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Thursday, October 30, 2014

| October 30, 2014

nielsen logoRound Three of October PPM Data Released.  The third of four rounds of October 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus.  The survey period was September 11 through October 8.  You can find all of the numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings below.

Ten Takeaways

  • Charlotte – WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits” dusted itself off from August’s -1.4 with a +1.4 in September to reposition from fifth to first. Not only does the CBS Radio-owned property remain there – it tacks on six-tenths wsoc logo(7.7 – 8.3). The last time WSOC was in eight-share territory was June 2011, when it also registered 8.3. Meanwhile, iHeartMedia‘s similarly-programmed WKKT “The Kat,” which staggered from first to third in August (-1.1) and then dropped an additional six-tenths inwkkt September, picks up one-half share (6.4 – 6.9) to climb from fifth to third. WKKT adult hits sibling WLKO “The Lake,” which registered three successive up trends producing a cumulative +3.2 (4.6 – 5.1 – 7.3 – 7.8), before dropping four-tenths in September, falters further by -.7 (7.4 – 6.7); “The Lake” recedes from third to fourth. After regressing by nine-tenths in September, iHeartMedia’s WRFX “The Fox” tumbles by one-half share (6.8 – 6.3), sliding from fourth to fifth; “The Fox” was one-tenth away from being #1 in August. Owing to a robust one-share increase from September (3.6 – 4.6), Greater Media’s WLNK “The Link” cracks the top 10 (#12 to #9) with its best 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2013’s 5.3. Sibling WBT “Charlotte’s News Talk” follows up September’s half-share gain with a +.7 (2.5 – 3.2) to inch up from #15 to #13.
  • Sacramento – In its third straight positive trend – this one an impressive +.9 (5.3 – 5.7 – 6.0 – 6.9), iHeartMedia‘s KFBK goes from a second-place tie to assuming sole possession of the runner-up slot. The news/kfbk logotalk station trails Entercom classic rocker KSEG “The Eagle” (6.8 – 7.3, +.5) by four-tenths. This marks the sixth successive month at #1 for “The Eagle.” CBS Radio adult contemporary KYMX “Mix 96″ – which tied KFBK for #2 in September – posts akseg logo one-half share improvement – yet slips from second to third. Following a modest two-tenths gain in September (.9 – 1.1), Entercom’s KCTC “ESPN Radio 1320″ notches a +.6 (1.7) to finish at #20. Entravision rhythmic CHR KHHM “Hot 103.5″ drops six-tenths to 2.5 (#13 to #15), while co-owned Spanish adult hits KXSE “Jose 104.3″ is off by one-half share to 2.3 (#15 to #17).

  • San Antonio – This time last month, iHeartMedia‘s KAJA “KJ-97″ had a slim three-tenths advantage over country competitor KCYY “Y-100.” The rivals ranked third and fourth, respectively. “KJ-97,” however, trots out a +1.0 to 6.9 (second), while Cox Media Group-owned “Y-100″ dips by one-tenth to 5.5 and remains in fourth. kajaOver and above it being the seventh successive month at #1 for KONO-FM (7.9 – 8.3, +.4), the Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies facility boasts its third straight up-trend (7.4 – 7.8 – 7.9 – 8.3). Moreover, 8.3 is its highest 6+ share in more than four years – matching 8.3 in July 2010. With a +.8 to 3.4, Alpha Media CHR KTFM (#16 to #14) virtually eraseskono logo consecutive down trends (3.5 – 3.1 – 2.6). Progressing by seven-tenths each are Univision regional Mexican KROM to 4.8 (eighth to fifth) and CMG’s KISS “Rocks San Antonio” to 3.8 (#14 to #11). On the heels of September’s monumental +3.8 (3.1 – 6.9), iHeartMedia classic rock-to-rhythmic CHR convert KZEP “Hot 104.5″ relinquishes nine-tenths (6.0), as it slides from second in September to third. For a bit more perspective, it was in a three-way tie at #13 in August. Univision‘s similarly-formatted rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat” – which plummeted by two full-shares in September – is off by two tenths (4.8 – 4.6, fifth to sixth). “Hot” made its switch approximately one week prior to the start of the September sweep. With KZEP departing the classic rock format, CMG’s KTKX logged a +1.8 to 4.0 in September, but “The Eagle” gives back one-half share (3.5, #9 to #12).
  • Cincinnati – Registering its most potent 6+-share since “Holiday” 2013’s 10.4, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98″ is a solid +.9 (5.4 – 6.3) and remains in fifth place. Additionally, “Warm, 98″ is wlwup for the fourth successive ratings period (4.0 – 4.2 – 5.0 – 5.4 – 6.3) and is a cumulative +2.3 in that period. For the tenth straight monthly report, iHeartMedia talker WLW finishes in first-place (6+). Not only that, this marks the seventh consecutive sweep “The Big One” is in double-figures 6+ (11.1 – 11.9, +.8). Co-owned rocker WEBN though returns 1.1 of the whopping +1.8 it recorded in September (5.1 – webn logo4.0), as it slides from seventh to ninth. Although it is the market’s runner-up station for the eighth consecutive time, WUBE “B-105.1″ regresses by nine-tenths to 8.2. In June, July, and August, “B-105.1″ notched double-figures (6+), but the Hubbard country property is now in a three-month tailspin (10.7 – 10.2 – 9.1 – 8.2) in which it has lost 2.5 (6+) shares.
  • Cleveland – Perhaps the best way to illustrate the stranglehold iHeartMedia siblings WMJI and WHLK have had on the top spot is to rewind to May 2012. That was the last monthly that neither of the two ranked first. The wmjilogohonor that month went to talk cluster-mate WTAM. Classic hits-oldies WMJI “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits” then went on a remarkable stretch of 21 straight months atwhlk logo #1, taking it through 2013. Adult hits WHLK “The Lake” took over in January of this year with a four-month run. WMJI returned at #1 in May and June; back to WHLK in July; a tie between the two in August; and WMJI triumphed in September. That takes us to October where “The Lake” sits at #1 (8.4 – 9.3, +.9) and WMJI is one-tenth behind (8.8 – 9.2, +.4). After registering a .7 in June, July, and August, Radio One gospel WJMO “Praise 1300″ slipped to .5 in September, but doubles that in October (1.0), the first time it has hit at least a one-share since “Holiday” 2013 (1.5). Indians (AM)flagship WTAM drops eight-tenths (7.2 – 6.4) and slides from fourth to fifth.
  • Salt Lake City – Far and away grabbing top honors for loftiest (6+) September-October gain among the 36 PPM markets Nielsen Audio has released thus far is Bonneville‘s KSL (6.9 – 9.1, +2.2). The talker had been in the ksl logosix-share range the past five monthlies and since May, had trended 6.8 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.4 – 6.9. October’s 9.1 is KSL’s strongest 6+-stat in exactly three years: It reached 9.3 in October 2011. Advancing from second to first, KSL displaces co-owned adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100,” which ranked first in August and September (7.0 – 6.9, -.1, first to second). KSL’s last appearance at #1 was this past April. Not exactly lost in the huge improvement category is KSOP “Utah’s #1 Country,” which logs a mammoth +1.7 to 5.7, enabling it to zoom from eleventh to seventh. Dropping seven-tenths and dipping from seventh to tenth is Broadway Media alternative KXRK “X-96″ (4.8 – 4.1).
  • Las VegasCBS Radio alternative KXTE “X-107.5″ (#12 to #7) extends its streak of up or flat sweeps to six, and it does so with a robust one-share improvement. “X-107.5″ has more than doubled its 6+ share since April (2.1 – 2.7 kxte logo- 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 4.4). Locked onto 7.4 (6+) in August and September, co-owned hot AC KMXB “Mix” loses one-tenth to 7.3 but finishes first for the fourth straight time. After three consecutive up-trends, including a strong +1.2 in September (3.9 – 4.0 – 4.4 – 5.6), Lotus classic rocker KXPT “The Point” suffers a -1.3 to 4.3, as it slips from fifth to eighth.
  • Kansas City – Game seven of the World Series last night (10/29) found the San Francisco Giants defeating the Kansas City Royals in the first Fall Classic appearance for the Royals since winning it 29 years ago. The AL kcsplogoCentral team’s flagship, Entercom‘s KCSP “610 Sports – Where the Royals Play” (#12 to #8), follows up September’s +.9 to 4.2 with a six-tenths gain to 4.8, its best-ever 6+stat in PPM methodology. Other Kansas City outlets progressing month-to-month by six-tenths are Carter Broadcast urban contemporary KPRS “Hot 103″ (5.5 – 6.1, fourth to third) and Cumulus Media urban AC KMJKkprs “Magic 107.3″ (4.5 – 5.1, ninth to sixth). For the third successive month, Wilks’ KFKF “Country 94.1″ (7.1 – 7.4) occupies the top spot. While “Country 94.1″ improves by three-tenths, the market’s other two country FMS are down: Entercom’s WDAF-FM “Wolf” by three-tenths to 4.8 (eighth) and Steel City Media‘s KBEQ “Q-104″ by four-tenths to 4.3 (twelfth). After five straight up or flat sweeps that produced a combined +2.2 (4.0 – 4.1 – 4.8 – 5.8 – 5.8 – 6.2), Entercom hot AC KZPT “The Point” regresses by eight-tenths to 5.4 (third to fourth).
  • Orlando – The third consecutive gain for WPYO “Power 95.3″ is a healthy +.9 (4.8 – 5.3 – 5.4 – 6.3) which vaults the Cox Media Group rhythmic CHR from seventh to second. The last time “Power” reached the six-share level wpyologowas August 2012 – also 6.3. Central Florida Educational Foundation-owned contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3″ had dropped a cumulative -1.4 in three straight down monthlies (8.1 – 7.9 – 7.3 – 6.7) before September’s +.2. Although it slips by three-tenths to 6.4, WPOZ repeats at #1. Meanwhile a bit further down the rankers, co-owned gospel WPOZ-HD3 (#18 to #17)wpoz continues to put together an interesting (6+) trend: .2 – .6 – 1.9 – 2.5. Progressing by six-tenths each are public WMFE (4.1, #11) and Cox Media Group talker WDBO-FM (4.0, #14). In September, WMFE scored a strong +1.2 to advance from #15 to #13. After registering a 3.0 in April 2013, WMFE followed with 17 straight performances in the two-share range (6+). Owing to three straight (6+) down trends, including September – October’s -1.3 (7.5 – 7.1 – 6.5 – 5.2), Cox Media Group urban AC WCFB “Star 94.5″ (third to sixth) is off by a combined 2.3 shares. iHeartMedia adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7″ follows up September’s -.9 with a full-share decline (6.8 – 5.9 – 4.9) to tumble from fourth to eighth.
  • Columbus – It is the fourth successive month at #1 for iHeartMedia‘s WCOL-FM (11.6 – 11.3, -.3) and eighth straight time “Columbus’ Country” has registered double-digits (6+). Ranked right behind it are cluster-mates wcol logo(CHR) WNCI “Columbus’ Hit Music” (10.6, +.1); talk WTVN (5.4, +.1); and WODC “Central Ohio’s Classic Hits” (5.1, flat). Christian Voice of Central Ohio contemporary Christian WCVO “The River” (eighth to seventh) is up or flat for the fourth straight survey period (3.3 – 3.3 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 3.9). Conversely, this marks the fourth successive down trend for Radio One’s WCKX “Power 107.5″ (6.4 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 3.9) and iHeartMedia’s WBWR “The Brew” (2.7 – 2.6 – 1.9 – 1.8 – 1.6) In that time span, “Power” (sixth in September to seventh) has regressed by 2.5 shares (6+) and “The Brew” (steady at #12) has lost a combined 1.1 shares.

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michaelsdonnyDonny Michaels Named Night Jock at ‘Star 94’ in Atlanta.  At the Lincoln Financial Media CHR outlet WSTR, Atlanta “Star 94,” Donny Michaels is named the new evening personality effective November 10.  Michaels comes to WSTR from Townsquare Media’s CHR WQSH, Albany “PopCrush 105.7” where he was AM drive host and served as the station’s digital programmer.  WSTR PD Scott Lindy comments, “Energizing ‘Star 94’ nights with personality, fun and a style of interactive programming is only possible with a DJ of Donny Michaels’ caliber.  I’m very excited to collaborate with him on and off the air.”

fergusoncharlieMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  The new operations manager for Townsquare Media’s Northern Colorado cluster is Justin Tyler.  He’ll also be brand manager for country KUAD “K99” and rock KMAX in the Fort Collins market.  Tyler takes over for George King who recently joined Westwood One…..Longtime management and on-air pro Charlie Ferguson is named the new VP/GM for the Saga Communications Springfield, Illinois station group.  He comes to Saga from his current post as general manager for Northern Broadcasting’s Traverse City, Michigan station where he also serves as co-host of the “Grumpy Old Men” morning show on classic rock WFCX “The Fox.”…..At the CBS RADIO Houston station group, Sam Morton is named VP and director of sales.  He moves south from the company’s St. Louis cluster where he was director of sales…..Jace Edwards takes over the morning drive role at Lotus Radio’s Reno classic rocker KOZZ.  Longtime morning man and program director Jim McClain gives up the air shift and will move to another daypart.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

| October 29, 2014

ok goDuane 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 including,this week: Tommy Star,WDNS, Bowling Green, KY; Candy Gunn,WRFN, Nashville; Karoline Kramer Gould,WJCU, Cleveland; Bayley Brown, WKLC, Charleston, WV; The Iceman; Bill Phipps,WSIG, Mt. Jackson, VA;and Jay Lindly,KDQN, De Queen, AR; 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 (10/29) includes such names as: Catey Shaw, Iggy Azalea, Charli XCX, Matt Nathanson, Lolo, Avicii, Robbie Williams, Lack of Afro, Jack Tyson-Charles, DEC3, Stone Senate, OK GO, Grizfolk, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, James Carothers, Blane Howard, Toby Keith, Doobie Brothers, Sara Evans, Adam Wayne, Jared Blake, Erica Nicole, Alt-J, Lido, Nick Jonas, Ugo, Ariana Grande, Laura Zocca,andChris Meid,among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

ppmunitRound Two of October PPM Data Released.  The second of four rounds of October 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  The survey period was August 14 through September 10.  You can find all of the numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings below.

Ten Takeaways

  • Boston – Sports is October’s ratings headline in Beantown, given that both of the market’s all-sports FMs are up dramatically (6+) from September. This time last month, for example, CBS Radio-owned WBZ-FM “The Sports wbz-fm logoHub” displayed a +.9 to 3.6, enabling the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Boston Celtics flagship to catapult from #17 all the way to #9. Apparently though, “The Sports Hub” was just getting warmed up, as it tacks on another +1.1 to 4.7 (#7). To say that the 2013 defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox just concluded a dreadfulweei logo 2014 season would actually be generous. Even so, Entercom-owned flagship WEEI-FM manages to increase September’s 3.2 by one full-share in October (4.2) and zooms from thirteenth to ninth. Moreover, WEEI-FM’s 4.2 is the station’s highest (6+) share in nearly a year – it hit 5.0 last November. iHeartMedia CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” (6.9 – 7.0, +.1) occupies the pacesetter position for the tenth consecutive ratings period. Yo-yo numbers continue for public WGBH, which gained one-half share in August; dropped eight tenths in September; and now improves by a half-share (2.1 – 2.6) to advance from #19 to #17. CBS Radio classic rocker WZLX declines by eight-tenths (6.4 – 5.6) and drops from a third-place tie to fifth.
  • Detroit – Over and above being #1 for the sixth consecutive sweep, CBS Radio’s all-sports WXYT-FM “The Ticket” does so in convincing manner with a +.9 (7.4 – 8.3). This is the most potent (6+) performance for “The wxyt-fm logoTicket” since it notched an 8.9 two years ago (October 2012). WMXD “Mix 92.3″ faltered by a hefty -1.1 in August (6.4 – 5.3); rebounded with a +1.1 in September to jump from sixth towmxd logo third; and now the iHeartMedia urban AC delivers a one-half share gain to 6.9 as it assumes the runner-up slot. Urban contemporary WGPR though registers a -.7 (3.4 – 2.7) as it slides from #14 to #16. Dropping from sixth in September to seventh, CBS Radio-owned WYCD “Detroit’s Country” is down for the fourth straight sweep (6.2 – 6.0 – 5.6 – 4.8 – 4.7) and a combined -1.5 in that period.
  • Miami – For the seventh time in the last eight sweeps – including the past five – iHeartMedia CHR WHYI “Y-whyi logo100″ is in the four-share range. Even though it remains in fifth-place, “Y-100″ gains one-half share (4.4 – 4.9), while Cox Media Group CHR WFLC “Hits 97-3″ drops one-tenth to 3.5 (tenth to eleventh). Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105″ relinquishes the whqt logofour-tenths it gained in September (7.7 – 8.1 – 7.7), but retains its #1 ranking for a stunning 41st straight monthly report. Adult contemporary enjoys an overall six-tenths gain in Miami with Lincoln Financial Media‘s WLYF “Lite-FM” improving by two-tenths 6.9 – 7.1 and Cox Media Group’s WFEZ “Easy 93.1″ picking up four-tenths (5.5 – 5.9); “Lite-FM” and “Easy 93.1″ remain second and fourth, respectively. iHeartMedia Spanish contemporary WMGE “Mega 94.9″ dips by one-half share (3.2 – 2.7) and drops from #14 to #16.
  • Seattle – Among the four Seattle outlets that gain one-half share (6+) from September is Bonneville talker kirofm logoKIRO-FM (4.6 – 5.1), which inches up from fourth to third. Conversely, after progressing by eight-tenths in September to 4.5, sports sibling KIRO-AM “710 ESPNdrops one-halfkqmv logo share to 4.0 to slide from sixth to seventh. Others – in addition to KIRO-FM – improving by one-half share are Hubbard CHR KQMV “All the Hits” (6.3 – 6.8); public KPLU “NPR News and All That Jazz” (2.3 – 2.8); and Bonneville talker KTTH (2.1 – 2.6). Also noteworthy for KQMV is that “All the Hits” is #1 for the fourth consecutive time. Sinclair hot AC KPLZ “Star 101.5″ declines by six-tenths to 3.3, falling from tenth to thirteenth.
  • Phoenix – KFYI’s fourth successive up-trend is a +.6, taking the iHeartMedia talker from sixth to a tie for second. Since June, KFYI has trended 3.2 – 4.3 – 4.4 – 4.5 – 5.1 for a cumulative +1.9. The last time KFYI reached a kfyifoxnewsfive-share was January 2013 (5.0). As Entravision regional Mexican KLNZ “La Tricolor” (#17) advances by six-tenths (1.8 – 2.4), Univision‘s similarly-programmed KHOT “La Nueva 105.9″ (#18) falters by that margin (2.9 – 2.3). Albeit off by three-kool-fm logotenths (6.2 – 5.9), CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KOOL “The Valley’s Greatest Hits” remains on top for the fourth straight month. In terms of Nielsen Audio PPM ratings, the last time KTAR-AM appeared in print was this past January (1.3), but the Bonneville sports-formatted outlet resurfaces with a .8 (#30). Riviera Broadcast Group rhythmic CHR KKFR “Power 98.3″ falters by one-half share (3.1 – 2.6), dipping from #14 to #16.
  • Minneapolis – There is plenty of (6+) September – October fluctuation in the Twin Cities and KFXN is at the forefront of it. Not only does “K-Fan Sports Radio” make it four straight up-trends, the iHeartMedia outlet kdwb logoscores an impressive +1.3 (4.2 – 5.5) to progress from #12 to #8. Since June, KFXN has trended 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 5.5, yielding a combined +2.6. Public KMOJ “The People’s Station” explodes with a full-share gain to 2.5, its highest (6+) share since the (identical) 2.5 it recorded in the “Holiday”kfxdlogo 2013 report. Advancing by seven-tenths each are iHeartMedia CHR KDWB (7.5 – 8.2); Minnesota Public-owned KNOW (3.6 – 4.3, #12); and iHeartMedia talker KTLK-FM (1.9 – 2.6, #15). This is the fourth time in the last five monthly reports that KDWB finishes first. Following four consecutive up trends (2.7 – 3.1 – 3.9 – 4.2 – 4.3), Minnesota Public-owned KCMP regresses by -1.2 to 3.1, as it falls from #11 to #14. Country competitors KMNB “Buz’n@102.9″ and KEEY “K-102″ were tied for sixth-place (6.3) in August, but CBS Radio‘s KMNB gained one-half share to 6.8 (fourth) in September, while iHeartMedia’s “K-102″ remained at 6.3. “Buz’n@102.9″ slips by two-tenths (6.6, fifth) in October, while “K-102″ tumbles by eight-tenths to 5.5 and ranks eighth.
  • TampaCBS Radio rhythmic CHR WLLD “WiLD 94.1″ puts up a strong +.9 (4.9 – 5.8) to vault from sixth to third; 5.8 is the highest (6+) share for “WiLD” since January 2011’s 6.0. WDUV keeps on rolling by adding another wlld logothree-tenths (6+). This marks the sixth consecutive positive trend and a combined +4.4 in that timeframe for the Cox Media Group adult contemporary (8.5 – 9.4 – 10.6 – 11.4 – 11.5 – 12.6 – 12.9). In addition, WDUV is #1 for the 23rd straight survey period and has its highest 6+-number since “Holiday” 2013’s 14.1. Co-owned talker WHPT “The Bone,”wduv logo however, suffers a -1.4 (4.6 – 3.2), as it spirals from a three-way tie at #8 to #14. “The Bone” dropped Bubba the Love Sponge in late-August/early-September. After back-to-back 4.2 showings in August and September, iHeartMedia‘s WXTB “98 Rock” experiences an eight-tenths erosion to 3.4 (#11 to #13). In August, Cox Media Group CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5″ added one-half share to 5.5; was flat in September; but now drops four-tenths to 5.1 (third to fifth). Meanwhile, format rival – iHeartMedia’s WFLZ “The Hit Music Channel” – curtails three straight down trends (6.9 – 6.5 – 5.9 – 5.3) with a +.1 to 5.4 and remains in fourth-place. September was the first time since February that “Hot 101.5″ (5.6 in February – 6+) had beaten “The Hit Music Channel” (5.0 in February).
  • Denver – October stats in the “Mile High City” produce a bone fide top 25-market rarity – a four-way tie at #1. If that were not tight enough, the fifth-ranked station is just one-tenth behind; the sixth-place station is only two-kqmt logotenths behind; and the seventh-ranked station – iHeartMedia talker KOA (+.7 to 5.0) – is just three-tenths off the top. In fact, a mere 1.3 shares (6+) separate the top 13 stations. First-place occupants – all at 5.3 – are Entravision Spanish adult hits KJMN “Jose 92.1″ (#1 in September as well, but down by one full-share in October); public KCFR (even, up from #3); Entercom classic rocker KQMT (even, up from #3); andkygo logo Lincoln Financial Media country KYGO (even, up from #3). As a refresher, “Jose 92.1″ put up a whopping +1.7 in September, hitting the six-share level for the first time in its PPM history, while KCFR had a +1.5, enabling it to rocket from #15 to #3. Notching six-tenths gains each are Wilks classic hits-oldies facility KXKL “Kool 105″ (3.4 – 4.0, #17 to a three-way tie at #11) and Lincoln Financial Media sports outlet KKFN “The Fan” (1.8 – 2.4, #21 to a tie at #18). After three straight positive trends (3.5 – 3.6 – 4.2 – 4.5), Wilks hot AC KIMN “Mix 100″ falters by eight-tenths to 3.7 (#9 to #14). Unable to capitalize though is Entercom’s similarly-programmed KALC “Alice” (#14 to #16), which was -.7 in August; -.5 in September; and is now -.5 in October for a combined -1.7 (4.9 – 4.2 – 3.7 – 3.2).
  • Baltimore – Stuck on 3.8 in August and September, CBS Radio sports facility WJZ-FM “The Fan” erupts with a +1.3 (3.8 – 5.1) and bolts from tenth to sixth. This is the best (6+) showing for Baltimore’s “Fan” since January’s wzft logo5.8. Hearst Television talker – and Orioles flagship – WBAL (sixth to fifth) adds seven tenths to the eight-tenths it registered in September (4.2 – 5.0 – 5.7). A “no-show” in the last three monthlies, Radio One talker WOLB “Where Information Is Power” returns with a .5 (#23). Urban contemporary sibling WERQ “92-Q Jams” though declines bywbal seven-tenths (6.8 – 6.1), slipping from second to third. In September, “92-Q Jams” had its string of progressive trends halted at four (6.6 – 7.2 – 7.3 – 7.5 – 7.8). For 12 straight monthlies, WZFT “Z-104.3″ was in the four-share range, but with a +1.1 in September, it reached 5.2. The iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR, however, gives all of it back (4.1 – 5.2 – 4.1) as it tumbles from fifth to ninth.     Notwithstanding a three-tenths dip to 7.9, iHeartMedia-owned WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station” repeats at #1.
  • St. LouisHubbard‘s WXOS “101 ESPN” hangs out a +.8 (3.0 – 3.8) to inch up from #17 in September to #16. In addition to being the third straight up-trend for “101 ESPN” (2.3 – 2.7 – 3.0 – 3.8), this is the station’s highest (6+) kmoxshare since last November when it reached 4.6. Simultaneously with CBS Radio adult contemporary KEZK “Fresh 102.5″ gaining one-half share (4.2 – 4.7) and returning to the top 10kezk logo (#14 to #10), co-owned hot AC KYKY “Y-98″ suffers an eight-tenths loss (6.4 – 5.6) as it leaves the runner-up spot and finishes fourth.  After Emmis talker KFTK gained six-tenths (2.6 – 3.2) in September to climb from #18 to #16, it drops one-half share to 2.7 and slips to #17. Heritage CBS Radio talker KMOX adds another three-tenths to 8.9 and is the market’s (6+) leader for the seventh straight month. In addition to being the third successive up-trend for KMOX – with a cumulative +1.6 (7.3 – 7.8 – 8.6 – 8.9) – it is the strongest 6+ showing for the Cardinals’ flagship since November when it registered 9.6.

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bakerbillRadioInfo Career Moves.  The new morning personality at Cumulus Media’s country WMDH, Muncie, Indiana “NASH FM 102.5” is Deacon.  He takes over for Jeff Sloan who exited the radio biz.  Deacon most recently was midday host at Entercom’s CHR WZPL, Indianapolis…..In the Salisbury, Maryland market Bill Baker and Jessica Martinez exit Great Scott-owned hip hop WOCQ “OC 104” where they hosted the morning show.  Baker also served as program director and music director.  Martinez recently rejoined Baker on the radio after being in television for the previous 18 months.  The rumor is the two will re-appear on another station in the area soon.

iheartmedia logoBressler: Ad World Moving to Buy ROI.  During yesterday’s investor conference call, iHeartMedia president and CFO Rich Bressler spoke at length about the company’s plans to become the number one multi-platform media company – the underlying company goal that was the force behind the name change from Clear Channel to iHeartMedia.  But from a sales standpoint, Bressler told analysts that, “The advertising world is moving to buy ROI – return on investment – not ratings or impressions as it does today, and we stand to greatly benefit from this trend since we provide huge ROI reflecting our audience size, our scale and the impact we have, none of which have been fully monetized.”  The goal of reaching Millennials is important to Madison Avenue and Bressler noted the 4th annual iHeartRadio Music Festival, held last month in Las Vegas, saw social media impressions double from the previous year “reaching over five billion which is on par with the Academy Awards and more than twice the size of the Halftime Show of the Super Bowl.”  He says 80% of social media posts related to the festival came from the 18-35 demographic.  Bressler delivered the latest data about the iHeartRadio platform saying it now has 56 million registered users and total listening hours are up 10% compared to the same quarter a year ago.  Looking at the financials, iHeartMedia reported a net revenue increase of 1% and Bressler said that although the radio industry experienced a soft Q3, the company outperformed the markets based on Miller Kaplan data.

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nrhof 14Melissa Etheridge and Ingrid Michaelson to Perform at National Radio Hall of Fame Induction.  This is the first Los Angeles induction ceremony after 24 years of the National Radio Hall of Fame event taking place in Chicago.  On November 9 at the Cicada in downtown Los Angeles, Charlie & Harrigan, Barry Farber, Ira Glass, Stanley E. Hubbard, Jon Miller, Agnes Moorehead and Dick Orkin will be inducted.  Performing at the event will be Melissa Etheridge and Ingrid Michaelson.  In addition, a special kitchinkraigtribute to Casey Kasem will take place.  National radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig Kitchin says, “This is an event that brings us all together to honor and celebrate the best in our business.  We have an opportunity to show our support and ensure the vitality of this institution by attending.  And if that’s not possible, please consider making a donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which provides a showcase for the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago year round.”  Noted broadcasters participating in the ceremony will include Ryan Seacrest, Larry King, Rick Dees, Delilah, Michael Jackson, Kerri Kasem and more.

rabiHeartMedia’s Hartley Adkins Elected RAB Board of Directors Chairman.  At its annual board of directors meeting the Radio Advertising Bureau announced new officers and iHeartMedia EVP major markets Hartley Adkins was elected chairman.  Also on the board are (RAB duties noted inadkinshartley parentheses): Hubbard Radio chair and CEO Ginny Morris (vice chair); Cox Media Group EVP radio Kim Guthrie (finance chair); Commonwealth Broadcasting president and CEO Steve Newberry (secretary); Cromwell Group president and founder Bud Walters (immediate past chair).  Newly elected board members are: Hubbard Radio president and COO Drew Horowitz; Alpha Media EVP southern region Bill McElveen; Emmis COO and CFO Pat Walsh; and Journal Broadcast Group EVP Steve Wexler.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

| October 28, 2014

nielsen logoRound One of October PPM Data Released.  The first of four rounds of October 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio has been released for 12 markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union (New Jersey).  The survey period was August 14 through September 10.  You can find all of the numbers from subscribing stations here.  Meanwhile, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his “Ten Takeaways” from this batch of ratings below.

Ten Takeaways

  • New York – WCBS-FM occupies the top spot (6+) for the fourth straight month; the classic hits-oldies outlet, however, is down a significant seven-tenths to 6.1. This represents the eighth consecutive monthly in which WCBS-WCBS-FM LogoFM has been in the six-share range (6.1 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.1). September’s third-place finisher – Emmis urban AC WBLS-is up one-tenth to 5.4 – enough to catch iHeartMedia adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” (5.7 – 5.4, -.3) at #2. It is the fourth successive down trend for “Lite-FM” (7.1 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.7 – 5.4), making it a cumulative -1.7 (6+) since June. Posting a gaudy +1.0 to 4.5 CBS Radio‘s sports-formatted (and first-year wblsYankees flagship) WFAN-FM “The Fan” inches up from eighth in September to sixth. January (4.1) was the last time “The Fan” registered a four-share (or better). Similarly-programmed WEPN “ESPN New York” jumps one-half share to 1.9 to advance from #22 to 20. Share-wise, Cumulus Media‘s WPLJ (2.2 – 2.6, +.4) gains some ground on hot AC rival WWFS “Fresh” (2.8 – 2.9, +.1), but from a rankers standpoint, CBS Radio’s “Fresh” improves from #16 to #15 while WPLJ remains at #17. Not only is WABC up or flat for the fourth straight month (1.3 – 1.3 – 1.6 – 1.6 – 2.0), the Cumulus Media talker is back in the top 20 with its best (6+) share since April’s 2.2. iHeartMedia rhythmic CHR WKTU (eighth to tenth) is down or flat for the sixth successive time (4.6 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.9 – 3.5 – 3.4, 6+).
  • Los Angeles – After swapping places (in September) at #1 and #2, respectively, iHeartMedia CHR and hot AC siblings KIIS “Kiss-FM” (5.2 – 5.3, +.1) and KBIG “My-FM” (5.0 – 5.3, +.3) are now deadlocked in the penthouse. kiis logo“Kiss-FM” format rival – CBS Radio‘s KAMP “Amp Radio” sixth in three of the last four sweeps – improves by one-tenth to 4.1 (fifth) to tie iHeartMedia adult contemporary KOST (steady at 4.1). Classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101″ follows up September’s erosion of four-tenths (4.9 – 4.5) with a -.3 to 4.2, but the CBS Radio property remainskbig logo fourth. Adult hits cluster-mate KCBS-FM “Jack-FM,” meanwhile, is now just one-share behind “K-Earth” as “Jack” gains two-tenths to 3.2. Even though “Jack” and Bonneville classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” remain in ninth-place (with identical 3.0 – 3.2 profiles), it is the best (6+) share for “Jack” since April (also 3.2). In September, “The Sound” had its streak of up-trends broken at six. Steady at #8, iHeartMedia talker KFI is up or flat for the fifth straight month (2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3 – 3.3 – 3.5) and registers its strongest (6+) share since June 2013’s 3.7. After back-to-back months (May and June) with a 2.1, KLOS became stuck on 2.2 for the next three monthlies (July, August, and September). The Cumulus Media rocker posts a modest +.2 to 2.4 in October and returns to the top 20 (#16). Talk-to-sports convert KFWB “The Beast” doubles its September (6+) share, taking the station from .1 to .2 (#41). Its all-sports competitors are Dodgers flagship KLAC (.9 -1.0, +.1); KSPN (.8 – 1.0, +.2); and Angels flagship KLAA (steady at .5).
  • San Francisco – The San Francisco Giants are one game away from winning its third world championship since 2010. Enjoying the NL West team’s success is Cumulus Media‘s KNBR, which registers a robust +.9 to 6.6, knbrlogoenabling the Giants’ flagship to repeat at #1. It is KNBR’s most potent (6+) performance in nearly two years – it reached 8.1 in November 2012. Spoken-word stations, in fact, finish one (KNBR)-two (news KCBS-AM, flat at 5.3)-three (public KQED, 56.0, +.5) inkoit logo the Bay Area. KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday” dials up an impressive +.8 (4.1 – 4.9), propelling the Entercom adult contemporary from sixth to fourth. KOIT-FM had been down or flat the past four monthlies (4.6 – 4.6 – 4.5 – 4.4 – 4.1), but was only off a combined half-share in that period. Rhythmic hot AC sibling KRBQ “Q-102.1 – The Beat of the Bay” is trending .6 – .9 – 1.3 since breaking away from the KUFX-KUZX simulcast on August 1 and is tied with co-owned Oakland A’s flagship KGMZ “The Game” (-.2), and classic rock KUFX “K-Fox” (flat) at #24. Univision Spanish adult hits KBRG “Mas Variedad” (eighth in September to tenth) tumbles by nine-tenths (3.9 – 3.0).
  • Dallas – KHKS “Kiss-FM” follows up September’s one-half share gain (6.1 – 6.6) with a +.4 as the iHeartMedia CHR remains #1 for the tenth straight month. The third successive up trend for CBS Radio all-sports outlet khksKRLD-FM “The Fan” is a strong +.7 (1.2 – 1.5 – 1.8 – 2.5), catapulting the Cowboys’ flagship from #23 to #17. Moreover, 2.5 is the station’s most potent (6+) share inkrld-fm logo approximately four years – it hit 3.1 in November 2010. Seven-tenths though is unlucky for co-owned adult hits KJKK “Jack-FM,” which declines by that margin (2.8 – 2.1) and freefalls from #14 to #21. After sitting on 3.3 in four of the last five surveys (it had a 3.4 in July), Radio One rhythmic CHR KBFB “The Beat” gains one-half share to 3.8 and rockets from tenth to sixth. Albeit that it is flat at 4.5 (and steady at #4), Cumulus Media‘s KSCS “New Country” slices the lead that similarly programmed sibling KPLX “The Wolf” (5.7 – 5.1, -.6, steady at #2) had on it in half: The 1.2-share advantage (6+) “The Wolf” possessed on “New Country” in September is down to six-tenths.
  • Houston – Owing to a +.2 (6.7 – 6.9), Radio One urban AC KMJQ “Majic 102.1″ breaks September’s first-place tie with iHeartMedia adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1″ (6.7 – 6.2, -.5, #1 to #2). Moreover, this marks the kmjq logoseventh successive up or flat monthly for KMJQ (5.7 – 5.8 – 6.2 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.7 – 6.9) and matches the strongest 6+-showing for “Majic” in over a year (6.9 in June 2013). “Sunny” held sole possession of first-place in July and August, before September’s tie with KMJQ. After four monthlies (May through August) in the three-share range (3.3 – 3.1 – 3.2 -ktrh logo 3.1, 6+), KTRH exploded with a +1.3 to 4.4 in September. The iHeartMedia talker adds another six-tenths to 5.0 to progress from ninth to seventh; KTRH ranked sixteenth in August. Improving by seven-tenths – and advancing from sixth to fifth (one-tenth of a share from third) – is Univision regional Mexican KLTN (5.1 – 5.8). Both of the market’s CHRs are off slightly and retain their September market rank: Cumulus Media’s KRBE “Houston’s #1 Hit Music Station” is -.1 to 3.6 (#13) and CBS Radio‘s KKHH “Hot 95.7″ is -.3 to 2.8 (#16).
  • Philadelphia – All-sports in the City of Brotherly Love does extremely well in October with WIP-FM leading the way, boasting the largest (6+) month-to-month gain by any station in the 12 PPM markets Nielsen Audio wiplogoreleased on Monday. The CBS Radio outlet erupts with a +1.6 (3.7 – 5.3) to zoom from eleventh to fifth. It is the strongest (6+) performance by WIP-FM since December and “Holiday” 2013 (both 6.0). Although its gain is less than half that of its cross-town competitor, Greater Media‘s WPEN-FM “The Fanatic” (#17 to #15) records a +.6 and is up or flat for the fourth straight time (1.9 – 1.9 – 2.0 – 2.3 – 2.9). After a one-month hiatus from being #1, Jerrywbeb logo Lee-owned WBEB “More FM” (6.6 – 7.1, +.5) regains its customary ranking. “More FM” has finished first in 18 of the last 20 surveys. It was beaten in September by iHeartMedia‘s WDAS-FM “Philly’s Best R&B and Old School”; CBS Radio‘s all-news KYW prevailed in February. Regarding those two stations’ October progress, WDAS-FM is off by one-half share to 6.7 and slips to second, while KYW gains seven-tenths to 4.7 and inches up from tenth to eighth. After having been up or flat (6+) five straight times (2.6 – 2.6 – 2.7 – 2.9 – 3.0 – 3.7), public WHYY drops one-tenth to 3.6 – it slips from #11 to #12. CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOGL regresses by seven-tenths (6.4 – 5.7) to slide from third to fourth; 5.7 is the station’s lowest 6+-share since January’s 5.6.
  • Long Island – The majority of October’s noteworthy Long Island stats can be found among the top four finishers. After back-to-back months at 7.0 (6+, August and September), Connoisseur Media adult contemporary-walk logoturned-hot AC WALK-FM “Real Variety from the 1990s, 2K, and Today” breaks out with a +1.1 to finish first for the fourth consecutive month. Slightly outdoing what it did in its home market of New York City, CBS Radio‘s WFAN-FM racks up a +1.2 (4.7 – 5.9) to inch up from a third-place tie in September to second. “The Fan” enjoys its best 6+ Long Island stat since January 2012 (also 5.9). In the CHR race, iHeartMedia‘s WHTZ “Z-100″ (steady at #3) gains eight-tenths (4.7 – 5.5), while Cox Media Group‘s WBLI (second to fourth) drops eight-tenths (5.7 – 4.9); WBLI improved by six-tenths in September. After September’s whopping +1.5 – that halted three straight negative trends – Connoisseur Media adult contemporary WKJY “K-98.3″ drops two-tenths, but remains at #5.
  • Riverside – With a +.7 (8.7 – 9.4), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose 97.5″ regains nearly all of what it lost in September (-.8) and it once again prevails at #1; 8.7 in September was the lowest for “Jose” (6+) since April’s 8.3. As Univision regional Mexican KSCA (seventh to fifth) improves by seven-tenths (3.1 – 3.8), Liberman‘s similarly formatted KRQB “Que Buena” drops one-half share (3.9 – 3.4) and dips from fifth to seventh. In addition to “Que Buena,” Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA is off by one-half share (6.1 – 5.6) and it occupies its familiar #2 spot.
  • San Jose – For the fifth successive month, public KQED (6.1 – 6.5, +.4) sets the pace here. Chronicling KBRG’s recent whirlwind journey takes us back to June, when the Univision Spanish adult hits station slumped by six-kbrgtenths to 5.5, dropping it from first to second. “Mas Variedad” had almost twice as much erosion in July (-1.1) to 4.4 (second to seventh), but owing to a one-half share gain to 4.9, it improved to fourth in August. It racked up a +1.2 in September (6.1) to catch KQED at #1. In October, however, “Mas Variedad” has the dubious distinction of posting the loftiest (6+) month-to-month loss by any outlet in the 12 PPM markets Nielsen Audio released on Monday. A -1.1 (6.1 – 5.0) drops KBRG from a first-place tie all the way to sixth. After (modest) back-to-back increases of one-tenth (to 4.5 in August) and two-tenths (to 4.7 in September), Cumulus Media’s KNBR matches the +.9 it posted in San Francisco (4.7 – 5.6) as the Giants flagship climbs from sixth to third. Co-owned adult alternative KFOG gains seven-tenths to 2.0 and is in a three-way tie at #19 (up from #26 in September). This is the station’s strongest 6+-stat since January (also 2.0). University of Southern California-owned KDFC regresses by nine-tenths (2.2 – 1.3); the classical facility slides from #19 to #26.
  • Middlesex-Somerset-Union – Simultaneous with the strong +.9 by iHeartMedia CHR WHTZ “Z-100″ (5.4 – 6.3, fourth to second) is a -.9 by CBS Radio‘s similarly-formatted WBMP “Amp Radio” (4.5 – 3.6 seventh to wkxwninth). Owing to a +.8, Townsquare Media talker WKXW progresses from third to first and notches its fifth successive (6+) up trend. “New Jersey 101.5″ has a cumulative +2.2 (4.6 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.4 – 6.0 – 6.8) over that span. Dropping from first to second is classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM (6.7 – 6.3, -.4), which posted a +.9 in September. This is the first time at #1 for “New Jersey 101.5″ since March. Following five successive positive trends resulting in a combined +1.9 (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.4 – 5.9 – 6.2 – 6.4), iHeartMedia classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3″ loses one-tenth but remains at #2.  Rhythmic CHR sibling WKTU relinquishes the six-tenths it gained it September (2.4 – 3.0 – 2.4) and falters from #13 to #16.

scottmandyMandy Scott Joins Saga’s ‘Energy 106.9’ in Milwaukee.  Coming to Brew City from her most recent gig at Journal Broadcast Group’s CHR KQCH, Omaha is Mandy Scott who’ll be the new midday personality on Saga Communications’ CHR WNRG “Energy 106.9,” effective November 3.  WNRG brand manager Jeremy “Cousin Ed” Schulz comments, “Mandy had the experience and skillset I was looking for, but it was her personality that drew me in.  She’s got that likability factor that you just can’t teach, with a personality that is infectious.  We’re thrilled to have her join us.”

wildejonathanWilde Takes Over Mornings at KOSI, Denver.  The Entercom adult contemporary outlet makes changes to its air staff as market pro Jonathan Wilde is named the new morning drive personality.  He replaces longtime morning host Murphy Huston who remains with the station for weekends and to be the face of KOSI’s charitable work.  Huston’s AM drive co-host Denise Plante moves to middays and Jay Cruze handles afternoon drive.

knighttalusTalus Knight Named PD at KKND, New Orleans.  The Cumulus Media-owned hip hop outlet KKND “Power 102.9” announces Talus Knight is the new afternoon drive personality and program director.  Knight comes to Cumulus from his most recent post as OM for WFXM, Macon, Georgia.  Cumulus New Orleans VP and market manager Susan Lucchesi comments, “Talus is a great addition to ‘Power 102.9’ in New Orleans.  His knowledge and leadership skills will add energy and excitement to this powerful station.  We are very fortunate to have him on board.”

lululalaMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Cox Media Group Miami CHR WFLC “HITS 97.3,” twin sisters Marissa and Marianela Gonzalez (pictured here) will serve as afternoon personalities beginning November 10.  The two work using the names Lulu and Lala and most recently were co-hosts on the “Ty Loves NY” morning show on CBS RADIO’s former “Now-FM” in New York…..“Johnny V” Clements is named operations manager at West Virginia Radio’s Clarksburg station group that includes WBRB “101.3 The Bear” and hot AC WWLW “Magic 106.5.”…..At thehoffmangreg iHeartMedia Toledo cluster, Keith Kramer comes aboard to host the afternoon drive show on rock WIOT “Rock 104.7.”…..Greg Hoffman is promoted to program director at Lotus Communications-owned hip hop KSEQ, Fresno “Q97.1.”  He will continue to co-host the morning show with Andre “Dre” Covington.  Hoffman joined the station a little over a year ago from crosstown KBOS “B95” where he’d been for more than 17 years.  He takes over for Rene Roberts who remains with the station as a consultant…..Chris Nicholas joins MacDonald Garber Broadcasting’s Traverse City, Michigan station group where he’ll serve as morning personality on adult contemporary WLXV “Mix 96.7” and program the company’s sports talker WKAD, Harrietta “93.7 The Ticket” and news/talk WATT, Cadillac…..John Leathers is named vice president of sales for iHeartMedia’s six-station San Francisco cluster, effective November 19.  Leathers comes to iHeartMedia from his most recent post as VP and market manager at Digity’s Silicon Valley operations…..13-year Premiere Networks staffer Meg Montury is promoted to senior vice president, general manager of the Premiere Networks Sherman Oaks office, effective immediately. 

iheartradio newBarry Manilow Station Launched on iHeartRadio.   With the release of his recent album My Dream Duets putting him back in the public eye, iHeartMedia announces digital platform iHeartRadio is launching the Barry Manilow Music Station.  The company says the channel will feature Manilow’s music, his favorite songs from other artists (along with commentary from Manilow) and cuts from My Dream Duets including the duet with Whitney Houston titled, “I Believe in You and Me.”  The iHeartRadio Network will also launch a DAIP (Digital Artist Integration Program) across its adult contemporary digital stations supporting the record.

Monday, October 27, 2014

| October 27, 2014

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blandkjKJ Bland Re-Signs with KRNB, Dallas.  At Service Broadcasting’s Dallas urban contemporary outlet KRNB “Smooth R&B 105.7,” midday personality KJ Bland signs a new, two-year contract to remain with the station.  Brand manager and program director Kevin Gardner says, “KJ is a passionate, multi-platform personality and a social-media savvy entertainer who easily turns listeners and clients into friends and fans.  We are happy to have her continue her winning contributions to the ‘Smooth R&B 105.7’ team and the Service Broadcasting family.”

k297boiHeartMedia Debuts ‘Tailgate Country 103.7’ on Translator.  There’s a new country format in Portland as iHeartMedia debuts “Tailgate Country 103.7” on translator K297BO.  The 34-Watt signal is licensed to Portland, sits on the city’s southeast side and its primary signal covers a fair portion of the metro.  The company says the station will feature contemporary country artists such as Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line.  The station will present the format commercial free.  SVP of programming Brad Hardin says, “‘Tailgate Country’ features the hottest contemporary country artists and no commercials.  It’s the perfect station for crankin’ up while sitting on your tailgate and watching the Ducks pull out another win.”

envisionnetworks newEnvision Networks’ Westar Music Library Gets Updated Site.  In an announcement  from Envision Networks, the company’s Westar Music Library gets a website update for the service that features a streamlined experience for users to search, organize and download thousands of royalty free music tracks and sound effects.  The company says the Westar Music commercial library currently offers more than 11,000 royalty-free music tracks sourced from the broadcast industry standard as well as more than 113,000 sound effects, with more constantly being added.  Westar Music sales manager Peter Alexander says, “With new features and benefits that our users asked for, we believe the new WestarMusic.com is quite simply the most seamless, easiest to navigate website available for high quality production music and professional sound effects.”

swifttaylorMore Taylor Swift Promotion Happening This Week.  With today’s release of Taylor Swift’s 1989 album, the PR machine behind the country-turned-pop starlet kicks into another gear.  Last week RadioInfo reported the album release-related appearances by Swift across the iHeartMedia platforms.  Now, we learn Swift will be a telephone guest on Westwood One’s syndicated “Nights Live with Adam Bomb.”  She’ll also appear on SiriusXM’s Town Hall series where she’ll appear with a select group of listeners for a Q&A with SiriusXM Hits 1 personalities Nicole Ryan, Stanley T, Rich Davis and Ryan Sampson.  The show will air live on Wednesday (10/29) at 2:00 pm ET.

WW1FlaGaFoxFlorida Georgia Line Visit WW1’s Ryan Fox.  It’s always cool to have one of the hottest acts in the country on your network but it’s especially cool if that act is hosting the new awards show your company is producing.  Westwood One’s Ryan Fox (center) poses for a shot with Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard (left) and Brian Kelley (right) after the duo appeared on his “Now with Ryan Fox” show on Hot Country and Mainstream Country Local formats produced by the network.  Florida Georgia Line is hosting the “American Country Countdown Awards” on Fox TV on Monday, December 15 live from Nashville’s Music City Center.  Westwood One will have a big backstage presence at the ACC Awards as part of its exclusive Red Carpet Radio event coverage.

elsasdennisStudioLegendary Rock Radio Personality Dennis Elsas Bringing His “Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Forgets” Live Multimedia Show to NJ.  After more than 40 years of hosting radio shows on great radio stations in the Northeast, veteran rock DJ Dennis Elsas (pictured here) is still going strong.  The longtime favorite of New York-area music radio fans that remember him from his major presence at groundbreaking album rocker WNEW-FM during its glory days, is still spinning quality sounds during PM drive at triple-A formatted WFUV in the Big Apple and is heard nationally on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “Classic Vinyl” program.  Well known for his creative programming skills and history-making interviews with some of music’s greatest legends, the man described by Michael Harrison as “one of pop culture’s finest raconteurs” has been wowing live audiences around the New York Metropolitan area for years with an in-person multimedia show titled “Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Forgets.”  In it, he plays excerpts from key conversations he had back in the day with such legends as John Lennon, Elton John, Jerry Garcia and so many more, highlighted by rare video clips and airchecks of legendary broadcasts.  He also shares his insights and memories of growing up in one of the greatest radio markets of all, New York City, where he heard some of the best top 40 DJs of all time.  Next stop for this traveling extravaganza will be its first visit to New Jersey – this coming Saturday, November 1 at the Montclair Art Museum at 7:00 pm.  For more information, please click here.

Friday, October 24, 2014

| October 24, 2014

parkertimParker Takes Over Mornings on ‘106.9 The Fox’ in Norfolk.  At the Saga Communications station group in Norfolk, Virginia, Tim Parker slides over from his afternoon drive shift at sister station rock WNOR “FM 99” to the morning drive shift at classic rock WAFX “106.9 The Fox,” replacing Troy Brimmer.wafx logo  Parker also is the music director for WNOR and he will retain the position after making the on-air move.  Cluster brand manager Mike Beck says, “Tim is one of the most experienced and versatile air personalities in the area with a skill set that is ideal for mornings on ‘The Fox.’  Tim will continue to be the MD for ‘FM99’ and he’ll be very involved with the Lunatic Luau – our annual music festival.  We are very fortunate to have someone with this range and depth of talent.”  Meanwhile, Stephen Hill takes over the afternoon show on WNOR until a permanent replacement is named.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  In the State College, Pennsylvania market, JC Burton is named VP of programming for the seven-station group operated under the Seven Mountains Media banner.  Those stations are: AC WZWW, CHR WBHV, rock WEMR, classic hits WOWY, AC WLAK, AC WMRF, and news/talk WIEZ.  Burton is also VP of programming for the four Frankfort, Kentucky stations the company operates under the Cap City Communications name.

beasley logo longNet Revenue Dips 5% for Beasley During Third Quarter.  That figure is for continuing operations – the stations Beasley is keeping, excluding those slated to be sold to CBS.  Due to the pending transaction between Beasley and CBS in which it’s trading five of its stations for 14 CBS signals, the company is required to report both continuing operations and discontinued operations.  The net revenue from the combination of both continuing and discontinued operations was -5.9%.  The company reports that the decline “primarily reflects lower advertising revenue at the Company’s Wilmington and Greenville-New Bern-Jacksonville market clusters which more than offset net revenue increases at the Company’s Las Vegas and Ft. Myers market clusters.”  Company chairman and CEO George Beasley comments, “We don’t believe third quarter operating results from continuing operations reflect the strength, ratings and local relevance of our platform, as the lower level of reported net revenue from continuing operations is temporarily mismatched with certain expenses that will be better amortized across the Company’s larger revenue base once we complete the asset exchange with CBS Radio.  We are very excited by the potential presented by the CBS transaction…The planned asset exchange with CBS Radio addresses these strategic objectives and upon completion, we will expand our owned and operated station base by nine stations increasing Beasley’s portfolio to 53, including 33 FM and 20 AM stations, in 12 markets with approximately 7.7 million weekly listeners.  Importantly, we will add completed clusters in the Tampa and Charlotte markets which complement our already strong mid-Atlantic presence.”

nielsen logoNielsen Q3 Revenue Up 14%.  That’s on a constant-currency basis.  The company reports that its core top-line growth (excluding the Arbitron and Harris acquisitions) was 3.4%.  Nielsen CEO Mitch Barns says that increase was “driven by strong growth in Audience Measurement, double-digit growth in Ad Solutions and double-digit growth in the emerging markets, offset somewhat by anticipated softness in our Insights business in North America.”  Barns adds that “Adjusted EBITDA was up nearly 20% or 22% on a constant-currency basis, reflecting the impact of our Arbitron acquisition as well as great execution by our operating units…And our free cash flow of $289 million was up 17% in the quarter versus the prior year.”  During yesterday’s investors conference call, Barns discussed the integration of ratings systems for television and digital but only spoke of radio and digital ratings integration in passing, saying the company is “making progress” and it would keep the industry “posted.”

reedmeganWILV, Chicago’s Megan Reed Battling Cancer.  From a memo sent by Hubbard Radio SVP of programming Greg Solk to the staff at adult hits WILV “Chicago’s 100.3” comes the news that midday personality Megan Reed is battling cancer.  The memo indicates that Reed’s doctors are calling her prognosis good.  Reed sought medical attention for back pain that returned a diagnosis of breast cancer that had metastasized resulting in brain tumors.  She’s been off the air for several weeks and is expected to miss more work as she undergoes treatment but she hopes to return to the air very soon.

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ibs logoMichael Harrison to Serve as Keynote Speaker at College Radio Conference.  RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison (pictured here) will deliver the keynote address at the 7th Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System East Coast Radio, Webcasting & Media Conference held tomorrow (10/25) at Simmons College in Boston.  Harrison’s speech is titled “The Precarious Position of Audio-Only Media in the Age of Video Screens.”  Harrisonharrisonherald2 will discuss the psychological processes at play in the different ways in which the human brain processes various forms of sensory stimulation.  According to Harrison, “I enjoy speaking at events with college broadcasters because they are still, shall we say, academically inclined and it gives me the opportunity to put on my media theorist hat and address some of the abstract concepts underlying general communications in our electronically accelerated relationships.  I believe it is very important for people involved in anything having to do with the aurally based art forms of music and ‘radio’ to at least have an understanding of the mind’s different relationships with the eye and the ear.”  Harrison also plans to include a serious discussion of the sensitive relationship between form and content in the art and science of media in his address.  For more information about the one-day event, please click here.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

| October 23, 2014

swifttaylorTaylor Swift Album Promotion Moves into Overdrive at iHeartMedia.  Yesterday, RadioInfo reported about the Taylor Swift “Secret Session” program set to air on digital platform iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia CHR stations.  Now, the company announces even more appearances by Swift – sponsored by Diet Coke – on the company’s shows as she plugs the release of her new album 1989.  Here’s a rundown of the country-turned-pop star’s scheduled appearances: She’ll guest host “American Top 40” this weekend and be featured on “Direct From Hollywood with Ryan Seacrest” on October 27.  She will also appear as a special guest during “On with Mario Lopez” on October 29.  On October 30, Swift is co-hosting “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” for the show’s entire four-hour broadcast live from New York City.  iHeartMedia says this will be the first time an artist has co-hosted the entire radio program, as well as the first time the full show is presented by a single brand (Diet Coke).  Diet Coke is hosting the Ultimate 1989 Fan Party LIVE from iHeartRadio’s NYC studios during the broadcast.  Additionally, Swift will make appearances on other iHeartMedia shows including: Elvis Duran, “The Kane Show” and the Johnjay & Rich show.  She’ll also appear on the “iHeartRadio Countdown with Romeo” and be a featured guest on “iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez,” “Weekend Top 30 with Hollywood Hamilton,” “Saturday Night Online Live with Romeo,” and on “Club Kane.”

wqbu logoWQBU Transitions to Regional Mexican.  After just seven months, WQBU “Univision America New York” jettisons Spanish Talk in favor of regional Mexican as “92.7 FM Nueva York.” Univision’s “El Show de Raul Brindis” airs 6:00 am – 8:00 am and it is followed – until 1:00 pm – by “El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo.”  Univision Radio president Jose Valle explains, “Our mission is to give audiences what they want and we heard them loud and clear.  We are now bringing the best regional Mexican music, along with our top two morning shows from across the country to our audience in New York.”  WQBU was the first FM to air the Univision America format.  “Nueva York” is expected to target adults 18 – 49.  Spanish contemporary WXNY “X-96.3″ and Spanish talk WADO are the company’s other two New York City stations. Among persons 6+ in Nielsen Audio‘s August and September monthly reports for New York City, Garden City-licensed WQBU registered a .1; it has a .1 as well in September’s Long Island monthly.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Joining Digity Media as director of revenue development is Jeffrey A. Schatz, most recently president of Total Marketing Solutions.  Prior to his work there, Schatz served as vice president of sales for Gapwest Broadcasting…..At CBS RADIO’s Charlotte CHR outlet WNKS “Kiss 95.1,” Kelly Meyers exits the midday host position after her contract there was not renewed…..Alpha Media’s triple A KINK, Portland parts company with Marconi Bologna who’d joined Sheila Hamilton on the morning show in July.  PD Chris Mays writes on KINK’s Facebook page that the pairing didn’t “strike the right chord” for many listeners.

1971Michael Harrison Tapped to Write Liner Notes for New GUNHILL ROAD album, “Every 40 Years.”  RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison, whose relationship with legendary seventies band GUNHILL ROAD goes back to 1971 when he played their records as one of his favorites on WNEW-FM, New York, has penned an essay titled “Back When My Hair Was Long” to be specifically used as liner notes on the trio’s new album, “Every 40 Years.”  The album, which will be officially released the first week in November, marks the group’s first recorded project in more than four decades!  The name of the essay is a play on the title of the group’s classic hit single, “Back When My Hair Was Short,” which still gets airplay on classic hits stations.  Harrison states, “I was delighted at the opportunity to write these liner notes for a number of reasons.  First and foremost, I have always loved this band – they represent so much of the fabulous, timeless music we played ‘back in the day’ that has unfortunately fallen through the cracks of changing times, but more so because of changing media.  Now, they have a really fantastic new collection of 19 tracks!  I also welcome the opportunity to talk a bit about my days as a jock on that amazingly, historic station – something I don’t have that much of an opportunity to do still being active on the front lines of today’s radio and music scene.  When I hosted mornings at WNEW-FM — the home of broadcasting icons Scott Muni, Alison Steele and Jonathan Schwartz — I was one of four extremely young DJs in our early 20s working there – who in addition to myself included Richard Neer, Dennis Elsas and the late, great Pete Fornatale – and we all played the heck out of GUNHILL ROAD as well as a bunch of acts that made it to our smokin’ hot turntables simply because we thought they were good and our listeners would like them.”  Harrison writes, “By today’s standards, we were eclectic to an extreme.  However, back then, in our quest to play really good ‘progressive’ music, it seemed normal and an obvious way to reach our target audience.  ‘Rock’ was not sonically specific.  It was more of an attitude than any one singular sound.  We even included hip comedy tracks…and it all fit.”  To read the entire essay, please click here.  The photo here was taken in the WNEW-FM air studio in 1971 and shows (from left to right): DJs Dennis Elsas, Michael Harrison, Richard Neer, and Pete Fornatale. Photo courtesy of DennisElsas.com.

core 4WQRS, Olean, New York Now Airing ‘The Core.’  Western New York rock outlet WQRS, Olean adds the Envision Networks-syndicated “The Core” to its weekend program schedule.  Program director Chris Russell says, “As we take ‘98 Rocks’ to the next level programming-wise, it made perfect sense to add “The Core” to our lineup.  No one in the market delivers the type of rock we do, and this show delivers the goods!”  Envision describes “The Core” as “a weekly two-hour program featuring the music and artists that thrived in the 90s.”  The program is hosted by Meltdown and programmed by Steve Black from Detroit’s rock powerhouse WRIF.  Envision says the program is one of the first nationally syndicated shows to follow the PPM format and is programmed with extended music plays and only two commercial breaks an hour.

wcsx logoWCSX, Detroit and Bob Seger Help Replace Firefighters’ Equipment.  After the Detroit Fire Department’s Ladder Company 22 had its saws stolen while responding to a blaze, WCSX, Detroit morning team Jim O’Brien and Trudi Daniels decided to help replace the $2,000 tools.  The Greater Media classic rock station says O’Brien and Daniels were so upset by the news that they reached out to Detroit native and friend Bob Seger to see if he would sign a guitar that they could auction off.  Seger had a different plan.  He offered to buy the replacement saws for the department.  The saws in question are used to breach roofs to vent buildings during a fire.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

| October 22, 2014

foofightersDuane 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 (10/22) includes such names as: Lorde, Taylor Swift, Pixie Lott, Ella Henderson, Fergie, Kendrick Lamar, McBusted, Fall Out Boy, Echosmith, Yusuf Islam, Robert Plant, Foo Fighters, Young Rising Sons, Brothers Keeper, DEC3, Toby Keith, Doobie Brothers, Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Brian Kelley, Lilly Wood & The Prick, Robin Schultz, Cherub, and Tokio Hotel among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

mcintireNASHIconsgroupMcEntire Introduced as Initial Big Machine – Cumulus Signing. It will be the first new music in over five years for 59-year-old Oklahoma native Reba McEntire, who shared the news yesterday (10/21) on Blair Garner‘s “America’s Morning Show.”  With regard to her being the first artist to sign-on with Nash Icon Music – the joint label venture between Cumulus Media and Big Machine Label Group – she comments, “We have been in the studio having a blast recording new songs.  I can’t wait for my fans to hear them.”  She specifically thanked Big Machine president and chief executive officer Scott Borchetta, Cumulus executive vice president of content and programming John Dickey, and “everyone at Cumulus for letting me be a part of these new and exciting times.”  Big Machine and Cumulus announced the creation of Nash Icon Music five months ago, and according to Dickey, “By the numbers, Reba defines what it is to be an ‘icon.’  She has sold 56 million albums, she has 35 #1 singles, is the #1 female country touring artist of all time, and she has a room full of CMA, ACM, and Grammy awards. Reba is Nashville.  Nash Icon is thrilled to have Reba as our first artist on this exciting new label.”  In addition to the Dickey-cited accolades, McEntire is one of only four entertainers to receive the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress.  The business relationship between the singer and Borchetta goes back to 1991 and he is “again reminded of the power of all things Reba.  Her presence, vocal prowess, song selection, and her passion are unequaled in her multi-decade career.  We will again blaze new trails together.  I cannot think of a more important artist or voice to crown as our first Icon artist, as there are none truer to the definition.”  A McEntire song was played on “America’s Morning Show” every half hour in advance of the on-air announcement.  Cumulus operates 16 Nash Icon stations and will soon distribute Nash Icon content through Westwood One, its wholly owned distribution service.  Pictured here celebrating the announcement are (left to right): Nash Icon Music general manager Jim Weatherson, “America’s Morning Show” co-host Chuck Wicks, “America’s Morning Show” co-host Terri Clark, Reba McEntire, BMLG president and chief operating officer Scott Borchetta, Cumulus Media executive vice president of content and programming John Dickey, and “America’s Morning Show” host Blair Garner.

swiftSecretSessionTaylor Swift to Use iHeartMedia for Album ‘Secret Session.’  The record industry will be watching the sales of Taylor Swift’s new album 1989 very carefully, hoping the newest offering from one of today’s hottest artists will change the tide of what’s been a down year for music sales.  Big Machine and iHeartMedia will give it their best assist when Swift’s new record is featured on the digital platform iHeartRadio and across iHeartMedia’s FM CHR stations.  “Taylor Swift’s 1989 Secret Session with iHeartRadio” takes place the day the album is released on Monday, October 27 at 7:30 pm.

urbankeithUrban Artist Slated to Address Country Radio Seminar. Not exactly – the confab lands country mainstay Keith Urban to headline “Keith Urban: Being Present.”  Country Radio Seminar executive director Bill Mayne declares to have “this incredible talent address the most critical skill in today’s hectic professional business environment will be a definitive ‘memorable moment.’  Urban is one of the first artists to have literally broken down the separation that can exist even on the concert stage.  Not only has he been leaving the stage to join his audiences for years, he was the first artist I have ever seen whose stage literally bled into the crowd with no barrier of any kind.  No doubt, that was entirely by design.”  Urban’s spot as a featured speaker is scheduled for Friday, February 27 during CRS’ annual get together at the Nashville Convention Center.

wrat logoWRAT, Monmouth/Ocean Adds Dave McDonald to Morning Show.  New Jersey rock outlet WRAT, Point Pleasant “95.9 The Rat” announces the first station personality addition in 12 years as “East Side” Dave McDonald joins the “RAT Morning Show.”  He’s working alongside Carl Craft and sidekick Gotts on the Greater Media-owned station.  In the past, McDonald has worked with the Ron and Fez show on SiriusXM and has appeared on the satcaster’s Opie & Anthony show.  Program director Carl Craft comments, “Dave has been a great addition to the show.  He’s got the fun, upbeat vibe that the show craves without being fake or over the top.  He’s totally fitting in with me and Gotts and so far the listeners have welcomed him to their favorite morning show.  It’s funny how personally they’ve taken it, going so far as to ‘welcome him to The Rat’ at our first public appearance last Friday.”

garciaericSBS Radio Boosts Garcia to Revenue Chief. Former vice president of sales for Spanish Broadcasting System New York Spanish tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9″ and Spanish contemporary WPAT “Amor 93.1″ Eric Garcia becomes revenue chief of SBS’ radio division and general manager of the company’s New York City cluster.  Chief operating officer Albert Rodriguez states, “My appointment of Eric Garcia to a senior leadership role in SBS represents complete confidence that he will do an excellent job.  Eric Garcia has demonstrated a capacity for leadership and management skills in improving New York’s station performance.  We are asking him to extend those abilities to our other radio markets.”  Garcia comments that he is “extremely excited” for this opportunity and that he “will be able to work alongside the best operators in the business across our SBS markets.  Together, we will grow the dynamics of the overall SBS portfolio.  As with any close family, I look forward to working together with each market and use our current relentless drive to grow SBS shares in every market.”  Prior to joining SBS 10 years ago, the Queens, New York native and Long Island University alum worked at McGavren Guild Media.

westwood one NEWWestwood One and vCreative Extend Partnership.  The rep deal between Westwood One and vCreative continues as the two firms announce a multi-year extension.  vCreative offers cloud-based terrestrial and digital software that allows continuity, traffic, and production departments to work easily together.  Westwood One COO Charles Steinhauer says, “vCreative is a great partner for Cumulus and the radio industry at large as they continue to innovate and improve station work flow.  Westwood One is proud to extend our partnership with vCreative president Jinny Laderer and her team as we continue to represent the best and brightest companies in the marketplace.”

morrisginnyThe Conclave to Honor Ginny Morris with Rockwell Award.  As the 39th Conclave Learning Conference on November 14-15 in Minneapolis approaches, The Conclave announces the 2014 Rockwell Award is being bestowed upon Hubbard Radio chair and CEO Ginny Morris.  Conclave board of directors chairman Mark Bolke says, “The Rockwell Award recognizes those who have contributed to the rich legacy of the radio industry, communicating, inspiring and mentoring.  Ginny has led Hubbard’s radio division from a two-station Minneapolis based group to one of the prominent and most respected radio companies in the country.  We thank Ginny for her support of the Conclave over the years.”

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

| October 21, 2014

wbbt logoAlterations at Alpha Media Richmond. In market #55, Alpha Media Richmond introduces Envision Networks’ Legends of Country “Hank” format on WLFV (93.1); moves contemporary country WWLB “The Wolf” from 93.1 to 98.9; and transitions oldies WBBT (107.3) to classic hits.  Alpha Media executive vice president of programming Scott Mahalick states that, “In order to increase our competitive edge in Richmond, we needed to shake things up and turn up the heat.  Not only will these improvements provide a more contemporary opportunity for revenue, they will give our listeners what they have been asking for.”  Regarding the move of “The Wolf” to 98.9, market manager Paul Johnson comments, “This gives us full coverage in the Richmond metro, something we did not have on 93.1.  Inwlfv logo addition, the station will simulcast on 100.3 [WARV, licensed to Petersburg, Virginia], which covers the southern end of the market.  This is a station that performs well where it is heard – it now has 100% penetration. [Along with WLFV's "Hank" on 93.1], we have a full country spectrum, and focused demo breakouts on each specific station; we think advertisers will welcome the choice.  Even though [WBBT] was called ‘Big Oldies’, it really was a classic hits station already.  We switched the position to ‘Richmond’s Greatest Hits,’ and evolved the music to a 1970s base.”  Among persons 12+ in Nielsen Audio‘s summer 2014 book, WBBT registered a 2.6 (#12); WWLB 1.9 (#13); and WLFV 1.7 (#14). WBBT was down one-half share from spring 2014 and -.4 from a year ago (summer 2013); WWLB declined by six-tenths from spring and -.4 from a year ago; and WLFV was off by four-tenths compared to both spring 2014 and summer 2013.

cma awards logoGrande, Trainor Added to CMA Awards. Pop artists Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor are now among those scheduled to perform at the 48th annual Country Music Awards.  The twist will be that American Music Award “New Artist of the Year” Grande will be paired with CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” Little Big Town, while Trainor will do her smash “All About That Bass” with Miranda Lambert – who has a record-setting nine CMA nominations.  Trainor actually has several country songwriting credits on her resume.  For the seventh consecutive year, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will co-host the CMA event, which takes place in Nashville two weeks from tomorrow (Wednesday, 11/5).  Others scheduled to perform are Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Kacey Musgraves, Paisley, Blake Shelton, the Band Perry, Underwood and Keith Urban.  Competing for “Entertainer of the Year” are Bryan, Lambert, Shelton, George Strait and Urban.  ABC-TV will telecast the award show starting at 8:00 pm (ET).

RadioInfo Career Moves.  After working in radio for 20 years with groups including Cox Media, CBS RADIO and most recently Hubbard Broadcasting, Doug Smith joins DMR/Interactive as vice president/marketing strategy…..Longtime Twin Falls, Idaho radio personality Kelly Klaas is retiring after a 45-year career that started on top 40 station KEEP (now KEZJ-AM).  Klaas has been hosting a talk show on Townsquare Media’s news/talk KLIX since 2007…..Kansas City morning personality Mike Kennedy – currently hosting the wake-up show at Wilks Broadcasting-owned country outlet KBEQ “Q104” – is named to the Kansas Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Wichita on October 19.

paulshaffers60secondPaul Shaffer Feature Added to KBKG, Jonesboro Programming.  The daily feature starring Paul Shaffer and syndicated by Envision Networks is now heard on Shields-Adkins Broadcasting’s KBKG, Jonesboro, Arkansas.  “Paul Shaffer’s 60-Second Rewind” is a vignette that features Shaffer’s stories about the hit-makers of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s as well as pop culture updates and topical facts about songs, movies and TV shows from the era.  KBKG program director Amanda Miller says, “We are very excited to have ‘Paul Shaffer’s 60-Second Rewind’ as a part of our morning show on ‘More Music 93.5 FM.’  Our listeners love trivia and entertainment news, especially pertaining to music and movies, and Paul is a perfect fit!”

notsosilentnightCBS RADIO Las Vegas Stations Announce Holiday Concert Lineups.  Two of the CBS RADIO O&Os in Las Vegas are hosting holiday concerts – hot AC KMXB “Mix 94.1” presents the annual “Mark and Mercedes’ Not So Silent Night” and alternative KXTE “X107.5” is presenting the two-night “Holiday Havoc.”  The December 5 “Mark and Mercedes’ Not So Silent Night”holidayhavoc14 features Train with special guests Better Than Ezra, Matt Nathanson and Andy Grammer.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada.  The “X107.5” annual “Holiday Havoc” on December 11 will feature Imagine Dragons, Young the Giant and Brumby. Night two on Friday December 12 features Bush, The Airborne Toxic Event, Priory and Meg Myers.  A portion of the proceeds will go to Las Vegas’ St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.

kupl logo‘98.7 The Bull’ in Portland Snags Josh Turner for ‘Santa Jam.’  Country superstar Josh Turner is headlining the “Santa Jam Concert” presented by Alpha Media country outlet KUPL, Portland “98.7 The BULL.”  The show is December 7 and will also feature Stoney Creek recording artist Parmalee and Jackson Michelson.  Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick says, “We couldn’t be more excited to have phenomenal country artists such as Josh Turner and Parmalee for the 2014 ‘Santa Jam.’  This energetic lineup is guaranteed to rock the Moda Center into the NEXT Holiday Season.”

hollywoodhernandezNE-YoNe-Yo Visits Hollywood Hernandez.  Motown recording artist Ne-Yo is pictured here in the Dallas studios of Westwood One’s adult urban format “The Touch” where he chatted on the air with host Hollywood Hernandez.  The two talked about his performance at the Dallas House of Blues and his soon-to-be-released sixth studio album Non-Fiction.

Monday, October 20, 2014

| October 20, 2014

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MIreunion logo“Music Industry Reunion New York” a Smash!  After two successful Music Industry Reunions in Los Angeles over the past couple of years, organizer (and music industry promotional icon) Jon Scott responded to numerous requests and “took the party to New York.”  The result was an extraordinary, emotion-packed event that drew more than 200 prominent music industry and radio friends to Manhattan’s Hill Country Barbecue this past Wednesday evening (10/15).  Some of the folks that attended are retired giants of theMIreunion johnny and ron business, some seasoned legends still vigorously playing an active role in the industry, and a number of young up-and-comers that showed up to share the good cheer as well as the priceless knowledge and wisdom packed into the room.  In the words of Scott, “It was a non-stop hug-fest!”  (Pictured here at right are music business legends Johnny Barbis, and Ron Alexenburg, right.)  Throughout the weepy, huggy, kissy, happy, and yappy evening, a number of participants took to the stage to say a few words of tribute to and about each other and express the powerful sentiments that permeated the festivities.  One of the speeches that resonated with the crowd big-time was delivered by Paul “Rap” Rappaport — former Columbia Records exec and current co-owner (with Judy Libow) of classic rock promotion and marketing firm, Classics Du Jour.  (See story below for more details and full MIreunionJonGeorgeKappRoxytext of the speech.)  Jon Scott sums it up as follows, telling RadioInfo, “We all gathered together to share the friendships and stories that developed during the incredible period of music that helped shape contemporary cultural history as we know it. The Music Industry Reunion committee that organized this with me is to be commended: Judy Libow, Roxy Myzal, Harvey Leeds, Steve Leeds, Jimmy Del Balzo, Jessie Scott, Wayne McManners, Peter Gidion, Greg Lee, and Ted Utz.”  Scott says because of the success and numerous requests, another party is already on the drawing boards for 2015.  Jon Scott can be emailed at jonpaulscott@gmail.com.  (Pictured above, from left to right, are: Jon Scott, music business impresario George Cappelini, USRN exec Roxy Myzal and former WBCN, Boston GM Tony Berardini.)

MIreunionPaulJerryPaul Rappaport Delivers Knock Out Speech at “Music Industry Reunion New York.”  As indicated in the story above, a number of people made compelling speeches at last Wednesday evening’s (10/15) reunion of music and radio industry professionals in New York City (see story above) – one of the highlights being the impassioned words delivered by the ever-popular Paul Rappaport, former Columbia Records VP and current co-owner of promotion/marketing firm Classics du Jour.  “Rap” tells RadioInfo, “I just wanted us all to remember a time when art and creativity mattered first, and the money mattered second.  And not to forget a time when something like a magical segue could just stop everyone in their tracks in pure appreciation of the art of radio, and how it filled us with so much joy and shared understanding, all feeling as one.”  To read the entire text of Rappaport’s address, please click here.  Rappaport is pictured here at left with Jimmy Del Balzo (center) and Jerry Lembo (right).

adamsmarkiHeartMedia Ups Mark Adams to PD at KIOI, KYLD in San Francisco.  This move brings Mark Adams south from his VP of programming post at iHeartMedia’s Portland station group to San Francisco to serve as program director for hot AC KIOI “Star 101.3” and CHR KYLD “WiLD 94.9.”  Adams is taking over for Cat Collins who’s been elevated to the corporate National Programming Platforms and Strategic Services division.  iHeartMedia San Francisco VP of programming Don Parker says, “I’m thrilled to have Mark return to the Bay area and lead these two legendary stations.  His track record speaks for itself and his prior experience programming in San Francisco make him the ideal candidate to take the reins of ‘Star’ and ‘WiLD.’”

lamadridcarlosEntercom Names Lamadrid to VP Post.  This is a newly created position at Entercom Communications and Carlos Lamadrid comes to the vice president of national sales and strategic partnerships post from his most recent position with TC Media where he was senior vice president.  Entercom station group president Weezie Kramer says, “We are thrilled to have someone of Carlos’ experience join our team.  His sales, business, and marketing acumen are market tested and will help us elevate the conversation with our customers.”  Entercom says Lamadrid’s focus will be on “increasing revenue in the company’s national sales channel as well as developing integrated partnerships with leading national advertisers.”

cazianclaudineClaudine Cazian Promoted to VP of Programming and Branded Entertainment for Premiere Networks.  This moves up the person in charge of production for Premiere Networks programming including “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” “American Top 40” and “Direct from Hollywood” to vice president of programming and branded entertainment for all Premiere products.  Premiere EVP of programming Jennifer Leimgruber says Cazian will “work closely to develop and oversee entertainment programming and content, while identifying and developing opportunities to strengthen our brands, and support our partners.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Radio One’s Cleveland hip hop signal WENZ “Z107.9,” Peter Parker is the new afternoon drive personality.  Parker comes to Radio One from his most recent gig at CBS RADIO’s hip hop WPGC, Washington…..“Rolls” Royce Stevenson is promoted to APD at Entercom’s hip hop KDGS, Wichita “Power 93.5.”  Stevenson is also afternoon drive personality and music director…..It’s a return to radio after a six –year absence for Julie Haskell Gade who is named general manager for Digity Media’s Lincoln, Nebraska cluster.  The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Gade takes over for Joy Patten who stays with the company to serve as sales manager.  Gade worked for the stations when they were owned by Three Eagles Communications.

lordeBrettjerseySF Stations Implement Royal Playlist Adjustments. On the eve of MLB‘s 2014 “Fall Classic,” which will feature the San Francisco Giants against the Kansas City Royals, 17-year-old New Zealand-born singer Lorde finds herself in the middle of a bit of a baseball-related brouhaha. Lorde, of course, has the hit single “Royals,” a title one might imagine would not go over very well this week in the Bay Area. In fact, at least two San Francisco outlets – Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday” and Cumulus Media adult kfog logoalternative KFOG – have decided to delete the song from their playlists for at least the duration of the series. KFOG’s tweeted statement indicates the station will be a “‘Royals’- free zone,” while KOIT-FM indicates the song “will be removed” until the series concludes. In an interview with NBC Bay Area, KFOG program director Jim Richards rhetorically asks, “Why send any positive vibes to Kansas City – why not give the song a rest? No one is going to get hurt over it.” Earlier this year, Lorde received an autographed jersey from Royals Hall of Famer George Brett and she maintains it is “one of the coolest things” she owns. The series gets underway tomorrow (Tuesday, 10/21) in Kansas City and we can’t help but wonder if Kansas City stations might retaliate by temporarily tinkering in a similar fashion with the music of a well-known Giants fan – Steve Perry.

radioexpress logoRadio Express to Distribute Akon Show Globally.  The weekly radio program “Stadium Live Radio,” produced by hip hop artist and producer Akon, is going to be distributed outside the U.S. by Burbank, California-based Radio Express.  The company says, “‘Stadium Live’ connects radio audiences to the world of hit music through the personality and the voice of Akon.  The show features the biggest charting and downloaded songs from the four corners of the world and exclusive remixes straight from the studio to the listener.”

mccoyjaanWestwood One Producer Jaan McCoy Dies.  Lifelong radio pro Jaan McCoy died at his studio in Dallas over the weekend.  McCoy was a producer for Westwood One’s 24-hour Classic Hits format.  McCoy started in radio at age 16 on WFBL, Syracuse.  His radio adventure has taken him to gigs in the Hamilton/Toronto and Ottawa markets in Canada, then to Dallas for FM classic rock, rock hits on the ABC Radio Network, and 20 y ears as morning host of “The Breakfast Club,” with 10 of those years at WLGZ’s sister station KAAM.  Most recently he was one of the principals in the ownership of country and classic hits stations in Greenville, Texas.  He is survived by his wife and six children.  David Felker, Westwood One’s classic hits program director, says, “Jaan loved radio and anything to do with music and programming.  We’d talk for hours about it.  He was dedicated, hard-working, always willing to be there to help out, and he always did it with a smile.  Jaan was a true professional, an inspiration and a friend to us all.  He’ll be missed.”

Friday, October 17, 2014

| October 17, 2014

wcli logoAlpha Flips Dayton Hot AC to Country.  The Dayton market has a number of country stations – including a couple of signals that reach the market from nearby Cincinnati.  But Alpha Media says none are playing the classic artists from the 80s, 90s and 2000s.  So the company flips hot AC WCLI “Click 101.5” to “101.5 Hank FM” and it will include such artists as Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain and George Strait.  Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick says, “The wise decision to add ‘Hank FM’ in Dayton becomes part of the foundation to help increase our value as a cluster in the market.  The ‘Icons of Country’ format connects us to a passionate and underserved audience that continues to grow.”  Program director Brad Waldo adds, “‘101.5 Hank FM’ is being launched because we miss the ‘golden era’ of country music and we know that a lot of people in Dayton do, too.  There are some great stations in the area, just none that are playing what we play.”

wdqxRock Makes Way for CHR on WDQX, Peoria.  An Alpha Media rocker bites the dust as the company flips WDQX, Peoria “102.3 Max FM” to CHR as “Energy 102.3.”  Peoria market vice president of programming Phil Becker says, “Over the last few months Alpha Media has shown our commitment to locally programmed top 40 stations.  That focus is once again proven as we add WDQX to our top 40 roster.  A new ‘Energy’ has come to Peoria and it’s fully charged!”

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jordanmichaelJordan Tapped to Succeed Coyote as WAMZ PD. It is going to take (a) Michael Jordan to replace Coyote Calhoun.  In this case, that would be iHeartMedia Lexington, Kentucky operations manager Michael Jordan, who is being given additional duties to program Louisville country sibling WAMZ.  After 35 years with WAMZ, Calhoun will be departing the station at the end of this year.  Regional programming manager Kelly Carls points out that, “Michael was born and raised in Kentucky.  He has distinguished himself with outstanding success in Lexington with signature community events like the annual Fourth of July ‘Red, White and Boom’ festival.  We are thrilled to see him bring that expertise to WAMZ.”  Jordan states, “Coyote Calhoun built WAMZ into a legendary brand.  We want to continue his legacy of great country music, concerts, and a tireless dedication to the community.  I would like to thank Kelly Carls and iHeartMedia’s senior leadership for this amazing opportunity.”  In addition to his new Louisville assignment, Jordan will continue as iHeartMedia Lexington’s OM and as program director of country WBUL “The Bull” there.

hudson anneiHeartMedia Chicago Names Hudson LSM. At the Chicago cluster of iHeartMedia, Anne Hudson is appointed local sales manager for urban contemporary WGCI-FM, gospel WGRB “Inspiration 1390″ and urban AC WVAZ “V-103.”  iHeartMedia Chicago vice president of sales Jason Courtemanche opines, “Anne Hudson will be an excellent addition to our local sales team.  Anne’s strong sales background and passion for driving revenue made her a natural choice for our organization.”  Hudson comments she is “looking forward to creating meaningful relationships with business and civic leaders in Chicago.  Together with my new team, I am confident we will develop exciting new campaigns designed to achieve brand goals.”  Her background includes management positions at Emmis Los Angeles rhythmic CHR KPWR “Power 106″ and iHeartMedia San Francisco urban contemporary KMEL.

kfdi logoJournal Broadcast Group Celebrates 50 Years of Country at KFDI, Wichita.  Fifty years is a long time for a station to program the same format and that’s part of what Journal Broadcast Group is celebrating as it recognizes the 50th anniversary of country outlet KFDI, Wichita.  The station is presenting “KFDI – Fifty Years and Counting,” a radio retrospective special that will air in two parts: the first hour at 7:00 pm on Sunday, October 19, and the second hour at 7:00 pm on Sunday, October 26.  The program will feature archive audio and conversations with former KFDI on-air personalities from the past five decades, from “Ol’ Mike” Oatman to Cornbread to current personalities.  Journal calls it a “neighborly look back at KFDI’s birth, how the station continues to serve Wichita today, and where KFDI is headed.”  Journal Wichita OM Justin Case comments, “In a business known for frequent change, it is rare to have a station – any station – that has kept the same format for 50 years.  This is a tribute to the support of the Wichita community.”

kfti logoClassic Country Shifts to AM on JBG Wichita Signal.  With the pending sale of KFTI, Wichita from Journal Broadcast Group to non-profit Envision Broadcast Group, JBG is adding the classic country format currently heard on KFTI to co-owned (and currently sports talk) KLIO at 1070 on the AM band, effective October 22.  The format will simulcast on both KFTI and KLIO until Envision closes on the former.  JBG Wichita VP/GM Beverlee Brannigan comments, “I am excited to return classic country to the legendary AM 1070 frequency in Wichita.  That’s where KFDI was born.  As we get ready to celebrate KFDI’s 50th birthday, it feels right to bring authentic country music and the KFTI call letters back to the AM band.”

winternashbash logoCumulus Announces ‘Winter Nash Bash’ in Nashville.  It’s being called the inaugural “Winter Nash Bash” and is being held at the historic Ryman Auditorium on December 1.  Cumulus Media’s Nashville country stations – WKDF “NASH FM 103.3” and WSM “95.5 NASH ICON” – are promoting the concert that will feature artists including: Clint Black, Parmalee and special guests to be announced.  The event will be hosted by “America’s Morning Show” personalities Blair Garner, Terri Clark and Chuck Wicks.  Fans attending are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy or gift for a child or senior in need.  All gifts will be donated to the Salvation Army’s Forgotten Angels program.

trueoldiesScott Shannon’s True Oldies Finds Home on iHeartRadio.  After a long relationship with Cumulus Media that ended last year, Scott Shannon finds a new digital platform for his True Oldies Channel on iHeartRadio.  Shannon is now hosting mornings on CBS RADIO’s classic hits WCBS-FM, New York.  The True Oldies Channel format had been syndicated by Westwood One since 2004 but that arrangement also ended after Shannon and Cumulus split.  The channel is available on iHeartRadio effective today (10/17).

fiestalatinaPitbull Joins Lineup at the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina.  In addition to Pitbull, J. Balvin and Becky G are joining the lineup of performers for the first-ever iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina Presented by Sprint set for November 22 at The Forum in Los Angeles.  As you can see iHeartMedia has Sprint on board as the name sponsor for this inaugural show.  Other artists already signed on for the concert include: Ricky Martin, Roberto Tapia, Alejandra Guzmán, Prince Royce, La Original Banda El Limón with a special guest appearance by Voz A Voz, Daddy Yankee, Jesse & Joy and others.

bobandtomBob & Tom Debut Customized Football Songs.  The first affiliate to get a Bob & Tom customized football song is Cumulus-owned classic rock WOFX, Cincinnati “Fox 92.5.”  The Westwood One-syndicated morning show duo is creating the songs for affiliates in markets with college or pro football teams.  The song for WOFX promotes the Bob & Tom show while getting listeners pumped for the next Bengals matchup.  Sample the Cincinnati Bengals song, “Who Dey,”

 
.  Other markets being rolled out include New Orleans, Green Bay, Detroit, Buffalo, Chicago, Oklahoma, and Nebraska.  The show’s Tom Griswold says, “This is a terrific opportunity for us to create something exclusive for our listeners that can only be heard on the Bob & Tom show affiliate stations.”  “Who Dey” and all the other team songs are performed by Duke Tumatoe and The Bob & Tom Band, and recorded at the show’s recording studio in Indianapolis.

wallacetoddWallace Inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Association Hall Of Fame. The ceremony for the “Class of 2014″ – which included Todd Wallace – was held yesterday (10/16).  Wallace comments that he is “very proud of this A.B.A. honor.  It is especially rewarding since I will be alongside so many of my good friends and colleagues who are past inductees.”  In that category, Wallace specifically cites Chuck Blore, Gary Edens, W. Steven Martin, Al McCoy, Pat McMahon, Bill Phalen, Dave Pratt, Bobby Rich, Charlie Van Dyke, Mary Jo West, and Preston Westmoreland.  Internationally recognized as the founding father of callout passive music research, the now semi-retired Wallace has been Phoenix-based since 1970 and he is the former program director of six different #1 Phoenix stations (KRUX, KRIZ, KUPD, KFYI, KTAR, and KOOL-FM).  In addition, Wallace consulted the launch of Tucson’s KRQQ.  Other stations he has consulted over the years include WPIX, New York; KIIS, Los Angeles; Dallas’ KKDA-FM, KHKS, KRNB, and KLIF; WKYS, Washington, DC; WSNI, Philadelphia; and WXKS-FM, Boston.  Over 200 radio stations have used his MARS system. Last year, Wallace celebrated his 50th anniversary in radio.

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