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iHeartMedia Previews New Podcast Initiative at First-Ever ‘Soundfront’ in NYC. Yesterday, iHeartMedia presented the “Soundfront” event in New York to preview its new original audio programs. The company says this new content “will allow marketers to collaborate with a host of celebrities and talent through customized and creative storytelling.” Speaking about the company’s need to explore the audio-on-demand marketplace is iHeartMedia CMO/EVP Gayle Troberman, who says, “In the age of visual distraction and shorter attention spans, audio has the ability to break through and get heard better than any other advertising. We are seeing increased engagement in audio programming both on air and via podcast, and original audio forces us to get back to the basics of telling stories simply and honestly, which consumers love. We believe most marketers are massively under-invested in the power of sound and the iHeartMedia Soundfront is our opportunity to challenge the industry to explore the creative potential of sound to tell and sell better.” Saying that it is teaming with “a broad spectrum of A-list producers, musicians, actors, music industry veterans and curators,” the company announces some of the people it is working with, including: “Skybound Rundown” (podcast): From the producers of “The Walking Dead” TV show and gaming franchise focusing on the world of indie gaming; “Heart of the Beat” (podcast): Artist and musician Jared Leto will bring sound and storytelling together in this original audio show that allows artists to reveal the method behind their madness; “Who is Marty Hirsch?” (podcast) is the first-ever audio mockumentary, building off successes like “This Is Spinal Tap” and “Almost Famous” to tell a story of a mythical music icon. iHeartMedia has partnered with Trium Entertainment (the creator and executive producer of “The Biggest Loser”) to produce a number of podcasts including: “The Vent” hosted by Jaime Pressly; “Get Mic’d” – a talent search show for the next great iHeartMedia DJ; and “Science of Success” with Jonah Berger. The iHeartMedia-Trium relationship will also produce videocasts and the hiring away of Big Boy from Emmis in Los Angeles is relevant here as he’ll host “Urban Legends with Big Boy,” a hip hop show. “Z100” New York-based personality Elvis Duran will also host a videocast titled, “The Elvis Sessions” in which he “digs throughout the day-to-day gossip and connects with the true passion that drives artists and celebrities.” Other videocasts will include “On the Fly with Paul Costabile” and “My Journey.” iHeartMedia also used the event to announce an expanded relationship with Snapchat, details of which are expected to come in the future. Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel was in attendance discussing iHeartMedia’s unique positioning to “use the power of sound to drive social results.” Pictured here are (from l-r): iHeartMedia Entertainment Enterprises president John Sykes, iHeartMedia president and CFO Richard Bressler, Snapchat co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel, and iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman.
Facing “Weak Markets,” Emmis Seeks Covenant Relief from Lenders. In a filing with the SEC, Emmis Communications presents historical performance data and forward-looking statements as it seeks covenant relief for the quarters ended May 31, 2015 through February 28, 2017. Emmis says it is outperforming its markets but the problem is that the markets are weak – for example, citing New York figures showing Emmis down 6% while the market as a whole was down 7.3% over the nine-month period ended November 30, 2014. It says the battle between its urban KPWR, Los Angeles and iHeartMedia’s new KRRL (which is benefitting from its luring morning talent Big Boy away from KPWR) is causing it to face “new headwinds.” In New York, the company says the market was weak throughout calendar 2014 – down mid- to high-single digits after being up 5% in calendar 2013. It reports national was off by 30% during the 2014 summer months and down 18% for the nine months ended November 30, 2014. Emmis states that it finished fiscal 2015 under its 6.00x covenant at 5.40x but “wants to constructively manage compliance with sufficient cushion.” It goes on to show its efforts to control costs by noting it has “reduced cash operating costs by $7 million as part of its fiscal 2016 budget.” You can see the entire lender presentation here.
PPM Analysis: Classic Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents the second of three analyses of gold-based formats with today’s look into the performances of classic rock-formatted stations based on Nielsen Audio data from the March 2015 survey. Compared to stations airing the classic hits/oldies format which rank sixth in their markets on average, Kinosian reports their classic rock counterparts rank eighth (6+) on average. “Moreover, based on our March ratings analysis, classic hits/oldies outlets tend to outpoint classic rockers by one full share point (5.50 – 4.53, 6+).” Read more about how classic rockers compare to their performances in the February 2015 survey, how they compare versus the March 2014 survey, where they rank in their markets, how they stack up behind market share leader KSEG, Sacramento (9.1 share, 6+), plus a look at how classic hits/oldies stations and classic rockers fared against each other. Click here.
RadioInfo Career Moves. Nineteen-year morning host Bruce Kayser retires from Schurz Communications-owned adult contemporary WNSN, South Bend, Indiana “Sunny 101.5 FM.” Kayser hosted the show with Jack Reichert and Abby Weppler…..Northeast Ohio radio pro Chuck Matthews signs on with Cleveland-based online rock stream oWOW Radio as production and imaging director. Matthews was most recently with Rubber City Radio in Akron. He’s also served with iHeartMedia at rock/talk WMMS and classic hits WMJI “Majic 105.7.”
Chris Janson Signs with Warner Bros. After Bobby Bones Push. Singer/songwriter Chris Janson got a nice push a few weeks ago from iHeartMedia’s Bobby Bones when the latter played Janson’s song “Buy Me a Boat” on his nationally syndicated program. After that, the song hit the #1 spot on the iTunes Country Chart. Now, Janson is the newest artist to sign with Warner Bros. Records and he’ll be featured on iHeartMedia’s “On The Verge Artist” program. As the most recent “On The Verge Artist,” Janson’s “Buy Me A Boat” will be heard across 140 country radio stations for six consecutive weeks, beginning May 4, 2015. The program includes on-air exposure as well as significant digital and social support across iHeartMedia’s network to introduce new music to listeners.
New Bill Would Prevent Mandated FM Chips in Smartphones. U.S. Reps Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced a bill called “Protecting the Rights of Musicians Act.” The bill would prevent smartphone manufacturers from having to include and activate an FM chip in smartphones. On board supporting the legislation is the Consumer Electronics Association whose president and CEO Gary Shapiro says, “By prohibiting the Federal Communications Commission from imposing the inclusion of radio tuners in mobile devices, this new bill recognizes that consumers and technology innovators – not the government or analog radio broadcasters – are best positioned to determine the functions and features of cutting-edge mobile devices. Importantly, this bill also starts a worthwhile and much needed conversation about digital age music payment systems. We look forward to working with Representatives Blackburn and Eshoo as this bill moves forward through Congress.”
Special to RadioInfo
By Larry Gifford
MILAN — iHeartMedia syndicated morning host Elvis Duran addressed 1,200 delegates at Radiodays Europe Monday (3/16) telling his story of success. Ahead of taking the stage, Duran shared with RadioInfo how his definition of success has evolved.
“What was important to me as snot-nosed kid is not important anymore. Now, success to me is just being happy and really wanting to wake up and go to work. You know, maybe 10 years ago I didn’t want to wake up and go to work because I was usually hung over or whatever. Now, I actually enjoy going in. To me that’s a successful day: just wanting to do what you do.”
Rob Sidney Re-Ups with WLYF, Miami. Programmer Rob Sidney is staying with Lincoln Financial Media’s adult contemporary WLYF, Miami “101.5 LITE FM” as director of programming and operations. LFM notes that this multi-year deal continues to make Sidney LFM’s longest tenured programmer with more than 25 years of service to the company. LFM Miami SVP/GM Maureen Lesourd says, “Rob Sidney has had the bead on South Florida’s adult female listening audience for over a quarter of a century and the proof is keeping the station in the top three for most of that time. He has a keen ability to keep the ‘LITE’ brand evolving, while supporting sales with unique opportunities and exciting ways to embed our best clients within the station.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Taking a corporate role at Cumulus Media is Steve Mills who exits the company’s Topeka cluster where he’s been PD at classic rock KDVV and classic hits KWIC. At the corporate level Mills will be manager of stream support and quality…..At the Las Vegas station group of Beasley Media, Brian “Hammer” Panerali is promoted to APD of adult hits KVGS “Star 107.9.” He serves the station as AM drive personality and music director and will continue in those roles…..Joining the morning program at iHeartMedia-owned oldies outlet KODJ, Salt Lake City is AJ, who joins his real-life wife Meredith on the “Meredith in the Morning” show. AJ also hosts afternoons on sister CHR station KZHT “97.1 ZHT,” and handles APD and music director duties at the station, too…..Toledo Radio LLC’s country WPFX, Toledo “107.7 The Wolf” names Jeff Lamb new morning host, replacing Hooper, who stays with the station for weekends…..As JVC Media-owned country outlet WOTW, Orlando “103.1 The Wolf” builds its lineup of local personalities, it adds Elise Rossi to host the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm show…..iHeartMedia adds a new talent to its iHeartRadio Evolution channel. Dutch electronic music producer Chuckie’s “Dirty Dutch Radio” become part of the lineup effective February 7. “Dirty Dutch Radio” will broadcast Chuckie’s unique style of dance music and will feature a variety of DJs and producers.
iHeartMedia Expands with SoundBoard Initiative. The company is calling iHeartMedia SoundBoard a “one-of-a-kind audio-centric branded entertainment studio” that will allow its talent to work with advertisers to “produce original long- and short-form audio, video and experiential content that moves seamlessly across radio, apps, and events, creating the next generation of brand storytelling.” Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman says, “As the number one creators of live, daily content, brands have been asking us for more ability to craft original stories that leverage the power of sound to reach consumers when they’re ready to be entertained. We’re launching the first branded audio studio for the digital era to prove the power of radio, the power of live content, and the power of cross-platform programming designed for a media world without walls.” In addition to using national talent such as Ryan Seacrest and Elvis Duran, the company says it will use “the many local personalities who resonate in their communities — and its unique access to the most innovative thinkers in music and entertainment — to develop new original productions that combine the power of live radio with richer storytelling across platforms.” The iHeartMedia SoundBoard Studio will be led by John Sykes, president of iHeartMedia’s Entertainment Enterprises Group; Gayle Troberman, EVP and chief marketing officer of iHeartMedia; and Vanessa Adamo, senior vice president of Entertainment Enterprises.
Compass Media Launches ‘Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence’ Country Program. The official launch party for the new “Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence” program will take place later this month at the Country Radio Seminar, but the show is already on the air in more than 25 markets, according to syndicator Compass Media Networks. It debuted with country music legend Lawrence joined by special guest Joe Diffie and Compass says, “When one legendary performer sits and talks freely with another the listener gets to be the fly on the wall. The experience is uniquely compelling.” Lawrence comments, “I’m so excited about my new show Honky Tonkin’. It is so much fun to go back and relive all of the classic honky tonk music of the 80s 90s and early 2000s. The feedback from my fans and affiliates has been incredible. It was an honor to have my friend Joe Diffie be my first celebrity guest. It’s a little different being on the other side of the microphone during an interview, but Joe made it easy for me. I’m looking forward to digging out some old forgotten classic songs and interviewing many more guests thru the course of this year.” Compass will present a special “Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence” launch party on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 10:00 pm at the City Winery in Nashville during CRS. Attendees are invited to RSVP for VIP passes by contacting Compass Media Networks at 310-242-8742.
Duane Doobie’s Picks of the Week. RadioInfo’s hard-working music editor/director, Duane Doobie, backed by a growing team of information contributing researchers and golden-eared trench broadcasters, including this week David Safar of 89.3 KCMP “The Current” Minneapolis; Bayley Brown, WKLC-FM (Rock 105), St. Albans/Charleston, and internet sensation the Iceman, provides programmers with musical suggestions worthy of the attention of pro-active radio formats. You’ll be turned on to some of the exciting artists and music buzzing out there just over the horizon from the worlds of pop, rock, country and EDM. This week’s selection posted today (12/17) includes such names as: One Direction, Beatles, James Newton Howard, Jennifer Lawrence, Bea Miller, Tracy Young, Mack & Jet Set Vega, Olly Murs, Demi Lovato, Peter Shukoff, Lloyd Ahlquist, Wax, Herbal T, Lack of Afro, Hamilton Leithauser, George Ezra, The Cure, James McCartney, Gwyneth Moreland, David Hayes, Van Morrison, Joywave, Big Data, Alt-J, Modest Mouse, Little Big Town, Love Junkies, Abbi Scott, Jillian Kohr, Josh Dorr, Mat D. & the Profane Saints, Petting Zoo, Madison Rising, Dave Matthews Band, Deuxième, Maiday, and AronChupa, among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
‘Z100’ New York’s ‘Jingle Ball’ to Air on The CW Tomorrow (12/18). The television broadcast of the “Z100 Jingle Ball 2014” will air on The CW tomorrow night. The iHeartMedia-produced show that happened on Friday, December 12 at Madison Square Garden, featured acts that included: Taylor Swift, Iggy Izalea, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Pharrell, OneRepublic, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer, Jesse J., Rita Ora and Nick Jonas with special appearances by Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwen Stefani and more. The evening was hosted by “Z100” morning personality Elvis Duran who is pictured below at right (in the cool tux!) standing next to iHeartMedia president, programming platforms Tom Poleman. Pictured here at the top at Friday night’s show performing are Rita Ora (singing) and Iggy Izalea. For a hint at what viewers may see tomorrow night, here’s Z100’s blurb about the show: “Pharrell opened the show and stunned the crowd with special guest performer Gwen Stefani (who brought special date, son Apollo) to perform their new hit “Spark The Fire” while fellow “The Voice” judge Adam Levine along with Maroon 5 performed hit “One More Night” to get everyone dancing in their seats. Taylor Swift and Meghan Trainor lead the star-studded lineup with songs from their new albums, Shake It Off and Lips Are Moving. Sarah Jessica Parker introduced recent Grammy nominee Sam Smith who crooned the crowd with his stellar vocals performing “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not The Only One.” Ariana Grande stole the show featuring a 20 minute set of her hits opening with holiday favorite “Santa Tell Me” and then was joined on stage by Jessie J for their hit “Bang Bang.”
Skip Mahaffey to Host Mornings on ‘99.5 The Wolf’ in Dallas. The new co-host of the “Wake Up with the Wolf” show on Cumulus Media’s country KPLX, Dallas “99.5 The Wolf,” is award-winning country personality Skip Mahaffey. He takes over for Ken Buckner who recently exited the station. Mahaffey will partner up with current morning show co-host Lisa Taylor, beginning December 29. Mahaffey comes to KPLX from his most recent gig as talk host on George Flinn, Jr.-owned news/talk simulcast WWJB and WXJB serving Hernando County, Florida. Mahaffey’s resume includes stints at WWKA, Orlando; WFUS and WQYK in Tampa; WCOL, Columbus; KSON, San Diego; and KVOO, Tulsa. He also hosted the nationally syndicated “True Country” for the old Dial-Global and has won three CMA Air Personality of the Year awards.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Programmer and afternoon personality Michael Hayes exits Fort Myers Broadcasting Company-owned adult contemporary WINK, Fort Myers “The New 96.9 More FM” after four years with the station…..At iHeartMedia’s Grand Rapids CHR WSNX, evening personality and APD Brian Holmes exits the company he’s been with for the past 15 years. His show, “Holmes & the FreakShow,” was also piped in to the company’s CHR WVKS, Toledo.
‘Huckabee Report’ to Be Distributed by WYD Media. With the start of the New Year, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee – also host of his own weekend show on Fox News Channel – is continuing his daily feature, “The Huckabee Report,” to be distributed by WYD Media Management. The program will be repped by WYD Media Ad Sales. The show is currently syndicated to more than 500 radio stations via Westwood One but that relationship will end after December 31. Huckabee comments, “We’ve had tremendous success over the last six years with ‘The Huckabee Report’ thanks to the great partnerships with hundreds of radio stations. I’m excited about my new partnership and this is a great way to kick off 2015!” WYD says that the feature will retain its current format with morning, midday and afternoon delivery of three unique, modular reports that allow stations to carry one or three minutes of content per report. WYD Media Ad Sales president John Murphy says, “Mike Huckabee is truly a beloved national icon with a powerful following. His ability to connect with his audience and influence public opinion is incredibly valuable to our advertising partners.” In addition to airing on news/talk affiliates, “The Huckabee Report” is also cleared on country- and classic rock-formatted stations.
CBS Reports Radio Segment Down 4% in Q4 2013; Company Up 6%. While CBS Corporation CEO, president and director Les Moonves spoke glowingly about the performance of CBS Corporation as a whole during yesterday’s Q4 conference call, the radio segment was not part of the celebration and loss of political advertising was given the lion’s share of the blame. The company’s report indicates that after taking political out of the picture, CBS RADIO was flat compared to the same quarter in 2012. Moonves was upbeat about the radio division saying, “In radio, we continue to put an emphasis on great, local programming, which is leading to bigger audiences. During the most recent ratings period, we had double-digit ranking gains in the highly coveted 25- to 54-year-old demo in many of our major markets, and non-traditional revenue from special events was up double digits over one year ago. Our strategy to combine the company’s local TV and radio websites into a single online presence in every market also continues to pay off. In 2013, revenue was up 21% over the year before, and the momentum is continuing here in ’14, including a new record of nearly 57 million unique users in January. I’m also very pleased with the success of our CBS Interactive business. Revenue was up 14% during the quarter, and we continue to see very rapid growth in mobile ad revenue, which was up 118%, and it helped to increase profit substantially.” Thanks to Seeking Alpha for the transcript. Members can read the whole conference call here.
Nielsen Q4 Revenue Up 11.8%; Rises 5.5% for 2013. Media ratings giant Nielsen Holdings N.V. issues its fourth quarter 2013 and full-year financial reports and states that Q4 revenue was $1.6 billion, an increase of 11.8% over the same period in 2012. For the full year of 2013, the company says its revenue was $5.7 billion, a jump of 5.5% over the full year of 2012. The company reports its free cash flow for 2013 increased 34.5% to $573 million from $426 million in 2012 while cash flow from operations increased 14.9% to $901 million in 2013 from $784 million in 2012. The result is the adjusted net income per share on a diluted basis for 2013 was $2.02, up 19.5% compared to $1.69 in the full year 2012. Nielsen acquired radio ratings firm Arbitron during 2013 and the move paid off. The Arbitron business helped add 9.3% to Nielsen’s Q4 revenue and 2.5% to its 2013 revenue.
Clear Channel Renews Promotional Deal with Relativity. In a statement, Clear Channel says that the renewed cross-media marketing collaboration between it and media company Relativity will include one-of-a-kind campaigns promoting upcoming movies on the part of Clear Channel while Relativity will provide exclusive content created by its filmmakers and talent that will be shared with listeners and viewers through various Clear Channel platforms. “The programs will also include organic promotional support from popular radio personalities such as Ryan Seacrest, Elvis Duran, Dan Patrick and Steve Harvey; naturally integrated film imaging across local stations and iHeartRadio’s national digital and mobile ad units; homepage website takeovers; and national and local on-air commercial inventory.” Clear Channel says previous successful collaborations between the companies included campaigns for the films “Limitless,” “Immortals,” “Act of Valor,” “Safe Haven” and “Free Birds.”
Savannah’s WXYY Names Bristol PD. Former Cumulus Providence operations manager Tony Bristol is appointed program director of L&L Broadcasting, Savannah hot AC WXYY “Y-107.9.” L&L Broadcasting Savannah-Hilton Head vice president and market manager Gigi South remarks, “Tony is a legendary programmer of female formats and we are honored to have him join our growing team of programming pros in Savannah. He is the perfect fit for Savannah’s ‘Y-107.9.” Director of programming Scott Mahalick comments, “Tony is a phenomenal talent and program director. His knowledge and dynamic energy will rock the Savannah market.” In thanking L&L Broadcasting chief executive officer Bob Proffitt, South, Mahalick, and operations manager Gabe Reynolds, Bristol notes that he is happy, “for the opportunity to get back in the game in beautiful Savannah. Live and local radio truly exists. I am honored and excited to be a part of their vision and grateful for their confidence in my contribution to grow their brands.” In addition to his Providence OM duties, Bristol programmed Cumulus CHR WPRO-FM and adult contemporary WWLI “Lite Rock 105.” He previously was music director at Hartford hot AC WTIC-FM; Citadel‘s CHR format captain; and he programmed CHR WKCI, New Haven and hot AC WDAQ, Danbury, Connecticut.
Stella Prado Kuipers Lands at Salem Los Angeles. The successful, former KOST, Los Angeles program director joins Salem Communications to serve in the sales department working on multi-media marketing for Christian talk KKLA, Los Angeles. Stella Prado Kuipers made her announcement on her Facebook page where she wrote: “A new chapter in my life has begun and I’m proud to announce as of March 3rd I am an employee of Salem Communications Radio Broadcasting company! My position is multi-media marketing and I am thrilled to be a part of this company! I’m sooooo excited!” Kuipers had been with Clear Channel’s AC KOST for 20 years – eight as program director – before she was let go in December of 2012.
Seigler to Manage Brazos Valley Communications’ Bryan-College Station, Texas Cluster. After serving as sales manager for the cluster since 2012 (he joined the company in 2004) John Seigler is promoted to general manager for the group that includes country KORA, oldies KAPN, hip hop KBXT “101.9 The Beat,” rock KJXJ, and regional Mexican KTAM-AM. Brazos Valley Communications general partner Tommy Vascocu states, “We’re extremely pleased to have John Seigler heading our Bryan-College Station radio group. John’s done outstanding work in building strong relationships with community leaders and business owners in the Brazos Valley. He’s a very talented individual with extensive experience in developing, leading and executing creative, problem-solving solutions for our customers and community partners on behalf of these radio stations. John’s been a valuable contributing member of the Bryan-College Station community for many years. We’re excited for him to lead our talented group of radio professionals.”
Scott Shannon Tells NY Daily News He’ll Be Back on Radio. According to a report by David Hinckley of the New York Daily News, Scott Shannon told him – from a golf course in Florida – that he’s planning to be back on the radio in some form “in a couple of weeks.” The former, longtime WPLJ, New York morning star who left the station last week, tells the paper, “It’s not an option that I will leave radio. I retired from WPLJ, not from radio. I love radio. I love doing a morning show. I love getting to know the listeners.” He says, “I’d be open to satellite radio. I like the idea of talking to people all across the country.” He also tells Hinckley he’s “optimistic” Cumulus will continue to syndicate his True Oldies Channel.
More RadioInfo Career Moves. With the announcement by Emmis that Deon Levingston would manage its soon-to-be three urban stations in New York as it acquires urban AC WBLS and gospel WLIB from YFM Media, current hip hop WQHT “Hot 97” general manager Alex Cameron will exit the Emmis New York offices…..Legendary air personality Pat St. John – currently heard on classic hits WCBS-FM, New York on weekends and on SiriusXM during the week – announces that he’s the new weekday afternoon host on SiriusXM’s “60s on 6” channel. He can be heard from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET…..Marty McFly – until recently both PD and morning host at Cumulus Media’s country WKDF, Nashville – slides across the hall to serve as morning host at co-owned country WSM-FM where he takes over for exiting Rick Marino. Cumulus added Blair Garner’s “America’s Morning Show” to the lineup at WKDF as part of the national rollout of the show…..At Digity-owned hot AC WHBC, Canton, Ohio, morning show cast member and interactive specialist Matt Fantone exits the company with the elimination of his position…..John Gordnier, local AE for Colonial Media & Entertainment’s classic hits WXMT, Smethport, Pennsylvania “The Mountain,” has successfully met the requirements to earn the designation of Radio Marketing Professional (RMP) as certified by the Radio Advertising Bureau. The RMP designation is the first step in a comprehensive, multi-level training and certification program developed and administered by the Radio Advertising Bureau.
NAB to Feature RAB Sales and Marketing Sessions. The Radio Advertising Bureau will present five revenue- and growth-oriented presentations at this year’s NAB Show. RAB president and chief executive officer Erica Farber explains that, “The RAB is in the business of helping sellers on the street close deals and help drive revenue for the radio industry. These sessions will drive home key lessons and tools of the trade. NAB Show attendees will find these sessions invaluable to their future success in the broadcast business.” Specifically, the Radio Advertising Bureau’s focus will be “Lunch and Learn – A Discussion on Radio’s Four Significant Issues;” “Concentrating on Core Radio Revenues;” “Creative Radio Commercial Production and Imaging;” and “Rapid-Fire Revenue Generators for Small and Medium Market Radio.” The NAB Show will be held April 5 – 10 in Las Vegas.
WDVI-FM and WHAM in Rochester Hold Radiothon to Benefit Children’s Hospital. Today and tomorrow Clear Channel Rochester stations hot AC WDVI “100.5 The Drive” and news/talk WHAM are broadcasting the annual “Drive For Miracles Radiothon” to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital live from the lobby of Strong Hospital. Throughout the event, on-air personalities from each station will talk with current and former patients, their families, and the hard-working hospital staff that “creates miracles” every day. Personalities including WHAM’s Chet Walker, Bob Lonsberry, Shari Smith, Joe Lomonaco, and Bob Matthews and WDVI’s Bill Moran, Julie, JP, and “The Mayor” Pete Kennedy will broadcast from the hospital.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).