Category: Industry News

Monday, April 21, 2014

| April 21, 2014

iheartradio music awardsClear Channel Announces Acts for iHeartRadio Awards Show.  When Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio Music Awards show airs on NBC on Thursday, May 1 it will present a number of big name acts performing live.  Those acts include: Blake Shelton, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Pitbull, Shakira and Thirty Seconds to Mars.  The company also says it is “taking a groundbreaking approach to the award show format, offering viewers live performances, storytelling and an intimate atmosphere.  In addition to performances at the glamorous-tabled show at the Shrine Auditorium, the event will also feature artists playing the stages of some of Los Angeles’ most iconic venues from The Roxy to the Hotel Café.  The event will highlight the music world’s top stars in taking over Los Angeles telling viewers their ‘L.A. story’ — what brought them to and through the City of Angels and how it helped make their careers.”  Others set to perform include: Ariana Grande, Luke Bryan, Arcade Fire and Ed Sheeran.  Those making appearances will be Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Steven Tyler, Imagine Dragons, Chris Martin, Lorde, Demi Lovato and more.

seacrestryanRyan Seacrest Reportedly Seeking Larger Role with Clear Channel.  A number of sources, including the Hollywood Reporter, are saying Ryan Seacrest is winding down his time with NBCU and that he’s ready to end his red carpet cuties for E!.  At the same time, it’s being said that Seacrest wants to extend his $25 million dollar deal with Clear Channel – set to end in 2015 – so he can do more work, as Hollywood Reporter’s Lacey Rose writes, building “out more multiplatform programming with Clear Channel and the iHeart brand that he would host and produce via his Ryan Seacrest Productions.”  He is also expected to renew with Fox for two more seasons of “American Idol.”

austintracyThe Media Audit Boosts Austin to VP/GSM.  The Media Audit East Coast regional manager Tracy Austin is elevated to vice president/general sales manager.  Austin succeeds Mike Bustell, who spent 21 years with the research company.  According to chief executive officer Phillip Beswick, “Tracy is a natural leader.  She has taken over territories and built a solid business helping clients grow their business.  Tracy’s peers have naturally gravitated to her.  Aside from being very smart and personable, she is very client focused, and works tirelessly to help her clients achieve their goals.”  Regarding Bustell, Beswick notes, “It is bitter-sweet to lose [him].  Mike’s clients loved him and he helped [many] media earn a lot of money by helping them understand their strengths and selling those strengths.  Mike made research interesting with his entertaining style.  Everyone loved his quirky sense of humor and looked forward to his regular training sessions.  He has been with The Media Audit for more than half his business career; now is a great time to spread his wings with a new experience.”  Austin remarks, “This is a rare opportunity, and I couldn’t be happier.  I feel we have the right product at the right time.  More than ever, consumers live in a multi-media world of legacy media and the new digital age.  We have a great sales team and I am looking forward to working with them to ensure our clients are getting their optimal advantage out of our service.”

taylorbrookeTaylor Joins Radio Disney.  Two-year WJFX “Hot 107.9″ midday talent/content director Brooke Taylor is leaving the Fort Wayne, Indiana CHR for Burbank, California, where she will become Radio Disney‘s night/weekend talent.  Radio Disney director of on-air programming Ernest Martinez (“Ernie D”), explains, “We chose Brooke to round out our staff because it is clear that she puts the audience first.  She cares about them and their interests, and she has the charisma that is geared specifically towards entertaining them in a fun, significant way.”  Taylor began her career as a nighttime personality in Gainesville, Florida at WYKS.  Her first day at Radio Disney is next Monday (4/28).

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cbsradio logoCBS RADIO to Move Washington Operations into DC.  According to a story in the Washington Business Journal, CBS RADIO has signed a lease for a 33,000 square foot second floor in a 10-storey office building on Half Street SE and the stations will relocate from their current site in Lanham, Maryland.  In addition to the second floor, CBS will also lease about 3,000 square feet of space on the ground floor to serve as a performance space.  Washington DC Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to announce the deal at a press conference today that will include CBS RADIO president Dan Mason and senior vice president Steve Swenson.  CBS operates sports talk duo WJFK-FM and WJFK-AM, all-news WNEW-FM, hip hop WPGC, adult contemporary WIAD and Spanish WLZL.

cclogoAE Sues Clear Channel New Orleans.  Another sales staffer at Clear Channel’s New Orleans cluster is suing the company claiming management conspired to dismiss her in retaliation for testifying in the cases of other African American AEs suing the company.  Caucasian sales staffer Michelle Killian alleges in her suit that market manager Dick Lewis, sales manager Rob Hasson and director of sales Joshua Mednick attempted to create reasons to terminate Killian through assigning unattainable sales goals.  She also alleges the company began giving her smaller value sales leads in order to affect her income.  Further she alleges this came about after she testified in the cases of Prixie Montgomery and other black AEs suing the company for violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Killian states in her complaint that the atmosphere created at the cluster was such that black and white AEs only spoke to each other when business demanded it and that she was also targeted by management for interacting and socializing with African American co-workers.

sharpkevinRemembering Kevin Sharp.  Bone cancer survivor Kevin Sharp passed away on Saturday (4/19).  A posting on the country singer’s website indicates Sharp’s cause of death was a result of “ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.”  Sharp’s debut album, “Measure of a Man,” was released in November 1996 and he earned a “Best New Male Artist” nomination from the Academy of Country Music.  The Redding, California native quickly had three hit singles, with “Nobody Knows” (originally done by The Tony Rich Project), “She’s Sure Taking It Well,” and “If You Love Somebody.”  Ten years ago, Sharp’s autobiographical “Tragedy’s Gift” detailed the two-year period he endured with chemotherapy, radiation and multiple surgeries.  Sharp was a Make-A-Wish kid as a teen.  His request was to meet renowned record producer David Foster, who produced his favorite band, Chicago.  Sharp was soon in Foster’s studio, attending a recording session.  Months later, doctors told Sharp that he had beaten the cancer; Sharp would later become a high-profile Make-A-Wish spokesperson.  Foster kept up with Sharp’s progress and helped him land a recording contract with Asylum Records. Among those commenting over the weekend in social media on Sharp’s passing were Ty Herndon, who writes, “My heart and prayers go out to Kevin and his family; such a great man and talent.”  Neal McCoy notes, “A fellow makes a Make-A-Wish and it comes true.  He meets David Foster and grants many more of his own.  Work well done – go rest now Kevin Sharp.” Among Sharp’s accolades were the Country Music Association‘s “New Touring Artist” and the Make-A-Wish “Wish Granter of the Year” for 1997.  He was just 43 years old when he died at his mother’s Fair Oaks, California home Saturday at 10:49 pm.

Friday, April 18, 2014

| April 18, 2014

nielsen logoRound Three of Nielsen Audio’s March PPM Data Released.  The next round of PPM data from the March 2014 survey by Nielsen Audio has been released for the 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus.  You can see the complete market numbers here.  In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways.”

  • Portland – With an impressive +1.1 (6.9 – 8.0) public KOPB improves from second to first, ousting Clear Channel-owned adult contemporary KKCW “K-103″ (7.5 – 7.0, #2), which had been #1 the past four monthlies. “K-103″ CHR sibling KKRZ “Z-100″ had registered four straight (6+) up trends (4.7 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 5.6 – 5.9) before January- February’s -.4 to 5.5. It bounces back though with a +.8 (6.3) and remains steady at #4. Declining by nine-tenths is Entercom alternative KNRK (4.2 – 3.3), which tumbles from #9 to #15.
  • Charlotte – While both of the market’s major FM country facilities have a favorable month, it is CBS Radio‘s WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits” that claims #1 honors (up from #3 in February); registers a meaty +1.1; and has its finest 6+-stat (7.7) since May 2012 (also 7.7). Meanwhile, Clear Channel’s WKKT “96.9 – The Kat” gains four-tenths (5.1 – 5.5) to inch up from eighth to sixth. Its classic rock cluster-mate WRFX 99.7 – “The Fox” turns in Charlotte’s most potent (6+) month-to-month increase (+1.4 to 6.7), enabling it to zoom from seventh to a third-place tie. It was a short (one-month) stay at #1 for CBS Radio urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98,” which held the top spot for the first time since November, but with a -.4 to 6.7, it dips to #3.
  • SacramentoCBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96″ ends its mini-slide (9.2 – 5.8 – 5.7, 6+) with a strong +1.2 to 6.9 and advances from fourth to third. After declining by nine-tenths (3.7 – 2.8, January – February, 6+), Clear Channel talker KSTE posts a +.7 to 3.5 and progresses from #15 to #10. A trio of Entercom stations drop by one-half share each: CHR KDND “The End” (8.4 – 7.9, but is still #1 for the third successive monthly); KRXQ “98 Rock” (5.7 – 5.2, #4 to #6); and KCTC “ESPN 1320″ (1.7 – 1.2 #19 to #21); KCTC is coming off a -.8 (January – February).
  • San Antonio – Suffering the most pronounced month-to-month (6+) decline of any station in the 12 markets Nielsen Audio released Thursday is Clear Channel country KAJA “KJ-97,” which regresses by -2.1 (7.6 – 5.5). In the process, it falls out of the top spot it occupied in January and February all the way to sixth. Despite a -.8 to 6.3,  Univision rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat” advances from second to first; ironically, 6.3 is The Beat’s weakest 6+ share since last April, when it recorded a 6.2. After eight successive monthly performances in the 2.5 – 2.9 range (August 2013 – February 2014, 6+), Clear Channel‘s KZEP dials up a +.9 to 3.7 and climbs from #14 to #11. It is the best 6+ performance for “San Antonio’s Classic Rock” since March 2012′s 3.9. Nine-tenths though is hardly good news for Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG (5.9 – 5.0, -.9), which slips from #5 to #7.
  • Cincinnati – There’s good news/bad news for WLW: The Clear Channel heritage talker is #1 for the third straight monthly, but its January-February-March line score translates to a cumulative -1.6 (10.4 – 9.7 – 8.8), with 8.8 the lowest 6+-stat the Cincinnati Reds flagship has registered since PPM became Cincinnati’s ratings currency. After back-to-back down monthlies (4.2 – 3.9 – 3.5), Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSL “Old School 100.3″ enjoys a +.8 to 4.3, zipping from #13 to #9.
  • Cleveland – Not only do three Clear Channel stations retain their first, second, and third rankings from February (6+), each does so with gusto. Adult hits WHLK “The Lake” adds seven-tenths to 9.6 and is #1 (6+) for the third successive time. Classic hits-oldies WMJI (#2) improves by nine-tenths to 9.3, while country WGAR (#3) tacks on one full-share (6.7 – 7.7). Meanwhile, their rock sibling WMMS progresses by eight-tenths to 5.9, jumping from ninth to sixth. Since the “Holiday” report, WMMS has trended 3.5 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 5.9 for a combined +2.4.
  • Salt Lake City – Turning in its third consecutive (6+) up trend, Bonneville classic hits KRSP “Arrow” explodes to 5.6 (+1.3) and zooms from #11 to a three-way logjam at #5. It is the station’s best 6+-performance since last May (also 5.6). Dating back to the “Holiday” report, “Arrow” has gained 2.2 shares (3.4 – 3.9 – 4.3 – 5.6, 6+). This time last month, Clear Channel‘s KJMY “My-FM” dialed up a +1.1 to 4.8, but the hot AC regresses by nine-tenths (3.9) as it slides from #9 to #11. After back-to-back 5.1 shares (6+), fellow hot AC KBZN is off six-tenths to 4.5 (#7 to #9).
  • Kansas City – For the fifth successive monthly report, Carter Broadcast Corporation-owned urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103 Jamz” (7.0 – 7.6, +.6) occupies the runner-up slot. This is the station’s finest 6+-stat since last May, when it registered an 8.1. Also advancing by six-tenths is Entercom‘s KCSP “610 Sports” (2.1 – 2.7), which proceeds from #18 to a three-way tie at #15. Although down two-tenths (9.0 – 8.8), Wilks Broadcasting‘s KFKF “Country 94.1″ is #1 for the twelfth consecutive time.
  • Orlando – Rather incredibly, January – February’s massive +2.1 turned in by Cox Media Group country property WWKA “K-92.3″ all but evaporates with a -1.9 to 7.1, as the station slips from first to second. Notwithstanding its two-tenths dip to 7.3, contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3 – Safe for the Little Ears” progresses from third to first. After a robust (6+) “Holiday”-January-February trend of 5.4 – 6.6 – 7.2, Clear Channel CHR WXXL “XL-106.7″ regresses by eight-tenths to 6.4, but remains at #4. Even by registering an exceptionally strong +.9 (3.9 – 4.8), CBS Radio hot AC WOMX “Mix 105″ is locked at #11.
  • Columbus – Boasting a +.8 to 11.4, Clear Channel CHR WNCI is #1 for the tenth time in the last eleven surveys and posts double-digits (6+) for the thirteenth straight time. Alternative cluster-mate WCGX “X-106.7″ improves for the third time in a row – this time by six tenths – (2.1 – 2.2 – 2.3 – 2.9) and it is good enough to crack the top ten (#12 to #10). Similarly-formatted WWCD “CD 102.5 The Alternative Station,” however, has a 40% erosion (3.0 – 1.8, 6+) and dips from #10 to #13.

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main line broadcastingLarry Wilson’s Alpha Broadcasting and L&L to Merge; Company to Buy Main Line Broadcasting for $57 Million.  A big two-pronged announcement from Larry Wilson’s Alpha Broadcasting and L&L Broadcasting: First, the two companies will merge into one to be named Alpha Media.  Second, the company will purchase 19 stations in four markets from Main Line Broadcasting for $57 million.  Here’s what the companies announce.  “The current corporate team for Alpha Broadcasting and L & L Broadcasting will remain and operate the company from the corporate headquarters in Portland, Oregon.”  Alpha operates six stations in Portland while L&L operates 43 stations in sevenalpha logo markets.  L&L has been overseeing the operation of the Portland stations for the last year pursuant to a management agreement with Alpha.  Chairman Larry Wilson states, “The merger will be the culmination of a long term plan to ultimately combine the two companies and will allow us to streamline our oversight of all 49 stations to take advantage of the many synergies.”  But wait, there will soon be more than 49 stations.  The announcement that L & L Broadcasting is entering into an agreement to acquire 19 radio stations from Main Line Broadcasting for $57 million will expand L&L logothat to 68 stations.  Main Line Broadcasting is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and operates in the Louisville; Richmond-Petersburg, Virginia; Dayton; and Hagerstown, Maryland-Chambersburg, Pennsylvania markets.  L & L Broadcasting president and CEO Bob Proffitt comments, “We’ve worked hard to maintain strong community involvement and an intimate connection with our listeners and advertisers in all of our markets.  I’m confident that we’ll be able to implement our mission of live and local radio in the Main Line markets.”  Main Line CEO Marc Guralnick adds, “I am extremely proud of all of Main Line Broadcasting’s employees who have done a phenomenal job over the years.  I am pleased to have these great broadcasters now under the leadership and vision of Larry Wilson and Bob Proffitt.  There’s not a better company than L&L Broadcasting to ensure this continued success.”

passengerawardPassenger Honored by Nettwerk for Smash Single.  To commemorate the sale of three million singles of “Let Her Go,” Nettwerk Music Group presented Passenger (a.k.a. Mike Rosenberg) with a plaque at its office in Los Angeles.  The act’s most recent single, “Scare Away The Dark,” will be featured on Passenger’s fifth studio album Whispers due out on June 10.  Pictured here (from left to right) are:  Dan Medland, Passenger’s manager from ie:music; Mark Jowett, Nettwerk Music Group, VP international A&R/publishing; Mike Rosenberg, Passenger; Jeff Ballard, Nettwerk Music Group, national promotions director; and Jack Heine, Nettwerk Music Group, radio promotions coordinator.

jbandsandyJ.B. and Sandy Officially Named Morning Hosts on Austin’s New ‘Fringe’ FM.  The alternative Culture Map Austin has the story as Austin broadcaster and owner of country KOKE Bob Cole makes it official that Monday, April 21 will see the return of J.B. Hager (right) and Sandy McIlree (left) to the market’s airwaves after the two exited Entercom’s crosstown hot AC KAMX “Mix 94.7” last fall.  What is “Fringe Austin?”  According to the piece in Culture Map Austin, the station – airing on translator K287FG at 105.3 FM – will feature “a mix of new rock and indie bands, reflecting the station’s preference for off-center music that falls outside of the corporate radio realm.”

veaumarkVeau Named PD at Classic Hits WORC-FM, Worcester.  Twelve-year Cumulus Media Worcester staffer Mark Veau is upped to program director at the company’s classic hits WORC-FM.  The company says Veau has been on the air as WORC-FM’s afternoon drive personality, hosts the Sunday morning public affairs program for all three stations in the cluster, produces imaging and commercials, and has deep knowledge of and experience with the community WORC-FM serves.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Association of Broadcasters.  Veau says, “I look forward to this new opportunity working on a radio station that I know so well and enjoy so much.”  Cumulus vice president and market manager Bob Goodell adds, “In my six years here, Mark has always been a go-to guy to get things done with his specialized knowledge of the audience and promotional history of WORC-FM.  There is no person with more passion and experience that could assume the duties of PD than Mark Veau.”

legendlonnieMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland hip hop outlet WOCQ “OC104” names Lonnie Legend to the afternoon drive position.  Legend moves up from evenings as Chubb Love, who served askarah APD and afternoon host, exits says program director Bill Baker.  He expects to name a new APD soon…..At Clear Channel’s Houston alt-rocker KTBZ-FM “94.5 The Buzz,” Karah moves from her part-time role to the permanent evening slot.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

| April 17, 2014

ppmunitRound Two of Nielsen Audio’s March PPM Data Released.  Owing Tuesday’s Passover observance, the second round of Nielsen Audio March 2014 PPM ratings was delayed by a day.  So,kinosianmike here are the ratings for the next group of 12 markets that include: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  All the numbers can be found here, but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways.”

  • Washington – On the strength of a seven-tenths gain, Radio One-owned gospel facility WPRS “Praise 104.1″ zooms from #13 to #8. It is the third successive (6+) progressive trend for “Praise,” which totals a combined +1.4 in that stretch (2.6 – 3.0 – 3.3 – 4.0). Seven-tenths is lucky for WIAD “94.7 – Fresh FM” as well as it improves from 2.9 to 3.6, placing the CBS Radio hot AC in a three-way tie at #10 – up from #15 in February; 3.6 is Fresh FM’s best 6+-performance since October, when it also reached that figure. After a January – February gain of eight-tenths (4.6 – 5.4), Clear Channel adult contemporary WASH returns to 4.6 (-.8) but remains at #6.
  • Detroit – Enjoying the most significant (6+) month-to-month gain among all stations in the 12 PPM markets released Wednesday is WMXD “Mix 92.3.” Not only does the Clear Channel urban AC – which ranked third in February – rocket from 6.4 to 8.3 (+1.9), it dislodges CBS Radio all-news WWJ (7.9 – 7.2, -.7) from #1; WWJ slips to second. To help put the 8.3 that “Mix” racks up in perspective, the station heretofore had not crossed the seven-share threshold (6+). After six successive downward trends in which its 6+ share was sliced in half (8.0 – 7.6 – 6.1 – 5.4 – 4.6 – 4.0), CBS Radio sports outlet WXYT-FM “The Ticket” picks up seven-tenths (4.0 – 4.7) and returns to the top ten (#11 in February to #8). No sooner does Clear Channel adult contemporary WNIC bounce back from a massive -7.9 “Holiday” – January decline with a +.6 in February to advance from #6 to #4, it regresses by one full-share (6.1 – 5.1) and falls back to #6. CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOMC’s string of four successive (6+) up trends (5.0 – 5.1 – 5.3 – 6.9 – 7.6) concludes with an eight-tenths decline to 6.8 (#2 to #3); 7.6 was WOMC’s best-ever 6+ PPM performance.
  • Miami – WFEZ “Easy 93.1″ registers a +.8 (5.0 – 5.8), leapfrogging from #7 to #3. You might recall that in February, the Cox Media Group adult contemporary facility posted a negative trend (5.6 – 5.0, -.6) for the first time since July – August. The 6+ line score for “Easy 93.1″ since August was four successive 5.1 showings, back-to-back 5.4 shares, and a 5.6. Meanwhile, “Easy 93.1″ urban contemporary sibling WEDR “South Florida’s Only Station for Hip-Hop and R&B” (5.8 – 5.1, #2 to #5) and public WLRN (2.9 – 2.2, #16 to #19) are each off by seven-tenths (February – March, 6+); WEDR was coming off a +.8 (5.0 – 5.8). Despite being off by six-tenths (8.8 – 8.2), CMG-owned WHQT “Hot 105″ is #1 for an amazing 34th straight time.
  • Seattle – As a result of posting a +.7 to 5.7, Hubbard CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5″ breaks away from a three-way logjam at #2 to claim the #1 spot (6+) from public KUOW, which falls to fifth (5.1 – 4.7). Improving by one-half share (3.6 – 4.1), Entercom‘s KKWF “The Wolf” (#11 to #9) widens its lead slightly over CBS Radio-owned country rival KMPS, which is flat at 3.5, but inches up from #12 – #11. After gaining six-tenths to 3.8 (January – February), Sinclair Broadcast Group Hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5″ drops that and a little more (3.8 – 3.0, -.8) as it plummets from #10 to #15.
  • Phoenix – When KMXP “Mix 96.9″ made its gargantuan +3.2 to 8.1 (January – February), it represented the first time in its PPM history that the Clear Channel hot AC reached/crossed the eight-share barrier (6+). “Mix” remains at #1 for the second straight month, however, it relinquishes more than half of its previous +3.2 (8.1 – 6.3). Moreover, the -1.8 is the heftiest month-to-month decline by any station in the 12 PPM markets released on Wednesday. Since the “Holiday” report, Bonneville‘s KTAR-FM has had an interesting rollercoaster ride by recording a 3.5 (“Holiday”); 4.2 (January); back down to 3.5 (February); and now back up to 4.2 (March). In the country battle, Clear Channel’s KNIX “The Best New Country” gains seven-tenths (4.4 – 5.1, #6 to #4) while CBS Radio‘s KMLE “Country@107.9″ drops three-tenths (4.0 – 3.7, #9 to #12).
  • MinneapolisCumulus classic rocker KQRS tacks on a +1.1 to last month’s modest two-tenths gain (6.1 – 6.3 – 7.4) and creeps up from fifth to third. After rebounding from a -1.7 (December – “Holiday”) to a +1.1 (“Holiday” – January), then losing six-tenths to 5.8 (#8 in February), Clear Channel country KEEY “K-102″ adds four-tenths (5.8 – 6.2, #7). It overtakes format challenger – CBS Radio‘s KMNB – which is down one-tenth (6.0 – 5.9, #8), following January – February’s +.8. Contemporary Christian KTIS declines by one full-share (7.4 – 6.4) and falls from third to sixth.
  • San Diego – In a rare occurrence, the market has back-to-back situations of a station hitting #1 for the first time since PPM became San Diego’s ratings currency. February numbers found Clear Channel-owned KGB-FM “World Class Rock” (5.3 – 5.5, +.2) halting Lincoln Financial Media country outlet KSON-FM’s consecutive string of #1 showings (6+) at 18. Now it is LFM adult contemporary KIFM’s initial turn at the top as it leapfrogs from fourth to first (5.0 – 5.5), as KGB-FM loses one full-share (5.5 – 4.5) and plummets to sixth. Alternative turns in a good month with XETRA “91-X” (3.2 – 3.7, #12) and KBZT “FM 94/9″ (2.9 – 3.4, #13) each improving by one-half share. Sliding from second to fifth, KSON-FM has its fourth successive (6+) down trend (6.9 – 6.4 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 4.9) and is a cumulative -2.0 in that timeframe.
  • Tampa – Two Tampa Bay outlets are up by at least +1.0 month-to-month (6+): Clear Channel CHR WFLZ zooms from ninth to second (5.0 – 6.1, +1.1) and CBS Radio-owned WQYK “Tampa Bay’s Country Station” jumps from #14 to #8 (3.9 – 4.9, +1.0). Conversely, Cox Media Group adult contemporary WWRM “Magic 94-9″ – which was -1.0 January – February (7.6 – 6.6) – regresses by an additional -1.6 to 5.0. In the process, it falls from second to seventh and registers its weakest 6+-stat since August 2012 (4.8). CMG AC cluster-mates WDUV and WWRM were #1 – #2 for the past six monthly reports; WDUV (9.6 – 9.8, +.2) is #1 for the sixteenth consecutive monthly.
  • Baltimore – Following a massive seven-share “Holiday” – January falloff (11.9 – 4.9), CBS Radio adult contemporary WLIF “Today’s 101.9″ turns in its second straight upward trend – this one a +.8 to 6.0 and stays even at #4. Radio One urban contemporary WERQ “92-Q” had recorded three successive positive trends (6.9 – 7.0 – 7.6 – 7.9, 6+) before taking a one-share decline to 6.9. It remains at #1 for the third straight monthly, but now shares top honors with Clear Channel country WPOC, which is actually down one-tenth (7.0 – 6.9).
  • St. Louis –  Clear Channel‘s KLOU “Greatest Hits of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s” rings up a +.9 (5.1 – 6.0), shooting the classic hits-oldies outlet from a tie at #10 to a tie at #4. Hubbard-owned country property WIL-FM (6.8 – 7.3, +.5) retains the top spot for the second successive monthly; 7.3 represents the station’s most potent 6+-stat in its PPM history. Dropping by nine-tenths (6.7 – 5.8) is CBS Radio hot AC KYKY “Y-98,” which slides from fourth to sixth.

cclogoClear Channel Restructures Sales Efforts; Extent of RIF Unknown.  The prospect that Clear Channel Media + Entertainment intended to change the structure of its sales force has been rumored for some time and now the plan has been put into effect.  The exact nature of the realignment is not known but the company released the following statement: “As a policy, we don’t discuss personnel matters.  However, for the last several months we have been flattening our senior management organization to reduce overlap.  Now we are aligning our sales organizations to this new structure and to give more resources, authority, and accountability to the most productive members of our team so we can operate as effectively and efficiently as possible.”

kxrk logoJohnson to Replace Hanson at Broadway Media.  A number of changes taking effect at Broadway Media in Utah to report.  First, the company announces that its Salt Lake Radio Group market manager G. Craig Hanson is leaving the company after 37 years to enter the ownership end of the business in St. George, Utah.  Taking over for him will be Stephen C. Johnson.  He’ll serve as general manager and CEO of the Salt Lake Radio Group that includes: KXRK, KUDD, KUUU, KEGA, KYMV and KALL.  Johnson spent the last 35 years with Simmons Media.  Other moves include Broadway Media VP/administration Bret J. Leifson exiting to pursue other interests.  Joining the companies is John G. Kimball who will serve as general manager and CEO of Real Media – the division that operates Broadway’s digital, technical, event and entertainment, and outdoor media assets.  Kimball has worked in the market with Bonneville and Real Salt Lake.

kmva logoMonica Nelson to Mornings on Arizona Hot AC Duo.  Radio personality Monica Nelson is the new morning drive co-host at Riviera Broadcasting’s hot AC “Hot 97.5/103.9” – a simulcast on KMVA, Dewey-Humboldt (between Phoenix and Prescott) and KEXX, Gilbert (southeast of Phoenix).  She joins Vinnie Del Rosso for the 6:00 am to 10:00 am shift.  She comes to Riviera from her most recent gig at the former KPKX “98.7 The Peak.”  Director of operations Marc Young says, “We’re absolutely delighted to add a talent of Monica’s stature to the ‘Hot’ brand.  She is a seasoned pro and fits perfectly with our focus on all things live and local for Phoenix.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At WPNT-owned hot AC WLTJ “Q 92.9,” Debbie Wilde is named midday personality, moving there from the evening slot.  Wilde joined the station last fall after previously serving at Clear Channel’s crosstown alternative WXDX…..Sebastian Davis is named executive producer of “The Regular Guys” morning show on Cumulus Media’s rock WNNX, Atlanta “Rock 100.5.”

fccnewFCC Issues FNPRM for 2014 Quadrennial Review; Ownership Regs Proposed to Remain, Cross-Ownership Open for Consideration.  The Federal Communications Commission has released its Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that initiates the 2014 Quadrennial Review and chief among the topics are the broadcast ownership rules.  The Commission is proposing to keep the current radio broadcast ownership rules in place but it is open to discussion about relaxing the radio-newspaper cross-ownership ban as well as the radio-television cross-ownership rules.  This has Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai furious in his dissent.  He takes the Commission to task for, 1) failing to complete the 2010 Quadrennial Review and; 2) putting proposals such as the radio-newspaper cross-ownership ban question into the 2014 review.  Here are his words: “Congress has instructed us to review the newspaper-paiajitbroadcast cross-ownership rule every four years and repeal or modify it if we determine that it is no longer in the public interest.  And here is the simple truth: The Commission has not been able to conclude since 2000 that the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule remains in the public interest.  And today, the Commission dodges the issue entirely, putting off the issue until 2016, sixteen years after our last determination! What’s the solution at this point?  While writs of mandamus are not to be issued lightly, I believe that the D.C. Circuit would now be justified in ordering the Commission to remove the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule from our books.  We have had plenty of opportunities to justify maintaining the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule, but instead we have chosen to punt — including today.”  Pai’s sentiment that the FCC works too slowly, especially in an era when changes in technology are happening at an ever-faster pace while government seems to work slower than ever, is one echoed by many in the broadcasting industry.  Consider the Commission’s conclusion regarding how digital media is affecting broadcast media.  It’s important to understand that the quote from the FNPRM is relative to broadcasters’ (TV also) desires to relax ownership regulations.  Whether you agree or not, it’s the Commission’s assessment of the current state of the audio entertainment landscape that indicates its willingness to only see one moment in time, without regard for the future.  “Despite broadcasters’ claims to the contrary, we tentatively find that, for purposes of the Commission’s ownership rules, non-broadcast sources of audio programming are not yet meaningful substitutes for broadcast radio stations with respect to either listeners or advertisers.  While alternate platforms such as satellite radio and Internet-delivered audio are growing in popularity, broadcast radio remains the dominant radio technology.  In 2012, 92 percent of Americans age 12 or older listened to broadcast radio, a figure that has remained essentially constant over the last decade.  Satellite radio still serves only a small portion of the population, even though its subscription rates continue to climb.  And though recent data suggest that a significant portion of adult U.S. broadband households (42 percent) listen to Internet-delivered audio programming, we note that millions of U.S. households continue to lack broadband connections.  In addition, only 14 percent of Internet radio listeners listen in their cars, where most broadcast radio listening occurs.   Thus, we tentatively conclude that Internet-delivered audio programming is not yet a meaningful substitute for broadcast radio listening for most listeners.  We seek comment on this tentative conclusion and invite commenters to provide any more recent relevant information and data.  We believe, moreover, that satellite radio and content delivered via the Internet generally are national platforms that are not likely to respond to competitive conditions in local markets.”  Even if you agree with these conclusions (which, obviously, many do not), will they still be true in 2015, 2016 (when the 2014 Quad is supposed to be delivered to Congress) or 2017?

biakelseyBIA/Kelsey’s New Study Explores ‘Reinvention of Audio.’  The full name of the study from BIA/Kelsey is “The Internet Radio Revolution Has Arrived: Platforms, Services, Audiences and Advertisers Reinvent Audio,” and as the title implies, it works to make sense of the state of audio entertainment and its relationship with the advertising world as it exists today, plus where it’s going in the near future.  The study authors note a five-step process that occurs when a major change affects the media: 1) Fundamental breakthroughs in enabling technologies occur, 2) Entrepreneurs and their investors experiment with getting the right value proposition into the market, 3) Consumers find the winning technologies and begin to use them, 4) Advertisers sensing a new opportunity for connecting with their consumers allocate “experimental budget,” and 5) Media companies and publishers take new platforms seriously.  The report states, “It is only when we reach this last phase that we really get a sense of how fundamentally a technology will impact us in the long run.”  It believes the audio business is entering this fifth phase.  Read the entire study here.

iheartradio newiHeartRadio Gets into Subaru’s STARLINK.  Japanese automaker Subaru was a little late to the party with a digital infotainment system but the new STARLINK is available on many of its 2014 cars and now Clear Channel Media + Entertainment announces its iHeartRadio will be included on the system.  The STARLINK infotainment system is being demoed at the New York Auto Show beginning tomorrow (4/18).  Subaru of America marketing strategy & launch manager David Sullivan, says, “We are thrilled to have iHeartRadio as our first content partner for the STARLINK cloud service application.  The award-winning service brings a huge amount of programming and custom content to Subaru vehicles with a great, easy-to-use interface.”

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

| April 16, 2014

sarahvinnieSarah Re-Ups with KLLC, San Francisco.  Morning drive personality Sarah signs a multi-year contract extension to remain on the morning drive show with partner Vinnie at CBS RADIO’s hot AC KLLC, San Francisco “Alice@97.3.”   Sarah, who’s been with the station since 1997, says, “I’m so excited to continue our reign of terror in the morning at Alice@97.3 – we have a great team together in the morning and it’s an honor to work alongside the whole staff at Alice.  I truly have to pinch myself from time to time – I might be the luckiest person in the world.  I’m beyond stoked!”  CBS RADIO San Francisco SVP and market manager Doug Harvill adds, “All of us at CBS RADIO San Francisco are pleased to continue our relationship with Sarah.  She’s talented, lovely and a joy to be around…and now we’ll have her around for many more years.”

byromhannahHannah Byrom Joins KBFF, Portland’s ‘Morning Mess.’  The “Morning Mess” show on Alpha Broadcasting’s CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” in Portland adds Hannah Byrom to the cast that includes Tanya Brown and Mike Edwards, effective April 21.  Byrom has worked on the morning show at WAZO, Wilmington, North Carolina and as co-host of the nationally syndicated evening show, “Zach Sang and the Gang.”  Alpha Broadcasting director of programming Scott Mahalick coments, “Hannah is the perfect fit to join the cast of the ‘Morning Mess’ and bring a perspective that only someone who lives the lifestyle can bring.  We are thrilled to have Hannah on our team.”

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Sherí Taylor Joins WSPA, Greenville for Middays.  It’s a return to Entercom’s adult contemporary WSPA, Greenville “Magic 98.9” for Sherí Taylor, who left the station seven years ago.  Most recently, she’s been co-hosting the morning program at Salem Communications’ crosstown classic hits WOLT “Earth 103.3.”  The station notes that Taylor has been working in the Greenville market graduating from Clemson University in 1995 and calls her “a multi-talented personality” who’s been a comedian for 20 years, worked as an on-air personality for “Oldies 106.3,” started a small business, where she owns her own photography studio, and has worked as a television entertainment reporter.  Entercom VP/market manager Steve Sinicropi states, “Last week, ‘Magic 98.9’ added Murphy, Sam & Jodi to our morning lineup and today we add another superb talent to middays in Sherí Taylor.  Sherí deserves the bigger platform and audience she’ll have with ‘Magic 98.9.’  With the largest radio audience in the state of South Carolina, we always need to deliver the best for our clients.  These moves make ‘Magic’ stronger from top to bottom and improve our station, and better position our entire cluster for the future.”  Taylor adds, “Coming back home to a place I love and respect is the icing on the cake.  Entercom has always been like family to me and I can’t wait to start on middays on a heritage brand like ‘Magic 98.9.’”

wallskentKent Walls Named to Air Staff at KKGO, Los Angeles.  The Toronto-born media personality is familiar to Angelenos as an on-air host and reporter for the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks.  Kent Walls serves as a correspondent for the “Ducks Weekly” show on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.  Now, he’s adding weekend air work on Mt. Wilson Broadcasters’ country KKGO “Go Country 105 FM” to his duties.  In addition to the above-cited work, Walls is a partner at Three-Point Stance, a multimedia production company and creative agency based in Culver City.

mccollummaryMcCollum Promoted at Idaho Media Group.  Local sales manager Mary McCollum is promoted to director of regional and national sales at IdaVend Broadcasting, Inland Northwest Broadcasting and KRPL Inc.  McCollum began her career in media as a marketing manager for Ubiquitel (Sprint Wireless), in 2000.   She moved to neighboring Clarkston, Washington in 2009, taking a position in Lewiston as sales manager at Pacific Empire Radio Corporation.  In 2011, McCollum moved to nationally recognized IdaVend Broadcasting as the sales manager for Inland Northwest Broadcasting and KRPL, Inc. in Moscow.  In addition to national and regional sales, McCollum also specializes in political advertising and sponsorship promotions.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Wilks License Company-owned classic hits KXKL, Denver “Kool 105.1,” Jim Berry is named program director and afternoon drive host, taking over for Gregg Cassidy…..Evening personality Chris Rock exits Tiger Communications’ alternative WTGZ, Union Springs, Alabama (Auburn-Montgomery market) “Tiger 93.9 FM.”…..JYH Broadcasting’s alternative rocker KNOB, Santa Rosa, California “96X,” Sarah Jean moves up from the promotions department to midday personality on the station.   

carriemistressWAAF, Boston’s Mistress Carrie to Participate in ‘Tough Ruck’ Fundraiser.  Afternoon drive personality Mistress Carrie is doing something no other civilian has been allowed to do – participate in the Tough Ruck fundraiser.  The WAAF personality has a long track record of supporting U.S. troops.  She went to Iraq and Afghanistan as an embedded reporter in 2006 and 2011, respectively.  Now she’ll put on a 40-pound rucksack and join some 1,000 soldiers from over 30 states in a 26 mile hike along the historic Battle Road Trail in Concord, Massachusetts on Saturday, April 19.  The event benefits Military Friends Foundation.  Mistress Carrie is part of a fundraising team that includes the 1-182 Infantry, whom she was embedded with in Afghanistan.  Mistress Carrie adds, “After being embedded with members of the 182 in Afghanistan, and visiting them as they secured Boston after the marathon bombings, I’m honored to be a member of the team, especially on April 19, because the 182 are one of only a few units in the military that carry battle streamers from Lexington, Concord, and Boston.  It’s going to be a very special day, and I just hope to keep up with them!”

simonpaulPaul Simon to Receive NAB Education Foundation Honor.  The legendary singer and songwriter will receive the 2014 Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) for his long-time commitment to providing healthcare to underserved children across the country.  The award will be presented at NABEF’s Celebration of Service to America Gala on June 17.  NABEF president Marcellus Alexander says, “Paul Simon has had a tremendous influence on the global music community for a half-century through his innovative style and inspired songwriting.  His involvement in expanding healthcare coverage for underprivileged and impoverished children is just as important.  This award honors his mission to provide a higher quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens.”  Last year, the award was presented to Stevie Wonder.

emmisSign of the Times for Emmis. Later today when it is time to ring NASDAQ‘s closing bell in Times Square, Emmis chairman/president/chief executive officer Jeff Smulyan will be doing the honors.  The ceremony will officially celebrate Emmis’ February acquisition of urban AC WBLS and gospel WLIB from YMF Media.  Those outlets will be part of a three-station NYC cluster, as they unite with Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97.” Smulyan comments, “As the WBLS and WLIB staffs join the Emmis family, we are very excited to celebrate by ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ.”  Emmis New York general manager Deon Levingston notes, “This has been a thrilling time for all of us at WQHT, WBLS, and WLIB.  What better way to remember it than ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ.”  Others taking part later today will be “Hot 97″ air personalities Funkmaster Flex and Angie Martinez; WBLS talents Lenny Green, Dr. Bob Lee, and Earthquake; and WLIB’s Bishop Hezekiah Walker.

peterstimKHLT, Wichita’s Tim Peters Dies.  Co-workers and listeners are mourning the sudden death of radio personality Tim Peters, who was morning drive co-host at Air Capitol Media Group-owned AC KHLT “99.7 Lite-FM.”  KAKE-TV reports that fellow staffers became concerned when Peters didn’t show up for work on Tuesday morning.  KHLT officials confirm he passed away but no cause is being announced at this time.  Peters worked in the Wichita market from 1982 to 1997 before leaving for gigs in other markets.  He returned to Wichita in 2007.  Fellow air staffer Dan Holiday and morning co-host Gayla Crouse are hosting a live tribute to Peters today (4/16).

aretha albumNo R-E-S-P-E-C-T At All.  There were at least two things missing from last Friday’s (4/11) widely shared story that singer Patti LaBelle was arrested after an altercation with Aretha Franklin. First, Vince McMahon could have booked it earlier in the week (Sunday, 4/6) as part of the WWE‘s benchmark “WrestleMania 30″ in New Orleans.  More importantly though, there was the ever-so-slight detail that no such fisticuffs ever occurred.  The purely fictional piece concocted and written in “The News Nerd” contends the fight took place in Atlanta on March 20. Several media outlets missed the part about it being a goof and ran with it.  Wanting to set the record straight, Franklin took to social media by writing, “I have never heard anything crazier regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting.  On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday [party]. Patti and I are cool and we always have been.  I enjoyed her at the White House – classic Patti.”  A disclaimer at the bottom of the “News Nerd” site states its posts are for “entertainment purposes only.”  Those missing that line, however, were clearly more focused on the body of the “story,” which portrays LaBelle decking Franklin with a punch following a back-and-forth feud.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

| April 15, 2014

nielsen logoRound One of Nielsen Audio’s March PPM Data Released.  The March PPM data from Nielsen Audio is being released and round one for markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union is available here.  In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this group.

  • New York – The March survey period covered February 27 – March 26. On (Monday) March 3, classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM unveiled its new wakeup program headlined by a promising newcomer – Scott Shannon. Kidding aside, given his lengthy tenure at cross-town CHR WHTZ “Z-100″ (the station he signed-on) and most recently at Cumulus hot AC WPLJ, Shannon is a genuine New York City morning drive icon.  His new address – WCBS-FM – gains one-half share (5.6 – 6.1, 6+) in March and goes from a second-place tie in February with Emmis urban AC WBLS (5.6 – 5.4, dropping to fourth) to sole possession of the runner-up slot. Meanwhile, his former station – WPLJ – is down or flat for the fourth successive sweep (3.0 – 2.8 – 2.8 – 2.6 – 2.4, 6+) and slips from #15 to #16. This marks the eighth consecutive survey in which Clear Channel adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” is #1 (6.9 – 7.0, +.1). Several spoken-word outlets experience a rough go, particularly all-news siblings WCBS-AM (5.3 – 4.2, #4 to #7) and WINS (4.5 – 3.7, #7 to #9), which drop a combined -1.9. After gaining nine-tenths (3.2 – 4.1, “Holiday” – January, 6+) only to lose eight-tenths in February, their sports cluster-mate WFAN is down another six-tenths (3.3 – 2.7) to finish #14.
  • Los Angeles – For the fifth successive sweep, Clear Channel registers a #1 – #2 – #3 finish (6+) involving the same three properties, although none within the trio registers a (6+) month-month increase. CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” drops four-tenths (5.5 – 5.1) but remains first for the second straight time, while adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103″ is off two-tenths (5.2 – 5.0) yet nonetheless breaks its second-place tie with hot AC KBIG “My FM,” which is down three-tenths (5.2 – 4.9) and falls to third.  After declining one-half share (3.6 – 3.1, #9), Univision Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5″ rebounds with a +.6 to 3.7 (6+), returning to its January ranking – #7.  CBS Radio‘s KTWV “The Wave” regresses for the second straight time, this time by one-half share (3.0 – 2.7 – 2.2, 6+) as it slips from #15 to #18.
  • San Francisco – Over the past two sweeps, KCBS-AM notched a combined +1.2 (4.8 – 5.3 – 6.0). The all-news operation tacks on another three-tenths to 6.3 and finishes first (6+) for the third successive monthly report and ninth time in the last ten survey periods.  Things were getting a bit dicey for usually strong sports outlet KNBR, which endured a massive -1.6 (4.7 – 3.1, January – February, 6+), dropping it from third all the way to eleventh. It was KNBR’s lowest 6+ share since March 2013 (also 3.1), but the Cumulus Media-owned facility picks up steam with a +.7 (3.1 – 3.8) and returns to the top ten (#7). Off by one-half share is CBS Radio CHR KMVQ (4.6 – 4.1), which dips from #3 in February to #4.
  • Dallas – After an eight-tenths drop (4.1 – 3.3, #5 – #10), Clear Channel hot AC KDMX “Now 102.9″ bounces back with a +.6 (3.9) to progress to #7.  Also with a +.6, Cumulus Media country KPLX “The Wolf” is up or flat (6+) for the fourth successive time (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.6 – 5.8 – 6.4) as it remains a solid #2. Contemporary Christian tussles are not exactly run-of-the-mill ratings scenarios and Dallas-Fort Worth is home to one of the genre’s most successful stations – Salem‘s KLTY.  Notwithstanding that, KLTY “Safe for the Whole Family” has its third straight down trend which has yielded a cumulative -.8 (5.1 – 4.9 – 4.7 – 4.3). It slides from #4 to #5, while First Dallas Media‘s KCBI “Encouraging Music…Words of Hope” picks up four-tenths to 1.8; even so, it is outside the top 20 (#23).
  • Houston – Following four successive monthlies in which it finished first, Clear Channel adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1″ registers a -.7 (7.2 – 6.5) and slips to second behind Cox Media Group country KKBQ (6.8 – 7.0). It is a big milestone for “The New 93-Q” – the first time in its PPM history it has placed first. The market’s other major country outlet has good news as well: CBS Radio‘s KILT-FM “The Bull 100.3″ notches its third straight positive trend (3.0 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.9). This one is a +.5, enabling “The Bull” to crack the top ten (#14 – #10).  Not only does CMG-owned KGLK boast the market’s highest 6+ month-to-month gain (5.1 – 5.7, +.6), advancing “The Eagle” from sixth to third, 5.7 is the classic hits-oldies outlet’s strongest 6+-stat since PPM became ratings currency in Houston.
  • PhiladelphiaBeasley Broadcast Group-owned country WXTU posts a +.8 (4.9 – 5.7) to inch up from #6 to #4; it is the best (6+) performance for “Philadelphia’s Country Station” since last May (also 5.7).  On the heels of gaining an impressive two full shares (“Holiday” – January, 6+), CBS Radio all-news outlet KYW added a +.8 to 8.4 in February to overtake Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” at the top spot.  Now though, KYW has the dubious distinction of recording the largest month-to-month decline in the 12 markets released thus far (8.4 – 6.0, -2.4) and it drops to third. Meanwhile, “More FM” – which had occupied sole possession of first place the last 10 survey periods and tied KYW for #1 in April 2013, when both stations registered a 7.0 share (6+) – returns to the top spot (8.3 – 8.6, +.3).
  • Atlanta – The 1.9-share (6+) lead Cumulus Media CHR WWWQ “Q-100″ held in January over Clear Channel format foe WWPW “Power 96.1″ vanishes as “Power” (4.0 – 4.3, +.3) overtakes “Q-100″ (4.5 – 4.2, -.3). “Power” improves from #11 to #9, while “Q-100″ slides from ninth to tenth. Public WABE has a positive trend (6+) for the third straight time (3.0 – 3.2 – 3.3 – 3.9), advancing from #15 to #13. After a one-half share January – February bump (3.4 – 3.9), Lincoln Financial Media hot AC WSTR “Star 94″ drops six-tenths to 3.3 (#12 to #14).
  • Riverside – Outdoing what it did in the Los Angeles report, Univision Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5″ ends back-to-back Riverside monthlies at 3.1 (January and February) with a whopping +1.2 to 4.3, as it improves from sixth to fourth.  Moreover, it is the station’s best ever (6+ PPM) stat in the Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario market. Conversely though, its regional Mexican sibling KSCA loses nine-tenths (3.6 – 2.7) and tumbles from fourth to seventh.
  • San Jose – For the first time since last July – when it tied KBAY with a 5.9 – public KQED (6.3 – 7.1, +.8) is the market’s 6+ leader.  Displaced at the top where it had been in January and February is Empire country outlet KRTY (6.5 – 6.0, -.5, #2).  All-news KCBS-AM rings up a +1.0 (4.7 – 5.7) to zoom from sixth to third.  This is the station’s highest 6+ share in San Jose since May 2010 when it posted a 5.8. Returning to KBAY, the Digity Media adult contemporary declines by one full-share (5.5 – 4.5) sinking from fourth to eighth.
  • Middlesex – This is the only market of the 12 released yesterday where more than one station improves month-by-month by at least one full-share (6+). Turning the trick are classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, which halts consecutive 3.8 performances (January and February) with a +1.1 to 4.9 (#11 to #6). It is the most potent 6+ share for the new home of wakeup talent Scott Shannon since last July (5.1). Classical WQXR doubles its 1.0 to 2.0 (+1.0) and narrowly misses entering the top 20 (#21). Owing to a -.9 (6.5 – 5.6), Emmis urban AC WBLS slides from second to third. Although it is off by eight-tenths (7.2 – 6.4) Townsquare Media talker WKXW is #1 for the third straight monthly.

bouloukosdonDon Bouloukos to Retire from CBS RADIO New York.  After 16 years with CBS RADIO and a career that spans 41 years, CBS RADIO New York senior vice president and market manager Don Bouloukos announces he’s retiring from the company effective June of this year.  Bouloukos first joined CBS RADIO in 1998 following the acquisition of American Radio Systems Inc. where he was co-chief operating officer.  Bouloukos comments, “It is never an easy decision to leave an industry you love, and a company and cluster of stations that have been such an important part of your life.  But after 41 years, it is time.”  Current CBS RADIO executive vice president, operations, Scott Herman will take over for Bouloukos and add supervision of the New York cluster to his duties.  The CBS RADIO New York group consists of all-news WCBS-AM, classic hits WCBS-FM, sports talker WFAN-AM/FM, all-news WINS-AM, CHR WNOW-FM and hot AC WWFS-FM.  Bouloukos continues, “I’ve been very fortunate to work for a company that allows you to operate stations as if they were your own and I take great pride in what we have been able to accomplish over the years.  Working with Dan Mason and Scott Herman has been an absolute pleasure.  My only regret is that I am not 21 years old and starting all over again.”

shannonbobThe Conclave’s Bob Shannon Steps Down After Health Scare.  The executive director of The Conclave resigned from the Minneapolis non-profit on Monday, April 14, citing health issues.  Bob Shannon says in a statement, “Upon my return from the NAB late Thursday evening, I experienced a medical episode that brought paramedics to my home in the middle of the night.  Fortunately, the problem wasn’t as life threatening as was originally thought, but it has prompted some soul searching on my part.  Therefore, after consulting with my physician and my family, I have decided to curtail all business activities for the foreseeable future and will be resigning all of my obligations over the next few weeks.  Sadly, that includes the Conclave.”  Conclave chairman Mark Bolke comments, “Obviously, Bob’s health and well-being is my primary concern, and I respect his decision.  As executive director of the Conclave, Bob brought with him the passion of a real radio broadcaster.  Not only in regards to what made it so compelling in the past, but a vision of what it still can be.  He is a champion of the medium, and never afraid to tell it like it is.  It’s been a pleasure serving with Bob, a true gentleman, and we wish him the very best.”  Shannon can be reached at 206-755-5162, or at bobshannonworks@gmail.com.

quinnrixBringing Creativity and Heightened Localism to the Radio Sales Department — with a Biographer. Ft. Worth, Texas-based multimedia storyteller, biographer and marketing strategist Rix Quinn delivers a unique mix of creative writing and a down-home vocal presentation to any station’s local marketing arsenal, regardless of market size.  Learn more about this fascinating wordsmith and his ideas for adding new dimensions to local radio sales that straddle both the medium’s on-air and online space.  In a new article by special features correspondent Jeff McKay, Quinn says, “The service I provide is to help small businesses tell their story in features that run 250-300 words, which is fairly short, focusing on the unique experiences of the owner-manager of the business or the unique product or service that the business provides.”  He adds, “That can also include short-form generic features that ‘celebrate’ the tradition and community service of general local business categories such as stand-alone ice cream parlors, mom & pop hardware stores, garden supply centers, independent book stores, jewelry stores…the list is endless.  At the conclusion of each feature, the station tags it with individual examples of the category that are non-competitively located in different parts of the coverage area and makes them available to the advertisers at a very reasonable cost.”  To read McKay’s piece about Rix Quinn in its entirety, please click here.

kdhx jocksDenver’s New Alternative ‘107X’ Names Jocks.  The new Max Media-owned alternative rocker KDHX, Denver “107X” wraps its 5,000 song commercial-free period and unveils the air staff.  Pictured here (from left to right) are: morning drive personality Nasty, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm jock Wingnut and afternoon drive host Geronimo.  Nasty is a market pro who worked at Clear Channel’s crosstown active rock KBPI.  Geronimo also serves with Max Media as program director at sister rhythmic oldies KJHM “Jammin’ 101.5.”

chartrandalanAlan Chartrand Named Market President for CC Boston.  The new market president for Clear Channel in Boston is Alan Chartrand, who is promoted from his VP of sales position.  Chartrand will oversee the operations and programming of CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss 108,” hip hop WJMN “JAMN 94.5,” EDM WEDX “Evolution 101.7,” Spanish WKOX “MIA 1430.”  The company says, “Alan’s incredible ability to drive revenue and results, while maintaining a strong culture of collaboration and creativity, make him the perfect candidate to lead the competitive marketplace in Boston.”

Neal Moves to State College.  At hot AC WZWW, Bellefonte, Pennsylvania “3WZ” in the State College market, Jeff Neal is the new program director and afternoon drive personality.  Neal joins the First Media Radio station after eight years in upstate New York with Pembroke Pines-owned hot AC WVIN and sports talk WABH in Bath.

cbsphillyCBS RADIO Philadelphia Prepares for 5th Annual Earthfest Celebration.  The Philadelphia cluster of CBS RADIO stations is partnering with the Clean Air Council to help sponsor its 5K Run for Clean Air at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Saturday (4/19).  CBS Philly SVP and market manager Marc Rayfield comments, “The CBS RADIO stations are proud to partner with the Clean Air Council in their mission to improve our region’s environmental and public health. As a huge voice in the region, we have a responsibility to use our power and reach to support such important issues.”  CBS RADIO Philadelphia participation will include the KYW Newsradio Kidcast Mobile Studio, that gives kids a chance to be a KYW news anchor.  WPHT “Big Money” host Steve Cordasco will present his weekly radio program live from 7:00 am to 10:00 am and will discuss the growing popularity of green or socially conscious investing.

kupl logoJustin Moore to Headline ‘98.7 The Bull’ CountryFest.  Country outlet KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull” announces Justin Moore is the headlining act for its “98.7 The Bull 2014 CountryFest,” taking place at the Portland Rose Festival this summer.  The station is partnering with the Rose Festival to bring “CountryFest” to the RoZone entertainment venue.  Other acts on the bill for the June 1 concert include: Clay Walker, Eric Paslay, Brothers Osbourne and Frankie Ballard.

Monday, April 14, 2014

| April 14, 2014

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duanedoobie graphicDOOBIE:  Are You Listening to What You’re Playing?  When your friend, the Doob, was a rock PD in the golden era, he encouraged his disc jockeys to listen to the music as much as possible while it was playing on their shows instead of talking to friends, family or significant others on the phone or yakking with co-workers that would stop by the studio to pass the time during their three or four hour “shifts.”  The philosophy behind this was that listeners could tell – perhaps even subconsciously — if the DJ was truly engaged in the total process of the playing of a song on the air for them to enjoy hearing.  To this day, “Doobs” truly believes it really does make a huge difference when the disc jockey (or liner-reader) seems to actually be listening to the song played on the air along with the listener.  In his new column posted today (4/14) Duane Doobie writes, “This is one of many techniques that can help radio re-create a deeper bond with the audience and retake ‘ownership’ of the music culture.  It gives the impression that the air personality is not only personally ‘presenting’ the song to the listener, but consuming and enjoying it as well.  It can have the same effect as a play-by-play sports announcer showing excitement when the home team wins the championship with a sudden death score.”  What a concept!  Joining the listener in the act of listening!  Doobie shares several techniques to make it sound as if the jock is listening to the music (aside from actually doing it) without making the station too “talky.”  To read the piece in its entirety, please click here.

kodalineDuane 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 (4/14) includes such names as: Kodaline, Herbal T, Tessa Violet, Owl City, Lindsey Stirling, Ghost Beach, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Alabama Shakes, Ben Tanner, Archie Bronson Outfit, Leon Russell, Kongos, NSYNC, Uberjakd, Koyote, Nirvana, Kings, Sander Van Doorn, Firebeatz, Bart B More, Ben Rush, Stacy Burke, Josh Leo, Brian Grilli, and Ruby Friedman Orchestra among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

schnackejerryJerry Schnacke Out at Hubbard Chicago.  Market manager Jerry Schnacke was removed from his position at Hubbard Radio’s Chicago cluster that includes hot AC WTMX, classic hits WDRV and AC WILV, according to Chicago media writer Robert Feder.  Feder reports that Hubbard EVP and COO Drew Horowitz will serve as interim market manager while a replacement is sought and that Horowitz says even though the stations were successful in 2013, the company is seeking “new thinking” to maintain its success.  Read Feder’s piece here.

hansenbradDenver’s “Wolf” Names Hansen PD.  Two-year Clear Channel Northern Colorado operations manager Brad Hansen is named program director/midday personality for Wilkes Denver country outlet KWOF “92.5 The Wolf.”  Hansen succeeds Jonathan Wilde, who exited in late-February after four years with the station.  With Hansen locking down The Wolf’s midday shift, Brooke Diaz transitions from there to morning drive, teaming with Bo Reynolds.  Prior to being OM for Clear Channel’s six-station Northern Colorado cluster, Hansen programmed Cumulus Reno, Nevada country-formatted KBUL “K-Bull 98.1.”  His past credits include five years as operations director for Journal Broadcast Group‘s Springfield, Missouri cluster and program director of country KVET-FM “The Genuine Austin Original.”

tannerguennCountry Stars Host WSOC-FM, Charlotte Morning Show During Tanner’s Medical Leave.  The host of the “Tanner in the Morning” show at CBS RADIO’s country WSOC-FM, Charlotte will be off the air for a couple of weeks while he recovers from cancer surgery.  But listeners will hear some familiar voices on the air beginning today (4/14).  Tanner (pictured here at left) asked a few of his good artist friends to help co-host his show with Guenn (right) while he takes a little time to heal from surgery. The station reports that North Carolina native and former “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery kicks off the week as Guenn’s first co-host.  John Rich from TV’s “The Apprentice” and half of country duo Big and Rich takes over the reins Tuesday the 15th followed by 2013’s  ACM Top New Female Artist and former actress from “One Tree Hill” Jana Kramer on Wednesday April 16th.  Program director DJ Stout comments, “Tanner is undergoing what will hopefully be his last surgery in his victorious fight against cancer.  When I found out he would be out for a couple of weeks I thought that it would be really cool to reach out to some of our good friends and see if they would join the rest of our morning crew and fill in for Tanner.  I couldn’t believe how quickly they responded and how they jumped at the opportunity to help out.”  Husband and wife country duo Thompson Square are live in the studio on the 22nd, followed by “One Wing in the Fire” artist Trent Tomlinson on April 23rd.  Rounding out this guest DJ campaign will be local favorites Parmalee, best known for their number one song “Carolina” on the 28th and another hometown favorite, Love and Theft, nominated for the ACM Vocal Duo of the Year, finish out the week on April 30th.  Stout continues, “I think this is going to be a great three weeks for our listeners and we can’t thank the artists enough.  Tanner’s battle against cancer has been hard on all of us and we are thrilled that he is expected back in a few weeks.”

fearsernieFears Named GSM of WRQX, Washington.  Contemporary hit radio outlet WRQX, Washington announces Ernie Fears is named general sales manager for the Cumulus Media station.  The company notes that Fears is a radio veteran with 25 years’ experience in the Washington, D.C. market.  He was previously director of agency sales as well as a GSM for CBS RADIO in Washington.  He also served with news/talk WMAL.  Cumulus SVP Gary Lewis says, “It’s exciting when the perfect combination of experience, reputation and ability comes together in a single candidate, as it does with Ernie Fears.  We are thrilled to welcome Ernie to the team.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  The new afternoon drive personality at Cumulus Media’s country WNNF, Cincinnati “NASH FM 94.1” is Tim Timmerman.  He comes to WNNF from his most recent post with the company’s CHR KMCK, Fayetteville, Arkansas where he was morning host…..Philly Phil (a.k.a. Phil Daniel) is the new host of “The Quiet Storm” on Radio One-owned urban contemporary WKJS, Richmond “KISS.”  Daniel takes over hosting the show that airs from 7:00 pm to 12:00 midnight after the untimely death of previous host Mitch Malone last November…..Ken Anderson exits Journal Broadcast Group’s country WCYQ, Knoxville “Q100.3” after six months with the station.  The station is seeking a new morning personality and will move PM drive host Opie Joe into mornings and part-timer Brad Allen will hold down afternoons in the interim.

cclogoClear Channel Study Reinforces Power of Personality Endorsements.  The study was the result of collaboration between Clear Channel Media + Entertainment and the University of Southern California surveying 2,700 respondents.  It was designed to look into the connection between consumers and radio personalities and gauge the effectiveness of the latter’s influence in directing consumer behavior.  In press release from Clear Channel detailing some of the findings, the company concludes that “radio is a far more powerful social force than ever before, particularly because of thedelilah conversations fueled by on-air personalities and the connection listeners feel to on-air local and national talent like Ryan Seacrest, Sean Hannity, Delilah and Bobby Bones.  CC reports some of the key findings were: 1) When comparing radio personalities to other media personalities, 6 out of 10 listeners said that radio hosts are “like a friend,” whose opinions they trust; 2) With even more ways for consumers and on-air personalities to interact, 4 out of 10 listeners feel personalities make more of an effort to foster a personal connection, making the radio experience inherently more social, particularly when compared to TV or streaming playlist services; 3) Listeners equate an on-air personality endorsement to a friend’s recommendation, more so than they do sponsored Facebook posts, sponsored tweets or television commercials; and 4) More than half of the study participants agreed that they trust brands, products and services their favorite on air personality recommend, a finding that is encouraging smart marketers to undertake unique radio-based campaigns.  The press release did not mention breakdowns of results for various demographics.

weismanstevenRadio and KC Shootings Suspect’s Political ‘Campaign.’  The tragic triple slaying in Kansas City over the weekend in which three people lost their lives at the hands of alleged killer Frazier Glenn Cross sparked memories of his write-in political effort almost four years ago that caused grief for numerous Missouri radio stations.  In a piece published today (4/14), TALKERS legal editor Steven J.J. Weisman writes about the radio advertising case that was spurred by Cross’ “campaign.”  Read his piece here.

kvoomanjamKVOO, Tulsa’s “98.5 Man Jam” Packs Local Casino.  Program director Crash Poteet shares a photo from last Wednesday’s first-ever “98.5 Man Jam” held at the River Spirit Casino that featured country artists Joe Nichols, Easton Corbin, Jack Ingram, Chase Rice and Chuck Wicks.  The Journal Broadcast Group country station reports the concert was a sellout.

bestoftri-stateCumulus New York Debuts “The Best of the Tri-State.”  The first edition of Cumulus Media’s “The Best of The Tri-State” takes place next Tuesday (4/22) at the Affinia Manhattan from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Cumulus New York stations WPLJ, WABC and WNSH are sponsoring the promotion that will be hosted live by WPLJ morning host Todd Pettengill.  The company says it will showcase the best of the Tri-State area as nominated and voted upon by the stations’ listeners, including: Best Hotel, Best Pizza, Best Bagels, Best Broadway Show, Best Health Club and more.  Cumulus says listeners attending the event will get to meet station personalities and enjoy the chance to win luxury vacations, weekend stays in New York City, Yankees tickets, Broadway show tickets and more.

scba logoSouthern California Broadcasters Association Launches College Outreach Program.  In an effort to connect with college students and “engage students on the value of radio and its many digital platforms,” Southern California Broadcasters Association president Thom Callahan is embarking on a series of speaking engagements to take place at broadcast and communications classes at colleges and universities in Southern California and in London, England.  The SCBA states that what began as a radio career night at a UCLA radio broadcast class in Los Angeles in March has now expanded to four more speaking engagements over the next 30 days.  Callahan will speak with students “about the entire media landscape using research trends, comparative analysis, and a rich narrative of callahanthomradio’s growth and future in today’s rapidly changing media environment.”  Callahan states, “We are honored to have an honest dialog with what will be the next generation of broadcasters, producers, talent, sales executives, and future management.  Our goal is to open both minds and hearts to the tremendous future of radio and its many audio and digital platforms.”  The SCBA series will be held in April at California State University at both its Los Angeles and Fullerton campuses as well as at Pasadena Community College in Pasadena.  The fourth lecture will be broadcast via Skype to the David Puttnam Media Centre at the University of Sunderland in London, England on May 13.

emorycaptainherbCox Media Group Mourns Death of “Captain” Herb Emory.  Atlanta market traffic reporting legend “Captain” Herb Emory died on Saturday from what appears have been a heart attack.  Emory reported traffic for CMG’s news/talk WSB-AM/WSBB-FM and WSB-TV.  WBS reports that according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Emory stopped to help at a car accident when he suddenly fell ill.  He was transported to WellStar Douglas Hospital where he later died.  Emory’s funeral will be private, but there will be a Celebration of Life and Memorial Service for Captain Herb which will be open to all the public.  Details on that event are forthcoming.  Emory had been with WSB Radio and “Channel 2 Action News” since 1991and served as an Alanta traffic reporter since 1971.  Emory watched over the interstates during the week and hosted special traffic and NASCAR broadcast programs with his wife, Karen Emory.  Captain Herb hosted and produced the “WSB Speed Shop” auto racing from 1993 until 2011.  Emory previously was a news/traffic reporter from 1978 through 1991 with WQXI-AM, WSTR-FM and the Georgia Network News.

Friday, April 14, 2014

| April 11, 2014

kjsr logoKJSR, Tulsa Tweaks Format to Classic Rock.  The music at Cox Media Group’s rock KJSR, Tulsa takes a turn to the classic side as the station re-positions itself as “103.3 FM The Eagle.”  The station has been a rock outlet since its inception in 2012.  The company says “the station is changing its target music product to better reflect the core adult 25-54 demographics that advertisers want to reach.  The ‘New Eagle 103.3’ also reflects a better match of Tulsa’s population and will give listeners what they say they want – more classic rock.”  CMG Tulsa VP and market manager Gene Vidler adds, “Our team has created an amazing sounding station that our listeners and advertisers have been telling us was missing from the Tulsa dial.  This station will quickly become a core part of the Tulsa community.  The excitement surrounding the launch of ‘The Eagle 103.3’ has been fantastic, and I am extremely happy that we now get to share this great product with all of Tulsa and Green Country.”

colebobNew “Fringe”-Branded Format to Debut in Austin.  There’s not much specific being said about the new radio station reported to be coming to the Austin market courtesy of entrepreneurs Bob Cole and Jason Nassour, who operate country KOKE, “Austin’s Country Alternative” as Genuine Austin Radio LP.  The Austin Chronicle reports that the station is being branded “Fringe,” but station insiders, including program director Ray Seggern, are saying little more.  They’re not even announcing the frequency yet.  Given the company already is doing alternative country, it’s a good bet “Fringe” will be a triple A-eqse rock station…but only time will tell.  Seggern would not comment to the Chronicle whether the rumor that former KAMX morning team JB & Sandy will, indeed, be the new morning show.  All he’s saying is, “I know for a fact that Austinites love this morning show we’re about to unveil.”

deesrick disneyRick Dees Entertainment to Syndicate Radio Disney Countdown.  Through a new partnership, Disney’s “Radio Disney Top 30” weekly countdown show will be nationally syndicated via Rick Dees’ company.  The children and tweens-targeted countdown show is being geared toward hot AC and CHR outlets and is hosted by Ernie D. Martinez (pictured here at left with Dees).  In a statement, Rick Dees says, “Disney is synonymous with world-class family programming, and Ernie Martinez brings likeability and broad appeal as well as relevant music for kids and families, a reason why this show has such terrific potential for stations who are looking for family-friendly music programming.”

kinosianmikeMore PPM Analysis: Spanish Adult Hits and Urban Oldies.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian continues his analysis of format performance over the course of the last several Nielsen Audio PPM rating periods. Today, the focus is on Spanish adult hits and urban oldies.  Of note concerning these formats is the fact that all of the qualifying Spanish adult hits stations in PPM markets are located in the West while the urban rhythmic-oldies outlets spread across the South and into the Northeast.  Check out the entire analysis here.

americanidolMinor “Pitchy” Problems or Has Idol’s Luck Tapped Out? Those believing that the number 13 is unlucky (triskaidekaphobia) will probably insist they saw it coming, but “American Idol” is enduring very real ratings problems in this – its 13th season.  Once upon a time, the music-talent search program was the water cooler show of record.  A conversation among friends, family, and/or co-workers did not begin with, “Did you watch ‘Idol’ last night?”  It was generally assumed you were talking with someone who would not dare miss it, so a show-specific comment or question was highly more likely.  These days though, queries have tended to devolve into a, “Did you remember to watch – or record it?” line of questioning.  Unheard of several years ago, it is stunning that “no” has become a typical response.  “Idol” result shows – which Fox milked into 60-minute extravaganzas – have been trimmed in half.  In the middle of last month (3/12), CBS‘ “Survivor” topped “Idol” for the first time ever in their common hour.  The trend continued the following two weeks as well.  Among 18 – 49s this past Wednesday night (4/9), “Survivor” outscored “Idol” 2.4 – 1.9, the worst “Idol” has ever done against “Survivor” in that demo.  There was another “first” one week ago (4/3) when CBS’ “Criminal Minds” claimed its initial 18 – 49 win over “Idol” (2.5 – 2.1).  Debates and spirited discussions will include such things as the quality of this year’s “Idol” finalists versus those in the past; judges – specifically the absence of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson (now a talent coach on the show); competition from such entities as NBC‘s “The Voice”; or if “Idol” has simply run its course.  Some of this can be strictly subjective, particularly in the case of the judges.  Especially as it regards guidance of a singer’s career and industry knowledge, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. seem to be a strong mix.  Some though will argue this particular triumvirate lacks a polarizing figure such as Cowell; an unpredictable factor (Abdul, or even Stephen Tyler, to an extent); or a generally humorous catchphrase machine (Jackson – “pitchy,” “dawg,” “I didn’t feel it tonight baby,” etc.).  Instead, they seem to be generally seacrestryaninterested in offering constructive criticism, so the audience is not apt to hear one of the three say, “If I’m being honest, that was bloody awful – just dreadful” — vintage Simon Cowell.  It makes a convenient story to state that Ryan Seacrest-hosted “Idol” only became a ratings train wreck in its unlucky 13th season, but such an assertion is simply inaccurate.  The myth about “Idol” being a huge hit in the first year and immediately leveling out is just that – a myth.  In its inaugural season when Kelly Clarkson emerged victorious and Justin Guarini was runner-up, the average rating for “America Idol” was 6.2.  It jumped to 10.1 in season two (Ruben Studdard/Clay Aiken) and improved to 10.8 in season three (Fantasia Barrino/Diana DeGarmo).  Season four was exceptionally interesting, in that, Carrie Underwood – arguably one of the most successful “Idol” winners along with Clarkson – only bumped the show up from 10.8 to 11.2 (Bo Bice was the second-place finisher that season).  There was a big uptick though in season five to 12.6 (Taylor Hicks/Katharine McPhee).  Then, believe it or not, a slip to 12.2 in season six (Jordin Sparks/Blake Lewis).  If you were of the opinion that the Hicks/McPhee season was not powerful or memorable, chew on this: Not only was it the show’s best ratings performance, the following season is when the show began its descent.  Facts/figures resume from season seven (11.1) when the two Davids – Cook and  Archuleta – finished first-second.  In season eight (9.6), it was Kris Allen/Adam Lambert; season nine (8.9, Lee DeWyze/Crystal Bowesox); season 10 (8.5, Scotty McCreery/Lauren Alaina); season 11 (6.0, Phillip Phillips/Jessica Sanchez); season 12 (4.5, Candice Glover/Kree Harrison); and season 13 (3.7 to date – competition is continuing).  Thus, it took until season 11 (6.0) for the show to slip below its 6.2 debut.  After four successive upticks that launched “Idol” (6.2 – 10.1 – 10.8 – 11.2 – 12.6), this will be the show’s eighth straight down trend, 12.6 – 12.2 – 11.1 – 9.6 – 8.9 – 8.5 – 6.0 – 4.5 – 3.7* (* to date).  Dramatic falloff is seen after season 10 and continued the following year when viewers weren’t even curious enough to see if judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj would engage in fisticuffs.  At times this year there seemed to be manufactured heat between Connick Jr.-Urban, but it’s more good-natured fun – absolutely nothing approaching the genuine Carey-Minaj feud.  As far as Seacrest is concerned, the KIIS “Kiss-FM,” Los Angeles morning talent/countdown host was rumored to be among a bountiful list of candidates to replace David Letterman as “Late Show” host, but that ship has sailed with yesterday’s announcement that Stephen Colbert has been tapped for the job.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

| April 10, 2014

cookehollandNAB Show: Day Three.  Today’s report from the NAB Show in Las Vegas courtesy of media consultant Holland Cooke delves into the world of Millennials and how they consume media – and therefore advertising – as well as their need to make everything “social.”  But it’s not all about Millennials.  Whether the attitudes of Boomers and Gen Xers are changing regarding how they prefer to be talked to (addressing talk radio programmers especially here) or not, HC notes Huffington Post founding editor Roy Sekoff believes “engagement” is paramount in reaching people effectively.  Read Holland Cooke’s report from the NAB Show here.

biakelseyBIA/Kelsey: Mobile Local Ad Revenue to Reach $4.5 Billion This Year.  That figure would represent a $1.6 billion increase from last year’s $2.9 billion.  The firm says that – largely driven by local marketing initiatives of national advertisers – locally targeted mobile ads will represent more than half of overall U.S. mobile ad spending by 2018.  BIA/Kelsey senior analyst/vice president of content Michael Boland comments, “Advertiser demand will be driven by natural market forces to follow undervalued inventory.  Mobile advertising’s appeal includes higher performance, clearer ROI, tangible conversions and a shorter purchase funnel.  These qualities of mobile content and advertising present a rare alignment between typical mobile user intent and advertisers’ stated objectives.”  In its annual U.S. “Local Media Forecast” (2013 – 2018), BIA/Kelsey predicts mobile local ad revenue will more than triple over the next five years, reaching $15.7 billion in 2018.  It says total U.S. mobile ad spending will grow from $11.4 billion this year to $30.3 billion in 2018, and locally targeted mobile ads will represent 52% of overall mobile ad spending in this country.  National-to-local mobile marketing will be the focus of the company’s “Leading in Local: The National Impact” conference next month (5/7 – 9) in Atlanta.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Adult Hits.  RadioInfo continues its review of recent Nielsen Audio PPM data with today’s focus on the adult hits format.  Managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian’s analysis of adult hits outlets over the past five PPM rating periods shows that – not unlike its rock cousins – it performs fairly consistently, even keeping its numbers up during the “Holiday” rating period that can reflect seasonal listening habits.  Kinosian’s Side-By-Sides chart indicates how the format as a whole stacks up against other rock-based formats.  View the whole piece here.

bridgesrobbyCumulus Names Robby Bridges to ‘NASH FM 93.1’ Detroit PD Role.  The new country outlet WDRQ, Detroit “NASH FM 93.1” has a program director and PM drive host as Cumulus Media announces the company’s Robby Bridges will move from the Connecticut cluster to the Motor City effective April 15.  Bridges has been serving as PD at AC WEBE, Bridgeport.  Cumulus EVP and co-COO John Dickey says, “This is an exciting and important time in the development and growth of our NASH brand, and Robby Bridges has risen through the ranks at Cumulus through dedication, talent and drive.”  Bridges comments, “I’d like to thank our EVP/co-COO John Dickey, SVP/programming Mike McVay, SVP/programming Jan Jeffries and our Detroit market manager Scott Meier for this incredible opportunity to program the Motor City’s new country music leader ‘NASH FM 93.1.’  My six years with Cumulus, working with heritage powerhouse brands WEBE, WPLJ, WFAS and with Cumulus Media Networks have been both thrilling and rewarding.  I cannot wait to join our team and do big things together in Detroit!”

shaytaylorMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  At CBS RADIO’s hot AC WIAD, Washington “94.7 Fresh FM,” Taylor Shay, who serves as assistant program director, is promoted from the evening shift to middays where she’s now on air from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm…..Up North Radio promotes Ryan Rose to vice president of operations.  Rose has been serving as operations director at the company’s hot AC WCDY, Cadillac, Michigan.

KAOI-FM, Maui Flips to Classic Rock.  The KAOI Radio Group station drops the hybrid classic rock-triplekaoi logo A format it had been airing to revert to a straight-ahead classic rock format that dispenses with current adds.

dentonbobbyKnoxville Radio Icon Bobby Denton Dies.  After a battle with cancer, Bobby Denton passed away earlier this week.  Denton was a longtime general manager of country WIVK, Knoxville and vice president of Dick Broadcasting.  He was also the much-beloved Neyland Stadium announcer who called University of Tennessee football games.  A statement from Cumulus Media Knoxville vice president and market manager Ken Salyer noted, “Bobby Denton was truly a giant in the radio industry and a treasure for the state of Tennessee.  Ironically, on May 3, WIVK will be inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame.  We will accept this award on behalf of Bobby Denton, Jim Dick, and the many legendary figures that preceded us and made WIVK truly a legendary station.  We extend our condolences to Bobby’s family and ask everyone to respect their loss.”

addymcbrideHosting Martina McBride in NYC.  That’s WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” afternoon drive personality Jesse Addy (left) with country legend Martina McBride (right) backstage at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square on Tuesday, April 8.  Addy hosted the performance as McBride celebrated the release of her new album by singing songs from Everlasting to a crowd of lucky fans who learned about the show via the station and waited in line to catch the show.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

| April 9, 2014

cookehollandNAB Show: Day Two.  Media consultant Holland Cooke reports back to TALKERS/RadioInfo from Las Vegas with notes from the second day of the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas.  Among the topics Cooke writes about are NAB CEO Gordon Smith’s conversation with FCC chairman Tom Wheeler (it appears radio is not on Wheeler’s radar), an instructive group of thoughts for radio operators from former NYTimes columnist and current Yahoo Tech columnist David Pogue, plus some comments about the future of the AM band.  Read Holland Cooke’s complete column here.

nabcrystalawardNAB Announces Crystal Radio Award Winners. Chosen among 50 finalists, 10 stations emerged as victors of the National Association of Broadcasters’ 27th annual Crystal Radio Awards.  Recipients were honored at yesterday’s (Tuesday, 4/8) radio luncheon at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.  Honorees are Clear Channel Los Angeles urban-rhythmic oldies KHHT “Hot 92.3″; CBS Radio Detroit all-news WWJ; Bonneville Phoenix KTAR-FM “News/Talk 92.3″; Hubbard Minneapolis hot AC KSTP-FM “KS-95″; and Clear Channel Omaha KXKT “Today’s Country.”  Other winners are Cromwell Group‘s WZUS “Talk 101 FM,” Decatur, Illinois; Lenawee Broadcasting adult contemporary WLEN “Lenawee’s Best Radio Station,” Adrian, Michigan; Fife Communication adult contemporary KCVM “93.5 – The Mix,” Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa; East Kentucky Broadcasting‘s WDHR “Today’s Best Country,” Pikeville, Kentucky; and Riverfront Broadcasting‘s KYNT “Yankton’s Home Team,” Yankton, South Dakota.  Crystal Radio Awards recognize stations for outstanding year-round commitment to community service.  Judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations, and public relations firms chose the finalists.

advantagesystems logoSales Pro Mike Messenger Joins Advantage Systems Inc.  Sales training and consulting firm Advantage Systems Inc. announces radio sales pro Mike Messenger – who most recently was director of sales for Cox Media – is joining the company to serve as revenue development manager.  Messenger says that the concept of growing revenue through a focus on local direct business is what attracted him to Advantage Systems.  During his time with Cox Media, Messenger led a team that sold across 12 states, growing revenue via local direct.  Messenger states, “It’s a unique concept that has proven fruitful – in fact growing revenue 15% year-over-year.  I am very excited to help advertising sales professionals grow their revenue.  What Advantage Systems offers to local, small and mid-size businesses is unparalleled in the industry.  This is a unique opportunity for me at the right time in my career to do what I love to do: help businesses grow their client base and make more money, while helping sales professionals improve their income.”  In this position, Messenger will be working with sales teams and managers to help strengthen their local direct strategy and maximize digital sales to ultimately generate sustainable growth in their individual markets.  Advantage Systems VP of sales Frank Kulbertis comments, “Media organizations and local advertisers are going to love working with Mike Messenger.  His experience and enthusiasm make him the ideal person to help us expand our business in the broadcast and cable TV industries, while continuing our extensive work in the radio industry.  I am thrilled that we were able to add someone of Mike’s caliber to our organization.”  Advantage president Mike LoConte adds, “A key advantage to our Advantage Systems program is the strengthening of the sales team so that we can help our media partners grow their revenue not only thru focused sales programs but all year round.  We feel Mike has what it takes to help all of our media partners exceed their sales goals.”

nathanshilaShila Nathan Named PM Drive Personality at ‘US 99.5’ in Chicago.  From Scranton to Chicago, radio personality Shila Nathan is named the new PM drive jock at CBS RADIO Chicago’s country WUSN “US99.5.”  She comes to the station from Entercom’s Scranton cluster where she was doing swing jock work on country WGGY “Froggy 101” and CHR WKRZ.  Prior to that, she co-hosted morning drive at CBS RADIO’s hip hop WRDW and rock WYSP in Philadelphia.  WUSN PD and company VP of country programming Jeff Kapugi says, “I have had my eye on Shila for a few years and I’m very excited to have her join the air staff at ‘US99.5.  She’s a very dynamic personality that brings a fresh approach to afternoon drive in Chicago, Shila joins a talented team featuring Lisa and Ray in mornings, recently promoted midday host Drew Walker and ‘Jax’ at night.”

perkschuckPerks Promoted at ‘The Pike.’  Programmer Chuck Perks is raised from his part-time status to permanent midday host and program director at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WWFX, Worcester “The Pike.”  Perks has been with Cumulus Worcester both on and off air, at hot AC WXLO, oldies WORC-FM and “The Pike.”  Perks has worked in the Boston market as “Hub Headlines” personality for the night show on CBS RADIO’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” and as headlines reporter on the Boston Bruins Radio Network.  Cumulus VP of programming Val Garris says, “We’re fortunate to have someone of Chuck’s caliber join Cumulus at WWFX 100.1 FM.  His experience and knowledge of the market make him the perfect fit to lead ‘The Pike’ as both a personality and programmer.”

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Classic Hits-Oldies.  RadioInfo continues its look at format performance in the PPM markets with a review of the classic hits and oldies formats.  Managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian delivered comparisons and side-by-side analyses of the various rock formats over the past week (alternative or modern, active or mainstream, adult album alternative and classic rock) and now turns his attention to rock’s gold-based cousins classic hits and oldies.  The formats enjoyed pretty good ratings during the month of February.  Check out Mike Kinosian’s analysis here.

ridermarkKTWN, Minneapolis PM Drive Personality Rider Adds TV to His Resume.  The new HGTV show “New House New Life” will feature the voice-over skills of Northern Lights hot AC “KTWIN” personality Mark Rider.  The first episodes of the program air on HGTV this Sunday, April 13 at 5:00 pm ET.  The show is produced by Orion Entertainment and the concept is to follow couples of all ages and backgrounds as they dare to quit their old jobs and follow their dreams.  Rider says of the show, “Who hasn’t wanted to up and quit their job to start a bed and breakfast or a cattle ranch or live on your own charter boat?  We all have but haven’t been willing to take the leap of faith.  These people have and it’s very inspiring.”  Rider’s other current voice gigs include a national ad campaign for Ski-Doo Snowmobiles and national radio ads for the two new flavors of Mountain Dew Kickstart.

gilbertthefoxShuffle at Classic Rock ‘Fox 92.5’ in Cincinnati.  There’s been an air talent shuffle at Cumulus Media’s classic rock WOFX, Cincinnati “Fox 92.5” as former longtime rock WEBN personality Jay Gilbert is brought aboard to host the afternoon drive show.  To make room, program director Christopher Geisen takes over the midday show and Carl Cruse slides back to the evening show.

marshalldanaMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Former WXRV, Boston “92.5 The River” PD Dana Marshall returns to the triple A outlet to host the Sunday morning “Brunch by the River” program from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon…..Mark Feather lands at Erie Radio Group’s CHR WEHP, Erie “Happi 92.7” as program director and afternoon personality after exiting Impact Radio Group’s Boise, Idaho cluster…..In Panama City, Florida, radio personality Tyler moves from his evening show at Powell Broadcasting’s hip hop WPFM “Hot 107.9” to Magic Broadcasting II’s crosstown CHR WILN “Island 106” for afternoons…..Sheila Brothers is morning host at Sunrise Broadcasting’s AC WILT, Wilmington, North Carolina “Sunny 104.5” and she’s been informing listeners about what’s happening in the Wilmington film industry – “Wilmywood” as she calls it – on her show and via her blog.  Now she adds another title to her CV as she begins serving as a contributor to Entertainment Weekly‘s “The Community” on EW.com…..KNOX, Inc.-owned country KSTN-AM, Stockton, California “105.9 The Bull” adds Johnny Milford — doing on-air work as Johnny Stockton — to the staff for afternoon drive.  The company recently flipped from classic country to mainstream country and is simulcasting on FM translator K290AG at 105.9 FM.

NASH campus studioCumulus Media Unveils NASH Campus.  It’s been well promoted that Cumulus Media has serious multi-platform plans for its NASH country brand but now the company announces the physical home base of the brand exists as the NASH Campus in Nashville.  Cumulus calls it “the nation’s first multimedia facility devoted solely to producing and distributing content based on the country music lifestyle, including radio programming, TV/videos, magazines and events.”  A statement from the company goes on to note the NASH campus includes three studios designed for a combination of TV and radio programming, indoor and outdoor event space, a print newsroom and extensive office space.  All NASH Campus programming originates from studios equipped with state-of-the-art ORAD voice-activated HD cameras that enable online streaming, HD taping and live television broadcasting.  Cumulus also reports country stars including Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Sheryl Crow are among the early visitors who’ve already spent time at the NASH campus.  The NASH campus is currently home to “America’s Morning Show,” “NASH Nights Live with Shawn Parr,” “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” “Kickin’ It with Kix” and Country Weekly (soon to be renamed NASH) magazine.  CEO Lew Dickey says, “We designed the NASH campus to inspire and support the creation of a full-spectrum of country content.  This new state-of-the-art facility will enable us to power NASH’s multimedia platforms and secure its position as the nation’s preeminent lifestyle and entertainment brand for country music fans.”

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

| April 8, 2014

marinerrayRay Mariner to Program ‘NASH FM 92.3’ and ‘106.1 The Ticket’ in New Orleans.  In a newly created management position at Cumulus Media’s New Orleans operations, programmer and air personality Ray Mariner begins leading the programming at country WRKN “NASH FM 92.3” and sports talker WMTI “106.1 The Ticket” on April 15.  Mariner most recently was a personality on Dickey Broadcasting’s WCNN, Atlanta “680 The Fan.”  He also served in the market as PM drive personality on Lincoln Financial Media’s CHR WSTR “Star 94.”  Cumulus SVP of programming Mike McVay states, “Ray is a rare breed of programmer and talent.  He has shown his programming acumen by performing and succeeding at the highest level.  We’re excited to have him oversee the programming of both ‘NASH FM 92.3’ and ‘106.1 The Ticket’ in New Orleans.”  Cumulus sports/talk format captain Jim Mahanay adds, “Ray Mariner is a strong addition to Cumulus’ programming team in New Orleans.  He brings a great track record and tremendous talent to this important role at ‘NASH FM 92.3’ and ‘106.1 The Ticket.’  I look forward to having him lead our sports programming in this key market.”

djmoondawgDJ Moon Dawg to Nights at WGCI, Chicago; Chris Michaels to WVAZ.  Changes at Clear Channel’s hip hop WGCI and urban contemporary WVAZ in Chicago as DJ Moon Dawg (a.k.a. Michael Muniz) is upped from weekends to evenings at WGCI taking over for the exiting Al B. Sylk and Chris Michaels who sifts over to WVAZ for the 10:00 pm to 2:00 am slot.  Chicago media writer Robert Feder reports that Muniz is a Chicago native and former U.S. Marine who started at the station as an intern and worked his way up to weekends/mixer.

shayShay Upped to MD at WOCQ, Salisbury-Ocean City.  At Great Scott Broadcasting’s hip hop WOCQ, Berlin, Maryland “OC 104” in the Salisbury-Ocean City market, morning drive co-host and midday personality Shay is promoted to music director at the station.  Program director and morning drive host Bill Baker says, “Shay has an incredible background in the music/radio
industry and has proven herself worthy in the short time at WOCQ.  Reach out to Shay at shay@shaystar.com.  Music call times and other contacts coming soon!”

obrionbrionBrion O’Brion to Evenings at ‘Y98’ in St. Louis.  The CBS RADIO hot AC KYKY, St. Louis “Y98” announces Brion O’Brion is the new evening personality beginning tomorrow (4/9).  Program director Marty Linck comments, “Brion will bring great energy to the night show.  He will provide an up-tempo vibe we’ve never had in that time period, so I’m really excited for our listeners to hear him.  After an extensive search of St. Louis and the surrounding area, Brion really stood out, and we connected immediately.  Within a few weeks, he was hired!”  O’Brion adds, “I’m VERY excited to join CBS RADIO St. Louis, and I’m proud to be with such a great company.  It’s a perfect opportunity to work with some true radio vets in a great city.”

wmgk logoTwo Sales Management Moves at Greater Media Philly; Scopinich GSM at Classic Rock WMGK.  The first of to two sales management moves by Greater Media at its Philadelphia cluster is the return of Dave Scopinich to the company after a decade away at CBS RADIO’s cross-town cluster.  He’s now the new general sales manager at classic rock WMGK.  Vice president and director of sales Paul Blake comments, “We are thrilled to welcome Dave back to the Greater Media Philadelphia family.  His vision is consistent with our client commitment of coaching, ideas and results.”  Also, at sports talk WPEN-FM, “97.5 The Fanatic,” Chris Kirchner is named sales manager.  He’s been with the company for the past 20 years, most recently as GSM at WMGK.

cookehollandNAB Show: Sound Bites from Sin City.  Media consultant Holland Cooke is in Las Vegas reporting for RadioInfo from the NAB Show and here is some of what he’s gleaned from the convention.  Cooke writes that although this convention is not a radio gathering – that’s in Indianapolis in September – he says, “The recurring theme radio people hear here is that stations can’t only be ‘in the radio business’ anymore.”  Sales skills are probably the most important a broadcaster can have these days and there’s a lot of that kind of advice to be had.  During the RAB’s Lunch-N-Learn session, CEO Erica Farber noted that three of radio’s sales mistakes are: being afraid to ask for “The Big Ask”; constant rep turnover; and selling to the same advertisers over and over.  Read more of HC’s report here.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Adult Album Alternative.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian wraps his look at recent PPM numbers for the various rock formats with a comparison of adult album alternative or triple A.  Over the past several editions of RadioInfo, Kinosian has analyzed alternative (modern) rock, active and mainstream rock, and classic rock.  We’ve noted that one of the conclusions that can be drawn from looking at the last five PPM ratings periods about these rock subgenres is that they appear to perform fairly steadily without big leaps or dips.  Looking at adult album alternative, one thing that jumps out is the format appears to perform best in markets generally considered to be politically progressive towns such as Denver, the Twin Cities and Portland, Oregon.  Check out Mike Kinosian’s analysis here.

garciatonySyndication: Love or Money?  Moving a radio program into the syndication realm is a challenging venture and it’s a move that can be started for the wrong reasons.  In a column published today (4/8), Global Media Services founder Tony Garcia writes that for a show to have a chance at success in syndication – even one that is successful on the local level – there are a number of questions the producer of the show must answer before moving ahead.  Garcia says, “If you are going to get the attention of program directors, your show and your pitch must to be relevant and compelling.  What is it you are providing for the station and its audience?  Are you solving a problem?  Are you doing something that the station can’t easily do itself?”  Read more about what Garcia suggests a potential show producer must be prepared to answer in his piece here.

waaf beerBoston Rocker WAAF Gets Logo on Local Craft Brew.  A partnership between Entercom rock outlet WAAF, Boston and the Wachusett Brewing Company yields a new brew called WAAF Revered Red.  The new beer has been a year in the making and both companies are confident that they have created what they believe is the perfect red ale.  As you can see in the photo of the cans, WAAF gets its logo on each can.  It will soon be available in cans and on tap in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire.  WAAF PD Ron Valeri says, “All of us at WAAF are honored to be partnering with [founder] Ned LaFortune and his innovative team at Wachusett Brewing Company.  We were counting on them to help us create a craft beer that our listeners would love and that we’d be proud to put our name on.  Their alchemical approach to transforming natural ingredients into unique and tasty liquids is truly impressive.  Wachusett has come through with another delicious brew!”

thecountryclub logo‘The Country Club’ Weekend Show Launches.  This past weekend was the debut of “The Country Club with Dee Jay Silver” – syndicated nationally by Compass Media Networks.  Dee Jay Silver is an RCA Nashville recording artist who is also well known as a touring dj/remixer/producer.  Stations that are carrying the show include: WSOC, Charlotte “The New 103.7,” KEGA, Salt Lake City “The Eagle,” WQNU, Louisville; WBEE, Rochester; and KBEB, Sacramento.

nrgmediaNRG Media Reports Completion of Change in Equity Investors.  The change in equity investors that NRG Media, LLC announced in October of 2013 is complete.  The company says the change solidifies “the new partnership between the Midwest-based media company and Cyrus Capital Partners, an investment management company that actively invests in debt and equity securities on a global basis.”  Cyrus has approximately $4 billion in assets under management and its investor base is comprised of sophisticated long term institutional and high net worth investors.  NRG CEO Mary Quass states, “We look forward to a long relationship with Cyrus Capital Partners and wish to thank Waitt Media and McCarthy Capital for their support over the last 9 years.”

snlkaganQ1 Radio Deals Top $300 Million on Strength of WBLS/WLIB Sale.  According to SNL Kagan, first quarter 2014 radio deals topped the $300 million mark in value.  This big quarter was largely the result of the $131 million (8.5 times cash flow) sale of urban contemporary WBLS and gospel WLIB from YMF Media LLC to Emmis Communications Corporation.  The other big deal was the $74 million sale of 10 stations from South Central Communications Corporation to SummitMedia, LLC.  SNL Kagan says that compared to the 2013 average of 7 times cash flow, the average radio cash flow multiple rose by half a point in the first quarter of 2014.

SummitMedia to Buy AC WCWV, Summersville, West Virginia.  The acquisition of adult contemporary WCWV, Summersville, West Virginia will give SummitMedia seven stations in Central West Virginia plus four FM translators.  The seller is R-S Broadcasting and the price is not yet available.  WCWV-FM is a Class B station with a signal covering Beckley, Charleston, Lewisburg, Buckhannon, Weston and more.  SummitMedia’s other properties in Central West Virginia include: country WDBS, Sutton; rock WKQV, Cowen; CHR WAFD, Webster Springs; classic country WVBD, Fayetteville; and classic hits simulcast WVAR, Richwood and WSGB, Sutton.

wtrs logo‘102.3 My Country FM’ Brings Gary Allan to Ocala for Live Show.  Country star Gary Allan – currently on tour promoting his Set You Free album – will play the Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida on May 17.  JVC-owned country outlet WTRS, Dunnellon (serving the Gainesville/Ocala market) was instrumental in bringing Allan to North Central Florida.  WTRS program director Dave Tyler says, “’102.3 My Country FM’ is committed to bringing major national country music talent to North Central Florida.  Gary Allan is a world class country music artist and will put on a heck of a show with his many hit songs.  This is just the beginning of our 2014 live country music lineup right here in our hometown!”

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