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Monday, September 22, 2014

| September 22, 2014

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jacobsfredConsultant Fred Jacobs Encourages Radio Talent to Learn and Exploit Expanded Array of Available Media Tools.  Reaction and commentary continues to buzz throughout the industry on the topic of the role of the aural media arts (non-visual radio and music) in the increasingly multi-media/visual environment of the digital era – instigated largely last week by comments made by TALKERS and RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison in the aftermath of the Clear Channel name/branding change to iHEARTMEDIA.  According to Harrison, “I am delighted by the enormous number of responses – mostly overwhelmingly positive – that my comments sparked.  Of course, there were those who immediately jumped to theiheartmedia logo conclusion that I am against the word ‘media’ or that I do not believe radio should be involved in internet, satellite or visual media at all.  This is, of course, preposterous!  The name of our company that owns TALKERS is Talk Media, Inc.; the name of our convention was the New Media Seminar way back in 1998; TALKERS magazine’s slogan is The Bible of Talk Radio and the New Talk Media; I have championed a concept known as “The Media Station” for more than a decade and the list goes on.  All I am saying is we should remain sensitive and respectful to the idea that there is a very important place in this emerging mix for pure audio-only radio and music in terms of the fundamentals of these processes – and that by doing so, we will be serving the best interests of our industry, the people who work in it and the consumers who love radio and music on their basic terms.”  Harrison continues, “My friend, noted radio consultant/researcher Fred Jacobs, CEO of Jacobs Media, — also an industry voice who is outspoken on this most compelling issue — has written and posted a blog today (9/22) that I believe adds an important dimension to the subject that warrants attention.  Jacobs makes a case, somewhat counterpoint (but not contradictory) to mine, that I find inspirational.”  In the blog, Jacobs writes, “I started thinking about this notion that the proliferation of screens will narrow the field for talkers, DJs, and hosts who are great with words, but not so wonderful visually.  As he [Michael Harrison] notes, screens of all sizes are becoming dominant parts of how people consume media. Thankfully, radio has been able to participate on most of those screens, whether on smartphones or tablets.  Over time as autonomous driving becomes more common, those who ride in these cars will gravitate to entertainment that is visual in origin – at least at a higher percentage than they are able to consume now while dangerously texting and driving.  So is this the beginning of the end for radio, or is it simply the beginning of the beginning?  Because as we have explored in this blog during the past few years, disruption forces old stars to adapt while bringing new ones to the center stage. Notably, two of the “Best Motion Picture” Oscars in just the past few years have focused on this topic. The King’s Speech starring Colin Firth was a story about changing technology, as the King of England was forced to learn how to communicate on the radio.  Of course, he struggled, but in the end he was able to adapt.  And in The Artist, the film’s silent film star refused to adapt to ‘talkies’ and is eventually displaced by a new brand of movie icons.  Change is uncomfortable and it can be bitter, as depicted in this amazing film.  The ending eventually become a happy one, but the road was arduous and difficult because of the tech disruption caused by the advent of movie sound.  Change is hard, especially for those who have enjoyed the status quo.  It tests everyone in all strata of the organization and the industry. Accepting, adapting, and adjusting is hard work.  It can be quite uncomfortable in workplaces that were once always fun and even kind of easy.  But these are the necessary skills that radio people need to exude in order to make the transition.  We see signs of this every day in broadcast radio.  Those who have the ability to connect with audiences – in person and in social spaces – have a unique edge.  The old paradigm of the DJ hermit, locked down the hall in the air studio, is breaking apart.  Today’s air talent need to be able to mix it up with listeners, clients, and community leaders.  Not every film star is handsome.  The public appreciates an interesting face, whether it’s Peter Dinklage on Game of Thrones or Linda Hunt on NCIS.  They may be exceptions, but they stand out because they’re different, captivating, and worthy of our attention.  They’re also immensely talented actors.  And the same will be the case on the radios of the future.  While good-looking DJs like Ryan Seacrest or Bobby Bones may have inherent advantages, Howard Stern proves that must-hear content trumps a pretty face.  And he’s not alone.  Words matter, and they will continue to in a media ecosphere that is now dominated by visuals. Screens or not, it’s the thought that counts.  These are changes that radio need to roll with.  Let’s open up new visual doors, new avenues, and new paths for our content.  And let’s embrace them because it’s truly a media world.”  To read Fred Jacobs’ entire blog, please click here.

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wzcb logo“The Beat” Goes on in Columbus. The transition of iHeartMedia’s WCGX, Columbus from alternative to urban comes as vice president of programming Michael McCoy announces the creation of urban contemporary WZCB “106.7 The Beat.” Premiere Networks’ “The Breakfast Club,” with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne tha god, begins on “The Beat” in two weeks (10/6).  “Premium Choice” (i.e. voice tracking) will air on the station middays, while local talent will handle afternoon drive and evenings.  Alternative continues on co-owned WBWR-HD2.  Among persons 6+ in the latest (August 2014) Nielsen Audio PPM report, WCGX ranks #11; it had its second straight two-tenths’ downward trend (2.6 – 2.4 – 2.2) and registered 12 straight trends in the 2.1 – 2.9 range. Meanwhile, cross-town alternative competitor WWCD “CD 102.5″ ranks tenth (2.3).

warrenallisonRadio Management Pro Warren Named VP/MM for Cumulus Nashville.  Jumping from the Austin cluster of Entercom where she was director of sales and taking on the vice president and market manager role at Cumulus Media Nashville is Allison Warren.  Cumulus SVP Jeff Brown comments, “Allison was a key part of my team in Denver some years back.  She did great work there and has since built a portfolio of successes in vibrant radio markets including Austin, Madison and Milwaukee.  Her results-driven, collaborative leadership style will infuse our Nashville operations with the energy and focus needed at this pivotal point in the cluster’s growth.  Allison will be an incredible asset to Cumulus’ leadership team.”  Warren also served with Entercom at its Madison and Milwaukee clusters as well as with CBS RADIO in Denver.  Cumulus operates six stations in the market as well as the Tennessee Titans Radio Network.

applebeegregApplebee Transfers to WNOK As PD.  Four-year hot AC KJMY “My 99.5,” Salt Lake City assistant program director Greg Applebee will relocate to Columbia, South Carolina next Wednesday (10/1) to become program director of iHeartMedia CHR sibling WNOK “104.7 – All the Hits.”  He succeeds Jonathan Reed, who exited to program two of the company’s Austin properties – mainstream CHR KHFI “Kiss-FM,” and rhythmic CHR KPEZ “The Beat.”  Prior to his KJMY duties, Applebee was imaging and promotions director of Bahakel Communications-owned alternative KRXP, Colorado Springs.

schafferdennyDenny Schaffer Returns to Toledo Airwaves.  Well-known Toledo radio personality Denny Schaffer is back on the air in the market this morning after joining Cumulus Media’s hot AC WWWM “Star 105.”  Schaffer was most recently with iHeartMedia hosting the morning drive program on WRNO, New Orleans.  In Toledo he’s worked at CHR WVKS “Kiss FM” and news/talk WSPD.  Joining him on air at “Star 105” are Tricia Courtney Tischler and Suzie Moser – both members of his “Breakfast Show” cast on WVKS.  Cumulus Toledo VP and market manager Andy Stuart comments, “Denny is a magnificent talent.  His ability to engage an audience is rare and we are all looking forward to working with him on the new ‘Star 105.’  Our desire to bring him back to Toledo is further evidence of the commitment Cumulus Media has to attracting great talent to our company.”

weststeveMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  In Indianapolis, Cumulus Media moves midday personality McKinzie Roth to the afternoon drive daypart at hot AC WRWM “i94” effective today (9/22)…..San Diego market pro Steve West pops up at Lincoln Financial Media-owned alternative outlet KBZT “FM 94/9” to host the Sunday morning show “Legends of Alternative.”  West spent almost 30 years with crosstown alt-rocker XETRA “91X” before exiting in July of this summer…..Changes in the Tri-Cities, Washington market as Chuck Hall and Patti Banner move across the hall at the James Ingstad-owned properties from country KIOK “94.9 The Wolf” to classic hits KKSR to host “The Morning Blend.”  Back at KIOK, Kendra & Adam are the new morning duo…..Grahame Winters is the new midday jock at Codcomm-owned CHR WHYA, Cape Cod “Y101.”  She comes to the station from her most recent on-air gig at classic hits WDRC-FM, Hartford and takes over for Jessica Cally who left for the PM drive gig at iHeartMedia’s country WBWL, Boston “101.7 The Bull.”…..Skeeter Nash is the new morning drive personality at JMJ Broadcasting’s classic country KTPK, Topeka, effective next Monday (9/29).  To make room, Marc Bradley moves to a programming and promotions role with the station.

cookehollandLocal On-Air Talent CAN Become Indispensable.  Media consultant Holland Cooke revisits (and expands upon!) the point he made the “pages” of our sister publication TALKERS magazine four years ago that “if you’re in RADIO, you’re in SALES” in a column published today at RadioInfo (9/22).  It’s easy to pick apart the effectiveness of another medium’s advertising components but radio must look in the mirror for, as Cooke writes, criticism of a lot of radio’s not-so-great spots is justified because “at many stations, including some in major markets, there’s no creative department.  Reps write their own copy, a task that’s not sellers’ core competency.”  Effectiveness is directly related to quality, so how to up the quality?  Cooke offers some suggestions and you can check them out here.

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cbsradio we can surviveCBS RADIO Announces ‘We Can Survive’ Concert.  The concert set for the Hollywood Bowl on Friday, October 24 will benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Young Survival Coalition, two organizations dedicated to supporting and educating women and families who have experienced breast cancer.  CBS RADIO announces the acts for the show from which $2 from every ticket sold will go to the aforementioned charities.  Playing the annual concert fundraiser this year are: Taylor Swift, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, Lady Antebellum, Iggy Azalea, Paramore and Sia, with a special appearance by Gwen Stefani.  The show will be hosted by CBS RADIO’s Carson Daly.

biakelseyBIA/Kelsey Forecast for 2015 Local Media Revenue: Up 1.6%.  But, of course, the increase comes as beneficial for those in the online/digital media realm (+13.1%) and, not surprisingly, traditional media is expected to see another dip (-1.7%).  BIA/Kelsey is presenting these results and more at its Leading in Local: SMB Digital Marketing conference in New Orleans this week.  The company predicts that in 2015, online/digital will account for more than one-quarter (25.2%) of total local media revenues in 2015.  Revenues for online/digital are expected to grow from $31 billion in 2014 to $35 billion in 2015, representing a 13.1% growth rate.  Other forecasts include: Mobile local ad revenues will grow from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $6.6 billion in 2015; Local social media revenues will grow from $2.5 billion in 2014 to $3.6 billion in 2015; Local search revenues will grow from $7.1 billion in 2014 to $7.2 billion in 2015; Local display revenues will grow from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $4.9 billion in 2015; and Local online video revenues will grow from $2.3 billion in 2014 to $3.0 billion in 2015.

y98mistletoeLineup for ‘Y98 Mistletoe Show’ Announced.  The acts set to perform at the “Y98 Mistletoe Show” presented by CBS RADIO hot AC outlet KYKY, St. Louis “Y98-FM” on December 6 includes: Daughtry, Sarah McLachlan, Andy Grammer, Echosmith, and Jonathan Jackson.  The station is selling tickets to the public during a special concert pre-sale starting on September 25.

duranderuloiHeart14Backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival.  The two-day music festival produced by iHeartMedia and dubbed the iHeartRadio Music Festival took place on Friday and Saturday (9/19-20) in Las Vegas and, for the third straight year, major music acts invaded the city.  Pictured here with WHTZ, New York and Premiere Networks syndicated star Elvis Duran (left) is Jason Derulo (right) after the two did an interview for Duran’s program backstage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

| September 16, 2014

iheartmedia logoClear Channel Becomes iHeartMedia.  This is a major name change for a heritage radio company, but, as the press release indicates, it reflects the company’s belief that it’s become a “one-of-a-kind multi-platform media company” that has moved beyond just radio.  Chairman and CEO Bob Pittman states, “iHeartMedia reflects our commitment to being the media company that provides the most entertainment to the most engaged audiences wherever they go, with more content and more events in more places on more devices.  We have massive consumer reach and influence across our platforms because we know how to program the live content people want to hear, see and share right now, we are the largest mobile media company in existence — more than 60 percent of our broadcast usage is out of home, compared to just 30 percent for other mobilepittmanbob devices — and we deliver more live programming than any other media company today, built on the national and local on-air personalities who are the heart of our powerful broadcast radio franchises.  Combined with Clear Channel Outdoor’s reach of over half a billion people worldwide across 30 countries and five continents, it’s clear that no other company can match our reach or broad spectrum of media platforms.”  Clear Channel Outdoor will retain its name.  Pittman adds, “In a world where 2x ROI is judged as successful, Nielsen has shown that radio delivers 6x ROI on average.  It’s because we combine the power and predictably of mass reach with the immediacy and relevance of live programming and the unique and powerful engagement that consumers have with their favorite radio stations and personalities.  The opportunity for the new iHeartMedia is to use all of these industry-leading assets together in new ways — extending our massive reach and cultural influence across radio, outdoor, digital, social and live events to make it easier for advertisers to deliver the most relevant, real-time messages across all our platforms at scale, amplified by social media and mobile, to get a superior ROI to other media.”

harrisonherald2Michael Harrison:  “The Systematic Abandonment of ‘Radio’ by ‘Radio’ is a Disturbing Trend.”   TALKERS and RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison warns of what he terms “a disturbing half-baked trend, that although understandable in the big picture of communications, poses an unnecessarily sped-up threat to the livelihoods of everyone in the radio business – not to mention the fundamental role of audio-media in both the spoken-word and musical arts.”  Harrison acknowledges, “The move away from the word ‘radio’ in the lexicon of our industry is certainly understandable from a sales and marketing standpoint and  it makes total sense to create unified multi-media platforms for today’s mega-consolidated, corporate behemoths to compete effectively in the ‘noisy’ world of the emerging digital era.  However, those who work in the media arts that are fundamentally built upon aural foundations – spoken-word shows and music creation – will face increasingly limited opportunities to present their wares to an interested consumer base as venues and business opportunities evaporate at an exponential rate.”  Harrison observes, “As we move more and more into a world of screens and not speakers, the only talent that will have a chance to survive in a bottom-line driven, corporate environment will be those whose assets are visually gifted.  That does not bode well for the brilliant wordsmiths and musical geniuses who most likely do not have faces for television.  It also does not hold much of a future for the deeper aspect of communication that is aurally based – a means of expression that runs deep within our very humanity, holding a unique and special place within our brains.”  Harrison concludes, “Those of us who are still proud of and value the role of ‘radio,’ audio-oriented music, and the theater of the mind, must give considerable consideration as to what the role, if any, audio-only media will have in this new age.  It can and must be respected and preserved within this inevitable, emerging grid or we face the likely prospect of devolving overnight from making great radio and music to extremely cheesy television.”

gosselindonGosselin Moves to San Antonio to Program iHeartMedia Country Duo.  Coming to the San Antonio cluster from iHeartMedia’s New Orleans station group where he was operations manager is Don Gosselin, who will handle the programming duties at country KAJA “KJ 97” and classic country KRPT “92.5 K-BUC.”  Gosselin comments, “There are very rare times in our careers when the perfect opportunity becomes available at the perfect time.  ‘KJ 97’ is a legendary station, currently nominated for two CMA awards, in one of the strongest country markets in the US.  Between that and K-BUC’s legacy, I look forward to leading these two brands to even greater success.”  At the same time, Bree Wagner, currently music director, adds APD stripes for the two stations.

jacksondave supadave‘SupaDave’ to Program Entercom Greenville CHR and AC Outlets.  Moving from SummitMedia’s crosstown cluster, Dave Jackson, a.k.a. “SupaDave,” is named program director for Entercom’s CHR WFBC, Greenville, South Carolina “B93.7” and sister AC WSPA-FM “MAGIC 98.9.”  Entercom Greenville VP/market manager Steve Sinicropi says, “Dave has years of in-market programming experience that will help make our great stations even better.  He knows most of the team at ‘B93.7,’ our market-leading top 40, including the talent on our dominant Hawk & Tom morning show.  I am also excited about the energy and ideas he will be bringing to ‘MAGIC 98.9,’ the only true market AC.”

americangeneralmediaAmerican General Media’s Albuquerque-Santa Fe Operations Management Restructured.  In the Albuquerque-Santa Fe markets, American General Media makes some management changes to its operations with Bill Kruger now serving as regional director in charge of the Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Four Corners properties.  Kruger will oversee all stations and related business activities for the Albuquerque and Santa Fe groups as well as his continued oversight of the stations in the Four Corners communities.  Also, Matt Rader is named director of operations and marketing for the Albuquerque and Santa Fe stations.  He’ll oversee all areas of programming, promotions, marketing and event marketing.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At the Erie Radio Company’s CHR WEHP, Erie “Happi 92.7,” Mark Feather resigns as program director and afternoon drive personality for the station…..Jonathan West is the new afternoon personality at Townsquare Media-owned country WWJO, St. Cloud, Minnesota “98 Country.”  West comes from Leighton Broadcasting’s crosstown country outlet KZPK “Wild Country 99.”

notorious 90sKLKK, Mason City Adds ‘Notorious 90s’ to Weekend Lineup.  At Fife Communnications-owned classic rock KLKK-FM, Mason City, Iowa, the two-hour weekend 90s rock show “Notorious 90s” joins the program schedule.  The Envision Networks program, hosted by LA Lloyd and produced by Joe Kelly of AV Deli and Sun City Café, features such artists as Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Godsmack, Pearl Jam, Metallica, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Green Day and more.   Station PD James Sherman says, “I was looking for a show, not just a syndicated version of voice tracking.  I wanted a show that was entertaining, fun, and featured the music I grew up with.  ‘Notorious 90s’ fit the bill perfectly!”

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Spanish Contemporary.  RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian presents this analysis of the Spanish contemporary format based on the latest August 2014 PPM data from Nielsen Audio.  Spanish contemporary stations are concentrated in roughly one-fourth of the PPM markets and limited to the states of California, New York-New Jersey, Texas, Florida, and Nevada.  In this piece, Kinosian tracks the performances of these stations over the past six PPM surveys, the piece also takes a look at fluctuations from the July PPM, changes compared to the August 2013 PPM survey, station market rank, plus a multi-format comparison including the performances of mainstream CHR, rhythmic CHR and rhythmic hot AC stations.  See Mike Kinosian’s complete story here.

scba logoSCBA and Nielsen Audio Team for Presentation.  The presentation for Southern California clients and ad agencies will take place on October 30.  The Southern California Broadcasters Association is partnering with Nielsen Audio to “showcase the value of Southern California radio and spotlight new research findings from Nielsen on the link between audio advertising and its impact on ROI as well as its effectiveness.”  SCBA president Thom Callahan states, “We wanted to create a compelling event that would significantly enhance broadcast radio’s value to our clients and agencies by showcasing Nielsen’s recent ROI findings.  The economic effectiveness of radio can now be fully proven with Nielsen mining its deep arsenal to demonstrate the power of radio and to help our clients understand how audio advertising drives business results.”  The SCBA says the event is a “call to action” to the ad industry to change the question from “should we use Radio” to “how we should use Radio.”  It will take place at iHeartMedia’s iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank.

conclaveThe Conclave Announces Student Scholarships.  Continuing the scholarship program that’s been part of The Conclave’s mission since 1979, the 2014 Conclave Scholarships are announced.  The five scholarships available from educational institutions include: The Bill Gavin Memorial Scholarship which includes application fees, books & supplies and tuition valued at $16,200, awarded by the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Media Arts, Southfield, MI. Competition for this scholarship will begin shortly with details forthcoming; The Dennis Becker Memorial scholarship which is a half tuition scholarship valued at $17,000, awarded by the Sanford Brown College, Mendota Heights, Minneapolis; The Conclave Music Industry Scholarship which is a 25-50% tuition discount valued up to $20,000 awarded by the McNally Smith College of Music, St. Paul, Minnesota; and details regarding The Marc Birger Memorial Scholarship to Kean University and The Doug Lee Memorial Scholarship will be announced soon.  For information about the 39th Conclave visit www.http://theconclave.com.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

| September 9, 2014

constantinedennisDennis Constantine Named Director of Broadcasting at Live365.  Former KFOG, San Francisco and KINK, Portland programmer Dennis Constantine is upped from his director of programming post at Live365 to director of broadcasting.  Constantine has been with Live365 since February of this year.  He comments, “Live365 offers listeners a completely unique experience.  We are music curation.  When youlive365 logo listen to a music mix on Live365, you are listening to a very personal musical experience.  It’s not based on algorithms, but rather on music from a trusted tastemaker — an individual that is enthusiastic, even passionate, about their craft.  One of my roles will be to bring new visionary broadcasters on board, show them how they can express their art, and even make some money while doing it!”  Live365 recently announced the return of Mark Lam to the organization as CEO.  Lam adds, “We have some very exciting new initiatives in the wings for our broadcasters and our listeners.  We are excited and fortunate to have someone with Dennis’ expertise at the helm of our broadcasting department.”

danielschaseChase Daniels Named PD at ‘107.9 The Mix’ in Indy.  Citing the success of the station and Chase Daniels’ role in that success, Entercom Indianapolis operations manager JR Ammons announces Daniels is promoted to program director for hot AC WNTR “107.9 The Mix.”  Ammons says, “Over the past 15 months, ‘The Mix’ has become the leading hot AC station in Indianapolis and has consistently ranked in the top 5 with adult females.  Chase has been an integral part of that success.  Entercom is a company that believes in ‘earning your stripes’ and Chase has earned his.  He has the knowledge base, the drive and the talent necessary to be a great leader for ‘The Mix.’”

walkerrobWalker to Program Alpha Media Savannah Stations.  In addition to serving as program director for Alpha Media’s Savannah outlets hot AC WXYY “Y100” and classic hits WRWN “Rewind 107.9,” Rob Walker will also be afternoon personality on “Y100.”  Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick states, “Rob is a dynamic force in the industry today.  His skills and passion for radio will help get ‘Y100’ and ‘Rewind’ to the next level.”

lanegregLane to Middays at ‘The Wolf’ in Fresno.  Market pro Greg Lane is named midday jock at Clear Channel’s country KHGE, Fresno “102.7 The Wolf.”  Lane has 22 years of experience in the Fresno market, most recently having worked at Cumulus Media’s crosstown country station KSKS “93.7 Kiss Country.”  Lane says, “I am beyond excited to be back on the air in Central California.  I feel really connected to the area and can’t wait to be a part of listeners’ daily lives once again.”

garciatonyGlobal Media Services Partners with Jim Brickman’s ‘Your Weekend.’  The long-running AC weekend program “Your Weekend with Jim Brickman” – a production of the Brickhouse Radio Network – joins forces with Tony Garcia’s Global Media Services to further the industry penetration of the show currently heard on more than 80 affiliates nationwide.  At the same time, the program addsyourweekend banner Brynne Deppas from Media One Group who joins Brickhouse Radio Network as show writer and co-producer.  Garcia will serve as affiliate relations rep for Brickhouse Radio Network.  Brickman comments, “I love radio and I love what I do.  Par for the course has never been my goal in radio or in my music.  Striving for excellence to stand above the norm is what entertainment is all about, and that is why I am so excited to bring two new team members on board to ‘Your Weekend.’  With the addition of Tony and Brynne, ‘Your Weekend’ can continue to evolve in a positive direction with the combination their expertise and creative, forward thinking.”

Talent Lineup Changes at ’96 Rock’ in Cincinnati.  The Cumulus Media-owned rocker WFTK, Cincinnati “96 Rock” makes changes to its lineup moving program director Michael Walter  a.k.a. Fin to the midday slot and importing Compass Media-syndicated morning show “Free Beer & Hot Wings.”  Local personality Mistress Bridget handles local information and traffic during the AM drive daypart.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Midwest Communications’ Wausau, Wisconsin station group, Nikki Montgomery is promoted from assistant brand manager at country WDEZ to brand manager for sister rock outlet WOZZ “Rock 94.7.”…..Alpha Media hip hop station WDHT, Dayton “Hot 102.9” picks up Premiere Networks’ “The Breakfast Club” for morning drive…..Greater Media Boston vice president and market manager Rob Williams adds a new item to his CV as he’s named to the University of Massachusetts Center for Collaborative Leadership Board of Advisors.

clipinteractiveClip Interactive Announces Revenue Successes in Portland and Indy Markets.  Saying that it measures its success based on the new advertising dollars that its interactive radio apps bring to its station partners, Clip Interactive announces its apps developed for Alpha Media and Salem Broadcasting in Portland and Cumulus Radio in Indianapolis have generated more than $1 million in new revenue to date in 2014.  Further, the company says Clip Radio-powered stations are producing $100,000 of new revenue within 30-45 days of launch and Clip says this shows not only that radio advertising works, but also proves that an innovative and revenue-generating mobile solution is now available and radio advertisers embrace it.  Moreover, Clip says this net new revenue is coming from multiple sources including advertisers who are completely new to radio and returning advertisers who previously left radio for digital media.  Alpha Media’s president and CEO Bob Proffitt comments, “We are now able to attract advertisers that had previously abandoned the medium for alternative digital solutions.  Through the Clip Radio-powered apps, we are able to build a stronger relationship with both our listeners and our advertisers, providing both groups with compelling content that they cannot find anywhere else. We are eager to expand our interactive radio capabilities to our other Alpha Media markets.”

Atlanta, Nashville to Host Next Radio Shows. Radio Show 2014 is not yet in the history books, but organizers have already set the date/locations of the 2015 and 2016 confabs.  Next year’s event will be held at Atlanta’s Marriott Marquis (9/30 – 10/2), while the 2016 Radio Show will take place in Nashville September 21 – 23 at the Omni.  More immediately, this year’s Radio Show starts tomorrow (Wednesday, 9/10) in Indianapolis and runs through this Friday (9/12). The Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) produce the Radio Show.

siriusxmSiriusXM’s Limited-Run Streisand Channel Debuts Friday. Satcaster SiriusXM this Friday (9/12) will introduce a “Barbra Streisand Channel,” that will highlight music from the Grammy, Oscar, Emmy and Tony award-winning artist.  SiriusXM president and chief content officer Scott Greenstein comments, “Barbra Streisand is the very definition of the word ‘icon.’ Her original voice, songwriting, performances, and life’s work have made her a universal star and humanitarian leader.  Along the way, she has created some of the best-selling albums of all time, as well as being an award winning actress known for her work on stage, film, and TV.  Our exclusive channel celebrating Ms. Streisand is a truly comprehensive, deep dive into the music of one of the world’s most important artists ever.”  The channel will run for four weeks (through Friday, 10/10) on Sirius channel 69 and XM channel 73.  Jay Landers will host “SiriusXM’s Town Hall with Barbra Streisand” this Sunday (9/14) at 12:00 pm (ET), where the singer will participate in a question-and-answer session with several listeners in the SiriusXM studios in New York.  Streisand’s “Partners” album will be released one week from today (Tuesday, 9/16).

ABCdresdalerossdaleABC News Radio Chats with Gavin Rossdale.  Out promoting his band’s new album is Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale (left) pictured here with ABC News Radio’s Andrea Dresdale (right) who spoke with him about the new record.  Dresdale’s conversation is available to ABC News Radio affiliates.

Monday, September 8, 2014

| September 8, 2014

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nielsen logoRound Four of August PPM Data Released.  The fourth and final round of August PPM ratings from Nielsen Audio is released for the 12 markets including: Austin, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, Providence, Raleigh, Norfolk, Nashville, Greensboro, West Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Memphis, and Hartford.  See complete market numbers from subscribers here.  In addition, RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this latest group.  August’s survey period covered July 17 – August 13.

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  • Austin – Following a combined -1.1 the past two sweeps (5.3 – 4.7 – 4.2, May – June – July), Clear Channel rhythmic CHR KPEZ “The Beat” dials up a +.8 in August to 5.0, zooming from eighth to fifth. For the eighth kpez logosuccessive sweep, Emmis adult hits KBPA “Bob-FM” (9.0 – 9.4, +.4) sits in first-place (6+). Despite losing six-tenths (7.5 – 6.9), Clear Channels KASE “Today’s Country”kbpa finishes in the runner-up slot for the 15th consecutive time. The last occurrence when KASE was not #2 was in June 2013. In addition to “Today’s Country,” the format takes another hit as KASE sibling KVET “98.1 K-VET” drops one-half share to 5.5, slipping from third to fourth. Advancing by one-half share (5.1 – 5.6) is yet another Clear Channel property CHR KHFI “Kiss-FM,” which exchanges places with KVET. Entercom adult contemporary KKMJ “Majic 95.5″ regains nearly all of the eight-tenths it lost in July with a +.7 to 3.8 (#13 to #12). After five successive up trends (.7 – .9 – 1.1 – 1.7 – 2.4 – 3.1), Univision regional Mexican KLJA regresses by eight-tenths to 2.3 (#13 to #16).
  • Milwaukee – There are three solid streaks centering around “three” for WMIL: This represents the third straight month at #1 for the Clear Channel outlet; the third successive up trend for “FM 106.1 Continuous wmil logoCountry Favorites” (9.0 – 10.2 – 10.5 – 11.9); and the third consecutive time it notches double-wlwk logodigits (6+). On top of that, the +1.4 is the second-highest July – August gain (6+) of any station in the 12 PPM markets whose data was released last Friday. Owing to a full-share gain to 4.7, Journal adult hits WLWK “The Lake” (tenth to seventh) puts an end to five successive (6+) down trends (5.1 – 4.8 – 4.7 – 4.5 – 4.1 – 3.7). While its 6+ shares are not necessarily mighty, Entercom‘s WSSP “SportsRadio 1250″ (steady at #14) has been up or flat each month since January (.4 – .4 – .6 – .7 – .9 – .9 – 1.0 – 1.1).
  • Indianapolis – After progressing by nine-tenths in July, Emmis country outlet WLHK “Hank FM” follows up with a +.6 to 7.1, rocketing from fifth all the way to first. Cross-town Cumulus Media‘s WFMS “The Country wlhkStation” also enjoys a strong month with a +.7 (5.7 – 6.4) to inch up from sixth to fourth. Seven-tenths is lucky for Clear Channel classic rocker WFBQ “Q-95″ as well as itwfbq logo improves 5.3 – 6.0 (+.7); “Q-95″ is steady at #7. Not only is Cumulus Media’s WJJK “Classic Hits 104.5″ displaced from the top spot (first to third), it suffers a full-share decline (7.6 – 6.6). That, however, is not the market’s most significant month-to-month erosion: Entercom CHR WZPL falters by -1.2 (7.3 – 6.1) and tumbles from second to sixth; after a strong +.8 in July, “Indy’s Hit Music Station” was only three-tenths from the top, compared to its current one-share off the pace.
  • Providence – Over and above extending its string of successive (6+) up trends to five, resulting in a cumulative +2.9 (6.2 – 6.4 – 7.3 – 7.8 – 8.9 – 9.1), Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country” progresses from second to wctk logofirst. In doing so, it curtails Cumulus Media CHR WPRO-FM’s string of first-place finishes at seven. It is the first time at #1 for “Cat Country” since March 2012; 9.1 is its best 6+-stat since June 2012′s 9.5. Meanwhile, WPRO-FM – which had posted three straight up trends (8.8 – 8.9 – 9.6 – 9.8) – falters by a whopping -1.2 to 8.6, as it slides to the runner-up spot. Despite declining by seven-tenths (6.2 – 5.5), Clear Channel hot AC WSNE “Coast 93-3″ remains in sixth-place.
  • Raleigh – Gaining three-tenths to 11.4, Curtis Media-owned WQDR “Today’s Best & Most Continuous Country” makes it seven straight months at #1. It is the sixth successive monthly – and the eighth time in the past wqdr logo11 survey periods – that WQDR has amassed double-digits (6+). Also in the (country) format, Clear Channel‘s WNCB remains steady at #9; however, the former WKSL enjoys its seventh consecutive progressive (6+) trend (1.5 – 2.1 – 2.8 – 3.1 – 3.3 – 4.0 – 4.2 – 4.4), which has resulted in a combined +2.9. WQOK “K-97.5″ advances by eight-tenths to 6.1; the Radio One urban contemporary inches up from seventh to sixth. Conversely though, urban AC sibling WFXC “Foxy” (-.7) has its fourth successive down or flat monthly (7.0 – 6.4 – 6.0 – 6.0 – 5.3) and slides from sixth to seventh. Clear Channel’s WRDU “Classic Rock 100.7″ rebounds from July’s -.7 with a +.6 to 5.0 and remains in eighth-place.
  • Norfolk – It is a strong month for Max Broadcast Group Holdings properties with the WGH calls. Country WGH-FM “The Eagle” racks up a one-share gain to 7.3 and is a solid #3, while gospel WGH-AM “Star 1310″ wgh-fm logoimproves by +1.2 (2.0 – 3.2), progressing from #12 to #9. In 13 of the last 14 monthly reports, “Star 1310″ was in the 2.1 – 2.9 range (6+) – the lone exception was a 3.1 in January. First the plentiful good news for Entercom urban AC WVKL “95-7 R&B”: It continues its dominance, ranking first for the 25th straight survey period and 50th timewvkl in 52 PPM sweeps. This is the 11th time in the last 12 ratings periods that WVKL (11.2) has been in double-digits (6+). July’s 12.5 by “95-7 R&B” is Norfolk’s highest-ever 6+ total under PPM methodology. The lone sour note is that “95-7 R&B” declines by a hefty -1.3, the second highest month-to-month loss among all stations in Nielsen Audio‘s 48 PPM markets. Owing to a +.6 to 4.3 in July, WVHT “Hot 100.5″ ended its string of four down or flat monthlies (4.3 – 4.0 – 4.0 – 3.8 – 3.7). The Max Broadcast Group Holdings’ CHR inched up from ninth to eighth, but now regresses by a sizeable -1.2 to 3.1 and slides to tenth. Clear Channel urban contemporary WOWI “103 Jamz” makes it four straight up trends (6.8 -7.2 – 7.5 – 7.6 – 8.5), this one a whopping +.9, as it holds firm at #2. For the third consecutive month, five Sinclair-owned Norfolk stations that appeared in May are no longer in print. Specifically, those facilities are country WUSH (#6 in May); adult hits WNOB (#9); talk WNIS (#13); alternative WROX (#14); and talk WTAR (#19).
  • Nashville – Even though the station has always kept its #1 ranking, this has been a bit of a bumpy ride lately for WJXA “Mix 92.9.” Ever since its eye-popping 18.6 in the “Holiday” report (6+), adult contemporary “Mix” has wjxa logoposted negative trends in six of the last seven sweeps (18.6 – 15.5 – 12.9 – 10.8 – 11.8 – 10.5 – 9.6 – 9.4) and that 18.6 has been nearly severed in half. Not only does WJXA remain in first-place for the 28th consecutive monthly, it does so with a massive +1.7. The string of “Mix” double-digit (6+) showings was snapped at 23 in June; however, WJXA begins another with the 11.1 in August. All this happens for new owner Midwest Communications, which – just several weeks ago – officially closed on its acquisition of the AC from South Centralwgfx-fm logo Communications. The +1.7 represents the most potent July – August (6+) improvement by any station in the 48 PPM markets. There is another +1.7 in August though and – ironically – it is in “Music City USA,” as well. Owing to a 4.6 – 6.3 (+1.7), Cumulus Media sports WGFX “The Zone” rockets from tenth to fourth. Country finishes eighth (Clear Channel WSIX-FM, 5.2, -1.1); ninth (Cumulus WKDF, even at 5.0); and tenth (Cumulus WSM-FM, 4.3, -.7). The June – July – August trend for WSIX-FM “The Big 98 – Nashville’s New Country” reflects a cumulative -2.4 (7.6 – 6.3 – 5.2). “The Big 98″ ranked fifth in July, while WKDF “Nash FM – Today’s Country” and WSM-FM “95-5 Nash Icon” were tied at #8. No sooner does Clear Channel urban contemporary WUBT rack up its most potent 6+ stat since December 2011 (8.2) with a +.7, it declines by -.8 to 7.0 – but “The Beat” remains in third-place.
  • Greensboro – Up or flat in five successive sweeps (7.5 – 7.5 – 7.8 – 7.9 – 8.2 – 9.3), Entercom-owned country WPAW “The Wolf” (+1.1) matches the 9.3 it posted in May 2013 and advances from fourth to second. Cross-town wpawClear Channel competitor WTQR “New Country Q-104.1″ sees its streak of five straight (6+) increases (5.1 – 5.8 – 6.0 – 6.9 – 7.5 – 8.3) come to an end, as it regresses by six tenths to 7.7 (third to fourth). This time last month, WTQR had overtaken “The Wolf,” which hadwtqr outpointed “New Country” in each of the past 11 monthlies (6+). Also declining by six-tenths is WTQR adult contemporary cluster-mate WMAG “Continuous Soft Rock” (6.6 – 6.0, steady at sixth); the -.6 follows July’s -.9. Entercom’s WQMG “The Best R&B and Old School” (9.5 – 10.0, +.5) finishes first for the eighth successive ratings period. The urban AC hopes to begin another consecutive string of (6+) double-digit performances, as its most recent one concluded in July at an even 20. Clear Channel CHR WMKS “100.3 Kiss-FM” is off by four-tenths (4.9 – 4.5) – but finishes ninth for the 15th successive time.
  • West Palm Beach – Four stations here either advance – or decline – by a robust nine-tenths. On the positive side, Digity Media hot AC WRMF is +.9 (7.1 – 8.0) and catches Clear Channel adult contemporary/classic wrmfhits-oldies hybrid WOLL “Kool 105.5″ (7.4 – 8.0, +.6) at #1. In July, “Kool” ended WRMF’swoll logo consecutive #1 run at four. Until its present 8.0 in August, WRMF had been in the 7.0 – 7.7 range each month this calendar year. Contemporary Christian WAYF rebounds from July’s -1.2 with a +.9 (2.8 – 3.7) and remains at #8. After Digity Media country outlet WIRK added one full-share in July to notch its best 6+-stat in more than two years, it drops nine-tenths to 4.3 and slips from fourth to fifth. While it stays in third-place, Clear Channel classic rocker WKGR loses nine-tenths (5.6 – 4.7).
  • Jacksonville – Although off by one-half share (8.9 – 8.4), Renda adult contemporary WEJZ “Lite 96.1″ repeats as the market’s top finisher (6+). Cox Media Group-owned alternative outlet WXXJ “X-102.9″ recoups the wxxjeight-tenths it dropped in July (6+, 5.3 – 4.5 – 5.3, May – June – July), enabling it to advance from ninth to sixth. In its third straight up trend in print (4.5 – 5.4 – 5.5 – 6.2), Renda’s WGNE “Gator Country” adds seven-tenths to 6.2 as it climbs from sixth to fourth. After faltering by -1.1 in June and -.8 in July, CoxMedia Group’s urban-rhythmic oldies WHJX “Hot” adds one-half share to 4.5 (#11 to #10). Its CHR sibling WAPE though regresses by nine-tenths (7.3 – 6.4) and is steady at #2; 6.4 is the station’s lowest 6+-stat since December 2012′s 6.3.

wgbl logoAlpha Media Flips WUJM, Gulfport-Biloxi to Country as “96.7 The Bull.”  Gone from WUJM, Gulfport is sports talk and in is country as Alpha Media introduces “96.7 The Bull” to the market.  The new calls will soon be WGBL.  Taking over as program director for the station is Mark Allen a.k.a. TicTak.  Alpha Media EVP of programming Scott Mahalick says of Allen, “Mark comes to us with a strong successful winning ratings history and amazing ability to discover and mentor talent.”  Operations manager Kenny Vest adds, “We are extremely excited to launch the new ‘96.7 The Bull’ on The Gulf Coast and add ‘New Country’ to our cluster of great stations.  I am thrilled to have TicTak as the station’s new PD.  His vision, passion, energy, creativity and knowledge of ‘The Bull’ brand make him the perfect choice to lead our new station.”

spezzano&SandyEntercom Rochester Makes AM Drive Changes at CHR WPXY and Rock WBZA.  The duo of Kimberly & Beck are out at Entercom’s rock WBZA, Rochester, New York “98.9 The Buzz” and Scott Spezzano and Sandy Waters (pictured here) move over from sister CHR WPXY to host “The All New Breakfast Buzz with Spezzano & Sandy.”  Meanwhile, at WPXY, current midday personality Megan Carter is teaming up with Corey James to host “#TeamPXY with Carter & Corey.”  Entercom VP and market manager Susan Munn tells WHAM-TV, “Spezzano and Sandy’s evolution to the Buzz is a perfect fit.  The Buzz’s adult 25-54 year old audience grew up with them and I know will be excited to hear their show now on the Buzz.  Carter & Corey have terrific chemistry and are excited to connect with the PXY young adult audience on air and online.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  The morning show at Lincoln Financial Media’s hot AC WSTR, Atlanta “Star 95” is seeking a new co-host for Cindy Simmons as Jimmy Alexander exits the station after 20 months in the position.  Alexander previously worked as Jack Diamond’s producer and then co-host at WRQX, Washington…..At Vero Beach Broadcasters-owned hot AC WGYL, West Palm Beach “93.7 The Breeze,” programming pro Darrin Arriens exits the PD/afternoon host post due to budget issues.

nuvoodoo logoLikely PPM Panelists Big on Radio.  One of the conclusions drawn from the most recent NuVoodoo Ratings Prospects Study from NuVoodoo Media Services is that radio remains highly relevant among those who would be inclined to participate in the current PPM ratings system.  NuVoodoo VP of research Leigh Jacobs says, “Radio remains strong, particularly among could-be ratings participants.  These human periscopes who are inclined to participate in the PPM ratings are beneficial in many ways.  In our data, we’ve seen that they’re more highly attuned to paying attention to advertising messages and are more likely to enjoy the contests that radio stations use as part of their promotional arsenal.  It’s especially beneficial to radio, since fewer listen daily among those who predicted that they wouldn’t participate in a PPM-style methodology.”  NuVoodoo’s VP of marketing Mike O’Connor adds, “Armed with this information and deeper insights beyond, we can help our marketing clients target heavy users of radio with minimal waste.  And with Facebook, Google and YouTube at our disposal in 2014, it’s never been more economical to reach them.”  The company says it makes the full results of the study available to clients and this update was fielded going into the fall ratings season to make sure NuVoodoo clients have the benefit of the very latest intelligence on emerging social media platforms for use in their marketing and promotion plans.”

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edwardstommyTommy Edwards: Iconic Windy City Talent to Retire. At the conclusion of his midday broadcast this Friday (9/12), WJMK “104.3 K-Hits’” Tommy Edwards will walk away from the CBS RADIO Chicago outlet.  Senior vice president and CBS Radio Chicago market manager Rod Zimmerman asserts that, “Tommy Edwards is synonymous with great radio – few have enjoyed the depth and longevity of success he has experienced.  We have been privileged in Chicago to have been entertained by Tommy for as long as we were.  All of us at CBS Radio wish him much happiness and as he knows, the door will always be open.”  WJMK program director Todd Cavanah remarks, “As sad as I am that Tommy is retiring from radio, I am so happy that we had the chance to work together, and that he finished his unbelievable career at ‘K-Hits.’”  Reflecting on his 54-year radio career that began when he was a high school student in Topeka, Kansas, Edwards states that he has been “blessed to work with some incredible people in cities all across this country.”  For the past three years, he has been doing middays at “K-Hits” and Edwards declares he has loved every minute.  I am so fortunate to walk away from radio knowing I never stopped delivering the very best for the listeners.  My beautiful wife and best friend, Mary Lou, and I, plan on traveling and enjoying more time together.”  Edwards joined CBS Radio in 1990 as program director for then-oldies (now CHR) WODS, Boston. His numerous past credits include WOR-FM, New York; programming KCBS-FM, Los Angeles; WEAM, Washington, DC; and many years in Chicago as an air personality and production talent.  He and the late Larry Lujack created the on-air feature “Animal Stories.”  This is the 24th year that Edwards is the public address announcer for the NBA‘s Chicago Bulls.  Edwards will be celebrated all this week on “K-Hits” and he will be sharing memories from his career.

kwav logoDeal For Monterey’s KWAV Finalized. The deal that transfers adult contemporary KWAV, Monterey-Salinas-Santa Cruz from Buckley Communications to Mapleton Communications is finalized.  The latter also owns CHR KCDU “The Beach – Today’s Hit Music,” classic rock KHIP “The Hippo,” and adult hits KKHK “Bob-FM” in that California market.  Until May of this year, it also owned adult contemporary KBOQ.  Mapleton president and chief executive officer Jim Shea comments, “I have always admired KWAV.  They have been great competitors and I am truly thrilled for the opportunity to work with them.”  Buckley president and chief executive officer Joe Bilotta remarks, “Our ability to compete in the highly consolidated Monterey-Salinas market with a free-standing FM was a significant reason to entertain and eventually sell KWAV to Mapleton Communications.  With this acquisition, Mapleton will be even more of an impact player in the Monterey market and they are very excited to have the Buckley station as part of their growing cluster and company.  We have owned this wonderful facility for over 30 years and we want to extend a heartfelt thanks to the many people who have contributed to our success, from employees to advertisers to loyal listeners.” Dick Foreman of Richard A. Foreman Associates, Inc represented the seller in this transaction.

whkqJVC to Acquire WHKQ, Orlando.  Long Island-based JVC Media enters into an agreement with TTB Media Corp. to acquire bilingual Spanish CHR outlet WHKQ, Orlando (licensed to Windermere, Florida).  This station will join the company’s portfolio of radio stations in Long Island and Gainesville-Ocala, Florida.  It is also in the process of acquiring three stations and two translators in the West Palm Beach market.  JVC Media CEO John Caracciolo states, “We are honored and privileged to welcome WHKQ and its staff to the JVC family.  The prior owner was committed to community service, high-quality broadcasting and creating an excellent work environment for its staff and we will be continuing their work.  We are tremendously impressed with the Orlando market and the remarkable growth that WHKQ has shown in three short years.  As owner and operator of a successful Spanish-language station on Long Island, we understand the Hispanic growth of Orlando and Central Florida and are fully committed to the Spanish format in Orlando.”

wtmxradiothoncheck14WTMX, Chicago’s Eric & Kathy Help Raise $1.4 Million for Children’s Hospital.  The recent “15th Annual Eric & Kathy Radiothon” on WTMX, Chicago “101.9fm THE MIX” helped raise $1,403,229.61 for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  The station reports that with a little help from celebrities such as Blackhawks players Andrew Shaw and Marcus Kruger and singer-actress Hilary Duff, the amount generated from the radiothon raised the grand total to more than $26 million dollars for Lurie Children’s since its inception in 2000.  Pictured here along with the WTMX staffers and volunteers who helped with the radiothon are WTMX morning duo Eric Ferguson (dark blue shirt) and Kathy Hart (red shirt).

nashNYClastbashFinal Summer ‘NASH Bash.’  Over the weekend, Cumulus Media’s WNSH, New York “NASH FM 94.7” held the “Last Summer Bash” at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, New York.  “NASH” fans came out for the free concert featuring three of country music’s best young acts in Maddie & Tae, John King, and Danielle Bradbery.  Pictured here (from left to right) are: NASH FM 94.7’s Jesse Addy, Maddie, NASH’s Kelly Ford, Danielle Bradbery, John King, Tae, and NASH FM program director Brian Thomas.

Friday, August 29, 2014

| August 29, 2014

duanedoobie graphicRadio 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.

diazlouieLouie 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.”

facebooklogoSocial 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.

summersmarkRadioInfo 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.

beasleyawards14Beasley 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).

ww1icedumpALS Ice Bucket Challenge Wars.  After being challenged by WYD Media’s “Zach Sang and the Gang” to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Westwoodsangicedump 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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

| August 27, 2014

rubblebucketDuane 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.

thomasstaceyCC 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.

grahamnathanNathan 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!”

mccainianAlternative 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.”

crs2015CRS 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.

rocknrollofhonourUSA 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.

hangar19WQLZ, 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.”

sangzachlovatoZach 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-halfmackgraham 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.

wolkofflloydTippling 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 wdrqWDRQ “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.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

| August 21, 2014

PPMPPM 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.

NuVooDooFor 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.

NFL LogoA 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.

mason danDan 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 brentEbright 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 Seacrest Distinction 150Ryan 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.

belloboys“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 jayTowers 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”).

WOCNThirty-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 Logo 125BOB-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.

marshall robin“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.

Friday, August 8, 2014

| August 8, 2014

wpgb countryClear 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 countrybonesbobby 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 NetworksBobby 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.”

gallagherjohnJohn 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.

hansondaveHanson 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.”

jonesmikeMike 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.”

robbinrichMore 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.

ppmunitFinal 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.

TenTakeaways

  • 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. kbpaEmmis adult hits KBPA “Bob-FM” is #1 (6+) for the seventh straight month. Speaking of streaks, thiskase logo 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 wjjk logorousing +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 wctk logo- Hall Communications’ WCTK “Cat Country” solidifies its runner-up position by explodingwpro-fm 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 wvkl“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).
  • NashvilleSouth 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 wjxa logodouble-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 “Thewubt logo 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 wtqrthird. 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), whichwpaw 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 logoWOLL “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 wejz logothem – 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.
  • MemphisClear Channel controls the top three finishers and four of the top six, including urban AC KJMS “V-wgkx logo101″ (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 wrchconsecutive 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.

iheartradio newNext 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.

cbsradioCBS 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.

salemcommunicationsSalem 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.

journalbroadcastgroupJournal 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%.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

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cumulus logoCumulus Media Q2 Net Revenue Up 2%.  That figure is pro forma – the actual net revenue is up 21.4% but that number is so high because it’s affected by the acquisition of Westwood One and the Townsquare transaction.  Breaking down the radio side of things for Cumulus Media, the numbers tell the story of a challenging second quarter.  The company reports “broadcast advertising revenue decreased by $4.0 million, primarily due to a $9.4 million decrease in network spot revenue, a $9.8 million decrease in local spot revenue and a decrease of $2.6 million in national spot revenue.  These decreases were partially offset by a $2.9 million increase in revenue from the addition of two radio stations being operated under a local marketing agreement in the Chicago market and the benefit from $14.9 million of reduced producer revenue shares at Westwood One.”

ppmunitRound Two of July 2014 PPM Data Released. The second of four rounds of Nielsen Audio‘s July 2014 PPM ratings has been released for the 12 markets including: Washington, Boston, Detroit, Miami, Seattle, Phoenix, Minneapolis, San Diego, Tampa, Denver, Baltimore, and St. Louis.  The July survey period covered June 19 – July 16. Complete numbers can be found here, but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Takeaways.”

TenTakeaways

  • Boston – When someone is asked to rattle off a list of country music hotbeds, “Beantown” will probably not jump to mind. Some might be surprised to know, however, that in the fall of 1995 – when Arbitron issued quarterly ratings reports rather than present day’s monthly trends – Boston actually had two top 20 country stations: wklb logoEvergreen Media‘s WKLB at 105.7 (2.7, #13) and Greater Media’s WBCS at 96.9 (1.9, #19). Fast-forward to last July (2013) and August when WKLB (now owned by Greater Media and at 102.5) reached #1 6+ in the Hub. Such an accomplishment certainly did not go unnoticed by Clear Channel executives since, roughly one week prior to the start of the July 2014 monthly (6/13), the company transitioned dance WEDX to WBWL “Boston’swbwl logo New Hit Country – The Bull.” Results indicate “The Bull” more than doubles WEDX’s June numbers (1.2 – 2.6, +1.4) with “Boston’s New Hit Country” advancing from #20 to #16. Conversely, WKLB “Today’s New Hit Country” is off by one full-share (7.0 – 6.0), dipping from second to fourth. It will be interesting to see the format tussle there, as well as what happens with the virtually identical station slogans. In a different genre, Greater Media’s WROR “Boston’s Greatest Hits” posts a one-share gain to 6.3, as it rockets from sixth to the runner-up slot formerly held by sibling WKLB. Up by three-tenths to 8.2, Clear Channel CHR WXKS-FM “Kiss-FM” occupies the top spot for the seventh straight ratings period. The fourth successive gain for WZLX is a +.4 (4.6 – 4.8 – 5.1 – 5.8 – 6.2), enabling the CBS Radio classic rocker to inch up from #4 to #3. Its news-talk hybrid sibling WBZ-AM though declines by eight tenths (5.9 – 5.1), sliding from third to sixth. In Boston’s always intriguing sports radio battle, Entercom-owned Boston Red Sox flagship WEEI-FM has back-to-back downward trends (3.4 – 3.3 – 3.0), but is steady at #12. Meanwhile, WBZ-FM “The Sports Hub” (key station for the Bruins, Celtics, and New England Patriots) is also down for the second straight time (5.1 – 2.9 – 2.6), tumbling from #14 to #16; 2.6 matches the lowest (6+) showing for “The Sports Hub” in three years (2.6 in July 2011).
  • Miami – Filed under the “Some Things Never Change” department, Cox Media Group urban AC WHQT “Hot whqt logo105″ is #1 for the 38th straight time, (7.9 – 8.2, +.3). By notching a one-half share gain to 2.9 (#19 in June to #16), Clear Channel urban contemporary WMIB “The Beat” halts a streak of four downward trends (3.1 – 3.0 – 2.7 – 2.6 – 2.4). SBS tropical WXDJ falters by seven-tenths (4.4 – 3.7) to slide from sixth to eighth. Tropical WXDJ “El Zol 106.7″ is down seven tenths (4.4 – 3.7), and falls from sixth to eighth. Six Spanish talk outlets – all on AM and combining for 8.4 shares (6+) – appear in print. Univision‘s WAQI (3.5, -.4, #11) leads the field, followed by WURN (1.6, +.6, #20); WWFE (flat at 1.6, #20); WSUA (flat at 1.2, #22); WQBA (.4, +.1, #25); and WRHC (flat at .1, #28).
  • Seattle – A one-half share gain by CHR KQMV “Movin’ 92.5″ (5.9 – 6.4), combined with a six-tenths decline by KRWM “Warm” (6.3 – 5.7) eventuates in the Hubbard cluster-mates swapping places at #1 and #2, respectively. kqmv logoIt is actually déjà vu for those two, since “Warm” and KQMV traded #1 and #2 positions in June. “Warm” is not the lone Seattle outlet to fall by six-tenths month-to-month. Others include Bonneville talker KIRO-FM (4.0 – 3.4, #8 to #10); public KUOW with the identical 4.0 – 3.4, #8 to #10 move; and Bonneville all-sports KIRO-AM (3.7 – 3.1, #11 to #16). Owing to a -1.1 (5.2 – 4.1), CBS Radio‘s KZOK fell from fourth to seventh in June. It was the classic rocker’s third consecutive downward trend (5.6 – 5.3 – 5.2 – 4.1), but KZOK rebounds with a one-share gain to 5.1 and sits at #3.  Dating back to the “Holiday” 2013 report, Entercom rocker KISW (#4 in June to #7 in July) had put together a string of four straight up trends(4.4 – 4.6 – 5.0 – 5.2 – 5.6), but it is now down for the third time in a row (5.6 – 5.5 – 4.5 – 4.2).
  • Phoenix – Hot AC grabs the headline, as Clear Channel‘s KMXP “Mix” falters by eight-tenths to 5.0 (#3 to #4), while KMVA “Hot 103.9″ follows up June’s +.6 to 4.0 (#13 to #7) with another +.6 to 4.6 (#5). Thus, the 1.8-share kool-fm logo(6+) advantage “Mix” held in June over “Hot” is down to just four-tenths. Meanwhile, CBS Radio classic hits-oldies KOOL “The Valley’s Greatest Hits” (+.2) is not only up or flat for the seventh straight ratings period (3.7 – 4.4 – 4.6 – 5.1 – 5.1 – 5.2 – 5.7 – 5.9), it overtakes Clear Channel country KNIX (6.2 – 5.6, -.6) at #1 (6+). A Clear Channel property had been #1 in Phoenix for eight straight sweeps; June was the first-ever time ever KNIX was in the top spot. After taking a three-tenths May – June dip to 3.2, Clear Channel talker KFYI rebounds with a +1.1 to 4.3 and is back in the top ten (#12 to #7). Its adult contemporary sibling KESZ though falters by seven-tenths (6.0 – 5.3), sliding from second to third.
  • Minneapolis – There is noteworthy movement involving the Twin Cities’ two major country players. In June, Clear Channel’s KEEY “K-102″ had a nine-tenths spike to 7.8, as it zoomed from fifth to second, but it ktcz logorelinquishes that (and a bit more) as it returns to fifth (7.8 – 6.7, -1.1). On the other hand, with a +.6 (6.0 – 6.6, #7 to #6), CBS Radio‘s KMNB “Buz’n@102.9″ whittles the 1.8-share (6+) lead “K-102″ had in June to a mere one-tenth. KTCZ “Cities 97″ makes it back-to-back strong +.8 monthlies (4.6 – 5.4 – 6.2). The Clear Channel property has improved from #12 (May), to #9 (June), to #8 (July). Also gaining eight-tenths is Minnesota Public KCMP (3.1 – 3.9), as it progresses from #12 to #11. Eight-tenths though is bad news for CBS Radio adult hits KZJK “Jack-FM” (7.2 – 6.4, -.8, #6 to #7) and Cumulus rocker KXXR “93-X” (5.8 – 5.0, -.8, #8 to #9). Although off by one-half share (8.9 – 8.4), Clear Channel CHR KDWB “The Twin Cities’ #1 Hit Music Station” is #1 for the second straight time; it was in the top spot January through April.
  • San Diego – At this time last month, the top-four rankers were separated by four-tenths, compared to eight-tenths khts logonow. Improving by six-tenths (5.1 – 5.7), Clear Channel CHR KHTS “Channel 93.3″ (#2 in June) supplants CBS Radio adult contemporary KYXY (5.2 – 5.0, -.2, #1 to #3) at #1. June was the first time since “Holiday” 2011 that KYXY was the market’s (6+) pacesetter. Fellow AC – Lincoln Financial Media‘s KIFM (5.0 – 5.2) – leapfrogs KYXY as it progresses from fourth to second. KIFM sibling, alternative KBZT “FM 94/9,” notches a six-tenths gain to 3.8 and it sails from #15 to #10. Off by one-half share each are adult alternative KPRI (2.3 – 1.8, #21) and regional Mexican XHTY (1.9 – 1.4, #23).
  • Tampa – On the heels of registering an impressive +1.2 to 10.6, Cox Media Group adult contemporary WDUV adds another eight-tenths, taking it to 11.4. In addition to being #1 for the 20th straight survey period, WDUV has wduv logoits most potent 6+-number since “Holiday” 2013 (14.1). Clear Channel‘s WXTB “98 Rock” improves by six-tenths (4.4 – 5.0), zooming from tenth to sixth. It is an off-month for CHR in the market: Clear Channel’s WFLZ “The Hit Music Channel” (6.9 – 6.5, -.4) slides from second to third and Cox Media Group’s WPOI “Hot 101.5″ (5.8 – 5.0, -.8) drops from fourth to sixth. Dating back to January, WFLZ had a string of five straight positive trends which yielded a cumulative increase of two (6+) shares (4.9 – 5.0 – 6.1 – 6.2 – 6.3 – 6.9).
  • DenverLincoln Financial Media country KYGO-FM is steady at 6.2 and is #1 for the third successive survey kygo logoperiod. With a seven-tenths spike to 3.9 (6+), Clear Channel rocker KBPI “Rocks the Rockies” (#18 in June to #12) puts an end to four consecutive down or flat monthlies (4.2 – 4.0 – 3.5 – 3.5 – 3.2). Adult alternative cluster-mate KBCO “World Class Rock” curtails back-to-back (May and June) stays at 4.6 by ringing up a +.6 to 5.2 (#7 to #5). After a +.7 to 4.6, which put it in a three-way tie at #7, Wilks classic hits-oldies KXKL “Kool 105″ regresses by nine tenths to 3.7 and is now in a three-way tie at #13.
  • Baltimore – In the May and June reports, Radio One urban AC WWIN-FM “Magic 95.9″ and Clear Channel‘s WPOC “Baltimore’s Country Station” placed first and second, respectively (6+). With a whopping +1.1 in July wpocthough, WPOC (7.3 – 8.4) overtakes “Magic 95.9″ (8.1 – 7.8, -.3), which slides to second. The -.3 concludes five consecutive positive trends for “Magic.” In that span, it gained 2.5 shares (5.6 – 6.3 – 6.8 – 6.9 – 7.9 – 8.1, 6+). Clear Channel adult hits WQSR registers a seven-tenths increase (3.5 – 4.2) to inch up from tenth to eighth. It is extremely noteworthy though that at least seven stations that appeared in print in June are missing in July. The common thread is they are all CBS Radio-owned outlets: hot AC WWMX (#4 in June, 6.1); adult contemporary WLIF (#5, 4.9); sports WJZ-FM (#10, 3.5); rhythmic CHR WPGC-FM (#15, 1.8); news WNEW (#17, 1.2); tropical WLZL (#20, .8); and sports WJZ-AM (.2).
  • St. Louis – Despite a three-tenths dip, heritage CBS Radio talker – and Cardinals flagship – KMOX (7.6 – 7.3) makes it four straight months at #1. After three successive down trends, Radio One urban contemporary WHHL kmox“Hot 104.1″ is up for the second successive month, this time by eight-tenths (4.4 – 5.2) to progress from #11 to #7. After a May- June gain of six-tenths to 4.0, public KWMU tacks on another seven-tenths to 4.7 (#13 to #11). Both of the market’s country stations are off: Hubbard‘s WIL-FM “Get Your Country On” declines one-half share (7.5 – 7.0) but remains at #2, while Clear Channel‘s KSD “The Bull,” which was 5.1 – 6.0 – 6.5 (April – May – June, 6+), regresses by seven-tenths to 5.8 (#3 to #5). Falling by eight-tenths is KEZK (4.9 – 4.1, #8 to #13). Over and above being the CBS Radio adult contemporary station’s third straight downward trend (6.1 – 5.4 – 4.9 – 4.1), it is the lowest-ever 6+-stat under PPM methodology for “Fresh 102.5.”

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pembletonelizabethPembleton Names Allentown VP/MM at Cumulus Media.  Moving up from her director of sales post for country WCTO and adult contemporary WLEV in Allentown to vice president and market manager for Cumulus Media’s Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton station group is Elizabeth Pembleton.  Cumulus SVP Gary Pizzati says, “This was a natural move elevating Liz to the VP/market manager level within Cumulus.  The performance in the market speaks for itself.  Liz has done amazing work assembling an award-winning team of broadcast professionals within Cumulus of Allentown.  We look forward to many years working with Liz in her new role.”  Pembleton comments, “I’m both honored and excited to continue in this new role with Cumulus Media, and specifically my Allentown team.  I literally have lived and breathed these formats for more than a decade.  Thirty years after selling my first radio spot, I still love the medium and am passionate about the expanding digital platforms that provide free access to our audiences…anywhere!  Most of all, I am incredibly fortunate to have the best team in radio, mentors in Gary Pizzati, SVP and Ron Giovanniello, RVP as well as the support from an exceptional senior leadership team at Cumulus.”

soniaknataliaNatalia Named PD at Entercom’s ‘Z104’ in Norfolk.  Longtime WNVZ, Norfolk “Z104” staffer Natalia Soniak is promoted from her acting PD role at the Entercom rhythmic CHR outlet to program director.  She had been acting PD since Mike Klein left the station, assuming that role after serving as APD and midday personality.  She continued to host the midday program.  Entercom Norfolk VP and market manager Bennett Zier states, “Natalia is a ‘Z104’ expert who lives the lifestyle and has a wonderful perspective on our target audience and brand.”

charles-cowanSales Staffers Appointed at Emmis NYC.  Two changes to the sales department at Emmis New York as the company announces Gwynet Charles-Cowan is named sales manager of events & major sponsorships.  Charles-Cowan has been with the Emmis cluster for the past 10 years serving in capacities including AE, local sales manager and director of Incite.  During this time she’s been credited with launching outreach programs for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, targeting key health initiatives such as HIV testing, teen mental health awareness, smoking cessation and more.  She’s also been instrumental in major sponsorships for Hot 97’s Summer Jam.  Emmis New York director of sales Doug James comments, “Gwynet has demonstrated that she is a rainmaker, who understands the power and value that our events, such as Hot 97′s Summer Jam and WBLS & WLIB’s Circle of Sisters, bring to our sponsors.  We believe she is the perfect person to drive this business for Emmis New York.”  Charles-Cowan says, “Producing major events is becoming a huge part of the radio business, and I am excited and honored for the opportunity to lead this special department at Emmis New York.  WQHT-FM is the home of the iconic HOT 97 Summer Jam festival, with nearly 60,000 fans coming together to celebrate hip hop each year.  Now, with the addition of sister stations WBLS’ and WLIB’s Circle of Sisters, a staple family pastime of NYC osgoodchrisfor 10 years, attended by over 50,000 loyal consumers, Emmis is a dominant purveyor of events and customer engagement.”  Also, the company announces Chris Osgood is named the new local sales manager for WQHT “Hot 97 FM.”  The 26-year radio pro operates his own concert production company and marketing consultation firm.  He’s worked at such major market stations as KRBE and KLOL in Houston and WSB-AM and WZGC in Atlanta.  He says, “I am honored to be joining the dynamic management team at Emmis New York, and to work with Doug James and Deon Levingston.  Emmis is undoubtedly the premier radio company to work for in our industry, and ‘Hot 97’ is an international brand and one of the most legendary radio stations around the country.  I look forward to contributing to the storied history of this iconic property and developing the best sales staff in New York City.  Growing up in the New York tri-state area and having my career come full circle is a dream come true.  I can’t wait to get started.”

mookie‘Mookie’ Assumes Music Director Role at KPRI, San Diego.  Joining the Compass Media triple A outlet KPRI, San Diego is Marc “Mookie” Kaczor who is named music director and air personality.  Kaczor comes to San Diego from Laguna Radio’s KXRN, Laguna Beach “KX 93.5” where he was music director and PM drive host.  KPRI program director Matt Stone says, “I am thrilled to be bringing such a talented, true music fan to the staff at KPRI.  Mookie is truly passionate about the music and he will be a stellar addition to our lineup both on-air and in the programming department.”  Kaczor comments, “Joining the KPRI family is an incredible opportunity to work in the market that I love.  They’re passionate radio people.  I want to help KPRI blaze trails within the triple A format.  I want to give San Diego something real.  Now it’s time to get to work!”

danielschase2Correction.  Yesterday (8/5), RadioInfo published the wrong picture of new WQNY, Ithaca “Q Country 103.7” afternoon host Chase Daniels.  Instead we published a photo of WNTR, Indianapolis “107.9 The Mix” morning host Chase Daniels.  RadioInfo regrets the error.  The Chase you see here is the one joining Saga Communications’ WQNY.

Monday, August 4, 2014

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jessiejgrandeminajCHR 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.

kuzx logoBay 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 logo NEWKLTH 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.

jonesmeghanRadioInfo 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.

sternhowardHoward 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 forwccc logo 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.

hemmertterriBack 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.

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