Tag: "Entercom"

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

| April 16, 2014

sarahvinnieSarah Re-Ups with KLLC, San Francisco.  Morning drive personality Sarah signs a multi-year contract extension to remain on the morning drive show with partner Vinnie at CBS RADIO’s hot AC KLLC, San Francisco “Alice@97.3.”   Sarah, who’s been with the station since 1997, says, “I’m so excited to continue our reign of terror in the morning at Alice@97.3 – we have a great team together in the morning and it’s an honor to work alongside the whole staff at Alice.  I truly have to pinch myself from time to time – I might be the luckiest person in the world.  I’m beyond stoked!”  CBS RADIO San Francisco SVP and market manager Doug Harvill adds, “All of us at CBS RADIO San Francisco are pleased to continue our relationship with Sarah.  She’s talented, lovely and a joy to be around…and now we’ll have her around for many more years.”

byromhannahHannah Byrom Joins KBFF, Portland’s ‘Morning Mess.’  The “Morning Mess” show on Alpha Broadcasting’s CHR KBFF “Live 95.5” in Portland adds Hannah Byrom to the cast that includes Tanya Brown and Mike Edwards, effective April 21.  Byrom has worked on the morning show at WAZO, Wilmington, North Carolina and as co-host of the nationally syndicated evening show, “Zach Sang and the Gang.”  Alpha Broadcasting director of programming Scott Mahalick coments, “Hannah is the perfect fit to join the cast of the ‘Morning Mess’ and bring a perspective that only someone who lives the lifestyle can bring.  We are thrilled to have Hannah on our team.”


Sherí Taylor Joins WSPA, Greenville for Middays.  It’s a return to Entercom’s adult contemporary WSPA, Greenville “Magic 98.9” for Sherí Taylor, who left the station seven years ago.  Most recently, she’s been co-hosting the morning program at Salem Communications’ crosstown classic hits WOLT “Earth 103.3.”  The station notes that Taylor has been working in the Greenville market graduating from Clemson University in 1995 and calls her “a multi-talented personality” who’s been a comedian for 20 years, worked as an on-air personality for “Oldies 106.3,” started a small business, where she owns her own photography studio, and has worked as a television entertainment reporter.  Entercom VP/market manager Steve Sinicropi states, “Last week, ‘Magic 98.9’ added Murphy, Sam & Jodi to our morning lineup and today we add another superb talent to middays in Sherí Taylor.  Sherí deserves the bigger platform and audience she’ll have with ‘Magic 98.9.’  With the largest radio audience in the state of South Carolina, we always need to deliver the best for our clients.  These moves make ‘Magic’ stronger from top to bottom and improve our station, and better position our entire cluster for the future.”  Taylor adds, “Coming back home to a place I love and respect is the icing on the cake.  Entercom has always been like family to me and I can’t wait to start on middays on a heritage brand like ‘Magic 98.9.’”

wallskentKent Walls Named to Air Staff at KKGO, Los Angeles.  The Toronto-born media personality is familiar to Angelenos as an on-air host and reporter for the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks.  Kent Walls serves as a correspondent for the “Ducks Weekly” show on Fox Sports Prime Ticket.  Now, he’s adding weekend air work on Mt. Wilson Broadcasters’ country KKGO “Go Country 105 FM” to his duties.  In addition to the above-cited work, Walls is a partner at Three-Point Stance, a multimedia production company and creative agency based in Culver City.

mccollummaryMcCollum Promoted at Idaho Media Group.  Local sales manager Mary McCollum is promoted to director of regional and national sales at IdaVend Broadcasting, Inland Northwest Broadcasting and KRPL Inc.  McCollum began her career in media as a marketing manager for Ubiquitel (Sprint Wireless), in 2000.   She moved to neighboring Clarkston, Washington in 2009, taking a position in Lewiston as sales manager at Pacific Empire Radio Corporation.  In 2011, McCollum moved to nationally recognized IdaVend Broadcasting as the sales manager for Inland Northwest Broadcasting and KRPL, Inc. in Moscow.  In addition to national and regional sales, McCollum also specializes in political advertising and sponsorship promotions.

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  At Wilks License Company-owned classic hits KXKL, Denver “Kool 105.1,” Jim Berry is named program director and afternoon drive host, taking over for Gregg Cassidy…..Evening personality Chris Rock exits Tiger Communications’ alternative WTGZ, Union Springs, Alabama (Auburn-Montgomery market) “Tiger 93.9 FM.”…..JYH Broadcasting’s alternative rocker KNOB, Santa Rosa, California “96X,” Sarah Jean moves up from the promotions department to midday personality on the station.   

carriemistressWAAF, Boston’s Mistress Carrie to Participate in ‘Tough Ruck’ Fundraiser.  Afternoon drive personality Mistress Carrie is doing something no other civilian has been allowed to do – participate in the Tough Ruck fundraiser.  The WAAF personality has a long track record of supporting U.S. troops.  She went to Iraq and Afghanistan as an embedded reporter in 2006 and 2011, respectively.  Now she’ll put on a 40-pound rucksack and join some 1,000 soldiers from over 30 states in a 26 mile hike along the historic Battle Road Trail in Concord, Massachusetts on Saturday, April 19.  The event benefits Military Friends Foundation.  Mistress Carrie is part of a fundraising team that includes the 1-182 Infantry, whom she was embedded with in Afghanistan.  Mistress Carrie adds, “After being embedded with members of the 182 in Afghanistan, and visiting them as they secured Boston after the marathon bombings, I’m honored to be a member of the team, especially on April 19, because the 182 are one of only a few units in the military that carry battle streamers from Lexington, Concord, and Boston.  It’s going to be a very special day, and I just hope to keep up with them!”

simonpaulPaul Simon to Receive NAB Education Foundation Honor.  The legendary singer and songwriter will receive the 2014 Service to America Leadership Award from the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) for his long-time commitment to providing healthcare to underserved children across the country.  The award will be presented at NABEF’s Celebration of Service to America Gala on June 17.  NABEF president Marcellus Alexander says, “Paul Simon has had a tremendous influence on the global music community for a half-century through his innovative style and inspired songwriting.  His involvement in expanding healthcare coverage for underprivileged and impoverished children is just as important.  This award honors his mission to provide a higher quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens.”  Last year, the award was presented to Stevie Wonder.

emmisSign of the Times for Emmis. Later today when it is time to ring NASDAQ‘s closing bell in Times Square, Emmis chairman/president/chief executive officer Jeff Smulyan will be doing the honors.  The ceremony will officially celebrate Emmis’ February acquisition of urban AC WBLS and gospel WLIB from YMF Media.  Those outlets will be part of a three-station NYC cluster, as they unite with Emmis rhythmic CHR WQHT “Hot 97.” Smulyan comments, “As the WBLS and WLIB staffs join the Emmis family, we are very excited to celebrate by ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ.”  Emmis New York general manager Deon Levingston notes, “This has been a thrilling time for all of us at WQHT, WBLS, and WLIB.  What better way to remember it than ringing the closing bell at NASDAQ.”  Others taking part later today will be “Hot 97″ air personalities Funkmaster Flex and Angie Martinez; WBLS talents Lenny Green, Dr. Bob Lee, and Earthquake; and WLIB’s Bishop Hezekiah Walker.

peterstimKHLT, Wichita’s Tim Peters Dies.  Co-workers and listeners are mourning the sudden death of radio personality Tim Peters, who was morning drive co-host at Air Capitol Media Group-owned AC KHLT “99.7 Lite-FM.”  KAKE-TV reports that fellow staffers became concerned when Peters didn’t show up for work on Tuesday morning.  KHLT officials confirm he passed away but no cause is being announced at this time.  Peters worked in the Wichita market from 1982 to 1997 before leaving for gigs in other markets.  He returned to Wichita in 2007.  Fellow air staffer Dan Holiday and morning co-host Gayla Crouse are hosting a live tribute to Peters today (4/16).

aretha albumNo R-E-S-P-E-C-T At All.  There were at least two things missing from last Friday’s (4/11) widely shared story that singer Patti LaBelle was arrested after an altercation with Aretha Franklin. First, Vince McMahon could have booked it earlier in the week (Sunday, 4/6) as part of the WWE‘s benchmark “WrestleMania 30″ in New Orleans.  More importantly though, there was the ever-so-slight detail that no such fisticuffs ever occurred.  The purely fictional piece concocted and written in “The News Nerd” contends the fight took place in Atlanta on March 20. Several media outlets missed the part about it being a goof and ran with it.  Wanting to set the record straight, Franklin took to social media by writing, “I have never heard anything crazier regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting.  On March 20, I was in New York City readying for my birthday [party]. Patti and I are cool and we always have been.  I enjoyed her at the White House – classic Patti.”  A disclaimer at the bottom of the “News Nerd” site states its posts are for “entertainment purposes only.”  Those missing that line, however, were clearly more focused on the body of the “story,” which portrays LaBelle decking Franklin with a punch following a back-and-forth feud.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

| April 9, 2014

cookehollandNAB Show: Day Two.  Media consultant Holland Cooke reports back to TALKERS/RadioInfo from Las Vegas with notes from the second day of the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas.  Among the topics Cooke writes about are NAB CEO Gordon Smith’s conversation with FCC chairman Tom Wheeler (it appears radio is not on Wheeler’s radar), an instructive group of thoughts for radio operators from former NYTimes columnist and current Yahoo Tech columnist David Pogue, plus some comments about the future of the AM band.  Read Holland Cooke’s complete column here.

nabcrystalawardNAB Announces Crystal Radio Award Winners. Chosen among 50 finalists, 10 stations emerged as victors of the National Association of Broadcasters’ 27th annual Crystal Radio Awards.  Recipients were honored at yesterday’s (Tuesday, 4/8) radio luncheon at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.  Honorees are Clear Channel Los Angeles urban-rhythmic oldies KHHT “Hot 92.3″; CBS Radio Detroit all-news WWJ; Bonneville Phoenix KTAR-FM “News/Talk 92.3″; Hubbard Minneapolis hot AC KSTP-FM “KS-95″; and Clear Channel Omaha KXKT “Today’s Country.”  Other winners are Cromwell Group‘s WZUS “Talk 101 FM,” Decatur, Illinois; Lenawee Broadcasting adult contemporary WLEN “Lenawee’s Best Radio Station,” Adrian, Michigan; Fife Communication adult contemporary KCVM “93.5 – The Mix,” Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa; East Kentucky Broadcasting‘s WDHR “Today’s Best Country,” Pikeville, Kentucky; and Riverfront Broadcasting‘s KYNT “Yankton’s Home Team,” Yankton, South Dakota.  Crystal Radio Awards recognize stations for outstanding year-round commitment to community service.  Judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations, and public relations firms chose the finalists.

advantagesystems logoSales Pro Mike Messenger Joins Advantage Systems Inc.  Sales training and consulting firm Advantage Systems Inc. announces radio sales pro Mike Messenger – who most recently was director of sales for Cox Media – is joining the company to serve as revenue development manager.  Messenger says that the concept of growing revenue through a focus on local direct business is what attracted him to Advantage Systems.  During his time with Cox Media, Messenger led a team that sold across 12 states, growing revenue via local direct.  Messenger states, “It’s a unique concept that has proven fruitful – in fact growing revenue 15% year-over-year.  I am very excited to help advertising sales professionals grow their revenue.  What Advantage Systems offers to local, small and mid-size businesses is unparalleled in the industry.  This is a unique opportunity for me at the right time in my career to do what I love to do: help businesses grow their client base and make more money, while helping sales professionals improve their income.”  In this position, Messenger will be working with sales teams and managers to help strengthen their local direct strategy and maximize digital sales to ultimately generate sustainable growth in their individual markets.  Advantage Systems VP of sales Frank Kulbertis comments, “Media organizations and local advertisers are going to love working with Mike Messenger.  His experience and enthusiasm make him the ideal person to help us expand our business in the broadcast and cable TV industries, while continuing our extensive work in the radio industry.  I am thrilled that we were able to add someone of Mike’s caliber to our organization.”  Advantage president Mike LoConte adds, “A key advantage to our Advantage Systems program is the strengthening of the sales team so that we can help our media partners grow their revenue not only thru focused sales programs but all year round.  We feel Mike has what it takes to help all of our media partners exceed their sales goals.”

nathanshilaShila Nathan Named PM Drive Personality at ‘US 99.5’ in Chicago.  From Scranton to Chicago, radio personality Shila Nathan is named the new PM drive jock at CBS RADIO Chicago’s country WUSN “US99.5.”  She comes to the station from Entercom’s Scranton cluster where she was doing swing jock work on country WGGY “Froggy 101” and CHR WKRZ.  Prior to that, she co-hosted morning drive at CBS RADIO’s hip hop WRDW and rock WYSP in Philadelphia.  WUSN PD and company VP of country programming Jeff Kapugi says, “I have had my eye on Shila for a few years and I’m very excited to have her join the air staff at ‘US99.5.  She’s a very dynamic personality that brings a fresh approach to afternoon drive in Chicago, Shila joins a talented team featuring Lisa and Ray in mornings, recently promoted midday host Drew Walker and ‘Jax’ at night.”

perkschuckPerks Promoted at ‘The Pike.’  Programmer Chuck Perks is raised from his part-time status to permanent midday host and program director at Cumulus Media’s classic hits WWFX, Worcester “The Pike.”  Perks has been with Cumulus Worcester both on and off air, at hot AC WXLO, oldies WORC-FM and “The Pike.”  Perks has worked in the Boston market as “Hub Headlines” personality for the night show on CBS RADIO’s WBZ-FM “98.5 The Sports Hub” and as headlines reporter on the Boston Bruins Radio Network.  Cumulus VP of programming Val Garris says, “We’re fortunate to have someone of Chuck’s caliber join Cumulus at WWFX 100.1 FM.  His experience and knowledge of the market make him the perfect fit to lead ‘The Pike’ as both a personality and programmer.”

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Classic Hits-Oldies.  RadioInfo continues its look at format performance in the PPM markets with a review of the classic hits and oldies formats.  Managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian delivered comparisons and side-by-side analyses of the various rock formats over the past week (alternative or modern, active or mainstream, adult album alternative and classic rock) and now turns his attention to rock’s gold-based cousins classic hits and oldies.  The formats enjoyed pretty good ratings during the month of February.  Check out Mike Kinosian’s analysis here.

ridermarkKTWN, Minneapolis PM Drive Personality Rider Adds TV to His Resume.  The new HGTV show “New House New Life” will feature the voice-over skills of Northern Lights hot AC “KTWIN” personality Mark Rider.  The first episodes of the program air on HGTV this Sunday, April 13 at 5:00 pm ET.  The show is produced by Orion Entertainment and the concept is to follow couples of all ages and backgrounds as they dare to quit their old jobs and follow their dreams.  Rider says of the show, “Who hasn’t wanted to up and quit their job to start a bed and breakfast or a cattle ranch or live on your own charter boat?  We all have but haven’t been willing to take the leap of faith.  These people have and it’s very inspiring.”  Rider’s other current voice gigs include a national ad campaign for Ski-Doo Snowmobiles and national radio ads for the two new flavors of Mountain Dew Kickstart.

gilbertthefoxShuffle at Classic Rock ‘Fox 92.5’ in Cincinnati.  There’s been an air talent shuffle at Cumulus Media’s classic rock WOFX, Cincinnati “Fox 92.5” as former longtime rock WEBN personality Jay Gilbert is brought aboard to host the afternoon drive show.  To make room, program director Christopher Geisen takes over the midday show and Carl Cruse slides back to the evening show.

marshalldanaMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Former WXRV, Boston “92.5 The River” PD Dana Marshall returns to the triple A outlet to host the Sunday morning “Brunch by the River” program from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon…..Mark Feather lands at Erie Radio Group’s CHR WEHP, Erie “Happi 92.7” as program director and afternoon personality after exiting Impact Radio Group’s Boise, Idaho cluster…..In Panama City, Florida, radio personality Tyler moves from his evening show at Powell Broadcasting’s hip hop WPFM “Hot 107.9” to Magic Broadcasting II’s crosstown CHR WILN “Island 106” for afternoons…..Sheila Brothers is morning host at Sunrise Broadcasting’s AC WILT, Wilmington, North Carolina “Sunny 104.5” and she’s been informing listeners about what’s happening in the Wilmington film industry – “Wilmywood” as she calls it – on her show and via her blog.  Now she adds another title to her CV as she begins serving as a contributor to Entertainment Weekly‘s “The Community” on EW.com…..KNOX, Inc.-owned country KSTN-AM, Stockton, California “105.9 The Bull” adds Johnny Milford — doing on-air work as Johnny Stockton — to the staff for afternoon drive.  The company recently flipped from classic country to mainstream country and is simulcasting on FM translator K290AG at 105.9 FM.

NASH campus studioCumulus Media Unveils NASH Campus.  It’s been well promoted that Cumulus Media has serious multi-platform plans for its NASH country brand but now the company announces the physical home base of the brand exists as the NASH Campus in Nashville.  Cumulus calls it “the nation’s first multimedia facility devoted solely to producing and distributing content based on the country music lifestyle, including radio programming, TV/videos, magazines and events.”  A statement from the company goes on to note the NASH campus includes three studios designed for a combination of TV and radio programming, indoor and outdoor event space, a print newsroom and extensive office space.  All NASH Campus programming originates from studios equipped with state-of-the-art ORAD voice-activated HD cameras that enable online streaming, HD taping and live television broadcasting.  Cumulus also reports country stars including Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and Sheryl Crow are among the early visitors who’ve already spent time at the NASH campus.  The NASH campus is currently home to “America’s Morning Show,” “NASH Nights Live with Shawn Parr,” “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” “Kickin’ It with Kix” and Country Weekly (soon to be renamed NASH) magazine.  CEO Lew Dickey says, “We designed the NASH campus to inspire and support the creation of a full-spectrum of country content.  This new state-of-the-art facility will enable us to power NASH’s multimedia platforms and secure its position as the nation’s preeminent lifestyle and entertainment brand for country music fans.”

Monday, April 7, 2014

| April 7, 2014


duanedoobie graphicThose Pesky Millennials.  RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie offers his thoughts about coming to a practical understanding of the 80 million-plus Americans whom we collective call “Millennials” or “Generation Y” as programmers attempt to figure out how to get and keep them interested in listening to radio.  In a new column posted today (4/7) Doobie writes, “Obviously, with radio of all formats obsessed with appealing to younger demos, the Millennials (also referred to as ‘Echo-Boomers, ‘Generation Me,’ and even ‘Generation We’) hold the key to our medium’s survival in the coming years and certainly decades.  It is thus vital that radio do whatever is necessary to recruit them as radio fans (not just ‘listeners’ but ‘fans’) in order to replenish the ignorantly, overstated ‘dying off’ of the medium’s current aging audience.  (For the record, personally AND professionally, I take issue with that harsh generalization, but acknowledge that it has become conventional wisdom in our industry.)  You see, despite radio industry-centric research floating around that indicates Millennials love radio – your head has to be buried in sand not to see that they, as a broad-based group, do NOT love radio (meaning, for the most part, audio programming designed to emanate from an AM or FM platform).  Their heads (which includes their ears and the brains to which their ears are connected) are literally and figurative elsewhere.  Only a specific segment of the Millennial generation can be broadly categorized as being fans of radio and that is most likely the slice of the young adult demo that is Hispanic and/or part of the growing immigrant or non-white population.  Interestingly, this group tends to understandably resent and deny having the negative ‘traits’ often cited as describing Millennials.  I don’t blame them, keeping in mind that the Doob doesn’t like engaging in the broad-strokes generalizing that radio research (bogus and otherwise) often compels us to do.”  To read this provocative column in its entirety, please click here.

lackofafroDuane 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 (4/7) includes such names as: Emily Kinney, Waxahatchee, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chainsmokers, Alexis Killacam, Kings of Leon, String Cheese Incident, Jerry Harrison, The Pixies, Bigelf, Passenger, Tiesto, Young Punx, Pegboard Nerds, Elizaveta, Nezzo, Neptune Safari, Olivia Kay, Adele, Red Eye Gravy, Zac Brown Band, Briana Payne, LoCash Cowboys, Lack of Afro, and Herbal T, Wax among others. To check out this valuable information, please click here.

60minutesvanityfair poll’60 Minutes’/Vanity Fair Poll Confirms AM/FM’s Place in Music Listening Landscape.  A recent telephone survey of a little over 1,000 American adults conducted for CBS’ “60 Minutes” and Condenast’s Vanity Fair seems to show what most studies of its kind conclude: Older Americans still listen to AM/FM radio as their first choice for hearing music, but those 35 and under prefer a digital service (i.e. Pandora) or their digital device (smartphone, mp3 player).  When looking at the results across the entire age spectrum, AM/FM comes in first with 49% saying they listen to music most often on the radio.  But once the demographics are broken down, the results change.  The study also has bad news for the compact disc.  Again, among all adults surveyed, the CD comes in second last – behind vinyl LPs – as the way in which they listen to music the most.  The poll also asks questions about the quality of today’s music and performers.  Check it out here.

americangeneralmediaAmerican General Media’s Albuquerque Activity. Four programmers/on-air talents depart Univision Radio‘s Albuquerque-Santa Fe cluster en masse to join rival American General Media’s stations in the New Mexico market.  AGM market manager Suzy Rufail remarks, “This is a big day at AGM.  I could not be happier for the opportunity to work with this incredibly talented, experienced, and passionate team of radio professionals.  Any one of them on their own would be a tremendous asset to the AGM family, but the addition of this entire group is exceptional.  It underscores the fact that, while other media companies are becoming more dependent on syndicated talent and programming, AGM continues to be committed to staying live and local for the benefit of our audiences and client partners.”  After the dust settles, Univision rhythmic CHR KKSS “Kiss 97.3″ program director/midday host DJ Lopez exits for similar duties at AGM rhythmic CHR KAGM “Power 106.7.”  In addition, Lopez will program AGM mainstream CHR KDLW “Hit Music Now” and alternative KARS “Area 102.9.” KKSS imaging director/afternoon talent Johnny V takes on those responsibilities at “Power 106.7.”  KKSS music director/evening personality MQ joins “Power” in the same capacity.  Finally, Julian Robles leaves Univision regional Mexican KJFA “La Jefa 105.1″ for AGM’s similarly-programmed KLVO “Radio Lobo.”  Lopez and Robles have worked for AGM in the past.

sparxSparx to Host Evenings at KUPL, Portland.  Returning to the Pacific Northwest is radio personality Sparx, who comes to Alpha Broadcasting’s new country outlet KUPL, Portland “98.7 The Bull” from his most recent gig with WAPE, Jacksonville.  Sparx, who began his radio career in Eugene, Oregon, will host the evening show.  Alpha Broadcasting director of programming Scott Mahalick says, “Sparx brings a genuine, vibrant magnetism along with a live and local entertaining party atmosphere, the Northwest Nights audience will embrace!”  Sparx comments, “I am excited to head back up to the Pacific Northwest and jump into a format I love with a great team at the Bull.”

cookehollandRadio: Playing Catch-Up to Our On-Demand Culture.  Reporting from the RAIN Summit that preceded today’s opening of the NAB Show in Las Vegas, media consultant Holland Cooke writes about what those on the digital platform are doing well and what AM/FM operators can learn from them.  Cooke offers analysis of what “curation” can mean to radio station programmers and sales staffers as well as reporting on what works on the podcasting platform and what doesn’t.  Read Holland Cooke’s piece here.

kinosianmikePPM Analysis: Classic Rock.  After looking at the recent Nielsen Audio PPM numbers for alternative (modern) rock and active and mainstream rock, RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian reports today on the third “cousin” in the rock radio family – classic rock.  As we’ve highlighted, the alternative and active and mainstream rock formats show a high degree of stability across a number of rating periods and classic rock seems to have the same quality, although its 6+ numbers tend to be a bit higher.  Check out Mike Kinosian’s classic rock PPM analysis here.

cbslogoCBS-Nielsen Cross-Media Measurement Data Shows Power of TV-Radio Combo Buys.  A statement from both CBS and Nielsen calls today’s news “proof of concept (POC)” for local television plus radio audience measurement.  Using Nielsen TV and radio panels the two companies “collaborated to demonstrate the additive power of combining media buys for major advertising campaigns.  The POC combined audience data from CBS’ local TV and radio assets in order to build a foundation that measured combined and unduplicated reach across both media.”  It’s good news for CBS but it’s really the only player with a large number of TV and radio assets across the company.  Still,nielsen logo Nielsen says it intends to open participation in the pilot across a wider group of clients to “further strengthen cross-media selling models.”  But the companies go on to say that “creating a measurable foundation gives advertisers using marketing mix models as a basis for their media planning the tools they need to accurately account for how local television and radio together contribute to driving sales.  This POC begins the conversation into the data needed by those models to correctly value local television and radio.”  Here’s more from the press release: “In some cases, using local television and radio together doubled the reach in certain markets.  In the five markets measured in the POC, an advertiser could reach anywhere from 84% to as high as 93% of all adults 18+ within a month by leveraging local television and radio together.  Advertisers would be able to see the benefits of combining the buying of these media and dayparts together.  For instance, combining television prime time and late news all week with morning drive on weekdays, an advertiser could reach 75% of A18-49 in Boston within four weeks.  In this example, a local media buy could make sense for fast food advertisers.”  Full results of the study are being presented at the NAB Show tomorrow (4/8).  CBS Corporation chief research officer David Poltrack says, “Industry-standard measurement is a first step toward showing large advertisers what local advertisers already know – there is a lot of value to combining local television and radio in a media buy.  We will continue working with Nielsen to bring to the industry the rich analytics, reporting tools, and planning software needed to prove these benefits to advertisers.  The long-term plan is to include online as well.  This proof-of-concept demonstrates the power of broadcasting quickly and frequently to reach mass audiences.”

wbos logoGreater Media Alternative WBOS, Boston Seeks Local Band to Open ‘Radio 92.9 EarthFest.’  For its “Radio 92.9 EarthFest” taking place on May 17 in Boston, Greater Media alternative rocker WBOS is providing an opening slot for a local band to open the festival.  To find that band, the station is hosting a Battle of the Bands.  Greater Media says the “Radio 92.9 EarthFest” is “the largest free radio station concert in the country, showcasing national and local music acts, environmentally friendly products and local non-profit environmental organizations.”  Bands from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island are eligible for the contest.  They must submit a link to a YouTube video of a performance or studio video.  Thirty-two entries will be selected and listeners will be able to vote for their favorite band from April 15-28, 2014.  The eight bands with the highest vote totals will be invited to participate in the two semi-final live performance rounds, scheduled for early May in Boston.  Two bands from each semi-final performance will be selected by a panel of judges to perform at the finals along with one “People’s Choice” artist, selected by station listeners.  The five finalists will perform on May 14, 2014 at the Hard Rock Café in Boston.  The winning band will have the opportunity to perform a 25-minute set as the opener of the 21st annual “Radio 92.9 EarthFest.”

koit logoSAG-AFTRA Launches Campaign for Public Support for KOIT, San Francisco Jocks.  Making a public plea for help in its battle to prevent voice-tracking and employee wage cuts, SAG-AFTRA is launching a “Save Local Radio” campaign for a better contract for adult contemporary KOIT staffers.  The station bargaining unit is preparing for another round of negotiations with federal mediators in May.  SAG-AFTRA says that on Friday (4/4), the bargaining team concluded two days of mediation and the sides are still locked in a struggle with Entercom for a fair contract.

heltonACM awardLon Helton Honored.  “Countdown Country USA” host Lon Helton (center) is pictured backstage at the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 5 holding his “National Radio Personality of the Year” award.  Helton was honored twice before by the ACM in both 2008 and 2011.  Pictured here with him are: Donny Walker, WestwoodOne senior director, country syndication (left) and George Achaves, WestwoodOne producer (right).

lujacktypewriterLarry Lujack’s Typewriter on Auction to Benefit Hit Parade Hall of Fame.  The Hit Parade Hall of Fame was founded by John Rook in 2007 and nominates artists into its “hall” based on chart success.  When Larry Lujack passed away last December, he left his Smith-Corona typewriter to Rook, who is putting it up on eBay at a starting price of $500.  The description notes that Lujack never signed on to computers and email and “every letter, script or memo he ever wrote over a forty year period magically appeared from his trusty Smith Corona typewriter.”  The proceeds from the sale will benefit the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.

Friday, April 4, 2014

| April 4, 2014

mozdiezcarlsonEntercom Boston Boosts Mozdiez to Director of Integrated Media Strategies.  It is a position the cluster specifically crafts for Carlson Mozdiez, who is elevated from director of digital operations.  New responsibilities for the Syracuse University graduate include developing/executing customer-facing brand messaging, including live events, contesting and promotions, external advertising,entercom websites, video, and social media.  Entercom Boston vice president/market manager Phil Zachary comments, “Streamlining our ever-expanding array of digital and marketing channels, which connect the most valuable radio consumers in New England to our brands and our advertisers, makes logistical sense.  Carlson is the ideal leader to spearhead these innovative efforts.”  Mozdiez remarks that, “It is an exciting time as we continue to develop and optimize the ways people interact with our stations while creating new means for advertisers to access our audiences.”  Entercom Boston consists of rock WAAF, sports WEEI-FM, sports WEEI-AM, news/talk WRKO, the Boston Red Sox Radio Network and their respective web properties.  Mozdiez joined Entercom in 2002 as promotion coordinator for WEEI and WRKO.

hammerbrianMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Music director duties are added to the responsibilities of KVGS, Las Vegas “107.9 BOB FM” morning drive host Brian Hammer, who joined the Beasley Broadcasting adult hits station last June…..Bob Lewis is promoted at American General Media to director of operations and programming for the Bakersfield cluster.  Lewis returned to AGM in 2013 as regional director of programming overseeing the Bakersfield and Albuquerque properties…..Emmis’ triple A KGSR, Austin has a new program director in Haley Jones who moves east from Compass Radio Group’s triple A KPRI, San Diego.

kinosianmikeRock: A PPM Analysis.  On Thursday (4/3), RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian presented a PPM ratings analysis of alternative rock, comparing (among other things) the ratings fluctuations over the past five Nielsen Audio PPM reports (check that out in Thursday’s news below).  Today he turns his attention to active and mainstream rock.  In today’s report, he also provides some side-by-side data with both rock and alternative.  As we noted with alternative yesterday, while the format tends not to be the big newsmaker as reported by the consumer media – as country and CHR have been doing lately – it also appears that both alternative/modern rock and the active and mainstream rock formats enjoy a large degree of consistency from a cume and market share standpoint over time.  Check out Mike Kinosian’s analysis here.

openingday2014Nielsen Audio Quantifies the Obvious: Opening Day Is Big for Radio.  What’s well known to radio practitioners is put into numbers by Nielsen Audio from this season’s Opening Day.  While baseball – from a ratings standpoint – will be good to most MLB flagships this year, some of the Opening Day numbers are truly spectacular.  In Cincinnati, flagship WLW pulled a 46.6 share with Men 25-54 on a 12+ cume of 270,700.  Also, it’s interesting to note the difference in cume and share from the Cubs at Pirates broadcasts where the woebegone Cubs fans in Chicago didn’t appear to have the same passion (via radio, anyway) as the recharged Bucs backers in Pittsburgh.  Check out the data here.

acm awards logoWestwoodOne Goes Backstage at the ACM Awards.  This Sunday evening the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions present the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards live on CBS TV (8:00 pm ET).  On the radio side, Cumulus and WestwoodOne are partnering with the Academy and dick clark productions to provide exclusive backstage audio coverage from the WestwoodOne “Backstage at the ACM Awards” radio row for the two days leading up to the show.  Tomorrow (4/5), Lon Helton, host of the WestwoodOne-syndicated “Country Countdown USA,” is being honored with his third ACM “National Radio Personality of the Year” Award.  He was also honored in 2008 and 2011.  WestwoodOne says “Backstage at the ACM Awards” will offer candid interviews with A-list superstars of country music and other special programming to more than 30 radio stations from across the U.S.  “Backstage at the ACM Awards” will be held today (4/4) from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm PST andwestwoodone logo tomorrow (4/5) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm PST.  WestwoodOne’s two-hour red carpet special airs on Sunday (4/6) beginning at 5:00 pm ET.  Cumulus EVP and co-COO John Dickey says, “Cumulus and the Academy of Country Music have joined forces to engage fans by delivering exclusive cutting edge content through affiliate platforms, including radio, station websites and social media.  Cumulus reaches more country fans through its platform than any other broadcaster in the world.  Our radio coverage of the ACM Awards provides prime positioning and unprecedented access to talent, offering an unparalleled and unique experience for millions and millions of listeners.”

AT40 logoLady Gaga in for Ryan Seacrest on AT40.  Superstar pop artist Lady Gaga is sitting in for Ryan Seacrest on Premiere Networks’ “American Top 40.”  Premiere says that in addition to counting down the top 40 songs, Lady Gaga will answer questions directly from fans and talk about her new single “G.U.Y.” from her current album ARTPOP, as well as the making of the music video.  She will also discuss her sold out, seven-night residency at Roseland Ballroom in New York City, which runs through April 7 and will close out the historic venue, as well as Lady Gaga’s artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball Tour, which kicks off in Ft. Lauderdale on May 4.

wncy pardiWNCY, Green Bay Parties for St. Jude’s.  The “St. Jude Jam” presented by Midwest Communications-owned country outlet WNCY, Green Bay “Y100” took place last weekend and helped raise some $17,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  Pictured here is country artist Jon Pardi (center) on stage at the sold-out Meyer Theatre in Green Bay.  Also on the bill were: Craig Campbell, Eric Paslay, and American Young.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

| March 26, 2014

bbr logoBBR Music Group Inks Revenue Sharing Deal with Clear Channel.  It’s been a while since Clear Channel Media and Entertainment last signed a multi-platform revenue sharing deal – the big Warner Music Group deal was signed last September – but news comes today that CC has reached terms with BBR Musiccclogo Group that will enable its imprints Broken Bow Records and Stoney Creek Records and its artists to share in revenue across the company’s broadcast radio and iHeartRadio streaming stations.  Artists affected by this pact include country’s Jason Aldean, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Parmalee, and Thompson Square.  BBR Music Group EVP Jon Loba says, “Radio plays a powerful – and unique – role in breaking country artists.  Clear Channel’s commitment to being a leader in exposing fans to the best new music is undeniable.  They have taken a very proactive role in growing the format, while strengthening the health of both the radio and records industries.  Forming closer ties with a partner who wants to ‘grow the pie’ for all parties involved, while ensuring that country fans can access our music on multiple platforms was a logical move for us.”

kiis logoKIIS, Los Angeles Ups 2013 Billing; Not Enough to Catch WTOP, Washington.  The annual top radio billers report from BIA/Kelsey is out and although Hubbard Radio’s all-news WTOP, Washington dropped a little over $1 million in billing from 2012 to 2013, at a reported $63.5 million it still was the nation’s #1 biller, beating Clear Channel’s CHR KIIS-FM, Los Angeles by about $2 million.  KIIS-FM had a good year, adding almost $5 million to its revenue total to report in at $61.6 million.  Rounding out the top 10 for 2013 were:  Clear Channel’s CHR WHTZ, New York “Z100” at $51 million; CBS RADIO’s all-news WCBS-AM at $50 million; Clear Channel’s AC WLTW, New York “106.7 Lite FM” at $45.5 million; CBS RADIO all-news WINS at $45 million; Clear Channel’s hot AC KBIG, Los Angeles “104.3 MYfm” at $44.5 million; CBS RADIO’s sports talk WFAN, New York “The Fan” at $43 million; CBS RADIO’s alternative KROQ, Los Angeles at $42.8 million; and CBS RADIO’s all-news WBBM, Chicago wraps the top 10 at $42 million.

iheartradio music awardsInaugural ‘iHeartRadio Music Awards’ Finalists Announced.  The social media-nominated finalists in Clear Channel’s inaugural iHeartRadio Music Awards have been announced and here’s what some 13 million-plus votes have tallied (by category):  ­

Artist of the Year: Imagine Dragons, Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Maroon 5, Rihanna.

Song of the Year: “Hold On We’re Going Home” ­ Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Mirrors” ­ Justin Timberlake, “Radioactive” ­ Imagine Dragons, “Stay” ­ Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko, “The Monster” ­ Eminem ft. Rihanna.

Best Collaboration: “Holy Grail” ­ Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake, “Stay” ­ Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko, “Suit & Tie” ­ Justin Timberlake ft. Jay Z, “The Monster” ­ Eminem ft. Rihanna, “Timber” ­ Pitbull ft. Ke$ha. 

Best New Artist: Florida Georgia Line, Icona Pop, Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Passenger.

Country Song of the Year: “Boys ‘Round Here” ­ Blake Shelton, “Highway Don’t Care” ­ Tim McGraw with Taylor Swift, “It Goes Like This” ­ Thomas Rhett, “Mine Would Be You” ­ Blake Shelton, “That’s My Kind of Night” ­ Luke Bryan. 

Hip Hop/R&B Song of the Year: “Blurred Lines” ­ Robin Thicke ft. T.I. & Pharrell, “Hold On We’re Going Home” ­ Drake ft. Majid Jordan, “Holy Grail” ­ Jay Z ft. Justin Timberlake, “Pour It Up” ­ Rihanna, “Started From The Bottom” Drake.

EDM Song of the Year: “Get Lucky” ­ Daft Punk ft. Pharrell, “Stay The Night” ­ Zedd ft. Hayley Williams, “Summertime Sadness” ­ Lana Del Rey ft. Cedric Gervais, “Sweet Nothing” ­ Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch, “Wake Me Up” ­ Avicii.

Alternative Rock Song of the Year: “Demons” ­ Imagine Dragons, “Do I Wanna Know?” ­ Arctic Monkeys, “Pompeii” ­ Bastille, “Royals” ­ Lorde, “Safe And Sound” ­ Capital Cities. 

Best Lyrics: “Wake Me Up” ­ Avicii (Vocals by Aloe Blacc), “I Love It (ft. Charli XCX)” ­ Icona Pop, “Say Something” ­ A Great Big World, “Same Love” ­ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Wrecking Ball” ­ Miley Cyrus.  

Best Fan Army: Arianators ­- Ariana Grande, Little Monsters -­ Lady Gaga, Lovatics ­- Demi Lovato, Mahomies ­- Austin Mahone, Rihanna Navy ­- Rihanna, Swifties  -Taylor Swift.

The iHeartRadio Music Awards will take place on Thursday, May 1 at the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on NBC from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm ET.

westwoodone logoWestwoodOne Premiers New Network Oldies Format.  This is the first new format debut since WestwoodOne and Cumulus Media Networks merged.  The new “Good Time Oldies” 24-hour format debuts on April 28.  WestwoodOne states that “Good Time Oldies” “will feature music from the golden era of pop, rock and soul – centering on hit music from the 60s and 70s – and positioned slightly earlier than traditional adult hits-formatted stations.”  Personalities on board the format include: oldies pro Jim Zippo in morning drive, John Summers, and Kevan Browning (who moves over from the company’s classic hits 24-hour format).

woodelliottHouston’s Buzz: Wood Becomes PD.  Researcher/consultant Elliott Wood is named program director of Clear Channel Houston alternative KTBZ “The Buzz.”  Clear Channel Houston vice president of programming Marc Sherman comments, “Elliott’s caliber of talent and experience will be a great asset not just for ‘The Buzz’, but for our entire cluster.  This is a pivotal time for Houston toktbz logo forge ahead.  We are looking forward to great success with Elliott’s wealth of experience.”  Wood – who starts his new assignment next Tuesday (4/1) – remarks, “I have been fortunate to have worked with some of the biggest brands in radio and with the programmers who make those stations successful.  Over the years, I have learned so much from working closely with Clear Channel’s programmers.  Together, we found ways to engage more listeners, more often.  After some amazing years on the road, I look forward to having a singular focus with ‘The Buzz,’ and finding ways to make the station even more successful.  This is truly an honor, and I can’t wait to get to work.”  Wood’s background includes stints at Strategic Radio Solutions, Broadcast Architecture, CNN, and Pittsburgh radio outlets WKST, WXDX, and WXVX “X-15.”

entercomEntercom Sets Milwaukee and Madison Managers.  Former Cumulus Mobile vice president/market manager Chuck Sullivan is tapped for similar duties at Entercom Milwaukee, while Entercom Madison director of sales Ed Schulz is elevated to vice president/market manager of that Wisconsin market.  They succeed Michael Keck (see next story), who was overseeing both markets.  Regional president Michael Doyle comments, “Entercom is proud to add two of the strongest people in radio to our leadership team.  Chuck and Ed bring with them a wealth of experience, unique perspectives and a passion to make their powerful brands and their clusters not only the strongest in the state, but in all of radio.”  Meanwhile, Sullivan remarks, “Entercom Milwaukee has some of the most powerful and iconic brands from [CHR WXSS] ‘Kiss-FM’ to [hot AC WMYX] ‘Mix’ to [WSSP] ‘SportsRadio 1250.”  Schulz adds, “Madison is a special place and Entercom has distinct brands that not only connect with the community, but deliver results for our clients.  I am proud of what we have accomplished in Madison and am excited for the future.  Before joining Cumulus, Sullivan spent nine years as managing partner of Wilmington, North Carolina’s Ocean Broadcasting.  Schulz joined Entercom two years ago and will be responsible for adult alternative WMMM “Triple M,” classic hits WOLX, and hot AC WMHX “Mix 105.1.”

keckmichaelCBS RADIO Twin Cities Names Keck VP/DOS.  As referenced in the story above, sales pro Michael Keck moves northwest from Entercom Milwaukee to the Twin Cities where he’s the new vice president/director of sales at CBS RADIO Minneapolis, effective April 7.  The company says that in this role, he will be responsible for overseeing sales in the market for news/talk WCCO, adult hits KZJK “104.1 Jack FM,” and country KMNB “BUZ’N@102.9.”  Keck will work closely with Michael Weiss, CBS RADIO’s president of sales and report to Mick Anselmo, senior vice president and market manager for the Minneapolis cluster.  Keck comments, “I am thrilled to be coming back to the Twin Cities.  It’s a tremendous privilege to be associated with two powerful FM stations and one of America’s most legendary and successful AM brands in WCCO.  I can’t wait to be a part of the CBS RADIO team in this vibrant radio and media marketplace.”

murphysamjodiEntercom Adds ‘Murphy, Sam and Jodi’ for AM Drive at ‘Magic 98.9’ in Greenville.  At the Greenville, South Carolina operations, Entercom frees up Greg McKinney to concentrate on his duties at the cluster’s sports talk duo WORD-AM/WYRD-AM “ESPN Upstate” and adds the syndicated “Murphy, Sam and Jodi” show for morning drive on AC WSPA “Magic 98.9.”  McKinney has been doing multiple jobs anchoring the “College Football Today” pregame show on rock WTPT “93.3 The Planet” and hosting live and local “In The Huddle with Greg McKinney” on “ESPN Upstate” from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm in addition to hosting mornings on WSPA.  Entercom Greenville VP and market manager Steve Sinicropi says, “This week we made two moves that strengthen ‘Magic 98.9,’ ‘ESPN Upstate’ and our entire cluster.  We’re excited to have Murphy, Sam and Jodi join ‘Magic 98.9.’  This talented trio is a perfect fit for mornings on ‘Magic 98.9.’  They’re fun, modern and their show is one the whole family can listen to.  We are confident it will be a difference maker for ‘Magic.’  The trio is currently heard in 20 markets.

envisionnetworks newSun Broadcast Group to Rep Envision Networks’ Spanish Content.  An exclusive ad sales agreement has been struck between Sun Broadcast Group, Inc. and Envision Networks for Sun to rep Envision’s Spanish-language inventory that includes: CNN en Español, Fox Deportes and AccuWeather ensunbroadcastgrouplogo Español.  Envision president and CEO Danno Wolkoff states, “Jason Bailey and his team at Sun Broadcast will increase our presence in the Spanish advertising arena.  They will represent our programming, services and online audio product lineups to Hispanic advertisers and maximize the scope of our network’s reach and frequency and the amount of impressions it delivers for clients.”

wlje logoLeigh Ellis’ Radio One Communications of Indiana to Sell Northern Indiana Cluster to Adams Radio Group.  No price announced yet on this deal that will send country WLJE, Valparaiso “Indiana 105.5”; oldies WAKE, Valparaiso; classic rock WXRD, Crown Point “X-Rock 103.9”; hot AC WZVN, Lowell from Radio One Communications of Indiana to Adams Radio Group of Northern Indiana, LLC.  Radio One Communications of Indiana is an Indiana-based company headed by Leigh Ellis and has no other broadcast interests.  Adams Radio Group is a Minnesota-based company headed by Ron Stone.  Adams Radio also owns stations in Las Cruces, New Mexico and has applications on file to acquire stations in Ft. Wayne which are scheduled to be approved by the FCC sometime in the 2nd Quarter.  Kalil & Co., Inc. is the exclusive broker for this transaction.

pretzellodebbieBeasley Honors Pretzello with President’s Club Award.  This in-house sales award for the calendar year 2013 goes to Beasley Broadcast Augusta senior account executive Debbie Pretzello for the third time.  The President’s Club consists of Beasley sales executives inducted annually for their abilities to meet or exceed individual and market goals, attain accreditation from the Radio Advertising Bureau as Certified Radio Marketing Consultants (CRMC), and over-deliver their clients’ expectations on a daily basis.  One account executive in each market in which Beasley operates is named to the Club monthly.  At year’s end, each market names a winner based on overall performance.  Additionally, the individual with the highest ranking from this notable pool of top-performers is named Beasley’s “President’s Club Overall Winner” for the previous calendar year.  Beasley EVP of sales Heather Monahan says, “We are thrilled that Debbie Pretzello continues to lead our Augusta sales team and is recognized for her third time as our ‘Overall President’s Club Winner.’  Retaining talent in our business is of the utmost importance to Beasley.  Debbie forges ahead year after year, raising the bar for our sales organization.  Her ability to win multiple awards signifies her vast talent for delivering results for her local clients.  Debbie Pretzello earned the title ‘Overall President’s Club Winner’ again this year by providing ROI for her customers, that’s something that makes us very proud.”

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

| March 18, 2014

emmisPromotions at Emmis Indianapolis; Richards to VP/Programming.  There are a number of career moves to report from Emmis’ Indianapolis cluster starting with OM and country WLHK “Hank FM” PD Bob Richards being elevated to vice president of programming.  Senior vice president and market manager Charlie Morgan comments, “It has been my privilege to work side-by-side with Bob for more than two decades and, without fail, I learn from his thinking and leadership and admire his character and professionalism.  Since his arrival here at Emmis more than four years ago, the ratings success of all four richardsbobproperties has grown and the quality of our content is unmatched in our marketplace.”  At the same time, the company announces WLHK music director and midday personality Fritz Moser is upped to program director for the station.  On the sales side, director of sales Tracey Bean is promoted to vice president of sales.  Morgan says, “Like Fritz and Bob, I have known and worked with Tracey for portions of the past two decades and am a huge fan of her passion, creativity, strategic thinking and caring for the development of her teams.  It is no secret that, just as we have experienced in ratings in Tracey’s tenure as director of sales, the Emmis cluster has grown from being the third-highest-billing cluster to a dominant #1 biller.”

graefejohnEntercom Ups Graefe to Chief Information Officer.  Twelve-year Entercom staffer John Graefe is promoted to a new post as the company’s first chief information officer, responsible for delivering a broad range of IT initiatives to support the company.  Graefe has been the vice president of IT and will continue to lead the team of employees overseeing the company’s IT infrastructure, as well as its strategy and partnerships.  In making the announcement, the company says Graefe is a tech leaderentercom with a unique view of IT innovation and its application in driving business objectives.  In this new role he will take over responsibilities for the company’s analytics and business intelligence initiatives.  He’ll report to EVP/CFO Steve Fisher, who comments, “John has demonstrated outstanding leadership in managing our IT organization while continuing to position IT as a strategic asset and business driver.  I am confident that, as CIO, he will continue to advance Entercom strategic platforms and strategies.”  Graefe says, “I am excited for the opportunity to continue leading the IT team at Entercom and further advancing our initiatives in analytics and business intelligence.   This will continue to enhance Entercom’s position as a leading broadcasting and marketing solutions company.”

rileyjulesRiley Returns to Journal Broadcast Group in Tulsa.  Most recently working as a consultant in the industry, Jules Riley is named operations manager for Journal Broadcast Group’s Tulsa operations.  Tulsa VP/GM Bill Berry says, “We are very excited to welcome Jules back to Journal.  She has a stellar reputation in the industry and extensive experience with multiple formats.  I have no doubt that she will do a terrific job as our programming leader.”  Riley was the program director for Journal’s rock KICT “T95” and classic rock KFXJ “104.5 The Fox” in Wichita until 2001 before leaving to lead programming teams in St. Louis, Philadelphia and Phoenix.   She comments, “I am thrilled to rejoin Journal Broadcast Group and work with the phenomenal Tulsa team.  My thanks to Bill Berry, Beverlee Brannigan and Steve Wexler.”

mahoneyrossMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  Program director Mary K. exits SummitMedia’s Greenville-Spartanburg stations where she programmed CHR WHZT “Hot 98.1” and urban contemporary WJMZ “107.3 Jamz.”  Operations manager Mark Shands takes over programming responsibilities at the stations…..At Great Scott Broadcasting’s hip hop WOCQ, Salisbury-Ocean City, Maryland, Shay Star joins the cast of the “Hip Hop Coffee Shop Morning Show with Bill Baker.”…..Ross Mahoney is promoted to program director at Sunrise Broadcasting’s alternative WRMR, Wilmington, North Carolina “Modern Rock 98.7.”  He’s been serving as the music director and afternoon host at the station…..At Cumulus Media’s Tucson cluster, Dan Matthews is named director of marketing and promotion for the group that includes country KIIM, CHR KSZR “i97.5,” classic hits KHYT “K-HIT 107.5,” sports talk KCUB, and oldies KTUC.

lost45sBarry Scott and His “Lost 45s” Set Standard for Dedication, Longevity and Historical Pop Fundamentalism.  One of the most original and long-lasting “specialty” shows in music radio today — “The Lost 45s with Barry Scott” – is the subject of an in-depth RadioInfo feature posted today (3/18).  Written by RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian, the story profiles Boston-based radio legend Barry Scott and the 28-year evolution of his weekend program  “The Lost 45s” which boldly defends and perpetuates the pop music traditions of charts, numbers and hit singles as they apply to the big-picture culture of music radio as well as the very notion of a radio “special” being, well… special!  If you have ever wondered what happened to so many of the bona fide hit songs that you grew up with that are no longer played on stations claiming to play the hits, you are not alone.  Barry Scott has become a household name in Beantown (WROR-FM, Boston) and has spread his influence throughout a number of small to medium markets across the country championing the preservation of lost treasures that have fallen through the cracks of an industry beset by selective research, unjustified subjectivity, memory loss and fear.  Read all about it by clicking here.

kerrjimHappy 40th for ‘Q104.3’ New York’s Jim Kerr.  Celebrating his 40th year on the air today (3/18) is WAXQ, New York morning personality Jim Kerr.  The rock radio icon has been on the air in New York City for decades and his “Jim Kerr Rock & Roll Morning Show” is currently heard on Clear Channel’s classic rocker “Q104.3.”  Kerr began his radio career at age 21 on WPLJ, New York.  He worked there for 15 years before moving to other NYC-area signals including WPIX, WYNY, WXMV, WQCD and “Y107.”  During that time he’s interviewed the biggest names in rock music including Robert Plant, Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Brian May, Mick Jagger and countless more.  He hosted the live nationwide iHeartRadio broadcast of “12-12-12″ the fundraising concert to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Kerr has also recently hosted iHeartRadio Album Release Parties for Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen.  Kerr is a member of the board of directors of the AFTRA Foundation and in 2013 was elected vice president of the New York Local of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.  He has been an active member of the community, serving on the board of directors for Heartshare Human Services, one of New York’s largest social service agencies, and he is a seven-time host of the St. Jude Children’s Hospital Radiothon.  WAXQ program director Eric Wellman says, “Jim Kerr is a New York City and nationwide rock radio legend.  Thirty years ago his show was a top 10 morning show in the country and today he’s still in the top 10.”

“Trippin’ Out into the Future” with Michael Harrison.  The time has come for the rise of the MEDIA STATION.  When Jerry Del Colliano was asked what role TALKERS/RadioInfo publisher Michael Harrison will play at his forthcoming “Media Solutions Conference” in Philadelphia on Wednesday, March 26 – the noted industry observer and analyst described Harrison as a “futurist” and stated “Michael and I will trip out into the future of radio and digital content.”  Harrison’s reaction to delcollianojerrythe comment was that he was extremely flattered by the remark, stating, “Wow, to be in this business for 48 years and still be called a ‘futurist’ is a compliment, to say the least.  Those who know me personally or have heard me speak and read my articles over the decades know that I maintain a very healthy respect for the past and radio’s pop cultural heritage – HOWEVER, they also know that I do so only from the perspective that they help us navigate the wild waters of the future into which we must always be bravely sailing.”  Harrison continues, “There are several things that I am looking forward to discussing at Jerry’s seminar that span my interest in both talk and music radio…but first and foremost, I believe it’s time for the industry to come to terms with the theoretical (and increasingly real) concept of the “media station”harrisonmichael because that is, in fact, where we are heading in terms of platform.  And while many people in this business are running around uttering the half-baked phrase ‘content is king’ and counting their chickens over the seeming ease of entry to the internet — those who have an understanding of media theory and elementary art appreciation understand that without ‘platform,’ content cannot be monetized.  The ‘media station’ will be the platform of today’s radio station (as well as most newspapers and magazines) before this decade is over.  Those who prepare for this and understand exactly what it entails will not only survive — they will thrive — and continue to successfully ride the traditional time-line of our glorious industry from one century to the next.  Those who do not will drown in the vast ocean of noise that is the undeveloped, platform-less internet.”  Harrison will be one of three special guest speakers at the conference.  Along with WBEB, Philadelphia (“More FM”) owner Jerry Lee and nationally syndicated Premiere Networks and Fox News Channel talk star Sean Hannity.  The intensive day-long workshop will focus on a wide variety of digital-era issues currently facing and challenging radio.  These include coming to a better understanding of the Millennial generation, learning to disrupt radio itself before its media rivals do, separating radio’s main product into unique on-air and online categories, effectively using video to generate significant amounts of revenue, reinventing the morning show, time-shifting radio, making commercials less of a liability and much more.  Harrison adds, “I am really looking forward to participating in this conference and tackling these crucial issues with a bunch of smart people from all ends of the business.  Jerry Lee has so much to share about running an independent station in an aggressive, winning way – we could sure use more Jerry Lees in this industry – and Sean Hannity is the very definition of a classy guy who rose to the very top of the talent ladder.  One of the things Sean brings to the table is the ability to attract younger listeners to traditional news/talk – he has done quite alright in already solving questions to which most people are actively seeking answers.”  The event takes place at Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Hotel.  For more information click here.

nielsen logoFebruary PPM Data – Part One.  Ratings data from the first of four groups of markets has been released by Nielsen Audio.  The February PPM numbers are for markets including: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Nassau-Suffolk (Long Island), Riverside, San Jose, and Middlesex-Somerset-Union.  All the numbers can be found here, but RadioInfo managing editor Mike Kinosian provides his “Ten Takeaways” from this group.

  • New York – Dating back to August, Clear Channel CHR WHTZ “Z-100″ had dropped a cumulative -1.2 (6+) and had not registered an upward trend for six successive monthlies (5.8 – 5.5 – 5.4 – 5.4 – 5.2 – 4.7 – 4.6). That changes in February though as “Z-100″ gains six-tenths (4.6 – 5.2), while remaining at #5. After gaining nine-tenths (3.2 – 4.1, “Holiday” – January, 6+), CBS Radio sports outlet WFAN drops eight-tenths, sliding from #8 to #12. This marks the seventh straight survey that Clear Channel adult contemporary WLTW “Lite FM” is #1 (6.5 – 6.9, +.4).  
  • Los Angeles – Notwithstanding that the order changes, this represents the fourth consecutive sweep that Clear Channel registers a #1 – #2 – #3 finish (6+) involving the same three players. CHR KIIS “Kiss-FM” (5.2 – 5.5, +.3) advances from second to first; hot AC KBIG “My FM” (5.4 – 5.2, -.2) slips from first to second; and adult contemporary KOST “Coast 103″ (4.7 – 5.2,+.5) ties “My FM” at #2. Univision Spanish contemporary KLVE “K-Love 107.5″ is off by one-half share (3.6 – 3.1), as it stumbles from seventh in January to ninth (6+). Meanwhile the spoken-word arena is garnering considerable attention. More specifically, the spotlight is on Clear Channel’s KEIB “The Patriot.” The former progressive-leaning KTLK-AM now features Glenn Beck (6:00 am – 9:00 am), Rush Limbaugh (9:00 am – noon), Sean Hannity (noon – 3:00 pm), former Los Angeles television anchor Carlos Amezcua (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm), and Clark Howard (6:00 pm – 10:00 pm). In January, “The Patriot” trended .1 – .4 (+.3 from “Holiday”) to rank #38. It makes a modest two-tenths advance to .6 (#36), but in doing so leapfrogs Cumulus Media‘s KABC (three straight monthlies at .5, #37). Simultaneously, Salem talk outlet KRLA (.3 – .4 – .5) catches KABC.                   
  • Chicago – After five straight monthlies in the 2.3 – 2.7 range (6+), Univision regional Mexican WOJO “La Que Buena” posts an eight-tenths gain to 3.1, as it zooms from #17 to a four-way tie at #11. Adding one-half share is Clear Channel urban AC WVAZ “V-103″ (6.0 – 6.5, steady at #2), which trails CBS Radio all-news WBBM-AM (6.2 – 6.6, +.4) by one-tenth. WBBM-AM sports sibling WSCR “670 The Score” is off by six-tenths (2.6 – 2.0, 6+), dropping from #15 in January to #20.            
  • San Francisco – On the heels of a “Holiday” 2013 – January 2014 one-half share increase to 5.3, KCBS-AM tacks on another seven-tenths to 6.0 and is #1 for the second straight monthly. In fact, the CBS Radio all-news operation has been #1 for eight of the last nine surveys. Also progressing by +.7 (2.5 – 3.2) is University of Southern California-owned classical facility KDFC, which cracks the top ten (#10), after finishing at #13 in January. Suffering the greatest 6+ decline (-1.6) of any station in the 12 markets Nielsen Audio released on Monday is Cumulus Media sports outlet KNBR (4.7 – 3.1), which drops from #3 to #11. This is KNBR’s lowest 6+ share since last March (also 3.1); the station’s Holiday” 2013 – January 2014 trend was 3.4 – 4.7 (+1.3).  
  • Dallas – In back-to-back (6+) up trends, Radio One rhythmic CHR KBFB “The Beat” progresses 2.9 (#11 in “Holiday”) to 3.3 (#9 in January) to 4.2 (#5 in February). This is the first time in its PPM history that “The Beat” has crossed the four-share threshold (6+). CBS Radio regional Mexican KMVK “La Grande” advances by one-half share (2.5 – 3.0). It was in a four-way logjam at #18 in January, but jumps to a three-way tie at #11. Dropping by eight-tenths (4.1 – 3.3) is Clear Channel hot AC KDMX “Now 102.9″ (#5 – #10).
  • Houston – Six-tenths is a popular (6+) January – February fluctuation. Improving by that margin are Radio One urban AC KMJQ (5.4 – 6.0, steady at #3); Univision regional Mexican KLTN (4.8 – 5.4, #6 in January to #4); and CBS Radio hot AC KHMX “Mix 96.5″ (3.4 – 4.0, #13 to #10). Conversely, CBS Radio sports station KILT-AM is off by six tenths (2.1 – 1.5, steady at #19). Clear Channel adult contemporary KODA “Sunny 99.1″ is #1 for the fourth successive monthly (7.0 – 7.2).
  • PhiladelphiaCBS Radio all-news outlet KYW gained a robust two full shares (“Holiday” – January, 6+) and follows it up with an impressive +.8 (7.6 – 8.4) to overtake Jerry Lee-owned adult contemporary WBEB “More FM” (8.8 – 8.3, -.5, #2) at the top spot. “More FM” had occupied sole possession of first place the last 10 survey periods and tied KYW for #1 in April 2013, when both stations registered a 7.0 share (6+). The sports format continues to have some February issues. Specifically in Philadelphia, CBS Radio’s WIP-FM is down a whopping -1.1 for the second straight month (6.0 – 4.9 – 3.8, 6+). WIP-FM has trended #2 (“Holiday”) to #8 (January) to #9 (February). Meanwhile, similarly-formatted cross-town Greater Media’s WPEN “The Fanatic” dips by eight-tenths (3.0 – 2.2), sliding from #13 to #18.
  • Atlanta – In January, Cumulus Media CHR WWWQ “Q-100″ held a comfortable 1.9-share (6+) lead over Clear Channel format foe WWPW “Power 96.1.” That has been reduced to just one-half share though as “Q-100″ declines 5.0 – 4.5 (#7 to #9), while “Power 96.1″ improves by nine-tenths (3.1 – 4.0, #16 to #11).   Salem contemporary Christian WFSH “The Fish” bounces back from a whopping -2.4 (“Holiday” – January) with a strong +.9 (4.0 – 4.9). In the process, it jumps from tenth to seventh. For the first time since November, Cox Media Group talker WSB-AM (7.1 – 7.7, +.6) is back in first place, succeeding CBS Radio urban contemporary WVEE “V-103″ – which tumbles to third (7.4 – 6.7, -.7). 
  • Long IslandCox Media Group‘s WBLI rings up a +.8 for the second successive month (4.6 – 5.4 – 6.2) as it progresses from fourth to second. It is the CHR outlet’s best (6+) showing since last July (6.5). New York City adult contemporary WLTW “Lite-FM” endured a significant “Holiday” – January falloff of -4.1 (7.1 – 3.0), but the Clear Channel outlet that played all-Christmas music during the December and “Holiday” reports rebounds with a +.6 (3.0 – 3.6) and is back in Long Island’s top ten (#12 in January to #8).
  • San Jose – After consecutive down trends (5.8 – 5.3 – 5.0, November – December – “Holiday”), KRTY “Hot Country” registered a healthy +1.2 (5.0 – 6.2) in January to catapult from sixth to first (6+). The Empire Broadcasting-owned station remains on top with a three-tenths advance to 6.5, two-tenths ahead of public KQED (5.9 – 6.3, +.4). Entercom classic rocker KUFX “The Fox” is up for the second straight month – this time by one-half share (4.0 – 4.2 – 4.7, 6+) to inch up from eighth to sixth.  Following a “Holiday” to January spike of eight tenths (2.8 – 3.6, 6+, #10), Cumulus Media sports outlet KNBR plummets to 2.5 (-1.1, #13). CBS Radio CHR KMVQ “Now” gives back its nine-tenths “Holiday” – January gain (4.6 – 5.5 – 4.6), as it falls from fifth to eighth.

passportapprovedInternationally Syndicated New Music Show Grows.  The program heard in markets around the world is called “Passport Approved with Sat Bisla” and recently added 17 new affiliates.  It’s now heard in 40 markets across the globe.  The weekly program launched in 2004 on the acclaimed “Indie 103.1FM Los Angeles” and was created by Bisla, who formerly was an air personality at public radio station KCRW, Los Angeles.  New affiliates include: WLKK, Buffalo; KKDO, Sacramento; KWSS Phoenix; KFRR, Fresno; KUKQ, Mesa, Arizona; WITH, Ithaca; and WRCU, Hamilton, New York.  In addition, “Passport Approved” launched a special Russian version of the show co-hosted by Ilya Lagutenko, lead singer for the acclaimed Russian rockbislasat group, Mumiy Troll.  The show currently airs on 10 stations across Russia.  The program claims to be the first show to air music from Adele, Lorde, KONGOS, The Temper Trap, The Ting Tings, Lily Allen, The Naked & Famous, Frank Turner, Wolfmother, Bastille, John Newman and hundreds of others.  It also says it has world-premiered music from artists such as LMFAO, Duffy, Sam Sparro, King George (now San Cisco), Caro Emerald, U.T.R.B., current Irish buzz artist Gavin James and Dutch sensation and new Universal signing Thomas Azier to name a few.  The program is also announcing its “Passport Approved Tour” launching this summer on the West Coast kicking off the first week of June with the goal of helping radio and music fans share in the discovery of emerging global talent.  Bisla states, “Ryan Benyo [producer] and I are very excited to play our part in true musical discovery experiences with like-minded music fans in the U.S. and across the globe.  That’s been the mission and vision of ‘Passport Approved’ for 10 years as we aim to act local and think global!  I have tremendous respect for all of our radio partners who share the same belief and passion as ‘Passport Approved’ in championing new music and truly being the first point of contact for the best new music – no matter what passport it carries!  The upcoming ‘Passport Approved’ radio tour will amplify the relationship between radio, fans and new artists.  It’s an exciting time for new music!”

4asshotClear Channel Throws iHeartRadio Artists on the Verge ’14 Party at 4A’s Transformation ’14.  The Los Angeles conference sponsored by the American Association of Advertising Agencies (4A’s) began Sunday and runs through Wednesday.  As part of the organization’s “Transformation 2014” event, Clear Channel hosted a bash at the Beverly Hilton Hotel last night (3/17) dubbed “iHeartRadio Artists on the Verge ’14” during which Christina Perri, NONONO and Aloe Blacc performed.  Greg Glenday, president of connections at Clear Channel and Tom Poleman, president of national programming platforms, hosted the party.  Attendees included an array of business leaders and advertising partners.  Pictured here are (from l-r): Roadrunner Records’ Mike Easterlin, Clear Channel artist relations senior director Marissa Morris, Poleman, Perri, Glenday, 4A’s president and CEO Nancy Hill, and Clear Channel national sales, marketing and partnerships president Tim Castelli(Photo: Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Clear Channel.)

wdrqCumulus Media Hosts Detroit Country Concert for ‘NASH FM 93.1’ Listeners.  As a way of thanking listeners to its country WDRQ “NASH FM 93.1,” Cumulus Media is hosting a free concert at The Fillmore Detroit on March 26.  The “Free for All Country” concert will feature artists including: Big and Rich, Scott McCreery, Terri Clark, Eric Paslay, Brett Eldredge, and The Cadillac Three.  It will be hosted by “Kickin’ It With Kix” host Kix Brooks.  The concert is free to “NASH FM 93.1” listeners who win tickets via the station’s website.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

| March 12, 2014

salemcommunicationsSaga’s Ed Christian “Hoping for a Little Better” in Q4.  The 2013 fourth quarter and full year fiscal reports for Saga Communications saw the company’s net operating revenue dip 5% in Q4 of 2013, compared to the same period in 2012.  But gross revenue increased 3.8% during the quarter excluding political.  For the full year, the company’s gross revenue was up 3.3% (ex-political).  In a conference call with investment analysts, Saga CEO Ed Christian christianedstated, “I was hoping for a little better in Q4, we can always do a little more, we can always do a little better but I’m not disappointed.  We’re just pleased with the results.”  Christian said it’s hard not to put some blame on the winter weather for the economic sluggishness.  “Saga operates in a lot of mid-America markets and a lot in New England and I really don’t have to tell you what the last four months have been like.  In those markets it’s just outright miserable…I was talking with one of our managers the other day and he said people are irritable and it’s gloomy and people are lethargic.”

journalcommunicationsJournal Communications Shows Off New Brand.  The parent company of radio and TV station firm Journal Broadcast Group unveils a new company brand with three cohesive new logos representing Journal Communications and its two major business segments, the Broadcast Group and Journal Publishing.  As part of the new brand, the company also launched a fully redesigned corporate website atjournalbroadcastgroup www.journalcommunications.com.  Journal Communications chairman and CEO Steven J. Smith comments, “When we look at our company, we see quality, focus and effective teams in our local markets – all part of a business that is moving forward.  However, many people outside of Journal often have no idea that, in addition to their favorite local station or publication, we have a total of 13 television stations, 35 radio stations and a major daily newspaper with a variety of supporting local publications, all with complementary digital products.  As such, we believe our new brand better represents our company to investors, employees and the public and positions us as a national media company with diverse brands united under a common identity.”  The redesigned company website includes links to all of Journal’s digital products and Journal Broadcast Group live streaming sites, as well as a “What’s Trending Now” feature that highlights Journal’s most recent content across its Broadcast and Publishing websites.

beasley logoBeasley Declares Cash Dividend.  The company’s board of directors is announcing the company is declaring a quarterly cash dividend of $0.045 per share of its Class A and Class B common stock.  The dividend is payable on April 10, 2014, to shareholders of record on March 31, 2014.

kinosianmikeHot AC PPM Market Comparisons.  Over the past several days, RadioInfo has been featuring comparative views of the January PPM data for various formats, and we continue today by adding hot AC to the mix.  How you view the shift in programming and the audience response that takes place every December when AC stations go into holiday mode is a matter of philosophy – some consider it a natural part of the format while others view it as a “departure.”  To some, the January PPM can feel like a “reset” while to others it’s just another part of the programming “continuum.”  Regardless of your perspective, these ratings changes from month to month can be informative.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian compares how hot AC stations fared as some of the audience changed its listening habits in January.  Read his analysis here.

wpgc logoCBS RADIO’s Hip Hop WPGC, Washington Signs Up for ‘Clairissa Jenkins’ Phone Checks.’  The daily phone pranks service from Envision Networks inks CBS RADIO hip hop outlet WPGC, Washington as its newest affiliate.  “Clairissa Jenkins’ Phone Checks” features “sassy Clairissa Jenkins wreaking telephonic havoc.”  The company says, “Inciting hilarity with every incoming phone call, ‘Clairissa Jenkins’ Phone Checks’ takes phone scams to the next level with her loud, politically incorrect, in-your-face style.  No one is safe from Clairissa’s wrath and some of her recent targets have experienced unexpected telephonic calamity including rabid dog attacks, fireplace cremations, and giving birth over the phone…Listeners can set up their friends, family, and co-workers to be phone checked by Clairissa via the web, cultivating listener engagement and driving web traffic to affiliated station websites.”

RadioInfo Career Moves.  Two programming moves within Clear Channel as Kix Layton is promoted to program director of country WSSL, Greenville, South Carolina.  He’s been serving as music director and APD in addition to holding down the midday air shift.  At the cluster’s sister country WESC, John Landrum assumed PD duties there after being upped from APD.  He’s been evening personality and music director.

chopshopclassic logoEnvision Networks’ ‘Chop Shop Classic’ Features AC/DC Special.  The 40th anniversary of AC/DC is being observed by Envision Networks‘ “Chop Shop Classic” program with a special show hosted by Steve Black.  Envision says “The free two-hour special looks back 40 years to where it all began, revisiting how the band came together, Angus’ stage costumes and antics, the life and death of Bon Scott and replacing Bon the same year he died in 1980, and of course, the music history of AC/DC’s greatest hits.”  The show will feature special guest appearances by Kid Rock, Chris Henderson of 3 Doors Down, Dave Murray of Iron Maiden, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest and Steve Vai, plus clips from Keith Richards and Angus Young.  It’s available for download on March 19.

wtrs logoJVC Media’s ‘102.3 My Country’ in Ocala-Gainesville Welcomes ‘Girls with Guitars.’  Country outlet WTRS, Ocala-Gainesville “102.3 My Country” is bringing a free, acoustic concert to town called “Girls with Guitars” and featuring country artists Jamie Lynn Spears, Katie Armiger and Jordan Anderson.  The station says, “This is a rare event, bringing three up and coming stars of this magnitude on stage at the historic Marion Theater in downtown Ocala, to perform solo and together.”  Program director Dave Tyler says, “This is only the beginning of our 2014 live country music lineup.  More great shows will be announced shortly.  ‘102.3 My Country FM’ is committed to bring major national country music talent to North Central Florida because North Central Florida loves its country.  Thanks to our partners like Agricon of Ocala and Lecanto, we are continuing the tradition of superstar talent right in our own back yard!”

W294ABGreat Eastern Radio to Launch Triple A in Hanover, New Hampshire.  On Friday (3/14), Great Eastern Radio is turning one of its three signals currently simulcasting classic rock WHDQ, Claremont, New Hampshire into triple A “106.7 The River.”  Translator W294AB, Hanover makes the change at 12:00 noon.  Great Eastern vice president of programming Justin Taylor says in a statement, “Our focus is to bring great local radio to our listeners and advertisers, as well as delivering a format that each demographic will be able to find value in.  The listeners of the triple A format are extremely loyal and dedicated to the format and the personalities that are part of it.  This new station enables us to give listeners a new choice they can believe in and to invest in a format that we are deeply committed to.”

entercomEntercom Kansas City Takes Action Against Delinquent Client.  It’s not unusual for radio stations to put a past-due account into collection but Entercom Kansas City is seeking a court’s assistance in getting more than $52,000 it claims it is owned by Vinson Mortgage Services Inc.  In a story in the St. Louis Business Journal, Vinson apparently advertised on news/talk KMBZ, alternative KRBZ and rock KQRC.  This is not the only action involving Vinson.  St. Louis television station KMOV-TV is filing a suit claiming it is owned more than $68,000.

regional reps logoNorthern Star Joins Regional Reps.  Michigan’s Northern Star Broadcasting is signing up with Regional Reps Corp. for the company to handle national ad sales for its eight stations.  Regional Reps calls itself “the country’s oldest and one of the largest independent sales representatives specializing in small and medium market radio stations.”  Northern Star GM and owner Mary Reynolds says her company is “pleased to have Regional Reps represent our locally owned and operated group of radio stations in the Northern Michigan market (Traverse City-Petoskey).   With Regional Reps’ experience and extensive network of team members, combined with their relationships with buyers, planners and key decision makers, we are confident Regional Reps will develop a strategy for increased sales for our radio broadcast group!”  Northern Star owns classic country WCBY-AM, Cheyboygan; classic rock WCHY-FM, Cheyboygan; classic rock WCKC-FM, Cadillac; rock WGFM-FM, Cheyboygan; classic rock WGFN-FM, Glen Arbor; country WMKC-FM, Indian River; AC WOEZ-FM, Onaway; and soft AC WQEZ-FM, Glen Arbor.

Friday, March 7, 2014

| March 7, 2014

wheelertomFCC Will Seek Public Comment on Ownership Rules; Reversal of Cross-Ownership Bans Appear Unlikely.  Reports are circulating in the media trades that senior FCC officials say FCC chairman Tom Wheeler will propose relaxing cross-ownership bans, but in a blog post dated March 6, that tone is not expressed.  Wheeler writes about the Commission’s duty to undertake and complete the 2014 Quadrennial Review.  He discusses some of the proposals regarding maintaining current ownership rules that will be open for public comment but many industry watchers say this should not be cause to think a Wheeler-chaired Commission will ultimately relax current cross-ownership bans.  Much of Wheeler’s concern in the blog is with television joint sales agreements and he’s clearly out to change those.  You can read Wheeler’s entire post here.

deeloNew CC PDs: Fallon to WIOQ, Philly and Deelo to ‘KISS 107’ in Cincy.  There are two program director gigs within Clear Channel to announce.  At CHR WIOQ, Philadelphia “Q102,” Jared Fallon is the new PD.  He moves to Philly from the company’s Cincinnati CHR WKFS “KISS 107.”  Taking over for him there is Deelo who programmed the company’s “97.3 KISS FM” in Savannah (WAEV).  Fallon says, “The extraordinary opportunity to program a legendary station like ‘Q102’ is incredibly exciting.  The team at Clear Channel Philadelphia is stacked with experienced, innovative and talented individuals that are absolutely unrivaled in the market. I’m eager to get to Philly and begin this amazing experience.”  Deelo says, “I will miss Savannah, but I am excited for the chance to work alongside some of the best and brightest minds in radio.”

bigdbubbaBig D & Bubba Show Adds Affiliates.  The nationally syndicated “Big D & Bubba” show announces the addition of eight new affiliate stations since taking ownership of their show and partnering with Compass Media Networks in January.  The program split from previous syndicator Premiere Networks at the end of 2013.  Big D comments, “We are so excited that radio stations believe in what we’re doing and utilizing our ability to send custom audio and video content from our new Nashville studios.”  Compass Media VP of affiliate relations Adam Wilbur adds, “We had over 30 stations tour the new studios during the Country Radio Seminar and you could see the lights go on when they see the green screen, video cameras, lights and production studio capabilities.”

wksl logoNixon to Program ‘New Country B93.9’ in Raleigh.  At Clear Channel’s WKSL, Raleigh “B93.9 Carolina’s New Country,” Todd Nixon is named program director and afternoon drive personality beginning next month.  Nixon’s previous experience includes PD and jock at WCKT, Fort Myers “Cat Country” and PD at WCTQ, Sarasota. CC Raleigh VP of programming Chris Edge states, “Todd brings with him a wealth of country music experience and we look forward to having his programming expertise in the building.  ‘B93.9’ is a fantastic station primed and ready to do great things.  With someone of his caliber at the helm, we’ll be fully equipped to win.”

lanevemarkLaNeve Named to Entercom Board of Directors.  From the sales and marketing world comes the newest member of the Entercom board of directors as Mark LaNeve joins immediately.  He has served as COO of WPP’s Global Team Ford – an agency that serves as the marketing and advertising partner to Ford and Lincoln businesses globally.  During his time as chief marketing officer at Allstate Insurance, he led the marketing for the company and developed the long-running “Mayhem” campaign.  Entercom president and CEO David Field comments, “Mark LaNeve is a tremendous addition to Entercom’s board of directors.  He has led some of America’s most iconic brands and ad campaigns.  He will bring a new and fresh perspective to the Entercom board.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  There’s change at Clear Channel’s alternative KTBZ, Houston “94.1 The Buzz” as program director and afternoon personality Don Jantzen exits after a decade with the station…..At CBS RADIO’s Orlando operations, Dustin Kross is the new morning show host and APD at rhythmic CHR WJHM “101.9 AMP Radio.”  He moves in from his most recent gig at Clear Channel’s CHR WNWW, Jacksonville “RadioNow 97.9.”…..Noreen Ippolito is promoted to vice president of sales at Clear Channel’s San Diego cluster.  Ippolito has been with CC for 18 years and most recently was vice president of sales development, local digital sales.

kinosianmikeAdult Hits PPM Market Comparison.  How you view the shift in programming and the audience response that takes place every December when AC stations go into holiday mode is a matter of philosophy – some consider it a natural part of the format while others view it as a “departure.”  To some, the January PPM can feel like a “reset” while to others it’s just another part of the programming “continuum.”  Regardless of your perspective, ratings changes from month to month can be informative so today RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian is comparing how adult hits-formatted stations fared as some of the audience changed its listening habits in January.  Read his analysis here.

wxkbschoolBeasley Fort Myers CHR Brings Bands to Local School.  Talk about a cool treat for the kids at Gulf Coast High School!  Beasley Fort Myers CHR WXKB “B103.9” morning team “Big Mama and the Wild Bunch” arranged for Emblem3 and MKTO to stop at the school in Naples on their way between shows in Ft. Lauderdale and Clearwater.  During lunch period, hundreds of students filled the auditorium to interact with the artists.  Drama students set the mics and handled sound, and the drum line and cheerleaders worked the crowd before the young artists walked on stage to a high-pitched roar from the girls.  Morning show host Big Mama moved around the audience fielding questions for the bands from the students: When did they know music was their passion?  Where do they see themselves in five years?  Do they write their own songs?  Did they play sports in high school?  Do they have girlfriends?  Have they ever have a bad break-up?  When hearing about this promotion and seeing the photos, RadioInfo music editor/director Duane Doobie exclaimed, “Now THAT’S an example of how radio can retake ‘ownership’ of the music culture!  Kudos to B103.9 and Big Mama and the Wild Bunch!”  Pictured here is Big Mama (center with mic) in front of the assembly.

walkermike‘Saving the 70s’ Celebrates 300th Show This Weekend.  For host Mike Walker, this weekend is special as his commercial-free, nationally syndicated show, “Saving the 70s,” airs its 300th edition.  Walker tells RadioInfo the show began as “a Saturday night show on WINQ, Winchendon, Massachusetts about a decade ago.  I did production and voicework for them, and did ‘Saving the 70s’ for free.  But the production gig ended and so did the show until I started it back up in syndication and now I’ve been doing the show continuously since the summer of 2008.”  His arrangement with stations is a bit unorthodox.  “Many stations carry multiple hours.  WTOB in Winston-Salem carries my show from 8:00 to 10:00 weeknights.  A small FM in Springfield, Illinois runs it in morning drive every Thursday.  As long as stations run my latest hour at least once during the week, I allow them to take the archived shows and use them as they wish.”  Affiliates of the program include: the six stations of Big River Public Broadcasting in Alaska (with flagship KIYU, Galena); Internet oldies giant Atlantic Oldies 2NG; WSQL, Brevard, North Carolina; WKDK, Newberry, South Carolina; Wild Horse FM in Yarraman, Queensland, Australia; Radio Bavaria International in Germany; Real Radio International in Spain; Heartbeat FM in the UK; Radio Vera Ireland and more.

mcmahondan‘K102’ Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Personality Big Dan Murphy Dies.  Longtime country KICR, Coeur d’Alene personality Big Dan Murphy (a.k.a. Dan McMahon) died suddenly from a heart attack at age 57.  Blue Sky Broadcasting says McMahon was “a longtime radio announcer in the Pacific Northwest area, from his early days in Walla Walla where he was known as Wee Willie Winkle and in the Tri-Cities where he was Dancin’ Dan Murphy to his days as Big Dan the Frogman at ‘The Frog,’ which became ‘KIX 96’ in Spokane.  His public memorial service will be held Saturday, March 8 at 2:00 pm at the Salvation Army Chapel in Spokane.  Donations to his memorial fund can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank location.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

| March 6, 2014

mojomorninggroupEnvision Networks to Syndicate Detroit-Based ‘Mojo in the Morning’ Show.  The CHR morning show hosted by Mojo, Spike and Shannon on Clear Channel’s CHR WKQI, Detroit “Channel 955,” is now being distributed nationally by Envision Networks.  Envision president and CEO Danno Wolkoff says, “’Mojo in the Morning’ consists of real people who are really funny.  Their compelling life stories every morning keep you coming back for more as Mojo, Spike and Shannon wake you up and make you laugh.  Your new morning show starts now!”  Envision is handling affiliate relations and ad sales for the program that promises “A-list celebrity interviews with such artists as Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Eminem, George Clooney and President Obama.”  Mojo adds, “For years I’ve been told by programmers that our show would sound great in their market.  Well, now it can be!”

wilsonjeffreyRadio One Boosts Wilson to Regional VP/Midwest. Four-year Radio One Cleveland general manager Jeffrey Wilson is elevated to regional vice president of its Midwest-based stations. Radio Division president Chris Wegmann comments that, “Jeff is a strong broadcasting professional with a solid track record of performance.  He brings a diverse background in sales and operations that will be an asset to our entire radio division.”  Wilson opines, “This is perhaps the most exciting time in the history of our industry.  I am honored to be partnering with Chris Wegmann to redefine radio, serve our communities, and make history.”  The six markets Wilson will oversee include Detroit, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Indianapolis.  He joined Radio One just over 10 years ago as general manager of the company’s Columbus cluster.

katz mg logoRosenthal Promoted at Katz Media Group.  With this promotion, Mark Rosenthal – currently CEO of Katz Radio Group – adds the title CEO of Katz Media Group in which he will also oversee Katz Television Group, KMG’s television representation company.  The company says that as CEO of Katz Radio Group, Rosenthal will remain focused on building the radio sector, working closely with Katz Radio Group president Mark Gray to drive additional media dollars into radio.  Effective immediately though, he will now also work closely with KTG presidents Leo MacCourtney and Craig Broitman to grow and further develop KTG’s assets, advocacy and revenue-generating efforts.

richardsonreneeMore RadioInfo Career Moves.  With the move of Greg Gory to Clear Channel’s alternative KYSR, Los Angeles as part of “The Woody Show,” Cumulus Media fills the morning drive slot on triple A KFOG, San Francisco with midday host and music director Renee Richardson.  That makes way for former KFOG personality Annalisa to return to the station for the midday slot.  Annalisa has most recently been on air at Entercom’s classic rock “KFOX” duo…..Radio consulting firm Shane Media brings digital strategist Giovanni Gallucci aboard to pen a weekly social media column for client stations.  CEO Ed Shane says, “His weekly updates will cover strategy for social media, brand development, and online public relations for forward-thinking operators.”…..Changes at Clear Channel’s rock KIOZ, San Diego as Missi exits the PM drive show and A.Z. slides up from middays to take her place and serve as music director.  DZL moves from evenings to middays and Marty joins the station for evenings.  Also, Thor becomes part of “The Show” AM drive program replacing Rob Stevens who left to join Entercom’s WAAF, Boston as producer of the “Hill-Man Morning Show”…..Travis Moon is leaving Clear Channel’s country KAJA, San Antonio “KJ97” and the business to join St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Nashville in the radio development department.

infinitedial logoThe Infinite Dial 2014.  Media consultant and RadioInfo contributor Holland Cooke sat in on yesterday’s annual webinar presented by Edison Research and Triton Digital that detailed the results of the 2014 version of the Infinite Dial study.  Many results are not surprising: smartphone use is growing rapidly with 61% of Americans owning cell phones – a 500% increase in five years.  Although the “digital dashboard” – newer model cars with in-dash infotainment systems – gets a lot of press coverage as new deals are struck between app-makers, service providers and car manufacturers, as of today the smartphone is more important.  The study reports 43% of persons 12-24 listen with a smartphone while in the car and 27% of persons 25-54 do the same.  Still, AM/FM owns the auto for now and is still the primary source for discovering new music.  Read more results from the study and Holland Cooke’s analysis here.

kinosianmikeFormats Start Picking Up the Pieces.  In the aftermath of the dramatic changes in programming and listening that take place during the holidays each year, January is a time of re-settling as the adult contemporary stations come down to earth.  RadioInfo managing editor and West Coast bureau chief Mike Kinosian sets about examining which formats benefitted the most when wall-to-wall Christmas music stations reverted to their customary (generally adult contemporary) format.  “Leading off the comparison is mainstream contemporary hit radio (CHR). Frankly, several other formats have stronger survey-to-survey percentages, but omnipresent CHR provides maximum head-to-head matchups.”  Check out Kinosian’s analysis of CHR performance here.

urbanachievementawardsCumulus Baton Rouge Urban Stations Present Inaugural ‘Achievement Awards.’  As the culmination of its Black History Salute, Cumulus Media’s Baton Rouge urban-targeted stations urban contemporary KQXL “Q106.5,” hip hop WEMX-FM “Max94.1,” and gospel WXOK-AM “Heaven 1460” are presenting the first ever “Urban Achievement Awards” on March 16 at which Mayor Melvin “Kip” Holden will be awarded with the most-coveted Trailblazer Award while Joe Delpit will be awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  The event will be held at The Belle of Baton Rouge Casino and Hotel Atrium and will honor 15 local individuals who have made significant contributions to the wellbeing and development of the City of Baton Rouge.  Cumulus Baton Rouge OM and urban program director J’Michael Francois says, “As a radio company, we are extremely excited to pay homage to individuals who consistently work tirelessly to improve the quality of our city.  As we close Black History Month it’s our duty to celebrate the personal and professional accomplishments of those individuals whom we hope will inspire Baton Rouge’s next generation of leaders.”

edwardsgeoffGeoff Edwards Passes. No sooner had we reflected on the life and career of Los Angeles and Bay Area radio personality/television game show host Jim Lange (who succumbed to a heart attack last week) than we must now sadly note the passing of Geoff Edwards.  Much like the 81-year-old Lange, Edwards, 83, amassed considerable fame from his Los Angeles radio days and nationally through several game show-hosting stints.  Edwards died yesterday (3/5) of complications of pneumonia at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California.  Wink Martindale, Lange, and Edwards toiled together in Los Angeles at the once iconic KMPC. “Geoff was one of the cleverest, funniest radio and television personalities I have worked with,” Martindale states of Westfield, New Jersey native Edwards, who was heard on KMPC from 1968 – 1979.  He was also on-air in Los Angeles at KHJ (1964 -1965) and two go-rounds at KFI (1966 – 1968 and 1987 – 1989).  According to Edwards’ agent of many years, Fred Westbrook, Edwards succeeded in television by making several bold fashion statements.  He favored jeans over suits and his hair was longer than that of most other talents at the time.  ”He was part of the new breed,” Westbrook comments.  Tributes on Facebook regarding Edwards’ death included this observation from renowned voiceover talent/studio audience warm-up announcer/”Price is Right” announcer Randy West.  ”Geoff was a wonderfully kind and joyous guy, very bright, with a great natural talent for creating joy, both over the air and in person.  For me, it was more laughs per hour with Geoff than anyone else since high school.  What a pro, what a sweet man, what a character, what a ball.  He was loved and respected by everybody.  We laughed and giggled every time we were together.”  Sonoma Music Group president Michael O’Shea checked in by remarking, “What a shock.  Geoff was our 9:00 am – 12:00 noon personality at KMPC.  Personable, authentic, real and natural.  We played tennis a time or two. This is very sad.”  Longtime KOST, Los Angeles on-air personality Ted Ziegenbusch notes that Edwards was, “One of my favorite lunchroom pals.  Thanks for the laughter, the stories and the fun.  I know you have always enjoyed travel.  This journey is the best one ever.”  Veteran Los Angeles traffic reporter Mike Nolan comments that he was, “a fan for years, then honored to work with him at KFI, so happy to have called him a friend.”  Fellow television game show host Jim MacKrell remarks, “I am deeply saddened by the news of Geoff’s passing.  I know of no one in our business with a better reputation and a multitude of friends.  I am glad I was one of them.” Edwards’ national television resume includes hosting “Jackpot!”, “Chain Reaction,” “Play the Percentages,” “Treasure Hunt” and “The New Treasure Hunt.”  In Los Angeles, he and Meredith MacRae won Emmy Awards for co-hosting the daily “Mid-Morning L.A.”  For nine years (1986 – 1995), he co-hosted the California Lottery‘s “Big Spin.”  An eyewitness to one of America’s most memorable moments, then-news reporter Edwards was in the basement of the Dallas Police Department on November 24, 1963 when Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the suspected assassin of President John F. Kennedy.  Funeral plans are pending for Edwards, who is survived by his wife, two stepsons, his ex-wife and their three children, as well as nine grandchildren.

Friday, February 28, 2014

| February 28, 2014

cumulus logoCumulus Flips WCOA-FM, Pensacola to Classic Hits ‘The Jet 100.7.’  The station had been an FM simulcast of news/talk WCOA-AM, which remains a news/talker.  This morning the FM side flipped to classic hits “The Jet 100.7.”  The company says Jerry King moves from Cumulus Media Networks to the station as operations manager for its Pensacola cluster and as program director for WCOA-FM.  The station will carry the WestwoodOne-syndicated Bob & Tom show in morning drive.

nielsen logoNielsen Study Ties Station Choice to Buying Behavior.  In a release from Nielsen about its recent major market pilot test, the company says that “for the first time, a connection can be drawn between what consumers listen to on the radio and how they spend.  This solidifies radio’s place as a valuable marketing platform for advertisers and media planners.  The major market pilot test combined proprietary Nielsen data with anonymized panelist credit and debit card purchasing behavior covering more than 24 billion transactions and $2 trillion in annual sales primarily from the retail, travel, digital, restaurant, entertainment, financial services and telecom categories.”  Results from the Dallas market, for example, show that listeners to pop radio spend more per buyer annually on casual dining than those listeners who prefer other formats.  In the same market, rock and alternative listeners spend more per buyer annually in retail locations than listeners who prefer other formats.  News/talk listeners, the study showed, go to the movies more each year that do listeners of other formats.  Nielsen SVP of local media product leadership Farshad Family says, “The ability to determine how radio listeners among different formats like pop, news or rock are spending their dollars creates a unique opportunity for radio broadcasters to make a case for the value of their audience.  We are just beginning to tell the story about the value of radio’s audience.  As we make progress on conducting more links between listening data and purchase data, we will continue to share more insights with the marketplace.”

salemcommunicationsSalem Communications Posts Q4 2013 Revenue Increase of 3.4%; Broadcast Up 1%.  Digital was the key to Salem Communications’ 2013 fourth quarter revenue increase of 3.4% for the company as a whole.  The broadcast sector was up 1% on revenue of $47.4 million and broadcast makes up about 60% of the company’s revenue.  The company’s publishing sector was flat while internet and e-commerce was up 16.6%.  Salem’s outlook for the first quarter of 2014 projects “total revenue to increase 9% to 11% over the first quarter 2013 total revenue of $55.6 million.  The company is also projecting operating expenses before gains or losses on the sale or disposal of assets, impairments and stock-based compensation expense to increase 13% to 16% as compared to the first quarter of 2013 operating expenses of $48.2 million.  This guidance includes the impact of the hiring of two new senior executives and the financial performance for the recent acquisition of Eagle Publishing.  The guidance for the first quarter contemplates a loss of $0.4 million due to the assumption of some unfavorable contracts that will rapidly unwind and the fact that the first quarter is always a soft quarter in the book publishing business with the big titles being released in the spring and in the fall.”

stevensrobWAAF, Boston Names Stevens ‘Hill-Man Morning Show’ Producer.  The morning drive “Hill-Man Morning with Show” on Entercom’s rock WAAF, Boston has a new producer.  Rob Stevens replaces longtime show producer Anthony “Spaz” Parziale who is exiting to start his own company.  Stevens, a Boston native, most recently was co-host of the morning show on Clear Channel’s rock KIOZ, San Diego.  The “Hill-Man” show is hosted by Greg “The Hill-Man” Hill, Lyndon “LB” Byers and Danielle Murr.  WAAF program director Ron Valeri says, “Rob is uniquely qualified to round out our cast of colorful characters during the morning commute.  He’s a triple threat who brings a combination of organizational and technical talents required behind the scenes, along with the showmanship skills needed to entertain in front of the microphone.”

grosenickmicheleGrosenick Joins Seattle’s KRWM as GSM.  Former Seattle Times director of digital sales Michele Grosenick is named general sales manager of Hubbard adult contemporary KRWM “Warm 106.9.”  Director of sales Susan Hoffman comments, “I am so pleased to have Michele joining the Hubbard Radio Seattle family.  Michele has built a solid reputation and a strong foundation in the Seattle media landscape.  I know she will motivate, lead, and inspire the ‘Warm’ team to further greatness.”  Grosenick states that she is “absolutely thrilled to be returning to radio.”  Regarding “Warm 106.9,” she comments, “It is an amazing radio station with years of brand longevity.  I look forward to leading the seasoned ‘Warm’ sales team to the next level of success.”  Grosenick – who begins her new duties one week from Monday (3/10) – previously was vice president and general manager of Clear Channel Seattle’s six-station group; vice president and general manager for EVPO Television/Radio; and director of sales for New Century Media.

loganleeLogan Exits Shane Media.  Stating on his Facebook page that he thought he’d “spend the rest of my working days in this chair at Shane Media,” Lee Logan says the fiscal realities of the industry have him exiting the consulting company and looking for his next great opportunity.  Logan had been with Shane for the past seven years and was instrumental in assisting Radio One put its all-news format on KROI, Houston “News 92 FM.”

More RadioInfo Career Moves.  Longtime KNRK, Portland “94/7fm” night personality and imaging staffer Squid Vicious exits the Entercom alt rocker…..At Royce International Broadcasting, James Palomares (a.k.a. DJ Supa James) is named program director for the company’s CHR stations including KREV, San Francisco “92.7 The Revolution,” KFRH, Las Vegas “104.3 Now FM,” and KRCK, Palm Springs, California “Hot Hits 97.7.”  Palomares will be hosting the evening shift at all three stations.  At the same time, Eric Sean Casucci takes on the music director/APD role for the three stations and will host middays…..As the result of Clear Channel’s flip of WRAW, Reading, Pennsylvania from oldies to Spanish AC, Jose “Super” Martinez becomes AM drive personality, Issa Lopez takes on middays, El Gato is heard in afternoons and Jenny Castillo is named evening personality.

hookedoncountrySquare One and BAS Announce New Affiliates for ‘Hooked on Country.’  The country music radio show hosted by Jimmy Fish, syndicated by Square One with affiliate sales handled by Broadcast Affiliate Sales is now heard on more than 15 affiliate stations.  Square One president and CEO Jason Thompson states, “I know ‘Hooked on Country’ is a great show and BAS is proving me right.  With BAS’ marketing ability and Jimmy’s great programming skills, we continue to gain affiliates.”

seacrestryanMore Than “A.I.” for Lopez and Seacrest.  ”American Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez will play single mother Harlee McCord, a detective recruited to work undercover for the FBI‘s anti-corruption task force in “Shades of Blue,” which has received a 13-episode, straight-to-series order from NBC-TV.  In addition to headlining the drama series, J-Lo will be executive producer.  NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke states that, “Whether it is producing, acting, singing or any of her many other entrepreneurial activities, Jennifer is an extraordinary talent and life force.  We are delighted to be in business with her on this sophisticated show.” Other “Shades of Blue” executives include Ryan Seacrest Productions, with the “American Idol” host an executive producer.  ”Ryan is part of the NBCU family, and doing his first scripted drama series with us makes perfect sense,” comments Salke.  According to Seacrest, “The script is so powerful and ambitious.  We cannot wait to see Jennifer take on this remarkable role.  We look forward to working with everyone at NBC.”  Production is planned to begin next year; the series will air in the 2015 – 2016 season.

wzti logoMilwaukee Radio Alliance Purchases Translator CP for ‘Martini Radio.’  The plan is to give the standards-formatted WZTI-AM an FM signal and Milwaukee Radio Alliance’s purchase of the construction permit for a translator at 100.3 would give the station a good signal in the Milwaukee metro.  The Milwaukee Business Journal writes that the station – owned by Green Bay Packers great Willie Davis and William Lynett – is paying $140,000 for the CP.  Station manager Bill Hurwitz tells the paper, “It makes sense to put a radio station on FM.  It’s certainly going to sound better.”  WZTI-AM used to serve the market as urban talk and music hybrid WMCS but flipped to standards in 2013 after ownership admitted the format was losing money for the station.

sykesunite4groupMedia Social Visionary.  At the inaugural unite4: humanity event that took place at the Sony Lot in Los Angeles last night (2/27), Clear Channel president of entertainment enterprises John Sykes was honored with the Media Social Visionary award.  The event is a collaboration between unite4:good and Variety.  Comedian and actor Andy Samberg served as master of ceremonies.  Other awards included Forest Whitaker, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. presenting to Julia Louis-Dreyfus, William H. Macy presenting to Selena Gomez, Jada Pinkett Smith presenting to Alicia Keys, Eva Longoria presenting to Demi Lovato, Steve Coogan presenting to Philomena Lee and Wilmer Valderrama will present to the Inspiration Award recipients.  Pictured here are (from l-r): Robert F. Kennedy Jr., John Sykes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Andy Samberg and Cheryl Hines(Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision for Bright Future International/AP Images)

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