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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

| March 2, 2016

londoncassyWonderlandDuane Doobie Jr.’s Music Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working, co-music editor Duane Doobie Jr., backed by a growing team of information-contributing researchers and golden-eared, trench broadcasters, including this week: on-air personality Bayley Brown from KHUM, Humboldt County; Bill Phipps the golden-eared afternoon personality at WSIG, Mt. Jackson, Virginia “Real Country 96.9”; Vincent Rockwell Usuriello, superstar program director at SiriusXM’s Octane; and Internet sensation The Iceman, 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 (3/2) includes such names as: Andra Day, Cassy London, Lou Potter, Fifth Harmony, Ty Dolla $ign, ONO, Dave Audé, Jennifer Saran, Taylor Swift, Little Mix, Jason Derulo, Lake Street Dive, City and Colour, Violent Femmes, Death Cab for Cutie, Atlas Genius, The Joseph Sisters, Martina McBride, Tucker Beatheart, Brothers Osborne, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett, Eric Church, OMI, AronChupa, Chemical Brothers, Beck, New Order, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

wegmannchrisRadio One’s Wegmann Announces Retirement. Three-year Radio One Radio Group president Chris Wegmann is set to retire in four weeks (4/1). Radio One chief executive officer Alfred Liggins comments, “I am grateful for Chris’ years of loyal leadership to Radio One and wish him well in his retirement.” Wegmann remarks, “I am looking forward to retiring to the farm with my wife Eva and spending my days building boats. I will miss the wonderful people at Radio One I have grown quite fond of over the years. I am thankful for the opportunity to have led the radio group. I believe that what I have helped to build will continue to prosper while I spend much anticipated time hunting and fishing.” Wegmann joined Radio One in 2009 as regional vice president and general manager in Dallas and St. Louis and he was regional vice president and general manager in Washington, DC. Wegmann previously worked for Cox Radio, Clear Channel, and Signature Broadcasting.

levingstondeonLevingston in Radio One Return. It is a homecoming for former Emmis New York senior vice president and general manager Deon Levingston who returns to Radio One as general manager of its Indianapolis stations, as well as regional vice president of the company’s Detroit and St. Louis outlets. Radio One Radio Group chief executive officer David Kantor states, “Deon’s reputation precedes him and I’m thrilled to welcome him back home to Radio One. I look forward to working with him and trust that he will bring the same level of innovation, operational, and leadership excellence he is known for to our midwest markets.” Levingston notes that he is “very excited to rejoin the Radio One family. At the beginning of my career, [this company] gave me my first start as a general manager – I am very happy to come home. I look forward to working with the team to grow and dominate the urban space.” Levingston’s radio career began in 2001 with Radio One, where he ultimately became vice president and general in Indianapolis. His resume also includes being president and market manager for YMF Media New York and New York City urban AC WBLS.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Programmer Jim Richards is leaving the PD role at Cumulus Media’srichardsjim triple A KFOG and rock KSAN in San Francisco, but it’s not clear why.  Richards is reportedly up for other potential programming gigs within the company but is also considering outside offers.  Meanwhile, there’s no word from Cumulus on Richards’ replacement…..Houston radio personality pittchadChad Pitt is moving from CBS RADIO’s hot AC KHMX, Houston “Mix 96.5” to the company’s CHR WQMP, Orlando “101.9 AMP Radio” where he’ll be morning host…..In Buffalo, Entercom brings Emily Wild in from its Rochester operations to host mornings on alternative WLKK “Alternative Buffalo 107.7/104.7FM.”  Wild, previously afternoon host on CHR WPXY, will also serve as music director for the station.  The morning show opened up when Bentley moved across town for mornings at Cumulus’ alternative WEDG “103.3 The Edge.”…..According to a report from Blaine Thompson’s Indiana Radio Watch, Emmis Communications-owned hot AC WFNB, Indianapolis “B92.7” makes lineup changes that include the addition of Premiere Networks’ syndicated Elvis Duran for AM drive.  Jamie Dawson moves from AMs to PM drive and Kyle West is the midday host.

nash fmCumulus Returns Control of KSJO, San Jose to Universal Media Access.  Twenty months after Cumulus Media began operating KSJO, San Jose under a local management agreement and installed the “NASH FM” format on the station, it is returning the station’s operations to owner Universal Media Access and moving the “NASH” format to the HD2 signal of KSAN, San Francisco.  Looking at 6+ PPM numbers from Nielsen Audio, the station was never able to get ratings traction in the San Francisco market and it never really challenged KRTY, San Jose, either.  Cumulus does say in a statement that this move is not reflective of its commitment to the “NASH” country brand, which remains strong.

muellerdavidDavid Mueller Doubles Down on Taylor Swift Suit.  Former KYGO, Denver morning personality David Mueller – already suing Taylor Swift for damages related to his being fired for allegedly groping her during a meet-and-greet – is adding slander to his complaints against Swift.  He claims that her public statements have harmed his reputation and standing in the community.  Since Mueller’s first suit was filed, Swift has countersued Mueller for sexual assault.  Mueller, who was Jackson on the “Ryno & Jackson” morning show, alleges in his original complaint that KYGO PD Eddie Haskell is the one who groped Swift but Swift’s representatives say the star is not confused about who touched her.  Interestingly, both sides say the photo taken during the meet-and-greet (which has not been released publicly) prove their allegations.

BFoAPittman16BFoA Honors Bob Pittman; $400,000 Raised for Charity.  The Broadcasters Foundation of America presented its 2016 Golden Mike Award to iHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman at a gala ceremony and fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel on Monday (2/29).  More than 325 radio and television executives attended the fundraiser at which some $400,000 was raised to assist broadcasters who find themselves in acute need.  Elvis Duran hosted the festivities.  Also, at the event, the 2016 Dick Clark Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to legendary broadcaster and “CBS Sunday Morning” anchor Charles Osgood.  The award was accepted by humorist and “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent Mo Rocca for Osgood, who was unable to attend due to recent surgery.  Pictured above are (from l-r): Rocca; iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises president John Sykes; country recording artist Cam; Pittman; BFoA president Jim Thompson; NPR president and CEO Jarl Mohn; BFoA chairman Phil LombardoPhoto: Wendy Moger-Bross.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

| September 1, 2015

nielsen logoRound One of Nielsen’s August 2015 PPM Data Released. Ratings information from Nielsen Audio’s August 2015 PPM survey has been released for the first group of 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). Nielsen’s August survey period covered July 16 – August 12.  You can see all the 6+ ratings data from subscribing stations here.  In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from these 12-PPM markets below.


1) New York – With a cumulative increase of one full-share, iHeartMedia talker WOR is up or flat for an impressive eighth WLTW Logo January 2015straight time (1.1 – 1.2 – 1.4 – 1.4 – 1.6 – 1.7 – 1.7 – 1.8 – 2.1, 6+); the New York Mets flagship rises from #19 to #17. Owing to a +.2 (to 7.1), co-owned adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” pulls the plug on three successive downtrends (7.9 – 7.6 – 7.0 – 6.9, 6+) and is the market’s pacesetter for the tenth straight ratings period. This isWSKQ also the tenth successive sweep that CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM is in the runner-up slot and its fourth straight up-trend (6.3 – 6.5 – 6.6 – 6.7 – 6.8, 6+). For further perspective of how these two stations have dominated the largest market, consider this: Prior to the current ten-sweep WLTW/WCBS-FM one-two configuration, it was five straight ratings periods of WCBS-FM at #1 and WLTW at #2. Before that, five sweeps of WLTW and WCBS-FM at first and second, respectively. In other words, dating back to February 2014, these two outlets have had a stranglehold on the top two spots (WCBS-FM and WBLS were tied for second in February 2014). Following three consecutive down or flat sweeps (3.0 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.4, 6+), WCBS-FM’s hot AC sibling WWFS “Fresh Music – Better Variety” exploded in July with a +1.1 to 3.5, its highest 6+-share since April 2014 (also 3.5). “Fresh” is flat in August in both share (3.5) and rank (#10). While it finishes at #3 for the fourth consecutive time, Emmis urban AC WBLS declines by six-tenths to 5.8; in July, it registered its most potent 6+-stat (6.4) since December 2013 – when it reached 6.8. After three straight down or flat sweeps (5.7 – 5.5 – 5.2 – 5.2, 6+), Spanish Broadcasting System tropical WSKQ “Mega 97.9” improves by three-tenths to 5.5, bumping up from fifth to fourth.

2) Los Angeles – Albeit down two-tenths (5.2 – 5.0, 6+), iHeartMedia hot AC KBIG “My-FM” jumps from second to first, KBIGdisplacing co-owned adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103.5” (5.5 – 4.8, -.7), which slides from the top spot to fourth. The last time “Coast” reached #1 (6+) was in February. Sandwiched between “My-FM” and “Coast” – in a very compressed top four – are their mainstream CHR sibling KIIS “Kiss-FM” (flat at 4.9) and CBSKIIS Radio classic hits-oldies KRTH “K-Earth 101” (5.0 – 4.9, -.1). Those two outlets are tied for second-place, with “K-Earth” bumping up from third in July and “Kiss” advancing from fourth. After back-to-back downward moves, KRTH smooth AC sibling KTWV “The Wave” picks up four-tenths to 4.1 (6+) to progress from sixth to fifth. This marks the sixth successive sweep that co-owned alternative KROQ (#16 in July) is down or flat (3.1 – 2.9 – 2.9 – 2.7 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.6, 6+). Adding two-tenths (2.4 – 2.6), format rival – iHeartMedia’s KYSR (improving from #19 in July) – catches KROQ at #15. This is the seventh straight sweep that iHeartMedia talker KFI (eighth to ninth) has registered either a 3.5 or 3.4 (3.4 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.4 – 3.5, 6+). Adding two-tenths, sports sibling (and Los Angeles Dodgers flagship) KLAC breaks the one-share barrier (.9 – 1.1, #28). Despite being frozen on 2.7 (6+) for the third successive ratings period, CBS Radio all-news KNX inches up from #15 to #14.

3) Chicago – Occupying the runner-up slot in June and July, Hubbard hot AC WTMX “101.9 The Mix” punches up a +.6 (5.0 WTMX– 5.6, 6+) as it progresses to #1. For the past five months, iHeartMedia urban AC WVAZ had been the market leader, but “V-103” – down for the fourth straight sweep (6.9 – 6.8 – 6.5 – 5.8 – 5.3, 6+) – trades places with “Mix.” Consistently a top-five player, “Mix” last reached #1 in May 2012, when it tied WVAZ – each had 5.0 (6+). In addition to “V-103,” CBS Radio classicWUSN hits-oldies WJMK “K-Hits 104.3” also declines by one-half share and tumbles from fourth to seventh. Country sibling WUSN “US-99.5” (#15 to #12) improves by two-tenths in back-to-back sweeps (2.7 – 2.9 – 3.1, 6+), while format foe, iHeartMedia‘s WEBG “Big 95.5 – Chicago’s Hit Country” (#17 to #18) registers a 2.4 for the third time in the last four monthlies. Low power adult contemporary WRME “Me TV Me Music” (at 87.7) is up or flat for the sixth successive time (.1 – .6 – .7 – .9 – 1.6 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+) and climbs from #24 to #23.

4) San Francisco – As a result of July’s jolting -1.8, KNBR “The Sports Leader” tumbled from first to fourth. The Cumulus KNBRMedia outlet/San Francisco Giants flagship, however, regains nearly half of it (4.4 – 5.2, +.8) and inches back up to third. Meanwhile, rhythmic hot AC KRBQ remains a juggernaut: “Q-102.1 – The Throwback Station” is up or flat for the ninth straight monthly (1.2 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.5 – 1.6 – 2.6 – 2.9 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 3.8, 6+). Over thatKRBQ stretch, Entercom-owned “Q102.1” (#10 in July) has more than tripled its 6+-share and is now in a three-way tie at #7 with two CHRs – CBS Radio‘s KMVQ “99.7 Now – All The Hits” (-.2, #6 in July) and iHeartMedia‘s KYLD “Wild 94.9” (+.2, #9 in July). Following (modest) back-to-back gains of one-tenth, public KQED adds one-half share (4.1 – 4.2 – 4.3 – 4.8, 6+), climbing from fifth to fourth. This is the second straight ratings period that KDFC sputters by one-half share (2.7 – 2.2 – 1.7, 6+), with the University of Southern California-owned classical outlet spiraling out of the top 20 (#15 to #21). Even though it is down or flat for the fourth straight month (6.3 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 5.9 – 5.8, 6+), all-news KCBS-AM repeats at #1. It is, however, just one-tenth ahead of Entercom adult contemporary KOIT-FM “Better Music for a Better Workday” (+.2), which exploded by +1.2 in July (4.3 – 5.5 – 5.7, 6+).

5) Houston – On the heels of a +.6 in July, iHeartMedia alternative KTBZ “94.5 The Buzz” packs on an additional full-KTBZshare (4.2 – 4.8 – 5.8, 6+) to advance from sixth to fourth. Moreover, 5.8 is the strongest 6+-performance for “The Buzz” since January 2011, when it reached 5.8 as well. Co-owned urban contemporary KQBT “93.7 – The Beat” gains one-half share and enters the top ten (#13 to #9). In the process, “The Beat” applies the brakes to what was a mini-slide (3.8 – 3.6 – 3.5 –KQBT 3.4, 6+). After eight straight showings in the 4.2 – 4.7 range (6+), Radio One rhythmic CHR KBXX “97.9 – The Box” (eighth to seventh) erupts with a +.8 to 5.3, matching what it posted this past December. For the eleventh successive ratings sweep, KODA occupies the penthouse; however, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary outlet is off by eight-tenths (7.8 – 7.0, 6+). The market’s (6+) country share declines by one full-share, with Cox Media Group‘s KKBQ “93-Q” down six-tenths (6.4 – 5.8, second to fourth) and CBS Radio‘s KILT-FM “The Bull” dropping by four-tenths (4.1 – 3.7, #9 to #12).

6) Philadelphia – Over the course of the past four surveys, Jerry Lee Radio-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” WBEBhas finished first in April and June, while CBS Radio‘s WOGL “Philadelphia’s Greatest Hits” was #1 in May and July. The two are now tied for the lead, as WBEB gains seven-tenths (6.3 – 7.0, 6+) and WOGL adds three-tenths (6.7 – 7.0). WBEB was -.9 in JulyWHYY and WOGL was -.2. Before WOGL displaced WBEB at #1 in May, “More FM” was #1 the previous eight sweeps. Mirroring WBEB, public WHYY gains seven-tenths in August to 3.5, which is half the 6+ share of WBEB. The increase curtails four straight down or flat monthlies for WHYY (3.4 – 3.2 -3.1 – 3.1 – 2.8, 6+); 3.5 is its most potent performance since December (3.6, 6+). Conversely, Greater Media‘s WMMR “93.3 Rocks” (5.2, third to fifth) and iHeartMedia CHR WIOQ “Q-102” (4.4, seventh to eighth) falter by seven-tenths. The -.7 for WMMR halts five consecutive progressive trends which resulted in a combined +1.2 (4.7 – 4.8 – 4.9 – 5.1 – 5.5 – 5.9, 6+). Radio One urban-rhythmic oldies WPHI “Boom 107.9” (#18 to #19) is down or flat for the eighth straight monthly (3.9 – 3.7 – 3.5 – 3.0 – 3.0 – 2.5 – 2.1 – 1.8 – 1.8, 6+) for a combined -2.1; the 6+-share of “Boom” has eroded by 54% since the “Holiday” 2014 report.

7) Atlanta – Following four successive up or flat monthlies (5.4 – 5.4 – 6.4 – 6.6 – 7.1, 6+), WALR “Kiss 104” dropped three-tenths WALRin July, but the Cox Media Group urban AC returns to second (from third) with a one-share gain to 7.8 – its best-ever 6+share showing under PPM methodology. Further underscoring that urban AC is Atlanta’s August headline is the fact that – on the strength of a +1.2 to 4.9 (6+) – cross-town Radio One‘s WMMJ “Majic – Atlanta’s Best Mix ofWAMJ R&B” rockets from #13 to #5. “Majic” had been locked on 3.7 in June and July; 4.9 represents its best 6+-share since December’s 5.1. In contrast to urban AC’s month-to-month gain of +2.2 (6+) from “Kiss” and “Majic,” country erodes by -2.3. Specifically, iHeartMedia‘s WUBL “The Bull” falters by -1.2 to 4.1 (dropping from fourth to tenth) and Cumulus Media‘s WKHX “Kicks” sputters by -1.1 to 3.6 (#8 to #12). “Kicks” had been in the 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+) until busting out to 4.7 in July. The -1.1 ends its streak of five straight up-trends which produced a cumulative +1.6 (3.1 – 3.3 – 3.4 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 4.7, 6+). “The Bull” had been up or flat the past four sweeps (4.4 – 4.6 – 4.9 – 5.3 – 5.3, 6+). After back-to-back losses of -.6 (June) and -1.0 (July), Salem contemporary Christian WFSH “The Fish” bounces back with a one-half share gain (6.5 – 5.9 – 4.9 – 5.4, 6+) to advance from seventh to fourth. Dipping from fifth to seventh, Cox Media Group adult contemporary sibling WSB-FM “B-98.5” regresses for the fifth consecutive sweep (6.5 – 6.3 – 6.1 – 5.6 – 5.2 – 4.8, 6+) for a combined -1.7. Classic hits-oldies sibling WSRV “The River” recedes by seven-tenths, slipping from sixth to ninth. This is the 26th straight survey period that Entercom hot AC WSTR “Star 94” (#12 to #13) has been in the 3.0 – 3.9 range (6+). Off by four-tenths to 3.5 (6+), “Star” had been up or flat the past four monthlies (3.0 – 3.0 – 3.2 – 3.8 – 3.9, 6+). In a similar vein, Cumulus Media all-news WYAY is in 1.2 – 1.9 territory for the 16th successive time (1.3 – 1.9, +.6, 6+). Gaining two-tenths to 9.1, CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103” is the market pacesetter for the seventh consecutive sweep.

8) Long Island – It is a much different Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island) leader board in August compared to July. This time last WALK-FMmonth, two CHRs were tied for the lead (6+), but Cox Media Group‘s WBLI surrenders the eight-tenths it gained in July (4.8 – 5.6 – 4.8, 6+) and falls to fourth, while iHeartMedia New York City’s similarly formatted mainstream CHR WHTZ “Z-100” drops six-tenths (5.6 – 5.0) and slides toWCBS-FM third. “Z-100” had been first in Long Island the past three survey periods. A third CHR – CBS Radio New York City’s WBMP “Amp” – completes the format’s dubious trifecta with a -.7 (2.8 – 2.1), falling from #15 to #20. There is still a battle at the top, but this time, Connoisseur Media hot AC WALK-FM (5.2 – 6.3, +1.1, 6+) is in the driver’s seat (up from #3 in July). Just one-tenth behind – and with a whopping +1.7 – is CBS Radio New York City classic hits-oldies WCBS-FM, which records its fifth straight up monthly (3.8 – 4.0 – 4.1 – 4.2 – 4.5 – 6.2, 6+). Not only does iHeartMedia New York City talker WOR extend its streak of up or flat sweeps in Long Island to eight, it does so with a +.7 (1.0 – 1.2 – 1.3 – 1.3 – 2.2 – 2.4 – 2.5 – 2.5 – 3.2, 6+); the New York Mets flagship zooms from #17 to #12. In July, the stream of Fordham University triple A WFUV popped on with a 1.1 for a three-way tie at #26, but it disappears in August as a no-show. After three successive up-trends (4.2 – 4.5 – 4.8 – 5.1, 6+), Emmis New York City urban AC WBLS regresses by one full-share to 4.1 (fourth to sixth), while Cumulus Media New York City hot AC WPLJ sputters by eight-tenths (#17 to #22). Including three straight 2.1 showings, WPLJ had put together five consecutive up or flat trends (1.7 – 1.9 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1- 2.5, 6+), before dropping to 1.7 in August.

9) Riverside – For the 21st successive ratings sweep, CBS Radio country outlet KFRG is in the three-share range. KFRGAlthough steady at #6, “K-Frog” picks up one-half share to 3.9. Declining by one-half share each are Univision Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love” (4.7 – 4.2, third to fourth) and All-Pro Broadcasting adult contemporary KATY “101.3 – The Mix”KLYY (1.5 – 1.0, #10 to #14). KLVE dropped seven-tenths in June – only to gain all of it back in July. “The Mix” has been consistently in one-share territory the past 19 surveys. Although off by seven-tenths (9.2 – 8.5, 6+), Entravision Spanish adult hits KLYY “Jose” finishes first for the fourteenth successive time. Anaheim Broadcasting classic hits-hits KOLA ranks second for the third straight ratings period and is up or flat in all three of those cases (4.3 – 5.9 – 6.4 – 6.4, 6+). After three straight downward trends (2.0 – 1.9 – 1.6 – 1.4, 6+), Good News Radio contemporary Christian KSGN “Family Friendly” improves by three-tenths to 1.7 to progress from #11 to #9. Owing to a -.2 to 1.0, regional Mexican KAEH snaps its string of 1.2 showings at three, as it drops from #12 to #14.

10) Middlesex – One streak continues for CBS Radio New York classic hits-oldies outlet WCBS-FM and another ends. It remains WOR Logofirst for the third straight month, but owing to a -.4 (to 6.1), its string of up-trends ends at three (5.9 – 6.0 – 6.4 – 6.5, 6+). Locked on 4.5 (6+) in June and July, co-owned sports sibling WFAN notches a two-tenths gain to 4.7, climbing from eighth to sixth.WFAN Following four consecutive downward sweeps for a combined -2.2 (7.0 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 5.9 – 4.8, 6+), iHeartMedia New York adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” dials up a +1.2 to 6.0 to sail from #6 to a tie at #2. At the same time, however, Greater Media‘s similarly-formatted WMGQ “Magic 98.3” sputters by nearly the same margin (4.7 – 3.6, -1.1) to drop from seventh to tenth. After picking up one-half share in July, “Lite-FM” cluster-mate talker WOR improves by seven-tenths (1.9 – 2.4 – 3.1, 6+) to progress from #18 to #15. Still in that iHeartMedia cluster, classic rocker WAXQ “Q-104.3” regresses by six-tenths (4.9 – 4.3, 6+) as it tumbles from a three-way logjam at #3 to #7. Having registered a 1.8 (6+) in three of the last four ratings periods, Spanish Broadcasting System Spanish contemporary WPAT-FM declines by one-half share (1.8 – 1.3) and falls out of the top 20 (#20 to #22).

duranelvisZ100’s Elvis Duran, LA’s Big Boy, and Bob & Tom Lead 2015 Class of Inductees into the National Radio Hall of Fame.  The votes have all been tallied and the 2015 class of inductees for the National Radio Hall of Fame include: legendary KGO, San Francisco talk host Ronn Owens; national syndicated talk star Dave Ramsey; Atlanta-based talk personality Clark Howard; Los Angeles urbanbigboy radio star Big Boy, a.k.a. Kurt Alexander; Indianapolis-based, syndicated morning drive team Bob & Tom; and ‘Z100’ New York-based CHR morning show personality Elvis Duran.  Also this year, the National Radio Hall of Fame steering committee voted to induct former CBS RADIO president bobandtom labeledDan Mason and late WNEW-FM and WABC-AM New York legend Scott Muni.  National Radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig Kitchin comments, “This highly esteemed 2015 class of inductees represents the hard work, drive and unique talent that makes radio great.  On behalf of the National Radio Hall of Fame, I want to thank all those who took the time to thoughtfully cast their votes.”  The induction ceremony takes place on November 5 at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago.

kelleychristinaKelley Latest Jock Ousted from KRTH, Los Angeles. In a move that will undoubtedly upset her legion of loyal “Night Owls,”13-year KRTH “K-Earth 101” evening host Christina Kelley exits the CBS Radio Los Angeles classic hits-oldies facility. “It was 13 years of fun,” she tells RadioInfo. “I once heard Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll say that he walks around every day with the attitude that something great is just about to happen. That is my attitude [now]. As I continue to work as a voice actor and sometimes as a TV host, I’m excited about what’s next for me in radio.” Kelley previously worked at Los Angeles’ KCMG “Mega 92.3” (now urban contemporary KRRL), as well as in Washington, DC (WPGC-FM), and New Orleans (WQUE and WNOE). As we’ve noted earlier, afternoon driver “Shotgun” Tom Kelly and weekender Charlie Tuna have also left the station’s lineup, although Kelly will be an off-air station “ambassador.”

harrisonUpCloseFarOutsmallLegendary Talk Radio Executive George Green Discusses Life after KABC and New Book in Inspirational Chat with Michael Harrison.  He was one of the kings of Los Angeles media, having served as president and general manager of KABC for 17 consecutive years during the station’s heyday as one of the brightest pioneering lights of talk radio.  He had been there for 21 years prior to that, working his way up from sales rep to GSM to the top spot – a total of 38 years with the heritage outlet!  Then, it suddenly came crashing down in 1996, when he was informed by the then-new owners of the station, The Walt Disney Company, that he was being replaced in three days by another station head.  On the new installment of the international hit podcast “Up Close and Far Out”greengeorge posted today (9/1), George Green discusses with Michael Harrison how it felt to suddenly and unexpectedly be shown his way out the door and to the parking lot; how it impacted his life and then inspired him to move forward by starting a new independent media management/advertising agency and by writing a series of uplifting books covering love and aging as well five inspirational storybooks for young children.  He even dabbled in acting landing roles in a Hollywood movie, a weekly TV series and greengoergbookfive Honda TV commercials.  Now, he has written and published a brand new book – years in the writing – titled, Out of the Spotlight: Over Forty Interviews with Famous, Successful People Who Enjoy Their Lives as They Move from One Spotlight into Another (George Green, 2015).  It is inspired by George Green’s own experience moving on with life after suffering the pain of being fired from a job that defined his identity.  He widens that umbrella of despair to include people who enjoyed great fame only to have to come to grips with time moving on and their spotlight dimming.  It happens to people in all walks of life from superstars to everyday folks.  According to Michael Harrison, “George Green is one of the most important managers to ever serve in this industry during the modern era.  At 84, he remains robust, clear-thinking, articulate and tremendously active in business, sports, the arts and just plain living.  I am delighted to be presenting this podcast to the radio industry as well as the world. It is a story worth telling and being heard… especially in this age of cutbacks in the radio business.”  To listen to the entire podcast, please click here or click on the “Up Close and Far Out” player located in the right-hand column on every page of RadioInfo.com. For stations interested in interviewing George Green, he can be emailed at george@ggreenenterprises.com.

futuri logoFuturi Earns Spot on Inc. 5000’s ‘Fastest Growing Private Companies.’  Interactive technology firm Futuri Media is celebrating its recognition for the second year in a row on the Inc. 500|5000 lists as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America and the only media technology company on the prestigious Inc. list.  Futuri says there are now more than 525 stations, networks and broadcast groups using its technology across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.Inc5000  Cleveland-based Futuri states it is enjoying revenue growth of 185% which puts it among the upper tier on the list, ranking #59 nationally and #23 in percentage-growth in Ohio in revenue among firms its size.  Fututi Media CEO Daniel Anstandig comments, “The three key drivers in Futuri’s growth this year have been our TopicPulse social media intel system, mobile apps for TV and radio broadcasters, and our LDR (Listener Driven Radio) interactive programming systems.  Our mission is to leverage social and mobile technology for broadcasters in a way that engages audiences, cultivates loyalty, and drives ad revenue.  Futuri’s continued growth is a testament to our team’s commitment and success in driving results for our partners.”

nashicon logoWELJ, New London, Connecticut Morphs into ‘NASH Icon’ Outlet.  New London, Connecticut’s WELJ shucks its simulcast of country WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” and takes on the classic country NASH Icon format syndicated by Cumulus Media’s Westwood One.  Cumulus New London VP/market manager Jessica Vargas comments, “We are thrilled to be bringing the NASH Icon brand to the New London market.  I’d like to thank Cumulus Media’s John Dickey, Mike McVay and Gary Pizzati, as well as Eddie Esserman and Joule Broadcasting for the tremendous partnership that has allowed this exciting station to come to our market. Connecticut listeners love their country music, and NASH Icon will provide a unique new listening experience that they can’t get elsewhere.”

Thursday, August 6, 2015

| August 6, 2015

Nielsen LogoPPM Data – Round Three. The third installment of July 2015 PPM ratings data has been released. The latest markets are Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus.  This survey period covered June 18 through July 15.  View all the 6+ numbers from subscribing stations hereRadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” below.

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1) Portland – Not only does KKCW “K-103” occupy the penthouse for the 13th consecutive survey, the iHeartMedia adult contemporary facility registers a walloping +1.5 KKCW(8.7 – 10.2) for its strongest 6+-stat since the monstrous 18.1 in “Holiday” 2014. Bumping up from an eighth-place tie to seventh is Alpha Media‘s country KUPL “The Bull,” which posts its fifth successive positive trend (3.5 – 3.8 – 4.0 – 4.5 – 4.7 – 4.8, 6+) for a cumulative +1.3. Down in back-to-back sweeps (3.1 – 2.8 – 2.6, 6+),KUPL Entercom‘s KNRK “94/7 Alternative Portland” (#17 to #16) busts out a +.8 to 3.4, which happens to be its best performance in exactly one year (3.7 July 2014). After notching a +1.1 to 7.6, its loftiest (6+) stat in the PPM era, co-owned country KWJJ “The Wolf” regresses by six-tenths to 7.0, but it remains in the runner-up slot for the fourth straight time. Also off by six-tenths is classic rock sibling KGON, which in addition to dropping out of the top 10 (#8 to #13), is down or flat for the fifth successive sweep (5.6 – 5.5 – 4.8 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.1, 6+) for a combined -1.5. Remaining in that Entercom cluster, hot AC KRSK “The Buzz” sputters by -1.4 as its string of progressive trends ends at three (4.5 – 4.8 – 5.3 – 5.7 – 4.3, 6+); “The Buzz” freefalls from fourth to tenth.

2) Charlotte – Over and above dialing up an impressive +1.2 to 3.9, Radio One gospel WPZS “Praise – Charlotte’s Inspiration WPZSStation” (#13 to #12) curtails eight straight monthlies of down or flat trends which nearly sliced its 6+-share in half (5.1 – 4.6 – 4.4 – 4.4 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.6 – 2.9 – 2.7). Faltering by eight-tenths in June, iHeartMedia‘s alternative WEND “106-5 The End” regains seven-tenths (3.9 – 3.1 – 3.8, 6+), yet actually slips from #12 to #13. Improving by one-half share each (6+) are Beasley Media Group CHR WNKSWNKS “Kiss 95.1” (eighth to fifth); Blue Ridge contemporary Christian WMIT “106.9 The Light” (1.5, #17 to #16); and Davidson College-owned classical WDAV (1.3, #18 to #17). Yielding a combined +1.3, this is the third straight up-trend for “Kiss” (4.2 – 4.4 – 5.0 – 5.5, 6+); WDAV had been down or flat the past five sweeps (1.5 – 1.4 – 1.1 – .9 – .9 – .8, 6+). On the heels of a stunning +1.5 in June, Beasley Media Group‘s WSOC “Country’s Greatest Hits” surrenders most of it (7.4 – 8.9 – 7.8, -1.1) but repeats at #1 (6+). Similarly-formatted WKKT, which was down by nine-tenths in June, fails to capitalize on the WSOC decline as “The Kat” regresses by another one-half share (8.2 – 7.3 – 6.8) and slides from third to fourth. Prior to June’s -.9, “The Kat” was locked on 8.2 (6+) in April and May. In addition to WSOC, another market outlet erodes by -1.1, as iHeartMedia adult hits WLKO “The Lake” slips from fifth to seventh with its third straight downward trend (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.3 – 5.2, 6+). Hanging out a lofty +1.4 in June to 6.0, its best showing since January’s 6.6, Beasley Media Group adult contemporary WKQC “K-104.7” declines by six-tenths in July, but is steady at #6. Although it repeats in the runner-up slot, co-owned urban contemporary WPEG “Power 98” falters by seven-tenths (7.6 – 6.9, 6+). Having improved by seven-tenths in June, Greater Media‘s WLNK “The Link” forfeits all of it and one-tenth more (4.1 – 4.8 – 4.0, 6+), shifting from #10 to #11.

3) Pittsburgh – Despite a seven-tenths gain (6.0 – 6.7, 6+), CBS Radio/Pittsburgh Pirates flagship KDKA-FM “The Fan” KDKA-FMremains in fifth-place. Bumping up from ninth to eighth (4.0 – 4.8, +.8, 6+), co-owned WDSY “Y-108 Pittsburgh’s New Hit Country” is in the 4.0 – 4.9 for the ninth straight sweep. It widens the lead over iHeartMedia‘s WPGB “Big 104.7 Pittsburgh’s New Country Leader,” which is flat at 3.4 and steady at #10. Its alternative sibling WXDX “The X at 105.9” gains six-tenths (4.4 – 5.0, 6+) to inch up from eighth to seventh. Rock cluster-mate WDVE dipped by one-half share in June and now sputters by WDSYmore than twice that (10.2 – 9.7 – 8.6, -1.1, 6+), yet finishes second for the fourth straight sweep. Albeit down for the third consecutive survey period (11.2 -10.7 – 10.3 – 10.0, -.36+), iHeartMedia classic hits-oldies WWSW “3WS” remains on top for the fourth successive sweep.

4) Sacramento – As it regains the one-tenth it lost in June (8.8 – 8.7 – 8.8, +.1, 6+), Entercom classic rocker KSEG “The Eagle” KSEGfinishes first for the seventh straight time. By registering a +.3 (to 2.3, 6+), Entravsion-owned KNTY “The Wolf” (steady at #17) is the only country outlet in California’ state capital to improve month-month. In the six previous sweeps – January through June – “The Wolf” logged a 2.0 or 2.1 (2.0 – 2.0 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.0 – 2.0, 6+). Meanwhile, country rivals KNCI (4.6) and KBEB “B-92.5 Today’s Country” (3.4) are off by four-tenths andKNTY one-half share, respectively; CBS Radio‘s KNCI stumbles from fifth to eighth, while iHeartMedia‘s “B-92.5” falls out of the top ten (#10 to #13). KNCI had been up the past three sweeps for a combined one-share gain (4.0 – 4.3 – 4.9 – 5.0, 6+). Its hot AC sibling KZZO “Now 100.5” relinquishes all of June’s one-half share gain and one-tenth more (4.2 – 4.7 – 4.1, -.6, 6+), backtracking from eighth to ninth. Format foe – Entercom’s KUDL “Star 106.5” – forfeits June’s one-tenth increase (3.5 – 3.6 – 3.5, 6+), yet improves from #12 to a tie at #11. In addition to KBEB, Entercom alternative KKDO Radio 94.7 and Lazer Broadcasting Spanish contemporary KLMG (1.6 – 1.1, 6+) also regress by one-half share from June. For KKDO, it is its sixth consecutive sweep without an increase (4.9 – 4.4 – 4.2 – 4.2 – 4.0 – 3.7 – 3.2, 6+) for a cumulative -1.7.

5) San Antonio – Chalk up an accomplishment for an HD channel. Specifically it is iHeartMedia‘s KQXT-HD3, which KCYYimproves by seven-tenths (1.1 – 1.8, 6+) to crack the top 20 (#20). Notching gains of six-tenths each are Cox Media Group cluster-mates KCYY “Y-100 San Antonio’s New Country Leader” (6.4 – 7.0, steady at #2) and KKYX “Country Legends” (2.3 – 2.9, #17 to #15). Exactly one-share behind “Y-100” is iHeartMedia’s similarly-formatted KAJA “KJ-97” (5.8 – 6.0, +.2), which advances fromKKYX fourth to third; “Country Legends” was off by one-half share in June. Up by nine-tenths in June, Alpha Media regional Mexican KSAH-FM “La Ley” returns all of it (1.4 – 2.3 – 1.4, 6+), as it spirals from #17 to #22. This time last month, KBBT “The Beat” racked up an eye-popping +2.4, but the Univision rhythmic CHR forfeits one-third of it (4.0 – 6.4, 5.6, -.8, 6+), slipping from the runner-up slot to fourth-place. The 6.4 that “The Beat” recorded in June is its strongest 6+-stat since 6.8 in August 2014. Faltering by one-half share each (6+) are iHeartMedia CHR KXXM “Mix 96.1” (5.3 – 4.8, steady at #5); co-owned rhythmic CHR KZEP “Hot 104.5” (2.6 – 2.1, #15 to #19); and Cox Media Group’s KISS “Rocks San Antonio” (4.7 – 4.2, eighth to tenth); KISS was +.7 in June. Following June’s potent +1.2 (one-half that registered by “The Beat”), Cox Media Group classic hits-oldies KONO-FM “San Antonio’s Greatest Hits” declines by four-tenths (7.5 – 7.1, 6+) but finishes #1 for the 12th time in the last 17 sweeps.

6) Cleveland – Properties owned by iHeartMedia finish first, second, and third, including pacesetter WMJI “Cleveland’s WMJIGreatest Hits,” which nearly matches June’s +1.1 with a full-share improvement (9.6 – 10.7 – 11.7, 6+). WMJI racked up 11.7 shares in February and March, as well. While it is runner-up for the third straight sweep, country WGAR sputters by nine-tenths (9.8 – 8.9, 6+). Down one full-share inWHLK June after May’s -.7, WHLK “The Lake” rebounds with a one-half share gain (8.7 – 7.7 – 8.2, 6+) to advance from fourth to third. It dislodges co-owned talker/Cleveland Indians flagship WTAM, which suffers an erosion of -1.2 (7.8 – 6.6), falling to fifth; WTAM was +1.9 in May. Owing to a robust +.9 to 7.5 (6+), Radio One-owned urban AC WZAK more than makes up for three successive (slight) downward trends (7.2 – 6.9 – 6.8 – 6.6, 6+) and inches up from fifth to fourth. In May, CBS Radio hot AC WQAL “Q-104” improved by one full-share; it slipped by seven-tenths in June; and now drops another nine-tenths (6.0 – 5.3 – 4.4, 6+), departing the top ten (#9 to #11). Before a +1.0 in May, “Q-104” had three straight downward trends (5.8 – 5.4 – 5.3 – 5.0, 6+). Its 4.4 is the station’s lowest 6+-stat in almost five years (4.1 in November 2010). With a three-tenths improvement to 5.9, cluster-mate WNCX “Cleveland’s Classic Rock” (steady at #7) applies the brakes to four straight downward trends which had resulted in a combined -1.2 (6.8 – 6.7 – 6.2 – 6.1 – 5.6, 6+).

7) Salt Lake City – Hot AC is the headline here with Capital Broadcasting‘s KBZN “Now 97.7” (8.1 – 7.8, -.3, 6+) repeating at KBZN#1 and iHeartMedia-owned KJMY “My-99.5” logging a +1.1 (4.1 – 5.2, 6+) to jump from ninth to sixth. Prior to July’s -.3, “Now” notched six straight progressive trends producing a combined +3.1 (5.0 – 6.3 – 6.7 – 6.9 – 7.1 – 7.2 – 8.1, 6+). Its lead over Bonneville adult contemporary KSFI “FM 100” (7.5 – 7.7, +.2, 6+) though is just one-tenth; “FM 100” held the top spot for seven consecutive months beforeKJMY relinquishing the title to “Now” in June. The last time “My-99.5” crossed the five-share barrier was September 2013 (also 5.2). Down or flat for the fifth successive sweep (5.2 – 5.2 – 5.0 – 4.5 – 4.5 – 3.8, 6+), Bonneville’s KRSP “The Arrow” (-.7) drops out of the top ten (#8 to #11) and has its weakest 6+-showing since December’s 3.7. Declining by six-tenths each (6+) are Brigham Young University‘s KBYU “Classical 89” (2.2 – 1.6, #16 to #19) and Broadway Media country outlet KEGA “The Eagle” (1.9 – 1.3, #18 to #22).

8) Kansas City – It has been more than five years since KCUR reached the four-share threshold (4.1 in May 2010, 6+), but by KCURregistering a strong +1.4, the University of Missouri-owned facility not only hits 4.5, it enters the top ten (#14 to a tie at #9). The rollercoaster ride continues for Entercom alternative KRBZ “The Buzz,” which gained one-half share in May; returned all of it in June; and now dials up a +.9 in July (5.2 – 5.7 – 5.2 – 6.1, 6+), as it zooms from fifth to second. In the runner-up slot, itKRBZ catches co-owned Kansas City Royals flagship KCSP “610 Sports Radio – Where the Royals Play,” which has its second straight decline (7.4 – 6.6 – 6.1). The combined -1.3 in June and July follows May’s astonishing +3.3 that took KCSP from #12 all the way to #1 (6+). Having regrouped from a -1.0 in May by ratcheting up a +1.2 in June, Cumulus Media classic rocker KCFX “The Fox” adds one-half share (6.1 – 7.3 – 7.8, 6+) to finish first – as it did in December 2014, “Holiday” 2014, January 2015, February 2015, April 2015, and June 2015. Also improving by one-half share are co-owned hot AC KZPT “99.7 The Point” and Steel City Media CHR KMXV “Mix 93.3”; both have identical 5.5 – 6.0 #3 (tie) to #4 (tie) profiles. Following three successive positive trends (1.8 – 2.3 – 2.8 – 3.0, 6+), contemporary Christian KJNW “Life 88.5” regresses by nine-tenths to 2.1 to slide from #16 to #19. There is no July consensus in the market’s country battle: Steel City Media’s KFKF “Country 94.1” is up by three-tenths to 4.8 (#8 to #7); co-owned KBEQ “Q-104” is flat at 3.1 (tie at #14 to #15); and Entercom’s WDAF-FM “The Wolf” is down by one-half share to slip from #10 to #11. It is the fifth straight time “The Wolf” has failed to post a positive trend (6.2 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.1 – 4.1 – 3.6, 6+) for a combined -2.6.

9) Orlando – The good news for iHeartMedia‘s Spanish tropical WRUM “Rumba” is that it is #1 for the fifth straight ratings period. WXXLOn the flipside though, “Rumba” erodes by -1.3 (8.4 – 7.1, 6+) and is being chased by CHR cluster-mate WXXL “XL-106.7,” which gains six-tenths (6.2 – 6.8) to leap from fourth to second, three-tenths from the top. “XL-106.7” was down by eight-tenths in June. As iHeartMedia talker WFLF improves by one-half share (1.1 – 1.6, 6+), Central Florida EducationalWWKA Foundation contemporary Christian WPOZ “Z-88.3 Safe for the Little Ears” declines by that margin (6.3 – 5.8). WPOZ tumbles from a tie at #2 to a deadlock at #6, while WFLF advances from a tie at #20 to a tie at #18. The 1.6 by WFLF is its highest since March 2013 (also 1.6, 6+). After three successive up or flat trends (4.7 – 5.9 – 6.3 – 6.3, 6+), CBS Radio classic hits-oldies WOCL “Sunny 105.9” drops three-tenths to 6.0, moving from second to part of a three-way tie at #3. Owing to a +.1, Cox Media Group country WWKA “K-92.3” records its third straight progressive trend (4.8 – 5.2 – 5.9 – 6.0, 6+) and joins WOCL at #3.

10) Columbus – The top five rankers are the same as in June. Locked on 11.7 in April, May, and June – iHeartMedia‘s WCOL-WCOL-FMFM posts a hearty +1.2 to 12.9, thus putting an exclamation point on the top spot for the seventh successive sweep. Off by two-tenths after June’s +.7 (9.3 – 10.0 – 9.8, 6+), co-owned WNCI finishes second for the 14th consecutive ratings period. It fails to do so this time, but the heritage CHR has registered a 10.0-share or higher in 24 of the last 30 monthlies for an 80% success rate. Their talk siblingWSNY WTVN (steady at #3) improves by seven-tenths (7.3 – 8.0, 6+), as does Saga adult contemporary WSNY “Sunny 95,” which is fourth for the fourth consecutive sweep. Recent (6+) trends for “Sunny” are +2.1 (December – “Holiday”); -1.7 (“Holiday” – January); +.8 (January – February); -.5 (February – March); +.4 (March – April); -.7 (April – May); +1.1 (May – June); and +.7 (June – July). Unlike WTVN and WSNY, seven-tenths is not lucky for Wilks Broadcasting‘s WLVQ, as “Q-96 Ohio’s Best Rock” sputters by that amount (4.8 – 4.1, 6+) to slip from sixth to seventh. Even though they drop by six-tenths each (6+), Radiohio-owned sports WBNS-FM “The Fan” and iHeartMedia urban contemporary WZCB “The Beat” (3.5 – 2.9) retain their #8 and #10 rankings, respectively. Not only is it the sixth straight monthly without an increase for “The Fan” (7.2 – 5.0 – 4.9 – 4.5 – 4.3 – 4.2 – 3.6, 6+), its 6+-share has been sliced exactly in half in that period.

Lance TidwellTidwell Tapped as iHM San Antonio SVP/Programming. Inbound from Tucson where he was iHeartMedia‘s senior vice president of programming, Lance Tidwell transfers to San Antonio for similar duties. Executive vice president of programming for iHeartMedia major markets Brad Hardin comments, “I am extremely pleased to welcome Lance to the iHeartMedia San Antonio family. Tidwell is a strong talent and has had much success in his tenure with iHeartMedia. His programming acumen and depth of experience will allow him to ramp up quickly and build immediate relationships with the programming and sales team.” San Antonio market president Marlene Trevino remarks, “I am excited that our San Antonio programming operations will be led by Tidwell. He understands our company¹s vision to be innovative with every move. Lance¹s experience collaborating with programming and sales teams will provide us and our partners with unbeatable forward momentum in the continued evolution of our brands in the San Antonioiheartmedia logo small2 market.” Tidwell notes that he is “grateful” to Trevino and Hardin “for the chance to work with these great brands and team in San Antonio. I am eager to get started and lead the market to continued growth and success.” In addition to having programmed in Seattle, Memphis, Hartford, Monterey-Salinas, and New Haven (Connecticut), Tidwell was chief operating officer for Southern Star Broadcasting. With 6+ share/market ranks from the most recent Nielsen Audio PPM sweep in parentheses (July 2015), iHeartMedia’s San Antonio cluster consists of country KAJA “KJ-97” (6.0, #3); mainstream CHR KXXM “Mix 96.1” (4.8, #5); adult contemporary KQXT “Q-101.9” (4.7, #6); talk WOAI (4.2, #10); rhythmic CHR KZEP “Hot 104.5” (2.1, #19); regional Mexican KQXT-HD3 (1.8, #20); sports KTKR “The Ticket” (.6, #26); and classic country KRPT “B-Buc” (.2, #27).

CBS Radio LogoCBS Radio Q2 Revenue Off 5%. While second quarter revenue for CBS Corp. increased 1% to $3.22 billion from $3.19 billion in 2014, CBS Radio revenue declined 5%. Executive chair Sumner Redstone states, “CBS is at the center of the action during an extremely exciting time in media. We continue to succeed as a result of our world-class content.” According to president and chief executive officer Les Moonves, “This quarter underscores the key steps we are taking to build out our long-term growth strategy. Our premium content remains the cornerstone of our success, and I am confident this fall’s new primetime lineup will lead us to another victory next season.” The company’s local broadcasting revenue was down 2% to $654 million from $665 million, as television station revenue was up 1%, and local broadcasting operating income (OI) fell 8% to $198 million from $215 million. The company posted net earnings of $332 million, down from $439 million in the year-ago period.

National Radio Hall of FameNational Radio Hall of Fame Nominees Announced. The 24 candidates in six categories were determined by the organization’s steering committee. National Radio Hall of Fame chair Kraig Kitchin brings back public engagement through social media balloting in the “Music Format On-Air Personality” and “Spoken Word On-Air Personality” categories. This is the first time that will be done in the last five years. “This impressive list of nominees represents the best examples of talent with commendable audience relationships past and present,” Kitchin declares. “Each individual and show was selected after extensive deliberation by the steering committee. We are all looking forward to seeing the results as determined by our industry peers and listeners nationwide.” The four nominees to be voted on by a participant panel in the “Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more)” category are Tom Barnard (Minneapolis); Johnny Dare (Kansas City); Johnny Holliday (Washington, D.C.); and Ronn Owens (San Francisco). Those in the “Active Local/Regional (10 years or more)” category are “Big Boy” – real name Kurt Alexander (Los Angeles); Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison (Philadelphia); Eric Ferguson and Kathy Hart (Chicago); and Garland Robinette (New Orleans). The four candidates in the “Networks/Syndication (10 years or more)” category include Tom Kent (Cleveland); Dave Ramsey (Nashville); Diane Rehm (Washington, D.C.); and Michael Savage (San Francisco). Those in the “Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more)” category are Bob Kevoian & Tom Griswold (Indianapolis); Bob Kingsley (Weatherford, Texas); “Marketplace” (Los Angeles); and Harry Shearer (Los Angeles). Nominees to be voted on by listeners nationwide in the “Music Format On-Air Personality” category are Delilah (Seattle); Elvis Duran (New York); Steve Harvey (Atlanta); and Ryan Seacrest (Los Angeles). In the “Spoken Word On-Air Personality” category, the nominees are Sean Hannity (New York); Clark Howard (Atlanta); Jim Rome (Los Angeles); and Dr. Laura Schlessinger (Los Angeles). Voting begins today; names of the winners will be revealed in just over three weeks (8/31). The induction ceremony will be held in three months (11/5) at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago

KLOS ProclamationKLOS Group picLA City Council Declares Saturday “KLOS ’80’s Rock Day.” In recognition of KLOS providing Los Angeles residents “with outstanding community service and classic rock music for over 45 years,” the Los Angeles City Council is honoring the Cumulus Media outlet by declaring this Saturday (8/8) “95.5 KLOS ’80’s Rock Day.” City Council president Herb Wesson (left) presented the official proclamation yesterday (8/5) on the Heidi & Frank Show. Wesson comments, “It is an honor to [offer] a warm congratulations to KLOS for withstanding the test of time and remaining the preferred rock and roll station for millions of rock music fans.” Program director Keith Cunningham acknowledges, “This is quite the honor – a grand tip-of-the-hat to a fun decade of music and the hundreds of talented men and women who have worked at KLOS over the past 45 years. KLOS rocked Los Angeles in the 1970s and furthered the British Invasion; then came Motley Crue, Guns ‘N Roses, and a whole new movement of rock that made the Sunset Strip so famous. KLOS was right there in the middle of the madness, throwing backstage parties and helping to break bands. We accept this honor on behalf of our listeners, current and former employees, and the rock bands that have always called KLOS home.” The station’s “Rock Week,” which started Monday, is extended through the weekend with “Pour Some ‘80’s On Me,” beginning tomorrow (Friday, 8/7).

NextRadio LogoCollege Broadcasters Inc LogoNextRadio, CBI Team To Find Best Radio Spot. College students are encouraged to create/submit a 60-second radio spot, as NextRadio and College Broadcasters Inc. (CBI) join forces to find the “best-of-the-best in radio spot ads.” According to NextRadio president Paul Brenner, there are currently 50,000 – 70,000 radio spots that run each month supporting the NAB National Awareness Campaign, which launched in February; “this is a huge opportunity for students to have their radio spot played nationally among thousands of broadcast stations and heard by millions. We will get the opportunity to showcase rising talent for the radio industry.” CBI president Greg Weston comments, “CBI is thrilled to team with NextRadio to offer students from our media outlets this unprecedented opportunity to have their work appear in front of millions of listeners. Not only will the winners get national exposure for their talent, they will be able to take advantage of the educational opportunities available to them at the National Student Electronic Media Convention.” First-place winner will have his or her 60-second spot included in “flight four” of the NAB National Awareness Campaign, which starts October 1. The contest begins one week from next Monday (8/17) and will run through September 18; winners will be announced September 28.

iHeartRadioRadio DisneyiHeart(s) Radio Disney. Through a joint collaboration, Radio Disney launches on iHeartRadio. The two entities will support cross-platform promotion opportunities and develop joint broadcast/digital content initiatives. Radio Disney vice president of programming/general manager Phil Guerini notes that, “Radio Disney aims to continuously provide listeners with the music and entertainment they want in the most accessible way. By teaming up with iHeartRadio and its portfolio of platforms, we will be able to expand our content reach to millions of additional listeners that consume radio via digital streaming.” The chief product officer for iHeartRadio, Chris Williams, comments, “Radio Disney is a great addition to iHeartRadio. Increasing the variety of family friendly programming is a priority and Radio Disney is sure to be a hit with parents and kids alike.” In addition to a variety of on-air talent-hosted programming, Radio Disney features include “Insider,” “Take Over,” “Top 30,” “Saturday Night Party,” and “The Alli Simpson Show.”

Parks, KenPluto TV Plucks Parks from Spotify. Los Angeles-based online video startup Pluto TV hires Spotify content chief Ken Parks to be its executive chair. Pluto TV chief executive officer Tom Ryan states, “The addition of a world-class executive like Ken Parks to Pluto TV is a transformative moment for our company. Ken’s experience in building a successful global entertainment service will be invaluable to us as we capitalize on our strong momentum to rapidly grow Pluto TV.” Parks – who will begin his new assignment in October – comments, “Pluto TV has an enormous opportunity to define the future of television and online video. As an advisor since 2014, I have had a front-row seat to the rapid growth the company has achieved so far – I am thrilled to join the team full-time.” According to The New York Times, Spotify chief strategy officer Stefan Blom will succeed Parks. Longtime music lawyer Parks joined Spotify in 2007 as the Swedish music streaming company’s first United States employee. Launched last year, Pluto TV has raised nearly $14 million in venture capital from investors including Universal Music Group. Its more than 100 channels include music videos, news, and comedy.

Friday, June 19, 2015

| June 19, 2015

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Adult Contemporary.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the first of three format analyses based on May 2015 PPM ratings from Nielsen Audio.  The first format is adult contemporary.  The historically stable format features 13 stations that rank #1 in their markets.  In this report you can see the 6+ PPM performances of AC stations over the last six surveys; fluctuations from April 2015 to May 2015; fluctuations from May 2014 to May 2015; market share over the past six surveys and more.  See Mike Kinosian’s full report here.  The next format analysis will be hot AC.

lawsonjimJim Lawson Named SVP of Programming at iHeartMedia Denver.  The new senior vice president of programming at iHeartMedia’s Denver cluster is Jim Lawson who moves up from his recent post as SVP of programming for the company’s Colorado regional markets including Colorado Springs, Pueblo, and Fort Collins.  Speaking about his new gig, Lawson says, “I could not be more excited and honored to lead an already successful Denver team.  I look forward to exceeding our clients’ and listeners’ expectations while growing our brands with great content across all of our platforms.  Thank you to Hartley Atkins, Brad Hardin and Pat Connor for giving me this incredible opportunity in a dream company surrounded by the best of the best.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Promoted to APD and music director at iHeartMedia Philadelphia’s hip hop WUSL “Power 99 FM” and urban adult contemporary WDAS is Bill Ransom, a.k.a. Doc B.  Ransom hasdocB been with the company for 12 years and will continue his mixer role for both outlets.  iHM Philly director of urban programming Derrick Corbett says, “Doc B has demonstrated an exceptional level of professionalism and a true passion for the music and the formats.  For those reasons, amongst many others, he’s earned this new position.”…..Air personality Kory is named afternoon host at CBS RADIO’s hot AC KYMX, Sacramento “MIX 96.1.”  Kory was most recently with the company hosting the evening show at KVIL, Dallas.

mckayjeffMcKay: Report from the NJBA Conference & Gala.  RadioInfo special features correspondent Jeff McKay writes about the recently concluded New Jersey Broadcasters Association Conference & Gala in Atlantic City.  In addition to the ceremony inducting five New Jersey greats into the NJBA Hall of Fame, the conference included panel discussions and presentations.  McKay spoke with WMGQ, New Brunswick “Magic 98.3”program director Jeff Rafter who notes that New Jersey’s unique position being sandwiched between New York and Philadelphia means using localism to stand out.  “It has to do with staying local with the elements (news and traffic) — what Philly and New York doesn’t cover enough here.  We’re sandwiched between these two giant markets, but we’re a giant market ourselves.  We have great local talent who know the people they play music for each day.  Musically, we always have to find a way to differentiate ourselves.  We always have to stay just ahead of the trend where adult contemporary music is going.  We have to be tuned in locally to what our listeners want.  The audience changes, so we must keep reinventing ourselves to stay relevant and keep the brand fresh.”  Read McKay’s entire report here.

RadioInfo Tidbits.  This weekend’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas will be broadcast on SiriusXM.  The satcaster says performances and backstage interviews from the electronic music event will air today throughsiriusxm Sunday on its Electric Area channel.  Artists to be heard on the broadcast will include: Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Andrew Rayel, Armin van Buuren, Benny Benassi, 3Lau, Calvin Harris, Dannic, Danny Avila, Dash Berlin, Dyro, Dzeko & Torres, Eric Prydz, Fatboy Slim, Firebeatz, Hardwell, Laidback Luke, Martin Garrix, Martin Solveig, MOTi, Nicky Romero, Tiësto, Yellow Claw and many more…..The New York State Broadcasters Association will present awards at its annual “Excellence in Broadcasting” dinner on Monday (6/22) at the Conrad Hotel in New York City and WHTZ duranelvis“Z100” and Premiere Networks star Elvis Duran will receive the 2015 Broadcaster of the Year award.  Wendy Williams – former radio star and current host of her own daily TV talk show – will be honored with the 2015 New Yorker of the Year award.  Speaking about Elvis Duran’s award, New York State Broadcasters president David Donovan says, “We are deeply honored to recognize Elvis Duran as our 2015 ‘Broadcaster of the Year.’  Elvis not only wakes up New York City, he wakes up America.  Beyond his tremendous success in broadcasting, Elvis gives back by working with community groups such as Rosie’s Theater Kids, the Robin Hood Foundation, GLADD, the Trevor Project and St. Jude’s Hospital.  Elvis joins other legendary broadcasters who have received this award such as Seth Meyers, Norah O’Donnell, Regis Philbin, Bill Weir, Charlie Gibson, Barbara Walters and many others.  He represents the best in our profession.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

| April 23, 2015

iheartmediasoundfront15spiegelexecsiHeartMedia Previews New Podcast Initiative at First-Ever ‘Soundfront’ in NYC.  Yesterday, iHeartMedia presented the “Soundfront” event in New York to preview its new original audio programs.  The company says this new content “will allow marketers to collaborate with a host of celebrities and talent through customized and creative storytelling.”  Speaking about the company’s need to explore the audio-on-demand marketplace is iHeartMedia CMO/EVP Gayle Troberman, who says, “In the age of visual distraction and shorter attention spans, audio has the ability to break through and get heard better than any other advertising.  We are seeing increased engagement in audio programming both on air and via podcast, and original audio forces us to get back to the basics of telling stories simply and honestly, which consumers love.  We believe most marketers are massively under-invested in the power of sound and the iHeartMedia Soundfront is our opportunity to challenge the industry to explore the creative potential of sound to tell and sell better.”  Saying that it is teaming with “a broad spectrum of A-list producers, musicians, actors, music industry veterans and curators,” the company announces some of the people it is working with, including: “Skybound Rundown” (podcast): From the producers of “Theiheartmedia logo small Walking Dead” TV show and gaming franchise focusing on the world of indie gaming; “Heart of the Beat” (podcast):  Artist and musician Jared Leto will bring sound and storytelling together in this original audio show that allows artists to reveal the method behind their madness; “Who is Marty Hirsch?” (podcast) is the first-ever audio mockumentary, building off successes like “This Is Spinal Tap” and “Almost Famous” to tell a story of a mythical music icon.  iHeartMedia has partnered with Trium Entertainment (the creator and executive producer of “The Biggest Loser”) to produce a number of podcasts including: “The Vent” hosted by Jaime Pressly; “Get Mic’d” – a talent search show for the next great iHeartMedia DJ; and “Science of Success” with Jonah Berger.  The iHeartMedia-Trium relationship will also produce videocasts and the hiring away of Big Boy from Emmis in Los Angeles is relevant here as he’ll host “Urban Legends with Big Boy,” a hip hop show.  “Z100” New York-based personality Elvis Duran will also host a videocast titled, “The Elvis Sessions” in which he “digs throughout the day-to-day gossip and connects with the true passion that drives artists and celebrities.”  Other videocasts will include “On the Fly with Paul Costabile” and “My Journey.”  iHeartMedia also used the event to announce an expanded relationship with Snapchat, details of which are expected to come in the future.  Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel was in attendance discussing iHeartMedia’s unique positioning to “use the power of sound to drive social results.”  Pictured here are (from l-r): iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises president John Sykes, iHeartMedia president and CFO Richard Bressler, Snapchat co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel, and iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman.

emmis logoFacing “Weak Markets,” Emmis Seeks Covenant Relief from Lenders.  In a filing with the SEC, Emmis Communications presents historical performance data and forward-looking statements as it seeks covenant relief for the quarters ended May 31, 2015 through February 28, 2017.  Emmis says it is outperforming its markets but the problem is that the markets are weak – for example, citing New York figures showing Emmis down 6% while the market as a whole was down 7.3% over the nine-month period ended November 30, 2014.  It says the battle between its urban KPWR, Los Angeles and iHeartMedia’s new KRRL (which is benefitting from its luring morning talent Big Boy away from KPWR) is causing it to face “new headwinds.”  In New York, the company says the market was weak throughout calendar 2014 – down mid- to high-single digits after being up 5% in calendar 2013.  It reports national was off by 30% during the 2014 summer months and down 18% for the nine months ended November 30, 2014.  Emmis states that it finished fiscal 2015 under its 6.00x covenant at 5.40x but “wants to constructively manage compliance with sufficient cushion.”  It goes on to show its efforts to control costs by noting it has “reduced cash operating costs by $7 million as part of its fiscal 2016 budget.”  You can see the entire lender presentation here.


PPM Analysis: Classic Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three analyses of gold-based formats with today’s look into the performances of classic rock-formatted stations based on Nielsen Audio data from the March 2015 survey.  Compared to stations airing the classic hits/oldies format which rank sixth in their markets on average, Kinosian reports their classic rock counterparts rank eighth (6+) on average.  “Moreover, based on our March ratings analysis, classic hits/oldies outlets tend to outpoint classic rockers by one full share point (5.50 – 4.53, 6+).”  Read more about how classic rockers compare to their performances in the February 2015 survey, how they compare versus the March 2014 survey, where they rank in their markets, how they stack up behind market share leader KSEG, Sacramento (9.1 share, 6+), plus a look at how classic hits/oldies stations and classic rockers fared against each other.  Click here.

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Nineteen-year morning host Bruce Kayser retires from Schurz kayserbruceCommunications-owned adult contemporary WNSN, South Bend, Indiana “Sunny 101.5 FM.”  Kayser hosted the show with Jack Reichert and Abby Weppler…..Northeast Ohio radio pro Chuck Matthews signs on with Cleveland-based online rock stream oWOW Radio as production and imaging director.  Matthews was most recently with Rubber City Radio in Akron.  He’s also served with iHeartMedia at rock/talk WMMS and classic hits WMJI “Majic 105.7.”

buymeaboatChris Janson Signs with Warner Bros. After Bobby Bones Push.  Singer/songwriter Chris Janson got a nice push a few weeks ago from iHeartMedia’s Bobby Bones when the latter played Janson’s song “Buy Me a Boat” on his nationally syndicated program.  After that, the song hit the #1 spot on the iTunes Country Chart.  Now, Janson is the newest artist to sign with Warner Bros. Records and he’ll be featured on iHeartMedia’s “On The Verge Artist” program.  As the most recent “On The Verge Artist,” Janson’s “Buy Me A Boat” will be heard across 140 country radio stations for six consecutive weeks, beginning May 4, 2015. The program includes on-air exposure as well as significant digital and social support across iHeartMedia’s network to introduce new music to listeners.

smartphonesNew Bill Would Prevent Mandated FM Chips in Smartphones.  U.S. Reps Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced a bill called “Protecting the Rights of Musicians Act.”  The bill would prevent smartphone manufacturers from having to include and activate an FM chip in smartphones.  On board supporting the legislation is the Consumer Electronics Association whose president and CEO Gary Shapiro says, “By prohibiting the Federal Communications Commission from imposing the inclusion of radio tuners in mobile devices, this new bill recognizes that consumers and technology innovators – not the government or analog radio broadcasters – are best positioned to determine the functions and features of cutting-edge mobile devices.  Importantly, this bill also starts a worthwhile and much needed conversation about digital age music payment systems.  We look forward to working with Representatives Blackburn and Eshoo as this bill moves forward through Congress.”

Gifford: Radiodays Europe — Day Two

| March 17, 2015

Special to RadioInfo

By Larry Gifford
Consultant/Talent Coach

giffordlarrywriterMILAN — iHeartMedia syndicated morning host Elvis Duran addressed 1,200 delegates at Radiodays Europe Monday (3/16) telling his story of success.  Ahead of taking the stage, Duran shared with RadioInfo how his definition of success has evolved.

“What was important to me as snot-nosed kid is not important anymore.  Now, success to me is just being happy and really wanting to wake up and go to work.  You know, maybe 10 years ago I didn’t want to wake up and go to work because I was usually hung over or whatever.  Now, I actually enjoy going in.  To me that’s a successful day: just wanting to do what you do.”

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

| February 3, 2015

sidneyrobRob Sidney Re-Ups with WLYF, Miami.  Programmer Rob Sidney is staying with Lincoln Financial Media’s adult contemporary WLYF, Miami “101.5 LITE FM” as director of programming and operations.  LFM notes that this multi-year deal continues to make Sidney LFM’s longest tenured programmer with more than 25 years of service to the company.  LFM Miami SVP/GM Maureen Lesourd says, “Rob Sidney has had the bead on South Florida’s adult female listening audience for over a quarter of a century and the proof is keeping the station in the top three for most of that time.  He has a keen ability to keep the ‘LITE’ brand evolving, while supporting sales with unique opportunities and exciting ways to embed our best clients within the station.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Taking a corporate role at Cumulus Media is Steve Mills who exits the company’s Topeka cluster where he’s been PD at classic rock KDVV and classic hits KWIC.  At the corporate level Mills will bemillssteve manager of stream support and quality…..At the Las Vegas station group of Beasley Media, Brian “Hammer” Panerali is promoted to APD of adult hits KVGS “Star 107.9.”  He serves the station as AM drive personality and music director and will continue in those roles…..Joining the morning program at hammeriHeartMedia-owned oldies outlet KODJ, Salt Lake City is AJ, who joins his real-life wife Meredith on the “Meredith in the Morning” show.  AJ also hosts afternoons on sister CHR station KZHT “97.1 ZHT,” and handles APD and music director duties at the station, too…..Toledo Radio LLC’s country WPFX, Toledo “107.7 The Wolf” names Jeff Lamb new morning host, replacing Hooper, who stays with the station for weekends…..As JVC Media-owned country outlet WOTW, Orlando “103.1 The Wolf” builds its lineup of local personalities, it adds Elise Rossi to host the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm show…..iHeartMedia adds a new talent to its iHeartRadio Evolution channel.  Dutch electronic music producer Chuckie’s “Dirty Dutch Radio” become part of the lineup effective February 7.  “Dirty Dutch Radio” will broadcast Chuckie’s unique style of dance music and will feature a variety of DJs and producers.

iheartmedia logo smalliHeartMedia Expands with SoundBoard Initiative.  The company is calling iHeartMedia SoundBoard a “one-of-a-kind audio-centric branded entertainment studio” that will allow its talent to work with advertisers to “produce original long- and short-form audio, video and experiential content that moves seamlessly across radio, apps, and events, creating the next generation of brand storytelling.”  Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman says, “As the number one creators of live, daily content, brands have been asking us for more ability to craft original stories that leverage the power of sound to reach consumers when they’re ready to be entertained.  We’re launching the first branded audio studio for the digital era to prove the power of radio, the power of live content, and the power of cross-platform programming designed for a media world without walls.”  In addition to using national talent such as Ryan Seacrest and Elvis Duran, the company says it will use “the many local personalities who resonate in their communities — and its unique access to the most innovative thinkers in music and entertainment — to develop new original productions that combine the power of live radio with richer storytelling across platforms.”  The iHeartMedia SoundBoard Studio will be led by John Sykes, president of iHeartMedia’s Entertainment Enterprises Group; Gayle Troberman, EVP and chief marketing officer of iHeartMedia; and Vanessa Adamo, senior vice president of Entertainment Enterprises.

honkytonkin logoCompass Media Launches ‘Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence’ Country Program.  The official launch party for the new “Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence” program will take place later this month at the Country Radio Seminar, but the show is already on the air in more than 25 markets, according to syndicator Compass Media Networks.  It debuted with country music legend Lawrence joined by special guest Joe Diffie and Compass says, “When one legendary performer sits and talks freely with another the listener gets to be the fly on the wall.  The experience is uniquely compelling.”  Lawrence comments, “I’m so excited about my new show Honky Tonkin’.   It is so much fun to go back and relive all of the classic honky tonk music of the 80s 90s and early 2000s.  The feedback from my fans and affiliates has been incredible.  It was an honor to have my friend Joe Diffie be my first celebrity guest.  It’s a little different being on the other side of the microphone during an interview, but Joe made it easy for me.  I’m looking forward to digging out some old forgotten classic songs and interviewing many more guests thru the course of this year.”  Compass will present a special “Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence” launch party on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm at the City Winery in Nashville during CRS.  Attendees are invited to RSVP for VIP passes by contacting Compass Media Networks at 310-242-8742.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

| December 17, 2014

littlebigtown albumDuane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, including this week David Safar of 89.3 KCMP “The Current” Minneapolis;  Bayley Brown, WKLC-FM (Rock 105), St. Albans/Charleston, and internet sensation the Iceman, 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 (12/17) includes such names as: One Direction, Beatles, James Newton Howard, Jennifer Lawrence, Bea Miller, Tracy Young, Mack & Jet Set Vega, Olly Murs, Demi Lovato, Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahlquist, Wax, Herbal T, Lack of Afro, Hamilton Leithauser, George Ezra, The Cure, James McCartney, Gwyneth Moreland, David Hayes, Van Morrison, Joywave, Big Data, Alt-J, Modest Mouse, Little Big Town, Love Junkies, Abbi Scott, Jillian Kohr, Josh Dorr, Mat D. & the Profane Saints, Petting Zoo, Madison Rising, Dave Matthews Band, Deuxième, Maiday, and AronChupa, among others.  To check out this valuable information, please click here.

oraazaelaJB14‘Z100’ New York’s ‘Jingle Ball’ to Air on The CW Tomorrow (12/18).  The television broadcast of the “Z100 Jingle Ball 2014” will air on The CW tomorrow night.  The iHeartMedia-produced show that happened on Friday, December 12 at Madison Square Garden, featured acts that included: Taylor Swift, Iggy Izalea, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Pharrell, OneRepublic, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jesse J., Rita Ora and Nick Jonas with special appearances by Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwen Stefani and more.  The evening was hosted by “Z100” morning personality Elvis Duran who is pictured below at right (in the cool tux!) standing next to iHeartMedia president,duranpolemanJB14 programming platforms Tom Poleman.  Pictured here at the top at Friday night’s show performing are Rita Ora (singing) and Iggy Izalea.  For a hint at what viewers may see tomorrow night, here’s Z100’s blurb about the show: “Pharrell opened the show and stunned the crowd with special guest performer Gwen Stefani (who brought special date, son Apollo) to perform their new hit “Spark The Fire” while fellow “The Voice” judge Adam Levine along with Maroon 5 performed hit “One More Night” to get everyone dancing in their seats.  Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor lead the star-studded lineup with songs from their new albums, Shake It Off and Lips Are Moving.  Sarah Jessica Parker introduced recent Grammy nominee Sam Smith who crooned the crowd with his stellar vocals performing “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not The Only One.”  Ariana Grande stole the show featuring a 20 minute set of her hits opening with holiday favorite “Santa Tell Me” and then was joined on stage by Jessie J for their hit “Bang Bang.”

mahaffeyskipSkip Mahaffey to Host Mornings on ‘99.5 The Wolf’ in Dallas.  The new co-host of the “Wake Up with the Wolf” show on Cumulus Media’s country KPLX, Dallas “99.5 The Wolf,” is award-winning country personality Skip Mahaffey.  He takes over for Ken Buckner who recently exited the station.  Mahaffey will partner up with current morning show co-host Lisa Taylor, beginning December 29.  Mahaffey comes to KPLX from his most recent gig as talk host on George Flinn, Jr.-owned news/talk simulcast WWJB and WXJB serving Hernando County, Florida.  Mahaffey’s resume includes stints at WWKA, Orlando; WFUS and WQYK in Tampa; WCOL, Columbus; KSON, San Diego; and KVOO, Tulsa.  He also hosted the nationally syndicated “True Country” for the old Dial-Global and has won three CMA Air Personality of the Year awards.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Programmer and afternoon personality Michael Hayes exits Fort Myers Broadcasting Company-owned adult contemporary WINK, Fort Myers “The New 96.9 More FM” after four years with the station…..At iHeartMedia’s Grand Rapids CHR WSNX, evening personality and APD Brian Holmes exits the company he’s been with for the past 15 years.  His show, “Holmes & the FreakShow,” was also piped in to the company’s CHR WVKS, Toledo.

huckabeemike‘Huckabee Report’ to Be Distributed by WYD Media.  With the start of the New Year, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee – also host of his own weekend show on Fox News Channel – is continuing his daily feature, “The Huckabee Report,” to be distributed by WYD Media Management.  The program will be repped by WYD Media Ad Sales.  The show is currently syndicated to more than 500 radio stations via Westwood One but that relationship will end after December 31.  Huckabee comments, “We’ve had tremendous success over the last six years with ‘The Huckabee Report’ thanks to the great partnerships with hundreds of radio stations.  I’m excited about my new partnership and this is a great way to kick off 2015!”  WYD says that the feature will retain its current format with morning, midday and afternoon delivery of three unique, modular reports that allow stations to carry one or three minutes of content per report.  WYD Media Ad Sales president John Murphy says, “Mike Huckabee is truly a beloved national icon with a powerful following.  His ability to connect with his audience and influence public opinion is incredibly valuable to our advertising partners.”  In addition to airing on news/talk affiliates, “The Huckabee Report” is also cleared on country- and classic rock-formatted stations.

Dueling Centuries

| June 11, 2014

By Duane Doobie
Music Editor/Director


SPRINGFIELD, MA – Yesterday’s initial House Judiciary Committee hearing over the complex issue of music licensing and how it should apply to radio in the digital era (Songwriter Equity Act) brings us again face-to-face with the harsh reality that the times they are a changin’ and the road ahead will be quite different than the one we’ve been traveling.

We are historically positioned at the tipping point (or as they say in sports, a “momentum change”) in the inevitable struggle between the standard way music radio did business in the 20th century and the way it will be doing business in the 21st.

As much as I am a fan of the symbiotic relationship that existed for decades between the industries of “radio and records” (so well-oiled a relationship that we actually thought of them as a singular industry) and earnestly support the cause of keeping things the way they’ve been (not charging radio royalty money for the “privilege” it has enjoyed of playing music on the air for free), I am afraid that the complex array of technical and sociological changes at hand will ultimately conspire to force radio to cough up the dough.

This will put some music stations out of business the same way the high cost of converting from film to digital technology is forcing some historic local, stand-alone movie palaces to shut their doors in the theater business.

Others will pay the price and continue to play in the game with varying degrees of success or failure.

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Doobie’s Picks of the Week • 6/11/14

| June 11, 2014

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“All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor (Epic)

This is a very likable track. It is bubble gum pop with some, as if you couldn’t guess from the title, big bass bounce that just keeps me on my feet.

“All About That Bass” by Meghan TrainorTrainor is a native of Massachusetts. She wrote, performed, recorded, and produced three albums in her home studio before the age of 20. This led her to being discovered by Big Yellow Dog Music at the Durango Songwriting Expo in Colorado at the age of 17, her signing with them the following year, and then traveling the country writing with top writers and producers until she signed with Epic. Now she has songwriting credits with Rascal Flatts, Sabrina Carpenter, Ryan Follese of Hot Chelle Rae, and so many more.

kadishThe track was produced by Kevin Kadish, a Grammy Award-nominated songwriter, producer, sound engineer, and instrumentalist who has been involved with some major projects (writing and producing) with Miley Cyrus, Michelle Branch, Meat Loaf, Skillet, Gloriana,amongst others. Kadish has really invested in Trainor, as he helped develop her sound by co-writing and producing this track.

It’s a perfect song for the summer when you can roll down the windows and turn the radio up letting that bass shake the place.

“Cool Kids” by Echosmith Talking Dreams (Warner Bros.)

A little history: Four siblings aged 14 to 20: Graham, Syndey, Noah and Jamie. They, like many young people, decide to start a band. The difference is that they are pretty darn good. They called themselves Ready Set Go! and while their musical abilities got them signed by Warner Brothers, they had to change their name to the original and memorable, Echosmith.

“Cool Kids” by EchosmithIf you were able to see them at Warped Tour or on the Midsummer Station Tour last summer… you were probably one of the many people touting Echosmith’s whole package (the live shows, the EP, their profiles as musicians) as being something not to be missed.

This debut album has a little something for everyone including ballads, catchy tunes, and songs that seem almost “cinematic” before turning into a dizzying array of harmonized digital instruments and organic guitar, matched with flawless vocals.

alter the press logoGina Catalano of AlterThePress writes, “The standout track, ‘Cool Kids,’ keeps an up-tempo beat with a catchy chorus that chants ‘I wish I could be like the cool kids cuz all the cool kids, they seem to fit in.’ In between those songs are a balanced mixture of indie and pop with lyrics that are relatable to any age demographic.”

Early adopters include KFRH 104.3 “Now” Las Vegas; 106.1 KHKS Dallas; KRCK 97.7 Palm Springs; WNCI 97.9 Columbus; WXXL 106.7 Orlando.

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“Incredible” by Celine Dion featuring Ne-Yo Loved Me Back to Life (Columbia)

This song is great. You got the vocals of Dion… and the “street cred” of Ne-Yo. They just debuted the video that has them belting from the rooftops on Good Morning America. It’s a great new add, and if you haven’t given it some airplay already, you should consider it – as have the folks at KTSM 99.9 FM in El Paso.

The song, nor the video, are the things I want to focus on here. Instead, I want to give you something for the listeners that you can talk about (the connection is Celine Dion) and drive some traffic to the website to see the video and view station advertising.

“All By Myself” the stuck overnight in an airport video lip dub

Richard Dunn got stuck overnight at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. He was alone in the airport, save for some workers, and decided to recreate Celine Dion’s “All By Myself” after searching Google for songs about being alone.

While that may not seem like an obvious way to spend the time, it should be stated that Dunn works as a lighting designer for corporate entertainment, according to CBC News, and apparently was offered vouchers to be bumped off two consecutive Delta Air Lines flights leaving him “all by himself” until 6:00 am the next day.

Lemons out of lemonade… or perhaps a fortuitous viral add to his demo reel… either way, playing the original track, talking about Dion, and then teasing this video to drive traffic to the website can create listener engagement.


“It Was Like That When We Got Here” by Camper Van Beethoven El Camino Real (SLG/429 Records)

It Was Like That When We Got Here by Camper Van Beethoven El Camino Reallowery davidCamper Van Beethoven, formed in 1983 and led by frontman David Lowery, infused elements of pop, country, blues, ska, punk and even some euro-folk into the DIY mentality of the Southern California punk scene.

They broke up after five albums. Then time passed and maybe they got bored. They got back together to assemble a collection of unreleased material, and before they knew it – three more albums (one of which was a full cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Tuskin 2002), and a decade more of touring.

Here’s album number 9: El Camino Real on 429 Records.

According to a press release, “Whereas La Costa Perdida [their last album released in 2013] reflected the northern California ‘back to the country’ side of the band with lush and trippy references to Jack Keruac, Richard Brautigan, the Beach Boys and ‘Big Sur’, the songs on El Camino Real are firmly rooted in a grittier earth. One that lies beneath the southern half of the state and stretches all the way down to Baja California.” Added Lowery, “The best way to look at the new album is to draw a contrast between the two. On La Costa Perdida the ocean is calm, benevolent and feminine; on El Camino Real, the sea is filled with darkness, secrets and chemicals.”

WYCE 88.1 Grand Rapids, MichiganKPCW 91.9 Park City, UtahDarkness, secrets AND chemicals?! The title of the song is starting to make sense. Check it out and give these guys some playlist consideration – just as the folks at WYCE 88.1 Grand Rapids and KPCW 91.9 Park City, Utah have done.

While it may seem, on occasion, that I favor British rock music, that’s not entirely accurate. I think that the “organic, we’ve-been-friends-for-years, jammin’ our way to success in random garages or basements since high school” thing is at the heart of what rock music is about. As it turns out, there seems to be a lot of these bands that sound like British rock music… but aren’t from across the pond at all. (Of course, the British influence on rock since 1964 has been profound.) Take this next one for example…

“Who Needs You” by The Orwells Disgraceland (Atlantic)

“Who Needs You” by The OrwellsThe Orwells of Elmhurst, Illinois – definitely not British – formed when all the members were in high school. Dominic Corso (guitar) and Mario Cuomo (vocals) are cousins and the Brinners (Grant on bass and Henry on drums) are twin brothers, and the fifth wheel, er… guy – Matt O’Keefe (guitar) – is an honorary part of the family as they have all been family friends for years.

Patriotism is always a great subject for songs. This track does just that, though not with the whole pomp, circumstance, and showmanship of Madison Rising (see RadioInfo TV box on the right for their performance of the “Star Spangled Banner.”) This track, like anything produced by Dave Sitek, is worth playing, and the video is worth featuring on your website. Check it out.

“Take Me to Church” by Hozier Take Me to Church EP (Rubyworks)

I love, when I am listening to the radio, something new is brought to my attention by the jock. It could be a new song. It could be a new fact about an old song. It could be listening to the sax solo with new ears, knowing that it was recorded in the bathroom at the studio. That is one of many examples of things I love about radio and also things that I wished happened more often.

“Take me to church” by Hozier Take Me To Church EPKaroline Kramer GouldApparently, there is at least one place where that happens quite a bit… and it is in Cleveland, the home of WJCU. WJCU (88.7 FM) is a noncommercial FM broadcast station owned and operated by John Carroll University, and while it’s probably only one of the places left on terrestrial radio to hear the latest from Lithuania (Sundays, 8:00 am to 9:00 am), it is also home to “The Heights” which is pretty much a 12-hour block featuring a unique blend of triple A formatted songs, drawing from an ever expanding bottomless pit of a deep playlist. The brain behind the music programming of “The Heights” is golden-eared music director Karoline Kramer Gould. Gould recommends “Take Me to Church” by Hozier, “Seeing him in Philly a few weeks ago, it was literally like being at church. The entire audience was enraptured. Hozier’s voice is like a good whiskey. Smooth, calming, but with a little bit of a burn.” She continues, “His musical talent has me straight up in love, dude. His father is a blues musician and he learned it all from him. There’s this darkness to his music that touches my soul. I don’t usually have time to listen to anything over and over. Hozier? Both EPs on my phone (not the iPod, the actual iPhone!). I know all the words to his songs. Haunting and beautiful. He’s my Grammy pick for this year.”

“Take Me to Church” is currently in the 23rd spot on the RadioInfo Rock Music Chart. It’s up from 26 on its third week on the chart.

Bayley - use meGolden-eared on-air personality and interactive specialist, Bayley Brown from WKLC-FM (Rock 105) in St. Albans, West Virginia apparently keeps an eye out for new acts that have the ability to be political, while being both great musically, and retaining their commercial marketability. In terms of modern marketability, U2 immediately came to my mind. Another thought would have been Rage Against the Machine. Brown tells RadioInfo, “The Last Internationale and their latest single ‘Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Indian Blood’ [fits perfectly]. The track discusses how the settlers treated the Native Americans. It’s a little catchier than RATM’s music (perhaps it’s the prominent female voice), however that works to their advantage.” Tom Morello is the producer of We Will Reign (Epic Records, August 19th), and even enlisted Brad Wilk (also of RATM) to join Delitla Paz and Edgey Pires as a drummer for this album. Brown concludes, “With their own talent combined with the know-how and support from Rage Against the Machine, I am confident that we’ll see lots of exciting things from this band in the very near future.”


“I Adore You” by Adore Delano Till Death Do Us Party (Sidecar/Producer)

Adore Delano“I Adore You” by Adore Delano Til Death Do Us PartyDanny Noriega, better known by his stage name Adore Delano, is a television personality, singer, and drag queen. He is known for appearing on the seventh season of American Idol and the sixth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The album, released about a week ago, debuted in the top slot on the iTunes Dance Album Chart. I am sure it will be debuting high on the RadioInfo EDM Chart next week.

duran elvisWhile I think the song is well-produced and worthy of airplay, the thing that caught my eye was a petition on the internet (change.org) requesting Elvis Duran/Z100 play this track so “the world will be able to experience Adore Delano’s talent for themselves and skyrocket her to the top of the music industry where she deserves to be.” The petition only has 26 signatures, but I still can’t stop thinking about how someone went to the trouble to create this “movement.”

Regardless of whether I know the history of a particular artist intimately, or I am just learning about them for the first time, I always like to check out their bio and see how they present themselves.

“The Zombie Dance” by Balkstar Bounce It Out (T Dance Digital Records)

Balkstar (aka Mike Balk)’s one line bio is this: “Raised in Aotearoa, educated at Dubspot, living in New York.” Aotearoa is the name for the northern island of New Zealand. Dubspot is the premier EDM/DJ school with courses available in New York City, Los Angeles and online. New York, of course, is the self-proclaimed center of the universe. So that’s who he is and where we are.

“The Zombie Dance” by Balkstar Bounce It OutThis track is the first single from Balkstar’s sophomore release Bounce It Out on T Dance Digital Records. Balkstar’s debut album Passive Aggressive was released in September 2012, and spawned two maxi-single releases, title track “Passive Aggressive” and “What You Hold Today.”

He refers to his sound as Balkacore. He describes it as “phat beats, percussion grooves, future bass and mad synths.”

There are no words – so you can use plenty of elements from the track throughout your EDM show.

“Let’s Go” by Tiësto featuring Icona Pop A Town Called Paradise (Casablanca Records)

“Let’s Go” by Tiesto featuring Icona Pop A Town Called ParadiseIt’s been five years since the last studio set from globe-trotting superstar DJ Tiësto. His latest offering, A Town Called Paradise, is due out next week on Casablanca Records. It features an all-star celebrity guest list of featurings including Icona Pop… a relationship that occurred when he remixed their smash “I Love It” (“I really liked the song from the first time I heard it,” he told Rolling Stone at the time).

This track debuted at Ultra Music Fest this year, as well as appearing on Paradise as well as in an ecstatic 7-Up commercial.

The entire album is a tribute to Las Vegas, a place Tiësto has had multiple residencies since the release of his last studio set.

I recently heard this track on Evolution Radio (DJ Sisanie, KIIS FM, Los Angeles) and I must say that this collaboration between Tiësto and Icona Pop really fits into almost any set.


“Jose Cuervo Women” by The Hootn’Anges Big Deal In A Small Town (The Hootn’Anges)

hootnangesIt started with a one man band named Poetic Just Us started by Luke Marino. Later that summer, Luke met up with Angela to lay down some background harmonies on his project, and one thing led to another, and she’s suddenly a lead singer too. Somewhere along the way, she became Mrs. Marino too. So the whole Poetic Just Us (cute, by the way) no longer fit – so they started going by Luke & Ange but when they added this other guy, it didn’t make sense to call them Luke & Ange +1. So they came up with this name and BAM… here they are.

The track has some got some great fiddle thanks to Greg, the +1, whose last name apparently does not exist on the internet. But the thing that keeps me repeating the track is Ange’s delivery of the lyric “Jose Cuervo Women” as it definitely has a less than subtle double entendre that makes me chuckle.

“Isabella” by North of Nashville North of Nashville (North of Nashville)

“Isabella” by north of NashvilleJay Basiner and Andrew Martelle, both members of another band, began doing duets together in between their already booked group gigs, and in the process discovered the duo started to take on a life of their own.

Pursuing their passion for honky-tonk and the Highwaymen, they quickly found themselves outdrawing their regular gigs — and having far more fun. This album is their self-titled debut and features 10 tracks filled with fiddle and mandolin, classic sounding vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica and percussion, and of course, their lively harmonies.

In 2012, the duo hit the road, touring in a black Suburban named Foxy and honing their sound while opening for acts including Lake Street Dive, Phil Vassar, Aoife O’Donovan, Freedy Johnston, Chatham County Line and Uncle Kracker. In 2013, the Portland Press Herald named them a ‘Band to Watch’ and they were nominated for a 2014 New England Music Award as ‘Live Band of the Year.’

This album and more specifically this track – should be given consideration at your next playlist discussion meeting.

Because country music isn’t limited to the central part of this country, we turn to Walla Walla, Washington for this next track.

“Days Like These” by The FrogHollow Band Days Like These (The FrogHollow Band)

“Days Like These” by The FrogHollow Band Days Like These (The FrogHollow Band)The FrogHollow Band was just a bar band playing venues in their hometown. They would perform their own country/southern rock driven songs, along with a mix of popular covers performed with their own signature blend of classic rock, classic country and alternative country.

According to the Waitsburg Times, “A typical Wednesday night finds the six band members – all of whom work full time ‘day’ jobs – rehearsing in the basement of drummer Brian Richards’ Waitsburg home. The music of the high energy alternative country band spans the generations – as do the musicians themselves, ranging in age from 26 year-old lead singer Shane Ugalde to sixty-something (no one knows his exact age, says Ty Lane) Jerry Yokel, who adds musical depth with the fiddle, mandolin and harmonica. Other members include Lane’s father and band co-manager, Kit Lane on guitar and Jim Pearson playing bass and providing back-up vocals.”

According to that same article, Lane described having six different musicians, who know each other’s playing styles, coming together to make a great piece of music, “There’s a lot of songwriters out there that don’t have a full band behind them. I’m lucky that I can bring a melody to practice, and within a couple minutes the group working together can fill in the blanks and make something really awesome.”


Duane Doobie is music editor/director of RadioInfo and reflects the composite musical opinions of the RadioInfo editorial staff.  He can be emailed at duane@radioinfo.com.

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