Category: Industry News

Monday, September 15, 2014

| September 15, 2014

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kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Rhythmic CHR and Rhythmic Hot AC.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents this analysis of the rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC formats based on the latest August 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio.  In addition to tracking the performances of these stations over the past six PPM surveys, the piece also takes a look at fluctuations from the July PPM, changes compared to the August 2013 PPM survey, station market rank, plus a comparative chart tracking the performances of mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC.  See Mike Kinosian’s complete story here.

wittmayerjustinWittmayer Named Cumulus San Francisco Market Manager.  The new vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media’s San Francisco station group is Justin Wittmayer who joins from Clear Channel’s Miami cluster where he was VP of sales.  Wittmayer also worked for Clear Channel in the Bay Area as GSM and market manager for that company’s San Jose stations.  Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati says, “Our business in San Francisco is very complex.  The assortment of formats, which now include Nash FM, coupled with three major sports teams requires a leader who understands how to maximize revenue and cash flow from each.  Justin not only understands what it takes to drive revenue, he knows how to run a business.  His years of experience in the Bay Area will serve us well with the relationships he’s established in the ad community and with recruiting top talent.  We are thrilled to welcome Justin to the Cumulus family – now at the helm of our San Francisco operations.”

biakelseyBIA/Kelsey Study Indicates Social Media an Important Means of Promotion for Small and Medium Businesses.  The study from BIA/Kelsey is called Local Commerce Monitor and the full findings of the study will be presented to clients attending the firm’s LEADING IN LOCAL: SMB Digital Marketing conference taking place September 22-24, in New Orleans.  What’s relevant to radio is the growing importance of marketing via social media to small- and medium-size businesses.  The study surveyed 546 local businesses and determined that almost 75% report using social media to market their businesses with those businesses using 21.4% of their marketing budgets on social media.  As suspected, Facebook is the dominant form of social media, with 55.1% of SMBs reporting they have a Facebook page for their business.  LinkedIn came in second at 31%.  But other social media that are being used for marketing by SMBs include Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

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virgintimCumulus Begins Rebuilding ‘The Loop’ in Chicago.  On Friday, Cumulus Media said goodbye to nine-year afternoon personality Patrick Capone, morning man Maxwell and other staffers and brought in former WLUP-FM, Chicago jock Tim Virgin for the afternoon drive show.  Also joining the station formarielyndsey middays is Lyndsey Marie, who comes from her most recent gig at the company’s rock WNNX, Atlanta, and Pyke, who is the new evening personality.  The station is beginning the search for a new morning show.  EVP, programming and content John Dickey says, “This is a part of the continuing evolution of WLUP.  Chicago is a city known for great personalities and this new lineup continues that tradition.”  Station PD Wade Linder adds, “Chicago has a high expectation for the personalities on ‘The Loop,’ so we’re thrilled to have Tim, Lyndsey and Pyke join us.  Now, we start our search for Loop’s next amazing morning team.”

maxxmelissaKLOS, Los Angeles Ups Maxx to Middays.  Giving program director Derek Madden more time to focus on PD duties is part of the reason evening personality Melissa Maxx moves up to the midday show at Cumulus Media’s LA rock outlet KLOS.  Maxx has been with KLOS since 2010 and was previously executive producer and VJ for the first made-for-mobile music video channel, Altitude.  She has also appeared in numerous TV shows and commercials as both a host and an actress.  Before moving to Los Angeles in 2005 she was the co-host of the nightly “Deek and Melissa Show” on WBCN in Boston.  Madden says of Maxx, “Melissa has done a tremendous job in nights for the past year, doing a heavily interactive show that has garnered a really unique fan base.  I’m excited to share this show with an even larger audience during daylight hours.”

blackleycarsonCarson Moves to CC’s Pittsburgh Country Station.  Filling in the air talent at Clear Channel’s new Pittsburgh country station WPGB-FM “Big 104.7,” the company moves Carson Blackley from its Raleigh CHR outlet WDCG “G105” to become the midday jock.  The station, which flipped from talk this summer, will air Premiere’s Bobby Bones in morning drive.

Giessinger Named GSM for CC Minneapolis.  Taking the role of GSM for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s Minneapolis station group is Grant Giessinger.  He joins the company from CBS RADIO’s Minneapolis cluster.  He’s worked for Clear Channel in the past, having served as sales manager and VP/GM for the company’s North Dakota stations.

gunhillroadHarrisonEvery 40 Years.  That’s the amazingly apt name of the soon-to-be released third album of the legendary band GUNHILL ROAD whose first two LPs (Mercury and Kama Sutra) were “turntable” favorites back on FM rock radio in the early 1970s.  Pop music observers will remember the one AM radio hit single these collections yielded titled, “Back When My Hair Was Short,” which still gets airplay on classic hits stations around the country including SiriusXM’s “70s on 7.”  After a colorful few years of concerts, airplay and television appearances, the trio faded from the scene in the mid-70s going their separate ways into different fields of endeavor.  However, they remained friends and in contact during the decades that followed.  To make a long (but fascinating) story short, GUNHILL ROAD recently got back together and went into the studio where the band recorded an album of 19 brand new original songs.  RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison, who along with then-station mates Richard Neer, Dennis Elsas and the late Pete Fornatale, championed the group back in his days as morning show host on WNEW-FM, New York (1972-73), describes this new music as “a pop cultural archeological treasure yielding 19 category-busting songs that would have been considered major league even back in the day when the music really mattered on so many levels.”  Harrison further describes GUNHILL ROAD as “one of the greatest bands from the golden era of album rock that, for reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with their talent, didn’t make it to the really, really big time that their art so richly warranted.”   Harrison says, “It is a miraculous turn of events that we will all have another chance to experience GUNHILL ROAD when Every 40 Years is released next month – absolutely miraculous!”  Meantime, the group played a very special pre-release reunion concert this past Saturday night (9/13) to a packed, wildly enthusiastic house of Boomers and Millennials at New York City’s legendary club The Bitter End where it all began for them more than four decades ago.  The show was introduced by Harrison and filmed by movie director Eric Goldrich’s A2A Productions for inclusion in a feature-length retrospective set for release in 2015 chronicling GUNHILL ROAD’s journey from the early days of the Greenwich Village music scene to their unlikely 21st century rebirth.  Interesting note:  Back in 1972, to show appreciation for playing their album and first single “42nd Street,” GUNHILL ROAD presented then-22 year old DJ Mike Harrison with a homemade gold record with the inscription, “Hearing you play 42nd Street on WNEW-FM is worth a million to us.”  According to Harrison, “That was the first ‘award’ I had received in the music business and it absolutely blew me away.  Even though I went on to receive dozens and dozens of RIAA certified gold and platinum records in my career that followed, nothing touchedgunhillroadoldpic my heart as much as that homemade gold paint-sprayed, drugstore-framed plaque – and it hung on my wall for decades and decades to follow right next to Bruce Springsteen, Supertramp and Fleetwood Mac.”  Pictured above and left at Saturday’s concert is the band presenting Harrison with a new homemade plaque with a gold paint-sprayed CD of the forthcoming “Every 40 Years” album.  Pictured (l-r):  GUNHILL ROAD main songwriter/lead singer/lead guitarist Glenn Leopold; keyboardist/singer Steve Goldrich; Harrison; and bass guitarist/singer Paul Reisch.  Stay tuned to RadioInfo for a major feature story about the odyssey of GUNHILL ROAD by Mike Kinosian and the release of Every 40 Years coming in October.  For more information about this most unusual band, please click here.  Pictured at bottom right (from left to right) are Glenn Leopold, Steve Goldrich and Paul Reisch during the first incarnation of GUNHILL ROAD.

wgee Duke logoWGEE, Green Bay Goes Country with DUKE FM.  With the flip of Midwestern Communications WGEE-FM, Green Bay from rock to country, the station is now airing the Envision Networks and Kroeger Media Inc. country format DUKE FM.  Midwest Communications VP of programming Jeff McCarthy says, “Country music continues to progress with boundless new artists and songs, but we can’t ignore the amazing artists and songs that have come before.  With country leader ‘Y100’ supplying today’s hits, ‘DUKE FM’ generates a home for the legends of country music throughout Northeast Wisconsin.  ‘DUKE FM’ and ‘Y100’ are a wonderful complement to each other and we’re honored to have them on the same team.”

wzlr logoCox Dayton Classic Hits Outlet ’95.3 The Eagle’ Goes Commercial Free on Weekends.  Taking a page from CBS RADIO’s “92.3 AMP Radio” in New York which went commercial free on weekends during the summer, Cox Media Group classic hits station WZLR, Dayton “95.3 The Eagle” is clearing its air of commercials on Saturdays and Sundays in hopes people will listen on weekends to the commercial-free station, decide they like the music and listen more during the week.  The company’s VP of marketing and branding, Nick Roberts, tells the Dayton Daily News that he doesn’t know of any other station in the country that is currently doing this.

Friday, September 12, 2014

| September 12, 2014

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Mainstream CHR.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents his analysis of the mainstream CHR format based on the latest August 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio.  Read this piece to see how the CHR stations in America’s PPM markets fared in August and over the previous five ratings surveys; how the numbers fluctuated from the July 2014 survey; how they performed compared to August of 2013; how the stations ranked in their respective markets; and more.  See the complete analysis here.

marconiimage2014 Marconi Award Winners Announced.  The winners of this year’s Marconi Awards were revealed at the 25th Anniversary NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show at the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis last night.  This year’s honorees are:  Legendary Station — WFAN-FM, New York; Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year — Rush Limbaugh, Premiere Radio Networks; Major Market Personality of the Year — Kevin and Bean, KROQ-FM, Los Angeles; Large Market Personality of the Year — Ryan and Shannon, KSTP-FM, St. Paul; Medium Market Personality of the Year — Kevin Miller, KIDO-AM, Boise; Small Market Personality of the Year — Dottie Ray, KXIC-AM, Iowa City; Major Market Station of the Year — KKBQ-FM, Houston; Large Market Station of the Year — WTMJ-AM, Milwaukee; Medium Market Station of the Year — WOWO-AM, Fort Wayne; Small Market Station of the Year — KFGO-AM, Fargo; AC Station of the Year — WBEB-FM, Philadelphia; CHR Station of the Year — KQKS-FM, Denver; Country Station of the Year — KCYY-FM, San Antonio; News/Talk Station of the Year — WLW-AM, Cincinnati; Oldies Station of the Year — WOGL-FM, Philadelphia; Religious Station of the Year — KLTY-FM, Dallas; Rock Station of the Year — KROQ-FM, Los Angeles; Spanish Station of the Year — KLZT-FM, Austin; Sports Station of the Year — WBZ-FM, Boston; Urban Station of the Year — WHQT-FM, Coral Gables, Florida; Non-Commercial Station of the Year — WRHU-FM, Long Island.

WHRUMarconiHofstra University’s WRHU Wins Marconi for Best Non-Commercial Station.  Celebrating the 2014 Marconi Award for Best Non-Commercial station for Hofstra University’s WRHU, Hempstead, New York are (from left to right): Brianna Borresen, news director WRHU; John Mullen, director of operations WRHU Radio Hofstra University; John Shea, VP and market manager of COX Long Island and member of Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication; and Heather Cohen, EVP of The Weiss Agency and member of the Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication advisory board and president of the Hofstra University Lawrence Herbert School of Communication Alumni Association.

radioshow14Notes & Quotes from Indy.  Reporting from the 2014 Radio Show in Indianapolis for RadioInfo is media consultant Holland Cooke who delivers today’s analysis.  He reports on former Ford CEO Alan Mulally’s speech on management tactics; the NAB Leadership Breakfast featuring CumulusLew Dickey, Clear Channel’s Bob Pittman, and CBS RADIO’s Dan Mason; Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker’s brutally frank assessment of the state of the radio business; and more.  Read Holland Cooke’s full report here.

americancountrycountdownFlorida Georgia Line to Host ‘American Country Countdown Awards.’  The new country awards show that’s a cooperative effort of Cumulus Media, dick clark productions and FOX TV is set to air on national television on December 15 and it’s just been announced that Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line will host the telecast.  The show, which takes its name from the Westwood One-syndicated “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks” program, will emanate from Music City Center in Nashville and will feature the first-ever “NASH Icons” award winner.   dick clark productions EVP, programing and development Mark Bracco says, “Brian and Tyler are incredible artists and friends with undeniable chemistry that will make them the perfect hosts for the first-ever “American Country Countdown Awards.”

moonveslesMoonves Has Radio Industry Buzzing Over Possible Sale of Stations – Again.  Appearing on CNBC on Wednesday, CBS Corp. president and CEO Les Moonves was asked about the possibility of the company selling some of its radio assets and, as he’s said in the past, he replied that “you might see us try to trim down radio in that some of our radio stations aren’t in major markets.”  What most industry watchers remember is that CBS is willing to sell some of the non-major market stations, but his company has a history of wanting top dollar for these outlets and right now it’s a buyer’s market.  Where CBS differs from some of its fellow station owners is that the CBS stations are paid for and generating income.  As Moonves says, radio is a “slow growth” business, but there is no debt on the radio group so any future sale would not be the result of desperation.

whxt logoAlpha Adds Signal to Columbia Hip Hop Outlet WHXT.  The flip of country WSCZ, Columbia at 93.9 to a simulcast of sister hip hop WHXT “Hot 103.9” is designed to give the station better coverage of the market, according to Alpha Media Columbia VP and market manager Mike Hartel, who says, “I’ve been amazed at what this station has been able to accomplish through the support of a very loyal and very passionate fan base, and I am thrilled to be able to serve the entire market and most of Central South Carolina with Hot 103.9 and 93.9.”  WHXT is licensed to Orangeburg, south of Columbia.  WSCZ is licensed to Winnsboro, north of Columbia.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

| September 11, 2014

cookeholland‘The Golden Age of Audio Consumption.’ Reporting from Indianapolis, media consultant Holland Cooke summarizes some of the sessions he’s attended at both the RAIN Summit and the 2014 Radio Show.radioshow14  Edison Research president Larry Rosin is quoted referring to the current era as the “golden age of audio consumption” noting that, according to his company’s research, Americans spend roughly a fourth of their day listening to some form of audio.  While this may be true, how this falls out for AM/FM radio is open to interpretation.  Is it an opportunity for AM/FM radio or just a sign that other forms – read: digital – are poised to overtake AM/FM’s dominance in the near future.  That is THE topic being discussed at the NAB/RAB-produced Radio Show this week.  Read Holland Cooke’s entire column here.

americasgreatesthitsScott Shannon Syndicated Classic Hits Show to Debut.  In a program development from CBS RADIO, WCBS-FM, New York morning personality and radio legend Scott Shannon will host a new weekend, syndicated classic hits show titled, “America’s Greatest Hits.”  The program will debut the weekend of October 18-19 on 10 of CBS RADIO’s classic hits O&Os across the country, including on WCBS-FM.  It will also be distributed nationally by United Stations Radio Networks.  The four-hour show will be highlighted by artist interviews, song countdowns, one-hit-wonders and commentary from Shannon himself, among other features.  CBS RADIO EVP of programming Chris Oliviero says, “Scott has established himself as one of the leading authorities on music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and is among the best storytellers to ever grace the airwaves – it’s why he’s been so successful anchoring the lineup at WCBS-FM.  Today’s announcement takes what he does on a day-to-day basis and expands it to millions of listeners nationwide.”

kimberybeckbroweeseClear Channel Flips Classic Rock ’95.1 The Brew’ to ‘Radio 95.1’; Oldies WODX Becomes ‘107.3 The Bull.’  Two format flips and talent changes take place at Clear Channel’s Rochester cluster where classic rocker WQBW becomes “Radio 95.1” – a format the company is calling “an innovative rock and personality-based station.”  Coming to the station for afternoon drive there after being let go from their most recent role at Entercom’s crosstown rock WBZA “98.9 The Buzz” are Kimberly & Beck.  The two were fired from WBZA after commenting on a news story about the city’s health care plan paying for gender reassignment surgery in a way management felt was “hateful.”  In addition to their 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm shift at WQBQ, Kimberly & Beck will host a one-hour evening show on sister news/talk WHAM at 8:00 pm.  And, flipping from oldies to country is WODX which becomes “107.3 The Bull, Rochester’s New Hit Country.”  The station is playing 10,000 songs in a row commercial free and will feature Premiere NetworksBobby Bones show in morning drive later this fall. Pictured here with WQBW morning personality Brother Weese (center), are Kimberly (left) and Beck (right).

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the San Antonio Alpha Media cluster, Mark Landis exits his program director position for CHR KTFM and adult hits KJXK “Jack FM.”  Prior to Alpha Media’s purchase of the stations, Landis was Border Media Partners’ director of English programming…..At Journal Broadcast Group’s country WCYQ, Knoxville “Q100.3,” Kevin King is named program director for the station, taking over for Mike Hammond who recently exited the radio business.  King leaves ADX Communications‘ country WYCT, Pensacola “Cat Country 98.7” where he was operations manager to move to Knoxville…..Clear Channel brings Josh Klinger to Washington from the company’s Atlanta operations to serve as evening host at alternative WWDC “DC101.”…..Alpha Media names Rachel Davis promotions director for its Richmond cluster.  Davis moves south from her previous post at Albany Broadcasting where she was also promotions director.

dickeyjohnzacksangPartying with Westwood One.  The 2014 NAB/RAB Radio Show is the scene of a lot of industry parties, including the one last night presented by Westwood One.  Pictured here are Cumulus Media EVP, content and programming John Dickey (left) and Zach Sang, host of the WYD Media-produced and WW1-distributed “Zach Sang and the Gang” syndicated CHR program (right).  At the party, attendees were entertained by country acts Chase Rice and Montgomery Gentry, numerous WW1 personalities were on hand to mingle with guests and network partners.  The network gave away a pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLIX and a pair of tickets to the NCAA Final Four.

trainorechosmith‘PLANET 102.3’ Brings Meghan Trainor and Echosmith to Corpus Christi for ‘Back to School’ Concert.  CHR outlet KKPN, Corpus Christi is treating listeners to a free double-bill concert featuring Meghan Trainor and Echosmith on Wednesday, September 24.  The Convergent Broadcasting-owned station says, “This caliber of talent is almost unheard of in a market the size of Corpus Christi.  And to add to that, ‘PLANET 102.3’ is putting on the show absolutely FREE to our listeners!”  Trainor’s “All About the Bass” and Echosmith’s “Cool Kids” are in heavy rotation on CHR stations across the country.  The station is giving away free tickets to the concert at remote broadcasts throughout the market beginning next week.

joynerMcDsTom Joyner Sets Lunch Record at Jackson Affiliate.  The power of the Tom Joyner show was on display as the ReachMedia-syndicated personality broke a record at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Jackson, Mississippi serving more than 400 cars – shattering their previous record according to local McDonald’s owner MyJoy Inc – and serving up free lunch to his listeners from radio station WKXI, Jackson “Kixie 107 FM.”  Joyner (pictured here at the drive-thru window) and his crew are on a tour of his affiliate stations and are visiting four this week including KMEZ, New Orleans; KQXL, Baton Rouge; and KJMS, Memphis.  The show is visiting other affiliates every other week through November.

‘The Golden Age of Audio Consumption’

| September 11, 2014

NAB/RAB Radio Show & RAIN Summit coverage by consultant Holland Cooke

 

cookewriterINDIANAPOLIS — An advertiser on one of my client stations recently asked, “Aren’t you guys worried about SiriusXM?”  With Pandora and iTunes and satellite radio and podcasting now competing for attention and ad dollars, it’s not hard for AM/FM radio to feel surrounded.  Yet, “despite a constantly changing audio landscape, broadcast radio controls more than half of the more than four hours a day that Americans spend with all sources of audio,” according to Edison Research.

You may have read about Edison’s recently-fielded “Share of Ear” study, billed as first-ever measurement of all audio consumption.  Topline numbers initially released:

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

| September 10, 2014

cookehollandRadio Roundup from Indy.  Media consultant Holland Cooke is on the ground in Indianapolis reporting from the 2014 Radio Show.  The three-day convention produced by the NAB and the RAB begins today but plenty was happening yesterday at the RAIN Summit.  Some of the news from Indy includes: Nielsen Audio’s Jeff Wender swearing that measuring digital is the company’s biggest priority; RAIN’s Kurt Hanson explaining the problems with HD Radio and why online radio is about six years away from catching up with AM/FM in terms of listenership; and Podcast One’s Norm Pattiz declaring that “there’s no showbiz in radio anymore!”  To read Holland Cook’s complete report, click here.

maddenbrothersDuane 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 (9/10) includes such names as:Madden Brothers, Moby, Skylar Grey, Eminem, Lauren Winans, Jennifer Paige, Vance Joy, Glass Animals, U2, Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Josh Grider, Brittany Marie, Chainsmokers, Siren, I See Monstas, and Future User among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

astraAstra Named Afternoon Host at ’92.3 AMP Radio’ in New York.  As had been rumored since she left her midday position at Cox Radio’s CHR WBLI, Long Island, Astra is joining CBS RADIO to host the afternoon drive program at WBMP “92.3 AMP Radio.”  This marks a return to CBS RADIO for Astra who previously produced the morning program at what is now “Fresh 102.7.”  She comments, “I am honored and blessed to be joining the team at ‘92.3 AMP radio.’  It’s been my dream to work in the #1 market.  To have landed the afternoon drive position, I can say that all of my hard work has paid off… dreams do come true.  I can’t wait to crack that mic and make noise in New York City.”

warq logoProgramming Changes at Alpha Media’s CHR WARQ, Columbia.  At the Columbia, South Carolina cluster of Alpha Media, Greg Pitt is officially named program director at CHR WARQ, “Q93.5.”  At the same time, the station announced that Brendan Croghan is named morning host and APD at the station.  He comes to Columbia from the Brunswick, Georgia market where he worked for Golden Isles Broadcasting.  Alpha Media Columbia VP and market manager Mike Hartel says, “Since day one, Greg has stepped in and provided great leadership and execution for ‘Q93.5’ to the point where this really became a no brainer.  By adding Brendan to the staff, we pick up someone who just gets morning radio, and who will add another infusion of creativity, experience, and energy to our programming team.”

thepointVermont Triple A ‘The Point’ Adds Signal in Middlebury Market.  The Montpelier Broadcasting-owned triple A outlet WNCS, Montpelier “The Point” adds another FM signal to the format on WIFY, Addison, Vermont at 93.7.  Program director Zeb Norris says, “We couldn’t be more excited by the expansion of our network!  With the addition of this 21,000 watt class C3 signal, ‘The Point’ can now be heard in parts of the Burlington/Plattsburg metro we didn’t reach before, including the gorgeous and economically vibrant college town of Middlebury, Vermont.  We know people in this area have an appetite for our award-winning adult album alternative programming and we’re thrilled to be able to serve them at 93.7 FM!”  The station is also heard on WDOT, Danville/Saint Johnsbury; WRJT, Royalton/White River Junction/Lebanon/Hanover; and three translators.

live ride logoEnvision Networks’ ‘The Live Ride’ Adds Affiliate; Celebrates  200 Episodes of ‘Classic Rock Live.’  A couple of announcements from Envision Networks as the syndicator’s “The Live Ride with Marty McFly” is added to the program schedule at KYUN-FM, Boise “106.7 The Canyon” to air at 6:00 pm on Sundays.  The show is hosted by 25-year country radio veteran Marty McFly and a weekly “concert” to country radio featuring live performances ofclassicrocklive logo current and recent chart hits by today’s biggest acts.  Also from Envision, the company proudly announces that this weekend marks the 200th episode of “Classic Rock Live,” the two hour classic rock show hosted by rock radio legend Pierre Robert of WMMR-FM, Philadelphia.  Program producer Steve Black states, “Pierre Robert is magical with his ability to transport people back to all the legendary tours, and historic locations.  His unmatched personal touch and our dedication to finding only the highest quality live music has made ‘Classic Rock Live’ the ultimate in appointment listening.”

cohenbethCohen Joins Cumulus DC as DOS.  Washington, DC media pro Beth Cohen is named director of sales at Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC cluster for news/talk WMAL-AM/FM and CHR WRQX “All the Hits 107.3.”  Cohen comes to Cumulus from Clear Channel’s crosstown operations where she was GSM for rock WWDC “DC101” and CHR WITH “Hot 99.5.”

clossontimWestwood One Adds Two to Affiliate Sales Staff.  Saying that the move comes as it continues to boost its programming and station partnerships, Westwood One announces the addition of Tim Closson and Todd Alan to is affiliate sales team.  Tim Closson will develop and manage Westwood One country radio syndication partnerships for “NASH Nights Live with Shawn Parr,” “Kickin’ It with Kix Brooksalantodd Overnights,” the newly announced NASH Icons, “American Country Countdown,” Lia, “Big Time with Whitney Allen,” “Country Weekly AM/PM,” “Country Gold with Randy Owen” and “Country Countdown USA with Lon Helton.”  He’ll also help to affiliate Westwood One Sports products, including CBS Sports Radio and NBC Sports Radio.  Todd Alan returns to Westwood One after serving as VP, affiliate sales and programming at Focus 360.  He will work closely with stations and affiliating various entertainment shows and services, including the Bob & Tom show, “Pop Crush Hosted by Billy Bush,” “Nights Live with Adam Bomb,” “Flashback,” “Backtrax USA hosted by Kid Kelly,” “The Daly Download with Carson Daly,” “The Weekend Countdown with Billy Bush,” and prep services.

ontap logo‘On Tap with Nik Carter’ Adds Affiliates.  The nationally syndicated classic rock show produced by VH1 and distributed by KMG Networks announces five new affiliates to the show.  KISM-FM, Bellingham, Washington; KRVQ-FM, Bakersfield; KDSN-FM, Sioux Falls; KVGB-FM, Great Bend, Kansas; and KZJH-FM, Jackson, Wyoming all add the program, hosted by Nik Carter, to their daily lineups.

bombadamRitaOraAdam Bomb at ‘Fashion Rocks.’  Broadcasting his Westwood One-syndicated “Nights Live with Adam Bomb” from the Music + Fashion = Fashion Rocks – a global charity fundraiser featuring a mashup of live performances by top music artists and fashions by the world’s top designers – at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn was a coup for Adam Bomb.  In addition to doing his show from the scene from which the TV show will be broadcast this evening (9/10), he interviewed artists performing tonight including Usher (who’s debuting the new single “She’s Gonna Give it to You”), Enrique Iglesias, Nico & Vinz, MAGIC! and Rita Ora (pictured here).

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

| September 9, 2014

constantinedennisDennis Constantine Named Director of Broadcasting at Live365.  Former KFOG, San Francisco and KINK, Portland programmer Dennis Constantine is upped from his director of programming post at Live365 to director of broadcasting.  Constantine has been with Live365 since February of this year.  He comments, “Live365 offers listeners a completely unique experience.  We are music curation.  When youlive365 logo listen to a music mix on Live365, you are listening to a very personal musical experience.  It’s not based on algorithms, but rather on music from a trusted tastemaker — an individual that is enthusiastic, even passionate, about their craft.  One of my roles will be to bring new visionary broadcasters on board, show them how they can express their art, and even make some money while doing it!”  Live365 recently announced the return of Mark Lam to the organization as CEO.  Lam adds, “We have some very exciting new initiatives in the wings for our broadcasters and our listeners.  We are excited and fortunate to have someone with Dennis’ expertise at the helm of our broadcasting department.”

danielschaseChase Daniels Named PD at ‘107.9 The Mix’ in Indy.  Citing the success of the station and Chase Daniels’ role in that success, Entercom Indianapolis operations manager JR Ammons announces Daniels is promoted to program director for hot AC WNTR “107.9 The Mix.”  Ammons says, “Over the past 15 months, ‘The Mix’ has become the leading hot AC station in Indianapolis and has consistently ranked in the top 5 with adult females.  Chase has been an integral part of that success.  Entercom is a company that believes in ‘earning your stripes’ and Chase has earned his.  He has the knowledge base, the drive and the talent necessary to be a great leader for ‘The Mix.’”

walkerrobWalker to Program Alpha Media Savannah Stations.  In addition to serving as program director for Alpha Media’s Savannah outlets hot AC WXYY “Y100” and classic hits WRWN “Rewind 107.9,” Rob Walker will also be afternoon personality on “Y100.”  Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick states, “Rob is a dynamic force in the industry today.  His skills and passion for radio will help get ‘Y100’ and ‘Rewind’ to the next level.”

lanegregLane to Middays at ‘The Wolf’ in Fresno.  Market pro Greg Lane is named midday jock at Clear Channel’s country KHGE, Fresno “102.7 The Wolf.”  Lane has 22 years of experience in the Fresno market, most recently having worked at Cumulus Media’s crosstown country station KSKS “93.7 Kiss Country.”  Lane says, “I am beyond excited to be back on the air in Central California.  I feel really connected to the area and can’t wait to be a part of listeners’ daily lives once again.”

garciatonyGlobal Media Services Partners with Jim Brickman’s ‘Your Weekend.’  The long-running AC weekend program “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman” – a production of the Brickhouse Radio Network – joins forces with Tony Garcia’s Global Media Services to further the industry penetration of the show currently heard on more than 80 affiliates nationwide.  At the same time, the program addsyourweekend banner Brynne Deppas from Media One Group who joins Brickhouse Radio Network as show writer and co-producer.  Garcia will serve as affiliate relations rep for Brickhouse Radio Network.  Brickman comments, “I love radio and I love what I do.  Par for the course has never been my goal in radio or in my music.  Striving for excellence to stand above the norm is what entertainment is all about, and that is why I am so excited to bring two new team members on board to ‘Your Weekend.’  With the addition of Tony and Brynne, ‘Your Weekend’ can continue to evolve in a positive direction with the combination their expertise and creative, forward thinking.”

Talent Lineup Changes at ’96 Rock’ in Cincinnati.  The Cumulus Media-owned rocker WFTK, Cincinnati “96 Rock” makes changes to its lineup moving program director Michael Walter  a.k.a. Fin to the midday slot and importing Compass Media-syndicated morning show “Free Beer & Hot Wings.”  Local personality Mistress Bridget handles local information and traffic during the AM drive daypart.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Midwest Communications’ Wausau, Wisconsin station group, Nikki Montgomery is promoted from assistant brand manager at country WDEZ to brand manager for sister rock outlet WOZZ “Rock 94.7.”…..Alpha Media hip hop station WDHT, Dayton “Hot 102.9” picks up Premiere Networks’ “The Breakfast Club” for morning drive…..Greater Media Boston vice president and market manager Rob Williams adds a new item to his CV as he’s named to the University of Massachusetts Center for Collaborative Leadership Board of Advisors.

clipinteractiveClip Interactive Announces Revenue Successes in Portland and Indy Markets.  Saying that it measures its success based on the new advertising dollars that its interactive radio apps bring to its station partners, Clip Interactive announces its apps developed for Alpha Media and Salem Broadcasting in Portland and Cumulus Radio in Indianapolis have generated more than $1 million in new revenue to date in 2014.  Further, the company says Clip Radio-powered stations are producing $100,000 of new revenue within 30-45 days of launch and Clip says this shows not only that radio advertising works, but also proves that an innovative and revenue-generating mobile solution is now available and radio advertisers embrace it.  Moreover, Clip says this net new revenue is coming from multiple sources including advertisers who are completely new to radio and returning advertisers who previously left radio for digital media.  Alpha Media’s president and CEO Bob Proffitt comments, “We are now able to attract advertisers that had previously abandoned the medium for alternative digital solutions.  Through the Clip Radio-powered apps, we are able to build a stronger relationship with both our listeners and our advertisers, providing both groups with compelling content that they cannot find anywhere else. We are eager to expand our interactive radio capabilities to our other Alpha Media markets.”

Atlanta, Nashville to Host Next Radio Shows. Radio Show 2014 is not yet in the history books, but organizers have already set the date/locations of the 2015 and 2016 confabs.  Next year’s event will be held at Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis (9/30 – 10/2), while the 2016 Radio Show will take place in Nashville September 21 – 23 at the Omni.  More immediately, this year’s Radio Show starts tomorrow (Wednesday, 9/10) in Indianapolis and runs through this Friday (9/12). The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) produce the Radio Show.

siriusxmSiriusXM’s Limited-Run Streisand Channel Debuts Friday. Satcaster SiriusXM this Friday (9/12) will introduce a “Barbra Streisand Channel,” that will highlight music from the Grammy, Oscar, Emmy and Tony award-winning artist.  SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein comments, “Barbra Streisand is the very definition of the word ‘icon.’ Her original voice, songwriting, performances, and life’s work have made her a universal star and humanitarian leader.  Along the way, she has created some of the best-selling albums of all time, as well as being an award winning actress known for her work on stage, film, and TV.  Our exclusive channel celebrating Ms. Streisand is a truly comprehensive, deep dive into the music of one of the world’s most important artists ever.”  The channel will run for four weeks (through Friday, 10/10) on Sirius channel 69 and XM channel 73.  Jay Landers will host “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Barbra Streisand” this Sunday (9/14) at 12:00 pm (ET), where the singer will participate in a question-and-answer session with several listeners in the SiriusXM studios in New York.  Streisand’s “Partners” album will be released one week from today (Tuesday, 9/16).

ABCdresdalerossdaleABC News Radio Chats with Gavin Rossdale.  Out promoting his band’s new album is Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale (left) pictured here with ABC News Radio’s Andrea Dresdale (right) who spoke with him about the new record.  Dresdale’s conversation is available to ABC News Radio affiliates.

Monday, September 8, 2014

| September 8, 2014

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nielsen logoRound Four of August PPM Data Released.  The fourth and final round of August PPM ratings from Nielsen Audio is released for the 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford.  See complete market numbers from subscribers here.  In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group.  August’s survey period covered July 17 – August 13.

TenTakeaways

  • Austin – Following a combined -1.1 the past two sweeps (5.3 – 4.7 – 4.2, May – June – July), Clear Channel rhythmic CHR KPEZ “The Beat” dials up a +.8 in August to 5.0, zooming from eighth to fifth. For the eighth kpez logosuccessive sweep, Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob-FM” (9.0 – 9.4, +.4) sits in first-place (6+). Despite losing six-tenths (7.5 – 6.9), Clear Channels KASE “Today’s Country”kbpa finishes in the runner-up slot for the 15th consecutive time. The last occurrence when KASE was not #2 was in June 2013. In addition to “Today’s Country,” the format takes another hit as KASE sibling KVET “98.1 K-VET” drops one-half share to 5.5, slipping from third to fourth. Advancing by one-half share (5.1 – 5.6) is yet another Clear Channel property CHR KHFI “Kiss-FM,” which exchanges places with KVET. Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95.5″ regains nearly all of the eight-tenths it lost in July with a +.7 to 3.8 (#13 to #12). After five successive up trends (.7 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 3.1), Univision regional Mexican KLJA regresses by eight-tenths to 2.3 (#13 to #16).
  • Milwaukee – There are three solid streaks centering around “three” for WMIL: This represents the third straight month at #1 for the Clear Channel outlet; the third successive up trend for “FM 106.1 Continuous wmil logoCountry Favorites” (9.0 – 10.2 – 10.5 – 11.9); and the third consecutive time it notches double-wlwk logodigits (6+). On top of that, the +1.4 is the second-highest July – August gain (6+) of any station in the 12 PPM markets whose data was released last Friday. Owing to a full-share gain to 4.7, Journal adult hits WLWK “The Lake” (tenth to seventh) puts an end to five successive (6+) down trends (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 3.7). While its 6+ shares are not necessarily mighty, Entercom‘s WSSP “SportsRadio 1250″ (steady at #14) has been up or flat each month since January (.4 – .4 – .6 – .7 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.1).
  • Indianapolis – After progressing by nine-tenths in July, Emmis country outlet WLHK “Hank FM” follows up with a +.6 to 7.1, rocketing from fifth all the way to first. Cross-town Cumulus Media‘s WFMS “The Country wlhkStation” also enjoys a strong month with a +.7 (5.7 – 6.4) to inch up from sixth to fourth. Seven-tenths is lucky for Clear Channel classic rocker WFBQ “Q-95″ as well as itwfbq logo improves 5.3 – 6.0 (+.7); “Q-95″ is steady at #7. Not only is Cumulus Media’s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5″ displaced from the top spot (first to third), it suffers a full-share decline (7.6 – 6.6). That, however, is not the market’s most significant month-to-month erosion: Entercom CHR WZPL falters by -1.2 (7.3 – 6.1) and tumbles from second to sixth; after a strong +.8 in July, “Indy’s Hit Music Station” was only three-tenths from the top, compared to its current one-share off the pace.
  • Providence – Over and above extending its string of successive (6+) up trends to five, resulting in a cumulative +2.9 (6.2 – 6.4 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 8.9 – 9.1), Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country” progresses from second to wctk logofirst. In doing so, it curtails Cumulus Media CHR WPRO-FM’s string of first-place finishes at seven. It is the first time at #1 for “Cat Country” since March 2012; 9.1 is its best 6+-stat since June 2012′s 9.5. Meanwhile, WPRO-FM – which had posted three straight up trends (8.8 – 8.9 – 9.6 – 9.8) – falters by a whopping -1.2 to 8.6, as it slides to the runner-up spot. Despite declining by seven-tenths (6.2 – 5.5), Clear Channel hot AC WSNE “Coast 93-3″ remains in sixth-place.
  • Raleigh – Gaining three-tenths to 11.4, Curtis Media-owned WQDR “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country” makes it seven straight months at #1. It is the sixth successive monthly – and the eighth time in the past wqdr logo11 survey periods – that WQDR has amassed double-digits (6+). Also in the (country) format, Clear Channel‘s WNCB remains steady at #9; however, the former WKSL enjoys its seventh consecutive progressive (6+) trend (1.5 – 2.1 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.4), which has resulted in a combined +2.9. WQOK “K-97.5″ advances by eight-tenths to 6.1; the Radio One urban contemporary inches up from seventh to sixth. Conversely though, urban AC sibling WFXC “Foxy” (-.7) has its fourth successive down or flat monthly (7.0 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.3) and slides from sixth to seventh. Clear Channel’s WRDU “Classic Rock 100.7″ rebounds from July’s -.7 with a +.6 to 5.0 and remains in eighth-place.
  • Norfolk – It is a strong month for Max Broadcast Group Holdings properties with the WGH calls. Country WGH-FM “The Eagle” racks up a one-share gain to 7.3 and is a solid #3, while gospel WGH-AM “Star 1310″ wgh-fm logoimproves by +1.2 (2.0 – 3.2), progressing from #12 to #9. In 13 of the last 14 monthly reports, “Star 1310″ was in the 2.1 – 2.9 range (6+) – the lone exception was a 3.1 in January. First the plentiful good news for Entercom urban AC WVKL “95-7 R&B”: It continues its dominance, ranking first for the 25th straight survey period and 50th timewvkl in 52 PPM sweeps. This is the 11th time in the last 12 ratings periods that WVKL (11.2) has been in double-digits (6+). July’s 12.5 by “95-7 R&B” is Norfolk’s highest-ever 6+ total under PPM methodology. The lone sour note is that “95-7 R&B” declines by a hefty -1.3, the second highest month-to-month loss among all stations in Nielsen Audio‘s 48 PPM markets. Owing to a +.6 to 4.3 in July, WVHT “Hot 100.5″ ended its string of four down or flat monthlies (4.3 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7). The Max Broadcast Group Holdings’ CHR inched up from ninth to eighth, but now regresses by a sizeable -1.2 to 3.1 and slides to tenth. Clear Channel urban contemporary WOWI “103 Jamz” makes it four straight up trends (6.8 -7.2 – 7.5 – 7.6 – 8.5), this one a whopping +.9, as it holds firm at #2. For the third consecutive month, five Sinclair-owned Norfolk stations that appeared in May are no longer in print. Specifically, those facilities are country WUSH (#6 in May); adult hits WNOB (#9); talk WNIS (#13); alternative WROX (#14); and talk WTAR (#19).
  • Nashville – Even though the station has always kept its #1 ranking, this has been a bit of a bumpy ride lately for WJXA “Mix 92.9.” Ever since its eye-popping 18.6 in the “Holiday” report (6+), adult contemporary “Mix” has wjxa logoposted negative trends in six of the last seven sweeps (18.6 – 15.5 – 12.9 – 10.8 – 11.8 – 10.5 – 9.6 – 9.4) and that 18.6 has been nearly severed in half. Not only does WJXA remain in first-place for the 28th consecutive monthly, it does so with a massive +1.7. The string of “Mix” double-digit (6+) showings was snapped at 23 in June; however, WJXA begins another with the 11.1 in August. All this happens for new owner Midwest Communications, which – just several weeks ago – officially closed on its acquisition of the AC from South Centralwgfx-fm logo Communications. The +1.7 represents the most potent July – August (6+) improvement by any station in the 48 PPM markets. There is another +1.7 in August though and – ironically – it is in “Music City USA,” as well. Owing to a 4.6 – 6.3 (+1.7), Cumulus Media sports WGFX “The Zone” rockets from tenth to fourth. Country finishes eighth (Clear Channel WSIX-FM, 5.2, -1.1); ninth (Cumulus WKDF, even at 5.0); and tenth (Cumulus WSM-FM, 4.3, -.7). The June – July – August trend for WSIX-FM “The Big 98 – Nashville’s New Country” reflects a cumulative -2.4 (7.6 – 6.3 – 5.2). “The Big 98″ ranked fifth in July, while WKDF “Nash FM – Today’s Country” and WSM-FM “95-5 Nash Icon” were tied at #8. No sooner does Clear Channel urban contemporary WUBT rack up its most potent 6+ stat since December 2011 (8.2) with a +.7, it declines by -.8 to 7.0 – but “The Beat” remains in third-place.
  • Greensboro – Up or flat in five successive sweeps (7.5 – 7.5 – 7.8 – 7.9 – 8.2 – 9.3), Entercom-owned country WPAW “The Wolf” (+1.1) matches the 9.3 it posted in May 2013 and advances from fourth to second. Cross-town wpawClear Channel competitor WTQR “New Country Q-104.1″ sees its streak of five straight (6+) increases (5.1 – 5.8 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.5 – 8.3) come to an end, as it regresses by six tenths to 7.7 (third to fourth). This time last month, WTQR had overtaken “The Wolf,” which hadwtqr outpointed “New Country” in each of the past 11 monthlies (6+). Also declining by six-tenths is WTQR adult contemporary cluster-mate WMAG “Continuous Soft Rock” (6.6 – 6.0, steady at sixth); the -.6 follows July’s -.9. Entercom’s WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (9.5 – 10.0, +.5) finishes first for the eighth successive ratings period. The urban AC hopes to begin another consecutive string of (6+) double-digit performances, as its most recent one concluded in July at an even 20. Clear Channel CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” is off by four-tenths (4.9 – 4.5) – but finishes ninth for the 15th successive time.
  • West Palm Beach – Four stations here either advance – or decline – by a robust nine-tenths. On the positive side, Digity Media hot AC WRMF is +.9 (7.1 – 8.0) and catches Clear Channel adult contemporary/classic wrmfhits-oldies hybrid WOLL “Kool 105.5″ (7.4 – 8.0, +.6) at #1. In July, “Kool” ended WRMF’swoll logo consecutive #1 run at four. Until its present 8.0 in August, WRMF had been in the 7.0 – 7.7 range each month this calendar year. Contemporary Christian WAYF rebounds from July’s -1.2 with a +.9 (2.8 – 3.7) and remains at #8. After Digity Media country outlet WIRK added one full-share in July to notch its best 6+-stat in more than two years, it drops nine-tenths to 4.3 and slips from fourth to fifth. While it stays in third-place, Clear Channel classic rocker WKGR loses nine-tenths (5.6 – 4.7).
  • Jacksonville – Although off by one-half share (8.9 – 8.4), Renda adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1″ repeats as the market’s top finisher (6+). Cox Media Group-owned alternative outlet WXXJ “X-102.9″ recoups the wxxjeight-tenths it dropped in July (6+, 5.3 – 4.5 – 5.3, May – June – July), enabling it to advance from ninth to sixth. In its third straight up trend in print (4.5 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 6.2), Renda’s WGNE “Gator Country” adds seven-tenths to 6.2 as it climbs from sixth to fourth. After faltering by -1.1 in June and -.8 in July, CoxMedia Group’s urban-rhythmic oldies WHJX “Hot” adds one-half share to 4.5 (#11 to #10). Its CHR sibling WAPE though regresses by nine-tenths (7.3 – 6.4) and is steady at #2; 6.4 is the station’s lowest 6+-stat since December 2012′s 6.3.

wgbl logoAlpha Media Flips WUJM, Gulfport-Biloxi to Country as “96.7 The Bull.”  Gone from WUJM, Gulfport is sports talk and in is country as Alpha Media introduces “96.7 The Bull” to the market.  The new calls will soon be WGBL.  Taking over as program director for the station is Mark Allen a.k.a. TicTak.  Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick says of Allen, “Mark comes to us with a strong successful winning ratings history and amazing ability to discover and mentor talent.”  Operations manager Kenny Vest adds, “We are extremely excited to launch the new ‘96.7 The Bull’ on The Gulf Coast and add ‘New Country’ to our cluster of great stations.  I am thrilled to have TicTak as the station’s new PD.  His vision, passion, energy, creativity and knowledge of ‘The Bull’ brand make him the perfect choice to lead our new station.”

spezzano&SandyEntercom Rochester Makes AM Drive Changes at CHR WPXY and Rock WBZA.  The duo of Kimberly & Beck are out at Entercom’s rock WBZA, Rochester, New York “98.9 The Buzz” and Scott Spezzano and Sandy Waters (pictured here) move over from sister CHR WPXY to host “The All New Breakfast Buzz with Spezzano & Sandy.”  Meanwhile, at WPXY, current midday personality Megan Carter is teaming up with Corey James to host “#TeamPXY with Carter & Corey.”  Entercom VP and market manager Susan Munn tells WHAM-TV, “Spezzano and Sandy’s evolution to the Buzz is a perfect fit.  The Buzz’s adult 25-54 year old audience grew up with them and I know will be excited to hear their show now on the Buzz.  Carter & Corey have terrific chemistry and are excited to connect with the PXY young adult audience on air and online.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  The morning show at Lincoln Financial Media’s hot AC WSTR, Atlanta “Star 95” is seeking a new co-host for Cindy Simmons as Jimmy Alexander exits the station after 20 months in the position.  Alexander previously worked as Jack Diamond’s producer and then co-host at WRQX, Washington…..At Vero Beach Broadcasters-owned hot AC WGYL, West Palm Beach “93.7 The Breeze,” programming pro Darrin Arriens exits the PD/afternoon host post due to budget issues.

nuvoodoo logoLikely PPM Panelists Big on Radio.  One of the conclusions drawn from the most recent NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study from NuVoodoo Media Services is that radio remains highly relevant among those who would be inclined to participate in the current PPM ratings system.  NuVoodoo VP of research Leigh Jacobs says, “Radio remains strong, particularly among could-be ratings participants.  These human periscopes who are inclined to participate in the PPM ratings are beneficial in many ways.  In our data, we’ve seen that they’re more highly attuned to paying attention to advertising messages and are more likely to enjoy the contests that radio stations use as part of their promotional arsenal.  It’s especially beneficial to radio, since fewer listen daily among those who predicted that they wouldn’t participate in a PPM-style methodology.”  NuVoodoo’s VP of marketing Mike O’Connor adds, “Armed with this information and deeper insights beyond, we can help our marketing clients target heavy users of radio with minimal waste.  And with Facebook, Google and YouTube at our disposal in 2014, it’s never been more economical to reach them.”  The company says it makes the full results of the study available to clients and this update was fielded going into the fall ratings season to make sure NuVoodoo clients have the benefit of the very latest intelligence on emerging social media platforms for use in their marketing and promotion plans.”

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edwardstommyTommy Edwards: Iconic Windy City Talent to Retire. At the conclusion of his midday broadcast this Friday (9/12), WJMK “104.3 K-Hits’” Tommy Edwards will walk away from the CBS RADIO Chicago outlet.  Senior vice president and CBS Radio Chicago market manager Rod Zimmerman asserts that, “Tommy Edwards is synonymous with great radio – few have enjoyed the depth and longevity of success he has experienced.  We have been privileged in Chicago to have been entertained by Tommy for as long as we were.  All of us at CBS Radio wish him much happiness and as he knows, the door will always be open.”  WJMK program director Todd Cavanah remarks, “As sad as I am that Tommy is retiring from radio, I am so happy that we had the chance to work together, and that he finished his unbelievable career at ‘K-Hits.’”  Reflecting on his 54-year radio career that began when he was a high school student in Topeka, Kansas, Edwards states that he has been “blessed to work with some incredible people in cities all across this country.”  For the past three years, he has been doing middays at “K-Hits” and Edwards declares he has loved every minute.  I am so fortunate to walk away from radio knowing I never stopped delivering the very best for the listeners.  My beautiful wife and best friend, Mary Lou, and I, plan on traveling and enjoying more time together.”  Edwards joined CBS Radio in 1990 as program director for then-oldies (now CHR) WODS, Boston. His numerous past credits include WOR-FM, New York; programming KCBS-FM, Los Angeles; WEAM, Washington, DC; and many years in Chicago as an air personality and production talent.  He and the late Larry Lujack created the on-air feature “Animal Stories.”  This is the 24th year that Edwards is the public address announcer for the NBA‘s Chicago Bulls.  Edwards will be celebrated all this week on “K-Hits” and he will be sharing memories from his career.

kwav logoDeal For Monterey’s KWAV Finalized. The deal that transfers adult contemporary KWAV, Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz from Buckley Communications to Mapleton Communications is finalized.  The latter also owns CHR KCDU “The Beach – Today’s Hit Music,” classic rock KHIP “The Hippo,” and adult hits KKHK “Bob-FM” in that California market.  Until May of this year, it also owned adult contemporary KBOQ.  Mapleton president and chief executive officer Jim Shea comments, “I have always admired KWAV.  They have been great competitors and I am truly thrilled for the opportunity to work with them.”  Buckley president and chief executive officer Joe Bilotta remarks, “Our ability to compete in the highly consolidated Monterey-Salinas market with a free-standing FM was a significant reason to entertain and eventually sell KWAV to Mapleton Communications.  With this acquisition, Mapleton will be even more of an impact player in the Monterey market and they are very excited to have the Buckley station as part of their growing cluster and company.  We have owned this wonderful facility for over 30 years and we want to extend a heartfelt thanks to the many people who have contributed to our success, from employees to advertisers to loyal listeners.” Dick Foreman of Richard A. Foreman Associates, Inc represented the seller in this transaction.

whkqJVC to Acquire WHKQ, Orlando.  Long Island-based JVC Media enters into an agreement with TTB Media Corp. to acquire bilingual Spanish CHR outlet WHKQ, Orlando (licensed to Windermere, Florida).  This station will join the company’s portfolio of radio stations in Long Island and Gainesville-Ocala, Florida.  It is also in the process of acquiring three stations and two translators in the West Palm Beach market.  JVC Media CEO John Caracciolo states, “We are honored and privileged to welcome WHKQ and its staff to the JVC family.  The prior owner was committed to community service, high-quality broadcasting and creating an excellent work environment for its staff and we will be continuing their work.  We are tremendously impressed with the Orlando market and the remarkable growth that WHKQ has shown in three short years.  As owner and operator of a successful Spanish-language station on Long Island, we understand the Hispanic growth of Orlando and Central Florida and are fully committed to the Spanish format in Orlando.”

wtmxradiothoncheck14WTMX, Chicago’s Eric & Kathy Help Raise $1.4 Million for Children’s Hospital.  The recent “15th Annual Eric & Kathy Radiothon” on WTMX, Chicago “101.9fm THE MIX” helped raise $1,403,229.61 for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  The station reports that with a little help from celebrities such as Blackhawks players Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger and singer-actress Hilary Duff, the amount generated from the radiothon raised the grand total to more than $26 million dollars for Lurie Children’s since its inception in 2000.  Pictured here along with the WTMX staffers and volunteers who helped with the radiothon are WTMX morning duo Eric Ferguson (dark blue shirt) and Kathy Hart (red shirt).

nashNYClastbashFinal Summer ‘NASH Bash.’  Over the weekend, Cumulus Media’s WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” held the “Last Summer Bash” at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York.  “NASH” fans came out for the free concert featuring three of country music’s best young acts in Maddie & Tae, John King, and Danielle Bradbery.  Pictured here (from left to right) are: NASH FM 94.7’s Jesse Addy, Maddie, NASH’s Kelly Ford, Danielle Bradbery, John King, Tae, and NASH FM program director Brian Thomas.

Friday, September 5, 2014

| September 5, 2014

cumulus logoCumulus Media Realigns Executive Structure; Jon Pinch to Retire.  Calling this move a part of the goal to “enhance the company’s strategic and operational focus and leverage its business platform,” Cumulus Media president and CEO Lew Dickey announces the company is eliminating the co-COO posts that John Dickey and Jon Pinch have shared for years, the assignment ofpinchjon John Dickey to the new EVP of content and programming position, and the retirement of Jon Pinch after a 45-year career in the business.  Lew Dickey says, “Our vision has been to build the radio company of the future and dickeyjohnthat is exactly what we are achieving.  Towards that end, we have strategically broadened the company’s scope and now have in place differentiated distribution channels and multiple content development platforms.  To accelerate our plans, we are putting in place a new organizational structure to reflect the company’s strategic evolution, bringing clarity, focus and accountability to key leadership roles in both our station and network groups.”  A number of changes will take place in addition to Pinch’s retirement.  Cumulus has retained the services of the search firm Spencer Stuart to seek an executive vice president of radio.  That person will be “focused on providing day-to-day operational and strategic leadership of Cumulus’ radio station group consisting of its 460 stations in 90 U.S.shawsteve markets.”  Steve Shaw has been promoted from his SVP Cumulus national sales post to president of Westwood One.  As for John Dickey, his new position will entail focusing on developing and maximizing content and programming.  The company says, “Establishing this focused position recognizes the critical importance of Cumulus’ development and promotion of content and programming across the company’s station group, Westwood One network and other media platforms including Nash and Rdio.”

michaelsmitchTalent Shuffle at WERV, Chicago.  Midday personality Mitch Michaels moves to afternoon drive at the Digity-owned classic rock outlet WERV, Aurora, Illinois “95.9 The River” beginning Monday, September 8.  At the same time, evening host Beth Reynolds moves down to the midday slot.  Interim program director Danielle Tufano says, “These on-air adjustments were a no-brainer.  ‘The River’ is extremely lucky to have such an experienced and professional on-air staff and, now that we have a solid full time on-air staff in place, I am really looking forward to the great things that we have in store for The River’s future!”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Southeastern Ohio Broadcasting-owned alternative rocker WWCD, Columbus “CD 102.5,” evening personality Ed Francis moves to mornings alongside Joe Jewett for the “CD 102.5 Morning Show.”  Julia Graham is also named part of the show.  New in evenings is Tom Butler…..A few behind-the-scenes changes are taking place at Cumulus’ “America’s Morning Show” (hosted by Blair Garner and heard on the company’s “NASH” stations) as ops manager Heather McBee and executive producer Ian Zak leave the show.

nielsen logoRound Three of August PPM Data Released.  The third of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio‘s August 2014 PPM ratings survey is released for the 12 markets including: Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus.  The August survey period covered July 17 – August 13.  See complete market numbers from subscribing stations here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” below.

TenTakeaways

  • Portland – Plenty of month-to-month fluctuation in the City of Roses with two stations gaining one full-share each and two others eroding by at least that much. On the plus side, Clear Channel adult contemporary KKCW kkcw logo“K-103,” which posted a +.7 to 7.3 in July (6+), tacks on a +1.0 to 8.3, as it repeats at #1. This is the best 6+-showing for “K-103″ since “Holiday” 2013, when it hit 15.1. Entercom hot AC KRSK “105.1 – The Buzz” also rings up a +1.0 (4.3 – 5.3) to inch upkrsk logo from tenth to eighth. Classic rock sibling KGON though falters by that margin (5.0 – 4.0) and trades places with “The Buzz” (tenth to eighth). Meanwhile, Salem regional Mexican KRYP “El Rey” (falling from #17 in July to a three-way tie at #20 in August) sees its 6+ share split in half (2.4 – 1.2). “El Rey” was stuck on 3.2 (6+) in April, May, and June; the -1.2 in August follows July’s -.8. This time last month, Alpha Media country KUPL “The Bull” rebounded from June’s -1.1 (6+) with a +.5. “The Bull” adds another seven-tenths to 6.4 (fifth to third), overtakingEntercom foe KWJJ “The Wolf” (6.1 – 5.8, -.3, fourth to fifth). Between April and July, “The Wolf” was a combined +2.0 (4.1 – 6.1, 6+).
  • CharlotteClear Channel adult hits WLKO “The Lake” had the distinction of registering the most potent (6+) June – July advance (+2.2) among all stations in the 36 PPM markets whose data had been released at that wlko logopoint. It seemed only naturally that “The Lake” could only recede a bit in August, but it actually improves by one-half share (7.3 – 7.8), leapfrogging from fourth to first. It unseats country sibling WKKT “The Kat,” which staggers to third, owing to a -1.1 (8.1 – 7.0). “Kat” stormed to #1 in July with a whopping +1.5. Not only is “Kat” format competitor, CBS Radio-owned WSOC “Country’s Hottest Hits,” unable to capitalize, it suffers an even steeper decline, a -1.4 to 6.3 (third to fifth). Country outlets “Kat” and WSOC therefore combine for a -2.5 (6+, July – August). Inching up from #15 to #14, Clear Channel alternative WEND improves by one-half share (2.2 – 2.7), while Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WOSF “Old School 105.3″ dips by one-half share (5.9 – 5.4, sixth to eighth).
  • Pittsburgh – Given that Clear Channel flipped talk WPGB to country as “Big 104.7″ less than one week before the August sweep concluded, we will have to wait for September results to get a better read of the market’s wdsy logoreaction. For now though, CBS Radio country WDSY “Y-108″ stumbles by eight-tenths (7.3 – 6.5), moving from fourth to fifth. “Big 104.7″ repeats WPGB’s 2.4 from July, but slides from #11 to #12. CBS Radio heritage talker KDKA-AM is up one-tenth to 5.4 and remains in seventh-place, while public WESA improves by four-tenths to 2.5 (#12 to #11). Following a June – July +.8, Clear Channel classic hits-oldies WWSW “3WS” drops one-tenth to 8.3 and is #1 for the second straight month.
  • Sacramento – Following back-to-back months of 5.6 in May and June (6+), CBS Radio adult contemporary kymx logoKYMX “Mix 96″ improved by one-tenth in July and gains a hearty +.7 in August (6.4), inching up from fourth to second. Cluster-mate KNCI “New Country 105.1″ improved by nine-tenths to 4.6 in July, but it regresses by one-half share to 4.1, sliding from seventh to eighth. Clear Channel rhythmic hot AC KHYL “The Beat” forfeits the six-tenths it gained in July (2.4 – 3.0 – 2.4) and slips from #14 to #15. Despite being flat at 7.9, Entercom classic rocker KSEG is the market’s 6+ pacesetter for the fourth straight month; 7.9 represents the highest 6+ share for “The Eagle” under PPM methodology.
  • San Antonio – After dropping nine-tenths in July and becoming part of a three-way tie at #11, Clear Channel woailogotalker WOAI rebounds with a +.6 to 3.9 and returns to the top ten (#9). Rhythmic CHR sibling KZEP “Hot 104.5″ adds seven-tenths to 3.1 (#16 to #13) and has its highest 6+-kzep logoshare since March’s 3.7. Falling by six-tenths each are Univision rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat” (7.4 – 6.8) and Cox Media Group-owned KCYY “Y-100 Today’s Country” (6.4 – 5.8). Ramification for “The Beat” is that it relinquishes its share of a first-place tie with CMG classic-hits-oldies KONO-FM (7.4 – 7.8, #1) and now ranks second. This represents the second successive -.6 for “Y-100,” but it remains in fourth-place. Even though it is -.3, Clear Channel country KAJA “KJ-97″ stays in third-place. Owing to a one-half share gain to 4.9 Cox Media Group hot AC KSMG “Magic 105.3″ (sixth to fifth) ends a mini-slide of being down or flat for three straight months (5.8 – 4.7 – 4.4 – 4.4.
  • Cincinnati – Steady at 12.1 (6+), Clear Channel talker WLW is #1 – just as it has been each month this wlwcalendar year. It is the fifth straight time “The Big One” is in double-digits (6+). Country WUBE “B-105.1″ scores double-figures (6+) for the third successive sweep, but it is off by one-half sharewube logo to 10.2. The Hubbard country outlet is #2 for the sixth consecutive time. In the 4.0 – 4.6 range the past seven survey periods, Cumulus Media adult contemporary WRRM “Warm 98″ explodes with a +.8 to 5.0, its most potent (6+) share since “Holiday” 2013′s 10.4; “Warm 98″ remains steady in sixth-place. Classic hits-oldies cluster-mate WGRR advances by seven tenths to 8.1 and remains third. In that same Cumulus Media cluster, classic rocker WOFX “The Fox” suffers a -1.2 (6.8 – 5.6), but only slips from fourth to fifth.
  • Cleveland – Albeit that it is steady at 8.7, Clear Channel classic hits-oldies WMJI “Cleveland’s Greatest Hits – Majic 105.7″ nonetheless catches adult hits sibling WHLK “The Lake” (9.4 – 8.7, -.7) at #1. WMJI was #1 in June wmjilogo2013, July 2013, August 2013, September, October, November, December, “Holiday” 2013, May 2014, and June 2014. WHLK has dominated the market in January 2014, February, March, April, and July; now they are tied. Elsewhere in that cluster, talker/Cleveland Indians flagship WTAM more than counters July’s -.8 with a massive +1.4, the most potent (6+) July – August gain of any station in the 36 PPM markets Nielsen Audio has released so far. WTAM (5.8 – 7.2) rockets from seventh to third. In its third straight up trend (5.2 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 6.1), co-owned rocker WMMS gains six-tenths, inching up from ninth to seventh. It is WMMS’ strongest 6+ number in nearly five years (6.8 in November 2009). CBS Radio hot AC WQAL(eighth to tenth)is off by eight-tenths (5.7 – 4.9), while Rubber City Radio Group‘s WNWV “The Wave” (#12 to #14) regresses by six-tenths (2.9 – 2.3); “The Wave” posted a +.9 in July.
  • Kansas City – Following five straight negative trends for a cumulative -3.2 (9.0 – 8.8 – 7.5 – 7.3 – 6.5 – 5.8, 6+), Wilks Broadcasting-owned KFKF storms back with a +1.0 to 6.8, returning to #1 from #3. “Country 94.1″‘s kfkfconsecutive #1 streak was snapped at 14 in June. Similarly-formatted sibling KBEQ “Q-104″ declines by seven-tenths to 4.5, dropping from sixth to ninth. The market’s other country signal, Entercom‘s WDAF-FM “The Wolf,” is off by one-tenth (5.3 – 5.2), slipping from fifth to sixth. Dislodged after two months at #1, Cumulus classic rocker KCFX “The Fox” is down four-tenths to 6.6 and occupies the runner-up slot. With a substantial +.9 to 4.3, Entercom talker KMBZ (#14 to #12) halts a six-month consecutive streak of being down or flat (5.2 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 3.4 – 3.4).
  • OrlandoClear Channel adult contemporary WMGF “Magic 107.7″ dials up an impressive +1.2 to 6.8 as it wmgf logozooms from fifth to third. This is the best 6+ performance by “Magic” since “Holiday” 2013, when it recorded an 11.0. On the heels of a -.8, CHR cluster-mate WXXL “XL 106.7″ scores a +.6 to 5.7, advancing from seventh to fifth. Also enjoying a six-tenths gain is Clear Channel tropical WRUM (4.6 – 5.2), which progresses from tenth to ninth. For the second straight month, Cox Media Group urban AC “Star 94.5″ is #1 (7.5 – 7.1, -.4) and contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3″ (6.7 – 6.8, +.1) finishes second.
  • Columbus – An interesting streak comes an end as WNCI (steady at #2) experiences an eight-tenths erosion to 9.5. Prior to the August numbers, the heritage Clear Channel CHR – #1 in 12 of the last 16 surveys – had posted wcol logodouble-digits (6+) 17 straight times. Country sibling WCOL-FM boasts a solid +1.1 to 12.4 and repeats in the lead position. Progressing eight-tenths each are Wilks-owned WLVQ “Ohio’s Best Rock” (5.0 – 5.8, fourth to third) and Clear Channel classic hits-oldies WODC (4.5 – 5.3, sixth to fourth). It is an a particularly notable bounce back for WODC, which was -1.1 in July. Clear Channel classic rocker WBWR “The Brew” though stumbles by seven-tenths to 1.9 (#10 to #12).

classicrocklive logo‘Classic Rock Live’ to Air North of the Border.  The nationally syndicated show “Classic Rock Live” is added to the program schedule at Newcap Radio’s CHNI, St. John, New Brunswick.  The Envision Networks program is a weekly two-hour show hosted by WMMR, Philadelphia personality Pierre Robert and, according to Envision, is “the first ‘concert’ radio show to adapt to the way people listen to music today by incorporating 10 or more live performances from a variety of artists every hour, featuring rare and exclusive live versions of rock classics from such artists as Tom Petty, Aerosmith, The Who, U2, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.”

joynerjacksons14Hangin’ with The Jacksons.  Nationally syndicated urban radio star Tom Joyner (third from right) is pictured here with The Jacksons at the Tom Joyner Sky Show – part of the Labor Day weekend live event that drew more than 50,000 to the Gaylord Palms Resort and Hotel in Orlando.  The weekend saw the 12th Annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion take place and, according to syndicator Reach Media, the hotel was “overflowing with Joyner’s celebrity friends, fans, and families experiencing concerts, inspiration, games, a huge family expo and more.  During the Tom Joyner Sky Show, The Jacksons honored their brother and celebrated his birthday during the live radio broadcast.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

| September 4, 2014

ppmunitRound Two of August PPM Data Released.  The second of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio‘s August 2014 PPM ratings survey is released for the 12 markets that include: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  The August survey period covered July 16 – August 13. Complete numbers can be found here, but below RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways.”

TenTakeaways

  • WashingtonHubbard all-news WTOP has been on “top” all calendar year – eight successive monthlies. By wtoplogoadding a one-half share (8.0 – 8.5, 6+), it widens its lead over American University-owned WAMU (6.4 – 6.2, -.2) by 2.3 shares. Steady in fourth-place, Howard University‘s WHUR is off by two-tenths (5.6 – 5.4), while Radio One‘s similarly programmed urban AC WMMJ gains one-tenth to 4.6 and inches up from seventh to sixth.
  • Boston – There is good news/bad news for WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM.” The Clear Channel CHR occupies the pacesetter position for the eighth consecutive ratings period; however, Kiss-FM’s -1.3 (8.2 – 6.9) represents the wror logosteepest (6+) descent of any station in the 24 PPM markets whose data has thus far been released. Greater Media rhythmic hot AC WBQT “Hot 96.9″ suffers an eight-tenths drop to 3.0 and slips from #8 to #13. Co-owned classic hits-oldies WROR “Boston’s Greatest Hits” though follows up July’s potent full-share gain to 6.3 with a half-share advance to maintain the runner-up slot. After back-to-back 2.4 performances in June and July, public WGBH-FM gains one-half share to 2.9 (#18 to #16). Classical sibling WCRB (#19) registers a +.7 to 2.1 – highly noteworthy sincewklb logo WCRB had notched 31 consecutive 6+ performances in the 1.0 – 1.9-share range; that streak began after WCRB’s 2.0 in February 2012. Approximately one week prior to the start of the July 2014 monthly (6/13), Clear Channel transitioned dance WEDX to WBWL “Boston’s New Hit Country – The Bull.” July results indicated “The Bull” more than doubled WEDX’s June numbers (1.2 – 2.6, +1.4), but “The Bull” stalls in August at 2.6, actually dropping from #16 to #18. Greater Media’s WKLB “Today’s New Hit Country” rebounds from a full-share decline (7.0 – 6.0) to +.3 (6.3) and inches back from fourth to third. From Providence, Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country” is off by two-tenths (1.7 – 1.5, #20 to #21). After declining by eight tenths (5.9 – 5.1) to slide from third to sixth, CBS Radio’s WBZ-AM loses one-tenth to 5.0 (steady in sixth-place) and is being challenged by Boston University‘s WBUR, which adds three-tenths to 4.0 (ninth to seventh). Entercom-owned WEEI-FM (#12 in July to #10 in August) halts back-to-back downward trends (3.4 – 3.3 – 3.0) with a +.3 to 3.3 and returns to the top 10 for the first time since last November, when the Boston Red Sox flagship finished eighth (5.0), owing to the World Series aftermath. Cross-town CBS Radio-owned WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” also stops a two-month slide (5.1 – 2.9 – 2.6) with a one-tenth uptick to 2.7, but it falls from #16 to #17.
  • Detroit – Following back-to-back declines (7.9 – 7.3 – 7.2) after three straight gains (4.0 – 4.7 – 6.8 – 7.9), CBS Radio‘s all-sports WXYT-FM “The Ticket” dials up a +.4 to 7.6 and is #1 for the fourth consecutive sweep. wxyt-fm logoOwing to a robust +.7 (4.6 – 5.3), Radio One urban AC WDMK “Kiss-FM” climbs fromwdmk eighth to sixth. The 5.3 represents the best 6+-stat for “Kiss-FM” since April 2012 (5.4). Not only that, “Kiss-FM” catches Clear Channel format rival WMXD “Mix 92.3,” which falters by a hefty -1.1 (6.4 – 5.3). Among persons 6+, “Mix” had held the advantage over “Kiss” since May 2012, when “Kiss” outscored “Mix” 4.9 – 4.4 (6+). Greater Media‘s WRIF “Everything That Rocks” (#13 to #10) posts a +.6 to 4.4, matching its strongest 6+ performance in nearly three years (4.4 in November 2011).
  • Miami – Registering a +.8 to 4.4, Lincoln Financial Media classic hits-oldies WMXJ “Magic 102.7″ zooms from tenth to sixth. Co-owned sports outlet WAXY “The Ticket” though drops six-tenths (2.2 – 1.6) and slides wmxjfrom #19 to #21. Progressing by seven-tenths each are Cox Media Group adult contemporary WFEZ “Easy 93.1″ (4.6 – 5.3, fifth to fourth) and Clear Channel hot AC WMIA “My 93.9″ (2.3 – 3.0, #18 to #16). After a six-tenths gain in July, Spanish talker WURN regresses by seven-tenths (1.0 – 1.6 – .9) and freefalls from #20 to #27. Albeit down by one-half share (8.2 – 7.7), Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot 105″ is #1 for the 39th straight time.
  • SeattleBonneville siblings with the same calls have a good month. Talker KIRO-FM (tenth to seventh) rebounds from a -.6 in July by registering a +.9 to 4.3, while KIRO-AM “710 ESPN” completely erases its July kirofm logo-.6 (3.7 – 3.1 – 3.7) to catapult from #16 all the way to #8. Entercom rocker KISW ends a three-month slide (5.6 – 5.5 – 4.5 – 4.2) by gaining seven-tenths to 4.9 and moves fromkqmv logo seventh to fourth. Following consecutive 4.4 showings in June and July, Clear Channel CHR KBKS “Kiss-FM” drops one full-share to 3.4, spiraling from #6 to #12. Owing to a -1.1 to 4.1 in June, CBS Radio‘s KZOK fell from fourth to seventh. It was the classic rocker’s third consecutive downward trend (5.6 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.1), but KZOK rebounded in July with a one-share gain to 5.1 (third). The whiplash continues in August as KZOK takes a seven-tenths hit to 4.4 and falls to sixth. Hubbard CHR KQMV “All the Hits” (6.4 – 6.2, -.2) repeats at #1.
  • Phoenix – Not only is CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KOOL “The Valley’s Greatest Hits” (+.3) up or flat for an amazing eighth straight ratings period (3.7 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 5.9 – 6.2), it finishes first for the kool-fm logosecond month in a row. This is the best 6+-stat for KOOL since last August when it reached 7.0. With a +.6 to 3.6, Bonneville talker KTAR-FM curtails a four-month slide (4.2 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.2 – 3.0, 6+) and moves from #14 to #11. Faltering by eight-tenths each are Clear Channel country KNIX (5.6 – 4.8, second to third) and hot AC KMVA “Hot 103.9″ (4.6 – 3.8, fifth to tenth). It is the second straight noteworthy dip for KNIX (6.2 – 5.6 – 4.8), while “Hot 103.9″ is coming off consecutive six-tenths gains (3.4 – 4.0 – 4.6). As far as their competitors go, CBS Radio’s KMLE “Country 107.9″ gains three-tenths to 4.0 (#11 to #9) and Clear Channel hot AC KMXP “Mix 96.9″ is off three-tenths to 4.7, but steady at fourth.
  • Tampa – Up two full-shares (9.4 – 10.6 – 11.4, May – June – July) Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV keeps rolling along, this time adding one-tenth taking it to 11.5. In addition to being #1 for the 21st wduv logostraight survey period, WDUV has its most potent 6+-number since “Holiday” 2013 (14.1). Co-owned AC WWRM “Magic 94.9″ has had its struggles recently. In fact, the last up ratings period for “Magic” was a +1.1 (6. 5 – 7.6) back in January. Since then, it has beenwhptlogo down or flat six straight times and has lost more than 50% of its 6+ share (7.6 – 6.6   – 5.0 – 5.0 -5.0 – 4.1 – 3.7). It regains approximately 20% of the cumulative -3.9 with a +.8 to 4.5 and “Magic” is back in the top ten (#13 to #9). Progressing by seven-tenths each are Cox Media Group talker WHPT (4.7, #12 to #7) and CBS Radio Spanish contemporary WYUU (4.2, #14 to a three-way tie at #11). After improving by six-tenths (4.4 – 5.0) and zooming from tenth to sixth, Clear Channel‘s WXTB “98 Rock” regresses by eight-tenths and is part of that three-way tie at #11. In July Cox Media Group CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5″ dropped from fourth to six (5.8 – 5.0, -.8), but it adds one-half share to 5.5 and returns to fourth (6+). Meanwhile, format rival – Clear Channel’s WFLZ “The Hit Music Channel” –  follows up a -.4 (6.9 – 6.5) with a -.6 to 5.9 to remain third. Thus, the 1.5-share lead WFLZ had over WPOI is down to four-tenths. After both country outlets were each up one-tenth in July, they are down in August; however CBS Radio’s WQYK (4.4 – 4.2, -.2, #11) overtakes Clear Channel’s WFUS (4.7 – 4.0, -.7, #14).
  • Denver – A one-half share gain by rhythmic CHR KQKS “KS-107.5″ (5.5 – 6.0), coupled with a six-tenths decline by country KYGO-FM (6.2 – 5.6) has the two Lincoln Financial Media outlets swapping places. KYGO – after kqks logothree straight months at #1 – slips to #3 and “K-107.5″ advances from third to first (6+). The market’s other country FM is also down: Wilks-owned KWOF “The Wolf” drops one-half share (2.4 – 1.9); “The Wolf” had registered three straight (modest) up trends (1.8 – 1.9- 2.1 – 2.4). In July, Clear Channel adult alternative KBCO “World Class Rock” ended consecutive (May and June) stays at 4.6 with a +.6 (5.2, fifth). It matches that (and a bit more) with a +.7 to 5.9 and takes over the (6+) runner-up slot. Owing to a +.6 to 4.2, Wilks hot AC KIMN “Mix 100″ (#16 in July) catches Entercom format foe KALC “Alice” (#6 in July) which regresses by seven-tenths (4.9 – 4.2); the stations are tied at #9.
  • Baltimore – For the fourth straight month, Radio One urban contemporary WERQ registers a progressive trend (6.6 – 7.2 – 7.3 – 7.5 – 7.8) and this +.3 is good enough to carry “92-Q” from third to first (6+). With a werqwhopping +1.1 in July, Clear Channel country WPOC elevated from a second-place tie to first, but it coughs it all back (8.4 – 7.2, -1.2) and trades places with “92-Q.” Contemporary Christian WRBS “Shine FM” hangs up an impressive +1.2 (4.5 – 5.7) to inch up from a three-way tie at fifth to fourth. The only other time in its PPM history when “Shine FM” was in the five-share range (6+) was September 2012 (5.3). The market’s CBS Radio-owned outlets disappeared from print in July, but they are all back, including sports WJZ-FM “The Fan,” which trots out a +.7 to 3.8 (#10). Seven-tenths though is unlucky for its adult contemporary sibling WLIF “Today’s 101.9,” which falters from 4.5 – 3.8 and is tied with “The Fan” at #10.
  • St. LouisClear Channel CHR KSLZ “Z-107.7″ (4.8 – 6.0), ties Baltimore’s WRBS for the greatest 6+ July – August increase (+1.2) among all stations in the 24 PPM markets whose data has been released thus far. In kslzdoing so, “Z-107.7″ leapfrogs from tenth to fifth. Heritage CBS Radio talker – and Cardinals flagship – KMOX hangs up a one-half share increase to 7.8 and is the kmoxmarket’s (6+) pacesetter for the fifth straight month. Also improving by one-half share are KMOX hot AC sibling KYKY “Y-98″ (5.5 – 6.0, sixth to fifth) and Clear Channel rhythmic CHR KBWX “Wild 104.9″ (2.5 – 3.0, #17 to #16). Following a cumulative +1.3 May – June – July line of 3.4 – 4.0 – 4.7, public KWMU regresses by seven-tenths to 4.0 (#11 in July to #14). Ironically, for the second straight month, both of the market’s country stations experience erosion: Hubbard‘s WIL-FM “Get Your Country On” declines by six tenths (after July’s -.5) to  6.4 but is second for the fifth consecutive survey; Clear Channel’s KSD “The Bull” falters by eight-tenths (after July’s -.7) to 5.0 (fifth to seventh).

larsonjohnJohn Larson Named Classic Hits Format Leader for CMG.  Now added to his current role as director of branding and programming at Cox Media Group’s WXGL, Tampa “The Eagle 107.3,” John Larson now adds classic hits format leader to his business card.  The company says Larson will work closely with VP of radio programming Steve Smith on the company’s classic hits stations that also include: WMMO, Orlando; WSRV, Atlanta; KGLK, Houston; KJSR, Tulsa; WZLR, Dayton; WJGL, Jacksonville; and KTKX, San Antonio.

bennettdanDan Bennett Upped to RVP with Cumulus Media.  This new position adds the Houston market stations of Cumulus Media to Dan Bennett’s oversight.  He’s been vice president and market manager for the company’s seven-station Dallas cluster since 2006.  Cumulus EVP and Co-COO Jon Pinch states, “Dan Bennett’s exemplary leadership in Dallas is laudable and this promotion is well deserved.  In his new role, Dan will build upon the strengths of our Houston and Dallas operations and will identify regional opportunities that exist between these two dynamic markets. One of Dan’s first duties will be to head our recruitment of a new Houston market manager.”

cbslocalmediaCBS Names John Vilade to Local Media VP Post.  Coming to CBS from News Distribution Network, where he’s been EVP of national advertising sales since December 2013, John Vilade is now the VP of national digital sales for CBS Local Media.  In this position, Vilade will lead sales development and strategy for CBS’ digital assets associated with its owned television and radio stations.  Vilade will work directly with the executives in charge of sales for CBS Television Stations (Jim Sullivan), CBS RADIO (Michael Weiss) as well as CBS Local Digital Media President Ezra Kucharz in order to create and maximize opportunities for advertisers and drive revenue growth.

zippojimWestwood One Promotes Zippo and Jones to Full-Time Status.  Two Westwood One air talents are being upped to full time.  Beginning September 15 Kathy Jones will become the 8:00 pm to 1:00 amjoneskathy ET jock on Westwood One’s 24/7 Classic Hits Local format and Jim Zippo will assume the morning drive show (6:00 am to 10:00 am) on the service.  WW1 VP of programming and PD of the Classic Hits and Good Time Oldies channels David Felker says, “It’s always a pleasure to be able to hire from within, and with the level of talent of our in-house employees, there were a lot of quality people to choose from.”

westwood one NEWWestwood One Sales Force Adds Nine.  The national sales division of Westwood One announces the hiring of nine pros to work in offices around the country.  WW1 president Steve Shaw comments, “Moving the mark for our agency and client partners is a priority.  We’ve modernized our product line to offer the best networks, as well as multi-platform platforms like Red Carpet Radio, Rdio, Westwood One Sports, and NASH.  We are confident we have the right sales team in place to design custom advertising solutions that deliver with creative excellence.”  The new staffers are: Adam Gilbert, VP, talk sales, based in Los Angeles; Matt Caruso, national account manager, based in New York; Evan Crocker, national account manager and Danielle Ross, sales associate, both based in Atlanta; David DeRoche, national account manager and Brooke Collins, national account manager, both based in Dallas; Jenny Shebib, national account manager, based in Detroit; Joanna Vardikos, national account manager and Adam Shifrin, manager, sports sales Midwest, both based in Chicago.

nielsen logoNielsen Audio Today: 68% of Americans Hear Network Radio.  The latest Nielsen “Audio Today Report” indicates that nearly seven in 10 Americans – 68% — are reached by network radio that emanates from such distributors as AdLarge Media, American Urban Radio Networks, Crystal Media Networks, Premiere Networks, United Stations Radio Networks and Westwood One.  Among the data Nielsen reports includes: Listeners reached by these networks are highly qualified consumers — 74% of all full-time workers listen to network radio; 69% of those with household incomes over $75,000 per year listen to network radio and 66% of college graduates tune in each week, too.  Nielsen also says the study indicates 51.5 million Millennials are “engaging with network radio.”  Read the entire study here.

creative talent logoSteve Gallagher Launches Creative Talent, Inc.  Longtime broadcasting executive Steve Gallagher announces the formation of Creative Talent, Inc. – a broadcast talent agency focused on talent, content management and representation.  Most recently, Gallaghergallaghersteve was an EVP with Sun Broadcast Group.  He says in a statement, “We are in a new age and never before has the power of the personality and content creator been more important.  Never before have there been more platforms, distribution channels and opportunities for all creative talent to advance.  At Creative Talent, we are committed to representing the most talented personalities and content creation companies and provide them with the individual attention for them to amass huge success and reach their full potential.  At the same time, Gallagher announces his company has formed a strategic alliance with ConnectPal – the platform recently debuted by talk media personality Andy Dean.  Dean comments, “Steve Gallagher gets it.  Steve is a forward thinker and his great talent relationships are the key to unlocking the future of content distribution.  I am extremely excited to work with Steve and Creative Talent, Inc.”

sangarianagrande picYakkin’ with Ariana Grande.  Pop star Ariana Grande (center) recently visited the studios of the WYD Media-produced/Westwood One-distributed “Zach Sang and the Gang” CHR program during which she talked about her music and her TV and film career.  Pictured here with Grande is Zach Sang (right) and program cast member Sasha (left).

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

| September 3, 2014

duanedoobie graphicDuane 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 (9/3) includes such names as:MisterWives, Hoodie Allen, Andy Grammer, Madison Rising, Glass Animals, Lake Street Dive, Last Internationale, Blake Shelton, Zac Waller, Danny Camp, Grimes, Blood Diamonds, Kaskade, Brocks,and Labrinthamong others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

nielsen logoRound One of August PPM Data Released.  The first of four rounds of ratings data from Nielsen Audio‘s August 2014 PPM survey is released for the 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 August survey period covered July 17 – August 13.  Complete numbers can be found here, and below RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this group.

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  • New York – There have been the occasional times under PPM methodology when Clear Channel adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” has not finished #1 (6+), but to finish second in back-to-back survey periods is WCBS-FM Logorare territory. It happens though with August 2014 results as classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, #1 in July with a 6.4, adds one-half share (6.9) and repeats in the top spot. It is the sixth straight monthly in which WCBS-FM has been in the six-share range (6.1 – 6.6 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.4 – 6.9).wbls “Lite-FM” meanwhile follows up its -.9 (7.1 – 6.2, June – July) with a one-tenth dip to 6.1 and is now six-tenths ahead of Emmis urban AC WBLS, which is flat at 5.5 (third). Down by one full-share to 4.5 (June – July), Spanish Broadcasting System‘s WSKQ “Mega 97.7″ rebounds nicely with a +.7 to inch back up from #5 to #4. Spanish contemporary sibling WPAT-FM “Amor 93.1″ though is off by eight-tenths (2.6 – 1.8, #16 to #19). That halts four successive sweeps where “Amor 93.1″ had been up or flat (1.9 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.6). After a strong June – July +7, CBS Radio CHR WBMP “Amp Radio” drops one-tenth to 3.0 (#13 to #15), while its Clear Channel format competitor WHTZ “Z-100″ loses one-half share (5.5 – 5.0, third to fifth).
  • Los Angeles – The first four finishers register (6+) July – August improvements; in fact, 14 of the top 17 do so. Not only does KBIG “My-FM” have its third straight progressive trend (4.8 – 4.9 – 5.0 – 5.3),the Clear Channel kbig logohot AC repeats at #1. Bonneville classic rocker KSWD “The Sound” maintains its impressive forward momentum, posting a positive trend for the sixth successive monthly report (2.0 – 2.2 – 2.5 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.2 – 3.3, 6+) and is steady in eighth-place; 3.3 represents its best-ever 6+-stat in PPM methodology. Whereas July proved to be a down month forkswd logo mainstream CHR, Clear Channel’s KIIS “Kiss-FM” bounces back from a -.6 with a +.4 (4.6 – 5.0, third to second) and CBS Radio‘s KAMP “Amp Radio” rebounds from a -.1 with a +.3 to 4.2; “Amp” is sixth for the third consecutive sweep. This represents the third successive up trend for KFI (2.7 – 2.8 – 2.9 – 3.3) and the +.4 is good enough to bump up kfilogothe Clear Channel talker from a three-way tie at #11 to a tie at #8 with “The Sound.” Owing to a one-half share increase to 2.7 (6+), Liberman regional Mexican KBUE ends back-to-back 2.2 showings and zooms from #21 to #14. After three straight positive trends – including June – July’s +.7 – Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose 97.5″ suffers the largest (6+) July – August decline of any station in the 12 PPM markets whose data was released Tuesday. The 6+ share of “Jose 97.5″ is practically slivered in half (2.6 -1.4, -1.2), as the station drops from #14 in July all the way to #25. Its Spanish adult hits sibling KDLD relinquishes its June – July’s +.6 (and a little more) with a -.8 (1.8 – 1.0, #30).
  • San FranciscoEntercom encounters a mixed bag following the culmination four weeks ago of its classic rock simulcast of KUFX and KUZX. KUFX continues as classic rock “The Fox” at 98.5 but regresses by eight-kufxtenths (2.1 – 1.3) and freefalls from a four-way tie at #16 in July to #25. Conversely, KUZX is now rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102.1 – The Beat of the Bay” and debuts with a .6 (#28). The end result (-.2, 6+) is a 1.9 in August for the two separate signals, versus a combined 2.1 in July for the simulcast. All-news KCBS-AM repeats at #1, but is off by three-tenths (5.6 – 5.3) and has just a one-tenth advantage over Cumulus Media sports outlet KNBR (5.1 – 5.2). Perhaps impacted by “Q-102.1,” Clear Channel rhythmic CHR KYLD drops one-half share (4.1 – 3.6) and slides from seventh to eighth.
  • Dallas – After regressing by six-tenths (4.1 – 3.5, June – July) and falling from a tie for third in June to ninth in July, Salem contemporary Christian KLTY “Safe for the Whole Family” storms back with a whopping +.9 to 4.4 khksand finishes third. Despite being off for the sixth successive survey – and a cumulative -1.5 in that period – (7.6 – 7.5 – 7.2 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.2 – 6.1, 6+) this nonetheless is the eighth straight month that Clear Channel CHR KHKS “Kiss-FM” holds down the top spot. Forfeiting the one-half share (6+) advance it made June – July (3.4 – 3.9), Service Broadcasting urban AC KRNB “Smooth R&B” declines by six-tenths to 3.3, tumbling from fifth in July to ninth. Also declining by six-tenths is CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KLUV (4.3 – 3.7), dropping from third to seventh. Cumulus Media country KPLX “The Wolf” has occupied the runner-up position since January. “The Wolf” adds one-tenth to 5.7, while similarly-programmed cluster-mate KSCS “New Country” is down three-tenths to 4.0 (third to fifth).
  • Philadelphia – Since April, WUSL “Power 99″ registered 6+ totals of 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.3 – 4.2. Owing to a full one-share gain though, the Clear Channel urban contemporary outlet explodes to 5.2 and climbs from ninth to wusl logofifth. It is the first time in PPM methodology that “Power 99″ has crossed the five-share threshold (6+). The string of up-trends forWRNB “Old School 100.3″ concludes at seven (2.6 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 3.7 – 3.8 – 4.3 – 5.3) as the Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies facility suffers a one-share loss to 4.3 and slips from seventh to ninth. Ironically, it gained one-share June – July. The 5.3 “Old School 100.3″ notched in July is its most potent (6+) PPM share in either its present format or when it was urban AC. Flat at 6.5, Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” is first for the sixth straight month and for the 17th time in the last 18 surveys. CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOGL – which declined by one full-share (6.8 – 5.8, June – July) – improves by four-tenths to 6.2 and trails “More FM” by just three-tenths. This time last month, WXTU “Philadelphia’s Country Station” was within two-tenths of “More FM,” but the Beasley-owned property regresses by eight-tenths to 5.5, dropping from second to a tie at third.
  • Atlanta – On the strength of a one-half share increase to 6.8, Cox Media Group‘s WALR “Kiss 104″ dislodges adult contemporary cluster-mate WSB-FM “B-98.5″ from the #1 spot. The last time WALR reached #1 was the walr logo“Holiday” 2013 report. Also advancing by one-half share (3.7 – 4.2) is Radio One urban contemporary WHTA “Hot 107.9,” which inches up from #11 to #10. Declining by six-tenths each are the aforementioned WSB-FM “B-98.5″ (7.0 – 6.4), sinking from first to a tie at third with co-owned talker WSB-AM (6.6 – 6.4), and yet another CMG sibling, classic hits-oldies WSRV “The River” (5.8 – 5.2, steady at sixth). After registering back-to-back declines of eight-tenths (6.0 – 5.2 – 4.4), Radio One urban AC WAMJ drops one-tenth to 4.3 and remains ninth.
  • Long Island – Adult contemporary-turned-hot AC WALK-FM “Real Variety from the 1990s, 2K, and Today” enjoys the most significant (6+) increase (5.9 – 7.0, +1.1) of any station in the 12 PPM markets whose data was walk logoreleased Tuesday. Clear Channel’s “Real Variety” advances from second to first, thus curtailing the four-month first-place run of Cox Media Group CHR WBLI, which drops eight-tenths to 5.1 and trades places with WALK-FM in the runner-up slot. Even with a six-tenths gain, Cumulus Media talker WABC is at #23. Dropping by seven-tenths is CBS Radio all-sports WFAN (5.4 – 4.7, third to fourth).
  • Riverside – Twenty (20) stations appeared in print in June’s Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario ratings report. For whatever reason(s), there were just 12 in July; 22 stations are listed for August. This time last month, only the top seven (7) stations had 6+ shares greater than 1.0, compared to 12 in August. Liberman regional Mexican KRQB gains six-tenths 3.6 – 4.2 and finishes fourth. Perennial frontrunner Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose 97.5″ was among those Inland Empire stations that disappeared in July. While “Jose 97.5″ is back in print – and in its customary top spot – it shows a full-share decline from July (10.5 – 9.5). Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-oldies KOLA regresses by six-tenths (6.9 – 6.3) and places second.
  • San Jose – This is the third successive month at #1 for public KQED (5.9 – 6.7 – 6.5). It has been a rollercoaster ride for Univision‘s KBRG. In June, it posted a -.6 to 5.5, as the station fell from first to second. “Mas Variedad” kqed logothen had an erosion of -1.1 to 4.4, further dropping the Spanish adult hits outlet to seventh. It makes some of that up, owing to a one-half share gain to 4.9 (fourth). To recap from the San Francisco “takeaways,” Entercom four weeks ago pulled the plug on its classic rock simulcast of KUFX and KUZX “The Fox.” KUFX remains in the format at 98.5, but KUZX is now rhythmic hot AC KRBQ “Q-102.1 – The Beat of the Bay.” In the San Jose report, KUFX is off by one-half share (4.6 – 4.1, sixth in July to eighth), while “Q-102.1″ bows with a .5 (#31), resulting in a month-to-month wash for the separate signals compared to numbers from July’s simulcast. Spanish Broadcasting System regional Mexican KRZZ “La Razza” hands back a bit more than the eight-tenths it gained in July (1.7 – 2.5), as a result of a -.9 to 1.6 (#16 to #25). Ironically, July’s +.8 catapulted “La Razza” from #16 from #25.
  • Middlesex – For the first time since this past December when it registered a 6.4, WAXQ “Q-104.3″ occupies the top spot in this New Jersey market. It is the fourth straight progressive trend for the Clear Channel classic rocker (4.5 – 4.7 – 5.4 – 5.9 – 6.2). Dislodged after a two-month stay at #1 – and four straight 6+ gains – is Emmis waxq logourban AC WBLS “Your #1 Source for R&B,” which plummets by -1.1 (6.4 – 5.3) to finish in fourth-place. In the 3.1 – 3.7 range the past seven survey periods, WWFS “Fresh 102.7″ rings up an impressive +.9, carryingthe CBS Radio hot AC to an even four-share (#12 to #9). It is the best (6+) stat for “Fresh” in Middlesex-Somerset-Unionwkxw since March 2013 (4.1). Not only does classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM end a three-month skid where it dropped a cumulative -1.5 (6.5 – 6.3 – 5.6 – 5.0), it racks up a +.8 to 5.8 and jumps from fourth to second. Townsquare Media talker WKXW (sixth to third) records its third straight improvement. This one is by one-half share (4.6 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.4). After a full-share gain (1.0 – 2.0, February – March) followed by a whopping +1.2 (March – April), classical WQXR has had four straight downward trends. The latest is by one-share (2.9 – 2.6 – 1.9 – 0.9), basically returning it to where it was in January. Off by nine-tenths is ESPN‘s WEPN-FM (3.0 – 2.1, #14 to #19).

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bermudezcarolinaCarolina Bermudez Is Back on NYC Radio at WKTU.  Former Elvis Duran cast member Carolina Bermudez is returning to radio after a three-year absence to co-host mornings on Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s WKTU, New York alongside Cubby Bryant beginning September 10.  Bermudez left the Elvis Duran show to host “Live from the Couch” on WLNY-TV, New York in 2011.  CCM+E New York market manager Joe Puglise comments, “This is the ultimate homecoming — we are excited to have Carolina back at Clear Channel New York.  She is an amazing talent who always connects with our listeners and a familiar voice that resonates with our advertising partners.”

mcdonaldbethMcDonald Notes Three Decades on Valley of the Sun Radio. This week marks the 30th anniversary that Clear Channel Phoenix adult contemporary KESZ morning drive talent Beth McDonald has been heard in that Arizona market.  Vice president of programming Steve Geofferies comments that McDonald has “made an impact on many families who have had her as their companion for their morning commute day after day.  She truly is, the ‘Queen of the City.’”  McDonald notes, “These 30 years have gone by so quickly.  It is almost like the time has been a dream.  That is what the job has been to me – a dream job.  I have been fortunate to work with many wonderful people, including Bill Austin, who was with me for 20 of the 30 years.  My listeners have been so supportive and loyal.  Without them, I would not have been able to do this for as long as I have.”  McDonald commenced her tenure on Phoenix’s 99.9 dial position doing news for then-KLZI-FM, which became KESZ in 1998.  She worked with several morning drive hosts, until becoming the first woman in Phoenix radio to front a morning show.  In 1990, television weathercaster Bill Austin joined McDonald. “Beth & Bill” remained the KESZ wakeup team until Austin’s passing four years ago.

midwestcomm logoSouth Central Officially Sold To Midwest. Wausau, Wisconsin’s Midwest Communications closes on its purchase of Evansville, Indiana-based South Central Communications’ nine stations in three markets.  Midwest chief executive officer Duke Wright feels “extremely fortunate” to be acquiring “one of America’s best-run radio groups.  South Central and Midwest are entirely family-owned with both families being in the radio business for well over 50 years. We feel there is a lot of commonality between the companies and I am certain we will have much to share with each other.”  South Central chief executive officer J.P. Engelbrecht comments, “We have found a great steward for our radio stations.  Duke Wright and his family are good broadcasters who will build upon the legacy created by our outstanding team.” Nashville stations involved in the transaction are market pacesetter adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9″ and adult hits WCJK “Jack-FM.”  In Knoxville, Midwest picks up adult contemporary WJXB “B-97.5,” WIMZ “Knoxville’s Classic Rock,” and WVRX “95.7 – The X.” The remaining four stations are in Evansville: adult contemporary WIKY, WABX “Evansville’s Classic Rock,” country WLFW “93.5 – The Wolf,” and CHR WSTO “Hot 96.”  Founded in 1958 by the Wright family, Midwest Communications now has approximately 70 stations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Kalil & Company was the exclusive broker for this transaction.

sabowalterFive Steps to Effective Hiring.  Over the course of his storied career, media consultant Walter Sabo has been responsible for hiring and/or recommending more than 1,000 people for companies ranging from ABC to SiriusXM to smaller firms such as Press Communications.  During that time, he’s learned how to best go about the hiring process and he offers five steps to bringing the best people into a company.  Read his column here.

radioonelogoRadio One and Katz Radio Group Renew.  Urban radio corporation Radio One and Katz Radio Group announce they’ve come to terms on a multi-year renewal of their deal.  The new pact will continue to see KRG exclusively handle national sales forkrg logo Radio One’s extensive line-up of urban focused radio stations across the country.  Radio One radio division president Chris Wegmann comments, “We are pleased about our new agreement with the Katz Radio Group.  Katz has always set the standard for national representation.  With the changing landscape in radio sales it is vital that Radio One have a partner to tell our unique story and show our strength in reaching the African-American community.  With Katz’ expertise and Radio One’s multi-platform and targeted niche experience; the outcome can only be a win for our clients.”

glasgowlindiGlasgow Appointed Alpha Media’s Corporate VP/NBD. Former Entercom San Francisco director of sales Lindi Glasgow joins Alpha Media as corporate vice president of new business development.  Alpha Media chairman Larry Wilson is “delighted” about the appointment.  “It goes hand in hand with our ‘live and local’ philosophy – concentrating on building relationships with our advertisers versus negotiation tactics,” he comments.  “Her stellar career and personal accomplishments make her the ideal candidate for the task.  Her creative thinking will be a huge addition to our sales strategy.”  President and chief executive officer Bob Proffitt notes that, “From the day I met Lindi as a rookie seller in Albuquerque 20 years ago, I was absolutely convinced she was destined for greatness.  She did not disappoint.  She has had a stellar career with amazing results.  I am delighted that she will help marry our ‘live and local’ philosophy in our 12 markets with new business development.  We are into relationships – much less into negotiation.  She has the skills, and our local markets have the content and audience to garner great results for our local advertisers; that is what I am most excited about.”  Glasgow remarks that she is “thrilled to join Alpha Media.”  She is returning to her “original radio roots that began with Larry and Bob, both of whom, I have enormous respect for.  I am passionate about the radio industry, how it engages with local communities and can play an essential part of growing local businesses.  I look forward to working with our local markets and am more than anxious to get started.”  Prior to working for Entercom San Francisco, Glasgow was corporate regional director of sales & marketing for Entercom Washington, DC; director of business development for Entercom Denver and Portland; and director of business development at Citadel Albuquerque.

krbq logoJoey V and Alexx Dupri Take Mornings at ‘Q102’ in San Francisco.  The new rhythmic hot AC station Entercom debuted in August has a morning show as the company announces “Joey V and Alexx in the Morning” will begin AM drive duties for KRBQ “Q102 The Beat of the Bay” beginning September 15.  Joey V was most recently afternoon jock and APD at Clear Channel’s crosstown classic hits KOSF and Alexx Dupri has worked in markets including Chicago, Detroit, Orlando and Richmond.  Entercom VP and market manager Steve DiNardo says, “The talents of Joey V and Alexx Dupri will create a new, entertaining and engaging morning routine for our audience.  This morning show will feed the appetite of Bay Area listeners by sparking lively conversations around trending topics and delivering compelling stories infused with humor.”

callahanjessicaCallahan Named Afternoon Jock at ‘The Bull’ in Boston.  The new country outlet in Boston has an afternoon drive personality as Clear Channel brings Boston native Jessica Callahan who leaves CHR WXXX, Burlington, Vermont to join WBWL “101.7 The Bull, Boston’s New Hit Country.”  WBWL program director Lance Houston says, “Jessica is exactly the right person — with deep Boston roots — to ‘grab the Bull by the horns’ and deliver exactly what country music’s passionate, young audience in Boston wants on their commute home.”

Mason and Remy Sign Extensions with Clear Channel St. Louis.  Air personalities Mason and Remy sign contract extensions to remain with Clear Channel’s St. Louis cluster where they host the morning show on oldies KLOU and afternoon drive on country KSD “93.7 The Bull.”  CC regional programming manager Steve Stewart comments, “Mason and Remy are two of the hardest working and talented on-air personalities in the industry.  We are thrilled to have them extend their commitment with the market and look forward to their continued success here in St. Louis.”

odelltammyO’Dell to DOS Post at Curtis in Raleigh-Durham.  The new director of sales for Curtis Media Group’s Raleigh-Durham cluster is Tammy O’Dell.  She was most recently market manager at Townsquare Media’s Albany station group.   O’Dell says, “I am extremely happy and honored to be coming home to live in the best city in America and be a part of Curtis Media Group.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Spanish WMGE, Miami “Mega 94.9” Joe Ferrero is the new morning drive personality effective September 8.  He’ll partner with current morning host Chanel…..Midday personality Astra exits Cox Media Group CHR WBLI, Long Island….Amber “Alabama” Cole is the new afternoon drive personality at Clear Channel’s CHR WNOH, Norfolk-Virginia Beach “NOW 105.”

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