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CBS RADIO Adds to Its Live Events Division. The expansion of the live events division at CBS RADIO includes the addition of Katie Forte senior producer, strategic events and partnerships. She’ll be based in New York, according to Amy Stevens, senior vice president of strategic events and partnerships. The company says that in the newly created position, Forte will “play a key role in the development and management of signature programs that provide audiences and advertisers with one of a kind experiences with their favorite artists, sports stars, newsmakers and CBS RADIO personalities. Additionally, Forte will serve as a liaison with local venues, arenas and CBS RADIO’s current roster of partners in the entertainment industry, while cultivating new business relationships and opportunities.” Forte comes to CBS RADIO from her most recent position as director, concerts marketing, digital and social media with Madison Square Garden Company.
‘Mix 106.5’ Baltimore Personality Maria Dennis Battling Leukemia. After going in for a routine colonoscopy, hot AC WWMX, Baltimore “Mix 106.5” midday personality Maria Dennis learned that her blood work came back “all over the road” and subsequent testing revealed she has leukemia. Dennis went on the air with the CBS RADIO station’s morning show from the hospital where she told listeners about her diagnosis. She said, “I have just been diagnosed with leukemia. It’s a mind-blower. It really is a mind-blower…It was a shock to me. But you know what? I’m going to beat this.”
Borrell Associates Names Corey Elliott Director of Research. Williamsburg, Virginia-based Borrell Associates announces Corey Elliott is named director of research for the company. Elliott comes to Borrell from Gannett Co. where he was director of market intelligence. In this position, Elliot will be in charge of all of Borrell’s research operations, including divisions that handle direct consumer and advertiser research as well as the popular Compass (Adspending.com) product the company says is used by some of the largest media companies in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Borrell EVP of research Kip Cassino comments, “Having watched Corey’s analysis skills grow over the years, I am elated to work with him at Borrell. He will take the research and analysis base we’ve built over the past decade to a new level.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Cookeville Communications’ country WGSQ, Cookeville, Tennessee “94.7 The Country Giant,” Zach Ledbetter is promoted from director of promotions and PM drive personality at sister CHR WKSW to program director at the station. At the same time, the company brings Billy Mac in from its Bloomington, Illinois group to become afternoon personality at WGSQ…..The new morning show at Shamrock Communications’ alternative KRZQ, Reno is Tampa-based Bubba the Love Sponge…..Syndicated Spanish-language morning show host Alex “El Genio” Lucas is added to the program schedule at Access.1-owned WGYM, Hammonton, New Jersey (about halfway between Philly and Atlantic City).
Barry Scott Nabs Adds for ‘Lost 45s’ Show. A group of 14 stations add the WROR, Boston-based weekend special show “The Lost 45s with Barry Scott” to their program schedules. Scott, who was profiled in RadioInfo recently (read that here.), announces the following stations are adding the show: WSAK, Portsmouth, New Hampshire; WSHK, Auburn, Maine; WCSY, South Haven, Michigan; WWOD, Woodstock, Vermont; WFYX, Walpole, New Hampshire; KJCM, Snyder, Oklahoma; WYEA-AM/FM, Childersburg, Alabama; WORG, Orangeberg, South Carolina; WPNC, Greenville, North Carolina; WQKY-FM & WLEM-AM, Johnston-Altoona, Pennsylvania; KEYE, Perryton, Texas; WION-AM/FM, Ionia, Michigan; WGLM, Greenville, Michigan; and WTRP, LaGrange, Georgia.
Audi to Bring Wi-Fi to 2015 A3 Model. The arrival of wi-fi in the automobile in the United States appears to be coming first from Audi, according to a piece at Technologyreview.com. The story says the German manufacturer will make wi-fi available in its 2015 A3 model and it’s certain other manufacturers will follow. GM already has plans to offer 4G LTE in some 2015 models beginning this summer. Industry watchers know that the digital dashboard is going to expand but how fast that will happen before it can be said to be ubiquitous is up for debate. The Technologyreview.com piece reports Audi will charge $100 for 5 gig of data for six months. If you add that to a consumer’s existing smartphone plan, it becomes clear the dollars add up. Manufacturers are working to make the operation of digital apps acceptable for drivers who can’t be distracted, and that limits what can be done in the vehicle (at least in the front seat). Few are denying this is the future of entertainment and information in the car but reviews of some digital dashboard apps currently available are not glowing. They cite difficulty of operation and unreliability in many cases. But time usually solves these issues and that will be the case here. But for now, service like this will belong to those with a yen for gadgets and a fair amount of disposable income. Read the Technologyreview.com piece here.
Celebrity Guest Hosts Lined Up for Russ Parr Morning Show. The WKYS, Washington-based Russ Parr Morning Show will have celebrity guest hosts sitting in for Parr next week while he’s on vacation. 50 Cent, Tamar Braxton, Lil Mo, Gary Owen and Sevyn Streeter are set to host the Reach Media-syndicated program from March 24 to 28. Parr’s program is heard on more than 30 affiliate stations across the country.
Final Round of February PPM Data Released. Ratings data for the fourth and final group of 12 markets for Nielsen Audio‘s February 2014 PPM survey has been released. Markets in this group include: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. You can see complete market numbers here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group.
- Milwaukee – After a “Holiday” – January +.6 (5.5 – 6.1, 6+), Entercom‘s WMYX “99.1 The Mix” tacks on another seven-tenths, zooming from fifth to second; 6.8 is the hot AC outlet’s highest 6+-stat since last July (6.9). Also advancing by +.7 (2.9 – 3.6) is Clear Channel CHR WRNW “Radio Now,” which is steady at #10. Talk has a mixed bag with eight-tenths drops (6+) for Journal Broadcast Group‘s WTMJ (6.9 – 6.1, #2 to #4) and Clear Channel’s WISN (6.3 – 5.5, #4 to #5). It is WTMJ’s third straight down trend (7.7 – 7.0 – 6.9 – 6.1); WISN had just experienced a +1.6 (4.7 – 6.3, “Holiday” – January). Conversely, public WUWM gains one-half share (2.3 – 2.8, #11).
- Providence – Spiking by nine-tenths are Clear Channel rocker WHJY (6.5 – 7.4, #5 to #2) and Cumulus Media rhythmic CHR WWKX “Hot 106.3″ (3.1 – 4.0), which remains at #9. The inconsistent pattern continues for Clear Channel hot AC WSNE “Coast 93.3.” It started with a -.5 (October – November, #7); then a +2.3 (November – December, #2); -1.6 (December – “Holiday,” #5); and then a +.9 (“Holiday” – January, #2). The latest is a -1.1 January – February (7.3 – 6.2), placing “Coast” at #5. Just after Entercom sports WVEI-FM posted a +1.3 to 4.8 (#9 to #7) putting an end to back-to-back downward trends that yielded a combined -2.8 (6.3 – 4.1 – 3.5), it drops seven tenths to 4.1 (#8).
- Raleigh – From September through January, Curtis Media Group adult hits WBBB “Radio 96.1″ was a model of (6+) consistency by posting four straight 4.3 shares (September, October, November, and December), followed by back-to-back 4.6 shares (“Holiday” and January). It explodes in February though with a +.9 to 5.5, the station’s strongest since July’s 5.8 as it inches up from #8 to #7. During the February sweep, co-owned WBZJ (2.5 – 3.3, +.8, #11) was urban AC “96.9 BZJ,” but earlier this month (3/11), it became regional Mexican “La Ley 96.9,” and is simulcasting WYMY (3.3 – 3.7, #9). Eroding in excess of a full-share are University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-owned WUNC (9.4 – 7.9, -1.5, #1 to #2) and Capitol Broadcasting adult contemporary WRAL (7.8 – 6.1, -1.7, #2 to #6). Taking over the #1 slot from WUNC is Curtis Media’s WQDR “Today’s Best Country” (7.8 – 8.5, +.7); WQDR was tied for second in January.
- Norfolk – When observing the country clash this time last month, we noted that Sinclair‘s WUSH “US 106.1″ improved by a whopping +1.8 (5.1 – 6.9, #4 to #2), while Max Broadcast Group-owned WGH-FM “The Eagle” lost one full-share for the second straight survey period (5.0 – 4.0 – 3.0), falling from #7 to #12. Wild fluctuations in that format continue, but this time “The Eagle” gains +1.7 to 4.7 (#7), while “US 106.1″ plummets by two full-shares to 4.9 (#6); thus, the January lead of 3.9 shares held by WUSH is down to two-tenths. Not only is this the nineteenth consecutive survey period that Entercom urban AC WVKL “95-7 R&B” has been #1, it posts a massive +2.1 (9.8 – 11.9) and returns to (6+) double-digits. Its string of consecutive
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- Nashville – Plenty of activity in “Music City USA,” paced by Clear Channel CHR WRVW “The River” racking up a +1.7 (6.0 – 7.7). Steady at #2, “The River” is now 5.2 shares behind South Central Communications adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9,” which has trended 18.6 – 15.5 – 12.9 for a combined -5.7 (6+) since the “Holiday” report. In January, the margin between the two outlets was 9.5 shares. Despite a +1.1 (5.4 – 6.5), Cumulus Media urban AC WQQK “92-Q” stays at #3, while Clear Channel country WSIX-FM “The Big 98″ is +1.0 (4.7 – 5.7) and inches up from seventh to fifth. No sooner had Cumulus sports outlet WGFX “The Zone” put the brakes on three straight negative trends resulting in a combined -2.5 since October (6.1 – 5.3 – 4.6 – 3.6) by posting a +.9 in January (3.6 – 4.5, #9) – it tumbles by a full-share (4.5 – 3.5, #11).
- Greensboro – CHR enjoys a solid month as Dick Broadcasting‘s WKZL “107-5 ‘KZL” is +.9 (4.8 – 5.7, #8 to #6), while Clear Channel‘s WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” is +.7 (2.9 – 3.6, steady at #9). Advancing from fifth to fourth, Entercom‘s WPAW “The Wolf” adds two-tenths (7.4 – 7.6), while Clear Channel country competitor WTQR is down for the fifth successive survey (8.5 – 7.5 – 6.8 – 6.1 – 5.5 – 5.1) and slips from #6 to #7. This is the sixteenth time in a row that Entercom urban AC WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” is in double-digits (6+, 10.9 – 11.5); it repeats at #1.
- West Palm Beach – Adult contemporary WEAT “Sunny 107.9″ (3.1 – 4.3, #8 to #5) and Clear Channel Spanish contemporary WRLX “Mia 92.1″ (2.9 – 4.1, #9 to #6) register identical +1.2 survey-to-survey improvements. Seven-tenths, however, is unlucky (as in -.7) for urban AC WMBX (4.8, -.7, #3); Clear Channel CHR WLDI (3.9, -.7, #8); public WLRN (3.2, -.7, #9); and Moody Bible religious outlet WRMB (2.0, -.7, #12).
- Jacksonville – Progressing by six-tenths are Clear Channel country and CHR siblings WQIK “Jacksonville’s Country” (6.9 – 7.5) and WNWW “Kiss-FM” (4.3 – 4.9). WQIK and “Kiss-FM” remain at #2 and #6, respectively. On the flipside, however, their adult hits sibling WWJK “Jack-FM” drops six-tenths (3.4 – 2.8). Coincidentally, “Jack-FM” also keeps its January ranking (#12), but in five successive downward trends (5.6 – 4.9 – 4.0 – 3.9 – 3.4 – 2.8), its (6+) share has been cut precisely in half.
- Memphis – Swapping places at #1 and #2, respectively, are Clear Channel siblings (urban AC) KJMS “V-101″ (8.9 – 10.6, +1.7) and (gospel) WHAL “Halleluiah” (10.2 – 8.9, -1.3). One month after urban-rhythmic oldies cluster-mate WDIA rung up the second-best (6+) survey-to-survey gain in the 48 PPM markets – an astonishing +2.7 – taking “The Heart and Soul of Memphis” from #12 to #7 (2.5 – 5.2), it falls nine-tenths to 4.3 (#10). Improving by seven-tenths are Flinn Broadcasting rhythmic CHR KXHT “Hot 107.1″ (4.4 – 5.1, #9 to #7) and Entercom hot AC WMC-FM “FM 100 – Today’s Best Mix” (3.9 – 4.6, #11 to #8).
- Hartford – WTIC-FM rebounds from a -1.7 (“Holiday” – January) with a +1.0 (6.9 – 7.9), carrying the CBS Radio hot AC from fifth to third. Its adult contemporary sibling – WRCH “Lite 10.5″ – shakes off a -6.1 with a +.7 (9.2 – 9.9). “Lite” has held the market’s #1 spot (6+) since October 2011. Buckley classic hits WDRC-FM drops one full-share (7.3 – 6.3) and slides from fourth in January to sixth.
Nicki Minaj Releases Potentially Controversial Song/Video. Pop star Nicki Minaj has released a provocative new song and video that is providing radio with the challenge of whether or not to play it and if so, HOW to play it. “Lookin Ass Nigga” is from her forthcoming third studio album The Pink Print due out later this year on Young Money Entertainment. The ultra-artsy black & white video directed by Nabil shows her clad in a revealing, sexy outfit shooting machine guns, spouting obscenities and using the N-word 108 times. It has been questioned why she would release this during black history month. The bigger questions facing programmers of formats in which a new song by Minaj is usually an automatic add is “What should we do with this and how should we handle it?” This song marks a return to the femcee’s hardcore rap roots and is similar to what Kanye West did by going pop and then intentionally becoming a bad boy and heading back towards pure rap/hip hop. Minaj posted a few photos on Instagram before dropping this that showed off her natural hair and curves – turns out it was from this video. Dirty Rice (Sundays 6:00 am – 8:00 am) on 92Q (92.3FM WERQ), Baltimore is all over it asking his audience what they think – on the station website – in prep for his show Sunday. View it here. RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie says, “This is one of those cases in which radio programmers have to make a decision and then go with it or not. You don’t know early on if a song like this will be a milestone in the artistic and cultural evolution of society – in which case you don’t want to ‘miss it’ or if it is just another insulting piece of trash thrown out there by a pop star to get attention in a noisy, politically sensitive world.” Doobie advises, “One thing is for sure. I wouldn’t bleep it or edit it. That’s a cop out. Either play it as it is and reap the rewards or consequences — or don’t play it at all.”
Jackson Adds KHHM Programming Duties. Three-year country KNTY “The Wolf,” Sacramento program director Tosh Jackson takes on similar responsibilities for Entravision CHR sibling KHHM “Hot 103.5.” Executive vice president of integrated marketing solutions Karl Meyer comments that, “Tosh has displayed a proven track record of excellence at KNTY in a highly competitive market and has created a brand loyalty among ‘Wolf’ listeners. It is clear that he is the right person to also lead the production and development of ‘Hot 103.5.’ Tosh’s appointment further demonstrates Entravision’s commitment to continue to strengthen our programming in Sacramento, a diverse and innovative market.” Jackson remarks, “KHHM is a cornerstone in the Sacramento media space, and I look forward to helping the station build upon its existing success in the market. The talent and resources at KHHM are well positioned to progress in tandem with changing broadcast industry dynamics. I am eager to add my experience and skills to the equation.” Jackson began his career at KHHM when it was KBMB “The Bomb,” where he was assistant program director/music director/”mix show” coordinator.
Weingartz Elevated to AirPlay Direct CEO. AirPlay Direct‘s four-year executive vice president of operations Lynda Weingartz is promoted to chief executive officer of the company that provides digital delivery to radio. AirPlay Direct chairman and founder Robert Weingartz states, “This is a very important evolution for the AirPlay Direct executive team. Lynda has always applied her creative talents, vision and extensive business experience to serve AirPlay Direct and our members at a superior level. I have nothing but the highest expectations for Lynda in this new role.” Company president Michael Harnett points out that, “Lynda has been instrumental in growing the revenues of AirPlay Direct. Her insight and experience working with our clients has been impeccable and a major reason for not only the current growth but also in solidifying the sales foundation for the future of AirPlay Direct.” Lynda Weingartz comments that she has been, “very proud to have been a contributor to the accomplishments and growth” of the company” and that she looks “forward to all the on-going challenges we will face as a company, and successes I expect in the future.” Since Lynda Weingartz joined AirPlay Direct, she has been involved with creating partnerships with the Hard Rock Cafe, IBMA, as well as with various record labels and artists.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Journal Broadcast Group’s CHR KSPW, Springfield, Missouri “Power 96.5,” Nathan Graham becomes the new evening personality effective March 3…..Specialty show and weekend personality Axe is leaving Stephens Media Group’s alternative WZNE, Rochester “94.1 The Zone.” His last show is Sunday evening’s “Music Invention” program…..The syndicated Murphy, Sam & Jodi show joins the lineup at JMD, Inc.’s AC WSYE, Tupelo, Mississippi; RadioJones LLC’s AC WEDB, East Dublin, Georgia “Magic 98.1,” 1 Chronicles 14-owned country KVRP, Haskell, Texas, and country KBPC, Crockett, Texas “Pine Country 93.5.”…..Syndicated Spanish morning personality Alex “El Genio” Lucas is the new personality at Radio Fiesta’s simulcast WWRF, Lake Worth, Florida and Palm Springs, Florida translator W245AY at 96.9 FM branded as “Radio Fiesta.”
FCC Appears to Back Off of Newsroom and Issues Study. When it was announced last May, the proposed Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs the Federal Communications Commission would be undertaking rankled many lawmakers and broadcasters as it was perceived as an intrusion into broadcasters’ First Amendment rights in addition to being outside the bounds of the FCC’s jurisdiction. Now, according to a piece in Ad Week, the FCC appears to be backing off, or at least re-defining, the research intended to “study entry barriers” to information media to determine if there are small businesses unable to break into broadcasting. This would have been determined by quizzing news broadcasters about how they choose their stories. Last year, some GOP lawmakers termed it an “end-around” the Fairness Doctrine and heavily criticized the study as well as the jurisdiction of the FCC to getting into content matters. Earlier this week FCC commissioner Ajit Pai penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal arguing that the study is not necessary to filing its required report to Congress every three years on eliminating barriers to entry in the communications industry. He writes, “This claim is peculiar. How can the news judgments made by editors and station managers impede small businesses from entering the broadcast industry? And why does the CIN (critical information needs) study include newspapers when the FCC has no authority to regulate print media?” Whether or not the first field study slated for Columbia, South Carolina this spring gets underway as proposed or not remains to be seen. Ad Week reports it was told by an FCC rep that the agency “has no intention of interfering in the coverage and editorial choices that journalists make. We’re closely reviewing the proposed research design to determine if an alternative approach is merited.”
Radio Mercury Awards Final-Round Judging Panel Announced. Chief judge Matt Eastwood helped assemble the jury for the 23rd annual Radio Mercury Awards. The panel represents radio’s top advertising categories including automotive, communications, financial services, packaged goods, over-the-counter, retail, spirits, and quick-serve restaurants. Final-round judging panel consists of JWT New York group creative director Jill Applebaum; BBDO New York executive creative director Chris Beresford-Hill; Cog NYC founder Wayne Best; Grupo Gallegos chief creative officer Pablo Buffagni; Young & Rubicam Group New York chief creative officer Jim Elliott; DDB Chicago executive vice president/executive creative director Mark Gross; Publicis New York executive creative director Joe Johnson; and Deutsch New York chief creative officer Kerry Keenan. “This list is a ‘who’s who’ of well-established creative executives, and perennial award-winning agencies with a long history of creating exceptional, noteworthy creative executions,” remarks Eastwood, who is chief creative officer of DDB Worldwide Communications Group New York. “More importantly, our panel consists of brilliant thought leaders who have a true love and appreciation for the greatest writer’s medium of all time, radio.” Radio Creative Fund chair – and Radio Advertising Bureau president/CEO Erica Farber – adds, “We feel so incredibly privileged to have gathered such a pinnacle group of creative ambassadors for this year’s competition. The bar has been set high, but I am confident this group will help ensure that the mission of the Radio Mercury Awards lives on as we award the best creative audio commercials over the past year.” Prizes will be handed out in a variety of categories such as “Agency Production,” “Radio Station Produced,” “Student,” “PSA,” “Spanish Language,” and “Best of Show.” Deadline for submissions is April 1, with the awards event taking place June 4 at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge.
Southern California Broadcasters Association to Provide Quarterly Guidance Report. Planning and research material is for California advertising agencies, clients and its members. Southern California Broadcasters Association president Thom Callahan notes that, “The SCBA Quarterly Market Guidance Report fulfills a growing need among California ad agencies and clients to look ahead to the next quarter to learn, plan, create, and execute even more effective radio advertising campaigns based on market conditions, trends, and the upcoming quarter’s business environment. As an additional service to the advertising community, the SCBA will encourage face-to-face planning and development meetings with advertising agencies and major clients to provide full-year guidance and customization of our extensive market research.” The QMG report will give current and predictive regional economic data, radio category growth, and commentary on advertising and business trends. The report uses regional economic development corporation reports, member reports on market trends, Miller Kaplan Arase data, and audience measurement data. It will be posted late next month for second quarter 2014 guidance on the SCBA’s website (www.scba.com).
Buckley’s ‘Groove 99.3’ Bakersfield Newest Affiliate of Envision’s Imaging Chop Shop Service. The newest affiliate of Envision Networks’ Imaging Chop Shop is Buckley Broadcasting’s rhythmic oldies KKBB, Bakersfield “Groove 99.3.” Envision calls Imaging Chop Shop its turnkey voice and imaging service – the “only voice and production resource that offers fully produced voice and imaging on a barter basis for radio. Imaging Chop Shop is the creation of leading industry voice talent/imaging producer AJ (WIAD, Washington, DC, KDWB, Minneapolis, KDMX, Dallas, KRBE, Houston) and legendary Los Angeles programmer and BitXchange prep creator Mike Marino (KHHT-FM and KYSR-FM, Los Angeles). Imaging Chop Shop clients receive one page of fully produced imaging weekly voiced by a team of radio’s best voice and production talents who have been featured collectively in the NBA, NFL, NHL, Discovery Channel, Subway, Comcast, Mazda, and more!”
Dave Ramsey Counsels Bobby Bones’ Staff and Listeners. Nationally syndicated financial talk superstar Dave Ramsey (right) sits in on the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones show based at WSIX-FM, Nashville, right down the road from Ramsey’s home base of Brentwood. Ramsey appeared with Bones (left) after Bones show producer Ray lost his truck in a Super Bowl bet and is some $8,000 in debt. Ramsey talked to the crew and audience about various topics including the terrible odds of gambling, tax withholding, and even the psychology behind using the debt snowball to pay off debt.
S-Class Mercedes-Benz to Have HD Radio. Mercedes-Benz of Mexico is launching its S-Class with HD Radio. iBiquity Digital is the developer of the digital technology and its chief operating officer Jeff Jury states, “We are very pleased to achieve the key goal of North American standardization with Mercedes-Benz. With this expansion, Mercedes-Benz drivers across Canada, Mexico and the United States have access to HD Radio technology in their cars. This coincides with our continuing efforts to bring HD Radio broadcasting to all markets across North America. By offering the technology as standard, Mercedes-Benz is ensuring that all their customers can enjoy the current services and be ensured of enjoying the coming ‘all-digital’ future.” The 2014 S-Class is now at dealerships across the United States and Mexico. More than 2,230 digital stations are on-air; over 1,480 HD2 and HD3 digital-only channels broadcast content that can only be heard with an HD Radio receiver.
Clear Channel Commits to Campaign for ‘American Heart Month.’ For the purpose of educating the public about heart disease, its risks and preventative measures, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is committing more than $1 million worth of on-air media to that end. Today (2/14), Clear Channel is kicking off a two-week public service announcement campaign across its 840 radio stations to educate listeners on the symptoms of heart disease and stroke in honor of American Heart Month. Certain Clear Channel stations will air a comedic yet informative public service announcement voiced by Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth Banks that highlights the signs of heart attack in women, while all other Clear Channel radio stations will air a second PSA, created by the Ad Council and the American Heart Association, to help people recognize and respond to the sudden warning signs of a stroke.
Thoughts for a New Year. Although the group U2 aptly sang that nothing changes on New Year’s Day – which is partially true in a sense – RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie outlines and reconfirms this publication’s primary goals and commitments for 2014. They include the addition EDM (electronic dance music) and alternative rock/country components to our industry service, and a tell-it-like-it is ongoing assessment of what he describes as the “dumb two-headed monster” that threatens the very existence of radio as we have come to know and love it. To read Doobie’s new column, please click here.
Clear Channel and SFX Team Up for EDM Promotions. Clear Channel Media + Entertainment and Robert F.X. Sillerman’s SFX Entertainment are co-operating on a three-pronged EDM-based promotional deal. The first is the creation of a national DJ talent contest airing live on select Clear Channel stations nationwide, as well as on Evolution, iHeartRadio’s dance music hub, with parts of the competition taking place at iHeartRadio Theaters in New York and Los Angeles. The winner will appear at Mysteryland, SFX’s newest U.S. festival taking place on Memorial Day 2014 in Woodstock, New York, and also receive a recording contract with Beatport and a major record label. Part two is the creation of a weekly Top 20 Countdown from Beatport, to air on Clear Channel stations nationwide, including on CC’s major market hit music stations. Finally, the original live event series provides a framework for event creation in the electronic music space, specifically a national electronic music culture event program focused around Halloween 2014. Sillerman comments, “Partnering with the clear leader in broadcast and digital radio is a key strategic relationship for SFX. The framework we have established with Clear Channel, whose stations include ‘KIIS-FM’ and ‘Z100,’ brings the electronic music category to a broader audience and delivers on what we believe the young music consumer wants today. It also allows us to amplify the promotion of DJ/producers who are the life-blood of our industry.”
New Year Changes at Facebook That Affect You. Digital media consultant Chris Miller informs us that Facebook recently made some important changes that affect how users get to show the content they do. Miller writes, “The news and entertainment site Buzzfeed first picked up on it before Facebook made it official. The folks at Buzzfeed noticed that, all of a sudden, online content publishers were getting a huge increase in hits. That group of publishers includes a wide variety of content providers, but the way to think about it is ‘sites that find and write about stuff that others should find interesting.’” Miller says that all social platforms are getting more sophisticated about how they determine what their users will see. Facebook has adjusted their formula that determines what content we all get shown, emphasizing the interesting over the merely silly and self-serving. Here’s how to help insure that more of your posts get shown to your fan base. Read Miller’s column here.
Cumulus Adds New Orleans’ WRKN to ‘NASH’ Format Roster. Cumulus Media drops the rock on WRKN, New Orleans and flips the station to country under the “NASH” format. When all of the planned O&O flips are complete, the company will have more than 60 stations carrying the “NASH” brand. The station will air the nationally syndicated programs “Kickin’ It with Kix” hosted by Kix Brooks, “NASH Nights Live” with Shawn Parr and “American Country Countdown.” It is currently looking for a program director of the station and applicants are urged to apply to Mike McVay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York City’s WWRL Officially Transitions to Regional Mexican. The format change involving Access.1,New York City progressive-leaning talk outlet WWRL is not a surprise – TALKERS reported last month (12/16) that it would happen. We now have more details though including that the station’s new identity is “La Invasora 1600 AM.” Vice president/general manager Adriane Gaines comments, “New York City is the 15th-largest economy in the world – almost one in four residents is Hispanic. ‘La Invasora 1600 AM’ has an excellent signal which reaches from its home base in New York City to across the entire metro. Access.1 has a rich history of serving ethnic audiences. The creation and launch of ‘La Invasora 1600 AM’ is a natural extension of our company’s legacy in providing genuine value to our audiences and advertisers.” Executive vice president of SupeRadio Latino Network Jesse Rios remarks, “‘La Invasora 1600 AM’ will serve as the flagship station of the SupeRadio Latino Network. It will provide national programs including ‘Hablando Immigracion con attorney J.A. Garcia’ and the ‘Intimidades Show con Betty,’ an interactive music show. This is a great radio station that is going to change the radio landscape in New York City. Mexican Hispanics have long awaited a radio station designed especially for them.” Other SupeRadio Network shows include “La Invasion Mananera con El Gordo y Mamizukii,” Alex “El Genio” Lucas, “Tardes con Iliana Sanchez ‘La Nena,'” “Erazno y la Chokolata,” and SuperGol Sports. December 2013 ratings for WWRL (Nielsen Audio PPM) did not appear in print.
Cox Media Adds Atlanta Media Star to WALR Weekend Lineup. Cox Media Group rhythmic oldies WALR “KISS 104.1 FM” announces the launch of the Monica Pearson show on Sunday January 12 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm. Pearson – an Atlanta broadcast legend and award-winning journalist – will host the show that promises “engaging talk, smooth R&B music from the 70s to today, and fascinating information from one of Atlanta’s most-trusted media talents.” Pearson comments, “I am extremely excited about working for ‘KISS 104.1,’ Atlanta’s best R&B. It allows me to return to my first love, radio, working with great music, great people and to remain in the Cox Media Group family. This is an opportunity for people to see me in a different light. After all, I consider myself the Madonna of broadcasting ̶ always changing.” Pearson is the first woman and first minority to anchor the daily evening news in Atlanta, where she worked for 37 years at WSB-TV. During her career she won more than 33 Southern Regional and local Emmy Awards for reporting, anchoring and her “Closeups” celebrity interview show. She retired from WSB-TV in 2012 and writes her “Monica Matters” column for the quarterly magazine, Southern Seasons. She also is attending the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication to earn a Master’s Degree.
Hotchkiss Transfers to Charlotte as Director of Sales. As of today (1/6), Keith Hotchkiss is Clear Channel Charlotte’s director of sales. He joins that operation from Cleveland where he was general sales manager of Clear Channel-owned CHR WAKS “Kiss-FM,” news/talk WTAM, rock WMMS, and WMMS-HD2 “99X.” Regional Market Manager Charlie Wilkinson remarks that, “Keith’s proven sales leadership will have an immediate impact in Charlotte. I’m confident he will be an integral part of our success now and well into the future.” Clear Channel’s five-station Charlotte cluster consists of alternative WEND “The End,” CHR WHQC “Channel 96-1,” country WKKT “The Kat,” adult hits WLKO “The Lake,” and classic rock WRFX “The Fox.”
Bonneville Phoenix Shuts Down Adult Hits KPKX ’98.7 The Peak’; 11 Staffers Dismissed as Station Flips to Sports Talk Simulcast. It had been a 10-year run for adult hits KPKX, Phoenix “98.7 The Peak” but the most recent 6+ PPM ratings saw KPKX scoring a 3.4 share putting it in 10th place in the market. Vice president and market manager Scott Sutherland says, “We want to sincerely thank everyone at ‘98.7 The Peak’ for accomplishing great things over the past 10 years.” Eleven of the station’s staffers were let go as a result of the station’s flip to a simulcast of sister sports talker KTAR-AM.
Cumulus Program Director Changes. Three departures to report in the programming departments of the company’s New Orleans and Wilkes Barre-Scranton clusters. In New Orleans, five-year program director Jason Ginty leaves sports WMTI “106.1 The Ticket” and alternative WRKN “Rock 92.3″ as the latter station flips to country. He previously was production director for New Orleans outlets that Citadel (now Cumulus) owned; was creative services director in the market for KKND “The End”; and worked in Lafayette, Louisiana for KRDJ. Also, APD and music director Stacey Brady departs WRKN as a format change is expected to take place today (1/6). Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, owing to family matters, roughly two-year CHR WBHT and rock WBSX “97-9 X” program director Kenny Wall resigns. His last day at the Wilkes Barre-Scranton stations before he returns to Arkansas will be one week from Wednesday (1/15). Wall previously spent five years in Tulsa programming alternative KMYZ “Z 104.5 The Edge” and was PD/afternoon drive talent at Birmingham alternative outlet WRAX “The X @100.5.”
Compass Names Ingold Sales Exec. Compass Media Networks brings Doug Ingold aboard as senior director of affiliate sales for entertainment & music programming beginning January 20. The company says Ingold “will be based in Los Angeles and assume a vital role in the expansion of Compass’ long-form entertainment and music shows including Big D & Bubba, “Free Beer & Hot Wings,” “Off The Record,” “Out of Order,” Rick Dees and “Skratch N Sniff.” Compass VP of affiliate sales Adam Wilbur comments, “Our entertainment portfolio is growing rapidly and the time is right for us to add someone of Doug’s caliber to spearhead day-to-day affiliate marketing.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Stephanie Sabota is promoted to local sales manager at Cox Media Group’s Tampa cluster. She has served with the company in Tampa for the past four years as account manager. Cluster vice president and market manager Keith Lawless says, “Stephanie is a natural when it comes to developing business and people. She has been a valuable part of our sales team, and I’m confident she will be a valuable member our sales management team.”…..At Flinn Broadcasting’s hip hop KHXT, Memphis “Hot 107.1,” the syndicated Rickey Smiley show takes over the morning drive slot. As a result, KHXT midday personality Superman steps into the local producer role for Smiley’s program and current morning host TK moves to the midday daypart.
Questions About ‘Q101’and WKQX Calls in Chicago. In a story about the deal between Merlin Media and Cumulus Media that has the latter operating classic rock WLUP-FM, Chicago and adult hits WIQI, Chicago under an LMA with an option to buy, Crain’s Chicago Business reports DuPage Radio LLC owner Matt Dubiel says he has a contractual rights to the “Q101” brand under a deal with Merlin Media for an online station he’s operating. He also says he was promised the WKQX call letters would not be re-assigned to the 101.1 signal in Chicago. The report also notes that Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey says he’s not concerned about the matter since his company has no plans to use the “Q101” brand.
Four New Integrations for iHeartRadio. Clear Channel announces its iHeartRadio digital entertainment platform is headed to dashboards in three auto makes, including Jaguar Land Rover, Volvo and Kia. In addition to these OEMs, iHeartRadio will also be available via platform solution provider Bosch. The company states that in 2014, Jaguar Land Rover vehicles equipped with Bosch SoftTec’s innovative InControl Apps platform, Volvo vehicles equipped with the Sensus Connect infotainment solution and Kia vehicles with UVO will have access to iHeartRadio.
Analysis: 2014 NMX Podcasters Conference. Media consultant Holland Cooke is in Las Vegas this week covering the New Media Expo and the enormous 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show. First up, Cooke reports from the weekend’s happenings at 2014 NMX. Cooke says the standing-room-only crowd was replete with people focused on talking targeted, passionate interests with its audience. “And they’re not just talking to your geographical area. And they are not merely, as clichéd station imaging assures, ‘talking-about what-you’re-talking-about,’” says Cooke. “Instead of belaboring Benghazi, they’re bonding with ‘overwhelmed adoptive moms, by telling the truth about the post-adoption journey, so they feel validated and encouraged for the road ahead.’ If more station websites offered narrowcast content that’s specifically appealing, and used transmitters to invite those moms to engage, new digital revenue would follow.” Read Cooke’s entire report from 2014 NMX in Las Vegas here.
Seven AEs Sue Clear Channel Claiming Civil Rights Violations. In a suit filed in the Eastern District of Louisiana by seven current and former AEs working at Clear Channel’s New Orleans stations, the group charges that after the economic downturn of 2008, accounts were redistributed at a meeting in Gonzales, Louisiana in February of 2009 in such a way that helped ease the financial hit Caucasian AEs were taking through the redistribution. The complaint alleges many of the redistributed accounts had been built up by African American AEs. The complaint – filed jointly by Wil Watson, Gary Watson, Prixie Montgomery, Ave Gaines, Darnetta Mahaffy-Nelson, Dinah Campbell, and Brandin Campbell – details salaries before and after the redistribution and concludes, “As a result of the redistribution of accounts, whether intentional or negligent, African-American account executives were disparately, and negatively, impacted, to their severe economic detriment as compared to their Caucasian counterparts…Overall, African-American account executives lost on average more than 40% of their 2008 income in 2008-9. On information and belief Caucasian account executives lost no more that about 15% of their 2008 income, on average, during the same period of time.” Three of the seven were fired, they allege, after complaining about the practices. The seven seek relief, punitive damages, general damages, attorneys’ fees and statutory remedies.
Clear Channel Names Jay Michaels KDGE, Dallas PD. Programmer Jay Michaels, already in charge of the company’s sister hot AC KDMX, Dallas “Mix 102.9,” adds PD duties for alternative KDGE “102.1 The Edge.” In making the announcement, CC Dallas vice president of operations Patrick Davis states, “Jay has earned this opportunity and has been a major contributor to the station’s programming since the beginning. He and ‘The Edge’ staff have done an outstanding job this year and are seeing the benefits of their hard work.” Prior to joining CC Dallas, Michaels served as operations manager at Sinclair’s Norfolk operations and was program director for alternative WROX “96 X” and rhythmic AC WNRJ “Energy 106.1.”
Greg Hoffman to Mornings at Hip Hop KSEQ, Fresno. After more than 17 years at Clear Channel’s Fresno rhythmic CHR outlet KBOS “B95,” Hoffman recently exited the station. Now, he finds a home at Buckley Broadcasting’s crosstown KSEQ “Q97.1” where he’ll host the morning drive program. Buckley EVP Kathy Baker states, “The continuation of bringing top-ranked people in all capacities to KSEQ will enable us to better serve the audience we entertain and inform and the advertisers we solicit. Greg Hoffman will be a very welcome addition to our team.” KSEQ general manager John Sterling adds, “Greg is a veteran radio personality and programmer. I’ve always admired his incredible passion for our community. We are thrilled to have someone of his talent and experiences join ‘Q97.1’ as morning show host.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Jackie Selby is the new evening personality at the Entercom classic rock simulcast “K-Fox” on KUFX, San Jose and KUZX, San Francisco. She takes over for Laurie Roberts who remains with the company for weekend duties…..Sun Broadcasting names Anthony “Roach” Proffitt assistant program director and music director at its alternative WXNX, Sanibel, Florida in the Fort Myers-Naples market…..Sharon Wingfield is promoted to full time at Summit Media’s triple A WURV, Richmond “103.7 The River” to host the midday show.
WRBZ, Montgomery Adds Envision’s “Classic Rock Live” to Saturday Schedule. KMS, Inc.-owned classic hits outlet WRBZ, Montgomery “Kool Classic Hits” adds Envision Radio Networks’ two-hour weekly “Classic Rock Live” program to its weekend program schedule airing Saturdays at 8:00 pm. The show features live performances by classic rock artists and is hosted by WMMR, Philadelphia rock radio legend Pierre Robert. Envision states, “Robert has attended more than a thousand shows all over the globe. No one is better suited to bring an audience great classic rock moments and personal experiences from the most renowned tours.”
Alex “El Genio” Lucas Morning Show Adds Two Stations. Syndicated Spanish-language morning host Alex “El Genio” Lucas is added to KUNX, Oxnard-Ventura and KKZZ, Santa Paula – both branded “Radio Formula.” The program is syndicated to about 45 stations via AL & CM Broadcasting. Company CEO Carlos Moncada states, “I am thrilled and delighted that Alex Lucas can now be heard on ‘Radio Formula KUNX’ and ‘Radio Formula KKZZ’ – two premier Spanish stations that are highly respected in the California’s predominantly Hispanic community. We are happy to bring programming of this caliber to a greater number of people. Alex Lucas listeners are very loyal and his show typically drives up time spent listening – a metric that advertisers seek in today’s economy because it produces greatly increased retail activity. Alex Lucas is a proven ratings winner, and he is a natural fit for ‘Radio Formula KUNX’ and ‘Radio Formula KKZZ!’”
Journal’s KFDI, Wichita Honored by Kansas Association of Broadcasters. The news team at the Journal Broadcast Group country outlet was honored by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters with the following awards in the annual competition: Best Large Market Complete Severe Weather Coverage: George Lawson, John Wright, Marc LaVoie, Matthew Harding, Jacob Weston and Kyle McCaskey; Best Large Market Spot News Coverage: Marc LaVoie, “McConnell AFB KC-46A Announcement”; and Honorable Mention Large Market Complete Newscast: Dan Dillon and John Wright, “Wichita Gas Leak.” The awards will be presented at the KAB convention on October 21. Journal Wichita operations manager Justin Case states, “We are honored to have our news professionals recognized for their success and commitment to our community. This accomplishment is a real testament to the dedication and excellence our team brings to their work every day. We are proud of these accomplishments and remain committed to keeping our listeners informed and safe.”
Country Act The Lost Trailers Cuts Custom Theme Music for Dial Global’s “Sunday Night Football.” The theme music to Dial Global’s “Sunday Night Footbal” this season is a tweaked version of The Lost Trailers’ single “It’s Goin’ Down Tonight” that features football highlights, sound bites and customized lyrics. The company announces, “The new theme music, performed by The Lost Trailers and powered by Early Shares Music, will debut during the first regular season NFL broadcast on Thursday, September 5 which kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET. The highly anticipated season opener between the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos will feature Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason behind the microphones.” The band’s founding member Stokes Nielson states, “We are truly excited to be a part of the NFL broadcasts on Dial Global. We are huge sports fans and we can’t wait to help the announcers kick off every Sunday night game, because it’s goin’ down tonight, every Sunday night, all over America!” The band previously collaborated with Dial Global Sports, customizing their top 10 single “Holler Back” for the network’s opening montage in Super Bowl XLIII.
Round Two of Holiday PPMs Brings Good News for AC Stations. As Arbitron continues to release the 2012 Holiday PPM data, the news continues to be good for AC stations capitalizing in the annual infusion of Christmas music during the period. RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presents part two of his breakdown of some of the top performers (and some of those stations that suffered a bit during the Holiday PPM period) from the second group of 12 PPM markets to have their data released. See his analysis here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment names Steve Geofferies vice president of programming for the company’s Phoenix stations. Geofferies has been with CC for 12 years, most recently as regional programming manager overseeing Charlotte and Raleigh. The company says Geofferies has programmed some of its biggest country brands including KSD, St. Louis “The Bull”; WSSL, Greenville, South Carolina; WESC, Greenville; and WKKT, Charlotte “Kat Country” as well as led the Charlotte cluster to head-to-head format wins in country, top 40 and adult contemporary programming…..Lotus Communications’ Spanish music outlet KPSL, Bakersfield “Concierto 96.5” and KHIT, Fresno “Exitos 107.1” bring Alex “El Genio” Lucas’ morning program to the two stations as well as Rosmar Vega’s midday program. Lucas states, “Radio broadcasting is my passion. I couldn’t be happier about my new home with Lotus Communications Corp. on both KPSL and KHIT where we’ll continue to entertain and serve the needs of the Hispanic community.”…..Clear Channel Boston names Matt Tilden local sales manager for its new electronic dance music-formatted WEDX. Tilden has been with the company since 2005, most recently serving as AE for CHR WXKS “Kiss 108.”…..Entercom classic rock WROQ, Greenville, South Carolina music director Jay D. Stone “The Stoneman” is upped to assistant program director for WROQ and sister active rock WTPT “93.3 The Planet.”…..Kay Thomas becomes midday personality at MLB Richmond-owned adult hits WWLB, Richmond, Virginia.
Premiere Networks’ Blair Garner Appears on ABC TV’s “Nashville.” Nationally syndicated country radio personality Blair Garner (pictured here at left) – host of Premiere Networks’ “After MidNite” program – appeared on the hit TV drama “Nashville” last night. Garner originally read for the role of one of two reporter parts but ended up with the bigger role of country fan-blogger Adam Wergeles, who confronts country newbie Juliette Barnes (played by Hayden Panettiere [at right]) about playing second-fiddle to Connie Britton’s more established character Rayna James. Juliette doesn’t take too kindly to Adam’s less-than-discreet line of questioning, and drama ensued. Garner says he’d love for this to continue. “I would love for it to develop into a recurring role. I enjoyed getting to stir the pot up a bit, which is so far removed from who I actually am. One thing ‘Nashville’ is not short on is drama, and I would welcome the chance to ensure the program continues to over-develop that drama in spades.”
Steve Harvey to Host 44th NAACP Image Awards. Nationally syndicated Premiere Networks morning show host, author and comedian Steve Harvey is hosting the 44th NAACP Image Awards to be broadcast on NBC live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on February 1. Harvey will host and Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Wanda Sykes and Tony Goldwyn will be part of an all-star line-up. Harvey states, “I’m honored to be hosting the 44th NAACP Image Awards, and celebrate the variety of film, TV, literary, music contributions, and special honorees this year. We’re live on stage, got great things in store for the night!” The NAACP Image Awards is the premier multicultural awards show. It celebrates the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
Clear Channel Partners with Stardome Radio Networks on Carmen Jara Show. Spanish-language radio star Carmen Jara’s program is being added to the lineup at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s KTZR, Tucson; KBFP, Bakersfield; KFSO, Fresno; KPRC-FM, Salinas/Monterey/Santa Cruz; KIZS, Tulsa; and KUNO, Corpus Christi. Stardome Radio Networks managing director/CEO Anthony Hernandez says, “The Stardome team welcomes the Clear Channel Media and Entertainment family of stations to ‘The Carmen Jara Show’ platform. ‘The Carmen Jara Show’ is positioned to become the entertainment standard in the Spanish-language radio industry. Now with the strength and presence of these new Clear Channel Media and Entertainment stations, our national geographic footprint firms up the show in markets poised for Hispanic growth. We have enjoyed a great team-driven partnership with Clear Channel over the past four years and look forward to growing with them for many more years to come.”
Milwaukee Radio Legend Jack Lee to Retire. The Tennessee native who began his Milwaukee radio career as program director of WAUK, Waukesha in 1964 is retiring from his position as director of integrated media at Milwaukee Radio Group after more than 48 years as a major figure in the market. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Duane Dudek writes about Lee’s career in a piece you can read here. Lee was a jock at WOKY in its top 40 heyday in the late 1960s. He served as program director at WTMJ and began transitioning the station from all-music to include talk programming and was manager of the Milwaukee Area Radio Stations trade group.