/PD Mark Anderson announces Kelly Langenohl is officially the station’s afternoon personality.  In a memo to the station’s staff, he writes, “She has been sounding great in the daypart and I’m confident that she will have much success in her new role.  Congratulations, Kelly!”

kingashleyAshley King New KSSN, Little Rock Midday Jock.  Country outlet KSSN, Little Rock announces popular Little Rock radio personality Ashley King is joining the station as midday host, APD and music director.  iHeartMedia Little Rock SVP of programming Chad Heritage comments, “We are very excited to have Ashley join our team.  She is extremely talented and brings a ton of passion for the country format.  Our listeners know and love her, and she’s just one more reason KSSN 96 is Arkansas’ most listened to radio station.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.   The Indianapolis Business Journal reports iHeartMedia Indy market manager Rick Green is being promoted to a regional president post for the Mid-Atlantic region where he’ll be based in Richmond, Virginia.  A new Indianapolis market manager should be named soon…..At the Austin cluster of iHeartMedia, JT Bosch exits the vice president of programming position.  Bosch also was program director for country outlets KASE and KVET…..Alexa Smith joins Sierra Broadcasting’s combo of hip hop KNRJ, Cordes Lakes “101.1 The Beat” and rhythmic oldies KAJM, Camp Verde “Mega 104.3” in Arizona as music director.  She most recently served with CBS RADIO’s KTWV, Los Angeles…..iHeartMedia promotes longtime company sales pro Sherri Griswold Holladay to the regional vice president of sales position for the Mid-South region…..Beasley Media Group names Steve Griesbach director of engineering for the Las Vegas cluster.  Griesbach most recently served with Cumulus Media’s Green Bay, Wisconsin station group.

bubbaScheduling Announced in Nielsen v Bubba Suit.  Both sides of the $1 million suit by Nielsen against Tampa-based morning personality Bubba the Love Sponge are digging in for a fight.  Now, we know the timeline for the legal skirmish.  If the matter goes all the way to trial, it’ll start next January 3.  Before that, however, there are discovery deadlines, a mandatory attempt to settle via mediation and a pre-trial conference in December.  Nielsen probably has lawyers on retainer, but this is still going to be expensive for both parties.

curanmarianneHillary16‘Warm 98’ Cincinnati’s Marianne Curan Plays Hillary in ESPN Skit.  Working alongside renowned impressionist Frank Caliendo as Donald Trump (right), WRRM, Cincinnati morning personality Marianne Curan impersonates Hillary Clinton (left) for a bit that was part of ESPN’s Super Bowl pre-game programming on Sunday.  Curan is co-host of the “Bob & Marianne” morning show on the Cumulus Media adult contemporary station.  See the video here.

CBSRADIOTheNightBefore2016MetallicaMore Than 40,000 Attend CBS RADIO’s ‘The Night Before.’  The CBS RADIO-produced concert at AT&T Park on Saturday evening featuring Metallica and Cage the Elephant drew more than 40,000 fans.  Of course, “The Night Before” show took place in advance of Super Bowl 50.  Pictured here backstage before the concert are (from l-r): CBS’ VP, programming Jeff Sottolano; CBS SVP, programming and music initiatives Michael Martin; Metallica’s James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich; CBS president Andre Fernandez; CBS EVP, programming Chris Oliviero; Metallica’s Robert Trujillo; and CBS director, music initiatives Chad FitzsimmonsPhoto: Getty Images for CBS RADIO.

Friday, February 5, 2016

| February 5, 2016

simpsonallliJonas16Radio Disney Expands Alli Simpson’s Role.  The 17-year-old Radio Disney personality is now the company’s Youth Engagement Officer.  Not only does the company renew Alli Simpson’s weekly show for another year, she gets more air time and will now be heard from 10:00 pm to 1:00 am ET on Fridays.  The company says in her capacity as youth engagement officer, she’ll “help inform and liaise with Radio Disney regarding the topics, trends and challenges relevant to today’s youth, create meaningful interactions with them and ensure their voice is heard and valued in its fullest capacity across all Radio Disney platforms.”  Radio Disney estimates that Simpson is heard by more than 20 million listeners per week.  Simpson is pictured here with pop star Nick Jonas.

turnbeaughjojoiHeartMedia Promotes JoJo Turnbeaugh to SVP of Programming in Las Vegas.  Programmer and air personality JoJo Turnbeaugh is upped to SVP of programming for iHeartMedia’s Las Vegas station group.  He’s been with the cluster as program director and morning host at country KWNR “95.5 The Bull.”  He’ll continue to program KWNR but will move to afternoon drive for his air shift.  In this position Turnbeaugh will oversee the air talent and programming staffs of the entire cluster.  iHeartMedia regional president Glynn Alan says, “JoJo’s energy, depth of knowledge in multiple formats and intense desire to win will continue to drive revenue and ratings for our Las Vegas cluster.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In San Diego, Lenny Balistreri, a.k.a. Lenny B, is named music director at Local Media San Diego’s urban contemporary XHRM “Magic 92.5.”  He’ll also serve as executive morning show producer for “Magic 92.5” and sister stations CHR XHITZ “Z90” and alternative XETRA “91X.”…..At its South Florida cluster, Entercom appoints Katerina Perez general salesperezkaterina manager of alternative WSFS “104.3 The Shark” and sports talk WAXY-AM, “The Ticket.”  Perez is a native Canadian who spent most of her life in South Florida.  Most recently she was SVP of sales at iHeartMedia’s Seattle cluster.  Entercom South Florida VP/market manager Doug Abernethy states, “Katerina has a proven track record of success and will be a valuable addition to our management team.  Her experience, relentless focus on the customer and her sales management skills lolliskatywill enable us to develop more impactful advertising campaigns for our clients and substantially grow our business.”…..Beasley Media Group promotes Katy Lollis to director of sales for the company’s Fayetteville, North Carolina station group.  Market manager Mac Edwards states, “Katy has been a valued employee of our company for nearly a decade.  Her experience, market insight and incredible work ethic have always been highly valued and deeply respected.  Now, we are confident Katy will take our sales team to new heights in 2016 and beyond!”

kinosianmikeComprehensive Holiday PPM Overview.  RadioInfo and TALKERS magazine managing editor Mike Kinosian presents a look at the performances of stations based on data from Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2015 PPM survey.  The move to all-Christmas or Christmas-intensive music playlists on the part of AC, hot AC and CHR stations brings about an annual “anomaly” to the radio ratings.  Kinosian has detailed the performances of AC, hot AC and country stations recently but this report also shows the effects on other radio formats – including sports, news/talk and all-news.  Kinosian writes, “Among other tidbits, this comprehensive analysis summarizes all stations that finish #1 and #2 in Holiday 2015; differential between the top two spots; and perhaps most vital of all – formats most dramatically/negatively influenced by all-Christmas music programming.  For that, we have broken it out by format and by each PPM-market.”  See the entire report here.

nationalradiotalentsystem logoNational Radio Talent System’s Student Initiative Heads to Pacific Northwest.  The Dan Vallie-founded National Radio Talent System heads to the Pacific Northwest in conjunction with Hubbard Radio.  Four previous institutes have taken place in the South and the East but June 13 -22 the Hubbard Radio Talent Institute will take place at Central Washington University in Washington State.  Hubbard Radio chair and CEO Ginny Morris comments, “Compelling and relatable on air talent is what separates local radio from all other audio entertainment services.  Our investment in the National Radio Talent System at Central Washington University is an extension of Hubbard Radio’s commitment to do our part to nurture and grow the talent pipeline for the industry.  We are proud to partner with Dan Vallie and his team in this important initiative.”  The school’s assistant dean of student development Keith Champagne says, “Having a nationally award winning college radio program in KCWU-FM, the partnership with Hubbard Radio and the National Radio Talent System was simply a perfect match. Giving student broadcasters opportunities they can’t find anywhere else is a cornerstone of Central Washington University. The Hubbard Radio Talent Institute will be another great example of that.”  The Radio Talent Institute says its curriculum builds upon “the already quality education students are receiving at the university and through working at their college radio station.  All sessions in the Institute are taught by professional broadcasters in each of their areas of expertise.”

allianceforwomeninmediaAlliance for Women in Media Announces New Board Members.  New board members have been announced for the Alliance for Women in Media and its FoundationKristen Welch, SVP of global content operations at Discovery Communications will continue the role of chair for both organizations.  Continuing as chair‐elect of AWM/F is Sarah Foss, vice president of product management and media at Imagine Communications in New York City. The treasurer of AWM/F is Keisha Sutton-James, vice president, Inner City Broadcasting Corp. in New York.  The treasurer‐elect of AWM/F is Christine Travaglini, president of Christal Radio/KRG Partnerships in New York City; and past chair of AWM/F is Kay Olin, principle of Kay Olin and Associates, in St. George Island, Florida.  Serving directors at large of AWM are: Robin Alston, director of business & legal affairs, A&E Television Networks; Karla Ballard Williams, founder and CEO of YING; Heather Cohen, EVP at The Weiss Agency; Sandy Girard, vice president of entertainment at SiriusXM; Susie Hedrick, SVP sales, North America at Wide Orbit, Inc.; Annie Howell, founder and co-president at The Punch Point Group; Jill Luckett, SVP program network policy, National Cable & Telecommunications Association; Kimberly Maki, corporate vice president, corporate communications & public relations, Bright House Networks; Laura Martinez, senior director, affiliate sales, Cumulus/Westwood One; Christine Merritt, president, Ohio Association of Broadcasters; Deborah Parenti, publisher, Radio Ink/RBR-TVBR; and Josie Thomas, EVP & chief diversity officer, CBS Corporation.  Serving as directors at large of AWMF are: Karla Ballard Williams; Valerie Blackburn, project manager, CBS Radio; Heather Cohen; Michelle Duke, vice president, NAB Education Foundation; Sandy Girard; Annie Howell; Jill Luckett; Kimberly Maki; and Christine McLaughlin, of counsel, Sciarrino & Shubert, PLLC.

Rhode Island Radio Pro Norm Jagolinzer Dead at 83.  During his more-than-30 year radio career in the Providence, Rhode Island market, Norm Jagolinzer was the voice behind “easy listening.”  Jagolinzer died on February 1.  He started at WPRO-FM until it flipped to CHR in 1974,  Then worked most of the rest of his career at WLKW until the station flipped from its easy listening format in 1989.  His last gig as an air personality was at WARL-AM in nearby Attleboro, Massachusetts.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

| February 4, 2016

cbslogoLes Moonves Takes Over CBS Corp. Executive Chairman Position.  With Sumner Redstone’s advanced age and recent public scrutiny about his health, it was likely his rule over CBS Corp. as executive chairman was soon to change, and that has happened.  Redstone gave up his executive chairman post on February 3.  A unanimous vote by the CBS board made president and CEO Les Moonves the new executive chairman.

knightbuzzGreater Media Promotes Buzz Knight to SVP of Program Development.  Fourteen-year Greater Media staffer Buzz Knight is promoted to SVP of program development for the company.  Knight’s new duties include responsibility for “overseeing programming development for all of Greater Media’s radio properties and collaborating with the individual stations to build winning content, digital and brand management strategies.”  Greater Media CEO Peter Smyth comments, “Buzz has done an outstanding job overseeing our programming brands across the company over the past 14 years.  His insight and leadership plays an important role in the continued success of our company.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  A talent shuffle at Ryman Hospitality-owned heritage country stationKellyODay16 WSM-AM, Nashville results in a new afternoon drive program featuring Nan Kelley (left) and Devon O’Day (right).  The station calls “Nashville Today” a “lifestyle and entertainment show” that “will provide listeners with an appealing and informative look at all things Nashville, connecting them with the great vibe and energetic lifestyle that is Music City.”  PM driver Mike Terry moves to middays and Frank Seres exits middays but remains with the company in other capacities…..Pamal Broadcasting parts ways with “Night Rhythms” host Kathy Millar.  She hosted the evening program on adult contemporary WHUD, Peekskill, New York (Hudson Valley market)…..Changes at Vox Communications’ Burlington, Vermont stations take place as CHR WXZO “Planet 96.7” PD and morning host Slater, a.k.a. Mike Wheaton, moves to sister hot AC WEZF “Star 92.9” to be PD, music director and early afternoon host.  Stevie Beats, a.k.a. Steve Bassett, is the new PD at WXZO as the station brings Premiere Networks-syndicated Elvis Duran back for AM drive.  WEZF’s Jennifer Foxx moves from early afternoons to the 10:00 am to 12:00 noon air shift.

iheartmedia logo smallReport: iHeartMedia Considering Securities Sale to Retire Debt Due in 2019.  According to a report from Bloomberg News, iHeartMedia is looking at a plan to offer up for sale securities in one of its units to help retire some $1.4 billion in bonds.  The report states that the company would create a subsidiary called Broader Media LLC. Existing debtholders would be offered the opportunity to exchange for the new obligations.  According to Bloomberg, $8.3 billion in debt is coming due in 2019 for iHeartMedia.  “iHeart’s plan would erase $192.9 million of 5.5 % unsecured notes due December 2016 that are already considered current,” a source told Bloomberg.  “The proposal is also intended to retire the company’s $190 million revolving loan due December 2017, the $850 million of 10% unsecured notes due January 2018 and the $175 million of 6.875% unsecured notes due June 2018.”  Read the Bloomberg piece here.

miw logoMIW: Women Gaining in GM and SM Roles; Stagnating in Programming Management.  According to data from the most recent Gender Analysis Study from the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio Group (culled from data from M Street Publications), since 2004 the number of women serving in general manager positions has risen from 14.9% to 17.3% in 2015.  However, a tally of women in program management positions shows a negligible increase of 10.9% in 2015 compared to 10.7% in 2004.  MIW spokeswoman Kay Olin states, “Tracking the leadership roles of women in media brings awareness to the continued need to reach back and lift up.  There is an incredible talent pool of strong and capable female leaders and they stand ready to make a difference.  It is the responsibility of all of us in the media industry to make sure that we are conscientiously and consistently practicing inclusion.”

garnerblairCumulus Partners Blair Garner with Advance Auto Parts for Podcast Series.  The new podcast is called “Under the Hood” and the “America’s Morning Show” host has Advance Auto Parts as his title sponsor.  Blair Garner is a car nut who owns 13 vehicles – including his prize 1968 Pontiac Firebird Convertible – and he says he’s geeked to begin talking cars.  “This is the first time that I’ve been able to really share my passion for cars, and I cannot thank Advance Auto Parts enough for the opportunity.  I’ve been a longtime customer of Advance Auto, and I’m totally psyched to get under the hood with my car buddies.  We’ll be talking everything cars, from what’s new in the pipeline, how to keep your car on the road for as long as you can, and occasionally a look back at some of the classic cars of the past. I can’t wait to get started.”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Lucky winner April Eason (right) poses with the “Golden Ticket” and WWNQ, Columbia,WWNQGoldenTicket16 South Carolina morning host Marty Hall (left).  WWNQ “94.3 The Dude” just completed a month-long contest that gave listeners the opportunity to win the “Golden Ticket” that gives the winner first dibs on any pair of concert tickets that the station gets in house for 2016.   So far, April Eason has received tickets to the sold-out Garth Brooks show in North Charleston on February 13, the Zac Brown Music and Food Festival on Daniel Island in April and pit passes to last night’s Brantley Gilbert/Cannan Smith/Michael Ray show in Augusta, Georgia…..Nationally syndicated urban morning personality Tom Joyner is hosting a special red carpet presentation and will be a featured presenter at the 47th NAACP Image Awards airing tomorrow (2/5) on TV One, live from Los Angeles.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

| February 3, 2016

manikaHowDuane Doobie Jr.’s Music 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 personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Vincent Rockwell Usuriello, superstar program director at SiriusXM’s Octane; 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 (2/3) includes such names as: Zayn, Charlie Puth, Manika, Mike Posner, SeeB, That Poppy, Lukas Graham, Rob Zombie, White Denim, The I Don’t Cares, Lissie, The Strumbellas, AWOLNATION, Billy Currington, Vince Gill, Little Big Town, Cam, Buddy Miller, Kacey Musgraves, Tim McGraw, Dierks Bentley, Kylie Mac, John Stevens Jr., Emerson Long, Bon Volta, Bobby Green, Whitney Phillips, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

siriusxm2015 a ‘Remarkable Year’ for SiriusXM.  Those were the words of SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer from yesterday’s investor conference call on the satcaster’s fourth quarter financial report.  Meyer said, “2015 was an incredible year for SiriusXM.  We exceeded all of our original operational and financial goals, and we are predicting continued growth in subscribers and all of our financial metrics this year.  Last January, we told you to expect 1.2 million net new subscribers.  We actually delivered 2.3meyerjim million, taking our paying subscriber base to an all-time high of approximately 29.6 million.  Lower-than-expected churn and higher auto sales were the primary drivers, and both new and used car conversions set new records for the fourth quarter and the full year.  We told you that we would do approximately $4.4 billion of revenue in 2015, and we actually reached nearly $4.6 billion.  We told you we would attain $1.6 billion of adjusted EBITDA and our final result was $1.66 billion.  And we told you we would deliver $1.25 billion of free cash flow, and we exceeded that, too, with $1.3 billion.  Quite frankly, 2015 was a remarkable year, and we did what we said we would do and more.  And this year, you should expect more of the same.  We expect continued growth, even as we make substantial investments across many areas of our business.  We expect to end 2016 with about 31 million subscribers and about $4.9 billion of revenue.”  Though Meyer didn’t offer how much SiriusXM is paying for Howard Stern or the recently re-signed NFL deal, he noted that those – along with Major League Baseball, the NBA, and FOX News – are now secured at “a fixed rate” for years to come.  Meyer also talked up the company’s SiriusXM17 platform with investors.  “Some of you may have seen our demonstration in Las Vegas at CES…For those of you who don’t know, SiriusXM17 is our next-generation platform for audio services that combines the benefit of satellite radio with two-way LTE connectivity in future cars.  It enables the seamless mixing and matching of satellite and IP-delivered content.  It allows us to obtain usage data from the radio in the car and let the users have a more personalized experience, including search and recommendations.  All of this will make our world-class content more discoverable and accessible in the car while maintaining ease of use.  Today, we’re doing significant in-field user testing and working with the engineering teams at various OEMs to implement SiriusXM17.  Believe me, we know better than anyone the changes in the OEM world take a long, long time and to build up meaningful numbers in the fleet of enabled vehicles for SiriusXM17 will take many years.”

boylejohnJohn Boyle Named OM/PD at Cumulus’ New Orleans Country and Alternative Outlets.  For this gig, programming pro John Boyle moves from the Melbourne, Florida cluster to Cumulus Media’s New Orleans station group to lead the operations and programming at WRKN “NASH FM 92.3” and alternative WZRH “106.1 The Underground.”  In Melbourne, Boyle programmed rock WSJZ “95 ROCK.”   Cumulus New Orleans VP/market manager Pat Galloway states, “We at Cumulus New Orleans are very excited to have John Boyle join us as program director of ‘106.1 the Underground’ and ‘NASH FM 92.3.’  John’s experience and leadership qualities will take these stations to new levels of performance.  We are very happy to keep John in the Cumulus family.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  St. Louis radio pro J.C. Corcoran is joining Donze Communications’ classiccorcoranjc rock KBDZ, Perryville, Missouri (about 80 miles south of St. Louis).  Corcoran has worked in both rock and talk formats in the St. Louis market.  He also hosted mornings on classic rock KKRW, Houston “The Arrow.”…..Tulsa country outlet KTGX “106.1 The Twister” announces Houston Gaither is the new afternoon personality and music director.  Gaither had previously served in a part-time capacity at crosstown KWEN and will graduate from Rogers State University in the spring…..At the Athens, hardwickkishaGeorgia cluster of Cox Media Group’s radio properties, Kisha Hardwick is named the new digital sales manager.  The company says she’ll work with the leadership team to “deliver integrated marketing solutions to valued clients while developing new profitable revenue opportunities for the” cluster that includes CHR WPUP “Power 100.1,” adult hits WXKT “103.7 Chuck FM,” sportssteelejonathan talk WRFC “960 AM The Ref,” adult contemporary WGMG “Magic 102.1 FM,” news/talk WGAU, and country WNGC…..Peoria, Illinois CHR WNGY “Energy 102.3” names Jonathan “Miracle” Steele evening personality.  Steele comments, “I’m pumped to join this exciting group in hickcoxPeoria.  I’ve had my eye on Alpha Media for a long time and couldn’t be more excited to be with a company dedicated to being live and local.”…..Beasley Media Group welcomes promotions pro Jeff Hickcox back to its Southwest Florida cluster where he is serving as director of promotions and special events.  Beasley Southwest Florida market manager Brad Beasley states, “With more than 25 years of radio experience in our dynamic Southwest Florida cluster, Jeff knows how to pitch, promote and host our events like a pro!”

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

| February 2, 2016

bentleytiffanyBentley Moves Across Town to Buffalo’s ‘103.3 The Edge.’  Alternative radio personality Tiffany Bentley crosses town to join Cumulus Media as music director and afternoon drive jock at WEDG, Buffalo “103.3 The Edge.’  She was most recently morning personality at Entercom’swedg alternative WLKK “Alternative Buffalo.”  Prior to joining WLKK, Bentley was a freelance journalist in New York City for publications including The Syndicate.  She also programmed and hosted a free-form music radio show, “The Blend,” on non-com WDIY, Allentown, Pennsylvania.  WEDG program director James Kurdziel comments, “We’re thrilled to be able to work with someone of Bentley’s reputation and obvious talent…As the heritage rock alternative station in Western New York, it was important we hire the perfect person and we did.  Bentley will be a great addition to our long-standing team of great Buffalo personalities and she’s going to be an outstanding music director.  We’re very excited for her and her future.”

danielsmacCumulus Names Mac Daniels Dallas Country Programmer.  Moving from the company’s San Jose country outlet KSJO “NASH FM 92.3,” is Mac Daniels.  He’ll take over the programming duties at both heritage country KPLX “99.5 The Wolf” and KSCS “New Country 96.3,” replacing J.R. Schumann, who recently left the company to head up country programming at SiriusXM.  Daniels’ programming experience includes stops at: WMZQ, Washington; WYCD, Detroit; KSKS, Fresno; and KASE and KVET, Austin.  Cumulus Media VP and market manager Dan Bennett comments, “The KSCS/KPLX job called for someone with an impressive major market track record in country and Mac’s accomplishments and experience are just what we need.  His experience programming two competitive country stations in the same market owned by the same company fits perfectly with our situation in Dallas.”

ewscrippsRosenthal to Lead Scripps Boise Radio Operations.  This is a return to the Boise radio group for Bob Rosenthal.  He led the stations when they were a Journal Broadcast Group property and he again becomes the vice president and general manager under E.W. Scripps ownership.  The cluster consists of triple A KRVB, classic rock KJOT, rock KQXR, and classic hits KTHI.  Scripps radio VP Steve Wexler states, “I’m thrilled to welcome Bob back to our company.  Bob’s deep ties to the community and his knowledge of the market make him the perfect choice to lead our stations forward.”  Rosenthal had most recently been serving as director of sales for Cumulus’ Boise operations.

bluestephanieStephanie Blue Joins WSWT, Peoria for AM Drive.  New to the morning show at hot AC WSWT, Peoria is air personality Stephanie Blue.  She partners with “Mix 106.9” morning host Randy Rundle, effective February 15.  She most recently was with crosstown CHR WPIA “KISS FM.”  Rundle, who also serves as program director for the station, says, “I’m super excited to bring Stephanie’s up-tempo talent and creativity to ‘Mix 106.9’ as we continue to build the popularity of the already highly rated ‘Morning Mix.’”

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Boston country station WKLB “Country 102.5” is a finalist in the Major Market Station category for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards.  The awards are handed out on Sunday, April 3 in Las Vegas with CBS TV airing the program that evening.  Greater Media Boston vice president and market manager Mary Menna says, “We are so grateful to the ACM for this nomination.  ‘Country 102.5’ has been providing great content and ratings, breaking and developing country artists and helping our community for over two decades.”…..NextRadio is partnering with Intercollegiate Broadcasting System to run a college student contest for the best 60-second radio spot promoting NextRadio.  IBS and NextRadio say the entrants will get valuable experience creating a spot and the winner will get incredible exposure for themselves and the spot they created.  Interested students can find out more at: www.nextradioapp.com/collegecontest…..Cumulus Media Indianapolis stations WRWM “93.9 The Beat” and WJJK – in partnership with Midwest Food Banks, Metro PCS, and TV partners WXIN-TV and WTTV-TV – collected much-needed bottled water for the citizens of Flint, Michigan.  They succeeded in collecting more than 205,000 bottles of water and more than 20,000 gallons of water, plus thousands of dollars in cash donations, to benefit Flint residents in need…..Cumulus Media Dallas reports its charitable works for the calendar year 2015 totaled more than $1.2 million.  It’s stations – country KSCS “New Country 96.3,” “99.5 The Wolf,” news/talk WBAP, “The New Hot 93.3,” sports radio KCTK-AM/FM “The Ticket,” news/information KLIF, and sports talk KESN “ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM” – together raised funds, supplies and awareness for multiple charitable organizations through events and on-air and online promotions throughout 2015, including: $205,449 for Cook Children’s Hospital of Fort Worth; $303,157 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; and Norm-A-Thon, which raised $500,400 for Austin Street Center.

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallMichael Harrison Interviews Television Historian Jim Benson, Host of Radio’s Syndicated ‘TV Time Machine.’  In a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from “What’s My Line?” to the future of television and time travel, RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison discusses the role and impact of television in our society with historianbensonjim Jim Benson.  Benson is the host of the long-running KCBQ, San Diego radio show “TV Time Machine” that has just gone into national syndication.  Since 2003, Benson has been exploring TV’s past, present and future on radio and has tremendous insights into how the medium has impacted generations of Americans and how each generation – from the Boomers to the Millennials – approach it differently.  To hear this conversation in its entirety, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player box located in the right-hand column of every page of Talkers.com and RadioInfo.com.

Monday, February 1, 2016

| February 1, 2016

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daulerjeffJeff Dauler Named Morning Host at ‘Star 94’ in Atlanta.  Two months after announcing his exit from the crosstown WWWQ-based “Bert Show” (hosted by Bert Weiss), Jeff Dauler is officially named morning drive host at Entercom’s CHR WSTR “Star 94.”  Upon exiting “The Bert Show,” itwstr logo was announced Dauler would join WSTR but in what capacity was not announced.  The current morning drive show of Drex, Cassiday and Tingle will move to afternoons and current PM drive personality Mike Marino will join Dauler’s program.  The station also says it is beginning a nationwide search for Dauler’s co-host.  Entercom Atlanta VP/market manager Mike Fowler says, “We are taking ‘Star 94’ to the next level by investing in great talent and live and local content.  I am thrilled to bring Jeff’s smart and creative style to mornings and I think our new lineup will provide the best in radio programming in Atlanta.”

shombyjohnJohn Shomby Joins Cumulus as Director of Programming for NASH Network.  Programmer John Shomby is named director of programming for the NASH Network.  This is a newly created position in which Shomby will oversee all NASH programming through the Nashville network and syndication operations.  He’ll be based at the NASH Campus in Nashville and will report to Cumulus Media SVP of content and programming Mike McVay.  Shomby was most recently director of programming for Max Media’s five-station cluster in Norfolk/Virginia Beach – including country WGH-FM.  He serves on the board of directors for the Country Radio Broadcasters and the PD advisory board for ESPN Radio.

dwyerdannyTwo Upped to Music Director at Alpha Media Portland.  Country KUPL “98.7 The Bull” and CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” have new music directors as Danny Dwyer and Amanda “ICE” Habrowski assume the positions, respectively.  Dwyer has been with the station for the past 18 years serving inICE such capacities as the official “Man On The Street” in the Mornings, night jock, promotion director, and most recently, midday host.  Habrowski is currently midday jock at “Live 95.5” after joining the station as evening personality in July of 2014.  She’s been in radio for 10 years and got her DJ moniker from Flavor Flav while appearing on VH1’s “Flavor of Love 3.”  Alpha Media EVP programming Scott Mahalick comments, “We’re proud to be able to grow and advance people from within the company.  Danny is a star whose capabilities run very deep.  I’m excited to have him represent Alpha to the Nashville country music community.  ICE’s passion for music and our industry will benefit everyone involved with “Live 95.5.’”

bdub‘B-Dub’ Named APD/MD at KMLE, Phoenix.  At CBS RADIO’s country KMLE, Phoenix, Bryan “B-Dub” Washington is named assistant program director/music director and PM drive personality at the “New KMLE @ 107.9.”  B-Dub takes over for Chris Matthews who moves to the morning drive program.  B-Dub comes to Phoenix from his most recent gig as midday jock and music director at Alpha Media’s KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull.”  CBS RADIO Phoenix VP of programming Tim Richards comments, “B-Dub is a remarkable on-air talent and programmer.  His obvious love for radio makes him a fantastic fit for KMLE.  We are looking forward to creating radio magic with B-Dub on the team!”

raglandjustinRagland Promoted to Director of Marketing and Promotions for SummitMedia Birmingham.  This promotion moves Justin Ragland from marketing director for country WZZK, classic rock WBPT, and adult contemporary WEZZ to director of marketing and promotions for all of SummitMedia Birmingham.  His responsibilities expand to include SummitMedia’s urban contemporary WBHK, Gospel WAGG, and hip hop WBHJ.  SummitMedia Birmingham president John Walker states, “Justin has done an amazing job over the years and has proven himself to be an invaluable member of this team.  Justin’s hard work, dedication, passion and desire to win makes him the perfect fit to continue and improve upon our dominance in the market place.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the corporate level, Greater Media promotes Edward R. Nolan Jr. tonolanjredward senior vice president/chief financial officer.  Nolan had been with Greater Media since 1989 and most recently was serving as vice president and chief financial officer…..iHeartMedia Chattanooga SVP of programming and country WUSY “US101” PD Gator Harrison is named a brand coordinator for the iHeartCountry brand led by Rod Phillips…..Josh Venable moves from afternoons to mornings at Stephens Media-owned alternative KMYZ, Tulsa “Z104.5 The Edge.”  Venable is also PD for the station.  He co-hosts the morning show with Chuck Stikl.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Country.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the third of three analyses of radio station performances based on ratings data from Nielsen Audio’s Holiday 2015 PPM survey.  Already addressed are adult contemporary and hot AC.  Today, Kinosian delves into the country format.  The Holiday survey is traditionally a time when AC and hot AC stations get a ratings bump from the infusion of Christmas music into their playlists.  While five country formatted stations saw their 6+ AQH share go up during the survey, the rest were either flat or saw some degree of ratings dip.  See Mike Kinosian’s entire report here.

streamguysStreamGuys-Cox Media Group Partnership Produces Platform for Digital Broadcasts and On-Demand Content.  Streaming media provider StreamGuys and Cox Media Group have partnered to produce a “turnkey SaaS streaming platform for live ad-supported broadcasts, on-demand podcasts, and detailed business metrics and reporting across its entire radio network.”  The platform is now live across all 60 CMG radio stations in 11 markets.  A statement from the companies indicates StreamGuys has “built a rich toolset around its robust, reliable cloud-based content management and delivery network in alignment with the broadcaster’s goals.  [Stream Guys’] SaaS approach cleanly and cost-efficiently integrates several recent, innovative StreamGuys SGsuite products and services into the network that enrich streaming player data, accelerate podcast creation, enhance royalty reporting, and monetize streaming initiatives.”  CMG senior director of digital audience Tim Clarke comments, “In StreamGuys, we have found an ideal technology partner that understands the same opportunities we see to evolve our radio products.  Their infrastructure and technology, along with competitive pricing and expertise in broadcasting, give us incredible flexibility in the management and delivery of our network-wide streaming initiatives.”  Clarke also states that StreamGuys’ HTML5 multimedia player – SGPlayer – has rich metadata support that “delivers the relevant information that online audiences seek alongside the audio stream, including song/artist data, album art, recently played tracks and social media links for sharing the experience with other listeners.  SGplayer is also an approved Nielsen SDK player, delivering client-side analytics that offer greater insight into online listener demographics than what was possible before.”  For on-demand content, StreamGuys’ SGrecast software allows multiple operators to quickly turn linear broadcasts into podcasts and side channels of any length, with near-immediate turnaround to consumers.  Clarke notes SGrecast has been “a phenomenal success,” and is used for brief news, traffic and weather in every market; and 24/7 rebroadcasts of high-profile shows after initial airings.  StreamGuys EVP Jason Osburn says, “We are elated to deliver a comprehensive SaaS [software-as-a-service] service that, along with our turnkey support, will at once help Cox Media Group solve problems and generate new ideas to push online radio and podcasting forward.”

Friday, January 29, 2016

| January 29, 2016

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Hot AC.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three format analyses based on data from the recent Holiday 2015 PPM survey from Nielsen Audio.  The first format addressed was adult contemporary and you can find that report here.  In today’s look at hot AC, Kinosian delivers charts showing the (persons 6+) ratings fluctuations  of stations from the December 2015 survey to the Holiday 2015 survey; fluctuations from Holiday 2014 to Holiday 2015; market rank (four hot AC-formatted stations finished #1 in their markets); plus a comparison of the performances of adult contemporary and hot AC stations.  See the whole report here.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  A sudden departure at iHeartMedia’s San Antonio cluster as Lance Tidwell istidwelllance out of his SVP of programming position after just five months in the post.  Tidwell, who also was responsible for programming country outlet KAJA “KJ97,” posted on his Facebook page that his position was eliminated.  He’d been OM with the company’s Tucson cluster before moving to San Antonio and noted in his post that he’d worked for iHeartMedia on and off since 1997…..At the St. Louis cluster of Emmis Communications-owned stations, two changes take place: First, alternative KPNT “105.7 The Point” program director Tommy Mattern is promoted to operations manager for the four-station group that also includes rock KSHE, CHR KNOU, and news/talk KFTK-FM; Second, Kyle Guderian is promoted from his KSHE promotion director post to director of marketing for the cluster…..Longtime Cincinnati personality Bobbi Maxwell exits her afternoon drive gig at Cumulus Media’s AC WRRM “Warm 98” to focus on her Bobbi Maxwell Voice Overs business……JVC Media leroylovetoyof Florida announces local radio pro Leroy the Love Toy joins the company to host the morning show on classic hits WYGC, High Springs (Gainesville market) “104.9 WOW FM.”  The company says Leroy has worked for 12 years in the Gainesville market and has strong community ties.  Leroy comments, “I am beyond excited to join the WOW-FM and JVC family.  I’m ready to rock out and bring LOCAL and FUN radio back to radio in this market.  Thanks to Chaos, Sam Gerace, and EVP Shane Reeve for giving me the chance to join this great company.”…..iHeartMedia promotes Nickysparrownicky Sparrow to market president at its Jacksonville station group.  Sparrow – most recently serving as SVP of sales for the New Orleans cluster – will oversee the seven stations in Jacksonville…..Greater Media promotes Ellen Rubin to senior vice president and general counsel for the company.  She’s been with Greater mcgwirekateMedia since 2003.  In 2007 she was promoted to VP and general counsel.  Chairman and CEO Peter Smyth states, “Ellen is a brilliant attorney who has been a key player in shaping Greater Media’s future.  We are fortunate to have someone like Ellen in our company.”…..Boise radio personality Kate McGwire exits Townsquare Media’s hot AC KCIX “Mix106” where she was morning drive co-host with Mike Kasper.  She leaves to pursue interests outside the radio biz.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  Syndicated morning personality Rickey Smiley is getting involved in the Flint, Michigansmileyrickey water crisis with a bottled water giveaway.  The promotion is being done in conjunction with the local Lowe’s store and affiliate WOWE “98.9 JAMZ.”  Listeners are invited to go to the store for a free case of water on Monday (2/1) while show cast members Jeff Johnson and Juicy appear there to do live call-ins to the “Rickey Smiley Morning Show” community…..Alpha Media Portland announces that its Skype Live Studio ranked #4 on LiveList’s Best Live Stream Music Sources of 2015.  The company wilductsled16says LiveList ranked it above such high-profile competitors as KEXP, KCRW, Austin City Limits and Yahoo Live/Live Nation…..Hubbard Radio’s St.wdsyAndersonTyler16 Louis country outlet 92.3 WIL is again presenting its “Duct Tape Derby” on February 28 at Hidden Valley Ski Resort in Wildwood, Missouri.  Prizes will be awarded in numerous categories, not the least of which is the fastest sled.  The only catch is the sleds can only be made out of cardboard, glue and tape.  At left is one of the sleds that took part in previous contests…..Pictured at right is WDSY, Pittsburgh “Y108” personality Wookie, a.k.a. Mark Anderson, (left) posing for the camera with Steven Tyler (right).  Tyler appeared at the CBS RADIO Pittsburgh 84 Lumber Theater for a Q&A and listening session with WDSY listeners to his new Dot Records single, “Red, White, and You.”

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