Radio and Music Should Try the “Smart” Option in Reaching Young Adults. Doobie: “We Must Escape as Quickly as Possible from the Age of ‘Stupidism.’” RadioInfo resident media perceptionist Duane Doobie strikes again with a thoughtful and provocative column. He says that both pop music radio and the music industry are missing the boat by underestimating the intelligence, concentration and real life desires of the Millennial generation. In a new column posted today, the Doob writes, “There is a misguided, undercooked piece of conventional wisdom floating out there today that would have you believe that Millennials suffer from attention deficit disorder, short term attention spans, and an obsession with frivolity. This fallacy is used to justify shortening songs on the radio and keeping the message of popular music simplistic and vapid. Perhaps, we are looking at it the wrong way? Maybe we should make better and more compelling music so Millennials will not spit them out after a handful of bites. If Millennials are so riddled with ADD and limited by shallow concentration – why have they triggered the phenomenon of binge watching on the television side of media things? And if they are so dumb — as implied by every attempt at music and radio geared by corporate media in the past couple of decades to attract their attention – that it would be considered suicidal to serve them up helpings of meaningful stuff, how do you explain the fact that successful television shows that have earned their loyalty are, in fact, complex as hell? Shows with multiple story lines and long arches that unfold over multiple seasons! When TV is smarter and hipper than radio, something is very wrong with the world.” That’s just part of the story. You should see what the Doob has to say about Taylor Swift! To read the entire piece, please click here.
Louie Diaz Named ‘i93.3’ Dallas PD. New York native Louie Diaz is headed to Dallas to take the reign of Cumulus Media’s CHR KLIF-FM “i93.3.” Diaz most recently was PD at Alpha Media’s CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” and country KUPL “98.7 The Bull” in Portland. Cumulus SVP of corporate programming Mike McVay says, “Louie continues the drive for Cumulus to add great programming minds to the company. We are thrilled to have him rejoin our ranks.”
Social Media Dominator? Facebook. According to NuVoodoo‘s latest “Ratings Prospects Study,” Facebook remains the prevailing social media outlet of choice among those who are 14 – 54 years old. Moreover, as NuVoodoo vice president of research Leigh Jacobs states, “Despite all the hype surrounding them, both Snapchat and Vine are comparatively small players overall. While other players get more coverage, Instagram has the deepest penetration among teens [14 - 17] after YouTube and Facebook; it is getting traction among [those] 18 – 34. We found continuing positive momentum for Facebook, even among 14-17-year-olds. Other platforms have stronger momentum, but given its tremendous reach, Facebook remains a powerful tool for connecting with listeners.” NuVoodoo executive vice president of marketing Mike O’Connor comments that, “Radio marketing is about influencing the most likely ratings respondents at the lowest cost possible. It is clear from our findings that heavy users of both broadcast and Pandora can be reached in numbers on Facebook and YouTube that rival the home phone of a decade ago. Imagine knowing the exact music taste of everyone and then only calling the most likely listeners. It is that precise targeting and cost-efficiency that makes social media the great equalizer.” NuVoodoo interviewed nearly 1100 respondents, ages 14-54, in all PPM markets for this study.
RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s Milwaukee hot AC WMYX “99.1 The Mix,” afternoon personality Mark Summers exits the station after a six-month stint. Summers thanked his listeners via Facebook. The station announced no firm plans for Summers’ replacement…..In the Monterey-Salinas market, radio pro Bill Lynch is the new VP/market manager at Clear Channel’s station group that includes country KTOM, CHR KDON, rhythmic oldies KOCN “K-Ocean,” Spanish KPRC-FM, and news/talk KION. Lynch most recently served as GM with Momentum’s Visalia, California operations.
Beasley Broadcast Group Announces Corporate Award Winners. At its annual management meeting held at the corporate offices in Naples, Florida this week, Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. gathered corporate management and station leadership from the eleven markets in which it operates to celebrate achievements and contributions from individual employees and radio stations over the preceding twelve months. The 2014 honorees include: WXKB-FM, Fort Myers-Naples – Radio Station of the Year; Brad Beasley – General Manager of the Year/Fort Myers-Naples; Donna Williams – Business Manager of the Year/Augusta, Georgia; AJ Lurie – Sales Manager of the Year/Fort Myers-Naples; Tee Gentry – Program Director of the Year/Augusta; Lamar Smith – Engineer of the Year/Las Vegas; Natalie Conner – CEO Award of Excellence/Executive Vice President. Founder, chairman and CEO George Beasley states, “It is a sincere privilege each year to honor our company’s highest achievers. The level of professionalism within Beasley Broadcast is tremendous. The ladies and gentlemen we recognize for 2014 worked very hard to earn this recognition, and for that they have also earned my respect. I am very proud of each of them.” Pictured here at the corporate meetings are (from left to right): VP of programming Justin Chase; EVP of operations Brian Beasley; VP market manager Kent Dunn (Augusta); chairman and CEO George G. Beasley; president and COO Bruce Beasley; EVP and CFO Caroline Beasley; VP of engineering and CTO Mike Cooney; VP market manager Brad Beasley (SW Florida); retiring VP market manager Natalie Conner (Philadelphia); VP of sales Heather Monahan; director of sales AJ Lurie (SW Florida).
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Wars. After being challenged by WYD Media’s “Zach Sang and the Gang” to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Westwood One president Steve Shaw and a number of the company’s executives (pictured here, at left) did it out in front of Bar Catalonia in New York City (ice and water, compliments of Bar Catalonia). At right, you can see Zach Sang and his crew taking the challenge as well. After executing the challenge, Shaw then nominated Peter Kosann from Compass Media and Bryan Forbes from the Katz Radio Group to follow suit. Westwood One will be making a donation to the ALS Association.
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, 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 (8/20) includes such names as: Taylor Swift, Big Data, Joywave, Tove Lo, Rubblebucket, Bob Seger, Bleachers, Sheppard, Lee Brice, LeAnn Rimes, Angaleena Presley, Brother Virginia, Jack & Jack, Caroline Smith & Lizzo, De Hofnar, Becky G, and Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
CC Philadelphia Promotes Thomas to Director of Media Integration. Rising from media integration specialist to director of media integration at Clear Channel‘s six Philadelphia stations is Stacey Thomas. CC Philadelphia market manager Richard Lewis comments, “I am so pleased to have Stacey in her new role. She has a strong understanding of our brands and knows this market from all angles. Stacey will continue to do amazing things for our cluster and is a great addition to our senior leadership team.” Thomas remarks that she is “thrilled with the opportunity” and looks “forward to growing and enhancing our powerful radio brands in the Philly market and beyond.” Clear Channel’s Philadelphia cluster consists of smooth jazz WDAS-AM; urban AC WDAS-FM; rhythmic CHR WIOQ “Q-102,” hot AC WISX “Mix 106″; alternative WRFF “Radio 104.5″; and urban contemporary WUSL “Power 99.” Thomas began her radio career in 2000 as an intern at “Q-102″; joined the street team one year later; and later became promotions coordinator for “Power 99 FM.” Additionally, Clear Channel Washington, DC promotions coordinator Angelica Garcia transfers to Philadelphia as promotions director. Garcia previously was an account executive at Clear Channel Baltimore and an Epic Records marketing coordinator.
Nathan Graham New ‘Kiss FM’ Milwaukee Evening Personality. Moving from Journal’s Springfield, Missouri CHR KSPW “Power 96.5” to Entercom’s WXSS “KISS-FM” is Nathan Graham. He becomes the station’s evening jock as of September 15. Graham says of his new gig, “I am so excited to join the ‘KISS-FM’ team! This is an amazing opportunity to learn from one of the absolute best program directors in radio, Brian Kelly, as well as join a great team of personalities. It’s truly an honor and I cannot wait to meet the wonderful people of Milwaukee!”
Alternative WLUM, Milwaukee Names McCain Afternoon Drive Host. After sitting in the afternoon drive chair since the departure of Jacent Jackson in June, Milwaukee Radio Alliance officially names former evening jock Ian McCain the afternoon personality. At the same time, the station promotes weekender Kelly Katona to full-time evening host. McCain also serves as the station’s digital program director – a position he will continue to hold. Of Katona, program director Michelle Rutkowski says, “Katona’s enthusiasm and positive attitude are contagious. She speaks ‘Wisco’ and she has an uncanny ability to make people laugh until they drop a kidney. Katona also has a deeply nerdy passion for The Sims, which is obviously going to be our secret weapon. She already fits in well here, and I can’t wait for our listeners to get to know her better.”
CRS 2015 Announces Core Panel Moderators. Those overseeing and directing the bulk of the educational panels throughout Country Radio Seminar 2015 will be Journal vice president of programming Beverlee Brannigan; Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB)president and chief executive officer Erica Farber; Falls Media Group’s Dan Halyburton; Country Aircheck editor and publisher Lon Helton; and Gregg Lindahl. CRS executive director Bill Mayne states, “Our development of the core panel of moderators has led to exceptional panel discussions over the past four years. These individuals have been gracious and giving in sharing their talents of facilitation in delivering meaningful panel ‘take away’ results for all attendees.” Next year’s seminar will be held February 25 – 27 in the downtown Nashville Convention Center.
USA Welcomes Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards. The tenth anniversary of the Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards is roughly ten weeks away, and for the first time ever, the event will be held outside the United Kingdom. Sammy Hagar is tapped to host the (Tuesday, 11/4) ceremony that will originate from noted Hollywood night club/music venue Avalon, near the famous Hollywood and Vine intersection. VH1 Radio and Krantz Media Group‘s KMG Networks will produce programming such as live red carpet and backstage coverage; AdLarge Media is responsible for national radio advertising sales. Krantz Media Group president and chief executive officer Gary Krantz remarks, “We are very excited to bring the excitement of this highly respected awards show to classic rock radio stations [in the United States]. This is an ‘A-List,’ rock star-studded event. KMG will be offering ‘must-have’ multi-platform and social media content never before available in the United States.” AdLarge Media co-founder and chief executive officer Gary Schonfeld explains that, “AdLarge’s national advertisers have access to exclusive live radio coverage and programming that is built around what is shaping up to be one of the biggest annual classic rock events [in this country]. We have created unique sponsorship opportunities that place AdLarge’s advertisers at the center of the excitement across multiple platforms, on-site, on-air, online, and on social media.” Host Hagar comments that this is “one of music’s coolest and most prestigious events. I am really excited to be hosting it for the first time in the United States. My goal is to keep it fun and filled with so many off-the-hook music moments that we put it on the map alongside the Grammys, VMAs, and other awards ceremonies.” VH1′s “On Tap with Nik Carter” will feature two weeks of lead-in programming with “The Road to Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards,” followed by several artist-dedicated shows which will spotlight nominees and performers. A two-hour post-event special will be available to all classic rock stations. Listeners voting for their favorite classic rock station will automatically be entered into a contest to win a “Classic Rock Flyaway” to a future concert of their choice. The awards show event includes the annual “Classic Rock Living Legend” honor; previous winners are Jeff Beck, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons, Motörhead‘s Lemmy Kilmister, Ozzy Osbourne, Jimmy Page, Iggy Pop, and Rush.
Deal for Statesboro, Georgia Stations Closes. According to the Statesboro Herald, the $600,000 deal that has six stations in the market changing hands has closed. Neal Ardman is operating Radio Statesboro, Inc. and will acquire the stations from Georgia Eagle Media. That company will retain ownership of the towers which will be leased to Radio Statesboro. The stations include: adult contemporary WPMX-FM “Eagle 102.9,” country WHKN, news/talk WMCD-FM, classic rock WZBX, news/talk WWNS and sports talk WPTB. According to the story, the formats on WWNS and WPTB will flip in the near future and Radio Statesboro plans to drop classic rock on WZBX and go CHR.
WQLZ, Springfield, Illinois Adds ‘Hangar 19.’ The ‘80s and ‘90s metal show “Hangar 19” is added to the program schedule at Mid-West Family Broadcasting’s WQLZ-FM, Springfield, Illinois. The Envision Networks-syndicated show “relives the glory days of classic metal and features music from the artists and groups who built this explosive genre including Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Metallica, Anthrax, Judas Priest, Korn, Slayer and Marilyn Manson. Host Cutter stops down from the nostalgia just long enough to highlight new metal in a weekly “Then and New” segment and interview the metal greats that helped mold the speaker-shredding musical movement such as Rob Halford of Judas Priest, Dave Ellefson of Megadeth, and George Lynch of Dokken.”
Zach Sang Hosts Demi Lovato. Nationally syndicated pop radio personality Zach Sang (right) poses for a pic with pop star Demi Lovato (left) during her visit to the “Zach Sang and the Gang” program. During the interview, Lovato talked about longtime friend Nick Jonas’ solo career, her 22nd “Kiddie Birthday Party” celebration, and the competitive nature of Hollywood and how she approaches her career in a healthy and relaxed way.
Attention-Grabbing Bit at UK’s ‘BOB fm.’ After hearing about a 14-year-old American runaway who lived in a 24-hour Walmart for two-and-a-half days, “BOB fm” morning personalities Graham Mack and Amy Stevenson – The Mack Pack – decided to send listener Dan (no last name!) to see if he can live in a 24-hour supermarket for five days without getting caught. The station serves the Home Counties region of the UK at 106.7 and 106.9 FM. Not only will Graham and Amy be providing updates during their show, but listeners can follow Dan as he Tweets from inside the store.
Tippling One for LA Lloyd. Pictured here in Austin, Texas are KLBJ-FM program director and host of the nationally syndicated “Notorious 90s” program LA Lloyd (left) and Envision Networks‘ president and CEO Danno Wolkoff (right). Wolkoff and Lloyd are enjoying a cold one to celebrate Lloyd’s birthday.
Diapers Are Expensive and What’s in a Name, Anyway? Detroit’s WDRQ “NASH FM 93-1” is offering to buy the first 93 diapers for the “NASH FM 93-1” listener who a) has a baby over the Labor Day weekend (Fri-Mon.) and b) who is willing to name the child “Nash” (either first or middle name). Cumulus Media’s Motor City country station is presenting the “I’m Already IN Labor-Day Weekend” contest this weekend. Potential winners must show proof of birth with a birth certificate by Tuesday.
PPM Analysis: Rock. RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian offers the second of three special features recapping July 2014 ratings performances. Following up his alternative recap, Mike’s attention turns to rock – sometimes labeled “mainstream rock,” “active rock,” or long ago, “album oriented rock” (AOR). Typically, a rock station in a PPM market ranks ninth or tenth (#9.63, July 2014, 6+) with roughly a 4-share 6+ (3.99). Exactly half the rockers (50%) in our RadioInfo sample decline June 2014 – July 2014 and nearly the same amount (48%) are off July 2013 - July 2014. For an easy-to-read look at rock facilities over the last six PPM surveys, click here. The third of this three-part series will be an adult alternative ratings overview.
For Music Satisfaction – Broadcast Radio Beats Pandora. That is a key conclusion from the latest (fourth) “Ratings Prospects Study” conducted by Cincinnati-based NuVoodoo Media Service. Nearly 1100 respondents, between the ages of 14 – 54 in all PPM markets were interviewed. More than six of ten Pandora users (62%) listen to Pandora at least 30 minutes per day and nearly as many Pandora users spend that much time daily with broadcast radio. As Pandora experience increases, so does the percentage that listen to it at least 30 minutes; however, the percentage spending at least that much time with broadcast radio did not decrease. According to NuVoodoo president Carolyn Gilbert, “Radio is on a bigger stage than it has been since the advent of television, but it does a great job making great music programming easy for consumers. We have known for years that most people do not want to program their own music. They want to pick something that works for them and enjoy it.” Vice president of research Leigh Jacobs explains, “We wanted to learn whether Pandora’s algorithms do a better job creating an enjoyable playlist for consumers than the researched and carefully curated playlists that broadcast programmers sweat over day in, day out. It is Pandora’s technology against radio’s research and decades of experience. Our data show that broadcast beats Pandora for music satisfaction – big among those who align themselves with rock-leaning formats. While the customization possibilities are endless with Pandora and other digital pure plays, we know that few take advantage of all those possibilities.” Meanwhile, the company’s executive vice president of marketing Mike O’Connor opines, “This new information represents a huge opportunity for radio.” It is Jacobs’ contention that the latest NuVoodoo results “validate our hypothesis that longer experience with Pandora does not equate” to less listening to broadcast radio. “While those who have spent more time with Pandora tend to increase their daily TSL from the service, he remarks, “they claim not to reduce their TSL with broadcast radio.” More of the study’s noteworthy findings – including which social media platforms are getting user traction and which ones are seeing user declines – will be released in the next few weeks.
A Not-So-Super Financial Arrangement. Some radio station officials still wince when they hear the expression, “Pay for Play.” If the NFL gets its way, the next Super Bowl halftime show will have that sort of element attached to it. Sources have told The Wall Street Journal that the NFL asked the rumored finalists for the plum halftime slot – Coldplay, Katy Perry, and Rihanna – to fork over a portion of their post-game tour revenue, or another “type of financial contribution” for the opportunity to appear. Not surprisingly, “chilly” is the way the artists have reacted to the offer. The NFL typically provides travel and production costs to halftime entertainers, but there is little or no actual compensation to them. Having the stars “pay to play” at the event is a completely new wrinkle. From the league’s perspective, it maintains a Super Bowl performance significantly enhances an artist’s profile, as well as spiking record/tour ticket sales. Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers were the beneficiaries of last year’s halftime show. The broadcast drew a record 115.3 million viewers, estimated to be twice the size of the Oscars telecast and more than three times the audience generated by the Grammy awards.
Dan Mason To Cox Media Group Tampa As OM. To clarify, the Dan Mason appointed operations manager for three Cox Media Group Tampa facilities is the former WODS, Boston program director – not the CBS Radio president and chief executive officer with the same name. CMG vice president and market manager Keith Lawless comments, “Dan’s approach to programming is firmly in line with ours and he is a welcome addition to our team. I am confident his contributions will help us continue to compete and win.” Cox Media Group vice president of programming Steve Smith explains, “We took our time searching for the right fit, and Dan is that guy. He will add his expertise in management and talent development to some of our other super-brands in Tampa. We welcome Dan to the CMG family.” Mason – who begins his new assignment in about two weeks (9/8) – states that he is “thrilled” to join the “fantastic team” in Tampa on “three of the most exciting and unique brands not just within Cox Media Group, but the country. I am grateful to Keith Lawless and Steve Smith for the opportunity to lead the team.” Mason’s Tampa OM duties involve alternative WSUN “97-X,” CHR WPOI “Hot 101.5,” and talk WHPT “102.5 The Bone.” He will also be director of branding & programming for “Hot 101.5.” Mason’s previous programming background includes Clear Channel Miami CHR WHYI “Y-100″; Entercom Sacramento outlets CHR KDND-FM “107.9 The End” and hot AC KBZC “Star 106.5″; and Clear Channel Cleveland CHR WAKS, “96.5 Kiss-FM.”
Ebright To DC’s WBIG As APD. After two years at North American Broadcasting Columbus rocker WRKZ “The Blitz,” Brent “Bodhi” Ebright heads to Clear Channel Washington, DC classic rocker WBIG “Big 100.3″ for assistant program director and afternoon drive (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm) duties. WBIG program director James Howard states, “Bodhi’s talent and work ethic is going to bring a tremendous amount of value to ‘Big 100.3.’” Ebright remarks that he is “beyond excited” for the “huge opportunity” to join “the staff at the station that rocks the Nation’s Capital; James Howard is a talented and creative programmer and I look forward to working alongside him.” Before his stint at “The Blitz,” Ebright programmed SiriusXM channels “Squizz” and “Boneyard.”
Ryan Hopes You Dress With Distinction. Have you ever wondered how much a Ryan Seacrest-type suit or shirt would cost? According to TheNewYorkMag.com, the “American Idol” host, KIIS, Los Angeles “Kiss-FM” morning personality, countdown host, and all-around mega entrepreneur has yet another venture up his proverbial sleeve. He will extend his already ubiquitous brand through “Ryan Seacrest Distinction,” a clothing line debuting this month in 150 Macy’s stores. Reportedly, “Ryan Seacrest Distinction” will be marketed as “a true lifestyle brand.” In addition to suits and dress shirts, the line will feature sweaters, shoes, and watches. To illustrate how it looks, Seacrest will be sporting the clothes bearing his name in men’s-magazine ads, a Macy’s television commercial, and – naturally – on every “American Idol” broadcast. In addition, he will have another opportunity when he fronts CBS-TV’s fashion-music fundraiser “Fashion Rocks.” By the way, the answer to the question posed at the beginning is “from $550″ for a suit in the “Ryan Seacrest Distinction” line and $69.50 for a shirt.
“At Number Nine on the Countdown, It’s … Me.” Numerous instances exist of singers who have tried their hand at doing a syndicated daily or nightly radio air-shift, or a long-form syndicated weekend feature. It is a rarity though when a musical act is also a traditional countdown show host. One such case happened nine years ago when ABC Radio recruited Kix Brooks (Brooks & Dunn) to succeed Bob Kingsley as host of “American Country Countdown.” Rick Dees had a mid-1970s novelty smash, “Disco Duck,” that advanced all the way to #1, but it pre-dated his current capacity as a countdown personality. Whether it was on WHTZ “Z-100,” New York; KIIS “Kiss-FM,” Los Angeles; or in his present role as afternoon drive talent (3:00 pm – 7:00 pm) on Clear Channel New York rhythmic CHR WKTU, Sean Hollywood Hamilton has been one of the most energetic, creative, skilled and most-listened to personalities in the country. For approximately 15 years, the extremely affable, highly conscientious Nevada native (raised in Reno and Las Vegas) has been heard worldwide through his “Weekend Top 30″ and “Remix Top 30″ countdown shows, now distributed via Premiere Radio. That would be enough to keep most others busy, but Hamilton, whose real name is Timothy Bello, has been ghost-producing EDM/dance music for artists the last five years. “Just recently, my brothers and I decided to make some music for ourselves,” he points out to RadioInfo. Prior to getting into the radio industry, Hamilton — who had a quick stop at a Monterey station with appropriate call letters for him at the time – KIDD — was a musician. “Now I am taking it back to my roots, he remarks. Along with siblings Teddy and KC, Hamilton and the Bello Boys have a top 10 record. “Last Call” on Radikal Records features Kat DeLuna and it sits at #9 (with the all-important “bullet”) this week on Billboard‘s club dance chart. “The song is basically about a group of girls getting out on a Friday night cutting loose and getting crazy,” Hamilton explains. “It is one of those Latin-infused catchy, hooky songs that people seem to gravitate to. The remix package is produced by some of the biggest producers in the business.” Radikal Records owner/president Jurgen Korduletsch declares, “We are delighted that Hollywood Hamilton has chosen [our label] as the home for the debut single. We are even more thrilled that it is generating a tremendous buzz in clubs and on the radio. It is fast developing into a big hit for the über-talented Bello Boys.” While some performers can introduce their own songs on the air, Hamilton may soon be in the position of noting his work’s top ten progress week-to-week on his own countdown show(s).
Towers Takes On TV Anchor Duties. Beginning next Monday (8/25), Clear Channel Detroit adult contemporary WNIC “Fresh 100.3″ wakeup talent Jay Towers adds WJBK-TV “Fox 2 Morning News” anchor to his resume as he and Anqunette Jamison will form the 6:00 am – 9:00 am tandem. He will continue doing the weekday “Jay Towers in the Morning” program on “Fresh” from the Fox 2 studios. WJBK-TV vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough comments, “Fox 2 viewers have enjoyed Jay’s contagious energy and winning personality on the weekends. We are looking forward to expanding his presence on our station and have no doubt he will enhance our number one morning news team.” This marks Towers’ 10th anniversary at WJBK-TV and he states, “To begin this milestone year in a new and expanded role is a dream come true. The best part is that I can continue my morning radio show on 100.3, and all from one place.” Towers joined WJBK-TV in February 2004; he has been a weekend anchor/feature reporter for the station’s “Fox 2 News Weekend.” Prior to doing morning drive on “Fresh,” he worked at cross-town Cumulus-owned WDRQ (“Jay & Rachael in the Morning”) and CBS Radio Detroit’s all-sports WXYT-FM (“The Jay & Bill Show”).
Thirty-Five Years and Counting. That is how long Cape Cod Broadcasting adult contemporary WOCN “Ocean 104.7,” Cape Cod, Massachusetts morning man Dave Read (pictured center) has been working in radio on the Cape. At a brunch held in Read’s honor, CCB Media owner Greg Bone (pictured right) commended the morning talent’s positive outlook, enthusiasm and camaraderie. “Dave understands the importance of local radio and the connection with listeners, the community, and our clients,” Bone comments. Station general manager Beverly Tilden (pictured left) remarks, “We are honored to work with Dave every day. His connection with the community and dedication to his work is a roadmap for any new talent hoping to be a success in the radio business.” Read states that he enjoys radio’s “creativity and the challenge to keep it fresh and interesting.” The company also honored “Ocean” midday talent Donna Credit for her 20-year anniversary.
BOB-FM to the Romantic Rescue. “You’ll hear all sorts of stuff” is the way BOB-FM positions itself and a recent audio clip from the station underscores that positioning statement. This particular BOB-FM though is not an adult hits outlet here in the United States, but a radio station broadcasting at 106.7 and 106.9 in Knebworth, Hertford, Ware, Hatfield, Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth Garden City, Welwyn Garden City and Watton-at-Stone. Knebworth most likely gave away the location as the United Kingdom. Reminiscent of something syndicated personality “Delilah” or Karen Sharp on her nightly “Love Songs” show on Los Angeles adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103″ might do, BOB-FM morning talents (or “breakfast presenters,” as they are more elegantly called) Graham Mack and Amy Stevenson came to the aid of a young woman (“Sarah”) yearning to reconnect with her dream man (“Sam”). The back-story is that Sarah met Sam at a music festival that featured Justin Timberlake and it was love at first sight. The snafu was that Sarah didn’t get Sam’s number, so she did what was only logical – call BOB-FM to track him down. Her email to Mack and Stevenson recapped that part of the story and stated her desire to meet the 25-year-old, 6′ 5″ Hertfordshire dog trainer. It took Mack and Stevenson all of two days to locate him. Especially if you are a hopeless romantic, click here to listen to the complete interchange.
“Proactive” Patient Will Overcome Ovarian Cancer. That is what Robin Marshall optimistically writes on her Facebook page. Cumulus Media‘s “Sound Solutions” production manager states that, “Short and sweet,” she has stage two or slight stage three Ovarian cancer but “all was removed.” Doctors “did snippets” from her other organs for biopsy purposes and regardless of the results,” Marshall will be treated with “a very strong regiment of chemo.” As she laments, “It is nothing that anyone looks forward to.” Realizing she has a difficult road ahead, Marshall will remain in the hospital until this Saturday (8/23), but she declares, “I have hope.” At the “end of the day,” however, Marshall stresses, she will survive Ovarian cancer because, “I was proactive. There are no options – I want to live.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Charleston Wakeup Team Reunites. Tanya Brown, Brooke Ryan and Mike “The Guy” Edwards (“2 Girls & A Guy”) are again set to do morning drive in just over three weeks (9/15) on Apex Broadcasting Charleston, South Carolina hot AC WMXZ “Mix 96.” A single mother of four, Brown is the show’s “voice of reason.” Ryan left Charleston to co-host Jack Diamond‘s wakeup show on Washington, DC hot AC WRQX. Edwards was part of “2 Girls & A Guy” since 2007 before leaving to do a Portland morning show with Brown.
Clear Channel Challenges CBS and Keymarket in Pittsburgh Country Battle. Steel City fans of news/talk staples Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck are probably miffed about the end of WPGB-FM as a news/talk outlet but country fans get another choice as Clear Channel Media + Entertainment flips WPGB-FM to country as “Big 104.7 – Pittsburgh’s New Hit Country.” CC will be going up against CBS RADIO’s WDSY “Y108” (#4 in the July PPM – persons 6+ — with a 7.3 share) and Keymarket Licenses-owned trimulcast of “Froggy 98” (Keymarket doesn’t subscribe to Nielsen Audio). Clear Channel’s country WOVK in nearby Wheeling, West Virginia gets into the southwestern part of the Pittsburgh market but doesn’t give full coverage. The station will air Premiere Networks’ Bobby Bones show in morning drive and will add local personalities in time. One thing is for sure, country is hot right now and getting Bobby Bones in market #25 is important to the company. Clear Channel VP/programming Dave Edgar says of the move, “It’s a great day for Pittsburgh country music fans as we launch ‘Big 104.7,’ a fresh new take on country music. This station will give our listeners a front-row seat to country’s biggest artists and concerts. Listeners will also enjoy waking up with the Bobby Bones show and his unique and entertaining insight on country music. No one is closer to the heart of Nashville than Bobby Bones.”
John Gallagher Returns to Chicago with Hubbard. Former WLS-AM, Chicago boss John Gallagher is coming back to the Windy City to serve as vice president and market manager for Hubbard Radio’s three-station group that includes hot AC WTMX, classic hits WDRV, and AC WILV. Hubbard president and COO Drew Horowitz says, “John is the perfect person to lead our great brands in Chicago. John has a proven track record as an operator and has the benefit of Chicago experience, which gives him insight into the market. I’m thrilled to have someone of John’s caliber and experience segueing into this very critical position for Hubbard Radio Chicago.” Most recently, Gallagher has been with Cumulus Media as market manager for its Appleton/Oshkosh and Green Bay, Wisconsin stations.
Hanson Upped at CMG’s ‘HITS 97.3’ in Miami. Music director Dave Hanson is promoted to assistant director of branding and programming at Cox Media Group-owned CHR WFLC, Miami “HITS 97.3.” Director of branding & programming Jill Strada says, “Dave’s talent, drive and years of experience are invaluable as WFLC competes in the highly competitive and fast-paced Miami market. This promotion is well deserved!” Hanson has been with CMG for the past 12 years in numerous capacities. He says of his new gig, “I am honored and feel truly blessed for the opportunity to continue to work with such a supportive team at CMG Miami. Thanks to Jill Strada for being an innovative leader, mentor and partner in crime, and to VP/market manager Rob Babin for being such a believer in the people of CMG Miami.”
Mike Jones Upped to Middays at ‘DC101.’ Leaving his evening shift behind at Clear Channel’s rock WWDC, Washington “DC101” is Mike Jones who takes over the 10:00 am to 3:00 pm shift after three years on the night shift. Jones worked on the “Elliot in the Morning” show before moving to the evening jock gig. Program director James Howard says, “Mr. Jones’ talent, skills and work ethic have driven his success. He will be instrumental in the continued strength of the DC101 brand.” Jones says of his new gig, “This is going to be a lot of fun, getting to hang out with the ‘DC101’ audience during the day. Many thanks to James Howard and Meg Stevens for this opportunity.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. After 56 years on the air, radio pro Rich “Brother” Robbin is calling it a career. The afternoon personality on Broadcast Company of the Americas-owned classic hits outlet XHPRS, San Diego “105.7 The Walrus” is doing his last show today (8/8). Robbin has worked in numerous markets during his career and is well known for his time at KGB and KCBQ in San Diego…..Derric Tanner joins Entercom’s alternative KNRK, Portland “94/7 FM” for the evening shift, taking over for Squid Vicious. Tanner has worked in San Francisco, Seattle and San Jose…..Summit Media officially launches adult contemporary WHTI, Richmond “Easy 100.9” and returns Bill Bevins and Shelley Perkins to the air in the market as the “Bill and Shelley in the Morning” show kicked off the station’s debut on August 7…..Curtis Booker is the new program director and afternoon drive personality at Clear Channel’s CHR KYYY, Bismarck, “Y93.” He comes to the station from his most recent gig at rhythmic CHR KEZE, Spokane “Hot 96.9” where he was APD…..Sonoma Media Group brings former “Mark & Brian” show staffer Kelli Gates aboard to co-host the morning show with Big Jon Snyder at classic rock KVRV, Santa Rosa, California “97.7 The River.” The “Kelli & Big Jon” show replaces the “Bob & Tom” show.
Final Round of July 2014 PPM Data Released. The fourth and final round of Nielsen Audio July 2014 PPM ratings data is released for markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford. July’s survey period covered June 19 – July 16. See complete market numbers here. In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group.
- Austin – On the strength of a +.6 (4.1 – 4.7), Entercom hot AC KAMX “Mix” cruises from ninth to sixth (6+). Its adult contemporary sibling KKMJ “Majic 95.5,” though falters by eight-tenths (3.9 – 3.1) to drop from #12 to #13. Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob-FM” is #1 (6+) for the seventh straight month. Speaking of streaks, this is the 14th consecutive time that Clear Channel’s KASE “Today’s Country” (7.8 – 7.5) has finished in the runner-up slot. The last occurrence when KASE wasn’t #2 was in June 2013. Univision regional Mexican KLJA has a string of its own going. In addition to repeating June’s +.7, “Mas Variedad” makes it five successive up trends (.7 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 3.1) which takes it from #16 to a three-way tie at #13. By way of perspective, the station ranked #20 in “Holiday 2013,” January 2014, February, March, and April.
- Indianapolis – Over and above the juggling at the top is the magnitude of the fluctuation for several stations involved. For openers, Cumulus Media‘s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5″ breaks out of a fourth-place tie with a rousing +1.6 (6.0 – 7.6), enabling it to trade places with Radio One urban AC WTLC-FM “Indy’s R&B Leader” (7.3 – 6.7, -.6), which falls from first to fourth. “Indy’s R&B Leader” had been first in April, May, and June, while “Classic Hits 104.5″ had three straight (6+) down trends (6.9 – 6.6 – 6.3 – 6.0). Progressing by nine-tenths each are Emmis cluster-mates (adult contemporary) WYXB “Soft Rock B-105.7″ (6.3 – 7.2, steady at #3) and (country) WLHK “Hank FM” (5.6 – 6.5, #8 in June to #5). “Soft Rock B-105.7″ ends six successive monthlies in the 6.3 – 6.9 range and it registers its strongest 6+-stat since “Holiday” 2013′s 14.3. Likewise, 6.5 is the highest 6+-share for “Hank” since last October’s 6.6. Entercom CHR WZPL remains in the runner-up slot, but owing to a strong +.8 (6.5 – 7.3), “Indy’s Hit Music Station” is only three-tenths from the top, compared to eight-tenths in June. The third consecutive downward trend for WIBC is -.7 (6.6 – 6.1 – 6.0 – 5.3) and it drops the Emmis talker from fourth to seventh.
- Providence – After advancing by one-half share in June (7.3 – 7.8, 6+) – taking it from fourth to a second-place tie - Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country” solidifies its runner-up position by exploding by +1.1 to 8.9. For the seventh straight month, WPRO-FM finishes first (6+). Moreover, it is the third straight positive trend for the Cumulus Media CHR, which has picked up a full-share in that span (8.8 – 8.9 – 9.6 – 9.8). While Clear Channel classic hits-oldies WWBB “B-101″ gains one-half share (7.8 – 8.3), its rock sibling WHJY “94 HJY” declines by that margin (7.3 – 6.8) and remains fourth. Ironically, despite the +.5 for “B-101,” it actually slips from second to third. Entercom sports WVEI tumbles by seven-tenths (4.0 – 3.3), sliding from eighth to ninth.
- Norfolk – On the heels of June’s +.8 (2.7 – 3.5), Clear Channel rhythmic hot AC WMOV tacks on another nine-tenths to 4.4, thus advancing from ninth to seventh. This marks the best showing for WMOV since its 6.1 in “Holiday” 2012. Owing to a +.6 (3.7 – 4.3), WVHT “Hot 100.5″ ends its string of four down or flat monthlies (4.3 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7); the Max Broadcast Group Holdings’ CHR inches up from ninth to eighth. Entercom urban AC WVKL “95-7 R&B” (12.1 – 12.5, +.4) continues its dominance, as it ranks first for the 24th straight survey period and 49th time in 51 PPM sweeps. This is the eleventh time in the last 12 ratings periods that WVKL has been in double-digits (6+). In addition to those impressive credentials, with July’s 12.5, “95-7 R&B” can claim Norfolk’s highest-ever 6+ total under PPM methodology. For the second straight month, five Sinclair-owned stations that appeared in May are now unlisted. Specifically, those facilities are country WUSH (#6 in May); adult hits WNOB (#9); talk WNIS (#13); alternative WROX (#14); and talk WTAR (#19).
- Nashville – South Central Communications adult contemporary WJXA “Mix 92.9″ is #1 (6+) for the 27th consecutive monthly; however, it is down for the third straight time (11.8 – 10.5 – 9.6 – 9.4). In June, its string of double-digit (6+) showings was snapped at 23; 9.4 is the station’s lowest 6+-stat in exactly two years (8.7 in July 2012). Adult hits sibling WCJK “Jack-FM” though gains six-tenths (5.7 – 6.3) to advance from seventh to fifth; “Jack-FM” logs its best 6+ number since April 2013′s 6.7. Owing to a +.7 to 7.8, Clear Channel urban contemporary WUBT “The Beat” (fourth to third) racks up its most potent 6+ stat since December 2011 (8.2). Cumulus Media urban AC WQQK declines by one full-share (7.0 – 6.0) and drops from fifth to seventh. Among the market’s country stations, Clear Channel’s WSIX-FM “The Big 98″ notched a +.9 to 6.6 in May and a full-share gain to 7.6 in June. “The Big 98″ (third in June to fifth in July) though gives most of that combined +1.9 back by dropping by -1.3 to 6.3. Cumulus Media country siblings are seemingly unaffected by the huge WSIX-FM drop-off, as WKDF “Nash FM 103.3″ is down one-tenth to 5.0 (steady at eighth) and WSM-FM – after a solid +.9 to 4.9 in June – picks up another one-tenth to tie WKDF at eighth. WSM-FM ranked ninth in June.
- Greensboro – For the past three monthlies, Entercom properties were the market’s top four finishers, but Clear Channel‘s WTQR “New Country Q-104.1″ puts an end to that by posting a +.8 (7.5 – 8.3) to advance from fifth to third. It has been an extremely good run for WTQR which has now put up five straight (6+) increases (5.1 – 5.8 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.5 – 8.3) resulting in a cumulative +3.2 since February. WTQR overtakes Entercom-owned format rival, WPAW “The Wolf” (7.9 – 8.2, +.3, #3 to #4), which had outpointed “New Country” in each of the past 11 monthlies (6+). After experiencing a full-share decline in June, Entercom adult hits WSMW “Simon” gains 90% of it back (7.7 – 8.6) to inch up from third to second. Our fascination continues for Clear Channel CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM,” which – even after dialing up a +.7 (4.2 – 4.9) – finishes ninth for the fourteenth successive time. Following a +.6 to 7.5 in June, “Kiss-FM” adult contemporary cluster-mate WMAG regresses by nine-tenths to 6.6 (fifth to sixth). Experiencing Greensboro’s biggest (6+) month-to-month hit though is Entercom rhythmic CHR WJMH “The Hip-Hop Station,” which plummets by -1.2 from 9.1 – 7.9 (second to fifth). Meanwhile, co-owned WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (10.4 – 9.5, -.9) finishes first for the seventh successive ratings period, although the urban AC station’s consecutive string of (6+) double-digit performances concludes at an even 20.
- West Palm Beach – Albeit that it is flat at 7.4, Clear Channel adult contemporary/classic hits-oldies hybrid WOLL “Kool 105.5″ ends the consecutive #1 run of Digity Media hot AC WRMF at four. WRMF (7.7 – 7.1, -.6) – which has been in the 7.0 – 7.7 range each month this calendar year – inherits the runner-up slot vacated by “Kool.” Prior to advancing by a whopping +1.4 in June, “Kool” had three successive downtrends (7.4 – 6.7 – 6.5 – 6.0). Adding one full-share (4.2 – 5.2, sixth to fourth) is Digity Media country outlet WIRK, which has its best 6+-stat in more than two years (6.0 in May 2012). At this time last month, WAYF inched up from eighth to seventh by notching a +.9 to 4.0. The contemporary Christian outlet though regresses by -1.2 to 2.8 and returns to eighth. American Public Media Group classical-formatted WPBI falters by seven-tenths (#19 – #12) to slide from #12 to #14.
- Jacksonville – Unlike several instances in certain markets where group owners become non-subscribers to Nielsen Audio (see Norfolk above and Sinclair), Renda Broadcasting returns three stations in print. One of them – adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1″ (9.2 – 8.9, -.3) – surfaces as this Florida market’s top finisher (6+). Other Renda Jacksonville stations reappearing after a multi-year absence are WGNE “Gator Country” (5.4 – 5.5, +.1, #6) and country WMUV “Bull 100.7″ (2.5 – 2.1, -.4, #15). Shown as June’s (6+) leader, Cox Media Group CHR WAPE slips to second (7.2 – 7.3, +.1). After faltering by -1.1 in June, Cox Media’s WHJX “Hot” loses another eight-tenths (4.8 – 4.0), falling out of the top ten (eighth to eleventh). Eight-tenths is also bad news for CMG-owned alternative outlet WXXJ “X-102.9″ (5.3 – 4.5), which dips from seventh to ninth.
- Memphis – Clear Channel controls the top three finishers and four of the top six, including urban AC KJMS “V-101″ (8.9 – 9.2, +.3), which repeats at #1. Dialing up the market’s greatest (6+) June – July gain though is Cumulus Media country WGKX “Kix 106,” which adds a +1.4 to June’s 6.0 (7.4) to advance from sixth to fifth. Improving by six-tenths are Clear Channel gospel WHAL “Halleluiah” (7.6 – 8.2, fourth to second) and Mid-South Public classic WKNO (.9 – 1.5, steady at #18). Entercom adult contemporary WRVR “The River” tumbles by eight-tenths (6.1 – 5.3) as it drops from fifth to eighth.
- Hartford – Up by a modest two-tenths (8.7 – 8.9), CBS Radio adult contemporary WRCH “Lite 105″ extends its consecutive string of #1 (6+) finishes to 37. Eight-tenths behind in the runner-up position is its hot AC sibling WTIC-FM, which follows June’s robust +.9 to 7.3 with a +.8 to 8.1. Also advancing by eight-tenths (6.3 – 7.1) is Clear Channel CHR WKSS “All The Hits Kiss 95.7,” zooming from seventh to fourth. The yo-yo continues for Connoisseur-owned classic hits-oldies WDRC-FM. After tumbling in May by -1.4 to 5.2 resulting in a fifth to eighth slide, “102.9 DRC” regained nearly all of it with a +1.2 to 6.4 (sixth). In July though, it falters by -1.1 to 5.3 and is back in eighth-place.
Next iHeartRadio Album Release Party? Maroon Five. A little more than two weeks from today, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment will present the next iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Maroon 5 as the band released its new album V on Tuesday, August 26 at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles. The actual album release date is September 2. The band’s new single “Maps” was released in June. The one-hour special event will air live on the East Coast on from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET on The CW network and will be delayed to the West Coast at the same time PT. As in the past, the program will air on CC-owned CHR, hot AC and AC stations.
CBS RADIO Q2 Revenue Down 3%. There’s rarely much information from CBS Corp. about its radio division during quarterly conference calls or the press releases about earnings, as the company is so heavily focused on television, films and publishing. It appears CBS RADIO had a quarter similar to other radio companies in that its net revenue decline of 3% was probably due to the soft advertising climate affecting the industry.
Salem Communication Reports Q2 Total Revenue Up 14%; Broadcast Net Revenue Up 1.8%. The good news for Salem Communications comes as its internet and e-commerce and publishing divisions showed big revenue increases during the second quarter of 2014. As for the broadcast division, net broadcast revenue was up 1.8% to $47.9 million from $47 million during the same period a year ago. Station operating income decreased 13.8% to $13.9 million from $16.2 million and same station net broadcast revenue increased 1.1% to $47.6 million from $47 million.
Journal Broadcast Group Radio Revenue Up 1.6%. As a whole, Journal Communications revenue was up 4.9% during the second quarter of 2014, compared to the same period in 2013. On the radio side, Journal Broadcast Group realized a net increase of 1.6% on $20.2 million of revenue. The company reports radio political advertising revenue was $0.1 million in each of 2014 and 2013. Local advertising revenue, excluding political, increased 2.3%, primarily due to an increase in home products and automotive advertising. Digital revenue, which is reported in local revenue, was $0.8 million, up 14.1%. National advertising revenue, excluding political, decreased 6.3%, primarily due to lower automotive and restaurant advertising. Excluding political revenue, total revenue was $20.1 million, up 1.5%. Operating earnings from radio were $4.1 million compared to $3.8 million in 2013, an increase of 6.2%. Radio operating expenses increased 0.5%.
CHR Sparked by an Invasion of the Divas. There’s nothing like a couple of dynamic, upbeat songs by female superstars released the same week in the heart of the summer to add some fresh spark to the playlists of CHR stations across the country. Such is the case this week with the release last Tuesday (7/29) of “Bang Bang” (Lava/Republic) by the combined forces of label-mates Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj followed by the release last Thursday (7/31) of the music video “This Is How We Do” on Vevo by Katy Perry from her album Prism. Both songs have received enormous initial online interest and make impressive debuts today (8/4) on the RadioInfo Pop Music Chart with “Bang Bang” breaking in at #1 and “This Is How We Do” debuting at #2. Pictured here are (from left to right): Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande in an instagram photo posted by Jessie J.
Bay Area’s “Fox” Transitions to “The New Q-102.” Formerly classic rock as “The Fox,” Entercom San Francisco’s KUZX flips to rhythmic hot AC with Trevor Simpson appointed program director of “The New Q-102.” The format change occurred last Friday (8/1) at 2:00 pm when the station departed from its classic rock simulcast with 98.5 by airing Montell Jordan‘s “This Is How We Do It” as the first song under its new identity. Vice president and market manager Steve DiNardo comments, “This is an exciting time for our listeners and our advertisers. ‘The New Q-102′ provides a unique way to reach active and engaged 25-44-year-olds with a new kind of station for the Bay Area.” Meanwhile, classic rock “The Fox” will remain on 98.5 and it will be re-focused for the South Bay (San Jose) with DiNardo noting that for 23 years the station, “has defined rock radio” there. “While the Bay Area has been home to many great rock stations over the years, no station has been more successful at creating an enduring listener bond in the South Bay.” Regarding Simpson, operations manager Stacy Cunningham remarks, “With a deep history in the Bay Area music scene, Trevor brings market and music expertise that will enable us to effectively launch and grow ‘The New Q-102.’” Simpson states, “We are very excited to bring an adult rhythmic-based station to San Francisco. The Bay Area has grown up on the best hip-hop, R&B and dance music over the last 20 years, yet those hit songs have had no current home on the radio dial. I’m proud to work with Entercom to deliver an energetic, upbeat station.” Among persons 6+ this June in San Francisco (Nielsen Audio, PPM), KUZX is in a three-way tie at #18 (2.0), while in San Jose it ranks #6 (4.8).
KLTH Rebrands as “The Eagle.” Effective last Friday (8/1), Clear Channel Portland’s KLTH replaces its “Oldies 106.7″ handle with “106-7 The Eagle.” Moreover, the word “oldies” is dropped in favor of “The Pacific Northwest’s Classic Hits.” Vice president of programming Mark Adams explains that, “Introducing ‘The Eagle’ to Portland is about the continuing evolution of the station. As our listeners’ tastes have changed, so has the station that plays the music they love.” KLTH’s weekday on-air roster is comprised of Rick “Bubba” Taylor (6:00 am -12:00 noon); Scott Tom (12:00 noon – 6:00 pm); and Jim E. Chonga (6:00 pm -12:00 midnight). Representative artists of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s-based “Eagle” include Elton John, Journey, Paul McCartney, and Rod Stewart. This is hardly a format change, considering that among persons 6+ this June (Nielsen Audio, PPM), KLTH places first (7.3) in Portland; it ranked second in May (6.4), four-tenths behind co-owned adult contemporary KKCW.
RadioInfo Career Moves. There’s a new cast member at CBS RADIO’s hot AC KVIL-FM, Dallas as Meghan Jones joins the “Zazza Mornings” show. Jones was a contestant on the Fox TV show “I Wanna Marry Harry.”…..At South Central Media’s active rock, WVRX, Knoxville, “95.7 The X,” Michael Schoenherr, a.k.a. Hurricane Shane, takes over the program director role from Shane Cox who remains with the company programming its adult contemporary sister WJXB “B97.5.” Schoenherr was most recently with Com+ LLC-owned triple A WZEW, Mobile as PD and morning drive personality…..Josh Wolff is promoted from his program director and music director gigs at Clear Channel’s Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland station group to operations manager for the six-station cluster. He’s been PD at hot AC WQHQ “Q105” and music director at country WWFG “Froggy 99.9.” Wolff takes over the OM role from Susan Groves who exited the cluster in April.
Howard Stern Calls in to WCCC, Hartford as Station Memorializes Last Day as Rock Station. The report of Marlin Broadcasting’s sale of WCCC, Hartford to the Educational Media Foundation was all-but-confirmed last week as staffers were given notice Friday would be their last day as employees. As a result the station held a daylong farewell to the station that served the Hartford market as a rock outlet for decades. Radio icon Howard Stern called in to the station and reminisced about his time as a staffer at WCCC in 1979 where he was morning host for a brief seven months. But, Stern told program director Mike Karolyi that he felt he’d hit the big time when he was hired at WCCC. Years later, when Stern’s program went into national syndication, WCCC became the Howard Stern affiliate in Hartford. Also appearing on WCCC during the farewell show was Sebastian, who replaced Stern as morning host and worked there until his departure in 1994.
Back to Work for WXRT, Chicago’s Terri Hemmert. As tipped by Chicago media writer Robert Feder, program director and midday personality Terri Hemmert returns to work today at CBS RADIO’s triple A WXRT, Chicago after being out since June 19 to undergo knee replacement surgery. Feder reports that the 66-year-old Hemmert has suffered with knee pain since she was a teenager afflicted with rheumatic fever. Her emailed statement is: “After six weeks of rest, meds, visitors and lots of physical therapy I’m excited to get back to work at XRT Monday morning. Stopped by to see my co-workers/friends. That was fantastic. My parents didn’t raise a slacker so I’m ready to work! This is the job I dreamed of since I was 15. Time to get back!” Read Feder’s column here.
Interested in What’s Happening on the Talk Radio Side of the Dial? All 14 sessions, panels, keynotes, and presentations from Talkers New York 2014 – the 17th annual installment of theindustry’s longest running and most important annual talk radio convention are now posted on the website of RadioInfo’s sister trade publication, TALKERS magazine. According to TALKERS/RadioInfo VP/executive editor Kevin Casey, “These hours and hours of video content recorded by Art Vuolo contain a veritable treasure trove of useful information for broadcasters of all formats – both talk and music. We are so pleased to make these presentations available at no cost to our RadioInfo readers.” To access all 14 video files of Talkers New York 2014, please click here.
KJR-FM, Seattle’s Bob Rivers Announces Retirement from Morning Radio. This morning legendary morning radio personality Bob Rivers (pictured here during this morning’s show) announced that August 8 will be his final morning as host of the wake-up show on Clear Channel’s classic rock KJR-FM. The station covers the news on its website – including video of the announcement – by saying, “This morning at 7:40 am, after 42 years on radio, 33 in morning drive and 25 years here in Seattle, the legendary Bob Rivers announced he was stepping away from morning radio to pursue other projects. The Bob Rivers Show will now broadcast a series of farewell shows leading up to their finale on Friday, August 8. It’s a sad day for fans and all of us here at ‘95/7 KJR,’ but our hearts and minds will forever be filled with memories of how ‘The Bob Rivers Show’ so marvelously served and entertained Seattle for over two decades.” Watch the video here.
PD Maynard Moves On From Hubbard Combo. Six-year program director of Seattle CHR KQMV “MOViN 92.5″ and hot AC KLCK “Click 98.9″ Maynard resigns from the Hubbard combo to join Clear Channel as a vice president of programming. “Maynard has been an integral part in so many ways contributing to the success of these operations,” vice president and general manager Marc Kaye writes in a memo to staff. “I will never be able to express my gratitude to him for the huge effort he has put forth every day he has been here. I wish him nothing but great success in the future; I will miss him more than anyone can imagine.” Maynard, whose real name is Brandon Cohen, arrived at the Seattle stations after programming Spokane hot AC KZZU. He previously was assistant program director-music director-night talent for Portland CHR KKRZ “Z-100.”
Michel Wright Assumes Midday Role at ‘Majic 102.3’ in Washington. The new midday personality at Radio One-owned urban contemporary WMMJ “Majic 102.3” is Michel Wright, who makes the move from Howard University-owned crosstown urban contemporary WHUR. Wright had been hosting weekends and doing fill-in work at WHUR. She previously worked at CBS RADIO’s Washington hip hop outlet WPGC and has done work for Premiere Networks, Starz on SiriusXM, BET Networks, DC Cable Television, Colgate, Mercedes Benz, SHOWTIME Television and MHZ TV Networks. Radio One Washington VP and market manager Alan Leinwand comments, “This is big! Michel is a star with a wealth of top-flight experience and strong relationships in the music industry. We have no doubt that she will have an immediate impact on our listeners, our community, and on our advertising partners. Her powerful brand extends throughout the DMV and beyond.”
Stoney Richards to Exit WDSY, Pittsburgh Roles to Pursue Acting Career. Forty-six year radio pro Stoney Richards will exit his APD, music director and afternoon air talent gig at CBS RADIO’s country WDSY, Pittsburgh “Y108” after September 10 to pursue his acting career. He’s recently secured some TV and movie roles. The company states that Richards will continue to host his weekend talk show, “Live From The Centre,” on sister news/talk KDKA-AM and will guest host on WDSY. The company adds, “Stoney has been a great programming partner and strong brand ambassador for ‘Y108’ during his nearly 18 years with the station and 21 years with our organization. He has earned a tremendous amount of admiration and respect from listeners, the country music recording industry, and by his peers in radio.” CBS RADIO is seeking his replacement and notes that internal candidates may review the qualifications and apply at cbsandyou.com; external candidates may do the same at cbsradio.com/careers.
Jack Diamond Headed to AM Drive at WLS-FM, Chicago? That’s what Chicago media writer Robert Feder is suggesting is the likely scenario as longtime Washington, DC personality Jack Diamond is sitting in on the morning show alongside current morning host Brant Miller at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WLS-FM all this week. Feder reports that Jan Jeffries – PD for WLS-FM and SVP of corporate programming for Cumulus – told him, “Jack worked with me in Washington and Atlanta, and it seemed like it would be fun to put him in with Brant for a week.” Corporate PDs don’t do things like this on a lark and this is obviously an on-air tryout. Miller, in addition to his WLS-FM work, is chief meteorologist at NBC-owned WMAQ-TV. As for Diamond, he exited Cumulus’ CHR WRQX in the spring of 2013 after some 24 years on the air there. Read Feder’s entire column here.
Alpha Media Names Marconi Co-Host at KINK, Portland. Joining Sheila Hamilton at Alpha Media’s triple A KINK, Portland “101.9 KINK” is Marconi Bologna for the soon-to-be-renamed morning show, “Sheila and Marconi in the Morning.” The new show debuts August 11. KINK program director Chris Mays states, “I’ve worked at the same companies with Marconi in both Seattle and Portland and know him to be sweet, funny and wildly creative. Sheila Hamilton and Marconi are going to wake up Portland in a whole new way! His Portland history at KNRK and KUFO-FM has created many Marconi fans who will be happy to have him back in town. I’m very excited to work with him to create great radio at KINK.” Marconi comments, “I’ve worked in Portland radio for a long time. I recently lived in Denver for almost four years. That whole time I missed being on Portland radio, walkable neighborhoods, food carts and great restaurants, local music, and most of all, the people here. Portland is my heart. KINK is my station.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Entercom’s CHR WNVZ, Norfolk “Z104,” acting program director Natalia is now the permanent PD of the station. She assumed the PD duties after the exit of Mike Klein. She’d been the station’s APD and midday personality – a daypart she’ll continue to host…..Jeff Roper is returning to San Antonio to host the KSAT-TV afternoon program “SA Live” beginning September 8. That means he’s exiting his current gig as OM/PD and morning personality at Qantum’s country WGTR, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina “Gator 107.9.” Roper served in San Antonio previously as morning jock, APD and MD at Cox Media Group’s country KCYY “Y100.”
Sittin’ in for Lon Helton. A trio of country stars are sitting in for Lon Helton on this week’s edition of Westwood One’s “Country Countdown USA.” Pictured here are (from left to right) Cole Swindell, Lee Brice, and Luke Bryan. The three are currently on the road on Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” tour with Brice and Swindell as supporting acts. On the show, trio share backstage stories from the tour as they count down the week’s Top 30 country songs. Helton returns to “Country Countdown USA” next week with co-host Brad Paisley.
Clear Channel Announces Lineup for iHeartRadio Music Festival 2014. The lineup of acts for the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival taking place in Las Vegas September 19-20 has been announced by Clear Channel. Major acts include: Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Usher, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Mötley Crüe, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Paramore, Iggy Azalea, Train, Eric Church, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, and Steve Aoki. As part of the weekend, the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village will return to The Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino on Saturday afternoon with live performances by Iggy Azalea, Neon Trees, Kacey Musgraves, Childish Gambino, Magic!, The Pretty Reckless, Nico & Vinz, Lil Jon and more to be announced. In addition to the Las Vegas concert event, the festival will be broadcast live on Clear Channel radio stations, exclusively streamed live on Yahoo Screen, and will see television exposure as a two-night special on The CW network on September 29 and 30. Clear Channel chairman and CEO Bob Pittman states, “Each year we bring the music of the iHeartRadio app to life at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, redefining the live music experience for fans across America with once-in-a-lifetime performances and incredible collaborations that nobody else can provide. It’s the ultimate celebration of artists and music, and for the fourth year in a row the festival will make history with an extraordinary lineup of the biggest names in music across all genres.”
CBS Local to Acquire Event Discovery Site ‘Eventful.’ In a move that will provide a platform to tie into other CBS-owned platforms, CBS Local Media is entering into an agreement to acquire Eventful, Inc. a leading digital media company in the events discovery, communication and personalization business. Describing the service, CBS states, “Eventful connects consumers with information on millions of concerts, movies listings and local events by using its proprietary algorithms to aggregate, and deliver an ever-growing volume of content from across the United States and around the world. Serving its users via multiple platforms, including online, mobile and email, Eventful creates fan interest profiles and delivers highly personalized recommendations on behalf of artists, publishers and marketers to each of their more than 21 million registered users.” CBS Local Media COO Anton Guitano comments, “By offering audiences comprehensive local information all in one place, Eventful has amassed an engaged community that is passionate about finding experiences that match their lifestyle and personal tastes. This strategy reflects that of CBS Local Media, making this union a terrific complement to our growing digital business. Broadcast and online audiences will now have more insight into more events. Simultaneously, we are thrilled to offer our clients more options to reach their target customer.”
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, 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 (7/23) includes such names as: Pierce Wagner, Evolution Beat, Fifth Harmony, Delta Spirit, Griswolds, Jenny Lewis, Perfume Genius, Young Rising Sons, Death from Above 1979, Maddie & Tae, Maggie Rose, Dwight Yokam, Troy Bullock, Slaptop, District 78, and Steffalooamong others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.
PPM Analysis: Adult Hits. There aren’t as many adult hits-formatted stations in Nielsen Audio‘s 48 PPM markets as there are classic hits-oldies and classic rock but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian notes in this third-of-three analysis that, unlike the other two formats scrutinized in this series, slightly less than half of the adult hits stations in the survey were flat or up with the rest dipping. Just one adult hits station – Emmis’ KBPA, Austin “Bob 103.5 Austin” – ranked #1 in its market in June (persons 6+), while 16 out of the adult hits stations in the survey ranked in the top 10 in their markets in June. Check out the performance comparisons over the past six PPM surveys as well as the chart comparing performances of all three formats – classic hits-oldies, classic rock and adult hits – in Mike Kinosian’s analysis here.
Entercom Chief David Field Asks Employees to Embrace Change, Lists Accomplishments in Mid-Year Memo. In his twice-annual memo to staffers, Entercom president and CEO David Field writes that everyone in the radio business must embrace change and innovate and challenges employees to do so within the guidelines of what Entercom believes in. He goes on to list those beliefs which start with its dedication to “building the best local radio stations with the best local personalities.” Also, Field speaks about the company’s accomplishments and points to the launch of new radio stations, the debut of its SmartReach Digital local marketing arm, and the “two-minute” promise at Seattle’s alternative “The End” which limits spots to six minutes per hour on the station with never more than 2 minutes of commercials at one time. Read his entire memo here.
Pandora Hires Record Industry’s Lars Murray as VP/Industry Relations. In an effort to work more efficiently with the recording industry, digital pure play Pandora announces the appointment of Lars Murray to the new position VP/industry relations. The company reports that, in this new position, Murray will “oversee the company’s strategic collaboration with a broad coalition of music industry stakeholders.” Murray will report to chief strategy officer Sara Clemens. He comes to Pandora from his most recent post as VP/digital media with Columbia Records. Pandora chairman, president & CEO Brian McAndrews comments, “Pandora is committed to building a vibrant, sustainable future for the music industry. With this hire, we’ve added a widely respected thought leader to help take us there. Lars’ extensive knowledge, broad industry relationships, and deep passion for music will further shape our approach to realizing a truly productive collaboration with all industry stakeholders.”
Jake McCann Joins Cumulus Washington as VP of Sales. Radio sales pro Jake McCann is named vice president of sales for Cumulus Media’s Washington, DC stations CHR WRQX and news/talk WMAL-AM/FM. McCann comes to Washington from Philadelphia where he was director of sales for Greater Media’s operations there. Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati comments, “We are thrilled to have Jake at the helm of our cluster in Washington. He is a natural leader and a relentless recruiter. Jake spent the majority of his career in sales management on the East Coast both in radio and cable. He’s developed strong regional advertiser relationships during that time which will be beneficial to us. We look forward to his contribution.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. Last week RadioInfo reported that Anthony “Kobe” Fargo had exited his APD gig at Cox Media Group’s WAPE, Jacksonville. Now we learn that he’s returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh to serve as a social media consultant with The Media Beast. Additionally, he’ll be doing part-time on air work at CBS RADIO’s hot AC WBZZ “100.7 StarPittsburgh.”…..Christian broadcaster WAY Media announces it has named Rob Wagman program director for its Christian CHR WAY-FM Network. Wagman most recently was afternoon personality at Salem Communications-owned KFSH, Los Angeles “95.9 The Fish.”…..Steve Cannon takes on more duties with Midwest Communications as he becomes brand manager for country WDWQ, Terre Haute “Q102.7.” Cannon already serves as brand manager for the Terre Haute cluster’s adult contemporary WBOW and classic country WDKE “95.9 Duke FM.”
SHOUTcast Launches Streaming Service with Audience Monetization. The recent addition of SHOUTcast to the Radionomy family is producing a new service that includes effective audience monetization with the integration of the TargetSpot ad network. The company adds that “additional tools and capabilities to support the needs of today’s online radio stations are also part of this new service. These enhancements are built on the tradition and reliability of SHOUTcast and are available today to selected SHOUTcast broadcasters, and CDN partners.” The new features include: audience monetization regardless of how they listen – using SHOUTcast’s new server-side targeted ad injection and the TargetSpot ad network; streaming – high-quality stream hosting at no cost; unlimited listeners – no more maxing out slots, SHOUTcast now supports unlimited listeners; built-in listener analytics (stats tools); and more. Radionomy VP/business development – US Country manager Thierry Ascarez says, “Our team has been working very hard to reinvigorate the SHOUTcast platform with the most advanced and professional tools currently available in the market.”
Jason Aldean Agrees to Charity Show with The Raging Idiots. During an appearance on the Premiere Networks-syndicated Bobby Bones show, two-time Academy of Country Music “Top Male Vocalist” Jason Aldean performed his new song “Burnin’ It Down,” (the first single from his new album due out later this year). During the interview, Aldean agreed to play a show with Bones’ band The Raging Idiots to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, if the show could raise $50,000 for Susan G. Komen. Pictured here (from left to right) are: show cast member Lunchbox, Bones, show cast member Amy and Aldean.
Nielsen ‘Audio Demand Landscape’ Study Puts Listeners into Six Categories. The Audio Demand Landscape study was unveiled at Nielsen’s Consumer 360 Conference on June 24. Nielsen concludes from the online survey of a panel of 4,950 Americans between the ages of 18-74 (conducted in English in March) during March 2014 about their audio listening attitudes, motivations, behaviors, habits and preferences, that there are basically six types of audio consumers. (Note that in parentheses is what Nielsen deems each group to be as a percentage of the U.S. population.) They are: “Music Loving Personalizers” (23%) who are passionate music listeners mainly seeking an emotional benefit by listening. They prefer free services and often play music in the background; “Discriminating Audiophiles” (18%) are highly engaged consumers who listen to and prefer a wide variety of audio, and are willing to pay for specific content; “Convenience Seeking Traditionalists” (17%) prefer broadcast radio, listening to their favorite stations and hosts, and they routinely listen in the car; “Information Seeking Loyalists” (15%) are heavy broadcast listeners who usually listen to their favorite talk programs for news, education and to stay informed of current events; “Background Driving Defaulters” (14%) are less engaged and typically have the radio on in the car for background entertainment or occasionally news and information; and “Techie Audio Enthusiasts” (13%) are avid consumers of many types of audio. These listeners are early adopters of new platforms to satisfy their audio needs. Nielsen says that when considering these groups based on the percent of all audio hours of listening they represent, the “Information Seeking Loyalists” and the “Music Loving Personalizers” account for nearly half (47%) of all audio consumption. See more here.
Rob, Arnie & Dawn Will Stay with Entercom. Yesterday, Entercom filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal with the United States District Court Eastern District of California to drop its suit against Williams Broadcasting (the Rob Williams-run company that owns the Rob, Arnie & Dawn show). This comes after the two sides sat down and agreed to terms on a new five-year deal that will keep the morning show with Entercom’s rock KRXQ, Sacramento “Rock 98.” Clear Channel had been wooing the trio and a legal skirmish over whether Williams Broadcasting and Entercom had followed proper contractual procedure regarding the right to match competing offers issue as well as the legal status of the contract between the two.
Tyrene ‘TJ’ Jackson Takes Brand Manager Role at ‘Jammin’ 98.3’ in Milwaukee. Taking over the programmer role at Saga Communications-owned urban contemporary WJMR, Milwaukee “Jammin’ 98.3” is Tyrene “TJ” Jackson. She replaces Lauri Jones and begins her new gig on July 7. Milwaukee Radio Group GM Annmarie Topel says, “We had a lot of interest in this position, including some big names in urban radio. Tyrene stood out for many reasons. With roots in Milwaukee, a clear respect from the community, and the kind of work ethic and values that we look for, she was the obvious and best choice.” Jackson comments, “I am excited to be a part of the ‘Jammin’ 98.3’ family and dedicated to enhancing an already great radio station. I look forward to bringing my community experience and knowledge of the format to Jammin’ to produce the best product on air, on line and in the community.” Jackson worked across town at urban talk/music hybrid WMCS for 18 years before exiting when the station flipped formats.
SBG Names Rivera-Searles SVP Digital Initiatives; Teases ‘Brand New Day for Radio.’ With the announcement that Edwin Rivera-Searles is named the company’s new SVP of digital initiatives, Sun Broadcast Group, Inc. also promises news later this summer that CEO Jason Bailey is “the first stage in what will be a brand new day for radio. It was crucial that we brought in the very best to help implement this amazing plan and Ed Rivera is exactly that. He truly ‘gets it’. You won’t find a more well-respected, passionate person in this business and I couldn’t be more excited to finally welcome him to our family!” Rivera comes to SBG from his most recent post as SVP of ad sales for Westwood One. Rivera comments, “Joining the executive team of Sun Broadcast Group is a tremendous opportunity and I’m thrilled to be part of this new phase of growth and development for the company. I’m impressed by what Jason and his team have accomplished in their short history in the network radio space. I look forward to introducing our customized digital solutions to our agency and client partners later this summer.”
Jorge Lopez Named Evening Host at CBS RADIO’s KMVK, Dallas. The Regional Mexican outlet KMVK, Dallas “La GRANDE 107.5 FM” announces Jorge ‘El Bolillo’ López is the new host of the 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm show. López comes to KMVK from his most recent gig at Univision’s KLQB, Austin where he hosted afternoon drive. KMVK program director Jimmy Gonzalez comments, “Jorge has a great track record of influence in each of the markets he has worked in across Texas. It will be great to work with him again here in Dallas at ‘La GRANDE.’”
Bruce DuMont Steps Aside; Kraig Kitchin Named Chairman of National Radio Hall of Fame. Following through on plans he announced last fall to ease back from some of his responsibilities to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, 70-year-old Bruce DuMont announces he’s resigned from the chairman position of the National Radio Hall of Fame and named new board of directors member Kraig Kitchin to the chairman position. Kitchin, who served as president of Premiere Networks for years, operates his own consulting firm Sound Mind LLC. In his letter to the NRHOF committee, DuMont writes: “I appointed new MBC Board member Kraig T. Kitchin to replace me as Chairman — naming MBC Board members Dennis Green and Karole White as vice chairs of the committee. As you know Kraig, Dennis and Karole have all been longtime members of the NRHOFSC. This important move comes in the wake of our recent announcement concerning the November 9th NRHOF induction ceremony taking place in Los Angeles. It underscores the truly national scope of the NRHOF and will extend our reputation more broadly and hopefully our base of support as well.”
More RadioInfo Career Moves. At Compass Broadcasting-owned triple A KPRI, San Diego, Chris Cantore is the new morning drive personality. This marks his return to the station he left two years ago to become director/lifestyle and entertainment at the San Diego Union Tribune. Previously he was music director and afternoon host…..Nine-year SiriusXM programmer Tim Sabean exits the satcaster where he was most recently SVP of entertainment and comedy. Sabean programmed former CBS RADIO rock WYSP, Philadelphia before joining Sirius as SVP of the Howard Stern channels…..Programmer Matt Walker jumps from his PD role at Clear Channel’s classic rock WBFX, Grand Rapids “101.3 The Brew” to the company’s sister country WBCT “B93” to co-host the morning drive show with Neal Dionne. His previous country experience includes midday personality at WKKT, Charlotte “96.9 The Kat” and morning host at WKIS, Miami “Kiss Country.” As a result of the move, WBCT PD Dave Taft adds WBFX programming responsibilities…..At the Adams Radio Group Fort Wayne cluster, Hannah Rupert is named marketing and promotions director. She had been marketing consultant for the operations recently acquired by ARG.
SCBA’s Thom Callahan Addresses Digital ‘Fraud’ in Column. The mandate from marketing departments and ad buyers that more and more money be spent on “digital” platforms is a serious problem for traditional media ad sellers. Southern California Broadcasters Association president Thom Callahan addresses the issue in a blog post titled, “A Responsibility to the Truth.” In the post, Callahan cites a report by web security firm Incapsula that states in its latest annual reports on web traffic that: 1) 61.5% of all web traffic is NON-HUMAN or Bot traffic as it’s called; 2) 38.5% of all web traffic is Human; and 3) 48.1% of all video ads are not heard or seen by humans. Callahan goes on to say that the big problem is there is no transparency in digital advertising. “The sheer size and scope of this fraudulent behavior is costing advertisers over $6 billion a year in wasted advertising to these non-human sites, according to the ad fraud detection firm, White Ops.” Read more of Callahan’s blog post here.
Forbes Releases 2014 Celebrity 100 List; Ryan Seacrest Ranks. The highest ranking radio personality on this year’s Forbes 2014 Celebrity 100 list – based on fortune and fame – is Premiere Networks-syndicated star Ryan Seacrest (estimated income $65 million), who tied with Sean “Diddy” Combs at #31. Premiere Networks host and TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck comes in close behind at #39 with an estimated income of $90 million. Premiere Networks superstar Rush Limbaugh lands at #59 this year with estimated income of $66 million and SiriusXM icon Howard Stern follows at #62 with $95 million in estimated income. Premiere Networks and Fox News Channel star Sean Hannity rounds out the radio people this year at #86 with $30 million in estimated income.