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Friday, June 19, 2015

| June 19, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

| April 23, 2015

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

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


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

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

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

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

Gifford: Radiodays Europe — Day Two

| March 17, 2015

Special to RadioInfo

By Larry Gifford
Consultant/Talent Coach

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

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

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

| February 3, 2015

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

| December 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Dueling Centuries

| June 11, 2014

By Duane Doobie
Music Editor/Director


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

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

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

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

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

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Doobie’s Picks of the Week • 6/11/14

| June 11, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Thursday, February 13, 2014

| February 13, 2014

cbsradio logoCBS 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, localmoonvesles 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 logoNielsen 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.

cclogoClear 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-relativity logokind 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.”

bristoltonySavannah’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.

kuiperspradostellaStella 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.

seiglerjohnSeigler 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.”

shannonscottScott 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.

stjohnpatMore 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.

rabNAB 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.

whamradiothonWDVI-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.

Monday, November 4, 2013

| November 4, 2013

wlgx logoIt’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.

duanedoobie graphicDuane 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.


breakfastclub smallClear 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!”

martinezbennyBenny 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.”

apontejulioSun 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, developingsunbroadcastgrouplogo 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.

murphyrobertRobert 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.

kmle logoCBS 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.

millerchrisGetting 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.

wnww logoCC 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 logoWKSL, 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 NetworksBobby Bones program for morning drive.

wrifmovember logoWRIF, 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.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

| September 24, 2013

nielsenarbitronNielsen 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 thecalhoundavid 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.”

pochandiTownsquare 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.

sykesjohnCC 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 enterprisespolemantom 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.

bergmansandiMEDIA 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.

kixz logoClear 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.

fierro logoCBS 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.

DG-logoHorizontalNew 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 logoBMI 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.”

groundtesterRemote 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.

scba logoSouthern 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!”

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