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Pandora’s Q3 Numbers Reflect Mobil Revenue Up 58%; Loss Shrinks to $1.7 Million. Yes, Pandora is still posting a net loss – for Q3 2013 it was $1.7 million but that was down from $2.05 million during the same period a year ago – but the big positives for the internet pure play are the revenue numbers: $180.4 million compared to $120 million a year ago; and the mobile revenue for the quarter was $105 million, an increase of 58%. The company claims 71 million active users and is still saying it enjoys more than 8% of all radio listening. This last figure is being heartily disputed by AM/FM radio executives who say they’d like to know where Pandora gets that number.
RAB: Third Quarter Radio Spot Revenue Up 1%. The Radio Advertising Bureau reports its 2013 Q3 figures and states after two flat quarters, radio spot advertising rose 1% on sales of $3.684 million. The report also notes that network revenue was down 11% while digital rose 19% and off-air was up 3%. RAB president and CEO Erica Farber states, “The momentum we saw building at the end of Q2 has definitely translated into a positive Q3 for radio in many of our top 10 advertiser categories, led by communications/cellular with a healthy 24% increase. Among key categories, automotive, professional services, health care, home furnishings, all showed substantial increases, as well. Increases from these diverse ad categories illustrate radio’s cross-platform strength to drive traffic and sales – for large corporations to Main Street businesses.”
Summit Media Makes Easy Programming Decision. Birmingham gets its second adult contemporary outlet as Summit Media transitions adult hits WZNN “Y’All 97.3” to “Easy 97-3.” Under its new calls (WEZZ), the AC will target what it calls “the underserved 40-plus audience with relaxing, refreshing favorites” from representative artists including the Beatles, Chicago, Neil Diamond, Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Police, Simon & Garfunkel, and Carly Simon. Chief executive officer Carl Parmer explains, “We have recently conducted extensive market research which showed how little radio programming caters to the affluent over-40 listener. These ‘Alpha Boomers’ represent annual spending power of over $7,000,000.” Senior vice president of programming Bill Tanner adds, “We are happy to bring back music for adults in an on-air environment of limited commercials, less clutter, and ‘No Repeat Workdays.'” Ericka Woode will do Easy 97-3’s morning show (5:00 am – 10:00am). Among persons 12+ in Nielsen‘s diary methodology, Clear Channel, Birmingham adult contemporary WMJJ “Magic” registered 4.4 (winter 2013); 4.0 (spring 2013); and 3.5 (summer 2013); this summer’s 3.5 placed it ninth. By comparison, Gardendale-licensed WZNN notched 1.3 (winter 2013); 1.1 (spring 2013); and 1.8 (summer 2013), with the 1.8 ranking it sixteenth. “Y’All 97.3” has relocated to WENN’s former dial position (1320 AM) and on translator W271BN 102.1 FM.
Saga Communications to Pay Special Cash Dividend. Saga Communications, Inc. announces its Board of Directors is declaring a special cash dividend of $1.80 per share on its Classes A and B Common Stock to be paid on December 12, 2013 to shareholders of record on December 2, 2013. The aggregate amount of the payment to be made in connection with the special dividend will be approximately $10.3 million. This special cash dividend will be funded by cash on the company’s balance sheet.
Envision Radio Networks’ ‘The Rockin’ 80s’ to Air on KBKG, Jonesboro. The Envision Radio Networks and 4C Studios program “The Rockin’ 80s” is now airing on Shields-Adkins Broadcasting’s oldies KBKG, Jonesboro, Arkansas “More Music 93.5.” Program director Jill Raines states, “We here at ‘More Music 93.5 FM’ are delighted to be able to bring our listeners in Northeast Arkansas and the Bootheel region of Southeast Missouri this exciting, high-energy program packed with hits that we grew up listening to!” Envision says “The Rockin’ 80s” is “the only 80s show with a mix of the best rock from the decade of excess, plus ‘oh wow’ tracks that add spice to the weekly line up.” It’s hosted by longtime rock radio personality Zander and features rarities from the ‘80s “Lost and Found,” an ‘80s “Two-Fer,” spotlighting two contrasting songs from one band played back-to-back, and much more. Featured core musical artists include: Guns N Roses, Motley Crue, Van Halen, Rush and AC/DC.
Honda Displays HD Radio Civic Pride. The Los Angeles Auto Show is not typically where you would expect to find something noteworthy about the radio business. That, however, is where HD Radio developer iBiquity Digital this week announced that the 2014 Civic is the first Honda vehicle to launch integrated audio and real-time traffic information using the HERE mapping service, BTC, and HD Radio technology. iBiquity Digital chief operating officer Jeff Jury comments, “Honda is showing real leadership in bringing the benefits of digital HD Radio data to their vehicles. This is another great example of a leading automaker integrating digital terrestrial technology as part of a connected vehicle strategy.” Honda Civic navigation systems incorporate HD Radio audio and data features, including a way for listeners to view album art and other images on their radio screens. There is subscription-free, real-time traffic information, showing flow patterns, construction alerts, and traffic incidents to drivers. In addition to Honda, other automakers integrating digital traffic and data services include Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Toyota. More than 30 automakers have announced plans to incorporate HD Radio in over 170 models by the end of this year. Nearly seven-dozen models will feature HD Radio receivers as standard equipment. The 2014 Honda Civic arrives at dealerships next month.
Ron Ruth Memorial Fund Announced. The Radio Advertising Bureau and the Broadcasters Foundation of America are announcing the creation of the Ron Ruth Memorial Fund in celebration of the life and work of Ruth and to benefit the Broadcasters Foundation of America. The BfoA’s mission is to help improve the quality of life of men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession who find themselves in acute need. Donations may be sent directly to the Broadcasters Foundation at 125 West 55th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10019 and please make note that the donation is for the Ron Ruth Memorial Fund. Tentative plans by the RAB are underway to hold a celebration of life with Ron’s many friends sometime in the first quarter of next year and will be made public as soon as they are finalized. RAB CEO and president Erica Farber states, “Ron was an ardent supporter of the Broadcasters Foundation. We at the RAB couldn’t think of a more fitting way to honor and commemorate his life and work.”
Morning Rivalry Set Aside for Good Cause. Pictured here are Greg Hill (left) – host of the “Hill-Man Morning Show” on Entercom’s rock WAAF, Boston – and Kennedy Elsey (right morning host at CBS Radio’s hot AC WBMX, Boston – at the Ellie Fund’s 7th annual Pink Party at Circle Furniture in Framingham, Massachusetts. Elsey hosted the event while Hill was on hand to support his restaurant, 29 Sudbury. The Ellie Fund helps ease the challenges breast cancer patients face by providing critical support services including transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries, and nutritious prepared/delivered meals free of charge to hundreds of women and family members across Massachusetts each year.
Cumulus Media Hires Troy Hanson for Corporate PD/Rock Gig. In addition to his duties as corporate program director for the company’s rock-formatted stations, Troy Hanson will also serve as program director for WNNX, Atlanta “Rock 100.5.” He comes to Cumulus Media from his most recent position as operations manager at Cromwell Broadcasting’s Nashville cluster where he programmed rock WBUZ “102.9 The Buzz” and hosted middays. Hanson says, “I am both elated and humbled by the tremendous opportunity that John Dickey has placed in front of me. The Cumulus portfolio of rock brands is beyond impressive. The sheer amount of platform reach and partnership opportunities with artists, coupled with larger-scale positive listener experiences is just too good to pass up. I am really excited to make the move to Atlanta and take on the day-to-day programming of ‘Rock 100.5,’ working with Rob Roberts, Axel and ‘The Regular Guys.’ I am also excited to work side-by-side with SVP’s of programming Mike McVay and Jan Jeffries and the other rock format captains Val Garris, Aaron Roberts and the great Cumulus rock brands throughout the country.” During his career, Hanson has worked at WRIF, Detroit and WZTA/WBGG, Miami.
DUANE DOOBIE: We Are Living Through a Frankie Avalon Era of Pop and Rock Music So Don’t Fall Asleep at the Wheel! RadioInfo‘s opinioned and highly seasoned music editor/director Duane Doobie warns radio rockers and poppers that these are dangerously misleading radio times on the cutting-edge music front – at least from the standpoint of the hopefully important role radio gets to play in the “next big thing.” In a new column posted today (8/26), Doobo writes, “If you ask me, the times in which we are living and working are not all that different – particularly in the genres of rock and pop — than the relatively bland and vanilla period that existed between the death of Buddy Holly and the drafting-into-the-army of Elvis Presley in the late-1950s and the British Invasion of the early 1960s. That was a period in which artists such as Frankie Avalon and other parent-approved “teen idols” ruled the planet. I say this with all due respect to some of the very creative and talented artists out there today making hits and drawing crowds. The problem is there are way too few of them and those that exist do not directly connect to a “school,” “movement,” or significantly developing culture that is larger than the sum of its parts. He concludes, “There is a desperate need (and abundant opportunities and rewards waiting) for a new generation of Alan Freeds in commercial music radio!” To read the entire column, please click here.
Report: ESPN at Center of Nielsen-Arbitron Deal. The New York Post reports today that Disney-owned ESPN could be the media company that has the biggest say in whether the Federal Trade Commission approves Nielsen’s $1.26 billion purchase of Arbitron. At issue here is the multi-media use of Arbitron’s PPM in which – via Project Blueprint – ESPN is licensing the technology to measure audience consumption of its product over television, radio, smartphones, tablets and computers. The Post reports that sources tell it, “The license expires soon, and the ability of ESPN to squeeze a promise from Nielsen that it will be able to continue to license the software is likely integral to the merger getting federal approval.” The FTC’s concern is that if the new Nielsen-Arbitron owns both the old set-top box methodology for rating television and the PPM technology for on-the-go measurement, there will be little ability for competitors to emerge. The FTC is expected to decide this week whether to challenge Nielsen’s purchase of Arbitron.
‘The Breakfast Club’ Moves into Daily Syndication. The WWPR, New York “Power 105.1”-based “The Breakfast Club” urban morning drive show is now available in national syndication. Premiere Networks announces the show – hosted by Charlamagne Tha God, former co-host of “The Wendy Williams Experience” and current host of MTV2’s “Guy Code”; Angela Yee, one of the stars of the VH1 reality show “The Gossip Game,” and correspondent for MTV2’s “Sucker Free”; and DJ Envy, legendary DJ, mixtape master, and host of MTV2’s “Sucker Free” and “Week in Jams” – is now being made available to stations across the country. The weekend version of the program – “Weekends with The Breakfast Club” – has been in syndication since March and is now heard on more than 50 affiliate stations. Premiere Networks EVP of music programming Jennifer Leimgruber says, “DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God have one of the most entertaining and compelling morning shows in urban radio. They’re incredible talents with unmatched access to the hip hop community, and we couldn’t be happier to expand our relationship with them.”
John Crenshaw New Regional PD for Cumulus Media Michigan. Cumulus Media announces John Crenshaw assumes the role of regional program director for the Michigan region. In this position he’ll be responsible for the 32 stations outside of the Detroit market. He’ll also serve as operations manager for the Grand Rapids stations and he’ll be program director for country WTNR “Thunder 94.5” He comes to Cumulus Media from his most recent position with Clear Channel in Columbus where he was director of programming and PD at country WCOL. In a statement, Crenshaw says, “When Mike McVay introduced me to Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey at the most recent Country Radio Seminar, he invited me to join their company. I couldn’t be happier to lead the Cumulus team in Grand Rapids and across Michigan. With an on-air footprint that is second to none and a vibrant digital platform to boot, I look forward to growing our exciting, compelling, local brands for listeners and customers alike.” McVay adds, “John-Boy is a well-known fixture in the country radio industry. He brings a wealth of experience and a management style that makes him a perfect addition to our corporate programming staff. His knowledge of the state, and of the Grand Rapids market, should be very beneficial to us. I believe that our PDs will enjoy working with John.”
SummitMedia Names John Olsen National Program Director. John Olsen joined SummitMedia after a 12-year career with Cox Media Group as the latter sold its Birmingham stations to Summit. Olsen remained with the Birmingham stations and now SummitMedia announces he’s been promoted to national program director. In this position he’ll work closely with senior vice president of programming Bill Tanner who states, “This is a confirmation of the job John is already doing as my right arm and trusted assistant. Over 10 years of working together, he’s proven himself as a talented programmer over a variety of formats.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Allison Demers announces her plans to retire from her morning drive role on WRCH, Hartford’s “ Allan, Mike and Allison” show with Allan Camp and Mike Stacy. Demers tells the Hartford Courant that after 20 years in the radio business and with her eldest child beginning her senior year in high school (she also has a nine-year-old) she wants to take time to do “mommy things.”…..Riviera Broadcasting’s hip hop KKFR, Phoenix “Power 98.3” adds Dee Garcia to the MC Magic morning show.
Equinox Broadcasting Moves Modern Rock/Triple A ‘The Drive’ to 100.5 and Takes WDRE Calls. The Binghamton, New York modern rock and triple A hybrid outlet moves to a full market FM signal from its previous home at translator W283AG at 104.5 (the station will simulcast on both for a period). In addition to giving the station a new signal (100.5 is licensed to Susquehanna, Pennsylvania), the station takes the call letters WDRE.
Cumulus to Flip ’98.9 The Walk’ in Atlanta to Oldies. Cumulus Media confirms that the Christian and country formatted “98.9 The Walk” in Atlanta flipped to “Oldies 98.9.” The change took place at 12:00 noon today (8/26). The station is broadcasting Cumulus Media Networks‘ The True Oldies Channel format. This is a return to the airwaves in Atlanta for Scott Shannon who served as PD and air talent at WQXI in the late 1970s and early 1980s.