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It’s Beginning To Sound A “Little” Like Christmas. For many, this was an eventful weekend, as countless Halloween costumes are safely returned to storage; the calendar now reads “November”; and clocks were turned back one hour as of Sunday morning. That though is hardly all. Some stations – and we are guessing that is plural, as in more than one – have gotten a head-start on what is now a long-standing custom of playing all-Christmas music. Once the phenomenon began picking up steam, it was customary to launch this annual rite of passage the day after Thanksgiving. Perhaps analogous to a Thanksgiving feast itself, however, programmers adopted an attitude that you could never have “too much” of a good thing. Consequently, in many cases, the all-Christmas music start date has crept closer and closer to Halloween. One confirmed super-early case of which we are aware kicked off last Friday (11/1) at 4:00 pm. It involves Clear Channel-owned WLGX, Louisville “Gen-X Radio,” which – according to its on-air slogan – typically plays, “grunge, hip-hop, hair bands, boy bands, and everything in between.” Through Christmas Day though, it is “Gen-Xmas Radio.” According to program director Jonathan Shuford, his station – last year – was “the official Christmas station for thousands wanting to get into the holiday spirit” and he comments, “We’ve heard from listeners they want it back in 2013.” The station’s customary “Gen-X” format is still available online. RadioInfo is interested in hearing about other stations that have already transitioned to all-Christmas music, so please email us if your station has done so – or if you know of a station that is now playing all holiday hits.
Duane Doobie: There’s a Lot More to Christmas Music Than Just Christmas. RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie sticks his neck out and puts his reputation as one of the hippest musical dudes in the universe on the line by pointing out the hidden message for music radio programmers encoded in the tremendous ratings success stations enjoy year-after-year by playing all-Christmas formats earlier and earlier. He says it has nothing to do with the holiday. To find out what the Doobster is saying, check out his bold new column posted today (11/4) by clicking here.
Clear Channel Goes with ‘The Breakfast Club’ on ‘103.5 The Beat’ in Miami. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment recently launched hip hop WMIB, Miami “103.5 The Beat” and now the company announces the morning slot is being occupied by its WWPR, New York “Power 105.1”-based morning show “The Breakfast Club.” The program is hosted by (from l-r) Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, and DJ Envy. CC Miami VP of programming Alex Tear states, “We’ve found Miami’s ideal wake-up call to launch ‘The Beat’ every weekday. Angela, Envy and Charlamagne are already dialed into the listeners and lifestyle of South Florida, our all-star talent lineup is now complete!”
Benny Martinez to Program Classic Hits ‘Big 98.5’ in Albuquerque. Most recently serving as producer and co-host of the morning show at Univision’s crosstown classic rocker KIOT, programmer “Big Benny” Martinez joins American General Media’s classic hits KABG “Big 98.5” as program director. The company says that after an exhaustive national search, it brings Martinez back into the American General Media family. He previously was morning host at the company’s rhythmic oldies KMMG. AGM Albuquerque-Santa Fe market manager Suzy Rufail says, “We’re extremely excited to welcome Benny back to AGM. He is a wildly enthusiastic and talented collaborator, with a great passion for radio. Our employees are our competitive advantages, and the addition of Benny only strengthens those.” Martinez adds, “I am VERY excited to be a part of the ‘Big 98.5’ family. I’m also excited to work with the great staff assembled here. I look forward to continuing the great things that have been done with ‘Big 98.5,’ and I hope to add what I can to make a great radio station even greater. Together as a team, I know that we can accomplish that.”
Sun Broadcast Group Promotes Julio Aponte. Hispanic marketing pro Julio Aponte joined Sun Broadcast Group, Inc. earlier this year as director of Hispanic sales. Now, the company announces he’s being promoted to senior vice president of Hispanic initiatives. SBG says he’ll be in charge of researching, developing and launching new programming and affiliate partnerships exclusive to Sun Latino, its Spanish Language division. He will also oversee sales strategies as well as develop new measurement and accountability initiatives that will be implemented across the network. SBG CEO Jason Bailey says, “When we welcomed Julio to the Sun family earlier this year, I knew he would quickly become an important member of our executive team. In the short time that he’s been with us, he has been instrumental in helping us create Sun Latino, the #1 Spanish language network for news and information. Julio represents all the good that we believe this industry to be. He is so well liked and respected by everyone here in our family, and more impressively, by all those who have ever had the opportunity to work with him.” Sun Latino provides sales and promotional services for CNN en Español, Fox Deportes and customized, local weather forecasts with AccuWeather en Español. It is also home to MusiMundo, an all music network and InfoMundo, a national business and information network.
Robert Murphy Returns to WLS-FM, Chicago. Chicago media writer Robert Feder tips us that Cumulus Media has brought Windy City market pro Robert Murphy back to classic hits WLS-FM for the 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm shift beginning November 11. Murphy is well known to Chicago radio fans for his stint as morning host at the former “Q101” from 1983 to 1993. The following year he was the morning personality at WLS-FM when the station tried a talk format targeted to younger demos that lasted about a year. Murphy was most recently heard on the air in the market on Hubbard’s 80s-based WILV “Rewind 100.3” where he worked from the fall of 2011 to March of 2012. He’s also worked in the West Palm Beach market in recent years.
CBS Radio Pairs Steve Kramer and Nina D for Mornings at KMLE, Phoenix. Incoming morning show host Steve Kramer comes to Phoenix from CBS Radio’s smooth jazz WSJT, Tampa (airing on the HD-2 channel of sports talk WHFS) to join current KMLE afternoon host Nina D for the station’s new morning show. In a statement, program director Tim Richards says, “We couldn’t be more excited to bring Steve to the Valley and build a show around Steve and Nina. The Valley has a big appetite for fun and authentic radio. That’s what Steve and Nina do and that’s what we are creating here at the new KMLE.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Joel Delmonico will retire from his position as vice president and market manager at Clear Channel’s Syracuse cluster at the end of this year…..Billy Michaels joins the air staff at CBS Radio’s country KMLE, Phoenix for weekends and swing shifts. He previously worked at Clear Channel’s crosstown KNIX…..Jerry Kristafer is back on the air in Hartford on St. Thomas Seminary-owned religion WJMJ hosting the morning program. He exited Buckley Broadcasting’s classic hits WDRC-FM last month where he co-hosted the morning drive show.
Getting Results for Your Station from Facebook Ads. Digital consultant Chris Miller admits he was not a fan of Facebook ads when they debuted but now he says the Facebook ad platform has improved to the point where he can “use them to drive specific, direct response for clients who want to sell more cars, houses, wine, books and downloads.” Miller says that for a station event or remote, this is a very affordable way to zero in on whom you’re trying to reach. “Facebook will let you target your message pretty precisely, too. You can choose who you want to see your message by age, gender, zip code, and a host of other criteria. You can also choose exactly when and for how long your message will be posted, too. I keep this time period pretty short and pretty immediate, too. If I were promoting an on-air contest or on-site promotion, I would promote it for a day and a half or two days leading up to it.” For more advice on using Facebook ads, see Chris Miller’s entire piece here.
CC Re-Brands WNWW, Jacksonville ‘Kiss FM.’ The CHR outlet had been branded “RadioNow 97.9” but takes on the “Kiss FM” brand that so many of the company’s CHR stations employ. It features the staples of many of the company’s other CHR stations: Elvis Duran in morning drive followed by Ryan Seacrest in middays. Operations manager Tommy BoDean says, “I’m thrilled to have the ‘Kiss FM’ brand back in our cluster. It’s a strong brand and there is a passion in the market for ‘Kiss.’”
WKSL, Raleigh Becomes ‘B93.9 New Country.’ Flipping from CHR as “Kiss FM,” WKSL, Raleigh is Clear Channel’s newest country outlet in the market as the station focuses on newer country artists and brands the station “B93.9 New Country.” The company is seeking a new program director for the station as PD Zac Davis will concentrate on sister CHR WDCG “G105.” The station is using Premiere Networks’ Bobby Bones program for morning drive.
WRIF, Detroit’s Dave and Chuck Hold Moustache Contest for Men’s Health Awareness. The morning drive team of Dave and Chuck the Freak at Greater Media’s rock WRIF are calling this month “Movember” and holding a moustache-growing contest to raise awareness about men’s health issues. Stating that “men take better care of their cars than they do their health,” WRIF wants to see this change. The entire month of November, Dave and Chuck The Freak are growing mustaches to raise awareness of men’s cancer, support patient care and research at Karmanos Cancer Institute. They are asking the other staff members and listeners to join them in the quest for the most outrageous moustache. Listeners can log onto WRIF.com to upload their photo of their mustache and donate to Karmanos Cancer Institute. You can also check out the progress of the WRIF Staff mustache growth including; Dave Hunter, Chuck “The Freak”, James Campbell, Meltdown, Steve Black, Hightower and more.
Nielsen Speaks to Investors About Arbitron Acquisition. Nielsen CEO David Calhoun reiterates he expects the deal for his company to close on the $1.3 billion cash acquisition of radio ratings giant Arbitron by Monday, September 30 after receiving FTC approval on Friday. As had been reported for some time, the holdup was the FTC’s scrutiny of “Project Blueprint” in which Arbitron worked with comScore on a cross-platform, out-of-home measurement system for client ESPN. The consent decree planted in this deal means that Nielsen will be required to provide PPM data to the software for eight years going forward. Nielsen chief legal officer James Cuminale says, “The obligation on the part of the licensee is to use the components that we’re providing solely for cross-platform service and cross-platform service is defined as the measurement of the audience across many number of platforms including radio, online, tablets and TV, but at the least online and TV.” But the relationship between Arbitron and ESPN changes now. As Cuminale states, “We will become a provider of capabilities to a licensee and in the case of ESPN — and assuming it’s comScore who is the licensee — comScore will be a party that delivers that service to ESPN. So, there is a difference there. It transforms that relationship as defined in the decree.” The bigger picture for Nielsen in explaining why it wanted to acquire Arbitron is, as Calhoun states, it gives them the ability to “blend radio audience data with retail data allowing us to demonstrate ROI for the radio clients in our world and for the advertising clients in our world” and supply more complete data in mixed marketing models. As for Arbitron employees in the aftermath of this deal, there will be job losses as Nielsen has stated it expects to achieve about $20 million in synergies, although David Calhoun says there is nothing that says anything has to be done immediately. “So we’re going to do this at a logical and steady pace as we move forward.”
Townsquare Names Andi Poch SVP National Digital Sales. Townsquare Media announces it has brought Andi Poch aboard to serve as senior vice president of national digital sales. Coming from her most recent position as chief revenue officer at IconicTV, Poch is being charged with overseeing sales and marketing solutions efforts for Townsquare’s national digital business. Company EVP/chief digital officer Bill Wilson states, “We are thrilled to have Andi join Townsquare Media to lead and manage our national digital sales team as we continue to aggressively grow the business. Andi’s impressive background at premium entertainment and media brands, coupled with her dynamic leadership, creative ability, and deep sales expertise will bring an immediate and positive impact to our advertising partners and the solutions we provide.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Clear Channel Media and Entertainment announces Stephanie Callihan is the new market manager for the company’s Wichita cluster, effective October 1. Callihan had worked with Clear Channel previously in its Austin and Los Angeles operations…..Chris Russell is named operations coordinator and AM drive host at Colonial Radio Group’s country WBYB, Kane, Pennsylvania “Bob 103.9.” Russell will be in charge of ops at the company’s eight-station cluster…..Bill Dollar exits Cumulus Media’s country WLWI, Birmingham “I-92” where he was PD and afternoon personality for the past eight years.
CC Has More Plans to Build Around iHeartRadio. According to a Billboard story from this weekend’s iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas during which Clear Channel president of entertainment enterprises John Sykes and president of national programming platforms Tom Poleman were interviewed backstage, the company is considering a mega-country music concert, its own awards program and the television expansion of the Jingle Ball concert promotion. Sykes and Poleman coyly said nothing is a done deal but teased a country music festival could be planned for Austin possibly as early as March of 2014. As for an MTV Video Music Awards-type show, the duo simply admitted the company is thinking about it. What Sykes and Poleman would say is they are going to produce the Jingle Ball concert tour in 12 markets in addition to New York and have plans to televise it.
MEDIA BROKER SPOTLIGHT: Jon Yinger - Broadcast Properties, LLC. In this week’s installment of Media Broker Spotlight, Sandi Bergman of RadioTVDeals.com interviews media broker Jon Yinger of Broadcast Properties, LLC located in Eastern Michigan. Like many of the professional media brokers spotlighted in this feature, Miller is extremely friendly to displaced radio personnel looking to go into ownership for themselves as well as first-time buyers. In addition to being a media broker he also owns a group of radio stations under the corporate name, The Christian Broadcasting System, Ltd., and owns and operates CBSat, a satellite network. Yinger says, “Sales prices are still low. There are a lot of great opportunities out there for the savvy buyer. It is a great time to buy.” To read the entire installment of Media Broker Spotlight, please click here.
Clear Channel’s KIXZ, Spokane Re-Brands. The CHR station KIXZ, Spokane changes its brand from “Hits 96.1” to “Power 96.1” under the guidance of new program director Bill “Stu” Stewart. The station continues to air Premiere’s Elvis Duran in AM drive followed by Ryan Seacrest with new staff announcements forthcoming.
CBS Radio Teams with WestwoodOne for National Regional Mexican Service. Dubbed “Fierro,” the 24/7 regional Mexican music format will emanate from CBS Radio’s KMVK, Dallas “La GRANDE 107.5 FM.” The format will feature the station’s on-air personalities and target the Spanish-language-dominant, core Male 25-44. The format is highlighted by established regional Mexican artists including Intocable, Duelo, and Presado, as well as newcomers such as Luis Coronel. CBS Radio VP of Spanish programming and KMVK PD Jimmy Gonzalez says, “Fierro’s strength lies in teaming the hottest Regional Mexican hits with some of the very best radio talent in any format. It’s a winning combination which will resonate with this target audience.” WestwoodOne is handling syndication and ad sales.
New York Securities Firm Investigating Cumulus-Dial Global Deal. Stating in a press release that it is investigating the board of directors of Dial Global, Faruqi & Faruqi LLC, says it’s looking into the board’s actions “for potential breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with their conduct related to the sale of the company to Cumulus Media, Inc.” The firm says, “Under the terms of the proposed transaction, Dial’s stockholders will receive $0.155 for each share of Dial common stock they own. This is despite the fact that Dial has traded as high as $3.40 per share over the past year.” Keep in mind that no suit has been filed – this is an investigation – and Faruqi & Faruqi specializes in class action suits.
BMI Reports Big Year for Royalty Revenue. Broadcast Music, Inc – BMI – reports it had a record-setting year for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013 with revenue up 5% over the previous fiscal year. During the fiscal year BMI paid out $814 million to songwriters, composers and music publishers. That marks an increase of $45 million over last year. The company cites a “consistent focus on building diversity in revenue sources, along with the successful implementation of a cost reduction program” for the results. The total represents the largest fiscal year revenue posted and royalties distributed in the company’s 74 years of operation and tops a five-year period in which BMI generated more than $4.5 billion in revenues and paid out royalties of $4 billion. BMI president Del Bryant says, “The success we are reporting today has been achieved in a very transitional period for BMI and the music and entertainment business. We are alert to the challenges that the restructuring of the industry presents, but we also see unprecedented opportunity. BMI’s dynamic and constantly evolving repertoire is able to reach the public across a myriad of platforms in which music is the core offering, or an essential part of the creative product. As this year’s results demonstrate, we have continued to capture the value that music contributes, and deliver it to our writers, composers and publishers.”
Remote Studio 101: $5 Ground Tester Can Save Your Life. “Freedom Feens” talk show co-host Michael W. Dean – nationally distributed by GCN – has been contributing columns to TALKERS on building and maintaining home and remote studios for radio pros who want to do it themselves. In this latest piece, Dean underscores the importance of getting the electric right from the very beginning. “Faulty grounding is more common than you’d think. In many states, a home or office can be sold without requiring ground testing. And many homeowners and businesspeople don’t think to test. They should, even where it’s not required by law. Compared to the other tests one would do when buying a property (foundations, termites, ground water, radon, etc.) testing for improper grounding of outlets is the cheapest, easiest test you can perform. You can do it yourself. And if you find any problems, hire a qualified electrician to fix things.” Read Dean’s entire column here.
Southern California Broadcasters Association Begins Sales Classes Tonight. The Southern California Broadcasters Association begins its fall 2013 Radio Sales Training Classes tonight in Los Angeles. SCBA president Thom Callahan states, “We are thrilled with the innovative and interactive series of radio sales training courses that we have planned for new sellers to Southern California Radio this fall.” Based on input from SCBA’s General Sales Managers Council, the course will focus on a variety of topics taught by industry experts including Mary Beth Garber, EVP radio analysis & insights/KATZ Radio Group (product knowledge); Karl Meyer, EVP/integrated marketing solutions/Entravision Communications (integrated media sales); Jeff Thomas, VP of sales L.A./Clear Channel; Cynthia Gilmore, senior training service consultant, Radio Station Services/Arbitron-Scarborough (selling with numbers); Chet Thompson, general sales manager/870 KRLA (managing everyday business challenges); James Fink, CMO/SVP of sales/Converze Media (getting to decision makers); David Criscitelli, local sales manager/KPWR, (interactive selling skills) and Thom Callahan, president/SCBA (strategic selling and new business development.) KRTH, Los Angeles GSM Amber Perry states, “Our new SCBU sales training courses are a must for any new seller to our business or someone who wants to sharpen their skills or needs a refresher course in selling their radio and digital platforms. As a graduate of these sales training classes, I can tell you it works!”
Nate Marino Named Executive Producer for Elvis Duran. Beginning September 30, Nate Marino begins his new role as executive producer for the nationally syndicated and WHTZ, New York-based “Elvis Duran and The Morning Show.” Marino most recently served with Clear Channel at the company’s hot AC KBIG, Los Angeles “104.3 MYfm” executive producing the “Valentine in the Morning” show. Marino’s past experience also includes roles at KIIS-FM as part of “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” and “American Top 40.” Marino will join executive producers, Skeery Jones and David Brody. In addition, Brody will expand his duties to include preparation and content development for morning shows nationwide as part of Premiere Networks. Elvis Duran states, “Being a great producer means knowing the map and keeping the cars in the correct lanes and rolling at the proper speed – this show has a lot of cars. Nate’s experience and warmth make him the perfect choice for this very important position. We’re excited to bring Nate on as senior executive producer to work with our very talented existing executive producers.”
DUANE DOOBIE: What Does the Fox Say? By now you are familiar with the internet novelty sensation “What Does the Fox Say?” by the Norwegian music/comedy group Ylvis. How radio programmers should approach this tune is addressed by RadioInfo music editor Duane Doobie. He states, “There are more than a couple of positive indicators that this will become a pop culture smash and radio can get on the bandwagon early and often, as while the video is an important component to the phenomenon, the core really is the song. Check it out and at least be aware of it. If you choose to play it or even talk about it, keep in mind time is always of the essence with these kinds of things. Novelty songs have long played an important role in the way pop culture is massaged on the radio and that occasional novelty song that comes down the pike can really spice things up – especially if grabbed and exploited early in its life cycle.” To read the Doob’s entire column this week, click here.
August PPM Data – Part Three. Data for the third group of Arbitron PPM markets was released on Friday, rather than Thursday – owing to the observance of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. Latest PPM ratings information is for Portland, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Sacramento, San Antonio, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Orlando, and Columbus. While all numbers for those 12 markets can be found here, RadioInfo’s Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group.
- Portland – Its calls don’t stand for “Best Friends Forever,” nonetheless Alpha Broadcasting‘s KBFF “Live 95.5 – Today’s Modern Mix” enjoys an eight-tenths gain to 4.3, matching what it did in April (6+), and it climbs from #16 in July to #11. Siblings KUPL “The Bull” and talk KXL-FM (5.5 – 6.1, #4) each take six-tenths jumps. In the case of “The Bull” (7.3 – 7.9), the country facility further solidifies its position at #1, where it resides for the second straight month. Meanwhile, Salem Communications contemporary Christian KFIS “The Fish” tumbles nine-tenths (3.6 – 2.7) to slide from #14 to #16. Clear Channel adult contemporary KKCW “K103″ is down for the sixth successive month: 10.4 – 10.3 – 9.7 – 9.2 – 8.1 – 7.0 – 6.8 and ranks second.
- Charlotte – After back-to-back months at 3.8 (June-July, 6+), Radio One gospel combo WPZS & WQNC “Praise” explodes to 5.7 (+1.9), rocketing from #14 to #5. “Praise” reached the five-share level twice before – January 2013 (5.2) and October 2012 (5.0), but never as high as 5.7. The market’s steepest decline for August is the -1.6 by Columbia Bible College-owned contemporary Christian WRCM (4.1 – 2.5, #11 – #15). In July, “New Life 91.9″ improved from #16 (June) to #11 with that 4.1, the station’s strongest-ever (6+) PPM stat.
- Pittsburgh – This time last month, we mentioned that the long-suffering Pittsburgh Pirates were on their way to what has been a rarity for the NL Central team in the past 20 years – a winning season. With that success comes strong ratings for CBS Radio-owned Pirates flagship KDKA-FM “93-7 The Fan,” which posted a +.9 (June-July, 6+) to place seventh. Now, there is even stronger news as “The Fan” registers a +1.3. In addition to being good for fifth-place, 6.5 (6+) is KDKA-FM’s best-ever PPM stat. While co-owned WDSY “Pittsburgh’s Country Y 108″ remains #1 for the second straight month, it is down seven-tenths (6+) from 9.3 to 8.6. Y108′s 9.3 in July was its highest (6+) PPM share.
- San Antonio – Cox Media Group classic hits KONO (#3) improves by eight-tenths and hits a 7.0 share (6+) for the first time since October 2011. Conversely, taking eight-tenths declines are Univision rhythmic CHR KBBT “The Beat” (6.6 – 5.8, #5) and Border Media adult hits KJXK “Jack” (4.1 – 3.3, #12).
- Cincinnati – After a -1.2 slide to 12.0 (June-July, 6+), Clear Channel-owned Cincinnati Reds flagship WLW bounces back big-time by gaining it all back and remains at #1 with a lofty 13.2. Ironically though, WLW’s +1.2 is not this market’s most significant (6+) month-month increase. That honor goes to Radio One’s newly-launched WOSL. Over the last seven PPM monthlies the station – then as sports WCFN – could go no higher than .2, but urban-rhythmic “Old School 100.3″ has a +1.4 to 1.5 (#18). Despite a hefty -1.3 from 8.0 – 6.7 (6+), Hubbard hot AC WKRQ “Q102″ takes a modest slip from #3 in July to #4.
- Cleveland – Not only is Clear Channel classic hits WMJI “Majic 105.7″ #1 for the 16th straight monthly, its +.8 elevates the station to 10.3. It is the first time “Majic” is back in double-digits (6+) since March. Its April-July results were 9.7 – 9.8 – 9.8 – 9.5. CHR sibling WAKS “Kiss-FM,” though takes a six-tenths fall to 4.1. “Kiss” had been at 4.7 the past two months (June-July); despite the -.6, it remains at #11.
- Salt Lake City – Consistency marked KNRS’ last four trends: 5.8 – 5.6 – 5.6 – 5.8 (April-July, 6+); however, the Clear Channel talk outlet tacks on six-tenths to 6.4 as it inches up from #3 in July to #2. On the heels of a robust +1.5 to 5.7 (June-July, 6+), Cumulus country outlet KUBL “The Bull” adds another half-share (6.2, #4). Following its early-July transition from mainstream adult contemporary to hot AC, KUBL cluster-mate KBEE “B 98.7″ drops eight -tenths (2.9 – 2.1, 6+), stumbling from #14 in July to #19.
- Las Vegas – This is the third straight progressive trend for Beasley adult hits KVGS “Bob-FM” and the second successive one of +.6 (3.1 – 3.4 – 4.0 – 4.6, May-August, 6+). Over that stretch, “Bob-FM” has advanced from #15 all the way to #5 in August. On the other hand, Clear Channel‘s KWNR is down for the third consecutive month – and this time, it is by 1.2 shares (2.9 – 1.7), which takes “Vegas Country” out of the top 20 (#18 to #21).
- Kansas City – Many significant month-month shifts can be found here, including the largest (6+) advance in any of the 36 PPM markets released thus far. Specifically, it is Northwestern College-owned contemporary Christian KJNW, which commencing this past March, began a negative streak that read: 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.2 – 2.1. That changes emphatically in August though as July’s 2.1 (6+) more than doubles to 4.4 (+2.3). Not only that, “Life 88.5″ zooms from #17 to #9. Kansas City Royals flagship – Entercom‘s KCSP “610 Sports” – improves by one full-share (3.5 – 4.5, #8) and co-owned country WDAF-FM “The Wolf” (#4) is +.8, a strong comeback after June-July’s -.9. Not as lucky though is cluster-mate (alternative) KRBZ “The Buzz,” which had three straight up trends (2.8 – 4.0 – 4.9 – 5.2, April-July, 6+), but drops a full-share (4.2, #12). The market’s top three remains intact from July, however, each one is down by at least six-tenths month-month (6+), including Wilks country frontrunner KFKF (9.3 – 7.9, -1.4).
- Orlando - With an impressive +1.1 (July-August, 6+) Cox Media Group country WWKA “K92-3″ evicts CBS Radio classic hits WOCL “Sunny FM” (7.2 – 6.8, #2) from the top spot. WWKA sibling WDBO-FM had put together five straight positive trends (2.9 – 3.0 – 3.5 – 3.8 – 4.3 – 5.8, 6+), but that ended with an exclamation point as the talk outlet is off by 1.8 shares to 4.0, dropping from sixth in July to thirteenth.
Mad Social Networking Skills. Noted digital radio consultant and RadioInfo columnist Chris Miller tackles the question, “So what is it that differentiates ‘mad’ social networking skills from ‘casual’ skills, or just plain competency?” Does it involve video shooting and editing, coding, HTML, or actual IT knowledge? In a new column posted today (9/9) Miller writes, “There’s more to being a good jock than listening to yourself talk. There’s more to being a good sales manager than just knowing a lot of clients. And, there’s more to having ‘mad’ social networking skills than being passionate about posting a ton of stuff!” He goes through five levels to which truly effective social networking skills must rise to be truly effective. They are: 1) Know your target; 2) Know how to talk and listen to your target; 3) Learn how to write well and with style; 4) Understand what fits and doesn’t fit in terms of actual content; and 5) Actively remain engaged to know if your message is reaching the target. To read Chris Miller’s entire column, please click here.
Cumulus Media Adds ‘Nash’ Branding to Six Country O&Os. Effective immediately, KAMO, Fayetteville, Arkansas; KXKC, La Fayette, Louisiana; WMDH, Muncie, Indiana; WLFF, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; WFYR, Peoria, Illinois; and WJCL, Savannah, Georgia are all branded as “Nash FM” both on air and in their web presences. In a statement, Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey says, “Following our debut of the ‘Nash FM’ brand earlier this year, we’re excited about expanding ‘Nash’ to more radio stations as well as bringing ‘Nash’ content to other forms of media including video and magazines. Our listeners and advertisers will continue to benefit from the variety of on-air and off-air country lifestyle content opportunities associated with the ‘Nash’ brand.”
Mike Ondayko Exits Classic Rocker WZBA, Baltimore. Baltimore radio pro Mike Ondayko is no longer the PM drive host at Shamrock Communications’ classic rock WZBA “100.7 The Bay.” Ondayko tells RadioInfo he was given the “we want to go in a different direction” reason for his dismissal from the station. Prior to his work at WZBA, Ondayko served stints at CBS Radio in Baltimore and was morning co- host for many years at “98 Rock” as “Mark” of the Kirk, Mark and Lopez show. Mike says he’s ready to work and has an extensive background in active rock, classic rock and talk formats and has a programming history as well. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Carey Edwards Promoted to APD/MD at ‘Y100’ in San Antonio. Carey Edwards joined Cox Media Group’s country KCYY, San Antonio last month to serve as PM drive host. Now, he’s upped to assistant program director and music director serving under new PD Jeff Garrison. He came to “Y100” from Sandusky Radio’s Seattle operations where he programmed AC KRWM “Warm 106.9.”
Fargo’s ‘101.9 Talk FM’ Flips Back to Rock. When the sale of KRWK, Fargo to Midwest Communications was announced earlier this year, reports from sources inside the operation hinted that it was likely the station would not remain a talk outlet when new ownership took over and that turned out to be true as the station became “Rock 102” on Sunday. Scotch, Tank & Lucy are in for mornings at the station.
CBS Radio’s WOGL, Philadelphia Helps Raise $662,000 for Children’s Miracle Network. The “98.1 WOGL Loves Our Kids Radiothon driven by Philadelphia Area Mazda Dealers” raised $662,428.33 in two days for The Children’s Miracle Network at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. CBS Radio reports that in the past 12 years, the classic hits station has helped raise $6,247,185.33 for Children’s Hospital. The radiothon aired Thursday, September 5 and Friday, September 6 on WOGL-FM. Donations were taken by phone, online and in person. It was broadcast live from the Ryan Seacrest Foundation’s “Seacrest Studios” located in the Colket Atrium at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Pictured here are WOGL hosts Ross Brittain (left) and Valerie Knight (second from left) of the “Breakfast Club” presenting the check for $662,428.33 to Children’s Hospital VP and chief development officer Stuart Sullivan. Also pictured at right is WOGL’s Frank Lewis (right).
Beasley 2013 Q2 Net Revenue Up 8.3%. A good quarter for Beasley Broadcast Group as the company announces second quarter net revenue was up 8.3% on revenue of $26.9 million (compared to $24.8 million during the same period a year ago) and same station net revenue rose 4.2%. Beasley notes that the increase “reflects strength in the company’s Philadelphia, Fayetteville and Las Vegas market clusters, including the acquisition of KOAS-FM in Las Vegas during the 2012 third quarter.” In a statement chairman and CEO George Beasley says, “Beasley Broadcast Group generated its fourth consecutive period of top line growth as second quarter net revenue rose 8.3% and same station net revenue increased 4.2%. The increase in second quarter revenue reflects strong national and digital revenue growth which contributed to strength in several market clusters including Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Ft. Myers and Augusta. Overall, for our five markets that report to Miller Kaplan — which represent approximately 75% of our total second quarter revenue – Beasley station clusters grew revenue by 8.4% while the total revenue for all reporting radio stations in these markets declined by 2.4% for the quarter. We attribute our out-performance to our organization-wide focus on strong core programming and targeted localism, both of which are contributing to the Company’s ratings strength in its markets. Notwithstanding the solid revenue growth, comparisons of our other financial metrics with the year-ago period are clouded due to the operating expense credit in last year’s second quarter, and certain charges in the 2013 second quarter including a loss on the early extinguishment of debt and a prepayment fee incurred in connection with the refinancing of our second lien debt. In addition, recent initiatives in the areas of sales, programming and the further expansion of our digital offerings are expected to drive long-term revenue growth, but are resulting in higher operating expenses on a short-term basis.”
SiriusXM Reports Q2 2013 Numbers; Net Subscribers and Revenue Both Up. Satcaster SiriusXM reported second quarter figures for 2013 on Thursday, July 25 and CEO Jim Meyer said the company delivered more than 715,000 in net subscriber additions during the quarter to bring the company’s total paid subscriber tally over the 25 million threshold. Meyer also said the revenue for the quarter — $940 million – was up double digits. The company reports that factory-installed SiriusXM radios are now in 54.5 million automobiles and Meyer says he expects that figure to hit 100 million by the end of 2017. Regarding developing technology, Meyers stated, “We also continue to make significant progress in developing our next generation connected-car platform and in driving our Telematics business. During the second quarter we launched an in-car IP streaming app with Ford on the same platform. This feature enables Ford customers to have two-way services such as Sirius XM on-demand and personalized music through MyXM. It is a first step in creating an in-vehicle experience that harnesses both satellite and IT. Our effort with Ford is just the beginning and we are holding discussions with all of the major OEMs about including their app on their platforms. Ultimately, we believe that merging satellite and IP connectivity in the car will provide a superior service for subscribers.” Thanks to Seeking Alpha for the conference call transcript. You can check out the entire call here.
Congressman Mel Watt to File Performance Tax Bill. North Carolina Democrat Congressman Mel Watt introduced a performance tax bill in 2009 but it didn’t get very far. Now, the congressman states he will try again and introduce a bill that would require radio stations to pay royalties on the copyrighted performances. The National Association of Broadcasters swiftly moved to speak out against the yet-to-be-filed bill, saying, “NAB strongly opposes a new performance tax that would kill jobs at America’s hometown radio stations while diverting millions of dollars to offshore record labels. We continue to support private, company-by-company negotiations that are driven by the free market, as is reflected by recent deals between broadcast radio stations and independent music labels. We appreciate the support of 154 members of Congress who know that local radio remains the premiere platform for exposing new music and generating sales for record labels.” The NAB is referring to the numerous deals recently signed by companies including Clear Channel, Entercom and Beasley Broadcasting. Congressman Watt has stated in the past that it “is unfair to performers for radio stations to continue to make commercial use of music recorded by performers without working out a fair method of compensating performers for the use of their property.” But as the NAB alludes to in the above statement, many performers do not own the copyright to the performance, and oftentimes it is the record company itself that retains that copyright.
Scott Gaines Named Operations Manager at Townsquare’s Tyler, Texas Cluster. Coming off his most recent gig as morning host of the Dial Global products “Country Today” and “Country Gold Today,” Scott Gaines becomes OM at Townsquare Media’s Tyler cluster that includes country KNUE, hot AC KTYL “Mix 93.1,” rock KKTX “96X” and urban contemporary KISX “Hot 107.3 Jamz.” He’s also in charge of the East Texas Sports Network. Regional vice president and general manager Johnny Lathrop says, “Scott’s background and passion for the business was a perfect fit for what we wanted in Tyler-Longview to grow our heritage brands. We’re excited to get him in the building!” Gaines comments, “Townsquare Media has the same vision and drive to move the stations to the next level of success and getting to work with Townsquare SVP of programming Kurt Johnson again is exciting. I am thrilled to be working with Johnny and everyone in the building.” Gaines fills the slot left open by Jeff Evans who exited to program Christian contemporary WAKW, Cincinnati.
‘Special K’ Gone from ‘103.5 Kiss FM’ in Chicago. The constant “trickle” of low-profile dismissals from Clear Channel stations across the country continues as Scott Corchin – known on air as Scotty Kay and Special K – exits the company’s CHR WKSC, Chicago “103.5 Kiss FM” where he was evening personality and music director. According to Chicagoland Radio and Media, the move is interesting as his “ratings were beating those of rival WBBM-FM ‘B96’ in the all ages numbers, the 25-54 demographic, and the stations’ target demo of 18-34 year olds.” There’s no word from Corchin or Clear Channel on the change but weekend talent EricZ is hosting the evening show. It’s assumed the move is a budgetary one.
21 Years and Counting for Bob & Sheri. The AC morning duo joined WLNK, Charlotte in 1992 and it looks like they’ll be around for at least a few more years as Greater Media announces it has signed Bob Lacey and Sheri Lynch to a multi-year contract extension. Greater Media VP and market manager Rick Feinblatt says, “Bob and Sheri are truly one of the best morning shows in the country. We look forward to having them entertain our valued Charlotte listeners for years to come.” In addition to WLNK, the Bob & Sheri program is syndicated to stations in 42 other markets as well as being heard on the American Forces Network.
Santi Deoleo Joins ‘Ramiro’s House’ on WJMN, Boston. The former producer at Clear Channel’s hip hop “JAM’N 94.5” becomes part of the morning drive “Ramiro’s House” alongside star Ramiro Torres and co-host Ashlee Feldman. Deoleo first joined “JAM’N 94.5” in 2000 while earning a degree in Communications from Endicott College in nearby Beverly. He was promoted to associate producer in 2003. Deoleo advanced through the ranks and was appointed executive producer of the station’s top-rated morning program in 2007. He commonly made guest on-air appearances on the morning program under the alias of Krazy Kulo. In addition to his radio work, he founded Modus Collection, a chess-inspired line of men’s and women’s apparel.
CC’s ‘WiLD 95.5’ West Palm Beach Adds Elvis Duran for Mornings. With the long-running KVJ Show — Kevin Rolston, Virginia Sinicki and Jason Pennington – headed to Cox Media Group’s hot AC WFLC, Miami, Clear Channel fills the morning drive slot at CHR WLDI “WiLD 95.5” with Premiere Networks’ New York-based, nationally syndicated Elvis Duran show. Elvis Duran adds another Florida station to his growing affiliate base as the show will also be heard on the company’s WEOW, Key West “WoW 92.7” as of Monday, July 29.
Don Goodman Is New PM Drive Host at KJNW, Kansas City. Northwestern Media’s Christian contemporary KJNW, Kansas City “Life 88.5”announces Don Goodman is the new PM drive host at the station. Goodman comes to Northwestern Media from his most recent position with Spokane, Washington-based Positive Life Radio where he served both on air and in the programming department. In a statement, “Life 88.5” content director Tom Greene says, “We are so excited to have Don joining the ‘Life 88.5’ team! I think our listeners are going to be truly blessed when they listen to him on the drive home each afternoon!”
Rock WMZK, Wausau, Wisconsin “Z104” Adds Envision’s ‘Classic Rock Live.’ Envision Radio Networks announces that the two-hour weekend show “Classic Rock Live” – the program that features recorded live performances and hosted by rock radio legend Pierre Robert – is added to the program schedule at “Z104.” WMZK program director and brand manager Bill Swift says, “It doesn’t matter if you’ve been to one or 100 live shows. Everyone has a memory of his or her favorite concert. Whether it was the music or the friends you were with, live concerts are events we look forward to and memories we cherish. ‘Classic Rock Live’ invokes those feelings every week.” Envision says, “‘Classic Rock Live’ is the first ‘concert’ radio show to adapt to the way people listen to music today by incorporating 10 or more live performances from a variety of artists every hour, featuring rare and exclusive live versions of rock classics from such artists as Tom Petty, Aerosmith, The Who, U2, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan.”
Cumulus Media’s KNRQ, Eugene, Oregon Moves to 103.7 Signal. Cumulus Media’s rock KNRQ will leave its 97.7 frequency on Sunday, July 28 and move up the dial to the 103.7 frequency that was formerly the home of Educational Media Foundation’s Christian KXPC licensed to Lebanon, Oregon. The move is part of a swap of signals with EMF and the 103.7 signal has been moved south to the heart of the Eugene market while the 97.7 signal is moving north to the Portland market.
Mark Panetta Launches Clear Riffles Marketing and Research Agency. Former DMR Interactive senior vice president of marketing strategy Mark Panetta (who spent 17 years with the Cincinnati-based strategic marketing consultancy) announces the launch of Clear Riffles – a new marketing and research agency. Panetta says the reason for building his new venture is that “companies who specialize in direct marketing for radio have been more focused on the vehicle and the destination than on the content they deliver. That is, they spend all their time on WHERE and HOW to advertise and little on WHAT TO SAY. Yet, in the most successful advertising campaigns of the recent decade – Apple vs. PC, The Geico Gecko, Target Stores rebranding, etc. – it’s the perfectly executed message that mattered most. Success is the result of developing a solid strategy based on understanding consumer perceptions and needs. When you get that right, powerful creative can follow. Where and how you advertise is then a matter of mechanics.” Panetta says Clear Riffles was founded to fill the creative void by designing radio marketing campaigns that truly connect radio stations with today’s listeners. He states this is accomplished with more emphasis on the creative process starting with proprietary research that illuminates current consumer views and attitudes. And he adds, “It’s the hard work others in our field are not set up or qualified to do.” Panetta can be reached at 470-239-3583 or emailed at Mark@ClearRiffles.com.
Clear Channel’s Elvis Duran to Debut New Austin Mahone Single Tomorrow. The Premiere Networks nationally syndicated Elvis Duran morning show will debut the new single, “What About Love,” from teen sensation Austin Mahone on Friday morning. Mahone’s appearance on the program is part of a deal between Clear Channel and Universal Music Group on multi-platform campaign that includes a live performance at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City and a cross-country promotional tour. Clear Channel will also introduce listeners to Mahone’s new single throughout the day on its CHR stations nationwide and fans will be able to listen to the single on station websites and on iHeartRadio, which will feature a link to listen to the new single on-demand. Elvis Duran says, “We knew after his first visit to our show Austin was on his way to stardom. What an honor to have him on our show while we world premiere his new single. His life is about to change.” Following the world premiere of “What About Love,” Z100 will host a live chat, featuring an intimate performance with Mahone at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son in New York City Friday evening at 9:00 pm ET. The multi-platform campaign will include a 10-city promotional tour offering listeners the chance to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with Mahone throughout the summer.
TALK SHOW HOSTS (and Quite a Few Key Music Radio People) DESCEND ON GOTHAM! Talkers New York 2013 Takes Place in the Big Apple Today (6/6). The 16th annual installment of RadioInfo‘s sister trade publication, TALKERS magazine’s annual convention takes place in New York City today. Featuring a roster of more than 55 speakers, the event formerly known as “The New Media Seminar” has been sold out since May 1 – a record-breaking 37 days in advance. The entire agenda will be broadcast live and raw in real time on TalkersRadio between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm today. To access TalkersRadio, click here. To see the latest up to-the-minute agenda, click here. ”We are very pleased to be able to broadcast this event on TalkersRadio,” says publisher Michael Harrison, “especially since it was such an early sellout.” Harrison adds, “This will be the first official broadcast on TalkersRadio, our new internet streaming talk radio station. It will give our readers, who could not attend, a gavel-to-gavel ear on the proceedings. We are excited to do this.” TalkersRadio is powered by Backbone Networks Corporation. Of particular interest to music radio people will be an inspirational performance of the Lee Greenwood anthem “Proud to Be an American” by recording artist Tora Fisher scheduled to take place at approximately 2:00 pm today. Also, during that same hour a key moment will be the presentation of the Humanitarian of the Year Award to Clear Channel VP of Programming Clay Hunnicutt for his work in helping the families of wounded servicemen and women via his support of the Fisher House Foundation of which Tora Fisher is also official spokesperson.
Premiere Networks Launches “Evolution” EDM Show on 80 Stations. Premiere Networks announces “Evolution with Pete Tong” – a one-hour, weekly program featuring the iconic British DJ behind BBC Radio 1’s renowned “Pete Tong Show” and the “Essential Mix” radio show, and host of “All Gone Pete Tong,” is available to stations across the country. Tong is heard daily on Clear Channel’s EDM stations “Evolution 101.7” in Boston and “Evolution 93.5” in Miami, as well as on iHeartRadio’s Evolution channel. Each week on “Evolution with Pete Tong,” host Tong showcases the best music from the biggest DJs and dance music producers in the world, such as Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, Luciano, Richie Hawtin, Calvin Harris, and others. Tong also counts down a weekly chart of the USA’s favorite dance tracks, presents his essential new tune of the week, and features guest mixes from EDM’s biggest stars.
CBS Corp. Announces Joseph Ianniello Named COO. CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves announces chief financial officer Joseph Ianniello has been named chief operating office for the company. In this new role he’ll still hold financial operation responsibilities but will join the negotiating team on content deals with pay TV and streaming providers. In a statement, Moonves says, “He’s been a game-changing CFO, but he’s also so much more than that. He is a tough negotiator, a great manager, and someone who brings energy, passion and a great sense of teamwork to anything he does. He is also someone who has developed incredible trust and admiration on Wall Street, with our shareholders, our board of directors and my superb senior management team, of which he is an integral part. I am proud to promote Joe to this new position, which not only recognizes the many contributions he has already made, but sets him up for all the great work yet to be done.”
Keith Hastings Named PD at KISS, San Antonio. Cox Media Group announces Keith Hastings is named program director at classic rock KISS, San Antonio. Hastings had been programming Greater Media’s classic rock WCSX, Detroit on a consultancy basis beginning in the fall of 2012 and he was named the PD of the station in February. Now, he exits the Motor City to take charge of KISS. CMG vice president and market manager Dan Lawrie says, “KISS is one of the legendary rock brands in the nation and I’m excited to have one of the best rock programmers in Keith Hastings take the station to the next level. Keith brings strong leadership, creativity and the ability to develop great talent – assets that will help grow the Billy Madison morning show and the station as a whole.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Lisa Kitchener exits Triton Media where she’s been VP of affiliate sales for the past four years to join Clear Channel as general sales manager for WFLA and the Florida News Network…..Pam Ciaburri is named news and traffic reporter on the Chaz & AJ show that airs on Connoisseur Media’s WPLR, New Haven and WFOX, Norwalk, Connecticut. She is replacing Megan Doll who’s been with WPLR for 20 years…..Tanner becomes the morning drive host at Entercom’s hot AC KBZC, Sacramento “Star 106.5” beginning June 17. Tanner most recently was morning drive personality on WFTX-TV, Fort Myers…..Jeremy Young is named afternoon host on Cumulus Media’s country KAMO, Fayetteville, Arkansas. He’ll also have weekend duties on the company’s CHR KMCK…..Northshire Communications’ alternative WEQX, Manchester, Vermont names Jason Keller afternoon drive host and production director; Kim Neaton becomes midday host and music coordinator; and David “Duncan” Virr becomes evening host.
Radio Mercury Winners Celebrated. The 22nd annual reception for the Radio Mercury Awards took place at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on Wednesday, June 5. This year’s Best of Show Award was given to Barton F. Graf 9000 LLC for their radio campaign, “A Long Day of Childhood” for Ragu/Unilever. Pictured here (from l-r) are: Bill Cimino, Y&R Midwest; Dave Suarez and Danny Gonzalez, Barton F. Graf 9000 LLC; Erica Farber, RAB; and Gerry Graf, Barton F. Graf 9000 LLC. This year’s event was produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau and presented by Clear Channel Media & Entertainment. Speaking about the Best of Show winner, Y&R Midwest chief creative officer Bill Cimino said, “The work from Barton F. Graf 9000 was the standout radio creative, especially the Ragu campaign, and the Integrated Little Caesars campaign.” Cimino served as chief judge for this year’s Radio Mercury Awards. RAB CEO Erica Farber stated, “All of tonight’s winners epitomize the level and standard of excellence that we always hope to award at the Radio Mercury Awards. These winning spots and campaigns are true testaments to radio’s ability to engage consumers, build brands and inspire the next generation of creative minds.”
Journal Broadcast Group’s Adult Hits “94.5 The Lake” in Milwaukee Adds Danny Clayton to the Morning Show. Veteran Milwaukee radio personality Danny Clayton is joining the morning show at Journal’s adult hits WLWK “94.5 The Lake” beginning Monday, February 18. Clayton will be joined by co-hosts Gretchen Bartlett, who has hosted the morning drive for ‘The Lake’ since last April; Vince Vitrano, news anchor on “TODAY’S TMJ4” morning news; and Time-Saver Traffic host Andi Miller. Clayton worked at the station for almost 20 years when its calls were WKTI. He also worked at the former WFZH (now Christian contemporary WLVE) as morning host and PD. For the past few years he has worked in marketing at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and as general manager for K-Nation Entertainment. Since last summer he also has been covering weekends and vacation shifts on “94.5 The Lake.” Program director John Roberts says, “’The Lake’ is a unique radio station because of the variety of music and our commitment to always make sure that music is ‘center stage.’ Now that we’re evolving to a more full-fledged morning show, we need a larger, well-rounded morning show team. Danny definitely has the talent and experience to engage our audience every morning while also embracing The Lake’s music-based concept. I can’t wait to hear him leading the new morning team’s entertainment and information presentation.”
Maire Mason to GSM Post at WNSH, New York “NASH 94.7” Cumulus Media announces sales and management pro Maire Mason – CBS Radio, Univision, Interep – who most recently worked for Merlin Media as director of sales for its “FM News 101.9” is named general sales manager at the new country outlet “Nash94.7.” In a statement, Mason says, “I am enormously excited about building the ‘Nash’ sales team and developing long-lasting relationships with our advertising partners. The country format exudes fun, listener involvement and total backing by their artists, how can you not get involved?”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At CBS Radio Cleveland, Tim Richards (pictured at left) moves down the hall from hot AC WQAL “Q104” where he was doing middays and serving as assistant PD and music director, to sister AC WDOK “New 102” where he’s partnering with Jen Toohey (pictured at right) for mornings. In announcing the move on its website, the station notes that Richards and Toohey used to date. Richards says, “I am very excited for this new opportunity to co-host the morning show on ‘New 102.’ This is an exciting time and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.” Toohey says, “Tim and I have a past – and now we have a future. We’ve worked together for many years and have a mutual respect for each other’s broadcasting skills. I’m excited – this is going to be fun.”…..Federated Media ups assistant program director, music director and afternoon jock Dave Michaels to PD for its country WQHK, Ft. Wayne “K105.” Michaels has been serving as interim programmer since the exit of Rob Kelley late last year…..Programmer and air personality Ponch is upped to national vice president of promotions and brand management for Wilks. Ponch has served the company as program director for its CHR KMXV, Kansas City “Mix 93.3” Ponch’s new responsibilities will include developing national promotions, creating content and NTR opportunities and well as working with PDs and air talent.
EAS LESSON: Protect Your Station from Hackers. By now, you have obviously heard that there was an EAS hack at a TV station the other day. It is the buzz of the industry. An alert went out about a zombie attack. Now, before anyone goes off about EAS, it should be noted that the CAP feed was not affected. This appears to be strictly a case of computer network security. And before we go deeper, it should be stated that when something like this happens, it is only natural that it becomes a news story. And news stories require actualities. If something goes awry with EAS, please keep in mind that it is okay to play the actual audio message that went out (although not advisable) – but it CANNOT contain the EAS data bursts or the two-tone alert signal. It is illegal to transmit those outside of an actual EAS activation or test, per FCC regulation 47 CFR 11.45. Back to the hack. It appears that someone hacked into the computer network of the TV station where the zombie alert originated. More disturbing, the hacker logged into the EAS encoder/decoder, planted an audio file, and sent the test. Consider the implications of this if the hacker had originated a National Emergency code. Any station monitoring the TV station would have had their air seized because of the nature of the alert – and, besides disconnecting the equipment, could not do anything about it. You do not have the option to abort a National Emergency. Noted radio engineer Tom Ray, president of Tom Ray Consulting, – who joins RadioInfo today (2/14) as technical editor - offers his educated take on the “Zombie Hack” and offers counsel on how to protect your station from similar breaches in computer security. Read Tom Ray’s article here.
Merlin Media’s “Q87.7” Chicago Adds EDM Show. “Electric Playground” airs early Sunday mornings – from 12:00 midnight to 4:00 am – and is a partnership between Merlin Media’s WKQX, Chicago and DJs Andre Solaris and Nosmo. Electronic dance music is a very popular genre for young demos – late teens through early 20s – and RadioInfo expects to see many more alternative stations add EDM programming to their lineups. “Q87.7” program director PJ says, “EDM is massive. From sold-out, multi-day festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Fest, to the bright spotlight shone upon it via the Perry Farrell Stage at Lollapalooza, to the commercial success it’s finding in promotional campaigns for things like ESPN’s X Games, this music is a big part of our audience’s life. Adding a show of this type is only natural.”
Do You Sound “CompuServe” to Smartphone Users? Radio consultant and RadioInfo columnist Holland Cooke says that in his travels he hears radio stations all across the country talk about their websites and digital activities in archaic 1990s terms. He advises that promos for your station’s website should end, not begin, by plugging the site. He points out that many stations still discuss their website as if simply having a website is a big deal. Most importantly, he explains that people are way too busy with increasingly shortened attention spans to go to a website to peruse it for its own sake. You MUST give them a specific reason to go there every time you mention it. Find out more about placing your station’s website in a 2013 context by reading Holland Cooke’s article here.
CBS Radio’s “103.7 Lite FM” Dallas Sends Massive Trove of Valentines to Sandy Hook Elementary. When KVIL, Dallas morning host Tony Zazza asked listeners of the AC station to send Valentines for the kids at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, he thought he’d get a few hundred. But Zazza says, “It turned into a mountain of love from our giving listeners to these amazing kids and faculty at Sandy Hook. Even people in New Jersey and Louisiana heard about Hearts of Hope and sent in Valentines.” Zazza states that he created the effort to remind the children who survived the tragic shootings that they are still remembered and loved. The first 10,000 cards have already been sent to the school, but with more still arriving in the mail each day, additional shipments will soon be sent. “They may be a little ‘tardy,’ but they’ll still bring smiles to children’s faces in Newtown.” Pictured here are (from l-r) staffers John Andersen, David Rancken and Zazza.
Entercom’s “Mix 94.7” Austin Delivers Valentines to Dell Children’s Hospital. The Entercom hot AC station is continuing its tradition of bringing Valentines to kids in local hospitals, shelters, and foster homes around Austin to bring the joy of receiving Valentine’s Day cards to kids who will not get to experience it with their peers and class mates! KAMX “Mix 94.7” received thousands of handmade cards from listeners, local schools and community groups. The “Mix 94.7” street team, along with midday personality Heather Rivera (third from left) are delivering to locations and children’s hospitals around the region including Dell Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Safe Place, and Center for Child protection to name a few. Marketing and promotions director Aaron Hurd says, “The response has been incredible and the halls have been filled with Valentine love from the community. ‘Mix 94.7’ listeners are going to make a lot of kids happy this Valentine’s Day. Everyone remembers those times as a kid and opening up all the Valentines at the end of the day! It’s very exciting to bring the smiles and joy of getting a Valentine to kids in Austin who won’t get that chance at school!”
KPNT, St. Louis Celebrates 20 Years of “The Point” with Another “Pointfest.” Emmis alternative rocker KPNT, St. Louis is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the format and is announcing the lineup for the 31st “Pointfest” to take place at the Verizon Ampitheater on May 12. Acts include: Alice in Chains, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Bullet for My Valentine, Volbeat, Hollywood Undead, Sick Puppies, Halestorm, P.O.D., Stardog Champion, and Bloodnstuff.
Premiere Shuffles Elvis Duran into Bobby Bones’ Slot onto “Z107.7” in St. Louis. As the February 25 switch from CHR to country looms for Premiere Networks nationally syndicated personality Bobby Bones, another of his CHR affiliates flips over to the company’s “Z100” New York-based Elvis Duran program. Clear Channel’s KSLZ, St. Louis “Z107.7” begins airing best-of Elvis Duran programming all next week in anticipation of the live program beginning Monday, February 25.
Clear Channel Research Touts TV-Radio Marketing Combo. New research from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment indicates that “a study of leading brands that showed that a small reallocation of advertising spend from television to radio significantly increased brands’ reach, receptivity and frequency.” CC reports that the study – across several sectors, including automotive, quick-service restaurant, home improvement, and financial services – showed that when advertisers reallocated up to 15% of their ad spend from TV to radio, they increased their brand’s total reach up to 28%, with no negative impact on TV reach. The study was conducted by Radha Subramanyam, EVP, Insights, Research and Analytics at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, along with the Media Behavior Institute, and showed that “these advertisers reached a more receptive audience, since radio use corresponds more directly to key times in consumers’ lives when they may be open and responsive to marketing ideas or suggestions.” The research revealed that when a quick-service restaurant brand shifted 15% of its TV dollars to radio, audience reach increased 12% and receptivity to its ad messages jumped 84%. Subramanyam states, “With lingering economic uncertainty, this research clearly demonstrates a simple and effective way for advertisers to stretch their budgets further with no negative impact on existing efforts.”
Nick Michaels’ “The Deep End” Is Added to WXRC, Charlotte. Pacific Broadcasting Group’s WXRC, Charlotte “95.7 The Ride” joins the growing list of affiliates for “The Deep End with Nick Michaels.” The station adds the weekend classic rock program to its Saturday lineup airing at 7:00 am. The station also begins carrying the feature “Stories from The Deep End” airing daily. WXRC general manager Dave Lingafelt says of the show, “WXRC ‘95.7 FM The Ride’ is truly all about the music…and because of that Nick Michaels ‘Stories from the Deep End’ and ‘The Deep End’ are perfect fits for what we do and how ‘The Ride’ presents the music. Nick’s unique way of telling the stories, making the music even more powerful than it already is will help make ‘The Ride’s audience even more passionate about our station. We’re excited to give the greater Charlotte metro another unique listening experience with these ‘Deep End’ shows.”
TJ Taormina Jumps to CBS Radio’s ‘103.3 AMP Radio’ in Boston. Radio personality TJ Taormina is leaving the Elvis Duran morning program to take the reins of the morning drive show at CBS Radio’s CHR WODS, Boston “103.3 AMP Radio” beginning in April. Program director Dan Mason says, “TJ is a unique talent with a passion for radio that is unmatched. I’m thrilled that ‘103.3 AMP Radio’ is able to bring him to Boston and I’m positive that he will be a cornerstone of our success in the future.” Taormino is a great radio success story. He describes himself as a life-long fan of radio. He spent 10 years with the Elvis Duran show where he learned as much as he could from the different positions he held: answering phones, doing phone pranks, producing, and eventually becoming a co-host on Elvis’ show in 2010. He began his radio career during his junior year of high school. He volunteered at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, New Jersey at the college station WFDU-FM running public service tapes on weekends. In 2002, after getting accepted into FDU’s broadcasting department, he landed an internship with Elvis Duran. Taormina says of his new gig, “The chance to join the ‘AMP’ team in Boston and host the morning show is a life-long dream come true! I look forward to working with the entire CBS Radio team to make the morning show on ‘AMP’ a powerhouse, ‘can’t-miss’ show.” RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison adds, “TJ Taormina is a gem of a young talent. We’ve been following his development since he was figuratively in his radio diapers and even back then it was obvious that this guy is the real deal. The radio industry desperately needs young up-and-comers like TJ Taormina. We salute CBS and Dan Mason for giving him this major market morning shot!”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Clear Channel’s alternative KDGE, Dallas is filling the morning slot left open by the departure of Vydra with local personality Angela Chase and Los Angeles host Kade…..At Flinn Broadcasting’s CHR WHBQ, Memphis “Q107.5” personality Joe Mack slides up from middays to PM drive…..Adult contemporary KMTX, Helena, Montana debuts its new AM drive show with personalities Kit Mann and Whitney Fisher. Mann also serves as program director for the station.
Cumulus Dives in to NASH FM Country Lifestyle Initiative with NYC Concert Series. Dubbed “NASH BASH: Three Big Nights of Live Music With Country’s Biggest Stars,” the upcoming concerts at New York’s Roseland Ballroom hosted by Kix Brooks (pictured here) are one part of Cumulus’ plans to superserve the country lifestyle in New York and beyond with its NASH FM brand. The concerts take place next Monday through Wednesday (2/18-20) and feature headliners Kix Brooks, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum and Sara Evans. The company’s New York country station “NASH FM 94.7” (WNSH, Newark) is the flagship for the NASH FM brand and tickets are only available by listening to the station or via its web stream. Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey states, “The response to launching New York City’s only country radio station last month has been amazing and we’re excited about this opportunity to let our listeners celebrate with top country acts as we roll out NASH nationwide.” The lineup is as follows: 2/18 Blake Shelton, Randy Houser, Lonestar, and Dustin Lynch; 2/19 Lady Antebellum, Gary Allan, Justin Moore, and Brantley Gilbert; 2/20 Sara Evans, Lee Brice, and The Henningsens.
Premiere’s Elvis Duran to Mornings on KHFI, Austin. As RadioInfo suspected, Premiere Networks’ Elvis Duran takes over the AM drive slot on Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s KHFI, Austin “Kiss FM,” replacing the Bobby Bones program that was based there. The Bobby Bones show is switching to a country format and will move to the company’s sister country outlet KASE. Duran’s program has already picked up Bobby Bones affiliates KTBT, Tulsa; WRGV, Pensacola; WZBQ, Tuscaloosa; KHTO, Hot Springs; WGEX, Albany, Georgia; WZNY, Augusta, Georgia; and KVJM, Bryan-College Station, Texas.
By Mike Kinosian
Managing Editor/West Coast Bureau Chief
LOS ANGELES — From Maroon 5 to Black Eyed Peas to Pink to Chris Brown and other musical hues in between, today’s contemporary hit music paints with broad strokes on a welcoming radio canvas to reflect the tastes of a discriminating, yet ever-changing palate.
A different set of ears in 2012 likes its music “Gangnam Style” from those partial to the mid-1990s “Macarena.”
Whatever the fad or fancy, Lady Gaga or “Lady Marmalade,” Justin Bieber or the Backstreet Boys, or to the delight of some and the disdain of others – disco – it becomes mainstream contemporary hit radio’s domain.
Not all #1 or top five smash hits however can be accurately prognosticated. Some songs that ignite listeners’ hot buttons come from nowhere or they are performed by artists not instantly perceived as format-compatible.
Programmers, often times themselves out of the bulls-eye of the target demo, are challenged to keep centered so they may bond with their audience to satisfy listeners’ wants and needs.
Over the next several days, RadioInfo will spotlight CHR’s past, present, and future through the collective eyes and minds of a stellar panel of experts.
Elvis Duran Morning Show Reaches 50 Affiliate Milestone. The Premiere Networks syndicated program “Elvis Duran and The Morning Show” has reached the broadcasting milestone of 50 affiliates. Recent affiliate adds for the most-listened-to CHR morning show in the U.S., include: WWPW (Power 96.1), Atlanta, WRNW (97-3 Radio Now), Milwaukee, WVMA (The New 105.3), Norfolk and WZEE (Z104), Madison. Each morning, Duran and his on-air crew entertain listeners with up-to-the-minute pop culture and entertainment news, celebrity guests, hit songs, and regular features such as the gossipy “Daily Sleaze” and the ever-popular prank, “Phone Tap.” The program, which launched into national syndication in 2009, consistently ranks #1 across multiple demographics and top markets, and attracts an audience of 4.5 million weekly listeners. “For millions of listeners, Elvis and his on-air team are an essential start to their day,” states Peter Tripi, Premiere Networks senior vice president of affiliate relations/talk and morning shows. “The show’s enthusiastic and creative approach to morning radio is also winner across every category – audience, affiliates, advertising and ratings. We couldn’t be happier with the continued growth and success of ‘Elvis Duran and The Morning Show’ and look forward to reaching many more milestones together.” Duran’s radio career has spanned 30 years. He began hosting his daily radio show on New York’s Z100 (the show’s current flagship) in April 1996. The show also airs on XM Satellite Radio, iHeartRadio.com, the iHeartRadio mobile app, and The Elvis Duran Channel on www.ElvisDuran.com. Earlier this year, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment signed Duran to a new long-term deal.
Merlin’s WIQI-FM (101.1), Chicago morning host Pete McMurray is out. Upon completing his live morning show on Merlin Media’s adult hits WIQI-FM (101.1), Chicago yesterday, air personality Pete McMurray was informed that he is the latest casualty of the continuing cut backs and changes at the station and its besieged parent company. Unless McMurray is replaced by a live personality in AM drive, which at this point seems unlikely, this move leaves the station completely voice-tracked. McMurray became morning host on WIQI-FM in August following the change from all-news, coming over from sister-station WLUP-FM where he did mornings for over five years. He was dropped from “The Loop” when Merlin hired Maxwell for mornings when Jim Richards took over the music formats. McMurray has a long Windy City radio history, including a prior stint at WLUP, and worked at Chicago’s WCKG-FM, from 1998-2001 and 2003-2005. With Merlin he also voiced afternoon sports on FM News in both New York and Chicago. In addition, he hosts a TV show called “24/7 Chicago” airing weekends on WMAQ-TV.
Shotgun Tom Kelly Signs Three-Year Extension with K-Earth. Iconic Los Angeles jock Shotgun Tom Kelly just signed a three-year contract extension to remain in the PM drive slot on CBS Radio’s classic hits KRTH “K-Earth.” Kelly (left) is pictured here with CBS Radio Los Angeles market manager Steve Carver (right) who dons the classic Shotgun-style ranger hat for the photo. In an interview with SDRadio.net’s Joe Nelson, Kelly gives praise to Carver and KRTH PD Jhani Kaye, “I would really like to say how proud I am that these good people have the faith in me and have asked me to continue doing what I love to do, I could not be more happy!” Kelly, who was seen mingling with the radio people attending the recent TALKERS New Media Seminar Los Angeles on October 11, will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame sometime in 2013. Kelly will be one of the rare radio performers to have been honored with the star.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Ellen K signs a three-year contract extension to remain co-host of the KIIS, Los Angeles-based Premiere Networks syndicated program “On Air with Ryan Seacrest.” Ellen K first appeared on KIIS with Rick Dees back in 1990…..Program director Casey Krukowski stays with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. After exiting rock WEBN, Cincinnati recently, Krukowski moves north to Detroit to program the CC Motor City cluster’s classic rock WDTW-FM. CC Detroit OM Tony Travatto says, “The rock knowledge, creativity and full understanding of the business that Casey brings to Detroit makes him the perfect candidate to lead ‘106.7 The D’’s programming. I know Casey will help ‘106.7 The D’ continue to be the classic rock leader in ratings and revenue.”…..A talent shuffle takes place at Ohana Media Group’s hot AC KMBQ, Wasilla, Alaska “Q 99.7” as program director and PM drive host Chuck Geiger takes over AM drive hosting duties with midday host Wendy Corbin joining him as co-host. Current morning host John Welch moves to PM drive…..At the corporate level, Dan Yukelson leaves his position as executive VP and chief financial officer at Premiere Networks where he was in charge of the financial operations that included contract negotiations, billing, traffic and continuity operations. Yukelson has been in that position since being promoted from SVP and chief financial officer in 2005.
Michael Savage Signs with Cumulus Media Networks; Push for Affiliates and Programming Changes at O&O Stations to Begin. Not too long after vowing he’d be back on terrestrial radio, talk radio host Michael Savage joins Cumulus Media Networks for a syndication deal that will have his program distributed nationally live from 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight ET. The terms of the contract are not available but in a press release announcing the pact, Cumulus COO John Dickey states, “As we aggressively create radio’s most compelling mix of show hosts the addition of Michael Savage is a milestone in our determined efforts to provide our listeners nationwide with the best programing in the business.” Savage won freedom from his contract with Talk Radio Network in court several weeks ago, freeing him to sign anywhere for national distribution. Savage states in the release, “Cumulus and Savage will make radio history. The turbulent times we live in give talk radio a new power. This is the biggest move of my radio career and I look forward to reaching many millions of new listeners on their flamethrower signals.” Savage has broadcast from his home studio in the San Francisco Bay Area for years and most likely will continue to do so. Cumulus will want to put him on as many O&Os as possible so here’s a rundown of what programming airs during the live broadcast time of Savage’s soon-to-be program. In San Francisco, O&Os KGO and KSFO air a local evening news show and its own syndicated John Batchelor program respectively; WABC, New York airs Batchelor; KABC, Los Angeles airs its own syndicated Mark Levin; WLS-AM, Chicago airs the last hour of Premiere’s Sean Hannity followed by Levin; WMAL, Washington airs Batchelor; WBAP-AM/FM, Dallas airs local host Chris Krok; and WJR, Detroit airs Mark Levin. With Savage’s program to debut next Tuesday, October 23, look for some programming changes on Cumulus Media O&O talk outlets.
Talent Shuffle at Bonneville’s KIRO-FM, Seattle. A day after Bonneville announced that morning news anchor Linda Thomas would exit the AM on-air post to take an enterprising new role with the station and its affiliated digital presence, it promotes evening talk host John Curley to host of “Seattle’s Morning News” beginning Monday, October 22. Curley, a popular media personality in the market who joined KIRO-FM in February of 2011 to host the night show, is partnered up with current AM drive co-host Tom Tangney and news anchor Ursula Reutin. Program director Larry Gifford states, “John is unbelievably talented. He brings a lifetime of lessons to add a personal perspective and a storyteller’s sensibility to ‘Seattle’s Morning News.’ He also has an irresistible charm and enough energy to fuel the entire Pacific Northwest.” Curley spent 14 years hosting “Evening Magazine” on KING-TV and currently serves as a member of the Sammamish City Council. Exiting the morning program is host Bill Radke.
Mancow TV Show Producer Resigns. With less than a week to go before the debut of Erich Mancow Muller’s Chicago TV show on Fox Television’s WPWR-TV, director and producer Don DuPree leaves the project. Time Out Chicago’s Robert Feder reports DuPree had issues with Fox Television that centered on compensation and job duties unrelated to the Mancow program. Mancow’s morning radio show is set to begin a two-hour radio/TV simulcast (during the 6:00 am to 8:00 am CT hours) on Monday, October 22. DuPree has been involved with the soon-to-debut show for several weeks. He tells Feder, “I really want to see the show succeed, and I want Mancow to succeed. Working with Mancow was why I was attracted to the project to begin with, and I’m still a big fan. I hope I get to work with him again one day.” DuPree was director of the “Siskel & Ebert” program for 16 years and also served as executive producer for “Ebert & Roeper.”
Cee Lo Green in the House. That’s musician and television personality Cee Lo Green (right) performing live during the 6:00 am ET hour of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show. The star, despite the early hour, sang his hit “Fool for You” as well as “This Christmas” from his new Christmas album. Green also took time to speak with Joyner (left) about his childhood growing up the SWATS neighborhood of Atlanta, his wardrobe, “The Voice,” his mom, his thoughts on President Obama’s debates, and he explained that “little incident” that took place when he performed the explicit version of his song “Forget You” at a fundraiser for Barack Obama held by Tyler Perry.
Arbitron Makes PPM Data Available in Marketing Mix Models. Working with GfK MRI, Arbitron is supplying model-ready PPM radio ratings data to be available immediately in the company’s Granularity portal currently used by modelers. The company is also agreeing to work with Media Monitors to link PPM radio ratings with Media Monitors commercial air-play data to enable advertisers to receive Arbitron’s radio audience estimates for the specific times their spots run. The goal is to boost radio’s presence in marketing mix models and help advertisers gain better insights into radio’s return on investment. Arbitron states the model-ready Arbitron PPM Radio Ratings in GfK MRI’s Granularity portal are designed to improve the statistical reliability of marketing mix models and provide advertisers with a better understanding of radio’s ability to drive marketing ROI. The data is based on PPM radio ratings which is linked to commercial occurrence data from Media Monitors for the specific date, quarter-hour, and station on which each commercial ran. Arbitron EVP, chief sales and marketing officer Carol Hanley says, “Arbitron’s partnership with GfK MRI and Media Monitors will provide modelers and advertisers with a better understanding of radio’s crucial role in the overall advertising mix and increased confidence in the medium. By placing Arbitron’s more granular PPM data in GfK MRI’s Granularity customer modeling portal, we hope to demonstrate that radio’s significant contribution to the overall return on investment of a marketing campaign is much higher than previously thought, thus generating more mindshare for the medium among advertisers.”
Abacast Debuts New Multi-Station Mobile App. Explaining that broadcasters can now stream multiple stations through one app, or can stream a choice of multiple sub-formats based on, and in addition to, the main music format of the station’s broadcast signal, Abacast announces its new multi-station mobile app. Abacast SVP of products Jim Kott says, “If it’s a classic rock station, broadcasters can offer multiple sub-formats of classic rock, like the 60s or 70s classic rock or programmed playlists. Our new app enables broadcasters to take advantage of the internet, where they are not constrained by a broadcast tower.” The company goes on to state that in addition to the core features that come with Abacast’s mobile app, such as social networking and an integrated alarm clock, it is also tightly integrated with Abacast’s cloud-based Clarity Ad Management System – which generates digital revenue through pre-roll video ads, in-stream audio ads, companion banners, rotating display ads, and takes advantage of Abacast’s ad network partners. Advertisements can be scheduled across multiple stations making it easy for broadcasters to traffic ads and generate revenue through their mobile streams.
CBS Tells FCC WRXP Purchase Doesn’t Raise Ownership Rule Questions. With CBS Radio adding Merlin Media’s WRXP to its FM roster in New York City, it stays within the rules allowing eight radio stations, not more than five in one service (AM or FM). In its FCC filing for transfer of ownership, the question of Radio-TV cross-ownership comes into play because of the CBS ownership of WCBS-TV in New York City and WLNY-TV at Riverhead, Long Island, New York. The CBS filing argues that the WLNY-TV signal doesn’t cover all of New York City and all the CBS radio stations don’t all encompass Riverhead. Therefore, CBS argues, the Long Island television station doesn’t count for the cross-ownership rules and only WCBS-TV counts as the one allowable television station. If the commission buys this interpretation of the rules, CBS will own seven radio and two television stations in the New York metro.
Nutmeg State Broadcasters Gather in Convention. Connecticut broadcasters are meeting today for their 57th Annual Convention of the Connecticut Broadcasters Association. It’s a full day of seminars covering sales, federal regulations and the future of broadcasting. Keynote speaker for the day is U.S. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman. Another convention highlight at the Hilton Hartford Hotel is a live U.S. Senate debate between Republican candidate Linda McMahon and Democrat Congressman Chris Murphy who will be questioned by Connecticut radio and TV news anchors.
Wall Street Is Positive at the Close. A mixed day on the market, but the major indexes ended in positive territory. The Dow was up 5.22 (+0.04%) to 13, 557.00, the Nasdaq up 2.95 (+0.10%) at 3,104.12 and the S&P was up 5.99 (+0.41%) at 1,460.91. Spanish Broadcasting System, owner of 21 Spanish-language content radio stations, was the outstanding performer yesterday up 0.41 (+12%) closing at 3.80. A good day also for Pandora Media up 0.06 (7%) at 9.35, Salem Communications Corp. up 0.24 (+4%), and Entercom Communications Corp. up (+1%) at 7.09.
MASSIVE SHOUT OUT: Allen Shaw Remembers ABC-FM “Rock ‘n Stereo” Staffers. The former ABC Radio FM stations division president, who was one of the esteemed interviewees in the piece, e-mailed a note to RadioInfo’s Mike Kinosian stating: “Your article got me thinking about some of the people who worked at ABC-FM during the 11 years [1968-1979] I was there.” The legendary broadcaster, currently president and CEO of Centennial Broadcasting, proceeded to roll off a list of 56 names who worked at seven stations plus corporate headquarters. The stations are: WPLJ, New York; KLOS, Los Angeles; WDAI, Chicago; KSFX, San Francisco; KAUM, Houston; WRIF, Detroit; and WDVE, Pittsburgh. To see the 56 names, click here.
Dial Global Responds to Mark Masters’ TRN Lawsuit — Calls it “Frivolous,” “Spurious.” In a statement issued to the radio industry trade press, Spencer Brown, co-chief executive officer of Dial Global, states: “Despite the comments in Mr. Masters’ e-mail to the press distributed yesterday in which he announced his company Talk Radio Networks (TRN) is suing Dial Global, at this time, Dial Global has not been served a complaint. We have provided outstanding service to TRN for over 10 years and continue to represent several of TRN’s programs today. Based on the information contained in the complaint distributed by Mr. Masters to the press, which complaint was filed by a law firm run by Ron Severaid, TRN’s own internal legal counsel, we believe the complaint is entirely frivolous. We are confident we will defeat these spurious claims, assuming they are ever heard in a court of law.”
Clear Channel Flips WKLS, Atlanta from Active Rock to CHR as “Power 96.1.” The former active rocker “Project 96.1” is now history as Clear Channel Media and Entertainment flipped the station to CHR at 8:00 pm ET last night. The station will carry Premiere Networks’ properties Elvis Duran in morning drive as well as Ryan Seacrest. The station’s website features a custom video by artists including Katy Perry promoting the new station as the place for hit music in Atlanta.
GET BACK TO WHERE YOU ONCE BELONGED: Fisher Communications Re-Aligns News and Talk Programming in Seattle; KOMO to Air More News, KVI to Return to Conservative Talk. After 20 months away from conservative talk programming, Fisher Communications’ KVI, Seattle – reputed to be the first station to intentionally program all-conservative talk in America – returns to that format with local talk host John Carlson moving over from KOMO to host morning drive at KVI. When the lineup is finally in place, Carlson will be followed by TRN’s Laura Ingraham; Compass Media Networks’ Todd Schnitt; Cumulus Media Networks’ Mark Levin; Compass’ Lars Larson; TRN’s Michael Savage; and Cumulus Media’s “Red Eye Radio” and Don Imus will round out the overnight period. PD Paul Duckworth tells RadioInfo, “KVI stands for the best in conservative talk in Seattle. This is going to be one of the most hotly contested elections in history and people need a place to hear about it and talk about it. Get set for an exciting ride!” Meanwhile at KOMO-AM/FM, Bill Rice anchors the 9:00 am to 12:00 noon day part and Brian Calvert anchors the 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm slot. Ken Schram – who had been hosting a talk show from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm—remains with Fisher in his role as commentator on KOMO 4 television. Both Carlson and Schram will continue to provide daily commentaries on KOMO Newsradio.
Another Hot-Mic Casualty. Yahoo! News‘ Washington bureau chief David Chalian was fired yesterday after a hot-mic blunder during an online broadcast from the RNC in Tampa. Referring to the simultaneous occurence of the GOP convention and the hurricane floods in New Orleans, Chilian made an off-the-cuff remark, picked up by an open mic, saying that Mitt Romney and his wife Ann were “not concerned at all” and “happy to have a party with black people drowning.” Audio of the incident quickly made its way online, posted by media watchdog NewsBusters. Yahoo! released the statement: “David Chalian’s statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo!. He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended.” Chalian issued the following apology: “I am profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke. I was commenting on the challenge of staging a convention during a hurricane and about campaign optics. I have apologized to the Romney campaign, and I want to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to Gov. and Mrs. Romney. I also regret causing any distraction from the exceptional coverage of the Republican convention by Yahoo! News and ABC News.”
Crawford Broadcasting to Purchase Non-Comm WNED, Buffalo. Western New York Public Broadcasting Association announces it is selling WNED-AM, Buffalo at 970 to Denver-based Crawford Broadcasting for $875,000. The pubcaster purchased WBFO-FM, Buffalo from the University of Buffalo in March for $4 million and president and CEO Donald K. Boswell says the corporation no longer needs the AM frequency for its programming. He also states the cash from the sale will go to pay down debt on the WBFO-FM purchase. WNED also owns WNED-FM that airs a classical music format and WBFO-FM carries the corporation’s news and information programming. Crawford programs both Christian and secular programming and has not signaled its intent for WNED-AM after the sale is approved.
Townsquare Media May Be Moving Hip Hop to Full-Market Signal in Albany. If the recent domain registration of Hot1057Albany.com and Crush991Albany.com are reliable indicators (and not decoys), Townsquare Media may be preparing to move hip hop off rock WQSH’s HD2 channel and onto the 105.7 main frequency and the 99.1 translator frequency. The company just let WQSH PD Terry O’Donnell and sister classic rock programmer Rob Dawes go in moves that happened last week.
Is Jim Rome Leaving Premiere Networks for CBS Radio Sports? That’s what Deadline.com is reporting. Jim Rome has been syndicated by Premiere Networks since he debuted nationally back in 1996. Recently he left ESPN – the cable giant that produced his television program – and signed on with the upstart cable venture CBS Sports Network. Now, Deadline is reporting Rome will leave Premiere when his contract is up and join the CBS Radio Sports network when it debuts in January and that the deal will also allow him to cover NFL, NCAA basketball and U.S. Open Tennis Championships, and other events.
GOP Platform Slams FCC as Being Behind the Times. According to a report by Brendan Sasso in The Hill, the Republican Party’s 2012 platform includes a section devoted to ripping the Federal Communications Commission as out of date. “The most vibrant sector of the American economy, indeed, one-sixth of it, is regulated by the Federal Government on precedents from the nineteenth century,” the party writes. Although created in 1934, the Commission took over some of the responsibilities that had belonged to the Interstate Commerce Commission, which was created in 1887 to regulate railroads. “This is not a good fit,” the GOP writes. “Indeed, the development of telecommunications advances so rapidly that even the Telecom Act of 1996 is woefully out of date. An industry that invested $66 billion in 2011 alone needs, and deserves, a more modern relationship with the Federal Government for the benefit of consumers here and worldwide.” The GOP accuses the Obama administration of being “frozen in the past” regarding government regulated communications. “It has conducted no auction of spectrum, has offered no incentives for investment, and, through the FCC’s net neutrality rule, is trying to micromanage telecom as if it were a railroad network,” the Republicans write. The FCC’s net-neutrality rules, adopted in late 2010, bar internet service providers from blocking or slowing down access to legitimate websites. Supporters argue the rules are critical to ensuring the openness and freedom of the internet. But critics claim the rules unnecessarily restrict internet providers. Both sides make good points. It is a complex and sensitive issue with enormous implications for the future of the internet.
After MidNite Announces Third Shift Award Winners. After MidNite, the mega-successful all-night country radio show hosted by Blaire Garner and syndicated by Premiere Networks, announces its “Third Shift Award” winners and the big winner is Keith Urban taking top spot in three categories. . After three rounds of voting on AfterMidNite.com, late-night country music fans made their final selections in 10 unique categories. Urban, took these three categories: Pedal to the Medal Award (song most likely to get you a speeding ticket) with “Long Hot Summer”; Male Pin-Up Artist; and Fantasy Duet, where fans selected Urban and Prince for a duet. “The reaction from our listeners was beyond what any of us expected,” Garner tells RadioInfo. “They really appreciated the fact that someone wanted to hear what they thought — those hard-working Americans awake during the overnight hours. This was their moment, their chance to let the artists know who they most support. They voted in droves, and we’re over-the-moon happy with what we created. We hope this is the first of many years to come for After MidNite‘s Third Shift Awards.” The festivities were capped with an on-air appearance by Urban himself who joined Garner on After MidNite this morning. “I’m hugely honored, and I want to thank everyone for voting,” states Urban. “I appreciate it, but I’m just asking everyone to please don’t send your speeding tickets to me.” Urban went on to share a story about a recent missed opportunity to jam with Prince: “I’ve never met him, and it’s one of those weird things. We were doing The Voice [in Australia], and Prince played this big show, and he did an after-party show that we all got invited to go to, and I thought, ‘He’s not going to go on until like two or three in the morning, and I’m not going to last that long.’ So I went home. I saw Seal the next morning on the set, and he’s like, ‘Man, you should have come down. Prince got us up on stage! He would have got you up there and jammed!’ So I was really kicking myself the next day that I missed it.” Here is a list of the 2012 Third Shift Award winners: Fantasy Duet: Keith Urban and Prince; Pop-A-Top Award: Blake Shelton; Underdog Artist: Kellie Pickler; Top Twit Award: Chris Young; Pedal To The Metal Award: Keith Urban’s “Long Hot Summer”; Female Pin-up Artist: Shania Twain; Male Pin-up Artist: Keith Urban; Song of the Year: Luke Bryan‘s “I Don’t Want This Night to End”; Artist of the Year: Carrie Underwood; Most Fanatical Fans: Scotty McCreery. The show’s producers tell RadioInfo the first-annual Third Shift Awards were created to give late-night country music fans the opportunity to recognize their favorite artists. The initiative began as a way to honor “third shifters” who make up the listenership of After MidNite, but the concept quickly engaged not only core listeners, but also artist fan clubs, record labels and even the artists themselves. Winners were chosen via a bracket-style voting contest on www.AfterMidNite.com from July 17 through August 22.
Sports Talk Radio Becoming Dynamic Segment of the Industry. Not only is sports talk radio growing in terms of numbers of stations flipping to the format, it is also becoming a hotbed of daily industry buzz. According to RadioInfo/TALKERS VP/executive editor Kevin Casey, “It is remarkable how much action takes place daily in the sports talk segment of the general radio industry – between the personnel comings-and-goings, wild promotions, and non-stop growth, this portion of talk radio is providing an informational field day, no pun intended, for we industry observers.” (See www.talkers.com.)
More News. KEZK (Fresh 102.5)/St. Louis music director and midday host Dana Daniels has resigned the CBS Radio AC station effective September 5 to take a position in Los Angeles with the American Cancer Society and be closer to her teen-aged son and family who reside in Southern California…. Former Nielsen/NetRatings executive Manish Bhatia has joined Arbitron in the newly created position of executive vice president, new product Innovation. A new media veteran, Bhatia will oversee cross-platform services and lead the development of new offerings/services outside of the core radio business. He will report to Arbitron EVP/COO Sean Creamer….The notable box office success of author Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary film “2016 Obama’s America” which earned a remarkable $6.5 million at the box office last weekend in only about 1091 theaters can be attributed largely in part to the tremendous ability of news/talk radio to influence its audience to action. The unlikely low budget “blockbuster” was a favorite of the nation’s conservative hosts right out of the gate and there is little doubt that their positive chatter about the film which takes a very critical look at the President is a major cause of the interest being shown in it. Radio account execs should take note of this.