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More August PPM Reports – Markets 41-52. In New Jersey (Middlesex-Somerset-Union), the trailblazing WKXW (New Jersey 101.5), Trenton inches up to 5.7 after three consecutive months at 5.6. It is the fourth consecutive month that the Townsquare Media property has been at #1….In Providence, Cumulus CHR WPRO (92-PRO FM) jumps to 11.4. The station has been #1 or tied for #1 for eight straight months….In Raleigh, country WQDR claims the top position. Top gainer: Curtis Media Group‘s adult hits WBBB (Radio 96.1) moves from #9 to #5 in the market…..In Norfolk, Entercom holds #1 and #2 with WVKL and rhythmic CHR WNVZ (Z104). Top gainer: Max Media‘s country WGH-FM (Eagle)….In Nashville, seven of top nine stations experience July-august fluctuations of at least 1/2 share…. In Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, Entercom (#1,#2, #3 #6) and Clear Channel control the top six. Urban AC WQMG makes it six straight months at #1….In West Palm Beach, none of the 15 facilities listed has a month gain or loss greeters than six-tenths…..In Jacksonville, Cox Media talker WOKV is #1 for the third straight month sharing the lead with CC urban contemporary WJBT (The Beat)…..In Memphis, CC’s urban AC KJMS (V101.1) has been #1 in every one of the market’s 23 PPM-based monthly reports….CBS Radio‘s AC WRCH (Lite 100.5) remains #1 for the 12th consecutive month. For complete listings and Mike Kinosian’s analysis click here.
Banner Day on Wall Street; Mixed Results for Radio Stocks. While the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 206 points to 13,539 – a high not seen since December, 2007, not everybody had the stellar day Wall Street had on Thursday following the Federal Reserve’s announcement of QE3. Both Emmis Communications and Radio One stock fell over 2% and Arbitron shares were fractionally lower while shares of Cumulus, Entravision and Spanish Broadcasting Systems were flat. Among the radio winners on Wall Street were Sirius XM, Beasley Broadcast Group and CBS, the parent of CBS Radio, which were all up over 2%. The big radio stock winner was Entercom which surged 7% on just average daily volume. Entercom also announced they promoted regional VP Michael Doyle to regional president, now in charge of radio stations in Buffalo and Rochester. Doyle also oversees Entercom stations in Gainesville, Florida, Indianapolis, Memphis, Wichita, and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Shares of Entercom still have a long way to go to reach their all-time closing high of $66.56, reached in January, 2000. However, if you bought Entercom on October 27, 2008 when the price plummeted to just 67 cents, your investment increased more than 10-fold. You can see a list of radio company stocks here.
Former KLOS, Los Angeles Hosts Mark and Brian Enter Podcasting Realm. Brian Phelps and co-host Jill Whelan (pictured here) are first out of the gate as they debuted their podcast this week. The Orange County Register’s Gary Lycan reports the podcasts are about 50 minutes in length and are available at the brianandjillshow.com domain as well as via Stitcher and iTunes. Meanwhile Mark Thompson tells Lycan his and his wife Lynda’s podcast should debut October 22 at markandlynda.us. In an e-mail to Lycan, Thompson writes, “But I also have been doing a video podcast with Sam Farmer who covers the NFL for the L.A. Times. We chat for about 30 minutes each Friday about the upcoming weekend of football and then again on Monday to recap the weekend of action. This has been huge on the website. My guys love their football and Sam lives the NFL and is a great guy so our video chats are just two guys who love football talking about stuff that excites us.”
The New Jersey Broadcasters Association Goes to DC. NJBA president Paul Rotella reports to RadioInfo that he met with the FCC commissioners in DC this week while stumping on Capitol Hill to reinforce their message about the foolishness of Congressman Nadler’s Performance Tax Bill. Rotella states, “For the first time in a long time, we now have a full complement of FCC Commissioners seated and it is important for them to remember the special circumstances in which Garden State broadcasters operate. The NJBA is very fortunate to have a great working relationship with the FCC, especially the Media Bureau, which is very important to our membership. We also work very closely with the FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and law enforcement in maintaining a strong Emergency Alert System (EAS).” Rotella states the NJBA played a key role in facilitating last year’s first-ever national EAS test. During this year’s State Leadership Conference, a delegation from the NJBA including Rotella, NJBA Chairman Bob Dunphy (Clear Channel, New Jersey) and Vice Chairman Scott Taylor (Star 99.1), met with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and key staff on the eighth floor. RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison, upon attending and speaking at the recent annual NJBA convention in Atlantic City states, “Not only am I impressed by the tremendous job the NJBA and its president Paul Rotella are doing, but spending time up close with these good folks gave me a whole new insight and understanding about the diversity, professionalism and sheer quality of the radio industry in New Jersey.”
Premiere Networks Inks Sales Rep. Deal with Listener Driven Radio. The software-based service that allows listeners to vote on the music they hear on their favorite radio station will be repped by Premiere Networks beginning in January. Listener Drive Radio – LDR – is a patent-pending software that allows audiences to collaborate in minute-by-minute programming and is designed to tie directly into a radio station’s automation system and music scheduler. It lets listeners vote and affect live and automated playlists in real time, all within the rules set by the radio station’s program director. Listeners vote and participate from their web browser, mobile, or tablet device. Listeners can also sign up for “instant alerts” by SMS, Twitter, or e-mail when their favorite songs are going to play. LDR president Daniel Anstandig states, “The team at Premiere Networks is an undisputed leader in the industry. Premiere’s portfolio is an A-List of talent and services, and it’s a sincere honor to work with Julie Talbott and her team in developing and affiliating services that add a valuable interactive dimension to broadcast programming and sales.”
Trip Savery Upped to VP/General Manager at Greater Media Charlotte. Director of sales Trip Savery is promoted to the vice president and general manager position at Greater Media’s Charlotte cluster that includes news/talk WBT-AM/FM and personality AC WLNK. Savery joined Greater Media in March of 2010. He’ll continue to perform director of sales duties and will now serve as acting market manager under senior vice president and general manager Rick Feinblatt who says of Savery, “Trip’s outstanding performance as DOS of Greater Media Charlotte has earned him this well-deserved promotion.”
Clear Channel Moves Stan Priest to Philly for WIOQ PD Post. Programmer Stan Priest has been with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment at its Connecticut group programming CHR WKSS, Hartford (“Kiss 95 Hottest Hits”) and WKCI-FM, New Haven (“Hit Musik 101”). Now he becomes the PD at WIOQ, Philadelphia (“Q102 Philly’s #1 Hit Music”) and he’ll also be digital program director for the cluster’s six stations. He takes over for Tim Herbster who was promoted to VP/special program projects for Clear Channel’s National Programming Platforms.
Clear Channel Flips WROO, Greenville, South Carolina to Classic Rock. The former contemporary Christian “Shine 96.7” becomes a classic rock outlet named “96.7 The Road.” The station debuted using talent from other Clear Channel stations including the company’s Jim Kerr at WAXQ, New York whose show was piped in from the Big Apple on Thursday morning. WROO was a rock outlet before flipping to the contemporary Christian format almost five years ago.
Morning Show Ousted at Cox Media’s Hip Hop WBHJ, Birmingham. The morning drive trio of Roy Wood, Jr., Nu York and B-Money tells WBRC-TV, Birmingham they found out they’d been let go from the hip hop outlet via Facebook and Twitter. WBHJ (“95.7 Jamz”) is on the block and Wood, Jr. tells the TV station, “I suspect with the station being up for sale maybe they’re doing this to cut salary and make it more lucrative to a potential buyer…Local radio has been a part of the Birmingham urban radio scene for almost 20 years. Now if they’re going to cancel our show and bring in syndicated…not to knock a syndicated show but it’s TV dinner vs. homecooked. They cannot take local radio from the city.”
Arbitron and comScore to Follow the Audience for All Media. Listening to the radio while using your iPad and watching TV while Tweeting and checking sports scores on your smartphone makes it a challenge to track your use of media and advertising. ESPN, Arbitron and comScore plan to sort that all out when they announce a joint venture next week to measure consumption across five platforms: radio, television, mobile phones, tablets and your desktop PC. Using the audience resource information from comScore’s census and panel-based PC, mobile and TV set-top box capabilities and Arbitron’s PPM technology, ESPN’s audience(s) will be tracked on a continuing basis developing a service that would be available one day industry-wide. comScore’s desktop panel includes a million people, along with set-top boxes in several million homes according to company spokesman Andrew Lipsman. Arbitron’s Portable People Meter technology covers 70,000 opt-in people across the country. Ed Erhardt, president of ESPN Global Customer Market and Sales, says making the measurement of the audience more complete makes the advertising more effective which is a win for all parties involved. Arbitron EVP/new product innovation Manish Bhatia states, “ESPN initiated this effort and helped bring Arbitron and comScore together with the goal of advancing the cross-platform research from a special project to a standing industry-wide practice. This solution blends the depth of insights that comes from a single-source panel – it’s an ideal marriage of the available data sources.” The three companies are revealing details on the project during a series of events at the Advertising Week in New York event which starts October 1.
Killer Endorsement Spots: Advertisers’ (and your) Best Buds. Consultant Holland Cooke says the best way radio can fight the competition for ad dollars (Google, Pandora, et al) is for personalities – talk hosts and jocks – to use the credibility and relationships they’ve built up to their advantage. Cooke says, “Radio is an intimate medium, with decades of cred’ to the two generations which control most retail spending. So the local DJs and talkers who will survive the ongoing bloodbath do so by being more than just voices. Properly applied, the trust you have earned with listeners can sell-sell-sell, in a way that makes Arbitron numbers irrelevant.” How to do that? Holland has some suggestions. Read his piece here.
Wheeler in the Morning Goes to Crosstown Rock CITI, Winnipeg. In a follow up to yesterday’s RadioInfo story about morning jock Dave Wheeler and co-hosts Rena and Philly leaving Corus Entertainment’s CJKR, Winnipeg (“Power 97”) after being unable to come to contract terms, the trio has a new gig at Rogers Radio’s crosstown rocker CITI. Wheeler in the Morning is bumping Tom McGouran and Joe Aiello from the morning show on CITI but the Winnipeg Daily News reports Aiello will land on Rogers’ Winnipeg sister “102.3 Clear FM.”
August Sports Scoreboard. Sports talk radio is one of radio’s hottest formats right now. It has the kind of listener engagement that advertisers crave, it brings adult men with disposable income to the table and its content focuses on one of the hottest aspects of American pop culture in the early 21st century – professional sports. Sports as a radio moneymaker is evidenced by the recent launching of not one but two new players in national sports talk content – CBS Sports Radio Network and NBC Sports Radio. RadioInfo managing editor/West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian has taken a look at the ratings of 40 of America’s sports talk outlets and compiled them in this “scoreboard-style” feature. Check out the rankings in Kinosian’s piece here.
FCC Broadcast Actions. Voluntary assignment of license of WFGW-AM, Black Mountain, North Carolina, from Blue Ridge Broadcasting Corp. to Humberto Martinez and Margarita Del Rosario Toth; WWWI, Baxter, Minnesota, and WWWI-FM, Pillager, Minnesota, from Tower Broadcasting Corp. to Red Rock Radio Corp.; and WFZX (“The Fox”), Anniston, Alabama, and WTDR-FM, Talladega, Alabama, from Jacobs Broadcast Group, Inc., to The Jeff Beck Broadcasting Group, LLC., which owns two more AMs in Alabama.
Affiliate Roundup. Premiere Networks’ nationally syndicated country show “The Big D and Bubba Show” and “Big D and Bubba’s Weekend Wake-Up” get added to affiliates KVBL, Portland; WWKT, Charleston, South Carolina; and WEFX, Watertown, New York…..Premiere’s Bob & Tom join the programming lineup at KTHU, Chico, California.